The Rockies made official what seemed inevitable for the last week, Trevor Story will be the starting shortstop in Colorado.  As a visiting dignitary gets a key to the city, Story earned the shortstop job and was handed one of Tulo’s old hamstrings.  “May your hamstrings stay forever young.”  That’s Rod Stewart doing the honors.  No idea why Colorado hired Rod Stewart to handle that ceremony.  I upped Story in my top 20 shortstops, and cranked up his projections.  His Ks have been a problem in the past, but it’s Coors, so how bad could it be?  “Should I answer?”  No, Josh Rutledge, it’s a rhetorical question.  I’m fascinated to see what the Rockies are going to do with Jose Reyes.  He’s owed a lot of money to become a straight bench player.  Maybe the Rockies will just cut him.  Maybe MLB will suspend Reyes for the season.  Maybe the Rockies will hire Mo’nique to throw Reyes threw a glass door.   Maybe if I had dollars instead of maybes I’d be rich.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Tony Wolters – Made the Opening Day roster as the Rockies backup catcher instead of Dustin Garneau.  Rockies will now open the year without a Morneau or a Garneau, and E! says it’s not greenlighting The Bats’neau Boys reality show.

Matt Harvey – Should be fine going forward after being diagnosed with blood clots in his bladder.  Apparently, he wasn’t grooving to the music all those times, he was doing The Pee-Pee Dance.

Dalier Hinojosa – Candidate to close for the Phillies.  Maybe the Phils will ask him to Stand and Dalier!  What?  Okay, I’ll smack my own knuckles.  I’ve been saying all along that David Hernandez would get the most saves in Philly this year, and now the Phils are saying Andrew Bailey could be sent down to start the year because his velocity is down.  By the way, the most saves on the Phils will be, like, 17 total, so, ya know, expectations.

Will Venable – After being released by the Indians, he signed with the Phillies.  He’s already done the Padres thing, so the only place left for him to play is Japan, where he will be known as Wii Venable.

Vincent Velasquez – Won the 5th starter job on the Phils.   Too bad Richard Nixon’s not still alive, he could throw his two V’s up behind the dugout every time Vincent took the field, then Velasquez could reply, “I’m not a rook.”  I went over Velasquez already in the top 80 starters.

Dan Straily – Acquired by the Padres.  Straily has become the pitching equivalent of Brett Wallace.  Crappy teams just can’t get enough of him.

Robbie Ray – Named the 5th starter on the D’Backs.  I could move Ray up in my top 100 starters, but the 5th starter job in Arizona feels like it’s going to be a revolving door like prison doors installed by Dukakis.

James Paxton – Sent to the minors because the Mariners can’t trade him away for pennies on the dollar and they’ve run out of other more creative ways to screw up their rotation.  Meh, I’m just joking, Paxton did nothing really to warrant much loyalty.  He’ll be back at some point, and until then JB still has the possibility of Shane Greene in the Tigers rotation.  I removed Paxton from my top 80 starters, and Nate Karns, his replacement, was already ranked there.

Brock Holt – Named the Red Sox left fielder.  Brock Holt for President!  This might seem to move Holt from waiver guy to everyday fantasy guy, and it does, in very deep leagues (like 15-team mixed and deeper).  In most leagues, Holt is still a waiver guy that has excellent eligibility.  He should be on The Bachelor!

Shane Victorino – Re-signed by the Cubs to a minor league deal.  That leaves the Cubs with only seven major league outfielders.  Hopefully they can still survive if they get themselves in a 24-inning game.

Javier Baez – Will start the year on the DL.  Down to six!

Jon Singleton – Was sent to the minors, as he should’ve been after Rosewood, the Shaft remake and Baby Boy.  I’ve removed Singleton from the top 20 1st basemen and added in Tyler White.

Anthony DeSclafani – Dealing with an oblique strain and will miss at least his first week start.  The Reds hope by the time they need a fifth starter, DeSclafani will be ready.  Right now, they have Alfredo Simon and Jon Moscot as their final two rotation starters.  Those two can also be described as “Who Shot Gilbert Grape?”

Yasmani Grandal – Expected to be ready for Opening Day.  The other day he took some dry swings.  Is it just me or when you read about someone taking dry swings do imagine people standing just off to the player’s side ready to throw water balloons?

Will Smith – Will will (even smaller) will rehab his knee rather than operating on it.  Which is another way of saying, he’ll fail to rehab his knee correctly and have surgery in about three months.

Hyun-soo KimOrioles want to send him to the minors, but they need his consent for that.  He could also be sent back to Korea after looking lost in the Grapefruit league.  In fairness to him, Koreans don’t really know of grapefruits.  In the Mung Bean Sprouts League, he would’ve killed.  Also, the O’s train in Sarasota and, until about a week ago, Kim was looking for Sammy Sosa.  I had little to no expectations for Kim in my top 80 outfielders, so I’m not going to change his projections, assuming he’ll be back at some point.

Jesse Hahn – Optioned to the minors.  Prior to talking to the Hahn, the A’s manager, Bob Melvin, snapped his fingers and wagged his head.

Felix Doubront – Will get the A’s 5th rotation spot.  In 513 2/3 IP in his career, he has a 4.89 ERA, i.e., I’d prefer to own the retired A.J. Burnett.

Jesus Montero – Was picked up by the Blue Jays.  Toronto will hope to have the same magic with Montero as they had with previous Mariner castoffs, Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders.  Which is to say no real success, but making him enticing in theory.

Aaron Sanchez – Won the 5th starter job.  I’m not shizzing you when I say, I didn’t even know Sanchez was in danger of not getting the 5th starter job.  Gavin Floyd is a great, close friend to John Danks, and Likes everything he posts on Facebook, but he’s not much competition for Sanchez.  A-A-Ron was already in the top 80 starters too.

Lonnie Chisenhall – Hit the DL with tightness in his forearm.  That’s what he gets for trying to squeeze in five arms!

Jeff Francoeur – Made the Braves’ Opening Day roster.  Reporters said he’ll provide leadership in the dugout.  No fooling around, Francoeur doesn’t seem like a leader, he seems like the old person that you mess with.  Not, “Let’s go to Frenchy for wisdom,” but “Let’s tell Frenchy a UFO just landed on the roof and they want to seem him on the roof naked right now,” then take photos of him when he goes up there.

Nick Swisher – Was released by the Braves, which came after he spent three years on the Indians.  Not sure where Swisher’s going next, but I’d guess the Washington Redskins.

  1. woodzler says:
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    I gambled on Velasquez in a Points League to get me some Starts on a RP Slot……
    Now I `m all *harharharHAR*
    Hope this turns out well

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @woodzler: He’ll have a innings limit. MAYbe 150IP

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @woodzler: Sage move, I did the same thing in my points league on Saturday night. A mediocre starter with RP eligibility is a coup in points leagues that are heavily pitching weighted.

  2. RJ says:
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    Lol good read once again Grey. Glad I drafted Story already, they say he could bat 2nd!
    I got offered this trade in my 12-team 6×6 (OPS, QS…K/9 instead of Ks) league.
    I get: Polanco and Matz
    I give: Pujols and Pineda

    My team:
    C. Hundley
    1B. Rizzo
    2B. Schoop
    3B. Franco
    SS. Segura
    CI. Pujols
    MI. Story
    OF. Marte
    OF. Upton
    OF. Cain
    OF. DeShields
    OF. Pederson
    UTIL. Castellanos
    BN. Tomas

    P. Arrieta
    P. Syndergaard
    SP. Salazar
    SP. Pineda
    SP. Rodon
    SP. Darvish
    SP. Walker
    SP. Berrios
    RP. Rodney
    RP. Storen
    BN. Manaea

    I feel like I’m losing my main power catalyst in Pujols just to add a couple more runs, AVG and SBs in Polanco. Do I do this trade? Thanks for the help!!

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @RJ: Pujols side…your team needs his 30+ dingers more than Polanco’s 30 steals. Matz isn’t a big enough upgrade over Pineda, since Matz will be on a pitch/innings count..

      • Rufus T. Firefly says:
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        @CMUTimmah: And who’s to know for sure Matz is an upgrade on Pineda?

        • CMUTimmah says:
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          @Rufus T. Firefly: Touche, from a ceiling perspective, Matz is an upgrade, but again, floors and ceilings are all about what your willing to risk for upside…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RJ: Thanks! Pujols

  3. Sasquatch slugger says:
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    Trevor Bauer worth a flier? Thanks.

        • CMUTimmah says:
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          @Eric: Nope.

          Buchholz isn’t the perfect game thrower he used to be but his perif’s suggested he was better than his stats showed last year. Bauer is a full on lottery ticket. Could flame out or could get 200 Ks…

          Unless you need to take the risk, don’t take the risk.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sasquatch slugger: Just announced Bauer to the pen. Go with Clay B until his next arm injury.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: holy F, this is true by depth charts. jesus, didn’t bauer actually do well, certainly enough to NOT promote cody F’ing aderson!

  4. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Greycarlo, tell me your deepest, dankest thoughts. 10 team 6×6, R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG – QS, IP, ERA, WHIP, SV, K/9

    C- d’Arnaud
    1B – Miggy
    2B – Odor
    3B – Franco
    SS – Desmond
    MI – Rendon
    CI – Duda
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Betts
    OF – Heyward
    OF – Gardner
    U – Zimmerman
    Bench – Semien

    SP – deGrom
    SP – Keuchel
    SP – Strasburg
    SP – Corbin
    SP – Smyly
    SP – Verlander
    RP – Britton
    RP – Ramos

    DL – Darvish
    DL – McCullers

    Two open slots for pitchers/a bat in case someone bombs.

    • Donslaughtonslaught says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop: pretty impressive to get Stanton, Miggy and Betts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop: Team looks solid, I don’t love Keuchel, but that’s a small issue, rest looks fine

      • DonnieB says:
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        Who was he drafting against is what I want to know. Chimps?

        • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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          @DonnieB: Praise be to ESPN’s ranks and ADP. Most of my picks were 10+ picks ahead of ADP.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

      • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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        @Grey: Going back I’d probably take Carrasco over Keuchel, but I feel Keuchel will get a ton of innings, and even if his Ks regress, his batted ball profile is hilarious.

        Cheers!

  5. The great knoche says:
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    Speaking of the Indians or lack there of….Rajai should be prime start of year SAGNOF, especially If he leads off. Also means Marlon Byrd makes the starting lineup. Still don’t think either tops 350ABs

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great stuff, it only improves as we approach OD then explodes like a thousand firecrackers going off until finals week when we’re all weeping and hoping for better things in 2017!!!

    a. Signed up Dalier at 04h00 (Central European Time) this morning in THAT 12-team RCL. Hopefully he’ll get the brunt of those same 17 saves.

    b. So Story huh. Who’d have thunk it? He’s ripping it up in ST.

    c. What do you make of Zimmerman ripping up shizz in ST? Awaiting humorous response, please.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha, thanks! A. Hopefully B. Yup C. Spring Training MVP!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. Better ST MVP than a DL stint in ST. He’s not getting any love but could still do something, ostensibly, right?

        b. You mentioned blood clots, first. Remember that next time…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w350sLbq_0

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Yup! B. Haha

  7. JakeTPE says:
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    Great stuff, Grey! I hope Dalier Hinojoso has bad words tattooed on his knuckles and at the conclusion of a save, he takes off his glove, lines up his fists, and stares at the battery. Hey, you mentioned knuckles!

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @JakeTPE: batter* damn auto correct!!!

  8. SteveNZ says:
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    Hey now – I drafted Vogt as my catcher in the ol’ H2H, but I now see that Grandal (and Hundley) are available. Pre-season rater has Grandal at $7.1 and Vogt at $2.3 – plus Grandal is at $6.2 for OBP and Vogt is $3.7 (our league is OBP and AVG – Vogt comfortably ahead in AVG).

    Make the switch?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Done. My 17th round grab of Osuna in this league is looking pretty sweet right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Which group of closers does he belong in (as per your rankings?) The Robertson-Chapman group? Or lower?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I ranked him 169

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Right. Was an assumption he would close baked into that ranking?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I moved him into that spot today

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Ah – gotcha. Think he could out-perform that ranking?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sure, but Storen is there still

  9. Nittanychris says:
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    Much appreciated if you would rank these endgame AL only starters. Thanks in advance!

    Doug Fister
    Tommy Milone
    Joe Kelly
    Chris Bassitt
    Cody Anderson

  10. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    My RCL team I drafted yesterday
    C) Castillo
    1B) Goldy
    2B) Schoop
    SS) Seager
    2B/SS) Travis
    1B/3B) Belt
    OF) Springer, Upto, Cargo Col, Souza, Buxton
    U) Morales
    Ben) T Shaw
    SP) Salazar, T Ross, Smyly, Walker
    R) Melancon, Rosenthal, Jeffress, Rodney, Quack, Boxberger, Clippard
    Starters were at a premium as some guys went ith 10-11 starters. When Box an Travis hit DL will stream MI and elsewhere. Got a little sidetracked as draft lasted 2 hours and work phone started to blow up. I still think team will contend though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Looks like a solid RCL team, likely looks better than mine that I drafted yesterday…

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: The “perts” league? I caught a little of it but had to go to do a draft of my own. i thought your team started very well though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I don’t love it, but invariably I don’t like my team after I draft it

          • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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            @Grey: Are you like me and go over draft recap and critique my picks thinking how I could have done better?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, my team is a mess in hindsight, luckily, all you need to win an RCL is five solid picks and lots of waiver wire action

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Grey: You guys going to do a write up of it? I remember Odor and DDS and some others, Iglesias but whoever was streaming it kept switching the teams around.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m writing it up right now

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Grey: Those are always the teams that seem to be really good though.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hope so

  11. Zu says:
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    Hold tight with David Hernandez or drop him for Jeffress?

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Zu:
      Jeffress – a closer in the hand is worth more than Hernandez in the bush.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zu: Jeffress

  12. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Gray –

    Thanks for all you do!

    1. Do you think the Rockies will shift Story to 2B when Reyes returns? Or is a trade of Reyes more likely?

    2. Also in a 12 team $260 cap auction, what is fair value now for Story? Thanks!

    • Tigres says:
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      Grey, Wild Thing et al – fwiw, I suspect MLB has consulted with Rockies on its plans re Reyes suspension, and that has informed Rockies decision on Story. If he hits in the bigs, IMO he stays and plays.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wild Thing: 1. And where does DJ go? 2. $10-ish

  13. Schwab says:
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    Bauer or A. Sanchez?

  14. E says:
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    I think I’ll have one shot in my draft to take either Polanco or Franco. All other things essentially equal. Who you taking?

    • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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      @E: Franco every day. Not close.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @E: Franco

  15. Nate says:
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    Hey Grey, so my 14-team H2H league drafted last night… it’s an auction draft and I went in with the stars/scrubs strategy… the whole league seemed to zig towards catching (Sonny Gray went for $38!, Strasburg for $45 just to give you an idea!) so I zagged and got ALL the offence!

    C- Realmuto
    1- Rizzo
    2- Odor
    SS- Correa
    3- Arenado
    OF- Marte
    OF- Polanco
    OF- DeShields
    Util- M. Saunders

    Great offence right? Can’t lose a category! But then…

    SP- Rodon
    SP – Carlos Martinez
    SP- Severino
    SP- McHugh
    RP- Hoover
    RP- Tolleson
    P- Colomne

    Bench: Smyly, Nola, Bauer, Gausman, Heaney, Velasquez

    So I got alot of cheap upside… but in H2H you usually want at least the lower end ace (my target was Tyson Ross and he went for $35)

    My question is, who should I be dangling out thee to get pitching, and what tier starter do I need to be viable?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Nate: It’s H2H, there’s a reason everyone drafted pitching. You can trade anyone. Orrrr stream the hell out of every week and cross your fingers.

      • Nate says:
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        @Cram It: “catching” = “pitching”

        I know it’s more important in H2H but not so important that Lester goes for the same price as Rizzo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nate: Polanco, Marte or DeShields…You have too much speed

  16. Brett says:
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    Grey,

    12 team Dynasty league $260 budget can keep a player forever their auction price goes up $5 a year. Have Buxton for $6. Would you keep him at that price?

    Thanks

  17. Noam says:
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    Hey Grey, T minus five days!

    I’ve got a trade question for you.
    10 team Yahoo league, H2H one win categories R, HR, RBI, SB, XBH

    C: W Castillo
    1B: EE
    2B: Odor
    3B: Frazier
    SS: Bogaerts
    OF: Trout
    OF: Betts
    OF: J Upton
    U: Heyward
    U: Belt
    U: Polanco

    I was offered Pollock and Blackman for Trout. Should I do this? Obviously it gives me a lot of outfielders and I’d probably have to make another deal.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Noam: Decline that trade DO IT NOW

    • Kenag122002 says:
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      @Noam:

      So that effectively removes Trout and one of (Upton, Betts, Heyward, Belt, Polanco) from your lineup replacing them with Pollock and Blackman. Not seeing how that would ever be an upgrade for you. Not close.

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Noam: No keep Trout

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Noam: Trout side

    • Noam says:
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      @Noam:

      Yeah, you guys are right. Thanks!

  18. Robert says:
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    Hello,
    I looked at Trevor Story pretty hard, he has 20x 20 potential, his only issue is striking out too much but he was a former top 100 prospect couple years back. I picked him up today for backup shortstop, if he figures it out should be a steal. At the very worse use him at home.
    I also have Joc Pederson on bench all I read is how awful he has been this spring . Should I drop him for Doningo Santana or wait a little? I don’t think anybody in my league knows much about Santana, but Pederson would probably get picked up. I also could drop A. Vizcaino but I’m praying he gets the closer job.

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Robert: Hold on Pederson

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: I like the things you do. Hey, Tony! If I could I would be you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d be Tony too Tone!

  19. Fat Mack says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would love your thoughts on my team. SHALLOW league — 10 team, roto, 6×6 with OPS and Losses as the extra categories. 1300 IP cap.

    C. W Castillo
    1b. Rizzo
    2b. Lawrie
    Ss. Bogearts
    3b. K Bryant
    Of. Springer
    Of. Braun
    Of. Polanco
    Util. F Freeman
    Util. B Belt
    Bn. Joc pederson
    Bn. Billy Burns
    Bn. Schoop

    Sp. Strasburg, Carrasco, Pineda, T Walker, Y Ventura
    Rp. K-rod, Storen, Jeffress, D Hernandez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fat Mack: Team looks solid, it is shallow, so you have work to do….

  20. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Drew Storen can’t catch a break, good thing I drafted him all over the place already…doh!

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @MattTruss: I was worried about that. Tough break for him

    • Donslaughtonslaught says:
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      @MattTruss: yep, couldn’t Gibbons have announced that a long time ago if the decision was “we like the guy we already have”?

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @MattTruss: That damn Gibbons just dug in his ass and flung feces all over a couple of my teams.

    • MattTruss

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      I was worried about it for sure, just seemed most logical to go with the guy they were paying and not drive up the arbitration price of Osuna. Plus now you probably have a cranky Storen, which wasn’t much fun last season. Maybe he’s cool with it since he’s not being replaced like he was in WAS. If I had to pick the best player for the job though, I’d probably have picked Osuna too.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @MattTruss: I traded for Ozuna in the off-season, in my forever keeper and I have been rewarded..THANK YOU fantasy baseball gods!!

        • MattTruss

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          He’s a great add in a keeper since his upside has always been to be a starter and he’s super young. I traded him away in Razznasty but got a decent haul of Carlos Santana and Avisail Garcia. BUT, we’re talking about redrafts for this year. And it’s Osuna btw, Ozuna is in Miami…and doesn’t pitch…he hit ball far.

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @MattTruss: Ozuna see ball, not like. Ball go away

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @MattTruss: nice, lol..I traded Zach Wheeler for Osuna & Billy Hamilton.

    • Hugman says:
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      @MattTruss: Right?! I just had to drop my favorite still-wrapped toy on my collectibles shelf (AJ Reed) to pick up… Fernando Rodney! How’s that for good morning?!

      Keeping Storen for now for win potential and ratio help but I’ll probably drop him for more probable handcuffs soon.

  21. Jbona3 says:
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    Grey, 12 team 5×5 keeper league with OBP and QS:

    C – Realmuto
    1b – Votto
    2b – Schoop
    SS – Seager
    3b – Castellanos
    MI – Lindor
    CI – Miggy
    OF – Cain
    OF – Bautista
    OF – Grichuk
    OF – K. Davis
    OF – DeShields
    UTIL – Gardner
    BN – Holt
    BN – White
    SP – Harvey
    SP – Iglesias
    SP – Hamels
    RP – Jansen
    RP – Perkins
    P – Storen
    P – Betances
    P – Shelby Miller
    P – Iglesias
    BN – Lackey
    N/A: AJ Reed
    N/A: Lewis Brinson

    I feel pretty balanced, 3b is my only real concern (but I quietly kinda like Castellanos this year). Thoughts?

    • Jbona3 says:
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      @Jbona3: Replace one of those Iglesias with Carlos Martinez

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jbona3: Offense looks good but pitching looks kind of scary.

  22. tyler says:
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    All help is appreciated! I just had my 10 team 5×5 roto draft. I was pick #1. I think I am light on speed and AVG. I drafted Yu Darvish, so as soon as he is officially on the DL, I am going to add either Grilli (I drafted Storen and the closer was announced as Osuna this am), R Zimmerman, Myers or Rajai as my one bench bat. Here is my team. And by the way, I got Pujols at the last pick of round 10 ( after hearing the podcast I thought I should mention that!)

    C Ramos
    C Hundley
    1b chris Davis
    2b Roughned Odor
    SS Trevor Story
    3B Todd Frazier
    CI A Pujols
    MI B Philips
    OF Harper
    OF JD Martinez
    OF J Upton
    OF J Pederson
    OF D Deshields
    U M Franco

    P Matt Harvey
    P Noah Syndergaard
    P D Salazaar
    P C Martinez
    P C Rodon
    P Samardzija
    P Matz
    P A Nola
    P Roark
    RP A Miller
    RP Storen
    RP J McGhee
    RP Hoover

    I also took Yu Darvish around round 14.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tyler: Looks solid, stacked pitching, and nice hitting, bit low on AVG and maybe speed

      • tyler says:
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        @Grey: THANKS!
        Dump Storen for Grilli ( Osuna is owned) or hold?
        When I can DL Yu, add R Zimmerman, or Will Myers?

        Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, Grilli… Myers

          • tyler says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  23. Oppo Taco says:
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    Just finished up my last redraft auction league, what do you think? This team is really weird for me, The first round guys got really expensive (Machado went for $65, trout/goldy/harper/kershaw well into the 50s and Rizzo just got to a price where I didnt want to spend the extra buck). There are only 2 ‘SP’ slots, 2 ‘RP’ slots and then 4 ‘P’ slots and its a 1400 inning cap league. I wanted to try and get all of the yankee bullpen along with another top notch closer or two. I lucked into Osuna since the news broke this morning. Offense look a little light? Thanks for the feedback!

    C – Martin (8)
    1B – Pujols (14)
    2b – Cano (17)
    SS – Segura (6)
    3B – Longo (16)
    OF – Jones (19)
    OF – Betts (29)
    OF – Cargo (17)
    Util – Pence (14)
    Bench – Brantley(17), Parra (5), Teixera (1), Conforto (1)
    SP – Harvey (23), Syndergaard (21), Nicaso (2), Richards (14)
    RP – Chapman (14), Miller (9), Betances (8), Osuna (2), Madson (2)

      • Oppo Taco says:
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        @Grey: my bad, 12 teamer

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        Grey!

        Good question, as always! Where’s Cram?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My guess, yelling at someone for being stupid

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Haha!

            • Ante GALIC says:
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              @Cram It: Cram it!! What’s up, bro? Good luck with the start of the season.

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Cram It says:
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                @Ante GALIC: Been busy crushing drafts. Thank you and same to you. Best time of the year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Team looks light on power and AVG, slightly high on old/injury hitters… Doesn’t look awful in general, pitching looks fine

  24. The Savoy Special says:
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    Desperately seeking a LF. Brock Holt or Rajai Davis?

  25. JAL says:
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    Grey, hope you had a nice off season. Could use some advice. I am in a 12-team 5×5 classic vanilla yahoo league (1 C, no MI, no CI). I have the 4th pick. Plan to take Donaldson. When I get to the 4th round, I am not really liking what I am seeing (I don’t plan on taking a SP until 5th round). Is it crazy to take Frazier, throwing him in 1 of my 2 util spots, or is that a dumb move? I usually don’t like to “lock up” one of my Utils early. Much appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JAL: Bit crazy, sure you could use something else, maybe an SP

      • JAL says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey! Hope all is well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  26. Scott says:
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    Wii Venable, nextgen console!

  27. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey,
    Love the site and not sure if this happens to others but every time I try and get through rundowns, something is crashing my Adobe plugin and locks up my chrome browser. Does this happen to others?

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Mr2Bits: Try FireFox works much better than Chrome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr2Bits: Thanks! That hasn’t happened to me

  28. Ron says:
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    Ooooookay…I draft Rizzo for the first time ever and then I go look at my team and I see the dreaded “DTD” next to his name.

    What happened? What is going on?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Ron: Collided with another player. Spring training = extreme precaution.

  29. Vrugg says:
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    Grey, thanks to your advice, I won my 12 team H2H Categories league last year. Thanks again. Going into this year, I could use some draft strategy help. It’s a 3 keeper league and I kept K. Bryant, Correa, and Scherzer who are assigned to rounds 1-3. I will have the 12th pick in round 4 (#48) and 1st in round 5 (#49). Given my keepers, should my first 2 picks be SP’s and not worry about pitching until the middle rounds? Or 2 position players (1B/OF) and snag pitching along the way? Or one of each? First time in this position and I stumped. Thanks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vrugg: You have an ace already, you don’t need two more SPs…Prolly not even one more

      • Vrugg says:
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        Thanks for clearing up the confusion.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. Mike says:
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    Would you take Betts for Pollock and Franco?
    Thanks!

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Mike: I’d want more/better than Betts.

      • Mike says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: that was my initial thought.. Thanks!

  31. Miles says:
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    in a 20-team league when would you take Delino DeShields?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Miles: Around 100 overall

  32. FrankGrimes says:
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    Francoeur is a great guy. good for him.

    • Miles says:
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      @FrankGrimes: great guy, crappy major league baseball player

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Miles:
        Ha. crappy is a bit harsh!

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: He had a nice run 2nd half of 2010 for the Rangers

  33. They Might Be Giants says:
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    Storen gets shafted by everyone. I think his Me, Myself & Irene moment in coming.

  34. Chris says:
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    Some crazy person dropped Gregory Polanco in my points league. I have the # 1 waiver and could get him. I don’t necessarily need him as my offense is pretty stacked but I hate to see him out there if I have a shot at him. Is he worth burning my #1 waiver on before the season even starts?

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Chris: Yes..Take him

  35. Matty says:
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    I’m really liking this new crop of shortstops.

    Keeper question; 10 team H2H, 5×5 + OPS and Holds, keep seven for up to three years. Snake draft.

    My definitelys (round parenthesized):
    Abreu (8)
    Arenado (4)
    Correa (13)
    Frazier (23)

    My can’t decides- need to pick three:
    Corey Seager (15)
    Joc (18)
    Sano (25)
    Arrietta (5)
    Kluber (19)
    Syndergaard (14)

    I largely think through this in terms of opportunity cost; where would I draft them if I drop them and pick them up again and also by keeping someone I’m losing the chance to keep someone else.
    Sano should be a no-way but he feels like such a good deal with the last pick of the draft. I usually get most of my pitching talent later in the draft or off the waiver wire so I figure I’ll keep at least one but not all three. I like Seager in a utility spot, Joc should be better than he’s been playing though maybe I can nab him late in the draft.

    I think I just talked myself into Seager, Arrieta, and Kluber from my maybes. Concur?

    Thanks.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Matty: I concur

  36. KarlJ says:
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    10 team roto draft in my money league last night. How does it look? Any weaknesses

    C- Hundley
    C- Norris
    1B Rizzo
    2B Odor
    SS- Correa
    3B- Frazier
    CI- Franco
    MI- Castro
    UT- Freeman
    OF- Betts
    OF- Springer
    OF- Polanco
    OF- Joc Pederson
    OF- Conforto
    SP- Carasco
    SP- Hamels
    SP- Matz
    SP- Darvish
    SP- Pineda
    SP- Ordorozzi
    RP- Familia
    RP- Street
    RP- Cisheck
    B- Rodon
    B- Kazmir
    B- J. Ross
    RP-

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KarlJ: It looks solid, maybe a tad low on power, but not awful, pretty balanced… Nice pitching, no issues there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Iron Sheik: Did he have to wag his ass a little extra at the end?

      • Iron Sheik says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, that wasn’t needed. Less is more!

  37. B Boyle says:
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    Another great year getting ready to start. I am in a 12 team H2H (6X5 OPS) league. We had our draft the other night and just want to see what Gray says about this team. I drafted out of the 11th spot. I think it looks ok, pitching will need to be adjusted.

    C Gomes
    1Rizzo
    2 Odor
    3 Franco
    ss C Segar
    OF Marte , Upton , Dickerson
    U Pujols
    Bench Schoop, B Lawrie , J Pederson , Fowler

    Syndergaard
    T.Ross
    Rondon
    Heaney
    Velasquez
    Nelson
    Gauesman
    J Nicasio
    Roark
    RP Papelbon, McGee, Grilli

    Thanks for my morning read!!!

    BB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B Boyle: You look light on speed, which is fine in H2H OPS… Your pitching looks solid, but a bit upsidey, not much safety

      • B Boyle says:
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        Thanks. Going to have to stream and change as the season goes along, or hope they all work out.

        Again thanks for your awesome work.

        BB

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  38. Ryan T Swizzle says:
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    Grey,
    C-Norris
    1b-Goldy
    2b-What’s that smell
    3b-Franco
    Ss-starlin
    Of-Cruz
    Of-Adam Jones
    Of Grichuk
    Util-Adrian Gonzalez
    be- Dickerson
    Be- Ketel Matte
    Be- Delino
    SP’s-Sale, Scherzer, Carrasco, Wainwright, Zimmerman
    RP- betances and familia

    Any glaring holes or slots that I need to fix before starting up? 10 team roto…I keep telling my league yo read razzball…they wonder why I’ve been in the champ game 4 years in a row. Keep it up man!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan T Swizzle: You have 3 aces, and an old OF… If the OF works as it could, you should be fine

  39. Jose says:
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    Thanks for all the work Grey. Drafted a solid team last night and with all your player rankings and projections it was a cake walk. I’ll be riding Rizzo all the way to the league crown!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jose: No problem

  40. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    OZuna to close in Toronto!!!!

    • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: they already corrected you once on that.

  41. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Woody approves of the Lede! Nice job Rudy!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: if it was u, awesome!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You make it sound so inconceivable

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey: NO, lol, not even. Dude you are the man, your writing, your site and FB knowledge are second to NONE.

            I am a HUGE FAN!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Better be! Emoticon

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                @Grey: LOL. You should send me a T-shirt or bummer stick or something so I can show it off here in Ireland to drum up more fans for the site..cheers

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  42. knucks says:
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    Posted my staff yesterday and you mentioned that I should drop Berrios and Benoit and add a SP. Its a 12 team roto league with QS instead of Wins.Holds is not a category. In light of the Osuna news, an owner in need for saves sent the following offer.

    I Trade Away Osuna
    Get His Patrick Corbin

    My staff right now…
    Syndergaard / Cueto / Liriano / Rodon / Chen / Berrios

    Britton / Betances / O’day / Osuna / Benoit / Kenebel

    I drafted Osuna in the 18th round for ratios and the chance of lucking into saves. In the name of SAGNOF, you take this deal for your #35 ranked pitcher and scour the wire for saves later right? Would prob hold on to benoit for the time being to see if cishek blows up in april again.

    Instead of the deal could drop benoit or berrios for right now for someone like Bauer, 40 Hands, Erasmo, Adam Conley. These are the best waiver SPs atm.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Just to further add to my thought. Drafted Berrios (and also AJ Reed) because these kind of prospects are sought after more than they should be in this league. If they get dropped, they would be bid on immediately. I have been able to flip guys like them in the past as they get called up. So someone like Berrios can be used as pieces for Saves or other needs if I want later in the Spring. Not really any other inspiring RP handcuffs left on the wire. Benches are a little deeper than most standard category leagues I believe and we started using FAAB for the first time this year ($100 budget). So I’m not entirely sure how much these prospects would go for as far as $$ when they got called up. Some extra info in there I’m sure that you didn’t need to know, but thanks for your help Grey.

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: The deed is done. Thanks for the confidence, just needed a little push.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  43. Adam says:
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    Rather have velasquez or asanchez as last starter (would be 8th starter rostered) or fatt adams/wil myers as bench bat?

    • Adam says:
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      @Adam: shallow 10 team h2h league with 23man rosters.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Adam: VV and Myers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Agree with MP

  44. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Should i be concerned with Wainwrights and Iwakumas Spring Training results ? I plan on using Wainwright, Stroman & Iwakuma and filling my others slots with RPS in my 12 man 5×5 h2h league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: I’d follow my rankings on them

  45. Nightmare says:
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    So Grey-Lord ill ask the same question as I did yesterday…
    1) Do I start a 7 game Ian Desmond or a 6 game Trevor Story week 1?
    2) who would u drop? Bauer, Eovaldi, or Derek Holland?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Nightmare:
      1. If they are in Colorado Story, if not Desmond
      2. Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightmare: Story is hot, start him, see what happens 2) Holland

  46. FrankGrimes says:
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    osuna matata!

  47. Jon says:
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    Could I get feedback on my team I drafted last night? 10-teamer with 6 keepers.

    C Castillo
    1B Abreu (Keeper)
    2B Odor
    3B Arenado (Keeper)
    SS Correa (Keeper)
    MI Castro
    CI Castellanos
    OF Upton (Keeper)
    OF Cain
    OF Heyward
    OF Pederson
    DH DeShields
    Bench – Myers, Schoop, Ozuna

    SP Arrieta (Keeper)
    SP Carrasco (Keeper)
    SP Salazar
    SP Liriano
    SP Matz
    SP Rodon
    SP Walker
    SP Severino

    RP Familia
    RP Robertson
    RP Perkins
    RP McGee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Your pitching looks stacked, your hitting looks solid if a bit upsidey, nice keepers though

  48. Hurleyman says:
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    Story over Aybar?

    13 team mixed 5×5 roto

  49. Abe Froman says:
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    Grey, I know we don’t put stock into spring training, but any worries about Joc Pederson’s rough spring/starting the season in AAA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Abe Froman: Yeah, I think I might be too high on him

  50. Johnny Castle says:
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    I traded Harvey and Young Joc for Betts. Good/Bad?

  51. They Might Be Giants says:
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    11 team draft complete, 6 keepers, rotisserie with holds and obp, thoughts? needs? prayers?
    C- Posey (k)
    1-Abreu (k)
    2-Schoop
    SS- Bogaerts (k)
    3- Franco
    OF- Bautista (k)
    OF- Polanco
    OF- Deshields
    DH- Fielder
    DH- Castellanos
    DH- Corey Seager (k)
    DH- Belt
    SP- Salazar (k)
    SP- Pineda
    SP- Rodon
    SP- Corbin
    RP- Grilli
    RP- Rodney
    RP- D. Hernandez
    RP- Storen
    BN- Chapman
    BN- Darvish
    BN- Nola
    BN- Fat Adams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks a little light, which I’m surprised by since your pitching doesn’t seem that great… This is really shallow league, I’d expect to see a better team… Good thing is there will be a ton on waivers for you

  52. Scott says:
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    I would’ve thought you’d have lowered Matt Adams by now. Seems Brandon Moss is winning the position battle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If Holliday plays there, it’s not great for either

    • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Scott: check the news.

  53. John says:
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    Can you please help me rank the the following SP for this season? They all seem to have “the same value” in your top 500, so I’d like to know which one you prefer. Thanks!

    Kyle Hendricks
    Scott Kazmie
    Joe Ross

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks, Ross

  54. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you keep either Hendricks or Gausman? We can keep players for 3 years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Gausman

  55. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – in my 12 team keeper league (we’ve already drafted for this year), I was offered Rizzo + Melancon for my Abreu and Strasburg.

    This seems like a HOLD to me (-$2 to me based on Razz values) . . . but I do like the idea of trying to get Rizzo, who I could keep for $33 next year (as opposed to Abreu, who I’d keep for $28, and Stras at $19, in 2017).

    Do you think any of these counteroffer ideas below work for me (i.e. where Rizzo side wins)?

    A. Rizzo + Melancon for my Abreu and very keepable $4 Igelsias or $8 Matz

    B. Rizzo + Smyly for my Abreu / Iglesias or Matz

    C. Rizzo, Yoenis, Smyly or Melancon for Abreu, C. Gomez, and Iglesias or Matz

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  56. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Because I know you care, my slow draft is mercifully coming to the end. Best part? Non-snake draft, I’m the defending champ, I have the last pick….the ever coveted #476. I refuse to go auto-pick….maybe I’ll take the full 12-hour clock.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If he’s still available, I’m liking the last pick of Silvino Bracho right now (though that could change by tomorrow)

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        For reals? That was real advice, wasn’t expecting that for 476, ha. I’ll take him…I was going Joe Smith anyway for that inevitable Street injury. You don’t think Bracho is third in line?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think he could leapfrog Clippard

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            Thanks Grey, I’ll go Bracho. I mean, if pick 476 breaks my season I have bigger issues.

            Did you see Scott Van Pelt’s tribute to Phife? I know there were links being tossed around last week. It’s pretty legit, SVP seems like a good dude.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I saw the tribute, you see the traffic guy’s?

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                Yeah, that was great.

  57. Matt says:
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    My 12-team auction league squad is loaded with hitting and needs pitching. I have Trout, Springer, and Upton in the OF, Braun and Pujols at UTIL, and Khris Davis and Delino on my bench. I’ve been shopping Braun for starters, and got this offer:

    I send away: Braun, Khris Davis

    I receive: Adam Jones, Jordan Zimmerman, Tolleson

    I’m leaning towards accepting it, as Jones is worse than Braun but seems like a safer bet with Braun’s back pain, Davis is solid but my team is loaded with power and I need starters like Zimmerman, and Tolleson gives me a closer to shop around. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  58. JP says:
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    Senor Grey and friends, wrapped up second draft last night.. feeling better about this one but would love your opinion:
    12 team yahoo h2h categories:
    C: Travis d’Arnaud (18)
    1B: Joey Votto (2)
    2B: Rougned Odor (9)
    3B: Todd Frazier (4)
    SS: Jean Segura (17)
    OF: Giancarlo Stanton (1)
    OF: Starling Marte (3)
    OF: Jason Heyward (6)
    Util: Gregory Polanco (8)
    Util: Hanley Ramirez (10)

    SP: Stephen Strasburg (5)
    SP: Danny Salazar (7)
    RP: Francisco Rodriguez (14)
    RP: Glen Perkins (15)
    P: Steven Matz (11)
    P: Carlos Rodon (12)
    P: Taijuan Walker (13)
    P: Ian Kennedy (19)

    Bench:
    OF: Delino DeShields (16)
    RP: JJ Hoover (20)
    SP: Clay Buchholz (21)
    SP: Nathan Eovaldi (22)
    SP: Jose Berrios (23)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love your offense, I think your pitching is better than it should be… I like the team, you make me proud to be an American

      • JP says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey! best of luck this season. appreciate all the advice and help each year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  59. Maver1ck says:
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    Drafted my first and only team last night. 10 team, 5×5 h2H Categories league. OBP instead of Avg and QS instead of Wins. 3 Keepers/team.

    C – Stephen Vogt
    1B – Jose Abreu
    2B – Dustin Pedroia
    SS – Corey Seager (keeper)
    3B – Maikel Franco
    MI – Jung Ho Kang
    CI – Carlos Santana
    OF – Andrew McCutchen
    OF – Yasiel Puig
    OF – Jason Heyward
    OF – Joc Pederson
    U – Delino DeShields, Jr.

    SP – David Price
    SP – Stephen Strasburg
    SP – Noah Syndergaard (keeper)
    P – Carlos Martinez
    P – Yordano Ventura
    P – Patrick Corbin
    RP – Cody Allen
    RP – Andrew Miller
    RP – Luke Gregerson

    B – Byron Buxton (keeper)
    B – Stephen Piscotty
    B – Jorge Soler
    B – Luis Severino
    B – Kevin Gausman
    B – Andrew Cashner

    I have more SP than I planned but guys kept dropping at too good of value to pass up. Too early to begin looking to swap an SP for some Power?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting should be better in a 10 team league, that’s because your pitching is better than it needs to be… You have 3 aces and weak hitting

      • Maver1ck says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, sir! I better get to work on the trade front…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  60. William Hung says:
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    this is me venting that since my draft, 2 of my “closers” are no longer closers:
    1. Ken Giles (still not sure about this one 100%, but some sources are saying Gregerson will be first up)
    2. This one hurts: Drew Storen, Osuna gets first crack.

    I don’t think Storen’s low k-rate makes him rosterable, so in looking for a replacement, potential FAs are Jason Grilli (I think he’s the Braves closer), Alex Colome, and Fernando Rodney…

    Or do I keep Storen and see what happens? My scoring includes K/9 category which is why I mentioned the k-rate

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m dropping Storen in most leagues

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Who should I pick up for Storen between Grilli, Colome, and Rodney or is this a pin the tail on the donkey and it doesn’t really matter?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pin tail, Colome

  61. Sasquatch slugger says:
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    Totally new to hittertron streamonator. Paid for em. So now what do I click on to access them or do I have to wait till season starts or something? Anyone…? Thanks.

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @Sasquatch slugger: There should be a little login button. Rudy handles all the Hittertron issues, but I ran into the same thing last year.

    • @Sasquatch slugger: Data should be available starting on Friday. You visit those pages directly. There are links in the ‘Tools’ section of the menu. You just need to be logged into CoinTent. I try to answer all comments on those pages as well as tweets @rudygamble. Thanks for signing up!

  62. OaktownSteve says:
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    …more from U of Phoenix baseball trainer school.

    Ok today we’re going to cover probably the most important topic of all, forearm tightness. Johnson, what’s the first thing you do when a guy complains of forearm tightness?

    Ummmmm, tell him not throw for awhile?

    Goddamn it, Johnson, we’ve been over this a thousand times. You’ve got to shut him down.

    Shut him down?

    You’ve got shut the motherfucker all the way down, Johnson!

    What’s the difference between not throwing and being shut down, sir?

    *rolls eyes, looks hopelessly to sky*

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Little light on power no?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think I’m light on everything… I don’t like my team, but, as you know, you need about 5 good picks and then work waivers

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Haha. Agreed. My OF is prettay prettay prettay thin as well. Cruz is my #1 out there. I posit that there’s a pretty big drop off after the top 12-15 OF’s. But it’s deep at the same time, and that’s where I’ll be living making batty calls all season.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I drafted batty calls for Sunday, don’t think the last 4 guys on my team will be there by this time next week

          • Old School Brother says:
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            @Grey: You’ve got Roog DD and Yu, how could you not win?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s what I’m saying!

              • mauledbypandas says:
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                @Grey: I think it all turned for you on that Lindor pick. I can understand why you didn’t go with Franco but I think you went a little too hard on speed and neeed a power bat there. It’s a good start for a team though, definitely would go to war with that group, but maybe would have gone a bit more boring at the end with Gordon/Holliday types to cut the risk factor.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I can likely get Gordon types off waivers… I should’ve took Franco, you’re right, but I had Frazier

                  • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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                    @Grey: I noticed that you skipped Franco but you already had 2 third basemen so understandable. That Upton pick right before your pick in round 3 must have pissed you off.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I was ready to take Upton and no one else remotely excited me there, so I reached for Polanco

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        The guys linked me to this yesterday. I’m glad you say you don’t like your team as it saves me the awkwardness. I picked you for 4th based largely on the fact that you understand the format, but it looks like it was a rough one. The power is the thing that concerned me too. And I wasn’t in love with the ‘pen arm choices. An opportunity to coach ’em up, show your mettle. My RCL team is a dumpster fire.

        I dimissed 7 teams right off the bat. No chance. I think Jack, Magoo, Rudy have the best chance…not just sayin cuz we’re all buds. I love that Rudy jumped on the arms. It’s the inverse of how I think RCL should be played but I think in this case the quality of the arms he got sets him up to use his bench slots more heavily weighted to offense. He’s got some high floor guys and BA protection so he can stream a lotta stream.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Jack’s team best, probably because he snagged like 6 guys I wanted away from me… Magoo’s is okay… Don’t love Rudy’s, but I’m sure he’ll be fine…. Definitely need to coach this team up

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            @Grey:

            You always hate Rudy’s teams. This is how I imagine you looking at real estate:

            You: I hate this house. Low ceilings and high floors!

            Cougs: High floors?

            You: *signature cackle*

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              @OaktownSteve: I like his team but I think Rudy is going to have power problems and is going to get his ratios beat up chasing saves. Should be an interesting league as always. Agree Magoo and Jack look very solid but as you know the draft is not even half the battle in an RCL

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                @mauledbypandas:

                You can tell from the draft who understands the format and who does not. That’s why I tossed those 7 teams right off. Combination of either that or just bad picks.

                I like Smokey’s offense quite a bit. Ironically, I don’t like his pen choices either.

                Jack nailed the RPs and is solid across the board.

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                  @OaktownSteve: I worry about Rondon just because of the Maddon factor but yeah, you said it right. You have to play the format. You see all of these “rate my team” posts but format is king as Magoo said here a little lower.. all you are trying to do in an RCL draft is build your foundation. You don’t win leagues on draft day.

              • Big Magoo

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                @mauledbypandas: It’s probably the one format that I play in which in-season moves are more important than the draft itself

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA! Yeah, I don’t like high floors, especially not in RCL

            • Big Magoo

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              @Grey: @OaktownSteve: Strong (preferably power-heavy) offense, two low-Whip aces, two or three solid closers. Build that in the draft and churn and burn from there. RCL strategery. I’m pretty happy with my team so far.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haven’t really looked at your team other than in passing yesterday… It looked like it was shaping up all right, I’m sure you’ll be in the running

                • Big Magoo

                  Big Magoo says:
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                  @Grey: I’m a bit light on speed, but that’s streamable. First half of the draft was pretty solid. No guarantees that anyone from the second half of the draft will be on my team a month from now, outside of a healthy Doolittle and probably my DL stashes (McCullers and Boxberger). There’ll be plenty of rosterbating going on.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, I’m losing Storen and DL’ing Darvish, and dropping the last 4 picks to rostebate all by Sunday…

                  • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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                    @Big Magoo: I’ve read Grey’s opinion but i’d like yours in a 12 team draft i always prefer pick 7 or up while #1 is nice my thought getting 2 picks in top 15-18 is almost like getting 2 first rounders.

                    • Big Magoo

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                      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Are you referring to an NFBC type draft where you can set your draft preferences? I prefer one of the ends in that format. Ace/ace in the 3rd/4th is a solid strategy from the back-end there. The high-end SPs dry up quickly. In an RCL, it’s much different. I’d probably prefer to be closer to the top to get three solid bats, and pitching is usually available later.

              • mauledbypandas says:
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                @Big Magoo: absolutely. If I can grab a buzzy name or two as well I am good. You just don’t want to lose the league at the draft.

  63. the grate one says:
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    grey, given the new info would you rather own hinojosa or d hernandez for saves in the right now? getting mixed signals everytime check the philly feed. FML after storen got screwed again. Hes headed toward Michael douglas/falling down type stuff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I go over them in the post you’re commenting on

      • the grate one says:
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        @Grey: i read it like 3 times. maybe im dense but I couldn’t tell (and still cant). do you think hino is the right now type guy but hernandez later on? I know you have said all along hernandez long term but my question is short term. in your opinion is hino the immediate grab or you still go d hernandez (not trying to be annoying usually I grasp what you mean but I really missed it today).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Own Hernandez

          • the grate one says:
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            @Grey: thanks for spelling it out. sorry about that. lol

  64. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Snap decision time.

    I’ve been offered Steven Matz for my Kyle Seager.

    Usually don’t like trading bats for arms, but could this be a cheap price for a good SP2 for the next 5 years or so?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  65. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,
    just had a draft in my 10-team H2H 6×6 with OBP and QS. Check out my team – I’d like to get your assessment.

    Thanks!

    LaRoche’s Day Care
    C Welington Castillo Ari
    1 BAnthony Rizzo ChC
    2B Brian Dozier Min
    3B Todd Frazier CWS
    SS Marcus Semien Oak
    CI Brandon Belt SF
    MI Jonathan Schoop Bal
    OF Mookie Betts Bos
    OF Starling Marte Pit
    OF Grégory Polanco Pit
    UTIL Randal Grichuk StL
    UTIL Corey Dickerson TB
    BN Khris Davis Oak

    SP Gerrit Cole Pit
    SP Danny Salazar Cle
    RP Ken Giles Hou
    RP David Robertson CWS
    P Tyson Ross SD
    P Francisco Liriano Pit
    P Taijuan Walker Sea
    P Arodys Vizcaíno Atl
    P Carlos Rodon CWS
    BN Patrick Corbin Ari
    BN Luis Severino NYY
    BN Edinson Vólquez KC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look pretty balanced on hitting, maybe a tad lower on power than speed, but not bad… I like the pitching, solid team overall

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: Love the team name

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Team Grey? Yeah, it’s solid

  66. knucks says:
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    Hate to a pain in the arse with this hypothetical FAAB inquiry. And I know this response would vary depending on the exact candidate and degree of injury/job security of the incumbent. Noob to the FAAB game. So how much $$$ would you throw out in april/may when chasing saves, if any guys below look like they could or will be getting Save Ops?

    Quackenbush
    Jepsen
    Joe Smith
    Strop
    Siegrest
    Uhera
    Tony Watson

    Maybe a range would be appropriate? The budget is $100.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of these guys are worth more than $2 at this point

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Sorry didn’t really specify my question very well. If Rodney, Perkins, Street and so forth were to go down or actually lose the job on say May 1st, what kind of bid would place on their replacements the following morning?

        More of a nooby strategy question about how to appropriately budget throughout the season than a right now thing. I realize this would prob be a better question the day it actually comes up. And I’ll be sure to be one of the guys peppering you at that time. Understand if it can’t really be answered right now.

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          @knucks: And I apologize and I’m an idiot if the answer is still $2. Just thought it would be more like $8-10 and should have said that earlier.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @knucks: in FAAB only league you’ll never get a guy who just became closer for $2, unless league is filled with 11 dumbasses.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ask me when we get to that point

  67. scott says:
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    with the first pick in a 12 team league, who would you be targeting at the 4/5 turn assuming i take trout first and either 2 CI or CI/OF at 2/3

    SP and who? anyone in particular?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SP, go by my rankings

  68. Matt says:
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    Grey as you will see I value your opinions, please look at my team and let me know if you think it is good enough to compete in a 12 dynasty league. I know it’s a long post lol sorry.

    C. Welington Castillo
    1b. Stephen piscotty
    2b. Starlin Castro
    3b. Nolan arenado
    Ss. Francisco lindor
    Of. Giancarlo Stanton
    Of. Ryan Braun
    Of. Gregory polanco
    Utl. Alex Gordon
    Utl. David Peralta
    Be Chris carter
    Be. Jarod dyson
    Be. Nic hundley
    Be. Brandon Phillips
    Be Jhonny peralta
    Be. Manuel Margot minor league spot
    Be. Avisail Garcia
    Be. David Dahl minor league spot
    Be. Jorge Alfaro minor league spot
    Be. Pablo Sandoval
    Be. Hunter Renfroe minor league spot

    SP Yu darvish
    SP Carlos Martinez
    Sp. Carlos Rodon
    Sp. rasiel Iglesias
    Sp. Drew smyly
    Sp. Mike leake
    Sp. Ian Kennedy
    Sp Trevor Bauer
    Sp. Chris Heston
    Sp. Jose berrios
    Sp Kyle zimmer minor league spot
    Sp. Miguel almonte minor league spot
    Rp. Shawn Tolleson
    Rp. Kevin Jepsen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I prolly would’ve went with better upside with my bench slots… Team looks decent enough though, you’re a bit boring for a dynasty league — Gordon, Carter, HUndley, Phillips, Jhonny, Kennedy, I could go on

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey: alright thanks. We keep 20 guys so next season I will do a better job with that. Thanks

  69. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Would you prefer Story over Schoop for a middle infield spot? What would you project for Story in obp and slg?

    Thanks as always. As someone (MP?) said earlier: you are second to none.

  70. Jonance says:
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    Thanks for the updates Grey!

    I’ve got 2 questions if you have time:

    1. Which super-util guy? Manwar Gonzalez or Brock Holt?

    2. Which bench bat flyer? Pedro Alvarez or Chris Carter?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holt… Carter

  71. LastPlace says:
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    Format Question. I am in a yahoo league with only 10 Offensive slots (C-1-2-3-ss-of-of-of-ut-ut) and 10 Pitching slots (1450 inning limit). 5×5 all MLB.

    Does this alter my (Grey’s) draft approach towards Starting Pitching? Should I grab SPs earlier in this format?

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can draft an SP a little earlier, not really necessary, but # of teams matters

      • LastPlace says:
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        @Grey: 12 Teams

  72. Roger Podacter says:
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    do me next! 10 team Roto – other than Bryce over Donaldson, what do you think?

    R, 2b, 3b, HR, RBI, BB, SB, K, AVG
    IP, W, L, SV, HR, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    Round Pick Player Position
    1. (3) Josh Donaldson 3B
    2. (18) Starling Marte OF
    3. (23) J.D. Martínez OF
    4. (38) Charlie Blackmon OF
    5. (43) Noah Syndergaard SP
    6. (58) Albert Pujols 1B
    7. (63) Carlos Carrasco SP
    8. (78) Francisco Lindor SS
    9. (83) Maikel Franco 3B
    10. (98) Ken Giles RP
    11. (103) Steven Matz SP
    12. (118) Michael Brantley OF
    13. (123) Taijuan Walker SP
    14. (138) Brandon Belt 1B,OF
    15. (143) Starlin Castro 2B,SS
    16. (158) Patrick Corbin SP
    17. (163) Brad Ziegler RP
    18. (178) Luis Severino SP
    19. (183) Delino DeShields OF
    20. (198) Drew Smyly SP
    21. (203) Joe Ross SP
    22. (218) Welington Castillo C
    23. (223) Aaron Nola SP

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid, I like the guys you drafted

  73. Glenn seddon says:
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    Hey guys. Got the first pick in a ten team 5×5 draft tonight. Does it make more sense to take goldy first figuring that two star of will be at 20 and 21 while the top 4 1st baseman should be gone by then.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you like

  74. knucks says:
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    Bauer to the pen per Jordan Bastien

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: YUSSSS my Cody Anderson for $6 in the REL2 is making me look like I actually know something about baseball

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  75. Clint says:
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    What’s your take on using minors spots in a 14 team h2h pts dynasty league? I.e. would you keep guys like Paxton, Hahn et al that could be up later for a spot or two or would you use them for pure prospects of 2017 or later? My pitching staff’s below and I feel it’s a bit lacking w/the DL guys I drafted so would you cut Paxton for the pure prospects or stand pat?

    Pineda, Strasburg, Taijuan Walker, Velasquez, Buchholz, Karns, Ryu, Darvish, Cobb (2 DL slots open once the last 3 hit it so I’ll still be rostering someone hurt)

    Current minors guys: Nottingham, Arcia, B. Phillips, Margot, Profar, T. Turner, J. Bell, Paxton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you have room, go for it, I’d try to win this year, which most of those guys won’t help you do

  76. alps88 says:
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    Grey, you have always given me good advise in the past.
    So i am going back to the well
    I am in a 12 team mixed league auction league
    I can keep any of the following keepers. Please let me know your thoughts
    Lindor $6
    Piscotty $6
    Maikel Franco $6
    Billy Burns $6
    Aaron Nola $6
    Carlos Rodon $6
    Batista $39 (I think thats too much last season i paid $34)
    Hector Rondon $16 ( probably too much also)
    Thanks for the help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor $6
      Piscotty $6
      Maikel Franco $6
      Billy Burns $6
      Aaron Nola $6
      Carlos Rodon $6

  77. Scott says:
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    Tanner Roark or Vincent Velasquez as my SP/RP?

  78. LastPlace says:
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    RCL Draft last night! Do you see any major deficiencies?

    Thank you in advance!

    (1) 3 Anthony Rizzo, ChC 1B
    (2) 22 J.D. Martinez, Det OF
    (3) 27 Justin Upton, Det OF
    (4) 46 Jacob deGrom, NYM SP
    (5) 51 Buster Posey, SF C
    (6) 70 Maikel Franco, Phi 3B
    (7) 75 Brandon Belt, SF 1B
    (8) 94 Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY OF
    (9) 99 Steven Matz, NYM SP
    (10) 118 Hector Rondon, ChC RP
    (11) 123 Daniel Murphy, Wsh 2B
    (12) 142 Jeff Samardzija, SF SP
    (13) 147 Khris Davis, Oak OF
    (14) 166 Steve Cishek, Sea RP
    (15) 171 Neil Walker, NYM 2B
    (16) 190 Yordano Ventura, KC SP
    (17) 195 Sean Doolittle, Oak RP
    (18) 214 Jake Odorizzi, TB SP
    (19) 219 Jean Segura, Ari SS
    (20) 238 Melky Cabrera, CWS OF
    (21)243 Brandon Phillips, Cin 2B
    (22) 262 Andrew Heaney, LAA SP
    (BE) 267 Aaron Nola, Phi SP
    (BE) 286 Jarrod Dyson, KC OF
    (BE) 291 Jumbo Diaz, Cin RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid, I like it better than my team… Wanna trade?

      • LastPlace says:
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        @Grey: Ha! Thanks. We’ll see how it turns out!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  79. Steve says:
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    How does Bauer’s demotion to the bullpen affect his rankings?

    Hold on to him and wait for a spot start or drop him for a streamer or RP upgrade (thinking Nate Jones)?

    Thanks Gray.

  80. Rusty Trumbo says:
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    Would you drop either hammel or Hendricks if Bauer was available? Also best side of this deal (yahoo position eligibility): Bryant vs Lorenzo Cain and the stress bird

    • Rusty Trumbo says:
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      @Rusty Trumbo: never mind on the Bauer part just saw the news, but how about the trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  81. Swfcdan says:
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    Some unanswered questions on yesterday Grey’s Yahoo draft post. Unlike Grey, though maybe this thread was already out so it’s our fault not his, yeah that must be it. I bow to your feet again wise man. Some questions I was wondering about:

    Any hope for R-Zimm returning to fantasy relevancy? Think he finished strong last year, hit the wire in my 16 team dynasty, if I want him I need to drop someone before DL’s happen: Lawrie, Alexi, Altherr (all bench bats). Also use TB over HR which should help blimpotence suffers like him.

    Is Soler due to start the year as a backup OF in cubbieland? Love his talent, seems he should be starting somewhere sooner than later. Are you high on having him as a bench bat early on, once he gets regular AB’s I don’t think it’ll be long till he’s must own.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I go over Zimmerman in my rankings

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Swfcdan:

      I think there’s a chance for Zimm. The ability to hit doesn’t just mysteriously vanish. Given health, I think Zim will hit. He’s going to hit 4th for a very good team as long as he can walk to the plate. Is there a chance he gets hurt? Sure. There’s also a chance anybody could get hurt. Pujols is a recent example of a guy who came off a year derailed by plantain fascism of the feet as an older player and put up good numbers.

  82. Jim says:
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    Please rank based on positive impact this year:
    Berries, Giolito, Snell, Glasnow
    Thx

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Jim: Berrios then the other 3 are a toss up, just depends on who gets the call first. Glasnow would be my bet

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My rankings are for this year

  83. Jim says:
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    *Berrios ( darn spell check!)

  84. Leifer says:
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    so i have my draft tonight, 4th pick out of 14. 5×5 obp instead of avg, who do i take??????? assuming trout,harper n goldy go 123. thanks for your help please!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at the OBP rankings, aside from that, I like Rizzo

    • Cram It says:
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      @Leifer: It’s the 4th pick. Don’t screw it up!

  85. EA says:
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    Grey -what do you think about this squad? I know i need to work on pitching. The draft was bananas and pitching went extremely fast.

    C- Castillo
    1b – Rizz
    2b – Odor
    3b – Franco
    SS – Bogearts
    OF – Harper
    OF – Grichuk
    OF – DeShields
    OF – Khris Davis
    Util – Fielder

    P – Jose Fernandez
    P – Tyson Ross
    P – Matz
    P – Odorizzi
    P – Darvish
    P – Hammel (ugh)
    RP – Melancon
    RP – Hoover
    RP – Vizcaino (light on saves, i know)

    BE – Schoop
    BE – Castro
    BE – Ozuna
    BE – Olivera

    I’m liking the hitters and the bench, but the pitching is my main concern. Gimme somethin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams

      • EA says:
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        @Grey: 12 team H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Perfect!

  86. Ciwa says:
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    Hi grey!
    Keeper league,better Story or Reyes as 3rd MI? I already have Dee and K.Marte.
    Thanks

  87. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    Do you like Gausman or Hammel more as the 6th starter on this 12 team H2H rotation:

    Archer, Salazar, Odorizzi, Rodon, Taijuan

    Or would you suggest going with more of a swing/stream spot for an H2H

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hammel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s likely a stream spot

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, homie! This spot is my most likely to be dropped for sure. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  88. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Drop Storen for Colome, Rodney, Gregerson, or Dyson?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Colome for now

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks home skillet

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  89. ERad says:
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    Drafting tomorrow and stupid Yahoo updated their rankings and Franco jumped from 126 to 90 overall – and with 40 players kept in a 10 team league – I’ll likely have to reach in the 4th to take Franco.

    If I reach there – it means I’ll probably miss out on Salazar and end up with Tyson Ross or Lirinao as my #1. Worth the risk to grab Franco and put together an upsidey staff and hope for the best?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab Franco there

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: Thanks G, I just wanted to write upsidey staff anyways

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  90. OaktownSteve says:
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    Jelly Rollins has given Tyler Saladino the nickname “Emanski” because he’s so fundamentally sound. Love that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome

  91. William Hung says:
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    @Grey and anyone really: General inquiry – what’s the weekly HR average you aim for in a 10 team H2H league? Like based on my current roster, I’d say I am safe with 7-8 HRs per week – is that too low to be competitive?

    As a reminder:
    C- Gomes
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Schoop
    3B – Brett Lawrie
    SS – Bogaerts
    OF – Marte, Gregory Polanco, Betts
    UTIL – Billy Hamilton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      12-14

  92. herschel says:
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    @Grey: heading to new orleans this weekend. been? any food recs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t been since Y2K New Year’s Eve… I’m jealous though… Gotta of course hit up Cafe Du Monde…

  93. Biff says:
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    Where am I light? 6×6 OBP + HLDs
    Realmut
    EE
    Rendon
    Areando
    Corey Seager
    Giancarlo
    Heyward
    Khris Davis/DeShields
    Freddy Free (U)
    Myers (bench)
    Carrasco
    Harvey
    JoFer
    Archer
    Corbin
    Wei-Yin Chen
    Berrios (ML)
    Jansen
    McGee
    Robertson
    Joe Smith
    Soria
    Hunter Strickland
    Tony Zych

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • Biff says:
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        12 team keeper. Blew up last year to build assets. Caught some breaks in draft for a change and well I have this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching looks stacked, actually better than it needs to be, and your hitting looks okay, prolly light on speed, but not bad… Solid team

  94. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team keeper league, keep 5, 5×5, roto.

    I need to increase my AVG.

    give- Delino DeShields, Lucas Duda
    get- Ben Revere, Shin Soo Choo

    MY TEAM
    CA- Realmuto. 1B- Trumbo. 2B- Schoop. 3B- Castellanos. SS- Machado. IN- Panik.
    OF- Marte. OF- Pederson. OF- KDavis. OF- DeShields. UT- Duda
    BN- CHernandez, Peraza, Ruf, Duval, Rickard, Ethier.
    SP- Bumgarner. SP- deGrom. RP- Britton. RP- Boxberger.
    P- Strickland. P- Madson. P- O’Day.
    BN- Smyly, Garcia, Ryu.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  95. The great Knoche says:
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    Dannys Antana is pushing Rosario for time in Minnesota. Quietly having a great spring and another big day today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where was he last year?!

      • The great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Rochester mostly….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  96. Jack says:
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    1. I have d’Arnaud right now, but do you like Grandal or Wieters better at this point?
    2. Assuming Nicasio gets the 5th starter spot in Pittsburgh, who do you like better for my last pitching spot – Berrios or Aaron Sanchez? I would be dropping Bauer after his demotion, btw.
    Many thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. No 2. Sanchez

  97. mauledbypandas says:
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    Delino has two triples today. That biceps tendonitis must be killing him.

    Also, Grey. I ended up with this staff in a 12 teamer last night, I know you would approve. I assure you my hitting is still really good. Gotta love friends leagues.

    deGrom, Syndergaard, Iglesias, Darvish, Walker, Rodon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, that’s an insane staff

  98. Corey says:
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    Would you drop Heaney or Buchholz for Nicasio?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose Buchholz if you want

  99. SF says:
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    Would you rather take…
    Joc 7th round
    Hosmer 8th round
    or Yelich 10th round?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer

  100. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Nicasio confirmed with a SP spot! Trying to sort out my waiver FAAB priority to get my 6th starter . . .

    A Sanchez > Nicasio > Shoemaker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks right

  101. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    thanks!

  102. Cooper says:
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    Hello Grey and Razzballers. I need advice on a trade be4 i take the plunge. 6×6 (OPS & K/BB) 10 teams….
    I am in a position to get Betts, and Odor along with Pollock and Shelby Miller…. what i have to give up; Springer, Carrasco, Lawrie and adam Jones.

    I don’t like the drop from Carassco to Miller and u don’t like Jones or Pollock (so i figure a wash?) Is the jump from Lawrie to Odor worth it. Also, according to ur ranks, springer to Betts is a slight jump

    Thanks for your time, i know u stay busy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Cooper says:
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        @Grey: thanks

      • Cooper says:
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        @Grey: what if the offer changes to give springer Jones and Lawrie to get betts odor and miller

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Betts side

          • Cooper says:
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            @Grey: thanks for the help, Grey. I got the deal to go thru. #Stoked

  103. Gguicy says:
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    Drop storen for Nate jones, hinojosa, euhara, jumbo, clippard,oday . Net saves and saves

    Other relievers are Farquhar, Giles, Rodney, knebel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jumbo

  104. Cooper says:
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    Also, with the news about Reyes and having a waiver in on Story. Do you think Reyes affects Story at all, PT wise? Reyes’ case has been dropped and as a result may not see much league discipline

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Read the top of the post you’re commenting on

      • Cooper says:
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        @Grey: sorry, i read it but misread it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think the Rockies shortstop picture will be crowded

  105. john coakley says:
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    Thanks for all the entertainment and guidance. My 12 team, redraft, H2H league results are below and of course am seeking to improve upon it. Maybe too many steals, not enough pop? Third closer? Young arms, some concerns there. Any obvious “reaches”??

    Have another draft tonight so appreciate your insights so I do not make the same mistakes LOL.

    Hundley (Rd 24)
    Goldy (1)
    Schoop (13)
    Franco (9)
    Desmond (12)
    Puljos (6)
    Kendrick (16)
    Marte (3)
    Betts (2)
    Polanco (7)
    K. Davis (14)
    Ozuna (20)
    Morales (15…clogs utility spot?)
    Castellnaos (19)
    Gose (23)…..on waiver claim now for Osuna…not sure I get it though)
    Severino (22)
    Ross (Nats, 21)
    Rodon (Sox, 18)
    Corbin (17)
    Carrasco (4)
    Archer (5)
    CMart (8)
    Familia (10)
    Rondon (Cubs, 11)

    Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look very solid on pitching and hitting, maybe a little bleh up the middle with Kendrick and Desmond, but whatever, you need to punt something… I like the team… I don’t mind the young pitchers, though I don’t like C-Mart

      • John says:
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        @Grey:

        Great! I know just the guy who loves all Cardinals. CMart and Kendrick for his Lester and Odor?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lester side

  106. GoJays says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m trying to map out my first two picks (I’m at the turn). it’s very deep (40-player rosters, each team keeps 4 hitters, 2 pitchers and 3 prospects). We start 2 at each IF position (including DH), 5 OF, 6 SP, 3 RP, 1 rookie hitter, 1 rookie pitcher, 9 reserves. Keepers are Rizzo/Bautista/Pollock/Frazier/Sano (OF)/Brett Phillips, Scherzer/Kluber/Berrios. Given this format and my keepers, can you help me rank these guys that may be available when my first pick comes around? Im thinking Bogaerts given the choices, but he may not last.

    Bogaerts
    A-Gon
    Kyle Seager
    Hosmer
    Carpenter (3B)
    Carrasco
    Syndergaard
    Salazar

    There are some good OF available, but I”m coming in with 3 already and would prefer to go IF unless there just isn’t appropriate value available. I’m figuring the hitter I take with the first pick will dictate where I go with the second.

    Thanks in advance, and sorry for the novel!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bogaerts, Hosmer, Seager

      • GoJays says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! I’ll probably take one of those guys + the best available pitcher at that point. But out of curiosity, you’re recommending Hosmer over A-Gon for me at 1B (which I actually agree with), but you have A-Gon ranked higher?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think he balances your team better, it’s a coin flip

      • GoJays says:
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        @Grey: Sorry, last note – some OF that may be available are Blackmon, Polanco, Braun, Cain, Heyward.

  107. Johnny Castle says:
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    I was offered in a trade: Frazier and Estrada for Lester and Shark, which side would you take?

    I was thinking about countering with Lester and Shark for Frazier and Matz…do either of these excite you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier side

  108. !!! says:
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    Who”s the best waiver wire pick-up for this offense? H2H, 7 offensive categories–normal 5 + OBP & Ks.

    C-Mesoraco
    1B-Abreu
    2B-Odor
    SS-Machado
    3B-Frazier
    OF-Betts, Cespedes, Crush Davis
    Util-DeShields, Cain

    Dropping Rusney Castillo–

    Available: Holliday, Fowler, Wil Myers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler

  109. Mynameis says:
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    I have papelbon and David Robertson.. We do weekly roto h2h with 2 closers. Should i grab osuna and rotate him in when one of these guys has the day off? Or just drop papelbon?

    I’d have to drop either Juan Nicosia or marcel ozuna to make room. Thanks.

    • Mynameis says:
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      @Mynameis: where does betances fall into the above scenario if miller is down for the count. 12 team league.. Each team has 2-3 closers (I have 2)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  110. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    first big razzball/steamer misprognication of the year on storen, only good news (for me) is i’m in so few saves only leagues this probably only hurts me at all in one 20 teamer where i drafted him soley from being a closer, and then didn’t try to get any other ones when i could, figuring i had ONE solid closer. he’s eminently solid holds guy of course.

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: i didn’t mean that as a negativism, you can only make the best decision at the time of course, like poker, 2 outters hit sometimes, doesn’t mean you fold the likely hand. first “bad beat” of preseason prognostication is what i meant.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, sucks, cause I originally thought Osuna would keep the job, but I was talked out of it

        • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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          @Grey: i completely forgot that, it’s true. memory conditions that don’t apply to me directly (and even some of those) bleed off quickly during preseason, with so much news to change rankings with (for me). i’m sure it’s similar with you.

  111. Bobo says:
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    Jumbo Diaz, Ryan Madson, shaw, romo or Jim Johnson for saves and nsvh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jumbo

  112. Nonamw says:
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    For avg/Obp leagues I looked at the rankings but
    Realmuto vs (Yankees,Tigers,@nationals, @mets)

    ,hundley vs (@mariners,@dbacks,Padres,Giants)

    swihart vs (@indians,@jays,Orioles, Jay’s)
    N
    chirinos vs (Mariners,@angels,@mariners,Orioles,Astros)

    grandal vs (@padres,@giants, diamondbacks,,Giants,[email protected])

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Realmuto

  113. Teddy ballgame says:
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    Hello grey!

    H2h points league(weekly Lock)

    I added story yesterday for upside / thinking about Reyes being out for awhile, I just read that Reyes’s domestic case may be dismissed. If that happens I know it’s prob up to the commissioner. If there’s no case do you still see Reyes being suspended or have a lengthy suspension?

    Part two of my Q; would you hold or drop Severino for kenta maeda? I like Severino in 2016, but I’m torn I also like maeda’ upside for the Dodgers.

    Thanks grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes will be suspended for at least 30 games, Hold Severino

  114. Rodger Dorn says:
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    Votto and Syndergaard or corrasco for Rizzo and sonny gray. Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto/Noah

      • Rodger Dorn says:
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        @Grey: what about votto/Carrasco for Rizzo/Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Carrasco side

  115. ferris says:
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    16 team roto – 5 OFs, 2B, MI

    Keep 5 of 6

    Arenado
    Frazier
    Price
    Strasburg
    Cano
    Cain

    My inclination is to let Cano go but I am not sure in 16 teamer what conventional wisdom is with position scarcity. I do know that no elite SP will be left when I pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Cano

  116. web says:
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    Better add Nicasio or Velasquez?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @web:

      I’d say Nicasio. Impressed Pirates enough to win the 3. Much better team, home park. At least some track record behind him, though spotty due to Coors effect. Searage bump for him. If he’s good they’ll let him go as many innings as he can pitch were Velasquez gets handled a bit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Velasquez

  117. OaktownSteve says:
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    Who talked you out of Osuna, Albritross?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I figured. Rudy has him crazy high on his war sheet. I see his rationale but I was steering clear. Not to mention that division is going to be an offensive blood bath. We took him in NFBC. Just discussing now what to do with him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I had Osuna last year and watched him a lot, he was incredible, I should’ve trusted my gut

  118. SteveNZ says:
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    Any intel on whether Grilli will be the Braves closer? Grabbed him in the very last round of my H2H draft, so hoping to get lucky with him too :-)

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      I kind of think he will, other Steve.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s not good, so hopefully Arodys, which is to say Grilli

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I already have Robertson/Rondon/Casilla/Colome/Osuna, so if he gets a couple of clean ones, maybe look to move him on, no?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that works

  119. Cohen says:
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    Grey,how much or any does Segura move up now that he will be leading off ? Ahead of Semien or Desmond ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He won’t stay there

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I think he will. And so begins our annual Jean Segura argument.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hey, I like Segura, but let’s keep expectations a little in order

          • The great knoche says:
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            @Grey: I’m with Grey on this one. Don’t think he stays there when Pollack gets healthy. Maybe the 2 hole vs lefties.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Agreed

              • @Grey:

                I’m not buying Segura either so much but the Diamondbacks are planning on giving him a lot of AB’s.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Cohen:

      Ahead of Semien. Just below Desmond. Semien is going to hit 9th all year. A’s trying to protect his psyche. Kind of still finding his way into the everyday SS role.

      I could see Segura finishing ahead of Desmond but if I had to bet, I’d take Desmond by a nose.

  120. Cohen says:
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    He wont stay leading off?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt it, but we’ll see

    • Cohen says:
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      @Cohen: a thanks Grey and Steve

  121. quimmy says:
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    Hey brutha man. Hurting at SP. Put Tulo on the block and the best offer I have gotten is Sonny Gray. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blech

      • quimmy says:
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        @Grey: that’s what I was thinking. If I would have gotten a “meh” out of you I might have jumped on it. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  122. GoJays says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m trying to extract the latest rankings/stats for my own spreadsheet, but for some reason pasting right from the top 500 to a spreadsheet doesn’t work. Then I checked in the War Room where I’ve copied from before, but it looks like it doesn’t have some of your updated stats on either the online or downloadable version (i.e. Trevor Story). Any thoughts? By the way, the downloadable version looks amazing and I’d love to use it during my draft, but I want to make sure it has the latest stats.

      • GoJays says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey – any idea if the downloadable will be brought up to date?

  123. The great knoche says:
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    Looks like Miller out for a while with broken wrist. Bettances selection for ratios and Ks is going to also get 30 days of saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, wish I had Betances somewhere

  124. Steven says:
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    Hello,
    Arenado or Donaldson keeper 10 team points league
    Single 1
    Double 2
    Triple 3
    Walks 1
    Caught stealing -1
    Cycle 10
    Grand slam 8
    Hbp 1
    Home runs 5
    Strikeout-1
    Run 1
    Rbi 1
    Stolen base 1
    Thank you so much. If you have time Hamels or shields

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, Hamels

  125. Jon Doe says:
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    Grey, great stuff as always. My closers are Casilla, Perkins, K-Rod. Osuna is available. Which one do I drop for him if any? Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Casilla

  126. Osuna!!!

  127. ryan says:
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    In an 8-team 6×6 OBP league w/ TB…

    If you’re drafting at the turn, picks 7-8, and Correa, Rizzo, Stanton, Bryant, and Arenado are all staring you in the face…

    Which two set you up best for the rest of the draft?

    Thanks!

  128. Dave F says:
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    Draft was tonight.

    C: W Castillo
    1B: Goldy
    2B: Altuve
    SS: Machado
    3B: Arenado
    LF: Belt
    CF: Deshields
    RF: Polanco
    Util1: Encarnacion
    Util2: Sano
    Bench: D Santana

    SP: Salazar
    SP: T Ross
    SP: Rodon
    SP: Taijuan
    SP: Corbin
    SP: Ventura
    SP: Nola
    SP: Heaney
    SP: J Ross
    RP: AJ Ramos
    RP: Storen
    RP: Watson
    RP: Clippard
    RP: Jepsen

    Think I went too upsidey on my starters?

  129. SteveNZ says:
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    Check the staff that was auto drafted for my sister in our H2H league…

    Scherzer
    Jo-Fer
    Carrasco
    Salazar
    Sonny

    !!!

  130. Papa Jean Seugra says:
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    Alcides or Semien in a Points League?

  131. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    finished my OBP/SLG and QS/Kper9 15 team roto draft, how am I looking

    C: Hundley
    1B: Rizzo (K)
    2B: Dozier (K)
    3B: Beltre (K)
    SS: Semien
    LF: Braun (K)
    CF: Pollock (K)
    RF: Kemp (K)
    U: C Santana (K)
    BN: Hicks (fill in for Braun till he gets LF elig in 5 games)
    BN: Arcia (SS), Mazara (RF)

    SP: Scherzer (K), Harvey (K)
    P: McCullers (K), Shields
    BN, Berrios, Velasquez, H Bailey
    RP: W Davis (K), Box

    have 3 dl spots for McCullers, Bailey, Box. Looking to grab maybe Karns, Nelson, Hinojosa, have unlimited moves till the season starts and then 35 for the year. 162 game cap on each offensive position so I grabbed the two upside prospects.

    • nightpandas says:
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      @nightpandas: should be Holt not Hicks

  132. Mike in Busan says:
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    Grey, great read as always?
    Sanchez in the Trop or Verlander in OCo? (yes, this is what my pitching decisions look like)
    Also, any change to your ranking on Sanchez now that he’s definitely in the rotation to start the year?

    • Mike in Busan says:
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      @Mike in Busan: wow, nice punctuation, Mike.

  133. That's What Speed Do says:
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    Hey Grey, how do you feel about dropping Khris Davis for Story?

    Here’s my lineup as it stands for now:

    C: Salvy
    1B: Abreu
    2B: Dee
    3B: Arenado
    SS: Bogaerts
    OF: J. Upton, Dickerson, Calhoun
    UTIL: Morales, Belt
    Bench: Deshields, K. Davis

    SP: DeGrom, Salazar, Ross, Walker, Gausman, Rodriguez
    RP: Davis, Papelbon, Osuna

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

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