This draft was by Yours Trudy.  Never understood that, Yours Trudy.  Who is this Trudy that everyone is talking about?  No, no, I’m not changing the subject before even embarking on the subject simply because I’m not happy with my team.  How dare you j’accuse Yours Trudy of that!  So, yesterday, on the Not-the-Ides of February, Grey Albright, the Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it!) took part in a 12-team NL-Only draft that was commissioned by Scott White of CBS Fantasy.  You know, CBS, they brought you such head-scratchers as Viva Laughlin and Travis d’Arnaud as a top 60 overall pick.  In fact, I razzed one of the CBS ‘perts about his d’Arnaud love in the beginning of the draft, then the room nominated d’Arnaud and the CBS ‘pert didn’t draft him.  I think I might’ve shamed too hard.  *shrugs*  C’est la.  This league is deep so hold onto ye old hat.  (If you want a shallower league, play against me and 1,000 of your closest buddies in the Razzball Commenter Leagues.)  Anyway, here’s my 12-team NL-Only team and some thoughts:

C: Wilin Rosario $16
C: Jordan Pacheco $1
1B: Michael Morse $17
2B Javier Baez $16
3B: Kelly Johnson $6
SS: Chris Owings $6
MI: Jedd Gyorko $12
CI: Yonder Alonso $11
OF: Justin Upton $27
OF: Jason Heyward $24
OF: Khris Davis $18
OF: Grady Sizemore $2
OF: Dexter Fowler $14
U: David Peralta $14
P: Alex Wood $17
P: Mike Fiers $13
P: Jason Hammel $7
P: Francisco Liriano $11
P: Rafael Soriano $2
P: Jenrry Mejia $12
P: Tony Cingrani $6
P: Yusmeiro Petit $4
P: Sergio Romo $4
Reserves: Joel Peralta
Reserves:  John Mayberry
Reserves:  David Buchanan
Reserves:  J.P. Howell
Reserves:  Jeff Francoeur
Reserves:  Jace Peterson
Reserves:  David Ross

NICE OUTFIELD, SENOR GRIS, AND I ALSO LIKE YOUR…UH…UM…LET’S SEE…WELL, YOU GOT A NICE OUTFIELD.

It’s hard to just look at my team and visualize wonderful without some context, I get that.  When you’re used to looking at shallower leagues, you lose some perspective.  It even happens to me.  This, over-the-internet friends, is not a mixed league team.  It is a deep, NL-Only league.  To give you some ideas, one ‘pert has in their starting lineup Zoilo Almonte, Corban Joseph and Cody Ross.  That’s not reserves.  That’s in someone’s starting lineup.  Another team is starting Tommy La Stella, Jose Peraza and Mark Reynolds.  Someone else has Cory Spangenberg at corner, Justin Turner at UTIL and Scott Van Slyke as their 1st baseman.  So, shizz is rough everywhere.  So, Part II, So Here’s Another One:  Stop looking at my team through that sneer!

YOUR PITCHING ISN’T BAD, ESPECIALLY NOT WHEN YOU COMPARE IT TO YOUR CORNER INFIELD.  DOT DOT DOT.  THEY SUCK!

Yonder and Morse?  Isn’t that an Australian cop show streaming on Netflix?  That’s not really a 1st baseman and corner man, is it?  Wait, Imma let me finish but first I gotta say I have Kelly Johnson as my 3rd baseman!  *cuts three holes out of a paper bag, puts paper bag over head*  I’m the Unknown Fantasy Baseball Drafter.  Yeah, shizz went pear-shaped with my corner men.  I just refuse to draft guys for over $30 in a league this deep, because when you do you can’t afford to fill all your positions.  That aforementioned team that had Cory Spangenberg spent $36 on Giancarlo.  I almost went to $29 for Arenado (the price he went for), but I wanted middle infielders.  The team that got Arenado, they have Luis Sardinas at 2B and Jesse Winker in the OF with Rymer Liriano at UTIL.  You have to have tradeoffs, and in order to have a team that in theory will play on most days, I have Kelly Johnson, Morse and Yonder.

SO THAT’S WHAT YOU MEANT WHEN YOU PREACH SAGNOF.  DO YOU EVEN HAVE A CLOSER?  I FEEL BAD FOR YOU.

You can imagine how excited I was when I was able to get Joel Peralta in the free rounds.  By the by, Peralta really had no business being available still.  Closers go for $18 to $20.  Middle relievers go for $3 to $5.  Guys that are the frontrunner to fill in for an injured closer?  Well, see my price for Mejia to give you a better idea.  Joel Peralta should’ve been drafted.  Since it’s early in the spring, I also double-downed with J.P. Howell, the Third.  Just in case Mattingly does something crazier than even shaving his mustache.  Sergio Romo was another shot-in-the-dark-I-got-no-saves-and-I-really-need-to-get-lucky closer-in-waiting.  Basically, I was throwing shizz at the walls for saves.  In a league this deep, I need to scrap together 40 saves to be around middle of the pack.  Hopefully Parnell has a setback and Rafael Soriano signs with the Brewers.

I SEE YOU REALLY ARE TAKING THIS WHOLE PADRES BEING GOOD THING TO HEART.  HEY, WHO KNOWS MAYBE NORTH KOREA WILL INVADE SAN DIEGO AND THEY’LL HAVE TO PLAY THEIR HOME GAMES IN COORS.  CAN ALWAYS DREAM. 

That Bold Al Capps between paragraphs is real snarky.  AW, DON’T BE A WUSSY.  Yeah, I have more Padres on this team than prolly any other fantasy team I’ve ever drafted.  It wasn’t done consciously.  AH, YOU WERE UNCONSCIOUS.  THAT MAKES SENSE.  I just liked the prices for the players.  Since I don’t project for NL-Only, I used our Steamer NL-Only rankings and then went a little bit stronger after players I like.  As you see, there we have Gyorko for $13, Alonso for $13, and Upton for $22, but I like Upton as you know from my own rankings.

OKAY, LEAVE ME WITH SOMETHING POSITIVE, OTHERWISE MY WHOLE DAY WILL BE BUMMED OUT.  THIS IS AFTER ALL ABOUT ME.

I wasn’t able to get Wong — I SAID POSITIVE — but I drafted Wood, Fiers, Owings, Gyorko, Khris Davis, Upton, Heyward, Yusmeiro, Baez and Cingrani.  Guys I wouldn’t kick out of bed in a 12-team mixed league league.  Though, if I were the proud Owings of Wood that caused Fiers when I Gyorko’d, I would be concerned.

 

  1. inertiatic says:
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    I’m always concerned when I Gyorko, but I’m a bit of a hypochondriac about these things.

    Keeper deadline looming. Deep 14 tm roto 5X5 Please pick 11 of the following (no penalty/restrictions);
    Yasiel Puig
    Michael Brantley
    Bryce Harper
    J. Heyward
    D. Wright
    Mookie Betts
    K Wong
    Castillo
    Polonco
    Baez
    Cobb
    Smyly
    S. Miller
    K. Gausman

    I’m OF heavy but we start 5 and I don’t want to not keep any of them. Plus I prolly need to trade for a corner man. Help?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @inertiatic:
      Hey, thought I would chime in, hope you don’t mind.

      I would keep all the bats and Cobb, as long as it is just for this season.

      • Fastpitch says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: I agree with you. Betts over Smyly is the tough choice but in a keeper you have to keep Betts.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @inertiatic: how many util spots you got, keeping 7 OF is tough unless you can move one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @inertiatic: Don’t keep Miller, Polanco, Smyly

      • inertiatic says:
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        @Grey: thanks to all. Two until spots. Still not enough for 7 of. I really wish I didn’t have to keep Wright over Polanco. Cue the sad trombone.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aw…

  2. Shibboleth says:
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    Hey Grey, would really appreciate a steer. 12 team roto, OPS instead of average. I am keeping Frazier, Wong, Dickerson/OZUNA/Arcia.

    I draft 2nd… With 3 awesome OF already on my team… Am I an idiot to really pass up your novio or even McCutch, or should I fill the corner with Goldschmidt?

    Many thanks! (PS, I love how my phone automatically capitalizes OZUNA)

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Shibboleth:
      I’d go Stanton or Goldy with that 2 pick, now if the first guy takes Kershaw, as I have seen in a few mock drafts this year, Trout is all yours!

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Come you Malicious, you gotta answer them all now you started!

      • Shibboleth says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: oh man, if only… The guy in front of me finished last place, obviously, but I’d be shocked if he was that… Bold haha

      • Shibboleth says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: thanks, I’ll probably go Goldschmidt to ensure a top tier corner. It will hurt to pass up Stantkn and Cutch, but I got needs!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Shibboleth: why keep Arcia? and how do your keeper settings work?

      • Shibboleth says:
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        @J-FOH: the keepers are per Grey’s recommendation. Shandler is high on Arcia, and my other options were older/riskier/pitchers.

        Keep for 1 year, forfeit the round they were drafted in. FAs slot 20, 15, 10.

        So in this case:

        Dickerson FA/10
        Ozuna FA/15
        Arcia FA/20
        Frazier 21
        Wong 27

        Any thoughts? I could have gone Morneau 24, Kazmir 29, Richards FA/20… That’s about it haha

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey,

    Nice write-up and a very nice team with some great potential. I like how you stick to your guns, vis-a-vis your rankings and practically using that intelligence for the auction draft. That way if you screw up you only have yourself to blame.

    Have recovered from the flu, ty for words of encouragement.

    Have another mixed seasonal H2H re-draft points league draft on Sunday. Wish me luck!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Glad to hear you’re feeling better… You back in Lebanon?

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey, done with Lebanon. They didn’t renew my contract (sad emoji). I’m like the Pope looking for a minor league deal, maybe I can latch on somehow but at 47 I can’t choose. I’m not from royalty and have now well-developed mafia who can give my candidacy a ‘boost’ – no Godfather! In my organization, I’m like the guy from Hung. Need to find a new gig somehow. There are three hotspots where there looking for staff right now – support for the Central African Republic (CAR), Nigeria (displacement caused by Boka Haram) and South Sudan missions. South Sudan mission is all based in Gambella, Ethiopia (the only thing going for working in Gambella is that there is one return flight daily from Gambella to Addis Ababa), the CAR mission is in Dakar, Yaounde and other small places near the border with the CAR, the Nigeria mission is in Abuja, Niamey and other places in Cameroon bordering Nigeria.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, so not going back? Where are you based now?

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: central europe. cougs likes the weather and it was a good staging point when I was working in Africa. Her mother lives in-country (thankfully 5 hours away by car) and she supports her and our children so 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. So, yeah not going back to Lebanon. Apparently $$$ has run dry for the Syria operation. It looks like the money (ie., billions of dollars) could be better spent on more useful operations.

            I have a small basement apartment in my aunt’s house and use her mailing address when I apply for jobs stateside. Trying to make a segue to get stateside maybe when the kids need to go to college.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, cool… That would be awesome, aim for LA, can’t beat the weather…

              • Ante GALIC says:
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                @Grey: yeah, nice! only place I know is my home town…Toronto. Cougs hates Canada b/c it’s too cold. We can never get past this point in our arguments no matter what the stakes!

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

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                  Ha, I have to side with her, I wouldn’t want any part of cold

  4. Grays Sports Almanac says:
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    Haven’t read the article yet, but wanted to let u know the iPhone reader is working today!! Maybe ur web guy did something. The page still wants to keep jumping to the top and the page never finishes loading though… Again I don’t know if that is anything on ur end…

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @Grays Sports Almanac: my smartphone doesnt do all that but i can say with confidence that the last thing to load is an adjustment to turn the header/top menu into the mobile version menu (that code is probably in the footer since it loads last). that creates a jumping upwards movement when that ending code re-arranges the header-menu.

  5. Nico says:
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    Pretty impressive, Grey. That pitching is really solid! Also, looks like you did a nice job balancing good hitters with warm bodies who play more games than they don’t, but you don’t need me to tell you that! I don’t know how you do it, Sir.

    In other news, I met Cal Ripken, Jr. at the cleaners last night, and the only thing I could say when I saw him was “WOW. Never expected to meet you here!” Of all the things I could say, that’s how that $h1t went down! However, I’m hoping his handshake blessed my fantasy teams with Ironman-like endurance.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Nico: Do you live in Reisterstown?

      • Nico says:
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        @Cram It: No, Locust Point. He was in the McHenry Row shopping area. It’s weird, but apparently he hangs out in that spot a lot!

        • Rudy Gamble

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          @Nico: glad he didn’t rip up your best suit like he did to Gregg Zaun (Google if u hadn’t heard the story)

          • Nico says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: Ha! Well that was the freshest Cal story on my mind… Glad I didn’t let that slip!

        • Cram It says:
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          @Nico: That is a weird spot to hang out, for him. I mean, I love Locust Point and hang out at City Limits a lot, but I’m not Cal Ripken Jr.

          • Nico says:
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            @Cram It: Exactly!

            • @Nico: I met him at the airport a couple of years ago. Tell me you didn’t get lost in those eyes…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Wake Up: I get lost in the eyes of your avi everyday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico: Did he beat your ass?

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: Punched me repeatedly in the rib cage. I felt like “one of they guys!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          One of which they guys?

          • Nico says:
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            @Grey: I’m drunk apparently. Wow.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m drunk too!

        • Jvslyke says:
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          @Nico:

          How much of an asshole do you have to be to eat crabs on an airplane? It must have taken the crew a week to get the old bay smell out of that plane.

          • Grey

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            HA…Do you ask the attendants to boil them up for you too?

            • Nico says:
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              @Grey: The boiling point’s lower at the high altitude, at least!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                We’re gonna have to move you to the “glass is half filled” department.

                • Nico says:
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                  @Grey: haha

                • Nico says:
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                  @Grey: On the “half empty” side of things, that means they need to cook longer…

                  • Grey

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                    Ha

  6. CaptStache says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks for the write up on this draft, would like to see more on it like surprises of other draft picks, prices, etc… I truly enjoy your site but unfortunately it’s not AS valuable as it is to others since I play 12 team, NL Only, 4×4 Fantasy BB (not the most popular anymore since the game has evolved from 25 yrs ago…go figure). Still love the site, it’s the one I go to first in the morning, but would love to see more articles addressing these types of leagues occasionally. I know you can’t please everyone and I am still happy, but like that you gave us this article. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CaptStache: I hear ya, it’s hard to focus on very specific leagues that few play… I think you can still gleam from 5×5 articles and other ones…

      • CaptStache says:
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        @Grey: Absolutely, and totally understand. I do get a lot from the site and appreciate it all. Was cust sayin’ thanks for throwing guys like me a bone every now and then! Good luck in the league!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem… Thanks!

  7. PK says:
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    Grey, I hear your guy Michael Saunders tore up his knee and is out for a few months. Boo. I was planning on owning him in at least one league based on your sleeper post.

    • PK says:
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      @PK: He stepped on an ungrounded sprinkler, so says Rotoworld. Baseball players inventing new ways to get hurt every year!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @PK: Effin’ groundskeeper

        • @Grey: He was trying to avoid the ghost of Joe D…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Mr. Percolator?

            • @Grey: He was gonna be Mick 2.0

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Mick 2.0 is straight scotch

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Do you owe me a nickel?

                    • @Grey: Nah, unfortch, everyone was pretty good…
                      Your MI could have a monster power yr.
                      Gonna flip Morse in May? Now to find 20 bags over Yonder…

                    • Grey

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                      I pray I get at least April out of Morse… The problem with flipping him is I have no back up 1B, so would need to trade for one or find one (nearly impossible)

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @PK:
      Michael Saunders tore the meniscus in his left knee Wednesday when he stepped on an underground sprinkler and will likely be out until the All-Star break.
      Awful news for the Blue Jays, who were excited about Saunders’ potential as their everyday left fielder. The 28-year-old will undergo surgery on the knee next week and his rehabilitation is expected to take close to five months. He was acquired from the Mariners on December 3 for starter J.A. Happ and agreed to a one-year, $2.875 million contract with Toronto on January 16, avoiding arbitration. Kevin Pillar may get the first look in left field. Bringing in outside help is also an option for the Jays.
      Related: Kevin Pillar
      Source: Shi Davidi on Twitter
      Feb 26 – 8:28 AM

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: WTF.

        Someone should apply a curfew rule for MLB players during the offseason, in fact dont let them go outside at all!

      • PK says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Based on Saunders’ salary, is it safe to say the groundskeeper’s error just cost the Jays about $1.4 million?

      • Regan says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: I guess this is only surprising to non Ms fans. World of potential but very fragile. I kinda laughed when i saw Greys sleeper post. This kid is made of glass.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: here comes a waiver claim for pillar in 30 team land.

    • F**k, just drafted him on Tuesday for AL-only.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Don’t have your drafts 6 weeks before the season starts! You ‘perts are weird like that.

        • @Cram It: It’s all for the readers. CBS and USAToday (behind LABR) hold the drafts early so everyone can see the results before their drafts. I don’t mind it as it gives us the opportunity to share the results w/ you guys. AND it means i don’t have to do expert mock drafts which suck balls.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: Ah, well that’s cool then. Expert mock draft? That does sound pretty awful!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: drafted him once and almost took him last night in our razzball dynasty slow draft. Your favorite commenter from yesterday, Kid A, drafted him last night around 11pm.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, Kid A

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: yeah, he felt so lighted by Rudy yesterday in the slow draft chat. It was quite awesome. Then he complimented by back to back picks. Such a bizzarro day

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I didn’t love Rudy’s post yesterday either, but I’ll have to stick to my guns

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: a world with yes men is boring…a world with yes women is awesome

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s your bumper sticker

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: done and done

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Dah!

  8. Swfcdan says:
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    Inaugural Dynasty slow draft, 40 man rosters, 16 teams so it’s getting porn deep now.

    Looking for backups now as im guessing the WW will be barer than the Texan deserts during the year (or some other pun like that). Can you rank these bats, merci:

    Freese, Ack(!)ley, Pinto, Red-dick, Rasmus, R Liriano, Snider, Moya.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Reddick, Ackley, Rasmus

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Turd Ferguson: I was just about to post this hahaha. Get some lotion and tissues Mr. Albright!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: no lotion needed with all the drool

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: who wouldn’t, but this still must be a tease for you. Now if I could just get an Avisail and JoFer holding each other in the body issue. Oh God! *runs for tissue box*

        • Grey

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          JoFer does nothing for me

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Looks like Mark Teixeira

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: yes he does and i look like jim the Advil Neidhart and Kevin James had a baby

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, I like he’s the Advil, nice autocorrect… I would’ve thought Capt Lou and Aaron Sanchez

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: AARRRRRRRRON!

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, Aaron Albano, that’s you

  9. Schlitz says:
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    How much did Wong go for?

  10. McNulty says:
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    do the CBS guys know what you say about them? haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @McNulty: There’s no password to get to our site

  11. Clint says:
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    Grey, does this Hambone potentially doing lines again story move anyone in your rankings? I know Hambone himself was already pretty low.

    • Grey

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      @Clint: I’ll have to adjust for K-Rod, Hamilton and Saunders today

  12. Erad says:
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    So our league is switching from H2H to Roto – and I’m the commish that has to sort out the details. Couple quick question here fellas (and four gals):

    1. We are going to use a FAAB waiver budget – what is the preferred waiver period?

    2. Should we use an IP limit, GS limit, or no limit?

    Thanks for the input – and great work as always Grey

    • @Erad:Assuming this is 10-14 teams mixed, I’d say:

      1) I’d go 2 days on waiver period..
      2) I prefer IP limit of 1400. We use that in Yahoo! Friends & Family and it protects against someone just racking up starts for W/K. We use GS for RCL and it works fine but it does give an advantage to teams willing to devote the time to maximize RP innings.

  13. PK says:
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    Apparently K-Rod finally resigned with the Brewers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Resigned to be with the Brewers?

      • PK says:
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        @Grey: Haha, didn’t even notice that re-signed without the dash makes resigned, which is the opposite. Fun.

        • Grey

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          Ha

      • PK says:
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        @Grey: Or, even a third interpretation, which is what I think you were trying to say -> Resign [himself] to being on the Brewers instead of a better team.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, that’s what I was saying…

  14. DBo says:
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    Converted keeper to dynasty league this year. Need some advice por favor. My team is heavily weighted for dynasty SP:

    C – Mesoraco
    1B – Chris Carter
    2B – Wong
    3B – Chris Davis
    OF – J.D. Martinez
    SP – deGrom
    SP – Wacha
    SP – Wheeler
    ML – Gallo
    ML – Syndergaard
    ML – Bundy
    ML – Urias

    Have been offered Wil Myers for Syndergaard + Bundy. Should I take the risk of Myers, assuming he bounces back, since I have an overflow of future stud SP’s?

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @DBo:
      I would take the chance on Meyers, still young and still has a lot of upside..I also think he does well in Petco..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DBo: Myers side

      • DBo says:
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        @Grey: Tank u!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          NP

  15. Stan the Man says:
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    In Yahoo Myers is ranked for 16th round. You have him ranked around 7th round. So how early should I try to get him? Maybe 10th or should I wait till around the 12th. The problem is I don’t really like OF’s much after Myers.

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    I’m in a 12 team mixed Roto keeper league that starts 1 of each infield position, 5 OF, 2 UTL, and 9 P. Weekly lineup changes. This year we are keeping 2 bats and 2 pitchers , but next year we will keep 4 bats and 3 pitchers. So with that in mind my current options for keepers are Tulowitzki, Chris Davis, Prince Fielder, and Gregory Polanco. This is a keep forever league without losing rounds for keeping guys. (Example: keeping Tulo but I won’t lose my 2nd round pick.) also, I must add that I have the 1st pick and I’m taking Jose Abreu.(lucky I know). So my question is whether I keep Chris Davis or Polanco? I would hate to keep davis and see him struggle again with avg. Only to see Polanco go 15/30 with a .275 avg. At the same time Polanco could suck and Davis could hit 40 homers. I really am torn here and could use some advice. Thanks guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rich: Davis

  17. Jason says:
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    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thank you

  18. Carnac says:
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    So it’s not entirely related to this NL draft, but my thoughts on the Top Chef finale: I feel like this season was a more egregious version of Season 5’s format over talent. Back then, I felt pretty strongly that Stefan should’ve won. He dominated pretty consistently throughout the season. But that’s not how Top Chef works. Past is prologue, etc. Anyhow, Gregory was clearly the best chef in that contest all year. And it wasn’t particularly close, imo. He had, like, 2-3 questionable dishes all season. Literally. And one of those was cooked on a friggin’ campfire in sturbridge village.

    Anyhow, Gregory was robbed. Kind of like Grey’s team was at CI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Way to wrap it back into this post! (Farting Emoji.) Yeah, and Richard Blaise and any time a girl won..>Wait, no that’s not right, the Boston girl was fine… But, yeah, I agree… Gregory already has the next Top Chef All-Stars locked up and it hasn’t even been cast yet

      • Carnac says:
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        Yeah, agreed. Gregory’s skill-set lends itself to owning any cook-off.

        A good shot of reality is actually eating at the places these newly minted celebrity chefs cook. I saw you’ve eaten at Ink before. I’ve eaten at the place Gregory cooks, and I have lunch pretty regularly where Doug cooks. Granted, neither Gregory nor Doug have their own restaurants, but it’s not as if those places are on a whole ‘notha level. Yes, both have very good food. I enjoy them. I also enjoy the excellent food I can get at a ton of other places across town. And a bunch of places it IS a whole ‘notha level. (e.g., here in Portland, Top Chef All Star Naomi Pomeroy’s Beast comes to mind)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I went to Kesoochi’s (sp?), it was a kosher Chipotle knockoff… Not terrible, but nothing special… Ink is fairly special… The best Top Chef place is actually from someone who didn’t last that long… Kuniko’s Hinoki and the Bird

          • Carnac says:
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            What are you having for lunch today?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I usually just go for tuna poke at Bristol Farms. You?

              • Carnac says:
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                Not positive yet, but I’m thinking about a “Pho’Rench Dip” sandwich from here: http://lardosandwiches.com/

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Don’t know if they’re as good as they sound, but the website sure does a good job of making them look delicious

                  • Carnac says:
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                    It’s the kind of sandwich you start thinking about at 9am.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I hear that… Maybe I’ll go for a bahn mi today, you’ve put me in the sammy mood

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Portland has way better stuff like that than we do. Now i want a vietnamese sandwich for lunch

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I wanna go check out Oregon some time, maybe you give me Sky’s address without telling him

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      his house is over the hill and thru the woods. I’d have to go with you because i want that mexican chocolate donut from voodoo

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I have some payback to give Sky with getting wasted… It might be best if I did it alone

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Oh, if only I had gotten wasted and nearly kicked out of the Playboy Mansion, how different this conversation would be (PS THAT WAS YOU).

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Member that afterparty we went to with Liss? It was like an empty house in the hills… I have no idea how we got there… We’ll be seeing Liss in Arizona…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I do remember…the house, not how we got there. There was a half naked Asian dude drunk as hell jumping around on a master bed upstairs. There was also a tequila bottle that ended up in my hands that I was drinking like it was a 40 oz. I don’t remember much after that…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Side bar, anyone from Yahoo going to be there that you know of? Liss was very cool when we met. Would love to meet some more guys from the industry like him.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Funston and Evans are always there

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Nice! I’m pretty stoked to rub elbows. Nothing else, though.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hehe

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… At some point, I walked home (took an hour) then returned with Cougs!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ok, you are joking about that walking home thing…RIGHT?!?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No, not at all… I wandered out then got lost then walked home

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haha, holy hell. Well now I know how and when you shaved then. That was so weird to me that I couldn’t find you and then when I did you had on a fresh change and a baby face. I wish I’d gotten lost with you. Coulda used some air.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      As opposed to puking in a fast food restaurant’s bathroom? Yeah, prolly…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      It’s hard to say which is better: restaurant bathroom or Playboy Mansion bathroom considering only one of them had security ready to kick people out. In some ways, I made the right choice!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that’s a great point…You’re not new to this!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I only drink like I am!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Me too, with little pink umbrellas

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I think you and I will have an Irish Car Bomb together in AZ. That is my lone drink wish in the desert with you, good sir.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sounds terroristy

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      then who is going to carry you home?

                      I just ordered my over sized Baby Bjorn for when we party

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Bring it to Arizona, I need to test it out

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Its on order and I’m too cheap to pay for express shipping.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Cmon, Aaron Albano!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Carnac: with the way you two drink I think i need to wear my shirts with break away collars

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      should i not be sharing a room why Sky?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Aaron Albano, Tuppy McHate can we get a few more aliases

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You can handle a few more aliases…easy!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Im sure I’ll come home with a new one after next weekend

  19. Grant says:
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    So now that K-Rod is signed, where do you slate him in your rankings, I noticed he was left off the top 400 in the war room download. Maybe you have his info updated already and I just didn’t see it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I updated rankings… I just need Rudy to republish it

      • PK says:
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        @Grey: Looks like the update is live now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool… yeah, was just a matter of Rudy getting around to it

  20. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey et al:
    16 team h2h 7×7 dynasty (+BB/OPS & QS/HLDS). 20 minors slots, so this is a DEEP league. We’re slow drafting and from the 4th draft slot I’ve landed Goldy, Hanley, & Bautista with my first 3 picks. Am I doing ok? Also, what round should I look for my first SP? I’ve got the pairs strategy figured out, just not sure how to adjust it for 16 team league. Thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awful! Kidding. You need to take an SP next

  21. TJ says:
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    Hey Grey, looking for a little draft help.

    I took Adam Jones first around and hoping he will be Mr. Reliable once again..
    Then took Bautista in an ESPN league without realizing he didn’t have 1B eligibility (shame on me).

    Where do you think I should land my next pick? Here’s what’s available…
    Upton, Desmond, HanRam, Arenado in the order of your top 100. I’m thinking I’ll be able to steal Arenado late. If not, I think I’ll be taking a flier on Longoria

    • TJ says:
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      Forgot to mention Scherzer and Price are still on the board.. but well.. I know your response to those anyhow

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No SPs, but I don’t know how many teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s the next 1B?

      • TJ says:
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        I’d believe Pujols is next in line to go. Then Freeman. Fielder, AGonz, C. Davis, and Hosmer are all still available as well.

        It’s a 10 team keeper league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take Pujols then

  22. clatehere says:
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    10 team CBS Keeper Roto Auction:

    Hi Grey!

    So I wake up to Michael Saunders sprinkler injury and is now out till All Sta Break.
    I picked him up cheap late last season ($5), so now should I throw him back into the pool for $5 extra in auction or consider keeping him for second half production and extension after 2015?
    argh…last year his numbers were when he played, but was injured often, is he made of glass?

    Thanks for the input.

    C

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s a shame, I loved him

      • clatehere says:
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        @Grey:
        I guess I’ll throw him back and FA bid him in July.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA… JFOH’s got a side gig!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: those son of a bitches.

  23. TJ says:
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    Sorry to bother you again, I just messaged you about my 3rd round pick with Pujols and I got him. Scherzer is still available but so is Arenado. What do you think? Someone took Machado already so people are reaching..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go Arenado

  24. birrrdy! says:
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    Really like the NL-only love here, Grey. I agree, that shizz gets tough when going deep like that.

    Keeper deadline in my 10-team NL-only auction league is looming. 5×5, 8 keepers max, final rosters of 13 hitters (w/ 1C, 5OF, 3U) and 10 pitchers. $300 to spend on keepers and in auction total. Can keep players forever, but prices are reset each year at a 10% discount from a magazine price (which is probably based on $260 leagues to start, so a decent value). Due to some off-season trading rules, I must keep Strasburg at $30 and Dickerson at $22. Who would be your remaining top 6?

    C – Ramos – $16
    1B – Votto – $25
    1B – Duda – $11
    2B – Hill – $6
    SS – Owings – $2
    3B/1B – Frazier – $16
    OF – Braun – $30
    OF – Domonic Brown – $4
    OF – Peralta – $2
    SP – Harvey – $26
    SP – Wheeler – $13
    SP – Wacha – $13
    SP – Ryu – $16
    SP – Burnett – $3
    SP – The Adverb – $21

    Thanks for any help you can provide!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strasburg, Dickerson, Frazier, Owings, Duda, Harvey, Votto, Wacha

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey! Surprised, but you now like Wacha over Wheeler? Your rankings had them pretty far apart. We also place a huge premium on elite players, so I’ve got to keep Braun, or he’ll go for $50+ in the draft. Would Owings, Harvey or Wacha/Wheeler drop off as a result? THX!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oops… I missed Wheeler…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lose Ownings for Braun

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Grey: By way of comparison, mag prices have Goldy at $36, Stanton at $39, Cutch at $37, Gomez at $34, Kershaw at $32

  25. goodfold2 says:
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    wow, a 12 team NL only with that many bench spots is almost deeper than my 30 man league in some respects (mostly the 2 catcher thing here). Francoeur isn’t owned in that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s a mess

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: what did you mean by “free rounds”, do you get to nominate a player and get him for free since you nominated him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Sounds like the Al K/Hippo keeper auction at the stage where everyone else has either left or passed out.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… The should ship you some booze so you stop beating them

  26. Jay says:
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    in ESPN, how the hell do I set my rankings or am I forced to view it by ESPNs rank?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you have to do it manually

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: so you mean just keping a ranking on paper or is there a spot that I can manipulate it within the app?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think you have to manipulate within their site

  27. TBone says:
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    Weekly 6×6; start 4 OF, no MI or CI, 4 SP, 2 RP, 1 P
    R, RBI, HR, SB, OBP, SLG
    W-L, QS, WHIP, ERA, SV, K/9
    Current Keepers: Abreu, Dee, Rendon, Marte, Springer, Buxton, Myers; Gray, Holland, Ventura

    1) Would you deal away Abreu (4th rd) who can potentially be kept 2 more years (3rd, 2nd) for EE (4th, but no keep after this year) if it allows you to keep Cutch near the end of the 1st?
    Taking the deal and keeping Cutch would take away another keeper like Myers (14th), Ventura (14th), Betances (15th), or Paxton (22nd).
    Staying with Abreu allows one of those to be kept; 1st round pick would be along the lines of JUp or Harper based on ESPN ADPs.

    2) Pick 1: Ventura (14th), Betances (15th), or Paxton (22nd)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) No 2) Paxton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We’re staying on a llama farm

  28. Blanky says:
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    Would you trade away Kershaw in a 16 team 4 keepers per team W,SV,ERA,WHIP,K/9 for either
    Wainwright a 1st and 2nd or Sale and a 1st

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  29. SteveNZ says:
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    Theme song for the ST trip…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Better than his “I have Alzheimer’s” song

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I don’t remember that one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ouch!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          He doesn’t either

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I wonder if he went to see Still Alice

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Sky: @Grey: I think it’s fair to say his best days are behind him.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I don’t really know him, so I’ll take your word for it

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: this album title works on a lot of levels and this is what I’ll be doing on sunday from hysterics

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I’m currently listening to Veruca Salt albums. My mind is about 1,000 light years from listening to any Crosby.

              • And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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                @Sky: blow it out yr ass sky! i saw them when louise was at her hottest (and i believe boning dave grohl during 8 arms tour)

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  She totally had the hot goth chick look Fairuza Balk was going for in The Craft. Only difference is Post nailed it.

                  • And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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                    @Sky: she was a lot hotter than balk too.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yes, that was meant to be inferred from sentence two.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: yeah, I can see that with you

  30. And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    16 team H2H league with hits/OPS/holds/QS 7X7. keepers are arenado/goldy/upton/soler/ozuna/cobb. c/1b/2b/ss/3b/ 3 OF/ 2 util. 2 SP/ 1 RP/ 5 P slots. 5 BN, 2 DL, 1 NA. Only 4 adds per week, so can’t stream much. Lot of leeway on how many RP to SP here with all those P slots. What’s a good amount of RP and SP here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Between 7 and 8

      • And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @Grey: i mean how many RP vs how many SP, i know not to use more than maybe 1 BN spot on hitters. I could go 6 RP (2 closers at least) – 6 SP 1 Bn hitter, or less RP, with more SP (and H2H you usually need more extra SP)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You need 2 closers and 7 to 8 SPs

          • And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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            @Grey: holds guys too (esp if they might end up being closers soon/later), yeah at least 2 closers, 2-4 holds guys.

        • And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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          @And Now the John Lovitz Dancers!: wait, i see you meant 7 or 8 SP, leaving RP somewhere from 4-6 RP (but only 6 if i use no BN hitters at all)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, 2 closers, 2-4 holds guys

  31. Joe says:
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    In a 14 team, 5×5 auction keeper league with a $260 draft budget. Have to keep between 7-15 players and the total roster is 29 players…(starters are C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 5 OFs, CI, MI, UTL, 7 SPs and 3 RPs. My salary is currently at $203 with the below keepers.
    Grey, would you keep K-Rod for $2 in lieu of any of the below players? I’m thinking of Murphy being the odd guy out here and saving a little money in the meantime…but not too sure which way to go..

    Carlos Santana – $16
    Encarnacion – $29
    Kendrick – $7
    Beltre – $24
    Andrus – $18
    Daniel Murphy – $13
    Sandoval – $2
    Bruce – $23
    Gordon – $14
    Kemp – $23

    Cobb – $20
    Duffy – $2
    Pineda – $2
    Samardzija – $8

    Street – $2

    As always, thanks for you input…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, dump Murphy for K-Rod… No problem…

  32. los locos says:
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    Grey, can you do an article on keeper strategy? What kind of guidlines do or should I follow? In my league of 10, there are 70 guys off the board, some teams keep 3 offensive players and 4 pitchers or vice versa.

    I have Kershaw, Struaburg and shoemaker.. Hanley, Arneado, Pence and Brantley..

    Guys like Davis, Hamilotn, Pujols, Beltre, Dickerson Cargo Frazier, Santana and Marter will be drafted in the 1st round… Then I go back to back picks… Have to make them count… Ideas, Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Always play for this year is number one strategy

  33. joeg414 says:
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    Good Evening Grey, Just did a quick mock draft , your opinion please. Who was picked too early, and who was a steal? Thanks.
    13 Team Daily 6×6 mixed, with keepers ( one hitter & One pitcher from last years round ).
    Player – Round
    Travis d’Arnaud (NYM)-17
    Todd Frazier (Cin)-3
    Carlos Santana (Cle)-4
    Prince Fielder (Tex)-6
    Lucas Duda (NYM)-12
    Rendon-keeper-9
    Ian Desmond (Was)-2
    Wilmer Flores (NYM)-21
    Bryce Harper (Was)-1
    Jorge Soler (ChC)-7
    Marcell Ozuna (Mia)-10
    Avisail Garcia (CWS)-13
    Adam Eaton (CWS)-19

    Francisco Rodriguez-15
    Santiago Casilla (SF)-16
    Tyler Clippard (Oak)-20
    Carlos Martinez (StL)-22
    Jeff Samardzija (CWS)-5
    Gerrit Cole (Pit)-8
    Zimmerman-Keeper-14
    Zach Wheeler (NYM)-11
    James Paxton (Sea)-18

  34. joeg414 says:
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    I had the 13th pick.

  35. goodfold2 says:
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    when i attempt to open war room i get this
    The page you were looking for doesn’t exist.

    You may have mistyped the address or the page may have moved

    this happens whether i try to log in as existing user, or try to create new user, or use multiple emails. I’ve cleaned cookies each time i try, and restart each time too.

  36. Steve-o says:
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    12 team, NL-only league 4×4

    Keeping: Arrieta -$10, Liriano – $10, Roark -$9 , Storen -$3 and Broxton -$4.

    With 4 pitching slots left, would you spend $30 for stud like Chapman or Scherzer, or keep going after low to midrange valued pitchers and use the bulk of budget on hitters?

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