I’m not a total ass.  Partial?  Sure!  I have no problem with that.  With that said (here comes the ass part!), I have no sympathy for Josh Hamilton.  Everywhere you look you hear about how heartbreaking, sad, *searches Thesaurus.com for sympathetic word* it is that happened to Hamilton.  Light a candle for the literal manifestation of the prayers that you send out to him.  Put on If You’re Gone by Matchbox Twenty and picture Rob Thomas singing directly to Josh.  Go to your local package store and protest until they close on Sundays.  Do what you want, but you know what’s heartbreaking to me?  The fact that spring training starts and the baseball news that people are discussing is Hamilton running down the wrong foul lines.  Also, I feel like most of the sad emoticons that go out for him are generated because he believes in God, family and is white, especially the last one.  If he were non-white, there would be no sympathy from anyone.  A Josh Hamiltonguez would be released by his club and the public’s silence would be deafening.  Arizona would even consider building a fence to keep him out.  A Josh Hamiltonjackson would be vilified and there would be a criminal case opened with only the Reverend Al Sharpton standing by his side.  Torii Hunter would need to say something, because no one else is.  My advice for Hamilton is get some help, but stay away from Dr. Drew, because one out of three celebrities never make it out of Celeb Rehab.  Maybe at some point Hamilton can get past the crack and back to the crack of the bat, but I don’t have much hope for him this year and have adjusted my top 100 outfielders.  Anyway, here’s what else is going in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Michael Saunders – Nooooooooooooooo *puts oxygen mask on, takes a few deep breaths*  oooooooooooooooooooo *slams head into desk*  oooooooooooooo *opens window, jumps out, lands in giant Venus fly trap* oooooooooooooooo *dog pees on giant Venus fly trap that is digesting me*  ooooooooooooo!  But we had such high hopes!  Ugh, Saunders ran over a sprinkler and is now out until the All-Star break.  This is the worst sprinkler injury since a Sprinkles Cupcake employee informed a menopausal Roseanne Barr that they were out of chocolate.  I’ve removed Saunders from my top 40 outfielders and moved him in my top 400.  I would stash him on my DL, but he’d likely be the first drop once someone on my team was injured.

Johan Santana – Signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays.  To play left field?  Oh, to be their fifth starter.  The last year he pitched, he had a 4.85 ERA, then he had his 2nd major shoulder surgery that was supposed to end his career.  That was three years ago.  Yeah, that sounds awesome.  Ow, I just rolled my eyes while having brain freeze.  My eyes are now freezing!  Send for help!  Kidding.  I’m fine.

Adam Wainwright – Diagnosed with an abdominal strain.  The Cards said this is best case scenario.  I agree with them; I want people to draft Wainwright.  C’mon, let’s hear some more good news.  Adam, you have to have in you at least one, “I’ve never felt better,” or one, “I feel like I could win the Cy Young.”  Make people delusional to own you, please!

Lucas Duda – Strained oblique and won’t swing a bat for a week.  Not quite a dud, my dyslexic friends, and I haven’t yet moved him down my rankings, but if he’s not right by mid-March, he will be dropped.  If you’re drafting before mid-March, then he has some obvious risk.  Speaking of which (terrible segue alert!), there’s a Razzball Commenter draft this Saturday.  Go fill it up!

Francisco Rodriguez – Re-signed by the BrewersRyan Braun really petitioned hard for the Brewers to re-sign K-Rod because Braun has been having some problems with his father-in-law.  “I’m sick of doing the four questions at my in-laws’.  I’m not even the youngest!”  That’s Braun discussing his predicament with K-Rod.  Broxton loses the closer job, but he’ll continue being the envy of every white girl that wishes she had a bigger booty.   It’s not fair he gets all the trunk junk!  I’ve made adjustments for K-Rod and Broxton in the top 400.

Andrelton Simmons – Strained oblique.  Or as they say on Andrelton’s home planet, “Scursbeep mersboop.”  His scursbeep mersboop will likely be fine by the start of the season, but, if it’s not, the Braves can always turn to their third best hitter, Placeholder #3.

Everth Cabrera – Old news by now, but I didn’t want to stop offseason posts to just talk about EverCab.  He signed with the O’s the other day, which is whatever, meh, burp, but how it affects Schoop is my bigger concern.  I think EverCab will work all around the infield and live beside the ocean and leave the fire behind and swim out past the breakers and watch the world die.  But the O’s could do something stoopid and platoon EverCab with Schoop, so I lowered Schoop in the top 20 2nd basemen and added EverCab to the top 20 shortstops.

Yasmany Tomas – Bobbling balls left and right at 3rd base.  That sounds like a girl I dated in high school.  She used to wear this white-gold dress.  Or was it blue and black?

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Reilljt0
Reilljt0
7 years ago

Hi Grey,
Looking for some help on my keepers in a 14 team standard 5×5 roto. Each team starts with $260 prior to our auction draft and we can keep a maximum of three 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!

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
7 years ago

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 at that spot. There’s gotta be teams weak at catcher also.
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).

Simone
Simone
7 years ago

The Hamilton post is restarted…Don’t go all crazy because you don’t get the disease they call addiction….food, sex, drugs, and however many more people have out there….Do you think a fatass 700 lb person wants to look like they do? I mean, people are fucked up…we all have issues..some more severe than others but we all have them…I don’t understand why people just come down on him like he’s garbage…he got his shit together from smoking crack in a trailer regularly by himself to winning an MVP award…is that not important? Is that not overcoming his addiction???? People who deal with this never get over it or are ever cured….you think about it everyday…and he had a setback…at least he admitted to it…he’s not alone using daily again…people forget I guess where he was…mlb needs to understand suspending him would be the worst thing for this disease he has to deal with for the rest of his life…from what I read about former coaches and teammates is that he is a great person and they come no better than him….so lay off of the relapse end of his career bullshit…this guy beat the odds by getting to where he is…and I he didn’t get to where he’s at by being a terrible person…he’s embarrassed and humiliated by this and would give all the money in the world if he could go through a single day without thinking about drugs…everybody has slumps and bumps in life with addiction or something else…don’t act like you never have…and as crazy as it seems, these multi millionaire freak athletes are flawed human beings just like everyone else

Kyman
Kyman
7 years ago

Strategy Question: In a league that limits you to 7 starts per week, do you move up high end pitchers in your rankings?

My two keepers are Trout + Kershaw. Considering dangling Kershaw for a TOP 10 hitter.

fallex
fallex
7 years ago

Keeper / Trade question, I get to / have to keep 8 out of this (as essentially our first 8 picks, no limit to how long you can keep):
-J.Upton, A.Jones, Kershaw, Kluber, K.Bryant
-Kinsler, Reyes, A.Cobb
-Braun, Latos, Votto, D.Wright, Lucroy, K.Vargas, etc. (a bunch of other shiz)

So I had an offer I was really considering of Giancarlo for Kershaw. While I was pondertificating, he threw out Giancarlo/D.Gordon/DeGrom for Kershaw/Braun. I was planning on cutting bait on Braun anyway (the way I listed them above, was basically my keeper priority with Def, likely, not likely). I liked the idea of Gordon, because it basically makes Reyes expendable as two powerless guys are a deadend in this league. Also I would likely throwback Kinsler and keep DeGrom in the hope that last year was a turning point for him.

New wrinkle: he is now willing to trade Cueto, after he shored up more pitching. So should I offer Kershaw/Braun for Stanton/Cueto? Then I would keep Kinsler rather than gamble on DeGrom. Though Cueto staying healthy/good is a gamble in itself, though your projections make it seem like less of a gamble.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

And Now the John Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the John Lovitz Dancers!
7 years ago

first draft of the year done. 6 keepers OPS/hits/holds/QS 7X7 yahoo H2H 16 team league. I’ll list my keepers as if i drafted them in first 6 rounds, since their ADP’s actually do work with this. I traded the first pick after keepers (7th round) for upton and 19th round last year. Doing this made me miss Wong/Arrieta/Shark by less than 6 picks each, which sucked. i was planning on grabbing wong and one of the SP. I completely punted 2B after this, as no 2B looked worth their ADP after that, and was pretty sure (certain, the way i played it) i was getting jose ram at end. Could’ve went Odor or Owings a few rounds earlier.
C – zunino (321)
1B – goldy (1)
2B- jose ram (352)
SS – alexi ram (128)
3B – arenado (33)
OF – upton (32)
OF – soler (64)
OF – ozuna (96)
util – pollock (225, needed steals more, so went him over avisail…)
util – avisail (252… and got him later anyway)
BN – sano (291, he’ll get NA soon)
SP- cobb (65)
SP -carrasco (129)
SP – liriano (151)
SP – shoemaker (192)
SP – hutchison (256)
SP keuchel (289, fell way lower than you have him ranked)
SP – heaney (320)
RP – street (150)
RP – mcgee (224)
RP – cecil (257, this dude simply should not be here)
RP -watson (288, also should not be here this late)
RP -kelvin (353, went him over walden, yr player rater really doesn’t like walden)

War room says i’m only at 116 out of 143 steals goal, but Rudy’s recent post says only 123 for 16 team yahoo’s with 10 starting hitters is fine. How’s it look?

And Now the John Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the John Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: some teams clearly went bench bat heavy, best bat that’s free agent (i’ll probably grab 1 BN bat when Sano gets NA’d) is plouffe.

Jay
Jay
7 years ago

Not sure if my pitching will be goid enough unless I catch some breaks. My first RCL, Is this staff good enough (I’m thinking a lot of in srason tweaks, I’ll have to be on top waivers)
Kimbrel arrieta tanaka (oops, this was an f up) storen Rodney McCarthy rondon pineda Paxton shoemaker. Greene Carlos Martinez.

Offense should be ok. Not in love with my OF though
M. Montero. Muggy rendon Arenado. Alexii Ramirez dannys Antana Frazier pence Hayward pollock Cain Byrd Headley

Thoughts?

Jay
Jay
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: @Grey: I picked ninth. I messed up on the tanaka pick for sure. Well see how he fares. If he goes the first wsinwright route I’ll be fine if he Matt Harvey’s it I’ll have an extra streamer spot and be hoping others take a step forward.

Bennythejet
Bennythejet
7 years ago

Would MIguel Cabrera be higher in your rankings if he were 3rd base eligible? If so, where would he move to?

Tony
7 years ago

Hate posting here BUT my RCL needs a few owner ($75 buy in using league safe) & my long time running (12-13 years?) h2h league needs one more owner ($100 buy in, using league safe again)

If interested in either or both email me at [email protected] yahoo.com

TONY

goodfold2
goodfold2
7 years ago

hey Grey, do you know if that middle man money holder site SportsVault that Razzball used to be sponsored by is still existent and safe? I want to ask around before i decide on this one over LeagueSafe, as leaguesafe is well known, but SportsVault has no rake (so you lose no money either going in or out)

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: that’s why i asked, since they didn’t respond to emails. Are you saying they are currently not in use since they just got bought?

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
7 years ago

@goodfold2: when’s the last time you remember that they were valid? I’m guessing during when Nick used to mention them as a sponsor, so no earlier than Nov 28th or so they may have still worked.

That One Guy
That One Guy
7 years ago

Hey Grey, finishing up a 10 team H2H 6×6 league draft. Were about to enter the 16th round. Still have yet to nab a catcher. One utility spot left. Here is how my team is shaking out. Looking for advice for players or ideas on how to finish this team.

C- (empty) (I’m looking at Zunino or Arnaud here)
1B – Pujols
2B – Wong
3B – Arenado
SS – HRam
IF – Chris Davis
OF – Adam Jones
OF – Jose Bautista
OF – Wil Myers
Util – Hosmer
Util – (empty)
BN – Pederson
(3 more bench spots here)

SP – Zimmerman
SP – G Cole
SP – A Wood
SP – Cashner
RP – Cody Allen
RP – Storen
3 pitcher slots available as well

Thanks for any help!

That One Guy
That One Guy
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

I went Pineda and now I’m looking at Avisail, Hahn, Miller, Walker, Fiers because I get more excited about the upside than I did when I realized your mustache popped in to respond to some posts this mornin (but not by much)…

kyle
kyle
7 years ago

Need help

Keeper League
Budget: $326
7 keepers 1 NA

My players and their costs:
Cole $6
Cobb $11
Smardjza $18
Gio $21
Lirano $12
Stroman $1
Miller $11
Keuchel $1
Volquez $1
(NA) Lucas gilioto $1

Goldy $40
Kinsler $35
Arenado $1
Yelich $6
Heyward $17
Werth $1
Machado $11
Polanco $1
Bogaerts $6
Ramos $15
(NA) Addison Russell $1
Vargas $1
Alcantra $1

Obviously Arenado & Goldy… but who else?

Bennythejet
Bennythejet
7 years ago

5×5 weekly league
Which set of 3 players is the best option

1) Kershaw and Cano/Tulo and Upton/Harper…or
2) M. Cabrera and Upton/Harper and Straburg/Price…or
3) McCutchen and Upton/Harper/Tulo and Straburg/Price

TheMuppetManiac
TheMuppetManiac
7 years ago

My keeper draft is tomorrow. I decided to keep Adam Jones, Jose Bautista, Jake Arrieta (since I get him in the llast round) and Victor Martinez (I’m getting him in the 14th round, so I think he’s worth the risk. The leauge also counts walks and Ks, so he can be useful.)

I’m thinking of taking Pujlos with my first pick. I don’t want to take a pitcher with my first pick, like Greinke or Zimmermann. I’ll probably have to pick between Puljos, Pence, Carlos Gonzalez, Braun or Longoria. I think Pujlos is my best bet. It locks me up at 1st. And then I’ll go for a 3B with my next pick.

TheMuppetManiac
TheMuppetManiac
Reply to  TheMuppetManiac
7 years ago

@TheMuppetManiac:
I’m also keeping Jose Altuve.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
7 years ago

glad I missed the brouhaha yesterday.
damn peeps be sensitive

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  FrankGrimes
7 years ago

@FrankGrimes:

Why would you ever want to miss a brouhaha?!

We can probably fire this bitch back up, no problem. Just say the word.

and…

GRIMEY!

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Kid A
7 years ago

@Kid A: i like how he “knew” all about yr life. Grey spews “white hating politics” from pointing out discrepancies in hamilton/different race groups, but when using public transport is somehow construed as in insult he’s somehow not guilty of insane babling racism himself.

Regan
Regan
7 years ago

Did my first draft at Yahoo. It’s almost too easy using your rankings. Can’t believe the value for hitters late in the draft. Ended up drafting 4 bench bats. I know you preach not to draft bench bats who else would i put there? Got 4 SP, 3 closers and 2 stud set up men. Plan to stream the 5th pitcher spot. Suppose i could have drafted one more SP but i like having the sleepers on the bench. I always try to draft my team using the draft differencials between your rankings and Yahoo rankings. Tell me what you think of this team. Thanks!

C Travis d’Arnaud
1B José Abreu
2nd Anthony Rendon
3rd Kyle Seager
SS Alexei Ramirez
OF Justin Upton
OF Corey Dickerson
OF Marcell Ozuna
Util Chris Davis
Util Leonys Martín
BN Xander Bogaerts Bos – 3B,SS
BN Yasmani Tomás Ari – 3B,OF
BN Wil Myers SD – OF
BN Avisail García CWS – OF

SP Hisashi Iwakuma Sea –
SP Jeff Samardzija CWS –
RP Huston Street LAA –
RP Fernando Rodney Sea –
P Zack Wheeler NYM – SP
P Mike Fiers Mil – SP
P Wade Davis KC – RP
P LaTroy Hawkins Col –
BN Brad Boxberger TB

OtisNixonLovedRaines'Rocks
OtisNixonLovedRaines'Rocks
7 years ago

What up @grey
It’s your kosher cousin

“Quick” dynasty league question.
I will spare you my usual pun heavy humor….hey….on that note……Big Pun<Big Papi?
Lng poopy story shorty I took over a #$%^ show of a dynasty team and I have Felix on my team at $40

Budget is essentially $290 for roster players
Rotisserie 6×6 (OPS and quality starts)
I am keeping Rizzo-$15, Puig-$10, Odor-$1, Wong-$10
Then I am keeping some rosterable guys just to take space like Garret jones/Juan Lagares/Moreland/Van Slizzy et al….
I have Felix at $40 Collmenter at $1

Essentially with a starting roster of 14 offensive guys and a forced 7 SP on my starting roster is Felix worth $40?

Or do I just let him flush back into the pool with Clayton and try my luck(I hate not knowing these guys bidding habits being so new)

Thanks for trying to understand my questuon as usual @grey

I confuse myself…so hot it's schmaltz

Kershaw is avail to draft

I love You Wong Time
I love You Wong Time
7 years ago

Hey Grey,
Need to decide if I’m going to forego my MiLB draft and hold these guys. Would you drop any of these guys and roll the dice on the draft or hold and keep them on my farm?

Travis D’Arnaud – C
Danny Hultzen – SP – Mariners
Jackie Bradley – Bos
Michael A Taylor OF – WAS

I love You Wong Time
I love You Wong Time
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:
Wish i could answer that…really any new up and coming prospects, Cubans and guys drafted this year. Essentially take baseball America’s top 2015 guys, scrap 2/3’s of them and thats our draft.

Matt
Matt
7 years ago

I have

Perez, Norris at C
Edwin, Abreu, Ortiz for 1B, CI, UT
Howie at 2B
Rollins Starlin at SS
A Gordon, Moss, Revere, Pagan, Rios, T Hunter at OF
Ryan Flaherty for IF bench

In 5×5 roto 15 team CBS roster dynasty, will eric young have enough value to be worth rostering in a league like this?

Thanks

JJ
JJ
7 years ago

Hey grey,
12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league(we keep 10).
I could use some more starting pitching depth and/or another closer. I could use a backup 2b in case BAEZ flops. A solid bench bat is needed too. Maybe a little more speed?
Who would you grab here?
Best available bats
A.GARCIA
O.ARCIA
A.EATON
K.DAVIS
J.MORNEAU
S.PEARCE
N.CASTELLANOS
J.GYORKO
P.ALVAREZ

Best available SP are
N.EOVALDI
E.SANTANA
S.MILLER
C.MARTINEZ
J.PEAVY
S.GREENE
J.LACKEY
B.CECIL is still out there as well

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

SP-M.BUMGARNER
SP-C.KLUBER
SP-C.HAMELS
RP-A.CHAPMAN
RP-H.RONDON
P-G.COLE
P-D.SMYLY
P-D.SALAZAR
P-J.FERNANDEZ(DL)

Thanks again

farcus
farcus
7 years ago

your greyness,

in a h2h points league i have keeper questions they “cost” the draft pick of the round they were drafted in last year.

I have to keep one of these:

Pujols – rd 2
Greinke – rd 3
Cobb – rd 4
Samardzija – rd 5

AND I have to keep 4 of these:

Chris Davis – rd 6
Justin Upton – rd 9
Yelich – rd 10
Arenado – rd 13
Bautista – rd 20
Carlos Gonzalez – rd 22

keepers can be kept at the same cost infinitely. What would you do?

Oppo Taco
Oppo Taco
7 years ago

I have the 3rd pick in the upcoming keeper draft. its 5×5 roto. can you rank these guys in order of priority in where they fit on my team? One or two may be drafted so I’d like to have a little break down, thanks! Best players available : Kimbrel, Myers, Soler, Cobb, Yelich, Betts

My keepers : cutch, goldy, joey bats, j up, hanley, rizzo, madbum, cole

Im thinking of going with one of Kimbrel, Cobb or Myers.

Thanks!

Oppo taco
Oppo taco
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: it’s a 12 teamer. But I don’t have a second round pick so I’m looking at 30ish picks between my next pick after this first round.

Guidedbyvoices
Guidedbyvoices
7 years ago

Grey….at first,as an addict who has struggled for yrs,I was initially kinda pissed about your take on this….until I read all the way through and also thought it through and realized….yr 100pcr right.why doesn’t he get the “spoiled rich athlete throwing away his opportunity” treatment?

Addicts are all different and all respond/react differently to failure and success….so while i still empathize with him,I agree that the rules of compassion seem to be written ön a case by case basis,often determined by the degree of appeal to the most “wholesome”among us.

I am Stanton
I am Stanton
7 years ago

Not sure if any of the comments already posted about this (Stop reading after the first post about the dress) Michael Saunders injury update… He should rejoin Blue Jays by Mid April instead of around All-Star break. How would this change you rankings?

PS the only time a guy should care this much about a dress, is if its gonna make it to the floor in his bedroom

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  I am Stanton
7 years ago

I think Saunders isn’t worth drafting until end rounds in shallow leagues. This can’t help his SBs.

I am Stanton
I am Stanton
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Jays signed Dayan Viciedo should be everyday starter in LF

Jay
Jay
7 years ago

Don’t worry, Hamilton will land on his feet. he’ll come out claiming he detoxed by drinking a shitton of holy water, The church will a boat load of money after they realize they can slap hamilton’s mug on a bottle and fill it with some blessed tap water mixed with holy horseshit or something and sell it for $5 a bottle in fundraiser for “new construction” and “renovations”.

you’re absolutely right on this. f da naysayners! fight the man! Save the Empire!

Jay
Jay
7 years ago

auto drafter in RCL just drafted this staff:
P Adam Wainwright, StL SP DTDBreaking News Draft
P Yu Darvish, Tex SPBreaking News and Video Draft
P Gio Gonzalez, Wsh SP Draft
P Jonathan Papelbon, Phi RP Draft
P Matt Cain, SF SP DTDBreaking News Draft
P Scott Kazmir, Oak SP Draft
P Justin Verlander, Det SP Draft
P R.A. Dickey, Tor SP Draft
P Kevin Gausman, Bal SP Draft
Bench Shelby Miller, Atl SP Draft
Bench Danny Duffy, KC SP Draft

Jay
Jay
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: he’s gonna be pissed in the morning!

Wake Up
7 years ago

I find it amazing that some people feel as though they have the right to come here and tell what you can and cannot write about on your own blog.

Anthony
Anthony
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

As I stated earlier, Grey is the author of this blog and has a large base of supporters from many different diverse corners. When he makes such a provocative claim inducing race, when there’s no factual proof of such, it becomes a polarizing statement. It’s an idology that some share and others don’t. Most people would agree that’s it irresponsible to claim racism or inject race into this story. There’s nothing to prove that anywhere. It’s fine to have an opinion but when it comes to such a topic as serious as race relations, you should have some facts to back your assertion. Just as I said in my Obama example, I’ve been told I’m a racist just because I criticize or disagree with him, but it was fine when I did the same to our white presidents. It’s the far left ideology that some share and It wasn’t appropriate in this story. I had a fine conversation with Grey, and as he stated in a comment earlier today, he welcomes all his fans and followers to engage in the message boards, as I am.

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  Anthony
7 years ago

@Anthony:

I think when people call you “racist” for criticizing Obama it’s just them using it as a codeword for “asshole”.

I promise to never call you a racist.

Anthony
Anthony
Reply to  Kid A
7 years ago

Haha, you’re one of the mindless sheep bro! See, when you have intelligence you can communicate and hold educated conversations with others, like I have with Grey today, and share thoughts. One the other hand there are classic clowns like you, uneducated, working grave at the local Shell and the late shift at Walmart, relying on public transportation, looking to your Betta fish and ferret for companionship and beating off to shemale porn. Ahhh, but your sense of self worth still comes! Trolling on Razzball! Congrats, you’ve made it!!

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  Anthony
7 years ago

@Anthony:

Thanks for this shining example of intelligent and educated sharing.

You’re a human Pez dispenser of enlightened thoughts.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Kid A
7 years ago

@Kid A: Seems odd that someone so ‘educated’ and ‘intelligent’ should need to resort to such clumsy personal insults.

Anthony
Anthony
Reply to  SteveNZ
7 years ago

I take offense to my insults being labeled “clumsy”.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Anthony
7 years ago

@Anthony: Talking about you, not to you.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  SteveNZ
7 years ago

@SteveNZ: am I missing something here? I was reading this as satire.

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  Anthony
7 years ago

@Anthony:

You spent all day trying to be Mr. Rational – and with one gentle nudge – you unraveled like a ball of bile-soaked twine.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  SteveNZ
7 years ago

@SteveNZ: I thought kid was smart *mental glass shattered*

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: is this a bad time to bring up my preference of Latin women or does that make me sexual racist?

Fanthead
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Wake Up: Come on, Wake Up. 1. Everybody has the “right” to speak up. That “right” is free speech. 2. He didn’t say what Grey “can and cannot write about.” He disagreed with WHAT Grey wrote.

Wake Up
Reply to  Fanthead
7 years ago

@Fanthead: Maybe you should do some rereading, that’s exactly what was suggested. Speaking up and disagreeing is a world away from feeling entitled to the point where you feel comfortable enough to tell a writer what they should and should not be writing about (which is what I said previously) . Does free speech include the writer?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Wake Up: because of this is why people feel they should/can do that:”that’s where we are as a society these days”, summed up himself in the same “sad” thing he was worried about.

Anthony
Anthony
7 years ago

Yup, it’s rather sad when you can’t disagree with the Prez without being called a racist, but that’s where we are as a society these days. The word is thrown around without a fact to back it. I understand what you’re saying about your thoughts of Hamilton’s coverage over the years, the media falls in love with certain athletes and always paints them as a Picasso. But they’ve done that with both white and black athletes. They’ve also destroyed all races of athletes as well, like Lance Armstrong, Darryl Strawberry, Roger Clemens, Ryan Leaf, Dwight Gooden, Arod, John Daley, Steve Howe, and many more. I don’t mean to carry on, and I’m not trying to give you a hard time Grey, so I’ll end by saying that I get that you’ve never understood or liked Hamilton’s rosy coverage over the years, but I still don’t understand how his race became the lead story to you.

Anthony
Anthony
7 years ago

Grey please keep your California left wing, white hating politics out of your writing. Hamiliton is getting plenty of scorn as well as the sympathy and how could you possibly insinuate certain coverage is based because of a race. I know you’ve probably been brain washed in that state of loons, I love your writing and your website, but what you said is ridiculous. You sound like a race baiter like Sharpton and his pals. I don’t feel a bit sorry for him either but race has nothing to do with any part of this issue.

Anthony
Anthony
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

I don’t want to get into a race debate, but what you said had to rub a bunch of your followers the wrong way. If people aren’t critical enough to a white person who has done wrong, liberals say things like you did about Hamilton. If people are overly critical of a black person, they are called racists by the same liberals. Racism surely still exists against all races, but now more than ever, it’s over used and becomes an excuse to explain some peoples circumstances.

Just a minor example, I’ve been voting for presidents and have held political opinions since 1996. When I criticized President Clinton on his policies, I was considered an American with an opinion. When I criticized President Bush on his policies, I was considered an American with an opinion. When I criticize President Obama on his policies, I am considered and called a racist by many. It’s wrong on so many levels but this is what our society of race baiters are like today.

The way you injected race into the Hamilton situation was destructive and wrong and I hope you recognize that. I understand that we all have our opinions, but when you run a blog that is followed by a diverse group of people and inject race when there are no facts to back your claim, other than your political ideology, people will be upset. I still love you thought bud!

MGM
MGM
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

I haven’t liked Hamilton ever since he blamed his 3B coach for getting thrown out @ home. As for race….has anyone heard about Dez Bryant laying hands on his own mother? It’s worth a Google.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  MGM
7 years ago

@MGM: what does this have to do with Grey or anybody at Razzball? “When I criticized President Clinton on his policies, I was considered an American with an opinion. When I criticized President Bush on his policies, I was considered an American with an opinion. When I criticize President Obama on his policies, I am considered and called a racist by many.” Idiots are idiots, and often find ways to be stupid, and very many of them say things like that (the people saying you’re racist for questioning somebody who is black). And just what does noticing/making fun of a discrepancy with Hamilton/other races have to do with Grey showing “white hating politics”? Be critical everywhere all the time, not just when other people wrongly criticize you.

Prezii
Prezii
7 years ago

Cocaine is a helluva drug…

-rick james

Prezii
Prezii
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: get some stilts and a fro and youll be good to go.. You have to stomp rudys couch out tho! Fuck yo couch!!

Prezii
Prezii
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: youve definitely thought about this before!

And Now the John Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the John Lovitz Dancers!
7 years ago

keepers came out, 16 team h2h dynasty, turns out i had traded my first pick (7th round, 1st round after keepers) to get upton last year. Then after that i went from 12th to winning consolation place (7th) netting me the first pick, which now makes it the worst pick i could have since it’s no longer mine. C/1B/2B/ss/3B/3 OF/2 util, 2 SP/1 RP/ 5 P, 5 BN. holds/QS/hits/OPS 7X7.
So after keepers i won’t draft till pick 32/33 (at which point we’ll be 127 players deep). My keepers were upton/soler/ozuna/arenado/goldy/cobb so i have a solid base. Many pitchers were kept, including 8 top closers. So i don’t pick for a while and then pick twice in a row. 29 SP were kept. War room says i’m weak at steals so i’ll need to make sure to get 2B/SS positions and at least one util heavy in steals. Two concerns
1. Best pitchers not kept are Shark/Carrasco/Arrieta/Cole/Ross/Latos/Wheeler/Hughes/Fiers/Degrom. I expect no small amount of these gone when it gets to me at 32.
I know Cobb not considered an ace for 12 teamers, but is he good enough to be considered one for 16 teamers?
2. Hitters i’ll likely need to grab at least one of (likely if one of these don’t steal i shouldn’t grab him) wong/d.santana/rusney/dozier/alex ram/c.davis/longo/gardner/segura/andrus.
Plan is to grab one of these hitters at 32/33 and either 1 SP or a closer, since i won’t draft again till 164/165. Better to lock up closer/hitter or 2nd SP/hitter? I would think none of those SP pitchers are around at 164/165, but i haven’t done enough yahoo mocks to be sure of that.

And Now the John Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the John Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: ok, so if this is true, i’ll likely start year with either 1 solid closer and a really crappy one, or 2 medium ones at best. Good news is since razzball and effort, i’m often ahead of leaguemates to these. Picks that far away from each other probably preclude me getting 2 closers, which would be optimal. Gotta hope i get at least a perkins type for my 1 better closer.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

Average ADP for SPs in the top 50: 75
Average ADP for Position players in the top 50: 112
Average ADP for SPs in the top 51-150: 316
Average ADP for Position players in the top 51-150: 199
Average ADP for SP in the top 1-300: 306
Average ADP for Position players in the top 1-300: 189

Number of undrafted SPs in the top 100, 101-200, 201-300: 4, 12, 12
Number of undrafted POS in the top 100, 101-200, 201-300: 6, 5, 7

I used last year’s NFBC ADP vs the final results. Couple of interesting things here.

Pitcher ADP correlates to top 50 performance much more than hitter ADP.

There were 28 top 300 SPs that came from the undrafted tier as opposed to 18 POS players.

There is a huge fall off in the correlation between ADP and performance outside the top 50. Much less so for position players outside the top 50.

Outside the top 75 pitcher picks there’s very little correlation between SP success and ADP.

You have a pretty close chance of picking up a top 150 hitter as a top 150 pitcher in season, but a much better chance of getting a top 300 SP than a top 300 hitter.

So what all this tells me is:

Get an ace
Spend the next 13 picks taking hitters and avoid the sp 2-5 category as much as possible.
Be very attentive early season to trying to churn through pos players to try and hit on one of those top 200 offense options.

and the part I didn’t bother to detail here…don’t draft any relievers outside the top 5. Useless picks. The top 5 relievers are a debate for another day.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

I feel like early on in the draft with your hitters you’re looking for production and it’s not entirely critical which position you’re filling. If you’re going to be taking a lot of hitters in the 3-15 round section of the draft you can manage your way through roster construction.

I think one of the main takeaways here is that the SP2-4 range especially are very unpredictable and represent the worst profit potential of the player groupings on average. Not to say you can’t hit on your ace after the top tier but…the hitter you’re drafting in lieu of your ace on average has a lesser chance of being a top 50 overall performer and your chance s of hitting on an ace from the lower tiers are slight. Of course if you get an SP1 out of an SP2 or SP3 draft slot, yeah obviously that’s better, but you’re hoping to beat the odds if you that’s your plan.,

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

The point is that you’re much more likely to get SP3 cubed by drafting SP1 and SP5 squared.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

You did great in that league. I really liked that team. Auction is a different animal. In draft leagues you are FORCED to take high $ players because you are slotted. In auction you have the option of taking no high “draft picks.” So why not take a pitcher with a high ADP to performance correlation instead of a player with a lower correlation?

And I haven’t even mentioned the other consideration which is the widening difference in value between top pitchers and all other tiers versus the diminishing variance between hitters across all tiers.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

No. I’ve already got $3300 invested in the NFBC leagues with big prizes. 100k, 75k and 20K for the overall. Sharing one league with the great Magoo again. I’ll be in Vegas the 27th and 28th. You got to get out there for the live NFBC, Albright. It’s the WS of fantasy.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago
GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve:

If you want to come out in March I’ll sell you a % of one of my teams and co-manage with you.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve:

March 28th 10 am. I’ll sell you 10% of my main. 180 bucks for a shot at ten large. And we can shoot some craps after.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

Here are some issues I’ve had with this breakdown you’ve presented overall and they’ll probably parrot some others that you’ve heard. I see what you’re doing and appreciate it but these are the gripes.

1) NFBC Data: Is this 15 team vs 12 team? What size are the rosters? If you are talking apples to apples here (i.e., your argument only stands regarding how to work an NFBC team) then I take this back. But for me when I read these, you seem open to applying this to multiple league settings. I think it’s a plausible strategy in RCLs but on the same token I don’t think it’s an absolute one and by far not really the best one given how many good arms can be had in your player pool on any given day, even in a competitive league. Don’t worry, I know that wasn’t your entire stance and I’ll get to that in number…

2) The correlation between ADP and pitching works for big leagues but doesn’t work for smaller ones and I’ve hashed this with you before. Getting Jake Arrieta for 4 months of the year was basically getting 66% of Strasburg. This goes back to #2 for me: NFBC, you can’t pick these guys up so the stance of safety makes sense. It doesn’t apply to many leagues outside that, though. But really my biggest issue with all of this is number…

3) 2014: That’s one year of data. Maybe you’ve done this over the course of say three to five years and I’ve missed it but I constantly see reference to 2014 as the standing point. Every market fluctuates and buying on what happened in just one year usually springs towards recency bias and veers away from actual analysis. Buying the trend is what gets markets into a bad place most times. Just ask 2005-7 home buyers. Again, if this is in conjunction with 3-5 year plots of data, then I apologize because I’ve missed that.

In the end, you’re really preaching safety. It works for NFBC, safety can do more harm than good in a standard size league.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Sky
7 years ago

@Sky:

Fair comments and well taken. NFBC and RCL really couldn’t be more different. However there is still some applicability to both leagues.

First, regardless of league, you want production. If a pitcher is going to give you top 50 value, that is deflated in shallower leagues because replacement value is higher for pitchers and streaming is available. Regardless of settings I think you benefit from having high production players than non-productive and top pitchers have had higher ADP to end of season correlation than any other grouping. Rudy has shown this. Mike Gianella has shown this. My data shows this. Year over year, top 8 ADP starters are a good buy. And in fact, Rudy’s breakdown this year suggested you weren’t bad off taking Kershaw in the RCL last year. In practical terms, a dominant ace in RCL reduces your dependence on SP streaming which allows you more leeway in your ability to stream position players. It also arbitrages the market inefficiency in RCL where SP streaming is ubiquitous. The potential productive player pool for streaming in the RCL is much larger than the SP pool, especially in competitive leagues.

Again, you need to go back to the premise that the player you’re going to take in lieu of an ace is going to be significantly more productive than the player you take later. Yes, if that player is going to perform to draft slot AND you feel that you’re the one who will win the Jake Arrieta lottery then by all means go that way. But the probability is not in your favor.

When I started the streaming trend in RCL I was the only one doing it in my leagues. I finiished like 5th and 22nd overall in back to back years. But the market has shifted. My gut tells me that some SP stability and playing the odds on reliability has merit this year.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

Trust me, my stance isn’t that early pitching can’t work and would never argue that as the case. To be fair and to headway this, I did break down pitching by month over the course of the off-season from 2014. I see the practicality of both sides and I think that’s where I have a hard time biting on this: the stats from last year told me there’s viability in both. Your stance makes it sound like a bit more of an imperative and I don’t see the stats for an RCL agreeing with you given how many arms finished top 40 SP who – if given same pace and 5 to 7 more starts – finish close to guys like Greinke/Stras/Zimmermann. I know you’re not calling them aces but considering those guys are floating at or around top 10 arms in 2014, the statement still stands that on a per start basis, the valuation of an arm like McHugh or Carrasco or Arrieta isn’t appropriately reflected by ADP and the affect on your team can be just as powerful.

So here’s the dilemma in my eyes and I say this because I see this in every draft where a guy buys an ace early: when do you start drafting them again in this set up? How do you approach the rest of your pitching staff? The draft I was in with other writers in February really showed me that people get too comfortable with an ace arm and build poorly around it. I’m not just saying it from that league alone but from general experience. I see people aim for high floor rather than high ceiling late in those situations which can work out, but I see it fall flat more often than not. How do you work the rest of your draft if, say, you took Max Scherzer?

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Sky
7 years ago

@Sky:

I think the reason I put it in more imperative terms is not because all styles can’t succeed in small sample sizes. I think I say it that way because what we want to search for is what strategy gives you the highest probability in large sample sizes year over year?

And we argue on the same side on this. I’m saying there is huge value in the SP pool after the first few rounds. Much more than in the player pool. What I’m saying is that for the very, very early rounds, the top SPs are statistically a better risk investment. What’s the problem with having McHugh and Scherzer? I argue that it’s imperative that you have both. What I’m really saying is that the data suggests that you’re best off with an ace and late pitching coming out of the draft. It’s the SP2-4 tier that consistently shits the bed. So I’m really just saying, trade that late 2nd-4th hitter for Sale, Kluber, Price et al and you’re better off.

MB
MB
7 years ago

In a 15 team 5×5 roto league with 5 OF, which would you draft first? Eric Young, Zoilo or Eury Perez?

Nate
Nate
7 years ago

@ Grey
In 15 Team League which counts R,HR, RBI, SB, Avg, OBP, Slg and QS, W, K, HD, SV, ERA, WHIP, which 10 would you keep?

Jose Abreu (25th round)
Marcus Stroman (12)
Andrew Cashner (10)
Yu Darvish (14)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (8)
Masahiro Tanaka (25)
Michael Brantley (11)
Zach Greinke (3)
Ian Desmond (4)
Alex Cobb (5)
Adam Jones (2)
Daniel Murphy (18)
Oswaldo Arcia (17)
Wilin Rosario (13)
Zach Britton (24)
Chris Davis (2)
Denard Span (20)

(Redundant rounds not an issue). Many thanks!

Nate
Nate
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks!

Tiny Tim
Tiny Tim
7 years ago

In a 10 team keeper league. 6×6 categories. Trying to figure out which way to go right now..

Currently my hitters are: Pujols, Arenado, Hanley, A Jones, Bautista, Pederson (MILB Draft)

Only pitcher I have so far is Zimmerman

I’m coming up on Rd 7 (pick 7) and then Rd 8 (pick 4) with a few ideas in mind…
1) Go with a pitcher. Gerrit Cole, Samardizja, Ross, Arrieta, Hamels, Cobb, Carrasco, Gray are all still available.
2) Kolten Wong. Not sure how much farther he will drop and don’t like my chances at a 2B from here on out.
3) CarGo & C Davis are still available. There’s another IF position to fill with 2 utility spots. Not sure if these two are worth the chance at this point, but Rd 7 or 8 seems nice for these guys.

Not 100% sure, but Cole then Wong seems like a good idea. What’s your insight on this?

Ghost Ride the WHIP
Ghost Ride the WHIP
7 years ago

Grey, which side of this trade do you like better in a 12 team 6×6 OPS 6 player keeper league:
My 11,12 rd picks (130 & 135 overall) for his Arenado, 14, 15 rd picks (160,177 overall).

Currently keeping:
adam jones, rizzo, desmond, dickerson, kemp and lester. Also, if i take the trade, drop lester?

ashtray
ashtray
7 years ago

Let he who is without sin throweth the first rock and I shall smoketh it.

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  ashtray
7 years ago

@ashtray: good quote.

Sky
Sky
7 years ago

Clearly your stance on social perception with regards to actions of the people are on full display today so the real question is: was the black llama a thug and the white llama just a misguided and troubled youth?

Beastman
Beastman
Reply to  Sky
7 years ago

@Sky: White llama is a good, decent camelid who needs some help finding his way, that’s all.

ashtray
ashtray
Reply to  Sky
7 years ago

@Sky: White llama was escaping the oppressive unconstitutionality of BIG GOVERNMENT. Keep running, patriot llama.

Beastman
Beastman
Reply to  ashtray
7 years ago

@ashtray: Clearly too many immigrant llamas scared him off as well

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

How many times have you been a troubled youth, Grey?

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Something tells me you were more of a rapscallion than that.

Beastman
Beastman
7 years ago

I tried opening this comment with a thoughtful and meaningful take on the outrage against Grey’s take on Hamilton…but then the banner ads exploding with boobies distracted me.

So instead, how’s giving $9 Hughes for $11 Sandoval in a $260, 16 team H2H with OBP and QS?

Looking to shed some pitching since Yan Gomes is currently my only keeper on offense.

Beastman
Beastman
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I hear ya. So close in rankings, think I’ll pull the trigger, still have a $13 Kluber to keep.

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
7 years ago

Sup Grey?

There is talk about Chris Davis getting some work in RF. If he gets those 5 starts would that change where you rank him? Davis with 1B/3B/OF eligibility would be pretty dope.

Corey
Corey
7 years ago

Grey, I’ve read your reviews of ESPN and Yahoo’s rankings, I’m wondering what your opinion is on Lindy’s rankings?

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: same goes for the football books that come out in may/june.

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: it’s just not possible.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

Dear Grey,

I come to Razzball for humor and escape from the pressing, important issues of today. I don’t want to have to take a stand on complicated moral issues nor do I wish to adjudicate in a public form on events about which I cannot ever have adequate information to do so.

I speak of course of the ad in your banner asking me to click and decide whether certain Hollywood starlets have chosen to enhance their breasts. I say let these troubled young people wrestle with the consequences of their choices in the long dark nights of their own souls.

Sincerely,

GhostTown Steve

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

It took me all morning to get through all 53 yeah or nays. I guess in the end it’s as much a mistake to turn away from life’s ugly side as it is to fail to embrace, squeeze and suckle its bounteous beauty.

In other news I’m still in the Schoop camp. Cabrera had a .272 OBP last year. They aren’t leading him off. Sans PEDs, he’s just not that good. Consider that the Padres, the worst offensive team pretty much ever in the first half last year, didn’t feel they needed this guy. It’s going to be DeAza. And left handeed isn’t even necessarily the good side of Cabrera’s split in case you’re worried about a platoon.

Schoop is a plus plus defender and a 20 homer bat. He’s got every chance to improve this year and he’s got future all star talent. There’s so little for the Orioles to gain by giving Cabrera regular

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

It took me all morning to get through all 53 yeah or nays. I guess in the end it’s as much a mistake to turn away from life’s ugly side as it is to fail to embrace, squeeze and suckle its bounteous beauty.

In other news I’m still in the Schoop camp. Cabrera had a .272 OBP last year. They aren’t leading him off. Sans PEDs, he’s just not that good. Consider that the Padres, the worst offensive team pretty much ever in the first half last year, didn’t feel they needed this guy. It’s going to be DeAza. And left handeed isn’t even necessarily the good side of Cabrera’s split in case you’re worried about a platoon.

Schoop is a plus plus defender and a 20 homer bat. He’s got every chance to improve this year and he’s got future all star talent. There’s so little for the Orioles to gain by giving Cabrera regular at bats.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

It’s always better if there’s no perceived threat to playing time. I guess the question is, should Cabrera be considered a threat. He has one PED fueled season on the books, he’s not a particularly good defensive 2nd baseman. He might be as much insurance for Hardy’s back as anything else. Kind of depends on league and such but Schoop’s always been a reserve round flier more than even an every day MI choice this year anyway.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

For sure PEDs are in the actuarial table. I’d be interested to see if time in college made any difference.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

College definitely helped make me the person I am today…

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

This got me listening to G Love & The Special Sauce’s ‘Milk & Cereal’

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Ah, you a Jack Johnson fan or is it just that song that grabbed ya? I like the ‘Special Sauce’ days. G Love is a great talent but that was a sweet mix back then.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Ah never got into him, was too mellow for me. I like laid back sound but it has to bring some funk with it, i.e. Special Sauce! Learned how to play ‘Cold Beverages’ on guitar cuz it was so groovin.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Gimme a suggestion of Jack’s old stuff. I always like to go back and give stuff a re-listen. Could always be a timing thing of the first time I heard the band that turned me off them.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

I tried Jack Johnson again. It’s the guitar guy in me; too much strumming. If the end of Flake had been the whole song, I would’ve been on board with the album. And ‘Bubble Toes’ starts off with the same cadence as the bridge in ‘What It Takes’ by Aerosmith. Yeah, I’m that guy…

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Yeah, I bought Seven Mary Three’s first album when it came out. Music can be phases.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

At least it wasn’t Bush. Owned the first two albums.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

*Monkey covering eyes emoji*

I loved the guitar work on the first two, especially the Steve Albini driven ‘Razorblade Suitcase’. Simple but great work by Nigel Puslford but really, go read those lyrics again. Every damn line is like an unfinished thought. Rossdale was the worst!

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Gavin’s last name is Rossdale. My last sentence stands in complete juxtaposition to your chicanery, fine sir!

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve:

Hey, I didn’t say what I think of the person I am today. Wink

IndyMike
IndyMike
7 years ago

Keepers: Even I can figure out Donaldson is a great value. I can keep three more from the list of six below. Which three in addition to Donaldson?

Donaldson is costing me my pick in R25 (Pick 500)

Yelich (R8 / P141)
Mesoraco (R11 / P220)
Smyly (R12 / P221)
Span (R16 / P301)
W. Peralta (R17 / P340)
Mejia (R24 / P461)
Picking dead last at 20 because I read your site and once again finished at the top of the standings. This web site is the best cheat sheet ever. Thanks! Yahoo 20 team h2h league, 6X6 with OPS and holds – C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, P, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN

IndyMike
IndyMike
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thank you greyt swami! Happy I get to keep my Reds’ player – thought you may not go that direction because he’s a C. Also thought you might go with Smyly? Not for me to question – go with the Grey flow and win. My motto. Do you still recommend an “ace” is needed in a 20 team league? Does ace = your first two tiers?

Wake Up
7 years ago

Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Heres Tom with the Weather.

That’s a quote.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

But are you quoting the song or the man? That’s the question.

L-Boogie
L-Boogie
Reply to  Sky
7 years ago

@Wake Up: @Sky: Love the song.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Wake Up: Bill Hicks baby and i didn’t even have to look that up.

Well played *tips cap*

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: i knew that one well enough to see that right off (within 8 seconds) too.

L-Boogie
L-Boogie
7 years ago

Took over a keeper team, 12 team, 5×5 with OBP instead of avg. First time ever doing keeper league (just have to remind you of that every time I ask a question about this team).

Just traded 22nd round Lucroy for 15th round Myers. Seemed like a no brainer but the other owners are all up in arms and want to veto it. They seem to think we are new and dumb and that we got ripped off because of Lucroy’s keeper round and ESPN ranking. Am I the crazy one here for thinking this was good for us? Oh, and this is a 1 catcher league and we are already keeping Gattis in the 18th round.

Thanks.

the tone ranger
the tone ranger
7 years ago

grey, how soon do you think that machado and polanco become top 50 players? I have really tough keeper decisions to make. One of which is miggy who costs a first round to keep vs. keeping machado and/or polanco who would cost a 21st or 22nd round pick this year then move them up 3 rounds per year after that 18, 15, 12, etc)…so do I hang onto miggy or do you get the feeling those guys will be cream of the crop sooner vs. later.

the tone ranger
the tone ranger
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: so who would you keep based on that info and hoping to be competitive this year and for a LONG time in 12 team h2h: miggy (1), goldy (1), Stanton (1), Polanco (22), Machado (21), altuve (8), arrietta (27), donaldson (24), brantley (18), bumgarner (7).
note: can keep players w/ same draft round but then they bump down a round (i.e. miggy 1, stanton, 2, goldy 3, etc).

i really knew what i was going to do but now im perplexed based on fear. hahaa