Like the 2nd basemen to target, this is necessary.  You want to take flyers on late middle infielders.  I like a few top shortstops this year:  Hanley, Desmond and Tulo, but if you don’t get them, don’t sweat it and definitely don’t ‘panic reach’ for another shortstop just because you feel like you need one.  This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Lichtenstein) supplement to the top 20 shortstops for 2015 fantasy baseball.  The players listed have a draft rank after 200 on other sites.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2015 projections.  Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2015 fantasy baseball:

Jean Segura (Yahoo 247, ESPN 211) I already gave you my Jean Segura sleeper, and I ranked him about 100 picks above most big box sites.  Yet…Again with some stank…YET!  I sense no one wants to own Segura.  I get it.  He burned you last year like Bruce Jenner’s burning all his jockstraps.  He burned me too.  Here’s a good thing to remember.  This isn’t last year.  I know, crazy.  When you were younger, you forgot what happened on New Year’s Eve.  Now, you forget what year it is.  Why do we even care about Segura?  Oh, I don’t know, because he was the best shortstop in all of fantasy in 2013 and he’s only 24 years old.  I’m not saying throw out his 2014 completely like it didn’t happen, but what makes us, say, throw out Pablo Sandoval’s last three subpar years?  It’s not like his great year in 2011 was that amazing.  Segura wasn’t good last year, but that doesn’t mean he won’t ever be good again.  This year he could be the Liam Nessons.

Danny Santana (Yahoo 187, ESPN 232) I knew I was going to be more excited about Dannys Antana than other sites, but I wasn’t expecting to be over a hundred slots different than some.  Antana is going to be the leadoff hitter on the Twins.  Burp, fart, IBS symptoms.  Right?  Well, the Twins were the 7th best offense last year.  So, that burp, fart, IBS symptom is bringing indirect relief and you don’t even know it.  Also, Antana last year had 7 homers and 20 steals in only 101 games while batting .319.  So, ya know, basically, interjection, better than 15 of 17 shortstops ESPN has above him.  No, he won’t hit .319 again, but he is fast and can hit .260 and steal 30 bases without killing you in power.  If he gets 10 homers and 30 steals, he’s going to challenge the top three at the position.  Yeah, I’d take that in the 23rd round of a ten team league if I were playing John and Joe Schmohawk at ESPN.  (By the by, sign up for our Commenter Leagues now.  We’re not making any new leagues, so the ones that are there are it.)

Chris Owings (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 313) I went over him in the 2nd basemen to target.  You know that because you read everything I write.  Even that Brad Miller sleeper post last year.  Oy gevalt!

Wilmer Flores (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 461) I get the sense that Flores is being ranked low because even the Mets don’t want him.  I say they don’t want him because the Mets have been apologizing all winter for having Flores at shortstop.  First, they said something like, “We’re not too worried about having Flores as our shortstop.”  Like he’s that much worse than Tejada, who they’ve trotted out there for the last few years.  The Mets management is worried about Flores, but signed Cuddyer for two years.  Doesn’t that say how serious we should take anything the Mets management says.  The Mets fans even tried this offseason to start a Kickstarter campaign to buy a billboard to tell the Wilpons to sell the team.  (Don’t even start with the logic about buying a billboard.  Yeah, that’ll get the Mets to sell the team.  “Oh no, Mr. Wilpon, they have a billboard!”)  The Mets don’t like Flores, but that should be taken as a positive.  Flores hit 15 homers and .321 in Triple-A in 2013 and followed that up with 13 homers and .323 last year in Triple-A.  Then he hit 6 homers in only 78 games in Metco.  He’s only 23 years old and he’s not bad.  I’d even go as far to say he’s good.  It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he shocked the world and hit 20 homers and .270.  At shortstop?  That’s near-top 5 stats for the position.  Also, Sky has already given you his Wilmer Flores sleeper.

Jose Ramirez (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 489) Unranked and 489 overall?  Whose ombudsman wife did Jose Ramirez sleep with?  The unranked thing by Yahoo is pretty much their MO if you’ve been following along with the first two positions to target posts.  They don’t rank after 250, which is kinda bonkers, but it’s crazier to think ESPN ranks Ramirez at 489.  Some players above him are Ryan Flaherty, Matt Dominguez, Jake Lamb, Joey Gallo, Welington Castillo, Sam Fuld, Carlos Quentin, Jon Singleton… Oh, that’s just naming a handful of players that don’t have starting jobs that are above him.  Not to mention, Jose Ramirez is slotted in the two hole above Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana, Brandon Moss, Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis on a potential top ten offense.   The same Jose Ramirez that is 22 years old, and stole 38 bases in Double-A in 2013.  I like Lindor as much as the next cat, but waiting on rookies to be promoted is a fool’s game.  Sometimes they’re up in June, sometimes they’re up next year.

Alcides Escobar (Yahoo 214, ESPN 199) I’m not a huge Alcides fan, but at 200+ he’d be a steal.  On a related note, Alcides is projected for 4 HRs and 29 steals at ESPN, and Segura is projected for 7 HRs and 32 steals, and ranked after him.  Jose Ramirez is projected for 3 HRs and 20 steals, and ranked almost 300 spots after Alcides.  Oh… *pounds out a chicken cutlet, fills it with spinach and ricotta cheese, rolls it up, ties it with twine, bakes it on 450 for 18 to 22 minutes, pulls it out and breathes in the aroma* …kay.  Someone reading over your shoulder, “Did he just drop a Chicken Florentine Pause?  I haven’t seen that since a summer I spent in Tuscany.”

 
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Mmmmmm, chicken florentine reference. Melts in my mouth just like Shake’n’Bake from the late 70s (tongue in cheek).

    Nice read, man. I like Dannys and Segura as SUPER sleepers and will jump their bones if Desmond or Bogaerts get injured (God forbid) or if Bogaerts fails to live up to his full potential.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  2. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Heres the results from my RCL last night….I hope you didnt pass out Nick waiting for these:

    C. W.Ramos (289)
    1st. Trumbo (72)
    2nd. Wong (49)
    SS. D.Santana (145)
    3rd. Donaldson (24)
    MI. Alcides (192)
    CI. T.Frazier (48)
    OF. Trout (1)
    OF. Dickerson (25)
    OF. Polanco (73)
    OF. OZUNA (97)
    OF. Souza (169)
    Util. Kennys (241)

    P. Carrasco (96)
    P. Z.Wheeler (144)
    RP. Cishek (120)
    RP. Cecil (217)
    P. Ryu (121)
    P. Hitchison (168)
    P. Quintana (193)
    P. Gausman (216)
    P. S.Miller (240)
    P. Eovaldi (264)
    P. Cingrani (265)
    P. W.Peralta (288)

    First time ive ever owned Trout…happy about that.

    • Mac McMacinmac says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: wait… Someone is passing out nick and I didn’t get any??

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Mac McMacinmac: I’m passing out hot dogs. Choose wisely….

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: JeF! Nice job, man. Not sure about Cishek and Cecil. Depends on who was available I guess but like Grey says when u get Trout it’s special.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Ante GALIC: SAGNOF

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: looks stacked. I drafted last night too and got Trout, Hutchison, Quintana as well. LOVE Q this year. And love the subtle all caps OZUNA as well

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          @JeF With 1 F: i’ve gotten Q nowhere yet this year, and it’s not because i don’t like him, it’s since i’ve drafted in a bunch of leagues (and we even draft more starters than RCL’s too) and most of these guys are going by yahoo rankings, and Quintana is closer to Grey’s rank than most of these are: Carrasco/Shoemaker/Wheeler/Mchugh/Hughes etc, so i’m getting many of those (without having to pay much, if anything, over their ADP’s at yahoo), but then getting very few pitchers of the tiers starting with Bad Mother… Shut yr mouth tier.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: i mean yahoo’s Q rank is closer to Grey’s, as compared to those others, who are all ranked higher by Grey.

    • Cram It says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: My team is better. Your pitching staff is lacking. I’m gonna house that league, son!

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: Wait your in my league

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: Post that shit ill be the judge

        • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: post the league link

        • Cram It says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: Haha. Yeah, I am. You’ll who I am. I’ll be the guy in 1st place at the end of the seasons.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Cram It: Derp. You’ll *know who I am.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Cram It: show em how its done, we taught you well last year

              • Cram It says:
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                @J-FOH: I diverted from the usual strategy. I just needed a live Razzball draft room with real-time alcohol effects, in preparation for tonight’s.

                • JeF With 1 F says:
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                  @Cram It: What team are you

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @JeF With 1 F: Full Baked. I autodrafted the last 3 rounds. That’s how confident I was :)

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

                    • JeF With 1 F says:
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                      @Cram It: Your team looks good….just not as good as mine

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Cram It: usual to who? I hope you were paying attention when we crushed you last year

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @J-FOH: Look, 5 of the first 6 bats I took completely busted out on me. I couldn’t recover offensively. And I mishandled the new-to-me pitching configuration. I’m talking draft strategy-wise, I went away from my usual format in Jef’s.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Cram It: excuses excuses excuses. I completely revamped my offense via the free agent pool. Standing there not doing anything to change your roster is not bad luck, just bad ownership. You better knock that deer in headlights approach Sally. (This is my motivational speaking coming in handy)

                  • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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                    @J-FOH: LoL

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Cram It: I doubt it

            • Cram It says:
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              @JeF With 1 F: Agree to disagree. Your OF is better because Trout. Your pitching is Carrasco. You will quickly learn to fear my team.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Cram It: I give the edge to you Cram, you’re more RCL set up right now. You now what to do

                • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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                  @J-FOH: Crams pitching is solid, the bats are balanced but are simply whelming. Jef’s bats may have a lil more sizzle, will have to stream SP

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Ra’zball Al Ghul: you’re a veteran, if they have active owners then its going to be tough, if its the dead zone like RCL usually turn into, then its not even really a conversation worth having. I never take pride in beating ghosts.

                    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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                      @J-FOH: trew trew. let’s hope for the former

                    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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                      @J-FOH: how many RCLs you rollin in?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Ra’zball Al Ghul: I did a high index league last year and that is some tough azz shizz.

                    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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                      @J-FOH: Yeah I hopped on ECFBL, strong enough drafs, 400 moves a season minimum, daily 360 degrees cyclops w monocle shiz

                    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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                      @J-FOH: I’m psyched for it. currently training in the alps for the upcoming season

                  • JeF With 1 F says:
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                    @Ra’zball Al Ghul: Yeah i like Sale and Wood but i also like Carrasco Wheeler and Ryu…after that i think both of our staffs have alot of risk and upside…dont see much of a difference…actually think mine has a couple less question marks….Im biased though

                    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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                      @JeF With 1 F: Guna be a good battle

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Cram It: *Yawn*….I am gladyour in the league…somebody to talk trash with in these comments

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Cram It: Lets see:
                Puig, Cargo, Blackmon, Avisail, Byrd
                or
                Trout, Dickerson, OZUNA, Polanco, Souza

                Take out Trout and Puig and ill still take my four over yours

                Lets get it on!!

                • Cram It says:
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                  @JeF With 1 F:Your guys are fresher, more “exciting” and “fun” to own. But they’ll ultimately disappoint. This I vow to you.

                  • JeF With 1 F says:
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                    @Cram It: Ha this will be fun

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @JeF With 1 F: Indeed. Huzzah!

    • nick the dick says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: *awakens in a daze getting chest compressions from an EMT* alright enough mouth to mouth!! Nice team F. Back end of staff a tad shaky, but overall nice balance. Definitely worth getting a glimpse of the afterlife

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @nick the dick: Nice glad your ok…i was worried…..Yeah i just went with upside on the back end of the rotation…im sure ill be streaming at least Willy P’s spot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Team looks solid, maybe a tad heavy on speed and light on power, but not much and more than likely just balanced… Have no problems with your pitching except I would’ve taken more closers

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Yeah i feel its pretty balanced…and agree with the closers…i screwed myself by waiting one round to long on them

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya, SAGNOF though, and they always appear on waivers

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Yeah im not too worried about it, thats something i can work out in season

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

  3. scott steelers says:
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    Ok. I need to ask one more time cause I can not decide! Last time, I promise. Final keepee… Betts or Soler… first 4 mccutch, puig, abreu, scherzer. Standard league with 3 OF spots. Thanks!!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @scott steelers: Soler…The Betts situation is too shaky

      • scott steelers says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: thanks guys! Follow up. With all that power I almost feel like I should draft billy h to get an assload of speed. First 2 rds my choices will be carlos gonzales, arenado, Billy h, jordan Zimmerman, kinsler, pedroia. Pick 2 please. Thanks again guys! I was also thinking of getting ryan Zimmerman for my util. Love the 1st 3rd OF elig.

  4. Rabbit says:
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    So this comment isn’t about this post particularly but a general one about Razzball, Grey. I’ve been following you for many years now, from when it was just you and Rudy and each article might get 10 or 15 comments instead if 400. You guys are now established fantasy ‘perts, invited to participate in expert leagues, Tout Wars, etc. Jay’s recent foray into the CBS Auction league made me wonder–do you guys now feel the pressure not to point out the stupidity and ridiculousness of other experts because you now run in the same circles as they do? For instance, one of the participants in Jay’s auction was Scott White, who I find to be uniquely terrible–my league uses CBS Sports to host our league; I love their web interface but really their “expert” advice is execrable. Making fun of that guy would be shooting fish in a barrel, but I don’t see any of that here. While you guys will still take shots at other site’s rankings, as you do a little in this post, it feels that you have pretty much eliminated the shots at particular other ‘perts–I remember the days when Hater Bell was a regular contributor here, but now he seems consigned to the ashcan of history. Have you guys felt the pressure to tone down the individual criticism so that you can participate in the world of expert drafts? That would be a legitimate tradeoff, it seems to me–the readers of this site benefit from seeing how your approach fares against other experts’ approaches, because we are going up against owners who use those other experts’ advice. At the same time, it feels to me that a little bit of the guerrilla underground feel of Razzball circa 2008 or so has vanished. I mourn for its passing but I respect your ability to build this into one of the most successful fantasy advice sites on the web, Grey.

    • the swinging says:
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      @Rabbit: guess u didn’t see the “2015 espn fantasy baseball rankings and how crackers they are” post by grey.

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Rabbit: 400 comments? Grey doesn’t re-enter the room until it’s @ 700.

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rabbit: BTW, we’ve been in leagues with these guys for about 7 years

  5. Jammer McSlam says:
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    Last slot in my 14 team auction – I have enough money to basically get any of the below that I like. I know what your rankings are, but given my staff already should I go for a safer bet or a high upside risk?

    Phil Hughes
    Collin McHugh
    Drew Hutchison
    Jesse Hahn
    Andrew Miller

    My Staff:
    Gio Gonzalez
    Hisashi Iwakuma
    Carlos Carrasco
    Mike Fiers
    Rick Porcello
    Danny Salazar
    Mark Melancon
    Steve Cishek
    Santiago Casilla

  6. David says:
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    Keeper where obp replaces avg: Brantley or Marte?

    Thanks

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @David: Brantley by a lot if it’s OBP. Just my 0.02$.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Ante GALIC: Agreed, Brantley also hits 3rd in an above average lineup and should put up at least 80/80 for you again if not more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David: Agree with others

  7. Bryan says:
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    Grey, Is Kris Bryants value moved up from a hot spring training and if so how far up would you move him?

  8. Fuzzy Dunlop says:
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    tale of a mock done at fantasy pros. I used Yahoo ADP’s for rest of league’s auto picks. OPS/holds league. H2H league with 3 BN’s, using 2 of them for pitchers we can have from 5-9 SP and 5-9 RP. If I use 1 BN for a hitter, this leads to 14 total pitchers; we have IP as a category but also BB and HR against, so i’m thinking 8 SP/6 RP. BB and K’s for hitters too, so high OBP guys go up even more. Keepers are Upton/Dickerson/Rizzo/Donaldson so we start drafting at pick 49. I’ll put the keepers where they theoretically would go had i drafted them. War room (and Rudy’s updated benchmarks say it’s good)
    C1 – Perez (110)
    C2 – Ruiz (326)
    1B – Rizzo (11)
    2B – Harrison (107)
    SS – D.Santana (158)
    3B – Donaldson (14)
    CI – C.Santana (59)
    MI – Lawrie (206)
    LF – Upton (35)
    CF – Dickerson (38)
    RF – Arcia (230)
    OF – Yelich (83)
    util Avisail (275)
    BN – J.Ramirez (323), there were probably somewhat better players (eaton) available, but with him i’m set for any one person having an off day, i can slide people around.
    SP – Arrieta (62)
    SP -Carrasco (86)
    SP – Hughes (134)
    SP – Shoemaker (182)
    SP – McHugh (203)
    SP – Salazar (251)
    SP – Hutchison (278)
    SP – Peavy (302)
    RP – Cishek (131)
    RP – Benoit (155)
    RP – McGee (179)
    RP – A.Miller (227)
    RP – Boxberger (254)
    RP – Jepsen (299)
    A few different things were done in spots due to settings of this league along with OPS player rater liking some people more than 5X5 rankings indicate. I grabbed Salvy when i could’ve had Gattis (much higher OPS rank, but much much worse BB’s and K’s and AVG, war room says i was weak at AVG), Harrison both earlier than normal and instead of Wong (Harrison ranked higher by OPS player rater). Also, due to my keepers having few steals i had to both get steals and try to make sure those guys didn’t destroy other categories. I could’ve went Jew Don/Walker/Gattis if not for needing steals/AVG.

    • Grey

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      @Fuzzy Dunlop: No idea how many teams, but if it’s 1`2 team it looks solid

      • Fuzzy Dunlop says:
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        @Grey: yeah, 12, forgot to say so.

  9. NBC says:
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    Curious what people think. In a 12 team, $260 auction H2H league…. Would you keep Price at $29? Meloncon at $10? I expect both to go around that price, but wonder if I’m better off spending it on hitters. I am also keeping Cueto ($9) and Teaheren ($1) and Arrieta ($10).

    Hitters are Utley ($1), McCann ($1) and Soler ($10).

    Thanks!

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @NBC: keep soler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NBC: Soler

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey: I’d keep all three of those hitters. I’d pass on Price. Depending on who else is likely kept and how the league values closers, I could see keeping Melancon.

  10. Steve Jeltz says:
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    Grey,
    I seek your ultimate wisdom. H2H pints legue. Keep 6 no limit. I am debating between these:

    1B Freeman
    2B Cano
    3B Machado
    SS/OF Hanley
    OF Harper
    SP Iwakuma
    SP Gray
    SP Gausman
    SP Arrietta

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Jeltz: 1B Freeman
      2B Cano
      3B Machado
      SS/OF Hanley
      OF Harper
      Arrieta

  11. Del Griffith says:
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    Had my first RCL draft last night, overall I’m feeling pretty good about it:

    C: Zunino (297)
    1B: Rizzo (9)
    2B: Wong (64)
    SS: Owings (232)
    3B: Longoria (33)
    1B/3B: P. Alvarez (136)
    2B/SS: Alcantara (273)
    OF1: Puig (16)
    OF2: Marte (40)
    OF3: Tomas (88)
    OF4: L. Martin (112)
    OF5: Pederson (153)
    UTIL: Cain (225)
    P: Arrieta (57)
    P: Harvey (81)
    P: Betances (105)
    P: Mchugh (129)
    P: Ventura (160)
    P: Aaron Sanchez (177)
    P: Clippard (184)
    P: Odorizzi (201)
    P: Cecil (208)
    Bench: Kazmir (249)
    Bench: Eovaldi (256)
    Bench: Parnell (280)

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Del Griffith: Yeah that does look nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Del Griffith: Your hitting seems slightly higher on speed than power, which isn’t terrific, and but not bad and the pitching looks solid

    • J-FOL says:
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      @Del Griffith: you have two players in Pederson and Alcantara that may not play every day. Your bench are streamers. I’d look to cover yourself with them

      • Del Griffith says:
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        @J-FOL: I was going for upside on the Pederson/Alcantara picks. Once I can DL Parnell that will open a bench spot I can use to move them if one is out of the lineup.

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          @Del Griffith: Im pretty sure you can drop Parnell and add him back when he becomes DL eligible. Pederson doesnt worry me that much but Alcantarra, who I like, scares me with the utility role. That being said, MI is always there in the RCL’s

          • Grey

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            Do not drop Parnell now

  12. Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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    Did someone say Liam Neesons? *explodes*

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Ra’zball Al Ghul: But you know who I like as much as Neesons…. Bruce Willie.

        • CMUTimmah says:
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          @Grey: @JeF With 1 F:

          In Mexico on vacation, my wife points at a guy and says “who does he look like?” All I see is a bald head, so I say, I donno… She shouts out, “Come on Son, Bruce Willie is my shizz!”

          #keeperleagueoflife

          • Grey

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            You got a good one!

  13. SallyCips says:
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    The only top SS I wanted was Desmond and he went after my 2nd pick and almost made it to my 3rd. I went Stanton (5), Donaldson (20) as my first 2 picks. Sorely wanted Rendon 2nd, but he went right before.

    Anyhoo, I shut it down on SS till much later and got Santana (164) and Segura (197) for SS and MI. Had picked up Dozier (77) at 2B earlier. I might have jumped the gun a bit on the SS’, but at that point I wanted yo make sure I who I wanted.

  14. jared says:
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    need some keeper help. in a 12 team h2h league. the categories are r, hr, xbh, rbi, sb, obp for hitters. for pitchers categories are appearances, k’s, quality start,era, whip, and saves/holds.
    I can keep 4 players my definite keepers are goldschmidt, bautista, rizzo but i cant decide on the 4th player. my other options are kluber, greinke, marte, springer, and longoria. thanks for your help.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @jared: Marte

    • Grey

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      @jared: Agree with F

    • J-FOL says:
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      @jared: springer or kluber

  15. Principal Blackman says:
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    I am a little worried about my combo of Alcantara and Baez at MI and SS on my RCL team. I could pick up either Flores or Jose Ramirez, but I would either have to drop one of my bench RPs (Quackenbush or Neshek) or wait for Parnell to get put on the DL. Do you still recommend Ramirez over Flores, as per your rankings, and do I wait for Parnell to get DL’d or drop a middle reliever?

    Thanks a million. Not dollars, I don’t have that.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Id wait for the DL if you think you can

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Yeah, Ramirez over Flores, they’re not going anywhere, I’d wait at this point, or drop Arismendy

  16. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Rendon is already injured (“minor” MCL sprain). Time to sound the alarms? At the very least, I’m wondering if even a minor knee injury almost guarantees that he will not have the green light for steals this season.

  17. Rog says:
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    5×5 OBP league – 13 teams

    Keep Chris Davis @ $11
    Or
    Carlos Santana @ $21

    Yahoo league, so both have 1b/3b elig, Santana also eligible at catcher.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Rog: I want to believe in that .370 OBP from 2013 and say Chris Davis, but his OBP ceiling is Santana’s average, so I might go for the sure thing (OBP-wise) and lean Carlos.

      • marti says:
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        I would still keep davis there and save $10

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rog: Davis

  18. Clint says:
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    So when can we expect the updated rankings to include Will Ferrelll at every single position on the field and the stylish sleeper post backing that chutzpah up? The transition is now complete; Adam Dunn & Will Ferrell can now play side by side on the field in a year long build up to Step Brothers 2: Fros & Hoes.

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Clint: more like stepbrothers 2: swings and missus.

      cheers,
      Ante

  19. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey thanks for your articles as always.

    My keepers are Stanton and Abreu in a 5×5 OBP league with 10 teams.
    I get 2nd pick and candidates are: Adam Jones, Anthony Rizzo, Anthony Rendon.

    Follow your ranking ti draft? Thanks

  20. Milarky says:
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    Grey, if Hanley only qualifies as an OF, roughly where does would fall in your overall or OF rankings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Milarky: Around Upton, see my top 20

      • Milarky says:
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        @Grey: Really? That suggests his ranking would IMPROVE IF he was only eligible at OF as opposed to SS? Not sure I understand that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Milarky: It doesn’t change is what I’m saying

  21. Razztastic says:
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    14 team draft last night in a 6×6 roto w/ OPS and HLD. Thoughts?

    C: Lucroy
    1B: Ortiz
    2B: Wong
    3B: Beltre
    SS: A Escobar
    CI: K Vargas
    MI: Phillips
    OF: Gomez
    OF: Upton
    OF: Rios
    UT: A Garcia
    UT: K Davis
    BN: Bonifacio

    SP: Samardzija
    SP: Carrasco
    SP: Fiers
    RP: Uehara
    RP: Benoit
    RP: Qualls
    P: Quackenbush
    P: Ziegler
    P: Motte
    P: Duke
    BN: Salazar
    BN: Hammel
    BN: Keuchel
    BN: Niese
    BN: Mujica

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Razztastic: Your hitting looks fine, it looks like you punted pitching a bit… Pretty high on Holds and low on everything else too

      • Razztastic says:
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        @Grey:

        Not digging the Samardzija/Carrasco combo to start my staff? Or is it more than I should’ve got a true #3 and pushed Fiers and the rest down a rung?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s more the back end of your staff

  22. Grondcarlo says:
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    For my final keeper in a 10-team OPS league, I’m deciding between a 2nd round EE and a 25th round Wet Tail (have Rizzo, so this is for my CI spot). I pick last in every round, but we only keep 5, and I expect some of your 2nd/3rd round guys to still be there at pick 20 (like an Upton, Desmond, or Beltre type). I like hoarding first round talent, but would you rather have Edwin + 25th round flier, or Upton + the Tail? Thanks!

  23. marti says:
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    Hey grey are you guys doing anymore NL auction drafts or just the one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @marti: I don’t think so, why?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually, my keeper is NL-Only

  24. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I wish Segura weren’t penciled in to hit 8th. There’s every chance that injuries shuffle their line up at some point. I think from a skills/production standpoint he’ll be much closer to 2013 than 2014.

    Did you hear the story about Bauer’s back to back to back home runs allowed? Next day a cop shows up in the locker room and says he’s there on a very serious matter regarding a disruption to traffic on Hwy 202 and he’s looking for the responsible party. He pulls out 3 balls labeled “1:12 p.m.,” “1:14 p.m.,” “1:16 p.m.” Y’all probably heard it already. I’m slow on the interwebs.

    Burried in a fangraph report yesteday was news that Jesse Hahn was popping the glove at 95 recently.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Also there’s a decent though not hilarious Foxworthy style riff on another site…”If you….you might be a fantasy baseballer.”

      Best one was, “If you hear somebody say a girl is a keeper and you ask if she qualifies at different positions…”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Segura was supposed to hit 8th in 2013 too, I’m nto that worried… Heard on Bauer — ha!

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I guess he can dream the dream we all share of one day getting into the 2 hole.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He just needs to lube up the manager with some compliments and flowers

  25. mikeisalegend says:
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    Having issues with the warroom. This is seriously impacting my draft. Feels like a performance issue. Here is what I’m seeing. Please help!

    Application Error
    An error occurred in the application and your page could not be served. Please try again in a few moments.

    If you are the application owner, check your logs for details.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mikeisalegend: Use Firefox, go to Preferences, click Privacy, Delete individual cookies, search Razzdraft, delete Razzdraft, try again

  26. phenomenot says:
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    What do you think if my Arrieta for A.Garcia in a keeper.
    I have Harvey, Kluber, Iwak, Ryu

  27. Lance

    Lance B. says:
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    Grey…

    How is everybody’s team name not the Grand Dudapest Hotel?

    Seriously, best team name I’ve ever come up with!

  28. Dr. Sauce says:
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    Thanks for this; these deep league values are super helpful! Especially in my case; 6 man keep forever league where I am not keeping a 2b or SS. Question; would you trade Goldy for Tulo if you had Rizzo as well? My other keepers are Cutch, Stanton, Arenado, Kipnis or Braun. Or just stick with Goldy and Rizzo?

    • Dr. Sauce says:
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      @Dr. Sauce:
      Might be helpful to know that we start a utility position (any bat), therefore Rizzo and Goldy can both be in my starting lineup!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have a corner man?

      • Dr. Sauce says:
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        @Grey:
        Our league starting lineup is 1b, 2b, 3b, SS, Ca, 5 Of’s, 1 Utility (any bat) … so no corner Infielder of middle infielder. But I can use as Rizzo/Goldy as my 1b and Utility (so they both can start).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ugh, tough call, but I’d keep Goldy

          • Dr. Sauce says:
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            @Grey:
            Leaning that way; given Trout is untouchable and I already have Cutch and Stanton is there anyone you might consider targeting if you were to trade Goldy? Don’t really want to trade him, just not huge on protecting my utility player as it limits my flexibility in the draft. Although will happily protect both Rizzo and Goldy and enjoy the potential 70ish bombs I will get from them!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A top ten guy

              • Dr. Sauce says:
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                @Grey:
                Yep … thanks. Not top 10 guys for upcoming year but since it’s a keeper would you consider Puig/Harper?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I would

  29. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I don’t remember a better crop of young or untested hitters in a long time. I don’t think I’ve had a rookie or young guy for ages. But this year I could see myself with a bunch of guys.

    I’m coming around on Souza. Pederson’s price is great so far. Bryant is very intriguing. Soler is almost a must own. I think there’s a chance Betts actually outperforms his inflated price. The old “draft skills not jobs” comes to mind thinking about him. Same goes for Kang. If he hits like some good minds think he will the Pirates will find a place for him.

    I can’t get behind Baez. I’m luke on Tomas but I see the argument for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Young guys need jobs to get me excited and Souza, Pederson and Soler seem to have just that… Mercer isn’t guaranteed a job, so Kang could move in pretty easily… I have the feeling Baez is going to be one of the last guys cut and start the year in the minors…

    • J-FOL says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: the Dodgers worry me with Pederson. I think if he’s up he plays 5 days a week. They are going the defense wins championships route and if he stumbles on that end we can be in for a long year if you own him.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Who’s playing better defense than him?

        • J-FOL says:
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          @Grey: if he falters. Its a Big if. They seem less interested in scoring runs as much as playing defense first. The addition of Heisey is a wild card IF eithier gets moved. I like Pederson a lot, like A LOT A LOT. I want him to be the man. But I would draft a bench outfielder and hold them til we get better clarity on the situation. With the deep pitching you’re not hurting yourself with the bench bat on draft day.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Meh, you’re not keeping a bench OF in an RCL for longer than a minute

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Grey: In season, Im not talking about in season, Im talking draft day to opening day. You promote rosterbation, It wont hurt you for now because you arent playing yet. So yes, I’m promoting a bench bat after draft day

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Unless you’re in this guy’s league and are hoping to grab Parnell, I have no idea why he would drop him.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Grey: when was the last time Parnell pitched? Im fine with Mejia

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    You might be fine with Mejia, but Parnell is the closer when he returns, terrible advice to drop him in March

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: I’m not buying Parnell. Post Tommy John only 12 months removed. He has a lot to prove and i dont think anyone is going to swoop that up.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It doesn’t matter if you’re buying him or not… In March, you hold a guy that could get saves and be DL’d… It’s not like there’s anything else that pressing that you need to make changes to your lineup.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: In a case by case way i guess. If you have no closers then its fine, but not really a draft day strategy I can get behind. Its not like the Saunders situation

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Meh, you’re just talking opposites today

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: no Im just not circling him on my draft board as a part of my strategy

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I wouldn’t either, but I also wouldn’t feel the need to drop him in March when we’re 4 weeks from games

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: ok maybe you were a little right about my mood. I have the FCL draft tonight and have routinely slapped myself in the face this morning in preparation for. This one is going to be bizonkers

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You need to get your head on straight! You see that email I forwarded you?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: I cried a little then responded last night. I’ll get him in for 2016!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You best work it!

  30. Michael says:
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    The news on Saunders is quite optimistic, any reason to believe the injury/surgery will impact his power or speed by coming back so early?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe his speed a little, but it sounds like it was about as minor as it could’ve been

  31. Zar says:
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    Heya Grey,

    Can I get some feedback on my RCL team I drafted last night? I’m finding that I’m missing a SS/MI in my drafts and I end up with Jose Ramirez on all my teams.

    11 Jose Bautista, Tor OF
    14 Adam Jones, Bal OF
    35 Albert Pujols, LAA 1B
    38 Billy Hamilton, Cin OF
    59 Todd Frazier, Cin 3B
    62 Jeff Samardzija, CWS SP
    83 Yasmany Tomas, Ari OF
    86 Jake Arrieta, ChC SP
    107 David Robertson, CWS RP
    110 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY SP
    131 Brett Gardner, NYY OF
    134 Brandon Moss, Cle 1B
    155 Daniel Murphy, NYM 2B
    158 Francisco Liriano, Pit SP
    179 Collin McHugh, Hou SP
    182 Alcides Escobar, KC SS
    203 Neftali Feliz, Tex RP
    206 Aaron Sanchez, Tor SP
    227 Rafael Soriano, Wsh RP
    230 Wilson Ramos, Wsh C
    251 Nick Castellanos, Det 3B
    254 Jose Ramirez, Cle SS
    275 Jake Peavy, SF SP
    278 Tony Cingrani, Cin SP
    299 Domonic Brown, Phi OF

    I’m concerned about about saves. Are there any other holes that I should target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re very low on saves, about 2 and a half closers away from where you should be… Your hitting looks fine, but heavy on speed… After Hamilton, you didn’t need Gardner, Alcides and Ramirez

  32. joeg414 says:
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    Who would you take with the 4th pick (40 overall) in a 13 team 6×6 roto. : CarGo, Cory D., Marte, Kemp, Longo, Kinsler, Seager ? I already have Harper, Desmon, Solar and Rendon(keeper).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

  33. Bill says:
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    8 team keep forever league with OBP. Keeping Tulo, Upton, Heyward, Harper, Strasburg, Kluber, and Adam Jones. Need to pick two more out of the following three: Freeman, Votto, Brantley. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brantley, Votto

  34. J-FOL says:
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    I like Flores a lot. He’s a great last three rounds target for RCL ‘s and a guy that will be easy to drop. SS is always so blah that there are always guys to add either from impatient owners with a rosterbating problem or SAGNOF or even just a spot you can batty call. Hitter Troy is your friend. I also like Aybar late. Quietly solid last year and if he slides into the 2 hole could be a nice source of rubs at a throwaway position.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, think Flores can surprise…In an RCL league, I bet Flores is picked up and dropped many times, don’t think he sticks on any roster the whole year

      • J-FOL says:
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        @Grey: I agree… and I think you should re post your Brad Miller sleeper post. Call it a gut call if you want.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t count Miller out yet!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: thats what I’m saying. It’s Miller Time!

            I saw they project Smith batting second and Miller 9th. Miller in the 2 hole by May?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Miller needs to get his dopey ass out of his current platoon… Smith isn’t gonna bat 2nd for long though, agree

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: he’s too talented, I like him and try hard not to let last year make me jaded.

  35. jaw says:
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    trade springer for jupton in a 10 team 5×5 h2h dynasty league?

    keepers are goldie, tulo, stras, kemp, longo, springer, bruce/fielder, gattis, chris carter, harvey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Upton

  36. B from B says:
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    10 team keeper, 6×6: (R), (HR), (RBI),(SB), (BB), (AVG); (SV), (K), (HLD), (ERA), (WHIP), (QS).
    C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P, P, 7 BN

    Can keep 10 total, between 2 sets of players:
    Keep 5, kept before the draft, no rounds assigned, of: McCutcheon, Braun, Reyes, Kipnis, Kershaw, Lester, Jensen, Cobb, Arrieta, Melancon, Ross, Cashner…..

    Keep another 5, kept in the round indicated 1 through 20. If keep multiple 20s, they just go to 19, etc., of: Trout(6), B. Hamilton(15), Machado(10), Lindor(20), Betances(20), Wheeler(13), Giles(20), Boxberger(20)

    Thanks for the input….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw, Cutch, Kipnis, Braun, Reyes…. Trout, Hamilton, Machado, Wheeler, Dellin

  37. B from B says:
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    h2h

  38. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Yu’s going under the knife Tuesday, and guess who’s gon be slicin’ and dicin’? The homie Dr. James Andrews

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: He the only one that does them? Seems like with it being so prevalent, whole medical schools would have opened up to cash in on this.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, right?!

  39. Hometown Hero says:
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    12 team AL only keeper league Plouffe $2 and Micah Johnson $1 for D Santana $10. What side? Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santana

  40. Nico says:
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    Ugh, inching me back to Segura… Him and I ended our relationship last year amicably, and now, just the shear familiarity is making me feel like we should get back together. It’s because I haven’t had a shortstop in so long. I feel a little desperate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C’mon, give him another chance, he wants to make it up to you

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: Hopefully, he’s learned a thing or two in the off-season, but I’ll give him a month, and then I’m through! He’s going to have to keep most of his things at his mom’s for the time being, until we can make it official again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Shortstops (MIs) are hard to hold onto once the season starts…I dropped Alcides last year in the first week and regretted it, but didn’t regret all that much and he was actually good

          • Nico says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, that’s true. After Segura started to become Suck-gura, I picked up Alexei, and the mending process began.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, see that?

              • Nico says:
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                @Grey: Talking me off the ledge there! How much do I owe you for the therapy session? You can send my scripts to CVS.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Consumer Value Store will fill my scripts…

            • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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              @Nico: hard to believe alexei wasn’t owned in 12 teamer.

  41. Todd says:
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    Hey, Grey.

    I’m picking at the end of the 9th round of my points league. Only four SS have been taken. Desmond is still available, but our league penalizes Ks, so I don’t love him.

    Here’s what I’ve got so far: Miggy, Cano, Arenado, Puig, Dickerson, Kershaw, Felix, Cole.

    Would you take Desmond now? Others I’m thinking about: Kemp, CarGo, Fielder.

    As always, love your stuff (baseball articles).

    Thanks, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Desmond

  42. ERad says:
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    So I have 6th pick in a 10 team 6×6 (OPS and K/9) keeper league.

    My keepers are Rizzo and Altuve

    Looks like I’ll have a choice between E5 or Rendon. Do I take the best available player – E5 – and play him at my CI position, or go with Rendon and lock up a top tier 3B?

    Thanks as always G

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Edwin

  43. L-Boogie says:
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    Now I know why they call these things SLOW drafts. This is painful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha… It’s actually the largest time suck ever because you constantly look to see if it has moved and it never does

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: Started this morning and still in the first round….pick 12

        (3 min later)…yup, still on 12…

        (47 seconds later)…still 12…

        (1 min later)… there’s that 12 again…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Exactly!

  44. henry rowengartner says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I was offered two trades today from the same manager. In the past I’ve asked you about what i should this year with my keeper team since my draft pick situation is terrible. First pick is in the 8th round. My keepers are Johnny Cueto 10th round, Brian Dozier 12th round, Manny Machado 13th round (last year i can keep him. Either i trade him or he goes back into the player pool next year), Yasiel Puig 21st, and Mookie Betts 22nd.

    I was offered Josh donaldson (21st round keeper) straight up for Johnny Cueto. He also offered Josh Donaldson and Henderson Alvarez (22nd round) for Manny Machado and Johnny Cueto. He still deciding which one he like better. Considering that i already have a 3rd basemen and he may withdraw the second trade offered what are your thoughts? I could obviously always try and trade machado for picks or something else before my league draft. My biggest concern is not having a great arm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Donaldson for Cueto straight up

  45. Carns says:
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    Grey, you crack me up with your persistence at being extremely conservative with batting average projections. I’m reading Danny Santanta’s piece and I’m like blah blah blah ok.319 wont do that again blah blah blah and I’m expecting you drop like a .280, but you didn’t let me down. You went .260 on me and framed it in a positive manner, almost implying you expect him to hit .240 and .220 wouldn’t surprise you.

    To be clear, I’m not saying I disagree. I mean, I might go .275, but that’s essentially the same thing, and I’ll take 10/30/.260 from a $5 shortstop any day of the week. I understand his BABIP was ridiculous last year, but .260 just struck me as funny, again not because I disagree, but because it reaffirmed what I’ve known all along: Grey Albright will reality check the f*** out of your dreamy batting average projections. You’re as stubborn about batting average as those old Sicilians in the Pizza Hut commercial are about pizza, who won’t accept any sauce but marinara. “What do you think, Grey? .280?” – Noh! Two seexty! “C’mon, Grey! How ’bout .270?” -Noh! “.265?” – Two seexty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Two seexty always! He’s fast enough that .260 should be easy for him… I can’t find anyone that projects him for lower than that either…

  46. SteveNZ says:
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    T minus 7 for FCL draft. Dun-dun-dunnnnnnnnn!!!!

    • nick the dick says:
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      @SteveNZ: I guess it’s time to start drinking….

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @nick the dick: Just after 8.30am here, so perhaps not quite yet.

        • nick the dick says:
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          @SteveNZ: Yeah you should wait another hour or so then. Here it’s 4pm, which is basically 5, which is basically how drunks think.

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @nick the dick: it’s at least as nonsensical though to worry about what time it is to drink in the first place if you want to, as long as it’s not hurting anything (i’m not saying get drunk and drive to work)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw sookie!

  47. jaw says:
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    trade tulo for rizzo or jose abreu in 10 team 5×5 h2h dynasty?

    • ReleasetheMcKracken says:
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      @jaw: I say yes to either

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu

  48. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Some guys in our NFBC are major laggards. Have a funny feeling they’re not que’ing. The natives are getting restless, Grey; I worry there might be a mob shortly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I try to queue about five or more… Right now I have twenty guys queued… It’s like it matters if there’s a shortstop run at this point if you need a starter…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Yup, exactly. Every time I go on, I skim and queue up a few more. 30th round, gotta be looking and thinking forward at every turn.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Very rarely people are taking my guys at this point too because you can go so many ways…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Grey: I’ve been sniped a few times. I love me some Everth but he got taken in the 28th. Wasn’t expecting that

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Taketh away Everth? For shameth!

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Mucheth lamenteth!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Theyth meth with wrongth guyth!

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Thoseth Muthaeth Fuggaeths!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wath youth languath!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m uncoutheth! I canth Helpth it!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Apparentlyth!

  49. ReleasetheMcKracken says:
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    May as well join the RCL feedback loop after our draft on Tues. I realized around pick 200/Rd17 that I forgot to take any RP…woops!…so I guess I’m punting Saves.

    Wilson Ramos C
    Edwin Encarnacion 1B
    Jason Kipnis 2B
    Ian Kinsler MI
    Jose Ramirez SS
    David Wright 3B
    Lucas Duda CI
    Bryce Harper OF
    Carlos Gonzalez OF
    Jorge Soler OF
    Mookie Betts OF
    Melky Cabrera OF

    Corey Kluber SP
    Garrett Richards SP
    Matt Cain SP
    Phil Hughes SP
    Brandon McCarthy SP
    Dallas Keuchel SP
    Carlos Martinez SP
    Andrew Heaney SP
    Nathan Eovaldi SP
    Andrew Miller RP
    Joakim Soria RP

    Bench
    A.J. Pollock CF
    Kris Bryant 3B

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How do you forget to draft RPs?

      • ReleasetheMcKracken says:
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        @Grey: I was half-assing two things instead of whole-assing one thing. Despite that how’s the rest of the team look?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Cain and Keuchel are pretty bleh with Cain being garbage, but those are small points… Other than lack of RPs, it looks solid enough… Maybe a tad light on power…

  50. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Keeper league. Brandon Belt got dropped.

    Drop Y Tomas or Gyorko for Belt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  51. BigRedLatrine says:
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    My auction draft is tomorrow, 12 team 5×5 roto. I’m heading in with these keepers: Rizzo $13, Wong $5, Blackmon $5, Arenado $11, Pederson $5. I’m a little worried about all this talk of Pederson’s playing time, but it’s a’ight. Wish me luck, and good luck to everyone else drafting this weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck!

  52. david says:
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    Great stuff!!
    What do you make of Anthony Gose? I don’t want to ” sleep” on him…. He’s truly grabbing my attention as a potential contributor in my 12 team mixed league team.
    What do you make of all the buzz?
    Thanks!

  53. Spammer Jay says:
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    Hi Grey, can you give me some advise on draft strategy? 11 teams standard roto.. Starting with this team for keepers: Cano, Brantley, Wood, Carrasco

    I have the last pick (snake). Here are the players I expect to be available.

    1B) Chris Davis
    3B) Chris Davis, Y. Tomas
    SS) A. Ram tier
    OF) Harper, Puig, J. Upton, Dickerson
    SP) Greinke, Bumgarner, Zimmerman

    I should go Davis & Best OF available right? Otherwise I’m effectively punting both corners.
    or should I go OF/OF based on ranks?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should take Davis, Harper, Upton, Puig or Dickerson

  54. Brett says:
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    In a 12 team auction league keep 5 can keep Bryant for 2 years at auction price following this year. How much would you bid on him? 260 budget

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $21

  55. Luke says:
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    Hi Grey. I’m asking a lot here but this draft and year is key. We’re in a keeper league so 60 players are off the board.
    My keepers are
    Fielder, freeman (1B), Frazier (3B), Wong(2B), then Danny Salazar as a pitcher. I know they’re bad, but I have 7 of the top 29 picks.

    So of these players and considering I’ve got to many 1B already and Wong, what would be your top 10 in order.

    Hanley, Beltre, brantley, cargo, marte, cespedes, Carlos santana, Reyes, soler, Matt carpenter, Calhoun, bruce, trumbo, Desmond, pujols, kinsler, Longoria
    Iwakuma, samardjiza, gray, Arrieta, gio, Degrom, Ryu, Garrett Richards, Phil Hughes, verlander, Smyly, Strasburg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take outfielders, I’d go by my outfielders rankings

      • Luke says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey. You’d take them before strasburg as well in case he’s available for my first pick?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  56. ATXDave says:
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    Hey Grey, need help picking a keeper. Standard points league, but wins are +7 and losses are -5
    Josh Donaldson, give up 7th round pick
    Cole Hamels, give up 14th round pick
    Javier Baez, give up 30th round pick

    I only keep two players, and I’ve narrowed it down to these three.
    Thanks for the read and advice Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Hamels

  57. J-FOH says:
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    Just got back from the Carneceria with some nice marinated meats, going to get the BBQ going, the family is gone, and I’m having a draft party for one. FCL for Life!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I bet you grill a little extra just in case Cockcroft stops by unannounced

      • J-FOL says:
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        @Grey: I’m setting the table for two

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s like your Elijah at Passover

          • J-FOL says:
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            @Grey: shalom

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Jack Full of Hebrew!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: if things go well it might be shaload

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: If he goes on to autodraft, we’ll know what’s happened.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sexy time!

          • J-FOL says:
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            @Grey: or I got talked into going by espn ranks

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey:

        This Cockcroft/J-FOL subplot is my new favorite thing in the world.

        It’s like True Romance meets Diabetes.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Kid A: He’s a sweetheart

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sweetheart, get the irony? Movie trailer man, “They share insulin needles and sleeper picks,” Then JFOH and Tristan say in unison, “Just call us Jack Full of Cockcroft.”

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: *in a whispery echo*

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  58. Fuzzy Dunlop says:
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    i did the same Fantasy Pros mock, with my own league specs (12 team h2h with OPS/BB/K’s/net steals for hitters and holds/homer’s against/ BB’s/ Innings pitched / losses for pitchers), only this time i set the other 11 drafters to “expert” status, rather than yahoo ADP status, like the first time. They are better,in the sense of certain things (they like Arenado a lot more, draft pitchers more like your rankings etc). Strangely they leave C.Santana around for a long time. So here’s what happened this time (same keepers of Rizzo/Upton/Dickerson/Donaldson). I would’ve went Yelich over C.Santana probably, but missed and went a different way.
    Team B.
    C – C.Santana (83)
    C – Ruiz (326)
    1B – Rizzo (11)
    2B – Harrison (86)
    SS – D.Santana (158)
    3B – Donaldson (14)
    CI – Posey (59)
    MI – Lawrie (230)
    LF – Upton (35)
    CF – Dickerson (38)
    RF – Arcia (227)
    OF – Revere (131)
    util – Avisail (275)
    BN – Odor (or J.Ramirez), (302)
    SP – Lester (62)
    SP – Carrasco (107)
    SP – Hughes (134)
    SP – Shoemaker (179)
    SP – Salazar (203)
    SP – Wily P (254)
    SP – Hammel (278)
    SP – Nelson (323)
    RP – Cishek (110)
    RP – Benoit (155)
    RP – McGee (182)
    RP – A.Miller (206)
    RP – Boxberger (251)
    RP – Jepsen (299), or could’ve went J.Smith/Dunn/Strop, but shored up TB bullpen.
    So basically, the “experts” effected me trading these for these:
    Team A’s
    Yelich/Arrieta/Mchugh/Hutchison/Sal Perez/Peavy/J.Ramirez for
    Team B’s
    Posey/Lester/Wily P/Hammel/Revere/Nelson/Odor

    Which is better Team A or B?, the experts drafted pitching much better, weakening mine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team B is slightly better, as much as that pains me to say b/c that’s with Posey

      • Fuzzy Dunlop says:
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        @Grey: that’s what i thought too, and right at pick 59, OPS rater (razzball’s) was so gung ho for him over others i had no choice. Fantasy pros of course moved Team A’s 3rd overall to Team B’s 8th overall (i don’t buy those though). The fantasy pros “expert” option, really has some decent intelligence, they wait on catchers, and grab a LOT of good SP, compared to ADP rankings, which do the opposite. Having both Posey/C.Santana in OPS league should be seriously sick. Now i get to see in about an hour if i can get these guys for reals. I’ll have either Lester/Arrieta as ace, along with Carrasco, very likely though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I wouldn’t buy it either

  59. Gus says:
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    Speaking of shortstops – I’ve been offered Stanton/Price for Tulo/Strasburg. I love Stanton and have been after him for awhile and think this is a good deal. What do you say? It’s a keeper league with 4 bats and 2 pitchers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Stanton

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: Stanton and Price. Healthier (I know… luck driven), I always value the younger hitter a notch higher in keeper, and Price is equal to Strasburg, IMO.

  60. SteveNZ says:
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    Bleurgh. Drafting from 7th in the FCL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Trout!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Effing Wake will have that privilege.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: 7th is Deadsville.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wake! Nice… You get Adam Jones cause no one wants him

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, and then at #18 it’s like where did all the 1Bs go?

            At least every couple of rounds I’ll have a chance to take a guy that JFOH really wants right in front of him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, nice!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: my sniping of Arcia ruined Steve from then on out

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @J-FOH: Will still beat you like a drum like last year.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @SteveNZ: not a chance in hell

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @J-FOH: Is that right? Guess we’ll see.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @SteveNZ: you better be one hell of a streamer, and I’m letting Grey know you drafted based off Rudys ranks

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @J-FOH: Well obviously I’m planning to stream – unless you gift me another good starter like last year and then I might have to re-assess ;-)

                      Tell Grey what you like, I used his and Rudy’s rankings, and I did the same last year. Turned out alright.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @SteveNZ: you might of got a ioft but you didnt finish the race, and thats two gifts, I dropped Arrieta at the end to go into heavy stream mode.

  61. Skeezix says:
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    So my league must start one rookie hitter and pitcher each. I’m curious how you would move guys like Soler and Bryant in your rankings given that format and the lack of impact rookies available (the same guys could also start at their actual position if I have extra rookies).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bump them a few rounds

      • Skeezix says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! and if Bryant makes the team out of spring, where does he jump to? I’m not sure how likely that is, but if he keeps mashing like he has been it will be hard to justify sending him down.

        • Grey

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          50ish

  62. TheTinDoor

    TheTinDoor says:
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    On a related note, Alcides is projected for 4 HRs and 29 steals at ESPN, and Segura is projected for 7 HRs and 32 steals, and ranked after him. Jose Ramirez is projected for 3 HRs and 20 steals, and ranked almost 300 spots after Alcides.

    ESPN has different people do their rankings and projections. That doesn’t really make sense, but you’ll hear guys like Karabell say “I don’t control the projections”, which leads to stuff like you’ve listed above.

    Doesn’t make a lot more sense, but that’s the reason….

  63. Mike says:
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    Any of these guys seem like good value to you?

    morneau $9
    Cole $23
    Shields $16
    Ryu $13

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on the league

  64. Fuzzy Dunlop says:
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    actual draft went off; but mocking plans didn’t work nearly the same, since in first 10 picks after keepers (49-58) both posey and c-sant went, throwing all those earlier plans out window. Was able to get 8 top 50 SP without having to pay much, if anything, over their ADP’s, however. missed Arenado by 1 pick, having gone Marte first (steals and he ranks higher on OPS rater)
    C – Ramos (155)
    C – Ruiz (302, should’ve waited one round and got Jepsen here instead)
    1B – Rizzo (11)
    2B – Harrison (131)
    SS – J.Ramirez (278, D.Santana went pretty early)
    3B – Donaldson (14)
    CI – Sandoval (86, ranks higher on OPS rater than Arenado also)
    MI – Lawrie (227)
    LF – Upton (35)
    CF – Dickerson (38)
    RF – Heyward (83)
    OF – Marte (62)
    Util – Avisail (179, might have been able to wait)
    BN – Odor (299)
    SP – Kluber (59, posey/c.sant were gone, but he was left)
    SP – Arrieta (107)
    SP – Wheeler (158)
    SP – Fiers (203)
    SP – Shoemaker (251)
    SP McHugh (254)
    SP – Salazar (275)
    RP -Perkins (110, time clock freak out, would’ve grabbed later)
    RP Allen (134, would’ve probably had Cishek/Benoit instead)
    RP McGee (182)
    RP Boxberger (206)
    RP A.Miller (230)
    RP Farquhar (326, should’ve grabbed Jepsen 1 or 2 rounds earlier, missed him by 1 pick here)

    Other than really really hoping Jepsen doesn’t somehow keep TB job all/most of year, i think this went fine. my OF/SP is certainly better than in those mocks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea how many teams

      • Fuzzy Dunlop says:
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        @Grey: 12.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fuzzy Dunlop: I don’t love HArrison, and your hitting looks low on steals, but I’m guessing you have OPS in this league though I don’t know the categories… Pitching looks much stronger than hitting, very solid on pitching

      • Fuzzy Dunlop says:
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        @Grey: OPS/net steals/BB/K’s for hitters (Harrison also is ranked VERY high compared to a lot of other 2B on your OPS rater, much higher than say, wong), holds/BB/homers against/ IP/losses for pitchers. I wend by Rudy’s recent post of targets for 12 team leagues rather than War Room’s number. (might be hard to see, since i have a lot of middle steal types in heyward/avisail/dickerson/harrison). I’ll obviously attempt to corner CLE SS steal market when Lindor comes up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  65. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey

    Will Bryant be listed in opening day?
    With his homer show these days, people must be excited about him this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Worthy to hold him before opening day? (10-team league, which is shallow, so I can hold him on the bench and manage from FA, flexbility)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey: Thanks. Other team could this this as well. Where do you suggest to pick Kris Bryant?

            (My first 5 rounds would be hitters, after 6th round would take turns by hitters and pitchers. 10-league with ESPN standard, 13 hitters & 9 pitchers & 3 benches)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              75 overall

              • Wilson says:
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                @Grey: Thanks Grey

                Experts say Cubs won’t put Bryant in opening day cause one more year manipulation. But still call him up earlier depends on Cubs will be going up in the end of year.

                If guessing Cubs get high possibility to going up for postseason, and need Bryant’s bats. Where is it worthy to grab him? (Still 75 overall? or earlier?) thoughts appreciated.

                • Wilson says:
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                  If guessing Cubs get high possibility to going up for postseason, and need Bryant’s bats “before 6/1, even much earlier”. Where is it worthy to grab him?

                • Grey

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                  75

  66. Fungazi says:
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    There’s a lot of Cubs to be interested in this year. In fact, a guy I drafted with last night took 8 Cubs out of a 23 player team. lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, that’s crazy

  67. Jay says:
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    Would you trade Adam Jones for rendon in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  68. monkymn says:
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    Need to choose one last keeper: who would you keep in a Yahoo format 10 team auction draft?

    Stanton for $27
    Frazier for $5
    Carrasco for $1

    Love Stanton, but nervous about having less money for the auction itself. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton

      • monkymn says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  69. joeg414 says:
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    Good Evening Grey. Just drafted , your thoughts please. 13 Team 6×6 roto. I drafted 13th.
    Go Nats !
    Pick.
    13 Bryce Harper, Wsh OF
    14 Ian Desmond, Wsh SS
    39 Kyle Seager, Sea 3B
    40 Jorge Soler, ChC OF
    65 Gerrit Cole, Pit SP
    66 Carlos Santana, Cle 3B
    91 Jake Arrieta, ChC SP
    92 Ryan Zimmerman, Wsh 3B
    117 Jordan Zimmermann, Wsh SP – Keeper
    118 Xander Bogaerts, Bos 3B
    143 Jose Quintana, CWS SP
    144 Avisail Garcia, CWS OF
    169 Tyler Clippard, Oak RP
    170 Anthony Rendon, Wsh 2B – Keeper
    195 Andrew Miller, NYY RP
    196 Brad Boxberger, TB RP
    221 Travis d’Arnaud, NYM C
    222 Kennys Vargas, Min DH
    247 James Paxton, Sea SP
    248 Desmond Jennings, TB OF
    273 C.J. Cron, LAA 1B
    274 Drew Pomeranz, Oak SP
    Bench
    299 Kendrys Morales, KC 1B
    300 Adam Ottavino, Col RP
    325 Juan Lagares, NYM OF
    326 Joel Peralta, LAD RP
    351 Brad Miller, Sea SS
    352 Marco Gonzales, StL RP
    377 Henderson Alvarez, Mia SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not totally sure what the team looks like, but you have some good guys, looks like it might be a little weak on power and saves

  70. SteveNZ says:
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    13th spot in the ol’ H2h draft. Bautista or Rizzo perhaps?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista then Rizzo, yeah!

  71. SteveNZ says:
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    Or Bautista then Rizzo even!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: 14 teams?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @J-FOH: Yeah and OBP counts. All the top 1B gone. Went Donaldson/Puig.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, Donaldson and Puig is solid

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Santana and Car-Go next.

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @SteveNZ: Reckon I could go Chris Davis next?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, definitely on Davis

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Assuming Santana is playing catcher… Otherwise, Davis is going where? UTIL?

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: I was going to put Santana at 1B. Still have room for Davis. Be surprised if he makes it back though.

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @SteveNZ: Hope he does. Could go Davis/Holliday for balance…

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @SteveNZ: Davis/Holliday it is.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Bautista, EE and Rizzo were the three guys taken before me. Freaked me out for a sec.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @J-FOH: Rudy picks. Sweating on Santana or Pujols now.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: Pujols gone

  72. Joeg414 says:
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    Roto league . We do have keepers , those were taken . I know I could Saves & Stesls. But, whata think ?

  73. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: 1. Pujols/Betts or 2. Springer/LaRoche?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Apples and oranges… Pujols/Betts

  74. goodfold2 says:
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    drafting a 14 team OPS/holds roto league with altuve/a.jones/rizzo as keepers. middle of draft, just over did it on steals with revere, realizing i’m weak in homers and will grab arcia and hopefully bogaerts and zunino to make up for it.
    1b rizzo
    2b altuve
    ss
    3b beltre (4th round)
    LF melky (OPS rater loves him)
    CF a jones
    RF heyward (OPS rater)
    OF revere (i was weak in steals)
    util
    SP arrieta (5th round)
    SP carrasco (9th round)
    RP allen (8th round)
    RP cishek (11th round

    still need 6 more SP and 4 more RP and 1 BN hitter. homers, right? War room says i’m good in average already so can maybe afford zunino’s OBP/avg hit.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: in non razzball or expert leagues you can really really wait on pitchers. i haven’t done this yet, but i could’ve. i just missed ozuna and jew don martinez by grabbing allen when i did, figuring there’d be a closer run soon, as we can start up to 7 RP, i go 6 since we have IP as a category, with 8 SP/6 RP, leaving 1 of 3 BN slots for hitters.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, lots of SPs available late, even in RCLs

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: shit, forgot, we have CI and MI
      CI C.santana (5th round, arrieta was really 6th round)
      MI none yet

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: missed bogaerts by 3 picks, went arcia way too early to make sure. man he’s really highly ranked in your OPS rater for both homers and OPS in general.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: even though it’s roto, we have 1725 innings cap, so it’s not like 6 SP would cut it. i’ve since gotten
          wheeler/shoemaker/salazar/a.miller/lawrie

  75. Nightpandas says:
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    Happy March 14th steak and BJ day Grey!

    Keepers are locked in my 15 team keep 11 roto. Have all starters except C and LF.

    (Rizzo,Dozier,Arenado,Tulo,Jones,Braun,Bruce)Pitchers so far are Scherzer, Ventura, Shields, Jansen.

    It is a 8×8 with OBP and SLG as well as K/9 and QS.

    I have two of the first 5 picks. Looking for some thoughts on what direction to go.

    Best available LF is Gardner, Rajai, Peterson, Tomas
    Best Sp for my cats are probably : Ross or Salazar, Fiers, Latos
    Best RP is Allen (most donkeycorns gone)
    Best available period might be Polanco (would be a bench bat)
    Best catcher is Lucroy or Gattis (both good OBP guys)

    Sorry for longwindedness

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! Gattis, Allen, Tomas, that order, only cause you can likely get Tomas last and still get him

  76. Jay says:
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    Stras over max in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coin flip, sure Strasburg

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: stras has the age factor.

        Have a possible deal in place. Trying to get younger in my keeper.

        I give jones and Max I get rendon and stras

        Also keeping Stanton Arenado and Donaldson. We keep 5.

  77. goodfold2 says:
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    ok, finished. 14 team roto with OPS/BB/K’s for hitters and holds/losses/IP/BB’s for pitchers. Keepers slotted into closest draft slot that makes sense by ADP.
    C – OBP wolf (347)
    1B Rizzo (11th)
    2B Altuve (39)
    SS J.Ram (263)
    3B Beltre (46, this late from not being kept)
    CI C.Santana (67)
    MI Lawrie (235, him or Gyorko, who went next, OPS rater likes him better)
    LF – Melky (130)
    CF – A.Jones (18th)
    RF – Heyward (95)
    OF – Revere (158)
    Util – Arcia (179)
    BN Reddick (375)
    SP – Arrieta (74)
    SP – Carrasco (123)
    SP – Wheeler (186)
    SP – Shoemaker (214)
    SP – Salazar (242)
    SP – Peavy (291)
    SP – Hutchison (298)
    SP – Bauer (354)
    RP – Allen (102)
    RP – Cishek (151)
    RP – A.Miller (207)
    RP – Kelvin H (270, probably should’ve gone J.Peralta here)
    RP – Quack (319)
    RP – Strop (326)
    Am i right to stick with (OPS) rankings and keep Reddick (batting 3rd at OAK) or grab who would be my only 2nd LF with Dom Brown (platooning and batting in much worse part of order)?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: actually red dick is ranked slightly lower than dom brown in OPS rater, but it’s close. 3rd in order seems to be worth more though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stick with Reddick for now… Nice team overall, you do look a little heavy on speed and light on OPS… Pitching is excellent

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: last few hitters other than j.ram (simply cause he hits high in order) were OBP wolf/Lawrie/Arcia to balance out OPS weakness. Also, if i’m too big at steals i could bench or trade Revere for higher OPS guy. guys that good at steals have to have trade value. Lawrie is liked much more for OPS than Gyorko.

  78. SteveNZ says:
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    So here it is. 14 teams, OBP and AVG, we count Holds too. Going relievers-only…

    C Santana
    1B Davis
    2B Wong
    3B Donaldson
    SS Segura
    LF Holliday
    CF Puig
    RF Car-Go
    Util Choo
    BN Tomas
    BN Souza
    BN Gyorko
    BN Owings
    BN Avisail

    SP C-Mart
    SP Petit
    RP Robertson
    RP Perkins
    P Papelbon
    P Davis
    P Watson
    BN O’Day
    BN Warren
    BN Quack

    I don’t love Choo, but he’s good for OBP. Got him in the 120s which is probably OK – he’s in the 70s in Rudy’s OBP rankings. Waited too long on Santana for SS, so hopefully Segura bounces back.

    Tomas at 156, Avisail at 237 and Souza at 293, so nice values even if they’ll just be short day fill-ins – unless they get hot of course.

    Pretty happy overall…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: And now a slight pang of remorse at not taking Dickerson instead of Car-Go, though Car-Go is higher up Rudy’s OBP rankings…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        With that many bench bats, you can weather CarGo’s eventual injury…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The hitting looks rock solid… Will just come down to you making sure the right guys are in your lineup at the right times… Your pitching looks fine, did anyone else in your league follow your lead and punt starters?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I don’t believe so. Thought a couple were but they were just waiting real late on pitching. I wouldn’t mind another closer (Hawkins and Cecil were available real late) but 3 should be enough in a 14 teamer, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you’re fine for now… I’m sure guys will emerge thru injuries or ineffectiveness

  79. Hell heli says:
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    Can u help me w/keeper question?auction keeper,12 team,$260

    Keeping Frazier$5 and Kluber$5
    For a 3rd keeper, Is it better to keep :
    Donaldson @$21
    Or either one of the following:
    Arrieta$5
    Harvey$5
    Degrom$5
    AJ Pollock$5

    Pitching unpredictable but the price point is nice
    Thanks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta

  80. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I was checking your player rater and I was wondering if you really thought Arenado falls 50 spots in OBP leagues compared to AVG? Haha thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he falls a tad in OBP… To around 50 overall…

      • Eric says:
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        @Grey:

        I guess what I’m kind of wondering is if the player rater for other columns such as 12 team yahoo, 5×5 OBP, etc. are based upon your rankings? Because even when I select the just the normal 12 team yahoo league values, arenado alone drops from 20 (in your rankings) to 63. I thought your rankings were already based upon “normal” 5×5 category scoring?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They are not mine, those are Rudy’s using Steamer’s projections

  81. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey and all, kindly give me advises about my team, which just drafted. (10-team, 5×5 standar), thanks,

    C Matt Wieters, Bal C
    1B Albert Pujols, LAA 1B, DH
    2B Anthony Rendon, Wsh 2B, 3B  DTD
    3B Nolan Arenado, Col 3B
    SS Xander Bogaerts, Bos 3B, SS
    2B/SS Brian Dozier, Min 2B
    1B/3B Steve Pearce, Bal 1B, OF
    OF Mike Trout, LAA OF
    OF Justin Upton, SD OF
    OF Matt Kemp, SD OF
    OF J.D. Martinez, Det OF
    OF Khris Davis, Mil OF
    UTIL Mark Teixeira, NYY 1B
    Bench Nick Castellanos, Det 3B
    Bench Scooter Gennett, Mil 2B

    P Jeff Samardzija, CWS SP
    P Gerrit Cole, Pit SP
    P Jake Arrieta, ChC SP
    P Trevor Rosenthal, StL RP
    P Zack Wheeler, NYM SP  DTD
    P Huston Street, LAA RP
    P Drew Storen, Wsh RP  DTD
    P Tyler Clippard, Oak RP
    P Phil Hughes, Min SP
    Bench Francisco Liriano, Pit SP

    • Corey says:
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      @Wilson: This team is the bomb.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Wilson: That is the official Grey man-love team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, it’s a shallow league, will come down to in-season management

      • Wilson says:
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        Yup .. I drafted based on Grey’s ranking this time.
        It’s a pity that I didn’t grab Kris Bryant earlier… somebody took him.. damn..

  82. Swfcdan says:
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    No Bogartes suprised me. Is he going too early for your mustashioed tastes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s going before 200 the cut off for the post as I wrote in the post

  83. Corey says:
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    Grey, had my draft last night. Overall, I’m disappointed. I think I’m missing AVG and SBs. What do you think?

    10-team, H2H Auction/Keep 5 League

    C Gattis
    1B Goldschmidt (K)
    2B Altuve (K)
    3B Arenado (K)
    SS Baez (K)
    OF Stanton (K)
    OF J-Upton
    OF Gardner
    Util Tomas
    Bench Bogaerts

    SP Strasburg
    SP Hamels
    SP Ross
    SP McHugh
    SP Wheeler
    SP Walker

    RP Chapman
    RP Cishek
    RP Perkins

    DL: Jose Fernandez
    NA: Miguel Sano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a very shallow league, you can fix things in-season… It does look a little light on AVG, but your speed looks more than fine, if anything you look light on power… Pitching looks solid…

      • Corey says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I was worried about my pitching.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  84. Goat tits says:
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    I read your pairings post but wanted your opinion in 12 team points league with only 3 of spots. Would you rather have a 1b and and of (prob jones or puig range) or a 1b and rendon coming out of the 1st 2 rounds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1B and Rendon over Puig

      • Goat tits says:
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        @Grey: over rendon over jones too or not?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  85. FrankGrimes says:
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    Points league top 12-15 pitchers kept. 12 teams.
    I keep Aushizz Tu novio Jones and springer
    Which pitcher would you take in round1? Harvey? Iwakuma? Cueto?
    or wait another round or two?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto

  86. Abner Gagtime says:
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    Draft today! How concerned are you about rendon’s knee strain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds minor

      • Abner Gagtime says:
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        @Grey: thanks for the swift response!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  87. Andrew says:
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    14 Team h2h league with OBP instead of Avg.

    Keepers kept forever without restrictions

    Keepers: Miggy, McCutchen, Donaldson, CarGo and BumG

    I have a supplemental pick coming up before our draft begins which would be about the 79th pick in a regular draft. Craig Kimbrel is available. Is he a good value at this spot or would suggest someone from below instead?

    Best available hitters are: Dozier, Kipnis, Ortiz, Wong
    Best available starters are: Lester, Zimmerman, Arietta and Cole

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s good value there

  88. GhostSurfer says:
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    Quick Keeper Question: 12 team H2H league. Betts as a 22nd Round pick or Nellie Cruz as an 11th rounder…. Scared about the Betts situation – need any and all advice ASAP!!

    Thanks and love to site!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Go Betts

  89. the guy with the longest curly fingernails in the world says:
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    Typing this with a pencil in my mouth, are we worried about Wheeler yet, and do you think you could hit my knuckleball?

  90. Gogo godzilla says:
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    Looking forward to another great season of razzball !!!

    12 team h2h

    C mesoraco
    1b gonzo
    2b odor
    Ss Escobar
    3b lingo
    Of trout
    Of puig
    Of marte
    Util trumbo
    Utl Davis
    Bench Ben Rivere
    Bench perversion

    Sp iwakuma
    Sp Tehran
    Sp cole
    Sp Ryun
    Sp cashier
    Sp shoemaker
    Sp loose
    Cl street
    Cl k rod
    Cl Hawkins
    Cl miller

    Couple of questions
    1 who are the 2/3 players that I can think about as first cuts for pick ups

    2 overall how does the team look, kinda of new and would like your advice where my opportunities might be.

    Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Revere, Lohse (maybe, have no idea who Loose is) 2. Looks solid, and shallow, so it’ll come down to in-season management

      • Gogo godzilla says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: u

        Thanks as always. Your seal of approval is where it is at????????

        Yes that is lohse

        Dang Apple products

        Keep kicking ass

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  91. the guy with the longest curly fingernails in the world says:
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    Typing this with a pencil in my mouth, are we worried about Wheeler yet, and do you think you could hit my knuckleball??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Yeah, I am worried

      • the guy with the longest curly fingernails in the world says:
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        @Grey: Should I be soaking my nails, in a vat of lemon juice and coconut oil, to start the unrolling, and start nibbling?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Way too early for that… I also wouldn’t put on another coat of acrylic paint either

  92. goodfold2 says:
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    starting a deep league 16-18 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. 11-13 spots open so far.

    draft is 8:15 AM March 27th (saturday). yahoo league.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: oops, not 8:15 AM, but 8:15 PM eastern march 27th.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: and march 27th is friday, not saturday.

  93. I Love You Wong Time says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Can you rank my draft and team? 10 team OBP/QS keeper league. Took some flyers on my last 2 picks with Lee and Saunders (we have 3 DL spots) but could always lose them for some FA SP if they bomb.

    I Love You Wong Time
    1. (3) Adrián Béltre (Tex – 3B)
    2. (18) Yoenis Céspedes (Det – OF)
    3. (23) Hisashi Iwakuma (Sea – SP)
    4. (38) Drew Storen (Was – RP)
    5. (43) Marcell Ozuna (Mia – OF)
    6. (58) Max Scherzer ? (Was – SP)- Keeper
    7. (63) Mike Fiers (Mil – SP)
    8. (78) Neftali Feliz (Tex – RP)
    9. (83) Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    10. (98) Brett Gardner (NYY – OF)
    11. (103) Drew Hutchison (Tor – SP)
    12. (118) Brett Cecil (Tor – RP)
    13. (123) Wily Peralta (Mil – SP)
    14. (138) Cliff Lee (Phi – SP)
    15. (143) Michael Saunders (Tor – OF)
    16. (158) José Bautista ? (Tor – 1B,OF)- Keeper
    17. (163) Evan Gattis ? (Hou – C) – Keeper
    18. (178) Ian Desmond ? (Was – SS)- Keeper
    19. (183) Anthony Rizzo ? (ChC – 1B)- Keeper
    20. (198) Michael Brantley ? (Cle – OF)- Keeper
    21. (203) Sonny Gray ? (Oak – SP)- Keeper
    22. (218) Matt Shoemaker ? (LAA – SP,RP)- Keeper
    23. (223) Kolten Wong ? (StL – 2B)- Keeper
    24. (238) Javier Báez ? (ChC – 2B,SS)- Keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks a little light on speed, but solid overall… Really nice hitting, but hard to go wrong with those keepers… Pitching is a little iffy, but I do like the guys you got

      • I Love You Wong Time says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks….ditto on speed, hopefully Gardner can help fill that void with a 15/30 season.

  94. SteveNZ says:
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    Here’s another team drafted in the ol’ H2H (14 teams, OBP & AVG, Holds). Be interested to know what you think…

    C (164) Brian McCann  
    1B (33) Freddie Freeman 
    2B (89) Jason Kipnis  
    3B (52) Evan Longoria 
    SS (24) Hanley Ramírez 
    LF (136) Mark Trumbo  
    CF (192) Coco Crisp  
    RF (5) Giancarlo Stanton 
    Util (80) Jay Bruce
    BN (332) Dexter Fowler

    SP (61) Jordan Zimmermann 
    SP (117) Carlos Carrasco
    RP (108) Mark Melancon 
    RP (145) Joaquín Benoit  
    P (220) Joe Nathan 
    P (257) Bryan Shaw 
    P (313) Casey Fien 
    BN (173) Mat Latos 
    BN (201) Matt Shoemaker 
    BN (229) Jake Peavy  
    BN (248) Shelby Miller 
    BN (276) Drew Hutchison  
    BN (285) Tony Cingrani  
    BN (304) Trevor Bauer 

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You went a different way with this one, huh? Solid pitching, if a little question marky on the back end… I do like the guys you have though… Hitting looks rock solid on power and OBO and a little on speed, which is fine with a OBP league

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: That’s my sister’s team (emoticon). I was messaging her with which guy to pick! She’s not as active a manager as I am so went for a ton of starters. Nice to get Stanton at 5…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, nice… Yeah, that makes sense why to take SPs

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: She has more of a proper team this year, which of course I will regret when she cleans me up in the first week of the season!

            One guy (picking behind me at 14) missed the draft (he must have had a drama, he is not the kind of guy who would just forget) was auto drafted 9 pitchers in the first 10 rounds, including Darvish and Cliff Lee! Says something about the default Yahoo ranks.

            Guess it meant there were plenty of hitters there for me in the rounds where he had first pick.

            The only hitter drafted for him in the first 10 rounds? Hunter Pence.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Serves him right to not re-rank and use the defaults, but ouch… Oh, yeah, of course, she’s gonna win the league now

  95. Zach says:
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    10 team, 3 keeper, 6×6 with OBP and SLG along with QS and IP

    I took your advice and accepted Arrieta and Trumbo for Prince and Fiers…now I have another trade proposed to me…Greinke, Khris Davis, and Kang for Kinsler, Rusney Castillo, and Liriano..would you take it?

    C: Wilin Rosario
    1B: Jose Abreu
    2B: Ian Kinsler
    3B: Todd Frazier
    SS: Danny Santana
    2B/SS: Dee Gordon
    1B/3B: Pujols
    OF: Adam Jones
    OF: Justin Upton
    OF: Dickerson
    OF: Wil Myers
    OF: Rusney Castillo
    UTIL: Trumbo
    Bench: Yasmany Tomas
    Bench: Odor
    Bench: d’Arnaud

    P: Jake, Arrieta, Tyson Ross, Zach Wheeler, Mat Latos, Phil Hughes, Francisco Liriano, Kazmir, Trevor Rosenthal, Wade Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greinke side

  96. Jay says:
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    I’m having a sh!Tfit here deciding on keepers.

    I’ve got Stanton jones Arenado scherzer and desmond.

    I can swap desmond for Donaldson.

    Is there any of the 6 outside OF Stanton that you wouldn’t move for rendon?
    We keep 5 so would you do a 2 for 1 if it was say jones and Donaldson for rendon? knowing you couldn’t keep Donaldson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Rendon there

  97. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey! Red alert.

    I got the 7th pick in my draft. I’m not happy about it and I can trade up to get 2nd pick. My keepers are:

    Round 5: Upton
    Round 9: Rizzo
    Round 18: Arenado

    Top guys available are:
    Mccutchen (who will definitely go #1 because the dude with the #1 pick has a boner for him)
    Adam Jones
    Tulo
    F-Her
    Scherzer
    Altuve

    My question to you is….with my keepers, should I make the trade (I’m not giving up much for it) to take Tulo? That’s a pretty solid base right there, then I’ll take Wong later on to fill up my infield. Or just go with Jones? Need your help as usual….

    Love,
    Merkin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d just take Jones

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Grey: but how tempting is Tulo??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tempting until he misses 40 games

  98. Wake Up says:
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    Holamigo! Just woke up from a 42 hour catnap…the FCL draft was like wrestling a bunch of drunken pigs…a whole mess of slicked up drunken pigs…a buncha slippery intoxicated puigs…a porcine pornucopia…a Suidae family outing, where everyone gets wasted and wrestles a buncha shizzfaced pigs shizzfaced…not sure that I am fully back inside my body…I will recheck in the morning and most likely check in…cin cin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hola Wake! Wrestling pigs reminds me of a dream JFoH told me about with him and Cockcroft in a mud pit…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: A puig with two back?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was like the dishware in The Birdcage come to life

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: HA!
            A Greek game of leap frog?
            Gave em the old how’s your pater?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: strangely we both were fighting snafu larry as a tag team ala the British Bulldogs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nearly got a NC-17 rating strictly due to the banana hammocks

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: larry and his slings. What do you do? I could of sworn the masked man was tehol in Larry’s corner

  99. J-FOH says:
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    I write a post with your name in it and dont even get a hello or a snark or even a TC and the FOH bromance joke? Rudy came in and said hi. Consider the feelings teetering on the edge of being hurt.

  100. Thom says:
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    Hey Grey. Great Site. Happy Early St. Patty’s Day and Happy Spring Training. Question about my keepers…who should it be? I’m in a 6×6 H2H 10-team Dynasty League. I can keep 5.

    Pretty sure that I am keeping: Donaldson, Strasburg, and Brantley.

    Are there two out of Starling Marte, Adrian Gonzalez, and Alex Cobb that I should keep or should I just go fishing?

    I also own the rights to Rendon, Arenado, Martin, Archer, Wacha, and Polanco.

    Thanks a bunch! Keep up the great work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Marte and A-Gon

  101. Brent Millman says:
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    Sure hope your right about Wilmer Flores !!

  102. Bob says:
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    10 team 3 keeper 5×5 H2H scoring.

    Offer was Ian Desmond and Max Scherzer for Miguel Cabrera.

    It’s pre-draft so one less keeper in the trade means one less player on the roster once draft is over.

    What are your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy side, it’s fair

  103. J-FOH says:
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    Hey buddy I was only kidding about salazar. Don’t go throw yourself out your first floor window again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh thank God!

  104. J-FOH says:
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    drafting with Royce right now and he is going for the oldest team ever

    • royce! says:
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      @J-FOH: It’s true. And it’s spectacular

    • royce! says:
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      @J-FOH: FUUUUU…Utley was my MI. How many MI over 32 are there…Lowrie?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @royce!: so sorry my man, I only have two starting pitchers

  105. Andre says:
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    What’s up guys?

    Question for you….I’m in a 5×5…10 team H2H keeper league. No time limit on Keepers. Offensive stats are H,HR,Avg,RBI, Stolen Base

    I was offered Soler for Car-Go (Colorado) and a lower tier P. What are your thoughts? I’m bullish on Soler but for where my draft position was, Cargo was a potential steal (6th round) and I don’t want to sell low. Thoughts on Soler this season? Will he produce better that say, Gregory Polanco who’s on my bench and a potential keeper?

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Andre: I like Soler a lot

      • Andre says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Enough to move Cargo and say, Matt Cain for him?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Andre: in a long term keeper I would

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