Anthony Rendon went for a third opinion and heard the same thing — a sprained MCL.  Another day, another opinion.  It’s like he’s a girl and his knee is a new skirt.  “I was in home ec and Jimmy Andrews comes in and….” *snaps bubble gum*  “He’s wearing, like, one of those soft-wool t-shirts that has the funniest thing on it and…” *twirls hair* “He says, ‘Hello.’   I’m dying.  Ah-magod!  Ah-magod!  Ah-magod!  So, I asked him, ya know, what he thought of my knee, and he said it looked good.  Ah-magod!”  And that’s how you insult your four girl readers!  Seriously, people with a life-threatening ailment get fewer opinions from doctors.  The Nats finally have a timetable for his return:  three weeks.  When it takes three weeks to figure out it’s going to be three weeks, I don’t get the most confident feeling coming from this news, but if we’re to take it at face value, then he’ll return after only missing about 15 games.  I moved him the other day in my fantasy baseball rankings and top 400, and won’t move him again.  If he’s sitting there in the third round and you’re feeling lucky, then give him a shot.  Ah-magod!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Dan Uggla – With Rendon going to the DL, Yunel Escobar will likely man third base and Uggla and Danny Espinosa will share 2nd base.  Hey, Nats fans, your pitching is still good!

Ryan Rua – Won the starting left field job in Texas.  In Arlington, Texas, to be exact.  507 feet from where Nolan Ryan nuggies a bobblehead doll of Robin Ventura, to be more exact.  You ask Rua any good?  And I ask Rua any good at what?  Then we go back and forth until it devolves into a tickle fight and then we both stop, vowing to never speak of it again.  Rua had nice power and speed in Single-A (29 HRs, 13 SBs), but, of course, Single-A vs. the majors is like the majors vs. Rock N Jock Celebrity Softball.  Last year in Triple-A, he had 8 homers and a .313 average in 58 games and then 2 homers and a .295 average in 28 games in the majors.  So, there might be something here, but the problem is he might be exposed when he has to face lots of righties (he kills lefties, in the non-biblical way).  He feels like a streamer for Hitter-Tron-esque, short schedule days, but I’ll be watching him like a cyclops with a monocle and have added him to the top 100 outfielders.  Also, Sky wrote a Ryan Rua sleeper.

Didi Gregorius – Still has swelling in his wrist, i.e., The Gregorius D.I.D.’s wrist is Puffy.  In my AL-Only league, I saw someone grab Yankee shortstop prospect, Jose Pirela (10 HRs, 15 SBs in Triple-A last year).  Stephen Drew could move to short and Rob Refsnyder (8 HRs, 4 SBs in 77 games) could take over 2nd.  Hard to say right now because Didi’s return date is so obfuscated, if I’m using that word right, which is doubtful.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Sounding like he’ll be ready to go for Opening Day, barring any setbacks.  He said, “I’m ready to take on the Grapefruit League with this specialty spoon that has a serrated edge!”

Brendan Ryan – Has a Grade 2 strain, which doesn’t mean anything for fantasy, but the Yankees went out and traded for Gregorio Petit.  Wait, that doesn’t mean anything for fantasy either.  Hmm.  Well, carry on!

Adam Warren – Won the Yankees’ 5th starter job.  I drafted him in my NFBC league (that has already been decimated by injuries) and I wouldn’t be surprised if Warren becomes a hot name to add off waivers after a start or two.  For now, I’d hold off in most mixed leagues since he could get bumped from the rotation as soon as Crapuano returns.

Erasmo Ramirez – Traded to the Rays and should make the rotation.  Oh, no, I’m not gonna fall for the banana in the ol’ tailpipe again.  Well, maybe if he starts out good, I’ll use Erasmo as a streamer.  No, no, no, Grey, put your hands where I can see them and step away from your waiver wire.

Coco Crisp – Could start the year on the DL.  No kidding.  In other news, I’m handsome.

Roberto Osuna – Made the Blue Jays’ bullpen at 20 years old.  He will be the youngest Blue Jays pitcher when he debuts, unless he sits in the bullpen for two years.  I’ve read great things about him this spring and wouldn’t be surprised if he’s one of these middle relievers that comes out of nowhere to put up an insane year.  Some have even said he has the stuff to be an ace in the majors.  My interest is piqued.  Piqued, y’all!

Aroldis Chapman – Pulled from a game the other day due to his hamstring.  He insisted it was fine.  I imagine everything Aroldis says seems like he’s insisting.  I don’t picture him with a very laissez faire attitude.  Could be because he went from Cuba to the Reds.

Justin Verlander – Threw from 60 feet.  Oddly enough, all his pitches were landing six inches past the plate.

Corey Dickerson – Missed another game yesterday due to back tightness.  He says he’ll be all right for Opening Day.  Don’t give Walt Weiss any reason to start platooning you, man, c’mon!

Tim Lincecum – Nailed down the 5th starter job for the Giants with a 6.27 ERA.  Looks like he’s in game shape!

Luke Gregerson – Named the Astros closer.  A reasonable, rational decision made by a club regarding their closer situation.  I seriously can’t believe it.  In my top 400, I only ranked Gregerson (and only drafted him) praying a smart club like the Astros would triumph where so many other clubs had failed in the battle of stupid vs. smart.  Now if we could only rid Joe Nathan of his 9th inning duties.

Domonic Brown – Will start the year on the DL.  Screw Tehol once, shame on you!  Screw Tehol twice, get an STD test already!

Ken Giles – Pulled from a game with back pain, but says he should be fine for Opening Day.  Philly fans threw batteries at Papelbon to celebrate.

 
  1. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Ughhhh. I can’t sleep. Rudy telling me he was Luke warm about my posts is like the woman ur madly in love with telling you ur just friends and nothing more. Of course that’s never happened to me before but imagining is painful enough.

    At least you’re still writing these nightly player blurbs which have brought me happiness for many years now. Seriously there’s nothing better

    MFING domonic Brown . Why is he doing this to me?

    • Baggiejohn says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: I feel your pain, man … but that’s all I’m feeling, ‘kay ?

    • Kid A says:
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      @Tehol Beddict:

      The “product” you deliver no longer serves the greater good of the site.

      At an early stage, surface level and hollow contributions fleshed out content, but your inaccuracies and ego now only undermine the legitimacy of the site and are harmful to the brand – especially as it transitions into a more formalized system of offering cutting edge content in new and innovative formats. The additions of stalwarts like Mike, Magoo, Sky, JB, and Jack only serve to amplify your shortcomings as an analyst and contributor to razzball, and illustrate how you degrade the brand as a whole.

      Luke-warm is a kind way of saying it is time to go.

      • Bruce Leroy says:
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        @Kid A: damnnnnnnnnnn. Shots fired.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Kid A: I think we need another session…i’m sensing that there are some issues here we all need to sit down and talk through…..When is the last time you guys had a night out together without the kids?….I’m sorry iv’e been brainwashed by marriage counseling..please disregard .

      • Ferga says:
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        @Kid A: I have come to this site for years because it was fun and wild and I learned a bit too.

        If you want it to become a pay/stat driven boring site, I will go elsewhere. There are sites that do that already.

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @Kid A: For the love of Mike!!!! UGHHHHHHHHH

      • JakBillie says:
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        @Kid A: boo. You degrade the site with your disrespect in the comments section, which is possibly the most important “product” setting razzball apart from the rest.

      • DP says:
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        @Kid A: Sky is by far the worst blogger on this site.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          DP is by far the worst commenter on the site

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Sky: HA

          • DP says:
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            @Sky: That may be true, but people don’t come to Razzball to read my 4-5 annual comments. They come to read blogs and ask Grey to affirm that they drafted a decent fantasy baseball team. Chill out Sky, embrace the h8ers.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I gave a pretty clearly flippant response; you can like/dislike whatever and whoever you want, DP. You’re not a concern for me.

              • DP says:
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                @Sky: You’re so butt hurt it’s not even funny. But I think you quit fantasy football, so that’s good

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Last I checked, you’re the only one still talking about it. It’s called trolling, you should research it before you do it. Would possibly create the ire you were going for if you were better at it.

                  • DP says:
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                    @Sky: You don’t need to be so defensive. I’m not “trolling you”. A commenter called out the expertise of a blogger at RB. I felt compelled to chime in.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Whatever makes your trolling feel justified, DP, is fine by me. Just keep enjoying the site.

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @DP: Sky is the best on RB. No offense to everyone else. Except Mike. I still don’t like him after yesterday. So offense to you Mike.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @DP: excuse me, thats my title and I wear it very well

        • SwaggerJackers says:
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          @DP: Come on now, Sky is only bad at Fantasy Football, he’s decent at Baseball.

          Love ya Sky!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            You’re the Swaggiest, bud!

          • DP says:
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            @SwaggerJackers: That’s a very fair point. Soooo bad at fantasy football. Unfortunately that has soured me on his baseball work as well.

      • JashFath

        JashFath says:
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        @Kid A: I was sitting here waiting for the punchline to come in, and nothing…. To publicly rip on someone like that shows that you have no class whatsoever. I started reading Razzball about 6 years ago and loved the combination of humor and fantasy advice that was in line with my thinking. I felt pretty confident in my abilities as a fantasy player, but what kept me coming back was Grey’s writing talents and, mainly, his sense of humor (okay fine, it was his mustachio that kept me coming back).

        Sure, the site is serious and more “cutting edge” than it used to be when I started reading, which is fine and all, but there is still the element of a humorous writing that keeps me coming back every season.

        Honeslty, Kid A, I have never seen you write or do anything on this website before (and if I ever do, I will be sure NOT to read it). Maybe you do behind the scenes, don’t know, don’t care. But with just one statement, you managed to convince someone who doesn’t know you whatsoever (me), that you are a worthless human with serious ego issues.

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @JashFath: what’s that the kids are saying these days….. AND BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE. Hot fiyaaaaaah. …or was that 2011?

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @JashFath: SOOOO your saying theres a chance

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @JashFath: Jash, lets just be clear here. Kid bozac was going off on me, not Grey. hahahaha. i think people are confused

          • JashFath

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            @Tehol Beddict: No, I understood that. I was just referencing his statement that Razzball is heading in a more “cutting edge” direction. That is great and useful for readers, but I was reinforcing that the humor and unique writing styles (that you, Grey, and many others provide) is the reason I started reading Razzball, and will continue to.

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @JashFath: you’re the man now DOG. many blessings

        • The Harrow says:
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          @JashFath: it probably took most of us longer than that to figure this out, but if you’ve been here 6 years it’s hard to have not noticed it earlier.

      • Jason E. says:
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        @Kid A: I am sure the writers at Razzball won’t take your comments personally, but damn brotha. If you do not like the site, stop coming. I appreciate all that RB does…even if that means drafting Rendon at 12 overall ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Don’t sweat it, Rudy hasn’t been excited about anything since 2002 when Wilco added an extra 5 dates to their tour

      • dickerson's jock...strap says:
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        @Grey: handshake drugs anyone?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As long as it’s not Spiders

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: who would of thunk that Tehol and Kid A could get Rudy and Sky and even Tehol in here this early

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rudy searches for his name in the comments, you want him, just write his name

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: that and I think if I bring up Luis Valbuena again he’s going to send one of his robots after me

            RUDY RUDY RUDY!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The Hatebot

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: I checked out after YHF in 2002 also. Still waiting for something else to excite me!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I like that and older…Newer is when it got too experimental (after Philip Seymour Hoffman left the group/died)

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, I really think he added something to the group that they just are not the same without. Did you ever watch that documentary “I am trying to break your heart” you can tell how much of an x- factor he is. (pardon the cliche)

            Maybe Tweedy just couldn’t handle not being the top dog. I am sure we won’t ever hear the whole story.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that’s how I know Jay Bennett looked like PHS… Great movie, btw!

    • @Tehol Beddict: I was just kidding, Tehol. You said everyone loved or hated your posts – I like being the contrarian :)

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Tehol is kidding, too. The reason he couldn’t sleep was the 8-ball he did.

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Sky: toucheeeee. I’m In love with the cocoa.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Tehol Beddict: how much did you sleep last night. Three, maybe four minutes?

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: oh thank goodness I spent the past 6 hours trying to reach Dr. Kevorkian. Lucky for me he’s dead, eh???

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: hey thats my job

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: I think Rudy is losing it. Too many days and nights in front of his free laptop prepping for the season. I imagine he hasn’t shaved his head in weeks. Probably sticking up all spikey and matted because of all the soda and honey buns. Sugar induced insomnia is driving him mad.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Baezaworldseries: holy crap I forgot about the laptop. I am assuming I did not win. I demand a recount!

    • JVanSlyke says:
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      @Tehol Beddict:

      I enjoyed the post though it killed the remainder of my work day leading me to look up all of the Step By Step characters. I used to love Karen..

  2. Jackie says:
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    I have Rendon as a $1 keeper ($260 in a 5×5 Mixed League), but I am getting worried. My other keepers are Puig $1 and Brantley $1. Should I keep Rendon for $1 or instead keep Stanton for $38? Stanton will go for $50+ in my league.

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      @Jackie: Insane keepers there Jackie. Gotta keep Rendon at $1 along with Brantley and Puig. They should be awesome value for years to come.

      Gotta help the girl readers out!

      • Chuzwozza says:
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        @Swfcdan: Sorry to butt in but is that SWFC referencing a Sheffield football team?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Jackie: Id lose brantley for Stanton

    • Grey

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      @Jackie: Rendon for a $1 is great, just spend the $38 elsewhere

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: So is Stanton for 38…Thats a cheap date

  3. SICK McNASTY says:
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    First off, love the site and the pretty work you boys do! No better fantasy beisbol source on the interwebz! Anyways here goes….

    Yahoo, 12 team, Roto 5×5

    C- Zunino
    1b- C Davis
    2b- Altuve
    3b- Arenado
    SS- TuLo
    OF- Springer
    OF- Betts
    OF- Pollock
    UTIL- Joc Pederson
    UTIL- Cuddyer
    B- K Bryant
    B- S Pearce

    SP- Ross
    SP- Carrasco
    RP- K Rod
    RP- Cecil
    P- Richards
    P- Sanchez
    P- Soria
    P- Boxberger
    B- Pineda
    B- Wacha
    B- Walker

    How do you think I did? Anything I need to tweak or focus on? I really like Cuddyer & Pearce this year as I think they are great value compared to their adp…. Any thoughts would be appreciated brother! Thanks in Advance!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @SICK McNASTY: Like the line up…pitching may give you a few headaches though…after Ross and Carrasco a lot of question marks.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: after Ross is where the headaches start? How so? You don’t see any question marks on Ross?

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @J-FOH: Not as much as those other guys…Im ok with Ross…Dont love him but he doesnt scare me either

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @J-FOH: Hes put up really good numbers for the past season and a half…he pitches at PETCO…for those reasons im OK with him…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: thats not really reasons but the obvious

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @J-FOH: So if someone has obviously been good its not a reason?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SICK McNASTY: Thanks! Agree with F, but I like the pitching a little more, I don’t mind the risky upside flyers

    • bigbear says:
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      @SICK McNASTY: In a 12 teamer, I’d be looking for another CL. Probably end up dropping Soria when/if one was available.

  4. Rubik's Pube says:
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    Looks like Billy Burns is going to take over for Coco. With the clear path to full time play or close to it, Looks like it’s time to pick him up and see what he can do. SAGNOF!

      • KB says:
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        @Grey: Exactly. Oakland’s lineup is in constant flux, even when everyone is healthy. I’d be surprised if Burns gets more than 10 ABs before being sent down once Reddick returns.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, Burns is far from a guarantee… He’s a dreamy flyer if he actually plays though

          • KB says:
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            @Grey: Agreed. If Melvin came out and said Burns would get regular ABs I’d add him in a heartbeat. As is, someone like Jarrod Dyson is probably as valuable or more.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, or Young

              • Stephenj says:
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                @Grey: Grey! I’ve got to replace Coco before the first pitch of the season and my choices include such gruel as De Aza, an A OF (Burns, Gentry, Fuld), David Murphy and Pillar. Pillar is intriguing only because he’ll get regular ABs until Saunders comes back. This is an AL only league.

                Thoughts?

                • Grey

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                  De Aza

  5. The Flayed Man says:
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    Good morning all,

    Prior to Rudy’s SP to avoid article I had drafted Ross in just about every league as my #1. Then his article came out and I noticed in a few of your drafts you had chosen Cole over Ross. Am I alright with Ross or should I try moving him especially after his 12 K night is in managers head?

    Thanks.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @The Flayed Man: Depends what you can get for him…but otherwise your fine with Ross

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Flayed Man: I don’t mind Ross, but like F said it depends what you can get

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    Just felt compelled to say: That laissez faire reference in the Chapman blurb was priceless.

    • Halp

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      @Wombat: Yea, that cracked me up

    • P says:
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      @Wombat:
      The “laissez faire” comment went right over my head. But now that I’m thinking about it, Chapman’s “command and control” could be issues if the injury persists.

      • Emily Bonerface says:
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        @Grey: laughed aloud on the bus. way too aloud.

        • Grey

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          Hehe

  7. Halp

    Mike HC says:
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    RAB posted an update on Didi if curious:

    “Speaking of Gregorius, he went through a full round of workouts this afternoon. Ground balls, batting practice, the works. He said he could have played today but the Yankees didn’t want to push it. Gregorius will play shortstop in the other split squad game tomorrow. [Chad Jennings]”

    By the way, first time commenter, but absolutely love the site.

    • Grey

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      @Mike HC: Thanks! Yeah, Didi will prolly be fine

  8. ernie says:
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    Hey Grey, I drafted in 12 team, H2H, 6×6 (OPS). Would you please tell me what you think?

    C Buster Posey
    1B Joey Votto
    2B Brian Dozier
    3B Pablo Sandoval
    SS Ian Desmond
    LF Melky Cabrera
    CF Andrew McCutchen
    RF Matt Kemp
    Util Leonys Martín

    SP – Gerrit Cole, Michael Pineda, Yusmeiro Petit, Hisashi Iwakuma, Homer Bailey, Henderson Álvarez, A.J. Burnett, Danny Duffy, Chris Tillman, TJ House

    RP – David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Steve Cishek, Brad Boxberger

    Thanks for taking time to coment!

    • Halp

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      @ernie: Not Grey, but I can tell you that Betances looks like hot garbage. And at best might only split saves. Plus Boxberger will probably only split saves too. Would probably look to add saves if I were you.

      Otherwise, I really like your draft.

      • Ernie says:
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        @Mike HC: Thanks Mike

    • Grey

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      @ernie: Likely a tad low on power, which isn’t great in OPS, and your pitching looks like it’s for a much deeper league…Not a huge fan of some of those guys as you know from my rankings

      • Ernie says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @ernie: votto/melky/sandoval are poster dudes for being ranked MUCH higher by OPS rater than 5X5 rankings.

  9. Rabbit says:
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    I love to start my day with a good Roman numeral joke in your article title. Well played, Albright.

  10. Tigres says:
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    Coco Crisp gonna have elbow surgery, out 6-8 weeks. That per the interwebs.

      • Grey

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        @Grey: Now I want hot chocolate!

  11. G says:
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    So looking for some feedback on my 12 team keeper h2h 7×7 category league. It includes both avg and obp in offensive stats and saves and holds for pitching. Wondering what two bench bats I could lose to pick up shane green and another RP also or hold? For some reason got caught up drafting too many hitters.

    C wilson Ramos
    1b Abreu
    2b wong
    3b arenado
    SS danny Santana
    Of puig
    Of upton
    Of marte
    Util Chris Davis
    Util joc Pederson
    Bench Avisail Garcia
    Bench Saunders
    Bench Buxton
    Bench headley
    Bench jose Ramirez (SS)

    Pitchers
    Harvey
    Arrieta
    Carrasco
    Shoemaker
    Tanaka
    Paxton
    Cecil
    Nathan
    Clippard
    Neil Ramirez

    • BrownL says:
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      @G: Not Grey, but I would lose Headley and Saunders. Maybe J. Ramirez, too, depending on who’s on the wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: I like the hitting, you don’t need so many bench bats… Pitching looks excellent too, nice team!

  12. Comatose says:
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    Grey, I’m in a 12-team NL only auction league. So we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel. Will you rank these starters? Traditional stats.

    Dillon Gee
    Brett Anderson
    Chase Anderson
    Rubby de la Rosa
    Jimmy Nelson
    Dave Buchanan
    Jeremy Hellickson

    Thanks!

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      @Comatose: that ain’t bottom of barrel yet for NL only, try those COL dudes (bucannon qualifies at bottom, or close to), or worse dudes at PHI than bucannon. or koehler as the “ace” of that type.

  13. Carlos says:
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    Grey!

    C- Y. Gomes
    1b- J. Abreu
    2b- Zobrist
    3b- Arenado
    SS- A. Ramirez
    CI- Hosmer
    MI- E. Alscides
    OF- Dickerson, Brantley, J. Upton
    Util- Heyward, CarGo
    Bench- Calhoun, W. Myers

    Starters- Tanaka, Samardzija, Carrasco, Hamel, Latos, Hutchison, Liriano, E. Santana, S. Miller, D. Smyly, J. Peavy
    RPs- Hawkins, Perkins, Feliz

    The hunt for power in my H2h league continues. Gyorko is on waivers. I got burned by him so bad last year, that I don’t trust him over any of my current infielders. Should I drop any of my pitchers for him or just hold?

    Thanks.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Carlos: drop Peavy or Zobrist for him. You really don’t need Peavy and he’s not good, so I’d drop him first. Unless you don’t want 3 bench bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carlos: Lose Zobrist (you can lose Peavy too though)

      • Great White North says:
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        @Grey: Lose Peavy, keep Zobrist. I have Zobrist on every team, so you probably shouldn’t listen to me, but all I can say is Brad Pitt likes Zobrist. So does Jonah Hill.

        Zobrist is a warm and fuzzy feeling that you can wear on a brisk evening, like rainbow leggings, and have the confidence that whilst looking stupid, you have many bases covered, especuially on those days that your 2B,SS,OF need to wear some rainbow leggings of their own.

  14. Stan says:
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    Long term keeper league. It is a H2H league with OPS. We can keep everyone. 4 of my keepers have are injured badly (Fernandez, Cobb, Stroman, Wheeler). And I was offered AJ Pollock for Zack Wheeler.

    This is Stan

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Stan: Hold..or counter for more of a sure thing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stan: I’d take Pollock… This is Grey

  15. Toomuchshame says:
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    dexter fowler. jake arrieta. todd frazier FOR chris archer/ james shields/ alex gordon

    or

    polanco, arrieta, frazier FOR archer/shields/ alex gordon

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Toomuchshame: If you’re receiving the Frazier side go with the second one, it’s fantastic. If you’re giving up the Frazier side, don’t do it.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Toomuchshame: Polanco side EASILY wins that deal. If that’s for you, take that shizz and run.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Toomuchshame: Frazier side for both

  16. Ray says:
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    12 team mixed H2H, currently riding without a catcher. Was offered Yadier for Latos. Yes or no?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Ray: No…don’t trade for a catcher…just pick up whoever is hot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray: What F said

  17. Happyharry says:
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    Good work as always Grey!
    12 team,H2H,6X6…You rather have Span(when healthy) or Choo?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Happyharry: Stay on the Choo Choo train.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Happyharry: Ill take Span

      • Great White North says:
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        @Grey: Put both on the DL if you can and figure it out when they return. Span isn’t maned after nasty cereal at least, but parents should also think twice before naming a kid Denard, or Roughned, or Barto.

  18. Toofsrgone says:
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    Arrieta fowler Planck

    For

    Archer shoemaker pollock

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Toofsrgone: Archer

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I said Archer damn it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Arrieta

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Archer

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Archer

              • Fireball Feliz says:
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                @Grey: Ah, the classic looney tunes reverse argument trick, genius

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha!

                  • Toofsrgone says:
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                    @Grey: sorry that was polo nco not plank….. You’d want the archer side or arrieta side?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Arrieta

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Grey: I agree

  19. sport says:
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    I literally laughed out loud reading about Dominic Brown. Hard to do at 6 AM!!!

    Who do you like more for SAGNOF, Young in ATL or Burns in Oakland?

    Thank you for making day.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @sport: Id go Burns right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sport: Thanks! Young

  20. Toofsrgone says:
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    Scherzer / dexter fowler for James shields/Chris archer

  21. JVanSlyke says:
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    was hoping Erasmo wouldn’t be a tempting streamer this year but here we go again

    Who is a better bench spot/potential utility
    Right now I have Rusney for avg hell but sounds like he’s heading down. Should I drop him for:

    Asvail Garcia
    Or
    Steve Pearce

    Anxiously awaiting next Friday’s first Buy Sell!!! Thanks Grey

    • SallyCips says:
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      @JVanSlyke: Garcia.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @JVanSlyke: Id hold…but if your making the move its Avisail

  22. Lville Jim says:
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    Looks like the Rays are collecting post hype Mariner prospects, first Franklin now Ramirez.

  23. Fireball Feliz says:
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    12 team head to head with added OPS and QS

    C Chirinos
    1B Grande Dolor
    2B Rendon
    3B Arenado
    SS Segura
    2b/SS Dee Gordon
    1B/3B Poophole
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Dickerson
    OF Soler
    OF Myers
    OF Souza
    UTIL Crush Davis (This is insane… got him #81. Had to)

    Arrieta
    Iwakuma San
    Pineda
    Fiers
    Smyly
    Hutchison
    Santana
    Bauer

    Cishek
    Storen
    Boxberger

    Obviously the bats are insane, and i figured since these guys didn’t know much about sleeper bats they wouldn’t know about sleeper arms. Missed out on Walker/Shoemaker/others by waiting too long, but I think with streaming and Arrieta/Kuma at the top I’ll be fine

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Also just realized there’s a 5 waiver limit per week, even then I should be fine

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Fireball Feliz: Oh and lastly, got Tomas as a bench bat. Every team needs a Cuban wildcard

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Yeah that team looks good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: What F said, the team is terrific… Bit risky in your OF, but not bad

  24. Chris says:
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    10 team H2H Points league

    Drop Gausman for Carlos Martinez, Daniel Norris or Kendall Graveman? Or should I hold until Gausman is officially in the pen?

    If Gausman were officially in the pen today who should I pick up?

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Chris: Norris

  25. Lex says:
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    So in a standard 12 team head to head league with no fancy scoring would you trade Kris Bryant for Tulo and Kyle Hendricks? If not then can u name a few players that u would trade Bryant for….thanks.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Lex: DO IT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lex: What F said

  26. Cale says:
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    Got Rendon in the 5th round last night in a draft. I don’t really like drafting injured guys because I’ve been bitten too often with them not being right all year, but didn’t think I could pass that up.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Cale: Definitely can’t pass that up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cale: Yeah, I drafted him 46th overall last night

  27. Ryan says:
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    Grey, need a trade opinion for a H2H points league. I am debating trading Jordan Zimmerman for Aroldis Chapman and a 2nd round pick. I would like to grab Carassco, Arrieta, or Richards with that pick. It’s a keeper league, so that’s why I would be drafting one of them in the 2nd….

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Ryan: I think thats decent if you end up with one of those guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: What Nick said

  28. SallyCips says:
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    As you expected, my offer of Samardjza/Machado for Arenado/Perkins was rejected. Should I lower my closer take (more desperate now that Qualls lost out) to Hawkins or Boxberger? The upgrade from Machado to Arenado has to be worth it, right?

    Also, gonna drop poor Qualls, but want to grab an SP just in case I lose the Shark in this. Should I grab Hutch, Paxton, or Bauer?

    Thanks for making the morning commute as entertaining as always, sir!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SallyCips: Sure, take Boxberger…No problem

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: OK, sent with your blessing. ;)

        Do you like Hutch, Paxton, or Bauer as a Shark replacement?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hutch

          • SallyCips says:
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            @Grey:Thanks for saying him, man. I originally drafted him, dropped him for Shoemaker, but really did so begrudgingly. Done. Happy to have him back.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  29. nick the dick says:
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    With offense declining, I don’t see why MLB doesnt implement the magic 8 ball. Just one a game, 8 run shot. And Roger McDowell has to pitch it. And fans get three-legged-race-tied to the outfielders. And 25 point baskets lowered down for the NBA! Ok, now i’m just reminiscing… But if Queen Latifah can D up Shawn Kemp then anything is possible. I’m gonna get Dan Cortese on the horn and see what he can do. Butter him up with some sandwiches, anything but peanut butter. Hates it. Worst case scenario, he is no help but I snake Daisy Fuentes digits from him.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @nick the dick: HAHAHA.

      I used to have a Daisy Fuentes calendar at one point. And by used to, I mean, it’s still up on the wall.

  30. Wilsonian says:
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    Dammit Yahoo, no Osuna in the player pool. Wanted to at least get the doode in my Watch List in my 16 team league. Never hurts to get a jump on someone who could help out the ole ratios. Damn, I need some real baseball.

    C’mon Sunday!!!

    Side note: I’m a Cubs fan and baseball nut – Sunday is also my wife’s birthday. I pretty much told her to leave me the hell alone Sunday night. The couch has been comfortable the past few nights…

    • JakBillie says:
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      @Wilsonian: castro looks to be even better, so don’t give him a look too.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Wilsonian: I know all about the couch…Just move out, its easier

  31. Toomuchshame says:
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    keeper league: keep forever:

    $11 rizzo/ $23 upton/ $15 james shields/ $10 pollock

    for

    $40 mccutchen/ $25 Arenado/ $10 Gerrit cole/ $10 rusney

    i asked you this last night and yu went with the rizzo side. if i’m in a “win this year’ mode, and need a solid SP2 (i dont trust shields) does it sway you?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Toomuchshame: Im going Cutch side

    • sethmojo says:
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      @Toomuchshame: @Toomuchshame:
      Love grey but, Id for sure go cutch, shields will be done soon, cutch top 3>rizzo, cole >shields, arenado > upton this year

  32. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    My pitching staff is Wood, Tanaka, Wacha, Pineda, Fister, Shelby Miller, and Ryu on the DL. How F’d am I?

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Brooks Jacoby: F’d right in the arse

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Brooks Jacoby: You have my missing F…thats how F’d you are

  33. Toomuchshame says:
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    scherzer/ fowler/ eaton

    for

    shields/archer/ aj pollock

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Toomuchshame: still scherzer

  34. BrownL says:
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    Drafted a 10-team 6×6 roto H2H (OPS, Losses) keeper league yesterday. We keep 7 forever with no penalties, so I wanted to get one or two lottery tickets this year, since my keepers are getting old and hurt. I think I did pretty well, in that I was extremely lucky that 1) I had a nice draft position, and 2) some doofus dropping an injured Nolan Arenado during the stretch run last season. Here’s the team:

    C- Zunino
    1B- Bautista (kept)
    2B- Dozier
    3B- Donaldson (kept)
    SS- D. Santana
    OF- A. Jones (kept); CarGonzalez (kept); G. Springer (kept)
    Util- N. Arenado
    Bench- Joc Pederson; Wil Myers

    SP- Kluber (kept); Arrieta (kept); Carrasco; Hughes; Liriano; Cobb; Eovaldi, Carlos Martinez, Taijuan Walker
    RP- Rodney; KRod; Boxberger; Ottavino

    With losses as a stat, I may have gone too starter heavy, even with the H2H format, but there just seemed to be too much value there to pass up.

    Thanks for all the help! It’s cool that, even with the site blowing up, you all still answer everyone’s questions.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @BrownL: There seam to be more of these H2H/Roto leagues popping up

      • BrownL says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: My best guess is that it’s fantasy football formats leaching into baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BrownL: Yeah, you went starter heavy, but I don’t mind it since you had nice hitting keepers… I like the team a lot, well played…No problem

  35. Jon says:
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    I drafted last night in a 10-team league, 5×5 H2H roto, 25-man rosters. To be honest, I was a little thrown off by the shallow-ness… I didn’t end up with much team speed at all, and while I have a lot of players I like individually, I’m not sure my team is balanced well. I’m projected to finish last by ESPN, but maybe that’s normal? How’d I do for the format?

    C d’Arnaud
    1B Abreu
    2B Kipnis
    3B Arenado
    SS Desmond
    MI Bogaerts
    CI Duda
    OF Jones
    OF Upton
    OF Myers
    OF Ozuna
    DH Soler
    Bench – Headley, Garcia

    SP Lester
    SP Arrieta
    SP Iwakuma
    SP Wood
    SP Hughes
    SP McHugh
    SP Hutchison
    SP Paxton

    RP Robertson
    RP Allen
    RP Cecil

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Jon: so its H2H and Roto? interesting

      • Jon says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: I don’t know how to describe the scoring I guess. It’s not H2H points, it’s H2H roto each week. Does that make sense?

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Jon: No…its either H2H or Roto

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @Jon: I was just busting your balls

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Looks light on AVG, but not bad and that’s not a huge problem in H2H… Team looks solid overall, nice pitching

  36. Keith says:
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    What are your thoughts about Victorino starting over Castillo? If he gets time, do you see Castillo kicking ass?

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Keith: Victorino sucks, Castillo blows. Ah shit, I hate when opposites mean the same thing. I mean Castillo not sucks. But who knows who will play when and where in Beantown.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Keith: Victorino won’t stay healthy for longer than a month

  37. L-Boogie says:
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    Had my 12 team roto draft and CBS’ draft recap had this to say about my team:

    “Unfortunately, you didn’t end up doing much better, winding up in 11th place overall. A lot of that can be attributed to your pitchers, which stands in contrast to (other team), who have the best pitchers in the league. (Coach) can trot out Adam Wainwright, Justin Verlander, and Felix Hernandez into the starting lineup. You, meanwhile, are the worst in the league in that area, with Mike Fiers, Santiago Casilla, and Matt Shoemaker gracing the starting lineup.

    Unfortunately, you won’t be able to blame outside factors for that soft spot in the roster, given that you had the 2nd easiest path through the draft. You had the chance to pick players like Matt Holliday, Alex Cobb, and Koji Uehara at points in the draft where our projections suggested they shouldn’t have lasted.”

    Can’t believe I waste so much time on Razzball when I can just get these golden nuggets of advice from CBS.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @L-Boogie: Ha Ha

    • Tigres says:
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      Man, that CBS site is just plain mean.

  38. rapscallion13 says:
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    I did indeed draft Rendon in the third round in a RCL earlier this week. If he plays 140 games or more, I just might be the proud owner of new Razzball hoodie come October.

  39. PhrasingBackInTheMix says:
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    Morning all, looking for opinions on who I should replace Rendon with in my 10 team H2H points league (no penalty for hitter K’s) for what will be, God willing, 3 weeks.

    Options are Scooter, Gyorko, Alcantara, and Daniel Murphy (if fully healthy)

  40. Chad Michael Michaels says:
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    Hey Grey – I have an espn OBA league. Need a last hitter for UT spot. Please rank for me. Maybe using dots….. Dom Brown..M Saunders..T Snider..Vogt..Rua ..Herrera of Phila..Billy Burns. Dont really need steals, but just adding value.

  41. Clint says:
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    8 team, h2h, 12 keeper league that has no yearly limits on keepers question:

    Do the keepers you choose matter in roto vs h2h? I know SP’s are valuable in h2h but does it make a difference in re to the yutes i.e. should I just go w/the top ones regardless of position? The following batter/pitcher prospects are available in my h2h league and I’m wondering which to stash:

    Batters
    Buxton, Correa, Corey Seager, Gallo, Moncada

    Pitchers
    Giolito, Syndergaard, Bundy, Urias, & Archie Bradley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Top one, yes…Buxton…Syndergaard

  42. Mostsuckass says:
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    In a deep keeper/dynasty league, which side of this trade do you prefer?

    Side A: Ian Kinsler
    Side B: David Wright & Jedd Gyorko

  43. Steve D. says:
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    Better Rendon fill-in: Jace Peterson or Luis Valbuena?

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @Steve D.: I’d go valbuena

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Steve D.: depends on needs, Valbuena

  44. b-rock says:
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    Hey Grey – great read as always!

    Need to fill out the last SP spot on my team. Can you rank these pitchers in order of preference? We use QS instead of W in case that changes anything:
    -Brandon McCarthy
    -Derek Holland
    -Drew Hutchison
    -James Paxton

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @b-rock: I like hutch, then probs mcCarthy, pax, Holland

    • nick the dick says:
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      @b-rock: Hutch, Pax

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @b-rock: Hutch..Pax

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @b-rock: Thanks! What Nick/F said

      • b-rock says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks everyone!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @b-rock: Word

  45. Hawkeye says:
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    Drafted this squad the other day. 12 Team, 5×5 H2H (ESPN). Luckily got Gregerson before he was named closer. Thoughts?

    C ZUNINO (1)
    1B ABREU (36)
    2B WONG (16)
    SS DESMOND (28)
    3B ARENADO (16)
    MI BOGAERTS (8)
    CI DUDA (8)
    OF DICKERSON (23)
    OF YELICH (16)
    OF POLANCO (12)
    OF POLLOCK (8)
    OF A. GARCIA (2)
    U K. DAVIS (1)
    P ARRIETA (18)
    P CARRASCO (17)
    P IWAKUMA (16)
    P HUGHES (9)
    SP T. WALKER (4)
    SP PAXTON (2)
    SP PINEDA (7)
    RP KROD (7)
    RP GREGERSON (1)
    B MCCARTHY (1)
    B SHOEMAKER (2)
    B HAPP (1)

    Feel like both my OF and pitching are upsidey.

    • Hawkeye says:
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      @Hawkeye:

      And I have like the entire Mariners’ staff haha oops

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawkeye: You look a bit heavier on speed than power, which isn’t ideal… Nice pitching, likely stronger than you need

      • Hawkeye says:
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        @Grey:

        I’ve got a few more drafts coming up–who would you recommend swapping for some more power? Wong? Yelich?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yelich

          • Hawkeye says:
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            @Grey:

            Sounds good. Thanks Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  46. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey — did you do that “perfect draft” post this year?

    • Tom Thumb says:
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      @Tom Thumb: Also… would you mind telling me how I did in mine? Cats are OBP, XBH, HR, R, RBI, NSB and QS, ERA, WHIP, K/BB, SvHd, K

      C – Grandal
      1B – Miggy (K)
      2B – Gyorko
      3B – Arenado
      SS – Bogaerts
      IF – Votto
      LF – Khris Davis
      CF – McCutchen (K)
      RF – Puig (K)
      OF – Soler
      UT – Frazier

      BN – Tomas, Lawrie, Burns, J Ramirez, D Brown

      P – W Davis
      P – K Gausman
      P – Shoemaker
      SP – Cole
      SP – Latos
      SP – Wood
      RP – Chapman
      RP – K Jansen
      RP – McGee

      BN – Verlander, T Walker, C Martinez, D Norris, J Peralta

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Tom Thumb: Yes, but it was ages ago… Honestly, I don’t know if there’s injured guys in that post… Hitting looks terrific, pitching looks decent, but a little heavy on upside

  47. Dommattingly says:
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    C- Lucroy
    1B- Abreu, Frazier, Napoli
    2B- Kinsler, Gennet
    SS- Desmond, ARamirez
    3B- Zimmerman, J Harrison
    OF-Carlos Gomez, Blackmon, Melky,
    Arcia, Revere, Crisp (DL)

    SP- Cueto, Lester, Porcello, Archer, Smyly, Fiers, Shoemaker, Ryu (DL)

    RP- Holland, Uehara, Feliz, Parnell (DL)

    I only have one DL spot and I’m most likely using it for Ryu

    Do I drop Crisp for ARod, Marlon Byrd, Chisenhall, ALind, or Billy Burns? HOLD?!

    Drop Parnell and add Trevor Bauer or just wait to DL Ryu to solve my pitching issues?

    Hope that makes sense
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dommattingly: Can take a flyer on Burns for now… DL Ryu, drop Parnell, add Bauer

      • Dommattingly says:
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        @Grey: THANKS!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. Wild Thing says:
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    How are you feeling about Steven Souza? Spring has been rough but I just picked him up for $1 in my free agent auction to be my DH. Should I feel good about that in a 12 team league? Thank you!

    • Wild Thing says:
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      @Wild Thing: Oh other guys on the waiver wire are Danny Santana and Shane Victorino. Do you prefer Souza over either of those guys? It’s a head to head league where HRs are more valuable.

      • Wild Thing says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  49. Robert says:
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    I have Latos as a 4th sp. Is he better than Peralta, Eovaldi, Bauer?

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Robert: Yup. Eovaldi is my jam though

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Robert: He should be

  50. los locos says:
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    Grey, I have one spot left on my pitching roster. I know I can look at your rankings but we are few days away from the season starting up and who is your gut feeling with the guys liseted below

    Gausman, McCartry, Hammel, Eovaldi and Pomeranz are on my waiver wire.

    Hosmer or LaRouche? Put Rendon on DL and pick up Gyorko or Zunino? I have Odor for 2b and there is nothing left for 2b besides M Johnson and Daniel Murphy, Jedd.

    My current roster in a 10 team keeper league.
    Scherzer
    Hamels
    Gray
    Tehran
    C Martinez
    Paxton
    Peralta

  51. The Phatman says:
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    Hi there, been trying to register for the forums so I can post my team for feedback but I can’t seem to get the anti-bot code right ever. Obviously this leaves me with a high level of trepidation as to how good my team might actually be if I am too dumb to register for a forum…but I digest..I have concerns about my SP, my power, and my bench. I drafted 16 out of 17 in a league with only 15 moves for the entire season. Trades don’t count as moves. I have enough speed to probably trade for a little power at some point (that should please the ladies in my life). I am eyeing a few SPs that haven’t been drafted but fear burning too many precious moves so early.

    So, here’s my team:
    C-Y. Molina
    1B-Brian McCann
    2B-R. Cano
    3B- Todd Frazier
    SS-Alcides Escobar
    IF-Aaron Hill
    IF-Garrett Jones
    LF- Yelich
    CF- Puig
    RF- J.D. Martinez
    OF- Souza
    OF- Pompey
    Util- Everth Cabrera
    BN- Mike Aviles
    BN- Kiermaier
    BN- G. Blanco

    SP- Wainwright
    SP- Gio Gonzalez
    SP- Scott Kazmir
    RP- D. Robertson
    RP- H. Street
    P-D. Hutchison
    P- Wei-Yin Chan

    Gee, Graveman, Matzek, Carlos Martinez, Rafael Montero,and Nolasco are all sitting there calling out to me from the Free Agent pool. I am not a great swimmer but I am thinking of diving right in to pull one of them out of the pool. Do I burn a precious move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Phatman: Razzball.com is for fantasy ____ baseball is the answer… Don’t waste a move yet, Your pitching is a bit of a mess though, and don’t understand the extra bench bats and so few SPs

      • The Phatman says:
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        @Grey: Ya, we drafted way before final rotations were set and I used the strategy last year of waiting a month or so to see what free agent SPs were doing well and then used 2 moves to grab a few. It worked out well. My main fear was drafting another SP late and have them not make the team. Tough enough with so few moves, so many teams AND drafting so early. Thanks for the answer and hopefully I can work something out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, no problem

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @Grey: i think they made that thing back in the baseball only days, i always answered “sports” till i asked like you did.

  52. G says:
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    Sorry grey for a second question but was wondering your thoughts on trading tanaka and upton for Harper? Or Chris Davis and tanaka for Harper? Thanks in advance as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Davis and Tanaka for Harper works for me

  53. Dave says:
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    Has anyone noticed Zach Mcallister this spring? His velocity has been cocnsistently at 97 all spring, which is up 4 mph from last year! He has a 19:4 K:BB ratio this spring. I just picked him up as my 9th starter in a deep league. Does anybody see potential with this guy? Thanks!

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Dave: I see him moving to the pen when Salazar comes up in May.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave: Yeah, he’s had velocity in past seasons too… Maybe he puts it together, but he hadn’t in past seasons

  54. Fungazi says:
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    Does any site change up their rankings based on preseason hype more than Yahoo?

    To name a few: Arenado moved up from around mid 50’s to mid 30’s so if people aren’t drafting him where you have him, they might not get him anyways now. T. Walker was in the mid 400’s up until at least last week now is around 200. Bryant is up to 80 now from I think 140 at the opening ranks. It’s crazy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: Yeah, shows how little goes into their first go-around rankings

  55. Ryan trench says:
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    Hey Grey, was wondering how you felt about a trade of Pujols for Brantley or chris Tillman, I have pujols, Adrian Gonzales AND the duda , obviously don’t need all those 1B, tried to get Santastic but the guy wants too much for him.

    p.s. get a twitter

  56. Tax Season is Hell says:
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    I am looking for a last resort 1B for my 50 round NFBC. Anyone think Ben Paulsen or Christian Walker end up getting any Major League at bats this year?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: thats a sign to pass on the intermediate level questions

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @J-FOH: Yes old wise one

          • J-FOH says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: wise? more like moderately informed

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @J-FOH: Ha

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      @Tax Season is Hell: Agree, I think Paulsen has the better shot, plus, you know, Coors

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Tax Season is Hell: I grabbed Walker in a dynasty in case Crush or Pearce go down or have another adderall accident but the allure of coors and Morneau turning 34 in May makes me all about Paulson. The worst thing in his favor is that twat walt weiss and his ass backwards managerial style

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        @J-FOH: That made me laugh, you’re on a roll this morning

        • J-FOH says:
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          @MattTruss: it’s hating time

      • Tax Season is Hell says:
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        @J-FOH: I’m already counting on the 2011 version of Morneau. Rosario was the first catcher I took. Now he is 3rd string and Hundley is one of my starting catchers. I had big dreams for this NFBC team when the draft started 400 years ago.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Tax Season is Hell: Paulsen, Morneau is due for an injury, and I am guessing Rosario is as bad at defense at first base as he was catching. Plus he could see OF time when CarGo gets hurt.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Great Knoche: I think Stubbs gets the time if/when that happens

  57. Del Griffith says:
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    Verlander going to the DL as well. Once again Kate Upton causing someone arm trouble.

  58. Dave says:
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    Verlander can’t stop whacking her off

  59. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Can I get a link to a place that let’s you use an AVI on here? Thanks.

  60. Joeg414 says:
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    Good Morning All; I need a 2b (like most) for about 3weeks ; lost out on a lot of good FA. Heres whats available : Infante, Schoop, Drew, LaStella, Giavotella and Panik.
    13 Team mixed 6×6 daily roto.

  61. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    MCL Ah’magodden

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  62. marti says:
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    What are your thoughts on this 10 team N/L auction league. Unlimited keepers values go up by 5 each year so top prospects are drafted for keeper value. Its 5 by 5 roto league. Your input is always appreciated.

    C AJ Ellis
    1B Goldie
    2B Gyorko
    SS Rollins
    MI Desmond
    3B Frazier
    CI Rizzo
    OF Braun
    OF Yelich
    OF E Young
    OF D Brown (DL) for now
    OF Veneable
    UT Y Escorbar
    UT D Espinosa
    Bench Corey Hart, Lambo, C Seager M Franko, Peter O Brien

    P Strasburg
    P Cole
    P Peavy
    P Melancon
    P F Rodriguez
    P Haren
    P Y petit
    P B Anderson
    P Romo
    Other pitchers T Wood, Marco Gonzales, R Delgado, T Glasnow, R Stephenson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look low on average, but pretty balanced on speed and power… Solid pitching up front, then wonky on the back end, but not terrible

  63. BleedBlueBleedGreen says:
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    Rua or Jace? team needs do not apply, jus plain stats. Thx Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rua

  64. Warren says:
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    After I move my DL stash dudes to the list, I’ll have two bench spots open. My hitting is stacked and I already have one bench bat so I’ll go after arms. SHALLOW LEAGUE as you see below (so I tend to prioritize upside)

    Walker
    McCarthy
    C Martinez
    Bauer
    Gausman
    Eovaldi
    Hahn
    House
    Norris
    Pomeranz

    • Warren says:
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      @Warren: woops, obviously asking for a ranking of them. thanks brosef! razzball is my favorite drug. can the season start already????

      • Paul C. says:
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        @Warren: Walker, Pomerantz, Bauer, C. Martinez, Hahn, Eovaldi

    • bigbear says:
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      @Warren: I’d go Walker, C Martinez. Seattle and StL are good parks to pitch in and they have as good upside as any of those.

  65. Del Griffith says:
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    Best chance to vulture saves in from Brett Cecil: Castro or Osuna?

  66. Del Griffith says:
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    Best chance to vulture saves from Brett Cecil: Castro or Osuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Janssen…Osuna

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: janssen is on the nats now yes?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  67. Mr. Knish says:
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    Grey! Grey!

    [raises hand, waves it impatiently]

    Me me me me! My team is drafted and needs your pithy assessment!

    12-team 8×8 league with 3 keepers: R-HR-RBI-SB-K-AVG-OBP-SLG and W-SV-ERA-WHIP-HLD-K/9-K/BB-QS. So there’s definitely an emphasis on pitching ratios and OPS.

    Here’s what I got — went heavy on pitching early bc I kept three top hitters. What say you?

    C Russell Martin (18.214)
    1B Jose Abreu (6.70 Keeper!)
    2B Howie Kendrick (10.118)
    3B Pablo Sandoval (7.75)
    SS Xander Bogaerts (8.94)
    CI Lucas Duda (12.142)
    MI Jean Segura (14.166)
    RF Giancarlo Stanton (2.22 Keeper!)
    CF Christian Yelich (5.51)
    LF Corey Dickerson (29.339 Keeper!)
    OF Brett Gardner (9.99)
    UTIL Steve Pearce (20.238)
    BN Avisail Garcia (15.171)
    BN Dalton Pompey (23.267)
    BN Luis Valbuena (26.310)
    BN Michael Saunders (27.315)

    SP Max Scherzer (1.3)
    SP Cole Hamels (3.27)
    SP Collin McHugh (11.123)
    RP Greg Holland (4.46)
    RP Addison Reed (13.147)
    RP Luke Gregerson (16.190)
    P Tyler Clippard (17.195)
    P Danny Farquhar (22.262)
    P Neil Ramirez (24.286)
    BN Drew Hutchison (19.219)
    BN Tajuan Walker (21.243)
    BN Nathan Eovaldi (25.291)
    BN Shane Greene (28.334)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, Mr. Knish, your pitching is stronger than your hitting, but it makes sense for this league…Very strong pitching, and the hitting is decent, but looks low on SLG

      • Mr. Knish says:
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        @Grey: Damn, you fast. Thanks man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, Mr. Knish

  68. FatManWalksAlone says:
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    Morning my fellow ballers of Razz!!!

    I SUCK at Fantasy Baseball, but I desperately tread to keep my head above water by reading your blog. In each of the past 2 seasons I narrowly missed the playoffs which is quite an accomplishment since my league is incredibly competitive.

    Here are the results of my auction draft. Your feedback as to what moves I need to make to have better overall balance are much appreciated. 12-team, H2H!!

    C: Mike Zunino
    1B: Paul Goldschmidt
    2B: Dee Gordon
    3B: Adrian Beltre
    SS: Ian Desmond
    OF: Jorge Soler
    OF: Adam Jones
    OF: Carlos Gonzalez
    OF: Juan Lagares
    OF: Steven Souza
    UTIL: Joc Pederson
    UTIL: Avisail Garcia
    BNCH: Khris Davis
    BNCH: Scooter Gennett (auto’d)
    BNCH: Billy Butler (auto’d)
    BNCH: Mark Teixeira (auto’d)

    SP: Gerrit Cole
    SP: Alex Wood
    SP: Danny Salazar
    SP: Shelby Miller
    SP: Michael Pineda
    SP: Justin Verlander (auto’d)
    SP: Jake Peavy (auto’d)
    SP: John Lackey (auto’d)
    RP: Cody Allen
    RP: Koji Uehara
    RP: Glen Perkins

    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice username! Your team looks solid on hitting, I like it a lot… Maybe a bit too much risk on OF, but not bad… You need to drop Salazar though and Verlander and likely Lackey

      • FatManWalksAlone says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks so much Grey — Yeah I didn’t realize how injury-prone CarGo was, and I’m certainly hoping some of the young prospects can make an impact.

        Why Salazar though? If I recall he was somewhere in your middle-pitching rankings

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He used to be, before he was demoted

  69. handy afterall says:
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    Werd, Grey. I’ve been schoolgirl-tittering my work days away thanks to your ramblings the last couple years, and have based a lot of my current team on the direction your baseball boners are pointing. Lemme know what you think of my lineup, please. I definitely need a second closer, but will have to wait; only 15 moves allowed in this league (17 teams, actually the same one Phatman is in).

    here goes…

    C – Grandal
    1B – Tony Rizzo
    2B – Wong
    SS – Dantana
    3B – Arenado
    IF -Segura
    IF – Lawrie
    LF – Harper
    CF – Ozuna
    RF- Polanco
    OF – Khris Davis
    OF – Gose
    Util – I AM CRON!
    BN – Jose Ramirez
    BN- Solarte

    SP- Iwakuma
    SP- Alex Wood
    SP- Archer
    RP – Francisco Rodriguez
    RP – Qualls
    P – Pinetar
    P- Hahn
    BN- Eovaldi

    Thanks muchly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Your team looks like it’s from a league that’s much shallower, which is a good sign… I like the hitting and pitching, maybe a tad low on AVG and speed but not bad… Likely fine on speed, depends on Harper

      • handy afterall says:
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        @Grey: thanks; I appreciate the fluffing.

      • Pistol Pete Tibs says:
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        @handy afterall: @Grey: Well if the whole league is gonna get you opinion i may as well give it a go too!

        C – Posey
        1B – Goldschmidt
        2B – Zobrist
        SS – Peralta
        3B – Seager
        IF -Scooter G
        IF – Kennys Vargas
        LF – Dickerson
        CF – Eaton
        RF- Calhoun
        OF – Arcia
        OF – Joc Pederson
        Util –Snider
        BN – Inciarte

        SP- Gerrit Cole
        SP- Alex Cobb
        SP- Anibal Sanchez
        RP – Zach Britton
        RP – Luke Gregerson
        P – Gausman
        P- Pomeranz
        BN- Buchholz
        BN-TJ House

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hitting looks a little weak on power, speed and AVG…. I like the pitching until the Pomeranz/House gambit

  70. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Oh my god. I’m dying.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is this a call for help?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        My bad…

        Oh my god! I’m dying!

        There…the exclamation points take it from elderly deathbed to teenage girl. Voila!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Mike: always going for the attention

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            I need the Grey bump to make the jump from 10 to 11, possibly even 12, readers on my prospect posts

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Mike: the grey bump? is that like you need the lines on the mirror to keep everyone at your party?

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                why would anyone draw lines on their mirro…oh.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Mike: hahaha, now Mike this is a grown up party, and by grown up I mean adults acting like college freshmen.

  71. diamondvisionmike says:
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    Better Rendon fill-in?

    Semien -or- Flores?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Lightblack: WSOX Eaton-Semien? really WSOX?

  72. scott steelers says:
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    Ok 12 team 5 keepers. How’d I do?
    C-R Martin
    1st-Abreu
    2nd-mookie
    Ss-santana
    3rd-frazier
    Of-Puig, Mccutch, pollock
    util r zimmerman
    bench-m taylor, odubel herrera, hunter pence, Napoli
    Sp-Scherzer, Zimmerman, carrasco, hammel, shelby, pomeranz, eovaldi.
    rp-Gregorson, rondo
    once pence hits DL I plan on snagging shane Greene possibly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a stacked team, don’t have much to say, maybe a bit low on power, depending on Zimm, Puig and Pollock

      • scott steelers says:
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        Ok 12 team 5 keepers. How’d I do?
        C-R Martin
        1st-Abreu
        2nd-mookie
        Ss-santana
        3rd-frazier
        Of-Puig, Mccutch, pollock
        util r zimmerman
        bench-m taylor, odubel herrera, hunter pence, Napoli
        Sp-Scherzer, Zimmerman, carrasco, hammel, shelby, pomeranz, eovaldi.
        rp-Gregorson, rondo
        once pence hits DL I plan on snagging shane Greene [email protected]Grey: yea that’s what I was thinking.thought I was gonna be power heavy and the draft quickly turned against my plan. Haha.

        • scott steelers says:
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          @scott steelers: Weird, not sure why it reposted. Thanks though!

    • bigbear says:
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      @scott steelers: I’d say ditch a bench bat and stash a pitcher to rotation through.

  73. Bob says:
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    10 team 5×5 h2h

    trying to pry Miggy or Stanton away from this guy.

    Currently offering him Jacoby Ellsbury, Ian Desmond, and Alex Wood for Miguel Cabrera/Giancarlo Stanton and Starlin Castro.

    Questions are:

    Which of the two would be the better target? Thinking Stanton.

    Is it a decent offer or is it too little/too much?

    Any feeback would be great!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks decent

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: same comment applies if it were McCutchen?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  74. SallyCips says:
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    Couple other trade questions, Grey or anyone, apologies.

    1. Got offered Rizzo for my Price verbally. I love Price, but makes me go hmmm. Scared to follow-up.

    2. If offered Cueto/Rendon for my Stanton would you take it?

    I feel like if both happened in tandem, it would kinda cancel each other out except for Rendon, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Rizzo…Stanton

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: hmm, interesting. Ok, will think about it further. Grazie!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  75. Melissa says:
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    Any concerns about Goldy, and his injury lingering? I’ve been offered Felix for him (keeper league). My pitching is pretty light, and my only replacement at 1B is Hosmer.

    Goldy will be fine…right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: Yahoo bumped him from #5 to #3.*scratches head*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  76. SDB says:
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    Hi Grey and everyone

    I’m a bit weak and risky on pitching:
    M. Tanaka
    G. Richards
    M .Wacha
    M. Fiers
    M. Shoemaker
    T. Walker
    C. Martinez

    I’ve got:
    1st: M. Cabrera
    3rd. C. Santana
    1st/3rd: A. Pujols
    Utility: A. Gonzalez
    Bench: P. Alvarez, A.Rodriguez.

    Think I should trade one of my starters for some pitching? Or just give it a few weeks and see how my staf is doing?

    So far I’ve been offered:
    J. Zimmerman for A. Gonzalez
    S .Gray for C. Santana

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Santana there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And A-Gon

      • SDB says:
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        @Grey:

        You’re suggesting I hold onto my bats (Gonzalez and Santana) and see how my pitchers perform?

        What caliber pitchers, for example, would you give up Gonzalez or Santana for?
        Maybe I offer Gonzalez for Greinke?
        Or I offer Santana for Hamels?

        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, hold your bats for now…Wait to see how things shake out…

  77. Troy says:
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    Craziness in our auction last night. Either due to value or alcohol intake early players were all going for well below their values. Most of these players nominated were hitters, I loaded up and got loaded all at the same time. Problem is, when it came to the mid range pitchers, everyone else had a ton of cash, high BAC, and the prices started going fro 2-3X the projected values. I guess the money had to be spent somewhere. I was happy to get so many hitters early at a discount, but was left out of the pitching bidding. So in the end, I will be holding open try outs in my back yard for anyone who wants to be on my pitching staff. I am pretty sure I can get a better front line starter than Lincecum at a far better price .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

      • Troy says:
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        I forgot my question. Who are the best deep deep sleepers pitchers to add. Guys that probably didn’t get drafted in a 14 team league? @Grey:

  78. Dez says:
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    Should I pick up Javier Baez in my 12 team keeper roto league? He can be kept at 16th round value for the next 3 seasons. I’m hurting at SS with Jed Lowrie and Chris Owings. I can drop either of them or my backup C Miguel Montero. D’Arnaud is my starter at C.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Montero

  79. Panda says:
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    Mixed feelings after my auction, think I may swing an early trade but wanted to get some input. 12 team keeper league 6×6 with OBP, WHIP split into bb/9 and h/9, QS instead of W’s.

    C: d’Arnaud
    1b: Encarnacion
    2b: dee gordon
    3b: plouffe
    ss: flores
    CI: adrian gonzalez
    MI: dozier
    OFx4: J. Upton, Harper, Blackmon, Ozuna
    Util: Granderson

    SPx2: Scherzer, Kluber
    RPx2: Kimbrel, Quackenbush
    Px3: Jordan Zimmerman, Wei-Yin Chen, Lohse, Peralta, Tillman, Hammel, Jimmy Nelson, Alfredo Simon

    Will have to be active on the ww for closers but feel like I may have to beef up my offense if everyone doesn’t pan out how I hope. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks like it’s from a deeper league than 12 team, which isn’t great…. You look low on OBP, power and speed… Your hitting is wonky since your pitching is better than it needs to be with two of the top 5 SPs

      • Panda says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:
        Thanks!

        Both Scherzer and Kluber were keepers this year (last year of contract for scherz). Do you think the back end of my pitching is strong enough to justify trading away one of them?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, should be fine as long as you get a top bat

  80. Brooke says:
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    Hi Grey! I’d normally just check your rankings for a question like this but since you had the post that said you’ve had a change of opinions of some guys I wanted to ask this. I have James Paxton as one of my last pitchers and although it spring training he’s looked like pigeon poop. Should I replace him with one of these guys and could you rank them since I have to put a waiver order in tonight incase I drop Paxton for one of them? Thanks you!

    T. Bauer
    C. Martinez
    D. Pomeranz
    S. Greene

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  81. Jax says:
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    Grey,

    In a 10 team, H2H, weekly Yahoo! Std league. My team is stupid good, but that’s not the point (a $20 friends league, and clearly some people didn’t know what they were doing). My team (9th pick):

    C – Zunino
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Wong
    SS – Tulo
    3B – Donaldson
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Gomez
    OF – Bruce
    Util – Arenado
    Bench – Andrus
    Bench – L Martin
    Bench – Hosmer
    Bench – Pederson

    SP – Cole
    SP – A Wood
    SP – Fiers
    SP – T Walker
    RP – Kimbrel
    RP – Chapman
    P – C Allen
    P – Cecil
    Bench – Pineda
    Bench – Shoemaker

    So, my question…is my approach for my bench wrong in this format? I know you don’t necessarily agree with carrying bench bats, but having Tulo is too risky not to have a contingency and I like the upside of Joc, Hosmer, and Martin when the inevitable injury or slump hits. Regardless, I’m in several other weekly formats, so in this type of format should I not carry bench bats?

    Thanks,

    Jax

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tulo’s never benched, he’s either hurt or not…Once he’s hurt, then you pick up a replacement, you don’t carry a replacement for him while you wait for him to get injured

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: in the one league I drafted tulo I made sure my MI was a shortstop. That’s my back up

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I did that last night with Travis, but I’m not worried about finding an MI on waivers in RCL

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: me neither, as a little shocked you didnt take Scooter. Speaking of shocking, why of all drafts did I pick that one to own guys I own nowhere. Polanco? Gardner? D Santana? Pearce?

            I think I had to zig from myself to have a chance or at least that is what got me to sleep once the sobbing stopped.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Totally… I do the same thing… Just zigging around myself

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: why did I just picture you in a very miniature motorized kids car driving in circles around a hologram of yourself?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hahaha

      • Jax says:
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        @Grey: Whoa…your over-the-internet tone sounds like when my dad says “you know, son, I’m not mad….I’m just disappointed”

        *sad face emoji* I should’ve known better

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m your pops!

  82. Warren says:
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    OBP league,

    Chris Davis for Phil Hughes and J Benoit. Crush side, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crush

  83. Scuba Steve says:
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    Hey grey, great write ups as always!
    In h2h points league which pitcher would you rather add for depth; keuchel or shoemaker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Shoemaker

  84. Bye Felicia says:
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    No Pedro Alvarez in the top 50 1st basemen?

    Sup wit dat shizz yo? Wiggity Wack I say boy!

    #BoycottdaMustache

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He doesn’t have eligibility per my requirements

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Grey: gotcha.. If he met requirements somewhere wedged in between Davis/Fielder?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds about right

  85. Bye Felicia says:
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    Nice writeup btw Tehole took Dom in our RCL hehe. He’s gone brokeback mountain on us. He just can’t seem to quit the Brown.

  86. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    Please rank these SPs for a 10 Team Yahoo H2H Points League where SPs have the ability to score big points, so one that has RP status (C Mart) can be valuable:

    Hutchison
    C. Martinez
    T. Walker

    Thanks very much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hutch

  87. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Looking to improve the health of my team, as I have a lot of injury risks and a full DL already. Would you recommend any version of the following trade (these would be ones I propose, no clue if they will be accepted):

    MY CarGo + 1 of Wood/Hisashi —> THEIR J. Zimmerman + Hamilton or Blackmon ?

    I’m light on steals, could use pitching, and they have both Dee and Hamilton rostered, so it’s not like they need steals (H2H league).

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid for you

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Trying for the Hishashi / Hamilton variation to start…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  88. doghat666 says:
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    10 team, 10×10 roto, keeper, CBS auction league
    Roster 25, play 19, DL up to 6
    Hitters: 2C, MI, CI, DH, 5OF
    Pitchers: 1SP, 1RP, 7P

    While Rendon is on the shelf, looking for avg/speed, Scooter or Jace?
    Thankas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jace

  89. El Jefe says:
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    Grey, you magnificent mustachioed lothario!

    I have carl crawford as my 5th outfielder and porcello as my 6th pitcher. Should I ditch the crawman for a full timer like Lagares, or ditch porcello and carry another outfielder like lagares or rajai davis (someone just dropped him) to use when crawford sits? Currently no offensive players on my bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Porcello for Lagares

      • El Jefe says:
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        @Grey:

        Great, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  90. ERad says:
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    Jerry, it’s Frank Costanza. Steinbrenner’s here, George is dead, call me back!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

    • PK says:
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      @ERad: Classic.

  91. Scott says:
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    How about that? I got Rendon in 3rd round in my Yahoo autodraft league. I feel lucky?

  92. Shawn says:
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    OMG Grey, like; great post

    Bauer seems to have more control this spring. Does he have any ceiling left for keeper value or is it wiser to go with a Smyly, Roark, Hahn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He has keeper value

  93. Dan says:
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    Is Crisp droppable for Burns if I don’t want to wait until Coco’s DL eligible and potentially miss out on him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a shallow league, sure

  94. dem ribbies says:
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    Do you have a bad feeling about McCutchen? Why’d he have to go and cut the dreads!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know! He was like the reggae Samson…

    • PK says:
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      @dem ribbies: With less wind resistance, his number of steals will surely go up!

  95. HotCarl says:
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    Looking to make some swaps in my H2H points league. I’m debating trading Jordan Zimmerman and my 6th round pick for his 1st and 3rd. I would like to grab Shields with the 1st and then grab some combo of Carrasco/Richards/DeGrom/Wood/Arrieta with the 3rd round. Is this worth the risk of trading Zimmerman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Shields and Carrasco

  96. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Drop Qualls for Soria or Romo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soria

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: TY(even though it wasn’t my question).I had to let one go(holds league but sniffing for another closer) to grab Fowler and kept Soria.I think I sweated off about 2 pounds over that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, can’t see on my phone who’s asking what

  97. Warren says:
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    OBP league, which side

    Puig

    Santana + T Ross

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

    • Paul C. says:
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      @Warren: If Carlos Santana, Santana side if he has C eligibility or if your 3B situation is unsettled.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I took this to mean Danny Santana

  98. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    What ever happened to Jose Tabata’s wife?

    Outlook on Matt Joyce ROS? I’m seeing him as a nice sneaky asset in the late rounds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I believe she’s going to be on next season’s OITNB

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: I’d like to see her on Baseball Wives

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kidnapping Yelich

  99. Eric B says:
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    Any concerns over McCarthy’s spring? Still high on him? Who do you like better between McCarthy and S.Greene?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wasn’t that high on him

      • Eric B says:
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        @Grey: Sorry must have got your and JB’s rankings confused. Do you like either to fill a rotation?Other options would include Tj House, Santana or stashing Rodon.

        Current Pitching staff: 12 Team 5×5 HTH
        P Kluber
        P Wainwright
        P Cole
        P Walker
        P Paxton
        SP Ventura
        SP D.Norris
        RP Chapman
        RP Britton
        Bench RP Perkins
        Bench SP/RP D. Norris

        • Eric B says:
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          @Eric B: Last bench spot shouldve said S.Greene who i currently own/someone dropped McCarthy and I’m wondering if there’s an upgrade to Greene from the list above?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’d go McCarthy, sure

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Do I like either who?

          • Eric B says:
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            @Grey: Sorry posting while eating lol. I was saying McCarthy is available, as is Santana, House, Nelson, or maybe a Rodon stash. Just wasnt sure my staff was strong enough to stash Rodon. So What I was trying to ask is based on my staff listed above, stand put, drop McCarthy for Greene, orone of the other SP’s I just listed?

            • Eric B says:
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              @Eric B: damn it should read Greene for McCarthy…I need a nap.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’d want McCarthy over Greene

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hold for now

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hold for now…

              • Eric B says:
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                @Grey: Thanks

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  100. Jack says:
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    12-team, 13×13, H2H (2-keepers):

    C – d’Arnaud
    1B – Miggy
    2B – Utley
    SS – Rollins
    3B – Longoria
    OF – A. Jones
    OF – Braun
    OF – J. Upton
    UTIL – Pearce
    Bench – K. Bryant
    Bench – Semien

    SP – Sale
    SP – Samardzija
    P – Carrasco
    P – Gio
    RP – Britton
    RP – Perkins
    Bench – Dickey
    Bench – Fiers
    Bench – Pomeranz / streamer

    • Jack says:
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      I know I’m low on SBs, but thoughts on the rest?

      • Jack says:
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        Guess I got skipped. LOL. Anyone else? Any input is much appreciated.

  101. The Great Knoche says:
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    Decided to Have Some Fun in Last RCL and not take a Pitcher until Round 11, just to see what happens….and well its not great.

    Not Horrible, but not great. Hitting is spectacular though.

    Also ended up with 4 closers. Go figure. Start all 4? Thoughts?

    C Zunino (20)
    1B M. Cabrera (1)
    2B Kinsler (6)
    3B Frazier (5)
    SS D. Santana (9)
    MI Gennett (19)
    CI Votto (7)
    OF Dickerson (3)
    OF Harper (4)
    OF Ellsbury (2)
    OF L. Martin (10)
    OF Blackmon (8)
    Ut A. Garcia (17)

    SP McHugh (11)
    SP McCarthy (21)
    SP Cashner (13)
    SP Duffy (18)
    SP Kennedy (15)
    RP Storen (12)
    RP Perkins (14)
    RP Feliz (16)
    RP Reed (22)

    Bench Pomeranz (24)
    Bench Hendricks (23)
    Bench Petit (25)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I bet you could work out your pitching to be just fine in an RCL… Hitting is awesome, btw

  102. FrankGrimes says:
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    If Rudy is around today
    I want to thank him (and razzball nation) again
    I received the laptop today and its unbelievably sweet!

    • Nice. Was about to go check the tracking #. Enjoy!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Rudy Gamble:

        My old laptop has to be ten times bigger haha
        The touch screen is crazy you have to remind yourself to use it
        Thanks!!!

        • yeah, it’s a sweet computer. glad Dell reached out to us :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  103. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Fun with bold predictions. Feeling like throwing a few out there.

    David Wright will better his 2012 season and finish the year as the #1 fantasy 3rd baseman. I’m buying his return to health and the ability to drive the ball to right center. I’ll give Wright 40+ HRs+SBs and a .300 plus average.

    Jorge Soler will hit twice as many big league home runs as Kris Bryant. I base this partially on what I see as a chance that Bryant stays down on the farm longer than expected. There something coy about the way Theo has played this. If the Cubs play well early, it allows him to bide his time and do what he’s always done with young players. Bring them up in lower leverage situations and give them a chance to succeed. And this just in, Soler can mash.

    The Cleveland Indians will get 75+ Ws out of their SPs and win the Central. There’s something going on with Cleveland and their pitcher development. Kluber huge step forward last year. Carrasco same. Bauer primed. McCallister throwing 95. TJ House a saberdarling. You need to own shares in the Cleveland rotation this year.

    Eric Young Jr. will lead MLB in steals. I think there’s a certain desperation in the way EYJ has prepared and motivated this spring. His last best shot at establishing himself as an every day MLB player. A full season worth of PAs and he steals 60.

    Tulo plays 150+ games and is the #1 player in fantasy. I am going to kick myself all year for passing on him and taking EE. I know it. A la Ian Kinsler, guys are injury prone and destined to get hurt every year, until they aren’t/don’t. This is the year.

    JD Martinez finishes in the top 3 in AL MVP voting. Nestled between Miggy, Martinez and Cespedes in the 5 hole, Martinez solidifies his strides from last year with a 30/100/.300 season.

    Arismendy Alcantra plays 140+ games and produces a Ben Zobrist season. I’m a long time Madden watcher and I think he sees Alcantra as an everyday player…somewhere. Switch hitting and glove for every position. Alacantra finishes with 15 hrs and 25 steals and is a top 10 2nd baseman for fantasy.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Springer leads the NL in HRs
      Mad Bum throws the first no hitter
      Cubs go farther than the Dodgers this year
      Mariners win the world series

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        That Springer one is gonna be really hard to do. Most trades don’t happen until June/July

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Sky:
          DOH!

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Sky: I see what ya did there! The Astros aren’t in the NL anymore….

          • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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            @The Great Knoche: i’ve seriously seen many people still think that. i don’t know how it takes people over three years to figure out which conference a team is in, IF they spend most of their lives following this stuff. E5 ranked higher than Tulo (i think everywhere) so kinda hard to use phrase “pass on” somebody in that instance. If somehow Dickerson ends up MVP would anybody later say “i passed on Dickerson to get McCutchen?”, no of course not, since McCutchen is ranked higher. I doubt you seriously (at the time) wanted to grab Tulo over E5. Tulo has been hurt much more often than Kinsler was earlier.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @FrankGrimes: your fandom prevents anyone from taking you seriously

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good stuff! I don’t buy Tulo, Wright or JD’s, everything else could happen… Especially Soler vs. Bryant… I still wouldn’t be shocked to see Bryant in the minors on June 1st…

      • Oaktownsteve says:
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        @Grey:

        If you bought them all they wouldn’t be bold!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That must be the bold prediction secret sauce

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Tangy….but not too tangy

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Spicy but not too… Yeah, that’s it

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: You forgot Colby Lewis winning AL Cy Young

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Love Tulo and EYJ.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Wright is a little too bold but I like the direction, Alcantara is so intriguing that i drafted him nowhere and the Cleveland blurb was crossing spidey senses with me

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: If the Wright prediction comes to pass, that will be awesome #FCL

  104. Hondo says:
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    McCallister gave up 3 hits in the 1st inning.Hopefully that will lower him on the radar for the guys who will be looking for DL replacements.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  105. Sky

    Sky says:
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    I just got followed by a porn account on twitter called ‘Incest Is Best’. I blame Tehol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tehol could run that account

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I made the mistake of not realizing the name wasn’t a joke and opened up their twitter feed at work. Those gifs make me pretty sure it is him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If loving sexy GIFs is wrong…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Sorry, initially read that as ‘GILFs’ since it was coming from you

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: I have been followed by pornstars and porn accounts, one is great and the other not so much. My favorite are the arabic women who write twitter in arabic flashing in their Burqas that started following me. Its hard not to look since no one else ever gets too

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Not even their husbands! Yeah, I think I had one star follow me because I tweeted about the Kanye West/McCartney thing. I’m sure she doesn’t any more but she was a looker for sure.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Sky: I might of caught mine from tehol…wait! what?

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hehe… Rawr!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: some of those ladies have great racks. The world is being robbed of their bosom

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha!

                • nick the dick says:
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                  @J-FOH: My brother follows Nick Manning whose catch phrase is dropping loooooooads! Guy sends out a tweet saying ‘Jesus said, you say rightly that I am king’. So naturally, my brother says ‘did he say anything about dropping loads? I think it’s in the New Testament’. Manning replies, ‘I may act like a jag off (yes, jag off), but don’t be blasphemin up in here. Have reverence for the Lord our God’. To be fair, I don’t remember seeing anything about dropping loads in the ten commandments, but for a religious man he must do a lot of confessing

                  • Happy Vegans says:
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                    @nick the dick: holy shizz! i never really noticed but is your avi Peter “Baby Arm” North?

                    If so, HAHAHAHAHAAHA (sorry for being slow)

                    Awesome! Btw, did Palahniuk use him as a basis for a character in ‘Snuff’?

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @Happy Vegans: Hahaha nah it’s Brett Baxter Clark in Bachelor Party. Ya know, Nick the Dick?

                    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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                      @Happy Vegans: probably, although that was one of his weaker books, still better than Diary though. Rant movie is being made (that should kick ass, but not enough for the book). Survivor of course was being made into a movie over 10 years ago about 4 times, each time funding fell out.

  106. hanklongball says:
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    A Betances owner is hurting for Miller, whom I will provide for a profit. Am i asking too much for Dickerson in exchange for Miller and Polanco… or not enough?

    Extra space would be used for Quintana. My closers are Chapman, Street and hopefully Giles. My favorite color is green…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much

  107. KevinB says:
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    I am in a 10-team 5×5 Roto, Dynasty league that has FAAB ($500).This is my first ever FAAB league.

    What is a good rule to use for determining the value of a player to bid on? An example, off of the top of my head, would be Jace Peterson. How could I determine a good bid for him? Can you give me some feedback or point me in the right direction?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends how bad you need him, he likely won’t go for more than $2

  108. JP says:
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    @Grey – can i get a little draft grade on two teams? Look forward to another year and reading your awesome work. tx dude

    12 team h2h yahoo mixed league standard categories, replacing OBP instead of avg (snake draft, 3rd pick)
    C – Rosario
    1B – Hosmer
    2B – Wong
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Segura
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Harper
    OF – Cespedes
    Util – Ozuna
    Util – Longoria

    SP – Iwakuma
    SP – Ross
    SP – Fiers
    SP – Ryu
    SP – Shoemaker
    SP – Hahn
    SP – Ervin Santana
    SP – Gallardo
    SP – Bauer
    SP – C Martinex
    SP – Heaney
    RP – Street
    RP – Cishek

    10 team h2h yahoo mixed league standard categories, (snake draft, 8th pick):
    C – d’Arnaud
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Wong
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Bogaerts
    OF – A Jones
    OF – Harper
    OF – Kemp
    Util – Longoria
    BN – Hosmer

    SP – Samardzija
    SP – Iwakuma
    SP – Gray
    SP – McHugh
    SP – Ventura
    SP – Fiers
    SP – Shoemaker
    SP – Hutchinson
    SP – Hahn
    SP – Bauer
    RP – Melancon
    RP – Jansen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      First team’s hitting looks stacked and the pitching staff looks like a mess on the back of the staff, which is fine, you can just stream… 2nd team looks better, which it should since its shallower… No real complaints on 2nd team

      • JP says:
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        @Grey: yeah pitching went early fast (as usual).. so on the back end i went with high upside/fliers that im ok dropping and streaming if need be…

        tx dude im all in on arenado this year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  109. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Man alive, I’m still on vacation. I go out with the family for a few hours to visit some of the sites in Barcelona – Park Guell today – and lo and behold!!! 506 comments before I even enter the room!!!

    Three days and counting, to the start! Can’t wait.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, enjoy yourself!

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Park Guell is awesome, have fun in Barca

  110. Chuck Norris says:
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    Joined an NFBC 12 team league this year for the first time. I have never done a weekly roster change (2 per week for hitters) format. Do you have any tips? Posts that go over this topic in razzball archives??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avoid platoon players and pitchers that you’d only want for matchups…

  111. Would you drop Raja for Burns?

    12 team 6×6 league (OPS and CG’s). I am hearing GOse will be the starter but figure King of Sagnof should still get 35.

    Burns the better option though? Jace Pederson just got grabbed…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  112. RicoSuave says:
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    Great stuff Grey!

    14 team H2H points league… Martin Prado or Gyorko or Scooter Gennett?

    also, Joc Pederson or CJ Cron?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Gyorko… Joc

  113. Jack says:
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    12-team, 13×13, H2H (2-keepers):

    C – d’Arnaud
    1B – Miggy
    2B – Utley
    SS – Rollins
    3B – Longoria
    OF – A. Jones
    OF – Braun
    OF – J. Upton
    UTIL – Pearce
    Bench – K. Bryant
    Bench – Semien

    SP – Sale
    SP – Samardzija
    P – Carrasco
    P – Gio
    RP – Britton
    RP – Perkins
    Bench – Dickey
    Bench – Fiers
    Bench – Pomeranz / streamer

    I know I’m low on SBs, but thoughts on the rest? Muchas gracias!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t seem that bad otherwise… Solid hitting… Good pitching…Dickey and Pomeranz are pretty bleh though

  114. Schoolboy P says:
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    After being drafted for $11, Homer Bailey was dropped in my 12 team h2h league.

    How much would you bid with a $100 FAAB.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nothing

  115. Mostsuckass says:
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    Which side of this trade do you like better?

    Side A: David Wright & Brett Gardner
    Side B: Carlos Gonzalez

    Thanks, as always, for the great analysis and up-to-date info!

    • Mostsuckass says:
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      @Mostsuckass: Sorry, should clarify that this is in a deep keeper/dynasty league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo

  116. HotCarl says:
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    Just got offered Cutch/2nd/3rd round picks for my Bautista/Jordan Zimmerman/5th in my points league, take or pass?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Cutch

  117. Chad says:
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    Which side do you like better?

    Adam Jones and Headley for Heyward and Machado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

  118. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    my biggest money league team here. 12 team H2H with hits and total bases added, and we voted in OBP to replace average, so pretty much an OPS league. also losses added in for pitchers (this was done years ago to combat streaming, since my buddy beat the crap out of this league twice in a row by doing that his first two years, i couldn’t get it voted out). Round in (). I took Price higher than i’ve ever drafted a SP in a standard sized league since both this league was drafting the crap out of aces early (also top 10 closers, allen went in the 80’s), and i simply knew i wanted marte next for steals, and could wait. But i still could’ve gotten Kluber at 40, as he went at 51st, at the time i wasn’t so sure. 11 BN spots as I wanted this to be a 14 teamer in depth. Drafted a lot of guys i’ve never owned with this one, even this year.
    C – OBP wolf (23, couldn’t wait anymore, many were taking backups at this point)
    1B – E5 (2)
    2B – Dozier (7)
    SS – Dannys Ant (16)
    3B – Sandoval (8, ranks very high in OPS)
    OF – Bautista (1)
    OF – Marte (4)
    OF – Heyward (5)
    Util – V-Mart (6, was at top of board for a while, he’s super high in OPS ranks)
    Util – Soler (10, didn’t think i’d get him this late, planned on SP here)
    BN – Leonys (13, needed steals badly at this point)
    BN – Lawrie (21)
    BN – Souza (25, steals/OPS rank very high, and sat at top of draft board for like 6 rounds or more)
    SP Price (3)
    SP Wood (9)
    SP Fiers (14)
    SP Liriano (15)
    SP Hutchison (18)
    SP Peavy (19)
    SP Burnett (22)
    SP Hammel (24)
    SP Greene (26)
    SP Norris (28)
    NA Syndergaard (27)
    RP Perkins (11)
    RP Benoit (12)
    RP McGee (17)
    RP Cecil (20, makes no sense how late this guy goes in every draft)
    I added Happ after stashing Syndergaard. Enough steals if i can play Souza/Leonys over some others when i need to?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: V-Mart might prove very useful if/when E5 gets hurt. also Vargas went unowned.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid, I don’t think steals will be an issue, but you can hold onto those guys if you like… The pitching is very solid, nice team overall!

  119. That Guy says:
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    Look okay? Roto 5×5, 12 team, auction. Thanks

    C-Vogt
    1B-Bautista
    2B-Betts
    3B-Arenado
    SS-D Santana
    CI-Cron
    MI-Odor
    OF-Upton
    OF-Springer
    OF-Soler
    OF-Myers
    UTIL-Leonys Martin
    B-Headley
    B-Avisail
    B-EverCab
    B-Jace Peterson

    SP-Harvey
    SP-Carrasco
    SP-McHugh
    RP-Storen
    RP-Perkins
    P-Evan Marshall
    P-Parnell
    P-Paxton
    B-Hutchison
    B-Bauer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks stacked, hitting looks fine too, very solid team!

  120. The fan says:
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    Hola señor grey!
    My main 2b is Odor (don’t have a backup)
    I have a feeling odor may go through rough patches with how young he is.

    Available 2b’s

    Howie kendrick, neil Walker, Jedd gyorko, Arismendy Alcantara , Brett lawrie(who’s at 2b/3b), marcus semien (who like lawrie can also be used at 3b)

    & if yes to add any of these would you start any of them over odor for week 1?

    It’s weekly lock league & h2h pts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  121. goodfold2 says:
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    wow, Mike’s gone. Razzball prospect guys have a very high turnover (and promotion) rate last 2 or so years. Do you have any ideas for somebody even close to as good as Mike was? (i’m not asking since i have any useful ideas, just hoping it’s so)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was an April Fool’s joke

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i forgot what day that was after reading your main post and finding no pranks in it. good one.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: i should’ve read his first comment and would’ve figured it out anyway, northern russia.

  122. Toofsrgone says:
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    Phil Hughes for Pablo Sandoval. Have no 3b, Brett Lawrie and chase headley probably best available

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Sandoval

  123. Det. John Kimble says:
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    Rusney sent down today, as we all expected. Worth holding on to him in a 10 team keeper league where I drafted him for basically nothing? We have very small benches.

    Is there a sense that he is going to stay down on the farm until someone gets hurt/traded?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Until Victorino gets hurt, yeah… I’d likely drop him in a 10 team league

  124. The Great Knoche says:
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    Ever Think about doing an article called “These are all the Boring Guys we Don’t talk about a bunch, but should produce the Value they are supposed to?”

    I look at all these teams and there seem to be a plethora of Razzball Man Crushes across the board. (I’m also Guilty)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Great Knoche: HAHAHA, magoo and I talked about doing that this off-season. I got to caught up in football and needed a break. January 2016!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We just went over boring guys on the last podcast, talking about this exact thing

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Perfect, was planning on listening Saturday AM before my last Auction. Hopefully Jordan Zimmerman, and Cole Hamels got lots of love.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, we go much more boring, think Colby Rasmus

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: hey he is really exciting on Mondays and Thursdays

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @J-FOH: Ball Room Dancing Videos on Travel days?

  125. SteveNZ says:
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    Only $175 left after keepers to spend at auction in an 8-teamer. Yikes.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Haven’t bought anyone yet…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t sound too bad as long as the keepers are good…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Keepers were Stanton, CarGo, Marte, Pujols, Lester and J-Zimm.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, so you have 6 in the top 6 rounds, you’re okay

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Been a bit stingy in the auction, so don’t have a lot of other top guys so far…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Get bidding!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Votto, Longo, V-Mart, Pedroia, Zobrist, Wright…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Get it, SteveNZ, get it!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  The oldie but goodie lineup

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Yeah, got all those guys. OBP and hitter’s Ks in this league. Team is gonna look pretty bleh though.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Your OBP will be sweet!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Now Choo for a buck!

  126. eat_sleep_conquer_repeat says:
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    Grey, what do you think of my 5×5 OBP, K/9 10 team keeper league? Rendon was a keeper, so I have Odor.. There’s Murphy, Hill and Jedd on waiver, but can’t do anything yet cause CBS hasn’t put him on the DL yet. Was thinking of dropping Hosmer for Adam LaRoche and Gausman for either Eovadli or Pomeranz.

    Yadier Molina C | STL
    Anthony Rizzo 1B | CHC
    Anthony Rendon 2B,3B | WAS
    Carlos Santana 1B,3B | CLE
    Ian Desmond SS | WAS
    Yoenis Cespedes OF | DET
    Jason Heyward OF | STL
    Justin Upton OF | SD
    David Ortiz U | BOS

    Eric Hosmer 1B | KC
    Rougned Odor 2B | TEX
    Pablo Sandoval 3B | BOS
    Mookie Betts OF | BOS
    Khris Davis OF | MIL
    Christian Yelich OF | MIA

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer is nice, but the pitching looks weak on K/9, in general, solid otherwise… Hitting looks very solid especially on OBP

  127. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Five more Bonus Bold Predictions…also in JW’s thread

    Brett Gardner will lead the Yankees in HRs. Numbers show that power peaks at 31 (Gardner’s age). He showed growth there last year (though the peripherals suggest it was not growth, just luck) I’m not yet inclined to trust xHR as a metric. This is also a reflection on the state of the Yankees. To make this work Garder needs to out homer Tex, AROD, Ells, Beltran, McCann…

    Justin Masterson will win 17 games for the Red Sox. Masterson’s K spike in 2013 was fueled by a nasty slider that he used to back foot left handers and combat split issues. He went from 26% usage of the slider (which pitch f/x had a 18 runs above replacement in 2013) to 18% in 2014. Health seems like it prevented him from using the slider. Add in a GB heavy approach that should play well in Fenway and line up that should offer plenty of run support and there you have it.

    No Texas Ranger will hit 20 home runs….for the second year in a row. Wait, you didn’t know no Ranger hit 20 last year? It’s Texas, right? Big bats and homer friendly park? Not any more. The park now plays worse than neutral, Beltre will miss just enough games to keep his total on the under and I am not buying Prince Fielder at all.

    Mike Morse and Mark Trumbo will tally more combined RBIs that Giancarlo Stanton and Paul Goldschmidt, though it will be close. I’m banking on both to benefit from their clean up spot behind their celebrated 3rd place hitters. Also like Morse’s mind set going back to his home in Miami.

    Daniel Norris will be back in the minor leagues before June. While I like the kid’s future, the AL East is a grind it out division with long patient ABs. I fear his inability to command the K zone and the lack of upper minor experience to draw upon along with all those tough AL parks are a recipe for disaster.

    • Grey

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      I think only the Rangers one has a legit chance… Also I’d love to see a power hitting team in Arlington before saying it’s a nothing park… Beltre and Fielder were both clearly declining in power and there’s not guys in that lineup that have huge power no matter the park…

  128. vin says:
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    Grey, I am newbie to the site. Had my draft last weekend. 10 team keeper OBP. I loss Wheeler before the draft, but I think I will hold him. Can you grade my team?

    Evan Gattis C | HOU
    Freddie Freeman 1B | ATL
    Dee Gordon 2B | MIA
    Matt Carpenter 3B | STL
    Alexei Ramirez SS | CHW
    Carlos Gomez OF | MIL
    Alex Gordon OF | KC
    Giancarlo Stanton OF | MIA
    Albert Pujols 1B | LAA
    Yadier Molina C | STL
    Chris Davis 1B,3B | BAL
    Howie Kendrick 2B | LAD
    Manny Machado 3B | BAL
    Michael Cuddyer OF | NYM
    Mark Trumbo 1B,OF | ARI

    Players
    Doug Fister SP | WAS
    Scott Kazmir SP | OAK
    Francisco Liriano SP | PIT
    Lance Lynn SP | STL
    David Price SP | DET
    Julio Teheran SP | ATL
    Trevor Rosenthal RP | STL
    Matt Moore SP | TB
    Ervin Santana SP | MIN
    Huston Street RP | LAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks very solid though a bit weak on speed… Pitching looks a tad weak, unfortunately

    • J-FOH says:
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      @vin: dont see the need to have Molina in a ten team. The pitching is going to need some help in a 10 team and you need to boost it. Some more saves would be a good idea too. Not sure why you are holding Matt Moore. I would try and move a bat for an arm, see what you can get for Freeman

  129. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Hello Grey,

    I currently have D’Arnaud at catcher. Looks like this year is going to be waiver wire the hot hand.. Anyways zunino and russel martin are on the wire- should I hold or replace him? I know zunino is having a nice spring training but I don’t necessarily count spring stats

    Thanks

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan: depends on needs. If you need power take Zunino, martin should be a solid contributer, I like them both above TdA, Martin more and Zunino is a coin flip

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can hold for now

  130. los locos says:
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    Jedd Gyoko…

    AVG 283 with OBP 365

    He had the same amount of ABs last spring with .292 OBP. He went undrafted in 3 of my leagues… I have Rendon in one league, may have to pick him up…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully it’s something

  131. braveulysses says:
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    grey, I think i screwed myself…

    5×5 OBP league on yahoo. 12 teams. h2h category league. here’s my team, notice my lack of pitching. How bad is my pitching?

    c – d’arnaud
    1 – frazier
    2 – altuve
    3 – arenado
    ss – segura
    of stanton
    of j upton
    of heyward
    util yelich
    util myers
    bn hosmer
    bn castillo

    ross
    p shoemaker
    p fiers
    p latos
    p mchugh
    bn eovaldi
    bn hutchison

    rp jansen
    rp mejia
    rp hawkins

    I was thinking of dropping eovaldi and hutchison for ottavino and watson to help my ratios weekly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not bad at all, I’d hold for now

      • braveulysses says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks.. i was catching a lot of shizz from leaguemates and it put me on tilt after the draft. I didn’t keep track of my positions and saw I didn’t have a 1B before I drafted frazier… something about not having an elite 1b always worries me.

        • Grey

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          He was elite last year so hopefully he is again

  132. los locos says:
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    Grey, had my draft last weekend, can you rate my team. I may have some health issues on this team. All good though, I signed up for the this site to help me along the way.

    I’m not sure if Gausman got the starting gig or not, so my options for waiver wire are somewhat thin. Got Eovaldi, Hammels, McCarthy Pomeranz (who looked good spring) but I’m sure other guys with emerge.

    10 team keeper OBP K/9.

    Brian McCann C | NYY
    Prince Fielder 1B | TEX
    Dustin Pedroia 2B | BOS
    Nolan Arenado 3B | COL
    Hanley Ramirez SS | BOS
    Michael Brantley OF | CLE
    Melky Cabrera OF | CHW
    Carlos Gonzalez OF | COL
    Lucas Duda 1B | NYM

    Chase Headley 3B | NYY
    Jean Segura SS | MIL
    Khris Davis OF | MIL
    Avisail Garcia OF | CHW
    DL – Hunter Pence OF | SF
    A.J. Pollock OF | ARI

    Players
    Mike Fiers SP | MIL
    Drew Hutchison SP | TOR
    Clayton Kershaw SP | LAD
    Matt Shoemaker SP | LAA
    Stephen Strasburg SP | WAS
    Joaquin Benoit RP | SD
    Steve Cishek RP | MIA
    Trevor Bauer SP | CLE
    James Paxton SP | SEA
    Wily Peralta SP | MIL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching looks very strong with two top aces…That has made your hitting weak though… If this were last year, your hitting would be terrible, so hopefully they can bounce back…

      • los locos says:
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        @Grey: I won last year, so I made trades and loss some picks. My 4th, 6th and 7th rounders. Fielder, Davis and Votto where there and i believe C Santana. I choose Cargo over Heyward, they were probably the best at 10/11 picks. I was lucky to land Pedoria has 2b got scary, even Wong was drafted before Pedoria.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @los locos: Eovaldi

  133. goodfold2 says:
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    finished going over all the possibly useful players to be waivered in my 30 man dynasty. i have room for 3 (till werth gets DL’d, then 4), but only money for 2 (till werth, then money for all 4)
    this roster currently
    C d’arnaud
    CI 1 -beltre
    CI 2 -uribe
    MI 1 -alcides
    MI 2 – segura
    OF – leonys
    OF – coghlan
    OF – a-jax
    util -smoak
    BN -mini donkey
    DL werth (soon)
    SP sale (maybe DL himself?)
    SP quintana
    SP j.chavez
    RP melancon
    RP fien
    RP leone
    P Al al
    P brach
    P hale (bout to get dropped, cost control or not)
    BN liriano
    BN c.anderson
    BN e.santana
    BN empty
    I assumed for waivers that i should go with high leverage RP first, starting hitters 2nd (not necessarily counting the 3 catchers as that), then best leverage RP, then weak SP. 1. tell me if that sounds right
    2. is this about best order for this? I would get pillar 2nd after getting best RP first.
    hatcher (9th inning)
    edwards (TEX listed as 8th)
    belisle (7th)
    betancourt (7th)
    atchison (7th)
    pillar
    baez (LAD 7th)
    santos (possibly moving up?)
    boyer (MIN 7th)
    gregg (CIN 7th)
    furbush (mid)
    beliveau (mid)
    scrabble (mid)
    morin (mid)
    de fratus (mid)
    caminero (mid)
    treinen (mid)
    coke (mid)
    motte (mid)
    forsythe 2B
    giavotella 2B
    moore CI
    cheerios C
    joseph C
    hanigan C
    stauffer (LR)
    erasmo SP
    stults SP
    fausto SP

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: nevermind earlier ? but now i have these 7 RP for 6 spots as somehow when i put melancon/al al/brach/fien/hatcher (can’t believe 14 guys ahead of me didn’t grab him)/furbush/leone? pillar i can still get.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: also i could even drop 2 of those and grab belisle and a hitter. belisle was like 5th on my list but i got both furbush and hatcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hatcher, Santos

  134. SteveNZ says:
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    OK – here it is. Might be the most pedestrian team I’ve ever drafted, in any league. 8 teams, 5×5 plus OBP, hitter’s Ks, Games Started and Losses for pitchers.

    C Gomes – $3
    1B Pujols – $30 (keeper)
    2B Pedroia – $14
    3B Longo – $21
    SS Zobrist – $9
    CI Votto – $22
    MI – Walker – $9
    OF Stanton – $25 (keeper)
    OF Marte – $11 (keeper)
    OF Car-Go – $30 (keeper)
    Util Wright – $16
    Util V-Mart – $19
    BN D Santana $2
    BN Choo $1
    BN L Martin $6

    SP Lester – $8 (keeper)
    SP J-Zimm – $22 (keeper)
    RP Street – $6
    RP Allen – $9
    P K-Rod – $6
    P Uehara – $5
    BN Hughes – $8
    BN Fiers – $3
    BN Smyly – $1
    BN Shoemaker $1

    • Grey

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      Bleh, doesn’t look that bad… Yeah, a little boring, but great for OBP, Choo for a $1 is why you could go stars and scrubs in this league… That’s insane value in an OBP league

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yeah,I guess I have pretty good strength right throughout the team – certainly didn’t blow any money early. Was going to take a real shot at Tulo but he ended up going for $50. I think I can compete and of course in an 8 teamer the waiver wire is bulging so in season pick ups will play a pretty big part. Oh, and I missed out on Davis, Lucroy and Iwakuma because of the draft app. Hit the bid button with time to spare but the bids didn’t go through. Internet lag I guess.

        • Big Magoo

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          @SteveNZ: Looks good to me. Insane value on Choo in an OBP league like Grey mentioned. Love V-Mart in a format that includes hitter Ks as well. Shoemaker for a buck is a steal too. Nice job.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Big Magoo: Thanks man. It’s hard watching all the top guys getting scooped up but hopefully I’ve been able to get a good even spread through the team by waiting for some cheaper guys. Actually relied pretty heavily on Rudy’s OBP rankings (sorry Grey).

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @SteveNZ: clearly nobody else did if you got choo at minimum.

  135. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    Who is your current sagnof special of the following?

    EYJ
    Jace
    Lagares

    Looking for a bench bat that can help with steals, hits, runs

    • Nightpandas says:
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      @Nightpandas: throw Burns and Travis in the mix too

      Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Young

  136. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Just drafted one of the more potentially lucrative leagues that I’ve joined this season. I’m usually not one to get too giddy over draft results, but let’s just say that Carrasco is my SP3, Betts and Blackmon are #4/5 OF, and Trumbo is a CI. Hopefully I’ll see you in AZ next year.

    • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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      @Big Magoo: damn, is that a 10 teamer? would think mookie went higher than that esp.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Bull in a Chinese Restaurant: Yeah, a 10 teamer. Don’t want to be too misleading. Drafted out of the 10 slot and got Betts/Blackmon at the 11/12 turn (110/111 overall). Pretty happy with that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, nice!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Maybe I’ll be embarrassing you more than J-FOH and GTS next year!

  137. yyo says:
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    yo.

    what side of Wil Myers, Matt Harvey, Garret richards FOR justin upton, chris archer, j. quintana you on?

    6×6: R/RBI/HR/SBN/OPS/BA,,,,,,, K/QS/ERA/WHIP/SV/BAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  138. pistol says:
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    Hey Grey, I followed your rankings for the most part for a 10 team h2h draft. What do you think?
    C – (229) Wilson Ramos (Was -C)
    1B – (12) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
    2B – (52) Anthony Rendón (Was – 2B,3B)
    3B – (32) Nolan Arenado (Col – 3B)
    SS – (169) Danny Santana (Min – SS,OF)
    OF – (9) Adam Jones (Bal – OF)
    OF – (29) Justin Upton (SD – OF)
    OF – (72) Starling Marte (Pit – OF)
    Util – (49) Adrián Béltre (Tex – 3B)
    Util – (109) Kolten Wong (StL – 2B)
    Util – (129) Marcell Ozuna (Mia – OF)
    BN – (192) Wil Myers (SD – OF)
    SP – (69) Jeff Samardzija (CWS – SP)
    SP – (89) Tyson Ross (SD – SP)
    RP – (112) Cody Allen (Cle – RP)
    RP – (172) Neftali Feliz (Tex – RP)
    P – (92) Carlos Carrasco (Cle – SP,RP)
    P – (132) Mike Fiers (Mil – SP)
    P – (149) Mat Latos (Mia – SP)
    P – (152) Matt Shoemaker (LAA – SP,RP)
    BN – (189) Addison Reed (Ari – RP)
    BN – (209) Jenrry Mejía (NYM – SP,RP)
    BN – (212) Hyun-jin Ryu (LAD – SP)
    BN – (232) Matt Cain (SF – SP)
    Thanks!

  139. the shu says:
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    So. Grey. Been meaning to ask this for quite awhile…
    Is that image you use , of a former Astro SS extraordinaire …
    one Dickie Thon?
    Inquiring Razzball minds want to know.

    thankyou,
    The Shu
    Team owner of the F’ing Dutchmen in my 8 team Roast Beef League
    and ….Razzball devotee.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is!

  140. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Important note in your opening blurb. Junior Bossman has decided to go by his given name: Nivlem.

  141. Chernobyl says:
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    I need to claim 3 long term keepers before the season starts out of my drafted roster. I’m putting a 5 year on Puig. Between Yordano Ventura, Archie Bradley, Rusney Castillo, or AJ Pollock, which two do you prefer for:
    * 2 year keeper
    * 3 year keeper

    It’s a roto league that counts Ks and BBs but not runs scored (hurting Pollock a bit). Pitching categories are standard.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock, Yordano

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