*breathes in*  Opening Day is finally upon us!  Every fantasy team is confident of success.  Someone is making a major miscalculation.  But first, a word from our SAGNOF!  A Rangers beat writer seems to believe Keone Kela will get the first opportunity for saves, and, if successful, he will own the job all year.  Here you thought Keone was the name of Neo in the Korean remake of The Matrix.  Or an Elon Musk cologne.  *sprays mist* “Ah, I never go to Mars without my Keone.”  Any hoo!  Kela seems like a Hunter Strickland doppelgänger.  Not looks-wise, but bad reputation, good stuff and a saves tease.  I have not dropped Alex Claudio in any leagues yet, but I would own Kela, like an Elon Musk musk.  By the way, there’s a new Razzball tool in town, the Reliev-o-Nator.  It’s the Stream-o-Nator for saves.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Greg Bird – Out for two months with a broken spur in his foot.  Guess that’s also why he didn’t fight in Vietnam.  I moved Bird in my rankings, which have been locked in now.  Prepare to make fun of me for all my stupidity!

Cameron Rupp – Released by the Phils.  Now they have Scott Kingery there’s no need for any other player.

Ryan McMahon – Made the roster!  Now what does this mean for Ian Desmond?  Because I sorta drafted Ian Desmond everywhere.  Can the Rockies make like Frank Sobotka and release CarGo?

Blake Parker – Could be in the lead for the closer job for the Anaheim Not Really Los Angeles Angels.  This will get worse before it gets better, and I’m still stashing Cam Bedrosian, which is not to say I’m drawing a mustache on a picture of Cam Bedrosian.

Brad Boxberger – Named the closer over Archie Bradley.  Bummed like a forgotten vet (social justice warrior!) that I didn’t push Boxberger harder in my rankings vs. Bradley.  This shituation was clearly headed this way because Bradley is just more valuable being able to bridge close games from the middle of the 7th inning thru the 8th.  Think Andrew Miller in the desert; I will call him Andrew Moses.

A.J. Puk – Will undergo Tommy John surgery.  More like A.J. Vomit.

Dustin Fowler – Sent to Triple-A.  Apparently, the A’s were not chicken enough.  Boog Powell will be the center fielder for now.  That man loves him some chicken and ribs!

Nathan Eovaldi – They found bodies in his elbow.  *David Caruso swipes off sunglasses*  Looks like someone is armed for trouble.  Eovaldi will have surgery and the Rays called up Austin Pruitt.  I believe Austin Pruitt was also Sling Blade’s real name.

Phil Maton – Optioned to the minors to start the year.  He has been Quakenbushed.

Ian Kinsler – May not start for Opening Day because his groin is questionable.  That’s what she said!

Salvador Perez – Out for four to six weeks.  Tore his MCL when he slipped carrying his luggage.  See, the problem is Sal Perez never had wheels, not even on his suitcase.  Olympic weightlifting champion, Drew Butera, will handle catcher duties until Salvy’s return, assuming he packs lighter.

Mark Melancon – Still feeling something in his arm, and it’s not a good something.  Mel-ann-sin sounds like he’s about 36-48 hours away from being youse-less for this year.  I grabbed Tony Watson, Hunter Strickland and Sam Dyson everywhere I could, since I have no idea who’s going to replace him.  Watson is great, but a lefty; Strickland is great but is never relied on for saves, and Dyson is garbage, but has that ever-elusive closer mentality.  Now let’s play ball!  Which is not a call for you to get overly familiar with yourself.

 
  1. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Yes it’s here. Thanks for all the off-season work guys at razzball not let’s play for the money

  2. Michael Willard says:
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    Drop Bedrosian for Kela, or sit tight?

  3. your mom says:
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    hi

    treat/carrasco or bryant/rizzo?

    Thanks.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @your mom: door number 2 all day

  4. The Eye of Horus says:
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    Amen to all that hard work that goes into this site. Thank you.

    That said, I’d like to give some feedback…and I try not to complain about free sites…but, you might want to reconsider the ad servicing that you have started to use. It is extremely intrusive, very difficult to shut down, and sucks so much bandwidth that all the other tabs I have open start freezing up. It’s almost not worth coming here any more because it slows all browsing to a crawl.

    Unless for some reason it isn’t connected to your site…then I apologize. But this only pops up when I am on Razzball.

  5. Dunder Mifflin says:
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    Happy opening day everyone!!! That is all.

  6. Manley Ramirez says:
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    So, yo, it’s opening day and i got the bidox (Boxberger), let’s do this like Brutus!

  7. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great article, loved it!

    a. Would you rather have Strickland or Lyons for saves speculation, WHIP and ERA in a 5×5 RCL?

    b. On day 2 of our trip to Athens. All is well. Saw the Acropolis at the old Agora now.

    c. Signed up Flaherty. Tyvm.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. Strickland B. Awesome! C. Nice!

  8. 2qbn says:
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    In honor of opening day I’m going to giveaway the secret to making successful roster moves. You need to play Gang Starrs “Work” at the exact moment you’re hitting the waiver wire. It’s similar to Wizard of Oz and Darkside of the Moon. You will be guaranteed to make the right roster decisions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2qbn: This is actually great advice!

  9. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    10 team weekly league

    Think it’s risky to start Corbin home vs COL this week? Would you pull the trigger?

    Thanks

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Test Kitchen: any innings limit? If not I would start him, trust the humidor you must.

      humidor sarcasm aside, SON has it at like $1 so it’s meh. I would though but I have no innings limit in my league so we need to rack up W and K when we can.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Test Kitchen: 10 teams, should have better than that

      • Test Kitchen says:
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        @Grey: Thanks all

  10. Rabbit says:
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    So “Boog” Powell’s real name is Herschel Mack Powell. His father gave him the nickname Boog, presumably because his father remembered the old baseball player Boog Powell who was in those Miller Lite commercials in the 70s with that umpire who supposedly couldn’t see anything. (That was definitely the Heyday of Miller Lite commercials. Why doesn’t anybody use the term “Heyday” anymore? I guess “Heyday” is past its Heyday.) The thing is, if your first name is Herschel and your middle name is Mack, why do you need a nickname? Isn’t “Hersch” or “Mack” good enough? As the bearer of one of the most boring first names that cries out for a nickname (John), I am outraged.

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @Rabbit: “john” isn’t a boring name at all – it’s what they call dudes soliciting prostitutes! And usually after they’re arrested.

      How much more exciting could it be than that? I mean, it’s skeezy, but it’s certainly not boring what with the sting operations & flashing red & blue lights & stuff….

      You’re welcome.

      • ShillTeam 6 says:
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        @Lucky Dog: You forgot dead guys. They are also called “John”

  11. Jon says:
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    1) Between Ross, Mitchell, Richard, and Perdomo (yes, all Padres) who is most likely to be a solid SP contributor in an NL only QS league? Who has the most upside?

    2) Same questions for some Reds – DeSclafani, Romano, Mahle, and Amir Garrett?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Clayton 2. Mahle

  12. Gregarious says:
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    Grey – would love your hot take on my team…my pitching > hitting for sure…think I could use some OF/MI help. Guess I’ll be looking to move a pitcher at some point. This is a 12-team 6×6 OPS league. Opening Day! Let’s get it!

    C: Realmuto (Brian McCann until JT is healthy)
    1b: Votto
    2b: Scooter
    3b: T. Shaw
    SS: C. Seager
    2b/SS: Segura
    1b/3b: K. Seager
    OF: Braun
    OF: Duvall
    OF: Cain
    Util: Devers

    Pitchers: Kershaw, Greinke, Darvish, Price, Chase Anderson, Chatwood, Flaherty, Ohtani, Osuna

    Bench: Piscotty, Han-Ram

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gregarious: You have Kershaw, so obviously you’re not going to have as good a hitting… That seems to be the case here

  13. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    That Rupp / Kingery lone was hilarious.

  14. asdfasdf says:
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    Would you drop Flaherty, Musgrove, or Velasquez for McMahon? Could also drop Austin Barnes or Jonathan Villar (my two bench hitters), but I kind of like having them as backups (for Grandal and Cesar Hernandez). Thanks

    • @asdfasdf: Guessing Grey says Joe M or VV to drop. (Though I think both are bad risks for bigger rosters.) But, man, you gotta hurry! Can’t believe McMahon won’t be picked up by the time you read this. My 2.5 cents.

    • Manpon says:
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      @asdfasdf: drop the bats

    • Manpon says:
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      @asdfasdf: drop all of your bench bats

    • Moneyball says:
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      Grandal and Cesar Hernandez?
      You’re doing it wrong.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @asdfasdf: I’d lose Barnes, don’t carry two catchers

      • asdfasdf says:
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        @Grey: Thank you all for the help! @Manpon and @Moneyball — do you guys just think Grandal, Barnes, Cesar, and Villar are bad? I agree I don’t feel great about C and 2B but since this is an NL-only points league, it is natural that I would have a few weak positions. Is that all you guys were saying or did you mean something deeper?

  15. Fat Mack says:
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    Hey Grey — Would love your quick thoughts on my team. 16 team, H2H, 6×6 with OPS and walks allowed as the extra categories. I had a brain fart late and kept collecting mediocre RPs instead of another SP.

    Bellinger, Bregman, and Ray were keepers.
    Ryu, Gohara, and Sean Newcomb are still on waivers.
    Thanks!

    C Yadier Molina
    St. Louis Cardinals $4
    1B Edwin Encarnacion
    Cleveland Indians $41
    2B Ozzie Albies
    Atlanta Braves $11
    3B Kris Bryant
    Chicago Cubs $63
    SS Alex Bregman
    Houston Astros $1
    OF J.D. Martinez
    Boston Red Sox $60
    OF Cody Bellinger
    Los Angeles Dodgers $1
    OF Odubel Herrera
    Philadelphia Phillies $1
    UTIL Josh Bell
    Pittsburgh Pirates $6
    P Charlie Morton
    Houston Astros $5
    P Michael Wacha
    St. Louis Cardinals $9
    SP Robbie Ray
    Arizona Diamondbacks $6
    SP Carlos Martinez
    St. Louis Cardinals $28
    RP Brad Brach
    Baltimore Orioles $7
    RP Shane Greene
    Detroit Tigers $5
    BE Alex Claudio
    Texas Rangers $1
    BE Blake Parker
    Los Angeles Angels $4
    BE Joakim Soria
    Chicago White Sox $2
    BE Max Kepler
    Minnesota Twins $1
    BE Bradley Zimmer
    Cleveland Indians $1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fat Mack: Kepler for Newcomb, solid team overall, you look stacked for 16 team — crazy hitting and pitching, well done!

      • Fat Mack says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. Appreciate the feedback and all the Razzball content!

  16. JHova says:
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    The saves addition to tools is awesome!
    Just drafted last night

    10 Team / ROTO

    C: Zunino
    1b: Goldie (keeper)
    2b: Ramirez
    SS: peraza
    3B: Rendon
    OF: Harper
    OF: Buxton
    OF: Rosario
    UTIL: Cain
    Bench: Mancini
    SP: Martinez, Bauer, Castillo, Wacha
    RP: Rivero, Treinen, Allen, Nicasio, MInter, Melancon (holds league)

    Do I have enough steals? War room didnt think so. Also, better bench bat, Mancini or Kingery??
    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JHova: I’m sure Rudy will appreciate that! You don’t have enough steals, but it’s okay SAGNOF — Kingery

  17. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Happy Opening Day!!

    Second year keeper. Took first last year. After first year we only kept 2 based on commissioner since we decided to make it a keepr halfway through season. APPOD league.

    I had the last pick but 2 second rounders due to a more draft trade (I trailed Judge and my 5th rounder for 2nd rounder)

    It is a Yahoo 12 Team H2H 6X6

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

    C – Alfaro – Waiver
    1B – Hoskins
    2B – C. Taylor
    3B – Bryant (K)
    SS – Segura
    OF – Stanton (K)
    OF – Benintendi
    OF – K. Davis
    UTIL – Polanco
    UTIL – Mancini
    B – Brinson

    SP – Severino
    SP – Nola
    SP – L. Weaver
    SP – Lester
    SP – S. Gray
    SP – J. Gray
    SP – Gausman
    SP – Maeda
    SP – Wacha
    SP – Faria
    RP – Keola
    RP – Barraclough
    RP – W. Harris
    RP – M. Bush
    RP – Neshek

    What do you think?

    • TarmanGotHim says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: no I idea what APPOD means and I traded* haha. Should proof read. AND I had the last pick because I took first last year that is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: Opening Day! The pitching looks solid and hitting looks same… Look a little low on speed

  18. H says:
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    Catcher question, sorry! Dou you prefer the upside Alfaro or Brian McCann? Thank you.

    • Big W says:
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      @H: I’ll take Alfaro all day

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yes, Alfaro

    • Moneyball says:
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      It has begun.

      *Mortal Kombaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat*

      (I chose Alex Avila over both in OBP league. Just a gamble.
      Catchers never really matter. Use the waiver wire when necessary.)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Rrrrrrryouuuuuuken!

  19. AP says:
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    Drafted G Holland in two leagues…..should I continue to hold onto this guy? I should probably pick up a guy like Boxburger instead of holding onto him, yes?

    • pigsty boomrbust says:
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      i did, no way he doesnt end up on some contenders lineup- Thinking Mets, O’s or even the Rangers grab em

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP: Meh, can hold for a few more days

    • Moneyball says:
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      I’m thinking the Cardinals, hehe

    • Benintendo64 says:
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      @AP: Just announced hes signing with STL

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

  20. jbona3 says:
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    Grey, wondering about your take on my H2H team (with a whole slew of categories I won’t list, but well beyond a 5×5 or 6×6, we start 4 SP, 1 RP, and 1P, normal Yahoo Offensive starters):
    C- d’Arnaud
    1b – Bellinger*
    2b – Albies*
    SS – Bregman*
    3B – Machado*
    OF – Benintendi*
    OF – Starling Marte
    OF – Eddie Rosario
    UTIL – Hanley
    BNCH – Acuna*
    BNCH – Kipnis
    BNCH – W. Calhoun
    SP – Carlos Martinez*
    SP – Carlos Carrasco*
    SP – Johnny Cueto
    SP – Luis Castillo
    RP – Ken Giles
    P – Arodys Vizcaino
    BNCH – Chase Anderson
    BNCH – Jon Gray
    BNCH – Gohara

    • jbona3 says:
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      @jbona3: ETA *denotes keeper

      • Jbona3 says:
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        @Grey: 12 teams

  21. pigsty boomrbust says:
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    Grey…

    Give me ur gut feeling on Austin Meadows= Pirates?? holding in my Keeper League ESPN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly up by June, is likely replaceable in most fantasy leagues with waivers, have to be a fairly deep league for me to hold him

  22. Ohtani Bonaduce says:
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    A Ramones reference is always +1. I’ll match your 80’s reference with one of my own and in the fact that I too, would like to see that S Car go. I have Desmond in the league that matters as well.

    Seems rather low and Presidential to question someones groin publicly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Dammit, that S Car Go is my 80’s reference around here

  23. JSF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Thanks for all your great work.

    Coukd you give me some quick tboughts on my 12-team H2H 5X5 keeper league team?

    C-Ramos
    1B-Bruce
    2B-Rizzo
    3B-Arenado
    SS-Arcia
    OF-Cruz
    OF-Pollock
    OF-Happ
    Util-J. Ramirez
    Util-Deshields
    Bench-Calhoun
    DL-Souza
    NA-Bichette

    SP-Scherzer
    SP-deGrom
    RP-Neris
    RP-Treinen
    P-Boxberger
    P-Devenski
    P-Minter
    Bench-Verlander
    Bench-Bauer
    Bench-Bundy
    Bench-JA Happ
    Bench-Newcomb
    Bench-Hicks

    Thanks

    • JSF says:
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      @JSF:

      Willie Calhoun on the bench not Cole.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching is much better than your hitting, you don’t have a very balanced offense besides Ramirez, and you have Bruce at 1B

  24. Joe says:
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    I have one open spot on my roster after I moved Murphy to the DL. I could add S.Greene or Kela for a potential SAGNOF bullpen boost. Or I could add some hitter depth by adding the likes of Chapman, Haniger, McMahon, or Alonso. Thoughts?

    Team in a 12-team, h2h, 5×5, non-keeper:
    C – Ramos; 1B – Abreu; 2B – Kipnis; 3B – Machado (pending SS elig.); SS – Anderson; OF – Stanton, Cespedes, Cain; Util – Sano (until Machado is SS); Bench – Margot; DL – Murphy
    SPs – Darvish, Berrios, Duffy, Richards, Corbin,Fulmer, Montgomery, Roark
    RPs – Davis, Morrow, Ziegler

    • Grey

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      Greene

  25. Are You Too Good For Your Home? says:
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    And here I am still waiting for Bird to go on the dl. Yankee Bastards

  26. Jon says:
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    Final draft last night. Thoughts on this team? 5×5+OBP

    C Brian McCann
    1B Abreu
    2B Albies (with Murphy on DL)
    3B Arenado
    SS Correa
    MI DeJong
    CI Rendon
    OF Hoskins
    OF Cain
    OF Rosario
    OF Eaton
    DH Herrera

    SP Strasburg
    SP Carrasco
    SP Wood
    SP Castillo
    SP Snell
    SP Fulmer
    SP Jordan Montgomery
    SP Richards

    RP Knebel
    RP Neris
    RP Parker
    RP Greene

    • Jon says:
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      @Jon: Should have said – 10 teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, I like hitting and pitching… It’s a shallow league so you’re gonna have to work waivers and a lot of team are gonna look good…

  27. Peteo says:
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    Morning, Grey,

    Pick two, for week 1 (aka, do you think Kingery gets FT at bats), if you would. ESPN weekly h2h 5×5, no glaring category need:

    Kingery
    Semien
    Cozart

    Thanks, as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Cozart

      • Peteo says:
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        @Grey: thanks, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. Moneyball says:
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    Jose Martinez will start at first base and bat fifth for the Cardinals on Opening Day against the Mets.

    Matt Carpenter is getting the Opening Day nod at third base after reworking his throwing mechanics over the offseason. Martinez registered an impressive .309/.379/.518 batting line across 106 games with the Cardinals in 2017 and should get something close to everyday playing time this year if he continues to hit like that.

    Scoooooooooooooooooop!

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @Moneyball: I was warm to the cockles if my heart reading that news this morning. Heck, I was just happy to see him in the lineup – batting middle of the order was a bonus.

      He’s firmly parked in my util spot until something changes. Go us!

    • Grey

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      Nice!

    • Moneyball says:
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      3/4, 2 run, HR, 2 rbi

      HE’S NOT A FAN OF NORSE MYTHOLOGY

  29. Relsh says:
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    Opening Day baby!!!!

    Grey, tremendous post as usual, your writing is getting better with age. I could be completely remembering this wrong, but did you recommend a book about humor writing techniques way back when?

    Let’s go baseball

    • Grey

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      Opening Day! Thanks! I like the book On Writing by Stephen King, but not about humor, per se

  30. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Yo, HAPPY OPENING DAY, BITCHES and Mr. White.

    Re-watching, Breaking Bad, might actually be better than the first time!

    We saw Wakefield last night, Not as good as we thought it would be.

    • Grey

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      Haha, happy OD!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: LOL, should have said and Mr. Albright!

        Did you see Wakefield and if so did you like it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never heard of it

  31. Josh says:
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    Start Rosario vs cmart or Mancini vs odorizzi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini

  32. Phil says:
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    Some dummy dropped Sal Perez. Is he worth the #4 waiver claim, or should I wait to see if he clears? Thanks!

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @Phil: I suspect he’ll clear. Out 6-8 weeks, but since he’s a catcher & squats for a living I suspect his rehab will be longer before he’s cleared for catching duties.

      I don’t see people burning s WW claim for a 2 month boat anchor. One man’s opinion – i’d Keep that 4th priority for something that can immediately help you.

    • Grey

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      It’s worth the claim

  33. SpecialFNK says:
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    what do you think about starting Chacin tomorrow for Milwaukee in San Diego? Chacin was with SD last season and had good numbers in PETCO.

    • Grey

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      It’s about the only time I would start him

  34. Brian Boyle says:
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    Well it,s about time for the greatest sport to take flight!!! Had my 12 H2H (6X5) draft the other night, and needless to say I was not able to make the draft last minute, due to some family things. So auto draft it was, and it was horrible. I have no pitching and the two pitchers I have I want to throw back!!!

    C Barnes
    1 Au Shizz
    2 Taylor
    3 Bregman
    ss Lindor
    OF Ozuna, Acuna, Rosario, Polanco, M Taylor
    U Hosmer
    Bench Turner, Zimmerman, T Anderson, Gurriel, H Ramirez,A Rosario

    Pitchers Ohtani, Bumgarner, Pomeranz, Bradley, Montgomery,Flaherty, Miller. I have added Hader, Green, and Kela and dropped A. Rosario.

    1.What type of pitcher can I try and get for Turner, Hosmer, Zimmerman. I know they are all different type of players, Really any of my hitters could be traded, I just don’t know what to expect.

    2.Should I try and move Acuna as well for a front end closer or starter?

    Its going to be a long year!!! But I can get through it with all the help from Grey and the awesome tools from Razzball!!
    Grey need your wisdome with the shitty auto drafted team!

    BB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes! 1. Trea Turner? 2. No 3. My wisdom is stop trying to trade so early in season, you’re going to screw yourself

      • Brian Boyle says:
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        @Grey:
        No Justin Turner sorry? Yes throw those two pitchers back into the mix?

        Thanks again I will hang onto what I have for the start.

        BB

  35. Gotime says:
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    Trade offer H2H 5×5 cats
    I trade away Albies/Peraza for his Schoop
    Lineup would look like
    C Molina, 1 Freeman, 2 Rizzo, 3 Rendon, SS TAnderson, OF JD Martinez, OF Benintendi, OF Puig, Util Schoop, Util Moncada Bench MATaylor…..?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  36. Jay M says:
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    Hi grey! Iust got offered a trade. Tommy Pham for my Nelson Cruz. Who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cruz

  37. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Howdy Master Loathes(his own team)-ario!

    NFBC, weekly lock. Normally I go with 7SP/2 Closers…have only a few locks: Wood/Castillo/Gausman/Doolittle/Familia.

    McCarthy v Phil (at Atl) -3.6
    Pivetta at Atl -2.4
    Minor vs Hou (at Tex) -9.6
    Leone 3 games at NYM
    N Jones 3 games at KC
    Diekman 3 games at home vs HOU

    Hate to fall behind in K’s but would like to skip the early season blow-ups.

    Which two get benched?

    THANKS Grey!

    • Squat Cobblers says:
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      @Squat Cobblers: Another NFBC weekly: T Williams at DET -10.0…. Roll with Trevor or should I run scared with AJ Ramos for a few days? Thanks again!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minor, Pivetta

  38. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- Claudio or Strickland in a weekly lock looking for Saves.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strickland

  39. Fred says:
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    Maybe a dumb question, but do I bench Happ against NYY today or play him? Happ will be playing at home.

    • Fred says:
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      @Fred:

      By the way its a H2H league with categories of Wins, Losses, CG, HRs, ERs, K’s, WHIP, ERA, K/BB, Win% and QS. Yes, a lot of categories.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Play him

  40. Ron "Rondell" Dell says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you drop Devenski for Hunter Strickland? I have Rivero, Boxberger, Rodney, and potentially Bedrosian for closers already.

    Thanks! Happy Opening Day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  41. KarlJ says:
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    Hey Grey
    The other day you looked at my team and said hitting and pitching were strong but may be slightly light on power and you didn’t love Molina at C. If Wellington Castillo or Grandal were available would you make that switch? There is talk about Grandal increasing his launch angle this season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, not right now

  42. Lubes says:
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    Happy opening day! Had my last draft last night. 5×5, 5 keepers (min $10, can only keep for 3 years), w/ start (not innings) limit.
    Thoughts?

    C Gary Sanchez $11 (K)
    1B Cody Bellinger $10 (K)
    2B Chris Taylor $8
    3B Justin Turner $11 (K)- obv before the injury
    SS Corey Seager $17 (K)
    2B/SS Ian Happ $9
    1B/3B Paul Goldschmidt $38
    OF Giancarlo Stanton $33 (K)
    OF Michael Taylor $3
    OF Brett Gardner $2
    OF Gregory Polanco $3
    OF Michael Conforto $3
    UTIL Rafael Devers $12
    P Kenley Jansen $21
    P Trevor Bauer $16
    P Aroldis Chapman $17
    P Jose Quintana $10
    P Sonny Gray $6
    P David Robertson $4
    P Jon Gray $3
    P Kevin Gausman $4
    P Shane Greene $7
    BE Adrian Beltre $5
    BE Tim Anderson $3
    BE Scott Kingery $1
    Remaining Budget: $3

    Pretty psyched about the prices for Goldy and the starters

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • Lubes says:
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        @Grey: 10

      • Lubes says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: 10

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lubes: The outfield looks weak for 10 teams, hitting in general doesn’t look incredible for a shallow league… Not sure on pitching either, it looks solid on RPs

      • Lubes says:
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        @Grey:
        Does the OF look better if we move Bellinger there? ;)
        We have 1st waiver priority and Morton is still there so that’ll help SP once we move Turner to DL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It would

  43. Synyster says:
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    Good morning Grey and all. Had our draft last night 10 man league, no auction, standard league 6×6 w/ OBP/QS, Head to Head. My plan is to slide Machado to SS when eligible and put Ramirez at 3B. Thoughts and overall how does it look? Thank you!

    C. Ramos (220)
    1B. Hosmer (80)
    2B. Dee Gordon (40)
    3B. Machado (20)
    SS. Gregorius (180)
    OF. Trout (1)
    OF. Puig (81)
    OF. Merrifield (100)
    Util. Jose Ramirez (21)
    B. Cain (121)
    B. Braun (140)

    SP. deGrom (41)
    SP. Ohtani (60)
    RP. Chapman (61)
    RP. Herrera (161)
    P. Bauer (101)
    P. Sonny Gray (120)
    P. Wacha (141)
    P. Snell (160)
    P. Taillon (181)
    P. Archie Bradley (200, I goofed this pick I meant to grab Boxberger)
    P. Eduardo Rodriguez (201)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks light on power, heavy on speed and much higher on pitching…

      • Synyster says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks agreed. Need one more big bat. Will I compete?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Synyster: Sure, don’t see why not

          • Synyster says:
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            @Grey:

            Look forward to picking your brain all season my friend!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

  44. OaktownSteve says:
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    It’s opening day, my 33rd year in a row of playing fantasy baseball. I’ve been playing so long I know why Dickie Thon is The Godfather of roto. First league was two catcher NL only (mixed league hadn’t been invented) and my C2 was Bruce Bochy. 33 year. You’d think I’d be better at this by now.

    Anybody can do bold predictions, so I’ll do some that are outright stupid.

    Hanley says he’s going 30/30 this year and I believe him.

    Ian Kennedy will strike out 200 this year.

    Chris Davis will bat lead off most of the year and be the top rated fantasy AL 1st baseman.

    Matt Kemp will finish top 5 in NL MVP voting.

    James Paxton will be the AL Cy Young.

    Bonus DFS OD stupidity…Ichiro will go 4-4 and hit at least one homer today.

    Let’s play ball.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      One last bit of stupidity: Keynan Middleton will lead the Angels in saves.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        So that’s why you drafted him?

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          No I drafted him because I’m stupid and now I’m going for the retroactive justification.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, love it! Kemp! Do you have this feeling on the 1st day of the season when you try to set your NFBC lineup? “Man, how can I not field a full team on Opening Day?”

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Kinsler is a game time decision in NFBC. And suddenly I’m like oh dear god Alemdys Diaz???

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Hahaha, that’s how I feel! I’m like, wait, Taylor’s game was rained out, damn, Tigers are rained out, I don’t have a full lineup on Opening Day!

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Love Paxton prediction. Own shares on 5/7.

          Paul JeDong will hit 40 HRs

  45. Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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    If you had to pick either Kela or Boxberger as closer to add off waivers who do you take?

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @Marty Janetty_Was Set Up: I had that choice and picked Boxberger. For one, he’s already been named the closer – so you know he’ll get the first crack at the job. Kela is a speculative add, and they still might be a committee. It’s a beat writer speculating while he manager has said its undecided.

      For another Boxberger sounds like a delicious fast food restaurant that puts your burgers in a box. Mmmmmm, burgers.

      If I had a spot I’d add Kela too, but fortunately/unfortunately I don’t. The Mutts haven’t put Conforto on the 10-day DL, depriving me of that luxury. Good luck!

  46. Cram It says:
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    @your mom: Hitters win.

  47. To quote my friend, who lost his starting catcher to a bizarre luggage incident, “dude, what the F? If I were a millionaire I would never carry my own luggage. Unless that’s where I kept my millions.”

    That’s deep.

    Good luck everyone!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And why did he draft a top catcher?

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        @Grey: because he never listens to me. Ticking time bombs, those guys.

        Smdh

  48. sall goooood man says:
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    i’m not a huge fan on Daniel Murphy, but at pick 95, in any format, that has to be a value, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  49. Nightmare! says:
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    Hello Lord of the Grey! The Americans was quite interesting last night. Could shape up to be a nice concluding season
    Which one of these guys you starting?

    Mikolas @MIL, vsARI
    Sabathia @TOR, vsBAL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I loved the premiere! Miles M.

  50. nick the smooth dick says:
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    Your team yesterday is my ECFBL team I drafted a few nights ago. 12 spot, also went Freeman and Lindor, wanted Ozuna but settled for Hoskins, got Rendon and then….uhhh….what the eff happened? Worst draft I’ve done all year. Eerily similar, equally awful. I don’t even know who I am with this team anymore. Hold me…

      • nick the smooth dick says:
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        @Grey: We will hold eachother and Cameron Maybin as he sits on the bench while we listen to Apathy, drink boba and wipe each other’s tears and curse Greg Holland!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sounds *sniffs* blessed!

  51. Willy Mo says:
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    Shocker that maybin is benched.

    Oh and espn dominates fantrax for fantasy sports. I mean espn shows me the opposing pitcher and left vs right handed, i can see batter vs pitcher data with one click on espn, plus other features that were nice. Fantrax feels like a website from 2005. Takes forever to load and the user experience is just way worse. Sorry to say but its true.

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @Willy Mo: go ask rudy (you know the guy with the best rankings and methods in entire industry, works here i heard) about pitcher vs batter matchups.

  52. hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for all the great work you and the team have done this far. My recent draft got away from me and I loaded up on bats with very little pitching. It’s a three keeper, standard 12 team league:

    C. Gattis
    1B. Hoskins
    2B. Rizzo
    SS. Segura
    3B. Tendon
    OF. Harper, Betts, Cain
    UTIL. Hosmer
    Bench. Albies, Kingery, Margot
    SP. Bauer, Clevinger, Snell, Wacha, Godley
    RP. Reyes, Green, Bradley, Minter (closers flew off the board in round 7/8)

    I have waiver priority and I wanted to know which you’d recommend:

    1. Use 100% of the budget on Acuna and try to trade excess bats for pitching throughout the year
    2. Use 100% of the budget for Ohtani as SP (Yahoo league, so it’s pitcher OR DH)
    3. Sit tight and use the budget on closer speculation and waivers

    I’m leaning towards Acuna and keeping him, then trading Rizzo or Hoskins to land a top SP (DeGrom has been discussed), but I still need to be a step to build the bullpen. Which route would you take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hanklongball: 1. Can you make zero bid moves? 2. Nah 3. Depends on 1

      • hanklongball says:
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        @Grey: My guess is that someone in the league will bid 100% of their budget for Acuna, so I’ll have to match the bid and use my #1 priority.

        • jamesBit says:
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          @hanklongball: @grey similar question so I’ll group it here. How much of a $100 budget would you put towards Ohani and how much towards Acuna? Thx!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            $17 Acuna — $11 Ontani — depends on # of teams tho

  53. Jose says:
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    Thanks for all the work and getting us through the offseason!

    Any batty calls of the day? Jimmy Nelson finally hit the DL this morning. I have 4 Nationals/Reds being postponed today so looking for a quick pick…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jose: I grabbed Soler today

      • Jose says:
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        @Grey: I did too! should have trusted myself. Now, I must apologized for jinxing it for the both of us…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  54. Swick says:
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    hey man

    thoughts on jordan hicks? do you see him closing? kid throws fire

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t see him closing until Gregerson, Leone, Lyons and Mayers flame out

  55. ThE sHiT says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks again for all the excellent content, advice, laughs, and the great community of commenters you have built. Happy Opening Day to all and good luck this season with all your leagues guys and five girls!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Happy Opening Day!

  56. Branch says:
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    Grey, I need you please to settle a dispute. Which team do you like better?

    Team 1
    C: Chirinos
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Odor
    SS: Story
    3B: Chapman
    OF: Stanton
    OF: Cespedes
    OF: Desheilds
    OF: A. Hicks
    UT: Alonso
    UT: Choo

    SP: Archer
    SP: Ray
    SP: Castillo
    SP: G. Richards
    SP: Mikolas
    SP: Musgrove
    SP: Junis
    SP: Minor
    RP: E. Diaz
    RP: Minter
    RP: Edwards Jr.
    RP: Yates
    RP: Leone

    Bench: D. Fisher

    Team 2
    C: Ianetta
    1B: Freeman
    2B: Schoop
    SS: Correa
    3B: Bregman
    OF: Yelich
    OF: Hoskins
    OF: Puig
    OF: Castellanos
    UT: Kinsler
    UT: D. Peralta

    SP: C. Martinez
    SP: D. Bundy
    SP: Bauer
    SP: Hendricks
    SP: Manaea
    SP: Folty
    SP: G. Marquez
    RP: Betances
    RP: Boxberger
    RP: Madson
    RP: Neshek

    Bench: Brinson, Moran, L. Martin
    DL: Samardzija, Lamet, E. Rod

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1

  57. sportznutt says:
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    Good stuff as always.

    Do you have any good AL only dirt cheap, really deep, nobody knows about them, SP? I don’t have a big budget left and are stacking the offense to carry the team this season. I was thinking:

    JC Ramirez, Gossett, J. Garcia, N. Cortes, Minor, Kittredge, Andriese, Y. Chirinos, Porcello, D. Norris

    As of now, 5X5 roto, we only have Stroman, Colome and Bedrosian.

    I realize you don’t know who is available, or any other pitchers kept, but thought I’d ask and get your opinions on these or any other bottom of the barrel.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello is not a deep guy in AL-Only, should be owned in mixed leagues

      • sportznutt says:
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        @Grey:

        Absolutely

        The others….any worthwhile $1 shots in the dark?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, lot of them are in my rankings

  58. The Great Knoche says:
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    Anybody know how to or why I can’t put Perez on IR in an RCL on fantrax from my phone?

    Has he not been Put on DL yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure

  59. Chud says:
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    Opening day!

    Who would you rather own in a dynasty….

    Trey Mancini or Paul DeJong?

    Thanks and best of luck with all of your teams!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chud: Mancini

  60. OaktownSteve says:
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    Clean up hitters: Pirela, Granderson, Asdrubal, Cron, Duda.

    KC makes a good DFS stack against big game James.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I grabbed Soler as a batty call, watch me hold him all year (prolly not)!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I picked up Soler after the draft, dropped him and added him again this morning for the batty call when Bird finally hit the DL

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve: @Grey:

      I picked up Soler after the draft, dropped him and added him again this morning for the batty call when Bird finally hit the DL

  61. RICE says:
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    Hey Grey!

    With the Jose Martinez hitting 5th on opening day news… do you grab him over any of the below?

    Tim Anderson
    Tim Beckham
    Margot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Anderson

      • RICE says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! So great to have baseball back!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, it is great!

          • JJ says:
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            @Grey:
            Do you like J.Martinez over E.Thames? Also, which closer would you sit out of Strickland, Ziegler? I suddenly have an abundance of sagnof riches with Boxberger as well.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes, Martinez… Ziegler

  62. Old School Brother says:
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    With the Holland in STL news, drop Leone to speculate on Soria or Nate Jones? Could also grab Green or Carl Edwards for K’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soria

  63. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Looks like Holland to the Cardinals

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  64. Joe says:
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    Holland or Kela as a better early bet for saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland eventually

  65. Matthew Lehman says:
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    man i drafted archie, leone & claudio in 1 league!

      • trigger cut says:
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        @Grey: ^ Not cool

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think it’s awesome!

  66. CrazyJ says:
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    The Dollar Tree – Yahoo 12-Team
    Budget $260

    Yadier Molina (StL – C) $1
    Chris Davis (Bal – 1B) $1
    Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B,2B) $35
    Manny Machado (Bal – 3B) $33
    José Peraza (Cin – 2B,SS) $1
    Giancarlo Stanton (NYY – OF) $48
    Manuel Margot (SD – OF) $2
    Trey Mancini (Bal – 1B,OF) $1
    Util – Eduardo Núñez (Bos – 2B,3B,SS,OF) $1
    Util – Scott Kingery (Phi – 2B) $1
    BN – Michael Conforto (NYM – OF) $2
    BN – Scooter Gennett (Cin – 2B,3B,OF) $1
    BN – Corey Dickerson (Pit – OF) $1

    Clayton Kershaw (LAD – SP) $50
    Max Scherzer (Was – SP) $47
    Charlie Morton (Hou – SP) $1
    Michael Wacha (StL – SP) $1
    Drew Pomeranz (Bos – SP) $1
    Jordan Montgomery (NYY – SP) $1
    Miles Mikolas (StL – SP) $1

    Kenley Jansen (LAD – RP) $23
    Ken Giles (Hou – RP) $6
    Brad Boxberger (Ari – RP) $1

    My first ever auction draft! Tim Anderson, Matt Chapman, and Amed Rosario, Hader, Robertson, Kela on waivers and I have an open slot (TWSS), but I need to wait for waivers to clear on Saturday.

    Scooter was a baiting pick and so was Margot to some degree, I assume no good reason to hang on to Scooter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t need Scooter, I’d grab Kela

      • CrazyJ says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! Site went down and I was bummed thinking this didn’t post successfully.

        I will be fighting for priority since they are all on waivers, but I want to upgrade Dickerson to T. Anderson too. I’m sure there will be a line for that one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, we were having difficulties earlier today

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You need to get Anderson!

  67. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Greg Holland!!!!!!!

    “That’s all I have to say about that.”
    – Forrest Gump

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: What’s up with the creepy Grey stash avatar??? I don’t see it anywhere else. It’s wrong in so many ways.

  68. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Grey, happy Opening Day, my man!

    10 team, 6×6 (OPS & Holds + standard). Are you dropping Chris Davis for Yonder or McMahon?

    This is for my CI position.

    Thanks, Homie!

  69. Dr Sauce says:
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    Hey there,
    Last minute starting lineup help (ESPN, 5X5, 12 team head to head). For utility, Haniger or Kingery?
    Starting Pitchers … which one of the four do I bench for this period.
    Morton – Baltimore and SD
    Bauer – @Sea and KC
    Richard – @Oak and Clev
    Giolito – @KC/Det
    Thanks as always.
    Cheers and Happy baseball watching!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haniger…. Richard

  70. Elwood Blues says:
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    Would you rather have N.Williams at $12 or Mesoraco at $3.. in an NL Only 5×5 keeper league. We roster 2 catchers and they are going to be scarce.. (and I don’t have any right now) I’d slot Meso at my 2-c obviously)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

  71. OaktownSteve says:
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    No Kingery, Maikel hitting 7th. Despite not starting, I predict Kingery will have a hit in this game.

  72. ERad says:
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    Damn, Alfaro couldn’t even make the opening day lineup

    ::resisting urge to ragedrop::

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, WTF

  73. OaktownSteve says:
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    No kingery, Maikel hitting 7th (behind JP). Kingery will get into the game and get a hit, is my prediction.

  74. Chris says:
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    Thanks Grey so excited!

    Panik or Kinsler for the scoring period can change once it’s set.

    Thanks!

  75. Chris says:
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    Thanks Grey so excited!

    Panik or Kinsler for the scoring period cant
    change once it’s set.

    Thanks!

  76. Old School Brother says:
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    Jepsen to spell Kela in case of having three save opportunities in a row.

    A) Bannister thinks they could win three games in a row?
    B) Smokey and I’s raging boners for Leclerc and Diekman are sad and confused

  77. Fish says:
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    HAHAHA!!! Now I’m the one dying that you included a print screen of my (very legitimate) edits to Kotchman’s page.

  78. Fish says:
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    HAHAHA!!! Now I’m the one dying that you included a print screen of my (very legitimate) edits to Kotchman’s page.

    • Fish says:
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      @Fish:

      Sorry about the double comment… Internet connection is fighting me. Feel free to delete the double post.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nah, site is hiccuping today

  79. letsgobravos says:
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    Hey Grey!

    The season is 6 minutes old, but first post of the year for me. Only playing one league this year after the demise of my second regular league that has been running since 2005. Sad day when most of the rest of the guys are too busy with kids for fantasy baseball. Drafted last night in my other league and would like thoughts from you or anyone else who would like to weigh in.

    12 team h2h 6×6 with OBP + QS. Kept missing on my pitcher targets through rounds 5-7 so ended up taking MadBum as my first pitcher on the thought I could load up on later round guys (had your pitchers to target article up) and stream to win the volume related cats. (6 man bench + 12 moves per week) Used the War room during the draft and my offense graded out pretty well on the projections.

    C- Alfaro
    1B- Hoskins 5th
    2b- Rizzo 2nd
    SS- Turner 1st (5th pick)
    3b- Devers 8th
    OF- Springer 3rd
    OF- Ozuna 4th
    OF- Gardner 18th
    Util- Peraza 19th (ss/2b)
    Util- Alonso FA
    Bn- Ahmed Rosario
    DL – Murphy, JT Realmuto

    SP- Bauer, Castillo, Ohtani , Wacha, Montgomery, Ryu
    RP- Miller, Colome, Ziegler, Herrera, Soria,
    DL- MadBum, Pomeranz

    Once Murphy comes off the DL, I’ll have some position flexibility and could put him at 2nd withe Rizzo at 1b and Hoskins in the OF.

  80. Derrick says:
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    My league just crumbled last second. So upset about it.

    Anyone know of any way to get into a pay league this late?

  81. Chicitysox23 says:
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    Solarte the odd man out in the Jays infield?

    Drop him for Travis?

  82. Regulators says:
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    Hey Grey!

    The season is 6 minutes old, but first post of the year for me. Only playing one league this year after the demise of my second regular league that has been running since 2005. Sad day when most of the rest of the guys are too busy with kids for fantasy baseball. Drafted last night in my other league and would like thoughts from you or anyone else who would like to weigh in.

    12 team h2h 6×6 with OBP + QS. Kept missing on my pitcher targets through rounds 5-7 so ended up taking MadBum as my first pitcher on the thought I could load up on later round guys (had your pitchers to target article up) and stream to win the volume related cats. (6 man bench + 12 moves per week) Used the War room during the draft and my offense graded out pretty well on the projections.

    C- Alfaro
    1B- Hoskins 5th
    2b- Rizzo 2nd
    SS- Turner 1st (5th pick)
    3b- Devers 8th
    OF- Springer 3rd
    OF- Ozuna 4th
    OF- Gardner 18th
    Util- Peraza 19th (ss/2b)
    Util- Alonso FA
    Bn- Ahmed Rosario
    DL – Murphy, JT Realmuto

    SP- Bauer, Castillo, Ohtani , Wacha, Montgomery, Ryu
    RP- Miller, Colome, Ziegler, Herrera, Soria,
    DL- MadBum, Pomeranz

    Once Murphy comes off the DL, I’ll have some position flexibility and could put him at 2nd withe Rizzo at 1b and Hoskins in the OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching’s not bad considering Bum on DL, hitting looks awesome, I like the team a lot… I can tell you followed my targets!

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks for the guidance! Always helps a ton to draft from your rankings and have your articles up during the draft to glance at when I’m torn between two guys.

        Hoping Ohtani figures out a way to get his head out of his ass. If he turns out to be decent, that would help a lot. Really didn’t want to draft him but he was still there after pick 100 and I didn’t have another pitcher I wanted that I needed to take for another couple of rounds so figured I’d take a flier. Maybe he will go 0-4 today and the Angels will convince him he should shelve hitting until he figures out his pitching.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed on Ohtani, I hope so on that too… They have hitters, they need Ohtani to pitch

  83. ATM says:
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    Yo Grey, happy opening day! Looking forward to your daily updates.

    I just received a trade proposal in my ESPN 12 team 6×6 (OBP no AVG and Holds) Roto league from a guy that autodrafted a lot of pitchers. Here’s the offer:

    His C. Sale and E. Hosmer for my A. Miller and T. Bauer

    I have Abreu at first, but two Util slots. My current SP are: R. Ray, C. Archer, T. Bauer, B. Snell, and C. Morton.

    A. Miller is the best option for holds, but I have A. Bradley and A. Swarzak and can always look to add another reliever off the wire. Should I take the trade or hold?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy opening day! Sale side

  84. SallyCips says:
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    I actually drafted Double K more because my league has some weird pitching cats without saves or even holds, but RAPP and other cats great for badass pitchers. I feel like a won a prize for this pick.

    Went and grabbed McMahon. I can’t type his name without singing NO CHANCE IN HELL!

    Much luck this season, playas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mucho lucky to you too!

  85. H says:
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    Your thoughts on this lineup please. H2H Yahoo 10 team, 5X5

    Thank you very much!

    C J. Alfaro
    1B P. Goldschmidt
    2B J. Ramirez
    3B A. Bregman
    SS C. Correa
    OF G. Stanton
    OF B. Harper
    OF B. Hamilton
    UTIL J. Lamb
    UTIL M. Carpenter
    BN S. Kingery

    SP Z. Greinke
    SP J. Berrios
    SP A. Wood
    SP M. Fulmer
    SP A. Sanchez
    SP R. Hill
    SP J. Cueto
    SP T. Roark
    SP J. Flaherty
    DL A. Reyes

    RP R. Osuna
    RP J. Familia
    RP S. Greene
    RP D. Leone
    RP B. Boxberger

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      WTF happened with Alfaro? Why isn’t he starting? I like the team, your pitching is risky/wonky

  86. C says:
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    Yo Grey, happy opening day! Looking forward to your daily updates.

    I just received a trade proposal in my ESPN 12 team 6×6 (OBP no AVG and Holds) Roto league from a guy that autodrafted a lot of pitchers. Here’s the offer:

    His C. Sale and E. Hosmer for my A. Miller and T. Bauer

    I have Abreu at first, but two Util slots. My current SP are: R. Ray, C. Archer, T. Bauer, B. Snell, and C. Morton.

    A. Miller is the best option for holds, but I have A. Bradley and A. Swarzak and can always look to add another reliever off the wire. Should I take the trade or hold?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale side

  87. herschel says:
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    Happ-y Opening Day, ya’ll…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day!

  88. Derrick says:
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    My league disbanded at the last second. So sad about it.

    Anyone of a pay league I can get into this late?

  89. Cohen says:
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    Grey, is Gregerson worth DLing or drop for Strickland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strickland

  90. C says:
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    Yo Grey — Happy opening day! Looking forward to your daily updates.

    I received a trade offer in my 12 team 6×6 (OBP, no AVG and Holds) league:

    His C. Sale and E. Hosmer for my A. Miller and T. Bauer

    I have J. Abreu at first, but two Util slots (currently guys like Villar, Kingery, J. Bruce, and A. Eaton in the mix for the Util slots). A. Miller is obviously a beast for Holds and other pitching categories, but I have A. Bradley and A. Swarzak and could look to the wire for another middle reliever. Should I take the deal or hold?

    Thanks!!

  91. Eric W says:
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    Ohtani as DH today. Mike Scioscia is the gift that keeps on giving! (As long as you don’t own any of his players)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  92. Lucky Dog says:
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    Given his terrible spring + recent minor shoulder injury , would you bench Danny Duffy today as a “wait & see”? I have 6 more starting pitchers than my opponent, but my opponent has Sale/Syndergard/Carrasco.

    As of now he’s on my bench but I keep wanting to start him. It’s that little devil on my left shoulder whispering in my ear, “you didn’t spend a 14th round pick to bench him. Sure he might give up 5 ER but he might also strike out 4 while walking 3 – you can use those 4 K’s!”

    Talk me off the ledge, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I said not to draft Duffy

  93. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H redraft league: Saves+Holds (SVHD) is a stat

    P: Clayton Kershaw
    P: Kelvin Herrera
    P: Addison Reed
    P: Shane Greene
    P: Brad Boxberger
    SP: Max Scherzer
    SP: Sean Manaea
    BH: Patrick Corbin
    BH: Mike Foltynowitz
    BH: Miles Mikolas

    1) drop anyone for Keone Kela?
    2) drop Reed for Fernando Rodney? they have about the same projection for SVHDs
    3) are you a fan of the Saves+Holds stat with the way teams are utilizing so many more relievers today? we tried to bring “relevancy” to more of the reliever player pool

    Thanks! and happy Opening Day!

    • Savoy Special says:
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      @Savoy Special: 4) most droppable pitcher to drop/add back to stash Luiz Gohara?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Folty 2. Sure 3. Sure — Happy opening day!

  94. Cohen says:
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    Grey, worth DLing Gregerson or drop for Strickland?

    • Cohen says:
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      @Cohen: sorry for double post

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strickland

  95. Eric W says:
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    Ohtani to start at DH today. Mike Scioscia is the gift that keeps on giving

    • Hater Bell

      Grey says:
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      @Eric W: haha

  96. SallyCips says:
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    Happy season, playaz!

    I actually drafted Keone, so all clear here!

    I have Leone, should I drop for Holland?

    Went and grabbed McMahon. Is he better than Cardinal’s Martinez or is there NO CHANCE IN HELL! ;)

    • SallyCips says:
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      @SallyCips: Eek double posted. Sorry, Grey, but my laptop was coming up with an Error message from the site.

      Anyhoo, the above has the Holland question at least.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Holland — McMahon in Coors seems solid

  97. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H redraft league: Saves+Holds (SVHD) is a stat

    P: Clayton Kershaw
    P: Kelvin Herrera
    P: Addison Reed
    P: Shane Greene
    P: Brad Boxberger
    SP: Max Scherzer
    SP: Sean Manaea
    BH: Patrick Corbin
    BH: Mike Foltynewicz
    BH: Miles Mikolas

    1) drop anyone for Keone Kela?
    2) drop Reed for Fernando Rodney? They have about the same projection for SVHD
    3) are you a fan of the Saves+Holds stat with the way teams are utilizing so many more relievers today? We tried to bring “relevancy” to more of the reliever player pool

    Thanks! And happy Opening Day!

    • Savoy Special says:
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      @Savoy Special: 4) most droppable pitcher to drop/add back to stash Luiz Gohara?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Replied above (below?)

  98. Glory Daze says:
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    Grey
    can you rank in order
    Luke Weaver
    Miles Mikolas
    Wacha
    Flaherty
    Stratton
    Junis

    Thanks

  99. Glory Daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    How would you rank
    We use net wins as a category instead of straight wins if that changes your decision any
    Luke Weaver
    Miles Mikolas
    Wacha
    Flaherty
    Stratton
    Junis
    Thanks

  100. Lucky Dog says:
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    Given his terrible spring + recent minor shoulder injury , would you bench Danny Duffy today as a “wait & see”? I have 6 more starting pitchers than my opponent, but my opponent has Sale/Syndergard/Carrasco.

    As of now he’s on my bench but I keep wanting to start him. It’s that little devil on my left shoulder whispering in my ear, “you didn’t spend a 14th round pick to bench him. Sure he might give up 5 ER but he might also strike out 4 while walking 3 – you can use those 4 K’s!”

    Talk me off the ledge, Grey!

    Ps – Martinez with a single in his 1st AB! That’s what I like to see!

  101. Yowza says:
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    U trust king Felix tonight vs CLE?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t own him

  102. Brian says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I remember in years past that a writer here would post the 25th and 75th percentiles for the cumulative total of each major roto category in 8, 10, and 12 team leagues. This way you could measure up exactly how much of each stat is needed for a strong team. I couldn’t find the latest version – was it put out for 2018, and, if so, is there any chance you can link me?

    Thanks!

  103. Brian says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I remember in years past that a writer here would post the 25th and 75th percentiles for the cumulative total of each major roto category in 8, 10, and 12 team leagues. This way you could measure up exactly how much of each stat is needed for a strong team. I couldn’t find the latest version – was it put out for 2018, and, if so, is there any chance you can link me?

    Thanks

  104. Joseph Quadres says:
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    Starting Bundy at home v. Twins? SON hates with a terrabyte of robot-tool-intensity

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  105. Knucks says:
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    A little more fantrax whining from me today. Picked up/dropped Marisnick today. Couldn’t pick him back up to put back in my lineup today when Brantley was finally DL’ed. Marisnick appears to be on Waivers. Was it always like that in RCLs? A severe issue for my chronic rosterbation that I thought was a staple of the RCL format. Has anyone else had a similar problem yet? User error?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is it me or does the team page not auto update? I think I miss ESPN too

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Not sure about that, cause I don’t have anyone playing yet, but I hope that’s not the case. The thing that I was talking about with adding/dropping/adding a player in the span of 5 mins. Is that customizable? Is that to crazy to fix across all RCLs? Or was it always like that in RCLs, as far as not being able to do it. Gonna ask Truss on his next post.

        Its cool that you can custom leagues and setup Fantrax however you want, but it takes so many damn clicks to get around sometimes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d ask Truss, not sure on that… I think if you dropped someone who was never in your lineup, you could pick him up again immediately on ESPN (but not Yahoo)

  106. Cram It says:
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    Let the legend of JoMart commence….2 for 2 off of Noah after winking at him during both at bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinda wish I drafted him more places

  107. Big League Wood says:
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    ‘Sup Grey,

    BF podcaster thinks Ryon Healey in a platoon with Vogelbach?

    How would this impact your ranking. Own him as a CI and know you had him pretty high.

    Duda is in my bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d wait a week before assuming a platoon

      • Big League Wood says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks.
        Enjoy baseball today !!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trying, this MLB app is painful

  108. Weird Fishes says:
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    What do you think of Lucchesi? Would you drop Archie Bradley for him sight unseen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, hold

  109. Gotime says:
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    Jose Mart .. are we jumping in on him and dumping MATaylor…
    and stash Conforto or is that a headache waiting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go for it…. Stash Conforto

  110. hanklongball says:
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    The offers for Kingery are already coming in! I’ve received the following:

    1. Kingery for Treinen and Hendricks
    2. Kingery for Rivero

    My plan was to use Kingery as UTIL once he gets more positions available, and I have a pretty full offense and zero closers. Would you take either offer, or hold and see if the value goes up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2 Sounds good, depends on your needs

      • Hanklongball says:
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        @Grey: 2 was rescinded, but I do need pitching (I have zero closers now)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then find better deal

          • hanklongball says:
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            @Grey: thanks as always!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  111. maxpower says:
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    Drop Shane Greene or Kelvin Herrera for Brad Boxberger who is on waivers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  112. J-FOH says:
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    Archie Moses? we have a movie reference to work with here…do you know it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… White Shadow?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Bulletproof. it was Adam Sandler’s name

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Never saw it, I never liked Sandler

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: it was the mid 90’s. We watched every stupid comedy because we drank 40’s and smoked weed all day

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, but hated him — Waterboy was so stupid

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Im just a commoner

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh stop!

  113. OaktownSteve says:
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    So Carlos Martinez was sharp.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Razor like

  114. Weird Fishes says:
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    Drop Archie for Hunter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay

      • Weird Fishes says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Why do I feel like I will be dropping Hunter by Sunday?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hunter Harvey?

          • Weird Fishes says:
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            @Grey: Oops. I meant Hunter Strickland.

  115. Raoul Duke says:
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    Manny Machado stole a base! 2015 here we come.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  116. Long Bawls says:
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    Stanton! Mi novio! Mi supernovio!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  117. bigbear says:
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    I have C-mart and Lester going for me in one league. So I have that going for me…

    Jose Martinez may have just hit himself into more ABs. Drop Reddick, Hanley, or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick

  118. OaktownSteve says:
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    Light another candle on the Giancarlo altar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What happened? He get hurt?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Homered. Jumpy much?

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Haha. Expect the worst!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Don’t freak me out!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You scared me! Only 59 more for Steamer’s 60 homer projection!

      • JC says:
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        @Grey: Hi Grey
        Alfaro is not playing today. He is my C on every team.
        Should I be looking for someone else? I know it’s just one game, but why isn’t he playing opening day?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m giving him another game

        • knucks says:
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          @JC: He’s not playing because Gabe is the Chip Kelly of the Phildos, in that he is super into himself and his “genius” and he’ll be outsmarting himself with lineups, bullpen situations, etc all year. He’ll be the next Sciosciapath to deal with for fantasy. Good luck.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hahaha

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @knucks:

            I’m calling him Welcome Back Kapler

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

            • J-FOH says:
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              @OaktownSteve: I already used that! But great mind think aaaaaaaaaaa

      • JC says:
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        Alfaro is not playing today. He is my C on every team.
        Should I be looking for someone else? I know it’s just one game, but why isn’t he playing opening day?

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @JC: Alfaro isn’t very good. Castillo, LuCroy, McCann, Grandal, Vazquez, d’Arnaud – any of them would be upgrades.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Aw cmon Magoo!

            • Big Magoo

              Big Magoo says:
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              @Grey: C’mon man. He’s garbage.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                He’s not garbage! He just needs to play… If he doesn’t play, I will agree, he’s garbage

                • Big Magoo

                  Big Magoo says:
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                  @Grey: I’d argue the opposite. The more he plays, the more he’ll hurt your team. If you like .230/14, then I stand corrected.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Wow, you really don’t like Alfaro, huh? He looks like an easy 20+ HR guy

                    • Big Magoo

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                      @Grey: There’s a difference between 20 homer power and 20 homer production. And that power production is mitigated if you’re an average drain. Alfaro’s the kind of guy who’s likely to have a really rough time the second time around the league. Horrible plate discipline. .230 might be generous.

                    • Grey

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                      Meh, it’s a catcher, it’s worth a flyer, methinks, for the first week at least

        • JC says:
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          Sorry that posted twice. Don’t know what happened

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Site’s acting funny today

          • JC says:
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            Grey ranks him above all those guys except Castillo…
            Thx for your help.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  119. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    That Nunez inside-the-parker could’ve used some Benny Hill music in the background

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha… Classic Rays baseball!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: That’s what you get for starting Span in LF in 2018. Ditto for the White Sox and James Shields.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, completely… Damn, Giancarlo looks good

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: He’s always looked good to you. This is what he’s supposed to do against guys like Happ.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Happ’s not terrible, but 59 homers to go for Giancarlo!

        • knucks says:
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          @Big Magoo: Duda wanna take a shizz on Jame’s windshield?

  120. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Greg Holland is now a Cardinal. 1/$14. So much for Leone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I got Holland in the 21st round of my NL only…Booyah!!!

  121. Big Magoo

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    A Bundy/Odorizzi pitchers duel. You never know what you’re going to get on opening day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      But ya kinda knew Giancarlo was gonna homer

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: There’s always a decent chance of that happening

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            You can track his progress on my NFBC team.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @OaktownSteve:

              Odorizzi that is. The site is weird and jumpy today.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                It is, sorry, we got slammed this morning

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Track Giancarlo on mine!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Big Magoo:

      Odor to the Izzi. Like him a lot this year.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Me too, don’t think I got him anywhere tho

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I can see him having a solid year in Minnesota. Gotta love that division.

  122. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Kike Hernandez is hitting cleanup. That must make all of the Bellinger owners ecstatic.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: its all the lefty righty mix up robot roberts does. Its fucking annoying

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @J-FOH: Going Puig/Bellinger/Kemp would still provide that mix though. It’s just micromanaging. And I’m not even a huge Bellinger fan.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: You know I blame Roberts for micro managing his way right out of winning the world series. Fuck that guy

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            He didn’t sorta screw the pooch with overmanaging

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Grey: He’s the Robertopath?….Robertoloco? I dont know but I hate him

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                He’s the Free Taco from Taco Bell manager…Yo, go steal a base, Roberts!

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Grey: I’m kinda liking Robertoloco

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    That’s pretty solid

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: its matches the insanity of him doing the same stupid thing over and over and all the mexicans at Dodger games

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So crazy on Kike

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Big Magoo:

      In addition to Kike, Pirela, Markakis, Asdrubal, Cron, Grandy all hitting clean up as well. The four hole ain’t what it used to be.

      • Big Magoo

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        @OaktownSteve: Cron is defendable with that Rays roster, and Markakis is probably just keeping the seat warm for Acuna, but yeah. That is a shaky group.

        • VinWins

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          @Big Magoo: Markakis was 5/17 with 2 HRs vs Nola, so that might have played into it.

  123. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    NL Only H2H 5×5 OBP

    Flowers already left with and undisclosed injury. If he’s gonna miss significant time, who would you add out of Suzuki, Hedges, Cervelli, and Plawecki?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oblique, sucks… Grab Hedges

  124. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    JoMart going 3-4 with a dong off Thor is a mighty fine way to get more PT!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Now the Cards’ starting 1st baseman…Jose Alberto Martinez!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: THEY: “Jose, we’re not sure yet if you’ve kept your swing change adjustments.” JOSE: “Hold my Dos Equis while I mash this dong off Thor…”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That legit made me laugh out loud

  125. Lol says:
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    Start Corbin and ruin my nfbc league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am

  126. OaktownSteve says:
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    Quick take…the balls are still bouncy.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Clayton Richards is deep league streamable at home. Hodgepadres

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So bouncy!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: follow the bouncy balls into the upper deck

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Timmy Anderson!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Davidson is my back-up for Yonder and Seager in my AL only. Im punching things right now and these stupid bi weekly locks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, I hate that shizz

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Im whipping blood off my knuckles and apologizing to my neighbors for all the noise

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Me too, homey

  127. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    drop woodruff for lucchesi. QS leagues

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  128. I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    20 team h2h redraft with slugging, OPS, BB’s, hits, total bases, slugging for hitters added and QS, holds, IP for pitchers
    C chirinos
    1B rhysus (OF)
    2B dejong (SS)
    SS anderson
    3B gallo (1B/OF)
    OF (3) stanton/pollock/rosario
    util m.taylor
    BN robles (no NA slot though so this is a handcuff that wastes a BN spot for now)
    SP (optimally i’d have only 1 BN bat, but for now i might need to do otherwise, plus the SP out there are REALLY trash)
    carrasco,weaver, porcello, ryu, newcomb, stratton, perdomo (and i grabbed him RIGHT before i read about luccesi too, now he’s gone)
    RP (room for 5) leone, lyons, green, colome, nicasio
    DL karns/gohara the monster

    80 moves per year, already used 1 on perdomo (who was the best looking SP at the time available EXACTLY like simpsons “lemons, which were the sweetest fruit available at the time”)

    best BN bat:
    chisenhall (appears to be both side starter 5th in order at CLE town with brantley out)
    cron
    n-will
    wong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…. Cron, but see no point right now

      • I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        @Grey: have a roster spot open with both of karns (didn’t see coming there) and gohara (knew about which is why i right away nabbed a SP and was ready to do so), so don’t have to drop anybody.

        should i scott kimmel it and ask if that means cron or one of the others listed?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I’d go Cron then, yeah

  129. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    So Buxton hits 8th today and then gets pinch hit for by Grossman with the game on the line. I never even considered him at his ADP this year, but man. Outlook cloudy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Outlook awful right now

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wait until the 2nd half tho

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Magoo, Freeman!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: I know! That was a Kapler gift. See my comment below.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, saw that

  130. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Donaldson having great difficulty throwing today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw, he looks bad

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Or just hurt, can’t tell, prolly hurt

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Grey: Yeah, sounds like shoulder issues.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That sucks

  131. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Yeah, your high ranking of Anderson looking good on opening day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad!

  132. Db says:
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    Drop Velasquez, Trevor willians, or Flaherty for Strickland or Dyson in saves/holds league could be more valuable then any of those 3 starters, thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      VV for Strickland

    • Moneyball says:
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      Drop Trevor Williams not VV

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nope

        • Moneyball says:
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          Time will tell!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Or will it?! Yeah, it will

  133. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Speaking of micromanaging, Kapler pulls Nola after 5 1/3 shutout innings and just 68 pitches so that someone named Hoby Milner can face Freddie Freeman. The result was pretty much inevitable.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: the severino owners in QS leagues are FOH angry right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman!

  134. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Tim Anderson sleeper looking pretty sweet as well so far…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad!

  135. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Happy baseball is finally back. Been a long winter.
    Do you like J.Martinez over E.Thames? Also, which closer would you sit out of Strickland, Ziegler? I suddenly have an abundance of sagnof riches with Boxberger as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  136. WinterIsComing says:
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    Hey guys how long do we think it’ll be until Senzel gets the call? Worth it to drop Franco for him in a keep forever 10 man league with no penalties? Only 4 bench spots total

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      June

  137. braves uk says:
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    15 team OBP roto.

    Jose Martinez counting stats over Jesse Winker’s OBP? Deep rosters so thin ww. This will prob need to be about who will get more playing time…

    Thanks Grey…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  138. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    58 to go.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @VinWins: he’ll miss two moths with another “freak” injury and only hit 39

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @J-FOH: Shoot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  139. J-FOH says:
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    Albies Dong!

    Tomorrows title: Riding high on your Homer Davidson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  140. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Is Hoskins hurt or is Kapler just trying to get the ax in record time?

    • Eric W says:
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      @Big Magoo: Hoskins did not compliment Kaplers quads after seeing him in shorts post leg day. Quick way to get in Kaplers s(h)it list

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Eric W: So Kapler pulls his ace after 68 pitches of shutout ball AND pulls his best player in the 8th inning after a 2 hit day, and the Phillies wind up blowing a 5 run lead. Talk about a rough managerial debut. He’s got some splainin to do.

        • Eric W says:
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          @Big Magoo: I once had a half eaten cheese steak thrown at my head in Philly for asking some one where a bar was. So I expect Kapler to be treated with respect and understanding as he settles in to his managerial career in Philadelphia

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Eric W: HAHAHAHAHA

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Eric W: Ah, I miss Philly

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HAHA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Overmanaging big time

  141. J-FOH says:
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    Markakis making everyone feel stupid for questioning him batting clean up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, SPARKAKIS!

  142. FrankGrimes says:
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    I hate fucking closers!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Closerpocalypse Now…2018!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vizcaino!

  143. Cohen says:
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    Prob dumb question Grey but would u drop Ryan Braun or Adrian Beltre for Matt Davidson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  144. Jef With 1 F says:
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    What’s up home boy…Happy opening day!…I’ve still been reading just got a nice promotion at work and have been busy as fuck…Hope all is well my friend.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Good to see you, man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      WOW! One F!

      • Jef With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Yeah been a minute…just life getting in the way of fantasy LOL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Come back soon, homey!

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @Jef With 1 F: Gratz on the promotion!

  145. Long Bawls says:
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    Have made 7 moves on my team and congratulated myself on my restraint at least twice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I only made 15 moves today and I feel like I’m slowing down

      • @Grey: I only made 4, but two were adding back caesar hernandez once the mutts finally DL’d Conforto, then dropping him for Calhoun, then remembering Calhoun is hot garbage and adding Hernandez back.

        And that’s the most schitzo I’ve ever been with an add/drop! :)

        Also Ozzie Albies is my new mancrush.

        Chase Headly on the other hand… (get it…Hand? Not on my team, but he had bases loaddd, 1 out & GIDP costing Hand, and me, a cheap W, that fat bastard)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I just made another — Catch me if you can!

          • Lucky Dog says:
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            @Grey: not fair. I have 1 team, you have 6,372 teams.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Fair enough!

  146. Thank you, Razzball for Jose Martinez! I was hurting for some power & JMart delivered. Imma start calling you RadBall now, because I’m still stuck in the 80s and also wearing legwarners & tights like Olivia Newton John’s let’s get physical video, which I’m also watching on a loop on VHS right now.

    Maybe that’s TMI. Anyhoo, Martinez needs to play every day. Can we get a petition going or something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha — Take it to moveon.org

  147. OaktownSteve says:
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    Jeopardy style: Who is Hunter Strickland?

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @OaktownSteve I”ll take, “he worked on his slider to make it a stronger secondary pitch all offseason so his kinda flat 98 mph fastball is more effective” for $500, Alex!

      Add him. He’s the closer whole Melincon is out.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Lucky Dog: there are literally thousands adding him right now. I have one draft share.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Giants closer

  148. hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Would you use up priority #1 on Reed after the blown save, or save it for Acuna? Going for Acuna will cost 100% of the waiver budget. I have no closers as of yet, but having Acuna could free some bats for a trade later in the year.

    Thoughts?

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @hanklongball: my $.02

      Acuna, and not close. Closers fall out of the woodwork throughout the season.

      Elite prospect hitters not as much. One hot streak from Acuna & you’ll be able to parlay him to someone who needs OF help in a hurry.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Acuna

  149. FrankGrimes says:
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    Oh Nellie!

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @FrankGrimes: every year I’m ready to stick a fork in this guy, and all he does is keeps mashing taters. Cruz is timeless.
      :o

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, like Seiko

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whoa Nellie!

  150. Dodger says:
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    Soria, Ziegler, Strickland. Who to drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soria

  151. Bigly Leagues says:
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    I’m liking Matty D… top 10 in barrels last year, hitting cleanup, 27, clearly locked in, no one eyeing his spot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah!

  152. Hal_Incandenza says:
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    Belated Happy Opening Day, Grey! Looking forward to the posts, tools, and banter in the comments.

    I hope Frank Sobotka’s back is doing well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

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