Alex Cobb woke up in the middle of October and told his significant other that he was happy to be moving on from the Rays.  It was time to get out of the AL East.  Sure, Tropicana Field wasn’t unfriendly to his needs as a pitcher.  Over his career, he had a home ERA of 3.10.  But, ya know what?  It was time to move on.  Then, he woke one day in December, and told his significant other that at the Winter Meetings, NL teams would be ‘chomping on the Cobb.’  Then, off her reaction, he asked if she’d excuse the pun.  Then, one day in January, as he scratched his flip-flopped feet on the deck of his boat in the Gulf, he thought about how maybe the Rays weren’t a bad club to pitch for.  Then, in February, he called the Mariners’ front office with a voice modulator asking them if they needed a veteran starter.  Then, in early March, he bought a Korean language Rosetta Stone as he prepped to play overseas.  So, Alex Cobb signed with the Orioles, and *sighs* starts against the Yankees and Red Sox still, but now in Camden.  His starts are gonna be like this:  pitch is thrown, batter swings bat and screams, “Nailed it!”  This feels like a move that could lead to a 4.05 ERA or a 4.85 ERA.  I’m no longer interested in owning Cobb and have moved him into my top 100 starters and down the ol’ top 500 overall.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2018 fantasy baseball:

Mark Trumbo – Out for a month with a Grade 2 quad strain.  That’s the grade when all strains enjoy poop jokes and start to inherit their parents’ casual racism.  I’ve moved him in my top 80 outfielders.

Martin Prado – Won’t be ready for Opening Day.  Backdate this news to 2012.  Don Mattingly said Brian Anderson would start at 3rd base for the time being, adding, “Why did I ever shave my mustache?”  We’ll never know, Don.  I just went over Brian Anderson in my 3rd basemen to target.

Dan Straily – Won’t throw for about a week due to a tight forearm.  Everything sounds fine here:  insert room burning meme with dog saying “I’m fine.”  I haven’t moved Straily in my top 80 starters yet, but I’d be lying if I said this instilled mucho confidamente en moi.

Zack Greinke – In his last game, he “departed with a tight groin.”  That sounds like a man who had a heart attack from too much Viagra.  To clarify, Greinke departed a spring start with a tight groin.  TMI! His velocity was up in the 1st inning from his previous spring starts, but now he might miss a start or two to start the year.  Getting harder to own Greinke right now.  Hey, sounds like I have a tight groin too!

Miguel Andujar – Optioned to Triple-A to start the year.  Once Drury was acquired, Andujar was ticketed for Wilkes-Barre, who I believe also coached the Hawks.  Andujar was moved down in the top 20 3rd basemen.

Michael Lorenzen – Strained his teres major muscle near his shoulder.   The teres major muscle is the very model of a modern major general shoulder injury.  This puts the setup man job in the Reds’ bullpen firmly on the shoulders of *flips coin* David Hernandez!  Unless he chooses to punt.

Jose Peraza – Don’t wanna start giving each other sex-eyes and back rubs, but Billy Hamilton is thisclose to getting removed from the leadoff spot, and Peraza would be the logical replacement.  (Though, Jesse “The Fonz” Winker could too.)

Ryan Zimmerman – Says he’ll be fine to start the year, even though he’s going to have about a week’s worth of spring at-bats to start the year.  There’s writing on the wall here and it’s not a Banksy, it’s a giant flashing caution sign.  Don’t ask me how writing is flashing, you’re being too literal.

Ronald Acuna – Sent down to start the year.  I haven’t moved him from my very aggressive ranking in my top 100.  I see no reason why ¡Acuna! can’t obliterate all we know about how baseball is played, and change how we and future generations wear our hats.  No pressure!

Tommy JosephRangers claimed him off waivers.  To-Jo will pinch-hit and be in charge of answering the phone when Ron Washington calls at 3 AM to talk.

Jose Abreu – Left yesterday’s game with what I think was hamstring tightness, though it could be a strain because there’s conflicting reports.  Be safe, I hear conflicting reports can be dangerous this time of year.

Ryan McMahon – Doubtful to make Opening Day roster.  So, I got this bread that I call OH, and I got this meat I call EL, and I’m going on a picnic with Ryan McMahon and feeding him some EL OH EL’s.  Yo, seriously, the Rockies are stupid, yo.  Why can’t they ever play a rookie 1st baseman?  They put their hand on the Bible and swear to Todd Helton they’d only play old doodes at 1st?  I need to know!  Any hoo!  I updated the top 20 1st basemen for McMahon’s new projections.

Jorge Polanco – Suspended 80 games, and updated him in top 20 shortstops.  It is ironic that an Escobar is going to benefit from a drug bust.

Jason Vargas – Non-displaced fracture of his hamate bone on his glove hand.  Mets trainers now just need to look at their pitchers to cause harm.  Vargas had surgery, and sounds like he might miss a start or three, but should return shortly.  “Watch your modifiers!”  That’s Altuve upset at “shortly.”

Michael Conforto – Seems to be progressing quicker than anticipated from shoulder surgery.  I wanna believe in rainbows, unicorns and the Mets having positive news, but, man, this is a tough one to get fully behind.  Rushing a guy after shoulder surgery does not seem to best protocol.  Plus, everyone knows the best Protocol is with Goldie Hawn!  72 years young!  Go ‘head, wanna be cougar girlfriend!

Jharel Cotton – Diagnosed with a strained UCL.  Sounds like Cotton’s done for the season.  Damn, we didn’t see him for one Cotton pickin’ minute.  I’ve updated the top 100 starters.

Brett Anderson – Signed a minor league deal with the A’s.  Weird, usually the A’s bring in big-money free agents.  Huh.

Justin Turner – Out for six to eight weeks with a broken wrist.   Or maybe it’s seven to nine weeks.  Or perhaps four to six weeks.  Depends who you’re asking.  I’d ask a doctor, but what do I know?  This pushes Logan Forsythe into a starting role, which is good for my Tout Wars team, but bad for–Oh, why focus on the negative, right?  Okay, if we must, not only is Turner out through mid-May, when he returns, his left wrist may not be right, like an anatomical Freaky Friday.  I’ve moved him in my top 20 3rd basemen and out of my top 100 for 2018 fantasy baseball.  Also, my Fantasy Baseball War Room has been updated.

  1. jose says:
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    Grey,
    Coming down to my last couple picks. I need to pick two of this three junk pitchers:

    Ben Lively PHI
    Luis Perdomo SD
    Nick Pivetta PHI

    For Scoresheet we prioritize ERA and WHIP. Who do you see as the best two for 2018?

    • Moneyball says:
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      Take the Phillies. Spot start ’em against NL Easties except the Natty Nats.

      • jose says:
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        @Moneyball:

        Good point. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: Agree with Moneyball

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Loved the write-up!

    a. Love that Got Melk? pseudonym website!! Porge Jolanco indeed! So inconspicuous!

    b. Day 2 of the three day meetings and if day 1 was a yawner day 2=’second verse, same as the first’.

    c. My RCL draft is tonight (i.e., 03h00 AM Central European Time or CET). Anyway, it’ll be 05h00 for me where I am and suits my needs. War room prepped and ready to go.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Haha B. I hear ya C. Awesome! Good luck!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Actually, there was some news to report from Kampala.

        a. In the lobby on Monday night, there was a duo (man and woman) who sang (I sh*t you not) a Phil Collins medley of all the songs from the Against All Odds soundtrack (!!) – back-to-back-to-back!!! You heard it, three times in a row the same medley! Unfortunately for me, I was only about half way through my meal so I had to grin and bear it (I know, I know #firstworldproblems).

        b. So, the news right? The same duo appeared this evening to sing….of course, the same back-to-back-to-back medley! Against all odds and against all laws of humanity they repeated the same medley (X3). ‘How could you just walk away from me, when all I can do is watch you leave!!’

        c. Then last night, an obvious prostitute walks through the restaurant where I’m waiting for my order (goat meat off the grill and french fries), scoping out the joint. And of course the only person who more or less fits her job description is me. So she sits with her legs facing me and using only my peripheral vision I notice that she’s staring at me in the hopes I look at her. I ate the rest of my meal really fast, just looking at my plate. I also made a protest to the owner of the restaurant that it’s inappropriate to have prostitutes in a such a fine establishment. So there’s that.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Here they call them a lounge act…Are you sure the hotel wasn’t paying them? B. This sounds rehearsed. C. Hahahaha

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            Exactly a lounge act but really bad with vocals on top of the soundtrack. On a scale of 1 to 10 of awfulness with 10 being the worst, they were a 10, so together a 20!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA!

        • regan says:
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          @Ante Galic: Shoulda took that ho down bro!

  3. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Peraza’s outcomes seem to be all over the place depending on who you ask….either likely to be replaced by Senzel any day (if you read other sites) or primed for breakout and potential leadoff (Razz nation!). I’m with you Grey, but it’s interesting to see the range of expectations. I have a feeling it depends how Peraza starts the year. Either way, it should be pretty cheap to buy him and find out.

    • Duda want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: speaking of, any concern that Peraza is 0-3 in steals this spring?

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @Cram It: works for me! Didn’t know his success rate – thanks for that.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I don’t think he gets more than 25 SB’s and he sucks for everything else, but hey.

            • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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              @Cram It: hah! Yeah, Senzel has me worried about drafting Peraza in a situation where I rely on him to play all year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Forget me, he’s projected by others to hit .275-80 with 5-7 HRs and 24-28 SBs — doesn’t that sound more enticing to the Reds to hit at the top of the order than Hamilton?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: oh absolutely. I love the projections. What do you think the Reds do with Senzel if Peraza gets off to a solid start?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Comes up in June/July and plays a little 2B and 3B, Peraza moves around, I think they can all get their PT

  4. Ball_Boy says:
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    Grey,
    Steven Matz k’s 9 Astro’s and they had most of their lineup in against him. Any sleeper potential or just far too fragile to bother with it? I know one game isn’t enough sample to be sold but it’s a good 1st step

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ball_Boy: I doubt he makes it out of May healthy, but always has potential

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey:I hate you.

  5. Chris D says:
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    Dynasty trade question:

    My Tanaka, Billy Ham, and 2nd rd pick

    For his

    Puig and Samardzija

    Yay? Nay? Just right?

    Thanks in advance

    • Justin says:
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      @Chris D:

      Nay, you already have the 2 best players in the deal.

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Chris D: I’d want the Tanaka and Hamilton side even without the pick

      • Chris D says:
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        @Slappy Jack: We have re-negotiated some to this possible deal. I’m still not sure how I feel about this

        Tanaka+Mejia

        for

        Puig+Samarj+Sixto

        for the record, I like Billy but he scares me this year. I grabbed DeShields as FA in case I were to sell him, so I have a backup in place

          • Chris D says:
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            @Grey: pulled the the trigger on on that one. Thanks Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Awesome!

            • @Chris D: As an added kicker to ensure you made the right deal, you get to own a guy named Sixto, now. How awesome is that?!

  6. Cheese says:
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    Grey, I know you’ve been hyping peraza a little bit this offseason, and i know it’s only spring, but any worry about 0 steals so far and 3 times caught stealing?

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Cheese: His success rate on SB hasn’t been stellar in the past, I wouldn’t worry about that.
      I would worry about him hitting well enough to keep a starting job all year.
      He can’t hit fastballs, changeups, sliders, or cutters, and even when he makes contact it’s pretty weak, and he really doesn’t walk much either.
      He is only 23 though so hopefully he can still make improvements

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      @Cheese:

      I’m not Grey but my opinion is solid gold. Long story, short…Peraza is a scrub. And I don’t want no scrubs also known as a busta. RIP Left eye.

  7. Buster Moon says:
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    Good time for the day Ryan Zimmerman hits the DL predictions?

    • Justin says:
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      @Buster Moon:

      Right after you draft him

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: doubling down – NO Ryan Zimmerman DL in 2018! Get that Razzball T-shirt ready!

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: actually, RotoWear should make one of those facial hair silhouette tees (like J. Turner, Brian WIlson back in the day) of you, Grey! Mustache + IN GREY WE TRUST

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Not sure why they haven’t already!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  8. ADAM says:
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    Need help with last keeper.
    10 team, yahoo, 5×5 (ops vs avg), 3 keeper
    1. Trout
    2. Arenado
    3. Rendon, Marte, Boegarts?

    Is gap between Rendon and marte enough to take another 3B and have a guy locked into auto spot?

  9. O says:
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    I’m in a 16 team 6×6 Yahoo league where we can keep 4 players plus a rookie with our last pick. This year I kept Machado and Goldschmidt, and Benintendi as my last player. Out of the following players, who would you target with the 2nd pick overall of the players remaining? I’m trying to combine your keeper rankings as well as your overall rankings but it isn’t so easy… Thank you for all the fine work you do.

    Buxton
    Robbie Ray
    Darvish
    Acuna
    Ohtani
    Carlos Martinez

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @O:
      Acuna!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @FrankGrimes: Moncada!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @O: What, you don’t like Acuna!?

      • O says:
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        @Grey:

        I thought it’d be a bit of a reach in the 3rd round but you guys have never steered me wrong.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You are my density

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Speaking of failures.
            Your boy Josh Rutledge is trying to make the Giants.
            He may suck at pro ball but his wife is Smokin Hot.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’d make a fine Panik backup, a Panik panic button, so to speak

          • Dubs23 says:
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            @Grey: So is this spelling mistake or a Back to The Future George McFly reference. I am desperately rooting for the latter.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Latter!

              • Dubs23 says:
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                @Grey: Boom!!! Yes!!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @O:
          Never?? Hahha.

  10. LG Baseball says:
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    Great write up Grey!

    10 team 10 keeper H2H league and need some help with my last few keepers. I’ve locked in the following keepers:

    Trea
    Arenado
    Bellinger
    Jose Ramirez
    Rendon
    Robbie Ray
    Hoskins
    Acuna

    Need 2 more keepers from the following:
    Ian Happ, Olson, Conforto, Eloy, Calhoun

    Thanks!

      • LG Baseball says:
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        @Grey: thanks! Hope Conforto gets fully healthy and builds on last year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too!

  11. Art Vandelay says:
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    Hey Grey,

    The RCL league I joined (we draft tonight at 8:30; it’s the one with a $10 buy-in) is not yet full – only 7/12 joined so far. What happens if the league isn’t full come draft time? Does the draft get pushed back? Does the league get canceled? Just curious if I should still be planning to draft or not. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Art Vandelay: The league will be canceled and you’ll be refunded, I will try to fill it tho

      • Cafuné

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        @Grey: FYI, that league is now full, but I was looking to join it with a friend and we just now confirmed we could make that draft on time. It was at 7 openings as of this morning, but we were too slow to join.

        IF by the off chance two managers are wishy-washy on attending tonight (or already have RCL league teams – me and my buddy don’t yet!) the two of us will gladly fill.

        Gracias!
        Cafuné (Razzball Soccer)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There’s a few more leagues with openings left

          • Cafuné

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            @Grey: Yeah I’m aware, I’m just not entirely certain we can make a weekend draft. Today Thurs Friday was the goal.

            We’ll see what happen, cheers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cheers

    • Cafuné

      Cafuné says:
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      @Art Vandelay: Hey Art, that league is now full but if you think any of the managers won’t attend the draft tonight or might be iffy, me and a friend will gladly join.

      Thanks!

      -Cafuné

  12. Slowmez says:
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    Draft is tonight! ESPN 10 team H2H 5×5 5OF Standard Keeper. My keepers are Rizzo, Scherzer, Bellinger, Yelich, and Darvish. Judging by who is available, I think I’ll be able to grab one of these guys with my first pick (6th round). Should I trust your rankings, or is there someone you like/dislike more given my keepers?

    Rendon, Bregman, Hoskins, Marte

    Assuming I get one of these guys, my 7th round targets are Nola, Hosmer, Segura. Any of those guys tickle your pickle? Who has the best chance to fall into the 8th?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Slowmez:
      Ya do not trust Greys rankings ha.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Slowmez: Id want Rizzo or Bellinger first and put Hoskins in OF. Would grab Hosmer on way back if you don’t get one of them. If you get one go Nola.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slowmez: Nah, don’t trust my rankings, my shizz are crackers

  13. Gotime says:
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    12 tm H2H auction 5×5 but QS. Any hope for this:
    C Alfaro
    1 Rizzo
    2 Odor
    3 Machado
    SS Trea Turner
    OF Harper
    OF Mancini
    OF MTaylor
    U Peraza
    U Albies
    S Nola
    S Quintana
    R Giles
    R Bedrosian
    P Wacha
    P Corbin
    P JMontgomery
    P Folty
    P Porcello
    P T Williams
    P Reyes
    P Boxberger
    P Parker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gotime: There’s hope, but you need a bit of luck from your pitching, and a hail mary or two

  14. RoarOf84 says:
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    Nice write up like always.

    Question for you…

    The keepers just locked in my 10 team, 6×6, head-to-head categories league. The last categories for pitching and hitting, respectively, are holds and OPS. We start C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, MI, CI, 4 OF, U, and 8 Ps of any kind.

    The players that I kept and the positions they are eligible for are:
    Nolan Arenado – 3B/CI
    Kris Bryant – 3B/CI
    Carlos Correa – SS
    Clayton Kershaw – SP
    Cody Bellinger – 1B/OF
    George Springer – OF

    I won the league last year and, as a result, have the last pick in the “1st round” (technically the 7th) and first pick in the “2nd round” (technically the 8th).

    Do you think it would be too much of a reach to select Acuna with either of those picks (70th or 71st overall)? I know that he’s right in that range in your top 100 overall. His ADP on ESPN is around 150. Do I dare wait for my second set of picks (90th or 91st) to make him my selection?

    Some of the other bats that might be available when my pick comes up include: Jose Abreu, Rhys Hoskins, Nelson Cruz, Jonathan Schoop, Khris Davis, AJ Pollock, Wil Myers, Starling Marte, Tommy Pham, and Byron Buxton.

    Some of the arms that might be available when my pick comes up include: Yu Darvish, Zack Greinke, Dallas Keuchel, Robbie Ray, Carlos Martinez, Craig Kimbrel, Aaron Nola, Gerrit Cole, Jose Quintana, and Shohei Ohtani.

    I was hoping to land a player who could pitch in on SBs (Marte, Buxton, Acuna, or Myers) with a SP to pair with Kershaw (Ray, C-Mart, Nola, or Keuchel).

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @RoarOf84:
      If you want him I would not wait.
      At this point of the hype I’d be surprised if he even makes it to you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RoarOf84: Agree with Grimes, hope Acuna makes it to you

      • RoarOf84 says:
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        @Grey:, thanks for the responses. He’s definitely worth that pick, right?

        In the event that he’s not available, which hitter and SP combo would you think is best (keeping it realistic, of course)?

        • Grey

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          Of course he’s worth it

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @RoarOf84:
          I’d take two bats. If you get Hoskins and Acuna wowzers!

  15. Poo Goblin says:
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    Ronald Guzman?

      • Poo Goblin says:
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        @Grey:

        Touchee

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Poo Goblin!

  16. Paul says:
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    I want to trade my Charlie Blackmon, Blake Swihart, and Alex Cobb
    For his Corey Kluber, Lorenzo Cain, and Sal Perez

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Paul:
      I’d do that.

    • Grey

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      @Paul: Agree with Grimes

  17. Lubes says:
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    Thanks for the predraft help! Here’s how I ended up- 10 team 5×5 w/ obp, 5 keepers.

    Mike Zunino Sea – C
    Yuli Gurriel Hou – 1B
    Anthony Rizzo ChC – 1B,2B (K)
    Manny Machado Bal – 3B (K)
    Chris Taylor LAD – 2B,SS,OF
    Eugenio Suárez Cin – 3B
    Rougned Odor Tex – 2B
    Andrew Benintendi Bos – OF (K)
    Manuel Margot SD – OF
    Mitch Haniger Sea – OF
    Rhys Hoskins Phi – 1B,OF (K)
    Ryon Healy Sea – 1B,3B

    BN
    Ronald Acuña Jr. Atl – OF
    Tim Anderson CWS – SS

    Carlos Carrasco Cle – SP (K)
    Robbie Ray Ari – SP
    Trevor Bauer Cle – SP
    Sean Doolittle Was – RP
    Brad Ziegler Mia – RP
    Alex Colomé TB – RP
    Shane Greene Det – RP
    Dominic Leone StL – RP

    BN
    Danny Salazar Cle – SP
    Kevin Gausman Bal – SP
    Michael Wacha StL – SP
    Sonny Gray NYY – SP
    Drew Pomeranz Bos – SP

    I drafted 5 “closers” because it’s only 15 pickups for the year and other guys are much faster on the draw than I am, so I’d rather start out ahead. I had planned on Machado at SS but then didn’t draft a 3b until late. Only real concern is OF depth until Acuna gets called up.

    Thoughts? Trade a starter or two for OF? Pick up Jon Gray just so I have Ray, Gray, and Gray all together? (I once drafted Jacques Jones just so I could play him alongside Andruw and Chipper)

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Lubes:
      I’d want gray over most your bench.
      But in a 10 team with only 15 moves I’d prolly hold.

      • Lubes says:
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        @FrankGrimes:
        @Grey:
        Actually it’s unlimited pickups until opening day… so swap salazar for jon gray?
        I was debating those two for my last pick.
        Or trade for OF?

        • Grey

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          Yes, go Gray

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Lubes:
          Yes swap them.
          And yes. I’d try make a trade.
          Maybe Package two guys for someone much better.
          Obviously you know your league better…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lubes: I appreciate the name recognition, but I’d hold if you only have 15 moves… Your pitching is stacked as it is anyway… Can’t believe you drafted Salazar over Gray tho… Nice hitting too!

  18. El Famous Burrito says:
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    The upside is now Cobb gets to face the shitty Rays offense.

  19. Joakim Dead says:
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    Wanted to either get shamed or encouraged about my team. I am a middle aged man so my real life friends that I can show this to for support are non-existent…so I am turning to the masses of virtual truth tellers. (6 keeper) 14 team head to head – ave. obp, r, rbi, hr, sb, w, era, whip, k, s, hld. No innings limits or SP RP specifications. My strategy is to run a tight bat bench (stream) and extend my reliever bench to throw as many relievers throughout each matchup in the hopes of getting holds, saves and improving ratios while rotating starters.

    C- Wellington Castillo
    1- Trey Mancini
    2- Chris Taylor
    3- Joey Gallo
    SS- Trea Turner (K)
    OF- Byron Buxton (K)
    OF- Aaron Judge (K)
    OF- Nomar Mazara
    Util- Greg Bird
    Util- Jose Peraza
    Util- Hanley Ramirez
    Util- Corey Seager (K)
    Bnch- Jeimer Candelario

    P- Carlos Carrasco (K)
    P- Yu Darvish (K)
    P- Jose Berrios
    P- Marcus Stroman
    P- Michael Wacha
    P- Sean Doolittle
    P- Archie Bradley
    P- Joakim Soria
    Bnch- Carl Edwards
    Bnch- Tyler Lyons
    Bnch- Jose Ramirez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joakim Dead: Haha, you’re in good company! Looks solid on hitting and pitching, small quibbles Stroman, Hanley, Jeimer and not enough SPs

      • Joakim Dead says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I will keep an eye out for some SPs. Hanley was one of my last picks so I bit on the batting 3rd for Boston bit at that point of the draft. Candelario was my back up 3B because Drury was snatched right before my pick. The damn Drury Snatch…sounds like a good film

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds X rated, so definitely good

          • Joakim Dead says:
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            @Grey: So today someone already transaction happy dropped Jon Gray. Is it worth putting in a waiver claim to make sure I get him? Or is that more of a wait and see? 14 teamer…need pitching

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Claim him

  20. Papa Jean Segura says:
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    Drop McMahon for Yonder?

  21. Hit for the cycle says:
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    Hey grey! We start 3 RP’s my first two I’m locked with my 3rd however I don’t mind moving from: my 3rd is joe Kelly.

    Available RPs are Addison reed(twins), AJ Ramos (mets), chris devinski (Astros), Fernando Rodney (twins), Luke gregorson (cardinals), Brad brach (o’s), joakim soria(white Sox)

    — bats side of things, do you like any of these available bats : Jorge soler, brinson, nick senzel, schebler, Carlos Gonzalez, zach cozart , Addison Russell or solarte (SS/2b/3b)
    Over these guys that i own: Jackie Bradley jr, grichuk, josh Harrison (2b/3b, or belt?

    My 1b is will Myers but have hosmer at IF & he’s a 1b

    My SS is Carlos correa, I also have alex Bregman who’s my 3b but eligible at SS too

    My 2b moncada

    My OF: Bryce Harper, benintendi, polanco , Dexter fowler, acuna, willie Calhoun, grichuk,Jackie Bradley JR. we start 4 OF

    Gracias!! Man oh man! Roughly a week away from baseball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hit for the cycle: Is this a keeper? Is this a deep league? Why do you have Willie Calhoun? JBJ, Harrison gone for Brinson, Soler

      • Hit for the cycle says:
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        @Grey:

        Yes , it’s a keeper format with espn I could keep any two on my roster for 2019 rounds 1 & 2 keepers. Snake format, I’m always looking for the next big thing & beat my league mates to the punch in finding the gems.

        Hold onto willie Calhoun or dump ? This isn’t dynasty : I don’t have an issue waiting it out for him to get promoted to the rangers however if it’s June / July as his call up would you look to move on from him? I suppose when I drafted him I could’ve gone in a different direction like a veteran but late in the draft I was looking at upside

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess wait a couple of weeks to see if Calhoun is called up in April

        • Hit for the cycle says:
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          @Hit for the cycle:

          As far as league depth:

          We start 4 OF, 2 utility, 11 bench slots between bats & pitching, 4 DL slots, start 1 IF, 1 catcher, 1 2b, 1 3b, 1 SS, 1 1b

  22. Your Highness Grey-Some*

    (combo of Grey + Handsome. Get it?)

    (* I’m straight. Not that there’s anything wrong with….)

    1. I’ve deeply enjoyed Boy Scout* Ralph’s podcasts & the puppet version of You in those lil videos that accompany some of your texts.

    (*Boy Scout cuz he’s: a great prospector/scout. And Boy Scout cuz he’s reliable & full of good pep.)

    2. I’m an old Typewriter lover who gets bashed around by confusing technology but these two 3-D creations–You as a Puppet & the Ralph podcasts–have been, as I say, deeply enjoyable.

    3. Anything else I might be missing on the 3-D, non-text front?

    4. (I love the all the RAZZBALL text of course + by you and your All-Star Staff + truly + thank you all + and it’s free! + (what daily gifts you gift us!!!)

    5. + am eagerly awaiting Boy Scout Ralph’s Top 100 Sp LIST. He’s so reliable, yes. Duly noted & appreciated. But tell him please to hurry up.)

    yrs, etc.,

    FANTHEAD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fanthead: I like it! 1. Thanks! 2. Thanks! 3. 3-D printers? 4. Thanks! 5. Yeah, he decided to do it I guess with 18 hours to go before season starts

  23. Nicegiybilly says:
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    Great. There’s no upside down ! on my phone and now I’ll never be able to spell Acuna correctly.
    Kenny Banias voice *thats gold Grey, gold!*

  24. Crime Dog says:
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    Hoping for good news on Abreu, I was planning on drafting him this Sunday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crime Dog: He seems like a lock for 150 games always, so I’m cautiously optimistic

  25. Bryce and Nice says:
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    I just got offered L. Weaver and A. Barnes for R. Ray

    Post draft, Ray is $26, and the others are $1. I have control over Ray for 3 seasons and would have control over Ray and Weaver for 2.

    Should i do it? Points league, I have MadBum, Kluber, Corbin and deGrom as well.

    If it’s a no, I could counter by asking for Hendricks, Weaver and Barnes for Ray and Corbin?

    Thoughts on both?

  26. Matty says:
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    I had my draft last night for my favorite league and always like to share/ humblebrag. As always, love feedback from anyone. This one is a little wonky so it’ll be a fun thought exercise for folks, plus I love to see auction prices in the wild ahead of my own drafts.
    It’s a 12 team H2H auction redraft with 5×5 + OPS and Total Bases and daily moves, so as you’ll see i punted pitching from a budget perspective- I am pretty pleased with my pitching staff given the low costs though.
    C- Waiver grab once that opens up
    1B- Hosmer $17
    2B- Schoop $20
    SS- Bregman $29
    3B- Jo Ram $38
    OF- K Bryant $46
    Marte $22
    K Davis $21
    Util- Abreu $30
    BN- Villar $3, Acuna $4
    SP- Tanaka $11
    Snell $4
    Chase Anderson, Clevinger $3 ea
    Jon Gray, Manaea, Gausman, Wacha $2 ea
    Ed Rod $1
    RP- Ziegler, Shane Greene $1 ea

    I know my pitching is a little upsidey, and my speed is a little lacking, but in an offense heavy league that lineup does have me pretty stoked. I did catch some flak for paying as much for Jo Ram as someone else paid for Votto. I didn’t wind up targeting our “most HR in a week” prop bet as much as I have in the past, but I think I have a shot.
    Any glaring holes? Any thoughts from the peanut gallery?
    Thanks as always everyone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: I agree with your assessment, you have less speed than power, which is fine… Your pitching is a fair bit wonky, Lots of risk, hopefully they’re all as good as I think they are

      • Matty says:
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        @Grey:
        And if they’re worse than expected- there are always some streamers.
        And in H2H I can have some real stinkers without ruining the whole season. Just need to get that sorted out before the playoffs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  27. The Flayed Man says:
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    10 team 6 player/3 N/A keeper player keeper
    6×6 (OPS/QS) 10 team Yahoo Roto

    C. d’Arnaud
    1B. Hoskins (K)
    2B. C. Taylor
    3B. Bregman (K)
    SS. T. Turner (K)
    CI. Sano
    MI. Anderson
    OF. Springer (K)
    OF. Judge (K)
    OF. Puig
    OF. Rosario
    UT. Mancini
    UT. Russell
    BN. Conforto

    SP: Severino. Ray, Castillo. S. Gray, Wacha, Bundy, Kopech
    RP: Giles, Bradley, Bedrosian, Barraclogh, N. Jones, C. Green, G. Holland
    N/A: K. Tucker, G. Torres, F. Tatis Jr.

    12 team 5×5 Yahoo Roto

    C. Barnes
    1B. Hosmer
    2B. D. Gordon
    3B. Machado
    SS. C. Taylor
    OF. Bryant
    OF. Springer
    OF. Benintendi
    UT. Rosario
    UT. Mancini
    BN. Acuna
    BN. Robles

    SP: Bauer, Castillo, S. Gray, Wacha, Gausman, Bundy
    RP: Brach, Robertson, N. Jones, Devinski, Hader

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Flayed Man: Are you asking what I think? First team look solid, nice keepers, solid pitching, Kopech’s a drop prolly…. 2nd team looks even better on hitting, less so on pitching, but I do like your pitchers a lot

      • The Flayed Man says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. Paul says:
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    Great schtuff as always man! Question for you: H2H points-based 16 teamer. Trying to figure out my last keeper. Would you keep McCullers as a 7th rounder, Story as a 10th rounder or Stroman as a 12th rounder? Leaning towards Stroman as pitching is king in this league but always leave life or death decisions like this to the experts.

    Already keeping Trout(1), Sanchez (12), Ray (14) and Lindor (22).

    thanks!

  29. slimbo says:
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    hey man

    stashing some DL pitchers in my dynasty but need to drop 1, who goes between joe ross, pineda and shelby miller?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @slimbo: All of them? Lose Miller

  30. Jim says:
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    Third base pretty anemic in my points league… Could you rank: Solarte, Healy, Candelario, Reyes

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Healy, Jeimer

  31. JC says:
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    Your rankings, projections, and articles helped me get 1st in the regular season and 2nd in the playoffs, so I’ll start off by saying “Gracias”.

    I think I went too heavy on the upside players in my 12 team H2H each category (OBP and SLG for hitting; QS, K/BB, SV+HLD for pitching; keep 3 players forever but have to be in the first three rounds no matter what).

    C – R. Chirinos
    1B – Rizzo (K)
    2B – Albies
    3B – Rendon
    SS – Correa (K)
    IF – Greg Bird
    OF – Hoskins (K)
    OF – Benintendi
    OF – Acuna
    OF – Mancini
    UTIL – M. Gonzalez

    Bauer
    McCullers, Jr.
    J. Gray
    M. Wacha
    D. Keuchel
    J. Quintana
    Brach
    Soria
    Giolito
    P. Corbin
    D. Robertson
    M. Givens
    J. Hader

    1. Overall thoughts? Did I screw myself with the young and trendy picks?
    2. Thinking of offering Albies to a couple of Braves homers for Gallo and picking up another bat (Scooter or Kingery for direct 2B replacements or another bat altogether). Would that trade make sense?

    Gracias again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes, yes and wow you went upsidey, huh? Nice to see a bit more of a rock solid foundation with upside sprinkled in 2. Works for me

      • JC says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, I go upside crazy every year thinking I’m going to hit more often than not. Which of the younger guys would you suggest looking to getting replaced by rock solid foundation guys?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No one right now, see who sticks first

  32. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Grey,

    One last keeper question for you from me this season. 8 team league, roto/5×5, keep up to 8. The rosters are small (no MI, CI, only 3 OF, 2 UTL). Keep 8 of these guys (can keep forever):

    Altuve, Lindor, Blackmon, Marte, Benintendi, Hoskins, Acuna, Devers, Nelson Cruz, Corey Seager

    Right now I am leaning towards Altuve through Devers in that order. What do you think?

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve, Lindor, Blackmon, Marte, Benintendi, Hoskins, Acuna, Seager

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  33. Old School Brother says:
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    *phone rings*

    Tommy: “Hello, last place Texas Rangers, how can I direct your call?”
    OSB: “Tommy, its Ron, transfer me over to Josh”
    Tommy *sigh* “Ron, Josh hasn’t played here in years, and its 3am. He’s probably doing rails over at the putt putt batting cages”
    OSB: “I know, I told him I’d join in, but I forget if he said the putt putt in Keller or the putt putt in White Settlement”
    Tommy: *hangs up phone*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHA, hilarious

  34. Adam says:
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    In a 6×6 OBP & OPS 12-team roto league (no AVG), would you rather have Giancarlo or Harper? Harper has a nice OBP and SB advantage and might put up a monster contract year. Stanton has unreal power in Yankee stadium, but has to learn a new league. Both have durability issues. I’m wavering and need my hand held.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, Giancarlo

  35. Charlie Varon says:
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    Grey,

    6×5, 10 team, h2h, including ops, keep 6.

    I can’t keep Acuna, and I know once I throw him back he’ll get drafted before I’m able to. My best bet is to trade him for draft pick compensation. What round would you realistically be looking for in exchange for him?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1st round? Why not keep him?

      • Charlie Varon says:
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        @Grey:

        I can only keep him or Judge in round 24.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I see your dilemma

          • Charlie Varon says:
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            @Grey:

            Yeah, it’s quite the kosher dill pickle I’m in. I think I”m going to flip Acuna for the best draft pick I can get. I currently have an offer for a 6th round pick but I’m going to push for a 4th. See if I can get that.

            My only other option is to trade Judge, but I agree with your previous advice, keep Judge over Acuna.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, gotta

  36. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Your talk about Jose Martinez w/ the FG guys in the pod had me curious, so I looked up what FG had said about him…wow! They seem pretty convinced he’s the second coming of JD Martinez. Seems like a must draft in reserve round of keepers to see if the playing time is there.

    Speaking of – right now where he’s just a backup OF + backup 1B . . . in a redraft league, would you put a claim on him or Lamet? Brinson is my only bench bat . . . he’d be my second bench bat + I could use some power help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, they love him — I said to them, “He looks like James Loney to me.” And they jumped out of their seats with JD Martinez comparisons…. You don’t need 2 bench bats, Lamet

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: BAHAHAHA. James Loney is basically the worst thing you can call a FanGraph darling.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA, pretty much!

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: Remember when FG posted Bill James’ ridiculous projection for Chris Davis entering his 2nd year in the majors? #neverforget

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  37. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Yahoo 12 Team H2H with OPS and Holds and 2 Keepers – what do you think:

    No Catcher yet
    Goldy – 1B
    D. Murphy/J. Peraza – 2B (Jose until Murph comes back)
    DeJong – SS
    Bryant – 3B
    Encarnacion – Util
    Bellinger – OF (Keeper)
    Hoskins – OF (Keeper)
    Marte – 0F
    M. Taylor – OF
    Acuna – Bench

    Tanaka
    L. Weaver
    Bauer
    Snell
    Gaussman
    Bundy
    Corbin
    J. Montgomery
    Wade Davis
    A. Vizcaino
    D. Robertson
    Soria
    Ziegler

    I realize the Pitching looks like a Grey’s Who’s Who, but you know best. I will add a Catcher after putting Murph on the DL. Your comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks very much Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the pitching, but it is risky/upsidey — Hitting looks solid, effective team, I’d roll with it

      • Yankee My Wanky! says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, the big SPs were all going early, and there seemed to be hitting values still there. I got Bryant in the second round and I had the 9th Pick overall, so I though that was a steal. You may have picked Machado, and I considered, but went with Kris. And E5 was still there at around Pick 50,so just had to even though I have about 30 First Basemen. Crossing everything I got for luck!

        Thanks again Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  38. hankg says:
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    Couple of draft related questions – keeper draft.

    1. If you think there is a 50/50 chance that Machado could fall to pick in 2nd round, would you take Scherzer with first round pick instead of Arenado. Already have Devers at 3B and can play two 3B at most (3B and UTIL). Also, already have Lindor in event Machado obtains SS eligibility.

    2. If I take Arenado, there’s a good chance to Strasburg, Syndegaard and Bumgarner will all be available for second pick. Would be leaning Strasburg in this scenario but would be interested in your thoughts. Already have Ray on my keeper team.

    Thanks for the insight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      League size?

      • hankg says:
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        @Grey: 10 team league, 6×6 (OPS and HOLDS)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go Arenado, you don’t need Scherzer

  39. Matt says:
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    Quick trade question in a dynasty points league: my Sanchez for his Lindor. I like having the catcher spot filled and have upside MI options (final stage of rebuild with moncada, allies, and didi with senzel coming soon) so a SS isn’t a necessity. But I think lindor is too good to pass up. I can always trade Sanchez for a C or go waiver wire diving. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor side, all day

  40. Cohen says:
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    Grey, 12 team roto only a mock draft, Starters decent?
    Tell me what u think? I like the team. Going with 5 starters and streaming
    C-Alfaro
    1B-Freeman
    2B-Schoop
    SS-Trea
    3B-Rendon
    CI-Shaw
    MI-C.Taylor
    OF-Ozuna
    OF-Rosario
    OF-Acuna
    OF-Mancini
    OF-Conforto
    Util-T.Anderson
    SP-Nola
    SP-Bauer
    SP-Wacha
    SP-Morton
    SP-Pomeranz
    RP-Rivero
    RP-Herrera
    RP-Neris
    RP-Greene
    BN-Zimmer(until Acuna comes up)
    BN-Rodney
    BN-Soria

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As long as you like it! Kidding, it’s a solid team, you grabbed a bunch of guys I like so what’s not to like? Well, the backend of the bullpen but SAGNOF

  41. Buffalo Soldier says:
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    6×6 with OPS league. Stanton, Harper or Goldy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton

      • Buffalo Soldier says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. I have my draft this Sunday at Hooters. Always a challenge to stay focused on the draft.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “Drafting Panty Mouth’s to go with my panty hose.”

          • Buffalo Soldier says:
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            @Grey: Bartender said “Thanks Babe” when I tipped her. Guess things are getting pretty serious.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow, that is serious!

  42. Paul Visconti says:
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    Need trade help!
    H2h auction points league. Play with a bunch of redsox fans. Pitching usually is at a premium. Heres my team and what i was offered

    C-lucroy
    1b-freeman
    2b-j ramirez
    Ss-simmons
    3b-shaw
    Of-betts
    Of-jd martinez
    Of-mazara
    Util-margot
    Util-hanley
    Bn-acuna

    Sp-ohtani
    Sp-paxton
    Sp-stroman
    Sp-arrieta
    Sp-snell
    Sp-salazar
    Sp-cobb
    Sp-reyes
    Rp-whatever

    I trade JD, simmons, cobb

    I receive Hoskins, segura, mcculers

    Should i do this??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade sounds fine for you

      • Paul Visconti says:
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        Im having a hard time pulling the trigger :(

          • Paul Visconti says:
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            I THINK IVE GOT THE STRENGTH

            • Grey

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              You can do it!

              • Paul Visconti says:
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                Cobb sucks. Whatever Simmons and segura are a wash-ish. Does the difference between jd and hoskins=mccullers.. i think so. Done deal

  43. knucks says:
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    Drafting in my very shallow 6×6 Keeper tonight.

    My Keepers:
    Bellinger
    Treat
    Machado
    Harper
    Robbie Ray

    R / HR / RBI / SB / OBP / SLG
    QS / ERA / WHIP / K / Saves / Holds

    I have the 4th pick and the following players are at the top of my list. Do I have these ranked correctly for this league? Hoping the first 3 picks don’t include Hoskins, but want to make sure I’ve got the remaining names in the right order for this squad. Thanks brother.

    Hoskins
    Strasburg
    Severino
    Rendon

    • Grey

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      Looks solid

  44. Praises to the glory that is your facial squirrel – may the fantasy gods see your mustache & gasp in shock at it’s magnificence.

    That said, I finally drafted my 10-team $ league last night. I’m down to 1 FBB league, and I have to say it’s kind of refreshing. I used to be in 4-5 and the emotional conflicts of rooting for/against the same players daily was leading to symptoms normally associated with drug commercial warnings. No, not the 4-hour erections (sadly) but more like the anal leakage & depression.

    And THAT said, I was hoping to get your opinion on this year’s harvest. Ordinarily I punt pitchers until about round 8, but this year I kept seeing guys I liked falling to me so I ended up with a shocking 4 SP in the first 12 rounds, which is super weird.

    I feel like I got some value & made educated reaches, but at the end of the day I might be a Jack of all trades but a master of none? Had the 3rd pick – took Arenado over Turner. In mocks, Lindor consistently made it back to me in the 3rd at that spot, plus i have a massive mancrush on Arenado so there’s that 4-hour erection again.

    C – Zunino (he owns or borrows a catcher’s glove and was there in the 30th)
    1B – Freeman
    2B – Ozzie Albies (16th round. I know at least one other team was interested so had to reach by 1-2 rounds)
    SS – Lindor (as predicted, he made it past the turn)
    3B – Arenado
    MI – Caesar Hernandez (ave won’t kill me & he’ll contribute slightly)
    CI – Justin Smoak (mostly for the weed-related team-naming options, but the 35 taters won’t hurt)
    OF – Benintendi/Pham/Domingo/LoCain/GPolanco
    Util – Beckham (until Conforto comes back)

    SP – deGrom/Nola/McCullers/L.Weaver/Maeda/Duffy/Snell/Clevenger/Lynn/Montgomery/Matz
    RP – Hand/Vizcaino/Bedrosian/Parker/Nate Jones

    Felt like I had to grab Parker because I got burned by this exact situation last year, and I have a good feeling about Nate Jones. Not 4-hour erection great, but ok, a pretty good feeling.

    Your thoughts? I value them, thank you & good luck in your leagues this year!

    • @Lucky Dog: Ps – it’s a 6X6, with OBP/QS as the 6th cats in a weekly H2H format.

      Geez, it’s like it’s my 1st time commenting on a sports forum message post or something. :facepalm:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you! Straight roto league? You look low on power potentially, maybe, possibly on hitting in general… Your pitching is stacked, solid enough team… Good luck to you too!

      • @Grey: I caught that immediately after posting. 6×6 weekly H2H

        Last year I lost because of pitching – one of those years that all my sleepers turned out to be nightmares & hurt. So I may have over-corrected just slightly.

        Also it’s funny what taking Arenado/Freeman 1-2 does to one’s confidence…I sorta felt like I had enough power for the rest of the draft I guess. heh

        Good to see you too!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Oaktown Steve was talking about that yesterday, you draft a Trea Turner in the 1st and don’t draft anymore steals

          • @Grey: like real-time recency bias.

            My intention was to go Arenado ~> Judge ~> Bellinger

            I ended up going Arenado ~> Freeman ~> Lindor

            I don’t know why I don’t trust Judge – just feels like more of a .260 hitter than a .280+ Hitter.

            And I took Benintendi over Yelich, who I’ve had a man crush on forever. But I was targeting LoCaon late & didn’t want too many Brewers.

            It was a weird existential crisis kinda draft.

      • chris says:
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        @Grey:

        ” deGrom/Nola/McCullers/L.Weaver/Maeda/Duffy/Snell/Clevenger/Lynn/Montgomery/Matz”

        that’s a sexy starting rotations right there.

        • @chris: why thank you! Now you understand my 4-hour erection. ;)

          And also why I took more SP than I ever have that early.

  45. Drinkin my Philly says:
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    Grey, so much to address, so little time:
    1. Re Tommy John, looks like those kangaroos were on to something. The pouch is awesome. Just don’t look at how much they cost, or you’re going to want to frame them and hang them on the wall.
    2. Re Toms River/Seaside – many misspent nights of youth – The Frigate (best LI iced teas ever), Baby O, Temptations, Razzles, The Bamboo (best place to watch St Paddy’s Day parade)
    3. still live in Jersey outside Philly, getting pounded by snow, but at least the office is closed.
    4. Homeland actually getting good again. Claire Danes is a hot hot mess.
    5. oh yeah, baseball. Long time 9 team NL only 23/260 keeper. I have the following going into the last year of their contracts, but I can extend them all for another year for another $5, but effective immediately. I’m saying yes on Souza and Margot (both go from 5 to 10) and no on Myers (17 to 22), Peraza (5 to 10) and Story (9 to 14). I think that gives me the best chance to win this year and capture the upside of Souza and Margot for next year without taking on much risk. Agree? Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Haha 2. Jenkinson’s! 3. Be warm 4. I can’t watch that show ever again, so awful last few years 5. Sounds fine, I’d consider Myers over Souza, but can prolly buy him back anyway

    • @Drinkin my Philly: I’m not Grey, but I am very grey, so I’ll kick in a reply: I kinda like Myers for that cost.

      • Drinkin my Philly says:
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        @Lucky Dog: I do too but the batting average hurts every year, and I’m just a little bit concerned about the switch to the OF. Feels to me like the other guys are good, but the 2 I’m extending have the most upside and least downside.

  46. I am the Walrus says:
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    Heyy Grey, great stuff all offseason as usual!

    Keeper thoughts, 7×7 OBP&SLG, QS&H
    10 Team, $340 cap, 10 keepers

    Locked in:
    Altuve $32
    Bellinger $10
    Conforto $1
    Rhyus $10
    Thor $11
    Nola $4
    Severino $10

    Need 3 of:
    Votto $38
    Kluber $39
    Albies $10
    Dee $25
    Khris D $14
    Souza $10
    Teoscar $10

    Any input appreciated! Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto, Kluber, Albies

      • I am the Walrus says:
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        @Grey: Cool, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  47. Ray says:
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    NL Only roto league with one catcher. Austin Barnes on the wire. Does he get enough ABs to provide more value than Manny Piña?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lean Barnes, close

  48. Cam says:
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    I’m in a 5×5 OBP Roto Dynasty league and have a roster crunch. Trying to get down to 30 players (including minor league roster). Potential cuts include:
    -Gallo
    -Odubel Herrera
    -Orlando Arcia
    -Eduardo Rodriguez
    -Brent Honeywell
    -Victor Robles
    -Amed Rosario
    -Sixto Sanchez
    -Francisco Mejia
    -Bo Bichette

    What three players would you cut? I will probably not be in contention this year and am strong in MI with Baez, Albies, Odor, and Kingery. Weakest in pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Honeywell, Arcia, Odubel, tough calls, I’d ask Ralph

      • Cam says:
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        @Grey: Thanks…I’ve been struggling to decide what to do. I think I’ll drop a few guys and try to trade away some depth. Hate to cut valuable players but I couldn’t get anyone to do an off-season trade.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t struggle, shruggle

  49. Cram It says:
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    I’m actually glad the draft is at 6 instead of 8 tonight. I’m still in preseason drinking and drafting form, as last night’s RCL drat I took a closer in round 5. I don’t think I’ve ever done that. So the earlier start time will give me less time to be hammered by round 5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m excited by earlier time too, so I might be able to eat at a g-d reasonable time

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Heaven forbid!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You don’t want me getting crungry!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: what pick you guys got?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Whatcha mean?

          • The Great knoche says:
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            @Grey: you can see your draft slot on Fantrax.

            What
            Pick
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            Guys
            Got

              • VinWins

                VinWins says:
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                @VinWins: Smokey, Malamoney, Cram, Rudy, Son, Viz, Lance, MB, Ralph, Truss, Tehol, Grey.

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  @VinWins: Dominic Brown should still be available at 11.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha

                • Cram It says:
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                  @VinWins: Sweet! Didn’t know you could tell this early. Never had a pick this early. *runs to plan first three rounds*

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @Cram It: You have the pick 3 dilemma. Turner or no Turner.

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @The Great Knoche: Ugh, I’d rather have the 12th pick.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Trade ya!

                    • Big Magoo

                      Big Magoo says:
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                      @The Great Knoche: Turner could be a monster, but I’d feel more comfortable taking him in the mid-1st. Arenado is as safe as it gets for four cat dominance.

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Cram It: Here’s a vote for Arenado at #3. You can pencil in 100/40/120/.300. Age 27 season. Coors. Four cat monster. You can add steals later.

                    • The Great Knoche says:
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                      @Big Magoo: I like the way my NFBC turned out taking Turner first, but I think I would feel safer with Nolan.

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Big Magoo: I was trying to play coy. But you’re blowing me up so the cat is out of the bag. I’m definitely taking Arenado if he’s there. I’m a believer in power in the 1st round. But I appreciate the advice of course!

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @Cram It: Or this could be another, uh, misdirection. WHAT’S CRAM GONNA DO?

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Big Magoo: Haha. I’m totally trying to get Smokey off of Trout.

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @Cram It: Smokey has the top pick? It’s just as well. Trout’ll be marooned on a non-contender.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              12, so if I leave the draft room and go back in does it change for me? Asking for a friend

              • VinWins

                VinWins says:
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                @Grey: Ha! You might end up with a worse spot (unless you think 12 is the worst).

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Picks all pretty even from around 9th thru 12th

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Bryant just hit a moonshot. Should be lots of those this year. Would be a nice pick at the turn.

                • Big Magoo

                  Big Magoo says:
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                  @Big Magoo: Scratch that. It was off of Matt Moore. Basically taking batting practice.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Prolly looking Lindor/Freeman or Bryant/Freeman

                  • VinWins

                    VinWins says:
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                    @Grey: I’ll guess Scherzer – Kershaw.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, I’m liking Trevor Bauer/Aaron Nola booyakasha!

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Grey: Either would be lovely. Probably prefer Lindor with one of the corners since I’m not too high on the SS position this year. Would give you some speed too.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, happily — Maybe Rizzo/Ramirez — There is a solid 2nd round of guys this year

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: Definitely. You should get a pairing you’re happy with one way or another.

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Bryant/Jo-Ram is my NFBC first two rounds. I think it’s pretty sexy. Missed Lindor by 1. You can probably get Bryant/Lindor.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, there’s a ton of talent for first 15 picks

  50. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey ,

    just a trade advice which looks “YUMMY” ,,
    HtoH pointsKEEPER league !
    seems like i’m way winner in points
    but

    the guys offers me :
    Dee Gordon (tons of SB… well at least 50!)
    Rendon (your “mash smotatoes”!)
    Donaldson (old powaaaaa 30+ HR !)
    He wants my
    Berrios + A.Wood SPs ” Good but NOT SAFE”

    i have Schoop + Arenado , so no REAL need of IF
    the league has no MI * CI positions, but 4 Utils

    i’d drop : Healy at least

    then i’d need to pick Pitchers to compensate
    i ‘ll remain with SP : Quintana/ Corbin / Taillon / Mikolas !!
    + RP Allen / Hand / Vizcaino AJMinter

    avalaible : DUH !!!
    Vétérans / bad rookies / or… SAGNOFS !
    well, or maybe trevor Williams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent for you

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey:
        you think my pitchers can carry the difference in points matchups after matchups ? ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think it’s early enough to figure it out in-season if need be

  51. John Holden says:
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    Hey guys 5×5 keeper league.
    My 7 are
    Turner
    Hoskins
    Rendon
    Blackmon
    Kershaw
    Carrasco
    Severino
    I have the 7th pick in the 1st round of draft.
    I’m assuming Buxton, Hosmer, Gallo, schoop, kimbrel, conforto, miggy, Sal Perez will be available. Which direction should I go? Thanks guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bux or Schoop sounds solid

      • John Holden says:
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        @Grey: nice! That was my thinking. Thank you Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  52. Hi Grey. What Round in the first year of a 12 Team H2H Keeper League would you be comfortable drafting Acuna? How about in a 12 Team non-Keeper? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2nd-3rd

  53. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Watched McCullers cut through the Nats lineup like butta today. Not butter, straight butta. So smooth. Had the curve and fastball working big time. Made Eaton/Trea/Harper/Adams look like minor leaguers. Might have to bump him up a bit to make sure I get another share in my last draft on Friday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No room on McCullers bandwagon, sorry, Magoo!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Stop trying to barge your way past me. I was here first!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No way!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve been flying that flag for years!

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Liar! I’ve never even seen a McCullers flag!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Case closed!

            • VinWins

              VinWins says:
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              @Big Magoo: Somebody we know took McCullers, even though Bauer was available.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Hush, Vin! Haha

                • Big Magoo

                  Big Magoo says:
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                  @Grey: You go around professing your love for Bauer all offseason long, then toss him aside like yesterday’s garbage. For shame!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Noooooo!!! I own him all over the place!

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @VinWins: I knew it!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I was mixing it up!

  54. The Great Knoche says:
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    McCullers dealing today again.

    2 HRs for Hoskins

    Paul JeDong with his 4th of the spring. Think he is being way undervalued.

    • VinWins

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      @The Great Knoche: Doing a draft right now (SHOCKER!). Read Magoo’s comment, and drafted Mccullers. Came back and read your comment, and took DeJong.

      • Big Magoo

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        @VinWins: McCullers is nasty. If he stays healthy, could be a top 10 SP on a per-start basis.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @VinWins: I’d say you were wise beyond your years…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love me some DeJong

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: JeDong, please.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          JeDong all day, e’ery day

  55. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Here is the team I am rolling with for a three-peat (10-team H2H, 5×5 with OBP and Ks for batters; K/9 and Ls for pitchers)

    C- Ramos
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Odor
    3B – Rendon
    SS – Lindor
    OF – Betts, Puig, C. Taylor
    UTIL -Ed Rosario
    SP – Severino, Archer, Wacha, Bauer, Corbin, Anderson, Mikolas
    RP – SAGNOF (enough to win this category weekly)

    I feel like my pitching out of this draft is eons better than last season when I entered the season with Maeda, Quintana as my 1/2 and Pineda, Roark coming up the rear. I also wanted to know if you think steals on this team will be a H2H weakness. I estimate I should be getting 4/5 per week with that roster. If so, I can drop one of my surplus closers for Peraza and get my team up to 6-7 per week (assuming Peraza does his thing).

    Lower priority – I’m holding my breath that Abreu will be OK.

    • Cram It says:
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      @William Hung: Offense looks maybe a little weak for a 10-teamer. Might not have a 30 HR hitter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, every pitching staff looks better before the season starts… Team looks solid tho, I really like the hitting…

  56. Anodyne says:
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    Thoughts on how the Polanco suspension might affect your projections for Escobar?

  57. CoreyII says:
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    I’m starting with Robbie Ray as a keeper in my NL Only 5×5, and I’m trying to decide which SP to target in my auction draft coming up.

    Suggestions of good pairings? I’m thinking someone who might be lower on Ks but will have a really good WHIP to balance out his risk. Any guys come to mind folks suggest I target to round out the top of the NL rotation? Thanks!

  58. BJFOHOHL says:
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    Did you finish Sneaky Pete?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, shizz was kinda lame… 1st season was much better

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: agreed, yet I liked parts of it and will watch season 3. Did you start the Looming Tower?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d watch season 3, wasn’t a total train wreck… Nah, haven’t yet on Looming Tower

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: I like it, Jeff Daniels is fucking great

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I usually like him, I liked Godless

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: Which one is godless?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Netflix miniseries

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Grey: is that the western?

                    • VinWins

                      VinWins says:
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                      @BJFOHOHL: Yes. I liked it. But I liked season 2 of Sneaky Pete more than you guys, I guess.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, it’s solid

  59. Kevin says:
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    Will you be doing an OF to target post soon? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomorrow or Friday

  60. VinWins

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    February 3, 2017: True story: I started writing a sleeper post for McCullers, and started looking at his stats and I was like, “Sleeper? Grey, my man, handsome AF compatriot, McCullers isn’t a sleeper, he’s, like, a top 20 starter, but, hmm, his health.” Maybe I got crackers in my head and they’re crumby. Maybe I’m just like my father, too bold. Maybe I should be committed or just in a committed relationship with an Astros fan, because I love McCullers so much it’s got me wacky in the noodle!

    • Cram It says:
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      @VinWins: IMO there’s nothing not to love about him except pitching more than 2/3 of a season.

      • VinWins

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        @Cram It: I’ll take 2/3 of a great season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

    • BJFOHOHL says:
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      @VinWins: he throws too many curves for my liking. That arm will literally fall off one of these days

  61. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’m feeling generous today. I’ve been thinking a lot about the way the new innings cap will affect RCL leagues and I’m going to give you a couple of numbers that helped inform my thinking.

    2017 Top 50 SPs: .069 Wins per inning
    2017 Top 120 RPs: .054 Wins per inning

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So, you’re saying draft Kershaw/Scherzer at the turn, done!

      Yeah, the new IP limit will affect things, Yahoo league I’m in gets screwy with an IP limit… You need more SPs

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Or you could punt wins. Punting wins would be a viable strategy for winning a league but you probably could not compete for the top overall RCL.

        I just picked up Jordan Montgomery in my league.

        • Grey

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          I need that elusive RCL title… Nice, Jo-Mo’s getting no lover, when he should… People seem unnecessarily scared of Yankees SPs…

        • @OaktownSteve: it’s a good strategy. Also makes sense to stack up on a few solid non-closer RP to lower ERA/WHIP & gain some K’s In order to maximize innings.

          My league has an innings minimum, but no max.

          I think innings caps leagues do it to prevent streaming – last year the dude who won my league added a ridiculous number of pitchers – like 5 a day. By the time his opponent realized it he was behind 10 W’s and 12 QS, 50 K’s. Then he tried to stream to catch up & destroyed his own ERA & WHIP….so I kinda get it.

          My response was to cap weekly adds instead of an innings cap.

          Ps – good to “see” ya, Oaktown! Good luck to your A’s, though pitching seems rough.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Lucky Dog:
            Thanks, dude.

            Pitching is very rough and Puk was shut down today (was headed to AAA anyway but it was biceps so…uh oh). The A’s do have a really good pen on paper. Added Buchter, Pagan and Petite. Retained Hendricks, who had a solid second half, Hatcher and Treinen. The makings of a good group. Just finding 5 guys who can get them 5 innings a night. I don’t feel like Blackburn, Triggs and possibly Mengden belong anywhere near an MLB roster.

            • @OaktownSteve: yeah – Graveman as a SP1 should not inspire confidence in the fan base.

              Feels like a team with a puncher’s chance at 70 W’s?

              Seems like a bit of a throw-away season. I’ll go to plenty of games though – it’s a cheap night of good baseball. I like some of the A’s sticks, too so it’ll be fun just to see how the youts are doing.

              I’m wondering how much they’ll sell off in trades this year. Next year I’m hoping they make a push to coincide with the new ballpark plans. I’m still hoping for Jack london square but that’s probably a fantasy at this point.

  62. Conforto with 2 dongs today.

    Aside from the medical miracle I’d suggest moving him up a little in the rankings. With a shoulder injury, the power was my biggest concern – today’s two bombs suggests he might be playing day 11 of the regular season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        @Grey: the medical miracle of having 2 songs, that is.

        Not the speedy recovery from the shoulder injury. That’s just good rehab. ;)

        • Lucky Dog says:
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          @Lucky Dog: *dongs.

          Stupid autocorrect doesn’t know what a dong is – what’s this world coming to?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, always dem dongs

  63. JVillan says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Any suggestions on my auction draft 12team h2h 5×5
    C: JT Realmuto
    1B: Matt Olsen
    2B: J Ramirez
    3B: A Rendon
    SS: T Turner
    MI: R Odor
    CI: JP Crawford
    OF: Bellinger, Hoskins, Chris Taylor, Michael Taylor & Tomas
    Util: Longoria
    Bench:Acuna,Dejong,confronting
    SP: R Ray, Quintana, A wood, S Gray, B Snell
    RP: Colome, Melancon, Parker, Treinen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abandon ship!!! Kidding, looks solid, might be low on AVG but okay on speed and power… Pitching looks better than hitting…

      • Jvillan says:
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        @Grey: Thanks that’s what I was seeing as well! Got all pitching under 20$(ray) in $260 kept getting out bid on hitter

  64. OaktownSteve says:
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    Man, keep an eye on Jose Alvarado from Tampa. Don’t know if there’s a role that makes him useful for most fantasy formats but dang he’s looking impressive.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Noted!

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Ohtani making debut in Oakland.
      Let’s go?!

  65. Birrrdy says:
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    Grey, 5×5 10 team NL-only keeper auction. I figure your Tout Wars auction that you KILLED makes you uber-qualified to evaluate. But don’t judge too hard, 8 keepers make the auction pickups a bit skimpy, and I lost Dee and J.D. to the AL in the offseason! My keepers listed with an *

    C – Grandal
    1B – Freeman*
    2B – Murphy
    SS – Baez*
    3B – A. Cabrera
    OF – Cain (Sugar)
    OF – Braun*
    OF – Fowler*
    OF – Polanco*
    OF – Parra
    U – K. Marte
    U – B. Anderson
    U – Flores

    P – Darvish*
    P – Weaver*
    P – A. Wood
    P – Godley*
    P – Wacha
    P – Straily
    P – F. Rivero
    P – Vizcaino
    P – Madson

    Thoughts? Feelings?

    • Birrrdy says:
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      @Birrrdy: oops, left off one more player:

      P – Pivetta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! I like your hitting, Murphy, Asdrubal and Fowler are kinda bleh, but it’s fine… Your pitching looks awesome, nice team, man!

  66. Birrrdy says:
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    How quickly they fall when Daniel Murphy is gimpy and now bleh! Thanks for the feedback!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  67. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello again Grey,
    What are your thoughts on Dahl? Is he worth adding in a 12 Team H2H League with OPS and Holds. He seems to be hitting the ball rather well this spring, but of course the dumb ass Rockies continue to being guys like Cargo back to take up a spot. Why go with guys that might actually be productive and not cost you $8 million.

    Any chance Dahl stays up?

    Much appreciated Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No chance he stays up, but can add him and see what happens

  68. Pink Doves says:
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    6×6 6th cat is TB+BB

    12 team league.

    I have as my keepers : Lindor – SS , Turner SS/MI, Bellinger 1b/OF, Bregman -3B/CI, Benenditi -OF, Acuna- OF and Robles -OF

    Have the 1st pick overall do I go JD, Machado or Freeman????

    I have zero pitchers but I’ll worry about that later on!

    Peacefully yours,
    The Pink Doves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman

  69. J-Dawg says:
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    Now I’m regretting keeping my $3 Cobb!! Just hope he’s at least serviceable on the road. Oh, and nice Broadway reference in there!! Things are getting highbrow in here!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I’m fancy!

  70. Mike says:
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    Mr Grey!

    Who’s you sleeper/undervalued RP for Holds this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maton

  71. Acuna first year without Arenado says:
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    Fourth year following with three good years prior. Hoping for a fourth. I feel good about my team but ended up going heavier pitching early based on value.

    Thoughts on the team. Just drafted have two keepers. 14 team 6×6 ops h2h wins and quality starts. Little wonky.

    Kept Ray in 14 and Quintana in 8

    C- tbd
    1b – Myers
    2b – Rizzo
    3b – Freeman
    SS – Tim Anderson
    OF – Marte
    OF – Hamilton
    OF – mazara
    Utl – Alonso
    BN – acuna
    BN – Brinson

    SP – carrasco, Quintana, R Ray, Castillo, Salazar, j Montgomery
    RP – wade Davis, Claudio, Bradley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks very light on OPS, hitting feels too heavy on speed… Pitching is fine, way more solid than you need likely, though Salazar is a weird one

      • Acuna first year without arenado says:
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        @Grey: thanks. Throwing Salazar In DL spot hopefully then grabbing Newcombe.

        Might try to unload some speed for power. VEry worried about Hamilton but went with the home town homer pick. Probably a bad move but will make watching games more fun

  72. Steve says:
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    Grey, whaddaya think? Feels a little light on pitching, but wanted to get your opinion. 12 team 6×6, OPS and Holds, picked 7th.

    C – JT Realmuto (7)
    1B – Cody Bellinger (19k)
    2B – Ian Happ (8)
    3B – Manny Machado (10k)
    SS – Carlos Correa (16k)
    LF – Delino DeShields (12)
    CF – George Springer (13k)
    RF – JD Martinez (1)
    Util – Giancarlo Stanton (9k), Victor Robles (22)

    SP – Robbie Ray (2), Masahiro Tanaka (3), Sonny Gray (6), Gerrit Cole (11k)
    Kevin Gausman (14), Michael Wacha (15), Sean Manaea (17), Miles Mikolas (18)

    RP – Roberto Osuna (4), Cody Allen (5), Nate Jones (20), Dominic Leone (21)

  73. Fantasy phein says:
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    Who do u like better in an obp dynasty lge. Ketel Marte or devin Travis? Thx

    • chris says:
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      @Fantasy phein: Personally I like Devon more if he can stay healthy….

      but that IF’s banned from buffets.

  74. John says:
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    Grey, which two SP’s should I take on my team this year from the following list:

    Carrasco
    Severino
    Darvish
    Robbie Ray
    Carlos Martinez

    Can you pick your best three from this list as well?:

    Gerrit Cole
    David Price
    James Paxton
    Jose Quintana
    Zack Godley
    Luis Castillo

  75. Gray :) says:
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    My league uses OBP and SLG instead of AVG and HR……
    How would you rank Pham, Cespedes, Cain, Pollock, Conforto in this situation?

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