I swear to you, they’re gonna drive me nuts.  All of them.  Mookie and Rusney and Victorino and Hanley and everyone in that dugout that gets a preseason talk from Schilling about all the good PR you can get from ketchup on a sock.  I’m gonna go stand on a street corner with a cardboard sign that reads, “Will work for clarity on the Red Sox outfield situation.”  Hey, H&R Block, can I write off clarity on my taxes?  The Red Sox said early this week that Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo will split time in center to see who will win the job.  I originally placed Betts at a 10 to 1 long shot to win the job, pun intended and noted.  Then Castillo strained his oblique.  Oblique with no clarity is just perfect.  As I mentioned in our first podcast of the year, the Red Sox are gonna be a mess for fantasy value vs. playing time.  There’s so many scenarios that could happen — Hanley can’t play outfield, goes to short and Bogaerts goes to the bench; Rusney and Betts platoon; Betts looks great and Rusney gets benched; Rusney looks great and Betts goes to the minors; Rusney and Betts both look just okay and Nava plays well; Victorino gets hurt and Rusney and Betts both play; Allen Craig looks good and Betts and Rusney are benched.  Okay, the last one has no chance, but you get the idea.  Rusney’s health should be fine by Opening Day, but the oblique injury obviously puts him behind Mookie now.  I’ve lowered Rusney into my top 60 outfielders and changed his projections.  I’m sure this will change again by tomorrow.  Brucely, I think the only one guaranteed playing time in the outfield is Hanley (assuming he can handle it, and doesn’t Hanley it), unless there’s injuries, which there likely will be.  It’s a shituation of Old Testament, swarm of locust proportions.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Chris Sale – Fractured his foot unloading something from the back of his truck.  Wasn’t confirmed what he was moving, but there’s rumors it was the chip on Frank Thomas’s shoulder.  He will likely miss a start or two of the regular season, but since it’s not an arm injury and I already only projected him for 189 IP, I didn’t adjust him in my top 20 starters.

Melvin Upton – First off, the name change.  Did this happen almost instantly across all sites?  Presumably, the people running these sites are men, so I can confidently say I’ve never seen so many men so happy to lose a B.J.  It’s almost like they’re all married and were sick of his old name mocking them for what they weren’t getting.  This is fascinating to me.  The ‘to me’ might be key there.  Any hoo!  Melvin (this is better?) is going to miss the first month of the season with sesamoiditis, which is a foot fungus that sprouts sesame seeds.  He’ll need a walking boot for 4-6 weeks and will have tahini by May.  Filling in for him might be Eury Perez, Eric Young and Zoilo Almonte, but my money’s on Young.  At least I hope since that’s where the most fantasy value will be.  Zoilo Mostel could Bialystock and Bloom into something if he could only hit the ball, but he makes Melvin (ha, seriously?!) seem like Rod Carew with his contact rate.  I moved Melvin (oh, c’mon!) in my top 100 outfielders and added Young.

Mike Minor – Scratched from his Sunday debut with a tight shoulder.  Now starting for your Atlanta Braves…Joey Turdsandwich!

Michael Saunders – Underwent successful knee surgery and the Jays are now saying he can return in mid-April.  I want to be happy by this, and maybe it’s because of this vision of a baby seal clubbing that won’t escape me, but I have my doubts.  A) Saunders had knee surgery, that’s going to affect his stealing.  B) Teams lie, I don’t buy he’ll be ready to go in mid-April.  C) There’s no C.  I moved him up a little to my top 80 outfielders and in my top 400, because even if he returns in May that’s still better than the All-Star break.  Now could someone explain to me why I have this vision of Heidi Klum and Seal’s baby at a nightclub?

Brett Cecil – Gibbons hasn’t named a closer yet.  Maybe the Blue Jays should go with a more decisive rhesus monkey.  *intern whispers in my ear*  I’m told that Gibbons is the Blue Jays manager and not a monkey.  My intern is a well-trained chimpanzee, so you can see the irony.  This feels like one of those situations where the Blue Jays don’t name a closer until the last weekend of the spring, and then just name Cecil, who was obviously the closer the entire spring.  It wouldn’t kill you to grab Aaron Sanchez super late just in case, unless after you click your mouse to pick up Sanchez it causes you to lose your balance and fall out your window.

Dayan Viciedo – Signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays.  This is a good landing place for him.  Now he can fly directly from Toronto to Cuba.  Oh, as for fantasy, nowhere was going to truly help Viciedo.  He’ll get hot at some point during the season for a day, then I’ll talk about him, then you’ll pick him up, then he won’t be hot anymore.  Thens the breaks.

Coco Crisp – Will be moving to left field, and handling center will be Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry.  Twofold on the reason for this move.  The A’s are hoping to keep Crisp healthy and increase the chances of Fuld and Gentry not staying healthy.

Victor Martinez – Said that he could be ready for Opening Day.  Be even better if he hit 17 homers in his first spring game, but any good news helps the delusional people drafting him.

Jose Iglesias – Ran “full bore” on Wednesday.  Puig said, “Hey, me too!”

Addison Reed – 2 to 3 weeks from mound work.  To put this in allegorical terms, imagine your dog doesn’t poop for two to three weeks.  That’s Reed.

Alex Guerrero – Refuses to go to the minors.  Hey, I’m gonna try this.  I refuse to not win the two-hundred and thirty million dollar Powerball!  Anything?  Anything?  Hmm, my bank account isn’t changing.

Garrett Richards – Expected to miss 2 to 3 weeks of the season. I have him projected for 170 IP in the top 60 starters, so he’s about where I thought he would be.  I will say after this clunky sentence opening that the general vibe on Richards from drafters is that he will be Totes McGotes from Jump Street.  I don’t feel as comfortable with him and have him ranked below most, so I’m likely not drafting him.

Ryan Howard – Says he lost 15 to 20 pounds.  When Sandberg heard the news, he said, “I thought there was more room in the clubhouse, but I thought it was just that we got rid of Rollins’s ego.”

Juan Pierre – Retired last week from baseball.  In conjunction with his retirement, HBO announced a film about his career.  Here’s the poster:

Juan-Pierre

 
  1. bossmanjunior says:
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    Melvin’s middle name (Emmanuel) is equally as off-putting.

    • Jermo says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Melvin Emmanuel… So where’d he get the B.J. from?

      • Kevin says:
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        @Jermo:

        “Bossman Junior”.

      • Chrisjen17 says:
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        @Jermo:
        His dad went by Bossman… so he was called Bossman Jr. as a kid, which was shortened to BJ.

      • bigbear says:
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        @Jermo: A: His momma? Eww… B: “Hi, my brother’s Justin” = BJ. 3: There is no C. 4: Rookie hazing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Makes sense where the BJ is from…All those Emmanuel movies on Showtime

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Ahhh Emmanuel. Firmly entrenched as the OG spank bank material. Can still see her in all her scrambled glory.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold the 2, 4 and 12 buttons together, it’s glorious!

        • de nachos says:
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          @Cram It: Scrambled Spice was magnificent circa 1997.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @bossmanjunior: So you’re saying we can call him ME Upton now? Done.

    • Will says:
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      Should’ve changed his name to M. Emm Upton. If he ever hits another home run, we could even call it an M(E)mm Bop.

  2. SteveNZ says:
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    Her dog kept licking my nose?

      • Hoosier Daddy says:
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        @Grey: I similarly thought the title was a play on The Who’s “You Better You Bet”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Knowing Rudy, it was

  3. Curt C. says:
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    I can keep 2 of 3 in a 14 team keeper league….Betts, R.Castillo or Danny Santana….Santana also SS eligible, Betts only of, no 2b…..Which 2?

    • bigbear says:
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      @Curt C.: Santana no doubt. Castillo gets first crack at PT. But wait as long as you can before making a decision… things can change.

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice job, man.

    With Jansen injured, would you sign up Rondon dropping Rusney to pick him up? I need a replacement for Jansen. It’s a shallow H2H points league.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  5. pff123 says:
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    Keeper question for you, Grey:
    3 keepers, standard 10 team ESPN.

    Wong for $5, or Frazier for $5?

    Hanley and Rendon are the only other MI likely to be Kept
    Davis and Bryant are the only 3B.

    Was assuming I would hold Frazier, but looks like Arenado’s owner isn’t keeping him this year, which has me considering Wong.

    My other two Keepers are Abreu and Rizzo.

    Thanks!

      • pff123 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  6. that poster is brilliant. What a film.. Loria Productions tears the place down

    • Del Griffith says:
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      @universal sea pilot: Being a Miami fan I’ll get the Loria trade joke out of the way. Thomas Jane is traded halfway through the movie for two grips and the stunt double of Jason Statham.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @universal sea pilot: Loria Productions gets to post-production then starts splicing up the film and selling off pieces

  7. Donald trump says:
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    who is your bestest $1 sleeper (assuming a normal 12 team league of schmohawks)?

  8. Grays Sports Almanac says:
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    That movie poster is a work of art!

  9. the swinging says:
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    Title coulda been, Yu better…

  10. Fungazi says:
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    The link on the podcast to itunes still shows the most recent version as Sept 24, 2014

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: I was told it takes up to 48 hours, so I was waiting for today, I’ll look into it

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Fungazi: just hit “download” button (itunes will open and new one will be playing, you can transfer it to an ipod from there), that worked for me, but i did see what you said if you hit the “link” button.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: I tried download and it just opens a new tab in firefox, but not itunes. I’ll try back tomorrow.

  11. Uncle Red says:
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    What is it with teams from Boston? The Red Sox are the Patriots of fantasy baseball. John Farrell may start wearing a hoodie with the sleaves cut off.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: he probably is referencing the tenuous OF of BOS with the tenuous playing time of RB’s in NE’s offense since Hoodie has been around (belichick is hoodie); NE’s offense is notorious for having RB’s lose their jobs on a dime, sometimes they’ll get it back in 2 weeks, but either way it sucks to own those guys. Cut off sleaves was a reference to a low rent way of dressing, like belichick, but for those NE fans it’s

        http://imgur.com/MIOMez3gif

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, don’t know football

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Grey: basically it’ll suck to own mookie/rusney/victorino this year same way it’s been for over 10 years to own a NE RB in football.

  12. de nachos says:
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    Perfect poster. Sports owners and Hollywood… Phillies owner’s son John Powers Middleton produced the LEGO movie – which is what I think Ryan Howard’s joints are made of.

    Happy March Snow storm, New Yawkers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @de nachos: Ha, I blame Al Gore for ruining global warming

    • danny almonte says:
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      Proves nothing bro

  13. Blues

    Blues says:
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    Don’t forget the Red Sox scenario mentioned in the Podcast where Pablo stays on the pork Chop diet and takes over 3B AND SS, logjam Bogarts/left side of Sandoval.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blues: Oh yeah! (Said like the Kool Aid Man in honor of Pablo)

  14. Jerry says:
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    Hey Grey! I’m in a standard head to head 10 team points league and can keep either Adam Jones or Bumgarner. Which one do you think is worth holding on to? Thanks for the help!

  15. Jangles says:
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    Still hold onto Rusney in a keeper league?

  16. Sky

    Sky says:
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    I’m leeeeaving, on a Jet plane… get it caught in your head? Boarding in 10 so I can go spend 3 hours in San Fran before going to PHX. Just enough time for me to piss and moan about how expensive everything is. See ya tomorrow!

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Sky:
      3 hours
      meet me @ San Tung

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Where’s that? Is it in the airport? I’m still here for another 2 hours!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: You got a layover? *coughs* cheap! *coughs* Safe flight!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Ha, the guy who flies from LA is never gonna know what a layover is. Fly up to Eugene and then we’ll talk…oh wait, you’d never do that cuz you’re from LA and think you’re the best *Farts* snob! *Sharts*…oops! BRB

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I was planning on going to Oregon before that outburst! I had to take a pic with girls with unshaven armpits for this scavenger hunt.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            You really should come up here some time. I’ve visited and thrown up in your garage. It’s only fair you return the favor. We could go to a minor league game. Go Eugene Emeralds!

            If ‘half naked bearded guy riding a bicycle shouting LTD can lick my hairy, sweaty, unshaven nutsaaaaack…GO DUCKS!’ is on your list, we have one of those up here.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I read that fast and thought it said “lick LSD,” which is likely true too… Cougs actually wants to go to Oregon during the ASB, no fooling…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: fly to portland and rent a car, dont fly to eugene

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m not flying to either, she’s talking about driving from Seattle

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                She wants payback! If you are traveling through, we’ll arrange for you guys to have a place to stay if you want it and I’ll take you out for some local meth! Or beer…yeah, prolly beer.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Can I get that pic with hairy armpit girls?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: oh dont confuse the la la land grey is in for the rest of us. You are right smack dab in the middle of the birth of hobsnobbery at its finest. Never trust a place that moves their football team 50 miles south to another major city and try to pass it off as being San Francisco, its San Jose, they have the Sharks.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I’ve noticed attitude with everything done here. ‘I’d like a vanilla soy latte please’ has never sounded more condescending than here.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: they giggled at you, what you’re suppose to say is “non gmo organic almond milk Madagascar whole vanilla bean triple reverse osmosis filtered latte extra foamy “

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: 3 hour layover? was that the opening to Gilligans Island?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        They’re doing a Gilligans Island redux only it’s with airplanes and there’s really bad free wi-fi

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: I’m stuck on an island with only a tv and an antenna. The horror

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Get the professor to jerry-rig it into a wireless modem

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: made from coconuts

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                The coconut milk is a great conduit

  17. Raftman says:
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    What does Sale’s injury do for the value of Rodon? Possibility Rodon starts the season in the rotation and keeps his spot?

  18. TPain says:
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    6X6; R, RBI, HR, SB, OBP, SLG; no CI.
    3 years of Buxton or 3 years of Bryant?
    Also have Rendon for 3 yrs.

  19. My BJ joke, my Turdsandwich joke, and my Ryan Howard joke?
    Dane Cook subbing for you while you’re in AZ ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: BTW, I thought we were the same person, so now I’m confused

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: Dennis Leary feels left out of this conversation

  20. Durkin says:
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    $13 Mookie or $13 Hamilton, last spot in a 5 outfielder keeper league. Selection can be controlled for 1 more season with a $3 raise.

    • Durkin says:
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      @Durkin: “last spot” means last keeper selction. keep 3 per year.

      Springer at $7 and Donaldson at $12 are already being kept.

      • JDW says:
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        @Durkin: I’m just an average fantasy schlub but in a standard ESPN league (10 teams, five OF each) I dropped Hamilton on day two and he remained available for six days before someone finally grabbed him. There were about 25 transactions between my drop and someone else’s pick-up so there was add/drop activity. I guess my point is – people don’t seem too high on Hamilton. I’d keep Mookie and throw Josh back. If its an auction league you can always get him back for probably near $13 if you still want him. Mookie might also maintain greater trade value.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @JDW: I doubt he means Josh

  21. FrankGrimes says:
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    Hi there.
    The sidewalk is my pillow.

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        It’s Lookwell.
        That pilot I linked you last night.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes!

  22. JDW says:
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    All world shortstop Marcus Semien (A’s) is 5/5 this spring with 2HRs, 4Runs, and 7 RBI!!

    On draft day I’ll have Semien in my back pocket.

    Wait….whaaaa!???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JDW: Haha

    • PK says:
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      @JDW: Your excitement for spring stats sounds premature.

  23. papasmurf says:
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    BJ or not, he still blows.

    Or sucks, either word works. ;)

  24. Youth Movement says:
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    In a 12 team dynasty startup, what do you think would be a fair trade for my #3 pick? I got an offer for my 3rd and 70th for his 13th and 60th, which is just ridiculous. Is it fair to ask for a 2nd round for my 3rd round and swap first round picks?

    • danny almonte says:
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      @Youth Movement:

      So if your trading partner has the 13th pick, he is the bookend of a snake draft (he drafts #12 and #13)?

      So you’re asking if it’s fair if you send him the #3 overall pick and your 3rd rounder, for his #12/#13? If so I’d want more in return, or more likely, send less back than your 3rd rounder.

  25. Jason says:
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    The Red Sox are the Patriots of fantasy baseball? WTF does that even mean guy?

    • danny almonte says:
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      @Jason:

      they’re douchebags?
      cheaters?
      i dont know either

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Jason: comparing tenuous OF playing time to RB in NE likely.

  26. Cram It says:
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    Pick!!! Morning comments can wait. The natives are getting restless…

    • Cram It says:
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      @Cram It: Nooooo. Don’t pick HIM. Hoping you’d wait on a corner. I knew I should’ve taken him last round.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Cram It: I almost didn’t take Hosmer, because there’s a ton of corner men… Like Mauer, or Allen Craig or Aramis…

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: There are. But if any of them are going to bust out, it should be him. Why I’m torn between Belt, Headley and Morneau right now. Not considering those you just mentioned.

          Just tagging you back on the ping!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Cram It: Belt!

            • Cram It says:
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              @J-FOH: Yep. That was the call!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            And Belt’s gone… Guessing Headley and Morneau will be gone by the end of this round so you better make your move… There’s always the quiet excellence of Matt Carpenter… Well, very quiet, not so excellence…

            • Cram It says:
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              @Grey: Belt’s gone, because I took him!

              I forgot about Carpenter. Probably rightly so.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Oh, right you’re Boyle, my bad… Nice grab, but cornermen aren’t littered with much upside after that

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Grey: Thanks. Yeah exactly. I stayed away from the boring “you know what you’re getting” type since I haven’t really taken an upside risk yet. Still would’ve rather had Hosmer!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I’d trade him to you for Carrasco, Gomez and Donaldson

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: Send it. Oh wait, no trades in NFBC. Sorryyyyyyy.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Damn you, Boyle!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Cram It: Billy butler baby. Nice for nfbc

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @J-FOH: You’ve really been pushing Moobs lately. Not to be confused with mushing boobs.

                • JeF With 1 F says:
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                  @Grey: Kennys!!!!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    My man!

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @JeF With 1 F: He’s not 1B eligible. Not cool!

                    • JeF With 1 F says:
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                      @Cram It: Shit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: I don’t wake up until an hour into my turn, must be some East Coast and Middle East (?) Coasters in our draft…

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: I’m pretty sure when I woke up at 4 EST, Seth was just going to sleep at 1 PST. Making some progress, though! All-star break might be a reality!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup… Nice Dannys pick, he was on my sheet… Well, you know my sheet… Also liked the Ozuna pick

          • Nico says:
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            @Grey: Thanks! Yeah I’m just looking down the board, and Iwakuma was the 2nd pitcher I wanted, just for consistency’s sake, but he got nabbed, which I think worked out better. The pitching is so deep over the next 100 picks, I just think bats are the way to go.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s funny (not funny) that around pick 60 it looks like there’s no hitters, so you should take a SP, then after 100 it looks like there’s a bunch of hitters again and you can wait on pitching…

              • Nico says:
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                @Grey: Ha, seriously! A vicious cycle.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I just looked at your team, looks solid, nice balance of speed/power, you’ve obviously neglected pitching a little

                  • Nico says:
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                    @Grey: Thanks. I liked the idea of getting some higher average guys with some pop and speed earlier in this draft because I suspect some of my late round guys might be .230 average/20-25 homer guys or worse with no speed. Pitching will be addressed shortly…haha. I know you like Ross (as do I), but I couldn’t see grabbing him in the 7th as an anchor of my staff when there is still some question about him (injuries included). Gimme some boring pitchers that’ll log me 180 IP and 150 K’s! I noticed you’ve moved away from the 2008 all star team/2015 HOF class…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, trying to back away from the Old Timer’s Day guys… Do you find that you look at each round and want like 5 guys from each round?

                    • Nico says:
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                      Definitely. Actually, I’m lying. This last round was the first round I felt okay not getting any of those guys *where they went. Hosmer looked good, but I’m not ready to commit to another corner guy yet. Also, like you said to Cram It below, lots of time to think things over, which makes me rearrange what I think my roster could be way too many times. I probably would have made a few mistakes if this were a quicker draft.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      See, I like Leonys, Gray, Santana, Belt and Pollock

                    • Nico says:
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                      Maybe it’s just because I felt that I liked Santana over all of those guys, and I came to terms with the fact I wouldn’t get any of them the next shot I had haha. So, coming to terms with my picks also appears to be a benefit of these long drafts..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You sound so well adjusted… I wish there was a catcher run so I didn’t have to worry about people taking anything else

                    • Nico says:
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                      Haha maybe I’m diggin this slow draft format after all! You know it’ll come, it’s just a matter of when!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I have to admit, I partly mentioned catchers so if anyone’s reading this from our draft they’ll panic and draft a catcher

                    • Nico says:
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                      Damn it! No wonder my queue looks like this:

                      Matt Wieters
                      Wilson Ramos
                      Brian McCann
                      Yadier Molina
                      Travis d’Arnaud
                      Mike Zunino

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, oops!

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: I completely agree. I’m staring at 10 bats now like “OMG I want all of these guys!”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I know, right? Seriously, like every other pick looks good…Prolly cause there’s so much time to think things over

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: For reals, this next pick is the hardest one I’ve had to make so far. I might actually use some of my pick clock. Well, at least more than 30 seconds this time.

                    • Nico says:
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                      @Cram It: Don’t pick Rusney!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, my next pick might be the last one for today the way this goes… Once it hits Marquis it’s done

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      The Marquis De Stop?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think Jason Marquis is in our league, he drafts about as fast as he throws

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      The team is co-owned between him and Bronson Arroyo. You’re screwed.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And Phil Neikro

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      They occasionally call Jamie Moyer for guidance. That guidance can take up to 3 hours and is actually a talk about grass growing and paint drying.

                    • Nico says:
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                      My nickname for him is Mar-queue, you know, bc he doesn’t know how to use that feature…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha! It’s so easy to autodraft just one round… I mean, if you want three guys and there’s only two guys in front of you, then autodraft

                    • Nico says:
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                      Preach! Damn. Gordon/Avisail B2B. Now those are guys I thought about taking last pick.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, Avisail was my pick…Now I have no idea where I’m going… I may take a left turn

                    • Nico says:
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                      You just got dealt a shit hand right there

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s a good old fashioned OF run right there

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    Is Jamie Moyer the GM

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And the old lady with the will in Better Call Saul

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: fundrum!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oregon’s fundrum? How dare you!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: wrong conversation yet still hilarious response so I give it a solid Ha!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m #1! When do you get in tomorrow?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: 12:15

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Is that a psalm?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: It might be the call for the end of days in Phoenix

  27. Rob says:
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    Mixed Keeper league – OBP not AVG
    I have a good chance to win this year – do I try Corey Seager (minor deal) and Fransisco Lindor (minor deal) for Adrian Beltre – slight auction dollar bargain but for 1 year only.

    TIA

    • Hawk says:
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      @Rob:

      If you have a chance to win this year, don’t deal Beltre.

      • Rob says:
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        @Hawk: I realized my sentence was ambiguous – I would be getting Beltre… so I assume your would tell me Go get Beltre” ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rob: I’d want Beltre

  28. cashmoney says:
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    Grey

    Pick one keeper for a 12 team league

    Altuve, Arenado, Brantley

    thanks

  29. Panti Jose says:
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    Thanks as always Grey for the help and great content!

    Keeper question for 5×5 roto, 13 team, $260 auction:

    Pick three keepers of these six for single year:

    Rizzo, $15 (given)
    Frazier, $11
    Arenado, $8
    Bautista, $34
    Mesoraco, $7
    D. Santana, $6

  30. goodfold2 says:
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    trying to get 2 more spots to make a 14 team H2H on yahoo with hits/total bases/losses as extra categories. $75 or $150 will be buy in on leaguesafe (we’ll decide after we get the last 2 owners). Also we’ll be voting on whether or not to add some pitching slots/possibly changing AVG to OBP. Any interest leave email here. This is long time league that used to be 18/16 teamer, but a lot of guys dropped out when buy in went up to $200 last year, some still didn’t come back. rosters are 1 of every position with 3 OF and 2 utils. 3 SP/2 RP/ 2 P slots (we could vote these more), and 20 minimum innings per week. 8 will make playoffs. money will go mostly to playoff winner/2nd place but some will go to division winners also.

  31. Randy says:
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    Yo Grey great article as always! You rule! Thanks. Think you could weigh in on some keeper options for me? Standard 5×5 plus batter Ks and OPS/L and QS for pitchers (7×7). $285 budget. Can Keep up to 3 years with annual $5 escalators. 25 man rosters.

    Pick 4:

    Cole Hamels – 21
    Iwakuma – 14
    Jorge Soler – 14
    Pablo Sandoval – 13
    Devin Mesoraco – 12
    Ryu – 7
    Trumbo – 7
    Jimmy Rollins – 3
    Greg Polanco – 2
    Javier Baez – 1
    Danny Salazar – 1
    Mike Fiers – 1
    James Paxton – 0

    Would definitely really appreciate the input!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy: Thanks! Polanco, Salazar, Soler, Sandoval

  32. longbeachyo says:
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    Yo Grey! Quick question for you…
    I’m now in a keeper league where you can keep up to four players totaling 20 dollars. It’s a 10 team yahoo league 7×7 with QS, K/9, OBP & Hits. Here is the list of players and their values I’m inheriting from the guy that finished in 2nd place last year.
    Arenado – $1
    Brantley – $2
    Kimbrel – $14
    Arrieta – $2
    Chapman – $5
    Ryu – $3
    Calhoun – $1
    Carpenter – $5
    Mesoraco – $2
    Springer – $2
    Paxton – $1
    Pineda – $1
    DeGrom – $2

    Who would you keep? I’m thinking definitely Arenado, Brantley and Arrieta which brings my value to 5 dollars. Who else? According to your ranks I should go Chapman or Kimbrel, but, like you, I’m not a big fan of closers. The only thing that gives them more value in this league is the k/9 category. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, Brantley, Springer, Aroldis

  33. Stick Ball Al says:
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    ” BREAKING MLB NEWSFLASH ” Melvin Upton announces his new name change. I will now go by the name of M. V. Prince Upton. The name Melvin jinxed me and I got hurt. Will this crap storm ever end…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      “I’ll stopping with MV and now going by 1005, which is MV in Roman numerals.”

  34. Bubba says:
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    12 team, 5×5, standard, $260, keeper league…I can keep up to 5…which to keep?

    1B Goldschmidt – $28
    UT Ortiz (DH) – $10
    3B Beltre – $40
    2B Kendrick – $6
    SS Escobar – $5
    OF Bruce – $31
    OF Holliday – $26
    OF Khris Davis – $9
    OF Revere – $15

    P Kluber – $6
    P Alex Wood – $7
    P Grienke – $26
    P D. Duffy – $5
    RP Cody Allen – $5

    My first take is: Goldy, Ortiz (although I don’t like the DH lack of flexibility), Kluber, & A. Wood…that’s 4/5

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those 4 and Davis

  35. Buck says:
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    Grey,
    Who to keep in my H2H 12 team league? Xander with my 14th rd pick or Javier Baez with my 11th rd pick? Already keeping Wong, Dickerson, and Harvey for late rd picks. We can keep four total. TIA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander

  36. Chris says:
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    Draft hasn’t even started and i already have a trade question! In my 10 team H2H keeper league I kept Tulo at a 4th round pick. I have been offered Jose Abreu at a 13th round pick straight up for Tulo. I already have Goldy, so Abreu will be my Utility guy.

    I am keeping at my 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th right now with Tulo and if i get abreu it would be 1st, 3rd, 5th and 13th.

    Worth it to do the trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Abreu

  37. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Magoo and I are splitting an NFBC Online Championship team ($75k top prize). Just won the Trout lottery. Never owned him. Looking forward to it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, congrats, that’s huge…You must be pumped

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Super. Probably be a nice assortment of SP1s on the 2/3 wheel too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you can likely get Sale or Strasburg if you want them…. Scherzer I bet is gone

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Magoo loves Braun and Stras. We go back and forth on Braun a lot. I really didn’t like him last year. Magoo did. He really likes him again this year. I guess I’m kind of warming to the idea. In my mind he’s never stayed on the field or produced without mother’s little helper. I know that’s correlation without causation. But I can’t help it. It looks like a duck, it walks like a duck, it quacks like a duck.

            • Big Magoo

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              @GhostTownSteve: The thing with Braun is that I think his thumb was the issue last season rather than the lack of juicing (though there might be a cause-effect there). Shouldn’t be an issue at the first slot though. Plenty of options on the board at the 2/3 turn.

              • Cram It says:
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                @Big Magoo: I’m on the Braun train too. Dude can hit…and run some. Last year was the thumb thing. Of course no one really knows if that’ll be completely fine this year, but if it is, watch out.

                • Big Magoo

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                  @Cram It: Yup. He claims that the cryotherapy took care of the thumb issue, though he could be exaggerating. Best shape of my life and all that. Still hit 19 homers and stole 11 bags last season even though he couldn’t grip the bat in the 2nd half before he was shut down.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think he’s wrong on Braun…I don’t trust him at all… The thumb is a huge concern for that early

              • Big Magoo

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                @Grey: Yeah, he’s a bit risky that high, for sure. Depends on how you evaluate risk though. Harper, Donaldson, Hanley, and Arenado are all risky options at that spot too, but it doesn’t make them bad picks. Just depends on roster construction.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Braun is what? 32 and hasn’t been good in 2 years? Yeah, he’s one more season from being Josh Hamilton

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Grey: V-Mart was 35 last year, Bautista and Cruz were both 33. None were coming off of especially strong 2013 campaigns. None were as good as Braun at his peak. Cruz served a PED suspension. All of them have had injury issues in recent years. They were pretty good last year, no?

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @Big Magoo:

                      You’re gradually wearing me down on this one, and yet…

                    • Sky

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                      But the risk/reward factor on those players was different. If that is part of how you’re weighing your options and you’re using those guys as comps, you’re being a bit unfair on the analysis. Still love you, though.

                    • Grey

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                      Feels like apples and oranges… V-Mart was an anomaly, Cruz and Bautista always had more power than Braun

                    • Big Magoo

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                      @Big Magoo: V-Mart was an anomaly, and he carried less risk due to his draft day cost. Just included him for an age/durability comp.

                      Last year was just the 2nd time that Cruz hit 30+ homers in his MLB career. Braun has hit at least 32 five times and is younger. Not sure about the power comp.

                      And Sky – how is Braun riskier than those four players that I mentioned above? With Harper and Arenado, you’re betting on youth and talent, but at that draft position, also production that neither one has ever achieved at the major league level. Hanley is an injury risk, and Donaldson is a single digit steals player who’s never hit 30 homers. How is Braun riskier than any of them?

                    • Sky

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                      The risk/reward factor on Cruz and V-Mart in 2014 is a totally different conversation to Braun, BM. That’s why I mentioned them specifically. I’m not comping on those other guys, you were using players who were drafted low and came up big as part of your evaluation of Braun. Very not apples to apples. Unless I read it wrong and if so, I apologize.

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @Big Magoo:

                      I kind of see Magoo’s point with these comps. They provide counter-evidence to the risk objections. Braun was a PED creation? Well so was Nelson Cruz and look what he did. Braun is old? He’s not actually that old. I think the Braun injury concern is perhaps more serious given that it’s a thumb thing . As to Bautista and Cruz having more power, true-ish but Braun has some value in his legs and that didn’t seem to diminish much last year.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I like Billy Butler for great return value this year

                      *runs and hides under the desk*

                    • Big Magoo

                      Big Magoo says:
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                      @Big Magoo: Sky – I brought up V-Mart, Bautista, and Cruz as Braun comps in response to the age/durability/off-year comment of Grey’s. I mentioned Harper/Donaldson/Arenado/Hanley as ADP comps for this season. Just covering the bases.

                      And you can stuff your sorries in a sack, mister!

                    • Sky

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                      Ah that makes sense. I get what you’re saying. For me it’s not just the age. I don’t consider Braun a juicer in the classical context. The guy has an amazing swing. I think he juiced to get over his injuries faster. Of course they helped him maintain as well. Steamer thinks he’s Harper/Puig this year. I’d rather bank on youth if that’s the case, though

                    • Big Magoo

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                      @Big Magoo: Yeah, I completely understand both arguments for and against Braun. It’s basically a matter of risk assessment. Is he riskier than the young players who haven’t proven much yet, or an injury risk like Hanley who has proven himself from a performance aspect? We’ll have to wait and see…

  38. nick the dick says:
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    Yo G, i’ve missed you deeply. Growing weary of all this snow shoveling, can I come live with you? I do a few household chores, was trained to get along nicely with cougars, am a moderately quiet masturbator, and my beard shed shouldn’t leave any more hair than Ted does. Think about it…you peep this yet? http://youtu.be/wyxt-S6K_Vg…..in other hip hop news, Sadat X is doing a show next week at a bar down the skreet from me, should be nice to get a little Brand Nubes in my life! In ‘nother other, I could recommend a Ghostface album to you, but hard to keep up with it when the dude drops an album every couple months. Its bonkers. But his new joint is cool, all done with a live band behind him. Called Sour Soul, check it out….almost through all of Mad Men in time for the final season, just so spectacular…First RCL draft on the 9th, as Biggie would’ve wanted it that way in celebration of his death. Can’t wait!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have a guest room, you have to share with Ted… I peeped that like 500 times the day it came out… I’m trying to get Cougs to pull some strings and get me on the set, but it seems like a longshot after Suge killed someone… I’ll check out Ghostface, thanks! You have to see Sadat, have to.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Good, already bought a non-refundable one-way ticket…..of course youve seen that NWA trailer already, you are always ahead of the game on movies, anything Giamatti me like alotti…most certainly going to see Sadat, was kinda suprised he will be at a tiny little dive bar in my town. That local DJ i told you about a while back who always transitions the songs from the original sample into the hip hop song is doing the show with him. Didnt know dude had those kinda connections. Should be dope though!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That reminds me, I think Cougs has a connection to Giamatti, maybe I’ll see if she can finagle him to the podcast… re: Sadat? I’m not that surprised, what has he done? Oh, but it will definitely be dope

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Cougs sure is plugged into the social pipeline huh? You definitely gotta get on having some celebs pop on the podcast…..True, it IS just Sadat, and we do have some decent places around here that have good notable hip hop shows, but a shitty bar in New London CT just seems like an odd choice.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You think Sadat will do his parts of Brand Nubian songs?

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Hoping so, it’d be nice

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @nick the dick: Yeah buddy im in your RCL

      • nick the dick says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Yup, i’m sufficiently amplified!

  39. endershadow says:
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    What is wil Myers trade value in a dynasty league? Would I be able to get wainwright or Pujols from a rebuilding team? Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe Pujols, try it

  40. Cram It says:
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    Man, I’m stumped. I’m going OF. I don’t know if I should go safe/know what you’re getting or a man-crush. Do you have a specially made Razzball coin for flipping?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coming soon to the Razzball Store! You know which OF I’m looking at if you can see my rankings… Who you’ll prolly take…

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: I know who your rankings would take. It’s probably smarter. But I’m a bit of a wild card.

        Seriously, I would buy one of those. Like, dead serious.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I kinda wanted Revere, TBH, but that was more of a team needs thing

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I get that. Ugh, not so wild card. I’m a wuss.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Avisail was my pick

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: That’s exactly who I was debating over!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I really wanted an OF, but it might not make sense anymore

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    What round was Avisail for you?

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Sky: He went 10.5

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Well shit, I better get on it then. Hopefully he’s still there when I come up. But Gregory Polanco is also still available and I already have 3 OF…GAH. Maybe someone will take Polanco so I won’t have to think about it.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      10th, right before I wanted him

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I am entering the 10th round and have 3 OF (Zimmerman COULD slide to CI or UTIL if I needed him to), 2 SP, 1 RP and 1B/3B/CI locked up and still refuse to draft C/MI. Call me crazy but the moat is so minimal past the top 2 or 3 at MI/C I see zero reason to even be thinking about them right now. So far the draft room has agreed.

                    • Grey

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                      I have SS with Hanley and 2 OF… Everything else the same

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Hanley will be your downfall

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Likely

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      It’s ok, he’s been the downfall of many a GM, both real and fake. You’re in good company.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I just realized, I have 3 OF with Hanley getting it after ten days

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ah true but we both know that’s cheating. Unless you really want to draft Yunel Escobar or something…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      BTW I’m sitting at the airport with a flight delay so you’re just getting spammed by me. I’m just making up for JFOH not being on here much today for you.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I just took Denard Dawg

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yeah, I’m going nowhere near the Denard train myself this year. SAGNOF’ing like a mo’fo in the later rounds, though.

                    • Grey

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                      I don’t love him, but he made sense for my team… I was at around $6 in SB total and everything else was in the $20s

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yeah I haven’t hit the SB too hard yet at all. Lotta 10+ guys and 5+ guys. Of course, that might change at the turn and again, no MI yet

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Crazy thing is according to my calculations my average is better than my RBIs… Um, oops

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hmmm… Cheating appeals to me

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Sky: Tough call if you have 3 OF already. Polanco went 7.14 for us.

                    • Sky

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                      I’ve been using the ADP as part of my eval process. The NFBC rankings are a bit nutty, IMHO.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Alcides is ranked 337, and Yasmany was 1178, nuff said

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      It’s pretty clear they don’t let a little thing called ‘recent news’ get in the way either. Kenley Jansen still sitting there ranked 73

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Speaking of Alcides, what’s the difference between Elvis Andrus And Escobar? Answer: about 200 spots in ranking

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Totally agree… Alcides has actually been better than him for 2 of 3 years, so figure that out

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: thanks for covering sky, Ive had a shitty morning and the day just keeps getting crappier

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      So many poop references…

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: I had Arcia third for consideration. Khris Davis a distant 4th

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, they were on my list, but OF is stripped bare now

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We’ve drafted 5 more OF than ADP at this point

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Cram It: I like skys love affair with travis snider

                    • The Great Knoche says:
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                      @Cram It: I was deciding between Avasail and Denard. I’m a little batting average light, so I thought about Span, but hoping Garcia finds a way to make .270 happen and hits the 30 Dongs.

  41. NickfromtheRoc says:
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    Thanks as always for the great website. I too am in need of some keeper help. 12 team H2H, regular 5×5 categories. Able to keep 8 total players, including one rookie (no MLB experience before 2014). I blew up my roster last year, leaving me a little thing on solid keepers, but have 3 picks in the “first” (9th) round.

    Definite keepers: J. Abreu, Frazier, Chapman, Marte, Machado (although according to top 400 he should be my 10th keeper).

    Which 3 of these would you pick (listed in order from the top 400): Hughes, Blackmon, A. Gordon, JD Martinez, Danny Salazar, Hahn (as my rookie).

    Any help is appreciated as always…

    • nick the dick says:
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      @NickfromtheRoc: Geez, nobody wants to help you huh? I’d say Blackmon, Salazar, Gordon

      • NickfromtheRoc says:
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        @nick the dick: Haha…. Thanks guys. I was beginning to feel a bit left out…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NickfromtheRoc: Sorry missed you earlier… Salazar, Hughes, Blackmon

  42. Troy says:
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    So I was all set to keep Rus at $3 and Polanco at $3 to add to my Rizzo at $12 for next year. Now I have no idea what I am doing? Do I keep Baez at $3 instead of Rus? Maybe I keep Rosenthal at $6, Hughes at $4 or Paxton at $4? Damn you Red Sox, Damn you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Baez

  43. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Albright I know you love this stuff like I do…

    Miguel Cabrera close to running outside

    Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is close to progressing to running outside. He’s running on an anti-gravity treadmill at 72% weight. Once he gets to 80%, he’ll be ready for outside running.

    So much to love there. The absurdity of making progress towards running…outside. The fact that we’re using anti-gravity. The precision of 72% vs 80%.

    Hey coach, I was at 79% today. Think I can run outside?

    Do I think you can run outside? Sure so long as you get a few shots of tequila in you and carry a pair of scissors in each hand. Do I think you can run outside??? Hell no I do not think that somebody at 79% can run outside. Now go down to the indoor cage and take 19 dry swings. And if I walk by there and see an actual baseball on a goddamn tee so help me god…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw that and laughed, I only wish that news came out yesterday so I could’ve talked about it…. “I thought he was at 74% but I’m at 68% so it’s hard to say,” says Jose Iglesias

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        *saw that

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Point of order is this 80% functional running?

        Ron Wolforth’s Anti-Gravity Functional Running Ranch

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Little known fact: Ron Wolforth’s ranch is actually on the moon

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I am 100% willing to believe that. It’s less improbable than a Scott Kazmir comeback, for instance.

            Scott Kazmir…proud former dude on the Ron Wolforth Baseball Ranch on the Moon.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              “I was sitting in Half Moon Bay, and then they came for me. You can imagine my surprise!”

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @GhostTownSteve:

          One of my biggest hopes for 2015 baseball is that Barry Zito makes the A’s so that “Ron Wolforth’s Baseball Ranch” never goes away.

          Can we get functional running in the razz glossary?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Barry Zito’s at functional breathing

  44. Joe says:
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    Trying to work out a trade in a 10 team H2H OBP league. We get $100 to keep players and I have Harper and Bogaerts under contract so I have to keep them. I can’t afford to keep both McCutchen and Abreu. Another owner and I have discussed two deals, either seem better than the other?

    Trade 1
    I send Jose Fernandez ($5) + higher draft pick
    I get Rendon ($26) + lower draft pick
    My keepers: McCutchen ($39), Harper ($26), Bogaerts ($7), Rendon, Buxton ($1), Sano ($1)

    Trade 2
    I send Fernandez, Bogaerts and Jose Abreu ($32) + lower draft pick
    I get Rendon ($26) and Harvey ($4) + higher draft pick
    Keepers: McCutchen, Rendon, Harper, Harvey, Buxton, Sano

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe: I guess i should also point out if I make no deal then my keepers are probably: McCutchen, Harper, Bogaerts, Fernandez, Buxton then some combo of Seager ($15), Heyward ($15), Kluber ($22), Greinke ($19) so I really want Rendon who would be a big upgrade there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do the 2nd

  45. Jay says:
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    We keep 5 in 10 tm league. We allow draft pick trading so in exchange for going for it last year i don’t pick until the 11th round pick 102.

    I can trade Beltre for Pujols. I wouldn’t mind having my Corners going into the draft. I’ve mocked a bit and there’s pitching available for me, but nothing spectacular. Several of my league mates heavily value pitching.

    would you rather keep
    Group A: Stanton, Jones, Arenado, Scherzer, Pujols
    Group B: Stanton JOnes, Arenado, Scherzer Upton
    Group C: Stanton. Jones, Arenado Upton Puig

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A looks solid

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: Should I have any concerns about Pujols, healthwise. If im keeping him I need 150 gms, ya know

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My AB projections are in my rankings…

          • Jay says:
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            @Grey:
            cool I check it out

            one other possibiilty would be keeping
            Stanton Jones Arenado Scherzer and Desmond

            Desmond owner likes Upton or Puig.

            If i can get that deal done, keep desmond over Pujols
            or desmond over scherzer and deal with the pitching?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Over Pujols

              • Jay says:
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                @Grey: sweet that’s what im working on now!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nice!

              • Jay says:
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                @Grey: ah man, sorry to keep asking but I can get Donaldson for either sale or scherzer here too.
                So its basically Stanton, Jones, Arenado Scherzer and
                a. Puig
                b. Upton
                c. pujols
                d. donaldson
                e. desmond

                i don’t want to complain about this, but this is a lot harder than I thought it’d be!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d take him for Sale

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jay: D. Stanton, Jones, Arenado, Scherzer, Puig

      • Jay says:
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        @Cram It: i entertained that but with Stanton and Jones kept already Id rather spread my hitters out. Mocking there isn’t much offensive power when I pick and I’ll have to grab some pitching with my first pick or two. Plus there’s a good chance i can move pui prior to the draft and recoup some picks.

  46. OutLateDrinking says:
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    I am in a 12 team dynasty league where we can keep 10 players. We have a potential 3 team trade in the works and I wanted your most perverted thoughts on it.

    I give up Stanton and Abreu for Trout
    Team B gives up Trout and Kipnis and gets Rizzo and Stanton
    Team C gives up Rizzo and Polanco and gets Abreu and Kipnis

    I feel like I might be giving up too much for Trout…or is that even possible?

  47. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Pick 2 of 4 for standard H2H keepers: Torii Hunter, Trevor Bauer, Adam Eaton or Napoli.

    Thanks man!
    Nick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eaton, Bauer

  48. goodfold2 says:
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    starting a deep league 16 team (28 man rosters, so 448 drafted players) roto redraft with these 11 stats per hitter/pitcher: normal 5X5 plus hits/slugging/OBP/OPS/net steals/XBH and these pitcher: holds/K per 9 /K per BB/ OPBA/net saves and holds/QS. 1 of every position with 1 extra OF and 3 utils, 3 BN, 5 SP/ 5 RP/ 1 P slots. 3 DL’s. 1 NA.
    [email protected] or drop your email here. 12 spots open so far.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: draft is 8:15 AM March 28th (saturday).

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: draft time changed to march 27th (friday) at 8:15 PM.

  49. Cram It says:
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    Man, I’m ruing not going with Avisail already. The deal breaker was that I’m going to own him in my auction draft. I’m anti-eggs-in-one-basket. At least I didn’t pick Denard Span. hehe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Yeah, was an unlikely choice for me but my average, runs and steals needed help and he fit the bill… Doesn’t usually bother me having eggs in one basket… Just gotta hope you don’t drop the basket…

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Yeah my team AVG is pretty shee-ite. I don’t know if I can fix that this late.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Cram It: Yeah I have you projected at .265 with 1 point. I’m at .275 with 2 points. 13 points is currently at .282 so not out of reach, but the 13-2 point gap is smaller then the gap from you to me.

          • Cram It says:
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            @The Great Knoche: Where do I find that? That’s a pretty big gap indeed, but if a team hits .282 for the year, that’s kinda bonkers. Gordon’s going to hit .290 and Avisail’s going to hit .245. That hasn’t been accounted for yet.

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Cram It:It isnt on site. I use an online program to plug in how the draft goes and it gives me rankings. I dont always agree with their projections, but it at least gives me a baseline to go off of, for what I need to look at later in drafts.

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Cram It: Gordon and Garcia are in there.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You can go to our 15 team Rater and add up your players dollars for average… You can also try our war room…

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: I’ve tried using the war room before. It’s either too complicated for me or I’m too lazy to figure it out, or somewhere in between. All good. I’ve got some AVG sleepers baby!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Let me look at your team…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, you’re low on average, Davis will do that to you… I don’t have anyone projected over .280 for you either…

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Hey thanks. Yeah I looked over your projections regarding avg at this point. I really do believe Davis will bat +.250. I’m not overly concerned with my team BA

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Even if Davis does, you’re likely low, but like I said originally average is fluky

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Later it gets the harder it will be… But it’s always difficult to account for average, so it wouldn’t be my first concern…

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: Any idea how far along the other 2 Razzball NFBC drafts are?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t know about Sky’s but Rudy’s is going into the 13th, I believe

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think Sky’s is just ahead of us

  50. Det. John Kimble says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I know you’re not high on guys like Revere and Altuve. In a league that counts “Hits” as a category, would you bump these guys up a bit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure a little bit

  51. Corey says:
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    Is there any reason to want Yelich over Marte for my OF2? I want my second outfielder to give me SBs, Runs and a strong average with a little bit of pop. 10-12 HRS would be fine. Marte is ranked well above Yelich, but I feel Yelich will provide more runs and a better AVG. Conversely, Marte would give more SBs and HRs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SBs and HRs are easily to count on

      • Corey says:
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        @Grey: Can you clarify?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Corey: Anyones (Marte) HR’s and SB’s are easier to ‘guarantee’ than anyone’s (Yelich’s) avg and runs. My guess.

  52. Curtis says:
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    Anybody interested in joining my keeper league? In year 5, $200 buy-in, will have solid keeper options and only keep 5 anyway. Auction draft, standard 2C 23 man starting lineups with 2 bench slots and DL slots, FAAB.

    Email me at jonescurtisw at gmail if so. Thanks razzballers.

  53. TPain says:
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    12-team weekly 6X6; R, RBI, HR, SB, OBP, SLG.
    10 keepers; (4) OF, no CI, no MI

    Deal?
    3yrs of Abreu (4th, 3rd, 2nd)
    3yrs of Buxton (17th, 15th, 13th)
    pick 1.9 (likely someone like JUp, Harper, Cargo)
    for
    4yrs of Trout (pick 1.1, 1st, 1st, 1st)
    1yr of EE (4th).

    WWGD?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Trout

  54. Tony says:
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    Grey,

    You the man. In a 14 team H2H league I’ve been in for 4 years they’re switching the AVG category to OBP. Now the counting categories will be be OBP/Hits/Runs/SB/HR/RBI and WHIP/ERA/SV/W/K’s. I love using the WarRoom for Excel while drafting live. Will I need to switch up the ranking now that my league has switched to OBP? Or will having a Hits category still keep the rankings the same? Thanks in advance!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can go to our OBP rankings and see what adjustments to make…

  55. Bammers says:
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    who would you rather have in a 5×5 roto dynasty league? mark teixeira, logan morrison, or ender inciarte? team is built to win now. i have extra rookie picks and someone wants them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of them, depends on needs

      • Bammers says:
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        @Grey:

        sorry, i should have added more details. its a deep 16 team league. sadly, not any better on the wire. we are in our rookie draft, and i dont have any more minor league spots. i am going to deal a couple of really late rookie picks that i dont have room for in return for one of those guys. i guess i should say, which one is the least terrible?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tex

  56. Chuzwozza says:
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    To get a feel for things I went to an autopick league. Standrad 5X5. Ended up with this:

    C Rosario; 1B Rizzo; 2B Dozier; 3B Arenado; SS Alexei Ramírez; OF Adam Jones, Carlos González, Céspedes; Util Longoria, Yasmani Tomás

    SP Samardzija, Smyly; RP Carrasco, Mejía; P Hyun-jin Ryu, Liriano, Ventura Salazar

    BN Avisail García, Jean Segura, Kennys Vargas, Castellanos, Scooter Gennett

    Bit of a run on SPs so am well down on Saves with most reputable closers gone. Is this a salvageable team? Any comments, advice welcome.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea how many teams

      • Chuzwozza says:
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        @Grey: Sorry! 12 teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, it’s a fairly shallow league so you’ll need to play with streamers since your pitching staff is the weakest part of your team… It’s not bad though… No idea why you have so many bench bats…

      • Chuzwozza says:
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        @Grey: Thanks a lot for the reply. Players were ‘allocated’ so not sure why batters were picked above pitchers for the bench? Perhaps a ranking error on my behalf.
        Streaming involves picking up and dropping pitchers on a regular basis right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

      • Chuzwozza says:
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        @Grey: Apologies. One more if I may? Any bench bats worth hanging on to or sacrifice most (if not all) for pitchers once streaming begins?

  57. slew says:
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    Ballz! Just heard that Hunter Pence was hit by a pitch and likely has a broken forearm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that sucks

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @slew: @Grey:
        Nooooooooooooooooo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The Manbird is down

  58. tone DEAF! says:
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    Man, its finally here! Player ROUNDUPS!

    I am in a 12team H2H custom points league where the points structure tries to equalize pitchers to batters. In the past, we used yahoo’s default point settings and they de-valued pitchers so much because they simply didn’t score as many points as hitters. Well we have been tweaking our points system for a couple years now and we think we finally dialed it in. I typically follow your rankings religiously. I know you say to wait on pitchers, but with our league points setup, would you get into drafting pitchers earlier? Just to give you an idea, here’s the top players, in order, from last year:

    Cueto
    Kershaw
    F-Her
    Kluber
    Trout
    Wain-o
    Price
    Altuve
    Lester
    Brantley
    Stanton
    V-mart
    Joe Bats
    Mad-Max

    • tone DEAF! says:
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      @tone DEAF!:
      And I know the top 4 are all pitchers, but I think elite pitchers were really good last year and elite hitters were kinda eh, in comparison. In 2013, there were more bats towards the top.

      • tone DEAF! says:
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        @tone DEAF!:
        2013
        Trout
        Miggy
        Kershaw
        Goldy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have to draft pitchers higher in a points league, you need a top SP

      • tone DEAF! says:
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        @Grey:
        Ok. Ya, maybe I’ll just move pitchers up a round or so earlier in your rankings.

        Thanks – you’re the man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  59. Jay says:
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    So the downfall of drafting early is you get guys like pence.
    Pompey or schoop

    Can move Dannys to OF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pompey, but depends on needs

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        the first “depends on needs” of 2015!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Let’s keep count

  60. vinodole says:
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    Grey,

    I’m in a serious keeper dilemma. Damn, it took me three chances to spell dilemma. That’s how flustered this dilemma has me!!

    I can keep 5 guys for 3 more years each because I drafted all of the following guys late enough or picked them up. But I is actually we, I’m co-owning this particular team with a good friend, which was great last year, but is potentially presenting an issue now. Anyway, here’s the list of guys ranked by my friend’s preference:

    1 Rendon (btw 5×5 league w/ OBP instead of AVG, Rendon for 3 more so sexy longtime)
    2 Kluber
    3 Bryant
    4 Harvey
    5 Springer
    6 Carrasco
    7 Betts

    The problem is my friend is set on Harvey as we stashed him all last year, and I was too, but I love Carrasco as much as you do, so I’m struggling with this. I think there’s no getting out of not keeping Carrasco, I’m just venting. Have to keep Springer because A) he’s a hitter, B) 20 hr in half season w/ .336 OBP his rookie season and C) there is no C…. It just sucks having Carrasco in my our grasp for three more years and not being able to keep him… (did I use that strike feature correctly!?!)

    Should I try really hard to convince my friend to keep Carrasco over Harvey? Ugh, the struggle that is being a fantasy baseball manager!!!

    Thanks for the gigs and analysis as always!

    • vinodole says:
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      @vinodole: Haha, now I see how it works! Should read:

      It just sucks having Carrasco in my our grasp for three more years and not being able to keep him…

      (Unless I still didn’t figure it out? *Anxiously clicks “Post Comment” praying to the Elder Gods that he won’t look like even more of a fool, meanwhile demonstrating exactly how foolish he truly is by typing in the third person*)

      • vinodole says:
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        @vinodole: I give up!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I’d keep Carrasco over Harvey

  61. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    Hey Grey / all –

    first day of waivers – who am I grabbing (can grab 2 b/c of NA exemptions) – best overall value this year:

    Shane greene
    Markakis
    Reddick
    Pagan
    Ryan Howard
    Joakim soria (have Joe Nathan; my other relievers are Cishek and Boxberger – Soria’s best available RP – otherwise, O’day or Watson are there, too)

    Thanks a lot!

    • MattTruss

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      Greene and Reddick….in which case, you should really see a doctor

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @MattTruss: haha nice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs… Greene

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Grey: cheers. I’m good for at least 40 more ‘depends on needs’es

  62. Tim Shand says:
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    13 team keeper league, Roto 5×5, OBP instead of BA. I can keep one of the following.
    -Hanley Ramirez(round 5)
    -Matt Harvey(round 7)
    -Alex Cobb(round 11)
    -Michael Brantley(round 12)
    -Ian Desmond(round 12)
    -Gregory Polanco(round 14)
    -Alex Wood(round 15)

    My other keepers are Bryce Harper, Bryon Buxton, and Corey Dickerson. Can you guys please rank your top 3 of the above? Thank you.

    • MattTruss

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      Desmond, Brantley, Wood

      If you only start 3 OF though, I’d move Wood in front of Brantley considering your OF appears pretty full for the foreseeable future. Also, if it’s keep forever an argument could be made for Polanco too.

      • Tim Shand says:
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        Thanks for your opinion. Couple of questions. Do you think Harvey returns to dominance? I understand it’s probably unlikely this year, but say next year? It is a keeper forever league, what would you say Polanco’s ceiling is long-term?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, next year

        • MattTruss

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          I do, but as you mention, I’m bearish on those prospects for this year. Knowing it’s keep forever now though…yea I could see a case for Harvey there.

          As far as Polanco, I’m pretty high on his prospects. 25/30/.290 as a ceiling with 20/25 probably a safer bet. Carlos Gomez with a little better average might be a fair comp.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Truss

  63. RiffRaff says:
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    If we knew Betts would play full time, where would you slot him in the 2B ranks?
    Ahead of Kipnis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, around Wong

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