The other day I had a dream that Giancarlo and I were hosting a white party in the Hamptons, and I turned to Giancarlo and said, “You know who else I wish were here?”  And he said, “Zsa Zsa Gabor?”  And I said, “No, we’re not gay in the traditional sense.  We’re only gay for each other.”  Then he said, “Well, who do you wish were here then, silly?”  And I said, “Ronald Acuna,” only I said it in exclamation marks shaped like Gregorian letters, if Gregorian letters is what you call these things I’m typing out with my hand-toes.  That’s right, snitches, Greycarlo is sending out Evites and Ronald Acuna’s invited!  And guess what, jerks?  I also drafted Ronald Acuna on a fantasy baseball team (for SEO)!  This league was hosted by CBS’s Scott White, and all your favorite ‘perts were there, like that one guy whose name you forgot, and that other guy who has diabetes who you also can’t remember.  They were all there!  Oh, and returning champ, our very own, Lance Broshitz!  Anyway, here’s my 12-team, NL-Only draft with some thoughts:

C: Austin Hedges – $6
C: Manny Pina – $2
1B: Rhys Hoskins – $27
2B: DJ LeMahieu – $20
3B: J.P. Crawford – $8
SS: Trevor Story – $21
MI: Johan Camargo – $2
CI: Wil Myers – $25
OF: Ronald Acuna – $19
OF: Yasmany Tomas – $3
OF: Ian Desmond – $20
OF: Yasiel Puig – $19
OF: Ryan Braun – $18
U: Magneuris Sierra – $1
P: Yu Darvish – $25
P: Felipe Rivero – $19
P: Patrick Corbin – $10
P: Jason Vargas – $3
P: Sean Newcomb – $3
P: Vince Velasquez – $3
P: Jerad Eickhoff – $2
P: Chris Stratton – $2
P: Walker Buehler – $2
Bench: Mike Montgomery, Lane Adams, Tyson Ross, Scott Kazmir, Carlos Asuaje, Brock Stewart, Tommy Joseph

I WISH I WEREN’T ALREADY BOLDED AND CAPPED BECAUSE I’D LIKE TO EMPHASIS SOMETHING.

You can try underlining.

FAIR ENOUGH.  YOUR PITCHING SUCKS, YO!  DID YOU POOP YOUR PANTS MID-DRAFT, RUN TO THE BOUDOIR TO CHANGE SAID PANTS AND MISS THE PART WHERE PEOPLE DRAFTED PITCHING?

Allow me to show, rather than tell where my team is at, according to my War Room.  (I was using our NL-Only auction values that are on the site.  In fact (Grey’s adding on!), there’s fantasy baseball auction values for all kinds of different types of leagues.)  Here is where my team ranks for each category — excuse formatting, I don’t know how to make rows wider in Excel.  Okay, I don’t even know if they’re rows or columns:

You see how there’s numbers above each category?

JESUS FLIPPIN’ ALOU, WE CAN SEE THE NUMBERS!

So, I have way more offense than I need, and less pitching.  It’s obvious.  I knew after I drafted Ryan Braun I was gonna be in a pinch for pitching (say that fast 117 times!).  I shouldn’t have drafted Ryan Braun.  He was listed on my values for $26, and I was caught price enforcing at $19.  I assumed someone was going to $20 on him, but, when you assume, you make umé out of ass.  If I had Braun’s $19 to go towards pitching, my entire team would be in better shape.  Though, I’m not as concerned about my pitching as those above numbers would lead one to believe.

YOU OWN JASON VARGAS, YOU JACKASS!

While it is true I do own Jason Vargas, there’s a ton of other value found in my pitching staff.  In my top 20 starters, I go over how I like Darvish now on the Cubs, and in my top 60 starters, I talk about my love for Patrick Corbin, if you follow that link to my Patrick Corbin sleeperVince Velasquez, Jerad Eickhoff, Sean Newcomb and Mike Montgomery are guys I love, and say hello to my little friend, Felipe Rivero.  Yes, he’s my only closer, but, as you see in the above chart I’m at 12.6 points out of 14 in saves, so you really only need one closer.  (One closer and one setup man is ideal.)

My two biggest flaws are Ks and Wins.  I believe that’s more for a lack of projected innings than anything else.  If Montgomery, Buehler, Brock or Velasquez see more than their projected 400 IP combined, then I could be okay.  Also, everyone’s got holes on their team in a league this deep.  One team has an outfield of Kemp, Pence, Markakis, Brett Phillips and Ian Happ.  I like Happ, but the rest of those guys haven’t been good in sixteen years or have no job.  Another team’s starting lineup includes Jankowski, Enrique Hernandez, Nimmo, Garrett Cooper and David Freese.  Some of those guys you’re not even sure exist.  Don’t lie, you’re thinking Garrett Cooper is the chorus for Puttin’ on the Ritz.  Returning Champ Lance (RCL!  Speaking of which, join one here.) has these guys in his lineup:  Wilmer Difo, Raimel Tapia, Jordan Luplow, Andrew Toles, Wilmer Flores, Corbin Burnes and Carson Kelly.  I mean, okay, but whaaaaat?

WHEN YOU’RE DONE DOING BACKFLIPS TRYING TO MAKE THAT PITCHING STAFF NOT SOUND TERRIBLE, SPEAK ON YOUR HITTING.

My hitting is so butter that I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter makes out with it for five minutes, lifts its butter lips and is like, “I’m pretty sure that is butter.”  That’s how seriously butter this butter is!  Ian Desmond, Trevor Story and LeMahieu for a Beast of Coors Nation trifecta of splendiferousness.  I know, I know, they weren’t great last year, but, guys and five girl readers, we’re not playing for next year, are we?  Not a trick question, we’re not.  The further into draft season we get I’m growing fond of Desmond too (too).   He had a bad year last year, but if we can say that was due to an injury, can’t we say he has to be healed by now?  Would it shock you if Desmond regained 25-homer, 12-steal, .270 fanastiness?

I DO LIKE THAT RHYS HOSKINS BUY A LOT, AS WELL.

You don’t even know, Mr. Bolden Al Capps!  Top players did not go for cheap.  Shoot (not you, Dick Cheney), Billy Hamilton went for $36!  (In our values, he’s listed for $18.)  Trea Turner went for $49 (we have him at $41).  Posey went for $25 (we have him for $17).  We have Hoskins for $29, and I got him for $27.  That’s a steal in this draft.  Speaking of steals (though not as in SBs), Yasmany for $3 was mentioned in the draft chatroom as being the steal of the draft.  I don’t know, he is out of a starting job with Souza and Jarrod Dyson (he was updated in my top 100 outfielders), but Yasmany was $18 prior to the Dyson and Souza signing, so $3 is definitely worth the gamble.  Even with that dank humidor.

ARE YOU WAITING ME TO PROMPT YOU?

I am.

FINE.  REJOICE ABOUT RONALD ACUNA!

As I’ve been saying, I think Acuna gets the Kris Bryant-his-rookie-year treatment.  Up by the middle-to-end of April, and by mid-May everyone wishes they had him.  Mid-May seems like a long time from now, but to give you some basic math:  April is one month, May thru October is five months.  May thru October is a bigger number.  In the very conservative Steamer projections, Acuna is listed for 16 homers, 25 steals, hitting .280 in only 121 games.  Acuna’s gonna be a top 40 player for five months!  Acuna or Pollock?  Acuna, but Pollock went for more.  Acuna or Pham?  Acuna, but Pham went for more.  Acuna or Starling Marte?  Okay, prolly Marte, but they’re close, and Acuna went for ten less dollars.  Acuna or anyone else you can get for under $20?

ACUNA!

Acuna!

  1. Scoopski Potatoes says:
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    Enjoy the Razzball website Grey – great information and interesting reads. Nice work adding the animated videos this year.

    When are you planning to post your “Twenty Players I’m Drafting In The Top 100” article this year? Eagerly awaiting this to finalize my draft strategy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scoopski Potatoes: Maybe next week, trying to get one more draft in the bag this weekend

  2. Zeus says:
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    Grey

    Why am I feeling like the Fantasy baseball community has more cases of diabetes per capita than the fat back office of Howard Stern. What’s the schedule for Tout wars this weekend?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: Draft is morning on Saturday in Staten Island

      • Schlitz says:
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        @Grey: I’m sorry you have to go to Staten Island.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too!

      • Zeus says:
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        @Grey: you guys going out for some beverages after?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As soon as I get out of Staten Island

          • Zeus says:
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            @Grey: What’s a good tagline to Grey Albright in Escape From Staten Island?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’s taking his victory lap — with a picture of my lap and belt buckle that says “Champ”

          • I’ll treat you guys if you come to beautiful Bayonne just over the bridge!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We should be drafting in Bayonne!

              • How come ?
                I ‘ll treat you anytime .!
                You have my web page

  3. Anthony says:
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    Please help with my keepers.
    13 team, 12 player keeper. $260 auction.
    13 hitters
    9 p 2 closers

    Obvious keepers
    Jose Ram $2
    Correa $26
    J Donaldson $ 15
    Gallo $2
    Happ $2
    Sev $1
    C mart $15
    Severino $1
    Darvish $15
    Grey $4

    2 out of next group plz..

    Duvall$2
    PHAM$2
    Albies$2 i like a lot
    Doolitle$1 hate closers
    Neris$2 ditto
    Lester$ 25

  4. Zeus says:
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    So your hitting is almost mixed league caliber and your pitching can actually be quite good if one or two of those low priced guys shake out. Vargas is underaged (Siri you flirt) in only leagues. I’m liking it as Darvish is a great anchor for an only the lonely league.

    I did have to look up Magneuris Sierra though. I guess his parents were big X Men fans

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: Thanks! Sierra was a Rudy fave, this draft was a few weeks ago too, so maybe more of Sierra chance

  5. Sneezy says:
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    GREY!

    I must pull from your magical wizardry hat (knowing what your response may be from rankings and love of all things smelly)

    5×5 Roto Keeper – 12 teams (must keep 2 pitchers and 7 players total)

    Turner
    Stanton
    Benintendi
    Springer

    Kluber
    Severino

    I pick 12th. For my last final keeper, would you suggest PAXTON or ODOR? Wondering if I should shore up pitching or not.

    Hmmmm HELP! Love your stuff.

  6. The Great Knoche says:
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    Hacuna Matater.

  7. Tigres says:
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    Grey! Nice writeup, and Hurray! for! Acuna!

    Also – speaking as a traditional sense gay dude, I’m totally gonna begin using Traditional Sense Gay as a term. Especially using TSG as an acronym. I’ve been feeling for a while that our community’s acronym isn’t long enough. Plus then I can sing, “you down with TSG? yeah you know me”.

    Home league draft in two days. I’ve got Nola and Paxton as keepers, so good to aim for one more in your top 40? Or try for two? We’ve got unlimited transactions so streaming is never a problem.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Haha — One more around Morton wouldn’t be bad if you can pull it off

  8. KCC26 says:
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    good looking offense!

    keeper league question: 12 team H2H 6×6 (OPS and QS) where we keep 6

    If I’m keeping:

    keeper round in parentheses)

    Votto (2nd)
    Bryant (3)
    deGrom (5)
    Rendon (6)
    Benintendi (11)
    Castillo (18)

    Can you rank these guys who I believe will be available to me at my first pick based on how well they fit into the foundation I have going in?

    Marte, Cruz, J. Upton, Dozier, C-Mart, Darvish

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KCC26: Thanks! Marte, Upton, Dozier

  9. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    ACUNA!

    • Ante Galic says:
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      @MattTruss: Hey, man!

      Our RCL #48 is stuck again on 11/12. Would greatly appreciate the help to re-boot or whatever you all did the last time.

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DFresh: What on earth is a CST?

      • DFresh says:
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        @Grey: Central Standard Time

        Only need 1 more owner. You in Gray!?

        • DFresh says:
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          @DFresh: @DFresh: DERP! What on earth is a Gray? lol sorry Fantasy Master Lothario

        • DFresh says:
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          @DFresh: @DFresh: DERP! What on earth is a Gray? lol sorry Fantasy Master Lothario

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m traveling to NY today

  10. Schwab says:
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    Hey Grey,
    H2H Dynasty League where everyone keeps 15 players each year. 8 Terams in the league and it’s a point based league. I have the 4th pick and believe Buxton and Acuna will be available. Who would you lean towards? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schwab: I already regret saying Bux, Acuna is sexy too, hard call

      • Schwab says:
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        Thanks. It is a tough call. I know the one I don’t pick will not be available the following round.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  11. Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    Grey did you watch the assassination of Gianni Versace?

  12. LeftCoastYankee says:
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    Help Grey!

    Standard 12-team 5×5 $260 auction league. My keepers are due in 3 hours!

    Subject to a $60 keeper cap, which scenario do you recommend I keep?

    A) JoRamirez $15 + Rosario $9 + Merrifield $9 + [either Upton $21 or Carrasco $22…which one?]

    or

    B) JoRamirez $15 + Upton $21 + Carrasco 22

      • LeftCoastYankee says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. I discovered your wisdom last year and won my league thanks to savvy picks like R. Ray, Bellinger and Rhys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  13. Ben says:
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    12 Team H2H

    C Castillo
    1B Smoak
    2B D Gordon
    3B Machado
    SS Turner (k)
    OF Harper
    OF Hoskins (k)
    OF Mancini
    U Margot
    Bench M Gonzalez

    P Nola
    P Quintana
    P Bauer
    P Faria
    P Clevinger
    P Gausmann
    P Lamet
    P C Anderson
    P Gio
    P J Montgomery

    ML Kingery
    ML W Calhoun
    ML W Buehler

    Any thoughts? What do I need? I’ll have a couple open spots once waivers open up was planning on grabbing some more pitching depth

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: You need the conviction to know when you have a great team, Ben, and the confidence to scream about it to others… You don’t need anything really right now, maybe a closer flyer or three

  14. abelwingnut says:
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    hey, looking for some advice. need to keep two:

    decided to keep:

    $40 – betts
    $40 – bryant
    $5 – acuna
    $8 – kimbrel

    need to choose two (6×6: obp instead of avg, slg, and qs):

    $5 – m olson
    $5 – bird
    $5 – desmond
    $13 – davis
    $5 – c taylor
    $5 – vlad
    $5 – eloy
    $5 – dahl

    i’m pretty sure on taylor, but could be convinced otherwise i suppose. last spot is a wildcard. was hoping you could chime in.

    thanks!

    • abelwingnut says:
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      @abelwingnut: davis = khris davis

      • abelwingnut says:
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        @abelwingnut: also this is a keeper league, anyone at $5 now is $10 next season, $20 the next. davis would cost $20 next season

        • abelwingnut says:
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          @abelwingnut: 14 teams too. sorry for all the comments! can’t edit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @abelwingnut: No idea of # of teams, but guess Taylor and Davis

  15. El Famous Burrito says:
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    In a dynasty league rebuild, if you could trade Acuna for Vlad Jr AND Eloy Jimenez, would you do it?

    • I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @El Famous Burrito: top 1 prospect for 2 of the top 6 or 8, probably believable. it’s not like those other 2 aren’t ranked to be “safe”

  16. Justin says:
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    I like Acuna as well but feel like the market for him is starting to make it too big of a risk mainly the high strikeouts he had last year (144 Ks). Yes, he could be like Bryant. But Bryant was older and definitely a more productive hitter in the minors. Easy, easy, not saying Acuna wasn’t productive last year but Bryant’s hitting numbers were astromical. Also, Acuna is more of a steal threat (obviously) and Bryant has better power. I see Buxton as more of a comp but Buxton wasn’t as far along as Acuna at the same age. Yoan Moncada is close too. Acuna further along at his age than both, recognized:

    Age 19 Acuna: .325/21 HR/44SB/141 Ks
    Age 21 Moncada: .294/15HR/45SB/124 Ks
    Age 19 Buxton (A ball): .334/12 HR/55 SB/105 Ks
    Age 22 Bryant: .325/43 HR/15 SB/162 Ks

    My heart wants to go buck wild but logically I can’t justify spending a top 80 pick on him at this point. Yeah Bryant was sweet when he came up immediately. Moncada and Buxton were unusable. Acuna is probably somewhere inbetween IMHO (so humble). Sorry for being a cold shower.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: Didn’t mean Acuna was anything like Bryant batted ball profile-wise, more like how Bryant was up the 3rd week of April

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey: And that Acuna can produce his 1st year, which we might disagree on

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Grey: Not me and I, but Justin and I

          • Justin says:
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            @Grey:

            I don’t know, that’s the stupid answer to that question. I think Acuna will probably produce, I’m hoping he will because I’ve been targeting him – it’s just in the last few drafts I’ve done he’s gone top 80. I think that’s kind of the going rate for him. I can’t justify a guy with zero MLB experience getting picked ahead of a Tommy Pham or AJ Pollock or Yoenis Cespedes. Those guys aren’t as sexy though as sometimes you just gotta follow your taint. But logically I can’t make that case since his projections are such a crapshoot. Floor is he struggles when called up and never returns to MLB this year. That’s a low floor. Ceiling obviously is through the roof. I typically take my gambles outside of the top 100.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Floor with Acuna is everyone’s ceiling… he’s Lionel Richie… how dare you!

  17. Peacecoast says:
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    Think Brinson makes starting roster? If so should I grab him even though my OF are: Krush, Deshizz, Mazara, Dickerson, Cespedes with Choo in util? Last round in draft coming up and he still available.

    lol @ vargas btw.

    Nice OF for a NL only.

    • knucks says:
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      @Peacecoast: I hope Brinson starts. I drafted him on a 12 team league NFBC team to start as my 5th OF. At least until Acuna is up and playing that is.

      I’d prob grab him if I were you. What are your other choices though? Are you hurting somewhere else?

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @knucks: I think I will!

    • I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @Peacecoast: it’d be F’ing stupid if he wasn’t.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: He better start, sure grab him if you have room and don’t need anything else

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: there is also Erod available for a DL stash in my last round. Or try to get him at first waiver wire day. I am feeling Brinson is a better shot. Maybe even drop Choo if he definitely gets the starting job?

        P.S. are you in NY? that why you are up a little early today?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Headed to airport, headed to NY today — I’d likely hold Choo for now

          • Peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: btw look at this SP staff (12T mixed): quintana, fulmer, anderson, taillon, jmontgomery, manaea, giolito, mikolas. Obviously I took hitting early. I think I should be ok… Maybe should stash Erod on the DL?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that looks a little sad, maybe you do stash ERod

  18. DonnieB says:
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    What’s your gut telling about who will be the closer for your beloved LA Angels? I understand you are being asked to predict the decision of an idiot manager. Thank you and hopefully you didn’t have Mexican last night for dinner.

  19. I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    running a keep 9 in espn. no way to check this on their site as far as i can see, but do keepers slot into earliest rounds or latest rounds? obviously if it’s earliest rounds i’ll need to reverse the draft order

    2. similar question. in espn how do you go about slotting guys into rounds if you want specific rounds for them? this last isn’t my issue now but it’d still be good to know.

  20. Chud says:
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    Trying to add some SP for my dynasty full salary keeper……

    Would you do Sano($22)/Happ($4)

    for Paxton($4)/Wood($2)

    I’m a big Happ fan but I do have some nice hitting depth…..

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d prefer bats

      • Chud says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I Agree. I hate paying for pitching……

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too! Eat a D, pitching!

          • Chud says:
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            @Grey: Haha! What about this:

            I give Sano($22)/Dozier($18)/Mazara($4)

            I get Goldy($24)/Paxton($4)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Goldy side

              • Chud says:
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                @Grey: Ok so I am deciding between 2 offers in my full salary keeper:

                Deal #1:
                I give Sano($22)/Dozier($18)/Happ($4)/Mazara($5)

                I receive Goldy($24)/Paxton($4)/Melancon($14).

                Deal #2
                I give Sano($22)/Happ($4)

                I get Paxton($4)/Melancon($14)/AWood($2).

                Thanks!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I told you which sides in both… Goldy is best player, not close

                  • Chud says:
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                    @Grey: got it! There were slight changes but agree on Goldy! Much appreciated

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  21. Wilsonian says:
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    So I’m slowly starting to look into baseball again. Man real life gets in the way of fun. Anyway, I have a couple of questions regarding my only team left. 8 Team H2H league where we have limited contract terms with keepers. We have one player that we can keep forever and then we have 4 more that can be kept for a total of 2 years each. This is what I have so far:

    1) Rizzo – can keep forever
    2) Goldy – I’ll have this year and next with him (swapped Arenado for him as I couldn’t keep him anymore)
    3) Trea – I have one year left with him
    4) Stanton -I have two years left with him
    5) Correa – I can’t keep him anymore so I’m actively trying to trade him

    These are the offers I have on the table:

    1) Correa for Votto straight up. So I would get two more years of Votto. Seems like a no brainer since I can’t keep Correa anyway. Then Votto would be my 5th keeper. We do have an IF slot and two UTIL slots, so the three 1Bs isn’t really a big deal.

    2) Trea for Machado. I love Trea, but I only have one year left with him and I’d have two years of Machado. It’s a tough call.

    What do you think of those two deals?

    Categories: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    • Grey

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      I’d do both

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: so you think it would be wise to lock up Manny for two years over what could be a ridiculous Trea Turner 2018?

        • Grey

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          Not like Manny will be bad this year

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: true. Thanks man. Looks like I’ll be making both deals.

            • Grey

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              No problem

  22. Jr says:
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    I have Acuna in every redraft league, so if he’s as good as you think he is, I’m gonna owe you a daiquiri or margarita or whatever it is people buy you…

    Anyways, I’m in a 10 team h2h keeper league with bb, obp in place of average, and total bases replacing runs and rbi. It’s crazy, but oh well…my team is old and I’m curious if I should start rebuilding a little bit.

    Would you move scherzer (3 years left) and Jansen (2 years left) to get devers (6+ years) Eloy Jimenez (7+ years), Chase Whitley (7+ years) and an sp like McCullers or Stroman? Hurts my Chances for this year, but my offense is atrocious and with each team keeping between 24 and 27 players the draft is crap.
    Thanks for any help!

    • Grey

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      Sounds fine for future

      • Jr says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. Another option is my scherzer for his Acuna and Morton. That one better?

        I may just hold him and go for it this year.

        • Grey

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          Nah

  23. Jose says:
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    I have Acuna in a keeper league and couildn’t be more pumped. I played Bryant in LF last year and am hoping Acuna slides into that role by late April, because my options in FA are pretty limited. So, it’ll be July when he comes up….Please no!

    I’ve still been working on drafting a team in the WAR Room everyday, but decided to try something different yesterday. I drafted the entire Cubs team (well almost) from the 10 slot in the draft, while drafting against FanTrax ADP order. Here are the results by round.

    1: Bryant 3B
    2: Rizzo 1B
    3: Dee Gordon 2B
    4: Darvish P1
    5: Contreras C
    6: Quintana P2
    7: P Rivero P3
    8: Lester P4
    9: Hendrix P5
    10: Happ MI
    11: Baez SS
    12: Schwarber OF1
    13: Polanco OF2
    14; Mancini MI
    15: DeShields OF3
    16: Morrow P6
    17: Treinin P7
    18: Snell P8
    19: O Herrera
    20: Chattwood
    21: Taylor
    22: Russell
    23: A Reed
    24: Nelson
    25: Straily

    For hamstringing myself to guys from one team, I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

    R: 98%, HR: 108%, RBI: 96%, SB: 102% AVG: 101%
    W: 87%, K: 96%, ERA: 94%, WHIP: 102%, SV 92%

    Admittedly, I took several guys on their respective ADP picks that probably wouldb’t be there, but it’s just for fun so whatever. As a Cubs fan I’m hoping Chatwood outperforms his Razzball projections, but understand why they are what they are. I couldn’t believe I kept my AVG as hi as it turned out to be.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with War Room numbers, team looks solid if low on saves and pitching a bit

  24. mcmi11ions says:
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    I’ve kept Acuna in all three of my leagues, one of which is also NL only. He’s going to cost me a 1oth round pick there this year and next, then his value increases by 1 round every year after that. If he keeps doing his thing, he’ll be a 4th round pick for me in his age 27 season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  25. Don Julio says:
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    Better keeper ….devers or buxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bux

  26. Willy Mo says:
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    Surprised you feel like it was bad that you drafted braun at $18 but you liked drafting desmond at $20?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just went by Rudy’s values which came in 2nd last year on Fantasy Pros out of 150+ rankings and won me and him Tout Wars…

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: respect that obviously but you have braun way over desmond by like 40 or 50 spots in your top 500 which i agree with. Not only has desmomds performance seemed to slip with being injured last year but now that colorado resigned CarGo the Rockies outfield is crowded. And with Ryan McMahon raking this spring and desmond doing literally nothing desmond could find himself on the bench more often than most 20 million dollar players unless he steps it up. I know sping stats, ming schmats… but desmond i saw is 2 for 28 with 14ks so far in ming spraining….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fair points, this was drafted a few weeks ago too, so spring wasn’t even on board…

          • Willy Mo says:
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            @Grey: maybe you should pull the reigns in on that desmomd love thats been growing til he gets a hit this ming…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah

  27. Jon says:
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    Grey –

    I’m in a highly competitive 9×9 all MLB keeper league where we can protect up to 4 players with no penalty. We start 2 Cs, 2 1B, 1 2B, 1 SS, 1 MI, 2 3B, 5 OFs and 2 Us for batters, and 7 SPs and 2 RPs for pitchers. I’m definitely keeping Harper, Stanton and Goldy, but for my fourth I have to choose from Hoskins, Schoop, Severino or C. Martinez. I know where you’ve ranked these guys, but in our format, who would keep as your fourth?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins

  28. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Great write-up!

    a. Loving Acuna! Will love him long time!

    b. Loved the dream about Acuna, now I’m going to dream about him. Thanks! Was / am being honest.

    c. Just back from Naked Valley. No gossip, no bad stuff happened. I’m sure you’re relieved just as I am for commenting. ‘Member the last time when I didn’t comment and then you found me in someone else’s comments section when you really needed me to get over the 800 comments mark? Ah, poop! You’re no fun.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! A. Yes! B. You will enjoy! C. Haha, glad you’re safe!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        Thanks.

        Ugh! RCL#48 at 11/12 again, 7 days before the draft! Please help.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ping Truss in his post to update league on spreadsheet… on a plane right now

  29. DozierTheDozierian says:
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    HALP! Need five more fantasy heads for RCL #30 drafting on Saturday at noon! ($20 ) Rumors indicate that Hologram Tupac is competing!

    League ID: 0uypkjsdjdi9iarm // password: razzball

  30. The Great Knoche says:
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    Had both Ross and Peters targeted as last 5 round pitchers. Dammit Albright.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade ya!

      • The GReat Knoche says:
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        @Grey: for Paulo Orlando? Sure!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The Florida Project!

  31. BJFOHOHL says:
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    NL only dynasty update. OBP and SV+HLD

    Alfaro
    Bell
    Albies
    Bryant
    Brandon Crawford
    Taylor
    Souza
    Will Myers
    Godley
    Hill
    Montgomery
    Shark
    Wacha

    I havent taken any pen yet since its SV+HLD, plan on starting to get around to that soon. I wanted Barnes but he got taken before my pick and since Alfaro is in the BSOHL I have no worries…right? Since were playing bi-weekly locks and FAAB once a week I think I might grab another starter and start looking at a prospect that is a sooner than later soon. Any thoughts on what direction to go next. Im open to opinions

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SV+HLD really devalues relievers… you might be fine with someone like Maton much later… I’d likely look for a power-ish bat… I’d put Renfroe on watch list for later… maybe someone like Bruce

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: Bruce is gone, weird that he is but he’s gone. I almost took Renfroe but my hunch is he is not long for the Padres and could get flipped to AL…where he belongs. Hosmer signing screwed Renfroe more than anyone else in SD. You know I’m going to draft Kemp, big sexy best shape of his middle aged Kemp. *nipples get hard*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, true on Renfroe, but someone like him would work… Duvall?

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: gone. I have a few tricks up the sleeve I dont want to reveal here. In case they are watching. Schebler is there. All in all I’m pretty happy so far…offensively. Also I finished Sneaky Pete, not as good of an ending as last season but I can dig it

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I have two eps to go… Duvall is gone already? Wow, reach…

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: There have been a lot what the fuck are you smoking picks. I probably should have grabbed Arrieta or Lester just to get a horse.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I hear Ralph got one of those…

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Grey: he did and also Cueto, It will be fun with him, he’s never beat me so this should be fun. Yes I said it, I own his ass

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ralph’s never beat me either

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      We need Ralph Beater T-shirts

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Why don’t we have these? Or shirts that say, “I think I’m too young for that.” “It was 3 years ago.” “Oh.”

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      Did I say that?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, I didn’t realize we were going simultaneously

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      Did we go somewhere at the same time, Im so lost right now, like a David Lynch movie

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s the last shot of Elephant Man and first shot of Lost Highway

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      I need some halucinogenic drugs right now

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You need the Tussin!

  32. Big W says:
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    Good morning Gray,

    I’m in a keeper league, 6×6 with OPS… Have a situation that isn’t ideal.

    Braun
    Nunez

    Both players are hard to trust, based on health and playing time. If you had to pick one of the two, based on who you think will have the best chance of being healthy, getting ABs and producing, which one of these band aids would you go with?

    Thanks in advance,

    Big W

    • Big W says:
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      @Big W: Sorry… I mean Grey!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun

      • Big W says:
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        @Grey: Thanks… I just had a look at your rankings and saw Braun ranked well ahead of Nunez so it was probably a stupid question. Factor in OPS and it’s really a no brainer to go with Braun.

        If Braun can go all April and not get injured and be good, then maybe I sell high at that point for something I need.

        Anyway, thanks for all you do!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  33. AllThePrettyStantons says:
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    Morning Gray (and anyone else), all-right I went full Gray A. on this one, almost feels like I’m pandering but I like the roster for 12 team H2H points league with holds, 7 start weekly limit, and wanna see what anyone else thinks. I went 12th. Thanks in advance.

    C – Castillo (19)
    1B – Goldy (Kpr)
    2b – Gordon (4)
    SS – Baez (12)
    3b – J. Turner (5)
    OF : Judge (Kpr), JD Martinez (3), Cain (7)
    U : Kh. Davis (8)
    SP – Nola (6), Castillo (9), Bauer (11), Wacha (15), Pomeranz (16)
    RP – Osuna (10), Hand (14), Claudio (18), Minaya (23), Dyson (26)
    Bench : Acuna (13), Sano (20), Conforto (25)—Snell (17), Montgomery (21), Giolito (22), Reyes (24)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a dope team, keepers didn’t hurt, nothing I really see that worries me

  34. Big W says:
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    Hello again,

    In a slow draft keeper and on the clock. I have one more roster spot to fill and I want to make it a speculative saves add. Was looking at the White Sox pen and wondering who you think has the best chance of getting the most saves #sagnof…

    Nate Jones

    or

    Soria

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soria

      • Big W says:
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        @Grey: thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • JJ says:
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            @Grey:
            Would you take Soria over Ziegler?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I have them ranked, Ziegler

  35. Beardcrabs says:
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    Keeper trade, who wins? Ozzie for Schoop…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  36. Humm Baby says:
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    If you could keep Conforto for this year and the next 2 years, would you keep him over Odor or Cruz, who I can only keep for this season? My other keepers are Abreu and Thor. I pick 12th out of 12, H2H.. but should have some nice talent available with first 2 picks, to make up for Conforto DL time to start year. Leaning Conforto with latest health update being good, and love his swing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe over Cruz if worried about future years

  37. OaktownSteve says:
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    I like your pitching better than your hitting. Go figure.

    Another deeeeeeeep NL pick for you, though this one is more of a power bat emergency rip cord is Bryce Brentz. He’s got the inside edge for 4th OF on the Pirates, predominately because he’s out of minor league options. Hit 31 HRs in AAA last year in the Red Sox system where, as an OF, he’s been buried. Slashed .271/.334/.529. Bat looks like it will play. Playing time is tough but at the moment he looks like he’s just a pulled hammy away from a shot at everyday. Meadows looks like a project, Luplow and Frazier are AAAA players. Not impossible that the Pirates would want to see if they could add a bit more thump in their line up. This one is really a stretch though. I drafted him in NFBC in the skills not jobs category as there is some upside if he should find his way into a line up.

    If we don’t hear from you again, good luck defending your title. The draft location actually seems pretty cool over there in Staten Island…Yankees minor league park.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Draft’s not until Saturday, you’ll hear from me… Yeah, Yanks’ minor league park, meh, it’s snowy and Staten Island, might be all right… I saw Bentz pick in our NFBC league, not bad call, definitely doesn’t have much in front of him, he feels like a free round guy at best in NL-Only, but will eye him

  38. Jensen says:
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    RCL – who would you drop

    Trevor Williams, Danny Salazar, Kenta Maeda, or Chase Anderson?

    Nola, Wood, Wacha, Snell, Corbin is the rest of the rotation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t drop anyone right now

      • Jensen says:
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        @Grey: Would you drop one for Ian Desmond? He was dropped for some reason. CI is my weakest position.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, can drop last one on your team

  39. Espn writer looking for advice says:
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    Yo G

    Keeper forever league which side you taking?

    Acuna/Rizzo
    Or
    Trout/ Carpenter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

  40. FrankGrimes says:
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    Looks like I’m 2nd pick in tonight’s
    FCL draft. Talk me out of taking Harper.
    What would the FML do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BTW, no one has lost a league where they took Altuve at 2 in 2 two years, but everyone’s lost with Bryce as their first pick… Bryce Bentz tho

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Hmmm

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Case been made, man

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Altuve be due for something bad to happen hahaha.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, dude’s built like a brickhouse….on HGTV’s Tiny Houses

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                Ha.
                I’ve never owned Trout.
                Maybe guy passes on him!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, and then maybe everyone will pass on Trea for your 2nd pick!

  41. BJFOHOHL says:
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    Started the AL slow draft, got the 6th pick and started with Judge and Just Dongs. I didnt want to start double OF but the BPA syndrome kicked in and the drop off sucked nuts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What happened with NL? You finished?

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: Nah, its a 4 hour clock. My last two picks were Jose Martinez and Alex Verdugo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… gotcha… like those picks… Gyorko could be cheap power help

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: I think he was gone but with Bryant at 3rd there is nowhere for him to play since its bi weekly locks. Im probably grabbing a 2nd catcher

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Makes sense… I like Iannetta

  42. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey et al,
    what do you think of my team in my h2h 5×5 keeper league(keep 10). Just finished drafting. Any glaring weaknesses?
    C-ZUNINO
    1B-I.DESMOND
    2B-R.ODOR
    SS-C.SEAGER
    3B-N.ARENADO
    OF-OZUNA, POLLOCK, MAZARA
    UTIL-BREGMAN, ALBIES
    BENCH-E.THAMES

    SP-BUMGARNER, PAXTON, CASTILLO, SAMARDZIJA, MANAEA, BUNDY, LAMET,
    RP-CHAPMAN, TREINEN, ZIEGLER

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        12

        • jj says:
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          @JJ:
          Damn i forgot that I have ACUNA as well.

        • JJ says:
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          @JJ:
          Damn I almost forgot the best part. I have ACUNA as well.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Acuna!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Excuse me, ACUNA!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Give me a second

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JJ: You look strong on hitting and pitching, bit stronger on pitching, which I don’t love…I don’t love Bum, but not a bad team at all… Looks definitely competitive….

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        There is a lot of upside on my pitching staff. But a lot of risk as well. Ive had Bum as a keeper since his rookie season. He scares me this year too. I obviously would like to upgrade my 1B. Don’t really trust Desmond. Tried to get some insurance with Thames but think I need insurance for him as well. Neither one looks like a lock for regular ABs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, makes sense on Bum then… Yeah, you could be okay, but some risk

  43. henncoop says:
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    Drafted last night in a Fantrax league. Few mistakes but overall pretty happy. I ended up auto drafting Arcia because he was top in my queue after picking up SS & 2B the previous 2 rounds then I took Britton not realizing he was out longer then I last heard.
    I was hoping to get some critique or feedback on the results
    C Ramos ( 264) –too much value to pass with 10 catchers off the board
    1B Freeman (24) –very happy he fell
    2B Schoop (72)
    SS Anderson (168) –earlier then ADP by a lot but needed speed at that point
    3B Rendon (48)
    CI Belinger (25) went with upside by passing on JDM & Springer ..might be a regret
    MI Peraza (192)
    OF Trout (1)
    OF Puig (96)
    OF Margot (145)
    OF Polanco (169)
    OF Taylor (241)
    Util Arcia ((193)
    Bench bats: Grichuck (288) D Travis (360)

    SP C Mart (49) –wanted Darvish but 11 SPs were gone already
    SP Bauer (97) –was worried about pitching by this point
    SP Godley (120)
    SP S Gray (144) –seemed perfect to stabilize the pitching
    SP Snell (216)
    SP Wacha (240) nice mix of upside with some vets by this point & feeling decent about pitching)
    RP Kimbrel (73) not my usual route but 2 closers gone & waiting 23 picks till next pick
    RP Hand (121)
    RP Britton (217)
    RP Ziegler (265) –covers for Britton
    Bench pitchers: T Williams(289) VV (312), R Lopez ( 313) , Ryu (336), & Cobb ( 337)

    How did I do??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: sorry ….5X5 12 teams

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No worries

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @henncoop: I love the hitting and pitching, bit more excited about your pitching, but hitting should be fine, maybe a tad light on power and stronger on speed, but not bad… Solid team!

  44. Caleb says:
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    I’m in a [very good] dilemma and I need some help… I have picks 3, 4, and 5 in the first round of our 12 team keeper league. My initial thought is Harper, Giancarlo, and Goldy. However I’m toying with one of Kershaw or Freeman over Goldy. I have a gut feeling but I’m hoping I’m wrong. This is assuming Trout and Altuve go 1-2. Blackmon, Arenado, Betts, Correia, Turner, and Bryant are all kept so those are really the only options. Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I wouldn’t go Kershaw

      • Caleb says:
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        Ok, so would lean Freeman over Goldy or just play it safe?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Play it safe

  45. Joebobsays says:
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    Hi Grey

    Any reason to hold either Wilmer Difo or Adam Wainwright at 3 each in ten team NL only auction league league, keep up to 15 per season…very competitive league…?

    Thanks in advance !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, not really

  46. Jose says:
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    Grey My Chris archer for Lorenzo Cain is fair? Good trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  47. smstraley says:
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    Grey, love the website. You guys played a big part in my title run last year. Time to settle on the keepers. Can only keep 6 (tbh, five of these are no-brainers). Yahoo 6×6 OPS if it matters. Name followed by round I would be drafting them in.

    Christian Yelich – 5
    Giancarlo Stanton – 9
    Manny Machado – 10
    Gerrit Cole – 11
    George Springer – 13
    Carlos Correa – 16
    Cody Bellinger – 19

    I appreciate the help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Forget Cole

      • smstraley says:
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        @Grey: My thinking as well but wasn’t sure if the 6 round gap was enough to make up for the difference in quality between him and Yellich.

  48. EA says:
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    Would you have kept rendon in the 6th, carrasco in the 4th or pham in the 16th?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pham prolly, close with Rendon, depends on other keepers

      • EA says:
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        @Grey: I’m already keeping Judge (21st) and Darvish (12th). Drafting Harper in the 1st since Trout and altuve are being kept.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then I’d likely go Rendon, don’t need 3 OFs in first 4 picks

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