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!”

 
  1. Adam says:
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    No mention of the Soler/Baez/Bryant 3backs? I had to change my pants 3 times.

    • K Clown Baez says:
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      @Adam: Yada Yada, even a broken clock is right two times a day… Ain’t no new jack city, k clown city yo

      • Adam says:
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        @K Clown Baez: They were right 3 times…in a row. And the Soler and Baez shots were massive. Just like my fantasy load in my pants. Get on board K Clown. Yo.

        • K Clown Baez says:
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          @Adam: Soler is a stud yes, but Baez will be a career .226 hitter (if he’s lucky), Bryan will be a career .243 hitter. Yawn

          • Hieronymous Lohse says:
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            @K Clown Baez:

            “Bryan will be a career .243 hitter”

            And you will be horribly wrong on March 11, 2015 at 7:50 AM.

          • McNulty says:
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            @K Clown Baez:

            Baez looks like the prototypical .226 hitter. He doesn’t quite fit the .229 mold and labeling him a .224 hitter sells him short.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: It’s only about position battles and injuries at this point

  2. Goldirocks says:
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    The Jays should just boycott the remainder of spring training! They won’t have anyone left to play on opening day at this rate! Except for iron man mark buehrle of course!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Goldirocks: You should be their manager! Or GM! Or owner!

  3. J-FOH says:
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    At spring training Tomas looked like me running the bases…all arms and love handles

    • @J-FOH: Sounds like a Walktapuss…

      • Dave says:
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        @Wake Up:

        Hippowalkamus?

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Dave: Nice

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @J-FOH: love hands

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @J-FOH: throwin ‘bows and love hands, a cousin of jazz hands

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: He looks like a Spanish Lena Dunham

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Is her butt that big?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They both look like the first nesting doll, that others are housed in

      • Hieronymous Lohse says:
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        @Grey:
        The thought of a Spanish looking Lena Dunham made me so angry I threw my soup against the wall. The thought of Judd Apatow having her back so completely made me nuke a second bowl of soup that I just threw at a cop’s face.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  4. Josh says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: I’m going to see it

  5. Mike says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Ha! Awesome!

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!

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

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

    • Grey

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      @piranhaman: Ref’s not that exciting, but better than Drew, agreed

  7. Troy: The Collector

    troy says:
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    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.

    • Grey

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      @troy: It’s 15-team, OBP, different ball of mustache wax

      • Troy: The Collector

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        @Grey: little late i no but fair enough

  8. barker says:
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    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

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

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @phillyrulez04: You missed a comma. Cust saying.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Baezaworldseries: Ain’t no oxford commas up in here!

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @barker: I’d take Edwin side…

  9. bossmanjunior says:
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    Ugh i was so excited about Stroman…

  10. Oppo Taco says:
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    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 says:
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      @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 says:
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        @Baggiejohn: Just read your post from yesterday, so answered my own question!

        Somewhat in awe of that batting line-up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Team looks great, your keepers obviously didn’t hurt… If I had to pick out one bad thing, staff is kinda young… I like those SPs though

  11. Kiss a Bum says:
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    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.

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

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

      • Kiss a Bum says:
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        @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 says:
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          @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.

          • Grey

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            I agree with Wake… I was just saying before that if I have say Danny Santana 100 overall and where I’m drafting has him ranked 230 overall, I’d likely wait a few rounds…

    • Blue says:
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      @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 says:
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        @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 says:
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          @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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kiss a Bum: I rarely pay attention to ADP unless it’s insane, and a guy isn’t going to go for another 5+ rounds than I have him

  12. JeF With 1 F says:
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    The only good thing about Stroman yesterday….It happened before my draft last night, cause i probably would have had him….Phew

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

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Word

  13. Ante GALIC says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks! 1B. But of course 2. Ha

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

  15. Rich says:
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    How could you JEF. You really are a piece of crap

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Rich: Um….What?

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

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: I think your ex might’ve found Razzball

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Grey: Oh God No

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @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

          • Grey

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            Already dating, huh? Nice!

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @Grey: I dont know what your talking about

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

          • J-FOH says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: we know that, I was telling you why rich called you a piece

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @J-FOH: Ah ok…he put that post in a random spot

  16. As soon as you rank M Taylor, he retires…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Ha, yeah…Wrong one

    • J-FOL says:
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      @Wake Up: Mick Taylor?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOL: I like your tone, Walktapuss…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Wake Up: Rhinosacertops?

  17. PK says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Ha!

  18. bruuuuuce says:
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    I’m continually impressed. “Straight outta Cumpton” is straight gold.

    It’s gold, Jerry!

    [stands and applauds]

  19. S.H says:
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    Would you take Masterson and Lawrie or Lynn, thanks

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @S.H: Lawrie…would depend on need though for me…If Lawrie is expendable than Id rather have Lynn

    • Grey

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      @S.H: Agree with F, depends on needs

      • S.H says:
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        @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

        • Grey

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          I like Archer, not sure point of the trade though

  20. Justin says:
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    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 says:
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      @Justin: Ellsbury

  21. Catcher Fever says:
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    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).

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    “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

    • Grey

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      @Clint: Tomas can still hit

  23. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Who would you rather have this season only:
    Reuben Tejada or Derek Jeter

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: LOFL!!!

      Cheers,
      Ante

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

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @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 says:
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        @Grey: YEAHHHH BUUUUDDDDYY

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Get it!

  24. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Stroman, Stroman, Stroman, injury winds are blowin, fantasy baseball overlord keeps flowin, comatose fans keep growin, RAWHIDE.

  25. Teddy Heater says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Teddy Heater: Thanks, BFF! We need that giant butch bodyguard, I forget her name

  26. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Cliff Lee – The Adverb — haha I love that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  27. the swinging says:
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    I picked up rafa soriano, the jays need to sign him right?

    • Grey

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      They don’t need to, another team might like to though

      • the swinging says:
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        @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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, maybe, but I like Peralta

          • the swinging says:
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            @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.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, they’re not making him closer, he’s closing games for 3 weeks… So maybe that’s 8 saves

              • the swinging says:
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                @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. .

                • Grey

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                  My rankings and I say Peralta…

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

  28. Andy says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Lester

  29. smalls killer says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, I think your staff is a little young, which makes for some risk

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Peralta

      • smalls killer says:
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        @Grey: oh and thanks so much

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. Ty says:
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    How does Stroman injury impact Toronto closer gig? Sanchez more likely in rotation? Cecil’s value spikes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cecil is the closer as of right now, Sanchez will likely bounce from long relief to rotation

  31. Whatever says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should ask Mike in his post today

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey:

        Will do, Grey.

  32. BillJones says:
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    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?

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Soler could be special

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on size of the league though a little

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

  34. lerryjee says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole

  35. Allan says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tell him that it’s lame to put a max on matchups and takes fun out of it… Max starts per matchup leaves H2H too much to luck and not sweat and work

  36. sasquatch sluggers says:
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    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!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Cahsner and Bauer… I’d grab Boxberger and forget 2016 for now

  37. FrankGrimes says:
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    whatever happened to the guru?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nick lost him west of the Mississippi on the tour and I never heard from him again.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Nick has complete story but might only tell it in private.

  38. Rich Gurbacki says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy side

  39. MattTruss

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

  40. CL says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Kinsler

  41. Thirsty fo' Ayahuasca says:
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    GREY! what about BRAD MILLER?!

    that’s yo boy, your road dog!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My homey, yo!

      • Thirsty fo' Ayahuasca says:
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        @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?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Chris Taylor? Ben Stiller’s wife? Yeah, screw her!

  42. I am the Walrus says:
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    Column A or B?
    A B
    ss Castro Segura
    mi Desmond Kipnis
    of Gordon Harper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

  43. Jay says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Rendon

      • Jay says:
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        @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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Phelps could beat out Koehler, or an injury… I’m not moving him yet

  45. Mustard says:
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    Who you like better betances or polanco? Keeper league

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Mustard: Polanco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  46. N.J. Jeff says:
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    Sir, you are amazing. Rasslers and Rappers in the same column. You are like Chief Jay Z Stongbow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  47. Jason says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t keep Hendricks, Norris, Gio and Porcello

  48. Big Money Matt says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  49. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  50. sam bradford oh no says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need another RP, then prolly another one… Team looks solid though, love the guys you got…

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Be more helpful to see RPs not drafted

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jansen and then Cishek is fine

          • sam bradford oh no says:
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            @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

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take Koji, Cishek

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, and C-Mart is in the rotation, and I like Odor

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @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)

  51. Clay says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go safer, Pujols, Yoenis

  52. GhostTownSteve says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was waiting for you to say something… Haha… I just didn’t love the OBP 2nd round…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I don’t mind Domonic as the last round pick, but just have to keep expectations in check

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Tehol sent you flowers today didn’t he?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Every day

  53. Hometown Hero says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santana

  54. Steve says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers

  55. Bye Felicia says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go by my ranking…

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, then go Taijuan… I do like them all…

  56. Zach says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Arrieta

  57. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer, Wheeler, Tulo, Jones, Edwin, Arenado, Pedroia, Xander, Avisail, Marte

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

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a deeper league and OBP…

  59. Rabbit says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was an Uncle Floyd comment

  60. Blanky says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching looks very strong, and your hitting looks weak on speed, average and power…

  61. Jay says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Baez could be sent to the minors… A. Dickerson B. Yes

  62. J-FOH

    J-FOH says:
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    Silicon Valley returns April 12th!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

  63. Brooke says:
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    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!

  64. OtisNixonLovedRaines'Rocks says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, throw $2 at Stroman and see if you get him… Oy vey zmeer!

  65. ChefBoyRG54 says:
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    i pulled the first overall in a redraft league for the first time ever.

    do i take Mike Trout or…..Mike Trout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

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