Marcus Stroman tore his ACL and is out for the year.  Remember me?” says the Fantasy Baseball Overlord.  Then the opening to Seven Nation Army kicks in and FBO does a little dance.  His dance partner isn’t a person, but rather a pitcher’s limb.  It’s very disturbing to watch.  Oh, my God, he’s taking a picture with the limb with a seven-foot-long selfie stick.  Oh, this is just awful.  No one over the age of 14 should ever have a selfie stick.  Why do you hate such wonderful, Fantasy Baseball Overlord?  Why?!  “I wasn’t loved as a child.”  So, Stroman is out for the year and now the Blue Jays have moved one step closer to being the 2014 Texas Rangers.  All they need is Edwin to gain 200 pounds and have a boo-boo on his neck.  I’m guessing that filling in for Stroman will be Marco Estrada, but I have Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris projected in my top 400 and think they both will see some starts and have value.  It’s still too early to call on Sanchez vs. Norris, but I’d draft Sanchez first since he’ll either see starts or Brett Cecil will be nodus modus operandi.  As for Stroman, well, I’ll make sure to write a 2016 sleeper post for you.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Edwin Encarnacion – Sidelined a few days with a sore lower back.  Hopefully, he tags out of the day-to-day injury corner to Joey Bats, and then Bats tags out to Jose Reyes Mysterio.

Cliff Lee – The Phils announced that The Adverb still has a tear in his flexor tendon, as he did last year.  Apparently, soaking it in water and rubbing chia seeds on it didn’t do the trick.  I’m confused too.  Who would’ve thunk such a thing?  He needs surgery, but The Adverb will throw through the injury to see if his condition improves.  To put this in terms you can understand, you have a rip in the crotch of your pants, but instead of having Sue-Li, from your cleaners, sew it for you, you tell her, “Sue-Li no Sew-Li.  I’ll be fine.”  Then you walk out of the cleaners and the rip catches on the door and now you’re walking down the street in your gotchies and Sue-Li is saying, “Stupid white boy.”  The Adverb’s career could be done if he has Sue-Li stitch him up, so he’s doing what he can to avoid that.  It’s a heartwarming story that I want to buy a Hallmark card for, but it still doesn’t make me want to draft The Adverb in any leagues.  I’ve removed him from my top 60 starters and top 400.

Denard Span – I’m not a huge fan of Denard Dawg.  He’s basically runs, average and decent-not-great steals.  So, the other day while drafting my NFBC team, I was looking at a spreadsheet of my team thus far.  It is a slow draft (it’s still going on), so I had time to really delve in and look at my team’s needs.  What I figured out was I needed runs, average and some steals.  Only two guys I really wanted that I don’t usually ever want.  Ben Revere and Span.  Revere was already taken, presumably by a Son of the American Revolution, so I grabbed Span.  And now he’s hurt.  The moral of this story?  You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you Denard.  Obviously, I forgot the number one rule of Denard, he sounds too much like The Noid, and you’re supposed to Avoid the Noid!  The Nats are saying his core surgery will knock him out about 4 to 6 weeks, which has him returning around the end of April and missing about three weeks of ABs.  I knocked him down in my top 80 outfielders ever-so-slightly and in my top 400.  Michael Taylor will fill in while Denard tends to his core, and I’ve already ranked Taylor in the top 100 outfielders with iffy playing time, so I’m not adjusting him.  I like Taylor in leagues where you can find a suitable replacement for him in May when he loses most of his playing time.

Peter O’Brien – Rudy texted me the other day and said, “You should rank O’Brien in your catchers, especially since you ranked Hank Conger simply because he sounds like Chinese porridge.”  J.J. Hardy Har Har, that is not why I ranked Conger.  I also won’t be ranking O’Brien because I can’t find one person who says he can catch a major league game.  He sounds like Gattis without the glove, if you catch my drift, i.e., O’Brien’s so bad he can’t even catch my drift.  O’Brien seems like he needs a DH slot or a Goldy injury and that’s blasphemous.

Yasmany Tomas – He hit a homer yesterday.  Woohoo!  And, on defense, he looked like Chet in Weird Science after he was made into a turd.  Noohoo!  I’m thisclose to ranking Jake Lamb in my third base rankings, and could do it as soon as tomorrow.  Lamb is more of an NL-Only play, either way.  Think a 15 homer, .230 guy.

Gavin Floyd – Re-injured his elbow stress fracture.  This should give Floyd more time to do his public access variety show for his nephew.  Now, enters the quirky, limping doctor, House!  T.J. House could move into the Indians rotation, but they also have Zach McAllister that is out of options.  I’d put my money down on House.  I mean, what bad could ever come of a subprime mortgage?!  I placed House in my top 100 starters, and to read more check out Sky’s T.J. House sleeper.

Lance Lynn – MRI revealed a minor hip flexor strain and the Cards are saying he should be fine by the time the season rolls around.  As long as he doesn’t need to roll his hips apparently.

Mike Minor – Has rotator cuff inflammation.  There’s good news and bad news.  The good news is he’ll be shutdown for two weeks and will likely start the year on the DL. That this is good news is the bad news.

Stephen Drew – Named the Yankees’ starting 2nd baseman.  If you Google “the best Yankee 2nd baseman,” you find results for Tony Lazzeri, Cano and Willie Randolph.  If you Google, “the worst Yankee 2nd baseman,” Google asks you, “Did you mean Chuck Knoblauch or Stephen Drew?”

Brandon Cumpton – Had Tommy John surgery.  This was heard in Dr. James Andrews’ receptionist area yesterday, “You are now about to witness the strength of pitcher reconstructive surgery knowledge.  This ligament’s comin’ straight outta of Cumpton!  A crazy surgeon named Dr. James Andrews from a gang called Surgeons Wit Attitudes.  When I’m called off, arms are sawed-off, see the ACL and careers are hauled off.  Pitchers start to mumble, they wanna rumble.  Mix ’em up and cook their ligaments in a pot like gumbo.  So when I’m in your team clubhouse, you better duck, cause Dr. James Andrews is crazy as f*ck.  As I leave, believe I’m stomping, but, when I come back, boy, I’m takin’ a ligament straight outta Cumpton!”

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ChefBoyRG54
ChefBoyRG54
7 years ago

i pulled the first overall in a redraft league for the first time ever.

do i take Mike Trout or…..Mike Trout?

OtisNixonLovedRaines'Rocks
OtisNixonLovedRaines'Rocks
7 years ago

Waddup @grey
I am getting those springish training butterflies in my tummy.

Quick Stroman question.

I am in a 15 team rotisserie dynasty league (took over a garbage team) I built it up nicely and have a pretty weak minor league squad….Seeing as this year is a wash I was wondering what were your thoughts on grabbing Stroman who was just dropped?

I have $98 left in my FAAB$ out of $100 and plenty of cap room

Is a guy like that worth a bid at a $10 salary and a FAAB$ bid against a $550 active cap and 98$ FAAB budget??

I am thinking yes but I am new to dynasty leagues.

Did I give you enough info??

Oh also I called you my kosher cousin a few posts ago…let me clarify….aren’t we all adorable non kissing cousins in this world of Fantasy baseballer(s) (thanks mrs. Grey for the word) The kosher part was just me referencing my overt woody allenesqueness with a dash of Larry David
Oy vey ZMEER

Thanks dude

Brooke
Brooke
7 years ago

Hi Grey! I’m excited for the new year but I have something I need to ask you. Sorry for the long post but I need your wisdom. I know you don’t sign up for the pitchers early in the draft routine but I think it all depends on the league. My head to head points league seems to greatly favor superior pitching. Last year I had these offensive guys, C.Santana, Rizzo, Carpenter, Desmond, Kipnis, Trout, J.Upton, Harper and Polanco, most of which are so highly ranked by you, yet because of my pitching I finished 7th out of 12 teams. I also had Fielder and Brantley but I traded them for Grienke and Gio Gonzalez, I know that was horrible, everybody gave me shit last year when I posted it. Outside of Grienke, Cobb was my best pitcher and he stunk. I didn’t have anyone reliable and had to pick up 2 start guys every week and they killed me.

This year I’m drafting out of the 12th (back to back picks) spot in our 12 team league and I really want to take 2 great pitchers out of the Scherzer, Kluber, Strasburg, Price, Bumgarner group. I know that Kershaw, Hernandez and Sale will already be gone. Again, I know you don’t like the strategy but based on how my league seems to favor great pitching can you sign off on me doing this? We only start 4 starting pitchers every week and I figure if I can get 2 great ones with my first 2 picks then I don’t have to worry about drafting another starter for 8 rounds, this way I can get all batters for a while and fill out pretty much all of my starting batters. Thank you Grey!

J-FOH
7 years ago

Silicon Valley returns April 12th!!!!!!!

Jay
Jay
7 years ago

Is there any chance baez is not on the opening day roster? I have him in a 12 tm keeper. We also carry 3 MiLBers. Soooo, if He breaks camp… I kinda don’t want him to be one of my 8. I mean this kids gotta hit like 40 longballs if he’s gonna hit that low. To me here he’s more valuable in the NA spot.
A. Is baez a keeper in this format? my keepers are McCutchen Jones Edwin Wong Arenado sale Kershaw kluber. I can also choose from Dickerson or Betts.

B. Is Dickerson A suitable replacement if I were to move Jones? Assume just about equal value back for jones but at a different spot.

PS- did you see puig today?

Blanky
Blanky
7 years ago

Grey what is your opinion on this 16 team 4-player keeper league team. I just traded Dee Gordon for Kendrick, Norris,Shoemaker, and Hunter
C-Buster
1B-Rizzo
2B- Kendrick
3B-Pablo
SS- Brandon Crawford
OF-Torii Hunter
OF-Alcantara
OF- Braun
OF- Zimmerman
Util- A rod
Bnch- Dom Brown

SP-Kershaw
SP-Hughes
SP-McCarthy
SP-Lohse
RP-Cishek
RP-Rondon
Bnch-Shoemaker
Bnch-Norris
Bnch-Hendricks

Rabbit
Rabbit
7 years ago

Hey, was that Gavin Floyd wacky uncle comment an Uncle Floyd reference? With your NJ roots I am betting that it was. And I am leaving you this comment to let you know that there’s at least one 80s era NJ reader who got that reference. And if it wasn’t, ignore this comment.

JB
JB
7 years ago

Whats up with never draft a top SP and SAGNOF for saves…then drafting Strasburg Round 2 and Chapman round 4??

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
7 years ago

Mr. Grey –

which 10 am I keeping? 10-team roto/keep-forever:

Salvador Perez
Ramos
Napoli
Pedroia
Arenado
Baez
Bogaerts
Encarnacion
Avisail
Alex Gordon
Adam Jones
Matt Kemp
Marte
Singleton
Gallo
Machado
Tulowitzki

Fister
Gausman
Hamels
Kenley
Porcello
Scherzer
Taijuan Walker
Wheeler
Heaney
Latos

Cheers!

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: wheeler re-he-heally. thank you sir

Zach
Zach
7 years ago

This year I wasn’t a big fan of the pitchers available at their values so I went heavy with the bats…10 team, 3 keeper, 6×6 with OBP and SLG along with QS and IP

I’ve been offered Arrieta and Trumbo for Prince and Fiers…should I take it? Also who else is expendable when I’m trying to upgrade my pitching staff? Thanks!

C: Wilin Rosario
1B: Jose Abreu
2B: Ian Kinsler
3B: Todd Frazier
SS: Danny Santana
2B/SS: Dee Gordon
1B/3B: Pujols
OF: Adam Jones
OF: Justin Upton
OF: Dickerson
OF: Wil Myers
OF: Rusney Castillo
UTIL: Prince Fielder
Bench: Yasmany Tomas
Bench: Odor
Bench: d’Arnaud

P: Tyson Ross, Zach Wheeler, Mat Latos, Phil Hughes, Mike Fiers, Francisco Liriano, Kazmir, Trevor Rosenthal

Bye Felicia
Bye Felicia
7 years ago

Thoughts on C Mart as a replacement for Stroman. Also on the wire are T. Walker, Gausman, Fiers, Holland, Paxton, Hutchinson.
What would The Fantasy Lothario do?

Bye Felicia
Bye Felicia
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: So you’d want Fiers? I just don’t trust Fiers to repeat last year’s numbers. I know you’ve been high on Tajuan for years and I want to DL Pence and grab him as well before he breaks out. Ugh. . Thx for making this decision easier haha

Steve
Steve
7 years ago

Who has the better value over the course of a season – Fiers or Melancon. 14-team H2H?

Without Melancon, I’ll have to draft questionable closers.

Hometown Hero
Hometown Hero
7 years ago

AL only keeper league 12 teams $260 cap. What side would you rather have: Micah Johnson $1 3 yrs and Valbuena $1 for D Santana $10 2 yrs. Also do you think Johnson wins the job this spring? Thanks again

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

I like how in the rounds where you took Soler and Souza, Rudy took Choo and Holiday. Class Grey-Rudy divide.

Rudy stepped out with Bryant though. The Schafer pick looks better after Hicks shenanigans yesterday.

2nd round pitcher and top closer off the board. Who are you and what have you done with Grey Albright?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: like me making my new found friend TC, we can all step out of ourselves and try something new. I liked the team, even the Dom Brown doing it for Tehol pick

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Tehol sent you flowers today didn’t he?

Clay
Clay
7 years ago

Hey Grey,

For my 10-team H2H keeper league, I have two remaining spots for the following three: Pujols, Cespedes, and Soler. The cost to keep each player is same, and because we’re a fairly shallow league, Pujols’ age isn’t too much of a concern.

Obviously, just using your (and others’) rankings would mean that I should keep Pujols and Cespedes. However, like you I believe that Soler could be “very special”, as early as this season. That said, should I still go with the safer options in Pujols and Cespedes? What would you do?

Thanks in advance.

sam bradford oh no
sam bradford oh no
7 years ago

Starting my 10 team kepper league draft. Its online, been doing it since sunday. alot of our guys work the night shift. so that being said.
HR/SB/RBI/R/OBP K/9/W/WHIP/ERA/SV

How is my team looking? Do you see where i should start adding players.? I drafted Stoman and loss him, have to wait till after waivers to drop. i have no catcher and only one rp.
c
1bRizzo
2bRendon
3bSantana C
ssDesmond
ofUpton
ofCespedes
ofHeyward
uOrtiz

Yelich
Sandoval
Betts

Scherzer
Hamels
Tehrean
Gray
Wheeler

Allen

Gausman

sam bradford oh no
sam bradford oh no
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Was thinking Jansen, put him on the DL spot and draft Steve Cishek, unless you have another recommendation.. They way this draft is goin now people taking minor league guys like Bundy and Buxton…
A. Chapman
C. Kimbrel
K. Jansen
G. Holland
D. Robertson
C. Allan
T. Rosenthal
D. Betances
H. Street
M. Melancon
Z. Britton

sam bradford oh no
sam bradford oh no
Reply to  sam bradford oh no
7 years ago

@sam bradford oh no: btw those rp guys have been drafted.

sam bradford oh no
sam bradford oh no
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: rp’s all available.. i know spring traiing doesn’t mean anything but odor is looking pretty good.. aslo what your vibe about carolos martinez getting a rotaion spot..
K. Jansen
D. Storen
S. Cishek
J. Papelbon
K. Uehara
G. Perkins
F. Rodney
J. Benoit
N. Feliz
H. Rondon
A. Reed
S. Casilla
J. Nathan
L. Hawkins
C. Qualls
T. Clippard
J. Broxton
J. Mejia
A. Sanchez
B. Boxberger

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  sam bradford oh no
7 years ago

@sam bradford oh no: STL fans loving that trade. not youse PHI guys who now get to overpay a hack! See ya in 5 years! (just kidding kelly will crawl out from under that lead weight way before we did)

Pine Tar Incident
Pine Tar Incident
7 years ago

Currently drafting (a via email draft). 5X5, 12 team, mixed keeper (keep 4 as long as you want, must keep four every year). Team is Miggy, Trout, Dee Gordon, and Sale. Pick is coming up and the choice is between Bryant and Marte.

Aim for the potentially generational keeper talent in Bryant, knowing he starts the season on the farm? Or go a solid 15/30?

Big Money Matt
Big Money Matt
7 years ago

OBP dynasty league:

I give up Seager

I get: Leonys Martin and Danny Santana.

My team is slightly above average in power and slightly below average in speed.

Thoughts?

Jason
Jason
7 years ago

Greg, or anyone else for that matter…
I am in a 10 team ROTO Dynasty league with a $350 budget for 15 pitchers and 25 positional players. I’d like some input on my staff if you guys would be so kind. Anyone stick out as not a good value? I can keep everyone or let them go to FA for the draft. The draft will thin this year.

Y. Ventura-$5
T. Bauer-$5
W. Peralta-$1
J. Paxton-$5
M. Fiers-$10
P. Hughes-$10
D.Hutchenson-$10
M.Shoemaker-$10
R. Porcello-$6
J. Odorizzi-$5
K.Hendricks-$10
J. Peavy-$6
B. Norris-$1
G. Gonzalez-$27

N.J. Jeff
N.J. Jeff
7 years ago

Sir, you are amazing. Rasslers and Rappers in the same column. You are like Chief Jay Z Stongbow.

Mustard
Mustard
7 years ago

Who you like better betances or polanco? Keeper league

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Mustard
7 years ago

@Mustard: Polanco

Mostsuckass
Mostsuckass
7 years ago

Looks like Haren will be in the rotation for the Marlins, which appears to push Phelps into middle relief. Does this in turn move Phelps out of your top 100? At least below Petit? I think both Phelps and Petit get some starts for their respective teams, but I think Petit is far more likely to have meaningful fantasy value when he does. What do you think?

Mostsuckass
Mostsuckass
Reply to  Mostsuckass
7 years ago

@Mostsuckass: By “top 100,” of course, I mean your top 100 starters. Not your top 100 overall. Because that would be insane.

Jay
Jay
7 years ago

I currently am keeping Stanton Jones, Arenado, desmond Scherzer

I’m in discussions to acquire rendon, however it may take Arenado and Desmond.

If that is what it takes i would then keep Stanton Jones, Rendon, Donaldson and Scherzer.
Get Rendon?

Jay
Jay
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: that’s the way I’m leaning, although trying to get this guy to take Donaldson and Desmond to keep his grubby little paws off Arenado (pause for deep sigh…).

really want to group Stanton, rendon, and Arenado together on this keeper squad

I am the Walrus
I am the Walrus
7 years ago

Column A or B?
A B
ss Castro Segura
mi Desmond Kipnis
of Gordon Harper

Thirsty fo' Ayahuasca
Thirsty fo' Ayahuasca
7 years ago

GREY! what about BRAD MILLER?!

that’s yo boy, your road dog!

Thirsty fo' Ayahuasca
Thirsty fo' Ayahuasca
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

2 bombs on Monday, he’s going to hit 30 Hrs this year. He owes you ten from last year and another 20 to stay on your good side. kid can hit! chris taylor who?

CL
CL
7 years ago

I guess I just DL Stroman in my Dynasty League. But, I do have an offer of Kinsler for Stroman, that I don’t think I want to take since I have Old Dude Utrey. Thoughts?

MattTruss
Editor
7 years ago

Harvey watch 2015: Gives up a run, he’s a bum! Drive that price down!

Rich Gurbacki
Rich Gurbacki
7 years ago

Need trade help. 5×5 standard 9 hitters, 5 sp, 2 rp 7 on the bench. 16 keepers forever. 12 teams Team A gets-Miggy, Tulo, Madbum, Heyward, M. Carpenter Team B gets-Donaldson, Segura, Strasburg, B. Harper & Addison Russell. Who wins

Thanks

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
7 years ago

whatever happened to the guru?

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  FrankGrimes
7 years ago

@FrankGrimes: Nick has complete story but might only tell it in private.

sasquatch sluggers
sasquatch sluggers
7 years ago

Now I’ve lost Kenley and Stroman. It’s up to you guys to save my keeper (keep 16 players) season and my sanity. Of course all the notable ‘obvious’ ones are taken. (Archer etc.) I still have Samardzija Sale Wacha Teheran Cashner Bauer and Giles. I feel that I’m forced to keep at least My first 4 and Giles and thinking of maybe dropping Cashner and Bauer.
Leone, Farquhar, Boxberger and Cecil are still out there. Should I try to go nuts picking them up or just focus on 2016 keeping Stroman (picking the Bundys and Syndergaards). Oh….I am keeping Kenley for sure. Please help!!! I’m in way over my head! Before I do something rash! Thanks in advance!!

Allan
Allan
7 years ago

Grey need your opinion on something. I have played in a h2h points league the past few years. At first I employed a streaming strategy. I kept a couple of sp slots open and successfully streamed a couple of pitchers a day based on matchups and my research. Then our league manager instituted a weekly aquisition limit. Wonder why. So I altered my strategy and eliminated bench bats to keep pitchers and maximize starts. I won the league last year and now the league manager all of a sudden wants to institute a games started limit per matchup. Not sure what I should do here. Thanks.

lerryjee
lerryjee
7 years ago

Need a bit of advice on keepers: 6×6 OBP/QS league. I can keep four and have Rendon, Dickerson, Abreu.

For my fourth keeper do I retain Mesoraco at 18th round or one of Gerritt Cole or Alex Wood at 18th round?? Wracking my brains!

Cubans
Cubans
7 years ago

Better keeper for the next 2 years- Soler or Cueto? Other two keepers are Jose Abreu and Puig, so a pitcher might be useful.

Cubans
Cubans
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Good point, the league is small (8-10) so Soler may be available later than Cueto.

BillJones
BillJones
7 years ago

Grey,

12 team OPS league here. Do you think it’s too much of a stretch to draft Donaldson at pick 14? My first pick is McCutchen. Do you think Donaldson takes a hit in OPS leagues?

Whatever
Whatever
7 years ago

If anyone is a minor league aficionado i have to decide between the following available minors/cuban players being signed in an upcoming minor league draft. Would appreciate a quick idea on ranking:

Peraza, Olivera, Yoan Lopez, Despaigne, Steven Matz, Souza,Aaron Judge. I have a pretty good pipeline of minors already so I can be patient with my picks and dont need to pick only guys who will contribute this year.

Whatever
Whatever
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

Will do, Grey.

Ty
Ty
7 years ago

How does Stroman injury impact Toronto closer gig? Sanchez more likely in rotation? Cecil’s value spikes?

smalls killer
smalls killer
7 years ago

Would you share your thoughts please? This I’d the team I drafted in a 10 team points league, my first time doing points.
C. Rosario
1b. Rizzo
2b. Wong
3b. Arenado
3OF. Jones, Harper, Cespedes
Util. Soler
Bench. Tomas
5SP. Kluber, Wheeler, Gausman, Archer, Iwakuma, C Mart, Fiers and I haaaad Stroman.
3RP. Street, Rondon, and Sanchez

My regret was taking Castro over Gerrit Cole. Do you think I did alright altogether, fantasypros has me finishing last

smalls killer
smalls killer
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Mr Lothario, I intended to p/u a guy as soon as waivers opens. Who you like better between Chen, Burnett & Peralta ?

smalls killer
smalls killer
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: oh and thanks so much

Andy
Andy
7 years ago

Hi Grey,

13 team, 7×7 including R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG and QS, K, SV, HD, K/9, ERA, WHIP.

6 keepers. I’m set on Abreu, Bautista, Puig, and Arenado. Which two do I keep out of:
Dozier $7
Ozuna $1
Lester $10

Thanks for all the help!

the swinging
the swinging
7 years ago

I picked up rafa soriano, the jays need to sign him right?

the swinging
the swinging
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: yea. I’m hawking the closers.

How bout this for a sleeper… converted catcher, Chris Hatcher, dodgers. 0% owned.

He had a 5:1 k:bb last season. Obviously with jansen injured they need a replacement. The 2 main options in most people’s book are Joel peralta, who has a set up guy mlb label and jp howell has a goin issue.

Mattingly commented how hatcher was effective vs lefties and righties… I like hatcher to get a bunch of the early save tries until jansen is back.

the swinging
the swinging
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: idk, peralta for some reason sucks as a closer. He’s 12 for 36 in his career save tries… That’s miserable 24 blown saves out of 36 chances yuck.

Last season he had 1 save and 6 blown saves….

Mattingly wants hatcher to win the job from some of his comments. And peralta also made comments that he’s not where he needs to be yet.

Chris hatcher, him.

the swinging
the swinging
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: no sure if u agree or disagree it will be hatcher over peralta in jansen absence by ur last comment.

Peralta stats as a closer r so bad I can’t imagine he’s the guy they choose to lock down games, especially if he’s not in shape which peralta said he isn’t ready about himself. .

the swinging
the swinging
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: peralta has to be the worst all time at save conversions at 33%. Not really that small a sample considering the stat.

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  the swinging
7 years ago

@the swinging: might want to find somebody else to agree with you here.

Bryce Krispie Treats
Bryce Krispie Treats
7 years ago

Cliff Lee – The Adverb — haha I love that

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
7 years ago

The Cumpton Remix is Classic!!

We need someone to draw the fantasy overlord on a thrown of arms instead of swords Game of Thrones style

Fireball Feliz
Fireball Feliz
7 years ago

Stroman, Stroman, Stroman, injury winds are blowin, fantasy baseball overlord keeps flowin, comatose fans keep growin, RAWHIDE.

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

Who would you rather have this season only:
Reuben Tejada or Derek Jeter

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF With 1 F: LOFL!!!

Cheers,
Ante

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF With 1 F: If I’m in NY, I want Jeter for life!!

Cheers,
Ante

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Ante GALIC
7 years ago

@Ante GALIC: Yeah as a met fan even i would take jeter and hope i can talk him out of retirement

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: YEAHHHH BUUUUDDDDYY

Clint
Clint
7 years ago

“Man, with the guessing game that is the BoSox lineup hurting Castillo and Tomas looking turrble, it looks like the Cuban invasion isn’t what it was billed to be.” – Charles Barkley

Catcher Fever
Catcher Fever
7 years ago

Just awesome. We carry 3 MiLB. At the start of the year, if they have 120 at-bats or 50 innings, you have to promote them (or cut them) and they take a round off the END of your draft. So Stroman was going to be my 26th rounder.

Oh and 1 of my other 2 was Oscar Taveras.

Please stay alive, Lord Byron (Buxton).

Justin
Justin
7 years ago

16 team h2h keeper

I get Rusney Castillo and Alex Cobb
I give Ellsbury and Ryu

which side would you rather have?

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Justin
7 years ago

@Justin: Ellsbury

S.H
S.H
7 years ago

Would you take Masterson and Lawrie or Lynn, thanks

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  S.H
7 years ago

@S.H: Lawrie…would depend on need though for me…If Lawrie is expendable than Id rather have Lynn

S.H
S.H
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

I would be giving up lynn for masterson and lawrie , and then dealing lawrie and K.Gibson for Archer.

Should I go for archer or is Lynn and Gibson greater than Masterson and Archer

bruuuuuce
bruuuuuce
7 years ago

I’m continually impressed. “Straight outta Cumpton” is straight gold.

It’s gold, Jerry!

[stands and applauds]

PK
PK
7 years ago

I’m trying to picture Jose Reyes as a luchador: replace the Christian cross on Rey Mysterio’s mask and pants with a medical cross. We’re off to a good start.

Wake Up
7 years ago

As soon as you rank M Taylor, he retires…

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Wake Up: Mick Taylor?

Wake Up
Reply to  J-FOL
7 years ago

@J-FOL: I like your tone, Walktapuss…

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Wake Up: Rhinosacertops?

Rich
Rich
7 years ago

How could you JEF. You really are a piece of crap

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Rich
7 years ago

@Rich: Um….What?

Ra'zball Al Ghul
Ra'zball Al Ghul
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF With 1 F: LoL

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF With 1 F: Yeah, was wondering the same. The only question left is…What the F*CK, J*F?? What did you do? And when you find out what you did, please tell us how you could have done such a terrible thing? Also, desperately seeking your Factoids of the day. Pretty awesome stuff, man!

Cheers,
Ante

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Ante GALIC
7 years ago

@Ante GALIC: Ha yeah i have no clue what that was about….Facts are back opening day

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Oh God No

J-FOL
J-FOL
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF With 1 F: auto drafting?

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  J-FOL
7 years ago

@J-FOL: Yeah i missed nicks draft…was out and couldnt get it to load on my phone, that one was monday night…not Vins last night

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I dont know what your talking about

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF With 1 F: we know that, I was telling you why rich called you a piece

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: Ah ok…he put that post in a random spot

Bryan
Bryan
7 years ago

Grey, Im in a 11 man roto, I got 11&12 pick. Im thinking Jones,Rizzo and Rendon will be there,which 2 guys would u take at those picks?

EA
EA
Reply to  Bryan
7 years ago

@Bryan: I like Jones and Rendon. Rendon over Rizzo because of his dual eligibility. Just my opinion, though.

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
7 years ago

Grey,

Awesome stuff indeed!!

1.Two funny things about Stroman.

A. He got the injury bunting;
B. He’s going to visit Dr. Andrews for a second opinion.

2. E5 is giving me serious heartburn. Gonna need seruous rolaids to make it through ST.

Cheers,
Ante

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

The only good thing about Stroman yesterday….It happened before my draft last night, cause i probably would have had him….Phew

Wake Up
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF With 1 F: You should be fine with Darvish and Lee……….

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Wake Up: Different League…but yeah took the auto draft fuck in that one…Last night i actually had a nice draft as opposed to coming home the night before to find out i need to redraft half my team from the wire.

bruuuuuce
bruuuuuce
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

In a keeper league, I tried to make a trade for Stroman Monday night but it fell through at the last minute. I was pissed that it didn’t work out…

Bullet doged

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  bruuuuuce
7 years ago

@bruuuuuce: I did the same thing in a Dynasty…he still would have value in that format but he should be a bit cheaper now.

Ra'zball Al Ghul
Ra'zball Al Ghul
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF With 1 F: Next up on the surgery train… Tanaka

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Ra'zball Al Ghul
7 years ago

@Ra’zball Al Ghul: You got that right

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Word

Kiss a Bum
Kiss a Bum
7 years ago

Do you use incorporate ADP into your cheat sheets? I’ve been using it but I’m not sure it’s helpful or harmful. I feel like I loose out players trying to draft them too close to their ADP.

Wake Up
Reply to  Kiss a Bum
7 years ago

@Kiss a Bum: Just take the guys you want in a snake…ADP is wrong Every. Single. Year.

Blue
Blue
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Wake Up: Well, it’s wrong but not random. There is some signal in the noise.

Kiss a Bum
Kiss a Bum
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Wake Up: to be clear Wake Up, i dont use ADP as my rankings. I have my rankings and then take note of ADP so I dont draft players way ahead of where they tend to be going.

Wake Up
Reply to  Kiss a Bum
7 years ago

@Kiss a Bum: “I loose out players trying to draft them too close to their ADP.”

I’m saying don’t be afraid to draft your guys.

Blue
Blue
Reply to  Kiss a Bum
7 years ago

@Kiss a Bum: IMO there are two basic uses for ADP. First, looking at the range of picks for guys in the first eight rounds or so to figure out what the chance is they’ll come back around to you (really important if you are drafting on one of the ends). Second, using the distribution of picks for the players you are targeting to be sure you get them (i.e., its foolish to try and extract a little bit of value trying to game out if the guy you want can be had in the 18th round instead of the 15th).

Wake Up
Reply to  Blue
7 years ago

@Blue: Not saying it’s useless….saying it’s wrong…

Here’s some really helpful post-draft analysis from 2014:

Wow. Jose Abreu in the 4th round. What a reach vs ADP!

Altuve, could of got him much later. Hahaha. (in the 3rd round)

Really great value waiting until the 5th round for Pedroia.

I’d really like to read the post-post-draft recap in October! Which is of course the only time whether or not you know it’s a reach. Speaking of…

We are mostly agreeing here, but instead of 8 rounds, I would limit it to 4 or 5 rounds.

Your ie part at the end is true for the whole snake draft, and is another way of saying exactly what I’m trying to say, what did someone once say about permutations…

Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho
Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Wake Up: that cherry picking is sure clever. if you knew of pedroia’s wrist problem you would NOT have been happy with him in 5th round. You’ve have only gone with Abreu if
– you didn’t already have 1st and CI covered with higher ranked guys, AND didn’t want to reach for a guy who was after 100 ADP. I already had 1st and CI covered and literally watched Abreu at top of my draft board for many rounds till he was taken (should i have grabbed my 3rd CI guy before most of the rest of my team was filled, maybe so).
Cherry picking makes everyone look right. What about the “crazy value” we all got brad miller (rounds early), and gyorko at? You need to actually be right about the players (and/or cut them early enough) and, except for extreme value cases (abreu), not pay too much for those players.

Oppo Taco
Oppo Taco
7 years ago

Hey grey, had our draft last night, was wondering if you could give me your thoughts on my team, see any glaring weaknesses? Lawrie at 3b is pretty brutal, also I think Im light on speed. 12 team 5×5 keeper league. thanks!
c- yadi
1b- goldy
2b – gyorko
3b – lawrie
ss – hanram
of – Cutch, Jup, Bautista
util – yelich, rizzo
bench – Myers
SP – MadBum (worried over his spring starts so far?), Cole, Wheeler, Paxton, Fiers, Wacha,
RP – Kimbrel, Allen
Bench – Clippard, Carlos Martinez, Mejia,

Baggiejohn
Baggiejohn
Reply to  Oppo Taco
7 years ago

@Oppo Taco: Unless I’m missing something, you appear to have about 4 First Rounders in there. Were they hold overs from previous seasons?

Glad I’m not competing with that line-up!

Baggiejohn
Baggiejohn
Reply to  Baggiejohn
7 years ago

@Baggiejohn: Just read your post from yesterday, so answered my own question!

Somewhat in awe of that batting line-up!

bossmanjunior
bossmanjunior
7 years ago

Ugh i was so excited about Stroman…

Wake Up
Reply to  bossmanjunior
7 years ago

@bossmanjunior: me too Melvin, me too

barker
barker
7 years ago

12 h2h 3rd pick got auto drafted and not quite pleased with the results

C mesoraco 1b pearce 2b murphy 3b sandoval SS empty OF ellsbury cargo blackmon util eaton neil walker bn lind avisail castellanos

sp kershaw sp sale rp cody allen doolittle p latroy hawkins lester harvey hughes bn ventura kennedy quintana

the offense is horrific pitching is mostly great obv trade pitcher(s) for bat(s)

currently offered to me i give murphy lester harvey i get edwin encarnacion betts adams polanco

i countered with murphy blackmon pearce lester harvey for edwin betts arenado adams polanco

other proposed trades sale for tulo hughes for yelich

are these trades even/fair and the dude with tulo also has reyes should i forget about the first deal and try trade lester for reyes

can i afford to lose sale lester harvey and be left with kershaw hughes ventura kennedy quintana there is some decent options on WW not much for SS though

phillyrulez04
Reply to  barker
7 years ago

@barker: Ever heard of capitalization, punctuation or formatting? That’s so hard to read.

Baezaworldseries
Baezaworldseries
Reply to  phillyrulez04
7 years ago

@phillyrulez04: You missed a comma. Cust saying.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Baezaworldseries
7 years ago

@Baezaworldseries: Ain’t no oxford commas up in here!

Baezaworldseries
Baezaworldseries
Reply to  phillyrulez04
7 years ago

@phillyrulez04: Trolling rule #1.
If you’re going to bash a guy for punctuation. Proof read.

Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho
Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho
Reply to  Baezaworldseries
7 years ago

@Baezaworldseries: read yr Aristotle, there’s no “good” way to be a bad person.

Troy: The Collector
troy
7 years ago

yo grey heard you on tout wars last night, sounds like u kind of abandoned your philosophy that draft. is that the norm for you or did something happen that draft to make you change the way you ususally draft.

Troy: The Collector
troy
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: little late i no but fair enough

piranhaman
piranhaman
7 years ago

I really wanted Refsnyder beats Drew. Wait.. i still think Ref could beat Drew or Didi before June.

Wake Up
Reply to  piranhaman
7 years ago

@piranhaman: I really wanted him to beat Drew too… I don’t even care if he plays, as long as Drew gets beat…

Mike
Mike
7 years ago

Arthrex FiberWire is the tool
Then stitches from the mutha*ucking spool
Me and you need dough-to-flow, so pay me
I’m knockin pitchas out tha box, daily
yo weekly, monthly and yearly
until them dumb motherf*ckers see clearly
that I’m down with capital, like 50G
Boy you can’t fuck with me
So when I’m in your neighborhood, your team will suck
Coz UCLs are fugazi as f*ck
And as I relieve the pain I’m bluntin
I know it’s comin back, boy, and comin straight outta Cumpton

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thank you!

Josh
Josh
7 years ago

Are you going to update your rankings Thursday based on how Will Ferrell does? I saw he didn’t make your top 400 so far.

universal sea pilot
7 years ago

How do we buy shares in Dr James Andrews Inc.?

J-FOH
J-FOH