This draft is a crock pot vs. a microwave.  A love sesh vs. a ‘hold the moan.’  A nature hike vs. “I’m gonna sit in the car as we drive past some mountains.”  Guys and five girl readers, it’s a slow draft.  This slow draft took about fifteen days, 18 hours, four minutes and–okay, only a lunatic counts seconds.  Not almost 15 days of straight drafting, mind you.  I don’t need to ice my clicky finger.  It’s five minutes of drafting, twelve hours of waiting.  It does allow you to second-guess your picks.  Actually, more like triple-guess.  (Who are we kidding, you quadruple-guess, fiveruple-guess, sextruple-guess, ochocinco-guess your picks.) For those not in the know, it’s a weekly, 15-team, two-catcher league that lasts for 50 rounds and there’s no waivers.  Anyway, here’s my NFBC draft recap:

C: Chris Iannetta – 19th
C: Christian Vazquez – 23rd
1B: Cody Bellinger – 2nd
2B: Ozzie Albies – 7th
SS: Jean Segura – 5th
3B: Kyle Seager – 10th
MI: Jose Peraza – 11th
CI: Ian Desmond – 9th
OF: Giancarlo Stanton – 1st round, 7th overall
OF Christian Yelich – 3rd
OF: David Dahl – 13th
OF: Michael Taylor – 15th
OF: Kevin Pillar – 22nd
UTIL: Matt Chapman – 17th
Bench: C.J. Cron (21), Mikie Mahtook (27), Willy Adames (28), Hunter Pence (29), Joc Pederson (31), Eduardo Escobar (34), Harrison Bader (35), Jose Iglesias (37), Dixon Machado (40, Roberto Perez (41), Adam Engel (43), Kaleb Cowart (45), John Hicks (47), Christian Arroyo (49)

P: Yu Darvish – 4th
P: Felipe Rivero – 6th
P: Trevor Bauer – 8th
P: Michael Wacha – 12th
P: Shane Greene – 14th
P: Rick Porcello – 16th
P: J.A. Happ – 18th
P: Hyun-Jin Ryu – 20th
P: Cam Bedrosian – 24th
Bench: Miles Mikolas (25), Trevor Williams (26), Mike Montgomery (30), Nate Karns (32), Brock Stewart (33), Matt Andriese (36), Jake McGee (38), Tyson Ross (39), J.C. Ramirez (42). Trevor Hildenberger (44), Dillon Peters (46), Tyler Beede (48), Justin Nicolino (50)

*SKIMMING TEAM* SKIPPING OVER CATCHERS BECAUSE THEY DON’T MATTER, NICE INFIELD, LIKING THE CORNER, LOVE THAT EARLY OUTFIELD– OH MY JESUS MONTERO, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR OUTFIELD?

This draft, at least the Dahl part, happened prior to the Carlos Gonzalez news.  Not long before the news, but earlier enough to screw me in the ol’ rear caboose.  To look at the outfield half full, rather than half empty, the CarGo signing happened early enough to allow me to draft a crapton of alternatives.  Mikie Mahtook?  Mahtaken!  Hunter Pence?  I think I can make room on my team for The Gangly Manbird!  Joc Pederson?  Will you be platooning or starting?  Meh, doesn’t matter, here’s a ticket for Grey’s NFBC team, join the fun!  Harrison Bader?  I don’t believe in Pham, so I have to believe in something, besides drafting a bunch of janky/junky outfielders.

MIKIE MAHTOOK?!  I MAHTOOK YOU FOR A SERIOUS PROGNOSTICATOR!

What?  He’ll, uh, start, prolly.

WELL, IF NOT, YOU HAVE THREE TIGERS, SO YOU’VE UPPED YOUR ODDS OF GETTING A FEW GUYS IN ONE OF THE WORST LINEUPS.

In NFBC (at least this league with no waivers), it’s best to make sure you have as many innings and at-bats as you can get.  Losing Dahl and the iffiness of Michael Initial Taylor with Victor Robles looming, I needed to go heavy with a bench/bunch of guys who would find themselves at-bats.  No better place to find at-bats than on a bad team with few options.  Somehow I ended with a bunch of Tigers, but it could’ve also been a few Marlins, White Sox, Royals, etc.  Also, I have mi novio, Giancarlo.  For this league, I used our NFBC rankings, and you can see Giancarlo is easily the best player, who I was able to get with the 7th pick.  Oh, and Rudy came in 2nd for all fantasy baseball rankings, according to FantasyPros, out of something like 150+ ‘perts.  (After coming in 5th in a more competitive field for fantasy football.)  By the way, if you want to inject some of Rudy’s magic into your fantasy teams, our fantasy baseball subscriptions are now live.

I KNOW YOU WON YOUR NFBC LEAGUE LAST YEAR (HE’S MAKING ME TELL YOU THIS), BUT DID YOU HAVE ANY TAKEAWAYS FROM LAST YEAR THAT HELPED THIS YEAR?

Does this help the outlook of my team in your eyes:

CI: Matt Chapman
OF: Giancarlo
OF: Yelich
OF: Ian Desmond
OF: Taylor
OF: Pillar

Or:

Cron to first and Bellinger to OF.  I.e., I have flexibility.  Flexibility that I didn’t appreciate as much last year.   So, my outfield looks poor on first glance, but I can move corner men to take the weight off.  Not ideal to have C.J. Cron as my 1st baseman, but last year I won with Hanley as my 1st baseman and Chris Davis as my corner man.  You see Kevin Pillar as my 5th outfielder; I see Harrison Bader with a 20/15/.283 season last year in Triple-A, and Dexter Fowler, who can’t stay healthy, and Pham, who I don’t trust, in front of him.

OKAY, YOU’VE CONVINCED YOURSELF OF GREATNESS, APPARENTLY, BUT CAN WE BE REALISTIC ABOUT YOUR PITCHING?

Here’s my staff last year:

Looks eerily similar — I even took an Asian as my last rotation starter.  Not saying all Asians look the same, by the way, I’m merely saying– You know what?  I’m gonna move on.  Now you might be thinking, well, you must’ve had some great bench arms last year.  I’d love to sit here and tell you that, but I’m at a standing desk, and my bench was not sexy:

I might’ve got a month of Wade Miley, but I remember having him on my bench during his decent April/May last year, and never monopolizing on it as I would’ve liked, then getting crushed by him when the Regression Fairies clicked their stilettos into his 30 and older club.  You can argue Kluber going into last year is better than Yu this year, but you’d be arguing with yourself and looking like a crazy person.  Also, I love Wacha and Bauer, like Porcello, and Happ and Ryu are hopefully some veteran innings like Lynn and Chen were supposed to provide last year.  Remember, Chen did nothing last year.  If I get anything from:  Miles Mikolas, Trevor Williams, Mike Montgomery, Nate Karns, Brock Stewart, Matt Andriese, or Tyson Ross.  I’m doing better this year than I did last year.

YOU DID HAVE 7 STARTERS IN YOUR ROTATION LAST YEAR, AND ONLY SIX THIS YEAR.  CARE TO ELABORATE?  (PLEASE KEEP IT UNDER 250 WORDS, I DRIFTED DURING YOUR LAST ANSWER.)

Relievers seemed to be flying off the shelves in this league, so I felt I needed a third reliever a little earlier this year.  Hence, Cam Bedrosian vs. Drew Storen last year.  In truth, my team lineup during most weeks (it’s a weekly league for pitchers; twice weekly for hitters) will include another starter from my bench and one of my relievers will likely move to the bench, unless I hate all matchups.  Playing more than two relievers regularly is a great way to lose an NFBC league.  You will fall behind in Ks and Wins, and since it’s a weekly league, you can’t make up those stats later in the league by streaming in more starters.  You want innings, innings and more — you guessed it! — innings.  Every year I see people chase potential saves in this league, while knowing that they can never realistically play a lot of those guys.  I think Storen and Barrett last year saw my active lineup maybe twice.  I will get more value from platooning Tyson Ross into my lineup when he’s at home than someone who’s taking Chad Green.  Even though Ross went around pick 585, and Green went around pick 330.  (Now watch this jinx that sees Green become the closer, and Ross fail to make it through April.)

SNOOZE!  OKAY, ONE LAST QUESTION, YOU HAVE FOUR HOURS TO CHOOSE A PLAYER, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE AN EXCUSE FOR DRAFTING ROBERTO PEREZ, DO YOU?

Depth?  Okay, no real excuse.

  1. Scott says:
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    Now that bird is going to miss 2 month (maybe more), what does that do for Neil walkers stats and playing time? He may get a chunk of games at 1b (strong side of platoon) and will play 2b too. Am I wrong for thinking he is a great bench player to have on a fantasy teams to see how this plays out. He isn’t sexy but is a pretty decent hitter and a nice fit for that ball park and of course the Yankee lineup is going to score a lot of runs. Do you think the news will boost your projected stats for him? Thanks

    • Ace of Spades says:
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      @Scott:
      I don’t think Walkers ABs will change all that much. He was basically playing everyday anyway until Torres comes up. The only difference is he will be at first instead of second. I think the player to look at here in the absence of Bird is Tyler Wade, who will now be getting most of the ABs in April and May at 2b. Very under rated player who has the potential to be this years Whit Merrifield. If you have room to grab him on the cheap, nows the time to do so. My prediction is that when Mr. Grey A posts his first Friday pick ups post, Mr. Wade will be on it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Agree with Ace

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Carrying on with the theme that Grimey raised from yesterday…LOVED IT!

    a. I know this isn’t commie Russia, phew thank God for that. But, honestly. Every article / write-up that I read on this site is an eye opener and so for that reason I love them, always.

    b. Glad to see you drafted the Coward named Kaleb. Well done, hope it works out for you.

    c. There are many players I have never heard of and players that I would never touch (like Hunter Pence) on your team but I guess that’s the beauty of 15-team NFBC.

    d. I see you’re pretty high on Felipe Rivero. I funny Felipe story follows.

    1. My boss who is a Frenchy is named Philippe.
    2. My colleague Mari-san from Japan calls him Felipe.
    3. I inform Mari-san that as we are in Uganda you can call him one of two names.
    a. Philip like Prince Philip
    b. Philippe as in the French version (fee-leap).
    4. I also informed Mari-san that calling him Felipe would make him Spanish and he is not Spanish.
    5. We all got a good laugh out of that.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Haha, I am your Putin! B. Kale B. making money moves C. Haha, I wish I didn’t have to D. Ha!

  3. Duntroon68 says:
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    The Fantrax 50 round draft and hold I’ve been yammering on about.

    C: Vasquez 23rd
    C: Weiters 24th
    1B: Abreu 4th
    2B: Happ 8th (also OF eligilble)
    SS: Arcia 13th
    3B: Bryant 1st (14th overall)
    MI: Marte 19th
    CI: Machado 2nd (SS soon which moves up Shaw and opens Util)
    OF: D. Santana 6th
    OF: Dickerson 15th
    OF: Dahl 16th
    OF: Calhoun 18th
    OF: Grichuk 21st
    U: T. Shaw 7th (didn’t realize it was my turn and auto drafted Shaw. Subsequently, liked this pick better than my plan)

    Bench: M. Chapman 17th, Kingery 20th, Travis 25th, Soler 26th, Valbuena 31st, Aledmys Diaz 33rd, Nimmo 35th, Vogelbach 26th, R. Cordell 29th, Schwindel 41st, Wolters 46th, Lane Adams 47th, Mac Williamson 48th

    P: Darvish 3rd (had to take him here, the guy picking inside me at the turn had “Yu” in his team name)
    P: Osuna 5th (own him all over this year)
    P: Samardzija 9th
    P: Jon Gray 10th
    P: Taillon 11th
    P: Gausman 12th
    P: Snell 14th
    P: Ziegler 22nd (also own him all over)
    P: Gibson 27th

    Bench: Junis 28th, Stratton 29th, Glasnow 30th, Pivetta 32nd, R. Stephenson 34th, T. Ross 37th, Hellickson 38th, Tillman 40th, D. Hudson 42nd, Tropeano 43rd, J. Barnes 44th, Biagini 45th, Ottavino 49th, Leclerc 50th

    I think all have a real chance of playing in the majors this summer. I may have over drafted RP but I lost the only other 50 rounder I have ever done by five points with a mid pack finish in streals and saves. I tried to draft guys who had already out done their draft position in previous years and were young enough to reach their best again. I also targeted power with the sneaky 9 steal speed. Even Abreu is talking about running more this season. Get four or five of those and it’s like a 35 steal player tacked on. Waited on catcher as long as I could. Tried to backfill Dahl and Kingery’s call up worries. Tried to fill in multi positional flexibility with Happ, Kingery, Machado, Valbueana. Diaz and Marte should be getting 2B to go with SS. Outfield kind of got away from me. Picking Dickerson as my OF2 was not a plan heading in but I don’t really hate it given that you are still going to be drafting starters 345 players in. A lot of guys I liked got away from me but I picked everyone for a reason. And weirdly, the manager inside me on the turn did not snipe me even once. He didn’t even draft more than a couple of players that I was even remotely considering down the line. So I had good luck there.

    Thoughts? Even though there is nothing to be done about it now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Duntroon68: I like that autopick too… Looks like a solid team, I think your starting staff is a little wonky, but have bench arms to back that up… I like Pivetta, Junis, Stratton a decent amount… Your hitting looks solid, looks like you had same problem as me with Dahl, but you snagged Kingery which was a great get…

  4. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey,

    which one between Tim Anderson or M.A.Taylor is droppable to activate Kingery, (both??)

    i would add Calhoun in the NA spot :)

    thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      @Nick: Neither

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      @Nick: Taylor

  5. eric says:
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    Would you trade W Myers and Tanaka for Margot and Strasburg?

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      @eric: Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @eric: Agree with B

  6. Mike says:
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    Grey,

    First off, thanks for your service to razzballers everyehere.

    Can I get a grade for my team drafted last night? 10 team, H2H:

    C: Zunino
    1st: Hosmer
    2nd: Dee Gordon
    3rd: travis shaw
    SS: Segura
    2ns/SS: ozzie albie
    1st/3rd: Mancini
    OF: trout, Harper, benintendi, McCutchen, Kepler
    UTL: miggy
    Bench: gurriel and Peralta

    SP: clayton, thor, berrios, Morton, Paxton and wacha
    RP: Giles, vizcaino, Kahnle, Blake parker, Josh hader

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Love the pitching, hitting is low on power

  7. Justin says:
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    My gawd what did tommy Pham do to you?!? Hit on Cougs? Steal the last box of fruity pebbles at the supermarket? Insult bellinger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: I bet you’re not defending him come July

      • Justin says:
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        @Grey:

        I didn’t draft him cuz the power numbers I don’t think will quite be there. But I do think he will be a solid fantasy option still. Not a useless draft pick like me picking Odor last year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That hurts, Justin

          • Justin says:
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            @Grey:

            I wanted him too, your opinion just gave me the gentle nudge to pick him over Joey Votto….

            Don’t worry my pick after that was Miggy so it really doubled down on my luck. Daniel Murphy woulda been nice tho.

            This year you persuaded me on bux, acuna and Albies. Fool me once….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, I think you’re golden on those guys (ask me again in May how I feel)

    • Cram It says:
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      @Justin: Best vision of his life!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Odor’s gonna hit .265 this year and ya’ll will have your apologies for me!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BTW, like I knew Odor was gonna have a career worst BABIP

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Leave Odor alone!

  8. RicoSuave says:
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    Nice work Grey!

    16 team H2H points league…

    I just lost Bird for my Util spot, who should I use in that spot now? Ryon Healy of Maikel Franco?

    and, is it worth having the other guy on my bench or drop him for Flaherty?

    Thanks,

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      @RicoSuave: Healy. Drop Franco for Flaherty.

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: thanks guys!

  9. Sean says:
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    Grey,

    Looking forward to another season of your insights and help as well as defending my championship. Here’s my draft from last night from the 8 hole in a 12 Team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS, S+H).

    C: G. Sanchez*
    1B: W. Myers
    2B: O. Albies
    3B: M. Machado
    SS: T. Turner*
    OF: M. Betts, S. Marte, T. Pham*
    UTIL: A. Rendon*, E. Rosario
    Bench: S. Kingery

    SP: A. Wood, M. Wacha, C. Morton, P. Corbin, D. Salazar, T. Roark, J. Flaherty, D. Pomeranz
    RP: C. Knebel, D. Robertson, D. Leone

    * were my keepers. We are now in a saves+holds league so I went for high upside on strikeouts for my relievers. I believe my starters are a bit weak, due to all my original targets like Ray getting snagged before I could get him or were keepers. On the bright side it should make streaming easier as there’s no attachment to most of them. Any thoughts?

    • Benintendo64 says:
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      @Sean:Do you set lineups daily or weekly?

        • Benintendo64 says:
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          @Sean:Just my 2 cents: In daily H2H I usally don’t like having a must-start guy in my utility spot like you have with Rendon, I like to be able to fill the utility spots based on which categories I’m pushing for each week. Maybe you could look at flipping one of your SS or 3B later down the line.

          • Sean says:
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            @Benintendo64: Thanks for the input!
            I normally wouldn’t have 2 stub 3B, but couldn’t pass up Machado at 17th overall. I have a lot of speed, so ill probably try and flip someone down the road as my needs show up. Plus Kingery may be this year’s marwin and get plenty of position eligibility to plug in spots.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: I like the pitching, but agree that it’s a bit weak and risky… From Corbin back might be droppable by mid-April… Hitting looks solid tho!

      • Sean says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I really like my hitting this year, hoping to get a couple of the guys to gain more position eligibility as the season goes on. That’s what I was afraid of with my staff, haha oh well thats what streamonator is for.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  10. abel says:
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    quick trade question

    which side would you rather have in an obp league, slg and qs added

    side 1 receives: carlos martinez, tanner roark, free slot

    side 2 receives: zack godley, chase anderson, javier baez

    • Cram It says:
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      @abel: side 2. But that free slot throws a wrench things without knowing what that equates to.

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      @abel: Definitely need to know who could possibly be plugged into that free slot, but leaning side 1

      • abel says:
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        @Cram It: @BtheEsq.:

        free slot would just be someone off waivers. that team largely needs power, and currently the waiver wire is full of these types:

        gurriel
        t frazier
        maikel
        pujols
        renfroe
        schebler
        mcmahon (who might be claimed on thursday)
        davidson
        cron
        candelario

        • abel says:
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          furthermore, side 2 doesn’t have a shortstop and has tons of starters

        • Cram It says:
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          @abel: Ok, so basically waiver wire fodder. I’d still take 2.

  11. Jbone says:
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    Hey there. I’m in a keeper head to head category league which has Average for a category as usual, but also OBP and Total Bases as two more categories. I need a 1b and expecting Abreu and Hoskins to be available at my pick. Do you still go Abreu according to your ranks or is Hoskins a better pick because of OBP? I don’t know who would be predicted for more TB. Thanks man

    • Benintendo64 says:
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      @Jbone: Not sure how your keepers work but I’m in a similar league and I’d go Hoskins

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      @Jbone: Hoskins

      • Jbone says:
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        @BtheEsq.:
        Abreu or Hoskins would both be unable to be kept so that shouldn’t factor in to the issue. Thanks for the feedback guys. Curious what be GRey will say

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jbone: Agree with others

  12. DatBum says:
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    Thanks for sharing your NFBC 15-teamer. I put together six of them myself. There’s a lot of different ways to build a winner in that format. I think in most cases you’re probably right about banking innings and at bats. Interestingly, the guy who won the grand prize last year won in the “Chad Green” sort of way. He rode the good fortune of Chris Sale, Alex Wood, and Drew Pomeranz as a 3-man rotation and filled in the rest with Green/Devenski types. Getting 300 K’s from Sale and wins galore from that trio of starters certainly helped. I built a couple teams in a similar manner this year and look forward to seeing the results. For the most part though, I stuck with banking innings and at bats on my other roster builds. Good luck to you this season!

    • Grey

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      @DatBum: Yeah, it’s possible to win a lot of ways, like when they have a 300 Ks ace, Wood pitching like a top 10 SP while being drafted like an MR and Pomeranz turning in an excellent year

  13. JL says:
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    Which pair would you rather have in 6×6 OPS… Giancarlo and Edwin or Harper and Rizzo?

    • Cram It says:
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      @JL: Harper side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JL: Agree with Cram

      • JL says:
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        @Grey: crap I meant Harper and Abreu… does that change anything?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  14. Dileo says:
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    Hi Grey-
    Traded Hand for Wilson Ramos leaving me Rivero & Melancon at RP. It also freed up a bench spot now. Was wondering if any of these guys gets you excited:

    SP- Minor- Musgrove – Liriano – Trev Williams
    RP- Rangers-Angels-White Sox -Gregerson. (all guys avail)

    Bats- very picked over :
    Kendrys-Kermaier-gurriel

    Pitching heavy league w/ minimum pickups once season starts. Was thinking Minor or Musgrove. I know Trev williams is a sleeper for you. Curious who you would grab from the bunch. Or could grab a closer (Parker?) . Thanks much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dileo: Can you get Hand back? Gregerson

  15. No waivers! That makes me feel cagey and irritable just thinking about it …What up G! love starting the year off with you checking out my team. 12 team mixed league 5×5 roto. I know you’ve been preaching to avoid the top 4 but when I found out I was going 11th overall I did something I never have done on any of my previous drafts. I went Sherzer, Kluber, DeGrom. I had some serious buyers remorse right after but I don’t mind my team if everyone stays healthy lol.

    C Gattis
    1B Hosmer
    2B Merrifield
    3B Devers
    SS Bregman
    OF Buxton, Hoskins, Rosario
    DH Gallo
    Bench Kiermaier, Thames, Grickchuk, Conforto

    SP Sherzer, Kluber, DeGrom, Samardzija (drafted before injury) Lynn, Pomeranz(dl) Wacha
    RP Knebel, Colome

    Do you hate it??

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ty Inez: I mean, the offense looks sexy, but it doesn’t look like a winner to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ty Inez: The hitting and pitching look solid to me, your pitching is insane, which has made your hitting a little less so

      • Ty says:
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        @Cram It: Thanks [email protected]Grey: Thanks Grey! What’s your take on Thames. I just don’t understand why he is over 90% owned on CBS. I really want to pull the trigger and drop him for Kingery

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Kingery

          • Ty says:
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            @Grey: Thanks bud

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, buddy

  16. jdred5 says:
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    Hi Grey (and other razzballers!)- Just joined my first ever daily lineup league after many years of playing with weekly lineups. 12 team mixed 5×5 roto. No offensive limits, floor of 1000 IP, ceiling of 200 starts. 4 bench slots.
    1) Can you win a league like this without getting cute? Or, do I have to do weird daily roster manipulation?
    2) Do I have to alter my draft strategy?
    3) Frankencatcher?
    4) Try to platoon someone like Jake Lamb?
    5) Carry extra closers/relievers to pitch when your pitchers have off days?
    I’m a little freaked out! Thanks for helping!

    • Cram It says:
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      @jdred5: You will reach IP floor without hitting the ceiling with a regular roster. You’ll find out later in the season if you need to stream to catch up in starts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jdred5: 1000 IP is nothing and 200 starts is a ton, agree with Cram — I’d do nothing different

  17. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Love those mid-late SPs!

    I grabbed Mallex Smith at the end of my draft as a “starting OF to plug in until Acuna is up”. I’m now realizing that he may not be a starting OF (lol).

    So, would you spend $1 of your $100 FAAB (no $0 bids) on Leonys, Piscotty, Schebler, Maybin, Parra? Not sure if it’s worth it or not.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: If you’re sure he’s not playing, you need someone to get AB’s no? Sounds worth $1

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Cram It: @Cram It: My bad – CBS now referring to Mallex as starting everyday LF.

        With mixed news about his role, I may just wait until the first few games and his role becomes clear. Like Mallex more than those other guys if he’s everyday…

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Cram It: My catcher isn’t hitting. Drop for Suzuki?

  18. RePete says:
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    Pick 2 to fill my 1B slot with Bird out in a 14-Team H2H OBP League;

    Morales, Cron, Duda, Healy, Vogelbach, N.Walker

  19. Henry Rowengartner says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12 team h2h 5×5 obp league. Here’s my team below. I was offered Trevor Bauer for Ian Happ. what are your thoughts? I can slide peraza into second and Acuna into the util role once he is called up.

    C – Mike Zunino
    1B – Eric Hosmer
    2B – Ian Happ
    3B – Manny Machado
    SS – Trea Turner
    OF – J.D. Martinez
    OF – A.J. Pollock
    OF – Yasiel Puig
    OF – Ryan Bruan
    UTIL – Francisco Lindor
    UTIL – Jose Peraza
    BN – Michael Taylor
    BN – Maikel Franco
    BN – Dexter Fowler
    NA – Ronald Acune

    P – Carlos Martinez
    P – Sonny Gray
    P – Luis Castillo
    P – Kevin Gausman
    P – Patrick Corbin
    P – Raisel Iglesias
    P – Archie Bradley
    P – Andrew Miller
    BN – Michael Wacha
    BN Trevor Williams
    BN Vince Velasquez

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      @Henry Rowengartner: I like Happ as the leadoff hitter. I think I pass.

      • Henry Rowengartner says:
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        @Grey: Great thanks for the help! how would you grade my team? Is there something I need to improve on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Henry Rowengartner: The team looks solid, you drafted all guys I like, what’s not to like? If I had to nitpick, maybe light on power

  20. Mark says:
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    43 rd Adam Engle who looks really good so far. I know it’s spring, but he really swings a good bat and looks at least competent at the plate. Any assessment of his skill set?

    What do you think of Tyler Wade. The Yanks compare him to Brett Gardener on the bases and talks openly about his base instincts. What do you see unfolding due to the Bird injury?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark: Engel is a hack who will bat 9th on a terrible team, but he might steal a few bases… I grabbed Wade in one league, Bird may not return for months

      • Mark says:
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        @Grey: i saw Engle play and his stroke looks leveled this year. I see a 15 25 guy. Maybe he’s a hack?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d love that, I have my doubts

  21. The Great Knoche says:
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    Your team looks light on everything. Oh wait so does mine….

    Here’s to no injuries to my first 25 picks all year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Great Knoche: I prolly am light on everything, that Dahl pick killed me

  22. Ghost Ride the WHIP says:
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    Grey,

    In a 6×6 H2H cats league w IP, QS, sv, era,whip, K/9 league would you prefer starting Kendall Graveman as my 8th starter (I think he is lining up to start 3x in Wk 1- home vs LA, Tx and at LA) or Marco Estrada (NYY, at Tex) or just start AJ Minter to sure up the ratios? We start 10 pitchers total.

  23. OldNavy says:
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    I like Hicks flexibility having him at catcher and 1B. It would be nice he gets 250 at bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OldNavy: With the way Miggy’s been, Hicks may get 350 ABs

  24. Crime Dog says:
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    Does anyone know a good way to get instant alerts on your phone for prospect call-ups etc.? I don’t know how people in my league are doing it but there has to be a way because last year the minute a prospect would get called up someone would add them to their team. I wouldn’t find out until later when I checked Rotoworld and realize the player has already been added.

    • The Great knoche says:
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      @Crime Dog: Twitter. Follow the beat writers for all 30 teams.

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @FrankGrimes: Thanks Grimey, I’ll give this a try. Is this consistent/reliable from your experience?

    • knucks says:
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      @Crime Dog: Yea I have an MLB list on Twitter that consists of mostly beat writers, etc. Keeps the politics away from my Fake Baseballing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crime Dog: If I’m being honest I usually wait for someone to tell me in the comments

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: Grey- that works in your leagues? I guess you check the comments frequently so would probably know fairly quick.

        For those saying follow beat writers for all 30 teams that sounds like way too much work. I can’t image the people in my league doing that but if that’s the only option maybe they are.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s a perk to staying on top of comments

        • knucks says:
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          @Crime Dog: It’s essentially the same thing as opening Roto world to check for news. But you’ll get it instantly rather than waiting on one of those apps to regurgitate the “according to”version. It’s the only reason I’m on the tweeter. And if you aren’t familiar with twitter lists, take the hour or two to add the best writers to a Twitter list. Also… there is a post on here somewhere about this. I can try to link it if you’ve missed it. But not gonna dig it up if you know what I’m talkin about.

          I dunno enough about how Twitter works or I would link you to my MLB list on there and save you the leg work.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: Willie Calhoun just got called up

        Psyche!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not cool, OSB!

  25. Fred says:
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    Thinking of picking up Vince Velasquez possibly. Would you drop any of these guys for him…

    1. JA Happ
    2. Jordan Montgomery
    3. Lucas Giolito
    4. Luiz Gohara

    • Cram It says:
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      @Fred: Gohara

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fred: Agree with Cram

  26. Randall Wilkerson says:
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    Hey Mate!

    I’m really enjoying your work so far. Real quick, my league held it’s draft yesterday. 12 man, 6 keeper mixed league H2H, 7×7 ( R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG and H/IP, K, ERA, WHIP, QS, W, SV). How does this team looking? I was thinking of dropping Peraza for another starter, Maybe Harvey, Lugo, Wheeler, or a streamer. Any suggestions, observations or tweaks would be great. Gut reaction is I’m going to have a hard time with AVG and OBP this season.

    C Molina, Yadier (Rd 18/206)
    1B Rizzo, Anthony (Rd 2/23) KP
    2B Merrifield, Whit (Rd 7/83)
    3B Arenado, Nolan(Rd 1/11) KP
    SS Correa, Carlos (Rd 3/35) KP
    OF Blackmon, Charlie (Rd 4/47) KP
    OF Hamilton, Billy (Rd 5/59)
    OF Rosario, Eddie (Rd 14/158)
    UTL Eric Hosmer (Rd 6/71)
    Reserve Taylor, Chris (Rd 9/107)
    Reserve Peraza, José (Rd 19/227)
    Reserve Anderson, Tim (Rd 20/230)

    SP Bauer, Trevor (Rd 8/86)
    SP Wacha, Michael (Rd 15/179)
    RP Giles, Ken (Rd 10/110)
    RP Iglesias, Raisel (Rd 11/131
    P Morton Charlie(Rd 11/126)
    P Miller, Andrew(Rd 16/182)
    P Gausman, Kevin (Rd 12/134)
    Reserve Maeda, Kenta (Rd 17/203)
    Reserve Mikolas, Miles (Rd 21/251)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randall Wilkerson: Don’t disagree with your assessment, you have to pick up a Mets starter? Meh, I’d hold Peraza for now…. I like your hitting and pitching for now…

      • David Arcibar says:
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        @Grey: Thanks mate! I’ll be following you this season.

      • David Arcibar says:
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        @Grey: Thanks mate! I’ll be following you this season.

    • Benintendo64 says:
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      @Randall Wilkerson: I’ve never seen H/IP as a category, what was your league’s rationale for adding that?

      • Benintendo64 says:
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        @Benintendo64: Nvm I misread

  27. Tom says:
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    Grey this is simply not a good NFBC draft champions team, I’d be shocked if you finish in the money with this team.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Tom:

      Hahhaha

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Tom: Hahaha. If this is Kessenich this is even better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Hey, Tom, don’t hold back

      • Tom says:
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        here’s mine: so you can blast it if you feel like it

        C d’Arnaud, Travis
        NYM – C
        C Barnhart, Tucker
        CIN – C
        1B Myers, Wil
        SD – 1B
        2B Gennett, Scooter
        CIN – 2B
        SS Peraza, Jose
        CIN – 2B, SS
        3B Shaw, Travis
        MLW – 3B
        OF Stanton, Giancarlo
        NYY – OF
        OF Martinez, J.D.
        BOS – OF
        OF Hamilton, Billy
        CIN – OF
        OF Taylor, Michael
        WAS – OF
        OF Grichuk, Randal
        TOR – OF
        CI Gallo, Joey
        TEX – 1B, 3B
        MI Drury, Brandon
        NYY – 2B
        UT Suarez, Eugenio
        CIN – 3B
        P Kimbrel, Craig
        BOS – P
        P Rivero, Felipe
        PIT – P
        P Hand, Brad
        SD – P
        P Bauer, Trevor
        CLE – P
        P McCullers, Lance
        HOU – P
        P Gray, Jon
        COL – P
        P Wacha, Michael
        STL – P
        P Foltynewicz, Michael
        ATL – P
        P Velasquez, Vince
        PHI – P

        Bench
        BN Wolters, Tony
        COL – C
        BN Diaz, Elias
        PIT – C
        BN Joseph, Tommy
        TEX – 1B
        BN Frazier, Adam
        PIT – 2B, OF
        BN Riddle, J.T.
        MIA – SS
        BN Valaika, Pat
        COL – SS
        BN Perez, Hernan
        MLW – 3B, OF
        BN Garcia, Leury
        CWS – OF
        BN Renfroe, Hunter
        SD – OF
        BN Duggar, Steven
        SF – OF
        BN Ervin, Phillip
        CIN – OF
        BN Pujols, Albert
        LAA – UT
        BN Erlin, Robbie
        SD – P
        BN Feliz, Michael
        PIT – P
        BN Miley, Wade
        MLW – P
        BN Strahm, Matt
        SD – P
        BN Anderson, Tyler
        COL – P
        BN Barnes, Matt
        BOS – P
        BN Finnegan, Brandon
        CIN – P
        BN Pivetta, Nick
        PHI – P
        BN Whitley, Forest
        HOU – P
        BN Stratton, Chris
        SF – P
        BN Fulmer, Carson
        CWS – P
        BN Biagini, Joe
        TOR – P
        BN Williams, Trevor
        PIT – P
        BN Eickhoff, Jerad
        PHI – P
        BN Hansen, Alec
        CWS – P

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I won’t blast

    • knucks says:
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      @Tom: Wow! My fav comment I’ve seen so far this year. Hilarious!!

      • Tom says:
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        Thanks. Glad we’re all in agreement that we can get a good chuckle about Grey’s team.

        • Old School Brother says:
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          @Tom: Tom from Myspace? I didn’t know you fantasy’d

  28. David says:
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    Matz or V. Velasquez for this year? Thanks

  29. Ron Jeremy says:
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    Thanks for all the work you do Grey, my teams have been getting better every year and I know it’s because of all the prep work reading your posts before the drafts. I can’t thank you enough.
    What are you thoughts on this H2H 5×5 team?

    C- Grandal
    1- Freeman
    2-Chris Taylor
    SS- Trea Turner
    3- Machado
    CI- Rendon
    MI- Albies
    OF- Nomar Mazara
    OF- Mancini
    OF- Deshields JR
    U- Travis Shaw

    BN- Acuna, Conforto

    SP- Ray, Archer, Quintana, Wood, Bauer, Weaver, Wacha

    RP- Jansen, Osuna, Felipe Rivero, Iglesias,
    David Robertson

    1) is there anything you think I’m too heavy or too lean on?
    2) lots of good pitching left on the WW so I’m glad I waited till the 5 th round to start drafting hurlers like you suggest.
    3) I’m considering dropping Robertson and picking up Kinergy for the chance he starts with a bang and in turn I can always move Chris Taylor to OF.
    4) if you think I’m too heavy on steals I can drop Deshields JR and replace him with Kinergy as well.

    Thanks again buddy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron Jeremy: # of teams? 3. Yes, do it 4. No

      • Ron Jeremy says:
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        @Grey:
        Sorry 10 teams in this league. I know my OF is nothing sexy but in a shallow league like this I’m confident I can just use those 3 positions to supplement what the rest of my lineup is lacking. Deshields is my most tempting drop with Peraza, Villar, Maybin etc on the WW.

  30. Synyster says:
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    Hey grey! How far off would your rankings be for a no auction just regular 10 man H2H league 6×6 with R,HR,RBI,AVG,OBP and W,K,SV,ERA,WHIP,QS. I was looking at Rudy’s but can’t seem to figure it out. I’ve been using your rankings for the last few years with great results. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Synyster: I’d use Rudy’s 6×6 OBP rankings if I were doing a 6×6 league

    • Benintendo64 says:
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      @Synyster: If you are good with excel, the best way to use Rudy’s rankings is to download the ‘Other Hitting’ data and then create a column that gives you the total $ based on the columns/categories in your league.

      • Grey

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        Bingo!

  31. KarlJ says:
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    Hey Grey. I know you had a million of these to look at so I apologize.
    10 team 5 X 5 roto draft. I think I did well. First 6 picks were Turner, Freeman, Springer, Rendon, Strasburg and Darvish. Let me know what you think

    C Molina
    1B Freeman
    2B C Taylor
    SS T Turner
    3B Rendon
    CI Sano
    MI D Murphy
    OF Springer
    OF Acuna
    OF McCutchen
    UT Rosario

    SP Strasburg
    SP Darvish
    SP Paxton
    SP Bauer
    SP Morton
    RP Rivero
    RP Doolittle
    P Neris

    Bench: Pomeranz, Corbin, A Reyes, J Flaherty, Bradley, Peraza, DeShields

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KarlJ: You look strong on hitting and pitching… You might be low on power, don’t love Murphy, McCutchen, and Molina

  32. Will says:
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    What are your expectations for Tyson Ross this year?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Will: Complete and utter uselessness.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: Maybe 10 usable home starts

  33. Ron P says:
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    Hi Grey,
    10 team H2H Points league where all hitting stats (HR, RBI, R, TB, SB, BB) are just 1 point a piece and strikeouts are -.5.

    For pitchers, Wins are worth more than Saves and a total of 7SP and 3RP are allowed for the team.

    C – Molina
    2B/SS – Merifield, Kinsler
    1B/3B – Rizzo, Donaldson
    OF – Stanton, Bruce, Calhoun
    DH – Morales
    Util – Abreu, Rendon
    Bench – Bell, DeJong, Cargo, Panik

    SP – Quintana, Nola, Bauer, Castillo, Gio, Taillon, Pomeranz (DL)
    RP – Colome, Miller, Herrera

    What do see as the biggest weakness with this team that I need to address?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

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      Not your pitching, tho I don;t love Gio… I love the hitting too, nice team! Your last two bench bats are garbage tho

      • Ron P says:
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        @Grey: I don’t love Gio either. I was trying to remove him from my queue before my next pick, but since the guy before me was on auto, the ‘Remove’ button changed to ‘Draft’ a fraction of a second before I clicked. Ugh!

        Instant regret. So many other guys I wanted at that spot. Hope it isn’t a complete waste. If he gets off to a good start I will try to package him.

  34. Bob says:
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    Grey,
    I am in a NL only 5×5 with OPS 8 team league with unlimited keepers. We are having our auction tomorrow. We have 260 to spend. These are my keepers with money totals. What players,positions and categories should I be looking at? I have 133 to spend. Thanks, Grey.

    C
    1b Votto 38

    2b C. Taylor 5
    SS T. Turner 11
    3b
    Of Bronson 5
    Of N. Williams 5
    Of
    Of
    Of
    UT JD Crawford 5
    UT
    B McMahon 5
    B Altherr 6
    B J. Martinez 5
    DL Gohora 5
    RP Knebel 5
    SP Ray 16
    SP Godley 5
    SP Weaver 6
    SP Flaherty 5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: The positions you don’t own? You don’t have a team right now, you need everything…. You have a total on 55 homers on your keepers, I’d try to get some power

  35. Jon says:
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    Grey – I know you preached not to draft Bumgarner, but in one of my drafts, he fell to a point where I felt I had to take him. F me. That said, when he goes on the DL, who do you like as a replacement out of Flaherty, Woodruff, Reyes Harvey and Matz?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flaherty

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      @Jon: Flaherty. He’s in the rotation to start. If he pitches well, and Waino cant get healthy he could be great for the season.

      • Jon says:
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        @BtheEsq.: thanks

    • knucks says:
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      @Jon: I gotta know. What pick did you use on him? I had a draft last night and instructed my wife to yell “resist!” every few minutes from the other room because it became so tempting. And I had no interest in the Bum prior to the draft.

  36. papasmurf says:
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    I also had a slow draft. Was having a fight the weekend my turn came up and I didn’t think it through and drafted Ian Desmond. Doh! Immediately regretted it.

    Hopefully it works out for you and me…

    Looks like his new swing was working better at the end of the spring. What was he like 3 for 31 with 15 Ks or something like that in the beginning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: I hope so! I think he’s gonna surprise, and people are gonna be like, ‘Oh, yeah, Coors is good for hitters.’

  37. HAL says:
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    I have Bumgarner, Reyes, and Nelson going to DL.

    Which three have the most upside? B.Parker, Edwards, Flaherty, M.Montgomery, Minter, Gohara, Straily, Glasnow, E.Rodriguez, A.Garrett, and T.Williams.

    • Cram It says:
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      @HAL: Straight upside? Flaherty, Gohara, E-Rod.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  38. Prettaaay, Prettaaay, Prettaaay, Pretty Good says:
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    Grey,

    For years, I fought against your SP strategy and went after 1-2 aces. This year, I took a page from Sheryl Sandberg and decided to lean in. (I assume this is what that book is about). I watched all the big names go for big $, then I started gobbling up those middle tiers. Now, I’m having my doubts and wanting my ace safety blanket. Would you be happy rolling with this staff? (14 team mixed 5×5 categories head to head)

    Severino
    Godley
    Morton
    Wacha
    Faria
    Manaea
    Ryu
    T. Williams
    Jimmy Nelson (DL spot)

    Closers:
    Chapman
    Colome

  39. AP says:
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    Well, I definitely hope your pitching works out for you. Based on the way you had your rankings and I guess how I drafted, I ended up with that same Darvish/Bauer/Wacha combo towards the top of my rotation in two leagues. I THINK I’m ok on offense, but if that pitching comes through I should be golden. Good luck, sir!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck to you too, sir! (Or ma’am)

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

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

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

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

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      @Bigly Leagues: What a mess! Kidding, your team looks awesome, you have 2 aces, what appears to be 5 first four rounders on hitting, what’s not to like?

  41. knucks says:
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    I might have missed you mention somewhere (on the Pod maybe?), but I’m seeing a Tout Menu from Foley’s on the tweet deck.

    “Grey Albright’s Fish and Chips”

    Well… how were they?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Saggy and riddled with botulism — nah, they were aight

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Bahahah is this your take on Fish and Cheeps in general? Or just the Grey Fish and Cheeps?

        Also, there is a price in the picture. They were not cheep.

  42. Raider says:
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    Ed Escobar pick makes you look like a genius now, I feel he could be this years scooter gennett with a little lower avg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raider: I think you’re right about me being right!

  43. waffles says:
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    hello grey

    yahoo auto drafted madbum for me…. what do you think of trading him for Manaea and J Montgomery in a 20 teamer? could improved depth in such a deep league. or look around for a better deal?

    • Grey

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      @waffles: I’d want a better return

  44. Lubes says:
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    Keeper auction league that has a start limit, not an innings limit. So any relievers are basically free innings, and thus much more valuable. Five closers and Andrew Miller were kept already (not by us). How much do you crank up the values for both closers and middle relievers? $5? More/less? And do we discount starters by that same amount? Or discount starters by only $2/3 and also discount hitters by $1/2?

    Any suggestions appreciated, thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lubes: They become very valuable, but don’t jack up prices in draft, they’ll be available in-season, i.e., how much you pay for Devenski last year?

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      @Lubes: Depends on how high or low that starts limit is. I would think that would raise the price of the elite SPs so youre getting the most out of your limited starts. Closers and the elite mid relievers would be boosted several dollars, depending on your total budget.

  45. Randy says:
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    Grey, why do I have to scroll down so far to see Joe Panik in your 2nd basemen rankings? He is even below the ad with the world’s fastest person (no ad blocker). The dude is awesome in OBP leagues when you own Gallo and Odor.

  46. Peacecoast says:
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    so I missed out on Kingery someone put down $18! Nuts. $100 for the year and min bid is $1.

    Erod on the DL, I prob have to drop one of the following when he comes back: Taillon, Montgomery, Manaea, Giolito, Mikolas,Mongtomery. Things is I really like all of them, at least until I see one fail. So I can drop a MR (NSVH) in the meantime like Madson and only go with 4 until it becomes more clear. I think I have just answered my own question!

    (or would you drop Manaea)

    PC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didn’t I say $17? Someone was snooping! Meh, he won’t be back for a few weeks, I’d hold for now

  47. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Never thought I’d see guys like Porcello, Happ, and Pillar on the Albright all-stars. You must’ve had to fight through a yawn when making those picks.

    I ended up with just three players on all of my teams this year, and Seager and Wacha are two of them. Feels like an odd pair of players to commence a prayer circle over, but I’m here for you if you’re interested.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Magoo: I was just trying to get ABs and IP, actually owned Pillar last year fwiw…. I’m always hear for your prayers! Who is the third?

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: I know, just f’in with you. These no transaction leagues are a different beast. Need to make sure you field a full team that actually plays.

        The third player is… Acuna! Got him in the 8th round in two leagues and the 9th in one. I’m all in. My fantasy fortunes rest in the hands of Altuve, Godley, Puig, Cueto, and Haniger too. Own multiple shares of those guys. I’m pretty diversified this year.

        Are you finished drafting? Generally happy with the results, or are you combing over your rosters with a critical eye?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, totally… ACUNA! That’s awesome, I only have him in one league — Yeah, don’t drafting, tomorrow I’ll post my RCL… I’ve already picked up and dropped like a lunatic (okay, maybe not not that bad, but I have made some moves)….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BTW, pretty surprised about Cueto shares, he looks so toast to me

          • Big Magoo

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            @Grey: Could be. We’ll see. I only saw one of his ST starts. It was against the Mariners and he looked sharp. Went three scoreless with 5 Ks. Looked like the guy from back in Cincy. Great park, solid defense (especially with the Longo and A-Jax upgrades). I buy the blisters narrative too. Think that had a huge effect on his performance last year.

            • Grey

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              Fair enough, we’ll see on him… I just worry he’s headed the Matt Cain way

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: his dad had that stroke last year and had a lot to deal with. Im not giving an excuse just something you can keep in the back of your mind. Its hard to quantify the impact these things have on a player. Just like when a player signs with a new team after spending years with another, the uprooting of the family doesn’t always go smooth. Outside forces affect players

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, could totally be the case, hard to say

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Grey: Im just hoping this is the case, I think he still has gas in that tank

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Okay, new Netflix shows: Wild Wild Country and The Mechanism

  48. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey, hoping you can give your thoughts, I am completely stuck. 12 team keeper league, normal 5×5 roto. i’ll try to keep this as short and simple as possible. my team going into the draft is not overly exciting and is as follows:
    1b/3b – Freeman
    1b/of – Myers
    1b/3b/of – Gallo
    1b – Smoak
    OF – S Marte
    OF – Polanco
    OF- Conforto
    P – Carrasco
    P – Severino
    P – Knebel

    I have the 10 and 11 picks in the draft, and with so many guys already kept, the list of available players is not pretty.. based on my team above, and if you are drafting guys knowing they will be on your team for the next 2 to 3 years (b/c its a keeper league), how would you rank or which two would you target from the below list…
    Verlander or Darvish (1 of them will make it to my pick, 1 will not)
    Hosmer
    Edwin
    K Davis
    Odor
    Kimbrel

    I know these keeper questions are daunting, but hoping you can give your ‘in a vacuum’ thoughts. thanks Grey!

    • Grey

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      @LagunaBobbyI: Don’t think about an SP, you have two aces… Odor or Davis

  49. AllThePrettyStantons says:
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    Hi Gray, I followed your rankings all winter (thank you) and had my draft last weekend. I think it looks ok but i ended up with some guys i hadn’t touched w/ my mock drafts, so any feedback on improvements would be hugely appreciated. 12 team H2H points league w/ Holds, -.5 for strikeouts. 7 Start weekly limit for pitchers. I went 12th.

    C – Molina (204)
    1B – Goldy (Kpr)
    2B – Dozier (36)
    SS – Segura (85)
    3B – Rendon (37)
    0F – Judge (Kpr), Marte (61), Puig (132)
    U – Hosmer (84)
    SP – Nola (60), McCullers (108), Gausman (156), Morton (180), Taillon (228)
    RP – Allen (109), Hand (133), Morrow (181), Melancon (205), C. Green (229)
    BE – Acuna (157), J. Montgomery (252), Clevinger (253), T. Anderson (276), Manaea (277), Gennett (300), Velasquez (301)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks like a team I’d draft minus Judge, but since he’s a keeper, I understand, it’s not all your fault… Weird thing to comment on but nice bench! Acuna!

      • AllThePrettyStantons says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey. And Judge, sigh, i drafted him 302nd overall last April and he’s prob gonna sentence me to keeping him 5-10 years.

        • Grey

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          Not bad value there

  50. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Well at least my NFBC OF doesn’t look so bad now..lol

  51. Bostero111 says:
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    Yo Grey!

    Looking forward to another season. Thursday needs to hurry up! Just wanted to get your thoughts on the below team.

    12 team H2H keeper league 6 x 5
    Hitting Categories: Runs, Hits, HR, RBI, SBs, OBP
    Pitching Categories: Wins, Saves, K’s, ERA, WHIP

    C: Gattis
    1b: Goldy*
    2b: Albies
    3b: Rendon*
    SS: Story
    OF: Springer
    OF: Yelich
    OF: Buxton*
    UTIL: Gallo
    UTIL: Eddie Rosario
    BN: Conforto (will go to DL once season starts)
    BN: Kingery

    SP: Nola
    SP: Godley
    RP: Treinen
    RP: Melancon
    P: Wood*
    P: Michael Fulmer
    P: Chase Anderson
    BN: Keone Kela
    BN: Wacha
    BN: Flaherty

    *My keepers

    I love my hitting. Pitching seems ok, a little worried about lack of high K guys. My RPs worry me a little too but SAGNOF.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @Bostero111: Agree with you, your hitting is better than your pitching, but that’s not a bad thing… You might be low on power on hitting, but not too bad, you’re low on saves, obviously

  52. Brown L says:
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    Took over a team in a 12-team, keep 5 keeper league that was pretty garbage, as the previous manager had traded all his good players for draft picks. H2H categories, 6 (OPS, SLG, no Avg.) x 6 (QS, Holds, no Wins). Here’s the end result:

    C – Castillo
    1B – W. Myers (K)
    2B – Schoop
    3B – Moustakas (K)
    SS – C. Taylor (K)
    LF – Marte
    RF – N. Cruz
    CF – L. Cain
    UT – Hosmer
    UT – LoMo (K)
    BN – Albies
    NA – Senzel
    NA – W. Calhoun

    SP – Strasburg (K)
    SP – Ohtani
    SP – McCullers
    SP – A. Wood
    RP – Knebel
    RP – Colome
    RP – D. Robertson
    RP – Boxberger
    P – K. Kela
    P – A. Claudio
    BN – S. Gray
    BN – C. Morton
    BN – L. Giolito

    I knew going in that OBP was a going to be a problem, but with H2H, I figured it wouldn’t be too bad. LoMo is obviously the weak link here, but in this format I thought he might actually be OK.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brown L: Doesn’t look that bad to me, but your hitting does appear weaker than your pitching, and hopefully Ohtani figures out what the hell he’s doing

  53. Chris says:
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    H2H points league

    Rank these 2B’s

    Chris Taylor
    Ian Happ
    Scott Kingery

  54. Arguing Balls says:
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    Can I drop Reddick for Brinson?

  55. P says:
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    Luvullo put in Bradley, Boxberger, and then Hirano. Do you think Hirano has the closer job?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t

  56. Cram It says:
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    Your OF looks better than mine, if that’s a comfort. Someone needs to sign Melky Cabrera goddammit!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, c’mon, Marlins, you know you want to!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t view it

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Your loss, Albie. It’s top shelf.

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Grey: @OaktownSteve:
          Ha it totally is.

          I can copy paste if you’re REALLY interested…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Wait, I can see if logged in as Rudy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good stuff! Can see as Rudy

        • knucks says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Its really good stuff. Please keep doing stuff like that.

          Also Box is closing and Mallex may lead off!! Wo00ot!

          All kidding aside, hoping to at least compete well enough to be invited back. If a belt shows up in my mailbox come October, so be it.

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: Spoiler alert: he wasn’t crazy about my team. Of course, neither am I.

        • Grey

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          I saw his comments, haven’t seen your team yet tho

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: Lucky you!

            • VinWins

              VinWins says:
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              @VinWins: OTS is trying to help me out with trade offers, but I refuse to be helped.

            • Grey

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              Haha, so self-depreciating!

  57. Turd Wendell says:
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    Delightful toilet time read as always, Gray. My bowels welcome the start of baseball season with open arms. Enough about my bowels, I know no on has asked this yet andI’m huge on originailty. Kindly look at this team I just drafted and give me a few thoughts. I know you said don’t draft Bum which was probably sound advice but I got him in the 6 th round. It’s 12 teams h2h 5×5

    C- Zunino
    1b-Abreu
    2b-J. Ramirez
    3b- Sano
    SS- Turner
    OF- Ozuna
    OF-C. Taylor
    OF-Puig
    UTIL – Encarnacion
    UTIL – Murphy
    bench Odor

    SP- Bum
    SP- Ohtani
    Rp- Madson
    Rp- Minaya
    P- Gray
    P-Wacha
    P-Gausman
    Morton
    Salazaar
    Lyons
    T. Williams
    Reyes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! I’d be worried about your pitching you might need some string and band aids… I like the hitting a lot, great looking group, I’d go to, uh, bat with them…

  58. OaktownSteve says:
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    I fell into the chasing saves trap and I do think it’ll probably cost me some ABs. Should have spent extra picks on positional depth. Also took Barnes too early at catcher as you pointed out at the time.

    I like the SP on this team: Castillo, Berrios, Anderson, Clevinger, Montgomery, Odorizzi, Flaherty, Lopez, Kuhl, Kennedy, Leake, Richard.

    Barnes, Suzuki, Rizzo, Kinsler, Bogaerts, Shaw, Blackmon, Buxton, Inciarte, Choo, Winker, Frazier, Villar, N. Cruz are the starters.

    Depth includes Pirela, Duda, Matt Adams, Pinder, Yolmer Sanchez, Santander, Aguilar, Cordero. Will help a lot if Pirela gets 2b eligibility.

    Need good health. Probably a few dead spots that are going to affect depth as the season goes on. Austin Riley and Hunter Harvey are the only minor league long bets I took and I suspect both will be up. Riley in particular could be a nice mid season bat.

    • Grey

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      I saw you taking those RP gambles, which I was surprised about… I think it’s obviously you waited longer to take an SP, could be fine for you, but it’s there, a hole in the front of your staff… Do you have a 200 IP starter? Your OF looks better than mine, and I like your hitting depth, I wanted to take Pinder and Pirela right before you did… Gonna be fun!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I think the depth of my SPs is the strength. I really like Anderson, Clevinger, Odorizzi, Montgomery. They also all play on good teams with playoff aspirations which is nice. Flaherty, Kuhl and Lopez are all potential match up plays or double starters with K upside. Clayton Richard threw 200 last season by the way. I’m not worried about not having a horse upfront, though I do think either Berrios, Castillo or both could hit 200 innings as both showed ability to get deep into games and should not have any restrictions. I think SP will be the strength of the team and didn’t have to invest a ton.

        I don’t mind having taken a couple of middle relievers. If one of them can get some late season saves might mean a lot. Most of them should be high K rate guys so I won’t mind adding them into the mix occasionally to help with the rates.

        Should be a good year. Time will tell the tale. Tough to handicap this format as injuries are going to play such a key role.

        • Grey

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          Agreed, on injuries… I like the guys you took too as SPs, I just worry about how they hold up, but it’ll be fun either way!

  59. Ace of Spades says:
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    Grey, Cram it, Grimey , and anyone else who cares to comment:

    You guys must be bored shitless with the rate my draft posts. I never wanted to bother you guys with such things, but apparently I cant help myself.

    Took part in two auction drafts this weekend, both are 14 team standard 5×5 cats , roto. $260 One is a keeper ( up to 11 ) and one is a redraft.

    First the redraft. auction prices are now moot so I’ll just give you the results.

    C- W Castillo
    1b- Alonso
    2b – Odor
    3b – Rendon
    ss – T Turner
    OF – Hoskins, Puig, Braun, Mancini, Gardner
    Dh – Jose Martinez
    ut- Belt, M Chapman
    Bench – ACUNA !!!, M A Tayor, Y Tomas

    SP – R Ray, McCuellers, L Weaver, J Montgomery, Tallion, T Williams
    RP – Giles, D Leone
    Bench – S Newcomb, C Bedrosian

    I think the offense is Ok ( ecspecially when Acuna comes up ) . The pitching is a little upsidey and the RP may need help. hopefully all fixable things thru free agency.
    Your thoughts?

    My second team ( the one with keepers ) :

    C- Y Molina – $1
    1b- W Myers – $14
    2b – Merrifield – $10
    3b- Machado -$43
    ss- C Seager – $ 18
    of- Bryce – $43
    of- buxton – $ 16
    of- Jose Martinez – $ 7
    of- Leonys Martin $1
    of – Y Tomas $1 ( will wind up being my first drop on sunday )
    DH- N Cruz $18
    UT- J Peraza $5
    UT – Duda $2

    SP -C Mart $20
    SP – L Castillo $10
    SP – L Weaver $3
    SP – Sonny Gray $12
    SP – T Williams $ 1
    UP – Odorizzi $ 1
    RP – F Rivero $10
    RP – Trienan $ 11

    reserves:
    W Calhoun $1
    Ryu $1
    A Verdugo $1
    Tyler Wade $1

    Like the offense, fingers crossed on pitching. Need to work on the back end of the OF, but again, something that I hope is doable with free agency.

    Anyways, looking for some validation from the perts on this site. You guys are my favorite source of info and I usually attempt to have my teams be somewhat razzballian in nature.

    As always, thanks in advance for your input and feedback from these two drafts. Looking forward to the podcast later on today.

    • Grey

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      Haha, don’t want to bore you with one draft so here’s two! I like the hitting on team one better than #2, and I like the SPs on #1 better too… Team two could be okay, but much riskier

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ace of Spades: No worse than people still asking ranking questions when the season hasn’t started yet and the rankings are still available!

  60. m0se says:
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    6×6 OPS, QS roto redraft league. would you give gallo to get luis castillo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  61. Stream Weaver says:
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    Velasquez or Ryu

  62. Lost in Base(ball) says:
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    Alright Grey- I set my filter up and only stream your articles, so help a brutha out-

    12-team Keeper League- 2 keepers, round (Machado, 3; Turner, 15)
    10X10 even split offensive/pitching categories- Looking at the 2nd and 17th pick and pitching will be a premium as 6 of the top starters were kept and the 1st pick will be locked in for Scherzer.
    There will be a lot of offense to choose from and I don’t want to reach for pitching. Here are the top 20 picks available- I get my pick and then have to wait for 16 slots. Leaning towards Arenado obviously with that first but don’t want to be shutout (literally) on pitching. I will lose my 3rd pick for Machado so won’t pick again until 39. Looking at the best available, crazy to load up on offense and then start drafting pitching? Best available 20 or so picks below.

    Arenado Syndergaard
    Goldy DeGrom
    Harper Verlander
    Freeman Carlos Martinez
    JD Martinez Carrasco
    Votto Nola
    Rizzo
    Sanchez
    Springer
    Abreu
    Ozuna
    Donaldson
    Yelich
    Rendon
    Marte
    Hoskins

    • Grey

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      Not crazy, it’s a 12 team league… I don’t draft pitching until pick 50 there

  63. Jhohnnhy says:
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    The classic rate my team post. What say you, what do I need? Highly competitive Yahoo 12 team H2H:

    C) Zunino
    1B) Votto
    2B) Dejong
    3B) Moistasskiss
    SS) Marwin Gonzalez
    OF) Harper, Ozuna, Marte
    UT) Pham
    BN) Villar

    SP) Carlos Martinez; Hamels; Corbin; Porcello; Odorizzi; Mikolas; Ryu; Salazar; Flaherty

    RP) Osuna, Allen, Iglesias, Doolittle

    • Grey

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      Your pitching looks wonky like you’ve never read the site or my rankings… The hitting appears similarly

      • Jhohnnhy says:
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        @Grey:

        Long time reader. Admittedly the draft snuck up on me and I only had time to skim your rankings and sleeper posts. I’m with you on the pitching staff needing a ton of work, but is the team really that bad overall? Any suggestions on moves to make?

        • Grey

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          It’s workable in-season with the use of the Streamonator, Hittertron and my ‘pertise

          • Jhohnnhy says:
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            @Grey:

            I’ll be reading daily all year, so let’s hope. My pitching is so weak because I always follow your advice and wait to draft pitching…and I did get four of your pitchers to target. So you can’t come down to hard on my staff. ;)

            My offense I did go a little anti-Grey with some choices, reading your pre-season stuff in retrospect.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, you went anti-Grey, it’s all good, homey, we’ll get you on that straight and narrow

  64. Burt says:
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    Hey Grey! 12 teamer 6×6 OPS/QS

    Thoughts? Missed a few targets but got a few guys I really wanted.

    C Yadier Molina
    1B Joey Votto
    2B Ozzie Albies
    3B Kyle Seager
    SS Trea Turner
    2B/SS Jean Segura
    1B/3B Jose Abreu
    OF Avisail Garcia
    OF Yoenis Cespedes
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Eric Thames
    OF Randal Grichuk
    UTIL Chris Davis
    P Carlos Carrasco
    P Justin Verlander
    P Luis Castillo
    P Dinelson Lamet
    P Gio Gonzalez
    P Charlie Morton
    P Fernando Rodney
    P CC Sabathia
    P Mike Clevinger
    BE Joe Musgrove
    BE Trevor Williams
    BE Shane Greene
    BE Hyun-Jin Ryu

    • Grey

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      Your hitting looks like a deeper league than a 12 teamer, prolly bc your pitching was drafted higher than your hitting… Lamet is a tough blow too, and drafting Rodney

      • Burt says:
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        @Grey: Yea, I have some work to do! Cheers to another season! Thanks Grey!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  65. Brian says:
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    I think you got good values with your closer picks of Rivero and Greene. Not easy to do this year since so many teams aren’t naming a closer. On a related note, I want every manager who hasn’t named a closer to be fired.

    • Grey

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      Haha, thanks!

  66. Gregarious says:
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    Pick two out of these three awe-inspiring pitchers: chatwood, roark, flaherty

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

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      Not Roark

  67. ERad says:
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    Who’s the best spec add for saves:

    Blake Parker, Holland, or Kela

    The dumpster diving of SAGNOF

    • Grey

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      Parker

    • knucks says:
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      @ERad: I think Kela gets a bunch of saves. Maybe its messy to start the year in Arlington. But I’d take him over Parker. To be clear, you should listen to Grey. I’m just about done dealing with the Sciosciapath nonsense if I can avoid it.

    • Grey

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      Haha

  68. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    We had our 10 Team Yahoo H2H Points League Auction Draft on Sunday and I got:

    Abreu
    D. Gordon
    Lindor
    Rendon
    Puig
    Cain
    Rosario
    Mancini
    Moncada
    Kingery

    Strasburg
    Ray
    C. Mart
    Darvish
    Godley
    Bauer
    Sonny Gray
    Jong Ray
    Wacha
    Clevenger
    Aroldis
    Robertson
    Vizcaino

    What do you think? I know I am way heavy in pitching and low on power, but I am trying to trade C. Mart for Ozuna to help the offense. Pitching score the most points. Any thoughts?

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you know you’re heavy on pitching, why did you draft so many aces? I’d want Ozuna in that trade, it’s not close w/ your team

      • Yankee My Wanky! says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I hear ya. Again, Pitching does score high, so I will be starting 6 or maybe 7 SPs per week, but I did go overboard with the Ray, C. Mart and Darvish picks. Let’s see if I can get the other Manager to bite on Ozuna, who I chased until he went higher than I wanted to go.

        Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

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          That’s fair, no problem

  69. matt says:
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    all in on harper this year! here’s my team from a 12 team 6×6 (w/ OPS + QS):

    C – Iannetta
    1b – Goldy
    2b – Albies
    3b – Bregman
    Ss – Story
    Of – Harper
    Of – Marte
    Of – Puig
    Util – Lamb
    Util – Mancini
    Bn – Delino

    Sp – Degrom, Nola, Berrios, S. Gray, Corbin, Samardzija, J. Montgomery
    Rp – Giles, Herrera, Claudio, Ziegler
    DL – Britton

    am I too light on power?

    • Grey

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      Don’t think that light on power, maybe a little… Team looks solid!

  70. Packers says:
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    Here is my 50 player NFBC slow draft team. Just finished yesterday.
    J, McCann and J. Castro plus 3 more catchers
    Abreu and Vargas- Valbuena
    D. Gordon
    Baez
    K. Seagar
    Staton
    Davis
    Mancini
    Fowler
    Reddick
    Longo
    Morales
    Ray
    Bauer
    S. Gray
    Wacha
    Lynn
    Cobb
    newcomb
    Colome
    Bedrosian
    Reserves, Andriese, V V, Blach, Bettis, Freeland, Cahill, Tropeano
    Lack of closers so I guessed at Minter, CJ Edwards, Tepera, B. Norris, J. Smith, Senztala
    Pinder- Mercer, L. Adams,Span,Keon, Tomas, Nicky D.

    I have some flexibility in Mancini, Baez, Pinder Valbuena.
    Figure Morales was better than the outfielders available at the time.
    Plenty of Rockies pitchers for away game week.

    • Grey

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      Looks like a solid pitching staff! Your hitting looks a bit low AVG, but not a bad team at all

  71. John Holden says:
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    Hello guys, 12 team 5×5 head to head.
    Sal Perez
    Hosmer
    Odor/kingery
    Trea turner
    Rendon
    Blackmon
    Hoskins
    Brinson
    Polanco
    Conforto

    Kershaw
    Carrasco
    Severino
    Wacha
    Corbin
    Lamet
    Iglesias
    Bradley

    Dahl
    Kopech
    Senzel
    I’m thinking I’m short on power. What do you guys think? Thanks

    • Grey

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      Of course you’re short on power, you have 3 aces and Kershaw

      • John Holden says:
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        @Grey: Yeah 7 man keeper league. Kershaw, Severino and Carrasco were 3 of 7. Think I should look to trade one for a bat?

        • Grey

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          Yes

  72. knucks says:
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    Feeling so much better about grabbing McMahon in my NFBC back in January as a bench guy. Grabbed Mark Reynolds just in case McMahon got screwed over for playing time… yikes

    Now it sounds like potential 2B/3B/1B ELIG sometime this summer.

    Reading too much into Rotoworld blurbs maybe… Need. Real. Baseball.

    • Grey

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      Ha, yup

  73. Weird Fishes says:
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    Would you trade Bryce for Freeman and C. Taylor?

    • knucks says:
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      @Weird Fishes: No.

      But let me know if you have any Radiohead extras for Philly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Bryce

  74. Arguing Balls says:
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    In a 10 cat 10 team h2h league would you rather have Reddick or Brinson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brinson

  75. Gee says:
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    What up Grey?

    Just for shits and giggles, I did a 12 team Yahoo draft and based on your article the other day I decided to not even look at a pitcher until pick 190. Still ended up with the following staff:

    C Morton
    Wacha
    Corbin
    Snell
    Mikolas
    J Montgomery
    Familia
    Bedrosian
    N Jones
    Britton

    Not bad, and my bats are kick ass.

    C Realmuto
    1B Abreu
    2B Altuve
    3B Devers
    SS Segura
    MI Arcia
    CI Beltre
    OF Springer, OZUNA, Benintendi, Cain, Eaton
    UTIL: Mancini
    Bench: M Taylor, Desmond, Acuna

    Interested to see how this team does this year!

    • Grey

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      Yeah, proves what you need to do in drafts, you gots to go dem bats heavy, Gee

  76. Harry says:
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    Looking at possible SP5. I’ve got Folty there now. Can grab Marquez, VV, or Pivetta.
    Sale, Nola, Quintana, Happ are my other 4 SPs

    16-team, keep starting lineups. Pitching cats are W, ERA, WHIP, K, and SV+H

    • Cram It says:
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      @Harry: Rankings are still viable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

  77. bananafactory says:
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    Boxberger made Dbacks closer. Drop Bradley for McMahon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  78. Scott says:
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    McMahon has made the opening day roster. Do you think he forces Colorado to play him? Not sure why they would keep him on the roster for him to sit, but this is baseball. Desmond is making a lot of money. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a mess, but I’d guess he plays

  79. OaktownSteve says:
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    Appears Trea Turner is going to hit 6th to start the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s hitting 2nd? Rendon?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yes. And Howie Kendrick clean up. Adams hitting 5th. Zim probably slots 4th OD and Kendrick drops to 5

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wait, are you kidding? I’m losing you here… Kendrick clean up?

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey: Zim is out of the line up again. Hasn’t had an AB against mlb pitching in awhile but they swear he’s in for OD. Murphy is DL and I am willing to bet this is a totally lost season for him.

            Eaton
            Rendon
            Harper
            Kendrick
            Adams
            Turner
            Taylor
            Catcher

            Also looks like Buxton might hit 8th

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Buh-buh-buh-buh-buh-but this is supposed to be one of the best lineups in baseball! Zimmerman is supposed to be back (I know), so that does change things…Agree on Murphy, I might’ve been a year early on the schmohawk…

              • VinWins

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                @Grey: All right! Now my master plan takes shape. Move Murphy to the DL and grab Clayton Richard for his start vs Milwaukee!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s all coming together!

  80. Vlad says:
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    Hey Grey thanks for all the content

    Any thoughts on my 10 team 6×6 (BB + QS) daily moves with 2 DL + zero NA slots would be greatly appreciated

    C-
    1-Bellinger
    2- D gordon
    3- Bryant
    ss- Segura
    CI- Rendon
    MI- Odor
    OF-Harper, Cain, Rosario
    U-Polanco, Chris Taylor

    Bench- Acuna, I. Desmond, Mancini

    SP- Nola, Quintana, Castillo

    RP- Treinen , Leone,

    P- Sonny Gray, Gausman, Chatwood, Boxberger

    B- Jordan Montgomery

    #1 Any areas that I’m weak in (other than my garbage RP)?

    #2Who should I stash on the DL? 2 of Reyes, Britton , Gregerson, Nelson

    #3 Best RP on ww = Shane Green, Ziegler. I feel really light on saves, are either of these bums worth a pickup?

    Best SP on ww = Corbin, Bundy, Roark, Mikolas

    Not much hitting on ww -Kingery, Starling Castro, Cesar Hernandez #3 Anybody from the wire that should be added?

    C- grandal, hedges, B Mccann, J Mccan #4 have your thoughts on these guys changed at all since C preseason rankings?

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Ha, nah, not really… Maybe low on power 2. Gregerson 3. Greene — Kingery over Polanco, and play Mancini for now at UTIL — Grandal

      • Vlad says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks a lot!

        Can stash Gregerson + 1 of Alex Reyes or Britton. Who ya got?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Reyes

  81. J-Money says:
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    Hey G,

    Quick closer question – with a top waiver priority and a need for a closer, would you rather add Blake Parker, LAA, or Brad Boxberger, ARI?

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Box

  82. Gotime says:
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    Tim Beckham and McMahon worth a roster spot over Peraza and Moncada or hold (60 moves) 12tm H2H
    Also Boxberger or Vizcaino or is it a wash…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold — Vizcaino

  83. Nightmare! says:
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    Hey buddy.
    Which one of these hitters needs to be in my lineup week 1 in a points league

    Ender Inciarte [email protected], 3vsPHI, 3vsWash

    Corey Dickerson 2vs MIn, 4vsCIN, [email protected]

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does Hitter-Tron say?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Nightmare!: Starting already? If this is going to be a weekly question, may I suggest hittertron?

  84. Art Vandelay says:
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    Hey Grey, would I be a crazy person to draft Turner or Giancarlo with the #2 overall pick in a 5×5 H2H categories league? I have Altuve in my RCL, so I feel like I want to diversify the portfolio. He feels super safe production-wise (which makes it tempting to draft him again), so it’s mostly an injury hedge. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy, I’d go Trea, but either are fine

  85. Big Ticket says:
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    Week 1 SP start/bench question.

    Wacha @ NYM or Bauer @ SEA?

    Thanks Grey!

  86. someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    Grey are we dropping Ohtani, or are you going to give him some time?
    Giolito, Fulmer, Aaron Sanchez, Hamels, Roark, Maeda are all available

    Currently sitting with:
    Ray
    Quintana
    Bauer
    Wacha
    Duffy
    Jon Gray
    Ohtani

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I said not to draft Ohtani, but I wouldn’t drop him yet either

  87. Glory Daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    draft was last night 11 team mixed use
    please tell me who you feel i should drop and what i might need
    I got Chris Davis (Baltimore) for $2 but have buyers remorse
    replacements on waivers are, Pugols, Cole Kalhoun, Piscotty, Renfroe, Hanley Ramirez
    here is my team
    C Realmuto
    1B Hoskins
    2B Albies
    ss Lindor
    3B Bregman
    MI Taylor
    CI Bellinger
    OF Blackman
    OF Buxton
    OF Eaton
    OF Stanton
    U Haniger
    U Mazara
    U Polanco
    Bench Chris Davis
    SP Bauer
    SP Bundy
    SP Carasco
    SP Godley
    SP Gray
    RP Claudio
    RP Reed
    RP Diaz
    RP Treinen
    Bench Tailon
    Bench Maeda

    Thanks Grey

    • Cram It says:
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      @Glory Daze: It’s $2 and he’s a bench bat, I wouldn’t feel too badly about it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks great, love the guys you have… Your pitching is a tad weaker, but I don’t mind it, I like the guys you have… You followed my rankings, and we’re basking in results now

      • Glory Daze says:
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        @Grey:
        thanks guys
        you dont think Ramirez is worth a pick up over Davis
        I know he is a health risk

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jose Ramirez? I like him

        • Cram It says:
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          @Glory Daze: I’d try Hanley for a little bit.

  88. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly roto. keepers are benintendi and story. trying to blend yours and rudys rankings and debating between giancarlo and mookie with my first pick. which one would you grab?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton

  89. Peter Rabbit says:
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    McMahon worth a roster spot over Franco?

    It’s a 12 team OBP Total Bases league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  90. Dan says:
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    Are you dropping D Murphy from your early 50s rank with him starting the season on the DL? You even have a reminder to check on his knee surgery!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I’m not, it’s a bit late in the game ow to be changing rankings…

      • Dan says:
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        @Grey: Ok then, I’m drafting in a few hours and he’s typically floating around when I’m picking in the 6th round. How late could you see taking him in a standard 5×5 Yahoo?

        • Grey

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          Around pick 100-120 range

          • Dan says:
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            @Grey: Oh wow ok thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  91. Ed Spinelli aka Champsok1 says:
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    Happy Tuesday my friend!
    Love the “I told you so on Baumgartner”…hey I listened! I probably drafted for crap but at least I listened there. As always, great read and I liked your picks a lot on Razz’s Best-

    Also, You mentiond in your email of thanks for the daiquiri to make sure I had profile marked as a site supporter, not sure how I see that btw?

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

    Keeps move up two positions every year so I can potentially keep Correa for 2 more years and Hoskins for 4 more….ok here is the team I ended up with. I made two foolish mistakes by messing up my cue and not paying attention, not once, but twice….

    The main one ending up with Chris Davis who I would not have picked up and also JT Realmuto, just took him earlier than I meant. Let me know what you think and where i need to tweak and bale

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

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

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

    Appreciate any input as always thanks.

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

    As ways, thanks my friend,

    Champsok1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Supporter tag is for the forums — Looks solid, Kershaw has hurt your hitting tho… You’d have a top 1B if you didn’t draft Kershaw, not sure why you followed that with Severino too… Yur hitting looks low on power, hopefully Hanley or Davis give you something, or you find someone to replace them…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and Flaherty over Hamels

      • Ed Spinelli says:
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        @Grey: Thanks definitely agree on getting hurt in hitting form picking kershaw in the 1st & Severino in 4th.

        Should I consider picking up Healy, McMahon, Alonso Or L Morrison & dropping Chris Davis since he basically only gives me HRs?

        Also, besides Flaherty on the wire Wacha is is available? Drop camels for one of them?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          McMahon for now — Hamels for Wacha

          • Ed says:
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            @Grey: Thanks,

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, champsok1

  92. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    OBP + OPS league (1 C) . . .

    Grandal . . . or Iannetta and his ~.350 obp w/ pop?

    Rankings all say Grandal I believe, but obviously I’m leaning Iannetta at the moment.

    Chirinos is also an option . . . ideally I’d like to set-it-and-forget-it with C (barring injury) so I can spend my 3 moves per week on streamers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe, catcher question! I’d prolly go Iannetta

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Ha, it’s that time!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ExCepT in tWo CAtcHeR leAGue

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper, Springer, Thor, Acuna, Seager

  94. Kirk Miller says:
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    I’m in the NFBC league with you again this year. The draft was fun and I really like NFBC’s new website. I feel good about my team (Montefusco’s Revenge) in all aspects except for saves. I’m pretty sure I screwed myself in that category. Hopefully there is a way to win being in the bottom of the saves category. Or, maybe Dominic Leone goes nuts!!

    Thanks for letting your faithful readers have a brush with greatness!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck! FWIW, I liked your team a lot

  95. Ron P says:
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    10 team H2H Points league where all hitting stats (HR, RBI, R, TB, SB, BB) are just 1 point a piece and strikeouts are -.5.

    Waiver wire 2B/SS: Crawford, Beckham, C. Hernandez, Wong, J. Harrison, Scooter, Asdrubal, Semien, Panik

    Waiver wire OF: Markakis, Cargo, Melky, Haniger, K. Pillar, D. Peralta, Grichuk, Willie Calhoun,

    1) Who are your top two from the 2B/SS group?
    2) Who are your top two from the OF group?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Semien, Crawford 2. Haniger, Grichuk

  96. ryanoger says:
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    10 team h2h redraft

    C- Ramos
    1- Rizzo
    2- Merrifield
    3- Rendon
    SS- T Anderson
    OF- Trout, Bellinger, OZUNA
    UTIL- Sano, Smoak
    Bench- DeShields
    NA- Acuna, Robles

    Happy opening day eve-eve, thanks for all the writes ups, been a huge help. Hope you’ve been well man.

    Based on team above should I lose DeShields for:
    McMahon, Brinson, Winker, Jose Peraza, or hold?

    You think Holland will land a team soon, any guesses?

    cheers,
    Ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold DeShields for now… Nah, forget Holland for now…Even if he signs today, he’s not coming gonna be on the field for 3 weeks

      • James.Cullen says:
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        Thanks.
        Voekbach or McMahon?

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Forgot to ask*

        Holds league

        Should I lose Greg Holland for Nicasio, Mychal Givens, or Boxberger

        My only RPs right now are Hand and Archie. Thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Box

  97. James Cullen says:
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    Grey
    Is Daniel Vogelbach worth a try in 12 team mixed?
    Any thoughts on projections for him?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, why not? I’m thinking about it in my 12 team league

      • James.Cullen says:
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        Thanks
        Drop McMahon for Vogelbach?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, hold there

  98. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hi Grey,

    My auction was on Sunday, and I walked away with some of the young guys I wanted to, but got a few I was bidding up on (Hendricks, Polanco, and Souza). I still think they were priced fairly though.

    NL-Only 10-Team H2H 5×5 (OBP), 1 CA, $280, Keep 5

    A) I really wanted Rendon. I got him for $4 more than my max budget for him, but 3B options were terrible and I think he’s going to be a run-production beast.

    B) Hoskins went for $41, and the owner that got him would have paid more as he lost Stanton who would have been kept for $44. Kingery was the 120th guy thrown out, and went for $24!!! By then, I already had Acuna, Rendon, Polanco, Castillo, and Hendricks.

    C) I went heavy on prospects and year 2-3 guys. If anything, I have some great trade bait that should net me solid performers after week 9 during non-peer review trading period.

    D) My pitching isn’t sexy, but I feel they can get the job done against half of the other teams, and there are only 2 teams that have a dominant staff. I put a flyer out on Holland since there are so many NL teams with closer issues. I was hoping he’d get a 1-year deal with the Cards. We’ll see.

    E) I need another bat while I wait for Acuna. Available options are Headley, Flores, and Almora Jr. Headley has a starting job for now and will bat at the top of the order. Not sure what to do about Zobrist. I figured $2 for a few starts a week.

    F) I like Souza for $11 and I’ve already slotted him in the DL. I’m considering taking a pitcher over a batter, or just dropping Zobrist for the arm. Possible options are: Williams (front runner), Hirano (SAGNOF), Suter, Albers, Watson, and Barnes. All depends on if I want a 7th SP or another RP. I’ll wait and hold on Holland.

    My team along with price. Keepers are in bold.

    CA Flowers (3)
    1B Au Schizz (44)
    2B Scooter (11)
    3B Rendon (37)
    SS Arcia
    INF McMahon (7)
    OF Acuna (31)
    OF Polanco (22)
    OF Pirela (5)
    OF Brinson (2)
    UTIL Moran (4)
    SP Castillo (25)
    SP Hendricks (23)
    SP Godley (18)
    SP Ryu (5)
    SP Mikolas (5)
    SP Weaver (3)
    RP Steckenrider (6)
    RP G. Holland (2)
    RP Knebel (1)

    B Zobrist (2)
    B Robles (10)
    B
    DL Souza (11)

    Thanks in advance for your analysis!

    • Pugs & Slugs says:
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      @Pugs & Slugs: I forgot to mention that my keepers were Au Schizz, Arcia, Brinson, Weaver, and Knebel.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, really spent for Acuna, huh? Yeah hoo on that…$31? Kingery went for $6-8 in my NL-Only drafts, yeah hoo on that too… You look low on speed and power, but solid on pitching, except saves a little low… Zobrist for Hirano for now

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the input. I’ll be up at 3:30am for my early morning bathroom trip (TMI?I), so I’ll try to snag Hirano off of FA . Waivers clear tonight and I don’t want to use my #2 WP on him.

        I really wanted Acuna Ma-tator. He could be a keeper for a long time. Would love for a late April, early May call up of Robles, or an injury to bring him up sooner. I passed on Winker for him.

        I agree with you on the power. I’m going to have to make a deal to get a big bat. There are two teams stacked with speed, so I should be okay week to week against the others. I don’t depend on any one person right now like some of the other teams. Crossing my fingers on Holland getting an NL gig.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, it’s early, still time to right the ship… Don’t become discouraged!

  99. Bernie Brewer says:
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    In my 15-team mixed league, saves are gold. I was lucky enough to come out of the draft grabbing some late RP (Colome, Treinen, Claudio, Ziegler). Boxberger is on waivers, so I could try to add another closer to my roster. Do I drop any of my existing RP, drop someone else (Piscotty, J. Flaherty, or Kingery were my last few choices in the draft), or let Boxberger go to someone else?

    Thanks and good luck this season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Piscotty for him

      • Bernie Brewer says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Always appreciate your timely and helpful advice! Let’s have a great season!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Let’s do it!

  100. Cohen says:
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    Grey, hypothetical draft question, if i draft
    Goldy
    Machado
    Ozuna
    Hoskins
    And then i have pick 57(Sp) and 64. I have done a ton of mocks and when i get to pick 57 Schoop is there along with Carlos Martinez, Ray and Nola.Schoop is gone by pick 64. I think he would be a great fit but i would be settling for Nola at 64 instead of a Cmart or Ray.Is it worth grabbing Schoop at 57 or Best available SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BA SP

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  101. Champsok1 says:
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    Hey there,
    Just saw Melacon may be a no show to start the season….Who do yo u pick up first Dyson, Watson or Strickland?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Watson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      But who knows really

  102. Robert says:
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    Drop Archie for Box or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, drop

  103. goodfold2 says:
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    ROSSCUP DOWN! batten down the hatches, the fear is back

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  104. Pager24 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just saw the Nats are planning on batting Trea 6th. That’s a bit concerning to me for my first rounder. No way in ur mind that sticks for long right? I mean why the hell would u put ur fastest guy behind Fatt freaking Adams!?

    Sorry, likely worrying over nothing but was wondering ur take on the situation?

    Thanks for all the great content!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m concerned, but can’t see that sticking

  105. recklessdriver says:
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    when do you think Willie Calhoun comes up? Before June?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      June 10th

  106. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey,

    Have first pick tonight and here are a few available names:

    Chia Taylor, Puig, Rosario, Schoop, Segura, Nola, Castillo, Wood, Merrifield

    I have a solid 10 keepers already so this is the first pick in round 11. I have Trea, Arenado, Jo-Ram, Bellinger, Rendon, Hoskins, Acuna, Robbie Ray, Happ, Conforto.

    Obviously only one pitcher so do I go Nola or take a bat?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chia Taylor is a fun name… I’d go Nola

      • LG Baseball says:
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        @Grey: haha thanks – i passed on Chia and went Nola. Also got Bauer and appreciate your rankings!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  107. Cole says:
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    Hey Grey, Was going to ask you about this draft yesterday. I was in this league with you a few years back, the year you had all 50 players on the DL at the same time. I wish you good health!
    I’m in a 12 tm, H2H, 8×8 league w/obp, slg, hits, and IP, baa, k/9 in addition. *keeper
    Zunino, Hosmer, Jo-Ram*, Machado, Bogaerts, Pollack, Ozuna, Acuna, Schwarber, Smoak, K. Seager
    Sale, Carrasco, Bauer*, Hill, Gausman, Williams, Shark, and shit for closers.
    Light on speed, I know, but I was going for power with less downside for ave, obp. Whatcha think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with your assessment, your pitching is insane, and you have no speed

  108. mrs. featherbottom says:
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    Nice! Thoughts (and prayers) about changing my name to “Don’t Look a Gift Ngoepe in the Mtouh?”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brilliant, now you have to

      • mrs. featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: HA! I’m not sure I can figure out how.
        How has your winter been? I just got back from beeeeeeutiful Riverside, CA.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You were in my neighborhood and you didn’t ping me? Shame on you!

  109. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I don’t really Brandon Crawford, but he and Choo are the best available bats out there. I want to drop Scott Alexander for one of them. Who should I go get ?

  110. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I am looking for the best available bat. my choices or Choo or brandon Crawford. I am covered at SS and OF just looking for depth. WHo should I pick up for Scott Alexander?

  111. Tweak says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Not bad. I like the mid-draft arms with room to surprise (Mikolas, Williams, Karns, Stewart). I also expect big things from Chapman this year at 3B.

    Ran through one of my RCL drafts this past weekend and tried a new strategy (“balanced” offense). I know it is tough to draft speed, but I find that I’m usually lacking. I had pick #6. Thoughts?

    C – Jorge Alfaro (23)
    1B – Wil Myers (7)
    2B – Jose Ramirez (2)
    3B – Anthony Rendon (4)
    SS – Alex Bregman (3)
    CI – Miguel Cabrera (8)
    MI – Ozzie Albies (9)
    OF – Mookie Betts (1)
    OF – Christian Yelich (5)
    OF – Nomar Mazara (12)
    OF – Mitch Haniger (16)
    OF – Stephen Piscotty (21)
    UT – Colin Moran (25)
    BN – Addison Russell (24)
    BN – Ronald Acuna (10)

    SP – Michael Wacha (14)
    SP – Dylan Bundy (15)
    SP – Patrick Corbin (19)
    SP – Lucas Giolito (17)
    SP – Jameson Taillon (13)
    RP – Aroldis Chapman (6)
    RP – Brad Hand (11)
    RP – Greg Holland (18)
    RP – David Robertson (22)
    BN – Alex Reyes (20)

  112. regan says:
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    Closer appocolypse started for me today. Have MelonCON and Bradley on a bunch of teams. Fkn closers eat a dk!

    • regan says:
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      @regan: Oh ya forgot to ask my question.. Everyone assumes Dyson will be the closer is MelonCon can get his noodle working but he’s been hot garbage all spring and Strickland is lighting it up. Scouts are saying take notice, he’s spittin hot fire so i guess im cuffing MelonCon with Strickland. 2c

  113. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    14 team h2h with OBP over AVG, total bases added, hits added, QS added, K/9 added. smallish money league. redraft money league. drafted out of the 14 slot a year after lucking into the 1 slot, but since i’m comish and we use fftoolbox (some aren’t familiar with this, it’s a randomizer for fantasy orders) random team order generator so you don’t have that asinine having to wait till 30-40 mins before draft to find out your slot it’s good i didn’t get say the #1 again, i was worried people would think i could monkey with that thing when that happened last year.
    C chirinos (19)
    1B au rizz 2B (2)
    2B whit OF (9)
    SS nunez 2B/3B/OF (11, till manny gets SS in 5 games)
    3B sano more 1B (6, ONLY in this league drafted this late did i trust the rater on him, as earlier i was quite worried about missing 1/6 of the year from groping somebody)
    OF (3) yelich (he’s even bigger with hits, but could’ve gone marte for the steals here too, 4)
    puig (5)
    rosario (another OPS league (or total bases) another rosario nab, 10)
    util (2)
    kingery (16, so that’s pick 211, he HAD been going higher last couple of days in other leagues, this league i found out later i could’ve had him cheaper)
    machado (1)

    BN mcmahon (21, i wouldn’t have done this probably except rosterR has mcmahon on good side of platoon yet again)
    DL brantley OF (17)
    NA slot (1)

    SP (probably 8 optimal):
    darvish (3)
    otani (8, i now pretty much have weaver OR otani SP in every league)
    stroman (12, seems healthy)
    shark (14, isn’t healthy but it’s only a pec not a shoulder, plus super cheap here compared to rater, 3 DL’s)
    wacha (18, wacha ownership up to like 80% now)
    reyes (20, one slot ahead of flaherty)
    roark (22)
    ryu (23)

    RP (room for 4)
    giles (7)
    brach (13)
    soylent greene (15)
    dyson (ziegler is still out there too, 24)

    1. i know it’s got a lot of injuries and youth risk but war room says it’s very balanced , esp with hits as category. weakish in total bases maybe though?

    2. it’s a FAAB. what’s decent bid amount for one of these:
    cron (util 2 till either brantley is back or mcmahon is minored or just doesn’t get at bats)
    parra
    mauer
    n.williams
    the OPS rater has them all close on a per game basis, which is best used for BN,but of course mauer’s high OBP and little upside probably isn’t the play here.

    3. what’s best order of stashing one of these with that roster:
    willie/senzel (thinking a bid of 4 might work in a league where they weren’t drafted, 13 out of 14 owners DID show up to the draft so this wasn’t an autopicking error on these 2 being out there)

  114. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    NL only with QS over wins, V2 or woodruff or stratton?

  115. Jon says:
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    Between Ross, Mitchell, Richard, and Perdomo (yes, all Padres) who has the best upside in an NL only QS league?

  116. Jon says:
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    Also curious between DeSclafani and Amir Garrett – who has the best upside in an NL only QS league?

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