This draft was so slow that I lost half my starting rotation before the draft ended.  This draft was so slow that when it started Minnie Minoso was still alive.  This draft was so slow when it started Tupac was still dead.  I didn’t enjoy my time last year in the 15-team NFBC slow draft.  I drafted Mark Trumbo, Prince Fielder, Cliff Lee, Anibal Sanchez and Patrick Corbin and my only chance was a big year from Nadir Bupkis, who gave me just that.  See, there’s no waivers and the league is 50 rounds deep, so if you’re hit by injuries, you’re done.  So, I was talked into doing the league one more time, but knew I had to draft starters early and often, and, of course, prior to the draft even completing I lost Zack Wheeler and Tony Cingrani.  Many will disagree with me, but I’m under the firm belief that it’s a lot harder and more fun to win a league like a Razzball Commenter League, than it is to win a super-deep league.  With super-deep leagues, if you’re hit by injuries, you’re done.  That’s neither fun nor challenging.  That’s just shizzy luck.  You can say I should’ve known Wheeler and Cingrani weren’t safe, and I’d say to you that neither are any of the pitchers that are healthy all year.  They just happened to stay healthy.  It’s not like the guy that drafted Alex Cobb is any smarter than the guy who drafted (insert pitcher that is healthy right now that may not be healthy by the time you read this).  How’s dem grapes?  Sour!  Anyway, here’s my 15-team, 5×5, roto, NFBC slow draft team and thoughts:

C: Mike Zunino
C: Hank Conger
1B: Carlos Santana
2B: Scooter Gennett
SS: Hanley Ramirez
3B: Adrian Beltre
MI: Alcides Escobar
CI: Eric Hosmer
OF: Adam Jones
OF: Wil Myers
OF: Denard Span
OF: Steven Souza
OF: Dexter Fowler
UTIL: Colby Rasmus
Bench:  Welington Castillo, Jordan Pacheco, Mark Reynolds, John Mayberry, Logan Forsythe, Omar Infante, Jake Lamb, Zack Cozart, Francisco Lindor, Zoilo Almonte, Shane Victorino, Kevin Pillar, Domingo Santana

P: Jeff Samardzija
P: Zack Wheeler
P: Mike Fiers
P: Tony Cingrani
P: Jake Peavy
P: Danny Salazar
P: David Robertson
P: Francisco Rodriguez
P: Jeremy Hellickson
Bench:  Anthony DeSclafani, David Buchanan, Jhoulys Chacin, Jason Marquis, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen, Randall Delgado, Danny Farquhar, Marco Gonzales, Colby Lewis, Aaron Nola, Brett Oberholtzer, Adam Warren

HOW DEMORALIZING IS IT TO LOSE YOUR 2ND AND 4TH STARTERS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT ENDING?  YOU CAN GIVE IT TO ME ON A SCALE OF 1 TO SEPPUKU.

Seppuku.  Definitely.  By the by, my autocorrect wanted to change seppuku to Giuseppe.  So, I’m guessing there’s a lot of Japanese people reading their iPhones, trying to decipher who the hell is this Giuseppe and what did Giuseppe do to drive their loved ones to disembowel themselves.  I already went over the luck involved in a league this deep in the intro so I don’t want to belabor the point, but, I mean, c’mon, can’t Samardzija and Peavy hurt themselves already to get the pain over with?  Actually, that would just begin the true pain, because then I’ll be starting Colby, Buchanan, DeSclafani and Oberholtzer.  Note to self:  If you have an Oberholtzer on your fantasy team, reexamine life.  Oh, and I didn’t even mention Fiers has shoulder problems.  I’m in good shape!  *high fives self*

YOUR HITTING DOESN’T LOOK THAT BAD.  OKAY, WHEN COMPARING IT TO YOUR PITCHING.

My hitting doesn’t look bad if, and this ‘if’ needs its own zip code, they all stay healthy.  I have no sort of depth on offense.  If Santana, Beltre and Hosmer are hurt at the same time, I have Mark Reynolds and John Mayberry and Jake Lamb…um…Well, I have a good excuse for not having more corner backups.  That excuse is my pitching was falling apart in media res, so I went starter crazy, sacrificing my hitting depth.  I have some flexibility due to Pilates.  My team also has some flexibility since Santana can go to 3rd, Hanley presumably to the OF, Reynolds can go to 1B or 3B and Mayberry can play 1B and OF.  When I say “play,” you know I’m stretching its definition, right?  Good.  Having been in one of these leagues last year, I know that the pitching injuries I’ve been hit with are only the beginning.  I’m sure at some point my starting lineup will have in it Infante, Mayberry, Pillar and Boeuf Welington.

YOU SURE ARE PUTTING A LOT OF PRESSURE ON K-ROD AND ROBERTSON.  SHOULDN’T YOU HAVE MORE RELIEVERS OR DID YOU BUMBLEFUDGE THAT TOO?

If Robertson or K-Rod get hurt and King Farquhar doesn’t steal some saves, I’m finished in ye ol’ saves category.  But whatevs.  Something I learned from last year is since there is no waivers or daily transactions, you end up missing most vulture saves even if you own the players getting the vultures.  Last year, I had Joe Smith and I might’ve got three saves from the 15 he recorded.  I’ll explain.  It’s Monday and Fernando Rodney goes down with a sore hamstring.  You can’t get Farquhar into your lineup since lineups have already locked, so you miss out on a week’s worth of vulture saves.  The following Monday rolls around and Rodney is supposed to return on Saturday, so you decide to put Farquhar into your lineup for almost a full week’s worth of vulture saves.  Unfortch, the Mariners don’t get one lead for the next week and on your bench you waste a perfectly good spot start by Delgado.  So, you either have a closer in your lineup or a starter.  Starting a middle reliever for 2 IP, 2 Ks and the hopes for a save is a waste of time.   It’s almost like it’s SAGNOP, Saves Ain’t Got NO Place.

HOW ABOUT YOU STOP COMBING YOUR WELL-MANICURED MUSTACHE AND TELL ME HOW YOU THINK THIS TEAM WILL DO?

My calculations on my starting lineup are $32.1 for runs, $23 for HRs, $29.3 for RBIs, $39.2 for SBs and AVG is at $34.2; pitching comes out to $13.8 Wins, $15.9 Saves, $16.9 ERA, $16.2 WHIP and $20.2 Ks.  In other words, my hitting is tight, boi!  And my pitching is light, boi!  You prolly could’ve guessed that just from looking at it.  I’m hoping to throw quantity over quality to rack up Wins and Ks while praying my ERA and WHIP aren’t that bad, then score on my hitting.  In theory, this sounds like a good plan.  Will this actually work?  Yes, if the apocalypse comes tomorrow and the season is cancelled and we reward the championship to the best team in theory.

 
  1. Kiss a Bum says:
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    With the following pts system is it a good idea to target Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon?

    Runs (R) 1
    Hits (H) 1.5
    Triples (3B) 2
    Home Runs (HR) 1
    Runs Batted In (RBI) 1
    Stolen Bases (SB) 1
    Walks (BB) .5
    Ground Into Double Play (GIDP) -2
    Thank you.

    • Rubik's Pube says:
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      @Kiss a Bum: Depends on if it’s a super deep league or not but speed doesn’t really play too well in points leagues. The scoring system you listed is kind of bizarre though. More points for a hit than a home run? Since hits count for the most points, I would target guys who get lots of hits and walk a lot. Gordon and B Ham aren’t going to hit into a lot of DP’s because they’re so fast but they aren’t great hitters and they don’t walk much either. Gordon is probably going to score a lot of runs as long as he gets on base at a decent clip and he’ll hit lots of triples playing in Crayola Canyon.

    • dscottncc says:
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      @Kiss a Bum:
      So for the sake of comparison with your scoring system i ran my projections for Billy Hamilton vs. Ryan Braun who usually goes for more in auction drafts. Braun gets a -34 from GIDP from last years numbers why Bham only gets -2.

      Braun still takes overall points with 458.5 projected points
      vs. Bhams 451.5 projected points

      Hope this helps, he probably has more value then normal leagues, but still don’t bump him to high

  2. Blint says:
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    Genuine question Grey- Why would people play in such kind of a league format? No waivers or trades :O This is worse than Fantasy Football

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Blint: Yeah, feeling similarly about it. Wouldn’t blame ye for ditching the format in the future. Toutwars I get, Trout fWAR I like, RCL da bomb, Ozuna eat fish. I see the beauty in having to nail the draft but sheesh

      • Nude Intruder says:
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        @Ra’zball Al Ghul:
        Yeah dude, chance operations are dicey!
        John Cage would’ve loved him some roto.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Blint: Because you don’t have to work hard during the season. Oh yeah, and you can win a lot of goddamn money!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blint: Yeah, I’m not a huge fan, but some people like it… Plus, you can win big money in the big money leagues (like $150,000, I think; this isn’t one of those leagues)

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: $25,000 = Peanuts now that skrilla is coming in from Streamonator/Hittertron

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great article! The team is as good as it gets. Here’s hoping your hitters hit harder and your pitchers do better than expected. If not, well there’s always next year. Maybe it’s better that you got your injuries out of the way early and hope your opponents’ injuries come later as you pass them by in August / September.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Ante GALIC:
      this guy cracks me up

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @Ante GALIC: I could have sworn a few weeks back this guy blasted posters for sucking at the teet of Grey? Yet every day he posts how sliced bread has been replaced…? So confused.

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Catcher Fever: Ante defends Grey, he would not blast any posters for anything..He is just a fantasy baseball guy like the rest of us, trying to have a little fun, is the way I see it..

        • Anti GALIC says:
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          @Malicious Phenom:

          Malicious Phenom!

          Gr8 post man! Really Gr8 stuff. Here’s to hoping that your American themed clip art thumbnail reminds these other posters why we’re here!

          A) I agree, fantasy baseball is fun bro!

          B) In my 4 team league (kind of shallow!) would you drop Max Scherzer for Mike Trout?

          C) That Albert Belle guy still give me agada!

          Cheers,
          Anti

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Catcher Fever: For me, this is the most transparent way of really practising what Grey preaches. No holds barred, door wide open, take it or leave it. It’s not ass-kissing, it’s a simple statement of facts. You can attribute it to cause and effect, you can attribute it to chaos theory, you can attribute it to good karma / bad karma. It’s all up to you. Looking at the draft, seeing the result of having two top pitchers wiped out, it’s not a fantastic event. But he’s throwing it out there for everyone to see and I’ll champion that ’til the cows come home. Hope you’re less confused.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Happy Vegans says:
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          @Ante GALIC: right on!

  4. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Played in a 20 team league like this with a bunch of hippies from Tahoe. They liked the no wavier-weekly moves format because they were so stoned most of the time that they couldn’t remember to change their rosters more than once a week. They also thought waivers and trades can be “unfair”. Hippies ruin everything! Except maybe VD’s and grilled cheese sandwiches.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: “Hippies ruin everything!” is your bumper sticker, why do you not have that?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: On the phone with my Bumper Sticker Guy as I type this…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If his name is Tom, we have the same Bumper Sticker Guy and that’s just weird

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: is your sticker “My other woman is Giancarlo Stanton”?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Mi novio…

  5. Uncle Red says:
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    How concerned do we need to be about Encarnacion’s back? He isn’t a spring chicken, but I’m sitting with the 12th pick in a 12 team OPS H2H league. Of course, I was also looking at Tulo. Having both on my team could kill me.

  6. Steven says:
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    Grey,
    You recently answered my question about keeping one hitter/one pitcher (Goldy/Chapman) Ten team points league and have the 5th pick after the other 9 have kept their 1/1. My next question is how should i adjust my draft strategy in a keeper league? I used to use first 4 rounds for hitters only and then start pitchers in 5th round, but unsure of the strategy i should use since i’m keeping a RP instead of a SP since JV unfortunately was my best option. Would you still go for hitters or get a SP early since I don’t have one? Thank you so much for your help year in and year out

    Steven

    • Steven says:
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      This keeper league also has rules that you cannot keep the keeper that you kept the previous year. So unsure if that would impact who you draft for next seasons keeper.
      Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven: I’d still go for hitters, you don’t need a top 10 SP in a ten team league

  7. Beastman says:
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    Need one more team for a Razzball league. $100 buy in, 3rd year running the league.

    Draft is this Sunday at noon eastern time.

    Email [email protected] to join

  8. JeF With 1 F says:
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    That blows losing Wheeler and Cingrani before the draft is even done…takes a toll on how you finish that draft.

      • Happy Vegans says:
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        @Grey: I can’t confirm but i heard they are moving Cingrani to the pen and bumping his innings. At his current K/9 that puts him near 100Ks for him if this actually happens.

        Hey, that’s what I heard, so…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, went over him the other day…

          • Happy Vegans says:
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            @Grey: Oops, then that’s where I heard it. Pay no attention to the man with the bottle of jack and pizza stains on his shirt.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Vegan pizza?

              • Happy Vegans says:
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                @Grey: The best! GF crust, veggies, vegan cheese, faux meat toppings… mmmmmmmm

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Soyrizo?!

  9. Matt says:
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    Grey, what do you think about this 6×6 roto 15team keeper team for this year? Don’t like the Weaver/Hawkins picks but had to nab a 2nd closer at th auction.

    C-Y.Grandal LAD
    1B-D.Ortiz BOS
    2B-D.Gordon MIA
    3B-C.Davis BAL
    SS-B.Zobrist OAK
    CI-M.Machado BAL
    MI-A.Escobar KC/Valbuena HOU
    OF-CarGo MIL
    OF-Puig LAD
    OF-Ozuna MIA
    UTIL-Blackmon COL/Howard PHI

    SP-Scherzer WAS
    SP-Kluber CLE
    SP-Arrieta CHC
    SP-Kazmir OAK
    SP-Weaver LAA
    RP-A.Wood ATL
    RP-B.Cecil TOR
    RP-Hawkins COL

    BN: Rodon
    BN: Buxton
    BN: Haren
    BN: Hammel
    BN: Petit

    • Grey

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      @Matt: You look exact opposite of mine… Your pitching’s better than your hitting, so you need guys like Machado, Zobrist, Ortiz, etc to hold up their end of the bargain

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey: yeah it was a weird draft a bunch of hitters were going wayy overpriced over their auction values-Betts went for $27, Miggy went for $50 and Tulo went for $45 and guys like Trout Goldy E5 Abreu Stanton kept (Every previous team has been hitting over pitching) relying a bit much on Ortiz, Machado, Puig and Davis

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  10. PhillyYorker says:
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    Carlos Gomez for first waiver position (Kris Bryant) in a keeper league?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @PhillyYorker: how long can you keep a player?

  11. SallyCips says:
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    How do you these long drafts work even? Is it segmented? Do folks get a day to make a pick? I can probably just use the ol googily googily, but for sake of the room…

    Also, drafting an injured player and realizing it is the worst, I know that’s not what happened here, but yeah same feeling. Burned a draft spot on Cliff Lee sadly the weekend he went down.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @SallyCips: Correction: drafting an injured player and realizing it is the worst…should be drafting an injured player is the worst. That’s what I get for writing without coffee.

  12. Jason E. says:
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    If there are no waivers, I am assuming there are no DL spots? If you do not mind, I have a few more questions/comments for ya…
    1. When is Span expected back? He will be a nice addition to your OF.
    2. Are trades permitted in your league?
    3. I really like your offense, but your pitching has some interesting names that could prove to be beneficial throughout the year.

    Thanks for the article, it was an interesting read. I have only heard of these slow drafts, but have never participated. Good luck!

    • Natsochist says:
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      @Jason E.: Given the typical recovery time, plus a minor league rehab assignment, May 1 seems the current reasonable assessment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason E.: Nah, no DL spots… 1. May 1 2. Nope 3. Thanks!

  13. cubjet says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I have Danny Salazar and Kevin Gausman.
    With Salazar getting roughed up yesterday and I have read rumblings of Gausman being used as a reliever. What are the chances of these guys not making the rotations of their respective teams? Best free agent starter options are Pomeranz and Hammel. Would you hold on these guys or are they droppable for the guys I mentioned? Rest of my pitching is…

    Zimmerman
    Cole
    Arietta
    Quintana
    McCarthy
    D. Holland
    Paxton

    Thanks in advance.

    • PK says:
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      @cubjet: I am also curious for Grey’s take on the possible Gausman to relief role news.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @cubjet: For now I HOLD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @cubjet: Sucks about Gausman and Salazar… I think both will be in the rotations by May, but may not be in April… I’d hold for now, no rush to get Pomeranz and Hammel, wait for final word on Gaus and Kzar

    • J-FOH says:
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      @cubjet: Baltimore is a train wreck with how they handle young arms.

  14. Connman says:
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    I think Giuseppe is what happens when an Italian commits seppuko.

    I don’t think that was an auto correct, I think that was Google translate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Connman: Oh, crap, might’ve pressed wrong button

  15. Nico says:
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    You know, while I was drafting, I had this false belief that I had some depth at every position… and then the draft ended, and I kinda freaked out! I spent so many times queuing and thinking about picks that sometimes I legitimately thought I picked a guy that actually got snagged right before I was up. I think I’m in the same boat as you, strong hitting, light pitching, but not due to injury, so I don’t know what that says about my team! I’ll reassess my desire to do the NFBC leagues depending on my frustration levels in September.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Nico: It was tough to assess even with all that time. It was like, do I take this 9 th SP who could be useful or this 7th OF who might be the last legitimate starter on the board? And then that 9th SP ends up in AAA and that 7th OF ends up losing the job to Jake Smolinski, so it didn’t matter anyway!

      • Nico says:
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        @Cram It: haha exactly

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Nico: Looking at everyone’s Roster there are very few guys after round 28-30 that are for sure going to see PT. I just tried to find decent guys who would get some at bats, and cover off with multi-position eligible players where I could.

          I am in the other boat. I like my pitching and am now worried about batting, especially steals since I cant just pick them up.

          Come On E.Y. JR!

          • Cram It says:
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            @The Great Knoche: I love my pitching too. I covered myself pretty well with multi-positional players in the infield. I’m really only worried about my OF depth. If someone gets hurt, I’m pretty screwed as it stands now. Otherwise, I’m stoked about my team.

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Nico: RBI’d for her pleasure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico: It’ll be tough to assess even come July… You could be moving along and then your 1st round pick goes down and you’re backing him up with Joe Isuzu

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: Ha! They discontinued Isuzu’s, silly!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          First I’m hearing of this

          • Nico says:
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            @Grey: RIP, but only in the US Market! You can always hold out hope for a Japanese transplant.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              How about a Japanese eggplant?

              • Nico says:
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                @Grey: Arguably just as good as Joe Isuzu as a backup 1B

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Have I mentioned that I lost Salazar too now?

                  • Nico says:
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                    @Grey: Man. Rough. Just the way your mother likes it, Trebek! It sounds like he might be up mid April, though?

                    • Grey

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                      Ha! Yeah, he won’t be down long (hopefully)

  16. David says:
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    12 team 6×6 with QS replacing W’s and OBP replacing AVG and the extra category being SLG, which side of this trade would you prefer: Duda/T. Walker or Dozier/Cron?
    Thanks

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @David: Not a big fan of Cron and I love T Walker..For me it is T Walker/Duda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David: Duda, it’s fair

    • J-FOH says:
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      @David: CRON! Dozier best player there

      One of the past frustrations with young arms is how often they get yanked at 5 2/3 innings. It’s more a perception of mine.

  17. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    I would have neither the patience nor the forethought to handle that league. There are no additions the whole year? What about callups?

    Question: I have a draft on Sunday for my 12 team H2H 5×5 keeper league. One of the categories is Saves+Holds. My keepers are Miggy, Goldy, Tulo, Ellsbury, Joey Bats, Harvey and Cole. As a result, I really only need starters, a few outfielders or utility players, a catcher and 2B.

    Here’s what I’m thinking….completely punt relievers in the draft and just grab starters I like. Last year, my best closer was K-Rod who I got off waivers and saves count no more than holds, so I can just drop pitchers I don’t want for middle relievers. I don’t see the downside here, but I’ve been known to miss red flags.

    So the question to everyone in the commentariat is is this crazy with crackers?

    • Grey

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      @Lincecuminmypants: There’s no waivers of any kind… Works fine for me, but at some point you should get Holds/Saves guys

  18. Cram It says:
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    I didn’t know how the RP strategy should go, but from what you said, I guess I shouldn’t have drafted so many relief pitchers. I thought having a couple of diesel MR’s would help K’s/ratios, with an outside shot to vulture a save. But it sounds like you’d rather be starting as many SP’s as you can. I went off of Rudy’s NFBC draft strategy from a couple of years ago where the avg team drafted 7.5 MR’s. I feel like enough of my bats are multi-positional to cover myself should sh*t go sideways. In hindsight, maybe I should’ve went for my offensive depth, but I sense a lot of people are in that boat.

    • Grey

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      @Cram It: I just found MRs hella frustrating last year… They’re frustrating in general in weekly leagues

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cram It: you can view your starters like streamers and go heavy pen for half the year or bad matchups weeks then go heavy starter. You can figure out the splits. You need to study game usage patterns for relievers to maximize probable appearances

      • Cram It says:
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        @J-FOH: I think I have 7 or 8 solid starters for 9 P slots already. So my RP’s of mostly young/unproven guys might not see much time for me unless someone emerges as a stud K/ratio guy or save vulture. Especially since I don’t know how they’ll be used. I don’t have any Joe Smith/Darren O’Day types. I’m suddenly feeling like all my MR’s were wasted picks now.

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    Hello Grey, and everybody:

    Thanks for your comments.

    H2H League, 12 teams

    I moved Syndergaard to the NA spot and have an open roster spot.

    Which Sp is the best add:
    Tim Hudson
    Jimmy Nelson
    I actually plan to add Doolittle, and move him to DL when the DL slots open. Then add Nelson or Hudson.

    Also, if Rusney Castillo starts in the minors, for my Bench, should I add Alex Rios (in my league nobody likes him), Kris Davis, Lorenzo Cain, or Eaton. Davis looks like this could be a good year.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @Chris: Nelson…Sure, Davis

  20. Gator says:
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    In a 3-year keeper league, how would you rank Harper, Encarnacion, Tulowitzki, Scherzer?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Gator: I’d rank them like this:
      Tulo, E5, Bryce, Max

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gator: Harper, Edwin, Scherzer

  21. Matty says:
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    Thanks again for all you do. I find these draft recaps incredibly helpful this time of year, both from the experts and the commentors giving their insights on what went right and wrong. In keeping with that theme, results from my 12 team h2h auction last night. League is offense heavy, with 5×5 + H, TB, OPS. ($260 budget, prices are the best of my recollection)
    C- Waiver wire pick up
    1B- E5 $35
    2B- Wong $11
    SS- Segura $4
    3B- Arenado $22
    OF- Giancarlo $46, Marte $24, Cespedes $23
    Util- Crush Davis $12
    BN- Joc $2, Hosmer $3, Brett Lawrie $3

    SP- Shark $17, Arrieta $16, Cole $16, Carrasco $9, Fiers $3, Shoemaker $5, Liriano $2
    RP- Papelbon $4, LaTroy Hawkins $2
    DL- Jose Fernandez $2

    My takeaways: I tried to draft according to the emphasis on offense but got out priced on some of the bats I wanted and little over excited about some of the pitching later on. Really want Bryce or Upton but couldn’t justify $35 for each, then sat out a few slightly better ranked guys because I wanted Wong and Segura. -Watching Paxton, Taijuan, Yasmany Tomas, and particularly Wil Myers go for $1 after I’d finished my team really smarted. May have been a better substitute than Pederson and really drove home the main tenat here that you can get good players, pitchers in particular, for cheap. I could have spent a little more on my outfield (I love Mike Trout, but $65 still feels like a lot; that’s what I paid for Giancarlo + Arrieta + Fiers)
    -I usually go for a deep pitching bench and only one or maybe two bench bats. I’ll explore the waiver wire options, but will likely sit on these guys for a little bit.

    Thanks for all you do. Sorry for the verbosity. Obviously open for comment/ compliments, and I hope it’s somehow helpful to some other reader.

    • Grey

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      @Matty: Thanks! Team looks real solid, agree with your assessment

  22. tvators says:
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    I enjoy the slow drafting of it and a league I dont have to rush to the waiver wire, sucks when one day your excited bc u think you got a steal with 12th rd or whatever Stroman and next day he tears his ACL, def learned to draft more pitchers this yr since last yr I started Colby Lewis more times than anyone should have to and was fun drafting with rudy who was real active in the chat room

  23. Chris says:
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    10 Team H2H Points League:

    Here’s my pitching staff:

    SP – Bumgarner
    SP – Arrieta
    SP – Ross
    SP – Carrasco
    SP – Latos
    SP – Hughes
    SP – Gausman
    SP – Salazar
    SP – Shoemaker
    RP – Storen
    RP – A. Miller
    RP – Casilla
    RP – Hawkins

    I was pumped about Gausman until I heard that there’s a chance he starts the year in the pen. I’ve got T. Walker and Fiers on waivers. I was planning to drop Hawkins for Walker and now thinking about dropping Gausman for Fiers. Thoughts?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Chris: I’d do Hawk for T Walker and HOLD Gaus for now..Fiers has a bum shoulder right now.

    • Grey

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      @Chris: Agree with Phenom

  24. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    I’m no mind reader, but I’m going to suggest that maybe this isn’t your favorite league to play in.

    How much do you discount/ignore Anthony Rendon injury concerns if you’re drafting for a keeper league? Nornally I’d take him over oldies like Bautista and still feel like that’s the best strategy, wobbly pins be damned.

    • Grey

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      @Baron Von Vulturewins: BVV! Good to see you! I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on Rendon’s injury in a keeper… Take him around mid-2nd round… He’ll likely be fine by mid-April and by July we will have forgotten he was even injured.

  25. MattTruss

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    Agree 100% on your assessment of winning a league like this vs an RCL, it’s why I passed on these this year.

    Besides the draft I think contemplating trades is my second favorite part of fantasy baseball. Playing Darin Ruf at first base because you’ve got so many injuries at CI while playing musical MI with your excess of options there and not being able to make a deal just kills my motivation.

    I like the offense obviously though, even the boring bench guys like Infante and Victorino who are pretty valuable if and when injuries happen.

    What do you expect from Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez? I grabbed him as a minor league stash in the Razzball dynasty league. He had some hype when he came over but has been pretty awful/injured thus far. He was a post draft snag for me, so no risk at all, figured it couldn’t hurt to wait and see. Just curious what you think about him.

    • Grey

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      @MattTruss: Yeah, completely agree… Shuffling MIs doesn’t gullet stuff my goose either… M.A.G. has great stuff and the Phils are playing for nothing, I like him… Likely wild with Ks… Look at Nola too…

  26. Jonfin says:
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    10 team roto 9×9 with extra categories: H, TB, OPB, SLG and IP, HLD, K/9, QS. It’s a 2 catcher league and starting pitching rosters are SPx5, RPx5 and Px1. Max 100 acquisitions and 2000 innings pitched.

    Any thoughts on draft strategy?

  27. Malicious Phenom says:
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    War Room question for ANYBODY who is in the know.

    I deleted Billy Hamilton by mistake, how do I get him back?

    cheers

    • Nico says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Yo MP! I’m your man. Have you made any other modifications?

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Nico: Hey Nico.

        No other changes. I added my nine keepers to the roster and was just deleting guys that were taken by others in my league to prepare for tomorrow nights draft and made the mistake of deleting BHam. I did a search for him and he does not come up…

        • Nico says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: Hmm, did you delete him in the Players Tab?

          • Malicious Phenom says:
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            @Nico: no from my roster

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Can’t you delete it from your ‘puter and just download it again?

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Grey: I didn’t download it, just using it on the site

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: it would’ve been much faster to just delete league and start over.

  28. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Don’t worry, you got King Colbra on your team. Colby Lewis’ metal hip and 35 year young frame will win him a Cy Young this year. And that’s me quoting an unrealistic Rangers fan

    • Grey

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      @Fireball Feliz: If they exclude everyone in MLB not named Colby, then he has a fighting chance

  29. Bobby Nice says:
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    The only thing worse then being in a league like this is reading about someone else in a league like this. Who talked you into this? I’ve got a sales opening at my company and I’d like to talk to this guy. Or is he busy selling ice to Eskimos?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bobby Nice: You could win $25,000. Sold?

  30. bruuuuuce says:
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    Drafting tomorrow and I realized that I owed Grey & Razzball a ‘thank you’ for all of the work done here. I’ve been in a dynasty league for over a decade and until last year I hadn’t won but had been close several times. It’s a very competitive league. The tips I found here last year were definitely a key part of my championship run, and I appreciate it.

    Thanks for all that you do!

  31. ashtray says:
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    Not to be the bearer of bad news but it appears that Robertson is having some arm issues as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: And Salazar could be out of the rotation…

  32. Monken Drunkey says:
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    Morning. I mustache you a question…

    Would you consider trading Tulo for Kluber in a 14-team dynasty? My rotation’s Cueto, Richards (Inj), Ryu (Inj), Smyly (Inj), Hahn and Bauer, who, amazingly hasn’t walked anyone in 15+ IP this spring. Yet he’s given up 10 ER. This commitment to throwing strikes doesn’t amount to much if they’re extremely hittable.

    Rollins is my backup SS. I’ve been trying my damnedest to unload Ellsbury or Cruz for a SP or 3B. Nobody seems to like them. They always counter with offers for Rendon, Tulo and Wong. I know they’re older, but what the hell??? What kind of pitcher would you be willing to trade for one of Ellsbury or Cruz in this format? I’m about ready to give up on moving them. I don’t wanna be the guy who spams trade offers.

    Notable-ish free agents include: House, Buccholz, Happ, B. Anderson, Worley, Kyle Gibson, Anthony DeSclfani, and Masterson. The gods have decreed that I may have two of these warriors in my upcoming struggle for not last place.

      • Monken Drunkey says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks again. I’m glad I stumbled onto Razzball. Humor. Helpful. Facial hair. I’d tell my friends about it. But they don’t like baseball. Or me.

        • Grey

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          Ha, thanks!

  33. Boom says:
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    Should I trade Kinsler and Leake for Devon Travis and Carrasco in a dynasty weekly categories league where Carrasco is eligible at RP?

  34. stoopid says:
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    What up Grey! Site’s growing like crazy. Congrats. Been around here since 09 and have loved the progression. You guys deserve all the kudos & daiquiris you get.

    ANYHOO

    How terrible is this pitching staff? 10 team 7 keepers(lifetime) 5×5 Roto:

    Kershaw (Keeper)
    Scherzer (Keeper)
    Ventura
    Fiers
    Gausman
    Hutchinson

    I focused on hitters since I was starting with 2 of the best SP’s. Kept seeing value and those SP’s are what I ended up with. I’m good about playing the wire and will get a streamonator subscription.

    What do you think of my high K high upside guys?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @stoopid: As long as your bottom four stay healthy and pitch like they are capable of, you will be fine!

    • Grey

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      @stoopid: Thanks! Looks fine on pitching for now, in a 10 team league you’ll be able to get guys off waivers

  35. paz says:
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    Which side is preferred for an AL-only 12 team dynasty

    Longoria

    Pearce, Tanaka

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @paz: Longo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paz: Longo

  36. Hawk says:
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    Hey all,

    Had a 12 team mixed league Head-to-Head $260 auction last night. 6×6 with OBP and Holds. Since it’s H2H I decided to punt Saves and go with cheap holds guys. Please let me know what you think!

    Name Cost
    C Salvador Perez 5
    1b Miguel Cabrera 43
    2b Dee Gordon 12
    3b Nolan Arenado 18
    SS Alexei Ramirez 7
    OF Bryce Harper 26
    OF Starling Marte 20
    OF Kole Calhoun 9
    UTIL Prince Fielder 24
    UTIL Victor Martinez 14
    BN Leonys Martin 2
    BN Byron Buxton 1
    SP Jon Lester 21
    SP Jake Arrieta 11
    SP Jeff Samardzjia 10
    RP Luke Gregerson 2
    RP Ken Giles 1
    RP Kelvin Herrerra 1
    P Anibal Sanchez 5
    P Tyson Ross 8
    P Michael Wacha 6
    BN Colin McHugh 6
    BN Taijuan Walker 2
    BN Andrew Miller 2
    BN Pat Neshek 1

    What do you think?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Hawk:

      So I tried to format that but it totally didn’t take. Gah!

    • paz says:
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      @Hawk: I think you got great prices on Samardzija, Arrieta, Ross, and I like your pitching in general. I’m guessing you’ll be rotating those setup men throughout the season

      • Hawk says:
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        @paz:

        That’s the plan, yeah.

    • Grey

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      @Hawk: Nice team overall… Good balanced hitting, I think you might be a tad low on power, but barely if that… Nice pitching too…

  37. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Nice team! Would love to hear your thoughts on a trade proposal I just received:

    My team is very strong on hitting, but carries a lot of injury risk. Pitching is solid but not great.

    For my Carlos Gonzalez, I was offered (1) Betts + (2) one of deGrom [obviously the best of the group], Wacha, Walker, Pineda, McCarthy. He also has Hamels, but I doubt he’d move him.

    Would you do this trade for any of these guys (including Hamels)? I like Betts a lot for R and SB, particularly in my OBP league.

    If I did the trade, my OF would be Springer, Marte, Betts, with Joc on the bench and Votto as my UTL (this is an OBP league).

    Thanks!

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Haha, funny enough I just offered Gardner/McCann for Cargo/Hawkins in a Yanks/Rocks swap. Haven’t heard back, but he could us a catcher.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks everyone! My thinking exactly. CarGo’s an injury risk, but he’s “healthy” now + is still being viewed through the lens of last year (which I’m happy to throw out in terms of his per-game performance), so if I’m going to trade him, I’d rather wait for him to have a strong April/May.

        • Grey

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          No problem

  38. royce! says:
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    For your sake and theirs, I hope the M’s come to their senses and Farquhar ends up with the closer job. I do really like the offense, but I’m a Myers devotee.

    Whaddya think of this team I drafted in one of Jay’s RCL’s?:

    C- Hundley (25)
    1B- Rizzo (1)
    2B- Zobrist (14)
    3B- Arenado (3)
    SS- Danny Santana (12)
    MI- Segura (17)
    CI- Pujols (5)
    OF- Puig (2)
    OF- Carlos Gonzalez (4)
    OF- Ozuna (9)
    OF- A. Garcia (19)
    OF- Souza (20)
    UTIL- Carlos Santana (6)

    P- Harvey (7)
    P- Arrieta (8)
    P- A. Wood (11)
    P- Latos (13)
    P- T. Walker (16)
    P- Hutchison (21)
    P- C. Martinez (24)
    P- C. Allen (10)
    P- K Rod (15)
    BN-Casilla (18)
    BN-J. Peralta (22)
    BN-Romo (23)

    I wanted to draft the opposite of my old man team, but when Pujols was around at 57, decided to just try to draft a team that followed only your rankings. Made a couple of exceptions for Harvey and Zobrist, and drafted more top arms that I would have otherwise, but the other owners didn’t seem to be reaching for people you’ve been high on, so I figured I could wait on guys like Avisail, Souza, Segura, etc. Also, too many people waited until the last round for a C. I think Hundley might end up being my first streaming spot!

    • Grey

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      @royce!: I like the team a lot, much better than your last… I think the pitchign will be insane if Harvey is lights out… Hitting is fine, tad light on power

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I keep having this problem in ESPN drafts- around round 7, I’m not really intrigued with any batters, partially because I want to save space for flyers later on. Would’ve drafted Wong instead of Harvey, but he went right before my pick. Regardless, I’m pretty stoked on this team. Way more than the Old Guys Rule team. I guess we’re ageists and owning it.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I find that with all drafts… 5th to 6th round in 15 teamer, etc…

  39. Don says:
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    I like the infield you drafted and then I like the song “Good night,Irene.” I mean “Good night,Grey”.

    • Grey

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      @Don: Thanks!

  40. Don says:
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    I was referring to your slow draft. By the way.

  41. Don says:
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    I am starting NFBC Auction in a couple hours. What should one pay for Trout really and should you really wait to the arrieta tier for SP1? Like your thoughts.

    • Grey

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      @Don: Depends how comfortable you are waiting on SPs and depth of the league… In a 12 team, definitely wait… I wouldn’t pay for Trout

  42. I Love You Wong Time says:
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    Morning Grey,
    Any of these MiLB guys tickle your nethers? 10 Team 5×5 OBP/QS league

    Raimel Tapia
    Nomar Mazara
    Josh Bell
    Jesse Winker

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @I Love You Wong Time: Why would you need any of these guy’s in a 10 team league?

      • I Love You Wong Time says:
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        @Grey:
        Were drafting to build up our farm system and I have an open spot. These dudes were the highest ranked

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @I Love You Wong Time: i think mike has winker highest of those.

  43. KH says:
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    12 team, H2H.

    Categories are:
    runs, rbis, hrs, nsb, obp & slugg
    Era, whip, QS, holds+saves, k’s, k:bb

    How bad is my outfield…

    C- Wilson Ramos.
    1B- Prince Fielder.
    2B- Brian Dozier.
    3B- Josh Donaldson.
    SS- Jimmy Rollins.
    MI- Neil Walker.
    CI- David Wright.
    OF- Mike Trout.
    OF- Marcell Ozuna.
    OF- Oswaldo Arcia.
    OF- Joc Pederson.
    OF- Melky Cabrera.
    U- David Ortiz.
    BN- Lucas Duda.
    BN- Jed Gyorko.
    BN- Dom Brown.
    SP- Stephen Strasburg.
    SP- Matt Shoemaker.
    SP- Tyson Ross.
    SP- Dallas Keuchel.
    SP- Chris Archer.
    RP- Aroldis Chapman.
    RP- Wade Davis.
    RP- Hector Rendon.
    RP- Jordan Walden.

    • Grey

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      @KH: Your OF looks fine, your infield’s weaker

  44. SF says:
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    HI Grey.

    Who would you rather keep? Shoemaker or Keuchel?

    Thanks.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @SF: Shoe

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @SF: Shoe

  45. UL's Toothpick says:
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    looking for a DRAFT tonight
    any action in an RCL or opening in a league?
    [email protected]

  46. b-murph says:
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    Hey Grey!
    Finally got my auction draft done last night – how does this staff look?
    SP – Jake Arrieta
    SP – Carlos Carrasco
    SP – Garrett Richards
    SP – Michael Wacha
    SP – Matt Shoemaker
    SP – Drew Smyly
    SP – WIly Peralta

    RP – Aroldis Chapman
    RP – Drew Storen
    RP – Glen Perkins

    I was the moron that left almost $20 on the table at the end, so I probably could have been more aggressive in hindsight. But, thoughts? Is there a glaring weakness anywhere?

    Also – with Richards and Smyly probably starting on the DL.. which of these arms should I add in the meantime? Jake Peavy, Jake Odorizzi, Drew Hutchison, James Paxton, Jesse Hann?

    • Grey

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      @b-murph: Staff looks great if it’s a 12 team league

  47. Lost in the canyon on a Donkeycorn says:
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    Grey-

    Rank these OF’s and tell me which two you select in a redraft 12 team. Forget what the rest of the team looks like, which 2 are you rostering? I’m leaning towards Garcia & Davis, what says you and your mustache?

    Khris Davis
    Avisail Garcia
    Mookie Betts
    Steven Souza

  48. Jammer McSlam says:
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    14 team league with standard Yahoo scoring; aside from needing to grab a catcher, how did I do?

    Jake McGee TB C
    Albert Pujols LAA 1B
    Jedd Gyorko SD 2B
    Troy Tulowitzki COL SS
    Ryan Zimmerman WAS 3B
    Giancarlo Staton MIA OF
    George Springer HOU OF
    Yasmany Tomas ARZ OF
    Nolan Arenado COL UTL
    David Ortiz BOS UTL
    Gio Gonzalez WAS SP
    Drew Hutchison TOR SP
    Hisashi Iwakuma SEA SP
    Mark Melancon PIT RP
    Steve Cishek MIA RP
    Santiago Casilla SF P
    Carlos Carrasco CLE P
    Mike Fiers MIL P
    Avisail Garcia CWS BN
    Rick Porcello DET BN
    Alcides Escobar KC BN
    Rougned Odor TEX BN
    Matt Shoemaker STL BN
    Danny Salazar CLE BN
    Gregory Polanco PIT BN

    • Grey

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      @Jammer McSlam: Solid team, you look light on AVG, and I don’t love Porcello, and Salazar might be out of a job

  49. Bodacious Taters says:
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    Been studying your rankings for weeks now (thanks!) but I’m still undecided about whom I’m taking at pick # 10 tomorrow – and your own departure from your rankings in the Yahoo Friends & Family draft confused me even more.
    Sooo – who do I grab: E5, J-Bats, Miggy, A.Jones ? . . . running low on grey matter !!

  50. BISS says:
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    Did the NFBC draft in Sky’s league and it was a slow process. Plenty of time to second guess your self. My strategy was to try and stay away from any injury prone players, since losing any starter would be a killer. Draft out of the 14th spot. Team is weak on power and saves and has no depth at any of the IF positions.

    Think my team can compete. An interesting stat is you go to NFBC ADP section is how your picks compared to the average pick. The lower the number the more you reached, the higher hte number the more steals you got. For the draft I ended up at +1711.12 (Biggest contributors – Broxton +229, James Jones +138, and Jackey Bradley Jr. at +115)

    Top 5 picks – Altuve, Desmond, Price, Springer, Bruce

    C: Salvador Perez
    C: Chris Iannetta
    1B: Eric Hosmer
    2B: Jose Altuve
    SS: Ian Desmond
    3B: Manny Machado
    MI: Ben Zobrist
    CI: Billy Butler
    OF: George Springer
    OF: Jay Bruce
    OF: Desmond Jennings
    OF: Carlos Beltran
    OF: Tori Hunter
    UTIL: David Ortiz
    Bench: AJ Ellis, Ryan Hanigan, Jeff Baker, Christian Walker, Andy Wilkins, Dilson Herrera, Hector Olivera, Lonnie Chisenhall, DJ Peterson, Justin Turner, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jackie Bradley Jr., Jon Jay, Brock Holt, James Jones, Denard Span

    P: David Price
    P: Hisashi Iwakuma
    P: AJ Burnett
    P: Yavani Gallardo
    P: Phil Hughes
    P: Francisco Liriano
    P: Justin Masterson
    P: Shelby Miller
    P: Glen Perkins
    Bench: Mark Appel, Archie Bredley, Jonathan Broxton, Sean Doolittle, Dillon Gee, Ken Giles, Jon Gray, Casey Janssen, Brian Matusz, Daniel Norris, Junichi Tazawa

    • Grey

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      @BISS: Your team looks exact opposite of mine, better pitching, lighter hitting.. Light on AVG and power… I bet you play Jon Jay more than you’d ever think… You might need more SPs, hopefully your guys stay healthy

      • BISS says:
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        @Grey:

        Jon Jay and Span when back and healthy could see a lot of time if Hunter and Beltran can’t stay on the field. Counting on Spring, Bruce, and Ortiz quite a bit for power. All my replacement SP’s are young and could be an issue.

        I had targeted Rizzo with pick 14 and then flailed when he went at a couple picks before me.

        • Grey

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          Yup, totally

  51. B Boyle says:
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    Had my 12 team H2H draft last night. It is a 6X5 (OBS). So this is what i came out with after the draft. It like my hitters, and hope quanity will out preform quality!!

    C Gomes
    1 Abreu
    2 Gordon
    3 Frazier
    SS Desomond
    OF Harper, Cespedes, Myers
    Ut Pujols

    Pitchers Ross, A. Wood, Latos, Odorizzi, Smyly, E. Santana, Eovaldi, Burnett, Hahn, C. Rodon
    RP Storen, Betances, Giles

    So what does the all mighty Grey think? Again this is the best website around for fantasy baseball, and I love what you and your crew do.

    Best of luck this year.

    BB

    • Grey

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      @B Boyle: You look solid, don’t love Gordon in H2H, but that’s a small quibble… Nice pitching, backend of the staff prolly will become streamers

  52. FrankGrimes says:
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    I think I’m the only one
    really high on Arenado this year

    • Grey

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      @FrankGrimes: You and everyone… Let’s not forget I was on him before everyone jumped in…

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        how could I forget shmoopy

        • Grey

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          Don’t forget Shmoopy ever

  53. Principal Blackman says:
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    My 16-team keeper drafted recently, and I have two roster moves that I can make before the season begins. After that, rosters are locked (trades being the only exception) until a supplemental draft in June. My team was light a few picks, because I sold the farm last year for a run at big money (and ended up finishing third). This league also has weird eligibility rules (1/6th of total games played must be at a particular position in order for a position player to qualify for a particular position). I know that I’m very scary at 2B, and I could maybe use help at RP or CL. The waiver wire is thin in terms of qualified 2Bs (Bonifacio, EverCab, and La Stella are the only ones left). But there are more options at CL/RP (Hawkins, Qualls, Mujica, Ottavino, Romo, Strop, Joel Peralta, JP Howell, etc). We set our lineups retroactively every two weeks. In order to qualify at RP a pitcher can have no more than 2 saves in a two week period. I’m wondering who, if anyone, I should drop to pick up a second baseman and a RP? I’m leaning towards losing Granderson and I don’t know who (maybe Reed). Here is my current roster. Sorry for turning my question into a short prose piece. And thanks.

    C – Zunino, Conger
    1B – Miguel Cabrera, Duda
    2B – Brandon Phillips, Schoop
    SS – Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor
    3B – Josh Donaldson
    CF – Charlie Blackmon, Rajai Davis
    OF – Christian Yelich, Yasmani Tomas
    OF – Jay Bruce, Granderson
    DH – David Ortiz

    SP1 – Samardjiza
    SP2 – Carrasco
    SP3 – Shoemaker
    SP4 – Wily Peralta
    BN – Jason Hammel, Dallas Keuchel, Wei-Yin Chen, Carlos Rodon

    CL – Hector Rondon, Addison Reed
    RP – Joakim Soria

    • Grey

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      @Principal Blackman: Ugh, tough calls… Granderson for Bonifacio… Chen for Hawkins

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Yeah, I’m not thrilled about the corner I backed myself into. Bonifacio would at least give me a little more CF depth heading into the season. Hawkins on the other hand, might come back to bite me if Soria takes over the closer role in Detroit. There may be a few periods where I end up taking a 0.0 at the RP position if all my relievers have more than three saves. That’s why I was thinking of grabbing someone like Kelvin Herrera, who has nasty stuff, but still is buried a bit on the depth chart.

        • Grey

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          Meh, you know your league better than me, but I’d go for a CL

  54. Big W says:
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    Too bad about your arms, Grey… I drafted Gausman in a deep mixed league and now I’m hearing that he might end up being in the bullpen even though he’s pitched better than Jimenez…FML! Anyway, good luck to you with this team!

    Unrelated, was wondering if Grey, other writers and readers may be able to guide me in the right direction. My slo-pitch team switched jerseys. We’re going with Athletics green and white colors. Was wondering if anyone can provide a link for a place to get nice cleats with Athletics green and white design?

    Thanks in advance to anyone who can help out!

    -Big W

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! No idea on jerseys

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Big W: I would just google the cleats and see what you come up with..

  55. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey, just had my yearly draft in my 11 team, 5×6 (holds) league. I picked 9th, could you give me a quick eval?
    C- d’Araud
    1b- Encarnacion
    2b- Wong
    ss- Bogaerts
    3b- Arenado
    CI-Rizzo
    MI- Gyorko
    OF- Dickerson, Harper, Hamilton, Pollock, Kh. Davis
    UTL- Al. Escobar

    P- Cole, Carrasco, Shoemaker, Hutchison, Fiers, Salazar, Smyly, Paxton
    RP- Allen, Cishek, Storen, W Davis, A Miller

    From my initial post draft recap I figure to be a little slight on AVG, SV by a bit, and Holds.

    Any thoughts on possibly losing a starter for another RP, possibly Evan Marshall?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look low on AVG, but nice power/speed… Your pitching looks solid, hopefully Salazar pulls through the spring with a job

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, I just read about the most recent turd that K-Czar dropped in the punch bowl…his grasp on a job may be tenuous at best right now.

        If he weren’t to make it, do you suppose that Familia or Marshall could get looks at the closer role respectively? Closers are such crap…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, definitely

  56. Hondo says:
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    Looks like Gausman is slated to go 5 innings Tuesday vs TB – Buck what the fug are you doing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s no way he stays in the bullpen all year even if he starts there in April

  57. Curt C. says:
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    Need to keep 3 of 5 in a dynasty league, 12 teams, pick last in 1st, 1st in 2nd snake(if 2 kept in same round one moves up)

    12th round–Rusney Castillo
    14th round–Mookie Betts, Garret Richards, Danny Santana
    16th round–Brandon Moss

    Any suggestions appreciated

    My keeps are

    McCutch-2nd
    Pujols-3rd
    Nelson Cruz-6th
    Sale-8th
    Gray-9th
    Rendon-13th
    Rosenthal-22nd
    Cole-23rd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mookie Betts, Garret Richards, Danny Santana

    • Curt C. says:
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      @Curt C.: 6 X 6

      • Curt C. says:
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        @Curt C.: Thanks you handsome devil!

  58. Bob says:
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    Yasmany Tomas is on my bench, took a flyer on him in the later rounds. Given his struggles and the talk about starting him in the minors, is it worth dropping him for any of these pitchers or hold?

    Henderson Alvarez
    Tanner Roark
    Wily Peralta
    Clay Buchholz
    Brandon McCarthy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  59. Eds says:
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    Don Mattingly’s Sideburns here. That was my first NFBC draft and I had/have no idea what to expect. The process wasn’t too frustrating despite MarQUEs and his hatred of the QUE.

    I think I went a little crazy with MR late in the draft but I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. I went into it knowing I wanted one legit SP1 and a stud closer but missed out on a bunch of bats that I wanted due to drafting on one of the ends. Oh well.

    C: Brian McCann (11.153), Carlos Ruiz (24.358), AJ Pierzynski (37.543), David Ross (50.748)

    1B: Prince Fielder (5.63), Joe Mauer (19.273), Jon Singleton (27.393)

    2B: Robinson Cano (2.28), Gordon Beckham (40.598), Sean Rodriguez (41.603)

    3B: Nick Castellanos (18.268), Mike Moustakas (19.273), Mike Olt (49.723)

    SS: Jimmy Rollins (12.178), Andrelton Simmons (22.328), Addison Russell (29.423)

    OF: Giancarlo Stanton (1.3), Jorge Soler (6.88), Brett Gardner (9.123), Jayson Werth (13.183), Lorenzo Cain (14.208), Dalton Pompey (15.213), Jarrod Dyson (25.363), Chris B. Young (36.538), Eury Perez (43.633), Aaron Judge (47.693), Matt Sczcur (48.718)

    DH: Jesus Montero (34.508)

    SP: Chris Sale (3.33), Hisashi Iwakuma (7.93), Masahiro Tanaka (10.148), Carlos Martinez (16.238), Taijuan Walker (17.243), Jimmy Nelson (20.298), Trevor Bauer (21.303), Archie Bradley (26.388), Rubby De La Rosa (28.418), Jesse Chavez (31.453), Edinson Volquez (35.513), Brandon Beachy (42.628), Jarrod Parker (44.658), Luis Severino (45.663)

    RP: Craig Kimbrel (4.58), Drew Storen (8.118), Ernesto Frieri (30,448), Darren O’Day (32.478), Jake Diekman (33.483), Jason Grilli (38.568), Tommy Hunter (39.573), Antonio Bastardo (46.688)

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Eds: How many guys do you start at each position? That’s a big roster..4 C’s????

      • Eds says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:

        Same league as Grey. Start 2 C.

        2 C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, Utl, 9 P.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your team looks solid, like it better than mine… You need Prince and Castellanos to get their shizz together, obviously… Tanaka staying healthy wouldn’t hurt either

  60. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    What do you think of this Starting Pitching Staff in a 12 Team Yahoo H2H League:

    Iwakuma
    Carrasco
    Latos
    Fiers
    Archer
    Salazar
    Pineda
    Hutchison
    Gausman

    I know it reads like a Razzball Roster, but the recent news I have been seeing on Latos in particular makes me a little nervous. Your input would be most welcome.

    Thanks Grey.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Yankee my Wanky!: Too much upside maybe. Lot’s of health/IP concerns.

      • Yankee my Wanky! says:
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        Yeah, I’m starting to think that. I missed out on some guys and never recovered. Oh well. Thanks for the [email protected]Cram It:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Staff looks solid, Latos news scares me too, hopefully he’s fine… And Salazar too…

      • Yankee my Wanky! says:
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        @Grey: Thanks much Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  61. Eric says:
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    I got offered ozuna and Dannys Antana for Heyward and Jose Ramirez

    It’s a 20 team dynasty ROTO 6×6 with OBP and SLG rather than AVG. I’m a little concerned about giving up so much OBP and some steals with heward, but with JRam likely replaced by lindor in a few months this could be a 2 for 1 without too much downside. Do I pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  62. Sky

    Sky says:
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    RCL isn’t my style but on the flipside, NFBC is definitely an overtly extreme response to it. I like seeing a middle ground based on either deeper roster settings for 12s or 14 to 16 team settings. The no waivers/trade set up is out of necessity so as not to allow collusion (as you know) so it’s just a ‘making the best of a bad situation’ route more than it is a strategy thing. If it had FAAB and no trades, I’d be happier but they still have no true way of monitoring so it’ll never happen.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Sky: ACTUALLY, I take that back. They should make it FAAB but whoever you ‘drop’ is gone for the year, i.e. no one else can pick them up, including yourself. That would be a great middle ground.

      Yes, I know, I’m talking to myself.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, can’t have waivers in it, true…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        COULD, I proved it! Sky and I talked it out!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wait, aren’t you Sky?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Clearly you didn’t read in full what I put. It’s ok, it’s Friday. Wuv you.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wuv you more!

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                I’d put *Blows Kiss* here but the last time JFOH did that I asked him ‘the band?’. I’m not gonna set myself up like that!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, good call!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: you two should leave this for texting, you dont want some of your commenters getting jealous

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Any questions for Sen Dog?

  63. Phil says:
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    So with the Salazar news do you hold on him or is it not worth waiting for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

      • Phil says:
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        @Grey: Even over someone like Eovaldi?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grab Eovaldi

  64. Busy drafting weekend! Your old crush B. Miller has the Tampa SS job. Moving him up? & if so, around where? Thanks & good luck to all…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I knew he had the job when I ranked

    • Cram It says:
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      @zombie: Tampa Bay? You mean Seattle? Wasn’t he the starter by default when Taylor got hurt? I’m all sorts of confused.

  65. andrew says:
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    Grey,
    Should I be worried about Phil Hughes ugly spring training, or am I over thinking? He keeps getting knocked around by single A guys….like a 6.35 ERA….what gives?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Overthinking

  66. Oranje says:
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    Below are the players I drafted in a 5×5 roto/H2H league…I play every team every week. Player salary is included. I can only give contracts to the players drafted in the current year, so which players would you give contracts to…I have 1 4-year contract, a 3-year contract, and 3 2-year contracts to distribute….I already plan on giving Russell a 4-year contract.
    Derek Norris $4
    Sandoval $18
    Odor $2
    Morneau $11
    Cain $4
    Jennings $9
    Heyward $20
    L. Martin $10
    Butler $7
    Jose Ramirez $4
    Saunders $2
    Addison Russell $0 (4 year)
    Archer $13
    Greinke $26
    Liriano $11
    Latos $17
    KRod $7
    A. Reed $9
    Fister $16
    Gausman $8
    Nelson $0
    Peavy $1

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not great choices… Heyward 1, Leonys 2, Archer 2, Sandoval 3

  67. nick the dick says:
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    G I drafted this team last night. 10 team roto, same basic setup as rcl but since its only 10 teams I added 1 utility, 1 more pitcher and 2 more bench spots. I had the dead last wrap around pick…
    C-Martin
    1b-Rizzo
    2b-Dee
    SS-Dannys
    3b-Crush
    MI-Wong
    CI-Duda
    OF-Jones/Upton/Harper/Cargo/Soler
    Util-Yasmany/Bogaerts
    Bench-Avisail/Souza
    SP-Arrieta/Wood/McHugh/Quintana/Salazar/Fiers/Hutch/McCarthy
    RP-Kimbrel/Betances/Storen/Casilla/Cecil

    Now take a look at that OF and tell me it doesn’t make your corduroys move! Stayed away from starting pitching til late late to go with better closers and still ended up with too many, so the back end is primed to become streamers and i’ll prob lose Mccarthy and Salazar if he doesnt get a rotation spot for a couple middle relievers as they are bountiful in FA. My only regret was I wanted Arenado badly this time and was set on waiting til the Frazier/Arenado/Santana tier and get one of them but got over zealous and waited just too long as they all went right before my pick. Crush is a solid consolation prize though before I got into Machado or Aramis territory. Now this is where people ask, how’d I do? Thoughts? I actually don’t need your thoughts, thanks. I already know you love it.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Looks like everyone else is playing for 2nd to me

      • nick the dick says:
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        @MattTruss: I know right? Going by Greys rankings I have 5 top 25 overall players. Woulda been 6 if I could’ve snagged Arenado. The beauty of guys trusting espn rankings. Not too shabby!

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          Ya, I was trying to figure out who you drafted 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th and couldn’t figure out the order you went, that’s a good sign. See you clarified below. This is why I love the home leagues. It’s nice to just be able to crush a league now and then.

          • nick the dick says:
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            @MattTruss: Zzzzactly..money league too

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @nick the dick: appears like 5 of first 7 picks were OF’ers, and if only 5 out of 8 you got lucky with arrieta/c.davis and wong/d.gordon at where you got them, nice. nevermind, i’m just noticing it’s 10 teams, but even then, you probably had to get lucky with the placement of some of those 4 guys.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @goodfold2: yup it was 4 of first 5, went rizzo, jones, upton, harper, cargo. Figured id try a bonkers OF with 5 and 2 utilities. Definitely a bit of luck in placement for some guys. I took kimbrel 6th round but no starters til 10th

    • J-FOH says:
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      @nick the dick: Salazar is suppose to start year in minors, he can get booted. I would start Avisail over Yasmany, who might be sent down to AAA to start the yer and Bogaerts is meh

      • nick the dick says:
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        @J-FOH: Yup already in the works, just waiting for waivers to clear to drop Salazar. And yeah I def like Avisail in there as well, just waiting to see what happens with Tomas. I like Bogaerts for flexibility tho, backup ss and 3b. Gonna bulk up on MRs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sen Dog’s gonna be on this weekend’s podcast, any questions you want me to ask him? For serious… Yup, solid team, get Arenado next time though, please.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Awesome man! Ask him how could he just kill a man??…Really tho umm im not sure, i bet you have all the bases covered. Favorite artist hes worked with, lowdown on a new Cypress album, ask about his band, favorite strand of weed, if he even cares about baseball…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He doesn’t care about baseball… Listening to the eponymous album now… It’s ridiculous from start to finish

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Ha word. Yeah the old stuff is the tits. You’ll do a bang-up job G

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s kinda ridiculously good… I think they got too spliffed later on

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: the Cheech and Chong of Hip Hop

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Indeed

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: you have to mention that

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Weed in general? Of course

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: for reals, I need to send you an email with things i would like to know and is there any way I can sit in for this one? J-FOH’s rapid fire 5 questions? The sirius guy said I have a radio personality.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ask JB, you can jump on if he can pull it off

        • nick the dick says:
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          @J-FOH: I’d like to hear you on there. Couple of Cali OG’s shootin the shit

  68. Dave F says:
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    Grey,

    Salazar was optioned to the minors. Is he droppable at this point? If so, would you grab Hahn or Shane Greene?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahn

  69. goodfold2 says:
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    i see you are advising many to hold salazar for now, but in really deep leagues we should grab house over C.anderson or greene? dynasty league 20 teamer.

    2. keep salazar over these in 12 teamer h2h redraft with 4 keepers? pomeranz/happ/house/c.anderson/bauer/burnettl. i grabbed hahn when i dropped wheeler in this one.

    3. these in 14 team roto with 1725 max innings redraft with 4 keepers?
    anderson/house/happ/greene/? or i could drop haren and keep salazar AND house to lock up the spot. i grabbed haren when i lost wheeler already in this one.

    4. drop pomeranz for house in 12 team dynasty with deep benches?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Anderson… 2. House 3. no idea what you’re asking 4. Sure

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: in #3. i have salazar and haren (he’s my worst guy, picked up when wheeler went out). Should i drop either for any of house/greene/happ

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Salazar for House

  70. henry rowengartner says:
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    Hey Grey I asked you last week about a trade that involved Rendon. With his injury issue right now do you still prefer Rendon & Dickerson over Puig & Dozier this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • henry rowengartner says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!! keep up the good work

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  71. Eric Bateman says:
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    Hey Grey, Couple of quick questions for you as your knowledge was immensely helpful last season.
    Just finished up my draft Tuesday night, It’s ESPN HTH 5×5 league but we use OBP instead of BA. My team is as follows:
    C McCann
    1B Freeman
    2B Altuve
    SS A. Ramirez
    3B C. Santana
    OF Stanton
    OF Soler
    OF Springer
    OF Souza
    Util Semien
    Util Morse
    Util Jennings
    Bench Prado
    Bench J. Peterson
    SP Kluber
    SP Wainwright
    P G.Cole
    P Ventura
    P Salazar
    P Cecil
    P Nathan
    RP Chapman
    RP Perkins
    Bench Lackey
    Bench T. Walker
    Bench J. Paxton

    Ok so my question is Salazar had a rough spring and was optioned today. With my current staff do I hold tight or do I drop him for one of the following: SP K.Gibson(I think he may be in for a good season), SP T.J. House, SP Pomeranz (also like him), SP J.Nelson, SP K.Hendricks? Other SP’s available would also be guys likely to start in the minors SP C. Rodon, SP A.Bradley or SP A. Heaney. I’m 2nd on the waiver wire so as the season progresses I should have a good shot at grabbing a hot prospect. I know Im closer heavy but this league hoards them and they charge an arm and a leg in trade scenarios. And the position eligibility allows you to play 4 closers at a time if so desired.

    And finally, what say you on my Offense. Anyone you’d drop for one of the following: DH Kennys Vargas, Travis Snider, or Micah Johnson or Stephen Vogt? I know Jace Peterson looks like the most drop-able but I think he wins the 2nd base job for the Braves and would then have SS and 2nd eligibility and adds speed to a lineup that doesnt have much outside of Altuve, Ranirez and maybe Jennings. Sorry for the long post but I would greatly appreciate any advice you have to offer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Salazar, sure grab Gibson, your hitting looks great for a 15 team league, not as good for a 12 team league

      • Eric Bateman says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, I really appreciate the insight. I didnt want to be too hasty on Salazar. And yeah it’s a 12 team league sigh… any suggestions based on who I mentioned was available? Vargas, JJ Hardy, Snider and Chisenhall are on the wire and the signing period is open without impacting waivers. Do any of them help me enough and if so who do I drop Jennings, Peterson or someone else?
        Or I could try to move RP Nathan for a bat, If you agree he is my weakest closer between Nathan, Cecil and Perkins.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Eric Bateman: Are you related to Justine and Jason? Lose Prado for Vargas or Snider, flip a coin on which you like… Hold Peterson

          • Eric Bateman says:
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            @Grey: Sadly no there are no “family ties”, but I have had my share of “horrible bosses” lol. Thanks for the advice, last thing promise: On the coin flip wouldn’t you expect Vargas to get more at bats, last I read Snider would be in a time share where as Vargas would be the everyday DH. If that’s accurate I’d think Vargas would be the better fit no?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… I’d go Vargas likely, yeah

              • Eric Bateman says:
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                @Grey: You rock man, I greatly appreciate it. I’m sure I’ll be picking your brain as the season progresses.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  72. Ken Plane says:
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    Grey – Thoughts on DeSclafani.

  73. The Great Knoche says:
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    Well, I’ll throw out mine for review also. Think I covered off fairly well. Got My RP Handcuffs for closers, as well as 3 other handcuffs, so hopefully one of them finds work as a closer later in year. I wasn’t planning on getting as much pitching early, but couldn’t pass on Hamels in the 5th. Also Like Jose Fernandez in the 15th. Lots of Multi-Position Coverage, but I could struggle to get ABs with any injuries to my offense.

    C: Chirinos (19)
    C: Ianetta (21)
    1B: Encarnacion (1)
    2B: Wong (6)
    SS: Asdrubal Cabrera(16)
    3B: Frazier (3)
    MI: Gyorko (14)
    CI: Fat Adams (12)
    OF: Harper (2)
    OF: R. Zimmerman (7)(Also 3B)
    OF: Pollock (9)
    OF: A. Garcia (10)
    OF: Crawford (17)
    Util: E.Y. JR (24) (Will probably be many people over the year)
    SP: J. Zimmerman (4)
    SP: Hamels (5)
    SP: McHugh (11)
    SP: Hendricks (18)
    SP: Duffy (22)
    SP: Gallardo (25)
    RP: Rosenthal (8)
    RP: Feliz (13)
    RP: Quackenbush (23)

    Bench

    C: Gosewich (37),
    C: Maldanado (46)
    1B: Craig (20) (Also OF),
    1B: Bour (39),
    1B: J. Francisco (45) (Also 3B)
    2B: Sogard (43)
    SS: Romine (50)
    3B: Gillespie (31),
    3B: Urshela (32) (Fucked this one up. Was Looking at him and accidently picked)
    Util INfielders: Amarista 2B, SS, 3b, OF (26),
    Util Infielders: Flaherty 2B, SS, 3B (36)
    OF: Seth Smith (28)
    OF: Van Slyke (33) (Also 1B),
    OF: Hart (41)
    OF: Maybin (49)

    SP: Jose Fernandez (15)
    SP: Collmenter (29)
    SP: Lincecum(30)
    SP: A. Webster (35)
    SP: Jimenez (42) Put Gausman in the Pen!
    SP: Lyles (44) Could be good when they aren’t at Coors
    RP: Walden (27)
    RP: Scheppers (34)
    RP: Fien (38)
    RP: Herrera (40)
    RP: Petricka (47)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like your team better than mine! I think you’re only really weak on AVG and that could go any way… You do need health though, your reserves are little wonky

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Yeah definitely depth issues, but hey when Matt Kemo goes down, I got Cameron Maybin’s Breakout Season in Round 49!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s all right, I lost Salazar too…and Fiers is close to gone

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will be there to rescue you.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, oh yeah

  74. J-FOH says:
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    On the NFBC, I really wanted to play this year but going to Phoenix killed that. It’s OK, I made some new friends! Here is what I have gathered from observations and conversations with Oaktown, Magoo and Sky. In the Razzball league format you do it becomes a test of player knowledge beyond just the realm of fantasy relevance but in how how the real world works in the case of playing time, call ups and the order of the depth chart. Player evaluations to the deepest of depths is key. I get how some dont see the point but, that is because a 12 team is easy to draft. To go down the analogy road, I think this becomes who can write the best essay before the class ever starts about the subject of study and then we see as the semester unfolds who wrote the best paper. Next year I’m in, already starting my NFBC swear jar

    • J-FOH says:
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      @J-FOH: no thoughts on this?

      • Happy Vegans says:
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        @J-FOH: @J-FOH: Nope… no thoughts. HA! I’ve done the NFBC three years now and I love it, but as so many have already said, it is a completely different animal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Missed this at first… Good analogy! Salazar gets sent down on crappy spring that doesn’t mean anything… That kills in this league, and I don’t think very fair, that was all I was saying

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: It just not fair! I think the indians hate us and it has to do with Gareth. *puts on tin foil hat* Seriously, since he went there the Salazar situation has gone down hill. He probably talked you up too much and then they spite you with this one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, puzzling choice by Indians… Salazar could be an ace, instead he’ll be an ace in the 2nd half of the year

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: he’s a AAAAce

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, he’s nasty, just like Carrasco, who took 5 years to catch on

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: sorry he’s getting treated like that

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Tomas, Salazar… my FCL team is fraying at the seams already.

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @SteveNZ: Koji too…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Me too!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Oh man, I just saw your comment above about Fiers – I have him in the FCL too.

                My draft is the direct opposite of last year’s…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Still early!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Yeah. Season hasn’t started yet, has it? I’m a bit out of the loop…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Started last Tuesday, you’re good still!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Stupid Yahoo and ESPN not updating the stats again!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

        • Happy Vegans says:
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          @J-FOH: Other than Cleveland, where is Gareth anyway?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Happy Vegans: cat scratch fever?

  75. Troy says:
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    I’m down to 4 days left. Is R. Castillo worth keeping at $3? It’s him or M. Carpenter at $7 or Paxton at $4

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want 4 days to decide

      • troy says:
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        @Grey: what if my deadline to keep is tomorrow at midnight…Castillo went yard again today

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What are your choices?

  76. Abe Froman says:
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    Worth signing Kole Calhoun to a mult-year deal? AL-only roto.

    Can either keep him for $5 this year and then have to let him go, or sign him, and keep him for $10 this year, $15 next, etc.

    • Abe Froman says:
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      @Abe Froman:

      If I did, would probably only do 2 years, so $10/$15 for this year and next.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep him for $10/15 for 2 years

      • Abe Froman says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you sir! Have a great weekend

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  77. Swfcdan says:
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    Pearce or Souza in an OBP league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: The game today got rained out but Souza had 2 walks according to the box I was following.

  78. Redhook42 says:
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    Grey your thoughts on this NFBC 50 rnd team

    C flowers
    C. D’Arnaud
    1b Duda
    2b Dozier
    3b Beltre
    SS Bogaerts
    MI Segura
    CI Arenadi
    OF Aoki
    O.Arcia
    Cain
    T. Hunter
    Stanton

    SP Arrieta
    SP AJ Burnett
    SP W. Chen
    SP G.Cole
    SP R De La Rosa ( originally had D Salazar)
    SP Greinke
    SP Hughes

    RP Casilla
    RP Cecil

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid, homey, you got to avoid injuries and maybe a tad light on power due to Aoki, Cain, Hunter and Segura…

  79. Marley says:
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    12 tm redraft lge. got offered taijuan and eovaldi for hughes and benoit. which side u likey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hughes, could go either way

  80. Fungazi says:
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    Got my last draft of the season coming on Sunday, any tips?

    Joking, good luck on your teams Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, you too!

  81. Bob says:
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    5×5 h2h categories league. Good, bad, meh? Areas to improve? Obviously offense heavy so pitching needs a bit more depth.

    Gomes Scherzer
    Encarnacion Samardzjia
    Wong Wood
    Longoria Ross
    Desmond Archer
    Ellsbury Smyly
    Cespedes Paxton
    Dickerson Kimbrel
    Ozuna Storen
    Calhoun
    K Davis
    A Garcia
    Pollock
    Tomas
    Myers
    Hosmer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams matters

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: sorry bout that. 10 team.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Wong Wood hehe. Had to be intentional

        • Bob says:
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          @nick the dick: tried to do pitchers and offense side by side but formatting messed up, just randomly worked that way, lol.

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Bob: I believe you. Now if it said C-Dick Longo Wong Wood Smyly then i’d call you a liar

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  82. goodfold2 says:
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    if gibson is ahead of house (with that K rate of gibson’s), seen above, where does gibson now slot into SP rankings? C. Anderson was at 110, Gibson at 112, and i’ve seen House over C.Anderson. All of these will be higher overall by now with all of stroman/wheeler/lee/darvish etc now completely dropping out, but i still would’ve thought the others rank the same relative to each other.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s not ahead of House, they’re all the same mess of risk and upside

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: based that on response to Eric Bateman at 10:53, re: gibson>house

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know what you’re basing it on, I’m just saying they’re all risky upside flyers… It’s one tier of risk/upside

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: yeah, the petit to cosart tier, “safety net none…, which house has crept into with job.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, exactly… They’re all the same shizz, nothing’s safe there, but could turn out well

  83. SteveNZ says:
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    Can you find a maximum of 6 to keep from these guys? It’s the Hippo/Al K keeper. We could be anything from 8-10 teams (things are a bit disorganised this year… ) $300 budget, 5×5 plus OBP, Hitters’ Ks, Games Started, Losses. Prices are to keep this year…

    Stanton $25
    Marte $11
    J-Zimm $22
    Lester $8
    Pujols $30
    Car-Go $30
    Andrus $24
    McCann $8

    I’m pretty set on the first 4, could be swayed on Pujols, but I think it might be time to say goodbye to Car-Go, which is a shame as I have had him since I grabbed him off waivers right back in the day…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, first 6… In 8 to 10 teams it’s okay paying for guys

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Stanton is still a bargain and I like Marte and Lester at those prices, so I guess that means I can afford CarGo and Pujols – the top 1Bs are normally north of $50 in this league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, that’s how it usually goes in keepers… Everyone who isn’t kept is inflated

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @SteveNZ: i want stanton you dirty dog

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @AL KOHOLIC: Ha! No chance, Al ;-)

  84. What's a Drexl? says:
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    in OPS league where soler was dropped and i waivered him with this roster (12 team league)

    C – Ramos
    C -Ruiz
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – harrison
    3B – Donaldson
    SS – j.ram
    CI – sandoval
    MI – Lawrie
    LF – upton
    CF – dickerson
    RF – heyward
    OF -Marte
    Util – soler
    BN -Avisail
    do i drop avisail for myers (just dropped by same team that dropped soler, i don’t know what’s going on with this guy). Your ranks score it Myers over Avisail 16-12, but OPS rater give it to Avisail 11.9 to 4

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  85. Brett says:
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    Grey

    Who are some guys who are good $1 guys to get in a dynasty auction? They would be $6 next year. Guys like buxton etc. thanks

  86. titsmcgee says:
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    Drop Salazar for Duffy or House?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      House

  87. Curt C. says:
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    Just traded in my keeper league Nelson Cruz(6th rounder) and my 16th pick for Jake Arietta(12th round) and his 20th, 12 team league…Thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  88. Bob says:
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    10 team h2h 5×5 categories
    I give Ellsbury I get Jordan Zimmerman and James shields.

    My other OFs would be Dickerson, cespedes, ozuna, Calhoun, pollock, k davis, a Garcia so I’ve got depth there, steals would come from Ian Desmond, Wong and pollock.

    Would you do it or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  89. Allan says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Playing in a 10 team 5×5 league with no DL spots. I have the following pitchers but someone dropped Jake McGee and Drew Smyly. Is it worth dropping any of my pitchers for them? I’m thinking maybe Peralta for McGee but it means stashing for a month and McGee may not get the job back:

    S Strasburg
    P Hughes
    F Liriano
    J Samardzija
    D Fister
    J Hammel
    D Hutchison
    J Quintana
    A Chapman
    T Clippard
    N Feliz
    G Holland
    J Peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hammel for Smyly, Peralta for McGee

  90. hankg says:
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    I have to set keepers tomorrow in advance of our upcoming draft. Which 5 of the following players would you recommend keeping:

    Goldschmidt, Betts, A. Jones, Carrasco, G. Cole, G. Polanco, J. Pederson

    All except for Jones have late round (20th plus) draft statuses. Jones would require a 4th round pick. I am intrigued by Betts, Polanco and Pederson given that I would have them for great future draft value if any of them break out as stars this year. Then again, I do not want to write off this year as well.

    Thanks so much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not the last two

  91. jacque jones says:
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    14tm roto kpr league. With street doing his best ernesto frieri in spring would you drop J Smith Or T Watson for Jace Peterson (sb/r purposes)…my sp is decent, bullpen solid( that may be subject to change by the time you read this). I too fell victim to Cingrani it makes no sense.. thanks for droppin knowledge.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does Street have to do with Peterson?

  92. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, what do you think about this team?
    10 teams, 8×8, H2H, SV, Holds

    C: Wieter
    1B: Goldschmidt
    2B: Dozier
    3B: Donaldson
    SS: Desmond
    OF: Kemp
    OF: Dickerson
    OF: Cruz
    UTL: Pollock
    UTL: Cespedes
    BN: Khris

    SP: Samardjia
    SP: Ross
    SP: Carrasco
    SP: Fiers
    SP: Ventura
    SP: Archer
    SP: Latos
    SP: Smyly

    RP: Reed
    RP: F-Rod
    RP: Boxberger
    RP: W. Davis

    PS: i am not a friend of many closers. I have won the league last year by collecting more young high K holders than known and high ranked closers. There are always good RPs on the wire so i wouldnt read all too much into my RP situation. It will be absolutely ok after everything is said and done.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      yeah, in a shallow league like this, you can pull off saves from the wire, or go high K… Nice team overall… Looks well balanced, hopefully Cruz and Kemp don’t disappoint

  93. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Ok fellas. How’d I do? 15 team roto auction.

    C1 Phegley $1
    C2 Chirinos $4
    1b Pujols $21
    2b Lawrie $7
    ss A. Ramirez $14
    3b D. Wright $12
    MI S. Castro $14
    CI Carlos Santana $19
    OF Pence $12
    OF Trumbo $13
    OF Soler $16
    OF Revere $14
    OF Alcantara $6
    Util Vogt $2

    p Harvey $23
    P Arieta $14
    P Wacha $16
    P Carrasco $17
    P Liriano $9
    P Hahn $6
    P Miley $4
    p K. Jansen $13
    P Hawkins $3

    Reserves:
    Stubbs
    EverCab
    Marisnik
    Smoak
    Singleton
    Masterson
    McCallister

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You drafted already? Let me get to my computer to look…one sec

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, you either got great deals or no one wanted these guys… Wright, Pujols, Lawrie, Pence, Trumbo, Soler? Those prices are insane. Arismendy is actually too high compared to those guys… Your staff look great too, really surprised you were able to get the guys you did… I don’t love your reserves other than Smoak and McAllister, but that’s a small thing…

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I had a great draft. I found all these soft prices and felt the cadence to my bidding was really good. Didn’t buy anybody above $21 dollars. Probably the lowest standard deviation of prices on a roster you’ll ever seen. Just a huge cluster of guys around he 15 dollar mark.

        Alcantra is not worth that but I like the flexibility in case Lawrie should get hurt. I think he can kick in some steals.

        I took the Sky recommended EverCab for some steals. Singleton was probably not a great pick. I actually kind of think Masterson could end up useful. As the season gets rolling I’ll be swapping some of these reserves out for CIWs and more SP. I’ll drop Phegley when Vogt gets C eligible.

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @GhostTownSteve:

          Also I saw the NFBC auction question from Don above this morning. He was in my league. After it was over I asked if that was him on the site this a.m. and we had a laugh. Nice guy.

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: Your pitching looks incredibly strong for this format. Love that top four, and even Liriano and Hahn could turn nice profits.

          Trumbo for $13? Looks like a cheap 30/90 to me. Wright and Pence are key players on offense. If they perform the way they’re capable of (once Pence heals up), could push this roster over the top.

          Nice bidding partner.

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Big Magoo:

            Thanks partner. Thanks for the help in the offseason and the great work on the site.

            • Big Magoo

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              @GhostTownSteve: Great job. One down, one to go. Good luck tomorrow.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hate going too high on any player cause then it hurts the rest of the team, but I’ve never seen it quite to this extreme… That’s hilarious about Don… Nice team, man, good luck!

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            That, Albright. Credit to you and all the writers on the staff for making a great place to talk FBB

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Happy to help!

    • Wow – you put $105 into pitching? Your offense looks amazing given the spend. Like the trumbo/revere play.

  94. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    saunders or red dick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Saunders

  95. jal179 says:
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    with Miggy actually playing should I take him2nd overall? 10 team yahoo h2h redraft

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See my rankings

  96. Regan says:
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    Shark is giving up homeruns like it’s his job or something. Always been a little prone to the long ball and now going to USCel launching pad. Got him on a few teams already so a bit nervous. Don’t think i will draft him again this year. Hope he was just trying out a new pitch or something.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully he’s okay

  97. ML610 says:
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    Many will disagree with me, but I’m under the firm belief that it’s a lot harder and more fun to win a league like a Razzball Commenter League, than it is to win a super-deep league. With super-deep leagues, if you’re hit by injuries, you’re done. That’s neither fun nor challenging.

    Agree with the luck factor in this format, but there’s no support behind saying a super deep league with pickups has more of a luck factor. It’s more challenging because you actually can’t bomb the draft and expect to compete. The RCL leagues are a joke. Half the teams aren’t following by Memorial day and another quarter make a couple hundred pickups to manipulate the absence of an ip maximum. Every “expert” league is deep, and sport much more equitable waiver wire systems than getting to the computer first to pickup the next hot commodity.

    sour grapes indeed…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hate when injuries kill your team… Injuries are mostly unpredictable… In deep leagues, injuries play a huge factor…

  98. Oliver says:
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    I spent this off-season excessively celebrating my first Fantasy Baseball championship in many years. As a result, I was woefully unprepared for my draft today in the Winners League. What do you think? It’s a standard, Yahoo 12-team league.

    C- Salvador Perez
    1B- Chris Davis
    2B- Hector Rendon (didn’t realize he was injured! OUCH!)
    3B- Nolan Arenado
    SS- Hanley Ramirez
    OF- Giancarlo Stanton
    OF- Carlos Gonzalez
    OF- Cespedes
    Util- Eric Hosmer, Hunter Pence
    Bench- Wil Myers, Kolten Wong, Chase Headley, Jose Ramirez
    SPs- Iwakuma, Tyson Ross, Francisco Liriano, Drew Hutchison, Jake Peavy, Ervin Santana, Shelby Miller
    RPs- Koji, LaTroy

    Thanks for bringing my team to victory last year. Let’s do it again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your offense looks a bit injury prone (Pence, CarGo, Hanley)… Not bad though… Pitching looks solid if a tad boring (not that upsidey), which isn’t terrible, just is…

  99. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ok guys ive been busy this year,,is mockdraftcentral a site worth using or do we have better ones with real competition,thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure, sorry

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Grey: ive tried 4 or 5 diff ones but most are wierd,3 outfielders no middle or corner guys etc

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s odd

  100. PeteRosesRevenge says:
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    In a 10 team head to head i have Hosmer and Mornea at 1b would you trade Hunter Pence for Pujols?

    I have great outfielders Trout, McCutchen, Carlos Gomez, Cespedes and Carlos Gonzalez and Pence

    The other guy is stacked at 1B

      • PeteRosesRevenge says:
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        @jal179:

        Thanks guys, I was just concerned about hijm breaking down; when he is on he can be a monster

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  101. jal179 says:
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    10 team yahoo redraft h2h 5X5 plus Hits, OPS, and Quality starts. How’d I do?
    Secondly, who to drop for Boxberger? Arcia, Garcia, Pearce, Walker or Odorizzi?

    C- McCann
    1b- AGon
    2b- Kendrick
    3b- Miggy
    SS- Danny Santana
    MI- Alcides Escobar
    OF- Marte
    OF- Nelson Cruz
    OF- Yelich
    OF- Martin
    OF- Pearce
    Bench– Avisail Garcia, Oswaldo Arcia

    SP- Mad Max
    SP- Hamels
    SP- Garrett Richards
    RP- Holland
    RP- Cishek
    P- Hector Rondon
    P- DeGrom
    P- Wacha
    P- Odorizzi
    Bench- Tajian Walker, Willy Peralta

    Drafted from the 3 slot– pleased with Miggy and Mad Max– filled my corners early tho reached a bit for Adrian Gonzalez but I take comfort from his steady production– I tend to value floor early.

    Feedback appreciated gents. Great work on all the preseason prep guys– big props to Grey, Rudy and Magoo.
    RP-

    • jal179 says:
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      @jal179:

      Also, Pujols at CI…. how could i forget the Poo man.

      I’m feeling a tad light in power and would like another SP as I just misesd out on Pineda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Lose Pearce… Team looks solid, a little light on power, and most teams will in a league this shallow so you’ll have to work waivers all year…

      • jal179 says:
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        @Grey:

        Interesting– I know its only the preseason, but Pearce is looking like a lock for daily DH or 1b play in BAL. I just like his look at the plate in a non-bonerific kind of way….

        Do you foresee Arcia moving up from the 6th or 7 spot??

        2 bench bats seems wasteful but hot damn the Arcias were too tantalizing to pass up– these non-razzballers are screwed bwahahahaha

        • Grey

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          Arcia is the 6 hole hitter

  102. Bugs Hoobs says:
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    Considering your first two round pairings and how you think the rest of the draft unfolds as per ADP, where do you think is the best seat at the draft table in a 12 man league? Still like toward the end this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anywhere in first 5 spots

      • jal179 says:
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        @Grey:

        I got the 2 hole and HATED it… for what its worth lol.

        Grande Dolor and Miggy debate kept me from picking until the last second…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Giancarlo

  103. Weebly says:
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    5×5 10 man roto auction ESPN . how is it?

    C-Ramos $3
    1B-Pujols $17
    3B-Arenado $16
    CI-Todd Frazier $12
    2B-Howie Kendrick $6
    SS-Jose Reyes $14
    MI-Danny Santana $4
    OF
    Adam Jones $28
    Jacoby Ellsbury $18
    Justin Upton $18
    Alex Gordon $9
    Charlie Blackmon $8
    UTIL
    David Ortiz $13

    Pitchers
    David Price $18
    Jordan Zimmerman $15
    Gio Gonzalez $10
    Iwakuma $9
    Alex Wood $8
    Phil Hughes $6
    Chris Archer $5
    Anibal Sanchez $5

    Closers
    Joaquin Benoit $7
    Glen Perkins $5
    Addison Reed $4
    Jake Mcgee $2 on DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look slightly higher on speed than power, but not huge…Solid hitting though… Pitching is very solid, nice team

  104. Carlos says:
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    BIG money keeper leauge. Standard head to head, + walks and GS.

    Should I keep Abreu or Goldsmit?? I can’t decide!

    Thank you Grey! Feels good to be back.

    • Carlos says:
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      @Carlos:

      I should probably add that I am leaning Abreu, due to Goldy’s hand injury.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  105. crock says:
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    14 team H2H 6×6 (5×5 with holds and obp) league. We keep 3 players for one year only at the previous years draft round
    C. Chirinos
    1b. Pujols
    2b. Wong
    ss. Segura
    3b. Arenando
    Of. Trout, Harper, Springer
    Utl. Tomas, Garcia
    B. K.Davis
    N/A. Sano, Gallo

    Sp. Lester, Ross, Carrasco, Shoemaker, Hutchison, Peavy, Hahn, Salazar, Corbin
    Rp. Robertson, Storen, K-Rod, Cingrani, C.Martinez
    DL. Beachy

    1. Thoughts on my team?
    2. Need a couple of holds guys if C-Mart gets demoted. Will free up a spot when Corbin gets placed on the DL. But should I cut Salazar or cut one of Sano/Gallo and place Salazar on my NA slot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I like the pitching and hitting, solid team, you must’ve had nice keepers…Only concern is AVG, but since OBP too, it’s all good 2. Cut Gallo

  106. Hondo says:
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    In todays first inning Latos had 1BB,1K and a WP.Any idea where/how to check his velocity? If he can’t break 91 I think I’m done.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: 4 innings-4H,3K,2WP,2BB

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s the spring

  107. letsgobravos says:
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    Greetings Grey…

    Lost Salazar. Jake Peavy is the highest ranked guy available on waivers. Among your favorites, TJ House and Jesse Hahn are also available. Should I grab Peavy or look for upside with one of the other guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Hahn for now

  108. letsgobravos says:
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    Another question…my next draft is 6×6 OBP so I was looking at the player rater and the latest article on OBP leagues. In the article, Brian Dozier is pointed out as a guy to target in OBP leagues. Per the player rater though, he’s ranked #94 vs #49 in the overall top 400 rankings. Any reason for this?

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @letsgobravos: Happy to be corrected, but I think it’s because the Player Rater ranks guys objectively, purely on the numbers that the Rudy/Steamer analysis spits out – it’s not really a draft order as such.

      Whereas the top 400 has a Grey Special Sauce “this is about where I’d draft them’ component to it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top 400 isn’t for OBP… You’d have to ask the writer of the Dozier article why he should be targeted, I’d assume because he’s going cheaper than where his value lies in OBP

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, and that too.

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: I know top 400 doesn’t factor OBP in so that’s why I wondering why Dozier would be so much lower on the player rater w/ OBP included. His OBP last year was .345 and the Blues gives his $2.3 value in the OBP category as a reason he is more valuable in OBP leagues than standard.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Comes down to what Steamer is projecting Dozier for OBP, that’s .319, so Steamer is projecting regression…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: I guess the real question is whether I should use the top 400 to draft this OBP league or redo my predraft rankings based on the player rater 6×6 w/ OBP?…or should I use the top 400 and just have a list of good OBP guys that I should be targeting?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d use 6×6 OBP, OBP changes a lot

          • letsgobravos says:
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            @Grey: @Grey: Was setting my pre draft rankings just now using the 6×6 OBP and I’ve noticed a few things that seem odd. One example is Desmond Jennings…he’s not a high OBP guy and streamer has him projected for negative value in the OBP cat, but he’s ranked 123 in the 6×6 vs 266 in your top 400. Another example is ben revere. Also projected for negative value in the OBP cat but is ranked 90th in the 6×6 vs 271 in the top 400.

            Needless to say, using the 6×6 to draft an OBP concerns me with some potential glitches like this in the rankings. Do you still think I should use them?

  109. royce! says:
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    Jaime Garcia’s injured, water’s wet, pizza’s delicious, all is well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yup!

  110. Bobby says:
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    Who would you rather in a keeper league between Bogaerts, Alex Wood, or Michael Wacha?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander

  111. nick the dick says:
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    G woukd u trade Fiers to get Boxberger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  112. goodfold2 says:
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    16 team league dynasty, needs 8 teams filled. these extra categories doubles/triples/IBB/put outs/assists/hitting for cycle/grand slams/outfield assists/double plays for hitters and appearances/complete games/shutouts/double plays/holds/K per 9/relief wins/pickoffs/ no hitters/ QS. 25 man rosters with 5 SP/ 7 RP/ 4 BN/ 5 DL/ 5 NA slots. 1 of each hitting spot with 1 util.
    rosters to choose from:
    1. arenado/ aviles/ bogaerts/bonifacio/c.davis/fuld/g.jones/navarro/parra/revere/rollins/utley/villar, P’s are belisario/w.chen/gray/greene/lindstrom/s.miller/petricka/shoemaker/a.wood/h.alvarez

    2. aoki/butler/chisenhall/crisp/dickerson/j.francisco/kinsler/marte/mesoraco/napoli/alexei ramirez/rios, P’s britton/buehrle/cishek/j.de la rosa/estrada/hammel/haren/g.holland/kuroda/machi/minor/b.morris

    team 3: bourn/brantley/as cabrera/y.gomes/d.gordon/t.hunter/austin jackson/kipnis/pearce/plouffe/w.ramos/c.santana/viciedo/n.walker P’s cotts/duke/fister/gee/b.hand/kazmir/masterson/parra/rodney/storen/thornton/tillman

    team 4: l.cain/k.davis/avisail garcia/harper/c.joseph/j.d.martinez/v.martinez/mercer/panik/pujols/rendon/m.reynolds/r.zimmerman/zunino and P’s cecil/colon/r.de la rosa/doolittle/farquhar/fiers/g.gonzalez/hawkins/paxton/shields/tazawa/wacha/wheeler

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: team 5: ybar/byrd/melky cabrera/calhoun/castro/choo/duda/grandal/carlos gomez/headley/c.johnson/lowrie/owings/ozuna/prado and P’s wade davis/dunn/frasor/garza/liriano/wily peralta/perkins/petit/quintana/roark/shaw/a.warren

      team 6: abreu/bruce/baez/carter/coghlan/frazier/gyorko/b.hamilton/hechavarria/b.pena/phillips/vogt/wong and P’s alburqurque/bailey/bastardo/chapman/cingrani/cueto/giles/latos/leake/neshek/putnam/soria/ventura/c.young

      team 7: ackley/castellanos/de aza/edwin E/flowers/marwin gonzalez/markakis/morneau/puig/hanley Ram/s.smith and P’s abad/b.anderson/bumgarner/casilla/familia/hendricks/howell/t.hunter/kluber/lohse/o’day/sale/w.smith/anibal sanchez/tanaka

      team 8: m.adams/amarista/arcia/e.cabrera/donaldson/gattis/heyward/h.kendrick/m.montero/springer/c.taylor/j.turner/upton/valbuena/vargas and P’s allen/cashner/kennedy/lester/e.marshall/c.martinez/price/richards/j.smith/teheran/uehera/vogelsong/j.wilson
      keep up to 25 and draft is april 5th at 4:00 PM central. Leave contact stuff here.

  113. royce! says:
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    Gonna try to write this on my phone. 10 team h2h counting 5×5 plus OBP XBH, K/bb holds.

    C- Santana
    1B- Rizzo
    2B- harrison
    3B- Donaldson
    SS- Segura
    CI- votto
    MI- odor
    Of- puig
    Of- heyward
    Of- ozuna
    Of- soler
    Util- Choo
    Util- Souza
    Bn- werth

    SP-wood
    SP- carrasco
    RP- chapman
    RP- Rondon
    RP- Cecil
    RP- a miller
    P- degrom
    P- tanaka
    P-Hughes
    P- Walker
    Bn- McCarthy, Hutchison, quackenbush, keuchel

    So 10 tm but 290 picks. Too lazy to comment on the draft bc typing on my phone sucks.

    • royce! says:
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      @royce!: two notes- Bryant was drafted in the 2d rd. And I reached for carrasco and wood bc they have RP eligibility

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @royce!: in my biggest money league a guy is seriously about to grab bryant 2nd overall, helping me get somebody better at 9th.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Crazy on Bryant, jesus

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not a huge fan of Harrison, Choo, Tanaka and Keuchel, but those are minor things… Hitting looks a bit light on power, and pitching looks a tad risky… Not a bad team though…

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @royce!: You deserve an award for just managing to write out your whole team on your phone!

  114. Simply Fred

    Fred Barker says:
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    Does Soler drop from 4th to 5th in BO when Bryant comes up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe, maybe down to 6th to keep righty-lefty

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Fred Barker:
        @Grey:
        I think I’m the only one really high on Bryant this year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha

  115. Chaz says:
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    Grey! Draft day emergency! Our love for Rendon is mutual, but how do you feel about his recent knee injury? Supposedly doubtful for opening day, ESPN moved him down to like 33 in rankings, do you de-value him at all? What are your thoughts? Thanks

    • Grey

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      I’ve moved him in my rankings

      • Chaz says:
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        @Grey:

        Just to be sure, 17 behind Donaldson is his new ranking right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  116. Swfcdan says:
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    Get Jerko and Shelby, give Archer and Micah.

    Could use a more reliable 2B and think the Jerker will bounce back. Yay or nay?

    • Grey

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      Meh

  117. Project Merkin says:
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    Greybones,

    I have a draft tonight, need some last minute advice. 5×5 10 team.

    Keepers:
    Upton (Round 5)
    Rizzp (Round 9)
    Arenado (Round 17)

    Available at pick 2:
    Adam Jones
    Miggy
    Tulowitski

    Would you def go Adam Jones to match up with Upton? Giving me 2 (similar but great) OF’s in the first 5 picks? Or take the risk and go for a dynamite IF by getting Tulo?

    Based on that pick, and my keepers, what would you look for when my 2nd round pick comes around?

    Thanks pal!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones, Miggy

  118. Game of Throws says:
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    Just drafted in a 10 team H2H 5×5 keeper league

    I honestly think pitching is shallower than everyone is making it out to be this year. Not a lot of choices at the end, so I just went all closers. Guys like Gausman and TJ Walker were all grabbed before I could get them. Hopefully I can work out a trade later on.

    C) Wilin Rosario (Col – C)
    1B) Edwin Encarnación (Tor – 1B) Keeper
    2B) Jason Kipnis (Cle – 2B)
    3B) Miguel Cabrera (Det – 1B,3B) Keeper
    SS) Ian Desmond (Was – SS) Keeper
    OF) Justin Upton (SD – OF)
    OF) Brett Gardner (NYY – OF)
    OF) Mark Trumbo (Ari – 1B,OF)
    UTIL) Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B)
    UTIL) Adam LaRoche (CWS – 1B)
    SP) Julio Teherán (Atl – SP)
    SP) Jeff Samardzija (CWS – SP)
    SP) Sonny Gray (Oak – SP)
    SP) Gio González (Was – SP)
    SP) Lance Lynn (StL – SP)
    SP) Drew Smyly (TB – SP)
    RP) Drew Storen (Was – RP)
    RP) Joaquín Benoit (SD – RP)
    RP) Brad Boxberger (TB – RP)
    RP) Jenrry Mejía (NYM – SP,RP)
    RP) LaTroy Hawkins (Col – RP)
    RP) Joe Nathan (Det – RP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s a ton of pitching in a ten team league… Your pitching looks fine, I like your hitting a lot but Rosario’s not a starter and LaRoche’s just okay

  119. Anthony says:
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    @Grey I have 2 teams here both h2h 12man pay leagues need your opinion
    Team A:

    1. (7) José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
    2. (18) Josh Donaldson (Tor – 3B)
    3. (31) Nolan Arenado (Col – 3B)
    4. (42) Chris Davis (Bal – 1B,3B)
    5. (55) Jon Lester (ChC – SP)
    6. (66) Yoenis Céspedes (Det – OF)
    7. (79) Jorge Soler (ChC – OF)
    8. (90) Jason Heyward (StL – OF)
    9. (103) Carlos Carrasco (Cle – SP,RP)
    10. (114) Danny Santana (Min – SS,OF)
    11. (127) Mat Latos (Mia – SP)
    12. (138) Howie Kendrick (LAD – 2B)
    13. (151) Yadier Molina (StL – C)
    14. (162) José Quintana (CWS – SP)
    15. (175) Jesse Hahn (Oak – SP)
    16. (186) Avisail García (CWS – OF)
    17. (199) Matt Adams (StL – 1B)
    18. (210) Henderson Álvarez (Mia – SP)
    19. (223) Kyle Hendricks (ChC – SP)
    20. (234) Kyle Lohse (Mil – SP)
    21. (247) Dallas Keuchel (Hou – SP)
    22. (258) Rajai Davis (Det – OF)
    23. (271) John Lackey (StL – SP)

    TeamB:
    1. (9) Edwin Encarnación (Tor – 1B)
    2. (16) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
    3. (33) Chris Davis (Bal – 1B,3B)
    4. (40) Nolan Arenado (Col – 3B)
    5. (57) Jeff Samardzija (CWS – SP)
    6. (64) Nelson Cruz (Sea – OF)
    7. (81) Carlos Santana (Cle – C,1B,3B)
    8. (88) Jay Bruce (Cin – OF)
    9. (105) Lucas Duda (NYM – 1B)
    10. (112) Carlos Carrasco (Cle – SP,RP)
    11. (129) Matt Shoemaker (LAA – SP,RP)
    12. (136) Kolten Wong (StL – 2B)
    13. (153) Danny Santana (Min – SS,OF)
    14. (160) Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    15. (177) José Quintana (CWS – SP)
    16. (184) Wil Myers (SD – OF)
    17. (201) Eric Hosmer (KC – 1B)
    18. (208) Dallas Keuchel (Hou – SP)
    19. (225) Avisail García (CWS – OF)
    20. (232) Jesse Hahn (Oak – SP)
    21. (249) Drew Pomeranz (Oak – SP,RP)
    22. (256) Kyle Hendricks (ChC – SP)
    23. (273) Danny Duffy (KC – SP,RP)

    I think TeamA is solid and again I don’t believe in drafting a closer… Team B I am kind of concerned about… Team B league has Run-HR-RB-SB-AVG-OBP .. I think my team will struggles AVG OBP wise with CSantana Chris Davis and Jay Bruce your thoughts? Also I think I might start Avisail Garcia ahead of MYers… Myers hasn’t really been doing much in Spring training

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with your assessments…. I like Myers more than Avisail as my rankings show

  120. Carlos says:
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    Grey! I inherited this team in a 10 team keeper league. League is H2h, standard categories plus walks and GS’s (which are stupid categories but whatever) and walks issued, CG’s, shutouts, and losses (some stupid categories in there too). I have Tanaka on the team because he was passed on to me. League is semi shallow but not too bad. Everyone went crazy drafting starters early.

    I think I am a little light on power. I’m not too psyched on Zobrist either, but Wong and Kipnis got snatched from under my nose. What do you think of this team? A. Reed is sitting on waivers as a possible pick up for saves.

    C- Y. Gomes
    1b- J. Abreu
    2b- Zobrist
    3b- Arenado
    SS- A. Ramirez
    CI- Hosmer
    MI- E. Alscides
    OF- Dickerson, Brantley, J. Upton
    Util- Heyward, CarGo
    Bench- Calhoun, W. Myers

    Starters- Tanaka, Samardzija, Carrasco, Hamel, Latos, Hutchison, Liriano, E. Santana, S. Miller, D. Smyly, J. Peavy
    RPs- Hawkins, Perkins, Feliz

    What do you think? Which categories should I improve in? I feel a bit light in power, but I think this team can really make it happen. I’ve never played with these xtra categories before so I am interested to see how it shakes out.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

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      You are light on power, Zobrist and Alexei are kinda bleh… Outfield is nice though and UTIL if CarGo stays healthy… Hitting’s not too bad overall… Pitching is terrific, should have no problem competing…

      • Carlos says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks man. I guess the area to improve will be some pop out of that infield?

  121. Kid A says:
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    Looks like Rua has the early lock on LF in Texas. What do you say, what do you know?

  122. Grant says:
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    Drafted a snake draft keeper league today. Stat categories are: R,HR, RBI, SB, OBP and Saves,K,ERA,WHIP,QS

    How does my team look in the eyes of Grey??

    C Yasmani Grandal
    1B Chris Davis
    2b Kolten Wong
    SS Danny Santana
    3B Nolan Arenado
    CI Todd Frazier
    MI Dee Gordon
    OF Nelson Cruz
    OF Bryce Harper
    OF Marcell Ozuna
    Util Kennys Vargas
    Util Javier Baez

    SPs: Colin McHugh, Drew Smyly, Matt Shoemaker, Jake Ordozzi, Shane Greene, Nate Eovaldi, Jake Peavy, JA Happ
    RPs: Brett Cecil, Zach Britton, Francisco Rodriguez, Joel Peralta

  123. FrankGrimes says:
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    JBs RCl today was so razzballian (arenado went 22nd)
    Hence I tried to go contrarian
    oof I did not draft well
    can it be fixed to even compete?

    C Zunino
    1B AuShizz
    2B Murphy
    3B Harrison
    SS Baez
    CI Semien
    Mi LaDouche
    OF Springer
    OF Yelich
    OF Soler
    OF Pederson
    OF Pearce
    U Carter
    BN Rajai, Kang

    P Scherzer, Strasburg, Chapman, Teheran, Robertson, Wacha, Pineda, Walker, Qualls, Rodon

    tl;dr failed at trying to zig vs razzballers

  124. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    20 teamer with holds and OPS. got 3rd overall pick. fairly versatile lineup here as well. Hundley at home, Vargas gets benched vs lefties.
    C C-sant (43)
    1B – Vargas (323)
    2B – J.Ram (318)
    SS – Dannys Antana (163)
    3B – Sandoval (83)
    OF – Stanton (3)
    OF – Yelich (78)
    OF – Arcia (203)
    Util Souza (238)
    BN -Flores (398)
    BN – Hundley (443)

    SP – Kluber (38, can’t wait for SP in 20 teamer, not if you want an ace)
    SP – Fiers (118)
    SP – McHugh (158)
    SP – Keuchel (243)
    SP – Peavy (283)
    SP – Hellickson (363)
    SP – Happ (438)
    RP – Koji (123)
    RP – McGee (198)
    RP – Miller (278)
    RP- J.Peralta (358)
    RP – Jepsen (403)

    how’s this one loo?

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