Just finished my first draft if you’re reading this as I type it, and other than one shirtless man in yellow sweatpants standing behind me in this internet cafe, I don’t think anyone’s reading this as I type it.  Unless, of course, there’s micronauts living inside my brain watching as my inner monologue is sending info to my fingers.  Gadzooks, I got micronauts in my brain!  I wonder if these micronauts made me draft Eric Thames.  I need to delve deeper into this subject.  Maybe I will in my pastel journal that is covered in Giancarlo’s picture from ESPN’s nude magazine.  So, I took on the monsters of the industry in an NL Only league that was hosted by Scott White of CBS and I came away with a team that is more imbalanced than Amanda Bynes.  This league is deep so hold onto ye old hat.  (If you want a shallower league, play against me and hundreds of your closest buddies in the Razzball Commenter Leagues.  Please be a commissioner, we need leagues, thank you, and Oxford comma.)  Anyway, here’s my 12-team NL-Only team and some thoughts:

C: Derek Norris $7
C: Nick Hundley $2
1B: Tommy Joseph $17
2B: Kolten Wong $11
3B: Jonathan Villar $27
SS: Orlando Arcia $12
MI: Scooter Gennett $2
CI: John Jaso $1
OF: Bryce Harper $35
OF: David Dahl $22
OF: Adam Eaton $21
OF: Yasiel Puig $14
OF: Eric Thames $17
UTIL: Raimel Tapia $1
P: Tanner Roark $10
P: Brandon Maurer $13
P: Anthony DeSclafani $12
P: Jameson Taillon $15
P: Edinson Volquez $5
P: Hector Neris $7
P: Mike Foltynewicz $6
P: Scott Kazmir $2
P:  Jhoulys Chacin $1
Bench: Jake Barrett
Bench: Jace Peterson
Bench: Matt Wisler
Bench: Tyler Chatwood
Bench: Erick Aybar
Bench: Rene Rivera
Bench: Trevor Cahill

DIDN’T YOU SAY SOMETHING ABOUT NOT OWNING ERIC THAMES THIS YEAR?  YOU BEST NOT TRY AND BACKDATE THIS POST TO BEFORE YOU SAID THAT BECAUSE I GOTS YO’ SHIZZ NUMERICALLY CATALOGED!  

The great thing about deep drafts like this with a fifteen-second auction clock is you have no time to second-guess your auction values.  Or that’s the terrible thing, if your auction values aren’t good.  As usual, I use our NL-Only auction values for these drafts.  I type in a name at the top box where the names are and it filters to that player.  I see his value, and I bid or pass.  It really is that simply.  The auction values are updated nearly every day, so playing time is as up to date as you’re going to find.  All for the low, low, low price of free!  No wonder why we’re broke as a joke.  What the hell can I buy with free?  A hug?  How about we wrap ourselves in swaddling and start charging?!  Since I follow the auction values almost religiously, I draft players I had no interest in previously for mixed leagues where I use my rankings.  Ergo, vis-a-vis, henceforth, Eric Thames.  The well-trimmed, bearded man was priced at $20, and I would’ve gone to $20 for him, but got him for $17.  Simply as that.

OKAY, YOU LEGIT JUST SAID YOU FOLLOW THOSE “FREE” AUCTION VALUES AND BRYCE HARPER IS AT $34 AND YOU SPENT $35.  I CAN’T TAKE THE LIES AND DECEPTION ANY LONGER!

Yeah, $35 felt right.  Bryant went for $37 and I have him listed for $32; Goldy I have listed for $31 and he went for $39; Arenado went for $41 and I have him down for $34.  So, when Harper was about to go for $34, I decided to push it to $35.  If someone else came along and pushed it to $36, I would’ve backed out and they could’ve had him, but it felt right.  Yeah, I got the feels, so what?  Only other players I went over our prices were Nick Hundley and David Dahl.  I have Dahl for $20 and I went to $22; I just love me some Dahl.  And Nick Hundley is listed as -$4 in our values, and I would take a -$4 value from him for the $2 I spent because the next catcher off the board was Tucker Barnhart for $3, i.e., if the catchers were grapes, they’d be turds disguised as raisins.  Oh, and speaking of catchers as turd raisins, I paid $7 for Derek Norris a week before Wieters signed.  Here’s hoping Norris is traded to another NL team.  Or Chuck Norris dropkicks Wieters in his elbow and Derek Norris is the starter again.  Hey, it could happen!

OKAY, I’M GONNA GIVE YOU A COMPLIMENT:  YOUR OUTFIELD IS SEXY.  NOW, I’M GOING TO SLAP THAT COMPLIMENT OUT OF YOUR MOUTH:  YOUR PITCHING IS A POOP EMOJI.

If you think I don’t know that, you’re not looking at my free round picks:  Tyler Chatwood, Matt Wisler, Trevor Cahill, Jake Barrett.  You think I wanted to take every terrible NL starter for s’s and g’s?  I even took Jhoulys Chacin praying I can get some favorable home matchups.  The pitching is a mess.  I aim for about $80-85 spent on pitching and I spent $64.  That pitching looks it too.  And don’t even get me started on my bullpen, I think I’m projected for about 25 saves total.  Though, last year I led this league from the beginning of April until the next-to-last day of the season (don’t ask) and I had one closer, Carter Capps.  Oh, and my catchers last year were Carlos Ruiz and Dustin Garneau.  So, it might not look pretty, but this league is very deep.  Guys like Tyler Chatwood have value.

TWO WORDS:  TOMMY JOSEPH AND YASIEL PUIG.  OKAY, STOP COUNTING THE WORDS!

I might end up drafting Tommy Joseph in every league, so, like a gyno might say, let’s peek under the hood.  He’s 25 years old and projected for 30+ homers and .260 if he plays 145 games.  I’m sorry, but that’s better than Adam Duvall.  Right now, Joseph is projected for the same value as Yasiel Puig.  Speaking of #Puigyourdraft, he was so cheap, I just had to give him a whirl.  I mean, Manuel Margot went for $18. There were no bargains and Puig felt like one.  Of course, let’s see if I think he feels like a bargain in July.

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

Bryce…Dahl…Taillon…Arcia…Foltysomethingwitz…Tilipia….WONG!!!  Who doesn’t love these guys?  I have upside, guys and five girl readers!  By the by, one of our girl readers may be in a Razzball commenter league.  Meet your future wife on Razzball and invite me to the wedding (if there’s going to be good food)!  This NL-Only league will come down to who can avoid major injuries, because at the top of the waivers right now is Jacob Nottingham, who I believe is the guy Hugh Grant played when he was standing in front of a girl being asked to love her.

  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Nice post, thanks for sharing, mensch!

    a. Yeah, the pitching is poop. But that outfield!!! And you never know, the $2 Kazmir might actually be worth 30$ by year-end. He and Folty could be your 2 and 3 after Taillon (staff ace) come October 1.

    b. Here’s hoping Norris goes somewhere nice for ye! I have my doubts though! Sad emoji.

    c. In Day 2 of the 2-day meeting! Still need to be taken out deep in the forest to be shot. Everyone is doing their own thing, many are not following up on their obligations/responsibilities for basic inputs needed for a consolidated report from N’Djamena (Lionel Richie song). My poor friend from Chicago who bumped her head, visited the ER twice, had malaria and some other parasitic disease in the last 20 days came back to work because she has a conscience and her boss is a slave driver. I’ll be helping her over the weekend to translate the 120-paged document that needs to be translated from French into English. No biggie! Anything for a friend.

    d. Going back Farchana USA on Monday. UPPER CASE YAY!!

    e. Have a nice weekend.

    f. Didn’t join EuroRazz league because the draft takes place when I’m in Don Ameche for yet another BS meeting and Internet there would be unreliable. Sorry, man! Signed up for another RCL that’s closer to my time zone (i.e., Monday morning at 04h00) on March 27 (It’s actually Sunday evening stateside).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Yeah, potentially B. Aw, geez C. I hope the 120-page document is large font D. Nice! E. You too! F. Ah, cool, no worries

  2. Cram It says:
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    I created a league. I think I did it correctly?

    • The great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: thought you were only doing Perts? We still don’t have an invite for FCL.

      • Big Odio says:
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        @The great Knoche: I’ve been emailing with pandas. He’s mulling it over. Give him a week.

      • Cram It says:
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        @The great Knoche: Someone asked me to commish a league.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Do I get notified when someone joins the league so I can update the spreadsheet? Or do I need to keep checking the league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Feel it out like a blind man at an orgy

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: That’s quite an aggressive simile.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, I think it was from Naked Gun

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: So someone joined and I updated the Google Doc, but it doesn’t reflect on the Sign Up page. Does someone manually update it?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s a cache thing, it updates after a few

            • The great Knoche says:
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              @Cram It: it will update on its own. ( or someone at razzball does it)

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                It updates on its own, it’s a cache thing

                • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                  @Grey: A cache me outside thing?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    HA!

              • Cram It says:
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                @The great Knoche: I see it now. Join my league!

  3. dude says:
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    Byung Ho Park’s last season in Korea (Age 28) – .343 with 52 HR’s. .436 OBP and .714 SLG. Had 161 K’s in 140 games.

    Eric Thames’s last season in Korea (Age 29) – .317 with 40 HR’s. .425 OBP and .676 SLG. Had 103K’s in 121 games.

    We saw what happened to Byung Ho Park when he came over and it’s not like Thames was all that good his first go around in the MLB. Why do you think Thames be any better than Park?

    • Cram It says:
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      @dude: Counterpoints…1. You can’t compare every one to come over from Korea to how Park fared here. 2. Thames has played American baseball before.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @dude: Thames has a Viking maurader beard and Park does not.

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @Grey: pretty much why I’ll throw $1 at him in every league to see how he does in the first 2 weeks. Also, I do like that he’s on a team that favors LH power hitters + that Brewers love to run. 25 / 13 with counting stats of a cleanup hitter for $1 would be sweet

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, $1 in mixed leagues is worth the flyer…. I hope he does more what Steamer and others project for him vs. what I project for him since I now own him

            • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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              @Grey: I’m encouraged by how highly conservative ranking systems are uniformly viewing him. Average is tbd but all see 25-30 hr power with some level of speed.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, which is puzzling… Brings up an interesting idea, maybe we can get Steamer on the podcast and just ask him about a few of these… I don’t understand how one can be super conservative about one guy while crazy about Thames

                • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                  @Grey: that would be awesome. Thames is projected to be something bonkers like top 20 or 30 in OPS too – so it’s not even just empty power. He’s like Todd Frazier but with– (kidding)

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha… I don’t remember exactly but I do believe these conservative projections systems are always high on guys coming over from Cuba too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dude: Thames was about 400 times better than Park in his first go around the majors…. I don’t think Thames is going to be much better, I’ve projected him for 20-ish HRs and .240, I think

  4. Five-On-One says:
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    Not to poop on your parade, but how likely is it that Joseph is this year’s DeShields?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Five-On-One: They’re completely different players.

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Cram It: you are starting to sound like him too. Did you grow a mustache and get shorter?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Big Odio: @Grey: Haha. I like logic.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: They’re completely different players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: If by that you mean, I own him everywhere and he fails? I’d say there’s a chance, Joseph has 30-homer power w/ not much else… That’s solid though at the right price

  5. Lance

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    Grey…

    How crazy am I that I spent $18 on two catchers and have 5, $1 players in my lineup for this league????

    See you at the top boss man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lance: I’ve won this league twice before and finished in 2nd last year, which means nothing if you get hit by injuries, but I try to avoid $1 players b/c waivers are just so bad if those $1 don’t pan out

      • Lance

        Lance says:
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        @Grey:
        That’s impressive! Saw in the chat during the auction you finished second last year.

        I have to dethrone the king with my $1 studs!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think in some ways you have dethroned the king, because I think you replaced last year’s winner in the league

  6. The great Knoche says:
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    Wong, Post, Post hype NLonly sleeper of the year.

  7. Ghost Ride the WHIP says:
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    Grey,

    Keeping six forever 6×6 with OPS-
    Lindor + 12th rd (133 overall)
    Starling Marte + 14th rd (168)

    Who do you like in a vacuum? I’m already keeping arenado, rizzo, story, scherzer, yu- does this change your answer? I feel like Marte may be slightly better today but maybe Lindor long term given age? Thanks for the help!

  8. leon says:
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    off topic.
    Would you keep Buxton in a 18 man keeper league. obp avg slg etc. or let him go?
    Also I know you hate Pollock, would you still keep him in the same league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @leon: I’d keep both

  9. Mad Beach Bums says:
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    I have Harper in a h2h keeper league, no cost, another crazy owner just offered moncada for Harper straight up, I laughed. Weird question but would moncada and Dahl for Harper a good deal. Big IF these 2 ball out like people think might not seem like a crazy deal in a year? Or is that still a terrible deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mad Beach Bums: I’d want Harper unless the other person was giving at least one 1st rounder

  10. NatsFan says:
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    My home league is a pretty decent amount of $$$, NL-ONly, 7 keepers. Shallow as all get out.

    Keepers:

    Grandal $8, Murphy $24, Addison $15, Blackmon $10, Grichuk $10, Neftali $10, AJ Ramos $1

    Maurer $10, Glasnow $6, Maurer $10, Joe Ross $11… I’m tossing back. Any issue with that list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NatsFan: Wow, you have a lot of Maurers! I’d go Ross and Glasnow over Yasmani and Neftali

  11. NatsFan says:
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    Also tossing Altherr $1 back. How much did Nola go for?

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @NatsFan:
      Nola went for $14

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NatsFan: Altherr at $1 is a toss back

  12. PHIL says:
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    Need to keep one, Jackie Bradley, Aledmys Diaz, Brad Miller ?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @PHIL: Bradley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PHIL: Agree with MP

  13. Roger Podacter says:
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    Your aim to get fame, with an Eric A Thames,
    is a shame, it’s a pain, you will suffer like a strain,

    and you wonder if all those korean dongs hit,
    will amount to nothing more than american dog shit

    Then you’ll remember what Oscar Gamble said to you,
    Grey don’t think it be like it is, but it do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Roger Podacter: Why are you not writing a poem for all of my posts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I don’t know that movie

          • Roger Podacter says:
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            @Grey:You don’t know The Fifth Element?!?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, I’ve never seen it… I hear JB likes it

  14. AndyAndy says:
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    Grey, another fine read.

    I’m in a 13 team keep 12 forever Roto 6X6.

    i need to put in my keepers by days end tomorrow and I’m down to having 2 spots for 4 players. Which 2 are out from Tim Anderson, Matz or Taijuan Walker and Castellanos?

    FWIW my keepers will be
    Harper
    Desmond
    Myers
    Bregman
    Dahl
    Belt
    Mazara
    Kepler
    Carrasco
    McCullers

    Thanks in Advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Double Andy…. Castellanos, Matz

  15. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    In OBP OPS leagues (no avg), who do you like as the best value? Votto or Freeman at $26, or Carpenter or Santana at $16? Carp in particular puts up massive obp ops numbers and will be hitting 3rd now.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: ops values are pretty similar to what I listed (though Eric Thames is up there around $16 too!), but Santana has the biggest discount in OBP ($27 on the rater).

        I like Santana, but worried about getting enough RBI from my 1B

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Steamer loves Thames that’s why he’s so high…. I was gonna say Santana

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: if the value is there, saving $10 on 1B (Santana v freeman) would free up more money to blow on Trout (always good in a 10-hitter league!)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I like Santana in general too for OBP or OPS

  16. E says:
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    Would you keep Addison Russell in round 11 or Aaron Nola in round 23? Already keeping Gary Sanchez and JBJ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Addison

  17. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey! Roto league, normal 5×5 categories, 10 team keeper league. In a vacuum how would you rank the following guys if you were drafting for the next 3 to 4 years? Knowing that these guys are being drafted for the next couple of years, any one or two guys that stand out that you would definitely want over the others? Big thank you as always!

    W Myers, Pollock, Cespedes, Braun, C Santana, Yelich

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers, Yelich, Pollock, Yoenis

  18. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Ok, so I think I’m all in on Legion now. Still weird as shit, still have no real idea what’s going on….but I dig the weirdness.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah? Maybe I’ll watch the 2nd episode then… I never went back after the 1st

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: I’m all caught up to the third episode. I’m not lost in it anymore, just sometimes you don’t know what’s reality or in his mind. I can totally understand if people don’t like it though.

        Read the quick synopsis for the new season of Fargo. Can’t wait.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t tel me too much, but is Fargo current day or past?

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Think it is slightly in the past, just a few years. I didn’t even know it was Ewan McGregor.

            I hate spoilers too, my girlfriend sent me the rundown and I was hesitant because I like going in not even knowing the premise.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Your girl and Cougs need to be friends… Cougs is always sending me spoilers even though I keep telling her I don’t want them

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: For real! What’s the fun in knowing everything about something before you watch it? Why even watch it?

                I’m pissed at myself about Legion. I wanted to see how this is X-men related so I read a little about his character. It doesn’t seem to follow too closely, but if it does end up similar, I ruined some for myself. And I can feel that I ruined a twist for myself.

                • Grey

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                  When I’m watching an old show, I won’t even Google an actor’s name because I’ll fear the top search result will be something like, “Why Jerry Orbach is no longer on Law & Order? He’s Dead.”

                • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                  @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: it’s in “alternate reality” so the writers didn’t have to deal with comic stuff at all.

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Grey:

                “hey babe are we having sex tonight?”

                “you know what, I dont want to know just surprise me”

                *three hours later*

                “babe when are you coming to bed…babe?……babe?”

                *Grey walks out to the living room to find cougs passed out on the couch*

                “man, I get a spoiler if I ask and a spoiler when I don’t”

                *insert sad trombone*

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  More like, “Okay, let’s go, but I want to watch TV so let’s make it fast.” I’m the one saying let’s make it fast

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    @Grey: don’t lie, your idea of sex is jerking off next to her while she sleeps…nevermind that’s me

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      If it’s a late night, that legit works

                    • Big Odio says:
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                      have you ever lubed up behind her knee and gone to town? Ive heard of this but NEVER tried it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I can’t reach my own knee

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh her knee! Nah

                    • Big Odio says:
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                      If it was your knee you wouldn’t be doing this for a living

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hahaha

  19. Mike says:
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    I listened to you on Schoop last year and ridiculed the rest of the league all year long. I’m surprised to see him so low this year. Why is he 20 spots behind Semien?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Behind Semien where?

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: sorry, misread the top 500. Still don’t see how semien is above him, even if only by 6 slots

        • Grey

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          That’s a toss up, not really a difference…. Semien is 25 HR/12 SB guy, Schoop is a straight 25 HR guy

  20. Nyjacobs says:
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    Im currently drafting 9th in a 12 man roto with an oppt to draft 1st if i trade my 2nd and 4th round picks. any advice on trading picks? Basically i’d get trout + a late round pick for my 2nd and 4th round picks. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So, basically Miggy and Yoenis for Trout? Sounds fair, I’d want Trout

  21. farcus says:
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    I don’t know where I’d be without Razzball and the wisdom of the ‘stache. Thank you.

    In my 14tm mixed H2H points league at this point I’m obligated to keep Polanco in the 4th round, and I get to keep 4 more, at the moment I’m planning to keep:

    Arenado (13th rd)
    Correa (22nd)
    Story (11th)
    and D Duffy (21st) [added value of retaining RP elig for this season]

    Other potentially attractive options:

    Sano (21st)
    J Bautista (20th)
    Taillon (21st)
    Velasquez (7th)

    Would you prefer any of those to my planned keepers?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! I’d go with the keepers you have set aside

  22. Ralph Lifshitz

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    I have to be honest, I’m not bananas about owning Thames in re-draft but in some deeper formats I’m taking a shot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, with you on that… I think in redraft you’re gonna be dropping him by April 15th, but in deep leagues where there’s no better options I could see backing into a relatively cheap 25 HR season

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: I have no idea what to expect. I do think he’ll be better than Park, and should hit for more power than Kang. There’s a feeling in the back of my mind that maybe all these projectors are right and he wins people leagues. Every single one has him putting up top 5 round stats.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Those projections though right?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, but so much risk that isn’t being accounted for

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Grey: I got him at 253 overall in a 5 year dynasty league w/ 99 player rosters and 10 drops each offseason.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That’s actually a fair price… His draft price hasn’t really matched where projections systems are on him, so either most don’t rely on projections or they ignore the ones they want to ignore, I think latter

          • Grey

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            That park tho

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I’m staying away from him. The Brewers aren’t trying to compete and it makes you wonder why they signed him.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Big Odio: They improved last year and have some players with big upside coming up. Too bad that division is a blood bath.

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: the blood bath is my point. Get him cheap, see if he does hit and then roll him over at the dealine to a contender for a prospect then his value goes in the trash as he becomes a bench bat OR he does little and they arent out that much

  23. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    A new owner in my 16 team mixed dynasty league is offering Syndergaard for a possible trade, looking for a package of 2 or 3 players in return …

    Do I offer Adam Duvall, Greg Bird, and, say, Michael Saunders?

    I luv Thor (who doesn’t) but I don’t want to put a self-inflicted dent into my offense …

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Noah

      • Racehorse says:
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        @Grey: thanks !

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  24. OneI'dWilly says:
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    Great timing. I’m trying to nail down my keepers in my 10 team NL 5×5 Roto. $260 auction.
    2C, 1x 1B,2B,ss,3B, MI,CI, 4OF, 2UT, 5SP, 4RP No bench

    Keepers:
    C. Seager $1
    M. Franco $1
    D. Dahl $1
    J. Peraza $1
    S. Matz $1
    K. Maeda $6
    Robbie Ray $1

    I need help picking 3 out of these guys:
    M. Ozuna $12
    K. Wong $1
    S. Kazmir $1
    K. Wong

    Bonus question!
    Assuming I got into draft with Matz, Robbie and Maeda. What teir of SP would you pair that with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Picking three? There are only three there

    • OneI'dWilly says:
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      @OneI’dWilly: No wonder I always lose this league . . . it’s 2 of those 3 guys. I only have 1 K. Wong and that’s plenty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and I’d try for a Taijuan level guy — you need a #2 to #3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Wong, Kazmir… Spend extra $12 some place nice

      • OneI'dWilly says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  25. moldyforgoldy says:
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    mr. albright aka fml…i came here as requested….which 2 of the below keepers have the best value in a standard h2h?

    -bryant 1st round
    -altuve 2nd
    -gregor polanco 3rd
    -cespedes 4th
    -freeman 7th

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Moldy…. Bryant, Altuve

  26. RAGS says:
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    I’m in an NL-only keeper league with a supplemental minor league system that leads to a lot of young stars getting kept for $10 (Turner, Bryant, Seager, Schwarber, Contreras, etc). With inflation probably heading north of 20-25% does that basically force me into a stars and scrubs strategy?

    I feel like the only way to stay competitive is to overpay for proven talent and then hope to hit the lottery tickets just right.

    On the other hand, it’s a weekly league with no bench and real money transaction fees, so streaming pitchers and bottom of the lineup guys isn’t really a viable strategy. And the roto format really punishes you for leaving black holes in your roster, even for things like OF5 or second catcher.

    I’m really torn on keeping Arenado at 41. He’s not strictly worth it according to the auction calculator, with inflation he’s borderline. I’ve been offered a pupu platter of semi-keepable $1 guys for him, but if he’s not worth keeping anyway, I might as well get some lotto tickets?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, keepers are whole other beast, you need to spend more money on everyone… arenado for $41 isn’t bad there, because like you say others will be kept for much cheaper

  27. The Grand Poppy says:
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    Forgive my ignorance Grey!! I know you have said this in probably dozens of places, but I can’t locate them … where would you recommend taking your first closer in ten team standard roto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around 110-130

      • The Grand Poppy says:
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        @Grey: Perfect. That’s what I was thinking but wanted to make sure. I’m sitting on pick 94 and am not sure what direction to go. Here’s who I currently have:

        C –
        1B – Rizzo
        2B – Odor
        SS – Machado
        3B –
        LF – Dahl
        CF – Trout
        RF – Polanco
        OF – Just Dong
        U –
        SP – Carrasco
        SP – C-Mart

        Top available players are: J Turner, Trumbo, C Santana, Duffy, Cole, Salazar, Melancon

        Which way would you suggest going?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trumbo

  28. jon says:
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    10 team keeper league keep all

    Puig and De Leon for Russell? I would be getting russell… do it right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Addison

  29. Webelos Willie

    Webelos Willie says:
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    Keep 5, however long with no penalty. 6×6 with ops, holds, qs and k/9 as unique cat’s. I’m keeping Correa and Springer for sure. Who do I pick between:

    Dahl
    Yelich
    Moncada
    Bregman
    Archer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl, Yelich, Bregman

  30. Bobbo says:
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    12 team h2h 6×6 with OPS and QS
    3 keepers no restrictions or limits
    Who do you keep?

    Donaldson
    Stanton
    Marte
    Cruz
    Freeman
    Pollock
    Segura
    Scherzer

    I was thinking of Donaldson, Marte, and Scherzer and then waiting until my pick (pick 10/12) to snag Freeman because I am fairly certain he will fly under the radar.

    However, this Scherzer injury has me sketched out.

    So what about going donaldson, marte, stanton and then grabbing freeman with my first pick? I am very confident no one will pick freeman but I do think that the likes of stanton would be taken.

    Pitching is at a premium in my league so do I roll the dice with the scherzer plan? so confused…

    Thanks as always for your feedback!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson, Marte, Freeman

  31. mike says:
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    I would like to know your thoughts on in my draft if I were to allow trout to go for 85$ and mookie goes for 75$ , goldy for 65$ and so on with prices like that. How many do I let get away before I pay big for someone. Or am I best off waiting until there is a good deal. Do I start buying around 35$? Chris davis? players or maybe 45$ Pollock? Players. I dont know yet who but thats the prices every year for top guys .
    == my keepers.
    Schcwarb 20$ corey seager 20$ Wil myers12$
    Arrieta 20$ syndaguard 22$.
    Is this to much money to to start with the draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know nothing of your league, but I’d put together a team I was happy with regardless of prices

  32. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    $28 Betts or $6 Correa? (keep forever +$3 annually)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Correa

  33. Noam says:
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    Hey Grey! I’ve got a deal on the table in a dynasty where I give Chris Archer for Ian Desmond.

    Do you think dealing Archer will weaken my pitching too much?

    Thanks!

    16 Team Dynasty CBS, Roto 6×6 (R, HR, RBI, SB, BA, OPS – IP, SO, ERA, WHIP, Net Wins, SV+HD) — Weekly Lineup Lock —
    Team:
    C: C. Rupp
    1B: M. Cabrera
    2B: J. Altuve
    3B: J. Donaldson
    SS: J. Villar
    MI: J. Schoop
    CI: T. Frazier
    OF: C. Beltran
    OF: M. Kepler
    OF: G. Springer
    OF: J. Upton
    U: B. Belt
    U: L. Duda
    Bench: T. Shaw
    Bench: D. Span
    Bench: S. Souza
    Minors: B. Rodgers (SS), Chase Vallot (C), Ryan O’Hearn (1B), Willie Calhoun (2B), Miguel Andujar (3B), Wladimir Galindo (3B), Daz Cameron (OF), Tyler Hill (OF), Jordan Patterson (OF), Magneuris Sierra (OF)

    Pitchers, I can start 9 pitchers per week (no designation between SP and RP)
    SP: C. Archer, K. Hendricks, D. Salazar, J. Lackey, G. Cole, JA Happ, J. Hellickson, S. Lugo, T. Roark, C. Kuhl, C. Buchholz, H. Ryu
    RP: J. Familia, K. Herrera
    Minors: Domingo Acevedo, Vicente Campos, Harol Gonzalez, Chris Paddack, David Paulino, Roniel Roudes, Justus Sheffield, Max Wotell, Jason Wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Desmond

      • Noam says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        You think my pitching can absorb the hit well enough?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think we just got married

          • Noam says:
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            @Grey: Haha, did I cut in on you and Giancarlo?!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You did, you tease!

  34. jack florida says:
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    checkout sports center or mlb network to see the shot that Judge hit today at Steinbrenner field

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw, insane

      • jack florida says:
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        @Grey: was at the game—you knew it was gone right away–estimated at 450 ft at the game

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If he can just hit .250

  35. Richard Davis says:
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    Would you trade Schwarber for Trey Turner in a dynasty leage? I’d be getting Turner. I see a lot of people saying Turner may dissapoint this year, but I need a SS. However, if Schwarber gets C eligibility, then that would be great too. And leading off for the Cubs makes him very valuable. The only stat that Turner has better is SB, and Schwarber has better Run, HR, RBI, and OPS potential, but also prolly sees less ABs. I like Turner, but I’m worried that once Bryce Harper leaves in 2 years, Turners stats will be affected. Thanks for all the work and info you do

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Turner

  36. Iron Sheik says:
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    Yo Grey wonderful work! I only a use you projections. Pick 5 keepers for 2017 and beyond..pts league so give me your honest thoughts.

    The obvious 3…
    Nolen Arenado
    Kris Bryant
    Mike Trout

    Now pick 2 from this group
    George Springer
    Addison Russell
    Danny Duffy
    David Price
    deGrom

    Thanks a bunch for your work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Springer, deGrom

  37. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Grey whats up man great post! I BEFORE E EXCEPT AFTER C, THE AL ONLY Preview comes before NL!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

      • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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        @Grey: Is Brinson still available in your league? 2 Hrs off HS pitching HYPETRAIN

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nooooo…. probably went for over seven dollars

  38. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Hi, Grey. Am I correct that the site memberships were handled via a Cointent intermediary and that Cointent is no longer? Is there a new avenue for the membership purchases, or is it just daiquiris for now?

    Sorry, I searched the menus and the site but I’m not finding this info.

    Thanks!

    • I am working on the new subscription software integration. Will be set up sometime in March.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy is setting up a new system for the subscriptions it should be around shortly in the next week or two

  39. nick the dick says:
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    Surely you know i’m upset. Touche’ you fucking fuck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who ya boy?

  40. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: time to defend my league title with the 2 most important decisions of the preseason – who should I keep from these guys who are all projected to go within the first 2 rounds of drafts? It’s a 10 team league in a 7×7 (standard 5×5 with 2 dumb categories added in for hitters and pitchers)

    -Anthony Rizzo
    -Mookie Betts
    -Trea Turner
    -Charlie Blackmon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo, Betts

  41. AU! says:
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    Simple question here.. in a 12 team h2h 5 cat dynasty, I own Nelson Cruz and have to give him an extension on his contract to keep him. We have a $300 budget. I have Cruz for $17 for any year I keep him. Is it too risky to sign him for 2 years? Or should I just do 1? Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @AU!: He’d be on a 1 year deal for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep him for two years

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: 1

  42. DansbyIsAtlantasRevival says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I literally owe you my past 2 championships the past 2 years per your advice. You’re the man .. you know this though:

    I’m in a keeper league and can keep the following .

    (1); obviously keeping donaldson in the 5th
    then it gets tricky, (can keep 2):

    Arrieta in the 4th
    or
    Kinsler in the 7th
    or
    J.Ramirez (cleveland) in the 12th
    or
    R. Osuna (RP) in the 12th
    or
    Jameson Taillon in the 15th (could be a keeper for the long haul but not sure its worth it)

    Thinking Donaldson, Arrieta, and either J-Taillon or Kinsler?

    Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

    • DansbyisAtlantasRevival says:
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      @DansbyIsAtlantasRevival:

      Now maybe Ramirez minus Arrieta

      (10x 10 league and 10 teams)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not amazing options… Taillon and Arrieta

  43. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Conforto with a HR yesterday…here he comes lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  44. Jon says:
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    Which side in a keep forever league 5×5 stats? Bregman+Odor OR Polanco+Russell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  45. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Starting a 20 team, 30 round dynasty slow draft tomorrow…I’m putting the over under at March 15th for it to finish…I’m taking the over.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That feels optimistic

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Yeah its going to be slow and painful

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should do a slow draft with Razzball too, $150 to enter

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: That mean going back to NFBC? No more Scout $88?

  46. Caesar Hernandez says:
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    Grey!

    I’ve inherited a shitty team in a deep 30 team dynasty and our auction is this week. Would you agree with a strategy that I should overpay for a player or two that I can keep for several years and fill the rest of the roster with cheap fill-ins? Seems to make more sense then spreading the money around on lesser players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, I wouldn’t overpay for anyone

  47. The Great Knoche says:
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    Harper absolutely hammered one in first spring training at bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, crushed it… Early drafts are going to get him for a cheaper price, I imagine, and his price will go up as the spring continues

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Based on the opposite field single in at-bat #2, I agree completely. I could see him sneaking up into that 5,6,7 range.

        Minimum NFBC draft position right now is #7

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, can’t believe some people ranked him after the top ten

  48. Revive85 says:
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    Dynasty keep forever, which side?

    Bryce Harper for Moncada, Robles, Sano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper, not close

  49. Oppo Taco says:
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    Arenado for G Cole, McCutchen and Lamb? Its a 12 team, 8 player keeper. No restrictions and keep forever. 5×5 roto. Fair trade? and Which side do you prefer. Right now Cole and McCutchen are two guys I’d be keeping. Roster listed below for context on current (and replacement) Keepers if the trade happened. Thanks!

    Currently Keeping : Goldy, Rizzo, J Upton, McCutchen, Moncada (spec keep), Seager, Bumgarner, Cole

    C- Castillo
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Kipnis
    SS – Seager
    3B – Longoria
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – J Upton
    OF – J Bautista
    Util – Goldschmidt
    Util – Lamb
    Bench – Moncada, Judge, Conforto, Pedroia

    SP – Bumgarner, Cole, F Her, Taillon, Matz, Velasquez
    RP – Osuna, Gomez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  50. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Which side do you like in this keeper trade (OBP OPS H2H categories):

    Harper ($42), E5 ($24), JDM ($22), or

    Trout ($58), Santana ($16), Stanton ($22)

    There’s something really alurring about having security in Trout and gambling on Stanton instead of my #1 (Harper).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout side

  51. nightpandas says:
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    which side you like in an obp keeper:

    Correa W Davis Kepler vs. Votto Chapman Schwarber

    • Nightpandas says:
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      @nightpandas: hey Grey, ya missed me…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sorry

  52. Pez says:
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    Better keeper. OBP league Santana or Dahl for salary min

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carlos

  53. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Since I’m drafting George Springer in every league this year (Featherbottom prediction: Top 5 overall), I’ve linked to my 2017 fantasy baseball team song:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rod Stewart has ne’er done a bad thing

      • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Exactly. What happened to my emoji?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is that an update to dude where’s my car?

  54. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    You see the news about Scherzer throwing his FB with 3 fingers not 2 to avoid pain? Wondering if I should try swooping him at $25 from my keeper league mate for my $18 Yu or $3 Moncada…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You want to trade for a guy that is struggling with a broken finger?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: I’m a sucker for buy low, but you’re totally right. Hold it is!

  55. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey

    Just got a trade offer.

    I give up: Tyler Glasnow and Trey Turner
    I get: Kluber

    Make the deal or pass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pass

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        The guy said Trea Turner is not a stud

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Grey,

        he countered with offering me Corey Kluber straight up for Trea Turner. What do you think?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Turner side

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            @Grey: so me giving up turner is worth it

            • The Harrow says:
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              @Scott Kimmel: are you seriously still not reading what he types? by this point you should learn to read his responses.

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Grey,

            Would you give up Cain, Duffy, and Gardner for LeMatheiu, Gray, and Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, on a plane though and wifi sucks

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Grey: try later

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All of these guys feel like Cypress knockoffs

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: I guess. Psycho realm has been around since the early 90’s. They have a song in mi vida loca which came out in 94. B real did hook up with them in the early 2000’s but they been here the whole time. Vatos locos are a lot of the same

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I see that

  56. The Alchemist says:
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    Major changes to yahoo ranklings today. Few (if any) are favorable.
    They really do crib from your rankings.

    • Big Odio says:
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      @The Alchemist: they adjust as adp starts rolling in. They adjusted early this year. Wait till mid march.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly

  57. Paul says:
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    12team 5×5 roto keepers (12)
    Struggling with keepers and Cubitis:

    Schwarber
    Rizzo
    DjLema
    C Seager
    Bryant
    Trout
    Polanco
    KDavis
    Maeda
    Cole
    Tanaka

    So I’m thinking of keeping one of the following: Eaton, Bruce, TAnderson, or Stroman

    or taking this offer:
    C Seager G Cole, and Bruce
    for
    K Seager Darvish and Addy Russell

    What say you Grey ?

    thanks

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