Psst!  This post is gonna list 2nd basemen that you should target in your 2018 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 is on these guys I love later in drafts.  I’m not going to mention Ian Happ other than this one mention of him where I say I’m not going to mention him.  I’m not mentioning Happ 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-Croatia) supplement to the top 20 2nd basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2018 projections.  Anyway, here’s some 2nd basemen to target for 2018 fantasy baseball:

Scooter Gennett (ESPN 284)  Scott Kingery, who I don’t mind, is ranked ridiculously high in ESPN’s rankings.  This is weird (not weird).  Why I say this is weird (not weird) because ESPN never ranks rookies above vets of comparable value.  I don’t even think ESPN knows rookies.  Seriously.  No joke.  However (this is were it becomes ‘not weird’) Karabell’s favorite team is the Phillies, so he ranked Kingery extremely high.  Told you weird (not weird).  As for Scoots McHitTheBallInTheAiry, there’s no consensus on where to draft him.  Some people say around 300 overall, some say around 175.  I don’t know exactly what he’s going to do, because I’m not a witch, but my money’s on closer to last year, than previous years.  His HR/FB% was high, but he’s also in a top ten park for homers.  His .295 average was high, but he cut down on his swings, made the swings he did take count for more and his .339 BABIP isn’t insane for a career .327 BABIP guy.  I’d bet on a 25+ HR, 5 SB, .270 season from Scoots vs. a total bust season.  Trying to make this wager in Vegas hasn’t been easy, however.

Brandon Drury (ESPN 293; Yahoo unranked) Feels a little like the guy the Yanks just got rid of that he’s replacing, assuming Drury’s starting at 3rd, i.e., Chase Headley.  Might peak at 16 homers with a .265 average, but he’s still very young (25) headed into his 3rd full season (breakout time), and the Corporate Teepee To Consumerism They Built Across The Lot From The House Ruth Built won’t hurt Drury.

Chris Owings (ESPN 308; Yahoo 266)  I always seem to be the only person interested in Owings, and every year it seems like there’s a reason for that.  All I will say is he went 12/12 in only 362 ABs last year, and he’s still only 26.  Also, maybe the D-Backs have to be more aggressive on the basepaths this year since the ill-humidor’d conditions.  I know, Owings isn’t pegged as the starter, but he always gets his at-bats.

Jose Peraza (Yahoo 220)  One quick note here, in general.  If it wasn’t for Yahoo’s cockeyed rankings, there wouldn’t have even been enough 2nd basemen to write this post.  I love Jose Peraza, and he’s ranked on ESPN around 180, which is before my arbitrary cutoff for this post.  Yahoo, on the other hand, well, if you can figure out why they have some of the guys in this post ranked so low, you win the Nobel.  Go to your mailbox and wait there, I’m mailing it out.  Get it yet?  How about now?  Now?  Okay, check back in 20 minutes.  As for Peraza, he’s covered by Anime Grey:

Eduardo Nunez (Yahoo 203)  Fenway seems like it will play right into Nunez’s strengths.  Just slap some dubs off the wall, and jog into first, only to then steal 2nd.  If you’re hesitant on him because Pedroia will return and Nunez will be pushed to the bench, then I have a few names for you of players who can’t stay healthy:  Pedroia, Hanley, Mitch Moreland, J.D. Martinez and Nunez himself.  Even in 400 ABs, Nunez always seems to get that good value.

Paul DeJong (Yahoo 213)  Previously, I laid on your medulla oblongata my Paul DeJong sleeper.  There I said, “There’s little to pass on with DeJong or for Grey to poop on, but can he be Colonel Mustard?  He hit 16 HRs in only 289 post-All-Star Break at-bats, but he did hit a bunch of ‘Just Enough’ homers.  I’m not confident in saying he’s going to hit a ton more homers with an extra 150 ABs in 2018.  He did hit 13 homers in only 48 Triple-A games, so he does elevate the ball, and gets to his power.  My guess is his strikeout rate (28% last year) will come down a little, he’ll hit for a little less BABIP, and his 20% HR/FB% will come down a hair.  Which makes him a push-push-push in the Busch.  So, is his last year repeated good enough for you or do you want a Bob boffer?”  And that’s me quoting me!  Legit, I had no idea what I meant by ‘Bob boffer’ either.  I thought it was a typo at first or Bob Barker with a pussy.  Cat!  C’mon, gross!  Turns out ‘Bob boffer’ was a reference to a Bob who was sleeping with your wife and/or girlfriend, which I went over in the sleeper post.  I will now say ‘Bob boffer’ without any reference point.

Tim Beckham (Yahoo 279) I was going to say it’s crazy town how low Yahoo is on Beckham, and I do think that, but looking at a collective ADP on him, and, well, Yahoo’s a lot closer to collective wisdom on Beckham than I am, so let’s ask ourselves about plastics and dive into the pool to figure out why I like him.  Camden is a lot better than the Trop for homers.  Orange you glad this bears fruit for Beckham’s power surge after his trade to Baltimore?  I am.  He was a lot more aggressive at the plate than I’d like to see, but all things equal he’s a .260 hitter.  Not awful, not great.  He stole six bags in 11 attempts last year, which is awful, but he did have years of 15+ steals in the minors and he’s only 28.  Would a 15-steal surprise you?  Well, it would surprise me, but I guess it’s possible.  20/7/.260 in the top of Baltimore’s order is still worth more than the 279th overall pick, and if he sneaks into a 25/12/.275 season it’s going to be way more valuable.

Devon Travis (Yahoo 341) I think I might be in the Bob boffer scenario for Travis, and I might need to raise him in my rankings.  Or maybe that’s me not boffing Bob — a Bob unboffer?  I was thinking maybe I’d put Travis in as the top 2nd baseman in Fantasy Pros, so everyone who did no research, went there, would see him above Altuve, and draft him in the first round.  It’s the Anarchists’ fantasy baseball cookbook.  By the way, out of all hundred or so experts’ rankings last year, Rudy’s rankings came in 2nd.  As for Travis, he has 15/12 potential, and might be leading off for the Jays.  Then again, every year around this time, Travis or Kevin Pillar are supposed to be leading off for the Jays and never do.

   
  1. The Big Yabu says:
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    Hey y’all, restarting a few of the original “razz” leagues (born here: https://razzball.com/the-birth-of-razzball/, then modified over the years) —
    Draft 18 players that will pile up the AB and IP, but perform poorly.
    9 Hitters: C,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF,OF,OF,UTIL
    5 Starting Pitchers
    4 Bench/2 DL
    SCORING: Hitters: AB +2, K +2, H -3, R -4, HR -6, RBI -4
    Pitchers: IP -1, K -1, HR +4, L +8, ER +1.5, H +1, BB +1
    Weekly lineups, pickups limited to 25 for season.
    Aiming for three leagues, drafting Sat 3/17 @ 2ET, Tue 3/20 @ 8ET, Tue 3/20 @10ET

    If interested, email thebigyabu [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up, once again!

    a. You never cease to amaze me! Keep it up.

    b. Didn’t go for the 2nd day of the 2-day training which was a carbon copy of the training that took place end of February. The reasons?

    1. Internet was off for 7 of the 8 hours of day 1 of the training which makes for many very dull moments.

    2. Am gearing up for the start of the exercise which is supposed to take place in Nakiavale tomorrow or as my Frenchy-speaking boss calls it…Naked Valley (sic, no jokes!). I prefer Naked Valley over Nakivale (original name of the settlement).

    c. The story behind how my boss (Frenchy-type) called it Naked Valley is newsworthy. He was writing an email on the subject of how the refugee verification exercise is coming to Nakivale. Then he saw the squiggly red lines under the settlement name – Nakivale refers. Then he right-clicked over the name and chose the first auto-corrected name to come up – Naked Valley of course!! Slightly funny, right? Frank Voila.

    d. Gonna love Scooter in standard RCLs all night long! Just put him in the MI depending on matchups of course, but he is a more than useful super utility infielder and a former prospect that’s a late bloomer. Everything is possible with Scooter in the fold.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: B. Real reason: nomore free lunches. C’mon, tell the truth! C. Haha D. Nice!

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

        To get this far you most likely have a PhD in psychology (or child psychology in some instances on this site) or logic, you choose!

        On the lunch issue, there was a free lunch attached to the training. But it was the exact same lunch as they always serve and as they served on day 1. So, I guess subconsciously you were right. It was lunch-related.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What if I choose both? It’s always lunch related!

  3. Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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    10 team AL only h2h with OBP over AVG, total bases added, net steals over steals, QS over wins and holds added. 3 keepers and we’re doing a slow draft (optional) till online draft near MLB season time. 25 rounds.
    C
    1B
    2B
    SS correa (1)
    3B devers (24)
    MI
    CI
    OF mancini (could be at CI or 1B too, 25)
    OF
    OF
    util
    SP (7 or 8 optimal)
    RP (4 slots)
    have a pick in 5 picks. some mix of these will be out there:
    hitting: (listed in order by OPS rater) son of donald (35.7, but i’d guess he’s drafted soon anyway), abreu (27.9), E5 (25.4), sano (23.8, but he should be lowered being fat and likely missing time anyway), k.davis (19.6), miggy (19.3), gallo (18.5)
    pitchers (QS/holds used) : carrasco (20.4), archer (20.3), kimbrel (18.9), chapman (16.3), otani (16), tanaka (14.2), stroman (11.9)

    my next pick after is 5 more picks away. should i grab my first pitcher in 5 picks, or one of the hitters? i’d assume for sure donaldson is gone by my 1st pick. possibly one of the closers (hopefully)

      • Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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        @Grey: that was my feeling too, even if i’m probably sure to miss abreu (might anyway before the SP pick), as i don’t want to get stuck with like stroman as a #1, which could happen in 10 picks if i don’t before then. it’s bad enough having 3 guys you might not own in 16 teamers due to it being AL only where the worst SP are even worse than in NL only.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  4. Mark Maharaj says:
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    Jose Peraza me. He just stopped stealing last year. Literally for two months, zero stalls. As Kelly Bendy asked her never, Peggy Bundy, is that some type of record for getting nothing?

  5. Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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    @Mark Maharaj: think he had some injury, but i had him too during most of that time in numerous spots. he’s cheap as SHIT this year though, thus far in early drafts i’ve done.

  6. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey :)

    José Peraza is avb in my Dynasty league !! (as well as Hays) …
    players you love for 2018 and beyond
    my starter at 2B is Schoop schoop song

    with 2B eligibility, i already have Merrifield and Calhoun -you like sooo much-

    What about Nick Senzel spending time @2B ?

    but i’m feeling frito mixto with my pitchers
    SP1 Tanaka
    SP2 Cueto
    SP3 Rich Hill
    SP4 Chase Anderson
    P Hamels
    P Lamet
    RP1 Knebel
    RP2 Shane Greene
    Bench Mikolas

    who should i drop / trade / trade for ?
    dynasty! so maybe i can look for future value not overpriced yet

    I have too many OF : starters : JDMart/Buxton/KDavis
    bench: Acuna/Merrifield/Calhoun/Mancini
    i offered Cespedes for Cole, it may work !
    for Godley, awaiting
    was declined for Mc Cullers

    … along with Cespedes, i can combo trade Cueto / Hamels and/or Greene but who can i get?
    Bauer ? Archer?

    also i’d like to add RP AJ Minter soon

    Nick

    • Grey

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      @Nick: Peraza needs to perform to keep in the Reds lineup, but he needs to perform to stay on fantasy teams too, so same boat… You can get Bauer or Archer for Cueto and Hamels? Then that’s an easy yes

  7. Chud says:
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    Good stuff Grey! Love these posts on late round targets.

    10 team dynasty trade offer:

    I get Berrios/Lindor//Lamb

    I give CMart/Didi/Sano.

    Who wins?

    Thanks !

  8. SLOBaseball says:
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    Hi Grey
    Dynasty league (20 teams, 30 max positions), who should I keep/drop (18 keepers) in scoring system (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, W, K, ERA, WHIP, SV+H ):

    Giancarlo Stanton
    Mookie Betts
    Eric Hosmer
    Miguel Cabrera
    Matt Carpenter
    Ian Desmond
    Andrelton Simmons
    Adam Eaton
    Francisco Mejia
    Randal Grichuk
    Devon Travis
    Raimel Tapia
    Anthony Alford
    David Peralta
    Melky Cabrera

    Luis Severino
    Craig Kimbrel
    Kevin Gausman
    Jon Gray
    Blake Treinen
    Luis Castillo
    Brad Peacock
    Kenta Maeda
    Mike Foltynewicz
    José De León
    Jack Flaherty
    Nate Jones
    Seung Hwan Oh

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SLOBaseball: How many do you have already? Don’t ask me to choose 18

      • SLOBaseball says:
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        @Grey: Got 15, need 3 more among Randal Grichuk, Devon Travis, Raimel Tapia, Anthony Alford, David Peralta, Melky Cabrera, Brad Peacock, Kenta Maeda, Mike Foltynewicz, José De León, Jack Flaherty, Nate Jones and Seung Hwan Oh.

        • Grey

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          Might help if you told me the 15… Maeda, Grichuk, then toss up Flaherty

  9. Yager says:
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    Drafted Rizzo to play second base in a 20 team mixed roto at 16, as the draft unfolded I snagged Chris Taylor and Tim Anderson and had to move Rizzo to first and Mancini to the OF. Lol. Plans changed significantly that day!

    Question: Somone dropped Cargo after the draft, and I have the fourth waiver. Would you count on a bounce back and use the waiver?

    Also, how did I do?

    C- Chirinos
    1B- Rizzo
    2B- Taylor
    SS- Anderson
    3B- Rendon
    OF- Cain
    OF- Rosario
    OF- Mancini
    UTL- Gurriel

    SP- Castillo
    SP- Pomeranz
    SP- Wacha
    RP- Jansen
    RP- Osuna
    P- Miller
    P- Robertson
    P- Devenski
    BN- Gohara
    BN- Musgrove
    BN- Velasquez
    BN- Williams

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Yager:
      That’s why it’s silly to plan Rizzo as your 2b.
      Second base can be deep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yager: Forget CarGo — For a 20 team, hitting looks solid, maybe light on speed… Pitching looks like you’re missing starters

      • Yager says:
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        @Grey: Thank you for the feedback, much appreciated. On the pitching side of things I was trying to get relative value, and so many pitchers were overdrafted and huge reaches. The two in particular that I missed out on by a few picks were Bauer and Morton. However this league does have walks for a category, so I stocked up on high end relief non-closers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And I hear ya on the pitching

  10. DancinHomer says:
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    Morning Grey,

    With Rizzo having 2B eligibility in Yahoo, where would that put him in your rankings? I know you have him at 14 and did mention his 2b eligibility, but curious if your bump him up at all due to that.

  11. Evan says:
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    Im with the guy earlier. You concerned about senzel displacing peraza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Evan: Answered him above

  12. Seize The Trea says:
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    What’s your take on the Yankees Neil Walker signing? He’s expected to start; would you take a flier on him over Travis or Owings in a deep 14-Team H2H OBP League?

  13. OaktownSteve says:
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    Don’t like Peraza at all. Below average defensively and a terrible hitter. I watched a few Reds spring games yesterday and Peraza looks so bleh. Senzel on the other hand looks 100% MLB ready. Looks a lot like a Bregman type. No doubt he can handle the SS spot. Range, feet, arm all there. Just a little seasoning. The bat looks like a typical top college bat. Contact is there, power will develop. Eyeball test…he’s the real deal. Peraza may still get his ABs as he can move around the diamond but there’s no way he carries that position all year.

    Also like Winker on the Reds. Reminds me of Conforto a little bit. Very short to the ball, great hands.

    Maikel Franco is in bad shape. He’s sporting a serious gut. He’s pulling the off the ball something fierce. He might find it but his leash is going to be real, real short. He better find it early or it’s going to be a lost season for him. Wouldn’t go near him.

    Watched a little bit of the Braves yesterday too. Acuna looks as advertised. I still like Albies a lot, but I feel like it’s going to be hard for him to return a profit where he’s now being drafted. Second base is probably the deepest position this year. There are plenty of viable options that are probably going to go undrafted in 12 team mixed. As much as I’d like to own him this year and believe he’s going to be a long term asset, I’m going to be passing for my remaining drafts.

    Padres have expressed a desire to get Pirela every day ABs. Some sneaky speed power and the possibility that he’s going to get 2B eligibility sometime mid season. Reading the tea leaves on the Padres, I think I’d be off Renfroe. Starting to feel like the odd man out. Would not be surprised to see them try to flip him.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @OaktownSteve:
      I like Pirela too.

      Thoughts on A.J. Puk?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @FrankGrimes:

        I think he’s up before June. I asked Ralph and he disagreed. A’s rotation is so so bad. You can hear in Melvin’s interviews how much he wants him with the big club.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @OaktownSteve: You might be right, I think he needs time in the minors, but you’re not wrong that he’s better than what they got. It’s rare you hear a manager leave the door open for a prospect to break camp on team that’s not in contention. I worry his BB/9 is going to be around 5, if he breaks camp.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: He’s shown better control in the spring, which is encouraging if not totally meaningful. He’s unfinished. When he does come up, I’m guessing his first couple go arounds through the league he gets a bump just because it’s going to take guys awhile to get used to facing him. Lefties are going to be all kinds of uncomfortable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: That is a Marge Schott umbrella’s worth of Peraza shade… Peraza’s real baseball value is getting in way of his fantasy value… He’s gonna be an easy 5/25/.270 guy with chance for more… Plenty from MI… Maikel is terrible, agreed, seems headed for a sudden minor league stint or release… Renfroe seems doomed, agreed… Headed the way of Grichuk, my guess

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Without choosing my team or your team, which team is your favorite NFBC team in our league?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Funny I was just doing an assessment this morning. No teams really jumped out at me as stand out. There are 4 or 5 teams that are very unlike a team I would draft or want, but you really never know.

        Third place I’ll say Fister Pujols. I liked the way the offense started, though not wild about Daniel Murphy I do understand that pick. The first 4 SPs were enough for me to compliment the offense heavy start but I haven’t liked the pitching choices towards the back half of the draft and I’m afraid the team will struggle to compete in the pitching.

        Second I’ll go with St. Hilaire. I’m starting to come around on Gerrit Cole and the narrative that the Astros analytics can boost his value. Thor/Nola/Cole could be a very nice return on a little bit of risk taken. Thought he got good prices on a few guys. Arcia, Hanley, Gardner come to mind. Nice mix of vets and upside. The downside with this team is I did not like the bullpen picks at all. Familia, Vizcaino and Claudio were taken in early middle rounds and could all be zeroes by the end of May.

        First, I’ll go Get Trout. There’s a fair amount of risk in his SPs but I mostly like the names. Didn’t love the Longoria pick, but that’s a little nitpicky. Kipnis/Castro as the only 2B guys is a little dodgy but there’s upside with Kipnis at that price. He probably doesn’t have a second closer either with Gregorson looking iffy. Liked the lotto ticket on Tucker at 31.

        • Grey

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          Sould be a good league then, bc these wouldn’t have been my top 3… My favorite team is Montefusco’s Revenge, like to see more hitting depth, but if his core hitters stay on field, his hitting should be solid… If he has injuries, he could be in real trouble… I really like his pitching tho, aside from Giolito and F-Her, but that’s quibbling…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            He was my 4th, but I don’t like his pitching nearly as much as you do. I see Quintana’s Ks backing off a bit. I’m not in the Godley camp. I’m not sure why not. I’m always worried about guys who’s plus pitch is off speed as they come back for their second season. Remember having this argument with Magoo about Matt Shoemaker after his breakout season with the splitter. The league digests and adjusts. If he’s unable to generate the same number of swinging strikes with the curve I fear he starts to look really average. I could be very wrong on this. Giolito looks like a low K rate innings eater in a tough park. Didn’t like the Archie Bradley pick. Felix I’m worried about the innings.

            I can see where you’re coming from though. If things come together there’s definitely a contender in there.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, should be good either way… surprised you don’t like Godley, you might be the only person

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: I like St. Hilaire the slow as my favorite

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’ll disagree for sake of argument… His team is pretty imbalanced on hitting, if Gallo struggles he’s going to lose HRs by 75 and he has no 3B… His pitching is decent tho

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @Grey: Now that you mention that I overlooked the power aspect.

                I like my team the best! Except my pitchers. Those dont count right?

                • Grey

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                  I was gonna say your team was my favorite, then switched last minute… I like your team a lot…

  14. Hankg says:
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    Question on draft strategy. In leagues with “extra” categories (in this case OPS and Holds) is it better to use traditional rankings as a draft guide (e.g., Grey’s 5×5 rankings) or would it be recommended to use league-specific rankings (like those found in Rudy’s rankings)? Would be interested in anyone’s thoughts. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hankg: I’d use Rudy’s

    • knucks says:
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      @Hankg: Download the .csv of both the hitters/bats in Rudy’s rankings for your extra categories. Then combine them into one file and filter by $$ from largest to smallest. This helps me value OPS and QS categories better than I prob could. Will also carry a tip from Grey to the draft room for a QS league that I played in a few years ago where we replaced Wins with QS… it was something like “I’d want 2 SPs in the top 25, with one being a top 10 if I could swing it.”

      This is the first year I’m playing in a few leagues that use non standard batting categories and ripping Rudy’s ranks to .csv been my strategy because I really don’t know how to value some of those extra categories on my own this year. I’ve pre-ranked in ESPN based off of Rudy’s ranks exactly. I know enough from reading Grey’s feelings all pre-season and it will still prob influence me a fair amount one way or another.

      For example, Rudy’s ranks show me Blackmon at $31.2 over Ramirez at $30.9… but gun to my head I’m sure I go Ramirez there. But its def helpful to know how to try to value Blackmon with OPS as our 6th category.

      Rudy’s ranks helped to show how much more value guys like Votto, Carlos Santana, Duda, Bour, Gallo, etc might have for me in a league I’m doing that will have OBP and SLG as replacements for AVG. Someone like Samardzija took a big jump in the ranks that use QS. I’m pretty sure Rudy is higher on him in general though.

      Good luck this year Hank!

  15. shibboleth says:
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    Hey Grey and co., thanks again for the awesome writing and draft prep!

    Hoping I did you proud. 12 tm roto — 5×5 — OPS, QS, SLD

    C- Barnes
    1B- Myers
    2B- Rizzo
    3b- Seager
    SS- Turner
    CI- Belt
    MI- Rosario
    OF- JD, Yelich, Braun, Tomas, Keirmaier, Hays

    SP- Severino, Cole, Weaver, Castillo, Salazar, Santana
    RP- Allen, Hand, Reed, Treinan, Melancon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @shibboleth: I am proud on hitting, your pitching looks like you ignored me on Cole, Ervin and Salazar

  16. The Skrimmer says:
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    Everything but 2B…Just finished my draft and I have some players to put some contracts on. I have two 3-year and four 2-year contract to give. From the following list, who should I contract: Machado and Acuna are my current plans for 3-year contracts. Thanks.

    J. Abreu: $24
    M. Machado: $27
    B. Buxton: $14
    Y. Puig: $11
    J. Upton: $15
    R. Acuna: $4
    C. Kershaw: $30
    R. Ray: $16
    L. Castillo: $9
    T. Bauer: $6
    K. Gausman: $6
    M. Wacha: $4

    • Ohtani Bonaduci says:
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      @The Skrimmer:

      3 years I go Kershaw and Machado
      2 years I go Abreu, Bauer, Buxton and Acuna.

      Reasoning –
      3 years -I lock up a top arm for three years at a solid price. Machado with ss/3b and playing in a more solid lineup at the trade deadline and the next two years.
      2 Years – I want the most production for value. Only reason I go Bauer over Castillo is the potential for wins.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        3 years

  17. shuttsdown says:
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    Keeper league: need help
    10 team league. H2H
    Categories: R, H, 2b, 3b, Hr, rbi, bb, sb, avg
    W, L, Sv, K, Hd, Whip, K/9, Qs
    Keep 3 years in round drafted.
    Players picked up as free agents are last round keepers or players that are traded restart the clock for new owner in the round the original owner picked the player.
    need 6 keepers

    Freeman-2nd round (first year keeper)
    Seager-last round (third year keeper)
    Bregman-last round(first year keeper)
    Carlos Correa- last round (first year keeper)
    Rafeal Devers- last round( first year keeper)
    Ronald Acuna- last round ( first year keeper)
    Yoan Moncada- last round( first year keeper)
    andrew Benintendi- 8th round ( first year keeper)
    Victor Robles- last round (first year keeper)
    Jose Berrios- last round ( first year keeper)
    Edwin Diaz- last round (2nd year keeper)
    Felipe Rivero-last round( first year keeper)

    Im thinking
    freeman
    bregman
    seager
    correa
    devers
    acuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @shuttsdown: Are you related to lightsoff? The six you picked make sense

      • shuttsdown says:
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        @Grey:
        up not off.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah…

  18. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Got a trade offer. I was offered Hunter Renfroe, in exchange I give up Chris Devenski. I was thinking of countering with either, Eric Thames, Bryan Shaw, Scooter Gennett, Scott Alexander. Who should I counter the offer with?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Grey,

        I rejected Alexander. He countered asking for Bryan Shaw for Renfroe

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          To get Renfroe or Shaw?

        • Scott Kimmel says:
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          sorry. I meant he rejected Alexander, and countered by asking for Shaw in a trade for Renfroe

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You need Renfroe?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bc Renfroe is likely ticketed for minors to start year

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                i would have him for depth.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sounds fine if you need the depth

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    This is what my OF looks like: Ohtani, Braun, Thames, Acuna, Blackmon, Fowler, Ozuna, and Trout.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You don’t need Renfroe

  19. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    My pitching is currently as follows in my 10 team weekly league:

    Sale
    Verlander
    Wacha
    Gausman
    Corbin
    Iglesias
    Hand

    Pitchers left are:
    T Walker
    Gray
    Taillon
    ..and then every pitcher from the tier Stunod
    Holland
    A Miller
    Bradley
    Rodney
    Parker
    Brach
    Familia

    I think i need to go with a closer but feel like its a complete crapshoot. Any advice? Just try to snag a couple of those guys and hope one of them is solid?

    Also, think I need any more Starting pitching? Maybe hope for Walker on the next time around? I shoulda taken him over Corbin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a lot of RPs still available, I’d push it, go Gray or Taillon then RP

      • Test Kitchen says:
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        @Grey: Sounds good. I am a bit wary as I think 8 of the 10 teams need another RP so unless I start or am in the middle of that run then I’ll be without one of those guys. Once I do go with an RP would you say those guys are pretty much all of the same rough value or does someone stand out to you? I liked Bradley a lot until the dreaded “closer by committee” announcement.

        Thanks

  20. Dr Sauce says:
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    5X5 ESPN, head to head, 6 man keep forever (no costs, inflation etc).
    Current keepers: Goldy, Betts, Bryant, Rizzo, Robbie Ray, Ronald Acuna
    It’s a keep forever and I am pretty set on keeping Acuna, as such I see my 6th keeper as Robbie Ray. I would prefer to keep 6 bats, as I have the 6th overall pick and there will be pitchers like Ray (if I drop him), Carrasco, Degrom, Grienkie etc.
    Mulling a few trade possibilities;
    1. Bellinger/Benintendi for my Goldy
    2. Hoskins/Buxton or Yellich for my Rizzo
    Either of these any good or just stick with what I got??
    Love the site, thanks for the great reads

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I kinda like the 1st trade, sounds pretty decent, then just draft an SP…

      • Test Kitchen says:
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        @Grey: Sounds good. I am a bit wary as I think 8 of the 10 teams need another RP so unless I start or am in the middle of that run then I’ll be without one of those guys. Once I do go with an RP would you say those guys are pretty much all of the same rough value or does someone stand out to you? I liked Bradley a lot until the dreaded “closer by committee” announcement.

        Thanks

      • Dr Sauce says:
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        @Grey:
        I was leaning that way as well … thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  21. Chris D. says:
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    I need some Grey wisdom in my life for the first time this year. Dynasty league: Guy wants either Price or Arrieta for Puig. Are either of those worth that and if so, which one?

    Thanks in advance Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Give him Price and run

  22. The Great Knoche says:
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    St. Hilaire is the patron saint of Slow!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, I’ve had some long takes myself, so I’m not going to make fun… Tho, I will say, when it takes 3 hours and then you pick someone like Jake McGee, you do feel like, man, I could’ve done that in 2 minutes…

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: I just got sniped on Valbuena in Round 40. Amazing how it still pisses you off even when it’s for a guy with a batting average below .200.

        I’m amazed there are still starters out there who are going to start year in rotation. So many flyers on guys who may or may not be up before September. Seems wasteful.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I don’t agree with a lot of flyers… One or two are fine, but you want IP and ABs… Valbuena was top of my queue too, prolly on a lot of people’s… His ADP was around 75 picks ago… I was between him and Dixon Horchata, I needed 2B more, so went that way…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Willie Calhoun sent down

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: Yup. Good thing I took Markakis later on.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You should like me convincing myself Hunter Pence will replace Dahl

  23. Scott Steelers says:
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    So… I can either keep Trea Turner rd 1 OR keep Schoop rd 11 and have a 1st rd pick. Looking like machado or correa. Other keepers are Bellinger and Jose ramirez
    So which side would you go with? I’m leaning machado/correa and schoop. Cheap speed later

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea

  24. FROMBEYOND says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I know you’re high on Bellinger and think Correa is a schmohawk, but would you give Correa to get Bellinger in a keeper league where the offensive stats are R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG, and my other keepers are likely: Stanton, Lindor, Rendon, Hoskins?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  25. swaggerjackers says:
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    @Grey:

    Any debate on which of these 7 to keep in a 10 team roto league or should I just stick with the first 7?

    Bryant
    Lindor
    JD Mart
    Hoskins
    Verlander
    Robbie Ray
    Myers
    Pham
    McCullers
    Berrios
    Moncada

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1st 7

  26. OaktownSteve says:
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    Answered above on NFBC. I like your team too, Albie. It does look like OF dried up on you pretty fast. You might be looking at quite a few Pence ABs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Losing Dahl really hurt, but Desmond and Bellinger have OF eligibility so I might be looking at lots of Cron ABs

  27. OaktownSteve says:
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    @Grey: You’ll also have to hope Robles doesn’t come up and Wally Pipp Taylor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      True, I do

  28. Todd says:
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    Hey, Grey. Thanks again for all your advice and Reggie Roby references leading up to the season. Just finished my 12-team points league draft. Anything stand out to you about my team that I need to address now that our waiver wire is open?

    We play C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, U, OF, OF, OF, 5 SP, RP.

    C–Grandal, Barnes
    1B–Cabrera, Bird, Mancini
    2B–CT3, Gennett
    3B–Arenado, Franco
    SS–Didi, Arcia
    OF–Harper, JDM, Acuna, CarGo (and CT3, Mancini)
    U–(whichever backup is hot)
    SP–Kershaw, Carrasco, Nola, Bauer, Gausman, Montgomery, Aaron Sanchez, Newcomb
    RP–Kimbrel, Treinen

    Thanks, Grey!
    Todd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid for now! CarGo’s bit whatever but that’s fine for now

      • Todd says:
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        @Grey: Awesome, thanks!

        Yeah, CarGo was a second-to-last round flyer. Maybe he’s got something left, maybe he’ll keep Arenado happy in real life and on my team. No real expectations.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, no problem

  29. M8tt says:
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    Good stuff as always.

    14 team keeper league…keep 18 players. Which side do you take?

    1. Rizzo
    2. DJ LeMahieu, Alex Wood, Alex Verdugo, Victor Rubles

    Giving up a lot in Rizzo but based on your Prospect Rankings it looks like Verdugo and Rubles could make impact as early as this year.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  30. Marti says:
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    5 spots left in to league 67. Draft tonight. $20 buy in

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There will be an RCL post for it today (I think)

  31. Schwab Stumped says:
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    Grey! Excited for a new year and more Razzball!

    10 team ESPN standard roto which one are you keeping (keep 5) from the below. Already have Betts, Treat Urner, Freeman, and Bellinger locked in.

    Segura $8
    Nola $3
    Adam Duvall $8
    Button $9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s a button? Buxton? I’d go Nola

      • Schwab Stumped says:
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        @<a href="#[email protected]Grey: Damn you auto correct! Not drafting a button for $9, although it might have a better average than Buxton some months.

        Thanks for the advice, going Nola per FML.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. Cram It says:
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    Any Yahoo AUCTION commissioners out there that use FAAB for waivers? I know the default for in-season FAAB is $100, but I don’t know how to change it. Anyone know where this option is in the settings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure

  33. Stumanji! says:
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    Grey, Welcome back! I mean me, to the daily comments.

    Keeper deadline is approaching, and I’m trying to choose my 6th and final keeper in a 12 team OPS keep forever league. Pham or Conforto? Conforto was my future before his shoulder injury scurred me off and I was planning to keep Pham. Now just today there are reports that Conforto is already going to play this week and could be ahead of his May 1 return date. I’m struggling with the decision.

    Me: Conforto is only 25 and has superstar potential.
    Also me: But Pham is healthy NOW and could go 30-30.
    Me: Pham has only had 1 good year. The only 30 mark he’s going to reach this year is his age.
    Also me: Shoulder injuries are scary. Remember Michael Brantley last year?
    Me: Do you really want to look back when Conforto is raking and say you let him walk for Tommy Phucking Pham???

    Help me out!

    P.S. You still owe me a Giants game if you come up to SF this summer.

  34. BJFOHOHL says:
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    Sorry about Willie C

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wasn’t drafting him this year, Rudy did twice

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @BJFOHOHL: Rangers didn’t get the memo that nobody cares about his defense in fantasy.

  35. Brian says:
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    If you were a betting man (which i assume you are) how do you see the ARI closer situation shaking out. I took a flyer on hirano just in case. how many saves you projecting for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Boxberger, I don’t buy Hirano

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Hirano is the next Kaz Sasaki. Racial profiling.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As long as you’re not saying he’ll be as good in math as Sasaki, I think we’re good…

  36. OaktownSteve says:
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    I might be dead wrong about Godley. His curve scored really, really high, it came out of nowhere. Meanwhile, his FB graded out negative. If hitters can reduce their chase rates and work him into favorable counts he’s going to struggle I think. He needs that curveball to be just as good as it was last year. I’m sure it’s a legit curve but there aren’t a lot of examples in the last 10 or so years of guys who have curve as their best pitch and put up a ton of dominant seasons. But I could be very wrong.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interesting take, I’ve seen nothing negative on him… You’re on a limb with him not producing… He reminds me of Hendricks with more Ks and less IP on his arm… He does use his curve a ton, which might not be great for long term, but this is for 2018, and I like him a lot…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Of course results on comparison to Hendricks, not means

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          I think he’s also getting extra juice from the humidor talk.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ya think? I feel like humidor has played down hitters, but not up SPs

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              If it’s bad for hitters, gotta be good for pitchers, right? Now you can like him even more.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Oh, I know, but I haven’t heard that narrative nearly as much

  37. 50 Shades of Jon Gray says:
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    10-team H2H… Which keepers would you pick from the following (3 max):

    Schoop 18th rounder
    Bregman 10th
    Segura 21st
    Bauer 22nd

    Really I’m struggling between Segura and Bauer. The one caveat with them is that Bauer could be kept again in 2019, whereas Segura can’t.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d go Segura, just draft Bauer back

      • 50 Shades of Jon Gray says:
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        @Grey: It’s strong and it’s sudden and it’s cruel sometimes, but it might just save your life… That’s the Bauer of Love!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  38. I am the Walrus says:
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    I need to find a upside 2B that give me a few steals for my bench just incase Vilar sucks.

    Waiver ptions are:
    Wong
    Harrison
    Kingery
    C.Hernandez

    Oh and just traded Renfroe for Mancini. Nice right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upside or just to play, bc Villar won’t every day?

  39. SteveO says:
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    Grey,
    Do you think Robles or Acuna break camp in the bigs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  40. AllThePrettyStantons says:
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    Hi Gray and anyone else. This roster worth a damn? 12 team H2H points league that counts holds, 7 game start limit per week. I was drafting 12th at the elbow.

    Pre-emptive response to “too many bench bats”: I hated everyone in 13th-17th round so went with bros I like. Also I’m usually ok at scrapping RP’s off the wire. Thanks in advance any and all.

    C – Castillo (20)
    1b – Goldy (Keeper)
    2b – Gordon (3)
    SS – Story (15)
    3b – Moustakas (11)
    OF – Judge (Keeper)
    OF – Khris Davis (6)
    OF – Cain (7)
    U – Cruz (5)
    SP – Degrom (4)
    SP – Tanaka (8)
    SP – Wood (9)
    SP – Pomeranz (18 wtf)
    SP – Wacha – 19
    RP – Osuna (10)
    RP- Hand (12)
    RP – Melancon (16)
    RP – Claudio – (22)
    RP – Minaya (25)
    BN – Sano (13)
    BN – Conforto (14)
    BN – Rosario (17 wtf)
    BN – Montgomery (21)
    BN – Reyes (23)
    BN – Manaea (24)
    BN – T. Williams (26)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let me guess, you’re a Mets fan? Your pitching is pricy and risky, not a great mix, but they could be fine and sexy if injuries are avoided… I like your hitting a lot, I think it’s a solid team overall…

  41. Cram It says:
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    The most laborious choice I’ve had to deal with in NFBC is between JC Ramirez and Hector Santiago…in round forty freaking three. It’s making nauseous. Please help me. Not with the pick, with my sanity! I need this draft to be over.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I just took ten minutes to draft Roberto Perez… I knew I wanted to take him after 30 seconds, but I still debated it for 9 and a half more minutes

      • Cram it says:
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        @Grey: Ya jerk. I’m loving how these guys have been stocking up on AAA potential while I log ABs and IPs. Yes you take Calhoun and Dustin Fowler. I’ll take Melky and Heyward. I waited the longest on SP but it’s rounded out to be way safer than the field.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, same here… I just drafted Roberto Perez as my 3rd catcher in the 41st round… Not saying he’s good, but they want Mejia in the OF and Perez to catch…And I grabbed Dixon Machado the round before, who seems unchallenged in that crappy Tigers lineup…

          • Cram it says:
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            @Grey: Exactly. I mean they’re both garbage, and you probably won’t need them but they’re there if you do!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, worst thing that can happen is you lose a few guys and you have no one to fill in…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Prolly only league where I’m actively excited when I see eligibility like 2B/3B

              • Cram it says:
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                @Grey: Yeah Kaleb Coward is looking viable to me at this point.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I love me some Cardie B!

  42. Chud says:
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    Trades flying in my full dynasty salary keeper:

    I’ve been offered:
    Goldy ($24)/Paxton($4)/Melencon($10)

    For
    Sano($22)/Dozier ($18)/Happ($5)/Mazara($4).

    Red or green light? Expertise always appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Green

  43. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Which pairing would you rather have: Betts/Freeman or Stanton/Lindor (or J-Ram)? Might have to make a call between Mookie and Giancarlo in the 1st.

    • Gavin Smith says:
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      @Big Magoo: Stanton for me. Strengthened by the fact I don’t like Freeman as much as others in that weak ass lineup.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Gavin Smith: Freeman was arguably the best hitter in baseball through mid-May before getting hit by that pitch. The new park is very friendly to left-handed power too. Inciarte/Albies/Freeman/Acuna (around late April) is a pretty solid top four. And now I’m talking myself into Betts/Freeman!

        • Cram it says:
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          @Big Magoo: See I don’t have confidence in that protection. Who says you get Freeman that late too?

          • Big Magoo

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            @Cram it: His current adp is 21.4. It’s a 12 teamer, and I’m drafting out of the 7th slot, so my 2nd rounder is #18 overall. He’s still on the board more often than not.

            Through May 17th (when he broke his wrist), he was slashing .341/.461/.748 (1.209 OPS) w/ 14 homers in 37 games. Essentially a 60 homer pace. Had a 16.4% BB% too. He’s a line drive/hard contact machine, so he usually carries a high BABIP too. Not saying that pace would’ve been sustainable, but .320/40 was probably likely with reasonable regression. That was prior to the Albies call up when the Braves were getting nothing out of their #2 slot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton/Lindor is about as sexy as it gets

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Yeah it is. Sexy doesn’t always win though. Plenty of time for sexy later on. But I do like that pairing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t be against sexy just to be against sexy

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Boring floor early + late breakout picks equals success more often than early sex appeal, if you’re playing the odds

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Stanton and Lindor are sexy and huge floor players… It’s not like I’m telling you to draft Hoskins at pick 18

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Lindor is a high floor player. Stanton is sex personified, but you just have to look at his career numbers from year-to-year to see the ebbs and flows.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Stanton had fluky injuries, when he’s on the field, his floor is high

  44. Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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    are you aware of a little box in the bottom right hand part of the screen from fox sports? it appears to be called a “tout player”. this didn’t show up here ever until maybe the last 8 hours. my above comment, when i posted it it wasn’t showing up, is now. doesn’t show up on my computer for any other site so i gotta assume it’s your page. small video player bottom right hand screen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Fox asked us to put it up… It’s not auto audio and can be minimized…

      • Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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        @Grey: still leaves a little box in bottom part of screen. i sure hope yr making a lot of money on that ugly thing if it’s going to stick up there forever from this point on. even the shit sites (yahoo/espn) don’t have boxes that stay on page.

        oh yeah fox, if you are listening, i’ll go OUT OF MY WAY TO MAKE SURE YOU GET EVEN LESS MONEY FROM ME THAN NOW FOR THE REST OF TIME. trying to hamstring my favorite site, dirty ass shit birds. good advertising on that one. sick shit if we can’t have an option to remove it (if there’s a way to remove it please mention, i can’t find it)

        • Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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          @Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong): wasn’t being facetious about “hoping you make a lot of money” i do, if you’re getting like an extra few thousand a month from that i’m willing to put up with it as you deserve that. but i also hope you are making whatever amount you think has value to you, otherwise it sucks for you to have to leave that junk up on every page (that is sucks for us and sucks that your awesome site will forevermore have this associated with it)

          • Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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            @Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong): seems gone now. if you did something thanks. whew, at first i thought i had a virus, as the only other time i’ve had shit like that pop you can’t get rid of was in fact, a virus. thought it was go back to factory settings time (few hours of having to reset all programs and such) unless it was caught by malware bites or something.

            – other than virused up computers i don’t know anybody that wants to see that stuff.

  45. Crazy J says:
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    Yahoo 10-team H2H OBP instead of AVG

    1. (2) Mike Trout (LAA – OF)
    2. (19) Trea Turner (Was – SS)
    3. (22) Freddie Freeman (Atl – 1B,3B)
    4. (39) Noah Syndergaard (NYM – SP)
    5. (42) Carlos Carrasco (Cle – SP)
    6. (59) Brian Dozier (Min – 2B)
    7. (62) Anthony Rendon (Was – 3B)
    8. (79) Byron Buxton (Min – OF)
    9. (82) Felipe Rivero (Pit – RP)
    10. (99) Ryan Braun (Mil – OF)
    11. (102) Raisel Iglesias (Cin – RP)
    12. (119) Luis Castillo (Cin – SP)
    13. (122) James Paxton (Sea – SP)
    14. (139) Luke Weaver (StL – SP)
    15. (142) Archie Bradley (Ari – RP)
    16. (159) Nomar Mazara (Tex – OF)
    17. (162) Blake Snell (TB – SP)
    18. (179) Michael Conforto (NYM – OF)
    19. (182) Brad Brach (Bal – RP)
    20. (199) Wilson Ramos (TB – C)
    21. (202) Jake Faria (TB – SP)
    22. (219) Trey Mancini (Bal – 1B,OF)
    23. (222) Tim Anderson (CWS – SS)

    This was me directing picks over the phone to my son, so round 10 we didn’t have enough players in que and ended up with the first, of a few, panic-induced picks.

    I just realized you guys have an OBP ranking for Yahoo, so I’m going to contrast our results against your recommendations. Overall, though, I thought we assembled a very competitive team. Last two-years (after fantasy absence since 2007) we have won the overall standings.

    Pretty sure I don’t need Anderson, but we’ll be streaming pitchers when the season starts.

    Anyhow, any advice from what you see here would be appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice on the method used to draft the team! Would be awesome to hear your son is like 5 years old and kept saying poo-poo during the draft… Anyway! I love the team, In think you’re solid on hitting from what I can tell with how the team is posted… You might need some power, and don’t need Anderson, but like you said he’s a stream spot… Your pitching looks excellent too, nice team!

      • Crazy J says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you, agree… I’d like another solid power bat.

        So, I’m trying to use the sortable rankings Razzball provides and I’m trying to wrap my head around some of it. I’m looking at 5×5 OBP under Yahoo, and also the 10-team Yahoo. On the 10-team it shows Samardzija as the 17th ranked SP and that just feels weird. I get that it’s just math and it says maintained by Rudy, but how is that possible? Another example is Jon Gray is 117 and Sonny Gray is 152, which is significantly different than the pitcher rankings you blogged. Looks like I can drop Mancini for a significant waiver wire pick up as he is ranked at 405 on the 10-man ranking, and 160 on the OBP batters list. Thames, who is 73 on the OBP list is available on waivers after he clears and I thought that’s a good OBP upgrade.

        Just trying to learn so I can best apply this information to my team.

        • Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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          @Crazy J: rudy’s projections really like shark and hate s.gray it’s not an error.

    • DonnieB says:
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      What league has Turner going 19th overall?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @DonnieB: same one has a Trout going 2nd haha.

  46. Ashtray says:
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    12 team h2h 7×7

    Would you rather keep Jose Ramirez in the 10th or Severino in the 22nd.

    Ramirez is a 7 category stud in this format ( cats include OBP & Ks) but Severino is super cheap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramirez

  47. Milarky says:
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    Yo Grey, looking for first round advice. 6×5 (+SLG%), 10-team deep roto league (we start 2 at each IF position + 2 Util, 5 OF, 6 SP, 3 RP and 1 rookie hitter a pitcher). We keep 4 hitters and 2 pitchers. I’m starting with Rizzo, Stanton (DH only), Rendon, and Gordon (OF only). What I’m struggling with is whether to go strictly by your rankings, or whether I need to consider which positions I’ve got no one for yet. I’ll be picking 8th, and here’s some idea of the hitters that may be available.

    Marte
    Hosmer
    Schoop
    Buxton
    Segura
    Myers
    Puig
    Cain
    Turner
    Cespedes

    I find myself wanting to gamble on Buxton or reach for Puig, but not sure if I’m crazy. I would guess that Schoop would be there for me, but worried that last year may have been his ceiling. Thoughts on what kind of strategy to employ?

  48. FrankGrimes says:
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    Starting season three later tonight…
    Hoping it’s as good as first two.

  49. The Eye of Horus says:
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    Grey-
    Stupid autoplay video advertising. When will site owners understand that they suck.

    It is really difficult to surreptitiously read Razzball during my college class when your page features advertising that opens autoplay video. It’s kind of embarrassing when a sports broadcast plays over the classroom speakers and everyone stares at me. At least it’s not porn, you say? Yes, that is true, but it also means that I cannot read Razzball without taking extreme cautions. I have the same issue with freakin’ CBS and their pop-up autoplay videos. I just stopped going to CBS. I hope I don’t have to stop going to Razzball, too.

    Thanks for listening!

  50. Crime Dog says:
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    Just had a draft. Inherited a team with nado, degrom and Upton as keepers. 10 team using OPS instead of average. What are your thoughts? Other than the enormous bench size…

    C-zunino
    1B-hoskins
    2B-albies
    SS-gregarious
    3B-arenado
    OF-ozuna
    OF-marte
    OF-upton
    Util- wil Myers
    Bench-Murphy, Olson, acuna, beltre, bird, E.rosario, zimmer, j.polonco

    SP- degrom, Paxton, bauer, godley, Snell
    RP- kimbrell, holland, betances

  51. Willy Mo says:
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    Ivan Nova was 3-2 with a 1.50 ERA in five starts last April while allowing one walk in 36 innings. He gets the opening day start vs tigers who are projected for 64 wins. The only problem I see is after nova has a big game it’s going to be hard for me to cut him to stream Andrew Heaney, 2018s alex wood. Lol

    • Grey

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      Ha

  52. CountryTime says:
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    Have a couple holes to fill with solid OFs as trade bait…would Conforto for Ozzzie and Salvador Perez be too much of a practical decision this early in the season or a good spend of excess? Currently employing D.Travis and Chicharrones at 2B and C.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Albies

  53. Champ says:
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    What’s your take on Scott Kingery? I feel like this kid has Ronald Ocuna-type skills. Thoughts?

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