Here, friend, are some catchers that I will be targeting at my 2015 fantasy drafts after the top options are gone. I’m not going to get into the strategy of punting catchers. Been there, half-drunkenly wrote that years ago.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2015 projections. This is a (legal-in-most-countries) supplement to the top 20 catchers of 2015 fantasy baseball. Now, guys and four girl readers, I am not saying avoid catchers like Matt Wieters if they fall, but to get on this list, you need to be drafted later than 200 overall.  And, to preemptively answer at least seven comments, yes, I will go around the entire infield, outfield and pitchers to target very late.  Anyway, here’s some catchers to target for 2015 fantasy baseball:

Wilson Ramos – (Yahoo 256, ESPN 243) I wanted to write a sleeper post dedicated to Ramos, but it was 650 words that boiled down to “If he’s healthy, he’s good.”  I can justify wasting everyone’s time with 550 words on that, but 650?  C’mon!

Travis d’Arnaud – (Yahoo 281, ESPN 227)  It’s Travis d’Governator!  He has arrived…At the Apollo…Big d’Addy Kane!  You wanna call Travis up?  Take down his potential batting average.  It’s .2222222.  He got an answering machine that can talk to you.  That’s d’La Soul.  That’s my d’Anger Mouse mashup.  I do like d’Arnaud, so don’t take this as me being fickle, Travis — you talkin’ to me? — but how d’Arnaud is going so far above Zunino is slightly bizzonkers.  I have liked d’Arnaud for a while now and hope to own him, but how some people have him ranked in the top 100 is goofy.   Though I think CBS’s rankings are not policed by anyone and the fantasy sports department, in general, can get away with whatever they want.  Just don’t make fun of CSI and you’re okay.

Yasmani Grandal – (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 214)  We have a problem, over-the-internet friends.  I kinda want all the catchers in this post.  I might draft a guy like Conger, then drop him for Grandal, who will surely be on waivers, and don’t call me Shirley.  Let’s just go on what we know in its most basic form.  Grandal has a season where he hit .297 in the majors, he’s recorded a .394 OBP and hit 15 homers last year, calling Petco home without a full-time job (only 128 games).  Grandal could breakout this year in Los Angeles with Fox optioning his life rights for the movie, OBPwulf.

Mike Zunino – (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 259)  If Zunino were simply a young prospect without a season under his belt, he would’ve been ranked in the top 100 by Yahoo.  They kick young prospects out of bed quicker than Gary Glitter, and are nearly as excited about them when they first come on the scene.  Alternate spellings of come work there.  Ewwwww, says our four girl readers.  Sorry, ladies, I still love you.  Especially the one that is hosting one of our Razzball Commenter Leagues. Meow, girl reader!   So, Zunino hit 22 homers and .199 last year.  Grody, indeed, but he used to regularly hit for a good average in the low minors and has shown a decent eye before in professional ball.

Robinson Chirinos – (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 438)  What do you say when you’re drafting in the last round and have yet to draft a catcher?  Uh-oh Chirinos!  Take it, Highlights Magazine, it’s yours.  Chirinos is the number one reason why you don’t draft a catcher in any league prior to the last round (well, him and all the guys in this post.  Yes, there’s seven number one reasons.  Leave me alone, County McCountstein).  Chirinos should catch about 135 games this year, hit 15 homers and hit around .240.  Basically, the same as every other 12th ranked catcher.  Since the bottom of the Rangers order looks as appealing as imagining E.L. James as the girl in Fifty Shades of Grey, Chirinos could move up to the five hole by May and start collecting real counting stats.

Josmil Pinto – (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 387) Sky already gave you a Josmil Pinto sleeper.  He wrote it while hiding Lady Edith’s child from her family.  I didn’t even rank Pinto, so I’m out on Sky’s limb here.  This is weird, sitting on another grown man’s wrist.  Maybe I should move to a different limb.  Like a leg.  Any hoo!  Pinto looks like a 15-homer, .260 hitter, which is awesome, fantastic, adjective, but he’s also buried in the depth chart.  If he splits time at DH with Kennys, I may have a holy conniption, but if Pinto just takes over at catcher for Suzuki, then we’re cool.

Hank Conger – (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 614) I’m so crazy high on Conger compared to other sites it’s funny in the not-actually-funny kind of way.  I have love for Conger that his own family can’t even account for, but his family has to deal with receiving gifts from Hank that are picked out by his personal assistant, Jeffrey, who has been dealing with lots of personal issues lately.  So, why all the love for Conger?  Great question, clunky introductory question!  Well, I ranked him 291st overall, so let’s not confuse my enthusiasm for Conger with enthusiasm for Wong, for unstints.  (By the by, I’m now saying for unstints instead of for instance.  It’s got more pizzazz.)  First in Conger’s favor, Jason Castro is doing no one any favors.  He’s hot garbage on the surface of the sun.  Conger will help Astro pitchers with his pitch-framing ability and the Astros are the sort of organization that won’t ignore that.  I say Conger plays more than Castro this year; I am the only one saying this; I know this; I love semicolons.  Next up in his favor, he hit 10 homers in his last Triple-A year, hit 11 homers the year before in Triple-A, then hit 7 homers in part-time duty in the majors in 2013, and four homers in the majors last year in more of a bench role.  This is important because The Sciosciapath was holding him back just as he held back Napoli.  Conger’s a 15-homer hitter just waiting for a full-time job.  Speed?  Well, not much, but he has 5-steal speed, which is decent for a catcher.  People once thought of him as a mini-Napoli.  I know what you’re asking yourself, can we stop talking about Conger already?  Okay, but if you were asking yourself something else, it might be, isn’t Conger old?  He’s 27 years old, which is not old for a catcher to finally figure things out.  If the Astros go on the record saying Castro is their starting catcher, then I would drop Conger for someone else.  I say drop because I plan on drafting him in the last round for the chance of upside.  I am a Virunga-scratching gorilla all up in this Conger!

   
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    What’s up? Hope you’ve fully recovered and are eating a well-balanced diet.

    Completed my 3rd draft yesterday. Was #1 overall, took Mike Trout. Took some other guys too.

    My best pick (ie, lowest round, highest value)…Wil Myers in round 22.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Natty Boh says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Need more detailed breakdown.

    • danny almonte says:
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      @Ante GALIC:

      Interesting!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Trout? Oh no, you didn’t hear about his injury? Kidding. Sorry for the heart attack

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Ty, Kahuna! I missed some naming players in between. On pitching did a merging of your data with JB’s…call it pitching Frankenstein. That said, I focused on taking the pitchers that both of you valued. Thanks a lot!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  2. larrya says:
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    What do you think if Michael Mckendry? Lots of sleeper hype so far

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @larrya: Honestly haven’t heard any sleeper hype of him nor read it anywhere. Just four days ago, it sounded like he was going to probably be the odd man out as the second catcher in Colorado.

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Sky: @Sky: Yeah, Fort McKenry is toast in COL. If he latches on elsewhere maybe or if someone gets injured or if they really do end up dealing Rosario to an AL team.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Ante GALIC: Honestly, McKenry isn’t that much better a catcher than Rosario. If we’re talking sleeper catcher for the Rockies, it’s Hundley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @larrya: I almost drafted him in a 12-team NL-Only league, that’s about it at this point…

  3. Racehorse says:
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    Grey

    Like what you said regarding Chirinos. I’ve been on him all winter like ouzo breath on a gyro. And while Chirinos is from Venezuela, well, you get the idea…

    Question – Does the new prognosis regarding Michael Saunders knee change his equation? He’s gone from ‘Sleeper’, to ‘Oh Noooooooo’, to ‘back in April’ faster than whiplash. Should I still target him, or should I take a wait and see approach?

    Thanks!

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Racehorse: (Not fantasy related) but the dude also has a cannon for an arm, fun guy to watch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Racehorse: You can draft him in your last rounds and stash on DL, I have updated the rankings

  4. Lville Jim says:
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    “Catchers to target”, that’s moving into oxymoron territory.

  5. Nittanychris says:
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    It’s a no-brainer to protect a one dollar Yan Gomes in a mixed auction league, standard categories, correct?

  6. Grey,

    Leave catchers out of your writing.

    Yours Trudy,
    A former pitcher

    PS. One time Gary Carter flipped me off

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Wake Up: Who’s Trudy?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Shirley you jest

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @Sky: eye sea..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Sky: Bob Shirley?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            more like MacLaine

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What draft spot did you get for NFBC?

              • @Grey: Prolly at the suite…maybe the bar

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  James Ingram is prolly playing live at proms now

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Number 2! I took Goldy. I get the worries about him but I couldn’t go safe with McCutchen. He was my only other personal choice there.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I would’ve went a few different ways there, the hand concerns me too much for 2nd

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Yeah, I’m not as firm of a believer in Abreu as some and I don’t see Giancarlo as a safer play. I like the 30/15 potential without losing out on average.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Giancarlo’s way safer, not really close… Hope Goldy’s fine cause I like him, but I won’t be convinced until mid-April

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Games played doesn’t agree with you. I’m not discounting his 2014 because that was a freak injury but the reality is he’s pretty choppy with his PT to date. Not to mention he’s had .260 or under seasons as many times as he’s hit over .280. Think .280 is Goldy’s floor. Obviously always hard to tell until guys take the field for real. Never know how a guy is gonna react after taking a fastball to the face, either.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Balls to Giancarlo’s face reminds me of a dream I had… Anyway, agreed, no one knows, and I like Goldy, so hopefully he’s okay… I would’ve went Abreu though

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yeah, I doubt you’re alone there. I am just not as high on Abreu as others for this year.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      And now that I look at it, my first sentence could apply to both your first sentence and your last sentence.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      And I’d like to point out I totally let a Clueless reference slide. I’m maturing Grey!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m so proud of you…BTW, my NFBC first round may take 3 days

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haha, we’re stuck with pick #6 for the last 45 minutes. I’m borrowing a laptop in the hopes I don’t have to queue draft on Thursday while I’m flying all day and waiting in airports.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You can draft from your phone… It’s not great but if you’re queued it’s okay…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Is that on the app? I looked it up, it didn’t say drafting was available.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, I would just log into the website on your phone

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Use HTML though

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ah, gotcha. Yeah, I can borrow a work laptop. Better that way. It’s like that Aerosmith song. I don’t wanna miss a thay-ang.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Keeping with the theme, you should have Alicia Silverstone draft for you

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      You saying she’d take Abreu? Nah, gimme Stacey Dash all day, eyer day.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      The GB/FB?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Not as much that as the change in batted ball profile in the second half overall. I hope it doesn’t portend to a lowering of power expectation. Not to mention league adjustments against him.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      League adjustments in the 2nd half when he led the league in OBP and hit .350? League better adjust faster

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I didn’t know you liked Billy Butler this year (only hit 7 HRs in the second half, on pace for 17 HRs over 155 games).

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t follow, whatchu talkin’ bout Sky?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      You pointed out the upside of Abreu’s second half. I was pointing out the downside. He hit like he was a Billy Butler or Freddie Freeman in the second half.

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Hey, saw we’re in the same league. I’m liking this slow draft format. I got 12th slot and I haaaaate it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nice! You’re Full Boyle? As in an old lady who sings went ‘Full Boyle?’

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: I am. It’s from a Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode. Idk if you watch that. Or if you caught Last Man on Earth with Will Forte last night?

                    I don’t know about the format, since it’s my first time. To be determined.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, never seen either… The Forte show is getting good reviews, was it good? The format’s maddening, but the site itself… I don’t find it very user friendly…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh, and I hate slow drafts, and don’t really love NFBC either

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: They showed the first two episodes. After the first I was on the fence about it. But the 2nd episode was funny all the way through. But I love Will Forte and MacGruber is one of my all time favorite stupid comedies, so I might be biased.

                    • The Great Knoche says:
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                      @Cram It: First Four picks went fast. I’m at 11. Right in front of you Boyle.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t think Frost knows the draft started

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Maybe I’ll check it out on Hulu, but never been a huge fan of his…I do like high concept comedy though if done right

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: I’m gonna guess Orel.

      • @Grey: That was my prom theme…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mine was Just Once by James Ingram

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Coul’d be

  7. brett says:
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    In a 12 team keeper league we keep 5. Rather Cueto for 14 or Strasberg for 22?

  8. George Zip says:
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    No love for Gattis? Time to get rid of him for one of the above?

    • Jay says:
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      @George Zip: you got gattis after 200?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @George Zip: You must be new around here…Grey is talking about late round catching targets. His strategy and communication in his top 20 catchers is to not draft a top catcher because they go too high in drafts…

  9. Scott says:
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    Grey/rudy
    One of your ads is causing the App Store to open up. Using chrome on ios8. The app it wanted me to download is Lyft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Ugh, okay, will look into it, sorry about that

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Scott: i thought itv was just me? Haha It’s been happening for months on my phone.

  10. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Past two years I’ve picked my catcher last pick overall and waivers have always led me to a solid option. Last year I rode Gattis Pizza’s hot April and May until someone dropped Perez, then rode that train rest of the year.

    • Adult Onset Dia Bit Us says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: what sized league had gattis available as last overall (whether by that you meant last round or last starting catcher taken) last year?

  11. Joeg414 says:
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    Off the subject : 13th pick in a 13 Team 6×6 roto snake draft ; which two would you take with your first & second pick : Harper, Upton, Cano, Desmon, Hanley, Beltre ,Brantley or Ellsbury ? I’m hoping to get Harper and Desmon, maybe i’m being too hopeful Harper & Cano will still be there , as there are first/second round ranked keepers that I won’t be able to pick up. Thanks

  12. LastPlace says:
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    What happened to Part 2 of Finding the Next Kluber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LastPlace: I’m guessing it’s coming today… Worst cliffhanger than Downton Abbey!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Worse than the one The Sopranos ended on?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha…You should’ve ended your post with Don’t Stop Believin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It will be up today

      • LastPlace says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  13. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in that league where we draft 3 real life teams and get all their players (at this time, real life trades don’t affect us), i got CLE/CIN/NYY. I might be able to trade one of these for TOR, or CLE for WSOX. I have WSOX ranked slightly higher than CLE, and TOR higher than all of my teams (not at pitching though). Lot of extra categories like OPS/net steals/BB (for both hitters and pitchers)/IP/losses/holds/ K to BB/ Relief wins/relief losses/ net saves and holds.
    C – mesoraco
    C – mccann/gomes
    1B – moss
    1B – votto
    2B – kipnis
    2B –
    SS – jose ramirez
    MI –
    3B – frazier
    3B – c.santana
    LF – brantley
    CF – ellsbury
    RF – bruce
    OF – b.hamilton
    OF – gardner
    SP – cueto
    SP – pineda
    SP – kluber
    SP – carrasco
    SP – salazar
    SP – bailey
    RP -chapman
    RP -betances
    RP -allen
    RP -miller
    RP -shaw
    RP –
    RP –

    clearly i need to trade one catcher (gomes/mccann/mesoraco) since i’m very catcher-strong, along with maybe headley/bourn/chisenhall/swisher/tanaka for MI/2B upgrade, since i’m str up awful at those spots. Even worse, i’ll need a backup for kipnis, since he’s platooning right now.
    1. which 2 right now go at 2B/MI out of: phillips/drew/didi/cozart. jesus, that’s awful. Tanaka probably nets me some very good player(s) at those spots. There’s gotta be teams weak at catcher also, seeing how i have 4 top
    2. which 2 of these best for last 2 RP spots: d.carpenter/warren/wilson/atchison/scrabble/j.diaz?
    we get 9 adds per week, of all players on our 3 rosters, so we stream our own pitchers (or at least i do).

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: also, after reading that headley post (OBP post) i might be best off with headley and a backup 2B (for kipnis when he plays lefties) for my 2 BN spots. Moss could move to OF (over gardner or b.ham) headley to 1st or 3rd for when i need homers more than steals. I had been thinking backup C and backup 2B was better (and some weeks it might be), mesoraco gets a lot of off days (last year anyway)

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    I know that waiting on a catcher seems to be the wise move but I have a question. Where does Posey and Carlos Santana’s actual value lie?Like what round would be ok to draft these guys? Santana I think is going to have a great year and he has catcher eligibility in Yahoo. Because Yahoo has small lineups I find it to be ok to draft Santana in round 6, especially when he has 1b and 3b eligibility. In all my mocks I can take Santana and STILL have an above average team. Guess it depends on how competitive the league is, I always seem to have an edge over my league mates( so I feel I can take more risk). What’s everyone think?

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Rich: Grey still has those 2 ranked pretty high overall (56,57), so i’m assuming that’s where the value would lie. in OPS/OBP leagues it would go up to around 20th for posey and 44th or so for c-sant.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Crapshoot Kershaw: so with either one, even in non-ops/obp leagues 6th round isn’t early by any means, but posey for sure won’t be around there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rich: I’ve ranked them

  15. FrankGrimes says:
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    the second title of this post:
    who’s the crappiest catcher you can grab
    that won’t hurt you too badly

    I like when a movie has two titles

    PS Chris Sabo once called me a MFer after
    striking out for like the fifth time at the ‘stick

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Grimey: Or (the unexpected virtue of ignorance)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Got the vapes, thanks! Loving the Seducer and Milk n Honey… Trying Beetleguese now…

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Nice!
        That was hella fast

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I pinged you in the comments over the weekend… Got it on Saturday… Been all I’ve been vaping all weekend… Favorite so far is Seducer…

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Love that one too.
            The milk n honey gets me off the
            Fruity stuff for a bit.

  16. Jason says:
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    Thanks Kershaw! Thats exactly what I wanted to hear

  17. Jbird669 says:
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    I sadly see Chris Berman saying Robinson “Honey Nut” Chirinos at some point this summer.

  18. Kraftster says:
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    Dynasty league 11 team roto. Who wins?

    Kershaw for Puig + Gallo.

    R,HR,RBI,SB,OBP || W,K,Sv,ERA,WHIP

    Guess it depends on how much you value certainty?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Kraftster: Who you gettin..

      Kershaw is the best player in the trade, you know what they say..

      .Also what other SP’s you got? And what are your bats?

      Puig & Gallo is very enticing..

      • Kraftster says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:

        I’ll try to keep this as brief as possible. It’s a bit more complicated than “dyansty.” It’s a contract league. Cap of 50 years. Player’s cap hit is his remaining years on deal. Can only re-sign one player every other year. I could re-sign Kershaw and Puig is going to be signed to a deal this year while Gallo is on the farm still (no cap hit), so for all intents and purposes it is dynasty analysis, but I would free up the re-sign to be used on someone else if I don’t have to re-sign Kershaw.

        Team is as follows. I really need to add a power piece, and there are none available in the draft this year (draft is made up of expiring players).

        C – Gomes (3)
        1B – Frazier (1)
        2B –
        3b – Seager (2)
        SS – Segura (4)
        OF – Heyward (3)
        OF – Calhoun (3)
        OF – Blackmon (3)
        OF – Choo (1)
        SP – Kershaw (2)
        SP – Arrieta (2)
        SP – Gray (1)
        SP – Odorizzi (2)
        SP – Beachy (2)
        (rest of roster to be filled in draft)

        Farm (13/20 rest to be filled in draft)
        Buxton
        Gray
        Stephenson
        Salazar
        Harvey
        Nicolino
        Renfro
        Rosario
        Deshields, Jr.
        Ball
        Franklin (nick)
        Owings

        Trade is more about long-term than immediate. I can target SP in draft if I deal Kershaw.

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @Kraftster:
          I think I’d keep Kershaw..Lets see what Grey has to say…

          • Kraftster says:
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            @Malicious Phenom:

            Thank ya.

            I’m also looking at a deal of Buxton + my current re-sign (passing on re-signing Cargo) for Harper in an attempt to bring a bit more pop to my OF going forward. I could do that deal now, but I’m trying to get Wong thrown in the deal with my contributing one of my farm arms.

            • Malicious Phenom says:
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              @Kraftster: I would not give up Buxton & Cargo for Harper..

              I like Harper, a lot, but you are gonna have to wait on him. I think he is still a few years away on any breakout type year. He will never be the next Trout, clearly will never live up to the hype..

              With all that said I hope I am totally wrong on the guy..

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    the dreaded keeper question (dont worry the season will start soon and you wont have to answer them anymore)

    roto 5×5 NL ONLY 2 catcher

    KEEP 8

    C – Wilson Ramos (1)
    C – Travis d’Arnaud (10)
    1B –
    2B – Scooter Gennett (1)
    3B – Nolan Arenado (9)
    SS –
    MI – Jedd Gyorko (1)
    CI –
    OF – Carlos Gomez (11)
    OF – Ender Inciarte (10)
    OF – Marcel Ozuna (12)
    OF – Ben Revere (17)
    U –

    P – Gerrit Cole (10)
    P – Ken Giles (10)
    P – Mark Melancon (11)
    P –
    P – Tanner Roark (5)
    P – Hector Rondon (10)
    P – Trevor Rosenthal (7)
    P – Michael Wacha (10)
    P – Alex Wood (17)

    right now my list is:
    Ramos, Gomez, Cole, Arenado, Ozuna

    where is get crossed up is: Wacha, Melancon, d’Arnaud, Gyorko, Wood

    what say you, all powerful grey? thanks in advance!

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @Grey: appreciate it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  20. triple B says:
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    in a lifetime keeper league, with 6 keepers, what round of the draft (which theoretically starts in round 7) do you start thinking Jo-Fer?

  21. Jhan23 says:
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    Hey Grey
    I was recently going over your auction values… I am wondering what dollar budget these ranks are based on?

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Jhan23: the standard 260.

      • Jhan23 says:
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        ok that’s what I figured…My league is a budget of$300 any idea what the math would be to add to each value? more at the top and keep the bottom guys the same or split the extra 40 across the roster? @Crapshoot Kershaw:

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @Jhan23: multiply numbers shown for 260$ leagues (like here) by 300/260, so an increase of 15.3846154%.

        • Nick says:
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          @Jhan23:
          The simple math is: Grey’s value * 1.2

          The complicated math is when you have to figure how each opponent weighs value with more to spend.

          I.e. they might inflate value substantially in the first 2-3 rounds and have it normalize after that.

  22. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey , thanks for your articles as always.

    Keepers: Stanton & Abreu, I may draft..
    1) Rendon + Dickerson/Brantley + Frazier
    2) Donaldson + Dickerson/Brantley + Cespedes
    3) Desmond + Dickerson/Brantley + Longoria

    Please rank options for me. Thanks.

  23. the swinging says:
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    Hank took a rip at that one, but the ump already made the call…

  24. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered Adam Jones for Fielder and Steve Pearce. Must accept right? Kinda worried that I could be undervaluing pearce.

    c kurt suzuki
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    3b evan longoria
    ss ian desmond
    lf justin upton
    cf austin jackson
    rf steve pearce
    util prince fielder
    bn kris bryant bn bryon buxton bn carl crawford bn dalton pompey bn jose peraza

    sp garret richards
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    rp jacob degrom
    rp jordan walden
    p hyun jin ryu p jake odorizzi bn tanner roark bn wily peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: I’d take Jones

      • ryan says:
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        @Grey: Cool I just accepted the offer for Jones. Now I am without a RF. I am thinking of making a minor trade. Maybe target Jayson Werth. Would you advice to trade Austin Jackson and Jose Peraza for Werth? Nelson Cruz is another player I am thinking of going after by offering those exact same two players.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Cruz there

  25. Carnac says:
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    Has Danny Espinosa’s new mustache been acknowledged yet here on razzball dot com?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Now I’m curious

          • Carnac says:
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            *adjusts Top 400*

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Holy schnikeballs! I’ve never been so attracted to a man before… *gets #1 pick, bypasses Trout for Espinosa*

              • Carnac says:
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                See you later guys, I have some mock drafts to go ruin/improve.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He looks like he’s wearing my dead nana’s mink stole on his face.

                  • Carnac says:
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                    He looks like he spits salt water through that thing and feasts on the plankton.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      His face looks like Phyllis Diller’s cooter.

  26. dk says:
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    What would be your strategy for catchers in a 10-team, 2-catcher auction league? Last few years I’ve spent $15 on Salvador Abuelita and $1 on a flyer. Works sometimes, failed miserably last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do a similar strategy

  27. Teddy Heater says:
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    Finally did my first draft last night, I was supposed to have an earlier one, but Tehol had some shizz hit the fan and had to postpone. It was my first Razzball baseball draft, so it was a bit of a mind f**k going against guys that read “The Truth” I’m a little light on Offense (which is opposite of my usual drafts), but I couldn’t pass up the Starters when the were just sitting there round after round, here’s what I got, Thoughts?

    C-S Perez 237
    1b-Crush 52
    2b-Dozier 76
    3b-Arenado 28
    SS-D Santana 124
    2b/SS-Lawrie 213
    1b/3b-Headley 165
    OF-Stanton 4
    OF-Upton 21
    OF-Pence 45
    OF-Tomas 100
    OF-Pederson 148
    Util-Vargas 220
    B-Schoop 292

    P-Samardzija 69
    P-Iwakuma 93
    P-Teheran 117
    P-Richards (141) Hosmer got drafted 2 picks before and I hit the panic button
    P-Hughes 172
    P-Latos 189
    P-Shoemaker 196
    P-Giles 244
    P- Aa Sanchez 261
    B-Romo 268
    B-O’day 285

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look light on average and potentially speed… Your pitching looks totally fine… Not a bad draft overall

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Yeah, that’s usually my teams MO, for some reason I fail to look at avg. I’ll hit the books and see what I can tweak for some mid draft bags and avg.

  28. J-FOH says:
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    What perfect timing for a catcher post. I had a real head scratcher last night in the RCL draft I had. I selected Yan Gomes with pick 236. What was surprising was that Grandal (218), deArnaud (223), Rosario (222) and Molina (229) all went before him. In fact I had to decide between him and Sal “don’t you talk bad about my Abuelita” Perez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a head scratcher in a good way

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: both heads…hey now!

        Teddy Heater was in that draft

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s my BFF

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: you have more BFF’s than a west hollywood hair dresser

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Jeffrey from Supercuts? He’s super friendly!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Totes! Totes!

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @J-FOH: I was going to take Gomes in that same round you did last night J-FOH, endedup getting McCann at end, so not too much difference. Side note, how did I end up with Kershaw and Bautista?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @The Great Knoche:alcohol? I kid, positional needs took over way to early for my tastes. There is a bit of a difference between McCann and Gomes, but considering what went before was cray. Grandal was the 5th catcher off the board? WTF!

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  @J-FOH: Agreed, lot of roster filling. I was just shocked,as Kershaw hadnt fallen that far in any draft I had done, or NFBC draft rankings. His low was 9 in NFBC. I didnt want to take a pitcher at 10, but couldnt really pass him up.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @The Great Knoche: I don’t blame you, i just went with my standard RCL strategy with a few tweeks. I had three players auto draft when i didn’t have auto draft set up. ESPN knows I talk a lot smack about them and finally gave me payback.

                    • The Great Knoche says:
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                      @J-FOH: Sure it wasnt that alcohol thing you had mentioned earlier?

  29. Dave says:
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    Santana is not C eligible in ESPN leagues at the moment. Any chance he catches enough games to regain that eligibility? I currently have Santana, Votto and Donaldson as CIs in my keeper league, but obviously Santana would be much more valuable if he qualified at catcher.

    Pipe dream?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Feels like a pipe dream

  30. centerfield_ballhawk says:
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    I’m going to Reggie Roby the shiz out of the catcher position this year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  31. Jollyroger says:
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    In a 10 team h2h points keeper league. Keep 2, I’m using one on altuve round 12 and then I have cueto round 10, iwakuma round 14 and ventura round 20. Who would you pick? I’m assuming cueto, just wanted other opinions. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto

  32. Carnac says:
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    Btw, love this post. I’m infinitely more excited about the $1 I’ve budgeted for catcher than the $22 I’ve budgeted for SS/2B/MI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe take 22 $1 catchers instead?

  33. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Love you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Muah!

  34. FrankGrimes says:
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    if you was stashing one rookie this year
    who it would be?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pederson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or you mean a guy that won’t even break camp with the club?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Then Bryant

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        either way. we can keep one rook every year.
        I took springer hella late last year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Pederson unless your 3B is crap… What does steeping juices mean?

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            there is a shit ton ways people do it
            but If I have a juice I think isnt flavorful enough
            I put them on top of my router for a day or two for warmth
            then I put them in a drawer for a week or two
            that seems to bring out the flavors

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh yeah? Never heard of that… So basically just warm it up a little over an extended period of time?

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                yea basically
                people throw em in the glove box in a car or
                Shake it up everyday or
                open the bottle for 15 minutes Haha
                peeps be crazy but I have noticed a difference with some juices

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Players gonna vape, vape, vape vape…Shake it up! I’m pretty lazy with vaping but maybe I’ll put them in the sun

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:
                    Hehe
                    give it a test and see if you can tell the diff
                    I wouldn’t leave it directly in the sun tho
                    but somewhere warm

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Getting conflicted reports from you and FoH, right now they’re sitting in a dank cabinet

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: sometimes, warming can be bad depending on the juice, safest way is to take the top off or at least leave the dropper loose on top and put it up on a shelf, preferably dark and let it chill for a few weeks to a month. The colored juices will get darker and really bring out flavors that weren’t present before. A lot of juice makers put dates when they were created on them so you know. Some even pre steep, it just depends on how well their product moves and how they plan themselves out.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah, interesting… I think I’ve might’ve been steeping inadvertently…Cause some of my shizzes are just sitting in a cabinet for months

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:
                    think of it as aging instead!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, like a scotch in a barrel

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      there are a few makers who age the juice in whiskey barrels

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: the key is getting some air in there. Warm steep is fine too, I just prefer the other way more.

                    I left a 60 mil my buddy who is a maker gave me in my car for a month after I had previously opened a few times and the depth of flavor is crazy good.

                    Oh and if you like anything by Villain Vapor, which I don’t, let me know. My buddy you met, the one with the head like a pumpkin is super tight with the owner of that company and gets the mad crazy hook up.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t know companies, I might like Villain Vapor…If they have fruity flavors, I definitely do! I hear ya on steeping, it’s basically letting some liquid evaporate to let the flavor get more intense…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Villain has been around a long time and is one of the bigger LA based companies. They have been in shops you go to. BTW, I finally got around to trying that juice you gave me and it was nasty

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nasty bad? Weird…They supposedly won some contest… Oh well… Give it back!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I will, it didnt taste right in one of my tanks, will give it one more try in a different tank and try different settings.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Gotcha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      every time I get a Gotcha I”m cueing up the gotcha dancers

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Gotcha

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      don’t push it Albright

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hehe

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Im trying to get that red licorice flavor before this weekend but the damn store by my house is lagging

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I have a red licorice flavor that isn’t very good

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      is it called Carnage?

  35. JeF With 1 F says:
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    CRAM!!!! I hope this post didn’t hospitalize him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

    • Cram It says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: The post won’t. But the comments might!

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: Ha …Truth

  36. Jimmy says:
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    7×7/ H2H/ 3 keeper 12 teams

    -Batters: Runs, RBIs, HR, Doubles Ave, Steals – Negative Category: Strikeouts

    -Pitchers: Wins, QS, Strikeouts, ERA, Whip, Saves – Negative Category: HRs

    -Keepers: A. Jones, EE, Rizzo -Get to keep four next year.

    Have second pick who do I draft?

    Carlos Gomez, Hanley Ramirez, Nolan Arenado, Cory Kluber, or Greinke?

    SPs kept by others: Sale, Strasburg, Darvish, Price, Kershaw, King Felix, Bumgarner, Scherzer,

    • Jimmy says:
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      @Jimmy:
      By the way thanks for my cup of Grey a day.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez, Arenado

  37. JAL says:
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    Grey (ant others), sorry if this is the wrong place for this discussion, but was just coming for some advice. I have been playing in yahoo “pro” leagues for quite some time (i am used to their scoring, lay-out, it’s all i know, etc.). Their “pro” leagues aren’t up yet and I have heard rumblings that they might not even have any…do you anything about this? Might you recommend another space for a 12-team mixed, 5×5, 1 catcher, no MI or CI paid league? Thanks a lot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Have no idea, sorry… My paid leagues are CBS, but you have to buy the league, so might be cost prohibitive…

      • JAL says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the quick response. Hopefully someone else can provide some color. Appreciate it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  38. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Well its official…I’m moving out on the 15th, went and got an apartment yesterday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Downtown Port J? Did you already buy a lava lamp for the new place?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Ha yup downtown…good guess

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is Steve’s still there?

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Nope.. where was that…doesnt ring a bell

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Meh, it was 25 years ago, might be gone… My moms used to take me, it was an ice cream place

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Grey: There are two ice cream places down there…one of them is probably in the same spot as the one your thinking of

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Prolly, I’ll ask my mom, she’ll know…

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @JeF With 1 F:
      You know why divorce is so expensive?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @FrankGrimes: Shhh im trying to block that part out….

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: She gets $38,000 a year from me…amazing how much it costs to get the fuck away from somebody that drives you nuts

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @JeF With 1 F:
            Buy a Pax and bang some broad half your age
            you will feel better ;) Do it!
            but seriously that sucks bro Good luck

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @FrankGrimes: Thanks man…yeah it sucks, but i knew it was the right move when i heard that number and thought to myself …i can make that work.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ugh, that sucks

  39. Tommy R. says:
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    Hi Grey!

    1. You’re radical.
    2. I need some advice and since I won my league last year in large part thank to you, I figure I’d come back for seconds.

    H2H ESPN league. 14-teams. We use OBP instead of AVG.

    Keep 5. At least 1 has to be a pitcher.

    Bautista
    Beltre
    Braun
    Kemp
    Prince

    Sale
    Kluber
    Cueto
    Cobb

    What should I do oh mighty Grey? Should I roll the dice and keep more than 1 pitcher since Braun, Kemp and Prince are huge question marks? If not, which 5 would be the best foundation going into 2015?

    Thank you so much for your wisdom!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Thanks! 2. Kluber, Prince, Beltre, Bautista, Braun

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        If you wanted to go Sale over Prince, I could see it… Just don’t go nowhere SPs for a while

  40. Kenny says:
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    Got a offer
    I trade Puig, Max schuzer and my 3rd round pick
    I get Mccuchen and his 1st and 2nd round pick

    I have Darvish and Kershaw along with Springer. this is a 5 team keeper league. When Draft start I have the 8th, 10th, 11th adn 13th pick I figure I can get some good pitchers at that point

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

      • Kenny says:
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        @Grey: I figure Mccunchen and Max are wash Puig could take off but I think I can get more value with the 1st and 2nd pick instead of waiting for the 3rd round

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I say go for it

  41. booya says:
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    6X6 10 team H2H w/ K/9 & OPS

    Harper, Dickerson & Stroman or Trout?

    Gotta go with Trout right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

  42. Jack says:
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    With the Chris Sale news, keep him or MadBum for this year only?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale

  43. mvsean says:
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    AL only auction, I only pay $1 for catchers and take the money and overspend on a corner.

    My $1 Suzuki is a keeper. Don’t drag down my average and chip in a counting stat every now and then and I will love you forever!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  44. Luke says:
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    Hey Grey so I’ve got a ton of drafts picks this year but shakey keepers. I need to choose 5 players from the following to keep. Give me your top 5 please:
    Freeman
    Fielder
    Gordon
    Frazier
    Wong
    JD Martinez
    Homer Baily
    Zobrist
    Danny Salazar
    Stroman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman, Frazier, Wong, Stroman, Gordon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Assuming Dee Gordon

      • Luke says:
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        @Cram It: the @Grey: Alex Gordon from royals. And stroman over fielder? Didn’t expect that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luke: Fielder over Gordon

  45. I am the Walrus says:
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    Keeper help – 10 team – 5 keepers, $260 Auction
    I’m keeping – Altuve-$16, Dickerson – $5, Abreau – $17
    Pick 2 out of the following:
    Sandoval- $8
    JUpton-$18
    Betts – $5
    Soler – $5

    • I am the Walrus says:
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      Opps also – Teheran – $8 and Archer – $4.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton, Soler

  46. FrankGrimes says:
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    Podcast!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bam! Go give JB some love

  47. job3rd says:
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    Although, I’m signed up for an RCL league already, I wanted set up another league that is slightly less maintenance. The particulars are: 10-team, weekly H2H, weekly roster set (not daily), standard 5X5 mixed, snake (with 3 keepers-kept 1 year- beginning next year, as long as they are drafted after round 5 this year), no trades and a bench between 6 and 12-deep pending a majority-rule vote: between 0 and 3 free agent moves/week. I”ll take the first 3 to sign up. Email: johnobrien3rd(at)yahoo Thanks!

  48. CL says:
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    I’ve owned Ramos for a couple of years now (dynasty league). I’ve got Blake Swihart stashed. Do you think I can safely get off the Ramos Train towards the end of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Likely

  49. Reilljt0 says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Looking for some help on my keepers in a Yahoo 14 team standard 5×5 roto. Each team starts with $260 prior to our auction draft and we can keep a maximum of 3 guys. Here are my options along with $$ required to keep them (Average of 2014 draft and 2015 projected value). Which 3 would you keep?

    -Adam Jones: $38.5
    -Eric Hosmer: $12.5
    -Kolten Wong: $5.5
    -Josh Donaldson: $22
    -Michael Brantley: $15
    -AJ Pollock: $1
    -Gregory Polanco: $1
    -Alex Wood: $8
    -Mike Fiers: $1

    Pick three! Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong, Donaldson, Brantley

  50. Nico says:
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    You and Sky making me feel just daaaaaaaaandy about my Goldy pick 4th overall in NFBC. I feel okay about him though bc it seems like he didn’t have his rehab roll over into his winter workouts. We shall see… Top-13 in ADP pretty much went as expected, aside from F-Her.

    • Nico says:
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      @Nico: Wow, that kinda translates to, “You guys made me question my pick, but I don’t really care what you think!” What a dick! Not what I meant of course, haha.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha… Are you in my league?

        • Nico says:
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          @Grey: I am. Currently, my team has the really clever name of “Team Kern.” We must have went in the same direction with our team names, who knew!? Seth blue-ballin the FUG outta me right now tho. Somebody’s gotta get that man’s attention!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Nico: Nice! I’m glad there are some familiar faces in there.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ah, after the Kern Juices, nice! I’m taking Wong next

            • Nico says:
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              @Grey: R4pe! You mean you’re taking Wong sometime between the hours of 12-6 pm EST? Brutal.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha… Yeah, painful when it slows up…

                • Nico says:
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                  @Grey: Wait a minute, Wong over Nolan “Don’t call me Ryan” Arenado? Or are you expecting NA to be off the board?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Arenado better be off the board by 15 otherwise I’m calling BS and shutting down our league

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: Ha! By the turn? Get out of here.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You’re up, pick!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, you took who I was gonna take

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: I just got home fool! Take your stinkin’ Arenado!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t go out until we’re finished with this

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: Haha. I am ecstatic with getting him. I was holding my breath the hold ride home. And I was coming home from work, TYVM.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, solid grab, definitely would’ve took him…

                    • The Great Knoche says:
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                      @Grey: Donaldson was going to be mine as well. Hopefully I can repay the favor next time through.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      What team are you?

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: Well I did want E5 so consider us even, Knoche.

                      And why the hell can’t I reply directly to you?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You are replying to me, no?

                    • The Great Knoche says:
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                      @Grey: RBI’d For her Pleasure

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Edwin and Harper, nice… Looks sexier than Jones and Hanley at this point…

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: Yeah from your Areando comment off of Nico’s. There’s no “reply” link after a certain amount of messages deep.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah…Not sure, I comment on the backend of the site unless someone doesn’t give me enough info to infer then I have to hunt their comment

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Maybe because after Arenando there’s nothing else to say

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yeah, it closes up on the front end of the site fairly quickly.

  51. Sky

    Sky says:
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    And Kershaw hangs until pick 12 in my NFBC. Didn’t think that would happen, pretty shocked. Bodes well on maybe getting a good arm at the 2/3 round turn, though.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: what pick slot did you get?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        #2

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: who did you take?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Goldy

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Sky:
      what pick u have ?
      will you post the final board somewhere?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I’ll try to do something similar to what Grey/Rudy did last year at the very least. I had pick 2.

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Sky:
          Cool
          I should have singed up ha

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Yeah, this should be fun. It’s my first NFBC. Talk to me in round 43 when I’m taking the backup shortstop for the Astros and maybe my mind changes.

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              @Sky:
              That’s exactly why I hesitated besides being in multiple leagues already

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                You have 8 hours to wait on your pick so you have time to research at the tail end. It’s not so bad, really. I like deep leagues but admittedly, this is the biggest I’ve been in.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                This league is actually easy once the draft’s over…There’s no waivers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Villar’s going before that

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                DAH!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Went 8th in mine, I took Jones

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Nice, Jones just went 13th. Poor man’s McCuth, twas a good pick.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He feels safe…Rudy took Bautista 11th in his, terrible pick!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, I could see that. It becomes very much a PA and age game with who to pick this early. Adam Jones plays a season like he’s a first baseman in terms of games played. It’s kinda nuts.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I can tell you’re trying to jinx me and me and Mr. Jones… He won’t have any injury going on… Stop trying to jinx, not cool.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  She’s the original hipster, and your jinxies won’t work on me. I’m wearing a garlic necklace…. BTW, went to the korean BBQ place last night that I took you… So(ju) good!

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Oh God, I’m eating spaghetti right now. It’s really good! But you ruined it…I want some bul-go-gi!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      BTW, we’re stalled at pick 2.06 right now. Some nice plays still left and the only pitcher gone is Kershaw. Getting itchy Razzball trigger finger on not taking an ace despite everything in me telling me to do so.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      If someone holds it up for too long, you can ping them…That’s what I did earlier… Under League menu, there’s a list of emails under email owners

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I might. It’s weird, EVERYONE is online, no one is drafting. Do wish the draft board made noise, might be the problem for us working folk who bury the browser behind our email.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, once I pinged them they were in the draft room in two minutes… Sometimes that’s exactly what happens…People are online just don’t know it’s their turn… It’s a fine line though, sometimes people are at work and are like, “Your email just got me fired, thanks.”

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Hrm, I can’t find the ‘ping, you’re fired’ button.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      For real, though, I don’t see where I can ping a co-drafter.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It was so awesome, even if Cougs only ate veggies and embarrassed me

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Only eating veggies at a Korean BBQ…maaaaan, I’m a way better date than that! Did you have her grill the kimchi? So effin good…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      She didn’t even get the veggies spicy, asked for them clean! What?! DOES?! THAT?! MEAN?!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yeah, no kidding. There’s no such things as clean veggies at a restaurant! I mean, do YOU wash your hands every time you cook?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: PARK!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Gah, I was hoping E5 fell one more spot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry Susan Boyle… You have my 2nd choice…I almost took him…

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Ha. Going “Full Boyle” comes from when Detective Boyle goes overboard way too early with a woman he’s excited about and gets all clingy off the bat. Samberg tries to reign him in by reminding him with things like “You’re going Full Boyle again!”

            Ah, that’s comforting. Was only mildly considering anyone else there.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, nice

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        who else did you consider?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gomez

  52. JB says:
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    Grey do you have an auction strategy post? if not how do you approach these drafts??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do, I’ll post it in the next few days…Good podcast today, JB!

  53. titsmcgee says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Sorry if this was covered already, but what spot would you prefer to draft from in a 12 team redraft? Would you rather draft from the 5th or 10th spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      5th

  54. OneI'dWilly says:
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    In a tough spot. I sold off most good keeper assets to make some money last year (it worked).
    10 Team 5×5 NL Only Roto
    One Each 1B, 2B, Ss, 3B, Two Catcher, 4 OF, 1 corner, 1 middle, 1 Utility, 5 SP, 4 RP. No bench weekly lineups only.

    $260 budget I can keep up to 8, but don’t have to keep any.

    Justin Upton OF | SD $36
    Madison Bumgarner SP | SF $36
    Jay Bruce OF | CIN $33
    Kenley Jansen RP | LAD $29
    Matt Carpenter 2B,3B | STL $25
    Curtis Granderson OF | NYM $21
    Michael Morse 1B,OF | MIA $18
    Johnny Cueto SP | CIN $14
    Jimmy Rollins SS | LAD $10
    Mark Melancon RP | PIT $7
    Welington Castillo C | CHC $5
    DJ LeMahieu 2B | COL $5
    Yasmani Grandal 1B,C | LAD $1
    Brandon Crawford SS | SF $1
    Tony Watson RP | PIT $1
    Derek Dietrich 2B | MIA $1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto, Rollins, Melancon, Grandal Upton, Bum…Last 2 are obviously not great prices, but in NL-Only I’d suck it up

      • OneI'dWilly says:
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        @Grey: Awesome thanks. You take any issue with me floating Bumgardner out there as trade bait?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  55. JB says:
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    with gattis penciled in as OF does his value rise bc he won’t be sitting like most C do

    • Grey

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      He still needs to not get injured

  56. Bocephus says:
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    Not Catcher related, but who wins this trade in a 10-team keeper?

    Rd 2 Kershaw & Rd 7 Goldschmidt for Rd 18 Trout

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

  57. goodfold2 says:
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    leaguesafe just got back to me, they did not just aquire SportsVault, the company they just aquired was named FantasySportsVault. So when did SportsVault stop being a Razzball sponsor (they appear defunct now, or at least don’t reply to emails)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was at least over a year ago

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i incorrectly thought i remembered Nick pressing them during this past year’s football season, guess it must’ve been 2 football seasons ago.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think it was two

  58. Alex says:
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    If I own Moss, should i roster david murphy right now in case he isnt ready for opening day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I guess, but you can prolly find someone better than Murphy

  59. Sky

    Sky says:
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    So we’re still sitting at pick six of round two. Six hours to make about 20 picks. I was excited for my NFBC to start. I’m now already getting excited for it to end…if it ever will.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, goes in ebbs and flows… Some days are better than others… First few days aren’t usually good because people aren’t used to checking in… Sometimes you can bang out two+ rounds in a day, that’s a good day from what I remember…

      • Sky

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        The worst part is I’m 100% certain the flow is gonna come while I’m flying on Thursday and Monday and I’ll have to hear about it. I’m really intrigued to see how the rest of round 2 plays out with pitching. And of course I’m joking, I’m having fun.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it just drives me a little nuts when I want to draft and it takes 12 hours for my turn… Or the 2nd most frustrating thing is when the guy three before you has to draft and you go to bed to wake up and see you have 5 minutes left and everyone’s mad at you…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            There should be an hour or hours that the draft shuts off for a time. Watch out for Seth! That dude is like up till 3 or 4 am.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It does give 8 hours between picks and if you know you’re going to be sleeping then you can queue up 3 or so picks to autodraft while you’re sleeping, but sometimes you just don’t know you’re going to be sleeping when it’s your turn…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                So we’re talking about passing out in a fast food restaurant bathroom in a way, I see…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, or sometimes you just don’t think there’s any way it gets back to you… Happens more for left coast people I think

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Woohoo, got my 2nd pick…

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    I’m playing basketball tonight. I’m pretty sure I’ll be the night cap if I get my 2nd round pick at all. I hate autopicking or setting it too far ahead. Doesn’t all me to play the room and the room in drafts like this is important.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Well, if you know you’re going to take Donaldson, Hanley or Arenado, for instance and there’s three guys ahead of you, it doesn’t hurt to auto-pick for for one round… That’s an option… I took Hanley 2nd, btw

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m all about not breaking the cycle. These turds make me suffer, I make them suffer.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I like don’t love Hanley this year. I’m hoping Puig keeps drifting, Harper is already gone. Or maybe J-Up floats to me.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t love going SS early but hopefully he gets motivated for an entire season for once

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Hanley is a living, breathing demotivational poster. It would really depend on who’s there for me in the second whether I’d look his way. I still have faith I’ll see someone I want who isn’t him when my time comes.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I wish 1B didn’t look so bad at the end of the 2nd

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      You now understand a little why I liked Goldy over Stanton at the very least.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Hanley is a worthless turd that picks and chooses when he wants to put any effort into it. Maybe papi will kick his ass early and he’ll do something for you

  60. Matt says:
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    Better keeper-$6 Gattis or $23 Crush?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crush

  61. Luke says:
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    Alex Gordon from royals. And stroman over fielder huh? Still keep alex Gordon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should comment on your original comment so I can see what you’re talking about without searching

  62. J-FOH says:
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    Magoo makes a splash on Twitter and yet isn’t on Twitter, I hate him a little right now.

  63. Cram It says:
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    Before you go to sleep, do you queue up a bunch of players and set to autodraft? Or set up your queue and not autodraft, so if it happens to be your turn when you wake up, you can make a real-time decision?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: later on in draft I will cue up some overnight to keep it moving, but right now I want to see whats going on with all picks. I just try and stay up until I know I wont have to make a pick overnight. I get up at 5:30 AM central time so if I have to make a pick most others will be sleeping anyway and I wont be making them wait too long hopefully.

      • Cram It says:
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        @The Great Knoche: yeah I wouldn’t have a problem with queuing up later on. But I don’t want to chance bungling the early rounds because I was sleeping. Thanks man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was saying to Sky above… If it’s about three picks or less to my pick, I might queue up three picks and autodraft just one round…

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Gotcha. Thank you. It should be reasonable not to expect a lot of action between, say, midnight and 6 a.m. on weekdays.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, likely not

  64. John says:
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    How would you grade me sending David Wright for Matt Carpenter in 5×5 roto CBS roster dynasty? I have Kris Bryant coming.

    A. Carpenter will be better going forward
    B. Even
    C. Dont Trade Wright for Carpenter

    Thanks man

  65. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in that league where i have all the players all season at my disposal that are currently on CLE/CIN/NYY i got a bite to trade from my ridiculously strong catcher surplus to help my obviously ugly MI/2B dearth (having to use both phillips/didi in starting roles, eck). Are all of D.Santana/Dozier/Alexi Ram good enough for Gomes? I could of course put one of my crappy MI back with Gomes for the higher ranked Dozier/Alexi Ram. I would still have McCann/Mesoraco in the 2 C slots and C-Sant in case of injury (playing 3rd or 1st till then)

  66. Alan says:
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    If I am speculating on saves plus good ratios, do you want ziegler or farquar?

  67. david says:
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    Hey Grey!
    What do I make of Wilin Rosario?
    I waited last to get a catcher. I ended up with Vogt. Rosario is still out there. Should I get him instead? I’m worried about PT….

  68. brett says:
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    Would you keep McCann or d’Arnoud as your 2nd catcher in a keeper league? We start two catchers and already am keeping mesaraco

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