When January Grey was working on the rankings, I doubt he ever thought he’d be setting up February Grey to write an overrated post on Joe Mauer.  January Grey, “Don’t be mad cause I’m doing me better than you doing you (repeat 3 times).”  Here was a guy (Mauer, not January Grey or Childish Gambino) who hasn’t done well in years.  Not just last year.  In 2012, he was completely healthy and played in 147 games and notched 545 at-bats.  Both marks would be generous to give any everyday player, so it had nothing to do with missing games due to catching.  If you said to me you can draft Miguel Cabrera but you’ll only get 147 games and 545 at-bats, I’d take it in a second.  In 2012, Mauer was also 29 years old and had Morneau for 134 games and a 35-homer Willingham in the lineup with him.  Plouffe hit 24 homers that year and Denard Span and Ben Revere were getting on base and stealing bases.  This wasn’t a bad Twins team.  Not good, but not bad.  They were 16th in the major leagues for runs scored and 10th for OBP.  That year Mauer had the stat line of 81/10/85/.319/8.  Shoot, I must’ve did something wrong.  Hold on, I need to say it louder — That year Mauer had the stat line of 81/10/85/.319/8!  Oh, well, I thought balloons might drop from my ceiling after I said his line.  Maybe it wasn’t so good even though he had a healthy 545 at-bats.  Anyway, why is Joe Mauer overrated for 2014 fantasy baseball?

Last year, Mauer got a year older (crazy!) and missed the last month-plus with a concussion.  Now, he’ll be 31 years old and potentially dealing with concussion side effects.  Last year, the Twins weren’t nearly as good as the mediocre team they were in 2012.  They were 25th in the league in runs and 20th in OBP.  Sure, you can argue that Mauer wasn’t around for 6 weeks last year so it hurt the entire Twins team, but if you look at the 2014 Twins lineup and think they’re gonna be good, you’re dopier than you look.  I’m honestly confused why some ‘perts have ranked him in the… wait for it, here it comes, hmm, where is it?  I thought I put it in my front pocket.  Let me go check my glove compartment.  Damn, it’s not here either.  One second… Oh, crap, I’m a moron, it was in my back pocket the whole time.  So, some ‘perts have Joe Mauer in the… 1st round!  Okay, that’s bizzonkers.  In 2009, he was a legitimate 1st rounder.  Hasn’t been since and definitely isn’t now.  But, beyond that, ESPN has him ranked 62nd overall, Yahoo has him 57th, and CBS has him other sites have him 46th, 25th or 60th, depending on who you’re reading.  A guy on a miserable offensive team coming back from a concussion with catcher eligibility is still a guy with catcher eligibility that is coming back from a concussion on a miserable team.  You can cut that a million ways, it’s still yawnstipating.  What’s the best case scenario?  A .350 average, ten homers, 90 runs, 90 RBIs and 5 steals?  That sounds like the best case scenario for Martin Prado too.  Yay.  High five.  Super.  Buy yourself an ice cream cone.  To think Mauer will suddenly win you a fantasy league because he’s playing 1st base with catcher eligibility is you outsmarting yourself.  You’re reaching for things that make you think you’re smart and wily, but really you’re grasping at straws.  Joe Mauer is no guarantee for 140+ games at first base just like Morneau wasn’t the year after his concussion and the Twins might be the worst offense the major leagues ever spit up.  Do yourself a favor and pass on Mauer even if everyone is telling you he’s going to be great just because he’s at first base.

 
  1. gareth says:
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    Mauer is a member of the “One stat club.” Average.

    Hes joined in the one stat club by Giancarlo. HR.

    Never underestimate the effect of a putrid offense I say!

    • Charlie says:
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      @gareth:

      Really curious to read Grey’s take on Giancarlo in the one stat (HR) category. While I can’t argue with hit too much since the rest of the Marlins is horrible I don’t you have to realize that one, home runs are a lot harder to come by than average is, it’s a much less flukey and luck driven category, the homerun stat is harder to come by than avg, and in general, home runs are tied in to rbis whereas avg may not be.

      I think Stanton is somewhat of a one trick pony but his trick holds more value than Mauer’s and Stanton is also 24, not 31.

      • Charlie says:
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        @Charlie:

        Wow, apparently my ability to type is really poor this morning, this should read…

        Really curious to read Grey’s take on Giancarlo in the one stat (HR) category. While I can’t argue with it too much since the rest of the Marlins are horrible I think you have to realize that one, home runs are a lot harder to come by than average is, two it’s a much less fluky and luck driven category, three the homerun stat is harder to come by than avg, and in general, home runs are tied in to rbis whereas avg may not be.

        I think Stanton is somewhat of a one trick pony but his trick holds more value than Mauer’s and Stanton is also 24, not 31.

        • Natty Boh says:
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          @Charlie: agreed. HR’s are tied into runs as well. That being said, I’d prefer to let someone else draft Stanton.

          • Peets says:
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            @Natty Boh: Just curious if you were in a forever keepers league, still prefer let someone else draft slugger Stanton?

            • Charlie says:
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              @Peets:

              He’s my second target with my second round pick in my keeper league.

    • MyNameIs?MyNameIs? says:
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      @gareth: he also scores a lot of runs for a catcher and matches most in RBIs…so he’s not really a one stat guy.

  2. Sky

    Sky says:
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    But Grey, positional scarcity + high BA – counting stats / good looks = quality pick! Clearly Rudy just hasn’t built the tool to prove it.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: I believe that is similar to the Jeter effect that was positional scarcity+high BA + plays in NY/good looks + bangs a lot of broads

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @J-FOH:

        How is “bang a lot a broads” not an official category yet?!?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I envy Jeter’s game in more ways than one…Biel? Johannsen? Kinda hate him a little bit

        • Shawn of the livid says:
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          @Sky: See the lingerie model he’s with now? Damn him. Hopefully the transition into retirement isn’t too stressful for him. More money than he can spend, endless gorgeous women to have sex with, treated like he’s the prince in New York……. I hate him a little too.

    • MyNameIs?MyNameIs? says:
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      @Sky: based on your football sleepers last year I’m not sure that you know a quality pick

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Not everyone can call Nyjer Morgan for 28 HRs in 2010, I guess.

        • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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          @Sky: have no idea what you’re talking about, as usual. Did i say that tongue-in-cheek in 2010? If I did, way to get the joke and way to look that up. Maybe you do have time for football.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I’m guessing your poor projections on Yovani Gallardo were a joke too, then. Because only when it’s correct is it you being accurate and factual. Convenient life to live.

            • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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              @Sky: well I really don’t remember what I posted on a message board back in 2010, but I do vaguely remember making a bunch of ridiculous projections as a way of poking fun at others. My guess is that in the case of Gallardo, I was mocking Greys love affair with him. If you couldn’t realize this, or that a ludicrous projection of 28 homeruns for N.Morgan was not serious, than you’re less intelligent than you even come across in your posts…and I can’t help you.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Nah it wasn’t on here. You wouldn’t have the nerve to produce any ideas or information of your own creation on a site you disrespect everyone on.

                • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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                  @Sky:

                  1) regardless of where the projection was, it’s obvious a projection of 28 homeruns for N.Morgan (career 4 home runs going into that season) is not serious, along with other projections I stated at the same time. It’s kinda like me stating today that J.Pierre is gonna hit 28 homers or that Kershaw is going to have a 5.50 era.

                  2) I don’t proclaim myself a “‘pert” so it really doesn’t matter what I project anyone for. When I start authoring fantasy sports articles on the Internet, you’ll be the first to know and then you can hold me accountable for my projections. Until then, don’t compare a guy writing articles on a website to a guy who posts comments. Me saying N.Morgan will hit 28 homeruns is nonsense; however, when a guy writing articles on razzball (for example) has sleeper posts for V.Brown, C.Givens, S.Bradford, C.Ivory….well he can get called out on it.

                  3) from time to time I do produce ideas or information that differs from this site and it’s disciples opinions. I do it quite often actually, which is where the friction on here comes from..in case you can’t follow. I actually did it just today…in this very thread: If Mauer gets 500 at bats (a projection grey gave him) he will be better than the 221st best player. Maybe in 2018 you can dig that up and recite it for me.

                  • Sky

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                    1) It’s obvious because you were wrong. It’s ok to be wrong. You’ve been wrong before. You’ll be wrong again many times. It’s the nature of life

                    2) Rather than discussing injuries, I’ll just say you were right. My calls were wrong. I had plenty of correct calls in season as well. But like you said, you’re just in the comments so I’ll give the weight of what you say just as much as you’ve given it.

                    3) You did do that on Mauer’s post. I was going to commend you for it but you haven’t learned how to talk like a big boy with me or many others yet so civility isn’t something you’ve earned. ‘Bill James Lover’, ‘Bill James’, ‘Bill James Is My Hero’…yeah, you keep telling yourself that you have your own opinion. You attack others for appreciating a free site and then go around shouting about another man’s projections being right 2 years after the fact. You stand on the work of others to look down at someone else and make it your sticking point. That’s not having your own opinion, that’s parroting the work of others and then slandering every commenter on here with how they appreciate the work that Grey or others do. It’s called duplicity.

                    In the end, you’re either here to have intelligent discourse or to be a troll. You can’t have both. Would love to see more of the former and less of the latter. Your ‘call each other’ quips with regards to JFOH and I under your millions of pseudos would be appreciated and funny if they weren’t followed up by your response to me on here; again duplicity. It’s a fun site. I’ve disagreed with Grey plenty. Same with Rudy and all the other guys. I’m the one writing sleeper posts about guys that Grey didn’t even rank (Tyson Ross) so contrary to your stance of this site not being a democracy, it actually is. But I try to present it better than your approach. But like you said earlier you don’t care since it’s just the internet, so this last paragraph probably is gonna fall on deaf ears. Here’s me saying I hope not.

                    • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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                      @Sky: it’s not falling on deaf ears at all. I do enjoy the sites content, or I wouldn’t have been on here for years. I actually found this site and began reading it when many of todays daily posters didn’t know what razzball was. I do have some issues on here, and while I admit I sometimes go about expressing them the wrong way, here they are…since we’re putting it all out there:

                      1) there is a reluctance on here to admit that the site may have just made a bad call. If a guy is dubbed “overrated” in the preseason, excuses will be made all year long as to why he’s doing well when he shouldn’t be, but to the point where the arguments lacks logic and stats to back it up are cherry picked ridiculously. And I’m not talking about a guy clearly playing over his head with unsustainable peripherals. The reverse is also true when a guy is a “sleeper”…excuses are made as to why he should be better. This happened a lot with Rutledge last year. Even as he was being sent down, it was written in articles that the Rockies (a major league organization) were making a mistake because Razzball was right and that he was still on a 20/20 pace, like the projections said. Just say you botched that one. Everyone’s done it.

                      2) the site constantly mocks other people/sites for their bold stances, while priding themselves on having bold out-of-the-box projections themselves. You can’t have it both ways. You can respectfully disagree (as you have asked me to do) but no need to make a mockery of other respected sites/people. I realize it’s all in good fun, but Bill James was destroyed on here for over a year. If rotoworld has mauer as the #10 player, respect it and move on. There’s a bit of hypocrisy here: when I mention bill James ultimately being right about Davis, he still gets knocked because he was too early on it; when we talk about A.Sanchez, grey gets a pat on the back for calling the breakout early. See the contradiction? You guys are a little intolerant of opposition.

                      3) this isn’t really the sites issue, but any opposition to the site whatsoever, respectfully or not, is met with heavy criticism by your commenters. They’re as bad as I am, only they side with you guys so it’s ignored. Some of the commenters on Mauer made like it was asinine to consider Mauer anything more than end game fodder. I’m usually not respectful because it’s not given on here, unless you’re grey getting it from his followers.

                      4) the commenters love affair with grey is out of hand. I get appreciating the site, but I can’t even respectfully disagree with the guy without ten people bashing my opposing thoughts, as if trying to win Greys affection by doing so. It’s kinda creepy. Again, this isn’t the sites fault, but irritating nonetheless.

                      The site is informative, but I do differ in opinion a bit on some of the basic principles on here. Having said all that, I do enjoy the content and I’ll try to show my appreciation in the future by being more constructive in my criticism. I enjoy constructive, intelligent arguing as much as the next guy, but sometimes it’s hard on here. The commenters especially, but sometimes even the authors don’t like differing opinions, even if done respectfully.

                    • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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                      @Sky: all that is fair, and your point about Grey engaging all his commenters is well taken. It is an aspect of this site that I tend to overlook, but I can completely understand why the others flock to his defense when he does respond personally to all their questions. I even respected the way he went back and forth with me about Mauer, knowing that I’m the a**hole that makes problems on here for him. He could’ve ignored it or gave me a one word answer.

                      Despite the hard time I’ve given you guys, the site is great and has come a long way. I do respect the work put into it and it is one of the sources to refer to during draft time.

                      And I do appreciate you taking the time here…you could’ve easily ignored it. Im sure I’ll be talking to you in the comment section.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      That’s cool man. And if you bring up a valid point and I see others crapping on it out of fandom, I’ll do my best to back you. Site should be open to everyone, not just for those who agree with the content 100%.

                      I think Grey responded because you created a good subject/conversation and approached it well. I wanted to chime in but was worried it would be taken the wrong way given the context of our previous communications. Glad to know we can banter now. Love the preseason. Everyone is right and no one is wrong. Proof comes as the season unfolds but it’s fun to discuss.

                    • Prez says:
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                      I think this went well, fellas… So Tuesday at 5pm we’ll work on “appreciating your partner”.. read pages 34-89 of your “Just breathe and Relieve” journal and remember, its just fantasy sports.. okay? Thank you guys, have a great day!

                  • Tehol Beddict says:
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                    @WhoAmI?WhoAmI?: GOOD GOD!!!! who is this legend ??!?!? WHo am I, WHo are YOu??!? I just wasted my entire morning reading your back and forth with Sky. I was hoping for a full on war yet you guys talked it out like Buddha would with Jesus. Lets amp it up a little bit and start making threats, or if you’re not going to do that, please state so in the beginning so instead of reading further I can just watch porn instead.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict: you want threats tehol??? I’m gonna shank your ass in the writers league. Watch your back hommie, you got a target on it and I got a shiv…..

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict: ivory, when used, was very good. Wasn’t Bradford like 12 best or so fantasy QB when he got injured? Sky never claimed the dude was gonna be top 8. Rutledge had I believe the worst BABIP in baseball when they sent him down, if that would’ve been neutral i think he should’ve been hitting like mid 260’s at time of demotion.

                    • Prez says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict: HAHA, Tehol! thats like the first funny thing youve ever said…. congrats man!

  3. Troy: The Collector

    troy says:
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    i didnt help but notice iwakuma fell quite a bit in ur ratings, thought he wouldnt be out to long. read maybe middle to late april. Why the sudden change in wins and strike outs? how many starts do you expect him to miss? and got offered a trade in a league i recently drafted. my a garcia, matt moore and chris tillman for alex gordon and matt cain. almost have to accept this right?

    • Miles says:
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      @troy: pitching is so deep do you really want to go for a guy who is already hurt at the start of the season? There are better/safer options

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @Miles: he was also injury prone in Japan…

      • Troy: The Collector

        Troy says:
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        @Miles: lol the draft is over, lol and based off of Greys rankings before the injury y wouldn’t you go for him? I no he was injury prone in japan as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @troy: He lost 40 innings in my projections… I wouldn’t touch him now…

  4. Miles says:
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    I still chuckle when I think about that ‘pert in your mock draft that went something like… Kershaw, Mauer, Kipnis, Santana

    • Spammer Jay says:
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      @Miles: was thinking the same thing. If you read his explanations for the picks, he’s clearly puffing smoke because he admits his whole draft is against his established strategies.

  5. Piranhaman says:
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    Grey, i saw your pre-draft ranking all night. That’s awesome!

    One question, you ranked Profar much higher than Bogearts.

    I wonder what caused that. Bogearts’ uncertain role? Can i have your answer? :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Piranhaman: Yeah, I don’t trust Bogaerts as much to play every day… Or succeed… Or bat above 9th… For this year…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        will play only at short , during spring training ,
        according to boston globe .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He should

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @Piranhaman: thanks, Nick and Grey :)

  6. LT Murray IV

    Tehol Beddict says:
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    He’s got nothing on Mauer with Power

  7. gareth says:
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    I feel if martin prado and joe Mauer were in a room with grey he could belittle them quite easily.

  8. yo says:
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    Would you trade Votto for Cano in a standard 5×5 roto keeper league?

    • @yo: Like Votto’s counting stats to bounce back and I’m concerned with Cano being shipped to where baseball bats go to die.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @yo:
      yep .
      you’ll find a replacement 1st baseman .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yo: Basically a push, don’t see a reason for it, but it’s fair…

      • yo says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  9. bossmanjunior says:
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    Based on recent ADPs, who are the catchers that present the best value in your opinion? Right now Ramos and Castro are both going late (around 170+) and seem to be my targets. However, guys like Rosario and McCann aren’t going as early as I thought (around 120). Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Whichever one I like that I can get after pick 200… Ramos and Castro work for me…

      • MyNameIs?MyNameIs? says:
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        @Grey: does that include Mauer? :)

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: In mock drafts I’ve done, I’ve been able to get Lucroy in the 160-180 range. I feel like it’s better to reach for him 20 picks above those guys.

        • Grey

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          That’s fine

  10. HWY68 says:
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    Nice article, Grey.

    What do you think of d’Arnaud in shallow leagues? Worth a gamble?

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: If he can actually stay healthy all year and play in ~140 games (big if, of course), what would you give him for a projected line?

        • Grey

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          @Chris: See my rankings

  11. Willy says:
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    Morning Grey…nice write up as usual!

    I’m in a twelve team sal based keeper with 130 mil cap for this season. We keep 12 and draft 13… 6by6 with OPS and K/BB.

    I just traded george springer and a 2nd round pick (actually a 14th rounder because we start at 13th) for Bruce and a tenth round pick (actually a 22nd rounder)….earlier this offseason I was short on quality keepers so i traded my 5th round pick (actually a 17th rounder) for spinger. With that in mind, i actually traded the 2nd rounder and 5th rounder for Bruce. Here’s my 12 keepers now:

    Pujols
    Altuve
    Segura
    Arenado
    Jones
    Bautista
    Bruce
    J Hamilton
    Kershaw
    Ryu
    Archer
    Kluber

    How did I do?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Willy: you did well. People forget that this is just Bruce’s age 27 season…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Willy: Thanks! I like it…

  12. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    I’d draft Mauer if he wore one of those Olerud helmets with an Expos logo.

  13. Pb&j with a baseball bat says:
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    Is there an auction draft strategy post coming in the near future? I have my first one ever coming up and I’m not sure how to budget my spending. Is it a good idea to avoid spending more than $25 on any one player ($260 total budget) and have a well rounded team? Or should I snatch up a couple big names with big bids and fill in the rest of the team with scrubs? I got questions, ya’ll!!

    • Tender B. says:
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      @Pb&j with a baseball bat: I would not suggest filling your team in with scrubs, that would be the worst idea. But if you go big and then fill in your roster with potential sleepers/value picks (vs scrubs) you could win that way. I’ve won my auction league going both ways. I would suggest setting a pitching/hitting budget (maybe 65/35) and sticking to it as closely as you can. If you want to go big at a position or two (or four) figure out what the deals will be at other positions to counteract that. If you really think someone is going to have a good year, be willing to go the few extra dollars. Avoid bidding wars. Throw out players that you don’t want but that others will so that you can get them to spend their money. Figure out your league mates tendencies. Don’t just bid on players you want, throw everyone else off by bidding up players others really want (just don’t push it too far, you don’t want to get stuck with them). Have more money than anyone else at the end as this is where you can outbid for a lot of the late round talent. Do your homework, come into the draft as the smartest guy in the room and you’ll be fine.

      • Jason says:
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        @Tender B.: you go both ways? Interesting.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @PB&J with a baseball bat: $175/$85 oops I meant to reply to you…and don’t leave with any $ left over…

            • Wake Up says:
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              @PB&J with a baseball bat: You’d be surprised…when everyone is going for $1 at the end and you can’t even spend it all…also, agree w/ Rabbit you can go over early on one or two guys as long as you’re getting value…think grocery store…you brought $260 you need to use all the coupons and leave with $285 in food!

              • @Wake Up: I’m really looking forward to the draft since we’re doing it offline. I’ll get to try and read people rather than when I’ve done the offline snake drafts and everyone just calls out their pick and that’s the end of it.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Tender B.: $175/$85…

      • Rabbit says:
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        @Tender B.: You’re gonna love the auction format–much more interesting and complex than snake drafts. Tender’s got some good insights there; I’d say the most important one is to figure out your leaguemates’ tendencies toward the start. Every league is different, and even every year’s auction within the same league will be different. Zig where everyone is zagging; that’s how you get the best deals and avoid paying too much. The one point I know I differ with Grey on is the don’t pay more than $30 rule. The key is to get value; if you’ve got Trout valued at $45 based on your league’s settings and you can get him for $35, or even $40, I would go for it. Nothing is guaranteed in fantasy baseball, but when you have the opportunity to get near-certain top level production for less than you value it, you should take it.

        • @Rabbit: Thanks Rabbit. I’m sure I’ll have a few more questions by next week when the auction post comes out. Those are good tips to get me in the correct mindset.

      • Andrew A says:
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        @Tender B.:

        compare what players are sold for vs. what they should be selling for. If people look to be overspending, try to wait it out. If they are not spending enough, jump in to get the deals because people will realize they have too much money in the middle portion of the draft.

  14. Snake Hips says:
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    Joe Mauer was a prom king.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Snake Hips: He went with a girl that wore a sweater that had a kitten on it…

  15. Charles says:
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    Grey circa preseason 2010: “Joe Mauer – Just went over the overrated Mauer overrated post. But I felt that I needed to address the two elephants in the room again. Mauer’s HR/FB rate was through the roof last year. In 2008, he hit 139 fly balls and 9 homers. In 2009, 137 fly balls and 28 homers. There’s no way he hits 28 homers again. Then throw in the wear and tear he takes at his position and how he’s already battled more injuries than the “merely a flesh wound” guy. Then throw in he’s tops at a weak position. I.e., is there that much difference between him and Napoli? Sure, on average and Runs. Not much elsewhere. See catcher, punt catcher. ” – and that’s me quoting you!

  16. costaricanchata says:
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    ” i like fantasy sports and sarcasm …”

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Nick the Podcast Host: is it a new and improved pod “Now with 25% more fantasy sports and sarcasm”

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Nick the Podcast Host: When is the podcast starting up? I’m stuck listening to Fangraphs’ podcast at the moment. They shat on Gyorko in the most recent one. WTF

  17. El Famous Burrito says:
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    I like the rankings posts, I like the sleeper posts, I like Rudy’s mathstrology posts, but let’s face it; the internet was made for crapping on people.

    I love the Schmohawk posts.

  18. KB says:
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    Phew! It had been since Saturday since the last “Mauer is terrible” post on Razzball. I was starting to get worried!

    I get the downside, but there is a reason so many have him around 60th overall, because he has that potential (finished 63rd in 2012) and he has some upside with the position switch. Napoli had a fantastic year moving to 1B full-time in ’13 and all the sudden his hip issue was a non-issue. Mauer has better SLG stats in his career when playing 1B/DH and should have a lot of aches/pains gone. I don’t think anyone is predicting a repeat of ’09, but something like 15 HR and 160+ R/RBI and a .325 BA is nothing to sneeze at from C and it should allow some flexibility elsewhere in your lineup to acquire home runs or stolen bases w/o as much concern over BA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KB: Napoli and Mauer are apples and oranges… Mauer’s basically Salvador Perez…

      • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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        @Grey: actually Napoli switching from C to 1B the year before Mauer does it and then using one as an example for the other is not apples to oranges. In fact, it’s the definition of apples to apples.

        • Sky

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          @WhoAmI?WhoAmI?: Alex Rodriguez moving from SS to 3B vs Kyle Seager going from SS to 3B…apples to oranges. The position doesn’t change their skill set.

        • Grey

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          Napoli and Mauer weren’t the same player before and won’t be after…