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 2017 fantasy baseball team that I can put together when drafting from my top 100 for 2017 fantasy baseball and top 500 for 2017 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 2nd round, everything after would change.  If I took Arenado in the 1st round, everything after would change.  I’ve previously gone over my 2017 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 Scherzer and Kershaw in the first two rounds and I was able to take Rougned Odor in the 2nd round (which is very likely), but since Trout and him are in my first 14 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 2017 fantasy baseball team:

C: Tom Murphy
1B: Jose Abreu
2B: Dee Gordon
SS: Trevor Story
3B: Maikel Franco
MI: Jose Ramirez
CI: Ryon Healy
OF: Mike Trout
OF: Yoenis Cespedes
OF: Max Kepler
OF: Keon Broxton
OF: Manuel Margot
UTIL: Greg Bird

P: Carlos Martinez
P: Rich Hill
P: Lance McCullers 
P: Kelvin Herrera
P: Vincent Velasquez
P: Shawn Kelley
P: Ivan Nova
P: Cody Allen
P: Hector Neris
Bench: Ryan Madson
Bench: Cam Bedrosian
Bench: Blake Snell

SO, THIS TEAM IS BETTER THAN THE STRANGER THINGS KIDS DRESSED AS GHOSTBUSTERS IN THE NEW STRANGER THINGS TRAILER, BUT IS THERE ANY CHANCE YOU CAN DRAFT THIS EXACT TEAM?

No.  Sorry, I don’t mean to be short with you.  Here, let me explain it to you with a long-form answer:  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 Dee Gordon at pick 109, as I have him in my top 500, but is there any chance I get him there?  That seems doubtful.  But for every ‘that seems doubtful’ draft pick I’ve taken, there’s others like, Rougned Odor, for unstints, where I have him ranked too high to grab him in this exercise, due to arbitrary constraints, but I should be able to draft him in the 3rd or 4th round of most drafts.  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 infield and 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 OUTFIELDERS?

Honestly, truthfully, not-lyingly, I like the upside gambles this year in outfield.  Middle infielders look good, cornermen are ‘you know what you’re getting,’ and catchers are whatever, but outfielders?  Outfield looks like the position to gamble on this year.  Plus, dropping an outfielder in the first few weeks after a draft goes hand-in-hand like toilet paper and poops.  Just the nature of the beast, or the beast’s nature, if you will.  Would I love to strike it rich on an outfielder?  Or three?  That’s the plan, Mr. Man.  Am I super confident in Kepler, Broxton, Margot and Bird?  Not especially, but I have written sleeper posts for most of them.  Previous years, I’ve punted shortstop or MI or both, but I don’t punt deep positions, I punt shallower ones.  Position scarcity is a backwards concept.  You want great guys at deep positions, and want to gamble on scarcer ones.  Why is this?  Simple, if your opponent has a great 1B, 3B, SS and 2B, you better too, otherwise you will lose.  But if your opponent has garbage at outfield as most will this year, then you can too.

“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, Lucas Duda on your bench because then this happens, “Oh, it looks like Jeanmar Gomez might be hurt, who should I grab in the Philly bullpen for saves?  Hmm…Actually, who should I drop?  Should I drop Duda?  He might bounce back and he has power, and I think I need power and– Oh, it’s too late anyway, someone else grabbed Neris and Benoit.”  And then Neris or Benoit goes on to save 42 games and win the Rollie Rolaids award.  Oh, and in deeper leagues, bench bats are okay (within reason).  This does not mean I wouldn’t own a bench bat all year, just no reason to draft one.

GREY, YOU MEAT PUPPET YOU, YOUR PITCHING IS HELLA YOUNG AND NO ONE THAT IS YOUNG SAYS HELLA.

Yeah, Carlos Martinez as your first pitcher is tricky.  I was looking at him or Chris Archer as my first starter, and I have to say, at that point, I was like, “I wish I would’ve taken a starter before Archer in my top 20 starter rankings.”  See, we can always learn from each other by doing exercises like this.  I almost went back and put Yoenis back and grabbed Kluber instead, but I thought it was an important lesson to learn.  If you take C-Mart as your first starter, you’re going to ‘feel’ light on pitching.  You may not actually be light on it, but it will feel that way.  I love Velasquez, McCullers, Nova, Snell and Hill, but does C-Mart anchor that staff?  It feels risky.

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 sweatpants.  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. Mickey Maloney says:
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    Grey and fellow Razzballers, I apologize in advance if this question is annoying, but I’d be curious people’s opinion on the settings of a new league that I’ve started this year. We were a little bored with roto so went with a H2H format to switch things up. Do these settings look balanced? Roster size make sense? I’d appreciate any thoughts or advice. Thank You!

    12 Team H2H (Total Points vs Total Points, One Win per Week)

    ROSTER

    C
    1B
    2B
    SS
    3B
    OF (3)
    Utility (2)
    SP (4)
    RP (2)
    P (2)
    Bench (5)

    SCORING

    Single 1 point
    Double 2 points
    Triple 3 points
    Home Run 4 points
    Walk .5 point
    Strikeout -1 point
    RBI 1 point
    Run 1 point
    Stolen Base 2 points

    Innings Pitched 3 points (1 point/out)
    Strikeout 1 point
    Walk -.5
    Earned Runs -1 point
    Hits Allowed -1 point
    Win 7 points
    Loss -5 points
    Save 5 points
    Blown Save -3 points

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mickey Maloney: Seems a bit high on saves… If Aroldis saved 40, he’d have 200 points, but if Kershaw won 20, he’d only have 140, makes no sense

      • Mickey Maloney says:
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        @Grey: damn, good point. Thanks for catching. With the #1 pick, Aroldis Chapman!

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: @Mickey Maloney: I’m in a similar scoring league. You get 3 points for an IP. So that’s like 400+ extra points for a starter.

          • Mickey Maloney says:
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            @Cram It: thanks. How do your starting positions stack up? Similar rosters?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Still too much for saves, I think…. You just need to play around w/ the numbers and see if a top closer is worth about the same as around the 10th best starter

        • Grey

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          I think I see saves being 3 points

    • cable says:
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      @Mickey Maloney:
      …………
      large $ league….just what ours is 12 team H2H Points
      BATTING NAME SETTINGS
      1B Singles 1 point
      2B Doubles 2 points
      3B Triples 3 points
      BB Walks (Batters) 1 point
      HP Hit by Pitch 1 point
      HR Home Runs 4 points
      R Runs 1 point
      RBI Runs Batted In 1 point
      SB Stolen Bases 2 points
      PITCHING NAME SETTINGS
      BBI Walks Issued (Pitchers) -.5 points
      BS Blown Saves -3 points
      CG Complete Games 5 points
      ER Earned Runs -1 point
      HA Hits Allowed -.5 points
      INN Innings 2 points
      K Strikeouts (Pitcher) 1 point
      L Losses -5 points
      NH No-Hitters 10 points
      PG Perfect Games 10 points
      S Saves 8 points
      W Wins 10 points

      • Mickey Maloney says:
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        @cable: thanks, Cable! Same roster positions?

  2. Packers says:
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    C. Perez
    1B. Goldy
    2B. DeLamhieu
    3B. K. Seagar
    SS. Lindo
    MI. Carpenter
    Ci. Joseph
    OF1. Kepler
    OF2. K. Davis
    OF3. Herrera
    OF4. Grichuk
    OF5. Broxton
    UTL. Nunez
    Sp Kluber
    Sp. Cmart
    Sp. Paxton
    Sp. Velasquez
    Sp. Tailion
    Sp. Odorizzi
    Cl. Giles
    Cl. Oh
    Cl. Ottavino
    B. Allen
    B. Montgomery
    B. D. Norris

    I didn’t look ahead, just looked at 15 player tiers. I could have waited on Perez at catcher, but I think it’s a balanced team. Got upside players along with steady eddies. Good exercise.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Packers: Your pitching looks solid, your hitting looks as upsidey in the outfield as mine, which is obviously fine since I did it too

  3. IGuy says:
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    Hi Grey, I’m looking for keeper advice in a 12 team 5×5 Roto With 4 Keepers. Options are:
    Trea Turner $8
    J Villar $6
    Bogaerts $15
    Verlander $14
    AJ Pollock $18
    G Sanchez $6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @IGuy: Not Sanchez or Pollock — If you prefer Sanchez to Verlander, I wouldn’t argue it

  4. Jason says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I need your advice. I’m in a 12-team H2H 10×9 category dynasty “keep forever” league and competing this year. My team needs pitching help.

    The categories are:
    R H HR RBI SB K BB TB AVG OPS and IP QS W ERA WHIP SV+HLDs K/9 K/BB HRA

    We keep 20 MLB players and have a 12-round draft every year so basically only 2016 draftees and scrubs are available.

    I received the following offer where I trade:

    Pollock/6th round pick FOR Salazar/Thames/4th round pick

    At CF I have – Heyward
    At SP I have – Arrieta/Greinke/Hill/Samardzija/Bundy

    I feel like this deal is under-selling Pollock but maybe I’ve been drinking the kool-aid because I think 2015 production is possible. Is this fair market value for a bat of his quality?

    I know you like Salazar (#20 starter) and aren’t high in Thames.

    Which side would you want in keep forever and is it close?

    Thanks so much!

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey

        The other owner has changed his offer since i rejected it.

        The offer now is: Pollock FOR Robbie Ray + Cutch or Desmond

        Would you do this deal? Not a big upgrade for my pitching staff.

        I know you prefer Desmond to Pollock but given the scoring format above where Ks against count, do you still prefer Desmond over Pollock and McCutchen?

        Desmond, Cutch or Hold?

        • Grey

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          I’d take Ray and Desmond

  5. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, keeper question, 5×5 OBP league, 10 teams , keep 6

    T Turner , Freeman , Arenado are three keepers I will keep.
    Advise the rest 3. : Stanton , Posey , Cano , Braun , Myers

    Thanks.

    • Jason Eldred says:
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      @Wilson: I like Stanton, Braun, Myers. That’s a great team no matter what direction you go though! Good luck this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Stanton, Braun, Myers

  6. Jason Eldred says:
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    I very much agree about taking upside OFers this year! You already told me a few weeks back that my pitching staff is weak, but in a 16 team slow draft, I finished with this on offense:

    C: Russell Martin
    1b: Miggy
    2b: Schoop
    3b: Evan Longoria
    SS: Manny Machado
    MI: Josh Harrison
    CI: CJ Cron
    OF: David Dahl
    OF: Nomad Mazara
    OF: Adam Jones
    UTL: Billy Hamilton
    BE: Leonys Martin

    I feel light on speed, heavy on power, but I addressed some of that with my MiLB picks. Anything else I need to address along with speed?

    • Rufus T. Firefly says:
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      @Jason Eldred: Light on speed?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Jason Eldred: Billy Hamilton in and of itself makes you not light on speed. If anything you are potentially light on AVG.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason Eldred: Agree with others, you’re not light on speed, you look pretty solid, maybe light on AVG as Knoche said, not terrible though

  7. Jason says:
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    Nice write up sir. Does your philosophy on not drafting bench bats change with limited moves per week? I get max 5 per week and it’ll be tough to stream SP and bats at the same time with the constraint. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: Thanks! Yeah, you need bench bats then

  8. Bill says:
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    Who was the 2/3? Story, Cespedes?

    • Jason says:
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      @Bill:

      I think story/abreu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill: What Jason said

  9. Randy says:
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    Pick Two Pitchers for Auction Keeper league

    Matz $7, Nola $6, Velazquez $14

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy: Nola $6, Velazquez $14

  10. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up/post.

    a. You are right, that is the best fantasy baseball team. It must be a real challenge to find the best team given your parameters that you have set. I guess, sticking to such a rigorous regime AND keeping in mind who’s been selected and to see if pitchers are being taken at all in the 1/2 rounds is the best philosophy to increase your chances of winning your league. Winning the draft is as equally important as making 2000 moves in-season and applying the best strategy possible vis-a-vis trades.

    b. Not much happening here. Except someone just dropped off a barbecue made from a oil barrel. It was brought in on a horse carriage. Don’t forget where we are – the union of the Amish (don’t use electricity because of their faith forbids it) and Islam (well, here at least, there is no electricity).

    Cheers,
    Ante

  11. The Great Knoche says:
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    Solid. Love the late Speed.

    Think there’s anyway they don’t give Murphy majority of time behind plate in Colorado?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Great Knoche: Bud Black is crazy, or Wolters hits in the early on, and Murphy doesn’t. I’m not sure how likely the later is.

      I’m not sure I believe what Bud Black is saying about it. Between the Dahl/Parra platoon talk, and the balanced defense/offense comments regarding Murphy and Wolters, he’s got to be full on manager speak.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Is it a pre-requisite for Rockies Managers that they need to be crazy and mess with all of our fantasy hopes and dreams?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @The Great Knoche: Yeah I swear to god in the interview the Rockies front office leads off with “Do you hate common sense as much as we do?”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Great Knoche: I think it’s worth the gamble in an RCL to just take Murphy and see what happens, my guess is Murphy will get 17+ HRs w/ or w/out the PT

  12. Griff says:
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    In a dynasty, which RP would you keep: Bedrosian, Neris, or Ottavino?

    • The Eye of Horus says:
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      @Griff: Bedrosian

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Griff: Flip a coin, I guess Bedrosian

  13. The Eye of Horus says:
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    Greyniac (like brainiac, but grey)-
    I’m writing a book on managing risk, and would like your opinion on this trade in a dynasty: Tanaka + Brandon Maurer for Strasburg (i.e., whose arm will fall off first).

    Thanks!

  14. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Agreed on the gambles in outfield, Kepler, Broxton, and Margot are great examples. Others I’ve been grabbing are Dahl, Benintendi (obviously), Mazara, Soler, Renfroe, Judge, and Buxton.

    BTW Benintendi put on some muscle. Blasted the first pitch of live BP out to right about 580 feet. He’s going to hit 80 homers with 190 RBI and 213 runs now! He Ted Williams on steroids! My Prospector standard issue sweat pants are pitching tents.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Benny Beast Mode!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Over, and more than Daniel Murphy. :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s ludicrous

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: You think he should under?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think Benintendi will end up under 20

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: You asked 15. Do you think he’s under 15?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Every thinks he’s under 15, 15-18 sounds about right

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    BTW, I’m not on the Benintendi no-can-do train… I like him; just saying to be realistic

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

                      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                      @Grey: I get it completely, and I know I’m over the top with my expectations on him. I just thik he’s special.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup, I hear where you’re coming from

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        I’ll take the over there as well

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          25 HRs?

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:
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            Under, but 21-22 seems about right to me

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Under

              • MattTruss

                MattTruss says:
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                Just looked through your numbers…you have Benny projected for less HRs than Byron Buxton!? (16 vs. 18) I’m high on Buxton this year too, but I’m still going Benny over Buxton in the power department. If for no other reason than the Pesky pole alone. If JBJ can hit 26, Benny can get to 21.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  JBJ has what to do with Benny?

                  • MattTruss

                    MattTruss says:
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                    Same park, same lineup, similar minor league power profile…

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @MattTruss: Benintendi hits the ball in the air more than Jackie does. Take some of the power numbers early last season with a grain of salt, the Carolina and Eastern Leagues aren’t known for big power numbers outside of Reading.

                    • MattTruss

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                      Noted – They had similar numbers in Portland in about the same number of PAs. Plus, I think Benny is just a better pure hitter than JBJ. Only question for me is if that translates right away for Benny or not. I think it does. Where do you think the Sawx bat him this year?

                    • Grey

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                      The same JBJ that took 3 years to break out? I hope they’re not that similar

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @MattTruss: I think he could hit in the two hole, he’s a better hitter than JBJ, and a different type of hitter. He was better at Portland and about a year younger too. Jackie hits a lot of grounders.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @MattTruss: That’s exactly where I am. He legit added 20 pounds of muscle.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                You sound like Tehol justifying any player crush

                • Ralph Lifshitz

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                  @Grey: By stating a bit of factual information? He did add a huge amount of muscle to his frame.

                  I think 25 is a stretch this year but I think 18-22 is the range. He’s already a flyball hitter his FB% was 32% across all levels and his LD% was 23%. So he’s the right kind of profile to hit for 20+ homers.

                  • Grey

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                    You should see Brett Lawrie’s Instagram, he looks great in workouts too

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @Grey: So you’re ignoring the data now, and focusing on the workout? He added muscle that was my point, and it was kind of in jest.

                      I think my bigger point is he’s a flyball/hard contact hitter, with excellent pitch recognition. That’s the formula for someone who should hit for power.

                    • Grey

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                      You can take all projections with a grain of salt, I’m just saying no one is expecting more than 15 HRs from him… So, 20-22 seems high… Doable, but high

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @Grey: I can’t remember what was your HR #. I’d say 21 but I think the overall line could be very good, especially if he hits in the two hole.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, JB and I just talked about him on the podcast that’s coming tomorrow… The two hole is sexy, and it’s hard to argue with upside… I just wish I saw more power from him somewhere already

                    • MattTruss

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                      2 Hole gives me goosepimples. Gonna be a game of chicken drafting him in ‘Perts league and ECFBL Ralph!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Where are you taking him? Top 50?

                    • MattTruss

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                      I’d put him in your Yelich/JBJ/Kepler tier 75 or so probably. RCL rankings get weird in a hurry.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, Yelich and him seem similar, just more risky with Benintendi

  15. Matty says:
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    If we operate under the assumption that most people in RCLs are reading this column I’d be curious to see how ADPs vary compared to ESPN as a whole.

    Particularly I’m wondering if things are shifted enough in a league of all Grey clones that one could excel using the polar opposite strategy- within reason, pitchers and a catcher early; not high downside picks.

    I don’t know that I’ll personally try it. It would be like writing with the wrong hand. But it’s a fun deep thought.

    Has anyone tried this? Does anyone have the maths to know how these things vary?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: People have tried it in the past, and been struck by lightning immediately

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Matty: umm, if 11 people actually were following grey you wouldn’t have to “go early” with high end SP or catchers at all, the 12th owner would still get them rounds later than ADP (excepting kershaw/scherzer, who even by grey’s rankings would go in first few rounds)

  16. Charlie says:
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    Grey,

    My league is reducing the number of keepers in our league. It was 7 and we’re in the process of voting to reduce to either 4 or 5.

    League is 6×5, including obp league where you lose the round selection where the player was drafted. Here are my 7 (with round selection) that I was going to keep but can only keep either 4 or 5 depending on what our vote turns out to be.

    If we move to keep 4 which 4 would you keep?

    If we move to keep 5 which 5 would you keep?

    Trout (1)
    Goldschmidt (5)
    Arenado (13)
    Odor (6)
    JD Martinez (8)
    Bogaerts (11)
    VIllar (24)

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Charlie: I’d keep Top 4 if only 4 keepers. Add Bogaerts if 5.

      • Charlie says:
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        @The Great Knoche:

        Thanks so much for your response!

        My thinking is I’m leaning toward the top 4. But that 5th spot every time I think about it I change my mind. Some times JD, sometimes Bogaerts, sometimes Villar. Lol I have no idea what to do.

        I think I’m going to leave it up to Grey and Razzball commenters and roll with whatever Grey and Razzball says.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charlie: Nice keepers, top 4 + Villar

      • Charlie says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! Assuming all things equal, and including obp, what order would you rank JD, Xander and Villar?

        Part of me is gun shy on Villar due last year being his only good season vs Xander and JD have a bit more of a track record. Also trying figure out how much round value went into your decision vs talent of each player.

  17. Chocolate Chip Pancakes says:
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    Need help finalizing my keeper list for an 11-team $260 AL-only. Have to decide between keeping a $31 Cruz or the pair of $24 K. Davis/$9 Healy. Which side is the better value? Thanks!

  18. Jason says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I’m in a 12-team H2H dynasty “keep forever” league and competing this year. My team needs pitching help.

    The categories are:
    R H HR RBI SB K BB TB AVG OPS and IP QS W ERA WHIP K/9 K/BB HRA

    We keep 20 MLB players and have a 12-round draft every year so basically only 2016 draftees and scrubs are available.

    I received the following offer where I trade:

    Murphy/two 12-round picks FOR GCole/1st round pick/5th round pick

    At 1B/2B I have – Encarnacion/Murphy/DGordon
    At SP I have – Arrieta/Greinke/Hill/Samardzija/Bundy

    I feel like this deal might hurt my offence more than it helps my pitching but I’ve been drinking the Murphy kool-aid. Is this fair market value for a bat of his quality?

    The draft picks are the real unknowns and could tip the trade one way or the other but which side would you want in keep forever and is it close?

    Thanks

  19. Juan says:
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    12 team keeper league. H2H

    Trade Aaron Sanchez for Stephen Piscotty?
    who will have a better bounce back year? MLB network talks about Sanchez maybe being a CY young type of pitcher in a few years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Juan: Bounce back? They were both great last year… Piscotty

  20. Damon says:
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    How much threat is Lewis Brinson to Broxton’s playing time? Is Brinson still a year away? I like Broxton’s upside, but worry a bit about a short leash.

  21. Manuel says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who would you want in a keeper league. Trout & Sale or Arenado & Kershaw?

    Thanks

  22. Slimbo says:
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    hey man

    need to pick 3 from this group to keep..who you got?

    springer, sanchez, bregman, rendon, sano, buxton, carrasco

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slimbo: There’s ten to 12 Sanchezes in the majors…

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Oh Grey, you stickler. You know that’s Big Gary

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re sure it’s not Aaron?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Positive. If it is then he’s Chopped off that list

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA, Sanchez, Zakarian or that one woman who makes you turn off Chopped every time you see her

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Alex Guarnachelli ugh…no upside whatsoever

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, the worst!

      • Slimbo says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry man, it is Gary the dirty sanchez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slimbo: Springer, Carrasco, then tough, depends on # of teams, prolly go Rendon

  23. phil says:
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    Which combo is best 5×5 points league……Harper & Brad Miller OR Cespedes & Matt Carpenter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @phil: Harper

  24. NatsFan says:
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    Slooow Draft team–Spoiler alert I also have CMart as my #1

    C-Norris
    C-Susac/Ramos
    1b- Au Shizz
    2b- Segura
    SS- Addison
    3b- Turner
    CI- Desmond
    MI- Semien
    OF- Springer, Kepler, Bradley Jr., Ellsbury, Souza (I like him a bit more than you)
    UTil- Josh Harrison

    SP- CMart, Maeda, Lackey, Gausman, Tijuan, Nova
    RP- Diaz, J. Johnson

    Tillman and Kazmir as bench.

    Only 23 rounds to go. ha. Thanks for the hard work. Daiquiri on me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, nice…. Love the team, pitching is solid, feels safe too even w/ C-Mart…. Hitting is great, though Ells and Souza is iffy, I’d draft a few backup OFs to replace them if needed

      • NatsFan says:
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        Desmond also has OF eligibility. But yes, backup OFs were next on the hit list.

        Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  25. Boomer19 says:
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    Morning Grey. Like the post this morning. Hey I think I will have the option of getting either Rendon or Polanco with my first pick in my 5×5 roto league. Its a 3 year keeper with 5 outfielders. Would you still go Rendon over Polanco? Rendon would be my 3B and Polanco would be my OF2. Thanks.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Boomer19: I’d want Polanco but according to Greys rankings its Rendon

      • Boomer19 says:
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        Kinda the way I’m leaning too. But Maybe Grey will agree with the 5 outfielders and 3 year keepers. I like both actually. Because either way I will try to get Franco or Benintendi depending on the first pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Polanco

  26. Whirlaway says:
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    Grey,

    asked you about this league pre-draft last night, thanks for the advice. h2h, 12 team, pitching stats: W, L, K’s, ERA, WHIP, Net SV+HLD. thoughts on this pitching? good, bad? risky?

    Duffy
    Happ
    Paxton
    Shoemaker
    Smyly
    Skaggs
    Snell

    Uejara
    Barraclough
    Neris
    Seigrist

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks decent, bit risky

  27. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Year 3 in this Dynasty League, Took over a team that had very little talent. Now I’ve got the offense pretty straight ..Pitching staff is the project now. 10 team H2H OBP. and Avg… with deep benches due to it being a Dynasty..Here is where im at

    C. T.Murphy
    1b. H.Ramirez
    2b. D.Pedroia
    3b. M.Franco
    SS. J.Segura
    OF. D.Dahl
    OF. J.Bradley
    OF. S.Piscotty
    Util. C.Santana
    Util. N.Mazara
    Util. A.Gonzales/B.Belt
    B. J.Ramirez
    B. J.Bruce
    B. D.Santana
    B. G.Bird
    N/A. W.Adames
    N/A. D. Herrera

    SP. T.Walker
    SP. D.Smyly
    SP. T.Skaggs
    RP. None
    RP. None
    P. H.Iwakuma
    P. B.Snell
    P. D.Bundy
    P. J.Cotton
    P. J.DeLeon
    P. L.Weaver
    P. Z.Wheeler
    N/A. B.Honeywell
    N/A. S.Gonsalves

    I like the offense especially in an OBP league…This pitching staff will cause a lot of sleepless nights though…Needs some stable Vets on it and a closer or two but you know how that goes. If i can right the ship with the pitching this team can make some noise i think…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with you, your pitching is a bit of a mess… You may not have one, reliable 15-game winner

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Yeah its pretty ugly…couldnt fix both the staff and the line up at the same time…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Try harder!

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: LOL

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: I have an offer of Salazar and Conforto for Mazara and Cotton on the Table….Thoughts…I hate to lose Maz

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds decent for you

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Yeah im going to see if i can get another pitcher thrown in

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Def

            • Big Odio says:
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              @JeF WiTh 1 F: Im not in love with that deal and I would look to find someone else besides Wheeler.

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Big Odio: Trying to get him to throw in Joe Ross…Not much i can do with Wheeler right now…I still like Conforto but I’m a bit Bias

                • Big Odio says:
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                  @JeF WiTh 1 F: I like Conforto too and I have some questions for Terry about how he handled the kid last year. In regards to wheeler I would be interested in knowing what kind of minor league pitching talent is in this league.

                  • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                    @Big Odio: Its an active league so the majority of it is swallowed up…Draft hasnt happened yet (its in March) and there are some top pitching prospects to draft but dont see them falling to me at the 9th pick….

                    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                      @JeF WiTh 1 F: Ive shopped Wheeler and the offers were uninspiring to say the least

                    • Big Odio says:
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                      @JeF WiTh 1 F: you better get attached to ralphs hip and pepper him ala scott kimmel for every scenario on draft day

                  • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                    @Grey: @Big Odio: Have another option…I give Maz and Snell…I get K.Davis and Salazar….

                    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                      @JeF WiTh 1 F: if this wasn’t a dynasty id be all over this…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I like it

  28. Bucktail says:
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    Keep forever dynasty league…..

    Which side wins?

    Manny Machado for Starling Marte and Andrew Benintendi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

  29. The Alchemist says:
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    I have had my best drafting results by using a custom blend of two parts Grey with one part Rudy. Using Goldy as an example, his adjusted value is $42 ((45+45+37)/3).

    Major thanks to Razzball for the clean CSV files.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Poor Rudy. Ratings Only 1/2 as valuable

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Isn’t it a third as valuable?

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: 1/3 Of Total, but 1/2 compared to yours. I think. Math was never my strong suit.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, half as valuable as me, I see… We should ask Rudy what it is, would that be irony?

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @Grey: Yup. Would be even more so if he has finished ahead of you recently in leagues you are in together.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Snap! Are you snapping him?

                  • The Alchemist says:
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                    What my method does is preserves Grey’s essential rankings, but takes the air out of a few ‘speculative’ ranks and provides some perspective. As it happens, Rudy is a terrific foil for Grey in this respect.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

  30. Nick says:
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    Grey: I’m looking for goal statistics for my draft. I’d like to know what to shoot for when I’m building my team.

    League settings: 10-team, H2H
    Categories: R/HR/RBI/AVG/SB – W/K/ERA/WHIP/SV
    Positions: C,1b,2b,3b,ss,MI,CI,5xOF,UTL –6SP, 3RP

    Any thoughts on goal totals for each category or have a source to which you can direct me?

    Thank you for your help as always.

  31. TJ says:
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    Hey Grey, got a keeper question for ya. In a 12 team points league where you must fill out LF, CF, RF. I need to keep 6 keepers. I lost JFER (RIP) as my only pitcher I was going to keep so now I must pick out of 6 hitters… Wasn’t sure if I should go strictly by the rankings or not…

    Here’s my choices..
    Goldy, Odor, Springer, Longoria, Segura, Dozier, Pollock and G. Polanco

    My first instinct says to go with the first 6, but thought I’d look and see if you’d pick Pollock or Polanco over anyone..

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hard to see a path for the last two

  32. Big league choo says:
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    Did this on fantasypros.

    C Norris
    1B Rizzo
    2B Odor
    SS Correa
    3B Rendon
    CI Lamb
    MI Story
    OF Yelich
    OF Dahl
    OF Pence
    OF Kepler
    OF Granderson
    Util Franco

    P Duffy
    P Maeda
    P McCullers
    P Pomeranz
    P Walker
    P Lynn
    P Garcia
    P Giolito
    Rp Cody Allen
    Rp Osuna
    Rp Dyson
    Rp Bedrosian
    Rp Feliz

    Playing in a first year dynasty, its a 6×6 league with an extra category for OBP and holds…I tried to draft as if it were for that, we get 3 minor league slots.

    1) we have a minimum of 8 gm started for pitchers, what would you’re pitcher breakdown be if you were running a team in this league. 6 Sp and 8 Rp? 4/5 Sp and stream 2 starts per week while using RP for remaining slots?

    2) How early is it to grab a guy like moncada assuming he goes back to minors and doesn’t get the call until July?

    Thanks for all you guys do

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Makes sense 2. Depends on how many teams

      • Big league choo says:
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        @Grey: 12 teams, you think 5 Sp would be enough with 2 streams a week and try to crush saves holds era And whip?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine to me

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Actually, 6 and 2, but 5 and 2 is fine if you like… Not going to stay like that all season (or even all of April)

  33. Branta says:
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    My exercise works a little differently. Here is the best team I could mock draft in my keeper league after 103 keepers (including 8 that are mine):

    C: Gary Sanchez
    1b: Kris Bryant (gotta love Yahoo eligibility rules)
    2b: Jean Segura
    ss: Francisco Lindor
    3b: Justin Turner
    of: Mookie Betts
    of: David Dahl
    of: Andrew Benintendi
    ut: Adam Duvall
    ut: Jonathan Schoop
    bn: Byron Buxton
    bn: Randall Grichuk
    bn: Mitch Moreland
    bn: Devon Travis
    bn: Ender Inciarte

    sp: Corey Kluber
    sp: Danny Duffy
    sp: Robbie Ray
    sp: Matt Shoemaker
    sp: Joe Ross
    rp: Aroldis Chapman
    rp: Zach Britton
    rp: Mark Melancon
    bn: Taijuan Walker

    This wasn’t every # player based, mind you, this was done with FantasyPros Draft Simulator. I had 3 cheat sheets built in: Grey’s rankings, their ECR consensus, and an aggregate of the 6 best pre-season rankings (best were decided by my choices). The top of the draft had a the best guys available on Grey’s list being relievers, but the AI for the other teams kept picking based on ECR+team needs so I filled in my relievers early.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      12 teams?

      • Branta says:
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        @Grey: AI is imperfect, yeah.

  34. Cohen says:
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    Grey, 12 team roto i have 12/13 pick: im thinking Harper/Miggy will be there i draft them and then at 36 going Odor but my question is at 37 do i go Desmond because everyone u ranked before him should be gone or do i go infield? Hope i didnt confuse you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Odor

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: i got 36 and 37. I was going Odor and possibly Desmond

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me

          • Cohen says:
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            @Grey: thank u

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  35. zach says:
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    Yo Grey! Good stuff as always.

    16 team dynasty keep forever points league. Any chance you would entertain this offer I received for Mahado:

    Moncada and Mazara

    I’m definitely in win-now mode, so my instinct is hell no. But it did get my thinking a bit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  36. Big Odio says:
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    Did you watch any of those new HBO shows last night?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Girls? God no, never, ugh, terrible… Big Little Lies? Nah, but prolly will at some point

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Grey: never girls..wait not like that…the show. Big little lies was intriguing baby’s mama loved it. Crashing also premiered. That was funny…so far.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, forgot about Crashing, maybe I’ll watch it at some point, not calling my name yet

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: I just started watching some show called the Sopranos…not bad you should give it a try.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is that the one with Nurse Jackie?

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Some guy James something

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: one side note on crashing was the music. Fucking great. Literally 4 or 5 cuts off a playlist I have

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Off your Peabo Bryson playlist?

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Grey: close. I call that playlist “crying on the inside”

  37. Tony Montana says:
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    Dynasty, OBP instead of BA

    Glasnow ($1/yr for next 3 years) for J Pederson ($1 this year, $4 in 2018, $6 in 2019)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pederson

  38. Whirlaway says:
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    in a 12 team league with R, HR, RBI, Net SB, OBP, SLG – in other words no AVG cat – do guys like Sano, Joc, C. Santana get a big bump up in value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They do

  39. Clogged Rosterman says:
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    Are you guys still another week or two away from keeper rankings? Looks like they came out Feb. 29th last year, but I can’t even find that day on my new calendar.

    Anyway, keeper question. 15-team league, 25-man rosters, LF/CF/RF, 1 Util, 6×6 w/ QS, OPS. Innings are either 1250 or 1450 (being debated). $300 budgets, but only $294 for me because I got mad at Michael Pineda.

    Keepers:

    1 C Posey ($28, expiring… sorry)
    2 1B Rizzo ($24)
    3 2B LeMahieu ($7)
    4 3B Bregman ($8)
    5 SS Russell ($2, up for extension)
    6 LF/CF Desmond ($17)
    7 CF Buxton ($1)
    8 RF/LF Polanco ($13, expiring)
    9 Util Franco ($2, up for extension)
    10 Bn Kepler ($5)
    11 Bn T. Murphy ($2)
    12 Bn Swanson ($8)

    13 SP Darvish ($20)
    14 SP Maeda ($10)
    15 SP Cole ($23, expiring)
    16 CL Chapman ($16)

    Bubble:

    1B Joseph ($3)
    1B Bird ($1)
    3B Healy ($1)
    3B Sano ($15)
    CF Tapia ($1)

    SP Roark ($1)
    SP J. Guerra ($2)
    RP A. Miller ($19) (traded for him before I knew whether he would close…)

    T. O’Neill ($1)
    D. Smith ($1)
    A. Espinoza ($1)
    A. Garrett ($1)

    Including the extensions I’m going to give to Franco and Russell, I’d have about $88 for 9 spots. I figure I’ll end up allocating ~$30 of that to relievers (especially if innings stay low), so that’s really like $58 for 6-7 spots.

    Anyone on the bubble you’d keep? Should I be looking to shore up my lineup with another big bat, or should I angle for an SP1?

    Should I be seeking a trade for Dansby Swanson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Keeper rankings are coming this week or next… You need pitching now… I’d trade Dansby if I could…. I don’t see how you can get any of the bubble guys in but I do like Joseph, Bird, Healy and Tapia a lot

      • Clogged Rosterman says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! That’s pretty much what I was thinking on all fronts.

        Last year, I wound up not keeping Trea Turner in this league, so I’ve got a lot of anxiety.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  40. daze says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I can use some help with some keeper decisions
    Its a 12 team mixed league auction $270 budget at draft
    Ryon Healy at $6
    Tommy Joseph at $6
    JD Martinez at $31
    Piscotty at $16
    Hunter Renfroe at $6
    Byron Buxton at $12
    Jose DeLeon at $6
    Sean Maneea at $6
    Max Scherzer at $45
    Jameson Tailon at $6
    Thanks for the help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure what you’re asking

      • Daze says:
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        @Grey: w
        Would you keep any of the above at those dollar amounts.
        Sorry for being unclear

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @daze: I’d keep:

      Ryon Healy at $6
      Tommy Joseph at $6
      Piscotty at $16
      Hunter Renfroe at $6
      Byron Buxton at $12
      Jose DeLeon at $6
      Sean Maneea at $6
      Jameson Tailon at $6

  41. RobMac says:
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    Great stuff as usual, Grey. I’ve been mock drafting on ESPN, trying to follow your principles and your rankings.

    Wondering your thoughts about this draft. I was drafting with my league in mind (which is OBP and Sv+H) so not true competition in the draft room…

    C Tom Murphy
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    2B Rougned Odor
    3B Matt Carpenter
    SS Trevor Story
    2B/SS Addison Russell
    1B/3B Maikel Franco
    OF Starling Marte
    OF Matt Kemp
    OF Odubel Herrera
    OF Carlos Gomez
    OF Max Kepler
    UTIL Ryon Healy

    P Carlos Carrasco
    P Carlos Martinez
    P Kenta Maeda
    P Andrew Miller
    P Dellin Betances
    P Lance McCullers
    P Michael Pineda
    P James Paxton
    P Jharel Cotton
    BE Cam Bedrosian
    BE Nate Jones
    BE Kyle Barraclough

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Assuming it’s 10 or 12 team, team looks great, love the hitting and pitching…

  42. DBo says:
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    Dynasty league, Bregman+McCutchen+M Fulmer or Scherzer+Baez? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer

  43. jack florida says:
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    trade advice please , 16 team keeper keep 10

    i give Noah Syndergaard, Anthony DeSclafani

    i get Nomar Mazara, Rougned Odor, David Price

    i would not be keeping DeSclafani , regardless

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @jack florida: I’d take Mazara/Odor side and run like the wind

      • jack florida says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: thanks Jef, i always respect your advice

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @jack florida: Anytime

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it

      • jack florida says:
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        @Grey: thanks, i accepted it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  44. DonnieB says:
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    Hi Grey….just looking at Mixed LABR draft board. Tell Rudy that he should be embarrassed and exceedingly lucky to get the draft against some of those “experts”. Stephania Bell’s team must be a joke or did she just follow ESPN rankings? Haha

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: didn’t cockraft not even have cullers cullers cullers listed at ALL (from your comments i don’t read those guys at all)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He didn’t rank him in his top 250, I believe

  45. los locos says:
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    Grey, 10 team keeper league. Have to keep 3 pitchers, of the 3 need 2 of them. I do own Kershaw.

    Who would you keep long term. Trying to trade who ever is left.

    Strausburg
    Salazar
    Duffy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Duffy

  46. DBo says:
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    Thanks Grey, one last offer: dynasty league, Bregman/M Fulmer/J Gray for Scherzer. Which side? Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer side

  47. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    got that desmond for my sal perez done in the 20 team OPS dynasty with defensive crap, meaning for putouts now that i’m scraping the shitbarrel of catchers from FA it’s
    cervelli (2nd best OPS score and projected most at bats by a decent margin)
    norris (best OPS, but less at bats)

    you believe the player rater where it shows cervelli (464) vs norris (388)? there’s other options that are worse, both in OPS and playing time (iaannettaa, maldonado, gomes), but it surely seems to come down to these 2.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, they’re both terrible, I’d prolly go Norris

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: pretty sick that i yearn for the days where i owned zunino for the first 2 years of this league (even held him when he was put in minors midseason that one year). at least zunino will get playing time and hit some homers with his sub .215. and last year he added BB’s too (like doubled his BB% in fact)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: in a league like this a guy who already got 11 putouts or however many per game, AND 20X HR’s, and NOW with BB’s (i forgot it’s OPS and BB’s as separate cats) AND played 6 days a week might be like the 7th best catcher, even if we KNEW he’d hit sub .229

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If you lose the apostrophe, your comment won’t be held in moderation (I think)

  48. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Thanks for all the great pre-season write-ups so far! My auction (16th year) is coming up in 4 weeks, and I need to get my game plan together.

    NL-Only H2H 5×5 with OBP.
    $280 Auction (5 Keepers)

    Goldschmidt – 45
    Villar – 12
    Franco – 13
    Broxton – 3
    Hendricks – 14
    Cole – 19
    LeMahieu – 9
    Pollock – 28
    Eickhoff – 2

    GOLDY, Villar are locks.

    Franco will be a good value at $13 considering all the NL 3B in your top 15 are being kept by other teams.

    Broxton for $3 seems like a bargain since his OBP is serviceable and he has a lot of upside in both speed and power.

    I’m leaning towards Hendricks over Cole, but was wondering if you feel that Cole at $19 is a better value. Hendricks will go for around $25 and Cole could go closer to $30.

    Thoughts on my last three spots?

    I appreciate your insight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Wow, 16 years, almost at it as long as me….
      Goldschmidt – 45
      Villar – 12
      Franco – 13
      LeMahieu
      Hendricks – 14

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks for the reply!
        Interesting. DJ over Keon. I’m guessing the 2B player with higher OBP and more runs scored. I would have my IF all set which would be pretty sweet.

        What’s the highest you’d go on Broxton? To give an idea of how much guys go in our league, last year Hamilton went for 20, Inciarte 15, and Parra for 21. I’m thinking anything over 15 could bite me, and I could put the money into a guy like Desmond. I could supplement the SBs I lose from Keon with more 10-15 SB guys.

        Been playing Fantasy since I was 18 for a t-shirt(ESPN). Now it’s for my friends’ $. Before that it was Baseball Stars and RBI.

  49. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Deal is done and my pitching is a little bit better…I gave Mazara, Snell and Cotton…I get K.Davis, Salazar and J.Ross
    How bow Dah

    • The great Knoche says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: like it. I’m higher on Cotton than most too.

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @The great Knoche: Yeah i like Cotton too but couldnt pass on this with the state of my pitching staff i posted above…Adding Davis’ power to the line up is nice too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cash me outside, not bad

  50. Mike says:
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    I have picks 67 and 74 in standard roto. Don’t have a pitcher yet. C-Mary is best available at 67. Should I grab him there or take Rendon or Segura and hope for C-Mary at 74?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on number of teams, prolly take C-Mart

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Ten teams

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take Segura, take a SP next

  51. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    What up G?!? I’m sure I’m late to this party but all you SoCal peeps stay dry?

  52. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    And the first two episodes of Legion were pretty crazy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I honestly have no idea what to make of the 1st episode… I couldn’t even say if I liked it, I couldn’t make heads or tails of it… Haven’t watched the 2nd, not sure I will either

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I felt like I was watching a Clockwork Orange spinoff or something. It has my interest, I’m leaning towards liking it but could still go south.

        Not sure if you saw my comment above, you and the other southern CA people all safe and dry? I’m sure you’ve already mentioned but I was on vacation last week.

        • Grey

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          Ah, I must’ve missed the 1st comment… Thanks! Yeah, weather in general sucks, and I’m over the rain, but it’s aight, I will fight on under an umbrella-ella-ella…. It totally felt like Clockwork Orange, only more trippy, I seriously had no idea what was happening for most of it… 2nd episode was better then?

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Good to hear!

            Nah, second episode was pretty strange too. I felt like the end of the first episode cleared up some things at least but you’re right, had no idea what was going on until the end of it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I don’t necessarily love shows like that… Not sure if you have Hulu, but the Danish version of The Bridge is great, though subtitled

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: Yeah I have Hulu. I’ll add it to the ever-growing list. I still never watched any of Black Mirror. I’m sick, so I might finally get a few episodes of that in tomorrow while not being at work.

                • Grey

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                  Ah, I’d watch Black Mirror first, but you can watch BM and start other stuff, b/c BM episodes are one-offs… No continuous story

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    BM’s like Twilight Zone

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      @Grey: Oh that’s right.

                      I know nothing about cars but I’ve been watching The Grand Tour on Amazon with the Brits who did Top Gear. It’s an entertaining watch. I get on my random kicks like my knife making show! No idea why.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I used to like Top Gear w/ those same guys and I’m sure I know less about cars than you

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      @Grey: I accept that challenge, ha. But yeah, Grand Tour is pretty much the same exact show except they swear a little more.

                    • Grey

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                      Nice, will have to check it out

  53. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Which side do you prefer:

    Kershaw

    Sale + Syndergaard

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale

  54. BillieJak says:
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    I have a choice to make between Devon Travis and Schoop in a keeper league.

    I’ve seen where you’ve ranked them (close), but is Schoop the clear winner, or should I be looking at category needs at this point?

    • Grey

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      I’d look at categories, no clear winner… I’d more than likely go Schoop though

  55. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    What’s your thoughts on that offense I posted above..you think I need something…feel pretty good about it maybe a little speed but I’m not worried about that so much in head to head…I got to get lucky on some of those pitchers though

    • Grey

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      Nah, I like your hitting a lot… I wouldn’t worry about that, you have bigger fish to fry w/ the pitching

  56. Matt says:
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    Hey Grey,

    So my league did our draft. It’s a 12 team 20 keeper dynasty league. It’s a 35 man roster which includes 5 NA spots for minor league players. 7×7 head to head scoring format: runs homeruns rbis steals xbh avg obp, wins losses saves ks qs era whip.

    C Jt Realmuto
    1b Freddie Freeman
    2b jean segura
    3b Nolan Arenado
    Ss Carlos Correa
    Of aj pollock
    Of Jackie Bradley jr
    Of nomar Mazara
    Utility. Jay Bruce
    Utility Manuel Margot

    Bench:
    Keon broxton
    Logan forsythe
    Curtis granderson
    Alex Dickerson
    Na spot:
    Francisco mejia
    Brett Phillips

    Sp Lance McCullers
    Sp Aaron Nola
    Sp Sean manaea
    Rp kelvin Herrera
    Rp tony Watson
    P Tyson Ross
    P Collin Mchugh

    Bench:
    Jharel Cotton
    Trevor Bauer
    Jamie Garcia
    Scott kazmir
    Seth lugo
    Andrew triggs
    Tyler Anderson
    Mike leake
    Kyle zimmer

    Na:
    Aj puk
    Yadier Alvarez
    Braxton Garrett

    Lengthy post however I’d like your opinion.

    Thank you

  57. Baseball Brad says:
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    Jacob Degrom is typically going around the 15th pitcher off the board in yahoo rankings. I know you don’t like him this year, but at that price would it be a good idea to take him as my number 1?

  58. Johnny Spoons says:
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    Quick One… Keeper League Schwarber or Cargo?

    • Jays4Wildcard says:
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      @Johnny Spoons: depends, do you need a C? if yes, Schwabs, if not Cargo + Coors = great value.

  59. mike says:
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    Who should I keep auction league
    Kyle schwarber 5$
    Boagarts( 11$for 1 yr ,or 20$ for 2yrs , 25$ for 3yrs)

    How long should I sign noah syndaguard for
    (17$ for 2yrs, 22$ for 3yrs, or 27$ for 4yrs.)

    My team already has
    Jake arrietta ( 2years 20$)
    Corey seager 6$
    Wil myers 13$
    Signing players is costly but I do have boagarts kyle schwarber cheap do I keep boagarts for a great two year deal or keep schwarber knowing I can keep him for 7$ next year before I have to sign him. I could even keep him for 8$ another year but then I couldnt sign him after that. The players ive named without contract options is because, I must keep them three times (plus 1$ each year,) before I can sign them. A contract would add 10$ for the first year then plus 5$ for every year after.

    • Grey

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      Bogaerts for $11…. Noah for $17

  60. Jays4Wildcard says:
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    Hey Grey & fellow fans,

    I am in a 12 team, H2H, 10 keeper league. I am comfortable with my top 8 keepers. Need your help with the final 2:

    1. Arenado
    2. Trea Turner
    3. Blackmon
    4. Springer
    5. J.D. Martinez
    6. Dozier
    7. Story
    8. Scherzer

    I need 2 more from the group below:

    a. Sal Perez
    b. Justin Upton
    c. Piscotty
    d. Segura
    e. Verlander
    f. Archer
    g. Britton

    Which 2 would you pick? Really don’t want to pick Perez but C is such a thin position, I might be forced to.

    Thanks all for your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura, Verlander… Perez wouldn’t even be in my top four of the final two

  61. Jays4Wildcard says:
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    Thanks G. Two quick follow-ups:

    1. Do you agree with my Top 8?
    2. Assuming Top 5 catchers will be kept, who would you target in later rounds who would give me close to Perez’s production?

    Cheers…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes 2. I’d go by my rankings

  62. Jason P. says:
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    I can’t even get that entire team in my auction keeper league, but I can probably get half of them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

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