So, I took part in one of those 15-team NFBC drafts that Rudy and all the cool kids were talking about-slash-doing.  What a snoozefest!  I mean, it was fun, but I fell asleep literally 19 times during it.  Granted, it lasted for 19 days, so if I didn’t fall asleep 19 times, I would’ve needed trucker speed, but still.  Speaking of which, I have much respect for truckers.  They’re driving all day and they have to wear the stupidest hats.  Any the hoo!  This draft was one part fresh, two parts ‘to def’ and some random Razzballers took part, so maybe we can chat in the comments — I have no friends!  We can’t talk about trades, because there are none.  There’s also no waivers.  This was a 15-team league that went 50 rounds deep.  What you draft is what you have.  No backsies, no foolsies.  Anyway, here’s my 15-team NFBC team and some thoughts:

C: J.P. Arencibia
C: Matt Wieters
1B: Freddie Freeman
2B: Chase Utley
3B: Nolan Arenado
SS: Jean Segura
CI: Mark Trumbo
MI: Emilio Bonifacio
OF: Andrew McCutchen
OF: Norichika Aoki
OF: Oswaldo Arcia
OF: Angel Pagan
OF: Colby Rasmus
UTIL: Will Venable

P: Cliff Lee
P: Anibal Sanchez
P: Patrick Corbin
P: Lance Lynn
P: Rick Porcello
P: Taijuan Walker
P: Jon Niese
P: Nate Jones
P: Addison Reed

BENCH

C: George Kottaras
1B: Yonder Alonso
1B: Gaby Sanchez
2B: Dan Uggla
3B: Conor Gillaspie
3B: Mike Olt
SS: Didi Gregorious
OF: Bryon Buxton
OF: Tony Campana
OF: Andy Dirks
OF: David Lough
P: Carlos Martinez
P: Jake Odorizzi
P:  Tommy Hanson
P: Felix Doubront
P: Erik Bedard
P: Jesse Chavez
P: Jaime Garcia
P: Enny Romero
P: Tim Stauffer
P: Carlos Torres
P: Brian Wilson
P: Edwin Jackson
P: Roenis Elias
P: Brad Hand
P: Casey Kelly
P: Joe Smith

YEAH, THIS TEAM IS THE BOMB DOT GOV, UNTIL PATRICK CORBIN GOT FOILED.  LUCKY YOU HAVE 47 PITCHERS TO BACK HIM UP, HUH?

About halfway through this draft, I was seeing a double rainbow outside my window.  My dog, Ted, brought me an ice cream sandwich and we were looking at my team and high fiving then… *dramatic prairie dog music*  I lost Patrick Corbin.  So, I was like, “Whatevs, I’m still good, let’s make homemade sherbert,” then Anibal had a sore shoulder and I was like, “Okay, I’m gonna draft pitchers for the next 15 rounds.”  I’m actually concerned now that I don’t have enough hitting depth.  If Arencibia is garbage, as is his wont, and Kottaras doesn’t play, I don’t have a 2nd catcher.  If Utley gets hurt, as is his wont, and Uggla loses his job or is straight garbage and Emilio doesn’t have a job and… Well, I’m concerned about my depth.

I HAVE A QUESTION, GREAT, ALL-POWERFUL, GREY, HOW DID YOU GET SUCH A FANTASTIC HITTING TEAM?

And I drafted Cliff Lee high!  If there’s no injuries to anyone, I think I’m going to be competitive.  Unfortunately, these deep leagues are won and lost on depth, and I just went over how I feel about my depth.  If, say, Pagan goes down, I can move Trumbo into the outfield, then Yonder to corner.  Am on my second paragraph of talking about my hitting depth?  Okay, you get the point, I’m concerned what happens to the team if injuries happen.

YOUR PITCHING IS, WELL, INTERESTING

Assuming Cliff Lee stays healthy and Anibal is fine, then I think I can squeak by playing match-ups. (It’s weekly lineup changes for pitchers.  Bi-weekly for hitters; bi-weekly?  That sounds kinky!)  The loss of Corbin hurts more in this league than it would in other leagues, and Taijuan might not be okay.  My lack of depth with closers could really hurt too.  I didn’t take high-end handcuffs.  I do like Joe Smith, because I think Frieri has worn The Sciosciapath’s nerves down considerably in the last few years, and Dane De La Rosa is already nursing an injury.  To say Joe Smith will get three saves this year is being optimistic.  Nate Jones is so tenuous, no one has even said he’s definitely the closer on the White SoxAddison Reed has 4 closers behind.  I originally drafted Carlos Martinez as a starter, but I might actually get well-needed saves from him.  I’ve never done a league before where I can’t pick up anyone all year, which doesn’t play into my strengths, so my pitching is, well, interesting.  Callback!

 
  1. Ryan says:
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    Thoughts on will venable? One of the top fantasy players in the second half last year hitting .315 with 13 hrs and 13 steals. The guy always hit around .290 in the minors and has had some 29, 26 steal season in the majors in 300 at bats with double digit homeruns. He doesn’t have much competition in the of in san diego and I feel he could have a 25/30 year easily with at least a .260 ba if he gets around 600 ab’s

    • kingforaday151 says:
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      @Ryan: He’s 31 this year (all season) I believe. It’s my opinion that last year is as good as it gets for Venable. 22 homers was by far highest career total, and he only stole 29 bases in his highest MLB total there. Throw out the thought of him getting 600 at bats, he’s never hit 500 at-bats. 25/30 is very unlikely….more in the 15-20/25 range with a .275 AVG if he stays healthy.

      • ashtray says:
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        @kingforaday151: That’s a pretty good summary of what you’re getting with Venable. He will get a few extra PAs while Maybin is injured but his ceiling would have to be no more than 500. Expect 10/20 and anything more than that will be gravy

  2. costaricanchata says:
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    what ?
    no puig ??
    the sky’s falling in .
    the sky’s falling in .

  3. Fister Furbush says:
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    I like Jake odorizzi this year. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he moves into your on paper starting rotation.

    As a Mariners fan, let me tell you the the fan base is expecting Taijuan Walker to have himself a big season. I own him as well and I’d be peachy if he can perform like a #2 at some point this season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fister Furbush: Walker wasn’t gonna pitch a whole season anyway so you scrap together April then he returns, I’m in on him on lots of teams

  4. captianpyper says:
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    Enny and Roenis?!? Wow. I’m ashamed to say I have no idea who 4 of your pitchers are! Either that or you’re making them up! (Who names their kid Roenis…rhymes with…poor kid) Joe Smith should go give his mom a hug.

  5. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    based on your own rankings you got a good pitching staff (pre-corbin injury obv) for 15 teamer. For 15 closers aren’t bad, although you’ve probably got less backup closers than some.

    • RotisserieJedi says:
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      Your starting line-up looks fine. I agree, you have absolutely NO depth, but if I had to guess, neither does anyone else. It’s why I never do drafts in leagues that big, especially if the roster calls for that many batters. Honestly, given the injury rate in professional sports, I wonder whether the outcome in that league will not be more attributable to luck.

      But good luck!

      • @RotisserieJedi: With all due respect Jedi, injures may be the result of bad luck, but not planning for them (since they are likely if not inevitable) is the result of bad management especially in leagues that allow for a lot of bench space. In those leagues, the managers who are especially adept at building depth are probably the same ones who are “lucky” themselves every year in the standings.

        • kingforaday151 says:
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          @Fanthead: Agree, leagues this deep take a lot of the ‘luck’ out of the equation. I’m dying to get in to a league this deep myself. Every ten team, shallow bench league kind of gets boring as my knowledge of the player pool grows. Anybody out there with an opening in a 14 teamer, mixed or NL/AL only, I want in!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @RotisserieJedi: luck is 50% of winning any fantasy league

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @J-FOH: I’d put it a bit higher for H2H and Football

          • J-FOH says:
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            @mauledbypandas: H2H baseball is the red headed step child of foorball

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @J-FOH: I understand there are people who like H2H and points leagues but I am not a fan. I guess I prefer the least luck based version of fantasy baseball.

              • Greyismyhero says:
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                @mauledbypandas: I’m a head to head believer, I stopped playing Roto after playing it for years, Roto leagues seem to die quick and people lose interest esp when they are low in standings .H2H provides me with a diff type of challenge w/ facing a diff opponent each week…Not to mention the many different strategies you can incorporate in H2H…I agree though, its mostly luck..:)

                • mauledbypandas says:
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                  @Greyismyhero: I see the logic in that, but luckily I have managed to be in roto leagues that stay active no matter the standings. My personal experience with h2h was that people give up there almost as often as in Roto. Whatever you have more fun doing though, it’s supposed to be fun!!

                • J-FOH

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                  @Greyismyhero: nothing is better than an active wire to wire roto league. One common mistake is people don’t understand that making up ground is not as hard as you think and need to make major changes to do that sometimes.

        • L-Boogie says:
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          @J-FOH: Except for football. Then it’s more like 99%.

          Ergo, I hate fantasy football. But I do love using the word “ergo” in a sentence.

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @L-Boogie: Not the biggest fan of it myself but I end up in one league a year it seems. I paid for the Razzball 32in32in32in3232323232 so I will damn sure have a team this year!

        • kingforaday151 says:
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          @J-FOH: That’s like saying luck is 50% of the stock market, maybe so but that seems like a foolish idea to me. Of coarse you can catch bad breaks or be ‘lucky’ enough to grab that waiver pick up that blows up, but by doing your homework and hedging your investments you greatly improve your chances of winning. Position depth, working to get extra starts in weekly leagues, understanding of prospects and their potential impact before they get the call….a lot of ‘luck’ can break your way if you know what you’re doing. “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” -Thomas Jefferson

          • J-FOH

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            @kingforaday151: you still have to have the dominoes go your way to win, that is all. The other half of luck is where you separate yourself. It also depends who you are playing with. I have missed adding players by mere seconds when my computer lagged in pulling up the players screen. Is that a lack of skill? No it’s not, just the other guy who saw the same thing in a live game got him right before me. If my computer doesn’t lag then I own the next closer, is that skill or is that luck? This is only one of many examples. Trust me, you can assume a player will or will not get hurt but every dog has his day and some guys get fluky injuries. There is a lot of luck when you’re not the one picking up the bat or managing the club or calling the pitches. You are relying on prior knowledge to forecast what a person will do, when people drafted Chris Davis last year were they all evil laughing because they knew they drafted a 50 HR hitter? No they weren’t. They thought they were getting a .250-.260 25 HR hitter with decent runs and rbi’s. i owned him and I know I got lucky….and won my league.

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @J-FOH: this speaks to getting a better computer, like a high school basketball player getting the best shoes (not cosmetically best), instead of old ones.

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: having a worse computer than your enemies is actually the very definition of not being “bad luck” since it’s something completely in your control. An example of bad luck is when a player who’s never been hurt and you draft in the first round misses whole year. No control over that.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: it was the wifi for a second. you’re splitting hairs at this point

  6. y4 says:
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    I’d have trouble keeping to the same strategy over 19 days.

    I’ve been in negotiations for a few days and just want to wrap it up. It’s an OPS league and my strategy is to stream pitching and focus on hitting.

    The deal on the table right now is-
    I give Cano, Stanton, Cashner, and Pineda
    I get Fielder, Pedroia, Shields, Gee

    My current offense
    c-Rosario, 1b-Pujols, 2b-Cano, 3b-Arenado, ss-Reyes, of-A.Jones, Stanton, J.Upton, util-A.Rios
    bn Rizzo, Beltran

    I’m streaming pitching so I have a lot of pitchers but my top ones are probably Liriano, Cashner, Peavy, and Porcello.

    Considering my team is this deal good for me?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @y4: Sounds fine

  7. Buzzdainer says:
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    Cody Asche is nowhere on your team. I’m beginning to think you don’t love him as much as you say you love him. And that breaks my Ashce-Asche heart.

    • Buzzdainer says:
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      @Buzzdainer: Jokes tend to fall flat when you misspell things.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buzzdainer: I’ve been having a hard time reading rooms on when to draft him…

      • Buzzdainer says:
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        @Grey: I know what you mean. I didn’t draft him because I already had Zimmerman, but then he landed in the FA pool.

      • Furious says:
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        @Grey: His Twitter is @cody_smasche – perfect.

  8. Bob says:
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    I got involved in a points league for the first time this year and I’m not sure I drafted a good team based on the scoring. Pitchers went flying off the board so I stayed true and stuck with my normal strategy but I look back and maybe it’s because of the point allocation. Offense – 1pt for runs, hits, rbis, and sbs. 4 points for hrs. Half point for walks. 2 extra points for grand slam. Pitching gets 5 points for a win, 2 points for a qs, 1 point for a k, and 2 points for a save. They also put in a ton of points if a pitcher were to ever have a no hitter. No negative points. 10 man league snake draft. 8th pick. Here’s my team. Let me know your thoughts –

    C – Ramos
    1- Votto
    2- Cano
    3- Longoria
    Ss – Desmond
    O- Braun
    O- Holliday
    O- Werth
    U – Agonz
    U- ARam
    S- Gio
    S- Wacha
    S- Salazar
    S- Cingrani
    S- Ubaldo
    R- Kimbrel
    R- H. Santiago
    B – B miller, Tillman, Haren, Springer, and Victorino

    • Bob says:
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      @Bob: Oh yea, and its a weekly league so no changes mid week.

      • Bob says:
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        @Bob: H2H

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Bob: Considering you have 4 first round caliber hitters it must have been like the reverse of regular drafts, with pitchers all going early instead. I noticed that in my new points league, so managed to grab an ace in Scherzer. But we’ll see, pitching certainly isn’t horrible, ton of upside there.

      • Bob says:
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        @Swfcdan: yes, the draft shocked me with how many pitchers went early. Like 70% pitching in the first 4 rounds so I for these great hitters that fell. My pitching strategy was to grab guys that get ks on teams with good offenses since we don’t penalize earned runs or walks. Simply went for ks and wins. I also failed to mention I have Ventura.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: The hitting looks decent, in points I’d prolly go better with the pitching staff but it should be competitive since it’s a shallow league

  9. OK says:
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    I participated in the draft with you and think we all have depth issues. I was the idiot who drafted Kershaw and didn’t back him up with another ace. Then My SP2 Medlen got hurt and I gave away any advantage I had by going pitching early. These leagues are a war of attrition. Good luck

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OK: Totally, I plan on having half a team playing by July… You too!

  10. ashtray says:
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    Yesterday you suggested that I pick up Alcides Escobar since my only SS right now is Profar. Do you think it would be worth it for me to offer a SP (start with Dickey, offer Weaver if declined) to get Brad Miller? My other SPs I’d be left with are:

    Sale
    Cole
    Teheran
    Gray
    Bailey
    Ventura
    Porcello

    12 team h2h categories
    Batters – R, HR, RBI, SB, Ave, K, OBP
    Pitchers – W, SV, K ,ERA, WHIP, L, QS

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @ashtray:

      you can try ,
      but not sure either of those would get it done .
      as you’ve found out ,
      it’s easier to replace pitchers .

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @ashtray: Id do it…im not a fan of either of those pitchers

  11. Will says:
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    Best speculative add for saves?

    Benoit
    C. Allen
    Melancon
    Farquhar

    Thank you!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Will: The Farq…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Will: benoit

    • Will says:
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      @Will: Hmmm, and I was leaning Melancon thinking Grilli is still hurting…

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Will: Benoit

    • Big Magoo

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      @Will: All of these RPs project as solid closers if presented with the opportunity, but outside of an injury, Allen has the best chance to get a shot at the job and run with it.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Big Magoo: ax looked good in st. Louis. They fixed what was wrong in Milwaukee, tipping pitches and a flaw, that being said I like Allen a lot. Street is gone this year, you don’t spend that kind of money in san Diego for a set up man. IMO

        • Shake N Bacon says:
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          @J-FOH: I agree with J-FOH. I also think money comes into play when concerning the Indians. They are less likely to let one of their young guns close because then they are deemed more valuable when it comes to arbitration.

          • Big Magoo

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            @J-FOH: @Shake N Bacon: Axford might be ok, but I’d like to see better results over a larger sample size. He only threw 10.1 innings in StL, and allowed 14 baserunners. Got lucky with the ERA in that small sample. I think that Allen is the superior pitcher. Just remains to be seen if he’ll get the opportunity to close.

            • J-FOH

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              @Big Magoo: I think Allen is the superior pitcher too but the reality of real life doesn’t help our case. I think Bacon makes a good point and as we have seen countless times, the best pitcher in the bullpen is not always the closer. Any one remember Joe Borowski?

              • Big Magoo

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                @J-FOH: There’s a good chance that Axford struggles and is overtaken by Allen, or that Ax is flipped at the deadline. I think that Allen gets the job either way, eventually…

                • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                  @Big Magoo: it’s very often that the best RP is setup guy, he’s the one they usually bring into the highest leverage spots, like when guys are already on base, with a small lead. Closers usually come into bases clear brand new 9th inning (much easier situation)

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @Will: Benoit is only getting saves if/when Street is injured. When Street comes back he’ll be closing again.

      The same can be said for Melancon/Grilli.

      Which brings me to Farquhar and Allen. Not only will they get saves if the guy in front of them gets injured, but there’s a pretty good chance the guys in front of them will suck too. In which case they could hold the job down for the rest of the year.

      So, choosing between those 2 I go with Allen. Partly because I trust Axford even less than Rodney, but partly because I trust Allen more than Farquhar.

      Of course, this is all speculation so if you ask again next week I may give a different answer.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @A Hill O’ Beans: I agree with most of this…except I trust Axford more than Rodney…
        Allen is better than The Farq…but I think The Farq has a better shot at saves…

        • Big Magoo

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          @Wake Up: Axford’s on a cheap one-year deal, while Rodney’s on a two-year deal for more money. I think that Rodney will be given a pretty long leash…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Big Magoo: and SEA is in a position to win now…

            • Big Magoo

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              @Wake Up: CLE isn’t? The Indians won 21 more games than the Mariners last season. Not sure what your argument is with that statement…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Big Magoo: I thought we were forecasting? I know what happened last year…
                Don’t see Cle contending…they need to have Ax closing to flip him…so, you’re talking 3 months of waiting on Allen…

                • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                  @Wake Up: if tipping was really the whole problem with Ax, Rodney is worse, also Farq was better than Allen last year too (but yes, small sample size there with Farq)

  12. Hawk says:
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    Prediction for you, Grey. By season’s end:

    Mike Olt will be a starting Util
    Will Venable will be a starting OF
    Colby Rasmus will be on the bench

    • Hawk says:
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      @Hawk:

      Also…

      I like your pitching even with Corbin being hurt.. Steady guys up top, a couple of lottery tickets on the bottom.

      Just remember: Edwin Jackson is good for 5-6 starts at a time and he can be blown up at any time. It’s better to miss out on a good start than absorb one of his bad ones.

      • Grey

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        @Hawk: Yeah, hopefully on pitching

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: I could see that, and kinda hope so… I was thinking Olt at corner, but yeah

    • Kirk says:
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      @Hawk: Yeah, I hope Olt breaks out this year. I took him in my Raffball NFBC slow draft as well (Rudy’s league).

      This is just the second one I have done. My experience last year taught me that you have to have depth, you need to identify breakout possibilities, and you get screwed if you wait on pitching. Last year, I had the best offense in our league, but my pitching was horrid for the most part. I had no chance at winning because I waited too long. I ended up with Darvish and a a bunch of has beens.

      • Kirk says:
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        @Kirk: Oops…Razzball, not Raffball. D’oh!

  13. Brian Boyle says:
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    12 team H2H 6×5 with OPS as the sixth category. I drafted out of the twelve spot, and to make things worse I wasn’t able to make the draft so I was on auto draft last night. I did my best to set it up. So hear is my team, and what do you think???

    C Gattis
    1B Fielder
    2B Altuve
    3B Alvarez
    SS Segura
    OF Harper
    OF J. Upton
    OF A. Gordon
    UT Trumbo
    B Arenado, B. Miller, De Aza

    P Moore
    P Liriano
    P Masterson
    P Archer
    P Porcello
    P Kluber
    RP Nathan
    B Soriano, Farquhar, Delgado, Ross, E. Ramirez, J, Soria

    Thanks for all the great articles and laughs!!

    BB

    • pedsRus says:
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      @Brian Boyle: one of the best auto drafts I’ve ever seen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian Boyle: Thanks! Agree with Peds, solid team for autodraft

  14. Swfcdan says:
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    That is one muthafuckin big bench.

    Great team!

    • Brian Boyle says:
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      @Swfcdan:

      Yes we have 9 bench slots.

      Thanks!!!

      BB

  15. gareth says:
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    Hey grey,

    So the tigers essentially traded doug fister, prince fielder and 25 year old utility guy Steve lombardozzi for Robbie ray, ian kinsler and 37 year old (is he still playing?) Alex Gonzalez.

    They also lost a Key bullpen guy in Rondon and their starting shortstop inglesias. In response to this they have so far traded for a Romaine lettuce from California.

    What do you make of Detroit’s bizarre offseason?

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      @gareth: I make that the Injuns are gonna win that division! Also, I am completely biased because I’m an A’s fan and hate the Tigers for eliminating my team countless times (3?) over the past few years.

      Time for some new blood at the top!

    • Grey

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      @gareth: Self-destruction

  16. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Haven’t ever done NFBC, but the depth does seem wanting. I’d think guys like Trumbo probably have a decent amount of added value then because of the versatility. Did you take Trumbo earlier, or over some other guys you like for that reason? Curious as to where Swisher or say Carter went as well. The bench OFs seem very weak, but I assume that’s probably true for most teams with 8-10 OFs on each right? Alonso and Olt seem like pretty solid options given league size, but MI looks hella rough. Didi pick obviously came before Owings announcement, but
    Uggla, even in a 15×50, seems unpalatable. Finally, curious to know when the high end handcuffs were being taken, and who you took around those picks/why. Given that you can’t make trades or pick-ups during the season, I would think such handcuffs carry a lot of weight. Did you not foresee the demand/inflated cost, or were you faced with other value picks that you simply couldn’t pass up?
    My bad about the long series of questions, just intrigued by the NFBC slow-draft model and would like to gain a better understanding of the thought processes/strategy. Anyway, good luck on the season dude. Hopefully you’ve paid your major injury dues with Corbin, and the fantasy gods will spare the rest of your team. If not, Ted better get ready for a lot of ice cream runs.

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Alky Sobrera:
      Unless you’re lactose intolerant. Then you might have more treacherous ice cream runs than Ted…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Alky Sobrera:

      have to disagree with your assessment of the uggla pick .
      this , imo , is the ideal type of league for a guy who might get ,
      streaky and/or valuable for power numbers vs certain match-ups
      and in certain parks .

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @costaricanchata:
        Though I agree with your take on the value of one of Uggla’s hot streaks, I’m more concerned with the fact that he might play himself out of a job sooner rather than later. I know LaStella isn’t a Baez level prospect, and brings no pop, but he’s waiting with solid on base skills and better defense. I’d rather not have a backup who might not have a job come June.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alky Sobrera: As long as Ted doesn’t just get the runs…. Yeah, guys like Trumbo have a lot more value, Prado, Ackley, etc. I should’ve taken more of them… My bench OFs are a little weak, but my lineup OF is very strong….Rudy will have a post which breaks down all 45 Razzball teams that drafted, but handcuffs just went to early for my blood… I felt I was getting better value taking guys like Doubront than say a Putz

      • Brian says:
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        @Grey: As the schmuck who took Putz, I’m embarrassed and humbled!

        Never done this format, so it was interesting to say the least… the first night I went to bed around 11 with a couple picks ahead of me, and I woke up at 8 and it autopicked JUpton– (was going to go Freeman and you took him!). Little things like that where you learn you need to assume the pick is going to get back to you during the night and you need to reset your queue accordingly.

        Overall, should be fun- the concept is cool. The website isn’t very user friendly compared to ESPN or Yahoo, so that will take some getting used to as well.

        I don’t hate my team- I went for depth versus upside though, so my team isn’t very exciting on paper. We’ll see if the strategy pays off…

        Was surprised to see you take the 5th catcher off the board (just seems like an anti-Grey thing to do). My favorite pick of yours was Carlos Martinez– the guy is a beast and the Cards just have to start him at some point. The Cards always seem to make the right roster moves in situations like this, so moving him to the bullpen left me scratching my head. Think its an innings-limit thing, and they’re planning on bringing him in to start around the Break?

        • Grey

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          I’ve never done this format either… I do like a decent catcher in a 2 catcher league and since there’s no pick ups, I figured I needed A) a good one B) one that usually plays a lot… Which team is yours? Team name?

          • Brian says:
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            @Grey: @Grey: I’m Team Harrahy- picked 6th.

            Not getting Freeman in the 2nd put me in a bind due to the lack of top 1B- but in hindsight, the closer we get to the start of the year the more I have a gut feeling Matt Adams is going to get the ABs to put him in the second tier 1B discussions. You feeling even better about him since your sleeper post?

            • Grey

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              I like Adams, nothing’s changed

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Grey:
        Gotcha. Ya, I’d probably have overpaid for multi-position guys just to have the flexibility, given that injuries are more of a how many will I have, rather than will I have any. Looking forward to Rudy’s breakdown.

  17. Scottie O. says:
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    If you had the choice to pick your draft position in a 12 team (H2H 6×6) league; which spot would you pick out of and who would you be targeting in rounds 1-3(or 4)?

    • Bob says:
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      @Scottie O.: I’ve always liked 1-3 or 8-10. I either get great talent at the front or a solid 2 guys with the 1st and 2nd picks with the 8-10.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Scottie O.: I want Trout. End of story.

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Cram It: Did a draft last week. Had the 2nd pick. Based my whole strategy around getting Miggy. Turns out so did the guy with the #1 pick.

        Somewhat unrelated I know but I’m still just amazed that I got Trout.

        • Cram It says:
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          @L-Boogie: Ha. What a lovely surprise. Getting Trout would relieve a lot of that early rounds strategy.

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @Scottie O.: I had the 5th pick the other day and I’ve gotta say that’s my least favorite spot this year.

      This season I’d go #1 so I could get Trout, or #4 so I could get the leftovers of Trout/Miggy/Cutch/Goldy.

  18. Five-On-One says:
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    I participated in one of those SLOW drafts as well. Depth (and luck) will certainly play a huge part in determining the outcome. I’ve already lost two pitchers for the year (Beachy and Rondon) with a third (Minor) starting the year on the DL, and I am also a bit worried about my outfield depth. I have Braun, Werth, Vanable and Lake. But then am relying on Pressly (may lose his job to Hicks), Smith (may not have a full-time job in SD) and Sweeny and Blanco (emergency fill-ins) until Springer gets the call in June. I did manage to grab a few of Grey’s Faves in Rosario, Pujols and Miller.

  19. The Fuzz says:
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    Speaking of deep leagues….I just drafted for a 20-tm league. 6×6 with OPS and HLD as the extras. How do you think I did? I targeted hitting, and was left with only 5 legitimate starters and not many good relievers, but I figure I can snag some on waivers.

    C Álex Ávila
    1B Prince Fielder
    2B José Altuve
    3B Jedd Gyorko
    SS Brad Miller
    IF Adrián González
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Avisail García
    OF Will Venable
    Util Oswaldo Arcia
    Util Nate Schierholtz
    BN Alex Presley
    BN Scooter Gennett

    SP Homer Bailey
    SP Masahiro Tanaka
    SP Justin Masterson
    SP Corey Kluber
    RP Steve Cishek
    RP Darren O’Day
    RP Cody Allen
    P Yordano Ventura
    P Josh Fields
    BN Randall Delgado
    BN Pedro Strop

    • Grey

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      @The Fuzz: I like your team, Presley looks out of a job (for now) but that’s a small issue… Nice pitching and hitting…

  20. Jermo says:
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    This dude in my league has been trying to get my Latos for his Minor since the draft ended. Grey, I know you recently lost a lot of love for Latos so would you do the trade?

  21. Ian says:
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    Hey how would you guys rank these middle infielders this year: Kelly Johnson, Dustin Ackley, Chris Owings, Dee Gordon and Kolten Wong? Thanks

  22. Jay

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    I think the Cubs FO knows what they have in Kottaras.

    That being said, it does feel weird to talk about Kottaras in fantasy context. Actually… in any context.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Jay: Someone just good enough to give someone else a rest when someone else gets tired?

      • Jay

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        @Wake Up: I mean, sure. There’s a little more there. From a baseball stand point, he has amazing BB rates and nets close 1 war every 200 PA’s… in the MLB, that’s pretty valuable. In fantasy, probably less so, but if any one is going to give him more PA’s, it’s probably the Cubs.

        • Josh O.

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          @Jay: I feel like the Cubs think rather highly of Beef Welington, though. An improving defensive catcher. OPS’d .863 in the 2nd half last year. Was worth 3.2 WAR over the season. Don’t know that Kottaras will get a ton of play other than just your typical backup catcher.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Jay: Sure, I mean…it’s a sneaky good late pick for OBP…

          Sounds like we agree…but it took you more words to say the same thing…I win, if this were a telegram comp…stop

          Today only…buy a Veras and we will throw in a free Kottaras…hurry…they are going fast…we only have 30 left…

    • Grey

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      @Jay: I hope so, cause his bat should play

  23. costaricanchata says:
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    haha .
    every year , i participate in a slow mock draft .
    takes about a month for me to draft a catcher .
    curious as to what day you selected arencibia .

    unlike my league , which is a set it / forget it ,
    surprised you didn’t take a 3rd catcher ,
    just for substitution purposes .