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.

 
  1. Troy: The Collector

    Troy says:
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    Dog turds lol that’s the kind of shit why I keep reading every day grey. Never change my friend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Troy: Thanks, Troy!

  2. John says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Speaking of the magical healing powers of Searage, what do you think of a flier on Nicasio? They guy has a live arm and word is he may break as the 5th starter. I know spring stats mean nothing…

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @John: Depends on your team but sure why not.

    • Cram It says:
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      @John: Why not? A flier is a flier.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Agree with others, worth the flyer

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Grey: And the debate rages on.

        Flyer or flier?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Flyer

  3. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey,

    trying to rebuild a dynasty [email protected] team: Corey Seager is the “realdeal” here for a trade
    I can get : Matz /Archer/ Zobrist + maybe Heaney for him,
    i’d rather get Wong instead of BZ for steals
    Would you send the following : Matz Archer Heaney + Wong for SeaGull?
    drop which 3 ?

    C. R.Martin / Mesoraco
    1B. Duda / Park / Alvarez
    2B. Schoop
    3B. Lawrie
    SS. Lindor
    OF. JDMart / K.Davis / B.Gardner / SouzaJr

    SP. Tanaka / Cueto / WMChen / YVentura / Lackey / J.Nelson / Desclafani / B.Snell
    RP. Hoover / W.Smith

    Nick

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Nick: Keep Seager

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Hold… Lackey / J.Nelson / Desclafani

  4. Tenacious T says:
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    Long time reader and fan. Thank you for sharing! I’ve asked questions here and there, but this is my first time listing my team for your thoughts. In my 10 man standard 5×5 h2h league, I’m thinking that Grey would like my team:
    C: Castillo
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Odor
    SS: Bogaerts
    3B: Frazier
    CI: Pujols
    MI: Schoop
    OF: Marte, JDong, Upton
    U: DeShields
    P: Price, T Ross, Liriano, Matz, C Rodon
    RP: Giles, F Rod, Papelbon
    BN: Ventura, Leake, J Ross, Nola, E Rod

    What areas of weakness should I be keeping an eye on to improve from the wire?

    • Grey

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      @Tenacious T: I don’t see any real weaknesses as of right now… Little low on AVG, but that’s fine in H2H… Maybe a little wonky on speed, but that’s fine too… It’s a shallow league though, so you’re gonna have to work it all year

  5. Oranje says:
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    Here are the players that I have available to contract and their prices for the next season. I have two 2-year contracts, one 3-year and one 4-year contract. Who would you contract and for how long?
    Hosmer – $19
    Belt – $2
    Polanco – $24
    Lawrie – $1
    D. Santana – $1
    Matz – $7
    Odorizzi – $7
    J. Ross – $4

    • Grey

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      @Oranje: Oops, submitted too soon… Belt at 3 year, Matz at 4 year, Domingo and Hosmer at 2

  6. Bristol says:
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    Any thoughts on Nicasio? Looking awesome so far

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bristol: Late round flier if you’re so inclined.

  7. I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    just drafted a 20 teamer with OPS and XBH and holds and QS. 7-9 keepers, i wasn’t aware of how this league values keepers, having never drafted it before, probably shouldn’t have kept dahl.
    C punted, waivering somebody
    1B piscotty (K)
    2B cano (K)
    3B carpenter (K)
    SS iglesias (andrus went way too early, missed segura/alcides by a few picks while knowing full well i needed to beef up pitching, and later even missed villar, 18th, hopefully turner is up soon)
    OF heyward (K)
    OF jones (K)
    OF cargo (K)
    util ellsbury (K)
    BN fatt adams (21), t.turner (10th)
    NA dahl (K), bell (19th)
    SP rodon (K)
    chen (12th)
    buchholz (13th)
    kennedy (14th)
    porcello (16th)
    j.gray (23rd, this is stream spot, about to hopefully be somebody else)
    RP storen (11th, should’ve gone berrios here, thought i had more time)
    w.smith (15th)
    romo (17th)
    diaz (20th)
    kelley (22nd)
    should i go with spangenberg or dietrich or asche larry as BN bat (homers or speed needed more with this roster)?

  8. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Hypothetical situation

    I’m really trying to make a more conscious effort to draft value over position, which is leading to a bunch of outfielders early, which I am fine with. With only 3 OF spots in my 10 team Yahoo league, I typically end up with something along the lines Rizzo, Betts, Springer, and JD Martinez to start the draft, which I love. However I’ve done a few mocks where JUpton actually falls to the 5th round, which is where I plan on taking my first starter. Ideally in the 5th/6th rounds, I am planning on grabbing two starters from the Strasburg/Thor/Carrasco/Archer tier of pitchers, all of which will be gone by the 7th round. My question is, if you have a full outfield already, would you pass up the value of an outfielder like Upton in the 5th round to be your UTL to draft an ace pitcher or grab Upton and worry about pitching later?

    Thanks!

    • joe says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: My own thought is that I’m not in love with eating up my utility spot that soon. it leaves me with less flexibility to take a value later in the draft. At the same time, will you find that potential value as good as upton later in the draft? If you have CI/MI or a second Util, I would do it. If you don’t have either, I would at least think about eating up Util that early.

      Generally, I would rather take more bats early as it is always easier to find arms later in the draft, on the wire, or streaming matchups. Getting cheap impact bats always seems more difficult. If you don’t mind eating the Util, going Upton there seems like a pretty good option.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @bossmanjunior333:

      Everybody who is a value drafter is ending up with early OF. You can pretty much peg somebody’s draft style by looking at OFs in the first few rounds. I took 5 in a row to lead off my Scout draft. I ended up scuffling for 1B but I feel like I ended up not really getting pinched anywhere else. I think SS, 2B and 3B are particularly filled with mid to late round value this year.

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        @OaktownSteve: i know each and every year most of the top of my draft board as it goes on has mostly OF on it, whether or not i get them due to not having room or not. reddick/k.davis this year. i’m mostly only in OBP/OPS leagues.

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          @goodfold2: when i say those 2, along with c-sant CLE, they sit up at top, usually for a while.

  9. Rabbit says:
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    Re: the Sonny Gray blurb: The Walking Dead should have an entire episode during Spring Training when all the humans do is battle severed dead arms. Dead arm sneaks up behind someone by doing the finger walking thing, Dead arm chokes a guy while he desperately tries to fling it off. Dead arm drops down from tree branch onto someone’s head and tries to gouge his eyes out. Then all of the baseball fans would nod appreciatively while everyone else just stares at the TV confused.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rabbit: Haha, great idea!

  10. Goldie Showers says:
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    Good mornin you sexy bastards,

    Draft conundrum to ponder…4 keeper league with goldy/altuve/correa/arenado under control for EVERR. Own the 6th pick, however dont have a second rounder so wont pick again until 27ish. Question being should I target a top arm with my first pick (sale and fernandez should be available best case, cole/carrasco as a fallback), or get myself a solid OF (one of JD/Upton/Braun/CarGo will be there). Im thinking pulling the trigger on Sale or JoFer, but if neither fall then go OF route?

    Appreciate the thoughts

    • joe says:
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      @Goldie Showers: I would go JD, but I also am on his bandwagon. If you believe in JD, he seems like the smarter pick. You’re going to be behind the 8-ball in the OF or at SP. It will probably be easier to close the gap at SP than at OF. So I would rather get an OF early. While I like JD the best, Upton is also a solid choice there.

      The problem becomes that I personally do not like Braun or Cargo nearly as much and may consider one of the pitchers over those two. But it is still a tough call because I am more confident in putting together a better rotation stating at pick 27 than an outfield that late. With 4 keepers, your first outfielder at that point would essentially be a 7th round pick. That is really really really late to take your first OF.

    • Grey

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      @Goldie Showers: Morning! Number of teams matters, but you should likely take an SP there

      • Goldie Showers says:
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        @Grey: fair enough, 12 TM mixed. Certainly leaning that way as well. Cheers

  11. Steve says:
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    Upcoming keeper league draft. We keep 6. I’m going in with Price, Harvey, Thor, Jew Mart, Abreu, and M Franco. I’d like to go SP with my first pick (4th overall). Who do you like most of…

    Rodon
    Matz
    Walker
    C-Mart
    Iglesias
    then all the rookies like Giolito, Berrios, Urias, Glasnow… are still around. Looking to get the most long term bang for my buck. Thanks!

  12. Tom says:
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    Grey,

    Had my auction last night. How do you think this team looks?

    c-russell martin k
    1b-rizzo-40
    2b-forsythe-1
    ss-bogaerts-k
    3b-machado-k
    mi-schoop-1
    ci-carlos santana-10
    of-adam eaton-10
    of-grichuk-7
    of-j.d. martinez-k
    of-mike trout-59
    dh-deshields-3

    bench: mesocraco, byung ho park, aj reed, joe panik, devon travis, billy burns

    sp-carrasco-k
    sp-strasburgh-32
    sp-iwakuma-8
    sp-patrick corbin-11
    sp-stroman-k
    rp-britton-18
    rp-wade davis-k
    rp-ramos-16
    rp-robertson-20
    bench-jose berrios, maeda, kyle hendricks

    K stands for keeper. The only thing that pissed me off was the price for the closers. I don’t have much flexibilty with a salary cap of 300. I am up against. I am thinking of moving or dropping Carlos Santana with a 10 dollar price tag.

    • Grey

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      @Tom: # of teams?

  13. Mickey Maloney says:
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    What a kick in the shin! So much for my sly late round pick in the Razzball slow draft league… Wish Urias was getting more chatter as rotation help for the Dodgers.

  14. Desmond says:
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    I’d be interested in some thoughts on my 14 team H2H 6×6 draft (Holds and OPS the extra categories).

    C – Swihart
    1B – Votto
    2B – Dozier
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Marte
    OF – Stanton, Upton, Heyward
    Util – Dickerson
    Bench – None, silly, it’s H2H

    SP – Cole, Tyson Ross, Carlos Martinez
    RP – Ramos, Osuna, Carson Smith (sad trombone)
    Bench – Matz, Smyly, Hendricks, Joe Ross, Nola

    • Grey

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      @Desmond: Hitting looks very solid, your pitching looks a tad risky, don’t love C-Mart, not bad though overall… It’s H2H, you can play matchups

      • Desmond says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man, appreciate it. Keep up the good work, and good luck for the season.

        • Grey

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          No problem

  15. nick the dick says:
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    The 5 foot assassin with the ruffneck business is dead. Shit..

  16. Harvey Wallbangers says:
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    10-team H2H with H/R/RBI/HR/SB/AVG/OBP/SLG/IP/ERA/WHIP/K/QS/S

    C: Salvador Perez
    1b: Pujols
    2b: Schoop
    SS: Lindor
    3b: Franco
    OF: Harper, JD Martinez, Upton
    Util: Hanley, Delino
    BN: Fat Adams, Segura
    NA: Nomar Mazara

    SP: Harvey, Lester, Matz, Rodon, Iglesias, Corbin, Chen, Ross, Paxton, Ryu, Cobb, Peavy,
    RP: punting

    Thoughts? Appreciate it

    • Grey

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      @Harvey Wallbangers: Team looks stacked, but it’s a shallow league, so it better… I think you’re a little light on speed, if I had to quibble

  17. Matt says:
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    10 team, 6×6 (OPS). Do you think this lineup can hold its own? It is certainly weak in steals and that wasn’t intentional, not sure if it is worth addressing. What are your thoughts and areas to improve? Appreciate the input!
    C D’Arnaud
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Odor
    3B Arenado
    SS Suarez
    CI Encarnacion
    MI Forsythe
    OF JD Martinez
    OF Brantley
    OF Yelich
    OF Granderson
    UT Belt
    UT Moustakas
    BN Conforto, Piscotty

    • Matt says:
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      @Matt: 10 team H2H that is.

    • Grey

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      @Matt: I agree with you, it is light on steals, but that doesn’t matter much in OPS, 10 team… Not worth addressing yet

  18. Lipson says:
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    Hey Grey, is the “Players to target” series still going on? Last I saw was 3B. Real curious about your OF and SP suggestions.

    • Grey

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      @Lipson: Hopefully OF is tomorrow, assuming no big news I need to cover

  19. E says:
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    Really involved question here. I’m in a 12-team keeper league (with quality starts), and I’ve got Machado, Salazar, and Buxton as late keepers, plus Arrieta in the 3rd round.

    I’m drafting 12th. Based on who else is being kept in the league, I think my best-case scenario is Betts falling to me at #12. But barring that, which combo of these guys would you take at #12 and #13: J. Upton, Frazier, Chris Davis, Votto, Sale, Scherzer. I’m thinking Upton/Votto or Davis/Votto. And who would you pair with Betts?

    • Grey

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      @E: Upton/Votto or Davis/Upton

  20. dhurm says:
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    Good Morning Grey!
    Looking forward to seeing your Daily Notes on a daily basis, I read this first thing when I get into work during baseball season. Any advice for the 11th pick in a 23 team mixed snake draft? My concern is that I’m reaching for players in Yahoo mocks when I know they won’t make it back to me. You cool with this, or have any other suggestions?
    Thanks!

    • dhurm says:
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      those fat fingers again!
      should be 12 team mixed…not 23 team

      • Grey

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        @dhurm: Oh, 12 team? Follow my rankings

    • Grey

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      @dhurm: I’d definitely try to take a corner infielder, wouldn’t trust one to get back to you that you like…Thinking Rizzo or Arenado here

  21. Schnizzy says:
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    Grey – keeper deadline today… which of these two, given their respective costs:

    1) Corey Kluber… at the cost of my 4th round pick.
    2) Shawn Tolleson… at the cost of an 18th round pick.

    Standard 10 team, 5×5 yahoo points league (keep 3). My other two keepers are locked in (Arietta & Archer). Go with Kluber for three aces? Or take the value of Tolleson in the 18th so I can use that 4th round pick on another strong player? Leaning toward the latter option, but hard to pass on Kluber.

  22. Shibboleth says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks as always! Looking forward to another fun season. Thoughts on my team?

    12 team. 5×5. OPS, QS, S+Hold

    C: Perez
    1B: Davis
    2B: Odor
    3B: Frazier
    SS: Seager
    MI: Schoop
    CI: Alvarex
    4OF: Harper, Marte, Ozuna, Souza Jr., Soler, Buxton

    SP: Strasburg, Salazar, Matz, Samardzija, Rodon, Fiers, Corbin, Gausman
    RP: K-rod, Tolleson, Rodney, Diaz

    • Grey

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      @Shibboleth: You look a little low on speed, which is fine in OPS… Your pitching and power is stacked, which is great in QS and OPS

      • Shibboleth says:
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        @Grey: thanks!!

        • Grey

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          No problem

  23. ECTO says:
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    Grey,

    Any way that you might be able to create some printable cheat sheets that separate each position into the tiers that you have broken them into?

    Also, for the Top 20 players, you break them down into tiers (overall), but how do those tiers correlate to the positional tiers? It’s a bit confusing, because when you look up rankings by position, it’s unclear what tier the top players at each position are in for their position?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ECTO: I’m not creating printable cheat sheets, someone else used to, but I guess they’re not this year, sorry

  24. Wilsonian says:
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    I caught the fever and gotta adjust things post draft.

    First:

    Better for my N/A – Arcia or Jose “she had it coming” Reyes?

    Better for my last RP: Hoover, Bailey, Cishek, Colome, D.Hernandez, Jeffress, Grilli

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS, W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wilsonian: Arcia. It’s an 8 teamer, you can grab a closer whenever. Go with the guy who definitely has the job, Cishek?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Cram It: snagged Arcia first, but wasn’t sure because the wife beater may be back sooner rather than later.

        I was leaning him or Grilli. Just like to clog up my starting lineup with closers/RPs. Already have Rosenthal, Rondon, Tolleson, Zeigler and Betances. I can start one more so figured I’d grab another with Arcia moving to the N/A and clearing up a spot.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wilsonian: Do you not have a good enough SS already?

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Cram It: oh yeah, Correa. Just like to stock up on someone possibly useful in my N/A. Might as well use the slot.

            • Cram It says:
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              @Wilsonian: Then I don’t think it matters who plays first, Arcia or Reyes, if you have Correa. Probably end up dropping them anyway when they’re no longer NA!

              • Wilsonian says:
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                @Grey: @Cram It: thanks! I agree with Cram, too. Just always like a second opinion from the fine gentlemen and three ladies at Razzball.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  25. MattH says:
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    nice opening line, Grey.

  26. ryan says:
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    Yo Grey, this shizz is invaluable. Thank you!

    6×6 OBP league w/ total bases… How far up do you move Miguel Sano? 3rd or 4th round?

    What do you make of Hendricks in the Chicago rotation? Or Hammels?

    And lastly, do you think the Zorilla can put together 100 runs w/ double digit sb/hr?

    You da’ man!

    RIP phife dawg

  27. John says:
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    Crazy pre-draft keeper trade made. Grey, your expertt insight would be appreciated.

    I agree to trade away the keeper rights for Jake Arrieta. I receive keeper rights to Noah Syndergaard and Steve Matz.

    I also currently have Kershaw as a first round keeper.

    This year’s pre-draft keeper value has Arrieta as a 4th round pick, which I basically forfeit this year by trading him away, and Syndergaard and Matz as last round keepers. In the future both would need to be kept in the first 7 rounds.

    The trade will be executed after the draft.

    Fair deal, or should I have held on to Arrieta? Thanks as always Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: I’d take Noah/Matz

  28. Gray's Sports Almanac says:
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    Accidentally clicked on a yahoo article about fantasy baseball (that felt so dirty, but at least it wasn’t ESPN). Anyway, I thought it interesting that Andy Behrens had this to say regarding the NL Tout Wars Draft:
    “Grey Albright’s first move when he entered the auction room above was to remove his blue pullover, revealing AN IDENTICAL BLUE PULLOVER. Like a human nesting doll. And then he cackled his terrifying cackle. Weirdo. I love Grey with my full true heart. He spent $15 on Chris Carter, which, according to my pricing, was a $35 overpay.”

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Gray’s Sports Almanac: That’s hilarious, Grey + Highlander, there can be only one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… True about the Russian nesting doll and cackle… Tout is OBP, Carter was a steal for $15. Him in Miller with OBP? Damn, that’s ridiculously good in a 12-team NL-Only w/ OBP

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      “Terrifying cackle”. haha!

  29. FrankGrimes says:
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    what’s your thoughts on dude wholly spent
    $12 on pitchers in AL Tout?

    Great lede Rudy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He didn’t write the lede, he writes the titles

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Haha ok ok your part was good too!!
        You don’t care about the $12 guy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who are you talking about? Sorry I don’t see someone only spending $12 total

  30. They Might Be Giants says:
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    I was picking my nose while reading this column at work. What should I do with the boogers? Eat them, wipe them under my desk, wipe them on the floor, steal tissue from co-workers desk? I’m not sure it matters, but I had 4th pick and named the booger Rizzo.

  31. will says:
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    Which 10 should I keep in a head to head 12 team, 6×6 league. Added categories are OPS and QS to the basic 5×5. No restrictions this year on the keepers. They will just take the first 10 rounds

    Already keeping: Encarnacion, Stanton, Polonco, Correa, Arenado

    Who should be my other 5 keepers?

    Schwerber
    Hosmer
    Dozier
    Rendon
    Ozuna
    Ian Desmond
    Wil Myers

    Carrasco
    Salazar
    Matz
    Stroman
    Tyson Ross
    Cody Allen
    Tolleson

    We have a 12 start limit each week with 4 OF, 2 UTIL, and No (CI or MI) spots and 1 catcher

    Which 10 should I pick? I pretty confident in about 7-8 of them. Just can’t decide which way to go with the last 2-3. Thoughts?

    • Cram It says:
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      @will: Schwarber, Dozier, Carrasco, Salazar, Matz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @will: Agree w/ Cram

      • will says:
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        @Grey: Matz over Tyson Ross because of potential W’s?? Dozier over Rendon because of injury and last year issues? I like Dozier, but struggle with his average.

        In this league I will only be able to keep 5 of these guys next season anyway.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Matz has more upside, I don’t like Dozier or Rendon so if you want Rendon, go for it

  32. Joey Lomax says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joey Lomax: Someone else always made them, that person didn’t step up this year or died

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey: Holy crap, maybe Phife made the tiers

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      The tiers are broken down in the Excel War Room I believe. Go download that and just copy out what you need.

  33. Mello Yello says:
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    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

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buckner: Oh, you were saying I was being daft, gotcha

      • Buckner says:
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        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:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I think I joined fractured and tibia in my head… Fixed now, thanks!

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: If you need Sale and Seager

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

  36. Doc says:
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    Castelannos or mat Adams for extra bench bat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doc: Castellanos

  37. hankg says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams matters

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

  38. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s all there is to report in the daily news in the spring… 1. # of teams matters 2. Arcia

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. 12 teams, 9 P spots, 7 reserve.

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

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, makes sense

  39. Lance

    Lance B says:
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    The Grand Duda-pest hotel….

    Best team name out there, book it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  40. Kevin G says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Draft something else, go with my words

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Kevin G: hanram and brantley in yahoo mostly can be grabbed after or around in brantley’s case 100-115.

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

  42. Ruben says:
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    Where do you think Pederson ends up in the LAD lineup after Ethier’s injury?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully 6th-ish, but is right now in 8 hole

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he could

  43. Matty says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look a tad low on OPS and higher on speed, which isn’t great, but in shallow H2H it’s not that big of a deal… Your pitching is risky, but fine

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Matty: TBD does have exceptional slashes vs. lefties

      • Matty says:
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        @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 says:
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          @Matty: 7 fiddy maybe?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Matty: Prolly lean around .780

          • Matty says:
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            @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.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I hear ya

  44. Ruben says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jaso is a platoon guy, doubt he sticks in leadoff… If he does, Polanco’s runs and RBIs are switched…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @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).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s not insanely goofy, but it could clog up the basepaths in practice

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @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.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That works for me!

            • Ruben says:
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              @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 says:
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                @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.

  45. OaktownSteve says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… What about the nurses in battle that pull a hamstring?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! When do we go over wet stuff?

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @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 says:
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              @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?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Modified running is related to silly walks

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Grey:

                  HA! Excellent

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Mound work, flat ground, throwing from 90 feet, pitching from 60 feet, can’t land on his feet, plantar fasciitis

  46. Gordon Shumway says:
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    Hi grey- which side do you like better? Carasco vs Salazar and Taijuan? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar

  47. Will says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No reason to trade at this point, your team looks fine… Looks slightly low on OBP and RBIs… Pitching looks excellent

  48. WillisReid says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryant side, not close

      • WillisReid says:
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        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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @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 says:
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            @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 says:
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      @WillisReid: Wow. Yeah don’t screw around and counter. Accept that shizz

  49. OaktownSteve says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He played all of last year and was so yawnstipating… Maybe the eyes make the difference and for where you’re drafting him, why not try it?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @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)

  50. True and Correct says:
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    Delino with biceps tendinitis. Yikes !!! Drafted him on every team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s just soreness (hopefully)

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Huh?

  51. jhan23 says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re overworking your question mark button… The team’s hitting looks stacked, like ridiculously so, maybe a little too upsidey at the end… The pitching looks solid, reliable

      • jhan23 says:
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        @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 says:
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          @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

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

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun side, not close

  53. hankg says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can take an OF, you don’t need one of those top SPs

  54. bobbo says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jepsen

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know!

  55. Warren says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget Dozier…I love all of those OFs obviously… Polanco! Total goof!

  56. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey! Trade Wil Myers for Mark Trumbo? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  57. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, I’d be happy too, the pitching staff looks solid considering when you started drafting it… Jeffress or Trumbo

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lean Gregerson there

  58. Uncle Larry Walker says:
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    MMmmmmmmmhmmmm…Langer’s #19 just made me drool….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  59. Fish says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look weak in speed, which is fine in SLG/OBP… I like the team overall, pitching looks fine

  60. Mike Honcho says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo/Abreu is fine

      Not ideal, Rizzo and OF would be better

  61. Frank White says:
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    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

  62. Soria Wong says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain

  63. The Great Knoche says:
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    Can anyone name the starting rotation for the Dodgers in April? May? June? July?….going to be musical chairs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw, 6th man, 7th man, 8th man, 9th man

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Have they said anything more about Beachy’s injury?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Which injury? He’s had so many

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

  64. Glenn seddon says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like it

  65. Mike says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can keep them all

      • Mike says:
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        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?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1) Likely 2) deGrom 3) Appel

  66. Zachary says:
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    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!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t trade for an arm at this point

  67. Jb says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I did this post already, search the site

      • Jb says:
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        @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?

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

    Send:
    Tulo, Wainwright, ERod

    Receive:
    Carrasco, Stroman, Profar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  69. Kevin G says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bit upsidey on arms, but not bad, I do love the guys that you have as starters… Hitting looks about weak on power, and higher on speed

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  70. Wilsonian says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not at this point

  71. Hal Incandenza says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  72. TarmanGotHim says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, bit light on speed on hitting and light on saves on pitching

  73. RicoSuave says:
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    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

  74. The great knoche says:
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    You’re not going to believe this but Tulo is injured….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way, c’mon!

  75. Brett says:
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    Grey,

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  76. Ken Kneis says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget Seager

  77. Doc says:
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    Aj reed or Arica for na

    1st base man is belt

    Ss is Lindor and story

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia

  78. Kevin G says:
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    Which side?

    Pujols + Carrasco be your ace

    J Upton + T Ross be your ace

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  79. 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?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamilton is fine, but you can likely wait another few rounds and draft Delino instead

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @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.

  80. Bean says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Story until the Rockies send him down, lose Logan

      • Bean says:
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        @Grey:

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Yeah, liking him a lot… I wanna write a sleeper post on him, but time’s running out

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I fell asleep during Inception…or did I?

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

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s been days

              • Long Bawls says:
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                @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.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I wouldn’t dare say that, I’m cackling as I type… Like a madman

  82. The Mang says:
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    Would you rather keep Matz or Lucroy in a keep forever league? H2H Points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matz

  83. SteveNZ says:
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    This time in 7 weeks, I’ll be in LA…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  84. OaktownSteve says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup and agreed, no doubt

  85. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, slow drafts are maddening

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I checked twice since I posted this lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… I know the feeling

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Got Jeffress hoping to snag Gregerson on the way back…I know you were concerned so now you can sleep tonight

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha…Whew!

  86. Flame thrower says:
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    You G

    Badly need a corner in a OBP league

    My Jones

    for his Freeman

    • Flame thrower says:
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      @Flame thrower:

      Thats Adam jones

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  87. OaktownSteve says:
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    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.”
    0 retweets 0 likes

    I hear his cutter is nasty. I love when guys add a cutter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, was hoping to get him in Tout but wasn’t meant to be

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Hoping He gets it. He’d make a fantastic HodgePadre

  88. JP says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bracho is the only one I’d draft

  89. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Exactly!

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: i mean you didnt’ get to pick that picture, but it’s perfect.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, pretty much sums up how I was feeling

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Grey: plus you get the fun crash about 20 minutes in after your adrenaline crashes from the 20 blocks of running.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Totally!

  90. peacecoast says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Colome

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Farq, Jumbo, Jepsen

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

  92. Ldbowe10 says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta

  93. Fever Dog says:
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    10-tean, h2h, 5×5

    My SPs are below. Drop anyone for Nicasio?

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kennedy

  94. Landisimo3 says:
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    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 says:
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      fwiw.. 12 team roto

  95. Oppo Taco says:
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    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 says:
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      MI – Brandon Crawford for 4$ , not jean segura

  96. Commish Cauda says:
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    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?

  97. Doc says:
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    Wil Myers or castelannos, already have jd and upton and no backup first baseman

  98. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    testing avatar

    • For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron says:
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      @simply fred: haven’t you had the same avatar for a long time?

  99. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    test 2

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @simply fred: 2nd verse same as the first

      • Simply Fred

        simply fred says:
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        @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….

  100. Nevik Rowe says:
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    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

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