Anthony Rendon was cleared for baseball activities, which meant he was able to spit sunflower seeds and adjust his jockstrap with no pain.  Then he reported discomfort when he bent his knee.  Matt Williams, singing a’la Weird Al, said, “Rendon’s Opening Day is in jeopardy…Baby…Ooh…”  Honestly, I feel like I’m in a pickle wrapped in a can’t-win-shituation surrounded by a chimichanga of head scratching with a Mexican saying, “No lo se,” and me saying, “No lose?  More like no win, Jose!”  We’re still two weeks away from Opening Day and Rendon could be fine by the end of the first week, which means he’ll miss maybe 25 ABs, which is nothing in the big picture.  Dock him 3 runs, 2 RBIs and four hits and move on.  This could actually be a buying opportunity in drafts if he falls too far.  But if he’s downplaying his injury as every player who has been injured does, then he could struggle, hit the DL for a month or two and have a lost season.  He never had blazing speed, so I worry that he might not steal with the knee injury or at least not as much in the early part of the year.  Therefore, ergo, vis-a-vis I lowered him out of my top 10 and into my top 20 where I’d be more comfortable drafting him.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Jayson Werth – Could take ABs on Wednesday.  I’m told that’s Werth noting.

Nate McLouth – Could start year on the DL due to his surgically-repaired shoulder.  I hope McLouth didn’t make the classic mistake at the doctor’s office of thinking he was getting ‘The Six Billion Dollar Man’ operation, but it was ‘The Six Bouillonaire Man’ operation where they replace his shoulder with chicken bones and give him a broth transfusion.

Heath Bell – Was given his walking papers by the Nats.  To add insult to injury, his walking papers were titled, “For Whom The Bell Strolls.”

Matt Wieters – Tendinitis in his elbow and hopes to get on the field by Wednesday.  Since he had Tommy John surgery this past year, it sure would be nice if he could just get into the lineup as the DH, but Steve Pearce is taking that spot.   Hey, you say, can’t Pearce play the outfield?  Yes, but Delmon Young, De Aza and Snider are in the corner outfield spots.  Wait, you then add, are you saying the O’s would rather those guys than Wieters in the lineup?  Yes, I know, your 2010 self is so confused.

Brett Cecil – The Blue Jays confirmed that Cecil would be the closer, which I predicted would happen about two weeks ago.  I will now try my hand at picking lottery numbers.  If you’re reading this after I’ve won the lottery, screw you!  If you’re reading this before, thanks for reading, I really appreciate you.

Aaron Sanchez – Safe to assume he’s now in the rotation, at least for a majority of the year.  He should be able to safely throw about 150 IP this year, but the Blue Jays are aggressive with their youngsters and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sanchez pass the 150 mark.  Still, that’s what I have him down for in the top 100 starters and top 400.  He’s nothing more than an endgame flyer, but since he throws 97 MPH with movement, I like him for a little “How’s your father?”  He could easily have a 4.50+ ERA or a 2.50 ERA.  Likely somewhere in between.  Yes, I could be a landscape architect with those kind of hedges.

Devon Travis – “Maicer, what goes on?  Maicer” went down with a groin strain.  TMI!  So, this will give Ryan Goins or Devon Travis a shot at the everyday job.  Goins can’t figure out if he’s comins or Goins, “Maicer, what goes on?  Maicer” is hot garbage in the trunk of your car in the Sahara Desert, so I decided to add Travis to the top 20 2nd basemen as a very late flyer.  Is Travis that good?  Aw, hecks no!  But he’s in the lead for the job and a decent pick after 300 overall for an MI flyer.

Micah Johnson – Lots of talk about him and how he could be the starting 2nd baseman for the White Sox.  Why the talk?  Cause he has 35-steal speed with an everyday job.  I haven’t included him in my rankings yet, and not due to ignorance.  I know, what a surprise!  The White Sox are not a team that is rebuilding and I just don’t see them sitting Bonifacio and Beckham every day.  Maybe Johnson platoons, maybe he goes to the minors, but I just don’t see him as an everyday starter.  At least not in April.  And that’s your Micah check, 1, 2.

Mike Fiers – Has shoulder weakness, but not expected to need a DL stint.  Not moving him yet in my rankings, but I don’t love the sound of this since Fiers has never been much of a workhorse in his career.  I.e., where there’s smoke, there’s Fiers.

Daniel Murphy – Had an MRI on his hamstring and was shut down for a week.  The Mets have lots of options if Murphy hits the DL with Danny Muno and Matt Reynolds.  I didn’t say lots of good options.

Wilmer Flores – In a walking boot after fouling a ball off his foot.  Don’t worry, Mets fans, you don’t just have Muno and Reynolds for shortstop, but also…dun-dun-DUNNNN…Ruben Tejada!  Your favorite!  The Mets are hoping Flores is fine for the beginning of the season.  I bet they are!

Jhoulys Chacin – Released by the Rockies.  I imagine this kind of news is received by a pitcher like someone being told they didn’t just ingest poison, but they did just eat dog testicles.  “Yay, no more home games in Coors!”  Dot dot dot.  “Wait, even the Rockies don’t want me?!”

Wilin Rosario – I’m done pretending the writing isn’t on the Rockies’ bathroom stall wall.  As hard as it is for me to process this, the Rockies are planning on making Nick Hundley their starting catcher.  On one hand, a catcher that could hit 30 HRs.  On another hand, a catcher that could hit 15.  On a third hand that is actually a picture of Hamburger Helper that I cut out of the box, don’t draft either of them.  I’ve adjusted my top 20 catchers, adding Hundley and lowering Rosario.

Nick Franklin – Has a strained oblique.  Even though he’s now on the Rays, I’m pretty sure Franklin’s injured because Brad Miller is a spiteful man that couldn’t handle me labeling him a sleeper last year so he’s now infecting random middle infielders with lowered expectations.  Rays will likely turn to Logan Forsythe for a week while Franklin heals.  Fun fact!  Another name for the Rays’ 2nd base combo of Franklin/Forsythe is Poor Richard’s Almanack.

Jon Lester – Dealing with a dead arm.  In related news, Boras is trying to get Lester a bit role on The Walking Dead.

Josmil Pinto – Out for a few days with a concussion, and by ‘days’ the Twins mean years.  I’m only half joking.  Don’t worry, four lady readers, it’s my lower half.  Rawr!  On the fo’really, Morneau missed two years with a concussion, Mauer never looked right again after he was concussed, and what’s up with Twins and concussions?  Wonder Twin Powers activate…in the form of a helmet!

Yasmany Tomas – World, I feel like you didn’t want me to like Tomas as much as I did this year.  Are you happy now?  Cause I’m officially concerned.  I still think he can produce a 20+ HR, .260 season, which is, ya know, more than you’ve gotten from, say, Ryan Zimmerman for two of the past four seasons.  Everyone associated with the Diamondbacks has said they’re fine with his bat.  Unfortch, you need more than just a bat in the NL.  I know, stoopid.  Not the way Abner Doubleday would’ve wanted it, but what are you going to do?  Dig up Abner’s grave, have a seance and request that his ghost protest that the use of the DH is the purest form of baseball?  No, you’re not.  Now that the Diamondbacks are whispering about sending Tomas to the minors, I’d be lying if I said I’d still draft him in the top 100 as I had him, so I dropped him in my top 20 3rd basemen and top 400.

Nick Ahmed – Could be the starting shortstop in Arizona.  Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said, “To name (Ahmed) the starter is hard to do, because we still have camp left.  I’m not ready to do that.  He’s been very impressive.”  Then the GM Dave Stewart did some karate and said Chris Owings is going to be the starter if he’s healthy.  Sounds like they’re on the same page…number in different books.  Ahmed once stole 40 bags in a minor league season, but he also once hit .236 in Double-A, so SAGNOF, but not much else.

Domonic Brown – Suffering from Achilles tendinitis.  What happened to Philly fans throwing batteries?  Now they’re shooting arrows?  Brown will be held back a few days, and could miss a week early in the year, but it sounds like it’s no worse than his ISO last year.

Jason Kipnis – Dealing with back spasms that has sidelined him here and there for almost a week.  I haven’t drafted Kipnis yet, and won’t change my rankings with him, but I also wouldn’t draft him unless he fell.  I get a serious vibe from him that he was hanging with A-Rod’s cousin during the 2013 season.  *Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, needle in the butt*

Evan Gattis – Hit a home run yesterday, which is whatevs, but it’s a good sign his wrist is feeling better.  He credits his strong wrists to the years when he was homeless and used to pick mozzarella off discarded pizza boxes.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Will start the year on DL due to shoulder inflammation.  This could totally be a coincidence (I highly doubt it), but Ryu in Street Fighter throws a Super Fireball, which can cause the shoulder to burn and feel inflamed.  Last year…Make that every year, Ryu has shoulder issues and ends up being fine while missing a few starts here and there, but this year it sounds a bit worse.  I’ve docked him about a month of innings and I lowered him into the tier in the top 60 starters that I would not draft.  Yeah, I’m concerned.

Koji Uehara – Played catch on Monday.  Sounds good until you find out his dad was playing “Cat’s In A Cradle” nearby on a boombox and Koji was guilted into playing catch.  Koji had a hamstring issue that sounds like it’s not going to be much of an issue at all by the time we get to Opening Day.  And what I mean with “by the time we get to Opening Day” is baseball ever starting?  Is this the longest preseason ever?  Bud Selig’s toupee might’ve looked like a dead racoon, but at least he limited spring training to six weeks.

  1. bossmanjunior says:
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    Who you taking between Paxton and Walker right now? Paxton was slowed with a non pitching related injury and seemed pretty good in his last start. Walker, meanwhile, has been lights out this spring. I don’t put too much stock in performance but that K/BB looks purdy.

    Also nice to see Garret Richards throwing 4 hitless innings in a minor league game yesterday.

  2. Lord Baldrick says:
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    I would pay for early access to articles and comments (i.e. subscribers view article at 9:00, others wait until 1:00). First mover advantage with site info, and comment replies would have real value.

    • Btdrnks says:
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      @Lord Baldrick: yeah, seriously, wtf dude.

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Lord Baldrick: seriously… dude…. yeah… wtf

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Move to New Zealand!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Done and done!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: We’re first with all the Razzball news here!

            Well, a close second anyway…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Let’s plan on Grey coming to New Zealand this November!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Wait, really?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I want to, let me get Cougs on board

      • Lord Baldrick says:
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        @Grey: Grey likes it. I hope Grey/Rudy do it.

        I’ve been (mostly lurking) here since 2009. The site has two main strengths: Rudy’s number work and Grey’s (frankly amazing) willingness to promptly answer any questions from all comers, year after year, mixing in his unique sense of fantasy humor.

        Given the new setup, some will inevitably try to chisel by asking Grey questions that can (should) be answered by blantonator, hittertron, etc. The proposed delay allows Grey to serve subscribers first, while others still get a free lunch – just a bit later.

        I would rather see this than have Grey have to radically change his policy. I can’t think of a better alternative at this time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! Nah, nothing’s gonna change…

        • thanks. blantonator – ha!

          grey is still going to be answering questions – including who to stream if you give him some options. just can’t imagine doing that every day vs paying cents a day to access good ol’ SON.

    • @Lord Baldrick: Dude? Dude Dude Dude. Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude! Dudedudedude…

    • Relsh says:
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      @Lord Baldrick: that’s a great idea. Who wouldn’t pay a small fee for easily the most valuable fantasy advice(and most well written). Writers on this site deserve to cash in.

      • pondfrogsplash says:
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        @Relsh: Yeah, but DUDE!!!!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Lord Baldrick: is this as “inevitable” as some others (many others, with no explanations) have said. Don’t tap the fish tank.

  3. Brettj72 says:
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    So you don’t really like Kipnis and you love Wong but you still have Kipnis ranked above Wong. I am in the 7th round of my draft and need a 2nd baseman. Both Kipnis and Wong are available but I really doubt either one makes it back to me. Who should I draft? It is a 14 team 5×5 h2h Y! if that matters.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Brettj72: I’ve never liked Kipnis and have never owned him. I’d draft Dozier over all three, but dig Wong next. Let others draft Kipnis for something that isn’t there.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Brettj72: draft spot and ranking are two different things. Draft who you like best. They are both good

  4. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    He doesnt like kips draft spot and does wongs i believe

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: He does Wongs…you are correct

  5. spm7189 says:
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    Great write-up as always Grey.
    Just drafted last night for the league in which my personal fantasy pride is always at most stake. It’s a 12-team 6×6 H2H, cats being H, R, RBI, HR, SB, BB for hitters and W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS for pitchers. Team looks like:
    C – d’Arnaud
    1B – Adam LaRoche
    2B – Rougned Odor
    3B – Josh Donaldson
    SS – Jean Segura
    CI – Lucas Duda
    MI – Scooter Gennett
    OF – Giancarlo Stanton
    OF – Jorge Soler
    OF – AJ Pollock
    OF – Gregory Polanco
    UTIL – Avisail Garcia
    BN – Steven Souza
    BN – Jose Ramirez
    BN – CJ Cron

    SP – Chris Sale
    SP – Johnny Cueto
    SP – Jake Arrieta
    SP – Alex Wood
    SP – Carlos Carrasco
    RP – Aroldis Chapman
    RP – Cody Allen
    P -Neftali Felix
    P – Brad Boxberger
    BN – Drew Hutchison
    BN – Ervin Santana

    I went maybe a little too heavy with the pitching (likely overcompensation for scrabbling together some schmohawks for my pitching staff last season and managing to finish the season in first but lost the championship game when my staff fell apart). I think my bats rely a bit too much on upside with my bats, and I don’t think I got as much in the BB department as I should have. That being said, I’ve got a pair of questions. The first is the classic “how’d I do?” The second is, Gyorko got dumped almost immediately after the draft and I was thinking about dumping Gennett for him. Any reason why I shouldn’t?

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @spm7189: Hitting needs all the help it can get…

      Stanton, Donaldson, Soler, and Polanco are the only starting caliber guys in your lineup. The rest are flyers. In a 12 teamer, that’s a recipe for losing 4-5 hitting stats a week. That’s not going to get you back to the series.

      Move a pitcher for a stick, or preferably a couple of stick upgrades… Gyorko isn’t going to fix this.

      • spm7189 says:
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        @CMUTimmah: I strongly disagree with your assessment. LaRoche is not a stranger to 25 hr and 90 RBI and he’s moving to a favorable hitters park in a strong lineup. Duda might not be a great batting average guy but his power is real and last years power numbers are very repeatable and the Metsies have a pretty decent lineup around him. Pollock hit .300+ with 7 HR and 14 SB in less than 300 PA. He probably won’t hit .290 let alone .300 but tell me why he can’t hit double digit homers (and more) and steal 20+ considering the park and the pretty decent lineup. d’Arnaud showed a sweet stroke in the second half and has been a top catching prospect for years so it’s not unexpected. My middle infidels are all iffy that I accept but I don’t buy for a second that over half my offense are just “flyers”.

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          @spm7189: Sorry, I agree with CMUTimmah. Wayyy too much pitching and your hitting looks like a 15 teamer. You can talk up guys like LaRoche/Pollock but they are all far from guarantees for the stats you quote them for.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @CMUTimmah: First glance I always read your name as ‘cut in my mouth’ like Ed Norton saying the cut in your mouth you can’t stop tonguing….mmyeah anyways, I strongly agree with your assessment

    • J-FOH says:
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      @spm7189: you can lose Ramirez for Gyorko. I’d hold Scooter. He might be leading off in Milwaukee

    • danny almonte says:
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      @spm7189: hitting does look like a 16 teamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @spm7189: With QSs, I can understand the stronger pitching, but your hitting is weak as others said… I’d hold Scooter for now

  6. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Latos was dropped in my league. Should I pick him up and drop Hahn? You ranked latos higher than Hahn but he’s been struggling.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @BitchesBeShoppach: Wouldn’t worry about ST stats. Definitely.

    • the swinging says:
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      @BitchesBeShoppach: latos gave up 9 ER in his last spring outing, but it’s just spring, and yea I’d add him if he became free.

      • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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        Thanks fellas!

  7. Dileo says:
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    Hey Grey-
    Every year I use this site to help me draft….this year I feel I may have gone “all in” and drafted the “all razzball” team. I’m predicted to come in close to last in my league according to cbs recap (so you know the team is good!!). I picked #8 , 12 Team re-draft H2H points league. (Think power > speed) . I waited on arms and just gobbled up bats while guys were reaching on pitching. Thoughts?

    C- d’arnaud/zunino. (Couldn’t decide so I took both)
    1B – Grande Dolor
    2B- Rendon
    SS- Antana
    3B- Arenado
    MI- Wong
    CI- Bryant (couldn’t resist in rd 10) **will swap rendon/Gyorko in the interim
    OF- Puig/j upton/pollok/k Davis
    BN – Gyorko/Beltran/Owings

    SP- Carrasco/ Wood/ degrom/ Ventura / shoemaker/ e Santana/ odorizzi/ Paxton/ Pomeranz
    RP- Chisek/Perkins/ k-rod (start 2)

    Note: limited pickups , so can’t stream and multiple eleg. Is helpful (re:Antana/Rendon/Owings)

    • EA says:
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      @Dileo: That’s almost identical to what i’m hoping my team looks like minus some in the OF. I like it though.

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Dileo: solid team but your bench should have pitchers especially if you cant stream alot and you dont need 2 catchers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dileo: I agree with others, nice/solid team…Agree with Nick too, lose Zunino for an SP

  8. Chuzwozza says:
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    Thanks for the update (although it doesn’t bode well for this team!)

    This was the result of my first ever live draft. I would be grateful of any comments or suggestions. Obviously it was drafted before this article! Yahoo format, 12 teams, regular 5×5.

    C – Wilin Rosario; 1B – C Santana; 2B – Wong; 3B – Arenado; SS – H Ramirez; OF – Stanton, Carlos Gonzalez, Ozuna; Util – S Castro, Y Tomas
    Bench – Segura, Souza

    P – Samardzija, Arrieta, Liriano, Ventura, Salazar, Holland, W. Davis, A Miller
    Bench – K Giles, C Qualls, J Soria

    Planning (hoping?) to stream but understand that may be tricky with Yahoo innings limits?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Dave F says:
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      @Chuzwozza:

      At a quick glance your lineup looks a little light on speed. It sounds like Rosario may not be the starting catcher in Colorado too. I wouldn’t be comfortable with Carlos Santana as my starting 1b either. Lineup looks very strong otherwise.

      I like your SP. Does your league count holds? You look light on saves but have great middle relievers.

      • Chuzwozza says:
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        @Dave F: Thanks for that. Was going to look for some steals later. Sadly I missed all the elite 1Bs. May move Santana to Catcher and go best I can find for 1B …

        No holds. Only grabbed one elite closer so middle relievers are hoping to pick up some saves!

    • Fastpitch says:
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      @Chuzwozza: H2H or Roto. Which Holland?

      • Chuzwozza says:
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        @Fastpitch: Roto! Sorry! I always forget one key fact about the comp! It’s Greg Holland from the Royals.

      • Chuzwozza says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the advice Grey (and Dave again!). So the plan should be – try and pick up some steals and saves off the waiver? (Saves may be tricky until a closer reshuffle I fear). Sorry for the stupid questions – I warned you I was knew.

        Other than Rosario, who would be best to lose to bring in speed?

        • Grey

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          Meh, I wouldn’t do anything right now… Too soon for that… Well, you can lose Rosario now, but otherwise hold

          • Chuzwozza says:
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            @Grey: Lovely. Thanks again. I get a little over eager but I’ll see what crops up in the next week or so …

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  9. Milarky says:
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    Great stuff! By the way, where can I go to get the latest NFBC ADPs?

    • Milarky says:
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      @Milarky: Found them – are all of those drafts all done, or do those ADPs get updated regularly? I’m hoping to use something recent for my draft.

      • MattTruss

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        Pretty sure NFBC ADPs are a fluid list. As more drafts complete, they are constantly updated. Injuries will take some time to show up on there though, as it has to overcome the previous drafts.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Milarky: Constant update as each draft completed.

  10. Swfcdan says:
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    In Street Fighter its a hadoken!

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Or Ken cmon!

    • Scott says:
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      @Swfcdan: Do you Hadoken? Or are you Rasputin?

  11. Five-On-One says:
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    Hi looking for some validation / comments of the team I auctioned last night (auction values included. 5×5 roto, 2 Catcher, 10 Pitchers. My take is a bit light on average and steals.
    C – Grandal (9), Chirinos (1)
    1B – Goldy (34), E5 (30)
    2B – Lawrie (2), Gyorko (1)
    3B – Longoria (14), Frazier (13)
    SS – Desmond (22)
    OF – CarGonzalez (22), OZUNA (6), Bruce (6), Arcia (3), JocP (7)
    Bench – Saunders, Victorino

    SP – Wainright (18), Zimmermann (19) Arietta (10), Carrasco (11), Fiers (10), McHugh (6), Hutchison (1)
    RP – Pappelbon (8), Mehia (5), Peralta (1)
    Bench – Hahn, Eovaldi, Parnell, Qualls

    My take is a bit light on average and steals. Thinking of dropping Gyorko or Victorino for Jose Ramirez. Other available bats are Aoki, Eric Young, but it would be harder for me to find a spot for on OF bat. All thoughts / comments welcome. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: Agree with your take… I’d lose Victorino for Young so you can play him (Ramirez will never get into your lineup

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey – Follow up, if I may… I love Young’s SB potential early in the year, but (a) I’m a bit afraid of his average, and (2) which OF do you suggest sitting for Young, Joc P? (I could sit Frazier or Longoria in my utility spot, but that makes even less sense?) I thought I would slot Ramirez in for Gyorko at MI, but keep Gyork on my bench in case this is FINALLY his year.

        • Grey

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          You don’t need to decide who to sit now… Joc will be sat for Ethier one day a week, then you play Young, or someone else sits…

          • Five-On-One says:
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            @Grey: Sorry – apparently I left out a key detail – this is a weekly league, so daily line-up moves are not possible.

            • Grey

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              Then bench bats are mostly useless

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: Jace Petersen is also available.

  12. Joeg414 says:
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    Who do you guys think will have a better season Mejia or Drew Hutchison ? I know its like apples and oranges, but I could get one in a trade( not giving up much ).I really could use Saves.
    Deep mixed, 6×6 roto league.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Joeg414: If you could really use saves, then the answer is obvious, no?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Joeg414: Take Hutch..not worth it to trade for Mejia when hes not guaranteed to close all season…or even to start the season for that matter…Parnell will close

      • SallyCips says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Definitely not written in stone. If the fee is nominal I’m placing a bet on Mejia.

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Joeg414: hutch

  13. Oranje says:
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    In a dynasty/keeper league: Should I drop Fister and pickup Michael Taylor. Taylor is $0 and I could place a 3 year contract on him…but he would take up one of my bench spots all year along with Addison Russel ($0)who I drafted and will put a 4 year contract on.
    Fister is $16 and I have the following pitchers currently on my team: Strasburg, Greinke, Arrieta, Archer, Latos, Gausman, Peavy, Liriano, Nelson.
    Who is worth the roster spot? Is Taylor good enough to use the #1 waiver priority to snag after the draft? Do I need Fister?
    Thanks.

  14. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice stuff.

    Am concerned about Rendon. Will take my lumps for week 1, hopefully he’ll be back before.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Yeah, can’t do much with Tendon, AG. Gotta wait it out.

      • SallyCips says:
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        @SallyCips: Yay autocorrect. Rendon obv.

  15. Polish neighbor says:
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    Hi Guys,

    H2h keepers league. Need to pick two;
    Arrieta, Lynn, Gio, Tijuan Walker, Cashner.

    Thanks!

  16. Rubik's Pube says:
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    Participated in another RCL last night. Definitely came out with a much different team dynamic than my last one. I went a little more pitching heavy than my last one as I am trying out different strategies since this is my first year playing roto and I’m still getting a feel for it.

    C: R. Martin
    1B: J. Abreu
    2B.:D. Gordon
    3B:Donaldson
    SS: B. Zobrist
    MI: B. Phillips
    CI: A. Laroche
    OF: G. Springer
    OF: M. Holliday
    OF: J.D. Martinez
    OF: A.J. Pollock
    OF: C. Granderson
    U: R. Davis

    P: D. Price
    P: M. Harvey
    P: J. Arrieta
    P: H. Iwakuma
    P: F. Liriano
    P: D. Hutchison
    P: N. Eovaldi
    P: A. Miller
    P: T. Clippard

    B: J. Hammel
    B: D. Pomeranz
    B: K. Bryant

    I gambled on a few picks (Bryant, Springer, Miller) and if they don’t pan out I’m probably screwed. I know I’m light on saves and maybe average but the saves can come later. I’m rolling the dice on Miller getting the closing job. Despite the hype, I just don’t think Betances gets the job. He is an awesome set up guy and although it may seem completely unlike the Yankees to worry about money, I am betting on the idea that they aren’t going to want to drive up his arbitration cost when he is getting 40+ saves a year and Miller is already being paid closer money. Just my opinion though. Anyways, thanks for all the things you guys do, you rock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rubik’s Pube: Agree with your assessment… You also look light on power and Granderson’s pretty iffy on ownable in RCL

      • Rubik's Pube says:
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        @Grey: I agree on Granderson. He was one of my last picks. I know it’s a fools errand to pay any mind to ST numbers, but with his old hitting coach coming over from the Yanks in the offseason, he looks like a completely different hitter. The power is still there, his plate discipline just completely deteriorated. Again, small sample size of ST stats but he is passing the eye test. More walks than strikeouts and making consistent hard contact. I needed power and no one at that point in the draft was comparable. Pretty much zero risk with a fairly significant reward. Or maybe I’m just delusional? If all else fails I can afford to trade a SP for some power. Thanks for the advice!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s fine to hold him now… You just have to move on from him when he cools off in April

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Rubik’s Pube: its a good team, bit light on power. Nasty pitching light on saves but sagnof. Betances is the closer though

      • Rubik's Pube says:
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        @nick the dick: Thanks for your 2 cents Nick. I hope your wrong on Betances though. If not, worst case scenario, I suppose Miller can still help out with K’s, ERA, WHIP, and maybe vulture a win here and there right or should I just drop him and move on instead of taking up a roster spot?

        • nick the dick says:
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          @Rubik’s Pube: oh no, definitely keep him. Middle relievers are lovely in RCL and he will get some saves but i think Betances is the guy. Miller is certainly worth a spot tho

  17. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Man, the Wonder Twins have to be up there on the list of the lamest super heroes of all time.

  18. Abe Froman says:
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    Really need help deciding what to do with Stroman in my 10 team, AL-only roto dynasty league.

    I currently have him under his rookie contract for $5. If I choose to make him one of my 7 keepers, next season I could either:
    -Retain him for his option year, still at $5, then be forced to release him after next season
    -Or sign him to a long-term deal, bumping up his contract to $10 for next year, and an additional $5 each successive season.

    I also wouldn’t be able to move him to the DL until after the draft, so I’d be having to pick from the best undrafted pitcher to fill out my staff.

    What are your thoughts? I’m almost tempted to release him back into the player pool, hope he falls through the cracks, and throw a dollar or two on him near the end of the draft. My next best keeper options are Smyly at $6 and Jose Ramirez at $7.

    Appreciate the help as always. Will definitely be getting myself a Razzball subscription (or caving to peer pressure and finally joining Draft Kings)

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Abe Froman: I would hold him and wait for the DL…Hell be nice trade bait for you to a team that feels they cant win this season. And if you dont get an offer you like id just keep him and sign him long term next season

      • Abe Froman says:
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        @Grey:

        Ugh, the dreaded split decision. Thanks for the input, fellas.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

        • AdamH says:
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          @Abe Froman: I’d lose him too. Pretty sure if you really want to get him back you can for under $5.

          • Abe Froman says:
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            @AdamH:

            Sounds good. This is actually my first dynasty league, so I’m trying to get a sense for how folks approach guys in the draft who are DL’d for an entire year.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: If it wasnt at 11 id do it…but had one of those bachelor type nights last night and got 3 hrs of sleep…dont see me doing a draft that late tonight.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rally, homey, you’re single now!

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Yeah but work is still work…the only way im rallying is if my girl stops by for a pep rally…thats the only thing that will keep me up tonight….She did last night.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’re living the life!

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Or slowly killing myself

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Tomato-tomahto!

  19. Dirtdogs says:
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    I have to pick my keeper with my waiver pick… Obviousily the guy has to be on my team the whole year… Any suggestions… If not am I better off with Napoli or Butler??

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Dirtdogs: err, gotta be someone better on the wire, no?

      • Dirtdogs says:
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        @SallyCips: not really… 14 team league… any prospects that might get an early call up.

        • Chicken Dinner says:
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          @Dirtdogs: Yeah…..list some that are available. Could list a bunch but don’t know if they are owned or not.

  20. Josh says:
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    I gotta say I disagree with you on Micah Johnson, Grey. You said yourself the team is trying to win now. I don’t see why playing Gordon Beckham and Emily Boneface would be helping the team win now? Beckham hit .220 last year, Bonifacio is below replacement level offensively too. They both might be better defensively, but Johnson has hit at every level, looks like a running back, and can straight up fly.

    Any thoughts on Jace Peterson winning the Braves 2B job?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: I hope Peterson wins the job, think he has a better chance than Micah since the Braves aren’t playing for anything

      • Josh says:
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        @Grey: I thought I had read Peterson won the job. Only scary thing with him is Peraza could come up and take the job later this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s in he running from what I heard, he’s a flyer even if he wins it

  21. Exactly says:
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    Sucks about Rosario…would you hold him (supposedly will see some time at 1st) or drop for: R. Martin, Montero or Ramos?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Exactly: Martin

  22. The_Authority says:
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    Grey, 10 Team keeper league. HR/R/RBI/SB/OBP, W/SV/K9/ERA/WHIP

    Can you grade my team? I drafted Wheeler and Stroman and loss both. Where can my team improve?

    C Yadier Molina C | STL
    1B Anthony Rizzo 1B | CHC
    2B Anthony Rendon 2B,3B | WAS
    3B Carlos Santana 1B,3B | CLE
    SS Ian Desmond SS | WAS
    OF Yoenis Cespedes OF | DET
    OF Jason Heyward OF | STL
    OF Justin Upton OF | SD
    U David Ortiz U | BOS
    1B Eric Hosmer 1B | KC
    2B Rougned Odor 2B | TEX
    3B Pablo Sandoval 3B | BOS
    OF Mookie Betts OF | BOS
    OF Khris Davis OF | MIL
    OF Christian Yelich OF | MIA
    Pitchers

    Pos Players
    SP Sonny Gray SP | OAK
    SP Cole Hamels SP | PHI
    SP James Paxton SP | SEA
    SP Max Scherzer SP | WAS
    SP Julio Teheran SP | ATL
    RP Cody Allen RP | CLE
    RP Joaquin Benoit RP | SD
    SP Kevin Gausman SP | BAL
    SP Wily Peralta SP | MIL
    RP Carlos Martinez RP,SP | STL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The_Authority: You look light on SBs, but very solid on OBP and power… Your pitching looks excellent…

  23. Steve D. says:
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    So nice when you draft Rendon as your starting 2B and K-machine Baez as his backup… I may be left with a guy on the DL and one in the minors come opening day. Yay!

    But the injury bug doesn’t stop there, oh no! My rotation has a few dings too. And this is where my question is. I looked at my staff the other day (stop giggling, Grey) and noticed I’m a little Ray-heavy, but at least a couple of those (Cobb, Smyly) are guys I’m keen on dropping, and Odorizzi has the upside. But there are a couple of options I’m looking at that are sitting on the wire in T Walker and Danny Salazaar. Cut anyone (I’m looking at you, Cain) for either of these two? 10 team, redraft. I can try and add the other arm when a roster spot opens once Rendon or Cobb hit the DL.

    P Corey Kluber
    P Alex Cobb
    P Gerrit Cole
    P Drew Smyly
    P Matt Cain
    P Jake Odorizzi

    Or should I stick with what I have?

    • Steve D. says:
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      @Steve D.:

      guys I’m *NOT* keen on

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Steve D.: Salazaar and Walker are both adds I’d make. Huge upside. What’s your bench look like? What type of league/ scoring setup? Too vague of a question to give the most help.

        • Steve D. says:
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          @Chicken Dinner:

          It’s a standard 5×5 roto, so Ws/Ks/SVs/ERA/WHIP

          I’m carrying 5 closers (Rosenthal, Benoit, Feliz, Reed, Cecil) so that leaves 4 P slots available for my starters, with the other 2 on the bench.

          The last bench slot is taken by a bat (Baez).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve D.: Walker and Salazar over Odorizzi and Cain

      • Steve D. says:
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        @Grey:

        Done and done.

        Just took a look at Odorizzi’s home/road splits from last year… yikes! Fantastic at home, not so much on the road…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  24. gotmeafewon says:
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    $16 kluber or $23 HanRam as a keeper… at this point have not kept any pitchers… but do i need to? we can keep 6 players

  25. gotmeafewon says:
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    any good DL elgibile stashes to draft? we have 2 DL spots. typically i draft a couple, throw them immediately in my DL slot, and grab the best waiver wire player available. this strategy usually pays off huge when i get draft day steals due to DL stints..

  26. JSF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Just completed my draft last night in a 12-team keep 8 forever head-to-head league (5X5). Round drafted and overall pick for each included.

    C- Y. Molina (23: 268)
    1B – A. Rizzo (Keeper)
    2B – B. Dozier (13: 154)
    3B – N. Arenado (Keeper)
    SS – D. Santana (17: 201)
    OF – A. Gordon (Keeper)
    OF – J. Werth (Keeper)
    OF – W. Myers (Keeper)
    Util – T. Frazier (9: 108)
    Util – M. Ozuna (11: 129)
    Bench – J. Baez (9: 105)
    Bench – Y. Grandal (FA pickup)
    NA – B. Buxton (Keeper)

    SP – D. Price (Keeper)
    SP – J. Teheran (Keeper)
    RP – S. Cishek (14: 165)
    RP – B. Cecil (19: 225)
    P – J. DeGrom (10: 117)
    P – D. Smyly (16: 189)
    P – J. Paxton (18: 213)
    Bench – T. Clippard (20: 237)
    Bench – J. McGee (21: 249)
    Bench – J. Peavy (22: 261)
    Bench – J. Hahn (FA pickup)

    I really like my lineup, but am wondering about my pitching. Eovaldi, Pomeranz, S. Greene, Petit, Heaney, House, C. Anderson are available on the wire, as well as Qualls for saves. Any thoughts on areas of improvement?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JSF: Eovaldi over Grandal

  27. Phil of the Future says:
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    Good Morning! I am in a good mood today. Had our main league draft last night.

    16 Team, auction redraft H2H 6×6 OBP league. Start 12 hitters, 8 pitchers. And before you ask, yes of course I bought Chris Carter. They bid me up for him though and I had to spend more than I wanted. The things we do for love.

    This year I decided to change my usual approach of waiting back on my heels and letting other teams spend first. Got aggressive early nominating who I wanted and I’m really happy with the results so don’t you ruin this for me with your criticisms:).

    But really, dat pitching tho! Makes me want to do inappropriate things, Grey! Not to mention the sexiness of that outfield! Okay I’m done being an ass, I’m just excited with the way the auction went. Oh, and I punt saves so I don’t draft relievers. I stockpile arms and use RP eligible starters to fill the two relief pitcher slots.

    Hitting

    C: Zunino
    1B: C. Carter
    2B: Schoop
    3B: Donaldson
    SS: Dannys Antana
    CI: Pedro Alvarez
    MI: Owings/Asdrubal?

    LF: Dickerson
    CF: Yelich
    RF: Arcia
    OF: Joc Pederson
    UTIL: Leonys Martin

    Pitching:

    Kluber
    Arrieta
    Carrasco
    Hughes
    Shoemaker
    Keuchel
    Smyly
    Pomeranz

    Bench

    Vogt
    Owings/Asdrubal
    Bucholz
    Cingrani
    Kendall Graveman

    The only question is, what the hell do I do for the next 12 days?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Try and trade some pitching for a few hitting upgrades.

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: Meh, I suppose I could try and upgrade middle infield but I planned on going bargain hunting there. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in deep leagues, you can never have enough starting pitchers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Go on a cruise with Nick Capozzi as the cruise director? Your infield looks like it could give you headaches by mid-April

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, it’s not like I’m not at least a little concerned. But I made the choice to direct more resources to pitching and then pay for Donaldson, Carter, and Dannys Antana and take some shots to fill out the rest of the infield.
        If those three pan out I’ll obviously be less worried. But dat pitching tho. Let me hear you say it, Grey. Come on. It’ll feel good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it could work out, just saying that there’s some concerns there

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: Well, thanks for ruining my day.

            I think my first move is dropping Owings for Devon Travis. Concerned about Owing’s playing time and Travis has a nice looking couple seasons in the minors. That should solve all my problems, right?

            • Grey

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              Yeah, that’ll fix it!

  28. J-FOH says:
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    I did write ups on Micah and Devon last night for my late round middle infidel post. Get out of my head Albright….kidding, great minds do something something, I don’t know I fotgot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Haha… I like the idea of forgetting how to spell fotgot

      • @Grey: Agreed. I hope that was on purpose cuz that’s great and if it was a missed steak…that reminds me, I have to hire a new steak counter…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Every butcher needs a good steak counter

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You!

              • Scott says:
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                @Grey: Get offa my cloud!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: I wish my league had a middle infidel spot. Especially in my AL, NL, and ISIS only leagues.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: auto correct is funnier than meh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Unless meh is me misspelled

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: when I type me my phone says meh

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Siri’s such a cynic

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I have an android I think it’s called Iris

        • nick the dick says:
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          @J-FOH: i’m convinced people only keep autocorrect on for the inadvertent comedy aspect when they can easily turn it off and type everything correctly everytime

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @nick the dick: other than inertia (or ignorance of knowing it can be turned off) you’re probably right.

  29. Shifty says:
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    Your thoughts are Rendon are exactly what’s been making me hesitant about keeping him this year. My draft is on Saturday and I need to make a final keeper decision between him at $9 and Arenado at $18. I wanted Rendon as a fixture of my 3-player keeper league for the next 3 seasons but I’m still leaning towards Arenado for health purposes at the moment.

    What would you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shifty: I’d keep him for $9

  30. the swinging says:
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    Rendon was cleared, but I was told he was evaluated by the Mets team doctors…

  31. Wilsonian says:
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    What do you think about Bryant – do my Cubbies really send him down for two weeks?

    We have an N/A slot and I’m seriously thinking about drafting him with one of my first two picks (if Arenado and Frazier are gone). I have a serious man crush on him and he’d look pretty with H to tha Rizzo at 1st.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: and when I say first two picks, I mean my first two picks after our 5 keepers (who are Jones, Rizzo, Miggy, Springer, and Scherzer).

      • EA says:
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        @Wilsonian: Really glad you cleared that up. haha

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @EA: yeah, definitely not taking him 1st or 2nd round. More like 6th or 7th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: I think they send him down for a month

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: even if I could put him in the N/A slot and rotate a bench bat until he comes up, no dice?

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Wake Up: which is why I like it. I can put some schmo on my bench, or stream an arm or 12 until he comes up. Then I’m living in Kris Bryant bliss for the next (at least) 2.5 years. This is a keeper league, dammit!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian: I don’t mind drafting him, I just don’t think we see him until May

          • @Grey: April 18Th at 11:11am the rains just stopped, as a double rainbow appears…also a goat…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              LL Cool J?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Who do?

                    • Wilsonian says:
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                      @Wake Up: that you do?

  32. boognish says:
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    Having trouble picking a 3rd keeper, 5×5 roto, 5 OF/ 1 CI / 1 MI

    Keeping Betts (25th rd.), Soler (25th)

    Pick between Calhoun (25th), Mesoraco (25th), Sale (4th), Bumgarner (4th), Strasburg (3rd)

    Calhoun sorta blah, and I never draft catcher before last round, so I hate to get tied up with one, Sale only other I’m thinking, but 4th seems like his 2015 ADP.

    Thanks!

  33. Shizzler says:
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    I’ve already been offered a trade in my 14 tm H2H league. Traditional cats with BB’s and OPS for hitters
    Give- Segura D’Arnaud
    to
    Get – Alvarez M.Montero
    Im a little light on power and have plenty of speed. Already have Hanley at SS. I don’t like the catcher swap for me tho. Should I do it?

    • Shizzler says:
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      Alvarez would basically be a utility option with Laroche. Have Goldy and Arenado at the corners

  34. nation says:
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    Wondering why DUDA is going so low when you can platoon him for 400abs and get 25hrs w/ counting stats and a .275 avg. Isn’t replacement level wire fodder giving you 200ABs to end up with minimum of 30hr, 100runs/rbis and a 270 avg? Isn’t that a top 30 player? WHERES THE DUDA LOVE!

    • Cram It says:
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      @nation: .275 avg? That’s generous.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @nation: Wet Tail Bitch!!

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: my daughter’s hamster died of wet tail. It’s no laughing matter!

        HA!

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Wilsonian: didn’t Jef name him that from similar situation involving somebody in his household?

  35. Skeezix says:
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    How good is Hector Olivera, and where do you look at picking him? Looks like he’ll sign tomorrow (LAD or SD), and I’m trying to figure out where to rank him.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Skeezix: Neither team has an obvious opening for him. Makes it tough to predict when you can’t guarantee consistent PT.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: SD seems a better fit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Skeezix: He hasn’t played in years and doesn’t seem like he can handle major league pitching

  36. SallyCips says:
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    My want of Rendon makes me want to make a play for him. What would you trade for him?

    Here’s my team:
    CSantana, Frazier, Dozier, DSantana, Donaldson, Stanton, Hamilton, Gardner, Revere, Souza, Machado, Segura, McCann, Polanco, Garcia, Price, Shark, Pineda, Fiers, Shoemaker, Ross. Britton, McGee, Qualls, Soria

    I mean I like my team, but always on the look out to improve and maybe get a discount. I’m in no ways not above making a bold move.

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: Hmmm. Thanks, Gry. I’ll give it a look.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  37. FrankGrimes says:
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    is this the longest spring training ever?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @FrankGrimes: sure as hell seems like it. I’m done with this Spring Training crap. Give me some damn real games.

  38. Fastpitch says:
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    Grey, I inherited a 11 team dynasty, roto team. We play two guys at each position and 10 pitchers. My 2nd baseman are Kipnis and Murphy. I have Owings in reserves where he has 2nd base eligibility. Murphy may start the season on the DL. I can trade Kipnis for J. Zimmerman maybe. On the FA wire is J. Ramirez, M. Semien and L. Valbuena. Schoop is on the WW along with Prado. I have 2 questions.
    1. Should I make the Kipnis for J. Zimmerman offer. He would replace Hendricks (Cubs)?
    2. Should I waive Murphy for Ramirez,Seimien or Valbuena?
    If I trade Kipnis I would have to claim one of the above. This dynasty stuff has me looking at player ages. Different mindset than redraft leagues. Any thoughts on the above players let me have it. Thank you in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fastpitch: I’d take Zimmermann 2. Hold for now

  39. EA says:
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    I can keep Rendon in my league. Lose a 20th rd pick. Should I still do that or should I keep:

    Cutch (1st round)
    Adam Jones (3rd)
    Rizzo (7th)

    I just really don’t want to waste a pick on him if it’s one of those nagging injuries like he’s had in the past. But it’s a 20th round so it wouldn’t really hurt me anyway. thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EA: Keep Rendon

  40. Michael Robinson says:
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    Help! Looking for the draft complement column/link that details what type of player to draft with a power-hitting OF… or a first baseman.

    Searched everywhere.

  41. Bryan says:
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    Grey,Im in a 11 team roto and i have 3rd 39th pick and 4th rd 55 pick. I want Arenendo bad . Is 39 to early or should i wait till 55 and hope he is still there or just see how draft plays out?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Bryan: if he’s there at 39 and that’s who you want, take him.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Bryan: his ADP being what it is 39 is likely MUCH safer to take him at. This is almost identical situation to Pujol’s last year.

  42. Will says:
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    Had my 14 team Roto draft over the weekend…6×6 (5×5 + OPS and L), 3 keeper league (2 bats, 1 SP). I’m a little worried about my MI, especially with HanRam and relying on one of Gyorko/Bogaerts/Baez to bounce back.

    C Wilson Ramos
    1B Jose Abreu (K)
    2B Jedd Gyorko
    3B Xander Bogaerts
    SS Hanley Ramirez
    OF Jason Heyward
    OF Mookie Betts
    OF Ryan Zimmerman
    UTIL Eric Hosmer
    UTIL Starling Marte (K)
    SP Clayton Kershaw (K)
    SP Hisashi Iwakuma
    SP Francisco Liriano
    SP Matt Shoemaker
    SP Trevor Bauer
    RP Andrew Miller
    RP Tyler Clippard
    BE Javier Baez
    BE Kevin Gausman
    BE Andrew Heaney
    BE Miguel Sano
    BE Khris Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: Looks like a decent team, bit light on OPS… Your pitching looks better than your hitting…

  43. Blint says:
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    Hi Grey

    are you doing a ‘Top 25/50 players you definitely want to draft’ and player you are going to avoid post ?
    Thanks!

      • Blint says:
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        @Grey:

        You’re such a tease grey I imagined you saying ‘maybe’ with a feather between your mouth and a spanish accent

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do have a feather between my teeth

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Thats called a ball tickler

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

  44. jim says:
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    who will be closer when the season starts Betances or Miller?

  45. L-Boogie says:
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    Last round of a 12 team 5×5 keeper league draft.

    Eovaldi, Bauer, Shane Greene

    1. Who has the most upside?
    2. Who is the “safest?”

    Leaning towards Greene. Hearing great stuff about his…well…great stuff.

    Thanks.

  46. Mike says:
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    In a league with weird categories: Runs, RBI, SB, HR, AVG but also Hits, Walks, and OPS.
    I usually go with Razzball Player rater 6X6 with OPS, but first round pick is too important to leave to robot-lists.

    I’ve got Encarnacion in the second. The guys available to me in the first will probably be a mix of Bautista, Gomez, Jones, or Puig. Could you rank?

    Also in a league with these weird settings, any overall words of wisdom as far as kind of bats to target? THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Bautista, Gomez, Puig

  47. Natty Boh says:
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    Talk on Baltimore radio isJonathan Schoop most likely wi start the year in the minors, bc if he spends one month down there the O’s have his rights for another year with E Cab being the 2nd baseman. FYI

  48. TheTinDoor says:
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    Say Rosario gets 200-250 PAs as backup catcher. How much PT does he get elsewhere in the field – spelling Morneau, for instance? Could he get another 200? That would put him with basically the same number of ABs he’s had for the past couple of years.

    How he performs in those ABs is the big question, but as a PT risk, I wonder if this news actually changes much

    • AdamH says:
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      @TheTinDoor: Question is, is he even the backup catcher. Looks to be maybe the 3rd catcher right now…

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @AdamH: dude apparently can’t catch, which is kinda the most important spot for defense, so the “advanced” “dork” metrics say.

  49. Matty-oooo says:
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    I’m thinking of offering Rendon for Altuve and Marte…. If I did the deal, Marte would replace Eaton for me in the OF. What are your thoughts?

  50. KillerB says:
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    Yo grey, who do you like in these two trades (bear in mind Lucroy receiving team has Gattis and would end up playing him in OF):

    1. Lucroy for J.D. Martinez
    2. Lucroy for Arcia and Ramos

    Please and thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KillerB: I wouldn’t trade for Lucroy

  51. The Tucker says:
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    Great post Grey!

    Thanks for helping me win my league last year.
    Just drafted Rendon last night so here’s to hoping he’s fine.

    What do ya think?

    10 team H2H standard 5×5

    C – Martin
    1b – C. Davis
    2b – Rendon
    3b – Arenado
    ss – Antana
    of – Stanton
    of – Harper
    of – Dickerson
    util – Wong
    util – Soler
    bn – Baez

    Starters
    T Ross
    Arrietta
    Carrasco
    Wood
    Archer
    Fiers
    T Walker
    Gausman
    Salazar
    Eovaldi

    Relievers
    Drew Storen
    Brett Cecil

    I know the staff is pretty unproven but still think it can get the job done.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Tucker: Nah, your staff is fine, looks wsolid… I like the hitting a lot too, nice team!

      • The Tucker says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  52. ElBoss says:
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    Good morning fantasy master, I was hoping to be able to pick my keepers myself, but I’m stuck.
    Yahoo!! H2h, 14 team- 32 moves for entire season
    4 outfielders, MI, CI, Utility
    Batting – R, Hr, RBI, SB, Avg., k’s, OPS
    Pitching – wins, losses, saves, Hrs., k’s, era, whip.
    Ok here’s the players keep 6:
    Nolan Arenado
    Starling Marte
    Kolten Wong
    Avisail Garcia
    Xander Bogaerts
    Mookie Betts
    Oswaldo Arcia
    Yordona Ventura
    Zach Britton
    Drew Smyly
    Michael Pineda

    Let me know what you think?? I am leaning toward those first six on the list. This league is serious business, I need to win this year like I’m the motha f’n cubs baby!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ElBoss: Nolan Arenado
      Starling Marte
      Kolten Wong
      Avisail Garcia
      Xander Bogaerts
      Mookie Betts

  53. From Franklin Forsythe:
    Diligence is thy mother of good luck, unlike thy mother whom I bedded last night for a single saved penny…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Haha… The early bird that can stick its head in a tequila bottle catches the worm.

      • @Grey: Lost time is never found again…but, since it’s a flat circle…you’re breadcrumbs won’t slide off…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Your team looks a little light on speed.

  54. nick the dick says:
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    Yo ’twas a sweet podcast G. Nice to see you out there grindin for guest spots. Sen Dog! Dont think ive been slacking, ive sent emails to Rugged, Sadat and im going after Phife next. Not sure how effective i’ve been but we shall see. We’ll get em. We’ll get em all!! Oh, and crullers! HA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nick the dick: Actually, I’m talking to Phife about doing a spot

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Get em Grey!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @nick the dick: I went after rugged already.

  55. Tyler says:
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    Great write up Grey! I was in a situation with my second overall pick while drafting that I could have had Rendon, and had to back away slowly. Could you please have a look at my drafted roster? Drafted last night in an 11 team 5×5/2 C/C1/M1/5OF/9P/5Bench

    C. Zunino
    C. Norris
    1. Bautista
    2. Kinsler
    SS. D. Santana
    3B. Arenado
    MI. Semien
    CI. C Davis
    Of. A Jones
    Of. CarGo
    Of. Heyward
    Of. Y. Tomas
    Of. J Harrison
    Util. B Belt

    SP. M Harvey
    SP. A Wood
    SP. Carrasco
    SP.T Ross
    SP. C McHugh
    SP. Wacha
    SP. Shoemacker
    SP. T Walker
    SP. H Alvarez
    RP. Perkins
    RP. Benoit
    RP. B Cecil
    RP. Mejia
    RP. J Soria

    Thanks for any suggestions/fixes!

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Tyler: if anything, a bit light on speed. But very nice team

      • Tyler says:
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        @nick the dick: NtD! Thanks and I am considering if I need to dump someone, I could go for EYoungJr who is still in the waiver pool. THanks for the response.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tyler: Solid team, doesn’t look that light on speed to me, but it does look risky/injury prone…

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: oh you say every team with Cargo is injury prone which is just…well, yeah it’s true.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

      • Tyler says:
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        @Grey: Ya, JoeyBats/Kinsler/CarGo could be a problem injury wise, but liked the value of Cargo (*prays, knocks on wood, makes sacrifice to the fantasy gods) if he can stay healthy…Thanks for the response!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  56. dscottncc says:
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    On Rosario: They have been playing him a bit at 1base correct? Do you think this helps him retain 400-500 at bats? Morneau aint no spring chicken.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For him to get 400-500 ABs, Morneau would need to be traded or miss 5 months of the season to injury

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @dscottncc:

      I think Rosario is a really interesting play depending on format. He’s got the double dip platoon splits from heaven/hell. Destroys left handed pitching at home. He’s got the fragile Morneau in front of him at 1st and the possibility of seeing regular platoon ABs vs LHP at 1st. They also start 3 left handed OFs though they have Stubbs on the right side (who hasn’t been a model of health in his career). If you can wait until roster moves you’ll know whether he’s going to catch at all because their back up, McKenry is out of options. If he makes the club then you know they really don’t view Rosario as a catcher any more and the chance of him getting moved goes up a lot. He’s hit 300 homers in 357 career ABs vs LHP and if he platoons he’s not going to need many ABs to give you 15 home runs and a big BA+ over the majority of catchers out there and if he finds one of those paths to regular PAs, you’re going to have a good C on your hands. Just depends on the depth of your league and where he falls in the draft.

  57. Hans says:
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    In a 10 team full year points league, at number three, would take Kershaw or go with a hitter like Goldy/Cutch? Does your stance on pitchers change? Maloneys last points post was all about taking Kershaw over Trout and seemed to be a very good analysis. Given the points league, it seems like Kershaw destroys all other pitchers..hmmm decisions decisions…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see drafting Kershaw

  58. marti says:
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    the war room is not working fyi, it says application error try later

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s working… You need to use Firefox, go to Prefences, go to Privacy, go to clear individual cookies, search for Razzdraft, delete it, try again

    • @marti: Did you try eating cookies?

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Wake Up:

        They’re terrific with Spam.

  59. William says:
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    Roster comments on my just completed draft (10 team 5×5 league with 30 roster spots per team, 21 active 13 hitters, 8 pitchers; all with daily transactions)?

    Active Roster:
    C Y Grandahl
    1b E Hosmer
    2b B Zobrist
    SS H Ramirez
    3b R Zimmerman
    IF C Headley
    IF H Kendrick
    OF G Stanton
    OF Y Puig
    OF M Kemp
    OF S Marte
    OF J Soler
    OF N Cruz

    SP M Bumgarner
    SP J Zimmerman
    SP J Teheran
    SP W Peralta
    R B Cecil
    R H Street
    R D Storen
    R S Casilla

    Bench pitchers:
    IN M Latos
    IN M Cain
    IN B Anderson
    IN M Garza
    IN J Taillon

    Bench hitters:
    IN H Pence
    IN D Fowler
    IN L Cain
    IN R Odor

    It’s a daily transaction league so that’s why there are so many bench spots.

    Views?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks nice, hitting looks low on AVG, power and speed

      • William says:
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        Thanks. Guess you’re taking the under on Cruz hitting 40 again, lol.

        Jedd Gyorko went undrafted. Is this the year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope so!

  60. Bob says:
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    10 Team Roto H2H Categories. Standard 5×5 with K’s for hitters and QS for pitchers added. Also must start a player eligible at DH. Trying to decide on which 5 to keep. Rendon’s injury is making it extra Hard call.

    The Nominees are
    1b,DH-Edwin Encarnacion
    2b,3b-Anthony Rendon
    OF-Carlos Gomez
    OF-Adam Jones
    Of-Jose Bautista
    SS-Hanley Ramirez
    3b-Nolan Arenado
    Sp-Bumgardner
    SP-Scherzer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin, Rendon, Gomez, Jones, Bautista

  61. El Famous Burrito says:
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    I have been led to believe it’s pronounced “moots-uh-rell” by TV’s Giada.

    I don’t want to sound like an idiot in real life, but who can doubt someone who combines Barry Bonds’ hat size and Billy Butler’s….enthusiasm?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @El Famous Burrito: it is much better to sound like an idiot in fake life (i’m not saying you’re doing that)

  62. jaw says:
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    would you keep felix for $33 in a 12 team h2h 5×5 auction with ci/mi? i figure inflation should be ~20% with all the guys kept

    keeping trout 18, puig 15, hanley 27, soler 10, aroldis 11

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  63. royce! says:
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    One guy in my new 7×7 league wasn’t able to make it to the auction so he ended up with a highly Stars and Scrubs team (e.g., he has Trout, Miggy and Kershaw, but his 2d OF is Ethier). Feeling generous, I traded him A Gonz (paid $23) and Ozuna ($9) for Miggy. I’m like Mother Teresa over here!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Such a giver!

  64. Commish Cauda says:
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    Last pick (26th round) in a 12-team, H2H-5X5 league…pick me the best one to start the season

    Dexter Fowler
    Billy Butler
    Brad Miller
    Brett Lawrie
    Michael Saunders
    Michael Taylor
    Desmond Jennings

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Saunders

  65. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I’m given to believe it’s now mandatory for everybody who has ever watched a baseball game to render an opinion on Kris Bryant. I don’t know. Just what I heard on some cable channel.

    It would be great if Theo let the kid make the club out of spring training. Part of the Cubs legacy of failure is a legacy of doing everything on the cheap-o. The Wrigley Family were notoriously tight and that’s mostly been continued. So many players have said and so much has been written about changing the culture in Chicago, it seems like a prime, unique opportunity to make a statement. And really what’s the downside? Hard to really figure all the hullabaloo about player control. When guys are really good these days they sign long term deals well before they get to FA (see: Mike Trout). If the Cubs wanted to lock up Bryant on a slightly club friendly deal down the road, don’t you think they’d want to create the good will that comes with rewarding his performance in the minors and the spring? Oh that’s right, Boras is his agent so there’s a snowballs chance in hell he signs a club friendly deal. And therein may be the rub and the irony. Boras is complaining about the service time rules and yet the certainty of him employing his ruthless negotiating down the line virtually assures that the Cubs will in fact send him down in order to retain the extra year of control.

    Have you seen the thing going around the internet (I actually heard about it on the radio, but it’s supposedly out on the interwebs somewhere) that pulls Bryant’s closest minor league comp as Ian Stewart? Finally, if Bryant does in fact make the club after Theo expressed concerns about his defense in what everyone assumes is a preemptive strike against critics who will attack a trip back to AAA, then it is a virtual certainty that Bryant will make critical errors in the field that cost them games and the Cubs will eventually miss the playoffs, because they are the Cubs and that’s how the universe works.

    • Sky

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      I say don’t hate the player, hate the game. Of course the player being Theo, not Kris Bryant. MLB has set up stupid rules and puts teams in stupid situations. Arguments for or against Bryant staying up gives them a pass on their lack of change in this area and I still prefer to put the onus on them.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Brandon Wood at 19…#Dead

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s a mess of names

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Though to be fair a lot of that top 50 is still in the league which says a lot.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, but even top ten guys aren’t guaranteed to be great for fantasy

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Oh no, definitely not. Was just saying for as all over the place that list was, impressive how many are still in the league in various roles. Like Delmon Young being Baltimore’s Designated Anti-Semite

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Between him and Lastings, there was a big anti-Semite crop of players this year

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Oddly, both players had John Rocker posters hanging on their walls as kids

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Odd because Rocker was only a few years older than them, so it was Rocker in Little League posters

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I didn’t create this world, I just live in it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No, you created it

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….I think the Bryant hype is damping down the talk about Soler who is going to be an animal this year. The guy to own. Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I agree… I compared Bryant to Yasmany for this year on the podcast…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            In terms of hype, every Cub is over-hyped this year. Soler is going high in drafts as well.

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @Sky:

              He’s high but it’s warranted. I don’t think he’s inflated past ownability. I think he went for 15 in mixed Tout. Around there. Less than Bryant.

              • Sky

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                Was simply stating the hype is real and it’s there. Soler can still be drafted for sure but he’s not going cheaply either. How much did Avisail go for in that mixed tout?

                • GhostTownSteve says:
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                  @Sky:

                  He went for 8. Not sure that’s the best comp. Polanco went for 15. Cespedes went for 15. Much, much prefer Soler…though my co-owner Magoo will come yell at me for saying so as we own Cespedes in the NFBC online.

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @GhostTownSteve: You rang?

                    I prefer Soler over Cespedes in keeper/dynasty formats, but I think they’ll perform similarly this season. Don’t see the need to take a chance on a player who’s somewhat unproven over a proven commodity with a solid MLB track record.

                    This is assuming that you’re debating between them at the same draft position or for the same auction value. I’d take Soler for $8 over Cespedes for $15 without question.

                  • Sky

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                    Not about comp but about whether you’re overspending for hype and if Cespedes is going for 15, I’d say you are; same could be said for Polanco. FWIW, steamer projects Garcia to hit 17 HRs and steal 8 bags in just 123 games with a similar average. Basically less power, more speed than Jorge. In terms of comp or what you want to get from the draft table, I think that points to the hype being in on Soler.

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @Sky:

                      I’m not overspending on hype if my projections for Soler are better than my projections for Cespedes. You can argue that my projections are wrong but not that I’m buying hype.

                      Steamer projections for Cespedes and Soler are almost identical when adjusted for PAs. I’m slightly more bullish on Soler than Steamer. My qualitative data gather on Soler is off the chart good. He’s going to hit 4th. Cespedes very likely hits 5th or 6th.

                      My read on Soler is 30 homer season and he’s a top 25 pick next year.

                    • Sky

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                      Sure but the origins of this conversation was/is: ‘Bryant is getting overhyped, leaving Soler overlooked’. I wouldn’t say that’s the case. As you said, we can project to our hearts content but going by what the conversation started as, Soler is in fact not being overlooked or in Bryant’s shadow on draft day and is on plenty of radars

                      I can’t won’t/argue Soler’s ceiling is great and I love him as well. I’d personally rather have Avisail (I know, not the original conversation). He’s got ‘oops did I do that?’ power. Lots of line drives, plenty of opposite field power. He’s a guy that can hit 22-25 without trying and easily hit .280+ all while chipping in 10-12 steals. I think Steamer has him wrong on multiple levels this year but we’ll see.

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @Sky:

                      I guess if Cespedes is fair value at 15 and Soler has a similar comp then he’s fair value at 15. And as a guy with incredible upside, if you’re getting him at fair value to his projection then the hype hasn’t caught up with him.

                    • Sky

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                      I’d say if you’re projecting him to outhit a guy who’s been a fantasy top 100 player staple for the last three years despite having 97 PAs to his name in the majors (that’s only 97 more than Bryant, to loop this back), then I do think the hype is in. Cespedes is being drafted as a mid-OF2 so we’re saying he’s that range with better ability in Soler. I’m definitely not saying that Bryant isn’t getting hyped but let’s realize you just hyped Soler despite saying he’s not. For only having 97 PAs and to be a consensus 84th overall off the board…to say he’s not getting hyped seems to be pretty dichotomous in thinking.

                      Again, this isn’t about liking or disliking the guy. It’s just putting in perspective that Soler is getting hyped plenty, Bryant or no.

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @Sky:

                      I’m using Steamer projections for the starting point for the comp. Steamer ain’t got no hype. You could argue that Steamer doesn’t know how to forecast rookies (hello Souza Pederson).

                      I know this is kind of an exercise in semantics, but I still think it’s interesting. Too me, hype is when a players value is pushed beyond reasonable expectations. When he’s being bid to his ceiling. I don’t see that being the case with Soler. I think his draft slot and pricing reflect a reasonable projection for a player with his skill set. And he’s got a higher upside possibility range in my opinion. Granted there is some quantitative data in my assessment, but it’s scouting based, not roto-meta based.

                      Let’s not throw out those 97 MLB ABs either.

                    • Sky

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                      Alright, clarifying statement here: how much did Bryant go for in the league you got Soler at 15 for and Avisail went for 8. I think that would clear up this conversation pretty quickly.

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @Sky:

                      It was the Tout mixed league and Bryant went for 16

                    • Sky

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                      Interesting. Razzball auction values for 12 team has Bryant down for 19.4, Soler 17.7 and Avisail 14.8 so I guess it depends on which projections you value the most in terms of viewing who’s going at a value. Seems like Soler/Bryant could be undercutting their potential value just a tad while Avisail is the one being overlooked. Just don’t think 97 PAs really separates Soler from being closer to Bryant than some would think in terms of value/expectations.

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @GhostTownSteve: Oops, I read it as Soler going for $8 rather than Avisail. Yeah, I’d still prefer Cespedes over Soler there at the same price.

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @Big Magoo:

                      It’s a fair argument in favor of Cespedes. It’s definitely a floor ceiling argument to an extent. I think we’ve seen enough to know who Cespedes is. I think there’s a chance Soler ends up being a special talent. Like I said, there’s an awful lot of agreement among close observers that this is the guy. I see potential for Soler to beat Cespedes in the 4 non-SB cats.

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @GhostTownSteve: We’ve talked about Soler quite a bit. You know how much I like him. Just drafted him in the FCL recently. When comparing him to Cespedes though, I think that his ceiling is only slightly higher this season while his floor is certainly lower. Homers and average should be just about a wash, but Cespedes is likely to pile up the counting stats in that Detroit lineup. Soler has Rizzo, an untested Bryant in late April, and Castro surrounding him. Cespedes has Miggy, V-Mart, and Martinez. Pretty big difference there.

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @Big Magoo:

                      Good chance Cespedes ends up hitting behind all those guys and has Castellanos behind him. If last year is Cespedes floor, that’s really not all that high. 22/.267 I think off the top of my head.

                      Cespedes has a bad attitude. However, the myth of the walk year is not invoked. He’s definitely a guy who wants to get paid.

                      I hope you’re right about Cespedes AND I’m right about Soler because there’s a very good chance I walk out of Vegas with a share o’ Soler.

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            When a guy strikes out as much as Bryant does it means there are things in his game that can be exploited. Breaking stuff, location, whatever. Sooner or later MLB will figure you out. Then the question will be, how fast do the adjustments come?

            • Sky

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              Have to factor in he’s 6′ 5″ when talking K% with him. He’s not Javier Baez. Guy literally has a long swing because he’s long. Not the same issue as most guys with high K% in the minors.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, he could come up and hit 20 bombs in 3 months, then go into a 5-HR 2nd half funk like Abreu last year

            • @GhostTownSteve: I usually try to avoid the hypetrain …but I’m all aboard for Bryant and Soler! Woot woot

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Wake Up:

                Gives me confidence that you like him. We’ve got that spidersense thing going on now.

          • @Grey: Have to disagree with you here friend…Tomas seems to be unfolding similarly to how I expecting and wrote in Jan.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t Dayan Viciedo him!

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Jonathan Mayo’s “Baseball Perspectives” sounds like America’s daytime prospect show for women

        I see you there Lastings Milledge

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Mike:

          Great take, Mike

        • @Mike: HaHa…must be the added angels…

    • royce! says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: He went for $30 in my 12 team auction! So did Altuve. So that’s like a 1st or 2nd round pick in a snake. Just amazing. $30 for a guy who 1. hasn’t played in the majors yet, and 2. had a 28% k rate in AAA last year. (BTW, Springer, whose K rate was 33% in the majors in 2014, had a K rate of 24% in AAA.)

      RE: the real baseball implications of keeping him in the minors- I think it’s astounding that the Marlins are one of the few teams that don’t seem to care about service time. I also think it’s ridiculous that people are spending so much time over what will amount to 9 games. Bryant is projected to put up around 3 WAR this season. Over 9 games, that’s about .17 WAR. I don’t think that’s enough to get angry about.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @royce!:

        That’s a lot to pay for him.

  66. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey:

    Thoughts on Carlos Martinez at this point? Do you think he starts or do they give the nod to Jamie Garcia until he gets hurt?

    Also, any chance your Latos ranking drops between now and this weekend? He seems awfully high and also generally awful with reports of no velocity recovery.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoping it’s C-Mart…. Yeah, Latos looks like a mess, I might drop him….

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Grey: Looks Like Garcia is at 5 as of right now:

        Jaime Garcia – SP – Cardinals

        Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said on 920 AM in St. Louis that the schedule currently points to Jaime Garcia beginning the season as the fifth starter.
        Nothing is official yet, but Garcia is healthy and has posted a 3.86 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings across three starts this spring. The Cardinals had him throw an 80-pitch simulated game on Tuesday to keep him in line for the second series of the season or perhaps soon after. He’s competing with Marco Gonzales and Carlos Martinez for the fifth spot in the rotation.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Garcia’s garbage, but I guess we’ll see

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Just so you know, I’m hoping like hell he misses the rotation and starts racking up the Holds out of the SP slot for my relievers-only H2H team…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Could happen

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @SwaggerJackers:

      I think Martinez is actually the 7th guy in the rotation battle right now behind Jaime and Marco Gonzalez. I don’t think he makes the team as an SP and I think depending on performance at AAA he’s not even the first guy called back.

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: That’s certainly a possibility. One more bad outing and he’s off my team.

        Thoughts on TJ House(party) getting a spot in Cleveland?

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @SwaggerJackers:

          He’s in the rotation. I like him. He’s a SABR darling. Should earn more than he’ll cost.

  67. Jack says:
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    Slightly concerned I went too much into pitching. Should I move someone for a bat?

    C Wilson Ramos
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    2B Jose Altuve
    3B Pablo Sandoval
    SS Danny Santana
    2B/SS Kolten Wong
    1B/3B Nick Castellanos
    OF Jorge Soler
    OF Gregory Polanco
    OF Wil Myers
    OF Yasmany Tomas
    OF Oswaldo Arcia
    UTIL Lorenzo Cain
    BENCH Kenny Vargas

    SP Max Scherzer
    SP Jordan Zimmerman
    SP Carlos Carrasco
    SP Phil Hughes
    SP James Paxton
    SP Andrew Heaney
    SP Jesse Hahn

    RP Aroldis Chapman
    RP Fernando Rodney
    RP Mark Melancon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  68. Smell The Glove says:
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    I have to submit my keepers tonight. I’m in a 12 team H2H 7X7 league (extra categories are Assists, OPS, Losses and Holds). We can keep a player for 5 years and after that they can be kept only with designating them as our franchise player (you have to designate one hitter and one pitcher as your franchise players who only cost a pick at the very end of the draft). We keep 5 players total.

    I am keeping Stanton as my franchise hitter and Strasburg as my franchise pitcher. I can only keep Adam Jones for one more season (since I wouldn’t franchise him over Stanton next year) and would have to do so giving up my 1st round pick this year. Because of that, I just completed a trade for Starling Marte, where I gave up my 4th round pick but he has a keeper value of round 22 and I can keep him for another 3 years. I am planning on keeping Arenado (also a 22nd round value) and was planning on keeping Dee Gordon (23rd round value).

    Once I completed the Marte trade, I was planning on not keeping Adam Jones since he costs my #1 and this is the last year I can have him. But my question is, should I be rethinking keeping Jones with a 1st round pick over Dee Gordon with my 23rd? I’m reluctant to give up both my 1st and 4th picks but Jones will be one of the 1st players off the board and I draft from the 10th spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Jones

  69. Hal Incandenza says:
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    I know you like catcher questions. In 12 team H2H, I’m one of the last to draft one (although a couple of teams have multiple options for some reason, whatevs). So between ranks and posts, am I correct in going with one of this ordering: Wieters, Zunino, R. Martin?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Hal Incandenza:

      Great handle. DFW fan (not the airport)? Guy who won the NFBC auction champ last year uses The Pale King for his team names.

      Read a nice thing on Zunino driving the ball the other way. I could see him improving his zone control this year and bumping the walks a bit, getting the k rate back down in the 27% range, hitting 20 and being up around .250. If he’s significantly cheaper than Wieters, looks like the better play.

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: Yeah, he’s one of my favorites. Broke into him with Brief Interviews before tackling Infinite.

        Thanks for your input. Wieters is still there and I have two more picks. I need to take another RF with the other pick as I only have Tomas there. Could grab Wieters, DL him, and hope to snag Zunino after the move.

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @Hal Incandenza: interviews great. haven’t read infinite yet, have read the essay books, and first novel broom of the system. all great.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at my rankings

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: I did/am looking there, I swear!. Guess I need to take Wieters. . . .

        • Hal Incandenza says:
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          @Hal Incandenza: My OF is pretty brutal: Joc Pederson in LF, A. Jones in CF (keeper), and Tomas in RF. But there are always options on the wire as the rosters are kinda small at 22 (12-teamer). At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup (they’re really tomato tomahto)

  70. Clint says:
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    Where have you moved Tomas into for the OF ranklings he’s also in, Bwana?

  71. Nico says:
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    As I mentioned to JB yesterday, I am campaigning hard for a Bel Biv DeVoe appearance on the Pod! I think Poison might be the first song my Coug and I dance to at our wedding… seriously!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Now you know, yo slick, blow! You know that song’s about Rob Moore, the Jets receiver?

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: haha honestly had no idea. I had to look that up. “Rob Moore ya dead!” I was 2 when that joint came out! I became a huge fan after seeing the Fresh Prince rerun when Carlton sets up BBD to shoot a music video (remember those?) in the living room. My favorite scene from my favorite show, which led me to my favorite 90’s (barely) hip-hop song haha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice! Yeah, Rob Moore ya dead! Rob stole one of BBD’s girls and they wrote a diss song about him and her… Diss songs are not nearly as prevalent as they once were

          • Nico says:
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            @Grey: Preach, Grey! Preach! I think Fat Joe, Jadakiss, and 50 cent tried their talents at diss songs toward each other around 2005, but it just wasn’t the same as it once was.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s ten years ago, homey! We need more diss songs now!

              • Nico says:
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                You take my Arenado, I diss you long time!

                “He’s makin those baseballs fly,
                That’s why he’s ranked so gat daym high,
                Can’t get him out on those bags,
                Home Run, RBI, Stolen Base, (draft him you’re dead)
                Grey’s causing paranoiaaa
                Never trust a mustached man
                Paranoiaaaa”
                -To the tune of BBD – Poison

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Adrian Beltre ya dead!

                  • Nico says:
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                    haha

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: The old “Rob Moore your dead” line

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why would you steal my childhood of that? That’s hilarious that he doesn’t even know who Rob Moore is… Ha!

          • Nico says:
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            @Grey: Or so he says… It’s all part of his plan. BBD is much smarter than that!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, Johnny Gill was the only straight shooter, and he left them early on

          • Hal Incandenza says:
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            @Grey: The topic forced me to view the music video. Not to be the Anti-Mix-a-Lot, but those ham hocks (or crullers?) at 1:16 are the stuff that nightmares are made of. So let’s you and I call us even, and I’ll just hope the sleep can still come.

            (I, do, however, apologize for the catcher question. I just found that you had covered what I wanted on the last podcast. Thanks!)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… No problem

  72. John says:
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    Im reading Sanchez and Norris may get 180ish innings somewhat like Hutch got last year. Either way I seem to gravitate towards Norris once he officially in rotation.

    I have to wait for DL to be announced but should i be grabbing one these guys. End of arms right now is Mcgee who I am now hearing may not be official closer?? and Cmart who looks like they will be sending to BP. Make move now or wait?

    Out of this bunch how would you rank if Norris is in?
    Norris Bauer Sanchez House Pomeranz Hahn

  73. Slick says:
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    Grey,
    Need one more starter. Deep 20 team league. Who do I roll with: Chase Anderson or Jeremy Hellickson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hellickson

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Slick:

      Fangraph guys love Chase Anderson. Showed up on multiple “bold prediction” posts in a positive light.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: bought that guy in february bidding when he didn’t have job yet in 30 man league. also grabbed him in 20 teamer (that i streamed him in last year a lot). both dynasties, here’s hoping. I probably should’ve given him longer contract in 30 teamer, but anybody being paid over 1 million (100 mil budgets) you have to eat half the money across entire deal so anybody without secure jobs are dangerous to give terms to.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: eat half the money if you cut i meant.

    • Slick says:
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      @Slick:
      Thanks to both.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats on the free laptop!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks.
        You guys rock!
        Can sell it
        so I can afford the new subscriptions?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… It’s yours to do what you want with…

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @FrankGrimes: you’d get quite a few years worth (assuming cost stays safe) if you do. it’s a great idea and what i would’ve done with it, having an I7 already.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Nice..you won huh? Congrats Grimey

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        kidding of course
        I actually really need it!
        @JeF With 1 F:
        thanks F

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, glad you got it then!

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @FrankGrimes:

      Grimey!

      This little stroke of luck is antithetical to your screen name.

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @FrankGrimes: CONGRATS on the new computer!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I know, ha!

  74. GrandOlePal says:
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    Longtime reader first time commenter. Keeper league I have Trout and Goldschmidt. Who would you keep for my last keeper?

    Corey Dickerson – $5

    Corey Kluber – $5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson, though it matters a bit how deep is the league

      • GrandOlePal says:
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        @Grey: 10 team league. Dickerson huh? I was leaning Kluber but now you got me second guessing…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You don’t need Kluber in a 10 team league

  75. Rick Astley says:
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    Is Mesoraco or Danny Santana worth $6 in a 5 x 5, $260, 12 teamer? Thanks to Grey or anyone else for input.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both are

  76. jaw says:
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    trade felix $33 for gerrit cole $15? 12 team 5×5 h2h keeper. prices increase 20% per year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold

  77. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Have my draft tonight in 12-team H2H (with OBP). It’s a four-keeper league, so basically 1st round is 5th round. I kept Evan Longoria, Adam Jones, Tyson Ross and Chris Archer.

    Can you rank these guys for the “1st” round? Rendon, Encarnacion, Puig, Beltre, HanRam, Arenado

    Thanks!

  78. Mr. Glass says:
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    Would you use a waiver on dropping Segura for Danny Santana, Han ram is my SS right now but i plan on putting him in the outfield when eligible and move harper to my utility spot

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Mr. Glass: I’d keep Segura

      • Mr. Glass says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: yeah i was leaning toward that idea cause of the steals and i think he’ll improve from last year after the personal stuff he had to deal with

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  79. the tone ranger says:
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    Hey Grey,
    a few questions for you Sir.

    SP – Jon Gray or Daniel Norris? You have Norris projected for 90 IP in your rankings…is that still accurate if he starts year in rotation?

    2b – Micah or Devon

    CL – Is parnell still going to close this year or na (most likely mejia keeps job?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Norris… Devon…Parnell is supposed to…

      • the tone ranger says:
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        @Grey: thank you good Sir.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  80. Calvin says:
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    Grey – long time reader, first time poster. Just did a Yahoo 12 team roto draft with OBP, NSB, Holds and Quality Starts. First time doing roto, as I usually do H2H points. Anything I should try to address before the season starts? I’m thinking of adding S. Gennett because Gyorko makes me nervous. Not sure who to drop, if I do.

    C – B. Posey
    1B – J. Abreu
    2B – J. Gyorko
    3B – J. Donaldson
    SS – D. Santana
    LF – S. Marte
    CF – C. Yelich
    RF – K. Calhoun
    Util – L. Martin
    Util – O. Arcia
    Bench – K. Davis

    SP – S. Gray
    SP – G. Cole
    SP – J. deGrom
    SP – C. Archer
    SP – J. Quintana
    RP – D. Storen
    RP – H. Rondon
    RP – K. Giles
    P – J. Smith
    P – D. Farquhar
    P – P. Strop
    Bench – K. Gausman

    Many thanks for the excellent lunch time reading.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Gyorko for now… I think your hitting looks solid, maybe a tad light on power, which is another reason to hold Gyorko… Your pitching looks sold, tad light on sheer number of SPs

      • Calvin says:
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        @Grey:

        Many thanks, Grey. I’ll hold Gyorko and hope for 25+ bombs from him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  81. Durkin says:
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    With Betts playing time more clear now, $13 Billy Hamilton or $13 Betts for last spot in a 10 team mixed keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamilton

  82. stynyr says:
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    Grey,

    I want to add Syndergaard as my N/A guy. Since I have to drop someone in order to add an N/A player which pitcher should I drop and risk losing? I listed them all again since you said yesterday my pitching was iffy or interesting or…whatever it was it wasn’t great.

    sp-Kershaw, Alex Wood, Fiers, Smyly, Latos, Salazar, Miller, Hammell, Peralta
    rp-Storen, Britton, Hawkins

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hammel

  83. royce! says:
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    Now that the Dodgers have signed Olivera, should we take bets on how long Y! and ESPN will take to add them to their respective player universes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      5 days

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I’ll go with the over. I assume you’ll be writing about this tomorrow, so I’ll wait til then to find out your opinion of him.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Aren’t these transactions based directly of the MLB database? I’d assume once the transaction is ‘real’ and in the books, the player will be in the player pool. Wasn’t that what took Yoan Moncada so long?

          • royce! says:
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            @Sky: Perhaps I’m just still bitter about how long it can take them to place someone on the DL

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Yeah, it frustrates me too but I do think they literally roll it straight off the MLB transactions listings and that includes DL. Could be wrong but it’s my guess

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Sky: if this is so why do some prospects that were drafted years ago (in some instances) not get added to yahoo for much longer? Taking a look at Mike’s top 30 for prospects list, many, many of those simply aren’t in yahoo.

                • Sky

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                  @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: they were drafted…that has zero to do with them being anywhere near a 40 man roster. Yahoo used to be very selective about the players that were minor leaguers added. They’ve changed a bit on that front. But more to the point, we were talking about DL and players added who were recently signed to an MLB level contract. Olivera wouldn’t be signing a minor league contract for those millions.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t see him being a significant add until he’s in the majors, with everyday playing time

  84. royce! says:
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    Alex Guerrero must be livid. And the Dodgers probably got caught bidding up Olivera just to mess with the Padres. Or the other way around.

  85. Chicken Dinner says:
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    What’s up, gentlemen? Grey, are you still as fond as Saunders now that they have Viciedo? Smells like a whole buncha DNPs. How far does he drop in your rankings in a weekly league?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve ranked him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He doesn’t drop, he’s a flyer in the last rounds

  86. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    10 team keeper auction $300 payroll,we keep six players
    keeping
    bryant $5
    springer $10
    betts $5
    dickerson $5
    who else do you like from this group
    ortiz $19
    arrietta $5
    degrom $5
    carrasco $5
    scherzer $36
    fiers $5
    baez $20
    kinsler $20
    pollock $5
    longoria $40
    meseraco $5
    each year the cost to keep increases $5,this league counts k,s and obp for hitters,thanks for everything boss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta, Carrasco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      AL!

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Grey: thanks i was leaning him or ortiz but i have a badb feeling about ortiz this year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I almost said Ortiz, he’s just so old

  87. Swfcdan says:
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    Buying Alex Guerrero as the Dodgers 3B? In a 16 teamer would you take a chance on him dropping Morton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Just because of the breaking news right? Dang what bad timing…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  88. Heyward is a Freeman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great work as always! Quick keeper questions for you. 12 team Yahoo league 6×6 with 5 keeper spots. Can keep a player for 2 times equalling 3 consecutive year Currently I’m keeping the following:

    HanRam – 5th Rd (last keep)
    Jose Abreu – 6th Rd (first keep)
    Alex Wood – 14th Rd (first keep)
    Jorge Soler – Last Rd (First keep)

    I am having a hard time choosing my last keeper from the following group:

    Sonny Gray – 10th Rd (Never kept)
    Xander Bogaerts – 11th Rd (Never kept)
    Wil Myers – 15th Rd (Kept once already)
    Rusney Castillo – Last Rd (Never kept)

    What say ye? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  89. Q says:
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    Time for the old rate my team post.

    12 tm H2H 6×6

    Hitting Cats OBP, SLG, R, HR, RBI, SB-CS

    Pitching: QS, K, OBA against (which I had never heard of, just like WHIP but counts HBP), ERA, K/BB, SV +HOLDS. We have 8 pitcher slots instead of 9, and 4 bench. 5 moves a week so you can somewhat stream.

    C- Wieters (I have a DL slot, CAGNOF)
    1b C Davis
    2b WONG!
    3b Arenado
    ss Bogaerts
    CI Hosmer
    MI Andrus
    OF A Jones, J Upton, Cargo, Soler, Souza
    Util L Cain

    J Zimmermann
    Arrieta
    P Hughes
    Carrasco
    Fiers
    Paxton
    Gausman
    Storen
    KRod
    Cecil
    J Peralta
    J McGee (DL or drop if need spot).

    Feel like I’m light on steals and maybe Ks. Anything else glaring? Thanks as always.

    • Q says:
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      @Q:

      BTW I was pick 10 and lots of keepers in first two rounds. After Jones, was faced with Hanley or Arenado per your rankings. Took Arenado b/c corner spots seemed scarcer based on keepers.

      My keepers were Wong in the 10th and Hosmer in the 15th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look weak on SLG, heaving on speed…. I like your pitching a lot, hitting’s okay

      • Q says:
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        @Grey:

        So maybe lose Cain for a thumper? Not really anyone good left. It’s odd, I was using the War Room and it had SB as my lowest %. That’s why I took Cain.

        Ah well. I’ll try to use HT for thumpers or trade an SP. Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, I’d hold for now, season hasn’t even started, no rush

  90. Jeffrey Loria's Butler says:
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    5X5 12 team league and these are my bats

    catcher Mccann
    1B C Davis
    2B wong
    3b arenado
    ss castro
    OF Stanton Harper Cespedes Yelich W. Myers
    UTIL Laroche

    been offered Soler for Yelich and I gotta say I am tempted by Soler’s upside but am saddened by the loss of Yelichs bags… take soler and go SAGNOF or stand pat with yelich? thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  91. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, who do you like as a short term fill-in for Rendon at 2b?

    Lawrie
    Gennett (highest on your ranks of 2b)
    Micah Johnson (killing it this spring)
    Asdrubel (might hit 3rd)

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Micah

  92. stynyr says:
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    10-team, 5×5, h2h

    sp-Kershaw, Alex Wood, Fiers, Smyly, Latos, Miller, Hammel, Peralta
    rp-Storen, Britton, Hawkins

    Who do you like more to add to this list: Hutchison or Salazar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar

  93. Swfcdan says:
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    If Micah J gets the starting job which he should are you gonna make a sleeper post about him? I feel he could be Dee Gordon with a better OBP and more pop, tonnes of value there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Shame. You like him though?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, good if he’s playing

  94. dem ribbies says:
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    Sup Grey, love the new sub option. just signed up – worth every penny!

    Auction draft is set for later this week. Format is weekly h2h – 5×5 standard cats xcpt OPS instead of AVG and QS instead of W. So power and quality arms are at a premium.

    My keepers have me way out in front of the field in HR, R, RBI and OPS. I’m going to double down on this strength and chase Cutch and/or Jones and just try to be middle of the road in SBs.

    With that in mind, the Q I have is, assuming 80% of the time I carry 4/5 batting categories, do you think it’s viable to punt Saves and run dual-eligible starters out of the RP spots (Wood, Carrasco, +1). then I’d be running 5 SP, +3 more from RP, + 3 or 4 from my 5 avail bench spots. Just trying to load up on QS/K opportunities and maybe get lucky in the ratios.

    curious what your exp is with this kind of approach?

    thx for all the advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t punt anything, I just wouldn’t invest a lot in closers

  95. jeff says:
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    u advised me to keep
    gomez
    stanton
    rizzo
    mccutchen in a 8 team nl draft

    didnt know we are actually able to keep 5 who from this list do u keep

    rosenthal 1
    adams 1
    arrieta 1
    j harrison 1

    i kept the 4 studs do i keep the closer for a buck or grab harrison at 2nd for buck….

    thnx oh great one!!!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @jeff: Arrieta for a buck. He’s a solid #2.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta

  96. tone DEAF! says:
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    I had a yahoo “roster alert” saying hundreds of people are dropping Avisail. Did I miss something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It doesn’t take hundreds of people to hold up Avisail….

      • tone DEAF! says:
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        @Grey: HAHA!

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @tone DEAF!:

      Must be because Sky pimped him.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @tone DEAF!: don’t ever worry about those things. just check the news if you are worried. nothing wrong with sail

  97. True and Correct says:
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    Dodgers guarantee $28 mil. for Olivera PENDING a physical. Even worth a gazillion $$$, you bet it will be 1 very thorough/comprehensive physical.
    ASSUMING Olivera passes the physical, do the Dodgers really want to sit him on the bench or send him to the minors when he’s already approaching 30. Unless Olivera has pictures of Colletti, don’t think the Dodgers would throw away $28 mil.+ just to prevent the Padres from getting him.
    Uribe had 9 h.r.’s with his outlier b. avg., and Olivera’s definitely playing 2nd base while Kendrick’s healthy.
    I believe if Olivera passes the physical then he’s the primary 3d baseman. Uribe making $7.5 mil but is over 6 yrs. older. ,,,, OR Dodgers just playing w/ monopoly money, since Guerrero got $28 mil. for 32 at bats.
    If Olivera can still rake, he’ll play this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  98. Long Bawls says:
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    Bell gets his walking papers, Lincecum gets his rolling papers, and Gattis gets a nice week-old newspaper to keep the rats and rain off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  99. The Great Knoche says:
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    Kris Bryant Homers again. Hard to keep me down on the farm once they’ve seen Karl Hungus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  100. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey, I’ve got a quick keeper question. 12 teams, h2h, keep up to 5.

    My keepers now: Cano, Rizzo, Encarnacion, Upton, Cespedes

    Trade offer: I give Cano + David Price – I get Tulo + 11th round pick (125 overall) That pick is right in the pitcher wheelhouse usually… Is Tulo an upgrade in H2H or not so much due to injuries?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, take Tulo, he can win you weeks

  101. Hungarian Hippo says:
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    So excited for baseball and Razzball to be back in my day2day!

    With that comes a keeper question: Currently keeping Dickerson for a 12th and Harvey for a 19th.

    Last one is currently Lester for a 14th.

    Other possible options: Calhoun (11th), Gray (11th), deGrom (11th) or Smyly (21st)

    Who would you go with given the recent Lester developments?

    Thanks!

  102. FrankGrimes says:
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    Kris Bryant
    Kris Bryant
    Kris Bryant

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @FrankGrimes:

      Leave it to the Cubs to give a guy who projects to hit 132 HRs this year a ticket to AAA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should make that a shortcut on your new ‘puter!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: @Grey:
        Ha!
        He needs a razz nickname don’t ya think?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He does… I was thinking of Shmoopy.

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            Hehe
            I thought you saved that only for me

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And Giancarlo

  103. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Heya razzballers. Let’s pump the breaks on Micah a little shall we? Guy ISO’d .095 in 65 AAA games last year. He’s never had an MLB AB. He had a 5.3% bb rate at AAA. He doesn’t look like he can hit left handers. And he only swiped 12 302 minor league PAs. Yeah he has that 65 SB season on his card…in low A ball.

    I think Micah physically looks like he could hit sooner than Dee but it took him 3 seasons split between MLB and AAA before he got adjusted.

    Micah is going to see some platoon work and struggle to hit and get on base. You’re lucky to get .260 and 15 bags from him. Could be a lot worse.

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      @GhostTownSteve:

      He also had two pulled hammies in 2014. Which is bad (hammy bad speed only guy) and good (explains the low SB total).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s what I said in this post

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yes we are in agreement, Albright.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Let’s hug it out! Speaking of hugging, I wondering if JFoH is currently dreaming of hugging Cockcroft…

    • Tigres says:
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      Yeah – well said.

      Plus… someone else with a higher waiver claim than me already got him. Boo! I mean, thank goodness!

    • royce! says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: I’m not super high on Micah Johnson, but I think you’re overstating your case. He’s only really been around for two full seasons. In one of those he recorded 84 SB (not 65). In the other, 2014, he was very good in AA (led the Southern League in AVG and H before being promoted), but not as solid in AAA. However, he suffered a hamstring strain 10 days after being promoted to AAA and played through the injury. So I can see getting excited about the guy if he is hitting well in ST, given his background. By excited I mean “willing to draft in the last rounds of a 12 team league.” So, yeah, not that exciting, but still…

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @royce!:

        It’s a fair argument. I saw him play in spring just once and he looked a little over matched against some decent lefties. Small sample size bias on my part.

        • royce! says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: I might have just talked myself into picking him up…would really screw up my strategy of only playing old guys, though.

  104. Steven says:
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    Grey, I’m taking over a team in a Keeper(1hitter/1pitcher) Points league and need advice on who to keep. My options for hitters would be J.Bautista/J.Abreu/P.Goldschmidt and Pitchers Verlander/Chapman/Rosenthal/Ryu/Dickey/Lohse/. one hitter/ one pitcher. Thanks so much

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy, Chapman

  105. Jake from State Farm says:
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    Do you think Raisel Iglesias will be Werth anything this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he could be… Good stuff, bit wild though

      • Jake from State Farm says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: Keep forever draft. I feel he’s Werth the risk but the one start I saw his control reminded me of Rick Ankiel. Or Rick Vaughn… I guess they are about the same.

        • Jake from State Farm says:
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          @Jake from State Farm: I need a closer so I’ll take Cecil this round and hope he falls to me next round. Unless grey, you think he can come close to that upside then I’ll take him here.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Definitely take Cecil

            • Jake from State Farm says:
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              @Grey: He was just taken one pick before me. Bastardo!!!! My other options are basically terrible starting pitchers, Ryan Howard, A Rod and the lower first round of this years draft class. 14 team league. Unlimited keepers. I guess Iglesias my option here. I need a drink.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Meh, if you must Rasiel…

  106. braveulysses says:
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    Quick Question… I’m looking to use the war room for an nl only draft. Is that the right tool to use if I just delete the al players from the input form or is there another tool im missing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s the only tool, yeah

  107. JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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    just puffed …its all good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… You’re out of control!

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Grey: my missing F stands for Freedom

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @JeF WiTH 1 F: or fornication?

  108. Da Bears says:
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    Hello Grey!
    Looked ever so slow down your injury update list with 1 eye open and WOOT WOOT no one on my roster!! Thanks
    So I won my 20 YES 20 Team League last year and drafted with your rankings and this sites feedback! THANKS!! So Drafted last night and could not believe I got nearly every guy I had wanted (with your guidance)! Take a look please and any feedback would be appreciated. Not a lot left on the WW in a 20 Manager League but…
    Thanks in advance Grey!!

    C d’Amaud
    1B Todd Frazier
    2B Kolten Wong
    SS Santana
    3B Nolan Arenado
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Wil Myers
    OF Avisail Garcia
    UTIL Chase Headley
    Bench CJ Cron
    Bench Jose Ramirez
    SP Jake Arietta
    SP Tyson Ross
    RP Brett Cecil
    RP Danny Farquar
    RP Jordan Walden
    SP Shoemaker
    SP Trevor Bauer
    SP Danny Salazar
    RP Jimmy Nelson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look very solid for that deep of a league… I like the hitting a lot… Pitching looks good too, but little light on saves, which isn’t bad at all

      • Da Bears says:
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        @Grey: Yup I like it too!! Was surprised and pumped to see those names fall to me! I always punt saves but Cecil somehow fell to me at 210 so had to snag! Hoping Farquar and Walden can push out Rodney and Rosenthal…Thanks again Grey!!

        • Da Bears says:
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          @Da Bears: Ok so I see Jeremy Hellickson was dropped…would you pick him up and drop Farquar or Walden? Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • Da Bears says:
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            @Grey: So I see Jeremy Hellickson was dropped in my League…would you pick him up and drop Farquar or Walden? You have him ranked just below Bauer you ‘don’t hate him….or maybe you do…or maybe not…LOL! Thanks!

  109. Fungazi says:
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    Screw Kipnis, I’m done with waiting on this guy to be the top 2B he’s shown flashes of. Changed him out for another keeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Fungazi: Preach on brotha

  110. GhostTownSteve says:
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    The well to which you keep on going.

    I’ve owned Tulo a lot over the years. I’m going to own him again.
    I’m going back in on Eovaldi.
    I got burned about David Wright last year. Really liking him right now.
    Owned Gausman last year, will own him again this year.
    Like Josh Reddick again.
    etc

    Albright, anybody you’re doubling down on this year?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:
      for me I thinking it gonna be Bruce
      he cant be as bad as he was last year
      and he so cheap now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve already gone back to Gyorko after he royally screwed me last year and I’ve drafted and like Eovaldi too…

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: @Grey:

        what about this Olivera feller?
        should I be trying to add him?

  111. FrankGrimes says:
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    thanks for forwarding that sketch
    I’m jealous
    it’s so dope!
    Big thanks to who ever passed that along.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Which sketch?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Guy said he ran in Groening
        and asked him to sketch grimey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s like your birthday today!

  112. Earl Sweatshirt says:
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    Grey, a few trades below — which side do you like?
    + Rendon for Marte and Betts
    + Doolittle for Rosenthal

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon, Rosenthal… The Rendon trade could go either way

      • Earl Sweatshirt says:
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        @Grey: what about if it’s Machado and marte/betts for rendon? More in favor of rendon? And who do you prefer to hold in keeper — Marte or betts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Marte over Betts… It’s still in favor of Rendon

  113. LightBlack says:
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    Well just completed my second draft of the year. This one if for a Tigers fansite that does an annual 10 team 6×5 OPS(H2H). This looks like a textbook “Grey” draft if there ever was one lol. I’m beyond surprised I’m cleaned up on hitters so well, as usually this league is a tough draft. Everyone went Sp early though when they should had been hiding their Wife, Kids and husband because I was raping everyone up there.

    Would like one more SP, but other than that this team looks like prob the best I’ll draft this year. My main 15 year running big money league is Sunday…would love to replicate this draft for that one.

    Round 1, Pick 4 (4th Overall)
    Giancarlo Stanton Mia – OF
    Round 2, Pick 7 (17th Overall)
    Josh Donaldson Tor – 3B
    Round 3, Pick 4 (24th Overall)
    Corey Dickerson Col – OF
    Round 4, Pick 7 (37th Overall)
    Nolan Arenado Col – 3B
    Round 5, Pick 4 (44th Overall)
    Carlos Santana Cle – C,1B,3B
    Round 6, Pick 7 (57th Overall)
    Chris Davis Bal – 1B,3B
    Round 7, Pick 4 (64th Overall)
    Jason Heyward StL – OF
    Round 8, Pick 7 (77th Overall)
    Jorge Soler ChC – OF
    Round 9, Pick 4 (84th Overall)
    Jake Arrieta ChC – SP
    Round 10, Pick 7 (97th Overall)
    Jacob deGrom NYM – SP
    Round 11, Pick 4 (104th Overall)
    Kolten Wong StL – 2B
    Round 12, Pick 7 (117th Overall)
    Garrett Richards LAA – SP
    Round 13, Pick 4 (124th Overall)
    Collin McHugh Hou – SP
    Round 14, Pick 7 (137th Overall)
    Zach Britton Bal – RP
    Round 15, Pick 4 (144th Overall)
    Danny Santana Min – SS,OF
    Round 16, Pick 7 (157th Overall)
    Héctor Rondón ChC – RP
    Round 17, Pick 4 (164th Overall)
    Khris Davis Mil – OF
    Round 18, Pick 7 (177th Overall)
    Brandon McCarthy LAD – SP
    Round 19, Pick 4 (184th Overall)
    Adam LaRoche CWS – 1B
    Round 20, Pick 7 (197th Overall)
    Brad Boxberger TB – RP
    Round 21, Pick 4 (204th Overall)
    Steve Pearce Bal – 1B,OF
    Round 22, Pick 7 (217th Overall)
    James Paxton Sea – SP
    Round 23, Pick 4 (224th Overall)
    Jean Segura Mil – SS
    Round 24, Pick 7 (237th Overall)
    Steven Souza TB – OF
    Round 25, Pick 4 (244th Overall)
    Drew Hutchison Tor – SP

    Gyorko Might be the most notable on the WW along with Gausman,A.Sanchez,Pompey,Pomeranez,Hahn,Saunders,Roark,S.Miller,J.Smith,T.Bauer,Headly,Prado. Got two DL spots, which one will be used for Richards. Who do you like the best of that bunch?

  114. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Earlier conversation had me thinking about Rosario. He has 30 HRs and a .328 career average in only 357 career ABs against left handed pitching. That is pretty much insane.

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

  116. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    likeliest weakest opp pool here should read.

  117. Jason Smith says:
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    Give Scott Kazmir, Get Steve Pearce?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  118. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Why couldn’t Kendrys Morales hit last year. He’s been a good bet for .270 and 20 homers when he’s played pretty much all the way through. Good command of the strike zone. Was it last year where he didn’t have a home? Was that the deal. Just never got comfortable? Are the Royals going to hit him 3rd? He’s a screaming deal if he could hit 3rd and go 20/80/80/.270.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, but 20/80/80/.270 sounds like the boringest line ever…

  119. Mike says:
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    Keeper Deadline tonight and two possible deadline trade deals to shake it up in a Yahoo 6*6 league:

    I need to decide between either:
    Abreu, Rizzo, Desmond, Freeman, & Marte
    Abreu, Rizzo, Desmond, Arenado, & Lester
    Abreu, Rizzo, McCutchen, Marte, Soler

    Player rater loves the last one the most, and it’s kinda the way I’m leaning, too. To hell with position scarcity!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know what these trades are… Who for who?

  120. letsgobravos says:
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    Greetings grey…first draft for your review. I tried to use the pitching tier tool but ended up not being able to use it bc so many guys fell to me. Salazar is my #6 and he was on the list for picks as my #3. Couldn’t believe Abreau fell to me at #10 overall. I was expecting to take Jones there and ended up still getting him at #14. I wanted Gordon at 2nd base but just missed him so I took Martin as a bench bat for speed. Anyways here’s what I ended up with…

    C- Martin (17-202)
    1B- Abreau (1-10)
    2b- Dozier (6-63)
    3b- Arenado (4-39)
    SS- Ramirez (9-106)
    OF- Jones (2-14)
    OF- J Upton (3-34)
    OF- Cespedes (5-58)
    Bn- L. Martin (13-154)
    Bn – Duda (15-178)

    SP- Ross (7-82)
    SP- Arrieta (8-82)
    SP- Carrasco (10-111)
    SP- Latos (12-135)
    SP- D. Salazar (20-235)
    SP- Hutchinson (22-255)

    RP- Cecil (16-183)
    RP- Hawkins (18-182)
    RP- Gregerson (19-226)
    RP- Mieja (21-250)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I could see that with your pitching… Looks like a pretty insane staff… Though I don’t know how many teams…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Crazily enough, it’s a 12 teamer…

        Is the war room online not working? I didn’t use it for the draft, but was going to go back and put my team in to see how it all adds up and I can’t get it to work. Couldn’t log in under my old username so I created a new one and still won’t work. Tried it on chrome and safari…using a macbook if it matters.

  121. Shivdaddy says:
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    Chances of Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon being ready for Opening Day appear “pretty slim” after a second MRI showed that his left knee is still structurally sound, but remains sore, according to Comcast SportsNet Washington. Manager Matt Williams confirmed that his status is in jeopardy, as he remains without a timetable for return.

    12 team h2h points weekly (HRISP gives 1.5 points making RBIs very valuable)

    With a ADP of 28 and falling how long can I wait to draft him if we do not get any positive news by next week? I would think he will be there for my 34/39 overall pick. Any chance he falls to 58? I know the red cross scares people on draft day! I am had planned on Hanley, Puig, or Adam Jones for pick 34. Thanks!

    • Grey

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      I’d take him in the third

  122. Alex says:
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    are you worried at all about Edwin’s back troubles this spring? he seems to be falling in drafts. any reason to consider not taking him in the first round?

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