Austin Jackson signed with the White Sox to rid the world of any hope for Avisail Garcia.  “We will trade you Avisail for Jered Weaver wearing a Trout jersey.”  That’s Avisail pretending to be the White Sox GM and attempting to trade himself to the Angels.  Jackson should see action (BAM!) every day in the outfield in south Chicago and steal some bases.  On a related note, in the last two weeks, the White Sox have signed Austin Jackson and Jimmy Rollins, knocking out Avisail and any chance for Tim Anderson.  In other words, Brian Sabean is now GM’ing the White Sox.  “Guys, can we get a check on Mark Buehrle’s availability?”  That’s Sabean sneaking in to be the White Sox GM.  For 2016, I’ll give Austin Jackson the projections of 58/7/52/.258/15, and added him to the top 80 outfielders for 2016 fantasy baseball, updated my top 500 and Fantasy Baseball War Room while deleting Avisail, who looks like he’s not shaking the Avifail label unless he’s traded.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Jarrod Dyson – Has a Grade 2 oblique strain and is headed to the DL.  Dyson said, “That sucks.”  Or maybe it was Dyson made the sound of sucking.  My press conference notes are scant at best!  I updated the top 100 outfielders for Dyson.  Or rather, I didn’t change anything because I always assumed he was going to be a platoon player and only had him down for 300 ABs in my top 500.  This means Travis Snider and Paulo Orlando will now share time for the first few weeks of the season.  I like to call that platoon, The Orlando Tragic.

Cameron Maybin – Out six weeks with a wrist fracture.  That’s so Maybin!  I hadn’t ranked Maybin this year because I didn’t think he’d get enough at-bats to warrant it.  A wrist fracture fails to assuage my Blink-like intuition.  Assuage is also my favorite word to use to make me sound smart.  “Would you like fries with that coke?”  “You assuage my desires, cashier person!”  Seriously, I’ll use it anywhere.  Gose stands to gain some playing time here, but I’m comfrotable with where I have him ranked already (top 80 outfielders), because he’s sort of a platoon player even if the Tigers have no one to platoon him with.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Out for a week with shoulder discomfort.  The Dodgers rotation is falling apart quicker than my British Knights.  As of right now, I haven’t changed Ryu’s rankings, because I only projected him for 140 innings, and he says he can throw 150 innings this year.  Am I confident in him?  Ryu crazy?

Brett Anderson – Out three to five months with back surgery.  Now the Dodgers turn to Brandon Beachy, Carlos Frias or Bolsinger.  Those three guys are better known by Dodgers fans as, Bring Up the Ball Slinger Urias!  Why is it whenever I hear Urias, I think, “Have you ever seen Urias?” Then I bend over and moon someone.  Am I that juvenile?  Apparently, I am!  Can we just call Julio Urias, Joe Uranus?  I know Julio doesn’t translate to Joe, but Joe Uranus makes me smile and giggle and laugh and I need a nap *claps hands*  I’m back and refreshed!  What did I miss?  So, I removed Brett Anderson from the top 100 starters for 2016 fantasy baseball and added in no one.  I added no one, because the Dodgers replacements are not good.

 
  1. OJames Simpson says:
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    Sano or Lindor side in a keeper league where both have same round value?

    Ryu worth a look further down the road?

    Love your posts more than the Irish love McGregor! haaaaaaaa

  2. Noam says:
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    Hey there Grey, Just completed my first draft – Yahoo 10 team H2H daily lock – 6×6 (XBH and QS) – and was astounded how many people used Yahoo’s rankings. Players that you love (and thus, that I love) fell soooo far and I gladly snatched them up. So thank you! What’re your thoughts on this team? Should I make any changes? I obviously would have liked to have a guy a little better than Salazar anchoring my staff, but I picked at the turn, so it was either a starter at pick 40 or a starter at pick 60. But I felt like in a 10 teamer, I could stream like hell. Should I be worried about my pitching? I also didn’t draft any bench bats.

    C: Wellington Castillo
    1B: EE
    2B R. Odor
    3B: T. Frazier
    SS: X. Bogaerts
    OF: M. Trout
    OF: M. Betts
    OF: J. Upton
    UT: J. Heyward
    UT: G. Polanco
    UT B. Belt

    SP: D. Salazar
    SP: F. Liriano
    SP: C. Rodon
    SP: S. Matz
    SP: R. Iglesias
    RP: Ken Giles
    RP: Glen Perkins
    P: J. Hammel
    P: A. Nola
    Bench: D. Storen
    Bench: R. Osuna
    Bench: I. Kennedy
    Bench: E. Rod

    NA: Blake Snell
    NA Jose Berrios

    Thanks for your thoughts

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Noam: yr league badly overdrafted pitching if salazar was best guy available at pick 60 for a 10 teamer.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: that being said your offense is insane. other than yr catcher, that entire offense looks to be top 100 Grey guys. 7 of them at least top 50.

        • Jason E. says:
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          @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: And his catcher is ranked #5 by Grey so that’s not too shabby!

    • Wetty Fap says:
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      @Noam: In a 10-team H2H, with daily moves, your pitching is more than enough since you can stream. You’ll most likely use the Kennedy and Hammel slots to stream, if necessary. Nice team!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Noam: Your pitching is a little risky, but not bad for 10 team, you’ll have plenty of guys on waivers there… Nice hitting!

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Noam: Hey, boss! You misspelled Welington. That’s okay though ’cause so did his parents apparently. Only Grey knows how to spell his name correctly without looking it up.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • Noam says:
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        @Ante GALIC:

        Haha, those Royal British names always get me

  3. Mike says:
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    Grey, your wisdom is needed.

    4 player keeper leauge, with Stanton, Manny M., and Lester locked up. I thought Tulo would make a great keeper, but now I’m starting to read that some have lost faith in him.

    My question is, do I stick with Tulo, or take a chance on a younger bat like Sano or Schwarber or even Pederson? Or, should I really take a chance and keep another pitcher like Matz or Severino? I’m more inclined to keep as many bats as I can, but I think keeping a good pitcher is a must.

    • Noam says:
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      @Mike:

      Honestly, none of your pitchers strike me as must keeps. I like Matz and Severino but they should be easily redraftable. I’d probably keep Machado, Stanton, Sano, and Schwarber. You can always make a trade for SP…

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Mike: Id lose Lester and Keep Stanton, Macho, Tulo, Sano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Agree with F

  4. Wild Thing says:
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    Morning Grey,

    Players dropping like flies…

    Little help? In my salary cap league, I have some decisions to make. We sign guys based on current salary plus $5 per each additional year. $260 total cap. I’ve got decide on how long to sign:

    Corey Seager $1 (4-5 years at $21 or $26 annually)
    Todd Frazier $5 (I’m thinking 2 years for $15)

    I will have a lot of guys potentially to sign next year… Moncada $6, Giolito $7, Urias $1.

    1. How long would you sign Seager and Frazier with those constraints?

    2. Also do I throw Moncada back in the auction? If I do I can get an extra year eligibility but I risk losing him to someone.

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wild Thing: Seager at $21, Frazier at $15 2. Throw him back

      • Wild Thing says:
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        @Grey: thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Return of daily notes mean baseball’s coming!

    In a keeper league (keep forever, with $3 annual inflation) where Abreu is your 1B and Hosmer is your CI (with guys like belt, who I like more, becoming available at the auction draft) …

    Would you trade your $14 Hosmer to get one of (a) $7 McCullers, (b) $8 Matz, or (c) $5 Stroman?

    My other two keeper SPs are Stras ($16) and Rodon ($3), so it’d be nice to go in with a solid #2 /3 SP with ace potential (since Rodon could still have some growing pains).

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Awesome! He offered McCullers, so I know he’s there, but I think I’ll try for Matz first (and settle for Cullers if he says no)

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  6. Yescheese says:
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    “Uranus with the windup … the pitch … It’s a comebacker to Uranus! Wow folks he fields that one with his bare hands! It’s a soft toss from Uranus to Gonzalez, and that’s a ball game.
    What a phenom folks, Uranus with a complete game shutout.”

    “What’d you think of it Vin?”

    “It was way better than the shit show Uranus laid on us last time he was up.”

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Yescheese: Well done, Sir!

      Cheers,
      Ante

  7. Carns says:
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    White Sox are south side yo…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carns: Ugh, that is such a mental block… Changed

  8. David says:
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    Spring and baseball! 12 team 6×6 roto with OBP replacing avg and slg being the 6th category. QS replaces wins. You must keep 4 hitters and 2 pitchers. Choosing from:
    Rizzo
    Stanton
    Pederson
    Franco
    Pollack
    Polanco
    Bum
    Harvey
    T. Ross

    Which 4 and 2 do you keep?
    Also, was offered C. Davis for one of Bum or Harvey. Would you do that deal and if so, which keeper hitter would he replace? Thanks

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @David: Id keep Rizzo, Stanton, Franco, Polanco, Bum, Harvey…Id move Bum for Davis and keep Davis over Franco.

    • Hawk says:
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      @David:

      Rizzo, Stanton, Pollock, Polanco
      Bumgarner, Harvey

      or

      Rizzo, Stanton, Davis, Polanco
      Bumgarner, Ross

      Normally I’d say stick with what you have but having SLG as a category makes me want Davis. I like Bumgarner over Harvey but it’s 50-50.

    • Grey

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      @David: Agree with F

  9. Scooter G says:
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    Good morning Grey

    I realize you don’t do obp rankings but could you give me your opinion on the best 2nd and 3rd Rd options for my 10 team h2h 5×5 obp league? Alot of the guys seem to lose value for obp in the spot where I am picking…

    1. Rank these 2nd Rd options for obp league.
    Altuve, Correa, Machado, Arenado, Cutch, Betts

    2. Rank these 3rd Rd options.
    JD, Marte, Springer

    Thanks so much!

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Scooter G: FYI you can customize Rudy’s player rated for OBP rankings

    • Jason E. says:
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      @Scooter G: I hope this doesn’t sound dicky, but use his rankings and I think it was last week or the week before, Grey posted a few articles on pairing for hitters. Very helpful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scooter G: 1. Machado, Correa, Arenado, Cutch 2. JD, Springer

  10. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Polanco, Piscotty,Khris Davis, Brantley. Need to keep 3 of the 4 in a 6 X 6 keeper league Roto.

  11. Hawk says:
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    Wait, are you telling me Brett Anderson is hurt?

    NO WAY!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Hawk: And Maybin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Sound the alarms!

  12. Jim says:
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    NL Only Roto League…10 keepers which woud be first 10 picks….Planning on keeping Arenado, Cespedes, Schwarber(c), Arrieta, J Fernandez, Kershaw, Syndergaard….which of these should I keep for my remaining 3 sports: B Hamilton, M Kemp, G Polanco, A Rendon 2b, D Mesoraco, K Wong…redraft next season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Hamilton, Polanco, Rendon

  13. Big W says:
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    Good morning Grey,

    So I was planning on keeping Soler in my roto yahoo 6×6 with OPS league, but now that fowler signed, I’m not so happy about that. So, Soler, Souza, Desmond… I guess out of the three it’s Desmond that I should be keeping now? What say you?

    Thanks, BW

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big W: Yeah, Desmond

  14. titan says:
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    Grey, how can I download your top 500 into excel so I can sort by position and still see the overall rank of each player rather than it being re-ranked starting at 1 with each position when I filter?

    • peacecoast says:
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      @titan: grey is gonna write the following:
      copy then paste

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @titan: What peacecoast said

  15. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hi Grey,
    NL-Only H2H $280 5×5 w/ OBP. Auction still 2+ weeks away.

    Would you rather have
    a. Heyward/ Arrieta for $65-67
    b. Heyward/Scherzer for $67-70
    C. Heyward/Harvey for $65
    d. Heyward/Kershaw for 77

    I currently have Heyward and Arrieta for my last spot. Both will be $27 to keep. My other keepers are:
    GOLDY (44)
    Pollock (23)
    Franco (2)
    Cole (17)

    The only big bats left are Cespedes, Braun, Freeman, Cargo, Schwarber, Bruce, Belt. One of Puig/Pence will be available as well.. I’m a little nervous about Arrieta’s health with all the innings he’s thrown, and his past history, but I think he’s a great price at $27 for our league. He’d normally go for the high 30s. Scherzer went for $40 last year.

    Pitchers NOT AVAILABLE: JoFer, Thor, Madbum, DeGrom, Stras, Corbin, CMART, Cueto, Liriano, Miller.

    I appreciate your thoughts.

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! That’s what I’ve been leaning towards.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  16. IndianalandMan says:
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    Man, I hope it’s OK to post this here.

    Owners Needed for Cool 2-League Concept

    Need a few more owners for two brand new leagues that will be complete redrafts each season AND will be linked (see below) through an owner promotion/demotion format.

    Leagues will draft online on ESPN. Dates expected to be March 20 (late afternoon / evening). One league possibly will draft April 3.

    I need 24 total owners. I have 19 awesome owners from other leagues I run who are ready to go so far.

    Two 12-team, 5×5 roto leagues (QS not Ws; Svs/Holds).

    24 total owners. 12-team Champions and 12-team Contenders. Play on ESPN. Initial owner placement based on: a) my experience playing against you (I have kept full records – nerd! – of owner finishes for past five seasons in my other leagues); b) owner availability for draft date/time.

    Each season, bottom 3 in Champions will be demoted to Contenders. Top 3 in Contenders will be promoted to Champions.

    32 players. 20 starters (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, IF, OF, OF, OF, OF, UT, 9 Ps)
    Below are the expected fees/allocations. The fees are not set in stone yet but this is what I used for recruitment so far.

    Champions: $70, $840 prize pool
    1st – $430, 2nd – $220, 3rd – $120, 4th – $70

    Contenders: $50, $600 prize pool
    1st – $300, 2nd – $150, 3rd – $100, 4th – $50

    Thanks. Any questions or interest, please comment or, even better, email me: [email protected].

  17. Prettay, Prettay, Pretaaay... Prettay good says:
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    Grey,

    In a 5×5 H2H 14 team league with keepers (C/1b/2b/SS/3B/3 OF/2 UT). I get to keep Harper and Donaldson.

    Still available on the board for the first pick of the draft are the following:

    Altuve
    McCutcheon
    Miggy
    Encarnacion
    Upton

    Is now the time to secure a 1B or should I wait on 1B and take Altuve/McCutcheon? A 1B pick would also mean my top three guys are pretty slow. Is this a bad strategy or does SAGNOF apply here?

    (Knowing my leagues drafting tendencies, by the time my next pick comes around we will be in the Brandon Belt tier of 1B)

    WWFMLD?

  18. JoeG414 says:
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    2nd Round Pick : Frazier or Abreu ? 6×6 mixed roto.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @JoeG414: who is your first pick? What is the sixth catergory?

      • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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        @DonSlaughtOnslaught: clearly Grey likes Abreu better than Frazier if that is your question.

  19. Fat Mack says:
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    Grey,

    Need help deciding on my 3rd/final keeper. 16 team, H2H, 6×6 league with OPS and walks as the extra categories. I’m already keeping Rizzo and Harper and can keep any of these guys for 2 more years:

    Lindor $1
    K Davis $1
    D Deshields $1
    Archer $10

    I’m leaning to Lindor b/c I already have an OF and SPs are deep. Thoughts?

    Also, I may be able to trade some of these guys for M Franco or C Seager. Do you think they are better keepers for the next 2 years?

    Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fat Mack: Lindor… Yes, Seager over Lindor

  20. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Forgot one:

    In a H2H redraft league counting OBP + OPS instead of AVG, what do you think of Desmond at SS if you can eat his bad OBP with elite OBP guys like Votto, Rizz, Bryant, etc. elsewhere?

    Seems like Desmond (or Semien) could be a big discount over shinier guys like Seager, who probably won’t give you stats that are very different…

  21. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    All of these players when combined define the word “Meh”. It’s like they formed a mediocre Voltron with the power to steal a base every 5th game.

    Finally watched Project Nim…favorite parts is when Nim recognized Bob after 10 years and signed the word play.

    Also watched Finding Vivian Maier. It was awesome. Loved it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Was Finding Vivian Maier the one about the Victorian housewife/mother of Jeffrey Maier, the Yankee kid who robbed the Orioles in the playoffs?

  22. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    …and her dealings with Tony Tarasco calling her phone, breathing heavily, and hanging up to this day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Which all started because she thought thought Tony Tarasco was Tony Phillips

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        Tony Phillips thought Vivian Maier was Aunt Viv from Fresh Prince.

        Seriously, check out Finding Vivian Maier if you need a doc to watch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I saw it the other day and queued it, I like all of those stuffy docs

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            I think Prophet’s Prey is next on my list.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s on my list somewhere too… Have you watched Man in the High castle?

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                No, you mentioned it last week, didn’t get to it yet. Did you finish it?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, it got better as it went along, ended on a high note

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    I’m sold, that will be after season 2 of Fargo.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, Fargo’s better… Better Call Saul is better too, if we’re throwing out good current shows

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      Yeah, I watch Better Call Saul too. And The Walking Dead.

                      Is it wrong of me to like New Girl?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I can’t get behind The New Girl, though Zooey briefly followed Razzball on Twitter when she was playing in a fantasy league, but then after the first SAGNOF or JFOH post, she stopped following us… Never seen the zombie show either

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      She probably just wanted more Tehol posts.

                      Girlfriend forced me to watch it at first, but it’s actually a funny show, she’s the worst character on it.

                      I also watch Forged in Fire….I have no good reason why, but I do.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t know Forged in Fire but it sounds like a show that would make me want to wear a lumberjack shirt and drive a pickup truck

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      They are bladesmiths making weapons from scratch in a “competition”. So yes, grow that beard and get those hands calloused.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t even know how to check my own oil, totally wrong guy

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And ‘guy’ is being vaguely used there

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      Oh I’m right there with you, that’s why I have no idea why I watch this show. There are literally zero reasons for me to like it.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I thought we were simpatico, glad to hear we still are… I did use to get a little manly and watch Top Shot

  23. TQ4M says:
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    Hi Grey!

    Quick trade question, which side do you prefer:

    Marte & Bogaerts vs Machado (with SS eligibility) & Revere

    My hitting: 12 team yahoo, head 2 head, 5×5:
    Castillo (C)
    Hundley (C)
    Goldschmidt (1B)
    Odor (2B)
    Frazier (3B)
    Bogaerts (SS)
    Pujols (CI)
    Schoop (MI)
    Marte (OF)
    Springer (OF)
    Belt (OF)
    K. Davis (OF)
    Grichuk (OF)
    L. Martin/A.Hicks (UTIL)

    Cheers for the advice as always!

    TQ4M

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

  24. OaktownSteve says:
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    Giancarlo Stanton being held back today, going to see doctor about lingering knee soreness.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh… Missed you in Zona!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        You know how much I woulda loved to have been there. You were rolling with the best though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Magoo was kinda awesome… Low key, smart guy, good people

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Love magoo. Great guy, great FBBer.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Was fun grilling him on players

            • Big Magoo

              Big Magoo says:
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              @Grey: @OaktownSteve: Aww… you guys are making me blush! It was a blast out there. Wish you could’ve been there, OTS.

              And by the way, I’m very close to being out on Stanton. I was having some reservations about him anyway, and the knee thing just hammers the risk home.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                He just didn’t want to ride on a bus!

  25. OaktownSteve says:
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    Jhonny Peralta has tear in thumb. 2-3 months.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

      • The great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Gyorko!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t get me started up!

          • The great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: 2016 April-June Sleeper Post

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The half year, I wanna poke my eyes out post

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: needs to trade in the H for a ligament. if this works (in that market though) his parents will have appeared to be lifesavers.

            • Grey

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              Ha

  26. Micah says:
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    Keepers are due tonight. 12 team dynasty league with 10 keepers each. Can anyone help me choose 2 from these 5? Yelich, Soler, Grichuk, David Peralta, and Ian Desmond. Current keepers are Goldy, Cano, Arenado, Cutch, Polanco, Frazier, Walker and Stroman.

    Thank You!!!!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Micah: Id throw back Cano and keep Yelich, Grichuk and Desmond

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich, Desmond

  27. ebudz says:
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    Yo Grey!

    Last year was my first year playing in a points league and thanks to malamoney’s points spreadsheets last year and your advice all year I was able to win it all! It took awhile but eventually my league realized how strong pitching was in this format and luckily I was able to dominate streaming most of the year and in playoffs. My commish has already said he’ll be implementing a weekly start limit of 12 which I don’t mind because now my opponents will have to be more strategic over which SPs they’re throwing out there every day and thanks to SON I know I’ll have an advantage!

    I am here to say thanks again and I’m looking forward to another year of your insight, advice and your entertaining write-ups!

    I already asked malamoney for his opinion but I also want to ask you for help: This league is also a Keeper league and basically we’ll select three players which will represent each team’s 1st three picks of our snake draft. Teams don’t have to set their keeps until an hour before the draft so I don’t know who exactly will left on the board at the time of the draft yet but I do know I’ll have last pick since I won the championship last year. Based on what I’ve said, how my year-end roster looks now, and the following settings, which three guys should I be keeping?

    10 Team H2H Points:
    Hitter Scoring: HIT (+1), RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 1B (+1), 2B (+1), 3B (+2), HR (+3), BB (+1) SB (+1)
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    (1) C: d’Arnaud
    (1) 1B: Rizzo
    (1) 2B: Pedroia
    (1) SS: Lindor
    (1) 3B: Donaldson
    (3) OF: Trout, Marte, JD Martinez
    (1) UT: Springer
    Bench: (n/a)

    (4) SP: Scherzer, Salazar, Syndergaard, McCullers
    (3) RP: Chapman, Kimbrel, K. Jansen
    Bench: (streamers)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Trout, Scherzer, Donaldson

  28. Gigorilla says:
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    Hi Grey–I have a 14 team mixed league with 16 categories, no keepers, 3 catchers, and I have ………….

    Just kiddin’–you need a medal (or charge by the minute) for all the guys asking for advice in how to draft their team. What ever happened to due diligence? You certainly have enough info here. Thanks again for that.

    The Chi town Cub/Sox games should be very good this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Thanks!

  29. the grate one says:
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    yo greyman,
    2 questions:
    1. would you keep altuve at round 5 or Pollock at round 12.
    2. trade Stanton (round 1) for betts round 2?

    thanks man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Pollock 2. Nah

      • the grate one says:
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        @Grey: ok thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. Branta says:
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    Here now, the final result of my 12 team keeper h2h Yahoo league. Categories: r/hr/rbi/sb/obp/slg x qs/k/hr/era/whip/nsvh

    C – Travis d’Arnaud (11th)
    1b – Prince Fielder (6th keeper)
    2b – Dee Gordon (5th keeper)
    3b – Nolan Arenado (8th keeper)
    ss – Francisco Lindor (19th keeper)
    of – Joc Pederson (16th keeper), Kris Bryant (13th keeper), Adam Eaton (3rd)
    UTIL – Albert Pujols (1st), Khris Davis (4th)

    SP – Matt Harvey (15th keeper), Jake Arrieta (2nd keeper), Taijuan Walker (7th), Masahiro Tanaka (8th), Patrick Corbin (17th),
    RP – Cody Allen (9th), Francisco Rodriguez (14th), Carson Smith (20th)

    Bench – Aaron Judge (24th keeper), Lucas Duda (10th), Delino Deshields (12th), Mark Trumbo (18th), Zack Wheeler (21st), Yoan Moncada (22nd)

    Thoughts? I have to put Wheeler on the IR to start the year, what should I target pitcher or hitting and what should I look for stats wise? Thanks! You guys are my #1 resource for advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, I don’t love Tanaka, and you have way too many bench bats, and not enough bench arms….

  31. Trump yall! says:
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    Since Jhonny Peralta is now a loser for 2-3 months, any idea JERKO is worth the pickup?? LOL
    I want to punch myself for even asking that

    Trump: “Hillary smells”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Unlikely in most leagues…

  32. Tom says:
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    Do you think the Cards try to get by with Gyorko and Diaz? Do they make a trade? Peralta out 2-3 months? That is a long time to get by with those two.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They prolly piece together a bunch of guys until Jhonny returns in July

  33. Euroalien says:
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    In a 12 team 5×5 partial keeper (max 8 keepers) I’ve been offered the following trades:

    Puig, Kemp & Freeman for Chris Davis and Salazar

    Chris Davis for Corey Seager

    Which side do you like in both…….. and which is the better deal?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis side… Davis side, 2nd deal is fair

  34. Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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    i’m guessing superfluous H will be adjusted in Rudy’s raters soon, but are all of these getting bumps, or only some of them? (NL only on Wednesday, and good god the NL closer’s are bad enough) gyorko, g.garcia, a.diaz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m sure they’ll be adjusted shortly

  35. G says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In my keeper Would you rather have Machado in the 6th round and control for next 4 years losing a round each year, or springer in the 8th round for next 5 years, losing a round each year. I have machado and would have a hard time giving him up but was wondering your thoughts. My other keepers are Arenado, correa, Chris Davis. Maxhado has SS/3b eligibility for me although those positions are covered by arenado and correa – but they can all occupy my utility position. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

  36. Matty says:
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    I just inherited a dynasty team in the midst of rebuilding.
    Who do you like best for cheap(ish) power out of my Utility slot over the next few years between Pujols, Khris Davis and Duda (wet tail!)? Do we think Pujols does the David Ortiz timeless maneuver?
    Thanks a bunch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  37. ChefBoyRG54 says:
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    i think Maybin getting hurt and Gose being Gross has opened up that window for Rickey Henderson to grab a quick 12-14 steals in the first month in a half of the season. Im hoping he is still available in round 25!

    Word up, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      At this point, Rickey’s a better outfielder than at least one outfielder on the Padres, Angels, White Sox, Mariners, Indians, okay, every team

      • ChefBoyRG54 says:
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        @Grey: completely draftable. Him and Bonds, who eventually gets pissed at the players and decides to be a player coach to school the youngsters!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally, Bonds and Henderson would be the best two guys right now on the Padres offense (and in top five of pitching)

  38. Polka

    Polka says:
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    At least you’re pimpin’ British Knights and no old tired Troops-
    Glad Maybin went down, saves all the Tiger fans the suspense of waiting on him to fold like a three legged table, which will of course happen again once he comes back!
    Weekend At Bernie’s stunt double (Mike Illitch) needs to blow some more coin at the trade deadline and make one final push for the World Series.
    And get another solid SP, would help considerably,
    later Joe Uranus!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joe Uranus!

  39. Don Majikowski says:
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    Have to keep 3, can keep 4 of this geriatric ward…Thoughts?? 14 team 10 cat.
    I have Bats, Kershaw, Cruz and Billy Ham as my 1st 4 keeps…

    Beltre
    Brantley
    Ellsbury
    Hanley
    Wainwright
    Rosenthal

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beltre
      Brantley
      Ellsbury
      Hanley

      • Don Majikowski says:
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        Who is last out of those 4, and would you keep him as an 8th keeper in a 14 team league, or throw him back with the hope of getting a better player with that pick?? 14 teams x 8 keepers, we are talking 98-112 overall value for that 8th [email protected]Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Don Majikowski: Beltre is last out, yes, I’d keep him in the 8th

  40. Reid says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I had messaged you earlier this offseason about keepers and I’ve decided on Donaldson, Correa, JD Martinez, and Todd Frazier.

    I’ve been offered Arrieta, because I lack pitching, for Donaldson. He’s offering Arrieta and either, Cargo/Rendon/Encarnacion/or Addison Russell. Obviously, I can only keep 4 players so I’m here asking for your advice. Is Donaldson for Arrieta fair? Or am I giving too much? Are any of those throw-in players worth keeping over Frazier/JD Martinez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get pitching in the draft, or in a cheaper trade

      • Reid says:
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        @Grey: Sounds great to me, thank you Grey! Can’t wait for this season and to read your daily blurbs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. BDubs says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Need help deciding on my 5 keepers. Standard 5×5 league, plus SLG, BB, IP, HLDs.

    So far, I’ve decided on 4 of the 5. They are:
    -Machado
    -Correa
    -Joey Bats
    -Frazier

    The others in contention for the final keeper spot are:
    -Cespedes
    -Nelson Cruz
    -Grienke
    -Kluber
    -Carrasco
    -Schwarber

    Given the additional stat categories, who should my 5th keeper be?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber

  42. Rocky Colavito says:
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    Keep Brian McCann in the 10th round, or Michael Pineda in the 22nd round?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda

  43. Stumanji says:
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    Happy Spring Training!

    Trying to choose my last keeper in a 10 tm H2H league. Already have 4 locks in Goldy ($23), Correa ($4), Rizzo ($6), and Harvey ($3). Should I keep Schwarber($4), Puig ($5), or pay up to guarantee I have Arenado ($34)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stumanji! Arenado

  44. The Lurve Guru says:
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    Ok Grey and everyone else, who are my final two keepers?

    14 team roto with QS instead of Wins for pitchers. $260 auction with $4 inflation per year, no limit on years. Keep 12 guys. Likely going with:

    C
    1b Rizzo $17
    2b Wong $9
    3b Frazier $9
    SS Xander $9
    OF Brantley $10
    OF Polanco $9
    OF Buxton $5
    Util

    SP Carrasco $13
    SP Salazar $9
    SP Taijuan $9
    SP
    RP
    RP
    p

    I should have lots of money for the auction but it’s a deep league with a lot of keepers for each team so the available player pool could be thin.

    Considering two of the following: Dickerson $9, Yordano $9, Khris Davis $5, AJ Ramos $5 (closers are at a premium since it’s a deep league)

    Ok, who are my last two?

    Thanks for your time!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis, Ramos

  45. Kiss the Bum says:
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    20 team redraft with a 6-man bench. Would you draft the catcher combo of vogt/phegley to get the left/right combo and the extra abs or is it better to free that phegley bench spot for an extra speculative closer or minor leaguer? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget Phegley

  46. Robert says:
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    I know AJ Pollock represents a fantasy Schmohawk to some degree, but given AZ is actually slotting him in the 2 hole currently behind Segura, are you projecting another 10-15 RBIs potentially, while not really having much affect on his runs? Doesn’t bump him terribly high from 31 to maybe high 20’s but it’s not like he’s a 1st/2nd rounder still

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He hit 2nd last year

  47. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey, I asked you this last week – but now I received a different trade offer.

    12-team H2H – 6×6 with OBP. 4 keepers – 2 hitters and 2 pitchers.

    I give up a 16th-Rd pick; he gives up Tulo and a 22nd-Rd pick. My hitter keepers right now would be Adam Jones and Freddie Freeman. I don’t really want Freeman again this year. What do you think? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Freeman to Tulo

  48. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    If your SSs are Tory Tulowitzki and a backup of Jung-ho Kang, do you drop one of the following two backup 1Bs for Ketel Marte?

    Carlos Santana
    Stephen Piscotty

    This come on top of my concern that Marte disappears now that Jhonny Peralta went down.

    Second question:

    You have Wil Myers one spot ahead of Stephen Piscotty in your 1B rankings. In a draft, if you want a 1B/OF and they are both there, you are really going with Myers first?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why are you dropping a 1B for a SS? I prefer Myers

  49. Swfcdan says:
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    WIth the news about Tolley, gotta be Keone over Strop now for backup saves hawks in a deeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What news?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: remember when Gareth pulled the boy who cried wolf with somebody? bad form. where is he anyway, could’ve choked on hair ball. he’s been gone a while now.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: here’s most recent news, and this doesn’t sound bad:

          “Shawn Tolleson (back) will play a light game of catch Sunday.
          Tolleson has been nursing lower back spasms for a few days. It figures to be a little while before he’s cleared for game action, but there’s still plenty of time to get in his work before Opening Day.”

          that was yesterday.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, sounds like nothing

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Grey: whichever player Garth (heheh) pulled this on (and i’m not saying SFW is doing this on purpose) like midseason last year (might’ve been E5) was really sick, as in cruel.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, it screwed me

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @Grey: oh i remember, it was mid day and he said something like player X (who i think was E5) just got hit in his hand, likely broken, this was like in early August maybe. i’m sure freaked out quite a few people for maybe 5-10 minutes.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah was something like that

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, once in a while people overestimate their hilarity in doing stuff like that

  50. OaktownSteve says:
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    Really like what you guys are doing with Scout. I signed up for a team. Hope lots of Razzers show up and take a shot at it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I pimped it in tomorrow’s post, I hope we’re in the same league!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s about time you and I get a shot at each other after all these years.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          This is like the end of Rocky 3

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Prediction “Pain?”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I will break you

  51. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    What’s goin on Grey

    12 team roto, keep 8 (with 4 yr max contracts, in rd drafted in) – which bounce backs would you recommend I could get at a discount (who would provide big value over the next 4 seasons in the same draft slot)? thinking Darvish, Stroman, Devon Travis, maybe Lucroy (I know you hate C’s but it’s 2 catcher)?

    and who do you like best for the next 4 yrs? Orlando Arcia, JP Crawford, Turner, Story, Tim Anderson

    Random but thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Darvish, Stroman…. Arcia

  52. crash davis says:
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    Side A: Gregory Polanco and Jerad Eickhoff
    Side B: Steven Matz and Brett Phillips

    12 team. Keep 15 year to year no penalties

    I’m leaning B because I think Phillips could be what Polanco is with less steals. Unless Polanco figures it out.

    • crash davis says:
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      @crash davis: and Phillips won’t count against my 15 as a prospect

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco side

  53. SteveNZ says:
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    Just signed up for my H2H league. Of course I did.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glutton for punishment, NZ!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: As Einstein (may have) said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Young Einstein said that?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: You’re a pistol!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bang bang!

  54. Left Hangs Lower says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Brand new 16-team dynasty league draft with QS.

    deGrom or Scherzer as your first SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      deGrom

      • Left Hangs Lower says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  55. ferris says:
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    6 x 6 (12 team) – OPS and Holds

    I’m new to Holds leagues and am wondering if you think an elite closer is more or less valuable in that setup. While saves are only 1 of 6 pitching categories (diminished value), all the setup men will be owned already dramatically decreasing the possibility of picking up waiver wire closers (increased value).

    We keep 8 forever. I am going to keep 6 elite hitters [rizzo, altuve, cabrera, abreu, marte, pollock], 1 SP [felix] and Wade Davis.

    Should I be happy with Wade Davis as my 8th keeper in a holds league? Alternatively, I could try and shop him for an additional SP but I am not sure it is worth the hassle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Less valuable if you have Holds… Davis is still solid

  56. Awesome Auger says:
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    Keep forever league… Sano or Franco? (Sano is DH only in this setup)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco

  57. endershadow says:
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    Should I send Sean Manaea for Wade Davis in a 12 team dynasty?

  58. Oliver says:
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    My fantasy War room says page doesnt exist, what am I doing wrong?

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