Excuse the exposition and this clunky intro into aforementioned exposition, but here’s the catchers to target, 1st basemen to target, 2nd basemen to targetshortstops to target and something to stick to your dartboards to target.  These 3rd basemen to target are being drafted after 200 overall.  Keep in mind, nephew (and five niece readers), your Uncle Grey likes to have a corner man drafted by the time these guys appear, so you’re looking at potential utility men more than anything.  Now, this is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Indonesia) supplement to the top 20 3rd basemen for 2017 fantasy baseball.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2016 projections.  Anyway, here’s some 3rd basemen to target for 2017 fantasy baseball:

Yoan Moncada (ESPN 238, Yahoo 321) How many guys can you draft near 250 overall that can give you 17 HRs and 35 SBs if he breaks camp with the club?  Zero comes to mind.  Zero is also the amount of interest I had in The OA after watching three episodes.  I’m sorry, but you need to put upfront that this show is going to start working in interpretative dance into the main storyline.  Like the logline needs to be, “Supernatural show that leads to some bullcrap about interpretative dance.  Y’all been warned.”  I can see this show being greenlit, “It’s like Stranger Things.”  “It’s as good as Stranger Things?”  “God no.  This show is terrible but there’s kids in it.”  “We can sell that!”  Okay, I need to move OA from The OA.  So, will Moncada break camp with the White Sox?  It seems unlikely, but it’s not like the White Sox are fueling up the tank for a pennant run.  They have so little to look forward to that their fans are actually looking forward to the ceremony retiring Mark Buehrle’s number, though that might be partly because they want some kind of guarantee that Buehrle will no longer be pitching for them.  It would surprise me if Moncada breaks camp with the team, but not shocking.

Eugenio Suarez (ESPN 244, Yahoo 223) I was thisclose to not including Eugenio here, because I think he’s a Neil Walker-type, i.e., you draft him because you’re like, “M’all ears why I shouldn’t be drafting a solid, no upside guy late,” then you get to April 15th and you’re like, “I wanna drop this no upside guy to waivers and pick up someone that’s hitting.”  By the way, m’all ears is my new favorite saying.

Pablo Sandoval (ESPN 223, Yahoo 320)  Um, holy shizzballs there’s no late 3rd basemen to draft.  I mean, there’s Hernan Perez, Schimpf and Brandon Drury, but I went over them in the 2nd basemen to target.  For 3rd basemen who I haven’t covered before?  Well, there’s Sandoval, and we can only cover him now because he lost 277 pounds this offseason.  Otherwise, there’s just not enough fabric in the world.  As for the positives on Sandoval, well…Um…He doesn’t need to put two scales together to weigh himself anymore.  Okay, his lineup should be good and he’s supposedly the everyday starter, but Rutledge and Holt could end that quickly.  For full disclosure purposes, I just drafted Sandoval at around the 350th pick in my NFBC league.  Guys taken around him:  Sandy Leon and Austin Hedges.  Ya know, that ol’ “Man, two catcher leagues suck” run.

Mike Moustakas (ESPN 237, Yahoo 205)  Pro Tip Alert!  Draft a 3rd baseman and a corner man before you get to the top 200 overall, because you don’t even want these guys as your corner man.  Utility?  Fine, we’ll see what happens.  Though, likely shizz will happen.

Jose Reyes (ESPN/Yahoo NR) I could see teams winning leagues this year, and looking back on their team and being like, “He didn’t win the league for me, but Jose Reyes was mighty helpful.”  The Mets will play Wright if he gets healthy, but that ‘if’ has its own solar system, and, even if Wright somehow gets back on the field, I think the Mets know they’re better with Reyes leading off so that means a 2nd base platoon with Asdrubal and Walker and Reyes playing.

Yulieski Gurriel (Yahoo 234, ESPN 290)  He’s the stereotypical 3rd baseman for this poor year for 3rd basemen sleepers.  There could be upside, but likely he’s Yunel Escobar without the flashy average.  By the way, I did give 3rd basemen sleepers this year, they just aren’t being drafted after the top 200 overall.

Nick Castellanos (Yahoo 238)  Okay, we should start calling him Nick Falling-for-the-banana-in-the-ol-tailpipellanos.  Agreed, but he was on the verge of breaking out last year and then came down with a broken hand.  He’s a relatively safe 20-homer, .270 guy with upside who is still only 25 years old, i.e., not to many anos on Nick!

Adonis Garcia (Yahoo 332)  Member the other day when I said there was a huge difference between rankings of Dansby?  How could you forget, it’s all I talked about in the shortstops to target.  Well, we found another one, y’all!  Adonis Garcia is ranked at 194 overall at ESPN, and *sees where he’s ranked at other sites*  Okay, forget the Dansby comparison.  Now I see ESPN is crumby with crackers.  The average ranking of Adonis is around 350 overall and no one else has him before 200 overall.  Maybe I shouldn’t have looked at Klara Bell’s rankings for ESPN.  That reminds me, I have a dart competition I need to train for.  Toodles!

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Alex
Alex
5 years ago

I have Moncada stashed as a keeper in my league. He is eligible for 2B, where would you play him? 2B or 3B? More value as a 2B?

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
5 years ago

first ever auction draft. joined the league last year right after the auction. kept 16 out of a possible 18, 23 total active slots. i twice (once i only found out after the draft) accidentally realized that nominating a guy at all means you’re bidding on him $1, and that you have choice NOT to nominate. thanks yahoo gonna yahoo for having no mocks to find that part out. went into draft with 7 spots to fill and $149 out of $320 to spend. my F’ups cost me getting V2 for probably 30, had i done that i’d not have walker, and would’ve used about all my money, and maybe another decent prospect for 4 or less for 3 years. OPS, K’s against, K/9, QS added h2h. 12 team

-C sanchez (year 2/3 $10, last year FA cost $10 unless bid on for more in FAAB)
-1B morales (21, 1/3, could’ve just kept him for $10 in year 2/3 but had no idea of the scene on 1B prekeepers)
– 2B villar ($10, 2/3)
– SS ceager ($1, 2/3)
– 3B rendon ($26, 1/3, it was him or longo, who went for only $20 just before, yuck, or lamb)
OF
– cruz ($15 3/3)
– buxton ($5, 2/3)
– stanton ($35, 1/3 according to the 23% mark up on prices from 320-260 and OPS rater he’s worth about $52 or so this year)
util (2)
– schwarber ($1, 3/3)
– k.davis ($1, 2/3)
BN bautista ($12, 1/3 had no intention of this guy, but that price, now just gotta wait till he gets 1B to crack lineup or either of my catchers get an off day)

NA k.lewis ($5, 0/3)
moncada ($1, 0/3)

SP
-kershaw ($52, 3/3)
– hamels ($19, 3/3)
– hendricks ($1, 2/3)
– rodon ($1, 3/3)
– shoemaker ($21, 1/3 we can drop with no cost, SP were hoarded, i screwed up not max bidding V2 just later from winning 2 players accidentally by nominating)
– walker ($1, 1/3, this’ll look awesome if he gets better)

RP (room for 5, last year when i joined this i was able to just immediately grab like 3 closers in may from FA, including otta/colome people are way more likely to overspend on K/9 guys than saves guys, but this ISN’T a roto)
– chapman ($29, 3/3)
– ottavino ($10, 2/3, if he loses his job he’s dropped)
– colome ($10, 2/3)

also zobrist ($1, 1/3 have no room for him as i want to stash another prospect or 2 for under $10 but neither of moncada/k.lewis have gotten NA tags yet so he’s a drop).
chapman

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Mantis Toboggan MD
5 years ago

@Mantis Toboggan MD: at least i didn’t do the cardinal sin, let good/great players that i wanted pass me by to save money (stanton best player total not owned, rendon 2nd best 3B, morales best 1B by the rater, till bautista gets 1B with trumbo till he gets 1B, IF)

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Mantis Toboggan MD
5 years ago

@Mantis Toboggan MD: when my NA’s can slot i’ll get at least 2 BN bats and more SP.

Bobbo
Bobbo
5 years ago

12 team 6×6 (QS/OPS)
Thoughts on what’s good and bad about this draft? Thanks in advance.

C-Contreras
1B-Freeman
2B-Kinsler
3B-Donaldson
SS-Russell
OF-Marte
OF-Trumbo
OF-Kemp
OF-Duvall
U-Kepler
U-Mazara
Bench: Joseph, Schoop, L Martin, Thames

SP-Scherzer
SP-Salazar
SP-McCullers
SP-Shoemaker
SP-J Ross
RP-Ramos
RP-Dyson
RP-Bedrosian
Bench: Foltynewicz, Garcia, Cobb

Carl Spackler
Carl Spackler
5 years ago

Grey, thanks as always for all the great stuff

10 team keeper H2H 5×5 (only keep 4)

i kept Arenado, Harper, Lindor and Springer

I have the 4th pick and the following are available
Pollock
Dozier
Giancarlo
J Dong
Story
Abreu
Odor
Villar

Who out of those would be your first pick?

Carl Spackler
Carl Spackler
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks Grey, if he is gone who would be your next option?

Stephen King
Stephen King
5 years ago

Grey,
I have downloade Hot Rods War Room for this year, had it working, opened it today and it was all screwy. I deleted it on my laptop, cleared my recycle bin, restarted laptop, and downloaded a new version. I tried to open it and and it tells me the file is corrupt and cannot be open. Any suggestions?

royce!
royce!
5 years ago

Hi buddy!

Was going to sit out the season due to other responsibilities but my brother in law really wanted to play so we joined a h2h and I just drafted:

C- Weiters
1B- Freeman
2B- Odor
3B- Rendon
SS- Peraza
OF- Bryant
OF- Polanco
OF- Buxton
UTIL- Kepler
UTIL- Joseph
BN- Travis
BN- Dyson
BN- Piscotty

SP- Verlander
SP- Maeda
RP- Jansen
RP- Edwin Diaz
P- Salazar
P- Nola
P- Velasquez
P- Joe Ross
BN- Iglesias
BN- Montgomery

Basically just drafted off your rankings.

Hope you’re having a nice offseason. You should go to at least one of the WBC games in LA. I went to Venezuela v. DR at Petco. Barely anyone attended but those who did were hyped.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
5 years ago

Grey,

I am concerned about Sonny Gray. WOuld you drop him and pick someone else?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

The problem is I have until midnight tonight to decide to either protect him and keep him on the roster or leave him exposed for the draft. What would you do?

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
5 years ago

@Scott Kimmel: his maybe likely relates to how he has no clue who’d be replacing gray.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
5 years ago

the problem is I won’t know who will be available until all the teams put their unprotected players out there

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
5 years ago

@Scott Kimmel: why would you wait till now to mention something like that exactly?

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

prayer circle for JD Mart and his second opinion on the foot please!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: just getting a leg (foot?) up!

What's A Drexl?
What's A Drexl?
5 years ago

20 team h2h redraft. hits/BB’s/total bases/OPS/holds/QS/total innings/complete games/shutouts added. only 80 moves per year (i’ve found out the fun way one year when i forgot about it and probably only got 2nd from not being able to add anybody while having injuries for about 17 days)
used 2/3 Rudy’s OPS rater 1/3 you for hitters, .75 QS + H for SP vs .25 you for SP, 100% QS + H rater for RP. but see how many of your guys i end up with anyway. for the 3rd year in a row i’ve had an end or near end pick of 17th, 19th or 20th. 19th this time, even though it’s random.
C – zunino (18)
1B freeman (1)
2B villar (3, damn late here)
SS semien (it was him or schoop, 10)
3B franco (7th)
OF stanton (2)
– jose ram (8)
– kepler (9)
util – to-jo (had i known lackey would be around at 140th i’d have taken c-sant instead, and had lackey over duffy, 12)
BN choo (15, could’ve went sunday santana over him, raters love choo still in OPS)

SP archer (could’ve had carrasco here or degrom, injuries to 1st SP when you already wait on 1st SP are death in 20 team leagues, 4)
– duffy (5, i didn’t plan on 2nd SP this early, but value town)
– ray (11, getting duffy did allow me to wait longer on this though)
– skaggs (13)
– hammel (16)
– nolasco (19, raters like him more than a surprising number)
– dickey (22, guys with innings fading away before this point)
– morton (23)
RP (5 slots)
-e.diaz (102 overall 6th round, could’ve probably waited, but wanted one steady closer, technically betances/miller were ranked higher)
-bearclaw (14, this is just stupid cheap in a holds league)
-koji (17, even though he’s 3rd in line smokey likes him for holds in maddoning town)
-doolittle (20, only 2 DL spots though here)
– capps (21, see above, but there are decent options out there)

how’s this look?

What's A Drexl?
What's A Drexl?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: it’s top endy for what i’d usually do, archer/duffy (unless duffy fell more than this) weaker in the middle than usual for me. IP as a category played a role here. in previous year’s i’ve made SP adjustments faster than most leagues. surprisingly this league is faster to prospects (even with no NA slots here) than most of my leagues, and that is saying something. i mean midseason it’s faster, probably from having 20 owners and utter crap in SP in FA.

i attempted to do it 64/24/12 %’s of budget on hitting/SP/RP. due to hitting being better than pitching here it’s possible for these deeper ones i should do more something like 60/26/14 or something (assuming similar rosters, with more OF and CI/MI i should probably keep to the above). i had to assume completely flat values for pick to pick, so pick 1-2 is the same difference as pick 388-389 etc. Rudy’d love watching my ass is this is all being done middraft on paper and a calculator. with the raters and war room open.

What's A Drexl?
What's A Drexl?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: eh if i either don’t end up with kepler or gamble he’s around slightly later i’d have gotten one of rodon/desclafani/j.ross/shoemaker over ray. just one of those though, not 2. semien i don’t think i could’ve waited on. i either grab him or schoop where i did, slide villar to the open SS/2B .

rick
rick
5 years ago

6×6 ops league 12 team, 4 keepers, have segura $1, carmart $6

deciding between donaldson $39. trumbo $6 and buxton $1

help me with last 2?

bryant, villar, machado, bregman, arenado, franco kept

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

Hey Grey! Which bottom of the barrel pitcher are you buying more? (thinking about final reserve round picks in a 12 teamer)

Liriano and his “rediscovered” release point (sub 3 era since going to Toronto and looking fine in spring) or

Charlie Mortin and his maintained uber-velocity from last year pre-injury (13Ks in 13 IP of 1.38 / 0.85)

Alex Cobb being Alex Cobb again and maybe getting traded to the Cubs or Dodgers

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Also, would you feel comfortable drafting Devon Travis as your starting 2B in weekly lineup leagues, in a draft today?

I love him but can he actually make it to the field without being injured? Need lots of Runs, and besides him the Runs options are Kinsler/Pedroia/Forsythe/Zobrist, all of whom will be more expensive at auction.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks!

ThE sHiT
ThE sHiT
5 years ago

Doing my first auction draft 2moro and im wondering what are the different and best strategies to use for the draft. Stuff like nominate guys you dont want early, 2/3 of budget should be spent on hitting, etc… its 12 teamer in espn usual 5×5 scoring. Thanks Grey and anyone else who wants to chime in!

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
5 years ago

how’s this one look. knew i needed to target rajai or dyson early, had no clue i’d get the other one way later. if h2h i wouldn’t have grabbed dyson (and missed to-jo just barely to even do it), till dahl’s back i can get a nice fat steals lead (roto league). XBH/OPS//holds/QS (only 1250 innings max) 7×7 keep 9. i traded for some picks with porcello/a.jones/martes/rodon. 20 team.
C sanchez (K)
1B c-sant (K)
2B cano (K)
3B carpenter (K)
SS treat urner (K)
OF (3) cargo 1 (K), piscotty (K), rajai (10th 2nd pick)
util (1) dyson (16)
BN semien (plays SS till tret urner gets SS 5 games in, 13th)
2 more BN bats later
SP – (6 or 7) lackey (K), shoemaker (10th first pick), ray (12th), skaggs (14th first), gio G (17th),
one more streaming SP slot
RP (5)
feliz (barely missed dyson or watson, 6 closers went in this round ahead of me, 11th)
rivero (14 2nd pick)
bush (15th first pick)
koji (18th)
knebel (19)
NA hader (15th 2nd pick), a.garrett (20th), only 2 NA slots. right when i went hader the bigger name hitting prospects went (lots of them were kept though by some bad teams that traded for all prospects)

1. best add out of moreland/parra/mini donkey/pedro/sparkakis

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
5 years ago

@Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: and
DL dahl (K)

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
5 years ago

@Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: or could grab starter 6 with that roster spot, but figuring it’d do that when dahl gets his DL.

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

@Grey: other SP options:
colon cleanse/tomlin/andriese/kazmir (odd he’s out there)/read em miranda/cessa/m-gonz/vargas/santiago

so the idea was moreland is better to add than any of those for now, when dahl gets his DL then i grab one of those and occasionally stream the other SP slot. to get 1250 innings with 5 RP everyday slotted probably only need 5 SP held, 1 or 2 streamed.

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

@Grey: shit, i forgot, probably do NOT use my #2 waiver here though for moreland. i’m one of those guys who immediately uses waiver claim on best FA after draft after slotting NA guys. but with a #2 this might not be smart.

FuzzyD
FuzzyD
5 years ago

No love for Plouffe as a late 3b?

…yes i’m in your NFBC and just took him…

…yes fuzzy dunlop stole (most of) my handle

FuzzyD
FuzzyD
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
Yea figured it’d be weird to have Fuzzy Dunlop and Fuzzy Dutchman in the same league…I’m the guy who took 6 hours in the first round…but I’m not that guy!

Yea Plouffe at about pick 420 seemed aight tho…

The JoGarza
The JoGarza
5 years ago

All right, Grey. Second squad of the day done. 12-team, H2H 5×5 (OBP/QS) with keepers. Asterisk next to keepers.

C-R.Martin
1B-Miggy
2B-D.Gordon
3B-Rendon*
OF-Mookie*
OF-S.Marte*
OF-K.Davis
UTIL-C.Santana
UTIL-K.Morales

BN- G.Bird, Kang

SP- Kershaw*, Kluber*, McCullers, Pomeranz, Folty, D.Norris
RP- Davis, Dyson, Bedrosian, J.Gomez, Reed

Feel like I might have gotten too confident in waiting to draft SP with Kluber and Kershaw in tow already and my back end is a bit of a mess.

Thoughts?

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
5 years ago

Not happy to hear JD Martinez has a foot sprain. Annoyed I just selected him as a keeper on Wednesday. Safe to say we should fade him a little in rankings going forward?

The JoGarza
The JoGarza
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

Finished first of two drafts today. Thoughts on this one? 12-team 5×5 H2H OBP/QS

C-Schwarber
1B-Rizzo
2B- Forsythe
3B-Sano
OF-N.Cruz
OF-S.Marte
OF-D.Fowler
UTIL-C.Davis
UTIL-K.Broxton

BN-Rajai Davis
BN-Kang (Trump, let this man in!)

SP- deGrom, CMart, Maeda, Manaea, Eickhoff, Smyly, Gsellman
RP- Giles, K.Herrera, J.Johnson, A.Reed

Boomer19
Boomer19
5 years ago

Hi Grey,

Drafting tomorrow in my 5×5 roto league. (14 teams) Deciding final keeper between Carrasco (keep for one year) Sano (one year), Franco (2 years) and Buxton (2 years). Needs equal among positions. Who do you like for final spot?

Cohen
Cohen
5 years ago

Grey, if Benintendi is batting second all year, who do like more him or JBJ?

Brian
Brian
5 years ago

And a bonus wrinkle for you. Right after I posted this, I was offered Chris Archer for AJ Pollack. Would you do that? If so, does that mean I then draft Margot for some speed as needed? Thanks!

Brian
Brian
Reply to  Brian
5 years ago

I’m so sorry (not really, but it’s a nice sentiment!) to add another wrinkle to this. I was offered Gregory Polanco for Dansby Swanson and my next pick (the one I originally asked for advice on a couple posts up). That’s the move right? I should have already accepted that, right? Or am I missing something? Or should I be going after Archer. Or keeping the pick. HELP!!????!!

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Brian
Brian
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Sorry. But I’m a little confused. Yes , I should trade Swanson and next pick for Polanco. And no, I should not trade Pollack for archer? Did I get that right?

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Brian
5 years ago

@Brian: would’ve taken kimmel 2 days at least to figure that one out.

Brian
Brian
5 years ago

Thanks for all your rankings. Super helpful. Have a draft question for you.

In my mixed league, H2H dynasty league with 15 teams, we’re going to draft next week. Hitting has both OBP and BA as separate categories, while pitching has saves and holds as separate categories: Everyone has 13 keepers going into the draft and there are 17 bench spots available for either reserve players or players in the minors. An important note to know is that you can never roster more than 7SPs or 5 RPs total, UNLESS they are in the minors. My team going into the draft is below:

C:
1B : Votto
2B: Murphy
SS: Swanson
3B: Lamb
OF1: Betts
OF2: Pollack
OF3: Kepler
Bench (hitters): Eduardo Nunez, Kole Calhoun

SP1: Kluber
SP2: Lackey
SP3: Matz
SP 4: Manaea
RP:

I have first pick in the (non-snaking) draft and I’m wondering where I should go. I have no relief pitchers and there are still some decent closers, Alexander Colome chief among them (Bedrosian, Robertson, Watson, K-Rod and anyone below K-Rod is available as well). Nate Jones and Matt Bush are available in holds (in fact, everyone except for Betances and Miller are available among non-closing relief pitchers). Tommy Joseph and his 30 HR are available. Jung Ho-Kang, his stats, and his stashed bourbon is available. Tim Anderson and his 30SB are available. In the starting pitching realms both Micheal Pineda and Joe Ross are both available. Jedd Gyorko and his ability to plug in at every infield position is available. In the outfield, Incirate, Travis Jankowski, and Manuel Margot are available as cheap speed and Domingo Santana and Randall Grichuk are available for power. Hunter Pence are his good all-around stats for 110 games is available too.

Long story long, I was thinking of going Colome next (it would be the equivalent of the 195th pick in the draft and he is the only closer left I really like), but I like a lot of the other options too, especially the idea of Manuel Margot in a league where you can keep 7 – 13 players forever. Pineda or Ross are tempting as options too. I also wonder if it’s worth punting saves and just grabbing a bunch of holds guys with good ratios (a la Romo, Dayton, Dull, etc.) later, which would mean going with more hitters/SPs the next few rounds.

Your thoughts on who I should pick next / general strategy for the draft would be most appreciated. Thanks!

toneDEAF!
toneDEAF!
5 years ago

I’m in a 12-team H2H points league (keeper). im thinking about losing Moreland for Bird. I know your rankings say Moreland, but Bird is looking healthy and comfortable in the box. I guess I can see what happens and dump him if he’s the star of Platooney Toons. What do you think?

C- Murphy
1- Goldy (K)
2- Schoop
Ss- B.Miller
3- Arenado (K)
IF- Rizzo (K)
OF- Harper (K)
Of- Trumbo
OF- Buxton
UTIL- Mazara
UTIL- Moreland

Blint
Blint
5 years ago

Hello Grey from Bangalore India!

Need help for my keepers. I can keep as many players I want upto $105. My sure shot keepers are

Carlos Correa $30
Mike Trout $30
Carlos Carrasco $3
Kyle Schawarber $3
Lindor $3
Danny Salazar $3
Daniel Murphy $9
Yu Darvis $13
Jonathan Villar $3

So my toss ups now are –
Would you rather keep Tanaka for $7 or Stroman/Mccullers combined for $6

Would you keep Buxton for $7 or Piscotty/Fowler combined for $6

Would you rather have Manuel Margot at $3 for 2 more years 2017, 2018 or Maikel Franco at $3 for just 2017

My extra catergories are OPS, BB and TB for hitters and QS , K/9 for pitchers

Thank you so much!!

Gigorilla
Gigorilla
5 years ago

Have you done these 50 before? Do they always take 2 weeks+ per Greg and staff, as what we are seeing?

Gigorilla
Gigorilla
5 years ago

Hi Grey — usually don’t ask for advice — but in a 15 team 5×5 mixed league roto, no keepers, would you take the Panda in the 24th round of a 50 round draft? Ahead of Prado or w. Flores?
Thanks ahead for your response.

Gigorilla
Gigorilla
Reply to  Gigorilla
5 years ago

Ya I know, everyone thinks they’re a pro.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

I don’t know, I like Wheeler in the 27th.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I did have your Triggs lined up until I saw the recent outing by Wheeler. My pitching is so boring, needed some stress.

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
5 years ago

I forgot about Folty as a possibility if I go with 6 guys.

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: yup!

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
5 years ago

Happy Friday Grey!

I’m at the airport waiting to fly down to SoCal for my NL-Only H2H Auction ($280) this weekend. I’m like a kid the day before Christmas. My keepers are GOLDY(44), Villar(12), LeMahieu(9), Franco(12), and Hendricks(14).

I’ve decided to keep Franco as my 5th keeper over Cole and Keon now that I found out Lamb is being kept. I tried to trade one of them for Lamb(8) the other day, but the owner had already decided to keep him over Teheran and Hamilton.

Anyways, I am wondering if you like the following possible pitching staff.

A.) 5-6 SPs – Hendricks and Maeda with 3 or 4 (depending on $) of Gray, VV, Roark, Taijuan, Nova, Eickhoff, Ray, and Nola.
B). What about also getting one of Gsellman, Hutchison, and Montgomery for cheap? I can always stream one of my bench spots when necessary.

C.) For RPs I plan to get one of Jansen, Melancon, and Oh, and will go for the “next-in-line guys” Like Barraclaugh, Rondon, and Knebel along with other high K potential RPs. I can always speculate on S opps as well.

This should fit within my $95-110 pitching budget. Do you feel this could be strong enough week to week?

Thanks!

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! I really don’t want to overpay for SPs. I may even try to throw out a name or two early just to see if people pass to save money for the bigger guys.

Have a great weekend!!

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Any chance you’d do Hendricks (14) for Freddy(28). I asked this question 2 weeks ago, and you said you’d keep Hendricks. I have GOLDY already, but FF offers a lot at a discounted price for our league. I’d also have a monster lineup and could focus on cheaper bats. Hendricks is consistent though and a great value.

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: yup. Sorry

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: yeah. It’s $14 and $28. It’s a 10-team NL Only H2H with OBP. I still favor Hendricks, but my bro thinks Freeman in a heartbeat. I already have GOLDY, so no need for a 1B.

Thanks!

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I agree. This was a deal of Hendricks for Freeman. Sorry I wasn’t more specific. He will be kept by the other guy so I’d have to deal in order to score him.

SallyCips
SallyCips
5 years ago

What up, dude! hope all is well this year!

I’ve been grabbing Yuli, but it is tough at the back end of the draft finding guys with a pulse. I gotta start thinking about Yoan more.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
5 years ago

Grey,

A couple of questions.
I am thinking about dropping a few players from my roster for the draft. I am thinking about dropping Brett Gradner (1st rd pick), Rio Ruiz (5th rd pick), Chase De Jong (6th rd pick), Rajai Davis (10th rd pick).

1) Would you drop Gardner and use the 1st to get Domingo Santana?
2) Would you drop Ruiz and use the 5th to get Freese?
3) Would you drop De Jong and use the 6th rd pick to get Stephenson,Bauer, Bradley?
4) Would you drop Davis and use the 10th to get Markakis, Toles, Bruce, or Gordon?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Grey is there any word about the suspension for Familia?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

The guy who wants him says he wants to wait until he hears about the suspension to see how many games he gets before he makes the deal. Should I wait as well since he would give me Rizzo in return for him?

Wheelchairman
Wheelchairman
5 years ago

I need to drop one from a 6×6 keeper league
Sano, c. Seager, springer, McCullers, Salazar, degrom, Bergman, odor, villar

Who do I drop. Think Salazar or sano.

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
5 years ago

Peraza or Swanson in an NL only keeper league?

Cram It
Cram It
5 years ago

So Familia is absolutely getting suspended right? Meaning Reed will absolutely get saves? You only like him for 5 saves during that time coupled with vulture saves?

Jack Florida
Jack Florida
5 years ago

Combined no hitter in Lakeland
Tanaka ,Shreve, Montgomery

jack florida
jack florida
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Tanaka had his worst stuff of the three times i have seen him—-3 great defensive plays during Montgomery’s time [4 innings] saved it

Jp
Jp
5 years ago

Grey-at the risk of asking the least sexy question of the day I am in a roto al only 13 team 4×4 and have Steven wright at $5. I was planning on sending him back but in light of the price injury I think I will hold him , agree? Wins, era, whip, And saves. Happy st paddy’s day and thank you.

Cram It
Cram It
5 years ago

I’m two picks away from getting Conforto. The guy before me has been on autopick the whole draft. Conforto is the highest ranked OF. I’m totally going to get sniped by an autodrafter.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Doesn’t make sense to me. There’s no way he’s in the minors all year, if at all.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: Don’t listen to Grey, he was taken in the 23rd

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Grey’s a shifty fella. Shiftay, shiftay, shiftay.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: I know, “He’s like…oh you can wait several rounds.” Meanwhile, he’s whispering into JB’s ear from a step ladder.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Yeah, yeah, he’s all like “JB watch this *teehee*, ‘You should totally draft *ah gahdammit*, JB get me another latte, and put an f’n umbrella in it this time!'”

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: probably does the same when he wants to look deep into his eyes for pitching osmosis.

peacecoast aka the lead greysciple
peacecoast aka the lead greysciple
5 years ago

any NFBC razzballs still open?

peacecoast aka the lead greysciple
peacecoast aka the lead greysciple
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: A day late and a dollar short, that’s where Grey. That’s where. That’s. Th-

peacecoast aka the lead greysciple
peacecoast aka the lead greysciple

@peacecoast aka the lead greysciple: picked up folty in the last round of my draft. He looks good this year so far huh?

Here are my hitters, what you think son?

Welington
Rupp
Goldie
Arenado
Rizzo
Schoop
Addison Russell
cesar Hernandez
Bryant
Rajai
Kiermaier
Mazara
Pollock
V mart

peacecoast aka the lead greysciple
peacecoast aka the lead greysciple
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

thanks!

being the original greysciple that I am, I knew you were gonna say that

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

FYI, I get that full screen ad on my phone that someone mentioned the other day. Not every time, but enough.

Sinner Man
Sinner Man
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
Just got it too, just now (on Safari)

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

12-team keeper league draft prep for tomorrow! A few questions:

1. My 7 keepers are a cheap ace and #2 (Yu and Hill) plus 5 top 25 middle of order power bats with solid average, including 2 first rounders. Would you fill out your offense mainly targeting SB and Runs? I ordinarily would pick Schoop over Forysthe/Pedroia at 2B for example, but those leadoff guys seem like the ones I should be leaning towards given the team makeup…

2. Would you rather have a $19 Toddfather, a $4 Lamb, or a $1-$2 Healy? (I’m thinking Lamb > Healy > Todd, but would love an excuse to draft Healy as my starting 3B b/c I love him).

3. Cheap MI for SBs (and runs ideally) – Nunez or Tim Anderson?

4. Raul Mondesi worth a reserve round pick?

5. Best way to blow my extra salary savings . . . overpaying for a Cueto-type (rather than grabbing a Duffy/Maeda type), or locking up 2 top 5 closers. Weekly lineups in case relevant.

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: haha! no f’in clue, i think i thought it was going to be shorter that way. Yu, Hill, Goldy, Rizzo, Story, JD, Hanley (realized I oversold Hanley slightly). So, target R + SB primarily? I feel like those 5 could not unreasonably give me ~.275 ~150 HR and ~500 RBIs collectively.

Thanks for the help!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, planning to target the Jankowski/Rajai/Leonys/Kiermaier crew in early reserve rounds + my only big bat target is Polanco.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Oh I like that! 12 teams, 5 OF / MI / CI / 2C / 1 UTL / 7 reserves.

I’m planning to try snagging at least 1 of Dahl/Desmond at a discount and DL them both, so I’m trying to balance my early reserve picks between upside and needs. That said, I have Tapia at the top of my list for reserve pick 1 or 2 (if Rajai is available in reserve, i’m definitely grabbing him), and then was planning to dive into the SAGNOF pool after that. Before reserve I also plan on drafting Delino De-errr, I mean, Broxton!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks for the tip, will put him on my watchlist for end of draft. I just had a big laugh looking him up to add him to my watchlist on CBS . . . they project him for 21 HR and 7 SB . . . WHAT?! You and everyone else and basically the exact opposite (~5/~20-25)

Mrs. Featherbottom
Mrs. Featherbottom
5 years ago

Loving these write-ups! Have been slammed wrapping up my diss., hence the lack of Featherbottom.
I’m drafting in a 16 team pts. league this Sunday. I’ve got the third pick. I assume that means I have my pick of everyone sans Kershaw/Trout.
Since pitchers are way overvalued due to scoring, I’m leaning Noah, Max in this order.
Whatda you think?

Mrs. Featherbottom
Mrs. Featherbottom
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yeah man – Thanks! I’m not too worried about it – my diss is manuscript based, and I’ve already got 3 manuscripts out for review (1 in print). Defending mid-June.

Mrs. Featherbottom
Mrs. Featherbottom
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: They best be proud! In the meantime, wife and I having been watching the OJ series from ESPN. Really well done. I remember the verdict being read over the loud speaker during my high school math class.

Alcibiades Escobar
Alcibiades Escobar
5 years ago

Hiya Grey!

Please rank these players in standard dynasty roto leagues:

Hamilton
Franco
Herrera
Castellanos
Stroman

Many thanks!

Damien Riggs
Damien Riggs
5 years ago

How early would you consider drafting Price and Carrasco? top 80 pick? top 100 pick if they fall?

Big W
Big W
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

For me when I’ve missed out on a top 3b, I’ve been waiting till close to the end and grabbing Ryon Healy. I agree with your sleeper post that he looks like donaldson 2.0 waiting to happen.

Why was he not mentioned in your write-up? Is he getting obvious now? Or perhaps a change of heart on you part?

Thanks,

Big W

Benji
Benji
5 years ago

H2h, 12 teams.

Keep Villar or Gary Sanch, both would cost 19th round.

Having a catcher that DH’s and gets regular AB’s is pretty clutch? But Villar has dual eligibility and is going earlier in drafts.

Not really sure who to keep.

Ronnie E Raney
Ronnie E Raney
5 years ago

Please Grey!, I’m losing my mind. You have convinced me that a very serviceable pitching crew can be put together after rounds 1-5. Which 5 of these 7 guys should I keep in a 5×5 Roto league?
Bryant (lock)
Bumgarner (tempted to drop)
EE
Votto
Marte
Story
Murphy (likely out)

Ronnie E Raney
Ronnie E Raney
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Thank you – a co-worker and I were just talking about maybe I should drop Votto. I think this might seal the deal. Keep up the great work.

jon
jon
5 years ago

10 team keeper

Goldy and Piscotty for Abreu, Moarles, and De Leon

thats a steal on Goldy side right?

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

16 team h2h points league… redraft

I’m in a slow draft right now and in a few minutes will be my turn to pick round 6 pick#84 overall

so far, I have Harper, Syndergaard, Stanton, Odor, Maeda…

Rendon, Gerrit Cole, Danny Salazar, Jose Ramirez, Bregman are available… who do you recommend i pick up…

thanks

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: THANK YOU!

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I missed out on 1B and now i can wait for … Pujols, Hosmer, Hanley, Belt…

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks again… I don’t know if he’s going to be available on the way back… will try though…

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
5 years ago

I pulled a crotch muscle kicking the cat through a window after reading about Carrasco’s tender tendons. This is not another Carrasco specific advice question. However, should I: A. ignore it. B. head to the Asian robe store down the street and ask about their specials (local me-ssage joints have already been shut down). C. Do my own rehab. D. Slap the area repeatedly until its numb and pretend nothing happened. This is the most important advice of the day. I want to hit on some locals at the parade later.

Ronnie E Raney
Ronnie E Raney
5 years ago

Great posts about sleepers. The OA was… interesting.

I drafted Kris Bryant in my keeper league while he was not in the majors and it paid off. I’m tempted to double down on 3B with Bregman or Moncada as potential top dudes in the next couple of years.

Thanks for your in-depth analysis and humor, which is lacking in the world.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

Take your time Grey. I kid, I kid.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I yawned looking at my queue just now.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I just made the pick or the draft!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Haha. I figured he should get the majority of starts, not murder my average hopefully, and I’ll take whatever else he gives me.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Oh god, I completely forgot about backup catchers. For real, ha.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

Am I in the player pool? Put me in coach!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

That was my name in the dating scene.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

I named a fantasy team that a few years ago that caused the league to all google it.

Brian
Brian
5 years ago

another great write up grey!!!
quick question got a trade offer last night 10 team 5×5 keeper league
jean segura(my player) for adam jones(his guy)

Brian
Brian
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Thanks bud your the man

J-FOH
J-FOH
5 years ago

I think the two bounce backs here are Castellanos and Moustakas. Injury years are what they are and I’ll be targeting both late. In the case of Nick C he’s still only 25 and was starting to hint at the breakout we were waiting for. Another name I’m keeping for deeper leagues is Travis Shaw. New team, way better park and according to roster resource he’s penciled in as the starter at 3rd. Also at 27 he still has room to grow considering that he’s had only 778 PA’s.

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

@Grey: hence the deeper league reference where I make my living on platoony tunes

DR
DR
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

I need to drop one of the following guys in a 12team, H2H keep-20 league: Soler, Odorizzi, D. Travis.

Leaning towards Odorizzi because SPs are somewhat less valuable than bats in our format but his consistency is valuable over Not knowing what I willing get from the other two guys.

Thanks!

TheMadBatter
TheMadBatter
5 years ago

Is Carrasco still a safe bet this year or should we shy away due to his recent injury?

Relsh
Relsh
5 years ago

Keeper League 6×6 H2H: Segura or Trumbo?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Relsh
5 years ago

@Relsh:
Segura

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Relsh:
[email protected]Grey:

I went for Segura, do to your top 100 overall rankings for 2017.

You have Segura @ 34 & Trunbo @ 45.