The latest Cuban raftee, Hector Olivera, signed yesterday with the Dodgers.  Olivera leaves Cuba with a slight tear in his UCL and he missed out on the 2012-13 season in Cuba due to a blood clot in his arm.  Michael Moore just called, he says you better go back to Cuba for better healthcare.  In related Cuban news in regards to the Dodgers, Alex Guerrero might be the first person to raft back to Cuba to play.  “I was watching Coach Taylor in the Florida Keys, and I think I need to go back to Cuba to play 3rd base.”  That’s Alex Guerrero discussing his future with loved ones while enjoying Netflix streaming.  I’d love to interview Puig about this Olivera signing.  Not because I think Puig would have anything interesting to say, but because Puig strikes me as a guy that is always at a strip club, and that would make for a fun interview.  Olivera has some huge question marks like The Riddler’s leotards.  He has those aforementioned health concerns, he’s about to turn 30 years old and he doesn’t have a place to play every day.  The Dodgers are so concerned about his health, they put a provision in his contract in case he needs Tommy John surgery.  He could take over for Uribe at some point, but he’ll need at least a month in the minors, maybe a few months.  So, a guy with injury concerns that will need at least a month of minor league at-bats that doesn’t have a set place to play?  Well, I’ve heard better scenarios.  Want more wonderful that isn’t wonderful?  Lots of baseball people seem to think Olivera is a Latin 29, i.e., he’s actually a few years older than what is being reported.  Also, baseball people scratch themselves and spit a lot.  Those same spitting, scratching people also think Olivera fatigues too quickly, because his conditioning isn’t there.  I will say that after watching Olivera hit he looks like Hanley Ramirez to me.  The me who has a minor in Punting Middle Infielders from the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston.  The me who is out on a limb like the Tootsie Roll owl saying that Olivera’ll hit 12-15 homers, steal 6-9 bases and hit .275-ish.  There’s obviously a huge amount of risk, upside, downside and unknown here.  He could be up in July or April.  He could play every day and hit 22 homers while stealing 15 bags or platoon with Uribe and hit 8 homers and steal 2 bases.  He reminds of another import from this offseason.  Call him The Cuban Kang.  For this year, I’ll give him the projections of 51/14/56/.272/6 in 400 ABs.  That is admittedly almost complete conjecture.  Or as I said in the top 20 3rd basemen after I ranked him, “Hector of Olivera, Cuban Baseballmania, Ole Uribe, Corey Seager year away, Dodgers beat Padres, Pope Vin, Puig X, Mattingly Lineup Sets, NL West blown away, what else do I have to say?”  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Hyun-Jin Ryu – There’s no structural damage to his shoulder.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is there’s no timetable for him to return.  Whatever, times tables are for nerds!

Starlin Castro – Scratched yesterday due to his groin.  Gross!

Jorge De La Rosa – Will start the year on the DL.  Apparently, the Rockies have pitchers.  And they say fantasy kills real baseball.  Pfft!

Coco Crisp – Day-to-day with elbow soreness.  *breathes in deeply*  Ah, a minor ailment for Crisp, we must be getting close to the season.

Jaime Garcia – It’s being reported that Garcia’s currently in the lead for the Cardinals 5th starter job with Marco Gonzales and Carlos Martinez being sent to the minors.  Damn, I was expecting to hear Garcia was hurt before I reached the end of that sentence.  I have Martinez projected for only 138 IP, so even if Garcia is the 5th starter in April, I doubt it stays that way very long.

Koji Uehara – Different day, different story about when Koji’s going to return.  Today, the Red Sox are saying he might not be ready for Opening Day.  Can we just say he’ll be back within a week of the season starting and miss maybe one save and be done with Koji updates?  Yes?  Thanks!

Jacoby Ellsbury – Girardi said Ellsbury is “progressing great” and could be ready to play on Opening Day.  No word if Girardi used air quotes around the progressing great.

Heath Bell – Decided to retire.  For Heath a jolly good fellow and nobody can deny he should retire.  He is planning a show on MLB Network with ex-Oriole Larry Sheets called Heath Said, Sheets Said.

  1. Baggiejohn says:
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    Or just wait for Cliff Lee to retire, and form an Emily Bronte tribute band ?

    • Ned Shakeshaft says:
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      @Baggiejohn:

      That kind of highbrow humor got Dennis Miller kicked off of Monday Night Football.

  2. zeus says:
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    obp by the way

  3. zeus says:
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    Tracy Morgan RIP

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @zeus: what?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @zeus:
      not cool

  4. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Raft back to cuba,,ha,but serriously

  5. Martin says:
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    Dynasty league. Spun my Freddie freeman and AJ pollock for Travis d’arnaud, arenado, and Danny Salazar. What do you think?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Martin:
      meh

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @VinWins: Filled!

    • Soria bout the STD says:
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      @VinWins:

      Computer is down and this iphone won’t support adobe for the draft. I fit to back out of this one fellas

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Soria bout the STD: is that the new way to say “i’m fitting to do X”, now it’s “i’m fit”? good handle too.

  6. Dileo says:
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    Hey Guys-

    Taking the advice of guys on the board, and dropping My second catcher for SP. The pool is slim at this point. Of the three, which would you roll with:

    K Graveman / jimmy nelson / gee

    Would all be sp7 for me. My first instinct is Graveman, as hes been filthy so far in ST. Thanks!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Dileo: Id go nelson…but if you can you should just stream that spot if those are your best options

      • Dileo says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: cant stream. Limited pickups and its H2H. I could always hold Zunino and wait it out. Free add/drop period ends opening day, so have some time….

    • dscottncc says:
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      @Dileo:

      I love Graveman and his breaking ball is sick. Haven’t seen much of Jimmy nelson, but Graveman is an easy pick over Gee for me. Gee is blah but a good innings eater.

      Go with the upside man.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dileo: Graveman is a bold move and looks like he’s locking up a spot in pitcher friendly OCo. Id take a shot on him.

  7. Shitbird says:
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    Think I’ll form a band called The Riddler’s Tights

    • Strolg says:
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      @Shitbird: You’d have to cover 96 Tears.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shitbird: Sign me up as your manager that ruins your career!

  8. JeF With 1 F says:
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    I will avoid Aloe Vera like the plague ….unless i need a little lube

  9. JeF With 1 F says:
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    I have Ryu, Wheeler and cingrani on a few teams…….Great start….Still have Ryu…..for now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Yeah, I’m with you… They seemed so alluring in February

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Yes they did!

        • Nude Intruder says:
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          @JeF With 1 F:
          Ryu dealt with the same thing twice last year and still put up great numbers. His current ailment isn’t even close to as bad. I bet he just misses 1-2 starts at most. Cingrani and Wheeler are, however, longterm tenants in the house of fantasy shame.

  10. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Fantastic write-up!!! Very funny M Moore reference. I don’t know who Moore’s favorite baller is but am sure he’d be “bowling for columbine”.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  11. Chuckles says:
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    Soooo, what’s up with the C of C references? Did you attend the College of Knowledge?

  12. Earl Sweatshirt says:
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    Last rendon trade question — which side wins?

    1. Wong and JD Martinez for rendon
    2 Wong and Betts for Rendon
    3 Wong and Arcia for Rendon
    4 Wong and marte for rendon

    Please and thanks.

    • Mes to the Rocco says:
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      @Earl Sweatshirt:

      In re-draft I’d take Wong and Marte … Wong and Betts is also intriguing

    • golfnut says:
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      @Earl Sweatshirt:

      I would say Wong-Marte……

    • KillerB says:
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      @Earl Sweatshirt: btw, Grey, when you get to it… I meant who is the winner in each of the 4 proposals. Thanks.

    • Meet The Jets says:
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      @Earl Sweatshirt: any Rendon side. If you’re trading away Rendon bc of his boo boo I would hold pat. If you’re on the Wong side haha then offer Wong/Betts.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Earl Sweatshirt: Rendon only wins in #3. 2 and 4 seem like overpays to me.

      • Earl Sweatshirt says:
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        @Grey: Just so I’m clear — you’re saying Marte/Wong is better than Rendon? Does that mean the other 3 trades favor the Rendon side?

  13. Joeg414 says:
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    I hope when ESPN (in 5 weeks )adds Hector to the pool, he is added as a 2b.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joeg414: Maybe, but since Yasmany got OF, I doubt it… Maybe in Yahoo

  14. Jason Morgan says:
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    What happens to Guerrero this year?

    • royce! says:
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      @Jason Morgan: I think he’ll be used as a utility guy at the major league level for now. Otherwise the Dodgers have to release him.

      • Jason Morgan says:
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        @royce!: What are the chances of getting everyday at bats? The signing of Olivera makes no sense.

          • PK says:
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            @Grey: Haha

        • Nude Intruder says:
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          @Jason Morgan:
          No way they release him, which means sad trombone for Darwin. They could trade him, which might be the best situation for Fantasybaseballers. Olivera signing makes sense for next year, when you have an aging Uribe on your hands, and as flight insurance for Kendrick.

  15. Mes to the Rocco says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the write-up!

    When will teams officially put guys on the DL (I’m itching to make some FA acquisitions)!

  16. James says:
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    Any thoughts on Billy Burns…worth a pickup? can I trade B. Hamilton?

    • Cram It says:
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      @James: He should be in a platoon at best right now barring injury, so I don’t think he can replace B-Ham’s production, if that’s what you’re suggesting. But, you can still trade Hamilton if you want!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @James: Sure, for SAGNOF

  17. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Puig’s that kinda guy that justifies going to the strip club at 11:30am because of the free lunch buffet. Who doesn’t love a free lunch buffet? In other news, Elvis Andrus homered yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Puig goes to a strip club because he knows the bouncers

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Me too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jfoh, I missed you.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: likewise, wish you lived closer so we can take Ted and Sam for walks together

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ted has enough buddies, his words, sorry!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Ted is SOOOOO Hollywood

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Apple doesn’t fall far

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: of course you apple doesn’t fall far, you are already pretty low to the ground to begin with

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… I thought your culture called us low riders?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    we would call you smiley and Ted would be little puppet

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He’s Lambchop!

      • Nude Intruder says:
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        @Grey:
        He’s a regular down at Sam’s Hofbrau on Olympic. Nothing like breasts, bottomless arnold palmers, and questionable sandwiches. Puig and Ordell Robbie “game recognize game” there almost every wednesday lunch special…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why am I just learning this now?

          • Nude Intruder says:
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            @Grey: The city unfolds and reveals its secrets like a flower, or maybe more like a blooming onion…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              LA, so blooming tofu?

  18. Cram It says:
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    You said you do more auction drafts than snake. You have posts about some of your snake draft team results. Do/will you have one for like a 12 team auction you’ve done? I know you don’t pay for studs, so I’m curious to see what a Grey auction draft team looks like. Or you could just make one up and have a “Grey’s ideal fantasy auction draft team fantasy” post.

  19. The Shelby Sensation says:
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    ESPN 12 team roto – standard 5×5 scoring.
    1st pick with Trout. Thoughts on the team? Never played Roto before, and the first pick was a kind of a strange place to pick.

    C: Yan Gomes
    1B: Eric Hosmer
    2B: Anthony Rendon
    3B: Nolan Arenado
    SS: Danny Santana
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Yasiel Puig
    OF: Carlos Gonzales
    UTIL: Javier Baez
    UTIL: Marlon Byrd
    BN: Carl Crawford
    BN: Eric Young Jr.

    SP: Jeff Samardzija
    SP: Tyson Ross
    SP: Jake Arrieta
    SP: Alex Cobb
    SP: Mike Fiers
    SP: Danny Salazar
    SP: Drew Hutchinson
    RP: Houston Street
    RP: Joaquin Benoit
    RP: Bobby Parnell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Shelby Sensation: Don’t love Cobb anymore, I have concerns about Fiers, Salazar and Hutch are solid, but risky… In other words, nice offense, but your pitching could give you headaches

  20. jaimie says:
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    Profar went undrafted in 14 team 10 player keeper league. We have 4 DL spots… is he worth a pick up and stash for a year at 7$?

  21. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Would I draft Oilvera? Maybe, maybe not.

    But I’ll definitely try to get him for free via waiver claims, then try to flip him for a better player during the ensuing Cuban player hype period

  22. Wilsonian says:
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    In an 8 team H2H league, would you still punt catchers until the D’Arnaud tier, or shoot for someone in the middle tier, with Yan Can Cook and Mesoraco?

    • the swinging says:
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      U [email protected]Wilsonian: u prob don’t want a catcher outside the top 10 if it’s an 8 team league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: Gomes or Mesoraco work there

  23. Steve says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I have the first pick in a keeper/points league, and I’m wondering who I should take with back-to-back picks in the 2nd and 3rd rounds: Springer, Desmond, or Scherzer?

    I already have King Felix, Abreu, Puig, and Rendon, and I’m going to take Carlos Gomez first overall.

    Is 3rd round too early for a second pitcher?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Springer, Scherzer

  24. JVanSlyke says:
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    My main draft is tonight and I have a few questions if you don’t mind. 10 team Roto

    1) I have Mccutchen as a keeper at 6. I was really hoping for Rendon coming back at 16 but am worried with his injury. Should I draft Rendon or pass for Donaldson or even Desmond if they are available?

    2) This is more of a personal question. My second child is due on the 30th but my wife is starting to have contractions. Draft is at 9:30pm. I blame MLB for not having the over sea’s game contributing to a later draft and poor math on my part at the time of conception. My question is, what is worse, going through an entire summer with an autodrafted team or live the rest of my life with my wife holding the fact that I was between my phone and laptop while our second child was entering the world? I was a full attendee for the birth of my first and between you and me offered very little outside of a few strokes of her hair and a “great job”

    Either way I soon hope to have a healthy new addition to our family as well as a late round Wong or Arenado bargain!

    Thanks as always

    • The Lurve Guru says:
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      @JVanSlyke: If you plan on having a third, you can always make it up to her then.

      • JVanSlyke says:
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        @The Lurve Guru:

        Excellent point!

        I’m spending my morning researching what a women really remembers during delivery.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JVanSlyke: 1. I’d take Desmond or Donaldson 2. Can you make a hologram of yourself? If no, then either have her agree to name the child Giancarlo or you miss the birth

      • JVanSlyke says:
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        @Grey:

        Hahah

        I can make the hologram but worry about a drive error creating a mix up that could lead to the Tupac hologram delivering my baby. Our midwife would surely leave during his “hit em up” performance. She’s a Junior Mafia fan so it wouldn’t go over well

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can you get a new doula?

          • JVanSlyke says:
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            @Grey:

            May be a little late but checking Tinder now

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No, no, no… Check Craigslist

  25. Shifty says:
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    I really can’t believe they’re passing over Carlos Martinez for a guy like Garcia, again. I guess we’ll have to wait a little bit longer for him to be a full-time starter in St. Louis.

    Also thanks for the input on my Rendon/Arenado keeper conundrum yesterdy. I have another question for a smaller keeper league I’m in. You can keep anyone up to 3 seasons at 5 dollars added onto the price. I’ve narrowed it down to Arenado at 16 or Kris Bryant at 6.. thoughts?

    Thanks again man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shifty: I doubt Garcia stays healthy for more than 50 IP… Bryant

  26. Hans says:
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    10 team all season points league, no bench, everyone counts. Any thoughts, room for improvement?

    C: Molina
    1B: Morneau
    2B: Pedroia
    SS: Hanley
    3B: Rendon
    OF: Dickerson
    OF: Brantley
    OF: J Upton
    DH: Ortiz
    UTIL: Pollock
    UTIL: Wong

    S: Kershaw
    S: Arrieta
    S: Carassaco
    S: Richards
    S: Fiers
    R: Jansen
    R: Allen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hans: Nice team, think the league is shallow though so it’s gonna take work to win… Good starting place though

  27. Jason Morgan says:
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    Thoughts on Graveman’s chances of making the rotation? And do you like him over Pomeranz?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Jason Morgan:

      Timely. A’s super beat writer Susan Slusser on the radio this morning says A’s rotation not officially announced but unofficially a done deal:

      Gray
      Hahn
      Kazmir
      Graveman
      Pommeranz

      Interesting they like Hahn as the two.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @GhostTownSteve:

        Graveman has a low K ceiling. Pommeranz has had trouble putting together a full season of innings but has the higher K/9 by a good margin. Pommeranz also throws a knuckle curve, which is not particularly relevant but kind of cool.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pomeranz and Chavez will be a solid Frankenpitcher that will get 200 IP and solid ratios

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Be interesting to see what they do with Chavez. They have Bassitt and Nolan when he heals up and then they’ll have AJ Griffin and Parker back at some point. By the AS break they could have enough MLB caliber pitching for two 5 man rotations and that’s after cutting Zito who will probably hook on somewhere.

            Meanwhile, in Colorado….

            • Grey

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              Yeah, I only have Graveman down for 120 IP too, and I’m optimistic from looking around at projections

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Graveman was given the 5th starting job in January by Beane, I believe

  28. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Billy Burns stepped in for Coco yesterday in the lead off spot and went 2/6 with a couple of runs scored. I’ve got my eye on him like an Olivia Munn stalker…not that I’d know anything about that.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Sky:

      He won’t hit lead in regular season even with playing time I don’t think. It’ll be the Gentry/Fuld platoon.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        We’ll have to see about that. Let’s realize if Gentry/Fuld and a perpetually hurt Coco are your blockades, you’ve got a better shot than most to play.

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Sky:

          Yes that is a veritable Maginot Line, isn’t it.

          • Sky

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            Exactly. Gentry and Fuld are OF4s being forced into the lineup out of necessity. If someone steps up like Burns, I don’t think it’s that far fetched to see him batting lead off for them in the near future.

            • Grey

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              Who leads off if not Crisp or Burns? Fuld/Gentry?

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                My exact point. Couple that with the Butler signing, DH just got a tad more crowded for Coco to get his rest days. That OF will have turnover this year and I think Billy gets his shot.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Crisp will be gone by July 31st, for sure… Burns will play 3 days a week at least until then (or Coco’s first serious injury)…. Maybe Zobrist leads off…Maybe Semien… Maybe Burns… I don’t see Fuld/Gentry on Crisp off days leading off…

                  • Sky

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                    I’d pencil Zobrist in the 2 spot if I’m putting him near the top. I don’t see him leading off at all. Semien would surprise me greatly. Think he stays down near the 5 or 6 spot, that’s why I say Fuld/Gentry until Billy is called upon. I could see that about July for Coco but really, Burns’ competition is Fuld/Gentry…pretty sure that’s not gonna hold water for that long.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s either Zobrist, Semien, Burns or Crisp leading off… I can’t imagine anyone else… You’re right, Semien seems like a long shot. Crisp will get hurt or traded… So that leaves Zobrist and Burns. Zobrist is better in the 2 hole, so Burns is your lead off hitter. Stop fighting it, Sky.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      WABBIT SEASON!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Semien in the 9th spot makes most sense to me

              • Cram It says:
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                @Sky: @Grey: I like Gentry for it. Good career OBP. I think he could be sneaky solid. I might just be talking myself into that because I took him over Burns in NFBC among whispers Gentry’ll be the starting CF, but why not him leading off?

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Cram It: you just admitted your bias based on your NFBC draft, keep that stuff to yourself

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @J-FOH: My bias is always at the heart of my analysisees. 60% of the time, it works all the time.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Cram It: remember that when you dole out advice

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @J-FOH: Hey, no one has to listen to me. I don’t have the trademark next to my handle that indicates professional Razzball writer. Wait, there’s an idea!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s prolly what they’re gonna do… Burns’s 40 steal speed is just so sexy…

                • GhostTownSteve says:
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                  @Cram It:

                  Out of Gentry, Burns and Fuld, Super Sam could very well end up with the most ABs. And that’s the madness that is the A’s.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  They used Gentry on the small side of the platoon mostly last year. It’s hard for me to think they change that this year, Billy Burns or no.

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Sky: He was banged up here and there with back issues I believe. Fuld stinks.

                    • Sky

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                      I think they’re both OF4s, personally. Fuld just makes Gentry look like Ben Revere out there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Munn kinda killed my fire by watching her in Newsroom

    • Cram It says:
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      @Sky: She’s with Aaron Rodgers, so she’s a douche. Not that I’d kick her out of bed. Well, the next morning I would, with a “say hi to your douchebag boyfriend” sendoff.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha… She seems it, agreed

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Oh Cram, you cynic you. Wait, are you a Bears fan?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Sky: Ding ding. Even if I wasn’t, he’s still a d-bag by all accounts.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Hrm, I bought some peanut butter the other day. You want some? I ask cuz u jus jelly

            • Cram It says:
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              @Sky: You’re goddamn right I am! But not because he has Olivia Munn. There’s a million d-bag hot chicks who can’t act. There’s only one Alison Brie. Stay away Rodgers!

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                You know I love me some Brie but Olivia Munn >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

                What would happen if Alison started dating him? What would happen to your world?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Don’t explode Cram’s world.

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Sky: Is that your erection? Wait, don’t answer that.

                  It would confirm that I shall be reincarnated at least one more time because I must’ve screwed up this life again.

  29. Quack Attack says:
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    In a 6×6 roto format… Who is more roster able knowing I already have two closers and an elite setup man? Derek Holland, McCarthy or Quackenbush? I drafted QUACKENBUSH thinking he would be able to help me with my era and whip, but don’t know that I need four relievers. Of course, it also helps me avoid the cap for starting pitchers. Thanks!

  30. Harvey Strictly Bluegrass says:
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    10 team h2h

    Keeper question: Lester (14th), Calhoun (11th), Gray (11th), deGrom (11th) or Smyly (21st)

    Pick one. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lester

  31. The JoGarza says:
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    So Jarred Cosart is being investigated for possible gambling. Story: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/mlb-investigating-claims-tying-marlins-pitcher-jarred-cosart-to-gambling-7551747

    People are looking into his pitching lines and making reckless accusations like how he has given up first-inning runs in 20 of 24 starts. That’s hysterical. Maybe he’s just not that good? In that case, Edinson Volquez and his career 5.22 ERA in the first inning must be rolling in untold millions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heath Bell retired to squander his untold millions too

  32. Earl Sweatshirt says:
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    Sorry for re-posting Grey — but really the question I was asking is: in each of these 4 trades, which side do you think wins?

    1. Wong and JD Martinez for Rendon
    2 Wong and Betts for Rendon
    3 Wong and Arcia for Rendon
    4 Wong and Marte for Rendon

    Thanks for your patience and guidance man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon in all but 4

  33. The Great Knoche says:
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    Was that an R.E.M Cuban End of the World?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We Didn’t Start The Fire

  34. Fastpitch says:
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    Well Grey, need more help. I’m drafting Saturday in a 7 team, NL only auction roto draft. It is 2 players at each position, and 10 pitchers. Ops and net wins along with no whip are the cats, so 6×5.
    Other than using your ranks and creating a cheat sheet of all NL players at each position and using a 65/35 split I have no idea on how to approach this draft. I know you say don’t go over $30 bucks for a player. To me it is essentially a 14 team draft if that matters. Should I target a couple studs or let others spend there money? I have no strategy at this point. Please give me a couple ideas on what strategy to use. Sorry for the length. I always say that to her.

  35. The Great Knoche says:
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    Was that an R.E.M. End of the World Cuban style?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @The Great Knoche: guess I’ll ask twice because it crashed on me first time. Oops.

  36. Joeg414 says:
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    Need someoneto replace Rendon at 2b. If Olivera isn’t listed as a 2b, who to get : A.Hill, J.Panik, DJ LeMahieu, J.Schoop , D.Espinosa . L.Forsythe or D.Travis. I know slim pickins. 13 Team daily mixed 6×6 roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Travis

  37. Josh says:
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    Thanks as always Gray! Kinda went my own way on a draft, wanted your two cents:

    Got a 12 team league with 6×6 OPS scoring.

    C Carlos Santana
    1st E5
    2nd Neil Walker
    3rd Evan Longoria
    SS Jean Segura
    OF Bautista
    OF Starlin Marte
    OF Jorge Soler
    UTIL Chris Davis
    BENCH JOC PEDERSON
    BENCH Yosami Tomas
    DL Matt Weiters

    SP Kluber
    SP Ross
    SP Carrasco
    SP Shoemaker
    SP Pineda
    RP Naftali Feliz
    RP Jenry Mejia
    BENCH Paxton
    BENCH Navoli

    Leaving aside the closers that I punted completely, how do you think I did? Any places look weak I should try to bump up via trade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like punting closers, but doesn’t look like you punted them anyway… Nice SPs, love your top 5… Hitting is very balanced, nice team overall… You do look a little low on speed, but can see it in OPS

      • Josh says:
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        @Grey: Thanks a lot! I figured out half way through that there would probably be some SAG-Noffing in my future. Had to reach pretty hard for Santana, but that OPS, it had me in her clutches, ya know?

  38. BISS says:
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    Koji handcup – Tazawa or Mujica?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like it might be Mujica

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @BISS: is a handcup better than Two Girls, One Cup?

      • BISS says:
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        @Wilsonian:

        Yes it is!

        Stupid auto-fill in.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @BISS: phew! For some reason “handcup” made me think of that. Definitely not a good mental picture.

  39. Mr W says:
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    If i have the chance to trade Mookie Betts for Taijuan Walker straight up in a keeper league, do I do it? It’s a salary auction league with a $5 escalator each year and both Mookie and Taijuan are cheap. The point structure makes Ace SPs extremely valuable.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Mr W:

      Don’t do it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  40. Clint says:
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    Any new news on the Razzball Tees, Grey? And regarding C-Mart, since he’s had somewhat of a craptacular spring, you still think he’s the lead guy to take over when Garcia inevitably breaks over Marco? Heard Marco’s been looking significantly better for what spring training’s worth.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think spring means that much in the big picture for these guys… I’ll ping the t-shirt people again right now… Hopefully they’ll have better news…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They said, “I received that order on Jan 30th, I haven’t sent an email saying they had been shipped, but I still have that order with the printer.” Seriously, I need to find a new printer.

      • Clint says:
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        @Grey:
        I guess let me know when you do regarding the shirts.

        Since you looked at Olivera, I was trying to figure out where I missed your take on Yoan Moncada and can’t seem to find any particular post summing him up. I ran his name in the Razzball player search and nothing came back. Did you rank him or sum him up in a post I missed and if so where? Know he’s probably going to be minor league fodder for now but I thought maybe he could be a good stash for 2016 maybe?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I figured Mike would cover Moncada… He’s at least a year away… Will do on the shirts, sorry about that!

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: moncada is listed in Mike’s prospect list for the new guys. Link to Mike’s name and go down the other links that are in his prospect top 30. There’s a blurb in there.

  41. Ryan741 says:
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    Trade question for a H2H points league. I have Sale, Strasburg and Kluber all locked up in a keeper league with values of the 8th, 7th and 12th rounds tied to each of them. Would you trade any of them for Harvey (12th round keeper for this year) and the other guy’s 1st round pick (3rd overall)? Our league is skewed towards pitchers, so all of the best ones are kept. My options with the 3rd pick would be among Jones, Cano, Upton, Hanley, Shields, Braun. What are your thoughts?

    • Ryan741 says:
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      and which of Sale/Stras/Kluber would you prefer to move if I trade one?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sale

        • Ryan741 says:
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          would you do Sale for Harvey and his 1st then? Or just stay with Sale? I’ll have to offer up a late round pick to balance it out. And thanks for all of your help

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hold Sale then

  42. John says:
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    Grey,
    10-tm H2H (30 moves)Keeper (keep 12) cat pretty balanced 9 hit stats and 8 pit stats

    You know those drafts where all the stars align, and you get pretty much every guy your targeting, ya, happened to me last night, feel great about the team (but this might be purely my team bias)

    C- C. Santana
    1B- Goldy
    2B- Dozier
    3B – Arenado
    SS- Desmond
    CI- K. Seager
    MI- R. Odor
    LF- A. gordon
    CF – McCutch
    RF – R. Braun
    Util – Polanco
    Bn- B. revere
    BN- S. Souza

    SP – MadBum
    SP – C. Sale
    SP – J. Arrieta
    RP- K. Uehera
    RP – G. Perkins
    P- J. Papelbon
    P- A. Wood
    BN- J. Odorizzi
    BN – M. Latos
    BN- C. Carrasco
    BN – W. Peralta

    Sorry so long,

    but A) what do you think? B) where can I improove? C) Kinda botched my RP selections and there are other RP avail on the wire (would you swap out for any of these guys? and who to drop for them? – B. Cecil, J. Benoit, N. Feliz, T. Clippard, A. Reed, J. McGee, K. Giles, B. Boxberger

    thanks a ton for the rankings & and all the advice,

    John

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) Nice team, looks very balanced B) Nowhere right now C) They look fine, what’s wrong with them?

      • John says:
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        @Grey: fair enough, thanks Grey. I really bombed on my reliever research this year, but the articles I did read, didn’t have to much (or anything really good) about the relieves I chose, so more less just wanted to see what you thought in relation to what was on the wire. Thanks again !

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @John: I dont understand why there’s so many closers on the wire? Personally I’d drop Odorizzi or Peralta for Benoit, Cecil or Boxberger. That’s me.. I understand you have limited moves but in unlimited h2h i take as many high K/9 closers as possible and 2 Aces and stream accordingly. I have Kershaw,Harvey and Sherzer plus Aroldis,Kenley, Box,Benoit,Robertson,Feliz, K Rod, Giles. I just stream depending on matchups. I did this last year and finished in the top 50 in the world rankings on ESPN. You can dominate ERA/WHIP/SAVES/K’s/ each week That leaves you with a distinct advantage over your opponents when you have a 4 cat advantage every week. I’m not saying it’s fool proof but I won those cats consistently week after week.

  43. Farley says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Great work as always, my favorite morning diversion!

    5×5 H2H ESPN trade offer

    His LaRoche, Street, and Tillman for my Pujols and S. Casillia.

    I have Miggy and Abreu as well (auction league), so I could let Pujols go.

    To be honest, this is a fairly redonk team with Kershaw, Kluber, Kimbrel, Altuve, Arenado, Miggy Abreu, Pujols, and BHam at the core. I don’t know if I should even worry about trading anybody and just hold.

    Figured I’d get an extra opinion or 2 on it.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hold

  44. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Sorry to bring this back down here but I don’t actually think Burns is going to make the team out of camp. I think they are going to go with Mark Canha because he’s a Rule 5 guy. They definitely aren’t going to carry Burns and Canha when Zobrist and Vogt can also play in the OF.

    Also, FWIW, the Gentry/Fuld platoon did lead off last year when Coco was out of the line up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      But Burns is so much more interesting for fantasy, do they not care about our fantasy teams?

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        They are a fantasy team: 6×6 (OBP, Holds) 5 keepers (3 year max)

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @J-FOH:

            Thanks for the shout out the other day. Sorry I wasn’t around to comment. Still like Valbuena.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @GhostTownSteve: You deserved your dues. It was a good point and only helped reinforce my spidey senses on him. Now we all just have to be correct and we can pass around the cigars like a daddy in a waiting room.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  45. Maver1ck says:
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    Drafted last night and my starting pitching is below. 10 tm 5×5 league, that uses QS and K/9 categories rather than K’s and wins. Am I good to go or can I consider trading away someone like Samardzija? Wouldn’t mind acquiring more hitting.

    C Kluber (was a keeper)
    J Samardzija
    G Cole
    A Wood
    M Pineda
    S Kazmir
    K Gausman
    H Bailey
    D Smyly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re good for now

  46. Tom says:
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    I have Encarnacion and Donaldson as keepers. Overkill to get Bautista and have to many guys from one lineup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fine…

  47. Duke says:
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    Yo Grey, in a 5×5 OBP where you can keep a player in the round he was drafted in for 3 years, what rounds are you looking to target Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      7th and 10th of 10 team

  48. Btdrnks says:
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    Hey all, in a 12-team keeper league (points) where we keep 12. I am having some trouble deciding on the last 1-2 keepers…right now im with the following 11

    C. B. Posey
    1B. Abreu
    1B. F. Freeman
    3b. J. Donaldson
    OF. M. Brantley
    OF. B. Harper
    OF. R. Braun
    SP. F. Hermandez
    SP. M. Bumgarner
    SP. J. Fernandez
    SP. G. Richards

    My choices for the last slot are:
    SP A. Cobb
    OF C. Yelich
    OF C. Dickerson
    SS S. Castro
    2b B. Dozier

    Any thoughts on who i should be keeping here? I am open to suggestions!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson, Dozier

      • Btdrnks says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  49. Alexei says:
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    Hey Grey, just drafted….10 team H2H (AVG, R, SB, HR, RBI OPS, ERA, WHIP, K/9, K, QS, SVHD).

    A couple strange picks, got Kluber because he fell to 51 and Harvey at 71 because, well, I couldn’t resist oh well. And Sean Doolittle because apparently I live under a rock.

    Thoughts? Thank you!

    C Travis D’Arnaud
    1B Goldy
    2B Kolten Wong
    3B Carlos Santana
    SS Alexei Ramirez
    LF Justin Upton
    CF Puig
    RF George Springer
    UTIL Will Myers
    UTIL Alex Gordon
    BE Yasmany Tomas
    BE Shin Soo-choo
    BE Nick Catellanos

    P Steve Cishek
    P Sean Doolittle
    SP Corey Kluber
    SP Jeff samardzija
    SP Matt harvey
    SP Yordano Ventura
    SP Carlos Carrasco
    RP Dellin Betances
    RP Kenley Jansen
    RP Addison Reed
    BE Nathan Eovaldi
    BE Andrew Heaney

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks excellent, hitting looks light on power and speed… Your pitching’s much better than your hitting…

      • Alexei says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        Gotta make a trade! Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  50. Dommattingly says:
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    Drafted Parnell late. Do I drop him for a recently dropped Giles? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Dommattingly: you’ll be able to DL parnell soon, then grab giles.

  51. Matt says:
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    Finished a mixed 12tm keeper last night with a max of 50 add/drop all season, so I wanted to have some backups in case of injury…My first year in this league. I looked at my finished roster and thought it would make Grey proud. Am I right or am I right? One thing I wish i did different was get more SP… Keepers have an *

    C – d’Arnaud, Grandal
    1b – Rizzo*, Alvarez
    2b – Wong, Gyorko
    SS – Desmond*, Bogaerts
    3B – Beltre*
    OF – Car-Go*, Dickerson, Cespedes, Leonys Martin, Gregor Polanco
    SP – Kluber*, Carrasco, Shoemaker, Fiers, Hutchinson, Paxton, Heaney
    RP – Perkins, Rondon, Cecil, Qualls

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’ve made me proud, you always do…little low on AVG though…

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey: this moment ranks with the birth of my first son

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If I were your first son, it would really be something!

          • Matt says:
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            @Grey: you get your love of Wong from your mother son…

  52. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi Mr. Grey,
    Isn’t it too cold for sagnoff? Any thoughts on the closer situation until Jensen returns… I am not sure Peralta has the stuff…
    Thank you in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peralta… Never too cold le SAGNOF

      • Joe Shmoe says:
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        @Grey: So…..if I have Neshek and Qualls on my team (hedging my sagnoff) would you drop one for Peralta?

        Truly a potential sleepless night….

        Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Neshek

          • Joe Shmoe says:
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            @Grey: This just from a news feed: “Rays Cash plans to use Kevin Jepsen in high-leverage situations.”…”As for specific innings, we don’t have that,”

            Sagnoff hell in March??? Is this the saves guy or Boxberger…
            I know I’m not the only one in safgnoff hell! Right? Right?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Meh, you can grab him if you have room, but I’d go Boxberger still

            • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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              @Joe Shmoe: highest leverage isn’t usually the closer anyway, it’s when there’s guys on base already with small lead or a tie game.

  53. The Balking Dead says:
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    Wonder when Hector will get added to Yahoo…. I think the Dodgers are spending $ like a kid in a candy store with that TV deal, just throwing money at anyone they can. 30 years old and a partially torn UCL? The only thing they do to protect themselves is get a clause for a 37 year old (by that time) at 1M option…

    Anywho, was wondering what side you like in a 14 team keeper league:

    Greinke/Ozuna
    or
    Marte/Wacha

    Thanks for the continued awesome posts and new additions to the Razzball team!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Yup! Marte

  54. Jerry says:
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    Hey Grey, can you rank Rendon, Brantley and Freeman in of value for upcoming season? Thanks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See rankings

  55. CadeWTM says:
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    12 team H2H 8×8 (2B, 3B, OPS + HLD, QS, K/BB)

    Since it’s H2H I’m planning on rotating my hottest bats, and definitely streaming starters. What do you guys think post draft?

    C – Santana
    1B – Bautista (kept)
    2B – Kipnis
    3B – Bogaerts
    SS – Santana
    OF – Stanton (kept)
    OF – Harper
    OF – Ozuna (kept)
    UT – LaRoche
    UT – Yasmani
    B – Saunders
    B – Owings
    SP – Cole
    SP – Hughes
    SP – Hutchison
    SP – Latos
    SP – Shoemaker
    SP – Peralta
    RP – Allen (kept)
    RP – Jansen
    RP – Giles
    RP – Mejia
    RP – Farquhar
    NA – Rodon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks stacked, pitching looks a little risky, but fine for H2H

  56. Robbie Mack says:
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    I’m in a 12 team H2H Points league, we have 30 + roster spots (4 keepers), would love a critique of my team from Grey or anyone just chime on in.

    C-Zunino, Chirinos (really let this get away from me)
    1B-Goldschmidt, Carlos Santana, CJ Cron
    2B-Wong, Gyorko
    SS-Starlin Castro, Brad Miller
    3B-Nolan Arenado (thanks for the choice yesterday Grey), Santana (listing twice)
    OF-Marte, Carlos Gonzalez, Yelich, Wil Myers, Leonys Martin, Khris Davis
    SP-Archer, Bumgarner, Cole, McHugh, Odorizzi, Shoemaker, Gausman, Wily Peralta
    RP-Cody Allen, Hector Rondon, Tyler Clippard (yeesh)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look low on AVG and speed, but that’s fine in H2H… Your pitching looks likely better than it needs to be…

  57. Chris says:
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    H2H Points League – Who would you rather have Betts or Soler?

  58. Jay buhner says:
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    Harvey as a 11th rounder or Donaldson as 6th rounder in keeper where player lose a draft round each subsequent year?? I have a harvey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson

  59. letsgobravos says:
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    Is the war room online version broken for anyone else? Couldn’t get it to work last night at home and now I’m attempting to be unproductive at work and can’t get it to work here either. Home computer is a mac and tried from safari and chrome and work computer is windows and tried from chrome and IE.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try Firefox… Go to Preferences, Privacy, Delete individual cookies, search Razzdraft, delete Razzdraft, try again.

  60. Bobby Nice says:
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    I drafted C. Santana as my 3B, but then Yasmany dropped too far, so I grabbed him. Now with Yasmany looking like hot garbage, do I pick up Castellanos and put Santana at C? or pick up d’Arnaud and keep Santana at 3B? I’ve got myself into a real pickle. I’m thinking Castellanos or perhaps even P. Alvarez and keep Santana at C. Who wants 2 catchers in their lineup? Even if one is a poser.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold for a few days

  61. GhostTownSteve says:
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    “Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb (forearm) had a good report from Dr. Koco Eaton Monday, March 23, and he could ‘possibly’ throw over the weekend, according to manager Kevin Cash.”

    Kevin Cash: “Let’s not go see Dr. Andrews. We know what he’s gonna say.”
    Alex Cobb: “Gosh, what are we gonna do, Skip.”
    Kevin Cash: “I think it’s time we called Dr. Koco.”
    *Kool Aid like crash through the wall. Disheveled looking man enters wearing white lab coat.”
    Cash and Cobb: Hi Dr. Koco!!!
    Dr. Koco: Did somebody call an orthapamediamist?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha… Dr. Andrews uses a scalpel. Dr. Koco uses positive vibes.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I thought Dr. Koco would use little marshmallow and maybe a dash of cinnamon

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, it’s Mexican Koco

  62. Eric says:
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    Free copy of Who is Grey Albright with all yearly subscription packages?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Talk to Rudy about it

  63. Alex says:
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    If obp and slg and QS are also categories, you going lester or ortiz (1B elig)?

    Both have 45-50 yahoo adp, but both have had shitty springs, and i pick 66th

    Already own dickerson cano freeman j up; 1,350 inn limit so k/9 matters

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ortiz

  64. Udall says:
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    2nd pick in the draft. Am I takin Tomas or Shoemaker? Keep forever. Thanks in advance stache.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker

      • Udall says:
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        @Grey: bless your heart

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  65. Earl Sweatshirt says:
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    Ok my main man @Grey. Once more for the win. Which side wins:

    Rendon vs Wong, Betts and J.D. Martinez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon

      • Earl Sweatshirt says:
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        @Grey: what if all of them are keepers — rendon included

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rendon

    • Jason E. says:
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      @Earl Sweatshirt: Dude what is with your repetive Rendon questions. If you own Rendon, hold onto him. If you want to acquire him, you should have drafted him…@Earl Sweatshirt:

  66. Commish Cauda says:
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    12-team, H2H-5X5 League w/5 OFs

    Start 1 Catcher. I own Carlos Santana. Wilson Ramos went undrafted.

    Which is the better starting combo?

    Santana at C and Brett Lawire /Dexter Fowler/Michael Saunders at U
    OR
    Ramos at C and Santana at U

    I would drop Brad Miller for Ramos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stick with Lawrie

  67. Jason says:
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    12 team point league. How did I do?

    C: Lucroy
    1st: Abreu, Hosmer
    2nd:Betts, Pedroia, Wong
    3rd:Longoria, Sandoval
    ss: Tulo, Castro
    OF: Kemp, Marte, Pence, Choo, Meyers, Leo Martin

    P:Wainright, Harvey, Wacha, Cashner, Holland, Eovoldi, Paxton, Baily
    RP: Papelbon, K-rod

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like your pitching, hitting looks fine but pretty risky…

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I don’t like your attitude

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aw, man!

  68. Teddy Heater says:
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    Hey BFF, I was going to post about Tomas yesterday, but I was in denial as I didn’t want to accept it! Today I’m depressed, but this problem has managed to make things easier. It’s a Yahoo keeper league 12 team H2H, 6×6 with OPS & Holds as the extra categories. I’ve given you the round that they will be drafted, the later round guys were all picked up off Free Agency. I need 6 total would you replace anyone for my list of 6?

    25-Bryant
    24-Castillo
    23-Pederson
    22-Hughes
    8-Donaldson
    3-Stanton

    Here’s the other guys I considered;

    25-Duda
    13-Lester
    12-Gray

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Teddy Heater: I like Wet Tail over Castillo and Lester over Hughes

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Wet Tail! I’ve missed that. Yeah I was flip flopping on lester & Duda I was leaning Lester too, but I figured I be getting a better value with Hughes in 22nd round

        • Teddy Heater says:
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          @Teddy Heater: The Dreaded Pirate cut off his locks! How does this impact his fantasy ability?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Don’t even joke about that

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Oh God…. The Afro’d Pirate? The Avoid-The-Clippers-Next-Time Pirate? It just doesn’t have the same ring…

                • Teddy Heater says:
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                  @Grey: @Grey: The Dead Dread Pirate

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    So sad!

                    • The Great Knoche says:
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                      @Grey: Locks now look more like Judge Dredd. He’s trying to look like Stallone.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t see the resemblance to Stallone, TBH

            • Teddy Heater says:
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              @Grey: Fantasy Impact? Is he faster or does he get a knock in ranking for style points?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                His judgement is now questionable

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Teddy Heater: Yeah i could go either way with Lester to be honest…I’m not in love with him but at the same time i don’t really trust Hughes as far as i can throw J-FOH

          • J-FOH says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: leave me out of your obvious analysis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t we still be in denial? A few more days at least…. I’d go with the six you have…

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Me and Grey went out for drinks earlier…don’t listen to him hes a little tipsy…take Wet Tail….or it will take you!

        • Teddy Heater says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: I was thinking I’d be able to draft Wet Tail in a decent round given that most people don’t have him in their top 100. “Never Underestimate the Power of Wet Tail”

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Teddy Heater: Dont say i didnt warn ya….that wet tail is a bitch

  69. Warren says:
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    Draft is Sunday. I have great hitting keepers for cheap and want to spend my saved money on an ace, but almost all are being kept. Only top 10 guy out there is Bumgarner. I am so nervous about him with the innings from last year. Would you still stay away from him? He’s looking sharper this spring and he is a big strong dude, so maybe he’ll be fine.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Warren: Im staying away from him…but that would depend on the cost as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t touch him

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Would you spoon him, without having to give a reach around?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, that seems fair

  70. Andrew W says:
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    This has nothing to do with this article but I couldn’t help but laugh at this line from an ESPN article:

    “After the news conference to announce his new contract Sunday, Yelich was thrilled to introduce Ichiro to his mom in the parking lot outside the facility at Roger Dean Stadium.”

    Looks like you were spot on with the Yelich-is-a-child comments in your daily updates!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! See?!

  71. Dave says:
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    11 team ops league. Am I nuts to keep Soler over Ortiz? We keep 5 per year with no prices, won 3 of the last four, why not right? For some fun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not nuts

  72. Scooterboy says:
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    Hey Grey, I have a couple questions if you don’t mind. Finished my draft, and was looking at who is still available on the FA wire. I’m a little concerned about my catcher position. I picked Wilson Ramos. A few of the other catchers that are available are, Yasmani Grandal, Wilson Rosario, and Mike Zunino. Would you hold with Ramos?

    My second question: Here is my pitching staff: Lester, Cole, Carrasco, Iwakuma, Wood, Latos,
    Bench: Hughes, Fiers, Salazar.

    These guys are available on the FA wire: Matt Cain, Jake Odorizzi, Drew Smyly, Jajuan Walker, Nathan Eovaldi, Drew Hutchinson.
    Would you hold with my staff, or drop somebody I currently own, for someone on the FA list.
    Thanks for the help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Ramos… Your staff is great, hold it for now

  73. Monken Drunkey says:
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    So, I’ve got top waiver priority in my 14-team dynasty for when Olivera’s added to yahoo. Should I use it on him since everyone’s cuckoo for Cubans? I think the commish said that top waiver priority goes first in next season’s draft.

    Rendon’s my only 3B-eligible guy . The options for replacing him are dropping either Farquhar, Joe Smith, Neil Ramirez (SV+Holds league), Choo or Khris Davis for one of Middlebrooks, Moustakas, McGehee, Chisenhall (with a waiver claim), and I’ve been eying Jace Peterson for the multi-eligibility/SB potential. Aaron Hill’s there, too, I guess.

    Once the DL shows up, I can toss two of Richards, Smyly, Ryu(?), Jake McGee and Doolittle on it to free up a couple of spots. I also have one NA spot remaining for if Castillo gets sent down. Yeah. My team’s busted already. It’ll get worse, too. I’ve got Tulo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, grab Olivera… I’d say lose Smith for Peterson if tomorrow were Opening Day, hold for now… Those guys aren’t that amazing… Wait for DL spots…

  74. Monken Drunkey says:
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    Thanks, for the assistance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  75. royce! says:
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    I just realized something in a league I just joined and for which I have already drafted: each roster spot has a games played limit of 162, i.e., I can only use each roster spot 162 times. I’ve never played in a league that had any limits on hitters, and I find this annoying, because for each roster spot, I will have to forego starting someone for about 20 days between opening day and the end of the season. At this point I don’t have enough streaming spots for this to make a difference, but I like the security of knowing that I could just drop everyone, stream every spot every day, and at least have a chance at winning H and R.

    So, is this common? Does it have any strategy implications?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have the same restrictions in my Yahoo league and it never has any affect until like the last few days of the season, and even then it rarely plays into anything… Between random days off and not having a player to fill in and the random injury, it works out fine…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Ah, thanks. I got worked up about it and then realized that it was unlikely to matter. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: I guess what I should have wrote was thanks for helping me realize it won’t matter. What I said sounded kind of dismissive, like I asked a question, you answered it, and then I was like, “oh, I already knew that, but thanks…”

            Hopefully you hadn’t taken it that way. I’ve been nicotine free for a week and it seems to make me over analyze things.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You should vape!

              • royce! says:
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                @Grey: I might end up doing that, cuz I feel weird now.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’ll even you out, man!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @royce!: It lame like that. Towards the end of the year play it smart and make sure you count your games. For example, make sure you have one game left of outfield and then play three guys and the system will count all the stats. I know its lame, but its Yahoo, the worldwide leader in meh.

      • royce! says:
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        @J-FOH: Haha, I’ll try to remember that, thanks

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @royce!: also, make you over the year you balance out your games, so if two players are off that day you aren’t dropping make sure one position isn’t like 2 or more games away from the others.

  76. Me says:
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    OBP 14 team

    Aoki, Dom brown, torii, Saunders. Pick two

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Saunders, Aoki

  77. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Nice headline/lede combo from the SJ Mercury News

    Ike Davis homers Again

    Oakland Athletics 1B Ike Davis hit his first home run of spring training Wednesday…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That says it all, doesn’t it? Haha

  78. Earl sweatshirt says:
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    I know this is annoying at this point…

    who do you like better as a keeper — machado or wong?

    Is getting rendon for Wong, Betts, JD even better if I can switch out Wong for Machado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong

  79. Macio says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Thanks for all your preseason advice! I’m in a 14-team weekly league that just drafted the following team. Should I be worried about speed and/or OF? E. Young is sitting on waivers now. Thanks!

    C – Yasmani Grandal
    1B – Edwin Encarnacion
    2B – Anthony Rendon
    SS – Xander Bogaerts
    3B – Nolan Arenado
    OF – Justin Upton
    OF – Cole Calhoun
    OF – Will Myers
    OF – Kris Davis
    B – Jedd Gyorko

    P – Tyson Ross
    P – Gerrit Cole
    P – Hisashi Iwakuma
    P – Michael Pineda
    P – Taijuan Walker
    P – Kevin Gausman
    P – Nathan Eovaldi
    P – Shane Greene
    P – Jake Peavy

    CL – Aroldis Chapman
    CL – Hector Rondon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes on speed, no on OF… You’re a bit light on speed, don’t see more than 35 projected steals from the whole team… Solid pitching… Lose Gyorko for Young

  80. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    achilles tendonitis is what ortiz had in july a couple of years back when i could’ve maybe won a championship that year had he come back. i myself, also, that year, in august, just a few short weeks after ortiz (who was my MVP at the time, in a 18 team league) got achilles tendonitis when i was bit by a dog in my ankle. Barely punctured the skin, but then a little beebe shaped ball formed in it, and it was hard to put pressure on it. Mine only lasted about 6 weeks total, but i’m not a professional athlete that has to make solid contact with things that travel 100 miles an hour sometimes, not ever. Eh, maybe snot sometimes. In the league that i won last year due to the players on it (you’ll see how sick my keepers are) just drafted this. If it looks pitching weak slightly (relatively), too many really good bats simply kept falling, and i couldn’t not grab them. This simply has to be my likeliest weakest opp pool here. OPS/net saves/holds/net steals/losses/K to BB/QS/OBPA/relief wins and losses (so RP losing is 2 bad events) roto, with 1700 max innings. 100 moves on here total. K for keeper. went with harper over kluber after seeing how high Mike’s keeper list shows harper.
    C – OBP wolf (277)
    1B Ortiz (61)
    2B Altuve (K)
    SS Bogaerts (157)
    3B Sandoval (84)
    IF – Hosmer (132, he just kept falling)
    IF – Dannys Ant (204)
    OF – Trout (K)
    OF – McCutchen (K)
    OF – Harper (K)
    OF – Moss (85)
    Util – Pence (133, kept falling…)
    Util – Pearce (228)
    Util – Fowler (300)
    BN/NA Lindor (324, i’ve since added J.Ram as Bn bat, backup 2B/SS)
    SP – Kluber (60, got him back anyway)
    SP – Hughes (109)
    SP – Liriano (180)
    SP – Salazar (229)
    SP – Peavy (252)
    SP – Hammel (253)
    SP – Burnett (301)
    RP – Cishek (108, top 10 closers went faster in this league than any other of mine this year, so this highly drafted was room directed)
    RP – F-Rod (156)
    RP – McGee (181)
    RP – Miller (205)
    RP – Watson (276)
    RP – Jepsen (325)
    After what Miller and Watson did last year (esp Miller) i have no clue how i keep ending up with these guys. How’s this one look?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucky you didn’t draft Oscar Taveras a couple years back! Hitting looks great, hard to argue with that OF and your infield isn’t too shabby either…Keepers really help you there… Pitching looks decent, but obviously less so than your hitting… You have a bit of risk with the staff… Solid team overall though…

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: hahaha on oscar, good thing i don’t drive, but of course somebody in his condition’s car could certainly hit me walking. yikes. by risk i assume you mean liriano’s whip issues from time to time, salazar’s possible demotion to AAA and burnett’s age, yes. This is likely my weakest pitching drafted this year (per your ranks), as i usually have 3 SP and 1 RP by pick 150 rather than the 180 here. Of course in some of those drafts liriano is gone by then. This was first draft i couldn’t get shoemaker (who you have much higher than yahoo ranks or yahoo ADP’s) at around his ADP.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Shoemaker’s someone I’m able to get anywhere… Maybe there was another Razzballer in your midst, Joey Jo Jo

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Grey: maybe, but it wasn’t that early, pick 207, just earlier than i’d seen other than me so far.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gotcha

  81. Ross says:
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    Hi grey, who would you want in 12 team head to head? K. Grave man, J Hahn or Daniel Norris?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahn

  82. Elwood Blues says:
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    If you had Rizzo for $15 in an NL Only 4×4 and he was a free agent in your league at the end of the year.. would you a)keep him knowing you’d have to spend a lot to get Goldy or be stuck with one of the other available 1b’s like Howard or Lind… b) trade him for Rendon at $15 and keepable at that price for 3 more years… or c)trade him for Polanco who would be $5 this year, and keepable for 3 more after that at $15.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Rizzo

      • Elwood Blues says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Another quick one. I have Hawkins at $5 and Reed at $20 and it looks like the only closer available in the auction will be Cishek.. so I am getting a lot of offers, even though they are probably the worst 2 closers in the NL. Keep them both? Keep just one? Trade them both? One offer I have is Cole at $5 for Hawkins.
        Side note: Most closers in our league top out the bidding at $30-$40.. and our transaction rules don’t allow easy drops and adds.. so it’s not as easy to pick up another closer during the season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gerrit Cole for Hawkins? Take that immediately

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @Elwood Blues: people are out of their minds offering that.

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Elwood Blues: if you can find more deals like that you’ll be by far best team by the time it starts.

  83. Chris says:
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    Grey, 10 team keeper league. OBP and we do QS and K/9 instead of W and SO.

    I have Brantley, Pence, Arenado and HRAM, Kershaw strausburg and shoemaker.

    I have the 10th pick, current mock is going.
    Hamilton
    Beltre
    Dickerson
    Frazier
    Cargo
    Degrom
    Santana
    Pujols

    My pick is 10 and 11.

    Who would you go? Davis, AGon, votto, marte, heyward, kipnis, kinsler, ross, cruz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte, Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually, Marte, Votto

  84. The Flayed Man says:
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    Awesome article…again. Thanks.

    My Bogaerts for his Heyward?

    Thanks as always.

    14 team roto 6×6 (ops & holds) keeper 6.

    C. Grandal
    1B. Rizzo
    2B. Wong
    3B. Arenado
    SS Bogaerts
    CI. Hosmer
    MI. D. Santana
    OF. Harper
    OF. Marte
    OF. Myers
    OF. Garcia
    UT. Gyoko
    UT. Pompey
    BN. Cron
    NA. Sano

    SP: Samardzija, Ross, Salazar, Hutchinson, Paxton, Hahn.
    RP: Street, Casilla, Cecil, Giles, Tazawa, E. Marshall, Mujica.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Heyward

  85. braveulysses says:
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    11 team yahoo roto league
    3 OF, 3 Util. No MI or CI

    R, H, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, E, AVG, OBP, SLG
    W, L, SV, BB, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, SV+H

    Wilson Ramos (Was – C)
    Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
    Dee Gordon (Mia – 2B)
    Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
    Danny Santana (Min – SS,OF)
    Christian Yelich (Mia – OF)
    Hunter Pence (SF – OF)
    Jason Heyward (StL – OF)
    Edwin Encarnación (Tor – 1B)
    Marcell Ozuna (Mia – OF)
    Justin Upton (SD – OF)
    Jean Segura (Mil – SS)
    Wil Myers (SD – OF)

    Jeff Samardzija (CWS – SP)
    Tyson Ross (SD – SP)
    Mat Latos (Mia – SP)
    Andrew Cashner (SD – SP)
    Mike Fiers (Mil – SP)
    Collin McHugh (Hou – SP)

    based on the categories, I kind of screwed up in the draft. I wanted to fill aces and elite MRs but it didn’t work out.
    Now I’m looking to trade for either cueto or sale in a roto league. I think I am leaning towards sale.

    I was thinking about offering Santana, Ozuna and Cashner for Sale… It could be lowballing but I can never value pitchers high.

    I could also move heyward and mchugh for sale.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Sale in the Cashner trade

      • braveulysses says:
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        @Grey:

        and trust segura? I drafted both him and santana in case santana crapped out. i dont think they are that much different though and I am good in steals i think with gordon and yelich

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

      • braveulysses says:
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        @Grey:

        i’m thinking if he turns down ozuna santana and cashner, i’d counter with pence santana and cashner

  86. Gabe says:
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    do you like Avisail Garcia much more than Alex Rios?

  87. braveulysses says:
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    @braveulysses:

    i’m thinking if he turns down ozuna santana and cashner, i’d counter with pence santana and cashner

  88. Jake from State Farm says:
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    I scratch myself and spit a lot…I’m a baseball guy!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, you are!

  89. Alan says:
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    Lester or Yelich in shallow ops + avg yahoo league?

    Have freeman cano dickerson upton already

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lester

  90. Musky Smell says:
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    Grey,
    In a keeper league….who would you take Javier Baez $15 or Colin McHugh $10…
    A). for this season?
    B). for keeper implications?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) McHugh B) Baez

  91. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey:

    Just drafted my first team: 12 Team H2H 5X5

    C – Ramos
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Kendrick (Someone did the all hitter and closer thing and took his second 2B in Wong)
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Desmond
    OF – Marte
    OF – Yelich
    OF – Calhoun
    UTIL – Myers
    UTIL – Segura
    B – Vargas
    B – Saunders

    (I know I’m a tad bit light on power, but I believe I am well rounded, I couldn’t skip Arenado in the third and I was contemplating Cespedes before Marte, but Cespdes didn’t fall to me a round later and Upton was taken 3 picks before me in round 4 by someone who had 3 OF’s, so I kinda lucked out)

    SP – Zimmermann
    SP – Ross
    SP – Carrasaco
    SP – Hughes
    SP – Liriano
    SP – Shoemaker
    SP – Hutchinson
    SP – Santana
    SP – Peavy
    RP – Cisek
    RP – K-Rod
    RP – Hawkins (SAGNOF)

    What do you think? I like it. Always wire and trades for more power and another Starter and Closer.

    • Jef with 1 f says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: That’s a good team overall…but your right you could use more power

  92. Jef with 1 f says:
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    Why am I awake…

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Jef with 1 f: unless you work at like 4 AM eastern i would think most people in north america are currently.

  93. Mike B says:
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    Dearest Grey,

    Had 2 drafts last weekend, I’ll ask about the first here:

    Took on a ton of risk, but with equal parts upside…
    10 team, 29 player roster, 5×5 roto with QS and OBP

    C)Ramos
    1)E5
    2)Wong(any concern with 8th spot in order?)
    3)Machado
    SS)Tulo
    2b/SS)JRoll
    1b/3b)Hosmer
    OF)JUp
    Cargo
    Kemp
    Holiday
    Ozuna
    Util)Prado
    Be)Pence(starter when healthy of course)
    D.Santana
    Rosario(1st to drop)
    P)Lester
    Zimmerman
    Cole
    Tanaka
    Waino
    Richards
    Benoit
    W.Davis
    Qualls
    Peralta
    Be)Neshek
    A.Wood
    Ventura

    Clearly I have an excess of SP, but it’s an active league so I knew moves could be made after draft to balance roster. Is there a certain starter you would move asap or just whoever brings back best comparative value? I know you don’t valie closers much rankings-wise, but I need to go shopping for 1 or more it seems. My financial advisor would be lecturing me on being more risk-averse. I also think I’m going to drop Rosario for a speculative Mujica add tomorrow morning.

    Thoughts?

    • Mike B says:
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      @Mike B: Also, 1350 IP limit to further emphasize the pitching surplus

      • Mike B says:
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        @Mike B: I just traded lester for Marte and Hawkins. Not an ideal closer, but I may look to drop Neshek and handcuff Hawkins.

  94. 12 team roto.
    R,H,HR,RBI,Steals,OPS
    K,BB,W,SV,ERA,WHIP

    C-Weiters/D’Arnaud
    1B-Abreu/Moss
    2B-Rendon/Semien
    3B-Arenado/Semien
    SS-D Santana/Segura
    OF-Cespedes/Cruz/Meyers/Pederson
    SP-Kluber
    Samardzija
    Ross
    Carrasco
    Hammel
    Hutchison
    Paxton
    Shoemaker
    RP-Rosenthal/K-Rod

    Couldn’t believe I got Abreu, Rendon, Arenado, and Kluber with my first four picks, respectively, but people draft pitchers too early in my league.
    Should I go for some SAGNOF instead of Myers?
    Also, I drafted Prince Fielder in the first round last year so this Rendon thing weighs heavy on my mind.

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