So the title is a bit of a superlative.  What was I gonna say, “The Mostly Kinda Good Fantasy Baseball Team?”  You’ll get over your scoffing, I have faith in you.  This is the best 2016 fantasy baseball team that I can put together when drafting from my top 100 for 2016 fantasy baseball and top 500 for 2016 fantasy baseball.  Honestly, I could draft another 25 teams from those lists, and they’d all be different, but equally terrific… Well, one of the twenty-five would only be sorta terrific, but it would be really hard to tell which one that is.  If I took Carlos Correa in the 1st round, everything after would change.  If I took Arenado in the 1st round, everything after would change.  I’ve previously gone over my 2016 fantasy baseball draft prep for the first few rounds and pitchers pairings.  For this exercise, I’m taking Mike Trout first, because, well, I have him first overall.  Until pick 100, I’m taking one guy somewhere in every fifteen picks.  It would be nice if I was in a league where someone drafted Arrieta and Kershaw in the first two rounds and I was able to take Anthony Rizzo in the 2nd round (which is possible), but since Trout and him are in my first 10 picks, according to the rules I’ve set up for myself, I can’t take them both.  Then, as we all know, once you get into the 100s, there’s wide gaps between ADP and where players are actually taken.  People tend to look at team need over value.  So for this exercise, once I get to pick #101, I’m going to pick two players every twenty picks.  Finally, because there is so much latitude in the last 300, I gave myself free reign to fill up my team.  Throughout the draft, I also gave myself the ability to reach to a lower draft pick, but not reach forward.  Or reach around, if you’re feeling frisky.  It should still be my ideal team… Or not.  Let’s see, shall we?  Bee tee dubya, this team is 5×5, one catcher, 5 OFs, MI, CI, 1 UT, 9 P, 3 bench, just like the Razzball Commenter Leagues (Go sign up or start a league).  Anyway, here’s the best 2016 fantasy baseball team:

C:  Travis d’Arnaud (227)
1B: Miguel Cabrera (17)
2B: Rougned Odor (61)
SS: Jonathan Villar (306)
3B: Evan Longoria (83)
MI: Ketel Marte (184)
CI: Mark Trumbo (149)
OF: Mike Trout (1)
OF: Gregory Polanco (32)
OF: Delino DeShields (103)
OF: Stephen Piscotty (148)
OF: Michael Conforto (182)
UTIL: Adam Duvall (288)

P:  Gerrit Cole (46)
P: Michael Pineda (115)
P: Mark Melancon (122)
P: Lance McCullers (131)
P: Jonathan Papelbon (161)
P: Drew Smyly (169)
P: Jason Hammel (201)
P: Brad Ziegler (215)
P: Vincent Velasquez (265)
Bench: Jumbo Diaz (261)
Bench: Jeremy Jeffress (273)
Bench: Darren O’Day (295)

SO, THIS TEAM IS BETTER THAN BEYONCE MAKING THE MOVES ON YOU WHILE SAYING, “DON’T WORRY, HOVA DOESN’T NEED TO KNOW,” BUT IS THERE ANY CHANCE YOU CAN DRAFT THIS EXACT TEAM?

No.  No.  Sorry, I don’t mean to be short with you.  Let me say that again:  Noooooooooooo.  As I said in the opening, this is an exercise to give you an idea of a team I wouldn’t kick out of bed.  With this exercise, I don’t look at ADP, so it’s nice that I want Miggy at 17th overall or Conforto at 182nd overall, but if Miggy gets drafted 10th overall on average and Conforto goes around 150th overall, then I have no chance for either of them.  I tried to be as fair as possible with my rankings vs. ADP, so most of these guys could and should be available.  For every Miggy that might not be available, Polanco or DeShields or Trumbo or Duvall or Ketel or Longoria could be drafted way after I have them ranked.  What this team should show in broad strokes — Did you get aroused when you read broad strokes?  Gross! — this team shows how I build a team.  Names change, but early on I’m looking at the corner spots, then I focus on outfield, while sprinkling in a pitcher here and there.  I completely wait on relievers, taking one around 115-130 overall, then another between 150-200, then whenever I can after the top 200.  I try to fill Utility with an upside bat in the very late rounds, knowing that I could drop him before the season even starts.  Finally, I just grab a middle reliever or potential closer with the final picks, knowing I can drop them too.  If you think you’re holding the last pick all year, you are milkshaken.  Stupid, delicious typos!

“PARDON ME, FANTASY MASTER LOTHARIO, BUT DID YOU FORGET TO DRAFT A SHORTSTOP?

Honestly, truthfully, not-lyingly, I’ll likely drop one of my middle infidels by the 2nd week of April, if not all of them.  Middle infielders are very fluid.  Dropping a middle infielder in the first few weeks after a draft goes hand-in-hand like TP and poops.  Just the nature of the beast.  Would I love to strike it rich on an MI?  Sure, why the effhole not?  Last year, I drafted Devon Travis late in a few leagues and that looked like butter with the ER until he was taken to the ER.  When I dropped Travis, there were plenty of options to still pick up.  There always are.  So, I’m taking Villar here, because A) Cheap speed gives me SAGNOF and B) I punted shortstop and C) No C.  Notice, I didn’t punt 2nd base.  That’s usually my MO.  Take a 2nd baseman or shortstop in the top 125 picks.  If I had punted 2nd, then I would’ve drafted a shortstop in the top 100 (Lindor, for unstints).

“GREY, YOUR MUSTACHE IS YOGA PANTS ON THAT HOT MOM PICKING UP MY FRIEND FROM DETENTION, BUT WHAT GIVES WITH THE BENCH? NO BENCH BATS?”

First off, welcome to the site.  Get comfortable.  That doesn’t mean put your feet on the furniture.  What’s wrong with you?  Why I’m saying welcome is I’ve been saying for years I don’t draft bench bats.  If you didn’t know that, you’re new.  It’s okay.  We were all new once.  Shoot, I love that new person smell.  Don’t draft bench bats in 12 team and shallower leagues.  They’re useless.  You’re not going to hold them for longer than a few days after your draft.  Now, if you draft a few middle relievers with your last few picks, maybe — just maybe — you’ll luck into a closer getting injured before the preseason.  And, if that doesn’t work out, then you can drop the middle relievers without any hesitance.  It’s more of a hindrance to have someone like, say, Gerardo Parra on your bench because then this happens, “Oh, it looks like Giles might be hurt, who should I grab?  Hmm…Actually, who should I drop?  Should I drop Parra?  He might hit leadoff if Blackmon is traded and Blackmon in Colorado has never worked because Blackmon can’t ski and– Oh, it’s too late anyway, someone else grabbed Gregerson.”  And then Gregerson goes on to save 42 games and win the Rollie Rolaids award.  Oh, and in deeper leagues, bench bats are okay (within reason).

GREY, YOU MEAT PUPPET YOU, AREN’T YOU LIGHT ON POWER?

Rudy and I were talking about this the other day.  Much has been made about steals being down, but power still dries up quicker than an open bar at an Irish wedding.  Number of guys that have power after the 200th pick?  You can count them on one hand if you’re Three-Finger Brown:  Jay Bruce, Chris Carter and Colby Rasmus.  There’s 14 guys that can steal 20 bases in that same general area.  So, whether I wanted it or not, Trumbo, Conforto and Longoria are being relied on for some serious power.  Yes, that Longoria.  I will now go stick my head in the oven and read from The Bell Jar.  Oh, and Tom Hagen’s son, Adam Duvall, was also an attempt by me to get very cheap power, but like mentioned earlier, that is a total flyer.

CAN I TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR TEAM AND SEND IT TO MYSELF OVER ELECTRONIC MAIL AND PUT A RED FLAG ON THE EMAIL INDICATING IMPORTANT?

Yes, be my guest.  The only thing is you don’t want to get too caught up in trying to replicate my draft because if someone else takes a guy you want, you’re gonna start scrambling and then sweating and then sharting your Underoos.  Just build the best team you can and use my example as a guide.  For s’s and g’s, go to my top 500 and put your best fantasy baseball team into the comments below.

 
  1. Giancarlo O says:
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    Excellent article per usual, your fantasy insight is the bees knees, what that means I don’t know.
    I’m looking forward to another season(9 months) of reading Razzball.

    What are your thoughts on the sophomore slump for hitters? I don’t wanna jinx your favorite 2nd year schmoes, but I worry about Correa and Bryant and such. I feel like pitchers don’t suffer from it like hitters do.

    On the flipside, I agree with you on Polanco (I think it’s year 3 for him?), I also implore you to give Abreu another shot, especially for the value in round 2/3. Last year reeks of 2nd year comedown to me, I feel 40+ dingers and .310 coming on from him this year. Your precious Springer is entering year 3 as well, although his numbers were actually up year 2.

    Is this a thing or am I just going nuts?
    I’ll hang up and listen, keep the articles coming it’s a long way to opener.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giancarlo O: Thanks! No such thing as a sophomore slump, only concerned with their numbers

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Giancarlo O: springer was hurt year one and he may have been hurt earlier, it would explain his complete lack of steals year 1.

  2. Goldirocks says:
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    Nice mental exercise in the many different ways to skin a cat!
    Tried it… May have messed up here or there on the rules? But here is mine:

    C – W Castillo 227
    1B – Goldy 3
    2B – R Odor 61
    3B – M Sano 77
    mI – J Kipnis 148
    SS – k Marte 185
    CI – L Duda 153
    OF – AJ Pollock 31
    OF- G Springer 20
    OF- k Davis 102
    OF – A Eaton 124
    OF- M Conforto 183
    Util- ss B Crawford 280

    SP – C Carrasco 57
    Sp – S Matz 97
    SP L McCullers 131
    RP C Allen 119
    SP S Gray 165
    SP L Severino 169
    RP B Ziegler 216
    SP J Hammel 202
    RP B Boxberger 240
    Bench – C Capps246
    Bench – A Vizcaino 247
    Bench Will Smith 287

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Goldirocks: Your team looks better than mine! Seriously, solid team, don’t like Gray, but otherwise looks good

      • Goldirocks says:
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        @Grey:
        Cheers.
        I enjoyed the article and think you did a very good job in showing the different routes one could take in a snake draft. In this exercise, we were only limited by the strict criteria you implemented, which were also based on your rankings. In real life, your rankings offer many more opportunities to snipe upside guys much later, when compared to ADP…
        Thanks for your daily articles!

        • Grey

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          Yeah, exactly…Thanks!

  3. Jerry McLaughlin says:
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    Grey, one keeper: Miggy, Correa, Bryant, or Arenado in standard 5×5 14 team?

  4. Dirty Johnson says:
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    I have the 11th pick n a 12 team 3 OF league. I have Arenado and Abreu coming back as my 3rd and 8th round picks. The first few rounds are all tore up by keepers; Marte, Edwin, and maybe Betts will be there for me at 11. Would you recommend I take Betts and Marte for a balanced approach or should I double down on power with E5 and maybe Bautista and SAGNOF later in the draft?

    Also am I crazy for thinking that with Abreu and Nado I should just draft OF and SP with the rest of my top 10 picks?

    Thanks, love ya.

  5. David says:
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    12 team roto, keeper league, 6×6 with OBP replacing AVG and SLG being the 6th category. Last keeper, Pollack or Polanco? Thanks

  6. RicoSuave says:
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    Nice work Grey!

    I’m in a 14 team H2H points league and I’m 14 in my draft (snake draft). In this particular league
    SP’s get drafted pretty quickly ( W + QS ) and if you don’t jump in the SP train you might run out of decent options quite early…
    What do you think my strategy should be since I’m drafting in position 14?
    Thanks, and looking forward to follow your advice for the 2016 season!

    • RicoSuave says:
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      @RicoSuave: I need to draft C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF, 1 Util, 5 SP (W+QS), 3 RP ( Save/Hold) and 5 Bench spots

    • Grey

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      @RicoSuave: You need to draft a top SP or two earlier in a QS league

  7. Yescheese says:
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    Jumbo Diaz and Adam Duvall. Yeah!

    • 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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      @Yescheese: But no Raising of the Church Roof?

  8. Scooter G says:
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    How would you utilize your bench in a 10 team 5×5 h2h that only allows weekly roster changes? Still grabbing RP hoping for a closer?

    • Stanton OG says:
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      @Scooter G: I’d say in a weekly league, bench bats are even less useful because you can’t optimize daily for max AB’s like you might in a daily league.

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Scooter G: Shallow h2h you’d want to load up on SP for your bench

  9. Ray says:
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    Last NL Only two keepers. Already keeping Arenado, Seager and Arrieta.

    Strasburg ($42)
    Lester ($32)
    Pence ($5)
    Piscotty ($5)
    Corbin ($5)

    • Zeus says:
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      @Ray: pence and Piscotty. Though Corbin will also likely go for more than $5 too. I’d rather go offense but in an NL only Corbin is pretty valuable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray: Pence, Piscotty

  10. Fred says:
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    I thought we’d be seeing War Room excel version this week … Do you have a release date established for that? Easily the best tool for drafts I’ve ever seen …

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fred: It’s coming 11 AM PST today

  11. Pete says:
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    I may be taking crazy pills but isn’t Odor only a 2B? I see he is in the SS spot on your list and you later say you punted 2B even though you have Odor. I may have missed something so feel free to slap me out of it. Thanks for all your work, I’m so pumped for the new season.

    • Pete says:
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      @Pete: I see it is fixed now…or I really am crazy. I see you swapped out Scooter for Villar, who I think could be sneaky good if he could just get the at bats. I definitely think punting 2B will work for me since yahoo has guys like Schoop, Lawrie, Castro, and Russell all ranked out of the top 200. Now if only I could decide between Bogaerts and Seager as my last keeper…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Pete: Yeah, I’m a moron, fixed it due to your comment, thanks!

  12. Gary W says:
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    I really think you’re leaving huge value on the table with the Polanco pick. I mean, would you rather have Polanco and Longoria, or the best 3rd baseman you could get with #32 with an 70-80% shot at Polanco at #83? The worst-case scenario is you have that 3B plus BPA at #83, which isn’t going to be exponentially worse than Polanco + Longoria, while you leave huge upside value on the table by drafting Polanco rounds earlier than others would.

    I bow to your analysis as player valuation goes, but you’re losing a game theory fight here.

    • Gary W says:
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      @Gary W:

      One amendment; the third base scenario is just one of many. There are so many other ways you can close that value gap too.

      • Pager24 says:
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        @Gary W:
        did you even read the post? he states he didn’t use ADP, and that more than likely players he ranks higher will be there in a later round. He was just giving an example of how he would approach the draft

        • Gary W says:
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          @Pager24:

          Sure I read it, and my point is that his approach is wrong. He should be trying to maximize value and taking Polanco where he is fails to do so. I understand its an exercise, but the exercise doesn’t work when you sacrifice strategy just to stick to a self-imposed guideline.

          I learn a lot from Grey’s work, but I feel like I’d have learned a lot more from this article if it took a better tactical approach, that’s all. Calling this “Best 2016 Fantasy Baseball Team” when there are clear leaks that are keeping it from being just that has to open the exercise to criticism.

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @Pager24: please show where he states this…. in fact he said he takes more leway with it after both 100 and much more later post 300. i actually use a pager for free sports updates and mine came with reading skills too.

    • Grey

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      @Gary W: I’m going by my rankings in this exercise, if you can get Polanco 3 rounds later, then you can take a Kyle Seager in the 4th and Polanco in the 7th

  13. Tsim says:
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    1. Carlos Correa (Hou – SS)
    2. Starling Marte (Pit – OF)
    3. Chris Davis (Bal – 1B,OF)
    4. Miguel Sano (Min – 3B)
    5. Corey Seager (LAD – SS)
    6. Danny Salazar (Cle – SP)
    7. Kenley Jansen (LAD – RP)
    8. Anthony Rendón (Was – 2B,3B)
    9. Joc Pederson (LAD – OF)
    10. Carlos Rodon (CWS – SP)
    11. Jorge Soler (ChC – OF)
    12. Héctor Rondón (ChC – RP)
    13. Devin Mesoraco (Cin – C)
    14. Delino DeShields (Tex – OF)
    15. Luis Severino (NYY – SP)
    16. Byron Buxton (Min – OF)
    17. Darren O’Day (Bal – RP)
    18. James Paxton (Sea – SP)
    19. Hunter Strickland (SF – RP)
    20. Rick Porcello (Bos – SP)
    21. Carter Capps (Mia – RP)
    22. Blake Snell (TB – SP)
    23. Lucas Giolito (Was – SP)

    • Tsim says:
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      @Tsim: 12 team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tsim: I like your avatar better than the way you displayed your team… Looks fine, I think, don’t love Porcello, Rendon, Sano and Jansen

  14. Lipson says:
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    Hey Grey, when can we expect to see the Top 100 Keepers and Top 50 Prospects lists?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lipson: Question for JFOH, I’d hope next week

  15. 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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    Let’s give this a try, Yahoo style.

    C: Mesoraco (229)
    1B: Pujols (34)
    2B: Matt Duffy (134)
    SS: Machado (5)
    3B: Longoria (83)
    MI: Gennett (217)
    CI: Trumbo (150)
    OF: Springer (20)
    OF: Belt (64)
    OF: DeShields (103)
    OF: Gardner (173)
    OF: Bruce (220)
    UTIL: Zimmerman (249)

    P: Strasburg (49)
    P: Matz (97)
    P: Rosenthal (123)
    P: Odorizzi (129)
    P: Rondon (161)
    P: Severino (169)
    P: Quintana (192)
    P: Ramos (199)
    P: Rich Hill (271)
    Bench: Andrew Miller (244)
    Bench: O’Day (296)
    Bench: Gregerson (302)

    Looking at that OF scares me. Glad to see this is a family fun brainstorming session.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @‘Saul Gooood, Man: Your OF doesn’t scare me, you are light on power though… I think the pitching is excellent

      • 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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        @Grey: I was trying to follow the guidelines as closely as possible for this, luckily in my hometown draft, it’ll be easier to get some of the guys loved here. After 10 years, it still never amazes me some strategies that are used in the league.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, totally

  16. Anti-E says:
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    My first NFBC league (slow draft), I’m at #3 and got Harper. On the way back in round 2, the pitching run started, with Scherzer, Arrieta, and Sale taken.

    For #28 and #33, Here’s the available list: Posey, EE, Blackmon, JDMartinez, Votto, C. Davis, Price, DeGrom, Greinke, Fernandez, Strasburg.

    There’s no way any of those guys make it back to me in Rounds 4/5, so do I need to grab a pitcher? and how would you rank the first few hitters for #28?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Anti-E: 15 teamer? You can wait for at least your 3rd pick to grab a pitcher. Use Grey’s rankings for the next hitter?

      • Anti-E says:
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        @Cram It: I’m curious if the NFBC/15 aspect plays a role in position scarcity regarding Posey, or roster construction in not drafting an OF again (JD Mart is the top of Grey’s rankings) if the players are close in value

        • Cram It says:
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          @Anti-E: There are a lot of 15 team league articles/draft results on here. Search the archives for Rudy’s NFBC. But position scarcity shouldn’t be an issue. You want the best player in the top rounds.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Anti-E: Pitching is a little more important in a 15 teamer but considering who is off the board you might as well wait til the 3rd to grab your first arm. Get the bat pairing first. I’d take Davis or Abreau if they get to you, A corner and your outfielder in the first two is nice. I don’t mind Davis paired with harper because that will allow you more flexibility to get a speed only guy later like Burns or deshields.

    • Anti-E says:
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      @Anti-E:

      using LABR mixed as a rough guide, Archer, Cueto, Felix, Salazar look like the top pitchers who probably make it back to my 4/5, while the OF tier around Cruz, Heyward, Braun do not make it back to me

    • Jax says:
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      @Anti-E: Reference Grey’s post a day or two ago where he lays out his strategy for each slotted pick. I believe at 3, he did Goldy, but you can take his approach for the #2 pick, where he had Harper. Off the top of my head, you should probably take a 1B with your #28 pick. If E5, Votto, and Davis go before your #33 pick, you’ll be swimming up doo doo stream at 1B and will have to rely on someone like Hosmer or Belt for power.

      Is it 1B and CI or just 1B? If you have to fill a CI, I would contemplate taking two of those three 1B . You can get pitching later…just my opinion

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anti-E: I’d take a hitter and a pitcher… JD’s great value there, and I’d go by my SP ranks

  17. ChefBoyRG54 says:
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    if you’re going to punt 2nd base, you should make sure you kick the padded side…

    Hi Grey!

  18. Scott says:
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    Hi Grey–great work as always. Was hoping you could advise on below:

    14 team dynasty league, 5×5, full minors system where players can remain in your system and not on roster until 340 ABs or 100 IP.

    I was offered Joc Pederson for Alex Reyes.

    I don’t necessarily overweight 1 year results, looking at more 5 year horizon etc. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Joc side

  19. Your mom says:
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    Hey. 20 team keep 8 league. I’m already keeping j.up arrieta stras c.gomez chapman marte. Please pick 2 more that I should keep:
    Beltre
    B. Crawford
    Soler
    K. Davis
    Melancon
    K. Morales
    Teix
    Liriano
    OdorizZi
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Your mom: Beltre, Soler, assuming 5 OF league

  20. sliimbo says:
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    hey buddy

    which side in a keep forever dyno (keep forever)

    Bogaerts/Yelich/Jp Crawford
    or
    Sano/Giolito

  21. Jonathan Ra says:
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    Hello!!!! BASEBALL IS BACK!!!

    I am in a 10 team keeper, we keep 20. I have selected all my keepers and completed our waiver draft.
    This is the team I have assembled so far,

    LOOKING FOR IDEAS ON ANY CHANGES, TRADE IDEAS ETC

    C: D’arnaud
    1B: Abreu
    2B: Wong
    3B: Seager
    SS: Seager
    OF: Betts, Cain, Gomez
    UTIL: Springer
    UTIL: Fielder
    BENCH: Buxton, Polanco, Beltre

    SP: Jose Fernandez, Cole, Zimmerman, Liriano, Carlos Martinez, Smyly, Maeda, Walker, Snell
    RP: Rondon, Papelbon, K-Rod

    • Grey

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      @Jonathan Ra: You look light on power, solid on pitching except for the couple of SPs you drafted that I don’t like per my rankings

      • Jonathan Ra says:
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        @Grey: Anyone in the power DEPT you can suggest that I can get cheap?

        • Grey

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          I’d hold for now

  22. Mel

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    Thinking of going with Jenrry Joe Jacksons — as you probably guessed it, I’m a Mets fan

  23. Jax says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Did an auction. 10 team. Points league (Steals are weighted a bit heavier, being at 2pts. 1B=1pt, 2B=2pts, 3B=3pts, HR=4pts, BB=0.5pts, K= -0.25pts; Wins=10pts, Loss= -5pts, SV= 5pts, Ks=1pt, etc)

    C – McCann ($3)
    1B – Abreu ($37)
    2B – Schoop ($1)
    SS – Correa ($35)
    3B – Bryant ($28)
    OF – Stanton ($43)
    OF – McCutchen ($37, must’ve pocket bid on him, since i started draft on phone, but never meant to)
    OF – Marte ($37)
    U – Hamilton ($3)

    SP (x5) – McCullers ($6), Rodon ($9), T Walker ($3), Pineda ($3), Severino ($5)
    RP (x2) – Jansen ($13), Casilla ($4)

    Bench – DeShields ($1), S Perez ($2, will drop him or McCann shortly), A Miller ($2), Glasnow ($1), Giolito ($1)

    I was pretty pissed that I ended up getting McCutchen somehow, b/c if that didn’t happen, I could’ve gotten Syndegaard. Oh well.

    Where do you see that i need the most help? Pitching? It’s weekly and not daily, which doesn’t play well to my team, since i can’t stream. Although, I’ve left options open to make moves with Perez, Glasnow, and Giolito

    Thanks, and as always, great work!

    Jax

  24. Cuban Missile says:
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    Would you keep Dickerson or Deshields? Other hitter keepers are Edwin, Cruz and Sano.
    From round 8-15 I only pick in 11,15 so kind of scared I wont get any of the good speed guys…

      • Cuban Missile says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  25. These Damn Nepalese Coins says:
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    I have to cut a player from my prospect roster before the draft, who would you drop? Liriano seemed like the guy, but I’ve had him so long that I’ve grown attached, and he looks in line for playing time.
    Nomar Mazara
    Brett Phillips
    Aaron Blair
    Aaron Judge
    Amed Rosario
    Hunter Renfroe
    Hector Olivera
    Rymer Liriano

    thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rymer

  26. J-FOH says:
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    Villar is as your everyday? You might need to platoony tunes that guy. He’ll be dropped after the third game and the roster baton will begin. Why did my phone auto correct rosterbation. It shoukd know that word by now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar’s the everyday SS right now, but I agree and said in my post I’ll likely drop him

  27. mrbaseball says:
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    Hey Gray or J-FOH – In a 16 team keeper draft what round would you say DeShields Jr should be drafted in – These are the setting of the league – yes we count triples

    Runs (R), Doubles (2B), Triples (3B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)

    If I can the answers from both or you – it would be cool – Also I like to point out he can be filled in at Left Field which is a weak outfield position for drafting in a 16 team league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      7th-ish

    • J-FOH says:
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      @mrbaseball: 7th feels about right, but on your end you need to be reading the draft runs so if you see Burns and Revere go then you need to be proactive and not get caught with your pants down.

  28. Robby Rob says:
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    What up! Thanks so much for all of the content you guys have provided, shit’s amazing, uh think i found my fantasy team name for the 1st week. I’m just going to be annoying and change the name every week.

    Anyways, the link to the downloadable excel version of the 2016 War Room seems to be down.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not being posted until 11 AM PST today, so Downloadable Excel version isn’t up yet

  29. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    I’d take that team any day!

    In a keeper league, received an offer of my Archer ($8) for his Brantley ($6), Addison Russell ($4), and one of Rodon ($3) or McCullers ($7). I like the cheap young prospects and Brantley at that price.

    1. Take it or hold?
    2. If hold, would you take it if they agreed to take Strasburg ($16) instead of Archer?
    3. Either way, Rodon over McCullers I assume?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me, take Rodon

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. RY says:
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    Whats up Grey, Need some advise. I am in 16 team dynasty, keep 6 forever. I usually go hitting heavy with my keeps but I am a little worried this year about not having a ace. My 6 are Correa, Bryant, Polanco, Franco, Freeman and Yelich. I do have my 1st and 2nd round picks but the SP1 will be kept. Should I roll with this or try to deal one for a SP prior to the draft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you can get for Freeman or Yelich, but I could see going with that into the draft

      • RY says:
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        @Grey: I could maaaybe get Carrasco for one. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Try it

  31. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, nice writing, thanks.

    Should I trade my Arenedo for Kershaw if I have Machado already?
    Especially I have Cole and Cueto starters only. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks, but even if I have Machado, still nope to trade Arenedo for best pitcher at the plate?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilson: You don’t need Kershaw if you have Cole, trade Arenado or Machado for a hitter you need

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey:
            Thank you for your quick reply.
            I’m in a all keepers league so the team with Kershaw also has many good starters (Arrieta, Kluber, Fernandez, etc..). I lose last year because my pitching scores are not good enough. That’s why I really want more good starters…

            Do you think it workable if I have only two starters (Cole & Cueto) and stream starters in waivers and win him (in pitching scores)?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes

              • Wilson says:
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                @Grey: really need your help on this . His starters are too good to be true..

                I will keep asking questions here.thanks.

  32. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Strictly bench bats, pick 2:

    LaRoche
    Jennings
    Melky
    Freese
    A. Jackson

    thanks and have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jennings, Melky

  33. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    Yo yo Grey! Thanks for all the rankings and draft guides so far. I still have over a month to prep and continue absorbing the knowledge you’re dropping. Got a 14-team 6X6 (OPS, QS and K/BB instead of Wins and Losses). Keepers are not bound by any salary or draft round regulations. It’s keep which ever 2 players you want.

    This year I am keeping Manny and Mookie. With Manny having SS eligiblity in yahoo, going into the draft should I consider him a wild card, or mentally pencil him in as my 3B or SS? Obviously will be ready to flow like water during the draft. Just curious as to how you’d categorize Manny if he was your keeper.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @HolyGhostClaw: As a SS, that is the worst position this year and you can build a stronger corner infield. Considering that Manny and Mookie will be your keepers next year too I would take a win now approach with your picks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, he’d be a wild card

  34. Kyle says:
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    Scored on last year’s draft grabbing Donaldson, Arenando, Arrieta, and Correa to go with my two keepers Trout and Kershaw from the year before.

    10 Team League, Keep 2, 7 Starts per week.
    Assuming I keep Trout, whose my second Keeper?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kyle: how many years do you keep them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  35. joe says:
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    News just broke on local radio that Gerrit Cole is injured and being evaluated. They are reporting he is having rib and side discomfort from his offseason throwing program. No other news.

    It is really really early with Ps and Cs just reporting, but its worth keeping an eye on to see how this develops. Hopefully it is nothing. But this is how Cutch’s knee story kind of began and most around these parts feel like the knee hampered Cutch all year.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @joe: the power was about right where it should of been last year, the doubles and triples were right in line where they should of been as well. I think that when he got the power is what creates those perceptions. He’s a low 20’s mid teens steals player who will be 30 this year. We can blame the knee for less steals but he attempted 21 in 2014 and 16 last year. Speed is always the first thing to go unless we are talking about a Juan Pierre Rajai Davis type and those guys don’t come along too often

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah hopefully it’s nothing

  36. JoeG414 says:
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    Who do we like better : Grichuk or Conforto ? Or are they pretty close. 6×6 mixed roto. Thanks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @JoeG414: I prefer Grichuk because conforto will most likely be platooning with Lagares when the Mets face lefties and grichuk should be an everyday player

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @J-FOH:
        Thanks

        • J-FOH says:
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          @JoeG414: no prob

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See my rankings

  37. CMUTimmah says:
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    I feel like this is only the best lineup when it’s Grey vs 11 Greys :).

    Every league will have teams that are in better position 2B SS and 3B with as strong of a supporting cast. But I understand based on your rules this is where it’s at.

    Any Points leagues or Head to Head Razzball leagues? Just looking to try some different formats this season.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @CMUTimmah: nah, we only support roto, we have the new elite leagues which JB wrote up on the other day, if you want into one of those you need to go into his post and comment you want in. Maybe our points guy will start a points league with commenters, you should hit him up. We did that with dynasty last year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Some form in the comments, none sanctioned by Razzball

  38. Mike says:
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    Grey! Thanks for yet another great article.
    I wanted to ask your thoughts about leagues that use FAAB, I’ve been invited to one for the first time and are hesitant to join. Thoughts? Comments? Advice? I don’t think I’ve seen an article where you talk about this.

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mike: FAAB are the best IMO, they take out the time element component and force the player to put a value on adding a player vs being the first man to the wire. I suggest doing it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over FAAB, nothing changes preseason unless you can’t stream then you need better pitchers

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: thanks guys! Any other tips for midseason management would be great!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All in good time my man all in good time

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Mike: whatever you do make sure they have zero $0 dollar bids, if not then stay away

          • Mike says:
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            @J-FOH: Will do! Thanks!

  39. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey again,

    Would you take either of these keeper league trades? (these guys can’t seem to settle on what they want!):

    A. My Frazier ($16) for their Rodon ($3), Corbin ($8), and one of Buxton ($4) or Brantley ($6).

    B. My Hosmer ($14) for Rodon ($3), straight up.

    Thanks! Already enjoying playing around with the War Room.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Gracias!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  40. RY says:
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    Hey there again. Michael Conforto or Trea Turner in 2016 dynasty. Who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conforto

      • RY says:
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        @Grey: Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. Scott says:
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    Hey Grey–sorry for follow-up. I had asked question earlier for a 14 team dynasty league, Joc Pederson or Alex Reyes and you said Pederson.

    I have an alternate offer that the manager also offer:

    – Yordana Ventura and Joc Pederson for Julio Urias and a top 100 propsect (in form of prospect draft pick).

    So should I do deal A (trade Reyes straight up for Pederson) or B (trade Urias/PTBNL for Pederson and Ventura)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pederson/Yordano side

  42. ScreechOwl says:
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    Well, I’ve got my spreadsheet magic turned up and ready to kick this exercise into gear!

    Unless I messed up a calculation somewhere, your team is projected for:

    994 R, 243 HR, 898 RBI, 175 SB, .272 AVG
    1386 IP, 91 W, 123 SV, 3.18 ERA, 1.132 WHIP, 1367 K

    Not bad, obviously.

    It’s time to play around to see if I can get a team with better projected stats while following the same drafting rules. (My spreadsheet automatically tells me this! I have it set up to count how many players I have ranked higher than a certain number, and if it’s too high, it alerts me.)

    Playing around a bit, though, I managed this:

    c- Travis D’Arnaud
    1b- Byung-ho Park
    2b- Anthony Rendon
    3b- Maikel Franco
    ss- Jung-ho Kang
    of- Giancarlo Standon
    of- Justin Upton
    of- Ryan Braun
    of- Nelson Cruz
    of- Delino DeShields
    util- Mitch Moreland

    sp- Yu Darvish, Raisel Iglesias, Lance McCullers, Drew Smyly, Joe Ross, Jake Peavy
    rp- Mark Melancon, Hector Rondon, Roberto Osuna, Sean Doolittle, Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances

    This team is projected for:

    1033 R, 299 HR, 1041 RBI, 114 SB, .268 AVG
    1297 IP, 87 W, 141 SV, 3.16 ERA, 1.128 WHIP, 1338 K

    That’s better in 3 out of 5 offensive categories and 3 out of 5 pitching categories, and I’m sure there’s room for further optimization. Swapping out Stanton, Rendon, Upton, and Moreland for Trout, Trumbo, Dee Gordon, and Kolten Wong leads to a team that leads in all five offensive categories without breaking any rules. I haven’t really tried optimzing pitchers yet.

    I’m cheating, though. I have a row of my current aggregate stats next to the original team’s aggregate stats, so I can look and see how many more stolen bases, for example, I need to catch the original total, while I can also see how many home runs I can sacrifice to get to that. In the real world, I think I’d rather have the team with more home runs, but on a spreadsheet, I can look for exactly how to tweak the roster to get slightly higher numbers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love this comment! Good stuff!

  43. I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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    Grey, please help me 5 keepers. 12 teams ops ,10 pitchers. Taking a team over.
    Machado
    Heyward
    Kershaw
    Cole, Price, Braun, Freeman, Fielder, Cargo.

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado, Braun, Cole, Kershaw, Heyward

  44. I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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    Different league. Which side?

    Pollok, Hendricks,
    A. Jones, Iglesias and O. Arcia

    Pollock
    Jones, Iglesias

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock…Pollock

  45. OJ Simpson says:
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    22 rounds, I’m missing my 4th, 10th, 11th and 15th rd picks via trades.
    we’re in a 5×5 OBP & QS league, 1 Util, and we keep 6.
    Positions I need: C, 1B, SS, probably OF, definitely Pitching.

    keep 6;
    arrenado 2nd rd val
    blackmon 6th rd val
    sano 22nd rd val
    mfranco 22nd rd val
    odor 21 rd val
    nola 21 rd val
    buxton 19th rd val

    Questions:
    1)Do I sacrifice Arrenado at 2nd round value and keep nola?
    2)Do I dare draft pitching early?
    3)Who is most expendable, and what would be a fair return?

    All these rankings are giving me anxiety. i love it though, keep it up !

    • Cram It says:
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      @OJ Simpson: Keep all the bats. So you have a 1st and 3rd round pick? I might take an SP in the 3rd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) No 2) I don’t know what this means 3) Nola, Buxton

  46. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    In a keeper league, Archer ($8) and Frazier ($16) for Rizzo ($30)?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Cram It: Hah, yep! Looking at everyone’s keepers, I’m a lot more confident in finding cheap arms at the league auction draft than I am bats. Pretty much every top 30 bat is a well-priced keeper, other than Miggy and Cutch, who will easily go for $40+.

        Several teams interested in Archer, but they keep tweaking the offers. Oh well.

        This guy’s last offer was Archer, Abreu ($25) for $30 Rizz, $11 Liriano, and $14 C. Gomez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  47. Ryan741 says:
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    Grey, need a trade opinion in a H2H points keeper league. I would be trading Bryant and my 3rd round pick (10th out of 12) for Corey Seager and his 1st (2nd overall pick) where I’m aiming for Carasaco. However I don’t know how much value Seager has in our format, doesn’t seem like a 30 HR or 40 SB guy to get points in our league, but I really want to get Carrasco. Would you do this deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Bryant

  48. Adam says:
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    You got me Grey, broad strokes are my fetish… wait, I mean, which side of this trade do you prefer in a dynasty league? Give: Correa/Sano/Urias Receive: Bryant/Lindor/Rodon. The qualifier for me in this move is that moving Sano frees up my Util slot (heh heh, slot) and opens up the possibility of bidding on someone like Encarnacion or Miggy in the auction. Otherwise I think the Correa side is the better long term group.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Close…I’d go Correa

  49. Gg says:
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    In a h2h 12 team with saves as a cat do you punt saves and load up on sp while everyone is drafting relievers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, I don’t punt anything

  50. Cohen says:
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    Grey,please give me your thoughts:
    C-Castillo
    1B-Votto
    2B-Rendon
    3B-Franco
    Ss-Castro
    2B/ss-Semien
    1B/3B-Longoria
    Of-Trout
    Of-Marte
    Of-Upton
    Of-Polanco
    Of-Deshields
    Util-Conforto
    P-Stras
    P-T.Ross
    P-Pineda
    P-Matz
    P-Rodon
    P-Familia
    P-Capps
    P-Ramos
    P-Cischek
    Bn-W.Smith
    Bn-Diaz
    Bn-Vizcaino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If it’s a 12 team league, it’s solid, like the OF a lot… Offense is solid in general… Pitching looks solid too… Nice team overall!

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey:
        It is a 12 team Roto,i wanted your input,thanks for all the work u do!!!

  51. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    2 things on war room.
    first it’s not listed in “tools”. i can still find it by going to the post for war room so this isn’t big concern.
    2nd forsythe (your 28th 2B in top 500) isn’t listed, yet guys after him are (travis, harrison and the rest)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should tell Nico, he can update it

  52. Corey says:
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    Keep 5 H2H auction league.

    Keeping:
    Goldschmidt $32
    Arenado $6
    Sano $1
    Jose Fernandez $8

    For the final spot: Bogaerts at $3 or Pederson at $1? Pederson has the upside to end up being worth $25-$30 by year end. Bogaerts will probably end up around the same as I could get him for on the open market this year: $15-$20ish.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander

  53. Gregg says:
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    C: B. McCann (159)
    1B: Goldy (3)
    2B: Odor (61)
    3B: Sano (77)
    SS: Semien (137)
    CI: Justin Bour (210)
    MI: Kipnis (148)
    OF: Pollock (31)
    OF: Soler (100)
    OF: DeShields (103)
    OF: Puig (127)
    OF: Rajai (219)

    P1: Kershaw (16)
    P2: Fernandez (47)
    P3: Wainwright (107)
    P4: Rondon (161)
    P5: Iwakuma (168)
    P6: Quintana (192)
    P7: Perkins (193)
    P8: Boxberger (240)
    P9: EdRod (205)

    B: Gausman (232)
    B: Nola (204)
    B: Gio (256)

    Using your projected stats, for starters only, my team beats yours in 9 out of 10 categories (you win BA by .003). I know you preach against taking pitchers early, but c’mon, Kershaw in what amounts to the second round is a no-brainer!

    (Note: the rankings in your top 500 seemed to shift around a tiny bit while I was doing this. Some ranks shown here may be off by one or so)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! I do think it’s slightly cheating by taking Kershaw, knowing he will be gone at the point I ranked him, but those were the ground rules I set up, so all’s fair… Very nice offense, either way

      • Gregg says:
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        @Grey:
        Cheating? Or evidence that you have Kershaw ranked too low?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s not evidence I have him too low, it’s evidence I wouldn’t draft him

  54. Wilson says:
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    I have much power but less in speed.

    I’m thing to trade my Bautista for Marte.
    However, I’m thinking I should get more due to regular rankings are listing Bautista higher (not very close) than Marte. But the team with Marte may not offer more to me.

    Should I trade my Bautista for Marte directly? thanks

    • i have marte a little higher than bautista. totally make this trade if it improves the balance of your offense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Marte as my ranking clearly show

  55. Simply Fred

    Fred Barker says:
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    Posey had 105 GP at C and 41 GP at 1B last year. IFFF Belt stays healthy, will Posey make up those 41 GP at, say, left field? If he doesn’t take Span’s LF, I have trouble seeing that he nears his annual 150 GP…???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure what you’re saying

      • Simply Fred

        Fred Barker says:
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        @Grey: If Posey gets the same 105 GP at catcher (and only 105 at catcher), what are the chances he gets to a total of 150 GP this year? (He had 41 at 1B last year, presumably while Belt was injured. If Belt isn’t injured, how does Posey get to 150 games played?)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry crystal ball says outlook cloudy… I’d guess 145 games from him

          • Simply Fred

            Fred Barker says:
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            @Grey: Guess was where I was at as well. 145 games as good as any. Given that Posey doesn’t look to get nearly as many ABs at 1B, just seems to reinforce he ain’t a sure thang.
            Thanks for validating.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  56. Simply Fred

    Fred Barker says:
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    correction, how does Posey get to 150 games played?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Fred Barker: 105 Games Catching, 45 at First Base. Belt will play OF and Blanco/Pagan will sit when they want a rest from catcher for Posey.

      • Simply Fred

        Fred Barker says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Think you are spot on. Puts Posey back on ‘somewhat in play.’ Don’t think he will drop enough for me. Thanks! Value your input!!

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Fred Barker: Yeah…I’m not going to have him anywhere unless he’s still sitting there late 4th/5th

  57. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    in a 12 teamer with BB, K’s, slugging, OPS added for hitters and losses, holds, HR’s against, OBPA and QS for pitchers. 1 of each position with 1 util and very large benches (to the point where generally i’m holding 14 or so SP, 9 now). 5 RP slots. 5 SP slots
    C beef welington
    1B E5
    2B pedroia
    3B franco
    SS marte
    LF upton
    CF cain
    RF soler
    util polanco
    BN delino/harrison/mesoraco/k.davis
    and we have a 5 player NA max list (but guys can only be on that one if they have NA tags by now, draft is sunday). so got tapia as BN right now
    NA b.zimmer/t.anderson
    SP arrieta/carrasco/kluber/richards/iglesias/carmart/hendricks/cashner/bauer
    RP F-Rod/Perkins/Osuna/Strop
    and Stephenson/A.Reyes currently on BN as well
    we do a 2 round NA draft on sunday. i got picks 8 and 17.
    1. this order about right for my roster (obviously OF heavy, 1B/SS/2B weak)
    rodgers/benintendi/swanson/g.torres/bregman/devers/mazara/brinson/barreto/mateo/reed/dahl/phillips/winker/mondesi/snell/tate. there’s other pitchers i could throw in there too. clearly i would target a SS with my first pick at 8th, or at least not an OF coming up soonish (mazara).
    from Dr. Lifshitz it appears the first 5 are right. i asked him too. stupid comishes doing these drafts in mid Feb.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sounds fine

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Grey: figuring i’m best off (after taking just best player at 8th overall) taking SS for sure at 20th overall (non-snake, i was wrong about that at first) unless i already got one at 8th. hopefully getting SS then 1 of reed/d.smith/olson at some point. along with t.anderson one of these would probably end up good enough, or be moved to 2B, which is fine too for my roster.
        how you rank these lower MI’s: a.rosario/guerra/adames/wall?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Guerra, Rosario

          • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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            @Grey: i did much better than i thought some owners not up on newest names. got swanson (missed rodgers by only 2 picks), d.smith (only since mazara doesn’t have NA tag in yahoo yet)/mcmahon. but if stephenson/reyes get NA’d i’ll have to drop 2 people later anyway, so i’m guessing mcmahon or d.smith is a cut.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool

  58. Db says:
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    Would you rather go rizzo with Bryant
    Or rizzo with altuve?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo and Bryant work

  59. Doc says:
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    I’m doing some mocks and I keep being put in the position to get two great hitters on my team arenado and kris Bryant in the first two rounds and I’m screwing myself should I go speed like betts, marte, springer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re not screwing yourself with two of the top hitters in baseball

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Doc: you def want speed after those 2 and need an OF there, so looks good.

  60. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    I have Arenado, Machado, and Franco at 3B. I don’t have any top of the order hitters so I am a little weak in runs.

    In an OBP league, would you trade Arenado for Betts?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that works

  61. Fatty Matty says:
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    Scherzer and Blackmon for DeGrom and Polanco
    OBP league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackmon side

  62. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, i am in a everyvody keepers league, 5×5 ROTO with OBP and QS (no AVG, ERA).
    My NO.1 competitior has lots of aces due to his good grabs in past years and he won champion last year. i won th e year before last year and want to get champion back.

    i am thinking to trade Bautista for Marte to improve speed. Any thought is appreciated for me to beat my competitor this year. thanks!

    My team
    C Salvador Perez, KC C
    1B Anthony Rizzo, ChC 1B
    2B Rougned Odor, Tex 2B
    3B Nolan Arenado, Col 3B
    SS Carlos Correa, Hou Ss
    2B/SS Neil Walker, NYM 2B
    1B/3B Jose Abreu, CWS 1B, DH
    OF Giancarlo Stanton, Mia OF
    OF J.D. Martinez, Det OF
    OF Justin Upton, Det OF
    OF Jose Bautista, Tor OF, DH
    OF Delino DeShields, Tex OF
    UTIL (streamer)
    P Jonathan Papelbon, Wsh RP
    P Zach Britton, Bal RP
    P Brad Ziegler, Ari RP
    P Gerrit Cole, Pit SP
    P Roberto Osuna, Tor RP
    P Francisco Rodriguez, Det RP
    P Glen Perkins, Min RP
    P Drew Storen, Tor RP
    P Joakim Soria, KC RP
    Bench Johnny Cueto, SF SP
    Bench Jeremy Jeffress, Mil RP
    Bench Steve Cishek, Sea Rp
    Bench J.J. Hoover, Cin RP

    no. 1 competitor
    C Kyle Schwarber, ChC OF, C
    1B Joey Votto, Cin 1B
    2B Dustin Pedroia, Bos 2B
    3B Evan Longoria, TB 3B
    SS Starlin Castro, NYY SS, 2B
    2B/SS Corey Seager, LAD SS
    1B/3B Kris Bryant, ChC 3B
    OF Bryce Harper, Wsh OF
    OF Matt Kemp, SD OF
    OF Mookie Betts, Bos OF
    OF Chris Davis, Bal 1B, OF, DH
    OF Billy Hamilton, Cin OF
    UTIL Prince Fielder, Tex DH
    Bench Byron Buxton, Min OF
    P Matt Harvey, NYM SP
    P Jeurys Familia, NYM RP
    P Craig Kimbrel, Bos RP
    P David Robertson, CWS RP
    P Clayton Kershaw, LAD SP
    P Yu Darvish, Tex SP
    P Jose Fernandez, Mia SP
    P Corey Kluber, Cle SP
    P Stephen Strasburg, Wsh SP
    Bench Jake Arrieta, ChC SP
    Bench Hector Rondon, ChC Rp

    • Wilson says:
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      plus, Bautista for Marte trade is almost closed (thanks advices). I would like to know suggestions to win the year. Thanks.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Wilson: Nice teams…What do the other 10 guys even play for? You’ve got plenty of power to make the deal.

        • Wilson says:
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          @The Great Knoche:
          The league is shallow and only 10 teams (including me and no. 1 competitor).
          With all keepers rule, we two are most aggressive teams so you can see most potential players are grabbed by us.

          That’s why I’m thinking how to win him.. (also win Champion this year..)

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Wilson: Looks like you have most batting categories and he’s got pitching. You aren’t going to catch him in K’s or W’s, so I’d make sure you stream where it makes sense and try and stay ahead of the rest of the pack in as many pitching categories as possible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks.
        What should I do to catch up his pitching score?
        I’m think to trade for a (young, good) starter (eg,, Noah) but not sure who I can trade away…
        I’m also thinking to trade RPs away for starters but it depends …

        Any suggestion for me? Really thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I agree with Knoche

  63. peacecoast says:
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    grey how u feel about domingo now that he seems to have a starting job?

  64. peacecoast says:
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    i love you btw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Muah!

  65. Josh says:
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    Hey Grey,

    (Formerly Greys #1 Fan here)

    You’re writeups are on point this year as always. Are you planning on updating the top 500 ranks with injuries and what not closer to the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve updated it three times in the last four days…Always updating it

  66. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Would you trade Arenado for Schwarber, Cain, and Pollock? I have Franco at 3B and need OF and speed.

    Thanks

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Test Kitchen: I wouldnt…get cheaper speed

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Test Kitchen: I’d move Franco before Arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  67. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    So I’m taking over a team this year 12 team standard Roto. Keep forever, round drafted doesn’t matter, keep 8. ..There are going to be 4 new teams in the league so we took the rosters of those 4 teams and put them in a pool for a mini draft in order for the new 4 teams to get their keepers before the draft, pitching was light other than Harvey and Jofer so I avoided starters, I’ll get them in the regular draft…here’s where I’m at..

    Bryce Harper
    Todd Frazier
    Jorge Soler
    Nelson Cruz
    Ken Giles
    Trevor Rosenthal
    Brandon Belt

    So for my 8th keeper I’m thinking Schoop he’s still there also I could go with Tanaka, samardzija, or stroman…thoughts, pretty happy with what I got out of this going into the draft

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: I should be able to get a deShields type in the draft…there was no real speed to speak of in this draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice guys so far…Yeah, you need an MI, 2B or SS, and you need some SPs

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: yeah this is what I wound up with
        Harper
        Frazier
        Soler
        Cruz
        Rosenthal
        Perkins
        Belt
        Schoop
        I’ll be focusing on starters and getting some speed on this team in the draft.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @JeF WiTh 1 F: and Giles

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, looks nice, definitely need some arms

  68. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Are you doing nfbc with commenters again this year?

    What do think of this keeper trade:

    My Braun for his Soler and CMart. If I did this I would throw McCullers back in the pile.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We’re doing NFBC or something else with money leagues, waiting on Rudy for deets… Braun side, it’s okay

  69. Side Dish says:
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    2 questions for my 10 player keeper league, option to keep 12 (comp round)

    I have
    C – posey
    1b – encarcion
    2b – odor
    3b – rendon, franco, longoria
    SS –
    OF – cain, bautista, heyward, soler, , dickerson
    P – sale, ross, matz, britton, giles

    Would you accept a 1st round pick (non comp round) for heyward?
    Would you trade my 1st and 3rd round picks (non comp round) for boeggarts?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Heyward…I’d want Bogaerts

  70. Dave says:
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    just got offered mccutchen and Corey Seager for Stanton and kinsler. Keeper league. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCutchen side

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