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I’m going to take a new approach with this post.  No, not because I’m typing with my elbows, but becooooze I’mmmm ryping–Okay, I am typing with my elbows.  On the heels of drafting my third team, I realize there’s some players I absolutely would draft and some I just won’t.  It’s not that I don’t like these players.  Well, some of them, but there’s just some players I won’t draft due to their ADP and where I’m looking to draft at any given moment.  It occurred to me when I was about to draft Carlos Carrasco (prayer hexagon, please) in the fifth round.  Top guys on the board at the time from my 2017 fantasy baseball rankings were Polanco, Myers, Segura, Kyle Seager, Arrieta and deGrom.  I already had two outfielders, so that eliminated Polanco for me; I called Jake Arrieta overrated; I wouldn’t draft deGrom, per my top 20 starters, and I really needed a starter.  I wish I had three picks at that point, because I like Myers and Seager and don’t fully hate Segura, though that price is high.  So, if this is how the 5th round shakes out, how can I draft Myers, Segura, Seager or Polanco this year?  It just seems like it’s not happening.  No matter if I like them or not.  Then, I thought deeper about my situation like I was KRS-One, and realized there were dozens of players I could’ve chosen at that point.  Hundreds of players, really.  I mean, only 60 players were off the board.  Couldn’t I have drafted so many other players?  Actually, no, I couldn’t.  Or, I guess better, I wouldn’t.  In my top 100 for 2017 fantasy baseball, there’s approximately 20 players I’m drafting after the top 25 overall and before we’re out of the top 100.  Why after the top 25?  Because in the top 25, I’d take anyone.  Technically, I won’t draft Kershaw where I have him ranked because he’ll be drafted already, but now you’re quibbling, you quibbler!  Anyway, here’s twenty players I’m drafting in the top 100 for 2017 fantasy baseball:

1B
Jose Abreu
Hanley Ramirez
Carlos Santana

2B
Jonathan Villar

SS
Addison Russell

3B
Anthony Rendon
Evan Longoria

OF
Nelson Cruz
Ryan Braun
Mark Trumbo
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Adam Duvall
Stephen Piscotty
Andrew Benintendi

SP
Justin Verlander
Corey Kluber
Carlos Carrasco
Danny Duffy
Kenta Maeda
Danny Salazar

YOU SWORE TO ME THAT YOU WOULD DRAFT BYRON BUXTON?!  (MARCUS SEMIEN, JONATHAN SCHOOP, CHRIS ARCHER, TOO MANY NAMES TO MENTION.)  I’M UPSET WITH YOUR LIES.  WHY DID YOU LIE?  WHY?!

I didn’t lie as much as the reality of drafting some guys shifted as drafts began to take shape.  I still love those guys.  I’m gonna cut out a picture of Buxton, and snuggle-bunny him.  He’s also going around pick 140 overall.  I’m all about drafting my team and not worrying about how others are drafting, but, let’s be real, you don’t need to reach over 40 picks.  If you were to wait until around pick 120, you’d still be fine grabbing Buxton.  Then there’s guys like Archer or Semien.  They are either being drafted too early or at an inopportune time.  Archer, for unstints, is going right after I will have drafted Verlander, Kluber, etc.  I’m not taking another starter where Archer is going.  Same with Cueto.  A guy like Corey Seager is going too early for my taste.  If I’m drafting Trumbo (or Yoenis), there’s just no way I’m taking a guy like Pollock.  And so on and so forth.  Damn, I sound smart.

IS IT ME (IT’S YOU) OR ARE THERE ABSOLUTELY NO CORNER MEN TO DRAFT?  I COUNT FIVE.  FIVE!!!  I’M HAVING A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN!

I wake up at night with the shakes about getting out of the 3rd round without a corner man yet.  I didn’t list Beltre here or Wil Myers, because I just don’t see reaching for them in the 3rd.  But check this scenario:  I got Bryce Harper in the 1st — woohoo!  2nd round and my mustache hair is blowing in the wind and I’m jive-turkeying on some Trevor Story!  Things are good!  I wanna make love to my much older wife!  3rd round hits and Giancarlo’s fallen to me!  I must, I must, I must touch his bust!  So I grab him!  I’m cooking with gas!  Or I’m just farting, but I’m so high I can’t tell the difference!  4th round comes and I really need to grab a pitcher.  Eff it, I’m grabbing Verlander.  5th round is here and I want jump out a window because I have no corner men.  GeroniNOOOOO!!!  That’s a recurring dream of mine.  Am I thrilled with Abreu or Hanley?  Do I love Rendon and Longo?  I think those are the only legitimate cornermen I can own between the 2nd and 7th rounds, and I’m scared.

OH MY JESUS, I JUST SAW THERE’S ONLY TWO MIDDLE INFIELDERS.  MY CHEST IS CLOGGING, I NEED AN EMT!

And you were wondering why I was drafting Rougned Odor in every league.  Speaking of which, these are players that fall outside of *my* top 25.  If you can get Odor in the 3rd or 4th rounds, then technically there’s another middle infielder to draft after the top 25 and before the top 100 ends.  If you can get Cano where I have him ranked, then there’s another one.  If you can get Dozier at a discount, more power to you.  If you can get Story or Lindor in the 3rd, great!  But, according to my top 100, I will realistically grab one shortstop and one 2nd baseman from picks 25-100.  Yes, God help us all.

DID YOU JUST DRAFT DEE GORDON IN THE TOP 100 IN A LEAGUE AND NOT EVEN LIST HIM IN THE TWENTY NAMES YOU SAID YOU’D BE DRAFTING? I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE, AND THAT’S UPSETTING.  I’M GOING TO PUT A SAD EGGPLANT EMOJI ON THIS POST AND LEAVE NOW.

I did draft Dee Gordon, because it was an NFBC league (15 teams, no waivers) and I felt like I wanted safe speed and runs.  I’d also draft Adrian Beltre if he fell a round from where I see him being taken.  I’d draft Darvish in a heartbeat, but he’s going in drafts before I’m taking pitchers.  I’d even draft Corey Seager if he fell.  These are twenty players that I see myself drafting if things play out as they have been, but each draft carries its own Choose Your Own Adventure for you to navigate.  If I could have my druthers, all of the players I listed I’d own, but I have no idea what druthers are and if they’re even any good.

   
  1. LenFuego says:
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    Not having any second thoughts about your “do not draft deGrom” stance from February, Grey?

    Over 15 spring innings now, he has his full fastball (measuring in the 95-97 range), he has his control (only 2 walks), and his innings per start are progressing exactly like you would like to see (2, 4, 4 and 5.1 innings). You cannot see even a glimpse of the September ulnar nerve surgery. None of that assuages your distrust of the Mets medical and PR staff?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @LenFuego: Grey will get on board next year when he feels better about his arm…Grey still has the Tanaka syndrome

      • Roger Podacter says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: lol Tanaka Syndrome

    • The JoGarza says:
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      @LenFuego:

      Got to agree with you here, Len. Spring training is good for few things, but showing health velocity are two of them and deGrom is doing ’em both.

      I’m on board.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @LenFuego: If he’s falling to me in the 5th I’m buying.

      • The Grand Poppy says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Would you guys rather have pick 78 and 89 or DeGrom? Standard roto.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @The Grand Poppy: At that point the picks. He’s worth a 5th sure, not a 6th and a 7th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LenFuego: There’s about 30 other SPs to draft that I feel safe about, so no I don’t need deGrom…Wish him well tho, and for anyone that drafts him (not really but it sounded sweet)

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Ha Ha…I know you are praying for an arm injury now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A little

    • J-FOH says:
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      @LenFuego: I’m in on deGrom. He had a nerve issue and nothing structural. He should be had at a discount and worth drafting.

  2. Brian says:
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    Thanks as always for all the help. Pulled off the trade for Madea!

    One more quick NL only League keeper question. In a 5×5 NL Only league (OPS replaces BA) where you start 5 OF daily, is Travis Jankowski an $8 keeper, or is the OPS, HR, and RBI hit too much? My only other hitter keepers going into the auction will be Adam Duvall ($5), Jonathon Villar ($7), and Nolan Arenado ($34).

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: You can keep as many as you want? Sure, keep Jank

      • Brian says:
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        Yes, unlimited keepers. Thanks.

  3. Herr Drumpf says:
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    Standard 5×5 Roto. Rank the following injured players for 2017:

    Desmond
    Carrasco
    Price
    Dahl
    Kipnis
    JD Martinez

    Now, rank them for a keeper league.

    Much appreciated.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Herr Drumpf: He already ranked them for 2017, ya know, in his rankings.

      • The Grand Poppy says:
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        @Cram It: Razzball is phenomenal. Easily the best site out there. But … giving guidance for keeper ranks is a weakness.

        • Cram It says:
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          @The Grand Poppy: Ralph knows his farm systems and young players. He’s a trusted source for keeper questions.

          • The Grand Poppy says:
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            @Cram It: Yes, but that’s more from a dynasty standpoint. The dude (perhaps chick) asking the question wants to know about keeper values for guys in the 28-34 range. In leagues where 25-75 guys are kept, these questions need addressed. Grey does a great job of answering questions, but a couple of posts for these formats in the future would be very helpful.

      • Herr Drumpf says:
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        @Cram It: Really?! I wasn’t aware this site had rankings.

        These are six players in fairly fluid injury situations. Getting them for a discount at auction because of their status could not only provide value this year, but would also make them great keepers.

        Thus the request for one final update prior to my auction. Once again, much appreciated.

  4. Matt says:
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    I’m thoroughly confused by this post. Top 100 guys who you are drafting outside of top 25. ..have to think about it for a few minutes. I did get Segura in the 6th on quite a few teams but I don’t think I missed out on any guys. Still got the Rendon/Hanley etc.

    Buxton’s ADP on ESPN Standard 10 team Roto is 194 and I got him consistently 162/17th round. I probably took him too early? with Kepler but they are my 4-5th OF.

    I have guys like Travis/Schoop/Semien on the bench or being drafted way late like 22nd Rd. I was a good boy and took Odor everywhere without compromising my first couple bats Rizzo/Harper/Springer etc.

    W/E fuck it. I l trust you Grey and I’m all in. Even if I did royaly up my drafts and reached for guys. Prayers for Carrasco’s elbow.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Matt: Don’t think, it only hurts the ball club.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Yeah, hopefully Carrasco’s okay

  5. 56 and still in it to win it says:
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    Grey, friendly tip. NEVER say or especially write (which lasts longer) “much older wife”, even if you married your grandmothers friend. Coug’s going to tell you to use both hands next time you ask for 3some. Last time I wrote about my 9 team NL only long time keeper auction, I told you I was stars and scrubs, cause I like some expensive and some cheap so I can go for it or dump depending, but I’m really a value guy – anybody at the right price. Strategy q – we have 12 man snake reserve squads (4 @ 15, then 4 @ 10, last [email protected]), after the auction, but we only get 8 fa moves all year! How would you address the reserves? FYI main auction off the 40 man. First reserve usually a big minor leaguer (C Seagar, A Russell) cause they go quick, and last 4 usually upside bats incl. Margot & Dom Smith last year. Yes? No? Suggestions? Thank you so much.
    PS been recovering from back surgery and awake half the night. You guys are a godsend.

    • Grey

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      @56 and still in it to win it: Haha, good point! Hope you feel better soon!

      You need to have backups for every position… You better get reserves with some multi-pos elig, or guys that are durable in general… That’s an insane rule, btw. Tell your leaguemates you should do FAAB for waivers. It’s no fun to have injuries, but less when you can’t even replace them

      • LenFuego says:
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        @Grey: If you think that rule is harsh, the 5×5 auction league I joined last year has been a NO WAIVERS, NO FAAB league for the past 20+ years. The only method of picking up a free agent after the preseason auction has been a supplemental draft held around the All-Star break. Consequently, the league has a ton of supplemental roster spots (18) to tide you over for the season.

        I think the reason was that there are a bunch of professionals in the league and they simply did not want to have to actively manage their roster every week/day beyond making lineup decisions.

        (This year, we are going to FAAB though.)

        • Grey

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          Sounds like little fun unless you stay healthy

          • LenFuego says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, health is key. 18 bench spots seems like a lot to cover you for injuries, but in addition to 7 regular keepers each season (up to 5 years), you can keep up to 5 “developmental” players that were kept on your bench and never used in your active lineup. Those “developmental” keepers do not count against your auction salary cap, so there is an incentive to use those spots on top prospects and other “developmental” players and NOT to activate good young players from your supplemental roster.

            E.g. among the 48 players kept this year as developmental players are Gary Sanchez, JBJ, Benitendi, Moncada, Dahl, Kepler, Broxton and Taillon. Guys like Sanchez and JBJ certainly would have been useful last year in active lineups, but their owners kept them out so they could keep them “off the books” for the auction this year and then unleash them all season.

            You do have the opportunity to trade of course, and in my one year in the league a fair amount of the trading activity happened because of injuries.

            • Grey

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              Ah, yeah, trading does help…. Sounds a bit like this NFBC league I’m in

  6. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    20 team league with IP and QS. drop any of morton/nolasco/dickey for andriese or c.green? rater says morton but he ended last year pretty well.

  7. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    In keeper league, i pick 2nd.

    The 1st pick will be Thor.

    My keepers are Arenado, Encarnacion and Marte.
    Looking to gran either Kluber or Darvish.

    I know you habe Kluber over Darvish in your rankings, but would it be crazy taking Darvish ahead of Kluber. He looked healthy enough to pithh last year 100 inning and should have better ks than Kluber.

    Thought?

    Thanks a ton!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chris: He has Darvish ranked, literally, one spot behind Kluber. He even has Darvish with more K’s. Why would this be crazy? It’s a keeper league, it’s your team. It’s okay to like one guy more than the other when they’re side by side.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Cram It: Yu will lead the league in K’s this year

        • Cram It says:
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          @Old School Brother: I buy that. I think the only thing holding Grey back from making Yu higher is workload/injury.

            • Cram It says:
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              @Grey: I know how you think.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Hehe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Agree w/ Cram

  8. Mike says:
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    I’m in a 10 team, 4 player keeper leauge Trout, Harper, manny and Corey seager are my keepers.

    My draft position is about 7th. Would you try and draft a pitcher like sale/Lester/Cueto (assuming they’re still available) or grab a bat like Cespedes/bogarts/abreu, and try for some bargain pitchers about 4 picks in?

      • TimmyGoods says:
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        @Grey:

        What makes you like Abreu over Cespedes. Yo seems to be locked in and motivated this year. I’m feelin that thunder.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like both, if you want Yoenis, go for it

  9. Wil says:
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    So in all seriousness, how many pitchers will you draft before 200 players are off the board?

    Yesterday you told us you could get by without taking a sp until pick 200, and today you want to draft Verlander in the 4th or an already banged up carrasco in the 5th.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wil: You “COULD get by” drafting all upside pitchers after 200. Doesn’t mean you SHOULD deploy that strategy.

      • Wil says:
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        @Cram It: ok. So how many we drafting in the top 200?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wil: I don’t know what this “Top 200” strategy is about. I have 3 pitchers in my RCL. 2 are in the top 200. Use the pitching pairing tool and figure out which tiers are in the top 200.

          • Wil says:
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            @Cram It: yesterday’s article was about drafting pitchers outside the top 200 on espn. So I’m curious on average how many pitchers grey has been taking inside the top 200

            It’s not a difficult concept.

            • Cram It says:
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              @Wil: It’s not, now that you say it that way.

              • Wil says:
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                @Cram It: I know every draft is different but just looking for a rough esimate.

                • Wil says:
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                  @Wil: estimate *

              • Wil says:
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                @Cram It: also it’s not a pitcher pairing question so much as it’s a batter vs pitcher value at different spots in the draft question. There’s no doubt there’s good value on pitching late as we saw from Grey’s post yesterday

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Wil: Yeah there’s always good value late in pitching. That’s why Grey preaches the “Don’t pay for pitching” strategy.

            • bigbear says:
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              @Wil: In a 12 team roto I’ve got deGrom and Duffy. And the rest are late (Pineda-yahoo #197, Smyly-198, Folty, Liriano, and Bundy). So I’m loosely claiming I have two top 200.

              I’ve got 12 team H2H drafting soon where my strategy looks like it’ll be an SP in the 5th, 10th, 11th. Then nothing until round 18+. We’ll see…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wil: Prolly 4

      • Wil says:
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        @Grey: yeah that sounds about right. with how poorly I expect my adversaries to draft mostly due to ESPN’s horrible rankings I think I’m gona gamble a little more tho and secure saves a litter sooner than I normally would.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds good

  10. Eac says:
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    I’ve been doing some scheming/planning and am wondering what your thoughts would be on category “sniping” for lack of a better term.

    My idea is drafting all premium pitchers while filling my bats with base stealers. Pitchers seem to be easier to come by as everyone is selecting power bats. In a 7×7 12 tm H2H Y! League I only have to win 8 categories. My first 4 picks could 3 SP 1 RP. If I end up with a combination of Kershaw/Sherzer/Thor/Kluber/Sale/Darvish/Chapman in the 4 rounds and fill in the blanks from there I feel confident I could draft speed/runs no problem.

    I hope I explained my idea well enough – Im at work, writing from my phone. The main idea is draft heavy stud pitching to win 7x in pitching and pluck And and Rs with late end speed options. Thoughts? Thanks!!

    • Grey

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      @Eac: So, you’re the only one drafting pitching? Why would you punt hitting? Who would you draft? Adam Eaton types? Guess it could work, but if your pitching fails you (there was only 2 pitchers in the top 25 last year, and only one was in that list of pitchers you listed), you’re done

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Eac: There are too many pitchers for you to guarantee you would win all of the pitching categories, especially in head to head where if you’re facing a team that has 3 guys starting twice in a week and you don’t, you’re already losing a few categories…Not to mention if one or 2 of your studs get hurt you’re left with a team that is completely fucked. Pitchers are too fragile to roster your team that way…would make some sense in a points league but not to this extreme.

    • bigbear says:
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      @Eac: It works better for H2H than Roto, imo.

      A guy in a 12 team roto drafted Scherzer, Bumgarner, Lester, Jansen, Verlander, Carrasco, Davis, and Hill in the first 8 rounds. I’m pretty sure he pre-ranked and auto-drafted though.

      The rest of his team:
      C – Wieters
      1B – V-Mart, Shaw
      2B – LeMahieu, Schoop, Walker
      3B – Nunez, Prado
      SS – Diaz, Swanson
      OF – Morales, Pence, Tomas, Pederson

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Eac: steals and runs are fickle. You’ll get crushed and what’s the point of winning steals by 10 in a week.

    • snarky anklebiter says:
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      @Eac: I’m not sure about 7×7 h2h, but I’ve tried this, and seen others do it in a 5×5 roto. It almost always ends up with person finishing in 3rd or 4th of a 12 team league. Good enough to guarantee a high finish, but never enough available points to finish 1st over the best all around team.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @snarky anklebiter: that’s the upside of it, i’m seeing this mostly working less than 4th overall.

  11. Charles says:
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    10-team h2h snake draft, with #1 draft slot, would you trade the 20th, 21st, and 40th overall picks for the 10th and 11th? So beginning of the draft would change from:

    1.1
    2.20
    3.21
    4.40
    5.41
    6.60…

    To:

    1.1
    1.10
    2.11
    5.41
    6.60…

  12. Chris says:
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    Morning Grey!

    In a 14 league m 7 keeper league, would you trade:

    David Price for A. Bregman? Possible Bregman + Velasquez

    thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chris: 100 times over.

      • Chris says:
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        @Cram It: you mean Bregman side?

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Chris: yes

        • Cram It says:
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          @Chris: yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Agree w/ others

  13. Mike says:
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    Keeper league with slg instead of HR and obp instead of average. So, while Russell only hit 4 less HR than CarGo, his slg was 90 points lower. In light of that, and it being a keeper league, how early would you be grabbing Russel?

    • Grey

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      @Mike: Top 70ish

      • The Grand Poppy says:
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        @Grey: Right on. Thanks. Keeper roster is:

        C –
        1B – Rizzo
        2B – Dozier
        SS –
        3B – Seager
        CI – Votto
        MI – Carpenter
        OF – Harper
        OF – CarGo
        OF – Polanco
        OF –
        U –
        SP – Scherzer
        SP – Darvish
        SP – DeGrom

        I’ll have my choice of Russell, Cespedes, or any number of SP (Lester, Verlander, Cueto, Archer) to start the draft. Given the obp/slg twist and it being a keeper league, who would you take?

        • Grey

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          Yoenis

  14. smashytooth says:
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    The site is crashing on mobile devices, FYI

    • joebobsays says:
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      @smashytooth: yes…the dreaded you’ve been selected to win an iphone7…cannot access the site via mobile two days in a row…which is how i access every day. help

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @joebobsays: Same here. I have to keep closing out and retrying but yesterday i just gave up. Hopefully it gets resolved because they iphone ads will NOT take no for an answer!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smashytooth: I just removed the offending ad, I think. Please let me know if you still see it

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        @Grey: Seems to be fine now.

        Damn virus ads.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Glad!

          • Jvanslyke says:
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            @Grey:

            Did they leave contact info? My iPhone 7 should have arrived by now??

            • Grey

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              Haha

  15. OldNavy says:
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    I have the 8th pick in a 14 team league with only 7 picks out of the first 100 players I hope to get a OF, 1st, OF, SP, 3rd, RP and SS in that order. I try to get a one quality RP which is different than you. I would love to get Harper in the first.

  16. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Grey, I have an auction tonight, typical 5×5 12 team roto. It seems like a fairly shallow league.
    C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, OF, OF, OF, UTIL
    SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P,P,P

    Any quick strategy ideas? I’m thinking I can easily go stars and scrubs since it’s shallow. I was also considering punting wins to spend a lot on offense and get a lot of wipeout reliever types. Good ratios, high k’s. Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Oppo Taco: You shouldn’t punt any categories in roto.

  17. A TreaTur Among Us says:
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    14-Team H2H OBP League (Keep 6 Forever)

    C – d’Arnaud
    1B – Hosmer
    2B – TTurner
    SS – Bogaerts, Semien
    3B – Rendon, Healy
    OF – Betts, JD, KDavis, Buxton
    DL – Ramos

    SP – Strasburg, McCullers, Roark, Eickhoff, Hammel, Snell, Norris, Berrios
    RP – Iglesias, Madson, Casilla

    1) Any weaknesses I should focus on via trade or FA other than closers?
    2) Is it bad to have 3 A’s hitters in my lineup? All three kind of fell in my lap in the draft; I got Khris around pick 150, it’s amazing how far players can fall when no one is auto drafting.

    • Grey

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      @A TreaTur Among Us: 1. Looks solid 2. Meh, it’s whatever if they’re good, and I like those 3

  18. Joe says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks again for all the great insight/advice. Been following yours “leads” for a couple years now which has led me to the championship game 3 years in a row. I am the Buffalo Bills but hey, can’t control when these slugs decide to shit the bed in the last couple weeks of the season….anyway…with your rankings in front of me and the 11th of 12 picks in a point league…what do you think?? (We have to draft a backup at each position)

    C – Russell Martin
    1B – Miguel Cabrera
    2B – Dee Gordon
    3B – Josh Donaldson
    SS – Trevor Story
    OF – Ryan Braun
    OF – Nelson Cruz
    OF – Justin Upton
    U – Justin Turner
    BN – Tom Murphy
    BN – Dan Vogelbach
    BN – Logan Forsythe
    BN – Marcus Semien
    BN – Max Kepler

    SP – Carlos Martinez
    SP – Kenta Maeda
    SP – Danny Duffy
    SP – Kevin Gausman
    SP – Aaron Nola
    RP – Sam Dyson
    RP – Jim Johnson
    RP – Koda Glover

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Thanks! I love the team, think you should be a contender again, all of those bench bats are slightly crazy tho, why not have bench SPs?

      • Joe says:
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        @Grey: Yea we kind of eliminated the bench pitchers rather than having to rotate people into the lineup every week. It’s points based but with head to head matchups weekly for bragging rights and side bets. Last year we only had 4 SPs!

        • Joe says:
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          @Joe: Every day, not week (it’s daily lineups)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, crazy

  19. Juan says:
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    12 tteam keeper league.
    h2h.

    Was offered Odubell Herrera and Danny Duffy for Buxton and Taillon or Harvey.

    Which side is better now and long term?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Juan: Bux/Harvey — sure

  20. Fabuloso says:
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    So I’m having a tough time trying to decide on my 4th keeper. Let me know what you think.

    12 Team Auction 8×7 Rotisserie keeper league (R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG)(W, QS, K, SV, HLD, ERA, WHIP) with $280 budget

    Keepers I am pretty confident about: Villar – $5, Darvish – $13, DeGrom – $15

    4th Keeper? Polanco – $15, Dahl – $5, Carpenter – $20, Verlander – $14

  21. Warren says:
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    Which side?

    Posey and Travis

    M. Carpenter

  22. Bas says:
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    Good Morning fellow fantasy baseballers!

    Next Saturday (at 03.00 PM PDT) I have a draft of my Yahoo-keeper league. We keep 8 and the draft is 28 rounds. Because of work I can’t attend it. Is there anybody interested in doing the draft for me? it is 12 team 5×5. Last year I came in 2nd place so i have the 11th pick overal.
    It is not a moneyleague.
    I have kept Rizzo, Cespedes, lester, Scherzer, Dozier, Segura, C. Seager and Rendon

    And u can do whatever you like with the draft. See it has a Razzball strategy Mock draft.

    Many Thanks!!

    Bas from Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas: Someone help out Bas!

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey: barely saw this comment. Ill do it for you Bas! Grey can you give him my email please?

  23. Jack Florida says:
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    Sorry, sent this yesterday and it got a little messed up from my phone
    16 teams H2H , 16 keepers, need to drop 4 of these

    Dev travis,cargo, Cain, Margot, Broxton, mazara
    Gausman,taillon, colome, rodon
    Thanks for the daily info and help

  24. The JoGarza says:
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    Grey, pretty jazzed about this 12-team H2H OPS/QS league I drafted last night. Bless ESPN for having Stanton ranked so low.

    C-Grandal
    1B-C.Santana
    2B- Trea Turner
    3B-Jake Lamb
    SS- Addison Russell
    MI-E.Nuñez
    CI-C.Davis
    OF- Harper, Stanton, Cruz, D.Santana, Renfroe
    UTIL-Rajai

    SP- Duffy, Maeda, Lackey, Taillon, Richards, Gray, Gsellman
    RP- E.Diaz, Watson, Maurer, Bedrosian, Madson

  25. Aint nothing but a Gangster Marte says:
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    @ Grey

    12 team 5×5 roto. Drafted last night and would appreciate your thoughts.Thanks ahead of time.

    C- Vogt
    1B- Freeman
    2B- Schoop
    3B- Rendon
    SS- Segura
    OF- Betts
    OF- Springer
    OF- Cespedes
    UTIL- Bradley Jr.
    BN- Leonys

    SP- C-Mart, Salazar, Lackey, Nola, Stroman, Joe Ross, Skaggs
    RP- Dyson, Bedrosian, Feliz, Carter Capps

  26. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for all the help getting ready for the draft! I’m in a 12-team, 5×5 league that allows three keepers each year. I have the 10th pick this year and I’m starting with Harper, Rizzo and Betts as my keepers. Here are the players I estimate to be in the pool (not kept by their teams):

    Votto
    Darvish
    Kluber
    Bruan
    Miggy
    Polanco
    Odor
    Verlander
    Cespedes
    Dozier
    Strasburg
    JD Martinez
    Benintendi
    Myers
    K. Seager

    Also, keeper potential players can carry extra weight since three teams will likely unload their teams in trades later to upgrade a keeper.

    Assuming all players could be around, who would you take with the 10th/14th picks? Any chance I could convince you to list the top 5 or any players you wouldn’t touch, given the keepers and premium placed on upkept potential?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hanklongball: No problem, Odor and then dealer’s choice, I’d prolly go SP since that is the 5th pick

  27. Roger Podacter says:
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    On the Gulf Coast at my MOL’s – headed to Dunedin tomorrow to see my beloved Jays!

    Raps have been postponed until further notice.

    • Roger Podacter says:
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      @Roger Podacter:
      Great write up, snagged a few off of this list.

      I thought you weren’t in on Abreu?

      If you please, rate my draft in my 12 team, 2000 stat catgories H2H – (I know, Harper over JD sorry, I’m a homer!)

      1. (10) Josh Donaldson (Tor – 3B)
      2. (15) Starling Marte (Pit – LF,CF)
      3. (34) José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
      4. (39) Jean Segura (Sea – 2B,SS)
      5. (58) Kenley Jansen (LAD – RP)
      6. (63) Carlos Martínez (StL – SP)
      7. (82) Anthony Rendón (Was – 3B)
      8. (87) Kenta Maeda (LAD – SP)
      9. (106) Danny Salazar (Cle – SP)
      10. (111) DJ LeMahieu (Col – 2B)
      11. (130) Marcus Stroman (Tor – SP)
      12. (135) Aaron Nola (Phi – SP)
      13. (154) Dellin Betances (NYY – RP)
      14. (159) José Ramírez (Cle – 3B,LF)
      15. (178) Shawn Kelley (Was – RP)
      16. (183) Nomar Mazara (Tex – LF,RF)
      17. (202) Jon Gray (Col – SP)
      18. (207) Kyle Barraclough (Mia – RP)
      19. (226) Max Kepler (Min – RF)

      I dropped Bear Claw for J Cotton already though.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Roger Podacter: Sadly, I’m way too in on Abreu… I like the hitting, it looks strong overall… You know I love all of these players except Donaldson… I think Koda wins job over Kelley too, but I guess we’ll see

        • Roger Podacter says:
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          Koda is certainly better imo and Dusty is a nightmare to read.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Agreed

  28. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Nice article, ate it up and spit it out in less than 2 minutes.

    a. I love these guys, but is your criteria for selecting them…

    1. Draft value based on expected ADP;
    2. Your level of confidence of how well they will perform this year
    3. There is no ‘c’ nor ‘3’.

    b. Literally just came up for a breath of fresh of air like some fish are wont to do or because the level of hypocrisy is too much.

    c. Love the KRS1 reference!

    d. Love ya!

    Cheers,
    Ante

  29. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Kepler… He seems like a slam dunk as guy out of your top 100 that’s very gettable in the later rounds. I took him in my one draft and nearly every mock draft so far… still in love with his value?

    Thanks, Jed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @200 Proof: Same reason I didn’t mention Buxton as the post says

      • 200 Proof says:
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        @Grey: Right on. When you said “20 players you were drafting in the Top 100” I thought you were talking about your Top 100 ranked players, not the first 100 picks taken in a draft. My bad. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. Martin Harris says:
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    10 Team National League auction 260 budget it’s a keeper League we only have to start one catcher. Keep
    jt reamuto at 11 or take a flyer on a $1 catcher

  31. Branta says:
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    I have my last pick in the my slow draft for my keeper league. I need a reliever because the one I drafted earlier is actually not a closer. Koda Glover is available. Buuuuuut…Marcus Semien is still available for some reason. However, I own Lindor as a keeper and drafted Brad Miller as a UTIL/backup 1B or SS (love Yahoo)…

    So, to quote Lebron James, “What should I do?”

    • Branta says:
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      @Branta: Other guys on my bench: Greg Bird, Matt Moore, Devon Travis, Aaron Judge, Robert Gsellman

  32. Nick says:
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    Dynasty team:

    as you remember (FOR SURE :)
    i traded Swanson and got Carpenter +Roark last week

    now one wants Carpenter and offers Hamels !

    if i get Cole, i’d drop a SP to activate Renfroe

    IN: Hamels + Renfroe
    OUT: Carpy + Gio(or Gsellman)
    ???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Ha! I’d take Hamels

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey:
        and you’d drop ?
        My SP are
        Cueto / Tanaka / Roark / iNova / Cotton
        Gio / Gsell

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gio

          • Nick says:
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            @Grey:

            clicking on “ACCEPT TRADE ” …

  33. Jason says:
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    Great post grey!

    Had my 12 team yahoo 5×5 22 spot 5 weekly waivers draft last weekend. Your opinion is appreciated if you could please!

    C- RUPP
    1B- FREEMAN
    2B- MILLER
    SS- LINDOR
    3B- ARENADO
    OF- BRADLEY JR
    OF- DUVALL
    OF- KEPLER
    UT- K. SEAGER
    BN- JOSEPH
    BN- BROXTON
    BN- DYSON

    SP- VERLANDER
    SP- DUFFY
    RP- BEDROSIAN
    RP- OTTAVINO
    P- GLOVER
    P- MAEDA
    P- SALAZAR
    P- LACKEY
    BN- PAXTON
    BN- FOLTYNEWICZ

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: Thanks! You look low on speed, by a lot… I’m not counting bench players tho, so they can help — Your pitching looks fantastic!

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah it’s a H2H league not roto so with how the draft went and getting Bradley duvall I snagged Broxton dyson to swap in and out for SB when needed. Thanks for input!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  34. andrew says:
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    Grey,
    Glad to be back for another year, the posts are great as usual. Just finished our draft in our 12 man 6×6 OBP roto league, 2 catchers…7mlb and 5 MLers can be kept. Thoughts on trading D.Santana and Reyes (both bench guys) for S. Kelley and Trenien?
    C Grandal (keeper) & Leon
    1b C.Santana
    2b Carpenter
    ss Machado (keeper)
    3b Turner (keeper)
    MI A.Cabrera
    CI Belt
    OF Betts (keeper) & JD Mart (keeper) & Springer (keeper) & Pederson & Kiermaier
    U Broxton & Beltran
    P Maeda
    P Salazar
    P Stroman
    P Fullmer
    P McCullers
    P Nola
    P Jansen (keeper)
    P Capps
    P Glover
    P G. Dayton
    Should I waste two bench spots for those guys or better to keep the bench reserved for offense with Santana and Reyes? We get 9 bench spots and no DL, with JD being hurt I feel like Santana can fill in nicely for a month or so. Seems like the Nats will trade for a closer by July anyways…
    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @andrew: Hold Domingo/Reyes for now

  35. SallyCips says:
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    First thanks for the fix on the ad that was blocking the Mobile version–or thanks to whoever did!

    Interesting exercise, I actually drafted zero of those guys in my only draft so far. Here’s who I got from 25-100:

    Round Pick Player Position
    3. (31) Trevor Story SS
    4. (42) Gary Sánchez C
    5. (55) Dee Gordon 2B
    6. (66) Todd Frazier 1B,3B
    7. (79) Seung Hwan Oh RP
    8. (90) Cole Hamels SP

    (I know later you mentioned Dee)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SallyCips: I hope it worked, I removed an ad I thought was causing it… Bit early on OH, I drafted Gordon too as I say in the post, and I wouldn’t draft Sanchez

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, works great now, man. Thanks! As for Sanchez, I actually commented in the chat, that I shouldn’t do this, but my Yankee fandom won out. Could have done Strasburg or Cueto there.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  36. DozierTheDozierian says:
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    12-team league that counts OPS & QS where we forfeit the round where we’re keeping a player (we keep 6).

    Would you trade Darvish for an injured Dahl? I’ve got 3/5 OF spots filled heading into my draft so this seems like a luxury. The best pitchers likely to be available when I finally make a draft pick reside in the “Safety in numbers” tier variety. Thanks manchego!

  37. jeff says:
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    I need to finalize my keepers on Sat in an NL only auction league.

    I was confident going into the draft with one closer, Ottavino…but now it’s looking more likely he won’t close?!?!? At $10, is his price too risky to keep if he just ends up as a set-up man? I also have a $5 Neris that I like for all his K’s.
    Thoughts on keeping both or just one or neither?
    Thanks!!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @jeff: How many teams in the league? I’d let ottavino go for $10 and would consider keeping Neris for $5. Depending how many teams there are you may be able to get Neris cheaper since he isn’t officially the closer.

      • jeff says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: 10 team league…it’s been a 4×4 forever but this year we’re adding K’s and Runs. Thinking Neris might come at more of a premium…but maybe not.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @jeff: Id let them both go in a 10 teamer, there should be plenty of options late for middle relievers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jeff: Agree w/ F

  38. I used to play at a place called Druthers.
    The barkeep was always asking would you rather questions.
    One night she asked me if I would rather give up cheese for the rest of my life or give up oral sex?
    Before I had a chance to digest the question…and admittedly I was a little tipsy…I know you’re shocked…she was doing the thing with the V with her fingers…and the thing where she put her tongue in between her fingers, that were still V shapen…anyway, cut to the fat, and she says, with me you don’t have to choose. After another short set and long conversation with Mr. Daniels, I am unfortunately able to confirm the cheese situation. And, I can confidently say that I have not ever again, since that night had to choose whether or not to dive into a baked brie…

    PS I am in on Giancarlo this year (I have never said this before)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: I wanna be in on Giancarlo (I always say this)

      • @Grey:Heyo! God’s gracious gift… also very manly.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: if I was in my twenties I take the V if I’m in my 50’s then I take the cheese. Because either way you’ll be eating cheese. Giancarlo is a hunch play Im in on too. It makes sense that the risk reward is worth it

      • @J-FOH: What’s a pederast, Walter?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Wake Up: you want a toe, I can get you a toe?

  39. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: in your Harper – Story – Giancarlo scenario (here we go yo), would/did you consider taking Odor over Giancarlo if he was/is available? I’m facing a similar situation….

    Thanks, yo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel: I would draft Odor before Stanton

  40. Sean says:
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    Grichuk or Soler this year?

  41. Seth says:
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    I am looking for 3 teams for a head to head points league. The buy in is 100 jelly beans. Serious players only. Please email [email protected] for more details.

  42. Wil says:
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    I know you never want to put too much stock into spring training stats but greg bird is forcing my hand to move him up.

    There’s a sleeper corner guy

      • Wil says:
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        @Grey: I know you like him. U have him like 270 overall still tho. Don’t know of he lasts that long in upcoming drafts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Carter will still see ABs, he’s not going to sit for the entire season

          • Wil says:
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            @Grey: they don’t give a shit about carter who looks awful btw. If bird is hitting and healthy he’s playing 150 games at first and I think he’s a top 100 player this season

            • Grey

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              Gotcha

              • Wil says:
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                @Grey: I think carter is hitting 108 with 20ks in 37 at bats this spring. Bird was named the first basemen. I dont see bird sitting in favor of carter a lot. We will see

                • Hoboken Squat Cobblers says:
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                  @Wil: What I think is a *great* idea…is putting A LOT of weight on Spring Training stats.

                  • Wil says:
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                    @Hoboken Squat Cobblers: well, since this post (probably immediatly after) grey must have seen the news that bird is the everyday first basemen and Chris carter is barely breathing because Bird went from 270 to 118 in Grey’s rankings….

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                      @Wil: what’s most interesting about that is that he didn’t go out of his way to mention it at all, which appears like something he should’ve done. when he did mention it it was to say “i already thought bird was starting so i’m not moving him up”

  43. Sideshow27 says:
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    Any remorse on your Turner ranking? I know you probably don’t want to move him for no real reason but everybody else seems to be as he is flying up mock drafts. Don’t buy the hype?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Regret ranking in that it’s too high or too low?

      • Sideshow27 says:
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        @Grey: Not taking him sooner. I see him in most recent mocks going 5, 6, 7 etc.

  44. Shin Soo Choo Train says:
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    Who do you like best for a fourth/bench outfielder:

    Jay Bruce
    Kole Calhoun
    Manuel Margot
    Keon Broxton

    My team is light on speed, but I don’t hate stocking up on power…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Broxton

      • Big league choo says:
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        @Grey: Peraza wasn’t very efficient stealing last yr 10 CS to 21 Sbs…are the reds bad enough that he keeps running even if he gets thrown out that much?

        I have an nfbc draft tonight, I’m always having trouble filling out my sbs in these bigger 15 team leagues. Looking at sb fliers like Reyes, Martin, Margot and Kevin kiermaier, are there any late post 200 guys in nfbc you’re drafting that could have 500 abs and 30+ sbs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jankowski

          • Big league choo says:
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            @Grey: thanks I saw him in you’re rankings, but doesn’t have as much upside as a guy like Margot.

            • Grey

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              Nah

  45. Matt M says:
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    After years of reading and now fairly frequent commenting, I decided to take the plunge and stop mooching off you. I got the roto delux package today. Thanks for all the hard work, now please don’t let me down!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

    • Matt M says:
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      @Matt M: gah! is there a way i can change this to a nick name?

  46. Matt says:
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    Drop Montgomery for Urias/Snell/Foltynewicz ?

    I heard Brett Anderson won the 5th starter spot for the Cubs and Montgomery is going to be spot starter/long relief man.

    I presume you like Urias > Snell > Foltynewicz

    • Matt says:
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      @Matt: I think you might have missed me..similar name to poster above me.

  47. Polka

    Polka says:
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    Most entertaining and knowledgeable baseball writer on the planet…good luck with your leagues Master Lothario-
    in round 40 of my NFBC Slssssslllllllloooooowwwwwww draft, Jesus I turned 46 waiting for this thing to finish over the weekend! Had a killer Auction in a 10-teamer too!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Polka! Good luck to you too!

  48. Rock D says:
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    Who would you choose between Gleyber and Eloy? Keeper for 3 more seasons after this one and no draft picks attached.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gleyber

      • Rock D says:
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        @Grey: grassy ass

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nutta

          • Rock D says:
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            @Grey:
            Haha. Had to watch the game last night on Espen deportes. Home run calls will never be the same. NoNoNoNoooooo

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  49. J-FOH says:
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    I finally finished game of thrones. 60 episodes in 3 weeks. You may now freely speak of it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Watching it that fast answers my question prolly, but didn’t you like it so much more than you thought you would?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I did. I still dozed off a few times more than I usually do. But the way they ended season 6 makes 7 the perfect time to jump in. The lord of light called me to it . Of course baby’s mama got a little mad when I said “so it’s basically a show about egotistical emotional men failing time and again and really strong evolving women make them look dumb” or in modern words a liberal agenda narrative.

        • Grey

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          Except there’s a lot more incest rape

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: and when John Snow meets and hooks up with the mother of dragons because you know that’s coming it will be incest again.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh that’s definitely coming for those two, for the most bittersweet romance ever

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                Is it true the last season is only six episodes?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No idea

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I have to wonder if Game of Thrones is the reason there is incest porn all over porn hub. Also season 6 was 10 episodes. I have all 60 on my DVR

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I think incest porn was around before GoT

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: of course but not all over porn hub. seriously its fucking weird as shit

                    • Grey

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                      Unless they start the videos with drivers licenses and a mother or father saying they are really brother and sister I don’t believe it

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Yeah its the fantasy they are promoting. Its not like you watch the nurse one and go “she’s not a real nurse, I’m not buying it” Stick to your fantasy baseball bubble and don’t go out of the house 70’s John Travolta

                    • Grey

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                      Ha

  50. Stickball Al says:
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    H2H 12team points league. Got offered a trade today, Justin Turner for my SP Paxton. I have Tanaka, Maeda Lackey,Fulmer,Smyly,Norris, Cotton for SP . Also Drafted Donalaldson on my first pick. No other 3B on my team and C. Santana at Util. Take it or leave it ?

    • Grey

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      Sounds fine to me

  51. I can choose either Betts or Harper as my keeper in a 5×5 league with OBP.
    It’s neck & neck in my opinion.
    Who would you keep ?

    • Grey

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      Harper

  52. TimmyGoods says:
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    When faced with these options for #3 pitcher who would you pick?

    Fulmer
    Paxton
    Duffy
    Sanchez
    McCullers
    Taillon

  53. Stickball Al says:
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    H2H 12 team points league. Just got offered a trade 3b J Turner for my SP Paxton. My pitching staff is pretty deep with Tanaka, Maeda, Lackey, Fulmer, Norris, and Cotton. Also got Donaldson on first pick and C Santana at Util. No other 3B on the team. Take the trade or stay pat ?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Stickball Al:
      Take Turner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  54. fisher_price says:
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    Keeper question please:

    League is: ten teams, Yahoo, head to head 5×5, C/1B/2B/3B/SS/3OF/UTIL.
    Keepers are keep up to 5 forever, slotted as the first five picks of the draft.

    I am planning on keeping:
    Bryant
    Turner
    Correa
    Stanton

    Who should be the fifth keeper of…
    Lindor (so I can trade him or Correa… but the league is shallow)
    Schwarber, G. Sanchez (not proven enough?)
    Buxton (too soon?)
    Arrieta (fading?)
    Jansen (no closers in the first five rounds)

    Thanks.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @fisher_price:
      Lindor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor

      • fisher_price says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks as always, gentlemen!

  55. Phil says:
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    I can keep Vince Velasquez for up to 5 years (20th Pick 2017 – 18th Pick 2018, 16th Pick 2019, etc.) how many years would you lock him up for?. We get 5 Keepers total, and I have 1 spot for 2017 and 4 open spots for 2018, 24 man roster. I’m reluctant on giving pitchers more than a couple year contracts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1 year

  56. Ron Burgundy says:
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    with JD Martinez likely starting out on the DL, which of the following are good replacement options for OF? Maybe give your top 2 of the below please? Thanks!

    Haniger, Granderson, Hernan Perez, Drury, Conforto, Soler, Dickerson,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haniger, Drury

  57. Chris says:
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    A 2 pack of questions:

    12 tm, 5×5 OBP instead of BA +XBH with only 4 bench spots

    1. I overlooked the Kipnis injury in the draft and need to pick up a 2B. Are you dropping Heyward or Moncada for (no particular category in need): C. Hernandez, Schimpf or B. Phillips?

    2. Which side: Polanco + Ozuna + Castellanos or Stanton + Moncada?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yoan, Schimpf

      2. Stanton

  58. L-Boogie says:
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    Given the lack of CI in later rounds, which one of these scenarios sounds best coming out of round 2:

    1. Goldy/Trea
    2. Arenado/Trea
    3. Arenado/Miggy

    Assuming they are all options…which they may be after a trade.
    Thanks.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: thanks, although I realize now comparing 1 and 2 is pretty obvious considering your rankings.

  59. henncoop says:
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    I need 5 keepers in a H2H yahoo league
    My choices so far would be Bryant, Arenado, Springer, C Seager, & Odor.
    Since JD is hurt, that option is out. My other possibilities would be C Mart, Cole, Duffy, or Dahl. I could see taking Dahl instead of C Seager but a top SS is nice to have.
    Any thoughts?.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl is an option hurt but JD isn’t?

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: I guess I felt like JD’s injury was more serious & Dahl was younger but both are hurt. You pick 5 keepers each year with no conditions

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dahl is injury prone

  60. hothot says:
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    Had a dream Raul Mondesi hit .280 & stole 50 bases but someone else picked him up. Is this normal or should I call my Roto Therapist? Speaking of Roto Therapist, thx for your help w/ my teams Grey. Just purchased your book of essays, so enjoy your next lunch on me, lol.

    Alright, per War Room, gonna finish next to last in Steals & Avg in my 12-team 5×5, so I dropped an RP to add Mondesi as a desperation Bench Bat. Good god, my draft ended up sideways, but alas here we are.

    OK, with no reliable Steals left on the waiver wire, a trade is my only hope right now and I’m heavy on top SPs/RPs.Thinking the best trade move is trying to deal my Arrieta, plus either Jansen or one of my MIs in a 2-for-1.

    A): Is Arrieta + Odor a fair offer for a Trea Turner or Starling Marte? Or is Arrieta + Jansen more realistic?

    B) My Arrieta for A.J. Pollock?

    C) Arrieta for Peraza + Buxton? (My OFs are streamy/droppable)

    MIs: Odor, Russell, Semien, Devon Travis (Util), Mondesi (Bench)
    OFs: Springer, Kepler, Grichuk, Pence, Bruce

    SPs: Arrieta, Strasburg, Lackey, Hill, Hellickson, Snell
    RPs: Jansen, Melancon, Kintzler, Glover, Capps

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was I in the dream? Then very normal

      A) Bit much B) Sure C) Ok

      • hothot says:
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        @Grey: No, but Tehol was the one who snagged Mondesi in the dream. I think I was just dehydrated. Thirsty for Steals & .220 batting averages.

        I lied btw; decided to go with the autobiography instead of the essays. Mazel tov.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          From one Jersey boy to another, enjoy!

          • hothot says:
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            @Grey: *south park voice* i’m not your jersey boy, jersey guy

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

      • hothot says:
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        @Grey: surprise surprise, in a Razzball League trade involving Arrieta, I’m getting turned down more than Ryan Reynolds* auditioning for serious roles. 5 different offers to 3 diff teams denied in 2 hours time, lol. That said, appreciate how active Razzball leagues are in March. The best.

        *OK, “Woman In Gold” wasn’t awful.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  61. Synyster says:
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    10 man standard Yahoo draft coming up Tuesday and I am picking 10th. Plan on going by your rankings, but I am having a crazy idea of drafting Blackmon 10, and Turner 11. We draft pretty standard and it would be safe to assume Rizzo, Donaldson, Miggy, and a long shot but Harper as well, would still be avail at pick 10. I feel like I can get a 1B in 3rd/4th and Blackmon (potential 30/30) and Turner (Potential 20/20) is kind of appealing. But if Harper isn’t there at 10, am I being crazy considering this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with my rankings

      • Synyster says:
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        @Grey:

        Will do. Thanks!!! Looking forward to posting my draft after Tuesday. Hopefully can get the thumbs up from you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  62. Slam says:
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    I just got offered an absurd trade, it’s a 10 team league, 7×7 plus obp/slugging, QS and K/BB.

    I give up Arenado and Wil Myers – both inexpensive keepers

    I get Ben Zobrist, Carlos Gonzalez, Madison Bumgarner, Chris Sale, DeGrom, Matt Harvey, Price, Zach Britton and Wade Davis.

    I would be dropping a lot of interesting guys to accommodate the additional pitching – joe ross, tanner roark, maybe smyly, maybe robbie ray, and probably the other two closers I have.

    It would be a big hit in terms of power for me, but I am deep at corner infield and middle infield. Seems like such a crazy trade I would have to spin some of the pieces off to bolster my outfield.

    In light of the amount of talent, even if I don’t necessarily want all these pitchers, should I just take this anyway?

    • Slam says:
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      @Slam: Guy just withdrew the trade offer. Please disregard.

  63. steve says:
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    Was offered A-a-ron Sanchez for Adam Duvall. Thoughts?

    • steve says:
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      @steve: Pitchers include Kershaw, Scherzer, Giles, Robertson, Iglesias, Finnegan, Skaggs, Capps and Jaime Garcia.

      OF eligible include Trea, Springer, Grichuk, Conforto and Dickerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duvall

      • steve says:
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        @Grey: Did you see the roster I commented after original post? Either way, thanks!

  64. nick says:
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    Worried about Miggy and his injury at this point? Or still drafting him in top 10?

    • Cram It says:
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      @nick: He’s not being drafted in the top 10.

      • nick says:
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        @Cram It: You’re right, Grey has him ranked 11.. better?

        • Cram It says:
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          @nick: Yep! He’s still there :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t moved him

  65. Brett says:
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    I know it’s spring stats but any concern with Kepler and his struggles?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Brett: what struggles, ordering food in fast food places and when people hear his accent he’s being bombarded with people asking for him to sign trump plates or other doodads.

  66. NewbieRazz says:
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    Thoughts on this team? What should my focus be to improve? ESPM 12-team, 6×6 (OPS and QS, also it’s SV+Holds):

    C Tom Murphy
    1B Anthony Rizzo
    2B Rougned Odor
    3B Maikel Franco
    SS Carlos Correa
    2B/SS Jonathan Schoop
    1B/3B Eric Hosmer
    OF A.J. Pollock
    OF Gregory Polanco
    OF Jackie Bradley Jr.
    OF Max Kepler
    OF Manuel Margot
    UTIL Brandon Phillips
    Bench Steve Pearce
    Bench Yoan Moncada
    Bench Lucas Duda
    P Chris Archer
    P Carlos Carrasco
    P A.J. Ramos
    P Joakim Soria
    P Francisco Rodriguez
    P Robbie Ray
    P Will Harris
    P Michael Lorenzen
    P Blake Treinen
    Bench Brandon Kintzler
    Bench Danny Salazar
    Bench Vince Velasquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You invested too heavily in RPs and not enough in SPs… Hitting looks light on OPS, Steve Pearce isn’t ownable, not really on Duda either

  67. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Just finished reading Eli Saslow’s article on Yoan Moncada, and I’m sure if the following jewel is impressive, concerning, or both.

    “He is a versatile defender with natural speed and a sculpted upper body, and yet his agent says Moncada has sometimes mowed through 85 Twinkies in a week.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let’s hope he doesn’t try to kill a San Fran politician. Damn, that should be a tweet!

      • @Grey: Newsom could plow through 85 twinkies on a Friday afternoon…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Twinkie Defense?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: the old Twinkie in the tail pipe bit

    • @Ralph Lifshitz: mowed through 85 Twinkies in a week

      Sounds like every Sale start last year…

  68. Dave says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Loved this week’s podcast with Harold from Top Chef. Love it when I get to combine two of my favorite things in life that have no relation to each other.

    Anyways, I have a draft this Sunday and I have the 11th pick. This league has been in existence since the early 2000’s and I’m joining this year so looking to make an immediate impact. 5X5 roto scoring with OBP instead of AVG, Snake Draft with keepers but you can only keep up to $484 worth of players. (salaries tied to draft slot from the previous year.) I inherited the owners team that dropped out with the following keepers: Jose Altuve, Corey Seager, Freddie Freeman. At the very least I’m pretty sure Starling Marte or Giancarlo Stanton will be available at 11. With how scarce steals are I’m leaning towards Marte but I can’t help but think that Stanton could win me this league if he hits 45+ home runs and stays healthy even if it’s a big if.

    With how my roster is constructed which player would you lean towards taking?

    Thanks!

    -Dave

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! Go w/ Marte

  69. ThE sHiT says:
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    Grey:
    Can you give Bas from Holland my email address so i can get his info to do his draft on Sat? I dont wanna post it in the comments. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I sent an email to you both

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey: got it, thanks! I just commented on his post above, disregard.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  70. Nightmare! says:
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    Confusion is setting in Greylord. U doggin on Degrom a little today yet u have him in ur top pitchers. What gives!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t draft him

  71. Sean says:
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    Soler or josh bell for this season only?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bell

  72. Humm Baby says:
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    If you already have Cespedes as a keeper, and at pick #11 and 14, can get both Stanton and Cruz, would you do it and pass on Abreu, knowing 1B would be slim on the way back? It’s the tough decision I might be facing. Thanks!

    • Humm Baby says:
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      @Humm Baby: Should have said my other keepers are Odor and Thor. So I’ll be passing on Sale, Kluber and Darvish who could also be available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Abreu over Cruz

  73. nick the dick says:
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    Any other symptoms? Past medical history? When did the clogged feeling start? Can you describe the pain and rate it on a scale of 1-10? Does any certain position help? Have you taken any medications? Most likely just restricted bronchioles, asthma or allergic reaction related, possibly stable angina if occuring after strenuous activity. If you were having a myocardial infarction or spontaneous pneumothorax and are now dead, I’m so sorry I was not there to help you in time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m feeling better, I only lost Andrew Susac from every team today!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Phew…stiff neck? Get out there Susie, think of Grey’s NFBC team!

          • nick the dick says:
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            @J-FOH: You sonuvabitch!

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: Now I’m gonna have to change ALL my team names to JFOH

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @nick the dick: I’m feeling like Giancarlo right now

            • J-FOH says:
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              @nick the dick: I’m a trolling at a new lowvel

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  74. ThE sHiT says:
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    Give up Felix to get Keon even though i have no other closers and fuck it SAGNOF the shit out of the wire in a 14 teamer? Dude wants Feliz really bad. Tried for his Beni earlier but no go

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      F-Her? Yes

  75. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: With my league having 2 keepers, my first pick will come in the last pick of the 3rd round… my keepers are Rizzo and Betts. I was thinking of rolling best available bat as my first pick (praying it’s Lindor) and then thinking of maybe rolling Villar, who should be available. Is that too early to take someone like Villar? Finally, is Andrew Benintendi worthy of the UTIL spot in a 10 teamer, or is his hype a product of the team he plays for?

    With the way pitching/closing is shaping up this year in terms of value, I might be drafting 90% of my offense before I select my first pitcher and then finishing off my draft with 5-6 straight closer picks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too early… yes Benintendi is

  76. Fausto

    fausto says:
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    Can you please rank in order you would keep? (Numbered to make it easier)
    1. G. Polanco
    2. Lester
    3. Archer
    4. Britton
    5. Osuna
    6. Salazar

    Also did I read somewhere that Hendricks(CHC) is borderline Schmohawk ? I could see why but I was just curious.
    Thanks as uuzsh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did rank them

  77. Tony says:
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    Solution- Auction, you coulda had all 3 of those guys

  78. OneI'dWilly says:
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    Not a lot of NL SP or CI in that list, huh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s NL guys early but this is just how mixed leagues are shaking out

  79. Bob says:
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    I’m in a 16 team keeper league, each team keeps 6. Mine are moncada votto Cruz Stanton archer carrasco. I’m a little worried about carrasco after th elbow scare but I see you are still drafting him. My only other options are Eduardo nunez or schoop. Should I just stick with carrasco and hope for the best or dump him for schoop or Nunez?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go to my newest post

  80. Sean says:
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    @Grey
    Please rank D’Arnaud, Rupp and Hedges for this season?

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Sean: rankings page above.

  81. jt says:
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    12 team h2h r/2b/3b/hr/abg/ops/s/net steals/tb
    pitching w/l/hr/era/whip/k/saves/holds/cg/qs

    C TDA
    1b Goldy
    2b Odor
    SS segura
    3b rendon
    IF Hanley
    Of Springer, Trumbo, Mazara, Inciarte
    Util Carlos Santana, Devon travis
    Bench Rajai Davis

    Sp Lackey, Mcullers, Pineda, Tajuan, Jon Gray, Hammel, Gsellman
    Rp Jansen, Melancon, Giles, Betances, Neris, Koda Glover
    NA Jose de leon

    Feel like this was one of my better drafts i Could of had verlander but opted for Jansen instead, my starters came out pretty decent considering i was gambling every round by not taking one early. Hitting pretty balanced all the way around. Might say I’m weak on starters but if you look at the cats i can compete weekly

    On waivers is leonys, moreland, jankowski, margot, mondesi, judge, alcides escobar, cesar hernandez (11 triples last year) , haniger

    thornburg, bundy, conley, mchugh, storen, huston street, severino, brach, will harris, blake treinen, grant dayton should i make any moves?

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