I joined Funston, Behrens, Pianowski, Dalton Del Don, Not The Noise (someone drafted using Brad Evans name, but it wasn’t him), Rudy, Paul Singman and others.  Since Singman writes for us now, we’re up to three writers in the Friends & Family draft held at Yahoo.  Within ten years, it’s going to be 14 Razzball writers vs. Funston, and Funston will prolly still win after only drafting Howie Kendrick.  I’m not being entirely facetious, Razzball’s results in this league have been less-than-stellar.  I don’t mention this to be modest — modesty’s for nuns! — I tell you this to preamble my reasons for drafting Billy Hamilton.  I feel like my Friends & Family mojo is leaking oil, the carburetor is coughing up fumes and I’m on the side of the road, with my skirt hiked up, and no one’s stopping.  So, I decided to draft someone I have never drafted before and paid full price, to boot!  (By the by, when I go to Italy, I like to shout, “To boot!”)  Well, enough about me, more about my team!  Anyway, here’s my 15-team, 5×5, roto, Friends & Family fantasy baseball draft:

C: Matt Wieters (17th round, 234th overall)
1B: Jose Bautista (1st, 10)
2B: Kolten Wong (6th, 75)
3B: Josh Donaldson (2nd, 19)
SS: Wilmer Flores (23rd, 318)
CI: Yasmany Tomas (12th, 159)
MI: Jonathan Schoop (19th, 262)
OF: Justin Upton (3rd, 38)
OF: Billy Hamilton (4th, 47th)
OF: Marcell Ozuna (8th, 103)
OF: Oswaldo Arcia (14th, 187)
UTIL: Domonic Brown (20th, 271)
UTIL: C.J. Cron (21st, 290)
Bench: Jace Peterson (24th, 327)

P: Gerrit Cole (5th, 66)
P: Carlos Carrasco (9th, 122)
P: Jake Arrieta (7th, 94)
P: Koji Uehara (10th, 131)
P: Brett Cecil (11th, 150)
P: Matt Shoemaker (13th, 178)
P: James Paxton (15th, 206)
P: Luke Gregerson (16th, 215)
P: Aaron Sanchez (18th, 243)
Bench: Junichi Tazawa (22nd, 299)
Bench: Josh Fields (25th, 346)

TALK FURTHER ABOUT THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM.  THE VERY SKINNY ELEPHANT THAT STEALS LOTS OF BASES.  I BELIEVE SAID ELEPHANT’S NAME IS SAGNOF. 

I have Billy Hamilton 40th overall in my top 400, so I didn’t reach.  But, as mentioned aforementionedly on the previous tip, he’s also not someone I would normally draft since he’s a one category performer.  Granted, that one category is good.  Okay, great.  His steals translate to what though?  This was a question I posed to Rudy last week and he said it was kinda like drafting a 70-HR guy that only knocks in 30 RBIs.  Or a 160-RBI guy that only hits 12 homers.  If you look at our 15-team Yahoo Rankings, Hamilton gets $36.4 in steals.  Giancarlo’s HRs are only $21; Trout’s runs are only $15.7; Miggy’s AVG is $13.2 and Kershaw’s Ks are $10.3.  Granted, all of these players have more going for them than one category.  Hamilton is a negative aside from steals.  So, I knew if I drafted Hamilton, I had to draft guys that were strong elsewhere, and not worry about steals at all.  Hence, Oswaldo, OZUNA, Tomas, Bautista, Donaldson, Upton, well, the rest of my team aside from Wong.  And, Wong, because, brucely, I had to draft him.  What’s a Fantasy Master Lothario without a Wong?

YOUR PITCHING MAKES ME WANT TO HUG A STRANGER AND KISS A BABY.  WHY DOES IT DO THIS TO ME?  AM I GETTING SOFT?  WOULD MY HIGH SCHOOL SELF WANT TO BEAT ME UP?  PLEASE ANSWER.

My pitching makes me want to do funny things too.  Hayzeus Cristo, it’s a sexy staff.  Does anyone have a K-rate under 9?  Okay, maybe Sanchez and Paxton, but they throw a combined 220 miles per hour (in their home stadium; we know about those home park radar guns).  Shoemaker is the real standout for a low K-rate…and his K-rate is still 8+ with a walk rate under 2!  Fo’reallies, if I could have this pitching staff in a 12-team league, I’d be so happy.  This is a 15-team league.  Go ahead, I’ll give you a second, digest that with the rest of your Pad Thai.  True story that is neither funny or that interesting, I wanted to draft Paxton in at least one league, but then forgot about him about halfway through this draft.  Then around 200 overall, I was like, “Oh, yeah, Paxton.”  You don’t even need to reach that high to draft him!  Paxton, who will likely be a top 30 starter, is being drafted around guys like Matt Cain (belch), Aramis Ramirez (yawn), Joe Mauer (fart).  I found this with a lot of pitchers I wanted.  You’re sitting there and then all of sudden you’re like, “Wait a minute, is that Carlos Carrasco still on the board at 122?  Don’t mind if I do!”

YOUR MIDDLE INFIELD REMINDS ME OF BRUCE JENNER.  WHAT DO I CALL IT WITHOUT A WONG?  I GUESS, A CURIOSITY IS ME BEING POLITE.

There were moments during the draft when I almost pulled the trigger on a shortstop.  Jose Ramirez popped up towards the top of my queue, but then I was thinking about my saves and I missed him.  I kinda love Dannys Antana, but I was looking at saves then too.  I was interested in Chris Owings, in the non-Biblical way, but thought I could wait another round.  Then, before I knew it, I was looking at The Gregarious D.I.D., Stephen Drew and Wilmer Flores while wondering when did New York’s baseball teams shortstops get so bad.  I feel bad for runway models that are just coming onto the scene.  Who are they going to sleep with?  “So, I have a callback for Marc Jacobs’s fall show and I’m going on a date with Wilmer Flores.  Life is good!”  Any hoo!  My middle infield is desperately seeking something.

CAN YOU GIVE ME A BROAD SENSE OF WHAT YOU THINK OF YOUR TEAM?  ‘BROAD SENSE’ ISN’T A CALLBACK TO THE BRUCE JENNER CRACK.

Rudy ran my numbers and I’m strongest in power ($48.3 compared to $36.9 for SBs).  It’s like when you say to your girlfriend that you don’t like her new haircut.  You then need to buy flowers, dinner, watch a Kate Hudson movie on DVD and tell her, “The new haircut does make you look skinnier.”  You compensate, and that’s what I did.  Rudy also says my strikeouts are the worst category ($9.9), so I’m not sure how much to trust his calculations.  I don’t want to cherrypick what to believe, i.e., “I don’t trust your numbers for my Ks, but you’re exactly right on my power!”  I will say my team does look power heavy on hitting with the sole steal threat coming in Hamilton and my pitchers look like they will get Ks, but what do I know?  I’m just a very handsome fantasy baseball ‘pert.

 
  1. Bruce Leroy says:
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    To be the man, you have to beat the man…… WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  2. Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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    You see them 2 Arenado bombs from yesterday? Purrrrdy

  3. Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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    Wilmer is hitting well this spring, here’s to him hopefully raking on our teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ra’zball Al Ghul: Since the Mets did all they could to not start him, I say he’s an All-Star this year

      • k-dog says:
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        sooo… Flores or Jerko?

        • Cram It says:
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          @k-dog: see rankings

      • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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        @Grey: Me likey everything I see in Wilmer’s milb profile… has tools/will work for food

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup… PCL makes it look a little better than it is, but should be a 15 HR guy

          • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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            @Grey: with nice enough avg and rbi and upside, peralta-esque? Or is it Jungy Pelarta?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, yeah, definitely worth a late flyer

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice write-up. I’m pretty sure that you don’t need me to assuage your grief if you have any. I subscribe to the theory that anything can and will happen with laws of probability keeping us in check some how.

    If I could zero in on just one pick that I wasn’t in love with, it would be Koji-San in the 10th. I’m stupid and don’t know much.

    A. What else was available in the 10th round when you made that selection?

    B. Do you regret this selection? Do you regret any picks?

    C. Otherwise I like your pitching staff, it could be a really good year for ya!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Ante GALIC: One of these days Galic is going to begin a comment with Grey! You suck! The world will promptly end….

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: ty, Ralph. That day, of course, will never come.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Goose! says:
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          @Ante GALIC: What about a “Grey, you ignorant slut?”

        • SallyCips says:
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          @Ante GALIC: Galic Apocalypse averted!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Don’t remember but I needed a closer B. I don’t love my SS and MI C. Hope so!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Is it possible to take back my question and only say that your team is really fantastic? I think you got the most out of every pick!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

      • Soul Fister says:
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        @Grey:

        Daugherty won this draft.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I missed the sash ceremony

  5. Mike says:
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    This might be your year, Grey. That looks like a very solid team. I thought the league was smaller than 15, just looking at your results.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Thanks!

  6. Bugs Hoobs says:
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    When did Arenado go?

  7. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    The two players that intrigue me the most from this draft are Flores and Fields. Flores’ must be a victim of the Mets effect. How can you not like a cheap MI with batting average and some pop.

    Fields is the forgotten arm in the very deep Astros bullpen. His K/9 last year was absurd. He won’t close but his stuff is Dirty Mike and the boys.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: forgotten. By whom? He’s closing there by late June

      • SallyCips says:
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        @J-FOH: The money thrown at Gregorson and Neshek say otherwise, plus Qualls has done no wrong. End, my daily Qualls defense.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @SallyCips: Yeah it’s Qualls, who gets the job. Fields has been forgotten by most. He’s at best the 4th most discussed name in that bullpen.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @SallyCips: the mon ey proves nothing. Neither Gregerson nor Neshek have never really been closers. They are high end bridges to the ninth. Most GMS’s have pointed out that in many circumstances that the 8th and 7th inning arms are just as important if not more important than the closer. Gregerson is a great 8th inning arm who has struggled in the 9th. I think it’s qualls to lose, which he might by mid season. I like fields as the long term play in houston. The only thing holding him back is the psychology of the closer or to better put it the mind of him. Closers are a different breed of animal that needs to be able to carry that weight of finishing a game knowing that it all comes down to them. The Astros, by addition have one of the better bullpens in baseball this year and lets not forget Sipp as well. Their GM is outstanding and knows what he is doing which happens to be creating a beast of a bullpen. You can go look at KC and how much that changed their team by pairing a great pen around blah hitting and mediocre pitching. Money means nothing to winning games

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @J-FOH: Agreed on all points except Fields probably won’t get the first shot if Qualls falters. Gregerson is grossly overrated wasn’t that good last year Neshek was better.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: if fields pitches like he did down the stretch last year it’s his. Lunlow is a bright guy

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @J-FOH: A sharp dresser too….

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @J-FOH: Sorry J-FOH, much like your Estrada will close in Toronto stance, I just don’t see anyone, but Neshek or Gregerson getting the call if Qualls struggles.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @The Great Knoche: Estrada was just a long shot take, but seriously, when it comes to bullpens be careful what you’re reading into because logic and rational thought mean nothing

                  • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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                    @J-FOH: that would explain anybody saying estrada then for sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: I hope Flores can do something, and here’s hoping Fields gets the job

  8. larrya says:
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    Could be light on saves especially given Kojis injury history and the fact that he’s already hurt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @larrya: Yeah, could happen

  9. Clyde Prompto says:
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    This team looks mighty tasty to me. I’m pretty anti-Hamilton, but in the context of your mashers he actually makes a ton of sense. If Tazawa winds up being the guy if/when Uehara is in time out, he’s a great pick. The one thing about Paxton that makes me nervous is that I get a distinct Kazmir/Bedard vibe from him. Hard throwing young lefty who ALWAYS has some kind of health issue. Might not come into play this year though *fingers crossed*.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Thanks! Yeah, hopefully Paxton stays healthy, otherwise I can grab a streamer or two

  10. psherm9 says:
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    Hey Grey, long time reader, first time commenter. Love the site and the daily reads. Quick question. Family and friends league. I have four years in with 2 titles and 2 second place finishes. So I really need to hit on my keepers to continue my reign of dominance! Or luck. Depends on who you ask.
    12 team 5×5 auction roto, start 2 at every position 4 OFers 1 utility. Pitching is always at a premium. I can keep 5.
    keeping:
    Stanton $31
    Frazier $4

    Pick 3

    Mesoracco $5
    Betts $2 (has 2b eligibility)
    Jordan Zimmerman $15
    Chris Sale $22
    Cole Hamels $5
    Arrieta $2
    Carrasco $2

    leaning Betts,Hamels, Arrieta just to keep saving at a premium. Feel I could still get Sale and Zimmerman back having still maximised my savings. All input would be greatly appreciated.

    • JxK9 says:
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      @psherm9: Carrasco over Hamels

      • psherm9 says:
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        agree

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @psherm9: You commented yesterday. Betts, Arrieta, Carrasco

      • psherm9 says:
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        Yea, but I just wrote “test” yesterday. That doesn’t really count in my opinion. Thanks for all the advice, hard work and great reads. Keep doing what you do.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @psherm9: even if you said “test” in your question, wouldn’t the answer be for real the first time?

          • psherm9 says:
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            Didn’t ask a question. Literally just wrote test, and posted. Wanted to make sure I didn’t screw it up.

  11. dickerson's jock...strap says:
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    grey this is a 10team h2h league can you give some tips on where i should go with this team? do you think its light on power?
    c ramos
    1b gold
    2b rendon
    ss reyes
    3b arenado
    of dickerson
    of cargo
    of marte
    u carlos santana
    b bruce
    b hamilton
    b myers
    sp greinke
    cobb
    hughes
    latos
    liriano
    peavy
    evoldi
    pineda
    papelbon
    perkins

    i missed on g cole and shoemaker and paxon. anything you see would be appreciated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dickerson’s jock…strap: Wong! You look light on power, and Cobb and Greinke is asking for trouble… The pitching overall looks injury-risky, but the team looks solid enough

  12. Glenn says:
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    No Tyson Ross for Grey??
    Who should i keep in a 10-team keeper league?
    Tyson Ross – as 22nd round pick
    OR
    Sonny Gray – as 16th round pick

    Do I go with Gray (spells his name wrong) or the Grey Special?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Glenn: I’d go Ross

  13. Buffalo Runner says:
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    RCL draft is in the books. if you think its shitty, i can take it. have a nice day!

    1 Mike Trout, LAA OF
    24 Robinson Cano, Sea 2B
    25 Adrian Beltre, Tex 3B
    48 Chris Sale, CWS SP
    49 David Ortiz, Bos DH
    72 Jeff Samardzija, CWS SP
    73 Christian Yelich, Mia OF
    96 Joey Votto, Cin 1B
    97 Matt Holliday, StL OF
    120 Garrett Richards, LAA SP
    121 Huston Street, LAA RP
    144 Jonathan Papelbon, Phi RP
    145 Matt Adams, StL 1B
    168 Yadier Molina, StL C
    169 Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B
    192 Michael Pineda, NYY SP
    193 Wade Davis, KC RP
    216 Coco Crisp, Oak OF
    217 Jhonny Peralta, StL SS
    240 Curtis Granderson, NYM OF
    241 Chris Tillman, Bal SP
    264 Darren O’Day, Bal RP
    265 Danny Farquhar, Sea RP
    288 Tony Watson, Pit RP
    289 Jarrod Dyson, KC OF

    • JxK9 says:
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      @Buffalo Runner: Pitching is not great and you don’t have enough speed. Luckily you can grab speed on the waiver wire

      • Nick says:
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        @JxK9: I don’t mind your pitching. In RCLs I’m only looking to keep my top three starters around anyway. Papelbon’s a little worrisome, and Street has a bit of any injury history, so you will want to be quick on waivers for new closers. Team looks good though.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Buffalo Runner: I think overall it looks pretty good. Maybe a little light on power. Pitching looks good to me, maybe even too good at the expense of one more power guy

  14. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey

    If there is a very high possibility that Bryant miss 10-12 games only,
    Would you rank Bryant over Longoria, Frazier, Davis etc? Thanks

    • Nick says:
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      @Wilson: Bryant has never had a major league at bat. Don’t mistake minor league and spring training success for the real thing. All of the guys you mentioned have proven they can hit major league pitching, and hit it well. Don’t even consider taking Bryant over them unless it’s a keeper league with no penalties. I like Bryant as much as the next guy and would take him over Manny Machado probably, but why gamble when you can have a guy you know will produce?

      • Wilson says:
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        @Nick: thanks Nick. Where would you pick Bryant overall?

      • Dr. Sauce says:
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        @Grey:
        It’s prolly been answered at some point but would you take Bryant over Longoria, Frazier, Davis etc in a keep forever league (no penalties)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  15. VamosALaPetco says:
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    Love the Shoemaker and Paxton picks, and that pitching staff is TASTY KAKES.

    10-team H2H 6×6 OPS league. Keep CarGo in the 3rd round or Panda (CI) in the 14th? My outfield is in good shape with Springer, Ozuna, and Harper. (Arenado at 3B) I was thinking I might try to snag more power for my CI spot (Moss, Laroche, etc.) but Panda might be a better bet for a high OPS.

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    Not a fan of the Schoop pick. Actually, it’s not the pick, it’s the player. As an O’s fan, I’m just not convinced… Though I really like the SPs and the UTIL/Bench bats. Your MI player is probably Jace.

    I like the upside with Cron and Brown, especially where you drafted them. Love the Shoemaker pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: Thanks! Hoping Schoop works out but my MI and SS are likely first ones off my team

  17. PK says:
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    Joe Mauer (shart)

    Fixed that for you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Thanks!

  18. centerfield_ballhawk says:
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    Grey,
    That pitching. Its dreamy.
    I’m having a hard time finding reasons not to punt shortstop and grab Flores late. Fangraphs had a couple of really positive write ups on him, as well. Concerned about Tomas. He doesn’t look like he’s going to cut it at third base.

    • AdamH says:
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      @centerfield_ballhawk: Luckily it looks like Tomas already has 3B eligibility, so shouldn’t be an issue.

  19. Clint says:
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    I thought you avoid using bench spots at bats at all costs, oh Grey’d one? I know it’s only one but I thought thems was strict commandments sent down from Mounth Thigh-a-nigh?

    • Clint says:
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      @Clint:
      And one other question: I know you’re not as high on Paxton as JB is, but are you higher on him than Tijuan Walker this year to the point of grabbing him if he’s there or would you rather wait and gamble on 2014’s favorite son for a bench arm instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: A flyer rookie on the bench isn’t bad, plus there’s a transactions limit in this league this year… I like Taijuan and Paxton, their order is in the rankings… BTW, I finally got a hold of the t-shirt people, they said they have your order and are working on it. Ping me again next week if you still haven’t gotten it. Sorry again about this

      • Clint says:
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        @Grey:
        No worries. For the amount of advice I get on here, 2 T-shirts seems like a pretty minimal price. Always happy to help the Razzball cause!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but it’s lame how long these people take

  20. PK says:
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    “It’s like when you say to your girlfriend that you don’t like her new haircut.”

    In college my girlfriend abruptly cut her lovely long blonde hair short. She asked me what I thought of it. My verbatim response was “I prefer it longer”. You can guess how that comment was received.

    Note to the four girl readers: if you drastically change your appearance and somebody doesn’t voluntarily comment on it the first time they see you, they probably don’t like it. Don’t ask for their opinion.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Haha… Did you date Felicity?

      • PK says:
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        @Grey: Keri Russell looks pretty good with any hair. Well, except the poofy curly hair.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha…True

    • jake says:
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      @Grey: would you hold those old guys over heaney, wily, holland, masterson, nelson,leake, gee, petit?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        For now

  21. Eds says:
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    CBS 10 team ML roto league with coworkers. Should we use this as evidence for banning 10 team leagues?

    C: Grandal (22.220), Chirinos (26.261)
    1B: Pujols (6.60)
    2B: Gyorko (26.260)
    3B: Longoria (7.61)
    SS: Desmond (4.40)
    MI: H. Ramirez (5.41)
    CI: C. Santana (10.100)
    OF: Trout (1.1), Harper (2.20), CarGo (9.81), Cespedes (13.121), Myers (20.200)
    Utl: Bryant (14.140)
    Bench: Souza (23.221), Lawrie (27.280), Jace Peterson (28.281)

    P: Scherzer (3.21), Chapman (8.80), Carrasco (11.101), Robertson (12.120), Gio Gonzalez (15.141), Rosenthal (16.160), Allen (17.161), Shoemaker (18.180), A. Miller (19.181)
    Bench: Eovaldi (21.201), Archer (24.240), Doolittle (25.241)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eds: Yes

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      password?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nevermind…found it :)

  22. Chris says:
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    Has anyone seen Mat Latos pitch this spring? How does he look? Is there bite on his slider? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Haven’t seen him

  23. papasmurf says:
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    Power definitely very good. Speed quite top heavy with Hamilton and maybe some of Wong. If they get hurt or don’t play well, you’ll be hurting bad.

    Of the guys you took in the top 200, I have my doubts about Yasmany Tomas and Oswaldo Arcia. If one of these guys turn out to be good you can certainly swap him for speed. The Sociapath also makes me nervous about Cron, but you got him at roughly 300 so it doesn’t matter much and he has upside.

    I like the top 3 SPs and it’s definitely SAGNOF, which is cool.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Thanks! Yeah, if something happens with Hamilton my speed is doomed

  24. J-FOH says:
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    I like the Cron dog late.

    • @J-FOH: Is Cron starting this year? Think he has crazy pop potential. Like a young Frankie Valli.

      • MattTruss

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        W/Hammy’s coke binge suspension, he’ll be starting to uhhhh…start, then will likely be on the worse end of the platoon with Joyce at DH. BUT, he’s only an OF or Pujols injury away from starting again.

        This is of course discounting the Sciosciapath’s ability to play his best players on a consistent basis, see: Mike Napoli.

        • papasmurf says:
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          @MattTruss: The Sociapath does not like guys who can hit but not play D.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @MattTruss: I think Joyce splits time with cowgill in outfield and cron sees more AB’s . I profile him in a post coming out soon.

  25. Jake says:
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    Did my RCY last night, how’d I do?

    C: Gattis
    MIddle: Baez, Andrus, Jose Ramirez
    Corners: Miggy, Aramis, Morneau, Ortiz
    OF: Marte, Heyward, Bruce, Gordon, Arcia
    SP: Scherzer, Tanaka, Lackey, Hutchison, Hammel, Desclafini
    RP: Chapman, Jansen, Mejia, Peralta, Farquahar, Jepsen

    Dratfted off Rudy’s list…Steamer thinks I killed it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake: As long as Tanaka, Lackey and Hammel stay good and healthy, your pitching is fine… Hitting looks great if light on speed

  26. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Nice team! Man, that rotation is all sorts of sexy.

    Speaking of pitching, in a H2H league where most teams make the playoffs, do you think there is an argument taking JoFern a couple rounds early, the thinking being that we really only need him to be 85-100% by fantasy playoff time (as opposed to in roto leagues where he has to be great and putting in the IP from the get-go)?

    I’ve been able to get him in the 15th round of a 12-team mock pretty consistently, which doesn’t feel like to bad of a place to take a late season lottery ticket…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Around 220 overall sounds fine for him… There’s no guarantee that he’ll be pitching in late-September

  27. Mike says:
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    I am looking at James McCann Detroit catcher. With Alex Avila having concussion and back problems and just being terrible and Holiday at average at best, how soon will McCann be starting at catcher in Detroit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: He’ll prolly be the backup, might get 200 ABs this year

  28. Rank these MI’s in a league with an extra 6th catagory OPS:
    Scooter Gennett
    Utley
    Jace Peterson
    Aaron Hill

    All seem pretty gross…

  29. the swinging says:
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    Why r u handcuffing uehara with the wrong guy? Mujica will get those early save tries from the news I see. I like tazawa better as a player also but feels like Edward will get first try.

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey: there’s a decent amount of MR guys I’d look to add at the end or after the draft for cheap saves with early closer situations. D backs Addison reed is changing his delivery, zieglar and marshall potential there, but feel like Zona will be a rotation of garbage all season.

        Dodgers with jansen out have a bunch of options, peralta and hatcher are both good holds rite now til it shakes out.

        Blue jays cecil is still getting healthy they could decide to add soriano who’s a good hold, maybe he gives them a discount on a one year deal.

        The red Sox trio of Mujica tazawa and uehara doesn’t feel like it will be stable all season.

        I’m not as high on the fernando rodney collapse as you, but obv possible. And farquhar is really good so not a bad guy to roster.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  30. The Grey's Roster Oversight Committee says:
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    Grey, don’t despair about Yasmany’s plight. Just go grab some Lamb tout suite. He’s getting the same shabby treatment by scouting reports that Au shiz did (ie. too much swing and miss, old for his levels explains his huge numbers, blah blah blah). Plus Yasmany put him way below everyone’s radar so he’s dirt cheap.

    Fact is Lamb hits to all fields with power, has discipline and shows no flux in his MiLsplits vs LHP/RHP. Those type hitters always have the best chance to improve contact rates and succeed early at the ML level.

    I think he has to stick. He’s got the DBacks best glove at 3b and is their one-and-only LH hitter with pop. Plus Drury is a fast comer, so LaRussa is gonna want to take a long look at Lamb and clear a minor league path for Drury.

    The last juicy morsel is, if Lamb succeeds he’ll be thrust between Au Shiz and Trumbo in the lineup before you know it. Go get him.

  31. BillJones says:
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    10 team 5×5 standard ESPN rosters

    I know you have Avisail Garcia ranked above Souza, but Souza just got dropped. Would you replace Garcia with Souza as the only bench Ofer on the team? Souza’s last few games in spring have me intrigued.

    • Mike says:
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      @BillJones: I like Garcia over Souza

    • SallyCips says:
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      @BillJones: Tough call. Garcia has a bit more track, but I really dig Souza. I can see staying put.

  32. Johnny on the Spot says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Putting the finishing touches on my keeper list. I’ve come down to a hard decison…
    18 team H2H Pts

    Alex Cobb – round 15 ( last year keepable)
    or
    Kevin Gausman – round 18 (can be kept 3 more years)

    Was going Cobb until the injury, now I think its a closer call. What do you think?

  33. Master Tywin says:
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    Man, that team looks sweet – esp. that Wilmer Flores pick at the end. Can’t believe people are still sleeping on him, even with his hot spring. Yes he sucks at defense but he can hit and the Mets have zero options

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Master Tywin: What do mean zero options??? We have Reuben Tejada waiting

  34. SallyCips says:
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    That’s a goodie for a 15teamer. Starting staff is outstanding. OF is solid. OZUNA and Hamilton hold the team together like Glimli and Legolas. I love Hamilton, even where he’s going, though Revere gives similar later. Luckily I have them both on a team. ;) But seriously, obviously I understand the one cat thing, but it’s like purriest of the them all. I’d rather Hamilton than Altuve in the second for sure.

    I see you have former New Japan tag champs Koji and Junichi, but Farrell came out and said Mujica and Ogando would be next in line. Thoughts on the Boston kerfuffle?

    Oh and hey, my offer of Nathan for Avaisail was accepted. #DanceOfJoy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SallyCips: Nice! Hoping it’s Tazawa, but only because Mujica scares me

  35. Joeg414 says:
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    Has anyone heard any update on Hector Olivera ? He was to sign by this weekend. What kind of numbers can we expect ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joeg414: He’s got all kinds of medical issues, no guarantee he does anything

      • Joeg414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Could he be a better bench Middle Infielder Bat , than B.Miller ? In a daily mixed 6×6 roto.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He could

  36. Phil of the Future says:
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    Sup, G.
    I”d like to know what the rest of the league was doing when you were drafting some of those SPs. Man I hope it rolls that way in my 16 team draft on Monday!
    Nice team, man.

    Future Phil

  37. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I am a little bit caught on this trade in an AL Only Keeper League. Based on the Player Rater for AL Only 10 team I am getting far more projected value for 2015…but I hate giving up someone like Bauer for essentially a couple schmohawks and a catching prospect (albeit he probably will be a good one).

    Give: Trevor Bauer
    Get: Bud Norris, Conor Gillaspie and Blake Swihart

    Any thoughts are much appreciated,
    Turd

      • Turd Ferguson says:
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        @Grey Same league: Is Stroman good enough/have enough potential to keep a year with no DL slot?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  38. Matt B says:
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    Thanks for the help as always! My keeper draft is underway
    12 team, 5×5 h2h (weekly 1 win)
    start c/1b/2b/ss/3b/of x3/util sp x5/rp x2; deep benches

    roster: c?/A Gonz/Kipnis/Desmond/C Davis/Springer/Heyward/Bruce/Greinke/Arrieta/Ryu/Gio Gonz/sp5?/rp1?/rp2?; Betts 2b/of/util

    At pick 125 would you go w/ 3B Wright for possible bounceback/hedge C Davis/force division rival to go with Headley/Castellanos/Lawrie/Harrison; or would you go SP5 Francisco Liriano & keep firing on pitching before taking likely bench bats? We start 5 SP, I’m not too high end, and I like to roster 8 or 9 SP & maximize 2 start weeks. I’ve got Liriano projection wise a bit above the remaining SPs: Ventura, Archer, Cashner, Pineda, Kennedy, Quintana, Weaver, Salazar, Kazmir, Odorizzi, Hutchison (later), etc.

  39. Carnac says:
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    Over in Jack’s FCL, some dipsh*t had to unexpectedly autodraft… he ended up with Hamilton in the OF and Dee Gordon at 2B. Hahahaha

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Carnac: Sounds like a quality squad

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Carnac: we might have to have some trade talks.

      • Carnac says:
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        Sorry I dropped Joe Mauer without making you an offer.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Carnac: we can talk about gordon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac: Prolly will still beat Jack

  40. jeremy says:
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    Tomas looks pretty mediocre this spring, but maybe he’s a sort of Anti-Moustakas. Nice job landing Wieters so late, and I’m really liking Gerrit Cole this year. Pretty solid team!

  41. pickleball says:
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    hey grey, keepers lock tonight. we can keep 6. $10 is the lowest a player can be kept for.

    categories: batting: R/HR/RBI/TB/OBP/K/SB/AVG
    pitching: K/BB/WHIP/ERA/BAA/QS/SV+hld

    pick 6 from:

    trout $52
    Goldy $12
    Rizzo $10
    Harper $34
    K. WOng $10
    H. Pence $10
    Hanley $23
    miguel cabrera $39
    Kluber $16
    Harvey $10
    Grienke $17
    A.Wood $10

    I cant decide if i want to keep a pitcher or not, and if so who would i keep?

    also, i think i can flip miguel cabrera (already have rizzo/goldy at 1st) for $23 Anthony Rendon…. should i make the trade and keep rendon as a top 6?

    thanks for the help as always. happy friday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pickleball: I’d take Rendon…Hanley, Wong, Harvey, Goldy, Rizzo, Rendon

      • pickleball says:
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        @Grey: you wouldnt keep trout or harper!?

        thanks for the reply

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d keep Trout and Harper

          • pickleball says:
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            @Grey: oh sorry i’m confusd on the 6 you’d keep then..

            trout/harper/goldy/rizzo… then rendon if i can get him… then i’m at a loss for #6… han ram/ kluber/ harvey/ wong… so many options

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hanley

        • pickleball says:
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          @pickleball: i guess i can always target them in the auction if i didn’t keep them..

          a little surprised you gave harvey the nod due to his TJ surgery… love the idea of him totally healthy tho. $10 is also cheap.

  42. AdamH says:
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    14 team auction, $260 salary 6×6 with OPS/KBB

    Cobb is my 5th keeper, my only pitcher, at $5. Should I keep him? Or throw him back and keep Cespedes for $20 or keep only 4?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @AdamH: Throw him back…i dont love Cespedes but id keep him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AdamH: Meh, keep Cobb

  43. Regan says:
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    Counting on Wong to provide nice speed numbers. Matheny said they are going to be aggressive on the basepaths so 28 looks very doable with talk of 40 as a high target. You have him for 84 runs. Are you counting on a move to the top of the order? Looks like he is batting 8th in most spring games.

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      @Regan: I watch a lot of Cardinal games. I don’t see Matheny moving Carpenter or Holliday out of the 1st and 3rd spots, respectively. He just loves those guys in those spots, even if they stink. The hope is they will eventually move Wong to the 2nd spot, and have Heyward bat cleanup. However, I wouldn’t put it past Matheny to have a platoon in the 4th spot with Adams and Reynolds, because managers are dumb.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @PK: adams can’t hit lefties, and nobody needs to watch STL games (but i do too) to know that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Regan: Yup, hoping Wong gets to the 2 hold and Heyward moves down

      • Regan says:
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        @Grey: What would you project him it if he stays in the 8 hole all year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He won’t stay there

  44. Charles says:
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    Looking for advice on pitching strategy. 12-team h2h 6×6 with Quality Starts (instead of Wins) and Losses. How would this impact your draft strategy for SPs and Closers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles: I’d draft an ace, a top 15 SP

  45. SallyCips says:
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    Two other quick “concerns” of the day as I sip my second morning coffee.

    Mike Fiers’ shoulder is tired.

    Souza getting dropped like hot garbage at Yahoo.

    I’d love for both of these issues to get resolved in the next week. Like Souza starting to hit and getting the thumbs up to start, and Fiers making it through his next bullpen with flying colors, but real baseball don’t care about us. Heck even if I have to toss them on my DL and NA respectively I’d rather know sooner than later, y’know?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SallyCips: Yeah, hopefully they work themselves out

  46. Wilsonian says:
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    Working on some pre-draft deals with keepers. Right now my keepers are these guys:

    1) Jones – Franchise can be kept forever
    2) Rizzo – Two years left
    3) Brantley – Two years left
    4) Springer – Two years left
    5) Scherzer – Two years left

    6) Hanley – One year left
    7) Longoria – One year left

    We keep five, so Hanley and Longo are on the outside looking in. I have a possible trade offer of me sending Brantley and Hanley and getting Miggy back in return. Miggy would then have two years left to be kept on my team. I feel like this makes my squad considerably better (not that I don’t like Brantley, but I’m not expecting 2014 all over again). Would you do the deal?

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

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey. That’s what I figured, but he offered it (he only has one year left with Miggy) so I wasn’t sure if I was missing something.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  47. Det. John Kimble says:
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    Are you at all concerned about Yasmany’s sub par spring so far? I’m ready to plug him in as my 3 OF, but I am getting cold feet.

  48. smegma says:
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    Ryu shut down due to shoulder inflammation. Pitchers dropping like flies this year!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @smegma: Great

      • Nude Intruder says:
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        @Grey:
        Same as last year, but to a lesser extent… I think he should be fine.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully

  49. Brett says:
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    Grey

    What’s your thoughts on Micah Johnson if he makes the team what do you expect stat wise?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Brett: Id expect him to be dropped if somebody ownes him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: Couple HRs, lots of steals

  50. Frank Lopez says:
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    Was this a good blog? I’ve been reading Razzball for several years and this was my return to the page for the 2015 MLB season. However, I could not get passed the unfortunate mental picture that popped up in my head of you with your skirt hiked up.

    I will try Razzball again tomorrow.

    Best, Frank

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Frank Lopez: Frank he does shave everything . So……

  51. Regan says:
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    Ryu got some shoulder issues again. Concerned? I’m moving Ventura /McCugh into his place on your rankings since i don’t trust Liriano the WHIP mangler. He will be on the wire at some point of the season anyways.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Regan: Yeah, I’m concerned

    • Cram It says:
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      @Regan: Nah, no reason to be concerned when a pitcher has shoulder issues. No reason at all!

  52. Holden says:
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    Some of you might remember me talking about my 30 team dynasty league. 6×6 (OPS and Holds) roto with H2H playoffs.

    Well, my roster for this year is probably close to complete, what do you guys think?

    C Wilson Ramos
    CI Chase Headley
    CI Logan Morrison
    MI Marcus Semien
    MI DJ LeMahieu
    OF Giancarlo Stanton
    OF Melky Cabrera
    OF Carlos Gonzalez
    Util Josh Donaldson

    SP Hisashi Iwakuma
    SP James Shields
    SP Jacob DeGrom
    RP Jake Diekman
    RP Zach Britton
    RP Brett Cecil
    P Joakim Soria
    P Grant Balfour
    P Chris Hatcher

    B J.A. Happ
    B John Lackey
    B Zach McAllister
    B Jason Frasor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Holden: Looks pretty stacked for a 30 team league

      • Holden says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks.. I feel though that these very deep dynasty leagues sometimes play more like 15-20 team leagues since there are always a bunch of teams that punt out. There is one team that is basically nothing but minor leaguers. So I’m still not sure how this will play out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha, well, I like your team!

  53. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    12 team keeper league with SV and Holds. Need pitching and have offense to spare.

    Trade Wil Myers and Bogaerts for Shoemaker and Giles?

    My other tradeables: S Castro, Y Tomas, Belt, Hosmer

    His other likely to tradeables: Hutchison, Quintana, Hughes, Ottavino, Walden, C Allen

      • Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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        @Grey: Tomas and Bogaerts for Shoemaker and Giles?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Shoemaker side

  54. Nico says:
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    Wow. HAT PATAYTA! I like those first 3 rounds. I’d be happy with those guys in my 12 team! Was there an early SP run? Seems like you could normally get Samardzija-ish in the 5th, but I wouldn’t be mad with Cole. I guess you couuuld be hedging your previous Samardzijizms. NFBC almost complete! I feel like a new life is beginning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’ve taken Samardzija twice before, so I just wanted to go Cole instead… NFBC will never end, don’t fool yourself!

  55. papasmurf says:
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    What do you think about these Smurfs? 16 team keeper daily lineup league, 6×6 (OBP and HLD being the extra cats) and 9 lineup spots (8 positions + one UTIL). 3 SP slots, 2 RP slots, but 3 general P slots. 162 games (hitters) and 1400 IP (pitchers) limits.

    C-Grandal
    1B-Duda, Hosmer
    2B-Altuve, Micah Johnson
    SS-Here’s Jhonny
    3B-Longo, Pedro Alvarez
    LF-Corey Dickerson, Carl Crawford
    CF-Leonys
    RF-Stanton, Avisail

    SP-Price, Shark, Carlos Carrasco, Tyson Ross, Wily Peralta
    RP-Hector Rondon, Boxberger, Farquhar, Ryan Cook, Evan Marshall, Maurer (SP-eligibility bonus)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid on pitching… You have four top twenty SPs… Then look at your hitting… It’s not as good, which I’m sure you’d agree with

  56. k-dog says:
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    flores has 2b eligibility so i ask… Flores or Jerko?

    thanks in advance greymaster!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  57. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    What are your thoughts on Lind as the main side of a UTL platoon in a 12 teamer? He seems to be coming incredibly cheap for a guy who should be playing about 100-120 games, against RHP only, in the 5-hole of a powerful lineup.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if you can platoon him

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, in my H2H daily OBP league, I’m thinking about slotting him as my initial UTL and trying to grab an upside guy like Joc and/or Bryant to spell (or takeover for) him.

        I also really like the idea of having Votto as my UTL (his elite OBP for some reason is always overlooked during the draft), but I think I’d rather have the flexibility at UTL and use the earlier pick on someone else.

        Thanks!

  58. scotty the captain says:
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    yo grey- i drafted braun. i know i know- it was my turn and somehow his name came out of my mouth. i have to get him off my team. i offered him around and nobody had any interest except one guy. i want rizzo. i offered braun and a starter for rizzo. he wrote back hahn, archer, shoemaker, fiers are guys he would be interested in. that is his order of preferance. i have excess sps. who should i offer him??? braun + who????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look at my rankings, then trade away the SPs in reverse order

  59. Rob Don't Want to use my last name because others in the league read you says:
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    Love the site and use it avidly to get ready for my draft.

    Is the redirect for scorecardresearch.com causing the site to load very slowly? I tried to use their form on their site to ask and got the following error.

    Validation of viewstate MAC failed. If this application is hosted by a Web Farm or cluster, ensure that configuration specifies the same validationKey and validation algorithm. AutoGenerate cannot be used in a cluster.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m currently going through the site with someone to try and clean it up…

  60. Yariel says:
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    12 team keeper 6×5 (ops) h2h league

    Can I get your thoughts on this trade I was offered?

    Get: M.Trout $50, B.Hamilton $11, and X.Boegarts $11
    Give: J.Upton $24, F.Hernandez $24, and J.Reyes $20

    I wasn’t going to keep Reyes so for me it’s essentially Felix and Upton. I’m leaning yes to this.

    The keeper system is there is no limit to how long you keep a player but the cost of the player goes up by $5 every year.

    • Yariel says:
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      My keepers if I do the deal would be:

      M.Trout $50
      A.Jones $38
      N.Arenado $20
      A.Rizzo $19
      B.Hamilton $11
      X.Boegarts $11
      G.Polanco $6

      What are your thoughts on those keepers?

      • Yariel says:
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        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  61. Tony says:
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    5×5 keeper, which side? Arenado (11) or J zimmermann (18) and K seager (15) Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony: Are these rounds? Dollars?

      • tony says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Dollars, sorry!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Arenado

  62. Blake says:
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    Grey,

    I am in a pts league and was going to use the malamoney spreadsheet. He argues you just draft based on pts. however, u argue that the top 16 pitchers should really not be drafted. and you should go with those 3rd, 4th and 5 th tier. Can you comment? Also, with some of the injuries that has happened – will you be adjusting the tiers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t argue the top SPs shouldn’t be drafted in a Points league…In a points league, you should draft a top SP

      • Blake says:
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        @Grey:

        so that samardzia tier shouldn’t be my 1st pitcher? So just use your advice for ROTO leagues?

  63. Pete says:
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    Need some help with keepers….12 team 5×5

    Planning on keeping Arenado, Machado, Bryant, Scherzer, MadBum, Kluber and Lester

    Need to choose from the following options for the rest:
    A. Kipnis & Joc Pederson (or Avisail Garcia)
    B. Chris Davis, Mesoraco, Pederson (or Garcia)
    C. Chris Davis & David Ortiz
    D. Ortiz, Mesoraco, Pederson (or Garcia)

    Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      D, Avisail

  64. Wilson says:
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    Hi Gre, im in a 10-team league with 5×5 OBP
    Looking forward to draft Stanton, Abreu, Rizzo, Longoria, Brantley, Samardzija in first six rounds (including keepers)

    Kindly rank my next three players in below list
    Soler, Dozier, Cole, Ross, Alexei, Bogaerts, Marte, Myers, Bruce, Pederson

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte. Soler, Cole

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, one more question

        Got Stanton, Abreu, Rizzo, Longoria, Brantley, Samardzija in first six rounds (including keepers), if there are still …
        Marte. Soler, Cole, Bryant, Tomas, B Hamiltion

        Kindly rank top 3 for next, thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure what you’re asking

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey: I mean, in the same situation with my last question, add 3 players ( Bryant, Tomas, B Hamiltion) to consider with the 3 players Grey suggested (Marte. Soler, Cole,)

            Help to rank top 3 players in below (condition: i have 1Bx2, 3Bx1, OFx2, SPx1)
            Marte. Soler, Cole, Bryant, Tomas, B Hamiltion

            Thanks a lot !

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Marte, Hamilton, Soler, Cole

  65. Rob Don't Want to use my last name because others in the league read you says:
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    @Grey: Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is it better now?

  66. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I want to try and trade for stanton. I’m thinking if sending jones and bryant for stanton. Is this enough to deal? Also should I just stay put or is the upgrade in rf worth it?

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

    sp garret richards
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    rp jacob degrom
    rp jordan walden

    rp bret cecil
    p hyun jin ryu p jake odorizzi bn tanner roark bn wily peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Stanton

  67. SmellTheGlove says:
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    So…is there an easy way to export Razzball’s rankings to the Yahoo fantasy draft site? Their ranking are garbage (as usual). Anyone remember the year they had freaking Ertic Gagne ranked number one overall? Anyway, I want your thoughts to be my thoughts…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, I do remember that… Gagne! Not sure how to export though

      • Regan says:
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        @Grey: Did all mine by hand..what a pain in the arse! They are really screwing the auto drafters this year by keeping Yu, Lee, Wheeler at their original spots. Love the autodrafters! That’s what you get if you miss your draft and don’t prerank.

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @Regan: now try it for around 4 different types of leagues, spread across multiple emails. I’ve spent more time looking at that interface in the last 4 weeks than any woman i’ve ever really liked in a month.

  68. Regan says:
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    Putting together a hypothetical best case team for my auction draft coming up. 12team 5×5.
    This team costs $254 of a 274 budget so i have the $$ to bid a few extra to get my guys. Do you think this team is a winner? Any cats i should look to improve on.

    C Santana 17
    1st Davis 9
    2nd Dozer 13
    3rd Arenado 20
    SS Tulo 27
    MI Wong 10
    CI Trumbo 8
    OF Harper 25
    OF Dickerson 23
    OF Heyward 15
    OF Martin 4
    OF Pollock 3
    Ut Garcia 2

    SP Stras 24
    SP Arrieta 14
    RP Stroren 7
    RP Cishek 4
    P Richards 9
    P Carrasco 8
    P Mchugh 2
    P Clippard 2
    P Box 2

    B Paxton 2
    B Pineada 2
    B Giles 2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup re: autodrafters…. Pitching looks rock solid, hitting looks well-balanced if slightly injury-prone…Nice team overall…

  69. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    hey guys –

    12 team, 8 keeper roto.

    should I trade my 9th rd Trumbo, whom I can keep this year and next, for Avisail, who can be kept in the 15th round for this year, + 3 more?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  70. Regan says:
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    Keep going back and forth on Dozer and Mookie. Projections for Mookie could be really light. Proj 66 runs could be way low if he stays at the top of the lineup. He’s so sexy auction price will probably get outa hand. Which way you leaning?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier

  71. Nightpandas says:
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    FML,

    RCL last night rates last by espn so must be decent right?

    C – Grandal
    1 – Abreu
    2 – Dozier
    3 – Machado
    Ss – Desmond
    M – Baez
    Ci – Laroche
    Of – Dickerson, B Ham, Yelich, Blackmon, Choo
    U – K Davis
    Sp – Greinke, Arrieta, Ryu (doh), Archer, Paxton, Miley, Rodon, Holland, Hahn
    RP – Storen, Rodney, Mejia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You know it’s good then! You do look a little weak on AVG and power… Pitching looks decent though, solid enough team overall once you start working waivers

  72. Dave says:
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    The Friend & Family is only a 14-team league this year. Your 25th pick was 346 overall which fits for a 14-team league, not 15-team.

  73. Wilson says:
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    from ESPN about Rendon

    Rendon is likely to be ready for Opening Day according to Matt Williams, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.
    Spin: This definitely isn’t a 100 percent shot, as Rendon is still in the weight room portion of his rehab and hasn’t even see the field since going down with a mild MCL-sprain. Rendon has been hampered by injuries since his college days, so any threat to one of the top third-basemen in fantasy has to be taken seriously.
    Breaking NewsFri, Mar 20

    My draft day is scheduled tomorrow.
    So … Draft Rendon around 35-40 overall? Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d draft him

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        Rendon with injury concern vs healthy Donaldson
        Who will u choose if you draft now. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Donaldson

  74. Yariel says:
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    12 team h2h, 6×5 (ops) $260 budget

    I need help with keepers.
    Which would you keep (no limit)?

    M.Trout $50
    A.Jones $38
    Pujols $27
    N.Arenado $20
    A.Rizzo $19
    H.Iwakuma $12
    B.Hamilton $11
    X.Bogaerts $11
    F.Liriano $9
    G.Polanco $6
    C.Allen $6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many?

      • Yariel says:
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        no limit

  75. J-FOH says:
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    Lester with Dead Arm….Muuahhhaaaaa

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @J-FOH:

      Hopefully it doesn’t turn gangrenous. Necrotic even.

  76. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I’m drafting Tulo this year. And may god have mercy upon my soul.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  77. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Hey Grey, another trade question, same H2H points league.

    I get Kinsler for this year and I trade 2 years of Tanka? Who do you like here?

    cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanaka

  78. J-FOH says:
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    damn, just call me skip today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s up, Skip?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: this is the first time you have responded to anything I have posted today.

  79. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I am basically working on a project that it is a start up within a larger corporation. As such I am part of a two man do everything army and today this includes creating all the marketing material. This is not my thing.

    I am reminded of comedian Bill Hicks, who once had the following bit on stage:

    Hicks: Anybody out there working in marketing…corporate marketing or anything like that?
    Random Audience Member: Wooooooooooooooo!
    Hicks: Kill yourself. Seriously.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Fun times! What I think of marketing materials is your target audience is your boss… If they like it, then it’s good. Doesn’t matter if it’s actually good.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Hey, all I really want out of life is to incentivize clients to leverage their core competencies to drive growth.

        The difference between advertising and marketing is that in advertizing you can always default to pictures of boobs.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: so true…the boobs part.

          When I was on the duel major path in college (history and geography), or what I liked to call it, the easy classes ( geography), the chair of the marketing department would always come visit us to recruit geography majors over to the dark side. Her pitch, you have the tools my students just don’t understand they need to be successful. She would always pick at me because I slipped once and told her I got a behavioral science associates degree when I was avoiding paying back loans. I’m surprised I didn’t get a restraining order on her.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think in both, your only audience is your boss. If your boss likes boobs, then it could work.

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            My boss was hiring a new admin recently and since we work for a financial services company he came up with this little exercise for the final three applicants. He gave them each 10,000 pretend dollars to work with and asked them how they would invest it. One of them came up with a well structured portfolio allocation using our company strategies. Another one talked about working with a microcredit program and stressed the community building aspect as well as the high repayment rates. One of them argued quite strongly in favor of a straight charitable donation to an education fund.

            So last week we were talking about it after he’d made his decision and we were both in agreement that we’d been impressed with each of them so I was asking how he finally decided to go with the woman he chose.

            “Have you seen the rack on her?”

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @J-FOH:

                Red, White and Boob

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              off the record, he said, “$10,000 pretend dollars to sleep with you. No? Okay.”

            • Happy Vegans says:
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              @GhostTownSteve: How come nobody suggested a $10,000 weekend in Vegas with strippers, alcohol, polaroids, and an unsigned contract?

              WTF??? Does nobody read their Sun Tzu anymore?

  80. GhostTownSteve says:
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    (He’s) like five foot nothin’ and apparently he thinks he’s an NBA basketball player.”

    Justin Upton on Jedd Gyorko

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did he post him up at the Gatorade bucket?

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s funny to me that a guy named Gyorko is a sawed off cocky white guy. Too true.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, if he only had a thick Bahston accent

  81. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Cue sad Souzaphone. Souza and forearm tightness.

    Remember the good old days when forearm tightness meant something wonderful had just happened?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sounds like misinformation…Looked like he hurt his wrist diving… Hopefully it’s nothing

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yep. Sounds like nothing. Hope so.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too!

    • Happy Vegans says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: I also remember when it was one of the fifty possible side effects to taking Viagra.

  82. L-Boogie says:
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    For a late round flier in a 12 team keeper league: Jace Pederson or Dalton Pompey?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pompey

    • J-FOH says:
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      @L-Boogie: Pompey

  83. Robdouth says:
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    In a 10 team 4 keeper ESPN league that is OF heavy on my keepers due to lack of options:

    Stanton, Dickerson, Gomez, and Corey Kluber to round out my 4 keepers.

    I desperately need a 1B early while there is still value, but given I won last year, I’m drafting the 10 and 11th picks Here is what is available:

    Top 20 on the board:
    Anthony Rendon
    Jose Bautista
    Justin Upton
    Ian Desmond
    Josh Donaldson
    Hanley Ramirez
    Nolan Arenado
    Troy Tulowitzki
    Michael Brantley
    Albert Pujols
    Chris Davis
    Yoenis Cespedes
    Billy Hamilton
    Todd Frazier
    Jon Lester
    Jordan Zimmermann
    Johnny Cueto
    Dee Gordon
    Brian Dozier

    I don’t want Tulo, having had him the past 3-4 years. I don’t think Rendon or Bautista will make it to me, but given the ESPN ADP, Upton probably will, as will Pujols or Davis.

    Do I grab yet another OF in Upton if he’s availabele (need 5 OF anyways) or do I go to a blank spot like Pujols/Davis knowing Arenado will be available when I come back around for what would be the 70th and 71st pick (Frazier as a backup at 3rd if need be)

    I know Upton is ranked higher, but I know I’ll be able to get Yasmany Tomas in the 170 range given my leagues owners. I can probably get someone like Wil Myers late also.

    Thanks ahead of time for any help. I’ll be punting on starters also because guys like Wainwright were kept (10 teams * 4 keepers = top 40 should be gone, and Wainwright was kept along with Garret Cole?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols then Arenado

      • Robdouth says:
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        Here’s to hoping they let Bautista drop to the 10th pick right?

        Yeah I’m guessing that won’t happen.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  84. El Diablo says:
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    Hey Grey, 10 roto Sv+Hld league. I can NA Peraza and Norris to pick up more relievers.

    C – Santana 81
    1B – Ortiz 41
    2B – Betts 60
    SS – Santana 181
    3B – Donaldson 20
    CI – C. Davis 81
    MI – Harrison 140
    OF – Trout 1
    OF – Harper 21
    OF – Dickerson 40
    Util – LaRoche 121
    Util – Leonys 120

    BN – Polanco – 160
    BN – Pederson – 180
    BN – Segura – 221

    SP – Arrieta 60
    SP – Carrasco 100
    SP – Richards 101
    SP – McHugh 141
    SP – Wacha 161
    RP – Giles 220
    RP – Boxberger 241
    P – James Paxton 200
    P – Michael Pineda 201
    P – Tony Watson 240
    P – Aaron Sanchez 261

    BN – Daniel Norris 260
    BN – Shane Greene 280

    I like my team a lot even if I sacrificed average in the name of power. What do you think? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks light on AVG and speed, but solid on power…Not bad there… Pitching looks excellent…

  85. Alan says:
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    What reason other than skills do you choose tazawa over mujica?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s about the only reason

  86. Brett says:
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    Grey

    With Guerrero staying in the bigs what do you expect from him and when does he start getting regular playing time?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He won’t see playing time without an injury in the middle or a time share at 3rd…

  87. Andy says:
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    Any word about yahoo pro leagues? Heard may not be open until season starts.
    Are there any alternatives that are similar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure, sorry

  88. Kyman says:
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    Any injury update on Rendon? I have a draft tonight? Would you take him in the 2nd/3rd round?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like he should be okay but there’s still risk involved

  89. Roy G says:
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    @Grey,

    I am in an 8 team 5×5 Auction Roto league. I came in second last year thanks to this site. Below is my team from last year, I can keep 10 guys what are your thoughts?

    Thanks
    Roy

    Players salary
    Yan Gomes C | CLE 6
    Carlos Santana 1B,3B,C | CLE 5
    Jason Kipnis 2B | CLE 12
    Alexei Ramirez SS | CHW 2
    Anthony Rendon 2B,3B | WAS 4
    Albert Pujols 1B,3B | LAA 1
    Jose Bautista 1B,OF | TOR 35
    Desmond Jennings OF | TB 5
    Hunter Pence OF | SF 11
    Mike Trout OF | LAA 13
    Yadier Molina 1B,C | STL 3
    Jurickson Profar 2B | TEX 2
    Shin-Soo Choo OF | TEX 15

    Players salary
    Madison Bumgarner P | SF 1
    Rick Porcello P | BOS 1
    Chris Sale P | CHW 25
    Drew Smyly P | TB 1
    Justin Verlander P | DET 31
    Alex Wood P | ATL 1
    Trevor Rosenthal P | STL 13

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carlos Santana 1B,3B,C | CLE 5
      Jason Kipnis 2B | CLE 12
      Alexei Ramirez SS | CHW 2
      Anthony Rendon 2B,3B | WAS 4
      Albert Pujols 1B,3B | LAA 1
      Jose Bautista 1B,OF | TOR 35
      Mike Trout OF | LAA 13

      Bum, Sale, Wood

  90. Yariel says:
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    I’m not sure if you saw my reply earlier so I reposted this.

    12 team h2h, 6×5 (ops) $260 budget

    I need help with keepers.
    Which would you keep?
    There’s no maximum number of keepers.

    M.Trout $50
    A.Jones $38
    Pujols $27
    N.Arenado $20
    A.Rizzo $19
    H.Iwakuma $12
    B.Hamilton $11
    X.Bogaerts $11
    F.Liriano $9
    G.Polanco $6
    C.Allen $6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep all of them

      • Yariel says:
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        Sorry, I probably worded it poorly. I’m wondering which players are worth keeping at that cost and which I should let go so that I can use that money in the draft instead. The keepers haven’t been confirmed yet so it’s hard to know for sure who will be in the draft but I think some top 30 players will be there. I think the best available will be Miggy because I don’t think his owner will keep him for $48. For example Pujols at $27- you think I should keep him or would I be better off letting him go and using those $27 to put towards a player like Miggy who will probably cost around $40? Sorry if I’m making this confusing and thanks in advance.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know why you don’t just keep all of them

  91. FrankGrimes says:
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    Mmm…Pad Thai

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, please!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        what tier is Harvey in now?
        thinking right after Cueto

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m not moving him, but that’s where you have to draft him if you want him…

  92. Method says:
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    Forgive me Grey… for i have trespassed against thee.

    over the last few years used a lot of great advice from this site and managed to stack up rizzo/goldy and miggy in a keep 13 league… 25 man rosters no bench.

    Now during this years draft i traded way rizzo/goldy/yelich for Cargo/Cespedes/jfer/storen/vargas/smyly/koji/cashner and hanley.

    I always try to get the best player in a trade… but is gave up the two best for a shot at a title…

    crazy to do it this early in the year or best not to regret?

    • Method says:
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      @Method:

      Forgot to mention its a points league. 5 RP required.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a pretty bad trade, but hopefully it works out for you

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Grey: @Method:
      ooffaa

  93. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    i know when you did your pitcher ranks pomeranz had no job. he does now. 12 team dynasty with big rosters and OBPA/homers allowed/QS/losses and this staff, i just got an opening for a 12th SP.
    kluber/carrasco/cashner/arrieta (recently traded for)/richards/hutchison/carmart/heaney/b.anderson/pomeranz/bauer.

    stick with b.anderson and pomeranz over all of happ/hellickson/b.norris/colon/estrada/c.anderson/colombe/santiago and house (who i will grab if/when he gets a job)?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: also, just finding out you can rig up those small brand name eCigs with your own juice after their cartridges run out, apparently just 1/4th of an inch deep into mouthpiece of these you cut with sharp knife and take out a little clip, just in there is a small wick that you can drip your juice into. pretty neat as my mod i just bought off a guy is very heavy and unwieldy for pockets when you go out.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice pro-tip! Yeah, I’m not very handy so it pays for me to just buy a reusable e-cig for $25

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @Grey: i’m also not very handy, but that’s mostly from inclination and effort, i have a feeling with these things i’ll get pretty good at em eventually. I bought one of those big mods (with crazy loads of smoke hits) but i have to rewick it too (learning). ok, so grab happ and keep pomeranz for now.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, I want one of those mod things, but I don’t think I’d ever use it because it’s too much effort

            • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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              @Grey: i bought it with all pieces (already made coils), with giant bag of preboiled cotton for the wicks and no extra juice off a friend of mine for $60. gotta go get some juice. Thing basically would double as a lead pipe tool for Clue reenactments and defense tool on the streets.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha… Yeah, JFoH had one in spring training that I tried and it was like a 10-pound dumbbell

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              @Grey:
              I guarantee you can learn
              to make a coil
              and slip some cotton thru it haha

              • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                @FrankGrimes: i’m doing the cotton wicking methods now, i gotta get some more juice (a friend of mine is just giving me some, he quit these things)

                  • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                    @FrankGrimes: forgot, i got the charger too. don’t know anything about the ohm reader, except i could probably gank one of those from a science class. hmm..

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Prolly, but I just want to unplug my shizz and puff, ya know?

                  • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                    @FrankGrimes: mine looks like that one, but longer.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I have a subtank like this (not with two bases), and I never use it. It’s so damn wide the flavor stays in the creaks forever and it’s a pain to clean.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Happ over Anderson and House over Pomeranz when he has a job

  94. Kyman says:
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    Yo Razzball Team the draft war room isn’t loading?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just loaded for me… Use Firefox, go to Preferences, Privacy, clear individual cookies, search for Razzdraft, delete it. Try again.

      • Kyman says:
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        @Grey: You Wizard! Thx!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  95. Shawn says:
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    Do you plan to show any results of an action league??

  96. Cram It says:
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    Mayberry over Nieuwenhuis? Terrible 50th round choice. Ha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I screwed the pooch there… I’ll post my draft review next week on it…

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Cool. That was a great experience. Hope a good season keeps me coming back.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  97. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    in NL only with no AVG nor whip nor ERA, those replaced with hits/ earned runs / innings pitched and these spots: 1 of each position with 3 any OF, 2 utils, 2 SP/ 2 RP/ 4 P and 5 BN, around how many SP and RP should i go with of each? I assume 2 of the BN spots should go to hitters since we’ll be likely needing some backup players for off days. 10 teams so we are drafting 230 players deep into NL. 2 DL’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2 BN hitters, 3 RP, rest SPs

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  98. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    12 team roto 3 keepers (we might be going to 4 tonight, with draft tomorrow, i don’t know why, not that i mind when you see the options), with net steals/ OPS/ XBH/net steals/ K’s for hitters and holds/ OBPA/ losses/ K to BB/ QS for pitchers. we start 5 OF. 1 extra IF.
    I already have Trout/McCutchen/Altuve and can add one more from Harper/Dickerson/Soler/Springer/Arrieta/Kluber/Carrasco.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber

  99. braveulysses says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I got a 12 team yahoo roto draft sunday morning but with the following categories…

    R, H, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, E, AVG, OBP, SLG
    W, L, SV, BB, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, SV+H

    with so many hitting categories should I just treat it like a regular 5×5 roto draft? For pitching I feel like I can just wait on closers and draft top tier MRs as the draft goes on. What do you think? I never played with this many categories before…

  100. Bammers says:
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    Keeper question –
    10 team league, keep 12 guys. 7×7 h2h (extra batting cats are hits/strikeouts and extra pitching are hits/walks).

    Need to keep 2.
    Christian Yelich
    Leonys Martin
    Matt Hollliday
    Carlos Carrasco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carrasco, Yelich

      • Bammers says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey.

        In this same league, I got offered Puig and Strasburg for Goldy. I would probably drop either Yelich or Carrasco to make room. I think I pass it up, do you agree?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pass

  101. J-FOH says:
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    Attn: Militant Vegans, Bad Religion is playing tomorrow in the OC at the Musink festival

    • Happy Vegans says:
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      @J-FOH: Thanks, Mr FOH. Like I said, I have plans with the family… $hi#!!!!!!!!

      • Happy Vegans says:
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        @Happy Vegans: Jesus H Cristo!!! Blink (aka Let’s Just Stop in the Middle of our Set) 182 is sold out but, But, BUT there are tix still available for Bad Religion? Seriously, WTF???

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Happy Vegans: yeah I haven’t looked. My buddy’s shop is there so I should be able to get in. Perks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      MV lives in SoCal?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: yes sir. Orange county

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is he in a ska band?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: hehe. No I think he’s in finance. I’m heading to OC today for the Musink tattoo and music festival. God help me!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You better make sure everyone knows you’re half white…And good luck!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: it’s at the tattoo convention. Lots of cholos there. I think I’ll be fine.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh, yeah, you’ll be good!

  102. royce! says:
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    I auction drafted this team in a 12 team counting 5×5 plus H and OPS for hitters, QS and L for pitchers, and a 1250 IP limit. Not super thrilled about it, and I’m gonna have to figure out some way of getting steals here and there, but so it goes…

    C- Gattis – $9
    1B- A Gonz – $23
    2B- Zobrist – $7
    3B- Beltre- $23
    SS- Castro- $9
    MI- Aybar- $3
    CI- Votto- $17
    OF- Heyward – $14
    OF- Ozuna- $9
    OF- Choo- $6
    OF- Pearce- $6
    OF- Melky – $4
    UTIL- Hosmer- $12
    UTIL- Morneau- $6
    BN- Arcia- $7

    SP- Scherzer- $33
    SP- Kluber- $18
    SP- Tanaka- $6
    SP- Quintana- $4
    RP- Chapman- $20
    RP- Kimbrel – $12
    P- Verlander- $3
    P- Papelbon- $4
    BN- Kennedy- $3
    BN- A. Miller – $1

    Went a little pitching crazy, but with a 1250 IP limit, I figured top SP and high K RP would be at a premium. I don’t like a lot of these guys but I think H and OPS made them more valuable than they were going for, so I bid them up and got stuck with em. Unfortunately, that left me with not a lot of money to spread around the OF.

    So is this how auction drafts usually go? You bid on someone because you think they are more valuable than the current bid and just end up with them on your team, regardless of who you were targeting? FWIW, enough of the owners read razzball, so, for example, Wong went for $14. And, hoy shizz, Bryant went for $30!

    • Cram It says:
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      @royce!: No, you don’t bid players up trying to get someone else to pay for them only to end up paying for them yourselF. I know that much. Pay for guys you actually like and want.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Cram It: that’s not what he said he was doing, he said he’d put in bids for what he though were good values. If he’s right, he got good values.

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: that being said, if he left money on the table that can’t later be used for free agent bidding (or wherever else that money might go for usage) then yes, he did wrong not paying more for guys he wanted.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: I get getting “good deals” but a team of 10 dollar guys who are worth 12 isn’t a good team. Good value, fine. But getting good values in an auction shouldn’t be priority. Don’t buy only guys that you’re getting cheaper than their perceived value. That’s the flipside of what I thought he was saying.

      • royce! says:
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        @Cram It: Fair enough. I guess I was kind of whining that I wasn’t able to both draft the guys I wanted and pay a fair price for them. I wanted Rizzo but he went for $45.

        • Cram It says:
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          @royce!: Typically in auctions, the top guys will be overpaid for, there’s no value with them. That aside, you could have a value team, which it looks like you acheived, on offense anyway. But just getting good deals isn’t a good strategy. Get numbers. Offense looks like on power and speed.

        • Cram It says:
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          @royce!: Like forget paying $25 for Hosmer, morneau and Arcia. Those positions could be $1 guys and you’d have $22 to have a better 3rd OF and 2B for example.

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            @Cram It: They combine to be worth $49 according to Rudy’s 6×6 OPS projections (fangraphs auction calculator had them even higher, presumably because it accounts for H as well). Choo projects to be worth $14, and $16.1 in fangraphs. Similarly projected OF were Yelich and Kemp, who went for $16 each. As far as 2B went, Fangraphs projected Zobrist to be worth $15.3, razzball 8.5. If I added like $11 to my budget for 2B I wouldn’t have been able to spend it wisely, because 2B sucks: for example, Cano is projected to be worth 20.9, yet he went for $34.

            I do wish I could have bought more $1 guys at the end of the draft, but I am satisfied that extracting value elsewhere permitted me to spend more $ than I otherwise would have for high K SP and RP. Focusing on the effects of the 1250 IP limit may have thrown me off elsewhere.

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            @Cram It: Just realized we might be talking past each other. I am not worried about other owners getting deals based on “perceived value,” by which I think you mean the Yahoo $ rankings. I meant more that where the weird settings, by adding OPS and H, make certain players more valuable than they would otherwise be, I am more likely to try to exploit that difference, as it is not necessarily apparent to the other owners.

            In this league, attempting to exploit that difference led me to have a bunch of 1B, presumably because 1Bs usually hit for a high OPS (unless the play for the Padres, apparently). If their actual value is anywhere near what fangraphs and Rudy project, then I got a deal. Which I needed, because the 1250 IP limit makes top SP and RP very valuable, so I had to spend money on people I would probably never draft.

            • Cram It says:
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              @royce!: Your reasoning is legit. I was focusing on your original question, asking if it normally pans out where you end up with guys you didn’t want because you tried to bid then up. I don’t mess with that. But like I said, as with Grey, your offense is low on speed and power. Focus less on the projected $ value and more on projected stats, is all. Your pitching is sick though! Definitely got your moneys worth there.

            • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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              @royce!: i think a lot of it is that OPS rater really likes some of those guys compared to standard 5X5 ranks (i know, i draft a lot of OPS leagues). a-gon/melky/arcia/beltre/choo/morneau are valued higher (some a lot higher) than standard rater.

                • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                  @Cram It: i mean, that’s why sometimes when it looks like he’s weak in something it might be since rater led him to guys not as strong in 5 X 5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve been there with your pitching. You throw out a number that you don’t think has any chance of winning the player and then you get them. Kluber, Scherzer, Kimbrel and even Tanaka should’ve went for way more than those prices. So your pitching is insane… I’d consider dropping Verlander almost immediately after his first bad start. Don’t wait for it to get better. Your hitting’s kinda of a mess. Seems low on speed and power, which isn’t easy to do

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Definitely low on steals, but SAGNOF and all (plus SB guys are generally shizz at OPS). However, based on your projections my offense would total 279 HR, which would have landed me 12 points in an RCL (the top guy in Original Recipe had 271).

        Re: pitching- I was going after Scherzer after Kershaw went for $49, but Kluber and Tanaka and, now that I look back at it, all of my starters came to me through my bidding when I thought others should and would bid more.

        Thanks for the Verlander tip. He’s been talking up having not fully recovered from his injury last year (some core injury, can’t recall), but he’s not been great this spring, so I’ll jettison quickly if he sucks. Probably grab use the spot to stream for steals and high K MR.

        • Grey

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          Interesting on power, it didn’t read that way on superficial look, but the numbers don’t lie… Yeah, Verlander’s the kind of guy that could kill you…The old “Well, he’s got good name value, so I don’t want to drop him” then before you know he’s killed your team

  103. Oppo Taco says:
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    Thoughts on Hector Olivera? Is he a priority add pending his signing? I have the #1 waiver priority, worth using it on him when he becomes available in yahoo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if you need him… I don’t think he’s going to be anything special.

  104. bill says:
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    Need some keeper help please!
    Yahoo 6×6 league. Keep 9 players. The numbers next to names correspond to round where they are kept. W = Waiver keeper. 1st rounders lose two picks, 1st & 4th.

    F. Freeman (20)
    T. Frazier (W)
    D. Gordon (W)
    M. Ozuna (W)
    C. Yelich (19)
    A. McCutchen (1&4)
    A. Rizzo (10)
    A. Gordon (8)
    H. Ramirez (6)
    R. Castillo (W)
    C. Kluber (18)
    T. Walker (22)
    Melky Cabrera (W)
    P. Goldschmidt (7)

    Pick 9 Keepers!!! Please help!! Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Melky, Walker, Rusney, A. Gordon, Yelich

  105. nick the dick says:
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    Goldy, Frazier, Ozuna, Yelich, Mccutchen, Rizzo, Dee, Kluber, Hanley

  106. EarlNash (@EarlNash) says:
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    Your SS choice was intriguing. Since his D is irrelevant in Fantasy ball, he could put up power numbers that will comp with the Big Name Boyz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so!

  107. Jon says:
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    Hey Grey – thoughts on trading Betts and Odor for Carrasco in a keep forever? It’d help my pitching staff this year for sure and Mookie/Rougned are both bench bats (for now)… but I like both of those guys long term quite a bit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love it

  108. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: 12 team h2h 10×10 cats money league —
    1. (6) José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
    2. (19) Josh Donaldson (Tor – 3B)
    3. (30) Chris Davis (Bal – 1B,3B)
    4. (43) Yoenis Céspedes (Det – OF)
    5. (54) Jeff Samardzija (CWS – SP)
    6. (67) Nelson Cruz (Sea – OF)
    7. (78) Pablo Sandoval (Bos – 3B)
    8. (91) Yasmani Tomás (Ari – 3B,OF)
    9. (102) Danny Santana (Min – SS,OF)
    10. (115) Matt Shoemaker (LAA – SP,RP)
    11. (126) Michael Pineda (NYY – SP)
    12. (139) Howie Kendrick (LAD – 2B)
    13. (150) Travis d’Arnaud (NYM – C)
    14. (163) Jesse Hahn (Oak – SP)
    15. (174) Drew Pomeranz (Oak – SP,RP)
    16. (187) Dalton Pompey (Tor – OF)
    17. (198) Jean Segura (Mil – SS)
    18. (211) Nathan Karns (TB – SP)
    19. (222) Jake Peavy (SF – SP)
    20. (235) Wilmer Flores (NYM – 2B,SS)
    21. (246) Chase Anderson (Ari – SP)
    22. (259) Kendall Graveman (Oak – RP)

    Thoughts? PS I will never draft a closer again when you can find one on waivers during the season… really no point to draft a closer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What you said about closers could be said about catchers too…. Your hitting looks very solid, I like all the power you drafted… The pitching looks solid enough, Hahn seems like a reach that early and the end of the staff looks wonky…

  109. royg says:
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    @Grey 5×5 roto 8 teams one guy just offered encarnacion $6 and either kemp $1 or Alex Cobb $3 for Baumgartner $5 on my side. Would you do it and if so which one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Kemp

  110. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Carnac: Pimp: First few listens, not as catchy as prior album, but still giving it a chance

  111. Blint says:
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    hi grey just heard your podcast with JB. It was crazy fun! Looking forward to a lot more of those. I have a general question about leagues that have both Saves and Holds. Is it better to just punt one of those categories rather than try to win both?

    • Grey

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      Thanks! I’d punt saves and just get cheap Holds guys

      • Blint says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks ! Question for different league. I have $15 left I need to take one of these combos
        1) Only keep Kimbrel for $15
        2) Keep Wieters for $11 and Span for $3
        3) Keep David Roberson for $7 Span for $3

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          3

  112. Nyjacobs says:
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    hello grey i received an offer for my kershaw for his stras/reyes. 12 roto tghts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  113. jaw says:
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    last keeper in a 10 team 5×5 h2h dynasty league with ci/mi between fielder 8th rd, bruce 10th rd?

    keepers are
    goldie 1st
    tulo 2nd
    stras 3rd
    springer 5th
    kemp 6th
    longo 7th
    harvey 17th
    chris carter 24th
    gatti 25th

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fielder

  114. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Got offered this trade (12 team, mixed, 4 keepers every year): Arenado+Drew Hutchinson for Bryant+Tyson Ross.

    As the Arenado aficionado I know you are – worth it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado side

  115. J-FOH says:
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    I hate OC traffic

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hate OC

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: ooh I wonder if AARON will be here?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ooh, that’s right! That’s where you saw him last time, right?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: yuppers

    • Wake Up says:
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      @J-FOH: Better than the OJ traffic (I was caught in that)…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: the juice is cray

  116. Wake Up says:
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    Wrong Pederson in F&F?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I wish I could get Joc in the 300s overall

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Really like the top 3 arms and Paxton…the Cordwainer could also work out…good luck

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, homey!

  117. FrankGrimes says:
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    Kris Bryant Kris Bryant Kris Bryant
    Kris Bryant Kris Bryant Kris Bryant

  118. MB says:
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    One to keep in 7×7 with ops, obp, Qs, holds: Seager, Lester, Ortiz, Soler, Yelich, arrieta, kuma — thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soler

  119. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    10-Team keeper league, 6×6 format (i.e., OBP, SLG, QS and IP instead of AVG and W’s). Just curious to find out how I did/where I need to improve in your, and anyone else’s, opinion.

    C- Molina
    1B- Morneau
    2B- Kipnis
    3B- Arenado
    SS- Reyes
    2B/SS- Segura
    1B/3B- Sandoval
    OF- McCutchen
    OF- Stanton
    OF- Harper
    OF- Heyward
    OF- Soler
    UTIL- Pollock

    SP’s – Sale, Iwakuma, Paxton, Cashner, Pineda, Smyly, Shoemaker, Gausman and Greene
    CL’s – Holland, Allen and Uehara

    My SP is my weakest link in my opinion, but I have flexibility to change it up in a QS format. Any suggestions?

    Thanks Grey for your feedback and/or anybody else who chimes in.

    • Grey

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      Your SPs look fine, don’t look necessarily that weak… Greene does seem like a flyer for a deeper league…. Hitting looks great, don’t see any problems there…

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey…I appreciate it.

  120. Joey says:
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    Grey –
    So I followed your draft strategy in my 12-team head-to-head league after multiple mock drafts. I had the last pick. Here’s how I ended up (not drafted in this order):

    Rizzo
    Harper
    Arenado
    Dickerson
    Dozier
    Y. Gomes
    J. Segura
    W. Myers
    Souza
    Duda
    Pence

    Samardzija
    Arrieta
    T. Ross
    McHugh
    Quintana
    E. Santana
    W. Peralta
    S. Cishek
    F. Rodriguez

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks solid up top, then gets a little wonky towards the end, would like to see a little more upsidey picks on the SPs… The hitting looks decent, little weak on power, and some risk…

      • Joey says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Yeah, I agree. I’m pleased overall, but there are some weak areas. Hopefully those can be filled in as the season progresses. That 12th pick is a double-edged sword… appreciate the feedback!
        J

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  121. Grant says:
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    Grey –

    Last year I picked up your advice and drafted Brantley and Kluber. Who are the top players that will be this year “I gotta have these guys”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kolten Wong, Arenado

      • Grant says:
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        @Grey:
        We have an auction style draft with keepers. I have kept Rizzo, Brantley, Polanco, Leonys Martin, Kluber.

        I want to go after 1 or 2 top 10 hitters. How would you rank these?
        Stanton
        Miggy Cabrera
        Encarncion
        Adam Jones
        McCutchen

        Because of my heavy OF grabbing Cabrera would seem to help round out my lineup?

        • Grey

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          Sure, if you have a corner spot

  122. Grant says:
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    Grey –

    Last year I picked up your advice and drafted Brantley and Kluber. Who are the top players that will be this year “I gotta have these guys”

  123. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey

    Is there any chance that Moncada join Major this year? If yes, about when? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Wilson: go to Mike for info on likely when that is exactly.

  124. Wilson says:
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    Hi for my UTIL slot, pick the best one of them

    Kennys, castellano, Pearce

    Thanks

  125. Wilson says:
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    I got Kipnis for MI , But he is in DTD now , I m worry he can’t make it for opening day.
    Kindly rank MI as below who are still available

    A Escobar, Prado, A Cabrera, Gennett

    Thanks

  126. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Grey,

    First draft of the year is in the books. 12-team H2H OBP league.

    For the first time ever, I waited until the 10th round to draft a SP. What do you think?

    C-Yasmani Grandal
    1B- Prince Fielder
    2B-Kolten Wong
    3B-Josh Donaldson
    SS-Danny Santana
    OF-Jose Bautista
    OF- Bryce Harper
    OF-Starling Marte
    Util-Jason Heyward
    Util- Chris Davis
    BN-Dalton Pompey
    BN-Steven Souza

    SP-Carlos Carrasco
    SP-Phil Hughes
    SP-Matt Shoemaker
    SP-Masahiro Tanaka
    SP-Mike Fiers
    SP-Aaron Sanchez

    RP-Dellin Betances
    RP-Kenley Jansen
    RP-Brett Cecil
    RP-Jenrry Mejia
    RP-Tyler Clippard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks very strong, though I wouldn’t draft Tanaka… Hitting looks solid if a tad light on speed, which is fine in H2H OBP

  127. Reed says:
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    Grey,

    My H2H league instituted a weekly GS limit a couple years ago which effectively destroyed the pitcher streaming strategy that I had used in the past. Since this rule increases the value of quality starting pitchers, is there any adjustment you would advise making to your rankings (e.g. bump SPs up 10-20 slots in overall rankings)?

  128. Roto Hodor says:
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    Wow Grey I just found this gem of a site last year but it seems has blown up like woah, LOTS of scrolling. Time to make some Grey clones soon!

    RE: my earlier Q… Do I keep Greinke over Cano in 12 team H2H? Context important: I sold a lot of picks last year… my first pick is in Round 10, then Round 12, then 2 picks in Round 14, then NADA until Round 19. I was thinking Cano since going to be next to impossible to get stud hitters. But then again I won’t be able to draft an ace either. My first 2 keepers are Miggy and Abreu. Draft has 25 rounds overall.

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        @Grey:

        Who’s the lesser evil though? Sadly those are the 2 I’m working with (unless you prefer Alex Wood or Pineda), and I gotta keep 1 of the bunch. After that it’s Danny San, Cuddyer territory

  129. Roto Hodor says:
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    Separate question motivated by Reed’s…

    My league just instituted a 100 transaction cap. I always straight up OWNED them all in snagging vulture closers every year. This inflates a solid closers value tremendously, yes? Trade for a Kimbrel, a Chapman, etc.? Won’t be able to draft them due to aforementioned sitch

    • Grey

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      That’s still a bunch of moves, like 4 per week… I wouldn’t inflate closers much

  130. Pager24 says:
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    hey grey,
    was wondering if you could give me your thoughts on my team? 10 team roto. I feel pretty good about it. Feel there is a good mix of stable and upside. A little worried I’m injury prone, and my pitching is a little reliant on young guys and upside. Thanks!

    C – Wilson Ramos
    C – Hank Conger
    1B – E5
    2B – Wong
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Xander
    CI – Hosmer
    MI – Segura
    OF – A. Jones, Harper, J. Upton, Marte, Heyward,
    U – Avisial
    SP – Arrieta, Carrasco, Ross, Iwakuma, Ryu, Peavy, Ervin Santana, Paxton
    RP – Allen, Cecil, Clippard, A. Miller, Boxberger, Soria

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conger’s not ownable in 10 team, you are injury prone and a little light on average, but pretty well balanced… Pitching looks excellent…

  131. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you swap Springer for Dickerson in a keeper? Can keep for 2 years.

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thanks man. Ended up swapping Brantley and Hanley for Miggy. Had to swap my 6th round pick for his 10th (these are after our 5 rounds of keepers).

        Now I have Jones, Rizzo, Miggy, Springer, and Scherzer as my five. I like it even with the pick swap.

        • Grey

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          Nice!

  132. Henry says:
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    Hey Grey! Just had my draft yesterday. 10 team auction H2H 5×5 OBP. Wondering what you thought of my team? The number to the right is how much I paid ($260 total)

    Thanks!

    C Russell Martin 7
    1B Carlos Santana 19
    2B Brian Dozier 15
    3B Josh Donaldson 20
    SS Danny Santana 1
    2B/SS Chase Utley 7
    1B/3B Steve Pearce 1
    OF Mike Trout 53
    OF George Springer 25
    OF Christian Yelich 14
    OF Melky Cabrera 2
    OF Dexter Fowler 1
    UTIL Adam Eaton 1
    P Jacob deGrom 10
    P Garrett Richards 15
    P Gerrit Cole 19
    P Jake Arrieta 13
    P Carlos Carrasco 13
    P Joaquin Benoit 7
    P Jose Quintana 5
    P Dallas Keuchel 4
    P Hector Rondon 2
    BE Brett Cecil 1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You light on power and RBIs, the pitching looks great… Solid team overall…

  133. slew says:
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    Flores heading for an X-ray after fouling ball off of his foot. Better break out ye ole prayer circle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @slew: no break here.

  134. Chuck says:
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    hey can’t get the war room to load. Keeps saying “we’re sorry, but something went wrong”

    I’m using firefox and keep trying to clear the razzdraft cookie, but it isn’t fixing it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure, try to clear the razzdraft cookie, then try using a new made up email with a new password

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: yep, did i coin that idea, or was it already a well known one, to start making up fake email names? Try both refreshing page and/or restarting computer too.

  135. KarlJ says:
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    Grey,
    Had a draft this morning for an 11 team roto league. Hopefully it’s Albright approved
    C Y Molina
    1B Miggy Cabrera
    2B D Gordon
    SS Santana
    3B Beltre
    OF Bautista
    OF C Dickerson
    OF Polanco
    OF A Gordon
    CI Duda
    UT Hosmer

    SP Greinke
    SP Harvey
    SP T Ross
    SP Carasco
    SP Liriano
    SP Fiers
    RP Robertson
    RP Papelbon
    RP Reed

    Bench Shoemaker
    Bench Hutchinson
    Bench Bauer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks solid, if a tad light on speed, which isn’t a killer… The pitching is very strong, prolly stronger than you need but it didn’t hurt your hitting so that’s good…

  136. Grant says:
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    Grey – had an Auction/Keeper Draft. 14 teams 7×7 format. Here’s my drafted team. How did I do?

    C. Grandal
    1B. Rizzo
    2b. Wong
    SS. Segura
    3B. Miggy Cabrera
    OF. Brantley
    OF. Polanco
    OF. Leonys Martin
    Util. Wil Myers
    Util. Jedd Gyroko
    Bench: Lawrie, Kennys Vargas, Michael Saunders

    SP: Kluber, Carrasco, Shoemaker, Pineada, Smyly, McHugh, Greene, Happ
    RP. Herrera, Feliz, Casey Jansenn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy strong pitching and the hitting looks solid and balanced, strong team overall… Well played!

      • Grant says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! I stay strong to your wisdom. I’ll let you know how the season rolls.

  137. Bojo says:
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    12 man standard 5×5

    C Ramos
    1B Victor Martinez
    2B Brian Dozier
    3B Nolan Arenado
    SS Ian Desmond
    OF Giancarlo Stanton/ Nelson Cruz/ Lorenzo Cain
    Util Matt Adams/ Coco Crisp

    SP: Felix Hernandez, Carraso, Gio Gonzalez, Ryu, Ventura, Shoemaker
    RP: Cody Allen / Joaquin Benoit / Luke Gregerson

    Bench: Ervin Santana / AJ Burnett / Jason Hamme/l Nathan Eovaldi

    what do u think?

    I really didn’t know what to do with 5 bench slots. Do you think I should grab a bench bat for steals?

  138. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    did the 10 team NL only snake draft with rendon/rizzo as keepers. weird categories, with no AVG, hits total instead, and IP instead of whip, so high whip guys who don’t allow runs (i.e. rosie and walden with their high walk rates) are stronger. ER against instead of ERA also. (). It’s H2H this year, was roto last year. So guys that eat innings (even maybe with less K’s) might go up in value here also, if they have safe jobs.
    C – ruiz (25)
    1B Rizzo (keeper 1)
    2B Rendon (keeper)
    SS Rollins (8)
    3B – Pedro for PIT (missed wright and r.zimm barely, in different rounds, 11th)
    MI – Owings (15)
    CI – Duda (10)
    OF – Marte (3)
    OF – Bruce (effectively i could’ve only had 2 out of Arrieta/Bruce/Soler/Yelich, 5)
    OF -Myers (knew i could get him or Polanco cheap, 9)
    OF – Crawford (by far best steals guy left here, 14)
    util Dom Brown (sat at top of draft board for a while too, 17)
    util – Flores (21)
    BN – Hundley (18)
    SP1, Hamels (4th)
    SP 2, Arrieta (6)
    SP 3, Peavy (12)
    SP 4, Burnett (13)
    SP 5, Leake (15)
    SP 6, Haren (17)
    SP 7, Hellickson (23)
    SP 8, C.Anderson (24)
    RP 1, Cishek (7)
    RP 2, Parnell (wait on DL and hope he closes later, like some think, 20th)
    RP 3, Walden (22)
    BN 4 Hatcher (he becomes RP 3 when Parnell is DL’ed, 27th)
    BN (stash) Syndergaard (26)
    I went Syndergaard when i thought i J.gomes (last halfway decent starting hitter) would still be around in one round. he wasn’t. Galvis/Z.Almonte/La Stella now “best” starters out there.
    When Parnell gets DL’ed should i grab another closer spec like Marshall (ARI) or best bench bat?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: just noticed what a shame it is that van slyke is owned, then i could have crawford’s platoon mate.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: all people that are currently starting hitters are sizemore/galvis/la stella/olt/z.almonte/t.gwynn jr. so the choice for parnell opened spot when he’s DL’ed is one of those or RP with possible saves like marshall/league/axford/howell etc.

  139. Nicholas Pieroni says:
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    Grey and and all,
    H2H PTS LEAGUE. 7 SP went in 1st round i didnt bite and probably effed b/c of it tell me im not screwed for the year. hr worth 8

    Travis d’Arnaud, Joey Votto, Howie Kendrick, Chris Davis, Hanley Ramirez, Giancarlo Stanton,Carlos Gomez,George Springer,Bryce Harper,David Wright, Joe Mauer, Rusney Castillo, Josh Hamilton
    SP Alex Wood,
    SP Andrew Cashner,
    SP Jake Odorizzi,
    SP Derek Holland,
    SP Taijuan Walker,
    RP Dellin Betances, Neftali Feliz, Kenley Jansen, Danny Salazar,James Paxton, A.J. Burnett, C.J. Wilson
    any advice to take me off cliff is apprieciated

  140. David Brys says:
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    Too many outfielders? 10 team league
    Travis D Arnaud – C
    Encarnacioin – 1B
    Wong – 2B
    Arenado – 3B
    Santana -SS
    Adam Jones – OF
    Justin Upton – OF
    Starling Marte – OF
    Util – Jason Heyward
    Util – jorge soler
    Bench – Wil myers
    Bench – Eric hosmer
    Bench – Gregory Polanco
    N/A – Addison Russel
    SP – Jon Lester
    SP – Colin Mchugh
    SP – Mat Latos
    SP – Paxton
    SP – Matt Shoemaker
    SP – Drew Hutchinson
    RP – Drew Storen
    RP – Jansen
    RP – David Roberton
    DL – Kris Medlen
    Have 2 open spots should I add Duda, Avisail, Saunders, Cain , Gyorko, Arcia, Peavy, Burnett

  141. Blake says:
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    Grey,

    Does your pitching advice differ for points league? ie do I want until that 3rd tier? My pts league setup
    ( 15pts for win, 7pts for save, 1pt for SO, 5pts for CG – Pitching)

    (1pt for 1B, 2pts for 2B, 3pts for 3B, 4pts for HR, 1pt for R, 1pt for RBI, 1pt for BB – Batting)

  142. Regan Hogan says:
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    Had my draft last night, 8 team H2H league. Default scoring setting, 7 offensive and 6 pitching. How’s my roster look? After each player is the pick I took them with. I had the 7th pick out of 8 in a snake draft.

    Jonathan Lucroy (74)
    Adam Laroche (151)
    Anthony Rendon (23)
    Ian Desmond (26)
    Nolan Arenado (87)
    Xander Bogaerts (170)
    Matt Carpenter (106)
    Matt Kemp (55)
    Jacoby Ellsbury (39)
    Will Myers (135)
    Yasmany Tomas (183)
    Jose Abreu (7)
    Nelson Cruz (58)
    Kris Bryant (138)
    Javier Baez (199) – Dropping for Micah Johnson (CWS) or Jung-Ho Kang (PIT)
    Felix Hernandez (10)
    Matt Harvey (71)
    Gio Gonzalez (90)
    Chris Archer (122)
    Jose Fernandez (154)
    Dallas Keuchel (186)
    Greg Holland (42)
    Drew Storen (167)
    Steve Cishek (119)
    David Robertson (103)

  143. Ulysses says:
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    Hey grey,

    A few guys dropped out of our league so now we have only 8 teams in a 5×5(Ono instead of avg) h2h category mixed league. Brutal, I know.

    People are opposed to switch from a mixed league to nl or al only so my question is how do we adjust the 5×5 scoring to be more competitive. We current have 1 c, 3of, no mi or ci and 2 util

    My thought is to add a mi and ci and go to 5 OF with no util. WE COULD ASKO ADD A 2nd catcher. As for categories, im not sure what to add to make the elite guys mor valhable… Slg and k/9?

    • Grey

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      Make it 5 OF with a MI, CI and 2 UTILs

      • Ulysses says:
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        @Grey:

        You wouldn’t change any categories?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  144. Robbie Mack says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m in a 12 team H2H points league. I ended up keeping Goldschmidt, Carlos Santana, Madison Bumgarner, and Starling Marte (yeah my team was horrid last year.)

    I’m drafting 4th and I’ve targeted a few folks who may be there. Who would you pick (assuming they are available) out of: David Price, Corey Kluber, Nolan Arenado, and Corey Dickerson? Puig is there as well, but I know he won’t be there for sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

      • Robbie Mack says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, I appreciate it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  145. Kevin S says:
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    Mustache Man, In a 10 team 6×6 (R,HR,RBI,SB,OBA,SLG) snake draft with keepers 5 max. Keeper cost is based on one round up from where player was drafted last year, waiver wire pickups equal rd 20.

    Made some good draft picks and pick ups last year so really struggling with who to keep. Especially when looking at your projections and Rudy’s…..
    For sure keeping Rizzo as my 5th rd and Dickerson counts in Rd 20
    but then I have all of these guys and need to pick 3 to count as rds 21-23
    sorted by how I am leaning
    Fielder
    Frazier
    Soler
    Arenado
    Betts
    Calhoun

    • Grey

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      Rizzo, Dickerson, Frazier, Soler, Arenado

  146. Kevin S says:
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    No love for Fielder, huh….

  147. Kevin S says:
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    Thank you for the feedback too. I really appreciate you guys there at Razzball!
    Helped me win 1st and 2nd in my two leagues last yr….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

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