There’s not much left to do.  You’ve printed out the 2011 fantasy baseball rankings.  You’ve paid attention when I went over my fantasy baseball sleeper posts.  You even drew a mustache on your mirror so every time you look at yourself you look like me.  The only thing left for you is actually taking part in a fantasy baseball draft.  No sweat, you’ve been mock drafting for the last two months.  First few rounds fly by.  You’re cool with a capital Clooney.  Rounds 5 through 8 come and go.  Nothing to it!  You pack a bowl for yourself for your glaucoma and shotgun it into your cat’s face.  Round 9 comes and Pedro Alvarez and Aramis Ramirez are drafted right before you and now the first bead of sweat forms.  Where are all of the third basemen?

Suddenly, you’re burning up like you just chugged a bottle of Emeril’s Creole Seasoning.  Worse, you have cotton mouth and have no time to go to the sink.  Outside, it’s raining.  Then “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink…” starts playing on loop in your head.  Over and over again like a Lady Gaga song chorus.  You look up at the draft timer and you have 30 seconds left.  You look at the reflection of yourself in your framed supposed-to-be-ironic poster that reads, “The glass is half empty, deal with it” and you begin to sob.  Not happy “I just won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar” sobs, but sad “Please let me out of your van; I don’t want my skin to be made into a suit” sobs.  With three seconds left, you draft Chris Johnson.

Immediately, everyone in the draft room begins to mock you.  Nice reach, I think Matt Stairs is still available for your corner!… Hey, I didn’t know Ed Wade’s toupee was drafting with us!…  You suck! And, with that, you open the window to your bedroom and jump out.  Luckily, you live on the first floor and only bruise your ankle.  You limp back through the house, ignore your Mom’s take-out-the-freakin’-garbage complaints, sit back down at your computer and zombie your way through the rest of the draft.  Only half paying attention because you know you screwed up the Johnson pick.

It was a reach.  You probably could’ve took Johnson a few rounds later.  But it’s not the ruination of your draft.  Reaching is a part of drafting.  If you’re not reaching for guys that you want then you might not know which guys you want.  You don’t want to reach every single round, but sometimes it’s not only appropriate but it’s necessary.  Wouldn’t you rather have a guy you want in the 9th round or a guy you don’t want in the 16th?  Draw an emoticon on your hand and learn to smile again.  It’ll be all right.

  1. @Grey

    Never chugged no Enemils but I’ve woken up and swigged a few warm ones ala old stogie, same differemce. Too bad that crazy Navajo drank all the mouthwash…

    Anyhoo, might there be a link to the complete Winning Your Fantasy League #’s somewhere? (not just 12 team) I looked around, even checked last year’s posts, can’t seem to find it.

  2. Amigo Miguel says:

    Hehe, this one made me laugh a lot. I had to read some of it aloud to my wife, who is a mighty fine listener. It’s just too good not to share!

    My question has to do with drafting starters in a H2H daily vs. a H2H weekly league. In a H2H daily league, I know you put emphasis on drafting a large quantity of starters because quantity beats quality. In a H2H weekly league, does this strategy change since you can’t throw that many starters out there?

  3. Giant JJ says:

    Be careful Amigo Miguel, that’s how it starts. I started out reading Grey to my girlfriend. Now she likes to tell me what Grey said before I get a chance to read it. The other night she called my performance in bed “wonky”.

  4. curse420 says:

    im in a 10 team league and have to keep 2 outta this list
    m, cabrera
    justin upton
    hellickson….no penalty for strikeouts..leaning towards miggy and longoria but love poosey and heywood

  5. ModestYahoo says:


    I am in a 12 team Daily H2H league where the pitching categories are W’s, L’s, Complete Games, ERA, WHIP, Saves, and K/9 with slots SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P, P and 25 min. innings per week. What is the best strategy in terms of quantity vs. quality and starters vs. relievers?

  6. cigmata says:

    Thank you for starting my day with a good guffaw. Too bad I was reading it just as my wife stepped out of the shower.

  7. Jangle says:

    Great way to start my friday, thanks for the laugh Grey

  8. Child Please says:

    12-team Roto 5×5 (QS instead of Wins) 4-player keeper league, 200 GS limit

    This is what I did not do in this draft…I waited on players I wanted and they got nabbed a couple picks before me. I am thinking about going for a little more upside on my bench, so would you drop Murphy or a RP for Brandon Allen? I am in need of SB, but I think I am in more need of an high upside bat

    Btw, the 4 player keeper rule is when u keep a player, u loose the round you drafted them in next year. So Allen would cost me a 27th round pick if I kept him.

    C- Jorge Posada
    1B- Miguel Cabrera
    2B- Neil Walker
    3B- A-rod
    SS- Elvis Andrus
    MI- Reid Brignac
    CI- Carlos Pena
    OFx5- Heyward, Rios, Granderson, Aubrey Huff (1B/OF), Manny Ramirez
    UTIL- Justin Smoak
    BEN-David Murphy

    SP- CC Sabathia, Yovani Gallardo, Roy Oswalt, Anderson, Hellickson, Gio, James McDonald
    RP- Kimbrel, Franklin, Francisco, Rodney, Fuentes, Farnsworth

  9. This post reminds me of the day Lew Ford became my boy. In the 2005 draft, mid to late round, I had my eyes on a young, charismatic left handed pitcher and had all but written him down on my roster, until he went exactly one pick before me.

    Not having any back up plan, I panicked, looked up and down my rankings (I don’t even think I was reading, just moving my finger up and down the list), and blurted out Lew Ford, who was not what I wanted, but in my defense, was coming off a 15 hr / 20 sb season. Fast forward to the end of the season, I finished in 2nd place, Lew Ford was not on my roster, and despite only having a short stint on Canseco’s Revenge, forever became known as “my boy” in our league.

    What happened to the young, charismatic left handed pitcher you ask? You mean Dontrelle Willis? He just went on to win 22 games and finish 2nd in the 2005 Cy Young.


  10. RandomItalicizedVoice says:

    @Child Please: You definitely need offense….you drafted too much pitching for sure.

  11. Errin says:

    @Grey – Just found out that I have the 3rd pick in a points based H2H league. Assuming Pujols and Hanley go 1 and 2…is Cabrera still #3? Sorry if this question has been asked before.

  12. SwaggerJackers says:

    Today’s my first draft of a brand new 12 team league I started. I’ll be wearing my Choo jersey but likely won’t end up with Choo if MuCutch or Heyward are still there. Poor Choo.

    Wish me luck guys!

  13. Bristol says:

    Can go one more pitcher in my 12 team H2H points league. Who would you go with out of these three:

    Homer Bailey
    James McDonald
    Travis Wood

  14. PepeSilvia says:

    @Bristol: I like Wood. I mean, er, I like the pitcher, Travis Wood. Dammit, I feel like Jack “Gay Boss” Donaghy all of a sudden.

  15. “zombie your way through the rest of the draft”?! I was actually fairly satisfied with my first draft this season; thank you very much. How about “make your way through the rest of the draft like a person in an entranced state”? Besides that degrading quip, funny yet valuable shizz as usual Grey.

  16. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:


    Today will not be your best day, my friend.

    I read my wife Grey’s columns sometimes – she is a pretty good fantasy ballplayer herself, and will compete with the guys in our RCL this year – but she is an O’s fan, and gets upset with Grey’s loss of love of Sparkakis, as well as the comments regarding Brian Robert’s fragilitiy. She still hasn’t gotten over the rookie error of being objective concerning your fav team.

    Great column, Grey. The real glass completely empty is when you draft in back of the dude who just took Chris Johnson, and all that is left on the board is Alex Gordon, Chase Headley, and Scott Rolen.

  17. Josh says:

    Hey grey, Marcum left his spring start yesterday with shoulder tightness, his manager had some concern abut it. I’m scared.

  18. RandomItalicizedVoice says:

    @Josh: He was being overdrafted at this point anyway…I’m staying away now for sure, myself.

  19. Steve says:

    Great post.

    Laughed out loud on the subway when I read “You pack a bowl for yourself for your glaucoma and shotgun it into your cat’s face.”

  20. poop says:

    i got a bench spot and league or gregg to fill that hole…who ya like?

  21. Doug says:

    Grey, this is the most consistently funny blog I read. Can’t beat the great fantasy advice/LOL combo!

  22. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    In a standard 12 team Yahoo league, do you value the UTIL positions as equal as the rest?

    Lets say you already have a 3B and 2OF in your first 4ish rounds. Then lets say Pedro Alvarez (your 77th ranked player) and Mike Stanton (your 87th ranked player) are both available in round 7 or whatever. You have 2 positions that could be filled; OF3 or UTIL1, who are you taking?

  23. Jack the Ripper says:

    Any update on the outlooks for Allen Craig and Brandon Allen? I drafted Craig, hoping for eventual 3B eligibility, but my current 1B are Freeman, Wallace and Dan Johnson, so I’m thinking I should maybe drop Craig for B-Allen…..your opinions?


  24. Mr2Bits says:

    It puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again!

  25. joe from point pleasant says:


    Marcum was being drafted as if he was a #3-4 and i just never saw it to begin with. I never want to own a guy who threw that many innings in his first year back from tommy john. You never know how their arms will react to those innings the following year. It may be that Marcum’s shoulder is feeling the effects from compensating for his elbow, or a change in his mechanics post-op. I needed tommy john surgery in highschool, and after 1 1/2 seasons of throwing with my new mechanics after the injury, i had tears in my labrum and biceps tendon where it runs through the shoulder. And once you screw your shoulder up, your done. Rotoworld reported that there is alot of concern within the organization about Marcum, and his velocity was only touching 86 MPH yesterday… This doesn’t sound good.

    Needless to say, when you’re looking for your #4 fantasy starter, you’re better off taking a more proven commodity like Dempster, especially after this news.

  26. Tony says:

    @SwaggerJackers: i’ll respect anyone wearing an Indians jersey, Go tribe….

  27. BigSeph says:

    Some of your best work Grey!

    The cat line was particularly riveting old chap!

  28. You killed it Grey.

    That mid-round bowl was how I ended up Big Z last year – worse, because it was a live draft.

    6×6 (OBP + QS) h2h

    My team so far –
    C – Santana
    1B – Albert
    3B – Panda
    CI – Donkey
    OF – Gardner
    OF – Rasmus

    SP – Ubaldo
    SP – Hamels
    SP – Liriano

    Coming up on my 9th round pick – Keep in mind, I don’t have 10th, 12, 15 or 16 round picks in this draft due to trades.

    Looking at either 2B, SS or RP

    My choices on the board
    2B – Zorilla, Figgins, Kelly Johnson, Beckham, Kendrick…
    SS – Furcal, Asdrubal, Castro, Desmond…
    RP – Papelbon, K-Rod, Valverde, Axford…

    Who do you like? I’m torn between Zobrist and Figgins.

  29. Commish Cauda says:

    20-team keeper league. I need to move a SP for help elsewhere.

    Kershaw is my stud. After that, here are my extra arms. Who should I try to move?

    Bud Norris
    Homer Bailey
    James McDonald
    Edinson Volquez
    James Shields

  30. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Amigo Miguel: Thanks! It actually becomes more pronounced. In a weekly league you have to maximize your starters. You also want a bench bat.

    @Giant JJ: Ha!

    @curse420: Miggy and Longoria…

    @ModestYahoo: Pay for good starters and a couple decent middle men.

    @cigmata: Ha

    @Jangle: No problem.

    @Child Please: Can go for Allen if you like, the truth is you’re going to fill that last spot if whoever the hot hitter is come April.

    @Tokyo Sandblaster: Ha… nice story.

    @Errin: Yup

    @SwaggerJackers: Good luck!

    @Bristol: Wood

    @zombie: Ha… Thanks.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks! Hopefully Markakis comes back to life.

    @Josh: Yeah, it’s not great.

    @Steve: Thanks!

    @poop: Gregg

    @Doug: Thanks!

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Try not to fill your UTIL if you can or unless the value is just too good to pass up.

    @Jack the Ripper: I’d go with Allen.

    @joe from point pleasant: In fairness, his fastball was only 87 last year.

    @BigSeph: Thanks!

    @3FingersBrown: Ha… I’d actually go with a closer.

    @Commish Cauda: Bailey…

  31. Miguel's Drinking Buddy says:

    Grey, thanks to Razzball I was able to win my league the last year (suckers are still using ESPN’s rankings). I need a little help this year though thanks to the fact that keepers were due at the end of January and organized into tiers based on last years ADP. I Kept

    Utley (2nd round pick) OUCH
    A-Rod (3rd round)
    Wainwright (7th Round) double OUCH
    Hamels (12th Round)
    Rios (13th Round)
    Posey (18th round)

    Thanks to the early keeper date and some spring injuries I have kinda put myself behind the 8 Ball a bit. However, it’s kind of a weird league in that it’s 10 teams head to head but with no 2B/SS or 1B/3B and only 3 OF spots and a huge bench (25 roster spots). Also Pitchers are broken up between 4SP and 2RP daily rosters. This allows me to play a lot of platoon players or match up pitchers.

    My dilemma is that I have an option to moving up and grab Miggy or Braun (1st round) in exchange for my 4th and 5th where the only players I really want are OFs such as Pence, BJ Upton, and Chris Young. With platoon outfielders such as Granderson etc. available in later rounds am I better off moving up, having two first round picks and grabbing Miggy and another power hitter and then having a long wait or staying where I am, completing my OF early with everyday players?

    Thanks and thanks again for the past two years

  32. Eddy says:


    This was one of my favorite write-ups last year, and it still is. Definitely a top 3 for me! Great, great stuff Grey!

  33. Eddy says:


    This was from last night:

    “A continuation of last post’s question about carrying two RP that are in a committee:

    If it’s mid-May and Farnsworth and McGee are still sharing duties, you prefer trading one off instead of keeping both, correct?”

  34. Reubs says:

    Any help on this would be appreciated. I’m in a deep NL-only keeper with crazy 20% inflation.

    I know you shouldn’t count spring numbers but Lohse has been looking really good. Keeper at $3? We also have Zito at $2 and Garland at $3. (There’s no penalty for keeping them this year.)

    I’m trying to lock in the cheap end of my rotation to have money for some bigger names, but I’m also worried that keeping too many of these guys is going to limit my roster spots to find good deals later in the draft.


  35. @Grey: Interesting, I thought you’d say Zo. Well he just came off of the board, so I may go that way.

    Going into this draft, I was planning on drafting a top-10 closer and this looks like my last chance.

    I suppose I can get a much bigger return on investment by drafting say Espinoza, Sean Rodriguez or Nishioka in the 15th round (or later) rather than Kelly Johnson or Figgins in the 9th.

    So who do you think is least likely to spit the bit and lose his gig?


  36. Reubs says:

    I might also be able to get Brett Myers at $2, but that would require some work.

  37. Wilsonian says:

    I got my claim of Kendrick in my 16 team H2H and dropped Sean-Rod. Now my Util spots are Raburn and Howie, with C. Johnson in my bench spot.

    I’ve been debating on if I shoulda dropped Johnson instead of Sean-Rod. Would you rather have any of these guys over Johnson for the bench spot:

    Valencia, Espinosa, Yunel, Moreland, Pennington, Brandon Allen, or wait to see if Rod clears waivers?

    I have Hill, Wright, and Andrus at 2B, 3B, and SS. Thanks to anyone out there in Razzball land.

  38. Sir Larry says:

    Hilarious post, Grey. This is definitely a top pick this year.

    It is a coincidence that I too cried a little, after hearing the news on Marcum’s shoulder issues. Not the gentle “I’m glad Mom likes the gift I got her” type cries; more the, “I just saw the neighbor punt my puppy dog into oncoming traffic” type of cries.

  39. Bearwah says:

    First time commenter!!!! Love your stuff and wonder where you’ve been my whole fantasy baseball career.

    And speaking of firsts, for the first time in my league (12 team, 5×5, snake draft) I have the 12th pick. I’m looking for pairing advice for the wraparound. It seems tough becuase if you want a guy in round 2 or 3, you’re may have to really reach for him with 13th pick cause he aint coming back to you at the 36th.

    Grey, I know you say get out of the first 2 rounds with a 1B and 3B. In mock drafts theses guys have all been falling to me at 12: Wright, 1B not named Pujols, M-Cab, or Votto, and sometimes Braun. If no Braun, it’s and easy and I take a 3B and 1B. But if Braun falls to me I gotta take him, right? If so, Braun/1B(Fielder), Braun/Wright, Braun/Zimmerman?

    I would love to see a posting specifically on pairing and advice for the wraparound picks. Thanks dude.

  40. Frank Rizzo says:

    I know spring training should be ignored but I’ve got a feeling about A Rod this year. He came into ST in great shape, all the PEDs talk should be behind him now, and he’s quietly tearing it up so far this spring. He’s feeling slightly underrated to me and I’m thinking I’ll take him ahead of Zimm…maybe even ahead of Wright depending on who I get in the 1st round. Someone talk me out of it.

  41. @Wilsonian: I think S-Rod or even Espinoza have more upside than Johnson. Look at Johnson’s lifetime numbers before last year – Yeeeech.

    Of you infielders, Hill has the best chance of sucking I believe, so I’d rather have the back-up 2B if you really feel you need to carry one.

  42. Racehorse says:

    I just “reached” for Bubba Starling in the minor league portion of my leagues dynasty draft…

    Someone please tell me I’m brilliant.

  43. ProjectBadass says:

    16-team league, H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS), non-keeper, moves limit of 50 (I’m at 0), waiver pick 7

    Someone just dropped Neil Walker and I was wondering if you would you use a waiver pick, wait till he clears or forget about to picking him up? I have Phillips at 2B and we dont use a MI, but have two UTIL spots…I would drop either Bourjos or FraGu

  44. Mike of Swartz Creek, Mi says:

    Fox for Pittsburgh has 7 homers. He is a catcher who has not played behind the plate this spring. Grey what chance Fox makes the team and does he have talent.

  45. Jesse says:

    14 team league, h2h, standard 5×5 scoring, 5 player keeper. Thoughts on who those 5 should be?

    Gordon Beckham
    Marlon Byrd
    Asdrubal Cabrera
    Adam Dunn
    Yunel Escobar
    Dexter Fowler
    Chase Headley
    John Jaso
    Nick Markakis
    Andrew McCutchen
    Justin Morneau
    Grady Sizemore
    Drew Stubbs

    Joe Blanton
    Francisco Cordero
    Juan Gutiérrez
    Daniel Hudson
    Mat Latos
    Roy Oswalt
    Rick Porcello
    Max Scherzer
    C.J. Wilson
    Travis Wood

    Methinks Dunn, McCutch, Morneau, Latos, and Oswalt? Opinions?

  46. Howard says:

    Great read Grey! Had my eye on Gardiner or Stubbs but just missed out so I grabbed Tabata.

  47. Commish Cauda says:

    @Mike of Swartz Creek, Mi:

    FYI…Fox is in Baltimore

    But still a valid question. Might not be a bad $1 catcher end game in a AL-only or deep mixed. What say you Grey?

  48. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:

    @Mike: Jake Fox with Baltimore, not Pitt. He’ll make the team as a utility guy, play 1st when Lee needs a break or if he misses time with his bad back. Not sure if they like him enough at catcher to keep him as their primary back up, but he can play around the diamond and be an emergency catcher too. He’s got some decent minor league numbers and a little succes with the Cubs. Baseball Prospectus PECOTA projection system loved him last year. Had him for like 25 home runs with the A’s, but he was a complete flop and sulked about playing time. If he gets 300-400 ABs he’s as as good a second catcher option as there is in an AL only league. Maybe mixed league too.

  49. Buddo Chezuski says:

    hahahaha great post

    Grey, I have to choose 2 out of these 3 in a keeper: K Morales (9th round), Filthy Sanchez (16th), Matt Garza (20th). I was leaning towards Sanchez and Morales based on a prior recommendation from you. Does Morales’ current status change this and have me throw him back? There is an emphasis on SPs in this league having QS as an extra category.

  50. Wilsonian says:

    @3FingersBrown: yeah, I really like Espinosa, too. However, my two utility bats are eligible at 2B so that gave me a little pause in picking up Espinosa, and is partly why I dropped Rodriguez instead of Johnson.

    That being said, what do you think?

  51. skinny says:

    you still view utley as top 2b? despite injury

  52. chata says:


    March Grey’s humor improves with age .
    the offshoot of a philosopher’s approach , i suppose .

    but , soon April Grey will be down in the trenches , and engaged in hand-to-hand combat .
    hoping that : a) you can maintain your sense of humor , b) you don’t run out of duct tape , and , c)

    p.s. reaching for a johnson ??

  53. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Miguel’s Drinking Buddy: No problem… Yeah, I’d trade away my 4th and 5th there.

    @Eddy: Thanks!

    @Eddy: Yeah

    @Reubs: Sure, you can go with Lohse. Not because of his spring numbers but because your other options are bleh.

    @3FingersBrown: I’d go in that order.

    @Wilsonian: Espinosa

    @Sir Larry: Ha!

    @Bearwah: Thanks for the kind words! Braun and Wright or Fielder, in that order.

    @Frank Rizzo: You’re talking apples vs. apples.

    @Racehorse: You’re brilliant.

    @ProjectBadass: Use your waiver, drop FraGu.

    @Mike of Swartz Creek, Mi: Agree with Oaktown.

    @Jesse: Those five look fine.

    @Howard: Thanks!

    @Buddo Chezuski: Thanks! Morales and Sanchez…

    @skinny: Nope

    @chata: Ha

  54. chata says:

    @Frank Rizzo:

    if you were in my league , i’d try and talk you out of it .
    i think the sb’s that wright brings to the table can be found elsewhere .

  55. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey : Whats your feelings on Feliz? Closer or Starter? If you think he’s going to be a starter, should I lose Farnsworth for Ogando/O’day and if so, which one?

  56. Eddy says:


    Thanks for the response!

    I have a quick trade question:

    In an OBP league, is Lind and Pence for Kemp a fair trade? Is it lopsided?

    I have the side with Pence. Lind is on my bench, not a starter.

  57. Kid n' Play says:

    Dilemma… I have to finalize my keepers. You keep the guys in the rounds they were drafted in last year. 12 team league, extra cats are K/9, K/BB, OBP, SLG… I keeping Fielder, Heyward, Kemp. I can keep two more. I’m leaning toward Marcum (15th rd) but then I also have Krispy (15th rd), Utley (1st rd -12th overall) and Chacin (15th rd).

    What two would you keep? If I choose to keep Krispy instead of Utley then it frees up my 1st rd and I could get a guy like Kinsler, Choo, Dunn, Verlander… Great piece today!

  58. Wake Up says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I’m with you on this one too. He’s gonna have a huge year.

  59. Wake Up says:

    How far does Utley have to fall for you to draft him? 5th/6th?

  60. Wake Up says:

    @Wake Up: (Oh and put the f’n answer in the basket!) Very funny today!

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mr2Bits: Closer

    @Eddy: Fair

    @Kid n’ Play: Krispie, Chacin…

    @Wake Up: 6th sounds about right as of right now, but more bad news for him could be coming soon.

  62. crews says:

    I’m late to the party as usual but I wanted to say great comments about “reaching.” You can study and study but sometimes you get in a situation like you described and you gotta go with your gut. I’ve seen some head-scratcher picks but I’ve learned not to laugh until I see the roster of the person who made the pick, because there it may make a lot more sense…same rule applies to trades.
    Besides, aren’t most of us taught that “he who laughs last, laughs best” or something like that.
    Great stuff as usual…thanks for your time.

  63. Wake Up says:

    Here in Dubai we mostly smoke our food on open fires, using spits. But I will have to look into getting one of these smoking bowls that you speak of, they seem much more convenient.

  64. FANTHEAD says:

    People want my David Wright. I’m weak at 1b and have Sandoval behind Wright at 3rd. Still, Wright is Wright and the idea of trading him SPOOKS me!

    Master Grey, in a keepers’ league, would you swap Wright for:

    A. Brandon Belt, Matt Dominguez, and Jordan Zimmerman


    B. Adam Lind, Max Scherzer, and an A- prospect (i.e. a high pick in our upcoming draft but I won’t get into all that)


    Many thanks,


    Confused in Fantland

  65. Kid n' Play says:

    @@Grey: I am kind of surprised you said Chacin instead of Marcum Since you have Marcum’s #’s better than Chacin. Do you think his shoulder issue is going to drop him in your rankings?

  66. Chris says:

    I know that feeling well. It was a fantasy football PPR league in 2009. I was having a kick ass draft, then it was the middle round. I wanted to take a RB backup and I chose with 1 second left Jamal Lewis of CLE instead of my gut pick of Ray Rice because I was worried about having 3 RB with same bye week. Lewis crapped out a big one while Rice turned out to be top 3 RB that year. I have learned from that mistake.

  67. Tony says:

    @FANTHEAD: i wouldnt swap wright for a bunch of prospects…. half those guys could alex gordon it and you just dealt wright for….? a bag of peanuts, just the shells….

  68. The Dude says:

    @Grey: Any chance we could see an updated closers list/ranking this afternoon? I need me some Donkeycorns!

  69. RandomItalicizedVoice says:

    @FANTHEAD: Personally, I always look to consolidate talent in fantasy, not divide it. Keep wright.

  70. Black Beard says:

    Keeper league, 6×5 +OPS. Who would you target to return the best value for this season and next:

    Krispie (ADP 88), Rasmus (ADP 103), Stubbs (ADP 109)?

  71. Dirty says:

    Keepers due tomorrow in a 5×5 roto mixed league. Who do you take to go with Teixera and Wright: Ellsbury in the 11th, Tommy Hanson in the 12th, Colby Rasmus in the 13th or Pedro Alvarez in the 23rd?

  72. The Vaporizers says:

    @FANTHEAD: Definitely don’t do either of those trades! If you are trading Wright, you should be looking for at least Prince Fielder in return. (Despite the fact that I am a big Brandon Belt fan and recently traded Desmond Jennings for him in my dynasty league )

  73. Dirty says:

    Opps, need three out of the four.

  74. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Black Beard: Rasmus

    @Dirty: Let Rasmus go back, assuming a CI spot for Alvarez.


  75. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: back on the backup 2B question from earlier… does that recommendation mean you’d prefer Espinosa over Sean-Rod?

  76. Strange Metodgers Brew says:

    beautiful column

  77. Gabe says:

    Grey, you’re a mustachioed genius. Every fantasy draft strategy article I read tells me not to reach. But if you don’t reach early on the players you want, then you’re going to end up reaching anyways later on in the draft. The only difference is now you’ve drafted the potential of Mark Trumbo (!) because you didn’t “reach” for Adam Lind (prepped for a Rodman year). Since Trumbo will be a starting 1B, he’ll probably go for a few extra dollars than he should. Hence, reach. Might as well take a chance on the most potential.

  78. Hennessey says:


    Razzball Commenter League #5 drafts tomorrow night at 9:30ET, and there is one spot that needs to be filled.

    Email me at [email protected] to fill the last spot!

  79. steve says:

    Is the Yin in the hand worth more than your Yang in the bush….? This is a serious philosophical question.

    Here’s what I mean. 10 team NL roto auction 5×5. Ten keepers which really skews (screws) valuations. Do I keep either Rickie Weeks ($20) or Jose Tabata ($21) which probably approximates their draft-day salaries or retain yawners like Bud Norris ($3) or Kyle McClellan ($1) because they conserve my draft-day cash while plugging that troublesome lousy starter hole? Tulo at $39 or Dexter at $3. I would ask “Which Rox do I get off” to extend the licentiousness of the post but, nevermind.

    What’s your take: Keep current roster talent at a fair rate or hold on to uninspiring value and pay for talent at the auction?

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