Two years ago, this post and the 2nd basemen to target were necessary evils like changing underwear.  Whether you wanted to or not, it was a good idea to take a flyer on a late middle infielder, and you were still expecting to get crapped on.  Then last year, I got goofy with myself and thought there were a ton of early, sexy-AF middle infielders.  You know what they say, “When you think, you make a think out of you and me.”  This year, I’m back to punting MI and there’s about a dozen 2nd basemen/shortstops that are going to make this possible, so let’s get in there like swimwear.  This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Lichtenstein) supplement to the top 20 shortstops for 2018 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 2018 projections.  Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2018 fantasy baseball:

Tim Anderson (ESPN 225, Yahoo 211)  I need to write something out and see if it makes sense to everyone, because I think I’ve become untethered from reality.  Yahoo shortstop rankings go Chris Taylor, Tim Anderson and Addison Russell, that order.  However, they have them ranked overall Chris Taylor (158), Addison Russell (190) and Tim Anderson (211).  I know, what you’re thinking.  I thought that too!  That they have multi-position eligibility so it boosts them overall.  Only problem there, Anderson and Addison only have shortstop eligibility.  My brain hurts.  As for Anderson, I gave you a Tim Anderson sleeper.

Marcus Semien (ESPN 231; Yahoo 235) Shark Tank Idea Alert!  A sock brand called, Marcus Semien, which are the color of semen, so no muss, no fuss, no people asking, “Is that pus?”  C’mon, Mr. Wonderful, stop with the royalty deals!  Any hoo!  If Semien gets lucky with his BABIP, he could have a 25/10/.255 season.  Ya know, essentially Dozier.  (Okay, not Dozier, but closer to Dozier than you’d ever think.)

Orlando Arcia (ESPN 234; Yahoo 230)  I wrote about 600 words for Arcia in my top 20 shortstops, and the outcome of my verbiage was, “Not as excited as I thought I would be.”  However, my lack of enthusiasm goes out the window –*window smashes*  Crap, forgot to open the window first. — because of how late Arcia is being drafted.  For his price, I’d take the flyer he stumbles into the top third of the lineup in Milwaukee, and busts through my apathy.

Gleyber Torres (ESPN 250; Yahoo 330)  It’s worth pointing out I like Gleyber a lot, but if he’s really being drafted 250th overall at ESPN, he wouldn’t be on any of my teams.  I wrote my Gleyber Torres fantasy back in November.  A few things changed since then, with Headley going skedaddle/Drury appearing, but the gist of the post remains.  Hey, gist sounds like a Marcus Semien sock competitor.  Gleyber’s numbers just don’t excite me yet, looks like a poor man’s Amed RosarioNick Ahmed?!  God, no.  Not that poor.

Amed Rosario (ESPN 262; Yahoo 316) Speaking of a rich man’s Nick Ahmed–Okay, no more Nick Ahmed comparisons, promise.   Though, Nick Ahmed did say he slept in a humidor all winter preparing for the season.  Any hoo!  Rosario should hit leadoff and be *the* man for the Mets, which is to say the Mets will hit him 8th and highlight Asdrubal and Todd Frazier.  Yeah, I don’t know what’s wrong with the Mets either.  They went out and got A-Gon, Frazier and re-signed Bruce.  Sounds like they wanted chaperones.

Ketel Marte (ESPN 295; Yahoo 297)  This is a little bit of a silly bit of prorating, but I’m going to do it just so you get an idea of Marte’s ability.  In a half season of Triple-A, he stole 20 bags, so 40-steal ability over a full season (I told you silly), and he hit five homers in half a season for the Diamondbacks last year, so 10-homer power (very silly).  So, he could go 10/40, and he’s projected for a .289 average by Steamer.  Basically, he could be Trea Turner, and you should draft him 3rd overall, right?  Well, no, but there’s potential here.

Chad Pinder (ESPN 359; Yahoo unranked)  Pinder’s average home run distance is 418, situated between Joey Gallo and Gary Sanchez for that stat.  What does this mean?  I’m not sure.  I mean, I know what it means means, but does it mean Pinder is going to hit 35+ homers like those guys are capable of?  I have my suspicions against that conclusion, but Pinder can get into a pitch when he makes contact.

Addison Russell (Yahoo 208)  Well, we know what to expect from Russell.  He’s been in the league for three full seasons, and hasn’t done anything that exciting.  Sure, he’s projected for 20-ish HRs, 5 SBs and ~.250, but he’s already 24 years old.  Wait, that’s not old.  Russell’s in a tough place to see prime-lineup-spot at-bats.  Think Starlin Castro and how he’s now the three-hole hitter in Miami.  However, Russell could still conceivably get better, and a 7-hole hitter on the Cubs vs. three-hole for the Marlins won’t be that dramatically different.

Zack Cozart (Yahoo 236)  Drafting Cozart comes down to how much you believe last year.  His batted ball profile numbers were relatively flat from previous years with an uptick in HR/FB%, which doesn’t scream to me repeatable.  However, he dropped his swings outside the zone, made better contact and walked a ton more.  So, more selective at the plate could lead to hitting hard the balls he can drive and up his homers, right?  How you answer that will inform whether you’re drafting him.

Jorge Polanco (Yahoo 260)  I could go same route as I went with Ketel with Mr. Prorater and getting crazy jazzed about Polanco.  15-homer power isn’t inconceivable said like Vizzini, and he stole 18 bags one minor league season is less than a full year, so give him 15/25/.275 and *screams wildly while drafting Polanco*  Of course, that’s taking the ceiling off his projections, getting in a hot air balloon and ballooning up 15,000 feet to a new ceiling of projections for Polanco.

J.P. Crawford (Unranked for both)  According to his ADP and preseason ranks, no one wants Crawford.  I don’t even want him, but me not wanting him vs. others not wanting him more, and I want him more or less more than they ever could want him less.  Okay, makes no sense, but you follow (maybe).  Crawford was once a top prospect, is still only 23 years old, has a starting job and could put up an OBP north of .350.  Also, Anime Grey had some words on him:

 
  1. Savoy Special says:
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    WHich side in a 14 team redraft league?

    Francisco Lindor or Scherzer and Semien?

    Thanks!

  2. Blint says:
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    Grey I just started my fantasy baseball preparation and ……

    OMG I LOVE CARTOON GREY!!!!!!!!! I NEED MORE CARTOON GREY IN MY LIFE.
    Whoever had the idea give them a raise Grey. Not the kind you have for Stanton!!

  3. Beetroot McKinley says:
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    Nick Ahmed sleeping in a humidor, pure gold. Looking forward to hearing you dominate tout again tomorrow!

  4. Justin says:
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    Other shark tank ideas that haven’t been accepted…vibrating proctoscope

  5. The Hersch says:
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    5×5, keep four forever:
    Side A: Goldy
    Side B: Bellinger and ONE of these three: Correa, Seager, Blackmon

    • Justin says:
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      @The Hersch:

      Side B: Bellinger and Correa. Seems like a no doubter.

      I may do Bellinger for Goldy straight up

  6. Bat Country says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the good read this AM. Everyone, what spot do you like drafting in a 10 man 5×5 h2h no auction league? I got randomly pulled as the first overall pick. I’ve never been first pick before usually end up pick 5/6 in the draft and never really had a problem with that. It will be nice to get Trout with the 1st pick, but then waiting 20 picks til I get to draft my 2nd guy seems like it might kind of stink? Thoughts?

      • Bat Country says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you sir. In all the mock drafts I am doing I am going Trout, then getting Freeman on my 2nd and Lindor on my 3rd pick. Hoping it goes this way on actual draft day next week!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sounds like a great start!

  7. Earl says:
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    Some advice please:
    I am in a 5×5 roto 12 team league (really slow email draft). So far I have:
    1B – Freddie Freeman
    2B – Jose Altuve
    3B- Anthony Rendon
    OF – Justin Upton
    OF – Ronald Acuna (8th round)

    SP – Stephen Strasburg
    SP – Luis Castillo
    SP – Zach Godley
    RP – Felipe Rivero

    I know my last pick Godley beginning of 9th round was mistake and probably should have gone hitter).

    I am trying to determine what next 3 or 4 rounds (10-13) should be.

    I feel that I should concentrate on hitting in 10 and 11 (later 10th and earlier 11th). Feeling like I need some good power maybe more than speed. Leaning towards maybe following (assuming they are available still):
    Joey Gallo, Travis Shaw, Nick Castallanos, Ian Happ, Miguel Sano, Justin Smoak, Trey Mancini

    Thinking might need to get 2nd Closer maybe around 12th but a lot of the good closers are already taken. Best available might be Colome, Morrow or something like that.

    Pretty sure advice would be to stay away from starters for next 3-4 rounds.

    Anyway, thought I would get some advice from you folk if I am on the right track with my thinking. Any input is appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: Acuna! You have a solid balanced team, I’d try to keep it that way if I could… So off Gallo and Sano, maybe Shaw or Happ or Mancini, what’s SS? Problem is Shaw, Happ and Mancini can prolly be had later… You have corner spot? I’d likely go Shaw

      • Earl says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. We do have CI and MI spots to fill.

        For SS, there currently is Tim Anderson, Paul DeJong, Didi Gregorius available. Story just went else might have considered him.

        For MI, Ozzie Albies is available but not sure if he will get back to me and same for Chris Taylor.

        For outfield, Puig, Matt Olsen, Manuel margot and Yoenis Cespedes (but not sure I could trust Cespedes).

        You think Shaw, Happ and Mancini will get thru 10 and 11 rounds upcoming and back to me in late 12th/early 13th of 12 team league?

        I guess I could also go for 2nd closer but wondering if better to wait bit for Colome and/or Morrow.

        So no Sano or Gallo or Smoak neither in 10/11. I assume first 2 due to average drain but they might help with power.

        Thanks for help. You Rock!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure, if they’ll make it back, Albies sounds awesome there

  8. Earl says:
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    Participated in the FCL last night with many of the commenter experts (I was Fresh Meat literally). Man what an experience. I am still trying to figure out exactly what went down, lol.

    People picking relievers that I never heard, good starters falling to like the 20th round, people drafting OFs early like there was no tomorrow.

    Thanks again to those who participated for the real culture shock into the the dark side of drafting, ha ha!

    • knucks says:
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      @Earl: I think you did just fine, looking over your team now. I’m new to RCL as well. We will survive this shizz brother. Gonna be fun as hell

      • nick the smooth dick says:
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        @Earl: @knucks: Shittacos

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @knucks: @Earl: You’ve never heard of Jake Diekman? Only reason I know of him is because his last name is one letter away from Dickman

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Earl:

      Between the blizzard of drafting, my kids flinging tatertots with their homemade catapults, and the running draft commentary I ended up feeling like I’d had a couple of vodka and robitussins.

      • knucks says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Hah!

        Was dying about Slopehead, etc. Hands down the funnest draft I’ve been a part of. Hope that I do well enough to be invited back.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Earl: You did fine. Emilio Pagan is my hero.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: I’m sure you did great Earl, unless a reliever you never heard of was Aroldis, then there might be trouble

      • Earl says:
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        @Grey:

        No, it was guys like Emilio Pagan and other closers in waiting I guess. I suppose I do not have as much time on my hands as some of these guys to know the closer/reliever market down like 500 deep, LOL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Earl: It’s great to have you in the league! We need some fresh meat from time to time.
      And you’ll be rosterbating with those same middle-relievers in no time. Next year, it will be everyone in your other leagues who will be marveling at your draft craziness…

  9. Bucktail30 says:
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    Dynasty OBP keep forever league…I won the ship last year thanks in part to Ralph and yourself, so thanks!

    Trade my two first round picks in our prospect draft, pick 7 and 10 for Joey Votto?

    These are the top 15 prospects available. Votto would slot in at one of my utility spots.

    Shohei Ohtani
    Fernando Tatis
    Bo Bichette
    Royce Lewis
    Keston Hiura
    Mackenzie Gore
    Luis Robert
    Estevan Florial
    Scott Kingery
    Monte Harrison
    Jo Adell
    Sixto Sanchez
    Heliot Ramos
    Hunter Greene
    Brendan Mckay

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bucktail30: Works for me if you can win again

  10. Ohtani Bonaduce says:
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    I’m seeing a dark/twisted side to Grey after that Semen Sock infomercial. If nothing else from this post, it made me realize wow, there are some serious bargains to be had with the depth at Shortstop. I was going to make a push for Segura and MAYBE even Turner if the price was right (in other words not). Now I’ll sit back and go for a dollar SS when everyone is drunk at the end of the draft and go another 10-20 on pitchers.

    Good stuff.

  11. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    AL only. due to keepers i have these already. 10 team h2h. OBP over AVG, net steals over steals, QS over wins, holds and total bases added
    C
    1B
    2B
    SS correa (K, 1st)
    3B devers (K, 25th)
    OF mancini (K, 24th, could be 1B too)
    OF
    OF
    OF
    util
    SP (at least 7, or 8 is optimal) archer (2nd)
    RP (4 slots)

    should NEVER look at “who might i get in 2 picks” in slow (later turns into online) AL only drafts. only heartbreak lies down that road. gallo/k.davis just went. should i go (OPS, QS/holds rater numbers shown):
    -miggy (19.4)
    -sano more 1B/3B (which is probably also what defense he’ll claim she said in court, 23.7 but good lord we gotta dock that number what around $6 or so from being fat and shortly getting suspended?)
    -odor (17.4)
    – cano (15.7)
    – rosario (but i know i can get him cheaper later anyway 12.1)
    – d.gordon (10.9, do need steals and his ADP is crazy high compared to OPS rater value)

    or another pitcher (but seems too early for 2nd pitcher)
    – kimbrel (18.9, would be 1st closer off board, other than rare value keepers)
    – otani (16)
    -chapman (16.3)
    -tanaka (14.2)

  12. John says:
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    I am in a Morpheus League where we combine two teams players into one squad. So far I have the Cubs. Then teams left are Rays, Braves, Orioles, Marlins, and Padres, From an big picture standpoint, which remaining team should I select?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @John: I’d take the swingin Friars there.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: if this is a dynasty league SD’s value would skyrocket, as their prospect department is crazy good. but then again so would ATL’s. ATL would be the pick if dynasty.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @John: you get pitchers and hitters here i’d guess. i run a similar league but it’s 10 owners everybody picks 3 real life pitching and 3 hitting teams (we can make our own trades though and it’s redraft). in mine with the 4th pick (snake) i have
      WAS hitting
      HOU pitching
      MIN hitting
      ATL hitting
      PIT pitching
      and we’re about to start last round. got my numbers for ranking these from rudy’s bot. from that you should take:
      BAL, but that’s almost entirely from it’s hitting. if you want more balance and/or are already weak in pitching you could go ATL, but the overall numbers say BAL. no way in hell go MIA. SD and TB are also overall bad compared to ATL or BAL.

    • Bill Lumbergh says:
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      @John: Braves…and it’s not even close

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @John: I’d want the Braves

  13. J says:
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    Grey help i cant get up

    I missed draft n i auto picked the greatest sp staff eva!!

    Sale
    Kluber
    Degrom
    Carrasco
    Cmart
    Luis castillio

    Arrieta
    Lester
    Tehran julio
    Hamels

    I traded away Luis castillo got 2 rp
    hand and gregerson

    Yes my hitting is hurting

    C lucroy
    1b thames
    2b ian kinsler
    SS torres waived for amed rosario
    3rd todd frazier
    MI cesar hernandez
    Ci Longoria

    OF Duvall
    OF adam Jones
    OF josh reddick
    OF Domingo santana
    Of trumbo
    UTIL kendry morales
    josh Harrison

    I see winning K’s, ERA, whip

    Homers rbis i won’t suck run ok sb eh and suck at avg

    Here are the 2 moves im looking to make

    Trade

    I send kluber and carrasco get Charlie blackmon and either iglesias or treinin

    I put trumbo on waivers or the dl or waive em

    Trade #2 i move cmart and lester for bregman and vizcaino who would replace amed rosario or longorio or Todd frazier

    And if i do trade 2: get charlie black I can drop any of my outfielder

    I add anywhere from 2 saves guys iglesias and treinin to add to my hand

    Leaves my staff
    Sale degrom hamels teheran arrieta

    Or say fudge it n pick up guys in free agency to supplement /fix my team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: I don’t know how deep this league is, but I’d wait until the season for anything major prolly

      • Jeff Graup says:
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        @Grey:

        12 team rcl

  14. jack florida says:
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    16 team H2H keep 16, down to my last 3

    keep 3 of these
    scooter, cargo, pujols, franco, brinson, longoria, hader, barraclough

    thanks to anyone that helps

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jack florida: Not great names, Jack… Brinson, Hader, Scooter

      • jack florida says:
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        @Grey: last 3 of 196 players being kept, i can always drop some after the draft—thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, they’re not that bad then

          • florida jack says:
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            @Grey: good luck in your draft

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

  15. Seize The Trea says:
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    Would you rather have Ketel Marte or Neil Walker as your backup MI in a deep 14-Team H2H OBP League?

  16. someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    grey if you already have trout and lindor for your 3rd pick your choice is springer and bellinger are you taking bellinger because you already have trout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  17. OaktownSteve says:
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    Here are the players I can remember drafting in the FCL. I assume everybody else on my team is a streamer:

    Gary Sanchez
    Albies
    Kingrey
    Didi
    Devers
    Mookie
    Acuna
    Happ
    Scherzer
    Bauer
    Snell
    Kenley

    I honestly can’t possibly imagine how this team can be beaten.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @OaktownSteve:
      Surprised you did grab A.J. Puk ha.

    • knucks says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Yes, please def drop Greinke whenever you feel the time is right! Preferably when I have the top claim priority?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer! I thought you were off him? Or was it just Godley?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey: This was my costanza team: I will do the opposite. Took a catcher and an ace and a closer, reached like crazy, took players I’m off. Super fun.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, I see… So if Bauer does well you can own him, and if he doesn’t you can go back to, “Oh this was my opposite team, I never would’ve drafted him otherwise.” Very sneaky!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey: I do think he’ll strike out a shit ton of guys. In innings cap league that’s the game. You know you love that Bauer/Snell pair.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I do! I wrote a Snell sleeper post 3 months ago…

  18. Cram It says:
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    NFBC is finally done. Woohoo! Dominate on 3….1, 2, 3…dominate!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Cram It:

      I like my NFBC team

      • Cram It says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Nice. I like mine too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: I liked my team 10 days ago, then did everything in my power to lessen my appreciation for the same team

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Haha. Yeah you had the best team after 2 rounds! I will say that maybe I like my team moreso in relation to everyone else’s team. I mean, one guy took deep save chasing guys with 7 of his last 8 picks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s hard to stay excited when you’re choosing between Justin Nicolino and Adalberto Mejia

  19. John Bingham says:
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    Conforto or D. Santana for late round keep forever league? Conforto has progressed to the point where he is expected to play in games next week. Santana has PT uncertainty and was what appeared to be part of a soft platoon at times last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John Bingham: Sending mixed signals, on one hand you’re talking about keep forever on the other you’re talking about who will play next week… I guess Conforto

  20. Chud says:
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    So I have some nice 1B depth in my full keeper but only 1 2B right now…..

    I deal Smoak.

    I get Odor.

    Fair deal?

    Thanks!

    • Justiin says:
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      @Chud:

      Very fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  21. I am the Walrus says:
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    I analyzed my performance in a league last yr and I can’t figure the results. 12 team H2H. Listed below are my weekly W-L-T record. I also in parenthesis I took a look at my overall totals vs the league for the year. So for instance in Runs I finished 11w-8 L and 4 ties but (like playing roto) I had the most overall runs for the year (thus 12 points in 12 team league). It looks like I did well if I was playing roto format but terrible in H2H (terrible in pitching and I used streamer). How is that possible?
    R- 11-8-4 (12 points)
    H 14-9-0 (9 pts)
    RBI 11-12-0 (8pts)
    SB 12-8-3 (11 pts)
    Ave 8-14-1 (6pts)

    W- 5-14-3 (5pts)
    SV – 9-10-3 (8pts)
    K – 10-13-0 (7pts)
    ERA 11-12 (9pts)
    Whip 9-14 (7pts)

    • I am the Walrus says:
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      I meant to say I used streamers and StreamONator. I will say I tried to lean more toward K’s with my streamers and figured ERA and WHIP would take care of itself. As it turns out I did bad in K’s, horrible in wins and not good in ERA and WHIP either. With these yearly totals my H2H shouldn’t have been this bad. I don’t get it??????

      • Cram It says:
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        @I am the Walrus: The same way you can be the overall points leader in fantasy football but not even make the playoffs.

        • I am the Walrus says:
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          Ok what should I do differently???

          • I am the Walrus says:
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            And I get the randomness of H2H especially in AVE/ERA/WHIP but this is almost all my pitching stats at once. There must be something I’m doing wrong?

          • Cram It says:
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            @I am the Walrus: I don’t know but that’s why I don’t play H2H. But your “roto” total is 82 league points, which isn’t usually 1st place material anyway.

      • I am the Walrus says:
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        I understand it’s not first place but It’s top 3-5ish. I finished out of the playoffs and below .500 Any advise?? Especially on the pitching side.

        • Cram It says:
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          @I am the Walrus: What’s the playoffs top 6? So you missed by one or two position places? It’s not crazy to happen like that.

          Do better with pitching?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agree with Cram

  22. Steve-O says:
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    4th pick in a H2H league who do you take… Trea Turner or Giancarlo Stanton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve-O: Trea, hard for me to turn down Giancarlo tho

  23. SteveO2 says:
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    Grey, I’m adverse to risk. Who is safer – Carrasco or DeGrom?

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: I’d go Degrom

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          OSB!

  24. Alan says:
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    NL only keeper league. The only pitcher I have is Degrom. Who is better to keep, Brandon Morrow or Luke Weaver? Then can you rank those 2 along with Adam Duval?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weaver, Morrow

  25. FrankGrimes says:
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    I’m worries Season three is going to be a let down…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I downloaded it, and it’s the best season yet!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Good to hear cuz.
        I DL too. Watched the first two episodes after FCL last night. Has a different feel no?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s dark, yo! It’s like, “Holy crap, this is depressing AF”

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Just like my draft last night haha

            It’s so great tho. I’ll prolly finish this weekend.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Glad you’re liking it!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We have such similar tastes, I should’ve married you!

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                Ha. We’d be going to Nobu after tout draft.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You’re my dream date!

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                You could even get me in the draft like that melnick Dude did with his wife!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, Melnick somehow convinced everyone Staten Island was a good idea!

                  • Old School Brother says:
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                    @Grey: Why aren’t you in the FCL Grey? You’re the most frequent commenter on here!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      So true! Never invited I guess…

    • Raoul Duke says:
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      @FrankGrimes: I am looking for a new series to watch. What show are you guys referring to, if you don’t mind my asking? I like dark.

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Raoul Duke:

        Gomorra. It’s excellent.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, Grimey! Yes!

  26. Lubes says:
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    Hey Grey! With your advice in my keeper league, I now have Machado, Rizzo, Benintendi, Hoskins, and Carrasco. I have the #9 pick coming up in what is the equivalent of the 6th round. Worth spending that (or the #12 coming back) on Moncada or Acuna?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Acuna!

      • Lubes says:
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        @Grey:
        OK!

  27. Jedi says:
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    Grey!

    Thanks for doing what you do… Here’s to a great FBB year!

    Hoping you can help me with nailing down my last two keeper spots on my roster. 10 team 5X5 (with WHIP as one of the pitching categories).

    Please rank these batter keeper candidates (round I would take the keeper in):
    -Justin Smoak (end of draft)
    -Anthony Rendon (7th round)
    -Adam Duvall (22nd round)
    -A.J. Pollock (18th round)

    Please rank these pitcher keeper candidates (round I would take the keeper in):
    -Carlos Carrasco (4th round)
    -Lance McCullers Jr. (11th round)
    -Blake Treinen (end of draft)
    -Gio Gonzalez (end of draft)
    -Jimmy Nelson (end of draft)

    Thanks for your assistance!

    -Jedi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. Rendon, Smoak, Pollock…. Carrasco, McCullers

  28. OJ Simpson says:
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    Starting a 5×5 OBP/QS 14 team h2h Dynasty this year and landed the number two pick. First pick obviously going trout, who you got out of everyone else? Harper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I like Harper there

  29. Huggiea says:
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    Great job as always Grey. Looking for your quick thoughts on my staff in my keeper league. 14 team. Thor, carrasco, wacha and snell. Too much risk for your liking? Any thoughts on a type of pitcher to target with my last starter spot. I’m thinking boring safe innings eater.
    Thanks buddy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Staff sounds great, more than you need… I’d target a late flyer you like

      • Huggiea says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks. Hope you enjoy St. Paddys with the Cougs and a few pints. Cheers!!!

  30. Timmy says:
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    Keep forever roto league- trade Scott Kingery for Eddie Rosario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  31. Uncle K says:
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    Long time lurker, first time post-er.

    I did my first RCL draft of the season last night. It took me a while to get familiar with the Fantrax draft tool … but what really threw me off was a team that auto-drafted the following bullpen:

    SP: Kershaw, Kluber, Bumgarner, Carrasco, Arrieta, Hendricks, Lester
    RP: Jansen, Kimbrel

    So, I chose to punt on pitching (even more than usual) and ended up with

    C Y. Molina
    1B Hosmer
    2B D. Gordon
    3B M. Sano
    SS T. Beckham
    CI Moustakas
    MI Schoop
    OF Trout
    OF Bellinger
    OF L. Cain
    OF C Taylor
    OF Choo
    UT D. Peralta
    BN Y. Solarte

    SP: Wacha, T. Walker, Pomeranz, Fulmer, J. Montgomery
    RP: Rivero, A. Bradley, A. Miller, Morrow, Devenski, Hader

    Q1: Should I try to trade for a better SP (SP1, SP2) using one of my bats or should I stick with my gamble?

    Q2: Is there any real chance a team from this league can compete for the top 10 in RCL, given that the auto-drafted team is likely to be inactive (and those pitchers frozen in place, like Ted Williams’ head)?

    Thanks! I’ll hang up and read offline … wait, I need Internet connection to read your answer …

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nah not yet, hold tight 2. Yeah, anything’s possible… there’s a league drafting tonight with some spots if you want a more competitive league… can’t imagine autodrafters in a league that has an ante

      • Uncle K says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! Good luck in your Tout Wars draft.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  32. DonnieB says:
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    In a 12 team auction with a $300 cap would you keep:
    Machado at $56 for one year
    Springer at $49 for 2 years
    L. Weaver at $10 for 2 years—-keeping Severino and Nola
    Margot at $10 for 2 years
    Anderson at $10 for 2 years
    Desmond at $12 for one year
    Edwin Diaz at $10 for two years—have Chapman at $15 for one year also and plan to keep
    Conforto at $10 for two years
    Already keeping Severino,Nola,Chapman,Abreu,Segura, and Castellanos. I need TWO from the above. Thanks.

  33. Paul says:
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    Can you rate my team

    C: Blake Swihart – took with last pick hope he finds a job two weeks of spring training left… but can always stream catcher
    1B: Hoskins
    2B: Kipnis
    3B: Rendon
    SS: Lindor
    OF: Blackmon
    OF: Buxton
    OF: Puig
    OF: Polanco
    UTL: Zimmerman
    BN: Conforto
    BN: Kingery

    SP: Wood
    SP: Hill
    RP: Chapman
    RP: Kimbrel
    P: Bauer
    P: Gausman
    P: Morton
    P: Jordan Montgomery
    P: Cobb
    P: Bedroisan
    P: Harvey

    Categories League:
    Hitters: R, 2B, HR, RBI, K, AVG, OBP, SB
    Pitchers: W, L, SV, ERA, WHIP, K, QS

    Please let me know how I did

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey: 12 teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting, looks terrific… pitching looks solid too, bit riskier but not bad… nice team!

  34. Paul says:
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    It’s a 5 bench league with daily moves to move he pitchers in and out of the lineup

  35. Zeus says:
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    As a man born when people were still named Mark lot of my socks have ended up in the Marcus Semien hamper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

  36. Zeus says:
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    Isn’t Chad Pinder the guy Elaine dated and then married Sue Ellen Mishke in India?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Same person

  37. Zeus says:
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    When Iglesias has TJ surgery can we all sing Take me To Church ? I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen my knife.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! You’re getting some off today!

      • Zeus says:
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        @Grey: at least someone is getting off

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Zeus says:
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            @Grey: I recently listened to How Did This Get Made about Ladybugs and it got me into Rodney Dangerfields oeuvre. If only the kids knew. Oh wait they’d probably get upset and need a safe space.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, I have to check that episode out, I’ve never listened to that show, is it good?

              • Zeus says:
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                @Grey: I find it funny. Manzoukis generally kills. Sometimes Paul and June can get so far up today’s politically correct ass that it’s annoying. Overall it’s amusing as there are a lot of bad movies out there. What’s your favorite “bad movie”. I won’t say guilty pleasure because no pleasure should be guilty. Other than torture and rape.

                Mine is ether Logan’s Run or Bring it On. Yes I am straight

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Bring It On is amazing… Oh, it’s been broughten!

                  • Zeus says:
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                    @Grey: Not another teen movie is actually hilarious.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, agreed

  38. The Great knoche says:
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    Nothing like waiting full 4 hours for round 49 pick. WOrst part is he has a queue, should have to draft Honeywell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not sure what’s going on there… should be able to queue someone at this point… all crazy flyers anyway…

  39. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – in a keeper, which of the two below would you keep as your last 2 (of 7 total) keepers? Other 5 are 4 stud hitters + 1 ace.

    $18 Rhys
    $11 Devers
    $4 Godley
    $9 Luis Castillo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins, Devers

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  40. Zeus says:
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    Are you ever tempted to write “no one cares about your $50 a person league you narcissistic twat” to people that post their rosters?

    Oh wait what do you think of this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nah…

  41. Mike says:
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    I can keep two. Who do I keep? Murphy, Kinsler or Gennett?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None really… Not Kinsler

  42. A-Rm Baller says:
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    3 Keeper, 12 Team H2H, pretty standard league. Have Harper and Rizzo, who should my 3rd keeper be:

    Dee Gordon
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Ronald Acuna

    It’s a keeper for life situation and I also have the first pick in which Charlie Blackmon and Jose Ramirez are available.

    Thoughts?

    • A-Rm Baller says:
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      @A-Rm Baller: George Springer is also available to draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Acuna!

  43. FrankGrimes says:
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    Rockies shelled Ohtani today.
    Desmond is waking up too. Was stupid to keep passing on him last night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope Desmond breaks out just so I can point back to people who were dissing him for not playing well in spring training… It’s spring training!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        For sure but he let me down last year so I hesitated.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya

  44. nick the smooth dick says:
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    RCL draft last night, um I think I have some power. Ridic OF…
    C- Alfaro
    1b- Edwin
    2b- Baez
    3b-Gallo
    SS- DeJong
    MI- Anderson
    CI- Carpenter
    OF- Trout
    OF- Judge
    OF- Just Dong
    OF- Hamilton
    OF- Mancini
    UTIL- Gardner
    Bench- Kemp, Choo
    SP- Severino, Berrios, Hendricks
    RP- Chapman, Diaz, Brach, Claudio, Soria, Ziegler, Bearclaw
    That get your drawers moist?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, your outfield is incredible, bro… WTF… Nice infield too tho… The pitching’s actually not terrible either… Solid draft, man!

      • nick the smooth dick says:
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        @Grey: No autodrafters anaomoly either, full room. Never thought a Judge/Dong combo would come back after Trout. Then Edwin came back….then a bona fide ace and top closer came back….then Billy Hams in the mix…then Gallo cuz fuck it add on the power. The draft that kept on giving. Mancini!!! Took me every sex position to dial the smooth cock back

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha, you did good, Nick!

        • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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          @nick the smooth dick: how in the dear F is that a 12 team league?

  45. Bterry says:
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    Was offered machado and Giancarlo for trout in a keep 4 forever league. Thoughts? Take it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  46. Uncle K says:
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    HELP! RCL #12 (drafting in a few minutes — Friday 3/16 8 PM ET) needs just ONE more. The google doc shows the league as being full but is wrong. Free league — so join and draft!

  47. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Grimey joined RCL 12 to save the day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grimes! Thanks for pinging the comments too Vin!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Look at me helping out!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re the best Grimes!

  48. Gigorilla says:
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    Europe — or as Mortal Combat……finish it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Finally!

  49. Rationale says:
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    Yes! Semien is soo underrated. Adjusted his swing to hit more LDs against righties and stole 12 bases in half a year. He’s in for a solid year out of the A’s leadoff spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so!

  50. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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    16 team roto. keep 4 at previous season’s ADP. deep rosters. OBP over AVG, slugging, OPS, total bases, steals % and hits added for hitting: holds, QS, K/BB, K/9, net saves and holds added.
    C realmuto (1st time i’ve probably ever gone catcher this early in deeper league, 8)
    1B hoskins (2)
    2B albies (10)
    3B devers (K, 28)
    SS bregman (3B, K, 6)
    CI morales (15)
    MI gyorko (1B/3B, 19)
    LF rosario (7)
    CF pollock (3)
    RF mookie (K, 1)
    OF puig (4.2 had traded for an extra 4th rounder in moving stanton for myers last year)
    util brantley LF (16)
    util maybin CF/LF (LAST starting steals guy left along with cargo 2 at the time 16)
    util wong 2B (26)
    NA (2 slots) big willie (17), senzel (22)

    SP (about 7 optimal, 1800 max innings, with one of them streamer), ray (K, 13), archer (4.1), shark (11), wacha (12), clevinger (18), ryu (21), gohara (will be DL’d 25),
    RP (room for 6): rivero (5), colome (9), lyons (23), boxy (24), dyson (27)

    1. look balanced, war room seems ok with it, but hard to say with that many starters, i don’t think it adjusts for that many starters in 16’s. gambled on getting acuna since i waited so long on 3rd SP and missed him barely.

    2. need some holds with this probably: best guy, j.barnes, vincent, strickland, hunter, hudson, c.smith, m.barnes. nabbed dyson in case closing i can trade, some owners in 16’s are always saves weak.

    3. best extra bat: pinder (but he appears to be lefty only side), soler power, moran, a.diaz, flowers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moran’s kinda interesting… or Strickland

      • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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        @Grey: got room for 2 i’ll try grabbing those both

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

      • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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        @Grey: rudy’s thinking it’s power needy, so soler sounds right, if i remember right moran projected to be a james loney type at 3B (this was years ago i knew his prospect report at MIA, it might’ve changed)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I could see that

  51. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    There are 3 $20 RCLs with openings drafting at 10 AM, Noon, and 3 PM ET. The noon one is closest to filling, so if you can be flexible you might want to switch from the early (8 openings) or later league (9 openings).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for trying to fill these, at Tout Wars so gonna be hard for me to promote them

  52. FrankGrimes says:
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    The champ starts off like a boss!
    Arenado Harper Rhys nice…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And all down hill from there!

  53. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    The $20 RCL 30, drafting in 25 minutes (noon ET) has 2 openings.

  54. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- I hope this finds you well.

    I have a 12 team auction coming up where I will have very little $. I’ll probably spend about $10 on 3 bottom tier closers. Any 3 in the bottom 10 you would recommend targeting? Also, any setup men that may get the job early you would recommend?

    Thanks!

  55. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey (sorry sent this to Ralph too bc keeper deadline coming tonight!). just traded some of my nonkeepers for a couple of interesting semi-pricey power bats….$18 Rhys and $19 Encarnacion, which confuses my top 7 keeps now. Which of the below are your top 7? (Keep 7 forever $3 annual inflation, 12 team roto):

    DEFINITELY KEEPING
    $3 Bellinger
    $13 JDM
    $21 Harper
    $26 Blackmon

    NEED TO PICK THREE OF THE BELOW
    $10 Robbie Ray
    $4 Godley
    $4 Delino Deshields
    $11 Devers
    $19 Encarnacion
    $18 Rhys

    Pitching goes for a lot in this league usually, if helpful. Rhys and E5 would probably go for 20-25. Devers more like 15-18. Godley would go for 15, Ray for 20ish.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ray, Devers, Hoskins

  56. Kevin says:
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    In the past you had links to all of your sleepers / overrated posts. Can’t find it now?

  57. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly roto with two keepers. We start all the positions and one Dh (no extra corner or middle infielders). I’m likely keeping Benintendi and Story and have the 6th pick. Not sure how the draft is gonna go but chance I may have choice between Turner and Goldschmidt. You ok grabbing Turner and filling DH slot early. Could hopefully go Rizzo/Yelich (or Springer/Aubreu) in next two rounds. Thoughts?

    How’d the draft go?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that works… think the draft went well…

  58. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Betts or Dexter Fowler? Who you got? Just kidding. This is an actual trade in one of my ESPN public leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yikes

    • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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      @VinWins: some translation guide you already have where “public” mean “collusion”

  59. FrankGrimes says:
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    C Iannetta
    1B Morrison
    2B Altuve
    3B Lamb
    SS Andrus
    MI DeJong
    CI Martinez
    OF Judge
    OF Pham
    OF Domingo
    OF Haniger
    OF Bradley Jr
    U Cruz

    Can this offensive compete? Can you guess my pitchers from this hitter list?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @FrankGrimes:

      And why in the auction today you don’t pay up for just one more better arm?
      Godley was “only”$18 castillo $17 Quintana $21 etc
      You feel it leaves you too poor at the end?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hard to say, if they went after, then I couldn’t do it anymore bc I figured they would’ve went for more and already spent money allotted for my SPs… If they went before, maybe I felt I would get better bargains later…

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Grey:
          that’s an auction!!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            It is! I think that’s where I was at least… Oh, Grimey, it’s all so confusing, and I won this league by the largest margin the history of the league last year

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              @Grey:
              Back to back snitches!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                That’s what I’m talking about!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What, all my schmohawks? Damn you Grimes! Can I guess Yu, McCullers, Wacha?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Close and You will hate this staff!
        But it’s the FCL so not a normal draft to say the least.
        SP Kluber Yu CMart Clevinger Richards
        RP Neris Treinen Minter Steckenrider Hirano Lincecum Buehler

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t mind those guys! You know one guy I knew would not be there? Gerrit Cole!

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Lmao. You know me too well!
            I’m realizing I hate all the corner guys after the obvious top tiers.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I hear that… You start seeing Beltre and Longoria and you’re like, “Damn, I wish I already had a corner man.”

              • VinWins

                VinWins says:
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                @Grey: If you like Castillo, then you like my starting pitching in the FCL – because that’s all I got.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, well done!

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:

                I may have to draft Acuna in the third round just to have a share this year!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m thinking the same for my RCL

  60. waffles says:
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    good stuff grey

    in a 20 team h2h with 16 cats (OPS, H, BB, XBH, R, RBI, HR, net steals…. IP, W, L, QS, K, ERA, WHIP, SV) i’m thinking about ignoring speed and relievers on draft day. net steals and saves are just 2/16 of the scoring and with 20 teams it feels important to nail each pick solid hitting production or starting pitching… what do you think? is punting 2 cats too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see forgetting saves, but why punt speed too? You can get speed from drafting hitting production…

  61. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: just watched first ep of Gomorrah. Thanks for the rec!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, hope you enjoy!

  62. Fish says:
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    Looking to move Judge in a Yahoo 6*6 league (OBP) since 3 of my 5 keepers are at OF.

    Which trade offer do you prefer:
    Judge for Lindor
    or
    Judge, JD Martinez, & Ray for Machado, Benintendi, & Bregman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor

  63. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey,

    Winner of my first keeper and first keeper league ever. You had told me to keep Bryant and Bellinger for keep 2 only, but I have the last pick of the first round (first of second etc)

    These are the guys of Lee o:

    Stanton
    Blackmon
    Bryant
    Bellinger
    Judge

    I was thinking of keeping Stanton (Yankees and 28 years old) over Bellinger (I don’t care to lose Judge) primarily because after this season it is keep 4 and I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to get Bellinger with the 12th and or 13th pick. Would you agree with this valid point?

    Thanks for your input.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  64. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    RCL 25 drafting soon (10 AM ET) has 2 openings.

    RCL 58 (Original Recipe) drafting at 7 ET tonight has 1 opening.

    RCL 14 drafting a 8 ET tonight has 1 opening.

    RCL 31 drafting at noon ET today has 8 openings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cmon, guys, let’s fill these leagues!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @VinWins: RCL 25 is full.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Is that the 10 AM one?

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Grey: Yep.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Sweet! Thanks, Vin!

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @VinWins: #25 drafting in 15 minutes back down to 11 owners.

            • VinWins

              VinWins says:
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              @VinWins: Full again. Team with the #1 pick before now has #11.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Okay

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                People gaming the system by going out and coming back and getting new draft slot?

                • VinWins

                  VinWins says:
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                  @Grey: I can’t tell if it is the same owner, but it was 10 minutes later, so maybe not.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ah, gotcha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ugh, I can’t do anything now

  65. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – got my first draft today, picking 9th (out of 12) in a standard roto on Yahoo. It’s my work league, so really just looking for the safest floor to start with, since I should be able to grab the new hotness before the rest of the league thanks to Razzball.

    Based on the mocks, looks like Harper (who I already have as a keeper in another league) and Goldy will fall to me in round 1, and Manny/Lindor/Freeman/Rizzo/JDM will all be there for me in round 2, and then round 3 is my choice of Dee or Rendon.

    Think about safe floor, I’ve found myself going Goldy – Freeman (3B) – Dee a lot…… there are a ton of OFs and MI (Chris Taylor, Albies, Happ, who are all there super late) we like later + I like rolling out with three .300 hitters who together should average about 20/30 a piece.

    That said, based on the Razz pairings, I feel like I should* be doing Harper – Manny – Dee (same sort of per-player average) and then grabbing a 1B like Myers. I also am feeling a little steals heavy by the time I’m taking acuna Albies Taylor Delino in he back of the draft.

    I know I’m overthinking it + we’re talking about a killer 1-2-3 regardless, but curious what your preference would be? Go with the pairings and do Bryce+Manny?

    • Grey

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      Bryce and Manny all day, solid floors, huge upsides

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: thanks- love it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: thanks- love it!

  66. VinWins

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    So, my first auction went fairly smoothly. Did end up with Lucroy for a buck when nobody bid. Also Price cause I figured shouldn’t let him go for $5. Was too cautious and ended up with extra money at the end (Lucroy was my only $1 player. Rizzo at $28 was my most expensive). Probably will try another one.

    • Grey

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      That’s the problem with auctions, sometimes you bid expecting others will and they don’t and you get a guy you don’t want… have to make sure you only bid what you want…

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        I love the guys who have to be “the sheriff” and price protect certain players

        • VinWins

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          @FrankGrimes: Yeah, but if you let guys go too cheaply, then the other owners might be able to outbid you later.

          • VinWins

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            @VinWins: So, I didn’t really want Price, but I got him for $6 as compared to Rudy’s value of $15, so he’ll probably help me. Or, probably be able to get something I want for him in a trade.

            • Grey

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              $6 is not a bad price at all…

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @VinWins:
            There is always a time in an auction where there is value to be had.
            Sometimes it’s the beginning which is my fav time.

            “The sheriff” isn’t always bidding either. He’s the douchebag who will yell “dayum Acuna for $11 that’s a steal!”

            • VinWins

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              @FrankGrimes: Well, I got Acuna for $8!

              I found things happening too fast for me to make comments.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, they usually end up with teams they don’t want…

  67. VinWins

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    RCL 58 (Original Recipe) drafting at 7 ET tonight has 1 opening.

    ID: l3x2ydc4jdiadg5l
    password: original2018

    RCL 14 drafting a 8 ET tonight is full.

    • Grey

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      Thanks, Vin! Will update…

    • Grey

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      Updated spreadsheet

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for getting that taken care, VinWins and Grey. I’m glad we’re going to be able to keep the Original alive.

        • Grey

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          I’m glad too! Did it fill?

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: Original Recipe is full.

            • Grey

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              Awesome!

            • Grey

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              Do we know if the $100 league filled?

              • VinWins

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                @Grey: Yep, just checked, the draft is going on.

                • VinWins

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                  @VinWins: Actually, looks like it is already finished.

                • Grey

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                  Nice!

  68. Champsok1 says:
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    HI Grey & happy New Season!
    After all these years, is it odd i feel like we are actually friends and you probably missed me too this winter ( don’t answer that ha).
    Well I hope this winter has been kind to you & the Cougs and you are both happy, healthy & enjoying life.
    Here’s my all important first question to start the season off-
    In our 12 team Yahoo 2 keeper league I have to make a decision by midnite to declare my keepers. Rules-two keepers per year based on prior years draft position put them in their price to keep them and you can potentially keep a player up to 5 years where it player cost bumps up 2 positions each year.
    I was the benefactor of having picked up Trout in his rookie season and had the Big Fish for 5 years, lucky. He is gone now and through a trade last year ended up with my 1st Keeper which will be Correa in the 6th round. That is a no briner but I am stuck on my 2nd keeper and maybe I am over thinking but here are the candidates and all would be at a 10th round cost-
    Corea- 6th round cost-
    Available at 10th round keeper cost-

    Severino- SP Yanks – 10th ( I love me some Severino but keep a pitcher for a keeper? Over Rhys? I am 50/50 here and unsure ( especially since new cats are voted on yet)

    James Paxton- Same as above
    & lastly
    Paul DeJong 2b/SS……

    What say you oh Wise One? Who do I keep besides Correa? Hoskins, Severino, Paxton or DeJong
    Please know your first Daiquiri of your choice will be on your way from me upon your reply and as always great to see you & the rest of the Razzball gang again this season!

    As always many thanks Grey!
    Champsok1 ( Ed)

    • Grey

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      I did miss you, glad to see you again! I’d take Hoskins — it’s between him and Severino, others aren’t close…I’d go Rhys

  69. jaw says:
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    10 team 5×5 dynasty league. pick three to keep (count as 25th rounders) – gleyber, mccullers, berrios, price, weaver

    current keepers
    Goldschmidt
    Gary Sanchez
    Stephen Strasburg
    George Springer
    Yu Darvish
    Jonathan Schoop
    Khris Davis

    • Grey

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      McCullers, Berrios, Weaver

  70. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. Which pairing do you like better? Rizzo/Yelich or Bellinger/Abreu?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Abreu

  71. SteveNZ says:
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    Honey, I’m home!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steve!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yeah boi.

        • Grey

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          You in the Recipe?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Nope – just the ol’ H2H for me again this year. Speaking of which…

            14 teams, OBP as well as AVG, Holds. Picked from #9. 15 mins reading your Top 100 for prep.

            C Hedges (205)
            1B Rizzo (20)
            2B Schoop (48)
            3B Rendon (37)
            SS Peraza (289)
            LF K Davis (65)
            CF C Taylor (93)
            RF Bryce (9)
            Util Bell (177)
            BN Anderson (188)
            BN Thames (216)
            BN Dickerson (317)
            BN Gleyber (300)

            SP Keuchel (76)
            SP Bauer (121)
            RP Giles (104)
            RP Neris (149)
            P Colome (160)
            P Madson (233)
            P Nicasio (244)
            BN L Castillo (132)
            BN Edwards Jr (261)
            BN Alexander (328)
            BN Salazar (272)

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              @SteveNZ: I should add, that I’ll be leaning on the SON pretty heavily…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                It’s available now for subscription

            • Grey

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              Steve! Team looks solid, I love the hitting and your pitching is a little iffy, but H2H

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                @Grey: Yeah, i was pretty pleases with how it turned out. Was really hoping EE or Hoskins might fall to me so I could slide Rizzo to 2B, but didn’t quite happen.

                Know what you mean about the pitching – I didn’t really want to draft Keuchel, but Archer and Quintana got taken right ahead of me so I was kinda backed into a corner there.

                Would you drop Hedges for Grandal?

                • Grey

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                  Nah, I’d hold

  72. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Couple of trade offers in my 15 team obp slg k/9 QS league (keep 11).

    My OF is Mazara, Zimmer, Puig (L C R), I also have Schwarber and Brinson.

    Pitching staff is Sale, Castillo, Bauer, Morton, Gausman

    1 Would you trade Castillo and Puig for Krush and Berrios

    2 Would you trade Zimmer and Schwarber for DexFowler and DanDuffy

    3 Would you trade Simmonds and Schwarber for DeJong and Duffy

    Thanks boss

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      @Nightpandas: 4 my Schwarber for Lamet

    • Grey

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      1. Nope 2. Nah 3. Sure

  73. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    H2H 12 team league with holds and saves. Walks and Ks are categories. I had a weird run of SP rounds 5-8 that I am not proud of…but thoughts on team, trading for areas of concern?

    C: Martin
    CI: Carp, Devers, J Mart
    MI: Peraza, Bergman, Lindor
    OF: (play 6) Harper, Springer, Eaton, Kiermaier, Odubel, Belt
    Util: Hanley
    Sp: Darvish, Keuchel, Quintana, R Hill,
    RP: Colome, Melancon, Viz, A Miller, Kahnle
    Bench: C Hernandez

    • Grey

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      Your hitting looks like a bit of a mess, and I don’t like Keuchel… That outfield looks like something Rudy would draft, not my kind of offense

      • DodgerWindowClosed says:
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        @Grey:

        Yep, that team blows! I like my other team a bit better. Some old guys but…what say you?
        C- Posey
        CI – Miggy, Trumbo, K Seager
        Mi- Lindor, Bregman, Whit
        OF- Betts, Marte, JD, Acuna, Trumbo, JMart, Schebler, Grichuk
        Util: Hanley
        SP : Hendricks, Duffy, S Gray, McCullers, Pom, Faria
        RP: B Parker, S Greene, Rodney

  74. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    12 team h2h with K’s, OPS, QS, and K/9 as extra categories. auction league players get 3 year contracts, can be dropped however at no penalty. we’re doing the RFA where a player who’s been owned for about to be his 4th year can be bid on (owners can match, if no bid player can be new contracted at same price for 3 years). total predraft budget is 244, total budget after draft is 336. max keepers predraft is 18. total roster after draft is 25. h2h. won this league last year even with low steals a usually losing K’s badly. the other hitting categories are that good.

    C kraken (1, year 3)
    1B
    2B moncada (1, 2)
    3B rendon (26, 2)
    SS ceager (1, 3)
    LF k.davis (1, 3)
    CF buxton (1, 3)
    RF stanton (35, 2)
    util cruz (15, RFA)
    util schwarber (1, RFA)
    SP (want about 8 or 9 SP)
    kershaw (52, RFA)
    wood (10, 2)
    hendricks (1, 3)
    walker (1, 2)

    RP (room for 4 max): chapman (29, 3)
    colome (10, 3)
    prospects (10 NA slots)
    buehler (10, 0, clock doesn’t start till a guy goes over limits)
    robles (10, 0)
    kingery (10, 0)
    w.calhoun (10,0)

    1. agree with dropping cruz and kershaw (try to win him or more likely another good starter for less than 52). i’d have 18 keepers and budget left of 168/336 left and 7 roster spots to fill if so.

    2. which of these should i bid on (we only get 3 total bids, which is stupid as shit): i clearly need steals, a 1B and SP depth. you cannot bid less than previous amount.
    correa (1, if not bid he’s kept as a 1)
    hanram (2)
    thor (4)
    nola (4)
    d.gordon (19)
    sano (3)
    mookie (17)
    segura (1)
    carmart (1)
    degrom (8)

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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy:
      3. it’s looking like i can trade kershaw for one of these (which sounds best if any):
      goldy (50, RFA)
      freeman (32, 3)
      shaw (10, 2)
      sano (3, RFA)
      according to OPS rater freeman is the get here. used that saved extra money on other SP. then try to bid on some of those listed guys, likely the SP and maybe mookie for the steals.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Eli Man Penguin Boy:

        4. if i do trade here for freeman or whoever 1B i’d need to drop a guy to fit into the 18. options are probably one of the prospects or colome. i’m already dropping rodney/greene anyway so there are closers to bid on.

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          @Eli Man Penguin Boy: also have weaver (10, 2). so the drop options are one of the prospects (buehler/robles/calhoun/kingery) or schwarber or colome. schwarber’s price is so damn good though.

  75. Hip hop panda says:
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    Got offered Scherzer, Lindor and Beltre for my Arenado and Thor. Thoughts?

  76. Mike says:
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    In a keeper league (keep 5) would you take Judge or Jose Ramirez?

  77. JJ says:
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    Sup Grey!

    Just drafted a 16 team H2H, can you critique and offer some advice?

    1. (3) Nolan Arenado (Col – 3B)
    2. (30) José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
    3. (35) Andrew Benintendi (Bos – OF)
    4. (62) Jonathan Schoop (Bal – 2B)
    5. (67) Billy Hamilton (Cin – OF)
    6. (94) Chris Taylor (LAD – 2B,SS,OF)
    7. (99) Travis Shaw (Mil – 3B)
    8. (126) Ken Giles (Hou – RP)
    9. (131) Rich Hill (LAD – SP)
    10. (158) Trevor Bauer (Cle – SP)
    11. (163) Ronald Acuña (Atl – OF)
    12. (190) Scooter Gennett (Cin – 2B,3B,OF)
    13. (195) Michael Wacha (StL – SP)
    14. (222) Patrick Corbin (Ari – SP)
    15. (227) Dylan Bundy (Bal – SP)
    16. (254) Danny Salazar (Cle – SP)
    17. (259) Drew Pomeranz (Bos – SP)
    18. (286) Álex Cláudio (Tex – RP)
    19. (291) Jorge Alfaro (Phi – C)
    20. (318) Joakim Soria (CWS – RP)
    21. (323) Juan Minaya (CWS – RP)

    Thanks!

  78. Rising Son says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just drafted 12 team H2H keeper w/ops +qs, any deficiencies? (Kept Harper and Hoskins)
    1 Olson, 2Kipnis, 3 Devers, SS Trea, OF: Hoskins, Harper, Trout, U: Mancini. Bench; Schwarber, W Calhoun

    P: Yu, Price, Severino, Mccullers, Giolito, Snell, Corbin, VV
    RP: Bradley, Kela (I’ll grab some saves later)

    Thanks for all the help on the site!

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