My prior, uber, hard-line stance has been that you with that one hair wrapped around your head acting as a hairstyle don’t want to draft a sleeper 1st baseman.  By the by, I tried to replace Uber with Lyft in the previous sentence, but it didn’t make sense.  Previously, I’d tell you to go to my top 20 1st basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball (not clickbait at all) and draft some top guys and stop fooling around with sleepers at this position.  Of course, I’m malleable like Gumby and this year I could see drafting a sleeper first baseman, though at my corner infidel or utility slot.  Yes, I still want a top 1st baseman.  No, ‘utility slot’ doesn’t have multiple meanings.  Yes, even for fantasy.  As with other positions like the catchers to target (again, not clickbait), these are 1st basemen that are being drafted after the top 200 overall.  I love Rhys Hoskins, but he’s not going to appear here.  Dear, steer clear–*short circuiting internal rhyming dictionary*  Anyway, here’s some 1st basemen to target for 2018 fantasy baseball:

Yonder Alonso (ESPN 204; Yahoo 274) Current draft ADP for Yonder tells me no one trusts his breakout.  Even likely calling it a ‘breakout’ with the dreaded douchenozzle quotes.  Oh, and I Googled whether or not douchenozzle was one word or two, because I have serious OCD, which is why I’m so good at fantasy baseball.  Anyway, I found an entry in the Oxford Dictionary about douchenozzle, which made me laugh at the thought of a team of Oxford professors discussing the douchenozzle entry.  “It’s gotta be one word!”  “Au contraire, my tweed jacketed friend, one word would mean it’s pronounced deux-CHE-know-sell.”  “No, it doesn’t, you douchenozzle!”  I don’t know how much I believe in the Alonso breakout last year either, but I see no reason why his launch angle dramatically changed his value last year, and suddenly he’s not going to continue that trajectory (literally).

Ryan McMahon (ESPN 208; Yahoo 273)  Back in October (whoa), I gave you my Ryan McMahon fantasy.  There, I said, “….every Mumford & Sons songs…3rd lock from the sun?  Chazz Noir.”  Hmm, if I ever want to work for Zagat’s, I’m gonna have to work on what quotes I pull.  The general gist of the post is the Rockies have to play him for his value to matter.  By the way, General Gist was my high school band.  You might remember our song, “Neither Here Nor There.”  As we get further into spring training, it still appears like the Rockies are going to play McMahon, at least vs. righties, which is the strong side of the platoon.  If that remains the same, it can only get better because McMahon has no real platoon partner, and might just start vs. all starters.  Finger on the pulse of the Rockies’ 1st base shituation says there’s a real chance here for a breakout.

C.J. Cron (ESPN 268; Yahoo 288)  When he was traded, I said this, “This is great news for Cron since he’ll no longer have to fight The Sciosciapath’s worst instincts….Actually, might be The Sciosciapath’s best instinct all those years to bench Cron, which is still good news for Cron.  Finally, Cron gets to become Napoli away from The Sciosciapath.”  And that’s me quoting me!  What does “becoming Napoli” mean, besides sounding like a YA novel for Italians?  To me, it means Cron can be a 27+ HR, .250 hitter.  Comparing him in my head to Justin Smoak, Carlos Santana, Greg Bird and Justin Bour for just a few names of guys going much earlier.

Ryon Healy (ESPN 269; Yahoo 325) I’m still busted up about Tom Petty dying.  Stupid opioids, and their stupid addictive properties.  Why couldn’t Martin Shkreli and his little demon face jack up the prices on opioids?  I bring this up now because I’m also sad that Healy was injured.  Relatively small level of sadness vs Petty going into the great wide open, sure, but Cougs says I’m on the spectrum so what do I know of levels of sadness.  We should chart the love of Cougs and I from the day we met until now just by her mentions on the blog.  Like, “I love my Cougar!” to now, “Cougs says I’m on the spectrum.”  Any hoo!  Healy will likely come at an even bigger discount due to his injury, and he has plenty of time to get healthy, and the Mariners’ other options at 1st base are super sad — saduper?

Jose Martinez (ESPN 285; Yahoo 309)  I wanted to get to five guys at least for this post, so I’m stretching a bit with Jo-Mar.  Not stretching like the yoga mom in front of you that makes you pull on your collar like Rodney Dangerfield, but stretching like you getting out of the bed in the morning and thinking, “Today’s gonna be awesome!” then you stub your toe and get back in bed for the day.  I can’t find favorable projections for J-Mart anywhere.   Lots of 12-homer, .280-ish with Matt Carpenter stealing about 340 ABs from him.  However, the Cardinals always seem to make a mountain out of their molehill of prospects, and maybe Jo-Martin will be no different.

  1. JJ Walker says:
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    Yo Grey! Keeper question!

    Roto, keep 10 forever (no restrictions), 30 man roster, CI, MI, 2 Util, 6×6 (OPS & holds)

    I have a sick squad thanks to you….

    Trout
    Correa
    Goldy
    Altuve
    Kershaw
    Arenado
    Stanton
    Betts
    Bryant
    Springer
    Bellinger
    Acuna

    Gotta drop 2… I was leaning Springer and Acuna but I know if I let Acuna go he’s never coming back. Been thinking of letting Goldy go cause of age. What you think?

    Thanks in Advance!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JJ Walker: You’ve accumulated so much talent has anyone in your league trie to assassinate you for your keepers? I guess Springer and Acuna

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      @JJ Walker: Damn! You must be playing with a bunch of chumps.

    • Noah says:
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      @JJ Walker: Wow. I’m in a five-player keeper with similar rules. I have Trout, Correa, Harper, Bellinger and Bregman, but that ain’t nothing compared to what you’ve got.

  2. Wise Greasy Bastard says:
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    Got to gulation again? That’s regulation.

  3. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Alonso and McMahon are really interesting here.

  4. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Alonso and McMahon are really interesting here. Is Alonso platooning or does he have the full gig?

    Question for the group…if your starting 1B and 3B can barely buy a drink (Bellinger and Devers), would that motivate you to fill your corner in a standard roto keep 7 league with a more projectable vet like Santana / Beltre (rather than yonder / Bird / McMahon)?

    • Packers says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Duda, I think I would keep someone else as my 7th keeper and just draft a corner guy, Most likely Longo, K. Seager,
      Beltre, Santana types will be there plus some upside guys if you want depending how you are building your team during the draft. I most likely would go with a floor guy as you have two upside guys in Devers and Belly.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Packers: Thanks, Packers – I should have been more clear. I’m keeping Bellinger and Devers. The corner guy would be someone I look for in the draft (not as a keeper)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Yonder might sit once in a while, but platoon with who?

      Santana, Longoria, Beltre — All variations of 24/2/.275 — Doesn’t seem unreasonable to think any of those young(er) corner men can do same with upside

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Touche! Thought Yonder might platoon with Napoli?

        Hah – for some reason I thought Indians had Napoli.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Napoli’s there, but he’s no guarantee to make team let alone take real time from Yonder…

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: True – yeah, I’d assume/want Yonder there everyday . . . real baseball teams are obsessed with Napoli for whatever reason. Right now, I look at Yonder’s PT expectation as similar to McMahon . . . should be (and probably) full time, but not 100%.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, likely around 85-90%, which is fine

  5. El Famous Burrito says:
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    It’s not the OF yet, but I’m targeting Yasmany Tomas, if only to keep Salami Tom alive.

  6. Tigres says:
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    Grey! The Jose Martinez blurb made me spit-laugh granola onto the laptop screen. Then I couldn’t see the granola because it was blending into the pop-up ads. Then I scrolled down and found it. And that’s been the morning so far…

  7. The Great Knoche says:
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    Good timing on that ignore spring training post for you. Bauer got rocked yesterday.

    • knucks says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Was gonna mention the same thing. Was watching the Almora moonshot when it happened. I’m lying if i say it won’t be on my mind when I draft him multiple times in the next few weeks.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @knucks: You know what else should be in your mind? He’s never had an ERA below 4.15 or a WHIP below 1.3. Ks and wins are sexy and all but even with his great numbers last year his xFIP was 3.6. #notmynumber2

        • Old School Brother says:
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          @The Great Knoche: There’s a first time for everything

        • knucks says:
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          @The Great Knoche: Hah! Yea youre prob right. He’ll prob drop far enough in most my drafts though that’ll I’ll be willing to take that chance.

        • knucks says:
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          @The Great Knoche: Also, I’ve gotten him once as an SP3 and one other time as an SP4. Both in leagues with owners that I respect, so I’m willing to take those SP4 fliers on Bauer all day.

          • Pager24 says:
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            @knucks: agreed. I took Bauer at pick 167 the other day. I’ll take the upside for that price. dont have to start him everytime out either

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @The Great Knoche: The best part about Bauer is that he’s an SP2-tier guy available at SP4/5 prices.

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @The Great Knoche: The best part about Bauer is that he’s an SP2-tier guy available at SP4/5 prices.

  8. Herbert Stencil says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Thanks for all the writing and advice. Keeper question for a 12 team mixed 9×9 league (5 + OPS, XBH, BB, H) (5 + BAA, INNdGS, L, QS/GS). Keep 3 + 1 rookie. I have Happ as R for $5, Jose Ramirez for $19, Severino for $5. Last slot, Merrifield for $5 or Robbie Ray for $10?

    Thanks again,
    Herbert.

  9. Justin says:
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    Guy in my keeper OPS league shot me a wild offer:

    Harper/rendon for Bryant/springer?

    I’m leaning hold but owning Harper would be fun

    • jbona3 says:
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      @Justin: I see the immediate value of the trade favoring Harper/Rendon, but it’s only a slight edge; it comes down to keeper costs and which group of players you’d be able to hold longer. But that’s just my POV.

  10. YC says:
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    Hey Grey – I hope this finds you well.

    12 team, 8 keeper league, $260 budget. I have 7 locked in at $193 (it’s expensive, but a really good batting team). But only one of the 7 is a pitcher (McCullers @ $11). Final options:

    Greinke – $19
    Weaver – $12
    Mazara – $5
    Vizcaino – $2

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @YC: Thanks! Weaver

  11. Justin says:
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    Yeah, you’re not autistic. You just are obsessed with fantasy baseball and don’t express your emotions in a relationship like a woman. Sounds like a normal middle aged guy to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: Not true, I express my emotions when saying “Leave me alone.”

      • Justin says:
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        @Grey:

        “Let me play fantasy baseball!!! You’re not my mom!!!!”

        It’s your job so you have a legit excuse at least

        • Grey

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          I’d be surprised at how much ‘legit excuse’ carries weight when I’m at dinner drafting my team on my phone…

          • Justin says:
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            @Grey:

            Dinner time is family time, you know this!

  12. knucks says:
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    Was able to move Springer for Bellinger in my shallow keeper league last night. Will be my first Bellinger share and I can’t wait.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: I grabbed him in my NFBC league, my 1st share too

  13. Cram It says:
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    I used to be able to get into my old NFBC account at nfbc.stats.com. Just recently that html now goes right to the current version. I wanted to see my old rosters for depth reference. Can you see your past teams somewhere?

    • Packers says:
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      @Cram It: I can’t and guys on my current NFBC were commenting on the chat about the same thing. I guess you could go to the daily chat and ask about it.

    • knucks says:
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      @Cram It: I’m wondering when the team I drafted a few weeks ago in NFBC will be able to have the roster adjusted. Is it typical that you can’t do that until ALL NFBC leagues draft? I’m not playing in the main event or anything, just one of those new format $50 leagues. I realize they have a new site for this year, but this is my first NFBC I’ve done so I guess I’m just wondering what they’ve done with that in the past.

      Packers, where is this daily chat? The message boards I see on the NFBC website don’t really have much activity. It seems to mostly just be them opening and filling leagues.

      • Packers says:
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        @knucks: Knucks, there is an icon on the right side where it shows who was drafted. It is a pop out chat.
        I was reading the main message board and they said we should be able to set our teams by this weekend. Of coarse only the completed drafts. Hope this helps.

        • knucks says:
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          @Packers: Thanks Pack, that info helps and hope they give us that capability soon.

          I guess my problem is that I’ve requested login credentials for that message board like three times an no one responds. Prob once draft season is over, they’ll have a chance to get back to me. Every topic is always JOIN THIS LEAGUE!! There doesn’t seem to be a general inquiries chat going on that responds to rando question from new players. Maybe they are there and just get immediately buried by JOIN THIS LEAGUE threads.

          No site treats their consumers as well as Razz. Just sayin’.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: Bummer, I cant find it either. It wasnt like that a few weeks ago?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: 12-14 SP, 3-5 RPs, 9-12 OFs, and a mess of infielders

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I remember the general outline, just wanted to see what I did last year. Thanks tho bro.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They send you your full team over email so if you saved from last year…

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Ah good thinking! Yes, I see that I drafted 18 SP’s last year!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow! Maybe I drafted that many, I have to go search out my recap post

  14. branta says:
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    Ian Desmond was still there for me in my Keeper league. In the 17th round of a 12-team keeper league. I grabbed him as backup for Hoskins/my 7th OF (Hoskins, Betts, Benintendi, Judge, Marte, Acuna, and Desmond).

  15. knucks says:
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    Rudy’s projections (in 469 PA) seem to really be diggin Duda for an OBP/SLG (no average) league I’ll be playing in. Its obvious why, I just thought it could possibly help others to mention heem. I fiddled with the projections in .csv for my league specific settings and he is up above Bour and Travis Shaw, just below Eddie Rosario and Adam Jones. He’s worth about $9 (135ish overall!).

    Also kinda makes me want to build a snowman on my lunch break, but that foot we got here in Northeast PA yesterday will prob be melted by then.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: He’s been sitting at the top of my NFBC board for a while, but haven’t pulled trigger…Though, I really need to draft some SPs… You got a foot of snow? Did it land in toes? (Dad joke!)

    • Jef With 1 F says:
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      @knucks: WETTAIL!!

  16. Lubes says:
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    5 player keeper league, 3 definites are Machado, Rizzo, and Benintendi.
    If I stick with current team, last two are Carrasco and Cruz.

    Huge bunch of guys available by trade for draft picks- Freeman, Seager, Rendon, CMart, Hoskins, Ozuna, Ray. If I dont’ trade, probably half those guys (plus Otani) will be there in the first (sixth) round. I won’t have my draft position until keepers are submitted.

    Only problem- I’m already down my 3rd, 5th, and 9th round picks from last year’s midseason trades, so if I give up any more picks, I’ll be closing out the 21st round by myself.

    Stick with Carrasco and Cruz or make a move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lubes: Can you just keep Carrasco and throw back Cruz?

      • Lubes says:
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        @Grey: That was one of my thoughts.
        If so, who do I trade for? Freeman will ask for a first or 2nd round pick (and I’m already missing my 3rd), other hitters will ask for around a 10th round pick or so. We have both MI and CI starting so plenty of position need. I’d rather not keep 2 SPs.

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d give 2nd round pick for Freeman

          • Lubes says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!
            And if that owner changes his mind and keeps him-
            I’m thinking Ozuna –>Rendon –>Seager –> Hoskins
            Any change in there?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Any change there for what? What’s that listing?

              • Lubes says:
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                @Grey:
                If I can’t get Freeman, the order of the guys I’d go after.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah… Sure, that’s their ranking, but if you need a 1B, Hoskins, no?

                  • Lubes says:
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                    @Grey: You’re right! I had momentarily forgotten about Rizzo’s magical 2b qualification.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

  17. Troy says:
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    In my 14 team keeper league can I get away with a front of the line rotation of Nola and Paxton? I have these two for $8 total, do I need another top startee?

  18. DancinHomer says:
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    Morning Grey

    In a 12-team H2H keeper league with a large emphasis on power. We can keep a total of 3 players. There’s only 1x “DH” spot (no other UTL, IF, etc… just the actual positions). I have 4 possible keepers and could use some help on who to throw back.

    Trea Turner (definitely keeping)

    other 3 are:
    Aaron Judge
    Carlos Correa
    Francisco Lindor

    thoughts?

    Thanks in advance

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    Question about rankings. I gotta a draft this weekend and it’s for a 6×6 league (standard 5×5 with obp). Its a keeper league but a lot of the first rounders have to be thrown back into the pool. I’m keeping Stanton. I got the 3rd pick and I know Trout will go first. I think Altuve will go second. This is where the rankings question comes into play. Based on your rankings I would go with Turner but Rudy’s rankings for the 6×6 with obp indicate I should take Betts (Harper is being kept also). I guess the question is how much of an impact is adding obp effect your rankings? Also you would take Turner over Betts in this league right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crock: I’d go by Rudy’s rankings

      • Crock says:
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        @Grey:
        Ugh. I was all set to take Turner and have a super sexy combo of Turner/Stanton but then the fantasy master says use Rudy’s rankings which suggests to draft Betts. Your killing me Smalls!! Lol!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, my B

        • my rankings love Turner…was this 5×5 or a different format?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Not 5×5

        • yeah, turner’s value plummets in OBP leagues. OBP is a gamechanger. imagine the 5×5 rankings if Bryce Harper hit .340 and Jose Altuve hit .300.

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      @crock: 2018 is my first year playing in leagues that aren’t straight 5×5 roto. I’ve been taking the CSV versions of Rudy’s ranks on the Player Rater and combining the Bats/Arms into one sheet… then sorting for Largest $ values. Crock, I’m curious if you have thought to do the same, so that you can more easily value the Bats/Arms against eachother.

      • Crock says:
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        @knucks:
        You know I haven’t thought about that but that’s a great idea.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @knucks: War room spreadsheet also allows you to sort by OBP/OPS, that’s what I’m using for OPS leagues

        • Humm Baby says:
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          @Old School Brother: In H2H, we have the standard 5 categories, plus total bases… would you use OPS rankings? I don’t see a standalone SLG column in the war room spreadsheet.

  20. Ace of Spades says:
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    Grey

    through a series of trades I have nearly painted myself into a corner that neither one of us likes. ( The dreaded studs and scrubs corner ) . I do think I can manage this though and would appreciate some feedback. First, because the devil is always in the details. It is a typical 5×5 cat 14 team auction league ( $260 ) where you can keep up to 11 keepers ( or keep none if you choose ) . 1 catcher, 5 outfielders, 1 of each inf spot. , 2 util inf and 1 DH. 5 starters, 2 relievers and 1 util pitcher. ( you can start season with 4 bench players , which is optional, and can add 1 bench spot for the first 3 weeks that can max you out at 7 )

    Anyways, my planned keepers ( due next week ) and their dollar amounts are:

    Bryce – 43
    Buxton -16
    W Myers -14
    Merrifield – 10
    C Seager – 18
    Machado -43
    Peraza – 5

    CMart -20
    L Castillo – 10
    L Weaver – 3
    F Rivera – 10

    This leaves me going into the draft with only $68 to spend, which I don’t like, but the game plan was to pay 10-15 for another closer, maybe 15-20 on another power bat with rbi potential and filling out the rest of the positions ( catcher, 2 OFs, DH, util, 2 starters and 1 util pitcher ) with 1-4 dollar players carefully selected from your sleeper columns . Even if some of these cheaper players don’t pan out, my thought process was that these are positions that can eventually be filled , with a little luck, thru free agency during the season ( weekly roster with weekly transactions )

    This was my plan going in but this weeks pod cast and articles have me considering a plan B.
    Earlier in the week you had alluded to something going on behind the scenes with CMart. He also left camp this week for ‘ personal ‘ reasons which the Cardinals have never elaborated on . Also, in Tuesdays pod cast you spoke somewhat glowingly of the lead off hitter for the Arizona Humidors Mr. Peralta.

    My plan B for this league is to throw CMart ( $20 ) back into the draft pool and instead use Peralta ( $3 ) as my 11th keeper. This would give me 17 extra draft bucks, however, I would now need to draft an ace, or anchor to my staff. ( maybe even CMart again at a slightly higher price )

    I also briefly toyed around with a plan C which would keep Vizcaino ( $10 ) instead of Cmart, but I am more of a sagnof and frankencatcher type guy, and don’t like that plan as much.

    My question ( s ) to you, Cram it and any other Razzballite who cares to give an opinion .

    Should I stick with my original plan A and ignore the noise on CMart?
    Should I go with plan B and keep Peralta ( and the extra draft $$$ ) instead?
    Should I abandon both plans and go with a plan C ( One that you would specify )?
    and lastly, Do you think its crazy to keep both Machado and Bryce @ $43 ???? ( I actually traded for Machado this off season and love both of these guys this year )

    One more bit of info just to help if you come up with a plan C if your going that way: In addition to Vizcaino – 10, I am throwing back to the draft pool: Odor – 24, Cron – 10, Clint Frazier – 3 , Barretto – 3, McCuellers – 17

    As always, thanks in advance to any feedback you can give me and thanks in advance infinity for all of the great work everyone does at this website.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ace of Spades: Peralta? Who David? C-Mart sounds fine… I don’t think keeping Machado and Bryant is bad

      • Ace of Spades says:
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        @Grey: yes. David Peralta. Thanks for the insight bro. Plan A it is.

        • Grey

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          Okay, wasn’t sure if it was a typo of Peraza

  21. Pouss-Pouss says:
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    Thanks, Grey. I’m irrationally excited about McMahon this season.

    Question: I’m playing a H2H Points league for the first time. Pitching categories are ER (-1), Losses (-5), IP (+1), Quality Starts (+3), SV (+7), K (+1), and W (+10). All 9 pitching slots are just “P” (no SP/RP distinction).

    There’s absolutely no reason to draft or roster a relief pitcher in this league, right? No penalty for hits or BB, and points for both W and QS. Am I missing something?

    • Grey

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      @Pouss-Pouss: Why? You don’t want to get an easy 7 points for saves? Don’t have to roster a lot of them, of course… There’s only so many decent SPs to own

  22. Cram It says:
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    Someone got the jump on my Swihart feels last night. Maybe I tipped them off.

    • knucks says:
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      @Cram It: I have Vasquez starting in my NFBC and then grabbed Leon with my Round 50 pick. Was tough picking between Leon/Swihart 3 weeks ago.

    • Grey

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      @Cram It: As I just wrote above to Pouss-Pouss, what I’ve noticed is there’s only so many decent SPs to own… These late SPs are wretched, right?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Idk, I love digging for SP’s. I’ve got a few lined up. But in the end, they’re probably awful.

        I’m struggling with OF’s more. I can barely find a starting OF in round 26.

        • Grey

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          Maybe more SPs have been taken here, but I see OFs and no SPs… Maybe eye of the beholder… Speaking of which, Placeholder 12 looks awesome right now!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Maybe, I’m looking at Tomas, Broxton, Teoscar, Almora as the highest available.

            I want to write Tim Tebow in!

            • Grey

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              Haha… You’re better off writing in Bobby Bonilla… Tomas is gone here, but rest of those guys are here…

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: I don’t want to draft a bench OF this early that doesn’t have a starting gig. I’d rather take Hunter Pence

                • Grey

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                  Agreed, some people are drafting fliers already on upside, and I’m just trying to nail down ABs still…

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Samesies.

                    • Grey

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                      Hehe

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @Grey: Yup. Im drafting ABs in IPs. No sense in drafting a guy coming up in July when the guy I am gonna have until then in Gorkys Hernandez!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t be insultin’ Gorkys!

  23. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great article!

    a. Am in the UNHCR Guest house in Rwamwanja (I know, eyeroll!!). I left basecamp this AM at 09h46, travelled to Rwamwanja (arriving 12h03), did about 1 hour of work plus had lunch, then travelled to Kyaka (pronounced Chaka, like Chaka Khan), (arriving 15h03), did about 1h30 of work, then travelled back to Rwamwanja (arriving 18h05). All East Africa Time. Not bad, others would spend the night in Rwamwanja or Kyaka or both, but I saved the American tax payer 2 extra nights of per diem because I care.

    b. Love these 1B, ugh!! Gag me. It behooves us to get one of the good ones in the first 4 rounds. I can’t see myself drafting any of these guys, maybe Healy when he gets back from injury.

    c. RCL#48 still at 11/12!!! Eek.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Didn’t Rwamwanja sing Tubtumping? B. Yup C. It’ll get there

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: I think you’re thinking of Kyakawumba

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I get knocked down! And I get up again!

  24. FrankGrimes says:
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    Sexier Hollywood couple:
    Martha Raye/Mark Harris or
    Cougs/You?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Cougs has got Martha Raye beat, but Mark Harris has me beat, so push?

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        Cougs/You>>>>Raye/Harris!!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aw geez! *blushes*

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: I might have to disagree. The pic you showed me of you and cougs revealed to me that she actually makes you look better and taller. Don’t be so hard on yourself, just stand next to cougs at all times

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, she does elevate thy game

  25. Q says:
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    12 team h2h league w QS instead of wins.

    Keep Alex Wood in Rd. 16 or McCullers in Rd. 20.?

    McCullers, may NEVER get a QS, whereas Wood at least might? i’d expect McCullers to have more Ks, but ERA and WHIP might be similar and K/BB would favor Wood, I think.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: McCullers

  26. Jose says:
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    Grey, this Hoskins’ train is gaining too much speed!

    With Hoskins having an ADP pretty on par with his ranking (Ranked 44 to an ADP of 42), would you be taking a pass and drafting Hosmer (Ranked 34 to an ADP of 70+!)?

    Also, let’s say I’m drafting around 9-11 and Machado is falling into my lap. Do I finish the draft as if Machado is my 3rd baseman or SS? All indications point to him playing SS, but that’s yet to be seen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jose: Hoskins has makings of a top 20 guy next year, Hosmer we know what we’re getting… SS

  27. FrankGrimes says:
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    There is an opening in Malamoneys head-to-head points league.
    It’s an auction league too which is great. Check it out!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Grimey! I didn’t know you did points

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        All guys I usually love K a lot and
        I hate paying up for pitching soooo ya makes sense!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha

  28. Ryan says:
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    Grey –

    Keep Andrus or Mazara? Both cost the same amount (very cheap).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Andrus

  29. Phil Rizzuto is Alive!!! says:
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    Grey,

    Great stuff as usual. Have SUPER deep draft (17 team league). Digging for P at this point. Please rank S Matz, D Straily, S Newcomb and Folty. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily, Newcomb, Folty

  30. Q says:
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    Draft question, I have the 3rd pick in a points keeper league. We can keep anyone drafted in the first round for 3 years. Who would you rank the top 5 available for their value over the next 3 years. Jose Abreu, Anthony Rendon, Rhys Hoskins, Stephen Strasburg, Marcell Ozuna.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins, Ozuna, Abreu

      • Q says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir. You are the man, the myth, the legend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  31. Big Ticket says:
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    I love your ranking of Odor in the late 60s. Seems just right. 240 with 30/15 is still pretty nice. His K rate is still way higher than it ever was in the minors, so I’m hoping that at 24 he can still turn it around. Wouldn’t be the first young lefty to go through that phase. What’s his ceiling? If the K rate drops to just under 20, that probably means he’s hitting 260ish. Build on last year’s increasing walk rate and he could be on base enough for 20 steals. Is 90/90/260/35/20 a top 2o player? Obviously thinking optimistically here, but doesn’t feel like it would be insane to see that this year or next. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree, I love Odor, have for a few years now… He just needs to raise his AVG and he’s a superstar… His numbers aren’t different from Springer, minus 25-40 points in AVG

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: I recall a certain mustache wearing writer proclaiming him a top 20 players last year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And he will rise again!

      • Big Ticket says:
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        @Grey: The more I think about it, the more I like him over Buxton. I know you have Bux around 10 spots higher … what am I missing?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Like who?

          • Big Ticket says:
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            @Grey: Odor

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              10 spots isn’t a dramatic difference in ranking… That’s same round, depends on construction of team… Buxton is projected for slightly better AVG

  32. ganggreen says:
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    should I drop arietta and take a 10 dollars hit on my auction budget. so I can keep wil myers for 14 dollars. Or I can keep duval for 7 dollars, Hand 1 dollar, or delino 1 dollar.

    • ganggreen says:
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      @ganggreen: theres 5 keepers 12 teams, on base percentage.

      • ganggreen says:
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        @ganggreen: oh and I have thor , Hoskins, votto, and corey seager already

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hand for a $1 sounds good, Myers at $14 doesn’t sound bad…Arrieta is $10? I don’t like Arrieta

  33. brian says:
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    16 team h2h keeper. 7×7. extra cats are hits and ops, and baa and holds for pitchers. i need to cut 4 guys before the season starts. i finished 4th last year and am definitely in championship contention. i don’t have many easy cuts. who would you jettison?
    roster is gary sanchez, bour, dave murphy, trea, kyle seager, bryce, mookie, khris davis, mike taylor, semien, whit, brantley, maikel, healy, nick williams, solarte, kluber, gerritt, quintana, mccullers, archer, shark, jon gray, salazar, devenski, kyle gibson, melancon, ziegler, vizcaino, wade davis, givens, blake parker.

    other than solarte and gibson, i don’t see any easy cuts. michael taylor is my only CF right now so i need him since we have that roster req. I’m leaning getting rid of healy since i have plenty of power. after that i’m stuck. if it comes to it and i can’t make a deal to get rid of another roster spot, who else would you cut?

    thanks grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea what your team looks like just listing names… solarte and gibson, Healy and I guess Givens

  34. Willy Mo says:
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    I haven’t really considered Alonso good call on a late corner pick

    So I’m having a lot of difficulty with the mobile Fantrax site when I search players it doesn’t even give me the opportunity to sort pitchers and hitters and general functionality is poor sometimes my team just won’t load. Is there an ap i can download or maybe I’m just doing something wrong? That would suck if I can only access free agents on my laptop for the RCL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure, more of a question for Truss

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: not sure how to do that could you check for me (everyone) doubt im the only person whos having trouble. i mean im pretty good with tech and im confused. It says under their FAQ yes they have an android ap but its not available in the google play store (i hate apple) then it says theres a link at the bottom of each page for the ap but i see nothing. I searched and found on reddit their mobile ap stinks and is being upgraded? I want to do the money leagues but this is a hurdle.

        • Willy Mo says:
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          @Willy Mo: I sent them an email I’ll let you know what they get back to me with

          • Willy Mo says:
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            @Grey: Yep I left a post there for matt.

            have you tried the mobile site yet? Wish i could post screen shots here.

            When I go into my league on the mobile site and click on the players tab there’s absolutely no functionality it doesn’t allow for me to search for individual players or sort the players by position or anything that’s available on the computer site.

            It just gives me a list of the free agents listed by their adp, and theres 3 tabs to toggle through that say stats, schedule, and trends, but i cant sort or seach players by any criteria. Ahhhhh burp ugh fart

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I haven’t yet, no

              • Willy Mo says:
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                @Grey: im going to tweet a screenshot to razzball of what im seeing. Go take a look in a second. Random twitter acct…

            • Willy Mo says:
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              @Willy Mo: and the stats tab doesnt even list stats! This is bad :(

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Truss responded to you in his post

                • Willy Mo says:
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                  @Grey: ok i get it now thanks….

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    All right

  35. henncoop says:
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    Sorry in advance for the long winded post for help with my dynasty team in a 12 team 6X5 with OPS added & QS instead of wins. Also no CI or MI & using just 3 OF spots (LF, CF& RF) but having 2 utility spots
    For hitters I am planning to keep: Arenado, Goldy, Correa, JDM, Myers, Hamilton, K Davis, Domingo, Schoop, Segura, W Calhoun, & A Hays.
    Piching: Thor, Archer, Cole, Bauer, E Diaz, Herrera, Treinen, Soroka, Allard, & Buehler (top 50 type prospects are highly valued)

    So I would need to pick 3 from this list: Franco, DeShields, McCann, Semien, Dahl ( I want to keep if he has a spot), Healy, Maeda, C Anderson, Morton, Lamet, Barraclough, & Hader

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on which 3 to add or even switching my current list up. Also any ideas on who i might try to trade for some pitching??
    Thanks much

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maikel, Dahl, Lamet works for me if you wanna go upside…

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Thanks I have till the 13th to decide so I guess I hope for some sort of read on Dahl by then. Seems like too much talent to not include him.
        I thought you might have Morton in the mix but it was hard to narrow it down to 25 players …not a bad problem to have. It’s a good looking team especially the hitters. I could definitely try to trade some hitters to upgrade my pitching or maybe just draft some high end MRs to add to my K’s & ratios

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you could go a lot of ways

  36. Dr Sauce says:
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    Reading lots, but my first post of the year. Looking for a little keeper help in my 12 team ESPN, 5X5, head to head league. We keep 6 (no limitations/costs etc) … currently my #6 keeper is Robbie Ray. An owner (with some obvious keeper depth) has offered me his Blackmon and Votto for my Goldy. So the question really becomes would you rather keep Goldy and Robbie Ray or Blackmon and Votto? I realize Grey is slightly down on both Blackmon and Votto but the value seems pretty good and Goldy has also been downgraded here slightly and elsewhere fairly significantly.
    I have the 6th pick overall and I should have an opportunity to draft Ray back or maybe get an Aaron Nola type pitcher.
    Thoughts? Feedback from any and all appreciated. Thanks in advance Grey and crew!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like you want Blackmon, Votto, go for it, it’s close

      • Dr Sauce says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks, honestly torn. Good to hear the deal is fair. Think that’s why it’s difficult to pull the trigger. I’m in your camp on regression for both Blackmon and Votto and I love me some Au Shizz. However not overly thrilled keeping a chucker (Ray). Did that last year with Synder and we know how that story ended! Cheers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, no problem

  37. OaktownSteve says:
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    OF is brutal in our NFBC. I was saying that 10 rounds ago. Especially any kind of power bats. There are still some Markakis-ish ABs to be had. Even some of the upside guys are gone. I have a couple on my list but I feel like I’ll be luck to get one of them.

    Real baseball thing of the day: Lonnie Chisenhall’s clubhouse nickname is Lonnie Baseball.

    Anybody looking for a late rounder with K upside check out Chad Kuhl. Funky numbers last year. Put 3 mph on his fastball and had one of the highest average fastballs. He also added a brand new pitch midseason, a curve, that helped with his left hand splits and gave him a change of pace. The second half K rate was 9.13 and was 9.93 in September. I watched three of his starts. He’s definitely got control issues and the BB rate was in the 4s. He was kind of working with a whole new arsenal so maybe he can bring it down a little. I watched good chunks of four of his starts and the stuff looks legit. The slider has a tight spin and he shows good feel for it. Didn’t see a lot of hangers. Seemed like the mound demeanor was good. Delivery was repeatable. Probably a 4+ ERA and a WHIP around 1.3 with good Ks, but with improved command could see a mini-breakout and a lot of profit for the price in deep leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lonnie Baseball! Haha, awesome… I liked the Kuhl pick, I like a lot of the Pirates rotation, actually… I think there’s sneaky value from all of them… No one seems interested in Trevor Williams, but I’m on board…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I saw your sleeper post on Williams. I thought you made a good case. I owned him in my super deep dynasty last year so I took occasion to watch him. I could have taken him, Musgrove or Kuhl there but I think Kuhl has the most upside there.

        Here’s another bold prediction: I think Jack Flaherty will out earn Luke Weaver this year. I don’t get the Weaver hype. There’s no way Weaver belongs in the top 100.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I think Weaver’s being overdrafted… I like him, but what’s his realistic over/under on IP? 110? 90? Yeah, I like Musgrove and Kuhl too…Also, Taillon and Nova has had moments… Not a bad staff at all…

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Kuhl kept me afloat in NFBC late last year. Not so much the first 4 months.

  38. Fernando says:
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    If you can’t have the 1st pick, but can choose any other one in a 10 TM Standard Roto, which one would you take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly take mid-round pick

  39. henncoop says:
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    Andy Behrens evidently thinks rather highly of himself & dissed on you in the process back on 3/3
    “The draft room was shattered. Beaten men, all of them. Salfino wept like a child. Liss retired from the industry. Grey Albright begged me to take him on as an apprentice (not for the first time), but I rejected him.”
    Your draft looks awful good that league especially considering you were drafting two 15 team leagues simultaneously . Good luck …make him eat those words.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I saw it… I will do my best! I did beat him handily in Tout Wars last year…

  40. DonnieB says:
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    I just started an NFBC draft of 15 rounds from the 3rd spot. I took Turner and Bellinger in first two rounds. I am up next and Dee,Springer and Severino are on the board. I would not take Dee with Trea, but if I was looking at Severino as a SP1 or Springer, would you pass on a SP and wait until the end of round 4 to take first pitcher and take George?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      15 teams you mean? Springer or Severino… I’d take Springer… Then you’re gonna get C-Mart or someone as your 1st SP, which is fine…

  41. G says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I thought my hitting keepers were pretty obvious with Correa (8th round), Machado (4th), Arenado (9th), and Turner, but wondering your thoughts on an idea that I’ve recently been rolling around – keeping Hoskins over Machado.

    Machado can be kept in the 4th round for me, and will have control for two more years with him losing a round each year until he’s a 2nd rounder. Hoskins who would be 10th round value this year if I wanted to keep him. I could then keep Hoskins for the next 7-8 years.

    Is it crazy to consider Hoskins over Machado due to the round difference, and also since I’m being jammed up by only having SS and 3B keepers? As of now, two of my 4 keepers would need to fill my 2 utility spots because of position overlap, and impacting my drafting to some degree. Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy with your other keepers

  42. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Not to go back to the Wong train, but feel like it’s worth pointing out that Kolten Wong has 6 SBs (7 attempts) in only 16 spring ABs. Best of all, he’s doing that while batting under .200 (3 hits, 2 BB, 6 SB).

    Spring stats are meaningless of course, but he’s said he wants to run like crazy (like his doppleganger Pham) . . . and here he is doing just that, despite barely getting on base. I’m not shooting him up my draft board, but when I’m looking for $0 reserve round SB gambles, I’m looking hard at your boy Tim Anderson, followed by Wong in the last pick or 2.

    • Grey

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      I don’t mind the last round gamble on Wong…I don’t think he’s necessarily guaranteed PT tho, and people always say crazy stuff in the spring… Hanley said he’s going 30/30!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Oh for sure – still view Wong as a last pick / watchlist guy, but one that could get interesting fast if he holds true to his intent (and the PT).

        LOL’d very hard when I saw that Hanley thing (of course, he hasn’t attempted a steal in spring yet, so clearly burning those basepaths is at the forefront of his mind) – especially with how rotund he is these days.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I know… FWIW, Wong is still on board at pick 390 in my NFBC league

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: DO IT! Good to know . . . I feel like he and Trevor Williams (is he still on your board) will almost certainly be my final two reserve round picks (standard 12 teamer). I bet you could snag Tim Anderson around there too, but I like that two-hole pop + SB upside too much to wait too long.

            Another interesting guy . . . RP Hirano on ARZ . . . a certain other data-centric baseball blog is pretty confident it will be him in the closer gig, based on Bradley’s versatility and cheapness + Boxberger already having minor injury issues.

            • Grey

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              I just drafted Williams with pick 384… Hirano was just taken by Oaktown in same round…

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                @Grey: Like both of those picks!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Thanks!

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?:

                  I drafted both Boxberger and Hirano. Actually prefer Hirano but took Box earlier just because that’s how they fell ADP. Hated having to make a two for one on same team but that was the trade off for missing all the CL2 (who as seems to be the trend this year, went crazy early). In addition to the reasons you gave above, can’t see either Box or Hirano in that multi-inning, Andrew Miller role where Bradley could be a huge asset in that role. If they wanted Bradley to be the closer, they would have already said so it seems like.

                  • NatsFan says:
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                    @OaktownSteve:

                    I grabbed Wong late (pick351) and am really happy with the pick.

                    I agree Closers in these NFBC drafts went crazy early. I held my nose and drafted Melancon and Colome in the 9th and 11th rounds (picks 130 and 160)–SAGNOF—and they were the 15th and 17th closers off the board.

  43. Crime Dog says:
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    Since this post is about pitchers, are you concerned at all about Robbie rays rising walks year over year? I feel like he strikes out enough to get away with it, but 4 walks per 9 feels like a lot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I owned him last year, and would draft him this year

  44. Crime Dog says:
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    Since this post is about pitchers, are you concerned at all about Robbie rays rising walks year over year? I feel like he strikes out enough to get away with it, but 4 walks per 9 feels like a lot.

  45. Crime Dog says:
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    Since this post is about pitchers, are you concerned at all about Robbie rays rising walks year over year? I feel like he strikes out enough to get away with it, but 4 walks per 9 feels like a lot.

  46. SpecialFNK says:
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    you have Nicky Delmonico ranked in the 3B rankings, but he didn’t play at 3B in 2017.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So weird how I goofed that… Will fix…

  47. Pb&J says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Keeper question for ya.

    I’m in a 12 team H2H mixed league with the following categories:
    Hitting: R, RBI, HR, K, SB, AVG, OPS
    Pitching: QS, W, K, ERA, WHIP, K/9, SV

    I’m looking at keepers just for this year. Which three (3) do you think I should keep (auction draft $280 budget):

    Dee Gordon $22
    K Davis $17
    Freeman $34
    Trea Turner $32
    Godley $8
    Alex Wood $8
    Pham $8

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Pb&J says:
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      @Pb&J: I’m leaning towards Freeman, Turner, and Davis…

  48. Hal_Incandenza says:
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    Hi Grey (and whomever else would like to comment).

    10 team 5×5 H2H, normal 8 active bat positions plus 1 Util. Can keep up to 3 and they count as 1-3 round picks. I draft in the 8 spot.

    I plan on keeping Stanton. I’ve been leaning toward only Stanton as I think one of Machado, Bryant, or Freeman would be available for my 2nd round pick if I have a pick there.

    Or, I can also keep Correa, which would prompt me to consider also keeping Bellinger as my 3rd.

    I know you’re a bit down on Correa this year, but all things considered, what’s your opinion here? I feel like if I end up with keeping Stanton and picking someone like Freeman with my 2nd, there’s no way will there be as good of a SS option as Correa on the board when it makes it back to my 3rd pick. Not that I’d have to take a SS there, of course.

    Thanks!

    • Hal_Incandenza says:
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      @Hal_Incandenza: This also assumes the Freeman owner doesn’t view him as 1st round worthy. He could opt to keep Freeman, and maybe Judge.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have all of those guys ranked above Correa in my rankings, not sure why I’d suddenly change my mind

      • Hal_Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: Oh, I know it. I guess my question is more along the lines of is Correa and Bellinger better than Freeman and the unknown quantity I’d field in the 3rd. (Totally understand neither of us know who will be there in the 3rd.)

        • Grey

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          I guess if it’s a first or second rounder in the 3rd

  49. Gotime says:
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    12tm mock auction draft standard cats
    C-
    1- Hosmer
    2- Jo Ram
    3-
    SS – Trea Turner
    OF – Trout
    OF – Harper
    OF – JD Martinez
    UT- Puig
    UT – Gallo
    Drafted these before any pitching and got Nola as my “ace”. Didn’t finish draft; need more of a balance come real draft time? It is a mock after all…

    • Grey

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      Looks solid to me

  50. The Great Knoche says:
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    Jorge Bonafacio is taking all Soler’s ABs in the outfield this year. BSOHL! Also the whole KC outfield was still on the board until then. If you count Soler as DH. Get after it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t mind that Bonifacio pick at all… Soler will be donzo by May

  51. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Zack Greinke acknowledged after an intrasquad start Thursday that his velocity has been down this spring.

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic clocked Greinke’s fastball in the 84-86 mph range during that intrasquad outing and Greinke told Zach Buchanan of The Athletic afterwards that he has a “nagging feeling that he doesn’t have it anymore.”

    … SAVE IT FOR AFTER OTHER PEOPLE TAKE YOU IN OUR DRAFTS, ZACK!

    • Grey

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      Haha, seriously

  52. NatsFan says:
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    Grabbed Hanley at pick 340 in my NFBC. I know he is util to start, but he should get 1b eligibility pretty quickly.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @NatsFan: You have a typo. Typed “get 1b eligibility” when you meant to type “injured.” I kid. I think Hanley is a very good risk at that price.

      • NatsFan says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        Ha. Yup.

        Here were the others:

        McMahon: 211
        Healy: 238
        Jo. Martinez: 256
        Yonder: 278
        Cron: 296

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  53. Harry says:
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    Was offered Starling for D.Santana in a 16-team keeper (OPS). Santana was going to slot into UTL. Is this a no-brainer? Or is there chance Santana gets traded and secures a full-time spot?

    • Grey

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      Take it

      • Harry says:
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        @Grey: I guess I’m worried the bottom falls out and marte become Carl Crawford…

        • Grey

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          Carl had a bunch of good years

  54. OaktownSteve says:
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    Joe Jimenez just went in the NFBC, Albies. Thought you would have handcuffed Greene. Not confident in him holding that job. Jimenez was on my short list of CIWs.

    • Grey

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      Nah, I’m not interested in handcuffs in NFBC… just want some saves and I’ll be all right…

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: wasn’t Cam a handcuff? Or are you saying he is winning the job?

        • Grey

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          Nah, I meant I’m not taking handcuffs of my own guys… I’ll take a handcuff, but whether it’s Bedrosian or Jimenez doesn’t matter…

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @OaktownSteve: my handcuff went 1 round later. Vultures. I’m waiting for some deeper handcuffs in 6-7 rounds. Besides Ziegler is closing for Miami all year long.

  55. MisforMookie says:
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    If I have Paxton and two hitters in a 3 keeper, 6×6 12-team roto league (pitching W/QS/K/WHIP/ERA/SV+H), where should I start targeting a second pitcher in my draft? He’s a little below your first “if you drafted xx” tier in the pitcher pairings. Should I shoot for someone higher ranked than him to have a 2-man rotation anchor (say…Severino), and then wait a while for a third pitcher? Or load up on hitters early and wait for a second pitcher ranked closer to Paxton (maybe low 30s)? Or something else?
    Thanks as always

    • Grey

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      Yeah, shoot a little higher if you can…

      • MisforMookie says:
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        @Grey: So like, the “panty mouth” and/or “shruggle” tiers? Quite the names…It’ll depend a little on who else keeps pitchers but I suspect that will mostly just be the top few people.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I think you need at least a shruggle… Panty mouth might be a bit much…

  56. Joe Shmo says:
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    Hey Grey, great write up as always. Love the stuff you guys have been putting out this spring.

    Question for ya: in my 6×6 cato (OBP, R, HR, RBI, NSB, SLG // IP, W, Sv/Hlds, ERA, WHIP, K/9) 10-man team, we all get two keepers in the round we took them in. You get to keep them for up to two years, then they go back in the draft pool.

    Who do you like of these guys at these rounds?
    Correa (2)
    Nola (12)
    Paxtn (16)
    Buxton (23)

    I’m not sure who everyone else is keeping. Leaning Correa/Buxton right now. What say you?

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      Thanks! Buxton and coin flip…Correa

  57. Big Magoo

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    Odd spring training stat of the day: Mookie Betts is hitless in 20 plate appearances

    Alonso has really impressed me so far. He’s hit a couple of long bombs (including one off of a tough lefty reliever) and hasn’t swung at any bad pitches in the ABs that I’ve seen. Put up 28 homers while hitting in pitchers parks last year. Progressive Field is very friendly to lefty power. Think he can go .275/30 this year.

    Godley is another player that I’ve come around on. He’s improved his velo in each spring start. Curve is a true wipeout pitch. Just nasty. Gets a ton of grounders off of his sinker. Has a effective cutter that he uses against hitters from both sides. The humidor can only help, if even a little bit. I’d take him over guys like Ohtani, Tanaka, Arrieta, and Wood.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Big Magoo: Looks like Mookie got his first hit today to get off the schneid. One hit in 23 PAs is still pretty odd for him. Might have to move him below Kipnis.

      • Grey

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        You reverse jinxed him!

        • Big Magoo

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          @Grey: It never fails!

    • Grey

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      I don’t disagree with Yonder… As Anime Grey said, why can’t the launch angle stay from last year, why does it disappear, I see no reason… I love Godley, but haven’t drafted him anywhere yet, if he’s the Dbacks ace, does it surprise anyone?

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: Another note on Alonso: while he struggled against left-handed pitching last season (.679 OPS against), here are the lefty SPs that are scheduled to be in the opening day rotations in the AL Central: Duffy, Mejia, Boyd, and Liriano. Not exactly a murderers’ row.

        Greinke’s velo is down, and he’s at that age where workload tends to catch up with you. Might be running out of bullets. I’m not a huge Ray believer. Think he’ll be decent (especially in Ks) but I expect significant regression. His ’17 wasn’t all that different from his ’16 when you look under the hood. Walker never fails to disappoint. I can buy the ace Godley narrative.

        How’s the slow draft going?

        • Grey

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          Ha, great point about lefty SPs in AL Central… Hadn’t even thought of that… I go hot and cold on Greinke from year to year but don’t think I’ve owned him in 5 or 6 years, and likely won’t this year… Slow draft’s going, uh, slow! We’ve hit a wall in the 27th… My last few picks: Mikolas, Trevor Williams, Cam Bedrosian, Cron and Pillar…

          • Big Magoo

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            @Grey: The sexy has gone out the window. You’re in the Janet Reno rounds now. I like the Bedrosian and Cron picks, and it’s smart to load up on SPs in that format.

            • Grey

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              I just drafted Mahtook, to keep Janet Reno theme going… I took so much sexy with my early picks, I’m back filling my team with ABs… What happens when two of your OFs are Michael Taylor and David Dahl…

              • Big Magoo

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                @Grey: Yeah, Mahtook is a Reno pick. Should get full-time ABs though, and is still just 28. Could put up a .265/15/7 type of line. Not bad for this deep in.

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, I’m fine with it, like I said my OF was a bit too upsidey

  58. KevinB says:
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    If Ryan Braun plays well at 1B during Spring Training and his back hold out at that position, do you feel he gains fantasy value due to potential1B eligibility during the season?

    • Grey

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      No, it helps Domingo tho

  59. Mike says:
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    Need to keep 3 of these. Roto 6×6 with OBP, Holds and QS instead of Wins.

    Springer $28
    Yelich $24
    Carrasco $22
    Upton $12
    Darvish $11
    Gary Sanchez $10
    Trea $10
    Rendon $9
    Jose Ramirez $9
    Shaw $5
    Devers $5
    Jon Gray $5

    • Grey

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      Ramirez, Trea, Gary…Nice keepers, now go win your league!

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Will do! Thanks man

        • Grey

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          No problem

  60. Mike says:
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    Need to keep 3 of these. Roto 6×6 with OBP, Holds and QS instead of Wins.

    Springer $28
    Yelich $24
    Carrasco $22
    Upton $12
    Darvish $11
    Gary Sanchez $10
    Trea $10
    Rendon $9
    Jose Ramirez $9
    Shaw $5
    Devers $5
    Jon Gray $5

  61. RV says:
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    Hey Grey, what do u think of Zach Wheeler this year. If he’s throwin 96 do u think he’s worth the gamble?

    • Grey

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      He’s likely garbage, but since he’s being drafted around pick 450, guess it’s worth a flier…

      • RV says:
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        @Grey:
        Yea it’s in a keep 25 dynasty style lge so jus lookin for a lil upside in the prospect and dropped vet draft

  62. Padre says:
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    Grey,
    Im in a number of leagues this year, so for one league I decided just for fun to draft pitching heavy and aim for sleepers based on your rankings. What do you think? Is the offence so terrible that it will never stand a chance? haha

    C-Alfaro SP-Bumgarner
    1-Mancini SP-Strasburg
    2-Schoop SP-Ray
    3-Shaw SP-Darvish
    ss-Turner SP-Quintana
    OF-C.Taylor SP-Weaver
    OF-Polanco SP-Wacha
    OF-Acuna SP-Morton
    Ut-Lamb P-Hand

  63. Mike says:
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    Grey,

    Pick 2 keepers for this year:

    Freddie Freeman: $38
    Acuna: $5
    Eddie Rosario: $5
    K. Davis $25
    Hosmer $18

    Thanks!

  64. Justin says:
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    I’m gonna bring up the elephant in the room. J.A. Happ. We haven’t been discussing him. Reason being? He’s too awesome. J.A. Happ upped his K’s last year. Solid ERA last 2 seasons. Some injury/age concern I suppose. But I never see him going in the top 250. Maybe I is not slick to the hype of prospects like Dinelson or Porcello…hehe

  65. Scott L says:
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    Grey what do you think? 12 teamer standard redraft..had to do an autodraft..

    McCannn
    Hosmer
    LeMahieu
    Justin Turner
    Baez
    Blackmon
    Judge
    Marte
    Buxton
    Gardner

    Bench – Zimmer, Fowler, Cozart and Peraza

    Degrom, Lester, A. Wood, G. Richards, Bundy, Teheran.

    Hand, Neris and Gregerson

  66. Terrific A+ content, thank you!

    Confession: I may be addicted to the puppet version of you.

    Fun fact: Your wife sounds EXACTLY like my girl. Weird!

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