Domingo Santana (1-for-5 with a grand slam) is already in beast mode.  That beast is a dingo, emphasis on ding, as in dinger, and you can’t spell Domingo without dong, but this dingo eats dongs not babies, and I’ve got smoke coming out my ears….We have real baseball!  Then, tomorrow we won’t have real baseball again for a week.  MLB is so crackers it’s staying at the Ritz by the water, Cheez-it, Mary and Joseph!  “Happy Opening Day two days later,” said the Time Zone to the Baseball Fan.  I can’t wait to see how Mike Fiers (3 IP, 5 ER) and Marco Gonzales (6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks) react to pitching in a game, then taking a 56-hour plane flight home to pitch again in a week.  Their combined 89 MPH fastballs are gonna have some jet lag.  Hopefully, their elbows won’t.  The Stream-o-Nator wasn’t thrilled with either pitcher, and neither was great.  Yes, the Stream-o-Nator is back!  The only real takeaway I have from these games is the A’s are at least thinking similarly to me, and that Ramon Laureano (0-for-5, 3 Ks) is the best man for the A’s leadoff job.  I’ll toast to that!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy baseball:

Matt Chapman – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Move him way up your board!  Kidding, I meant, I’m bored with overreacting off of one game (two by the time you read this).  If Chapman hits three homers in the 2nd game, still need to chill.  Easy to blow things out of proportion with small sample sizes, i.e., keep it in your pants for a few games, preferably a few weeks.

Stephen Piscotty – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  He felt like a forgotten man in drafts this year after putting together a top 30 outfielder season last year.  Any ideas why?  Piscotty doesn’t know!  Piscotty doesn’t know!

Khris Davis – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run, hitting .250.  Headed for a career year in batting average!

Tim Beckham – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  It’s as good a time as any to point out the dimensions of Tokyo Dome.  They are *googles* 12 acres.  Hunh.  That’s not to say I don’t like Tim Beckham late.  I do, and I own him in a few leagues.

Hunter Strickland – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 1st save.  Saw him being faded a lot in drafts.  Not entirely sure why.  “Are the tenets of SAGNOF being broken?”  Which I said while wearing a karate robe.

Justus Sheffield – Optioned to Triple-A.  That was to be expected, because the MLB is broke and more people are worried about starting clocks than the original Big Ben.

Kyle Seager – Out until June with surgery on his left hand tendon.  I wonder if the Seagers are starring in their own O. Henry story called, “The Gift of the Injured Guy.”  Kyle was updated in the top 20 3rd basemen.  Ryon Healy is already in the top 20 1st basemen, for what it’s Werth.  He’s the new man at the hot corner in Seattle.  Well, I guess, since it’s Seattle, it’s hot and wet.  Let’s just call it the moist corner.

J.P. Crawford – Optioned to the minors.  Never had any doubt Beckham was the Mariners’ shortstop.  There’s no defending Crawford’s ability unless you mean defense.

Michael Fulmer – Headed for Tommy John surgery.  Last week, he was shut down to work on his mechanics.  Apparently, Fulmer’s move to Monaco to work on Formula 1 didn’t work out, and now he’s out for 14 months.  Bummer that all of these guys I would never draft are getting hurt before suckers can draft them.

Ji-Man ChoiRays said he will be the primary 1st baseman.  Methinks this goes like this:  Choi is the Rays’ 1st baseman, then, three days into the season, Choi’s being benched.  I don’t buy a word that comes out of the Rays’ mouth about guys who should be platooned not being platooned.

Maikel Franco – By popular demand, I moved Maikel way up the top 20 3rd basemen post so now he’s a recommended buy, but still not in the top 200 overall.  How’s dem apples?  Granny Smith!  Jokes to the left, clowns to the right, and I still don’t love Maikel, but I guess I’d draft him.

Andrew McCutchen – Kapler said McCutchen will bat leadoff, which is as good for McCutchen as it’s bad for Cesar.  “Welcome back….third of the lineup, Cesar!”  I updated my projections at the top 40 outfielders for McCutchen, and the top 20 2nd basemen for Cesar.

Mike Foltynewicz – Will miss start of the season, due to his elbow.  Turns out Faultywirewitz’s wires are faulty, after all.  He’s missing the beginning of the season, and, at this point, we have no idea if that means he’ll return by Cinco de Mayo or a day much later than that in the calendar year when you will just be eating mayo.  I’ve moved him to the top 60 starters, removed 50 IP from his projections and from the pitchers’ pairings, i.e., I’m no longer drafting him.

Brad Peacock – Won the Astros’ 5th rotation spot.  For now.  The Astros’ 5th rotation spot is also known as “the seat Forrest Whitley sits in and says, ‘Hey, why is this warm?'” Peacock is in the rankings, but I don’t expect more than 75-100 IP.

Carlos Gonzalez – Signed by the Indians.

Jung Ho Kang – The Pirates named him their starting 3rd baseman (if I were the Pirates I would’ve named him someone else’s 3rd baseman).  Kang seemed puzzled, saying, “I didn’t say I will drive in teammates and crush fastballs.  I said, ‘I will drive intoxicated and crash fast cars.'”  He was added to the top 20 3rd basemen.

Andrew Heaney – The Angels are saying Heaney’s dealing with elbow problems, but they’re also saying it’s no big deal.  The MRI is clean!  Great, someone Windex’d the MRI results.  Can we get a real doctor who doesn’t use Pledge on the MRI results?  This doesn’t sound like good news, but I’m trying to remain optimistic since Heaney dealt with this last year at this time too.  I did lower his projections and his ranking into the top 80 starters.

Eloy Jimenez – Signed an eight-year deal.  Usually I don’t talk about contracts, but guess what, you Doritos-eating em-eff’ers?  Ya boy Eloy got a deal!  This means he won’t be held down in the minors just to stall his arbitration or for Super Two or for his clock to start or stop–No clocks!  The clock has run out!  Or just started.  I don’t know clocks.  I do know the jury returns in Sooner’s favor in the landmark case of Sooner vs. Later for when Eloy will be in the majors.  I’ve already drafted him in one league, and wish I drafted him in more.

Alex ColomeWhite Sox are tipping their hand that Colome will be their closer, to at least start the year.  Kelvin Herrera is also there, so I don’t think this is as cut and dry as one guy being the closer on Opening Day and having the job all year.  Or it will be that simple, it’s impossible to know.  My top 500 has both ranked.

Luis Severino – Will miss at least April.  Coincidentally, I’m going to miss Severino.  Dot dot dot.  From my teams.  I.e., not owning him.  I before E, don’t draft him.  E after I, are you following?

Aaron Hicks – Signs pointing to him beginning the year on the IL.  Is literally every player I don’t want to own injuring themselves in the preseason?  Maybe it’s like this every year but feels more so this year.

Gio Gonzalez – Signed with the Yankees.  He is exactly who you think he is, just now in stripes.  So Nat Gio becomes a zebra.  He’s in the top 100 starters for 2019 fantasy baseball.

Corey Knebel – Has taken a break from throwing.  Is that like when my dad took a break from parenting for a few years?  Is this Knebel’s gap year?  What does taking a break from throwing mean?  Is he chasing the dream of being a magician?  So, it sounds like the Brewers know what’s going on which is why they’re going after Kimbrel.  I haven’t yet moved Knebel in my rankings, but I would not draft him until we hear more.

Pedro Strop – Dealing with a minor strained right hamstring.  His left hamstring said, “Why I oughta!”  Maddon said Strop could be ready for Opening Day, but I don’t buy Strop is definitely the Cubs’ closer while Morrow rehabs, and have Steve Cishek pretty close to Strop in my top 500.

Yu Darvish – Dealing with a blister.  It’s unavoidable when someone is using their hands in something called a Cactus League.

Alex Reyes – He’s battling for a spot in the bullpen.  *looks right, looks left*  Um, I thought he was battling for a spot in the rotation.  That’s not so good.  I moved him down to the top 100 starters.

Michael Taylor – Will miss significant amount of time with a sprained hip and knee.  Sounds like an 80-year-old who went too hard.  I’ve officially removed him from my top 500.  Like Plug One deciding on a Central Coast wine tour, you still gonna pass o’ Robles?

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!

    Loved the daily write-up. As avid follower, I sang this song in my heart since the last update you all published…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkADj0TPrJA (I was airdrumming at 03:13!!)

    a. On the MRI, for reals. Our daughter recently had an MRI done, her doctor wanted to rule out MS as a possible diagnosis! What a jerk, Mr negative from the get-go. The MRI came back clean!! No MS, my wife and I were so relieved! but to the point no one was able to read the MRI except our doctor (the Neurologist). No one!!! Apparently the interpretation of the MRI results is really complicated, so yeah don’t go near Heaney.

    b. On Kikuchi, a small funny. His quotes are to die for. He says he can’t believe he’s starting his professional career in Japan, meanwhile he actually did just that being Japanese he started his professional career in Japan!! Of course he meant his MLB career, but the MLB part was either lost in translation or he doesn’t consider the Nippon Professional league to be too professional, your choice.

    c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for March 21

    [From ‘Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein’] This movie featured Lon Chaney, Glen Strange (not related to Doug Strange, what a strange segue) and Bela Lugosi. All-star cast.

    Bud Abbott: I don’t get it. Out of all the guys around here that dame has to pick a guy like you.
    Lou Costello : What’s wrong with that?
    Bud Abbott : Why don’t you go take a look at yourself in the mirror.
    Lou Costello : Why should I hurt my own feelings?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! A. Whew, glad to hear it, that’s scary B. Haha C. Nice!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!!

        Thanks, man.

        Question? Why can’t I move Betances to the DL yet in my RCL? Maybe them Damn Yankees haven’t made the move yet, right?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          They won’t put him on the DL until next week

          • Ante Galic says:
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            Grey!!

            a. Yeah, it makes sense. This whole starting the season yesterday really screws things up.

            b. I dropped Choi to pick up Minter for possible SAGNOF, ’cause I’ll need it with Iglesias as my closer! The rest is Hicks (his WHIP will kill) and other K/9 specialists Green and Ottavino.

            c. Would you drop DeShizz Jr for Trivino? I love Lou and he is going to be Hader 3.0 this year. When Minter and Betances go on the DL I can go and see who of DeShizz or Choi are available.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              B. That works C. Sure

  2. Mike says:
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    I’ve missed these write ups…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  3. stayinhot says:
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    Well I’m buzzing that I drafted Knebel and Luzardo.

    BUZZING*

    (*Not really buzzing) FFS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  4. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    Grey: Khris Davis – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run, hitting .250. Headed for a career year in batting average!

    Me: nyuck-nyuck-nyuck

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  5. cg says:
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    Word today is Eloy still starting in minors according to GM. I don’t buy it…but still strange

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, for a few weeks as was always going to be the case

  6. Scott says:
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    I see you have yelich higher than acuna and Turner. Don’t you think it is more likely that yelich is going to regress while acuna can do even better? Yelich hr/fb rate was 35%! He had a 53% ground ball rate, and 24% flyball rate (career high). He hit 25 hr and had 67 rbi over his last 65 games? I can take one of them in my draft in the 5th spot. I am talking myself out of yelich, what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Yelich is in his prime and capable of coming close to last year… So, yeah, I think the safest 1st round move is drafting him over the other two… The other two are sexier tho

  7. Scott says:
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    I see you have yelich higher than acuna and Turner. Don’t you think it is more likely that yelich is going to regress while acuna can do even better? Yelich hr/fb rate was 35%! He had a 53% ground ball rate, and 24% flyball rate (career high). He hit 25 hr and had 67 rbi over his last 65 games? I can take one of them in my draft in the 5th spot. I am talking myself out of yelich, what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  8. Bob says:
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    Where did you have lindor ranked before the calf injury? I see he is running the bases and near full speed. Would you consider moving him up if he isn’t going to miss any time? We got a week to find out.

    • cg says:
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      he had him 3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What CG said

  9. packers2018 says:
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    1. Domingo just hit a double. Haniger double and HR.
    2. As you pointed out, don’t over react to the 2nd game of the season.
    3. Enjoyed the daily roundup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes! And a steal!

      3. Thanks!

  10. OaktownSteve says:
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    It’s almost as if going in to the season with Mike Fiers and Marco Estrada as your top starters isn’t a great plan.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      ouch, is that your top 2?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Not for fantasy great good gracious no. The Oakland Athletics.

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          oh yeah, forgot about that..Montas might be the best guy in the A’s rotation, when all is said and done..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Still early!

  11. Justin Millette says:
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    Grey — I choked in the middle/late rounds of this draft — hate snake drafts! — and would appreciate some feedback. The Bradley, Strop, Minter picks were terrible, and I did a horrible job of anticipating who’d make it back to me (should’ve used Rudy’s war room).

    12 team roto league, standard 5×5 except that we use OPS instead of average.

    1B (24) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
    2B (240) Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (Tor – 2B,SS)
    SS (48) Xander Bogaerts (Bos – SS)
    3B (25) Kris Bryant (ChC – 3B,OF)
    OF (1) Mike Trout (LAA – OF)
    OF (72) Yasiel Puig (Cin – OF)
    OF (96) Victor Robles (Was – OF)
    UT (168) Ender Inciarte (Atl – OF)
    UT (216) Corey Dickerson (Pit – OF)
    BN (217) Trey Mancini (Bal – 1B,OF)

    SP (49) Stephen Strasburg (Was – SP)
    SP (73) Zack Greinke (Ari – SP)
    SP (97) Robbie Ray (Ari – SP)
    SP (120) Shane Bieber (Cle – SP)
    SP (192) Andrew Heaney (LAA – SP)
    SP (264) Matt Strahm (SD – SP,RP)
    RP (121) Kirby Yates (SD – RP)
    RP (144) Arodys Vizcaíno (Atl – RP)
    RP (145) Archie Bradley (Ari – RP)
    RP (169) Pedro Strop (ChC – RP)
    RP (193) A.J. Minter (Atl – RP)
    RP (241) Drew Steckenrider (Mia – RP)

    Thanks!

    • Justin Millette says:
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      Oh, forgot to mention. I totally punted Catcher, and will grab one once Minter gets placed on DL.

    • Justin Millette says:
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      Oh, forgot to mention. I totally punted Catcher, and will grab one once Minter gets placed on DL.

    • bigbear says:
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      I like how you waited and were able to get Stras as your #1. But I think the 6/7 turn is where the foundation gets a little suspect. Not a fan of Grienke/Ray. Probably other options there that I would have taken. Toward the end of the draft, I probably would have reached for a Hampson/Adames/Wendle type instead of Dickerson/Mancini or Strop/Minter. You can get those types of OF on waivers in a 12 teamer pretty much whenever you want. And Strop/Minter probably won’t be the closer for long. But once a multi-position starter is on a team and is contributing to SB (and not torpedoing other cats) they may not make it back to the waiver wire. Good plan for the C.

      • Justin Millette says:
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        @bigbear — totally agree with you on all fronts. I don’t like Greinke either. I thought Clevinger or Corbin were going to make it back to me, but neither did. After Greinke, next SPs off the board were: Kershaw, Severino, Wheeler and Taillon. I
        I was targeting Hampson late, but he was grabbed earlier than I expected even though the guy had his 2B slot filled. As I said, I have a lot of regrets over the Strop/Minter/Bradley picks!

        Adames is still available.

        Grey — What’s your take on him vs. Lourdes? Seems Lourdes will be getting everyday ABs for a while with Travis out.

    • Perplexus Maximus says:
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      On one hand I love my Dingo on the other hand the dam hasn’t burst on my damn pitching but the cracks are beginning to flow.

      Before the news on Knebel and Luzardo I was checking a few times a day to make sure I really did own this team. I was invited last minute to take over a team with keepers of Arenado Treat Soto Benintendi Hoskins and GCole. It’s a 12 team 10×10 including Ops, QS, holds and K/9. I don’t know if I will ever own a better outfield….

      Mostly following your rankings and waiting on pitching strategy I ended up with;

      C – rolled the dice on A stud illo – (have a waiver claim as someone mysteriously dropped Contreras)
      1b Hoskins
      2b Muncy
      3b Arenado
      SS Treat
      Inf Post hype Moncada

      Of -Soto, Benintendi, Dahl, Puig, Domingo

      Bench McMahon, Brandon Lowe, Pistol Pete Alonso

      Starters
      GCole, GMarquez, ERod, Lucchesi, Maeda and the aforementioned Luzardo

      Relief (I usually grab one decent closer and the rest Higher K/9 guys and end up with 5 closers by season end)
      Knebel was my guy -face palm
      Betances – sigh face palm
      T May
      Ottavino
      Edwards Jr
      J Urias

      The only other reliever available likely destined to close is Romo…

      Aside from pitching issues I’m happy. The guy who lured me back to fantasy two years ago would always show me these amazing teams he assembled loaded with studs and I would basically ask him – how many teams in your league Kev? – most were 8 or 10 team leagues. This team would likely beat most of those.

      Anyhow – do you have any suggestions for fixing pitching…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I agree with you, but those picks won’t sink you… I love the hitting, you look really well balanced…. I don’t like Greinke, Ray, Heaney might be hurt… It’s got some problems

      • Justin Millette says:
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        Any thoughts on Lourdes vs. Willy Adames with Devon Travis out for ~6 weeks due to knee surgery?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Adames, but I guess they’re closer than my rankings indicate, I need to update Lourdes

          • Justin Millette says:
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            Thanks. Good luck with your teams this year! I’ll be reading your updates daily.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

  12. Murphy’s Bleacher says:
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    Keep Bauer in Rd 8 or Buehler in Rd 11?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Bauer for me but very close

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Agree with MR Teeth

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d want Buehler if you can keep beyond this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buehler

  13. Earl says:
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    Feedback on start of team in 10 team 5×5 roto after 10 rounds:
    1b – Jose Abreu
    2b – jonathan Villar
    ss – Manny Machado
    3b – Matt Chapman
    of – Ronald Acuna, Giancarlo Stanton (hope the kid and the bomber come thru)

    sp- Walker Buehler and Jack Flaherty
    rp – Brad Hand and Kirby Yates

    Need to decide where to go next but will see what draft gives me.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need an SP and I guess a corner man — I see what you have, don’t see what empty spots you need

      • Earl says:
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        There are 28 rounds and need the standard MI, CI, 2 catchers, and 5 ofs.

        Start 9 pitchers int total. So 23 starters and 5 bench players.

        Just was maybe looking for some feedback as to how players I selected looked. Think I have good base for power but maybe little lacking in speed nut guess we will see.

        Might be able to get David Dahl, Conforto or Victor Robles next or perhaps Shame Bieber for SP.

        Thanks

        • Grey

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          I love all of these guys, but you can wait on Bieber… Dahl (or any of those OFs) way over him

  14. Juan says:
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    Gray,
    this is a keeper league, 12 team, H2H in yahoo.

    What are your thoughts on Frankie Montas and Dakota Hudson? are they worth a pick up?
    (I have read Son’s post on his love for Montas)
    This is my team:
    C-Jansen
    1st Goldy
    2nd Moncada
    SS G. Torres
    3rd Muncy
    OF Mazara
    OF A.Hicks
    OF Upton
    UTL Abreu
    UTL Brandon Lowe (just picked him up for Kieboom)
    Bench: Bauers,Lurder Guriell, Verdugo, Brinson, Mcniel, Bird.

    SP – Snell, Buehler, Pivetta, Peacock, J.James, Wacha, Honeywell.
    RP: May, Vizcaino.

    Are Frankie Montas and Dakota worth the picks ups? and whom should i drop? I feel they are both very similar pitchers.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Both can probably stay on the wire in a 12er for now. Brinson, Verdugo, and Bird are pretty fringe guys also imo.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I am a big fan of Montas and he should be in the rotation to start the season..

    • Grey

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      Agree with DT

  15. Big Ticket says:
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    OBP keeper question. Shallow league, top 70ish are kept. Upside usually has a pretty steep price since good vets are on waivers. Which side do you like?

    Albies, pick 81 (probably amounts to Paxton, Peraza, Ozuna, or Olson)

    Or

    Votto, Bauer, pick 100

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Bauer, Votto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  16. Tom says:
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    I said it before, Choi is being criminally overlooked in drafts. How much better is Votto in round 4 than Choi in round 34?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Choi can hit and is a good on base guy..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t fully disagree… I would never draft Votto

  17. Daniel Moran says:
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    Would you be comfortable enough with Voit/Munce-meat(Muncy) as your 1b in a 12 team h2h Yahoo standard?

    It appears with all the injuries both Voit and Bird will make the Yankees roster with them both mashing and Muncys wrist issue cleared up.

    I’ve only got 4 SPs and am thinking of flipping Edwin Encarnacion for Marquez/another SP of this caliber. My SPs are: Bauer, Corbin, Glasnow, ERod

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I think that’s a fine 1B pairing for the time being

    • Grey

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      Agree with DT

  18. phennore says:
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    I think you need to check your Jordan Luplow ranking in your Top 500. Somehow I don’t think he’s the 48th best overall player

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, weird… Will fix shortly, looks like he’s only one messed up

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        I think Luplow went into the rankings and changed it himself, cause he was unhappy with where you had him ranked..

        • Grey

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          That could be!

          • dontbichetteme says:
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            Damnit! I grabbed Luplow EVERYWHERE!!!

            • Grey

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              Damn, I am sorry… He could sneak into 120 ABs tho and steal 5 bags!

  19. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hi Grey,

    My auction is tomorrow evening. It’s a 10 Team NL-Only 5×5 (OBP) $280 Keeper league.

    I’m already keeping Bryant (38), Acuna (31), Robles (10), Mikolas (5), and Yates (3).

    I’m looking to spend as little money as possible for pitching this year. I tend to spend between 90 and 110. This year I’m trying to keep it as close to 75 as possible.

    The plan is to get a Pitching staff as follows for about $70 – 75 and spend the rest on hitting.

    Please tell me your thoughts on the following:
    A) SPs – 4 of: Ryu, Stripling, Musgrove, Straum, Paddock, Efflin, Woodruff, T. Richards, C. Smith, and D. Hudson. I imagine these guys will be in the $7-$12 range. Thor and Greinke will go in the $30s, and the $18 to high $20s will be guys like Marquez, Ray, Pivetta, Castillo, Gray.

    B) RPs – I am the only one keeping a closer unless Vazquez (11) is kept over Seager (24). I’d like to build off of the $3 Yates, but hesitant to spend $18 – 24 on guys like Vazquez, Doolittle, Robertson, Raisel, and Davis. Jansen and Diaz will go for close to $30. I was thinking of trying to get someone around $15, then go for 3 of the following: Dominguez, Rosenthal, Stammen, Kela, Hughes, Holland, Edwards, Kelly. If I can’t get a good deal on someone that has clean access to Saves, which 4 RPs would you recommend?

    C) 1B being kept are GOLDY, Freeman, and Votto. Since it’s an OBP league, would you still go Rhys over Rizzo?

    D) Any sneaky OFs to roster in my final spot? Your “OF To Target” post the other day had only AL guys I think.

    E) What are your thoughts on this projected team? No elite SPs, but a solid RP crew. Would you try a $15 Raisel or $20 Vazquez, or SAGNOF? There will be deals near the end of the draft for my INF, 4th OF, and Util spots.

    CA Kelly or Alfaro (1)
    1B Rizzo or Reese (45)
    2B Hampson (12)
    3B Rendon (37)
    SS Peraza (15)
    INF $4-5 PLAYER
    OF Bryant (K,38), Acuna (K,31), Robles (K,10), and $2-4 Player
    UT $2-4 Player
    B C. Kieboom (1-2) for future keeper
    B $1 (Streamer)

    P Mikolas (K,5), Stripling (10), Musgrove (10), Straum (10), Paddock (10), T. Richards (10) Yates (K,3), Dominguez (10), Rosenthal (8), Kela (5), Stammen (5). One of the Pitchers will be occupy my last Bench Spot.

    Thanks again for all your amazing work!!

  20. Big Ticket says:
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    How do you rank the following keepers for obp: Gleyber, Albies, Puig. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies, Gleyber, but all close

  21. tshank13 says:
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    I’m sure I’m missing something completely obvious here as I haven’t seen anyone else asking anywhere, but where do I find ADP on a specific player in the war room downloadable sheet? I heard Grey and Ralph talking about it on the pod, how much it helped knowing if a specific player would likely be there in the next round or not, but I can’t find that kind of info in anywhere on the spreadsheet. What am I missing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is Rudy’s War Room, was available to subscribers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That is the free War Room, not the same one… You can ping Rudy if you are subscriber, you have his email?

          • tshank13 says:
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            Goddamnit. I knew I was fucking this up somehow. I do have his email. Thanks man.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  22. The Great Knoche says:
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    Ever seen the old English comedy Faulty Towers with John Cleese? Faulty cheese wiz made me think of it. Great old dumb comedy.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      That is a great and hilariously funny show..John Cleese, one of the best!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      Flowery Twats!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Flay Otters!

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          Farty Owls!

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            Fatty Owls

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Makes me think when I’m at my coffee place and I order a Flatty White

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, one of the best

    • stayinhot says:
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      Filmed just down the road from me in a place called Torquay. The even older Monty Python stuff is golden, particulalry if you like British humour. Its very dry though.

  23. Bill Nye says:
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    Rank the following in a keep 3 forever league:

    Machado
    Harper
    Stanton
    Soto

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      top 3..

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Tough! Guess I’ll take the top 3 also but lacking conviction

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  24. Bbboston says:
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    Grey,

    I’m in an 9 team AL only, 5×5, 8 keeper league with a healthy amount of price inflation. The league is filled with very savvy players, who will be hyper conscious about SP quality, given the leagues general dirth of quality SP. further complicating things is that with only 9 teams we are required to take 12 P’s and have a 100 inning per pitcher requirement. At present, of the higher quality SP, I expect only Sale, Snell and Berrios to be thrown back into the auction pool…..

    With that preamble, I’d love to know which 8 you think I should keep? (In this league Aces go for low-mid 30’s, and Betts would go for $45+, closets with a job start at $16 and catchers are mostly $3-7)

    Betts $30
    Merrifield $10
    Clevinger $11
    Hicks $7
    Gallo $6
    Heaney $5
    Profar $10
    Polanco $10
    Shoemaker $5
    T. May $8
    Skaggs $11
    Castillo $13
    Tulo $3
    T. White $10

    Ps:
    I put them in the order I currently rank them

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Betts, whit, clev, Castillo (Luis, right?), profar, Gallo, hicks, polanco for me. Coukd see taking heaney over polanco also.

      • Bbboston says:
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        catcher for CWS

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Ah then both Polanco and Heaney instead of beef Wellington

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          O…N

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  25. Dave D says:
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    Dude just swiped a bag too! Just moved his ADP to top 100 overall.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s top ten now right before Harper

      • Dave D says:
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        Ha! His actual value is probably somewhere around Upton now. 30 HRs 10 SB .257 AVG.

        I have one more draft scheduled. Id expect him to go in the 100-150 range. I’m glad I scored him a few times after 200. I wish I had been more aggressive in later leagues. It’s tough adjusting to paying more when you get such a good price early.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya… That is his value to me too

      • Johnnyhobbes says:
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        who is? and is this sarcasm?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Domingo, it was sarcasm

          • johnnyhobbes says:
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            Sorry, I’m just slow

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  26. Big League Wood says:
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    Grey, what is your take on Chris Paddak? Is he on the opening day roster? Most sites him as the #3 starter. Trying to determine if I should throw a large chunk of FAB his way.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      He’ll pitch 130-140 innings at the MLB level. Could be choppy though. Maybe get skipped. Might get fake DL’d. Might start the year in MiLB. Should be quality innings. Best in a league with a deeper bench where you won’t mind carrying him and can just run him out when he goes.

      • Big league Wood says:
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        That’s a good projection that I think would be worth a good chunk of FAB.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like him a lot, but a guy makes OD rotation could also be bumped by July to reduce IP… I own him tho, and would draft him anywhere, agree with Steve as well

  27. Cohen says:
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    Minter going on DL, worth putting on or drop?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Never hurts to put him on the DL if you have the space

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  28. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Just got another trade offer. I give up Miggy ($29), Price ($21), and Mejia ($5) and I get Chris Sale ($38) and the difference in Salary ($17). I have posey, Realumuto and Sal Perez as my catchers, I have Posey, Realmuto, Bellinger, Freeman and Pujols that can play 1st, and Sale would bolster my rotation. What are your thoughts about the trade? Would you make it? Thanks as always

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d want Sale

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Okay i’ll make the deal. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  29. steve stevenson says:
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    In a best ball league starting 9 hitters (3OF) and 7 pitchers, how do you want your 14-man bench broken down? First time playing this format and I’m thinking I need enough bats to have every position backed up (including at least 2 OF), maybe a couple RP depending on how my starting closers (if any) shake out, and at least 5 SP. So like 6-7 bats, 6-7 SP and 1-2 RP. Or should I not worry so much about RP and load up on SP? After all, in this points format right above Aroldis and Hand (the #7-8 RP) in last year’s scoring were SP like Marco Gonzales, Teheran and Heaney.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yes you want at least one backup at each position, possibly two if you go for any of the prospects or anyone already known to be missing time. I’d go for a little more OF depth than that since you need 3 each week. Id say 6 or even 7. You don’t want to be taking zeros throughout the season.

      For pitching I’d fade RP hard unless the scoring is very friendly to them or they fall well below ADP…which they often do. But as you alluded to, you don’t necessarily need any RPs…

      • steve stevenson says:
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        Thanks! So more like 8 bats and 5 SP. Makes sense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually, drafted one and writing it up for tomorrow, unless something crazy happens… Agree with DT

  30. Kevin says:
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    15 team NFBC. Thoughts?

    C Carson Kelly ARI C
    C Josh Phegley OAK C
    1B Matt Olson OAK 1B
    2B Adalberto Mondesi KC 2B,SS
    SS Jean Segura PHI SS
    3B Nolan Arenado COL 3B
    CI Tyler White HOU 1B,DH
    MI Jose Peraza CIN SS
    OF Andrew Benintendi BOS LF,CF
    OF Nomar Mazara TEX RF
    OF Domingo Santana SEA RF
    OF Cedric Mullins BAL CF
    OF Daniel Palka CWS LF,RF,DH
    Util Jeimer Candelario DET 3B
    P German Marquez COL SP
    P Shane Bieber CLE SP
    P Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP
    P Joey Lucchesi SD SP
    P Will Smith SF RP
    P Kenta Maeda LAD SP,RP
    P Mychal Givens BAL RP
    P Chris Paddack SD SP
    P Brandon Woodruff MIL SP,RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love your hitting and pitching, exactly the type of team I would draft… I wish my team looked this good, tbh… Hopefully Olson isn’t too bad off

  31. omar says:
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    Looks like Steamer is predicting that Eloy will be in Chi-Town for opening day (or shortly thereafter) and has bumped his projections based on increased at bats. It doesn’t look like the 6×6 OPS rankings have been adjusted accordingly. How far does the new info bump him? Who are some hitters in a similar range in this format?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rankings get adjusted across all formats, so I’d be shocked if that’s true…. He’s a top 70-80 player

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Just asked Rudy, his are updated, including OPS

  32. Marti Harris says:
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    my keepers are due tomorrow. I’m in a 10-team national league only five by five rotisserie auction keeper League. Would you keep knebel for $11.Budget is 260

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  33. Dave Funnell says:
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    Rank these deals I’m thinking of proposing by stupidity with worst deal (for me) being highest in a pts league:

    I get $1Clevibger, $1Bieber….I give $40 Kluber

    I get Bauer and Blackmon…..I give deGrom and Hoskins (no worries about salaries)

    I get $1G. Torres and $1Musgrove, I give $1Rodgers and $1Berrios

    Or are they all in my favour? Maybe I’m not as stupid as I thought?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems like 1st one is a slam dunk… 2nd is fairish, third is kinda meh, but okay I guess

      • Dave Funnell says:
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        Stupid question, but, Just clarify, you’re talking about if they’re good for me as in meh, don’t do it because it doesn’t really benefit you but a slam dunk because it’s amazing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A slam dunk is good… Meh is not good

  34. Aardvark says:
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    Who would you rather own? Alvarado or woodruff. Points league. I’m planning on dropping Hampson for one of these two if he doesn’t get the job. Should I just make the move now or do you think Hampson is worth waiting and seeing if he gets the 2nd base job. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Woodruff

      • Aardvark says:
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        Would you hold Hampson for now? Or just drop him for woodruff?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d wait and see if Hampson has the job first before dropping him for an arm..

  35. Ghost of Grady Little says:
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    Yuck, Olson dealing with a hand injury and early reports say he can’t hold the bat. 1B keeps getting worse.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, this is terrible news

  36. Gotime says:
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    Write ups, great way to start a day!
    Alright deadline day for keeper league (12tm H2H 6×6 OBP). Rebuild team
    Including this year, I’m thinking:
    Soto ($31) 5 years (it’s the max)
    Mondesi ($20) 3 years
    Rendon ($15) 4 years
    Lucchesi ($7) 2 years
    Ed-ROd ($7) 2 years
    Thoughts guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, looks good

  37. Ryan O'Hara says:
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    How’s my team?

    15 team Nfbc 50 man
    C McCann, Maldonado, Vasquez
    1B Voit
    2B lemahieu
    3B VG3(he fell to 66 I couldn’t help it)
    SS Turner
    MI Fletcher, Tatis Jr, Jt Riddle, Gavin Lux
    CI Alonso, C Santana, T. Austin
    OF Soto
    OF Marte
    OF Dahl
    OF Braun
    OF Happ
    Util Eloy Jimenez
    BN Senzel, K Tucker, Naquin
    SP Marquez, Archer, Hamels, Newcomb, Touissant
    Strahm, Soroka, Honeywell, Loiasiga, Lyles, Logan Allen
    Sandy Alcantrara, Kennedy
    RP Kimbrel, Boxberger, Greene, Brasier, Hirano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not my favorite team, but I like some of your guys… Your infield aside from Turner looks like a mess and you’re low on power… I don’t like your pitching that much

      • Ryan O'Hara says:
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        Im higher on eloy and alonso think both will flirt with 30+hrs. Senzel will be up soon and be my 2B hopefully tatis gets called up by june. Worried about my whip, I think Ks/Era/SVs will be solid.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope you’re right

  38. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Couple of hits for Laureano today, but batting at the bottom of the order and 2 more K’s..I know its early, but just thought I would mention it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s early… I’m not too worried

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In the end, it’s not like anyone drafted him in the top 100

  39. frankgrimes says:
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    Luzardo Knebel Minter Strop NFBC off to great start!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s all coming together!

      • frankgrimes says:
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        At least I have Beckham ha smh.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope you mean Gordon

          • frankgrimes says:
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            No but I drafted Gordon Ramsey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You call these scallops?!

              • frankgrimes says:
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                Gordon: Grimey you seriously surprise me.
                Grimey: Thank you chef.
                Gordon: you surprise me, how Shit you are!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HAHA, the classic Gordon Ramsay switcheroo…

                  I love this omelette
                  Thank you chef
                  To wipe my ass with

                  • frankgrimes says:
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                    Haha

                    You’re really good at this fake baseball stuff.
                    Yes Chef. Thank you Chef.
                    Really good at fucking it up.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA

  40. Launch Angle says:
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    I want to move Hoskins to 1B when eligible for my ESPN league. Right now I have Muncy at 1B.

    I was thinking of offering Muncy for either E. Rosario, Haniger or Puig to slot into the OF spot I have Hoskins in now and get a better AVG and some SB w/o sacrificing power numbers.

    Two questions:

    1. Would you move Muncy for either of the 3 OF I mentioned and in what order?
    2. I don’t want to make a bad or insulting offer, so do you think Muncy for either of them is considered fair?

    Thanks, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yeah, I’d take any of them

      2. I doubt the 1st two, but you can try

  41. AYL says:
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    Guy in my league just offered me Strasburg for wheeler. (He’s a big Mets fan). This is a no brainer right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine to me

  42. knucks says:
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    Saw the Luplow thing get updated, but it looks like Pete Alonzo is MIA right now in the Top 500. He is #214 still right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      MIA as in he’s lost… Hmm, I will check on it

      • knucks says:
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        Yea sorry, just missing in the ranks between Woodruff and Maikel Franco, not that he got traded to the Marlins haha but as a Mets guy, it couldn’t be immediately ruled out…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Alonso was fixed, are you saying Woodruff and Maikel are problems now?

          • knucks says:
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            No not at all, just saying that Alonso goes in between them, thanks for fixing!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, No problem, was Rudy anyway

              • i changed him on site from Peter to Pete and it removed him from Grey’s file. fixed earlier this morning.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Thank you!

  43. Perfect Game says:
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    Need some pitching advice.

    1. I have Buehler, Flaherty, Marquez, Clevinger, Glasnow and Stripling as my starters. Concerned about IP limitations on a Buehler, Flaherty, Stripling and Glasnow that could limit QS and ratios with Marquez and Glasnow (big control issues this spring). Which side in a potential trade – Bauer for both Marquenz/Glasnow in a 2 for 1?

    2. My RP are Giles, Leclerc and Barnes. Giles can be a basket base and Barnes has question marks and has control issues and could split duties with Frasier. Not sure if either would be an upgrade, but would you drop Barnes for Strickland or Colome?

    3. How many starts do you think Stripling gets this year with an injury prone Dodger rotation? Pivetta and Freeland are available in my league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Meh, sounds fair 2. No 3. Maybe 20

      • Perfect Game says:
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        1. What if it was Nola for Marquez and Glasnow in a 2 for 1 instead of Bauer for the two? Still a meh?

        3. That’s good…hopefully, they let Stripling go 6 and not limit his IP for the QS.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Meh 2. Yeah

          • Perfect Game says:
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            I do as Grey says. Thx for the counseling session.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  44. Elwood Blues says:
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    NL only 5×5 keeper.. where I have $24 Puig, $32 Yelich, and $28 Marte..before we do our auction
    Was just offered $1 J.Martinez (stl) and $5 Happ.. for Puig and my $7 Pivetta.
    I’m thinking no.. despite the savings and the fact that I have no first or third base keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig side, not close

  45. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Need to drop a pitcher — drop Stroman; or drop Tyler Skaggs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stroman

  46. Bob says:
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    Would you consider moving lindor back up in your ranks if he isn’t going to miss any time? He seems like he may be back sooner or right at start of season. have a draft on Saturday. I am hoping more clarity is provided on his ETA. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I’m not moving Lindor now

  47. Perplexus Maximus says:
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    Hey Grey, solid digestible observation – I was deeply affected by it – no really! I wrote a comment up top and due to domestic chaos of home schooling children I didn’t realize it was in the middle of Justin Millettes feedback. ( sorry about any confusion Justin ) I could try to rewrite or if you could comment here I would appreciate suggestions.

    Releif options on the waiver wire are Joe Jiminez, Ty Buttrey, RRodriguez, Lugo, or Lasagna. …and then there’s Romo.
    I’m likely going to pick up Woodruff or Toussaint for Luzardo.

    Thanks guys…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Woodruff a lot

  48. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    US: Domingo’s draft price couldn’t be higher after that grand slam

    DOMINIGO: hold my Sapporo [steals a base]

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  49. negatto says:
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    Nothing says Spring like seeing these daily roundups.

    Appreciate all the time and effort that goes into these.

    One of the things that sets Razzball apart from the other wannabes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

  50. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    You previously ranked Eloy #80 (29th OF). Now that he is opening season in majors, how much would you improve these ratings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is he opening the season in the majors? Where was this reported?

  51. Jon says:
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    I’m thinking I’d like to have a 2B with more upside than LeMahieu on my bench to start the year — see if they click. Who should I go with?

    Goodrum, Fletcher, Yolmer Sanchez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goodrum

  52. William Hung says:
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    I’m so tempted to draft a T1/T2 starter around R5/6 and then wait till rounds 12 and later of the draft to go: Lucchesi, Fried, Woodruff, Paddack, Maeda, and Bieber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do like these guys

      • William Hung says:
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        You think it’s like a 90% chance Fried gets a rotation spot? Woodruff’s was confirmed today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Woodruff! I think Fried’s out, but I’m not sure, not confident in that answer… Maybe he does

  53. Perplexus Maximus says:
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    Two trades on the table in a different league.

    Offered Baez for my Carrasco and Guerrero

    Pitching staff has Carrasco Corbin ERod Lucchesi Strahm Woodruff

    Infield would be Rizzo Mondesi Baez Treat Muncy

    Same league another manager offering
    Bieber for Brendan Lowe and Lucchesi

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Baez

  54. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Looking for four managers to join our longest running RCL, Original Recipe. Looking to draft Sunday afternoon/evening, so drop a line if you’re interested: [email protected]

  55. Gotime says:
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    Woodruff makes the rotation let’s goooooo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let’s GOOOOOOOOO!

  56. Jon says:
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    Who do you prefer in a SV + 1/2 HLD league? Familia, Chad Green, Ottavino, or Diego Castillo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Green

  57. GregJeffries says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Wanted to hear your thoughts on my team (15 team 5×5 roto)
    C: Beef
    1B: M. Olson/Alonso
    2B: Altuve
    SS: Gleyber
    MI/CI: I. Happ
    3B: Escobar
    LF: Hoskins
    CF: Ender
    RF: Betts
    U: Ozuna

    SP: Severino, Eovaldi, Lucchesi, Woodruff, Kikuchi, Shoemaker, C.Smith
    RP: Leclerc, Peralta, Roe, Hader, Seranthony

    • GregJeffries says:
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      (I know I’m short on Saves, hoping to work the wire for some early season sagnof)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Gotcha

        • GregJeffries says:
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          You have any feelings about my squad?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, yeah, sorry… Olson now scares me, Happ isn’t the greatest CI, don’t love Altuve or Gleyber… I do like your OF tho… Why do you own Severino?

      • GregJeffries says:
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        Yeah, Sev was a last-minute panic keeper (before his injury at least)

        Figure I can slide Hoskins or Alonso to 1B if Olson is out for a bit, Ozuna to LF. Should I grab Mancini off the wire as insurance, you think? If so, who’s the drop?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That makes sense… It’s early, Severino might be ok… I’d hold for now, Roe will be first guy off your team, but let’s hear first he’s not getting saves

  58. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Who do you prefer — Woodruff or Chase Anderson?

  59. OaktownSteve says:
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    Albright, did you see the Brewers rotation? Super sweet to see a team do the right thing. I was really hoping to get both Woodruff and Peralta in our league but you took Woody right after we took Freddy. It was a tough call. I sort of regret not going Woodruff first but it’s close. The K upside for Peralta is as high as any pitcher in baseball. Woodruff is more complete. Probably the better bet in the ratios. Be interesting to see how it plays out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Woodruff is a much better pitcher, you guys goofed… It’s all right, I own 17 Orioles players

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        It’s possible we goofed and if so that one is on me, not Magoo. The good was taking Peralta first because I wanted both and Freddy probably makes it back to us. I scouted both guys. You and I talked about Woodruff and both liked him. The more I watched Peralta, the more interested I got. The uptick in velocity could push him further ahead. We’re talking about a guy who could strike out 12 per 9 this year. If he gets 150 innings that’s 200 k’s. And with that kind of K rate with a little improvement in his control you could be looking at good rates to go with it. Woodruff was a good pick. Maybe a little safer though certainly with upside at that price. But Peralta has a unique pitch set. For whatever reason I felt like at that point in the draft I wanted to chase those Ks and the dream that he puts it together.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, a 12 K/9? That would be crazy… I do like both, I’m just razzing, it’s not a bad pick… I like Woodruff more, but if Peralta broke out and Woodruff didn’t it wouldn’t be the most shocking development… A 12+ K/9 would be shocking, though it’s hard to talk negative on a guy I do like a lot…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            He was 11+ last year throwing 91. Now he’s throwing 94. Watched his spring start where 9 of the 13 outs he recorded were Ks. There’s something different in the spin, or the release where guys are not picking the ball up. When he’s above the belt with the fastball it looks almost unhittable. I honestly think 12 is not unrealistic.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Love the confidence, I’m going to hold off on pronouncements off spring starts, but I do like him

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                I wasn’t really commenting on the spring result. More just the visual on the crazy stuff. There’s not another pitcher out there. I’m actually not super confident. There are some warts. But what I see tells me there’s potential for something really different and possibly quite good.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I just looked at him again, and some tape… It is hard to not like him… If he’s at 12 K/9, 4 BB/9, I’m buying all day, and there might be more in the tank… You’re right, he is very sexy

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  Another pitcher out there like him, that is

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Freddy Peralta or Robbie Ray? With price included in call

        • Charlie Harper says:
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          Oaktown,Peralta Woodruf,Strahm and Paddack,can u rank them now that rotations are pretty much set

  60. Ron Pridgen says:
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    H2H Points league – all offensive stats are 1 point each (R, RBI, HR, SB, BB, TB) and -.5 for strikeouts. No AVG and no OBP category.

    In this scoring format, how would you rank these guys?

    Jose Ramirez
    Arenado
    J.D. Martinez
    Bregman
    Harper
    Yelich
    Lindor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper, Lindor, Bregman…

      • Ron Pridgen says:
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        An injured Lindor over all these other healthy stars? That is surprising.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He sounds back within a few days

  61. Earl says:
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    How high would people reach for Chris Paddack or Matt Strahm or Brandon Woodruff?

    All seem like great arms to target this year??

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have them ranked

  62. Licketty Splits says:
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    I think at this point in the season you might just copy “it’s early in the season” so you can paste it on most questions & save time.

    Seem SP is a bit more of a premium with Severino hurt & Kershaw no longer an ace & injured as well.
    My latest 12 team 5X5 30 player draft I waited till the 5th round for my first SP to snag Hoskins. So my team looks like:
    C Omar (pick 343)
    1B Rizzo (31)
    2B Albies (66)
    SS Trea (7)
    3B Baez (18)
    CI Bauers (199)
    MI Peraza (90)
    OF Hoskins (42); Nomar (151); Piscotty (162); Mullins (210); JBJ (234)
    UTIL Palka (271)
    Bench Seimen (295)
    SP Clevinger (55) 17th SP picked
    SP Ray (103) (I know you are not a fan but wanted the K upside)
    SP ERod (114)
    SP Happ (127)
    SP Maeda (186)
    rest of SP Woodruff (223); Pineda (258); Domingo G (282); Cahill (319); Framber (354)
    RP Vasquez (79); Kimbrel (138) could not pass in the 12th; Hicks (175) Boxberger (306) Rosentral (330)
    Since dropped Framber for Holland
    I know the pitching could be better BUT I really like the hitting …1st team where I have enough speed …avg is a bit meh
    But then what do I know?? That’s why I ask for your approval.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You sound more negative than I would be about this team, it’s solid. I like the hitting and pitching a lot…. Maybe light on power and high on speed… Mullins doesn’t seem necessary on this team — Trea, Peraza, Albies is plenty

      • Licketty Splits says:
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        Thanks. Not really negative, Just always seeing after the fact that mistakes were made. I’m definitely happy getting Hoskins there & waiting on SP. I was able to pick up solid guys in middle rounds when others were scrambling for hitters. I agree OF could use more power but Mullins seemed the best guy available. I’m sure some guys will show up on waivers soon enough & I can add some power within a month. Loaded at RP with Kimbrel’s unknown status & with flyers on Holland & Rosentral …good to have options & let it play out. I can drop what I don’t use or need for power bats.
        Thanks again for all the advice & analysis.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  63. Old School Brother says:
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    two games in… Rudy ready to eat crow yet or is he going to wait till allstar break?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I think he’s gonna wait until ASB

  64. G says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Asked a similar trade question recently but other owner backed out. I have Machado, Arenado, Lindor, Puig, and Trea as my keepers. Its a head to head league which counts OBP and AVG as separate categories. Theres a possible trade on the table where I give up Lindor (who I have in the 6th round) for Baez (who he has in the 9th round). According to Rudy’s rankings, Lindor is ranked ahead at #17 (32.2) over Baez at #26 (28.3). I know Baez is higher in your regular ranks. I also gain some rounds, and give myself more flexibility in my lineup with a 2B over a SS. And not sure how I feel about Lindor injury. Wondering if I should consider this? Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez takes a big hit in OBP

  65. johnnyhobbes says:
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    I’m hearing luzardo doesn’t get on the IL because he isn’t on 40 man roster, is he droppable for…. Kyle Gibson, Trevor Richards, Michael Pineda?

    Looking forward to your morning round ups this season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Gibson

  66. Lothar of the Hill People says:
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    Pertaining to your bold predictions post…if you had to pick one between Lucchesi and Gibson, who would you pick. Also…who is better for holds, Cimber (CLE) or Lugo (NYM)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucchesi — Cimber

  67. Billy bob thornton’s drunk castle says:
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    Greetings & happy Thursday, so now that the two game series between oak/Seattle in japan is over in a flash we can focus on the rest of the regular season which kicks off the 28th!

    Any the who we drafted already and unfortunately I missed out on vlad jr I always like to get the next big thing and kicking myself i missed out on vlad Jr., how ever since I missed out on vlad jr I drafted these guys: Nick senzel, Fernando tatis jr and Pete Alonso.

    Thoughts on that trifecta of prospects I drafted. Would you look to add Bo Bichette in case if you like him more than let’s say Alonso?

    Part 2: hang onto or dump bench bat Yung Joc Pederson, if drop id look into one of these:
    Markakis, Adam Jones , Steve Souza, Wilmer Flores, Jeff McNeil (I remember your prediction of you mentioned McNeill as Mets best fantasy hitter), jung ho kang

    Thanks grey! Love your daily notes!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, forget Bichette for now — Lose Joc for McNeil for upside gamble — No problem

  68. The Great Knoche says:
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    Sounds like Knebel elbow is serious

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m removing him from my rankings, he’s done

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Might be worth grabbing Albee’s or Barnes in case Hader is still used as last year. Better move ANDERSON down the SP rankings too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I removed Anderson, he’s done in my eyes

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Awesome news

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Yeah, you’re fucked. Better hope Holland closes in AZ

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            I hate Closers!

  69. Cohen says:
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    Grey, Cards said Reyes will work the bullpen. You think hes worthy of a pick up in a 12 team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, he was dropped in my rankings a few weeks ago

  70. Patricio says:
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    Great write-up!

    There are a lotta saves on the waiver wire in my league. Who would you rather pick up: Strickland or Shane Greene?

    I’m in a Yahoo 5×5 H2H league.

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strickland

  71. OaktownSteve says:
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    Magoo has nominated Hunter Pence for 2019 Zombino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can I nominate Trumbo?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        I thought of Trumbo as well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m kinda interested in all those stupid O’s bc they can’t *not* play… They have so many Rule 5 mambojambos too

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      2019 Pence = 2016 Beltran

      Should’ve added him to my bold predictions

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, Magoo, that is crazy talk

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          Finally healthy again, swing change, going from SF to Tex

          Hide the women and children… there’s a zombino on the loose!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, I don’t know, man, I guess anything’s possible… I’d put him for 15 HRs over/under, and I’d go under

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              I’d take the under. I don’t think he gets 300ABs.

              The whole Texas pitching staff however are Zombino’s

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, true

            • Big Magoo

              Big Magoo says:
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              .265/20/8 – book it. Not super sexy, but useful as an OF5 who’s practically free.

              People said that Beltran was done after ’14 too…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                If Pence were out there in the 50th round, I still wouldn’t draft him

                • Big Magoo

                  Big Magoo says:
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                  That batting line appeals to me outside of the top 500, but to each his own

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    If I thought he could get to that batting line, that’s the problem

                    • Big Magoo

                      Big Magoo says:
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                      The gangly birdman will awkwardly claw his way to fantasy relevance once again

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, nice

  72. Ritchie Rich says:
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    I’m curious about your thoughts on a trade… Very competitive keeper league that uses OBP instead of AVG and SLG instead of HR.

    Lindor, Pick 8, Pick 12 (after 72 were kept)
    or
    Freeman, JD, Spring, Corbin

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman side, it’s not close

  73. Scott says:
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    I guess acuna is going to hit clean up this year based on what their manager said. Does this hurt acuna more than it helps him in rbi opportunities. Less AB, runs, sb right? Just want to know how you see this and what it means to to your projections. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A guy hitting cleanup on April 2nd may not be on May 2nd… RBIs out of the cleanup spot are more like 105 RBIs and runs are closer to 80

  74. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    RCL question(s): If a league is not full by draft time, what happens? I have joined two leagues that are not full yet, one that drafts tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many people are needed tomorrow? I can tweet it out to try to fill it

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        Thanks for the offer. Three people joined between my initial post and now. How many RCL’s are too many? I’ve joined 3 thus far. I’m worried I will be the subject of an episode of Intervention.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Better than being on Hoarders

  75. GetGreyABobA says:
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    Anyone wanna razz my team? 15 team, Obp
    C-Y.Grandal
    1B-M.Olson
    2B-R.Odor
    3B-Machado
    SS-Treat Urner
    CI-A.Rendon
    MI-J.Peraza
    OF-Stanton
    OF-Laureano
    OF-Choo
    Util-R.Zimmerman
    BN:J.Polanco
    BN:T’ONeill
    BN: Brinson
    BN N.Lowe
    BN:C.Pinder

    SP:Paxton
    SP A.Wood
    SP M.Wacha
    SP K.Gibson
    SP J.Luzardo
    RP Trienen
    RP McHugh
    RP J.Hicks
    BN: J.Urias
    BN: J.Nelson
    BN: M.Perez
    BN: Chase Anderson
    BN: Morrow
    BN: G.Holland

    Feedback much appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice hitting, woof on the pitching, how is Alex Wood your 2nd SP? You fall asleep mid-draft? Kidding, it’s all right, but the pitching needs help

      • M says:
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        Connection issues killed me at a few points unfortuch…this is usually a live auction

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  76. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Just made this trade in one of my dynasty leagues:

    I gave Jose Ramirez and Luis Severino
    I got Treat Turner and James Paxton

    Am I going to be arrested for highway robbery?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  77. John says:
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    Hey guys 5×5 7 man keeper league.
    Rizzo
    Baez
    Treat
    Rendon
    Hoskins
    Stanton
    Sale.

    I have the 1st pick in the draft which is on Sunday. Having a difficult time trying to decide. Was hoping you guys can help me. Best available are.

    Nellie Cruz
    Brantley
    Rosario
    Dahl
    Puig
    D. Murphy
    V. Robles
    Jack Flaherty
    Ohtani
    Marquez

    I’m leaning towards either Victor Robles or Jack Flaherty. If I go Robles, Flaherty almost certain won’t make it back. If I go Flaherty I’m thinking I can land Dahl with my next pick. What do you guys think? Thank you and good luck to all of you this season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flaherty/Dahl is better than Robles/I don’t know who

      • John says:
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        Thank you Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • John says:
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        Thank you Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  78. Mr Baseball says:
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    H2H auction draft – 12 teams – when you do an auction draft do you put in place that you want to get at least 1 of the top 12 offensive players so you have a 1st round pick – Do you like to save your money for good players instead of excellent players

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I try to get a bunch of $20-30 players

  79. How much better is Bader compared to B Lowe??

    Looking for a MI and was negotiating this style trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Bader can be special, Lowe doesn’t interest me much, he’s got some power, I guess

  80. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Grey: Deep 27 team 5×5 mixed league. Trade my Strahm and Kiriloff for his Bumgarner? Thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

      • Bill Lumbergh says:
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        Thanks. How about Strahm/Kiriloff for Kluber instead?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          For Kluber? Sure, if you’re getting Kluber

  81. Licketty Splits says:
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    How far down do you move Knebel based on his elbow issues & Olson with a hamate issue? Drafting tonight & just want some idea.
    Any take on who would be the Brewer closer?? Definitely explains why they are in on Kimbrel …just seems to confirm this is serious. My guess would be Barnes maybe unless they use Chase ala Bud Norris. I doubt they use Hader exclusively in the 9th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m removing Knebel from my rankings, he’s done — Hader would close right now, but they’re gonna sign Kimbrel

  82. Ty Inez says:
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    Hello Grey, it’s that time of the year where I ask you to rate my team then I proceed to ask you dumb questions for the rest of the season.
    12 team 5×5 Roto. I had the 4th pick. Drafted Tuesday
    C Realmuto 4
    1B Freeman 2
    2B Gennett 6
    3B Ramirez 1
    SS Segura 5
    OF Pham 8 , Robles 10, Peralta 13
    DH. Cruz 7
    Bench E. Jimenez 15, Buxton 18, D. Santana 20
    Thanks!

    SP Cole 3
    SP Wheeler 9
    SP Pivetta 11
    SP Hendricks 12
    SP Maeda 16
    SP Stripling 19
    RP Kimbrel 14 Iglesias 17 Hicks 21

  83. Harley Earl says:
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    You didn’t mention that it only took one day for the A’s to drop Laureano from leadoff to the No. 8 hitter after going 0-for-5 Wednesday.

    I can’t see Laureano holding any particular spot in the order if Melvin is going to have a knee-jerk reaction everytime somebody fails to get a hit. What a jackass.

  84. Jc says:
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    I have RF issues. We play five OFs but have to start one RF, one CF and one LF. I drafted Jo Mart late. Then I grabbed Bruce off the wire in case The Cards continue to play Fowler. What are your thoughts on this situation?

    1. Hold both? See what transpires? Thought JoMa would be in the AL by now.
    2. Drop either Jo Ma or Bruce for A Jones, Palka, Fowler, Polanco (May?)

    Ten hitting cats in ESPN league. 12 teams, H2H.
    Thanks

  85. zach jany says:
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    Skaggs or woodruff ros

  86. This Dingo Ate Your Baby says:
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    Mmmmmm…babies. Almost as good as dongs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

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