I know how much you love draft strategy (do you?  Yeah, of course you do!).  Whether it’s snake draft or auction draft.  You gobble this shizz up.  Okay, I wasn’t speaking literally, take the corner of your computer monitor out of your mouth.  Auction drafts are the best.  They’re like that time you followed a man with a pony tail into the gym locker room only to realize his broad shoulders were that of a large lesbian and you were in the women’s locker room and had to run out.  Happy accidents!  So, lots of you know my fantasy baseball auction tips already, but some of you just joining us — Hey, close the door behind you!  Were you raised in a barn? — may not.  Lots of the strategy for my snake drafts also applies here.  If you ask me — and you kinda did ask me by reading this shizz — auction drafts are where it’s at, yo!  You get in a room with your best fantasy baseball buddies.  The guys you haven’t seen since last year’s draft.  The guys you don’t want to see until next year’s draft.  One guy, and there’s always one, has to show you why the Droid is better than the iPhone.  Then you have the guy who will go the extra dollar for (fill-in favorite player from his favorite team).  You know that’s his favorite player because he’s wearing his jersey.  There’s also the guy who wears a jersey of a player he would never draft from a team he hates just to throw you off his scent, only he points this out to show you how clever he thinks he is; he’s not.  There’s the guy that makes you question why you’re even friends with him.  There’s the guy who has a solar calculator and insists on sitting by the window.  There’s the guy who is allergic to cats and, even though there’s no cat, insists someone’s clothes are ‘covered in dander.’  There’s the guy who brings healthy snacks and something with bean sprouts that he says is wrapped in a lavash just so no one will ask him for any of it.  There’s the guy on Skype because he has to babysit, which makes for a crying baby in the background of the entire draft.  And, of course, you have the guy who brings only Cheetos and turns everything he touches orange, and, if he touches something that was already orange, he makes it oranger.  Through all of this, it always turns out, this day is the best day of the year.  As for online auction drafts, they’re just a’ight.  Anyway, here’s some tried and true tips to help you through your auction fantasy baseball draft:

1. Early in the draft, throw out guys that you know you have no interest in that will cost others a lot.

Say Pablo Sandoval was eating at your favorite fast food restaurant and because he ate the entire buffet himself there was none for you, so now you don’t want to draft him.  So the first name you should nominate is “I Can’t Get No Panda Express Because Of You” Panda for a $1 and let others overspend on him.  You don’t want high-priced pitching?  Nominate Kershaw.  You think Robinson Cano is overrated?  Nominate him.  You get the idea.  When no one I hate is left, I throw out positions I no longer need or want.  Already have a shortstop and MI?  Then nominate a shortstop.  Just make sure you nominate a guy for a dollar that you know will go for more.  You don’t want to nominate a player that you don’t want and end up having them as your utility.

2. Go the extra dollar if you really want someone.

When you get to the end of the auction, no one has any flippin’ idea what they spent to get a guy.  If you want Kolten Wong and every auction value article you’ve read says he’s worth $12 and the bidding’s just gone to $16, go to $17 if you want him.  It’s your team; you need certain guys whether they’re overpriced or not.

3. You want to be “rich” with auction money.

You won’t always have the most money at the draft, but, whenever possible, you want to.  The more money you have A) The better leverage you have attaining any guy you might want. B) You can get great buys late in the draft when no one else has any money.  Invariably, someone will throw out, say, Steven Souza for a dollar (or some player that they think they can sneak through). Then you get Souza for $2 and everyone in the draft room groans, wishing they still had some money.  At your draft, you want to be like the little tuxedoed guy from Monopoly.  In fact, dress like him for your draft.

4. Decent catchers and closers are even easier to acquire in auctions.

In a snake draft, you never know when Salvador Perez, Wieters, Addison Reed, Nathan or whoever is going to be drafted.  The beauty of the auction is you can have anyone.  In my experience, you should wait until most of the teams have filled up their closers or catcher(s) slot then you nominate some cheaper guys. This works especially well for catchers.

5. Keep track of who other people want.

You know exactly what everyone else is thinking.  If Joe Schmohawk goes to $12 on Arrieta and you get him for $13, keep J.S. in mind when you’re looking to trade Arrieta after his hot 1st half.  If someone groans when you get Chris Owings, keep it in mind.  Unless it’s the same guy who’s been eating nothing but Cheetos for ten hours. Then it might just be gas.

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Nick
Nick
7 years ago

Fist try at Fake money Draft: ESPN 10 teams 260$ 25 players

$41 Goldsmith 1B
$33 Rendon 2B
$29 Y Puig OF1
$27 I Desmond SS
$25 Strasburg SP1
$19 Springer OF2
$17 B Hamilton OF3
$14 Dickerson OF4
$11 Hamels SP2
$9 Wong 2B/SS
$9 Betts OF5
$6 Wheeler SP3
$4 Y Tomas Util
$2 Tillman SP4
$1 Odorizzi Salazar Eovaldi SPs
$1 Souza Pearce Bench OF
$1 Y Grandal C
$1 Reed Meijia RP
$1 ARod Bench 3B
$1 Cingrani Bench SP

waivers : ?
Pederson for Arod
Clippard for Cingrani

i fall real short with pitchers ,, no morefakemoney

Randy
Randy
7 years ago

Yo Grey props for the strategy advice! You rule! Thanks. Think you could weigh in on some keeper options for me? Standard 5×5 plus batter Ks and OPS/L and QS for pitchers (7×7). $285 budget. Can Keep up to 3 years with annual $5 escalators.

Pick 4:

Cole Hamels – 21
Jorge Soler – 14
Pablo Sandoval – 13
Devin Mesoraco – 12
Ryu – 7
Trumbo – 7
Greg Polanco – 2
Javier Baez – 1
Danny Salazar – 1
James Paxton – 0

Would definitely really appreciate the input!

Panti Jose
Panti Jose
7 years ago

Keeper question for 5×5 roto, 13 team, $260 auction:

Pick three of these six for single year:

Rizzo, $15 (given)
Frazier, $11
Arenado, $8
Bautista, $34
Mesoraco, $7
D. Santana, $6

Mustard
Mustard
7 years ago

was offered cano and J Up for dread pirate in a keeper league, yay or nay

B.J.
B.J.
7 years ago

Hey gents,

The season is quickly approaching and I need to decide on my keepers by midnight tonight. This is a 10 team H2H league with 6 offensive categories- Runs, HR, RBI, SB, BA, and OPS and 7 pitching categories- W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, K/9 and QS.

We can keep 5 players but if you have a player that is ROY eligible you can keep him as your 6th keeper.

I am definitely keeping Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Yasiel Puig. The final 2 keepers are a bit tough for me to choose. My options are Freddie Freeman (leaning towards keeping him), Adrian Gonzalez, Todd Frazier, Madison Bumgarner, Yu Darvish. I can also keep Jorge Soler as my 6th keeper because he is ROY eligible.

Who should be my final two keepers? And is Jorge Soler worth the equivalent of a 6th round pick? My gut says no, I feel like I can get him a little later on and my options in the 6th are a bit more attractive and have a greater track record. What to do, what to do?

B.J.
B.J.
Reply to  B.J.
7 years ago

@B.J.: or I can decide to keep only three and use the extra picks to grab two guys I like that weren’t kept. Having a really hard time with this.

Spammer Jay
Spammer Jay
Reply to  B.J.
7 years ago

@B.J.: Freeman for sure. The question is Mabum or Fraizer. I would go Madbum. Leave Darvish out there for bait. You should be able to fin Xander waiting for you for 3B.

B.J.
B.J.
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thank you!

Jim
Jim
7 years ago

After 14 years our league is doing an auction for the first time. We are also changing from saves to saves+holds. Do you have any strategy suggestions for saves+holds? My guess is that closers are still best to have but you can focus on lower quality (cheaper) closers and higher quality setup men. Any thoughts?

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dickerson's jock...strap
7 years ago

hey grey
6×6 roto OPS and Holds
picking 9 of 10… say all the clowns in my league empty the 1b and rizzo is gone
assuming you have bautista, gomez, a jones, tulo, who do you like here, i know you rank jones higher but his OPS kinda hurts him, your thoughts?

goodfold2
goodfold2
7 years ago

earlier today i left a comment under a Vin Wins message, and cannot find where it was. I was inquiring if he knows anybody that might want to join a Razzball league (inverse stats, worst players are best), as i know he used to run the ones 2 years and longer ago. What’s his email? I’m trying to set up one of these and am having problems finding enough people.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: yeah, i found it, i was searching with “vin wins” with an unneeded space.

Spammer Jay
Spammer Jay
7 years ago

love the hilarious prologue Grey.. we have the android guy who makes everyone’s eyes roll… we also have….

the guy with an old slow ass laptop running windows XP who always has flash issues and who consults with the android guy about which browser to use

the sandwich guy. shows up with a legit footlong and stuffs his face dropping lettuce all over his keyboard.

the guy that has a terrible internet connection every season and insists he clicked bid at the last second before he lost the bid.

and always last but not least, the guy who is late to the draft every season, so consistently his name is synonymous with the word “late”

Ray
Ray
7 years ago

Another GREY8 article!!
Auction Keeper league 12 teams, keepers due next week.
$260 5×5 standard can keep up to 10

J Sheilds $16
Cashner $16
Lucroy $12
A Jones $23
Cespedes $12
Josh Harrison $1
Chris Carter $4
Joc Pederson $1
Holland $1
Wheeler $6
Stroman $1
Paxton $1
Carrasco $1
Fiers $1
Sanchez $1
JFernadez $6

who would you pass on? can pass on 6
thanks!

McNulty
McNulty
7 years ago

Hi Grey, since you mentioned the CBS expert drafts, Scott White’s pitching sleepers and busts very much resemble this site. His pitchers picks have changed quite dramatically since the past week or so. Just an observation…

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

@McNulty: more people scared of Grey educating the industry at their ignorant expense.

royce!
royce!
7 years ago

Doing my first ever auction draft this year…mocked one today and learned a few things. First, auction drafts are goddamn interminable. Second, I wanted to get the great deals at the end of the draft so badly that I ended up filling my roster with $ to spare. Which really makes sense, because I ended up with some shizzy pitching.

So, to avoid such an outcome, do you estimate your budget for each position beforehand?

Q
Q
7 years ago

So I went back and read the blurbs, but couldn’t really tell.

Do you trust Fielder more than Votto to make a come back to relevance? Or is it just that his best case scenario is better than Votto’s?

ryan
ryan
7 years ago

In a 20 team h2h dynasty league, should I trade Carl Crawford for Alex Rios? I figure value wise it’s a wash. I just need someone to play RF for me. Team is below.

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

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

goodfold2
goodfold2
7 years ago

1 team open in this h2h yahoo 12 teamer. This is roster. you’ll be able to keep 4 per year, no round cost. these extra stats: doubles/triples/walks/strikeouts/assists/outfield assists/OPS/net steals (instead of steals)/innings pitched/walks/losses/shutouts/home runs allowed/relief wins/relief losses/net saves and holds, these are in addition to normal 5X5 categories. roster is 2 C/1 each other hitting position (RF/LF/CF for OF’s)/ 1 CI/ 1 MI, 1 util/ 5 SP/ 5 RP/ 2 P, 3 BN and 4 DL’s.
Mike Avilés
Carl Crawford
Coco Crisp
Jacoby Ellsbury
Aaron Hill
Austin Jackson
Brett Lawrie
Adam Lind
Dioner Navarro
Derek Norris
Albert Pujols
Aramis Ramírez
José Reyes
Álex Ríos
Pablo Sandoval
Seth Smith
John Axford
Matt Cain
Steve Cishek
Gerrit Cole
R.A. Dickey
Gio González
Zack Greinke
LaTroy Hawkins
Tommy Hunter
Ian Kennedy
Huston Street
Anibal Sánchez
Zack Wheeler
Vance Worley

Draft is March 8th (this sunday) at 8:30 PM eastern time. drop email here i’ll get an invite.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
7 years ago

@goodfold2: after 4 keepers come off this team is 2nd overall pick (so 50th overall player). snake draft.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
7 years ago

@goodfold2: filled. nevermind.

Adam
Adam
7 years ago

10 team 5×5 stats $300 budget, 7 keepers

possibilities:
Rendon $4
Hanram $18
Harper $15
Wil Myers $15
Chris Davis $16
Seager $10
Storen $4
Rusney Castillo $4
Bautista $39
Reyes $22
Kemp $28

Best 7 to keep?
Rendon, Seager, Hanram, Harper seem obvious…other 3 be tricky.

thoughts?

Adam
Adam
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

That’s who I thought, thanks sir.

See if I can flip Myers and Storen for Wong and I’ll call it a day.

JD
JD
7 years ago

grey, keep up the great work. so happy baseball is back. keeper question for you. i can keep 3 of the following

C Kluber – $1
A Wood – $1
M Stroman – $1
M Fiers – $1
K Wong – $1
B Hamilton – $3
E Encarnacion – $36
F Freeman – $34

thinking Kluber, Wood, Wong and getting E5 in the auction with the saved cash. Thoughts?

JD
JD
Reply to  JD
7 years ago

@JD: 12 team standard roto categories

Harry
Harry
7 years ago

Hello, Mr Albright.

As a long time reader and first – time commenter (there goes my razzball virginity) on one of your articles, I was wondering how you would approach a Standard Yahoo 5×5 Auction League?

I am thinking of getting a middle of the road type pitching staff (Getting 3 or 4 solid number 2’s with potential to be an ace and upside sleeper picks).

However, I am confounded as to how I should approach my offense with 10 slots to fill (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, UTIL, UTIL) and how would you approach building an offense and allocating the $260 worth monopoly money assuming I go the traditional route and spend $160 on offense and $100 on pitching?

I appreciate your time and advice for answering my question.

Harry

Harry
Harry
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

Typical 12 teamer, I am just baffled on how to construct my offense.

Harry
Harry
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

What players would be good sources of power then since going by your strategy as Abreu, Bautista, Encarnacion, Stanton would be out of the question.

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
7 years ago

How do you deal with AVG concerns during your draft?

I’m finding it hard if you start with Rizzo, Encarncion, Bautista, Gomez, Giancarlo, or even Trout for instance and want to pair them with Rendon or Donaldson or Harper or JUpton or Desmond or any other number of guys who hit .270-ish. Or if you draft a low AVG first rounder, do you follow up with Beltre or Tulo or Puig or Brantley to counter their AVG?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
7 years ago

Have you got in to Season 2 of Broadchurch yet?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: It’s fair to say I’m not feeling it like I did with Season 1. Dunno whether it’s the way it’s been shot, or what but it doesn’t feel as gritty somehow. I’m still enjoying it though. I want to ‘find out what happens’ so that’s enough to keep me watching.

You’ll need to keep the volume up when David Tennant is speaking though. He’s even harder to understand in this series…

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: What I will say, and this will not spoil anything for you, is that they do a *great* job in the season opener of getting the whole thing restarted again and setting the direction for season 2.

You being a TV guy have probably figured it out already, but it’s a nice twist.

I am the Walrus
I am the Walrus
7 years ago

Keeper Auction League..
Keep Arrieta for $5 or F.Hernandez for $23

Q
Q
7 years ago

Keep 2 in a 12 team H2H categories league, standard roto lineups:

Greinke in 4th
Longo in 5th
Calhoun in 9th
Wong in 11thYordano in 13th
Hosmer in 15th
Baez in 15th
Fiers in 16th
Paxton in 20th

Hosmer and Fiers are best values strictly going off your top 400, but wasn’t sure if they would be your two.

Thanks

booya
booya
7 years ago

10 team H2H 6×6 w/ OPS & K/9

Trout and Segura or Harper, Dickerson, Stroman and Teheran?

Thanks

Justin
Justin
7 years ago

Which side do you like in a keeper?

I get Sandoval and Rusney Castillo
I give: Ellsbury

Currently my 3b is matt carpenter and ellsbury is mu UTIL as i have Mccutchen in CF.
Just not sure what to make of castillo and pablo in his new environment….

I am the Walrus
I am the Walrus
7 years ago

Auction strategy question…..ESPN -10 team/ $260 Auction./4 keepers
This is a conservative drafting group. 10 players drafted over $29, only 18 for $28-20.
Likely over $30-25 players left are – Trout, Harper, Encarnacion, Bautista, Jones, Miggy, Kershaw
Likely $24-20 after keepers are – Longoria, Seager, Dickerson, Cespedes,
Upton, AGonz, Cano, Brantley, Pence several pitchers (Stras, Sale, Feliz, Zimm, Cueto)
So most players are drafted are between $17-12.
Top $17-12 players include – Freeman, Sandoval, Gordon, Heyward, Myers, Castro, Duda, Santana, Kipnis, Wong, Ells, etc ,
Knowing this would you A) take one from the $30-25 group and a 2 or 3 from the $24-20 group. B) 2 from $30 and 1 or 2 from $24-20, C) take 3 or 4 from the $24-20 group, D) fill your entire roster with all $19-12 players? D) other (fill in what you other would be)

Erad
Erad
7 years ago

And that was meant as the utmost compliment

Erad
Erad
7 years ago

My pooping entertainment has been on point ever since your daily posts returned

Frank White
Frank White
7 years ago

Oh how you been by the way?? Anyway I Won 2 years ago in my only league but last year I won one of of 2. The one I lost I drafted batters in the first 4 rounds and waited on pitchers but the one I won I tried a different approach and drafted pitchers in the 1st and 3rd round cause I wanted to be staked with great pitching and still had good batting cause the early round batters were worse then the mid round ones except for a handful. I’m thinking about doing the same thing considering pitching is a HUGE part of a points league and knowing 20 points for a win with a point per K and inning minus 10 points per loss, -1 point per BB, HR, and so on.. I know you hate that approach but why??

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

Here’s some mixed league 15 team $260 auction data. These prices are the average of as many 15 team mixed auctions as I could find I took the 15 most expensive players and called that round 1, the 15 next most expensive and called that round 2 etc. The numbers below are the round, the average $ paid for a player in that round and the average $ produced by the players who finished the season in that round. So in other words, looking at the difference between how much you can expect to pay for players and how much production you would expect based on last year’s final production numbers. This is in no way player specific just looking at cost vs production averages.

1 36.6 30.4
2 27.8 24.4
3 23.9 21.6
4 20.6 19.1
5 18.0 17.2
6 16.2 16.3
7 14.8 15.6
8 13.8 14.6
9 12.2 13.3
10 11.2 12.34
11 10.2 11.6
12 9.0 10.7
13 7.8 9.8
14 6.8 8.9
15 5.6 7.7
16 5.0 7.0
17 4.3 6.5
18 3.3 5.9
19 2.7 5.4
20 2.0 5.0
21 1.4 4.6
22 1.0 4.0
23 1.0 3.6

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

$20-$24 seems like a good sweet spot for the first few players rostered.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve: interesting it’s not till round 6 that average cost equals better return.

Pundeck
Pundeck
7 years ago

Grey,

Really enjoy the Podcast coming back.

Would you still preach SAGNOF for saves in a league with holds as a category? In this league it seems that even when a closer goes down his replacement is owned most of the time. Maybe practice SHKAF? (Saves Have Kinda A Face)

J-FOH
J-FOH
7 years ago

Back to last nights convo on the voice, from only a few pictures and about 5 minutes of video cast babys mama pegged that guy as a “younger” grey. Did TV really just take 15 years off your looks?
And also, what was up with the weird make up on the baritone cowboy, I was waiting for the strings to come down from the puppet master.

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

@Grey: me neither but his make up was so hard to look at. At some point he should tell the make up people enough is enough

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

@Grey: she said than could of been me if I had a more manly voice

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

@Grey: and what was with the chick that sang selena, she sucked. Before she started singing babys mama looked at me and said shes gonna do selena, I asked why, and she said she looks the part.

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

@Grey: no aqui salenas? Thats my favorite j-Lo flick

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

@Grey: I’ve dated latinas, its a staple for them like Shawshank for white people, every time its on they stop and watch it.

A Wesley Snipes Life
A Wesley Snipes Life
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: wow, that seems true to white people.

Frank White
Frank White
7 years ago

Hey what’s up Grey… I’ve been so busy and haven’t read anything on baseball till today so I have a lot to catch up on. So I was reading the top 40 starters and it seems that you think they should be skipped.. If that’s true then why did you rank them so high? Is it cause you’d rather grab better batters until those guys are taken??

A Wesley Snipes Life
A Wesley Snipes Life
Reply to  Frank White
7 years ago

@Frank White: he may have said exactly that you can wait till after pick 40 (or 50 overall) to draft your first SP. he’s also said that many many times.

Frank White
Frank White
Reply to  A Wesley Snipes Life
7 years ago

Thanks n sorry.. Should’ve read more into it

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
7 years ago

Mr. Grandmaster Lothario SMDH – just drafted in a 12 team mixed. 30-man rosters and keepers (8 total) can be kept for 4 years in the round they’re drafted in). Not a huge fan, but it’s not too bad considering I didn’t have a 1st rder:

C – Martin (136)
C – Vogt (328)
1B – Trumbo (105 – K)
2B – Lawrie (153)
3B – Crush Davis (208 – K)
SS – Castro (72)
MI – Alcides Escobar (129)
CI – Arenado (336 – K)
OF – Justin Upton (16)
OF – Soler (40)
OF – Nelson Cruz (64 – K)
OF – Rajai Davis (184)
OF – Lorenzo Cain (249 – K)
Util – Brandon Moss (273 – K)

Bn – Joey Gallo (225)
Bn – Jose Ramirez (256)
Bn – Michael Taylor (345)
Bn – Jose Peraza (304)

SP – Samardzija (33)
SP – Richards (57)
SP – Gray (112 – K)
SP – Shoemaker (177)
RP – Cishek (81)
RP – Nathan (160)
P – Keuchal (297 – K)
P – Hahn (280 – K)
P – Taijuan Walker (201)

Bn – Cingrani (321)
Bn – Boxberger (232)

pitching’s light but what do you think? any glaring holes?

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: cool. I meant light as in not as plentiful, considering it’s roto; would’ve liked to have another starter or two.

yeah avg will be tough. hoping for some decent power/bounce backs from trumbo, davis and moss. ryan howard’s actually on the wire so I may take a chance on him too.

and just to continue the ramble – what are your thoughts on matt joyce this year?

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: aka super deep sleeper of the year! jk. I guess Hamilton’s suspension won’t be that long anyway

Youth Movement
Youth Movement
7 years ago

I know it’s not auction related, but I needed advice on a trade that I am waffling on. 16 team, 30 man roster, H2H, 7×7 (obp, hits, holds, IP) dynasty, keeping 25 each year. I am heavy in pitching with Kershaw, Strasburg, Kluber, Arrieta, Richards, Bailey, Keuchel, Porcello, Norris as starters with a dominant bullpen as well. My batters are Mesoraco, Fielder, Gordon, Baez/Zobrist, Seager, JD Martinez, Bruce, Arcia, Austin Jackson, Polanco, Leonys Martin in OF and Brandon Moss on my bench. I was trying to acquire Ryan Zimmerman for 3B protection/trading chip with Paxton for Bailey and Mejia (who is my at least fourth closer). He countered offering Zimmerman and AJ Ramos for Bailey and Giles. I have had at least four offers including Giles sent to me. Would you make this deal or do I even need a fourth bench bat, even with this deep of a league?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Youth Movement
7 years ago

@Youth Movement: I would scrap all of that and move some pitching for a STARTING bat upgrade.

MrCUB
MrCUB
7 years ago

Grey:
Thoughts/comments regards keeper choices in NL only 5 x 5 Auction 12 team $280 ; roster size 25 …14 hitter 11 pitcher………I can keep 10 …of 12 listed below
Hitters: Grandal $14; SS Mercer $2; 3b Asche $2; SS Rollins $18; OF Puig $20; Marte $20
Pitch: SP’s: Bumgarner $34; Liriano $6; Tyson Ross $1; Tyler Matzek $2 RP’s: Casillo $3; Occtavino $1;

Definitely keeping Liriano & Ross, Puig & Marte …. good value …..watching the Mercer & Asche situation …… Up in air to keep Occtavino at $1 …next Rockies RP at cheap price; Dump Baumgarner and buy him back in auction? Casillo $3 saves ..good value….??

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

I probably shouldn’t be broadcasting this…but King Kang is a good guy to keep an eye on.

There’s this really good hitting analyst named Dan Farnsworth. His stuff floats around Fangraphs+ and The Hardball Times and elsewhere. He just does a great breakdown on swing mechanics etc.

He made a bit of a splash last year by calling the JD Martinez breakout. He also loved Abreu.

I’ve seen him like three guys this year: Kang, Souza and Gyorko.

Corey
Corey
7 years ago

In other news, my strategy of getting a five-category OF3 on the cheap is in jeopardy with the news that Castillo is hurt and will miss at least a week. Who else fits what I’m looking for, in the $10-15 range? I’m thinking Blackmon… Maybe Betts if he starts, but he doesn’t have the power.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Corey
7 years ago

@Corey:

Maybe Calhoun? Alex Gordon? Souza or Joc Pederson though they are going later.

Corey
Corey
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve: I always forget about Pederson. I guess because I fear a shitty AVG.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Corey
7 years ago

@Corey: Blackmon

EA
EA
7 years ago

Grey – Kinda Confused. Some of the positional rankings are different than the top 400. Example:

For closers, you have Chapman ranked over Kimbrel. But in the top 400 you have Kimbel ranked higher than Chapman. Can you explain why or is it just an error?

You da man.

EA
EA
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

***awkward silence***

Those were ole Smokey’s rankings

***more awkward silence***

*** lolz***

Corey
Corey
7 years ago

Can you give me the number for War Room tech support? I cleared cache and cookies and I still get the error… Creating a new random account any time I want to use it worked for a while, but now when I draft in players I get:

“Application Error
An error occurred in the application and your page could not be served. Please try again in a few moments.

If you are the application owner, check your logs for details.”

A Wesley Snipes Life
A Wesley Snipes Life
Reply to  Corey
7 years ago

@Corey: i had that same problem occur last year, and even this year, but this year it appears to work (for me), when i just reload the page (so don’t change anything with logging in)

Wallpaper Paterson
Wallpaper Paterson
7 years ago

I am willing to start an auction h2h keeper league with very simple rules and a $50 fee. Anybody interested?

CecilsSon
CecilsSon
7 years ago

Grey
Assuming your auction values are based on a budget of $260… if my budget is $300 where do you feel the extra $40 should be added? Should it be evenly spread amongst the roster? Or does it mean the higher rated guys are worth more? Ex. Trout = 60
Or a sleeper rated at $1 is bow worth $2-3

Bobby
Bobby
7 years ago

Quick Keeper Question:

I’m keeping Kluber, Freeman, Brantley, and Pence.
I need one more from this bunch: Reyes, Machado, or Arrieta?

Malicious Phenom
Reply to  Bobby
7 years ago

@Bobby: Reyes

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

@Bobby: is this standard 5×5? Roto or h2h? How many teams?

Bobby
Bobby
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: @Bobby: See my reply below

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

@Bobby: oh and how many years kept?

Bobby
Bobby
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

It’s a standard 5×5 roto league. You can keep players for 3 years. Here is what years I can keep each player: Kluber (2015, 2016), Brantley (2015, 2016), Freeman (2015), Pence (2015)

As for those players I am deciding about:
Reyes (2015)
Machado (2015, 2016)
Arrieta (2015, 2016)

Bobby
Bobby
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Care to elaborate? That’s the way I’m leaning, but I feel like it’s still a risk.

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

@Bobby: arrieta

Bobby
Bobby
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: Same question I posed to Grey – Care to elaborate?

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

@Bobby: with only two years of keeper availability I like the pairing of Kluber and Arieta. This allows you to focus on your bats early and tackle pitching later, which, IMO, is not a bad strategy considering that Machado is a higher risk for 2015 with his injury issues. If this was a long term keeper it would be easy to choose Machado.

Abe Froman
Abe Froman
7 years ago

Grey,

Appreciate the insight. Can’t wait for the season to start.

Auction keeper question. AL-only, 6×6 (OPS & holds), roto league. Finished last year in 3rd and am out for revenge. $260 draft budget.

I can hold onto 7 and currently plan on keeping:
-Grande Dolor (28)
-Altuve (24)
-Rusney Castillo (11)
-Calhoun (5)
-Stroman (5)
-Phil Hughes (6)
-Smyly (6)

Other potential options include:
-Eaton (18)
-Zobrist (21)
-Beltre (40)
-Alex Gordon (28)
-Trevor Bauer (15)
-Perkins (17)
-Jose Ramirez (7)
-Jason Castro (8)
-Conor Gillaspie (3)

1. Would you make any changes?
2. If not, of those first 7, am I keeping anyone that I shouldn’t be? I.e. does your auction rule #3 change in keeper leagues, making it preferable to have extra money as opposed to a sure player?

Thanks as always.

Abe Froman
Abe Froman
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

Any concerns about Lindor or will Ramirez still get AB’s?

Det. John Kimble
Det. John Kimble
7 years ago

Hey Grey,

My league has been doing auctions for years, so most guys have a good handle on them. I’ve found that sometimes throwing a guy out there early in the auction, who may not be ranked at #1 at his position (think like a Wilin Rosario or Starling Marte) that you want for your team, yields a lower price.

My thinking on this is that you’ll get more serious bidders on those guys when the pickings get slimmer because guys missed out on their original target.

Thoughts on this strategy?

scott steelers
scott steelers
7 years ago

If Mookie is starting I gotta keep him over Soler and Arrieta correct? Other keepers are Mccutch, Abreu, scherzer, puig

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  scott steelers
7 years ago

@scott steelers: Id keep Soler over Mookie

A Wesley Snipes Life
A Wesley Snipes Life
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF With 1 F: soler’s ranked very high on any prospect list, mookie would only win there from his weaker position eligibility.

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

Grey-t writeup! I’m probably doing an auction league for my first time, so this is helpful.

Anyway, in a league with OBP and OPS (but no AVG), where would you rank Carlos Santana among 3B?

sport
sport
7 years ago

Still in competition for 2nd base in Chicago but do you see Mica Johnson as a SAGNOF option?

Bryce Krispie Treats
Bryce Krispie Treats
7 years ago

At this point in the year, has your opinion on Rusney changed now that hes battling mookie? I have to choose between Rusney and G Polanco in my keeper league (both $2). Thoughts?

TJ
TJ
7 years ago

Hey Grey. I’ve been on here a few times asking for some drafting advice and wanted to show you the finished product. Also curious as to what you think of the team…

C – Zunino
1B – Pujols
2B – Wong
3B – Arenado
SS – Hanley
IF – C. Davis
OF – Adam Jones
OF – Bautista
OF – Myers
Util – Blackmon
Util – Mat Adams
BN – Hosmer
BN – Avisail
BN – Cain
BN – Kenny Vargas
BN – CJ Cron

SP – Zimmerman
SP – G. Cole
SP – A Wood
SP – Cashner
RP – C Allen
RP – Storen
P – Pineda
P – Fiers
P – C Mart
BN – Shoemaker
BN – Cingrani
BN – Jimmy Nelson

We also did a minors draft and tried to get a few players that will contribute this year…
Pederson, Heaney, DJ Peterson, Taillon, Piscotty, and Lamb

TJ
TJ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: 10 teams, 6×6 H2H

TJ
TJ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: OPS and QS are the “extra” stats

TJ
TJ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Grey! Wanted both Vargas and Cron for that upside (especially Cron with Hamilton being done), but I can see the need for saves and more starters. Hopefully I’ll be able to pull a lucky closer or another Kluber at the beginning of the season!

PBMAX
PBMAX
7 years ago

Auction Keeper Question:

OPS 5×5 12 Team League, $264, 1C, 2 UTIL, 4OF; I have:

Stanton $40
AJones $34
Edwin $35
Rizzo $20
Billy H $15
Machado $14
Duda $11
G. Polanco $6
Dee $10
Shark $13
Betances $7
Benoit $10
Danny Salazar $5
Tajuan Walker $6
$237 out $264.

Those are my current planned keepers; I also have
J Upton $29
Tulo $44
Wil Myers $11
Arica $7
Yan Gomes $6
Kennys $10
Danny Santana $10
Kazmir $8

Would you do anything different?

PBMAX
PBMAX
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thank you Senor Mustachio

marti
marti
7 years ago

In an N/L only auction league where we only start 1 catcher, is there any reason to spend more than a $1 on a catcher. I am thinking just wait and let everybody else bid on catchers and get the best remaining one for a $1.

dave
dave
7 years ago

Last year there was a teared section razzball, where is that this year? Show me the waaaay..

Matt
Matt
7 years ago

Question regarding keepers = H2H league with standard categories, 7 keepers. Keeping Trout, Rendon, Puig, CarGo, Edwin Encarnacion, Javier Baez…and either Kyle Seager (6th rd pick) or Kolten Wong (23rd rd pick). Which one?

OneI'dWilly
OneI'dWilly
Reply to  Matt
7 years ago

@Matt: I like Wong over Seager

Matt
Matt
Reply to  OneI'dWilly
7 years ago

@OneI’dWilly: thanks!

OneI'dWilly
OneI'dWilly
7 years ago

Final Edition of Pick Willy’s Keepers
(I feel like there’s a bachelor spin of or eff, marry, kill joke in there somewhere)

Last, and least: Points league standard scoring
1B through 3B, 1C MI,CI, 2 UT, 7SP 2RP, 6 Bench
auction $260 3 year contracts

Can keep 4, but must keep at least 1 pitcher and 1 hitter

Def Keeping
Kluber $1 through 2016

Maybe Keeping
Adam Jones $27 through 2015
Matt Kemp $14 through 2016
Greg Holland $7 through 2016
Bumgardner $26 through 2015
Shields $17 through 2016
Porcello $1 through 2016

Prob not Keeping
Lucroy $9 through 2016
Homer Bailey $5 through 2015
Cliff Lee $17 through 2015
Ryu $12 through 2016
Tillman $8 through 2016
Aaron hill $5 2016

Def not keeping: A bunch of guys I wont list

Free keepers already on my team in my minor system: Lindor, Franco

sniff test
sniff test
7 years ago

I am in a classic over-thinking conundrum concerning my 6 keepers. It is a standard 5×5 roto league and there is no limit to how long I can keep someone. I have reviewed the 2015 rankings and a keeper recommendation article on this site and am hesitant about keeping so many older players…and feel a changing of the guard may be on the horizon. At the same time I don’t want to throw awesome sauce on somebody else’s sandwich..so can you recommend 6 keepers from this crew? Abreu, Bautista, Hanley, King Felix, Pujouls, Dee Gordon, Posey, Heyward, Hamels, Ozuna, Avisail, Soler, JD Martinez,Alex Wood.

Cram It
Cram It
7 years ago

Mr. Wong is officially the most talked about player in our draft room.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Cram It
7 years ago

@Cram It: didnt even know you guys had been discussing him when I picked.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  The Great Knoche
7 years ago

@The Great Knoche: Close call for you then. I swear I was going to take him if there wasn’t an SP run at the back end there.

The Dutchmen
7 years ago

First year auction leaguer…
Should you spend all your money at the draft or keep some for the waiver wire”

OneI'dWilly
OneI'dWilly
Reply to  The Dutchmen
7 years ago

@The Dutchmen: Check your league settings. In a lot, but not all, WW bidding is a different pool of money, or the salary cap increases after the draft.

ashtray
ashtray
7 years ago

Kang homered yesterday. Is he going to be a great baseball player or the greatest?

Principal Blackman
Principal Blackman
Reply to  ashtray
7 years ago

@ashtray: obviously the greatest, and he should be drafted in the first round of all drafts.

ashtray
ashtray
Reply to  Principal Blackman
7 years ago

@Principal Blackman: I concur

Mostsuckass
Mostsuckass
Reply to  ashtray
7 years ago

@ashtray: I understand we don’t trust spring training results, and this was only one game. However, I have to say I was impressed. He hit that ball a long way off a reasonably competent MLB pitcher (Estrada), and he hit it to right center. Most of us are getting our first look at Kang and don’t really have any basis for evaluating his numbers in Korea. Might we make a small exception for Kang–i.e. we bump him a little bit up our draft boards if he continues to looks good in spring training? I’m thinking of bending this long-standing rule for myself.

ashtray
ashtray
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Semien homered twice. $30 too much a bid or just about right?

Mostsuckass
Mostsuckass
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, I remember. Sigh. Then again, so did Brantley. I mean, obviously I’m not going to take Kang over Desmond or Tulowitski. But if he looks good in the spring, might I take a risk and grab him over Peralta or Zobrist? I’m thinking about it. Then again, I realize that some managers in my league will get caught up in the hype and take him a lot sooner than I will, so perhaps the point is moot.

A Wesley Snipes Life
A Wesley Snipes Life
Reply to  Mostsuckass
7 years ago

@Mostsuckass: did you see estrada last year, if not go check all the other MLB players who hit homers off him, you won’t like a lot of the names you find. He may have had worst homer rate of all pitchers when he started last year.

A Wesley Snipes Life
A Wesley Snipes Life
Reply to  A Wesley Snipes Life
7 years ago

@A Wesley Snipes Life: who’s even sure he gets decent at bats yet? kang i mean. That would be one way to learn a lesson about spring training though, you draft Kang as if he’s a starter, find out when season starts he isn’t, and end up learning the real lesson of the preseason, jose ramirez is available in all leagues not 20 deep and will have value and start till lindor takes his job.

Mostsuckass
Mostsuckass
Reply to  A Wesley Snipes Life
7 years ago

@A Wesley Snipes Life: I don’t have any plans to draft Kang ahead of Jose Ramirez, but I do plan to watch him more than I watch Ramirez, because Kang has no MLB experience to provide any perspective for my ranking him. In any case he’ll be a deep-ish flier for me and not a guy I’d count on. But I might be a little more excited about him after watching him play yesterday. He made an impression.

Mostsuckass
Mostsuckass
Reply to  A Wesley Snipes Life
7 years ago

@A Wesley Snipes Life: Not trying to overstate Marco Estrada’s abilities; just saying he’s not Gregory Infante.

Dr. Sauce
Dr. Sauce
7 years ago

Going to try and get myself in an auction league this year. Always intrigued me; generally been a draft guy but the auction, says the guy with no experience (me), seems like you are able to ‘control’ who you draft more so than a ‘snake’ draft.
Trade Question for you; ESPN 5X5, 6 man keeper (Keep forever no penalties/inflation etc), Standard Starting Lineup; 5 of’s, 5 SP’s, 4 RP’s, 1 utility (any position).
My keepers currently; Stanton, Cutch, Goldy, Donaldson, Arenado and Braun (other possibilities include Kipnis, Aroldis, Baez, Bryant)
The offer; his Puig and Price for my Donaldson and Braun. I am firmly entrenched in the ‘pitching is so deep’ camp, but as a 6th keeper Price seems like OK value. In addition and like you I have Puig and Donaldson close in the overall ranks but Puig is obviously the better keeper. And as a bonus, I don’t have to protect two 3rd sackers, thus freeing up my utility position for the draft. I guess I’m kinda talking myself into accepting. However, curious your thoughts? Thanks for all your hard work!

Dr. Sauce
Dr. Sauce
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:
Thank-you kind sir!

marti
marti
7 years ago

two questions

1. In an N/L only auction 10 team roto league cbs scoring, would you keep cole hamels at $17. I am worried about him getting traded to an American league team or do you throw him back and use the $17 on another pitcher.

2. In 12 team roto mixed league, cbs scoring 5OF 1C 2U, 9P, snake draft I have the following keepers
Ian Desmond 11
Billy hamilton 12
Chris Davis 16
Dee Gordon 17
Mccutchen 18
Corey Dickerson 32

I have the 4th pick in the draft. Rank the players below if they were available based on my keepers

Jose Abreu
Miggy
Adam Jones
Gomez
Kershaw
Tulo
Rendon
Justin Upton

I am hoping one of top 3 fall to me but if they are gone, do you take gomez even though I have no need for stolen bases or take the best pitcher on the board. I was planning on going all power for my first 3 picks. I appreciate your website btw the best in the business.

David
David
7 years ago

12 team standard roto 6×6 with the extra category being slg and obp replaces average. We must keep 4 yearly and/or can keep as long ae we wish.

Which 4 are the better keepers for this year and for the near future? Rizzo, Puig, Brantley, Marte, Braun, or Pederson?

Thanks

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  David
7 years ago

@David: Rizzo, Puig, Brantley, Marte

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

@Grey: I’d keep braun *ducks and covers head*

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: Ha …over Brantley or Marte?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF With 1 F: Marte, with OBP and SLG as cats, I would rather have Braun, because even if he is meh, it would take a massive leap for marte to equal him. Just going of Steamers, it favors braun. Marte is a bit of a hack, the one bit of light for him was the improved walk rate going from 4% to 6%. If he improves that again then OBP can be a lot closer. But I also actually like Braun as an undervalued bat this year that is worth the risk.

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: Im guessing Brantley…i could see that if you like Braun

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
7 years ago

12 team dynasty h2h with losses/HR’s allowed/holds/QS/OBPA as extra categories. just traded paxton/d.holland/aramis for harrison/bundy/stephenson. I need 2 SP (SP 10 and 11 slots) to replace Paxton/Holland. One of these i’ll keep and the other slot i’ll stream with, but might as well own best guy preseason.
happ/vogel/worley/colon/c.anderson/house/santiago/floyd/despaigne/collmenter
/pomeranz/b.anderson/colome/gibson/lyles/delgado/tomlin/marco gonzales/j.nelson.
I know rankings but dynasty might change some of that.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: ok, dynasty doesn’t change any of that.

Schlitz
Schlitz
7 years ago

How much of your budget would you spend on pitching 30- 35%? Any special advice for league only auctions?

Fat Mack
Fat Mack
7 years ago

Grey,
Need some keeper help. I’m already keeping Rizzo ($26) and C. Dickerson ($1), and need to keep two more. 16 team, H2H, 6×6 league with the extra categories of OPS and Walks Allowed. I only get to keep the people for 2 years. Prices for elite talent are crazy in this league, with people routinely spending $60 or $70 for top 10 talent.

$7 Wil Myers
$26 Jose Atuve
$2 Chris Carter
$1 Lance Lynn
$2 Trevor Bauer
$3 Danny Salazar
$19 Michael Wacha

I might be able to trade some of the people listed above for Hanley Ramirez ($24). Thoughts on that?

Thanks!

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Fat Mack
7 years ago

@Fat Mack: Myers, Altuve

Fat Mack
Fat Mack
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF With 1 F: In that order? Thoughts on them versus Hanley?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Fat Mack
7 years ago

Myers and salazar. That’s a great value on salazar and I’m a believer that 2nd base is actually a little deep this year.