I only wish Madison Bumgarner fractured his hand after every single person drafted, because I knew I was never drafting him.  Terrible thing to say?  Perhaps, but I’m not the poor schnook who was still drafting him after I said for the last three months to not draft him.  I even put him in a tier originally in the top 20 starters that said, DO NOT DRAFT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  Okay, not in that tall of a font, but the sentiment was all over that tier.  I said specifically, “This is just like the above tier, and I will be avoiding it, but rather than the above guys who I actually like, just won’t draft, I do not like the guys in this tier, and would never draft them at their price.  So, while I wouldn’t draft the above guys, I really wouldn’t draft these guys.  Got it?  Cool.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Of course, I can’t claim prescience that I knew he’d be hit by a comebacker, but will I anyway?  Hmm…  Why not?!  Prescience ain’t just a word on my Word of the Day calendar that I got in a Secret Santa!  So, I’ve dropped Bumgarner in the rankings, and adjusted his projections accordingly.  My Fantasy Baseball War Room gets updated on the reg, as well.

Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2018 fantasy baseball:

Jeff Samardzija – Out for a month with a pectoral strain. Apparently, pectoral strains are going around the majors.  I blame millennials.  They ruined pectorals, and the world.  Sorry, guys, this shizz is on you. I’ve docked Samardzija a monthzija of projections in my top 80 starters.

Scott Kingery – Will break camp with the team.  Kingery dingery dock, Grey ran up to the waiver wire to grab this Scott!  Look at the Jacked Up Jew Kapler flex his trapezius muscles by making out a lineup card!  Check out the Jacked Up Jew Kapler make his abs into a 14-pack while giving Kingery the nod!  Look at the Jacked Up Jew Kapler show off his sculpted calfs while hitting Kingery leadoff!  Kingery has no starting job right now, but Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco and J.P. Crawford are all disposable compared to Kingery.  Actually, besides Hoskins, I’d bench anyone for Kingery.  In my top 20 2nd basemen I’ve upped his ranking and projections.

Jack Flaherty – Made the rotation with the Wainwright injury, and Wainwright’s been Way-wrong for a few years now, so I’m all-in on Flaherty, i.e., Flaherty will get you everywhere.  I’ve moved him up in my top 80 starters.

Luke Gregerson – Will start season on the DL.  Cards may open the season without naming a closer.  In related news, Greg Holland is trying indoor skydiving because he found this Groupon he couldn’t refuse.  Who knows what tomorrow holds for Holland, maybe he’ll go see a matinee.  So much freedom for him from the constraints of being on a team.  I’d continue to own Dominic Leone, Gregerson and Tyler Lyons.

Daniel Murphy – Officially ruled out for the start of the season, which was all but guaranteed all preseason, so I didn’t move him in my rankings, but I also haven’t drafted him and have no intention on it, especially since I have no more leagues.  As Prospector Ralph says, “Knees, man.”  I think he’s referring to how hard it is to come back from a knee injury.  Hey, it’s not Dr. Prospector Ralph.

David Phelps – Had Tommy John surgery to repair his arm.  “His” in that sentence was likely unnecessary, kinda like this update.

J.T. Realmuto – Will start year on the DL.  Sounds like it won’t be long until Jerry Tomato is back with the Marlins, asking to be traded away from the Marlins.

Rafael Montero – Complete tear of his UCL in his right elbow and will have Tommy John surgery.  Dr. James Andrews said he will no longer accept Tommy John stamp cards from Mets starters.

Zack Wheeler – Will start the year on the DL.  Too bad for Wheeler, he was vying to break camp as the 4th backup to the 1st backup for Noah Syndergaard.

Dinelson Lamet – Out until May with a sore elbow.  Too much damn waxing on and off, Dinelson!  No!  Don’t paint the fence either!  This was a dog day afternoon for Lamet.  Jury’s still out, but if you owned Lamet, find 11 other angry men who also owned him, you’re gonna need company.  Elbow pain is of grave concern, and now he’s ranked by Graveman in the top 100 starters, and I moved him down my top 500.  I was kicking myself for not drafting him as of two days ago, now I’m exhaling like Angela Bassett in the arms of Taye Diggs.

Austin Hays – Optioned to the minors to begin the year.  In my rankings, I had Hays ranked around 280 overall with a total of 334 at-bats.  That still sounds about right, but obviously the possibility of him breaking camp with the team flew the coup.  Orioles fly right?  They’re not like ostriches, are they?  How is an ostrich even a bird?  If an ostrich is a bird, I’m a bird.  Yo, I’m a bird!

David Dahl – Sent to Triple-A.  You know what Dahl is?  A Roxtease.

Greg Bird – Had an MRI on his foot, which showed inflammation.  After Bird pulled a Kotchman last year, I would not be surprised if Bird misses five months with a sore foot.  Prove me wrong, man, it’s on you now!  By the way, Casey Kotchman is still a thing at Razzball.  Ha!  You know he’s selling real estate somewhere, and his co-workers are like, “Yo, isn’t that the guy from Razzball’s glossary?”

Brandon Woodruff – Nailed down a Brewers rotation spot.  His name is so close to what I want to name my next dog, Arfer Woofruff.  Though I imagine Cougs will have a say in that.  Ted’s still prolly got another ten years. *makes sign of cross*  Any hoo!  Woodruff throws 95 MPH, but that hasn’t exactly translated to strikeouts in the majors.  He might be a velocitease, but there’s enough promise for NL-Only leagues right now.

Mike NapoliIndians released Napoli, like his mom releases her nipples.

Mike Fiers – Will start year on the DL.  As Martha Quinn would say, “Please, no tears for Fiers.”

Drew Pomeranz – Sounds like he will start the year on the DL.  My guess is the Sawx will fill-in Pomeranz’s spot for a week or two with Brian Johnson, while filling in for domestic abuser, Steven Wright, with Hector Velazquez.  Mean’s while, Sawx fans ponder the depth of their rotation with thoughts of Chris Sale going every third day.

Johan Camargo – Will open season on the DL.  In his place, the Braves will let the river run through 3rd.  The Rio Ruiz, that is.

Steven Souza – Diagnosed with a right pectoral strain.  The pectoral strain is different than the pastoral strain, which affected Grandmother Moses earlier work when she was depicting sheepherders getting lap dances from sheep.  A pectoral strain is likely a shorter rehab stint for Souza, than the original prognosis of a shoulder strain, but I’m still docking him a month of his projections.  I moved him into the top 80 outfielders.

Yasmany Tomas – Optioned to the minors, even with the Souza injury.  Crushing blow to Dave Stewart’s fantasy team.  That team’s name, “I Think K-Rate Is Short For Karate.”

  1. Robert says:
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    5×5 league 10 team Keeper league. Must have 2 relievers.
    Ramos, Belllinger, Albies, Corey Seager, Alex Bregman, Devers, Wil Myers, Andrew Benintendi, Betts, Justin Upton, Eric Hosmer.
    Pitchers
    Castillo, Weaver, Price, Strasburg, Godley, Hendricks, Ozuna, Rivero
    Bench: Ohtani, Moncado, Brad Hand, Danny Salazar, Gregory Polanco, Jordan Montgomery, Eloy Jimerez, Ian Kinsler, Ryan McMahon, Jake Ordorizzi.
    Thoughts:: quite happy might be touch light in power.

    • Grey

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      @Robert: Don’t love Price, Salazar, Seager, bench bats but these things are kinda small, overall solid team, maybe a tad light on power

  2. RJ says:
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    Whew, glad I dodged that Lamet bullet! Good read as always Grey!

    Had my 12-team, mixed league roto 6×6 draft last night. QS and OPS are the extra categories, we use Saves + Holds and K/9 instead of strikeouts. How did my team end up??

    C. Yasmani Grandal
    1B. Cody Bellinger
    2B. Ozzie Albies
    SS. Zack Cozart
    3B. Joey Gallo
    CI. Wil Myers
    MI. Chris Taylor
    OF. Mike Trout
    OF. Andrew Benintendi
    OF. Yasiel Puig
    OF. Ronald Acuna
    OF. Delino DeShields
    UTIL. Scott Kingery
    BN. Austin Hays

    P. Noah Syndergaard
    P. Luis Severino
    P. Robbie Ray
    P. Zack Godley
    P. Michael Wacha
    P. Mike Clevinger
    P. Andrew Miller
    P. Josh Hader
    P. A.J. Minter
    P. Walker Buehler
    P. Michael Kopech
    DL, Alex Reyes

    How’s it look? It is a keeper league where we keep 3 guys for the round we drafted them in, so that explains the surplus of prospects. But I’d like your opinion on the team, thanks again Grey!

    • Grey

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      @RJ: Agreed! Hitting looks solid, maybe a tad low on SBs, but fine in OPS, hitting is riskier than pitching… Pitching is stacked

  3. O says:
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    Yesterday’s draft, 16 team, 6×6. I’m pretty happy with it but am unsure about the pitching. Did I do alright?

    Salvador Perez
    Goldschmidt
    Odor
    Machado
    T. Anderson
    Buxton
    Rosario
    Benintendi
    Brinson
    Acuna

    Ray
    Ohtani
    Sonny Gray
    Stroman
    Wacha
    Corbin
    Williams
    Velazquez
    Gibson
    Nate Jones
    Givens

    • Grey

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      @O: I like your pitching, hitting looks solid, maybe a tad low on AVG

      • O says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you!

  4. Duntroon68 says:
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    Finished the 50 rounder. Took Kingery in the 20th and I’m hoping they play him all over the place because 2B, 3B, SS, OF will be really helpful in the dead of summer. I had Jose Ramirez in NFBC in 2016 when he had all of those eligibilities and I never had a dead roster spot. This should also allow Happ to OF early on.

    Grabbed Lane Adams in the 47th. Thanks for that name. Mac Williamson in the 48th. Come on swing plane changes.

    • Grey

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      @Duntroon68: Williamson! That’s a good crazy late name too, good stuff!

  5. True and Correct says:
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    After hearing about the Phillies 1st ever 9 year buyout of a player’s contract, before getting a m.l.b. at bat, I immediately looked at Ian Hap’s from last year. Happ, a year younger than Kingery, played in 115 games, had 413 p.a.’s and 364 a.b.’s. and went 62/24/68/8 .253.
    My guess is that Kingery hits for a higher avg., steals a lot more bases, and likely scores more runs, playing in significantly more games. Betting on the over (all). ; Happ with more power. I really like Happ.

    • Grey

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      @True and Correct: Maybe, I’d prolly bet under on runs, HRs and RBIs for Kingery

  6. True and Correct says:
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    Btw, Matheny said that he’ll use BOTH Lyons and Leone in the 9th depending on matchups. Leone went for big bucks (a lot more than my $105) tonight (waiver wire). May end up being very happy with Jake Junis(conditional bid), for 1/4 of the cost.

  7. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!

    Loved the write-up!!

    a. Got home on Saturday. Enjoying the time with the family before we take off for Athens for 8 nights this Wednesday. Hope we don’t get caught up in an anarchy-fed demonstration!

    b. Dahl was dropped in my RCL. Guess I could wait to see if he gets traded somewhere, if he gets 300 ABs for the Rox that’d be a surprise. Should I drop Aaron Hicks or Mike Minor for him. Both are on the bench but I think Minor will be an asset and Hicks will be useful even if ABs for him will be scarce.

    c. One word for CramIt….’Straw….berry!’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Ante Galic:

      Has there ever been a write up you didn’t like?

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @FrankGrimes: Are you saying that Grey has written something you didn’t like!!???!

        • Shitwolf says:
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          @VinWins:

          Grey needs daily butt kissing

          mwah mwah mwah

        • Grey Poop-on says:
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          @VinWins: I don’t like anything Grey writes…I love it.

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @VinWins:
          Yea of course.
          I also think this mad bum rap
          Is just to spite me lmao

          • Peacecoast says:
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            @FrankGrimes: I actually counted syllables to see if that was a Haiku.

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              @Peacecoast:
              Good eye.
              It sometimes will be.

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              @VinWins: @Peacecoast:

              btw I love
              me some ante just like to
              give him shit sometimes

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @FrankGrimes: Frank!!!

                I always ALWAYS ALWAYS love me Grimey Haiku’s!! In fact, my day is not complete without a Grimey haiku. There I said it!

                Cheers,
                Ante

    • Grey

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      @Ante Galic: A. Hope it was awesome! B. Yeah, let him go C. Haha

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        In a 10-team, H2H weekly lineup locks points league where SP who have RP status (eg Mike Minor) can start instead of a closer and score a lot of points when he pitches twice etc, would you rather have….

        a. Mike Minor (I have him)

        or

        b. Garrett Richards (on waivers)

        It would leave my bullpen (must roster two RPs) with only Jansen and Knebel.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          Hold for now

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            Thanks for talking me off the ledge, man! Phew! Almost passed out from the altitude.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              Haha, no problem

  8. recklessdriver says:
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    Just want your thoughts on my team I just drafted.
    It’s not looking too bright! lol

    12 team H2H 6×6 standard 5+OBP & K/BB
    3 keepers marked*

    C: Barnes
    1B: Carlos Santana
    2B: Albies
    3B: Gallo
    SS: Trea*
    OF: Harper*, Puig, Pollock
    UT: Alonso, Bell
    BN: Jose Martinez, Willie Calhoun
    NA: Senzel

    SP: Bum, Archer, Sev*, Bauer, Fulmer, Clevinger, Jon Gray, Faria
    RP: Rodney, Parker

    and yep, I have Bumgarner..

    • Grey

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      @recklessdriver: I like the hitting, solid keepers obviously… Pitching looks solid too, even with Bum

    • Harrison Jones says:
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      @recklessdriver: hmm looks okay. could’ve been better.

  9. Cabby says:
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    Thoughts on my 12 team h2h keeper league team
    Keep 10 keepers
    Keep 7 minor leaguers
    R,sb, rbi, total bases, obp
    Era, whip, k, quality starts+wins, holds+saves

    C- Tyler Flowers
    C- D’Arnaud
    1b- Abreu
    2b- Altuve
    Ss- Andrus
    3b- Arenado
    Mi- Cozart
    CI- bour
    OF- Harper, Marte, mazara, Mancini, Fowler
    U- Morales
    Sp- Kluber, Stroman, Godley, Snell, Morton, Corbin
    Rp- Diaz, Melancon, Greene
    Bench- k.marte, choo, Blake Parker, mikolas, wacha

    Just had our minor league draft so have more than 7 MINORS
    Acuna, Robles, E. Jimenez, G.Torres, T. Trammil, Fioril(yankees), Luis Castillo, Mitch Keller, Alex Reyes, walker Buehler.

    Acuna, Torres, Robles, buehler, Castillo and Reyes will likely all contribute at some point this season. What
    Are your thoughts? Thanks

    • Grey

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      @Cabby: You look solid on hitting, don’t love Andrus/Stroman… Not a bad team at all tho, nice prospects!

  10. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    The Kingery news was so exciting yet so frustrating for me yesterday….planned to draft him at $1 right before reserve round in my keeper auction….then the news came out in the middle of the draft, he got nominated super early, and went (not to me) for $6. Gah! Still looks like a fun guy to watch though.

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    Grey, great stuff as always. In my keeper league I need to bring Kingery up with him making the roster. I need to drop a bench bat. Who should I drop from these four Dahl, Hays, Calhoun or Beckham? I ‘stached the first three at the end of season last year. Thanks!

  12. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Speaking of that draft, here’s how it turned out. 13 team weekly roto, keep 7. Keepers marked with asterisks.

    C- $6 Grandal (Alfaro went for $15!!!!!!)
    C- $1 Martin (don’t love either, but like having to Cs hitting in middle of order)
    1B – $3 BELLINGER*
    2B – $15 Taylor
    SS – $1 Anderson (loved this value)
    MI – $6 Villar
    3B – $11 DEVERS*
    CI – $18 HOSKINS*
    OF – $21 HARPER*
    OF – $26 BLACKMON*
    OF – $13 JDM*
    OF – $16 Deshizz (if only the draft was a week ago!)
    OF – $23 Acuna (like I said, if only draft was earlier!)
    UTL – $1 Longo (blerg)
    Bench – $0 Jose Martinez, $1 Mallex Smith, $0 Mateo

    SPs – $10 RAY*, $20 Castillo, $10 Morton, $1 Wacha, $12 Hendricks, $7 Clevinger, $2 Taillon (Bauer and my boy Godley both went for over $20!)
    RP – Treinen, Greene, Boxberger
    Bench – $0 Mikhilas, Ryu, Musgrove

    • Grey

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Looks like it came together nicely, Longo is blerg, but you can drop or bench him… Crazy pitching, so many sexy names and Ks… Good stuff, man!

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        @Grey: thanks! Considering how crazy the draft was, and that my original pitching targets Godley and Bauer went super high, very happy with snagging all that sexy upside and Ks, and that SP bench in reserve round.

        I like having Hendricks, Wacha and those others as my “rotation peptobismol” just in case of blow ups. Ralph suggested Hendricks as his favorite guy to pair with Robbie Ray, and I sort of dig it!

        Very happy with how hitting played out, missing Scott Kingery aside (I was outbid because I overspent on my mid-low end closers and did not expect anyone to have the same Kingery utl plan that I did – oh well).

        I feel like Acuna, even at $23, could still be an easy keeper if he lives up to the hype (maybe he replaces my Blackmon keeper next year). Would have liked him cheaper, but at least he’s on my team.

        Also digging the cheap Villar and relatively cheap Taylor as potential keepers.

        Favorite new keeper bet though might be $0 Jose Martinez…your pod and those FG fawning posts have me all in on him…hoping he sees full time play sooner rather than later so I can ditch Longo and slot him at UTL and rock dual “J. Martinez”-s on my starting roster.

        • Grey

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          I hope Martnez breaks out too… Maybe Carp can have a huge setback — Fingers crossed!

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: the tea leaves seem to be that even Carp wants Martinez to play everyday, and that he’s willing to move to 3B (maybe time share with Gyorko, who should really just be utl).

            • Grey

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              That would be so amazing

  13. Nittanychris says:
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    Inspired by the Dinelson reference, I’m doing the crane as I type this!
    AL Only, 10 team Auction, standard 5×5 categories, choose one keeper at these prices for this year only. Thanks!
    J Reddick $7
    E Andrus $19
    S Choo $7
    D Bundy $4
    S Manaea $12

  14. MARK e Penn says:
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    Had our draft the day before Mad Bum broke his finger. Passed up Justin Verlander and Thor for him. I deserve it.

  15. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey!!

    Drafted my first of 2 fantasy league (second draft is my 2nd year keeper league on Tuesday, won last year!!)

    12 Team H2H Yahoo
    HR R RBI SB OBP
    W WHIP ERA S K

    Ny only bugaboo was drafting Lamet and hearing news 8 hours later, oh well, shit happens. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of adds to choose from come Wednesday.

    C – Hedges
    1B – Hosmer
    2B – Schoop
    3B – Freeman
    SS – Bregman
    OF – Harper
    OF – Ozuna
    OF – E. Rosario
    UTIL – M. Taylor
    UTIL – Brinson
    NA – Acuna

    SP – Archer
    SP – L. Castillo
    SP – Berrios
    SP – S. Gray
    SP – Morton
    SP – Wacha
    SP – J. Montgomery
    SP – Chatwood
    SP – Ryu
    RP – Melancon
    RP- Treinen

    I kind of punted Dave’s, but I figure within 4 weeks I’ll have 4ish closers

    Also, I’m taking a chance with Taylor and Brinson a Sunday my UTIL spots as I went on hype as opposed to a sure thing. But as we know I have the wire and a spot when I DL Lamet, and Acuna should up mid April.

    What do you think? I took a few risks I wanted to have fun but be strategic and smart with this team.

    One finals thing, it is not a keeper league, I was already offered his Pollock and Bell for my Acuna and Lamet. I won’t do it, but should I? I assume he will take the offer back after he heard about Lamet.

    Thanks Grey!! I’ll ask your feedback for my keeper league Tuesday

    • Grey

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      @TarmanGotHim: Agree with your assessment, you punted Daves, and a few risks on hitting and pitching… Overall, I like the team, maybe a hair low on WHIP

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: I always try to at least get Robertson.

  16. Tigres says:
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    Thanks for the recap Grey. Looking forward to real baseball games! Hey, will you do Friday buy/sell this week? Or will wait until there’s more than one day of games?

    • Grey

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      @Tigres: Think I’m gonna do it this week

  17. Adam says:
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    Greys favorite Monday- or how’dmydraftgo-day.
    But seriously- how’d it go?

    Yahoo, 10team, h2h, 5×5 (ops v avg), 3 keeper

    C- Jt Realmuto
    1b- J Abreu
    2b- D Gordon
    SS- A Bregman
    3b- N Arenado (k)
    Of- M Trout (k), S Marte (k), J Puig
    Utl- E Rosario, T Mancini
    Bn- J Smoak, V Robles

    Sp- C Martinez, Z Grienke, L Castillo, M Tanaka, S Gray
    Rp- C Knebel, K Giles, K Herrera, F Rodeney, S Greene

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      @Adam:

      looks good to me you have a lot of steals between marte and Gordon!

    • Grey

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      @Adam: Pitching has some risk, and your hitting looks low on OPS, but not terrible on either, I don’t mind the team

  18. The Skrimmer says:
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    Looking ahead at contracts and wild cards…I will already be coming back with: Abreu, Machado, Odor, Buxton, Margot, Harper, Acuna, Kershaw, Cole, Ray, Urias.
    I can also contract two of the following players…which two would you contract?

    Luis Castillo – $9
    Trevor Bauer – $6
    Yasiel Puig – $11
    Justin Upton – $15

  19. kwoox says:
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    In GREY WE TRUST………best most knowledgeable site out there. You are the man!

    We try and follow your thoughts while we draft, let us know if you are as happy as we are. We have more than enough steals, trying to actually trade quintana brantley and lamb for schoop and jose martinez. thoughts?

    12 team roto keeper league………

    cather: Alfaro
    1b. Edwin Encarancion
    2nd: Chris Taylor
    3rd: Rendon
    SS: Manny Macahdo
    CI: Jake Lamb
    MI: Jean Segura
    OF: Byron Buxton
    OF: Puig
    OF: Gregory Polanco
    OF: Eddie Rosario
    OF: Adam Eaton
    UTL: HOSKINS
    UTL: Acuna
    bench: brantley
    Bench: Tim anderson
    Bench: tim beckham

    Pitching
    SP. Sonny gray
    SP: JOse Quintana
    SP: Lament ( sad face)
    SP: Luke weaver
    SP: CHase ANderson
    SP Patrick Corbin
    SP Michael Wacha
    added Trevor williams and matz with DL spots
    RP: Alex Colone
    RP Brandon Morrow
    RP Dominc Leone
    Zach Britton DL

    • Grey

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      @kwoox: Thanks! I’d be happy with this team, yes, you’re stronger on SBs than you need to be, pitching is awesome, nice staff! I’d hold Quintana and Lamb there

  20. Someone pissed in my Alphabet Soup says:
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    Hey grey 6×6 10 team with OPS and holds…

    c Y Molina
    1b Bellinger
    2b Kipnis
    3b Rendon
    ss Bregman
    mi Segura
    ci Kyle Seager
    of Trout
    of Springer
    of Braun
    of Mancini
    u Josh bell
    b Baez

    sp Ray, Quintana, Bauer, Ohtani, Wacha, T walker
    rp Doolittle, Morrow, Devenski, Reed, Edwards Jr, Robertson, Hildenberger

    is the pitching that bad here? anything you would change overall?

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    Grey you’re getting a ton of these this week but I’m so excited I had to share. This is the league where I once upon a time misunderstood you and thought you told me I need a top 10 starting pitcher in this league based on the settings so I was considering taking strasberg. Glad I clarified that with you. Also cannot believe bellinger and Springer fell to me in a 14 team

    14 team H2H 6×6. hitting (R,HR,RBI,SO,SB,OPS) pitching (ERA*, WHIP*, K/9*, QS, HR, SV) *7 starts required.

    C- Austin Barnes
    1B- Bellinger
    2B- Schoop
    3B- Jake lamb
    SS- T Anderson
    OF- Mike trout
    OF-george springer
    OF-yasiel Puig
    Util- Eddie Rosario
    Bench- Franco, Tim Beckham, amed Rosario, Jesse winker

    SP- C-Mart
    SP- Bauer
    SP- Alex wood
    SP- Johnny cueto
    SP- Michael wacha
    SP- Patrick Corbin
    RP- Colome
    RP- A Miller
    RP- Bedrosian

    I’m a little light on K/9, my offense will strikeout a fair amount which hurts, and speed is kinda meh but im so jazzed about this team call me Buddy Rich. Ba dum tshh.

    • Grey

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      @Crime Dog: Agree with you, Cueto, Corbin aren’t gonna help with K/9 much, but should be okay for WHIP and QS… Nice hitting!

  22. phennore says:
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    Here are the results of my 16-team 5×5 keeper league:

    C – D’Arnaud -$1
    1B – Hoskins -$15 (K)
    2B – C. Hernandez -$4
    3B – Machado -$30 (K)
    SS – J. Peraza -$16
    MI – Lowrie -$1
    CI – Alonso – $14
    DH – M. Chapman – $5
    DH – Peralta – $4
    OF – Trout -$32 (K)
    OF – Benintendi – $11 (K)
    OF – Puig – $18 (K)
    OF – Margot – $15
    OF – Kiermaier – $10
    SP – C. Martinez – $24
    SP – Tanaka – $21
    SP – Alex Wood – $7 (K)
    SP – C. Anderson – $7 (K)
    SP – Gausman – $2
    RP – Doolittle – $8 (K)
    RP – Treinen – $13
    RP – K. Yates – $1
    RP – Swarzak – $1

    Offensively, the outfield and corner infield are pretty strong. My middle infield could be a hot mess, especially if Peraza doesn’t live up to expectations. My starters are very Razzballian and what you would want for a 12-team league, let alone a 16-team league. I am very nervous about Gausman though. My relief pitching is probably the weakest part of my team. Relievers go at a premium in this league – something I’m not willing to do. Overall, I like my team and so does the Razzball War Room. Good luck everyone!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @phennore: Looks good to me, good luck!

  23. Warren says:
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    Hey Grey, 5×5 OBP H2H league draft last night.

    C Ianetta
    1B Rizzo (k)
    2B Taylor
    3B Rendon
    SS Correa (k)
    OF Harper (k)
    OF Bellinger (k)
    OF Puig
    U Eaton
    BN Acuna!
    N/A Guerrero Jr.

    SP Severino
    SP Syndergaard
    SP Richards
    SP McCullers Jr.
    SP Price
    RP Kimbrel
    RP Doolitle
    BN Weaver
    BN Godley
    BN Wacha

    Really a Grey heavy team with Taylor, Rendon and Puig! Concerns going into the season

    1. It feels weird to be so heavily in on the Nats and Dodgers offense (especially in H2H).
    2. Am a little light on speed?
    3. Pitching is risky (lots of dudes with injury issues on that staff)

    Thoughts?

    • Warren says:
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      @Warren: Sev and Thor were keepers as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Warren: You do look light on speed, but don’t agree risky on pitching…. I guess Richards and Price are a little, but Severino and Noah is stacked, assuming this isn’t an 8 team league

  24. Jb says:
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    I drafted too many SB, . Which trade would you prefer My Myers for his Abreu or my Zimmerman for his Smoak?

    • Jb says:
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      @Jb: that is Bradley zimmer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jb: I’d want Abreu or Smoak, that order

  25. Five-on-One says:
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    So, had my draft (auction) this weekend (12 team, 5×5). Will post entire team later (I know, you all are so relieved), but had a question first. In my league pitching went for a premium, and not just the top few guys, but all the top guys. So much so, that I ended up with a staff comprised of SonnyG, Wacha, Bauer, Snell, Corbin and Lynn. I should crush the hitting categories, but when the entire league is spending more on pitching than expected, should I have adjusted a little, or stuck to my values? Thanks for the thoughts.

    • Five-on-One says:
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      @Five-on-One: Just did the math – on average, my league was spent 59% on hitting and 41% on pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-on-One: I wouldn’t spend more on pitching ever just bc others were

  26. Lt says:
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    Picked 9th in 10 team 6×6 h2h. There’s ks on offense and losses in pitching as extra categories. Everyone got taken right before I picked. Is it as bad as I think? Missed so many players at 9 it was frustrating.
    Alfaro
    Edwin
    Dozier
    Segura
    Machado
    MI Schoop, CI Rendon
    Stanton, Hoskins, Happ, C. Taylor
    Hosmer, M. Taylor
    Wood, Bauer, Godley, Morton, Gray (Rockies), Anderson, Wacha, Corbin, Porcello
    Giles, Morrow, Greene.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lt: Stanton/Machado is a great way to start, and Hoskins doesn’t hurt at all… I love Rendon too… You know I love this team!

  27. Jbona3 says:
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    Grey, just wanted to say thanks for all the great pre-season content and looking forward to another great season with Razzball.

    On a semi-related note, I caught you on the Youtubes with Ralph (on The Baseball Show) and really enjoyed the video. Also, I read the interview with Matthew Berry from ’09…man, it was amazing, the awkwardness jumped off the page.

  28. Fish says:
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    Draft Night is in the books. So now it’s time for the annual “look at my team!!!” post. Whatcha think? According to your $ amounts, it comes out to $323.

    1. (1) Mike Trout ? (LAA – OF) (KEEPER)
    2. (7) José Ramírez ? (Cle – 2B,3B) (KEEPER)
    3. (23) J.D. Martinez ? (Bos – OF) (KEEPER)
    4. (38) Anthony Rendon ? (Was – 3B) (KEEPER)
    5. (45) Robbie Ray ? (Ari – SP) (KEEPER)
    6. (67) Rafael Devers (Bos – 3B)
    8. (91) Yasiel Puig (LAD – OF)
    9. (103) Eric Hosmer (SD – 1B)
    10. (110) Felipe Rivero (Pit – RP)
    10. (115) Luke Weaver (StL – SP)
    11. (127) Sonny Gray (NYY – SP)
    12. (139) Trevor Bauer (Cle – SP)
    13. (151) Michael Conforto (NYM – OF)
    14. (163) Kevin Gausman (Bal – SP)
    15. (175) Trey Mancini (Bal – 1B,OF)
    16. (187) Blake Parker (LAA – RP)
    17. (199) Tim Anderson (CWS – SS)
    18. (211) Michael Wacha (StL – SP)
    19. (223) Dominic Leone (StL – RP)
    20. (235) Drew Pomeranz (Bos – SP)
    21. (247) Alex Reyes (StL – SP)
    22. (259) Miles Mikolas (StL – SP)
    23. (271) Álex Cláudio (Tex – RP)

    **I traded out of the 7th round for FAAB $, which gives me the inside track to either acquire Ohtani or Acuna. Also, TBD catcher will be picked up when players put on DL**

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fish: # of teams?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Btw, if you’re over $315 you’re usually in great shape

        • Fish says:
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          @Grey:
          $12

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fish: Oh my God, I’m dying

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @Fish: this is awesome on soooo many levels, and the fact that it has stuck so far is even better!

  29. Earl says:
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    How do my fellow Razzballers think this looks for 5×5 roto league?;
    C – Jorge Alfaro
    C- Chris Ianetta
    1B- Freddie Freeman
    2B – Jose Altuve
    3b – Anthony Rendon
    SS – Paul DeJong
    MI – Eduardo Nunez
    CI – Miguel Sano (yah no suspension)
    OF – Justin Upton
    OF – Trey Mancini
    OF – Randal Grichuck
    OF – Lewis Brinson
    OF – Jesse Winker
    UT – Yonder Alonso
    Bench – Ronald Acuna
    Bench – Michael Conforto
    Bench – Nicky Delmonico

    Starters – Stephen Strasburg,Luis Castillo,Zach Godley,Jamison Taillon,Lance Lynn,Tyler Mahle
    Relievers – Felipe Rivero, Kelvin Herrera, Josh Hader
    Bench – Drew Pomeranz, Mike Minor, Greg Holland, Brad Boxberger

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      @Earl: # of teams?

      • Earl says:
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        @Grey: Sorry, 12 team 5×5 roto league.

        btw, how do you have the time to answer all these post, lol.

        • Grey

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          Carpal tunnel kicking up… Your team looks stacked for 12 teams, I wish all my 12 teamers looked like this, maybe a little light on OF, but far from bad

  30. Mr Baseball says:
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    I have 4th waiver position in keeper league

    do you like –

    Scott Kingery Phi – 2B

    I figure that Ronald Acuña Jr. Atl – OF will go 1st

    Shohei Ohtani will go 2nd

    Nick Senzel Cin – go 3rd

    do I wait for Kyle Tucker Hou – OF or Michael Kopech or
    Vladimir Guerrero Jr. or Fernando Tatis Jr who all might not come up
    setup when MLB arrive at the Major Leagues Yahoo

    I already have at 2nd base Gleyber Torres and Jonathan Schoop for next year

  31. ERad says:
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    Sup G! Hope you had a great weekend – opening week!

    Looks like today is rate my team post day

    10 team 6×6 (OPS and K/9) – things got a little squirrelly for me, Domingo Santana and Adam Jones (blah, we shortened our pick time to 45 seconds and it F’d me here) – my keepers should buoy me, even with that schmohawk. Whatcha think?

    C. Jorge Alfaro
    1B. Anthony Rizzo (K)
    2B. Jose Altuve (K)
    3B. Anthony Rendon
    SS. Jose Peraza
    CI. Freddie Freeman
    MI. Jose Ramirez (K)
    OF. Aaron Judge (K)
    OF. Domingo Santana
    OF. Chris Taylor
    OF. Nick Castellanos
    OF. Trey Mancini
    UT. Nomar Mazara
    UT. Yonder Alonso
    BN. Adam Jones
    NA. Vlad Jr

    P. Robbie Ray
    P. Jose Quintana
    P. Luis Castillo
    P. Trevor Bauer
    P. Patrick Corbin
    P. Michael Wacha
    P. Roberto Osuna
    P. Blake Treinen
    P. Nate Jones
    BN. Dominic Leone
    BN. Chad Green
    BN. Jacob Faria
    BN. Jordan Montgomery

    Thanks for the top notch content as alway!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ERad: Love the hitting, it’s stacked… Pitching doesn’t look too shabby either, nice team! If I had to nitpick, your Saves look iffy, but SAGNOF

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: SAGNOF foreva

        • Grey

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          And eva eva

  32. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Grey, had our keeper draft last night. What do you think of this lineup? It’s a 12 team 5×5 roto league. Obviously I know you were never going near MadBum but for those of us who have been keeping him for the last 5 years it really hurts :|
    C – Yadi Molina
    1B – Goldy
    2B – Rizzo (lol)
    3B – Bregman
    SS – Trea Turner
    OF – Upton
    OF – Polanco
    OF – Deshields
    Util – Freeman
    Util – Hoskins
    Bench – Brantley, Baez
    N/A – Tatis Jr
    SP – Bumgarner (RIP)
    SP – Arietta
    SP – Bauer
    SP – Taillon
    SP – Wacha
    RP – Doolittle
    RP – Morrow
    Bench – Reyes, King Felix

    • Grey

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      @Oppo Taco: That sucks on Bum for you, nice pitching otherwise…Hitting: look a little high on SBs and low on power…

  33. The Poodiatrist says:
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    I just had a poo that was shaped like Bird’s inflamed foot. Good thing Pujols is my back up (jumps off building not tall enough to cause death).

    • Grey

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      HA!

  34. TheIlluminatty says:
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    Hey Grey, had my 10 man H2H points league last night and wanted your thoughts on my squad..

    C- W. Contreras
    1B- I. Desmond
    2B- J. Ramirez, Albies
    3B- M. Machado
    SS- Z. Cozart
    OF- Trout, Ozuna, Hoskins, Eaton, Acuna
    DH- Ramirez

    SP- Carrasco, Arrieta, McCullers, Wood, Castillo, Duffy, Taillon, Corbin, J. Montgomery, Manaea, Giolito

    RP- Diaz, Doolittle

    Thanks in advance and looking forward to your work during the season.

    • Grey

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      Love the pitching, hitting looks decent… Don’t love Eaton, but fine in H2H, solid team overall!

  35. Hurling Darvishes says:
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    I’m in a 10-team roto,5×5 league. I traded all of my aging players for a youthful resurgence. I’m probably a year or two away from competing and decided to try and get steals category so I traded for billy Hamilton. Here were my 10 keepers:
    Gary Sanchez, Bryce Harper, George springer, Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers, Gleyber Torres, billy Hamilton, Eric Hosmer, Luis Severino, and Aroldis Chapman.

    I’m trying to get steals, was offered Trea Turner and Luke weaver for Sanchez, Chapman, devers, and Torres.

    Would love to hear your thoughts. On paper it seems like a lot, but jury is still out on devers and Torres and Turner could be next Altuve. Thanks for any thoughts.

    • Grey

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      @Hurling Darvishes: Team looks solid to me, think you can compete this year… I’d take Trea

  36. your mom says:
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    Hi,

    In a keeper, would you trade rizzo for jo-ram and acuna?

    Thanks

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @your mom:
      I would. Acuna!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Grimey

  37. Peacecoast says:
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    Sup G,

    So my last hitter drafted was Choo in round 23. I know I should drop him for Kingery (or at least try it, might be a feeding frenzy). But honestly I expect 270/18/70 with 10 SB from Choo this year. Keeper value aside do we expect much more from the rookie? I don’t really need SB (Dee, Deshizz, Odor, Arcia), but we do get to keep for a year. And if I to drop Choo for him what % of FAAB would you shoot for? We get 100$ all year and have weekly transactions (tonight!). It’s possible no one else in my league has really picked up on this news too so I can maybe get a steal on him. THoughts?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Peacecoast:
      $17
      I’d rather have the rook.
      Don’t trust choo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: Grab Kingery, $17 sounds fine to me

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: $17 sounds cray cray. That is out of $100 right? and $53 for Acuna wtf. We don’t have $0 transactions everything is $1 minimum. That change anything?

        • Grey

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          That changes things w/ no zero bids… $7 for Kingery

  38. Ernie says:
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    Hey Grey. Acuna on the WW. How much FAAB to spend? 12TM, H2H, redraft. TY

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Ernie:
      How bad you need him?
      65%
      You know you league.

    • Grey

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      Can you bid zero? If you can, $53

  39. Db says:
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    12 team yahoo h2h missed the first 2 picks so got auto drafted
    What you think 5×5 league plus holds, net steals, ops, total bases, wins, losses
    C Alfaro
    1b Abreu
    2b odor
    3b kris Bryant
    ss peraza
    If Moustakas
    Of Ozuna, benetendi, Cain, Puig
    Util Mancini, Nunez
    Bench tim Anderson, Haniger, Amed Rosario

    Pitching
    Chris sale, Nola, Ohtani, Bauer, wacha, Reyes, Trevor Williams, flahtery Colome, Archie Bradley, Tony Watson

    • Grey

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      @Db: Pitching is ridiculous with Sale and Nola… Hitting looks solid too, nice team!

  40. Ohtani Bonaduce says:
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    Everyone knows it is not Jerry Tomatoes and that it is Just Trademe. Also, it was a bigga circle and a little circle that strained the elbow.

    Even AFTER the Bum gardener injury, he went for $20 in our 13 team auction.

    I also pledge to never post my teams on here as no one on this earth cares about it other than myself.

    • Grey

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      Ha!

    • Moneyball says:
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      It’s twice as sad when “here’s the team I drafted, what do you think?” is asked by the same people who use his rankings and already know who he likes / dislikes.

  41. LightBlack says:
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    Hey buddy whats up. Love the Anime Grey. Fing fantastic. We def need more of those. God I promised myself I wouldnt throw a LU out, well at least its not a fetus. Anywho.

    Moved Dahl to NA. Any of these chuckers worth an add?
    Harvey/Trevor Williams/Folty

    I actually drafted Williams 2nd to last round but dropped him to pick up Musgrove. Baseball HQ has a cob slobber over the guy so I took a flier.

    12 teamer H2H 3 Keeper. 5×5 OBP…Sv+hld

    Solid? Piss poor? Stop breathing?

    C. W.Castillo
    1st. A.Rizzo
    2nd. J.Peraza
    SS. T.Anderson
    MI. D.Murphy
    CI. M.Olsen
    3rd. M. Sano
    Of. G. Stanton
    Of. G. Springer
    Of. A. Benintendi
    Of. M. Margot
    Utl. T. Mancini
    Utl. S. Piscotty
    Bn. M. Chapman
    Bn. A.Barnes
    Bn. D. Dahl

    Sp. R. Ray
    Sp. J. Gray
    Sp. T. Bauer
    Sp. M. Stroman
    Rp. K. Jansen
    Rp. E. Diaz
    Rp. M.Givens
    P. P. Corbin
    P. B. Treinen
    P. J. Talion
    Bn. J. Musgrove
    Bn. A. Claudio
    Bn. K. Kela

    Thanks for any input

    • Grey

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      Sounds fine for now on Musgrove… I like Williams tho, you don’t care about my cobb slobber apparently… Your hitting looks a bit unbalanced with guys who are all power or all speed and not a ton of both… Pitching looks solid, I don’t like Stroman, and wouldn’t draft Jansen

  42. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    Dear Grey,

    Albert freaking Belle.

      • Fanciful Basesball says:
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        @Grey: Still meaner than spit, though. Maybe Bill Cosby could remake his cartoon into “Fat, Mean, Naked, Drunk Al” about a guy that breaks baseball bats on checked swings and does his best to be generally unpleasant and intensely effective.

  43. Five-on-One says:
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    As promised, below is my auctioned team this weekend ($260, 12-team, 5×5, weekly line-ups, redraft league). All thoughts, comments are welcome. Should crush hitting (bargains all around), but a bit weak on starters (72%/16%/12% spending on hitting, SPs and RPs). And weekly line-ups makes streaming a bit harder, so not optimal. Fire away.

    C – Grandal ($2)
    C – Alfaro ($1)
    1B – Freeman ($28)
    2B – C Taylor ($7)
    SS – Treat Urner ($39)
    3B – Bryant ($28)
    CI – Gallo ($6)
    MI – DeJong ($8)
    OF – Trout ($42)
    OF – Puig ($9)
    OF – Braun ($9)
    OF – Polanco ($5)
    OF – Michael Taylor ($1)
    U – Suarez ($3)
    SP – SonnyG – ($13)
    SP – Bauer ($12)
    SP – Snell ($9)
    SP – Corbin – ($3)
    SP – Lynn – ($4)
    SP – Wacha ($1)
    RP – Iglasias ($13)
    RP – Herrera ($9)
    RP – Trienen ($8)
    RP – Leone ($1)
    BE – Vince V.
    BE – D. Robertson
    BE – Newcomb
    BE – Y. Alonso
    BE – Brinson
    BE – J. Harrison

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting, nice bats, man… Pitching is a little on the weaker side, but I like the guys you drafted, solid team overall!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Five-on-One: I don’t understand how the stars go for so low in that format. I’m in the same format and the top guys go for at least $10 more each. If we get a guy at Yahoo’s average auction price, it’s a steal. Strange.

      • Five-on-One says:
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        @Cram It: Yeah – I filled up on four hitting studs and had to take a break. In this league, a lot of the teams spend big on a couple of pitching studs (Sale and Kluber $41, Kershaw $39, Scherzer $38, Thor $34, Verlander and Strassberg $30, deGrom $27, Carrasco $26), so there is more to go around for hitting. League dynamics are interesting.

  44. golfnut says:
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    Can I have your thoughts on this team? Somewhere I can look on waivers to pick up someone?
    10 team, yahoo, h2h….

    Jorge Alfaro Phi – C
    Freddie Freeman Atl – 1B,3B
    José Altuve Hou – 2B
    Anthony Rendon Was – 3B
    Addison Russell ChC – SS
    Tommy Pham StL – LF,CF
    Byron Buxton Min – CF
    J.D. Martinez Bos – RF
    Domingo Santana Mil – RF
    Yasiel Puig LAD – RF
    Justin Smoak Tor – 1B

    Justin Verlander Hou – SP
    Aaron Nola Phi – SP
    Zack Godley Ari – SP
    Luis Castillo Cin – SP
    Kelvin Herrera KC – RP
    Jeurys Familia NYM – RP
    Danny Duffy KC – SP
    Jameson Taillon Pit – SP

    Ronald Acuña Jr. Atl – CF
    Delino DeShields Tex – LF,CF
    Orlando Arcia Mil – SS
    Michael Brantley Cle – LF
    Evan Gattis Hou – C
    Steven Matz NYM – SP

    • golfnut says:
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      @golfnut:

      Kingery and Leone are available…

    • Grey

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      @golfnut: Lose Gattis, Matz, grab Kingery and Leone

  45. Nate says:
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    Hey Grey, looking for some input, how’s this team look, what should I be looking for on the wire, and what RP (a lot of hedged bets there) should I cut?

    5×5 H2H, 16-team league

    C – Alfaro
    1 – Hosmer
    2 – Dee Gordon
    ss – Tim Anderson
    3 – Machado
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Rosario
    OF – Mancini
    Util – Chris Taylor

    SP – Bauer
    SP – Corbin
    SP McCullers
    SP – Gausman
    RP – Neris
    RP – Nate Jones
    RP – Soria

    Bench-
    RP Kela
    RP Boxberger
    RP AJ Ramos
    SP Wacha
    SP Morton
    SP Giolito
    SP Trevor Williams

    • Grey

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      Can cut Ramos for now, you’re light on power, and stronger on SBs… Solid pitching, if risky and light on safe SPs

  46. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Salami Tom :(

  47. The Great Knoche says:
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    Monday after final weekend before regular season is review my roster day!

    10 team hometown keeper auction. 6×6 with OBP and holds. Have to have 5 SP and 4 RPOnly had $28 to spend on 14 players coming in. Targeted Story, and that was about it. Relief pitchers didn’t have a chance for decent closer so I’ll try and win holds and pick up enough saves not to finish last. Only other regret is I didn’t take Clevinger during dollar days and ended up with Snell but I’ll stream.

    C Sanchez $15 Keeper
    C Ianetta $2
    1B Votto $38 Keeper
    2B Gordon $22 Keeper
    3B Arenado $22 Keeper
    SS Story $11
    MI Jedong $1
    CR Rizzo $30 Keeper
    OF Brantley $3
    OF Jones $1
    OF Schwarber $1
    OF TAYLOR $1
    OF Margot $1
    U Goldy $41 Keeper

    SP Kershaw $41 Keeper
    SP Q $14 Keeper
    SP Weaver $10 Keeper
    SP Richards $1 ( own him everywhere stay healthy)
    SP Snell $1
    RP Hildenberger $1
    RP Reed $1
    RP Pagan $1
    RP Kahnle $1

    Thanks for helping build this ridiculous roster over the years. I’ll have to break it up in 2019.

    • Grey

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      @The Great Knoche: Jedong — Haha — Your top OF is a bit bleh but likely safe, I do like Taylor and Margot tho… You look light on # of SPs but the top ones you have should be solid

  48. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, 5×5 12-team mixer, who do you drop for Kingery:

    Tim Anderson (MI)
    Gattis (C)
    Greg Holland (BN)
    Wacha (BN)
    Devenski (RP)
    Gausman (SP5)
    Pomeranz (BN)
    Carl Edwards (BN)

    Other pitchers are Robbie ray, Ohtani, Alex wood, sonny gray.

    Thanks

  49. Bob says:
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    Grey,
    I am in a 5×5 8 team league NL only unlimited keepers auction 260 league. I am trying to decide whether to keep Daniel Murphy and Aj Pollock. Murphy is at 23 dollars. Pollock at 21. Would you keep one or both or would I be better off using that money in the auction.? Also would you keep any of McMahon at 5, Flaherty at 5, Minter at 5, Gohara at 5, JD Crawford at 5, and Buehler at 5? We have 5 bench spots and 2 DL spots. Thanks, Grey

    • Grey

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      @Bob: I wouldn’t keep either — I’d keep Flaherty, JP Crawford

  50. Willy Mo says:
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    Mets named Matz the number 3 starter after a strong spring. I drafted him last night around pick 220. I think hes worth a flier no?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Willy Mo: Sure, why not?

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Cram It: matz or Trevor williams?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Willy Mo: Matz for me. Grey has a thing for Trevor Williams.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I prefer Williams

            • Cram It says:
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              @Grey: I figured as much. He’s definitely safer, both performance and health wise. But I’m backing Matz.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, and case to be made with a back end flyer why not go upside of Matz?

  51. Nightmare! says:
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    Greylord!!! Happy Monday. You watchin homeland and Billions?
    Had my draft last night. Been excited to show you my team and see what you think.
    12 team cbs h2h points

    Posey
    Hosmer
    Cano
    Sano
    Trea Turner
    Bellinger
    Mookie Betts
    Inciarte
    Gallo

    Bench: Dickerson

    Pitching:
    Greinke
    Rich hill
    Cueto
    Arrieta
    King Felix

    Bench: Mikolas, Bumgarner, urena, Pomeranz, sabathia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightmare!: I’m not watching either… I hate Homeland’s last season and could never get into Billions… Your hitting looks low on power, pitching looks very iffy

  52. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey,
    15 team obp slg k and k/9 drafted last night:

    C – Castillo
    1 – Mancini
    2 – Gordon
    3 – Donaldson
    Ss – Dejong
    Lf – Schwarber
    Cf – Trout
    Rf – Haniger
    Util – Inciarte
    Bn – Kingery
    Sp – Greinke, Archer, Hill, Montgomery, Reyes, VInny V, Mikolas, Nelson
    Rp – Rivero, Hand, Leone, Kahnle, Ramos

    How am I looking ? Had first pick…obviously

    • Nightpandas says:
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      @Nightpandas: Trevor Williams and folty are out there on the wire

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightpandas: Looks solid on hitting and pitching looks little risky, but not bad… Hopefully Greinke holds up… I’d hold for now

  53. Gotime says:
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    Hey Grey, just finished up my first 12tm auction H2H weekly league. QS not W, and need minimum 25 IP per week. Tough auction, Judge going for $65 Jansen over $30 etc… So came out of that mine field like this:

    C- Molina
    1- Freeman
    2- Rizzo (thanks Yahoo!)
    3- Rendon
    SS- Tim Anderson
    OF- JD Martinez
    OF- Benintendi
    OF- Puig
    UT- Peraza
    UT- Albies
    Bench MATaylor

    SP- Carrasco (cheapest out of your top 20 go figure…)
    SP- Bauer
    RP- Giles
    RP- Colome
    P- Wood
    P- Wacha
    P- Corbin
    P- Clevinger
    Bench JMontgomery Faria Vizcaino

    Yeh, meh?

    Also your thoughts on who I should start in my P spots for the 1st week. Would you throw in Vizcaino to maximize saves and roll with 5 SP and 3 RP, or stick with 2 RP and start 6 SP.

    Appreciate the work!

    • Gotime says:
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      @Gotime: Moncada on bench as well

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, will check – you suggest a 5SP 3RP or 6SP and the 2RP in the lineup?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          6/2

  54. DozierTheDozierian says:
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    10-team 6×6 H2H categories w/ QS. Drafted last week and ended up with a staff of C-Mart, Wacha, Jon Gray, (Broken Pectoral Fin) Shark, Charlie Morton, Fulmer, Maeda, and Cueto. Is this crew rife with risk even given the format, or looks fine AF? Just trying to weigh potential in-season upgrade needs. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DozierTheDozierian: Nothing fine about Cueto and Fulmer and Maeda are pretty okay… Rest looks fine

      • DozierTheDozierian says:
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        @Grey: Thanks as always. I splurged on hitting at draft time and Cueto fell to me unexpectedly. Streaming is rampant in this league so if he sucks like 2017 all over again, he’s very replaceable.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha

  55. Eric W says:
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    Back to fantasy and razzball after a 3 year hiatus (def had nothing to do with tax fraud and drug smuggling no matter what the internet claims about me) I am glad nothing in fantasy baseball has changed and I can still draft Fernando Rodney and scream at my TV every single time he enters the game.

    • Eric W says:
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      @Eric W: oh yeah there is my old user account

      • Regan says:
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        @Eric W: My type of baller! I had to take last year off 2.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, good to see you guys again!

  56. GP says:
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    Grey tha God,

    Love your stuff. Forever in your debt for putting me onto Schoop Diddog early a few years back.

    Today’s question:
    You’re just the one to push me over the line here- give up Lamb to get Bauer? I share your excitement about Bauer but I’m worried about giving up a young power hitter in a dynasty league.

    Some details: it’s an OBP league, which means Lamb has more value, BUT it’s also a league that doesn’t use WHIP, which means Bauer also has more value.

    Lastly, it’s only a ten teamer, which means corner guys like Bird, LoMo , Bour, Frazier, and Yonder are available on waivers. Way similar to Lambchop right?

    TELL ME TO DO IT GREY.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GP: Nice! I love Bauer… Do it!

  57. bruuuuuce says:
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    I’m going to pour one out for Dahl tonight. Should I go with regular Coors or is Coors Light acceptable? I got important decisions to make here.

  58. Jose says:
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    With Souza out, would you look to replace him with primarily Speed or Power?

    c: Iannetta
    1B: Abreu
    2B: Ramirez
    3B: Shaw
    SS: Turner
    CI: R Zimmerman
    MI: Schoop
    OF: Peralta
    OF: Schwarber
    OF: Taylor
    OF: Taylor
    OF: VACANT
    UTIL: Peraza

    Maybe even a guy whose primary skill is AVG and does one or the other two well? That would help supplement Souza’s AVG if I decide to roster him when he come back from the DL?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jose: You have enough speed.

      • Jose says:
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        @Cram It:

        One of those two Taylors should be Puig.

        I feel like I have plenty of speed, but the WAR room said I was short on speed and over in power, so I questioned my thoughts.

        am I using this WAR room thing wrong?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Jose: Couldn’t tell ya how you’re using the War Room but you look to have plenty of speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jose: Agree with Cram

  59. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    In a 5×5, 12 team league, would you give up Rizzo, Segura and Treinen for Springer, Paxton, Olson? It’s a pre-draft trade that starts at round four (each team keeps three), so I’ll need to fill the SS/2B gap with picks (my targets are Albies/Semien).

    Is this a trade you’d jump at, or merely acceptable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

    • Cram It says:
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      @Hanklongball: I’d hold too.

  60. Regan says:
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    Ha, stupid pitchers! It’s like a little ray of sunshine everytime an “Ace” goes down cause there not gonna be on my team!

    Can’t believe i fell for the Bird hype. But on the flip side, that opens the door for Andujar and Torres. I hate how good the Yankees are going to be. Oh well, i enjoy rooting against them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup

  61. Harry says:
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    My Nola for his Donaldson in 16-team OPS keeper?

    My other SPs are Sale, Quintana, JA Happ, and Folty (or anyone else I can stream–maybe Marquez?). 3B is manned by J. Ram right now. I’ve got Senzel in my MiLB.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like Donaldson

  62. BJFOHOHL says:
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    Looking like you’re in mid season form today. JT should stand for Just Trade until he gets traded. Even with injuries Holland can’t even get Lynned. How many times must people get burned by Bird before they fly that coup? Didn’t like the title today. You would just say throttle, engine throttle sounds like someone who doesn’t use these terms very often. Bummergarner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blame Rudy for the title!

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: Blame it on the Rudy. Did you watch Barry on HBO last night?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @BJFOHOHL: I didn’t, was it good?

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: Im watching now, but really it’s HBO. it’s usually not bad

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @BJFOHOHL: I’m kinda over Silicon Valley

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: How dare you! Okay maybe you have a point for some of it, but its a ten episode half hour show, suck it up for the jokes

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Were there any last night?

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Grey: I haven’t watched yet. I just finished Barry, I liked it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Cool, will check it out when Cougs finds time (which means in 2 months)

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      fuck that, I quit being TV courteous with baby’s mama

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, sucks with Cougs, but I only allow her to block off a few shows, others I just watch

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      So do new shows go through a process to deem if they are for the couple or for the grey?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s a bit more casual than that

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      I just watched the new SV, I was fine with it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah? I didn’t think it was very funny

  63. Swfcdan says:
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    Have the Cards still not announced who the closer is, or are we all thinking its Leone over Lyons?

    And does Conforto have an everyday role once he returns?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably and yes

  64. Shitwolf says:
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    Yo so I was reading you talk about Gomorrah the other day about it being the shit so I gave it a whirl. Here are my thoughts.

    First: Bloodbath
    Second: Lot of man on man face touching going on here. I started face touching my wife like this and she hates it.
    Third: This show is awesome
    Fourth: I want an entourage like Genni… What an excitable bunch of yes men!

    Good reccomendation we are at the part now where Genni gets a haircut. I think that is the translated title of the episode as well.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Shitwolf:
      Gomorra!
      HaHa I started doing the face thing too

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I wanna watch Gomorra again!

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Grey:
          I’m slowing watching
          the last few episodes of season three
          I don’t want it to end

          • Peacecoast says:
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            @FrankGrimes: fuck dude I keep counting your syllables, use more punctuation, capi?

            I am taking it slowly, took a break in mid Season 2, want to enjoy it slowly.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Grimey and I watched season 3

              • Peacecoast says:
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                @Grey: together? so jealous

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No, separately, but over Skype

  65. Arguing Balls says:
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    Renfroe, Maybin, or Scooter for overall value?
    Also, Should I hold Holland over Rodney and Leone?

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scooter… no, Leone

  66. Katman says:
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    It’s not surprising that somebody who’s comfortable using the phrase “Jacked up Jew” should botch the word “schnook.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I blame Siri

  67. Matt says:
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    Hey Gray, excited again for another fantasy season with Razzball. Here is my 12-team Y! standard money league squad (I had the first overall pick):

    C -Le Boeuf Castillo
    1B – Wil Myers
    2B -JRam
    3B – Rendon
    SS – Bregman
    OF – Trout
    OF – Springer
    OF – Pweeg
    UTIL – Sano
    UTIL – Mancini
    BN (for now) – Acuna

    SP – Archer
    SP – Bauer
    RP – Andrew Miller
    RP – Archie Bradley
    P – Sonny Gray
    P – Ziegler
    P – Soria
    P – Leone
    BN – Gausman
    BN – Bundy
    BN – Wacha
    BN – Taijuan Walker
    DL – Britton

    I’m pretty pumped about my hitting, seem pretty set in all 5 cats. Pitching might be an issue with wins and ERA, as well as too many AL East guys, but Miller should help, hopefully i can flip some relievers for starters down the line.

    Any advice / thoughts? Thanks again man, been a reader for a long time and always appreciate the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: You have Pweeg and Boeuf, what’s not to love? Hitting looks great, the pitching looks solid, not much to critique right now… Maybe lack of RPs

  68. Arguing Balls says:
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    Should I hold Renfroe over Scooter as a last bat?
    Also, should I hold Holland or grab Rodney or Leone?

    Thanks Man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Arguing Balls: I’d want Scooter, but it’s fine to hold for now… Leone

  69. Chief Wahoo says:
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    12 team mixed H2H 6X6 (no keepers)–Pitching (Wins, Losses, Saves, ERA, WHIP, K/9), Hitting (Runs, RBI, HR, SB (net), BAVG and OPS). Weekly IP minimum of 45.

    C – Barnes
    1B – Gallo
    2B – Dozier
    3B – K. Seager
    SS – Bregman
    CI – Suarez
    MI – C. Hernandez
    OF – Blackmon, Pham, Cain, Schwarber
    UTIL – Dickenson
    Bench – None (for now)
    SP – Kluber, Nola, Castillo, Samardzija, Duffy, E. Santana, P. Corbin, J. Montgomery
    RP – Rivero, Hand, Neris, A. Miller

    First ask is a general impression of how I did in the draft and if there appear to be any trouble spots at any position or with any category. I felt like I was able to get decent value with the exception of MI and C.

    I know Santana and Shark are going on the DL by the time the season starts, so I’ll be able to do at least one pickup. Would certainly consider dropping others for further improvements if they are out there. Here are some of the more intriguing options on the wire:

    C – Chirinos, Lucroy, Iannetta, Martin, d’Arnaud, Hedges

    MI – Panik, Zobrist, Wong, Walker, A. Cabrera

    All other Hitters – Peralta, José Martinez, Hicks, Kemp, Dahl, Schebler, Brinson, Pillar

    SP – Roark, Manaea, Odorizzi, J. Nelson, Estrada, E. Rodriguez

    RP – Bedrosian, Leone, Reed, Kela, Devenski

    Would appreciate any thoughts on the team as well as any of those waiver wire options I should look to add. Thank You!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the pitching, much stronger than your hitting… Looks a little like you punted some of your hitting… I’d hold for now, and see what appears for MI

      • Chief Wahoo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Love the site.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, Chief!

  70. Philsfan76 says:
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    Good morning Lothario,

    Can you give me your thoughts on this 12 team H2H points team? 5 keepers- i kept Treat Urner, Bryce, Judge (18th rounder) , Benintendi, and Seager. Our league is -1 for K’s and 1.5 for SB. All other stats are standard. Any areas you see that need immediate improvement? Thanks in advance!

    Pitchers
    Carrasco
    Luis Castillo
    Gio Gonzalez
    Jon Gray
    Jordan Montgomery
    Porcello
    Blake Snell
    Reserves:
    Giolito
    Alex Reyes
    Taillon

    Bats:
    C- Alfaro
    1B Miggy
    2B Whit Merrifield
    3B Devers
    SS Corey Seager
    MI Treat Urner
    CI Zimmerman
    OF Benintendi, Harper, Odubel, Judge
    DH Josh Bell
    Bench- Colin Moran, Eugenio Suarez, DJ LeMahieu, Lewis Brinson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge seems a little scary in this league, and Miggy doesn’t excite me, but hitting looks okay overall… Pitching looks solid minus Gio

      • Philsfan says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  71. OldMilwaukeePoudners says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Had my keeper league draft. Wondering if I could get your opinion on the team & possible move to improve.

    C- Alfaro
    1b – Rizzo (k)
    2b- Happ
    3B- Franco
    SS- Trea (K)
    MI- Tim Anderson
    CI- Hosmer
    OF – Mookie (K)
    OF- Springer (k)
    OF- Bellinger (k)
    OF- E. Rosario
    OF- Mancini
    UTL – Kingery
    B- Acuna, Daniel Murphy

    SP- C-Mart, Castillo, Wacha, Corbin, Clevinger
    RP- Rivero, Bradley, Familia, Rodney, Andrew Miller

    So, once I found out that Kingery made the team, I cut Jordan Montgomery for him. As soon as Murphy hits the DL, I’ll have a stream spot for SP/RP. Didn’t plan on taking Murphy, but he lasted until pick 97 so I pulled the trigger.

    Would you drop Tim Anderson for Brinson now that Lew has the starting gig in MIA? I am fairly confident that no one else would add Anderson.

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Anderson

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. I’m going to have to be vigilant with FA SP adds, but Kingery signed a bigly extension today and made the roster. Hes gonna get his ABs from the looks of it.

  72. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Gattis or Castillo?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castillo

  73. mernest says:
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    12 team 6X6 H2H categories pick 4 with one keeper from last year, mine was Bryant.

    I decided this year to punt K’s and QS, thinking i’ll at least get 3 of the remaining 4 Holds, Saves, ERA, WHIP with min 20 innings per week. But only works if my offense gets me 4-5 categories (R,HR,RBI,SB,AVG,OPS), figured I’d try something new to get me at least 7 categories per week.

    Zunino
    Santana
    Schoop
    Bryant
    Segura
    Kinsler
    Donaldson
    Betts
    Pollock
    Mazara
    Calhoun
    Nelson Cruz
    Acuna
    Alonso
    Semien

    Stroman
    Duffy
    Rivero
    Giles
    Bradley
    Melancon
    Brach
    Chad Green
    Givens
    Neshek

    Should I drop Semien for Kingery as a bench slot?

    Thanks Grey you rule.

    • mernest says:
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      @mernest: welp Kingery got swooped for Souza so nvm haha

      • Cram It says:
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        @mernest: He who hesitates has the decision made for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, go Kingery

  74. True and Correct says:
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    Straight up, Moncada or Kingery.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moncada

  75. MikeZ says:
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    2 questions for my team in a 12 team 5×5 roto league, no bench, 2 DL spots. 1) I drafted Conforto, and picked up Brantley as a FA after the draft. With Dinelson Lamet going down, I drop Brantley here? 2) To fill in for Conforto: Dexter Fowler or Jarrod Dyson? I have Betts, Odor, Bregman, Happ, Polanco, but none of the huge steals guys.

    Thanks for all your advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Brantley… Fowler

  76. MikeZ says:
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    2 questions for my team in a 12 team 5×5 roto league, no bench, 2 DL spots. 1) I drafted Conforto, and picked up Brantley as a FA after the draft. With Dinelson Lamet going down, I drop Brantley here? 2) To fill in for Conforto: Dexter Fowler or Jarrod Dyson? I have Betts, Odor, Bregman, Happ, Polanco, Albies but none of the huge steals guys.

    Thanks for all your advice.

  77. Charlie Chapman says:
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    My two bench bats are Scooter and E Rosario – drop either for Kingery?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scooter

  78. Scott says:
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    Could you rank the below in a dynasty league format?

    Ender Inciarte, David Price, Danny Duffy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Price, Ender

  79. Mike Villani says:
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    Hey Grey, I have the #1 waiver claim in my 12 team weekly h2h points league. I drafted Baez and Chris Taylor for 2B should I claim Kingery?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  80. Marti says:
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    I am stashing Acuna in my 10-team auction draft who should I draft Lane Adams or Preston Tucker for the first two or three weeks of the season.

    2nd question Is Jack Flaherty worth $6 in 10 team nl or throw-back and hope I get cheaper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think Tucker is in front of Adams — Worth $6

  81. Cram It says:
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    I hate drafting the same top line guys on multiple teams (I’m a Sagittarius, we crave variety!). Like if I had the #1 pick 3 times, I’d take Trout 2/3 at best. But on 3 teams I ended up with a Lindor/J.D.; a Lindor/Stanton; a Lindor/Stanton/J.D. Unintentionally heavily invested in Lindor this year. And I’m not even particularly high on him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I’m Capricorn, but I feel the same way… I think you’re going to enjoy Lindor, feels like a lock for 27/15 and great counting stats, but I hear ya, there’s not gonna be any insane 50+ HR, .340 season from him like I’m hoping from Harper

  82. Matt says:
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    had my 12 team 5×5 draft last night – how did i do – will my pitching hold up??

    C – Contreras
    1b – Sano
    2b – Happ
    3b – Bryant
    SS – Segura
    Of – Harper
    Of – Ozuna
    Of – Buxton
    Util – C. Taylor
    Util – Margot
    Bn – Deshields

    Sp – Severino, Castillo, Lester, J. Gray, J. Montgomery, Giolito, Chatwood
    Rp – Morrow, Bradley, Claudio, Ziegler, Leone

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks great to me, don’t see any problem at all… Maybe Lester, but that’s whatever/small… Hitting looks stacked too

  83. Cheap Thrillz says:
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    C – Realmuto
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Merrifield
    SS – Correa
    3B – Sano
    OF – Pham
    OF – Hoskins
    OF – Bradley Jr.
    UT – Gennett

    B – Morales
    B – Fowler
    B – Suarez

    Any concerns you see for a 5×5 roto league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • Cheap ThrillZ says:
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        @Grey:

        12 team

        Other bench player is Souza

      • Cheap ThrillZ says:
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        12 team

        Other bench player is Souza

      • Cheap ThrillZ says:
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        @Grey: @Cheap Thrillz:

        12 team

        Other bench player is Souza

    • Cheap ThrillZ says:
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      @Cheap Thrillz:

      12 team

      Other bench player is Souza

  84. The sportsguy says:
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    10 Team AL 5×5 with Net Runs (Runs minus HR)..1 Catcher, 2 UT
    Chirinos
    Morrison, Chapman, Devers
    Dee Gordon,Solarte, Drury
    Upton, Kiermaier, Reddick,Piscotty, gamel
    n Cruz, Cron
    Paxton, bundy, Estrada,Aaron Sanchez, karns
    Osuna, Rodney, kela, betances
    Have R Lopez on reserve but probably still need a SP…

    Thoughts.?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Like the pitching enough, but it is very risky… Hitting looks ok, but low on power

  85. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m curious how you, Grey Albright, use your waiver claim? Do you like to use it on the inevitable spring-training drops by nervous owners? Do you tend to save it for later in the season? Or do you just use it on any old guy you like and not think about it? Any Grey rules or at least Grey habits when it comes to waiver claims? Do tell….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I use it early and often, don’t hold it

  86. crumbelievable says:
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    12-team points league–would you drop any of these guys for Kingery? J. Peraza, L. Brinson, M. Taylor, M. Franco. Peraza is occupying my MI slot (Moncada and Turner at 2B and SS), Brinson/Taylor filling CF for me until Acuna comes up, and Franco is a bench bat with Rendon and Hosmer at 3B and CI, respectively.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco

  87. Dannybetter says:
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    Greylord!

    Excited for another season and my morning read of greys expertise

    Drafted last night in a points league. 12 team h2h points.

    6th pick

    C. Grandal
    1b rizzo
    2b albies
    Ss. A Russell
    3b rendon
    Ut c Santana
    Of benintendi
    Polanco
    Mazara

    Bench will Myers

    P
    Kershaw
    Thor
    McCullers
    Bauer
    Paxton
    G Richards
    Salazar
    Harvey
    Eduardo Rodriguez

    Edwin Diaz
    J familia

    Looking forward to the season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching is insane, which is good in Points League… Hitting is fine, but damn that pitching, right?

  88. Nathan says:
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    Trade: Harper for Rizzo and Bregman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, you’re losing top player tho

      • Nathan says:
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        @Grey:

        Current Lineup:

        C JT Realmuto ( W Ramos)
        1B Hoskins
        2B Merrifield
        3B Devers
        SS Story
        2B/SS Albies
        1B/3B Nunuz
        OF Harper
        OF Bellinger
        OF JD Martinez
        OF Brinson
        OF Kepler

        Figured I could move Rhys to the OF and put Bregman at 2B/SS

        Or maybe my OF is the weakest part of my team. It was a deep 38 round draft so there is very little left to pick up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And move Albies where? Drop him? Do a smaller trade if you must

  89. Eric says:
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    Hi Grey, do u think Jeff Flaherty will remain in the rotation once Wainwright returns?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jack, prolly gets around 140 IP

  90. Benintendo64 says:
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    The guy who beat us all to pick up Kingery is the guy who drafted Bumgarner, so I guess I’m a little less disappointed I missed out.
    How’d I do on my draft? 12 Team H2H
    HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG
    QS, ERA, WHIP, S+H, K/9 (30 innings weekly minimum)

    C- Castillo
    1- Freeman
    2- Taylor
    3- Rendon
    SS- DeJong
    OF- Betts
    OF- K Davis
    OF- Hoskins
    UT- Puig
    UT- Anderson
    BN- Acuna, Franco, Brinson, Gurriel

    SP- Nola, Castillo, Salazar, Snell, Corbin, J Nelson
    RP- Miller, Betances, Robertson, Hader, Madson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, so bittersweet…sweet then bitter…. Nice hitting! I love this hitting… Maybe light on speed, but fine in this league… Pitching is a little iffy, don’t love Salazar, but you can DL him and pick someone else up…

      • Benintendo64 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Ended up snagging Salazar at pick 159 so I felt it was worth the risk plus we get 3 DL spots in this league.
        I’m punting QS and hoping my strong relievers can get me 10-15 innings per week and I’ll only have to use 3-4 starts a week and keep solid ratios.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s fine

  91. Waiters says:
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    Might be able to do Buxton for Flaherty, Piscotty and Grandal in a dynasty league. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Bux

  92. henncoop says:
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    My 2nd try @ RCLs this year after bombing out last year with 2 miserable finishes & a 3rd place. I even put my $20 on the line. I spared grabbing 8-10 SPs & used MRs who could give me K’s & good ratios (I hope)
    Let me know how I did …it’s a learning curve but I think the team look pretty decent overall. With the short bench I should be able to adapt as needed. Thanks for giving us an edge & teaching us “the Way” …Such a brutal 72 hours …you’d think this was the NFL
    Here’s what I drafted:
    C Lucroy (290) I plan the go with the hot bat all year
    1B Hoskins (26) a reach but I got the guy I wanted
    2B Altuve (2)
    3B Suarez (194) waited a bit but not the worst
    SS Segura (71)
    CI Smoak (143)
    MI Story (95)
    OF JD Mart (23)
    OF Cain (74)
    OF Rosario (119)
    OF J Martinez (218)
    OF Kemp (263) just a hunch & always able to pick up another bat
    Util C Santana (167)
    SP Darvish (47)
    SP Godley (98)
    SP Cueto (146)
    SP Walker (191)
    SP Chatwood (215) 2 from the same team but I think he does well away from Coors & on a good team
    RP Jensen (50)
    RP Hand (122)
    RP Vizcaino (170)
    RP Betances (239)
    RP Bedrosian (242) not sure why they let a few teams snag so many closers
    RP Britton (266) placed on the DL … picked up M Givens
    RP AJ Minter
    strengths? weaknesses? suggestions??
    Thanks

    • henncoop says:
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      @henncoop: ugh …sorry for the length

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, the team looks solid, I like it more than my own RCL… Dn’t like Cueto or Walker, but those are minor things… Solid team overall!

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Thanks ….that is the highest praise. Glad I made up for last year so far but it is a long grind to the finish line.
        Cueto seemed safe & reliable but now a #1. Walker should get better as far as putting it together (maybe finally) plus the humidor. A big reach on Hoskins & other pieces fell into place.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  93. Dr Sauce says:
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    Draft tomorrow – context: ESPN, 6 player keeper (no limitations) head to head, 5X5.
    Keepers: Betts, Bryant, Rizzo, Bellanger, Benentendi and Acuna
    I have the 6th pick (looking for an arm).
    Available (in order of your ranks) – Degrom, Carrasco, Ray, Martinez, Grienkie, Nola, Quintana, Bauer, Kuechel, Ohtani. Also everyone in the “Their intellectual property is a lack of IP.” tier
    Best bats available – Schoop, Sano, Segura, Cespedes, Pollock
    My questions is if Degrom, Carrasco, Ray and Martinez are gone within the first 5 picks (may happen), would I be crazy to grab Schoop, Segura or Cespedes/Pollock and grab one of Grienkie, Nola, Bauer, Kuechel, Ohtani or someone from the “Their intellectual property is a lack of IP.” tier in round 2. Realizing I would have to cobble together my pitching staff. Thanks in advance; appreciate any and all input.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Nola, you need an SP

  94. SallyCips says:
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    Yo Grey, let’s do this, bro!

    *Sigh* I drafted Lamet right before the news came out. Oh well, hoping for the best for him.

    Put in my claim for Kingery, another piece of news that I saw right after my draft ended. Oh well, hoping for the best for me. ;)

    • Grey

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      I’m ready!

  95. Zach says:
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    Drafted my 10 team h2h league this weekend and I’d appreciate your input please.

    C J.T. Realmuto
    1 Freemab
    2 Albies
    SS Bogaerts
    3 Rendon
    OF Trout, Cruz, Marte
    Utl Myers, Cespedes
    B Lamb, Hamilton, Bour

    SP Carrasco, Castillo, Berrios
    RP Iglesias, Colome, Melancon
    P Duffy, Morton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have 4 SPs and a DL-bound Duffy… Your hitting looks solid tho, so you just might need to stream on SPs

  96. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    So the season hasn’t started yet and I’m already firmly entrenched behind the 8 ball.
    My pitching staff which looked like a strength a couple of weeks ago has been decimated by injuries. BUMGARNER, SAMARDZIJA, LAMET all went down. Still have McCullers, Castillo, Manaea, Bundy and Paxton but definitely don’t feel as warm and fuzzy as I did as of last week. Here are the best available replacements.
    J.FLAHERTY
    MATZ
    NEWCOMB
    FELIX HERNANDEZ
    A.COBB
    MUSGROVE
    SABATHIA
    FOLTY
    RYU
    What do you think? I guess i need the top 3. aargh(insert charlie brown face here)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at my rankings… Prolly Flaherty, Cobb, Newcomb

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        If you could pick just one based on gut instinct….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Flaherty for now

  97. Dubs23 says:
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    Need someone to analyze this. All opinions welcome:

    C-Alfaro, d’arnaud
    1st – Rizzo
    2nd – Schoop
    MI-Peraza
    SS-T Anderson
    3B-Gallo
    CI-Mancini
    OF-Harper, Marte, Rosario, K Davis, Mazara
    DH-Mauer
    Bench-Cozart, K Marte, Trumbo, J McCann

    SP-Quintana, Bauer, Castillo, Godley, Weaver, Odorizzi, Mikolas
    CL-Colome, Treinan
    Reserve P – T Wiiliams, K Gibson, B Peacock

    FAAB starts this week so Ill be adding three guys.

    My minor leaguers/draft whomever I want are Vlad Jr, AJ Puk, Blaze Jordan.

    Any thoughts are appreciated.

    • Dubs23 says:
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      @Dubs23: 12 team 6×6 with OPS and QS. Forgot the details. Whoops.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks stacked, hitting looks solid, you know I like all of these players a lot, so you did well… Only concern is possibly closers

      • Dubs23 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. I know your swamped with draft season so I appreciate your time. As you know, you are my density but what you didn’t know is that you were ride or die at the draft!!! Hope to find a closer with FAAB over the next couple weeks. Bredosian is avail.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem — I’d grab Bedrosian

          • Dubs23 says:
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            @Grey: As you know I have Treinan, Colome, and Peacock but you advised me that my relief situation is a little weak. You mentioned I should add Bedrosian but some stuff has changed so available to me is Bedrosian, Leone, Watson, Dyson, Boxberger, and Strickland. I know you like Watson out of the Giants but do you like Watson more than the others I mentioned. Thanks.

  98. knucks says:
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    Gotta get in on this team evaluation Monday.

    Had a 15 team 6×6 draft last night.

    R / HR / RBI / AVG / OPS / SBN
    W / QS / Ks / ERA / WHIP / Saves

    Didn’t realize that it was Net Stolen Bases until like 3 rounds into the draft. That is going to drive me nuts. Obviously will need to SAGNOF and plan to just treat the category like a normal Steals category I guess.

    Got a lot of K heavy RPs which has been my approach in nearly all my Roto drafts this year. Gonna be utilizing that Streamonator early and often.

    C- Iannetta
    1B- Smoak
    2B- Odor
    3B- Bryant
    SS- Story
    MI- Peraza
    CI- Franco
    OF- Yelich
    OF- Puig
    OF- Mazara
    OF- Soler
    DH- Eduardo Escobar
    UTIL- Tim Beckham
    Bench – Brantley (DL)

    SP- Scherzer
    SP- Darvish
    SP- Jon Gray
    SP- Corbin
    SP- Clayton Richard
    RP- Rivero
    RP- Iglesias
    RP- Treinen
    RP- Andrew Miller
    RP- Givens
    RP- Chad Green
    RP- Josh Hader

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: This is roto btw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting and pitching look solid, pitching is insane, you have 2 aces, and a 3rd guy I love… Jong Ray! Hitting looks light on speed as you seem to know…

  99. Steve says:
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    Better bench bat Brantley or Brinson? 12T redraft H2H?

    Thanks

    • knucks says:
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      @Steve: Brantley, DL him, then Brinson. That’d be my plan. And if you miss out on Brinson by the time Brantley is DL eligible, there should be someone comparable out on the wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brinson

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: I’m pretty pumped that you’re seeing a bigger year from Brinson than I previously realized. Had grabbed him pretty late in an NFBC draft at the end of January. Clutch!

        • Grey

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          Hope so, since I own him

  100. The Dr. Andrews stamp card joke lololol. You’re in mid-season form, Grey. Just don’t injure your typing elbow before Opening Day. RIP my sweet Lamet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  101. Skeezix says:
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    Hey Grey, I asked you a closer question the other day but I didn’t give you enough context. We keep 4 hitters and 2 pitchers each (Kluber/Severino in my case), so 60 players (plus 3 prospects each) will be off the board. It’s 10 teams, but we also must start 3 relievers, 18 hitters, 7 SPs, and 9 reserves – so it’s pretty deep rosters. Looking at the batters that will be available when I pick (8th), I’m not super excited depending on who falls to me. Would you ever consider grabbing Kimbrel (or even Aroldis) at that spot? Janssen is being protected so he’s not available. It’s very possible that he will be the top $ value player available on the board using Rudy’s values, if he gets to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, wouldn’t draft Kimbrel

  102. Jay says:
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    Would you rather keep Goldy at $41.3 or Springer at $23.1? Keeping Turner and one of these 2, love Springers value but hate to see Goldy go…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

  103. Taylor says:
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    Greyster in a h2h QS W K 12 man who would you suggest out of this mess? Thanks bruh

    Ryu Pivetta Williams Norris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

  104. Kyle Eberth says:
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    Which Side :: Rizzo + Rendon OR Abreu + Bregman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  105. OaktownSteve says:
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    Heya Albo. I gave you a pretty good read on Kingery early on. You could just tell by the way everybody in Phillyland, particularly Welcome Back Kapler, was talking about him that his time was very soon.

    I have Kingrey and Flaherty twice each so was pretty happy to see them make OD.

    I know you’re as excited I am about Ian Kennedy’s 11.5 k/9 for the spring.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t get even of that Kennedy — Wish I got a Kingery and Flaherty share, should’ve went harder after both, regretting it…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Chris Davis hit 1st again. I think this is actually a thing.

      Looks like Villar is penciled in to hit 7th with Arcia hitting 8th. Good landing spot for Villar. Should have 100% green light ahead of Arcia. Arcia takes a little hit stuck in the 8th spot. Either could climb up with good starts.

      Domingo Santana struck out 24 out of 53 PAs this spring.

      The next couple of days are gonna drag…

      • Grey

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        I think Domingo’s gonna bust… If he gets off to slow start, Braun could replace him pretty quickly

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Grey:
          Great I just traded Oakland closer for him!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Nice!

  106. Lipservice says:
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    Hey-o

    Keeper league:

    Give: $12 correa, $15 cano, $10 Domingo Santana
    Get: $10 trea turner, $13 Chris Taylor.

    Eddie Rosario would become my 4th OF with trout/Harper/bellinger the other 3.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

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      Works for me

  107. matt says:
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    grey how would your top 12 rankings change in a 6×6 w/ OPS?

  108. OaktownSteve says:
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    I think Tommy Pham may be wound just a bit too tightly. I read an interview with him where he was talking about his vision being off from 20/15 back to 20/20. He was talking about watching tons of film and making these tiny adjustments moving his hands an inch here or there. He’s been taken out of big league games and playing backfield games in an effort to find some confidence. There’s just something in his demeanor that makes me think if the spring struggles continue into the season he could really easily get himself into a funk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yea, he’s got bust all over him too, glad I don’t own him anywhere

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        Great I have him everywhere!

  109. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    What do you think a reasonable bid is for Kingery… $100 faab total, very deep 10 man h2h mixed league with 28 roster spots. The managers aren’t afraid to bid usually.

    Thanks,
    J-NYC

    • Grey

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      $7 if you can’t make zero bids

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Sandman:
      You won’t win with $7
      Hype is huge rn

      • Grey

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        Grimey’s right

  110. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    OBP 10 team Yahoo h2h limited moves

    Best pick up:

    Alonso, Morrison, Haniger, Mancini, Kiermaier, C Davis, Cargo, Choo, Suarez, Longoria, Zimmer

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini

  111. stevea says:
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    Hey Grey

    Thank you, in advance, for continuing to rate teams. Thoughts on this one?

    Redraft, 5×5 (includes combined Saves/Holds), 12 teams, 20 players per team

    C – Grandal
    1B – Jose Abreu
    2B – Robinson Cano
    3B – Rendon
    SS – Trea Turner
    OF – Byron Buxton
    OF – Puig
    OF – Chris Taylor (for now)
    UTIL – Carlos Correa
    BN – Ronald Acuna
    BN – Daniel Murphy

    SP – Carlos Martinez
    SP – Lance McCullers
    SP – Luke Weaver
    SP – Michael Wacha
    SP – Charlie Morton
    SP – Michael Kopech
    RP – Dellin Betances
    RP – Juan Nicasio
    RP – Dominic Leone

    DL – Drew Pomeranz

    stevea

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching and hitting look great, but maybe a little light on SBs, kinda Trea and nothing there… But solid team, and nice pitching!

  112. Jacks says:
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    Hi! 9 team (boo, used to be 12) $300 keeper league. This was our 35th draft! Has to be the oldest continuously running fb league (started it the year the roto book came out). How are my chances?

    C- Realmuto $17, Zunino $2
    CI – Freeman $27, Sano $18, Smoak $2
    MI – Schoop $17, Albies $12, Tim Anderson $6
    OF- Blackmon $25, Harper $31, Margot $15, Cespedes $16, Bradley Zimmer $2
    WM — Daniel Murphy $2
    Bench — Michael Taylor, Jake Lamb, Matt Kemp

    SP- Sale $27, A Wood $12, Bauer $7, Jon Gray $2, Ohtani $16, Tanaka $5, D Salazar $2
    RP – Kenley $27, Herrera $8
    Bench – Nate Jones, Boxberger, Wacha and Charlie Morton

    • Grey

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      That’s awesome! So cool to hear you started roto that long ago… I love the team, great hitting, pitching is stacked too… Hard to see anything wrong right now…

  113. Abe Froman says:
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    Hey Grey. I’m in a dynasty, keep forever league. Will be heading into our draft tonight with the following keepers already on my squad (won the league last year). Any glaring holes or weaknesses I should be looking to plug?

    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B- Gordon
    3B- Rendon
    SS – Turner
    OF – Springer
    OF – K Davis
    OF – Haniger
    DH – DeJong
    B – G Polanco
    B – I Desmond
    B – T Story
    B – W Calhoun
    B – N Senzel

    SP – Carrasco
    SP – Darvish
    SP – McCullers
    SP- Paxton
    SP – Duffy
    RP – Doolittle
    B – Urias

    Thanks

    • Abe Froman says:
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      @Abe Froman:

      It’s a 10 team, 6×6 league with OPS and QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really holes, I could see figuring out a plan for back end of rotation and maybe consolidating that bench hitter situation

  114. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Thoughts on my big money league?

    10 team 5X5 with OBP h2h limited season moves ($100 real money budget for moves)

    C Gattis
    1B Bellinger
    2B Albies
    3B Gallo
    SS Correa
    OF Betts
    OF Hoskins
    OF Acuna (N/A)
    UTL Conforto (DL)

    *BN Rosario
    *BN Alonso
    *BN Kipnis

    SP C Martinez, Nola, Castillo, Godley, Price, Snell, Fulmer, Manama

    RP Iglesias, Treinen, S Green

    With limited moves and a h2h format, I had to make sure I built a deep rotation. The limited moves essentially make streaming impossible ($5 a move after the trade deadline).

    * Carrying a couple extra bench bats until Acuna is called up and Conforto is activated from the DL in mid April. This will open up a spot for another starter or reliever.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks dope besides Price… I like the hitting too, solid bench bats too if you need that with limited moves… Nice team!

  115. Eng says:
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    Long time no talk Grey, but I’m a Razzball OG and your rankings formed the basis of my draft yet again so thanks again!

    3 OF + UTIL league. Drop Avisail Garcia or Pujols for the NeoKing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you! Garcia

      • Eng says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  116. Big Magoo

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    Jeez, the current D-Backs brass must really hate Tomas, eh? I get why they don’t want him playing the field regularly, but don’t see why they couldn’t use him as a weak side platoon bat/late-inning pinch hitter off of the bench. They still have to pay him all of that money regardless.

    Never understood all of the excitement surrounding Samardzija. He hasn’t been particularly good since his half season in Oakland back in 2014. He’s been durable (prior to this season) and he doesn’t allow many free passes. That’s nice. But he’s not a huge strikeout guy, gives up a good amount of homers (even in mostly pitchers’ parks), and allows his share of loud contact, especially with runners on base. I guess he gives you extra points if your league has a “workhorse” category.

    Lamet is another guy who was never really on my radar. Good slider, but basically a two pitch guy. Lots of homers, lots of walks, poor run support and defense, barely averaged more than five innings per start throughout his career. Are those six punchouts worth poor ratios and only the occasional win?

    Won Leonys with a modest bid in the first FAAB cycle of the year. Is likely to be platooned, but the AL Central doesn’t have any tough lefty SPs to speak of. Duffy maybe. Mejia got sent down. No Indians or White Sox to worry about. Could end up being the cheapest 12/25 that nobody is talking about.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice on Leonys… I won Finnegan with an exorbitant bid in Tout Wars… Ralph and I were just talking about Tomas on the podcast that’s coming tomorrow… He’s a 30-homer, .270 DH waiting for an AL team

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: I can see Finnegan being a hot ticket in NL-only. Still has some upside. Woodruff and Lugo could be interesting options for your Tout squad if available.

        Tomas would be a perfect fit at DH. The only problem is that the D-Backs would have to eat 80+% of his remaining salary and be willing to take just a low-level prospect in return. Teams just don’t pay for that type of player anymore.

        • Grey

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          They’re both gone, were drafted…. Blach, Finnegan, Beede, Mayers were about it

  117. Nitro says:
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    10 team HTH, Keeper league:

    Which side do you like better?

    T Story and A Wood for JD Martinez

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD

  118. Trevor says:
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    Is razzball doing the batter, batter, batter contest again this year?

    • Grey

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      That’s a Malamoney question (contest), I’d ask him

  119. J-Money says:
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    Alright man, the dreaded hows my team post…drafted last night, 12 team h2h OPS and K/9…

    C – Grandal
    1B – Rizzo (k)
    2B – Merrifield
    3B – Arenado (k)
    SS – Lindor (k)
    MI – Kipnis
    CI – Rendon (k)
    OF – Puig, Mancini, Margot, Polanco
    U – Alonso
    B – Acuna, Deshields
    SP – Darvish, Tanaka, Gausman, Morton, Maeda, Clevinger, Giolito
    RP – Brach, Britton (DL)

    Waiting for waivers to open up to add another reliever with Britton in the DL spot…

    Thanks man, looking forward to your work this season!

    • Grey

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      Thanks! You look strong on power, but low on speed, which is fine for OPS… Pitching looks solid, I like those guys, but you’re risky with injury guys, and might be low on safety with rotation… I like the team tho

    • Grey

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      And you’re missing closers, obviously

      • J-Money says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the feedback man!

  120. Wudaben says:
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    Need to pickup one of Eduardo Nunez or Kingery. Each will be bench bats but at the moment Nunez has more versatility. Who would you grab in a points league?

    • Grey

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      Kingery

  121. Sphinxter says:
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    Dreaded Catcher ?—Ianetta, Grandal. D’Arnaud, Vazquez or Flowers?

  122. Alex says:
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    I am scaling back on fantasy this year, so I drafted my 1st squad last night. 12 team, H2H, R HR RBI SB OBP SLG QS W SV ERA WHIP K/9.

    I’m hoping for big things from Whit, Shaw, and DeJong. I definitely need Shaw to help with my power numbers. How’d I do?

    C – Hedges
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Merrifield
    3B – Shaw
    SS – Tim Anderson
    OF – Blackmon, L. Cain, Benintendi
    UTIL – K. Davis
    Bench – Deshields, DeJong

    SP – Syndergaard
    SP – L. Castillo
    P – Godley
    P – Garrett Richards
    P – Peacock
    RP – Hand
    RP – F. Rivero
    Bench – Charlie Morton, Alex Reyes, Greg Holland

    Thanks for the time!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look a little low on speed, but not bad for a SLG league… Pitching is stacked

  123. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Crazy that I ended up with C-Mart, Weaver, and Wacha in my 12 – tm…thinking of adding another Cardinal, Mr. Flaherty. Would you dump J. Bell, (have Hosmer at 1B and M. Taylor as my other Bench player with Trout/Puig/Ozuna/Polanco in my OF&Utility spots), as he is just a bench player or one of Corbin/Gausman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d prolly hold for now

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: Thank you

  124. ThE sHiT says:
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    Had my 14 team ESPN 5×5 auction draft yesterday. Bought one too many big bats that it handcuffed me competing for SPs. I have since traded Trea/Faria for Kluber/Brach. Now i feel good about the team. Low on speed because of the trade and need more saves, but SAGNOF.

    C Chirinos $1
    1B Freeman $45
    2B Scooter $1
    SS Trea $53
    3B Franco $1
    MI Story $14
    CI Bird $3 (will DL him) and scoop up someone from waivers
    OF Bryce $57
    OF Yelich $29
    OF Puig $22
    OF Rosario $5
    OF Soler $1
    Util Belt $1
    BN Hays $1
    BN McMahon $1

    SP McCullers $9
    SP Gray $7
    SP Snell $1
    SP Faria $1
    SP Mikolas $1
    SP Gohara $1
    SP Harvey $1
    RP Parker $1
    RP Buehler $1
    RP Bearclaw $1

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You traded Trea Turner for Kluber? Whoa… All right, I think the hitting looks decent, love 1B, Yelich, Story, Puig and Rosario… Gets a little wonky after that… Belt is kinda bleh, Soler is whatever, maybe he can do something, Franco could lose PT to Kingery… Pitching looks solid, especially after Kluber…

  125. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey!

    Big draft tomorrow night and was offered a keeper trade before the draft. 10 team 10 player keeper H2H league. My Arenado and Acuna for Trout. I think it’s a lot to pay but I have Rendon that I could slot in at 3rd and my outfield is Hoskins, Ian Happ, Acuna and Conforto so Trout would obviously be a big upgrade. Thoughts?

    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Trout

  126. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey, like either of these deals in a 15 team obp slg k/9 k league

    My Hill and Archer for his Strasburg and either Cargo or C Dick…rest of my staff is Greinke, J Montgomery, Reyes, Nelson, VV, Mikolas)

    My Kingery for his Weaver and a 12th round pick 2019 (1st rounder as we have 12 keepers)…trying to sell on the Kingery hype but maybe I should just hold tight…my other 2b is Odor

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Nightpandas: id hold the two pitchers. Your whole staff is risk filled or injured already. You might need the depth. I think Schwarber is in for a big bounce back this year so I’d keep him but Desmond is ranked higher.

        No way im trading Kingery for less than a top 100 type batter with the hype. He’s real deal.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Desmond

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strasburg and Dickerson doesn’t sound bad

  127. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    We just had our 10 Team H2H Points Auction Draft last night and I like my pitching but am a bit week in the OF. I was thinking of trading Zach Godley for Marte. I know he is giving up more than me, but he really needs pitching and he has extra bats.

    My OF is currently Puig, Cain, Rosario and Mancini.

    My current SPs are (hang on to your mustachio):
    Stras, Ray, Darvish, C. Mart., Godley, Bauer, S. Gray, J. Gray, Wacha and Clevenger.

    I know I am not giving you everything, but I am sure you have better things to do. Good deal for me I would imagine. Your assistance as always is much appreciated.

    By the way, he offered me Hamilton for Darvish – Yuch!

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Marte

  128. hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    I’m trying to figure out who to take in round 4/5 of the draft of my three-keeper, 12-team league (5×5 standard). The following are likely to be available by my pick:

    Acuna, Rendon, Bregman, Hoskins, Severino, Verlander, Nola, Darvish, Donaldson, Marte, Yelich, Ozuna, Cruz, Gordon

    Who would you take to pair with my existing keepers of Harper, Betts, Rizzo (assuming none of these names will be around for round 6)?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @hanklongball: Rendon or Severino for me. If pitching is shallow due to keepers I’d grab Sev.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Acuna, Hoskins

  129. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    this is awesome, as otani posts an awesome K/BB his price falls rock a rock to the point i’m getting made fun of for drafting him with a 2ND ROUND FREAKING PICK in a 16 team dynasty league (yahoo, so i’ll have to waste 2 roster spots owning him) and here at the point where i drafted him in this espn league. OPS, total bases, QS, holds added here. keep 9 and they have to be like this: 2 SP, 2 RP, 5 different kinds of hitting position (2 OF allowed). 14 team h2h. had to drop pham/pollock/braun from this. and trade away paxton for sano. missed getting anderson/gone varnish + senzel here, which has mostly been my plan in these 14-16 teamers. but then kingery went and senzel went earlier, but this didn’t seem to influence robles’ price
    C chirinos (23)
    1B goldy (K)
    2B schoop (K)
    SS anderson (16)
    3B sano more (K)
    MI gone varnish 2B/SS (18)
    CI zimm (he’s really cheap compared to ADP lately across many leagues, 14)
    LF rhysus (K)
    CF mcclutchen (10)
    RF stanton (K)
    OF puig RF (13, this is just stupid cheap he was like 6th on my board after keepers which started in the 10th round)
    util delino CF/LF (11, first league this year where the owner of him didn’t go a lot ahead of ADP)
    BN (3 because we have max 12 SP starts per week, so about 9 SP optimal) –
    harrison 2B/3B (19)
    robles RF (21)
    brantley LF (24)

    SP (8 with one usually being a streamer 7 moves per week):
    darvish (K)
    wood (K)
    otani (AND the hitter TOO since it’s espn, 11)
    cueto (15)
    morton (17, here is where i could’ve gone senzel)
    ryu (22)
    karns (26)
    newcomb (27)

    RP (room for 5)
    kimbrel (K)
    hand (K)
    nicasio (19)
    madson (25)
    minter (28)
    how’s this look?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: and now i see how otani looks in espn too, he’s a ghost (doesn’t count as a Bn hitter, but is there, in faded grey text rather than full black), this is exactly what yahoo should’ve done. how hard was that?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: i just checked this why in the hell would otani’s ADP be LOWER in espn than yahoo, in espn you get the hitter + pitcher, NOT in yahoo. so unless the yahoo ADP is a mishmash of his hitter ADP and pitcher ADP (it might be) this is goofy.

      espn ADP (115)
      yahoo ADP (85)

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: but even that last doesn’t make sense as i KNOW otani the hitter in yahoo is way lower than even near 100th.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, Ohtani’s value has been a roller coaster this preseason… Way down now… Like your team a lot, that pitching is insane, you might have 3 aces and a $12 Salad in a 16 team league, and your hitting is crazy solid too… Nice team!

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: it’s a 14, not quite as insane. and yeah, SP was going higher as it went, similar to a 16’er. sorry i had said 16’er. i do so few 14’s and more 16’s.

  130. Kevin says:
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    12 team 5×5. Thoughts?

    C: B McCann
    C: Alfaro
    1B: J Abreu
    2B: Schoop
    SS: Story
    3B: Bryant
    CI: Mancini
    MI: Peraza
    OF; Harper
    OF: Bellinger
    OF: Puig
    OF: Michael Taylor
    OF: Maybin
    Util: T Anderson

    Bench: Renfroe, K Marte

    SP: C-Mart
    SP: L Castillo
    SP: S Gray
    SP: Gausman
    SP: Bundy
    SP: Wacha
    SP: Mikolas
    RP: K Giles
    RP: Melancon

    Bench: Ryu, T Williams, Ziegler, Gohara, Ramos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a solid team, it’s all guys I like so what’s not to like? Maybe low on closers, but SAGNOF

  131. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Hola Grey..:.
    Need your thoughts/opinions/suggestions.
    In a 10 team H2H league. My team:

    C -Zunino
    1B- Encarnacion
    2B- Jose Ramirez
    3B- K Seager
    SS- Treat Urner
    OF- Betts
    OF- Benetendi
    OF- Pollock
    Util- Hosmer
    Bench- Mig Cabrera

    SP DeGrom
    SP Quintana
    SP Castillo
    SP L Weaver
    SP Snell
    SP J Gray
    RP Rivero
    RP wade Davis

    Would you add any of these pitchers instead of anyone on my roster? Taijuan Walker, Gausman, Corbin, Matz, Jordan Montgomery, Stroman, Corbin, Porcello, Flaherty or Bundy? Also, is Miggy worth a roster spot in a shallow bench league?

    • Andrew Mellars says:
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      @Andrew Mellars: Wacha, Maeda, Mikolas and Fulmer are also available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No point in switching the SPs at this point, see how the guys you have look to start the season… Nice hitting, and solid pitching too!

      • Andrew Mellars says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the input. I’d like to somehow own at least Wacha or J Montgomery. I’ll play the waiting game tho

  132. Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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    Thoughts on this pitching staff in a standard 5×5 15 team mixed league? We start 8 pitchers with an innings limit that usually means 4-6 starters and 2-4 relievers. Is WHIP going to be a huge problem?

    SP Carlos Martinez, Robbie Ray, Jose Berrios, Taijuan Walker, Blake Snell, Jordan Montgomery, Mike Minor
    CL Corey Knebel, Alex Colome
    RP AJ Minter, Steve Cishek, Yusmeiro Petit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have two aces and three possible #2’s, I’d say it’s solid

      • Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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        Thanks, boss!

  133. Bigly Leagues says:
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    Hey Grey! I’m interested in your take on my team this year; just drafted:
    Daily 12-team H2H with the following categories:
    R/HR/RBI/SB/OBP/SLG
    W/SV/K/ERA/WHIP/QS no innings limit

    Offense:
    C: J.T. Realmuto
    1B: Cody Bellinger
    2B: Brian Dozier
    3B: Jake Lamb
    SS: Alex Bregman
    OF: Bryce Harper
    OF: Rhys Hoskins
    OF: Ender Inciarte
    UTIL: Eddie Rosario
    BENCH: Eric Thames
    BENCH: Scott Kingery

    Pitching:
    SP: Robbie Ray
    SP: José Quintana
    P: Luis Castillo
    P: Sonny Gray
    P: Rich Hill
    RP: Roberto Osuna
    RP: Wade Davis
    Bench: Blake Snell
    Bench: Miles Mikolas
    Bench: Shane Greene
    Bench: Madison Bumgarner (soon to stash on the DL)

    Thanks!!

  134. Ed Spinelli says:
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    Happy Monday my friend!
    Love the “I told you sn on Baumgartner”…hey I listened! I probably drafted for crap but at least I listened there. As always, great read and I liked your picks a lot on Razz’s Best-

    Ok had our draft this weekend for our Yahoo 12 team 18 year old league. Cats are
    Offense= R, Hr’s, RBI”s, SB’s, Total bases & Avg
    Defense- Wins, Losses,, ERA, SO, WHIP & saves -Holds
    We get two keepers picks per year determined by moving up 2 places for previous years draft position…. My keepers for this year Were I got to keep Correa in the 6th & Hoskins in the tenth.

    Keeps move up two positions every year so I can potentially keep Correa for 2 more years and Hoskins for 4 more….ok here is the team I ended up with. I made two foolish mistakes by messing up my cue and not paying attention, not once, but twice….
    The main one ending up with Chris Davis who I would not have picked up and also JT Realmuto, just took him earlier than I meant. Let me know what you think and where i need to tweak and bale

    C- JT Realmuto ( since on DL) also tookC. Ianetta Wouldn’t normally keep 2 catchers but since i messed up on picking him by accident I figured I needed someone who could play tis he is better

    1b= Hanley Ram. & Chris Davis( I am not a fan of CD) virtually cussed loud enough the whole internet had to hear me
    2b- Dee Gordon
    3b- A Beltre
    SS- Correa
    LF- Hoskins
    CF- Billy Hamilton
    Rf- Nelson Cruz
    Util– Brinson
    SP’s- Kershaw, Severino, Luke Weaver, Giolito, Cole Hamels,& james Tailon
    RPS- Diaz, Osuna, Shane Greene & AJ Minter

    Not my best team I have drafted and first year our league went with saves + holds and whip. I probably have one too many starters ( who to drop) and did I mention I hate Christ Davis?
    Anyway, thoughts, ideas, early BDAY gift of Kingery?

    Appreciate any input as always thanks. You mention din your email to make sure I had profile marked as a site supporter, not sure how I see that btw?

    Some players on the wire avail be tomorrow( I have 5th pick) Kingery, Leone, Flahery, Matz, Dickerson, Zimmer, Logan M., Samardzija , G. Holland to name a few…

    As ways, thanks my friend,

    Champsok1 aka Eddie Bear!

  135. What up G! every year we start of with grade my team. Last year I finished in the money again (5 straight!) with your help( THANK YOU). This is a 12 team 5×5 roto and I basically went against your wise words and went pitcher pitcher pitcher. I’ve never drafted this way but had a wild hair last second. Fuck it.

    Had the 11th pick…here’s the order

    Sherzer
    Kluber
    Degrom
    Bergman
    Hoskins
    Merrifield
    Devers
    Knebel
    Gallo
    Hosmer
    Gattis
    Rosario
    Samardza (before injury)
    Kiemaier
    Colome
    Conforto
    Pomeranz
    Thames
    Lynn
    Grickchuck

    Right after my draft I thought I hated my team. I’ve warmed up since. Thinking about getting rid of thames for Wacha. How much do you hate it?

  136. TTRA1N says:
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    Pick 5 keepers forever. Harper, Springer, Bennii, SS Seager, Buxton, Acuna, Thor or Severino? Can’t decide please help.

  137. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Drafted a 16 teamer H2H, would you be able to analyze and give some feedback?

    1. (3) Nolan Arenado (Col – 3B)
    2. (30) José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
    3. (35) Andrew Benintendi (Bos – OF)
    4. (62) Jonathan Schoop (Bal – 2B)
    5. (67) Billy Hamilton (Cin – OF)
    6. (94) Chris Taylor (LAD – 2B,SS,OF)
    7. (99) Travis Shaw (Mil – 3B)
    8. (126) Ken Giles (Hou – RP)
    9. (131) Rich Hill (LAD – SP)
    10. (158) Trevor Bauer (Cle – SP)
    11. (163) Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atl – OF)
    12. (190) Scooter Gennett (Cin – 2B,3B,OF)
    13. (195) Michael Wacha (StL – SP)
    14. (222) Patrick Corbin (Ari – SP)
    15. (227) Dylan Bundy (Bal – SP)
    16. (254) Danny Salazar (Cle – SP)
    17. (259) Drew Pomeranz (Bos – SP)
    18. (286) Álex Cláudio (Tex – RP)
    19. (291) Jorge Alfaro (Phi – C)
    20. (318) Joakim Soria (CWS – RP)
    21. (323) Juan Minaya (CWS – RP)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      How do you feel about waiting that long for an SP? Prolly would’ve went for one over Hamilton, and just figured out speed at some other point

  138. Tony D says:
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    Hey Grey – who would you grab for ROS closer value – Dom Leone, Blake Parker, or Boxberger? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Box

  139. ganggreen says:
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    my lineup daily is {for a 11 team otisserie league. not head to head but its season long points. with on base percentage and walk ratio.}

    C: Contreras
    1b: Votto
    2b: Murphy
    3b: Longoria
    SS: Seager
    Of: Yelich
    Of: Marte
    Of: Hoskins
    uty: Myers Bench: Lamb, Duval, Mazara,

    Sp: syndagaurd
    sp: Snell
    Rp: Giles
    Rp: Miller
    P: Madson
    P: Minyaya
    Bench: Kela , Claudio, Gausmen, Pomeranz, Corbin
    OK I KNow I need pitchers but its an inning limit that which helps me sort of. Its a high limit. I start starters when they start, I have 2 bench spots available I’m thinking of getting Peacock, hader, Faria, somebody. being an obp league makes Votto a top 10 Producer.
    What do you think of my team? Please thanks.

  140. TTRA1N says:
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    Need help picking 5 keepers. Forever. Narrowed it down to. Harper, Springer, Buxton, Acuna, C.Seager, Benni, Thor and Severino?

  141. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Best DL stash….Alex Reyes, Danny Salazar, Zach Britton, Ed Rodriguez or Dinelson Lamet? Thoughts on dropping either Miguel Cabrera or Hosmer for Acuna or Kingery? I also have Encarnacion at 1B.

    • Andrew Mellars says:
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      @Andrew Mellars: Just saw Ohtani was dropped. Would you make a play for him instead of Cabrera, Hosmer, Snell or Jon Gray?

      • Grey

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        Meh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lamet, Miggy for Acuna

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