Seems like Andre Ethier followed Natalie Portman’s advice in Garden State a little too closely when she told Braff that The Shins will change your life.  Dodgers announced that Ethier would miss 10 to 14 weeks with a fractured tibia.  What is that, two days after I drafted Ethier in Tout Wars?  Two and a half?  One and one three-quarters of a tibia later?  All you can do is laugh.  A high-pitched, crazed laugh like when you lose your job, then step in an empty elevator shaft.  One of those real crazy laughs that you expect to hear from someone pushing a shopping cart filled with Ho-Ho boxes that have been removed of Ho-Hos and replaced with dog turds.  One of those kind of laughs.  Filling in for Ethier will be some combo of Scott Van Slyke, Carl Crawford, Kike Hernandez and Trayce Thompson, a group that could be summarized with:  Bleh, Meh, Jewish, Girl.  I removed Ethier from my top 100 outfielders and top 500.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Mike Bolsinger – Will start the year on the DL with an oblique injury.  He will join Brett Anderson, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy on the DL from the Dodgers rotation.   That leaves the candidates to replace Bolsinger as Carlos Frias, Zach Lee or a brand new car!  The car is a Honda CR-V with all-road control and the full entertainment package.  You can see now Pamela showcasing the spacious trunk.  Is it obvious I’m writing this while watching The Price is Right?

Yasmani Grandal – Undergoing tests for his sore forearm.  Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts, said the situation with Grandal is disconcerting.  The way the Dodgers are going Dave Roberts will be hitting leadoff, and Vin Scully will have to brush off his Shawn Zarraga anecdotes.

Rymer Liriano – Sustained multiple facial fractures after being hit in the face by a Matt West pitch.  Rather upsetting was Matt West’s reaction.  It’s aBOAT time you showed some command with your fastball!  Wouldn’t be shocked to see Rymer miss at least a month, if not more.  Incredibly, the team I drafted for CBS NL-Only has now lost three guys in the span of three weeks.  Hopefully it’s not a plague on all of the guys I own.  Fingers crossed for Gregory Polanco dbsaicbw21*– Okay, fingers crossed when I’m done typing.  Though, this Rymer news is not all roses dyed black like you’re Dave Navarro wooing a woman, because filling in for Liriano will be Keon Broxton, who sounds like he should have Jonathan Broxton’s butt.  Last year in the minors, Broxton hit 10 homers and stole 40 bases.  Dot dot dot.  CAN I HAVE HIS CHILDREN?!  CAN I AT LEAST WATCH HIM MAKE CHILDREN?!  CAN I ASSIST WITH HIS BABYMAKING?!  What’s that?  He could also hit .190?  Damn, Keon, not only do you sound like the black friend who shuts down any talk of me hooking up with your sister, but you also straight poop on my upside party.  Considering how late he’ll be drafted, Broxton is solid flyer.  In the top 100 outfielders, I added him and projected him for 52/7/58/.209/18.  Definitely worth a flyer in deep leagues, but don’t expect too much.

Marlon Byrd – Signed with the Indians.  Indians this offseason signed Venable, Uribe, Rajai, Napoli and Byrd.  Indians win the offseason award for “Most Concerted Effort To Appear To Do Something While Doing Nothing.”  Would be an actual game plan if they were in rebuild mode, but they have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.  The Indians should be ashamed of themselves, and Chief Wahoo should be crying like he just saw someone litter.

Tyler Naquin – In lead for Indians centerfield job.  This doesn’t come as a surprise if you listened to our fantasy baseball podcast when I returned from Arizona.  Naquin was a guy that impressed against righties and looked like NyQuil vs. lefties.  Prospector Ralph also gave Naquin a shoutout in his rookie sleepers for 2016 fantasy baseball.  It should’ve been obvious to everyone that Naquin would get the strong side of the centerfield platoon for the Indians.  They’re required to have one player who sounds like a Native American and Naquin fits the bill, and Marlon Byrd refused to change his name to Sitting Byrd.  Naquin could offer some AL-Only appeal, but he doesn’t have big power or speed.  I added him in the top 100 outfielders.

Brandon Maurer – Headed to the bullpen.  He could be in the saves picture at some point this year because:  “Alex, I’ll take Fernando Rodney for $200.”  “This pitcher is terrible.”  “Who is Fernando Rodney?”

Bronson Arroyo – Good news is his MRI was misread and he doesn’t have a torn labrum.  He’ll only miss four to six weeks.  Bad news: more guitar solos.

Lucas Giolito – A scout told Jayson Stark that Giolito will be up by June.  But what about Arroyo?!  Kidding, of course.  Arroyo’s not even good on a backing instrument at karaoke.  I’ve only projected Giolito for 80 IP in my top 100 starters, and I’m not changing that projection as of now.  If he came up in mid-June, he would only get about 20 to 30 more innings than 80 anyway.

Sean Doolittle – Nursing a triceps strain.  Doolittle takes things too literal.  If he were named Sean Doomuch, I’d be more enthused for him.  Or even Sean DooSAGNOF.  I’m not moving Doolittle yet in my rankings, but I already have him in the Brain Freeze section of my top 500, so I’m not expecting much more than Doolittle.

Josh HamiltonRangers said Hamilton has “turned a corner.”  Thank God he wasn’t in a circular booth.  How would he know when to stop?

Avisail Garcia – Sat out the other day with a sore wrist.  This doode is such a schmohawk.  He finally gets an opportunity and he hurts the one thing he needs as a DH — his friggin’ wrists!  Overheard in the White Sox clubhouse, “I wish Avisail was Adam LaRoche’s child so we could get rid of him.”

Jon Lester – Was reported he has a bone chip in his pitching elbow.  He should get a tattoo that reads, “Lay’s, betcha can’t pitch with just one.”  Or not, totally his call.  He says he’s been pitching with it for most of his career and it shouldn’t be a problem unless it moves.  Lester is 32 years old, so it’s not like he came without any risk.  This doesn’t feel like an additional reason to panic.  “Yes?”  Not you, Joe Panik.

David Hernandez – Threw the other day without any pain.  Andrew Bailey has been successful as a closer when healthy, but that ‘when’ has its own airport.  I would not rule out Hernandez getting the most saves on the Phils this year.

Odubel Herrera – Dealing with a bruised finger.  Phils’ manager, Pete Macktheknife, is worried about Odubel’s finger.  Hey, Pete, I hate to do this to you, but you should be worried about your whole team.

Kevin Gausman – Diagnosed with shoulder tendinitis.  Before you do anything drastic, I’m gonna take you into the WayBack Machine to 2014.  The Grand Budapest Hotel was just released, Donald Trump just reprimanded Lil Jon for his effort at a Wetzel’s Pretzel charity event on The Celebrity Apprentice, and Bruce Jenner was pasting pictures of his face on Jessica Lange’s body.  Around the same time that spring of 2014, Cole Hamels had shoulder tendinitis.  He went on to throw 204 2/3 IP with a 2.46 ERA that year.  Guys and five girl readers, it’s very early, and shoulder tendinitis is less of a concern than many other shoulder/elbow/arm issues.  Is this great news?  No, dur.  But it’s not the end of Gausman as a decent endgame flyer.

Justin Morneau – Out until midseason after having elbow surgery.  He could sign with a team in the 2nd half, such as the Tokyo Dragons or the Osaka Weird Game Show Hosts.

Sonny Gray – Battling a dead arm.  He should dress his arm up like Bernie from Weekend at Bernie’s.  Or, I guess, Bernie Sanders, same diff.  A dead arm isn’t as ominous as it sounds, but I also told you not to draft him with my Sonny Gray schmohawk post, so it’s easy to say it’s not ominous when I don’t want any part of him.

Madison Bumgarner – Struggling with his delivery.  I wouldn’t be too worried as he tinkers with his mechanics.  I would be worried if my mechanic’s name was Tinkers.

Carson Smith – Diagnosed with a strained flexor muscle.  Andrew Miller had a similar injury last year and missed a month.  This news blurb was brought to you by ESPN where only Red Sox and Yankees exist.

Pablo Sandoval – John Farrell said Yo-Yo Diet Panda has to earn his way onto the field.  Sandoval only has to beat Travis Shaw and Brock Holt, so I like his chances, but if Cousin Sweatpants plays like last year in April, his leash could be shorter than someone’s dog walking past Michael Vick.

Daniel Norris – Undergoing tests on his lower back after leaving Tuesday’s start with stiffness.  Well, that’s definitely less awkward than lower front stiffness.  This sounds like a situation where he’ll start the year on the DL, then join the Tigers in time to be their fifth starter.  I could be wrong.  I mean, that’s possible, I guess.

Jon Gray – Left yesterday’s game with tightness in his abdomen.  Don’t worry, fans of Jon Gray, in four years Ray Searage will fix him.  My Magic Eight Ball says so.

Brad Boxberger – Out eight weeks with core muscle surgery.  Someone is taking this dismantling of Common Core seriously.  While Boxberger is sidelined, I could see Alex Colome or Danny Farquhar taking the closer reins, but I doubt it will be one clearcut above the other.  I’d put them at 60/40 with Colome in the lead.  In my top 500, I made adjustments.

Ruben Tejada – Signed with the Cardinals.  The Cards had expressed no interest in Tejada previously, but, to be fair, even if Tejada is on your team, it’s hard to express interest.  I haven’t updated my top 20 shortstops because Ruben is not recommended unless you’re at Langer’s.

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Nevik Rowe
Nevik Rowe
6 years ago

10 team keeper league (3 keepers; 2 P/1H or 2P/1H) head to head (R, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, SLG; W, CG, SHO, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS)

Altuve , Pollock, Lester, Gray.

I’ve got the last pick going in to the draft based on last year’s results.

I’ve got Arenado one of my three keepers.

Thanks in advance,

Nevik

Simply Fred
simply fred
6 years ago

test 2

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  simply fred
6 years ago

@simply fred: 2nd verse same as the first

Simply Fred
simply fred
Reply to  The Great Knoche
6 years ago

@The Great Knoche: was trying to change my avatar. Grey said that it comes from Gravatar.com. I signed up there but that didn’t bring forward the avatar to Razz. Weird because the avatar I prefer shows up in forums….

Simply Fred
simply fred
6 years ago

testing avatar

For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron
For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron
Reply to  simply fred
6 years ago

@simply fred: haven’t you had the same avatar for a long time?

Doc
Doc
6 years ago

Wil Myers or castelannos, already have jd and upton and no backup first baseman

Commish Cauda
Commish Cauda
6 years ago

16-team, H2H points league, (HR=4, 3B=3, etc., BB=1, SB=3, CS=-1, SO=-1)

About half of the Top 25 players are being kept. I pick 9th out of 16. We start 3 OFs.

I’m keeping Correa (13th round), Salazar (14th round) and Polanco (15th round).

I can add one of the following groups of players. Which option?

#1) Starling Marte (2nd Round)
#2) DeShields (16th round) and Kang (17th round)
#3) Yelich (8th round)

I was leaning Marte as the best available, but my 2nd rounder is the 21st overall pick, and I could just pick him there. I’m also worried about not having the option of taking a SP at that 21st overall if the draft flow dictates.

What do you think?

Oppo Taco
Oppo Taco
6 years ago

Grey! Just in the process of finishing up my first auction draft. It was a lot of fun, certainly longer than snakes. 12 teamer 5×5 with OBP instead of AVG. how’s my team looking? (260$)
C – W castillo ($4)
C – F Cervelli ($6)
1B – Rizzo ($31)
2B – Starlin CASTRO ($4)
3B – Bryant ($30)
SS – K Marte ($3)
CI – Fielder ($17)
MI – Segura ($1)
OF – J Upton ($23)
OF – CarGo ($18)
OF – JD ($19)
OF – Pillar (4)
util -D Peralta ($7)
util – K Davis ($2)

SP – DeGrom (24), Matz(8) Pineda(5), Salazar ($12) Rodon ($8), Iwakuma ($5) Glasnow ($3)
RP – Britton ($11) Cishek ($6)

Fielder was the only pick that I got stuck with, I was trying to bid him up

Oppo Taco
Oppo Taco
Reply to  Oppo Taco
6 years ago

MI – Brandon Crawford for 4$ , not jean segura

Landisimo3
Landisimo3
6 years ago

What up Grey… Forever keeper league… Draft this Saturday

My team:
Posey
Fielder
Dozier
Longo
Frazier
BHamilton
Marte
Dickerson
Cain
Piscotty
Cole
CMartinez
(Pretty solid farm that I won’t list right now)

I pick 10th overall … (No 2nd,4th,5th round picks)
I’m targeting Rodon, Liriano, Wong, Zobrist, Samardzija, Shields w that pick… If all were avail, who you pickin? Thanks in advance !

Landisimo3
Landisimo3
Reply to  Landisimo3
6 years ago

fwiw.. 12 team roto

Fever Dog
Fever Dog
6 years ago

10-tean, h2h, 5×5

My SPs are below. Drop anyone for Nicasio?

sp-Strasburg, Shields, Samardzjia, Ross, Corbin, Matz, Hammel, Nola, Kennedy

Ldbowe10
Ldbowe10
6 years ago

Grey im in a 14 team 3 keeper league. I’m keeping Stanton (2nd round value), machado (5), and pollock (9th). Ive got the 2nd overall pick in the 1st round would you take bautista, marte, c. Davis, or sano, or would you take an ace thats left like arrieta or scherzer?

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
6 years ago

Does anybody know if there’s a way to program Grey’s Top 500 into the Yahoo pre-ranks without having to enter them individually?

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Schmohawks Bob
6 years ago

@Schmohawks Bob: i do it individually (actually i mash up grey’s with OPS or QS + holds since i’m in those leagues).

peacecoast
peacecoast
6 years ago

grey,
NS+H league this year. I have familia, mcgee and knebel. choose one more from:
colome, jumbo diaz, farquhar, jepsen, madson, joe smith or my own dark horse favorite pomeranz (cuz he might start a bit or do long relief and get more IP and K). thanks!

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: my bad, can you rank the other guys since I may not get him on FAAB? ytb

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
6 years ago

loved that picture from yr NY draft where it clearly shows you yawning, the epitome of west coaster waking up early in morning in east coast.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: i mean you didnt’ get to pick that picture, but it’s perfect.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: plus you get the fun crash about 20 minutes in after your adrenaline crashes from the 20 blocks of running.

JP
JP
6 years ago

Grey-6×6 roto with holds and saves. I would like your thoughts on some end game relievers that I find interesting. M Givens, Silvino Bracho and Jake Diekman. Thanks Grey

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
6 years ago

This is interesting:

Green on Pomeranz: “That’s as good as I’ve seen him,” and, “he’s making a very strong [rotation case] right now.”
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I hear his cutter is nasty. I love when guys add a cutter.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Hoping He gets it. He’d make a fantastic HodgePadre

Flame thrower
Flame thrower
6 years ago

You G

Badly need a corner in a OBP league

My Jones

for his Freeman

Flame thrower
Flame thrower
Reply to  Flame thrower
6 years ago

@Flame thrower:

Thats Adam jones

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
6 years ago

I still haven’t picked again since Bauer at 830 am ….this slow draft is going to be the death of me … lord knows it’s killing my battery on the daily checking lol…it’s two picks from me and Jeffress is still there…fingers are crossed

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I checked twice since I posted this lol

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Got Jeffress hoping to snag Gregerson on the way back…I know you were concerned so now you can sleep tonight

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
6 years ago

replied over in the streamer post not sure if you saw it, but I agree with you and cram. You can draft and hold some pitchers.

What we all agree upon is you have to use MRs a lot and you have to stream to maximize ABs.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
6 years ago

This time in 7 weeks, I’ll be in LA…

The Mang
The Mang
6 years ago

Would you rather keep Matz or Lucroy in a keep forever league? H2H Points league

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
6 years ago

How ’bout that Kevin Pillar probably hitting leadoff? I’m getting ready my chant of “K-Pill! K-Pill! Swallow it!” Hmm…

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: If there’s no post, he’s kind of a sleeper’s sleeper. AKA an Inception.

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I’ve been asking myself the same question for years! At least it’s felt that long…

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Whoa, mind blown. Or maybe just blown by all the people who claimed to liked that film.

Also: who dares say you’re not funny in the comments?

Also: when does the damn season start (flash forward 6 months–or is it?–asks: when does the damn season end?)??? 630 channels, pirated international Netflix and real life just aren’t enough entertainment.

Bean
Bean
6 years ago

Howdy grey man!

H2h pts (10 teamer)

For depth would you rather have my Logan Forsythe (2b/1b). My current 2b is odor & 1b is rizzo, IF is lindor, utility Han Ramirez.

If you recommend parting w/ Logan here are some names I’m considering: Travis shaw, Trevor story, hector Oliverio, Pedro Alvarez, Ketel marte, starlin Castro (2b/SS), Danny Valencia (3b/OF)

Thank you & keep up the superb work my friend!

Bean
Bean
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:

Thank you! I look forward to your daily report write ups I love reading those

Hugman
Hugman
6 years ago

Hey Grey,
So, I’ve faced a bit of a conundrum the last two mock drafts I did (I’ve done over 25, help me!): Right around the time I pick DeShields up (I owned him the better part of last season, and your sleeper post cemented my love for him) Hamilton is sitting there available. The first time it happened I took Hamilton and instantly felt like a whore. The question is, am I just a whore or am I stupid, too? I take a pretty balanced approach to speed and power so if I’m already loaded with good power guys that also contribute in steals, I should stand by my man, Delino. Right?!

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: i just drafted delino in the 12th ahead of billy in one league (albeit billy often goes ahead of that). billy can’t get on base and is already hurt.

Kevin G
Kevin G
6 years ago

Which side?

Pujols + Carrasco be your ace

J Upton + T Ross be your ace

Thanks

Doc
Doc
6 years ago

Aj reed or Arica for na

1st base man is belt

Ss is Lindor and story

Ken Kneis
Ken Kneis
6 years ago

Grey,

Need some help on protections. Can keep 5 and am torn. Thoughts?
Bryce Harper in the 1st
Anthony Rizzo in the 8th
Kris Bryant in the 11th
Arenado in the 18th
Springer in the 21st
Corey Seager in the 23rd

Not sure about going straight talent with the first 5 or mixing in Seager for someone due to potential mixed with 23rd round price.

Brett
Brett
6 years ago

Grey,

I already have Machado. Would you rather Trout and Yellich or Betts and Bryant

The Great Knoche
The great knoche
6 years ago

You’re not going to believe this but Tulo is injured….

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
6 years ago

Great stuff Grey!

14 team H2H points league…

who will be better this year? K. Hendricks, A. Nola or Joe Ross?

I need to pick one or two of these guys…

thanks

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
6 years ago

12 Team H2H 5X5 Yahoo
R, HR, RBI, S, AVG

W, Saves, ERA, WHIP, K’s

1st overall pick

How’d I do

C – Realmuto
1B – Goldschmidt
2B – Schoop
3B – Frazier
SS – Seagar
OF – Marte
OF – Chris Davis
OF – Belt
UTIL – Griuchuk
UTIL – Alex Gordon
B – Suarez (If Seagar misses time)

SP – Archer
SP – Salazar
SP – T. Walker
SP – Corbin
SP – Quintana
SP – Heaney
SP – Hendeicks
SP – Odirizzi
SP – Joe Ross
RP – Rondon
RP – Tolleson
RP – D. Hernandez

Hal Incandenza
Hal Incandenza
6 years ago

With the TB saves split you’re talking about, it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if we find Farquar is somewhere in the far-quadrants of Cash’s spreadsheet before long. The “q” in his name highlights that he is not the answer. Colome seems likely in Column A. If that turns into a full-time gig, he could be a nice late row flyer. Boxberger is clearly someone to track changes on. I will read his updates as though they appear with a boxed text effect.

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
6 years ago

My two bench bats are Piscotty and Myers. Would you dump either of them for:

A-Rod
Gattis
Domingo Santana
Ozuna
Schoop

8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

Kevin G
Kevin G
6 years ago

15 team Roto. How does it look? Thanks!

C Wilson Ramos, WSH
C Robinson Chirinos, TEX
1B Anthony Rizzo, CHC
2B Jonathan Schoop, BAL
SS Starlin Castro, NYY
3B Nick Castellanos, DET
CI Matt Adams, STL
MI Zach Cozart, CIN
OF Starling Marte, PIT
OF Justin Upton, DET
OF Jason Heyward, CHC
OF Gregory Polanco, PIT
OF Christian Yelich, MIA
OF Khris Davis, OAK
Util Marcell Ozuna, MIA
Util Steven Souza, TB
P Danny Salazar, CLE
P Ken Giles, HOU
P Steven Matz, NYM
P Taijuan Walker, SEA
P Carlos Rodon, CWS
P Mike Leake, STL
P Nathan Karns, SEA
P Erasmo Ramirez, TB

Kevin G
Kevin G
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Should I trade Marte for JD Martinez to balance it out a bit?

endershadow
endershadow
6 years ago

12 team H2H 5×5 dynasty. Is this a fair offer and would you do it?

Send:
Tulo, Wainwright, ERod

Receive:
Carrasco, Stroman, Profar

Jb
Jb
6 years ago

If you have time can you name your “best team ever” for a 5×5 mixed roto auction with ESPN and 2c no bench?? Looking for a general reference for how you spend your 260 budget

Jb
Jb
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: did you do it with auction values. Ie would you go get 3 first rounders 2-3 2 nd rounders and fill in with lesser priced guys throughout?

Zachary
Zachary
6 years ago

12 Team Roto League 6×6 with OBP and QS

C-Posey
1B-Abreu
2B-Odor
SS-Correa
3B-Machado
OF-Betts
OF-Pollanco
OF-Grichuk
UTIL-Joc
UTIL-Pillar
UTIL-Schoop

SP-Salazar
SP-Walker
SP-Corbin
SP-Shields
SP-Iglesias
SP-Hendricks
RP-Britton
RP-Tolleson
RP-Ziegler

My pitching staff is a little shakey espcially in ERA but had the make do with what I had avaiable. Do you think it would be worth shipping one of my bats to try to get a better arm? Thanks Grey!!

Mike
Mike
6 years ago

14 team keeper league with a budget of $260. Here are my potential keepers which I’ve narrowed down. The drop day is Saturday. Who should I drop?

These are my definite keepers:
Rizzo $34, Arenado $10, Degrom $14, Springer$24
Total = $82 so far

These are my “up in the air” players that I could use some guidance on please:
Marte $31
Schoop $9
DeShields $9
Cueto $21
Pineda $16
Rodon $16
Storen $9
Tolleson $8

Thanks!

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

thanks!

Just a couple more questions:

1) do you think Storen is the closer over Osuna

2) Degrom $14 or Arrieta $17? Which would you rather?

3) which one of Stephenson $7 or Appel $2 would you rather keep in my minors spot?

Glenn seddon
Glenn seddon
6 years ago

Joined a keeper league without reading all rules.
There is no minimum inning requirement.
One teams pitching staff is Davis,melancon,giles, miller,betances gregerson,o’day,Strickland and watson.
He’s going to finish first in saves whip and era but last in wins and k’s.
The other advantage is he can wait until the end of he draft to take his pitchers because no one else is after them, meaning he can draft for offense with most of his early picks
Is this a good strategy.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
6 years ago

Can anyone name the starting rotation for the Dodgers in April? May? June? July?….going to be musical chairs.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Have they said anything more about Beachy’s injury?

The Great Knoche
The great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: hahaha, true. I saw a blurb on arm tendinitis from 3 days ago but nothing since.

Soria Wong
Soria Wong
6 years ago

Grey!
Great stuff, can’t wait for the season to be here. Soon….

Keeper Q…

Keep 10 11 team 6×6 (Holds and OPS) Auction $300

Currently keeping
Altuve $17
Dee $10
Xander $10
Franco $10
JUp $25
Polanco $10
Stressbird $20
JoFer $10
Thor $1

Last keeper spot – $18 Blackmon, $23 Pujols, $12 LoCain
Leaning toward Blackmon or Pujols. Thoughts? Thanks in advance!

Frank White
Frank White
6 years ago

Hey Grey How was your offseason..? Good luck this seaseon!! Can you give me your top 12 pitchers you would love to have on your team going from all the rounds please?? H2h points, 20 for a win, 5 QS, 1 – K, 1 -inning, -10 loss, -1 BB HR… Thank You. I read your comments on your top 100 but it would help me a lot

Mike Honcho
Mike Honcho
6 years ago

5th pick in a 12-team mixed league Yahoo draft and various scenarios to decide from, looking for some suggestions:
If I grab Rizzo (man-crush), would it be foolish to grab Eazy E or Abreu next if available? I thought since there is two UTL spots and another 1B wouldn’t hurt. Then proceed on the OF run.

Or Machado/Arenado then a 1B?

Or Machado/Arenado then an OF run?

Fish
Fish
6 years ago

10-team H2H with H/R/RBI/HR/SB/AVG/OBP/SLG/IP/ERA/WHIP/K/QS/S

C: Wellington Castillo
1b: A-Gon
2b: Dozier
SS: Seager
3b: Longoria
OF: Stanton, Marte, Polanco (K)
Util: Dickerson, Belt
BN: Lawrie, Park, Story

SP: Jo-Fer (K), Syndergaard (K), deGrom, Darvish, Nola, Gausman, Daniel Norris
RP: Giles, Familia, Allen, K-Rod
NA: Julio Urias

Thoughts on where I’m weak? Always appreciated!

Uncle Larry Walker
Uncle Larry Walker
6 years ago

MMmmmmmmmhmmmm…Langer’s #19 just made me drool….

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
6 years ago

Got Segura and Bauer …Team is shaping up…
C.
1b. C.Davis
2b. J.Schoop
3b. M. Franco
SS. J. Segura
OF. B.Harper
OF. N. Cruz
OF. D. Deshields
Util. B.Belt

Sp. Pineda
Sp. P. Corbin
Rp. T. Rosenthal
Rp. K. Giles
Rp. G.Perkins
P. Y. Ventura
P. Smyly
P. Fiers
P. Nola
B. Trevor Bauer
B.
B.
B.
B.
B.
I appreciate the input navigating through this pitching staff..could have been worse, I’m actually really happy with this team considering the hand I was dealt taking it over…I’ve been happy in March before though so well see lol.
Guys I’m thinking of next..Jeffress..Wheeler to stash in my DL…or Trumbo I like his 1b/of eligibility for my 1 bench bat

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Yeah I’m leaning Jeffress. .not sure he’ll be there though. ..if heso gone I’m looking at Gregerson, Bastardo, or Harris..want to help out some potential ratio issues with the young guys on my staff

Jerry
Jerry
6 years ago

Hey, Grey! Trade Wil Myers for Mark Trumbo? Thanks!

Warren
Warren
6 years ago

Making my final preparations for my auction on Saturday. I wasn’t sure about your love of Polanco, but he more I read about him, the more I think he could be the Pollock of this year, massive breakout potential. Didn’t realize how HUGE he is. I could see a HR/FB of 15% and 20 bombs and 30 SB, counting stats might be wonky if he hits 5th though.

Other guys moving into the near must buy category (good potential to get them under full price value): Upton, Betts, DeShields, Joc, Khrush. SO MANY OUTFIELDERS!

Also reading more about Dozier, he’s been hitting oppo-bombs in Spring Training and spraying the ball more instead of pulling and hoping for contact. I think that could help his avg up to 250 ish, sacrificing a few HRs. I think he’s in that top tier with Dee and Altuve this year. What do you think?

Thanks for all ya do buddy. Also couldnt stop laughing at Beherns describing your blue pullover situation yesterday…ya goof.

bobbo
bobbo
6 years ago

Who would you rather own in a roto league that counts Holds as a category, for the purpose of ratios, holds, and potential vulture saves if their closer gets injured:

Kevin Jepsen or Koji Uehara

bobbo
bobbo
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Thank you mustached man… you’re the best

hankg
hankg
6 years ago

Grey, as a quick follow-up to earlier question (copied below), this is an 11 team league with deep rosters (25 players). Thanks!

Good morning, Grey. Have my keeper draft upcoming and I have a quick question regarding strategy. We can keep 5 players and I have kept 5 hitters (Goldschmidt, Betts, Lindor, Odor and Franco). Looking at my draft position in the first round, there’s a chance that someone like Price or Bumgarner could fall to me. It is also likely that some top OF bats like Upton, Polanco, Cespedes, Heyward and maybe Braun could also be available. If this scenario was to occur, would you go for a top pitcher to secure my rotation or go for one of the top OFs? If I went OF in the first round, I would be hoping for someone like Syndergaard or Carrasco to fall to me in the 2nd round. If I go pitcher, I am fairly confident that Polanco and probably Heyward would be available in the 2nd round. Thanks so much for the help.

Matt
Matt
6 years ago

Alex Gordon and Mike leake for Ryan Braun. Dynasty league 12 teams. I’d get Braun. Also this is my team can you point out a glaring weakness so I can target it in the draft. I need to draft a catcher.

C empty
1b Steven piscotty
2b starlin castro
3b Nolan arenado
Ss Francisco lindor
Of Giancarlo Stanton
Of Gregory polanco
Of Alex Gordon…. Maybe Ryan Braun
Util Brandon Belt
Util David peralta
Sp yu darvish
Sp Carlos Martinez
Sp Carlos Rodon
Rp shawn Tolleson
Rp empty
P Drew smyly
P rasiel Iglesias
Be Jose berrios
Be Pablo Sandoval
Be johnny peralta

Thanks.

Matt
Matt
Reply to  Matt
6 years ago

@Matt: not that this matters but I also have avisail Garcia on the bench also

Matt
Matt
Reply to  Matt
6 years ago

@Matt: comment directed toward the one and only grey @grey

jhan23
jhan23
6 years ago

10 Man H2H
What do you think? I have to cut some bench batters and get some quantity in the SP department but otherwise ???
Welington Castillo Ari – C
Albert Pujols LAA – 1B ?
Brian Dozier Min – 2B
Miguel Sano Min – 3B ?
Francisco Lindor Cle – SS ?
Mike Trout LAA – OF ?
Andrew McCutchen Pit – OF ?
Khris Davis Oak – OF
Starling Marte Pit – OF
Brandon Belt SF – 1B,OF
Byron Buxton Min – OF ?
Trea Turner Was – 2B
Héctor Olivera Atl – 3B
A.J. Reed Hou – 1B-
Dallas Keuchel Hou – SP ?
Carlos Carrasco Cle – SP ?
Ken Giles RP
Brad Ziegler Ari – RP
José Quintana CWS – SP
Danny Salazar
Wei-Yin Chen Mia – SP
Raisel Iglesias Cin – SP
Jeff Samardzija SF – SP
Yordano Ventura KC – SP

jhan23
jhan23
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Ha the ???? were due to copy and paste from the yahoo site. They represent keepers. Im hoping some of that upside shows quickly for trade bait.

jhan23
jhan23
Reply to  jhan23
6 years ago

@jhan23: Auction draft and used your numbers almost ike a religion. Lost out on a few others I would have liked but they went for ridiculous dollars. Joc Pederson + $35

True and Correct
True and Correct
6 years ago

Delino with biceps tendinitis. Yikes !!! Drafted him on every team.

Tigres
Tigres
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

Say it ain’t so, Grey! Delino can still run without his biceps tendons, right?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
6 years ago

How do feel about Wilson Ramos as a little bit of a sleeper catcher. Shown flashes but hasn’t ever put it all together. Got Lasik surgery early in the spring and been raking since. Lots of positive reviews out of camp.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  OaktownSteve
6 years ago

@OaktownSteve: Been all over him so far everywhere. Even with bad eyes he hit 15HR, and has flashed potential for 25 (albeit with an insane HR/FB Ratio)

WillisReid
WillisReid
6 years ago

K Seager and Steven Matz for K Bryant.

The Bryant owner offered this and appears to covet Mets SP as he already has deGrom and Syndergaard. I can’t tell who wins in this deal. 12 team H2H.

WillisReid
WillisReid
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

He sent the proposal to me in a message. I sent it through and now he’s coming back with Bryant for Seager, Odor and Matz.

Such a d-bag. I’m gonna pass.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  WillisReid
6 years ago

@WillisReid: just tell him you’ll do exactly what he proposed in the first place. you don’t get to send offers and then demand more.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
6 years ago

@goodfold2: he’s just trying to see if you’re stupid, some people are. if he likes NYM SP so much you’ll get the one he sent first done.

Mello Yello
Mello Yello
Reply to  WillisReid
6 years ago

@WillisReid: Wow. Yeah don’t screw around and counter. Accept that shizz

Will
Will
6 years ago

I feel bad about doing a “How does my team look???” but I’m doing it anyways. So, you know, sorry. Primarily asking whether I should be trying to trade pitching to supplement any hitting categories. Any other comments appreciated.

14 team, H2H, 5×5 (OBP and QS). This was the inaugural dynasty auction draft. Required to have 3 minor leaguers as of opening day.

C- McCann
1B – C. Davis
2B – LeMahieu
3B – Franco
SS – Desmond
OF – Blackmon
OF – Lorenzo Cain
OF – Ozuna
Util – Souza
Util – Teixeira
Bench – Pedroia, Aaron Judge, Trea Turner

SP – deGrom
SP – Strasburg
SP – Matz
SP – Wacha
SP – Gausman
SP – Odorizzi
RP – Britton
RP – Ramos
RP – Street
RP – Papelbon
Bench – Urias, McCullers

Gordon Shumway
Gordon Shumway
6 years ago

Hi grey- which side do you like better? Carasco vs Salazar and Taijuan? Thanks!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
6 years ago

Ever notice how some baseball players battle their injuries but some nurse them.

Sonny Gray for sure is battling that dead arm. Kevin Gausman is nursing his sore shoulder. Is there a special medical school for baseball trainers?

Ok guys, today we’re going over battling versus nursing. This one of the most important lessons you’re gonna have to learn.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:

Let’s ask Hot Lips Houlihan…

Ok fellas today we’re going to cover dry stuff. You got your dry swings, very important. Jung Ho Kong over there for Pittsburgh is pioneering a new dry running protocol. Exciting stuff. Yes, Johnson?

What about dry catching?

Don’t be an idiot, Johnson.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:

Let’s try to stay on track shall we? We’ve still got to get through throwing off flat ground and that’s gonna take all day.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  OaktownSteve
6 years ago

@OaktownSteve:

And this just popped up on the internet:

Kang (knee) doing modified running drills.

Kang what on God’s green earth are you doing over there?

You said to do some running drills, right?

MODIFIED running drills. I said modified. What is this amateur hour? *muttering* Five weeks at University of Phoenix trainer college for this?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:

HA! Excellent

Ruben
Ruben
6 years ago

Heard talks from Pittsburgh about Cutch in the 2-hole with Jaso leadoff. Any merit to this? If so, is Jaso ownable? And how does that change your thoughts on polanco?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:

It’s possible Jaso sticks if he can stay healthy. Always been a pretty good OBP guy. And has hit lead off in TB. Listened to Neil Huntington and Clint Hurdle on the radio the other day and the Pirates SABR department spent all season working on line up construction. Triggered by the fact that Cutch had an MLB leading 158 ABs with 2 outs and nobody on last year. So Cutch is gonna be in the two hole (insert not terribly funny two hole joke).

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:

Another thing the Pirates guys said is they feel like Polanco will steal more bases from the middle to end of the line up. Felt like the running game was disruptive to Cutch’s ABs. Pirates are interesting. Underrated analytics team. Don’t usually get mentioned with the SABR sweethearts.

Ruben
Ruben
Reply to  OaktownSteve
6 years ago

@OaktownSteve: Interesting. Doesn’t really make sense to let Neil Walker go if that’s the case as he was always a solid OBP guy. Any feel for (1) Where Harrison ends up or (2) If they are pushing the need to walk to the players – much like Billy Beane did in the early days of moneyball?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Ruben
6 years ago

@Ruben:

Rudy and I were talking about that a little the other day. I think Harrison leads off against LHP and hits 7th vs RHP.

I think they traded Walker because he’s an FA next year. Niese has a fairly friendly club option in 2017 and 2017 with a club buy out option. And that’s the Pirates in a nutshell.

Matty
Matty
6 years ago

It’s that time of year for a humble-brag draft recap in the form of a question: any glaring omissions? My pitching feels a little upsidey because I just couldn’t help myself. I love all the young pitchers.
12 team, H2H, 5×5 + H, OPS, TB. Auction- I looked to spend 200 on bats and 60 on arms, went 199-61.
C- TBD
1B- Abreu
2B- Schoop
3B- Franco
SS- Xander
OF- Betts, J Upton, Marte
UT- Pujols
BN- Polanco
SP- Liriano, Samard, Matz, Pineda, Rodon, Walker, Nola, Raisel, McCullers
RP- KRod, Doolittle, Tollesson

Super stoked about this team. Thanks for the guidance.

Mello Yello
Mello Yello
Reply to  Matty
6 years ago

@Matty: TBD does have exceptional slashes vs. lefties

Matty
Matty
Reply to  Mello Yello
6 years ago

@Mello Yello:
Hah. I’ll just fill that in with a slow catcher with killer OPS.
Speaking of OPS- is there a rule of thumb OPS that one should target in constructing a lineup the way one would look to build a staff with a WHIP of around 1.23?

Mello Yello
Mello Yello
Reply to  Matty
6 years ago

@Matty: 7 fiddy maybe?

Matty
Matty
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:
Great. I’ll add that to the arbitrary limits in my head about what makes a player good. Most of them came from traditional stats and I devised them based off of baseball cards in the late-80s. These newfangled stats though, no gut reaction yet.

Ruben
Ruben
6 years ago

Where do you think Pederson ends up in the LAD lineup after Ethier’s injury?

Ruben
Ruben
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Any chance he gets a crack at lead off given his plus OBP and speed?

ERad
ERad
6 years ago

You’d be a fool to reply that Phife is not the man
‘Cause you know and I know that you know who I am.

Mello Yello
Mello Yello
Reply to  ERad
6 years ago

@ERad: ‘Cause I love it when you whack emcees despise me…

Kevin G
Kevin G
6 years ago

You have Ellsbury / Brantley / hanley ranked around 70 and say to avoid. They are going around pick 100-120 in my mocks, would you consider them there or staying away altogether?

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Kevin G
6 years ago

@Kevin G: hanram and brantley in yahoo mostly can be grabbed after or around in brantley’s case 100-115.

Lance
Lance B
6 years ago

The Grand Duda-pest hotel….

Best team name out there, book it!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
6 years ago

With all the injury news, these spring training daily notes are starting to sound like letters home from Civil War soldiers! Except, of course, for the lovely Giolito news!

1. In a keeper league, what’s the most that you would spend at auction for Giolito?

2. Who do you think has a starting SS gig sooner, Arcia or Turner? Assuming identical ABs, Arcia over Turner over Story?

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Thanks. 12 teams, 9 P spots, 7 reserve.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Yes, mixed. Thanks! I was aiming for about the same, hopefully sneak by with $1-$2. After $3, I’d rather go with a Berrios type and grab someone like Urias in the reserve.

hankg
hankg
6 years ago

Good morning, Grey. Have my keeper draft upcoming and I have a quick question regarding strategy. We can keep 5 players and I have kept 5 hitters (Goldschmidt, Betts, Lindor, Odor and Franco). Looking at my draft position in the first round, there’s a chance that someone like Price or Bumgarner could fall to me. It is also likely that some top OF bats like Upton, Polanco, Cespedes, Heyward and maybe Braun could also be available. If this scenario was to occur, would you go for a top pitcher to secure my rotation or go for one of the top OFs? If I went OF in the first round, I would be hoping for someone like Syndergaard or Carrasco to fall to me in the 2nd round. If I go pitcher, I am fairly confident that Polanco and probably Heyward would be available in the 2nd round. Thanks so much for the help.

hankg
hankg
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Sorry, 11 team league with large rosters (25 players). Thanks.

Doc
Doc
6 years ago

Castelannos or mat Adams for extra bench bat

Ryan
Ryan
6 years ago

I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. Should I trade altuve odorrizi alcides escobar for sale corey seager neil walker?

Ryan
Ryan
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: my other sp are kershaw degrom garrett richards and alcides is my only shortstop.

Buckner
Buckner
6 years ago

Ethier fractured his fibia. I’m impressed considering he doesn’t have a fibia!

Buckner
Buckner
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

I would never call you daft. Your fantasy baseball articles have helped me finish no worse than 2nd place in my league in each of the past three seasons. Maybe the fibia is a hybrid – a cross between the tibia and fibula. @Grey:

Mello Yello
Mello Yello
6 years ago

Waiting to see who will take the Andrew Bailey bait in my league. We just changed to saves & holds (thank god), so his presence on my team is not nearly as warranted as it was when we were just doing saves. Also we do K/9…I think I may have an all-timer for ridiculousness in that category (Chapman, Miller, JoFer, Familia, Tolleson, Storen, McGee, Doolittle, O’Day…all had K/9s north of 9.5 last year…well Tolleson was 9.43…whatever)…hopefully Doolittle survives…obviously that was a risky pick.

What do ya think about Conforto vs. Buxton? I have Conforto starting now

Joey Lomax
Joey Lomax
6 years ago

Maybe I missed it, but is there no pitching/hitting tiers document this year? That was my cheat sheet on draft day, and I found it to be really helpful. Thanks!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Joey Lomax
6 years ago

@Joey Lomax: No