We (me) have gone over the catchers, 2nd basemen, shortstops and 3rd basemen to target, cause I have to do everything around here!  Look at me, throwing shade like a beach umbrella!  That makes sense…if you don’t think about it!  That’s what I want my bumper sticker to say, and then when I step out of my car, I want my clever t-shirt to say it too, “That makes sense….if you don’t think about it.”  How can I arrange my life so this happens?  I need a personal assistant.  “So, it says you worked as Kanye’s assistant and you bought mirrors for nine months straight….”  That’s me checking the CV of my favorite imaginary assistant.  Okay, so this post is all the outfielders that are being drafted after 200 overall that I have uber-sexy feelings for.  Last year, I featured Joc Pederson, Khris Davis, Wil Myers and some guy named Delino DeSomething.  No idea who that is!  Now, this is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Canada) supplement to the top 100 outfielders for 2017 fantasy baseball.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2017 projections.   Anyway, here’s some outfielders to target for 2017 fantasy baseball:

Max Kepler (Yahoo 267)  Obviously I’m crazy for Kepler this year.  Honestly, I didn’t even know I was as crazy for him as it turned out I was.  When I wrote the Max Kepler sleeper, I figured people would rank him around 150 overall, and I’d be slightly higher on him just inside the top 100 overall.  Well, oopsie daisies because I’m not even close to most rankers.  ESPN has him at 132 overall and that’s the closest I’ve seen to where I have him, and, after seeing his projections at ESPN, I don’t even know why they have him ranked that high.  I know why I do.  He’s a 25/10/.265 guy who will hit fifth and play every day.  At least that’s what I’ve convinced myself.  Here’s to delusions of Kepler’s grandeur!

Yasmany Tomas (ESPN 208)  Here’s a weird one.  If Yasiel Puig approached a season like Yasmany had last year (31 HRs, 2 SBs, .272), he’d be a top 40 overall pick.  Yasmany, on the other hand which is actually a foot wearing a mitten, has a season better than anything Puig’s ever done and is still ranked after Puig.  It’s that mysterious, elusive upside.  And, in this weird world where we can only compare Cubans with Cubans, Yasmany is essentially on par with Yoenis and ranked 150 spots after him.

Joc Pederson (ESPN 220)  Member the problem I had at shortstops and 3rd basemen to target?  How I wasn’t super crazy happy with the options late?  Not the case at all for outfielders.  There’s a ton of late outfielders I love.  I could even see waiting until after the top 200 to take a 4th and 5th outfielder and maybe utlity man.  When usually I’d just take a 5th outfielder or utility man.  Also, I wrote up a Joc Pederson sleeper, because it’s the preseason and what would a preseason be without a Joc Pederson sleeper post.  Wouldn’t be a preseason, I tell ya.  Somewhere my Brett Lawrie sleeper post is saying, “You used to talk real sweet about me too!”

Randal Grichuk (ESPN 214)   What’s to love about Grichuk if you only have room for seven more words in your brain?  I wrote a Randal Grichuk sleeper too.

Leonys Martin – (ESPN 269, Yahoo 312)  Okay, yes, there was a Leonys Martin sleeper post too.  Since the Martin sleeper, Dyson became a thing in Seattle, and, while I do believe the M’s think Dyson could be their leadoff man, I have my doubts on whether that will actually take hold.  My guess at the top of their lineup will be Segura, Martin and Cano, then Dyson in the nine hole.  The nine hole is also porn shorthand for the left ear.  Little fun fact for you!

Nomar Mazara (ESPN 224) Recurring Theme Alert!  I wrote a Nomar Mazara sleeper too.  After I wrote that, Mazara potentially lost his full-time job, and might only face righties.  There’s more righties than lefties, says Mr. Obvious, but I still love Mazara.  When I start liking Rangers outfielders I don’t let up, huh?  “We were once friends!”  Shut up, Delino DeSomething.

Manuel Margot (Yahoo 302)  Well, I didn’t write a Manuel Margot sleeper, but I did give you my Manuel Margot fantasy.  Surprised that most places I look have Margot being drafted at about the right spot, near the beginning of the top 200, but even more surprised by how much I can see myself drafting four Padres hitters.  This has me feeling nauseous, I need to sit down.  Okay, who took my seat?  Seriously!  Bring it back!  What’s even more obtuse, Padres pitchers are so awful this year.  I drafted the first Padres starter in my NFBC league yesterday at around pick 500 overall.  For the love of Hodgepadres, what has San Diego done?!

Hunter Renfroe (Yahoo 241)  2017 will be known as the year all of my hitters are either on the Rockies or the Padres and I’m not hoping for home games for half of them and away games for the other half.  I need to sign into my TalkSpace account to ask a professional why I like so many Padres hitters.  By the way, yes, I gave you a Hunter Renfroe fantasy too.

Carlos Gomez (Yahoo 216)  I got about eleven guys into the outfielders being ranked after the top 200 and was like, “Okay, I’d draft all of these outfielders late, maybe I’ll draft only one outfielder early and draft four of them late, or…Hey, birdie on my window!  Wait, what was I saying again?”  As for Gomez, I have major doubts here, but after 200 overall feels like a decent price for a guy that could bounce back, and he was solid on the Rangers in the 2nd half last year.

Jorge Soler (ESPN NR, Yahoo 239)  I have a feeling this is going to be you next year.  “Why did I write off Soler going into 2017 when he was finally going to have an everyday job and he was only 25 years old?”  Then you’re going to use your head to make your living room more of an open living space.

Aaron Judge (ESPN/Yahoo NR)  I don’t know what this means, but Judge is the only guy here that plays east of the Mason-Dixon line if the Mason-Dixon ran north/south rather than separating north/south.   Oh, and of course, I wrote an Aaron Judge fantasy too.

Mitch Haniger (ESPN/Yahoo NR)  He had 25 HRs and eight steals between Triple-A and the majors last year, and hit .341 in Triple-A, while consistently hitting above .280 every year.  Why hasn’t anyone talked about him?  Because, and this is a guess, his name is Mitch.  Who talks about a guy named Mitch?  Can I spell his name M*tch?

Domingo Santana (ESPN NR, Yahoo 217)  Wow, someone I actually didn’t write about previously.  I did, however, write about his teammate at the Keon Broxton sleeper post, but he’s not ranked after the top 200 at Yahoo or ESPN.  By the way, in this ‘to target’ posts, I always say something like ‘these guys are being drafted after the top 200,’ but that’s not entirely true.  They’re simply ranked after 200 at Yahoo or ESPN, where they’re actually being drafted, I don’t know.  Any hoo!  Sunday Santana’s been a fave of mine for a few years, which you can take to mean: he’s underperformed for a few years now.  Yes, you sayer of nay, that is true.  He’s underperformed like Villar underperformed for a few years prior to last year.  Snap!  I snapped you!  Sunday doesn’t have a ton of speed, so it’ll leave you slightly wont for more, but who the hell says ‘slightly wont for more?’  Who are you, Scarlett O’Hara?  Grow a pair!

David Peralta (Yahoo 221)  Fine, one more!  The David Peralta sleeper.  I told you I love a lot of outfielders late!  Just so happens I’ve written about most of them previously.  Somewhere along the line since I wrote that post, I now see Peralta being labeled a platoon outfielder.  The ol’ cleanup hitter a platoon player, huh?  Um, yeah, platooned with who?  Jeremy Hazelbaker?  Daniel Descalso?  How about he just blahtoon with Eric Byrnes while he’s at it?  Seriously, this year in outfield might be like last year in middle infield.  A ton of late round sleepers that make out really well while guys like Adam Jones, McCutchen, etc. finally ride off into the sunset.

  1. Bas says:
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    Good Morning fellow fantasy baseballers!

    Next Saturday (at 03.00 PM PDT) I have a draft of my keeper league. We keep 8 and the draft is 28 rounds. Because of work I can’t attend it. Is there anybody interested in doing the draft for me? it is 12 team 5×5. Last year I came in 2nd place so i have the 11th pick overal.

    Many Thanks!!

    Bas from Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas: C’mon, people, someone step up and draft for Bas!

      • Bas says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey for the support!!

        I’am still trying to get over Profar and Simmons mistakes in last nights game.;-(
        Tonight I do for the Dutch TV the other semi final.

        Bas from Holland

        • Grey

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          Let’s go Netherlands!

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @Bas: You really want someone to draft for you? Is this a money league?

      • Bas says:
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        @ThE sHiT:

        No it is a friendly league. I play in the league for 8 or 9 years. The thing is, we have people in Australia, the Westcoast, the Eastcoast, Thailand and Holland, so planning the draft is pretty tough.;-)
        I thought I could make it, but because of some time changes in the NCAA tournament (I work for TV) I cannot make it.
        If somebody can make it and perform a Razzball-style draft I will be very very happy. otherwise I have to put it on autoselect and that will take forever for the other players.

        Thanks,
        Bas from Holland

        • ThE sHiT says:
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          @Bas: who are your keepers? I think im down to do it, but im leery of how long it would take…

          • Bas says:
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            @ThE sHiT:

            @ThE sHiT

            That would be awesome:
            My keepers are: Rizzo, Scherzer, Cespedes, Dozier, Lester, C.Seager, Segura, Rendon

            Pitching in the league is always available. Closers are always in high demand.

            Thanks,
            Bas from Holland

            • Bas says:
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              @Bas:

              And off course you can draft any way you like. See it as a big mock draft.

              • ThE sHiT says:
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                @Bas: ill do it for you Bas. Send me the info through Grey if you can.

  2. TheTheory says:
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    Stop telling people to draft Joc, damnit. He’s supposed to be my late target, mine!

    *my pressciousss*

  3. Gibby says:
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    Hey grey, who would you keep? 6 keepers, i whittled it down to
    Arenado
    Miggy
    Marte
    Lindor
    Darvish

    Cant figure out between chris davis, michael brantley (with health hes the slam dunk right?) Maeda, or Porchello.

    Any advice?

    Also, i find owning non-stud Cubs hitters to be Maddoning…. See what i did there? You can use it.

  4. Jow says:
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    Can keep 8 nl 5×5
    Peralta at 1
    Grichuk @ 3
    Reyes. @ 7
    Pereza @4
    [email protected]

    And nunez. 21?
    Bumgarner 29
    famillIA 9

    Leaves out hey hey hey @3
    Igglesias 3
    Lester @28

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jow: Raisel

  5. eric says:
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    Rank order ROS:
    Holland, Hudson, Glover

    • Nightpandas says:
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      @eric: glover holland hudson

      • eric says:
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        @Nightpandas:

        Thanks. Where is your cigar?

        Where would you fit in Addison Reed?

        • Cram It says:
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          @eric: You could take a gander at the rankings that.

          • eric says:
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            @Cram It:

            Cram, Where do I find current rankings for closers?

            • Cram It says:
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              @eric: They’re in Grey’s top 500. You can sort by RP.

  6. Brad says:
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    Keep degrom or brantley? Brantley is teasing good health…

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Brad: depends on who else you have

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Brad: deGrom

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Brad: Degrom easy, injury was a structural thing.

  7. Justin says:
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    Good morning sir,

    Every year I like to get an honest opinion from you on my team. I want you and all fellow razzbalkers to be completely honest about this team. Work definitely out a damper on my research and mock drafting abilities this year so I wasn’t as prepared as years past.

    12 team keeper. Keep 7. H2h. Ops and qs are the extra cats. We play on extra infield slot and one util. We have one NA spot. Well here is the dumpster fire.

    Writers Bryant forsythe turner russel Lamb Cargo Khris Davis sano bird Swanson

    Quiantana Duffy Matz walker zach davies eichkoff hishashi my dashi wacha(praying for lightning in a bottle) colome and neris.

    I’m way heavy on power and RBI and possibly ops. Low on run sb and era and whip and qs.

    I had a trade proposal of kinsler and Calhoun for matz and Swanson. Would that trade help a brother out or should I counter for perhaps Brantley instead. Thanks for the input!!

    • Justin says:
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      @Justin: Jose de Leon is in my NA spot.

      • Justin says:
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        @Justin: and trumbo, how the fuck could I forget trumbo. To much time with Mary Jane I suppose

        • Justin says:
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          @Justin: and Kepler. Lmfao that is it. Those are all my players.

    • Grey

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      @Justin: You look low on speed, and high on OPS, which isn’t bad… Pitching looks safe until Matz then it looks like you need to pray a lot

  8. Ace of Spades says:
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    Mr. Grey A

    I actually wrote this yesterday but decided to post it today to emulate your time traveling Podcasts with JB.

    I am feeling guilty about receiving your great advice on my keepers ( including a Catcher ) and not yet purchasing your book. So, to relieve myself of this guilt , till the day I purchase the  book ( which I promise I will ) I am offering you some marketing advice for your new literary release.

    First off, I would like to explain why I have yet to purchase the book. I now live in a tightly budgeted world . I also play in three different costly money leagues that, after some intense debate with the better half, had to sacrifice some other fun things I used to enjoy to continue playing. Over the years this has never been an issue because I usually have some success and either break even, or win back more than I invest. Last season however, was a dreadful year and I tanked big time. ( I actually owned Delino Deshields in all three leagues ) . So, last season, coupled together with our new fuehrer in chief, has the wife in high blood pressure mode over spending on her opinion of what are non essentials. I do promise, however, to buy your book as soon as I can. Just waiting for that gotcha moment when she buys something like a shoe rack from Amazon and I can say , ” Ah Ha !!! ”

    Now, for my marketing advice:

    1. To all of us in sweatpants nation whose morning highlight is to read your fantasy baseball prose who have yet to buy your book, why not , on a slow baseball day, release a few paragraphs for us to read as a teaser? How many times have people sat on the couch watching T.V. and saw a movie trailer that looked good and said to themselves, ” damn, I gotta see that movie now ” ? Or have heard a song or a snippet of a song that resonated on a different level with themselves and caused them to google and search and download all of that artists material?  I have no doubts that a small taste of your book would whet the appetite of your Razzball fans.

    2. For an even bigger impact, forget about Oprah W. She is irrelevant and has jumped the shark years ago. What you should do is, Take out an ad on the MLB network with Kate Upton peddling the book. She can come out and say, in a sultry Marilyn Monroe type of way, ” Please buy Greys new book, because I am tickled pink by a writer with a good mustache ” . Boom !!!! 200,000 sales in the three minutes after the commercial runs. The less she is wearing in the ad, the faster the sales rate. If Kate is hesitant in doing your commercial, just show her how positive you were to her hubby in your pitcher rankings this year, it should seal the deal.

    Anyways, my guilt is gone now. I apologize for not purchasing your work yet but again, I promise I will do so asap. Back when I was in high school, ( mid/late 70’s ) my literary hero and favorite writer was the gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson. So, if I may compliment you in such a way, I consider you the HST of fantasy baseball writers. I am sure your book is on par with ( or dare I say even better than )   your baseball writing. Keep up the great work and thanks in advance for all you have yet to do. The Razzball site is so good that I purposely refuse to promote it to other people that I play fantasy baseball with because its an advantage I don’t want to lose. ( they probably all use the site also and don’t talk to me about if for the same reasons ) Here’s to hoping that Carrasco wins the AL CY Young award and the swollen elbow will be something we don’t even remember come September.

    • Joe says:
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      @Ace of Spades: What an embarrassing post.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Ace of Spades:
      What is he saying Robin?

      • thatguy says:
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        @FrankGrimes: The DeShizz fiasco was the reason I didn’t buy the book either!

      • Halp

        Halp says:
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        @FrankGrimes: Nice low key Howard Stern reference

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Ace of Spades: Reason’s I can’t buy your book:

      1.Delino Deshields,
      2. Trump
      3. wife

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: My 3…

        1. Spanky LaValliere
        2. Globe addiction
        3. Ghosts

      • Rbglade says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Ha! Not the way I meant it to come out, ( An example of why I lack the talent to do what you, Grey, Son and the rest of you do ) . Perhaps it would’ve been better to just leave my marketing advice. Or even better to just shut up and buy the book already. BTW, now that DiDi may start the season on the DL, do you see a chance that super prospect Torres comes up?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Rbglade: All good, I thought the post was funny, just doing a little razzing.

          Nah, he’s not even on the 40 man yet. I would asusme it’s Ronald Torreyes time!!! Or they play Kozma or Refsnyder somewhere, and maybe slide over Castro.

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      @Ace of Spades: I almost wrote this exact post this morning. Boy, that would have been embarrassing.

    • Vegans says:
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      @Ace of Spades: Lemmy??? Are you writing this from the “other side”?

  9. hondo says:
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    Been mad prepping for my first draft tomorrow.After wearing out the Fantasy Pros draft thing and a bunch of Yahoo mocks,I’ve learned one thing-

    Don’t dab and draft.All my mock teams are like Urias’s face.

  10. Joe Schmo says:
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    Is buxton too trendy to make this list? You like him over all these guys?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Joe Schmo: See rankings. Buxton is in the top 100 already.

  11. The Biz says:
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    Grey! OF is so deep..

    Speaking of that, I’ve drawn #2 in a 12 team roto league, and I like your point about 1b and Gokdshmidt at 2. This league has 5 game eligibility, which gives Bryant 3b, OF, and 1b.. info like the idea of taking him and not being pigeonholed later. Thoughts?

    • Grey

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      @The Biz: Deep but upsidey (which means downsidey) — I love Bryant, no problem here

  12. RobMac says:
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    Great stuff as usual, Grey! The past couple of years I’ve used your advice to get ahead of the curve on draft day. We just had the draft last weekend, wondering your thoughts on how my team looks. I already know there are some risks (Bautista, Strasburg) but couldn’t pass up the value. It’s an 11 team roto, 6×6 (standard categories + OBP x standard categories Sv+Hd instead of saves + BAA):

    C – Welington Castillo
    1B – Edwin Encarnacion
    2B – Rougned Odor
    3B – Anthony Rendon
    SS – Xander Bogaerts
    MI – Jose Peraza
    CI – Jake Lamb
    OF – Mike Trout
    OF – Jose Bautista
    OF – Joc Pederson
    OF – Ender Inciarte
    OF – Eric Thames
    Util – Ryon Healy
    Bench – Mitch Moreland

    P – Yu Darvish
    P – Stephen Strasburg
    P – Kenta Maeda
    P – Lance McCullers
    P – Jon Gray
    P – Jharel Cotton
    P – Andrew Miller
    P – Dellin Betances
    P – Kyle Barraclough
    Bench – Grant Dayton
    Bench – Matt Bush
    Bench – Dylan Bundy

    • Grey

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      @RobMac: Solid OBP team and nice balance on hitting in general… Your pitching is insane, honestly not sure how you put this team together, but well done

  13. Cram It says:
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    So the ‘Perts league was moved to Thursday right? It was Friday originally, no? Am I making this up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: I wouldn’t even know how to change it after originally setting it

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        you love not to know ha!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do enjoy it, Grimey

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Ha. Fair enough. But you’ll know how to reset the draft if I get first pick!

        • Grey

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          I’ll figure it out on the fly

  14. A TreaTur Among Us says:
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    14-Team H2H 6×6 (OPS + HLD) Keep 9;

    Bregman/Holliday for Dahl/Belt

    Without worrying about needs, who would you want and how close?

  15. Illuminatty says:
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    Thanks for the write ups on the daily Gray,

    i was curious to get your take on this stragtey, drafting currently 1st in a 10 man h2h points league. I’m thinking of going offense ( OF, 1B, SS ) first 3 picks and then going ( SP, SP ) for picks 40 and 41. If I go ( SP , SP ) I’m thinking of grabbing Y. Darvish, J. Verlander, Arrieta, or Cueto. Which 2 of this pitchers would you combo with each other? Or would you grab one of these possible pitcher and pair them with an offense player, instead of going (SP, SP) go (SP, Hitter)?

    *If my question is confusing I apologize. Thanks for your help.

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    Thanks for the article Gray. Quick keeper question..I need to pick two of these guys..

    Round 1: C. Kershaw
    Round 2: K. Bryant
    Round 23: T. Turner
    Round 24: G. Sanchez
    Round 25: B. Buxton

    Do I go with the sure things and loose my first two draft picks or do I go with the the guys with upside and the crazy value? Maybe a combo? Kershaw and Bryant would go back into the pool so I would have a chance to draft one of them if I had an early pick in round 1. This is a decision that’s been weighing on me for months so any help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Nick

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Nick: I’m not Grey (what?!) but if I were you I’d go Bryant and Turner. Even if Kershaw and Turner were the same round, Turner is top 12 and Kershaw is past pick 20 on the preseason rater. Bryant is better than both, and comes at a 1 round discount.

    • Grey

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      @Nick: Agree w/ Duda Round 2: K. Bryant
      Round 23: T. Turner

  17. Harry says:
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    Does Eric Hosmer sustain his level of production? Could there be another gear? Is he a top-15 1B in an OPS league? If I have no 1B worth writing about, should I acquire him? What level SP could I send back?

  18. Zain says:
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    Hi Grey, great write up as usual. I have a choice with keepers which is due tonight at midnight.
    5×5 roto league 14 team keeper (8keepers).
    R HR RBI SB OBP
    QS ERA WHIP K SV

    Is Ian Desmond worth keeping (at a cost of a 7th round pick) over Chris Sale (2nd round cost), OR Danny Duffy (12th round cost), OR Edwin Diaz (17th round), OR Stanton (4th round pick), OR Dozier (3rd), OR Polanco (5th), OR Arenado (1st), OR Benintendi (22nd).

    • Grey

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      @Zain: Are you asking me to pick 8 or 1? Benintendi is best value, Arenado is safest

      • Zain says:
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        @Grey:

        well i’m kinda sure of 7 of the 8 required keepers, I’m just asking if Ian Desmond is worth keeping ahead of any ONE of the others that I can keep instead of him at their respective round cost

  19. FrankGrimes says:
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    F, Marry, Kill???

    Hunter Renfroe
    Mitch Haniger
    Ryon Healy

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @FrankGrimes: For me, it’s marry Ryon and get that Sexual Healy all night/season long, F Renfroe for the immediate short term power upside but potential to hit .240, and Kill Haniger and his spring hypetrain.

    • Grey

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      @FrankGrimes: Agree w/ Duda, but Haniger and Renfroe are super close — Healy’s much better, not in same convo

  20. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hi Grey,

    This past Sunday was our 16th Annual NL-Only auction. I had a great time, and only a few regrets. I have appreciated all your write-ups to help prepare for it, and continue to look forward throughout the season.

    NL-Only 10-Team H2H 5×5 w/ OBP ($280 cap)

    Here’s my team with their prices.

    CA – Realmuto ($5)
    1B – GOLDY (44)
    2B – LeMahieu (9)
    3B – Franco (12)
    SS – Villar (12)
    INF – Solarte (9)
    OF – Pollock (31), JOC (25), Grichuk (17), Tapia (1)
    Util – Kang (4)
    B – Brinson (2)

    SPs – Cole (31), Hendricks (14), Moore (14), Roark (13), Nova (10), Folty (7), Guerra (6)
    RPs – Rondon (6), Phelps (4), Dayton (3), Knebel (1)

    A) I know, I know. I have no closer #SAGNOF. Jansen was kept, and Cole & Pollock were thrown out quickly. I’m such a sucker for both of them. I then spent money on Joc that I could have used on one of Melancon (27) and Oh (24) who I believe are the only guys worth paying the money for. Even JJ went for $16. #SAGNOF

    B) I think my offense is solid all around. Almost all bat within the top 5 of their lineups, and will figure in run production. I have OBP, power, and speed. Grichuk’s low OBP w/ his HR upside is fairly offset by my other guys. Tapia doesn’t have a gig, and Kang might not be ready for the start of the season though. Adam Frazier is available, and he looks like he could score consistent ABs. I’ll wait for the start of the season to figure out those spots.

    C) I like my rotation. I didn’t think Cole would go for $31 I budgeted $32 on him. He was thrown out before Maeda(25), so I lost my chance at him. I wanted one of them, but Maeda more. Lester went for $40 and Max went for only $41.

    D) I have RPs that could see saves eventually. Lorenzen is also available. Who would you drop (excluding Brinson) for him? Would you use a #5 WP (tomorrow)?

    E) I wanted Brinson. Prospects like him have major trade value near our deadline, and I could score a top SP and good bat from a team that’s out and looking to next year.

    Any other thoughts about my team would be appreciated.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pugs & Slugs: Thanks! A) SAGNOF is a B in NL-Only

      B) Agreed, you need a UTIL bat

      C) Looks very solid for a deep league

      D) Dayton’s behind one of the best in the game

      E) Makes sense

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I agree SAGNOF sucks for NL-Only, but there’s a lot of turnover nonetheless. I have extra arms to put in the mix to get a CL.

        • Grey

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          Yup, agreed

  21. brian says:
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    I’m in a 12 team roto 5×5 that uses OBP instead of AVG. Weekly lineups. Each teams keeps 7 players. 2 bats, 2 arms, and 3 of our choosing. We start C,1B,2B,3B,SS,MI,CI,OF,OF,OF,OF,OF,UTL and 9 any pitcher slots along with 7 bench.

    My current keepers are Altuve, Marte, C. Davis, J. Segura, K. Janssen, C. Carrasco, and Mccullers.

    Question#1 Should I keep K. Seager instead of Mccullers? Maeda, C Mart, Tanaka, Salazaar, and Cole are all available in the draft to give you an idea.

    Question#2 I have the 1st pick in the draft. With the injuries to Desmond and JD Martinez i’m completely torn now what to do. The best players available are Encarnacion, Villar, Desmond, JD Martinez, Carlos Gonzalez, K. Seager, Dee Gordon, Beltre

    Thanks in advance! Appreciate it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @brian: 1. Yes 2. Edwin

  22. Maverick says:
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    Hey Grey
    Been using your drafting strategy for a few years with pretty good success. In a new League this year of 18 managers and combined H2H and Roto (with custom scoring below). Wondering if your drafting strategy changes significantly in this situation. More specifically your waiting on higher end Starters until mid rounds. Would you with this pt structure target a SP earlier? Thanks
    R: 1
    Single: 1
    Double: 2
    Triple: 3
    HR: 4
    RBI: 2
    SB: 2

    Innings Pitched: 3
    W: 3
    L: -3
    Hits: -1
    ER: -2
    HR: -1
    BB: -1
    K: 1
    QS: 5

    Thanks for any advice you have Grey!

  23. Mike says:
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    I got a league where hitting cats are Avg/Runs/Rbi/HR/SB/Hits/BB/OPS. Are there any players that jump out to you as targets in that kind of format?

    Thanks as always!

  24. The JoGarza says:
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    Grey, 12-team H2H OBP/QS.

    My deGrom and C.Davis for his Sale and Cespedes.

    Current SP: deGrom, CMart, Maeda, Gsellman, Smyly, Eickhoff, Manaea
    Current OF/UTIL: S.Marte, N.Cruz, Fowler, C.Davis, K.Broxton

    • Illuminatty says:
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      @The JoGarza: Give me Sale,/ Cespedes all day.

    • Illuminatty says:
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      @The JoGarza: Give me Sale / Cespedes all day.

  25. Keeper Questions says:
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    Hi Grey- would you send Strasburg and Cain for Frazier in a 12 team roto keeper league? Likely wouldn’t keep Cain, so it’s pretty much Strasburg for Frazier. I have several other pitchers I can keep, so I don’t really need Strasburg, but Frazier doesn’t crack your top 10 3Bs and Strasburg has massive potential. I also have two keeper corner infielders already.

    Related question, would you keep Frazier or Tim Anderson in an unlimited duration keeper for next year? It seems the White Sox see Anderson in their plans for a while, but it might be a better use of a keeper spot to draft someone else and get Anderson a few rounds later.

    Thank you!

      • Keeper Questions says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. How about if it’s just Strasburg for Frazier 1-1 under those circumstances?

        • Keeper Questions says:
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          @Keeper Questions: Or sending Strasburg for Segura, I only have one MI and it’s Miller, so I don’t exactly have a fantasy monster there (yet). Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh

          • Keeper Questions says:
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            @Grey: Thanks, I’m assuming that’s your response to both of those. I’ll hold Strasburg.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, hold

  26. J-FOH says:
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    Who is that sexy contrarian who was concerned that Mazara will be stuck in a platoon?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I didn’t say worst creeper of the week ever

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: I don’t follow

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: me you mustachioed lothario

  27. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Started Crimetown at the gym this morning, through the first two episodes. Awesome suggestion, my parents still shop at the Italian Market across the street from Raymond Patriarca’s Coin-o-matic store. It had this weird green marble looking facade.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: Nope! Everything but Italian and French. However my dad’s grew up catholic, and his parents went to an Italian church. My Grandfather was also stationed in Italy in WW2. So while not technically Italian he wears Fila track suits with gold chains.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Dad* don’t have two hahaha

        • Grey

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          Plus, I feel like everyone in the Northeast acts, east or could pass for Italian…

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: It’s certainly a big part of the culture in and around Providence. Boston has it’s pockets (North End and Revere) that were big Italian neighborhood’s, but there was a reason La Costa Nostra’s top crew in New England was in Providence.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Who was the guy that invented crack again? You mentioned on pod, I wanna read more about him

              BTW, you ever read Iceberg Slim’s book?

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Grey: Freeway Ricky Ross, hence where Freeway and Rick Ross’ names came from.

                He had a Nicaraguan connect that was affiliated with the Contras. That’s where the whole C.I.A pushed crack on American Ghettos conspiracy stems from.

                He looks just like Andrew Toles.

                • Grey

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                  Wow, he does look just like Toles…. Interesting stuff, gonna have to read up on Freeway

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @Grey: The show American Gangster from BET did a great episode on him.

                    You want to check out another great gangster fairytale look into Alpo Martinez.

                    • Grey

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                      Will have to check it out, I don’t watch nearly enough BET

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: I recall hearing/ reading that Rhode Island is where all the mobsters have houses

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @J-FOH: Yeah it’s a mob run state, maybe not as much anymore but 40’s-90’s it was.

  28. JR says:
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    Great stuff! In my 3 outfielder league most of these guys are on waivers. Would you prefer any of them as a flier over Brantley?

    Also, given his elbow issues, Carrasco or Duffy?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JR: Meh, you can hold Brantley for now, these guys aren’t going anywhere

      Duffy, but close

      • JR says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

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          No problem!

  29. Johnny2Seam says:
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    14 team H2H – R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG for batters; K, QS, SV, ERA, WHIP, K/9 for pitchers.

    Give either Zobrist or LeMahieu for Greinke, Kennedy or Carrasco

    • Grey

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      @Johnny2Seam: You’re giving Zobrist for Carrasco? Go for it

  30. Tweak says:
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    I prefer *itch Haniger.

    Also, assuming equivalent ABs for each (say, 500), who do you think has the best year: Judge, Renfroe, Soler or Margot?

    My money’s on Soler there. I’m not sure about the move to the AL, but he definitely has the most MLB experience and might have just needed a change of scenery.

    • Grey

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      @Tweak: Ha… Margot and Judge are apples and oranges — Soler is a decent flyer to see where it goes, I’m not putting a lot of $ on him tho

  31. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Koda Glover tapped as favorite for closer role. How much are you bidding on him out of $100 FAAB in a weekly lineup 12 team league, if your only closers are Familia and Cam B?

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: In this league yes, after draft everything is subject to a FAAB auction on every Saturday night.

        Does $6 out of $100 sound about right?

        In my other (non-FAAB) league where you can add/drop instantly, Koda is already setting up shop in my RP slot.

        • Grey

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          Ugh, that makes things tougher… $6 sounds fine

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: The worst. It lets lazy managers participate in bidding that would never happen otherwise . . . though I guess that’s a legit “fairness for all” argument too.

            Last year (my first year in this ~10 year old keeper league) I ran out of FAAB in August and dropped from 3/4 to 8 (out of 12) as injuries piled up and I fielded 3/4 of a roster with Shoemaker and Colon as my healthy “aces”. This year, I’ve set ground rules for myself!

            1. No FAAB on catchers unless mine are literally not playing.

            2. Limit streaming until second half, don’t spend over $1 on a streamer.

            3. Don’t spend > $10 on anyone absent something crazy. (I’ve got Tapia, Meadows, and Raul Mondesi in my reserve, which is basically NA in this weekly lineup format, so hopefully that helps on this front!)

            • Grey

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              I like your new ground rules, you need to be vigilant about not wasting FAAB

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                @Grey: Thanks! For sure, esp among us waiver hungry folks. Someone like Koda (a strong RP being named closer) is probably the only type of player I would bid anything on this early in the season.

                Though I may spend $1 to swap Peralta for Holliday (who I didn’t realize was available) given the whispers of a Peralta platoon…

                • Grey

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                  I’d hold Peralta for now, Holliday’s garbage unless hot

  32. C-TPO says:
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    Thanks for putting the stink on Gomez two days after my draft…I feel another Delino Deletdown coming on! As always though, great work and agree with your assessment on M*tch.

    Also curious if I could get anyone’s comments on this team I drafted…12 team 5×5 roto, 3 OF slots and 1 util (none of that MI/CI crap in this league) 2 keepers from prior year.

    Schwarber
    Hosmer
    Lemahieu
    Correa
    Rendon
    Betts
    Polanco
    Gomez
    Buxton/Desmond once he comes back

    Starters – Stras/Salazar/McCullers/Pineda/Cobb/Lynn/Liriano
    CL – Herrera/Watson/Holland/Glover

    I realize I took on more risk with my pitching staff than Napoleon invading Russia in the winter, but I’m hoping to flip one of my lottery tickets (Gomez/Buxton) for a good ratios guy mid-April. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @C-TPO: Your pitching staff is hella sexy but could give you night tremors…. Your hitting is solid but a bit low on power

  33. jaybo says:
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    I’m in a keeper league that resets at the end of next season. I have 4 spots, I’m keeping Correa for 8, Goldy for 26, Turner for 5. Leaving me with a choice between Betts for 38, G. Sanchez 5, Arrieta 21, Duffy 5. I’m saving so much with my first three guys that Betts may make the most sense, especially because other players with tons of money as well. Who do you think makes the most sense here? For reference Trout went for 65 last year so top hitters end up pretty pricey.

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @jaybo: Betts

  34. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    I don’t think I know 220 more baseball players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I only know 219!

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Might take Jack Elliot with my next pick.

        You ever watch the cooking show Knife Fight? Pretty cool.

        • Grey

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          Damn, no, but you have some extra sway with me now that I’m watching Leftovers and loving it… I’ve never seen a 2nd season get so much better than 1st, and I didn’t hate the 1st

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Yes!!! Damn it, I knew I wasn’t crazy for loving that show. That episode where he was with Patti in the cabin in the first season was fantastic.

            • Grey

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              It really was, still mid-2nd season so don’t talk about that yet…. I thought the 1st season Nora episode in NY was amazing too

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: I might have to run through them again before the 3rd season starts. I watched the 2nd season in a weekend so it kind of all blurs together.

                • Grey

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                  We can watch last half on Skype together!

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    @FrankGrimes: 4/16 I believe.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: Show is super legit, the second season brought it to another level.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: we already talked about knife fight. You said they guy that hosts it has a crappy restaurant. I think he was a top chef winner or finalist or some crap like that

            • Grey

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              Oh yeah, he’s a douche

  35. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Do you think a trade where I give Myers and LeMahieu and I get Trea Turner is at all fair? I guess I am thinking that he would want more from me, but I am not sure. He could use some immediate OF help as he has Desmond and Dahl.

    Thanks much for the advice.

    • Grey

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      Fair for you

  36. Nitro says:
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    12 team forever keeper league:
    J. Bell and W. Contreras for C Blackmon and W. Castillo
    Which side do you like?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackmon

  37. The Grand Poppy says:
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    Thanks Grey! I’m a big fan of Pederson as well. 2 questions relating to him – are there any indicators (besides the Roberts interview last October) that the Dodgers will give him more AB’s against lefties? And, where would you target him in OBP?

  38. quimmy says:
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    In a league with k/9, INN and QS as extra cats, what do you think about the following rotation:

    Carrasco
    Hendricks
    Rodon
    Walker
    Smyly
    J.Guerra

  39. The Grand Poppy says:
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    In a 10 team, 5×5 roto keeper league where everyone keeps 5. Does that format move Bregman up for you? He’d basically have to be a keeper next year to justify a big jump in the ranks, which, it doesn’t seem crazy that he’d be top 50 next year. Just wondering where you would target him in this draft. Thanks!

    • Grey

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      I see him being top 50 next year

  40. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey. I’m sorry in advance for the long winded question. I try to keep my questions simple, but in this case I must get your thoughts on strategy for my innings cap keeper league. I’m going to try and give as much context as possible, while keeping this as brief as possible. I’m in a 10-team yahoo roto keeper league normal 5×5 categories but with a 1,300 innings limit cap. I am new to an innings cap format, and form my understanding 1,400 is the default, so our limit is a bit low.

    My team going into the draft:
    C –
    1b – Rizzo
    2b – Odor
    SS –
    3b – Arenado
    Cm – Wil Myers
    Mi –
    OF1 – Springer
    OF2 – Blackmon
    OF3 – Marte
    OF4 – Stanton
    UTIL1 – Polanco
    UTIL2 – Hosmer

    P1 – Darvish
    P2 – Carrasco
    P3 – Hendricks
    P4 –
    P5 –
    P6 – Ken Giles
    P7 –
    5 Bench spots –

    To start, my team is obviously pretty loaded which is great. Though, my first pick is not until the #14 pick but I also have the #16 pick. Obviously you need much more context, but out of the available players listed below who I firmly believe will be available to me at 14 and 16, in a vacuum which direction would you take with these 2 picks? Only keeper note is that anyone I draft at these spots, I will have the ability at the end of this season to choose to keep them for anywhere for the next 1 to 3 years. Available players…

    – SS: Segura, Peraza…..meh Segura just doesn’t tickle my fancy. Peraza seems like quite the hype reach, but won’t be available come my next pick at the #32 spot. I could skip on SS/MI and pick up some of your faves a bit later…Semian, Schoop, Tim Anderson

    – SP: Gerrit Cole

    – RP: Britton, Melancon, E Diaz….I’m almost inclined to go Britton and then Diaz for that k/9 upside which I believe would be beneficial in a low innings cap league.

    – Best available hitter: Cespedes, C Santana, Hanley…I have no room for an OF or corner type, but I can move them or other hitters post draft as I make lots of trades/moves

    So, which 2 would you roll with if you were me? Thanks Grey, and sorry for the exhausting question!

    • Grey

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      Take a SS — if you don’t want Segura, take Peraza — your pitching is set, don’t need Cole… Next I’d go RP, Britton…. So, if you want go Britton then SS next

      • LagunaBobbyI says:
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        @Grey: the Fantasy Master Lathario, don’t abbreviate it…thank you for the great insight as always!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. FeverDog says:
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    Yo, Grey,

    12-team, h2h, 5×5

    No bench bats in a league like this is like, RULE #1, right? I’m the only team with none. The least any other team has is three. There are a lot of teams with four and several with five. FIVE.

    I’m right to not have any, correct? Or, am I mis-remembering stuff you wrote in like 2009?

    • Grey

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      You don’t need a bench bat right now

  42. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Knock on wood, but with Ausmus being “optimistic” about JD and just not wanting to inaccurately give timetables, would it be crazy to now think that JD could be good to go for opening day or shortly thereafter? Sounds almost like he didn’t want to promise an opening day ETA without triple confirming . . .

    • Grey

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      I’m hoping for only two weeks missed, feels more like a month is coming

  43. Viz

    Viz says:
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    Forgot to ask you because the Uber showed up right as we were getting to my teams… keeping 2 of these 4 guys: Odor, Correa, Springer, Marte. First keeper is Goldy. What does the F.M.L. say?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! — Odor, Correa — Nice infield!

      • Viz

        Viz says:
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        @Grey: Alright cool, was leaning that way but I do like me some Springer. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Springer too, but what can do

  44. Pointman says:
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    Had my money draft Sunday-12t 25 rds. Took Tomas rd14 and Kepler 24th oh and punted catcher till last rd and took T Murphy . More than Happy.

    • Grey

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      Nice!

  45. Brown L says:
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    Drafted last night in a 12-team H2H keeper. I basically have the same sort of roster every year in this league — lots of power and upside on hitting side, and a pitching staff held together with spit and glue — and this year is no different:
    C – Rupp
    1B – Rizzo (Keeper)
    2B – Segura (Keeper)
    3B – Rendon
    SS – Russell
    CI – Encarnacion
    MI – Semien
    OF – Trout (Keeper)
    OF – Braun
    OF – Just Dong (Keeper *oof*)
    OF – Kepler
    UT – J. Turner
    UT – Healy
    BN – Domingo
    BN – Granderson
    SP – Carrasco
    SP – Hill
    SP – Lackey
    SP – Hammel
    SP – Hellickson
    RP – Betances
    RP – Bedrosian
    P – Glover
    P – Kintzler
    P – Rodney
    BN – Nova
    BN – McHugh
    BN – Da. Norris
    BN – R. Lopez (thanks, J.B.!)

    A little light on speed, but I don’t care too much in H2H. Lots of risk with pitching, but maybe it’ll all come up Milhouse this year. Granderson is J.D. insurance. If he’s not going to miss much time, I’ll drop Grandy for some upsidey pitcher.

    • Grey

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      Don’t disagree with you, your hitting is solid, bit light on speed… you know I like your pitching, show off!

  46. BTux says:
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    12 team standard 5×5
    C : Martin
    1B : Goldschmidt
    2B : Cano
    SS : Russell
    3B : Franco
    CI : Joseph
    MI : Odor
    OF : Marte
    OF : Dahl
    OF : Buxton
    OF : Peraza
    OF : Tomas
    U : Puig
    P : Strasburg
    P : C Martinez
    P : Pineda
    P : McCullers
    P : Gsellman
    P : T Walker
    P : A Miller
    P : Betances
    P : Kimbrel
    Bench : Haniger, Montgomery, Glover, Barraclough, E Rodriguez, Schimpf, Berrios

    Anything jump out that I need to work on?
    Thanks hombre

    • Grey

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      You’re high on speed and low on power, pitching is risky…

  47. L-Boogie says:
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    Good lord, it’s almost April. I’ve barely started draft prep, picking last in one league, havent gotten the draft order yet in my main league, I’m travelling a lot for work, I have tons of reading to do, I’m tired, I’ve been under a lot of stress, I lost my wife, I lost my job…and I’ve got some sort of a rash from making in the bushes!

    • Grey

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      Hahaha

  48. jon says:
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    Lamb and De Leon for McCullers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  49. JMoney says:
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    Whats up Grey,

    Forgive me if you’ve already answered this question somewhere…but how does your top 500 change for OPS leagues? I can see how they’re ranked on the streamer, but they only show auction value and don’t include pitchers…I’ve been with you for almost 5 years now and use your site exclusively, so thanks for all the work you put into this.

      • JMoney says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, that’s the page I was referring to…I guess to rephrase my question, is that a list you put together, similar to your top 500, or was that done via a program that crunches numbers.

        • JMoney says:
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          @JMoney: IE – Eric Thames ranked 39 and Pollock ranked 40, doesn’t seem like moves you’d make?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was done with a program, does that scare you?

          • JMoney says:
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            @Grey: Thames at 39? Doesn’t scare me, but prompts me to ask the question I just asked you. I value your opinion and try to stick closely to your rankings, its worked well for me thus far and those didn’t seem entirely like your rankings.

            That being said…up to 4 keeepers, I’m entering 2017 with Rizzo, Arenado, Odor, and Lindor…I’ve always punted saves, but being H2H, I’m thinking about moving early on a couple strong closers to lock down that category and punting pitching until rounds 8-10…Thinking about going OF rounds 5 and 6. Any thoughts?

            • Grey

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              Thames has a lot more risk involved than a 39 ranking doesn’t account for… I wouldn’t touch him until around 150 overall, at earliest

              • JMoney says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, I probably wouldn’t even touch him then, but again its less about Thames and more about me just asking how those rankings are put together.

            • Grey

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              I’d go OFs early, yeah

              • JMoney says:
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                @Grey: Thanks Grey, any input on waiting on SPs to grab a couple high end K/9 closers to hopefully take that category and start out each week 1-0-11?

                • Grey

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                  I wouldn’t punt SPs

                  • JMoney says:
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                    @Grey: Thanks Grey

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem!

  50. Woodchuck says:
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    12 team h2h. WANT TO Add ALEX WOOD should I drop haniger or margot? obviously very different players. Both bench flyers for me. thanks for your help!

    • Grey

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      Depends on needs… Lose Margot

  51. Jonny Mac says:
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    Whats up Grey! Thanks for all your hard work! Who would you keep out of the below player pool? It’s a dynasty auction h2h league where the salaries inflate by the greater of $3 or 20% every year. $260 auction budget. Standard 5×5, except we use QS instead of wins and K/9, instead of K’s. We’re allowed to keep any 8 players…I’m thinking about rolling with: Goldy, Dozier, Frazier, Correa, Harper, Sano, Aledmys and Duffy. Trying to figure out if I’m keeping the right guys with the long term in mind. Thanks for your time brother!

    Player 2017 Salary

    Aledmys Diaz —- $4
    Paul Goldschmidt 1B — $10
    Brian Dozier 2B — $12
    Todd Frazier 3B, 1B — $10
    Carlos Correa SS — $7
    Chris Davis 1B, 3B, OF, DH — $24
    Bryce Harper OF — $26
    Miguel Sano DH — $7
    Steven Matz SP — $7
    Danny Duffey SP — $4
    Rich Hill RP, SP — $4
    AJ Ramos —- $4
    Roughned Odor —- $23
    Ryon Healy —– $4
    Zach Britton —- $26
    Kenta Maeda —- $18
    Andrew Miller —– $14
    Ender Inciarte —- $4
    Brandon Drury — $4
    Odubel Herrera —- $4
    Felix Hernandez — $32
    JT Realmuto —– $4

    • Grey

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      Those 8 makes sense

  52. quimmy says:
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    Hey, sorry for the report. In a league with k/9, INN and QS as extra cats, what do you think about the following rotation:

    Carrasco
    Hendricks
    Rodon
    Walker
    Smyly
    J.Guerra

  53. nick says:
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    15 team 5×5, weekly lineups. Thoughts?

    C: Vogt
    C: Hedges
    1B: Miggy
    2B: Segura
    SS: Reyes
    3B: Turner
    MI: Schimpf
    CI: Hanley
    OF: Marte
    OF: Braun
    OF: Bradley Jr
    OF: Mazara
    OF: Kepler
    Util: Moreland

    P: G Cole
    P: McCullers
    P: Nola
    P: Snell
    P: Nova
    P: Bundy
    P: Skaggs
    RP: Diaz
    RP: Rodriguez

    Bench:
    Hammel
    Triggs
    Glover
    Sandoval

    • Grey

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      Hitting looks dope, I like the balance a lot on hitting, I’d make love to your hitting… Your pitching is solid too, if a bit upsidey, which isn’t bad

      • nick says:
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        @Grey: boom thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  54. Packing says:
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    Your opinion please
    C Rupp, 1b Myers, 2b Odor, SS Story, 3b Rendon, OF Harper, JD, JBJ, IF Jose Ramirez, Util Kepler, Maybin, Hernan Perez.
    Pitching–CMart, Maeda, Duffy, Salazar, Shoemaker, Nova Skaggs
    Bullpen, Herrera,Dyson. Brach, Nate Jones, Shaw, Rivero, Bush
    12 teams h2h, holds leaugue—Siemen , Profar on bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think the pitching is very solid, and safe, nice staff! Hitting looks rock solid too, nice team overall!

      • Packing says:
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        @Grey: Thank You! Ready to rumble.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too! Who we rumbling with?

  55. Tony says:
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    Thanks Grey! Hoping you could help with keepers, 12 team keep 8, cost in dollars goes up 3 each year:
    Arenado (14), Lindor (8), Springer (14), Freeman (21), Odor (8), Polanco (14), Bregman (5), Benintendi (5), Joc (11), Moncada (10), Nola (4), Kelvin Herrera (5), Jon Gray (5), Tim Anderson (5)

    • Grey

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      Arenado (14), Lindor (8), Springer (14), Freeman (21), Odor (8), Polanco (14), Bregman (5), Benintendi (5)

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Tony: First 8

  56. Swfcdan says:
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    I’ve been offered Yasmany for Castellanos in a league where I could use another OF and have depth at 3B/CI. The only thing giving me pause is his oblique injury, heard any more about it? If he’s back playing I’d do it in an instant, but seeing as he’s just offered it me I feel he might only do it while there’s injury uncertainty so would you take it now?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Swfcdan: If Cast is just depth for you anyway I’d take Tomas

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Well I have him and Moose for CI. But im a Moose tacos believer and think he can be very good this year so yeah don’t think I’ll need Cast.

        Still want to know more about Yaz’s injury first though.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Swfcdan: He’ll be fine…or he won’t. -Dr. Craminspitzer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yasmany

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Cast-away! Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  57. Cram It says:
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    Latin flair acquired! Jose Iglesias and Adalberto Mejia. I love this part of the draft…

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      @Cram It: I have Iglesias too, yay.

    • Grey

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      I like the late Iglesias pick, depending on how late… Adalberto Mejia is interesting flair, prolly irrelevant, but you never know

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: He’s my bench SS in round 33.

        Probably, but on the off-chance he’s not. Not a whole lot of relevant SP’s to choose from at this point. It’s Phil Hughes or Latin upside!

        • Grey

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          I just grabbed Fiers in the 35th, fwiw

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Oh he’s long gone. Seriously, it’s like the back end of San Diego and the Twins have the only “projected” starters available.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, I think my league is underestimating how important SPs are, there’s guys in rotations still avail in the 36th

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Benefits you.

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, hopefully… The players in the last 20 rounds are tho legit crapshoots

  58. Harry says:
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    Already trade offer my Odor/Paxton for his Lemahieu/Strasberg . Sp1/2 are DArvish/Archer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  59. Prknz says:
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    Sup Grey! Dug the AMA,

    I have a surplus of OFers and definitely need a SP. Kepler and Broxton are my 2 bottom guys… was thinking maybe Kepler for Paxton, but after reading this, maybe that’s too low of a sell. If so, what range of guys would you deal Kepler for?

    • Grey

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      Thanks! I’d take Paxton, that’s fair… Unknown involved with both

  60. ThE sHiT says:
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    Did my first ever auction draft on Sunday (i asked you guys about strategy on Sat). I thought for some reason it was a 12 teamer, didn’t realize until it started that it was actually 14 teams. ESPN 5×5 H2H, max 12 starts/week, min 35 IP/week, and max 7 moves/week. With those rules, i figured getting two aces was the best way to attack pitching. Having already drafted Thor and Darvish through 5 picks, i got up to get a beer, came back to my phone and saw Archer was up for $21, trying to get cute and drive up the price, i bid $21 and ended up with him. That’s my only huge regret, could’ve used that $21 on a better 3B but oh well, rookie mistake. I only took 1 closer and passed up on other cheap ones to get Dahl and Moncada late, SAGNOF. Other than that, really happy with my team, feel i got a lot of good value. Your thoughts guys?

    C Wieters $4
    1B Myers $20
    2B Schoop $3
    3B Castellanos $9
    SS Addison $9
    CI Hanley $20
    MI Tim Anderson $1
    OF Bryce $40
    OF Stanton $31
    OF JBJ $12
    OF Kepler $4
    OF Mazara $10
    UTIL Thames $3
    BN Moncada $2
    BN Dahl $2

    SP Thor $27
    SP Darvish $22
    SP Archer $21
    SP McCullers $4
    SP Gray $3
    SP Walker $2
    SP Matz $6
    SP Tillman $2 (espn auto-bid, oh well, will be drop candidate for another closer)
    SP Gio $2 (same as Tillman, dropped him for Amir Garrett ($1 FAAB)
    RP Feliz $1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, need another closer, wouldn’t trade for one tho…. I like the hitting, you look low on speed and runs… Your pitching looks stronger than it needs to be, by a lot…

  61. RD says:
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    Roto 5×5 auction NL-only league, 11 teams. $280 to spend for 25 players, up to 5 keepers. Already keeping Trea Turner ($12), Aledmys Diaz ($2), Seung-Hwan Oh ($2). Which two should I keep of Carlos Martinez ($15), Shawn Kelley ($7), Brandon Drury ($3)?

    • Grey

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      C-Mart, Drury

  62. thurman says:
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    Did a 12 team yahoo mixed league draft with obp instead of avg the other day. here’s what i ended up with. pretty much only used you and rudy’s projections/rankings.

    C: yadier
    1B: votto
    2B. kipnis
    3B: rendon
    SS: tolo
    OF: mooooookie betts
    OF: giancarlo
    OF: joc pederson
    OF: jarrod dyson
    UTIL: carlos santana
    BN: dansby
    BN: carlos gomez

    SP: cueto
    SP: kyle hendricks
    SP vince velasquez
    SP: gerrit cole
    SP: matt moore
    SP: pineda
    SP: mike montgomery
    RP: aroldis
    RP: alex colome
    RP: hector neris
    RP: koda glover

    pretty worried about my steals but i feel like everything is looking ok so far. how’s it look?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dyson should help with steals, assuming you can stomach playing him… I like the team in general, pretty solid hitting/pitching… You look low on speed only if Dyson fails

  63. Smell The Glove says:
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    Would you keep Gary Sanchez or Alex Bregman? Both would only cost my last round pick. 12 team 7×7 league with the extra hitting categories being OBP and Slugging percentage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bregman

  64. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    FREQUENT COMMENTERS – Hit me up abut joining the Frequent Commenter League (FCL) RCL. We’re drafting Friday night with 2 spots left.

    There is a Championship Belt on the line for the winner if you can pry it from Backdoor Sliders cold, dead hands.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry to hear about Backdoor Sliders, RIP

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Haha!

  65. SallyCips says:
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    Heya,

    At the end of my draft, I needed a generic OF, and took Jay Bruce in round 23-25, I thought that was rather good, but some of the guys on your list are out on my wire. Would you drop Bruce for Renforce, Margot, Judge or Soler?

    Also, Holland might be out on the wire and I have Ottavino, wondering if I should make some room for both.

    Thanks, dude.

    • Grey

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      Depends on need on OFs…. Go w/ Holland

      • SallyCips says:
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        Definitely, just a best available situation. I think I may stick with Bruce for now. If anything he makes great trade bait with the Mets fans (I’m in NYC). :P

        Yeah, figuring out the Holland thing, he has to come aboard.

        thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  66. Hey Grey,
    Here’s the team I ended up with. Drafting second sucks! Peraza went way too early which screwed me up for steals and left me trying to get creative with my last picks. (6×6 12-team OPS roto)

    C- Martin
    1B – Freeman
    2B – Segura
    3B – Rendon
    SS- Story
    OF – Harper (I went out on a little limb and took him second overall. I smell a comeback with a vengeance), Kepler, Inciarte, Leonys
    UTIL – Pujols, Forsythe, Hernan Perez (I know…)

    SPs – Cueto, C Mart, Maeda, Salazar, McCullers, Hellickson, Nova
    RPs – Familia, Bedrosian, Glover, Kelley

    • @Hugman: OH! And a question: for Runs AND Steals in an OPS league, who do you go with: Leonys or Inciarte?

      • Grey

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        Ender

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your search for steals at the end is funny… You were like, “Hernan? Sure! Ender? Why not! Leonys? What the hey!” I like the team, think the hitting looks fine, Segura, Harper, Rendon, Story and others will be plenty of speed in an OPS league… Your pitching is stacked, can’t complain at all about them, okay, maybe iffy on RPs, but SAGNOF!

  67. henncoop says:
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    Well I did my first ever RCL last night. Just amazed at how drafting with Razzballers or perhaps just the guys in my draft last night can skewer how you pick. ADP went out the window fairly quickly & the guys in the room definitely dictated which way the draft went & all i could do was try to react. I did get the 1st pick so that likely leveled the playing field a bit.
    I felt “forced” at times to take pitching when I typically would not but I think I ended up pretty decent considering. I was happy I ended up with a few of your OF sleepers before reading this so hopefully that bodes well.
    I ended up with:
    C Weiters
    1B C Davis
    2B Walker
    3B Rendon
    SS Bogaerts
    MI Andrus
    CI Joseph
    OF Trout, Yelich, O. Herrera, Margot, D Santana,
    Utilty D Peralta
    SP Bumgarner, Maeda, Duffy, McCullers, A Sanchez, V Velasquez, Happ, Snell, Ross
    RP Chapman, N Jones, J Gomez

    Wondering how I did despite obviously taking more SP earlier then I planned.

    • Grey

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      You’re weak on speed and AVG, and Walker & Andrus? Meh… This happened b/c you took SPs when you should’ve taken bats. Your pitching is obviously stacked

  68. Mike says:
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    Grey!
    One more Keeper question! 6×6 league (R, HR, RBI, SB, Avg, OBP, K, ERA, WHIP, QS, SV, HLD)

    I need 3:

    Gary Sanchez – $5
    Hanley – $13
    Trea – $5
    Odor – $17
    KSeager – $12
    Xander – $24
    JUpton – $28
    Springer – $35
    Trout – $62

    MadBum – $32
    Darvish – $6
    Wade Davis – $29
    Duffy – $5
    Matz – $10
    Andrew Miller – $10
    Samardzija – $8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea – $5
      Odor – $17
      Yu

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Total thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  69. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Master Splinter, aka Grey,

    Listened to the podcast today, awesome stuff man, threw ya a 5 star review. I also owe you margaritas for 2017 as the year is about to blast off, so keep your eye out for that.

    I shot you my roster before, but made a trade or 2 since then, so wanted to give you a new breakdown.

    12tm AL only dynasty league, 13 keepers, $260 cap.

    Lucroy $21
    Carlos Santana $21
    Jonathan Schoop $18
    Jorge Polanco $10
    George Springer $17
    Leonys Martin $14
    Kiermaier $6
    Tilson $5
    Verlander $19
    Archer $15
    Salazar $5
    Paxton $10
    Sam Dyson $2
    Edwin Diaz $10

    I need to get down to 13 players, here are my current options:

    1. Trade Jorge Polanco and Sam Dyson for Marcus Semien ($16).
    2. Trade Edwin Diaz, Verlander and Tilson for Byron Buxton ($5), Starlin Castro ($11) and Bradley Zimmer ($2 – ML doesn’t count against roster).
    3. Just drop Charlie Tilson and keep my team as is.

    • Grey

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      Thanks, Dope Man! Appreciate it!

      I’d do #1

      2 is crazy steep

      3. isn’t bad option if #1 doesn’t work out

      • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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        @Grey: You’re the best buddy, sending margaritas now.

        I think I can pull off #1, I’m seeing if he’ll throw in Giolito.

        I was also just offered this:
        I give Verlander and Sam Dyson and I receive Buxton, Castro and either AJ reed or Jorge Mateo.

      • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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        @Grey: Daquiri’s sent! I’m going to make it a point to be better at that this year. You’ve been a HUGE help in these leagues the last couple years, plus the laughs are priceless.

  70. Chuzwozza says:
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    Woah, it’s that wonderful time of the year – drafting time!

    Quick question – do you know if anyone has put together the players in tier lists as per your ranks? Just the names in table form. This has shown up in previous years but I think you suggested it was reader created …

    Otherwise, just wanted to pass on my regards for your great work Grey man. Thanks for it all!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t seen it this year

      • Chuzwozza says:
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        @Grey: No worries. Thanks anyway man – definitely gonna be using the rankings on draft day!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  71. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 (OPS/QS)
    Would you drop Thames to pick up Gyorko as a fill-in/bench bat? I know you’re not a fan of bench bats but if you were…

  72. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Grey, just finished up a draft tonight in our 12 team 5×5 roto league. We kept 8 players. Was wondering what you think!
    C – Grandal
    1B – Goldy
    2B – DJL
    3B – Castellanos
    SS – Seager
    OF – Cutch
    OF – J Upton
    OF – Buxton
    Util – Kiermayer
    Util – Rizzo
    Bench – Holliday, Eaton, Thames, Moncada
    SP – MadBum, G Cole, Quintana, McCullers, Walker
    RP – Kenley,
    RP – Bedrosian
    Bench – Andrew Miller

  73. henncoop says:
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    I need 5 keepers in a H2H yahoo league
    My choices so far would be Bryant, Arenado, Springer, C Seager, & Odor.
    Since JD is hurt so that option is out. My other possibilities would be C Mart, Cole, Duffy, or Dahl. I could see taking Dahl instead of C Seager but a top SS is nice to have.
    Any thoughts?.

  74. Brian says:
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    NL Only League Question I’d love an opinion on please.

    I was offered an $11 Kenta Madea for my $5 Jon Gray and $8 Vincent Velasquez pre-auction. Should I take it? My only other pitcher keeper will be a $24 Jon Lester. I’m leaning against, but I do like Madea a lot.

    Thanks!

  75. Revive85 says:
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    Dynasty league trade advice. Which side?

    Side A: Abreu and your boy Kepler

    Side B: Strasburg, Crush Davis and AJ Reed

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