If you’re like me most days, you’re sitting in your car beneath an underpass and writing ALF fan fiction, but today we have a different type of fantasy for you to engage in.  No, not your fantasy where it’s you and that girl from high school in a tub of Alphabet Soup and you write her a love letter on her back in noodles!  This is a fantasy baseball fantasy!  Because you know what would be really cool?  If you could join a fantasy baseball league that was against, like, 1000 other fantasy baseball teams.  But not a 1000-person league, where people are trying to figure out who the back-up third baseman is on the Single-A Astros affiliate, the Corpus Christi Amscrayers.  No, this is a 12-person league designed so you compete against eleven other people in your league, then 90 other leagues of twelve.  That would be cool.  Oh, wait, we’ve done that.  It’s called the Razzball Commenter Leagues, and they’re back, and you don’t even have to be a commenter to join it!  For a limited time only, get your loved one a fantasy baseball league!  That’s right, your hearts go pitter-patter or you’re dead on the inside (my condolences).  Since back in June when you abandoned your fantasy baseball team because it was totally sucking and you returned to your cubbyhole of leftover Chinese food and Teddy Grahams, you’ve longed for this day.  As Bob Marley sang, this is your redemption song, mon.  Or womon, for our five girl readers.  It’s time again to join some fantasy baseball leagues!

Before you close all of your extraneous porn windows and rush to sign up, let’s explain how these fantasy baseball leagues are going to work.  We’re going to have a bunch of leagues and crown a winner from each, then we’re going to crown ONE winner from all of the winners.  We will be crowning the winner by taking each team’s points and multiplying it against a ‘league competitiveness factor.’  If you want to see how it worked last year, go here.

So we’re going to fill up as many fantasy leagues as we can for the next seven weeks.  Each fantasy baseball league will be a mixed league, 12 team, snake draft, roto, 5×5, 5 OFs, one Middle Infielder, one Corner Infielder, one Utility, 9 pitchers, 20 game positional eligibility, 1400 innings max, 1000 IP minimum with 3 DL slots.  The major changes from last year is a 1400 IP cap (69% of you wanted this over Games Start cap), 3 DL spots vs. 2 and 500 moves per year.  Our survey of youse said the majority wanted a 300 move cap, but we decided to do a 500 move cap, figuring more the merrier.  That shouldn’t be inhibitive for even those who rosterbate until they are blind.

Unlike last year, the leagues will be at Fantrax. Now, before you get hives because change scares you, Fantrax is going to make this a much better experience.  Because:

A) We don’t have to setup our leagues anymore!  Yay for small miracles!  You won’t get to June and be like, “Wait a minute, why is my league H2H and every other league is roto?”  All you have to do is click a link, insert the league ID and password (razzball).  Password is always razzball and it is caps sensitive.  If you don’t see a spreadsheet, it might be because you’re using an ad blocker.  I can’t buy Cougs fancy jewels because of you, thanks!

B) We can do some leagues where there’s a cash payout.  Now if that fire deep in your lower intestine doesn’t burn unless there’s money on the line, money will be literally online.  There will, of course, be free leagues too.  60% of leagues will be free, 20% will be for $10, 20% for $20, and there will be no rake for Razzball.  100% payout (minus Paypal or credit card transaction fees).  The Fantrax league page says something about a Premium League fee, but you can ignore that.

C) There’s no C.

D) I think there were only two reasons, but let me think.

E)  Hmm…

F)  That’s right!  F!  As in eff ESPN!  We gave them our business for ten years and you know what they gave us?  *crickets*  Nothing, and apparently I have a cricket problem.  Guess it’s better than moths!  Wait, crickets don’t turn into moths, do they?

We’re going to start with 75 leagues and see how we do from there. To join a league… Sorry, again for the people in the back of the room:

TO JOIN A LEAGUE

Click the LINK in the ‘League Link’ column (see below grid) for the time you want and enter the League ID from the spreadsheet and password –> razzball.  Password is always razzball — lower case.  If you’re not signed up at Fantrax, you need to do that too (it’s free).  Damn, that’s too easy.  Oh, I guess I should also mention make sure you’re joining a league for free or for money, depending on your preference.  That’s it!

THE BIG PRIZE

All leagues (paid and free) will play for the big prize.  So, what do you win?  You win bragging rights!  Not just any bragging rights, but the bragging rights that you beat a thousand or so other people, and you can emphasize the “or so” as emphatically as you’d like.  What?  Not enough?  Okay, for this year’s prize we’re taking the bull out of bulloney.  We are upping the ante.  “Hey, Olympic high jumper, can you jump over this ante?”  No, you can’t, it’s been upped too high.  LOOK, it’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s our ante!  “Excuse me, astronomer, is that a satellite orbiting earth?”  No, son, it’s Razzball’s ante.  They upped it.  This year we are giving away a $250 Best Buy Gift card, which can buy just about anything (up to $250).  I recently bought a TV that sits underneath my toilet seat so when I whizz I can watch TV.  Granted, I bought this in a dream I had and I was married to Sofia Vergara in said dream, but this must exist, right?  Also, for s’s and g’s, I’ll throw in a Razzball t-shirt because I have 14,000 of these and I’ve already outfitted all the homeless people in my neighborhood with SAGNOF t-shirts.  But, most importantly, you will be crowned the 2018 Razzball Commenter League Champion.  Okay, now sign up…

   
  1. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Nice! I’m in!

    Never like change, but the 1 thing I like about Fantrax is the ability to upload your rankings with the “Rank Players” link.

    Have not been able to find a “settings” page which lists things like the 1400 IP max. Was specifically wondering if there are limits on hitters and an IP minimum.

    • MattTruss

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      Vin’s BACK! Glad to have you back in the fold!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Vin! I don’t think there’s a limit on hitters, but let me check… Is anyone doing the tiers this year?

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: I have done tiers for my own use, so didn’t inlude the tier names or go all the way through your list of players, but anyone is welcome to it for use or as a start to the complete tier sheet.

        • Mike Adamson says:
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          @VinWins: Thanks Vin! You’re such a gentleman.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah okay, thanks Vin!

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: I’m not seeing the link in my previous comment. Trying again.

            • VinWins

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              @VinWins: Not sure what is happening, so I put the link in the RCL forum.

              • Brother of Vin says:
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                @VinWins: Could try BBCode

                [url=https://www.fantrax.com/fantasy/league/mlb/join]Fantrax[/url]

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: Found on my team page there are no limits on hitters; still wondering if there is a minimum IP.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’ll try to get you an answer

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s good there’s no max on hitters tho

  2. Long-time listener, first-time caller…I think I’ll join a league this year. I love the show and listen every day!

    OT:
    Hey Grey, what’s with your disdain for Bitcoin? You had me absolutely rolling with the Jay-Z, Mike Trout 1B rap/blurb. Then you stabbed me in the (proverbial) back with the cryptocurrency jab in Goldy’s blurb in the projections.

    I am, by profession, a high-volume OTC crypto trader and market maker so I may be biased b/c Bitcoin pays the (literal) bills for my family. But I honestly didn’t know that there were still people out there who didn’t work for a bank and were under 55yrs old who were down on crypto. What gives?

    The great Austin Millbarge once said, “We mock what we don’t understand.”

    • Grey

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      @DegenerateBeast: Thanks! I don’t have disdain for it, I was simply poking fun… About two podcasts ago, I actually talk about how I bought Bitcoin (I actually bought Ripple, but thought that might be too inside baseball for people)… I’ve since lost my shirt on that investment, but live and learn!

      • Grey

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        Haha

  3. The Fighting Chicken says:
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    Looking to join a dynasty league, preferably new with a slow draft on Fantrax. But if anyone has spots/wants to start one up let me know!

  4. Mike Adamson says:
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    Oh boy is this great!

  5. Earl says:
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    I just joined one of these on Mar 7 and it says something about premium fee of like 79.95 due in April??

    • Earl says:
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      @Earl: sorry it was league m4ow9m3qjdia9r3i on Mar 7.

      • howtathor says:
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        @Earl: That fee is just if we choose to partake in the premium features like minor leagues etc. Otherwise it’s free for our purposes.

    • MattTruss

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      Ignore anything about fees, that message should disappear soon. Thanks for joining!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: It says in the post I co-wrote with past years Grey, no fees, including that one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: League fees should all be waived now, should not see that anymore

  6. Earl says:
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    How do we get in one of the leagues with you, Master Lothario Grey? Or is that honour by special invite only, ha ha!

    • howtathor says:
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      @Earl: I miss being able to see who the league organizer is in the spreadsheet. Last year I had the good forturne of competing with Lifshitz, Maher and Visbisky in 3 different leagues.

      • Earl says:
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        @howtathor: Yeah, I think it would be cool to get into a league with Grey, Ralph or Rudy. But then again there are a lot of other people who post here that looks like it will be good competition in any league.

    • Grey

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      @Earl: I’m thinking about getting in every $20 league… What do I have to win to break even? One league?

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: If there are 80 leagues, it would cost you $320. Then it would depend on what % is going to the winner.

        • Grey

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          There won’t be 80 leagues of $20 though… So, if I join 10 leagues of $20 for $200, then I have to win one to break even and upside is $2000, I sound like a degenerate

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: No 20% of 80 leagues (“60% of leagues will be free, 20% will be for $10, 20% for $20”) would be 16 (*$20 = $320). If there are 50 leagues, then 10 should be $20 leagues. And, would first place be $200?

            • VinWins

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              @VinWins: Do not question my math!

              • Grey

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                I am concerned that if I’m breaking up my talent into so many leagues I’d be stretched too thing tho

            • Grey

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              Haha, know you’re right, but 16 leagues seems like a lot… So ten of the $20 leagues is $200, then I have to win one to break even (close at least) with nothing but upside after that one win…

              • VinWins

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                @Grey: You’re probably getting more sleep than you need anyway. Go for it!

                • Grey

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                  You ain’t lying, Vin, I’m like a hibernating bear in the winter… Without baseball, I go to sleep at like 1030 and wake around 630… So old!

                  • Sauceman says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Hey Grey, join the $20 March 6 at 9pm league…wanna test my skills against one of the best in the Biz!

                    • Grey

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                      I might, Sauceman, let me ruminate

                    • Earl says:
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                      @Sauceman: Did Grey join in this league? I did hoping he might also be there but I guess we will see.

  7. knucks says:
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    Through 33 of 50 NFBC Rounds… anyone with any experience have any thoughts/feedback on this roster?

    C-Alfaro
    C-C Vasquez
    1B-Hosmer
    2B-Dee Gordon
    3B-Arenado
    SS- Lindor
    OF- Puig, Castellanos (3B/OF), Mancini(1B/OF), Mazara, Brinson
    CI- Rendon
    MI-Tim Anderson
    Util- Renfroe
    SP- Verlander, Tanaka, Bauer, Pomeranz, Wacha, Snell, Manaea
    RP- Osuna, Treinen

    Bench Bats- Acuna, McMahon (1B only), CJ Cron, Scooter Gennett (2B Only)

    Bench Arms- Odorizzi, Straily, VVelasquez, Clevinger, Ziegler, RMadson

    Planning to grab 3 more MIs, 3 more OFs, 2 more Catchers, 5 SPs and 4 RPs in the final 17 rounds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Looking solid so far! You’re doing fine with SPs now, your OF is now a bit upsidey… Is there a Melky type around?

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Markakis is still there. But was going to go with Delmonico and Gamel. Should I trade one of them out for Markakis?

        • Grey

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          Not guys I’m fond of, who else?

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: Just to be clear about your non-fondness of Delmonico and Gamel… this is because they are an upside play and we are not looking for that at the moment, due to format, correct?

            • Grey

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              Yeah, they are upside plays, you don’t need that right now

              • knucks says:
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                @Grey: Perfect, exactly what I needed to hear. Gonna go Pence next pick. will let Delmonico/Gamel fall closer to their ADP and reevalute what I need in a few rounds. Thanks!

                I’m planning to grab Trevor Williams, Jed Lowrie, Brad Miller, Cam Rupp in the coming rounds. Would you veto any of those thoughts?

                • Grey

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                  Forget Rupp

                  • knucks says:
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                    @Grey: How many Catchers would you roster in this league? Is grabbing 4 too many? Is a handcuff for Alfaro a bad call?

                    • Grey

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                      4 isn’t too many, but you don’t need Rupp yet — Just draft someone like Iannetta in round 30

                    • knucks says:
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                      @knucks: We’re in Round 35 right meow and here are some of the top catchers around still…

                      Kurt Suzuki, Maldanado, Yan Gomes, Cervelli, Bruce Maxwell. Most teams have 3 already, which is pretty silly to me, but whatevs.

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          @knucks: Heyward, Chisenhall, Pence, Granderson, Alex Gordon… a bunch of dirty brown water trash to be honest. I feel like I’m just listing guys with zero upside

          • Grey

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            Meh, I’d prolly go Pence

          • Grey

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            Zero upside is fine with that OF you have

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @knucks: OF for sure I’d want Pence or Granderson next.

            Also if there’s any guys out there with multiple position eligibility they get moved up my rankings at this point in the draft. Someone who might be able to get 300 ABs and help some stats out when you get injuries to your top 3 picks.

            Valbuena, Forsythe, Spangenberg, Henan Perez types.

            • knucks says:
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              @The Great Knoche: Most of these guys are gone. Hhere are some darts, you see any that standout besides Forsythe? We are at pick 412 at the moment and I put guys ADPs next to them for reference of how long they might be around.

              #406 Brandon Philips (2B/3B)
              #432 Forsythe (2B/3B)
              #446 Yolmer Sanchez (2B/3B)
              #458 Wilmer Difo (2B/SS)
              #463 Johan Camargo (SS/3B)
              #464 Chad Pinder (SS/OF)
              #481 Zobrist (2B/OF)
              #495 Torreyes (2B/3B/SS)
              #520 Kike Hernandez (SS/OF)

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @knucks: Pinder has best shot at more ABs due to power. I wouldnt draft these guys a lot higher than ADP, but if you are looking at a couple guys, and one of them is one of these guys, take the guy with Multi Position eligibility.

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      @knucks:

      Jorge Soler! Best shape of his life.

      Dustin Fowler from the A’s there? Matt Joyce had a very quiet 25 HR season last year and will hold down the good side of the LF platoon.

      Scott Kingery? Colin Moran around? Alex Verdugo? Austin Hays in Baltimore. Meadows in Pittsburg. Alford in Toronto.

      • knucks says:
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        @OaktownSteve:Soler/Fowler/Kingery/Hays… they gone.

        Have Moran on my list to grab soon if he is still there… will add Verdugo/Alford/Joyce to the list.

        My targets in the next few rounds for guys who will get ABs are Brad Miller/Jedd Lowrie/JordyMercer

        Others like Iglesias/Dixon Machado and the names in my reply to Knoche are still around. Except Forsythe was just taken. Can’t wait for this draft to be over at this point.

        Thanks brutha, appreciate the tips.

  8. knucks says:
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    This is awesome, I’m looking forward to trying my luck in a few. In other news… ESPN fantasy baseball is still not ready. F ‘em!

  9. Jbona3 says:
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    Just want to say it’s great you, Rudy, and the team reached out to Razzball Nation (Razzites? Razzies? Razzballers?) to get feedback on the RCL’s and use that feedback to improve the RCL experience for everyone. Kudos!

    • Grey

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      @Jbona3: Just trying to make readers happy…

  10. Cram It says:
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    So no more having to commish the leagues huh? That’s a relief!

    • Grey

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      @Cram It: Right?! I’m thinking about getting in these $20 leagues, figure only have to win one to break even… Is this how a person becomes a professional gambler?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Yup! I’m definitely joining some money leagues. People have to pay before joining the league I take it?

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I think they take credit card or Paypal… No take from the kitty tho which is good

  11. Vjg says:
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    If anybody is running a roto league on yahoo, leaguesafe, with a buy in let me know!
    [email protected]

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vjg: Why not join a league here?

  12. rosco says:
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    How do I join a league with you, Grey?

    • Grey

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      @rosco: I’m tempted to join a bunch of leagues bc I’m so anxious for the season…

  13. FrankGrimes says:
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    Is there an FCL this year?

    • MattTruss

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      I’m working on it Grimey, I will let you know.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @MattTruss:

        I might like in on that.

        • MattTruss

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          DONE! Dig the avi too, haha. I don’t think I have your email address, but I can find you in the comments easy enough. I’ll post once it’s open.

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @MattTruss: Yeah how do we get old time leagues like FCL, ECFBL, DFS Anon with the same people (If they want in)

            • MattTruss

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              Efforting…

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @MattTruss:

        ok cool

        • MattTruss

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          Alright, all my FCL peoples, shoot me an email so we make sure you get in: trussellm at gmail dot com. I let you know the info to join and we can start figuring out who we’re missing.

    • Grey

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      @FrankGrimes: All the standard leagues will be back

  14. Jose says:
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    Been reading for 3-4 years now and have always just participated in H2H leagues with Friends. Playing a RCL should show how good (or bad?) I really am at this…

    Thanks for all the work Razzball! You guys are the best.

    • Grey

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      @Jose: No problem, good luck!

  15. Justin says:
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    Interesting to note some changes to Tristan Cockcroft’s rankings (Grey’s BFF over at ESPN)…

    Nola #77
    Tanaka #89
    Castillo #116
    Bauer #119
    Eddie Rosario #142

    All these are big jumps for these players. I don’t have the exact amount of jump but they are all significant. I wonder how often changes like this happen post Grey’s rankings? Could it be the ESPN fantasy guys are poaching info from Razzball?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: They’ve changed since I posted?

      • Justin says:
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        @Grey:

        Mr.Cock’s have

        • Grey

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          That sucks bc last week I wrote a post with his old rankings vs. mine

          • swaggerjackers says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, he seems to be updating them several times a week. I don’t think it would be worth doing that “ESPN Vs. Razzball” post until March. Otherwise it won’t be relevant by the time people are drafting.

            • Grey

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              I’m not going on their schedule

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Justin: Cockcroft *swoon*

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Justin: cockraft was jfoh’s friend, grey correctly points out that him and others at those sites either don’t care at all or have actual disdain for their own readers.

  16. Will says:
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    What are your thoughts on Domingto Santana after the Yellich trade? You have him ranked #154 but he’s going much higher in early ADP results (around 75th) and a few services have him ranked as high as #48. Those are pretty big differences. MILW has to trade him for pitching, right?

    • Justin says:
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      @Will:

      I’d stay away from Domingo until I know where he is landing. No way he should be drafted in top 100 until we know where he is going. If he stays in Milwaukee he won’t be getting everyday at-bats so he’d be pretty useless. If he gets traded to a worse home ballpark it would depress his value.

    • Grey

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      @Will: I had him crazy high — top 60 overall — prior to the trade, but then I lowered him bc I don’t know if I buy this Braun move to 1B yet, and will it be 100% of the time? Domingo seems to have lost 100 ABs at least

      • Will says:
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        Thanks. Unless he gets moved he’s looking like a 4th OF right now.

        • Grey

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          He could be third for 70% of the time with Braun at 1st base, but it won’t be 100%, my guess, and that lowers him at least 50 spots in overall rankings

  17. Willy Mo says:
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    Grey u should join league id: qu4ohlz4jau5a0gg

    Draft is monday march 5th 8pm est

    Solid cast of characters with Rudy, Vin and others. 8 of 12 so far. Free.

    • Grey

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      I’m thinking about getting in non-free ones… Rudy’s in a league already?!

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: wow, bitcoin, $10 dollar leagues. Whats next DFS?!?!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’M OUT OF CONTROL!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Is this the beginning of the shame spiral?

          • Willy Mo says:
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            @Grey: keep calm and draft Aaron Nola

            • Grey

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              I like that for a shirt

              • VinWins

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                @Grey: Looks like Rudy was testing things in joining; whether he intends to stay remains to be seen.

                • Grey

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                  Oh, yeah, I think it might look like he’s in 75 leagues right now…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    (Cause he set them up)

              • Willy Mo says:
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                @Grey: i wanted to sell mets shirts in 2015 that said “Ball so ‘gaard”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I don’t get it

                  • Willy Mo says:
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                    @Grey: yeah its pretty bad

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      How about “‘gaard your grill” aprons?

                • swaggerjackers says:
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                  @Willy Mo: I get it, Willy Mo. Not bad. You could still use it as a fantasy team name if you draft Synder.

          • Earl says:
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            @Grey: Gamblers anonymous here you come!!

            Hi, I am Grey and I love to play Fantasy Baseball, lol.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I own 57 fantasy baseball leagues, and I’m thinking about joining 18 more. Please help.

              • Willy Mo says:
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                @Grey: where you male your money is side bets vs ppl, who will finish higher in the standings

                • Willy Mo says:
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                  @Willy Mo: make*

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I did finish top ten three of last five years

  18. OaktownSteve says:
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    Pitchers and catchers day today, Albright.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know! I’m pumped… About time…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: best shape of their life!

        • Grey

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          “For one day in the month of February, everyone was in the best shape of their life.”

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Madison “BMX” Bum is the leader of the best shape of their life crew.

            • Grey

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              Bumgarner was seen in Tempe, Arizona on the handlebars of Jeff Kent’s bicycle.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Madison the Bum likes getting mustache rides from Jeff Kent?

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                He’s going inside the top 25. I would not touch that. Saw him pitch against the Padres late season last year. Velo was way down. Spongebob took him out to the deepest part of AT&T. Did not look at all right.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Jorge Soler has jumped to the top 25?!

                  Kidding

                  Agreed, Bum never looked right, people are crazy who are drafting him

  19. J-FOH says:
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    500 moves and a 1400 IP restriction. Did people really vote to live in the Gulag? Is there a holographic Stalin running all this? I got questions for The oppressors

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What do you mean? Do you not like the gruel?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I hate the gruel. I want oatmeal! I want lucky charms! I want options

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Know we can’t have options so everyone is in same settings

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: no not that, the spirit of the RCL’s ( good or bad) is unlimited games played, unlimited reliever appearances, and rosterbating til you are blind

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Rudy did the calculations and only like 1% of teams went over 500 moves last year, Fred and Robots, and Fred quit fantasy this winter and I don’t know any Robots.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: #fightforthe1percent

                • Big Magoo

                  Big Magoo says:
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                  @J-FOH: Mr. President, is that you?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Big Magoo: You’re an unloyal leeker

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @J-FOH: Anti-Robot Sentiment. And Cram.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Great Knoche: fuck Fred and his anti-robot non-sense. You guys should be craving a battle vs. the bots

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I don’t think Cram even comes close to 500 moves

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: I had over 600 and 700 in my two leagues. :)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Oh, well, monkey shines… You can make 500 moves work…

            • Cram It says:
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              @Grey: I actually voted for a moves cap.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, I did too… 500 moves is plenty…

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Grey: Like a good politician I’m carrying the torch for the 1%

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha, I’m fighting for the 99 percenters!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: You’re a communist! Grey Zedong

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Mao Albright

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: Mikhail Greyachev

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Tear down that wall, Mr. Greyachev!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: without even knowing it you just made a strong argument to change up the RCL’s. #tearingdownthewall

                      I’m on board now with your changes. Off to my next project. Ending questions already answered in the post

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, the argument is the people have spoken — actually, people wanted 300 moves, but 500 moves was 2nd most picked option… Bunch of people wanted under 150 moves…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: The small contingency are of the old school variety. TBH, I’m all for limiting the time element advantage of the massive rosterbaters. I just know there are those that love the old way and it sucks for them. I still think you need to expand league types at some point to include deep leagues and H2H leagues. But that’s a whole different conversation.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Then we’re doing subsections of different leagues, and everyone isn’t playing for same championship

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: so then you have different champions for different leagues. It also gives you a whole new set of numbers for rudy to analbate with in the off season. Point is you need to think bigger. There are enough H2H comments to warrant considering it. The deep league could be a fun side thing that some writers can put together…like Ralph. He has nothing better to do

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hahaha, analbate? Yeah, I agree, there is enough people to warrant H2H leagues… Surprised we never did them before, maybe I can get our new H2H writer to put some together…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: analbate – a portmanteau for those who analyze/masterbate to the numbers.

                      We may hate H2H but the readers love them. That new writer needs to get on it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I like that… one could analbate until one went blind…

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @J-FOH:Repping the Mexican Skunk and Balding Jewish population should give you a nice future in politics.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @The Great Knoche: I’d bring the fighting spirit lacking in todays climate by literally fighting on the floor of congress.

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @Cram It: Yup me too. I dont get as high as you do, but I figure my 200-300 moves isn’t going to hold up vs 1300 or whatever the Bots made unless I have a Unicorn draft.

  20. Adam Lorber says:
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    Grey – My second year in a 12 team (2 catcher) 6X6 10 person keeper league. Looking fill my last keeper spot. Buxton, Betts, Mancini, Kershaw, Strasburg, Meyers, LeMahieu, Mazera, Osuna

    My last spot – thoughts on Realmuto, Mejia, Arcia, Avi Garcia, Healy , Brinson or Bird

    Am I thinking into it to much?

    Are you in Tout Wars this season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I better be in Tout I won last year’s league by widest margin ever

      These guys are all coin flips for your last keep spot — you have any special feeling towards any of them? Realmuto prolly most valuable, Brinson or Bird most interesting

  21. The Big Yabu says:
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    Will there be Razzball NFBC leagues again?
    My team last year was an absolute embarrassment, but I’m willing to give it another shot…to embarrass myself again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you can get in a league with me

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Do you know when sign up is.
        I missed out last year.
        i.e. take my money

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I talked to Rudy last night about getting NFBC leagues going earlier this year… Maybe next two weeks?

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: With the early season start I would say Feb 26 would be latest start date you would want. Average draft has been about 3 weeks with Razzers from what I remember.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Every year I can’t wait for it to start, and every year after the first three days I’m like “Why doesn’t this person draft already?! We’re never going to finish!”

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @Grey: The Maquis De Slow!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA, so painful, yet I always wanna be doing it…

                  • Pat says:
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                    @Grey: I’m in for nfbc again this year too. Can’t wait for all the complaining!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I wanna say me too, but the connotations now are a little off for my meaning

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Which ‘perts leagues you in this year?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              RCL, Tout, CBS AL and NL-Only and Yahoo (I’m guessing)… Do we count NFBC?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’m guessing Yahoo bc Funston is no longer there and he was the organizer…

          • Earl says:
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            @Grey: What is the NFBC league and how does one get involved in it??

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We’ll announce on the site in the next week or so and you’ll be able to sign up

  22. Ryan741 says:
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    Grey, need a trade opinion in a H2H points keeper league. Have a couple of trade offers on the table. I would trade Kluber (9th rd value) Blackmon (10th) and my 1st round pick (10th over all) for Sale (4th round value) Strasburg (5th) Bellinger (13th) and a 6th round pick. Also was offered Greinke (6th) and either Luis Castillo (13th) or Acuna (13th) and 3rd round pick for Kluber or Blackmon. What are your thoughts on any of those deals?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Sale, Stras and Bellinger

      • Ryan741 says:
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        @Grey only holdup right now is I’d be out my 1st, 4th and 5th round picks in this deal with having to keep Sale and Stras, plus I traded my 3rd in another deal

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’ll really be out a 1st rounder… You’ll have multiple 2nd rounders

  23. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’m going to take the day off to do baseball prep all day. This is a big deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And in the end you’re going to return with a 4-page equation that equals Jorge Soler

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I’ve got a BSOHL algo with some slick inputs. Functional running scores etc.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Miguel Cabrera is ~BSOHL

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: I heard Bartolo’s comeback is in full swing and he is in the best shape of his life.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              BSOHL!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Hoping he’s sporting a Body By Bud tee to go with that.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And a sombrero Esteban Loaiza asked him to wear crossing the border

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Steve Lousy we used to call him. He got popped for a DUI doing 120 in his Ferrari when he was with the A’s.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  44 pounds of drugs! He wasn’t messing around with possession

  24. Old School Brother says:
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    Which link is Tehol’s RCL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Have to ask him

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: He accidentally blocked me on twitter. Tehol, if you’re reading this, unblock me!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, such a Tehol move

          • Old School Brother says:
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            @Grey: Tell me about it. He’s playing hard to get, and it’s working

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I can tell! OSB’s longing for Tehol!

  25. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    One more try at tier sheet

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @VinWins: ok, I give up.

  26. Regan says:
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    I joined the first $20 league. Wish there were some higher stakes leagues like $100, $250 and $500 leagues. Hope you join my league, would love to battle the master!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There will be NFBC leagues for $125 buy-in

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      There are also some RCLs that play for bigger buy-ins (Night of the Living Zombinos and Cougs R Us are two long standings $100 leagues). Once the commissioners of those leagues are set-up they’ll be recruiting.

    • J.D. Shultz says:
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      @Regan: Hey there, I commish the annual Night of the Living Zombinos RCL. Our buy-in is $100. At the moment, we’re still setting up shop, and so I can’t say atm if we’ll have openings. But if you’re interested in a spot on the waiting list, hit me up at jdshultziii[at]yahoo.com.

  27. Earl says:
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    Is there a way to go into leagues to see who is already signed up to perhaps decide which ones you want to enter?

    Also, is there way to remove yourself from league if you find out that date is not good or whatever, after the fact?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go in and see if you like it, then go to Other>all options>Quit to get out

  28. Schwann says:
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    Wanted to pick your brain on larger (15+) auction leagues. Do you prefer to spend big at the top or save money to make sure you get the mid-late guys you want? In a 15 team keep 6 6×6 (OPS and holds) with a $275 budget where I’m keeping Springer ($42), Lindor ($21), Inciarte ($1), Nola ($13) and Berrios ($10). Could potentially trade my $11 Michael Fulmer for a $61 Trout or $58 Goldschmidt, but that would mean going into the draft with 19 spots to fill and about $130.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I prefer to spread money around…I don’t believe in stars and scrubs

  29. Marti says:
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    Trade question. 10 team nl only Roto keeper league 260 budget 5 inflation. I was offered puig 22 Justin Turner 16 and Orlando arcia 14 for my Blackmon 21 and Parra 9 who I wasn’t planning on keeping

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  30. Kal says:
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    12T H2H OPS keeper league and I need to lose a couple more MLB keepers. My SP is a bit thin and I have too many OFs. I have a couple of offers on the table:

    1. Trade away G. Polanco + 3rd Rd pick for Keuchel
    2. Trade away L. Cain for Brinson + Keller + 3rd Rd pick

    My other OFs are benintendi, bellinger, upton, marte, B. Belt, W. Calhoun (minors). SPs are Sale, Lester, McCullers, samardzija, Wacha, Gohara (minors)

    Would you do both or either of these trades?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. No 2. Meh

  31. Big League choo says:
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    2nd year dynasty 10 team 6×6 OBP, No BA

    I traded away odor, Khris Davis for ohtani, adam jones

    Fair deal or did I get fleeced?

    I Have Willie Calhoun/chris Taylor to fill in for odor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love it

      • Big League choo says:
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        @Grey:

        I figure If ohtani plays well with all the hype I can flip him for a stud hitter before mid season, if not I’ll hold. Odor lost a lot of value moving from BA to OBP this year and I have guys to replace him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, large If… Ohtani threw 25 IP last year, so he’s either rested or this tendon issue is a bigger concern…Glass half full/empty

  32. Lil john says:
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    OBP league, need to choose between Upton and Dozier for my last keeper. Only other OF keeper is Harper, only other MI keeper is Dee Gordon. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  33. OaktownSteve says:
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    Below is the number of qualified starting pitchers who finished with double digit wins by season since 2007 (the column called Number), and the total number of wins accumulated by double digit win pitchers (Totals).

    Season Number Totals
    2007 65 889
    2008 68 934
    2009 66 878
    2010 77 1034
    2011 70 933
    2012 73 991
    2013 68 873
    2014 70 941
    2015 60 788
    2016 55 746
    2017 51 663

    2017 starters in this group produced 371 fewer wins than did the group in 2010 which was the high water mark. Starting in 2015 you can see a pretty steep drop off, probably correlated to teams using metrics regarding pitcher efficacy facing a line up a 3rd and 4th time through.

    What do you think might be the takeaways for leagues that use wins as a category. One thing that jumps to my mind is that in NFBC style leagues with weekly changes and no SP/RP split requirements. In the past, I felt like if you didn’t roll with 6-7 starters in your 9 P slots you were going to be seriously behind the ball in Wins and Ks. As a result, I never owned any non-closers, even the very best ones. But as the likelihood of SPs getting a win declines you also get a boost in the number of opportunities for non-closers to get wins as well.

    Last year SPs averaged 7.96 K/9. If you’ve got an SP6 chances are you’re getting 150 innings out of that slot if you plug and play. That gives you 132 Ks at league average weight. An 11 k/9 reliever would give you 80k so you’re looking at making up about 50. You’re probably sacrificing 5-6 wins in that slot on average, but this is of course very luck dependent so there’s a lot of variability.

    Taking 150 IPs at league average ERA of 4.36 and replacing them with 65 innings at 2.50 ERA from a good RP would reduce the team ERA to 4.03, which seems pretty significant to me. I didn’t do WHIP, but I’m guessing the impact would be similar.

    So we’ve always known that RPs were huge in the old RCL format, so the question is how important will they be giving the innings cap? My guess is that given the way MLB teams are handling their pitching staffs, there’s still a lot of value to be had there.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      So that’s a pretty messy unedited post. I think the key question is, given that the chances of a SP getting a win are getting slimmer and slimmer, what impact does that have on fantasy?

      In the analysis above, I kind of missed on the RCL analysis because I forgot to factor in that RCL has daily changes. So in theory, you could replace all 150 SP innings with 150 innings from a reliever at a high K rate so you’re going to get a net gain in Ks. It doesn’t work the same in weekly leagues like NFBC.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Great minds… That was what I was alluding to in my comment…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      MLB is infected by Brian Kenny! (Not sure if you’ve followed him, but he thinks most SPs should only go 3 IP, and start games in the 2nd inning.) I love MRs, especially in daily leagues… In weekly leagues, in theory, they’re likely similarly valuable, but anecdotally MRs seem to be more trouble than they’re worth

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:
        Like I said, in weekly leagues they used to be a disadvantage but a lot of that handicap stemmed from the wins discrepancy. Now that the W thing is less pronounced, the ERA/Whip advantage becomes proportionally greater. Not to mention the fact that a good number of the high K RPs who don’t start the year closing are destined to get a shot at some point in the season.

        I know Kenny from when I used to have a TV. I think his idea almost certainly can be argued strongly from a certain statistical perspective. It’s really the deeper analysis of how a staff would be constructed, what usage rates would look like and if they would be sustainable.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, on the surface it sounds like a usable theory, but like I said when you’re actually running an MR out there and they throw 2 IP and give up 1 ER and get 3 Ks and on your bench is a good matchup Woodruff, you’re like, damn that MR theory!

  34. Larry says:
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    Will you join a Yahoo league with me, Grey? Also when can we expect some Schmowawk articles?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What would Jose Abreu’s ranking be if a closer?

      • Larry says:
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        @Grey:

        haha! i like your style!

  35. Kevin M says:
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    Hey I am in a 12 team dynasty league 20-35 keepers 7×7 runs rbi steals hr avg obp xbh…wins losses qs era whip saves Ks are the categories was hoping you can give me your thoughts on my team….thanks man
    C Wilson Contreras
    1b Eric Hosmer
    2b Ozzie Albies
    3b Alex Bregman
    SS Trea Turner
    OF Andrew Benintendi
    OF Khris Davis
    OF Kris Bryant
    UTI Rafael Devers
    UTI Kyle Schwaber
    Bench Yoan Moncada
    Bench Ketel Marte
    Bench Ryon Healy
    Bench Joc Pedersen
    Bench Hunter Renfroe
    Bench Colin Moran

    Na Tyler O’Neill
    Na Estevan Florial
    Na Royce Lewis
    Na Harrison Bader
    Na Blake Rutherford

    Sp Madison Bumgarner
    Sp Sean Manaea
    Sp Jameson Taillon
    Sp Alex Reyes
    Sp Gerrit Cole
    Sp Jose Quintana
    Sp Trevor Bauer
    Sp Alex Cobb
    Sp Luiz Gohara
    Sp Dylan Bundy
    Sp German Marquez
    Sp Brandon Finnegan
    Rp Brad Ziegler
    Rp Alex Claudio

    Na Michael Soroka
    Na Michel Baez
    Na AJ Minter
    Na Justus Sheffield
    Na J.B. Bukauskas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting, the pitching is decent…I don’t love Bum or Cole, but you do have guys I like a bit deeper in your staff… Overall very solid team…

      • Kevin M says:
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        thanks bro

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. Master Bader says:
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    Yo G

    How you ranking these in a Dynasty?

    B.Buxton
    L Cain
    M.Conforto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bux, Conforto

  37. knucks says:
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    Eduardo Escobar.

    Outside of the obvious Sano gets some time to himself, to start the year where do you see him getting those 440 ABs that you are projecting for him at the moment?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What do you mean?

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: My b I was looking at twins Depth charts and not thinking about the DH slot. Was tryinta figure out where he is starting and getting these ABs. Just found him available in the player pool in my NFBC draft I keep chirping about. I’m up 3 picks from now and grabbing him in round 36 if the two guys in front of me leave him on the board.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like him late, but did you take Pence yet?

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: yep, took Pence the previous round

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Watch him have a huge year now too

              • knucks says:
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                @Grey: yes, let’s def go ahead and schedule one of those haha

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, will do!

  38. InferiorHippo says:
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    You may have mentioned this somewhere, so I apologize if this has been addressed, but if the Padres get Hosmer, does that impact Myers’ ranking significantly?

    What would they do, move him to OF? That scares me because he had a terrible stint there in the past. Or is that a good thing to get another impact bat around Myers?

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It wouldn’t change anything about my ranking with Myers…

  39. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Keep forever (+$3 annually), do you like $3 Happ or $11 Devers?

    FWIW, looking to win now (but I feel like that doesn’t alter things).

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devers

  40. yobananaboy says:
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    Wilson Contreras
    Anthony Rendon
    Xander Bogaerts
    David Dahl
    Rafael Devers
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Joey Gallo
    Rhys Hoskins
    Nomar Mazara
    Gregory Polanco
    Ozzie Albies
    Nick Williams

    Zach Britton
    Luis Castillo
    Alex Claudio
    Jon Gray
    John Lackey
    Kenta Maeda
    Steven Matz
    Felipe Rivero
    Blake Treinen
    Arodys Vizcaino
    Luke Weaver
    Trevor Williams

    keep 5 from this OBP H2H league

    • yobananaboy says:
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      @yobananaboy: 5 service year keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins, Anthony Rendon, Luis Castillo, Edwin, Xander

      • yobananaboy says:
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        @Grey: if you were to only be able to pick 3 from that group? Hoskins, Rendon, Cast?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  41. bravesfanintheUK says:
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    Thanks Grey, this looks awesome!

    Any chance of one tiny addition…. could we get a free league or two set up at a time to suit those (hundreds) of us in UK/Europe. All the Mon-Fri leagues above are post midnight draft timings here. A 4pm EST draft time works well.

    There were several leagues of European razzballers last year!

    Thanks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I thought we were handling those by having weekend leagues in the morning and day, no?

      • bravesfanintheUK says:
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        @Grey: Fair enough, i’m sure i can find at least one of those that fits around kids and social life!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Make it work!

  42. yobananaboy says:
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    any reason why Carlos Gonzalez was left off the top 500? just bc he hasn’t been signed yet?

    same with ellsbury, not there…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t signed, were barely top 500 players last year on a team… If they sign somewhere favorable, I’ll add them

  43. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    If you’re worried about $20 buy-ins sucking you into the gambling world, you should probably stay away from the DFS scene. I hear that can be addictive. And the craps tables. You’re within driving distance of Vegas.

    Good luck with the move to Fantrax. Baseball’s almost back baby!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, I’ve never done the DFS thing… I’m jones’ing now tho! Give me some lefty/righty splits to exploit!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, you’d probably get hooked. Then the morning write-ups would be the previous day’s box scores copy/pasted.

        Have you seen any of the MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now shows? They did center fielders last weekend, and guess who ended up ranked #2 behind Trout and ahead of Blackmon and Springer? Tommy Pham. The hype is real! Or maybe out of control, your choice…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: Did you see Oaktown wants back into the RCL? What’s the over/under he disappears by June 1st?

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @J-FOH: Maybe you should ask Grey. Seems like he’d be in the mood to throw some money down on it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I need my gambling fix!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @OaktownSteve:

              Ha! Even my reply vanished. It was a doozy though.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I like the new avatar btw

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Grey:

                  Sweet, right? I’ll have to retire it on opening day though?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    But it’s a good preseason avatar

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Forget box scores, I’m about the spread and line now! (Those might be the same thing.)

          Tommy Pham is gonna go 14/14/.280 and you’re gonna be like, he was still very valuable, and I’m gonna be like, yeah, for deep leagues…

          • Big Magoo

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            @Grey: Hey they weren’t my rankings. But you have the .280 right at least!

            Just glancing at early ADP today, I think the market might be overcorrecting against the donkeys a bit. Do you know where Trumbo’s going at the moment? 250 overall. I’ll chance a 35 homer bounceback at that price.

            • Grey

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              Agreed, donkeys are down, except Judge who appears to be teflon to donkeyitude… Trumbo is a steal that late if he rebounds, he’s also unusable if his career trajectory started last year… I’d take the gamble on him tho there

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                If the take the juice out of the ball, the pre-seasons rankings and ADP are going to look mighty funky.

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, but who knows if the juice is out, right?

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Let’s run with the assumption that the MLB can in fact manipulate the elasticity of the ball. What do you do if you’re MLB? What narrative do you want to paint. On the one hand, chicks and dudes dig the long ball. The steroid era is generally credited with reviving the game after the strike years. Ratings last year were good and it’s generally thought that the younger audience they covet like more home runs.

                    On the other hand, more scoring means longer games and that’s pace of play problems.

                    If they dial up the HRs though you may have something ridiculous like Giancarlo making a run at 70, which with him in NY will have the Nielson’s up.

                    You’re the script writer. How would you play it if you were MLB?

                    • Grey

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                      Gotta run on the ding dongs, it’s an eye grabber. No one is clamoring for 3-hour 3-2 games… give me 3-hour and 25-minute 7-6 games…

        • Grey

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          BTW, just asked Rudy on Pham, he said “I have him at 90, and he’s going at 60, so too high”

          • Big Magoo

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            @Grey: The savvy thing to do would be to throw down a link to the player rater. But yes, I can see his rankings as well as your own. I think his ADP is fair. I have him just slightly higher.

            • Grey

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              Haha, sometimes he surprises me so I thought I’d ask… you have Pham higher than 60 overall? Wow, aggressive…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Im getting Phamished from all this

            • Grey

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              My teams are gonna be Phamished his year

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @J-FOH:

              I won’t be drafting Pham. Harrison Bader will have his job by July and Bader’s not real super

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Finally some sense on Pham!

              • Big Magoo

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                @OaktownSteve: I didn’t expect to like Pham so much, but he looks legit to me after digging in. Posted my Pham argument here about a week or two ago. I’ll try to dig up a link.

                I think if Bader takes over for anyone it would be Fowler. Pham’s on-base skills, speed (which the Cards sorely lack), and defense give him a decent leash in my opinion.

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Big Magoo:

                  I’ll give you this my old friend…we had a similar debate about Marte a few years back and you were more right than was I. I know you’re a speed score guy when it comes to BABIP regression…but for devil’s advocate…

                  Pham had the 4th best BABIP in baseball last year and the 6th highest HR/FB rate. Prior to last year he had a very AAAA resume so there’s no track record that predicted 2017. All this makes him a prime candidate for regression.

                  His ADP is really steep right now so even a reasonable amount of regression makes him a pretty big bust. I really prefer some guys just behind him in ADP like Schoop, Nola, Myers, Quintana.

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @OaktownSteve: I like Nola and Myers. Definitely can see owning them this year.

                    Think Schoop is a bit overpriced. Someone who doesn’t steal bases and derives a large chunk of his value from hitting for average makes me nervous when he’s such a free swinger (37.1% O-Swing% – 15th highest). Odor is exhibit A for what could go wrong with that type of profile.

                    I like Quintana, but don’t think he’ll K over a batter per inning again. Out of 57 SPs with a K/9 > 8.5 last season (min 50 IP), he was last in SwStr% (8.5%). Think he’ll settle into that 8.5 K/9 range.

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @Big Magoo:

                      I agree with you on the Quintana K rate but I’ll take 8.5 there coupled with a full year with the Cubs defensive efficiency behind him. He’s another guy I see teetering on the bottom of a tier. Next guys off the board have some serious ??? Paxton, Keuchel, Cole, Arrieta.

                      I’m a total Paxton guy and I do want to believe. I think there might also be a little bounce back in Arrieta. Interested to see where he lands.

                    • Big Magoo

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                      @Big Magoo: *here’s. It can be a pain in the ass trying to type on a phone.

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @Big Magoo:

                      That’s a great Pham post. Vintage Magoo. The late career breakout is one of the toughest calls in the game. My gut is with Albright. Hard to trust. But you make a great case.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, I saw it, still feel the same way, if he hits his average production mark it’s kinda whatever…

  44. Big League choo says:
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    10 team H2H dynasty 6×6 OBP, Qs

    My Stroman, haniger for Trevor bauer, Miguel sano

    Which side?

    • Grey

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      Bauer side

  45. OaktownSteve says:
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    Random bit of garbage: Kurt Suzuki had the 4th best wOBA in baseball against LHP amongst those with 60 PAs. Tucked between JD Martinez and Giancarlo. Now there’s you’re catcher stream opportunity. Yes I have looked at a ton of numbers today.

    • Grey

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      Talking about a juiced ball, what was Suzuki prior to this year? Mauer without the pop?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I effed your/you’re. *smacks forehead*

        Some guys who jumped out at me as potential targets/undervalued today: Jorge Alfaro, Brett Gardner and Randal Grichuk.

        Read an article about Grichuk’s visual training this offseason: His eyes are in the best shape of their lives!!!

        • Grey

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          Sounds downright Phamish! I love Alfaro, he hits 415-foot rockets out to center without trying… Alfaro>Gattis

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Grichuk averaged 23 HRs in STL the last two seasons in around 420 ABs. The GM gave him the verbal nod for the RF job already this off season. AL East it’s not that hard to imagine a 30/85/85 season and you pray he hits .255. His current ADP is 336. He’s being taken right after Mikie Mahtook.

            Gardner I feel like his about 2 rounds undervalued even if he just duplicates last year. He’s been pretty reliable. If the Yankee line up goes bizonkers he’ll see a bump in the counters.

            Alfaro is my catcher this year.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, good case for Grichuk… Like him as a 5th OF in NFBC… Gardner is always undervalued, which is odd with Yanks inflation that usually happens to most players… Guess is no one counts on the power, and the speed is fading… All in on Alfaro too…

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Gardner was one of 8 20/20 players last year. Wait for it…Tommy Pham at 59 ADP. Gardner’s ADP right now is 173.

                I’m liking Wil Myers right now too. Two things recommending him: the bags out of the 1st base slot and the fact that he really seems like the last man on a logical 1st base tier. Feel like there’s a solid drop from him to Miggy, Desmond, Gallo, Marwin, Olson as the next 1b eligible off the board.

                I’m out on Olson this year, btw.

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, there’s no rhyme or reason why Gardner is 120 picks after either… No one would be able to tell you why… I don’t mind Myers but he does seem to disappear for huge chunks of time… If he can avoid a three-month .180 AVG, 3-home dip, he could finally take that next step… I’d imagine I won’t be owning Olson simply bc I’ll have a corner by then, and will be looking at SPs when he’s drafted…

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    You have a weird thing about streaky guys. Upton is another. Instead of just saying, if I buy and hold all year, I’m going to get my number you usually drop a “he’s going to stink for two months, you’ll be out of contention and playing in a gypsy band in northern Spain” or some such. If Myers is going to give you 30/20 again, what do you care what months he’s going to do it in?

            • Big Magoo

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              @OaktownSteve: Gardner has always been one of your guys. If he stays healthy, could score 120 runs in that lineup.

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Big Magoo:

                Like Albright said, he always seems to be strangely undervalued.

  46. OaktownSteve says:
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    Steamer weirds me out sometimes. I love Kyle Hendricks. I feel like his delivery is the most repeated/repeatable in MLB. His ability to command is second to pretty much nobody in baseball. So the guy goes out and delivers 509.2 innings over the last three years with a K9 above 8 and yet Steamer wants to give him a 7.53 K/9.

    • Big Magoo

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      @OaktownSteve: Completely agree with you. Have him ranked inside of my top 100 overall. One of the few true WHIP assets among SPs after the aces are off of the board. Gets a ton of called strikes due to his elite control. In fact, I wrote one note next to his name so that I wouldn’t be tempted to move him down with all of the mud slinging going around – trust your rankings.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Yeah, I don’t get it. I drafted him some places as my cheap #1 last year. If not for injury it would have been well worth what I was paying. Grey doesn’t like him either, not flashy enough. He has pitched under his xFIP last two years and other than his first extended time in majors in 2015 did so as well in minors. Which tells me it isn’t a fluke. Grey also gave him a 1.24 WHIP, which is high than he has had at any level he spent extended time at…ever.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Not to mention a 50% GB rate in front of that infield defense.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          If you don’t throw 95, Albright has no interest. The man lacks subtlety.

  47. The Great Knoche says:
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    Will remaining spots in leagues update?

  48. OaktownSteve says:
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    Andrus at 50 is sheer madness. We can agree on this certainly.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Yup. don’t see that is repeatable. Speed going in wrong direction even if he somehow repeats his HR/FB from 2017. I have him around 80.

  49. Matt says:
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    Hey, I understand the disappointed sentiment youhave with ESPN however are you at all considering fantrax doesn’t have an app? Is there an app I’m not aware of?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, you have to navigate on your phone thru web to your team… Join a league and let’s see how well it works!

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey: oh I joined

        First world problems

    • KevinB says:
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      @Matt:

      Goto the bottom on any of any of the FanTrax pages (i.e. https://www.fantrax.com/about) and you will see an icon to access the App Store or Android. Once you have downloaded that from your phone, it will prompt you to log into FanTrax. You should be able to see your team(s). Navigation tools are at the bottom on the screen.

  50. Earl says:
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    I do not understand the purpose of the 1400 ip max and what real effect that will have on a roster?

    Thanks for help understanding it.

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