Jose Ramirez fouled a ball off his knee and was carted off the field.  *long, painful swallow*  Say what now?  Thankfully, it turned out Jose Ramirez simply has a knee contusion and was carted off the field because he had reached his steps for the day.  *claps hands*  “Okay, guys, call me a cab, my FitBit says I’m done-zo.”  That’s Jose Ramirez once he reaches 10,000 steps.  I hear ya, Jo-Ram!  I once sat down on an escalator because I had reached my “floors” for the day.  I’m not over-exercising and dying young.  Nuh-uh!  You don’t mess with age expectancy.  I’m already down on Ramirez in a non-sexual way, so this doesn’t change my stance on him, and, if you like him, it doesn’t sound like it should change your feelings either, since he appears healthy.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Matt Olson – Suffered a hamate bone injury in Japan and had it removed, forcing him out for at least six weeks.  Hopefully, the bone was removed and used in a Hamatsu ramen to savor the bone before saying goodbye.  “So much pain, but so much umami!”  I’ve moved Olson down in my top 500 and top 20 1st basemen.  This is awful news for him, since hamate bone surgery usually zaps a player’s power.

Jesus Luzardo – Shut down for six weeks with a muscle strain in his shoulder.  No, not the Luzardo King.  Can’t the A’s have anything nice…*sees wall poster of Gene Tenace jumping on Vida Blue*…in the last 40 years?  I had Luzardo buried in my top 100 starters because I was never drafting him, and this obviously doesn’t change that.

Corey Knebel – Has a UCL issue.  He’s headed for a second opinion.  He’s done.  Sorry, Knebel, no one believes this stunting.  I’ve removed him from my rankings.

Chase Anderson – Was moved to the bullpen.  He was removed from the rotation and my rankings.  I apologize; I was too high on him and he might’ve cost some of you a draft pick.  I will now flagellate my back with a tree branch like a Dan Brown character.

Corbin Burnes – Added to the Brewers’ rotation and added to my top 100 starters.  His numbers don’t jump off the page at me, which is good since I’m not sure I can take that kind of fright.  I love me some Woodruff; I’d try that Freddy Peralta shizz.  Burnes?  All right, I guess so.  Notice the varying levels of enthusiasm?  Good, that was the goal.

Jimmy Nelson – Soreness in his elbow.  Sometimes the allure of filling the Tommy John surgery stamp card is just too great.

Alex Reyes – Will open the season in the bullpen.  It’s a long season and I bet we see some starts from him, but I wouldn’t bet too much because it also wouldn’t shock me if he recorded more saves than starts.

Dakota Hudson – Will be the 5th starter for the Cardinals. I can’t believe the Cardinals accepted a bribe from Goldie Hawn to have her youngest daughter get the 5th rotation spot.  Hudson’s profile (6 K/9, 3.5 BB/9) suggests he’d be better in the minors, and I wouldn’t grab him outside of very deep leagues.

Rich Hill – Hurt his knee and MRI showed a Grade 1 strain of his MCL.  Only surprised he doesn’t have a blister on his knee.  The medical term for Hill’s knee ailment is a kneecompoop.  I didn’t adjust his rankings; I never imagined he’d throw a full season.  No one should’ve imagined that. Injuries are baked into Rich Hill’s value like pot is baked into brownies.  Julio Urias will start the year in the rotation, but he can’t throw more than 100 IP this year, so his value doesn’t change dramatically either.

Alex Cobb – Dealing with groin soreness.  Cobb is such a knob.

Chance Sisco – Sent to Triple-A, because the O’s have Jesus Sucre and Pedro Severino, i.e., the blahtoon of “Sweet Jesus, they suck.”

Ronald Acuña Jr.Braves announced Tildaddy will hit cleanup.  One of the best 1, 2 or 3 hitters will hit 4th, as Snitker really satisfies curiosity.  I updated my top 10 and top 100 for his new projections, but I’m not entirely convinced he won’t be hitting leadoff, 2nd or, you guessed it, 3rd as early as May 1st.

Bryse Wilson – With Gausman and Faultyelbowitz headed to the IL (which is short for ill), Wilson, Kyle Wright and sometimes Max Fried will be in the Braves’ rotation. This is going to come as a surprise for people but I prefer Bryse Wilson to Wright (or Fried).  At only 21 years of age, Bryce has so major poyse.  In Triple-A, he had 11.5 K/9 and 1.2 BB/9 in only 22 IP, and not much worse in a larger sample size in Double-A (10.4 K/9, 3 BB/9).  He throws 95 MPH and has an above-average slider, and change.  I’d never choose a rookie pitcher for Rookie of the Year-type accolades, but, if I were, Bryse is the type of guy I’d look at.  Now wouldn’t that be Bryse for Wilson.  He was added into the top 80 starters.  As for Wright, he was added into the top 100 starters.  The good news for Wright is he could throw 150+ IP.  The bad news, he looks like a 4.25 ERA pitcher.  Forbade news, don’t draft any Rockies starters besides Marquez.  Wright’s numbers just scream 7.5 K/9, 3.7 BB/9 and 4.40 xFIP, which is so super bleh.  For an upside gamble, I guess you could do worse.  By the by, Bryse Wilson’s name looks swastiky on his player page:

Greg Holland – Named the Diamondbacks’ closer.  How do you Dutch over your best reliever?  This is how.  My top 500 was updated with Bradley and Holland being fixed.  If only Holland was fixed by taking balls away from him.  I keed, of course, because I bought him for free at Tout Wars.  In an NL-Only league.  Dot dot dot.  Hahahahahaha.  I mean, seriously, ha.

Ian Happ – Sent to Triple-A to start year.  Maddon finally had the last straw with Happ, and not like Maddon’s some eco-nerd that won’t use a plastic straw, though that might be true too, but he’s just done with Happ.  How the once-mighty-who-were-never-mighty-who-were-only-mighty-due-to-our-perceptions have fallen.  I changed his ranking in my top 20 3rd basemen.

Nick Senzel – Sent down to the minors.  I kept his 384 ABs projection in my top 20 3rd basemen the same.  I never expected him to break camp with the club; I do expect him to break bread with Scott Schebler some time in May.

Scooter Gennett – Went down in a heap and had to be carried off the field with a groin injury.  To add insult to injury, they carried him off on a cart as he screamed, “I want my Scooter!”  What an ugly scene it was.  I’m going to pat my brow and sigh thinking about it.  *holds finger to ear bud*  “What’s this?  Senzel has shown incredibly maturity in the 47 minutes he’s been in the minors and is being recalled to play 2nd base?  That’s fantastic!”  Yeah, seems unlikely, but one can dream.  So, Scooter’s out for the next 8-12 weeks.   Hello, new Reds’ 2nd baseman, Derek Dietrich! Until Nick Senzel is quote-unquote ready (in a few weeks).  Scooter was updated in the top 20 2nd basemen.

Willie Calhoun – Was sent down to the minors because the Rangers have Forsythe and no foresight.  Calhoun will be back at some point.  Likely for another team.  Or maybe after he plays overseas for a few years.  “They don’t care about BABIP here, they’re only interested in bibimbap.”  That’s Willie after a few years in Korea.

  1. Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    ops league

    Give Arenado, Conforto

    get Turner, Rendon

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’m gonna be in the minority here because i really believe Conforto is about to go nuts, but I’d want Arenado side

      • Nightmare! says:
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        Greylord!!!!!! Hello and thanks for having me for another installment of Grey’s rules. I’ve missed you.

        My team:

        Realmuto, Rizzo, Albies, DeJong, Chapman, trout, Eaton, Robles, Christin Stewart…….Domingo on the bench

        Nola, Mikolas, Price, archer, arrieta, Gonzales, keuchel, Stroman, Pineda, Ohtani

        RP’s Hand and Robertson

        1) how’d i do? It’s a 12 team points league
        2) what’s with this Christin Stewart? Start him or drop him or Domingo for someone like Smoak, Bell, Winker that’s on the wire.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Turner and Tendon for me.

    • peacecoast says:
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      assuming Treat?

      too close to call

    • Bill Lumbergh says:
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      Arenado side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pretty close, I’d lean Arenado in OPS, but Trea everywhere else

  2. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Hey Grey!!

    So I had my first of 2 drafts last night. This is a third year league but non keeper, my draft Wednesday is a third year keeper so I’ll be lgettibg to you after my draft.

    Anyhow, here it goes. Tell me what you think and what’s i could improve upon via wire or trade (I won this league last year and drafted fifth this year).

    Standard 12 Team H2H 5X5 but instead of AVG it’s OBP

    W S ERA WHIP K
    HR RBI SB OBP R

    C – Ramos
    1B – Bellinger
    2B – Baez
    3B – Andujar
    SS – Mondesei
    OF – Acuña Jr.
    OF – Benintendi
    OF – Robles
    UTIL – Ames Rosario
    UTIL – Domingo Santana
    B – Adames

    SP – Clevinger
    SP – Wheeler
    SP – Bieber
    SP – Kikuchi
    SP – Lucchesi
    SP – E. Rodriguez
    SP – Strahm
    SP – Musgrove
    SP – Woodruff
    RP – LeClerc
    RP – Will Smith
    RP – Holland

    I’m digging my team.

    OBP could be better and same with WHIP, it I can wire.

    Thanks Grey!!!!

    • packers2018 says:
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      Looks low on power, high on SB’s. Pitching is super good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching does look good as packers said, and agree with packers on hitting too

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        Thanks packers and Grey!!

        So you really think my team looks low on power? I was thinking I’m pretty high on power no? I feel like I have all 20-30 homer guys minus a few like Rosario.

        Either way that’s what the wire is for undoubtedly.

        One last q. I’ll have an NA spot and both Alonso and Tatis Jr. weren’t taken. Would you roster either, and if so, I’d assume Alonso since Tatis won’t be called up right away.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, Alonso

  3. RJ Neu says:
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    Good read once again Grey, I hope we know more about this McMahon/Hampson position battle as well! Just drafted my 12-team 6×6 (OPS & QS are the extra categories and we use SV+HD) mixed roto keeper league last night. How’d I do?

    C. Willians Astudillo
    1B. Rhys Hoskins
    2B. Travis Shaw
    3B. Max Muncy
    SS. Adalberto Mondesi
    1B/3B. Ryan McMahon
    2B/SS. Jonathan Schoop
    OF. Mike Trout
    OF. Ronald Acuna Jr.
    OF. Juan Soto
    OF. David Dahl
    OF. Ramon Laureano
    UTIL. Luke Voit

    P. Walker Buehler
    P. German Marquez
    P. Eduardo Rodriguez
    P. Tyler Glasnow
    P. Joe Musgrove
    P. Matt Strahm
    P. Kyle Wright
    P. Wade Davis
    P. Jordan Hicks
    BN. Shohei Ohtani
    BN. Kyle Tucker
    BN. Franmil Reyes

    Thanks for all the help!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Bats are awesome, pitching is a little to upsidey, with no real ace to anchor your staff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Your pitching looks fine, you could have two aces and plenty of SPs — bats are solid, don’t love McMahon, but that’s one small thing

  4. Marti says:
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    Grey I had my 10 team N/L only auction league draft yesterday. Its a keeper league and we announced keepers on Friday and I was shocked at some of the garbage that was kept. Anyway here’s my team. Its a 5 by 5 roto standard categories

    C Cervelli 1
    Goldy 39
    Shaw 20
    J Turner 21 K
    Story 30K
    Wong 1
    Carpenter 18 K
    Yelich 33 K
    Puig 27K
    Acuna 11 K
    Joc Pedersen 11
    Adam Jones 2
    Wilmer Flores 1
    Brandon Crawford 2

    Nola 21 K
    Will Smith 8 K
    L Castillo 11
    Paddack 9
    Maeda 1
    J Gray 2
    Steve Matz 1
    Woodruff 1
    Andrew Miller 1

    Bench Trevor Richards, Roark, Granderson, Quinn, P Lopez, C Pache, A Conley, D Strailey, C Walker, Desalco

    Thoughts on team as a whole. People really over spent leaving a lot of value at pitcher at end of draft. Always appreciate your opinion

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the team! Solid pitching and hitting looks same, bit iffy towards end with Jones and Wong, but not bad at all, those are minors things… if anything you’re low on speed, but barely if at all

      • Marti Harris says:
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        Yeah I figured it’s easier to trade for Speed then it is for power. I was hoping to land another closer but I didn’t have the funds left

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes sense

  5. True and Correct says:
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    12 team NFBC Roto. 4th pick.
    Considering Yelich and either Goldschmidt, Baez, Machado, if any or more are available at 21. Thinking I like all 3.
    What say you.

    • packers2018 says:
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      With the 4th pick don’t be afraid of reaching for Turner, Arenado, JDM, if you like those players more than Yelich. The top 12 ADP guys at the end of the year will look completely different than it does now.
      Benitendi will be available with your 2nd or 3rd pick and he’ll come close to Yelich stats.
      That’s why I say you can get one of the guys I mentioned and kind of get Yelich too.
      You should be able to get Goldy, Freeman, Rizzo or Hoskins as well, if you want a 1BM

      • True and Correct says:
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        Not afraid of reaching. Yelich is 27 yrs. old. Awesome floor for 5 cats. Not Betts or Trout, but he’s as safe a 1st rounder as there is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Baez or Machado w/ Yelich

      • True and Correct says:
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        Thanks Grey !

  6. Bob says:
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    Alex Reyes in the bullpen.. do you think he will be used in higher leverage situations where he can be a decent source of holds and k? There is value in that in my league (s+h) since he qualifies as a starting pitcher and i can use him in a sp spot while owning 3 other relievers in my rp and p spots.

    • MC Thunderpoo says:
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      Yes. Act quick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Thunderpoo

  7. Scott says:
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    Holland’s velocity is down 3 ticks and his spring era is over 12. How the F did he win the job? Arbitration cost for Bradley is messed up if he is their best reliever and being asked to get the toughest outs in most critical situations. His arbitration cost should be a lot higher. I wouldn’t go dropping Bradley just yet. Dbacks last year blew a ton of games late because of meltdowns in the 9th and it cost them a wild card spot. I am shocked that touvello is opening up that door again.

    • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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      I don’t get it either! I’m speculating that Hirano ends up with the job!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, of course, they always do stuff like this — Bradley’s been best reliever there for years

  8. Mike says:
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    Spent my saturday night listening to your top 100 SP podcast and it was being helpful. As a result, I drafted the below team. I think my picking could use some tinkering. How’d I do:

    C:ceverlli
    First:aguliar
    2nd: Ozzie
    3rd: Suarez
    SS: Segura
    2nd/SS: semien
    1st/3rd: hosmer
    OFs: trout, Harper, Soto, malex Smith, Corey Dickerson
    UTL: gurriel
    Bench: grichuck

    SPs: Nola, darvish, tallion, berrios, Lester, Happ, Ryu
    RPs: Doolittle, Matt Barnes, iglesias, Chad greene

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the pitching minus the Cubs, but that’s minor… Your hitting looks low on AVG, but not bad, solid team

  9. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fantastic write-up. Enjoyed!

    a. Some catastrophic injuries right before the start of the season. Sorry to all owners.

    b. My bullpen I drafted

    Raisel Iglesias (128)
    Jordan Hicks (176)
    Betances (185)
    Green (200)
    Ottavino (233)
    Conley (272)

    My current bullpen
    Iglesias
    Hicks
    Green
    Ottavino
    Jeffress
    Minter
    Trivino

    Not perfect but better than day 0 especially with the news on Hicks perhaps being the closer and Knebel’s unfortunate injury report. Minter should also be back soon at least for Ks and WHIP, right?

    c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for March 25

    [From Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein]

    Bud Abbott : It’s only a dummy
    Lou Costello : Dummy nothin’. It was smart enough to scare me.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B. Minter’s prolly droppable at some point soon, but can hold him for now if you have room C. Haha

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        Thanks, man. Added Choi dropping Minter for the stupid hole in the schedule this Friday.

        Yep, Abbott was the brains of the operation.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes sense

  10. Jeffrey Gilden says:
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    Hey Grey –

    Got a trade offer. I’d send Jurickson Profar for Robbie Ray and Tyler White. I really like Profar this year, and Ray, aside from the Ks, scares me, and I don’t know what White’s playing time would be. For context, we play R,RBI, HR, OBP, SLG, and SB / IP, K per 9, SV+HL, QS, WHIP, ERA.

    My MIs are Shaw, Profar, Dozier, and Hampson (2B, SS, MI)
    My S Ps are Snell, Taillon, Berrios, Happ, Paddack, Skaggs, and Strahm

    What do you think?
    Thanks again!

    Jeff

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Your SP’s are solid, you don’t need Ray, you need Profar more, especially if Hampson doesn’t win the job out of camp.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Jeffrey Gilden says:
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        Good point. Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  11. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    Did you read about how Willie Calhoun little just took himself an hours-long laydown on the grass after he got the news he was being sent down? Like, with people coming up to him and saying “Hey, Willie, come play baseball” and him just, like, “Nah!”

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Dude is like a 2 year old. He is a complete bust, especially with his shit attitude..

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      He didnt play for 3 days until he played for the Nashville squad yesterday against the Rangers. He went 0 for 2 with a boneheaded fielding error the 2nd batter of the game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Willie’s taking a load off

  12. Drew says:
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    Holland worth an add with the news that he’s the closer (for now) in AZ? Looking for a Knebel replacement…

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Drew says:
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        Thanks!

        Any thoughts on who closes for the crew, if they don’t sign kimbrel?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hader

  13. Dave D says:
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    Greyt write-up. You are already right on your JoRam skepticism. That didn’t take long…

    Well, I finished my most significant draft, $-wise at least. Overall, I’m very happy. The one area where I know I am possibly weak is SV/ERA. I really wanted Bieber but he went 126 and I was planning to take him at 132, so went with the K-Ray. Guys were going way above ADP for nearly every closer, so I conceded and will do with Allen/Romo (rd. 20) for now. I know a couple of my arms scare you but I got the discounts on Folty/Heaney.

    C-Hicks
    C-Kelly
    1B-Guzman, Moreland
    2B-McNeil
    SS- Story
    3B- Baez
    MI-Peraza
    CI-Fletcher, Biceps
    OF-Sprnger
    OF-Upton
    OF-Castellanos
    OF- Domingo!!!
    OF-Bader
    UTIL- Ohtani, O. Herrera

    SP-Marquez
    SP-Ray
    SP-E.Rod
    SP-Folty (Ok, but at 192)
    SP-Heaney (I know, but at 252)
    SP-Rey Lopez
    SP-Urena
    SP- Lauer
    SP-Chrinos, Barria
    CL- Allen, Romo

    • Dave D says:
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      Whoops, I left out Albies. He’s my back-up 2B I reluctantly took after I got snaked on Rendon. McNeill will slide to CI when he qualifies after 10 games, and Albies will come off the bench and slot 2B, lol.

      • HotStove Heater says:
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        Must be a Mets fan to start Mcneil over Albies or to have Albies as a back up.

        • Dave D says:
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          Actually I’m no Mets fan. I just really like McNeil and am a little frightened by Albies possibly batting 6th. He’s oscillated between 1 and 6 in recent line-ups. If he’s 1 or 2 he could be awesome. He’s high risk, high reward so I guess is my post reflects my mixed feelings about him.

          Maybe I start him over Herrera at UTIL for now and call it a compromise?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is this 15 team?

      • Dave D says:
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        Yes. I take it that its great you’re prompted to ask me that question. Its a 15 team NFBC $$ league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like this team better than the one you drafted in our league… I love the team, great hitting! Only guys I don’t love are Ray, Folty and Lopez, but those are minor points

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, our league was tough. I’ve never been in a draft where there were too many people thinking the way do causing me to abandon my intial strategy by round 6. I like all my teams better than our slow. It won’t suprise me if its my worst placing team. It would suprise me if I fared very well. We’ll see. Im pretty happy to have my 4/5 outfielders as Domingo (!!!) and Bader on this team though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I felt the same way… It was a mess, and I’m not happy with that team… Hoping to post it on Wednesday

  14. millenball says:
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    need to fill a spot while scooter is out, whos the top 3 of this lot?

    – OBP league that counts xbh as well

    profar (like the flexibility, not sold on lineup position)
    moncada
    schoop
    a. frazier
    pinder
    k. hernandez
    goodrum
    b. lowe

    i’m leaning towards moncada or frazier tbh, would love to read your thoughts

    appreciate it
    cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar, Schoop, Moncada

  15. JohnnySquid says:
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    Frankie Montas looks like he added some zip to his repitroire-how you feel about him this year in 14 team deep leagues?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      He’s worth a flier in a 14 teamer. If his control is better he will be able to keep a starting job over Fiers or Estrada once Cotton. Manaea and Luzardo are ready.

    • Grey

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      Agree with knoche

  16. LT says:
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    Grey,
    I take your top 500 rankings and sleeper posts and win vs locals more often than not. its all you thanks again im stoked for this team! thanks again. no questions just thanks. 10 team 6×6 h2h espn.
    C:Alfaro
    1st: Bellinger
    2nd: Albies
    3rd: Baez
    SS: Mondesi
    MI: Peraza
    CI: Edwin E
    OF: Yelich, Springer, Hoskins, Dahl
    Util: Escobar (Arizona), Domingo Santana

    9 Pitchers:
    Marquez
    Wheeler
    Eduardo Rodriguez
    Bieber
    Lucchesi
    Matz
    Gibson
    Doolittle, Alvarado, Allen
    BENCH has woodruff and some flyers so thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Nice team, love the pitching and OF

  17. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Pick two – LeMahieu; Adam Frazier; Jeff McNeil.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Frazier and McNeil for me.

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        Thanks. This was an Auto-draft team (that I will be improving over next few weeks). McNeil is on waivers (and I assume he’ll have full playing time while Lowrie is out), and somehow LeMahieu was a top-150 selection.

    • Earl says:
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      Frazier and McNeill for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  18. Jimbob says:
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    Hey all,
    Felt like I had one of the better drafts I’ve had.

    12 team points league.
    C. Mejia
    1b bellinger
    2b villar
    Ss turner
    3b Suarez
    Of benintendi
    Of k Bryant
    Of eloy Jimenez
    U Mazara

    Sp sale
    Stripling
    Strasburg
    Darvish
    L Castillo
    Severino
    Kikuchi
    Urias
    Matz
    Heaney
    Rp Kimbrel
    Glasnow
    Peacock
    Woodruff

    Hopefully Kimbrel gets picked up by the brew crew sooner than later. But I picked up quite a few sparps since it’s a points league

    • Grey

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      Looks solid to me, I don’t have anything to knock except injury risk SPs — Darvish and Severino and Heaney and Strasburg, but you know what you’re getting

  19. Snell My Hand says:
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    Trade Springer for Berrios in a 12 tm 5×5 OBP and QS league?

    Our rosters are 3 OFs and 1 Util (infield too obviously but those are all consistent starters)

    Current OFs: Betts, Soto, Springer
    Util: Dahl
    Bench: Domingo Santana, Eloy Jimenez, Luke Voit, Tim Anderson

    SPs: Flaherty, Clevinger, Bieber, Strahm, Paddack, Lucchesi

    Think I can get by with my pitching already, but never usually carry this many bench bats and no place for Eloy or Domingo currently

    • clemsoncrushers says:
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      Nice Problem to have :) I would try and package Springer/Eloy for an upgrade like Acuna if you could, rather than trading for a pitcher. You look good to me there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with clemson

  20. Adam says:
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    You dudes and 1 girl-

    New dad here. In years past- I was able to read and mentally assimilate “grey’s got sexy eyes for…” list over the lst 3 months. This year- not so much.

    Asking for help- either is there like 1-5 posts that best identifying greys guys for this year? Or even better- maybe we can start a thread here listing the top sexy and not sexy dudes for this year.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Just read all the positional ranking posts and figure out which tiers Are the likes and which he is avoiding.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      There’s a nifty cheat sheet in the war room.

  21. Ty Inez says:
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    Man it’s too early for doom and gloom

    • dingo37 says:
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      Try being a Rangers fan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sleep in a little and it’ll be just the right time for it

  22. clemsoncrushers says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Great article! 14T 6×6 (avg + SVHD) league. How’s this team looking? Also, with Kikuchi having random 1 inning starts (my league has start limits), do I drop him for Bryce Wilson?
    C – Jansen
    1b- Freeman
    2b- Albies
    SS- Correa
    3B- Escobar
    IF- Merrifield
    LF- Acuna
    CF- Incaiarte
    RF- Dahl
    OF- Domingo
    ULT- Cruz
    Bench- Bauers, Mullins, Lowe, McMahon, Didi (move to DL), Drury, Kirilloff

    P- Bauer, Carrasco, Clevinger, Bieber, Kikuchi, Woodruff, Lucchesi
    RP- Strop, Hirano, Braiser (I’ll pick up another SVHD guy after I put Didi on DL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Wilson, but not more than Kikuchi yet… Your team looks solid on balance on hitting, I like it, maybe tad low on power — Great pitching, though wow on the Indians SPs

  23. prey879 says:
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    Is Luke Voit enough for starting 1b? Or should I pick up Pete Alonso to pair with him?

    Had Olsen go down who I’m going to move to IL (still feels weird typing that) so i’ll have an extra roster spot but if Voit is enough, could use it elsewhere

    12 team 5×5 OBP redraft league

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d own Alonso too

  24. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    I had my last draft this weekend. 12 team 7×7 w/ OBP + TBs and QS. This team feels lighter on power than I’m normally comfortable with but let me know what you think.

    C – Beef
    1B – Jose Abreu (couldn’t resist in 8th round)
    2B – Villar
    SS – Story time
    3B – Andujar
    OF – Yelich
    OF – Soto
    OF – Rosario
    Util – Jimenez
    Bench – Mazara

    P – Corbin
    P – Marquez
    P – Happ
    P – Luchessi
    P – Jose Alvarado
    P – Mychal Givens
    P – Musgrove
    Bench – Glasnow
    Bench – Gibson
    Bench – Skaggs
    Bench – Jimmy Nelson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As long as Yelich hits 25+ HRs again and Eloy does what he’s supposed to, you look fine on power… I like the pitching too… Solid team!

  25. Jim Wiser says:
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    I have many shares of Chase Anderson and Ian Happ because of your rankings. I hope that doesn’t cost me this year.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can’t imagine it will

  26. Brett says:
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    Grey

    Curious what you would project for Alonso if he makes the Mets opening day roster?

    Also, are your projects for Eloy based on him making opening day now?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can’t see going higher with Eloy, maybe another 15 picks… Alonso is around a 200 overall pick, don’t see him going much higher either — I guess around 25-ish HRs

  27. Trick dad says:
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    New draft format where we have a $1000 cap. Does that change strategy at all compared to $260? Or just multiply values by roughly 4?
    Wondering if it makes more sense to pay up for top guys since low ends are minimum $1, less of the total budget. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Multiply by 4 — how much more can you spend, if a guy is normally $30, he’s already $120, that’s a lot

    • B the Esq. says:
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      Would be interested to see how the beginning of the draft plays out…..some of the initial guys could be really high price with everyone thinking they have tons of cash to spend, or they could go really low with managers still being hesitant to spend big after usually drafting with 260.

      • DonnieB says:
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        I think top players go from $40 to $150-$200. $5 players are still $5 players and replaceable.

  28. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    12-team, H2h, OPS instead of avg:

    C-Alfaro
    1b-Rizzo
    2b-Odor
    3b-Muncy
    SS-Mondesi
    OF-Acuna
    OF-Dahl
    OF-Schwarber
    Util-Ohtani
    Util-Hampson

    SP: Bauer, Carrasco, Kershaw, Flaherty, Pivetta, Glasnow, Eovaldi, Matz
    RP: Holland, Strickland, Barnes

    Feeling a little light on speed, especially if Hampson doesn’t win the gig, and obviously Joe Maddon might mess with Schwarber. Hold tight and see how Hampson comes out, basically?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  29. Tom says:
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    I called it last week that perhaps Happ is the next Lawrie and that he would be sent to the minors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he needs a trade

  30. Earl says:
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    Thoughts on team below (12 team 5×5 roto).

    Also, I have one more pick left and I am torn between a pitcher (maybe Luke Weaver) or Greg Holland or another batter (perhaps Ramon Laureno or Christin Stewart or Teoscar Hernadez).

    c – Jorge Alfaro, Francisco Cervelli
    1B – Jose Abreu
    2b – Jonathan Villar
    ss – Manny Machado
    3b – Matt Chapman
    mi – Tim Anderson
    ci – Rafael Devers
    OF – Ronald Acuna, Giancarlo Stanton, Domingo Santana, David Dahl, Austin Meadows
    bench – Pete Alonso, Fernado Tatis Jr., Ryan McMahon, Adam Jones

    Sp – Buehler, Jack Flaherty, Bieber, Kikuchi, Chris Paddack, Brandon Woodruff
    rp – Brad Hand, Kirby Yates, Jose Alvardo
    bench – Michael Wacha

    I am loving the outfield but maybe I am little biased.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland — SAGNOF — you’re low on AVG, but solid otherwise on hitting, and the pitching looks great

  31. Justin Papariella says:
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    Drafted this team a few days ago in a 15-man NFBC league. Interested in your thoughts?

    C – J. Alfaro
    C – C. Iannetta
    1B – P. Goldschmidt
    2B – O. Albies
    SS – J. Peraza
    3B – B. Anderson
    OF – R. Acuna
    OF – A. Benedetti
    OF – G. Springer
    OF – N. Mazara
    OF – N. Markakis
    CI – J. Smoak
    MI – J. Wendle
    Util – S. Castro
    P – G. Marquez
    P – L. Castilo
    P – T. Glasnow
    P – J. Lucchesi
    P – S. Newcomb
    P – S. Gray
    P – M. Perez
    P – C. Allen
    P – A. Colome
    B – M. Olson
    B – S. Gennett
    B – J. Camargo
    B – C. Kelly
    B – T. Toussaint
    B – M. Fiers
    B – K. Herrera

    I like my offense and feel like my pitching will either totally implode or be great. Grabbed Olson/Gennett with my last two picks, figure I’ll hold one based on recovery time, drop the other and end up using the one I keep in the Util spot. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the pitching up top, don’t love Gray, Perez, Newcomb, Touki, but I get it, I’ve heard the reports on the 1st three too… Hitting looks ok, though Markakis and Castro are a bit of a bore

  32. cliffor kwartner says:
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    Grey,

    What’s your thoughts on holding Sergio Romo, Willey Peralta?

    Also, Barnes going to actually be the closer in Boston?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have these guys projected in my top 500

  33. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: I officially unveil to you the 2019 Sphinx Tour Road to 4-Peat roster (10-teamer H2H)

    C- Contreras
    1B- Bellinger
    2B- Mondesi
    3B- Shaw
    SS- Lindor
    OF- Betts, Benintendi, Dahl
    UTIL- Story
    B- Buxton (last pick)
    SP- Clevinger, Marquez, Lucchesi, Glasnow, Stripling, Woodruff
    RP- Alvarado, Strickland, Barnes, Brasier, Holland, Bradley (who I already dropped)

    Random notes:
    -Where I drafted Contreras, I was looking to get Bieber, but he was drafted ahead of me.
    -Story & Benintendi being available at the end of the 1st round was a shocker and I had to take them both above who I was expecting (Hoskins) – I rolled the dice that Mondesi and Bellinger would be available to be 20 picks later and they were.
    -That meant that I didn’t draft a starter till my 5th pick (or 7th overall with 2 keepers) – I managed to snag both Clevinger and Marquez throughout the next few rounds, but sad I missed out on both Wheeler and Bieber. Once Bieber went off the board, I mixed in closers and starters.
    -I’m waiting for the Mets to officially announce that Alonso will not only make the team but start at 1B – then Buxton gets cut. I need an extra bat with Lindor being out for the first week or so of April.

    My league does the standard 5×5 scoring, with adds on Ks and OBP for batters and Ls and K/9 for pitchers – all the SPs I have I feel are capable of some gaudy K numbers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Team looks solid, I’d hold off on cutting Buxton for time being, but he is 1st guy off the team… I love your hitting, great core!

  34. Mark says:
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    I have my 12 team yahoo daily head to head 6×6 obp and Qs auction on Wednesday
    I can keep 3 players
    Goldy 56
    Correa 49
    Machado 49
    Carpenter 14
    Odor 14
    Castalanos 14
    Baez 9
    Wheeler 14
    Clevinger 9
    Morton 10
    Happ 6

    I just traded Snell 8 for Baez 9 so i am for sure keeping him
    any insight or thoughts on the other 2 keepers is appreciated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado 49, Clevinger

  35. Cable says:
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    H/H Points….need to drop one for a FA pickup Whitley or Ohtani

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Whitley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Redraft? Whitley

  36. AdamH says:
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    12 team 5×5 yahoo keeper league, need to drop one to fill my catcher slot. Who should it be? I’d go straight by your rankings but I figure the makeup of the staff might affect the decision.

    SP: Nola, Strasburg, Berrios, Pivetta, RRay, Paddack, MGonzales, KGibson, Ryu, Woodruff
    RP: Yates, Giles, Steckenrider

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steckenrider

  37. Cable says:
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    BTW…Where’s Malamoney been …thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He posted last week, didn’t he?

  38. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    With Acuna hitting 4th, think that bodes well for Inciarte to hit leadoff?

    Also, not to ask but to ruminate: why did the Rockies sign Murphy when they could have just started both McMahon and Hampson?!

    Thanks

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      It will be Ender or Albies. My guess is Ender starts there.

      Because in order for the Rockies to keep there AARP cars they need at least 4 players over 30 on the field at all times.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya on the Rockies, they just don’t seem committed to Hampson or fantasy value… Ender should leadoff

  39. RobMac says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great stuff. You’re my first read every morning.

    First and last draft done this weekend. Need to shed some bench bats.

    Thoughts?

    11-team, 6×6 Roto (OBP in addition to AVG; SV+HD and BAA)
    Hitting: R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP
    Pitching: K, W, BAA, ERA, WHIP, SV+HD

    C – Cervelli
    1B – Miggy
    2B – Shaw
    3B – Lamb
    SS – Turner
    MI –DeJong
    CI – Carlos Santana
    OF – Harper
    OF – Soto
    OF – Ozuna
    OF – Robles
    OF – Winker
    Util – Cruz
    Be – Laureano
    Be – Wendle
    Be – Kepler

    SP – Bauer
    SP – Strasburg
    SP – Wheeler
    SP – Stripling
    SP – Paddack
    RP – Hand
    RP – Alvarado
    RP – Kela
    RP – Chad Green
    Be – Lugo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I love the hitting and pitching, if I had to quibble, I’d say Cruz clogs things up, and too many bench bats and not enough bench arms, but these are small things

  40. Rob Dibble says:
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    Senzel or McNeil?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Senzel.

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Yes!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others — close tho

  41. J-Money says:
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    What up G,

    Obligatory “rate my team” post following our 12 team H2H 6v6 with OPS and K/9:

    C – Narvaez
    1B – Muncy
    2B – Shaw
    3B – Arenado (K)
    SS – Lindor (L)
    MI – T. Anderson
    CI – Kang
    OF – Yelich (K), Acuna (K), Conforto, Bader
    Util – D. Santana
    SP – Carrasco, Berrios, Marquez, Bieber, Eovaldi, Gray, Stripling, Strahm, Matz
    RP – W. Davis

    Yeah, need to find another closer. Thanks man, looking forward to another great year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, you need RPs and have a truckload of SPs… I do like your arms tho… The hitting looks decent… Not much to complain about other than RPs

  42. Alex Sutara says:
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    So great the read your voice again all mighty lothario. I had the busiest of years and wasnt able to do any prep or research leading up to my draft. So the day of the draft(20minutes before) i hopped on here and read as much as i could fit in my tiny brain.

    Surprising enough i allowed you to talk me out of drafting Jram whom ive owned the last 3 years and have huge tribe homer love with.

    Alas i am smart enough to cut ties of my fandom in fantasy. So I drafted Lindor instead. (pick 8, jram wouldnt have fallen to me anyway)

    Anywho, i rely on your pitcher outlook as i take the same strategy every year and bail on the overpriced guys. And I am quite happy with my staff. To be clear… my pitching staff although i am not unhappy elsewhere.

    Cant wait for season to get going and for these daily write ups to commence.

    Great job and thank you in advanced!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Good luck!

  43. Cable says:
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    H/H Points…..need to drop M Olsen for one 1st baseman

    Smoak
    J Bell
    McNahon
    Zimmerman
    Gurriel
    Cron

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d go Smoak.

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      On that list I like Bell. He has upside. The rest are on their way down IMO. Zimmerman has had a nice spring but it’s only a matter of time until he’s injured again, and Smoak is a dude who’s inconsistency is maddening.

      I kinda have a hunch Bell will have a nice year. Maybe 25+ HRs with decent average.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop? You can’t stash? I’d go by my rankings on those

  44. Nightmare! says:
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    Greylord!!!!!! Hello and thanks for having me for another installment of Grey’s rules. I’ve missed you.

    My team:

    Realmuto, Rizzo, Albies, DeJong, Chapman, trout, Eaton, Robles, Christin Stewart…….Domingo on the bench

    Nola, Mikolas, Price, archer, arrieta, Gonzales, keuchel, Stroman, Pineda, Ohtani

    RP’s Hand and Robertson

    1) how’d i do? It’s a 12 team points league
    2) what’s with this Christin Stewart? Start him or drop him or Domingo for someone like Smoak, Bell, Winker that’s on the wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. It looks like a solid team until about Archer, then pitching gets wonky 2. Meh, hold for now

  45. Cram It says:
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    Dear Razzballers, all of your drafted teams are solid! And if they’re not, there’s nothing you can really do about it before the season starts anyway.

    • dingo37 says:
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      agree with cram

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Agree with Cram.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Yeah but I really want to show you how sexy they are.

      • Cram It says:
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        It ain’t sexy unless it’s got Sexy Dr. Pepper.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Come on Cram. Is it not fun to get Greys take on your squad?
      No one else cares to hear about your fake baseball teams haha.

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Exactly – Grey is taking one for the team. For all the teams, really. Because he cares, unlike the rest of you insensitive bastards in this cold, lonely, sick, cruel festering hellscape of an existence.

        Thank you, Grey – for loving all of us as if we were your own family. That’s real love. Hot love. Sticky love.
        <3

      • Cram It says:
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        I’ll know after the first couple of weeks how I did.

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      Some of them aren’t great, tbh.

      Nuthin wrong with seeking a sexond opinion from the glorious mustachio’d one.

      And I disagree – they could make trades, or maybe tell their teams to put on a nice dress or smile more. Isn’t sexy more about attitude, really?

      • Cram It says:
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        No there’s nothing wrong with it. And Grey probably enjoys it. And I can still tease about it!

        Well now you’re getting all meta. I suppose if you’re walking down a runway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Some more than others!

      • Luxky Dog says:
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        I feel so seen.

        lol

  46. peacecoast says:
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    I know you think it’s dumb but I am loving The OA again!

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      My wife and I are suckers for anything Brit Marling too. How’s s2 compared to s1? (haven’t started watching yet)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They start dancing to save the day! I mean, cmon!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        That stupid dance / weird breath thing was a staple in our household for a good 3 weeks after we binged season 1 . . .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA, that was so dumb! Awesome you did it in your house, but that stopped a school shooting? I mean, wtf

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            WOWWW completely forgot that the dance stopped a school shooting…not sure how I had no memory of that. LOL! OK, that show is ridiculous.

            Yes, in our house, mostly to our cats. I think that’s better.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yeah… Oh, and BTW, I’m watching the 2nd season and it’s solid 2 episodes in! Haha

          • peacecoast says:
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            they go into that in S2, it’s cool! Duda I like it a lot so far.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I do too

  47. Richard says:
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    So Knebel is a slam dunk drop, right? I picked up Holland but need to drop someone. I just don’t want to drop Knebel and then it comes out that he doesn’t need TJ and he’ll manage with the partial tear or some crap like that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  48. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    As a Hill owner, I’ll happily take any Hill injuries that are non-blister related!

    Totally agreed on Reyes, though you’ve gotta wonder with Dakota as the 5 guy and Wainwright taking up another spot, how long they’d hold back Reyes (and C-Mart for that matter) in the bullpen before starting their better arms.

    Getting psyched for Deadwood movie? Just watched trailer + realized Bullock = Raylan Givens, without a cell phone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I loved Deadwood, I’m pumped for the movie, definitely… I honestly don’t remember where the series left off… I kinda want to watch it again…

      Non-blister-related so far!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Yea, same here. All I remember is that crazy season 3 brute vs brute fistfight in the streets + that it ended with a cliffhanger. And that Garrett Dillahunt appeared as 2 different characters.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I pretty much only remember the Asians tended to pigs and Al cursed a lot

  49. happyharry says:
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    Hey Grey, Another “check my team out”post, 12 team, 6X6, H2H. Thanks Man.
    C-Navraez
    C-Barnhart
    1B-Rizzo
    2B-J.Ramirez
    3B-K.Bryant
    SS-Lindor
    MI-Cano
    CI-Rendon
    OF-Betts
    OF-K.Davis
    OF-Rosario
    OF-Castellanos
    OF-D.Santana
    U-M.Carpenter
    P-Kluber
    P-Paxton
    P-G.Marquez
    P-Taillon
    P-Berrios
    P-Bieber
    P-J.Gray
    P-Glasnow
    P-E.Diaz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a stacked team… You have Carpenter at UTIL it’s so stacked! Nice pitching too… Solid team, harry! If I had to quibble, Jon Gray, woof

  50. knucks says:
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    SAGNOF! How does everyone feel about this…

    Roster Holland over (lunch)Boxberger right now?

    • knucks says:
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      According to my SAGNOF bible, the answer is Holland. So feel free to skip.

      My bloated ratios and one or two April Saves Have No Face!

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        MBRAOOTASAGNF!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d go Holland over Box for now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have them ranked… I think they’re a tossup, I’d guess Boxberger is the closer too

  51. Robert says:
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    My SPs: Bauer, Corbin, Clevinger, Lucchesi, Pivetta, Paddack, Glasnow. Good enough in a 10 team h2h league?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      For sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with MP

  52. I’m going to read Bryse as Briss for as long as he’s in the majors. Or maybe as short would be more descriptive.

    I had 3rd WW priority & missed Holland and his 12.xx spring ERA. While Romo isn’t guaranteed a ton of saves, I’d be willing to bet Holland is on a short leash. At some point the little Dutch boy’s gonna pull his finger out of the dyke, and since this is a family oriented baseball site I won’t finish that joke.

    Saw the Acuna news. Manager said he’s still be free to run wild from the 4-hole, so maybe he’s expecting 1-3 to suck? I’m ok with the move – RBI city, and my one true love Ozzy Albies will probably hit leadofff, at least against lefties.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson will get hurt and Acuna will move up

  53. PS – that headline is (chef’s kiss) art.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That was Rudy

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        He truly is a master at his craft.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He is!

  54. Rising Son says:
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    How’s my pitching? 6×6 with QS and H+SV
    Snell
    Corbin
    Yu
    Stripling
    Jon Gray
    Paddack
    D German
    Alex Reyes
    Will Smith

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams? It looks like a deep league and not a great staff

  55. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-team, H2H-Points League

    Generally waited on OF and took your boy Domingo Santana in the 15th round (#238 overall)

    Also took Woodruff in the 17th round and Bryce Wilson with my last pick in the 23rd round, (RP eligible starters are gold).

    Another great off-season and draft prep, Grey. Many thanks!

    That is all…

    • Turd Wendell says:
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      Grey! Been too long my friend! 10 tm mixed lg Please let me know if you see any glaring weakness.
      C Alfaro
      1b Muncy
      2b Adalberto
      SS Baez
      3B Andujar
      Of- Acuna
      OF- Springer
      OF- Benintendi
      Util-Eloy
      UTil- Pereza
      Voit, Meadows, D. Santana

      Sp- Corbin, Straus, German, Freeland, Ed Rod, Lucchesi, Weaver

      Rp IglesIias Giles Viz

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @ Turd, Good to see you! Hitting and pitching both look stacked, I don’t love Freeland but that’s a small thing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Good luck!

  56. Thomas Petrone says:
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    2B replacement for Scooter – Kike Hernandez or Jeff McNeil?

    • knucks says:
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      I’d go McNeil, he should be playing for the first few weeks with Lowrie and Frazier out. Grey has said he likes him. If he doesn’t come out the gate swingin’, you could move on from him after a week or three.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McNeil

  57. OneMoreZero says:
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    Grey My Man! How’d I do?

    12 Team H2H 6×6 with OPS/QS and SV+HLD

    Realmuto, Carpenter, Muncy, Donaldson, Seager, Harper, Judge, Puig, Chapman.
    Bench: Voit, Dozier, Buxton

    (5SP/2RP) Nola, Taillon, Skaggs, Kikuchi, Paddack. Vasquez, Hicks.
    Bench: Robertson, Barnes, Jimmy Nelson.

    You da man. Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks good on pitching, hitting looks pretty slow, but I guess in OPS that’s fine… I.e., no speed

  58. taco stand says:
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    Hey Grey I think I should name my team outfield of dreams but i may have lost some top pitching just to have a great name- what do you think? standard 12 tm roto

    C- wellington Catillo
    1b-bellinger
    2b- murphy
    3b- eugenio suarez
    SS- Adalberto Mondesi
    2b/ss-Garret Hampson
    1b/3b-Luke Voit
    OF-Acuna
    OF-G Stanton
    OF-Rhys Hoskins
    OF-Puig
    OF-Eloy Jimenez
    util- Sunday Santana

    be- Nomar Mazara
    be- Matt olson

    SP-Jakc FLahaerty
    Sp- German Marquez
    Sp-Joey Lucchesi
    SP-Tyler Glasnow
    Sp- Ross Strippling
    Sp- Chris Paddack
    rp- Jose LeClerc
    rp- Matt Barnes
    rp- Drew Steckinrider
    be-Blake Parker

    I got matt Olson super late and can plug him on IL and try for Tyler White. Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks good to me, I like all of those guys… Your hitting looks stacked, love that OF, damn

      • taco stand says:
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        Thanks, Guess I’m sleeping easy today… WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT 3 MORE DAYS DAMNTI

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know!

  59. The Great Knoche says:
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    Here’s my home league auction. 10 Team 6×6 with OBP an holds as added categories. Keep whatever up to 12 with $4 inflation. I typically end up ignoring relievers and playing SAGNOF and HOLDOF and just trying to earn 10-11 points combined in those categories.

    C Zunino $4
    C Alfaro $1
    1B Freeman $37
    2B Odor $9
    3B Arenado $26 (keeper)
    SS Story $15 (keeper)
    MI Correa $18 (keeper)
    CR Bryant $18 (keeper)
    OF Dahl $10 (keeper)
    OF Ozuna $14 (keeper)
    OF Benintendi $30
    OF Inciarte $9
    OF Laureano $2
    UT Alonso $13

    SP Clevinger $10 (keeper)
    SP Flaherty $10 (keeper)
    SP Taillion $10 (keeper)
    SP Snell $5 (Keeper)
    SP Paddack $3
    RP Glasnow $3
    RP Barnes $1
    RP Buttrey $1
    RP Kela $1

    So sexy. That is what following Razz can do for you when none of your leaguemates do. Thx FML.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      I expected better for a ten team lol.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Haha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a solid team, Knoche…Love that OF and infield and SPs… RPs are the only concern

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      NICE! The rest of the league has no chance going up against your team!!

    • bigbear says:
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      15 teamer? Ha, kidding! Looks nice. I like tossing $1 at Barnes. Dahl for $10 is killer. You got Snell for $1 last year!

  60. KarlJ says:
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    Morning Grey:
    I am going to spare you with posting my entire team but had my 11 team Roto 5X5 draft last night. Went for some big bats early ( Arenedo, Baez, Hoskins, Marte) while waiting on drafting SP’s. I tried to mostly target high upside guys for my staff. Ended up with the following SP’s
    Bauer
    Severino
    Berrios
    Glasnow
    Paddock
    R Hill
    Woodruff
    Peacock

    Think this is good enough for an 11 team league?

    • knucks says:
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      Yea this should be just fine. Looks like a lot of my pitching staffs for 12 Team Leagues (except I won’t touch Severino or Hill).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, plenty good enough

  61. Fred says:
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    Just had our draft last night – allowed 5 keepers and 2 lifetimes. Trying to see if I should drop any of these from my lineup to pick up Jung Ho Kang and/or Matt Strahm. My team is the following:

    Realmuto – C
    Cano – 1B
    Gleyber Torres – 2B/SS – KEEPER
    Devers – 3B
    Senzel – 3B (Devers for now until Senzel gets called up) – KEEPER
    Bogaerts – SS
    Springer – OF
    Eddie Rosario – OF
    David Dahl – OF
    Jake Bauers – UTIL
    Miguel Cabrera – UTIL
    Luke Voit – Bench
    Ryan McMahon – Bench KEEPER
    Brendan Rodgers – Bench KEEPER
    Nolan German – N/A Slot LIFETIME KEEPER

    Verlander
    Musgrove
    Bieber
    Lucchesi
    Paddack
    A Reyes – LIFETIME KEEPER
    Luke Weaver
    Sean Doolittle
    David Robertson
    Shane Greene

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weaver for Strahm and don’t see how you get Kang on this team

      • Fred says:
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        The N/A slot allows me to receive an extra player, so Kang could get in without being dropped

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, ok, then grab him

  62. NonTrads says:
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    12 team, H2H, Standard 5×5

    I feel really good about this team, am I missing something? Where do I need help?

    C- Wellington Castillo
    1b- Robbie Cano
    2b- Adalberto Mondesi
    3b- Eugenio Suarez
    SS- Xander Bogaerts
    CI- Luke Voit
    MI- Max Muncy
    OF- Ronald Acuna
    OF- Ender Inciarte
    OF- David Dahl
    OF- Austin Meadows
    OF- Ramon Laureano
    Util- Domingo Santana
    BN- Jorge Polanco
    BN- Franmil Reyes

    SP- Walker Buehler
    SP- Jack Flaherty
    SP- Stephen Strasburg
    RP- Kirby Yates
    RP- Brad Hand
    RP- Felipe Vazquez
    P- Matt Strahm
    P- Ross Stripling
    P-Pedro Strop
    Bn- Mike Foltynewicz
    Bn- Alex Reyes

    Im holding Polanco until I hear if Voit makes the NYY roster. I will DL Folty, and add some streaming SP options.

    What else should I focus on?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the idea of Franmil, but he’s prolly droppable for a streamer too — I love the team tho, and I’d try to hold for now

  63. Scandalous Bob says:
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    Hi guys. Two trade questions. Yahoo, 12 team, roto league. My OF is solid, but I’m nervous about my starting pitching. Would you do either of these trades (or both):

    My: N. Mazara
    For his: K. Hendricks

    Or my: M. Barnes
    For his: G. Marquez

    My team:

    C – J. Alfaro
    1B – R. Hoskins
    2B – A. Mondesi
    3B – M. Muncy
    SS – A. Bregman
    OF – R. Acuña Jr.
    OF – A. Benintendi
    OF – D. Dahl
    OF – M. Conforto
    OF – N. Mazara
    OF – V. Robles
    OF – H. Bader

    SP – P. Corbin
    SP – Z. Wheeler
    SP – J. Lucchesi
    SP – E. Rodriguez
    SP – T. Skaggs
    RP – R. Iglesias
    RP – C. Allen
    RP – S. Greene
    RP – M. Barnes
    RP – B. Boxberger
    RP – G. Holland
    RP – B. Morrow

    • NonTrads says:
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      Barnes for Marquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nontrads

  64. Gotime says:
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    Weekly league with QS and Wins, not sure if lineups get locked after today but last rotation spot Maeda vs Ari ($12 – not confirmed ) Woodruff vs Stl (-$4) or throw in extra closer (Barnes)

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d go Barnes week one, and see if you get a save or two. Odds are neither of those starters are going very deep unless they are completely lights out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with knoche

  65. CJ says:
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    Losing the Scoot hurt a little (I keed – kinda a lot). Only Schoop now- full dynasty but not important. Pick one fine sir (13 offensive cats): Frazier, B Lowe & Harrison. Would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowe for now

      • CJ says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  66. Smell The Glove says:
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    For my last pitching spot, would you go with Michael Pineda or Caleb Smith?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re ranked, and are coin flips

  67. DAN SILVER says:
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    Grey, I still love you even though I drafted Chase Anderson in all three of my leagues due to your high ranking of him. However, you can more than make up for this if Glasnow, Rodriguez, and Bieber live up to high highly you had them ranked, and Domingo Santana rakes all season! BTW what do you think of Pablo Lopez with the Marlins – looks like a pretty sneaky prospect with much improved velocity and awesome spring numbers. I have him in all three leagues. Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I ranked Pablo, I like him, would pick him up-slash-own him

  68. Sad Keanu says:
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    How’d I do? 6×5 league (extra hitting cat is OBP+SLG) mixed auction league. You tell me how many teams you think is in this league and that will tell me how I did.

    C Welington Castillo C | CHW 
    1B Rhys Hoskins 1B,OF | PHI 
    2B Jose Altuve 2B | HOU
    3B Anthony Rendon 3B | WAS
    SS Javier Baez 2B,3B,SS | CHC
    MI Jose Peraza SS | CIN
    CI Anthony Rizzo 1B | CHC
    OF Michael Conforto OF | NYM 
    OF Marcell Ozuna OF | STL
    OF Domingo Santana OF | SEA 
    OF Juan Soto OF | WAS
    U Khris Davis U | OAK

    SP Jack Flaherty SP | STL
    SP Kyle Gibson SP | MIN
    SP Joe Musgrove SP | PIT 
    SP Nick Pivetta SP | PHI 
    SP Noah Syndergaard SP | NYM
    SP Alex Wood SP | CIN 
    RP Craig Kimbrel RP | BOS
    RP David Robertson RP | PHI

    Bench
    SP Sonny Gray SP | CIN
    SP Trevor Richards SP | MIA 
    SP Anibal Sanchez SP | WAS 
    SP Trevor Williams SP | PIT
    RP Matt Strahm RP,SP | SD 
    RP Brandon Woodruff RP | MIL 

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      14 team league. Maybe 12.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a 12 teamer

  69. NoName says:
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    How much of an impact does using OBP instead of AVG have when looking at your ranks? Would certain guys make drastic moves up or down?

  70. Liam BAve says:
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    Hey Grey! Huge Fan, was wondering what you think of my team. 12 team league, H2H, 6×6.

    C Alfaro
    1b R.Hoskins
    2b J. Profar
    ss A. Mondesi
    3b Javy Baez
    OF Ronald Acuna Jr.
    OF Michael Conforto
    OF D.Dahl
    UTIL H.Bader
    BN V.Voit
    SP Walker Buehler
    SP Corbin
    RP Alvarado
    RP Givens
    P Flaherty
    P Happ
    P Lucchessi
    BN Glasnow
    BN Heaney
    BN Skaggs
    BN Woodruff
    BN Gibson

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Love the hitting and pitching, you look like you followed my rankings, so not much to disparage — maybe a tad low on saves

  71. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks for the advice on the Sale trade.

    My question is about Garrett Hampson. Did he make the squad? What is his status? Full time/split time? Back to minors?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Platooning right now

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        with McMahon?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  72. whitt23 says:
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    Annual draft eval post. Anyone’s two cents or advice is welcomed:
    C-Jansen, Alfaro
    1st -Cano
    2nd-Baez
    MI-Polanco
    SS-Bregamn
    3rd-Machado
    CI-Smoak
    OF-Benintendi, Conforto, McCutchen, Upton, Mazara
    DH-Bradley Jr
    Bench-Gennett, McNeil, Carson Kelly, Ronald Guzman

    P-Snell, Buehler, Glasnow, Bieber, Hendricks, Luchessi, Woodruff, Musgrove, Shark, Yates, Colome, Pressley,

    Minor leaguers-Bichette, Triston McKenzie, Andrew Vaughn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams

      • whitt23 says:
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        12 6×6 with OPS and QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love that hitting, and your pitching is stacked… If I had to quibble, too many catchers, you’re a little light on saves, and you look light on speed

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Of course, in a OPS and QS league this weak points make sense, nice team!

        • whitt23 says:
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          Thanks. I agree on the speed. I’ll find some somewhere hopefully.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  73. Charlie says:
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    Grey,

    I’m going to have 2 open DL spots once teams start placing their players on the DL. Which two of these pitchers would you pick up?

    Marco Gonzales
    Musgrove
    Eflin
    Julio Urias
    Skaggs
    Gibson
    Jimmy Nelson

    My staff is
    Scherzer, Corbin, Marquez, Lucchesi, Glasnow and Woodruff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gibson, Musgrove

      • Charlie says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  74. Dave Funnell says:
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    Please rank in order if potential plate appearances and production:

    Wendle, Pinder, A. Cabrera, C. Taylor, Dickerson

    I own Taylor, Wendle and Dickerson, but Cabrera and Pinder available. Thinking they will get more at bats and potentially out produce them, in a points league.

    Please rank by plate appearances + production.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t make those changes just yet

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Pinder? I barely know her!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

      • Dave Funnell says:
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        Thanks for the reply. Will keep all but one as I need to drop one for a 2 for 1 trade I’m going to make. I get Mondesi and Stripling and giving up Berrios…so would you drop Wendle, Dickerson or Taylor? OF pretty solid and IF a notch down…..pts league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me — Dickerson

  75. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    We had our Yahoo 10 Team H2H Points League draft last night. Whatcha think?

    C – none yet
    1B – T. Shaw
    2B – Villar
    SS – Story
    3B – Macahdo
    OF – Bryant
    OF – Springer
    OF – Robles
    OF – W. Myers
    Util – Gallo
    Bench – Muncy and D. Gordon (not sure who to start at 1B and 2B)

    SPs – Buehler, Strasburg, Price, Tanaka, Marquez, Castillo, Bieber, Lucchesi, Maeda, Strahm
    RPs – Yates and Vaquez

    I know I need a C, but figured I would ask.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think it’s a solid team, it’s a shallow league, so there will be a lot of solid teams… Your pitching is insane, and hitting is stacked

      • Yankee my Wanky! says:
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        Thanks much Grey. Yeah, SPs score big points as Ws are worth 10 and so on. 2 start SPs are usually key. Quality ones at least.

        And many thanks again for what you do, as your influence is rather obvious in my pitching staff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weird, must be a bug… I’ll ping Rudy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s last year’s

  76. Perfect Game says:
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    Do you have any thoughts on Glasnow’s bad spring or plan on changing his projections? I hold him now, but having doubts about him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, can’t put too much into spring… It’s not like you’re drafting him that high… I hope he’s going to be fine, and still would draft him

  77. The sportsguy says:
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    10 team AL 5×5…SP depth just doesn’t exist..
    Pitchers available..

    Estrada
    B Anderson
    Montas
    Pena
    Shoemaker
    Tropeano

    J Lopez
    m Perez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, that’s deep… I don’t mind Shoemaker

      • The sportsguy says:
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        Oops just realized that shoemaker is rostered..next on the list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  78. peacecoast says:
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    steckenrider or rosenthal, who to speculate on more saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steckenrider

  79. Perfect Game says:
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    How do you feel about Pete Alonso after his spring, minor league history and getting the nod to be the starting 1B? Projection update?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was it announced officially that he was the starting 1B? I might move him up, but only a little bit, he’s a 180-200 overall pick

  80. Mike says:
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    First auction yesterday!

    H2H catagories BB, Hits, OPS to go along with standard 5// ERA, WHIP, ER, K, QS, L, SV+H on other side.

    C: Alfaro- 1
    1: Rizzo- 32
    2: Travis Shaw 19
    3: Miguel Andujar 4 (Keeper)
    SS: Xander Bogaerts 24
    CF: Andrew Benintendi- 33
    OF: Nicholas Castellanos 21
    OF: George Springer- 24
    UTIL: Edwin Encarnacion 11
    UTIL: Justin Smoak 2
    BENCH: Yoan Moncada 7
    BENCH: Hunter Renfroe 1
    SP: Trevor Bauer 14 (keeper)
    SP: Patrick Corbin 4 (keeper)
    SP: German Marquez 17
    SP: Madison Bumgarner 11
    SP: J.A. Happ 9
    SP: Josh James 3 (SP to get me some Holds?)
    SP: Joey Lucchesi 6
    SP: Julio Urias
    RP:Yates- 15 (one mistake, just hitting button making my closer-happy friend go up and he got me..)
    RP: Seranthony Dominguez 1
    RP: Trevor May 1
    DL: Betances 4

    Thoughts? Any area you think I’m going to completely sink that I should try to fix via trade before the season starts?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have 3 aces and a stacked hitting group, not much to worry about… I don’t love Bumgarner but that’s minor

  81. John O'Brien says:
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    Grey,

    Which one of these has the best chance at 8 or more decent starts this year?

    Jharel Cotton
    Cal Quantrill
    Rogelio Armenteros
    Adam Plutko

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cotton

    • John O'Brien says:
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      Or Dennis Santana?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Bleh

  82. Robert says:
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    Who closes for the Twins, Parker or May?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My guess is Parker, but it’s undecided

  83. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Grey,
    I have a technical question. I signed up for deluxe. When I am logged in my real name appears. I tried clicking the edit profile on drop box but I get an error page that says I’m not authorized to do that. I also tried logging out and logging back in but that doesn’t help the situation. I got the ads free feature as well so I don’t really want to visit the sight without logging in but I don’t want to post comments with m real name.
    Help. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can ping [email protected] — he’ll walk you through it… If Rudy doesn’t, I’ll ping him

      • hot corner says:
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        I had the same issue. I pinged Rudy and he fixed it within a few minutes. After paying for the subscription, I really appreciated that quick service, even though he was in the middle of the busy draft season. Kudos to you guys!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        Thanks. I’ll try him

        • sweatpantsnation says:
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          All set. Thanks!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  84. Jack says:
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    Please rank McNeil, Moncada, and Wendle to start the season at 2B. Thx.

  85. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Grabbed Holland in a few leagues. I thoroughly look forward to him significantly damaging in 2 categories while offering modest gains in 1.

    When’s the ‘Perts League draft for Razzball?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wednesday night

  86. Robert says:
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    Mejia
    Desmond
    Mondesi
    Rendon
    Story
    Devers
    Betts
    Stanton
    Dahl
    Eloy
    Buxton
    Nimmo
    Voit
    Soler

    Bauer
    Corbin
    Clevinger
    Lucchesi
    Pivetta
    Paddack
    Glasnow
    Osuna
    Yates
    Alvarado
    Alex Reyes
    Trevor May
    Ottavino

    10 team h2h league. What needs to be fixed with the above team? Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nothing right now, it looks solid… I don’t think Reyes and Soler are that worth owning there, but can hold for now

  87. Weird Fishes says:
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    Grey, thanks for everything – my gratitude expressed by 10+ clicks/refreshes per day :)
    10 team NL-only redraft H2H. Here’s my squad:

    C – [empty]
    1B – Hoskins
    2B – Muncy
    SS – Kike [named starting 2B yesterday]
    3B – Moustakas
    OF – Acuna, Dahl, Conforto
    UT – Lamb, McNeil
    Bench – Brinson
    SP – Flaherty, Ryu, Maeda, Wacha, Musgrove, Eflin, Caleb Smith, Lauer
    RP – Iglesias, Strop, Holland

    Questions:

    1. Who do you drop to pick up Alfaro? I’m thinking of waiting 1-2 weeks to see how the SPs play out but want to be ready to drop someone if Alfaro starts hot

    2. Thoughts on this team? I’m worried about speed and UT/bench

    Thank you kind sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. You don’t have to own Lauer but sure 2. I’d be worried about speed too, but I like Brinson here… I think the pitching looks great, I like the hitting too… Nice team!

      • Weird Fishes says:
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        Thanks! Any favorite DL stashes in NL? J Nelson, T Frazier T Walker, D Limet are available

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d own all of them… Nelson 1st

  88. H says:
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    Pitching injuries are already piling up, I’m left with choosing between Musgrove, Strahm, and Woodruff. Please give me your pick of one. Thank you!

  89. omar says:
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    Weekly H2H Cats 6×5 (standard plus OPS). One year keeper. Which side?
    A) Hoskins, Raisel Iglesias, Matt Barnes
    B) Eloy, Edwin Diaz, Brandon Morrow

    **What’s the gap between Hoskins and Eloy in this format?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d go A

  90. Lubes says:
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    Hey Grey! I’m feeling pretty good about my team here- 5×5 w/ OBP, keep 5 forever, 20 pickup limit.

    Jorge Alfaro Mia – C
    Edwin Encarnación Sea – 1B
    Rougned Odor Tex – 2B
    Manny Machado SD – 3B,SS (K)
    Eduardo Escobar Ari – 3B,SS
    Rhys Hoskins Phi – 1B,OF (K)
    Adalberto Mondesi KC – 2B,SS
    Ronald Acuña Jr. Atl – OF (K)
    Andrew Benintendi Bos – OF (K)
    Nomar Mazara Tex – OF
    Ramón Laureano Oak – OF
    Ender Inciarte Atl – OF

    BN
    Willy Adames TB – 2B,SS
    Ian Happ ChC – 3B,OF
    Jake Bauers Cle – 1B,OF

    Trevor Bauer Cle – SP (K)
    Mike Clevinger Cle – SP
    James Paxton NYY – SP
    Tyler Glasnow TB – SP,RP
    J.A. Happ NYY – SP
    Joey Lucchesi SD – SP
    German Márquez Col – SP

    Roberto Osuna Hou – RP
    Shane Greene Det – RP
    Kenley Jansen LAD – RP
    Mychal Givens Bal – RP
    Ryan Brasier Bos – RP

    I traded some keepers (Rizzo, Carrasco, Suarez) to get some draft picks, which allowed me to get the 2 elite closers and not neglect the other spots. Only mistake I made was thinking someone took Domingo Santana when they had taken Carlos, so I missed him entirely. Plus drafted ian happ before the demotion.
    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with you, I like this team a lot… Love the pitching, you have 3 aces, and maybe 4… It’s rock solid — You might be low on OBP, but I like your hitting a lot… Great team!

      • Lubes says:
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        Sweet! Everything’s coming up Milhouse!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

  91. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:
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    I went ad free. Now I may never get the breasts I’ve always wanted.

    Freddy Peralta’s last 7.2 innings of the spring: 15 strike outs. I’m worried their going to start him but only let him go 3-4 innings a start and then have a reliever game. Would be ok if they used him with an opener.

    Heard Kikuchi is going to serve as the opener one out of every five starts.

    Kids team lost Scooter and Senzel basically in one day. Got Goodrum at 31 in FAAB with a 25 runner up, so that was pretty sweet. Got Beckham and banked the Tokyo stats too. Also picked up an extra catcher to hold for 4 days so I can leave Narvaez and his 0 fer off the stat line.

    I still like Fried among the Braves young starters for this year. I think people are misreading his position starting 5th as meaning he’s the first one sent out or to the pen when guys come back from injury. I read they just preferred to have the left hander go versus the Cubs rather than the Phillies.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or see what Nell Carter looks like now (not good, been dead a while)

      Fred P. is going to throw 4 Ks every inning and match Hader’s K/9 — only possible outcome

      I heard that on Kikuchi too, makes sense for the M’s

      I love Goodrum, glad to see the kids are drinking young

      I think Fried’s maybe headed for 80 IP this year… I like Bryse a lot

  92. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    And so, like Frodo and the elves at the end of LOTR, Tom Murphy went off to the SF farm system coasts, never to be seen again in the middle earth of fantasy relevance . . .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup, cross him off your draft sheets

  93. A Frightened Child says:
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    14 team H2H categories league with 5 keepers per team.
    Kept Stanton, Judge, Altuve, Benintendi and Vlad Jr.

    Profar, Voit, McMahon, Danny Jansen, Laureano, Chris Taylor

    Obvs pitching was depleted so heres my staff…
    SP- Clevinger, Morton, Castillo, Jon Gray, Heaney, Newcomb and Velazquez
    RP- Hrctor Rondon, Boxberger, Betances, Hand and Roe

    Piching cats (W,K,BB,QS,ERA,Whip,Saves,CG)

    Let me have it straight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love Morton, Gray, Newcomb…So, yeah, the pitching needs help and/or luck…. I like the hitting tho… Looks balanced, and that’s most important

  94. Ben says:
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    How do you feel about Kenley right now? As in, I know where he is in your top 100, but do you trust him to be a top tier closer? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t draft him

  95. OaktownSteve

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    Hey Albright, how you feeling about your draft champs team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m gonna go over it on Wednesday, not feelign great about it, but I looked at my last year’s team and I didn’t have anyone after the 30th round that did much, so maybe I’m okay… You?

      • OaktownSteve

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        I like a lot of it. We screwed up back up catchers and we’re pretty thin at 2B and 3B. Having to go Alemdys Diaz in the opening week, so it would be good to get Senzel back. Offense looks pretty balanced. Muncy is a key guy there. I feel like he’s got to be something at least in the vicinity of what he was last year. The OF feels pretty safe and with good back ups. Pretty well stocked at 1B. Kind of like the Didi G. stash. Hear he could be back as early as June. I’m slightly more worried about the offense than the pitching. There’s a wide range of outcomes with Harper, Muncy, Bellinger, Senzel, Voit for some of the offensive core. I think if those guys can put together reasonably good seasons we should be in the hunt.

        Feel like the SP are pretty deep and have a chance to be solid. Flaherty, Wheeler, Ryu, Paddack, McHugh, Peralta. Some old guy inning eaters and about 6-7 late upside arms. At some point if and when a majority of those guys are up and running we’re going to have a lot of double start and match up options.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like your team is a lot like mine… Hoping the torso holds together and anything extra would be sweet… I feel like I had a nice #1 waiting behind Darvish when he went down, and I don’t know if I have that this year if I lose Walker… So, I feel much more worried about my pitching… Not overly worried about my hitting, which is famous last words

  96. EA says:
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    Thoughts on this squad? A couple key pieces I wanted got snagged right before me – even reaching a round. (not reaching around)

    C – Hedges
    1b – Freeman
    2b – Albies
    3b – Rendon
    SS – Machado
    2b/SS – Mondesi
    1b/3b – Voit
    OF – Judge
    OF – Soto
    OF – Inciarte
    OF – Piscotty
    OF – bradley Jr.
    Util – Semien (accidently drafted him tbh)
    BE – McNeil
    BE – Tatis
    BE – Olson (sticking to DL and p/u someone)

    SP – Clevinger
    SP – Marquez
    SP – E. Rodriquez
    SP – Lucchesi
    SP – Stroman
    SP – Paddack
    RP – Hader
    RP – W. Davis
    RP – Vizcaino
    RP – Shane Greene

    I feel like I need to work on my SP a little but not sure what else. What you think? Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • EA says:
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        Sorry – 12 Team H2H league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the pitching, and hitting… If I had to pick out a few issues, Stroman is gross, you’re light on SPs and instead you have way too many bench bats, though once Olson goes to IL that will be fixed a bit

  97. Hello Rockview says:
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    I’m in a total bases/OPS league . With Olsen out, who do you like the best as a replacement ? I can add a 1B or 2B with Shaw’s eligibility.

    Josh Bell
    Joey Wendle
    DJ LeMahieu
    J. McNeill
    Pinder
    B. Lowe

    Thanks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prolly try Lowe for upside for a few

  98. Mr Baseball says:
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    Dynasty League
    J. James do you see him as a starter this year or next year or closer or setup man
    and do you like his stuff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      MR, I like his stuff… He’ll prolly start about 7-10 games

  99. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just had my 10 team 6×6 (OPS & Holds) draft. Wanted to get your thoughts:

    C- Jansen
    1b- Voit
    2b- Dan Murphy
    3b – Muncy
    SS- Trea
    MI- Hampson
    CI- Abreu
    OF- Harper, Kris Bryant, Bellinger, Springer, Gallo
    UTL- Moist-ass-kiss
    Bench- Laureano, Pinder

    SP- Cole, Marquez, Ray, E-Rod, Matz
    RP- Hand, Giles, Strickland, Joe Kelly, Pressly
    IL- Morrow

    I usually would not draft bench hitters, but ESPN’s awful new draft interface does not allow you to select what position slot you want hitters with multiple eligibility to fill, so they forced me to take extra OFs. I was chasing speed late, so Laureano fit well enough and I’m all aboard the Pinder hype train, so I don’t mind hanging on to him for a little while. Once Morrow is officially IL’d I will likely add an SP or another holder.

    What do you think of the squad?

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks on ESPN, I like the hitting a lot, you might be a little heavy on speed but you don’t look light on power, so it’s all good… Your pitching is great!

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        Thanks, Grey. I am leaning toward dropping Laureano for one of Lugo or Kela to get another holds guy who can chip in Ks & ratios.

        Would adding Glasnow to this pitching staff me a little risky? He somehow went undrafted during the rounds where I was forced to take hitters… Other options are Strahm & Paddack.

        Thanks again for taking the time to tell my team that it is pretty.

  100. Whirlaway says:
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    Grey,

    In a 12 team h2h pts league in Y!, scoring is a bit unusual. 1 point for Save Opps, 4 for saves, -0.5 blown saves, 4 for holds… (among the other normal pitching categories…still points league tho)

    how would you approach relief pitchers? target all holds guys since you can get them later and ‘free’ basically? any real need to take elite/almost elite closers when you normally would in a standard 5×5?

    I’m almost at 10 years reading Razz – unreal job man. looked high and low and it’s the best out there. still.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Appreciate it! You should go very late for Holds guys and stock up on them…

  101. Steve says:
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    Do you like Parker or Givens more for saves? Bal looking so terrible but maybe that’s a good thing?

    You like Brian Anderson or McNeil as backup 3B option? Was only able to snag Franco and not sure he’s the guy. 12T OPS

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Givens — McNeil

  102. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    In my NL only keeper, could you rank Pablo Lopez, Bryse Wilson, Eric Lauer, Merrill Kelly, Nick Kingham, and Freddy Peralta. Thanks.

    • Kelly Denzik says:
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      Freddy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryse, Freddy, Kingham, Lopez, Kelly

  103. jon says:
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    Paxton and Edwin Diaz for Bryant? 10 team Roto.

    Trying to get him to do Paxton and Aroldis instead but not looking likely.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryant side

  104. jon says:
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    Kenly Jansen or Aroldis Chapman for keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kenley

  105. todayistheday says:
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    Keep Eddie Rosario for $10 or Giancarlo Stanton for $30?

    Others being kept: goldy/ Freddie Freeman/ Trout/ Harper/ Blake Snell.

    can keep 6, keep forever leaque head to head roto. thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giancarlo

  106. Lucky Dog says:
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    Sorry to break your heart, Grey, but Mesoraco just announced his retirement. And that picture – my god, it’s a face only a mother could love.

    I for one, will miss your Mesoraco jokes. I shall pour one out for the death of one of your most consistent humor reference points.

    We can only hope someone as asthetically challenged emerges in the future, if only for the sake of your articles.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, so sad

  107. Our league just completed our 35th draft. Super stoked, you can see your influence below.
    OF Hoskins
    OF V. Robles
    OF Conforto
    OF F. Reyes
    OF Winker
    1B Rizzo
    3B Rendon
    CM P. Alonso
    2B B. Lowe
    SS T. Turner
    MI Peraza
    C . Grandal
    C . Astudillo
    DH Deshields
    SP Verlander
    SP Flaherty
    SP E. Rodriguez
    SP Pivetta
    SP J. Urias
    SP Paddock
    RP W. Smith
    RP Strickland
    RP Yates
    Admit vulching on Strickland but have Morrow on reserve.
    Thanks Greydog!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      35 years? Seriously? That’s amazing! How many teams?

  108. MediOAKer Matt says:
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    got a roster full of razzball all stars – pumped for the season to start!!

    12 team h2h 5×5

    c – Alfaro
    1b – Shaw
    2b – Mondesi
    Ss – Treat
    3b – Suarez
    Of – Giancarlo, Dahl, Robles
    Util – Domingo, Chapman
    Bn – Voit
    DL – Olson
    Sp – Buehler, Corbin, Marquez, Glasnow, Castillo, Pivetta, Matz
    Rp – Hicks, Jimenez, Dominguez, Brasier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting and pitching, very sexy team, Matt! I think you have a contender!

  109. DonnieB says:
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    Hi GREY…it’s a sad day…Devin Mesoraco ended his amazing career of disappointment!

    Do you think Andrew Miller has a decent chance at saves? Seems like there might be Hicks,Reyes and C-Mart to deal with. Would you drop him for a Bryce Wilson,Sergio Romo or Blake Parker? It’s a 12 team league and I have Osuna and Giles. Thanks and have a good season. Thanks for all your pre-season work. It’s a thing of beauty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sad on Devin, he was so ugly, yet so beautiful

      I think Miller has a great chance for saves — I think Romo has a better chance tho

  110. todayistheday says:
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    Keep Eddie Rosario for $10 or Giancarlo Stanton for $30?

    Other keepers are: Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, Bryce Harper, Goldy, Snell.

    It is a keeper league, (keep forever if you want), head to head roto leaque with 10 teams.

    Thank You. I figure I can just draft Rosario or Stanton back in the draft whichever I decide to not keep… thanks again!

  111. Moon Shots says:
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    Whats up King Grey, the Grey Walker, hows your Grey’s Anatomy holding up after looking over six million fantasy teams? Care to look over six million and one?

    Im in 10 team, NL Only, H2H, custom 7×7 cats: (R-RBI-SB-BB-TB-AVG-OPS x ER-K-ERA-WHIP-QS-SV+H). Whacky i know but it works!

    C: Contreras
    1B: Hoskins
    2B: Shaw
    3B: Bryant
    SS: Trea Turner
    OF: McCutcheon
    OF: Almora J.
    OF: Duggar
    UT: Jeff McNeil
    BN: PeterAlonso
    BN: Flowers
    BN: Tyler Oneill
    NA: Tatis

    SP: Mikolas
    SP: Pivetta
    SP: Marquez
    SP: Eflin
    SP: Lauer
    RP: Morrow
    BN: Weaver
    BN: Burnes
    BN: Richards
    BN: Hellickson

    As you can see i rather punted my bullpen and drafted a gazillion SPs to see pans out. Couple of questions?

    Like it?

    Try to flip Alonso (or someone else) for a Kike or a Robles or a Hampson?

    Any of these waiver names seem like they should be on my team: Margot, Happ (stash), Luis Urias, Kinsler, Neil Walker, Verdugo, Christian Walker, Brinson, Swanson, Wainright, Samardzija, Derek Holland, Gausman

    Full of gratitude…and i hope you got that door scraped!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, hey, man! Yeah you have no bullpen, you can’t flip Alonso yet, you don’t know what you have, you might have a sneaky top 5 1B… Those waiver wire names do nothing for me… Your team looks solid, you should hold for a few, or forget the 2nd catcher and lose Flowers for Brinson or Holland… You’ll have time to trade for RPs in a few weeks once you see what you have

      • Moon Shots says:
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        Thanks dude. Grey’t advice!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  112. Jr says:
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    Hey Grey, could use your input on a Dynasty League question: 10 team h2h league. What side you like?

    Goldschmidt
    Kluber
    Tatis (extremely team friendly tag)

    Or

    Hoskins (good tag)
    Story (good tag)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, I’d prolly go Story

      • Jr says:
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        The league in OBP instead of AVG and has BB as extra counting stat. Does that change anything?

        Sorry, I don’t know why I didn’t include that in the first ask…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, I still want Story, but it’s close

          • Jr says:
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            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  113. Perfect Game says:
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    In a standard 5×5 roto, who would you rather have that’s 2B eligible in my league for counting stats and AVG?

    Senzel
    Goodrum

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flip a coin, Goodrum if you need him right now

  114. Perfect Game says:
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    After Vlad Jr’s oblique injury I haven’t really followed him. I looked at your projections. Do you have any new projections for him based on when he might be fully recovered and come up to the bigs or are the earlier pre-season projections still good? I know oblique injuries can take a while to recover from and regain core strength.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guessing still end of April/beginning of May… I’m not drafting him tho

  115. Hugman says:
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    yo Grey!!!
    Let’s do this! Trevor Richards or Tyler Glasnow? Richards, right? Is it close?

    If anyone from my league is reading this (Jake) cover your ears!

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hugman! Good to see you! Glasnow for now

      • Hugman says:
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        Oh. Good. That’s who I drafted in my last draft. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  116. hondo says:
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    I waited too long on SS,plus 1 guy took Trea,Story and Lindor(and Villar)He won’t trade and nobody else has a surplus.I wound up with Elvis and have never had much patience with him.

    If Didi had been healthy,where would you have ranked him in for H2H?Might have to go the DL stash route( H2H.)WW options are Dejong,Polanco,Ketel Marte,Escobar types.I’m thinking about dropping Elvis,grabbing Didi for the DL(3 spots,none needed ) and going with the schmohawk of the week until he returns(if he does).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab DeJong over Elvis

      • hondo says:
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        Thanks,I also had the 3B/SS Escobar guy from the Dbacks,dropped him and Elvis for Didi to stash and roster manipulation reasons until the hurt players are put on the Infra Red list.I’ll pick up a scrap heap guy when I get a couple roster spaces,then look for a breakout from somebody.
        I’ve waited 5 months for my first OCD dilemma dose,can’t wait for opening day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  117. SteveNZ says:
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    When do the gimps get put on the DL? I need the roster spot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s IL!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        Whatever it is, when does it happen? *shakes fist*

        • SteveNZ says:
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          (shaking fist at yahoo btw)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          *shakes fist with you*

        • royce! says:
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          Oooh, a fist shaking party! *?*

          • royce! says:
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            Damn, I guess emojis don’t work. Lemme try again…*shakes fist*

  118. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Hello again Grey,
    I am going to pester you for your take on my wife’s team in the same Yahoo 10 Team H2H League (Auction Draft by the way):

    C – Grandal
    1B – Freeman
    2B – Odor
    SS – Peraza
    3B – E. Suarez
    OF – Judge
    OF – K. Davis
    OF – Upton
    OF – Inciarte
    UTIL – Mazara

    SPs – Verlander, Cole, Eovaldi, Hamels, Ryu, Matz, R. Hill, Glasnow
    RPs – Mr. Hand, Doolitle, Robertson, Barnes and Smith

    I think she did rather well, but I would love to hear what you think.

    As usual, thanks very much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like her team better than yours! Kidding, I don’t remember your team… I like her team tho, nice hitting and pitching… Pitching is a bit better than I’d want, and hitting a little weaker… She has lots of hitters prone to slumps, which could hurt in H2H

      • Yankee My Wanky! says:
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        HA! Well played!

        Thanks much Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  119. Elwood Blues says:
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    NL Only 5×5
    Would you rather have $3 Velasquez, $7 Weaver.. or $6 Wilmer Flores.. or none of the above.

    Trying to decide if I just hold onto VV.. or trade him for either of those players.. trade VV to move up in our prospect draft

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None… I’d hold VV for now

  120. Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    OPS league

    Guy wants Conforto pretty bad, kinda makes me not want to trade him.

    His OF i could swap would be Marte or Puig. Would you trade Conforto for either?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Puig a lot, but Conforto could be better, seems unnecessary

  121. Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    See any glaring issues here? Too Colorado heavy? 10 team OPS+ holds

    C Alfaro
    1b Bellinger
    2b Altuve
    3b Arenado
    ss Profar
    mi DeJong
    ci Myers
    of blackmon
    of Dahl
    of Conforto
    of Domingo
    u Laureano

    Snell, Corbin, Lucchesi, E rod, Glasnow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never too Colorado heavy, it looks solid, if light on speed, but with OPS that’s fine

  122. John says:
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    Hey guys 5×5 7 keeper league. Just completed my draft yesterday. Let me know what you guys think.
    Posey
    Rizzo
    Baez
    Treat
    Rendon
    Stanton
    Hoskins
    Dahl
    Encarnacion
    Sale
    Flaherty
    KIkuchi
    Lucchesi
    C. Paddack
    Wade Miley
    Jansen
    Kimbrel/J Alvarado

    Bench
    McNeil
    A. Meadows
    R. Laureano
    Braun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams

      • John says:
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        12 team

      • John says:
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        12 team league Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have two aces, and a solid #3 and 5… No real #2 or 4… Your hitting looks solid, totally fine

      • John says:
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        Thank you sir! I based my draft off your top 500 so I thank you for this. Best of luck to year

  123. Jeff says:
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    Who do you like more?

    Alfaro or Willians Astudillo?

    Drop either Moncada or Renfroe for Dejong?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alfaro — Renfroe

  124. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Took me an hour to get to the bottom of the screen lol. That’s how you know baseball is right around the corner lol.

    I have a keeper question.

    In my keeper league (we’re in the third year and it was keep 4, after this season it is keep 6)

    I won year 1 and came in second last year, I pick 11th out of 12.

    My keeper are:

    Stanton
    Soto
    Benintendi
    Hoskins

    I had to cut loose K. Davis, Segura, Bellinger, Nola to name a few.

    My q is would you consider taking a pitcher in the forst round, say, if Nola is somehow available at 11? I probably won’t draft a pitcher until the 2nd seeing as II draft 2nd then, but the value seems worth the pick and pretty much all the upper echelon pitchers were kept. I never target “tier 1” pitchers except for the “low end” ones in the 5-6 rounds and on, which most pitchers later as we know end up breaking out and become more valuable hence why we don’t draft SP early. I was just wondering if you’d go that route based on the fact that pitching will be flying off the board right away and Nola at 11 sounds like a steal.

    I could go Jack Flahtery in the second though. This is my first keeper league ever so my strategy will change a little bit and kind of on the fly too:

    Thanks for the insight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Yes, you have a solid base for taking a pitcher first…

  125. Edward Gonzalez says:
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    Have a pitching staff that consists of Miles Mikolas, Charlie Morton, Luis Castillo, J.A Happ, Tyler Glasnow, Maeda, Kikuchi and Tyler Skaggs. How would you rate this pitching squad??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on # of teams, not great prolly

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Damn cold blooded this evening ha!

  126. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Would you trade Jose Quintana to get Kyle Gibson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  127. Licketty Splits says:
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    I did my last RCL last night. Drafting from the 9 hole I ended up with:
    C TBD after Betances to DL
    1B Belinger
    2B Odor
    3B Moose
    SS Story
    CI T White
    MI Segura
    OF Yelich; Puig; Ozuna; Bader; & Laurano
    Util Grichuk or Adames
    SP Snell; Wheeler; Bieber; Glasnow; Paddack; Domingo
    RP Yates; Hicks; Colome; Parker; Pressly; & Detances

    I was bummed losing the #2 spot when someone quit & we had to redraw for draft slots BUT overall not too bad. I assume in an RCL having quality MRs with big K’s works for daily lineups. There should be plenty of SP to stream but I really like my top 5 SPs to start off the year. Hitting is fairly balanced.
    Sorry to add to the 6 million plus “look at my team” posts but I have to get the nod of approval.
    Should be competitve?? I know there are 2 other very solid teams in the mix.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, quality MRs is a good way to go, I like the pitching a lot… I don’t love the hitting, it looks low on AVG and power

  128. Steve says:
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    Now that we know they all have jobs, what order do you put Pablo Lopez, Caleb Smith, Corbin Burnes and Kyle Wright?

  129. Nightpandas says:
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    Gray,

    Hope you live hard and retire ugly…

    Who would you rather take a last round flyer on: Bryce the Brave or Frankie Montas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilson

  130. Perfect Game says:
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    In a very shallow 10 teamer, standard roto league that is using QS, K, ERA and WHIP. For SP’s there are 4 SP slots, 1 P slot and 3 total bench slots. Right now most of the league is carrying 5 SP.

    My rotation includes Buehler, Marquez, Clevinger, Flaherty and Stripling. Stripling may not be a starter for long. Want to use a bench slot and grab another. Who would be the best grab that can go deep into games for the QS, provide ample K’s with decent ratios and in what order? Freeland is interesting – heard he has an increase in velocity and increase in slider usage this spring – maybe outperforms peripherals again.

    Freeland, Woodruff, Strahm, Peacock

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Grey hates Freeland. Strahm for me.
      For such a shallow league there might be better options that meet your QS requirements.

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        strahm, then either of peacock/woodruff, then freeland.

  131. GimmeGimmeGimme says:
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    H2H 5×5 OBP with the following keepers by round:
    Soto (10th round – FA)
    Acuña (12th)
    Hand (16th)
    Diaz (24th)
    Can’t keep in from the top 5 rounds so most good players are available. Nola, Buehler, Snell, Clevinger, Flaherty and Marquez all kept. Question is when do I look for a starter? First two picks will be power+diversity, e.g. Arenado/Judge+JoRam/Yelich. Do I wait and see how long I can hold out til the top guys are gone, or just grab who’s available in the 3rd/4th round? Would appreciate your thoughts.

  132. Andrew says:
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    15 team NFBC, thoughts?

    C Jorge Alfaro MIA
    C Carson Kelly ARZ
    1B Eric Hosmer SD
    2B Javier Baez CHC
    SS Jean Segura PHI
    3B Nolan Arenado COL
    OF Kris Bryant CHC
    OF George Springer HOU
    OF Marcell Ozuna STL
    OF Cedric Mullins BAL
    OF Daniel Palka CWS
    MI Niko Goodrum DET
    CI Jeimer Candelario DET
    Util: Ozzie Albies ATL
    P Eduardo Rodriguez BOS
    P J.A. Happ NYY
    P Joey Lucchesi SD
    P Tyler Glasnow TB
    P Pedro Strop CHC
    P Mychal Givens BAL
    P Zach Eflin PHI
    P Bryse Wilson ATL
    P Trevor Cahill LAA
    BENCH
    P Dereck Rodriguez SF
    P Drew Steckenrider MIA
    P Matt Shoemaker TOR
    3B Yolmer Sanchez CWS
    P Tyson Ross DET
    2B David Fletcher LAA
    P Nate Karns BAL

  133. Mordacious Levator says:
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    how’s this one look. 16 team keep 4 at previous season’s ADPs h2h where everybody plays everybody every week. hits, OBP over AVG, SB%, OPS, total bases, XBH, QS, starter wins over wins, K’s, K%, QS, net saves, saves and holds, total bases against, inherited runners stranded. 35-72 min-max innings per matchup week if week is standard 7 days.
    C iannetta (25)
    1B bellinger LF (2)
    2B murphy 1B (5)
    3B mostsuckass (8)
    SS schoop 2B (11)
    MI j.polanco SS (13)
    CI cron (16)
    LF soto (K, 28)
    CF yelich LF (K, 3)
    RF harper (K, 1)
    OF meadows all OF (10)
    util (2) kang 3B (19)
    kiermaier (21)
    DL (infinite): otani DH/SP (7)

    SP: corbin (K, 15), marquez (4), lucchesi (9), maeda (12), honeywell (we allow 1 prospect minor leaguer in stash slot, and due to the previous season’s ADP for keepers having at least one of these is quite good value, there was a run on them around here 17)
    annabelle (20), richards (23), b.wilson (24)

    RP (max room for 6): hand (6, fantrax has upped the AI of it’s autopicking, we had 3 guys gone, but in past years the AI would overdraft RP big time, here i could’ve had one of mallex/peraza and yates instead of hand had i known that in advance)
    k-rob (14), barnes (18), kelly (22), kela (26), stammen (27)

    how’s this one look. honeywell/otani go to stash slots i add a BN bat and 8th SP (or just streamer)

  134. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Remember how I was infinitely high on Alex Reyes a couple weeks ago? Well, I’m about to dial that enthusiasm back about 68 notches. Saw him in Memphis last night for the Cardinals’ final exhibition. Two walks, a hit batter, a lucky out on a hard-hit ball, and a fortunate bounce on another play. And this was against the minor league players. He looked completely lost.

    My new recommendation: Stay the Hell away.

    • Grey

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      I’m not drafting him

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