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Tanaka, Pineda, ooh, I’m gonna take you.  To Sabathia, Kuroda, ooh, I wanna own you.  K-Rob, oh hold up now, I don’t want Sabathia and I don’t care if I ruined the song.  So, Michael Pineda will be the Yanks 5th starter, at least out of Spring Training.  Damn you, qualifier!  I don’t think the rest of the league will hit the stuffing out of Pineda (quinceanera pun for the win!), but I do think the Yankees will have have to limit Pineda’s innings at some point.  He can’t return from serious surgery and throw 200 IP this year.  I’m not adjusting Pineda in my rankings.  He’s in the “Lottery ticket” tier and he will remain there, but you don’t need to wear overalls over to the Wawa to scratch him off and win.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in Spring Training for 2014 fantasy baseball:

Carlos Santana – Best news for his value since Rob Thomas lost his number; he will start at 3rd base.  When Carlos Santana tells fantasy owners what positions he’s eligible at, he does it like his doppelganger, Edward James Olmos, doing “The Finger Man.”  I’m not going to move up Carlos Santana in my rankings, but I would draft him where I have him (in the 80′s) due to his increased eligibility.  Obviously this kills Lonnie Chisenhall‘s value, but he was killing his own value.  This also means Yan Gomes will be behind the plate talking to hitters every day about why his parents let a nurse sound out John on his birth certificate.  Why?  Because they didn’t know it started with a J.  Or maybe the nurse had ADHD and it was supposed to be Ryan.  Any the hoo!  I’m not changing my Yan Gomes projections or rankings either.  Rudy’s rankings have him for -$2, I have him for -$2, and that sounds about right.  I don’t think much of him in one catcher leagues.  He’s fine for a last round flyer, that’s about it.

David Freese – Dealing with leg tightness.  I get the feeling Freese is going to be a backup 3rd baseman by next year and out of baseball in three years.  Even a Jew can’t see a star from this David.

Tommy Hunter – Is he out as closer yet?  What’s the countdown at?  T-minus 12 days?  A week?  5 hours?  NASA hasn’t put a space shuttle in orbit in, like, ten years, can’t we borrow one of their countdown clocks?  In the landmark case of sooner vs. later, Hunter will be gone from the closer role.  I.e., the Hunter is now the hunted.  I have my money on Darren O’Day, but the reason why Hunter isn’t out already is there’s no legit guy behind him.  Bud Norris might sneak in as closer before this thing is said and done.  Or Ryan Webb.  Or Boog Powell.

Jose Reyes – Day-to-day with an MRI on his hamstring.  He’s supposedly going to be ready, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned into a 15-day DL stint.  I’m not yet moving him in my rankings, but I also don’t intend on drafting him anywhere.  Here’s me watching Billy Hamilton.  Watching Jose Reyes is the exact opposite.

Alex Gonzalez – Not being content with Andrew Romine who they just traded for, the Tigers went and got Alex Gonzalez to replace Jose Iglesias.  If I were advising the Tigers, I’d tell them to wait until the season starts and see what emerges from waivers rather than trading scrubs for other scrubs in their AL-Only league.

Steve Lombardozzi – The Brooklyn Brawler was on the other side of the Alex Gonzalez trade.  Lombardozzi will provide depth in the infield while Machado’s nursing his knees — like a baby!  Then, it appears, Lombardozzi and Ryan Flaherty will share the 2nd base job, leaving Schoop on the outside looking in.  With his hand against the glass.  As rain beats on the window.  And “Sad Songs Say So Much” plays.

Rafael Furcal – Looking like he might start the year on the DL.  Christian Yelich said this was a “real bummer” because Furcal promised to take him to an R-rated film on the first road trip.

Ike Davis – Mets announced that Davis and Duda would platoon at 1st base.  When asked to elaborate, the Mets said, “What choice do we have?”

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Could miss a start due to the toe he hurt running the bases in Australia.  Injury happened when he forget to run in the opposite direction.

Yasiel Puig – Day-to-day with inflammation of the lower back.  Nothing going 127 MPH in a school zone can’t cure!

Matt Kemp – Could be activated as soon as next week.  Prepare for his perceived value to skyrocket and him to work his way into one of the first Sell columns.

Cole Hamels – Said he “feels great” and is “thrilled,” then he wet the tip of his pinkie and thumb and smoothed down his eyebrows.

Marco Scutaro – Probably won’t be ready for Opening Day.  Sabean is kicking himself he didn’t go out and get Furcal or Edgar Renteria.

Michael Bourn – Will start the year on the DL.  I was already very low on him in my rankings, so I’m not changing anything.  I’m only disappointed more people won’t be drafting him sooner.

Freddy Garcia – The Braves released Garcia after losing just about their entire rotation in the last week.  The Braves are officially the stock broker after Black Monday.  They need someone to talk them down off the ledge because they’re now throwing everything away.

Chris Johnson – Fredi Gonzalez said Johnson could hit cleanup and B.J. Upton could hit 2nd.  Seriously, someone help the Braves, they’re in self-destruct mode.

Aaron Harang – Signed by the Braves.  Oh, I see the Braves were just monkeying around with their 5th starter slot and wanted to go with The Harangutan.

Geovany Soto – Out for 12 weeks with a torn lateral meniscus.  That’s fancy doctor speak for ‘he can’t bend his knees and has to poop standing up.’   Robinson Chirinos looks like he’s in the lead for the job, and he’s around a 12-homer, .240 hitter, so there’s that.

Yu Darvish – Won’t start on Opening Day, and will see a back specialist on whether or not he needs to go on the DL.  Yu can’t be too careful, apparently.

Neftali Feliz – Optioned to the minors.  The other day I told you to drop him.  Today I say, seriously.

Tommy Hanson – Rangers are reporting Hanson “remains in limbo.”  Ugh, wasn’t one lousy Chris Rock remake enough?

Colby Lewis – Won’t make the rotation.  Hanson’s in limbo, Yu’s hurt, Tanner Scheppers, who has never started a major league game, may start Opening Day, and Colby Lewis is out?  If they sign Freddy Garcia, I’m calling in hostage negotiator for the Braves and Rangers before they do something rash…Too late, the Rangers are about to sign Scott Baker.

Jeff Francoeur – Signed by the Padres.  No guarantee to make the team, but worst case scenario Kyle Blanks can hold Frenchy up by an ankle while he’s striking out to make a lovely ceiling fan.

Erik Bedard – When he lost the 5th starter job to Odorizzi, he asked for his release and it was granted.  Bedard said, “I’d prefer to get injured somewhere else.  Merci beaucoup.”

Alex Colome – Suspended for 50 games for PEDs use.  Poor Joe Maddon will be reminded of this every time he opens his spreadsheets and scrolls all the way to the left.

Randy Wolf – Released by the Mariners.  Score that a victory for Team Edward.

Roenis Elias – Won a rotation spot along with Blake “Leave it to” Beavan.  I drafted Elias for my NFBC team, though he was originally called “Placeholder Pitcher 9.”  Elias had a decent K-rate in Double-A last year, impressed in the spring (2.04 ERA in 17 2/3 IP) and knows really interesting sports trivia facts like, did you know there have been sixteen players since 1912 that misplaced their belt prior to a game and had to use a rope?  I wouldn’t bother with Elias in most mixed leagues, since he’ll lose his starting spot once Hisashi or Taijuan returns.  In media res, he’s worth an AL-Only look.

Daric Barton – Will be the strong side of the 1st base platoon.  Okay, strong is being generous.

Marcus Semien – Likely to start the year at 2nd base while Gordon Beckham recovers from an oblique injury.  Semien should just play 2nd base all year; he would out-hit Beckham.  Semien could get 15/15 with everyday playing time (though probably hitting .240).  Unfortch, the White Sox seem content with giving Beckham another chance.  Actually, make that a 4th chance.

Shane Victorino – Dealing with side discomfort.  I’m thisclose to moving Victorino into the next outfield tier, “Brace yourself for disappointment.”  I get the feeling Victorino is currently getting by on good vibes and bad farts.

Starlin Castro – Played short in a minor league game and remains confident he’ll be ready for Opening Day.  It’s just Castro playing catch up, which is fine, just no pepper.

Devin Mesoraco – Took 30 swings and felt good.  In related news, Miguel Cabrera took 30 swigs and feels great!

Anibal Sanchez – Threw in a minor league game and feels fine to start the third game of the season vs. the Royals.  Can the season really start already?  Thank you.

Vic Black – Might start the year in the minors with Valverde backing up Bobby Parnell.  My closer-in-peril sniffer might not be up to midseason form yet, but this is starting to smell like Valverde is going to see a save or two before April ends.

Casey Janssen – Finally made his Spring Training debut and topped out at 86 MPH.  Yikeys.  Don’t stop handcuffing him with Santos yet.

Juan Francisco – Released by the Brewers.  Until he signs on with another club, he’s going to spend time with Carlos Martinez’s Twitter favorites.

Vance Worley – Signed by the Pirates.  Worley will be a perfect pairing with Edinson “Swirley” Volquez.

Francisco Liriano – Will test out his groin today.  Whoa, TMI!

Robbie Erlin – Likely to fill in for Josh Johnson in the Padres rotation.  Joba Chamberlain’s mom hates Robbie, saying, “Erlin, you stupid poop!”

  1. Kid A says:
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    In some countries, spelling quinceanera without the Ñ, is an implication that someone/thing has 15 anuses.

    Interestingly, in some countries, someone having 15 anuses is also known as a Tehol.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: hilarious. I think it fits in the sense that time is a flat circle. Tangents upon tangents lead you back to where you started from. Pineda pinata tomato tohmato, i better stop now.

        • Sky

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    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: I missed my favorite cat today in me and Jay’s column…..oh crap I just G3′d

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Kid A: it’s official, Kid A is Tehol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kid A: Ha, you’re smelling blood now, I can tell

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: the GI Joe link aplys to us all

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How about the Finger Man?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: do i want to know this?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s in the post

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I forgot about that, I watched it at 12:30 this morning…not sober

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gotcha

    • MacK says:
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      What should I do to improve this team, Grey?
      12 team, rotisserie, 6×6 standard – Keeper league

      C. Travis d”Arnaud
      1B. Adrian Gonzalez
      2B. Dustin Pedroia
      3B. Evan Longoria
      SS. Xander Bogaerts
      OF. Mike Trout (Keeper)
      OF. Bryce Harper (Keeper)
      OF. Wil Myers (Keeper)
      Util. Matt Kemp
      Util. Jose Abreu
      Bench Jonathan Villar
      Bench Khris Davis
      Bench Will Middlebrooks
      Bench Kolten Wong

      SP. Adam Wainwright (Keeper)
      SP. Chris Sale (Keeper)
      RP. Koji Uehara
      RP. Trevor Rosenthal
      P. Jordan Zimmermann
      P. Hiroki Kuroda
      P. LaTroy Hawkins
      P. Chris Tillman
      Bench. Rick Porcello

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Don’t do anything rash and let your team play…. It looks solid for now…

  2. J-FOH says:
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    OTS will mention Meek as a candidate in Baltimore….GO! *looks at watch*

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @J-FOH: then someone will make a Meek will inherit the closer job joke

          • J-FOH says:
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            @J-FOH: stupid auto correct. …..Meek-a-boo

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @J-FOH: Haha… He has already

          • Principal Blackman says:
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            @J-FOH: Ha! Merk-a-boo sounds like a game involving pubic wigs.

  3. Brooke says:
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    Hi Grey. I’m going to drop Archie Bradley cuz he didn’t get the job and I don’t want to waste a roster spot. Of these guys on waivers who would you pick up? Thank you.

    Tillman
    Estrada
    Straily
    Peavy
    Lackey
    Hudson.

  4. JB says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the funniest, wittiest, and most entertaining yet still effective fantasy advice on the whole world wide web! So, why so low on Hunter? Dude had a sub 3.00 era and sub 1.00 whip last season with a 68:14 K/BB ratio over 86 innings….sounds like a solid line to me. Is it because lefties hit.294 against him last year and you think he will lose the gig because of it?

    Also, should I drop Yan Gomes for Pierzynski? I feel a “Thanks! Yes and yes.” answer coming. Thanks!

    • Yescheese says:
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      @JB: the catcher questions begin!!

    • centerfield_ballhawk says:
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      @JB: Hunter’s splits are not favorable. Lefties hit .294 off of him with 11 homers. As Nick The Podcast Host would say, “You’ve Been Warned.”

    • BTD says:
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      @JB: Buck likes assigned roles in the bullpen, unfortunately… As an O’s fan, I’d be (pleasantly) surprised if Buck did a CL by committee, but really don’t see that happening. CL is the biggest question mark on what should be a very competitive team. The O’s had a few crushing late-inning loses last year, and Buck stood by the established Johnson. But I wouldn’t be shocked if Buck is a bit more trigger happy this year considering Hunter’s lack of experience.

      Not much behind him though. O’Day most likely. Meeks may/may not make the squad. Webb will probably be the high-leverage guy (i.e. man on with 0/1 out) because he’s a ground-ball guy. Norris, only if Gausman steps into the starter role.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JB: Thanks for the kind words! I’d hold Yan

  5. Free Max B says:
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    I know 8 team leagues are extra roastable, but my noob friends made a side league and I couldn’t resist (especially since my main league hasn’t drafted yet).

    8 Team, H2H, 6 x 6 (OBP instead of Avg., QS).

    C. Rosario
    1. Pujols
    2. Cano
    3. Longoria
    SS. Segura
    OF. Jones
    OF. Puig
    OF. Marte
    Util. Myers
    Util. Abreu
    BN. Hill
    BN. Arenado

    SP. Bailey
    SP. Cobb
    RP. Perkins
    RP. Balfour
    P. Cain
    P. Teheran
    P. Samardzija
    P. Liriano
    BN. Dickey
    BN. Henderson
    BN. Soria
    BN. Ventura

    I don’t know why I drafted four closers and the bench bats also seem unnecessary. Otherwise, I’m pretty content. The waiver wire of course has some solid options. Who/How many should I cat on to swoop some more starters? Tillman, C.J. Wilson, Porcello, Peavy, Kluber, Walker are all available. Is my league too shallow to own Ventura?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Free Max B: Team looks fine for now, those SPs are solid on waivers, but the league is crazy shallow, you just have to ride hot hands

  6. barker says:
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    16 team keeper H2H keep 11

    fielder longoria reyes pence marte carlos santana gyorko bogaerts verlander jansen rosenthal
    was my choices but also available
    matt adams victorino eaton yelich perkins moore ventura

    then go OF and starter in draft first 2 rounds

    wanted to get the Fantasy Master Lothario’s opinion thank you and great stuff as always never a bad night

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @barker: FML! Those 11 work for me… OF and SP works too, sure…

  7. JMonte says:
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    Hey Grey loved reading your post about your NFBC team, Im in one of the other two Razzball NFBC leagues heres what I wound up with – just starting lineup w/o the other 27 bench players: Had 6th Pick

    Gomes, Yan C
    Montero, Jesus C
    Abreu, Jose  1B
    Dozier, Brian 2B
    Headley, Chase 3B
    Cabrera, Everth SS
    Cruz, Nelson OF
    Ellsbury, Jacoby OF
    Ethier, Andre OF
    Gonzalez, Carlos OF
    Upton, B.J. OF
    Kinsler, Ian MI
    Dunn, Adam CI
    Ortiz, David UT
    Dickey, R.A. P
    Hernandez, Felix P
    Lohse, Kyle P
    Perkins, Glen P
    Qualls, Chad P
    Santana, Ervin P
    Soriano, Rafael P
    Weaver, Jered P
    Zimmermann, Jordan P

    • JMonte says:
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      Should be Derek Norris not Montero, sry.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JMonte: You look low on average and power and a bit high on speed….Pitching looks a little wonky too… Gonna be a crapshoot on depth, so hopefully you have it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Didn’t even know he was taking a horse steroid… Why the long face? Cause he was suspended

  8. Rocky says:
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    Grey,

    Interested in your gut reactions on a few player comparisons as spring training winds down…

    Bourjos vs Crawford vs Yelich

    Rendon vs Wong

    Frazier vs Arenado

    Thanks in advance, Grey!

    • steve b says:
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      @Rocky: @Rocky: It would be Wong not to take Crawford and this Frazier isn’t going down.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rocky: Nothing’s changed from my rankings

  9. Scott says:
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    I’m wondering your thoughts on trying to acquire another first round pick in my draft. It will cost me a 3rd round pick as well as an 8th round pick but I will have the 6th overall pick to go with my own 2nd overall pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Sounds fine

    • BTD says:
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      @Scott: If it’s bigger than a 12 team league, definitely. Partnering a Miggy with a Fielder-ish player would be a huge advantage. 12 or smaller, it doesn’t matter to me.

  10. Jammer McSlam says:
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    Draft this team in a 14team OPS league. How’d I do? I also plan on adding Grandal in a week or two since he is a FA still.

    Yu Wieters is Hardy
    1. (2) Miguel Cabrera (Det – 3B)
    2. (27) Giancarlo Stanton (Mia – OF)
    3. (30) Yasiel Puig (LAD – OF)
    4. (55) Álex Ríos (Tex – OF)
    5. (58) Ryan Zimmerman (Was – 3B)
    6. (83) Homer Bailey (Cin – SP)
    7. (86) Alex Cobb (TB – SP)
    8. (111) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
    9. (114) Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    10. (139) Justin Masterson (Cle – SP)
    11. (142) Andrew Cashner (SD – SP,RP)
    12. (167) Doug Fister (Was – SP)
    13. (170) Nate Jones (CWS – RP)
    14. (195) Brad Miller (Sea – 2B,SS)
    15. (198) Tommy Hunter (Bal – RP)
    16. (223) Anthony Rendón (Was – 2B,3B)
    17. (226) Rick Porcello (Det – SP)
    18. (251) Danny Farquhar (Sea – RP)
    19. (254) Carlos Martínez (StL – RP)
    20. (279) Todd Frazier (Cin – 3B)
    21. (282) Ryan Doumit (Atl – C,OF)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jammer McSlam: Looks like a very solid OPS team for hitting… The pitching looks solid too… I like the team…

      • Jammer McSlam says:
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        Almost responded with a catcher question, but then deleted it! Still going to post this so you know your readers are slowly learning.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  11. goodfold2 says:
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    i know rankings but in 12 team roto with QS/on base % against/ k/BB
    1.should i drop any of erasmo/ventura/pineda for any of M.Perez/Delgado/Santiago. Rankings actually say drop all 3 for those other 3 but i’ve seen answers vary, plus all those other categories could change some things. I have have liriano/cobb/porcello/shields/fister/gee
    In addition I could
    2.go back to 8 SP and 6 RP (scheppers was drafted as RP on purpose, then dropped for Gee), with the 6th slotted into lone “P” slot. Didn’t know if QS would up the amount of SP to 9 vs 8? Lots of good RP available.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: pretty much all of dumpling face is either on my team or are free agents.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @goodfold2: 1. Nah 2. I’d hold for now

  12. Nelson says:
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    Would you rather pick up Erlin , Wisler or Josh Johnson as a lottery ticket hodgepadre?

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Nelson: looks like erlin will get the job, jj is injured, and wisler has the highest ceiling but will go to AA

  13. Joe says:
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    Drafted the following team and it’s as long as I’ve ever waited on pitching (Cain was at the end of the 7th). How Gray friendly is this team for a 12-team, 5×5, H2H non keeper?

    Hitters: McCutchen, Longoria, Freeman, Choo, Hosmer, Cespedes, A.Hill, S.Castro, W.Ramos, BJ Upton

    Pitching: Cain, Teheran, Salazar, Lynn, Porcello, Kluber, Kazmir, Wheeler, J.Henderson, Cishek, N.Jones

    Does Gray say yay or nay? (You can be honest. I promise to keep my tears away from the keyboard so I don’t remotely short circuit us.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: I would be honest, I like the team… Your hitting is great and your pitching looks fine…

  14. Rabbit says:
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    A Wawa reference! Next thing you know you’ll be talking about eating a scrapple hoagie….

  15. Schizer says:
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    Did Hunter touch you as a child? Why all the hate?

    • centerfield_ballhawk says:
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      @Schizer: His splits aren’t very good. He was a good middle reliever which doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be a solid closer.

      • Schizer says:
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        @centerfield_ballhawk: Yeah, dude, I was just joking. Just saying there’s some extra hate being thrown Hunter’s way and, as an O’s fan & Hunter owner, I hope Grey’s wrong. And I hope Nate Jones gets blown up since I have Lindstrom in NFBC.

  16. Clyde Prompto says:
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    The “Throw Momma From the Train” reference in the Erlin blurb made me choke on my coffee. Also, I was wondering if you happened to catch any of Porcello’s starts this Spring. I get that the stats don’t matter, but he’s getting smoked. A smoked Porcello is great as an appetizer, but not in my AL Only rotation.

    • The Unchosen says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: When a rare disease sweeps through baseball and completely eradicates all left hand hitters, Porcello will have his long awaited breakout.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: I haven’t see Porcello this spring… Doesn’t matter anyway, let’s see what he does in April

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: on the plus side he does sport a 15/2 K/BB

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  17. Tony Starks says:
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    Grey, would you be as low on Mauer in a points league where a single = 1pt, double = 2pts… run/RBI = 1pt, SB = 2pts, etc… and more importantly BB = 1pt and KO = -0.5pts ??

    What I’m getting at is do you think the extra AB’s he gets NOT catching matter? He’s projected to not only be the top scoring catcher in this format but also a top 5 scoring 1B.

    * I tried raising the bid to get my leaguemates to spend some auction money and got stuck with him. Trying to rationalise how badly this is going to affect my team. Many thanks you big hairy man

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Tony Starks:
      Love Mauer in the pts format. I wouldn’t fret that pick at all.

      • Tony Starks says:
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        @Alky Sobrera: Thanks Alky. Feel slightly less suicidal. And considering I got him for $27 and the four 1B projected to score more pts than him went for much more, I’m thinking (hoping) it wasn’t the worst move in the history of auction drafts:

        1 – Goldy $51
        2 – Votto $41
        3 – Fielder $34
        4 – E5 $35
        =================
        6 – Crush Davis $34
        7 – Freeman $35

  18. Brett says:
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    Gray,

    What do you think Baltimore does with Gausman?

    • centerfield_ballhawk says:
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      @Brett: He could end up being Baltimore’s best starter, or possibly their closer, by season’s end. I’m holding onto him with a kung – fu grip in the meantime.

    • Tony Starks says:
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      @Brett: hopefully they send him down for a month or so or until they realize he’s one of their better SP’s. if they keep him with the big club and put him in the bullpen I’d be nervous about what happens as they stretch him back out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: To the minors to stay stretched out

  19. Alky Sobrera says:
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    How short did he play? Did he just hunch over, or has he already advanced to playing on his knees? These are important details Grey!
    ^This is what happens when Selig decides to screw us all with this stupid 1 week delay. It’s like the ASB, without the benefit of being able to stare at your last place team everyday and feed your self-loathing…

  20. Swfcdan says:
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    Iis Broxton expected to be setup fodder to Hoover to start the season? Porcello was dropped and I could use some more starting depth, just dont wanna throw away the likely closer for the Reds.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Swfcdan:

      Broxton is on the DL. Reds saying committee, that will include Hoover, LeCure and Parra at least. Also been rumored to be in the trade market. Putz came up (yeah, yeah).

    • Mike says:
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      @Swfcdan: Broxton might be on DL.

  21. reilljt0 says:
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    Which of these RP would you make a speculative add for (I’m going to drop Villar)?
    -Santos
    -O’Day
    -Fields
    -Cody Allen
    -Sam Lecure

    • Buzzdainer says:
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      @reilljt0: I’d take O’Day.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @reilljt0: Santos

    • Yescheese says:
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      @reilljt0: Cody allen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @reilljt0: Any of them… Choose your poison… Allen and Santos are best

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i love the closer spec posts, literally every name asked about is liked best by someone. santos (for saves) then allen.

  22. scottsteelers says:
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    I never draft catcher til last 3 rds cause I always drop and add riding hot streaks. As of now I have Montero. Should I drop him fir Gomes?

    • Mike says:
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      @scottsteelers: Montero only played 2 games give him a chance to look bad

      • scottsteelers says:
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        @Mike: no I know im not giving up on him performance based on this season. Just the fact that Gomes hit the same amt of homers as Montero and batted 64 points higher in 130 or so less at bats is intriguing

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Grey: I dropped Montero for Gattis… smart or dumb? Is it too early to ask catcher questions? haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Smart

  23. Anal Herschiser says:
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    Sup. Grey, your mustache is the wind beneath my wings. With Astoria getting the closing job in TEX, you like him more, less or same as Sergio Romo?

    • Anal Herschiser says:
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      @Anal Herschiser: Soria. Not a neighborhood in Queens.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anal Herschiser: Haha… Nice username too… Soria could be Romo, slightly less job security

  24. Ty Wiggington says:
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    OBP, dynasty league.

    Adam Jones + Gerrit Cole

    OR

    Allen Craig + JoFer?

    Adam Jones gets a knock in OBP…

  25. Poop Flies says:
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    of the following 3 Mariners…… who has the best chance of living up to their promise this year (in order)
    Smoak em if you Got em
    No Morrisson tweets
    Dust in the wind Ackley

  26. OaktownSteve says:
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    The Baltimore closer situation is interesting. With Hunter the problem has to be some combination of the splits, the HR rate and the lack of closing experience.

    It seems like it should be O’Day. Good ERA the last two years though FIP doesn’t like him (sees unsustainable strand rate, I think). He’s a righty and surprisingly fly ball prone for a submariner in a park that’s very friendly to left handed power. For some reason he seems not to be seen as closer material.

    Gausman seems clearly ready to start. It’s not like a St. Louis situation where the rotation is so deep there’s no reason not to season up a power arm in the pen for a year. Sooner or later they’ll need Gausman as rotation depth.
    Not much talk on the site about Grady Sizemore. Have to assume the Albright mentality is there’s no chance he stays healthy for an extended period of time. Have to say that the prospect of a super talent starting in CF and possibly hitting lead off in Boston and going undrafted has to pique interest. I liked this snip from the Boston Herald:

    “‘There’s still a lot of internal discussion on who our starting center fielder is going to be,’ (Farrell) said.

    Then, in the sixth inning, Sizemore hit a fastball to right field that cleared the fence, the bullpen, and the outfield boardwalk at Charlotte Sports Park before striking the walkway of a building about 430 feet away.”

    I think the Mariners may win the AL West. With a few things going their way (Iwakuma healthy by let’s say June; either Paxton, Erasmo or both stepping forward; 130 quality innings from Walker) they would have the best SP depth (led by the King) in the division by far. I am also buying in on McClendon’s ability to coax some better offensive performance out of them. The vibe this spring for them has been good. A’s and Rangers have had somewhat challenging camps. I think there’s a fair amount of fantasy value lurking around the Mariners.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @OaktownSteve: No reference to the Meek inheriting the job???

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @OaktownSteve: If you listen to the Boston sports talk radio callers you can already chalk Sizemore up for AL MVP and playing 160 games! I agree, he’s a very intriguing player/gamble late. He’s had a killer spring. With Victorino banged up and possibly opening the season on the DL both he and JBJ would likely make the opening day roster. They had Nava playing CF the other day too, possibly making plans for back-up CF if they do send JBJ to AAA and Victorino/Sizemore both need a day off.

      There’s an awful lot of OF/1B guys on that Sawx squad right now with Gomes, Nava, Carp plus JBJ, Victorino and Sizemore.

      I think Grey’s already made comments about Sizemore not staying healthy and only hitting .250 the last time he was healthy (2009). Even still he was 18/13 that year. Could think of worse $1 players at the back end of your roster.

      Oh and not sure you caught my comment in yesterdays post but, good luck tomorrow man, keep us posted how it goes!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @MattTruss223:

        You know I did see your comment yesterday and I could have sworn I responded. Must not have gone through.

        Thanks for the good wishes. How sweet would it be to walk away with 100K for dorking around playing FBB?

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @MattTruss223: New England sports fans are manic-depressive. They can be irrationally high on players one day and then irrationally low on them the next. I know because I used to be one of them. Only when you move out of New England and away from the local media do you realize this.

        I’d like to see Sizemore do well. It would be a good story. But yeah, New England fans need to calm the f#ck down.

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        @MattTruss223: victorino needs like 23 days off a year (not counting DL). it’s probably gonna be webb.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I made Sizemore comments earlier in the spring… I don’t see how he doesn’t make the team at this point… I was in Vegas in January and put money on the Mariners to win the World Series…

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Grey: What were the odds? Are you planning an early retirement if this one hits?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Terrible odds — 18-1

  27. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Good morning Grey, sweet post. I like Pineda, I’m holding that lottery ticket on one team, should be fun watching how he does this year.

    One league, a 12 team 5×5 H2H, has left BJ Upton undrafted. I’m a bit light on speed too. I could drop Brad Miller, Erasmo, Porcello, or Kluber to pick him up. Should I drop one of those or hold?

    Old BJ is a real mystery to me, what the hell happened?!? I did not own him in his nightmare year of 13′, but I did own him for 2 years prior and he was awesome. I cannot believe how much of a drop in all cats he experienced. Stopped taking roids? Fluke? Poised to be the come back player of the year? I just don’t know what to think of this guy. Would love to hear your opinion on him.

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      @Shawn of the livid: Thanks! Can lose Miller if he’s a bench bat… Upton Ks too much…

  28. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Got a trade question too!

    Guys offers me Crawford and Wheeler for Dom Brown.

    I know Tehol is all in on Brown, I’m a bit skeptical on the guy but got a great price on him. I feel like that trade leans on the Wheeler side

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: I like the Brown side.

      Crawford might be the 4th OF by season’s end. Wheeler’s fine, but there are a lot of pitchers this year.

  29. Will says:
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    It’s the ol’ ‘how does my roster look?’ question. Just once since there’s money on the line, unless the IRS is trolling razzball. Then there’s candy on the line. Anyway, my auction was last night and I’m a little worried about my team – but I’m also worried about everyone else’s team. What do you think?

    12-team points league (H2H) including -.25 points/AB, and 1.33 points/inning pitched (of particular note). Maybe also of note, SBs are 2 points, which are equivalent to doubles.

    C Weiters
    1B Fielder
    2B Brad Miller
    3B Zimmerman
    SS Segura
    IF Ortiz
    OF Ellsbury
    OF Rios
    OF Jennings
    OF Venable
    Util Arenado
    Util Seager
    BN Michael Brantley and George Springer

    SP Zimmermann
    SP Bailey
    SP Cobb
    SP Liriano
    SP Nolasco
    RP Reed
    RP Nate Jones
    RP Qualls
    P Taijuan Wlker
    P Randall Delgado
    BN/DL Niese and Mike Minor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: I like the team. you look pretty well balanced on hitting, hopefully Ellsbury stays healthy… Pitching looks fine… Nice team…

  30. Rusty says:
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    Grey,

    Standard 5×5, 12 team, start 9 batters, 1450 innings pitched limit

    Jason Castro
    Pujols
    Brad miller
    Tulo
    Longoria
    Bruce
    Rios
    Billy Hamilton
    Arenado

    Homer Bailey
    Liriano
    Sonny gray
    Corey kluber
    Randall Delgado
    Alex Torres

    Frieri
    Balfour
    Jim Johnson
    Street
    Delabar

    What area(s) do I need to improve?

    • Grey

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      @Rusty: A tad low on power and high on speed, but not bad, I don’t think you need to improve anything right now…

  31. Al says:
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    WAWA! Get yourself a 24oz coffee, meatball shorty and kandycake son!

    • Grey

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      @Al: Ha!

  32. MattH says:
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    Maybe Hunter gets a couple saves and settles in. That’s probably wishful thinking on my part. Looking forward to your recaps, Grey. I’m ready for the season to start even though it’s 17 degrees this morning.

  33. Derrick says:
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    You said yesterday my team is a little light on power and heavy on speed. Do you like me moving Homer Baikey and Marte for Puig?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick: Sounds fair, I’d prolly short for a lesser trade

  34. Ty Wiggington says:
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    These “Here’s my roster. What do you think?”-questions need to stop.

    Give Grey some specific questions. Aint no one got time for that crap.

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Ty Wiggington: I’m always amazed at how many questions Grey actually responds to.

    • Buzzdainer says:
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      @Ty Wiggington: This is one of those rare forums where people can actually get meaningful feedback about their fantasy teams. I mean, it’s not like my girlfriend cares whether or not I keep Cody Asche, or drop him for Danny Farquhar. Y’all, especially Grey, make me feel less alone.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Ty Wiggington:

      or ,
      direct them to the forums page ,
      like the good old days .

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Ty Wiggington: Grey do what he do… that’s the way Grey go

  35. Ernie says:
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    Hello Gray, I just finished my Yahoo draft with my buddies and I would like to know your opinion.

    12 teams, H2H 6×6 (OPS), auction draft

    C – Wilin Rosario
    1B – Freddie Freeman
    2B – Aaron Hill
    3B – Evan Longoria
    SS – Ian Desmond
    LF – Starling Marte
    CF – Carlos Gómez
    RF – Álex Ríos
    Util – Kole Calhoun

    SP – Matt Cain, Francisco Liriano, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Rick Porcello, A.J. Burnett, Corey Kluber, Tanner Scheppers
    RP – Joe Nathan, Casey Janssen, Grant Balfour

    DL – Jurickson Profar, Josh Johnson

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. Cheers!

    • Ty Wiggington says:
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      @Ernie: See comment immediately above this.

    • sean says:
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      @Ernie: You’re really light on HR/RBI (not sure anyone on that team is going to hit 30 or drive in 100 unless you believe in Longo big time). Cueto’s already missing starts with back spasms. Makes me worry that it won’t be a year-long thing. Think you could be real light on wins and and ks.

  36. sean says:
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    Have the #4 in a 10-teamer for the third time. Went Cargo once. Went Kershaw another time. I know we love AuShizz and what not, but I have trouble taking him 4th because if he can’t swipe 12-15 bags he turns into Fielder/Longo/Votto… am I overthinking it?

    • Ty Wiggington says:
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      @sean: None those will even steal 10 and Goldy will hit more HRs. Yes, you are overthinking. His speed is legitimate for the foreseeable future – he’s only 26 years old.

      • sean says:
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        @Ty Wiggington: Yeah, I think I have trouble paying first-round dollars for a guy that we made such a profit on last year, more than anything…

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @sean: how many bases does kershaw steal?

      • Buzzdainer says:
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        @DonSlaughtOnslaught: I don’t know, but I bet Clay Buchholz steals an armload of laptops.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Buzzdainer: damn, Bos, and cheating, gives a bad name to everyone

  37. Jake Taylor says:
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    Is there any way to justify taking braun or harper as the 3rd OF behind trout and mac?

      • Guy who strike outs swing in softball says:
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        @Grey: Sorry overall rankings

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey: Haha, he must be one half of the Cashman/Steinbrenner auction league (luxury tax system in effect, of course).

        • Grey

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          Ha

  38. AdamH says:
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    Who do you hold on to purely speculating for saves: M Melancon or S Santos?

    • Buzzdainer says:
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      @AdamH: Santos.

    • Yescheese says:
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      @AdamH: Cody allen

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Yescheese: santos

  39. I Am The Liquor says:
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    I kept 3 players in a 10 keeper league 5×5 roto and have two picks before anyone else gets to draft. I have Bautista, Prince and Holliday. On the list of available players that I am eyeing are:

    Abreu
    Adams
    Dom Brown
    Craig
    Tanaka
    Salazar
    Everth
    Grey
    Gordon
    Rosario

    I know where I am leaning, but who would you take with these picks?

  40. Allen says:
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    Hey everyone. I have been staring at my team for about a week now and the longer I stare the more I am not sure what I think about it. I think its good for a yahoo H2H 12 team standard…anyone else have thoughts? And Ty Wigginton I realize Grey might not have time to analyze every single roster posted on here but that’s what always has been great about Razzball, he does make the time. And quite frankly, as a dedicated reader, I dont feel bad about posting my roster to get opinions

    C- RAMOS
    1B- RIZZO
    2B- B. MILLER
    3B- LONGORIA
    SS-LOWRIE
    OF-TROUT
    OF-BAUTISTA
    OF-BRUCE
    UTIL-CHOO
    UTIL-BRANTLEY

    SP- HOMER
    SP- GIO
    SP-COBB
    SP-TEHERAN
    SP-MASTERSON
    SP-GRAY
    SP-KLUBER
    SP-SMYLY
    SP-GEE
    RP-BALFOUR, AXFORD, HUNTER , MELANCON

    • sean says:
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      @Allen: light on speed and potentially average if Rizzo is closer to .260 than .280. In a H2H with only 10 hitters, I don’t think you can afford to have two empty guys at MI…

  41. I Am The Liquor says:
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    I kept 3 players in a 10 keeper, 5×5 roto league and now have the first two picks in my draft this year. I kept Bautista, Prince and Holliday and have been eyeing the following players with my picks:

    Abreu
    Brown
    Craig
    Tanaka
    Adams
    Gordon
    Rosario
    Salazar
    Grey
    Everth
    Jennings

    I know which way I am leaning. Who would you take with these picks?

  42. Mitch says:
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    Drafted Elvis “uh-huh” Andrus and am a bit concerned about his elbow. Threw yesterday so hopefully he’s fine, but want to add a backup plan.

    Better pickup: Andrelton Simmons, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dee Gordon, Alcides Escobar
    Who to drop: Aoki, Asivail Garcia, George Springer (I know he’s not up until June but prefer to stash because of upside).

    What say you?

    • sean says:
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      @Mitch: Hard to give you advice without knowing where you need the help…. If Elvis was holding together your R/SB/AVG, Simmons and Cabrera aren’t going to help. Gordon is the only speed play of the bunch, but he might not get the PT.

      • Mitch says:
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        @sean: Yeah I hear ya. Andrus was there to beef up steals the most, but like him because he’ll produce some runs with decent rbi/avg for a SS. purely based on the speed, I was leaning towards escobar since he gets more ABs then gordon. I’ll prob wait it out a few days anyway since none of these suckas are urgent adds.

        • Yescheese says:
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          @Mitch: andrleton is your guy. I think

  43. sean says:
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    light on speed and potentially average if Rizzo is closer to .260 than .280. In a H2H with only 10 hitters, I don’t think you can afford to have two empty guys at MI…

  44. Principal Blackman says:
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    If anybody has any unexpected openings in an RCL that has yet to draft, hit me up. I am still looking for a last chance razzball saloon.

  45. Circle Gyorko says:
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    Grey, Rudy & Co.

    I recently told a friend I would help him out and do an auction draft for him since he was going to be gone. This is an 12 team, AL only league. This league used to be 11 teams but this guy is the newest member which puts them at 12. They have keepers in the league but he obviously will not have any. Budget I have is $260. I am having trouble figuring out a drafting strategy for him because of their strange league settings.

    It is a 4×4 (HR, RBI, AVG, SB, W, Saves, ERA, WHIP) with a roster setup of (C,C,1B,2B,SS,3B,CR,MI,5 OF, Util, and 9 P). Yes you read that right….they have TWO CATCHERS for AL ONLY and 12 teams. They also do not have any K’s for pitchers….cause that makes sense….

    The strategy I’m considering, punt ALL SP’s. The only thing they would give you is wins and that is so hard to project for. Instead I would pick up all middle relievers and closers which would save A LOT of my budget. I could then use this extra money to bolster the bats. What are your thoughts on this strategy? Do you have any better ideas? Thank You and keep up the amazing work!

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Circle Gyorko: Going for the $9 pitching staff?

      • Circle Gyorko says:
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        @Principal Blackman: Hahaha, just think of the batters I could have. Without IP or K it just doesn’t make sense to me to spend $10-20 on just one SP in the hopes that he gets me a win when I can spend something like $1-4/RP who gets me ERA, WHIP, SV (although more would be needed to be spent on closers)

  46. RK says:
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    Not cool — referencing Wawa when I live in the south. Now I want a hoagie.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RK: Sorry!

  47. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Had our draft recently in my 12 team H2H 5×5 keeper (s+h) league. Think I did ok, but would like some feedback please…

    C: S. Perez
    1B: Goldy (k)
    2B: Carpenter (k)
    3B: Miggy (k)
    SS: Segura (k)
    OF: Ellsbury (k)
    OF: Eaton
    OF: Calhoun
    Util: Butler

    SP: Cain
    SP: Cole (k)
    SP: Teheran (k)
    RP: Koji
    RP: Soria
    P: Tanaka
    P: Ventura
    P: Cashner (k)

    DL: Harvey

    Minors: Taillon, Sano

    *k = keeper

    • Lincecuminmypants says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants: I should add that I got Carl Crawford with my last pick and have room for more bench spots.

      • Kneely says:
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        @Lincecuminmypants: You have excellent keepers, but your OF, with the exception of Ellsbury, is suspect.

  48. Jason says:
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    Grey

    What are your feelings on Mike Olt?

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Jason: Olt feelings, new beginnings.

  49. sweetandmauer says:
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    Have the following rotation in a 6×6 roto (includes holds):

    Scherzer, Wainwright, Felix, Fister

    Two spots for fliers: Dickey, Haren, Pineda, Gallardo, Porcello, Hutchison, Tillman

    Who are you filling out your staff with? Thanks!

    • Kneely says:
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      @sweetandmauer: Tillman and Porcello. Tillman is more than just a flier. Good K’s and offense backing him. If he repeats last season’s numbers, he will make a great #5 SP for your team.

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @sweetandmauer: I like Dickey on a bounce-back. Great 2nd half and a Cy Young 2 years ago.

  50. markm35 says:
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    Having trouble choosing 7 keepers. Who would you choose (14 team league $270 budget)

    Trout ($9), Harper ($13), Segura ($11), Wil Myers ($11), Scherzer ($16) These seem like locks.

    Need to pick 2 from:
    David Robertson ($7)
    Matt Adams ($7)
    Jose Altuve ($8)
    Alex Cobb($7)
    Homer Bailey ($11)
    Daniel Murphy ($7)

    Thanks!

    • Kneely says:
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      @markm35: Cobb and Altuve.

      • markm35 says:
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        @Kneely: @Grey?

        • AdamH says:
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          @markm35: Altuve & Cobb

  51. Yescheese says:
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    Legitimate question for the deep razz schmohawks -

    Why is everyone so down on Marcus Semien? What about his minor league record leads espn to believe he will hit .240? Dude can hit with some power – very welcome at the MI.

    Follow up question – why is everybody so down on Jonathan Schoop? Dude could be even better with nice average and power. Yes please at the MI!!

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Yescheese: I think they both have major roadblocks to getting a full season’s worth of ABs.

      • Yescheese says:
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        @Principal Blackman: that’s fair, but both have legitimate shots at April jobs – with upside – isn’t that late round flyer fodder? Or are we rosterbating too deep here?

        • Principal Blackman says:
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          @Yescheese: Either of them could be worth a streaming spot to start the season, and no, I don’t think we’re in danger of autoeroster asphyxiation. What’s our safeword?

  52. Clint says:
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    So, I “snatched” BJ Upton in the last round of my roto draft. The more I hear about his hot spring & Gonzalez saying he’ll hit second, the more I want to believe like Fox Mulder but I guess we’ll see?

    • Kneely says:
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      @Clint: Expect 20/20 and not much else.

      • Clint says:
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        @Kneely:

        Would you keep him or pick up Junior Lake?

  53. alcohol abuser says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great stuff as usual!

    In a 12 team 7×7 (Ks and BB additional hitting categories) H2H dynasty league, would you trade away Machado for Braun?

    Thanks…

  54. joeg414 says:
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    Is Robbie Ross a “Run and pick him up Now” Free agent? Deep daily mixed league.

  55. Michael says:
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    Here is my dilemma, my 10 team league has a 30 inning pitching limit
    My squad is as follows
    BATS
    C:Muaer
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Kinzler
    3B: Alvarez
    SS: Everth Cabrera
    OF: Trout
    OF: Carlos Gomez
    OF: Alex Gordon
    Util: Bogaerts (SS ,3B)
    Util: Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)
    BN: Seager (3B)
    BN: Howie Kendricks (2B)
    BN: Avsail Garcia

    PITCHERS
    SP
    Darvish (inj)
    Wainright
    Sale
    Ventura
    Kasmir
    Peavy
    RP
    Kenley Jansen
    Joe Nathan
    Frieri
    Soria

    The following guys are on waivers, Erasmo Ramirez SP, Taijuan Walker SP, Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross, Robbie Ross, Corey Kluber Adam Eaton, George Springer , Anthony Rendon. Do I need more SP help if so of these guys who do I pickup? Or should I drop any existing batter for any of the guys i just listed if so who do I scoop and who of my existing group has the least amount of upside?

    Thanks in advance

    • Kneely says:
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      @Michael: Not much use to having three guys on your offensive bench. I’d definitely pick up Kluber and Ross and drop Garcia and Kendrick.

      • joeg414 says:
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        @Kneely:
        which Ross?

  56. Kneely says:
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    General thoughts on using SP eligible relievers in leagues that use both saves and holds? I’ve recently picked up Ogando and Wade Davis, so that I am able to start 4 closers and 4 setup men. Rotoworld has a blurb that Davis is to start the year as KC’s primary 8th inning RP, and Ogando is set to be in the mix for setup duty.
    Are there other SP eligible relievers that you project to rack up a lot of holds? Phelps? Gorzelanny? Gausman?

      • Kneely says:
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        @Grey: I read that post awhile ago and wasn’t able to really find what I’m looking for, which is setup men that have SP eligibility. For example, I can see from that link that Gorzelanny had a lot of relief appearances last year, but he only recorded 6 holds.
        Anyway, thanks for taking the time to answer everyone’s questions.

        • Grey

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          No problem

  57. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Drafted in my 10-tm H2H limited moves (20/yr) league last night. Due to that restriction, as well as the fact that it uses LF/CF/RF, I’ve found it useful to carry a bench bat or two, and have as many positions as possible backed up between my UT and bench bat(s). Yahoo’s draft pushed Harper (LF/CF/RF eligible, and my intended CF) into LF, meaning to get out of the draft I had to take a CF-eligible guy at the end, so I went with Yelich (LF/CF). My other bench bat is Moss (1B/LF/RF), who’s awesome in this format, with the ability to slot him in at 3 positions and bench him against lefties.

    Now, I like Yelich, he gives me a CF backup to slot in on Harper’s off days or when he runs into the pole at Minute Maid and kills himself, and if he hits it gives me some flexibility with my lineup. BUT, Brad Miller is also available, and I love me some Brad Miller, plus I don’t have a SS insurance policy for EverCab (who’s fine, but speed doesn’t play much in this league with 11 offensive cats).

    Also, pitching-wise, I like my staff (4 of your top 20 SP, with #5/6 Porcello and Archer), but could use that move on an upside top-60 SP (Tillman, Taijuan) or a low-end closer, as I have 3, but so does most of the league and adding a Veras could give me the SV cat most weeks.

    So, my dilemma is, do I use a precious move to drop Yelich for Miller, hold, or use that move on a pitcher (or use 2 moves–drop Yelich for Walker, move Walker to DL and pick up Miller or Veras/Hoover to fill the vacated roster spot)?

  58. Scott says:
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    Hi there,

    5×5 DYNASTY league, which side you would prefer

    Team A gets: Starling Marte, Hunter Pence
    Team B gets: Eric Hosmer, Ian Kinsler

    Also, who do you prefer in a dynasty league between Andrleton Simmons and Brett Lawrie?

    Thanks!

    • Eddie says:
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      @Scott: Gotta go with Simmons, IMO. I might just have a personal vendetta against Lawrie since he screwed me last year but even without that, i’d still go with Simba.

  59. Danny Poops says:
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    Drop Latroy Hawkins for Sergio Santos?

  60. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey grey, I know you’re not big on catchers, especially in 1 catcher leagues but a guy has Carlos Santana and yadier Molina and needs MI help. I know you have Santana ranked higher and him playing 3b makes him less susceptible to injury but I think the weak link on my team is avg. Trade brad miller and Pineda for yadier or Carlos? Molina a better addition or Santana, or hold? Thanks Grey. 5×5 roto 12 team keeper league. Thanks
    C – aj piersenski
    1b – goldy
    2b – hill
    SS- segura
    3b – gyorko
    Of – cutch
    Of – j up
    Of – Joey bats
    Util – rizzo
    Util – heyward
    Bench – Vmart, miller, yelich, Buxton
    Sp – MadBum, cole, Salazar, masterson, Ross, erasmo, Pineda
    RP – Janssen, reed

  61. Eddie says:
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    12 team H2H league.

    C – Mauer
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Wong
    3B – P. Alvarez
    SS – A. Simmons
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – A. Jones
    OF – Heyward
    OF – Khris Davis
    Util – Jose Abreu
    bench- Avisail Garcia
    bench – Moustakas
    bench – Dee Gordon
    bench – D. Fowler

    P – Strasburg
    Jose Fernandez
    Salazar
    Cingrani
    Yordano Ventura
    Rosenthal
    D. Robertson
    Frieri
    Benoit

    1) What do you think of my team?
    2) Should I trade Cingrani straight up for Jedd Gyorko? My 2B isn’t very sexy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddie: Your pitching looks much stronger than your hitting… Your hitting could be fine, but some average drains and guys that get crazy cold… 2) Sure

  62. Project Merkin says:
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    Greybones,

    Do you ever do a “closers to target”? post? I don’t think so! I miss your Closer Ranking write ups :(

    Do you have 5 that you like? You know, ‘corns that could become ‘salds? I know you mentioned Nate Jones and Soria. Got 3 more for your buddy Merkin?

    Also, did you do a “funny search terms” post this year?

      • Project Merkin says:
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        Thanks pal! When was the last time you did a search terms post? Those are comedy gold. Like Magic Johnson near mosquitoes.

        And yep I’ve utilized the “RP” trick on the rankings page OBVIOUSLY, but you know how you often rank some guys above other guys even though you don’t like them?? You’re tricky like that. I’ll just draft the crap about of 5 you mentioned.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Will try to do the search term post again over Thanksgiving…

  63. Oz says:
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    Does anyone know why Matt Harvey isn’t on the disabeled list? He’s not playing at all this year but I had to keep him in my dynasty league and now I can’t slot him into the DL…

    • Cram It says:
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      @Oz: Prob need their first game to be played.

      • Oz says:
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        @Cram It:
        Ok, 1 more Q. Drop Erik Johnson or Brandon Mccarthy for Erasmo Ramirez? Points, h2h dynasty league (very pitching heavy.)

        • Cram It says:
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          @Oz:Yes. Like Erasmo this year. Lose Mccarthy

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Just about MLB transactions/timing. He’ll probably be put on it right before the first game of the year. The moment a player is put on the DL is the date moving forward that the 15/60 DL starts counting, they’ll hold as long as they can.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @sean: @Sky: thanks sky, THAT explains corbin/harvey/griffin etc.

  64. Steve says:
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    14 Team 5×5

    I have Street and Benoit…should I roll the dice and drop Benoit to grab Cody Allen? I also have Soria and Melancon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  65. Sean says:
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    12 team roto 5X5 keeper league with 27 man rosters. What round should Gerritt Cole and Michael Wacha be drafted? Who has the higher ceiling? What about Salazaar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      razzball.com/top-400-for-2014-fantasy-baseball/

  66. Whatever says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Please let me know what you think about my team. 8 team AL Only league non-keeper redraft with standard 5×5

    C McCann
    C Josmil Pinto
    1B: Jose Abreu
    2B: Howie Kendrick
    3B: Adrian Beltre
    SS: Elvis Andrus
    MI: Zobrist
    OF: Kole Calhoun
    OF: Brett Gardner
    OF: Torii Hunter
    OF: David Murphy
    UT: Mike Napoli
    BN: Adam Dunn
    BN: Matt Joyce
    BN: Alex Presley

    P: James Shields
    P: Kuroda
    P: Skaggs
    P: Tillman
    P: Peavy
    P: Chris Archer
    P: Greg Holland
    P: Cody Allen
    P: Kelvin Herrera
    BN: Wei Yin Chen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The pitching looks solid, I’d want another closer… The hitting looks okay, bit low on average and a bit high on speed and low on power…

  67. John says:
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    How would you rank these fooos’….Im willing to take some calculated risk

    Erasmo, tRoss, Pineda,

    • Yescheese says:
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      @John: Pineda, erasmo, tross. They all might be streamers depends on the new pineda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      razzball.com/top-400-for-2014-fantasy-baseball/

  68. Rob says:
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    12 team roto 5X5 keeper league with 22 man rosters. I DID NOT draft a closer and pretty much only LaTroy Hawkins is still available. How bad of a drafting mistake is that? What is the best way to recover from that?

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Rob: patience and setup men

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pick up a closer when they’re available, like Hawkins

  69. Kevin says:
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    Help Obi-Grey Kenobi you’re my only hope. 10 Team H2H League with normal hitting caterogies plus OBS,SLG,K,GIDP,

    How am I looking:
    1B: Eric Hosmer
    2B: Matt Carpenter
    3B: Miguel Cabrera
    SS: Sterling Castro
    OF: Jason Heyward
    OF: Hunter Pence
    OF: Yaisel Puig (Keeper 15th Round)
    UT: Josh Donaldson
    BN: Martin Prado
    BN: Victor Martinez
    BN: Jason Werth
    BN: Jose Abreu

    P: Fernadez
    P: Sale
    P: Teheran
    P: Cingrani
    P: Iwakuma
    P: Cole
    P: Gray
    P: Estrada
    P: Ventura
    P: Pineda
    BN: Wei Yin Chen

    • Kevin says:
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      @Kevin:
      Sorry it posted early

      No Wei Yin
      My Closer are Uehara & Cishek

      Available Catchers Gattis & Castro

      I’m worried about SS & Catcher

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The pitching looks excellent… The hitting looks okay, bit light on power…

  70. Pencil says:
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    Darvish for Adam Jones? 7 pitching categories/ 6 hitting categories

    Who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

  71. Michael says:
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    I am in a deep dynasty league and I need to fill a spot in my rotation after Jarrod Parker went down. After scouring the waiver wire I have narrowed the list of potential replacements. Currently I have 5 starting pitchers(Weaver, MadBum, Zimmermann, Stultz, and Beckett), we use standard categories + QS. Which one do you guys think will help fill the void this year?

    Kyle Kendrick
    David Phelps
    Juan Nicasio
    Scott Feldman
    Miguel Gonzalez
    Tommy Milone
    Drew Pomeranz
    Jesse Sanchez
    Taylor Jordan

    P.S. Grey, thanks for being awesome. Keep it up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jesse Chavez? Can go with him for now… No problem…

      • Michael says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, that guy. Do you like Pomeranz at all? I think the move to Oakland was great for him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he’s fine, but I’d go Chavez for now

  72. Fiery Blowholes says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks for the awesome post as usual.

    Are there any players that you have on pretty much all your teams this year?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. Arenado

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Fiery Blowholes:

      and puig .
      don’t forget puig .

  73. handsome ed says:
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    16 team 4×4 with basically no middle infielders left. Drafted Josh Rutledge. Jordy Mercer is available. Do you think either of these guys win every day at bats? Will either have to begin the season? Do you think Schoop will win the O’s job?

    Talk to me, Brother. Help me help me.

    • handsome ed says:
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      @handsome ed:
      have value….. not have to begin, or something

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mercer is an everyday guy

  74. Korey says:
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    Reference to how Grey answers most questions is right on!!! Incredible the amount of time he puts in, and others on this site. I think he has built some really good karma!

    Would like feedback on this trade from anyone willing to help. Just need to hear other thoughts, than my own crazy voices in my head.

    12 team roto, I’m deep with first basemen and my top three SP are Moore, Gray, and CC. Looking to move Hosmer, Moore, and CC for King Felix, Masterson, and Brantley.
    Still gives me Goldschmidt and Pujols at 1B and utility.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. I’d take F-Her

  75. Hey oh! says:
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    Hey Grey
    I’m looking to trade Domonic Brown for a SP in my 10 team keeper league. What tier is reasonable to target?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gerrit Cole

  76. c0wfunk says:
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    starting to get the anxiousness on Segura, still can’t play the field and out again today: https://twitter.com/AdamMcCalvy/status/448854193462190080 . The feller in my league who has Andrus grabbed Alcides Escobar this morning while I wait for walker to hit the DL officially. So if, jah forbid, Segura misses some time to start and I have to patch someone in, I’m stuck with the likes of Owings, Gregorius, or Mercer.

    If the unspeakable occurs, which do you like best as a stopgap? They’re all ranked about the same so I guess I’m looking for most likely to get ABs (mercer?) and upside (Owings?)

    Also, what does your crystal ball show for Baez – he gonna make it up this year and be worth a stash or just let him lie? thank you thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Owings…. Baez will be up in June

  77. stoopid says:
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    10 team 5×5. 1500IP max. 7 Keepers (Posey,Fielder,Cano,Wright,Upton,Kershaw, & Scherzer)

    C- Posey
    1B- Fielder
    2B – Cano
    SS- Hardy
    3B- Wright
    CI – J.Abreu
    MI – Escobar
    OF – J.Upton, Cuddyer, Crisp, Gordon, Bourjos
    UT – Butler, Middlebrooks
    SP – Kershaw, Scherzer, Bailey, Liriano, Cashner
    RP – Parnell, Street, Reed
    BN – Kuroda, Porcello, Hoover, Ventura, & Brantley

    Obviously love my IF. Feel like I’m light on speed. What’s your take? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with your assessment… You are very light on speed… Your pitching is stronger than it needs to be too

  78. moldyforgoldy says:
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    Grey I feel like I’m on relief pitcher overload…would you drop any of the following for Santos? – Farquhar, Webb (CWS) or Hoover? I also have Perkins and Reed who I obviously wouldn’t drop.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Webb

  79. The Man Inside Me says:
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    Hey Grey, great write up as usual.

    Finished my first draft of the year. I am dropping Avisail Garcia for Rajai Davis because War Room said I was light on speed. What do you think?

    10-team 5×5 roto non-keeper league, 180 GS limit
    C- Rosario
    1B-Hosmer
    2B- Altuve
    3B- Miggy
    SS- Brad Miller
    MI- Gyorko
    CI- Abreu
    OFx5-Harper, Puig, Myers, Gordon, Aoki
    UTIL- Avisail Garcia (dropping him for Rajai Davis)

    SP- Mad Bum, Jo-Fer, Liriano, Salazar, Cingrani
    RP- Robertson, Romo, Papelbon, Nate Jones, Melancon, Qualls, Torres (I stock up on RP because of the GS limit and ridiculous depth of SP on the WW)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I agree with the War Room, you need some speed… The pitching is also great, probably too good… The team is solid overall though…

      • The Man Inside Me says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Would you let the team play or try and package a bat and sp for a stronger bat, if so, what bat would you look to upgrade?

  80. Let ARoid Play! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Please let me know how my team stacks up in a Yahoo 12 Team 6×6 H2H League with Holds and OPS:

    C Castro
    1B Pujols
    2B Kendrick
    SS Segura
    3B Sandoval
    OF Cargo
    OF Bautista
    OF Gordon
    OF Jennings
    UTIL Butler

    SP Bailey
    SP Gio
    SP Gray
    SP Ubaldo
    SP Erasmo
    P Wheeler
    RP Rodney
    RP Allen
    RP O’Day
    RP KRod (Drafted Feliz for SVs but he f’d me – I’m real light on Saves)

    I have Smiley, JJohnson, Porcello and T. Walker on the Bench and Minor on the DL.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, pretty balanced on hitting and good on pitching… I like the team…

      • Let ARoid Play! says:
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        @Grey: Many thanks Grey. Most of it is thanks to you. I worried a bit after reading one of your pairings articles to avoid drafting two health-risky players together – which is exactly what I did with Cargo and Pujols. I decided to roll the dice. If Cargo could only stay on the field for 500+ ABs, he could probably be a top 3 player.

        Anyway, thanks again and keep up the great work!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  81. Viv Savage says:
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    In a 12-team mixed H2H points league, hang onto Porcello or drop him for Hutchison? Despite the bad spring, it’s usually better to have starters on good teams so I’m still leaning Porcello..but Hutchison is just so damn sexy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  82. Eric W says:
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    On a scale from 1 to Milton Bradley, how crazy am I to believe that Arron Hicks could put up a 15/30 season?

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Eric W: Milton…might even go to Mike Tyson status.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nyjer Morgan crazy

  83. Random Collmenter says:
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    Trade my MadBum for his Marte?

    Here’s my team (12 teams, 5×5 with OPS and QS):

    C: Russell Martin
    1B: Matt Adams
    2B: Kipnis
    3B: Alvarez
    SS: Dee Gordon
    OF: Stanton
    OF: Bautista
    OF: Yelich
    U: Rollins
    BN: junior lake, Greg Polanco

    SPs: MadBum, Verlander, JoFer, Gerrit Cole, Hamels, Tyson ross
    RPs: Perkins, Rodney, Nate Jones, Farquhar

    I love MadBum but I’m a little worried about speed.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  84. Shake N Bacon says:
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    So I was dumb and drafted Chapman early in one RCL (before he got hurt) and drafted two crappy closers to go with him ( Hawkins/Hunter, fml). I was offered Hoover for Wong today. I have Pedroia at 2b and Villar as my MI, so Wong is on my bench right now. I like Wong this year, and was kinda thinking about slotting him at my MI over Villar. Would you do this trade for a month or two worth of saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, I’d hold

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Grey: Gracias Senor Gris!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: Hey that’s our league, i’m not sure i would trade Wong for a guy that may or may not close…..I have extra closers in there, we should look at a deal

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @J-FOH: Ha, yes sir it is. my closer situation is sh!ttay!

        That Fuddruckers guy has a boatload of closers and no starting 2b and he wasn’t interested in Wong for any of his scrub closers. Kind of weird.

        I’ll check out your team and maybe send you an offer.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @J-FOH: I only say “kind of weird” because looking at his team, I thought we would be a perfect partners…for trading.

    • Balmy Tundrastein says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: slot wong over villar at MI

  85. JP says:
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    Hey grey – thoughts on grabbing Darren o day, valverde or santos? Obv super thin at closer post-draft. Would you drop anyone to pick these guys up? Need to wait for Broxton to be officially on the DL to get the extra roster spot. Tx
    12 team mixed h2h categories
    C – montero
    1b – fielder
    2b – cano
    3b – gyorko
    Ss – b miller
    Of – Bautista
    Of – heyward
    Of – cespedes
    Util – Pujols
    Util – rizzo

    Sp – Cobb
    Sp – Salazar
    Sp – cingrani
    Sp – liriano
    Sp – porcello
    Sp – wheeler
    Sp – Tillman
    Sp – kluber
    Sp – e ramirez
    Sp – scheppers
    Rp – street
    Rp – soria
    Rp – Broxton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Scheppers… Santos

  86. Big Al says:
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    It’s official baseball is going down the crapper !!!! 8 years of declining batting avg. down to 253. Pitching is pretty good on some teams and non-existent on others. We scan teams for players and our mantra is ” Who the hell is that guy ? ” Baseball went in the dumper in 1994 when they went on strike. What saved the day ? Say with me ” Steroids ” Yup we need power enhancing. injury preventing. able tp play 150 games good old Steroids. Every player get’s a chance to use them if he wants too. Or we can lower the mound 2 feet below the playing field surface. It’ll be more like lob ball. Need to put the baseball on steroids too. We could use super balls. We need something. I need something. Ok I feel better…. Needed to rant a bit. At least bring back ” Greenies “

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Big Al:

      lol .
      sounds like you prefer greenies .

      • Big Al says:
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        @costaricanchata: Nah not greenies… But I have a 1000 count bag of white ones with a ” X ” On them. I don’t use them. Just keep them around in case I need them. Hehehe !!!!

  87. Hi Grey … speculating for saves, would you rather have Sergio Santos or O’Day?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santos, toss up really

  88. John says:
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    In a deep league with high # of innings and counts holds. Need one SP and little out there. We use quality starts not wins. Any thoughts on Jacob Turner? He’s still only twenty two. Any update on Delgado as a lottery ticket?

    • john says:
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      Can you remove my last name from previous post?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lottery ticket really… I updated Delgado in rankings

  89. West Brooklyn says:
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    H2H Dynasty points league…….draft coming up……in need of shortstop……

    Simmons, Hardy, Miller, Lowrie and Cabrera are the remaining in projected order…..

    Do I pass on Simmons and hope to pick up Miller or Cabrera later, with the chance of taking Abreu with my first round pick?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Miller

  90. I selected Christian Yelich with my one of my last picks and he is in my utility spot. No IR so I have Matt Kemp on my bench. Yelich may have been a reach. Would you rather have Desmond Jennings. Adam Eaton, Khris Davis, or Brandon Moss in that slot? I have Brett Lawrie as my 2B, maybe a guy like Gyorko, Brian Dozier, or Kolten Wong would be a better use of the utility spot for insurance? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jennings

  91. Closer conundrum. I have hooland for 1 of 2 RP slots. 2nd RP is Rex Brothers (last pick). Should I hold on Brothers and hope he gets a shot soon, or grab Nate Jones, Tyson Ross, Tommy Hunter, LaTroy Hawkins, Chad Qualls, J.J. Hoover, or Benoit? U da man!

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @madden_curser: If Jones is the closer, which I think he is, he’s the man, but with all of those late inning options on the WW, it doesn’t seem like you need to make a decision right away.

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @madden_curser: pick up nate jones ASAP Rocky…

  92. Duke says:
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    Would you dump 1 of Villar, Dee Gordon, Rendon, or Kolton Wong to make room for Pineda? One of these mid-infidels is holding my only offensive bench spot in a h2h right now

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Duke: dump Gordon

  93. FillyP says:
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    Need a RP to replace Feliz.. who do you like from this list?

    O’Day, Santos, Allen, Farquhar, Valverde, Fields, Crain. Thanks!

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @FillyP: Farquhar

  94. James says:
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    Hey Grey… Erik Johnson or Skaggs? 10-team mixed/dynasty. I like Johnson but I know you’re high on Skaggs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs

  95. Game of Throws says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just got offered:

    Jean Segura
    for my
    Wil Myers / LaTroy Hawkins

    My team is low on SBs, but I’m worried abuot Jean Segura’s shoulder injury.

    What you think?

    Thanks!

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Game of Throws: Who is your SS, do you have another OF to take Myers spot and how many other closers do you have?

      • Game of Throws says:
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        @Shake N Bacon:

        10 team h2h

        SS is Brad Miller but could slide to Util
        Josh Hamilton would be 3rd OF
        Other closers: Grant Balfour, JJ Hoover, Chad Qualls,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Game of Throws: I would say it seems fair, especially since Hawkins will probably lose the job by June or at least be in a timeshare with Brothers. Might be good to wait and see if Segura starts the season on the DL. If he does, you could probably offer Myers for Segura straight up and see if he bites and hold onto Hawkins.

      • Game of Throws says:
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        @Shake N Bacon: Thanks guys… I’m going to hold.

  96. ThE sHiT says:
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    Would you trade any of Cobb, Teheran, Salazar, Ventura, Wood or Kluber for Ian Desmond in a 14 team H2H league? I have Rollins as SS right now and dont feel good about it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Definitely

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey: which guy seems like a fair offer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Any of them

          • ThE sHiT says:
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            @Grey: if the guy doesnt wanna give up Desmond, would you trade for Reyes with any of those SPs?

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @ThE sHiT: the hamstring thing worries me but I would absolutely try to get Reyes for any of those guys.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure, but the lesser ones… See my rankings…

  97. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Robbie Ross is looking great this spring (yes I’m ashamed but equally as stubborn) He’s RP eligible which is huge in my 14 team H2H points league. Thinking bout making the spec add in case he makes the rotation. Others available are W.Peralta and Delgado. How would you rank those guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Delgado

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Grey: Thank you kind sir. Let’s send our positive vibes in the direction of Segura’s arm shall we. If we picture his success in our minds, it becomes reality.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  98. Dan says:
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    Need a bit of keeper decision help. 10 team, AL only. $260 draft day but. Can keep 0-5. Due tonight. Definitely keeping Machado for $10 and Encarnacion for $15. Back and forth on the other three. Thoughts? Top three below you’d keep?
    Billy Butler (1b elg) $18
    Jed Lowrie $10
    Grant Balfour $12
    Matt Moore $15
    Chris Sale $22
    Ellsbury $ 34
    Jason Castro $5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale,l Castro and Ellsbury

  99. Ryan741 says:
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    Debating a trade in a H2H points league. I would be getting Posey/Gio/Venable, I would be giving up McCann/Wacha/Machado. Biggest holdup is giving up Manny as a 11th round keeper, but I have other options as well. And I would only have Bogaerts as my 3B. But I also have a Kluber for Sandoval deal that was offered to me…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  100. Circle Gyorko says:
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    Grey, your input on this would be greatly appreciated

    This is an 12 team, AL only league. Budget I have is $260. I am having trouble figuring out a drafting strategy because of their strange league settings (I’m drafting for a friend)

    It is a 4×4 (HR, RBI, AVG, SB, W, Saves, ERA, WHIP)
    roster setup (C,C,1B,2B,SS,3B,CR,MI,5 OF, Util, and 9 P). Yes you read that right….they have TWO CATCHERS for AL ONLY and 12 teams. They also do not have any K’s for pitchers

    The strategy I’m considering, punt ALL SP’s. The only thing they would give you is wins and that is so hard to project for. Instead I would pick up all middle relievers and closers which would save A LOT of my budget. I could then use this extra money to bolster the bats since it will become very shallow very quickly. What are your thoughts on this strategy? Thank You and keep up the amazing work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t punt SPs

  101. Big League Choo says:
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    I’m having trouble picking between a couple of guys in my yahoo 12 man league with no Hrs instead TBs and BBs thrown in

    Frazier vs Arenado…I think frazier is a .260 take away bad luck and arenado is a .280 with no BBs

    Calhoun vs Avisail…in this league youd take calhoun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, Avisail

      • Big League Choo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks was leaning toward arenado, I guess ill go with Avisail’s upside over Calhouns safeness. Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  102. Nico says:
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    Hey Grey! So, the Brewers were downplaying the Segura injury for a while there, but it looks like it could be more serious. Do you think he misses extended time? Also, anyone of the wire you think could be a good temp. B-Millz was scooped. Ramirez, Aybar, and Peralta are still available… I lean to the first two because of steals. Thanks in advance!

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Nico: Do not add. If you anticipate the possibility of his absence it will become an actualization.

      • Nico says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: Speaking of add, Josh Johnson will be moving to the DL, so I’ll have an open roster spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope not since I’ve drafted him already…. Alexei

  103. jaw says:
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    trade my rex brothers for latroy hawkins? 10 team 5×5 h2h. closers are soriano, street and rex.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

    • Balmy Tundrastein says:
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      @jaw: the hawkins owner will probably like that offer.

  104. malamoney says:
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    Grey, just wanted to get your opinion on my team since Razzball.com is my main source for advice/inspiration. H2H points league. Feeling pretty good about it. Might dump Peavy and grab Houston Street for a backup RP. We only start 2, but it might be good to have a spare on the bench? Especially since we only start 4 starters. Peavy will never crack the lineup.

    C: Buster Posey
    1B: Paul Goldschmidt
    2B: Jedd Gyroko
    3B: Evan Longoria
    SS: Troy Tulowitzki
    OF: Ryan Braun
    OF: Adam Jones
    OF: Alex Gordon
    U: Martin Prado
    U: Yoenis Cespedes
    B: Khris Davis
    B: Brandon Moss
    B: Kole Calhoun
    B: Brad Miller
    B: George Springer
    SP: Felix Hernandez
    SP: Zach Greinke
    SP: Anibal Sanchez
    SP: Gerrit Cole
    SP: Shelby Miller
    SP: Sonny Gray
    SP: Danny Salazar
    SP: Jake Peavy
    SP: Dylan Bundy
    RP: Ernesto Frieri
    RP: Jim Johnson
    RP: Carlos Martinez

    Thanks for all the advice!

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @malamoney: Is that a keeper league? FN stacked, brah. I say start spending the winnings if there are any.

      • malamoney says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: Yes it’s a keeper league. I kept Braun, Tulo, King Felix, Longoria and Goldschmidt.

        Despite having a good team last year I was out of the running shortly after midseason and sold off some pieces for draft picks. I had 2 first round, second round and third round picks this year. In the first 3 rounds I picked: Greinke, Jones, Sanchez, Cole, Miller and Prado. My picks were based on Streamer’s projections plugged into our league’s scoring system. And then I used ADP to determine who I need to pick in those rounds before they’d be gone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, lose Peavy…. Your pitching is okay, I don’t like Greinke and Miller and Peavy as you know from my rankings… Hitting looks solid…

      • malamoney says:
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        @Grey: You have Greinke ranked as your 17th picther. The only two pitchers that weren’t kept that you have ranked higher were Sanchez and Cobb. Sanchez’s shoulder slightly scared me, but I was still able to get him in the 2nd round. And Cobb was taken 4 picks after I took Greinke. Based on how Streamer’s projections plugged into our league’s scoring system, it said that Greinke would get me more points, so I took him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  105. jake says:
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    uhh, uhh, onoes *vomit*

    okay, so. I have a 15 team H2H league where we have roto rosters. My Middle infield looks abysmal:

    Profar
    Aybar
    Alcides Escobar

    I waited too late in the draft got stuck. Well, the biggest problem is only Profar is 2B eligible (CBS league) and my 2B free agents are Bonifacio, J. Arias (who will have 2B eligibility soon probably), and Sogard/Callaspo.

    Do I pick one of these guys? I can try to trade profar for Rendon, since that owner has 5 2B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bonifacio over Profar

      • jake says:
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        @Grey: So let it be written, so let it be done.

  106. Jason says:
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    16 tm h2h
    This is my staff:
    Adam Wainwright
    Matt Moore
    Sonny Gray
    Rick Porcello
    Randall Delgado
    Jason Grilli
    Joakim Soria
    Cody Allen
    Jonathon Niese
    Alex Torres
    Archie Bradley
    Scott Feldman
    Todd Redmond
    Kris Medlen

    been offered Aushizz for Waino and Bradley.
    I take that in a heartbeat, right? my only concern is that there is very little on the WW to back fill SP after the move, BUT i get Goldy (in a keeper)

    Doing so I can move Edwin too (i was thinking of moving him this year regardless) I’m thinking I may be able to snag an ace-type SP with Edwin. or I just ride it our for now and see what pitching has to offer early in the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Au Shizz

  107. Kandeepan says:
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    Cory Hart or Adam lind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coin flip… Hart

  108. Reno 911 says:
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    Grey, what’re you hearing about Jean Segura? CBS says he may not be ready for the season? I want to keep him, but don’t want to have to draft another SS just to fill in for a few weeks. Keepers are due today. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like he might miss some time early

  109. Steamboat Tuggerz says:
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    Thoughts on Robbie Ross?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamer

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Grey: Curious to why such little love for Ross, Grey. Second round pick. Has put up solid numbers through all levels. RP eligible starter on a good team. What am I missing?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s never pitched more than 3 innings in any major league game

  110. Max says:
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    Firstly, this site is amazing. Secondly, could you help me get a password for the war room? The sign-up page (falsely) says my there’s an account already associated with my email address.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I don’t know how to retrieve a password… If you have another email I’d use that

      • Max says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for getting back to me! No luck with the new email… Is there someone I could contact? Seems like a pretty useful tool, that War Room.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          War room costs money for people to look at it… You can make a junk email anywhere for free

  111. Chauncy B says:
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    10 team std roto keeper league
    Scoring: hits, runs, RBI, SB, hr, avg, ops
    K, k/9, k/bb, era, whip, wins, saves

    I think I need some power (hrs & RBIs) who should I trade and who should I target?

    C. Sal Perez
    1. Prince
    2. Kinsler
    3. EE
    Ss. Segura
    O. Mccutch, b Hamilton, Gordon
    U. Calhoun, beltre
    B. castellanos, aioki, howie Kendrick, alcides Escobar, oswaldo arcia, taveras

    Sp. Cole, price, Cobb, cingrani, Cain, smyly
    Rp. Kimbrel, Nathan, Soriano, jones

    Thanks!!!

    • BTD says:
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      @Chauncy B: Kinsler, Cain, Price, Kimbrel are all names that may fetch some decent power. You should be able to get Pujols, Craig, A-Gon, Wil Myers type for one of them.

      Or in a daily league: you can go for some cheap power if you’re ok with a platoon – like Brandon Moss was great against righties last year, but sucked against lefties. Pair him with a Morneau or Adam Lind and start whoever has the better match up. All of them could be in the free agent pool. And you could drop any of the your bench players for them (you’re not going to start them anyway and they’re replaceable).

      Actually, I’d drop most/all of the bench guys anyway and grab some SP fliers (like the aforementioned Pineda or Ventura).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade Hamilton, target a number #2 OF

      • Chauncey says:
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        @Grey: thanks @grey and @btd – appreciate it

  112. BTD says:
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    I don’t see Drew Hutchinson in the rankings. And I know you’re constantly updating the list because I see a ton of crossouts and updates. Is he on the bubble somewhere? Is he worth dropping Brothers, Hunter, or Santos for? My only other RP is Nate Jones.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I went over him but didn’t feel the need to rank him… You can lose Santos for him

  113. steve says:
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    Funny shizz today Grey…thanks.

    h2h, 10 team, 5 player keeper/auction league
    6×6 with OPS, K/9 (in place of K’s), QS, & a combined S/H category

    C – Ramos
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Gyorko
    SS – Segura
    3B – Longo
    2B/SS – Howie Kendrick
    1B/3B – Rizzo
    OF – AJones
    OF – BHamilton
    OF – Gordon
    OF – Yelich
    UTIL – Middlbrooks
    UTIL – Bogaerts
    Bench – Machado
    Bench – Baez
    Bench – Polanco

    SP – Scherzer
    SP – Bumgarner
    SP – JoFer
    SP – Cobb
    SP – Gray
    SP – TWalker
    SP – Ventura
    SP – Hutchinson
    SP – Harvey *going on DL, once eligible (1 of 3 DL spots)
    RP – Robertson
    RP – Soriano
    RP – Soria

    Would you make this trade?

    I receive Cano & Estrada
    I give Cobb & Gray

    I realize that you aren’t high on Estrada, so I could ask to replace him with Cueto. He also has HBailey and Tanaka but I’m not sure that he would part with one in this deal. If I did acquire Estrada, I would likely add Erasmo Ramirez from the WW.

    Thoughts? Team strengths & weaknesses?

    I think that I can afford to trade the 2 SPs.

    Thanks again -
    Steve

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Your pitching is ridiculous strong, your hitting isn’t so bad either… A little high on speed maybe… I’d take Cano

      • steveA says:
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        @Grey: thank you. Cueto over Estrada? Are you concerned with Cueto’s shoulder injury?

        So…

        receive Cano & Cueto (or Estrada?)
        For
        send Cobb & Gray?

        Steve

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t own Cueto

  114. mauledbypandas says:
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    praise sweet jumpin Jesus:

    “Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish has no structural damage in his neck.

    Darvish returned to Dallas and was examined by back specialist Dr. Drew Dossett on Wednesday. The Rangers were told Darvish is OK and can resume throwing Saturday.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, wish it was worse… Sorry!

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: well, for real baseball porpoises the Rangers do have Joe Saunders in the rotation and an opening day starter who has never started a game in the majors.

        Scheppers, Ross, Perez, Saunders, Nick Martinez (who has never pitched above AA)

        OY VEY

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  115. Phil Rozutto Is Alive!!! says:
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    Apparently I was drinking and drafting and took Ryan Howard (199th pick). I already have 2 solid 1bs (Goldie & Rizzo). Howard would be a backup/UT. Am I wasting my time here? It’s a 14 teamer, so obviously we drafted pretty deep. I was thinking about bagging RyHo and picking up either Hutchinson or Erasmo – end of my pitching is lame. Any thoughts? Thanks and looking forward to another great season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Howard for Erasmo

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: Erasmo is dealing today. Only spring.. but still

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  116. supra says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Got offered Tulo (rd9) & Kipnis (17) for Bogaerts (21) and AuShizz (14). Keeper prices for next year. I don’t have a need at 2B or SS, but Pedroia is a 1st rd guy next year, so I want to move him at some point this season. What do you think? Thanks…

    C – d’Arnaud
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Pedroia
    3B – Bogaerts 3B, SS
    SS – Reyes
    IF – Rizzo
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Choo
    OF – Heyward
    UTIL – Cespedes
    UTIL – Austin Jackson
    BN – Gardner
    BN – Middlebrooks
    BN – B.Miller 2B, SS

    SP – S.Miller
    SP – Bumgarner
    P – Shields
    P – Rosenthal
    P – Romo
    RP – Hoover
    RP – Janssen
    BN – Ryu
    BN – Cain
    BN – Estrada
    NA – Bundy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Tulo

  117. Wilsonian says:
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    Bottom of my order in 8 Team H2H goes like this:

    OF4 – Brantley
    UTIL – Rizzo
    UTIL – Pedro
    BN – Arenado
    BN – Avisail

    My rotation consists of:

    SP – Scherzer, Bailey, Teheran, Salazar, Fister, Archer, Ventura, Wood, Porcello, Minor – DL
    RP – Soriano, Rodney, Jones, Veras

    Not super excited with my OF4 being Brantley and the only backup being Avisail. Would you deal either Rizzo or Pedro or an SP for a comparable OF bat, or stand pat at this point in time and let some chips fall?

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Though of course it depends on who you can get

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: not sure, haven’t sent out anything. Just wondering if I’m overthinking or if I should just let the season actually start before I get too deep into rosterbating…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Let the season start

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: done and done.

  118. Pax says:
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    Glad to be back for another year. I’m in a 12 team H2H where each category counts as a win. For some reason the organizers of the league use 8 hitting categories and 6 pitching categories. Logic defies I guess.

    My team:

    C Gattis
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Gyorko
    3B Arenado
    SS Segura
    MI Miller
    CI Votto
    OF Bruce
    OF Bautista
    OF Myers
    OF B. Hamilton
    Util Kole Calhoun
    Util Michael Brantley
    Bench bats: Moustakas and Grady Sizemore

    P – Cobb
    P – Teheran
    P – Gray
    P – Liriano
    P – Pineda
    P – Masterson
    P – Soria
    P – Hoover
    P – Melancon
    P – Mujica

    I stocked up on setup men rather than drafting a closer high. I admit I drafted a lot of young/high upside guys, but I couldn’t help myself

    What think you?

    • Pax says:
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      @Pax: oops, meant to include that I got offered Khris davis and Axford for Sonny Gray

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d take Davis and Axford

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the pitching, but it is upsidey… Hopefully they’re fine… I like the hitting a lot too, but it is a tad higher on speed…

  119. stumanji says:
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    So my late round snags of Soria and Scheppers turned into a closer and an Opening Day starter. Not too shabby for guys that got picked in the same rounds as Mike Leake and Mark Reynolds, respectively.

    SAGNOF and ODSAGNOF, yo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  120. Corey says:
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    Koji, Ernesto and Parnell as my RPs in 10-team H2H league. Soria and Nate Jones out there on the FA wire. I know you’d drop Parnell for Soria, but would you take Jones over Soria? You have Soria ranked significantly higher, but I’m wondering in a one-week/one-win league like mine if Jones’s contributions to the strikeout category would make him more valuable, seeing as saves are such a flukey stat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Soria

  121. OaktownSteve says:
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    Who who who came in for the 9th for the O’s today? Who dat you say? Even Meek? And he did what now? A Kimbrel you say? Get out!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I’ve now thoroughly jinxed the kid.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Closers don’t always come in in the 9th in spring games…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            “established” closers don’t. But let’s pretend you want to audition a guy for the job…

            A bloody Kimbrel I tell you. Extrodinary! Capital!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  122. doghat666 says:
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    11 team, 10×10 roto, keeper, daily auction league
    Hit categories Std 5 + OPS, D+T, K’s, Hits, Stolen Bases Allowed
    Pitch categories Std 5 + Innings, W-L, Holds, K/9, BAA

    C W Ramos
    C M Montero
    1B Votto
    2B Gyorko
    3B Seager
    SS E Cabrera
    MI A Cabrera
    CI Arenado
    OF Stanton
    OF Ellsbury
    OF Yoenis
    OF Aoki
    OF Brantley
    DH Rizzo
    BN Rendon
    BN Yelich
    SP Kershaw
    SP Cobb
    SP Bailey
    SP Shields
    SP Cole
    SP Cingrani
    RP Street
    RP Frieri
    RP Janssen
    BN S Santos
    BN Porcello
    BN J Benoit

    Grey, you said (and I agree) that this team has too much pitching and needs better hitting. I was able to trade Janssen + Santos for Beltran (someone desperate for a closer). Should I also trade Kershaw for Bruce and Robertson?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, hold for now

  123. Zar says:
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    I need a 2nd reliever…I drafted feliz in a league…. I dropped him for Carlos Martinez. Should I go after Darren O’Day instead?

    In another league, Arnoldis Chapman is Available for trade. I’m thinking of offering a trade of Veras and Khris Davis for Chapman and Brad Miller. Do I win that one? I don’t need Outfileders, and I already have 2 closers. Miller would be insurance with upside, and I can DL Chapman until he returns with massive K values.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold… I’d take Aroldis in that trade

      • Zar says:
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        @Grey: Alright, thanks Grey. Time to see if they bite.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  124. Bi-Felicia says:
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    I own Castro/Rosario in a one catcher H2H league. Would you drop Castro for JJ hoover? I have 4 closers 7starters. Reason I asked because my first two opponents have two catchers…Lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  125. Dani says:
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    12 team standard league H2H, but with small rosters.

    Pitching spots are:
    SP
    SP
    Rp
    RP
    P

    In this format, are closers more or less valuable? Tommy Hunter is sitting on waivers as well as a couple other low tier guys. I drafted Uehara (regrettably, made a rash decision!) Should I hold on to a top tier closer in a league like this or try and trade him?

    C: Lucroy
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Gyorko
    3B: Arenado
    SS: Segura
    OF: Braun
    OF: Harper
    OF: Myers
    Util: Rizzo
    Bench: Brantley
    Bench: Calhoun

    SP: A Sanchez
    SP: Cobb
    RP: Uehara
    RP: Balfour
    P: Rodney
    Bench:Porcello
    Bench: AJ Burnett
    Bench: Tillman
    Bench: Hoover

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold what you have

  126. Mr. Glass says:
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    Would you drop Wei Yi Chen in order to pick up either Straily or Griffin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Strails has walked 10 guys in 13 innings this spring. Hopefully he’s ready to pull it together. He was good end of last year. Started mixing two kinds of fastballs. Changed the eye level and the AB almost like a third pitch and allowed him to set up the slider better. I still haven’t bought all the way in but probably worth a shot over Chen based on park and k rate.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, worth a shot, I don’t have much faith either

  127. Ron says:
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    If you were building YOUR perfect team in a 12-team 5×5 Roto with OPS instead of AVG which player would you pick from each grouping?

    1st Rd: Cano, Fielder, Braun, Edwin
    2nd Rd: Longoria, Votto, Harper, Kipnis, Hanley
    3rd Rd: Choo, Freeman, Ortiz, Upton, Bautista, Pujols, Bruce, Rios

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fielder, Votto, Bautista

      • Ron says:
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        @Grey: That is VERY interesting…you would take back to back 1B and let Longoria pass on by? Why so? Also who would you look at ideally for 3B then?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Ron: Not that interesting, I misunderstood your question… Let’s try again: Cano, Votto, Bautista… Depends what the draft gives you at 3B, you know who I like from my rankings

  128. Alex says:
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    I go R Howard over Olt right in OBP one year league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  129. sul says:
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    Is melky rosterable in a 10 team h2h league, as a bench spot? Over say de Aza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  130. J-FOH says:
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    I made my first trade of the year in one of my RCL’s

    I got offered Darvish and Carter for Trumbo and Chisek….of course I took it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  131. royce! says:
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    14 team h2h w OBP and XBH- I got scoped on Pujols by a couple of picks, but just moved A-Gonz and Cueto for Pujols and Smyly.

    Don’t have a question, just needed to gloat.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @royce!: *fist bumps screen*

      • royce! says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @royce!: Have a Green Flash or two to celebrate.

      • royce! says:
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        @SteveNZ: Don’t mind if I do! Though I probably would have if he had rejected it, since I did so for the last few days while he was considering it…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @royce!: Every day is Green Flash day.

  132. J-FOH says:
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    I’m glad I picked up Parra all over the place yesterday, thanks for the mention today….

  133. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’m starting to think I really like Justin Smoak this year. Only 16.7% k rate this spring. Nice step forward with the power last year. Maybe Lloyd will help him get it all together. Safeco played a lot friendly last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t mind him either this year but I think he’s more of a wait and see

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OaktownSteve: If someone has the space I could see pairing him with morneau in their utility.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I just looked at his spring and the 5/4 K/BB is real nice too

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I just added him in the league I have Morneau…you are real convincing…..I have a rosterbating problem and I just don’t care…..G3!

  134. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    10 team H2H 6×6 with QS IP ERA WHIP K/9 SV

    My SP consists of Sale, Samarshark, Moore, Ventura, Pineda, Wheeler, Smyly, Walker, Gausman, Minor

    With half of those guys possibly being in the minors, the bullpen or the DL for the first month I’m getting nervous.

    Would Moore and Walker make sense for someone like Cobb, Gray or Teheran?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Cobb or Teheran

  135. Fungazi says:
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    Any injury updates for Greinke? Guy wants Zimmerman for Greinke and I wanna do it because I’ve had him for 3 years in a keeper and he’s annoying to manage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Does he have injury news?

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: Not serious, just that leg injury. Sounds good to start the year though.

  136. Shidesthelimit says:
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    Just got offered Alex Gordon for Salazar straight up. 10-team 6×6 Yahoo league with OPS and HR allowed as extra categories. My current OFs – Stanton, Marte, Des Jennings, Kole Calhoun, George Springer (we have one NA spot). My current SPs – Sonny Gray, Salazar, Cingrani, Gerrit Cole, Gio Gonzalez, Alex Wood, Yordano Ventura, Michael Pineda.

    Do you like the trade for Gordon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Gordon, it’s fair

      • Shidesthelimit says:
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        @Grey: Thx Grey, really appreciate it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  137. SteveNZ says:
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    Here’s a question from the mother-effin’ margins of fantasy baseball. Which SP-eligble reliever appeals as the best choice in a Holds league?

    Gorzelanny
    Thornburg
    W Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Davis

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: OK – I’m gonna look like the dick who asks the question when he’s already kinda answered it for himself offline, but do you think it’s the case that Gorz has fewer guys in front of him in the bullpen hierarchy? That KC pen is pretty stacked…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I see what you mean, if you want, go with Gorz…. But it’s really a toss up and Davis just has a better arm

  138. Tom Emanski says:
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    Hey, Grey, I don’t know if you remember me but I used to post here a few years ago. I was honored to get a few “Ha”s and even some “Ha!”s from you. Now I’m Razzing again.

    Thoughts on my team? 12 team AVG/OBP/SLG league.

    C Carlos Santana, Cle C, 1B, DH
    1B Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B
    2B Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B
    3B Josh Donaldson, Oak 3B
    SS Andrelton Simmons, Atl SS
    2B/SS Brad Miller, Sea SS
    1B/3B Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B
    OF Bryce Harper, Wsh OF
    OF Brandon Moss, Oak 1B, OF
    OF Billy Hamilton, Cin OF
    OF Kole Calhoun, LAA OF
    OF Oswaldo Arcia, Min OF
    UTIL Nolan Arenado, Col 3B
    Bench Avisail Garcia, CWS OF Draft
    P Madison Bumgarner, SF SP
    P Masahiro Tanaka, NYY SP
    P Aroldis Chapman, Cin RP
    P Trevor Rosenthal, StL RP
    P Julio Teheran, Atl SP
    P Sonny Gray, Oak SP
    P Huston Street, SD RP
    P Ernesto Frieri, LAA RP
    Bench Rick Porcello, Det SP

    As you can see I loaded up on sleeper faves. I did stupidly draft Chapman not knowing he just had his skull tectonically displaced.

    I would prefer to trade Harper and Tanaka, but I like my team overall and don’t see a major hole anywhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t remember giving you a Ha, but I faintly remember a hehe and you teaching w/ Fred McGriff…. I like the team, Tom, I think you have a strong core, maybe a tad heavy on speed and light on power, but good team, solid pitching…

      • Tom Emanski says:
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        @Grey: Hmm, I actually tried to focus on power power power. I do have 5 locks for 25 HRs and very likely 2-3 others. I do agree one can never have enough power, though Kanye might take issue with that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  139. Bbboston says:
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    Grey,

    I’ve got a great keeper list,. so good it’s near impossible to make a final decision, so I’m turning to you as the final arbiter. My league is a 12 team 5×5 AL auction league with 8-9 allowable keepers, resulting in pretty high inflation… Here’s my list of possible keepers:

    Perez $8
    Seager $7
    Myers $10
    Ortiz $14
    Hosmer $20
    Brantley $13
    Ackley $14. (Dual position surprise entry – crazy good fall, then spring)
    Balfour $13
    Cobb $15
    Salazar $8
    Ventura $8
    Nova $8

    I can only pick. Nine….who would you pick? Thanks so much for the advice ahead of time!,,,!,!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Balfour, Ackley, Brantley

      • Bbboston says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  140. fitz says:
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    Grey, typo on Pineda’s name in article.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops, thanks!

  141. Oppo Taco says:
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    any concern on Segura’s shoulder issue? heard different reports ranging from not serious to worrisome…..also best guess on how long it takes Vmart to get catcher eligibility in yahoo (Start 5 games or appear in 10) is this a pipe dream? heard they want to use him behind the plate early for some NL games, thanks grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe June on V-Mart… Yes, I’m worried about Segura

      • I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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        @Grey: Espn reports his MRI today was negative but DL stint not ruled out

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  142. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Offered Giancarlo for strapsburg. Offense is a lil light on power

    I have Teheran, Bailey, Wacha, Salazar, Ventura, Kluber as my remaining SP

    Have to do it right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go for it

  143. Alex says:
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    Holds, saves league

    Have Hoover, Benoit, Farhquar, Perkins and Balfour. Drop Rex for Siegrest with the injury worry to Rex? Seems similar pitchers but just less chance for saves.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What injury?

  144. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Just offered AJ10 and Cespedes for my J-Hey and Rios. It is a 3 player keeper league 5×5 Rotisserie. Here is my offense: Castro, E5, AHill, Donaldson, Brad Miller, Heyward, Rios, Gordon, Crisp, Moss, Brantley.

    I lose a lot of speed, but I think I desperately need a top 10 hitter. No brainer to grab AJ10 and Cespedes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t know who AJ10 is

      • Reilljto says:
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        @Grey: Adam Jones

      • ChiliCheeseConey says:
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        @Grey: Adam jones twitter handle is AJ10. Think I should do it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Jones

  145. Roy Gunther says:
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    Grey
    I had my draft last night and here is how it went, please share your thoughts?
    Molina, Yadier (c) $3 Keeper
    Gonzalez, Adrian 1B $3
    Pujols, Albert CI $1
    Kipnis, Jason 2B $12 Keeper
    Rendon, Anthony MI $4
    Longoria, Evan 3B $31 Keeper
    Ramirez, Alexei SS $2 keeper
    Abreu, Jose Utiliy $1
    Bautista, Jose OF $35
    Cuddyer, Michael OF $1
    Jennings, Desmond OF $5 keeper
    Pence, Hunter OF $11 Keeper
    Choo, Shin-Soo OF $15

    Pitchers

    Cueto, Johnny $1
    Gray, Sonny $15
    Porcello, Rick $1
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin $1
    Salazar, Danny $4
    Rosenthal, Trevor $13
    Soria, Joakim $3

    Reserve hitters
    Taveras, Oscar $1
    Profar, Jurickson $2
    Gomes, Yan $6

    Reseve Pitchers
    Smyly, Drew $1
    Walker, Taijuan $1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea of # of teams

      • Roy Gunther says:
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        @Grey: 9 teams mixed league

  146. slew says:
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    What’s up with Kershaw and his back? Is this the beginning of the end?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so

  147. Dirt dogs says:
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    Grey

    What do you think of my team and what I need to strengthen

    14 teams
    Categories R,hr,RBI,sb,avg,ops
    K,W,L,SV, Hold, era ,whip

    Pierzynski
    Pujols
    Gyorko
    Middlebrooks
    Segura
    Harper
    A jones
    Hart
    Abreu
    Frazier
    Crisp
    Reddick
    Aybar

    S gray
    Verlander
    Sanchez
    Fister
    Liriano
    Benoit
    Smyly
    Qualls

    What should I look to do or should I stay put?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The hitting looks decent, bit low on average and speed but fine for an OPS league, the pitching looks fine, though don’t love the Verlander pick

  148. Dirt dogs says:
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    Do I drop anyone there for a waiver on Grady Sizemore?

    Should I look to sell verlander ?

    • Grey

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      Can lose Aybar for Sizemore, no idea what you can get for Verlander

  149. Kid A says:
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    Kershaw dead.

    Is this one of the reasons we don’t draft Tier 1 pitching?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like he’s gonna be okay, unfortunately

    • Slappy says:
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      @Kid A: Works for me. Meaning, maybe Ryu ends up with another GS this season.

  150. Birdmann says:
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    With Peter B said to bat 8th would you drop him for Junior Lake as a bench bat?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Birdmann: where did you read he was ever gonna bat anywhere but 7th or 8th?

  151. grif says:
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    Grey,
    In a dynasty, I have, Gallardo and Lincecum filling out the backend of my rotation. Porcello is available on waivers. Would you drop one of them for Porcello? If so, which one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallardo

  152. Dennis says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I know you like Moustakas as a sleeper, but would you trade J. Donaldson for Moustakas and Kluber?

    Thanks!

    • Birdmann says:
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      @Dennis: what does the rest of your pitching staff look like. As an A’s fan I hope Josh repeats last season but as a fantasy player I think you might get similar stats from Moose at least more power.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Donaldson

      • Dennis says:
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        Pitching staff includes G. Cole, S. Miller, Wheeler, Cashner, S. Gray, Samardzija, Porcello, Griffin, and Erasmo Ramirez

        It’s a 12 team keeper league.

      • Dennis says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  153. Champz says:
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    @gray- 12 team 6×6 league with OPS. If i can snag Cano, Longo, and Bruce with my first 3 picks, who should i target in the 4th?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends who’s there… I’d look for a 1st baseman…

  154. Small hands make my Cishek look bigger says:
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    Speculating for saves and having to sort through hot garbage to get them.
    D.O’Day, C. Allen, L. Hawkins, C. Qualls, J. Valverde. Gah, I think Papa Grande made me threw up a little in my mouth. Which two would you pick?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hawkins, Qualls

  155. Carlos says:
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    Grey,

    Yahoo 10 team, standard, H2H.

    C- J. Lucroy
    1b- F. Freeman
    2b- Gyorko
    3b- Beltre
    SS- Andrus
    OF- McCutchen, Rios, Bruce
    Util- M. Trumbo, Butler
    Bench- Utley, Frazier, Moss

    SP- H. Bailey, A. Cobb, S Gray, C Archer, R Porcello
    RP- Reed, Frieri, Street, Soria, Veras

    I loaded up on relievers because there is a lot of pitching spots, so I can start all of them every day. Plan is also to stream Porcello’s spot as need.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The hitting looks very solid, the pitching looks decent enough for a league where you can stream… I like it for a H2H team in a shallow league…

      • Carlos says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey. Should I drop any of my bench players for a starting pitcher such as Kluber, T. Walker, Straily, or Pineda? Maybe drop a reliver? Or sit tight?

        • Carlos says:
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          @Carlos:

          R. Delgado also available

          • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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            @Carlos: probably could use more than 5 starters. I’d drop either utley or frazier for highest ranked, which is kluber.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Walker pver Utley

  156. SteveS says:
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    Who would you rather have for the next five years between Danny Salazar and Bogaerts? Having a tough time picking my final keeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bogaerts

  157. JHS3 says:
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    Hi Grey

    What do I need to strengthen on my team?
    12 teams Rotisserie 5×5 (obp instead of avg.)
    C Jason Castro
    1B Jose Abreu
    2B Aaron Hill
    SS Brad Miller
    3B Ryan Zimmerman
    MI Dee Gordon
    CI La Roche
    OF McCutchen
    OF CarGo
    OF Choo
    OF W. Myers
    Util B. Hamilton
    B Arcia
    B J. Mercer

    SP Cobb
    SP Salazar
    RP Parnell
    RP Rodney
    P Fister
    P Kuroda
    P Kluber
    P Archer
    P Smyly
    P M. Perez
    P Carrasco

    Thanks. Love the site.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Your hitting looks decent, Hamilton at UTIL kinda of tied your team up a little and is why your 1st base and Corner is a little wonky… The pitching looks solid… Should be competitive overall…

  158. MB says:
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    OPS league. Five keepers (mine are jose f, freeman, braun, bautista)

    Okay to trade cano/jed lowrie for kipnis and xander? Or keep my duo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Cano

  159. Dumbmutt says:
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    Hiya in my RCL league I have Miggy at 3b Abreu at CI and Arenado in Util (Arenado was pick 194). I grabbed Asche late but I really have no need for him. He looks to be batting 8th too. Is Asche a hold or ok to drop for an rp or sp streamer? I was so terrible holding onto guys too long last year. BJ no thank you Upton was the leader of that mess.

    Thank you for the fun site.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Okay to drop him on your team

  160. Alan says:
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    How would you rank these three in OBP, AVG, SLG, SB, HR, R, RBI

    1. A Gordon/Belt
    2. Crisp/Werth
    3. Belt/Desmond Jennings
    4. A Gordon/Crisp
    5. Werth/Belt

    Gracias

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Alan: How do you get three from that list? 1-5, two players per number.

  161. Slappy says:
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    Grey, I’ve finished all my drafts, but just for curiosity’s sake, since you preach SP value later on, what round/what SP would be your first SP pick in 10 and 12 team H2H leagues?

    For a bonus freebie, the last draft was a mixed Yahoo autopick and then me, as I couldn’t make it back to the office in time and hadn’t pre-ranked players. Ended up with:

    B: R, 1B, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, E, OPS
    C: Mauer (the Yahoo pick)
    1B: Freeman (took your advice, i.e., him over Choo and Bruce)
    2B: Hill
    3B: Seager
    SS: Peralta
    LF: Trout
    CF: McCutch
    RF: Stanton
    OF: Trumbo
    U: Napoli
    BN: Aoki
    BN: C. Johnson
    BN: B. Miller
    BN: Yelich

    P: W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP (so 9 B cats and 6 P cats)
    SP: Shelby
    SP: Sonny
    RP: Kimbrel (Yahoo pick, I thought I’d selected my 4 keepers, 3 B and 1 P, as Trout, McCutch, Freeman and JoFer, but someone ended up with only the 3 B and no P keeper, i.e., there is no “K” next Kimbrel so he wasn’t a P keeper, though he was the P keeper last season)
    RP: Kenley
    P: Koji
    P: Empty
    P: Empty
    BN: Archer
    BN: Burnett
    BN: Kaz
    BN: Taijuan W

    When Tai goes on the DL I’ll go with Eovaldi, unless you have some other idea, which I’ll consider. Anyway, this is why I ask the above question, since not happy with the JoFer fiasco and instead of all 3 of Kimbrel, Kenley and Koji, there would be a Cobb in there if it wasn’t for Yahoo. Well, Yahoo and my being late and failing to pre-rank. Oh, and is a 26 IP min.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I go over what SPs I’d draft in my rankings… You don’t have a pitching staff here to judge… The hitting looks fine…

      • Slappy says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: The Ps would be:

        Shelby Miller
        Sonny Gray
        Craig Kimbrel
        Kanley Jensen
        Koji Uehara
        Christ Archer
        AJ Burnett
        Scott Kazmir
        Taijuan Walker

        By the way, Burnett is the best pick in the draft. Not everyday you can nab no. 4 on the K/9 list for SPs, with a 3.30 and 1.21 in the 18th round.

  162. John says:
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    Do you ever wonder if it is the same person asking every question but just with a different name and email?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: that’s close to that joke about ESPN’s rankings are done only from Berry being in 50000 leagues by himself. If true one of us would have to have like 200,000 teams.

  163. Dave says:
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    5 walks, 4 Ks for Brothers, plus today’s blowup. Is he even 12 team worthy?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Dave: he’ll probably still have closer job by june, if not before. If that’s what you heard around here none of it’s changed due to having 1 (or gasp!! a few) bad spring (read: worthless) games. Oh, if you’re not often around here, that’s what was in fact said numerous times. both the brothers stuff and the spring training stuff.

  164. goodfold2 says:
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    reading the book, hope that Petey got stomach cancer or something.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2:strangely enough, with mean angry, aggressive dogs getting so afraid as they come at you and responding with exactly your own violent aggressive rage often does work. Sort of like they’re human bullies. I actually got out of a dooberman running full bore at me, from out of what appeared to be a locked fence (it wasn’t) in my own neighborhood a few years back; i started to run, then when i realized it was going to catch up to me turned around and just started screaming LOUD obsenities at it (and out of anger actual was ready to hit it as hard as I could). It stopped running and walked back toward it’s own yard/fence.

  165. Tom Emanski says:
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    Is Aroldis Chapman going to be put on the DL or what?

    Grey, I’m in a SV+HD league with Chapman, Rosenthal, Street, and Frieri. I don’t trust the latter two and Melancon (#1 guy here: http://razzball.com/bullpen-report-net-saves-holds-projections/) is available somehow. Would you drop one of them? If so which one? If Chapman is put on the DL then of course I can delay the decision. I’m thinking Street.

    Apologies in advance for the question about flippin HOLDS ffs. I nearly bored myself to sleep asking it.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Tom Emanski: 6-8 weeks missed, most of these guys won’t hit DL till likely sun or mon.

  166. Help Mejia says:
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    Very deep head-to-head points league – Jenrry Mejia, David Hale or Robbie Erlin?

    • Help Mejia says:
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      @Help Mejia:
      Or Carlos Carrasco? Thanks!

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