I’m not a woman.
I’m not a man.
I am something that you refer to as Fantasy Master Lothario.
I’ll never beat you (except in fantasy, that is my pledge).
I’ll never lie (except about how much I once liked Josh Rutledge).
And you’re evil but unless Rougned Odor disappoints I’ll forgive you!
Cause baseball will start 4 2!

*takes a long inhale* Can you smell the freshly cut grass?  No, because it’s still freezing in half the country?  Where’s your climate change now, Al Gore?!  I’m so hyped up about Opening Day, I’m slangin’ bean pies like Ice Cube and picking up and dropping catchers for s’s and g’s!  *goes to my Yahoo fantasy team page*

All right, so I guess I’m not making changes to my Yahoo team on this glorious of splendiferous days.  This day that is more beautiful than Giancarlo’s tukis.  This day that is the most frou-frou of all catchpennies!  Okay, I think my thesaurus steered me wrong on that last one.  On a sappy level, this was a weird offseason, and I’m glad to put the real world in my rearview mirror for six glorious months, and worry about nothing but winning as many fantasy baseball leagues as I can, and helping everyone along the way.  Now who was it again that had Greg Bird (0-for-4, but batted third; yes, you should own him) ranked higher than everyone else?!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Aaron Judge – 1-for-4, 1 RBI as he was named the starting right fielder.  Glad the Yanks made the right move here and went with the youngster.  Doode can flat mollywhop, and I wanna see it!

Matt Holliday – 0-for-4.  I think JB took April Fool’s too far.

Chase Headley – 3-for-4, 2 runs.   As my underwear reads, “Beware the sample size.”  Just an overall word of wisdom, don’t abandon the team you drafted for one good game from a player on waivers.

Starlin Castro – 3-for-4, 1 run.  With that said (yup, goodbye baby and bathwater), don’t ignore hot starts, because some players are going to come out of nowhere and have a huge 1st half, and it starts with one game.

Masahiro Tanaka – 2 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  No joke, I’m seriously considering benching all starters the first week of the season in my mixed leagues.  In deep leagues, you have to play your guys, you have no choice.  It always seems like random solid starters pitch poorly the first week, because of rust, and I don’t want any part of it in shallower leagues.

Chris Archer – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, and then this guy puts a poop emoji on my plan to bench all my starters the first week and goes out and makes short work of the Yanks.  By the way, Short Work was also a Pygmy employment agency.

Nick Franklin – Designated for assignment.  *sees he hit .362 in spring training, squints at the confusing move by the Rays, Asian man walks by cursing me out*  What, I was squinting at the Rays’ move!

Corey Dickerson – 1-for-5 as he hit leadoff.  Word around the chain restaurant streets of Tampa is Dickerson will hit leadoff vs. righties and Souza (0-for-3) will take that spot vs. lefties.  You can put chocolate fudge on a stewed carrot, but it’s still a stewed carrot and now it has fudge on it.  I mean, before the fudge, there was at least a chance someone would eat it.  I don’t mind Souza or Dickerson in matchups if the Hitter-Tron likes them, but I’m not going out of my way to own them yet.

Evan Longoria – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st home run.  I have no idea who I own yet across all of my teams, so I was like, “Longo went long….o!”  Then searched my teams, saw I didn’t have him and it was ‘bombs voyage’ to my excitement.

Logan Morrison – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st home run.  Ooh, could we have our first hot schmotato?  A home run is pretty indicative of who’s hot.  Let’s just say, if Morrison was playing today, I would’ve grabbed him for the batty call.

Blake Treinen – Named the closer over Koda Glover.  It only took Dusty Baker three weeks to remove his toothpick and tell us what he was thinking with his ninth inning.  Like he had so much else to do.  Let’s see, he had no position battles!  No starting rotation battles!  Even his players are all healthy!  But NO!  He can’t decide on a closer until after I’ve drafted all my teams!  Thanks, Dusty!

Roberto Osuna – Hit the DL with a cervical spasm.  I guess that’s why his girlfriend calls him, Papi Smear.  He has a cervical spasm?  Suck it up and do the Lamaze breathing!  Jason Grilli will fill-in at closer until April 9th.  It’s appropriate Papi Smear will be filled in by Grilli, who is always set to MOM.  Ya know, Medium Off Medium.  If you’re a true save vulture, you’ll swoop yourself down on the rotting carcass of Joe Biagni, too.

Chris Coghlan – Signed by the Jays to a minor league deal; he will report to Triple-A Buffalo.  If that doesn’t help Buffalo get over O.J. Simpson, nothing will.

Melvin Upton – Released by the Jays.  Hey, I’m not one to second-guess team moves (actually, I’m totally that person), but you release Melvin, sign Coghlan and decide to start a platoon of Ezequiel Carrera and Steve Pearce?  Jays playing for a draft pick this year?

JaCoby Jones – Ausmus said Hard C and Andrew Romine will share playing time in center field, which is Ausmus trying to alleviate pressure from Hard C, because Romine is bad as in bad.  JaCoby might not be better, but at least he’s young.  I said previously, “JaCoby Jones is an interesting name.  It’s like, “Damn it, it’s a hard C!”  He’s also interesting because he stands to get playing time in center.  Could be platooning with Tyler Collins.  Jones looks poised to hit .215 with everyday ABs, but could steal some bases and hit for a little power (think 12/15-type player).  Obviously more of an AL-Only play.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Byung Ho Park – Sent to the minors even though he was the Twins’ best bat in the spring.  The Twins are like a battered shrimp, they’ve been bullied so much they don’t even bother fighting.  That’s a battered little person for those that are PC, not tempura.

Madison Bumgarner – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, and his 1st and 2nd home run of the season as he had a perfect game through six innings.  At one point during the game:

Eduardo Nunez – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and two steals.  Be interesting to see if Nunez can replicate his previous year.  Not interesting like would a beaver put a dam around a glass of water, but interesting nevertheless.

Mark Melancon – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and his 1st blown save.  He should spell his last name with a capped C like JaCoby just to mess with people.

Zack Greinke – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks as he was pitchslapped by Bumgarner.  Greinke actually didn’t look bad yesterday.   His velocity looked better than it had in the spring, only real mistakes came against Bumgarner, and, really, who can pitch to that beast.

Fernando Rodney – 1 IP, 1 ER and the vulture win.  Fernando Rodney is on pace for 162 wins!

A.J. Pollock – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run.  He didn’t look great in March (hitting .143), but after yesterday’s game he said, “Only a Pollock leaves it all out there in spring training.”  Then, after a beat, he added, “See what I did there?”

Jeff Mathis – 3-for-4, 1 run.  Not super happy to see Mathis draw the first catcher start for the D’Backs, but hopefully they give Iannetta or Herrmann some time behind the dish, because they’re way more attractive for fantasy.

Trevor Rosenthal – Hit the 10-day DL, because of course he did.  His middle name is “Egads, my lat!” which is misspelled on his license.

Jedd Gyorko – 0-for-2 as he started at 2nd over Kolten Wong (0-for-2).  Wong is not happy about platooning, which I’m sure will endear him to management and fans.  No one likes a player who complains about playing time.  It’s an unwritten rule like putting away the milk with only a drop left.  Wong, buy a new carton, or you’re not playing.  Discussion over.

Aledmys Diaz – 2-for-5 and two steals.  Both steals came against Jon Lester, who always lowers the treble, because he gives that extra base.

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st home run.  Now’s the time in the program when I point out I wrote a Randal Grichuk sleeper.  When he goes 0-for-120, I will fail to point that out.

Carlos Martinez – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER 5 baserunners, 10 Ks vs. the Cubs.   I got the sense people were fully committed to the idea of C-Mart being an ace this year.  A number one fantasy starter.  As Kool Moe Dee once said, how ya like me now?  He didn’t, of course, say it about fantasy baseball.

Jon Lester – 5 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Stream-o-Nator didn’t love this start for Martinez, which is saying a lot about the Cubs’ offense since Martinez was at home.  I would’ve started him anyway.  Seeing the forest, and not the Tanaka trees, you really have to start your top pitchers every time out.

Willson Contreras – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st home run.  Not bad.  Dot dot dot.  For one at bat from Madison Bumgarner.

Adrian Beltre – Will start the year on the DL.  Hughley?  Oh, duh, Disabled List, should’ve known that.

Joey Gallo – Will fill-in for Beltre for the first week-plus.  He’s got big-time power, but his swing must be as long as his homers, because he strikes out at a rate unseen since Babe Ruth wore raw meat patties on his eyes during the month of June, 1928 when he was partying too hard with Fatty Arbuckle.  Gallo was ranked and projected in my top 5 DHs and top 500.

Drew Smyly – Out for six to eight weeks with a flexor strain.  This flexor strain thing feels like the new oblique, doesn’t it?  Obliques are out, groin pulls 5 minutes ago, flexor strains are in.  That’s the Jessica Shaw Report.  If you get the Jessica Shaw Report joke, you’re old and gay.  Okay, maybe you’re not old.  By the way, if I had to choose between old or gay, well, let’s just say getting old sucks!  I updated the top 100 starters on him, but, ya know, rankings are so five minutes ago.

Adam Frazier – Will leadoff today for the Pirates in a hilarious case of mistaken identity.  Pirates have mistaken Adam Frazier for someone who can hit.  Oh, Clint Hurdle, it’s good to have you back.

Ryan MadsonA’s might go with a closer by committee, which pushes Sean Doolittle, Santiago Casilla and Ryan Dull all onto the map.  That map is of East Germany; a map that is effin’ useless because the country doesn’t exist anymore.

Yandy Diaz – Won the starting 3rd base job in Cleveland, because the Indians’ offense has a case of the pox.  Last year in 80% of a Triple-A season, Diaz hit 7 HRs and 5 SBs with .325 average and solid plate discipline.  So, the Indians now have two Yan Can’t Hit’s.  By the by, Ralph, Halp and I go over Yandy in their fantasy baseball prospect podcast.  That’s right I made a special appearance!  It went so well instead of the show being The Halph Show, we might switch it to The Gralph Show.

Jason Kipnis – Hit the DL even though he says he’s ‘turned a corner.’  *walks to the bathroom, turns in*  Hey, Cougs, look!  I’m Jason Kipnis!

Andrew Susac – Will start the year on the DL with Brewers’ catching duties falling to Jett Bandy and Manny Pina, or as people have started calling it Janny Pandy.

Desmond Jennings – Released by the Reds.  How far has he fallen?  He lost the job to Patrick Kivlehan.  That’ll hurt the pride bone.

Pedro Alvarez – Sent down to Triple-A Norvolk, or as he’s likely calling it now, Norf**k.

Drew Pomeranz – Placed on the DL with a left flexor strain.  JB mentioned this on the podcast (a few times, I believe), but it’s gonna be a recurring theme with the shortened DL stint now.  Players will be DL’d when they’re not badly injured because it will give teams roster flexibility, i.e., no flexibility?  Flexor strain!

Jeanmar Gomez – Named the Phils’ closer.

Steven Matz – Shut down for three weeks.  I don’t even think the Mets believe their injury timetables.  They’re just throwing out numbers now.  “Why not just say a month?”  “If we say a month, it will sound too pat!  Let’s say three weeks!”  “Okay, but three weeks is so specific, won’t it appear obvious we’re lying?”  “It’s obviously a lie, that’s what makes it believable!”

Zack Wheeler – Made the Mets’ rotation. Or as they call it in the Mets’ rotation, “East Sore Tendons-ville.”

  1. TTRA1N says:
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    Thoughts on Kevin Kiermaier?

  2. Stumanji says:
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    Acquired Melancon in a trade this weekend and forgot to put him in my lineup for today’s game. Lowercase yay?

    Does Wheeler move up from your preseason rankings now that he’s officially in the rotation, or nah?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stumanji: Nah, Wheeler’s not going to pitch that much this year (unless the Mets want to ruin his career)

  3. Big league choo says:
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    Deep league With Qs

    Trying to open up a streaming spot….drop Daniel Norris or gsellman?

  4. Robert says:
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    5×5 10 team league head to head Keeper league. Love this team, let me know what u think.
    C:Russell Martin 1b Carlos Santana 2b Odor SS: Seager MI: Villar 3b: Bregman CI: Bryant Out:Springer, Polanco, Benintendi, Dh Trumbo
    SP: Scherzer, Strasberg, Maeda, Duffy, Shoemaker, Odorizzi,
    RP: Jansen, Allen
    Bench: Moncado, Bellinger
    Carpenter, Fowler,Desmond,
    Price, Richards, Rodon, Guerra, Ozuna. Both Price and Desmond picked up really cheap (next year hopefully).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: You look low on speed, and jacked on pitched, and jacked is good… Solid looking team in a shallow league

  5. Mlballer says:
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    You like Grichuk or T. Joseph better this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mlballer: Coin flip, Grichuk might be hot

  6. alan larrick says:
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    ” Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:”-

    And all is right in the world. :)

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      @alan larrick: We need a Like button in these comments.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @alan larrick: Haha the words that cure all.

  7. chris says:
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    Grey, if you had your choice of owning one reliever from this group for K, ratios and the likelihood of getting saves who would you take out of: Neris, Barraclaugh, Carter Capps, M Bush, Nate Jones? I realize Capps is on the DL but the K rate is so attractive (I could add him / put him on the DL / add another reliever from this group until Capps is back). BTW, this is more of season long play to own as a 4th RP until I can find another player to get me saves or cut somebody else who sucks on my team and keep the reliever anyways. Thanks

    • AJ says:
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      @chris: Why not add Capps, DL him, add Neris, and make the decision later once you’ve seen Neris pitch?

  8. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    yahoo gonna yahoo. hahaha

    thank god i accidentally benched bird in 2 leagues, but b.miller in 1.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: yes and strickland watch starts…. now. law wasn’t good either.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: i’ll give them credit when they deserve it too, they’ve this year added a little number next to a guy that shows what lineup slot he’s in. now of course yahoo is well known for often putting incorrect “x” next to a guy who IS playing, so we’ll see if this is accurate at least most of the time. just a few hours back it showed blackman and odubel as having X’s. odubel at the time was listed as starting at baseball press.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, CBS has it too

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Grey: CBS i would expect it as (i think) they are pay leagues, and i’ve heard (maybe from including you) that you can auto-set an AL or NL only to NOT lose stats midseason if/when a player gets traded out of the league you are in in that league. the only way to do this in yahoo is to allow entire player universe and police the adds from FA, which i do in 2 leagues. extra work though.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, CBS is excellent, but not cheap (free)

  9. Trump yall says:
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    Thanks Grey, good luck this year!

    I need to drop one in my 12 team H2H points keeper league. Looking to drop the least upside, thoughts?

    Mike Montgomery
    Musgrove
    Bedrosian
    Karns

  10. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!!!!!

    What a phenomenal write-up!!

    a. Even more phenomenal based on the fact that THAT (stutterer) was from only 3 games in the schedule! Imagine what y’all can do with a full slate of games!!!

    b. Had a legitimate question. Been offered Pujols for my Bird in a 5×5 RCL re-draft. Am thinking to accept this offer because it’s better to have pujols in hand than two birds in the bush. So…

    1. Accept the trade;
    2. Reject the trade.

    Not panicking just pondering if it’s a good move or not for 2017. Bird should be good, plays in a hitters park but will only play against righties which is good. Pujols will play full time as the DH and maybe get some reps at 1B and will probably be the 1B for interleague games without the DH and he qualifies at 1B.

    c. Am SUPER busy (judging by the hour of my posting!!!) so will get right to it!

    John Rambo Quote of the day for April 3

    [opening scene, Rambo walking towards some house in the countryside]
    Rambo: ‘Excuse me, can you tell me this, where Delmare Berry lives?’
    Delmare’s wife: ‘He ain’t here. [To her child] Go on inside, baby.’
    Rambo: ‘He’s a friend of mine…Well in fact, he wrote his address down…right here. Here. You can see that’s Delmare’s writing. I sure had a hard time finding this place!’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks! B. I’d take Pujols C. Nice! Love it!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. Thanks, man! The first week’s worth of Rambo quotes really demonstrate why he reacted the way he did. He’s just a misunderstood dude who came back from ‘Nam and no one appreciates him. So he has to do it the way he knows how, how he survived in ‘Nam.

        b. Accepted the trade, hopefully tomorrow around this time it will be accepted in the system. If Pujols gets to 30 HRs then the trade was okay. If he gets injured again, well maybe not. Love Bird, but my grandma was also hot in the spring.

        c. A Chadian colleague from our office in Farchana, USA contacted another colleague who happens to sit next to me. He reported that he had lost his ID / security badge. What a dope! Good thing he had his head screwed on to his neck. The guy sends his message from Casablanca (how romantic of him, right? – Casablanca (1942) refers) that he is on his way to Berlin and then Moscow!! I had questions y’all:

        1. How on earth can he afford the plane ticket from here to Moscow on his monthly salary of 600$ per month, half of which he had to use for rent?
        2. How on earth did he get a visa to not only enter the European Union but then to get a visa to go to Russia? I had asked for a visa to Russia a while back and was DENIED!!! The Russian immigration authorities asked for the names of my paternal and maternal grandparents, didn’t like the sounds of their names apparently, and was denied. In fact, I didn’t get the official reason why, maybe I shouldn’t have written that I was big fan of Americana on the form? No?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. I can see that! B. Nice! C. 1. Suspicious! 2. Very suspicious!

  11. Swfcdan says:
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    Seasons not even started fully yet and closers are already crapping the bed. Both Oh (shizz) and Melonhead looked awful, who’s the best saves stash on their respective teams?

    Chasing saves has already begun peeps!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: Strickland already taken ha, welcome to the fantasy season. Rosie back soon?

    • Jensen says:
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      @Swfcdan: 1. Oh pitched 1.2 IP against the Cubs starting with the top of the order. I imagine many relievers will blow saves this season to Schwarber-Bryant-Rizzo. 2. Matheny has the longest leash in the majors for his closer so realistically unless Oh can no longer hold a baseball he is going to close.

    • Grey

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      @Swfcdan: Agree w/ Jensen, it was 1st game of season, may as well been spring training still

  12. Tigres says:
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    Grey! I can smell the freshly cut grass! Wait, that’s the freshly brewed coffee. Your idea to sit starters the first week is mad genius enough to work. But hey, I’ve got Jon Gray and Carrasco going next, so what could possibly go wrong? Hurray for baseball!

  13. Knuckle Shufflers says:
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    Grey, looking forward to another season of sage fantasy baseball advice from the FML.
    Despite what you said in your Tanaka blurb, I’d take it your still trottting out Syndergaard, Duffy and Kluber on their opening starts in a 12 team league ?

    Cheers

  14. Jensen says:
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    Speaking of managers and spring training stats, we can safely assume Matheny does not read Razzball or else he might know not to freak out about Piscotty’s poor spring training avg. Why is the ghost of Jhonny Peralta Past (1-4, 3k’s) batting clean up?!?!?!?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jensen: Ridiculous, hopefully he thought it was still an exhibition

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      @Jensen: Yeah, there is no way J-Honny should be batting that high in the order #FreePiscotty

  15. JakeTPE says:
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    Hello Grey! This is very exciting! Happy Opening Day!

    I was thinking MelanCon could be like a gathering of lonely Smashing Pumpkins fans? Or perhaps better yet, MelanCon could be a meeting of Atlantic region-based non-citrus growers (rendered MelAnCon)? I somehow own him (#78) so I hope this MelanConly feeling goes away soon.

    More importantly, I’m psyched to have gotten Story (#43) and Darvish (#30) in my league after your post about how you regretted not drafting them. Pulled the trigger a little early on Yu but both you and JB were high on him in your pitcher ranks, especially JB. Unfortunately, I don’t have Odor (#48), who was gone before my 5th round pick of Pollack (#54). Can’t draft ’em all, right?

    Looking forward to another season of Razzball! No fantasy baseball season is complete without it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: Haha, opening day! Billy Corgan loves Melancon

  16. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    LGM!!

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: I’ll be streaming while at the office today. Yay dual monitors!

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @mcmi11ions: Same here

        • mcmi11ions says:
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          @JeF WiTh 1 F: Hey if you have a sec, would you scroll down a bit and take a look at my team (one of them anyway)?

        • mcmi11ions says:
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          @JeF WiTh 1 F: What are you streaming on? I have slingtv so i figured I would watch on ESPN through that but it’s blacked out.

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: HA HA

    • Cram It says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: LGM! Happy to report I’ll be watching the game from home, beer in hand.

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: Bastard!!

      • Knucks says:
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        @Cram It: I’m a few hours late for opening day festuvus. But never too late to celebrate. LGM!!

        How bout Wilmer with the legs today?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wilmer!

  17. tank1 says:
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    Looking for upside for my one bench bat. Drop Kepler to pick up Judge? Thanks.

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        @Grey: There will be many more “Drop Kepler?” comments coming. I do not envy you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully he hits this week

      • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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        @Grey: How about Judge or Grichuk as a bench bat in a keeper league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grichuk

  18. Adam D. says:
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    Did my first ever auction this weekend in a higher buyin 14 team 5×5 cbs league. How’s this team look?

    C Rupp $1
    1B Miggy $33
    2B Kinsler $15
    3B Lamb $9
    SS Bogaerts $22
    CI Moreland $1
    MI Peraza $13
    OF Trout $46
    OF Bradley Jr. $11
    OF Renfroe $5
    OF Y. Thomas $6
    OF L. Martin $2
    DH R. Davis $4
    DH D. Travis $13(had lots of money left and filled last dh spot)
    P Darvish $25
    P Lackey $9
    P Grey $8
    P Robertson $9
    P Betances $3
    P Ray $1
    P Gio $3
    P Nova $4
    P McHugh $1

    Reserves are, A. Reed, Triggs, Nevis, Torres, Tillman, Maybin, Hader, Montgomery, Tapia. I know I’m a pretty light on saves but this league is closer happy. Had 10 dollars left at the end so in hindsight wish I would have bought one decent closer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam D.: Yeah, you need a closer, your pitching is solid otherwise…. You look solid on power with a bit of speed, AVG looks low

      • Adam Duchow says:
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        @Grey:

        Awesome, thanks for the input. League limits transactions to 6 per month and only 2 trades a year. If I could trade Bradley Jr off top of my head for Familia (also have reed), would you pull trigger on that? I’m thinking it would make sense to target Familia if I can. Owner said he wants pitching more than offense, any pitcher you’d try and offer him from my squad? Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trade for a cheaper closer

  19. C says:
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    Grey —

    Nice write up and looking forward to this new season.

    Had my last draft yesterday, 10 team ESPN H2H points, 3 keepers. Please let me know what you think:

    C: C. Rupp
    1B: F. Freeman
    2B: R. Odor
    IF: T. Turner (K)
    SS: C. Correa (K)
    3B: N. Arenado (K)
    OF: G. Springer
    OF: E. Inciarte
    OF: O. Herrera
    OF: N. Mazara
    DH: C. Santana
    Util: H. Renfroe
    Bench: Y. Mocada
    Bench: D. Swanson

    SP: M. Scherzer
    SP: D. Duffy
    SP: J. Paxton
    SP: J. Quintana
    SP: D. Salazar
    SP: J. Gray
    SP: T. Walker
    RP: E. Diaz
    RP: K. Giles
    Bench: J. Familia
    Bench: S. Dyson

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C: Team looks solid, your pitching is insane, and your hitting looks solid, maybe light on SBs

  20. phennore says:
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    Here’s what I drafted Saturday in my 16-Team 5×5 keeper league:

    C – Cameron Rupp – $1
    1B – Miguel Cabrera – $39
    2B – Starling Castro – $11
    3B – Matt Duffy – $1
    SS – Manny Machado – $25 (K)
    CI – Mitch Moreland – $6
    MI – Jorge Polanco – $10
    OF – Mike Trout – $27 (K)
    OF – Stephen Piscotty – $14 (K)
    OF – Andrew Benintedni – $6 (K)
    OF – Yasiel Puig – $13
    OF – Max Kepler – $10
    UTL – Ender Inciarte – $9
    UTL – Victor Martinez – $10
    SP – Jose Quintana – $17 (K)
    SP – Danny Duffy – $12 (K)
    SP – Kyle Hendrick – $9 (K)
    SP – Mike Foltynewicz – $2
    SP – Aaron Nola – $5
    RP – Sam Dyson – $6 (K)
    RP – Andrew Miller $14
    RP – Ryan Madson – $13
    RP – Sean Doolittle – $3

    Overall I like my team. It has it’s flaws – no speed and the bullpen outside of Miller is a mess. However, in a 16-team league, everyone has issues. Good luck everyone!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @phennore: Agree w/ what you said… Not much to add, as you said everyone has issues

  21. Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    any areas youre concerned about here? 10team 6×6 OPS holds added

    c- martin
    1b- goldy
    2b- odor
    ss- correa
    3b- carpenter
    ci- santana
    mi- schoop
    of- braun
    of-JBJ
    of-duvall
    of-fowler
    of-kepler
    bench bruce

    p arrieta, duffy, maeda, gausman, twalker

    do you like Judge more than Bruce going forward?

  22. FrankGrimes says:
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    I hate F’n closers!

  23. Oppo Taco says:
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    I’ve been having similar thoughts regarding my pitchers an opening day/week match ups. I’m debating benching Gerrit Cole today @BOS and starting Quintana vsDET. What say you? Cole has looked good in the spring but I don’t want him to get Tanaka’d. Thanks!

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Oppo Taco: rain may be a problem in the Sox game. I am starting Cole cuz that’s just how I roll.

      • AJ says:
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        @peacecoast: I live in Boston. It’s a little overcast but there’s no rain forecasted.

  24. Milarky says:
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    Thoughts on which two guys to sit in this list for week 1? Since we just did our draft, I can retroactively update my roster as long as it’s before today’s starts.

    Gray (@MIL, LAD)
    Nova (ATL)
    Shoemaker (SEA, @OAK)
    Hammel (@MIN)
    D. Norris (@CHW)
    Salazar (@TEX)

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Milarky: Hammel and Norris for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What did SON say?

  25. Jon Strayer says:
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    Weekly roto league – start Polanco, DeShields, or Margot this week?

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Jon Strayer: never sit polanco unless hurt. if deshields leading off I would start him over margot cuz he was blazing in ST.

      • peacecoast says:
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        @peacecoast: oops just noticed polanco is maybe injured…wait till lineups I guess

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jon Strayer: Polanco.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  26. Skeezix says:
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    Two questions for you – I have the ability to pick my roster for this scoring period right up until today’s games:

    1) Should Drury start over Schoop at 2B this week, given that BAL has 5 games and the D-Bags are at home for 7?

    2) Depending on the answer to the above, which two guys would you pick out of the following for DH spots this week? Does the fact that Holliday went 0-4 yesterday make any kind of difference? Plus, Zona is at home in case that locks it for Drury.
    Drury (or Schoop)
    Holliday
    Solarte
    Moreland

    2) Do Rendon and/or Polanco’s injuries worry you enough that you’d look to sub them out for the first week? I’ve got Solarte and Deshields (yikes!) as replacements respectively.

    • Skeezix says:
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      @Skeezix: Whoops, that’s clearly 3 questions masked as two…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Skeezix: 1. Sure 2. Schoop 3. Nah

      • Skeezix says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Rendon not in the starting lineup today – does that change your mind at all on him this week? Solarte would go in in his place. Also, need a 2nd DH along with Schoop. Two of Schoop, Holliday, Solarte (or Rendon) and Moreland.

        • Skeezix says:
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          @Skeezix: Or DeShizz…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Or DeSkeezix

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Schoop, Moreland

  27. peacecoast says:
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    new favorite name: Jett Bandy. What’s his RL occupation? car salesman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a character on Street Fighter

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: good one, cut off jeans and rolled up white tshirt?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Throwing shade at Hyun-Jin Ryu

  28. Bas says:
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    Hey Grey!

    It looks like we can start the Rodney watch. Who to pick up for the handcuff? Hoover?

    Thanks,
    Bas from Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No one really… I grabbed your dutch boy, Wilhelmsen, in one league and Delgado in another and Jake Barrett, who’s injured, is likely handcuff

  29. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    G-Money– Happy Opening Day!

    Wanted to get your thoughts on my squad. 12 team ESPN 5×5 H2H league

    C- Rupp
    1B- Rizzo
    2B- Odor
    3B- Justin Turner
    SS- Story
    MI- Peraza
    CI- Brad Miller
    OF- Springer
    OF- Duvall
    OF- Broxton
    OF- Mazara
    OF- Kepler
    U- Semien

    SP- Archer
    SP- Salazar
    SP- Duffy
    P- Maeda
    P- McCullers
    P- Paxton
    P- Taijuan Walker
    RP- Jim Johnson
    RP- Bedrosian

    BE- Velasquez
    BE- Snell
    BE- Nova

    Appreciate the input as always

  30. mcmi11ions says:
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    So I drafted during my kids’ soccer game, but only because my wife was uncomfortable with the idea of you taking them… something about mustaches, I dunno. Anyway, here’s what I’m starting the season with…I have mixed feelings. There were 5 guys that were sniped from me that were part of my grand master plan for NL-only domination, and now I’m left with a sweet lineup and a bunch of high upside/high injury risks on my pitching staff… (2 transactions week, 2 DL spots and SV+HLD in the H2H scoring)

    C- Wieters
    1B – AuShizz (K)
    2B – Villar
    3B – Rendon
    SS – Gyorko
    OF – Cespedes, Polanco, Myers, Broxton, Jankowski

    SP – Stressbird, Thor, Gray, Walker, Lynn, Gsellman, Wheeler, DeSclafani, Matz
    RP – Holland, Feliz, Neris, Ottavino, Capps

    I know Matz, DeSclaf and Capps are on the DL already, but in NL only who else am I taking in rounds 17, 24 and 19 respectively? Matz in the 17th felt like an appropriate gamble. My biggest regret is actually Polanco, since due to keeper rules and trades, when I took him in the 4th round, i had forgotten I wouldn’t have another pick until the 7th… I should have taken another SP there and just rolled with Broxton as my 3rd OF.

    Thoughts and opinions from everyone are welcome!

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @mcmi11ions: forgot to note that Myers, Stressbird and Thor were also keepers…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mcmi11ions: Wow, so judgy! Team looks solid for a deep league, you look pretty stacked actually

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @mcmi11ions: Agree with Grey…You’re being hard on yourself. Assuming this is at least a 12 team league or bigger, That’s a real good team for NL only.

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: And there is the rub… 8 team league, 24 roster spots.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Relsh: My guess is Zero Fucks Given

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! How dare they!

    • Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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      @Relsh: Would love to write an article titled – “On the pretentiousness of fangraphs”. Those doods.

  31. Old School Brother says:
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    Got Desmond Dahl and Rodon with only 2 DL spots. 12 team weekly h2h 6×6 (added ops qs), drop Rendon or is it worth holding him a couple weeks while wasting a roster spot?

  32. WhiskeyTea says:
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    In a ten team points league which of these guys do you like to replace my damaged JD Martinez? Joc Pederson, Keon Broxton, or Kevin Kiermaier? Thanks as always Grey! Can’t wait for another season

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @WhiskeyTea: Keon for me

      • Jensen says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Thats a lot of SO for a points league.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Jensen: My bad…missed the points league part.

  33. The Great Knoche says:
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    Should I drop Posey for Mathis?

    Sorry couldnt pass up this amazing oppurtunity as this question will never ever be viable again.

  34. Stinky Pete says:
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    Over the winter I lost all my bookmarks, and I couldn’t remember the name of this site, so I Googled “fantasy baseball schmotato”. Happy opening day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Welcome back!

  35. Curtis Jones says:
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    Your boy Hellickson has a 2-start week this week (@ Cincy, home vs. Nats). You starting him over guys like Taijuan Walker (Giants at home), Ivan Nova (Braves at home), or Joe Ross (possibly pitching Friday @ Philly, but not sure?) in NFBC leagues where lineups lock for the week?

    Baseball is back!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does SON say?

      • Curtis Jones says:
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        @Grey: Rudy is hating on Hellickson and Walker. Really hates the Nats start (-6.6). Doesn’t have Ross in the system, and likes Nova vs. Atlanta (+6).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curtis Jones: Sorry, you’re starting all but want to see if Hellickson over any? Hellickson over Ross

      • Curtis Jones says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, currently starting Nova > Hellickson in one, and starting Hellickson and Nova > Ross and Walker in the other.

        Thank you sir.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, CJ

  36. bebop says:
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    Should I take a risk on Grichuk if my 3rd OF is Bruce?

    Thanks.

    • Curtis Jones says:
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      @bebop: Grey had Grichuk ranked ahead of Bruce preseason, so I would think the answer is yes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  37. Slimcompoop says:
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    Most pitchers are terrible hitters, but do you think there will ever be a fantasy platform that adopts hitting statistics for pitchers?

    I was so hard up for baseball yesterday, I watched a good portion of the yawnstapating TB/NY game. Brad Miller’s hitting cleanup and is currently sitting on the waiver wire. Add Miller, cut Mazara, and move Turner to the OF? I’m thinking hold, but just wanted to get your two cents.

    Also, some doode in my league texted me “Boegarts and what FOR Donaldson?” It’s a keeper league and I already got a Torenado at the hot corner, so am intrigued by the offer. What type of value should I be asking for the other player?

    Happy Opening Day Part Deux!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slimcompoop: You got your name fixed? I doubt it on pitchers’ hitting stats, not worth it for 99% of them… I’d hold Mazara for now…I’d take Donaldson

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Got it fixed. Rudy is AWESOME, but you already knew that. I’m thinking hold on Donaldson (and not cutting Mazara) as well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Big Little Lies finale? Did you watch? Used to teach in private down in SD, so loved the series as it’s more realistic than most people would believe. Glad to see how it ended as well. Just listening to RTJ3 and watching opening day. Can’t complain.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, I watched it, I liked it more than I thought I would but I thought the ending was kinda pat

  38. golfnut says:
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    Nice write up!

    Curious what you think of my team….strengths and weakness…..drop Ray for Judge in OF?
    10 team, yahoo, head to head……

    Willson Contreras ChC – C,LF

    Paul Goldschmidt Ari – 1B

    Rougned Odor Tex – 2B

    Josh Donaldson Tor – 3B

    Trevor Story Col – SS

    Yoenis Céspedes NYM – LF,CF

    Adam Jones Bal – CF

    Mark Trumbo Bal – RF

    Devon Travis Tor – 2B

    Jonathan Schoop Bal – 2B

    Nomar Mazara Tex – LF,RF

    Max Kepler Min – RF

    Marcus Semien Oak – SS

    Tommy Joseph Phi – 1B

    Jon Lester ChC – SP

    Danny Duffy KC – SP,RP

    Kevin Gausman Bal – SP

    Marcus Stroman Tor – SP

    Mark Melancon SF – RP

    Addison Reed NYM – RP

    Taijuan Walker Ari – SP

    Cam Bedrosian LAA – RP

    Jeurys Familia NYM – RP

    Matt Shoemaker LAA – SP

    Robbie Ray Ari – SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @golfnut: Team looks stacked, but it’s a shallow league… So most teams will look stacked… Sure you can try Judge

  39. Roger Podacter says:
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    Just getting to work in the morning, check the Razz-Blog,
    All I know is opening day, in my jeans a stiff Rod,
    Making sure starters got the job, no prob,
    A Nature Valley breakfast bar, but no crumbs on my desk top,
    So now my teams are drafted, I didn’t wig out,
    So many sexy draft picks I want to dig out,
    Hooked it up on offence, these players hit fo’ sho’,
    Draftin’ my boy Marte when he dropped to twenty fo’,
    Yoenis yellin’ yo, as he parks in a drop top,
    but if he can’t hit the shift, he’ll be getting his ass dropped,
    checkin’ scores at a Red light,
    C-Mart on the mound, not a jacker in sight,
    and everything is all right,
    take a flyer on Hyun-Jin, and he might fuck you all night,
    get home to the wife and kids, like what the fuck is up ya’ll?
    I ain’t parenting tonight, because I’m watching baseball.
    I’ma start every pitcher because I love the trouble,
    Already dropped Rodon, his broken ass was on the bubble,
    Freakin’ Miggy’s playin every day, like DJ
    I can’t believe today was a good day.

      • Roger Podacter says:
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        @Grey:
        Takes one to know one Greystache!

        Good luck on your season(s) – thanks in advance for all the awesome write ups and hard work you do for the Razzholes.

        • Grey

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          NP, RP!

  40. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    *WHERE ARE YOU NOW? OOoOOooOOo-n THE WIRE!*

    Speaking of Rosses, who do you like as a better SP lottery ticket DL for 2nd half . . . T-Ross or Tillman?

  41. Random Dude says:
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    OBP League, which side do you prefer?

    Side A: Frazier, Trumbo, Treinen
    Side B: Freeman

  42. Tweak says:
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    Happy so far with my C Martinez, Verlander, Salazar top o’ the rotation. Don’t F this Upton, Verlander. Wait… erm.

    GRICHUK is the new OZUNA. Go go go! Need me some 80HRs from you and Judge Aaron Homerington III.

  43. Scott O'Dea says:
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    Thank you sweet baby jesus baseball is back!!

    Had my main draft over the weekend. Yahoo, 12-team, H2H, std 5×5 + OPS & QS.

    Ended up going a little bat-heavy (mainly to fill OF since i kinda neglected that early), so I know i need to flip for some arms, but thoughts on how I did, where i need improvements, etc…:

    C. Vogt (26)
    1B: Goldy (1)
    2B: Villar (4)
    3B: Rendon (9)
    SS: Story (3)
    IF: Votto (2)
    OF: Polanco (5), Ozuna (12), Brantley (15)
    UTL: A. Diaz (13)
    BN: R. Healy (16), Kepler (17), Puig (21), T. Joseph (24)

    SP: Carrasco (6), Stras (7), Salazar (10), McCullers (11), Nova (18), Gsellman (20), Iwakuma (22), Giolito (25)
    RP: Melanson (8), Wade Davis (traded for), R. Iglesias (19), Holland (22),

    DL: W. Ramos

    As always, thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott O’Dea: You look strong in SPs so it’s surprising to hear you say you went bat heavy… Your pitching is sexy, maybe a little risky… Bats look fine, decent balance

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks for the input (as always), Gray.

        I usually have 1 or 2 bench bats, so to have 4 total is more than i’m used to. Is there anyone who you’d cut bait on right now or are all basically good “holds” for the time being.

        FWIW, a few FA pitchers out there are:

        Matz (just dropped)
        Jason Hammel
        Eduardo Rodriguez
        Jaime Garcia
        Brett Anderson
        Adam Conley
        Tyler Anderson

        • Dancin Homer says:
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          @Dancin Homer:

          Edit… sorry for spelling your name as “Gray”, very silly of me to not spell it as “Grey”.

          My humbeliest of apologies

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d DL stash Matz, if I could

          • Dancin Homer says:
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            @Grey:

            Cool, thanks again. I planned to add him, but didn’t plan to waste a waiver claim on him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem!

  44. Not Your Average Joe says:
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    I have three OFers on my bench in a 5×5, redraft, 3 OF league. The three on my bench are Renfroe, R.Davis, and DeShields. Would you drop any of them to stash Castellanos? Castellanos wouldn’t be playing regularly for me – I have Manny at 3B and Santana at Util – but he might have value if he ends up hitting in front of Miggy and continues last year’s pre-hand breakout (see what I did there?!)

  45. Milarky says:
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    With Rendon out of the lineup today, should I sub in Solarte for him this week?

  46. Hooray A Marte Partayyy says:
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    Greetings Grey and Razzballers!! Damn it feels good to be back and reading your posts. *family hug*

    Lineup question: my OF’ers consist of Marte (of course), Buxton, Kepler, Grichuk, Duvall and Trumbo. I have Pujols and HanRam for 1B and utility. Who sits? I can start 1 1B, 3 OF and 1 utility.

    Happy Opening Day!

    • Hooray A Marte Partayyy says:
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      @Hooray A Marte Partayyy: Pertaining to “most” days lineup and not taking into consideration off-days. FYI. Thanks!

      • Hooray A Marte Partayyy says:
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        @Grey: Much love man. Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  47. Tom R. says:
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    Oh mighty Grey. I need your divine input. Not feeling too hyped on my squad. I don’t really excel in anything and ALL of my pitching comes from the AL with 9 of 10 of them in the AL West. What do you think? What should I Target on the wire to fill in the cracks?

    Yahoo 10-team OPS league.

    C: Perez
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Odor
    3B: Arenado
    SS: Russell
    OF: Marte
    OF: Polanco
    OF: JBJ
    UTL: Rendon

    B: Piscotty
    B: Schoop
    B: Pederson

    SP1: Darvish
    SP2: Carrasco
    SP3: Duffy
    SP4: McCullers
    SP5: Paxton
    SP6: Gausman
    SP7: Shoemaker

    RP1: Diaz
    RP2: Giles
    RP3: Bedrosian

    As always, thank you for your guidance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom R.: You don’t need to target anything yet, see how the team plays out for a week or two

      • T. Rob says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you for your words of wisdom. On a separate note, do you think my team is fairly balanced or am I light on anything?

        • Grey

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          Looks balanced

  48. Spyre says:
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    Hey Gray nice to see you back into it! Love the site, helped me reach the playoffs for 4 of the past 5 years in my main league 12-team H2H points league 6 keepers. What do you think of this draft?

    I feel my pitching is weak, maybe I should try to trade someone like Beltre for a decent RP or SP? What do you think

    C Stephen Vogt (24)
    1B Anthony Rizzo (3)*K
    2B Trea Turner (4)*K
    3B Nolan Arenado (2)*K
    SS Francisco Lindor (5)*K
    IF Adrian Beltre (9)
    LF Ben Zobrist (11)
    CF Mike Trout (1 )*K
    RF Max Kepler (15)
    OF Joc Pederson (18)
    UTIIL Melky cabrera (22)
    BENCH JD Martinez (17)

    SP1 Danny Duffy (6)*K
    SP2 Danny Salazar (7)
    SP3 Taijuan Walker (8)
    SP4 Jamesen Taillon (10)
    SP5 Julio Urias (14)
    SP6 Aaron Nola (16)
    SP7 Michael Pineda (19)

    P Tyler Skaggs (21)
    P Zach Dazies (23)

    RP1 Ken Giles (12)
    RP2 Neftali Feliz (20)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Your pitching is risky, high on upside… Urias isn’t even in majors… Zach Davies is garbage… Love the hitting!

  49. peacecoast says:
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    first FAAB day, smyly to DL, will try pick up Cobb. How much do you like him (ie how much money should I put down ?)

    • Grey

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      # of teams?

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: 12T mixed, no innings limit so we all run 7-9 SP. $100 FAAB budget

        other SP are Cole, Salazar, Paxton, McCullers, Joe Ross, D Norris, Folty, SMyly DL

        • Grey

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          Can you bid zero? $1

          • peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: i also have odorizzi, maybe I just go pick up o’day or other MR since it is a NSVH league…

            Cobb not really shaking your needle much huh

            • Grey

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              Just go w/ an MR for now

  50. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Look at you busting out Leftovers references via the Twitter machine. Feel like my Rodney shares (yes, plural) are going to haunt me like Patti.

    • Grey

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      We might need to go into a well and drown Rodney

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Ha! I definitely need to re-watch before this season starts. Completely forgot about that.

        I didn’t realize I drafted Grichuk in every league I’m in. At least day one went well.

        • Grey

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          Grichuk for MVP! I somehow had no one hitting in multiple leagues yesterday, so I’m looking up in all my leagues, yay sample sizes!

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: I wanted to beat my own ass when I looked at the standings last night.

            • Grey

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              You big timing me?

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: Can’t pay my rent, all my money’s spent, but that’s okay cause I’m still flyyyy.

                No, wait.

                • Grey

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                  Haha

  51. Jon says:
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    Who do I offer for Marte or Polanco?

    Cueto, Carrasco, Maeda, Cole, McCullers, Gausman, Aaron Sanchez, Shoemaker

    • Grey

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      Cueto?

  52. snarky anklebiter says:
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    Saladino leading off today, excellent! Kepler hitting 8th, bogus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Loving the Saladino leadoff, hopefully Kepler can hit out of there

  53. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Grey happy opening day brother! Who do you like haniger or Valencia now that both have been named starters for 2017

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, ROTO! Haniger

  54. SpottieOttieDopaliscious says:
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    Grey, happy opening day. Looking forward to another year of checking this site instead of doing actual work.

    12-team H2H points league on ESPN
    C – Perez
    1b – Santana
    2b – Kinsler
    3b – Tony Rendony
    ss – Bogaerts
    mi – Semien
    ci – Pujols
    of – Cruz, Gonzalez, Yelich, Kepler, Granderson
    util – Markakis (yeah, I know, but steamer said he’d be good)

    sp – Archer, Porcello, J. Gray, Keuchel, Taillon, Velasquez, Folty, Joe Ross
    rp – Diaz, Kimbrel, Bedrosian, Treinen, Jim Johnson

    Thinking of dumping Joe Ross for a streamer spot. Good idea?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Sure, you can lose Ross

  55. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Some interesting lineups today. Moreland is hitting 5th. Thames is 2nd with Shaw 4th, Santana 5th, and Broxton 6th. Saladino is leading off. Buxton hitting 3rd. Haniger in the two hole with Dyson at the bottom. It’ll be interesting to see how some of these situations play out.

    Happy (real) Opening Day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Broxton 6th really surprised me w/ Thames 2nd… That doesn’t exactly follow basic common sense about what kind of player you want where… Not surprised on Dyson, never bought the leadoff role for him, he’s a burner who does nothing else

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: I think the #2 slots in Milwaukee and Seattle will be fluid. Broxton could swap with Thames (or Perez) against lefties. Seattle could play the hot hand with Haniger, Dyson, and Martin.

        I do like what Farrell did with Sox lineup by moving Bogaerts down into the 6th spot. Thought that he’d have Betts hitting cleanup, which would be kind of dumb. JBJ and Moreland could wind up swapping spots at some point too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Might be fluid, but Thames in two hole makes little sense… Even if he does what he’s meant to do, that’s hit HRs, not an OBP machine… Agreed on M’s and Sawx

          • Big Magoo

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            @Grey: I get your point, but I can see the other side of it too. Teams won’t want to throw too many breaking balls if Villar gets on base, nor will they want to nibble around the zone with Braun on deck. Thames could sit dead red out of that spot. Probably make for an easier transition for him.

            I’m for whatever works best for that Brewers lineup though. Have multiple shares of Villar, Braun, Broxton, and Thames. I’ll probably be watching more Brewers games than JB this year.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s a fair point, really hoping Broxton makes good on his promise, and I have Broxton and Arcia multiple places

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Have you read Tony Blengino’s contact-quality reports? Fantastic articles. I was lukewarm on Broxton due to the K-rate until I saw that he smoked all batted ball types. If he cuts down on his Ks even a little bit, he could be a monster.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s not just this writer, or Fangraphs, I do it too sometimes, tho try to avoid it or at least stay aware of it… But there’s so much, if he can do this, he will be awesome, but if he does this he will be terrible… I.e. a ton of hedging

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Grey: You can certainly debate his analyses of various players, but I was referring to the charts that he puts together. Most of the relevant numbers are in one place, and you can compare/contrast with other players at the same position (in most of the articles). The exit velocity numbers on all batted ball types are what really impressed me about Broxton.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, interesting stuff… hopefully Broxton can curb enough Ks

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Big Magoo: What a comeback today! Up 5-4 now, WOOOOOOO with me MaGOOOOOO!

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Haha, nice! I hope you like lots of scoring. There’ll be plenty on both sides this year!

  56. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Happy Opening Day!
    May the fantasy gods bring you all the fantasy baseball success you can handle in 2017!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too!

  57. I just dropped my entire lineup for Chase Headley. I’ve got a hunch! (No, really – I need I have it removed as it makes it hard to turn my neck.)

    Naturally Yahoo scared the piss outta me with red x’s next to Arenado and Marte this morning. Gah.

    Also am I the only one who hates that pitchers don’t get batting stats in Yahoo games? I don’t even own MadBum, but that’s some bullshiz.

    Instead of “fuckin eh!” I’m lobbying hard to change the expression to “F’n Y! ”

    Also while I’m on the subject of “things I hate”, I hate that there are only 3 games on opening day. Would it really be so terrible to have EVERY team have an opening day? Why does MLB insist that all fans care about the team’s on SNB every year? I mean, ok it wasn’t a bad game, and my Giants played the DBacks (17 million well spent on MelanCon, a more appropriate spelling indeed) and the Spankees lost which is always nice, but that leaves like 57 more teams that haven’t played a game. Shut up, math is hard. I just don’t understand why they can’t have every team play to open the season. Crazy as it sounds not every baseball fan plays FBB, so that leaves literally dozens of fans not interested in “opening day” (there’s at least that many left, right?)

    And MLB constantly wonders why they’re losing attendance to other sports. It’s the little stuff that maters. Like getting every fan a Sunday to watch their team play, while hope springs eternal and all teams are 0-0 and anyone can win the WS. But no, some fans are at work “watching” their team on an app or a box score for an 11:00 AM Monday game instead of having a beer and a BBQ dog for a Sunday opener. Smart MLB, real smart.

    /rant

    Happy (real) opening day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love your intuition! If Headley can’t do it, no one can! Yeah, MLB’s so stupid instead of having everyone play on Sunday when people can actually watch

      • @Grey: and while I’m ranting, who’s the jackass that clicked the “turn on notifications” checkbox?

        Oh, wait – that was me. Never mind.

        At least I’ve solved one of the world’s crisises today. ;)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  58. J-Hova says:
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    Great write up but you have me scared to start Duffy
    Below is my team. I’m worried about avg. Should I drop Buxton for Margot, Grichuk, inciarte or Parra? I’m leaning towards riding out buxton to see how he starts. Any other issues with this Team that you think needs addressed? 10 team standard roto

    C Perez
    1b goldie
    2b odor
    Ss story
    3b rendon
    Of marte
    Of springer
    Of buxton
    Util Duvall
    Dl Dahl
    Sp: maeda Duffy hill McCullers Paxton
    Rp Kimbrel Diaz Holds: bush Harris kelly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Buxton, you do look weak in AVG, but let a week or so play out…Start Duffy

  59. mike says:
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    Hey grey I had my draft two days ago. Im hoping you can give me advice on who to pick up. I can grab two. But I have to drop valencia and put smyly on the D.L spot. I can grab ordrizzi, strahm, pomeranz,iwakuma, estrada, cobb,de leon, triggs , finnagin, chad green, tomlin, davies, tyson ross, wacha, gio, or bauer. Thers a few more guys t there.
    One more question how is my draft heres my team. 13 teams auction 5 keepers. Rotisserie season long points league. Obp is a catagory and so is kbb. Six categories for hitting and pitching. No holds.

    C: Kyle Schwarber
    1b:Joey Votto
    2b: Rougned Odor
    3b: Evan Longoria
    Ss: Corey Seager
    Of: Wil Myers
    Of:Jackie Bradly Jr
    Of: Adam Duval
    Uty: Delino Deshields
    Bench bats: Max Kepler,Jayson Heyward, Leonys Martin, Carlos Beltran, Ryan Healey,danny Valencia
    Sp: Noah Syndaguard
    Sp:Jake Arrietta
    Rp: Edwin Diaz
    Rp:David Robertson
    P: John Lackey
    P: Dylan Bundy
    P: Shawn Kelley
    D.L. : Drew smyly
    I need to drop valencia and pick up two pitchers I think. Innnings limit is like 1200 innings or just alot, we never push the limit of innings. Every year everyone has plenty of extra innings at the end of seasons.
    P:

  60. ebudz says:
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    woo hoo baseball is back! ended up joining an friend’s league last minute and it’s going to be my first categories league in a few years so what exactly would my league be considered? 7×7? i’m rusty after playing points leagues

    Settings:

    10 team Yahoo H2H (Max Acquisitions per Week: 6)

    BATTERS:
    Runs
    Hits
    Home Runs
    Runs Batted In
    Stolen Bases
    Walks
    Batting Average

    PITCHERS:
    Wins
    Losses
    Saves
    Strikeouts
    Earned Run Average
    (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched
    Quality Starts

    i had the 10th pick last night and here’s how the squad is below! thoughts? didn’t have much prep time and ended up using the war room to help draft off your ranks! by the time i ended up filling out my bats i just went and drafted your highest ranked SPs most of the time and couldn’t really follow your pitcher pairing tool..

    (1) C: Martin
    (1) 1B: Rizzo
    (1) 2B: Odor
    (1) SS: Semien
    (1) 3B: Rendon
    (3) OF: Harper, Springer, Bradley Jr.
    (2) UT: Abreu, H. Ramirez
    Bench: Longoria

    (3) SP: Carrasco, Duffy, McCullers
    (2) RP: Betances, Johnson
    (4) P: Lackey, Gausman, Walker, J. Gray
    Bench: (Rodon, Ray, Hammel, Hellickson, Nova)

    Bench total: 6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the pitching, the hitting looks solid too… Shallow league tho, so lots of teams will look good… You do look low on saves and SBs

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: yeah i was afraid my i didn’t draft the best SS or relief pitchers so SBs and Saves would be light but what about the whole SAGNOF strategy?

        my first five picks went rizzo, harper, odor, springer, then carrasco and then after that i’m pretty sure segura was the highest ranked player just over guys like abreu, hanley, rendon, and seager but i thought i could get him or russell later and ended up subsequently drafting abreu, hanley, rendon and then when segura got picked in front of me in round 9 i ended up drafting JBJ .. so now i’m wondering if i should be looking to flip hanley or someone for a speedier SS?

        also thought it might be smart to get longoria in round 10 since he was still there and i’m still skeptical on rendon after he burned me a couple years ago.. then needed a SS and semien was best available then i got duffy and mcculers after …

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah SAGNOF! You should be okay… I wouldn’t trade yet

  61. The Great Knoche says:
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    Here’s what following Razz has done in home league auction. 12 Team Keeper, Can keep up to 12 guys. 2 Catchers, 5 OF, must have 5 SP and 4 RP. $4 yearly inflation, 6×6 with OBP and Holds as additional categories.

    Left $7 on table which I wasn’t happy about, but at same time I got a bunch of lottery ticket $1 and $2 guys to build on next year when I might not be able to keep some of the high priced talent.

    C Sanchez $10 (keeper)
    C Ramos $1 -Picked up Rupp
    1B Myers $10 (Keeper)
    2B Mondesi $1
    3B Arenado $18 (keeper)
    SS Story $10 (Keeper)
    MI Swanson $2
    CI Rizzo $26 (Keeper)
    OF Dahl $10 (Keeper) – Picked up Kepler
    Of Desmond $10 (keeper) – Picked up Margot
    OF Joc $16
    OF Tomas $7
    OF Renfroe $1
    U Goldschmidt $37 (Keeper)

    Sp Kershaw $37 (Keeper)
    SP Arrietta $18 (Keeper)
    SP Yu $15 (Keeper)
    SP Gray $1
    SP Manaea $2

    RP Diaz $10 (Keeper)
    RP Capps $2
    RP Dayton $1
    RP Strahm $1

    Being only Razz follower is fun. 2- 1st place finishes, 4- 2nd place, 1- 3rd, 1- 4th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have Kershaw, Arrieta and Yu? You really have to ask about pitching? You look weak on speed, so I like Mondesi there… Your hitting doesn’t look bad either, ridiculous team

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: I wasnt asking about anything. Just showing what following y’alls guidance over last few years has done to build a roster.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, well, awesome indeed!

  62. dustyfingers says:
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    With Ian Desmond on the DL, who’s the best pick up to try out util/bench?

    Aaron Judge
    Travis Shaw
    Max Kepler
    Brandon Drury
    Kevin Kiermaier

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shaw if hitting cleanup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge for upside

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kepler still safest

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: And hitting 8th.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @The Great Knoche: MIN is outside any kind of F’ing minds, that’s the “compeitive team that can’t afford to lose right now” move.

          but gross, man in top 3 huh.

  63. Cram It says:
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    I just poured out a drop of beer for you as I mourn the death of your rankings. Someone got a hit yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  64. Zach says:
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    Here’s the team I drafted Saturday. 10 team H2H. I’m light on speed and my pitching leaves a lot to be desired. I’m hoping to better my staff through FA as the year progresses. Agree r disagree?

    C) Y. Grandal
    1) F. Freeman
    2) R. Odor
    3) A. Rendon
    SS) S. Segura
    OF) M. Trout (K)
    OF) S. Marte
    OF) M. Trumbo
    U) H. Ramirez
    U) C. Santana

    SP) Arrieta ( K)
    SP) K. Gausman
    SP) R. Hill
    RP) A. Colome
    RP) R. Osuna (Grilli)
    P) S. Kelly
    P) J. Lackey
    P) R. Ray
    B) J. Guerra
    B) V. Velasquez
    B) J. Hammel
    B) C. McHugh
    B) D. Smyly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree

  65. Slimbo says:
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    hey man keeper league question

    looking to move bogaerts in my dynasty

    what top tier pitcher should i be looking to grab? i have syndergard and am looking for another young arm

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trade a lesser hitter for a lesser SP

      • Slimbo says:
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        @Grey:

        how about addison russel? think i could land cotton for him or aim higher?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Addison

  66. Sportive Tricks says:
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    Hey hey Grey!!!

    I have both Cole (@BOS) and Gausman (TOR) on my roster and I’m really unsure about starting them, especially with the SoN down right now.

    Thinking I’ll bench Cole and start Gausman. Bueno? No Bueno?

    LOVE YAS!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole’s -$11 on SON, no way; Gausman’s fine

      • Sportive Tricks says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, no way for Cole.

        Thanks man, you are handsome af. (The kids tell me it is cool to pronounce that as one syllable now: “aff” instead of “a.f.” Just if you wanna keep up with the hipness.)

        LOVE YAS!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re awesome AF

  67. Bryan Cohen says:
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    Grey, I got Leonys in my util today, keep him or drop him for Toles whos leading off for Dodgers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Bryan Cohen says:
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        @Grey: i figured thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  68. mike says:
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    @mike:

    C: Kyle Schwarber
    1b: Joey Votto
    2b:Rougned Odor
    3b:Evan Longoria
    Ss: Corey Seager
    Of:Wil myers
    Of: Adam Duval
    Of: Jackie Bradley jr
    Uty: Delino deshizz

    Sp: Noah syndaguard
    Sp: jake Arrietta
    Rp: edwin diaz
    P: John lackey
    P: Dylan Bundy
    P: Shawn Kelley
    D.L Drew smyly
    Bench: max kepler, jayson heyward, carlos beltran, leonys martin, Ryan Healey, Valencia.

    Whats do you think about my team. 13 teams season long points league. Includes obp and KBB. Innings limited. I Think its called Rotisserie. I can add one player and I want to drop valecia for another. Which two. Odrizzi, Iwakuma, gio, estrada, davies, matt bush, pomeranz, stephanson, strahm, karns, wacha, norris, cobb, bauer, triigs, andriese, conley, chad green

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wacha, Norris

      • mike says:
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        @Grey: im scared it is a really bad team. Especially since the pitching is so weak. Well I feel its a high cieling low floored. With not enough pitching. Other teams are close to the same but have a big name kershaw or trout. Thats what im lacking. Though I have more 3rd and 2nd round picks the any other team.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Let a week go before panicking

          • mike says:
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            @Grey:who do you think I should drop in favor of pitching Valencia, leonys Martin, or jayson Heyward.

            • mike says:
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              @mike: I guess it doesnt matter which of the 3 I just get real confident after hearing what you have to say. Even if its in disagreement. I couldnt explain it. I just do

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Heyward

              • mike says:
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                @Grey: thanks

  69. Packing says:
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    Margot on waivers. Drop Mondesi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  70. SallyCips says:
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    At the end of my draft to fill an MI I went with Josh Harrison over Starlin. Yesterday made me go, hmm. And I like Starlin a lot as a Yankee fan, so not sure why I made the draft move. Should I reverse?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Castro

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: Grazie, Greyissimo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      GRALPH!

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: I have not listed to enough MF Doom / Madvillain in my life. I have no real reason.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Can you correct this?

        • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: @Grey: This is my homework for the week. Madvillainy will be purchased, and will be listened to by me. I shall return with my favorite song and beat.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thank you and thank you

  71. TarmanGotHim says:
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    My Marlins are hanging tough today!!

    Anyhow,

    12 Team Yahoo H2H 6X6 categories include:

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

    It is my first time doing some of these categories (K/9, OPS, S+H)

    What do you think with the third overall pick? (S+H doesn’t seem hard to draft for same with K/9)

    C – Martin
    1B – Encarnacion
    2B – Peraza
    3B – Bryant
    SS – Miller
    OF – Blackmon
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Polanco
    UTIL – C. Santana
    UTIL – Buxton
    B – Forsyth

    (A lot of SP went early as you can see) I can’t complain.

    SP – Archer
    SP – Cole
    SP – Hamel
    SP – Gausman
    SP – Paxton
    SP – Lackey
    SP – Nola
    SP – Nova
    SP – Bundy
    RP – Giles
    RP – Bedrosian
    RP – Bush
    RP – Seigriest
    RP – Strickland
    RP – Dull

    Would you suggest adding another RP or streaming?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need all of those MRs and closers… You can stream out of a few of their spots… You look weak on balance but you have speed and power

  72. Scooterboy says:
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    Grey, here is my offense in a 5×5 H2H 8 team league. HR, BB, Runs, RBI’s, Avg. Do you have any concerns? Should I drop Duvall, Tomas, or Peraza for any of the outfielders still on the FA list below? Thanks a lot.

    C: Realmuto
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Turner
    3B: Rendon
    SS: Story
    MI: Segura
    CI: Abreu
    OF: Harper
    OF: Marte
    OF: Springer
    OF: Duvall
    OF: Peraza
    DH: Hanley Ramirez
    Bench: Tomas

    Available FA list: Brantley, Beltran, Granderson, Kiermaier, Inciarte, Thames, Broxton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why would you drop these guys? You just drafted them

      • Scooterboy says:
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        Just wanted to get your opinion on whether you thought any of the other availables were better? And, wanted to get your opinion on what you thought of the offense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think the hitting looks solid, nice balance of speed and power… I would not drop anyone you have yet

      • Scooterboy says:
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        Thanks a lot. Love the site. I don’t comment often, but enjoy reading the posts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  73. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    so awesome when your starting catcher gets the 1st day off not from any injury (yet) but because thor’s “personal catcher” is rene russo. they finally just now made lester grow up at age 33 so this kinda junk will continue i’m sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rene Russo, ha!

      • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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        @Grey: that was yr joke, something along the lines of
        “you know she’s that hot tomboy type who all the dudes get along with”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I know

          • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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            @Grey: wanted to make sure others seeing that didn’t think i was taking credit there.

  74. Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    Goldy and Braun
    Vs

    Mookie and Hanley

    Who do you like better

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  75. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    check this one out, it’s my biggest money league and probably my most this year razzbally team with the early MI guys (i had story nowhere before this and treat only in dynasties other than here). OBP over AVG, total bases and hits added. losses for pitchers, but we have deep ass benches here so many SP needed it’s h2h. i assume i’ll lose losses most of the time, win K’s every time and mostly wins. 2 DL’s. only 5 moves per week. 12 team.
    C vogt (19, he’s suddenly very cheap, but ranked higher than catchers behind him)
    1B au rizz (1, exactly who i thought i’d get at 10th)
    2B treat urner (2)
    SS story (4)
    3B franco (11, probably longest i’ve ever waited to get a 3B)
    OF braun (3)
    brocktune (9, i have no clue why he fell this low, pick 106 here, probably lower than last year)
    kepler (15)
    util lamb (12)
    util c-sant (8)
    BN cargo 2 HOU (18)
    BN rajai (24)
    NA (1 slot) meadows (21)

    SP carmart (5)
    carrasco (6)
    quintana (10)
    paxton (13)
    moore (17)
    nova (20)
    skaggs (23)
    snell (26)
    folty (27)
    e-rod (post draft waiver)
    chen (post draft waiver)

    DL rodon (22)
    RP (room for 4)
    DL osuna (7)
    feliz (14)
    bedrosian (16)
    bearclaw (post draft waiver)
    doolittle (25)
    capps (28)

    it was actually a semi accident i got both of franco/lamb in back to back picks about 5 picks apart, i didn’t notice it had drafted franco, technically i might’ve drafted desmond there, BUT in an only 3 OF league this might’ve been better anyway. had i gone desmond i probably wouldn’t have kepler, and would likely have either no 2nd 3B or a much worse one than lamb. but due to kepler’s spring (and now he’s getting jerked around on a team that F’ing bad hitting 8th today) maybe i’d have kepler and not cargo 2 anyway.

    • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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      @Mobin Can’t Hack It: and drafting your longtime money league for decent money with a bunch of guys who are pretty much mostly all watching college basketball the whole time and taking the full 1.5 minutes is boring as shit mostly, but being at coffee shops during it with all the college girls around makes it better (also they serve beer). most of these leaguemates don’t play in a lot of leagues and due to that take a long time per pick and probably mostly follow yahoo’s rankings, but pretty much every time it’s my pick i’m done in like 4 seconds from knowing who will be there and how much time in between.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like an ideal RCL team… Really solid hitting, bit risky on SPs but not too bad… SAGNOF on RPs and SBs… Nice team overall!

      • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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        @Grey: only 2 moves left this week but streamers being hammel/tomlin/conley/finnegan and some others in that range. i probably shouldn’t have grabbed e-rod without even knowing if he plays before some of those. chen/hammel/tomlin bring that boring (supposed) safety.

        • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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          @Mobin Can’t Hack It: yeah plan on #1 SP was just above carmart (1 of cueto/lester/archer/degrommit) but i hadn’t figured on story being around at 39)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, can’t turn down Story there

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d look at SON

  76. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Now that we’ve all picked up / FAAB’d DeShizz, he’s not leading off . . . or even in the lineup today. This is why we can’t have nice things.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eff me

  77. The Harrow says:
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    thus far the leading managers for jerking around rosterresource (and thus us)

    1. sociapath, about 3 weeks ago till like yesterday revere was AT LEAST listed as righty side platooner, now a straight up BN to maybin

    2. TEX, last3 or so weeks (basically since loney doney was removed) profar listed as starting LF and cargo 2 leadoff, that flipped to delino in last 48 hours, back again to profar in LF just now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yeah 2. Agreed

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: also, in the TEX case if choo gets healthier, and/or napoli gets less healthy it’ll get worse before it gets better for delino, choo being a DH right now probably due to some minor nagging ailment. he goes back to RF or LF this further hurts.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hB7u7CYW1U

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

          • The Harrow says:
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            @Grey: also it currently lists mazara/delino the platoon in play, not profar/delino. gotta believe profar is moved around though, from his defense being so good pretty much anywhere. i’ve only watched maybe 10 pitches of this TEX game and about every one of them has kluber hanging something or right down the middle.the ball does move obviously, but this ain’t looking good.

  78. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    BENINTENDI!!!!!

    • Another Dan says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz:

      My dynasty team thanks you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I told you he had power!

  79. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Treinen looked phenomenal today. Threw 98 with wicked sink. Marlins were overmatched.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love it!

  80. JB Gilpin

    JB Gilpin says:
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    I had a great opening day. Yeah, a random stream didn’t work to kick it off. PS what in the hell is a strigil? IT EVEN HAS THE SPELL CHECK RED LINE UNDER IT cheater

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  81. Another Dan says:
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    Good stuff, these early starts are great for us in the UK. 1pm EST = 6pm BST.

    Another evaluate my team Grey, sorry. Did my first ever 20 team draft 5×5 roto. Ended up with this merry bunch … Would have been a bit better had I not got kicked from the draft room when Rupp was the only one queued. Took him a bit too early.

    C Rupp
    1B Joseph
    2B Schoop
    3B Villar
    SS Segura
    OF Betts
    OF Marte
    OF Piscotty
    UT Moreland
    BN Kepler

    SP Hill, Gausman, McCullers, Hellickson, Walker, Conley, Folty, Garcia
    SP Melancon, Harris, Romo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching is very risky, injury prone and may be a mess… Hitting looks okay, but low on AVG

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, uphill battle it is then.

  82. Brett says:
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    Deshields not starting concerned? Was he just a spring training hype?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, am concerned

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: I’m planning to hold for a week or two and drop if he’s not the hot hand that takes over.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Brett: as far as i can tell there was exactly one report that he would start, and depthcharts.com only had him leading off for maybe 1.5 days starting on saturday.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @The Harrow: and that report wasn’t from the team, and had the phrase “could lead off” in it.

  83. SpecialFNK says:
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    would you rather have Aaron Nola or one (or both) of Sean Manaea and/or Jharel Cotton.
    the same owner has Manaea and Cotton and I would like to trade for 1 or both, but it would take at least Nola.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

  84. Srosenberg19 says:
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    Would you trade cespedes and trumbo for manny machado and a utility/bench guy similar to matt Holliday? I feel like I’m giving up a lot, and my outfield would be thin, but getting a shot at a top ten player doesn’t always happen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  85. Harry says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Risky Glasnow is on the WW, is he worth picking up and dropping a bat like Brad Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  86. The Alchemist says:
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    Betts or Harper/Treinen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryce

  87. FrankGrimes says:
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    I knew I was going hate owning Cole.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, it was Fenway

  88. Stephen Lyon says:
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    One minute I was patting myself on the back for drafting Jon Gray and cursing myself for not starting Cole…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That script got flipped real fast

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BTW, you can ping Rudy to have your name changed if you want

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: OK, thanks. Tigers-Sox PPD. Boooo! No Miggy for me today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, no Saladino for me!

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: Have to be happy with that from Hellickson I guess…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not bad

  89. Long Bawls says:
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    It’s pitch to the SCOREboard, Jon Gray, not the storyboard! When something inside you screams “You need the reversal,” just ignore it!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  90. jon says:
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    Joe Ross or Nova

    W HR ERA K WHIP K/9 QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nova

      • jon says:
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        @Grey:

        Would be dropping Jose De Leon- coooolio?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  91. Just Busted says:
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    Offered Beltre for Jackie Bradley Jr.

    12 team H2H Yahoo 5×5

    I have Rendon at 3B and for OF: Trumbo, Kepler, Carlos Gomez, Ian Desmond

    Fair offer? I know he is on the DL for 10 day calf strain-sign o’ the olden times?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  92. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Odor!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ODOR!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: hodor!

      • Jon Dulac says:
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        @Grey: He’s dropping stink bombs all over the place!

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: ODOR!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          ODOR!

  93. ODOR!!!

    • mike says:
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      @Wake Up: Yeah I drafted him for $26 in a keeper league. I have an Odor, and im going to let it Linger!

  94. jt says:
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    Drop grili is he dangerous to my team lol?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoold

  95. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Schimpf hitting a HR off Kershaw looked pretty damn sexy. Weird that I’m already making bedroom eyes at him in my 12 team OBP OPS league? Especially when they’re in COL next week…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not totally weird

  96. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Also let’s talk about Yu right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So nasty

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Nolan Ryan esque – walk or sit back down!

  97. FrankGrimes says:
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    Odor. Oh my!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ODOR!

      • The Alchemist says:
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        Speaking of Odors, over on flabgraphs Matt & Dylan are smelling like Festus right about now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  98. Joeg414 says:
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    13 team 6×6 : I need a closer bad. Been offered Treninen(selling high?) and DeShields for Forsythe. I would put Cesar Hernandez at 2b.
    My othe closers are Dyson and Rondey.
    Make the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  99. jt says:
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    Trade odor for trout? :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  100. Bryan Cohen says:
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    Grey, u are a genius !!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know!

  101. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Rougned One, an Odor story!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha!

  102. Jon Doe says:
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    Quick trade question: darvish and odor or arietta and cano? And is it close? Thanks and have a good night

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  103. Mr. Snrub says:
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    Holy moly, someone check on Grey, a double dose of Odor’s power on opening day and he may need smelling salts to wake up from his fantasy dream

  104. Abe Froman says:
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    ODOR! Suck it Fangraphs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  105. Mike in Busan says:
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    Damn, were those horses full of HGH or what?
    That first AB was seriously confidence-building.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ODOR!

  106. herschel says:
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    @Grey: Odor!!! Drop Margot or DeShiz for Joe Ross?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeShizz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ODOR!

  107. What's A Drexl? says:
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    f-her and keuchel both pitching good? time machine called.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  108. Stephen Lyon says:
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    No Will Harris? Boooooo!

  109. letsgobravos says:
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    Hey Grey! Hope your still fielding questions in the evening on the left coast. If not, I’ll repost tomorrow in the comments on the new post. I have a 6×6 draft tomorrow (standard + OBP and QS) When looking over the OBP rankings, they seem a little wonky in some places. One example would be Villar who is 15th in the OBP rankings vs 29th in the standard top 500 despite having only a 1.5 OBP value. Contrast that with Freeman who has a 9.4 OBP value but drops from 15th in the standard top 500 to 19th in the OBP rankings. Also, in the OBP rankings, Trout’s overall value is 54.3 vs Harper at #2 at 43.8. Is Trout really $10.5 better than everyone else in an OBP league?

    Rather than drafting using the OPB rankings, I was thinking of using the top 500 and just adjusting the high OBP guys up in the rankings. Thoughts?

    Also, every year you seem to have a number of pitchers that can be taken in the middle rounds of the draft that end up being a tremendous value. I have won several leagues over the past few years thanks to your pitching rankings alone. Do you have 2-3 guys this year that you have an especially good feeling about that I should target between rounds 8-13?

  110. Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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    6 (OPS) x 6 (QS) 10 team keeper league.
    C: Perez
    1B: Freeman
    2B: Odor
    3B: Rendon
    SS: Correa
    OF: Harper, Bryant, Yelich
    B: Peraza
    DL: Desmond

    P: Lester, McCullers, Nola, Taijuan, Kimbrel, Herrera, A. Miller, Betances, Ottavino, S. Gray
    DL: Matz

    I know it’s a shallow league and I clearly went hitting early. I kept Harper 7th overall, Bryant in the 6th round and Correa in the 7th. Tomorrow when all the players are no longer listed on waivers after our draft, do you think I should target QS or SVs? I have two free roster spots and plan on dropping Sonny Gray and probably Ottavino.

    Pick four: J. Ross, Kennedy, Moore, J. Gray, Snell, Severino, Holland, Neris, J. Gomez, Casilla, N. Jones, S. Kelley

    Also…Thoughts on Carlos Gomez as a 4th outfielder? He looked locked in during his at-bats yesterday, but has proven that he doesn’t have the consistent attention span to put in quality at-bats for a whole year.

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