The first four names in the Cubs’ lineup will be Fowler, Castro, Rizzo and Soler, then it will be O, Brother Where Art Thou Upside with fantasy owners being men of constant sorrow.  Maybe Kris Bryant does come up in the middle of April with a lei around his neck made from gold-leafed, big-booty’d Renaissance women.   I have a strong suspicion that it’s going to be more like a lei of Mona Lisa smiles.  “Yay, he hit a home run!”  Dot dot dot.  “He’s gone 1-for-4 with an RBI in the last five games.  I guess that’s okay.”  Dot dot dot.  “He’s hitting .250?  Hmm…”  Dot dot dot.  “Yay, another home run!”  Let’s do this comparison (this just isn’t for our podcast host, JB, either).  Prime Aramis Ramirez or Kris Bryant this year?  Prime Aramis easily.  That’s 27 HRs, .290 average.  This year’s Aramis Ramirez and Kris Bryant?  I’d say Bryant, but I don’t think it’s a slam dunk (to use another JB metaphor; ya know, he writes about fantasy basketball for us).  Could Bryant give 25 HRs and a .260 average?  Yes.  Could Aramis?  Yes.  Would I draft Bryant first?   Oh, God, yes, I’m just saying that Bryant being the 2nd coming of Jesus Trout Schmidt Timberlake Jackson, the Third might be a year off.  At some point, I do expect to want to suck the Thetans out of Bryant’s body, I’m just not sure it will be this year.  I mention this now because Bryant was reassigned to the minor league camp yesterday.  Then, further down the Super Awesome Cubs Sexy Upside Team, you have Javier Baez also sent down, which was slightly shocking to me.  I figured they’d let him start the year in the majors, even if he was going to be a hacking mess.  The Cubs likely figured it was best to save his swings and misses for the summer when it gets humid.  The Whiffy City starring Javier Baez will be opening in Iowa, and I’ve updated my top 20 2nd basemen (and the top 20 shortstops).  This news also means Arismendy Alcantara has a clearer path to playing time on the infield with only Tommy La Stelllllllla standing in his way.  Move your fat L’s, Tommy!  I moved up Arismendy in that same 2nd basemen ranking, but I don’t think Arismendy is yet a 500-AB everyday option.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Drew Storen – Left yesterday’s game with a blister on his big toe.  His big toe should be fine.  Excuse me, his slightly-bigger-than-normal toe.

Anthony Rendon – Headed to see Dr. James Andrews about his knee.  Well, he should be able to throw sliders again with his foot in 12 to 16 months.  Can I stand in the examination room while Rendon is checked to make sure Dr. Freeze doesn’t try to put a hand on Rendon’s foot?  I’m starting to get the feeling that there’s something the Nats aren’t telling us.  This is sounding less and less like a minor MCL sprain.  Or at least not minor.  I continue to move Rendon down in my rankings and now he’s out of the top 20.  Actually, it’s now a top 19.  I need an emoji with clenched fists banging a table.  Stat!

Denard Span – Aiming for an early-to-mid May return.  “Geez, Werth, Span, Storen, Rendon, Janssen…You guys should take better care of yourselves.”  That’s Ryan Zimmerman feeling particularly hypocritical.

Reed JohnsonNats signed him.  Ever wanna call him Reedy Johnson and picture him with a mullet and pockmarks?  No?  Okay, it’s just me.  Sounds like a whatever move by the Nats, but this could be trouble for Michael Taylor’s playing time once Werth returns.  Don’t tread on my April sleeper!

Carlos Martinez – Named the Cards’ fifth starter.  Woo-hoo!  Shizz is finally coming up roses for the Fantasy Master Lothario!  (Remind me of this enthusiasm after he gives up six earned and five walks in his first start.)

Justin Verlander – May start year on DL.  If you drafted him, a sigh of relief is the reaction you’re looking for to this news.

Alex TorresMets acquired him for bullpen help.  This might be the best move the Mets have done since 1988 when they replaced the clubhouse powder-my-nose bowl with confectioner’s sugar.    For those in Holds leagues, take note, Torres is t/nasty.  I could even see him getting some starts at some point this year since the Mets really want to trade Gee while Niese is an aggressive sneeze away from the DL.

Blake Swihart – As I supposed yesterday, he’s headed to Triple-A to start the year.  And that’s me supposing me!  The Red Sox will turn their catcher slot to Ryan Hanigan and some backup combo of Humberto Quintero and Sandy Leon, who was recently acquired and brings no fantasy significance, but he does have a YouTube channel that features the short, A Fistful of Sand Dollars.

Koji Uehara – Expected to start the year on the DL, which sounds awful, but the DL stint will likely be backdated and he’ll be with the club by the 2nd week of the season.  The saves in the meanwhile will go to the last of the Mujicas.

Wil Myers – Could play some first base this year.   I’d put the over/under at 3 games played at first.  First game to get Maybin a start, second game to bench Yonder, and third game Maybin’s hurt.

Brad Boxberger – On Sunday, Kevin Cash said Boxberger would be the closer.  Now, Cash is saying it’s a closer-by-committee with Jepsen, Balfour, Frieri and Boxberger.  Hit it, Method Man, Cash ruins everything around fantasy!  The only guy that has actually looked like a closer this spring is Boxberger, so he’s still the only guy I’d own outside of AL-Only leagues, and Jepsen would be second.

Carlos Rodon – Will start the year in the minors.  He’ll be back sometime in June/July at which time I will yell from your rooftop to pick him up.  Until then, I will be on your rooftop starting a garden.  You’re welcome.

J.J. Hardy – Shut down for ten days.  Everth Cabrera is starting to feel like the Dee Gordon pick from last year.  You know, you make the pick in the last rounds and you end up getting 40 steals out of nowhere.  Well, not out of nowhere, out of EverCab and his number one single, Heartspark Stealsign.

Eddie Butler – Left yesterday’s game with shoulder fatigue.   Butler said, “I’m happy to get away from the club for a little bit.  The Ask Jeeves cracks were getting old.”

Luis Valbuena – Will get the bulk of the 3rd base playing time with Matt Dominguez being sent to the minors.  Valbuena is the kind of guy that will be on and off waivers in leagues shallower than 15-team mixed and is around a 15-homer, .240 average guy.  Elsewhere, Dominguez just gulped, as he played charades with his family while they tried to guess where he’s going after the Astros release him.  C’mon, Matty Jr., he’s saying he’s headed to the Yakult Swallows!

  1. Colonel Angus says:
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    I’ve been keeping tabs on Valbuena and others because I’m not in love with my MI situation. Currently it sits at Castro, Alcantara and Aybar. This is the weakest part of my team and it’s a 12 team league. However….Valbuena, Gyorko, Evercab, Jace Peterson, Scooter, Devon Travis, Brad Miller and Joe Panik all still reside in waiver wire limbo. Our teams carry a SS, 2B and MI player. How are you making your MI better (supposing this is your squad)? Also, I was offered Baez for Olivera. How’s that sound?

      • Colonel Angus says:
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        @Wake Up: Who should I part with to pick up Valbuena?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Colonel Angus: Aybar for Jace for upside, you’re prolly better off holding for now… That trade doesn’t sound good

    • TJ says:
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      @Colonel Angus:

      Drafted in an 8 team, 5×5 league. The season will have crazy stats and while I don’t know if I drafted the best possible team. It looks lovely to me. Let’s rosterbate together (if you’re into that…)

      C – Arnaud
      C – Grandal
      1B – Rizzo
      2B – Wong
      3B – Arenado
      SS – Bogaerts
      1B/3B – Pujols
      2B/SS – Dannys
      OF – Giancarlo
      OF – JUpton
      OF – Puig
      OF – Harper
      OF – CarGo
      Util – Ortiz
      Util – Ozuna
      BN – Soler
      BN – Pederson

      SP – Gray
      SP – Arrieta
      SP – Iwakuma
      SP – Carrasco
      SP – Fiers
      RP – Allen
      RP – Perkins
      RP – Benoit
      RP – K-Rod

  2. Seph Meier says:
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    Time to pick my keepers before Saturday draft. Just made trade of my excess for Edwin!
    Need help with last keeper.
    11 teams 10×10 weekly roto
    Start 2 of all if positions c, 1b, Ss, 2b, 3b, 5- of, 6 sp, 5 rp
    Scoring cats: PA, r, hr, rbi, avg, obp, slg, Nsb, errs, bb/k
    IP, net wins, era, whip, pslg, k/9, cg, so, rapp,net saves

    Keepers (keep forever) :
    1. Edwin 2. Goldschmidt 3. Reyes 4. Arenado 5. OZUNA 6. Avisail 7. Braun 8. Grienke 9. Kluber 10. Arrietta 11. DeGrom

    Can choose from. Kinsler, dee Gordon, Alex Gordon, Matt shoemaker

    I was leaning dee but if I kept a guy like a. Gordon can draft more sagnof late as rbi and HR can be tough to come by. Do you like that strategy with this team?

  3. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Sound move by Cash to keep Frieri and Balfour in the mix. It’s not like they were raging dumpster fires or anything last season.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Mr. Tibbs: What Wake said

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: What Cram said about what Wake said….thats what she said

  4. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    6×6 H2H keeper league with holds and two NA slots. I need to drop or trade offense for pitching.

    1) If Tomas goes to the minors, which of any of these three is the drop from my two slots? Please rank Salazar, Buxton, Tomas

    2) Mujica or Torres in the long term for holds? For saves?

    Thanks in advance.

  5. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    the closer situation is already a mess around the league,it usually waits a few weeks after the season starts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Actually seems better than usual, maybe I’m misremembering though, hardened after years of chasing saves

      • Hawk says:
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        @Grey:

        Nope, you’re right. Same point for the last couple years have been CLOSER-PACALYPSE!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: it’s better, there’s no 5 Latinos and some Coke running around so far.

  6. Vacation says:
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    Gray,

    Shelby Miller or Carlos Martinez for my last starter?

    • Vacation says:
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      @Vacation: Sorry, I know its Grey, not Gray. I will now proceed to write that 100 times on a blackboard a la Bart Simpson.

  7. Professor Chaos says:
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    Grey, not related to fantasy baseball, but thanks for the heads up with The Returned. That show is fantastic.

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        You guys are talking about Les Resevants, right? I started watching because of Mogwai, continued because it is too dope.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s one of the best shows on Netflix, amazing

          • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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            @Grey: Have you seen Danger 5? It’ll teach you how to make the perfect Carlos Sultana.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Never heard of it

              • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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                @Grey: Well I will go ahead and recommend it then, as I feel like you will enjoy it with your sense of humor.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Thanks, I’ll check it out!

  8. LT says:
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    Trade question, h2h 10 teamer. Start positions, 5 OF, MI, CI. Arenado, D. Santana, McHugh for Kinsler, Machado, Anibal? Would you do the deal if they countered same trade without the pitchers? I would get Arenado. Thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      @LT: What Wake said.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Cram It: i sense a trend

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @LT: Ok thats enough

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Thats what she said

  9. Streaming Leake says:
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    Terdoslavich got an injection for a sore wrist. How long can the Braves wait before dropping Terd?

  10. Jay buhner says:
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    Hey Grey. Tomm I have the 6th overall pic in my 7x 7 head to head keeper league. Due to keepers the best available players to me unless someone goes totally off the grid with the first 5 picks would be Adam jones, tulo, Harper, puig, Donaldson. I know your ranking on these guys but wondering if I should consider not taking jones since this league has both average and obp as categories, the latter which gives jones a bump down. The other hitting categories other than avg and obp are runs, hr, RBI, stolen based, and total bases. I’m Usually a big Adam jones fan like yourself but didn’t realize how low his obp is compared to some of the other top hitters. As an aside my hitting keepers are arenado and Abreu. Appreciate your thoughts on this.

      • Jay buhner says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        Thanks Grey. So in those rankings it has tulo then puig then Donaldson back to back. I know that differs a bit from your regular rankings. Would you recommend that order and go with tulo? Or puig since they are ranked so close? Again I have arenado and abreu as keepers. Goingn back and forth between puig and tulo. Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Puig

  11. jef says:
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    last spot nl n only 8 team keeper league.
    Pick one:
    mccutchem 39
    Taylor 1
    bailey 1
    Morneau 16

    Keepers thus far can keep 8
    wong, rendon, Polanco, chapman, kimbrel, cueto,
    Rizzo

    • Tony says:
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      @jef: unless there’s some odd penalty? Cutch is the no brainier? Especially in an 8 team NL only? That’s like a 16 teamer normal draft…. I’d keep the elite talent of Cutch

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @jef: Cutch…dont disrespect the 1 F with that silly question

  12. Dave F says:
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    Would you still hold Salazar over a Carlos Martinez/Hahn/Shane Greene type?

  13. Drshameandrews says:
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    Grey, I asked this last night but didn’t get a “try and trade” or hold response.

    I really think jumping off the rendon ship may be worth it. We’re still not baking into the fact that even if ‘healthy’, what if he’s just not that good this year. So much can go wrong with this guy at this point the risk is too much.. These were some of the trades I was considering. I’m only targeting owners in my league who likely don’t know about the James Andrews visit yet

    i need pitching. i’d just stream 2nd/3rd base all year. dear god let him be ok.

    would you take any and all of these trades? im going to start out asking for a lot hoping they dont know. dirty but it is what it is:

    which pitcher should i pair with rendon to get one in return: quintana, paxton, hughes, shoemaker, degrom, shields… quintana?

    rendon for neil walker/jordan zimmerman

    rendon/insert pitcher here/justin upton/ alex gordon FOR alex wood/kolten wong/ pablo sandoval/carlos gonzalez

    rendon/francsico rodgriquez for aroldis/grienke/neil walker

    rendon/james shields for dee gordon/alex wood

    rendon for …. does it matter. this is so depressing my draft was last night

    • @Drshameandrews:

      Here’s the tbing: as soon as you start shopping those deals, your prospective trade partners are going to get all clicky with the names and the updates and the news and the James Andrews.

      And then they’ll know, even if they don’t know now.

      Plus, that’s kinda bad karma bad juju sneaky to knowingly deal a hurt guy to an unsuspecting slob. The fantasy gods often have ways of smiting you for such things.

      Starting to think Rendon’s knee is you being smited for a prior transgression…

      stand pat – if Rendon is 100% for 85% of the year he’ll have been worth holding.

      My $.02

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Lucky Dog: yeah, it’s called winning. really bad result to grab edges.

  14. Drshameandrews says:
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    I kinda like the big one getting Wong/Alex wood/ Carlos Gonzales back… Figure it’s fair since cargo isn’t exactly the model for healrh

  15. Drshameandrews says:
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    One more question, I’m sorry, I have to hit the panick button and at least try and do a deal:

    Rendon/shields/Alex Gordon for Todd Frazier and jake arrieta/ Adam eaton

    Appreciate your write ups and knowledge as always. Won me a ship last year !

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Drshameandrews: I’d ask for a little more than Eaton, but dig Frazier and Arrieta.

      • Drshameandrews says:
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        @SallyCips: I’m going to drop eaton. In my experience, adding a crap player that I’m getting back makes it look like less of a steal for me.

        Read another way. I typically ask for one or two guys I want, then one I have 0 interest in. That way the guy feels like he’s “dumping” a player on me.
        Too much psychology aspect I know, but I’ve found this strategy to work quite well actually… It’s playing the other person not the players on these trades

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          @Drshameandrews: Yeah, but you’re giving up 3 good players here. Shields in Petco? Win. If Rendon is fine? Win. Gordon? At least good for 15-15. I mean I love Frazier and Arrieta, but you’re going to give up 3 good ones. Just sayin’.

  16. Ryan741 says:
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    Gray, I see JB has moved Harvey into his top 10 for SP, has he moved up in your ranks at all? I’m debating in a points league trading one of Sale, Strasburg or Kluber for Harvey and a 2nd round pick. I’d like to get his 1st, but I doubt I can get that. Would you do this type of deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan741: I’d hold the SPs you have

  17. DP says:
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    Are the closer ranks going to be updated anytime soon?

  18. Hi Grey says:
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    12 team mixed H2H. Latos/Nelson Cruz for Arrieta/Wilson Ramos?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Hi Grey: Cruz

  19. Sange76 says:
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    1st draft of the season last night
    12 team 5 x 5 redraft
    How am I looking? Already know I’m Mets heavy, but they were the best values left late, and a little low on saves, but that was the one target area that I kept getting undercut on…

    c – Lucroy
    1B- A. Gonzalez
    2B Dozier
    3B – Sandoval
    SS – A. Ramirez
    MI – D. Murphy
    CI – B. Moss
    OF- McCutchen
    OF Brantley
    OF Myers
    OF Granderson
    OF Cuddyer
    UT- Rios
    Bench CJ Cron
    Bench Rajai Davis
    Bench M. Morse
    SP- Strasburg
    SP Price
    SP Degrom
    SP Keuchel
    SP Jose Fernandez*
    SP Kendal Graveman
    SP Holland
    RP Melancon
    RP Reed

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Sange76: Looks light on power and speed. SP goes off a cliff after your top 3. But as a Mets fan, I’ll be rooting for you.

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Cram It: but… Holland! The Dutch Oven! He went so early in my Rangers fan 10 team draft Sunday night, it was pretty funny

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Fireball Feliz: must not be real rangers fans if they think holland is going to be a fantasy beast :)

  20. Collin Willis says:
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    Just made a trade in my and wanted to know what you think.

    I’m in a 6×6 league with OBP, SLG, R, RBI, HR, SB as batting categories….

    Side A: Adam Jones, Wil Myers, Phil Hughes

    Side B: Jason Heyward, Christian Yelich, Doug Fister

    Which side won in a vacuum that is my 6×6 league?

    • @Collin Willis:

      Not sure if anyone wins in this scenario but I’d rather have Hughes/Meyers/ AdJones.

      • Mike says:
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        I Don’t Like this Collin character. who spells it like that

        • Mike says:
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          Also, how can it be any side but B? jones could easily have a sub .300 OBP

  21. jake says:
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    Baez worth clogging a bench spot in an RCL?

    • Cram It says:
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      @jake: Nah

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @jake: If your in one of mine he is

  22. jake says:
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    EverCab or Jose Ramirez as a middle infidel? Tomato /tomahto?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @jake: JOSE JOSE JOSE JOSE

    • J-FOH says:
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      @jake: ever cab

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jake: Ramirez

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: no faith in the upside play. Ramirez is barely ownable in a 12.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @J-FOH: agree. Think between Hardy getting hurt and Schoop getting hurt ECab could top 400abs pretty easily and maybe get a sneaky 30SB.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @J-FOH: Or Schoop hitting .200

  23. getouttamyface says:
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    rendon/james shields/m. shoemaker FOR alex wood/kolten wong/ david wright

    rendon/james shields/m. shoemaker FOR alex wood/dee gordon/ pablo sandoval

    which side and which do you prefer.

      • Getouttamyface says:
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        @SallyCips: what’s that mean?

        • Fireball Feliz says:
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          @Getouttamyface: He means go with Wood because its a reference to Wong that feels ohhhh so Wright

  24. CL says:
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    Here’s my staff, and I think I’m heavy one guy. RP is a weakness, and it’s a holds league. Who would you drop to pick up Alex Torres:

    G. Cole.
    Shields
    Arrieta
    Fiers
    Carrasco
    Shoemaker
    A. Cobb
    Ross

    I know DL will be announced soon, but I could also maybe drop Janssen…? Or I could try to work a trade for a Closer / MR…

    Thoughts?

    • Cram It says:
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      @CL: I’d try to trade first instead of straight dropping.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL: Hold for now or maybe trade

  25. The Situation says:
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    @Grey: standard 5×5 roto, 12-team keeper league. Keeping Abreu, Gomez, Puig, Arenado. I have the 1st pick in my draft tonight and I’m deciding between: Stanton, McCutchen, Goldy, Kershaw. I know your rankings inside and out, so I know Stanton is the pick in a vacuum, but who would you take given my keeper situation? Big decision. Thank you. I love you (and Rudy).

  26. Mike says:
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    Any thoughts on what to expect from Micah Johnson?

  27. Fireball Feliz says:
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    My first RCL draft is tonight! Also will be first time drafting with a girl, this is groundbreaking. I’m thinking I should go Rendon on all of my teams, just to increase the odds of the MCL thing completely screwing me over multiple times.

      • Great White North says:
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        @Grey: I passed on Rendon in the second and third round in my RCL yesterday and have no regrets. Luckily, someone grabbed him for me in the fourth, ending the temptation. I decided that Rendon had become an obsession of a few too many, clouding the whole “third opinion on his knee” thing. Dr Andrews = Dr. Do Not Draft. But I still had enough stars in my eyes I would havbe grabbed him in the fourth.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I hear ya

  28. ernie says:
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    Hey Grey, I would like your thoughts on my draft. This is H2H, 12 teams, 6×6 (OPS) league.

    C Yan Gomes
    1B Edwin Encarnación
    2B Robinson Canó
    3B Pablo Sandoval
    SS Jean Segura
    LF Corey Dickerson
    CF Starling Marte
    RF Ben Zobrist
    UTIL Chris Carter

    SP – Hisashi Iwakuma, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Michael Wacha, Mat Latos, José Fernández, Trevor Bauer, Jesse Hahn, Yusmeiro Petit, Shane Greene
    RP – Greg Holland, Jonathan Papelbon, Jenrry Mejía, Brad Boxberger

    What do you think? What needs improvement? Thanks for taking time to comment!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ernie: Your pitching looks very injury prone/risky… Only relatively safe guy is Iwakuma, and his only risk is injury… Hitting looks fine

  29. P Mac says:
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    I have the first pick in a keep 5 forever league in which I am keeping Cutch, Goldy, Arenado, Puig and Rendon(yuck). I was originally going right after pitching, but now that Rendon is on the shelf for however long, should I go after a young guy that I know will go in that first round, like Mookie Betts, later settling for a guy like Gerritt Cole to anchor my staff? Or go in heavy for whatever ace is there (I’m thinking it could be Harvey).

    I’ve done some mocks and drafting Mookie works, but in those middle rounds I try to go pitchers and I end up with a staff like Cole, Carrasco, Ross, Wood which I actually love, but there is no true ace.

    • @P Mac:

      There it is lads and ladies – he loves wood!

      (snicker, giggle)

      Sorry – you wrote a very thorough question & deserve a more mature response. Hopefully someone more mature will show up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @P Mac: Nah, go for pitching first

  30. psherm9 says:
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    Hey Grey, quick question. 12 team 6×6 roto keep 2. Pretty standard lineup requirements. Keepers due tonight at midnight. I’m keeping kluber and giving up my 25th round pick.

    Question is, I have the 2nd pick. Do I keep trout at 2 overall or pass on keeping trout and select Stanton or au shizz at 2 and keep jupton (5th) v mart (late pick) or Carlos Santana (9th)? From a value standpoint I feel it almost makes sense to keep someone other than trout. Am I crazy?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @psherm9: Your thinking too much…Keep Trout

    • @psherm9:

      Here is the order of players to keep:
      1. trout
      2. Trout
      3. Trout
      4. Trout
      5. Trout
      6. Trout
      7. Trout
      8. Trout
      9. Trout

      If any of them are off the board, take Trout.

      Good luck.

  31. JxK9 says:
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    How dare you say Aramis has a shot at 25 HRs this year! He hasn’t topped 15 in the last 2 years!

    • @JxK9:

      He said “in his prime”.

  32. Rick says:
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    Hahn or Daniel Norris off waivers?

    • PK says:
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      @Rick: Hahn for me

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Rick: Hahn

      • Rick says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey. Saw the rankings, but also saw how much JB likes the guy. J-Foh–you’re right…K/9 ridiculous, mid-90s fastball. Love Hahn’s home park, and peripherals look good/solid, but Norris’ upside would seem to trump? Definite negative for his home park and lack of track record, but could be primed for big things. Any reason he’s not getting more run in these parts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Hahn a lot, not sure how to express that more

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Rick: norris. Gotta go k/9 upside

  33. Robert says:
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    I loved Rendon as much as anybody but no way would I draft him now. He hasn’t had any baseball activity in 3 weeks. Supposedly he is having at least 3 doctors look at his knee. Plus can’t picture him getting 10 sb even if he does play. This looks like a total disaster from every angle, have a feeling a lot of people are going to be destroyed if he out for awile.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Robert: Sex….Feel better now?

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Robert: Completely agree. Even if he only misses 1-2 weeks of the season, no way he gets the green light as much, especially with so many Nats being injury risks already. Here’s to grabbing Rendon in round 4 next year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: Long season, he could steal 5 bags in August and September and get ten

  34. Clint says:
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    I wonder if there’s some Addison Russell news that may go like franks & beans to this Baez news somewhere? If that kid’s hitting solidly in the minors couldn’t they speed up his arrival to balance all those Haq a Shaq bats in their young lineup & either wait on Baez or ship Castro off quicker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Anything can happen, but I’m guessing we see Baez again first

  35. I almost took Rendon all three drafts, but ended up passing figuring if all else is equal, take the guy without the nagging injury…thank you conventional wisdom.

  36. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Has JB finally found the “Player X or Aramis” question that would make you take Aramis?!

    I kind of love that Baez is being sent down after such a horrific spring…if he somehow finds any level of plate discipline and gets called up in the summer, he could be a sneaky add for someone everyone else already views as entirely unsexy.

    Drafted my hitting early and looking at the starting pitching rotation below…would you drop any of these guys for Eovaldi (I know spring stats don’t matter, but he looks great), Daniel Norris (if he gets a rotation spot), Peavy, Greene, or Hahn?

    Current Staff:
    Arrieta
    Wood
    Hishashi
    Shoe
    Paxton
    Fiers
    Hutch

    Thanks!

  37. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Wet Tail!!

  38. ashtray says:
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    I pushed Buxton & Sano in to my NA spots right after the draft so now I have 2 empty bench spots.

    Given my roster of

    C-Santana
    1-Rizzo
    2-Betts
    3-Arenado
    S-Zobrist
    O-Brantley
    O-Heyward
    O-Pederson
    U-LaRoche
    U-Pearce

    SP-Arrieta/Ross/Carrasco/Hutchison/Miller/Paxton/Burnett
    RP-Rosenthal/Benoit/Britton/Rondon

    Should I fill those last two spots with:

    Power bats: Khris Davis/Teixeira/Beltran
    Speed: Dyson/Micah/Everth/Jace/EY/Jose Ramirez
    SP fliers: Carlos Martinez/Eovaldi/Pomeranz/Peavy/Bauer/Greene/DeSclafini
    Potential Closers: Nathan/Qualls/Soria/Rafael Soriano/Mujica/Quackenbush

    Thanks!

    • ashtray says:
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      H2H Cats 7×7

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @ashtray: Id grab Davis/ drop pearce ..then grab C.Mart and Eovaldi

    • J-FOH says:
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      @ashtray: Davis is a must own there. Eovaldi too. Davis might even be worthy to start over Pederson to begin the year. He might be batting 8th.

  39. Sky

    Sky says:
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    (Remind me of this enthusiasm after he gives up six earned and five walks in his first start.)

    Why wait?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Let me have a few days of unbridled enthusiasm

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: Enthusiasm must be bridled. The world cannot handle it to be unbridled. It’s like hearing the voice of God

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly true

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: totally agree, I trust him as much as an ultra thin condom from a bar bathroom vending machine.

  40. Hans says:
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    10 team points league, better bet with Fiers or Taijuan?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Hans: Id go Taijuan

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Same, Walker has more upside I think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hans: Fiers, prolly a coin flip

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Hans: what’s the rest of your staff?

  41. Gio says:
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    Keeper league…Who is the better pitcher to stash in my NA slot?

    Rondon or Syndegaard?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Gio: You could basically flip a coin…both should be up this year …ill go Noah…we all know why

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gio: Agree with F, it’s a coin flip, Syndergaard

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Gio: Rodon but it’s damn close

  42. Brian says:
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    Just wanted a quick take on my team and advice on trades. It’s an 8 team, NL Only league, with OPS replacing BA and five OF.

    C: Grandal
    1B: Todd Frazier
    2B: Wilmer Flores
    SS: Tulo
    3B: Arenado
    OF1: Marte
    OF2: Kemp
    OF3: AJ Pollock
    OF 4: Josh Harrison
    OF5: David Peralta
    Util1: Jean Segura
    Util 2: Nori Aoki
    Bench: Eric Young, Jr.
    Bench: Arismendy Alcantara
    Bench: Rafael Soriano

    P: Cole Hamels
    P: Gerrit Cole
    P: Michael Wacha
    P: Francisco Liriano
    P: Brett Anderson
    P: Carlos Martinez
    P: Homer Bailey
    P: Aroldis Chapman
    P: Evan Marshall
    Bench: Jose Fernandez
    Bench: Bobby Parnell

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: Very solid pitching… Maybe a tad better than your hitting… Hitting’s not bad though, solid team

  43. Brian says:
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    My immediate thought is that I have a lack of power and a weaker OF. Which brings me to two possible trades I’d like your input on:

    a.) Alcantara and Eric Young for Steve Cishek

    or

    b.) Segura for Khris Davis

    I should do these both, right? I hate leaving Tulo unprotected, but because of a stupid Yahoo draft glitch, Khris Davis will be a six dollar keeper next year so that is a bonus as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: I’d do both

      • Brian says:
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        Thanks so much for your thoughts. I discovered the site last year and now I’m defending champ! For your troubles, I’ll pay for a subscription, though I don’t stream that much in an NL-only league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, thanks!

  44. Chicagifornia says:
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    Have my ESPN 5×5 weekly H2H draft coming up. Our league requires us to start 2 RPs, 3 SPs, and then 4 additional pitchers of our choosing.

    Both Carrasco and Alex Wood have dual SP/RP eligibility. My current strategy is to grab one of those guys, throw them in the RP slot, and then one mid range closer (a cody Allen, Robertson, Rosenthal, Melancon-type guy). Thoughts?

    I recall you mentioning “starters, starters, starters” in your H2H strategy write-up, and figure this simply takes that to an extreme, while still not totally punting saves. Appreciate the input.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss223 says:
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      Do you think any other teams will be employing a similar strategy in this league? Said another way, will every other team be carrying 2-3 closers? How many teams are there?

      What I’m getting at is, if every other team has 2-3 closers, then you carrying one doesn’t really do you much good. How often do you think you’ll win saves with just 1 closer? If the answer is “not very many”, you might be better off just punting entirely, drafting both guys (and maybe Carlos Martinez late, or Aaron Sanchez) and locking up Ks/Wins on a weekly basis.

      If you think other teams will only carry 1-2 closers then yes, you’ll have a shot at winning saves some weeks while hopefully winning Ks/Wins as well.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @MattTruss223: well put or in family feud speak.. good answer good answer

        • nick the dick says:
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          @J-FOH: but in Family Feud, even terrible answers get the good answer, good answer

          • J-FOH says:
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            @nick the dick: stop pissing on my positivity

            • nick the dick says:
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              @J-FOH: your positivity makes me uncomfortable

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              Haha, love the other dude there, “I wouldn’t want to see that either”.

              • nick the dick says:
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                @MattTruss: haha yup

      • Chicagifornia says:
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        @Grey:

        12 Teams. It is possible another team could exploit this strategy (I guess I’ll know by how much Wood and Carrasco go for–it’s an auction draft). But we have most of the same owners from last season, and folks generally had 2 closers in their RP slots, with maybe an owner or two carrying more than that.

        Punting entirely is an interesting option, but I figured one above-average closer would help WHIP, ERA, etc. and maybe keep it competitive in saves against worse teams.

        • Chicagifornia says:
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          @Chicagifornia:

          We also have 3 bench slots, so I could grab SAGNOF when available and then set my lineups based on what my opponent’s lineup looks like.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t punt entirely

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          Cool man, you’ll know your league better than me, but if I at least got you thinking about the possibility that’s a good thing.

          Weigh how much an above average CL will cost and if it’s it worth it to get MAYBE one more point against the bottom 3-4 teams or not. 12 teams, so there’s enough closers for everyone to carry 2, maybe 3. What about grabbing those RP eligible SPs and say… LaTroy Hawkins for a few bucks? Would he get enough saves some weeks to beat the worse teams?

          Saves and steals in these type leagues are tricky, right? Sure you got Billy Hamilton, but there will be some weeks where he only steals 2 bases and then you lose that category anyway. Just things to ponder. Pondering is good.

          • Chicagifornia says:
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            @MattTruss:

            Totally–very much appreciate the food for thought.

            Just went back and looked at last season. Our champ’s team had 47 saves on the season (which was second to worst in the league for that category). Second place had 124 (second best in the league).

            Obviously it’s not roto, so that doesnt tell the full story week by week, but basically shows me you can win this league in either extreme (without punting entirely).

            The Hawkins play is interesting. And for what its worth, our champ finished his season with Doolittle and Storen (SAGNOF)

            • MattTruss

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              Now you’re diggin! I like it! I would guess the impact of paying for a top end CL isn’t going to gain you a whole heck of a lot in the ratios. Even with two closers, they might pitch 8 IP a week, tops. probably more like 4 or 5 most weeks. Not a huge help or hindrance to the ratios.

              47 saves in only 2/week, that’s basically one closer. I’d cheap out and try to find a lower end guy that still has a shot at 40 SVs (K-Rod, Hawkins) and see how that goes for ya, if need be you can add some SAGNOF later. Good luck man!

              • Chicagifornia says:
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                @MattTruss:

                Awesome. Thanks fellas!

  45. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Repost from yesterday, got lost in the shuffle:

    10-tm 11×9 H2H limited moves (20/yr – just awful) league, I’ve done well loading up on power bats and carrying 5-6 SP, 3-4 CL and 2 MR (most of the pitching cats favor RP, and Holds is a cat). When DL moves start, I’ll have an open roster spot and #1 waiver priority. Some considerations:

    1. With the limited moves and daily lineups, having multi-eligibles and a bench bat or two can really help with off days or injuries. I currently have 1 bench bat (Joc), and enough multi-eligibles to have 2 options at all positions but C (Santana), 2B (Wong), SS (Desmond) and LF (Yelich).
    2. Being able to slot a MI who can hit into one of the 2 Util slots is advantageous, as for some reason AST is a category. I don’t currently have this option.
    3. I’m carrying 6 solid active SP, ranging between Arrieta and Yordano in your ranks, plus Jo-Fer on the DL for a late season/playoff push.
    4. I’m currently carrying 3CL (Cishek, Cecil, Boxberger) and 1MR (Joe Smith). Also have McGee, so once he’s healthy in a month or so, I should have 3CL and 2MR, regardless of what Tampa decides to do.
    5. My week 1 opponent has 5SP, 3CL and 0MR. Week 2: 5SP, 3CL, 2MR. Week 3: 5SP, 2CL, 0MR. Week 4: 6SP, 1CL, 3MR. So I should be competitive in SV every week, though another CL would likely put me over the top. In 2/4 wks, I’m all but guaranteed a HLD win, but in the other 2 it’s a toss-up at best.

    Available options:

    Bats – The highest Grey-ranked bats available happen to be MI–Gyorko and Segura. Both were awful last year (even riskier due to limited moves IMO), and Segura’s speed doesn’t play as well in this league because there are so many cats and it’s NetSB, but as a SS he’ll pile up AST.
    SP – Hutchison is your highest-ranked available. Taijuan, who I also love, is there too. But there are always decent options available, and SP don’t mean as much in this league unless they’re dealing like an ace. I’d be carrying 7 active, and I’ve won this league 3 times without ever carrying that many, so you’d have to feel really good about a massive breakout.
    RP – Mejia or an Astro for SV, or a MR for HLD–Quackenbush, Soria, Walden are best available

    So my questions are, a) do I even make a move? b) if so, who for? and c) do I use the #1 waiver to do so? Leaning no on the latter, as some dummy always makes a bad drop in this league. Of the above, my guess would be Taijuan and maybe Mejia get snagged in the first waiver period.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Professor Plum in the courtyard with the candlestick. Did I win?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Cram It: Do not pass boardwalk. Go straight to college. My person does not have blonde hair, glasses or a boob job. It was Gramma Nutt in the Lollipop Woods.

        http://youtu.be/2FyLt0aUT6I

    • @Steve Stevenson:

      Worst…league…ever.

      I sometimes make 20 moves before breakfast.

      Your best possible moves would be:
      1. coup d’etat – get that commish out and take over the helm, eliminating ridiculously oppressive moves.

      2. Find a new league.

      Good luck.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Lucky Dog: Yeah it’s not how I’d set it up, but I have other leagues that are more fun. This one I kind of enjoy because it’s so ridiculous and has some dumb, unconventional rules. But the guys are spread out all over the world and many wouldn’t stay in if it were more of a day to day time commitment since we’re now all old and have kids and whatnot. But, in addition to staying in touch with old friends, I remain in the league because winning, which I do about every other year, pays about $2K (buried the lede there).

        • @Steve Stevenson:

          Ah yes, whoring – good point. As long as it pays, keep doing it I say.
          :)

    • MattTruss

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      Cut it in half, then cut it in half again.

      It sounds like you’ve got a pretty good feel for your league being a 3X champ. Maybe give Grey your bottom 3 SPs and ask him if he would burn 1 of 20 moves on replacing any of those guys with Taijuan Walker. Taijuan’s gonna be your best bet for a big breakout would be my guess. But without knowing who you’d be dropping, I’m not sure anyone can give you a legitimate answer.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @MattTruss223: Bottom 3, per Grey’s rankings, are Yordano, Shoemaker and Hughes.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks bruh.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  46. booya says:
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    Do you still prefer Liriano over Smyly?

  47. doghat666 says:
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    10 team, 10×10 roto, keeper, CBS auction league
    Roster 25, play 19, DL up to 6
    Hitters: 2C, MI, CI, DH, 5OF
    Pitchers: 1SP, 1RP, 7P
    C1 M Zunino
    C2 J Castro
    1B A Rizzo
    2B A Rendon
    SS J Reyes
    3B N Arenado
    MI X Bogaerts
    CI E Encarnacion
    OF G Stanton
    OF G Springer
    OF J Soler
    OF K Calhoun
    OF G Polanco
    DH A Eaton
    BN S Gennett (if Rendon starts season on DL)
    SP S Strasburg
    SP T Ross
    SP G Cole
    SP A Wood
    SP M Shoemaker
    SP H Ryu DL
    SP F Liriano
    BN D Hutchinson
    BN J Paxton
    RP J Benoit
    RP S Casilla
    RP J Nathan
    BN K Jansen DL
    BN K Uehara DL
    BN J McGee DL
    When the players are formally placed on the DL at the start of the season, those Bench spots will be available. I think my team is a little light on speed and average. I have more pitching then the Pitcher Pairing tool would suggest, but there is no innings cap and all waiver/FA claims cost $2 each real money, so streaming gets expensive. I like having extra closers what with their fragility and I found them to be useful to include in trades. What do you think of my team?

    • Grey

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      @doghat666: Your team looks solid, I agree with you, you’re light on AVG, I don’t think speed, and you have a ton of pitching

  48. J-Mo says:
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    Grey, would you be so kind as to give your thoughts on this team. Yahoo 12 team H2H 5X5.

    C) Santana
    1B) Prince
    2B) Alcantara
    3B) Beltre
    SS) Segura
    OF) Trout, Dickerson, Heyward
    UT) Blackmon
    BN) Zimmerman

    SP) Zimmerman, Hughes, Lynn, Yordano, Bailey, Lackey, Keuchel, Tillman

    RP) Betances, Cecil, Gregerson, Qualls, Parnell

    • Grey

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      @J-Mo: Back end of your pitching is a mess, you’re high on speed and low on power, very low if Prince doesn’t bounce back

      • @Grey:

        What do you put the odds of a “bounce back” for Fielder at?

        I crossed him off of every draft board. Fused vertebrate sounds really, really exceptionally bad for a power hitter who plays a sport that has 162 games.

        O/U on 100 games played?

        • Grey

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          120 games seems possible

  49. paz says:
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    would you take Everth Cabrera over Alcides Escobar?

    From a backup-SS-whose-sole-purpose-is-to-provide-steals perspective…

  50. Uncle Red says:
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    Grey et al:
    What’s the damage? 12 team H2H ops league in which I missed the first four rounds due to technical issues. I had a very general list populated in my queu, but… Any advice? Thanks!

    C – Yasmani Tomas
    1B – Steve Pearce
    2B – Cano
    SS – Tulo
    3B – Seager
    OF – Kemp
    OF – Ellsbury (this is the one that kills me bc of oblique)
    OF – Pence
    U – Pompey
    U – Khris Davis
    B – Granderson
    B – Cron

    SP – Arrieta
    SP – Hutchinson
    SP – Liriano
    SP – Keuchal
    SP – McCarthy
    SP – Pineda
    C – Chapman
    C – Britton
    B – House
    B – Miley
    B – Andrew Miller

    • Uncle Red says:
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      @Uncle Red: Meant Yasmani Grandal at catcher. Too many Yasmani.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Uncle Red: Pearce, Tulo and Cano are very important to your team and I don’t love them, pitching looks fine

  51. Gameofbones says:
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    Rendon/pollock/shoemaker for arenado/g. Cole

    Rendon/Alex Gordon/shields for arenado / g cole

    • Grey

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      @Gameofbones: If I have Arenado above Rendon and Rendon is hurt, the trade isn’t close for Arenado’s side

  52. Wilsonian says:
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    I love how the MLBPA threatens litigation over the Cubs sending down Bryant. Like he’s the first guy to get sent down who is most likely major league ready. Teams have been doing this because the rules allow for it. It protects the team and their future investments. As long as the league allows it, this litigation nonsense is just that. Nonsense. Theo has also been known to not have unproven rookies in the Opening Day lineup. Why aren’t they pissed about Russell or Baez? Those guys are most likely major league ready too. Mike Trout was probably ready for the Bigs when he was 16, but they didn’t let him jump straight to the Majors then – they probably should look at his high school coach for tampering. But I digress…

    All of this is also coming from a diehard, lifelong Cubs fan. I’d love to see Bryant up with the team. But I’d also like to see him with the team for an extra year. Who cares about the first two weeks to a month of the season? Let him stew down there, dominate, and then come up and help out this franchise for even longer.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: Not to mention it looks like Maddon likes Olt’s bat and glove at 3rd. He wants Bryant to get a little more seasoning in the OF. I guess that isn’t a legit enough reason for the Player’s Association. What a joke.

      • @Wilsonian:

        Yes – the MLBPA who agreed to the rule now wants to sue MLB over the rule they agreed to.

        :facepalm:

    • Grey

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      @Wilsonian: Yeah, so goofy that they’re even trying to make a thing of this… They should be pissed about every rookie for the last 15 years

      • @Grey:

        I think it’s all lip service – they look like idiots for agreeing to it, so rather than get thrown under the bus they tried to get out ahead of it by siding with the villagers and grabbing torches to storm the castle…

        At some point some bold journalist is going to call them on this steaming pile of BS.

        • Grey

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          Ha, yup

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Lucky Dog: @Grey: yeah, all they’re doing is putting more bullshit into Bryant’s head – which is always a good thing to do for a rookie. And this is what was agreed to. If they don’t like it now, then fight to get it changed. This has been going on a lot longer than just Kris Bryant.

        • Grey

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          Ha, agreed

        • @Grey: @Wilsonian:

          Also quite a bit of irony in Scott f-ing Boras championing the plight of the poor working baseball player, chiding the Cubbies for “putting economics over fielding the best team”.

          Yeah – because Boras [i]*always* [/i] puts the good of the team ahead of money. This has nooooothing to do with Bryant’s short delay costing him another year before his massive FA paycheck. Nah – Boras is just altruistic.

          Anyone else smelling something bullshitty here? I just about choked on my own vomit when I read that. Hey, why should Bon Scott have all the fun?

          • Grey

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            Bullshitty from Boras? no way!

            • @Grey:

              I know, right? He’s as honest as they come usually – I don’t know what came over me. Sorry, won’t happen again.

              • Grey

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                Ha

  53. Sideshow says:
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    any opinion on what Nick Ahmed’s upside might be?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sideshow: Couple homers, 25 steals, terrible average

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I read about how LaRussa says the ball jumps off his bat. Not that means anything

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: oh but if it does. Actually I added him to my watch lists where I drafted Chris “O’ what was I thinking” Owings

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @J-FOH: The ball just sounds different when Heyward hit it. The guy is going to be huge!

  54. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Drop Souza for Brett Lawrie/Owings to replace Rendon? Or is Souza worth holding and just roll with an empty 2b slot for a week? Or… wait until we have concrete news on how long Rendon is out?

  55. Scandalous Bob says:
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    12 team, 5×5, roto. Drop Salazar for which of these SP? Thanks!

    C. Martinez
    J. Collmenter
    C. Buchholz
    J. Hammel
    J. Hahn
    D. Hutchison
    N. Eovaldi

      • Scandalous Bob says:
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        @Grey: In the SP rankings Hutchison is at #38, Eovaldi is at #58. Just want to make sure I’m not missing something here.

        • Grey

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          I like Hutchison more then, I don’t know the rankings by heart, that’s why I link people to look at the rankings

  56. your mom says:
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    which side: cargo(rox)/longo/wilin rosario/kazmir for stanton/ shoemaker in a 12 team roto league? thanks

  57. ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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    I actually took the day off work to formulate my game plan on my most competitive league (drafting today).

    I’m drafting 8th, 10 team h2h. I know I will have a choice of E5, Rizzo. Possibly some other gem will fall to me but I’m not counting on it. Normally, I take E5 without question. But this back thing has me worried.

    Anyone worried about E5? Should I stick to the Greyankings or opt to grab Rizzo for safety? I cannot seem to make my mind up on this one.

    Thanks in advance Commonwealth of Razzball and mayor Grey.

    • Grey

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      @ShawnOfTheLivid: I have no problem with opting for Rizzo for safety… They’re close enough

  58. FrankGrimes says:
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    tommy medica deserves more love from the Padres

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: For his game play strategy on Operation alone

  59. Hans says:
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    Why do you think Rendon is going for a third opinion? Reports say Dr James Andrews agreed with the original diagnosis. Is he just looking for a doctor to say he tore something and needs surgery. Man up, Rendon!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hans: Something’s hurting him and he doesn’t know what it is

      • @Grey:

        “What he offered was that it’s a weekly type injury,” Williams said. “So it’s not a month-to-month [injury]. It’s not a day-to-day [injury]. It’s more like a week-to-week [injury]. So depending on what he does and how strong it becomes and how he heals and all of those factors — there’s no real timetable on it because it’s pain and it’s where he feels comfortable doing things. Once he gets through that, then he can progress. But until that subsides, it’s week to week.”

        Week to week, not day to day. But not month to month. Well that’s reassuring.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, ugh

    • @Hans:

      First off, where’d you see that Andrews agreed with the diagnosis? I follow everything and see no update on Rendon. He went yesterday – somehow you got an update before the Nats did?

      Secondly, it was reported that he can run in a straight line without pain, but cannot cut side to side. Lateral movement is 1. kinda important for a 2B, and 2. heavily indicates an ACL, MCL or PCL injury more serious than initially diagnosed. And 3. It’s not getting better – it’s been weeks, and Rendon said it’s not healing.

      Thus the 2nd opinion and now apparently a 3rd.

    • @Hans:

      Oh, never mind – just saw the Washington Post article:

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/31/nationals-anthony-rendon-see-third-doctor-about-mc/

      If Andrews couldn’t find anything beyond a sprain, then it might just be a bad sprain. Maybe a good time to trade FOR Rendon considering all the jittery panicky owners posting about dumping him for anything they can get. Unfortunately the Rendon owners in my leagues are more level headed.

  60. I Love You Wong Time says:
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    Damn Cubs….do I hold Javier Baez on my team as an inactive or cut him lose? This is a 10 team OBP keeper league that I had to call him up from my farm because of his AB’s last season.

  61. Dave says:
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    Hey Grey,
    In a 12 team roto OBP league that uses weekly lineups, how would you rank the following middle infielders?
    S. Gennett, J. Peterson, L. Valbuena, E. Cabrera, J. Gyorko, C. Owings

  62. Dave says:
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    Which outfielder should I pick up for steals in my OBP roto league?
    R. Davis, A. Gose, E. young, or J. Schafer. Thanks!

  63. Scott says:
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    So hold Arismendy, eh?

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott: or should I (Joe) Panik?

  64. Ron says:
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    Did a 10-team H2H Points draft for the first time and pretty much exclusively used Razzball points rankings spreadsheet (adjusted for my leagues scoring) and this is the team I was able to build. Just had a couple questions.

    1) Overall what do you think of this roster? To your liking…or nah?
    2) Based on who is listed on the waiver wire below, do you suggest any immediate changes to improve this team?

    Scoring Format:
    RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 1B (+1.25), 2B (+2.5), 3B (+3.75), HR (+5), BB (+1), SO (-1), SB (+1), CS (-0.5)
    WIN (+5), LOSS (-3), SAVE (+2), BS (-1), K (+1), ER (-1), HOLD (+1), QS (+3)

    C – Lucroy
    CI – Donaldson, Carpenter
    MI – Kinsler, Reyes
    OF – Trout, Brantley, Holliday
    Util – R. Zimmerman, Hosmer
    BN – Melky, Segura, Eaton

    SP – Arrieta, Gray, Kennedy, McHugh, Keuchel, Pineda
    RP – Carrasco, Shoemaker

    Waiver Wire:
    Bats – D. Santana, J. Pederson, A. Escobar, Cuddyer, Pedro Alvarez, Khris Davis, Mauer, Aoki, Markakis, A. Cabrera

    Arms – Clippard, Reed, Porcello, Lohse, Miller, Dickey, Paxton, Greene

    Thanks a million for the feedback!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Team looks excellent, but it’s a shallow league so you’ll need to work waivers all year… Paxton over Keuchel

  65. Jay says:
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    15 team 5×5 roto salaries increase $6 yearly to keep…..am I crazy not to return with this?
    Mesaraco 10
    Belt 15
    2b open
    Desmond 19
    Arenado 19
    Brantley 21
    Puig 15
    Marte 23
    Polanco 7
    Waino 20
    Harvey 7
    Ross 7
    Kazmir 10
    Hutchison 7
    Holland 30
    Jansen 22
    Betances 7

    Doesn’t leave much $$ for fun at the auction but not seeing how I can do better…….

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: sorry…arenado $13….please respond first time poster 2 year follower, in a non stalking way

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Holland at $30 is a lot

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: overall thoughts? Top 5 closers usually hit $25-26….. Just figured why chance it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What other closers will be in the draft?

          • Jay says:
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            @Grey: chapman and Kimbrel being kept at 26/28…. Bidding starting in the cishek papelbon range…..dudes are sharks for closers in waiting melancon krod types all drafted last year at a few dollars and being kept

            • Jay says:
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              @Jay: I’d say 60% of avail closers being kept and 80% of the top 15 safe types

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t keep Holland

              • Jay says:
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                @Grey: ok….what am I chasing with that$30?…..how does the rest of team look from a competitive standpoint in a 15 team standard roto?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Team looks decent, get a 2B

                  • Jay says:
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                    @Grey: thx boss!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  66. Mostsuckass says:
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    I play in a deep, 20-team keeper league that counts holds. It’s really almost a dynasty league, as we keep 22 players and then fight over the scraps in an eight-round draft. I’ve got the #17 pick in the first round. By the time I pick, the top newly available names (Rodon, Tomas, Peraza) will be gone, as well as a few wily veterans and some middle-tier prospects (the top ones are already owned). By the time I pick, I’m probably looking at youngsters and speed guys, since speed is a need for my team. Probably by the time I pick I’ll be looking at somebody like Jace Peterson, Micah Johnson, maybe Anthony Gose or Rajai Davis or Nori Aoki.

    We’re about to head into our draft, and I’ve been offered Wade Davis in exchange for my first-rounder. Right now my bullpen is Greg Holland and Glen Perkins, so Davis would be my handcuff for Holland. (You don’t usually get to own handcuffs in a league this deep.) I had been planning on waiting until later to grab some MR for holds, since those are a dime a dozen (though in this league all closers, 8th-inning guys, and even some middle-inning guys and LOOGYs who get holds are owned), but Wade Davis is pretty elite. So essentially, would you trade somebody like Peterson or Micah or Gose or Rajai or Aoki (whoever I’d get for that pick) for Wade Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mostsuckass: Sure, take Davis, you can get speed on the next pick

  67. LeMaster of my domain says:
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    Grey!!

    Excellent write-up as always! This may be your best work ever! Thought you should know I did some more mid-late drafting with the Cougs…yadda, blah, etc.

    Crap, sycophantic babble just does not come as easy to me as it does others.

    Real question: given Jimmy Nelson’s spring train-wreck, you think he is long for the Brewer’s rotation? I had him as a breakout SP this season but he’s looking not-so-good-o so far.

  68. nick the dick says:
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    G dis you watch the Beiber roast last night? Martha Stewart ripped it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nick the dick: Nah, missed it, will have to catch it on Hulu

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Overall was meh, but Martha and Natasha Leggero were gold, couple others.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Whoever was writing for Martha was gold then… Some of my friends were talking about watching it, and I didn’t really care… Feels like an easy target

          • @Grey:

            Plus the little turd asked to be roasted – it’s all a publicity stunt. He’s trying to “move past” being a wanna be thug douche who did a bunch of douchey stuff but letting comedians make fun of him.

            He’s been too douchey for me to let him off the hook that easily. Now, if it was the Justin Beiber water boarding show, or the Justin Beiber tar & feathering I could get on board. Otherwise, meh

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, yeah, totally

  69. joe says:
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    Just drafted a few days ago, thoughts on my team? Standard 12 team roto

    C: d’arnaud
    1b: goldschmidt
    2b: dee gordon
    ss: bogaerts
    3b: arenado
    OF: puig, j-up, soler
    UTIL/BN: leonys martin, laroche, polanco, myers, gyorko, saunders

    SP: samardzija, cole, richards, eovaldi, walker tillman
    RP: street, feliz, cecil

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks solid, very nice hitting, maybe a tad light on speed, but not bad

  70. Todd says:
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    Hey, Grey.

    Our month-long offline draft finally ended (seriously, ugh) in my 12-team points league. Can you take a look at my team and let me know what you think?

    C Ramos 1B Miggy 2B Cano 3B Arenado SS Dannys U Fielder
    OF Puig, Dickerson, Myers
    Bench: Coco, Bruce, Lawrie, Lowrie, Belt, Corey Seager, Ianetta

    SP Kershaw, Felix, Cole, Alex Wood, Shoemaker, Hutchison, Hahn
    RP Melancon, Koji

    Thoughts? Weaknesses?

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think the hitting is pretty balanced, which is good… Especially since your pitching is stacked… Nice team, don’t think you need Iannetta, Seager

      • Todd says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey.

        Sorry I posted the same thing below. My original wasn’t showing up at first.

        Thanks for all your advice this offseason! You and your team rock.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

    • ashtray says:
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      How the shit do you get Miggy, Kershaw, Puig and Felix in a 12 team league?

      • Todd says:
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        @ashtray: Six keepers.

        Dodgers fan, so I drafted Kershaw before he was in the majors and Puig out of Spring Training his first year.

        Once upon a time I had Josh Hamilton during his hottest month ever. As soon as he started to slow (but was still raking), I traded him for Felix.

  71. Cale says:
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    All right Grey, I’m all in with your “sexy, sexy, sexy” pitchers from your top 60 starters list. I drafted in a 20 man league last night and here’s my staff along with overall pick number. My 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th starters are all in this tier.

    Zack Greinke 57
    Sonny Gray 104
    Trevor Bauer 257
    Kevin Gausman 264
    Jimmy Nelson 304
    Hector Santiago 384
    Jeremy Hellickson 417

    You better not let me down.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

  72. Sharpio says:
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    16 team h2h mixed standard scoring. 4 starters one reliever. Keeping Kershaw and Chapman
    Offence is strong with some questions.
    BRaun Stanton Harper Zimmeran santana beltre machado rendon hosmer boegarts

    What do you think of the sneaky closer with SP eligibility – Jenrry – I am looking at you. In general, it would point better than hughes or gray who are available.
    Do you like the move?
    How long do you think he keeps the role? Is it worth my first pick in a keep 12 or should I shore up a catcher ( I have read you buy them late) or grab segura to backup Xander or just go for best pitcher or best hitter avaiable. We only start 11 on offence

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mejia could be the closer all year, I like it if you need a closer

      • Sharpio says:
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        @Grey:
        I dont need the closer, I am using him as a starter. Rather than one start a week which is good for 17 points in a win, each close is worth 8 plus the strikouts so if I get 2 saves in a week, I am way ahead of pitchers who are not on double starts. Its a way of needing less starters cycling through the streamer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes sense, go with Mejia

  73. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Should be a Razzball poll: What month does Baez get called back up?

    Unpopular vote but I’m gonna say September. Kid is a mess at the plate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And that’s coming from someone who drafted him…. He had a 40+% strikeout rate last year… He can’t play with over 32-ish, I’d say, so he’s a far way off…

      • Sky

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        Yup, was really hoping he’d put some things together this spring. He did come in to spring trimmed down but yeah, he’s a major hacker; didn’t really show any growth last year as he went. Wilmer Flores, here we come!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, hoping Flores gets us 20 HRs, I have a bunch of shares in him

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: May the 25th

  74. SallyCips says:
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    Naturally my Machado/Shoemaker for Arenado play was rejected. I did get a counter for Machado/Ross (knew it) for Arenado/Hawkins. I may be getting greedy here, but figured I’d push it a bit since I’m now getting enamored by Ross as well and countered again with Machado/Samardjza for Arenado/Perkins. While the Shark is ranked higher and I drafted him higher, I like Ross’ situation better overall and would rather hold if I can. I also think Perkins, despite the injury worry, is a safer play than Hawkins. I’m hoping the perception of a “better” starter gets it done. Guess it depends on what he thinks of the pitchers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado side

  75. Michael says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 category with hits added to the offensive cats and W & L for pitching.

    C-Ramos
    1B-C. Davis
    2B-Kinsler
    3B-Donaldson
    SS-H. Ramirez
    1B/3B-Votto
    MI-Bogaerts
    OF-McCutch, Yelich, Betts, Pollock, Pearce
    UTIL-D. Wright
    UTIL-A. Garcia
    P-Arrieta, Carrasco, Cobb, Storen, Smyly, Fiers, Casilla, Shoemaker, McCarthy, Parnell, Qualls, House
    Bench-Saunders

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cobb, Fiers, Parnell and Smyly worry me… Hitting looks solid if a little light on power

  76. Todd says:
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    Hey, Grey.

    Just finished my 12-team points league draft. Can you take a look at my team, let me know what you think?

    C Ramos 1B M Cabrera 2B Cano 3B Arenado SS Dannys U Fielder
    OF Puig, Dickerson, Myers
    Bench: Coco, J Bruce, Lawrie, Lowrie, Belt, Ianetta, Corey Seager
    SP: Kershaw, Felix, Cole, A Wood, Shoemaker, Hutchison, Hahn
    RP: Melancon, Koji

    Thoughts? Weaknesses?

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Todd says:
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      @Todd: Whoops, sorry for the double post.

  77. ashtray says:
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    Any sense in stashing Joey Gallo in an NA roster spot for this year only or is he most likely going to spend the whole year in the minors?

  78. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey et al.
    Daiquiri for your thoughts?
    Im trying to figure out what to do with my squad. All of my upside picks have taken a nasty turn to the downside. Salazar and Baez have already been sent down and I fear that Tomas is not far behind. I need to find(at least)a placeholder until Baez is back making the windy city windier(sp?).I also don’t love the back end of my pitching staff. The front 4 are rock solid but the back 4 uh not so much. It is a keeper league(we keep 10)so I am hesitant about outright dropping Baez and Salazar. Will have an open slot to grab a 2B when Fernandez gets placed on the DL.

    C-C.SANTANA(3B/1B)
    1B-E.HOSMER
    2B-
    SS-H.RAMIREZ(OF?)
    3B-T.FRAZIER(1B)
    OF-M.KEMP
    OF-K.CALHOUN
    OF-AJ.POLLOCK
    UTIL-M.TRUMBO(OF/1B)
    UTIL-AV.GARCIA
    BENCH-Y.TOMAS, J.BAEZ

    SP-M.BUMGARNER
    SP-C.KLUBER
    SP-C.HAMELS
    RP-A.CHAPMAN
    RP-H.RONDON
    P-B.CECIL
    P-G.COLE
    BENCH-D.SMYLY, S.MILLER, D.SALAZAR, N.EOVALDI
    DL-J.FERNANDEZ

    The best available 2b options are
    R.ODOR
    C.UTLEY
    C.OWINGS
    J.GYORKO
    S.GENNETT
    A.ALCANTARA

    Best available sp
    D.POMERANZ
    E.SANTANA
    T.BAUER
    C.BUCHHOLZ
    AJ BURNETT
    J.PEAVY
    K.GRAVEMAN
    D.NORRIS

    Thanks. sorry for the long winded message.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        12

    • Jay says:
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      @JJ: u need bags and avg…pitching looks like a 10 tm league hitting looks like a 16 team league….I’d grab odor pomeranz and graveman and trade a stud pitcher and a position player for a top 15 type position player

    • J-FOH says:
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      @JJ: drop baez and salazar. Grab odor, gyorko, and norris

    • J-FOH says:
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      @JJ: maybe Alcantara over gyorko

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Scooter for now, Bauer… I don’t know why you went so heavy on pitching, you have three aces, which has hurt your hitting… You’re likely low on power and speed

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: you like scooter over odor? Did scooter get the leadoff spot? I saw he hasn’t walked yet

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like what my rankings like

          • J-FOL says:
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            @Grey: I thought you had Odor higher. The ADP in RCL’s is huge gap between those two.

        • JJ says:
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          @J-FOH:
          It is a keeper league. We keep 10 players. My offense was really balanced but not a lot of stud hitters. My pitching was stacked. Kept 5 pitchers and still had to let samardzija go. Tried to trade sp before the draft to no avail.

          • JJ says:
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            @JJ:
            If you had to choose between dropping one of BAEZ/SALAZAR, who would you cut?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Baez

  79. Jay says:
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    Is it just me, or will rodon be performing like a sp2 by July 1st?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds possible

  80. Phil of the Future says:
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    Good morning Grey. Is this the longest spring training ever or have i just run out of adderall?

    How are you, man?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… So long!

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Seriously I’m dyin over here.

        Quick thought on Devon Travis. You’re confident the job is his for now? I spent some FAAB on him and thinking of starting him at MI over Schoop at the beginning.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, for at least 15 days in April…I like him, but when Maicer returns it could get ugly if Travis is swinging a hot bat

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: Like Thunderdome style? Two men enter, one man leaves? I’d pay to see that.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’d pay to see that

  81. marti says:
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    Grey, I didn’t get a starting catcher in my N/L auction league. Grabbed susac in the reserve draft. He got sent down. AJ Ellis is available or is there another backup catcher you like in the N/L that may outperform. We only start one catcher. The only backup that was drafted was wellilngton castillo. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea who’s available

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I grabbed Pacheco in one league, is he around?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @marti: McKinley could be sneaky

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @marti: Maldanado should get a decent amount of ABs Versus left handed pitching when Lucroy is at first.

  82. Greatest Show On Dirt says:
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    12 teamer 5×5:
    Drop Dalton Pompey for Khris Davis? I’m solid on power and speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  83. J-FOH says:
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    Hutchinson as the opening day starter. Wouldn’t have believed that back in January

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You like Dickey, huh?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: hells no. But I thought the Jays did. I think they might be playing it straight this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I see what you did there

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: you have an eye for that

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Semien for Dickey? Choose a side

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: wouldn’t that be Dickey gets you Semien?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  If you throw in Anibal

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: oh she’s not ready for that

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Anibal loves that

              • @Grey:

                I traded Semien to the A’s honk in my league for Netfali Feliz. The only reason this made me sad was because while i gained 25-35 saves, I lose 100s of potentially hilarious team names.

                I remain slightly depressed by this.

                • Grey

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                  Sounds fine

                  • @Grey:

                    Oh, yeah – the trade is fine, but now my team name is “Look Ma, No Hanley!” which is clearly sub-par to all of the sexual innuendo names I could have come up with had Semien still been on my squad.
                    :(

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                  • @Grey:

                    I looked over my trade partner’s roster and I am positively sick with envy.

                    Just from the 1st four players I noticed, the team name “Choo Eaton’ Mookie’s Semien” became apparent. I suggested it, and the owner graciously declined – he has no chance at winning this league with an attitude like that. .

                    My team is the all-boring-player-name team of 2015.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, you’re gonna kill him…Just stay close and keep your arms inside the vehicle…

    • Jay says:
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      @J-FOH: big time breakout….jays see it….I’ve grabbed him for $1 last years draft keeping him at$7 this year

      • Jay says:
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        @Jay: 15 wins 200ks 3.4 era 1.20 whip…book it

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Jay: yeah I own him in a lot of places too.

        • Jay says:
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          @J-FOH: sux he’s going up against other teams aces now though…..May put a damper on the 15 wins but bring out some of the other competitive peripherals trying to match them

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Jay: well let’s look at the AL east aces: Bucholtz, Tillman, Tanaka, and Archer. Not a real murderers row there. Tanaka is great til his elbow falls off.

            • Jay says:
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              @J-FOH: good point…….I knew I was on here for a damn reason!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Jay: there are lots of reason.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @J-FOH: Really? The Grey/Sky love of the man didn’t turn that corner for you?

  84. Dave says:
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    With Baez gone in my 16-team league: I already have Semien as his replacement. Should I go with Semien or try one of these FA guys? Brandon Crawford, Wilmer Flores, Andrelton, Everth, Jose Ramirez, Odubel, Drew, Didi, Ownings, or Kang. I can live with some risk and plan to keep Baez on the bench with my fingers crossed that he comes back in a month or so. Cheers!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dave: Flores over semien

      • Gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: Flores over Semien sounds like some weird sex fetish.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: over flores? How dare you. Where is sky?

        • Dave says:
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          @J-FOH: Cheers, guys! Just curious, with Semien ranked #24 on the Top 20 2B list and Flores ranked #21 on the SS list, why did you pick them over the players you previously ranked a bit higher like Ownings (#14), Ramirez (#13), and Andrelton (#16) or guys that have been getting more recent attention due to playing time like Odubel and Everth?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Dave: those are greys ranks

        • Sky

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          I’m here. I’d rather just not draft Semien and draft Flores later but I get the argument.

  85. Jack says:
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    Grey, I would admire some thoughts on my draft. This is H2H, 12 teams, 7×7 (OPS, H, IP, QS) league. No inning or pickup limits.

    C Wilson Ramos
    1B Jose Abreu
    2B Jedd Gyorko
    3B Chris Davis
    SS Jean Segura
    OF Yasiel Puig
    OF Corey Dickerson
    OF George Springer
    UTIL Starling Marte
    UTIL Brandon Belt
    BE Brett Lawrie
    BE Khris Davis

    SP Gerrit Cole, Jake Arrieta, Mike Fiers, Ian Kennedy, Brandon McCarthy, James Paxton, John Lackey, Jesse Hahn
    RP Trevor Rosenthal, Huston Street, Steve Cishek
    DL Jose Fernandez

    What do you think? What needs improvement? Appreciate the input admiral.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the team, you look very well balanced on hitting and the pitching looks solid, though I don’t love Lackey, but that’s a small issue

  86. Gareth says:
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    Your Jaime Garcia comment on JB’s post made me laugh out loud. Thanks for the chuckle, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  87. steve says:
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    Grey. Thank you. Thoughts on this team?

    12 team, h2h, 5×5, redraft

    C – Zunino
    1B – Miggy
    2B – Dee Gordon
    SS – Bogaerts (Segura on bench)
    3B – Frazier
    OF – AJones
    OF – BHarper
    OF – JEllsbury
    Util – Hosmer
    Bench – WilMyers

    SP – Iwakuma
    SP – Tanaka
    SP – Latos
    SP – Arrieta
    SP – Shoemaker
    SP – TWalker
    SP – CMart
    SP – Yordano Ventura
    RP – Robertson
    RP – Cecil

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look heavy on speed, which isn’t ideal in H2H…I don’t like Tanaka, but pitching looks fine outside of that

      • steve says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Great White North says:
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        @Grey: I always try for a blend of speed and power, but I am only a .5 SAGNOF (saves have no face for me). When I am at a loss for power, I find success in a 5X5 if those steals come with average. Runs will be there. That is 3 of 5 bat cats. Meow.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I hear ya

  88. nat says:
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    Hey mix master grey!
    H2h points league w/ ESPN drop mat Latos for dallas keuchel, Matt shoemaker, or Vance Worley?

    We have 6 pitcher slots,

    I have :

    P- max Scherzer

    P- jeff samarjadza

    P- Matt Harvey

    P- deGrom

    P- latos

    P- Tijuan walker

    Bench – iwakuma

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker

  89. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Great stuff! Now Alex Torres can join Carlos Torres in the Mutz BP!

    Terry Collins (to the bullpen): Warm up Torres.
    Bullpen: Which one?
    Terry Collins: It really doesn’t matter, we’re down 11 runs. Just play eenie-meanie-minie-mo.
    Bullpen: Gotcha.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  90. Mello Yello says:
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    Parnell gets the gig in Queens once he’s back right? I mean not right away, but they know of the Mejia roller coaster ride and all the gray hairs that comes from it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eventually…Maybe mid-June, maybe July, maybe August

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @Grey: Hmmmm…well he’s worth a stash over someone like Neshek probably. I loaded up on middle relief because it’s a QS/SV/ERA/K/WHIP/K/9 league, so I’m thinking Parnell and Peralta once Yu becomes DL eligible.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

        • Mello Yello says:
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          @Mello Yello: Word…dude when are they gonna fire up the DL?…I’m getting antsy haha

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @Grey: Actually I shoulda just said relievers

  91. royce! says:
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    Just finished listening to the podcast, and I think you might be underestimating Brandon McCarthy. He was terrible for the Diamondbacks, but was amazing for the Yankees. In 90.1 IP, he went 2.91/1.15/82. He attributed this to pitch selection- the DBags wanted him to trim his pitch selection, so he relied too heavily on his sinker, and got clobbered. The Yankees made him throw a cutter more often, and then let him throw his entire arsenal. Apparently it worked. (Incidentally, I have no idea why ARI decided that he should have less pitches. “You need a fastball, a curveball, and a beanball!”)

    I don’t know what the Dodgers will encourage, but I think it’s worth a late round gamble that he does close to what he did in NY. Steamer projects a 3.41 ERA, which is lower than it projects for Iwakuma (3.47) and Hamels (3.46), to name a couple of guys who are being drafted way before McCarthy.

    Also, have you come to a verdict on the new Kendrick Lamar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      re: Lamar — I’m just listening to it every day until I like it… I still only like maybe 2 songs…

      re: McCarthy — I see the appeal on McCarthy, but if we’re just looking at actual outcomes, he has been a streamer for the better part of his career, and there’s a large sample size

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, on average, he’s been a streamer, but his career careens…was bad with the Rangers, great with the As (3.32 era in 2011, 3.24 in 2012), terrible with the DBags, and great again with the Yankees. So it feels less like he’s just an average pitcher and more that something really clicked for him in Oakland and NY. Also, he had the 9th best xFIP among qualifying SP last year.

        Why do I care? I have no freaking idea. Maybe I just want to give you ammo for when he craps the bed to start off my fantasy year. I’m generous like that.

        On a completely different note, I smoked some salmon the other day and I’ve eaten so much of it that I seem to be sweating fish and I don’t care because it’s that delicious.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t dislike McCarthy, I was just saying that everyone likes him now, and then when he has a 4+ ERA in May as he always does, people aren’t gonna like him so much anymore… Smoking salmon feels like making sushi… Good in theory but easier to just buy already made…True?

          • @Grey:

            Could not agree more – I kept reading more and more love on McCarthy and couldn’t get behind it based on what seems to be purely “change of scenery” – if you put a duck in a lake or on a pond or in a tidepool, he’s still a duck.

            Sometimes I agree with the change of scenery boost – power hitter goes from San Diego to Cinci or vice versa – or even a top tier SP going from San Diego to Cinci or vice versa.

            But McCarthy ain’t top tier, and by July he’s going to be on the FA list in an awful lot of leagues.

            And that doesn’t even take into consideration his shoulder injury history that everyone seems to have amnesia about in their gushing “sleeper” write-ups. Dude’s 31 – there’s nothing sleepy about a 31 year old SP and he’s been way overdrafted IMO.

            Time may prove me (us) wrong, but I won’t touch him at his current ADP.

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: I can see that…I’ve been burned by him a lot over the last couple of seasons. He has made me much more suspicious of xFIP and FIP based analysis.

            I guess if I had more success making sushi at home I might agree. Every time I’ve tried it’s been pretty bleh. People say it’s all about getting the rice right and I am nowhere near having done so. It’s definitely easier to buy already made smoked salmon, but if I can find the time, I like to make it myself because I can make a ton at once and share it with people so that they understand just how virile a man I am. ALDER SMOKED BEARD.

            Speaking of sushi, Lauren and I found a great hole in the wall place recently called Sushi Tadokoro. We should hit it up if y’all come down for a game again. If you come May 30 you can get another camo replica jersey!

            • Big Magoo

              Big Magoo says:
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              @royce!: I agree with you on McCarthy. I mention him in my latest post, and link to an earlier offseason column where I discuss his ’15 prospects.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, I’m there then! Hard to rally for sushi in SD cause we can get such great sushi here, but maybe… I’ve never had success making sushi at home ever, but by the time you buy the fish and make it you could’ve went to the place and ate for cheaper and faster… That was kinda what I meant with my comparison…I think…

              • royce! says:
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                @Grey: I’m beginning to see why you’ve taken such a vocal stance on McCarthy- he is getting a lot of attention around here recently. Rudy has him as his most valuable fantasy pitcher!

                There’s some pretty good sushi here, too, but I get your point. I can’t think of any food that is especially San Diegan that you can’t get in LA.

                Smoking fish yourself is extremely inefficient, you’re right. But, ALDER SMOKED BEARD.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Inefficient! Yes, that’s the word for it… Yeah, McCarthy is getting too much pub all things considered…

  92. CMUTimmah says:
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    Rendon is putting me in a very tough spot.

    He’s a minor leaguer for me (each team gets 3 minor league slots), you can keep a guy in the minor leagues forever. Once called up every player gets a 5 year contract, their clock starts the season you call them up (you can’t hold them for an extra year by keeping them in the minors for a couple weeks like the real MLB unfortunately.) If you call them up at the draft, then you can draft someone to replace the minor leaguer slot.

    This is where Rendon’s injury gets dicey. The draft is Friday. If he needs surgery and would be out half the year, I would probably keep him in the minors, to avoid starting his clock for half of a year. If we don’t hear anything before Friday, I’m forced to gamble.

    I’m looking to compete this year. I have 6 keepers and I’m calling up both Jose Abreu and Rendon by design. I have 20 picks before the 13th round due to trades last year (I punted last year and still ended up making and losing in the world series thanks to Fiers, Kemp, and Valbuena pickups off the wire). My other keepers are Stanton, Tulo, Sale, Zimmermann, Hamels and Waino.

    If I’m forced to gamble, should I play it safe since I have all of these draftpicks to play with this season, or go for the gold risking a wasted season for Rendon?

    Your guess is probably as good as mine here, just looking for some guidance/insight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d wait until Friday for the final news on his injury

  93. Lightblack says:
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    Hey Grey and other gentiles. Need a ill help with this Tribe Called Quest type scenario. This is a 10 team Yahoo 6×5(k’s) OBP Holds+Saves 3 man keeper league. Loaded on hitting waited a touch too long on starters I feel. Feel like I need one more solid guy. Was asked what I want for Xander. Owner has deep pitching. Possible targets are DeGrom,Quintana,Kazmir,Walker after looking at his roster. What would be a fair shake in value for Xander….my gut says Quintana or Kazmir. Do you agree with my gut. Here’s my team btw.

    Grandal
    Goldy
    Rendon
    Antana
    Donaldson
    (Mi)Boaegarts
    (CI)Rizzo
    Puig
    Marte
    Soler
    L.Martin
    (UTL)C. Davis
    (UTL)K.Davis
    BE.Gyroko
    BE.D’Arnaud
    BE.Fowler(Saunders will Prolly replace)
    BE.Lawrie
    A.Wood
    G.Richards
    C.McHugh
    M.Shoemaker
    D.Smlyly
    J.Paxton
    D.Salazar(NA)Greene will replace
    Chapman
    Allen
    H.Rondon
    Watson
    J.Smith

    • Lightblack says:
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      @Lightblack:

      Shoulda said GENTS. Anyone of non Jewish blood feel free to comment as well.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Lightblack: gentiles and non jewish blood people….just to be clear, so you ARE excluding jew from replying to this?

        • Lightblack says:
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          @nick the dick:
          Haha. Yeah that was suppose to read AND Jewish blood people. My next post will now have to be drenched in Philo-Semitism to keep the balance of the razzball universe in tact.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re fine for now, you don’t another SP for now

      • Lightblack says:
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        @Grey: So your not down with DeGrom if he were to accept? I’m hesitant to trade any infield due to Rendons situation but I’m also a little not looking forward to not having Richards and Smyly for the first few weeks. Guess I could just patchwork things for those first few weeks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Huh?

          • Lightblack says:
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            @Grey: I’m talking about you don’t think I should try to add another Sp for depth due to the possibility of Richards(well for sure)and Smyly starting the season on the DL? Just not at the expense of Boegarts or in general?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Lightblack: You don’t need another SP right now, I promise there will be SPs to grab off waivers in a 10 team league

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Pinky promise?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I think since he’s from Cuba it’s a pinko promise

              • Lightblack says:
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                @Grey: Gotcha. Thanks for the input man.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  94. ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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    Ok, got my spreadsheets ready. JB’s pitching updates were helpful, except for the fact that he moved Harvey to #10.

    Um. W…T…F… is up with that?

    Someone slip some hash oil into old JB’s vape? I could have easily grabbed Harvey in my other drafts fairly late, is it worth a try? Your opinion changing on him at all?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I’m not drafting him where he’s going…. You prolly have to take him around top 12 to get him though

  95. ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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    Correction, has him at #9. Based on the fact he didn’t pitch last year and is coming off major surgery to his throwing arm of course.

  96. Emily Bonerface says:
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    I have the #1 pick in my draft tomorrow. This is the 15th year of this league’s existence, all high school friends, and our format is a bit absurd:

    -6×6 roro (r, rbi, hr, avg, tb; w, s, k, ip, era, whip)
    -16 teams
    -only 20 moves all season
    -no bench (SAGNOF is a very dangerous proposition)

    Can a case be made to draft anyone other than Trout!?!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Trout

      • Emily Bonerface says:
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        @Grey: okie dokie. my one thought is that despite all the pitching depth, the limited moves and having IP as a category means that aces are definitely extremely valuable.

        • Grey

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          Sure, but Trout is still the #1 player… Could make aces more valuable in the 2nd thru 5th rounds

  97. crock says:
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    Doing my first AL only H2H points auction draft this weekend. I read the auction draft strategy article. Do you change your strategy at all when it’s a NL or AL only auction or do you pretty much play it the same?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Play it the same

  98. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    in a 12 team league with room for 4 RP, 5×5 would i be better off as i own these
    mcgee/cecil/perkins/benoit with quack/jepsen/soriano (in case he steals cecil’s job or somebody else’s)/marshall or just add an 11th SP (deep benches here and syndergaard is my one NA stash, and soon mcgee gets DL’d), as i have 1 open roster spot today and a 2nd soon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      11 SP

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: 1. best of happ,c.anderson,greene, b.norris?
        2. which of those RP’s is best option when McGee does get his DL?

        and what the hell is yahoo doing with Darvish not having DL yet, he got his TJ back on the 17th!

  99. As someone who wasted his first pick on Prince Fielder last year, this Rendon thing is weighing heavy on my mind as I drafted him in the second round. I have Semien as my backup 2B. Do I go with him or any of the following guys that are available while Rendon’s on the DL:
    Phillilps
    Scooter
    Hill
    Bonifacio (I am a little light on steals)

    Perhaps I stream 2B based on matchups until Rendon comes back? If he does. I’m scared!

    I believe in Schoop as a sleeper, but not enough to pick him up before he shows something.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scooter

      • @Grey: Scooter over Semien, but Micah Johnson is also available. Still Scooter (especially if he’s leading off)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If he’s leading off, yes

  100. Johnny's bench says:
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    Ahoy grey! For my offense, would you make any changes ? Drop anyone ? Add any of these of stand pat for right now.

    C- devin mesoraco

    1b- Napoli

    2b- odor

    3b- Todd Frazier (eligibility at 1b too)

    SS- hanley Ramirez

    IF- danny santana

    OF- Puig

    OF- bryce Harper

    OF- trumbo (also eligible at 1b)

    OF- joc pederson

    DH- Edwin encarnacion (also eligible at 1b)

    Utility- carlos santana( eligibility at 1b/3b/DH)

    Bench- Kris bryant , wil myers, scooter gennet.

    Bats available::

    — mike zunino, Travis d’arnaud, michael cuddyer, khris davis, Dalton pompey, neil Walker, Lorenzo cain, joe mauer, Alex Rodriquez , arismendy alcantara (2b/of), Luis valbuena(2b/3b) , michael morse (1b/of), marcus semien (2b/3b),

    • Johnny's bench says:
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      @Johnny’s bench:

      It’s also h2h points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams

      • Johnny's bench says:
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        @Grey:

        Don’t laugh, it’s only an 8 team league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now

  101. Cafuné

    Maxi says:
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    Traded Strasburg for Rendon in my keeper league Mainly because rendon was 9th round value and stras was 7th just two weeks ago…ruhroh! ????????????

    We talking done for the year bad. Or just a few months? I have wong and panda starting,with lawrie and jace petersen backing them up with 2B/3B elgibility. You think ill be fine this year?

  102. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Had my big money 10 team draft last night. Thought it went pretty well, although I did miss out on a number of players I really wanted in the middle/late parts of the draft. I am sure some of that can be attributed to a few of my league mates knowing of your site. Guys like Davis, Arrenado, and Walker were huge reaches, but at least I had a back up plan.

    Anyways, this is a 10 team h2h standard 5X5 yahoo league with only 9 offensive positions, 21 overall spots. Since its h2h, I usually carry 8-9 starters, 3-4 closers, and one bench bat. The other twist is that we have a rolling waiver, so it goes by daily priority every day. We also have a real money budget of 100 dollars for moves ($1 before allstar break, $3 after allstar break, $5 playoffs). So yeah, need to limit moves.

    A few things that worked really well were waiting on catcher (McCann was still there in the last round somehow) and was really able to build a strong top half of my starting pitching staff (Hamels fell to my at 60th pick). There were a few guys I was upset I missed out on like Pujols, Davis, and Betts, but had to settle for the likes of Ortiz, Soler, and Kipnis.

    Here is the team

    C McCann
    1B Ortiz
    2B Kipnis
    3B Donaldson
    SS Desmond
    OF Trout
    OF Marte
    OF Soler
    UTL Moss
    BN Duda

    SP: Hamels, Arrieta, Carrasco, DeGrom, Wacha, Hutchinson, Paxton, Shoemaker, Kuechel

    RP: Casilla, Rondon, Cecil

    Couple questions:

    1) Hold Kuechel or drop for Eovaldi, Greene, House, Odorizzi

    2) Hold Duda or drop for Morneau, Pollock, Souza, Arcia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks solid with well-balanced hitters, like the upside guys you took, only Kipnis worries me… Nice pitching too, solid team overall…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and lose Keuchel for Eovaldi…Hold Duda for now

  103. alex seber says:
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    Trade Question – H2h Points league. Standard points, -.5Ks. Dynasty league with a deep bench.

    My Votto and Giolito for his Hosmer, Ian Kennedy, Bundy. I’m looking to just add more depth to my team and add another quality SP. A bit worried about Votto’s decline / in jury history.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer side, it’s fair

  104. Youth movement says:
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    16 team h2h dynasty, 35 man roster. Lost baez to NA spot, with only zobrist available at ss. Picked up odubel who is 2b, ss eligible in yahoo. Should I keep or pick up Brad Miller who is inexplicably dropped? Next best ss are cosart and everth.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller, sure

  105. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Who wrote about Ryan Rua in January? I can’t remember, but I’d bet he was handsome and from the PNW.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, that’s right! I have to add that link to the top 100 OFs…Good call!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Thanks G! That G stands for ‘Grey’. Would be weird to call you ‘gangsta’.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, it wouldn’t

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Compromise: It stands for Greyngsta.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Perfect

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: handsome? HA!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Jealousy just doesn’t look good on you

        • J-FOH

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          @Sky: I look great in green

  106. pondfrogsplash says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m in a roto keeper 10 team league. I have Rusney and Yasmani on my bench. I feel I could drop Yasmani for Carlos Martinez. Is that crazy? I could also pick up Drew Hutchinson. Looking for pitching.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine for Hutch

  107. Josh says:
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    Hey Grey,

    How’s my team look? Just drafted a couple days ago.

    The categories are R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG/OBP/BB/SLG for hitters and ERA/WHIP/W/QS/HLD/SV/KperBB/K for pitchers

    Strange settings, since there is BB and OBP i paid up for guys who walk a lot. It’s a H2H league so i decided to not pay anything for saves.

    C- d’Arnaud
    1B- Goldy
    2B – Rendon (rut roh)
    3B- C. Santana
    SS- Cabrera
    MI- Gyorko
    CI- Votto
    OF- Harper
    OF- Yelich
    OF- Soler
    OF- JDMart
    OF- Choo
    UTIL- Carter

    P- Scherzer
    P- McHugh
    P- Hughes
    P- Cashner
    P- Pineda
    P- Hutchison
    P- Smyly
    P- Odorizzi
    P-Tazawa
    P-Tony Watson
    BN- Peavy
    BN- Paxton
    BN- McCarthy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      how many teams

      • Josh says:
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        @Grey:

        sorry, its a 12 teamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks stronger than you need, and your hitting looks great… Very solid team overall

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cute!

  108. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Follow up to my above post, I really wanted Polanco as my only bench bat, but he was snagged ahead of my pick. I picked Duda instead. Looking at my team, would you rather have Duda or Polanco? I know you have Duda ranked higher, but Polanco has that sweet sweet upside…yumm. I could potentially trade one of my starters (Shoemaker, Paxton or Kuechel) for him maybe.

    • bossmanjunior333 says:
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      @bossmanjunior333:

      Or what about Brandon Belt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duda

  109. Gareth says:
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    I guess that was comment 420.

    It is only in the past few weeks that I am aware what “420” means (some American friends informed me).

    Work is going well by the way. Ohio is sadly rather restrictive when it comes to Liquor, so trying to get a hold of some of the good stuff (like harder to find Bourbon’s) is quite the challenge.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  110. Frank White says:
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    Hey how you been Grey.. Well I’m pissed cause I’ve been waiting for the draft and prepping and the Commish sent a mass text a day before and I never got the text. It automatically picked for me 75% of it. Anyway I’m in a H2H Points league and I remember asking you about pitching cause in my league pitching is huge with a 20 point win, 1 per inning n k plus 5 for QS.. I wanted to grab pitchers 2 out of the first 3 rounds especially cause the new QS points this year. I actually have really good batting, Well you be the judge and please comment on if you like my team including your opinion on my pitching in such a pitcher friendly league..
    batters-
    Wilin Rosario
    Ortiz
    Rendon
    Beltre
    Desmond
    Trout
    Ellsbury
    Matt Holliday
    Victor Martinez
    Calhoun
    Bench-
    Carpenter
    Jayson Werth
    LaRoche
    Rios
    Pitchers –
    Hamels
    Cobb
    Carrasco
    Fister
    Fiers
    Latos
    Kazmir
    Smyly
    Glen Perkins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams

      • Frank White says:
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        10

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank White: You look solid, if a little light on speed, which is fine in H2H points… The pitching is decent, but Cobb, Fister and Fiers scare me

      • Frank White says:
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        I hear ya on Cobb but Fister killed it for me last season and I don’t know much about Fiers this year.. Can you tell me more details about what’s up please??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fiers has a weak shoulder, says he’s fine but it’s concerning

  111. Ron says:
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    When does malamoney respond to questions?

    He has been silent on the comments section of his latest post. I never followed him before so I’m trying to get an idea of what his schedule of responding is like so I can continue to follow him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I pinged him, no idea

      • Ron says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. He hopped right on it. He is a great addition from a points league perspective. Helped me nail my draft.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  112. 1st RCL Draft…all set, got my beer, got #6 pick, off to a good start..and my freaking ISP goes out. My ISP never goes out. It hasn’t gone out since I moved in. You are telling me it’s gonna go out the precise hour that my draft is? Fuck I really wanted to kick something. I end up auto-picking some and resorting to trying to poke out some halfhearted picks with the cellphone lite draft app. It wouldn’t scroll around so I just kinda looked at the top 20 left on ESPN’s board and chose guys that seemed ok. Whatever, at least its a chance to own some guys I never own otherwise and that’s why you play in more than one league a year.

    C Buster Posey
    1b Jose Abreu
    2b Dee Gordon
    3b Josh Donaldson
    ss Andrelton Simmons
    mi Chase Utley
    ci Nolan Arendo
    OF CarGoBoom (hopefully not his ankle)
    OF Marcell Ozuna
    OF Jason Werth
    OF Carlos Beltran
    OF Coco Crisp
    UT David Ortiz

    SP Jake Arrietta
    SP Mat Latos
    SP Ian Kennedy
    SP Aaron Sanchez
    SP Rick Porcello
    SP Mike Minor
    SP Clay Bucholz

    RP J Papelbon
    RP H Rondon
    RP H Street
    RP S Romo
    RP D Farquar

    OF is a mess, pitching well, could be worse, maybe I can find some studs on waivers, every year there are some. The team has too many geezers and looks totally primed to finish as high as 6th. Hurray ISP outages.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with your assessment… Bunch of geezers and OF is hurting… You can fix in-season though in RCL

      • @Grey:

        Any suggestions on trades? I was thinking try and trade Arendo or Donaldson for a stud OF. And Ortiz….arghhhh I guess I have to keep him. Maybe I can do a 3b+geezer bundle trade.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure try to trade Arenado, everyone wants him

  113. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    1) As my only bench bat in my RCL, hold Moustakas or drop for Lind, Chisenhall, Jaso, Bourne, Fowler, Cron.

    2) Would you bother to stash Cliff Lee on the DL?

  114. Free Max B says:
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    Hola Grey,

    My 12 team h2h yahoo keeper league with QS drafts tonight, and basically all of my position players from last year are unkeepable. We can hold on to 4, and I’m wondering..

    Should I just keep –

    Jordan Zimmermann (7th round)
    Alex Wood (16th round)

    Or should I add in (one or two) of any of these guys:

    Phil Hughes (10th)
    Matt Shoemaker (10th)
    DeGrom (10th).

    All three are waiver wire adds, so if I keep both ill lose 9 & 10.

    Gracias!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker and DeGrom

  115. OK, ISP comes back up 20 mins before RCL Draft #2. Time to get re-focused and bang out a good draft. This one turned out to be the typical really challenging RCL draft where everyone is all over Grey’s board and one has to kinda zag a little in order to break away from the pack. I felt I did well considering the shrewd league: I prefer hitter-heavy teams and this isn’t one of those but I worked my board and made value picks when possible and often they were pitchers.

    RCL, picking 2nd.

    C Brian McCann (263)
    1b Joey Votto (71)
    2b Robinson Cano (26)
    3b Todd Fraizer (47)
    SS Ian Desmond (23)
    MI Scooter Gennett (215)
    CI Matt Adams (167)
    OF Giancarlo Stanton (2) (Lick)
    OF Alex Gordon (95)
    OF Brett Gardner (122)
    OF Shin-Soo Choo (170)
    OF Coco Crisp (239)
    UT Torri Hunter (242)
    Bench T Ploffe (290 forced to take a 3b, may drop)

    SP David Price (50)
    SP Jeff Samardjiza (74)
    SP Alex Wood (98)
    SP Chris Archer (146)
    SP J Verlander (266)
    SP R Porcello (287)

    RP H Street (143)
    RP A Reed (191)
    RP T Clippard (194)

    Soon to have two open spots for fliers:
    DL D Smyly (218)
    DL K Jansen (119)

    Should have a strong staff when the guys come off the DL…I will also try and find some upsidy hitters to fill those open slots until then, the offense is going to need a little more to be a real contender. The team is a bit “Rudyish” but thats not a bad thing and in these RCL leagues one can’t expect to ‘draft like Grey’ and find value picks, at least in my experience.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re really liking Coco Crisp this year, huh? This team looks better but it’s stronger on pitching than hitting excel the end of the starting staff which is droppable…

      • @Grey:

        Not really, Im just grabbing him to drop him. Sometimes its good to grab someone you dont like at all so you have no remorse dropping him to grabby grab some guy who starts hot. There’s usually an intentional level of churn at the bottom of my roster built in to encourage me to look for fliers early. Every year there are a few guys that literally come outta nowhere. Short version: Intentional Churn.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha

          • @Grey:

            Non-essential in-depth director’s cut inside view special edition version: “We had no clue who to pick, so we casted someone we were sure to have to change before production.”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  116. ryanoger says:
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    You think I should be looking to grab a backup 2nd option with Rendon’s status still up in the air?

    Folks available:

    Gyorko, Scooter, Javier Báez or look to make a trade for Mookie or Wong!?

    thanks so much
    Ryan

    • ryanoger says:
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      @ryanoger:

      What’s your take on Odubel Herrera too?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I just went over him

        • ryanoger says:
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          @Grey:

          Sorry, found it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not yet

  117. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Should I pick up Mujica as a 4th closer (behind Casilla, Rondon, Cecil) and drop Kuechel (one of my 9 starters)? You said earlier to drop Kuechel for Eovaldi but I just realized Mujica is still available. Its h2h so I try to have as many starters as possible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Cecil

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually hold for now with Keuchel

  118. Wilsonian says:
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    Hopefully it isn’t the start of something, but Dickerson scratched with back tightness today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, has been like that for about a week now

  119. Wilsonian says:
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    Gregerson named the closer in Hou.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • @Wilsonian:

      Predictable outcome considering the competition there.

      I would still be cautious – I have always been a Gregerson fan, especially when I was in a points league that scored holds unusually high…but I don’t think he’s ever held down a closer gig for a full season.

      Not saying he can’t – just saying he’s probably not worth overpaying for.

  120. Spyre says:
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    Do you prefer Paxton or Walker for a late round flier?

  121. Dommattingly says:
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    Still hold Gausman over Porcello?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For now

      • Dommattingly says:
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        @Grey: thanks man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  122. Jim Anderson says:
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    Grey,

    Got a 10 team auction tonight. I know where I’m going pitching-wise but still don’t know where to go with my bats. If you could choose your big 3 bats bringing the most value (positional too) in an OBP league what would they be?
    (Trout will go for way too much to be an option)

    Thanks in advance. Here’s to hoping razz ball helps me repeat again this year.

  123. AA says:
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    I have 2 question marks at the end of my rotation…Rodon and Collmenter. Should I drop both for either Jimmy Nelson or Daniel Norris? Is Rodon worth holding over picking up Nelson or Norris?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose them for both

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually, you can hold Rodon until he’s officially in the minors, there’s no rush to drop him for those guys… Grab Norris with Collmenter

      • AA says:
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        @Grey: Do you have an updated prediction stat line for Daniel Norris now that he’s made the rotation out of spring training? Would he be ranked in your top 60?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, because 5th starters don’t always remain 5th starters all year… I figure he’ll be in the bullpen at some point mid-summer…

  124. Alan says:
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    Last of the Mujicas!

    If you own qualls in dynasty, who you dropping him for?

    Aaron Barrett, cingrani, walden, jepsen, santos, oday, familia, neshek

    or just hang on to him for a bit?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Barrett for now

  125. Harvey Wallbangers says:
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    Joey Bats/Donaldson vs McCutchen/Longo

    Which side you taking?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bats

  126. rockyroad says:
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    alex wood/ kolten wong/ carlos gonzalez/ and pablo sandoval for rendon/ shields/ justin upton/ alex gordon

    if you one of, or both, david wright in for the panda does or dee gordon for wong does it change your view.

    cargo never stays healthy but we can all dream

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon/Upton

  127. upupaway says:
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    does justin upton have any more breakout potential than whats in your rankings? I feel like his steals are so low but cant figure out why

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’ve been low for two years

  128. GhostTownSteve says:
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    CHAPMAN PULLED, he said hysterically.

    Probably a toe blister or something.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: According to the Twitter, he was removed as a precaution – manager was worried about his right hamstring.

        Chapman himself says he’s OK…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope so

  129. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    I have a trade question for you. This is for our 11 Team Yahoo Standard Roto League. I have basically been offered C. Gomez for Price and Marte. I really like Marte, but I am looking for some heftier offense and I should have sufficient pitching without Price, but I wanted to get your take.

    My other SPs are DeGrom, Tanaka, Ross, Carrasco, Pineda, Fiers, Shoemaker and Walker.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez side, it’s fair could go either way

  130. Gogo godzilla says:
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    We are just days away, can not wait for the season to start????

    Redraft 12 team h2h

    Trying to decide wether to stream or drop lohse for one of the following

    Holland
    C-mart
    Evoldi
    Hammel
    Leake
    Anderson (Dodgers)

    I like lohse for his whip.

    Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi

      • Gogo godzilla says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks as always

  131. tom says:
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    Love the write up as always Grey ! I’m in a 12 team weekly points H2H league and I drafted 8th. Pitching went fast so I went offense 1st. I didn’t draft my 1st pitcher till the 5th rd. I’m kinda of freaking out already because my pitching staff really scares me. In your opinion am I screwed lol or do you think it can be serviceable I suppose, this is what I have.

    G Cole
    GIO Gonzales
    Shane Greene
    Mat latos
    matt shoemaker
    chris archer
    Brandon Mccarthy
    J.a. happy
    —-relievers —-
    Tyler clippard
    Greg Holland
    Kenley jansen
    —-my 1st 4 picks btw way were —-
    McCutchen, Goldschmidt, Adam Jones and N Arenado….

    thank you for your in site on this grey and do you have a few late late rd pitcher names that might be out there that you would rather rake the chance on other than j.a. happ that I can look out for ? Thx again !! Tom…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, tom! I don’t know who’s available though, give me some SP names to replace Happ… Your staff does look decent though

  132. Negatto says:
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    Hey Guys,

    Thoughts on my team and where I need to be thinking about improving.

    12 team, 5×5, roto. Standard categories. Mixed League

    C – Chirinos
    C – Ramos
    1B – Abreu 
    2B – Gyorko
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Desmond
    MI – Bogaerts
    CI – Hosmer
    OF – Jones
    OF – Marte
    OF – L Martin
    OF – Myers
    OF – J Upton
    U – K Davis

    P – Samardzija
    P – Ross
    P – Arrieta
    P – Fiers
    P – Liriano
    P – Latos
    P – Allen
    P – Rodney
    P – Hawkins

    Bench
    P – Jesse Hahn
    P – Joe Nathan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need to change anything right now… You do look heavier on speed than power, which isn’t great but it’s too early to be fudging with his shizz… Your pitching looks fine…

  133. Prime_Time_Players says:
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    Grey

    Could you grade this team I drafted on Sunday, 5×5 espn…. 10 team

    Buster Posey, SF C, 1B
    Prince Fielder, Tex 1B
    Kolten Wong, StL 2B
    Pablo Sandoval, Bos 3B
    Ian Desmond, Wsh SS
    Alexei Ramirez, CWS SS
    Lucas Duda, NYM 1B
    Mike Trout, LAA OF
    Bryce Harper, Wsh OF
    Alex Gordon, KC OF  DTD
    Wil Myers, SD OF
    A.J. Pollock, Ari OF
    Eric Hosmer, KC 1B
    Avisail Garcia, CWS OF

    Andrew Miller, NYY RP
    Matt Harvey, NYM SP
    Jake Arrieta, ChC SP
    Chris Archer, TB SP
    Taijuan Walker, Sea SP
    Collin McHugh, Hou SP
    Greg Holland, KC RP
    Joaquin Benoit, SD RP
    Matt Shoemaker, LAA SP
    Wily Peralta, Mil SP
    Brad Boxberger, TB RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A++++…Kidding… It looks solid, nice balanced hitting, and your pitching is stacked… I think you might have some small problems with RBIs and power if Fielder doesn’t bounce back…

  134. SteveNZ says:
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    I might be the only person in all of fantasy baseball-dom that is bummed about C-Mart becoming the 5th starter for the Cards… #speligible #relieversonly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that saved my ass in three teams already drafted

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Oh, I have him on a team where I can use him, though it’s that 14-team keeper where I have SZtrtas, J-Zimm, Arrieta, Harvey and The Peav…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  135. Groovy says:
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    Yahoo 12 team, daily unlimited transactions, 6×5

    C Perez
    1 Rizzo
    SS Reyes
    2 Kinsler
    3 Sandoval
    OF Trout, Puig, Braun
    Ut Moss
    Bench- Joc Pederson, Gyorko, P. Alvarez

    SP Zimmerman, Iwakuma, Carassco, Ventura, Ross, McCarthy
    RP Cecil, Gregorson, Reed, Meija

    Thoughts on this team? I am a bit worried by the sketchy relievers but I usually can grab someone that comes available on waivers. Do I need McCarthy? Kuechel, Peralta types are on the wire. I am a bit interested in Arismendy. I still (likely foolishly) like Gyorko. McCarthy for Aris?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t mind the sketchy relievers…I’d hold McCarthy for now and you don’t need Arismendy right now… Team looks solid too, nice hitting and pitching…Hold tight for now

      • Groovy says:
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        @Grey: I appreciate your thoughts. I think I am just getting an itching trigger finger waiting for the season to start.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya, me too

  136. The Wongest Yard says:
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    @Grey,

    What do you think of this team? 12 team standard roto. I’m light on steals yeah?

    C-d’Arnaud
    1B-Pujols
    2b-Wong
    3b- Beltre
    SS-Segura
    OF-Jones
    OF-Harper
    OF-Cespedes
    UTIL-Myers
    BN-Pollock

    SP- Arrieta, Cole, Ross, Shoemaker, McCarthy, Daniel Norris
    RP-Storen, Reed, Mejia, Uehara, Neshek

    Notable SP on ww: Ervin Santana, Hahn, Gausman, Greene, Eovaldi. Make a switch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you are light on steals…And might be light on power too, which isn’t easy to do… I like the pitching though

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need Neshek, grab Eovaldi

      • The Wongest Yard says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        You think every team is low on power! haha. I know I don’t have any 40 Hr guys but thought it was enough power throughout.

        Best SAGNOF available is prob Cabrera. Didn’t think he was a pickup. Gyorko is out there. Grab him for someone or insteas of Eovaldi?

        Thanks for input.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I’d hold for now

  137. The Great Knoche says:
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    Sounds like CarGo is gonna lead off in Milwaukee. Gennett and Segura going to hit 7/8 depending on Pitcher. Bummer just got Gennett for cheap in an Auction this weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s still early, that sorta thing can change

  138. al says:
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    10 team H2H points league Scoring:

    WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    (4) SP: Scherzer, Cobb, L. Lynn, P. Hughes
    (3) RP: Chapman, Kimbrel, C. Martinez [SP/RP]
    Bench: (I. Kennedy, C. McHugh, Smyly, Lackey)
    Bench Total: (5)

    Available pitchers include guys like Fiers, Paxton, Shoemaker, Hahn, Collmenter, Hammel, Eovaldi, Bauer, and Greene…  anyone on my team worth dropping for any of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker, Paxton over Lackey and Kennedy

  139. Carlos says:
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    C- Y. Gomes
    1b- J. Abreu
    2b- Zobrist
    3b- Arenado
    SS- A. Ramirez
    CI- Hosmer
    MI- E. Alscides
    OF- Dickerson, Brantley, J. Upton
    Util- Heyward, CarGo
    Bench- Calhoun, W. Myers

    Starters- Tanaka, Samardzija, Carrasco, Hamel, Latos, Hutchison, Liriano, E. Santana, S. Miller, D. Smyly, J. Peavy
    RPs- Hawkins, Perkins, Feliz

    I am on the hunt for power. Would you trade Carassco for Trumbo? He also has Chris Carter.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Carlos says:
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        @Grey:

        What about Hutch or Emoticon?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can you trade Latos for Trumbo? If not then Smyly

  140. Oppo Taco says:
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    Looked over all your articles regarding it, I have an auction draft tonight (12 team, 6×6 OBP+Holds,h2h) everything after ’12 team’ made me want to cringe……any last minute advice for this format? Ive never auctioned before, any Guys who get bumps with the extra cats? Votto, Choo, Bautista etc…..Or just mainly base it off your standard ranks

    Thanks!

  141. Mello Yello says:
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    Casilla/Romo is a decent handcuff play right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  142. los locos says:
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    Wow, Bauer actually finished spring with 1 BB in 21 innings pitched. ERA 4.57 whip 1.20… I drafted Dylan Bundy with my last pick in 10 team keeper league, sort of man crush I guess. My current rotation is below. Guys that are my waiver wire.. Bailey, Hammels, McCarthy, Dickey, Lackey, Bauer, Burnett..

    Was thinking of just picking up Homer and putting on my DL spot.

    Thoughts?

    Mike Fiers SP | MIL
    Clayton Kershaw SP | LAD
    Wily Peralta SP | MIL
    Matt Shoemaker SP | LAA
    Stephen Strasburg SP | WAS
    Joaquin Benoit RP | SD
    Steve Cishek RP | MIA
    Drew Hutchison SP | TOR
    James Paxton SP | SEA
    Dylan Bundy RP | BAL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab Bauer over Bundy

  143. Bob says:
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    10 team h2h 5×5
    who gets picked up?

    James Paxton
    Shelby Miller
    Henderson Alvarez
    Brandon McCarthy

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Bob: Love Henderson Alvarez man. Fish are gonna be pretty decent this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paxton

  144. los locos says:
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    what was the deal with homer bailey last year? i know he had a bad year. but looking at his numbers previous years. his breakout was the 2013 season. but he should still be a 8 K/9 with plenty of QS and 1.20 whip with ERA 3.50 maybe.

    Any hope in this guy if i pick him and DL him. He still throws 94-95.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @los locos: You can always dream…that’s what DL spots are for

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, but I have little faith

  145. Wilsonian says:
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    So I just finished a 16 Team H2H draft – we keep 5 forever. I kind of accidentally punted saves. Didn’t mean to, but shit happens. I’ll scour the wire for some SAGNOF. People took closers really early, and I couldn’t justify getting behind that craziness. I also ended up with 2 bench bats, where I usually only want one in a league this deep. It just ended up that there wasn’t an arm I wanted at that slot, so I grabbed Kennys to round out the bench.

    Stats: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS, W, L, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    C – Yan
    1B – Goldy (k)
    2B – Gyorko
    3B – Panda
    SS – Tulo (k)
    OF – Stanton (k)
    OF – Jones (k)
    OF – J.Up (k)
    UTIL – Hosmer
    UTIL – Avisail
    BN – Khris
    BN – Kennys

    SP – Samardzija
    SP – Shoemaker
    SP – Hutchison
    RP – W.Davis
    RP – Farquhar
    P – Walden
    P – Hahn
    BN – Nelson
    BN – Hellickson
    BN – Snydergaard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice team! Good balance of power and speed… Maybe a tad light on speed, but with six categories it’s fine… Pitching looks solid up front then risky, but hopefully those guys pan out

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thanks! Tried to go a little upsidey with the back end of my rotation. Figured if they don’t pan out, I’ll be streaming. Not worried about the lack of closer? I ended up with 4 by the end of last season after only drafting one.

  146. Chuck Norris says:
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    20 team league 6×6 with OPS and HLD as the extras….very deep, not many options on waivers. got offered alex gordon for samardzija. what do you think? my hitting is middling and pitching is pretty good, I think

    c – Chirinos
    1b – votto
    2b – gyorko
    3b – beltre
    ss – hanley
    if – flores
    of – arcia
    of – revere
    of – dom brown
    util – owings
    util – arod
    bn – jose ramirez
    bn – solarte

    sp – samardjiza
    sp – a. wood
    sp – quintata
    sp – shoemaker
    sp – peavy
    sp – hahn
    rp – holland
    rp – benoit
    rp – romo
    rp – ziegler
    rp – o’flaherty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  147. endershadow says:
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    Would you rather have Trout(2015) and Rizzo(2015-on) or Rizzo(2015) and Stanton(2015-on)?

    We have 1 keeper drafted in the 3rd round or later last season. Kinda funky, I know. They wanted to make sure I didn’t get Trout forever.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton and Rizzo

  148. What's a Drexl? says:
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    14 team dynasty with OBP and SLUG instead of AVG and homers. pitching the same. I drafted three people tonight, kept 22. I didn’t realize i simply should not have kept Gallardo at all.
    C –
    1B – Goldy
    2B – Wong
    SS – Castro
    3B – Frazier
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Cespedes
    OF – Kemp
    Util Ozuna
    BN C.davis
    BN Bruce
    BN –
    SP McHugh/Carrasco/Hammel/Odorizzi/Latos/Peavy/Gallardo/Smyly/Carmart/Darvish
    RP – Storen/Giles/McGee/Cecil
    NA (1 slot) – Salazar
    I grabbbed Smyly/Cecil/Carmart tonight, and after slotting Salazar and realizing i shouldn’t own Gallardo here i have 2 openings (will be 4 when McGee and Darvish finally get DL’ed)

    Does this look about right for waiver order, i’ll be trying to get two of these guys.
    wily p/ house/greene/c.anderson/haren/happ/lackey?

    2. Or should i try to grab a catcher before grabbing two of these? catcher options are (from OPS rater down) vogt/hundley/avila/ruiz/iannetta etc.

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      @What’s a Drexl?: also, i only actually have 4 RP slots. so technically right now that BN spot is mcgee’s till he hits DL.

  149. Hondo says:
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    I’m not going to be able to concentrate on baseball until I know the origin of “Drafty McDraftenstein” or whatever it was.

  150. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Given all the SP injuries for TB, I’m not surprised:

    Erasmo Ramirez to the Rays
    Mariners get forever a prospect Mike Montgomery

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      @Sky: yikes colombe should be back soon but i didn’t even know about smyly being hurt.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @What’s a Drexl?: Yeah, both should be back soon. Famous last words, I know…

  151. John says:
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    Kipnis Richards or Dozier homer? H2h lg

  152. lospollos says:
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    I am truly sorry if this is something I should not post here and will remove my post if that is the case. I am trying to recruit 10 teams for a 12-team roto yahoo league drafting tomorrow at 9PM EST so that my fiancee and I can play in the same league. I would welcome anybody who is interested to the league:
    https://yho.com/mlb?l=162997&k=e882716da1cc4aa8&ikey=a68c95c90e13e28c
    Again, sorry Grey, Sky, Nick and the gang if this is bad. Let me know and I will delete it.

  153. Red Barons says:
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    Y! 12-team 5×5 roto:
    Gregerson over Boxberger, Giles, or A. Miller?
    Thanks!

  154. Red Barons says:
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    Also, wtf is up with ESPN’s makeover? It looks like a demented Facebook page now…

  155. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    F.M.L. Grey! – just finished this auction for a 12-team h2h 6×6 (OPS + QS, with net saves and net steals for some reason). Super Razzbally, but what do you think otherwise – basically just have Wong and Martin for steals.. the latter of which I may or may not have spent $14 late on…

    C – Wieters
    1B – Joey Bats
    2B – Wong
    3B – Seager (K – $1)
    SS – Tulo
    OF – Sweet sweet Giancarlo (K – $33)
    OF – Soler
    OF – Leonys Martin
    Util – Belt
    Bn – Avisail (couldn’t not do it for $1)

    SP – Arrieta
    SP – Carrasco
    SP – Richards
    RP – Cody Allen
    RP – Benoit
    P – Fiers
    P – Taijuan Walker
    Bn – Paxton
    Bn – Brett Cecil

    2 DL spots and Ramos is on the wire for C which is probably the first move…

    thanks señor

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: net steals and net saves more like real life, where blowing a save and getting caught stealing are both bad things.

  156. herschel says:
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    @grey: is there a link to downloadable/pdf of the tiered rankings with the actual names of the tiers? i believe you have done this in the past.

    also, sorry if you’ve already addressed this, but did you see they are making a sitcom based on matthew berry’s life starring kevin connolly? vince is apparently being cast as eric karabell.

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