I’m going to be honest, I’m a little tipsy right now, I didn’t listen to Malamoney’s advice and got a little silly with my brahs at my CBS points keeper league draft. You know, the one where the kid made the video…. I’m sipping on some Cold Harbor Willow Tree IPA, a kick ass brewery down the road from mi casa. Wow this is like a giant unsolicited advertisement for things I’m not getting paid to promote. Then again, maybe….. So anyway, in my never ending quest to hold off on deep league prospect player profiles until the season starts, and in my secondary never ending quest to prepare you for any and every scenario in dynasty leagues, deep leagues, RCL’s and everything else under the sun. Today on this holiest of sunday’s – Hallelujah!!! – I bestow upon you Razzscalians, the truest of true, the purest of heat, the protectors of the fantasy baseball shield, the real shizz, that shizz that make you feel shizz, nah mean. Imma bring back hip-hop Sunday, church, and snap bracelets. Raw Imma give to ya, no trivia, raw like ROOKIES TO TARGET!!!! Say what? That’s right, I’m hitting you with the rookie players to draft and stash in those Yahoo N/A spots (shouts to Goodfold, all 6 of y’all), minors spots in fantrax/CBS, and whatever ESPN probably doesn’t have. Unless a few of these make the roster (Peraza), most of them will probably be in AAA until their service clocks tick back one sweet year of arbitration, but they will all be mixed league relevant at some point. Who knows a few might break into the top 100, I mean, last year, right?

 

C – Gary Sanchez, Yankees – I don’t know, maybe this is a reach. Probably is, but it just feels like he’s the most likely rookie catcher to make a true fantasy impact at any point this season. I see him being up before or around the same time as Willson Contreras or Jorge Alfaro, and he might be the highest upside hitter of any prospect doning the C distinction. He was demoted to AAA Scranton (Ain’t no party like a Scranton Party..) on Thursday, but that’s cool because Austin Romine, ain’t nothing but a vegetable.

1B – A.J. Reed, Astros – I know everyone is jacked up about Blanco Tyler White, and rightfully so but Reed is the truth like white girls with boo-tay, asians with breasts, and Paul Pierce with the game on the line (B-O-S-T-O-N). He’s got power, advanced approach, and he’s the most talented player at his position in the organization, plus he’s close. If you don’t know about his line in the minors last year google it. Well worth the stash he’ll be up by June the latest, in my estimation.

2B/OF – Jose Peraza, Reds – He’s got speed for days, and it looks like Bryan Price (between cursing sessions) is looking to get him as many at-bats as possible. Looks like he might break camp with the Red stockings. Though he may be in a reserve role at first, there’s an excellent chance of injuries in the outfield, or potentially a Brandon Phillips trade to open things up at the keystone. Either way, by Mid-July everyone’s going to be doing the Peraza. Maybe I’m crazy, but I love this cooky cat.

SS – Orlando Arcia, Brewers – I’m a fan of Arcia, so sue me. I know he’s already been sent down but I’m sure that’s a temporary move, unless by the grace of god Kelly Johnson hits. I’m not sure who’s god that is, but I’m sure it’s the one JB prays to. Arcia brings the speed on the basepaths, a plus hit tool, and the ++ defense that will keep him in the lineup. I’ve heard comps to Omar Vizquel, and go look at the offensive numbers of Omar in his peak. That’s a very good thing. I guess I could have gone Seager in this spot technically, but he’s almost irrelevant on a list like this.

3B – Joey Gallo, Rangers – We all know about the mythical power, and we also all know about the mythical K numbers, but there’s no denying he’s an intriguing prospect, warts and all. I mean people are excited about Pedro Alvarez, why not feel the same about Gallo once he’s up and playing on the reg. Maybe there’s safer options I could have gone with, but in my personal opinion the upper minors are devoid of impact corner bats.

OF – Byron Buxton, Twins – This one seems pretty easy, though people are jumping off the bandwagon left and right. I read an article on Yahoo yesterday by triple D, and you’d think this was baseball’s Greg Oden. Not to worry, it may take another year to settle in, but let’s say for arguments sake he figures it out in late June and goes 15/20 the rest of the way. Are you telling me you don’t want to own that? Hell naw, of course you do. But wait, you excluded Seager but not Buxton? Yeah, because I can’t see a likely scenario where Seager is sent down, cust kayin.

OF – Max Kepler, Twins – Hey!! Let’s go with the entire Twins Outfield circa July 2016 til infinity. As a soccer fan I know one truth to be self evident, always trust a German. Okay, my ancestors are turning in their graves, a German athlete. Mighty Max brings a little bit of everything to the table. He looks like a future points league star to me, and some one that will occupy 3-4 OF status in RCL’s for years to come. He gets on base, doesn’t strikeout much, and has some power/speed upside. He’s going to start the season in AAA, but could be up by late-May to mid -June.

OF – Nick Williams, Phillies – Let me get this straight, Williams was traded to a team with a better hitter’s environment and with hella less road blocks, but we all forgot about him like Dr. Dre in the 99? Maybe, y’all forgot, but he brings the boom and the quickness with the plus hit tool. One of the least talked about budding fantasy superstars in the minors. I get asked about players every week, but rarely about Williams. Tip a four-tay of Steel Reserve 312 Quinnipiac Commons style for Prospector Mike.

SP – Steven Matz, Mets – I don’t even feel like I need to write this, you know who he is, you’ve seen what he can do. He’s been rough this spring, but it’s spring training, trusting those stats is for suckers.

SP – Lucas Giolito, Nationals – Perts and Scouts be saying that Giolito is going to be up early, like May-June early, and I’m buying. The young based god is ready. Bring him up!!! He’s the best pitcher in the minors, and he’s destined for acehood. Just another tasty arm in a long line of Nationals pitchers.

SP – Aaron Blair, Braves – I’m kind of shocked he wasn’t the Braves rotation to start the season. That has less to do with Blair’s ability and more to do with the Braves options. He was a top prospect and someone I was looking to make an impact in 2016, even before the trade. Now the timetable is already accelerated. Should be up soon.

SP – Jose Berrios, Twins – I love Berrios, so does Grey, and pretty much everybody. He’s going to start the season in AAA (quite the team the Twinsies have down there), but should be up before you know it. With the small market nature of the Twins, I’m guessing this is all service clock non-sense, but who know. He’s got three plus pitches and the ability to anchor the backend of a fantasy rotation down the stretch.

 

 
  1. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Have 2 NA slots in a 14 team keeper. Berrios is occupying on of them. Should I go with Kapler or Williams for the other? Thanks!

  2. Curt C says:
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    6×6 league(ops)…..Do I take Encarnacion or Votto?…..Is Encarnacion too much of an injury risk?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Curt C: Votto. Is the 6th cat OBP? If so its a no brainier, but I go Votto either way.

  3. Baggiejohn says:
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    Great article … thanks!

    It’s always much harder with Pitchers, as you have to suffer their growing pains, and outside of Dynasty that often means dropping more effective Pitchers to Keep them. That said, I have Snell and Berrios stashed in NA slots in a couple of Leagues and will try to stay p-a-t-i-e-n-t

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Baggiejohn: Snell is another one I like, he easily could be in this list.

  4. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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    No Sean Manaea love? He’s close, too and if the A’s trade Gray (weirder things have happened) he’s there. PLUS, the dude’s got some filthy stuff.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @apoxonbothyourhouses: I agree he’s a good bet, my feeling is Gray gets dealt close the the trading deadline, and then Manaea is up. I think these other pitchers are up pre-AS break

  5. Raindoggg says:
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    trevor story…..risky but willing to bet he has as much value as tulo this year…..worth the cheap risk….

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Raindoggg: He is risky, but you could be right. I’d be more than happy to have him, but I’d take Arcia first.

  6. M says:
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    What are your thoughts on Brandon Drury?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @M: As I was tossing around my third base pick, Gallo or Drury, I waffled between the two. Prayed to the Prospectors before and asked for their guidance.

      Really I talked to Mike about it, and we both agreed as much as we like Drury, Gallo was probably the pick.

      • M says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks. Yeah Gallo def has the higher upside and right now it doesn’t appear that Drury has a starting gig the way that Lamb has been tearing up ST

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @M: Yeah unfortunately, I traded for Drury a lot early in the offseason. He’s simply a stash for now.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: got him in that 30 team with 30 minor league slots, pretty much my best/closest prospect, maybe best overall with reynaldo a bit off, and g.whitley years off. Mike convinced me to bid… hard (feel a song coming to me here) back in 2014 midseason summer break. i’m hearing to make room he might get at bats in CI OF slots.

  7. If a.j. Pollock starts year on d.l. What round should you target him. Bench spot Trevor story or Lucas giolito? Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Peter guigli: Late second, early third. That’s good value to me.

      It depends what you need, Giolito is the superior prospect and has the much higher ceiling. But do you need pitching?

  8. WillisReid says:
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    How would you rank Matz Iglesias Joe Ross?

    And I’m guessing Giolito’s call up would move Roark b ack to the BP?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @WillisReid: I’d rank them like that, I love Matz. The struggles don’t scare me, he’s a lefty in a pitchers park, in a weak hitting division, in a good team. He checks all the boxes. Raisel and Ross are close, 6 one way, half a dozen the other. That’s a pick’em.

      Yeah he gets bumped, unless he’s lights out…..unlikely.

      • WillisReid says:
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        Doesn’t look like Matz will be starting the first week of the season the way the days off fall. Kinda bones me in H2H league. Don’t want to drop any of the 3. Might pick up Roark and stick him in my BP for week one.

        • WillisReid says:
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          Ross may get skipped as well.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @WillisReid: Yeah they have two days off the first week correct?

          • WillisReid says:
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            Both teams can skip their 5th. And the Mets playing Sunday night could potentially go with a 3 Man rotation that week.

            I guess in DC it’s semantics as to if it’s Ross or Roark who is the 5th starter.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @WillisReid: Should be Roark. Yeah there’s a few teams like that, the Rays will probably skip Erasmo too.

  9. Schwab says:
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    Great post. Had my draft last night. 8 team H2H point based dynasty league where each team will keep 15 players. Wondering what you think. Any spots you think I should look to upgrade? Thanks.
    Mesoraco, Hosmer, Kinsler, Machado, Correa, Springer, Marte, D. Peralta, Sano, Rendon, Calhoun, DeShields, Justin Turner, Duda, Castro, Moncada, Castillo, Carrasco, Strasburg, T. Ross, Richards, Taijuan Walker, Corbin, Darvish, Bauer and Blake Snell.

    The 1st 8 players are at their respective positions and Sano/Rendon are my utility spots. The rest on my bench spots. As for the SP’s, each team has 7 starts each week. Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Schwab: No RP’s?

      • Schwab says:
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        Everyone has one RP. I have Robertson.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Schwab: I like you’re team, some serious risk – reward with the starting pitching, and maybe I’d look to dump Bauer but all in all a good club.

  10. Jim says:
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    Thank you for this post!
    Thoughts on Glasnow?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jim: I like him a lot he could be up mid-summer, or he could be up late. The Pirates are known to A. Avoid starting service time clocks early, and B. Letting guys take their time to develop.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: and C. Have brought in enough back end pitching options this year to say they will need to be desperate to bring the kids up.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @J-FOH: I think there’s a spot to fit them in if they feel so inclined

  11. Jim says:
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    One more, please. What do you think of Josh Bell?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jim: With the obvious lack of anything more than meh at the Pirates first base spot, I assume he’s the victim of service clock. His power isn’t what we’ve been hoping for, but he can hit and the approach is real.

  12. Oranje says:
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    I keep on asking the same question and getting the same response. I might be crazy but I can’t decide on my last contract. Here is who I already have coming back next year with their contract or wild card status:
    A. Russell (3-year) $1
    M. Machado (wc)$27
    G. Stanton (2-year) $29
    J. Heyward (2-year)$20
    B. Harper (wc)$15
    E. Hosmer (2-year)$19
    B. Belt (3-year)$2
    S. Matz (4-year)$7

    My final contract choice is between the following. Our cap is $300. Who should I choose? I have been told Santana 3 times already. The player will get a 2-year contract. From the contracts above, I can alter Hosmer, Belt, and Matz.
    D. Santana ($1)
    G. Polanco ($24)
    J. Ross ($4)
    K. Gausman ($5)
    OR
    I could pick up Kepler or Blair (others are already taken) and contract. Thanks for the insight.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Oranje: I say go Santana for a buck

  13. tvators says:
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    Giolito only pitched 47 Innings in AA had a 2.65 K/BB ratio, era of 3.80 whip over 1.3, I know he;s next big thing but not sure he’s ready for bigs in may/june

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @tvators: As Grey mentioned earlier this week Jayson Stark was told he’ll be up in June. He’s major league ready now, and the Nats need him at the backend of that rotation.

  14. Wilson says:
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    When do you think Arcia be called up? Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Wilson: My guess is when ever his date is, probably early June. No reason not to. Villar will slide to third.

  15. David says:
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    What kind of ceiling do you think Robles has? Also, Allard or Espinosa?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: Espinoza for me. Though I like Allard he’s not Espinoza level upside.

      Robles has a 30/30 type ceiling, one of those first round 5 category contributors guys like Kemp and Sizemore in their primes come to mind.

  16. nick the dick says:
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    Damn Ralph, you be crushing competition like Italians on grapes, and your styles be blending like a Ron G tape

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @nick the dick: RIP Phife!

      RA killed it the other night, he brought his tour bus driver up to spit and dude was nice. AFRO is a real deal up and comer. Funny looking as hell tho

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Nice! Wish I coulda made the trip, one day notice and i’m in there next time! Yeah AFRO looks like a big ol Samoan mongoloid but has that RA delivery so I see why he likes him. I presume he made you rap along to Uncommon Valor?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @nick the dick: But of course. He played all the classics too, and did his goofy dance moves.

          Yeah next show I’ll give you a heads up. What town in CT are you in? New Britian is that right? I know you’ve told me before.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Ralph Lifshitz: the next shows in the Woo are Tech9ne and C-Webby, neither do have a desire to see.

            Well, unless C-Webby is in fact dating Halle Berry. Then maybe to check her out. BTW how does that happen? How does C-Webby land Halle Berry?

            • nick the dick says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah wait for someone better than those. Halle Webby? C’mon. I know good girls like bad guys but gimme a break, that’s not even cool

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @nick the dick: Yup this can’t be life

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Ha his dance moves are smooth as a corny shit, so good. I had all my cds stolen out of my car last week and one of the 6 cds I have left that were in my glovebox is Legendary Classics signed by RA from last time I saw him…I’m in New London, prob an hour 20 minutes from you

            • nick the dick says:
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              @nick the dick: where those younger dudes in New London start puffin on that whet, get upset and start gunning. Also where they forgot Chum’s meximelt and he had to drive the fuck back around

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                @nick the dick: I feel you missing the show was my fault. Ralph told me about it days before I played matchmaker. I’m slipping in my old age.

                But really nick get an ipod. Who carries CD’s in their car. Especially autographed ones.

                • nick the dick says:
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                  @J-FOH: Agreed on all point, i’m a dinosaur. Cd’s i’ve had for 15 years tho, so it stings….I most likely woulda been able to go with a little notice, I woulda flaked on work. *shakes fist* dammit Foh!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @nick the dick: well now you two can text each other and send dick pics

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @J-FOH: Be careful, if he gets one, you’re getting one too

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @J-FOH: Nick the dicks dick….how meta

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @nick the dick: get refurbished 160 GB ipod on ebay for around a buck 20 or so, you’ll never need to buy a song/album again, just pirate it all. you can get them with warranties too. it’ll take you months just to fill it up, and you actually could leave it playing (while plugged in) once filled and it still won’t be done with all the songs.

  17. marcus says:
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    Thanks Ralph, not sure if this is too late. We drafted our 10 team 4 keeper H2H Yahoo league yesterday and I watched as all my target 1B got swiped from under me. I ended up with Santana. This is what it looks like:

    Santana
    Machado
    S Castro
    Semien
    Harper
    Heyward
    Cespedes
    Yelich
    Bench: DeShields

    There’s an offer to trade Hosmer for DeShields and Taijuan Walker (he’s my third sp after Cole and Salazar)

    You think I should do it and rely more heavily on streams? I have Berrios in an N.A. position. Or can I survive with that weak ass infield?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @marcus: don’t make that trade. Hosmer is an upgrade but not that much

      • marcus says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: THANKS! How about Belt for DeShields/Berrios?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @marcus: Still wouldn’t do that.

  18. Jim says:
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    So helpful, thx! Thoughts on Urias?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jim: Love him but it seems they are doing everything they can to avoid using him a great deal this year. My guess at this point is he’s up late and helps as a spot starter and ace in the hole bullpen arm in the playoffs. Like David Price with the Rays in 2008.

  19. Robert says:
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    I have Castro for ss right now, do you think Story has more value in a h2h league?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Robert: Yeah take the Story flier why the heck not.

  20. Joebob says:
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    NL only keeper. Hardly a shortstop available at auction next week…Aybar, Cabrera…

    Question about my last keeper: keep Flores at 8, gyorko at 12 or throw em back?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Joebob: I guess Gyroko at 12.

  21. MJ says:
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    With Grandal nursing another injury, what about Austin Barnes? the kid can clearly hit and Dave Roberts seems to love him, trying to play him all over the infield to find a spot for him.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @MJ: Excellent approach and he’s got a shot at some playing time I like him.

  22. malamoney

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    No love for Tyler Glasnow?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @malamoney: I think he’s going to be delayed just a bit more than I’d like. Feel the same way about Snell, I can just see Glasnow being up in August and being more of a impact guy for playoffs than the whole second half. The Pirates like to delay those service clocks as much as possible. Tallion might be up first, but he has to actually pitch well to earn that.

      • malamoney

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: We can keep one minor league player and I had to decide between Glasnow and Snell. I kept Glasnow. I’d like to see him up sooner than August, but it has to be then, so be it. I’d really like to see what happens with Dylan Bundy. If he can get his shit together he presents an interesting SP at RP opportunity…

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @malamoney: Yeah I’m way off Bundy, but that means the buying opportunity is there. The flex spot for a starter in points leagues is ideal. I snatched up nth Velasquez and Pomeranz with that in mind last night.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Flex eligiability*

  23. J-FOH says:
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    You watch your P’s and Q’s there about Williams. I mention him in my top 100 keepers as a player that could easily be on that list next year.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-FOH: Love me some Nicky Will from the Ill

  24. Jbona3 says:
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    Ralph, didn’t know you were a fellow masshole – have you tried Wormtown? I like their Be Hoppy and Bottle Rocket; and if you ever find yourself in Boston (or Canton), I highly recommend checking out Trillium.

    Now, on with the prospects – I have 2 NA spots, auction draft ($260) and plan to target AJ Reed, how high is too high to bid on him? And what’s your POV on the Dodgers young SP, de Leon and Urias?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jbona3: Yes, indeed Northborough represent! I work in the Woo, and love me some Wormtown, Be Hoppy is great!

      Check out Cold Harbor, hole in the wall opened 7 months ago. Good beer. I need to try Trillium.

      I’d go as high as $25 maybe more. I love Reed.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: On the Dodgers high end spec arms I like them both, De Leon might be more likely to log innings this season. We’ll see.

      • Jbona3 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, I’ll definitely check out Cold Harbor. And if you ever find yourself in western mass., check out Tree House. It’s off the beaten path, but well worth it.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Jbona3: Nice! Where’s that in W-Mass? I was in Amherst a few weekends ago

  25. Chris says:
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    Nice Article Lifshitz,

    I’m not big on Rookies but Matz and Giolito are tempting.

    Can you help me out and let me know Which team you like better? 14 team h2h 5×5 roto. Auction

    Grey and J-Foh always appreciate your insite also. Thanks!

    Team 1
    C-Norris
    1-Hosmer
    2-Odor
    SS-Asdrubal Cab
    3-Valencia
    CI-Belt or Duda
    MI-Miller
    DH-Pillar
    DH-Vmart
    OF-Upton-JD Martinez-Blackmon-Grichuk-Deshields
    Team 2
    C-Wellington Castillio
    1-Abreu
    2-Odor
    SS-Miller
    3-Turner
    CI-Hosmer
    MI-Panik
    DH-Heyward
    DH-Polanco
    OF-Upton-Eaton-Grichuk-Ozuna-Dom Santana

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: Close, but I go team two. What’s say you J-FOH?

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks!

  26. Bobcat says:
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    QU Commons style! Village and Larson style too.

    Which 2 do you prefer in a H2H ops:
    Springer
    Adam Jones
    J Upton
    Puig

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bobcat: Haha I lived there for 5 glorious months before I got kicked off campus for a rap sheet of indiscretions.

      During midnight madness I sprayed the basketball team with a fire extinguisher and ran and hide out in sleeping giant for two hours.

      Upton and Springer.

  27. Dubjay says:
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    Hey Ralph,
    What do you think of J.Baez in a keeper? I have him on my bench right now as a backup while hoping for an injury/trade to get him some playing time. It’s nice having a bench bat that can fill in anywhere. Story is available as well. Would you drop him for the “flavour of the month” story?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dubjay: I would drop Baez for Story with the quickness

      • Dubjay says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        I do have c.seager at SS. So story would mainly be a bench bat. You’d still snap him up quickly?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Dubjay: Yes

  28. luvdarooks says:
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    5×5 12 team mixed $260 league KEEPER—Am I better off holding a $5 C. Seager (have $5 correa 10 arrieta- and 9 springer) OR trading him and 16 betts and 4 odor for 18 ARENADO

    • luvdarooks says:
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      ON ANOTHER NOTE—-sometimes its better to just put cheapies that u cannot keep into the pool to force market value thus raising inflation in my favor when it comes to buying my own needs at auction what to do???

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @luvdarooks: Hold Seager and Betts

  29. Brian says:
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    Keeper Question: In my 8-team NL-Only League (5 x 5, OPS replaced BA), do I keep Matt Adams for $5?

    The only decent 1B not being kept are Paul Goldschmidt (will go for over $40), Brandon Belt (likely $18 – 23), Lucas Duda (likely $18 – $23), Freddie Freeman (likely $21 – $26), Adrian Gonzalez (likely $23 – $28).

    Others available include Ryan Zimmerman, Chris Carter, and Wil Myers (likely all <$10).

    Do I throw Adams back and bid on Duda / Belt / A-Gon? Keep him at UTIL and still bid on one of the decent 1B, or keep him and pray he doesn't lose time to Brandon Moss and allocate my money elsewhere? Thanks.

    Also, I have a trade question for you below. I really appreciate the advice.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Brian: I’d throw Adams back all of those options are better. I like Myers amongst the cheap group

  30. Brian says:
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    Keeper League Trade question: Could make any (and even more than one!) of the trades below:

    My $24 Geritt Cole for his $5 Rasiel Iglesias and $5 Micheal Conforto
    My $24 Geritt Cole for his $5 Stephen Matz and $5 Michael Conforto
    My $9 Francisco Liriano for his $5 Michael Conforto
    My $5 Ender Inciarte for his $5 Jeremy Jeffress

    It’s a 5 x 5 NL Only league where OPS replaces BA and we start five OF daily.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Brian: I like the last two

  31. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league where we get to keep our whole team every year. Anyway I’ve gain a lot of
    Interest for sano and buxton. The Bryce Harper owner has offered me Harper Gio gomzalez Jose berrios roberto osuno for Sano Buxton and Degrom. I’m really interested in this deal. Do I ask him to add another piece or is this deal fine as is?

    This is my team if it helps

    C wieters
    1b Miguel Cabrera
    2b Jose altuve
    3b kris Bryant
    Ss alcides Escobar
    Lf Justin Upton
    Cf Carlos Gomez
    Rf Cole kalhoun
    Util Miguel sano
    Bn Wellington Castillo
    Bn Byron Buxton
    Bn victor Martinez
    Bn cj cron

    Kershaw degrom richards odorrizi karns eovaldi John lamb brian Johnson arodys viscaino

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ryan: Yeah make that deal, gotta get Harper.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: am I dealing too much depth and upside here? Also can my pitching take the hit?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Ryan: Pitching will take a slight hit but Kershaw covers a lot of ills. You also get back a couple of good starters. Neither are DeGrom but Sano and Buxton don’t equal Harper. If this is a dynasty you want that guy.

  32. Sam says:
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    Made a couple of trades.. how’d I do??
    (1) My Andrew Miller & Ryan Braun for his Matt Harvey & Sal Perez; &
    (2) My Hector Rondon for his Ben Revere

    Roster context (after trades):
    Sal Perez
    Hosmer
    Schoop
    Correa
    Machado
    Seager, Corey
    Franco
    Brantley
    Polanco
    Yelich
    Conforto
    Revere
    Sano
    Bench: Pederson, Peraza & Baez

    Harvey
    Syndergaard
    Salazar
    Corbin
    McCullers
    Allen, Cody
    Cishek
    Kela
    Strickland
    Knebel
    Strop

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sam: Yeah not a bad set of moves. I like the first more than the second but Revere fits a need.

      • Sam says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks Ralph.. kind of how I felt too. Was tough to part with Rondon (would have much preferred to dish Cishek) but figured the steals and avg from Revere were a greater (and hard to find on the wire) need

  33. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    need to drop one to add Matt Olson

    Brady Aiken
    Kyle Zimmer
    Brent Honeywell
    Josh Hader

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Malicious Phenoms: Hmmm Hader vs Honeywell toss up. Think I hold Hader.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I agree, as did J-FOH, so I cut Honeywell..cheers

  34. Chud says:
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    Great work Ralph!

    With the injury issues to the back-end of the Dodgers’ SP staff is Jose De Leon a good stash? Full keeper league so long term thoughts are in play…….Blair is available.

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chud: I think Blair is closer, the Dodgers seem to be going out of their way to keep the kids (Urias and de Leon down).

      If it’s a stash that you can sit on until the mid to late summer go de Leon, but if you can grab Blair and then add de Leon once Blair is up do that.

  35. Jake from State Farm says:
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    Hey Ralph, my last minor league pick and some names I’m looking at are Harold Ramirez, Derek Fisher, Jake Thompson, Mark Appel, Franklyn Kilome, Reynaldo Lopez, Garrett Whitley, and Luis ortiz. Who would your top two be.thank you

  36. Jake from State Farm says:
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    I usually go highest upside. Especially with my last pick. Thompson seems close, I do like Ramirez and fisher. Appel is a lotto ticket. And Kilome sounds like he could be a beast but that’s a big maybe. I need some help haa

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jake from State Farm: Yeah stay away from Appel he’s the kind of spec I’d stay away from. Big hype little results.

  37. Regan says:
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    Would you drop Billy McKinney for Gary Sanchez? 10player minor league keeper bench. What do you think Sanchez upside is?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Regan: Sanchez, top offensive catcher in the game upside. Not Buster Posey but good power.

  38. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    in 14 team roto got a draft where i chose only twice, at 11th and 21st, 2 teams kept whole rosters, one by mistake at least. 5×5 with slugging replacing homers, and OBP replacing AVG. from the OF out there i wasn’t smart to keep bruce/ozuna, esp as BN bats (reddick/parra/markakis/span all out there with likely better OPS’s than bruce, maybe ozuna too, but of course i’d trust he could’ve improved maybe). team is very weak in steals of course, so if hicks becomes starter i probably grab. other than that team is pretty good. better steals SS out there as well (andrus/segura/marte)
    C hundley
    1B goldy
    2B wong
    SS castro (2B/SS makes a good Bn bat though if i get a speedy SS)
    OF stanton
    OF cespedes
    OF c.davis
    util kemp
    BN bruce/ozuna
    NA (1 slot)
    SP odorizzi/carrasco/salazar/carmart/j.garcia/mchugh/darvish/hammel/smyly/fiers
    RP (3 slots) tolleson/viz
    it’s my only league like this where certain NA guys only show up when they are called up, but of course that rule doesn’t apply to all players equally, why would we assume yahoo can do anything objectively? yahoo gonna yahoo. my idea was to go best prospect (if the really good ones are there at 11th), and then either closer or speedy SS at 21st (unless i get exactly arcia), but i just hate using draft picks on closers (PHI and SD guys, jeffress/cishek all out there). this is list of available best prospects:
    arcia/maz/glasnow/snell/margot/bell/kepler/stephenson/gary sanchez/tapia/mondesi/fulmer (DET)/story/j.lopez/zimmer (SP)/drury. some of those i can rule out probably from positional needs (maz still is grabbed though). bell/kepler/tapia/mondesi/drury probably eliminated right off completely.
    1. go with the closer or the speedy SS at 21st if i don’t get arcia? my guess is if arcia is gone maz also will be, and i’m quite likely to get one of those top SP at 11th.

    when players do get called up waivers are used, and i can’t remember if me at 2nd worst draft slot gets 2nd or 2nd last. i think it’s 2nd and last year i didn’t know about all the players not being in system yet. i held my waiver for the mazara who never came up, and now even though he’s not called up is somehow still in the system. utter yahoo b.s. and of course he’s MUCH higher ranked now.

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: assuming i don’t get arcia at 11th overall, go with speedy SS to start over castro (andrus/segura/marte/alcides) or a closer?

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          @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: got arcia at 11th, with all of andrus/segura/marte/alcides being taken between about 7th and 20th, got cishek too for 3 possible closers. when glasnow and maz went in the top 3 i didn’t think i was getting arcia at all.

          • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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            @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: and i DO have the 2nd waiver for when one of the high up guys gets called, berrios/reed etc.

  39. Bill says:
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    You think moncada might come up at the end of the year? I’m in a keeper league. We’re doing the inaugural slow draft right now. My pick is coming up which is about number 150. Is that too early to take him? If yes when should i target him?

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bill: Draft and stash, you’re looking mid-2017 IMO, but the upside is HUGE

  40. goodfold2 says:
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    there’s only one of me, but there currently are 3 emails at yahoo for teams. 2,3 and 4. anyhoo, like being mentioned for post (don’t know why though). 10 team AL only with OBP replacing AVG, total bases added, QS over wins and holds added. if i already have frazier 3B, longo CI, miggy 1B, pedro util, i’m guessing if i have to cut one of reed/moncada it’s reed right? we have 1 NA slot and i have all of reed/moncada/berrios, and we keep 3 at their previous year’s end of season ADP. So while Reed/Berrios could be late rounders, Moncada would be a LAST rounder. whole team looks like
    C castro
    1B miggy
    2B lawrie
    SS iglesias
    3B frazier
    MI lowrie
    CI longo
    OF springer
    OF hanram
    OF delino
    OF red dick
    util pedro
    BN castellanos, reed
    NA moncada
    SP carrasco/pineda/buchholz/kennedy/porcello/berrios/holland
    RP: colome/allen/n.jones/dyson
    normally in keep 3 leagues holding a guy not up till at earliest late 2016 (probably later) isn’t great idea, but other than 2 out of springer/red dick/delino/berrios it would appear moncada is great last round keeper. he appears to be latin version of young pedroia who can play any position besides SS/C.

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      @goodfold2: idea is my team is best served to have a 7th SP till berrios is up, at least. 7 moves per week. best SP out there are bassitt hound and undertaker.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @goodfold2: I like the team GF well done

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          @Ralph Lifshitz: so drop reed rather than moncada then?

  41. @ralph I have some questions about the razznasty league, I know this isn’t a thread but the last post comments were locked. Anyway I run a very similar dynasty league except ours is football and baseball hybrid with trading in between. So while a trade deadline is tough to set, I was curious when the razznasty keeper deadline is for baseball. I see you have a Jan 31 trade deadline, but I’m curious when you do the FA/rookie draft and when you force managers to name keepers. Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @HeadsUpRoto: We did August 15th (I think) for regular season deadline. January 31st for trading and keeper deadline. The 10 round draft for unkept and new draftees/internationals was two weeks later.

  42. Charlie says:
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    In a 6×5 including obp keeper league who are you keeping given the two options, Maikel Franco or Byron Buxton?

    Who makes you better this year and who makes you better long term?

    Thanks!

  43. Mike says:
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    What’s your number one overall of the list for a standard H2H league, only have one N/A spot and have pretty good balance of hitters and pitching, looking for the best overall stash

  44. GoJays says:
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    Not sure anyone will see this given the date, but worth a try – I need to find some rookie SPs to target for a draft I have tomorrow. All of the obvious ones are gone (we keep two prospects each), and the few that I know of that have made their respective teams as starters are going to be in high demand. Can anyone give me ideas for less hyped SP rookies that have made their teams? I just need a bridge to Berrios. I don’t trust Gray on COL, and I have a feeling Maeda and Eickhoff will go earlier than I expect. There is not much else available that I’m aware of. Thanks in advance!

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