Without getting too preachy here on a Sunday morning, let’s take a look at some basic ideas for keeper leagues that I have found to be effective. I use the term ‘commandments’ loosely, since what works for me might not work for you. That said, these are the principles I live by in keepers. They should give some insight into where my head’s at when answering questions in the comments as well. You know your leagues, and if you’re winning then just keep on doing what works. But if you’re never getting to the promised land in your keeper league, take a look at the ideas below and see if they make sense to help improve your game. Here are my ten keepr commandments (in no particular order). Cue thunder and lightning…

1. Thou shalt not keep pitchers over hitters
Certainly an ace arm is a wonderful thing to have. With all else being equal, I’ll still protect the hitter over the pitcher. Pitching is deep, especially when you consider most of us are playing in 10-12 team leagues. There are a handful of elite options that I would protect, but for the most part I tend to treat a limited group of keepers the way I’d treat the early rounds of a redraft, and that rarely includes arms.

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee graven images of keeper rankings
This was mentioned in last week’s post, but it’s important to reiterate that keeper rankings can be really difficult to interpret. There are too many variations on costs and contract lengths – let alone sizes, scoring, and roster makeups – to make it worth sweating any one preseason keeper ranking. Take them all with a grain of salt and cringe at the arguments they create – as if any of us can see that far ahead into the future.

3. Thou shalt not be guided by price and age alone
A cheap price doesn’t automatically mean a good value. There are only so many players worth $30 or more based on their performances. It’s usually worth it to pay them for those stats. I’m just as likely to keep a player with a bigger price tag as I am a $1 “bargain”. The same holds true for age. A player who is 22 years old isn’t necessarily the default better keeper than a player who is 31. If I’m going for rings, my roster won’t cut it with only $1 players or rookies. Just like in real life, it’s all about balance.

4. Remember thy league settings, to keep them holy
There’s a big difference between keeping 3 players and keeping 12, keeping guys for two years or forever, or keeping one prospect versus keeping 40. Knowing all the the little ins and outs of your league settings is especially important in keepers that can have lots of little tweaks in contracts. Just look at last week’s comments. Tons of variations. One of the biggest mistakes I make is assuming a rule instead of taking the time to read or ask about it. And since we’ve got a morality thing going here with the commandment theme…you can’t find the loopholes if you don’t know the rules. [wink]

5. Honor thy veteran and thy bounce back
Don’t ignore the vets and players coming off of down years. Just because they are older or had some issues doesn’t always make them unworthy of a keeper slot. They sometimes end up being the best bargains the following season.

6. Thou shalt not kill thy prospects too early
Julio Teheran is a decent example here. He was a top prospect, struggled, fell a bit, then swung the other way and became a good value. The moral of the story is young players are supposed to struggle. It’s totally normal. Give the some them time to cook – or at least 600 plate appearances – before giving up. There’s nothing worse than owning a guy through the rough patches only to see him turn it on for another squad after you cut the cord too soon.

7. Thou shalt not commit to catchers or closers
Two-catcher leagues are different animals, but for the most part I don’t keep catchers. Wilin Rosario looked like a nice keeper heading into 2014…young, homers, Coors, boom. Then they actually played the season and cue fart noise. Catchers take a lot of wear and tear, there always seems to be a bunch with similar stats, and they aren’t reliable to play everyday. I will say that players like Buster Posey and Carlos Santana can carry more value because they can be slotted at other positions for their real teams. This gives them a few extra at bats and a little less wear and tear. That said, it only works for fantasy if you’re slotting them in your catcher slot. Playing Posey at first base kind of defeats the purpose. Closers, well, I can’t project closers in redrafts so trying to project them in keepers is almost impossible. I tend to just look for cheap and talented relievers in drafts and hope they end up in high leverage situations. I like using closers as trade chips and almost never keep them.

8. Thou shalt not expect steals to last forever
Speed doesn’t slump, but it sure does evaporate quickly. That’s not a huge issue in redrafts, but keeper league owners need to be mindful when their speedsters are getting long in the tooth.

9. Thou shalt not put position scarcity above talent
Player X is just kind of meh, but he plays (insert “scarce” position). I want to assemble the best team of keepers possible, and that means looking at what stats they’ll put up and how big of a value they are. Rarely does it come down to the position they play unless I need balance. For example, I don’t like to go into a season keeping a full outfield, but needing to fill all three corner slots…or vice versa.

10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s keepers (or manservants)
It’s easy to get trigger happy in the offseason when there is no baseball going on. We’re anxious to get things started. One of the things I love the most about keeper leagues is the active offseason, but self-control is a must. It’s not that I won’t make an offseason trade, it’s just that a lot changes between December and April in real baseball.

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  1. J-FOH says:
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    Should I keep dee gordon and kimbrel over springer?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Is this a trap?

      I’d still take Springer.

      Dee’s going to make it interesting for keeper owners though. He’s still 26 so the speed won’t fall off a cliff and the big steals totals are nice from a MI slot.

      Kimbrel is only 26 too but I personally wouldn’t keep him. That said, I’m sure he’ll be kept in a lot of leagues.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: It was a sarcasm trap.

        I do think Gordon is a guy that a lot of people are going to be on the keeper fence over and thought I would put it out there for you to share

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Nice. I agree…he’d be a good one to write up

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: I’ve never thought of things this way but is there a difference between a roto keeper and a H2H keeper?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Don’t play much H2H honestly. I’d guess there wouldn’t be much difference unless the points skew towards a certain type of player.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Mike: I know pitchers usually carry more value because a lot are set up so you can’t stream

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  ah cool. My first commandment holds less oomph in H2H then probably.

                  I don’t think I could live without streaming BTW

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Mike: H2H is a fools errand and the bastard child of fantasy football and ADD

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      Haha Direct all H2H questions to JFOH!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Mike: if I was to play again I would try to draft according to teams in hitter parks during playoff weeks.

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      Ah yeah. I remember you guys talking about that. Play all year to build a good team only to get burned in the playoffs by weird baseball in September

                    • JREwing says:
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                      Actually in HTH with decent size benches and relatively small number of teams (like 12) I think elite pitchers are devalued some. When you aren’t as concerned about Ks or Ws per IPs burned, you can focus even more on elite hitters and just use your bench for extra guys like Fister, Dickey, or Wood Gray that have lower ratios but lower Ks than you’d like in roto. Enough of those guys out IP’ing your opponent can make up for a lack of elite pitchers.

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      ah cool. that makes sense.

    • Ghost says:
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      I have Springer and I’m going to keep him over Gomez, I’m figuring his ADP will be low so I can grab value in an earlier round.. Plus I’m hoping Springer will start to use that speed on the bases.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        that’s an interesting one. I see what you’re saying. The difference between their ADPs might be way bigger than the difference between their stats, making Springer the better keeper and giving you more flex in the early rounds.

  2. SoSH says:
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    Hello,

    These are some good tips here, i actually just joined a dynasty league and the amateur prospect draft(guys who still have with rookie eligibility) is underway already with the MLB auction to follow. Can you point me to any resources that might help me, here on razzball or anywhere else? I’m looking for an updated top 100 list too but it seems a bit early for that, have you seen such a ranking anywhere?

    Cheers and thanks for the help here

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem. glad it was helpful. It is a little early to find top 100s…

      we’ll be doing prospect top tens here during the offseason, but they’ll likely roll out too late for your amateur draft if it’s already underway. Here’s a link to Razzball’s midseason prospect list. https://razzball.com/mid-season-top-50-fantasy-baseball-prospects-2/
      Baseball America is also a good source for updated prospect info.

      Aside from prospects, I’d also recommend looking back through Razzball’s rankings from this past season. A lot of Grey’s comments and general strategies are still applicable and he makes good projections. He’s currently doing position by position reviews of 2014 as well.

      https://razzball.com/top-20-1st-basemen-2014-fantasy-baseball/

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Mike: Mike sounds good. Can I ask will the lists be of only the newly drafted prospects, or including all currently prospect eligable players?

        For us in offseason prospect drafts, we are only mainly interested in new draftees (though I guess some prospects jump the lists after a strong season).

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          All currently prospect eligible players including 2014 draftees and int’l signings. Top ten for each system starting with the 30th ranked farm according to last year’s BA org. rankings and ending with #1. My guess is that the most fantasy relevant 2014 signees will appear in their org’s top ten, so should still be helpful even if many of the prospects in your league are already spoken for.

  3. Swfcdan says:
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    Even as a neutral fan still getting over the shock of seeing the Cards destroy Kershaw in the 7th. He was looking dominant as always, them BOOM he gets battered. Dont think he was tiring too much either, amazing job by the Cards. Maybe Donnie could have taken him out but wow, just wow. Wont forget that game in a long time.

    Oh where was I…good stuff Mike. Ok another keeper Q for you, have Rendon at ($0) currently and love the guys. Need to decide on a contract this offseason, think its between 2 choices:
    Either 3 year contract at $8 a year
    Or
    A renewable contract for $6, then can offer 3 more years next offseason for (+8) so $14

    3 years for $8 is amazing value, but is he worth the extra 6 bucks to keep for another year?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that was a crazy Dodger game

      yeah, I think Rendon is worth it. We’d be looking at him being 28 years old in the last year of that contract. Aside from injuries, I’d think he’d bring in 14 bucks worth of value.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Mike: Thanks. He’d be worth 14 bucks, but would he be more valuable to have for years 2 and 3 for 8 bucks rather than 14? It’s a tough call I know, just wondering how you approach these (nice) situations.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime. boy I kind of hate having to lock a guy up for a set number of years. So you’re saying that all three years increase to $14, not just the final year? Can you still release him?

          If that contract is too constricting, I might just do the two years at $8 to keep things flexible both with roster and budget.

          • manormachine? says:
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            @Mike: You gave me similar advice last week about not extending Pence. Is this another commandment? Don’t get locked into long term deals or some such thing?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              haha, yeah maybe this could be like my 11th one…some leagues give you a way to buy out, but yes, to me it can be realy risky when you start locking yourself into players 3-5 years at a time. I like to keep things as flexible as possible. Others might like the security of knowing they have player x taken care of for a set number of years, so it’s kind of a preference I guess. One thing I’ll add to this, it can be really ahrd to trade players with multiple years left on their contracts…

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Mike: Thanks yeah the concept is fairly simple once you can get your head around, it’s basically +3 for a 1 year deal, +6$ for 2, +8 for 3, or +6 for a renewable deal.

            He’s currently costing 0, so 3 year deal would mean $8 each year then must be released, or I could give him a $6 renewable deal then a 3 year deal for (+8) so $14 each year (then must be released after). So it’s either $24 total for 3 years or $48 for 4, I guess when you think of it that way 3 years sounds better right? Haha.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              yeah, I’d go with the 3-year deal over the 4-year

              • Swfcdan says:
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                @Mike: Thanks, makes sense. Think I’ll go the same way with Bogey too, who’s exactly the same price ($0) going into the offseason.

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  anytime…sounds good

  4. Flag says:
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    I keep a list of rules myself (not just for selecting keepers) and one is: “Keeper and ROS rankings are useless. Ignore them.” I had gotten hurt taking them seriously in the past.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice. yeah, they’re fun but hard to take as gospel when making decisions. still have to use the old eyes and brain

  5. goodfold2 says:
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    good rule with the speed, and very often “long in the tooth” translates to around 25 years old in some instances. it’s not so much that these guys (UPTON!) are getting old, once they get a certain level of contract/prestige their effort at stealing seems to go away. In some cases the opposite occurs, see Alex Gordon getting 3 steals while being on base less than 5 times in 3 playoff games this year. This was against both OAK/LAA so it’s not just the OAK game, with 7 steals off of Norris (who has clearly been hit in the head to many times this year to be anything resembling a useful real life catcher). But real effort comes out when the games mean a lot. Upton never really has that problem, does he.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks. agreed…

      KC is a lot of fun to watch right now. Those steals would have helped me in the last week of the regular season haha/ I’m looking at you Dyson…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: gordon was pretty valuable as is, with more steals he’d be huge.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: last week or so i grabbed guys who i knew were getting at bats like enciarte (plus he was hitting like 400 there for over a week)

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            good call

  6. Boomer19 says:
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    Hi Mike. Hope things are well. I posted this for Grey but would love your thoughts as wel. In my 13 team 5×5 roto I can keep four of these five. Miggy for one year, Tulo for one year, Kershaw for one year, jones for two years or Frazier for two years. Who doesn’t make the cut?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hey Boomer

      Miggy, Tulo, Kershaw, Jones IMO

  7. Peter says:
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    15 team, 5×5, able to keep 3 for 1 year. $260 budget. Which of these 3 do I keep: J Abreu ($27), AJ Pollack ($2), Frazier ($9), Melancon ($1), Feliz ($1), Hughes ($1), A Garcia ($4), Owings ($1)?

    Thanks

    Peter

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go Abreu, Frazier, and Avisail

  8. Lurve Guru says:
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    12 tm $300 auction with 8 keepers per team, +$5 inflation per year with no limit on years. H2H points league so hitters that strikeout a lot see diminished value.

    Scoring is setup so pitchers and hitters are reasonable equally valued in points scored.

    Keep 8:

    Costs for 2015

    Harper $21
    Rizzo $16
    Baez $11
    Brantley $12
    Harrison $6
    Betts $6
    Lindor $6
    Sonny Gray $18
    Stroman $6
    Ventura $12
    Carrasco $6
    Salazar $6
    Pineda $6

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I get the sense that $6 is your league’s minimum price

      some tough calls in there…I’m battling back and forth about Harrison…

      Rizzo, Betts, Harper, Brantley for sure

      Gray, Ventura, Carrasco on the arm side

      last spot I could see going with either Harrison or Lindor. If he’s the third baseman now and they are putting Alvarez at first in 2015, I think I’d lean towards Harrison

      • LurveGuru says:
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        @Mike: @Mike: Thanks and yes the min is $6. Would I be horribly wrong in keeping Stroman over Harrison? It worries me a bit that Harrison seemed to come out of nowhere this year.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          that’s a fair concern. I don’t think you would be making a mistake with Stroman either.

  9. Michael says:
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    Should I trade my Hosmer for his 1st round pick in a keeper league? I’ve got Abreu and my offense is pretty stacked.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      with Abreu in hand, I think you make that deal, yes

  10. asdfasdf says:
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    Hi, how would you rank Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Gomez, Tulowitzki, and Abreu in a dynasty with OBP and SLG? Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Miggy, Abreu, Tulo, Gomez for me

      • asdfasdf says:
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        @Mike: Great thanks for the answer, so are you not worried about Miggy’s age and injuries (he might have ankle surgery and still has that core injury)? Thanks again

        • Matt says:
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          @asdfasdf: Miggy’s 2014 was a “down” year by his standards, but an other offseason recovered from core surgery should make for a better (maybe not Triple Crown) 2015

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          They’re in the back of my mind, and I might be more confident in him than I should be, but to me he’s still an elite hitter and the type of guy I think I’d ride into the sunset with in a dynasty. We saw Pujols continue to do some solid work at 34 and I think Miggy is a similar case.

          • asdfasdf says:
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            @Mike: Yeah, okay, that makes sense. Thanks to both of you for the help!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              anytime

  11. Matt says:
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    15 team roto league gotta keep 10 keepers under $135, obv early to make keeper decisions but what would you make of possibly keeping a $10 Pearce, $16 Cashner, and $18 Alex Wood (SP/RP eligible)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like the Cashner there even though there is some injury history. I’ll have to take a closer look at Pearce’s numbers. 18 feels high to me for Wood with a 135 keeper cap.

      • Matt says:
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        @Mike: I’m lucky that my other guys are no-brainers (CarGomez and Ortiz at $20, D.Gordon $7, Machado $6, Puig $11, Ozuna $6, Kluber $7) so I do have some cap space to play with.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ah cool…if you can afford all three they sound fine to me…

          • Matt says:
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            [email protected]Mike: What do you think about J.Peralta at $16 (20 HR’s great for a SS as I don’t wanna spend 35+ on Tulo at the draft), Cingrani for $8, or Chris Davis at $23 (Davis K’ing a lot worries me but I have a feeling he can rebound a bit from 2014), what do you think?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              let’s say Davis pulls a Chirs Carter next season…that was about $18 according to the Razzball player rater…I could see keeping him around and I think there is a chance for a rebound, but I wouldn’t count on him outperforming the 23 by a wide margin or anything.

              I would probably throw a 32-year-old Peralta back at 16 to be totally honest, and I’m not a huge fan of Cingrani’s so I’d probably cut him as well.

              • Matt says:
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                @Mike: Thanks for the insight, keeping 10 guys is tough! Haha

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  anytime. I agreee. Those last couple slots are always tricky

  12. anoraxx says:
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    Hi Mike, h2h mixed 12 team keeper league, you can keep 12 players as long as you want. My team consist of Goldschmidt,Rizzo,Kipnis,Betts,Arenado,Reyes,Kemp,Brantley,Yelich,Gregory Polanco,D’Arnaud / Teheran,Ventura,Bauer,Petit,Kazmir,Greg Holland,Britton and trash.What 12 players would you keepr?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Goldy, Rizzo, Arenado, Kemp, Brantley, Yelich, Polanco, Kipnis, Betts, Teheran, Ventura, Bauer

  13. Swfcdan says:
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    Man my Nats are one game from elimination after that stinkin loss last night, and we were one of the favourites to win it all. And I see the Tigers are one game away from elimination after being favourites, and that’s against the sinkin O’s!

    Friggin crazy! That’s playoff baseball for you I guess…My Nats just haven’t hit, need Zimm, Werth and Harper hitting and neither are right now.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, baseball is the best. gonna be tough to fly out to SF in a must win situation

  14. Slapweasel[/i][/u][/s][/b] says:
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    In a Four-Max Keeper League where the Keepers are Auto-Drafted in the first three/four rounds:

    I’m Keeping A. Rendon, A. Rizzo and M. Scherzer.

    Would you substitute/add N. Cruz, Melky Cabrera or Corey Dickerson to that list?

    –Thanks!

    • Slapweasel says:
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      @Slapweasel[/i][/u][/s][/b]:

      It is a Two-Year Max League, as well. None of these names are “expiring” next season.

      • Slapweasel says:
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        @Slapweasel:

        Well, I flubbed that.

        The original question was:

        I am Keeping A. Rendon, A. Rizzo and M. Scherzer next season in a Max-Four Keeper League.

        The Keepers are Auto-Drafted in the first three/four rounds.

        Would you add/substitute any of these names:

        Melky Cabrera, Corey Dickerson or Nelson Cruz.

        –Thanks!

        • Mike

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          I’d take Dickerson as a fourth

  15. Great article Mike. I think #2 could be expanded to all leagues. Rankings should be used as a guideline to gauge where players rank, but league settings, scoring, contracts, ect.., all have to be taken into account. Rankings are just a tool like everything else, use them to make your own rankings based upon your league

    • Mike

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      thanks Jim…I agree

  16. Steve says:
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    Love reading your articles, keep up the good work. Hoping your knowledge/expertise can settle a fierce internal debate on who I should select as my PRELIMINARY keepers going into 2015.

    (0-5 Keeper / 25-Man Roster / 16-Team League / Draft Pick Trading Available / No Keep Contracts / Snake Draft Format)
    C: Devin Mesoraco
    1B: Carlos Santana
    2B: Robinson Cano*
    3B: Nolan Arenado*
    SS: (2B eligible) Javier Baez
    OF: Bryce Harper*
    OF: Oswaldo Arcia
    OF: Rusney Castillo
    DH: Steve Pearce
    UTIL: Matt Adams
    BENCH SLOTS: Oscar Taveras / Wilin Rosario / Jimmy Rollins
    SP: Corey Kluber, Jose Fernandez*, Matt Harvey*, Carlos Carrasco, Scott Kazmir, Matt Cain, Danny Duffy, Chris Archer

    CURRENTLY I have Cano*, Arenado*, and Harper* as my 3.
    Debating between only selecting 3 so I can get a couple early draft picks OR selecting 5 by adding *Fernandez/*Harvey into the mix. Tough luck being an owner of both of those studs.

    Any advise appreciated! Thanks so much!!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Steve!

      Cano, Arenado, Harper sounds good

      I’d keep one of Kluber/Harvey/J-Fer and package the other two in trade to land another stud bat.

      You’ve got two catchers you can move as well so you should be in good shape landing another player and maybe even a couple draft picks. Nice thing about only keeping five is that in situations like this you can turn the extra players into picks/upgrades.

  17. boomer20 says:
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    Who are the handful of starting pitchers that you must keep?

    Kershaw, Felix, Madbum, Strasburg, Sale, Scherzer, Darvish, Price, Kluber, Wainwright? Would you add to or take away anyone from that list? Matt Harvey or Jose Fernandez?

    What about in a deeper 14 team league where everyone starts 4 SPs, that means at least 56 starters are playing every week, would you be more or less likely to keep elite pitchers in this league?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      The deeper the league the more thought I’d give to keeping arms. Also, the more guys I can protect, the more pitchers I’d make room for.

      So, for example, if I can only keep five players, I would probably only keep one arm at most. If I get ten keeps, maybe now I keep two arms and so on. .. I think of the group you listed, I would be happy to keep any one of them, including Harvey and JFer, it’s more a matter of how I want to construct my roster. Just like you won’t see me draft much pitching in the first five rounds in a redraft, you won’t see me use the too many keeper slots on them.

  18. The Situation says:
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    @Mike: Nice post. Keeper hypo for you. League is: 6×6 (w/BBs and Holds), 12-team, 10 keeper, keep forever league, no dollar values/keep 10 best, w/mi, ci, 4 OFs and 2 Util.

    Keeper options below, listed by final ranking on our league player rater:
    11: Miggy
    19: Rizzo
    22: Werth
    24: Cano
    27: Kluber
    29: Puig
    33: Encarnacion
    38: Yelich
    40: Wainwright
    72: JD Martinez
    79: Teheran
    88: Zobrist
    113: Moss
    126: McHugh
    N/A: Springer
    N/A: CarGonz
    N/A: Trumbo
    N/A: Wacha
    N/A: Latos

    Power bats are really tough to come by in this league and there is a lot of pitching depth (I guess like most leagues). Who would you keep and who would you try to move in the offseason? Ideally, I’d like to package 3 to 4 players in a couple separate deals to upgrade a couple of my keepers. Thanks Mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks!

      I’d go with Miggy, Rizzo, Cano, Puig, E5, Yelich, Springer, JDMart, Kluber, Teheran

      gives you a nice mix of vets and youngsters, and two nice arms

  19. OT says:
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    keep 2, ROTO. These guys will go up 1 or 2 each year (We keep 8 total-10 teams) How would tier these guys?

    Taveras 6
    Heyward 13
    Chris Carter 8
    Tyson Ross 10
    Arrieta 6

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Heyward, Taveras
      Carter
      Ross, Arrieta

  20. dominatedmyleague says:
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    so I had a stronghold on my league all year thanks to you guys. we can keep 7, $10 is the minimum price, who do you got?

    Miggy (39$)
    Trout ($52)
    Harper ($34)
    Goldschmidt ($11)
    Rizzo ($10)
    Pence ($10)
    Hanley ($23) thinking of packaging hanley and miggy to an owner, i grew very tired of hanley this year.
    Rusney Castillo ($14)
    matt harvey ($10)
    kluber ($16)
    grienke ($17)
    kenly janson ($10)

    i think i might package cabrera (losing 3b eligibility) hanley ramirez, and grienke to a guy with $10 michael brantley and $15 chris sale.

    • dominatedmyleague says:
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      @dominatedmyleague: my league was roto, and i dominated so my leaguemates whined and want it week to week roto, instead of season long. in case that impacts anything

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice! Congrats. It’s a strong team. I’d say if the weekly thing passes it just makes it harder to stream matchups and the platoon guys get harder to roster cause you can’t bring them in and out of the lineup.

      You’ve got some studs…
      I’d go with Miggy, Trout, Harper, Goldy, Rizzo, Harvey, Kluber.

  21. Steve says:
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    so I gotta then ask Mike…

    who do you prefer; Kluber, Harvey, or JFernandez??

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Tough choice. No contracts I’d go JFer

  22. Lville Jim says:
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    Hope #6 applies to Nick Franklin. Picked him off waivers a few years ago, dropped him at the end of last season and then scooped him up again once he got shipped off to Tampa. My MI is weak, so hoping somehow he becomes a post hype hero for me next season.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Certainly could. I love the post hype heroes.

  23. Dorian says:
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    Hey Mike, thanks for the advice on keeper strategy. Also thanks to the entire Razzball team because with your help, I was able to turn another terrible fantasy season into my first playoff visit and a regular season 3rd place finish! :) My highest yet.

    That said, do you mind if I ask for some help concerning keepers?

    Legend: D-Drafted, W-Waivers, K-Keeper, #-Round Value If Kept.

    C- Devin Mesoraco(D11)
    1B – Chris Davis(K20), Kennys Vargas(W20)
    2B – Scooter Gennett(W20)
    3B – Jedd Gyorko(K13), Anthony Rendon(K20)
    SS – Danny Santana(W20)
    OF – Kole Calhoun(D4), Nelson Cruz(D8), George Springer(D10), Gregory Polanco(D12)
    SP – Felix Hernandez(D1), Collin McHugh(W20), Jacob deGrom(W20), Jake Arrieta(W20)

    That’s who I could possible keep. Rendon and Cruz are both locks, but it I’m struggling with who else I should add to them. What do you think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      congrats! no problem…

      how many do you get to keep?
      Davis, Santana, Springer, Polanco, deGrom, and Arrieta look like good values

      • Dorian says:
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        @Mike:

        Sorry Mike can’t believe I forgot the amount! We get to keep 8, so do you think I should go with those 6 in addition to Rendon and Cruz? And I’m guessing between Davis’ possible dual position (in mine he qualifies for 3B) and how he still had 20+ HRs that he’s a good bounce back candidate?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no worries…

          funny how that worked out…yeah I would just go with those six plus the two you already mentiond. Not sure exactly what Davis will do, but he’s not a huge risk to keep in the 20th round and the power can be hard to find.

          • Dorian says:
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            @Mike:

            Thanks again! Appreciate it.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              no problem

  24. Joeg414 says:
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    Won again this year thanks to you guys. Keeper question : 13 Team 6×6 Roto. We get to keep one hitter and one pitcher for two years after he was drafted in the spot he was drafted in the year before.
    I think i’m going to keep Rendon-14th round over Brantley-17th rounder, both keepers for two years 2015 & 16.
    But my pitching choice is a little harder: Wainwright -4th, 2015 only. Zimmermann-9th-two years. Gray-11th-two years. Or Shields-6th-two years.
    I think i’m leaning towards Gray. Whata think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      congrats!

      agree on Rendon…I’d go with Zimm or Gray in the pitching slot

  25. Mike says:
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    im in a good spot, need to keep 6, no limits. So far keeping the first 6,

    Swiggy
    Trout
    Longo
    Harper
    Jose Abreu
    JUpton
    Darvish
    Springer
    Billy Hamilton
    Teheran
    Kris Bryant

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice keepers for sure, I don’t disagree on your choices

  26. Sky

    Sky says:
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    If I own Springer, I’m selling. Major contact rate issues. At 25, he’s too old to be having a 33% K rate. At best, you’re hoping it slips down to maybe 25-27%. Still gonna struggle for .250 with that. Plus, the nagging lower body injuries for a guy supposed to be a base-stealer? On the flip token, he’s way too young to be having those issues right now.

    Anyways, great talent overall but a lot needs to get fixed in a short window of time and if he really is this physically banged up already, I worry the good years might be short-lived.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      good points…but what’s a flip token?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Mike: haha…a Skyism! I meant on the flip side of the age argument. You see you take the token, and you flip it…dah, I got no excuse. Me fail English.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ha, just messin with you…I was going to ask if it’s like a Bitcoin

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I haven’t tried exchanging it on the over the internet market. I’ll let you know what it gets me!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              I got 5 flip tokens on Clash of Clans for $99 USD

  27. Det. John Kimble says:
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    I can keep four guys in a 10-team Head-to-Head league auction league. I have a $240 budget going into next year.

    Stanton – $28
    Altuve – $20
    Abreu – $7 (no brainer)
    Arenado – $6
    Springer – $6
    J. Soler – $6
    M. Harvey $6

    I’m leaning towards the first four I’ve listed. Thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Agree on the four you picked. Nice team!

  28. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Iv’e got a dilemma with my final keeper in a pretty big league. Keep up to 5, and my first 4 are Encarnacion, Rizzo, Cano, Justin Upton. My final spot possibilities are: Wright, Cespedes, or Soler.

    At this point it seems that keeping Wright is just not feasible. So between Soler and Cespedes, do you go with the young gun’s potential to be a .280/80/30/80-100 type of hitter, or is it likely that his numbers will pretty much mirror Cespedes which are more of a sure thing?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go Cespedes with only five kept. Safer pick there I think.

  29. AW says:
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    Who would you rather have in a deep long-term dynasty league, Yoan Moncado or Jose Peraza? If Peraza is Jose Altuve-lite, who do you think Moncado could turn out to be? Who has the higher ceiling and when should we see both of them in the majors? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think Moncada could end up being the better all-around player, but Peraza is good for fantasy with the steals and BA potential from MI. Plus he’s much more of a sure thing since he’s closer.

      I’d say sometime in 2015 for Peraza. Much harder to predict Moncada since he is still only 19. Depending who he signs with his development could be fast or slow…

      I’d go with the surer bet in Peraza.

  30. Whatever says:
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    Hey Mike,

    I am in a 10 team mixed keeper using OBP instead of AVG. Can keep 10 guys. $$ is what the salary would be next year if kept.
    Who do you think should be on my list as of now?

    Freeman $17
    Altuve $10
    Ian Desmond $9
    Asdrubal $8
    Ryan Zimmerman $38
    Calhoun $3
    Werth $9
    Pollock $2
    A-Jax $15
    Yelich $7
    Chris Davis $12
    Napoli $20
    Ozuna $1
    Fowler $8
    E-Cab $10
    Cashner $1
    Ventura $1
    Kenley Jansen $6
    Keuchel $1
    Kuroda $9
    Quintana $1
    Rondon $3

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      MI Altuve, Desmond
      OF Yelich, Ozuna, Pollock, Calhoun
      CI Freeman, Davis
      P Cashner, Ventura

      • Whatever says:
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        @Mike: Thanks!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  31. Justin says:
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    Currently keeping Miggy, J Upton, Altuve, and Maddy Bum Bum, who gets the nod for last keeper?

    Bruce
    Myers
    Rendon
    Seager
    Machado
    Carter

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      tough choices…it’s between Rendon and Machado for me. I might lean Rendon at this point

  32. Fabio says:
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    20 teams dynasty, please help with the draft: springer or justin upton? bumgarner, sale, harvey or fernandez? thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Upton, J-Fer

  33. Shawnuel says:
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    OK, Mike

    6×6 Roto. 10 team league. 15 keepers. can keep players at drafted prices for 3 seasons or give contracts (add $10) after second season and keep another 2 seasons (4 altogether).

    My question has to do with starting pitching. I have Harvey, Richards and J-Fer as well as Gray, DeGrom and Shoemaker. can keep up to 5 starters. however, Felix, Sale, Kershaw, Zimmerman, Scherzer, Price and others will be in the draft this season. Gray is $8, DeGrom $5 and Richards $3, Harvey $2 and J-Fer $1. each are starting their second season. I really only want to keep 3 and am leaning toward the 3 injured guys (as I can have them another 3 seasons each, still cheap). What do you recommend?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hmm. that’s interesting because Felix Sale and Kershaw are some big meatballs to be sitting out there. Imagine they’d go for big price tags.

      I think you’re going about it the right way keeping the cheaper arms. It probably wouldn’t kill you to keep Gray over Richards at 8, but yeah, I think you have to keep those guys at those prices. You’re getting some serious upside without spending much coin, while others will have to drop big dollars on those aces in the draft.

      • Shawnuel says:
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        @Mike: Yeah, I considered that also. My thought is that Gray will command the most in an off-season trade to supplement my offense. Though, everybody is trying to get the other three by offering peanuts because they are injured. One thing I should say. Salary cap is $280 and my 15 projected keepers are only $40 of that. I have a huge amount to spend. I plan to shoot for one of those aces. I also have at $2 Braun, and Brantley + Harper, Rizzo, Aranado and Boegarts at $1. We pick 10 players in the auction so I can spend an average of $24 per player.

        • Shawnuel says:
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          @Shawnuel: Yikes! Arenado and Bogaerts.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          makes sense. that team is pretty stacked

          • Shawnuel says:
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            @Mike: Yikes….was wrong about Scherzer. He is not draft available til after next year, However, 3 guys I forgot are Cueto, Wainright and Strasburg.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Strasburg

  34. danny says:
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    16 team keeper team trade
    my Trout (3yrs), Scherzer (1 yr)
    For
    TWalker (5 yrs), Springer (4yrs), Hamilton (2yrs), Latos (2yrs)

    What cha think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer the Trout side

  35. JoeBoo says:
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    Michael Jack-
    Curious to hear your feedback on this team. It rolled this year in a pretty active league. We keep guys for 3 years, had a redraft last year so we are in year 2 of a 3 year cycle. We get to keep eight players each year for the cost of their draft round. Free agents cost a last round pick which goes up with each subsequent FA you have. *-guys with 1 year left, all others have 2 years left. A 0 was a FA pickup, the non-zero numbers would be the draft round cost. I get to keep eight:

    Susac, Andrew(C) SF 0
    Zunino, Mike(C) SEA 21
    Abreu, Jose(1B) CHW 9
    Rendon, Anthony(2B,3B) WAS 23
    Gyorko, Jedd(2B,3B) SD 0
    Segura, Jean(SS) MIL 0
    Santana, Danny(OF,SS) MIN 0
    Vargas, Kennys(1B) MIN 0
    Brantley, Michael(OF) CLE 0
    Davis, Khris(OF) MIL 0
    *Jones, Adam(OF) BAL 4
    *McCutchen, Andrew(OF) PIT 1
    Soler, Jorge(OF) CHC 0
    Castillo, Rusney(OF) BOS 0
    Rollins, Jimmy(SS) PHI 20
    Davis, Rajai(OF) DET 19
    *Goldschmidt, Paul(1B) ARI 5
    Carrasco, Carlos(P) CLE 0
    Cashner, Andrew(P) SD 14
    *Cole, Gerrit(P) PIT 0
    Pineda, Michael(P) NYY 22
    Rodriguez, Francisco(P) MIL 0
    Rondon, Hector(P) CHC 0
    *Sale, Chris(P) CHW 6
    *Strasburg, Stephen(P) WAS 2
    Ventura, Yordano(P) KC 17
    Duffy, Danny(P) KC 0
    Tillman, Chris(P) BAL 0
    Wood, Alex(P) ATL 0
    Fernandez, Jose(P) MIA 0

    I’d like to keep one or two arms, the following seem like no brainers:
    -Cutch 1
    -Jones 4
    -Goldy 5
    -Abreu 9
    -Rendon 23
    -Brantley 0

    Those last two have me choosing between Sale (6), Strasburg (2), Ventura (17), Carrasco (0), Wood (0), Soler (0), Rusney(0), Pineda (22) and Cashner (14). Any thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice team. Agree on your first six picks…

      I’d go with the sixth-round Sale and I’d roll the dice on J-Fer with a last round pick FA. If you don’t want to keep two pitchers, Danny Santana would also be interesting in the last round.

  36. Rawr... says:
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    Debating if I should keep Lucroy over Bruce, any thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I can understand the deabte. I’d prefer Bruce personally. Power hitting outfielder trumps catcher IMO.

  37. jim says:
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    Which two should I keep? 12 team roto 5×5
    d. fister was
    g. cole pit
    m. wacha stl
    a. cashner sd
    m. minor atl
    m. stroman tor

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go Cashner and Cole

  38. Ben says:
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    I know it’s way too early for this but I’m curious for your thoughts. Can keep 7 players, all limited to being retained for one more season except where noted. $260 obp roto league, 10 team league, 10 P spots, 1 IF spot no CI/MI:

    Betts $1 (can keep 2 more years)
    Calhoun $2 (can keep 2 more years)
    Arenado $2 (can keep 2 more years)
    Scherzer $26
    Hamels $22 (can keep 2 more years)
    Gerrit Cole $1
    Pineda $2 (2 more years)
    Salazar $2 (2 more years)
    Kazmir $2 (2 more years)
    Iwakuma $1
    Homer Bailey $5 (2 more years)
    Cliff Lee $9 (2 more years)

    Leaning towards: Lee, Iwakuma, Cole, and Arenado, but after that I’m not sure if the prices for Scherzer/Hamels are worth it (aces typically go for high 30s, low 40s in this league). Thoughts/suggestions? It is tempting to just build out a cheap, ridiculous rotation and focus all auction dollars on hitting.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hamels, Iwakuma, Arenado, Betts, Cole, Calhoun, and Bailey. It’s a lot of arms to keep but you don’t have a lot of bats options there.

      I wouldn’t keep Lee at his age

      • Ben says:
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        @Mike: @Mike:
        Thanks! That’s a fair observation. Are Calhoun and Betts definitely worth keeping in a 10-team league? 4 OF slots so that’s only the top 40-50 OFs are rosterable at any given time. I’m more convinced by Betts (2b eligible) than Calhoun on that front.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem. hmmm, yeah that makes sense with only 4 OF slots. Betts is the man there I think. Could go with Scherzer instead of Calhoun. Might try consolidating a little, trading 2 arms for a bigger bat or something.

          • Ben says:
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            @Mike:

            If only. No off-season trading in this league (believe me, I’ve tried).

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              bummer

  39. Judge says:
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    need some help big time. Keep 3 forever (after round 5 in draft) 12 team league (where they were drafted, FA are kept last round, 23 rounds)

    Mike Trout – Drafted round 23
    José Abreu -Drafted round 14
    José Altuve – Drafted round 8
    Kyle Seager – FA
    Joe Panik – FA
    Yasiel Puig – Drafted round 22
    George Springer – Drafted round 19
    Zack Wheeler – FA
    Max Scherzer – Drafted round 6
    Michael Pineda – FA
    Matt Shoemaker – FA
    Anibal Sánchez – Drafted round 7
    Hisashi Iwakuma – Drafted Round 12

    I know trout is a keeper . That’s obvious. But I just have no idea on the other 2 .

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Abreu and Puig

  40. Rich Gurbacki says:
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    Standard scoring can keep two of these players for 3 seasons. Matt Carpenter, Wong, Polanco, Julio Teheran.

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wong and Polanco

  41. Fabio says:
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    Correa or Russell for a dynasty league? And who arrives first in the majors? thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d take Correa personally, but you can’t go wrong with either. I think it’s Russell that we’ll see first.

  42. Rich Gurbacki says:
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    Can keep one of the following. Teheran, Weaver, McHugh, Peavy, Roark or Wood. Both Roark & Wood are RP eligible in a league with daily lineup changes. 2 SP’s & 4 RP’s each day. I’m leaning toward Wood. Wins, K’s, ERA, WHIP, Saves & Holds are the scoring.

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d take Teheran, but between Roark and Wood I prefer Wood

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