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Yesterday….yesterday….yesterday….
All my fantasy baseball championship titles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though one is here to stay *sung in a very fast voice* oh, crap, nope, because I didn’t draft Daniel Murphy because he didn’t believe in the lifestyle of a gay,
Oh, why didn’t I believe in Murphy like he didn’t believe in a…gay…gay…gay.
Suddenly!  David Price’s arm is not half of what it used to be.
There’s a shadow hanging over me,
Oh, it’s Giancarlo’s groin that I made of plaster of Paris to admire and it just exploded in paste on me…Suddenly!
Why the season had to go, I don’t know, it wouldn’t say… because it can’t talk, it’s a baseball season that ended yesterday…yesterday…yesterday!
Fantasy Baseball was such an easy game to play,
Now I need a mother’s basement to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday…day…day.

*sniffles*  Here, take a tissue.  You have to excuse me, I don’t have any clean ones.  What will we do for the next few months without an update on a Mets’ pitcher elbow?  Will Rougned Odor reveal he was accidentally batting while crossing his eyes and that’s why he barely hit .200?  What will we do without a James Paxton injury update?  WHAT?  WILL?  WE?  DO?  Prepare for next season, of course.  But, first, let’s bask in the last day of the season.  Today is the day when you realize you’ve spent 27,000 man hours this summer beating eleven other strangers to win a virtual trophy, and it feels great!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Danny Duffy – Will undergo elbow surgery on Tuesday to remove loose bodies.  Operating on him will be David Caruso.  *pulls off sunglasses*  “Let’s see if we can’t knock loose…some bodies.”

Eric Hosmer – 1-for-1, 2 runs, and his 25th homer, hitting .318.  Ever say to yourself, “I always wonder what seven-eighths of a Joey Votto would be.  Joey Vott?”  Now you know, it’s Hosmer.

Chris Iannetta – 1-for-4, 2 runs, and his 17th homer, hitting .254.  This week I will be recapping the top 20 at all positions, and it’s super sad emoji how well Iannetta ranks for the top 20 catchers.

Marcus Stroman – 4 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.09.  An under 3.10 ERA is about as good as you could’ve hoped for.  Stroman, however, just hopes people would stop serenading him with, “I wish I was a little bit taller.”

Brett Anderson – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.13 vs. Jordan Montgomery – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.88.  I need to make myself an iCal reminder for the last day of the season next year that says, “Start every pitcher on the last day of the season, because hitters have checked out early.  Also, tell Cougs you’ll be with her again for the 1st time in six months.”

Matt Holliday – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer, hitting .231.  Holliday…Holliday…Holliday…  Sorry, song’s still stuck in my head.  Scrambled eggs…

Matt Cain – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.43, as Cain retired from baseball, the day before turning 33 years old.  Imagine retiring at 33 years old with $110 million.  I’d be doing blow within a week.

Johnny Cueto – 5 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.52.  Don’t worry, Giants fans, he’s only owed another $90 million across five seasons.

Pablo Sandoval – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .220.  Vegas should immediately start the odds for guessing Sandoval’s weight for when he shows to camp, and have one parlay bet, where you pick the date for the first news story revolving around Sandoval’s weight.

Jhoulys Chacin – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.89.  If he’s back with the Padres next year, I promise you I will be drafting him in every league simply for home starts, where he had an ERA of 1.79 in 100 1/3 IP.

Hunter Renfroe – 2-for-4 and his 26th homer.  Renfroe!  Or as Scooby would say, Renfroe!

Gio Gonzalez – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 2.96.  Pro tip:  Spray some Drakkar Noir on you to keep the Regression Fairies away in the playoffs.

Michael Taylor – 1-for-3 and his 19th homer, hitting .271.  Ugh, can I draft him already for 2018?  Though, to be a buzzkill on my own buzz, I could see Dusty batting him 8th all next year.

Anthony Rendon – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer, and 100th RBI, hitting .301.  April was super touch and go like your Uncle Frank, but Rendon stepped it up, starting from his classic 3-homer game on my bench.  Hashtag never forget.  (I also benched Scooter’s 4-homer game.  The Year of the Sonavabench!)

Jon Lester – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.33.  The good news is he might’ve pitched himself into the playoff rotation.  The bad news is he might’ve pitched himself into the playoff rotation.  Lester’s arm must be ready to fall off.

Max Scherzer – Tweaked his hamstring on Saturday.  And Vegas odds on the Nats plummet.  A Fox Sports camera catches Scherzer squirting ketchup on his hamstring to enhance the drama.  Vegas odds reverse, but it’s too late.  OCTOBER STORYLINES!

Luke Weaver – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.88.  I’m just gonna leave my Mr. Pibb on the counter of this bar that’s located in a cave in Kabul, Afghanistan.  *five hours later*  Hey, why does that lampshade have a mask drying on it that looks like my face?  AHHHHHH!!!  ROOFIE!!!!

Aaron Wilkerson – 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.48.  His name wasn’t familiar to me, so I Googled it, and the first suggestion was “Aaron Wilkerson dog handler,” so I’d say his name is not familiar to anyone.  “The real stars here are the dogs!”  That’s Aaron Wilkerson, dog handler.  By the way, wanted to say hello to Aaron Wilkerson, the pitcher and dog handler, because I know you both have your Google Alerts set up.

Jesus Aguilar – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Or as Eric Thames says, “Jesus, that’s 35 homers in Korea.”

Parker Bridwell – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.64 vs. James Paxton – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.98.  This was a match made in heaven.  See, Pax was a TV network “created in 1996 in response to the pervasive presence of violence, nudity, commercialism, homosexuality, atheist values, and liberal bias on television.”  (Sounds like fun!)  And Bridwell is a term for a Mormon bride who is a virgin.  “Tagg, I think she’s gonna Bridwell.”

Mike Marjama – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  Nice to see Lionel Richie’s favorite player see some at-bats on the final day.  “Hey, yeah, jambo, Marjama, forever, fiesta!”

Kurt Suzuki – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Every time Commissioner Manfred says there’s no juiced balls, people should vomit at him, “Kurt Suzuki hit 19 homers!”

Marcell Ozuna – 1-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 37th homer, hitting .312.  OZUNA just sorry he didn’t see Giancarlo’s 60th home run.  OZUNA had masking tape on eyelids and eyebrows so he didn’t miss anything.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-5, 1 RBI.  Ended the year with 59 HRs and 132 RBIs, and one restraining order against me.  Oh, and eat a D, haters:

Blake Snell – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 4.04.  Pregame Blake Snell, “Hey, I don’t think I can push my ranking up for 2018 and make it a bit harder for people to draft me, but let me try.”  Achievement unlocked.

Kevin Gausman – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.68.  Nice end to the most bipolar season for a starter.  If you tell me you knew when Gausman was going to pitch well, you are a lyin’ liar.

Clayton Kershaw – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 2.31.  Is he the first pitcher drafted again next year?  As Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, All About The Benjamins being my favorite song and Kershaw is the 1st pitcher drafted.”

Daniel Mengden – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.14.  You hear about his new reality show?  Daniel Plus Eight Matts.

Khris Davis – 2-for-4 and his 43rd homer, hitting .247.   Actually, it’s past tense now.  In 2017, he hat .247.  Hate?  What’s past tense of hit?  The Korean beer, Hite?  I’m having a brain…What’s the thing called when you expel gas?

Maikel Franco – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .230.  I likely said numerous times early in the year that Maikel would get to 25 homers, and a .255 average.  So, not super close, but, sadly, I’m not giving up on him yet for future years.  Hopefully he doesn’t become Nicholas Castellanos, Part 2:  Even On The Toilet I Have A Strong Exit Velocity.

Noah Syndergaard – 2 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.97.  That’s three clean innings for Syndergaard since April.  The Mets gotta feel great about that!  Ow, my right eye got stuck mid-eye roll.

Lance McCullers – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.25.  You know how Grey’s Anatomy (the tv show, not my tush) has McDreamy and McSteamy?  If McCullers were on there, he’d be McGassed.   Or simply a patient at the hospital.

Drew Pomeranz – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.32.  Not sure I’m going to trust him next year, but I sure wish I trusted him this year.  Regrets?  I have a Drew.

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-2, 1 run and his 17th steal, hitting .318.  Will he be drafted in the 2nd round next year?  All hot takes welcome.

Corey Kluber – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.25.  Be interesting to see if Kluber or Sale wins the AL Cy Young.  Should be the closest AL Cy Young race since 1980 when it was Steve Stone vs. Mike “Stoned” Norris.

Michael Brantley – 0-for-1 as he was activated from the DL this weekend.  So classic.  Only Brantley can be activated from the DL the same weekend the season ends.  Too fitting.  Be like Jameson Taillon starting every count with a one-ball count.

   
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!!

    What a write-up! You saved the best for last, how bittersweet!

    a. LOL on the lede! I thought the lede would be …’The sweet Snell of success’, but I digress.

    b. On Hosmer, he’s better known in KC as HOFmer because Royal fans long have considered him a shoe-in for the hall of fame…seven years later they are still convinced!

    c. On McCullers, was expecting an Ice-T rap! Gonna be hard to decide who will pitch for HOU if they need a fifth starter (after Keuchel, Verlander, Morton and Peacock) but my gut says that McCullers won’t pitch anymore this season. He gave up a hit to Brock Holt (who’s batting .188) and then he battled to strike him out the second time through the order on 8 pitches and a 3-2 count!!! He’s either tired or the shoulder hasn’t fully healed. Hopefully he figures it out and comes back strong next year. He’s a sleeper for sure.

    d. Enjoyed it thoroughly, have a nice off-season. Will be dropping by from time to time but mostly as a stalker. True story….I gave my colleague the list of the 20 traits of a psychopath. I explained to him how the list is still used to diagnose if one is a psychopath or not with 13/20 needed to be committed to an insane asylum. So what does he do? He self-diagnoses and scores 9/20. The punchline: ‘He says, so I guess I’m borderline psychopath.’

    Item 1: Glibness/superficial charm
    Item 2: Grandiose sense of self-worth
    Item 3: Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
    Item 4: Pathological lying
    Item 5: Conning/manipulative
    Item 6: Lack of remorse or guilt
    Item 7: Shallow affect
    Item 8: Callous/lack of empathy
    Item 9: Parasitic lifestyle
    Item 10: Poor behavioral controls
    Item 11: Promiscuous sexual behavior
    Item 12: Early behavior problems
    Item 13: Lack of realistic long-term goals
    Item 14: Impulsivity
    Item 15: Irresponsibility
    Item 16: Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
    Item 17: Many short-term marital relationships
    Item 18: Juvenile delinquency
    Item 19: Revocation of conditional release
    Item 20: Criminal versatility

    e. Have a nice off-season!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Hehe B. Ooh, I like that C. He shouldn’t D. Haha E. Thanks!

  2. odditie says:
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    Can keep one

    R. Hoskins for 2018
    Otani for his first two seasons in MLB (whenever they happen)

  3. Bas says:
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    Sir Grey!

    Thanks for the 100.000 plus words and all the smiles. It was a real treat to get up every morning with the daily write up and all the others posts.
    With the help of the Razzball community I was able to snare my 5th championship in 10 years in my keeperleague. Many thanks for that!

    Best,
    Bas from Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas: Awesome, congrats!

  4. Don says:
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    So Pablo’s walkoff homer cost the Giants the #1 pick in the draft next year. Even when he does something good, he does something bad. And I should also point out that the Giants had the worst OF in the history of baseball this year, according to cumulative WAR. That is also Pablo’s fault somehow, I’m sure.

    Congrats on the big victory in Tout Wars, and thanks for another great season, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don: Haha, hilarious on Pablo — thanks!

  5. Duntroon68 says:
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    You didn’t even need Stanton to win HR. Part way through the year I noticed I owned him on every team. Right after that the HR binge started. Finally, every year I draft him.

    Congratulations to you and Rudy on the Tout Wars titles. I scored a 115 in a Yahoo public league and was feeling pretty good but those point totals in those leagues are scary. (Notice how I work my own brag into this. My girlfriend says my ability to bring everything back to myself is my most endearing quality.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Duntroon68: I didn’t need Giancarlo, you’re right… My team was so stacked — I had Scooter benched for like his first ten HRs, and got Pham off waivers for something like $1. (Congrats to you too!)

  6. Jw says:
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    Nice job Grey! I won my league again (3 in a row!). I couldn’t have done it without you and the streamonator (worth every penny). I picked up 10+ wins and a ton of k’s in the last couple of weeks capped off by yesterday’s streaming gem (Pivetta, Tomlin, Gausman, j Montgomery, m Montgomery, Snell) – 3 wins, 40 k, .83 era, .70 whip! Nice work! Throw the monkeys a few extra bananas on me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jw: Haha, thanks! Congrats!

  7. Sean says:
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    Thanks for all the of the advice and daily writeups this year Grey! Congrats on your win in Tout Wars. This week was really competitive (practically tied in every cat through Thursday) and then my hitting let up on me this weekend. Luckily I only had to play for the tie and succeeded. My streamers kept me in the game and my pickups of J. Montgomery and Pivetta yesterday sealed the deal. I finally got over the hump and won my first title in my current league after just falling short last year. SON was definitely worth the price for my rag tag pitching staff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: That’s awesome, man! Congrats!

  8. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    The real stars ARE the dogs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: I ever tell you about the time I beat you in a league by ten points?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Yeah but you play in like 3 leagues.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Where are you pulling this number from? Are you confusing how many leagues I’m in vs. your Alex Wood ranking?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: Tout, Perts, NL only. Are you in others?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              NFBC, CBS NL-Only, home keeper –6 total — won 3… Okay, enough goofing, how did you do? You win some $? Leagues?

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Grey: I won that 30 team league. That’s it.

                9 RCLs – 4 seconds, 2 thirds, 1 4th, 1 6th, 1 7th.

                3 30 team dynasty leagues – 1 first, 1 6th, and 1 20th.

                12 team h2h points keeper – 8th

                18 team h2h dynasty – 14th

                2 16 team dynasty roto – 10th and 14th

                16 team h2h dynasty points – 3rd

                NL only 10 team dynasty – 3rd

                12 Yahoo h2h – 2nd

                2 rebuilding teams in 20 team roto dynasty – 14th and 10th

                Way too many teams, or I’m just not that good.

                • Grey

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                  Meh, we all have years like that, I came in dead last last year for Tout and near bottom for NFBC and lost to JFOH in RCL, as you know… 30 team win is no joke tho, so that’s good!

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @Grey: Yeah that team is awesome. It happens, and i was way over extended. I’m cutting back to like 8 leagues next year and only doing 2 RCLs.

                    Funny I came in second in Perts and in Writers league. I lost to Maher there. I’m Phil Mickleson!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Maher won the Writers’ league?

  9. E says:
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    Good season, man. Thanks for all the work you do. I was able to take down the championship in 2/3 leagues (I drafted Odor in other…)

    Thanks again , look forward to the offseason and next year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @E: Congrats on the victories!

  10. Bob Sacamano says:
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    Thanks again for everything. Stratton dominated over the weekend & I took down my 2nd title in 3 years – which is the same timeframe that I started reading Razzball.

  11. Big W says:
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    Thank you for your great work this and every season, Grey! Appreciate you and the entire Razzball staff!

    Have a wonderful offseason!

    – Big W

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big W: Thanks! No problem!

  12. Goldirocks says:
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    Poor Lance McCullers! So much promise. So many dashed dreams! What a bi-polar season from him! At his best he is very close to being an ace (minus being a top innings eater). At his worst, he is un-start-able. There must be a nagging on-going injury? He is surely a top-end sleeper next year – sure to fly under the radar after his hideous second half? Too much talent not to have a break-out season one of these years!?
    Thanks for the year-long advice Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Goldirocks: Ugh, I know, I have to think it will happen at some point… May not come until everyone gives up on him… No problem

  13. T.41 says:
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    Thank you Grey!
    I won my league even after I made a deadly mistake drafting Trevor Story instead of G.Stanton at 3rd round.
    Your insight, joke.. You are the best.
    Best
    41 from Japan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T.41: Thanks! Congratulations!

  14. knucks says:
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    Don Bropre, thank you.

  15. Captain Jack says:
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    Just sent the wife a photo of the virtual trophy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Captain Jack: If she doesn’t appreciate it, her loss!

  16. SDub88 says:
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    went back to back in my H2H league thanks in large part to this site. Keep up the great work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SDub88: Awesome! Congrats!

  17. Randy BoBandy says:
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    That baseball soliloquy caused my tear ducts to swell, bravo!

    I even managed to win my league on the basis of one good hitting night over the course of the entire championship week, works for me!

    Thanks for everything once again…and I’ll say Nationals over Indians.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy BoBandy: No problem, congrats! Astros over Dodgers!

  18. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I bet someone lobbies for Jose Ramirez in the first. He’s 100% going in the second all the time.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: There’s going to be someone that does. He went early 2nd in my mock.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Effin’ Rotoworld! They’re gonna do it, those bastards! Why am I already irrationally mad at them for something they didn’t do?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: Cause you’ve seen this movie before. It’s like Trump, you know he’s going to go at somebody on Friday night/Saturday morning.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Tho, in fairness to Rotoworld, they’re usually much worse, and will put someone in the 1st round that is way out of left field, like Corey Seager

  19. Evan says:
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    Thanks for the great year, Grey! You had me in stitches all season. Looking forward to prepping for next year and beyond with the help of y’all’s advice.

    Until next time, take care!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Evan: Thanks, and no problem!

  20. Murph says:
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    We did it Grey! Champs for the fourth year out of the past 10. I did the math and the winnings will pay me back at a rate of about a nickel per hour spent sweating over important matters like whether to cut Jose Peraza….
    But you made it worthwhile – so thank you my friend. See you in spring!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Haha, congrats! It *is* worth every penny….

  21. peacecoast says:
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    so how did you do in all your leagues Grey?

    what do you think of the following keepers in the 20th round of a 12 team mixed league?
    O Arcia, Hicks, M Taylor, N vincent, Parra.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peacecoast: Won 3 leagues, I talk about the biggest on in the post — I think those keepers are a little sad

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: IKR? that’s what I get for selling off what I had to go for it. Finished second. Again. I’ll take it tho I guess.
        Also got F Rivero in 25, Zunino in 26 (2 catcher league), kimbrel in 8 (s+h league tho butstill maybe?). oh and dee in 3.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope you got paid for the 2nd place finish…

          • peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: that bad huh, ya made a little coin. guess next year will be a true test of my (our) skills with these shit ass keepers.

            I am on Americans S3, it really is so good.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, The Americans actually gets better as it goes along, wait until the end of that season, it’s so good

  22. Juan says:
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    Grey,
    My season sucked! too many injuries and some of my guys just didnt repeat previous performances. Anyway, I need to keep 10 for next year – here’s my list:

    Belinger
    Moncada
    Trea
    Xander
    K. Seager
    Suarez
    Mazara
    M. Taylor
    I. Happ
    O. Arcia
    A. Wood
    McCullers
    Taillon
    Alex Reyes.

    With the remaining players i don’t keep – who has the most value and what do you think i can get in return?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Juan: I’d try to move some of those arms, maybe Wood and Reyes for a bat?

  23. Girl Number Four says:
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    Won both my RCL and my H2H this year. Psyche. Virtual trophies get me all tingly. And my H2H does not know about this site. heh heh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice work, #4!

  24. PK says:
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    Grey,

    Thank you for another great year of fantasy baseball coverage. Your daily write-ups are the highlight of my mornings.

    Grats on your Tout Wars victory!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! And no problem!

  25. Bucktail30 says:
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    dynasty obp keep forever league…

    trade Kluber for Goldschmidt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Goldy

  26. Gigorilla says:
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    Grey – super big congrats on your NBFC title. Your team just kept climbing since just after the AS break, against a tough crowd. With a super tough format.

    Looking forward to doing it again next year, with a whole lot less injuries to the Dogs.

    Tell your people to contact my people.

    Thanks, D.D.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Which team were you? Bauer and Kluber carried my pitching in the 2nd half, Samardzija and Lackey couldn’t even destroy their confidence

      • Gigorilla says:
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        Diamond Dogs (D.D.)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah…Damn, well, I’ll let you come at me next year for a rematch…

  27. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Congrats on the championship! I unfortunately was a the maid of honor this year and not the bride. Anythehoo…thanks for all your work this past year and I’m looking forward to 27,000 more man hours next year. Cheers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, no problem… Sorry to hear you came up a little short

  28. John Hagar says:
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    Thanks for the great season and all the laughs, Grey!

    You, Rudy and all of the other writers and regular commenters on Razzball.com are awesome!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Thanks for the kind words!

  29. Huffin Gas says:
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    1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd in my six leagues. Probably no coincidence I read every prep article last off season to get ready. I’ll be here again all winter. Thanks for the write ups.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome, congrats!

  30. Rudy says:
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    Grey,
    I Love the site as much as you love Giancarlo. Won four straight years, then this yr got 2nd. You helped a ton. I can’t wait for January Grey!
    ps-I really enjoy Ante’s daily updates

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too! Thanks!

  31. From Beyond says:
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    Grey!

    Many thanks to you and the Razzball staff for a fun year full of great insight — helped me nab my first league title. Looking forward to next season already!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome, congrats!

  32. Tweak says:
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    A great season, yet again, from Grey. Good stuff!

    Re: Michael Taylor – I’m betting the Nats go even sillier than just batting him 8th. With Werth out of the picture, I’d guess they’ll do something ridiculous like give a 5yr/$100m deal to Cozart, bump Turner to CF, play Eaton in LF and Harper in RF with Taylor again riding the pine until someone breaks something again (then, Robles comes up and takes his ABs). Make sure you don’t fix that bullpen, though! Each ‘pen arm can just throw 120IP. No biggie. DUSTYYYYYYYYYY! *shakes fist*

    As for the draft next year, I’m salivating over the chance of going Goldy/J Ramirez/Lindor in the first three rounds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You just described my worst nightmare for the Nats’ outfield

  33. Roger Anderson says:
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    Grey – thank for helping me win my league finals. I don’t think I could have taken losing in the finals again after having that happen two years in a row. I win the H2H league and then lose the finals. This year I invested in Razzball! SON and Hittertron allowed me to better plan for the two weeks.

    The withdrawals are tough but I will get by with a smile knowing I will do it all again next year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats on the win!

  34. Take a bow, brother! Listened to the draft on the radio and was pulling for you all season. Who’s laughing now?!!!! Great work, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Funny enough, every year people pour in congrats to the winner, this year, I’ve heard from two people in Tout

      • @Grey: Not surprised. Most other ‘perts’ have developed distorted perspectives of this fantasy shizz. Klarabell, Berry, the list is long. Celebrities in their own minds performing brain surgery. Winning and having a good time doing it. Again, cheers to you! Enjoy the win & boasting at all of them until March. They’re all definitely having a tough time coming to grips with this one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I didn’t just beat them, zombie… I won by more points than anyone ever has in the history of the league, by ten extra points!

            • DonnieB says:
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              Congratulations Grey. You are to those ‘perts establishment guys as Trump is to the other 16 republican presidential candidates and the republican establishment. They still don’t accept your win and will never accept it. How about “low energy” Karabell or “crazy” Berry.!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Exactly! Low energy Karabell! Ha!

  35. Lubey says:
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    Grey!

    Would like to say thank you for yet another great season. Phenomenal advice on streamers the last week. I dropped most of my bench early in the week for stratton, gohara, Skaggs pivetta and manaea. They combined for an avg of 15.5 pts per Start which are bananas numbers for streamers in my league and solidified a championship this yr. Looking forward to reading razzball next season and subscribing to that zany robot that has a raging boner for pitching!! I was getting tired of searching through the comments to find son values :)

    Cheers, have a great offseason, and as always, thanks brotha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, congrats on the win!

  36. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great work my man, my season sucked but I still wanted to say thanks for all the work you do from the blog to the podcast. My season was sunk when I kept odor over murphy in the offseason, but oh well.
    for some super early keeper advice, I can keep 9 and Devers and Acuna are guys I can keep for 6 without signing to a contract since they haven’t played in the bigs on my roster yet. I also have 21 extra draft dollar from trades I made when I was out of it and sold pitching.
    Goldy at 32, thinking maybe at 2 more years for 38 (3 per year for all players)
    Trout at 41, likely keep for 4 at max contract for 53
    Arenado at 24, maybe 2-3 years at 30-33
    Springer at 14, maybe 2 years is what I think he’s got left of being elitish at 20?
    Alex Wood at 7, 1 year at 10 or 2 at 13
    Domingo Santana (dude just went 30/15 with a good enoguh average and he’s 25) 2 years probably at 13
    Devers at 6, no contract
    Acuna at 6, no contract
    Luke weaver at 7, keep 1 or 2 for 10 or 13?
    Godley same price, probably keeping weaver over godley though
    Paxton is 16, which in H2H is too much risk, injury guys screwed me this year
    I also have like Cozart and Scooter I could keep for 7 each then 3 per year.

    What 9 would you keep? Thanks bud, keep up the good work.

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: H2H category 12 team league btw, missed out on the playoffs this year after winning last year, oh the joys of H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks, hopefully can win it next year! Goldy, 2 more years — Trout, max — Arenado, 33 — Springer, 20 — Wood, 10 — Domingo, 13 — Devers, Acuna, Weaver

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, you the man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  37. flye says:
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    I read this every day but rarely comment… just wanted to say thanks for all of the good advice this year. I won my very competitive league (4×4/Roto/Auction/Keeper) due in no small part to info gleaned here.

    That, and drafting Judge in my reserve draft last year, taking up a bench spot all year just so I could keep him… then paying through the nose for Stanton as well. Having 9 guys hitting 30+ HRs was fun, love that juiced ball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome, congrats!

  38. P says:
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    Grey, thanks for all the advice and laughs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  39. stefan says:
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    Wound up a co-champion this year! Came down to the last inning of the last game. If Trea Turner had scored, I would have been sole winner. And if Brad Brach had only given up 4 ER in his blowup instead of 5, I would have come in second. Every category was in play. I was within 1/1000th of a point of gaining or losing ground in WHIP, ERA and BA. Crazy! Basically every sit/start, FA pickup, draft and trade decision by every manager in my league over the course of the entire season factored into the result.

    Funny thing is, after winning last year, I thought I’d be rebuilding this year and that dictated my drafting strategy. I was also disengaged for the first 10 weeks or so, leaving slow starters like Gausman and Buxton in my lineup week after week and making very few FA pickups. I also dumped to a contender in June, thinking my season was over. That’s when my turnaround began. So, “Dump to Win” is really a thing!

    Thanks for your writeups, advice and analysis Grey. They’re extremely helpful, but more importantly, they turn the long, grueling roto season into something fresh and entertaining.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry hit reply too early… that’s amazing that you were dumping for first part of year and still co-won…

  40. Not your average Joe says:
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    Mine is not a feel good story. I ran away with my league during the regular year, crushed my semis opponent, and then…all the bats went ice cold and my pitchers went out and threw batting practice. It wasn’t pretty. But there’s always next year.

    I would not have gotten that far without the advice and indulgence of Grey and his band of merry writers. Thank you for all of your hard work.!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks, but glad you fought it out, it’s all about the battle!

  41. braves uk says:
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    One first place, one second place (and one 7th). Thank you (and Streamonator) so much, massively appreciated…!

    Now i must go and re-introduce myself to my other half and my kids….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, congrats!

  42. cloots says:
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    Congrats Grey!
    I am a big fan of your daily blog, certainly part of my daily regimen.

    I’m in an old school 23 year old AL Only Roto League and I won my league again this year!
    (4 out of the last 6 actually, haters are getting uglier!)
    I also scored 1st in HRs with a league record 357 HRs, beat 2nd place by 50.

    Off-season is a sad time around here.

    c

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I know, but we should be the change we want to see in others!

      • cloots says:
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        @Grey:
        So very Tony Robbins of you, maybe we should get you on the self help circuit?!

  43. ctrengove says:
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    Grey!

    I won my league!! And in the end, the match wasn’t that close (960.5-819.5). First time winning this points league, and the difference was being active daily and ignoring most relationships in my life (haha…?).

    I was 17-4 in the regular season, finishing in first place and leading in points (as well as waiver wire acquisitions), before winning the first round of the playoffs (1074.5-992.5) and then the championship (which featured JD Martinez, Jose Ramirez, Scherzer, and Sale in opposition). But I beat him, and from start to finish, it was an excellent season (ala Cubs 2016).

    Interesting observation of the championship match: while our hitters (my 485.5 to his 495.5) and starting pitchers (my 313 to his 305) were very close in total points, it was relievers that put me well over the top (162 to 19). SAGNOF works for points, too.

    Thanks for all the entertainment and advice throughout the season (Snell and Stratton were great recommendations for the championship). Looking forward to 2018. Rest up!

    -Chris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome, man! Glad to hear SAGNOF paid off for you!

  44. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I just saw an interesting tweet from Rob Silver where he pulled the 90% totals in all 5×5 roto categories over the last 5 years for NFBC I believe. Obviously the HR, RBI, R totals jumped, average was about the same over the 5 years, stolen bases went down.

    Ks went up, as did ERA significantly by .30 over the last two years, WHIP went up too, but .003. Ws about the same, but I don’t see that changing.

    I’d love to see us pull this from the RCLs. Do you think leaning heavier on offense and getting that great base is even more important? Or do we need to invest more in pitching? Particularly in aces.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy pulls this stuff every year from the RCLs, it informs rankings, Rater, tools etc. I’d never invest in pitching any greater than I do… I spent about $60 out of $260 in Tout this year… Didn’t spend much in RCLs either… You can point to Kluber, but I didn’t draft him that high, and I rode Nola and McCullers… Also, if you point at my Kluber, I can point at my Cueto who didn’t help me at all… Also, Kershaw did nothing to help you mitigate a disaster ERA and WHIP…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: My disaster of a WHIP (ERA wasn’t that bad), was after Kershaw got hurt and I had to stream. I’ll actually contend if Kershaw makes all his starts I make it a lot more interesting the last week, and you probably would have been forced to stream.

        That said I still think first 5-6 rounds all hitting.

        Does Rudy share it? I’ve seen it in passing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Rudy shares it every year, not usually until Spring of following year, but he’ll hook you up prior if you want it… I’d let you use the Kershaw excuse if he had 220 IP the previous year, that was a worry coming in… You also got Altuve in a crap trade and picked up Judge and Bellinger for free or next to free

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: So I got lucky and it should have been worse?

            I drafted Kershaw a pick after Story and a pick before Odor…

            That trade was offered to me, and I almost rejected it to avoid this revisionist propaganda.

            • Grey

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              You got lucky how? Nah, you didn’t get lucky, you fought hard, I was proud of your fight… I’m just saying you got ~100 HRs for free, so you need to reevaluate how you were still battling me for HRs on the final weekend… I think it’s taking Kershaw… Just my opinion!

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Grey: Same token if you don’t draft Odor you beat me in batting average.

                I would say it was probably drafting Car-Go and getting zero more than Kershaw.

                • Ralph Lifshitz

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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: And I didn’t add Rhys when I should have. That was a 20 homer swing in your favor pretty much.

                • Grey

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                  Not drafting CarGo as much as holding CarGo, but he would’ve been a tough one to drop, so I feel ya on that

  45. snarky anklebiter says:
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    Thanks to Odor and Khris Davis, I think I’m the first person to ever win my roto league while finishing dead last in batting average. How can I buy a couple Z-Jays for Bellinger and Pham?

    • Grey

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      Hahaha

  46. Cannot spell wrong without Ron says:
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    The season is over but I just got this offer.
    J D Martinez and Arenado for my Kershaw.
    H2H 10 team points league, Keep 5 forever, slightly pitcher heavy. Top batter this year was Judge w/728 and top pitcher was Kluber w/773.
    Some players I’m looking at as possible keepers; Corey Seager, Bryant, Springer, Kershaw and Syndergaard.
    The only drawback I see is that he already has Sale and Scherzer and with Kershaw he would more than likely dominate the league if they all stay healthy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado side, not close

      • Cannot spell wrong without Ron says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Cannot spell wrong without Ron: Do it before the playoffs. You do not want Kershaw to suffer an injury that requires Tommy John surgery before you make the trade :-) Even if he does not get injured, he has a habit of lowering his value in the playoffs.

  47. nick the dick says:
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    See Ralph is leaving out the most important part of his fantasy season…that I placed better than him in all 4 leagues we were in together

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, snap! Well done, NtD!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: solid ass year. Won 3 of 7 leagues, almost 4 but my buddy eeked out 1st to my 2nd place in my home league after a crazy battle for months. But won the RazzNasty by alot, won the RCL I set up by alot and won the Rio Ruiz RCL in a great fight all year with Ralph, Truss and Backdoor Sliders. Came in 2nd in another RCL, 3rd in the FCL and playoff loss on a tie in the Razz30. Prettay prettay good….Curb is back!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @nick the dick: Razznasty shouldn’t even count. That’s like taking out 13 cardboard cutouts.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @nick the dick: Was there a single trade all season? No way there was more than 5.

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @nick the dick: No one has paid me…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz: You should get on that Mr. Commish

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @nick the dick: Sent an email we’ll see.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          NtD! You just needed JFOH to get out of the leagues for you to win, what JFOH would say…. Even if he wasn’t in the leagues…. CURB! Was so good last *night

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: wo wo wo wo….Nick’s Razznasty team is my original team. I handed him the keys to a Corvette and all he had to do was top off the fluids and make sure the leather got conditioned from time to time. He won a race driving my car

            • Grey

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              Haha, see? I knew you could claim credit!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Im so shallow and weak! To be fair it was only a shell of its former self. He only scored 129.5 compared to my 157 out of a possible 160

                • Grey

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                  Haha, he is a Russian nesting doll to your magnificence…

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Haha we made Jack comment. Another win.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We win again!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Im only here because Ralph texted me. My vanity owns me

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Good to see ya, whatever the reason…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Yeah, butter me up like a biscuit

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, just being real — end of baseball season gets me all emotional, and now Petty…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Im free fallin right now.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Waiting is supposed to be the hardest part

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      but worth it because love is a long road

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m learnin to fly

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      even the losers get lucky sometimes

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Some grow young, some grow cold

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Hey, don’t do me like that

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It don’t really matter to me, everybody’s gotta fight to be free

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, the HBO doc about Jimmy Iovine was good, speaking of Petty

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Holy shit, he’s alive!

  48. William Hung says:
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    I hope David Wright will have the same exact schedule to what Ryan Zimmerman did prior to this season (everything from eating and working out, to shitting) – and come back and have a year to remember… or just retire

    • Grey

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      I think Wright’s done, man…

  49. J-FOH says:
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    I got this weird pain in my hip and I thought at first it might be arthritis but then remembered I get that every time you type my name. Congrats on winning, even though it needs an asterisk because you didn’t have to play me…. kidding! I tired to teach ralph how to beat you. Maybe I’ll just take his login and password next year. …kidding ralph. You both did well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, I just called you! Damn, you’re quicker than Beetlejuice! Tom Petty died, sad face

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: wtf! Two guys(Tom Petty and Charles Bradley) from the Arroyo Seco concert I wanted to go to at the rose bowl have died in the last week. I really should have gone back in June.

        • Grey

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          I saw Petty about ten years ago, was a great concert, I’m legit bummed…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I passed so many times on going to see him. Did you watch the 4 hour documentary on Netflix?

            • Grey

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              Nope, but I will now… I’m listening to him right now…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I watched it over two days. Really really friggin good. Also did you see longshot, the documentary about the guy who got charged with murder and used the dodger game and Larry David as part of his alibi?

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, that David doc was insane… And they still wanted to convict him! Prosecutors suck, man…It’s bad…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Its a bad system

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It doesn’t reward cops to do diligent work, only to arrest someone…Doesn’t reward prosecutors to convict right person, only convict someone

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Reminds me of the Jewish dad in Veep who wanted to make jaywalking a chargeable offense to get more prisoners for his privately owned jail

                    • Grey

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                      Glad to hear you finally watched it, was way overdue — Jonah!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Hands down one of the best things on TV, I couldnt even try to watch something good after because everything was a let down. I just masterbated a lot til I could watch TV again

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, great news! You should watch True Confessions on Netflix, it’s infuriating…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Its been on my list. I liked the 5 that came back about Capra, Houston, Ford and the other two directors who filmed WWII. Really good so far.

                    • Grey

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                      I couldn’t get into that, and it’s usually something I would like… Was a bit too dry for me…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      That worthless history degree I have makes me love that stuff. I also got recommended know your enemy – Japan, which is great if you like 1940’s american propaganda flicks

                    • Grey

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                      I like history too, but couldn’t get into it, you watch the Ken Burns Vietnam doc?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I started it, its so damn good. Im on the third episode. Its on demand so I can take my time with it

                    • Grey

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                      I gotta watch it, it’s on my list

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Please watch it. They interview the north and the different factions of the south along with the Americans. It’s really well done in not being one sided

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, I want to, maybe I’ll start tonight… I’m watching The Five right now, which sucks so bad I just want to finish it

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      The five is a four

                    • Grey

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                      Barely!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-FOH: I’m thinking about just quitting fantasy baseball. I’ve let down my family, my wife, all of Massachusetts, and most importantly the crabs.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: screw the crabs, family first. Its quite a burden lifting experience to not play, having my one halp dynesty has been nice like a new pair of silk boxers

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        And me! You don’t mention me? What’s up with that?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Grey: He doesnt realize how hard you would take it

          • Grey

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            I know!

  50. centerfield_ballhawk says:
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    Do you put together end of the year auction values? If so.. where would one find them?

  51. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Thanks for a great season! See you in the offseason!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, Duda!

  52. Spyre says:
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    I won my keeper points league!
    Its my 3rd title since league started in 2010

    Thanks for the advice all year Grey.

    my team ended as

    C d’Arnaud
    1B Rizzo
    2B Trea Turner
    3B Arenado
    SS Lindor
    IF Castellanos
    LF Hoskins
    CF Trout
    RF JD Martinez (got him in the 17th round cuz he just got hurt when we drafted)
    OF Pham
    Util Beltre

    RP Rivero
    RP Doolittle
    P Giles
    P Swarzak
    P Treinen
    SP Faria
    SP Nola
    Bench Duffy
    Bench T. Walker
    Bench Taillon
    Bench Severino
    Bench Giolito

    gonna have a very hard time deciding my 6 keepers next year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, congrats!

  53. Humm Baby says:
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    Been reading your site for 3 years now, and have made my H2H Finals all 3 years. Sadly, lost on tiebreakers in all 3 years, mostly thanks to the absurd last week of baseball counting. I totaled just 15 abs yesterday needing 1 HR and couldn’t get it.

    Anyway, thanks for all the input and great work you guys do. I’ll give it another shot next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn! Sorry, but we’ll get you the win next year!

  54. M says:
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    Thanks for a great season & lots of laughs along the way!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

  55. DonnieB says:
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    Speaking of Castellanos….What’s your thoughts on him for next year? Can’t believe he got 100 rbis on that team? I have him at $3 for two more years.

    Also,thank you for all your advice all year. Your draft rankings are always the best. I placed in all three of my NFBC auctions,both my rotowire online championship leagues and three DC drafts—one took 8th overall in the DCs. Thank you. Go Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love him, think Castellanos can break out…. No problem, glad to hear you had success!

  56. J-FOH says:
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    One thing about Petty I thought about was the Traveling Wilburys. To think he was the youngest one by far and that only one remains, Bob Dylan, and looking at old Bob Im surprised he’s still with us

    • J-FOH says:
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      @J-FOH: scratch that Jeff Lynn is alive but he was mainly the producer

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Tom Petty is alive too (I think, last I heard)…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was just saying on the podcast that I saw Dylan in concert five years ago and he looks like death

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Hahaha… I have an album called Dylan and the Dead!

        I’m watching confession tapes now. Finished first episode, these cops and prosecutors are bonkers . Who knew Canadian cops are the worst

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mr. Big thing is appalling! It’s so egregious

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, I was expecting “Mr. Big Stuff who do you think you are”

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: always go to IGGYS

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  This is true!

  57. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Hey Grey!!

    Took home the championship!!

    First year keeper league, H2H 12 team 6X 6

    Cats include:

    R HR SB RBI OPS AVG
    K:9 QS WHIP ERA S+H K

    I can unfortunately keep 2 the first year.

    C – Castillo
    1B – EE
    2B – Taylor
    3B – Bryant
    SS – Bergman
    OF – Blackmon
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Bellinger
    UTIL – Judge
    UTIL – Hoskins

    I’m not naming pitchers obviously

    I’m leaning Bryant and Jusge

    Ralph suggested Stanton and Blackmon but Blackmon is like 32 and Bryant is a no brainer.

    Who do you like as the 2? You said a couple months ago Bryant and Bellinger but I know I can snag Bellinger with my first or second round picks. Bryant is a for sure keepers and I pick last in the first first in the second and so on and so forth.

    Let me know what you think

    Blackmon Stanton
    Judge Stanton
    Stanton Bryant
    Bryant Judge
    Bryant Blackmon?

    Thank you!!

    Ps: I’m also looking at who I’d be able to get ADP wise next year ala Bellinger I could probably get in the second, the later will be gone by pick 12.

    Thank you.

    • Grey

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      Nice! Congrats! Bryant, Judge

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  58. LenFuego says:
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    Got my T-shirt for winning the Hey Batter(3) contest – looks great, have not worn it yet, saving it for a special occasion! Thanks!

    FYI, I finished 4th in my 12 team 12 keeper auction roto league (1/2 point short of 3rd), but that is actually pretty darn good from where I started. I took over the team last year and due to peculiarities of the league’s keeper structure (which I won’t bore you with), it takes 2-3 years to build a team. The team was completely devoid of keepable talent when I started, and I am now well-positioned to compete next year.

    My favorite part of this season was finishing 1st in ERA with Razzball recommended pitchers despite not having a single pitcher ranked in the top 25 coming into the year (got Paxton, McCullers, Ray, Stroman in the auction and then picked up Clevinger, Faria and Lamet as the season progressed).

    Thanks for a great season of content and advice – looking forward to the offseason ranking posts!

    • Grey

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      Awesome! Congrats again! That’s how you draft pitchers, see? I won Tout with Robbie Ray, Chacin at home, Lackey and Samardzija in matchups off SON — Thanks!

      • LenFuego says:
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        @Grey: Heh, yeah, it takes a lot of patience at the auction to keep waiting while all the Syndergaards, Bumgarners and Arrietas populate the other rosters for big bucks.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, pays off tho

  59. RicoSuave says:
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    THANKS SO MUCH GREY!

    …for a great season, great write ups and all your help.

    Cheers

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