Here’s a post that’s gonna make you wanna slap ya mama and tell her Don Magic Juan sends his best.  The other day I told you how to draft your pitchers for 2015 fantasy baseball.  I laid it out to you nice and simple (if you have a degree in “What The Hell Is Grey Talking About?” Not a PhD, mind you.  Just a BS.)  Today, we forget all that jabberwocky on the who-ha and get down to business old school-style (which means if you don’t comprehend, I will hit you over the head with a baseball bat signed by Joe Clark.)  What I’m hoping to lay out to you is who do you draft 2nd if you’ve drafted so and so first.  I think it might be helpful to go through pairings for your 5 outfielders, all your middle and corner infielders too.  I’m not sure I’ll have the time or patience to do them though.  We’ll see!  Or not.  Your choice.  (Actually, my choice.)  For easy reference, the royal we will be using the top 10 for 2015 fantasy baseball and the top 20 for 2015 fantasy baseball and the beginning of the top 100 for 2015 fantasy baseball. I’m going to assume you’re in a 12 team, 5×5, MI, CI, 5 OF, 1 Utility, 1 Catcher league, similar to our Razzball Commenter Leagues. (Go join one now. Or join two.  Or three.)  Anyway, here’s some pairings for the first two rounds of 2015 fantasy baseball drafts:

1. Mike Trout – Well, ain’t you the lucky one getting Trout?  Looks like you stepped into a big pile of dinosaur dung like Jeff Goldblum.  By the by, one of Cougs’ friends was getting hounded by Goldblum to hook up with her (prior to Jeffrey getting married).  She rejected him, said he was way creepy.  I then saw him at a Grand Budapest Hotel party thing and asked him about the friend, and he said, “I don’t recall.”  His “I don’t recall” was the most interesting delivery of “I don’t recall” I’ve ever heard.  If you get to draft Trout, you have like a 99.9% chance of winning your league, so you can draft anyone next.  I’d try Buddy Biancalana.  Just because you can.  You lucky, Ess Oh Bee!  If Biancalana is already taken, then I’d go with a corner man, 1st or 3rd baseman.  You know who would make me smile?  Arenado.  Smithers, that’s gorgeous!  When I say Arenado, you say dope.  Arenado…dope!  Arenado…dope!  Arenada…dope!  I said Arenada in that last one, you messed up.  After drafting Trout, I could see Rizzo being there in some leagues where your leaguemates just showed up the day of the draft with no prep.  More likely, Pujols.  I wouldn’t draft another outfielder immediately after taking Trout.  You could take a 2nd baseman like Altuve, but then with your third pick you’ll have to take a 1st baseman, and when you have to do something, it’s not nearly as fun.  Trout and Tulo would work.  Don’t like the idea of Tulo being injury prone and ain’t got time for bird sex?  Then go with a corner man.  That’s what I would do.  Hello, Arenado, I love you.

2. Giancarlo Stanton – From Trout to my novio, this post is getting me hot and bothered like a hot, buttered biscuit that I left out on the window ledge of a strip club.  Why don’t strip clubs have windows?  It’s not like guys are going to be standing on each other’s shoulders to peer inside, unless they’re filming a teen comedy in the 80s.  Stanton can be paired with anyone like Trout, but I’d again avoid another outfielder.  You know who would buoy my love boat?  Arenado.  Arenado and Stanton together on the same team could possibly be illegal in some states (need to check with my councilman).  Stanton would also work with Altuve, if you wanted to go in that direction.  I don’t love Stanton with Cano, because you might be getting out of the 2nd round with no more than ten steals total.  Then again, I don’t love Cano with anyone.  Stanton and Pujols sounds like a dream come true, but maybe that’s because I’ve had many dreams that I can only classify as “Stanton’s Pujols.”  Stanton and Tulo?  Hankers away, Captain Phillips!  Stanton and Hanley also sounds like you’re ready to make a splash with my bosom buddy.  Due to Stanton’s big time power, he makes me not as leery about a middle infielder with the 2nd pick.  Of course, I’d prefer a corner man.  Rizzo, if he’s still around?  djnsaaqq– Sorry, my drool hit the keyboard.

3. Jose Abreu – Hey, a first baseman, yay!  Now you can draft one of those 2nd round outfielders to go with Abreu.  Think Abreu and Upton makes sense?  Me too too!  Too too?  Hey, Random Italicized Voice, don’t mess with my too too.  Abreu and a third baseman like Arenado, Donaldson or Beltre?  I’m not hatin’, I’m liberatin’!  But, and yes, I’m actually about to say something not insanely positive about Arenado, I’d prefer an outfielder with Abreu.  Do I see Abreu going with Puig?  Yes, and that’s not a girth crack.  Do I see Jose Abreu going with Corey Dickerson?  That gives me goose pimples.  The good kind of goose pimples, not the bad kind like when your father says he appreciates Bruce Jenner’s bravery.  I’d prefer an outfielder with Abreu, so this way if you get to the third round you’re not hard pressed to get an outfielder.  I.e., Hunter Pence is technically a 1st outfielder, I’d just prefer an outfielder before him.  Sorry, Gangly Manbird, I hope that doesn’t ruffle your manfeathers.  I’d also focus on getting an outfielder that gets you some steals since Abreu brings *raspberries lips* with speed.  If you drafted Abreu 10th and Carlos Gomez 14th, well, that’s effin’ gorge.  Can that happen?  I don’t know, Maybelline.

4. Andrew McCutchen – So, basically, the whole first round is outfielders.  I keed, I keed.  McCutchen isn’t like Giancarlo and Trout, he’s more of a Jack of all trades.  Since he’s a Pirate, I guess that makes him Jack Sparrow.  Ugh, that flowed off my fingers as if written by some other douchey ‘pert who is trying hard at imitating but never duplicating, Capt. Grey Albano.  What I mean by McCutchen being incongruous (Word of the Day!) with Trout and Gian-novio is he doesn’t offer 30+ HR power, but is more of a five-cat cat.  Due to this, I don’t want a five category threat next, because if say McCutchen hits 18 homers and Ian Desmond hits 18 homers, than your first two picks might get less homers than one other hitter.  That’s, uh, how do they say in broken Italian?  Notta so good.  I’d prefer to team McCutchen up with home run hitter at a corner spot.  That loses Hanley, Desmond, any outfielder, Altuve and Beltre.  Beltre?  Yeah, I only have him projected for 22 homers; it’s not enough.  Would McCutchen go with Arenado?  Let’s just say everyone reading this is going to have Arenado as their 2nd round pick.  I’d also look at Pujols, Bautista, Donaldson and Rizzo.  Rizzo and McCutchen?  Well, you just won your league and the season doesn’t start for two months.  Well done!  Buy yourself a DQ Blizzard, distract the teenager right as they bring it to the counter so they forget to turn it over and you get it for free.

5. Paul Goldschmidt – Falls into the same category as Abreu, except I’m less concerned about getting an outfielder with some speed.  If you can get Jose Bautista with Au Shizz, then Michelle Pfeiffer, that white Goldschmidt!  In honor of Black History Month, I’d like to paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and say I had a dream where I drafted Goldschmidt and Justin Upton and even Lyndon Johnson supported it.  (Show of hands for who thought the L in LBJ stood for Love.  Just me?  Okay, y’all a bunch of history majors, I suppose.)  Could you draft Arenado or Rendon in some leagues?  Damn Skippy!  And I’m not talking about when I get peanut butter stuck to the roof of my mouth.  Of course, then you’d fall into the same problem as Abreu and you’d be heading into the 3rd without an outfielder.  Puig and Goldy would work and will likely be available.  You’re prolly going to be faced with the possibility of Goldschmidt and Corey Dickerson, and to that I say, “Be bold, be brave, be amazing,” as that Tim Gunn-wannabe used to say on the Project Runway with artists.  Goldy + an outfielder = Totes McGotes.  I think the math is even correct there.

6. Adam Jones – What I’m realizing as I write this post is you want an outfielder in the 1st round and a not-an-outfielder in the 2nd round.  Would I kick out of bed a draft of J. Abreu and J. Upton?  No, I wouldn’t, but the drafting of an outfielder in the 1st round helps your 2nd round selections.   I won’t draft Jones and a 2nd round pick of Harper, Upton or Puig, but look at the not-an-outfielder guys you can pair with Jones:  Rendon, Arenado, Bautista, Desmond, Rizzo, Donaldson or Hanley.  Doesn’t that move your sweat pants without the use of your hands?  Since I love having a 1st or 3rd baseman coming out of the 2nd round, I’d definitely lean towards Rizzo, Arenado or Donaldson with Jones.

7. Edwin Encarnacion – He’s closer to Abreu in profile than Au Shizz because Edwin doesn’t give a whole lot in the speed department, but like Edwin, Au Shizz and Abreu, I’d also avoid a not-an-outfielder.  Edwin and Rendon is purdy terrific, but then you have no outfielder in the 3rd round and you’re looking at The Gangly Manbird.  I will say this (amongst these other things I’m saying), if you think you can get Upton, Harper or any other outfielder I have in the top 25, then I’m more inclined to draft two non-outfielders in the first two rounds.  It is risky going that route.  There’s no do overs if you get sniped on all the outfielders by the time you get to your third pick.  So, Edwin and an outfielder is how I’d lean.  Say Edwin and Upton and I say hot damn!  Say Edwin and Bryce and I say hot dizzam!  Say Edwin and Puig and I say hot ham!

8. Miguel Cabrera – This is likely lip service because from the prelim rankings I’ve seen, you’re not getting Miggy this late.  That’s all right.  I’d take him here, but I wouldn’t take him over any of the guys I have above him, due to age and injury concerns.  He’s similar to Abreu and Edwin, in that Miggy gives no speed.  According to my rankings, a perfect pairing with him would be CarGomez, but that seems unlikely from early ADPs and other acronyms only the cool kids know.  Upton, Harper and Puig seem more likely.  Bautista, according to my rankings, would be there, but he’s another straight power and no speed guy, so I’d likely skip him in the 2nd round if I drafted Miggy.

9. Anthony Rizzo – Now I ain’t saying he a Goldschmidtta, but Rizzo walk around looking like Paul for my money.  If you get Rizzo, the chances are that it’s going to be a little early for Arenado — I know, blasphemy! — but you can get Rendon and I’m on board.  Of course, Rizzo should be paired with an outfielder so you’re not looking at getting your first outfielder in the 3rd round.  Wanna grab Carlos Gomez?  Well, if he’s still there, then by all means honkeys and two non-honkeys (I’m guessing; Google Analytics doesn’t tell me the exact number of honkeys that are reading).  Wanna draft Bautista with Rizzo?  I say more power to you, literally.  Wanna take Bryce Harper?  I like the size of your cojones that your woman took from you when you started dated.  How about Upton?  Okay, so every outfielder goes with Rizzo.  I have a feeling I’m going to draft Rizzo, Rendon and/or Arenado with one of my first two picks in every league and then smoke stogies in the Caribbean for the next six months because my teams are going to coast to wins in every league.  Jeeves, another colada!

10. Anthony Rendon – If you take Rendon with your first pick, you can go numerous ways since he’s a five-cat cat, but similar to McCutchen, you better aim for a guy that can give you some serious power, since Rendon might not break 25 bombs.  If you take Altuve with Rendon, you’ve just punted your 2015 draft, tough break.  If you take Bautista, me likey likey.  Wanna draft Bryce?  Okay, it’s not bad, but how about Upton?  He’s got more power.  I wouldn’t mess with a 2nd or 3rd baseman if I drafted Rendon because it hurts your flexibility.  Say you draft Arenado with Rendon and then Beltre falls to the fifth round, now you have way too many 3rd basemen.  Same goes for a 2nd baseman.  Just focus on outfielders or 1st basemen.  If you take Rendon and Rizzo, I like it.  Come here, let’s make out.  That’s figuratively!

11. Carlos Gomez – You hear about the snail who put an S on the side of his car and drove to Mexico so he could hear people say, “Look at that S-CarGomez?”  True story.  He went to Mexico because there you say “go” as “Gomez.”  My Spanish es muy bueno!  From what I’ve seen, Gomez isn’t going to be available in most leagues this late.  If he is, then you pair him with a 1st or 3rd baseman.  I’m kidding.  You pair him with Rizzo!  If you can get Rizzo at the beginning of the 2nd round in any draft, you take him, go to bank in October and make a deposit with your fantasy winnings.  Gomez gives mostly speed, so I would shy away from drafting Hanley, Desmond or Rendon, plus you want a corner man in your first two picks.  Bautista, in Yahoo leagues with his 1st base eligibility, works, but otherwise there’s also Rizzo.  Hopefully.  Hey, have I mentioned you should draft Rizzo?

12. Jose Bautista – As previously said on the aforementioned tip, Bautista doesn’t have 1st base eligibility in ESPN, but does in Yahoo.  So, if you’re in an ESPN league, then you need to pair Bautista with a not-an-outfielder.  Since he does give big power, I’d look at Rendon, Hanley, Desmond, Arenado or Donaldson, not in that order.  (I’d go with the order of my rankings.)  That, of course, will mean you don’t have a first baseman with your first two picks, so you’ll likely need Pujols or Davis in the 3rd round, and I’d be fine with that if I took Bautista 1st.  Think about how happy you would’ve been the last few years to get Bautista and Pujols on the same team.  Think about how that’s a possibility now.  Think about how you’re not as excited now.  Think about how you used to get excited about getting out of bed.  Think about how you now cry during your morning shower.  Times change; hopefully they don’t change too much.

 
  1. bossmanjunior says:
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    In a 10 team 3 OF league, with the replacement pool so deep, its not as dire to draft an OF in the first 2 rounds, right? I can start drafting my OF in the fourth and still end up with an OF full of Harper/Dickerson/Springer/Marte types with ease.

    • Cram It says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I’d stay away from Marte. His career BABIP is way too high. #CherrypickingJFOH.

      But seriously folks, yeah, you should probably go for a stud corner to start.

      • Speedy McGreedy says:
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        @Cram It: I think this is bad advice. BABIP is naturally inflated among players with the pure speed to beat out ground balls. Thus, Marte’s BABIP was inflated not just last season, but across his career, for good reason, and that reason is not luck! At 26 years old, Marte’s speed is going nowhere. And therefore neither is his favorable BABIP barring some true blue bad luck. Target aggressively in all formats.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Speedy McGreedy: I know. Inside joke for JFOH.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Speedy McGreedy: Although this brings up an interesting topic of infield hits. Which I would think is the only way speed factors into BABIP. And I can’t find any sortable statistics on individual infield hits. Weird. Anyone?

          • bossmanjunior333 says:
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            @Cram It:

            Well remember too that hitters are more likely to have a stronger influence on their year to year BABIP than pitchers. But yeah, guys with high gb% and speed are naturally more likely to have a higher BABIP. Other factors can be park factors (favorable foul territory situation).

        • Cram It says:
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          @Speedy McGreedy: Never mind. Baseball reference. 57 IH’s over the last two years. That’s a lot!

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Speedy McGreedy:

          I made this mistake with Marte last year. The combo of inflated BABIP and very high K rate scared me off, but my friend Magoo coached me up on it. I still feel like the low contact rate makes him vulnerable to a streak of bad luck, but he added some BBs and upped his LD rate. Plus he’s got enough pop that even if he had a .260 average, if he could still hit the 15/30 plateaus he’s not a a washout in the 2nd round.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I loved Marte, but didn’t rank him high enough

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              You were righterer than me about him.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Hard to go completely wrong with a 17-HR, 30-SB guy

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: Every time you and Magoo post your brain thoughts and back them up with numbers it makes me wonder how I can ever hope to compete with you guys. Seriously!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Speedy McGreedy: well said. Thanks for typing for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Nope, it’s not dire in a 3 OF league… Sign up for an RCL! Or another!

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Already did, silly! This will be my third year in RCL, joined up with JB this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  2. Shibboleth says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for this. One of my most favorite annual posts. I’m keeping Dickerson, Wong, OZuna, Arcia and Frazier. I draft 3rd

    That’s 3 awesome outfielders, so I’m not entirely sure I should take Cutch or Stanton if they fall to me. Abreu is kept but I could go Goldschmidt. Or do I say to hell with it and take a fourth OF?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Shibboleth:

      Probably Goldschmidt just due to you entering the draft with quality OFs. Pure talent wise? Stanton.

      • Shibboleth says:
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        @Hawk:

        Thanks man yeah that’s whatbim thinking. Already got a few top 100 guy in Dickerson Frazier and Wong, so grab best Corner then maybe think about positions

        • Shibboleth says:
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          @Shibboleth:

          Grey, if be curious for your input… After Goldschmidt and that OF, would looking at the Best pitcher be an option? Or shortstop…. 5 keepers in a 12 team league makes a mess of things quickly!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shibboleth: I’d go Goldy… Sign up for an RCL! Or another!

  3. c0wfunk says:
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    Tl;dr version:
    Wwgd? Abreu + Jones or bautista

    Unabridged:
    Hello there, thanks for the writeup, good to be thinking about spring on these cold mornings. Enjoying getting caught up, the rankings are a fantastic journey per usual. Been waiting for this post for my first ever keeper question, my league this year for the first time we keep 2 who represent our first 2 picks.

    So I’ll have abreu and then need to choose between Adam Jones and bautista. Seems like a no brainer (Jones, follow the rankings, yadda), but I waffle.. We use obp as the 7th category and bautista was really nice to own last year but I worry he misses 50 games here or there. Which way would you go?

    Bonus I have a chance at rendon in the 3rd because the guy who owns him has trout and giancarlo (and finished 6th.. H2h be crazy). With arenado at 81 on old Tristan’s list, I have a shot of rolling into the 5th with abreu, Jones/bau, rendon, and arenado..

    12×25 man teams 7 cat h2h, 8+2ut as starting 10

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @c0wfunk: I think you gotta keep Jones just so that you have a chance at rolling outta the first two rounds with more than 5 steals. And if you can get Rendon and Arenado with your 3rd and 4th round picks your league mates might as well just call the whole thing off.

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Principal Blackman: yeah unless abreu decides to hit no home runs in the playoffs again! h2h is mercurial.. easy to finish in the playoffs but then it’s a coin flip. It’s frustrating, but much like the real game in which a team can coast to the end but then get knocked out in 3 games by a wild card team who’s had its back against the wall for a month.

        • Principal Blackman says:
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          @c0wfunk: H2H is a fickle mistress.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @c0wfunk: in h2h with obp I would keep Bautista.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Sorry, it’s OBP? Yes, Bautista

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @c0wfunk: Ha! Abreu side… Sign up for an RCL! Or another!

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey:
        heh tl;dr not enough..

        I’ll take abreu; should I also take jones or bautista?

        considering the RCl but after I lost in the playoffs last year and vowed to quit fantasybaseballing entirely, my wife is still dealing with my reversal. I could do it if I keep it real quiet. Promise not to tell her?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I won’t say a word… Jones

  4. frank says:
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    hey grey, love this. quick question I’ve been offered miggy and latos for cargo and samardzija. should I take the money and run?

    • Cram It says:
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      @frank: Do iiiiiiit.

      • AdamH says:
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        @Cram It: Definitely

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank: Agree with Cram… Sign up for an RCL! Or another!

  5. Fidelity says:
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    Any change to pairings in H2H format?

    I’ve got Rizzo kept in the 8th round, but need to decide between Arenado in the 9th or Hamilton in the 10th. Leaning towards ‘Nado and getting the first OF that comes my way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fidelity: Nah, I wouldn’t change a thing… Keep Arenado… Sign up for an RCL! Or another!

  6. dude says:
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    Y. Tomas & Anibel Sanchez for S. Perez & Cody Allen

    We keep 15 and trying to shore up my keepers. Of the 15 I’m currently planning on keeping I have 1 RP and no catcher, while I have 5 other OF besides Tomas (Braun, CarGo, Harper, Marte, Springer). A. Sanchez is not a player I will keep. I have Giles and if Papelbon was traded tomorrow, would not do this trade.

    Take the trade, reject, or wait and see if Papelbon is traded?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dude: I’d gamble on Yasmany… Sign up for an RCL! Or another!

  7. Ben says:
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    Any draft advice for drafting 12th in a 12 man league? It is h2h and snaking. In the few mocks I have tried Edwin is almost always there. It feels like there is a drop off in talent after the top 9 or so. That long wait to 36 seems too long!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ben: I’d rather have the turn than like 9th or 10th. Follow above or follow the rankings. Edwin and Harper? Bautista and Rendon? You’ll have plenty of options.

    • jal179 says:
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      @Ben:

      It’s looking like a serious advantage to pick in the top 4 or so in Yahoo redraft leagues.

      Around 12 I’d go EE and Rendon in the second then Pooholes (fill the corners my preference) and Pence in the 3rd and 4th then Arenado or Seager (i like him many don’t) in 5 then maybe a Yelich or Zimmerman starter type in the 6th

      • Hawk says:
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        @jal179:

        It looks like that every year. More so this year because Grey lists the talent you’d get on your 2nd round pick as producing first round value

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: Agree with Cram… Sign up for an RCL! Or another!

  8. Oppo taco says:
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    This article has me drawing wood about my keepers this year. Cutch, goldy, Bautista, rizzo, upton, hanley. I know you wait on pitching grey but I have room for two more players to be kept without a cost. I’m most excited for gerrit cole and Alex Cobb but I think im leaning bumgarner and price Instead.

    2 of the following : price, bum, Cobb, g cole, iwakuma, Degrom, chapman.
    I also have Todd Frazier as a fringe keeper.
    what two do I keep? I’m compelled to keep two arms, I only have one pick in the first 3 rounds of this draft and I know a lot of pitchers will be kept. Thanks!

    • hoog says:
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      @Oppo taco: Keep price and bum. You can probably still draft Cole and maybe even cobb.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo taco: Agree with Hoog… Nice keepers… Sign up for an RCL! Or another!

  9. the swinging says:
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    And now I’m cross-eyed… thx Grey. Whenever it stops for a second all I can see is Arenado.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @the swinging: Ha… Sign up for a league…Or start one!

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey: ya in 1

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, the swinging

  10. WarwickDavisKilledMyFamily says:
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    I own none of these duders in my keeper league, and one of our owners somehow backed his way into owning 3 of the top 9! So salty, so bitter, these fantasy tears of mine. (I do have Bryce & Arenado, so just sexy in a different way).

    I also kept Springer, expect something in the neighborhood of a .240 average, and was curious: in a league that counts AVG, would you employ a draft strategy where for every hitter who hits .250 or below, you try to grab a hitter hitting .280 or higher? This would be akin to your approach to WHIP management in the pitcher pairings. Maybe I’m splitting hairs since average is fluky?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WarwickDavisKilledMyFamily: Those are sexy… Yup, exactly but I’d cut it off at .255 or .260… Sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

  11. Bocephus says:
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    Thanks, Grey!
    So I’m in a 10 team H2H keeper. I can keep B Hamilton in Rd 17.. The problem is that it’s an OPS league..
    Should I do everything I can to trade him for another great value keeper? Should I in general avoid guys like Hamilton cause they’ll kill my OPS? Or is there room to make it work as long as I limit it to 1 guy like Hamilton?

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bocephus: Well what happened last year? Did you lose OPS every week because of him? Or could you have made it work?

      • Bocephus says:
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        Lost it most weeks, but I also had Dozier which didn’t help OPS much either

        • Cram It says:
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          @Bocephus: No harm in seeing what you could get for him, but I’d think his SB’s are too valuable in H2H and you could make it work.

        • Mike says:
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          @Bocephus: I loved Dozier and his OPS because of his walks was 30 points higher than Desmond who I had, with Desmond going in the second round this year and Dozier going in the 7th round, I plan on drafting Dozier again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bocephus: Agree with Cram, you can make it work… Unless you can get a great deal… Sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

  12. The Prince of Soul Glo says:
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    In my 16 team h2h league keepers move up a round each year. I have Brantley, Kluber and Arenado to keep. They are all 8th round eligible and I have 2 picks in the 8th and 1 in the 7th. Question is: Which one of these three do I bump up to the 7th thus losing a potential year of keeperability? That’s a word, right? Crap, I guess that was two questions. My bad.

  13. Nico says:
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    If I didn’t know any better, I’d think M. Gustave was writing fantasy baseball articles under the guise of Grey Albright. A well-groomed mustache AND the affinity for older women… Almost too easy. One day, the truth will come out!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico: Dah, you got me! Sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: First, serious Grey. Now, desperate Grey. Many sides of you these days. Consider one created.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, Nico!

  14. Cram It says:
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    Grey, keeper question. We can keep up to 15 players. There are 3 caveats. 1. For every player you don’t keep, you get an extra $1 in draft auction money. But you get an extra $ on top of each successive dollar, I mean player, after that. So the next player not kept I get $2, then $3, etc. So I don’t know how much money that would be if I kept only $3…I mean 3 players, but you can do the math. LOLZ. 2. Each player kept gets taxed in reverse order from what I said in caveat 1. Again, not sure of the math there, but hey, this is my first year doing this. LOLZ. 3. I can trade Miggy @ $45 and 30% increase against the manager I’m trading him to next year for Arenado @ $15 and -15% against me the next 3 years and a calculator. Oh, he also has Bogaerts, Damon and a bunch of catchers he would throw in the mix, but again, more math I’m not sure of, which is why I’m leaning Arenado plus the calculator.

    I guess my question is, should I put cream cheese or butter on my bagel this morning?

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @Cram It: As long as were are talking pairings, I’d go with butter and jelly.

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @L-Boogie: a great combo

      • Cram It says:
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        @L-Boogie: Well duh. Why don’t I just put lox on it then? Because I don’t have any lox, L-Boogie! Just like I don’t have any jelly. If I had jelly, I would use jelly! But still, I could go jelly and cream cheese, or jelly and butter. So the fundamental question still remains….cream cheese or butter?! C’mon my naked bagel is just sitting here getting cold…

        • L-Boogie says:
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          @Cram It: As a Jewish guy from Long Island, I wept upon hearing you have no lox. But your second round topping choice depends on your first round bagel selection. Cinnamon raisin? Everything? Plain? If you say pumpernickel this conversation is over.

          • Cram It says:
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            @L-Boogie: As a half Jewish guy from Long Island, I miss a lot of foodstuffs down here. One of them is lox. Another is a decent friggin’ bagel to begin with!

            • L-Boogie says:
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              @Cram It: Where in LI?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @L-Boogie: I’m not even jewish and I always have lox. Agreed pumpernickel is a bread not a bagel.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              No it’s not, it’s the Devil’s Fart.

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @J-FOH: bread or no, when it comes to ryes, the blacker the better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: He has Johnny Damon? I’d take Arenado for $15… Go start an RCL league, Cram!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: You know I was f’n around with that post right?!

        Do what now? Something about an RCL? ;)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… I didn’t get the f’n part…

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: My bad! Sorry you had to think about that! I will refrain from posting satires of commonly themed commenter questions, so as not to waste precious Grey fantasy brain power.

            Now go start an RCL!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

  15. The Great Zombino says:
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    Great article Grey. In the future I’ll just use the acronym GAG (Great artcile Grey) just for brevity sake. Anyways, I gotta ask who do you like more this year, Francisco Liriano or Danny Salazar? I currently own Liriano but I am thinking about dropping him. I’m bored and I want to do something already in my league I’m in. Daniel Norris and Ken Giles are available too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Great Zombino: Thanks! It’s clear from my rankings who I like more… Now go sign up for an RCL!

  16. JGreen says:
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    Looking for comments on my keepers going in to 2015 Auction. We are an 11-team mixed 5×5, $300 salary cap at end of auction, unlimited during year. (2x Cs, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 4xOF, DH, 5xSp, 3xRP, 4 Reserves)

    In 2012 I finished in 2nd, in 2013 I finished in 1st and in 2014 I finished in 2nd (I should have won!).

    I was the lucky one and drafted Mike Trout when he was “an infant” in our minor league draft years ago. In 2013, I traded my top minor leaguers (Bogaerts, Baez, Springer, etc.) to get Kershaw and Sale in two separate deals. Last year for the stretch run I traded Corey Seagar and A. Russell to get MadBum and Ellsbury. I fell just short of back to back championships.

    As you can tell, I am in on most of the prospects and spot them early on. This has helped with giving me plenty of trade options and strategically keeping a few to graduate to majors, as you can see with Trout and Polanco.

    My keeper list (2015 $$) as of now:

    Trout $13
    McCutchen $26 (traded for him this off season…Arrieta and K.Seagar centerpiece of trade)
    Encarnacion $20 (had him since a $1 FA claim years ago)
    Frazier $9 (traded for him this off season…I gave up Rollins, Shoemaker, LaRoche)
    Dickerson $5 (traded for him this off season…A.Jones and Alcantara centerpiece of trade)
    Ellsbury $29 (expensive, but I inherited a contract through 2015).
    Polanco $5 (graduated from my minors roster)
    Kershaw $29
    Sale $14
    Carrasco $1 (2nd half 2014 FA claim)

    Since I traded most of my potential keepers on my roster, I really have no one else to consider than the above. Only affordable options are Moss @ $12, Martin @ $6 and Grandal @ $6. I could keep MadBum at $40, HanRam at $31, or Cano at $40 but will not go down that road as all three are too much.

    Minors Keepers (roster of 6):
    Gordon
    Harvey
    Stephenson

    Would love to hear your thoughts on my team and moves!

    • Cram It says:
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      @JGreen: Quite a story! Especially enjoyed the breakdown of how you acquired each player. What’s your question? Whether to keep any of the “affordable options” over your current keeper list?

      • JGreen says:
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        @Cram It:

        Thank you.
        What are your thoughts on Dickerson? He is obviously at a keeper value; however, I am keeping 4 OFs and one OF will be my DH and that concerns me as I usually fill my last OF and DH spot with players later in auction. Should I make the decision to trade Dickerson or Polanco for a Top Tier SP? Top Tier SS? or Top Tier 2B? Or…should I go into auction with the above (OF and DH filled) and fill in the other open positions at auction (most likely not a top tier at those position because I will not have the funds to compete with other owners).

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @JGreen: Your keepers look great, you don’t need another top tier SP, you have Kershaw and Sale… Depends what you can get for Dickerson by the way of 2nd or SS… Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

  17. Principal Blackman says:
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    I have the opportunity to keep Marcus Stroman with a tenth rounder this year (and next year) in my 16-teamer. This is a no-brainer, right?

    In the same league I can keep Pujols with a 2nd round pick. But I’m not sure weather I want to do this or roll the dice. I know that Trout, McCutchen, Goldschmidt, Miggy, Upton, Rizzo, Rendon, Dickerson, and Arenado will all be free agents, but what I’m not sure of is how many of my league mates will be giving up their first two picks for keepers. No matter what, I’ll have a first rounder because I don’t have anyone else worth keeping, but do I want to play it safe and keep Albert, or take a chance that one of the above guys falls to me as a second rounder?

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      @Principal Blackman: after further introspection, I guess I could also keep Brantley with my second, which I would only consider doing because he is CF eligible, and in this league you need at least 27 games played in the previous season (or 1/6 of all games played in the current season) at a particular position in order to be eligible for that position. Which makes quality CFs particularly hard to find.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Principal Blackman: Thanks for starting a league, start another if you can… Keep Stroman, don’t keep Pujols,

  18. Sky

    Sky says:
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    I pair most of my draft picks with some fava beans and a nice chianti

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Sky: I’m not big on liver.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        would you prefer Trout instead?

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      Although I do have a big liver. Or is it swollen?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I might be projecting here, but I’ll go with ‘swollen’.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: You sound Lecterous

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Sky’s a hanimal

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I just really like playing lambs

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: silence is golden

  19. Jay says:
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    So if you draft Rizzo and Rendon and then get Arenado… Grey say hallelujah (WOOOO) Grey say hallelujah (WOOOO) Grey say hallelujah (WOOOO) sorry I can;t that friggin song outta my head. it’s everywhere

    8 player keeper, 12 teams. Is baez a keeper? I have to choose 2 from Baez, Betts, Dickerson Cano.

    Already keeping McCutchen, Adam Jones, Edwin, Arenado, Kershaw and Sale (we gotta keep two arms minimum)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Ha, yup… Dickerson, Cano… Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: I’m in man!!

        • Grey

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          Sweet!

  20. Matt H says:
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    I’m in a 10 person keeper league. Debating between Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Beltre. Any thoughts?? 3B is so shallow, but Hanley has the benefit of SS eligibility but will be playing LF. I go back and forth every day!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt H: I’d go Hanley

  21. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Extremely gd read.

    Whom do you prefer In a seasonal H2H re-draft league?

    A. Minor or B. Pineda

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Pineda *see rankings*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Pineda… Ante, go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one! Merci…

  22. Jack says:
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    Keep 1 – Miggy, Tulo, or the other CarGo? I know Miggy seems obvious, but there are legitimate arguments for the other two. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jack: No argument here. Miggy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: Agree with Cram… Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jack: I could see the gomez argument. Magoo could argue that if he wasn’t stuck in the movie outbreak right now

  23. Dave says:
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    Which team would you prefer to take over in a keeper league? 10 team league. Head to head, 7×7 (K’s, OPS, L, QS). You lose a draft pick for that round. keep 4, but I listed top 5 options.
    Team A: 5th overall pick; Stanton – 2; Rizzo – 8; Harper – 19; Tehran – 21 or Jose Fernandez – 22
    Team B: 3rd overall pick; Pence – 8; Kluber – 18; Sale – 20; Kimbrel – 17 or Carrasco – 23

    Here’s the thing with team A… Team A is missing it’s 7th and 10th pick as well. Seems like A, but those lost picks throw me.

    • Grey

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      @Dave: A… Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

  24. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey,
    been following you for a little while! and i really like your analysis &…style!
    here is my keeper team, i need to keep … 14!!
    improved team at batting, but depleted at pitching, still i won my competitive league last year, and will pick last at the draft. 10teams league, 28players/team
    Here is the deal:
    C: S. Perez – 1B. E. Encarnacion – 2B. Altuve – 3B. Carpenter – SS. Desmond
    OF. Bautista – OF. Springer – OF. Calhoun or Myers?
    Util. K. Wong?
    SP1. S. Gray SP2. Shields SP3. A.Wood – RP1. K. Jansen RP2. C. Allen or Melancon ?

    that would make 14 keepers before the draft, and i’ll let down :
    Kendrick, Pearce
    Archer, Wheeler, Cashner,Odorizzi, Salazar, M.Moore, Z.Britton
    that i’ll try to get back (some P) at the draft… and see what the other managers do.

    What are your feeling about that team? should i keep more pitchers? only 1RP? different players?
    Is Calhoun worth a spot? Will Will Myers reach expectations or stay average?
    Should i improve Carpenter at 3B for more power: try to get Kris Bryant? Yasmany Tomas?

    thanks for your feedback man,
    Nick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Thanks, Nick! You should start an RCL league, or join one. I’d go Myers… I’d go Wheeler over Shields too, otherwise looks fine

  25. Jimmy says:
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    I have A. Jones, A. Rizzo, and Encarnacion as my three keepers. I also have the second pick of the draft.

    Should use my pick on a pitcher or batter?

    Who do you like better? We keep four next year.

    Kyle Seager
    Evan Longoria
    David Price
    Zack Greinke
    Justin Upton
    Freddie Freeman
    Todd Frazier
    Michael Brantley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jimmy: Depends how many teams… Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

      • Jimmy says:
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        @Grey:

        12 teams

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jimmy: 5 OFs or 3 OFs, corner and middle men matter, etc… I’d likely go Upton

          • Jimmy says:
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            @Grey:
            3 Outfielders and 2 Utility spot
            3 SP, 2 RP, 2 all pitchers spot
            6 bench spots

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Jimmy: I’d go Upton or Longo, that order

              • Jimmy says:
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                @Grey:
                Thanks!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @the swinging: Go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

      • the swinging says:
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        Lol

  26. Hey Grey!

    Great stuff as always; thanks! I have a question for an AL Only Keeper League, regular 5×5 H2H. 12 Major League keepers, 4 Minor League keepers. Finished 3rd last year but due to the signings of Lester, Scherzer, Markakis and retirement of Jeter and Dunn (prolly a good thing for Jeter) I am looking quite a bit softer then I would have if they had all stayed. Currently here is what I have, I ranked them in order of your Top 400 but took out all of the NL players, so Abreu is 2 not 3, etc.

    It has me keeping quite a few closers. I stared the people under the cut line who will be kept because they still are considered minor league guys. Anyways, would love your opinion on changes.

    1. 2-Abreu, Jose-1B
    2. 21-Cespedes, Yoenis-OF
    3. 22-Dozier, Brian-2B
    4. 61-Salazar, Danny-SP
    5. 62-Stroman, Marcus-SP
    6. 63-Machado, Manny-3B
    7. 65-Betances, Dellin-RP
    8. 76-Cain, Lorenzo-OF
    9. 101-Perkins, Glen-RP
    10. 105-Hunter, Torii-OF
    11. 115-Bauer, Trevor-SP
    12. 120-Feliz, Neftali-RP
    -Cut-
    13. 152-Wilson, CJ-SP
    14. 158-Chirinos, Robinson-C
    15. 160-Eaton, Adam-OF
    16. *161-Pompey, Dalton-OF
    17. 172-Smith, Joe-RP
    18. 189-Hardy, JJ-SS
    19. 199-Marisnick, Jake-OF
    20. *205-Norris, Daniel-SP
    21. 215-John Jaso-C
    22. 223-Miley, Wade-SP
    23. NA-Elias, Roenis-SP
    24. NA-Joseph, Caleb-C
    25. NA-Aviles, Mike-MI
    26. *NA-Frazier, Clint-OF
    27. *NA-Owens, Henry-SP
    28. *NA-Moran, Colin-3B

    Thanks as always,
    Turd Ferguson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turd Ferguson: Thanks, Turd… Number of OFs? You should put your team like this:

      C:
      1B: Abreu
      Etc.

      Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

      • @Grey: 5 Outfielders and 2 Catchers…basically this is the part that makes it being AL only impossible

        Keepers right now:
        C:
        1B: Abreu
        2B: Dozier
        3B: Machado
        SS:
        OF: Cespedes, Cain, Hunter, (Pompey)(Clint Frazier)
        SP: Salazar, Stroman, Baue, (Norris)(Henry Owens)
        RP: Betances, Perkins, Feliz

        Other Schmohawks that could be considered:
        C: Chirinos, Jaso
        SS: Hardy
        OF: Eaton, Marisnick
        SP: Wilson, Elias

        So I guess my real question is would you keep Eaton or Hardy over any of the current keepers I have listed. Sorry for the longest comments possible.

        • Grey

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          Perfect illustration of your question… Eaton over Feliz

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, Turd!

  27. nathan says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Listening to your advice has won me money, so i owe you. anyway, we keep 2 hitters for as many seasons as we want ( no penalties), My options are Abreu, Jones, Edwin & Springer. . Definitely keeping Abreu, but i can’t decide on the other 3, I know that Jone has consistent yearly numbers but he is very boring to own & his number have started to regress, EE is great but a lot of injury risk & keeping 2 first basemen worries me.. I think that Springer has a better longterm outlook and don’t want someone else to snag him …. Whats your advice? Thank You!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nathan: Abreu, Jones… Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

  28. Mark says:
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    How would you adjust your Garrett Richards ranking if he looks good and healthy to start the season? How do you like him compared to deGrom for this year as well as keeper rankings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark: Move him up about 15 slots… Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

  29. david says:
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    Hey Grey!
    I got Jose Abreu in my team. I read your article and of course…It made sense!
    I gave away Cespedes and Frazier and got Arenado and Dickerson. What do you think? (12 team league mixed)

    My team now looks like this:
    Molina
    Abreu/Chris Carter
    Betts/Wong
    Aybar/Santana
    Arenado/Zimmerman
    Nelson Cruz/Justin Upton/Dickerson/Brandon Moss/Avisail Garcia.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @david: Looks like a solid hitting team… Love Wong! Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

  30. dem ribbies says:
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    Morning Grey,

    200 budget 5×5 points league w/ OPS instead of AVG.

    Is this deal worth doing? my Brantley $4 + Dozizer $3 for his Altuve $13 + Dickerson $7

    Difference btwn the 2 groups is:
    Brantley/Dozier $7 – 176/36/159/34/~.750 OPS
    Altuve/Dickerson $20 – 160/34/139/49/~.800 OPS

    I’d be paying +$13 for basically 15 SB’s at the expense of 15 R and 20 RBI. Probably not worth it.. do you agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dem ribbies: Not worth it… Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

  31. Jack says:
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    Since we’re talking about strategy…I’ve heard people say to avoid drafting one category guys. Why is that? Do you agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: I don’t agree… But there’s no one category guys until around pick 180 overall… Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

      • Jack says:
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        @Grey: I guess is should have asked if you would avoid 1 category monsters like Billy Hamilton. I see you have him ranked 41. Is this one of those “he’s probably not going to be there by then, but if he is, draft him” ranks?

        Also, I would think the way Billy Hamilton plays (slides on both offense and defense are risks & someone that fast running into a wall is just scary) may make him more injury prone than your “average” 1 category monster. Is this another reason to avoid him in the first 4 rounds?

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I’m not likely to own Hamilton.. Injuries aren’t a reason

          • Jack says:
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            @Grey: But you would draft him if he were there at 41?

            • Grey

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              Depends on my team by that point

  32. Swfcdan says:
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    About to start a slow dynasty scratch draft tommorow. Do you draft any different in dynasties or still try and take the best player available? Sometimes owners are so intent on getting younger upside guys they leave the sure things on the shelf. Or if it’s clear some owners are taking all the proven vets, would you zag and go young then.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Best player available… Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

  33. jaw says:
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    trade springer for cargo in a dynasty h2h league? springer costs a 6th, cargo a 5th. no limit on number of years kept.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw: CarGonzalez? Nah… Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

      • jaw says:
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        @Grey: ya cargonzalez not gomez, thanks

  34. Peter says:
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    Grey,

    I googled “what is the best ranked fantasy baseball website” and this site came up as #2 out of 20.
    pretty good stuff I must admit!

    Need to keep 2.
    12 team roto.

    Brantley rd 24
    Sale rd 6
    Blackmon rd 27

    I would say Brantley and Sale right off the bat but pitching is so deep. I have a feeling about Blackmon too if he stays in Colorado.

    Thoughts and your recommendation please.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peter: Ha, if only our URL was bestrankedfantasybaseballwebsite.com

      Brantley, Blackmon… Now go sign up for an RCL league…Or start one!

      • Peter says:
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        sorry but what is an RCL league?

        thanks for the keeper recommendation too!

        Do you like Blackmon too?

  35. Swfcdan says:
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    Think Pompey will be usable this year? Owner beat me to him in our prospect draft, but I worked a deal for him sending DJ Peterson. Now to decide whether to promote him this year, or hold him down until next.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Yeah, I go over him in the rankings, and wrote a post about just him

  36. Jason says:
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    So I have a question regarding this post as it reflects on head to head leagues. I personally feel that you can punt speed in a head to head draft. I’ve done it in the past and have had success. Does anyone else feel this is a viable strategy? For example I just did a draft for a head to head league and my first 7 picks went as follows: G. Stanton, E. Encarnacion, J. Upton, A. Pujols, N. Arenado, E. longoria, and J. Heyward. I was then able to draft tyson ross in the 8th round as my 1st pitcher. Does anyone see a problem with starting off a head to draft like this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you can punt speed too

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey: There are tons of great strategies in head-to-head. Punting speed is definitely viable. Punting in general can work well, though I still prefer a team that at least has a chance of winning all 10 categories in a given weak. I actually typically get extra speed in head-to-head and have an awesome pitching staff.

  37. claw dog says:
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    So my 8 keepers in a 12 team 5×5 H2H league are:

    E5
    Donaldson
    Arenado
    Alex Gordon
    CarGonzalez
    Soler
    Scherzer
    Greinke

    These take up the first 8 rounds, so 9th round acts as the first. What position do you think I should be aiming for with my first pick? Obviously it depends on who is available, but what position would you pull for here?

    Thanks Grey! Awesome as always

    • Grey

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      It depends more on what your team looks like

      • claw dog says:
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        @Grey: My team looks like those 8 keepers! Is there a psoition you would shoot for to compliment those 8 guys? Btw its standard yahoo C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 3 OF, 2 UTIL 2 SP, 2 RP, 3 P, 5 Bench

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How could I have known it was 3 OF?

    • NatsFan says:
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      Got Rizzo/Harper in the first two rounds of my NFBC. Nice….only to get nicer when I added Dickerson and Arenado in the third and fourth.

      C- Chirinos
      C- Conger/Vazquez
      1b- Rizzo
      2b- Wong
      SS- Ramirez
      3b- Arenado
      CI- Bogaerts
      MI-Schoop
      OF- Harper
      OF-Dickerson
      OF-Myers
      OF- Pollock
      OF- Cain
      U- Dom. Brown/Asche/Franklin
      P- Carrasco
      P- Hughes
      P- Liriano
      P- Shoemaker
      P- Hutchinson
      P- Gausman
      P- Eovaldi/J. Nelson/Heaney
      P- Robertson
      P- Benoit

      Thoughts?

      • NatsFan says:
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        J. Ramirez not H. Ramirez at SS

  38. Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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    Yippeee!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  39. nick the dick says:
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    Hei Grei, Mei I ask how your dei is going?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why would he go to Mexican? Do those stupid curries that got you there! Oh well… I picked the finale cheftestants on day 1, happy with that turn out…

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: You sure did pick em!…I didn’t understand it either. You were REALLY inspired so much by tomatillos? Stick to the script Greg…Mei’s dessert sealed it though. Solid season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “I’m inspired by really sweet carrots.” Line edited out of Top Chef finale. I didn’t love Ink (Mei’s rest.) the one time I went, but I wonder if her dessert is on the menu now and if I should go back to try it…

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: ” I really wanted to incorporate that rough, scratchy feeling in your throat with the shrimp heads.”….yeah I bet that desserts on there now

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You ever notice Padma always has problems no one else has? Why is she not just a host? I hate her. She’s easily the worst part of the show…

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Haha she does always have some strange little quibble. Overall I dont mind her though, didn’t know you had such strong feelings towards her

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, just seems under-qualified to judge… I’m fine if she stayed as just a host

  40. J-FOH says:
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    So my takeaway here is use common sense in the first two rounds and go start an RCL. How many did cougs & ted start? and why didn’t Jay do a photoshop “play in an RCL or die” puffy poster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why don’t you start a new league?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Ok I will when i get a chance today, kinda running around mad today with Dad having surgery this morning.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hoping for the best for him!

          • J_FOH says:
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            @Grey: thanks man, my mom just called and it went well. He is in recovery now

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Awesome news!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cuz Jay DGAF:

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha!

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Jay looks a lot like a guy who’s house I go past each morning when i take Max for a walk. Dude is always at his iMac.

          Jay lives in Mount Eden, Auckland doesn’t he?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Spammer Jay or JayWrong? Does Jay in Mount Eden have a cartoon cigarette too?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: I thought it was Jay DGIFAF

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          He GIFs many Fs, honestly, but that’s for his home computer and not the public.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Do we want to see those Fs?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              They’re super-imposed F’s of Jennifer Lawrence, no doubt. So as long as you cover part of the screen with your hand, yes.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Can I just wear an eye patch so I can use both hands?

                • J_FOH says:
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                  @Grey: two hands? really? really? seth meyers

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ha

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  So what you’re telling me is the last time I came and visited you weren’t really re-enacting Pirates of the Caribbean…

                  • J_FOH says:
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                    @Sky: that wasn’t a dagger

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      He said it was still sheathed…didn’t realize it was a circumcision joke!

                    • J_FOH says:
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                      extreme spelunknig? I have volume 12-20

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I was spelunking for booty!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Sounds like a very 90’s winter games ‘extreme sports’ pirate to me.

  41. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Excellent stuff Grey. Your analysis moves my suit pants without me having to use my hands, and for that I applaud you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Grey: Whenever the boss walks by my office I quickly minimize the browser and adjust my pants, pretty soon IT is going to be monitoring my web browsing activity. “Nah, he’s not looking at pr0n, just some nerdy fantasy baseball blog”. And that me quoting Alex from IT!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  42. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Who are we pairing Kershaw with? Gotta be Scherzer, Sale or Kluber, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What? No closers?

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m thinking of buying Chapman in the NFBC auction and spending $30 or less on the rest of my pitching staff. Holy all over the map, Albright? NutzTownSteve!

        I am now going NFBC Main Event (sunk my winnings back into Vegas-typical) as well so I’ll have a Serpent and a Rainbow. In the snake I’m taking an ace pitcher.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HaveyouseenmymarblesSteve?! You’re going to Vegas for the draft?

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Yep. Auction champ on Fri and Main Event on Sat. It’s fun. I put in $1500 last year and won $3000 so I basically plowed $3k back in this year.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              How did you win $3000? Win your league? Come in 2nd?

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                2nd. As you and Rudy pointed out years ago, the rake on NFBC is large. And because you’re playing for overall prizes the individual league payout is low. Last year I was in the Primetime, which is their 12 team main event. I was in 1st on the last Thursday of the season but just faded. Had I held on it would have been 6 gees. I also fiinished 13th out of 240 in the overall. Payouts only go down to 9th for the overall. It was oh so close.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  6 gees? Damn, that would’ve been sweet… I do have a very wealthy decent relative in Nigeria that has left me a healthy sum, but still… You’re doing Primetime again?

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Nope prime time. Main Event and Auction.

                    Main Event is the 15 team snake. 100K grand prize with overall bonus for 1-11. League payouts for 1-3 at 6500, 3200, 1600 on 1600 buy in.

                    Auction Champ is a 15 team mixed is with a $20k grand prize and overall bonus for 1-5 plus league payouts for 1-3 at 6500, 2800, 1200 with a 1200 buy in.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I like a top pitcher in a 15-team NFBC draft…. (Assuming no waivers and weekly, right?) How many are usually in Main Event? Or how many were last year? What’s the one that pays out like a million?

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:

                      The main event, which they now call the classic I guess pays 125,000 for the overall. That’s top prize. There are some additional 75K bonuses if you win multiple overall (main + prime or main + online). I guess if you won like everything (NFBC, Primetime, Online overall for all three) $505K. Odds are astro, of course.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh… I thought there was one that was even bigger… That a pig farmer won twice… Maybe it was only 125,000 (not that I’m scoffing at that)

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:

                      He won the 125 plus the bonus. I think he did it twice. Cleared like a quarter million each year. His name is Lindy Hinkelman. I was in a league with him. Met him a couple times out there. He’s got a real balanced style I would describe as “get good players.” He watches a shizz ton on baseball on tv. He’s traditionally been good at spotting a couple of breakout guys every year. There’s a lot of parallels with the WS of Poker in a way. The pig farmer article in the NYT brought a lot of publicity and now there are a lot of newer players with some mathy backgrounds that come out and play.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Lindy Hinkleman! That’s right… Ha! What a name! If you have his contact info, you should tell him we’d happily take a NFBC strategy article from him… Did you watch the Real Sports special on Draft Kings and Fanduel? It was about the mathys coming out to play…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, and I will say ‘watching players’ is huge

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:

                      I didn’t see the Real Sports thing. I’m currently living without a television. I got tired of my kids begging for TV. When the season starts I’m going to subscribe to MLB.

                      I think daily lends itself even more to math because it’s high volume sample size and less subject to strategy and to playing time and injury type risks. Season long has a lot more “game” to it rather than just maximizing odds.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You can prolly find the Real Sports thing online… I’d search it out… I’d also buy the kids a TV… You Amish? Think if you never got to watch Facts of Life or Family Ties! I could see that on having more ‘game’ to it…

                • MattTruss

                  MattTruss says:
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                  @GhostTownSteve: Yea, I’ve been looking at the NFBC, but you’re right, man that rake is tough to swallow. Might just keep taking my shots at DFS instead.

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @MattTruss:

                    It’s worth it if you’re not just in for the money and you kind of get a rush out of playing against the best players.

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                And to be clear it was a $1500 buy in so, I only won $1500 and the rest was return on the original. So I’m kind of going for the parlay this year.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s still not bad at all

  43. ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I just accepted a deal where I get Buxton Ryu Odorizzi Suzuki for Gattis Tanaka and Feliz. Anyway I have a trade on the table where I get Scherzer and CarGo for Longoria and Fielder. I like how this trade strengthen both my OF and SP but am hesitant in losing an extra bat. Also this opens things up when kris bryant eventually gets the starting gig. Still not sure if this deal is ideal for my team.

    c kurt suzuki
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    3b evan longoria
    ss ian desmond
    lf justin upton
    cf austin jackson
    rf steve pearce
    util prince fielder
    bn kris bryant bn bryon buxton bn carl crawford bn dalton pompey

    sp garret richards
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    rp jacob degrom
    rp jordan walden
    p hyun jin ryu p jake odorizzi p neal cotts bn tanner roark bn wily peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have Kershaw, you don’t need Scherzer, but the deal is in your favor

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: if i can flip scherzer for a bat would this trade be a worthwhile move?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends on the bat, but possibly

          • Ryan says:
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            @Grey: A guy in my league would give me adam jones for scherzer and degrom. Is that something worth considering?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure

              • Ryan says:
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                @Grey: So my sp should be still good after losing degrom or should I be worried?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Should be fine

  44. Jay says:
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    puig or Gomez in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez

  45. Bobby says:
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    In a keeper league with big points per strikeout would you trade Chris Sale or Madison Bumgarner for Jose Abreu and Anthony Rendon? If yes, which would you trade first? Thanks for your help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Bumgarner

  46. Jay says:
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    my league is a H2H with 100 max moves, not counting trades.

    I’m trying to set my keepers. We allow draft pick trading and i traded away rds 6-10 for a chance to go for it last year. We allow offseason trading so I am trying to improve either my Draft picks or improve qualtiy of keepers.

    we keep 5, and I have the players to keep all hitters but i also have Sale and Scherzer.

    1. In this situation would it be wise to hold onto one SP? both? or still go 5 hitters? For reference 5 hitters would be Stanton, Upton, Puig, Arenado and Freeman.

    2. possible trade in this league I get Rendon and Stras, I give Puig and Sale.

    3. Can also move either pitcher for Brantley, Donaldson, Desmond

    4. I can get Adam Jones by moving Freeman and Sale. would get a draft pick bump up (TBD) too.

    thanks for taking the time out to answer. Can’t wait to draft my RCL team!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Stanton, Upton, Puig, Arenado, Scherzer 2. Go for it 3. Sale for Desmond sounds fine 4. This is your best option

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey@Grey: : thanks man, so many trade options available I’m just trying to get teh best bunch going into the season as I can. The draft pick shituation makes it tougher.

        One more Carlos gomez or Adam Jones in a keeper…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Spammer Jay, is your league password your draft time?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Spammer Jay, I’m guessing your password isn’t your draft time

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: I got questions y’all!!!

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: not sure what you’re referring to?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are you not Spammer Jay?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I apologize… Spammer Jay is a different commenter… I’d lean Gomez in a keeper

          • Jay says:
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            @Grey: ok good. I thought I was missing something here.

            OR perhaps I need a cooler handle than Jay, although if I do say so myself, it’s pretty freaking awesome

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, nope, it’s fine

  47. Farley says:
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    Hey Grey! Been enjoying all the offseason articles this year, doing a great job as always!

    Need to keep 10 out of this group, $300 cap, 11? team, 5×5 (may be moving to 7×7)

    Any and all thoughts appreciated…

    Currently thinking Desmond/Upton/Stras/Altuve/Gordon/Polanco/JoFer/Wong/and maybe another cheap pitcher like Kenley or Wheeler?

    Ian Desmond 29 David Robertson 16
    Albert Pujols 25 Collin McHugh 10
    Justin Upton 25 Dee Gordon 10
    Freddie Freeman 23 Gregory Polanco 10
    Matt Holliday 23 Jose Fernandez 10
    Shin-Soo Choo 21 Kenley Jansen 10
    Stephen Strasburg 20 Xander Bogaerts 10
    Jose Altuve 17 Chris Archer 6
    Alex Gordon 16 Zack Wheeler 6
    Javier Baez 5 Kolten Wong 5
    Yordano Ventura 4

    Thanks for the input!

    • Farley says:
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      @Farley: Ugh that formatting did not turn out well, apologies for the mess!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Those eight and Bogaerts, Wheeler

      • Farley says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks! I just realized I didn’t differentiate the Gordons… I’m guessing Alex and not Dee correct?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I was guessing Dee

          • Farley says:
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            @Grey: Got it, thanks again!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  48. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Idea. Grey should commish 3 leagues incognito. Advertise it. Sit back and watch the leagues fill instantly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m going to have a contest along these lines, so I suggest starting and filling some leagues

  49. Jvslyke says:
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    Great lost!
    10 team roto, I have mcutchen at 5 as a keeper

    There is a chance that if I draft Rendon, Arenado comes back. If that doesn’t happen am I screwed? Not worth the risk? Should I just roll with Donaldson in the 2nd to be safe and then go for pujols on the 3rd?

    Thanks Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great post or Get lost? I go over Rendon in the post, no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, I see with the addition of the outfielder… I’d go Donaldson, Arenado then Pujols, in that order

  50. Jvslyke says:
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    Great article, sorry! Fn auto type

    So grab Arenado as util with Donaldson.

    My ideal draft would then be
    Mcutchen
    Donaldson
    Arenado
    Pujols
    Marte
    Mike Lavaillere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I assumed you had a corner slot… Don’t draft two 3rd basemen in the first 2 rounds there

  51. J_FOH says:
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    Hey ghost town, since you are our resident Oakland A’s corespondent. I have one for you for S’s & G’s, would like to hear your take. End of the draft flyer, Pomeranz or Hahn?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @J_FOH:

      That’s a really good question. They are very, very close in a way. Both are slightly aging out of prospect status. Pomeranz was a more highly regarded draft pick. Both have some arm troubles in their past. Both have some limitations in their arsenal. Pomeranz is basically a two pitch pitcher. Hahn has more pitches but is heavily reliant on his curve. Both look like they might possibly give around 8ks per 9. Both have some potential walk issues. I think Hahn is the trendier pick so far this off-season probably because he came in trade. I feel like Pomeranz is a slightly higher ceiling guy with a little more risk to him (which you probably prefer at that point in the draft anyway). I think a point in Hahn’s favor is that he has teh best pitch between the two of them (curve) which is a hammer, so he could maybe get off to a hot start before the league adjusts to seeing it. Could look like a poor man’s Sonny Gray. Neither is guaranteed a spot in the rotation and Graveman will be in the mix too (he’s less attractive as a sinkerball guy). Either could get a spot and lose it when Griffin/Parker come back. I could see either one of them having a 3.50.

      I’d say if you’re drafting right now go Hahn, but watch the spring.

      • J_FOH says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: Im not looking but I think they are two of those guys that got good run last year as a back end of your fantasy rotation arms, they just happen to now play on the same team in a good park. Good stuff

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Take Ervin Santana

      • J_FOH says:
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        @Sky: Im saving him for Brian and his twinkies….

      • J_FOH says:
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        @Sky: Im taking McCarthy if Adam would pick already

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          ‘and Adam selects Brandon McCarthy because he’s reading these comments’

          That would be hilarious

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Adam West?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Batman Dance Dot GIF

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                A GIF is in your league? Keanu whoas that

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Basically, everyone is a gif if you think about it.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    “We’re all one long extended GIF” – Sky in front of pulpit at the Church of Memes

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      *Passes around the donation basket asking for bitcoins*

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA

          • J_FOH says:
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            @Sky: isnt he dealing with fake bombs and bubble gum?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @J_FOH: as a lawyer he might be dealing with real bombs

              • J_FOH says:
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                @Sky: what then who is the bomb scare teacher?

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Jamie is the teacher and he picked Bourn which means he has bigger problems than bomb scare threats

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: oh the 2as the bourmb

        • Carnac says:
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          Jack I got the league email – I’ve been on road all week but I’m back tonight.

          What’s with the change from “-” to “_”?

          • J_FOH says:
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            @Carnac: Its a wink to the underrazz…thanks for making me blow my cover

  52. OtisNixonLovedRaines'Rocks says:
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    What’s up Grey….

    So I wanted to revisit a simple question

    You gave me some advice after last season for keepers…

    I can keep 6 with no $ value attached or loss of draft rounds. Very simple keeper league.

    I am keeping

    Billy
    this lil Puig
    Kyle Seager
    Papi
    Kole Calhoun (still feel the k and C are wring…KC and the moonlight band?)

    Then it is….

    Choice of 3.

    Chris Hurry K’d Carter….who somehow with 37 hr could NOT get his ops over 800 (oh ya this IS an ops league)
    Aroldis Chapman
    Lucas PooPoo WetTail Duda.

    Carter has OF eligibility which is the only thing making me lean that way…Duda might get better OPS and counting stats and Aroldis is ….he just is Aroldis.

    Who do you keep from those 3?

    thanks for answering my COMPLETELY unrelated question. I am NOW that guy.

    Ok let’s force it to relate. In terms of “pairings” who do you keep?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aroldis

  53. The JoGarza says:
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    Grey,

    Funny reading Goldie’s blurb because I have him, Arenado, AND Dickerson in a keeper, all past the 10th round. Same with Betts and Soler.

    Now, it looks like where I’ll be drafting in the first round, some top SP (Stras, Felix, Bum, Darvish) will be there. Batters look like Beltre, Hanley, Desmond And Ellsbury.

    With so much offense off the bat for me, would it be wise to commit a sin and take a SP, or hope no one reaches for Desmond and Hanley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Felix there

  54. S.H says:
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    I have a trade offer Cespedes for Calhoun , E.Butler and Taillon, what side would you prefer in a head to head points keeper league.?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yoenis

  55. SteveNZ says:
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    Top 20 from pre-season player rater for 6×6 w/OBP looks like this:

    1 Mike Trout
    2 Miguel Cabrera
    3 Giancarlo Stanton
    4 Andrew McCutchen
    5 Jose Abreu
    6 Jose Bautista
    7 Paul Goldschmidt
    8 Edwin Encarnacion
    9 Troy Tulowitzki
    10 Anthony Rizzo
    11 Yasiel Puig
    12 David Ortiz
    13 Carlos Gomez
    14 Adrian Beltre
    15 Carlos Gonzalez
    16 Prince Fielder
    17 Jose Altuve
    18 Joey Votto
    19 Hanley Ramirez
    20 Ryan Braun

    So obviously no Rendon (he’s at 35) or Adam Jones (he’s at 26) from the guys you’re really bullish on for standard ESPN formats (Big jumps for Papi, Prince and Votto, obviously)

    Would that be enough for you to NOT draft Rendon and Jones where you have them in an OBP league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes on Jones, I wouldn’t be worried about grabbing Rendon in the top 20 and would be more bullish on Prince still… Fine on Votto and Papi…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Just to be clear – you’d take Votto and Papi at those draft spots?

        I mean, could likely get them later than that, but you’d take them there?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          God no… I’d bump them up though a few rounds… Maybe around 35 for Ortiz and 60 for Votto

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Gotcha. Still getting up to speed this year!

            I see Yahoo has Rendon at 19 currently, so not going to be able to wait on him for too long, if I get into a position to draft him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You have to take him at the end of the 1st, early 2nd in every league is my guess

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Yep.

                Joey Bats and Miggy look interesting in Yahoo OBP leagues with their multi-position eligibility…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, either in an OBP league is solid

  56. Mariano says:
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    Dear Grey,

    Thank you for your articles and advice. I have the 12th pick in my draft, its a 12 team H2H snake draft. With one of my picks 12 or 13, I am almost sure I will get Rendon. With the other, who would you prefer of the following who might be available: Adam Jones, Bautista, Car Gomez, Rizzo, Encarnacion.

    I will draft Arenado 36th overall following your advice, who should I target at 37? Probably: Dickerson, Marte, Pence, Harper, Adrian Gonz..

    Thanks!!

    • Hoosier Daddy says:
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      @Mariano: There was an entire paragraph dedicated to this question in the body of today’s article

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Jones, Rizzo… Dickerson, Harper

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Mariano:
      With those five available
      I would not take Rendon

  57. dem ribbies says:
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    Which team would you rather keep?
    $200 budget – H2H (OPS/R/RBI/HR/SB)-(QS/K/ERA/Whip/S)

    Team 1 – $92 of $200
    1B-Goldy (29)
    2B-Dozier (4)
    3B-Chris Davis (6)
    OF-Stanton (35)
    OF-Brantley (3)
    OF-Soler (3)
    OF-Myers (3)
    DH-Frazier (3)
    SP-Ross (3)
    SP-Wood (3)
    Needs: SS, C, 3SP, 3RP, 5 bench

    Team 2 – $63 of $200 (losing Stanton and Myers for Kluber and Dickerson)
    1B-Goldy (29)
    2B-Dozier (4)
    3B-Chris Davis (6)
    OF-Dickerson(7)
    OF-Brantley (3)
    OF-Soler (3)
    DH-Frazier (3)
    SP-Kluber (2)
    SP-Ross (3)
    SP-Wood(3)
    Needs: SS, C, OF, 2SP, 3RP, 5 bench

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team 1

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Grey:

        ok, last one….

        Which team would you rather keep?
        $200 budget – H2H (OPS/R/RBI/HR/SB)-(QS/K/ERA/Whip/S)

        Team 1 – $92 of $200
        1B-Goldy (29)
        2B-Dozier (4)
        3B-Chris Davis (6)
        OF-Stanton (35)
        OF-Brantley (3)
        OF-Soler (3)
        OF-Myers (3)
        DH-Frazier (3)
        SP-Ross (3)
        SP-Wood (3)
        Needs: SS, C, 3SP, 3RP, 5 bench

        Team 2 – $78 of $200 (losing Stanton, Dozier, Frazier for Rendon, Dickerson, Donaldson)
        1B-Goldy (29)
        2B-Rendon (4)
        3B-Donaldson (17)
        OF-Dickerson(7)
        OF-Brantley (3)
        OF-Soler (3)
        OF-Myers (3)
        DH-Chris Davis (6)
        SP-Ross (3)
        SP-Wood(3)
        Needs: SS, C, 3SP, 3RP, 5 bench

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1

  58. Jef with 1 f says:
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    Why do I have O.D.B, baby I got your money, stuck in my head….oh I remember waking up on the couch last night and I could hear my wife singing it in the bedroom upstairs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! You’re gonna be hearing that for the next 6-9 months, unfortunately…

      • Jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: lol…thank god for baseball

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Amen!

      • Jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: have you been down this road before?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve had bad breakups before… Never divorce… But I’m still young!

          • Jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: ha yeah this is a first for me too

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hopefully last too

              • Jef with 1 f says:
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                @Grey: yeah I’d be shocked if I ever got married againbut I guess you never know

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Famous last words. Which isn’t as tasty as Nathan’s Famous… I’m hungry.

                  • Jef with 1 f says:
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                    @Grey: mmm they are good

  59. Funny Name says:
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    In my keeper league we keep our best 7 (top 84) no limit to yrs. Greinke is my 7th, 2nd pitcher, should I trade him for someone’s first pick(8th round) and keep Arrieta. This would work out to Greinke for Arrieta and a Carrasco/Ross type. Or stick with the better player. Do you see Arrieta as a better keeper anyway for the next 2-4 yrs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, trade Greinke

  60. L-Boogie says:
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    General keeper question for a first-time keeper-er. Should I always try to keep the maximum number allowed? Example. I can keep min 6/max 8 guys. There are 7 I plan on keeping. The rest are junk. Should I bother keeping another guy like Lucroy in the 20th or Jhonny Peralta in the 19th in case they pay off or throw them back and see if I can do better in those rounds?

    Thanks.

    • J_FOH says:
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      @L-Boogie: I don’t know but what i do know is you should start an RCL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on the guys…. I wouldn’t keep those guys

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey: How many teams in the league? If you don’t have a catcher, you could do worse than Lucroy in round 20. That’s a good keeper.

  61. Steve says:
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    1 last keeper-Calhoun$7,BHam$18,Avisail$5,DSantana$5,Chapman$9,GRichards$7,Baez$5. Use OBA,R,HR,RBI,SB. QS,Sholds,K/BB,K,WHIP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Calhoun

  62. Chris says:
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    Hope I don’t get slaughtered for this comment but can someone tell me the fun of keeping all these guys from year to year? Isn’t the best part of this the draft every year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure who you’re commenting to

      • Chris says:
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        Just a general statement if you have a 12 team league and everyone keeps 7 or 8 guys who do you draft? I guess I’m just such a draft freak that wouldn’t be fun to me thats around 90 guys gone before the draft starts. To each their own.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends who’s available

  63. Mannyforpresident says:
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    Grey,

    Great work, as always.. Best fantasy site, hands down. About the pairings..I’m in a 16 team, points, keeper league. I have the 4th pick in the draft and we all keep two hitters, two pitchers, one rookie, and two minor leaguers. I have Adam Jones, Manny Machado, and George Springer as my hitters and rookie.

    Looking at the available free agent hitters on CBS projections has Donaldson, Freeman, Votto, Agonz, Carlos Gomez, Chris Davis, Pujols, and Dozier. Looking at your lists as well as a bunch of others, the names that stand out the most are Cargo and Donaldson. I think the guy in front of me is taking donaldson, so I could land Gomez who’s ranked as a first rounder everywhere. My problem, if I take Cargo, my OF is full and some of those first basemen may not be around when I pick at the end of the second round. I like getting the best available, but with the pairings article, it might make more sense to take the first basemen and try and snag Starling or a different 3rd OF a few rounds later…

    So, what do you think? Would you take the first and which one or would you just go best available and snag Cargo? Kind of a long post, my bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hey, hands back up! Take a 1B and Marte if you can later

  64. J-FOH says:
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    Setting draft dates 40+days away is like waiting for your girlfriend from Canada to come visit you over the summer.

    • Jef with 1 f says:
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      @J-FOH: preach on brother

    • nick the dick says:
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      @J-FOH: J-Foh, King of the Analorgy

    • nick the dick says:
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      @J-FOH: *Analogy, silly autocorrect

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        *correct autocorrect

        • nick the dick says:
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          @Sky: He is in the annals of history as one of the best. Always cums correct.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Truer words have never been said about JFOH.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: Jack For Our History

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: agree with sky

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I think that autocorrect looks all right to me

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: why do i so easily agree with that?

            • nick the dick says:
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              @J-FOH: The complete absence of shame in your game

              • J-FOH says:
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                @nick the dick: just like ODB? (actually I don’t know it just sounds right, I’m just going thru wu tang the last couple of years, get into solo albums) *ducks head*

                • nick the dick says:
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                  @J-FOH: When you drop your album and then go cash your welfare check, i’d say yeah, that kind of shamelessness…..now stay ducked down before I ninja star a Wu Tang album at your head for being so late on solo Wu albums

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Great question!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: so we have an analrapist and an analorgy

                • nick the dick says:
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                  @J-FOH: Not just any analrapist, a funky one. I assume your analorgies have a decent amount of funk to them too.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @nick the dick: lots of sweat and sticky icky

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Razz stamp of approval applied

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @J-FOH: Its like you’re going to Katz’ Deli for a pastrami sandwich and you get on the M15 downtown local at 96th street…speaking from past experience.

  65. Tom says:
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    How does snake draft strategy differ in a a 10 team each category (i.e. not points) h2h league vs 10 team roto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over draft strategy for each next week…

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey: Awesome sauce!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Indeedy!

  66. Terrence Mann says:
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    Think you’ll like this team. 5×5.

    C Grandal
    C Iannetta

    1B Pujols
    3B Arenado
    CI Hosmer
    DH Toma’s

    2B Wong
    SS Santana
    MI Owings

    OF Pacman
    OF Harper
    OF Bruce
    OF Pollock
    OF Fowler

    P
    Greinke
    Wood
    Lagos
    Stroman
    Hutchinson
    Cingrani
    Santana
    Peavy
    Nelson

    Allen
    Rondon
    Hawkins
    Mejia

    Where am I light?

    • Terrence Mann says:
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      @Terrence Mann:

      Oh. Left out Hahn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea how many teams

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @Grey: 12

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching looks a little weak for 12 team, but not awful… I just don’t like Greinke… You look light on speed too…

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I love Greinke. Rudy pointed out Harper may not be running this year. That would hurt my sb, big time. I should kill in k’s, right?

  67. los locos says:
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    I got to keep 4 of the players below.

    So am I keeping Pence over Frazier?

    There will be 70 guys gone in my keeper draft, I have the 10th & 11th pick.. Not sure I can Frazier back with no of those picks. I was thinking taking Dickerson and best available, right now according to friends Chris Davis might fall to me… Thoughts?

    McCann, Brian(C) NYY
    Frazier, Todd(1B,3B) CIN
    Kinsler, Ian(2B) DET
    Arenado, Nolan(3B) COL
    Ramirez, Hanley(SS) BOS
    Cabrera, Melky(OF) CHW
    Carter, Chris(OF) HOU
    Pence, Hunter(OF) SF
    Brantley, Michael(OF) CLE

    Moss, Brandon(1B,OF) CLE
    Peralta, Jhonny(SS) STL
    Calhoun, Kole(OF) LAA
    Heyward, Jason(OF) STL
    Hunter, Torii(OF) MIN
    Rios, Alex(OF) KC
    Machado, Manny(3B) BAL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, Hanley, Pence, Brantley

  68. MLO says:
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    How much do you add with Adam Jones in a trade for Giancarlo? Is it a you make the deal happen at all costs type? Or do you keep it with a couple small upgrades?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t understand

      • MLO says:
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        In a Keeper league (56 players kept overall) and being asked to trade Adam Jones the 7th and 9th picks overall for Stanton and later round picks (yet to be negotiated) With your rankings my 7th and 9th picks could potentially be players like Pujols/Davis and then people outside the top 50

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Giancarlo

          • Jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: because he makes you Randy baby…can’t put a price on that

  69. Hoog says:
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    Hey Geay, in a 12 team H2H keeper league that counts R, HR, RBI, AVG, SLG, BB, NSB for hitters and QS, BB’s, K’s, ERA, WHIP, NSV, and holds for pitchers. Been offered Braun and Carrasco for my Wainwright and Holliday. I know hoow you feel about wainwright, but i also know what you said about braun. What are your thoughts on this trade?

    My lineup looks like this predraft:
    1b: Abreu
    2b: Cano
    3b: Arenado
    SS: Tulo
    OF: Jones, Braun, Marte
    Util:Pujols
    BN: Holliday, Beltre
    SP: Bumgarner, Wainwright, Wheeler, Gray, Anibal and Shoemaker

    I could probably get decent pitching back if i waited on dealing wainwright.

    Thanks!

    • Jef with 1 f says:
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      @Hoog: I’m not Geay but I’d take Carrasco side

  70. Matt says:
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    I am competing now in dynasty and need saves bad. Lost Doolittle. How far down your saves list would you go before you wouldnt trade Doo for another closer?

  71. Wake Up says:
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    This just in…it took MJ 17 takes to sing that GIRL is not my lover…

    • Happy Vegans says:
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      @Wake Up: 6 degrees of MJ… ‘Eruption’ by EVH was a one-and-done

  72. James says:
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    I am already keeping trout rendon and rizzo. Who would you suggest I take with my first and second pics. I have pick 9 and 12. Should I take the top two guys regardless of position?

  73. Matt says:
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    I’m looking for some help on my NL keepers this year. Through some wick-ahd (i’m not even from Boston but I am drinking Sam Adams. It’s 10:30 here, but 5:00 in between timezones somewhere) smart drafting in years past I have redonk guys and rock bottom draft prices I can keep them at. I can keep 4 total. I have to choose between Stanton and McCutchen with my first round pick. After that I have three left from Goldschmidt in round 8, Puig in 9, Rendon in 11 or Strasburg in 16.

    I’m leaning towards skipping Strasburg and taking all bats, but is Goldschmidt enough power to get Cutch and Rendon, or is Stanton and Goldy too much power? Can i have too much power? If i do take Strasburg do I skip Puig or Rendon? It’s a H2H league, so I guess Puig since he is so streaky?

    Grassy -ass!

    • Matt says:
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      @Matt:

      I am not the same Matt as posted a few posts above me… dang comon names.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Take questions to my newest post

  74. Bill G says:
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    Hey man – draft strategy question here…

    In a 12 team h2h league with 7×7 categories (OPS/Ks added for hitters and Losses/Quality Starts added for pitchers), do you think this strategy could work?

    Stocking up on hitters and closers. Try to win every hitting category possible then get a bunch of good closers and hope to win 4 of 7 pitching categories (Losses, Saves, ERA, WHIP)

    Keep in mind the inning minimum every week is 10 Innings Pitched and our pitching roster spots looks like this…
    SP-
    SP-
    SP-
    SP-
    SP-
    RP-
    RP-

    Stud closers tend to go LATE in this league, only Chapman got taken in the top 100 last year. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, it could work… I would advise getting at least a few starters, don’t have to top notch ones… I don’t love punt starters…

      • Bill G says:
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        @Grey:

        This is true… because there’s still a chance 3 or 4 closers still may not notch 10 IP in a given week.

        I’m normally unconventional and like to think of different ways to win. This one interested me and I may try it in my $ league this year.

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