Scout and Razzball teamed up to bring you 12-team mixed league slow drafts, and, when I say slow, I mean that I’ve seen paint dry faster and with more upside.  It’s exactly like our 12-team, mixed Razzball Commenter League drafts (there still might be a few spots), but in this league there’s two catchers, no waivers and 44 rounds.  So, I guess, it’s really not that similar to the RCLs.  No waivers changes everything.   I would never draft two top starters in a regular mixed league, let alone one in a 12 team league, but when you can’t pick up a starter off waivers or stream, it changes the dynamic.  You can’t worry about upside as much as you need to make sure you have innings when a rash of injuries hits.  Same with hitters.  Upside is nice, but at-bats are even nicer when you lose five outfielders to injuries in July.  This kind of leagues makes John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt and Tyler Flowers appealing.  Dot dot dot.  Okay, nothing makes Tyler Flowers appealing.  Anyway, here’s my 12-team, mixed league draft recap:

Psyche!  Before we get to my last team recap, the Stream-o-Nator is up.  Please hit up comments there or here if you see any issues with the probable starters.  Anyway II, the team:

C: Travis d’Arnaud (16)
C: Devin Mesoraco (22)
1B: Eric Hosmer (5)
2B: Anthony Rendon (10)
SS: Francisco Lindor (6)
3B: Evan Longoria (12)
MI: Jonathan Villar (23)
CI: Albert Pujols (7)
OF: Giancarlo Stanton (1)
OF: Mookie Betts (2)
OF: Delino DeShields (8)
OF: Josh Reddick (17)
OF: Avisail Garcia (24)
UTIL: Nick Castellanos (19)

Bench:  Odubel Herrera (25), Zack Cozart (26), Howie Kendrick (27), Curt Casali (32), Tyler Goeddel (33), Brock Holt (35), Mallex Smith (37), Daniel Nava (40), John Jaso (41), Tyler Flowers (44)

P: Corey Kluber (3)
P: Stephen Strasburg (4)
P: Raisel Iglesias (11)
P: Yordano Ventura (13)
P: Kyle Hendricks (18)
P: Clay Buchholz (20)
P: Wei-Yin Chen (14)
P: Aroldis Chapman (9)
P: Santiago Casilla (15)

Bench:  John Lackey (21), Jumbo Diaz (28), Kevin Jepsen (29),Nathan Karns (30), Danny Farquhar (31), Wade Miley (34), Dylan Bundy (36), Matt Wisler (38), Tom Koehler (39), Josh Tomlin (42), Colin Rea (43)

SO, I SKIMMED WHAT YOU SAID IN THE OPENING — SNOOZE — BUT STRASBURG AND KLUBER?  WHY DON’T YOU GET A ROOM WITH YOUR LOVE OF PITCHING?

You need rock solid innings in a league with no streamers.  You can’t say, “Well, I got one starter, six MRs and I’m gonna stream the rest, while making your woman wish she was my woman.”  It’s just not going to happen with streamers, because there’s no waivers.  But on top of that, upside is even risky.  I took one upsidey starter in my first eight starters.  Can you name who that is?  I’ll give you one hint, his name translates to “Raise the church roof.”  Wade Miley is even attractive in this league.  Not because his upside, but due to his lock for 190 IP.  If I may Wei-Yin on Chen, he’s great for a league like this because he’s safe.  In this league, safe is the new sexy, which sounds like a commercial from the 90’s.  It would be my luck that I would go to college during the era of baggy sweaters and condoms.  Meh, at least it gives me an excuse.

YOU CAN RATIONALIZE ANYTHING LIKE A TRUMP SUPPORTER, PLEASE RATIONALIZE YOUR BULLPEN.

Not happy with it.  At one point in the 8th to 9th rounds, a closer run happened.  Eight closers went off the board in a row.  I took Aroldis, and the next closer was A.J. Ramos or Jake McGee and I wasn’t going to take one of those in the tenth round just to have two.  Since many people had two closers by that point, I surmised I could wait for Casilla, and I was right.  By the by, surmised and smized are not the same thing.  Of course, waiting for Casilla meant I would be left with one and half closers (Aroldis’s suspension), so I figured I could wait until much later and take some MRs that might give me saves.  In these kind of leagues, MRs are a waste of space, but, due to my closer shituation, I had to do it.  Not thrilled with my bullpen, thanks for bringing it up.

YOUR PITCHING TALK IS BORING ME, CAN WE TALK ABOUT YOUR HITTING.  YES, YOU CAN MENTION DESHIELDS.

Delino DeShizznit!

ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY?

DeShizznit!

I GIVE UP.

It was an odd draft for me on hitting.  I don’t usually take two outfielders, but I was picking 11th and Giancarlo fell to me.  Not as I had previously imagined.  He didn’t put a handkerchief to his forehead and fall into my arms after I announced my love for him.  How could I refuse Giannovio at 11th overall?  Not to answer, but to shield your eyes while I stare at Giancarlo in the flip-show I made of him for my old-timey B&W mutoscope.  Then, skip two picks, and who’s back at me with the 14th overall pick?  I guess I could’ve reached for Abreu, who hung around until the 21st pick.  I could’ve really reached for Edwin Encarnacion or Chris Davis, I guess.  But Miggy was gone already and I wasn’t about to reach for one of those aforementioned 1Bs when Betts was available and I wasn’t sure if I would draft him again this season.  Plus, Betts balances Giancarlo’s runs, AVG and steals nicely.  Finally, me, Betts and Giancarlo is steamy hot, so I did it.  That left me with nothing but infielders for a few picks until…. DeShizznit!  By the way, my love for Delino DeShields is becoming a problem.  “I’m going to slowly walk away from this crazy man’s website now, before he tapes a Delino DeShields face onto mine and tries to sex me.”  That’s a casual reader of Razzball.  Scout’s pre-draft rankings did me no favors on DeShizznit either.  Though, not as bad if I was hoping to snag Billy Burns late.  (Those are overall rankings.  Seriously.)

GIVE ME SOME PICKS YOU LOVE AND SOME YOU HATE, IN RETROSPECT.  ALSO, DEFINE RETROSPECT, BECAUSE I’M JUST COPYING THIS QUESTION FROM EVERY OTHER FANTASY WEBSITE.

I love Pujols in the 7th, Rendon in the 10th, Longoria in the 12th and Mesoraco in the 22nd.  Rendon was a guy I had no interest in this year, but at the 119th pick with his eligibility?  Yeah, I’ll take that gamble.  Longoria?  God, I hate him so much, but at pick 146th?  Even if he hits 18 HRs and .270 with 80 runs and 85 RBIs, I’ll take it.  Mesoraco in the 22nd?  This is a two-catcher league; that’s insane value.  Not insane like smearing poop on the walls, but insane like using toilet paper to clean up poop-covered walls.  Not glamorous, but gets the job done.  Picks I hate by me:  Aroldis.  I know why I did it, but this league ends on August 31st, so I’m getting about three and a half months of Aroldis.  I could’ve waited and took A.J. Ramos and Casilla and been just as happy with my bullpen.  Also, I don’t like the backend of my outfield.  Avisail is always the kind of pick that gets me excited in March and then I can’t stand him by April.  Reddick is a sexy pick if you’re into STDs, but for fantasy, damn, he’s yawnstipating.  I like Buchholz right now, but I just know at some point this year he’s going to kick me in the ass until my Buchholz.

  1. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    I don’t understand how he’s ranked so low on ESPN, but he’s going to help a lot of teams win fantasy championships this year. I ended up with him on evey one of my team’s, except in my Yahoo keeper league (6 keepers), where I had the 12 pick for winning the championship, so he ended up going in the first round

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who?

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        I got to say this. Many ballers butcher the names of players. I recall one of my early comments mentioned something about how you had spelled Teheran (the capital of Iran) incorrectly, yadda-yadda-yadda. Then there’s the questions where you have to guess the question or answer something that’s not been asked but more or less understood. Then there’s guys who use code like W for a pitcher’s name. You are truly the master of all masters!

        So this one’s got you stumped, huh? It’d be a first.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

    • TheMuppetManiac says:
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      @TheMuppetManiac:
      I was talking about Pujols.

      • TheMuppetManiac says:
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        @TheMuppetManiac:
        I accidentally deleted his name.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed… I’ve drafted him a lot of places

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Holy crap! This will take me more than 2 days to regurgitate like a donkey chewing on 2-day old grass.

    Great lineup. Your pitching is rock solid AND you were able to draft Casali! You’re a winner.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  3. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Two Grey posts in a day . . . BUT WHERE DO WE ALL COMMENT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Right here

  4. JOE says:
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    Hey Grey was really hoping to get your opinion on my fantasy team as I attempted to build it around your rankings and blogs. Its the second year of a dynasty league in which we kept 20 players and then just had a 15 round draft. Bench is super deep and we need to have a minimum of 5 NA players on our roster (I ended up with 9). I went for a ton of young guys in the draft (rodgers, mazara, deshields, nick williams and velasquez were some of my early picks) cause i felt my team was good enough to win now while going for upside. Anyway let me know what i can’t do to make it better. Thanks in advance!

    Catcher: Yasmani Grandal
    1B: Anthony Rizzo
    2b: Rougned Odor
    3b: Kris Bryant
    SS: Ketel Marte
    OF: Bryce Harper
    OF: George Springer
    OF: Jason Heyward
    Util: Adam Eaton
    Util: Delino Deshiznit
    BN: Steven Souza
    BN: Daniel Murphy
    BN: Nick Castellanos
    BN: JT Realmuto
    BN: Nick Williams (NA)
    BN: Gary Sanchez (NA)
    NA: Nomar Mazara
    NA: Bradley Zimmer
    NA: Brendan Rodgers
    NA: JP Crawford
    NA: Victor Robles

    SP: Jacob Degrom
    SP: Gerrit Cole
    SP: Carlos Carrasco
    SP: Luis Severino
    SP: Taijuan Walker
    SP: Mike Fiers
    SP: Daniel Norris
    SP: Marco Estrada
    SP: Vincent Velasquez
    SP: Julio Urias (NA)
    SP: Dillon Tate (NA)
    RP: Dylan Bundy
    RP: Ken Giles
    RP: Dalier Hinojosa

    12 teamer!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks solid, maybe a tad low on power… Your pitching looks decent too, workable… Nice team overall!

      • ewizzle22 says:
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        @Grey: low on power? bryant, rizzo and harper i doubt thats low on power..throw in springer and odor at a weak 2nd base spot for power..i beg to differ

  5. Paulo says:
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    First trade of the year should I trade stroman and trumbo for polanco and Jeffrress. I don’t have many stolen bases and I know you love polanco but here is my pitching
    Keuchel, Hernandez, stroman, walker, Hendricks, Tehran, Zimmerman and Ventura also grabbed closers towards the ends Castilla, Hernandez, colome, and Rodney?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  6. MattTruss

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    Just catching up from last post:

    Looks like it’s “post your team” day, so I’ll get in on the fun, not usually my thing, but what the heck. Joined a Y! Pro League (12 Teamer) for Ss & Gs and drafted my own “ode to Razzball” team:

    C – Salvador Perez (I know, but at pick 184 I felt it was worth the splurge)
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Altuve
    3B – Frazier
    SS – Seager
    OF – Justin Upton
    OF – Just Dong
    OF – Polanco
    UTIL – Franco
    UTIL – Reddick
    BN – DeShizznit
    BN – Buxton (pick 225, couldn’t resist)

    SP – Salazar
    SP – Taijuan
    RP – Osuna
    RP – Colome
    P – Rodney
    P – Jumbo Diaz
    P – Hinojosa
    P – Patrick Corbin
    BN – Yu Darvish
    BN – Andrew Miller
    BN – Ian Kennedy

    My pitching is a little suspect and my closers suck (insane closer runs that I missed on/didn’t want to be a part of), but I’ll be SAGNOFing my way along. DL Yu for now and grab Rich Hill or someone like that. If Miller hits the DL I’ve got my eye on Quackenbush. If not, I got a steal in the 12th when Betances went in the 8th. Man I love Razzball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like it, agree with your assessment… Your hitting is great, pitching might be a patchwork

  7. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Mallex Smith very nice. He was my speed sleeper. I don’t see him staying down long if he hits at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: People tend to overlook or fear drafting from bottom teams. To me those teams allow young players more opportunity to develop, play through the initial slump. I really like Gary Sanchez but I don’t see him getting more than a handful of AB’s here and there.

        • Grey

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          Oh, totally, I have a bunch of Phillies and Brewers for that reason… Who are they turning to? Likely no one

  8. Fatty Matty says:
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    Who do you want as your MI in an OBP league?
    Lawrie or Neil Walker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lawrie

  9. Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry says:
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    Would you trade Schwarber for Scherzer in a keeper league?

    keeper costs go up $5 each year, Schwarber would be $11 next year, Scherzer $45 (so a rental)

    Yan Gomes would replace Schwarbs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schwarber

  10. SteveNZ says:
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    This is what a last-placed RCL team looks like apparently. Had 12th pick…

    C McCann (16)
    1B Abreu (1)
    2B Lawrie (11)
    3B Franco (5)
    SS Alcides (17)
    CI Pujols (3)
    MI Seager (6)
    OF JD (2)
    OF Yoenis (4)
    OF Pederson (10)
    OF Rajai (18)
    OF Buxton (13)
    Util Castellanos (19)
    BN Carter (20)

    P Lester (8)
    P Liriano (9)
    P Yordano (15)
    P Severino (21)
    P Giles (7)
    P Street (12)
    P Colome (14)
    P Boxberger (22) to the DL with you!
    P Knebel (22)
    BN Siegrist
    BN Jumbo

    Waited too long on a #1 starter obvs…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think if you’re projected as 12th, you’ve done something…. Your pitching could be an issue though, as you know

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, streaming tho. And drafting with streaming in mind will always skew those lame ESPN projections. Hitting’s not *that* bad though, right?

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @SteveNZ: Hitting isn’t bad, just a few guys wish some big question marks for where you picked them. At least for me.

          Cespedes, Pederson, Buxton, Rajai. You will have some .Avg issues

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @mauledbypandas: As far as AVG goes, t’was ever thus in the RCL for me. Expecting no different tonight!

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @SteveNZ: ooph, don’t I know it. Trying to figure out how I am going to do FCL and ECFBL draft at the same time. At least ECFBL is 45 minutes later. Maybe we will draft fast in the FCL ? Good luck tonight!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @mauledbypandas: Did royce! end up joining the FCL? Don’t recognise him amongst the league names…

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                  @SteveNZ: Doesn’t look like it. Thought JFOH had forwarded an invite. Oh well. I know he’s in another league with Jack, so I must have got confused.

                  Not unusual.

                  • mauledbypandas says:
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                    @SteveNZ: He was going to but I didn’t find out he was interested until the league had filled up. I thought it would be rude to tell someone else to take a hike. Next year I guess

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, writing looks solid

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: I was always pretty good at English.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You and me booth

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: royce! and I are hatching an LA plan. Stay tuned…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Aw sookie!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: You have been advised.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nick, is that you?

                • mauledbypandas says:
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                  @SteveNZ: You gotta go out to Joshua Tree!

  11. TheTinDoor says:
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    I drafted a Scout/Razzball league too. I’ve been in faster-moving DMV lines, but a cool format. Since the format is the same, whaddya think of this team?

    C: Posey, Grandal, JR Murphy, Tom Murphy
    1B: Votto, Trumbo, P.Alvarez, M.Reynolds
    2B: Kipnis, Pedroia
    3B: Donaldson, E.Suarez (after 10 starts)
    SS: Suarez, Cozart, Villar
    OF: Puig, Pillar, Fowler, Gardner, Melky, (Trumbo), Beltran, R.Castillo, B.Zimmer, M.Margot
    UT: P.Fielder, V.Martinez

    SP: Harvey, Greinke, Cueto, WY-Chen, J.Ross, J.Garcia, M.Estrada, E.Ramirez, N.Karns, A.Conley, T.Glasnow, S.Manaea
    RP: Britton & O’Day, Rondon & Strop, F-Rod & M.Lowe

    I wanted a couple of aces (Cueto slipped further than expected), then wanted to go with volume/upside plays. I should be able to find 3 SPs with good matchups amidst the 7, with Glasnow & Manaea lottery ticket upside plays.

    I really loved how my bullpen came together – three top-15 guys, and then got their handcuffs. I would project my ‘pen to have the most solid hold on saves in the league.

    I think minor-leaguers were overvalued in this format. Someone who comes up at the Super 2 deadline is only playing like 2.5 months. Except for Glasnow, the dudes I got (Zimmer, Margot, Manaea) were all late fliers.

    • Grey

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      Ha, I hear that… I don’t like my outfield, I like my outfield better than yours… You may not get more than 15 HRs from any of your OF, pitching is okay, I don’t like Greinke… Your bullpen is solid

  12. Jeffy D says:
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    Which side do you like more:

    Give Beltre and Nicasio

    Get Stroman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beltre

  13. mauledbypandas says:
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    Great minds think… similarly?

    This is what I ended up with. Don’t hate it. Have to deal with a few injuries at the start of the year but I think it’s a decent squad.

    C: Mesoraco,Devin CIN
    C: Navarro,Dioner CWS
    1B: Rizzo,Anthony CHC
    2B: Schoop,Jonathan BAL
    MI: Kendrick,Howie LA
    CI: Franco,Maikel PHI
    3B: Beltre,Adrian TEX
    SS: Desmond,Ian TEX
    OF: Gordon,Alex KC
    OF: Upton,Justin DET
    OF: Gomez,Carlos HOU
    OF: DeShields,Delin TEX
    OF: Martinez,J.D. DET
    DH: Gattis,Evan HOU

    Bench:
    C: Castro,Jason ;Murphy,John Ryan
    1B: Napoli,Mike ; Reynolds,Mark ; Smoak,Justin
    OF: Jay,Jon ; Span,Denard ; Schebler,Scott
    MI: Owings,Chris ; Galvis,Freddy ; Goins,Ryan ; Arcia,Orlando
    CI/3B: White,Tyler, Escobar,Yunel
    Maeda,Kenta LA
    Young,Chris KC
    Severino,Luis NYY
    Iglesias,Raisel CIN
    Samardzija,Jeff SF
    Kennedy,Ian KC
    Kluber,Corey CLE
    Jungmann,Taylor MIL
    Rodriguez,Eduar BOS
    Wood,Alex LA
    Hahn,Jesse OAK
    Ramos,A.J. MIA
    Kimbrel,Craig BOS
    Doolittle,Sean OAK
    Kela,Keone TEX
    Bailey,Andrew PHI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, your team looks similar to mine…I like my pitching a hair(sburg) better, I like your hitting a little bit better than mine

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I really regret just missing on S’burg and Ventura. Had them queued up and ready to go but it was not meant to be. I think this is all going to come down to injuries anyhow.

        • Grey

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          It always comes down to injuries, which kinda sucks

  14. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Keeper league, which side do you like?

    Abreu ($25) + Gomez for Rizzo ($30) + Manley Ramirez

    Neither Gomez nor Ramirez is keepable.

  15. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Any news on who will be the HOU CL? Your boy Luke Gregerson is looking really good, just retired the side in order …2Ks and a groundout. It wouldn’t surprise me if…

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giles

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      At least that’s what they’re saying as of now, you know with these things

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Ante GALIC: and Holy crap!! He’s out for the 8th INN too. Two innings for Luke! As an aside, the Brewers as a team are going to make many strikeout pitchers look very good.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • Grey

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        Between Domingo, Carter and Villar, SPs vs. Brewers may get 7 Ks on average

  16. GoJays says:
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    Hey Grey, any chance you (or anyone) know of any very under the radar rookie SPs who have made their teams? We have to start a rookie SP, and most of the obvious ones are gone given that we also carry over many prospects. I need a bridge to Berrios, and I suspect the few available rookies are going to go way higher than I’m comfortable with (Maeda, Eickhoff), and I don’t want to get stuck with Jon Gray.

  17. The Great Knoche says:
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    Much better than the team from this AM. Infield depth could be an issue with an injury or two.

    I know you hate this format, but I still think this is the most fun draft all year. The pain and agony of the wait. The increased pain and agony of waiting 5 hours only to have the guy drafting in front of you snipe the only guy you really wanted after spending 4 hours and 59 minutes deciding. Plus all the extra time to analyze where everyone else is sitting between every pick and discussing your plans on the blog. Love it.

    • Cram It says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Agreed. It’s not as fun as an auction for me, but all those awesomely awful feelings are unrivaled in this format.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Cram It: Yeah, I love my hometown auction league, but barring getting a bunch of us in an ESPN Auction league, this tops all the other snakes in a big way.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @The Great Knoche: I would love to do an auction league

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @mauledbypandas: Might be a little late this year, but I think we should look into it.

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @The Great Knoche: Yeah, next year for sure. I am sure we could round the requisite people up for it.

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @mauledbypandas: If we do, should look at 15-16 teams. Puts a premium on spending on guys who are going to play rather than batty calls and streamers.

                Remind Me in January.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, but the AM team can use waivers… Yeah, I don’t enjoy agony so much, I do like that it gives me a few-week-long draft, I prolly take about 10 minutes longer per pick than I need just cause I can

  18. Job3rd says:
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    C-Ramos 19
    C Montero 21
    1B Goldy 1
    2B Lawrie 16
    SS Bogie 5
    3B Franco 6
    MI Segura 17
    CI Pujols 7
    OF Upton 3
    OF Ellsbury 10
    OF K Davis 13
    OF Pillar 14
    UT Escobar 22

    Bench: Hicks 25, Souza 27, Headley 29, Gennett 31, M Adams 32, Rasmus 34, Conger 38, Schebler 39, M Taylor-Nats 40

    P Jo Fer 4
    P Matz 8
    P Rodon 11
    P J Ross 18
    P Hammel 20
    P Leake 23

    RP Robertson 9
    RP F Rod 12
    RP Casilla 15

    Bench: Heaney 24, Bauer 26, Karns 28, Romo 30, Jungmann 33, Farq 35, Tomlin 36, Peavy 37

    Still waiting on last four picks. As you say, SLLLOOOWWW. You commented in a previous post I could use Hutchinson or Hellikson. So you say we should be going with definite innings over upside. So for my last few picks, you would go Hellikson, Shoemaker, Chavez, Fister, Colon, Erlin over upside of Hutchinson, Bundy, Stephenson, Paxton, Taillon, Duffey?

    Also, let me know if you see any other holes that need patched? Thanks Grey-t One!

    • Grey

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      Jo-Fer, Matz, Rodon, Ross, Leake… None of them might get 200 IP, and likely won’t… You need IPs

      • Job3rd says:
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        @Grey: I understand maxing ABs. I guess I’m having a hard time understanding maxing IPs. I get the increased K’s and W potential, but won’t my WHIP and ERA get blown up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Your ERA and WHIP might get blown up anyway, and you don’t have to start guys every time out, but Hellickson, for unstints, in the NL East should get a few good matchups

          • Job3rd says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

          • Job3rd says:
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            @Job3rd: @Grey: Oh, One more query: So from a weekly strategy perspective, on weeks where my shizzy SP’s have one quality matchup, I should forego my #3 closer and go 7 SP/2 Closers, for unstints?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’m gonna go 7 SPs some weeks

  19. Scott says:
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    I’ve drafted like 6 or 7 RCLs now and haven’t drafted a 3rd baseman lower than Maikel Franco. I think it’s because you mentioned Dolly Parton and now it’s stuck in my head.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

    • Mike in Busan says:
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      @Scott: Ugh, I got the sweaty under-breast of 3B in my recent draft. Stuck with Castellanos and Lawrie. Should I pick up Yasmani Tomas?

  20. Cram It says:
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    Yeah that’s slightly insane that Pujols, Longoria and Rendon dropped that far. Great gets there. 4th, 6th and 7th in mine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You should see Sky’s team, it’s ridiculous

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Ridiculously good? Or was he reaching for guys? He seems like the type to go by the book.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, it’s good, but I think a lot of people in his league were new to the format or something… Let’s just say I wish JFOH drafted in this RCL the team he drafted in that Scout league

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: That certainly helps.

            That was too cryptic for me. But I’m drunk, because FCL draft in 70 min..no 80…err some minutes

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Cram It: Keep drinking!

  21. Zeus says:
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    Grey have white as my Util in a points league that doesn’t penalize for ks. Shaw is available. Make the switch it or hold? Gracias mi amour

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Switch it

  22. Dr.Evil says:
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    Drafting late and need some advice

    6×6 2 player keeper league with OPS and K/BB as extra categories

    Because of keepers I have Bryant with my 5th round pick and Abreu with my 6th round pick

    I pick #2 (and #10) overall. Draft available players:
    Clayton Kershaw
    Miguel Cabrera
    Andrew McCutchen
    José Bautista
    Edwin Encarnación
    Mookie Betts

    Probably going to go for an OF at that spot given I have 1b and 3b covered, no CI spot but do have 1 Util spot to play with. With OPS considering Bautista? Any advice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista is strong in OPS… I’d take Kershaw too, as your 4th pick, would be nice

  23. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Hey Grey, would appreciate your thoughts on my standard redraft league I’ve been in for the last ten years. Please look at the post-draft trade I made right after the conclusion. Thanks!!

    1. (6) Carlos Correa (Hou – SS)
    2. (19) Mookie Betts (BOS – LF,CF)
    3. (30) Todd Frazier (CWS – 3B)
    4. (43) Stephen Strasburg (Was – SP)
    5. (54) Grégory Polanco (Pit – RF)
    6. (67) Rougned Odor (Tex – 2B)
    7. (78) Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B)
    8. (91) Maikel Franco (Phi – 3B)
    9. (102) Ken Giles (Hou – RP)
    10. (115) Cody Allen (Cle – RP)
    11. (126) Delino DeShields (Tex – LF,CF)
    12. (139) Jean Segura (Ari – SS)
    13. (150) Brian McCann (NYY – C,1B)
    14. (163) Yordano Ventura (KC – SP)
    15. (174) Khris Davis (Oak – LF)
    16. (187) Jake McGee (Col – RP)
    17. (198) Arodys Vizcaíno (Atl – RP)
    18. (211) Stephen Piscotty (StL – 1B,LF,RF)
    19. (222) Marcell Ozuna (Mia – CF,RF)
    20. (235) Mike Leake (StL – SP)
    21. (246) Joe Ross (Was – SP)
    22. (259) Jeremy Jeffress (Mil – RP)
    23. (270) Wil Myers (SD – 1B,CF)
    24. (283) Rajai Davis (Cle – LF,CF,RF)
    25. (294) Austin Jackson (CWS – CF,RF)

    From here, I traded Frazier, Cody Allen, and Vizcaino for Anthony Rizzo. I know I’m a little light on SP, but what do you think?

    • Schmohawks Bob says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob: Used the extra roster spots for Vicent Velasquez and Eduardo Rodriguez, and from there I will place ER on the DL and use his spot as a streamer.

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        @Schmohawks Bob: It’s 12 teams, same format as a RCL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Besides light on SPs, it looks solid, I can’t argue with those first 16 picks… Gets a little wonky from there, but not bad and there’s waivers

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: I would have gone for more power. Correa, betts, Polanco and then DDS+ segura? Seems very heavy on speed, light on power to me.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @mauledbypandas: I mean don’t get me wrong, I love those hitters. I just would have drafted a power bat instead of Polanco

  24. omar says:
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    9-team AL Only Standard 5×5 Roto League.
    Thinking about offering Kyle Seager and Colome to get back Justin Upton. I could slot Sano at 3b, and have utility knife Eduardo Escobar as an every position backup (yahoo). Colome is really a throw-in, as I’m set at closer with Britton, Doolittle, and Osuna. Thoughts? How big is the gap between J-Up and Seager?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  25. Hello

    I did a draft yesterday. It is a 5×5 H2H league. I know I dropped the ball in my bullpen, but I am ok with that as I am pretty on point at SAGNOF during the season.

    What you think? I like it, not my best ever but CBS just told me I drafted the worst team EVA. Which makes me kinda happy… is that wrong?

    I named my team the Long Beach Dub All Starlins, as I just moved from NYC to Long Beach yesterday (yes, the same day I did my draft… my fiance is a saint).

    C Welington Castillo C | ARI
    1B Eric Hosmer 1B | KC
    2B Neil Walker 2B | NYM
    3B Kris Bryant 3B | CHC
    SS Starlin Castro 2B,SS | NYY
    OF Mookie Betts OF | BOS
    OF Gregory Polanco OF | PIT
    OF Justin Upton OF | DET
    U Brandon Belt 1B | SF
    U Joc Pederson OF | LAD

    RESERVES
    2B Javier Baez 2B | CHC
    OF Byron Buxton OF | MIN
    OF Marcell Ozuna OF | MIA

    PITCHERS
    SP Carlos Carrasco SP | CLE
    SP Patrick Corbin SP | ARI
    SP Raisel Iglesias SP | CIN
    SP Lance McCullers SP | HOU
    SP Aaron Nola SP | PHI
    RP Jumbo Diaz RP | CIN
    RP Roberto Osuna RP | TOR
    RP Arodys Vizcaino RP | ATL

    RESERVES
    SP Jose Berrios SP | MIN
    SP Andrew Heaney SP | LAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy that CBS wouldn’t like this team, Les Moonves better get his head examined… I like the hitting, you look a tad low on power, but not bad…Your SPs look great, obviously there’s some issues with your RPs

      • I had the 13th pick in a 14 team snake draft. I was debating taking a closer, then said… nah… i will wait one more turn. Then I missed the closer run. By the time it got back to me there was slim pickings.

        I hate spending on closers. Just seems like a huge waste.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  26. GrandOlePal says:
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    H2H Keeper League, 10 team, 5×5 Auction:

    I have Trout, Goldschmidt and Arrenado for pretty cheap. In the past I have just continued to stack my offense (last year bought Stanton for $60) and then banked on some undervalued SP that Grey loves. I’m a lock for a top playoff spot each year, but the last two years my reluctance to own a true #1 has cost me in the playoffs. Should I change my strategy this year? Maybe overpay for a couple #1 SP? Or just continue to spend on stud OF’s and build my staff on guys in the $5-10 SP Grey love zone?

    • Grey

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      No reason to change

  27. Mike says:
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    Need power, is giving up Mookie/Shark for Stanton/Mccullers too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  28. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    Yo yo Grey!

    Thanks for everything you and the rest of the Razzball family do. Great pre-season preparation and simultaneous entertainment as well. Nice to see the first Friday double-post of the year.

    Can’t wait for Monday morning’s “Here’s what else I saw in baseball yesterday”.

    Play ball!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, play ball!

  29. letsgobravos says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Took your advice and didn’t go OF for my first 3 picks drafting from 1st overall. League is 10 teams H2H 6×6 with OBP though so I went with Votto based on his player rater when accounting for OBP.

    Here’s what I ended up with…

    C- Brian McCann
    1b-Votto
    2b-Odor
    3b-Frazier
    SS-Bogaerts
    OF-Trout
    OF-Betts
    OF-Upton
    Util- Polanco
    Bench – Pujols (snagged Pujols and Polanco with back to back picks around 100 overall)

    SP – Harvey, Salazar, Matz ,Darvish, Walker, Iwakuma, Smyly, Leake
    RP- Giles, Tolleson, Cishek, Doolittle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I gave you advice? Man, I’m dumb… Kidding, nice hitting team and solid pitching… Don’t love Iwakuma, but that’s a small thing if he’s healthy

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: I wasn’t really targeting him, but I had loaded up on hitting and was just drafting best available based on the rankings late. Drafting a yahoo pro league sunday night so I’ll try to avoid him next time around. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    been doing mocks for my bigger money league draft tomorrow, both on fantasy pros and yahoo against some humans. 12 teamer with OBP over AVG, total bases and hits added for hitters, losses added to pitchers 7X6 H2H. large benches, so 1 of each infield, 3 OF, 2 utils, 2 RP, 2 P, 3 SP, basically ends up being about 11 SP, 4 RP, 3 BN hitters or so. 1 NA stash. i draft out of the 11 hole. War room not loving it completely, what you think? most recent mocks i’m doing on yahoo only have 5 BN spots total, so i’m pretending i’m drafting up to 6 rounds less than i have to imitate what might happen really
    C hundley
    1B abreu (2nd round, if i get stanton)
    2B murphy or pedroia
    SS lindor
    3B frazier (3rd round)
    OF stanton (in mocks he’s gettable at 11th, doubt it in real life)
    OF upton
    OF polanco
    util hanram
    util k.davis
    BN delino
    SP price, salazar, shark, smyly, buchholz, kennedy, porcello, nola
    RP allen, f-rod, osuna, jeffress

    1. now since in real life i won’t get stanton at 11th, i’d either go with
    rizzo/mookie (or marte)
    or bryant/mookie (or marte)

    if i don’t have bryant i get frazier likely right after, if i don’t get rizzo i get probably pujols or ortiz where i got lindor, so which of these looks better to you
    1. rizzo/mookie (or marte)/frazier + pujols (or franco) + best out of (segura/alcides/andrus/marte)
    2. bryant/mookie (or marte)/ either frazier OR i get better OF here (jd mart maybe) and go with franco later + 1 of (seg/al/an/mar)
    3. rizzo/mookie (or marte)/ best OF here + franco + best SS (seg, al, an, mar)
    4. rizzo/mookie (or marte)/frazier/lindor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It looks great, be happy with it IRL…. 1. Rizzo/Mookie then hopefully Frazier/Lindor

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: like you in yr draft, we all appear to be in the pick 1 out of pujols/lindor/franco among competitive people drafts. you side with lindor in that, due maybe to drop off in SS’s (i’m not paying bogaerts’ price, it’s worse). got 2 utils, but no CI slots.

        • Grey

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          Yup

  31. Mrrr says:
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    Quick notes from the draft from the Bumblers:

    Stanton was low on our list so you could have gotten him with your 2nd round pick. We were happy to see Arenado and Miggy at 12/13.

    You sniped us Villar and Mallex Smith. There were a number of other guys on our short list when you drafted – Rendon is one that stands out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t really go wrong with the first two picks, I would’ve been fine with Miggy/Arenado too…

  32. scotty the captain says:
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    yo grey— i need to drop one of these guys in a keeper league. robert stephenson or rubby de la rosa? i need a roster spot for a free agent. im gonna drop stephenson. right choice????

    5×5 14 teamer. 10 man bench. both guys r basically the same price for the next 3 years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stephenson

  33. Mickey Maloney says:
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    Highly recommend this league to everyone. Great way to ease into your fantasy draft season. It’ll test your patience though. The first time some dude takes like five hours to make a pick, it makes you want to pull your hair out. Not looking at you, Too Much Tuna.

    Anyway, here was my team. Drafting from the 3 hole. I kinda severely punted SS. Otherwise, I think I’m pretty solid in the hitting department. I also tried to focus stability over upside, but did grab Arcia and Urias late. Ethier got hurt after I drafted him, so it might have caused me to over draft OFs. I really like my starting pitchers, but I’m only a few injuries away from disaster. Not much depth.

    C Cervelli
    C Gomes
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Kinsler
    SS Alcides Escobar
    3B. Frazier
    CI A Gone
    MI Zobrist
    OF Justin Upton
    OF Grichuk
    OF Parra
    OF Alex Gordon
    OF Ben Revere
    DH V Mart
    P Fernandez
    P Carrasco
    P Odorrizzi
    P Rodon
    P Teheren
    P Joe Kelly
    P Nicasio
    P Melancon
    P Ziegler

    Bench: Prado, Alx Guererro, Didi Gregorious, Orlando Arcia, AJ Ellis, Crawford, Ethier, Span, Markakis, Jackie Bradley, Ian Kennedy, Knebel, Niese, Adroldys Vizcaino, Nate Jones, Trevor Bauer, Wheeler, Cobb, Urias.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re gonna be surprised how quickly you’re starting guys like Didi, Span, Bradley and bench SPs… Happens to everyone…. I like your team a lot, I think your hitting is decent enough, but low on speed after Revere and Span… Nice pitching up top, then it gets a bit wonky later on…Good luck!

      • Mickey Maloney says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! It’s definitely going to be Jesus Take the Wheel with Nicasio and Kelly. Between Nicasio and Neise, I’m putting a lot of faith in Ray Searage.

        Good luck, brotha! I think you’ve got one of the best teams in the league. Better than mine, sadly.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! Good luck to you too! Most times these leagues come down to injuries and depth…

  34. JMAC says:
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    Keeper league 5×5 with OBP. Keep 5 players

    Current possibilities are:

    Goldy (Keeping)
    Dozier
    Bogaerts
    Tulo
    Adam Jones
    Cargo
    Michael Brantley

    Arrieta
    Gerrit Cole

    Also have a trade on the table Justin Upton for my Tulo. If you’d make that trade then keep Upton. THank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Upton, it’s not close… Upton, Goldy, Xander, Brantley, Arrieta

      • JMAC says:
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        @Grey: Brantley in the last spot is a little surprising for me. I’m usually a big minimal pitchers guy, but Cole is ranked so much higher it’s tough. Also thought you ,ight name cargo or dozier before him. Any specifc reason? And is it close in your mind?

        Just executed Upton for Tulo. Thanks!

        • Grey

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          Thinking OBP, and seems back, don’t love two keeper SPs… My other pick was gonna be Cole… CarGo and Dozier are just so bleh

          • JMAC says:
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            @Grey: Okay that helps a lot. Thinking bc he’s gonna start season on the DL, I’ll be able to grab him in the draft, but I could be wrong. If I leave cole, I think he goes fast is my thought process, but haven’t sold myself either way. Thank you a ton

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  35. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    you already readjust miller/betances, both in Rudy/steamer and yours?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s updated on War Room, will be updated on site when Rudy gets around to it

  36. Alfred says:
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    Hi Grey big fan love how you don’t stop having fun when writing these posts. Just wanted to get your opinon on my roster for this year. Second time realyl doing fantasy, it’s a 12 team h2h keeper league.

    C Realmutto
    C d’Arnaud
    1B Prince Fielder ?
    2B Matt Carpenter ?
    3B David Wright
    SS Carlos Correa
    CI Joey Votto ?
    MI Trevor Story
    OF Jason Heyward ?
    OF Charlie Blackmon ?
    OF Carlos González ?
    OF Justin Upton ?
    OF George Springer ?
    Util Devon Travis
    Util Dustin Pedroia

    P Carlos Carrasco ?
    P Michael Wacha ?
    P Jacob deGrom ?
    P Mark Melancon ?
    P Ventura
    P Vince Velasquez
    P Lance McCullers
    P Brad Boxberger
    P Joaquin Benoit
    P Alex Colome

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Your hitting and pitching looks solid, Wright’s a mess, your UTILs are bleh and Wacha scares me, but those aren’t huge issues

  37. Hurley says:
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    Better dl stash
    Ottavino or wheeler

    Better pick up erod or gausman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler…Gausman

  38. Cohen says:
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    Grey, better util Adams or Castellanos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams, coin flip

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Cohen:

      I’d go Nick. Has a job. Adams at best gets good side of a platoon with Holiday. At worst gets no share with Moss taking the left side platoon,

  39. $$$ says:
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    Runs/2b/3b/hr/rbi/sb/tb/avg/Obp/nsb

    W/L/CG/sv/hr/k/era/whip/qs/nsvh

    C realmuto
    1b belt
    2b schoop
    3b Frazier
    ss Lindor
    Ci Franco
    Of trout,marte,jd,upton
    Util deshields, Khris Davis
    Bench story

    Salazar,Rodon,verlander, Iglesias, Ross, severino, Corbin , Nola
    Giles, Farquhar , Rodney , knebel, Diaz

    Drop anyone for these guys
    Eduardo Rodriguez, gausman, Siegrist, mat Adams, castelannos, Shane Greene, Brad Miller, uehera, oday, strop, kela, romo, storen, karns,hinojosa

  40. OaktownSteve says:
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    The Blue Jays radio guy just dropped a “Jackie Bradley Jr and the Million Dollar Jackpot Wad”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91WHjQeWs1A

    My opening day line up in this league with you

    Castillo
    Hudley
    Tex
    Zimm
    Valencia
    LeMahieu
    KMarte
    Suarez
    N. Cruz
    C. Gomez
    Harper
    Bautista
    Blackmon
    Pillar
    Keuchel
    Lester
    Richards
    Gio
    Conley
    Volquez
    Jaime
    Britton
    Cody Allen

    I like my offensive depth on this team. Got Shaw, Neil Walker, Moose riding pine first week based on match ups. Plus McCullers when he’s ready.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Be curious to see how it plays out, didn’t like your draft in this one, felt too experimental…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Definitely took it as an opportunity to try some stuff on for size. I actually ended up liking the finished product ok though. Like I said, the offense feels really deep to me. The pitching I’m kind of meh on.

        Like my offense better than yours. Like your pitching better.

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          @OaktownSteve:

          Be fun to play for bragging rights in this one though.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @OaktownSteve:

            Though the Padres just announced Pomeranz is in the rotation. Like seconds ago.

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @OaktownSteve: That…Is Fantastic!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, wish I got him in Tout

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                I ended up with shares of a couple of the late last spot guys: Velasquez, Sanchez, Pomeranz, Conley. Prolly all backfire.

                • Grey

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                  Pomeranz and Velasquez could be terrific…or absolutely nothing. The other two I think can be just okay or just whatever

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    I’m pretty high on Sanchez

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, I like Aaron Sanchez a lot, liked him in my rankings, honestly, brain farted, I thought you meant Anibal cause I just read about him… Haha…

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @OaktownSteve:

                      I’m as down on Anibal as you can be.

                    • Grey

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                      Haha, hear that

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, will be fun either way… My outfield is a bit of a mess, yours is so stacked… I wonder how your infield will do

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            One of the things I was experimenting with here was trying to get a couple of middle infield guys with speed and stacking power elsewhere. The guy who worries me is KMarte. He feels like he could be this year’s Dannys Can’tana. But I am a huge believer in Suarez. I think he’s going to be one of the better value plays this year.

            • Grey

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              I was saying this earlier today, I like a bunch of guys in these deep leagues that are on lousy teams… Eugenio is one too, seems locked into ABs, could surprise with a solid season for a deep league

    • Cram It says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Is this the Scout team? Did you take CarGo after you already drafted 3 OF’s in first three rounds?

      My unsolicited opinion…pretty wonky! That infield seems to negate the OF you put together. Don’t love the SP either. And I’m shocked you don’t have any A’s ;)

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Cram It:

        One of the things I was goofing on was that early positions really don’t matter. The best player available in each of the first 5 rounds was an outfielder. IF you look at the ceiiling for those five it’s 145 homers and 110 steals. I think I am bumping against the fallacy of “oh your outfield looks good but your middle infield looks weak”. To me that is the weakest analysis in the whole fantasy universe. You don’t get bonus points for production from one place over another. Scarcity is a complete farce. When you run the projected overall numbers on this offense they are really high.

        I felt like the construction here was take some slightly upside SB guys in LeMahieu and Marte to back the OF. To me Walker is a pretty steady MI back up and I think Suarez will be Walker like. Allows me to twist the dials a lot. I have ton of upside but shaky offense at the corners with Tex, Zim, Valencia (who I LOVE) this year.

        As far as the pitching goes, I only took 2 relievers. If either of them get hurt I’m basically going with a modified saves punt. And I think save punt is viable in a weekly league. I’ve seen 100K overall prize won in NFBC by a straight saves punt because you an slot 9 SPs and get K and W edge. Plus stream undervalued WHIP/ERA low k guys to your advantage.

        With McCullers, Lester, Keuchel, Richards, Britton, Cody Allen I feel like that’s a really really good core of guys who are going to out pitch their draft slots this year for various reasons. Means I’ve got 11 SPs to stream to the remaining 3 weekly spots. So when you look at a league like this you really need to talk about the best way to manipulate the format rather than look at the individual pieces.

        • Cram It says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Totally agree on the saves front. I saw some stat for NFBC where the top teams only averaged around 60 saves.

          I’m not looking at your team as IF vs OF. I just see a lot of risk (injury/unproven “upside”) there. Of course it could all fall right, I just don’t like the players. Not that that means anything! Looking forward to the updates of how everyone is faring through the season. Good luck, bud.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Cram It:

            Who do you see as risky? Gomez? Maybe, but remember he was being drafted in the first round in some NFBC drafts last year. His ceiling is high, his cost was moderate relative. That’s what I was trying to arbitrage with this draft is I think OF value fell below the line because there were enough people who reached due to scarcity. Like I said, the OF $ on the rudy machine for this offense was 180+ versus and expected value of 150, the equivalent of an extra 1st round pick.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @OaktownSteve:

              The offense was 180+ that is. Not just the OF

  41. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    A while ago I gave you the rundown of a roster of mine in a 16 team league with standard roster size (13 hitters, 9 pitchers). We use QS instead of W’s and SV/H in place of SV’s. You mentioned that my roster was a bit short on average and stolen bases, so I went out and made a few tweaks. I picked up Travis Shaw and then dealt Encarnacion, CSantana, and TStory for Golschmidt, Reddick, and AJ Ramos. So, Goldy, Reddick, and Shaw go into my lineup in place of EE, CSantana and Story. I think it was a lateral move for my SB’s but the average should be better. Peraza or something else is going to have to give me the boost in SB’s that I need. What do you think now?

    Swihart
    Goldschmidt
    Pedroia
    KBryant
    Tulow
    J Abreu
    Semien
    L Cain
    Granderson
    Saunders
    Reddick
    T Shaw
    Schebler/Rollins/Peraza/Y Gurriel

    Scherzer
    Stroman
    Rodon
    K Hendricks
    M Moore
    J Tomlin/E Rodriguez
    Kimbrel
    A Miller
    AJ Ramos/Jeffress

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you made your team much better, nice moves… You’re still a little low on speed but I’d hold off for now on more moves

  42. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 5×5 h2h
    Grabbed Ervin Santana off waivers for some reason for a little depth at the back end. Would you drop him for any of these others? Or just stream with that open spot?

    Robbie Ray
    Rich Hill
    Taylor Jungmann
    Jose Berrios

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hill

      • Bobbo says:
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        @Grey: forgot to mention Drew Pomeranz is available too. Still hill?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hill

  43. Andre says:
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    Was offered a trade of Grichuk and Shelby Miller for Cespedes. Offensive stats are H, R, HR, RBI, Bb, Avg, and Steals…..have pretty decent P depth but I’d replace miller with one of Nola, Ervin Santana, Leake, Cody Anderson or Kyle Gibson. Thoughts? If the trade was made what P should be picked up?

  44. Andre says:
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    Was offered a trade of Grichuk and Shelby Miller for Yoenis Cespedes. Offensive categories are H, R, Avg, HR, RBI, Bb, and steals….I have pretty decent P depth but I’d most likely pick up one of Ervin Santana, Mike Leake, Cody Anderson, or Kyle Gibson. Should I make this deal? And if so. What P should I pick up?

    • Andre says:
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      Sorry! Didn’t mean to post twice! Stupid iPhone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  45. the swinging says:
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    Before I read this article I wanted to comment on your rcl article posted today.

    Gota comment on polanco. Why not use adp to your advantage and wait there. Even your worst enemies in the draft wouldn’t take him before the 6th round in a 12 team mixed, even that’s prob too rich for any of their blood.

    Taking polanco in the 3rd round sunk this team. He coulda been your 2nd or even 3rd outfielder easily. That’s the most pathetic outfield I’ve seen in any 12 team draft I’ve done so far this year.

    You are obviously the king, I just hate the rcl draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey: that’s all? Cmon respect the criticism at least a little. You don’t think taking gregory polanco in the 3rd round in 2016 mixed league drafts is a spew? I’m not saying he def won’t return 3rd round value, im saying you don’t need to draft him there.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Vin posted in the comments he’s been taken 15 times in the 3rd round… Do you see where I have him ranked? It’s not like I ranked him in the 90s…

          • the swinging says:
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            @Grey: I’m not doubting your ranking I’m commenting on team construction.

            Don’t you think waiting a few rounds to take polanco would have paid off a ton?

            I mean even by your own rankings you have 1 top 100 player in your outfield.

            Idk the rcl team feels very weak. Gl

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, but I have a bunch of other players that are in my top 100… By the way, I say in the post I wasn’t happy with the team, you’re preaching to the choir

  46. Fungazi says:
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    Saw your infatuation pick was Delino. Was the breakup with Giancarlo rough on him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giancarlo is my wife, Delino is my mistress

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: hehe so scandalous

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe, Totes McGotes

  47. Mike Devereaux says:
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    h2h points league – would you rather have Pomernanz or Aaron Sanchez?

    Thank you sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sanchez

  48. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hi Grey,

    In my NL-Only Auction we had a guy nominating the players he wanted and I won four of the main guys he “had to have”. Piscotty, Ozuna, V.V., and Vizcaino. He’d been listening to a certain “Blooming” Sirius Fantasy guru that was hyping them. Apparently he didn’t have the stones to keep bidding. His loss.

    I know this isn’t exactly like your recent RCL draft experience since an Auction allows you to get what you want as long as you’re willing/able to spend the $, but I still pissed him off by bidding them up. He’s already offered me garbage 2 for 1s for a Piscotty and Ozuna.

    I ended up holding Blash to see what SD would do and just dropped him at the news of him being returned to Seattle. His parting gift to me was Pomeranz. I’m actually excited about him being my 7th SP. Thoughts on Drew??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I go over Pomeranz in the rankings, I like him a lot as a flyer, especially in NL-Only

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: I missed that. He wasn’t on my radar when I was looking through your rankings way back. I had tunnel vision for others.

        I’d be stoked if he does that! Thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, no problem

  49. Johnc says:
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    If Howie heads to DL, Escobar, Suarez or Semien? You have the latter ranked much higher but asking if you feel the same with reports he will bat 9th and the first two may bat second. Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Semien…Ew…

  50. I have a lot of the same guys as Grey…Oh that’s right I was totally unprepared and used his board with blind faith.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  51. letsgobravos says:
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    Anyone able to use the draft tool on mac? I have used it in the past with firefox, but won’t work on there now. Also tried on chrome and safari.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can use it on Mac/Chrome

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey:

        Hmm, when i use chrome, it loads for a long time and then says…
        The page you were looking for doesn’t exist.

        You may have mistyped the address or the page may have moved.

  52. Yah, Aroldis was the first guy that made me say Hmm. Draft is good, just again not sexy like the Yahoo.

    *Why always tail ending a weak 4-5-6 OF? I keep thinking ‘O, Will Meyers and D Santana my 4 and 5, not sure it’s good enough? Then I see whatevahs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Outfield gets real ugly after the top 150 or so overall….

  53. OaktownSteve says:
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    Hey Albrecht, just my annual thank you on Opening Day Season Eve to say thanks for this sweet fucking sandbox. I know I can be a pain in the ass from time to time but this place is my bar and I love being Cliff Claven at the bar. Great off season again this year, my friend. Hope you win all your leagues but one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re not a pain in the ass at all, I appreciate you too… I hope you win all of your leagues and I’d happily come in second to you in this one…

  54. Goh says:
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    Drop story or Fernando Rodney for Brito if I don’t need bench help and can use saves, will Brito be good trade bait with pollock possibly out?
    Rodney useless anyways

  55. UtahGreenSox says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’ve been reading articles on here for the last couple of seasons; great stuff!
    Had my main draft last night in a H2H 6×6 OBP Holds league. I feel like I shat the bed with my draft after my pre-draft rankings didn’t load properly.

    Any advice for trades here on in?
    Should I look at trading one of my starters for some more power?
    Players free on the waivers are: Segura, Conforto, Walker, Lowrie (was thinking of getting Conforto for Santana)

    C -Wellington Castillo
    1B – Brandon Belt
    2B – Jonathan Schoop
    3B – Todd Fraizer
    SS – Trevor Story
    OF – Mike Trout, Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco
    Utility – Stephen Piscotty, Nick Castellanos
    Bench – Corey Dickerson

    SP – Sale, Liriano, Cueto, Syndergard, Corbin, Walker, Ross, Ervin Santana
    RP – (saves) Britton, Hoover, Chapman (holds) Herrera, Siegrist, Dunn, Duke.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams? I don’t think you need any trades right now if it’s around a 10 – 12 team league… You’re low on hitting a little… I’d go Segura over Castellanos, and play Story only at Coors until he proves something

      • UtahGreenSox says:
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        @Grey: Yeah it’s a 12 teamer.

        Thanks so much :)

  56. OaktownSteve says:
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    Cody Anderson 6.1, 3 hits 1BB, 4K s 1ER. A very heavy ball tonight. Looks like a horse.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Indians are gonna get in the playoffs with no hitting a’la Mets last year

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Very possible. If there is a Jake A. in the draft this year and that is a big if because that was an historic type value last year, I would say Carrasco is on the short list.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally agree

  57. SteveNZ says:
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    Just finishing up a real crappy-ass team in the FCL over here…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, sounds like good times!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey:

        C Castillo (21)
        1B Votto (2)
        2B Pedroia (15)
        3B Moose (11)
        SS Lindor (5)
        MI Peraza (20)
        CI Belt (6)
        OF Stanton (1)
        OF Cain (3)
        OF Khris (9)
        OF Piscotty (14)
        OF Gordon (16)
        Util Papi (7)
        BN Alvarez (19)
        BN Suarez (25)
        P Price (4)
        P Sonny (12)
        P Pineda (18)
        P Shark (19)
        P Rosenthal (8)
        P McGee (10)
        P Hinojosa (13)
        P Bailey (22)
        P Herrera (23)
        BN Yimi (24)

        8th pick. At least I drafted *some* guys I don’t own anywhere else. Lowercase yay.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: Bailey sent down. Team’s getting better by the minute!

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @SteveNZ: At least you didnt take Pollack. re-injured elbow.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm… It doesn’t jump out at me as wonderful, but you never know Steve, ya never know!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, it’s a bit bitty, if that makes sense. That’s what happens when you try and take some guys you don’t have elsewhere!

            Projected for 5th by ESPN – I’m all about those projected standings!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA, you and ESPN should get a room!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @SteveNZ: Sh*t Tacos

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Ha! Couldn’t blame tacos in my case, unfortunately. Just general stupidity.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @The Great Knoche: don’t knock the shit tacos

  58. The Great Knoche says:
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    First FCL with the savages…Hopefully I can hold up my end of donkey for them. Turned out Ok I think. Picking 5th, and yes took Kershaw.

    C Realmuto (21)
    1B A Gon (4)
    2B Cano (5)
    SS Crawford (12)
    3B Longoria (9)
    CI Teixiera (13)
    MI Andrus (15)
    OF Bautista (2)
    OF CarGomez (3)
    OF Kemp (8)
    OF Buxton (14)
    OF Inciarte (17)
    U Fielder (6)

    P Kershaw (1)
    P W Davis (7)
    P Doolittle (10)
    P Lester (11)
    P Boxberger (16) DL
    P O’day (18)
    P Shields (19)
    P Givens (20)
    P Camineiro (21)

    Bench 2B Gyorko (22) Opening day Batty Call
    Bench P Hendriks (Oak) (24)
    Bench P Bastardo (25)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think your hitting looks better than your hitting, don’t love the hitting, lots of boring guys that could be okay…Andrus, A-Gon, Tex, Bats, Gomez, Kemp, Fielder

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: stop speaking in riddles! hitting looks better than hitting. what does it all mean!

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @mauledbypandas: He meant better than your hitting…and hasn’t even seen it.

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @The Great Knoche: hah, that is no surprise. I always go a little heavy on pitching. Streaming is great and all but I am terrible at it.

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @The Great Knoche: I actually like my hitting. Could always be better but I am pleased.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, did I say that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And Cano

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Yup…The year of the Yawn

  59. The Flayed Man says:
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    Would you trade my Seager/Story for his Franco?

    12 team 6×6 yahoo (OPS, QS, Saves + Holds) Keep 5 players 3 farm players

    C. Yasmani Grandal
    1B. Anthony Rizzo
    2B. Rougned Odor
    3B. Todd Frazier
    SS. Stalin Castro
    CI. Kyle Seager
    MI. Jonathan Scoop
    OF. J.D. Martinez
    OF. George Springer
    OF. Gregory Polanco
    OF. Delino DeShields
    UT. Brett Lawrie
    UT. Wil Myers
    BN. Trevor Story

    Carlos Carrasco
    Tyson Ross
    Steven Marz
    Taijuan Walker
    Drew Smyly
    Luis Severino
    Aaron Nola
    Juan Nicasio

    Dellin Betances
    Roberto Osuna
    Alex Colome
    Brad Boxberger
    Kevin Jepsen
    Shawn Kelley

    Farm:
    Orlando Arcia
    Jose Berrios
    Juan Urias
    Nomar Mazara
    Nick Williams

  60. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey! Piscotty or David Peralta? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Jerry:

      It’s very close. I lean Peralta.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Don’t let Magoo hear you say that

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Grey: it’s ok. Piscotty doesn’t know

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Jerry: Peralta

  61. scott steelers says:
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    Finally got my team name. Upton Your Byung-Ho. Boom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  62. Artificial Braun says:
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    Okay I want to share my team as well.

    It’s a 10 team pts league with a weird set up that changes yearly to try and balance pitchers.

    This year wins were reduced from 15 to 10 pts and hitters don’t lose a point for CS or Ks.

    Anyway here is the team.

    C: Norris (179)
    1b: Abreu (19)
    2b: Carpenter (59)
    3b: Franco (122)
    SS: Lindor (99)
    OF: Trout (2), Blackmon (22), Upton (62)
    Util: A. Gonzalez (82), Granderson (159)
    Bench: Burns (182), Semien (202), Mesoraco (219), Wil Myers (239), Pillar (242)

    SP: Lester (39), Archer (42), Liriano (79), Samardzija (102), Verlander (119)
    RP: Allen (139), Ramos (162)
    Bench: Maeda (142), Iglesias (199), Nicasio (dropped Kennedy (222) for him)

    That’s it. I feel confident with the offense, but think I took a bigger risk with pitching than I would have liked.

    I think I know the question to my answer… yeah that’s right, but DeShizz is on DeWire and I’m thinking Burns should be there instead.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need 2 catchers… Lose Norris, or Mesoraco, it doesn’t matter… I agree with you, the pitching is riskier… I think the hitting is solid though

  63. SteveNZ says:
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    Fractured elbow for Pollock.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @SteveNZ: Dumbass sliding head first in first game back

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @The Great Knoche: sliding headfirst is always stupid, just from a physics perspective, much less a safety one. yikes, at least i only have him on 2 keeper teams. let’s get those replacements out of way as soon as now

        1. 16 team with hits and OPS added. won this one last year. already have pillar to fill in as 1 BN bat. so really it’s just best BN bat for this roster, but probably should be an OF for now.
        C hundley
        1B goldy
        2B odor
        SS segura
        3B arenado
        OF upton
        OF delino
        OF pillar
        util sano
        util c-sant
        BN open
        DL pollock
        options: colby, rosario, leonys,brito, c.crawford, raj, sparkakis, byrd, jennings. probably rosario or colby, but since i have pillar i pretty much replaced pollock already. H2H

        2. 14 teamer with OPS, total bases and K’s added.
        C hundley
        1B rizzo
        2B schoop
        3B carpenter
        SS bogaerts
        CI mostsuckass
        MI scooter
        LF delino
        CF eaton
        RF stanton
        OF braun
        util carter
        BN aoki, suarez
        DL pollock
        i have 3 BN bats from there being a max 10 starts per week, so 7-8 SP is really all that’s needed. H2H.
        options: yesmany, naquin, swihart, saunders, leonys, c.crawford, wilmer F
        in this 2nd one, with 8 moves per week and only 7 SP till berrios comes up i might be best off streaming this slot for SP and off day bats at variety of positions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well, I told most to avoid him

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: yet for some reason even in RCL’s he’s going 8-10 slots higher than either you or Rudy/steamer has him. people are such sluts to espn/yahoo rankings. kershaw has never gone outside of 1st round in RCL’s either in 3 years or so.

    • @SteveNZ:

      Holy shit really? He went 1 pick before my Mookie pick. I’m high on the dude so I may have taken him. WHEW!

  64. Grey, I want you to know that I blame you (and Razzball) for my unhealthy obsession for some of these players. You’ll know the ones.

    30 round draft, big bench. long standing $$ league – trades happen often because the wire is thin (that’s the theory anyway). Start 1 C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, MI, CI, 4x OF, 1x Util. No innings cap, but min 50 IP for the week. 4 SP slots, 3 RP slots, 3 P slots.

    Weekly H2H 6X6 (OBP/QS)

    I landed 2nd pick. Got to me and I flipped a coin. That was the good news. The bad news was that I was parked between my two longest-competing league-mates, and we all like the same players. It was a nightmare. Never been sniped so much in my life.

    I never draft more than 1 SP in the 1st 7 rounds. Here I had 3 by round 7 – weird. Please let me know what you think – be gentle (Moooooooon river….)
    C Hundley,
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Cano
    3B Beltre
    SS Story/Reyes (28th rd handcuff), Cesar Hernandez (2B/SS/3B)
    MI K.Wong
    CI Moistsuckass (thank you mucho for that, btw!)
    OF Betts, Springer, Polanco, Yelich, (Peralta, Pederson, DeShields)
    Util OF-X (of the above)

    SP – Strasburg, Cole, Lester, Matz, YoVentura, Vince Velasquez, Aaron Sanchez, Nicasio, Heaney, Nelson, K.Hendricks
    RP – Allen/Vizcaino

    I’m hurting at RP right now, but I always end up with 4 closers by June – hoping for same this year. I think when I went SP so hard early I panicked a little and somehow ended up with less pitching than I need. Not sure I have enough power though – I really need the sleepers/upside picks to produce HRs. Y! has me projected to win SB by 40, so thinking of dealing speed for power.

    Looking forward to your feedback!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I told everyone not to draft Pollock, and you were gonna take him? Oh, Lucky Dog, why do we not see eye to eye? Any hoo, crazy solid team, love the hitting and pitching, I think the hitting is a good balance of speed/power… Pitching has nice upside mixed with safe guys, nice team!

      • @Grey: I had him last year on the cheap and he just did so so so much…I had a soft spot for him. I woulda taken either Abreu or Mookie there over Pollack, but there was a chance.

        Thankfully I got the Mookster there. Everyone thinks he’s gonna be all that and a back of homers, so we’ll see.

        Appreciate the feedback – felt like my best team in a while. But I still have that rosterbating glow about me, so nice to get an outside opinion .

        Love your 12-teamer btw, Definitely good balance for a deeper league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, homey!

      • @Grey:

        By the way – being next to the turn when you know the tenancies of the dude at the turn is almost like cheating.

        I kept snagging OF-ers after he went super IF deep the first 6-7 rounds. It gave me a good roadmap for who to take on the way back to the 1, with 3 good options queued up for the turn.

        I’ve never had a 1.02 or 1.09 / 10 pick before. It didn’t work every round, but it’s nice to see a strategy I’ve heard about forever put to the test. Very effective.

        While I’ve seen people recommend “watching the league” I have a hard time keeping track of 10 teams while watching my draft sheet & queuing up players and drinking beer and considering my own strategy. But one team? Hells yeah I can keep an eye on one team.

        Huge advantage drafting 2nd or 9th IMO.

        • Grey

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          I don’t watch the league… I just try and get the team I need… What difference does it make if someone is taking, say, 5 closers? You still need 2 for yourself

          • @Grey:

            Yep – exactly. But sitting next to either turn, it can make a big difference knowing the turn’s needs. Helped me avoid getting sniped a few times.

            I could measure it by the # of times dude at the turn cursed at me when I’d grab a pitcher or OF-er. Heh

            But yeah – those experts who advise watching every roster are chronically full of shit – we can’t all be rain man, and especially not while trying to get a buzz on with microbrew. heh

            • Grey

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              Haha… Yeah, no reason to watch other people anyway, you need to draft your team

  65. Not that it puts the team over the top or anything but I forgot to mention B.Park at 1B on the bench. ;)

  66. Kid A says:
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    Wishing the worst to all my comrades in the FCL.

    #shittacos

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: I envy the destructive potential that little twerp has been able to cultivate in only 14 years on this planet.

        Show off.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: I have a similar contract with the world that says Kid A must be allowed to go everywhere with me. Nevermind that I have not met him in the flesh.

        #shittacos

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

  67. Anthony Pagano says:
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    I followed your top 100 for a 10 team espn 5×5 ,roto redraft league.

    1 stanton
    2 machado
    3 Cabrera
    4 Springer
    5 price
    6 upton
    7 blacmon
    8 wainwright
    9 salazar
    10 hamilton
    11 kinsler
    12 ventura
    13 russell
    14/15/16. Matz/rodon
    /quintana
    Cl colome/ mcgee/doolittle

    So , my question is, do I not win this?
    What do I need?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid, I think you put yourself in a good position… Don’t love Wainwright, Kinsler and your bullpen, but those aren’t huge issues

  68. Dubjay says:
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    Hey grey. Just lost pollock. Need another OF.
    Who do you like best out of W.MYERS/D.SANTANA/C.DICKERSON?

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @Dubjay:

      oops – thought I was replying to your comment – sorry. Not gray, but I’d put it: 1. Myers 2. Santana 3-4-5-6-7-8-dickerson

    • Grey

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      Dickerson

  69. Lucky Dog says:
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    Not gray, but I’d put it: 1. Myers 2. Santana 3-4-5-6-7-8-dickerson

  70. Michael says:
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    5×5 Redraft – Punted SP/RP a bit, do I need to trade for a closer, offered Melancon for Moore/Velasquez…?

    Harvey
    Matz
    Moore
    Pineda
    Leake
    Velasquez
    Nicasio

    Familia
    D Hernandez
    Knebel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it

  71. Cohen says:
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    Grey,would u drop Watson for Knebel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  72. Brown L says:
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    A day late to Grey post number 2, but I must soldier on. Must. Post. Fantasy Team…

    11-team keeper, Roto 6×6 (extra/odd categories: OPS, IP, K/9), weekly lineups

    C – Hundley — $1
    1B – Davis — $23 (K)
    2B – Schoop — $5
    3B – Arenado — $23 (K)
    SS – Seager — $18
    CI – Pujols — $18
    MI – Alcides — $1
    OF – Marte — $20
    OF – J. Upton — $25
    OF – Polanco — $13
    OF – Yelich — $12
    Util – Belt — $10
    BN – Khrush — $2
    BN – Fat Adams — $1
    BN – Orlando Arcia — $1

    SP – Strasburg — $24
    SP – Salazar — $15
    SP – Rodon — $8
    SP – Taijuan — $5
    P – Tanaka — $6
    P – Pineda — $3
    RP – Allen — $8
    RP – McGee — $6
    BN – Jeffress — $3
    BN – Yordano – $2
    BN – Leake – $2
    BN – Colome – $2
    BN – Erasmo – $1
    BN – Karns – $1

    According to the War Room download this is team is the shit, and I should win my league running away. Why even play the games, am I right? Granted, our league contracted this year, so of course it looks more sexy than usual, but I think I have some crazy category balance. Possibly overspent on Yelich and Tanaka, but I feel like I always need help with rate stats in this format. Don’t love Alcides, but I was determined to punt MI, and got scooped on SAGNOF guys I like more.

    Let’s get this season started already!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I agree with the War Room, team looks stacked, I’d be happy to have it in a ten teamer… Your pitching is kinda ridiculous, but I don’t like Tanaka

  73. peacecoast says:
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    grey,

    where do you rank pomeranz now that he landed a startin job? thoughts on him this year in a 12 team mixed roto? we are nsvh btw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s ranked, can take a flyer on him if you like

  74. dong mattingly says:
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    Grey- It’s awesome that you take the time to answer all these posts! would you mind looking at my team? 12 team 6×6
    obviously waited on pitching. any thoughts?
    ty in advance

    c- hundley
    1- pujols
    2-odor
    3-machado
    ss- russell
    of- marte
    jd martinez
    upton
    heyward
    deshields
    b- k davis
    trumbo
    lawrie

    sp- liriano
    rodon
    darvish
    k hendricks
    t walker
    c. martinez
    ed. rodriguez

    rp- f rodriguez
    perkins
    d hernandez
    casilla
    o’day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you waited a bit too long on pitching, you don’t have a #1 really, but your hitting is solid, and any time that’s the case, you can squeeze by… Good luck!

  75. The Situation says:
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    Hi Grey- Had my draft last night and would greatly appreciate your feedback. Any categories I need to improve on? Thanks in advance!

    12 team, Roto, 6×6 (w/BBs, Holds), 1600 IP limit, keep 8 (no price tag, no year limit).

    C: d’Arnaud (22)
    1B: Rizzo (1)
    2B: Odor (6)
    3B: Franco (5)
    SS: Story (9)
    MI: Desmond (13)
    CI: Hosmer (7)
    OF: Springer (2)
    OF: JD Mart (3)
    OF: Pederson (10)
    OF: DeShields (11)
    UTIL: Piscotty (21)
    UTIL: Parra (24)

    SP: Cole (4)
    SP: Hamels (8)
    SP: Rodon (16)
    SP: Corbin (17)
    SP: J Ross (19)
    SP: Nola (23)
    RP: Rondon (12)
    RP: Perkins (14)
    RP: Jeffress (15)
    RP: Dyson (25)
    RP: Kelley (NA)
    RP: Lowe (NA)

    DL: Darvish (18)
    DL: McCullers (20)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the pitching, solid safe guys, some upside… Nice staff overall… Hitting is better than I expected with that staff, nice team!

      • The Situation says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. I used your pitcher pairings, best team for 2016 model, sleeper posts, players to target, etc. You give us the roadmap, it’s up to us to implement. Thanks again man. Love your work.

      • The Situation says:
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        @Grey: Also love the 20 players in drafting in the to 100 article… That was a nice new addition this year. Thanks man.

  76. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Talk about immediate payoff for your Pollock Schmohawk designation! OOF. Dropping Hicks for Brito in my redraft league right now!

    In my keeper league, offered my Abreu ($25) + Gomez (too expensive to keep) for his Rizzo ($30) + Manley. Gotta take that while it’s hot right?

    All I really care about in the trade is Rizzo, and Gomez/Manley seem pretty interchangeable…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Rizzo/Hanley

  77. ERad says:
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    Woke up this morning hoping it was all the vaping last night and that I only dreamt the Pollock injury – just another classic case of fantasy baseball dreams – but nah, time to put him out to pasture. At least I had him as a 12th round keeper as opposed to his ridiculous ADP.

    You like Socrates Burrito over the schmohawks like Mauer, Lind, and Colabello?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, try Socrates

  78. TTRA1N says:
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    Since we getting advice…

    1st YR 10 Team Keeper League. Roto 6×6 QS/OPS. Inn 1500. Keep 5 forever.

    C. Mesoraco
    1B B.Belt
    2B Rendon
    3B M.Franco
    SS B.Miller
    CI Piscotty
    MI J.Schoop
    OF B.Harper
    OF G.Springer
    OF G.Polanco
    OF R. Grichuk
    Util B.Buxton
    Util M.Conforto BN. W.Myers, M.Ozuna, Dom.Santana

    SP J. Fernandez, Thor, C.Carrasco, M.Stroman, S.Matz, P.Corbin, (DL) L.McCullers, (DL) K.Gausman
    RP S.Doolittle, S. Cishek, J.Grilli, A.Colome
    N/A T.Glasnow

    I know my SS is bad. Hows it look and advice to improve please?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting and pitching both look great, of course you need a better SS, but you can find a better one on waivers

      • TTRA1N says:
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        @Grey:

        Appreciate it bro. Villar is on waivers in my league and I seems like you’re a fan of him. Would you switch him for Miller or take a wait and see approach?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Villar

          • TTRA1N says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks again! Best Fantasy Baseball site in the game.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  79. DMurphd says:
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    Grey, my man. I’m in a 12 team mixed redraft. Which if any propects are worth holding until they get called up? No glaring needs but SP is always welcome and Reed intrigues me. All are currently FA. Glasnow just got dropped and is on waivers. $100 budget.

    Giolito, Glasnow, A.J. Reed, Trea Turner, J.P. Crawford.

    Do you think it’s worth holding any of these guys until June?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t hold prospects in that shallow of a league unless one is due up in the next couple of weeks which none of those guys are

      • DMurph says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, man. You guys are the best!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  80. Goh says:
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    Which side
    Arenado and boxberger
    Frazier, Brito, story

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, it’s fair

  81. Travis says:
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    In a military league with folks all over the world, so we have to autodraft (ugh). What worse, for some reason my rankings didn’t save. Nonetheless, I think this team turned out pretty good. Thoughts?

    C – Martin
    1b -Abreu
    2b – Pedroia
    3b – Franco
    SS – Segura
    OF – Springer, Justin Upton, Carlos Gomez
    Util – Kemp, Yelich
    BN – Billy Hamilton, Ben Paulsen, Byung Ho Park, Asdubal Cabrera

    SP – Kershaw, CMart, Quintana, Corbin, Teheran, Smyly, Phil Hughes
    RP – Wade Davis, Jeremy Jeffress

    I hate getting a SP early–luckily several folks shopping for kershaw. In my inbox got an offer of McCutchen and Seager for Kershaw–take it? Not really hurting at OF or 3B but that seems lots of value.

    I know I lack closers but plan to grab Boxberger and Grili off waivers (likely drop Hamilton, Paulsen, Cabrera or Hughes).

    Nola, Moore, Joe Ross, Ervin Santana, Heaney, Nicasio are other good pitching waiver grabs out there..

    • Travis says:
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      @Travis: 12team h2h btw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It could be worse for autodraft…. You honestly don’t need that Kershaw trade, I’d wait for more or different, at least… Your team looks damn good all things considered… I don’t love your pitching, so you might need Kershaw there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and Nola over Teheran, Ross over Hughes

      • Travis says:
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        @Grey: rather drop Teheran than any of those batters? I’m thinking drop Hamilton, clausen, Cabrera, Hughes for box, Grili, Nola, Ross, and then maybe Nicasio while box on DL? Can also grab Gausman as DL stash…

        We’re in a points league that only scores counting stats…2 for run, rbi, sb, .5 for hit, 4 for hr; 1 for ip, 5 for win, sv, 2 for k, -1 for er… So favors volume of pitchers or streaming, and sluggers over speed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Clausen?

          • Travis says:
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            @Grey: Paulsen, iPhone autocorrect :)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Travis: You can lose Paulsen

  82. R.J. says:
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    6×6 14 team mixed league with OBP and SLG (no BA) and QS instead of Wins, plus K/BB ratio. Can you rank these guys in projected overall value? (trying to figure out my likely 2nd round pick in this keeper league). Thanks Grey!

    Justin Upton
    Starling Marte
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Madison Bumgarner
    David Price
    Jose Abreu
    Corey Kluber
    Matt Harvey
    Stephen Strasburg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu, Upton, Marte, Price, Kluber, Stras

  83. Chris says:
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    I need saves. Not much out there to choose from. Which should I pick up Grilli or Fernando Rodney?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grilli

  84. Cohen says:
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    Grey,who’s the best in line behind Ziegler for saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Clippard

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  85. Tim says:
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    Nice team! Love the site. Awesome podcast! Hearing you and Jb rip each other apart over rankings is priceless. How is this team? Any suggestions. 10 team keeper mixed head to head with 7 pitcher roster spots no matter if rp/sp. Thanks.

    C vogt, Mesaroco
    1b rizzo, Hosmer
    2b dee gordon
    3b rendon, Olivera
    Ss desmond, Orlando arcia
    Of stanton, gomez, belt, trumbo, Alex gordon, souza, inciarte, conforto

    P degrom, cmart, rodon, s.miller, J shields, samardzija, Verlander, matz, giles, nola, hammel, a sanchez, b snell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Team looks stacked, especially the hitting… Your pitching has some wonky elements… Don’t love C-Mart, Miller, Shields and Verlander

  86. Quimmy says:
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    Need pitching and some speed.

    With that in mind, his C.Rodon and C.Hernandez for my Dozier and Wright? Am I getting slaughtered?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

      • Quimmy says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey, as always

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  87. Now that my only $ league draft is over, what am I supposed to do for the next 24 hours until baseball starts? I-I feel so empty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I know!

  88. Just in – Pollack likely out for the year:

    “A.J. Pollock (elbow) said Saturday that his goal is to return before the end of the 2016 season.
    Pollock fractured his right elbow in Friday’s Cactus League contest and is set to undergo surgery. There is still no clear timetable for his potential recovery, but it sounds like he’s looking at an extended absence and there’s no guarantee he plays at all during 2016. It sounds like Chris Owings may get the first crack at starting in center field though Socrates Brito figures to be in the mix as well.”

    Ouch!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sucks for those that drafted him

      • @Grey:

        They’ve gotta give the nod to Socrates, right? I mean, that’s such a better name than Micah.

        Micah sounds like your friend’s mopey hipster kid with the mini manbun.

        Socrates sounds like he spends a lot of time thinking about stuff….baseball stuff.

        Edge: Socrates.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, oh completely… Socrates 1000%

        • @Lucky Dog:

          Oh, wait – Chris Owings.

          Still – the point remains.

  89. JAL says:
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    G, just drafted 12-team 5×5 1C, no MI or CI, 1400 innings limit. C-Castillo, 1b Pauly G, 2b Kindler, 3b Frazier, SS Semien, OF Marte, OF JD Mart, OF D Peralta, Util DeShields, Util Fowler, Bench K Davis, Bench Will Myers. SP Archer, SP Salazar, SP T Ross, SP Severino, SP Smyly, SP J Garcia, SP Nola, RP Rondon, RP Osuna, RP O’Da, RP Strop. Thought?! Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting, pitching is stacked too… Solid team overall, well played…

  90. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    What’s the haps Grey et al? I’m ready for yet another fantastic season in general and on here!

    10 team 6×6 mixed roto and Brantley just hit waivers, which is ridiculous, and I have the No. 1 waiver claim. I don’t have room for him in my offense. I’ve been trying to gauge potential interest in him for a trade, but it’s been lukewarm at best due to it being so early.

    The No. 2 waiver claimant, a chief rival, lost Pollock and is certain to pick up Brantley if I leave him.
    Should I grab him, DL him, and see what happens, or leave him be?

    What’s an aging male strumpet to do (besides find a better league)?

    Obrigado.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s up, man? Are you saying should you put in a claim for Brantley? Of course

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Brantley will be a bench bat even when he returns due to my stacked of/util. Still gotta claim him though, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  91. Charlesg says:
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    Danny Santana take over short at some point. Failed for me early on all 3 teams last year but he does have 9 steals this spring which means nothing but your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Worth grabbing in-season if he gets hot

  92. sliimbo says:
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    hey boss

    which side in a keeper? (keep forever)

    currently have bogaerts lindor and russel at SS

    got offered conforto for my russell….take it?

    thanls!

  93. John says:
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    Have one SP spot…who you like?

    Velasquez, Ross, ERod, Hammel, ASanchez
    Thank you

  94. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team keeper league, keep 5. yahoo, roto, 5×5.

    looking to improve in AVG.

    give- Lucas Duda, Nick Castellanos
    get- Justin Turner, Jung Ho Kang.

    he wont do Duda for Turner, as Turner is his starting 3B.

    MY TEAM
    CA- Realmuto. 1B- Trumbo. 2B- Schoop. 3B- Castellanos. SS- Machado. IN- Panik.
    OF- Marte. OF- Pederson. OF- DeShields. OF- KDavis. UT- Duda.
    BN- CHernandez, Peraza, Duval, Ruf, Rickard, Ethier
    SP- Bumgarner. SP- deGrom. RP- Britton. RP- Boxberger
    P- Strickland. P- O’Day. P- Madson.
    BN- Smyly, Garcia, Ryu.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  95. Jake says:
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    pomeranz, happ, or tomlin.

    Saunders or Brito for 2nd bench bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pomeranz… Brito

  96. the swinging says:
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    Am I crazy or is colby rasmus underrated? I don’t see khris davis as being any better than rasmus. Rasmus is a steal, great cheap source of power veryy late in mixed league drafts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he is underrated for deep leagues… For most leagues, you can do better

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey: last season rasmus had a 235 isolated power vs khris davis 250 iso, they hit within 9 points of batting avg of eachother, and had roughly the same amount of homers and at bats as well.

        With davis moving from hitters park to a pitchers park, I don’t really see how davis will generate more value this year on the player rater than rasmus. They do the exact same thing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you could be right, Rasmus always is around a 25 HR guy, Davis feels like a 30 HR guy if he’s on the field for 140 games

  97. Josh says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I was offered the following trade.. should I take it?
    My: Jupton and 2 of Velasquez/Nola/Erasmo
    For Hid: Harvey and Starlin

    H2H 12 man mixed league, standard 5×5 categories
    C: Hundley
    1B: E5
    2B: Schoop
    3B: Frazier
    SS: Seager
    OF: Harper, Starling Marte, Jupton
    Util: Khris Davis, Delinso DeShizz
    Bench: Domingo Santana
    N/A: Reed, Glasnow

    SP: Salazar, Matz, Rodon, Liriano, Erasmo, Velasquez, Darvish, Nola, Corbin, severino, Joe Ross,
    RP: Rodney, Krod, mcgee

    Thanks!

    • Josh says:
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      @Josh:

      Please don’t forget to reply! Thanks @Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  98. Avisail Garcia – monster spring. Stil just 24, was once considered a hot schmotato. Your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I drafted him in this Scout league…. I think he’s a total wild card, he has the promise, but he tends to either get injured or disappoint

  99. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    15 team Obp league lost Pollock. What option would you choose ?

    1. Stick with Odubel in cf

    2. Grab Socrates or Kiermeier off the wire

    3. Trade my Vinny V and Gibson for Span, Eikhoff and Cashner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Socrates

  100. B.J. says:
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    Hey boys,

    The season is upon us and I’d like for you all to give me feedback on my squad. This is a 12 team H2H 6×6 (the 10 standard categories plus OBP and QS).

    C- Y. Gomes 1B- Encarnacion 2B- Kipnis SS- T. Story 3B- M. Franco
    OF- Harper, S. Marte, B. Belt UTIL- Hosmer

    SP- Strasburg, Thor RP- Tolleson, R. Osuna
    P- Betances, T. Ross, T. Walker

    Bench- DeShields, K. Marte, Cishek, Matz, Darvish, Heaney, Pomeranz

    In addition, I have two owners interested in Thor and I have been offered either JD Martinez or Lorenzo Cain for Thor from one owner and Chris Davis for Thor from another owner. If I were to make the trade who should I go for? I feel like I’m lacking big time power and Davis may be my top target. I could then flip Hosmer or Belt for a SP.

    Any feedback would be great. Thanks boys.

  101. Alex says:
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    With Grandal out, do I go Phegley (3 LHP to start the year) or Austin Barnes in week 1?

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blech… Phegley

  102. sliimbo says:
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    just got offered my marte for his jd martinez in my dynasty

    im good with speed and could use the power

    thoughts?

    • @sliimbo: without knowing the rest of your team and taking your statement at face value, I would totally do that trade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  103. Brett says:
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    Grey I need holds who do you prefer Dunn or Kelley?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dunn

  104. The Great Knoche says:
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    Last League yesterday. 10 Team Hometown Auction, 6×6 Keeper league with OBP and Holds, 2 catcher league and must start 5 SP and 4 RP. Usually punt Saves, and get high end holds guys and stream them. I should have spent more early as I had great keepers thanks to y’all. Probably could have gotten Miggy/Darvish and ended up leaving $11 out there. On the bright side I got the top two shortstops from last year. Any thoughts?

    C Realmuto
    C Hundley
    1B Rizzo (Keeper)
    2B Kipnis
    3B Arenado (Keeper)
    SS Tulo
    MI Desmond
    CR Pujols
    OF Pollack (Keeper – replaced with Inciarte)
    OF Burns (Keeper)
    OF Joc
    OF Kemp
    OF Myers
    Ut Fielder

    SP Kershaw (Keeper)
    SP Arrieta (Keeper)
    SP Liriano
    SP Taijuan
    SP Shields
    RP O’day
    RP Caminero
    RP Kelley
    RP Pomeranz (give him a week see what happens)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks stacked, even with the loss of Pollock… Obviously the no saves thing could be an issue, but sounds like you know what you’re doing there… Nice team overall!

  105. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    Grey-

    12 Team roto with limited moves/no streaming. Thoughts on areas most in need for improvement post draft? I’ looking to trade out M Reynolds for the next hot thing to get a starting gig…..

    C1 Welington
    C2 Suzuki
    1B Goldy
    3B Sano
    CI Pujols
    2B Matt Duffy
    SS Correa
    MM Gaviotella
    OF Springer
    OF J Upton
    OF DeShizznit
    OF W Myers
    OF M Saunders
    U Mark Reynolds

    Salazar
    Lester
    Rodon
    Pineda
    Heaney
    Pomeranz
    Karns
    F Rodney
    Jeffress

    Thanks for all you do

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      With limited moves, I’m not sure how you could draft Giavotella, Saunders, Reynolds, Suzuki, Heaney, Pomeranz and Karns… This team looks like it’s a much deeper league than 12 team, which isn’t good

      • Hoosier Daddy says:
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        @Grey: Its a wacky league with preset prices on folks (e.g. Cano, Cain @ $30, Braun @ 31, and Adam Jones & AGon @ 27 all undrafted since priced too high). Basically have to go bargain stars and scrubs and use limited moves to pick up people that emerge that were not on original pricelist for $1. The folks you mention are the ones I’ll be targeting to upgrade. Hopefully at least 2 of these high risk pitchers you mention work out!

  106. JohnnySquid says:
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    By the Power of Greyskull….I have a question that I’m curious as to your answer. I’m deciding between Adam Conley (@ WAS) vs Ross Stripling (@SF) as my 7th SP option. I’m obviously in a deep league. SON doesn’t have either listed for this week. As of now I’m rolling the dice on Stripling. Your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conley

  107. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    What up Dawg. ..happy opening day…Just finished drafting in Vin’s RCL 1000…Here it is

    C. dArnaud
    1b. Abreu
    2b. S. Castro
    3b. Arenado
    SS. I. Desmond
    MI. Pereza
    CI. Hosmer
    OF. Cespedes
    OF. Cain Sugar
    OF. Joc Pederson
    OF. Conforto
    OF. Granderson
    Util. C. Carter

    P. J. deGrom
    P. C. Carrasco
    P. H. Rondon
    P. R. Osuna
    P. S. Casilla
    P. P. Corbin
    P. M. Pineda
    P. A. Heaney
    P. K. Siegrist
    P. D. Stores
    P. H. Strickland
    Overall pretty happy with the team, don’t love having Carter and granderson but as expected offense went quick in this one…doubt those two last on my roster…Love my pitching though which is rare for me lol.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F:
      meh your FCL team is worse!

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @JeF WiTh 1 F:
          sucked for me cuz I had to draft on iPad at work
          no excuses tho!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with you, your pitching is insane… Your hitting actually isn’t bad considering the strength of your pitching…

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I grabbed Arenado with the 8th pick then planned on going OF ..Abreu was sitting there and with a CI spot on the Roster I figured grab abreu for first and go outfield in the 3rd round…Was hoping to get Upton in the third but he went 2 picks before me so Cespedes it was.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @JeF WiTh 1 F: Franco went 33 and DeShields 79…Both too early for me..I was hoping to get DeShields in the 90- 110 range

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, makes sense

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy opening day!

  108. FrankGrimes says:
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    finally baseball that counts today
    then daily blurbs buy/sell and endless catcher questions!
    happy opening day master

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too!

  109. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, start two of the following:

    Lawrie – 3 vs cle, 4 @ oak
    Castro – 3 vs hou, 3 @ det
    Story – 3 vs sd, 3 @ ari

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lawrie, Story

  110. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Happy OD, Grey!!

    Pollock was a $23 keeper.

    A) Should I pick up Duvall to platoon with Schebler and hope Bruce is traded sooner than later ? This sounds the most ideal. I picked up Utley for Knebel last night. Gyorko is also available.

    B) If Broxton is not starting much, should I be patient with him, or dump him for a lower ceiling guy that plays?

    Here’s my lineup in my NL-Only H2H.

    Ca Castillo
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B LeMehieu
    3B Franco
    SS Villar
    INF Piscotty
    OF Ozuna, Santana, Schebler, Goeddel
    Util. Utley
    B K. Broxton
    B Pollock

    As always, I appreciate your help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why isn’t Broxton starting? I’d take Duvall unless it’s an either or

      • Pugs&Slugs says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks for the reply. I would keep both Schebler and Duvall, and drop Utley.

        I wasn’t sure about Broxton’s ABs vs. righties yet. Since MIL isn’t a contender I feel Broxton should get every opp, but Counsell might see K. New to split.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can’t see them benching Broxton more than here or there

  111. Brett says:
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    Grey need holds Dunn is on the dl so Kelley or shaw in Cleveland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelley

  112. Kevin G says:
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    Mike Leake @Pit
    or
    Roark home vs. Mia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roark

  113. Comatose says:
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    Can I get some feedback on my newly drafted 12-teamer?

    C – Vogt
    1B – Jose Abreu
    2B – Castro
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Story/Russell
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Polanco
    OF – Blackmon
    Util – Heyward
    SP – G Cole
    SP – JoFer
    SP – Salazar
    SP – Tyson Ross
    RP – Osuna
    RP – Tolleson
    BN – Rodon
    BN – Taijuan
    BN – Story/Russell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks good man, shallow league so you’re gonna have to work it…

    • Comatose says:
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      @Comatose: Players immediately available include: Joc, Tyler White, Odubel, and Wil Myers. All intrigue me, but I don’t have much room to make a move. Thoughts?

  114. The Great Knoche says:
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    John Jaso leading off for Pirates…WTF.

    And Holliday at 1B vs a lefty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  115. Kid A says:
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    Let’s start this bitch off with a bang, Reymond Fuentes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  116. swaggerjackers says:
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    Tommy Pham is hurt. Nooooooooooooooooooo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  117. letsgobravos says:
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    Polanco getting things started right with a double off the wall….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah!

  118. Buge Hoobs says:
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    With 2 DL slots, is there anyone out there that you could recommend that is probably on the DL and went undrafted? To stash until my team starts falling apart

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: This is too general of a question. Llook at your own league’s waiver wire, sort by most owned players on the DL, and post the top players here. Otherwise we’re just throwing out random names of injured players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zach Wheeler

  119. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey…are you starting Smyly tomorrow vs. the Juggernaut Jays?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  120. Buge Hoobs says:
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    I was just wondering if there were certain players that were not in the ranking due to known injuries that should be owned having empty DL slots.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  121. Kid A says:
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    Can the Kiwi get in here and sprinkle some of his Steve-magic on this Liriano non-no?

    • Kid A says:
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      @Kid A: The mere mention of the Moa is enough to wreak havoc.

      So much power.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @Kid A: Starting him in Original Recipe…

      • Kid A says:
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        @SteveNZ:

        *unicorn emoji*

        #shittacos

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Kid A: That is the hashtag of 2016, no doubt.

  122. letsgobravos says:
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    Looking for a DL stash. Who’s the better option, boxberger (don’t need another closer but might in 6 weeks)or Ryu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu

  123. Kid A says:
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    Reymond in the 9 spot. Attaboy Yost.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey:

        Question now: does he steal some of the bases, or all of the bases?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All of them

  124. FrankGrimes says:
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    why is polanco batting sixth?

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      @FrankGrimes: They love Jaso’s walks.

  125. vinodole says:
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    Grey! Just drafted last night for my main keeper league. We divvy out our 12 contracts preseason. Would love your input!

    We have three 3-year contacts, three 2-year contacts and six Restricted contacts. The restricted go into an auction draft next year and I’ll have the option to match highest bid, which tends to be inflated about 10-20% over should-be cost…

    Jose Abreu $32
    Chris Davis $32
    Cole Hamels $38
    Ellsbury $12
    Odor $12
    Belt $12
    Yelich $11
    Salvador Perez $4
    Ketel Marte $1
    Iglesias $7
    Corbin $6
    Osuna $7
    JO Berrios $2.75
    AJ Reed $3

    My thoughts are 3 years: abreu, Marte and Berrios; 2 years Iglesias, Odor and Reed; Restricted: Davis, Hamels, Corbin, belt, yelich and osuna. But I could see rearranging these entirely… Torn between giving 3-year contacts to proven talent (abreu, Davis, yelich, belt), guys about to break out (Odor, Iglesias, Corbin) or young great value contacts (Marte, Berrios, Reed)…

    Thanks Fantasy Master Lothario!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should not give Berrios three years…put Odor there

  126. Happy Opening Day! Polanco on the board!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah!

  127. Howie says:
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    @Grey- With Pollock out I need an NL OF in a 4×4 Roto (Old School!).

    Tomas and Brito are available as is Pederson. I recognize your optimism for Pederson but I’m curious if guaranteed playing time for Tomas and Brito move either/both ahead of Joc?

    Thanks,

    Howie

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Pederson

  128. SteveNZ says:
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    I don’t have a single hit across four teams.

    Eff baseball!

    #shittacos

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @SteveNZ: Piscotty Doesn’t Hit….Piscotty Doesn’t Hit

      #shittacos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: And there goes Osuna’s save opp. I hate this game!

        • Fred Garvin MP says:
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          @SteveNZ: Not to fear, hear comes Bob right now.

  129. The Great Knoche says:
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    Scout live stats viewing is……interesting.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Also counted Cubs Angels game today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Um, yeah

  130. SteveNZ says:
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    Collabello and Forsyth obviously weren’t home when I placed the batty call.

    #shittacos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  131. crushbombs says:
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    team a gets

    goldschmidt
    semien
    alex gordon

    b gets
    chris davis
    marte
    SS seager

    6×6 OPS league

    who wins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  132. SteveNZ says:
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    A question – why do not all teams play on opening day? Seems to me it’s an iconic day on the US calendar, never mind the US sporting calendar. To have all teams playing would make it bigger and grander, no?

    Is it because having, say, 2 opening days kinda doubles the audience and thus the revenue?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cause baseball has a hard time getting its act together, would make too much sense

  133. brett says:
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    Grey,

    Peraza worth holding on to? Do you think he gets called up sooner then later?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In some leagues

  134. ebudz says:
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    10 team ESPN H2H Points (weekly 12 start pitcher limit)

    Hitter Scoring: HIT (+1), RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 2B (+1), 3B (+2), HR (+3), BB (+1) SB (+1)
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    (1) C: Posey
    (1) 1B: Abreu
    (1) 2B: Odor
    (1) SS: Correa
    (1) 3B: Seager
    (3) OF: Trout, J.D. Martinez, K. Davis
    (1) UT: DeShields
    Bench: (n/a)

    (1) DL: Brantley

    (4) SP: Scherzer, Matz, Rodon, Walker
    (3) RP: K. Jansen, Familia, n/a
    Bench: (R. Iglesias, Odorizzi, Corbin, Ventura, Severino)

    With Brantley going to the DL I know have a free roster spot. What should I do with it?

    a) pickup one of the following RP for my third RP slot: Doolittle, Casilla, Cishek, Jeffress
    b) pickup T. Story maybe as Correa insurance?
    c) pickup another SP? some available SP: McCullers, J. Ross, Nola, Heaney, Hammel, Leake
    d) start streaming? the guy I’m matched up against this week only has 5 starts against me and assuming I start each of my SP rostered I’ll already have 11 starts so I’m not sure I even need to

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) Doolittle B) McCullers, DL him, stream

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you don’t have an extra DL spot for McCullers, then stream

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: yeah there’s only one DL spot so would you pickup Doolittle or just roll with only those two RPS and stream?

        if you’d sream then keep in mind there’s supposed to be a weekly 12 start limit but it looks like we get 14 starts this week due to the extra day? I’ll already have 11 starts assuming I start all my current SPs so which would be the best 3 starts out of these streamers this week?

        4/4
        Tilman vs. MIN (-1.9)

        4/5
        Heaney vs. CHN (5.4)
        R. Hill vs. CHA (1.7)

        4/6
        Leake @PIT (-10.0)

        4/7
        Eovaldi vs. HOU (5.1)
        Porcello @CLE (4.7)
        A. Wood @SF (4.5)
        Jimenez vs. MIN (2.9)

        4/8
        Shoemaker vs. TEX (12.2)
        Hammel @ARI (4.8)

        4/10
        R. Hill @ SEA (1.3)

  135. Derrick says:
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    Thoughts on this team I just drafted tonight?

    1B – Goldschimdt
    2B – Odor
    SS – Correa
    3B – Arrenado
    OF – J. Upton
    OF – G. Polanco
    OF – Deshields
    Util – T. Frazier
    Bench – Sano
    Bench – B. Lawrie

    SP – D. Salazar
    SP – S. Matz
    SP – T. Walker
    SP – C. Rodon
    SP – M. Pineda
    SP – P. Corbin
    SP – Y. Darvish
    Sp – D. Norris
    SP – V. Velesquez
    CP – B. Giles
    CP – JJ Hoover
    CP – F. Rodney

    • Derrick says:
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      @Derrick: This is a 12-team h2h, 5×5 league, btw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah, I see… Team looks solid, I like the hitting and pitching a lot, maybe a little risky on saves, but that’s whatever

  136. Knucks says:
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    Realize he is facing a lefty, but didn’t expect yanks to start hicks opening day. I did plan to get streamy with it this year, though so why not start now!

  137. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    10 team mixed 8X6 with 2B, 3B, BB and HD’s as extra categories
    The scoring favors offense but I think I still have an amazing pitching staff. Thoughts?

    C Welington Castillo,
    1B Anthony Rizzo, ChC 1B
    2B Rougned Odor, Tex 2B
    3B Manny Machado, Bal 3B
    SS Xander Bogaerts, Bos SS
    2B/SS Jonathan Schoop, Bal 2B
    1B/3B Maikel Franco, Phi 3B
    OF George Springer, Hou OF
    OF Starling Marte, Pit OF
    OF Gregory Polanco, Pit OF
    OF Delino DeShields, Tex OF
    UTIL Brandon Belt, SF 1B
    P Danny Salazar, Cle SP
    P Jonathan Papelbon, Was RP
    P Shawn Tolleson, Tex RP
    P Steven Matz, NYM SP
    P Patrick Corbin, Ari SP
    P Pedro Strop, ChC RP
    SP Jose Fernandez, Mia SP
    RP Ken Giles, Hou RP
    Bench Carlos Rodon, CWS SP
    Bench Taijuan Walker, Sea SP
    Bench Pat Neshek, Hou RP
    Bench Kevin Jespen, Min RP
    DL Yu Darvish

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s up, man? I think your team is stacked, pitching is insane, bit heavy on MRs… Hitting is real nice, maybe a little light on BBs, but not awful, solid overall

      • I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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        @Grey: Mr’s for holds

  138. Mello Yello says:
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    Michael Conforto is giving me subtle reminders that I actually may know what I’m talking about.

    Also, as tribute to Public Enemy, the original NWA, Tony Watson in a scoreless outing shall now be introduced as T-Wats T-Wats T-Wats T-Wats ZERO!!

  139. SteveNZ says:
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    The last half hour or so has not been particularly enjoyable for anyone who streamed Volquez…

    • royce! says:
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      @SteveNZ: Gotta balance out the joy you received from the previous 6 innings, I suppose

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @royce!: That’s a far too even-handed a way of looking at it.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @SteveNZ:
      I enjoyed it !

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