Moment of silence for the White Sox. Their gambit failed and now they’re stuck with every top free agent’s in-laws.  Their clubhouse chemistry is gonna be like Meet the Fockers but more Dominican.  Meet the Focktinez!  “That’s my cat, Señor Mal Suerte.  He uses el bano all by lonesome.”  That’s Yonder Alonso.  Bryce Harper’s dad eyes Señor Mal Suerte, then replies to Yonder, “You can milk anything with nipples.  Even Yolmer Sanchez.”  Any hoo!  Bryce Harper finally signed with the Phillies.  Halleberrylujah!  It’s not even Easter and baseball season has already risen!  Bryce Harper returns to the City of Brotherly Love, where he first visited with the Phillies’ front office six months ago.  “We want you to be a Philadelphia Phillie.”  “I want $330 million.”  “Okay.”  Then six months later, “You’ve got a deal!”  Harper and Boras drive one hard bargain.  They accept the first deal they’re given, but nearly a half year after they’re given it.  Bryce Harper’s gonna love playing in Philly.  They have the best fans in the world.  They’ve already announced May 1st is Rain Batteries On Bryce’s Head Day.  A crowd favorite, for sure.  I don’t think this changes anything about my preseason projections for him, tee bee aitch.  I always assumed he’d end up in Philly, New York or with the White Sox, because, brucely, those were the only three teams ever serious about him.  Maybe the Giants, but let’s just be glad that didn’t happen.  In my top 20 for 2019 fantasy baseball, I kept his projections.  Only difference now will be if Gabe Kapler and Bryce’s dad get into an arm wrestling fight, and Daddy Harper wins and Bryce is randomly benched for Scott Kingery.  Also, I updated the top 80 outfielders and top 100 outfielders for Roman Quinn and Nick Williams, respectively, and my War Room has been updated.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Josh Harrison – Signed with the Tigers.  Or as they say in Michigan when someone lands there, “Let’s give him a hand!”  Then they point at their location on their hand.  Hand turkeys really confuse people in Michigan.  It becomes like FMK but, “Map, Hand or Turkey?”  About as solid a landing place Harrison was going to find for at-bats, but he’s still not a good hitter.  I upped his ranking and his projections at the top 20 2nd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.  Still is not desirable.

Jed Lowrie – Don’t usually mention injuries in spring notes unless they are bad and, well, Lowrie’s got one of those bad ones.  He had a knee MRI and doesn’t sound optimistic for Opening Day, i.e., Jed hurt his knee and yelled, “Crude,” but wasn’t talking about oil.  I knocked him down a bit in the top 20 2nd basemen and top 20 3rd basemen.  Also, I moved Jeff McNeil up in the top 20 2nd basemen (and Garrett Hampson, because I promised to if he saw enough daylight in spring training.)

Todd Frazier – Out with an oblique.  Could be worse, could’ve went down with an ‘oblique, ob-la-da.’  I haven’t moved Frazier in my top 20 3rd basemen yet, since I was already very down on him, in a non-sexual way.  I’m also itching to move up Pete Alonso.

Marwin Gonzalez – Signed with the Twins.  Here’s the Twins offseason, “Yup, we’ll take him, okay, him, okay, how about him, he’s cheap?  What the hell?  Okay, we’ll take him too.  Really, no one wants to sign that guy either?  Fine!  A pitcher?  No thanks!”  I knew I should’ve put down a bet on the Twins to win the World Series when I was in Vegas.  They have more depth than Neil deGrasse Tyson in an aquarium.  They have so much depth I’m not even sure Marwin has a starting job.  Likely this takes ABs from Kepler and Cron, and an insurance policy for Sano in case he didn’t lose that weight and has been carrying a fun house mirror in front of him.  I have updated my top 20 1st basemen (and 2nd basemen and 3rd basemen, and you get the picture).

Ervin Santana – Signed with the White Sox.  Dylan Covey is like, “Damn, I ate all of that dolphin meat this offseason preparing to be the 5th starter and now this.”  Ervin is in my top 100 starters (barely, but not really).

Logan Forsythe – Signed a minor league deal with the Rangers.  Before he signed the deal, he was already at Rangers’ camp.  That Forsythe is amazing.

Shin-Soo Choo – Traveled back to Texas to get an injection in his shoulder.  He traveled back because he’s only three punchouts away from a free surgery on his stamp card.

Clay Buchholz – Signed a deal with the Jays.  The Jays also signed Bud Norris.  To go with Clay and Bud, they should sign, Rolland Gregarious, the reefer dealer outside of the French Open.  Incredibly, I have Buchholz already ranked in my top 100 starters.

Hanley Ramirez – Signed a deal with the Indians.  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  Hanley was run out of Boston last year after Boston reporters incorrectly linked Hanley with a drug dealing scandal, right?  Okay, what if the reporter was on the Red Sox payroll or if the story was leaked to the reporter by the team to get Hanley DFA’d and out of Boston?  That would make a good investigative story if Spotlight was run by Bill Simmons.  Any hoo!  Nothing good will come of Hanley in Cleveland; he only stands to steal playing time from Jake Bauers, which would be bad for fantasy.  I have not added Hanley into my 1st base rankings, because I have no faith in him.

Josh James – Strained his right quad and will not be in the starting rotation, to at least start the year.  If only I made a prop bet that Josh James would not be in the rotation, I’d be a millionaire.  I’d also be a millionaire if I didn’t sell $10,000 in Apple stock a week before the iPod dropped.  #neverforget  I’ve lowered him into the top 100 starters.  I’ve also updated my pitchers’ pairings tool.  Hehe, I said tool.

Carlos Martinez – Now he’s sporting an arm sling.  Great, if he’s impersonating Chevy Chase taking a test in Spies Like Us; not good, if it’s due to an arm injury.  Sadly, it’s the latter, and I’m officially out on C-Mart.  Sorry if you drafted early, and took him.  He sounds headed for a lost season, specifically one of the later Lost seasons when they were just throwing stuff against the wall.  He was moved into the top 100 starters.

Matt Wieters – Signed a deal to backup Yadier in St. Louis.  Just think, only five years ago Keith Law said Wieters would be a Hall of Famer.  Lose some, find the wrong guys winsome…

Mike Soroka – Dealing with a shoulder injury.  So I’m less bullish on Soroka.  Guess you could say I’m a little less…Bravish.  Sorry.  He was also moved in the top 100 starters.

Mike Foltynewicz – Soreness in his elbow, which is a precursor for Foltynewicz in 2020, reminiscing, “I remember when I used to pitch in the major leagues.  It was back in 2018.  It was before the final season of Game of Thrones when everyone died, except the Dragon Lady–”  Wow, Faultysandwichz, enough spoilers!  So, I haven’t yet moved Faultyelbowwitz down in my rankings, because the Braves said, “He could pitch immediately if this were the regular season, and you people need to chill,” but I’m not drafting him until I see him throw.

Kevin Gausman – Dealing with shoulder soreness.  I’m sensing a theme:

Clayton Kershaw – Has had setback after setback from trying to throw.  Bummed that more people didn’t draft this schmohawk before he came down with the “every pitcher who has thrown too many innings”-itis.  Shame I didn’t even get to write a schmohawk post about him before it happened, so at least I can point to how correct I was, though I did tell everyone in my top 20 starters for 2019 fantasy baseball, that you have to have a screw loose to draft him.  Now I’ve dropped him even further in my rankings into the top 40 starters, and I still would not touch him with a ten-foot pole.  Or really even an eleven-foot pole. Actually, how big do poles come?  Hey, Ivan Putski, any guesses?

  1. frankgrimes says:
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    Yes let’s be glad.

    • peacecoast says:
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      @frankgrimes: Vikings is good, maybe better than TLK. Was it you who recommended it?

      Also, LOVING the little setup you helped me with :) it’s almost too easy. PLEX rules.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @peacecoast: What? Better than TLK? Oh, man, now I have to watch it

      • Wass says:
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        @Grey: @peacecoast: I hyped Vikings up a bunch but idk if I was first to rec… but glad you like it! Such a good show.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I haven’t watched yet… I started watching the Unsolved Biggie/Tupac show

          • Wass says:
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            @Grey: I accidentally included you on the reply haha i meant that to Peacecoast

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah

        • frankgrimes says:
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          @Grey: @Wass:

          I’ll just say for now that my girl said Vikings is like a mash up of TLK and General Hospital hehe

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA, is that good tho?

            • frankgrimes says:
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              @Grey:
              For me I wouldn’t put Vikings above or equal too any of the other shows we agree we love. It has some good parts tho for sure.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Cool, I trust ya, so I’m glad I’m watching Biggie vs. Tupac first

                • frankgrimes says:
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                  @Grey:

                  That’s on my list.
                  Like second episode in the Viking lady says I want a divorce? I mean come on really haha.

                  • Grey

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                    HA, that is some GH shizz

                    • frankgrimes says:
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                      @Grey:

                      For me if it was more like the first 5 min of episode 1 instead of GH haha then I’d enjoy it more. We in the middle but not jonesing to binge it tho you know.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, and Tupac/Biggie is nothing great, don’t get me wrong

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @peacecoast:

        Awesome.
        Don’t agree about TLK tho haha.

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up!

    a. Sorry that Harper signed with the Phils. Now your 10$ investment in the AL-only league is washed up, but I’m sure you’ll take active measures in hand.

    b. What a great signing of Wieters, I guess he wore out his welcome in DC just as he had worn out his welcome in Baltimore. He should retire now so he can start the clock sooner for getting into the hall of shame – only place he’s going to go.

    c. Tonight is our daughter’s Prom night. Pray for me, any last minute advice from any ‘ballers out there would be very welcomed.

    d. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote of the day for March 1

    1. [Please say it with a Russian accent.] In America you drink water. In Russia, the water drink you!

    2. [Please say it with a Russian accent.] In America you put on jacket. In Russia, jacket puts you on.

    3. News out of the Weimar Republic Press..it’s being reported that Adolph Hitler was a womanizer and fathered children all over the world. That’s for sure the worst thing he’s done.

    4. Today is the 11th birthday of President Obama’s youngest daughter Sasha or as I like to call her, the uppity one.

    5. I think the reason I most look forward to China ruling the earth is for the bounty of Chinese food from Zankou Chicken.

    6. In this sick world, John Lennon is murdered yet Mill Vanilli continues to run amok. Martin Luther King, assassinated. John Lennon, assassinated. Jonh F Kennedy, assassinated. Jesus, murdered. Ronald Reagan, just wounded. Sick world, run amok.

    7. Looked up in Roget’s thesaurus the word cluster and found the following entries, clump, mass, group, body, crowd. Which brings me to Gustave Le Bon and his famous treatise on mob mentality called the crowd. Whenever you’re in a crowd unfortunately the IQ of the crowd tends to sink to the lowest common denominator and that’s where you get mob violence or unexamined narcissism and nationalism and jingoism and SPORTS ENTHUSIASM. That to me is a cluster fuck ’cause you get stuck in that and you would like to have a more I – thou relationship rather than the I – it cluster fuck of the crowd.

    8. [Norm imitating Carson’s Carnac skit]

    Carnac: Mount Baldy
    Ed McMahon: Hahaha…Mount Baldy
    Carnac: That’s what I said, Mount Baldy. What did Yul Brynner’s wife do on their wedding night?

    e. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      @Ante Galic:

      “Gustave Le Bon and his famous treatise on mob mentality called the crowd. ”

      Did you read Gustave LebRON James’ treatise called how the crowd the far end of the bench by trying to trade all of them at that trade deadline and causing a 10 game losing streak?

    • Sweatpants Nation says:
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      @Ante Galic: C. When my oldest was getting ready for her prom I got bored and decided to go out back and burn some yard waste. This was in May so the windows were open. I guess I created to much smoke with the fire. My suggestion, do something stupid like that and everyone will remember it- no one remembers the guy she went to prom with or what happened at prom but THEY ALL REMEMBER THE SMOKE.

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @Sweatpants Nation:

        You must have had hell to pay from the women of the house that day

        • Sweatpants Nation says:
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          @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Haha. yup. I also wasn’t the best dressed one in the photos that day, let’s just say.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Yeah, it’s all right, kinda figured B. Ha, yeah C. Tell her, “Ramon Laureano is a great late sleeper,” then she’ll be thinking about it all night like there’s some hidden meaning and she won’t be able to properly, um, engage with her date D. 5. Haha, that’s right by me! E. You too

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        a. Great! Then I’ll just yelp Zankou Chicken in the LA area and randomly call out – GREY!!!, COUGS!!!! Why aren’t they answering?

        b. The less I know about her plans the better. They’re having the dance tonight around 20h30 until 23h00, then my wife and I and our son go home and she stays on for the after-party in a different location. She’s got the keys to my mother-in-law’s apartment which is one floor below us. I told her there’s one rule: keep quiet when entering the building. Her date for the prom, now that’s a story for the National Enquirer. So, her ex-boyfriend who is a seaman (don’t go there, man) and currently at sea can’t accompany her so he forced a friend (who has a girlfriend) who went to the same naval school as him (one year younger) to be her accompaniment for her prom night! Hope ’bout them apples? She’s a master terrorist, getting what she wants. Maybe it’s less subversive than that but you get my point about knowing less right? Then, my wife asks me if I’m listening and why don’t I respond and I won’t someone to permanently blow my ears off.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. Yes, but be careful, Zankou is known for murdering people (There’s a podcast about it, can Google it) B. You’re right, of course, but just whisper to her about Ramon Laureano to keep her on her toes

    • Rusty C says:
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      @Ante Galic: I’m fairly certain that at least one of the two milli vanilli dudes committed suicide. So, maybe you could substitute Nickelback?

  3. Bas Larsen says:
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    Okay. So what I take from this post is don’t draft Braves pitchers. Except maybe A.J. Minter.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Bas Larsen: And Touki

      • Bas Larsen says:
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        @The Great Knoche: If you wan’t Touki you’re welcome to him. I’m not taking a chance on that walk rate.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Bas Larsen: Small sample size in the majors. It was high in minors, but not outrageous. Over a 3/1 K/BB Ratio is not awful. So a chance for elite Ks with around a 4.00 ERA getting picked in the 22nd round in NFBC is worth it.

          • Bas Larsen says:
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            @The Great Knoche: I see what you’re saying. I can’t fault you for taking anyone at 300 overall. There’s just too much risk with Touki for me. I generally don’t like rookies (or second year players for that matter.) So a rookie pitcher with questionable control. That’s too many question marks for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas Larsen: Meh, it’s still early, Folty might be okay, but there’s some concerns

  4. JAscher says:
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    In Grey we trust:

    Now that this brutally painful saga of an anticlimactic signing is over, do your projections of the relevant guys (i.e. Realmuto, Segura and Hoskins) in Philly change at all…if so what are we looking at for their new projections…does Segura reach 100 plus runs? Hoskins move into the top 20? Does Realmuto move into a new ranking (not that it matters or I care because he’s a catcher)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JAscher: Nah, they don’t change, I’m not sure of the lineup yet… I’m guessing Harper third, but he might hit 2nd

  5. Clay says:
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    Grey,

    Please tell me I’m crazy for considering Harper (redraft) over JDM, Lindor, Machado, and Freeman/Goldy (the rest on your Top 10 are unavailable). I know you have Lindor/Machado ranked just above Harper, so am I being overly influenced by all the noise (Philly being a great HR park, Vegas already installing him as 5-1 odds to win NL MVP etc.)?

    Oh man, my Y! league will give me so much s*** when I pass JDM (ranked 5 on Y!) for a guy ranked 21!

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      @Clay: If you pick Harper over anyone you’ve already lost. He has the most punchable face ever. I’d kill myself before drafting that jackass.

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @Captain Obvious:

        Why do you think he is a jackass? That guy does’nt just have skills he plays hard and how can you not like a guy who punched Papelbon in the face?

        • Captain Obvious says:
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          @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Just one other jackasses opinion. Just look at him though. Makes me want to hit a puppy.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Clay: Well he has Harper over JDM, Freeman and Goldy. And Lindor/Machado are 1 and 2 spots in front of Harper, so take it easy with the melodrama.

      • Sagacious Sam says:
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        @Cram It: Haha. Stick that in your pipe @Clay and inhale so deeply that you forget Razzball even exists. I HATE drama!! WWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

      • Clay says:
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        @Cram It: lmao i literally said that

        • Cram It says:
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          @Clay: Did you? You were wondering if you were crazy for taking Harper over those guys you’ve listed. Why would you be crazy if Harper is either already ranked above or right next to those guys?

          • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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            @Cram It:

            Your screen name reminds me of the movie Dodge Ball when White says
            “………cram it up your cram hole LeFluer”

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha, throwback (literally)!

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Grey: I see what you did there. Still relevant today!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Hehe

  6. RoarOf84 says:
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    10 team, 6×6, h2h categories league where each team can keep up to 6 players without any penalty.

    Would you trade JD for Bregman? I know he’s above JD in your rankings but are we in the clear for his elbow? Any chance he retains SS eligibility for 2020?

    Other than JD, my other current keepers are Acuna, Machado, Sale, Bryant, and Correa.

  7. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    3 Hot takes:

    Ervin Santana and Clay Buchholz will square off in a remarkably high-scoring game, and then go get nostalgia drinks together after the game.

    Arya Stark will wear Cercei’s face as she rules from the Iron Throne.

    Derek Norris will return to the MLB after crushing it with the Sugar Land Skeeters, and outperform Matt Wieters.

    1 Room-temp Take

    Bryce Harper is about to become an insufferable off-the-field personality and wind up on a realty TV show by age 40.

    • Fanciful Basesball says:
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      @Fanciful Basesball: I meant to write “reality”, but I could also see him doing something terrible on HGTV.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fanciful Basesball: Good call on Arya! I think you might be right there… Harper and his wife are bound for reality TV, for sure… Some good calls here, you are a soothsayer

  8. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    Sad day …

    I had to declare keepers in my super-duper important dynasty league … and because I already have Danny Jansen I had to drop baseball’s funnest, roly-est poly-est, beefiest, international sex-icon Willians Astudillo for Ronald Guzman and his 3 spring training taters [so far].

    Why the Twins don’t give A-Stud 650 ABs this season so everyone can enjoy baseball to the maximus is beyond me — that amount of playing time for El Tortuga could easily cure all diseases and have peace break out the world over.

    Just had to get that off my chest – thanks, Grey, you’re the best!

  9. OneMoreZero says:
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    Grey,

    330,000 one hundred dollar bills is only 33,000,000 thirty three million. The Phillies paid 3.3 million Ben Franklins. 330 million.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OneMoreZero: Rudy does the titles, and the math… Is he off? I didn’t check the math — I will fix

  10. The Great Knoche says:
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    Why does Rudy gotta be shorting Bryce those 3 Million Benny’s?

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Yeah! I thought math was Rudedog’s ‘thing’.

    • Curious George Springet says:
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      @The Great Knoche: 2.97 million bennies. :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Ha, yeah, person above said that too… Wow, surprised Rudy’s math is off — they say math is the first thing to go for the older generation

  11. sk says:
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    Hey, everyone. Looking for some keeper help, please. We only keep one… it’s a mixed, weekly H-2-H roto league with standard 5×5 scoring plus 2B and BB. The number next to these guys is the round I would give up in this year’s draft, if I keep him. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    7 – T. Pham. Solid. Good team. Injury concerns.
    10 – A. Mondesi. Doesn’t walk and he’s a scary proposition…but could really pay dividends.
    13 – Matt Carpenter. Can he do it again this year?
    19 – Michael Brantley. Inclined not to keep him, but not a bad option for a 19th rounder.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      @sk: Mondesi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sk: Agree with DT

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      @sk: He ranks everyone. Is that hard to grasp?

  12. dubjay says:
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    Morning Grey et al,
    So I was just offered a trade in my 12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league(keep 10) He would send me T.Shaw and T.Anderson for my Voit and Laureano. Should I take this? Or is Shaw going to be losing playing time with all of the extra ABs Moustakas and co. will be getting. Worried there will be time shares finding playing time for all of the Brewers infielders. I dont really need Anderson with Seager and Bregman but he would be a nice source of SBs/HRs. I really like the upside of my bench but this would give my bench a higher floor.
    What do you think? He also has R.Iglesias, B.Buxton, G.Hampson and A.Reyes. Could maybe try to work one of them in instead of Anderson.
    C-MOLINA
    1B-ENCARNACION
    2B-ALBIES
    3B-ARENADO
    SS-BREGMAN
    OF-TROUT, ACUNA, SOTO(sexiest outfield ever?)
    UTIL-OZUNA, C.SEAGER
    BENCH-VOIT, LAUREANO

    SP-SNELL, PAXTON, BIEBER, PIVETTA, HEANEY, EOVALDI
    RP-YATES, ALVARADO

      • Dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        You don’t worry about playing time in that crowded infield?

        • Dubjay says:
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          @Dubjay:
          And would you keep it as is or try to sub out Anderson for one of the others?

        • Dubjay says:
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          @Dubjay:
          Would you keep the deal as is or sub in one of the other options?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dubjay: I love Shaw, don’t think he will miss too many ABs.. Shaw and Anderson are way above Voit and Laureano in my rankings… Not really close

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey. Who do you like for my next RP?
        Andrew Miller/Barnes/Strop/Dominguez/Colome/Herrera/Steckenrider

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What do my rankings say?

  13. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    As for the White Sox whiffing on Harper (and Machado) …

    Yeah – it’s bad … in a real bad way.

    FACT: the White Sox have NEVER been to the play-offs in back-to-back years.

    From the team that invented the cheap baseball owner (Charles Comiskey) who caused the worst scandal (Black Sox), owner Jerry Reinsdorf simply refuses to pay for high quality baseball players.

    Jerry Reinsdorf is a bad caricature of Thurston Howell III who would rather lose and make money, than spend some extra money and win more games.

    Baseball is making record profits (despite attendance being down as a whole for many years) … so rhetorically, what’s the point of these billionaire baseball owners like Jerry Reinsdorf owning a baseball team if they don’t care about winning?

    Just had to get that one off my chest, too – thanks again, Grey, you’re the best!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Racehorse: But they also had the best owner, just not great at winning

      • Racehorse says:
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        @Grey: Jerry Reinsdorf is so tight-fisted he wouldn’t pay a nickel to watch Niagara Falls go backwards.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

        • Captain Obvious says:
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          @Racehorse: I wouldn’t either. Why should I?

          • Racehorse says:
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            @Captain Obvious: try using the jaws-of-life to pry open your penny purse and live a little – geeze.

  14. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Battery Day is reserved for JD Drew….at least you did’nt pull out the out Snow Balls for Santa gag like all the national broadcasters. The best Philly move i saw in person was the flare gun game Monday night against the 49ers. Could you image that happening post 911?

    Kapler said he may bat harper in the 8 hole analytics say that will strengthen the bottom of the order.

    What a great signing we don’t really have a great lead off i guessing
    hernandez, segura, Harper, hoskins, realmuto, mCuthend i’m thinking Franco in the 8 hole. Thats a stacked lineup you 8 hole is going to ding 22 hr. I don’t know if you have seen Franco yet but he is in great shape both him and kingery are hungry for playing time.

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @Sweatpants Nation:

        lol yes…………..he is still a fat f..ck

    • bigbear says:
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      @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Where does ODB hit? I can see him as the #8 hitter.

      How many ABs does Kingery get? I can see Kingery being a super utility, but playing nearly every days (like Baez a couple of years ago). But it wouldn’t shock me if he wins 3B out of spring either.

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @bigbear:

        i figure ODB 7 or 8 ……….good point i think kingery and franco came into the season ready to fight for a spot……as for Kingery who knows what he can do if he could focus on one position

        really with Kaplar who knows what line up he will throw out day to day he is mind boggling

    • Dave D says:
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      @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood:

      I can’t imagine they bat Odubel 8/9. I can’t imagine he rides the pine either. I’m not sure where he fits in but Kapler and the GM have both said he worked real hard this offseason. I think the 3rd OF job is his to lose. Maybe they give some thought to having Segura lead off and Odubel#2 if he looks good once he gets on the field.

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @Dave D:

        Been a long time since the Phillies had First World Problems! That is a hitting lineup.

        I agree wtih you OD is starting in center.. Maybe they even have McCutchen Lead off sometimes? Nick Williams traded?

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @Grey:

        That was a good one………keep it classy philly

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yup

  15. Sammy says:
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    In a 10 team league, which tier of pitchers would you target as your first pitcher and in what roundish?

  16. Crime Dog says:
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    At least by going to Philly Bryce will now have tan nads, a requirement to play for Gabe. That’s what I’m most excited about.

  17. Brett says:
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    Hey, we’ve got one free spot in an RCL that drafts tonight at 8 EST.
    It’ s RCL#1 featuring Razzball legend Rudy Gamble, or at least someone with his name. Get in plz.

  18. Darren says:
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    Any adjustments to Gregory Polanco’s draft value? No restrictions on hitting, progressing well on throwing regimen, may get some DH ABs in ST. Seems like he’s heading for the early end of the mid April to Mid June return window.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Darren: April to mid-June? That’s a huge window… I’m not changing him yet, I am watching him

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      @Darren: So? What’s so great about him that his injury status matters? Really?

  19. Big Ticket says:
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    Were Segura projections/ranks done before Cutch, JT, and Harper additions? Any updates on Jean’s and projections?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Ticket: I’m already really high on Segura, not changing his projections

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      @Big Ticket: Lmao. Yeah he’s going to be a beast now cause of other guys. He’ll probably do what he always has.

  20. Nick Baker says:
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    5×5 Roto Keeper League (OBP instead of Avg.)
    12 years to give 5 players (must keep 5)
    3 RP spots (saves are tough in this league bc teams hoard closers)

    Current Contracts:
    Betts 1 year left of a 5 year deal
    2 years to eat from a past contract

    9 years to dish out to 4 of these guys:
    Juan Soto
    Trevor Story
    Paul Goldschmidt
    Khris Davis
    Robinson Cano
    Luis Castillo
    Tyler Glasnow
    Raisel Iglesias

    Essentially Soto, Story and Goldy are a given but thoughts on the 4th and contract years?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick Baker: Can you do? Soto (6), Story (3) and Goldy, Davis

      • hurley4three says:
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        @Grey: I can’t. I have to give at least one year on each.

        Soto 4 or 5
        Story 2 or 3
        Goldy 1
        Davis 1

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Soto, 4, Story 3, 1, 1

  21. Big Ticket says:
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    Any adjustments coming for Segura’s projections? If he hits 308 like you project, 92 runs feels low in that lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Ticket: I’m not changing his projections, but maybe they should be 105-ish instead…

  22. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    I think we need to slow down the Harper hype. Sure Philly is a good landng spot (better than SF anyway) but outside his one monster season he’s only now had one 100 RBI season (and a 99 to be fair). And Washington generally had good lineups for him to hit in. Guy hit 249 last year and it isn’t a complete outlier as he has a 243 in the books also. And who’s to say he stays healthy enough to get 600 plus PA’s. I still think Grey’s ranking holds up and Harper isn’t worth reaching for.

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Sweatpants Nation: yep. all those things. not drafting him at his ADP for sure.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Sweatpants Nation: I love all the hype around Philly now. They were saying the same thing about the Nats the last 3 years. Just hand them the title! Apparently everyone in the lineup is going to go 30/100 or 100/20/20. Looking forward to laughing my arse off when they flop.

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Cram It: the top 5 tho: cutch, segura, bryce, hoskins, realmuto. kinda sexy cuz cutch and segura get on base so well.

        • Cram It says:
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          @peacecoast: Yeah it LOOKS sexy on paper. 4 of those guys on new teams. Just sayin’…When it looks too good to be true and the public is all over something, fade it.

    • Big Ticket says:
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      @Sweatpants Nation: Definitely fair points in standard leagues. OBP is a whole different story.

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        @Big Ticket: For sure he rises in OBP

  23. peacecoast says:
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    General RCL question. In other leagues I have played, to not start a SP you put them on the bench. But that means you need to have a SP on the bench that is not starting that day. If you have to roster 9 active pitchers, that means you have carry 6 sp (if 3 RP) and then at least 1 on the bench am I right? That means drafting > 6 SP? Is this a dumb question? Is Grey my real father?

    • Cram It says:
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      @peacecoast: What? haha. You can have non-starting pitchers in your lineup or on the bench.

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Cram It: still confused. what is the process to sit a pitcher on the fantrax site?

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          You don’t need 9 pitchers active, just move any pitcher to your bench, you are allowed to have empty spots if you wish.

          • peacecoast says:
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            @MattTruss: ah ok that is the kicker. thanks!

            • Ante Galic says:
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              @peacecoast: PC!

              They are giving you the PC answer.

              Think about it logically. You have to have a minimum of 1000 IP and a maximum of 1400 IP. As soon as you go over 1400 you no longer accumulate ANY pitching points. You can check your rate of IP fairly simply on the site, so divide up your season into 6 more or less equal parts so about 213 IP per month, it’s probably a good recipe to be at or around 700 IP by the ASB.

              So, long story short, the classic situation in these leagues is like 3 or 4 top starters, 4 or 5 RP of which 2 should be closers and the remaining 3 should be guys like Hader (100 Ks, 100 IP, no starts which is key and maybe throw in 6-10 wins and the odd 3 IP save). For example, Hader was the 8th highest on the pitcher chart in 2018. The guy is really valuable. Guys with similar value who could be 2019 version of Hader include Chad Green for one.

              From one fellow Canadian to another, I recommend you read up fantasy rundown dot com. There is a ton of really great information that you can use to triangulate the best roster (before, during and after the draft).

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • peacecoast says:
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                @Ante Galic: thanks! have you done many RCL’s?

                • Ante Galic says:
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                  @peacecoast: PC

                  a. This will be my fourth year of RCL. One year I finished third in my league, one year it was pretty bad and I won my league last year.

                  b. You’ll make mistakes, get over it and try to find the best way forward. Try not to make too many in-season rash decisions like dropping someone if they are poorly performing in April. There are guys who classically perform better after May 1 or May 15 even. This is roto so what counts is how many total stats you collect. Like if Chapman hits 1 HR in April but 35 the rest of the way, that’s a total of 36. What he did in April does NOT matter.

                  c. You have 2 injured reserve slots, so drafting someone like Lindor (if the price is right) will not hurt you if you have a fill-in for the time he’s on the DL.

                  d. The same thing goes for guys who are going to be platooned. It’s daily lineups so there’s two ways guys handle it. One is just leave the lineup alone and maybe the guy you should have sat because he’s a lefty facing and a lefty and not in the starting lineup ends up hitting a pinch-hit grand slam. If you didn’t start him, you miss the grand slam in 1 AB. If you did the wise thing and sit him, you miss the slam. As a rule it’s better to follow and see if your lefty bat will sit against the lefty pitcher. Sign up to twitter (if you haven’t already) and follow all 30 teams. Then you can check lineups before the games start.

                  Good luck, man.

                  Cheers,
                  Ante

                  • frankgrimes says:
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                    @Ante Galic:

                    Ante join the Frequent Comment League?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yes! Ante!

          • Cram It says:
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            @MattTruss: Congrats on the #1 pick you sonofabitch.

  24. Brave says:
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    At what point is Folty worth the risk? In a slow draft right now and no one has touched him 140 picks in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brave: Around 150 overall sounds decent value

  25. Mike L says:
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    Somehow, (and I’m sure I’m not alone here) something tells me Kapler won’t be with the Phils long after getting Harper. Just look at those two. Either they’ll be out at the club after games or one will choke the shit out of the other.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike L: Agreed, Kapler’s gone after this year if they disappoint

  26. jaw says:
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    please rank machado, lindor, baez in a 5×5 h2h dynasty format. is there a big difference in how you’d rank them? trying to trade for one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw: Lindor, Machado, Baez

  27. shibboleth says:
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    Hey Grey, happy Friday! Need your help finalizing 5 keepers.

    FAs slot in rounds 20, 16, 12, 8, 5. and I’m just not sure any of the FAs below are worth an 8th or 5th round. Ohtani and/or Treinen could be low risk for the rounds they’re kept in, which would mean lesser risk for 3 or 4 FAs I wind up keeping. Halp!

    Keep 5:

    Ohtani (rd 25)
    Treinen (rd 17)
    Dahl (FA)
    Muncy (FA)
    German Marquez (FA)
    Jack Flaherty (FA)
    Eduardo Escobar (FA)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      @shibboleth: Marquez, Flaherty and Treinen are the no brainers. Ohtani is format dependent but I’d keep him in round 25 in almost leagues. You can flip a coin on Dahl vs Muncy for the last one…I’ll take Dahl.

  28. this was probably answered a buttload of times, but i have not seen it so i will ask again, will there be an excel version of the war room this year?

  29. The Great Knoche says:
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    Soliciting for an owner to join the Frequent Commenters League. We are short one owner this year.

    2 Requirements:

    -Be a frequent (Or Occasional Commenter)
    -Be an active fantasy manager (Don’t quit playing in July if you are getting trounced. Fight to the bitter end!)

    This is not a league for the faint of heart, join and learn, or perhaps dominate. Send resumee to MattTruss….or just drop a line below if interested.

  30. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Grey,

    Do you think the phillies are done? Are they going to grap Kuchel and Kimbrel or wait until trade deadline? They went this far i think they are going all in

  31. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team H2H 7×7 keeper league (extra categories: OPS, TB, Holds, Losses). We keep 5 and have to designate 1 franchise hitter and 1 franchise pitcher, both of whom then only cost a last round pick. We keep players up to 5 years and I’m in my last year with Correa. Which 5 would you keep? Cost of pick for this year are in parentheses.

    Javier Baez (5th rounder)
    Gleyber Torres (12th rounder)
    Alex Bregman (21st rounder)
    Carlos Correa (20th rounder)
    Clayton Kershaw (24th rounder)
    Walker Buehler (22nd rounder)
    Jameson Taillon (8th rounder)
    Miguel Andujar (25th rounder)
    Andrelton Simmons (25th rounder)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      @Smell The Glove: Baez, Bregman, Buehler, Andujar, Correa

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Sorry… I dunno why this video posts itself within the website. Or am I the only one seeing this?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Get ad-free! Makes site so much faster and is only $10

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: So are you saying that Ad free is the reason that my Youtube video might be appearing embedded on the site instead of as a link? Cause I already ordered the tools and the ad free stuff the day they came out.

            Just curious, cause I don’t want to be the guy littering your fantasy baseball comments section with 20 min long videos. Though I guess I just did that. I vow to do it less though!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh! Ha, no, I didn’t follow what you meant, I thought you meant an ad video… Carry on!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                As for your original question, I have no idea how to get video in comment, maybe WordPress updated their system and that’s how it is now

    • knucks says:
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      @Smell The Glove: As your nick leads me to believe, you sir are likely a fan of the “rawk”…?

      Indulge yourself in the sweet sounds of the Umph the next time you have 22ish mins to kill….

      Smell the “MITTEN” starts around the 12th minute mark or so, but I urge you to enjoy the 12 minute ride that it takes to get us there.

  32. foul balls says:
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    Hiya grey, need some help with a redraft 12 team h2h 23 roster yahoo league 6×6 , qs,saves and holds 35 inns minimum. I’m considering punting a category as it’s a small roster, would you punt saves holds or something else or try to fill all categories. Thanks kindly as always for your daily insights.

    • knucks says:
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      @foul balls: I don’t like to punt, but in SV+Holds, that sounds like it’d be the easiest thing to prob try to stream for if that’s what your asking.

      • foul balls says:
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        @knucks: thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @foul balls: I don’t punt anything usually, but sounds okay there if you wanna try it… You can always pick up a Holds guy off waivers

      • foul balls says:
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        @Grey: thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  33. knucks says:
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    Looks like C-Mart has possibly fallen to me at my #256 pick in a slow draft. You take him there right? I have an insane rotation already, cause its a 10 team league. Maybe he gets saves? Maybe he gets healthy? Maybe I can drop him and would have an easy decision to make on who to cut to open a streaming slot in April? Its so damn cheap, knowwhatimsayin’?

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: I mean I saw you slotted him in there at #215, so the question really is, should I be less excited than I am right now about it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: May as well there

  34. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    Todd Frazier is nothing but a cold fart, and that’s me quoting a cop from Blackkklansman (really really good movie).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Skip Mcgillicuddy: I have a non platonic crush on adam driver, dunno why

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: @peacecoast: meant to say platonic, i save my gay for grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thank you!

  35. wOBA Fett says:
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    Hey boss. I’ve got the 10th pick in a 6×6 where OPS and OBP are included instead of AVG. With this format, are you still taking Turner if he drops to the 10th pick, or are you “reaching” for a Harper/Giancarlo/Judge?

  36. Bitter Beerface says:
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    Grey,

    It’s March. First of all, anyone who drafts before March is crazy, as evidenced by Razzball’s vague yet informative tweet. Secondly, I’m in a tizzy now! My mnemonic device for remembering pitchers is completely shattered with the loss of the first syllable Fo…, how do I replace that?!!! If somebody whispers ‘elbow’ like “Verlander brushed Kate’s tight sweater with his elbow”, I respond “AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH, drop him from my draft rankings!!! Potential elbow problem!!!! And I will need pictures for confirmation, please…”

    Sooooo I need a new mnemonic device dammit, but I do have 8 days until draft, then 16, 25, and 26 days til the others. We have time. You’re not moving Folty but I AM! He’s DEAD TO ME!!! Alright who would you mash up for a simple mnemonic device for yours truly to remember between Berrios, Wheeler, Mikolas, and Glasnow….Glamour Wheelbarrow….BerriMi GlasWheel….WheelBe GlasMiks……..I’M NO GOOD AT THIS!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I say you try to make a mnemonic from AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH

      • Bitter Beerface says:
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        @Grey:

        But then I’ll draft nothing but A-name starters! AAron Nola, Arrieta, …. Archer…. oh no! Wait a minute…Anderson, Andrew Heaney, Alex Wood… the all-A name rotation! That could work!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Like how you’re thinking!

  37. Schoolboy P says:
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    Made a trade last night for Mondesi. My keepers are now:
    Bellinger, Shaw, Machado, Mondesi, Vlad Jr.
    As you can see my MI is full, I have one CI spot open and an entire OF to fill.

    Do I have a weakness to target, or does it look pretty balanced? AVG?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice balance, you need AVG

  38. AndyAndy says:
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    in a 13 team, keep 12 Roto (6X6 OPS) league – Would you trade (my) Bregman for Altuve and Bert Mondesi?

    My other Keepers are likely
    Harper, Benintendi, Ozuna, Rosario, E Escobar, Paxton, Bader and 4 of
    T Anderson, Meadows, Desmond, Kingery, Jansen, K Seager, Healy.

    Thanks in Advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  39. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    Mock Roto 12 teamer:

    C Wellington
    1B Olson
    2B Moncada
    3B Shaw
    SS Trea
    MI Story
    CI Marwin
    OF Benintendi
    OF Hoskins
    OF Dahl
    OF Bader
    OF Meadows
    UTL Mondesi
    P Paxton
    P Bieber
    P Hendricks
    P Heaney
    P Pivetta
    P Lucchesi
    P Betances
    P May
    P Alex Reyes
    Bench
    Laureano
    Pete Alonso
    Fletcher

    What you think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you’ve listened to me about pitching and your hitting is solid, I like your team, Marwin’s iffy tho

  40. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    I saw that Dansby Swanson was scratched yesterday with a sore wrist. Is it bad form to hold a prayer hexagon so Johan Camargo gets the every day ABs at short. Or should we just wait until April 15 when Donaldson goes down Camargo gets his ABs at third.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad form at all!

  41. Crime Dog says:
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    I feel like Ramon is still being underappreciated. Going 190 in nfbc and 280 in ESPN ha! He’s a lock for 15/15 and has 20/25 upside. Makes good contact. Walks a bit. I think his skills could possible lead to him leading off at some point. He’s a no brainier at 180 I think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’s got an outside chance for a top 20 OF season, he just needs to hit leadoff

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: I agree. And the way it looks now his only real competition for leadoff is jurickson who gets on base about .330….if Ramon can keep up his .340/.350 obp, the As are pretty analytical, they might not hesitate to move Ramon into leadoff sooner than later.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking too… Profar is more of a 2 or 5 hitter

          • Dave D says:
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            @Grey:

            You guys have Laureano listed as 23 but his birthday is 7/15/94. The interesting part of that to me is that Fowler is considered a failed prospect but actually six months younger.

            • Grey

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              Weird on the age, I’ll have to ping Rudy, he keeps track of that stuff… Yeah, I hear ya on Fowler, who I don’t mind, but he needs ABs

            • @Dave D: good catch. hadn’t updated the age query to pull from the 2019 tables vs 2018. everyone was a year younger. now fixed.

  42. Jr says:
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    What are your thoughts on Devers in a dynasty league? 10 team H2H obp league with walks also. Is he worth someone worth gambling on for the potential? Or move along? Investing in him would lock him in on my team for 3 years.

    Also, I can keep Franmil for cheap for 4 years, but have to lock him in for that whole time. Is he someone you think is worth taking that risk on as well?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Worth the gamble, for sure… Devers over Franmil, though I like him too

      • Jr says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey! I can hold both so don’t have to choose. We keep around 18-20 players per year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  43. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Minter pulled with shoulder tightness…can’t make this stuff up haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s in the water in Atlanta? Besides Coca-Cola

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Shoulder disintegrators? Nah, that would be too obvious. Cheesesteak grill runoff. Same effect. Nobody recovers from that shizz.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  44. OaktownSteve says:
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    We take you now to Cleveland Indians camp:

    Coach Fungo: Ok Frankie, what I want you to do is run out to second and get down on your knees. I’ll hit you some grounders.

    Frankie Lindor: Grounders on my knees, Coach? How’s this going to help my calf?

    CF: Well it won’t help it per se, but we’ll keep the pressure off and you can keep your hands sharp?

    FL: Forgive me for saying, Coach, but I don’t think I need to sharpen my hands. I’m very good at ground balls.

    CF; Damn it, Frankie, the protocol says very clearly, “day 13, grounders on your knees.

    FL: This seems very awkward not being able to move side to side. I’m not sure…

    CF: *hits wicked short hop that bounces up and hits him in the solar plexus*

    FL: *groaning in fetal position* I don’t think it’s working…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I saw that too about grounders on his knees… Hilarious…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        You know I love a good functional running or sock throw joke

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How about those swings in a cage when it’s Bird?

  45. Wally Pipp says:
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    I don’t normally get too specific with my leagues asking questions but I want to set this up and see what you think.

    6×6 w/ops and QS, 12 teams. You have the ability to keep any four players on your roster if you choose and they count as your first four picks in the draft. If you keep only for example two, then you start drafting in the third round. also you can only keep a player for a maximum of three years before they are forced to re-enter the draft, however if you trade for a keeper, that resets the three year max ownership clock. ( I didn’t invent the League I just play in it)

    This year I only have 2 worthy keepers trout and Scherzer. Which is obviously very good but most teams keep 4 players, which means when I pick in the third round (3rd round aka my first pick in the draft after my 1st and 2nd rd keepers) I’d really be choosing from 5th round Talent mostly.

    Another team in the league had 6 worthy keepers of which they can only keep 4 of course (story, judge, soto, bryant, correa, blake snell) two of whom would need to be put back into the player pool for the draft.

    So I worked out a trade where I dealt trout for story, Soto and Snell.

    My keepers were scherzer and trout, and I would have went into the draft starting in round 3 hoping for the best. Now after the trade i have 4 keepers: story, soto, scherzer and snell. (And my trade partners 4 keepers are now trout, judge, correa, bryant- just saying)

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You got best young SS, SP and OF, I’d say you did well… Even if you had to give up Trout

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Grey: yeah, im really pumped. He wanted to include judge instead of soto, i wouldnt do the deal without soto. The more I think about Juan Soto the more I think he could just be a top 5 player.

        • Wally Pipp says:
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          @Wally Pipp: and im a huge judge homer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, totally

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wally Pipp: Surprised you’re asking for thoughts from a guy who lost all credibility in your eyes.

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Cram It:

        He should join the FCL. Plus I don’t like th trade! Haha.

  46. Big league choo says:
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    10 team dynasty H2H 5×5 OBP

    My peter Alonso for Heaney/Honeywell

    It being OBP Alonso maximizes his value not sure if I take it or hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heaney side

  47. Ken Plane says:
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    Oh,Oh , Sal Perez UCL right elbow, Hello Dr. Freeze.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he done

  48. frankgrimes says:
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    When your next draft? How you liking the TGFBILBGTQ team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m drafting right now, CBS NL-Only

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and TCBY draft is fine, what do you think?

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Like it. Pitching looks solid.
        You have a link to CBS one?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t, I’ll write it up

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            I have draft fever!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Me too and my temperature is rising!

  49. kilkennybrian says:
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    Grey,

    In a 6×6 roto league that has OPS as an additional hitting stat-
    Would you rather keep ARendon or AMondesi?

    Other keepers are Jose ramirez, TStory and Stanton.

    Roster includes 2b, SS, and MI/CI. Thanks.

  50. Jason says:
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    keeper question
    Nola in the 12th or corbin in the 17th

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola, pretty close tho

  51. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    keepers for 2 leagues, one AL only and the other NL only. both OBP over average, net steals over steals, total bases added, QS over wins, holds added h2h 10 teamers. keep 3 in each using previous season’s ADP prices. rosters 1 of every position with a CI/MI and a 4th OF, 1 util. 4 max RP slots.

    NL only possibles (with harper/machado in now):
    harper (1, OPS rater has him over freeman)
    freeman (2)
    rhysus/marte (3)
    ryu (21)
    gone varnish (15)
    legs mcneil (25, sounds like they actually ARE trying to get him at bats now finally)
    stripling (25)
    sera anthony (25)
    seems like harper and freeman are locks, but who’s 3rd? hoskins and marte come up right next to each other in the OPS rater, but i have little speed, so maybe that’s a thing here (or peraza in 15th)

    2. AL only:
    vlad (25, easy)
    villar (9)

    then one of:
    bieber (25)
    whit (4)
    brantley (12)
    devers (5)
    morton (8)
    happ (11)

    might be able to trade for judge here, but owner is looking for a 2nd rounder, meaning i would have judge in the 1st but no 2nd, which seems too heavy probably. he might take a bit less (since unless somebody gives him something he gets thrown back anyway, same guy owns stanton and is sticking with stanton as his 1st even though last year he thought the opposite, maybe from judge being injured)

    • Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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      @Beware the Shit Rope: outside of that possible trade i’d guess bieber is the guy here in AL only.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Rhys

      2. Bieber, not sure about that trade, seems fair

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        @Grey: i will be able to gauge what 1st round types are available outside of judge (for SURE one of altuve/lindor is already) as the keepers come in. we pick our draft slots after keepers (i have the 7th choice, but anybody keeping a 1st rounder but not a 2nd will want an earliest in even rounds not earliest in odd rounds slot)

        – in NL only, DAMN shame i dropped wheeler when he was worthless in the short term (no DL slot sept casuality last year when in finals) as he’d be like a 23 or 25th rounder now. at the same time in a total bases/OBP freeman/rhysus/harper is sicko base outside of steals/pitching.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya

  52. Juan says:
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    Gray,
    This is my yahoo keeper team
    1st Abreu
    2nd Moncada (2nd/3rd)
    SS Torres (2nd/SS)
    3rd Muncy (1st/2nd/3rd)
    OF Mazara
    OF Hicks
    OF Merifield (1st/2nd/OF)
    SP Snell
    SP Serevino
    SP Buehler

    I was offered Belinger carasco 4 Merifield Severino.
    This is a 12 team H2H keeper league. We keep 10.

    Thoughts on the proposal and team needs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cody side

  53. Steve says:
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    Is Kershaw(rd1)+Thor(rd5) overpaying for Vlad (21st)?

    Plan to keep Taillon & Bauer

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  54. Sinner Man says:
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    12tm yahoo roto 5×5 (obp, qs). Keep up to 5 foreves, lose your first five rounds. Bats are Acuna, Bregs, Beni, Rhys and Albies. Best SP option is Bauer. Roll with the 5 bats or lose Albies’ negative obp for Bauer as I can’t guarantee a topline qs starter will be avail in the 6th rd (likely picking seventh). Thanks in advance, Cheers.

    -SM

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you need Bauer

  55. J-Dawg says:
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    Great to talk to you again Grey! ‘Tis the season!! So Soroka… super deep keeper league, 48-man roster, we keep 19. I have Soroka at $5, and we start 13 pitchers, so pitching is a premium. Worth keeping him for later, or better to keep someone like Greg Allen at $5 instead? Other choices couldbe Shane Green at $1, Ian Happ at $5 (OBP league),

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you! I’d go Allen, Happ or Green depending on need…

  56. Tank1 says:
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    Was hoping for some recommendations regarding my keeper team. This is a 10 (or 11) team mixed keeper league with OPS and Holds as additional categories. Our draft has 25 rounds.

    Right now, based on league rules, my options are as follows (draft rounds in parentheses):

    Betts (17)
    Hoskins (24)
    Bauer (9)
    Buehler (25)
    Suarez (25)
    Dahl (19)
    Treinen (10)
    Robles (21)

    I can only keep 5. Who would you recommend keeping (Betts being the one obvious choice)?

    Many thanks and looking forward to another great year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Betts, Walker, Hoskins, Dahl then toss up, I guess Eugenio

  57. Earl says:
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    Any feedback on the my team so far would be appreciated. 5×5 roto 12 team:
    cat – welington castillo
    1b – matt olson
    2b- alberto mondesi
    ss- trevor story
    3b – anthony rendon
    ci – rafael devers
    of – Mike trout
    of – michael conforto
    of – nomar mazara

    sp – walker buehler
    sp – jameson taillon
    sp – robbie ray
    sp – joey luchessi
    rp – roberto osuna
    rp – jose alvardo

    thanks. currently only half done 30 round draft

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting and pitching, you look light on AVG and IP, so maybe light on pitching… Worth a safe SP like a Ryu-type and a AVG bet in the OF

  58. MJP says:
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    Grey,

    Real talk. I’m in total agreement on Mondedi. But, I’m in a 7×7 keeper that also counts BB and OPS… 2 categories that definitely aren’t his strengths…

    I can choose him or Blake Snelll, each @ $6.

    Only one keeper so team construction doesn’t play in.

    What do I do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go Snell

  59. Ben says:
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    What are the chances Bumgarner goes nuts this year and bounces back as a top 10 starter, and that his issues the past two years have been due to injury? Debating whether to trade him in a keeper league (12 team, keep 10). I have Verlander and Corbin, so leaning towards trading him. Thanks!

    • Ben says:
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      @Ben: the trade would be for a draft pick this year, nothing fancy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe 20% chance

      • Ben says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey, so in your view much safer to keep Tim Anderson and just draft more pitching?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  60. Not Grey says:
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    Snell $8 or Bauer $ 12 in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snell

      • Not Grey says:
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        @Grey:

        Sweet thanks!

        I also have Benintendi for $18

        Still Snell over him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  61. MR BASEBALL says:
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    Mr Grey – Hello there from fantasy land

    16 TEAM DYNASTY LEAGUE 

    Miguel Andújar NYY – 3B
     
    FOR

    Yusei Kikuchi Sea – SP
    Josh James Hou – SP
     
     
    Miguel Andújar NYY – 3B
     
    FOR
     
    Nick Pivetta Phi – SP
    Josh James Hou – SP
     
    OR  HOLD 

    I am short pitchers but next year is another year – dont want to take a bad trade
    Someone else might send some offers soon or later

    Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, Util, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL, DL, NA

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

    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Strikeouts per Walk Ratio (K/BB), Quality Starts (QS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Andujar side

  62. MR BASEBALL says:
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    this is the team – 16 team I call dynasty league but keep 10 really

    Yan Gomes Was – C
    Max Muncy LAD – 1B,2B,3B
    ravis Shaw Mil – 1B,2B,3B
    Miguel Andújar NYY – 3B
    Dee Gordon Sea – 2B,SS,CF
    J.D. Martinez Bos – LF,RF
    David Dahl Col – LF,CF,RF
    Mallex Smith Sea – LF,CF,RF
    Luke Voit NYY – 1B
     
    Ramón Laureano Oak – CF  bench
    Scott Kingery Phi – 3B,SS   bench
    Jonathan Loaisiga NYY – SP,RP
    Zack Wheeler NYM – SP
    Eduardo Rodriguez Bos – SP
    Ross Stripling LAD – SP,RP
    Wade Miley Hou – SP
    Lance McCullers Jr. Hou – SP  NA SPOT
    Josh Hader Mil – RP
    Kirby Yates SD – RP
    Craig Stammen SD – RP
     
     5 more picks – holds is about all that will be left

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah I’d hold

  63. WinterIsComing says:
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    Hey Grey! Time has finally
    Come keepers are due tonight at midnight I’ve probably asked you four times for your thoughts I promise this is the last haha

    10 man points keeper league (standard scoring with some additions like QS, AB and a few others) this year keepers went up to 7 from 5. My main dilemma is what to do with lindor and mondesi. Lindor is a 1st round pick so he essentially has no value for me plus this injury still has me somewhat concerned. Mondesi would be a 25 th rounder so the most value possible. Also, it’s confirmed 2 or 3 other teams will be keeping their first round picks so I’m sort leaning towards mondesi with the idea of keeping my fingers crossed I get an early ish 1st round pick to grab lindor again. Thoughts? Because I really think I’m set wih the other 6 keepers. Thanks Grey!!

    Hoskins 25th round
    Bellinger 25th round
    Acuna 25th round
    Soto 25th round
    Nola 7th round
    Mondesi 25th round
    Lindor 1st round
    JoRam 5th round

    • WinterIsComing says:
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      @WinterIsComing: moncada conforto and Aguilar are all also there as 25th rounders as well but I think they’re after thoughts compared to the others..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think ya gotta go Mondesi

  64. GanGGreen says:
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    should i sign Hoskims to a 4 year $25 a year price tag? i could stay with $20 for 3 years. now that we know he has Harper in his lineup how much more valuable is he.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3 years sounds fine

  65. Jaw says:
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    10 team 5×5 dynasty league

    Trade Goldie, springer, Stras for machado, Marte, Berrios?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  66. the sportsguy says:
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    10 Team AL 5×5, can keep a guy for a 2nd year, no salary bump but then he goes back..so basically buying rookies for 2 year value..

    Please rank these pitchers based on both this year plus next year value
    Honeywell
    Luzardo
    James
    Whitley
    Puk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Honeywell
      Luzardo
      Whitley

  67. Cohen says:
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    Grey, draft strategy question
    12 team roto with 6th pick
    Was going to go Yelich and i think Acuna will be there at pick #19. Then i will grab Hoskins at #30 and use him at first when elgible.My question is at pick 4 #43 is if Bellinger is there i was going to use him as a CI.You think that is good strategy or take Boegarts/Segura instead at shortstop.

  68. Flash says:
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    12 team H2H points keeper league. I can keep 2: Stanton (3rd rd), Judge (6th), Bellinger (6th), or Mondesi (8th)? Stanton and Judge, right? Appreciate all you do. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  69. Cohen says:
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    Grey, draft strategy question
    12 team roto 6 th pick
    Was going to draft Yelich and then i think Acuna will be there at pick #19. Then i will grab Hoskins at #30 and use him at 1st base when eligible.My question is with 4th pick#43 is if Bellinger is there i was going to take him as my 1B/3B. Do you think that is a good strategy or should i take a shortstop say Boegarts/Segura?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take one of those SS, then fall back option is Belly

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Acuña at 19 is bonkers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Insane

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            Heaney elbow… smh

  70. Leon says:
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    I have an offer of Walker Buehler for Carlos correa in a 18 man 7×7 league. avg obp.slg
    Team: judge correa hoskins albies conforto.

    what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

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