Psst!  This post is gonna list 2nd basemen that you should target in your 2015 fantasy baseball drafts. I’m whispering because you don’t want everyone to see this post.  No, I can’t whisper louder, then it WOULDN’T BE WHISPERING!  Okay, gig’s up (or maybe that’s jig’s up), the love I’m about to reiterately (Made Up Word of the Day!) confirm are guys I love later in drafts.  I’m not going to mention Kolten Wong other than this one mention of him where I say I’m not going to mention him.  I love Wong.  Tis is true.  Come here, let Grey massage your balls…The balls of your feet, silly!  Oh, that feels good on my hands.  Can I tickle your toes with my mustache?  Weird?  Okay.  I’m not mentioning Wong other than this mention of not mentioning him because these are players that you’re looking at later and all of them have ADPs after 200.  Some could be the 2nd baseman on your team, they are more than likely MIs.  This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Spanish-speaking-ones) supplement to the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2015 projections.  Anyway, here’s some 2nd basemen to target for 2015 fantasy baseball:

Jedd Gyorko (Yahoo 230, ESPN 220) I know you were burned by Gyorko last year, but I have it on good authority that he feels absolutely terrible about that.  We have to forgive him or we’re no worse than him.  Of course, last year he started the first year of a $35 million contract while you were figuring out how to make a box of Rice-a-Roni last for two meals, but without forgiveness from you, someone Gyorko has never met, he’d feel terrible.  So, let’s be the bigger, if extremely poorer, men and give Gyorko another chance.  He deserves it.  Though, if he disappoints again this year, I will forever call him Wadd Jerko.

Javier Baez (Yahoo 222) Yes, I think there’s a good chance Baez may only hit .190 this year and lose his starting job.  But — and this is a Nicki Minaj-sized Anaconda but — the Steamer projections for him are 22 homers and 11 steals.  The same Steamer projections that the world thinks are the best preseason projections.

Brett Lawrie (Yahoo 220, ESPN 295) Lawrie’s about to breakout.  I can feel it in my bones.  I’m not talking my hand-rolled doobie bones.  I mean deep in my chocolate milk-enriched bones.  You hear the latest craze with working out?  That chocolate milk is supposed to be great to drink after a hard workout.  You know what this sounds to me like?  After years and years of the fat community being besieged with negative obesity publicity, they’ve taken matters into their own chubby hands and hired a PR firm to get the word out that you should drink more chocolate milk.  Next thing you know, there’s going to be commercials saying Doritos are high in nutrients from the Doritos Health Council.  The DHC to you and me.  Any the hoo!  I don’t only want Lawrie on all my teams, but I think I’m gonna own him too.  He is going so routinely low it’s crazy.  He’s ranked 60 spots after Arismendy at ESPN and Arismendy has nowhere to play.  Y’all realize Lawrie’s only 25 years old, right?  Get your shizz together and draft him!

Nick Franklin (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 338)  It’s weird how the fantasy community rallies behind certain players and ignores other players.  Of course, it’s much weirder how the fantasy community smells like a mixture of Cheez Doodles and Drakkar, but we’re not talking about that right now.  Why doesn’t anyone want anything to do with Nick Franklin?  Not to answer, but to ruminate.  To give you a little taste of something besides the aforementioned Cheez-Drakkar smell, Franklin hit 23 homers and stole 25 bases while batting .281 in Single-A, then did versions of that each stop of the minor leagues until the M’s traded him to the Rays.  If you think the M’s trading him away is a reason to worry, I’d say the exact opposite is more accurate.  If the M’s trade away a prospect, I’m suddenly interested.

Emilio Bonifacio (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 374) Emily Boneface is the only one in this post that I know will platoon from the jump.  I do think it’s possible that Boneface becomes the strong side of a platoon in the infield or gets five days a week between the outfield and the infield and accumulates 450 ABs, but, as of right now, Boneface is a bench player.  In deep leagues, he will still be worth drafting since he’s always a platoon player and still steals around 30 bases.

Marcus Semien (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 363) As the world meant for it to be, Semien follows Boneface.  For some reason, I always think of Semien as someone with 40-steal speed.  Maybe I’m saying more about myself by thinking Semien is quick like a jackrabbit.  Semien’s got more power than speed, and Steamer is much higher on his power than I am.  If it were late, I’d give Semien a shot.  Ew…

Rougned Odor – (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 252) Seeing Odor follow Boneface and Semien, I’m reminded of Alec Baldwin saying Schweddy balls.  On a related note, the Rangers recently signed Rougned Odor’s younger brother.  His name?  Rougned Odor.  Yes, he has the same name.  I wonder how long their parents considered names.  You think they have three dogs named Spot?  What would’ve happened if they had a daughter?  Could Rougned’s younger brother really have a different name, but he used his older brother’s fake ID so much that he just started going by it?  Any hoo!  Like a cheese, the older Odor is the better one, and worth drafting late.

Chris Owings (Yahoo 250+)  Someone should make a graph.  On the X-axis, how good a team is.  On the Y-axis, how good a player is.  A good player on a bad team?  Their value is hurt (See Freddie Freeman).  A good player on a good team?  Their value is helped.  But a bad player on a bad team is also helped because the team will allow them to play every day.  Enter Owings.

Jose Peraza – (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 501)  I don’t even rank Peraza, though I would if the Braves shock the world and make him their Opening Day 2nd baseman, or I’ll be touting that you should pick him up on the quick-fast once he is called up in June.  Here’s what Prospect Mike said about him, “It’s not just that he’s a talented player with plus speed and a good bat.  He’s also close to the majors and plays a position at which the Braves could use a spark.  A midseason call-up is definitely in the cards and he could be up even sooner than that.  The Braves struggled to find a capable leadoff hitter last season, calling upon Jason Heyward to fill the role at times.  Peraza could be that guy.  He has 70 speed on the 20-80 scale and while there’s no power to speak of, he makes good contact.  Peraza held his own as a 20-year-old in Double-A, slashing .335/.363/.422 with 25 stolen bases in 195 plate appearances.  Scouts also rave he’s as smart a player as Grey Albright is dumb.” What?  Scouts say that?  Mike also puts him in his top 30 fantasy baseball prospects.

Yangervis Solarte (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 583) This ranking by ESPN feels like one of those situations where if you were to ask them if they think Solarte will leadoff, they’d say yes.  Then if you asked them if Solarte is going to play on most days, they’d also say yes.  Then if you asked them if the Padres will be better this year, they’d also say yes.  Then if you asked them why do they have Solarte ranked 583rd after guys like Ryan Flaherty, Eric Sogard and Tuffy Gosewich, they’d say they have no idea.  If you’re in a league where you’re actually drafting Yangervis (NL-Only, very deep mixed leagues), then he’s got huge value because of his chance to play often and leadoff.  He’s not flashy or exciting, but 500 picks into a draft there’s rarely anyone flashy or exciting.

Scooter Gennett (Yahoo 280, ESPN 266) Brewers manager, Ron Roenicke, said that Scooter could get a shot at being the starting 2nd baseman in 2015.  Um, dur.  He better.  You finally get rid of that albatross Weeks, you have to be half a stunod to now platoon Gennett with Luis Jimenez or Luis Sardinas or Luis Guzman.

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Nathan
Nathan
7 years ago

Hi Grey (and everyone else),

I’m in a tricky condundrum: In my 14 team keeper league, we are allowed to keep one rookie player each season in addition to our slate of verteren keepers. Right now, I’m deciding between keeping Jacob DeGrom or Mookie Betts, who has 2B eligibility in my league (which, I assume, makes him more valuable). My other keepers are Freddie Freeman, Evan Longoria and Max Scherzer.

My guess is that most teams will keep more offense than pitching, so I think we’ll have a deep pitching pool in the draft. This makes me want to keep Mookie. On the other hand, I love DeGrom’s stuff (he has something like five plus pitches) and his ballpark. I also like that you guys included in him in your “Next Corey Kluber” column a few weeks ago.

Who should I stick with – Degrom or Mookie?

viper
viper
7 years ago

Hi Grey! Love your work.

I know this article is supposed to be a Wong-free zone, but does your outlook for Wong change if he doesn’t bat at the top of the order? It’s early in ST, but the Cards seem to want to have Carpenter/Heyward going 1-2, and Wong hitting 6th or lower…

barker
barker
7 years ago

12 h2h 3rd pick got auto drafted and not quite pleased with the results

C mesoraco 1b pearce 2b murphy 3b sandoval SS empty OF ellsbury cargo blackmon util eaton neil walker bn lind avisail castellanos

sp kershaw sp sale rp cody allen doolittle platroy hawkins lester harvey hughes bn ventura kennedy quintana

the offense is horrific pitching is mostly great obv trade pitcher(s) for bat(s)

currently offered to me i give murphy lester harvey i get edwin encarnacion betts adams polanco

current offers i sent with lester include
i give neil walker blackmon lester quintana i get zobrist pujols huston street

i give walker blackmon lester i get desmond dickerson laroche

should i take the offer given to me and run or wait it out to see if one of these deals including a SS goes thru

other proposed trades sale for tulo hughes for votto hughes for yelich

are these trades even/fair and the dude with tulo also has reyes should i forget about the first deal and try trade lester for reyes

also can i afford to lose lester harvey and sale if i got edwin ++ and tulo or reyes in separate deals ?

partners
partners
7 years ago

who would you look to pair with Baez to balance out the average? Ichiro of 2001 comes to my mind. High average with lots of ABs.

J-FOH
J-FOH
7 years ago

Domonic Brown in the 23rd round? Did Tehol hack your system?

Adult Onset Dia Bit Us
Adult Onset Dia Bit Us
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: dom brown is ranked 201st in top 400, so that’s actually quite late compared to Grey’s ranking. Don’t know how many teams in the league he’s drafting, but that’s 17th round in 12 teamers.

Jef with 1 F
Jef with 1 F
7 years ago

Just finished drafting in Vins RCL…heres my squad
R.Martin
Rizzo
Wong
Sandoval
Santana
W.Flores
Headley
Puig
Dickerson
B.Hamilton
G.Polanco
OZUNA
K.Vargas

Ryu
Wheeler
Shoemaker
Quintana
Salazar
Gausman
Hahn
S.Miller
Cingrani
T.Walker
Greg Holland
B.Cecil

Pretty happy with it

Jef with 1 f
Jef with 1 f
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Ha yeah I do…wilmer has come out strong with the bat….this team is pretty balanced…a lot of upside on the staff.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Jef with 1 F
7 years ago

@Jef with 1 F: hopefully you aren’t playing with some of the RCL strategy guys

Jef with 1 f
Jef with 1 f
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: I already noticed Vin goes heavy on relievers

J-FOH
Reply to  Jef with 1 f
7 years ago

@Jef with 1 f: yup, depends on the group you are with , it usually takes a season to get the hang of the RCL’s unless someone shows you. Rudy has done a post in the past on strategy

Jef with 1 f
Jef with 1 f
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: I’m going to have to feel it out…I don’t know any of the guys in there…but they were pretty on top of things…you can tell when guys were going well above the ESPN rankings…basically I just went with guys I wanted on my team no matter how much of a reach it looked like…

J-FOH
Reply to  Jef with 1 f
7 years ago

@Jef with 1 f: In the high index leagues its like taking a speedball after 4 cans of red bull and not sleeping for 2 weeks…every week.

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

look up the maximizing AB and IP posts. that’s 90% of the strategy :)

S>H
S>H
7 years ago

Gray I am in a head to head dynasty league. I have the fourth overall pick. My line up consists of
C-Gomes/darnaud
1B-C.Davis
2B-N.Walker
ss-Desmond
3B-Zimmerman
OF=Pence
OF-Bautisa
OF-Span
DH-B.Butler
bench-Gyorko,Conger,K.Davis,L.Martin,L.Cain, B.Miller.

Sp Sale
Lynn
Bailey RP are Motte, Melancon and Nathan
K.Gibson
Salazar
M.Gonzalez
Kazmir
Vargas
Stroman

Who should I take with the fouth, players to pick from, degroom, dolittle,mcgee,blackmon , ozuna,rondon, A.Miller keuchel and one of Rusney or Tomas

MattTruss
Editor
7 years ago

Hey you guys both have your own Tout Wars team this year, very cool. I’m following along.

Stras and Chapman, are you feeling OK Grey? Going back to the well on Hosmer too, you glutton for punishment you!

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  MattTruss
7 years ago

Hamilton lasting until pick 72 in an expert draft is kinda surprising. Figured someone would of grabbed him in the first four rounds.

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Think I might finally be done with Hosmer, but I’m crawling back to Gyorko all over again, really like him again this year. I grabbed him in the Razznasty draft, Petit and C-Mart too, I like those late grabs for you.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:
Votto at 11 WTF?

Milarky
Milarky
7 years ago

Great stuff as always Grey! Do you (or Mike) do posts on the top x rookies to draft? I’ve seen the prospect lists that Mike posts, and they’re great. But we require a rookie hitter and pitcher in our active roster, so keen for some analysis on the not-so-obvious rookies that will make an impact this year.

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Done. I have one for you – I faithfully use your rankings, and I’ve got Cano as one of my keepers (along with Stanton, McCutchen, and Rizzo). With that mix of keepers, should I be looking to trade Cano for one of the following (and in what order, assuming it’s not just the order of your rankings due to the mix of keepers and positions I already have)? I have moved to a younger group, adding Stanton and Rizzo this year, and I’m worried about seeing Cano nose-dive – though some of these guys aren’t young either. Then again, he’s at least fairly dependable, if declining.

Rendon
Desmond
Donaldson
Arenado
Beltre
Tulo
Altuve

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
7 years ago

Look at you starting a closer run! Is this the real Grey Albright (emoticon)

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: And after 10 rounds Rudy still doesn’t have a closer. I don’t know what to believe anymore.

Though he did just take Walker to normalise things a bit…

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: You and Rudy in same league for Tout wars?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: This thing is so slow.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: How many rounds left?

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  SteveNZ
7 years ago

i mixed it up a bit! figured i’d go two from the third tier. got Perkins/Benoit right before a run and then snagged McGee for s’s and g’s.

The badger
The badger
7 years ago

Keeper question if you please

Keep 3 in the round you drafted them? 6×6 with OBP

Trout and Goldy in rounds one and two are set

Options for 3rd keeper

E5 in round 3
Springer, Harvey, petersen, baez, Wong, Carrasco in round 25

All opinions are welcome

Surgeo
Surgeo
7 years ago

Really like all your stats and rankings. I was curious if you had your hits broken down by singles, doubles, triples anywhere to look at for a points league?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
7 years ago

7th.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  SteveNZ
7 years ago

@SteveNZ: Mixing it up!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Good a reason as any! What’s with Votto in the 1st?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: You’re going commando!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Don’t think Stras will help you there ;-)

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Gotcha. Still some odd picks in the first two rounds tho.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thought you might have gone J-Up over Marte…

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Better $$$ value in OBP rankings anyway. Not going to comment on every single pick BTW!

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
7 years ago

have house/a.sanchez/norris/estrada been updated in top 400 and assorted player raters or should i just wait to update by numerous rankings tomorrow? (OPS/holds/QS/both, etc).

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: cool.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
7 years ago

Zito is back with the A’s? Sheesh.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Beane should trade for Hudson.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Hawk?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: so this is how it is, everything I say gets related back to Tristan?

you – Hey Jack what time is it

me – 8 o’clock

you – dont you mean 8 O’Cockcroft

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Probably throws harder than Zito.

Happy Vegans
Happy Vegans
Reply to  SteveNZ
7 years ago

@J-FOL:@SteveNZ: Cockcroft?

Happy Vegans
Happy Vegans
Reply to  Happy Vegans
7 years ago

@Happy Vegans: Thought he was more of a catcher.

Luke
7 years ago

Well now that stroman is out for year I’m in trouble. Who to pick for 5th keeper:
Alex Gordon
JD Martinez
Homer Baily
Danny Salazar
Chris Tillman

I’m leaning Salazar. Need to be risky

TJ
TJ
7 years ago

Not 2B related but… what’s your opinion of Rosenthal and the Cardinals closing situation?
Obviously spring stats don’t matter, but should the Cardinals be worried with Rosenthal’s chaotic pitching last year and Rosenthal’s first appearance this year in the spring gave up a 2 run bomb?

Is Walden worth the cuff or hold off?

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  TJ
7 years ago

@TJ: rosie never has had homer problems, but he did have the worst walk rate ever by a guy with that many saves last year.

PK
PK
7 years ago

Looks like Floyd re-injured himself.

T.J. House time in Cleveland!

jef
jef
7 years ago

Need keeper help nl 5×5 8 team…deep rosters can keep 8

Keeping:
Polanco 1
Chapman 5
Rizzo 21
Wong 11
Rendon 10

Need 3 more from:

Cueto 18
Kimbrel 18
Burnett 2
pence 21
bailey 1
Romo 2
Morneau 16
McCutcheon 39
Nelson 5
Kimbrel 18 (locking up top 2 guys for 23)

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

Terrible news on Stroman. Such a bummer for the kid.

Warren
Warren
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I might try to grab him for a buck in my keeper league and stash on the DL, and if I’m lucky with injuries and never have to drop him, I can start a staff next season with a dollar menu stroman

Jay
Jay
7 years ago

Stroman down for the year after tearing ACL. Good thing pitching is so deep.

Think Daniel Norris gets his spot? Aaron Sanchez in the rotation??

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Jay
7 years ago

@Jay:

I think it’ll have to be Sanchez. They are already stretching him out anyway. He’s got their best stuff and they have many more closing options than SP options.

Jay
Jay
Reply to  Jay
7 years ago

@Jay:
Last keeper down to desmond or Donaldson

Or can package both for rendon
If I can only keep one I make the t trade and get rendon, right?

Chazz
Chazz
7 years ago

Unrelated.. forgive me master.
Who do you think has the best chance of making the jump from outside the top 20 (consensus rankings) to inside? I grabbed Rizzo and Rendon last year and was pleased. I know Arenado is in there but anyone else close?

Warren
Warren
7 years ago

OBP league–do you still have Arenado over Carlos Santana? H2H 10 teamer. I have both and am deciding between the two as my last keeper (Arenado for 12, Santana for 16). In the Player Rater OBP 5×5, Santana is way up there, but I know you are super high on Nolan and I treat your word as Gospel.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
7 years ago

Now Stroman is out for the year – is it just me, or should all pitchers just skip spring training?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: This is what Allen Iverson was talking about.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Practice man. I’m Talking about practice. Not a game, a bunting drill man. Talking about Practice.

J-FOH
J-FOH
7 years ago

Sorry about Stroman

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I messaged him to shoot hutch up his board

ashtray
ashtray
7 years ago

Say goodbye to Stroman. Another one bites the dust.

Fungazi
Fungazi
7 years ago

Dam Stroman out for the year. Thankfully waiting until last minute to draft teams this season.

ashtray
ashtray
Reply to  Fungazi
7 years ago

@Fungazi: Right. I’m thankful every day my draft is on the 29th.

Fungazi
Fungazi
Reply to  ashtray
7 years ago

@ashtray: I got excited last year and drafted a team in 2nd week of February. Half my pitching staff was dropped by opening day I think.

sasquatch sluggers
sasquatch sluggers
7 years ago

Keeper…..I have Baez and Gyorko to choose from for my 2nd base spot. Or should I drop Rusney Castillo and keep them both.

sasquatch sluggers
sasquatch sluggers
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: March 30th …. by the way thanks so much for the wisdom. Keep forgetting to say thanks. Your help has kept me in 5th place or better + two wins.

KillerB
KillerB
7 years ago

Grey, thanks in advance for the guidance. Gotta pick some keepers. Years remaining in parentheses. I’ve put them in the order I’m thinking, but would love to know what 5 you would keep:

+ Frazier (3)
+ Dozier (3)
+ Pederson (3)
+ A. Wood (3)
+ Bogaerts (2)
+ Machado (1)
+ Yordano (3)
+ Latos (3)
+ Perkins (3)
+ Gattis (3)
+ Eaton (3)
+ Kazmir (3)

Cory
Cory
7 years ago

Hey, Grey. As always, I love your columns.

I’m in a 10 keeper, 12 team, 7×7 roto league with a snake draft. My keepers are Carlos Gomez, Josh Don, Starling M, Kole Calhoun, Lucroy, Lester, Cueto, Chappie, Jansen and L. Lynn.

So I need 2B, SS and 1B (along with more Saves and some HLDs, which I can get in later rounds).

Since I’m pretty strong/fast in the OF, I was looking to grab 2B or SS if some top guys are still there when I pick (Rollins, Andrus, Wong, Betts, Kipnis, Murphy, Pedroia), but I really like the idea of taking Soler, Kris Bryant or even Kevin Giles with my early picks. I’m assuming the better starters available in the draft (Harvey, Cain) will go before I pick (I finished 2nd last year, so I pick 11th), so I thought I would go for the young talent.

For 1B, Vic Martinez and probably Chris Carter will get scooped early (I did not keep VMart, thinking he would not replicate last year, particularly starting off with surgery in Feb). The remaining guys did not seem worth an early draft pick: Duda, Trumbo, Belt, M. Adams, Hosmer.

Thoughts on grabbing the hot prospects early? I’d hate to draft a so-so 1B or P and lose Bryant or Soler to someone else.

Thanks

Cory
Cory
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks.

Cory
Cory
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Cory: @Grey: If Wong, Soler and Bryant are available when I pick, take Wong?

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
7 years ago

Grey, great post as usual. I have a quick keeper question. 12 team, H2H, keep up to 5.

Would you move Cano for Cargo?

Such a deal would give me Rizzo, Edwin, Upton, Cespedes, CarGo. I am trying to flip Price and Cano for a better keeper, but I think CarGo may be in my reach straight up.

Thanks!

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I have been working hard to try to move a collection of guys I am not planning on keeping such as Cano + Price for Rendon.

I figured that since I don’t plan on keeping Price the only real cost to me is flipping Cano for Rendon pretty much much straight up.

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: That is what I am leaning towards too, I am currently trying to wear his owner down to make the deal. Cano+Price for Harper is the other offer I am going to float in hopes that his owner is down on him from last year still.

BDubs
BDubs
7 years ago

Struggling to decide on my 5 keepers. Who would you recommend?

-Puig
-Joey Bats
-Pujols
-Kinsler
-Machado
-Cespedes
-Kemp
-Wainright
-Teheran

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

It’s interesting that you show great interest in Wong but not in Johnson. Fetishes so rarely contain semantic distinctions.

I saw a Micah Johnson in Phoenix this weekend. He definitely looks like he’s taking a patient approach so you could see him with a good BB% even at the mlb level with just a little seasoning. All his ABs I saw came against LHP (including the ambidextrous guy) and he looked a little over-matched. I would have liked to see him against a righty to see if it was a spit issue or if he’s not there offensively in general. He has that 60+ SB season on his card in the minors, so everybody is going to get excited about that, but he only had 12 bags in 65 games at AAA last year so you wonder where he’ll be against superior P and C steal prevention. I didn’t see anything that got me very interested in him for this year, but it was a small sample size against all same hand pitching. He did look athletic and was smooth in the field though, for what that’s worth.

I did get to see Venditte the switch pitcher. He threw equally well from both sides but his stuff didn’t look quite MLB ready. Not bad but not great. Still cool to see something like that.

I might have been wrong in worrying about Abreu this year. The ball comes off his bat like a rocket.

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
7 years ago

Love these posts. It helps a lot for deep leagues, but also for standard ones.

After doing countless mocks, I’ve centered on a philosophy of punting 2b if I don’t get Rendon in the 2nd or Wong later on…Gyorko/Lawrie/Baez are always there late. I’m also effectively punting SS and waiting for Alcides or Segura late, which has seemed to work out great.

My question is related to bench use in Yahoo! leagues. Obviously in ESPN with only 3 bench spots, you load up on relievers or CIW….no hitters. But for Yahoo! with 5 bench spots, you can only effectively hold/play 4 relievers (+ 2 RP), leaving room on your bench for—- Hitting? or SP? Should I go after high upside hitting or load up on starters??

IV
IV
7 years ago

Appreciate these target posts Grey.

Question for JFOH. Is the RCL you created for 4/2 draft at 11:35 am or pm? This factor decides if I’m able to join.

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  IV
7 years ago

@IV: pm

IV
IV
Reply to  J-FOL
7 years ago

@J-FOL: ah, I figured. Might be difficult to draft then for me. Not sure if I can join that one.

Thanks for getting back to me!

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  IV
7 years ago

@IV: yeah I’m on west coast so it’s tough for east coast to draft with me

CL
CL
7 years ago

Grey: Year 8 Dynasty League. Utley & Escobar are my MI. I’ve currently got Micah Johnson & Corey Seagar stashed in NA spots. I have no room right now to make any moves, but would you drop Escobar and pickup Semien? OPS & strikeouts count, no AVG stat line in this league.

CL
CL
Reply to  CL
7 years ago

@CL: I could just dump Utely too, noticing Semien has 2B & 3B eligibility, assuming he’ll pick up SS eligibility soon enough.

CL
CL
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Yes. What about Chase Utrey? Too soon? I’m looking for any reason to dump age & injury risk liability. I’m middle of the road for years now, time to make waves.

Cram It
Cram It
7 years ago

Do you guys have a Hangover-style video montage from your trip? I imagine JFOH wrestling a tobacco Indian statue, Sky vomiting on a hot chick in a bikini, and you doing lines off of home plate.

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: oh we hugged…

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: you were drunk and that’s what you wanted to see

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I’m the razzball consigliari

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: did you just Fredo me?

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  J-FOL
7 years ago

Make sure it’s a big enough boat to fit everyone

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: royce! told me everything that REALLY happened.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Some juicy stuff about you.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I keed. I did hear about an athletic pursuit of a foul ball though.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  SteveNZ
7 years ago

“athletic”

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

¿Athletic?

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

[lie]athletic[/lie]

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Royce told me you (barely) wrestled it away from a kid in elementary school.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Hrm, might have been a wrestling midget. That’s a bit scary.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Grey – 1
Mini Mexi Bite – 0

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

If only you guys had saved that breakfast run for Sunday

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Cram It
7 years ago

She wasn’t that hot

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Sky
7 years ago

@Sky: Too bad. That’s my go-to move when I want to cut to the chase.

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  Cram It
7 years ago

@Cram It: I was too busy making sure sky didn’t get beat up following fighting couples around phoenix like the bumpkin in a big city he was.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  J-FOL
7 years ago

@J-FOL: He seems like the voyeur. Stay behind the telescope Sky.

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  Cram It
7 years ago

@Cram It: he’s a Japanese businessman watcher

Womp
Womp
7 years ago

How many SP’s should I draft in a 14 team H2H where we only have 21 roster spots? I have Kluber as a 21st rnd keeper. IP QS W L ERA WHIP SV+HLDs K’s and K/9

Tbone
Tbone
7 years ago

A guy in my league with the 1st pick doesn’t want Trout. It’s a 12 team H2H 5×5 league with rosters that include C,1b,2b,3b,ss, 3 of, util. He wants a 1st rd pick and a 5th or 6th rd pick. I have the 11th pick in a snake draft, should I bite?

booya
booya
7 years ago

Carrasco or Stroman & BMoss?

booya
booya
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Would your answer still be Carrasco in a keeper? How close is this to you?

Thanks

Hal Incandenza
Hal Incandenza
7 years ago

I didn’t hear back from @Nico after I responded to his question about this, so I’m reposting here.

For the War Room download to work in Excel 2003, can someone tell me what I need to change in what formula? I get displays of #NAME? in all columns on the Players tab. I think I had to edit a formula last year as well. Pretty much the entire player page except rank is displaying #NAME?, except I do see the column headers.

I kinda doubt it matters if I get it via download or Gdocs, but my email is on this message … if you can see it. I don’t really want to make it a totally public post.

Nico
Nico
Reply to  Hal Incandenza
7 years ago

@Hal Incandenza: Hal, can you send me an email at [email protected] with your spreadsheet attached? Also, after you send it, I will share the G-doc with you. Apologies for not responding more quickly.

Hal Incandenza
Hal Incandenza
Reply to  Nico
7 years ago

@Nico: Just sent it. Thanks Nico.

Ra'zball Al Ghul
Ra'zball Al Ghul
7 years ago

I know I know I know not to read into spring stats, but Baez is 0 for 8 with 4 K so far… eesh. Loving Odor, Owings, and Peraza – future Altuve-lite

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Ra'zball Al Ghul
7 years ago

@Ra’zball Al Ghul: I want him nowhere near my starting lineup come opening day.

nick the dick
nick the dick
7 years ago

What’s shakin G…so good start (not good start) to the RCL I started. Drafted last night and 3 or 4 guys didn’t show up and were autodrafted, including that raggamuffin Jef. One guy acting like an ass in the comments all night, another guy complaining it’s taking too long cuz it’s soooo lateee wahhhhh. The draft date and time are displayed when they chose to sign up for my league!!! If you couldn’t do that time, don’t sign up! So the autodrafting lead to a few teams being rich with aces since the Razzreaders weren’t taking them early. Only thing that made it all worthwhile is Jef ending up with Darvish, Lee and Pence with Fatt Adams as his 1b and schmohawks like Pedroia, Assdribble, Hosmer, and Dickey. Fixin’ to be a fun (not so fun) league!

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Yeah F said he was gonna try to draft from his phone but didnt work out I guess…I like my team, take a gander…
C-Mccann
1b-Edwin
2b-Neil
SS-Tulo
3b-Toddfather
CI-Lawrie
MI-Scooter
OF-Upton, CarGo Original, Gardner, Polanco, K Davis
Util-Kenny Plural
SP-Samardzjiza, Ross, Carrasco, Iwakuma, Latos, Yordano, Eovaldi, Hahn
RP-Betances, Nathan, Aa Sanchez
Bench-Evereth
…only real regret was taking Tulo with my 2nd pick instead of Donaldson cuz now i’m gambling on Tulo and Cargos health big time, but wanted to try Tulo in one of my leagues. Went a little bonkers wih Razz approved starters so my staff is ridunk. Trying to compete with Jefs Felix, MadBum, Hamels trio ha! Whatcha think?

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: yeah definitely more power than speed, tis why I grabbed Gardner and Polanco when I did. And I was thinking about losing Evereth to grab Byrd for even more power, just because Evereth doesnt have guaranteed playing time and, well, Sagnof. I have a feeling my next draft I will go completely different.

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: cool, thanks buddy

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Nice! Anytime is a good time for some Crustified Dibbs. Musta been an extra good trip.

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Ha! You’d think the big guy would know better. Probably ran out of lowrider Impala rentals.

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  nick the dick
7 years ago

@nick the dick: I got upgraded to a bitch car. Worst rental ever

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  nick the dick
7 years ago

I’m renting a mini van next year

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: yeah sounds like that big bear is a smitten kitten. The small car was probably him hoping to lap up with Tristan

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: “Is that the stickshift or was it bat day at the ballpark?”

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Like tiny bat on a keychain mini

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: yeah I think a no-windows, no seats in the back van sounds perfect for next time. Sit everyone in a circle Indian-style in the back for a rousing game of cock, cock, croft to pass the time