This weekend I went to Palm Springs to see the in-laws, and I was saying to Father Cougs that I wished I bet on the Phillies to win the World Series back in November when we were in Vegas.  He replied, “With all that blog money you have?”  Then I went to the bathroom and told my reflection, “One day they’re not gonna laugh at you!  I promise you that Reflection Grey!”  Then, while sitting in a stall, I listened on my iPhone to the theme from Rocky, Gonna Fly Now, and stabilized my ego.  Trying hard now!  Gettin’ strong now!  Gonna fly now!  Any hoo!  The newest favorite son of Philadelphia, Jake Arrieta, joined an already underrated starting rotation.  I’d contend (for the welterweight championship) that Arrieta isn’t even their ace, that label goes to the guy draped in Mardi Gras beads, Nola.  For a while, it appeared Arrieta was headed to Philly.  I hear the hold up was due to Arrieta unable to find a special type of umbrella.  “Do you have an umbrella that blocks thrown batteries?”  In the top 40 starters, I said, “At this stage in Arrieta’s career, I don’t see his value changing much no matter where he signs.  If he goes to Miller Park, Chase or Coors, then I’ll lower him a little, but I see no way I raise him up outside of a move to Petco, which doesn’t seem likely, because the Padres are playing for 2020, then, in 2020, they’ll be playing for 2023.”  And that’s me quoting me!  See, so nothing really changes, and I’m not looking to draft Arrieta suddenly, but a solid real world move for the Phils.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2018 fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we get into the roundup, there’s a $10 league signup today that needs some people.  When we did the polling of what youse wanted in your fantasy leagues, a large majority of you wanted paid leagues, but I’m getting the feeling we may not be doing them next year, and go back to all free leagues.  You don’t want to bet $10 to win $100 that you’re better than eleven others?  C’mon, put that Jimmy John’s sub money where your mouth is!  Hey, I could write ad copy.  Anyway, the roundup:

Cam Bedrosian – In lead for the closer job in Los Angeles aka Anaheim.  Blake Parker went out of his way to lose the closer job this spring, but, with The Sciosciapath, this is far from over.  I’d imagine we’re talking about who’s closing for the Angels throughout the season.  Or screaming at our computer monitors, at least.  In my top 500, I moved Bedrosian up and Parker down.

Dominic Leone – Might be sneaking into the conversation for the Cards closer job.  And you thought Dominic Leone was a country in West Africa.  Silly, silly you.  Not to be confused with Sillie Ewe, the President-elect of Dominic Leone, the country in West Africa that doesn’t exist.  I’ve adjusted my top 500 for Leone.  Don’t think he takes the job and runs with it, but he obviously needs to be drafted at this point.

Brandon Finnegan – Left yesterday’s game with a left lateral forearm spasm.  This means when he was flexing his forearm that little bump that pops up started pulsing morse code for 911.  In my top 100 starters, I didn’t give Finnegan anywhere close to a full season of IP due to his shoulder issues last year, so nothing’s really changed.

Anthony DeSclafani – Nursing a strained oblique, after having a sprained UCL last year, to go with the soreness he’s still feeling when he was stamped, “Fragile.”  Insert emoji of a weeping child making an iPhone who just drafted DeSclafani.  Much like Finnegan, in my top 100 starters, I had only projected DeSclafani for around 100 IP, so never thought he was throwing a full season, and nothing’s changed.

Jorge Bonifacio – Was suspended for 80 games for Boldenone, a controlled substance found in baby Tylenol.  At least the baby Tylenol of Barry Bonds.  This gives some room for Paulo Orlando to play, the Florida Project!  I updated my top 100 outfielders.

Nick Delmonico – Partially dislocated his shoulder in a collision.  That reminds me of Oscar winner, Crash, only without the clumsy racial overtones.  I moved Delmonico in my top 100 outfielders and removed him from all other position rankings, because I was dopey and accidentally ranked him for the wrong position, and only one of you caught it six weeks later.  Shame on you!  You like how I displaced that blame, huh?

Matt BushRangers said Bush will be used out of the bullpen.  Sounds like the Rangers are playing with fire if Bush needs to ride the new bullpen cart onto the field.  Hope the steering wheel has an Intoximeter.  Bush is still in the top 500, but I removed him from the top 100 starters.

Delino DeShieldsRangers manager Banister announced DeShields would bat leadoff, steal 50 bases and learn when to use an em-dash vs. a semicolon.  I haven’t adjusted anything with my DeShields projections in the top 80 outfielders, but I love to hear this, while trying to remain objective and know spring training boasts vary widely.  Here’s my favorite from this preseason:

Lance Lynn – Signed with the Twins.  Solid real baseball move by the Twins to sign Lynn, but it doesn’t make him more enticing for fantasy, due to his peripherals that were discussed in the top 60 starters blurb.  Though, he will be trying to keep his BABIP in check again this year because he’ll be in another contract year.  Kidding!  Don’t buy the contract talk mumbo-slash-jumbo.

Jonathan Lucroy – Signed with the A’s.  Remember when Gary Sanchez realized he had a, uh, nut allergy to foul tips?  That’s the hit Lucroy’s value takes going to Oakland.  He could barely hit a home run in Coors, and now he’s up against it in the field MC Hammer and Charley O built.  Well, I wasn’t owning him prior to this, and I’m definitely not touching him now.  He is ranked and projected in my top 20 catchers.

  1. Sean Mulhern says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Philly fan here, excited to add some depth to a staff that needed it and has a strong bullpen.
    I am really looking forward to how Kapler and his managerial philosophies work with the team and the young players, I for one am excited for the season and feel there is an outside shot at a wildcard if more things break right than wrong this year.

    I have a keeper question for you. I can keep five players all drafted in the first five rounds in a keep forever league with OBP instead of AVG as the only deviation from the standard 5×5 categories 10 team league with 2 utl spots 3 OF and 1 IF slot besides the regular other positions.

    I am keeping Nolan Torenado! Treat Urner, Au SHiz, and Bellinger, and then my decision is between Carlos Correa or Jose Ramirez. Really torn, lean slightly towards Correa in a keep forever league but could be convinced otherwise if there is a strong argument for Ramirez who I really like as well. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance :)

    • Fister Furbush says:
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      @Sean Mulhern:

      Golden keepers

      Good job by you

    • Inquiring Mind says:
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      @Sean Mulhern: Not a bad option for you, really cant go wrong. Ramirez has some position flexibility, depending where you are playing , so that might push me his way a bit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean Mulhern: I think there’s a chance for Wild Card, easily… Then anything can happen…. Nice keepers, I’d go Ramirez, prolly can’t go wrong either way in a keeper

  2. Marti says:
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    Pretty weak razzball readers. $20 buy in leagues left. 20 can win you 200. No offense but free leagues are for wimps. C Mon people

    • Justin says:
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      @Marti:

      Or poor people

      • Cram It says:
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        @Justin: If you can’t afford $20 to play fantasy baseball, you probably should be spending the time you’re investing in free fantasy baseball to make $20 instead.

        • Justin says:
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          @Cram It:

          What if you already have two other leagues that are $50+ entry fees? Money don’t grow on trees contrary to Ancient Mayans belief in the money tree. Your argument could be made over and over again and before you know it you are investing thousands of dollars in league fees. Slippery slope Cram It. Slippery slope.

          • Willy Mo says:
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            @Justin: for me its not about money. Im in a 200 and 300 12 team league. Adding on another 20 or 40 or 60 is no big deal but theres no way i can give them all my best effort. And if im gona play for money i want to able to be my best. I usually do 1 rcl a year and is 3rd in my pecking order by a mile. I get aksed by friends of friends to join leagues all the time that i decline for the same reason. And the rcl format is one of the most active league settings where daily im swappimg out rp and filling my roster with the free agents ect. so to play if correctly it takes up your time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marti: Ha, I read your last line like I was Jamaican…C mon people!

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Marti: I don’t play RCL’s to win money, I play them for the challenge of beating Nick the Dick

      • nick the smooth dick says:
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        @Old School Brother: Hey, beat your own dick! You had a very solid draft last night. It’s no blue waffle, but then again nobody is…

        • Old School Brother says:
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          @nick the smooth dick: I like your top three hitters of Goldy/Machado/Gordon over my top 3 of Trout/Votto/Rendon

  3. J.D. says:
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    Amen, @Marti.

    I also have a $100.00 league with a few spots left, payouts $700, $350, $150.
    Draft is this Sunday, the 18th, at 1:00pm EST.
    We’re the annual Night of the Living Zombinos RCL . . . it’s private, so email me at [email protected] to claim a spot!

    In six years, we haven’t had a repeat winner, although I’m hoping to change that this year!

    The RCL format is an incredibly fun way to play high-stakes fantasy baseball, and of course Razzballers are ALWAYS competitive. Plus, I’m stoked from what I’ve seen of Fantrax so far, so if you’re on the fence, join an RCL today. Ours, or one of the others in the lobby!

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @J.D.: He ain’t kidding; it is a fun league. Join us.

  4. The Fighting Chicken says:
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    Does anyone who has used Fantrax know if the draft order in the Draft Room is already set or whether it reshuffles itself an hour or so before draft time? All 12 spots in the league are full.

    Never owned Trout and am currently listed as first…should I not get my hopes up?

    • chris says:
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      @The Fighting Chicken: @The Fighting Chicken:

      I’ve used fantrax for years and the order can be changed at the commish level. Unless there’s a reason as to why they’re changing it (based on who finished what, last year, etc.) and they tell you them soon, I’d get my hopes up.

      • The Fighting Chicken says:
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        @chris: it’s an RCL so hopefully I’m fine! There are 3 blank spots before the list starts but maybe that’s just because the draft is so far away.

        Thanks a lot though!

        • VinWins

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          @The Fighting Chicken: I believe every time a new owner joins, it is reshuffled.

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @VinWins: Can I leave and rejoin the RCL so Truss doens’t pick frist?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gaming the system!

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              Wait! I have first pick somewhere? I’m in too many leagues to even keep track at this point!

            • VinWins

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              @The Great Knoche: Yeah, I was thinking that is a possibility. Personally, I don’t want the first pick though.

  5. Nittanychris says:
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    Great stuff as usual! Quick keeper question…In a Mixed Auction League, ten team, standard 5×5 Roto categories, $260 budget, choose 2 of the following 3 to protect. Thanks!

    $1 Paul DeJong
    $5 Jake Lamb
    $13 Lorenzo Cain

    • Inquiring Mind says:
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      @Nittanychris: DeJong and Cain. Humidor hurts Lamb.

  6. Another Dan says:
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    Grey,

    Did £5 e/w on Philly earlier in the off-season on your advice at 125/1. Am thinking it will make my season a bit more interesting.

    Best wishes,

    Another Dan

  7. VinWins

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    Bonifacio and Maxwell are listed 1-2 in the Top 500 currently. I think it should be the other way around. Just kidding, I trust you (but I was surprised to see them at the top.)

    Also, I read addiction in this headline: Twins release Sanchez amid reports of Lance Lynn addition

    • Grey

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      @VinWins: Bump Trout out! That’s a Rudy error when he updated my top 500, which I can’t do manually… Thanks for the heads up, he’ll fix when he gets a chance…

      Actually Rudy just updated by the time I got to end of comment, I’m told…

  8. Matt says:
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    Is Leone getting the job because of his SIERA?

    • Pouss-Pouss says:
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      @Matt: @Matt: Nice!

      All these cheapo Razzballers who don’t want to pay league fees should move to Freetown.

      • Justin says:
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        @Pouss-Pouss:

        Is Freetown a fantrax league?

  9. C says:
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    Yo Grey,

    As per tradition, looking for validation, comments, and/or criticism following my draft last weekend. 12-team non-standard roto (TB, R, HR, OBP, NS, RBI and K, ERA, WHIP, NSV, H, W) with 1250 IP max.

    Here’s the squad:

    C – C. Iannetta
    1B – J. Abreu
    2B – J. Schoop
    3B – T. Shaw
    LF – G. Polanco
    CF – C. Yelich
    RF – G. Stanton
    Util – J. Bruce
    Util – J. Villar
    Bench – B. Zimmer
    Bench – A. Eaton

    SP – R. Ray
    SP – C. Archer
    SP – T. Bauer
    SP – B. Snell
    SP – C. Morton
    RP – C. Knebel
    RP – F. Rivero
    RP – A. Bradley
    P – A. Miller
    P – A. Swarzak
    Bench – C. Greene
    Bench – Juan Nicasio

    My Util bats are in flux a bit, as I needed some speed. And I’m speculating on holds with my bench pitchers. How’d I do?

    • knucks says:
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      @C: Do you have to play an actual LF in that slot? They aren’t just OF slots? Like powdered donuts… that would make me go nuts.

      • C says:
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        @knucks:

        Correct – have to play an actual LF, CF, and RF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C: Hitting looks solid, maybe low on AVG, depends on Bruce down, should likely be fine… Pitching is rock solid… Nice team!

      • C says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! Totally neglected my SS – which is Lindor.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  10. Need steals says:
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    Looking to round out my offense with a SB threat in the UTIL spot who won’t sink me too badly in AVG or anything. Who you got:

    Delino DeShields
    Manny Margot
    Eduardo Nunez
    Jonathan Villar
    Kevin Kiermaier
    Ender Inciarte
    Orlando Arcia

    I’m leaning DeShields (can he legit steal 50?) or Margot (15/25??) but is Nunez maybe the best bet because he’s eligible at 4 positions in my league…But then there’s Inciarte who seems to be a legit .300 hitter! Decisions decisions!

    • Inquiring Mind says:
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      @Need steals: Margot.

    • Inquiring Mind says:
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      @Need steals: Margot

    • Cram It says:
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      @Need steals: Depends how many steals you want. Sure Inciarte and Margot might steal 20+ with more average or pop, but Deshields should steal 40+ with a full season.

  11. Matt says:
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    Hey Grey and you guys (and five lady commenters), I drafted Zach Britton for my DL stash spot in a 12-team standard Y! league, please rank these waiver wire pickups for possible save potential:

    (currently ranked)
    Joakim Soria
    Dominic Leone
    AJ Ramos
    Ryan Madson

    Thanks!

    • Inquiring Mind says:
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      @Matt: Leone, AJ, Soria

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: I’ve ranked all of these

  12. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Loved the article, especially the DeShizz news!

    a. Will be drafting him for sure around 175ish? Is it too early? Too late? Would you rather have Bret Gardner or DeShizz at 175?

    b. Am in day 1 of a 2-day training. It’s the same training as the one conducted end February!! Only the training facilitators are different. Plus one of the facilitators asked me to come for moral support, so there’s that. Plus, free lunch. I come from poverty so I still go ga-ga for a free buffet lunch.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. That late prolly go DeShields, but team makeup would likely play into it B. Who turns down a free lunch?

  13. MisforMookie says:
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    Hi Grey-

    Quick draft pick question. In a Yahoo 6×6 12-team roto (standard hitting + OPS, pitching uses SV+H, + QS), where Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew Benintendi, and James Paxton are my keepers, I have the 5th pick.

    Conveniently, the order of the remaining players in your top 20 exactly match the order from Rudy’s league setting-specific auction values…the top remaining picks in rank order are Trout, Harper, Betts, Machado, Bryant, Lindor, J. Ramirez, and Blackmon (the top 7 pitchers are off the board already).

    Would you draft whoever is the highest remaining ranked player out of this pool when it gets to me (so, theoretically, Bryant)? Or target a different order of players based on my keepers/league? The existing rank seems reasonable to me, but I’m curious.

    • Inquiring Mind says:
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      @MisforMookie: I think I would take Blackmon over Bryant.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MisforMookie: I’d draft highest remaining guy, so Bryant if there

  14. Jimmy Suitcase says:
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    Hiya Grey –

    In a 13 team standard 5×5 yahoo rotisserie league with an auction draft. Each team can keep 3 guys with cost of the player being the average of: 2017 draft value + 2018 average auction value. We have a$260 budget. Out of these folks which three am I keeping?

    -Jose Altuve: $49
    -Bryce Harper: $45
    -Joey Votto: $32
    -Robbie Ray: $11
    -Segura: $14
    -Buxton: $14
    -Rendon: $18
    -Jake Lamb: $9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jimmy Suitcase:

      Jose Altuve: $49
      -Bryce Harper: $45
      -Robbie Ray: $11

  15. Raider says:
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    War room Q- is the goal setting tab set for 12 teams default to RCLs? If not what weights does everyone use?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raider: Yeah, 12 team defaults…

  16. AlbiesTheRacistDragon says:
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    NL Only 10 team keeper deadline today. We’re normal 5×5 categories and $260, but the twist is that everyone has to roster 2 2B and 2 SS (but only 3 total corner infielders). Top players usually go in the mid to low 30s.

    With that in mind, I need to pick 5 of these 6 to keep (1 to cut). What do you all think?

    $26 Freeman
    $17 Ozuna
    $16 Story
    $13 Ray
    $4 Wood
    $4 Margot

    Thanks!!

      • AlbiesTheRacistDragon says:
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        @Inquiring Mind:

        Yes Alex Wood, sorry for the vague list.

        $4 though is so cheap though!

        • Inquiring Mind says:
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          @AlbiesTheRacistDragon: It is cheap, but the value on the others, given your settings, I think is better. Wood may have and innings limit, the Dodgers play with the 10 day DL like a new toy, and he is a bit of an injury risk.

          Other option, if you keep Wood, I think I would lose Story. That’s not bad value, but maybe a bit high for an injury risk himself.

      • AlbiesTheRacistDragon says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks to you both. Story and Wood were the two I’m looking at the hardest… Story seems like the worst value, but having to roster 4 MI in an NL only is tough!

        • Grey

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          I hear ya

  17. Petey Petroleum says:
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    Quick question. I went to your subscription page and was curious about cost but I find the layout very confusing. Can you please either explain what it is, what we get and cost? Sorry maybe it’s just me.

  18. FrankGrimes says:
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    Noooooo Malammore noooooo.

  19. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey (and others),

    10 team league, 5×5 with AVG and OPS. It’s also weekly, so streaming is kinda out.

    I traded away several of this years draft picks to win the championship last year, so I am in a bit of a hole so far mid-way through my slow-draft. Currently I have:

    C-
    1b-Goldy
    2b-Jose Ramirez
    3b-Arenado
    SS-Lindor
    MI-Story
    CI-Rendon
    OF-JD
    OF-Puig
    OF-
    OF-
    DH-Cruz

    SP-Sale
    SP-Verlander
    SP-
    SP-
    RP-Iglesias
    RP-Hand
    RP-

    …plus some bench spots to fill.

    We are at pick 155 overall currently.

    Where do you recommend I focus my efforts? I was hoping for Margot or Zimmer but they both just went. I could go with DeShizznit. Other bats available are Mancini, Braun, Inciarte, Eaton

    I also need pitching. Right now best available is Wood/Wacha and then Gausman/Morton/Pomeranz.

    Would you go with a guy like DeShields, a different bat, or focus on SP?

    Thanks

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      @Test Kitchen: I would take Alex Wood. Your hitting is ludicrous.

      • Test Kitchen says:
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        @Grey: I lied, Wood is gone now. Wacha or Gausman then?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wacha

          • Test Kitchen says:
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            @Grey: Thanks. Think I can wait much longer before taking DeShields? Maybe take another SP and then Deshields? Or other way around?

            • Grey

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              I think you can take an SP first, but depends who else is available

  20. Zeus says:
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    Reds injuries lead me to bump up the live child created when Mr Drummond allowed an Arab sheik to stay on Park Avenue and impregnate his house keeper. Ladies and Gentlemen. Amir Garrett

  21. DonnieB says:
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    in a 12 team roto keeper Auction, my keepers thus far are:
    Jose Abreu. $25
    J. Segura. 10
    N. Castellanos. 3
    L. Severino. 10
    Aaron Nola. 4
    A. Chapman. 15
    I can keep 8 players. The other contenders:
    Edwin Diaz. $10
    Manny Margot. 10
    Tim Anderson. 10
    K. Gausman. 7
    Mike Zunino. 10
    Luke Weaver. 10
    Which two of those six would you select? I also have Machado and Springer at $56 and $49 respectively—which is about what they will go for. It is a $300 budget league not a $260. Thanks for all your help.

  22. Luvdarooks says:
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    13 teams 5×5 OBP
    300 salary per team
    2 keepers
    WHICH TWo DO I KEEP? Thx
    E. Thames-$18
    J. Baez-23
    J. Bour-15
    A. Bennintendi-32
    R. Iglesias-15

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luvdarooks: These aren’t great… Benintendi, Raisel

  23. slimbo says:
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    what side do you like in a dynasty?

    blowfarts bogaerts or nola

    • Inquiring Mind says:
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      @slimbo: Nola

  24. Shifty says:
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    Paul
    MARCH 12, 2018REPLY
    Could you help me out with a keeper question? I’m in a 12 team H2H $260 budget league with OBP and slugging instead of average and penalties for strikeouts. A lot of the heavy hitters (Correa, turner, Judge, Stanton, Altuve, Blackmon, Arenado) are being kept which has me leaning towards keeping Kris Bryant for $35. That leaves me with two more options:

    Yu Darvish $19
    Khris Davis $17
    Carlos Carrasco $25
    Yasiel Puig $6
    Jose Berrios $7

    My heart is leaning Darvish and Puig for the prices but I’m conflicted with Darvish this year and like Carrasco better. Davis also finished as the 28th hitter last year in those settings and I’m just completely at odds with who to keep. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Justin says:
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      @Shifty:

      Yu & Puig

  25. Inquiring Mind says:
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    Looking for some keeper advice…

    Longstanding Yahoo keeper league. Unfortunately, over the years, we have dropped to only 8 teams. 6×6 adding walks and Holds. Also use QS instead of Wins.

    C, 1, 2, 3, ss, 3 OF, 2 Util, 3 SP, 2 RP, 4 P. Daily transactions and roster moves.

    Need to keep 5 of these as the first 5 rounds of our draft (mandatory 5):

    Trout, Blackmon, Just Dong, Rizzo (with 2B), Machado, Dozier, Kershaw, Thor, Severino

    In addition, can also keep up to 5 of the following (if multiple last round eligible, they simply move down a round)(not mandatory):

    Bellinger (last round), Devers (last round), Hoskins (last round), Lindor (20 of 26 rounds), Edwin Diaz (21 of 26 round), Luke Weaver (last round), Alex Reyes (last round) Betances (10 of 26)

    Currently leaning/pretty set on:
    Trout, Kershaw, Blackmon
    Bellinger, Devers, Hoskins, Lindor

    Thoughts on Machado/Rizzo/Thor/JD for the other 2 mandatory?
    Last one for the rookie/team builders?

    Thanks, and sorry for the long post, but your comments are appreciated.

  26. MakeLoveLikeWar says:
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    What are your thoughts on this draft strategy? 5×5, 14-team, H2H categories, daily roster changes, 9 hitter, 7 pitcher, 5 bench slots.

    Draft hitters 1-7 to fill 1B through OF then take 11 pitchers in the remaining 14 rounds (non-pitchers in those rounds will be a UTIL, catcher and bench bat). Aiming for 8 starters plus Bradley, Robertson, and Harder.

    • Cram It says:
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      @MakeLoveLikeWar: Sounds nonsensical to REALLY stick to that. You’re in round 6 and planning to draft Odor, but Robbie Ray is there, you’re gonna pass up an ace to “fill” 2B?

  27. Hankg says:
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    I am in the process of preparing for my upcoming keeper draft in which I will have the first pick. We can keep five players. Right now, I have four locks – Betts, Lindor, Hoskins and Ray and am debating between Schoop and Devers for my final spot. It looks like there will be a strong group of players available for the first pick. This includes Freeman, Machado, Sale and one of either Stanton or Arenado. In addition, there is an outside possibility that one or more of the following players could be available – Altuve, Kershaw and/or Scherzer.

    Based on this scenario, who would you keep for the final spot? I feel that Schoop is the safer pick but am leaning Devers given the upside.

    Also, for the first pick, would you select “best player available”? If so, it looks like my choice will be between Machado and Stanton unless either Altuve or Arenado are unexpectedly made available.

    Thanks!

    • Inquiring Mind says:
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      @Hankg: Devers. How many teams in the league? For the first pick, I think I would rank them Arenado, Sale, Machado……unless the outside chance players are available. Altuve obviously no. 1, then Kershaw and Scherzer. I would take any of those 3 with the first pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hankg: Devers — Stanton

  28. Succos Baseball says:
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    Grey,

    Was hoping I could get a team rating. 12 team H2H categories keeper league, 4 keepers per team. We use OBP instead of AVG, QS instead of W, and SV+H instead of SV.

    C – Gary Sanchez (15th Rd Keeper)
    1B – Cody Bellinger (14th Rd Keeper)
    2B – Paul DeJong (12th Rd)
    SS – Trea Turner (21st Rd Keeper)
    3B – Scooter Gennett (17th Rd)
    MI – Jorge Polanco (17th Rd)
    CI – Yuli Gurriel (18th RD/DH Stash)
    OF – Mike Trouth (1st Rd)
    OF – Giancarlo Stanton (2nd Rd Keeper)
    OF – Lorenzo Cain (5th Rd)
    OF – Ronald Acuna (10th Rd)
    Util – Kevin Kiermaier (13th Rd)
    SP – Justin Verlander (3rd Rd)
    SP – Jose Quintana (5th Rd)
    RP – Edwin Diaz (8th Rd)
    RP – Raisel Iglesias (9th Rd)
    P – Dinelson Lamet (16th Rd)
    P – Blake Snell (16th Rd)
    P – Drew Pomeranz (16th Rd)
    P – Blake Treinen (18th Rd)
    BN – Michael Wacha (19th Rd)
    BN – Luiz Gohara (20th Rd)
    BN – Jeurys Familia (20th Rd)
    BN – Jordan Montgomery (21st Rd)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Succos Baseball: Your hitting and pitching look solid, I think you’re looking extremely safe on pitching, which isn’t something I’ve thought a lot this preseason… Hitting looks fine, a little light on MI and CI

      • Succos Baseball says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey! I have my eyes on Gyorko, Andujar, J Harrison, Drury, Neil Walker, and Tim Beckham as potential pickups to fill the Yuli void. Anyone else you would target?

  29. David says:
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    Always enjoy reading, thanks. 14 team H2H 5×5 with OBP replacing AVG. Who would you rather have, Goldy or Votto? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Goldy

  30. The Fridge says:
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    Hey Grey –

    What do you think of this team. 14-team auction using OBP and QS.

    C – Flowers
    C – Iannetta
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Villar
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Beckham
    MI – H Perez
    CI – N Castellanos
    OF – Trout
    OF – Benintendi
    OF – Peralta
    OF – Altherr
    UT – Gurriel
    P – C Martinez
    P – L Weaver
    P – D Pomeranz
    P – A Wood
    P – Kimbrel
    P – Giles
    P – Familia
    P – Ryu
    P – Velasquez

    • The Fridge says:
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      @The Fridge: Plus, Michael Taylor as OF5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think your team is light on SBs, Villar won’t or shouldn’t play much on your team, Peralta and Altherr are weak… Pitching looks okay, if risky

  31. Kevin says:
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    Ever look into these props for MLB futures?

    Vegas is offering the following:
    Who will hit most HR’s out of: Stanton, Judge Sanchez
    Who will hit most HR’s out of: C Correa, Altuve, M Gonzalez

    Both steamer and your projections have Stanton and Correa with double digit more HR’s than a different guy in the group, seems like free money no??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Funny you say that, I was listening to Brent Musberger’s Vegas channel this weekend and they were talking about this… Does seem like an easy bet

      • Kevin says:
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        @Grey: Yeah the over/under on Stanton is set at 42.5

        42.5??? Seems crazy low.. Did Brent say where in Vegas you could make this bet? I only saw it online. Going in a couple weeks for NFBC draft and might have to lay some money down on this!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He films from South Point, so I guess you can make bet there, but I’m not sure… I’ve never seen future bets like that in casino… They were also talking MVP bets, high on Seager at 18-1, which doesn’t seem bad… That feels more like a sucker bet tho, so uch has to break right to win MVP

          • Kevin says:
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            @Grey: Awesome thanks, I’ll check out South Point when I’m there and I’ll probably have to put at least a little on this Stanton bet.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              How much does he have to go over 42 by? Just 1? That’s a silly easy bet if he stays healthy… What’s it pay? 1 to 1?

              • Kevin says:
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                @Grey:

                Yup, 43 is a winner!

                It pays $8 for every $10 bet.

                Stanton to hit more HR’s than Judge pays $6.50 for every $10 bet.

                Seems way too good to be true, I want to go big on it! Health is really the only concern..

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, Stanton hits 43 in NY with ease… I don’t think he’s much of an injury concern either, his previous injuries were fluky

  32. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Hey Grey,

    H2H 14-team cat. keeper (keep7) balanced stats, but a lot !!! (R,H,2B,3B,HR,RBI,SB,BB, IBB, K, TB, AVG / IP, W, L, CG, SHO, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, QS), 6 moves per week

    Standard batters (individual OF spots) with Util and Pitching is 5 SP slots and 5 RP slots, 5 Bench (I’ve never played in something with so much RP’s)

    I’m taking over for a team and these are the top guys available (with my suggested keepers), do you agree with keeping those guys or are there any you’d change (pitchers are hard to come by (popular in this league) after draft, not much trading either):

    A. Rizzo (keeper)
    M . Ozuna (keeper)
    D. Santana
    L. Cain
    A. Jones
    K. Seager (keeper)
    Y. Gurriel
    C. Carrasco (keeper)
    J. Verlander (keeper)
    J. Quintana (keeper)
    M. Tanaka (keeper)
    K. Giles
    R. Iglesias
    C. Hamels

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain over Tanaka

      • Justin says:
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        @Grey:

        Everything in my mind says Tanaka is undervalued, but everything in my soul says to be wary. Why is this? Oh yeah, 1st half last year…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like him, but you can just redraft him (prolly) or someone like him

  33. BJFOHOHL says:
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    I joined a league! Its NL only Dynasty weekly FAAB, but hey its a league. Feels manageable. Also season two of sneaky pete is on amazon,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting Sneaky Pete tonight and stopping 7 Seconds midseason, it’s awful

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice on the league, glad to hear you can draft all your beloved Dodgers!

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: Ralph started it and made it appealing to me. You should join (I know you won’t) maybe Oaktown or Magoo will join us.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m gonna pass, I’m at my fill for this year

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Plus, I already have 3 NL-Onlys

            • BJFOHOHL says:
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              @Grey: I surprised you didn’t see the show out. You already missed the best parts of Tin Star when you bailed early on that

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Tin Star was even worse than 7 Seconds, which is saying something

                • BJFOHOHL says:
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                  @Grey: but you never finished it and hence can’t really judge the show. crazy Tim Roth is amazing. The Brits love the show and you love the Brits

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, that show was a mess tho… The ol’ I’m an alcoholic I forgot what happened angle is played

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      @Grey: you’re a mess!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I got my shizz together!

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      @Grey: Its not I forgot what happened its an I turn into a monster and turn into the best cop ever

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wasn’t there something screwy with an Native American reservation too? They really pulled out the stops on the seen this shizz better elsewhere before

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      @Grey: I enjoyed the strange tone because I have a strange tone to myself. Maybe you’re too normal for this

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that’s the problem, I’m too normal.

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      Its like Titanic, where you had to get through the first VHS tape, which was boring as fuck, to get to the best part when the boat sinks

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You own Titanic on VHS? Wow, don’t deny it now, you copped to it already

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      @Grey: no I don’t, I remember from when my buddy worked at a video store and we hung out there

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t lie!

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      @Grey: Honestly I’ve only seen the boast sink. I swear on my signed Becket Baseball card price guide with Bob Feller’s autograph inside

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

            • BJFOHOHL says:
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              @Grey: Can you reach out to Laura? We would love to have Razzball’s best NL only player in the league

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                She had a post a few days ago, you can ping her there…

                • BJFOHOHL says:
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                  @Grey: That was on the 5th

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    She’ll get comment notification tho

  34. RICE says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I’m all about your style of drafting (or not drafting top) starters and it always (mostly) works out for me.

    I’m in a really strange spot this year, however, due to traded draft picks.

    10 team league. 40 league keepers off the board to start. I have 4 picks in the first 3 rounds (two 2nd rounders) after that. From there….. not another pick until round 12 (150 players overall with keepers).

    So the question is… Do I take my #2 pitcher in round 4 (names like Nola / Quitana / Castillo)? Or should I wait all the way to round 12 with names like J. Gray / Anderson / Duffy?

    My keepers are: Bryce (round 6), Bregman (round 24), Acuna (round 24), and Robbie Ray (round 20)

    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, you have to draft a SP in Nola section, don’t push it

      • RICE says:
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        @Grey: I figured. Thanks for confirming.

        It’s going to be an interesting draft. I have a TON of drinking time between round 4 and round 12.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  35. Jr says:
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    Did my first RCL draft (and Roto in general…) yesterday and came up with this team.

    C Perez
    1b Abreu
    2b Kinsler
    3b machado
    Ss Turner
    CI moose
    MI Albies
    Of ozuna
    Of Acuna
    Of Rosario
    Of c. Taylor
    Of trumbo
    Util Hanley
    Bn brinson, Conforto, Gyorko

    SP: Cmart, Quintana, Wood, Morton, Corbin, Teheran, Odorizzi
    RP Colome, Morrow

    Any thoughts on how this team ended up?

    • Jr says:
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      @Jr: sorry, MI is Ahmed Rosario, not albies

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid! Well balanced on hitting and pitching… Teheran you can likely drop for a potential closer

      • Jr says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! It’s a completely different ballgame drafting a team in this deep a league.

        And was probably using that spot for a closer pickup or streaming. Drop for Reed, Gregerson, madson, Boxberger, Minaya? Not a lot in terms of closers left…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Boxberger

  36. G says:
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    Was offered Springer for my Machado in my keeper league. Machado has 4th round value with control for next 2 years losing a round each year. Springer is 6th round with 4 more years of control with the same deal.

    I have Correa, Turner and Arenado so Machado frees up flexibility in my roster but would you say you like the tradeoff? I also get my 4th round pick back

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid for you

  37. Peacecoast says:
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    last hitter for my pretty balanced team: choo or tim anderson? would be util spot. I know you like Anderson…what you think? Go for the guy who never walks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  38. Cram It says:
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    Man, I kinda wish the NFBC draft would drag out a little longer. So many position battles, it’s tough to get a read on who will get a starting OF position or rotation spot. So much research for a 13th pitcher! This is where gut instinct really pays off for a fantasy manager. You can’t teach it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, wish we could go until about last weekend, that would be perfect… We have people in the league tho that want it over in the next few days…

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Would be hard for everyone to milk it down to 4 hours even you wanted to. What round are you in?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I was out of town this weekend, so I tried to milk best I could… We’re about to enter 38th round…

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Salfino is doing his best milk job right now. Milk job! Although it doesn’t appear intentional.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think bc you said milk job I’m seeing ads for a woman sucking on a cow’s teet

  39. Member Berries says:
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    h2h keeper league that is standard plus walks and holds

    Need to pick 7 from: Realmuto, Yuli G, Cozart, Brantley, Renfroe, Calhoun, G Torres, B. Rodgers, L Lynn, Odorizzi, Britton,

    leaning towards cutting Brantley, Renfroe, Britton, and Odorizzi

    do you agree or who would swap out for who? Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Member Berries: Renfree over Lynn but after Calhoun and Torres, pretty awful options.

      • Member Berries says:
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        @Cram It:

        last of the keeper options.

        Renfroe vs Lynn – Hosmer pushing Myers to the OF and Renfroe’s inability to hit righties makes me think he wont play much. having trouble walking away from Brantley but not sure why…

        • Cram It says:
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          @Member Berries: Lynn is a replaceable pitcher. Renfroe might be useful beyond this year. Brantley, Renfroe, Lynn…all of these guys are expendable as they’re not going to help you win unless you’re in a 20 team league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram, though I would’ve been gentler

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Yes, you would have said “aren’t great”.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

  40. Steve Stevenson says:
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    AL-only keeper questions:
    1. Would you pay a premium to keep Semien ($20 to keep vs. $13.7 Razz auction value) given the scarcity of AL steals and the fact that I project few SS to be available at auction (Cozart and Iglesias the only ones projected to offer more than $1 in value), or keep a dollar player and use the extra $$$ at auction?
    2. Pick 2 RP keepers: Brach $7, B. Parker $1, Kela $1.
    3. Would you keep all 3 of those RP and throw a $10 Reddick (projected $15.8 value) back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sounds fine 2. Brach, Parker 3. No

  41. Willy Mo says:
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    Rough guess what do you think the odds are that 1) claudio gets named the closer, and 2) what are the odds he stays the closer all season?

    Im kinda liking him at his adp for a late rp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. 95% 2. 10%

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: wow 10%. Yeah i mean hes an underdog for sure. I agree would be suprising if hes not named closer to break camp. If anyone takes the role from him i feel like it will be tim

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe being harsh, 30%? I wouldn’t bet $ on him keeping job, I would draft him tho, and have

          • Willy Mo says:
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            @Grey: yeah thats about what i think def worth the price at around 250 overall

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, SAGNOF

  42. J-Money says:
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    Hey G,

    Any word on Ralphs top 100 starters?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Question for Ralph

  43. WinterisComing says:
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    Hey Grey, loving all the work you guys have put in this offseason it’s been really helpful. With that said, I gotta bother you one last time with keepers I have to have them in this week. It’s H2H points league – lose points for Ks, GDPs. Batter so far a point for each AB and most other offensive categories apply. Pitchers lose points for hit batters, ERs, BSs and they gain points for all the other usual categories. Roster is limited to 6 SP 3 RP 6 OF and than 2 of every other position. I’ve guessed a few opponents keepers and the first round this year should have the likes of lindor, rizzo (both of those are currently on my team as 1st and 2nd round respectively) Jose Abreu, Yelich, Justin turner, Nelson Cruz, merrifield, Shaw, Cano and Longoria….As of now I’m leaning towards keeping Jose Ramirez (counts as 5th round) bellinger (25th) Hoskins (25th) acuna (25th) and moncada (25th). I love the potential and the value of a 25th round moncada but would you keep him (pr trade him or any of those other 4 out) at the spot over lindor (1st rd) rizzo (2nd rd) carrasco (7th rd) Robbie ray (15th rd) sano (25th rd)? I’m really struggling with keeping moncada over lindor or rizzo even if they’re that high of a round anyway they would still be worth it. But at the same time I should have a chance at drafting one of the two of them in the first round anyway? Thanks for your help Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Lindor or Rizzo, likely that order… Though I don’t know if you can just redraft Lindor or how many teams in your league

      • WinterIsComing says:
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        @Grey: there are 10 teams so nothing too crazy – sale and scherzer will also be available then so someone might go for one of them too I really don’t want to be stuck without either of them but if I keep one of them and moncada ands up being amazing I’m going to be livid haha but I still have Hoskins belly and acuna that’s why I kind of wanted the reliable performance of lindor or rizzo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          10 team league Moncada isn’t necessary to keep

          • WinterIsComing says:
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            @Grey: lindor it is. Thanks for pushing me off the edge haha appreciate the input Grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  44. flye says:
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    In a 10-team 4×4 keeper league, we completed our auction and named closers went at (too high) a premium; I also have middling speed:

    C Lucroy
    C Flowers
    1B Rizzo
    3B Arenado
    CI J Bell
    2B Schoop
    SS Segura
    MI Tim Anderson
    OF Stanton
    OF Blackmon
    OF Judge
    OF L Cain
    OF Kiermaier
    U Avisail Garcia

    SP Sale
    SP Syndergaard
    SP Weaver
    SP Morton
    SP G Richards
    RP Gregorson
    RP Claudio
    RP AJ Ramos
    RP D Robertson

    We’re preparing to snake draft four reserves and I have first pick. I’m torn between my need for speed and saves, and grabbing the best available player. My top choices:

    Travis Shaw
    Delino Deshields
    Potential closers like Boxberger, Leone, Dyson, Kela

    Is it dumb to grab Shaw (replacing Bell at CI) even though I need speed and Delino probably won’t make it to pick 20? Or tomato/tomahto with Shaw/Bell/Avisail so grab the speed?

    • Cram It says:
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      @flye: You have enough power, I’d go Deshields.

      • flye says:
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        @Cram It: thanks

  45. Mike says:
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    Grey,

    Pick 2 keepers for this year:

    Freddie Freeman: $38
    Acuna: $5
    Eddie Rosario: $5
    K. Davis $25
    Hosmer $18

    Thanks!

  46. Foul balls says:
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    Hey grey, good pre draft info by you and the razzball staff. One question in a dynasty 6×6 16 team leagues were holds count the same as saves. Is there a winner in this trade or fairly even?, LLynn/GHolland for JTeheran/TMancini. Thanks kindly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini, but I guess even enough

  47. Old School Brother says:
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    C Alfaro
    1b Votto
    2b Schoop
    ss Segura
    3b Rendon
    of Trout
    of Puig
    of Rosario
    of Taylor (chris)
    of Taylor (michael)
    1b/3b Mous
    2b/ss Tim Anderson
    Util Franco

    Sp Robbie Ray
    Sp Bauer
    Sp Wacha
    Sp Gausman
    Sp Corbin
    Sp Bundy
    Rp Wade Davis
    Rp Archie Bradley
    Rp Holland
    Rp David Robertson
    Rp Kela
    Rp Reed

    RCL last night, thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the pitching and hitting, you pay attention, OSB, and that’s why I like you… Your hitting is insane tho, seriously

      • nick the smooth dick says:
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        @Grey: If only you saw the shitshow of 2 teams taking all the good pitchers. So Crabtastic.

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          BLUE WAFFLES!

          • nick the smooth dick says:
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            @MattTruss: The GOAT! (Grossest of all time)

            • Old School Brother says:
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              @nick the smooth dick: Ya, it really isn’t fair. If you’re in any RCL’s that have auto draft you’ll see Grey. One team got Auto’d Verlander with the 12th pick, it was awesome

              • MattTruss

                MattTruss says:
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                9 of Waffles first 10 picks were pitchers…and Domingo Santana.

              • nick the smooth dick says:
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                @MattTruss: @Old School Brother: Haha incredible. It’s wonky how the ranks on Fantrax are first set to like points I guess? All pitchers at the top. Should somehow make the set ranks by ADP first for the autodrafters

                • MattTruss

                  MattTruss says:
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                  You can do that yourself, but you have to put in a *little* effort.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            If anyone comes across this comment, don’t, don’t Google

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              Ha, see I was being nice and saying nothing. By telling them not to Google it, they clearly will. Same thing that happened to me during the draft. It cannot be unseen

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Don’t Google!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Crabs should know better…

          • nick the smooth dick says:
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            @Grey: I don’t think anyone knows who this Blue Waffle Crab is yet….and yeah, me and Ralph told them all not to Google it….so they all Googled it

            • Old School Brother says:
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              @nick the smooth dick: I didn’t, I’m waiting for a good time to while on my work computer

              • nick the smooth dick says:
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                @Old School Brother: make sure to gather the coworkers ’round

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t Google it!

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: NEWS BREAK – most crabs are not RCL’ers nor real razzballers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              How dare you!

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: It’s the truth.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Then it would be hashtag truth

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Grey: #crabtruth #phonyrazzballers #themtoo

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Damn, coming hard with the shade!

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      Im a beach umbrella, an easy up at a kids soccer game

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, hilarious

                    • Old School Brother says:
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                      @BJFOHOHL: JFOH is that hipster sipping PBR and telling everyone at the bar about how he Razzball’d before Razzballin was cool

                  • nick the smooth dick says:
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                    @Grey: Don’t be Foohled, he’s in the Crab Slack chat everyday talking with his Crab buddies even though he isn’t in the league and they even got him to unretire from fantasy. He’s a Claw-Rider. Just has to throw shade cuz he’s, well…

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Your team did come out really nice. Nice start obviously, but you robbed a few guys I had queued up along the way.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @MattTruss: You can get your revenge Thursday night

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Old School Brother: Like others said, your offense looks good. If you rosterbate the C, OF5, utility, and Gausman/Corbin/Bundy slots, you should be able to fill in any gaps. Nice start.

  48. Peacecoast says:
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    We are getting 12-18 inches of snow, Capi?

    btw no spoilers or anything, but just finished Season 1 and scrolled down next season episode list. I mean wtf. Every dude who gets killed in this show gets an extra couple bullets in the head. Except one guy, right!! Capi?? Now I haven’t seen what the explanation is yet so maybe I am just being prematurely whiny. Discuss.

    • nick the smooth dick says:
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      @Peacecoast: No spoilers, I’m only halfway thru season 1!

    • Grey

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      Capi really? Ugh, I’m headed to NYC this weekend for Tout, would prefer no nothing… You gotta watch season 2 first, I refuse to delve into spoilers…

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Its early in the week and more towards the New England area. You should be good.

        • Grey

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          Hope so!

      • Peacecoast says:
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        hope there are no marathons or parades or some shit like last year capi? (was that last year?).

      • Peacecoast says:
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        hope there are no marathons or parades or some shit like last year capi? (was that last year?).

        • Grey

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          Oh man that was the worst! That was two years ago… But this year might challenge for worst since it’s in…Staten Island!

  49. knucks says:
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    This question goes back to another commenter’s post that I’ve been thinking about since last week. I’m in a 6×6 10 team Keeeper. We keep 5 players forever, no round forfeits.

    R/ HR / RBI / SB / OBP / SLG
    QS / Ks/ ERA / WHIP/ Saves / Holds

    Keepers: Harper, Treat, Machado, Bellinger, Robbie Ray

    I have the 4th overall pick in the draft. Based off everyone’s rosters, I expect at least one of the following 6 players to be available for me at that pick. Can you rank the top 3 that you’d target from this list for this league?

    Hoskins
    Rendon
    Ohtani (ESPN, so he’s one player)
    Acuna
    Severino
    Strasburg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins, Acuna, Rendon

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Perfect. Was trying to gauge when to take Acuna. Thank you!

        • Big Magoo

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          @knucks: In a keep forever league, I’d rank Acuna first there. Looks like Marte with more power. As good as Hoskins looks (especially in an OBP format), that’s much harder to find than a mid-30s power bat.

  50. AdamH says:
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    12 team keeper league H2H no keeper costs. Would you keep Schoop or Robbie Ray as your 5th keeper?

    My 4 keepers so far are Altuve, Rendon, Benintendi, Buxton

    My prospects/free keepers are Hoskins and Acuna. We have no MI position and only one Utility slot.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Ray

  51. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly roto with two keepers per team which must be taken in 4th round or later. debating between story in the 21st (for two years) or moncada in the 19th (for 3 years). too close to call? any preference?

    different subject, binged Schitts Creek over the last couple weeks? ever watch? catherine ohara is pretty amazing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Close…Story… Nah, never even heard of it…Watch Gomorra!

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: thanks.

        Gamorra is next in my queue. Needed something a bit lighter. Ohara, Eugene Levy and Chris Elliot. First 3 seasons available on Netflix (fourth is going right now on Pop or some random network).

        • Grey

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          Ah, nice, I didn’t realize they were in it, I love all of them…

  52. Cram It says:
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    Salfino’s clock expired. He comes in later and apologizes saying he was working on a football column for 538, then has the nerve to push the article link in the chatroom. Freakin’ guy!

    • Grey

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      HA! Classic

  53. RomaPizzaStuart says:
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    Hey Grey how much do you think Drury and walkers signings will affect Gleyber s value in a keeper league? Was set in keeping him as 25th rounder but now am wondering if I should keep Marwin Gonzalez, cespedes or Luis Castillo instead (all also 25th rds)? Thanks Grey

    • Grey

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      Meh, Gleyber wasn’t supposed to come up in my mind until Sept anyway… Irrelevant for him

      • RomaPizzaStuart says:
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        @Grey: fair enough I’m leaning towards Castillo than at this point I think yoenis injuries scare me and somdoes Marwin playing time

        • Grey

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          That makes sense

  54. chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Draft question: 12 team league, h2h, 3 keeper league…

    i have as keeper Arenado, Encarnacion, and Strasburg.

    the draft starts at rd 4, but last year I dealt my Pick 4 and 5.

    In view of this, I’m planing to take the best offensive player at Rd. 6, the best SP available on rd 7,… Planing on taking Acuña at rd 8 and then SP in rd 9, and then Matt Olson in RD 10???

    If all works out… trying to draft potential without my first 2 picks of the draft available…. Do you see this as workable or would I be reaching?? Thanks Mr. Grey!!

    • Grey

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      Makes sense to me without knowing specifics

  55. Big Magoo

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    Finally have my second draft tomorrow night. I drew the 7th pick. Chomping at the bit after seeing all of the RCL and slow draft results being posted here.

    After owning Bedrosian last year, all I can say is good luck to whoever decides to partake in that mess. The Sciosciapath will have you regretting that decision by mid-April. I’d rather take a chance on the Cardinals situation. Could grab Norris and Leone cheaply and hope that one of them runs with the job.

    Just saw that Vogt had a setback with his shoulder. Pina looks like an interesting option in two catcher leagues for those who decide to punt their 2nd. Might go .270/15. Jett Bandy is garbage. He shouldn’t see much playing time.

    Finished the slow draft yet?

    • Grey

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      Don’t disagree, but did draft Bedrosian in the 24th round of a 15 teamer of NFBC, so fine taking risk that late… It won’t be pretty though as you accurately point out… I saw someone say Pina was glove first, but I agree with you, I don’t mind him as a 2nd catcher…Vogt sounds headed for a 175 ABs type year… In the 38th round, here’s my last 12 picks:

      NFBC

      • Grey

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        After CarGo was signed by Rox, I went into a free fall of spending on OFs as you see

        • Big Magoo

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          @Grey: Those drafts really live up to their name, eh? Nothing wrong with Bedrosian at pick 300+. Might as well take a shot there. I was thinking that he’s a reach around 250 or earlier.

          I like most of these picks. Pence will likely be useful for you at some point. Same with Andriese. It can be tough to find starting pitching that won’t destroy your ratios this deep, but he should be a decent matchup guy (just avoid the Yankees and Red Sox starts).

          Any other pert drafts coming up?

          • Grey

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            Yeah, I’m just trying to get IP and ABs… I took Dahl and didn’t plan on him being my upside flyer (usually wait on that), but he is now, and Adames is same… I have Tout Wars this coming weekend, headed to NYC (actually Staten Island is where it’s being held, don’t ask)…

            • Big Magoo

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              @Grey: I still like Dahl… until the Rockies sign Reynolds, that is. Think he’ll see some ABs… Adames is definitely more of a boom or bust pick. The Rays are likely to be extra cautious with the clocks of their youngsters… Good luck at Tout. Do you know your draft slot yet?

              • Grey

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                It’s auction…

                • Big Magoo

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                  @Grey: Nice. Curious to see who you get outside of Bauer and Mancini (if AL Only) or Bellinger, Puig, and Wacha (if NL)…

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Big Magoo: Magoo! I got in a league. NL Only dynasty with FAAB and NFBC lineup locks

            • Big Magoo

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              @BJFOHOHL: Nice! That sounds right up yours and Ralph’s alley. Should be fun.

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Big Magoo: I got the first pick and its OBP. I dont want to draft Turner for the whole long term dependent on speed thing so Im mulling over Bryant, Nolan, Freeman, Bellinger and Rizzo. Im not considering Hrper because its NL only and if he signs AL im fucked. Im looking at guys locked in for a long time in the NL with a corner spot

                • Big Magoo

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                  @BJFOHOHL: I like Bryant there

      • J.D. says:
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        @Grey: I loved your Tyson Ross pick in the round after this. #TheMomentYouRememberYourePlayingWithAPro

  56. Keeperleague says:
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    Keeper league:

    Give rizzo to get either altuve or mookie Betts?

    What if it’s give rizzo and severino for one of the above? Can only keep 6 players/ year. (Severino is a 7th keeper for me, so I wouldn’t keep either way, have Bellinger and goldy at 1st already. Trying to improve my 6 if you think either is a upgrade on rizzo)

    As always. Thanks

    • Grey

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      I’d take Altuve or Betts, that order…And give Severino if not keeping

  57. Scott Steelers says:
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    So… I can either keep Trea Turner rd 1 OR keep Schoop rd 11 and have a 1st rd pick. Looking like machado or correa. Other keepers are Bellinger and Jose ramirez
    So which side would you go with? I’m leaning machado/correa and schoop. Cheap speed later

  58. bluemeenie says:
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    Grey, on a semi-serious note in regards to Delino.

    If he does come out of spring training with the lead off job in Texas giving him say 600+ AB’s

    what do you see his line being from a 1B/2B/3B line even with a low long ball total?

    160/30/15 more/less?

    just gauging if he is still on the board in my league at the end of the draft if he may be worth a cheap pickup if he gets me 200+ points…. (im in a hitters league puts value only 1b/2b/3b/HR’s..)

    • Grey

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      Meh, maybe… Seems optimistic… Maybe 140/30/5

      • bluemeenie says:
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        @Grey:

        so just based on that in my league is 190 points then you throw in 6-10 HR’s which puts me around 210-220 points for my sixth man with my last pick. maybe worth the risk. :)

        I’d still be more excited if Yolando was confirmed the every day starter in Cleveland….but i doubt it.

        Thanks Grey!

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