This draft is a crock pot vs. a microwave.  A love sesh vs. a ‘hold the moan.’  A nature hike vs. “I’m gonna sit in the car as we drive past some mountains.”  Guys and five girl readers, it’s a slow draft.  This slow draft took about eighteen days, 3 hours, four minutes and–okay, only a lunatic counts seconds.  Not almost 18 days of straight drafting, mind you.  I don’t need to ice my clicky finger.  It’s five minutes of drafting, twelve hours of waiting.  It does allow you to second-guess your picks.  Actually, more like triple-guess.  (Who are we kidding, you quadruple-guess, fiveruple-guess, sextruple-guess, ochocinco-guess your picks.) For those not in the know, it’s a weekly, 15-team, two-catcher league that lasts for 50 rounds and there’s no waivers.  Anyway, here’s my NFBC draft recap:

C: Francisco Mejia — 18th round
C: Austin Barnes — 22nd
1B: Jose Abreu — 5th
2B: Javier Baez — 1st, 12th overall
SS: Xander Bogaerts — 3rd
3B: Jurickson Profar — 10th
MI: Rougned Odor — 7th
CI: Ryan Zimmerman — 21st
OF: Giancarlo Stanton — 2nd
OF: Nicholas Castellanos — 6th
OF: Ramon Laureano — 11th
OF: Jake Bauers — 14th
OF: Cedric Mullins — 16th
UTIL: Austin Hays — 23rd
Bench: Jeimer Candelario (25), Carson Kelly (27), Hunter Dozier (30), Billy McKinney (32), Jason Heyward (34), Kolten Wong (35), Nick Martini (37), Austin Riley (39), Curtis Granderson (42), Alen Hanson (43), Anthony Santander (44), Austin Slater (45), Austin Wynns (47), Drew Jackson (48)

P: Walker Buehler — 4th
P: Jose Leclerc — 8th
P: J.A. Happ — 9th
P: Nathan Eovaldi — 12th
P: Jose Alvarado — 13th
P: Tyler Skaggs — 15th
P: Kyle Gibson — 17th
P: Hunter Strickland — 19th
P: Brandon Woodruff — 20th
Bench: Trevor Richards (24), Tanner Roark (26), Matt Shoemaker (28), Steve Cishek (29), Pablo Lopez (31), Dakota Hudson (33), Nick Kingham (36), Joe Kelly (38), Bryse Wilson (40), Daniel Poncedeleon (41), Yoan Lopez (46), Colin Poche (49), Tanner Scott (50)

NOT TO GET ALL TOUCHY-FEELY, BUT HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES AND TOUCH THIS TEAM?

Like so many of us, I’ve drafted more than one fantasy baseball teams this preseason.  With this addiction love comes a very real side effect, I don’t want to own the same guys in every league.  I mean, you can’t avoid it sometimes — Hey, Cedric Mullins!  What’s up, Ramon Laureano?  Imagine seeing you here, Kyle Gibson.  David Fletcher, nice to see you–Whoa, no David Fletcher? — but when tasked with creating this new team, I leaned heavily on the new and less on the team.  That mental burpee forced my brain to bend down and jump up over a team I love to a team that I’m…okay with.  Lots of new faces that I just need to wear for a few weeks and see how happy I am.  My category targets don’t jump off the page that I should love, love, lurve this team:

It’s like this, “Runs…cool, power…nice…steals…hey, this isn’t bad…average….well, they can’t all be winners…OH MY GOD WHAT DID YOU DO TO YOUR PITCHING?  MY EYES ARE BURNING.”  I don’t think I’ve ever had a team so bad in Ks before.  When I look at that team, it doesn’t jump off the page as being bad for Ks, but, apparently, I’m blind eh-eff.  To defend myself, the target goals are based on Rudy’s pitcher projections and not my projections.  Unfortunately, I can only ostrich my head into the sand so much, because Rudy had the 2nd best pitcher projections last year, according to Fantasy Pros, and he’s always near the top of the heap.  So…*raspberries lips* By the way, if you want to inject some of Rudy’s magic into your fantasy teams, our fantasy baseball subscriptions are live.  They are in-season tools, it’s not a draft thing.  It’s silly to not use these tools.  Even if you wish to ignore them, it’s a 2nd set of eyes on matchups for hitters and pitchers.

YOU MAY HAVE ENROLLED YOURSELF IN A KARATE CLASS WITH TWENTY 12-YEAR-OLDS, BUT THERE’S NO DEFENSE FOR THIS.

*sighs*  Yeah, I don’t know what happened with the pitching.  It got away from me, and if Walker Buehler isn’t 100%, I’m gonna be less than optimistic about this team.  The one bright spot (if you take a magnifier glass and the sun and shine it on this post) is the pitching totals (and hitting) don’t include my bench.  Also, in my favor, I won last year (and the year before), and here’s my staff last year:

P: Yu Darvish – 4th
P: Felipe Vazquez – 6th
P: Trevor Bauer – 8th
P: Michael Wacha – 12th
P: Shane Greene – 14th
P: Rick Porcello – 16th
P: J.A. Happ – 18th
P: Hyun-Jin Ryu – 20th
P: Cam Bedrosian – 24th

That staff was way more than I needed last year.  I finished in the top 20 out of something like 1,000+ teams with that team.  So, how?  My bench was:

Bench: Miles Mikolas (25), Trevor Williams (26), Mike Montgomery (30), Nate Karns (32), Brock Stewart (33), Matt Andriese (36), Jake McGee (38), Tyson Ross (39), J.C. Ramirez(42). Trevor Hildenberger (44), Dillon Peters (46), Tyler Beede (48), Justin Nicolino (50)

Okay, dunked on the 1st two, but not a ton jumping out there.  I pretty much need to hit on Trevor Richards, Lopez, Hudson, Kingham or one of those schmohawks.

I KNOW YOU’VE WON YOUR NFBC LEAGUE THE LAST TWO YEARS (HE’S MAKING ME TELL YOU THIS), BUT DID YOU HAVE ANY TAKEAWAYS FROM LAST YEAR THAT HELPED THIS YEAR?

You don’t need to hit on everyone–

YOU’RE DEFENDING YOUR PITCHING AGAIN, AREN’T YOU?

You really need IP and ABs!  Of course, garbage IP or ABs isn’t a good look. Erik Gonzalez is blech in any format.  I also tried to find complementary players when possible.  For unstints, your mileage may vary on Ryan Zimmerman, but Jeimer is Zimm a few rounds later, so when Zimmerman invariably goes down, I slot in Jeimer (in theory) and the team dynamic remains similar.  I don’t suddenly go from a 25-ish homer, .255 hitter to a speed or average guy.  If Laureano goes sideways, nothing is shaken when Martini appears.  If Javier Baez falls back to earth–Okay, if you lose a top guy, it’s hard to recover.  No one is just stepping in.  Speaking of Baez (Profar and Bauers), I didn’t set out to have so much positional eligibility, but, when I hit the later rounds, it was nice to have a lot of guys who could play just about everywhere.

SNOOZE!  OKAY, ONE LAST QUESTION, YOU HAVE FOUR HOURS TO CHOOSE A PLAYER, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE AN EXCUSE FOR DRAFTING THAT MANY ORIOLES, DO YOU?

At-bats?  Okay, no real excuse.  Drew Jackson sounds like he hosts NFL Today; Santander sounds like me saying Santana; Slater is friends with Zack Morris and Wynns is just a blind gamble.

  1. Crazy J says:
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    Crossing my fingers for Barnes… I got a good feeling about him!

    I have dudes that are totally injured and not on the IR so I can adjust my roster… it BLOWS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so too!

      • Crazy J says:
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        Picked up Joc after the 1st home run…. now I’m just grinning ear-to-ear.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  2. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey!!

    Ok, drafted for my 3rd year keeper. Feeling great. I won’t the first year and cane in second last so I had the 11th pick in a 12 teaser.

    R HR RBI S AVG OPS
    QS S+H ERA WHIP K K:9

    C – Jansen
    1B – Hoskins/ Keeper
    2B – Albies
    3B – Shaw
    SS – Peraza
    OF – Stanton/ Keeper
    OF – Benintendi/ Keeper
    OF – Soto/ Keeper
    UTIL – Robles
    UTIL – Tim Anderson
    B – Voit

    SP – Flaherty
    SP – Luis Castillo
    SP – Bieber
    SP – Eduardo Rodriguez
    SP – Porcello
    SP – Musgrove
    SP – Happ
    SP – Kikuchi
    SP – Alex Wood
    SP – Trevor Richards
    RP – Holland
    RP – Roe
    RP – Cisek
    RP – Hirano
    RP – Oh

    78 Waiver limit and I obviously pick up closers when they take over and relievers who become top guys as the season progresses. People weee drafting the Edwin Diaz’ and someone actually drafted Josh Hader in the 5ish round. My expectation is as long as I get low WHIP and ERA and high K:9 and Hold guys why draft actual closers early.

    Thanks for the insight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your keepers are lovely, so the hitting is pretty stacked, nice filling out of the hitting lineup… I love the pitching too, though not Wood, but that’s minor… I like the team overall!

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        Thanks Grey!!

        I solely took Wood due to the fact that I got him very very late in the draft, like round 23 or something and you do have him I believe as a top 40 starter, but no worries because I can pick someone else up. Thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

          • TarmanGotHim says:
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            Grey, real quick. I snagged Tatis on the wire claim won. I had to drop a batter. The only droppable players I have in all honesty were Domingo Santana, Adames, and Ahmed Rosario. I dropped Adames. Didn’t want to but seems like the most logical choice. Did I make the right decision? And would you drop any of those or Woodruff for Joc? I mean I can’t bare Joc off openeding day but maybe he breaks out? It would give me 2 bench bats so I don’t really need him but just in case.

            Thanks!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Makes sense to lose Adames there — You don’t need 2 bench bats

  3. Snell My Hand says:
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    Which side would you prefer in a 5×5 OBP and QS league (trade analyzer has it almost exactly even):

    Give: Springer and Tim Anderson
    Get: Segura and Berrios

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yea pretty much a coin flip and needs based. I’d probably want Springer if its a shallower league and Segura if its a little deeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  4. packers2018 says:
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    1. Nice team. With the exception of RZim and Hays your hitting looks like a 12 teamer.
    2. Your 3 closers are fine another 12 team look. Granted if someone loses their job with this format you can’t hit the wire, but all teams are in the same boat.
    3. Buehler and Gibson could be around 180 K’s, Happ and Eovaldi should be around your 150 mark, with it being a weekly set if you play matchups and 2 start weeks Kingman, Woodruff, Skaggs, Shoemaker, Lopez will keep you in the hunt. Kelly will most likely be in for a few weeks too when the matchups aren’t great protecting your ratio’s.
    4. You’ll be in contention for your league, which usually means a factor in the O/A.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Thanks! 2. True 3. Yeah, gonna take some work on that 4. Appreciate it!

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Excellent NFBC report! Loved it.

    a. Was it national draft players by the name of Austin day when you decided to draft all those guys named Austin?

    b. Very handsome pick of Alen Hanson in round 43, very handsome.

    c. Who was your pick in round 26? Damn, now I won’t be able to digest my breakfast or lunch because you left out your round 26 pick by some quirk of fate! Damn! Actually with the settings you have in place and the fact that there are no waiver claims and 15-team of course you did well but you don’t need me to tell you that. You posted the team mostly for information and to give us courage. Thank you for that.

    d. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for March 28

    [From One Night in the Tropics, 1940]

    Bud Abbott: Where is that guy?
    Lou Costello: Maybe he’s in my hotel suit.
    Bud Abbott: Not your hotel suit, your suite.
    Lou Costello: You’re cute too, Abbott.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Dave D says:
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      Since it will be five more hours until Grey can respond, I was in the draft and not having the answer is potentially anxiety inducing, I can inform you kindly that it was Tanner Roark.

    • Nehocstu says:
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      Ante; always love your daily bits, one of the reasons I follow FML!

      Maybe I’ve missed it, but have you ever gone through Groucho’s joke list? Imho he is the best ever.

      One morning, while on safari, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in them I’ll never know.

      Best regards!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice Groucho quote!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Nehocstu!

        Thanks for following. No, never did Groucho and haha on the joke. Maybe 2021, thanks for the great idea. Keep following and good luck with your teams.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Haha — A matter of fact… B. He’s something, not sure handsome is it C. Looks like Trevor Williams from the post above, why did I list 26 twice? Drinking coffee right now, am slow D. Nice!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        C. Oh, damn… Haha, I am slow before coffee, Williams was previous year… Yes, I guess Tanner Roark.. Will fix post… Thanks, Dave!

  6. M says:
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    Does Pinder still see regular time even with K.Morales in the picture? Hoping he does some super-utility Ben-Zobrist back on the Rays magic lol

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I think he still gets 400+ABs. Should be a 15-20 HR guy, and if he starts hit he will stay in lineup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems doubtful that they think Pinder is anywhere close to an everyday man when they’ve always used him as a platoon guy

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Pinder? I barely know her!

      • Peacecoast says:
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        best comment of the day so far

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Someone’s gotta replace Fister, I suppose

  7. The Skrimmer says:
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    How would you rank these SPs for week one:
    Hendricks vs TEX and MIL (he might only have 1 start)
    Ryu vs ARI and SF
    Stroman vs DET and BAL
    Luchessi vs SF and ARI

    • Donkey Teeth

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      All good options. Ryu and Lucchesi for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  8. Gotime says:
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    We’re baaaaaaack!
    I’m be on the road all day and lineups lock later today until after Sunday’s games, so I’ll ask
    A) Pick 2 to play:
    Bader 4 @Mil
    Laureano 4 vsLAA
    Escobar 4 @LAD

    B) Wins and QS: Woodruff vs Stl or Maeda vs Ari (is he even confirmed yet) or chance Price comes out of bullpen @ Sea

    I’m thinking Bader/Laureano and Maeda what you got?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Agree with your thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Agree with DT (and you)

  9. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    HAPPY OPENING DAY RAZZ NATION.
    BEST OF LUCK TO ALL IN 2019.
    PLAY BALL.

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      Good Luck Everyone………..I will be changing my name to MASH4077 since 40% of my team is on the DL and 77% of the players available suck!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha… Nice, Lenny

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day, MP!

  10. Whatever says:
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    Mr. Grey,

    100 FAAB budget in a 9 team mixed league. How much would you plunk down for Tatis?

    And out of these who would you drop for him?

    Jeffress, Dereck Rodriguez, Renfroe,Smoak

    Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Depends if you can make $0 pickups when your FAAB runs out. I’d be willing to go 25-30 if $0 bids are allowed, 10-15 if you’re done with moves when FAAB runs out and I would dump Jeffress…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  11. Adam Magerman says:
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    My man, first day of the season the season and already coming with questions haha

    I was just offered Carlos Correa and Shwarber for my McCutchen and Puig in an OBP league. My current SS eligable friends are Bregman, Pinder, and Hampson. Should I take that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig side

  12. Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    ok, that took 5 hours and 12 minutes, even with the shortest nominate time and bid time possible. 500 players start up dynasty auctions take a while. one guys has more prospects than prospect slots, no 1B/2B at MLB level and V2 as his only SP (and spent so much on acuna/trout/mookie/arenado in the first 7 picks total that he had 3.36 per slot for the last 21 slots). i made a major mistake in this, using the war room i added a 2nd util since war room doesn’t have “IF” as an option. this would’ve been fine if i remembered that to the piece of paper i was writing the team down on, but when i got cruz (23) and later otani (19) this became an issue. it sounds like i might be able to trade cruz though. in future seasons their are no contracts, we can keep up to 10 prospects and every hitting slot (except the IF and the 4th OF) and up to 5 SP, and 5 RP.

    20 team roto with slugging and OBP added and QS and K/9, saves and holds over saves. 1400 max innings. 400 budget (so adjusting from OPS/QS rater it was 1.54 times those 260 based numbers)
    C iannetta (1)
    1B rhysus LF (46)
    2B mcneil (5)
    SS story (53)
    3B mostsuckass (14)
    IF ketel one 2B/SS (4)
    LF bauers 1B (12)
    CF laureano (12, cost more since steals fear after peraza and mallex went earlier)
    RF harper CF (69)
    OF kiermaier CF (3, had i known peraza/bader/mallex would all be between 17-20 i’d have gone after one of them harder, didn’t at the time)
    util cruz (23, FAR lower than the OPS rater says he’s worth)
    BN (will have 1 or 2 of these later)
    DL (5) otani (19)
    NA (10): brujan (the top 100 guys got mostly ransacked here, some left to get coming up)

    SP: clevinger (thor went for 56, 31 here, corbin for 39)
    – marquez (20, would’ve went higher if needed)
    – happ (14, good value, BUT had i known l.castillo was later 14 i’d have waited)
    – ed-rod (11)
    – ryu (8)
    – matz (2)
    RP (5): giles (15)
    – raise the church (12)
    – buttrey (1)

    DL: (5): morrow (8)
    NA (10): puk (10)

    see how this looks, war room set for as deep as it goes says fine bit short on steals (which is good since that only goes up to 16)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s short on steals if Kiermaier can’t stay on field, but might be ok… I think you look a bit low on power, and I hope Cruz does what he always does… Nice pitching, no problems there

      • Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        the issue on cruz is that i can’t play him and otani when he’s healthy (BUT otani might not play vs lefties anyway, or his past indicates he maybe shouldn’t), i screwed that part up. there are teams that actually TRIED to draft decently, but clearly didn’t have a budget in mind and ended up horrible too. at least one of them is interested in cruz. i know on the pitching, in this draft i actually only spent exactly what i was trying to (it’s easier in auctions than snakes to do this of course) 24% on starting pitching. saved some RP budget when i didn’t have to spend a ton on giles/morrow/iglesias and threw that extra budget amount into hitting. the kenleys/diaz’s went for like 29-31 or something crazy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, I see, yeah, that isn’t the best scenario

  13. stayinhot says:
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    Happy opening day everyone.

    Imagine my joy seeing the matchup of DeGrom v Scherzer, only to find that UK tv is showing the Orioles and Yankees *bleugh emoji*

    In a 14 team OPS league, Camargo is sitting there as a FA, dangling like a beautiful carrot, worth picking up for an Erik Thames? I note Donaldson is not injured….. yet.

    Wish the Brewers would at least put Evel Knebel on the IL while they decide he’s done, I just cant drop him until I know for sure.

    Thanks for the great work, looking forward to another year of Razzball’s quality content.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day! Much bleugh! No problem!

  14. John Schwind says:
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    Just a comment (and a plug for you all)-signed up for HitterTron & SON again this year as always, but went AD Free. Love it. As Free is the way to go.

    Love your mustasche bruh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for your patronage and recognition of handsome!

  15. Chud says:
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    My excitement for opening day was severely tampered by the Lindor news…..looking to make a deal for a SS by selling a SP.

    In a dynasty would u rather deal Paxton or L. Castillo for Mondesi? My other SP include Sale/Buehler/Marquez/Mikolas/Bieber/Pivetta.

    Thanks and best of luck this year!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Deal castillo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with knoche

  16. GimmeGimmeGimme says:
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    5×5 H2H (R,HR,RBI,SB,OBP+W,K,ERA,WHIP,S). Acuna, Soto, Diaz and Hand were keepers (round when drafted, must be after 5th, and must be rostered all season). Comments welcome.
    C – Mejia
    1B – Bellinger
    2B – Odor
    SS – Turner
    3B – Suarez
    MI – Mondesi
    CI – Muncy
    OF – Yelich, Acuna, Soto, Santana
    U – Encarnacion, Dahl
    Bench – Lowe, Hader, Tatis, Palka, Kelly, Senzel

    SP – Bauer, Berrios, Glasnow, Lucchesi, Castillo, Bieber
    RP – Diaz, Hand
    Bench – Piveta, Urias, James, Mize

    • Grey

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      Wow, you have a ton of speed… I’m not sure you’re gonna have enough power, but I love the team, I’d be happy to figure it out… It’s very sexy… Nice pitching as well… Assuming 10 teams

      • GimmeGimmeGimme says:
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        Yeah, first time in a while I haven’t had big power, but I think it’s really balanced, especially for H2H. We’ll see how it goes, may try to trade for someone down the road if I’m R/SB heavy. Pitching worked out perfect. Wanted Paddack too but he went way early.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, not bad at all

          • GimmeGimmeGimme says:
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            So much for power concerns…ha! 5HR, 13RBI today. Plus 10R, 4SB and .490OBP. Perfect for H2H. Plus Berrios and Castillo were great. It’s all downhill now.

  17. Cram It says:
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    Where is that “target $/drafted $” from you always refer to? Is that the pay version of the War Room?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      how’d the experts and Artist formally known as Tehol draft go?

      • Cram It says:
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        I ran my offense through the War Room and I’m 96%-120%-101%-62%-99%, so I can’t complain.

        Tehol is ridiculous. I’m not convinced he actually plays fantasy baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Targets are in the Rudy War Room that was available with subscriptions

  18. Paul says:
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    Should I Trade Kris Bryant OF3B and Collin McHugh SP RP

    for Charlie Morton SP, Nelson Cruz UTL only, and Vlad Guerrero Jr 3B but NA for now

    • Paul says:
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      I also have an offer different owner Wil Myers OF 3B for my Paddack and Soler

      Then I could put Myers at 3B whole I wait for vlad

      • Paul says:
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        While*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  19. snarky anklebiter says:
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    I don’t think I’ve noticed a bigger discrepancy in pitcher projections than Brandon Woodruff between you and Rudy (Steamer). You lurve him, Steamer hates him. Even the k/9 is way off. Can you ask Rudy to put down the trendy BBQ and hipster beer for a second to tell us why one of you is wrong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you say Rudy’s name three times he magically appears

    • grey didn’t account for the fact that his high K9 last year was aided by pitching a bunch of relief IP where it’s easier to K?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That’s not true

  20. Dave D says:
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    I decided last evening to enter one more NFBC satellite 15 team league before I wrapped up drafts. A few new guys as far as 2019 goes, but I had Acuña and Astudillo lat year:

    C- Astudillo
    C-Kelly
    1B-Guzman
    2B- McNeal
    SS-Mondesi
    3B-Eugenio S.
    OF- Tildaddy
    OF- Sexy DP
    OF- Castellanos
    OF- ¡Domingo!
    OF-Bader
    CI-B. Andeson/Fletcher
    MI-Peraza
    U-Gordon/Palka/Semien

    SP- Marquez
    SP-Bieber
    SP-Happ
    SP- Heaney
    SP- F. Peralta
    SP- Teheran
    SP- Lauer
    SP-Fiers
    RP- M. Barnes
    RP- S. Greene
    RP- Givens

    • Grey

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      Damn, that OF, right? So sexy! I like this team a lot… This is my kinda team… I hope Guzman can do something, that would be sweet, if totally crazy bc I predicted it — Teheran does nothing for me, but that’s minor

      • Dave D says:
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        Thanks. Yeah, that OF inspires a pitter-patter in my heart. I don’t like Teheran that much but his velocity is up again and his WHIP is probably better than projected. He’s a streamer to me. Hopefully picks up W’s. The offense seems to have everything in abundance from what I can tell. Even if Mondesi hits .220 I got lots of good AVG elsewhere.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d be super happy to have that offense in a 15-teamer

  21. William Hung says:
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    The fanboy in me is saying to pick up Pete Alonso, but the baseball brain is saying to pick up Luke Voit… ooooo the struggle!!!!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d want Pete. They’re close.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I drafted both last night!

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Voit!

  22. Ty says:
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    Who do you like as a last SP to start the season
    Anibal Sanchez
    Trevor Williams
    Zach Eflin
    10 team H2H

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eflin

  23. Dr Sauce says:
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    Too close to call, looking for some assistance … ESPN, head to head, standard 5X5, weekly lock (week ends at April 7). Have Bauer, Flaherty and Marquez locked in looking for 2 more from the following 4;
    1)Ed-Rod (@Sea, @Oak)
    2)Castillo (Pitt, Mil)
    3)Peralta (SL, @Cin)
    4)Paddack (SF, @SL)
    Thanks and enjoy the day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1 and 4

      • Dr Sauce says:
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        Thanks and a follow up if you please;
        Strategy type question – Out league starts 4 RP. My opponent is starting Doolittle, Robertson, Maeda (SP/RP) and Diego Castillo (SP/RP).
        I have Leclerc and Hader locked in to two spots. However I have Siranthony, Hicks and Peacock (@Tex, Oak) for my last 2 spots.
        Initial thought was to use Siranthony and Hicks and ensure I win saves with good ratios. However I may be sacrificing K’s and W’s because he has 2 SP’s in his RP spot. So should I bench one of Siranthony and Hicks for 2 starts from Peacock. Good chance I win saves still and maybe get a couple of good starts from Peacock. Sorry long winded but what direction would you go? Anyone else willing to weigh in on this?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take 2 starts from Peacock, bench Seranthony

          • Dr Sauce says:
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            Perfect thanks for confirming.
            Cheers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  24. The great Knoche says:
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    Eaton fucking leading off.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Voit and Bird in same lineup. Tulo hitting 9th….yanks are good

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Phillies lineup is sexy. Wish I’d gotten more shares of McCutchen.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Alonso hitting 2nd also looks fantastic

        • Dave D says:
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          Yeah, Im benching all my Braves starters until next week for that reason. You know Harper will have a big game or two this weekend. That lineup is tough.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed on McCutchen

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Voit and Bird until Hicks returns, then uh-oh

        • William Hung says:
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          Then Hicks goes down again… ’tis the circle of life

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Circle of *his* life

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Until Eaton gets hurt

  25. Slam says:
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    Insane to start Marco Gonzalez today?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Streamonator doesn’t like him but come on it’s opening day. Let it fly

    • Eric Brownell says:
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      I’m starting Gonzales in H2H, sitting in Roto

  26. Jc says:
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    Please pick one,….

    Schebler, Bruce, JoMa, A Jones

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Jones is gonna play everyday. That’s who I’d go with

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Schebler

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Yes!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gomorra T-minus (when can we get it?)

          • frankgrimes says:
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            Patient one must be Jedi.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Watch, I want!

          • Peacecoast says:
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            is he really maybe possibly still alive?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d be shocked if he’s alive, was that a dream sequence? I don’t get how they can do that

              • frankgrimes says:
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                Ciro The Immortal!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn, it’s in his name, isn’t it?

  27. Matty says:
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    Love the writeup. And thanks for participating in so many leagues so that we have stuff to read between the rankings and the beginning of real baseball.
    Just had my last draft of the season- a shallow 12 team 5×5+ OPS and TB, 40 move league that is always super competitive.
    C – Alfaro $3
    1B – E3 $6
    2B – Adalberto $21
    SS – Travis Shaw $14
    3B – Javier Baez $41
    OF – Acuna $46
    OF – Benintendi $27
    OF – Puig $13
    UT – Eloy Jiminez $8
    BN – Muncy $10, Eduardo Escobar $3
    SP – Kikuchi $5, Zach Wheeler $11, German Marquez $8, Biebs $5, Hamels $6, Happ $6, Woodruff $2, EdRod $4
    RP – Diaz $20 (connection hung up and this is what autodraft did to me while it was reloading, I figure he can be flipped for two regular relievers, right?)

    I think I zigged where I usually zag and ended up with more speed than I usually get. I think the whole thing is really upsidey. Not quite the team I thought I’d get but I am pretty excited about it.
    I’m open to everyone’s suggestions. After my autodraft fiasco I think my league mates at least feel bad enough for me that they’ll listen to trade offers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Thanks ! You do look like you have a bunch of speed… Sexy hitting team tho, I like it! I think the pitching is solid too…It looked like you followed my advice, nice team!

      • Matty says:
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        With the addition of OPS and TB I like to think the fast guys will leg some doubles out of singles.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha

  28. kevin says:
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    Start or sit 1st week for NFBC team?

    Cahill @Oak
    Shoemaker vs Det
    D Rodriguez @SD
    B Wilson @Phi

  29. Earl says:
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    I know what you mean about not having same guys on all your teams.

    I try to avoid this except when it is just too good value to pass up.

    I wound up taking Tatis Jr. on like 75% of my teams since he was usually falling to very late rounds. Glad I did now that he has made opening day lineup!!

    • Earl says:
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      Apparently I like Padres players as I seem to draft their core players a good number of times; players like Machado, Tatis Jr., Franmil Reyes, Paddack, Luchessi. Interesting!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That turned out nice, Earl!

  30. icefire1 says:
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    I seriously don’t get why you guys have Lauer rated so low today. Spring training – Lauer 10 IP, 0.00 ERA. 10.2 DOM, 2 hits in 10 IP. Bumgarner 8.27 ERA, 35 frickin hits in 20.2 IP. SD batters better than SF batters. That is all.

    • Cram It says:
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      It’s the machine. And I don’t think it takes ST stats into account.

      • Dave D says:
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        Im starting him x 4. Btw, have you seen his pick off move? It’s wicked. Talk about neutralizing the running game…

        • Cram It says:
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          I don’t even know what he looks like!

          • Dave D says:
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            Nothing like Eric Show…,

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Or Matt Lauer

              • Dave D says:
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                Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure, question for Rudy

  31. hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Happy opening day, and thanks for all the awesome insight along the way! In a 12 team, 5×5 OBP league, would you rather have McNeil or Goodrum as a bench bat?

    McNeil could be Whit Merrifield 2.0 in OBP, but I love Goodrum’s ability to play every position with double-digit stats. I do, however, have every position covered twice through Shaw, Mondesi, Bellinger, and Peraza.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day! McNeil doesn’t have speed… I like Goodrum better (tho I like both)

  32. Jam Time says:
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    Betances will be on the shelf to start the year. Which reliever do you like to replace him?

    Britton
    Holland
    Pressly
    CJ Edwards
    Romo
    Brasier
    Peralta
    Castillo
    Kela
    Hirano
    Jimenez
    Cishek
    Rosenthal
    Parker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brasier

  33. OaktownSteve says:
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    Richards, Lopez, Hudson and Wilson are key. I like all four of those guys to varying degrees. I’d worry a little on the Laureano/Bauers/Mullins troika. Not quite as high on those guys as you are.

    I went back through that draft and I couldn’t find a team I like a whole lot. Pretty wide open.

    Best day of the year. Pick to click Greg Bird!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Oaktown! I’m worried about my OF with those guys, but hopefully the infield can carry day bc that is pretty stacked — I liked your team in our league, if I hadn’t told you and Magoo yet…

    • knucks says:
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      Thanks for the Greg Bird mention here. I streamed him in a few spots. You da man.

  34. Quality Sharts says:
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    Three teams and only one SP making an Opening Day start. Pretty much the biggest sign you followed Grey’s SP advice. Godspeed to me.

    Happy Opening Day, all!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ha, nice… Happy Opening Day!

  35. rapscallion13 says:
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    I did my first NFBC slow draft ever this year. I am also counting on Mullins and Hays. FantasyPros gave me a C+. I guess that don’t have strong feelings about Orioles either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t believe FantasyPros… Happy Opening Day!

  36. Ludky Dog says:
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    Opening day (sorta)?

    OMG OMG OMG ONG OMG OMG

    It’s finally here! I want to get naked and slather myself with peanut butter & run around a room full of puppies!

    Creamy peanut butter of course. What am I, some kind of freak?!

    And now a prayer: may the injury gods smile upon all of your FFB teams, keeping even the oldest of olds intact, and may they smite thine enemies for at least the weekly cycle you face them if it’s a h2h format. May you have an abundance of HRs, but not so many that it prevents your base stealers from doing their thang, and may your pitching strike out every batter except the ones on your teams. Amen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day!

      Please no injuries, that’s all I ask… And lots of homers!

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        But not so many that you get none steals.

        I was so mad at Mookie 2 years ago. Kept hitting it out of the park. HOW YA GONNA STEAL A BASE WHEN YOU’RE NOT ON BASE!?!?

        I swear it’s like these players are so selfish. Me me me, *i’m* gonna hit a HR, & *I’m* gonna run around the bags all casual-like instead of stealing 2nd.

        So maddening.

        Ps – almost every H2H matchup in my league side-bet each other $10 on this period’s results. Could be an interesting year if that becomes a trend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The worst is when your players hit homers! *sideways face emoji*

          • Luxky Dog says:
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            lmao – yes, there was more than titch of sarcasm layered deeply within my post.

            Perhaps too drolly. hahaha

            Ps – Just 42 mins until DeGrom’s 1st CHSO W of the year! Woohoo!

            (Or he’ll have spent the last 3 days on a cocaine & stripper bender, which is exactly what I would do if I got his payday)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like the x in your name, keeps things very off kilter….

              • Lucky Dog says:
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                Toni phone, sausage fingers. Like a peanut buttrrb& pickle sandwich, It’s a terrible combo.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

              • Lucky Dog says:
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                Also, “drolly”? wtf. I need to drink more, or less coffee. One of the two.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Drolly’s good!

  37. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Those last few days before opening day are always the worst, aren’t they?

    A few interesting lineup decisions that are catching my eye:

    Devers hitting 3rd
    Voit 4th
    Pete Alonso 2nd
    Brandon Lowe 4th

    Would be huge for these guys if these lineups stick.

    • Lucky Dpg says:
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      Seeing the Devers news made me swoon. Still can’t believe how late I was able to grab him, but even I thought he’d be a 5-6 hitter. There may not be a sweeter lineup spot in the majors. Hope it sticks.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        He needs to get off to a good start for it to stick, otherwise JBJ and Moreland will be in the lefty-in-the-middle mix

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can you believe the Devers thing? That would be nuts… It can’t stay that way though, right? Right?

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Can’t I have one ray of light for my razz nfbc?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How many Rays do you have?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        JBJ hits clean up by June.

        Thanks for the vote of confidence above, Albright. Glad to get another shot at you this year.

        Magoo and I definitely had fun drafting this team. Fun trying to blend our styles.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope you and Magoo didn’t saturate what makes each of you great… That’s always the fear with co-managing

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            It was interesting. In the end I feel like the result was pretty good. I saved him from a Severino pick. He kept me from having a team with a lousy batting average. Super fun though. We talked a liot of baseball.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We should do Vegas Main Event next year!

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                I am 110% in on that. Book it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Love it!

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          It was definitely fun man. And I wouldn’t mind JBJ hitting cleanup at all. Hope you’re right on that one.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        I could see Devers and Bogaerts switching spots vs lefties, but this lineup could stick vs righties. As long as Devers gets off to a decent start. JBJ could be in the mix too as OTS pointed out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That would be insane value for Devers, for a guy who was basically forgotten

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        By the way, this year’s zombino is already hitting 5th

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I saw… I’ll take Tulo as this year’s Zombino (though still don’t like him)

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            I’ll take Laser Show

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’ll take under 150 ABs for him

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                I’ll take the over

  38. MarvPesos

    marv says:
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    Grey,

    12 tm H2H cat Keeper league (keep 12). I’m very happy with my team and have some players to spare. My only weakness is 2B. Having Treat urner at my SS position I have Xander in my MI spot. Someone wants him badly and the guy also needs established pitching and currently the trade on the table is:

    My: Xander, Suarez, Paxton, Toussaint
    for His: Bregman, Hampson, McMahon, Matz

    This would set me up nicely at 2B for keeper life while slotting in Bregman at 3rd base (over Suarez). I’ve got Verlander, Buehler, Carrasco and Synderguard as my top four SP’s so I can afford to loose Paxton.

    Is that too much for essentially Bregman and the hope that those two 2B turn into one great one ?

    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander side

      • MarvPesos

        marv says:
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        thanks bud, is it close, or not really ?

        If I take Suarez out (and put Jake Bauers in) does that get it close ? ie…

        My: Xander, J. Bauers, Paxton, Toussaint
        for His: Bregman, Hampson, McMahon, Matz

        thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was close

  39. icefire1 says:
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    This is the best post you have for opening day? Really?

    • Cram It says:
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      You’re on fire today.

  40. Dave Funnell says:
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    I love the bad teams that people forget about. Orioles and Marlins could give you some real gems due to playing time. Except wins. Especially in Only Leagues. I hate looking for their pitchers in standard because they probably won’t win as much.

    Random questions:

    A) I know you have Hoskins ranked higher. Would you trade him for Soto straight up in a keeper league? Hoskins is $1×1, Soto $1×2 and both can be retained in the next autlction at a discount. I’m worried regression in Soto and Hoskins kind of disappointed me a bit. Maybe my expectations are too high (for Hoskins), and I’m over analyzing things (Soto)…..pts league.

    B) Tucker Barnhart has been awful. Do you think he can turn it around or will it carry over in the season? I have Austin Barnes too but would like a backup. I realize it’s only Day 1. Lucroy, Hedges, Chirinos, Murphy, plus the top prospects like Ruiz, Smith and Bart available. I’ll just stick with Barnhart for now but would love your input.

    • Dave D says:
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      With that pitching staff the Orioles and weak offense might lose 120+ games this year. If Bundy doesn’t break out this could be the worst rotation ever. I own a share of Mancini, and few of Givens, but saves might be hard to come by. Maybe Grey is on to something with Os but really only seems pertinent in DCs. The Marlins arms are very intriguing though.

    • Cram It says:
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      Yeah if you’re worrying about your backup catcher on Day 1….*shrug*

      • Dave Funnell says:
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        In defence of me: I’m just trying to look and project ahead before others.

        In reality: stfu Dave and stop worrying about catchers. Hahaha

        Thanks. I actually took your comment as reassurance of me wrongly trying to micro manage things.

        • Cram It says:
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          I think you’re micro managing. There’s not much to project between 5 different shitty catchers, who will probably just give you negative stats on the 1 or 2 days a week you sub him in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A hope so with the O’s hitters… A. I’d want Soto B. I wouldn’t carry 2 catchers, but if you want, I’d go with Chirinos

      • Dave Funnell says:
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        In a points league with 162 catching slots open, what’s the strategy then? Take the zero when Barnes sits and finish with say 1120 games used? Or roster a catcher and use him when Barnes sits?

        Serious question.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take the zero when he sits for now unless someone emerges

          • Dave Funnell says:
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            Can I ask why? Seriously asking so I can understand. That’s all.

            Appreciate the help today.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cause your bench spots can be better served

  41. knucks says:
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    Any one else use the Rotowire app on your phone?

    It seems like they have had all lineups posted for a few hours now, which is supper annoying because I can’t tell what is official or not. I was pretty sure it had Trea Turner leading off earlier this morning.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      They had projected season lineups up.

      • knucks says:
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        So dumb and confusing. I just hope they don’t do that shizz every day. Thinking it was just an opening day thing?

    • Dave D says:
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      Search MLB Lineups on twitter or go on MLB.com app and look at scoreboard-preview.

      • knucks says:
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        Yep, I got several other options and so once I realized they were lying to me, i switched to other places. Just wondered if I was the only person having an issue with it. Just complaining really to be honest. I think it was a dumb idea. I didn’t see the words projected anywhere in the app.

      • knucks says:
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        Imagine if they did that everyday, the app would be useless in my opinion. We been projecting lineups for months now. I want the real thing when its available. Don’t trick me Jeff Erickson! You already tricked me into thinking Andy from the Office has a baseball podcast. I swear he sounds exactly like him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t have it

  42. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    In Only leagues:

    Greg Bird or Brandon Drury?
    Tulo or Tim Beckham?

    • knucks says:
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      Bird and Beckham

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with knucks

  43. erad says:
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    Am I crazy or was baseballpress part of Razzball? Now it redirects to MLB – ipso facto – Razz got bought out by MLB??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, Baseball Press redesigned their site, we were never affiliated with them

  44. Eric Brownell says:
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    So I did this auction without any of the war rooms or cost trackers I usually have up, and I think it shows. Got caught price controlling a few times, plus got stuck with a couple $1 bids that no one bit on. To the waiver wire!

    Yahoo 12-team Roto, 6×6 (w/ OPS, IP, QS, Net Saves, K/9), weekly lineups, keep up to 2 with hefty penalty

    C – empty
    1B – Encarnacion $10
    2B – Mondesi $25
    3B – Suarez $7 (K)
    SS – Bregman $37
    CI – Muncy $12
    MI – Peraza $9
    OF – Acuna $35
    OF – Hopkins $25
    OF – Robles $14
    OF – Palka $1
    UT – Anderson $5
    BN – Ohtani $2
    BN – Lemahieu $1 (will drop for SP)
    BN – T. White $1 (will drop for SP)

    SP – Corbin $17
    SP – Happ $10
    SP – Lucchesi $8
    SP – Eovaldi $5
    RP – Hader $11
    RP – A. Miller $4
    P – S. Greene $2
    P – Kikuchi $7
    P – M. Barnes $3
    BN – Skaggs $2
    BN – C. Burnes $2
    BN – A. Bradley $2 – will drop for SP, too many setup guys for Net Saves
    BN – Anibal Sanchez – $1

    Good power, speed, and OPS but may run into some AVG issues. May have spent too much on hitters, though, with a 72/28 split. We shall see!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a solid team, nice balance on hitting — possibly low on speed… Pitching looks decent too, possibly low on saves but that’s not a big deal

      • Eric Brownell says:
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        Thanks, Grey!

        Here’s hoping Robles gets more run in the 9 spot than he would hitting in front of a pitcher.

        Saves are always available on the wire in this league, especially after a few weeks. With Innings Pitched being a category, everyone starts with three or four relievers, but then find you can’t run more than 2 in your active weekly lineup and still be competitive.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope so! No problem

  45. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Would you drop Gio Gonzalez and pick up Lance McCullers, Jr.

    • Scott Kimmel says:
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      never mind he is out for the year after having TJ sugery

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Happy Opening Day, Scott Kimmel!

        • Scott Kimmel says:
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          you too my friend. Would you drop Gio for Frankie Montas?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I would

    • knucks says:
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      Scotty didn’t know!

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        looked at the wrong page. My bad!!!! But instead would you drop Gio for Frankie Montas?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Grey,

            Also what is up with Hampson and Luis Urias. I heard that Urias was being sent down to AAA. Did Hampson make the squad?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Urias was sent down, Hampson made team last I heard (could be wrong)

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                Fantrax hasnt made the move yet

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gotcha

  46. JakeTPE says:
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    Grey and Razzball!

    We did it! We made it! We saw it!

    Happy Opening Day!

    May all our starts be quality and our saves be clean.

    You guys are the best. Looking forward to the season with y’all.

    And we get Grey’s daily notes starting today! TIA Grey sir!

    Let’s do this.

    Jake

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day!

      Be well!

  47. Thomas Petrone says:
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    Grey –

    Kris Bryant for Jose Berrios+Edwin Encarnacion?

    who will have a better year – Bryant or Machado?

    thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      Bryant.

      Bryant and Machado are ranked.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram…

  48. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team H2H 7×7 keeper league (extra categories are losses, holds, OPS and TB). Should I pick up Luke Weaver or Dakota Hudson for my final pitching slot?

    Also, Bird or Bauers at CI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weaver — Bird while Hicks is out

  49. goodfold2 says:
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    anybody else in leagues having fun constantly updating rotoworld to see when your guy(s) are getting DL’d FINALLY. don’t want to get beat to the best players here, this is pretty much the same thing as first WW’s after the draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup

    • goodfold2 says:
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      man i love leagues where people don’t follow depth charts or news to that effect. how much earlier did EVERYBODY see hampson go in drafts than mcmahon? i’m sure it varies but i’m going to guess at least 40 spots.

      *upon checking at fantasy pros* WOW, it was 107 slots. that’s sick. also franchy vs franmil (one is a BN, the other is the righty side starter, guess which is drafted 130 slots lower ).

      • goodfold2 says:
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        holy crap, after weeks of showing franmil BN, renfroe at LEAST good side of platoon and franchy good side of platoon (margot another bad side), it’s flipped completely. weirdo. all that stuff happened in the last 30ish minutes too. the mcmahon/hampson one was the same for weeks too, but didn’t last second change.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know! Crazy

          • goodfold2 says:
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            here’s the biggest one though, schwindel (o’hearn to shitty side platoon). ok, not only had i had no clue who that even is, was there ANY news reported that he’d be starting at all? i don’t have any o’hearn shares, which is nice.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Frank Schmo? Yeah, I know

  50. The Great Knoche says:
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    We’ve got Tim ANDERSON available…nah let’s lead off with Leury Garcia.

    Peraza hitting 6th is a bummer but expected. At least he can still run from that spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza thing kills me

      • hot corner says:
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        The Rangers are a head scratcher. I know they want to go R/L/R/L… but on what planet should Pence hit ahead of Mazara?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s bonkers

      • Dave D says:
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        I don’t think that lasts too long. Hopefully. Winker leading off is just stupid, but I drafted Peraza anyway. We’ll see. I think David Bell and some of these analytic apostles would have had the gall to bat Rickey Henderson third, but anybody with practical sense would know about how having such a disruptive presence on the basepaths will be a good distraction to give an edge to the hitter. I played enough ball in my day to know that. Gee “that guy on first will never run in me” is a relaxing thought vs. “If I don’t keep that guy with a big leadvhonest with a pickoff, he’ll be on third soon with Puig/Suarez coming up…” How old school and out of date!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I tend to agree… I see Peraza moving up… Fletcher not starting has me worried tho

          • Dave D, Licensed Ausmotologist says:
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            Yeah, Tommy LaStella? Why have an upside 24 year old contact hitter with speed leading off playing 2nd base when you can start a 30 year old journeyman and bat him 7th so you can have your .208/.283 RF in there???

            I already love Ausmus. Seems like we didn’t miss a beat with Sciosciapath retiring.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice new username! I don’t get it on Fletcher, such a bad call if they go like this for longer than a week

              • Dave D says:
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                Thanks. Yeah, I’m with you on F. I thought that he’d make a great news Figgins/Izturis type prior to offseason so I was a little suprised when they didn’t bring in a more established 2B. He moved up my list when they didn’t and I started drafting him. Whoops? But Tommy LaStella? You gotta be kidding me. I don’t even think Sciosciapath would stoop that low.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  La Stella isn’t even a utility player, he’s such garbage… This really annoys me… Why do the Angels continue to bother me?

  51. Eric Brownell says:
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    Someone dropped Hampson in a 12 team OBP league. My bench bat is currently McNeil. Make the switch or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  52. Perfect Game says:
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    I’ve been reading more about the Red Sox not naming a closer and there seems to be consensus among that Barnes should see the majority of save opportunities, even if it’s more of a committee approach. So my question – if Barnes saw more save opportunities than Brasier or others on a great team- is he more valuable in a standard roto for counting stats than Colome on a weak team where Herrera is waiting if Colome falters?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Barnes feels like a cheap Hader (from last year), so even if no saves, he’s worth owning

      • Perfect Game says:
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        I agree…even more worth owning if he only gets 15-20 saves between him and Brasier instead of the 40+ Kimbrel would get for them as the sole closer. He’s also my third RP behind LeClerc and Giles in a 10-team shallow league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  53. frankgrimes says:
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    And I don’t like all this second chances nonsense on Survivor !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah, I see it now… Yeah, ugh, makes me sad, they really screwed up

  54. Beninihana says:
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    9 Team Roto, 6 keepers. (R, HR, RBI, SB-CS, 2B, 3B, H+BB, W-L, ERA, K, WHIP, SV-BS,) and we only get 8 add/drops the whole year. Start 2 of every position (even catcher, yuck) 5 OF and 3 UTIL.
    How did I do? Feeling a little uneasy about it, especially pitching, probably because I got sniped on Paddack.

    C- J. Alfaro
    C- C. Kelly
    1B – J. Gallo
    1B – R. Hoskins
    2B – R. Odor
    2B – B. Lowe
    3B – M. Moustakas
    3B – M. Machado
    SS – C. Correa
    SS – J. Villar
    OF – R. Acuna
    OF – J. Soto
    OF – D. Dahl
    OF – E. Jimenez
    OF – E. Rosario
    UTIL – D. Santana
    UTIL – W. Adames
    UTIL – R. Laureano

    SP – T. Bauer
    SP – N Pivetta
    SP – M. Tanaka
    SP J. Lucchesi
    SP – K. Maeda
    RP – C. Allen
    RP – Craig Kimbrel
    RP – W. Davis

    Reserves:
    3B – Nick Senzel
    SS – Fernando Tatis Jr.
    3B/1B – Jake Lamb
    OF – Gregory Polanco
    1B – Tyler White
    SP – Brandon Woodruff
    SP – Matt Strahm
    SP – Ross Stripling
    RP – Matt Barnes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t mind the pitching, maybe a little risky with the Tanaka/Pivetta duo… The hitting is solid too, not sure of the problem, maybe a little upsidey, but I like it!

      • Beninihana says:
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        Thanks! hopefully I hit with some of those upside guys, caught a break with Tatis breaking camp otherwise I’d be in trouble as far as reserves go!

  55. NuckingFutz says:
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    Grey,
    I was offered Altuve & Inciarte for Verlander & L. Cain. No idea about my needs yet, Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like Altuve, Verlander or Cain… But I’d take Altuve side

  56. Scott says:
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    As second catcher who do you like better Suzuki or Carson Kelly? I am not sure what the split will be in Az with Avila. Suzuki is in a time share in a better offense but has hit the last 2 years. Thanks

    • Scott says:
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      I guess az is carrying 3 catchers now. What?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Blech!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelly

  57. kilkennybrian says:
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    Hey Grey, having trouble with an early season trade offer.

    I have 3 SS (Trea, Story, Bogartes) who I can play with Ss-MI-UTIL but it’s obv not ideal. I have speed and lack power a little after losing Olsen. I also have Jose ramirez, who has 2-3b elg, but no other 2b to flex with him for CI help.

    I was offered Peraza and Stanton for my Story and Conforto. Peraza getting 2b helps, as will his BA and runs. Just not sure if I’m selling Story too low, being he’s a majorly dynamic MI. Stressing all day! Hoping for help. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  58. Steve says:
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    Happy Opening Day Sir,
    what do you think about this H2H, 10 Team, batting stats with BB/TB, pitching standard?

    C D.Jansen
    1B Hoskins
    2B Villar
    3B Shaw
    SS Bogaerts
    CI Aguilar
    MI Segura
    LF Soto
    CF Inciarte
    RF Harper
    OF D.Santana
    UTIL M.Chapman
    BN Senzel, Renfroe, E.Escobar

    SP Buehler, Clevinger, J.A. Happ
    RP D.Robertson, Giles, A.Miller, Betances, May, McHugh, Minter

    Keep Senzel (shouldn’t take too long I guess)? Lotta RP, good enough for low ratios? I probably should add a SP soon?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can hold Senzel for now if you don’t need the spot… Your pitching looks okay, but you’re missing a few SPs and so many RPs — I like the hitting a lot, I’d be happy with the team, you will need to stream

      Happy Opening Day!

  59. Cohen says:
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    Grey, start P. Alonso at Scherzer or Schoop at home vs Kluber for util?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alonso

  60. Joe Beisbol says:
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    I was finally able to move Severino to the DL so I have an open slot. In theory, I could have 2-3 open slots depending on whether I want to wait around and see who wins the KC closer job, or whether KC will even have a consistent closer. Current team in a h2h, 10-cat redraft league is:

    C – Realmuto; 1B – Rizzo; 2B – Odor; 3B – Suarez; SS – Turner; OF – Stanton, Springer, Conforto; Util – Voit; Bench – Mallex
    SP – Archer, Castillo, Quintana, Kikuchi, Eflin
    RP – Vazquez, Givens, Hicks, Holland, Peralta, Boxberger

    Which of these FAs look like adds, or add/drops if you think I should also drop Peralta and/or Boxberger? I figure SP is more of a priority for me at the moment, given Severino’s injury and my rotation not being all that hot.

    FA Hitters: DeShields, Goodrum, Cron, Soler, Allen, Lowe
    FA Pitchers: Matz, Nelson, Gibson, Minor, Wacha, Cahill, Woodruff, Junis, Lopez, Lauer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Box and Wily for now… Can add Woodruff for now

  61. Completed our 35th draft last weekend. Standard 12 team 5X5 and stoked with results. Our award is a plaque that gets a yearly engraving (X8 for me) I feel good about #9!
    OF Hoskins
    OF V. Robles
    OF Conforto
    OF F. Reyes
    OF Winker
    1B Rizzo
    3B Rendon
    CI P. Alonso
    2B B. Lowe
    SS T. Turner
    MI Peraza
    C . Grandal
    C . Astudillo
    DH Deshields

    SP Verlander
    SP Flaherty
    SP E. Rodriguez
    SP Pivetta
    SP J. Urias
    SP Paddock
    RP W. Smith
    RP Strickland
    RP Yates

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      35 years in same draft or 35th draft this year? Either way, wow

      Nice pitching, I like it overall…Your hitting might be a little low on AVG, but not bad

      • Our league just turned 35 – great times along the way. Your influence is reflected on my roster quite a bit! Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, that’s amazing… How old were you when you guys started?

          • I was 28 back then, when guys like Henderson, Raines and Sandberg were prized and Gooden, Stieb, N. Ryan and M. Soto and Bruce Sutter were some big arms. Ahhh…we actually had our stats MAILED to us once a week. Brahaha, but it’s been a great run for the CVRL. 63 years old, the only original owner left, still love rotisserie

            • Started out using the auction style, but evolved to the snake draft mostly due to being lower maintenance.

  62. The Great Knoche says:
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    Cano is so boring!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is tho

  63. FrankGrimes says:
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    VOIT!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Got one share last night in RCL

      • Peacecoast says:
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        I am so in man-love with him. sorry Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You don’t have room in your heart for two?

  64. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    One down, 39 to go

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I got one share — in my RCL last night

  65. Glory daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    Who gives me more overalll production.
    I drafted Brian Dozier for a $1 not sure why
    Want to drop him for who
    Domingo santana
    Jorge Polanco
    Jorge solar
    Nick Markakis
    Adam Jones

    Can you give me your top 2
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo

  66. knucks says:
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    Something is diff/weird with the NFBC lineup locks for me at the moment. Has anyone seen that? Why isn’t a guy like JA Happ locked right now? It looks like my Bench Mets/Nats/Yanks/O’s are locked but not the ones I started. Just me?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Refresh page maybe?

      • knucks says:
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        I’m just seeing some posts on the NFBC boards about it. Still trying to figure out what they are trying to announce/explain… sounds like something is diff from previous years, but I can’t figure out what or why. Need to read into it more closely.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe the Japan games messed up their system? They’re gonna piss off a lot of people, bc people play for high stakes there

          • knucks says:
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            Yea they are saying that its a change that was made for IT purposes, so that all moves can be given confirmation numbers or something. Which I’m cool with, in case I have an issue. But for whatever reason, its messing with the way your current lineup looks. It almost appears like I could move Treat out of my lineup, though his game started. Just a confusing change. Seems like it wasn’t ever even mentioned until just now… I was waiting for someone to post on those boards about how this was all explained to people in Vegas or something, but that’s not what I’m reading.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That makes sense… I’m sure they can tell what changes are made after start times to pull them back

  67. Turd Wendell says:
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    LUUUUUKE!!!!! Started him over our guy Pereza. First class team problems!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

  68. Y says:
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    Mullins or Adames?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mullins

  69. big league choo says:
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    10 team dynasty h2h 5×5 obp

    worth holding brandon lowe?
    with tatis up i have cano, peraza and villar as well.My OF is jammed as well with meadows/bader/laureano fighting for 5th spot/util and have ohtani in may to grab that spot.

    drop one of these guys to open up a streaming spot or let lineups/playing time shake out?
    Definitely losing pitching in long week playing vs degrom/scherzer/tanaka 8ip 14ks already

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d prolly hold for a few days

  70. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team 7×7 keeper league (TB, OPS). Pick 2 of these 3: Bird, Bauers, Tyler White.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not White for now

  71. JoeG414 says:
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    need a bench player until Lindor comes back?
    , deeep mixed daily 6×6 roto: DeShields, Schebler, Almora, Gardner, Goodrum.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What do you need? DeShizz for leadoff, Goodrum for power/speed etc

  72. The Great Knoche says:
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    How come nobody told me to draft Kolten Wong?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      In 2019

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, good clarification

      • William Hung says:
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        That’s 2 for Wong!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn

  73. Andrew Mellars says:
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    What are your thoughts on Kimbrel ? I drafted him in the 15th RD as my 3rd closer in a H2H category league. My other closers are Jordan Hicks and D Robertson….Time to drop Kimbrel or wait a bit longer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  74. happyharry says:
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    12 team, H2H, 6X6..Hey Grey, ROS Would ya drop J.Gray or Glasnow for Musgrove or Strahm?? Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray for Strahm

  75. knucks says:
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    Ok… so maybe Treat will go for 100+ SBs. Would be wild.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m here for it!

  76. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Cashner is $$ as in money for anyone who bet on the Yankees tonight! Guy is taking a beating yet continues to pitch, taking one for the team to save the bullpen. It is going to be a LOOOOOOOONG season for diehard Os fans this year.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Ante Galic says:
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      Grey!!

      Charged with 6 runs in 4 IP, not great. He used to have so much promise when he came up with the Padres, then injuries hit, then personal problems.

      On a brighter note, your boy Bader doing well on his sleeper report. Kudos.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Bader, baby!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The O’s are so sad

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        And now Chacin done and pitchslapped Mikolas!!! He was 86% on QS at home last year and we all know that there is a good co-relation between QS and W (like 55%).

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Major pitchslapping

  77. Lucky Dog says:
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    I can’t watch the rest of the Mets game. I have that same sick sinking feeling I had like, every single deGrom game last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Run support?

        Bullpen?

        The Mets?

        WHAT WIZARDRY IS THIS?!

        • William Hung says:
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          Opening Day Wizardry

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  78. Scott says:
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    Who is your best prospect stashes who will make an impact this year besides vlad and Whitley who are owned? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Senzel

  79. OaktownSteve says:
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    Voit vs Bird

    I hope all y’all listened when I said to fade Mikolas.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t own him anywhere

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        I came strong early with a no miles.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Chacin hits one off him. Woof

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You did, and he was pitchslapped

  80. Uncle Ernie says:
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    Finally here. Been a long winter. I’ve opened up 2 roster spots that I want to fill with starters. My league has QS as a category. What two should I pick from these guys on waivers. Privetta. McHugh. Peacock. Lucchesi or Urias. Thanks a bunch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucchesi, Pivetta

      • Uncle Ernie says:
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        Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  81. Lucky Dog says:
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    100+ pitches on opening day? What are the Nats thinking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a workhorse tho

  82. William Hung says:
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    Is there really a player on the Marlins named Victor Victor Mesa, or was the name a RW typo? If true, that is a solid name

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      It’s true, defected from Cuba. Trying to distinguish himself from his father Victor Mesa Senior.

      Funny enough he has a younger brother too. Named Victor.

      • William Hung says:
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        yeah the RW blurb mentioned him – the brother is Victor Mesa Jr.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Victor Superscript 2

  83. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Still early!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is tho

  84. knucks says:
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    How obscene is this roster? Its 12 Team standard 5×5 roto. But (similar to the RCL) we have overall standings. This league is one of 13 (156 teams). With this upside… I think I have as good a shot at the overall than anyone else. Inject that upside straight into these veins baby!!!

    C- Your Mom
    1B- Pete Alonso
    2B- McNeil
    SS- Treat
    3B- Eduardo Escobar
    CI-T yler White
    MI- Mondesi
    OF- Hoskins
    OF- Giancarlo
    OF- Benintendi
    OF- Puig
    OF- Eloy
    UT- Victor Robles
    UT- Cedric Mullins
    Bench- Niko Goodrum

    P-Clevinger
    P-EdRod
    P-Happ
    P-Robbie Ray
    P-Woodruff
    P-Paddack
    P-Treinen
    P-Wade Davis
    P-Strickland
    P-Givens
    Bench- Seranthony, Sergio Romo, Steckenrider, Blake Parker, Greg Holland

    • Cram It says:
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      Infield is so not fetch!

      • knucks says:
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        It’ll look a bit better when Hoskins is in there at 1B and I can play the hot hand at CI between Alonso/White. But I do agree, the infield came at the cost of an extreme pitching run I had to make after I had drafted that loaded OF. I think I took like 9 straight SPs/RPs in the middle of this draft.

        Also, that was a great start to the season for them Mets!

        • Cram It says:
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          Do you need 9 closers?!

          Hell yeah! Gauntlet, thrown. LGM!

          • knucks says:
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            Nope. But I could come in 1st of 156 Teams in Saves! That would go a long way in the overall standings. Or cut whichever one doesn’t actually close. Or I can just jump out to a nice lead and trade my excessive steals and saves for whatever I need. Like a 2B if Jeffy or Niko aren’t cutting it. Or if one of these SPs flops (looking at you Robbie Ray…)

            You got any tips in playing in an overall like an RCL like this? There is a 1600 IP limit in this one. So I plan to pull the standard reliever heavy RCL approach. Feel like i got all the pop and speed i need. Or at least comparing what Grey’s projections in the War Room show me against last year’s 2018 overall standings for this league(s)/competition.

            • Cram It says:
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              I don’t have any tips to win an overall league. But sounds like this one is based on stats, like NFBC, whereas RCL’s are weighted by league strength. I just try to win my league. 1600 is a shit ton of innings though, so maybe you do have to start 8 RPs everyday.

              • knucks says:
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                Good point about the NFBC vs RCL, this makes me feel even better about my strategy really. I kind of went into 2019 planning to employ an RCL type of strategy after playing in one for the first time last year. Eat up them innings with ratios… have a few Hader’s and a few Pressly shares in various leagues. But for this one, I wasn’t expecting to get this many saves. I reached a bit more than I usually would. Then there just weren’t players I wanted clogging up roster spots. Knowing I would eventually drop any extra bats to stream anyway, I just kept grabbing guys that might get saves. If I get a nice lead, I’ll trade away Treinen to the first chump who decides they need him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is kinda gorge… Looks like my RCL team, just ridunk stacked that you can’t figure out how your team could be so good

      • knucks says:
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        Perfect! Yea thats exactly the feeling. I’m just gonna let this thing play out for a few weeks and see if I have any needs. Will be able to find a trade partner pretty easily with all this extra speed and saves. It was a $75 entry. First place gets $1,500. Will send you a six pack (of boba) in October.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, that’s not a bad payout

  85. Joey says:
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    Hate asking but my nl keepers are in today draft tomorrow

    Last keeper $26 nola or $1 amed rosario

    Nl only top 7 starters being kept do i keep nola r keep rosario have alot of bats im keeping acuna rendon hoskins n muncy

    Do i keep rosarios cheap speed grab turner n try n regrab nola or keep nola n grab a segura or turner?

    • Cram It says:
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      Nola. Especially if you can get Turner or Segura.

      • Joey says:
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        Its an auction so yes i can go 4 either guy turner 40-45 segura might be 30-35 rosario 20+
        Nola would be around 40.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola/Trea is much better

  86. Cody Stanton says:
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    Dynasty 5×5 league… rounds are in parenthesis

    Trade? my Stanton (1) for Bellinger (4)?

    ? ?

    We start C / 1B / 2B / SS/ 4 OF / 3 Util

    my offense

    1B Shaw

    2B Hampson/ Schoop

    3B Andujar

    SS Tim Anderson

    OF Trout

    OF Harper

    OF Stanton

    OF Khris Davis

    util Franmil

    util ramon Laureano

    util Jake Bauers

    Would you make the move for a younger Bellinger with a slightly better round?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  87. The Great Knoche says:
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    Double Wong Dong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong’s on my bench — hahahahaha

  88. Lucky Dog says:
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    Ask me how much I love the McCutcheon pick, go on as-I LOVE IT!
    <3

    • Cram It says:
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      Not as much as Austin Meadows!

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        I left him on my bench. He’s my 6th OF-er
        :(

        Still happy with having him though.

        • Cram It says:
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          Good problem to have.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How much?

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        SOOOOOOOO much.

        lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  89. Dan says:
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    Dynasty 5×5 league… rounds are in parenthesis

    Trade? my Stanton (1) for Bellinger (4)?

    ? ?

    We start C / 1B / 2B / SS/ 4 OF / 3 Util

    my offense

    1B Shaw

    2B Hampson/ Schoop

    3B Andujar

    SS Tim Anderson

    OF Trout

    OF Harper

    OF Stanton

    OF Khris Davis

    util Franmil

    util ramon Laureano

    util Jake Bauers

    Would you make the move for a younger Bellinger with a slightly better round? Thanks WHIR just leave a link

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  90. prey879 says:
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    In a 12 tm Roto 5×5 (OBP, QS, S+H) , I am currently not rostering a catcher. Do you see anybody worth dropping for a catcher such as Beef Castillo, Hedges, Barnhart, BArnes or should I just roll with no catcher?

    First time doing roto so not entirely sure how to go about the strategy for the year at this point.

    1b – Voit
    2b – Albies
    3b – Kris Bryant
    SS – Mondesi
    OF – Betts, Soto, Springer
    Util – Dahl
    Bench – Domingo, Eloy, Pete Alonso, Tim Anderson

    SP – Flaherty, Clevinger, Bieber, Lucchesi, Gibson, Strahm, Paddack
    RP – Leclerc, Pressly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson — Barnes

  91. Dave D, Licensed Ausmotologist says:
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    I’m happy so far. My most heavily owned guys: Springer with three run dinger! Bader goes deep too. Peraza already out-hitting, out-scoring Winker ;-)

    Plus ¡Acuña! SB from the clean up spot. Love it!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have WOng on my bench in our league — hahaha

  92. Lucky Dog says:
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    Andrus & Springer both boubcibg back nicely so far. Long season, but loving the value on both.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t hold my breath with Andrus

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        He was a 20th round MI. He should do better than last year, which is really my only expectation. When you set the bar low, it’s easy to overcome expectations.
        ;)

        I’d bet you a bottle of hot sauce he hits 20+ HRs, but you don’t make hot sauce, so….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s true, his price last year was absurd

  93. Lucky Dog says:
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    On another note, is Luis Castillo this good or are the Pirates this bad? I’m loving the value on him, too….he had a great 2nd half last year so it’s nice to see that continue.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pirates are pretty bad, but Castillo is supposed to be good

  94. Stephen Lyon says:
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    And the first sonavabench of 2019 comes courtesy of Maikel!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I got Wong’d

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        My opponent this week has an OF of Harper, Stanton and Springer. Obviously he has a few holes elsewhere, but sheesh.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • Stephen Lyon says:
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            All that planning, all that analysis, all that crunching ADP etc etc to get just the team you want.

            And still Matt Joyce is just going to pop up and hit a home run

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA, seriously

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        I left Austin out in the Meadow.
        :(

  95. web says:
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    Would you give Jose Abreu and David Peralta for Rhys Hoskins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  96. normgi says:
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    Am I correct in assuming the Top-500 (under Ratings) is not supposed to line up with the War Room; i.e.,the Top-500 are your ratings and the War Room are Rudy’s?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The war room is outdated now, the top 500 is final rankings

  97. normgi says:
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    Do you think Jeffress will be closing when he returns? (It appears he’ll be returning by end of April).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems unlikely, but maybe

  98. frankgrimes says:
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    Taking a Victory lap on Baez yet? Too soon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never too soon!

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Nice!
        You ignored my survivor complaint earlier haha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, I didn’t see it… It’s not good this year… I hate when they give people an extra chance… It’s so lame, it’s the whole point of the show… I do have the Etsy lady to win

          • frankgrimes says:
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            Ya that what I said!
            So lame.
            Almost as lame as Cincy bringing in their “Closer” in the 8th. Haha.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hate David Bell almost as much as Edge of Extinction… I’m really bummed about Survivor, that’s my bomb

              • frankgrimes says:
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                They give them too many advantages now.
                Too much food too.
                It’s bascislly like survivor The Ritz-Carlton edition.

                My girl: “why you watch if you hate it so much?”
                Me: “I don’t know”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s so upsetting too bc I love that show, I want it to be great!

  99. The Great Knoche says:
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    Maybe it’s just cause it’s opening day, and I’m paying closer attention, but it seems like there’s a lot of Home Runs today.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Dodgers have 6 by themselves

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Make that 7

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Make that 8

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Crazy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kike!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wish I owned Joc in NL-Only

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It started in 2017, I believe

  100. JC says:
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    Do you know why Welliington Castillo isn’t playing today?
    I know it’s just a catcher, but if he isn’t the starting C would rather drop him sooner rather than later.
    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Time share

  101. aaron says:
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    uhhh..grey…are you still alive? 2 BOMBS from KIKE? you must be exhausted doing that KIKE dance. is cougs understanding? VERY much looking forward to day one write up at 3 am. love that shit comes out so early. it’s the first thing i read pooping for the next 6 months.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kike, do you love me? He does!

  102. Gotime says:
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    Kiké!!!!! Picked him up on Tuesday night… but is there a glossary term for when you pick up a player but can’t play him until the following week since it’s a weekly lock and player goes bananas?! Ugh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, there should be, that sucks

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        Lock-blocked!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  103. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Feeling a little more nervous about using Caleb Smith or Pablo Lopez now. Even though they’re traditionally crappy on the road, That Rockies line-up is pretty tasty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that Urena start was painful

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Me really likey Palbo but wait to see it first.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Caleb Smith too, but that Marlins team looks awful

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        What do you reckon to Tyler Anderson AGAINST Lopez? SON has him a solid $10 at this stage…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I could see it after watching Marlins today

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Not for me. My opponent had him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah

  104. Lucky Dog says:
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    Gotta tip my cap for Alfaro. In the last round I looked at the Razz rankings, and had recently seen your comment about the trade opening the door for opportunity.

    TATER!

    Thank you, sir. I will never doubt the power of Razz and Grey’s sweet sweet ‘stache.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love it!

  105. lubey says:
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    Hey Grey!
    Glad to be back for another year at Razzball!

    I was wondering if you guys teamed up with another site for cheaper memberships like last year? Haven’t seemed to find anything and it was such a good deal!

    Thanks!

  106. Lucky Dog says:
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    “Rockies are on pace for 162 wins, Trever Story is on pace for 162 homers. Both would be records”

    Cap tip to the Rockies social media person running their twitter account. Hilarious.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  107. Andrew says:
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    thanks

    should i trade Kenley and quintana for blackmon?

    h2h yahoo 5×5
    i like to stream pitchers; would push braun from OF to until, with Muncy and bench of Alonso, domingo santana

    my Rp would be hand, robertson, barnes, and hicks

    i probably would cut Hampson? to grab and stash morrow and minter or jefferies.
    is is blackmon declining and i should roll with my lineup
    c ramos
    1 bellinger
    2 mondesi
    3 rondon
    ss villar
    of judge
    of stanton
    of braun
    u muncy
    u santana
    b alonso
    b hampson

    thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  108. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Alfaro!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s what I’m saying!

  109. Ferris says:
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    NL-ONLY (competition for saves is unpleasant), 10 team roto

    What do you think of trying to trade Holland for a possibly good SP who looked bad today (like mikolas, greinke) or a decent SS (like Peraza, rosario)?

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      Closers are the K of FBB. Keep an eye on the news & you’ll be dropping closers to make room for better closers.

      Grienke should be on nobody’s list of targets. He’s not a buy low. He’s just low.

      I would hold on until you’ve seen a month of baseball & then make moves if you have to. As Jeff Kent said, “relax. enjoy the game!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you can do that, definitely

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        For Mikolas or Peraza or Rosario… Not Greinke

        • Lucky Dog says:
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          Never Grienke.

          I had him that one magical season. I felt very, very, very fortunate.

          If Grienke is the answer, you’re asking the wrong question. ;)

  110. goodfold2 says:
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    looky looky, MIN’s manager with the big brain, using his best RP even though everybody had that guy listed 3rd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, ugh tho

      • goodfold2 says:
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        hmmm, i thought it was almost time for us to start sucking each other’s dicks on this one, i got rogers all over the place (parker too though). in some spots both. but i also till about 5 days ago was drafting kimbrel all over, and luckily do have rogers in most of those leagues (about all of them are holds too though, this being why i have rogers in so many spots, i’m not claiming i’m some soothsayer (except i DID play wong @ chacin over some other “higher” ranked MI today that had worse matchups. wong was REALLY good last year in a sneaky way (like top 5 or something 2B OPS after matheny got thrown into the street where he belonged), and will now ensue not getting jerked around after about 4-5 years of that exact thing. during the matheny jerk around time he also became at least the best defensive 2B in the NL (this isn’t opinion here, the numbers show it clearly from last year)

  111. TJ says:
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    Would you rather have Jake Lamb or Beckham for a 3B?!

    Also, who’s a better overall value IL stash…Kyle Seager or Betances?

    Thanks and Happy Opening Day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beckham — Betances — You too!

  112. Andrew says:
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    hampson
    hold or drop?

  113. wwekoda2020 says:
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    Fletcher or Beckham? OBP league

  114. happyharry says:
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    Grey, 12 team, H2H, 6X6..Hey I need a WW pick up for Lindor…Tim Anderson, Enrique Hrnandez or Tim Beckham? Thx

  115. William Hung says:
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    Congrats to the people who had Jordan Zimmermann in their daily fantasy lineups

  116. johnnyhobbes says:
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    If I felt I needed a third baseman , and I could get Mike moustaskas for Marcel ozuna am I paying too much? I feel like You are high on ozuna this year Yes?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Too much. Moose is gonna have playing time constraints

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        Thanks knoche!

  117. frankgrimes says:
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    Mondesi hitting all these damn triples.
    I need SBs!

  118. hikerboy says:
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    Conforto was just dropped in my league but my only droppable guys are Inciarte or Domingo Santana, but man, what a start by Domingo.

    I could drop Givens and roll with Allen and Alvarado (there’s technically only TWO RP slots, but also P slots), and place a claim on Conforto?

    This would give me one bench bat.

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