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.

 
  1. Harry says:
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    2nd base, who’s on 1st? And for that matter how did we skip 1st base and end up at 2nd, Grey?

    Enough of the funnies, enjoyed your article, but I have a quick question to ask and it is for leagues that do not have MI / CI positions and instead use normal “baseball” positions (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF). What is the cutoff for guys according to your rankings where a player is better suited as a CI or MI option rather than a starter at 1B, 2B, 3B, SS?

    • Tanaka's UCL says:
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      @Harry: How many teams are in your league? The player ranked that number +1 at his position is CI/MI material.

      • Harry says:
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        @Tanaka’s UCL:

        12 team league, so your saying that the 13th ranked player – per – position is CI / MI material if I understand correctly?

        Thanks for your response!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s not accurate… There’s no set answer for where MI or CI begins… If one team has a 2B, SS and MI by the first ten picks, then your MI might be the 20th middle infielder off the board…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harry: Thanks! I don’t do sleeper 1st basemen, you should draft a top one… There’s no set cutoff for CI and MI

      • Harry says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks for the response, I guess I just might have to feel around for other positions and draft a first baseman.

        Thanks for your time, Grey, mucho appreciated!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Harry: the same ones he advised me to grab in my 30 man league, Smoak and mini donkey (fatt adams, now called bitch tits by me, is fat and will get hurt)

  2. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team 6×6 h2h dynasty league, I was offered Travis d’Arnaud and Jake Marisnick for Austin Jackson and Dalton Pompey. I could really use the upgrade at catcher, but I am not sure if it’s worth losing all this speed. Also I would be forced to play semien in my util until bryant gets called up. Should I counter or accept this deal? I have included his team below if you may have any counter suggestions.

    c mike zunino

    1b cj cron

    2b brian dozier

    3b david wright

    ss javier baez

    lf dayan viciedo

    cf denard span

    rf oswaldo arcia

    util rusney castillo

    bn travis d’arnaud

    bn jake marisnick

    bn clint frazier

    bn miguel sano

    sp trevor bauer

    sp kevin gausman

    sp joe kelly

    p zack wheeler

    p shelby miller

    p michael pineda

    pdrew pomeranz

    c kurt suzuki
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    3b evan longoria
    ss ian desmond
    lf justin upton
    cf adam jones
    rf alex rios
    util austin jackson
    bn kris bryant bn bryon buxton bn marcus semien bn dalton pompey bn jose peraza

    sp garret richards
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    rp jacob degrom
    rp jordan walden

    rp bret cecil
    p hyun jin ryu p jake odorizzi bn tanner roark bn wily peralta

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ryan: Whatever his answer is, I’ll give you $10 if you don’t ask “Are you sure?”

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wake Up: Ah, you blew it for him. No $10.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Cram It: Read it too fast…thought you said the first one got the $10…

  3. Miles says:
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    Grey have you seen Yahoo’s projections for Jon Singleton?
    458 at bats
    98 hits (.214 avg, about right)
    81 walks (?!)
    168 strikeouts(!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Miles: A true three outcome guy there

  4. Slick says:
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    Grey,

    Other than your own projections, what other projections system would you take most seriously: Steamer, Composite, Rotochamp, CBS, ZIPS, Cairo, or Davenport?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slick: I’d take any serious

  5. Strolg says:
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    Comment from yesterday’s Big Magoo’s article- “It’s good to read a post on razzball that just has great info rather than feeling the need to start making references to porn or whacking off.” – Just like to say it’s nice to see you right the ship.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Strolg: I’ll have to talk to Magoo about upping his whack off quotient

      • J-FOL says:
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        @Grey: that explains the porn hub link in the email you sent us.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re confusing my correspondence with yours with Cockcroft

          • J-FOL says:
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            @Grey: you’ll never let this one go.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @J-FOL: If you hadn’t squeezed his butt when saying goodbye, Grey probably would’ve let you alone.

              • J-FOL says:
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                @Sky: don’t be mad he didn’t want to talk to you

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’re sleeping with the enemy!

              • J-FOL says:
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                @Grey: diplomat

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Someone is asking below about your RCL

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: If you count my junior high and high school years retroactively, I should be covered…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or uncovered, as the case may have been

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: I had enough decency to drape a sheet or a blanket over the task at hand *pinkie to mouth*…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              C’mon, a sock… Pun intended…

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: But a sock makes it look like a grotesque puppet show, while a sheet makes it look like you’re reenacting the alien chestburster scene. I’m all about the classics!

                • Grey

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                  HA… You need to get new socks!

                • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                  @Big Magoo: they tell ya in college to “write what you know”

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ha!

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice stuff, I have KWong at 2B in 2 leagues and Rendon in a 3rd. If either of them get injured (God forbid) then will seek out some of the above.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    PS Loved the podcast. If that’s you w/ a hangover I’d hate to hear how fantastic it could be if you had no hangover. Really insightful information.

  7. pff123 says:
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    Any feelings towards Micah Johnson, Grey? I assume you’re seeing Micah loss in some of Bonifacio’s 450 ABs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pff123: I haven’t seen him placed in as a starting guy

      • pff123 says:
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        @Grey: Seems to be a lot of chatter in the CHI papers about him vs. Sanchez for the starting job. Which is, of course, no guarantee that he ends up with the gig.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I’ve heard the chatter too

  8. Mark says:
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    Hey, Grey: can I request a points-only league post? (Actually, I know I can request it, but will you HONOR it…?)

    Anyway, 12 team, mixed, keeper, points-only league here. Mostly standard scoring, but I should say that W= 10 and L=-5 so wins are pretty valuable.

    We can keep up to five players for the first five rounds of our snake draft. I’m keeping four: Cutch, Goldy, Adam Jones and Kluber. We can keep two rookies as our 24th and 25th picks: I’m keeping Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano ( and throwing back Javier Baez, who strikes out too much for me.

    My question (yes, I have one). In a year long, points- only league, who would YOU target and where?

    Thanks as always for your invaluable advice peppered with wry punnery (I just made that word up, I think.)
    Mark

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Mark: Rox players

  9. Bryan says:
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    Grey, I want to draft Rendon in the late first rd and Harper in the third rd. Is it unwise to take two guys on the same team this early?

    • AdamH says:
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      @Bryan: @Bryan: No, it is fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bryan: Agree with AdamH

  10. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Grey,our draft is tonight. its a 12 team 5×5 roto keeper. We keep 8 players. I have the 3rd and 13th overall picks (roughly rounds 9 and 10) and was wondering who to target. Here are my keepers : Cutch, Goldy, Rizzo, J Upton, Hanley, Bautista, MadBum, Cole
    Theres no MI/CI slots and we have two Util slots. 1 catcher league. Which of these guys should I take at 3rd overall tonight? Can you rank them since two of them will likely be off the board, thanks! Im considering Yelich since my team could be a little light on speed, and I know how accurate you are with your first Post of the new year (Soler).

    AVAILABLE : Soler, Yelich, Betts, Ortiz, Myers, Dozier, Kimbrel, Cobb, Iwakuma, Wood, Corrasco

    I think I could land Myers at 13th since Yahoo hates him, The other guys all look like first rounders to me.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Oppo Taco: So Batista, Upton, Cutch are you’re OF Rizzo 1st base, Goldly UTI or 2 1st base slots? I’d want a 3rd baseman if there’s anyone available.

    • Oppo Taco says:
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      @Oppo Taco: tomas is there too

  11. Bye Felicia says:
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    Some (dummy) dropped Kipnis so I grabbed him faster than you’d grab Wong! Now I have a backup for Rendon! haha

  12. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    12 team mix, H2H
    Keepers: Stanton, Rizzo, and Kluber

    I usually don’t keep a SP for keeper but last year, for the championship run, I traded in different trades my Rd. 5, Rd, 12, 13, and 14. I made the mistake, and did not notice I traded consecutive rounds (stupid of me). Still finish 3rd with some good money.

    I usually pick my Tier 3 Sp in rd. 12-15, and seeing as if I don’t have them, is it OK to keep Kluber?
    My other option is to keep Arenado, but knowing the other teams keepers, and preferences from playing the same league last 8 years, I forsee Arenado will be available when my pick arrives, and Kluber won’t.

    If Arenado is not available, Dickerson, Freeman, Longoria, Frazier, Brantley would be available, and Desmond if he falls. Though I prefer Arenado.

    I want a solid Ace since between rd. 6 and 11, I only project to take 1 or 2 additional SP, leaving the bulk of my pitching staff, after round 16.

    Is this a good strategy? What would be your recommendation.

    Many thanks!

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: Adding to the above, If I don’t keep Kluber, my other keeper options are Freeman (which would play in UTL with RIzzo at 1B), and Arenado.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Sure keep Kluber and draft Arenado

  13. The Situation says:
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    @Grey: 12 team, H2H, 6×6 (BB/Holds), 10 keeper, keep forever league. I have the opportunity to add Goldy for Puig and Wong. I’m thinking about going for it, but I know you love Wong, although he would only be my MI (I have Cano already). And I know you don’t love Puig in H2H. Plus, the addition of BBs makes Goldy even more valuable. Take the deal and grab Goldy or stick with Puig/Wong?

  14. The forgiving is for you…not them…

    Wow, getting deep for a Muesday!

  15. Two questions:
    Wong and Jerko, then Semien…

    Their older sister is named Worsened…

    OK, no questions…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Tis better to give than receive…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Give him Stroman?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: that’s than, not then…

        • ashtray says:
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          @Wake Up: Checks out either way.

  16. Beastman says:
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    Show off your saavy fantasy skills in a $100 Razzball league. 3rd year running, draft is 3/29 at noon est, and have just one opening.

    Email [email protected] to join!

  17. Clint says:
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    I want to like Odor but I fear if I draft him I won’t be able to resist the urge to rename my team’s ‘Bob Newhart’s Neighbors’ and begin every board post or blog comment for the 2015 season with “Hi, I’m Rougned, this is my brother Rougned, and this is my uncle Rouglas.” (Mmmmmmm, Julia Duffy….)

  18. dscottncc says:
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    Grey,

    I always enjoy your articles, but if you’re going to give me a list of sleepers at a position that you like, I need more logic as to why you like them. You threw in the occasional steamer projection, and put where they are being drafted, but other than that I see a lot of fluff and filler.
    Suggestion: Talk about rate stats, how they’re doing in spring training, list some of last years stats, talk about how high the club is on the player, etc….

    Only meant this post as a suggestion for the next article, hope it doesn’t sound to critical.

  19. danny almonte says:
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    12 team, keep 7 no restrictions…. so FA draft begins round 8… Buxton wasn’t kept. I’m in ‘win now’ mode but still considering taking him in rounds 8/9/10 if he’s there. Is that a big reach or about right?

  20. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    What are you thoughts on Wong’s ability to take a few more walks this season?

    Wong has grown more and more on me as I get excited, but I’m worried that he could be a detriment in OBP leagues (he’s projected to MAYBE maintain a .300 OBP) compared to someone like Kipnis or Dozier, who should post at least an average OBP.

    I have the same concerns about guys like Adam Jones (~.315 projected obp) + to a lesser extent, Arenado (~.326 projected obp)…

  21. papasmurf says:
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    What about Micah Johnson? Seems to have excellent speed and probably can be had for a handful of dirt plus peanut shells.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: I don’t think he wins the job, but if he does he’ll have SAGNOF value

  22. True and Correct says:
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    Gray,

    Is the order of the players listed, you’re personal ranking ?

    Thank you

  23. Mostsuckass says:
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    Grey, what’s your take on Devon Travis as a stash in deep leagues for a possible midseason call-up? The guys blocking him are Maicer Izturis and Ryan Goins, and Trvais may be better than both right now. Your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mostsuckass: He’s not that exciting as a call up

  24. nick the dick says:
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    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!

    • Grey

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      @nick the dick: Haha… I think F did warn he may not be able to make it…Or something like that last week… Now you just have to beat them all so soundly that you win the entire RCL…Get ’em, NtD!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @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?

        • Grey

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          Gardner, Iwakuma, Latos, Tulo and Edwin could be health risks… I like your team other than the injury concerns… I think you have more power than speed, but that’s solid and SAGNOF

          • nick the dick says:
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            @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.

            • Grey

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              I’d hold for now just to see how a few more weeks of spring play out

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: cool, thanks buddy

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem, NtD… We were listening to Rugged Man this weekend, btw

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

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It was, except JFoH got a penis extension rental car and no one could fit in it

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

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m just glad he didn’t get a Mini and only invite Cockcroft for a ride

                    • J-FOL says:
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                      @nick the dick: I got upgraded to a bitch car. Worst rental ever

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Let’s just say it was candy apple red

                    • J-FOL says:
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                      I’m renting a mini van next year

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You sure that’s not too butch?

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

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, totally “There’s room for one more…But you have to sit on my lap.”

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

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Mini-mini bat day!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: Like tiny bat on a keychain mini

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yes, but mini keychain too

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @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

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Duck, duck, *uck

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: Hehe

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @nick the dick: Yeah i got the auto draft fuck last night…sorry man, phone wouldnt let me draft….I have some work to do with that team now

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Better challenge!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: yeah it got pretty ugly for you

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @nick the dick: Ill trade you Darvish and Cliff Lee

          • nick the dick says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: If you accept Cuntaleeza Rice as part of it, then you got youself a god damn deal. But I also request Eminem….

  25. Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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    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

  26. Hal Incandenza says:
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    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 says:
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      @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 says:
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        @Nico: Just sent it. Thanks Nico.

  27. booya says:
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    Carrasco or Stroman & BMoss?

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

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, close-ish, but I’d want Carrasco

  28. Tbone says:
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    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?

  29. Womp says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Womp: At least 6

  30. Cram It says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JFOH was wrestling his better intentions to not hug Cockcroft

      • J-FOL says:
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        @Grey: oh we hugged…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It looked more like a hump

          • J-FOL says:
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            @Grey: you were drunk and that’s what you wanted to see

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha…I saw it!

              • J-FOL says:
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                @Grey: I’m the razzball consigliari

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I don’t believe consigliere is Italian for traitor… You’re Fredo!

                  • J-FOL says:
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                    @Grey: did you just Fredo me?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Let’s go for a boat ride…

                    • J-FOL says:
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                      Make sure it’s a big enough boat to fit everyone

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Graphic details about JFoH and Cockcroft? Yikes

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Some juicy stuff about you.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ooh…Now I’m intrigued.

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

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  “athletic”

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Don’t you dare put quotes around it

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      ¿Athletic?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s worse

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      [lie]athletic[/lie]

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’ll take the quotes… You’re just jealous, cause I ‘caught’ a foul ball

                    • Sky

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

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Okay, but that kid had on a luchador mask

                    • Sky

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

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I beat him, that’s all that matters…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Grey – 1
                      Mini Mexi Bite – 0

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Now if that was a Mini New-Mexi Bite…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      If only you guys had saved that breakfast run for Sunday

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I didn’t go… I slept in until 7 AM when they started playing Pitbull

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I can scamper with the best of them!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      She wasn’t that hot

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

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

        • J-FOL says:
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          @Cram It: he’s a Japanese businessman watcher

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alcides? Nope

      • CL says:
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        @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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d hold Utley

  32. IV says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

    • J-FOL says:
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      @IV: pm

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

  33. Chuck Norris says:
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    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??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, I’ve seen those guys going late too… SPs

  34. GhostTownSteve says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      re: Abreu — I watched him a lot last year, and I wasn’t completely fooling with the Frank Thomas comparisons… He’s a talented guy that hits bombs with ease… re: Micah — If the White Sox said Micah had the lead in the job, I’m not sure I’d believe them… They don’t need the rookie, they need production as they’re ready to win. That means just play Bonifacio and Beckham… Wish I would’ve seen Venditte…

  35. BDubs says:
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    Struggling to decide on my 5 keepers. Who would you recommend?

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig, Bats, Pujols, Yoenis, Machado

  36. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d keep Cano with those keepers…Try a Price deal

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Rendon there

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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            @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.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

  37. Cory says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget Giles…Taking Soler or Bryant is fine

      • Cory says:
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        @Grey: Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  38. KillerB says:
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    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)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier, Dozier, Pederson, Wood, Bogaerts

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When do you have to decide by?

      • sasquatch sluggers says:
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        @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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

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

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

      • Fungazi says:
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        @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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You always should

  41. ashtray says:
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    Say goodbye to Stroman. Another one bites the dust.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh well

  42. J-FOH says:
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    Sorry about Stroman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did you mean to message Cockcroft this?

      • J-FOL says:
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        @Grey: I messaged him to shoot hutch up his board

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  43. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Now Stroman is out for the year – is it just me, or should all pitchers just skip spring training?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s what I said yesterday

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: This is what Allen Iverson was talking about.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Huh?

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: Practice man. I’m Talking about practice. Not a game, a bunting drill man. Talking about Practice.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, that’s an Iverson thing? I saw the 30 for 30 on him… But that was about him going to jail

  44. Warren says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re pretty close, I’d go Arenado

  45. Chazz says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

  46. Jay says:
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    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 says:
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      @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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Estrada goes in, Norris and Sanchez will both see some starts

    • Jay says:
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      @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?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d take Rendon

  47. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Terrible news on Stroman. Such a bummer for the kid.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s young though, see him next year!

      • Warren says:
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        @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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That would be solid if you can hold him

  48. jef says:
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    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)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto, Kimbrel, McCutchen

  49. PK says:
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    Looks like Floyd re-injured himself.

    T.J. House time in Cleveland!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  50. TJ says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold off

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @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.

  51. Luke says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar

  52. SteveNZ says:
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    Zito is back with the A’s? Sheesh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hes been training on the moon, according to Ghosttown

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Beane should trade for Hudson.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jennifer?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Hawk?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is that what you’re calling Cockcroft now?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @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

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Probably throws harder than Zito.

            • Happy Vegans says:
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              @J-FOL:@SteveNZ: Cockcroft?

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

  53. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    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).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They were updated

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: cool.

  54. SteveNZ says:
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    7th.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Mixing it up!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Never had him before!

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

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: You’re going commando!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            It’s OBP

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

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Nah, meant on Votto question

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

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

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I considered it… I have Upton in another league so went Marte

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

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No worries… Shizz is so slow

  55. Surgeo says:
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    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?

  56. The badger says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

  57. SteveNZ says:
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    Look at you starting a closer run! Is this the real Grey Albright (emoticon)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Started it!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @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…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, you knew he’d take Walker

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: You and Rudy in same league for Tout wars?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: This thing is so slow.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s ridiculous, and they needed a break…Incredible

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @Grey: How many rounds left?

        • 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.

  58. Milarky says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Mike does… Ask him in his last post

      • Milarky says:
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        @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

  59. MattTruss

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    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

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

    • Grey

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      I can’t get enough of Hosmer and Gyorko

      • MattTruss

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        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 says:
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        @Grey:
        Votto at 11 WTF?

  60. S>H says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeGrom

  61. Jef with 1 F says:
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    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

    • Grey

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      You love the Mets! Nice team, I love the hitting, Dickerson, Pablo, Wong, Rizzo… Great stuff… The pitching is solid too… I like the team a lot…Well played

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

      • Jef with 1 f says:
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        @J-FOH: I already noticed Vin goes heavy on relievers

        • J-FOH

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          @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

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            @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

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              @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.

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

  62. J-FOH says:
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    Domonic Brown in the 23rd round? Did Tehol hack your system?

    • Adult Onset Dia Bit Us says:
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      @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.

  63. partners says:
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    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.

  64. barker says:
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    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 ?

  65. viper says:
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    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…

  66. Nathan says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should come to my newest post

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