Some of the highlights of this post last year were Tim Anderson, Gleyber Torres, Amed Rosario and Marcus Semien.  Then there were guys like Addison Russell and Chad Pinder — or simply Chaddison — and *raspberries lips*  So they’re not all winners, but 2nd basemen to target and the shortstops are necessary evils like changing your underwear.  Whether you want to or not, it is a good idea to take a flyer on a late middle infielder, and you should still expect to get crapped on.  That metaphor was like the yodeling guy in The Price is Right.  This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Lichtenstein) supplement to the top 20 shortstops for 2019 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 2019 projections.  Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2019 fantasy baseball:

Jorge Polanco (219 NFBC, 202 ESPN, 225 Yahoo) Completely and utterly off topic, but who was the idiot who put the O key right below the zero key on the keyboard?  Or I should say idi0t.  That nonsense trips me up 5,000 times a day.  Or rather 5,ooo.  One other note that’s more on topic but still not about Polanco, I went over Garrett Hampson and others in the 2nd basemen to target post, so don’t ask me why they’re not included again, which is to say that will be the number one question of me.  *long breath*  So, Polanco reminds me of Joey Wendle, and, if Polanco hits in the top three of the Twins’ lineup, it’s going to be hard for him not to justify at least a top 200 pick.  I think even yours truly has under-ranked him.

Chris Taylor (219 NFBC, 232 ESPN, 201 Yahoo) I cheated a little by not including Taylor in the 2nd basemen to target (that’s pronounced tarjay), because I knew this post was going to be super light since so many shortstops also have 2nd base eligibility.  I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t mind Chris Taylor, but Dave Roberts and his stupid platoons and, bleh, I’m gonna go take a nap and start a podcast like everyone else.”  First off, Taylor played in 155 games last year and had 604 plate appearances.  Roberts tends to play Taylor — Playlor? — but I will admit that playing time could be a bit more squeezed for him with Seager healthy.  As for that other part, you should start a podcast, everyone has one!  Taylor is not an exciting name as he currently stands, but to become very valuable, he needs to hit 17-ish homers (around his projections), steal 17 bags (what he did in 2017) and see an injury to Justin Turner or Pollock (very possible), so Taylor hits in the top third of the lineup.

Fernando Tatis Jr. (302 NFBC, unranked ESPN, unranked Yahoo)  As I said earlier this preseason, “Fernando Tatis Jr. was born in 1999.  Recently, it was announced Acuña was so young he didn’t know who Mickey Mantle was, well, Tatis Jr. is so young he doesn’t know who Mike Trout is.  Tatis’s dad is so young he didn’t even use charcoal as his medium; he used MS Paint.  Tatis Jr. looks like an All-Star ready to happen, until the 75th round draft pick, Albert Pujols Jr., comes along and replaces him.  Tatis looks damn near perfect.  A lanky Machado maybe, a young Hanley possibly.  Like something Ryan Brasier would cover, Tatis looks real and spectacular.  I’d say the difference him and his pops is the difference between Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr., but Ken Sr. wasn’t that bad.  How about this, the difference between Tatises (Tatii?) is the difference between J.D. Martinez and J.D. Martinez Sr.  Was there a J.D. Martinez Sr.?  No idea, but that’s the point.  FTJ is going to be special.  Now Fun the Jewels fast!  Now Fun the Jewels fast!  Now Fun the Jewels fast!”  And that’s me quoting me!  The only question is how much we see of FTJ this year.  Don’t think it’s much, unfortch, but, if I’m wrong, and he’s up early, he’s going to be worth owning in every league.

Hernan Perez (405 NFBC, unranked ESPN, unranked Yahoo)  Wow, here’s an exciting name!  Hey, shortstops were light on guys after 200 overall, which is worth noting, so I had to pad a little.  Truth bomb alert!  I almost ranked Hernan Perez about 100 spots earlier, and would if I thought he could get 450+ ABs.  I love Hernan Perez if he’s getting at-bats.  I don’t love how crowded the Brewers’ lineup is.  Well, I do for the guys in the lineup, but not for Hernan.

Didi Gregorius (419 NFBC, unranked ESPN, 255 Yahoo)  His ranking is all over the map like an estuary, and there’s a good chance in shallower leagues he’ll be available to stream into your lineup.  (Cartographers are like, “I see what you did there, and I like it.)  However, if you have DL spots to spare, you could see Didi back by June/July and I’d be shocked if he’s not an everyday player if he’s healthy.  So, a pick around 300 now, could yield a top 150 guy two months into the season.  That sounds delicious to me; I may just start calling him Chef Boyardidi!  Or not.  I’m still in committee with myself.

Brendan Rodgers (568 NFBC, unranked ESPN, unranked Yahoo)  The Rockies will call up Rodgers as early as June 15th of this year or as late as June 15th, the year after the apocalypse as predicted in the Book of ELA, which is short for Escape from L.A.  Rodgers will be known in either scenario as Robo Blastoff 5000, and he will hit more dingers than the Rockies’ mascot, Dinger, dinging his own dong in a Swedish massage parlor.  Do you understand me?  Am I speaking clearly enough for you?  Rodgers will be up soon and hit home runs or he won’t be up for 27 years because the Rockies are dumb.  Is that plain enough for you or do you need me to spell it out to you again in hot wings inside a Hooter’s?  Am I being clear now?

  1. KCC26 says:
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    Morning! Long live Jorge Polanco!

    Question: in my 6×6 H2H mixed league, I’m entering the draft with no SP as of right now. Best guys available are Paxton, Taillon, strasburg, Berrios, other guys that are ranked after that.

    Was offered a Carrasco (4th round keeper) for my Jesus Aguilar (16th). Thinking about taking it rather than reaching for one of the above guys in the 2nd round. What do you think? Stay the course and try to piece together a staff or lock down a rotation anchor?

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      @KCC26: Sounds like Carrasco makes sense for your team

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @KCC26: do it. And also draft one of those guys you mentioned.

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @KCC26: Jorge Polanco has already lived long, he’s actually 76 years old. PEDs keep you fresh

      What are you entering draft with?

      • KCC26 says:
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        @Grey Albright:

        Benintendi (7)
        Acuna (10)
        Albies (12)
        Aguilar (16)
        Robles (17)
        Muncy (18)

        So yeah it probably does make sense. And yeah I’d still look to grab another guy early on as a lot of guys have early picks tied up in keepers. Feel like I need to grab a first round bat though! I should be looking at like Goldy, Stanton, Blackmon, Marte, Rizzo, Correa there!

        Thanks guys!

      • KCC26 says:
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        @Grey Albright:

        Benintendi (7)
        Acuna (10)
        Albies (12)
        Aguilar (16)
        Robles (17)
        Muncy (18)

        Yeah I think it makes sense too given the dearth of available pitching. And yeah I may try to grab another of those arms in the 2nd. Should be looking at bats like goldy, altuve, blackmon, marte, rizzo, correa at my first pick.

        Thanks all!

        • Jr says:
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          @KCC26: My two cents…I’d move Aguilar for Carrasco, target Goldy Or Rizzo in the first and take best SP available in the 2nd. With Acuna, Benintendi and Robles already you you can wait till later to fill out OF.

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great report and by great I mean fabulous.

    a. Just a quick question as I prep for my RCL draft this Saturday, how do you integrate pitchers into the overall rankings? Or how does one or how does anyone? Like is DeGrom more valuable then Goldschmidt? I’d say yes but I know without looking that he’s ranked lower in your rankings OVERALL. It’s almost as if I have to go back to the beginning to re-learn who gets drafted where? Seriously, though, I will follow these simple rules. Please tell me if I’m correct in my thinking.

    1. Follow Grey’s top 100
    2. From that top 100 draft the guys you REALLY like and want on your team
    3. Follow which positions are being drafted. Like when Scherzer goes off, DeGrom should be next etc. There could be some profits to be made if someone perhaps drafts Sale in front of DeGrom and instead of getting stuck with Sale you get blessed with DeGrom etc., right?
    4. Be present for the draft. I will, I have 4 alarms set to go off at the hour of the draft. I took that page from our daughter who failed to wake up despite setting 9 alarms to go off at the same time!!!
    5. Don’t draft hi-end relievers in the first 8 rounds. I still won my league last year despite drafting Jansen and all his baggage but that’s because I got lucky with SAGNOF. Better to avoid that noise if necessary.
    6. Prep the draft room.
    7. Don’t panic.
    8. Everything will be fine in-season because Unkie Grey will post his weekly buy/sell columns.

    b. Who will be this year’s Verlander? Last year I drafted Verlander and got a career year from him. Not going near him this year, but do you see someone who is worthy to be a tier 1 pitcher that is not yet been declared so or a good pitcher who will be really good this year?

    c. Gotta a whole bunch of guys waiting in the wings for my last 5 picks – like Franmil and some others. List me your top 10 after 200 pick guys (so basically, go back over your most recent sleeper reports and choose your 10 favorites).

    Cheers,
    Ante

  3. BC says:
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    Thanks for the posting!

    Auction league with 2 keepers

    6×6 (12 man) with:

    OPS, Batter K’s (bad), And K/BB, along with pitcher K’s are the stats with AVG being dropped along with Wins:

    Would you weigh batters or pitchers more in the War Room? It always seems like SP’s and super dominant RP’s are always way up at the year end player rater.

    -Cheers-

  4. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    But Grey, what about Garrett Hamps0n?

    I really like the idea of adding Didi with a license to IL and OMG WHY HAVEN’T I BEEN DOING THIS IN ALL MY DRAFTS?!?!?!?

  5. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Took over a horrible team in a keeper league, need your help picking the 6 keepers to roll with

    14 team mixed h2h auction keeper $260 budget 6×6 (OBP + TB; QS, SV/HLD + K/BB)

    J Turner $13
    E Rosario $16
    K Jansen $13
    M Tanaka $14
    R Odor $13
    R Ray $10
    D Peralta $7
    D Kuechel $9
    J Bauers $5
    B Trienen $4
    S Matz $2
    T Glasnow $2
    J Avarado $2
    K Kiermaier $6

    Right now, I am leaning towards Jansen, Trienen, Turner, and Peralta being locks.

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: I’d go Glasnow, Peralta, Treinen, Rosario, Turner, Jansen.

      I have Ray and Jansen close for the final spot.

      • WhiteRabbit says:
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        @Donkey Teeth: like Donkey’s picks but would probably go with Ray over Peralta

      • WhiteRabbit says:
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        @Donkey Teeth: like Donkey’s picks but would probably go with Matz/Ray over Peralta. Pretty rough when you’re keeping mostly pitchers/relievers

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: like Donkey’s picks but would probably go with Matz/Ray over Peralta. Pretty rough when you’re keeping mostly pitchers/relievers

  6. Drafted didi in last round. 1st year in a RCL,how do you move him to d.l. On fantrax? Thanks

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Peter guigli:
      Once the Yankees put him on the mlb DL then you can dl Didi..

  7. Rich says:
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    I’m hoping you are right Grey about Baez this year. Every fantasy site and yesterday The Real Joey Bart pick on points of regression,high strike out, average will be 50 pats lower, low walk rate, etc.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rich: I’m hoping I’m right too, since I’ve drafted him already twice

  8. Wally Pipp says:
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    Yeah, decent post Grey. But it’s nothing compared to Jose Canseco’s twitter page.

  9. Nehocstu says:
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    Hi Grey, Hi Rudy!!
    I gots to know… You guys have some significant differences in your rankings…
    Whom do I follow for drafting?

    For my 6×6 OPS league, e.g.,
    Rudy has Stanton 4th in hitting
    Grey has him 14th

    Many other differences. Is it because I used Rudy’s projects including OPS and Fantasy Master Lothario uses 5×5 rankings? I’m a true believer, but a true believer of which one of you prescient savants?

    Always love your writings; Rudy is too smart for me and Grey is too much the oracle.

    Regards, Nehocstu

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Nehocstu:
      You ever see Rain Man? Grey is Cruise and Rudy is Hoffman amiright?

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Nehocstu:

      Or you could try to follow Ray Flowers on the Twitter instead

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      @Nehocstu: Stanton gets an OPS boost for sure. I think Rudy’s projections were a little higher on Stanton in 5×5 also.

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @Nehocstu: Rudy’s OPS rankings are for OPS, his non-OPS rankings are not for OPS

      • if you are going OPS, best to use rankings that are special OPS.

  10. peacecoast says:
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    what about the fucking CAPS LOCK key just above the SHIFT key???

    • Nehocstu says:
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      @peacecoast:
      True Story…
      The “QWERTY” keyboard was designed to slow typists down. In the olden days, there were many designs to make typing eaier and quicker, but mechanical typewriters were constantly jamming from people going too fast. One design moved some common letters “e, r, a, s, t” to the left hand and pinky or ring fingers. Fewer jams. An old lesson from typing class in 1975.
      … and now you know… as if it mattered.

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        @Nehocstu: I make sjure to use ‘j’ a lot to keej my rijht middle finger stronj!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It all makes more sense now (not the design, but why it sucks)

  11. hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    I have to decide on a final keeper before our league deadine. Would you rather have Rizzo or Mondesi as keeper in a 5×5, 12 team with OBP?

      • hanklongball says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the tip!

      • Mex says:
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        @Grey: since you have Mondesi ahead of Rizzo in your rankings, can one assume you are taking Rizzo here because you think he is better in an OBP league?

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      @hanklongball: There are rankings for all this shizz.

  12. Big Ticket says:
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    Any updates on the Rockies with Hampson, McMahon, or even Rodgers? Seems like so much potential, but need to know who’s gonna get the AB’s in April … Thanks Grey!

    • Mike L says:
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      @Big Ticket: The real question is, why won’t they just trade 1 and solve the problem. Not sure who’s weak up the middle and what the Rockies needs are but someone in that organization has that job and needs to do it.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      @Big Ticket: No chance of Rodgers in April

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My guess is Hampson

  13. prestige says:
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    Questions about your auction values: I’m comparing your value to the NFBC average going price for a player and your is almost always lower.

    Mondesi for example, you have ranked way above his ADP, but your auction $ is the same as the NFBC $. I know your strategy isn’t to take any top guys generally, but is there a better way to user your $ value for the draft?

    Thanks!

  14. Rick says:
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    Ohtani (hitter only) or B.Dozier for this year?

    Thanks

  15. Dr Y says:
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    I am keeping $16 Acuna & $5 Story in a 5 x 5 h2h mixed keeper league. There are 5 outfielder spots and no MI or CI. League that has been together awhile, with keeping 3 players, the top 10-20 players are purchased more expensive than typical. Trout for $60-65 is the normal.

    For my last keeper spot should I keep Juan Soto for $13, Betts for $48, or Mondesi for $13? Mondesi or Story would need to by my 1 utility player since on ESPN mondesi doesn’t have 2B eligibility.

    Thank you!

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @Dr Y: Soto

  16. Lt says:
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    Grey,
    This site has helped me every year and it’s akways appreciated you guys are awesome. I’m in one points league 12 teams h2h. Any idea how to adjust your top 500 into points league rankings? I know other writers cover points leagues but you just each year put your rankings out and I hit on the great calls, it’s gotta be your rankings! Haha thanks for the help

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @Lt: Points spreadsheet is newest post on site right now

  17. ryanoger says:
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    10 team h2h holds league

    What’s your take on innings limit? What seems like an ideal limit for this type of league?

    Cheers
    Ryan

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @ryanoger: 1400 IP limit is cool

  18. Ashtray says:
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    I’m in a keep 6 forever OPS league with 14 teams. Who would you keep out of these:

    Soto
    Harper
    Stanton
    Gallo
    Story
    Hoskins
    Bryant
    Benintendi
    Aguilar

    I’m not concerned with positions

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @Ashtray: Soto
      Harper
      Stanton
      Story
      Bryant
      Benintendi

  19. Smokers Delight says:
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    12 team 5×5 AL only auction standard Roto but OBP instead of average
    I have a chance to give a crappy draft pick and get a 33 dollar Pham. Its expensive but with inflation, I think I a getting a solid contributor when there wont be a lot available.

    Trout will be kept at 53, Stanton kept at 49, Judge on the last year of an entry contract is protected. Betts will likely be 50 and JD will go for 36-42.

    Is it so crazy? Even Rosario will go for over 30 and I think Pham is more valuable in OBP.
    Do the trade?

      • Smokers Delight says:
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        @Grey Albright:
        Thakts worth a Boba for sure.

        I hope you guys get into draft software that is easy in the next few years. I used to use Benson then Rotolab and now Rotowire. Dying for a Razzball product one of these years

  20. happyharry says:
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    12 team, H2H,6X6 – I’m heading into the 12th round of draft and need a 2B….how do you rank these-Profar, Schoop, Moncada, Hernandez? thanks,

  21. WhiteRabbit says:
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    @bossmanjunior333: like Donkey’s picks but would probably go with Matz/Ray over Peralta. Pretty rough when you’re keeping mostly pitchers/[email protected]Dr Y: Soto/Mondesi. Spend the savings to get others

  22. JC says:
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    12 team 6×6 keeper league question, snake draft. Three keepers are kept in first three rounds, no penalties involved. R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG and QS, K, ERA, WHIP, SVHD, K/BB.

    Anthony Rendon
    Carlos Correa,
    Rhys Hoskins
    Andrew Benintendi
    Ronald Acuna Jr.
    Anthony Rizzo
    Trevor Bauer
    Patrick Corbin

    I’m thinking Acuna, Rizzo, and Hoskins. The only other guys I’m even thinking of keeping are Benintendi and Rendon. I’ve kept Correa before, but I don’t trust his health anymore. Am I crazy for not considering the pitchers or Correa?

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @JC: Sounds fine, you’re losing 3 good keepers at leats no matter what you do

  23. bigbear says:
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    Good stuff!

    The Rockies are loaded. I think it’ll take an injury or some massive underperforming to have Rodgers crack the line up. I wonder if they’ll be quicker to take at bats from slower starting/cold spell guys this year than they were last year (like Desmond last year).

    Tatis – Muchado is campaigning for him. Even if they play the clock game, he’ll be promoted in short order. Actually, Tatis reminds me a bit of Muchado in the minors. They both took a little bit to adjust to the level of play, but once they do it’s game over. I love Vlad’s potential, but I believe Tatis has more fantasy upside given his speed.

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @bigbear: Prolly right on Rodgers… I love Tatis but I’m not super optimistic about PT

  24. JC says:
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    12 team 6×6 keeper league question, snake draft. Three keepers are kept in first three rounds, no penalties involved. R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG and QS, K, ERA, WHIP, SVHD, K/BB.

    Anthony Rendon
    Carlos Correa,
    Rhys Hoskins
    Andrew Benintendi
    Ronald Acuna Jr.
    Anthony Rizzo
    Trevor Bauer
    Patrick Corbin

    I’m thinking Acuna, Rizzo, and Hoskins. The only other guys I’m even thinking of keeping are Benintendi and Rendon. I’ve kept Correa before, but I don’t trust his health anymore. Am I crazy for not considering the pitchers, especially B or Correa?

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @JC: Acuna, Rizzo, and Hoskins, then draft an SP

      • JC says:
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        @Grey Albright: Thanks! Didn’t mean to post this twice like a needy child. Internet issues.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, site’s having issues, it’s our fault

  25. Jayrod says:
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    Awesome insight Grey! Huge fan of Jorge Polanco this year. That lineup seems to be in for some good things if all goes right.

    Real quick, I was looking for the free downloadable War Room with the Tiers in it, I asked Rudy after signing up if he had any clue. He said that the paid subscription I signed up for gave me access to his, but yours is the one with the tiers?

    Let me know! I’ll be checking out Rudys in the meantime!
    Thanks again for all you guys do!
    -Jayrod

  26. Cram It says:
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    Got Tatis in NFBC. Here’s to hoping!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not even messing with prospects this year, unless one falls (repeat comment)

  27. Cram It says:
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    Tatis is my one prospect in NFBC thus far. Here’s to hoping!

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @Cram It: I’m not even messing with prospects this year unless one falls

  28. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    These posts are so helpful for auction draft planning! Couple pitching questions for you . . .

    1. Assuming Keutchel doesn’t sign with the Astros, what do you think about a Peacock / Josh James pairing for the back end of your rotation in 12 teamers? I like both, and feels like between the two of them there will be at least one full time high quality SP3/4 there . . .

    2. Trying to plan out my auction draft planning in a 12 team weekly lineup keeper league (6 SPs start per week). Due to the format and limited FAAB, it’s harder to stream than usual….and there are very limited SP1 options available in the auction pool + I’m one of the only teams without at least one ace kept (I kept 7 top tier hitters and no pitchers).

    More specifically, only 6 of the top 20 are available . . . Verlander, Nola . . . Clevinger, Paxton, Strasburg, and Marquez.

    Listening to the last pod where you were talking about taking Bauer higher than normal due to circumstances. . . what do you think about me going into the draft planning to pay a premium to lock up one of Verlander/Nola + one of Clev/Pax/Stras/Marquez (even if it costs me $50 total to do so, given the prices top arms go for even when many are available)?

    FWIW, this is a league where the hyped upside SP2s (think Luis Castillo last year)go for about $20.

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: 1. Don’t think it’s worth a ton, think they’re mostly MRs 2. That works for me in a keeper if you have some bats already

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey Albright: Thanks! Yeah, I’ve got a nice controllable core in Betts, Acuna, JDM, Story, Rhys, Villar, M Chapman . . . so I don’t really need to spend much on the rest of my offense + can instead focus what I’ve got left to lock at least one reliable top arm.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, sorry for site wonkiness

        • Captain Obvious says:
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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Then why do always ask? Why do you even play the game if you have to ask about every little damn thing you do? What’s the point?

  29. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    Grey have you ever seen The Battered Bastards of Baseball on Netflix? Thought it was really good, should definitely check it out if you havent seen already.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve seen it, it was good!

  30. Greg Funke says:
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    logging in or commenting has been super slow or not available at all since about 11 am CDT… someone feed the hamster and get this rolling again

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @Greg Funke: Yeah, spammers attacking the site this morning

  31. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Great article as always, Polanco has definitely flown under the radar this spring but word is getting out!

    In a 12 team al only keeper league. Would you trade Correa $16 and Bieber ($1- 2 yrs) for Danny Jansen ($1-3yrs), Mallex Smith ($15-2yrs) and Colin McHugh $10?

    Thanks again!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Wouldn’t make that trade

  32. Greg Funke says:
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    logging in or commenting has been super slow or not available at all since about 11 am CDT… someone feed the hamster and get this rolling again
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    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, we had server issues this morning

  33. Greg Funke says:
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    @Grey / Razzball

    logging in or commenting has been super slow or not available at all since about 11 am CDT… someone feed the hamster and get this rolling again
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    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry…we had server issues this morning

      • Greg Funke says:
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        @Grey: thanks – we live in an instant society and i need instant gratification – sorry, may or may not have double/quadruple posted here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA, No problem

  34. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Great article as always, Polanco has definitely flown under the radar this spring but word is getting out!

    In a 12 team al only keeper league. Would you trade Correa $16 and Bieber ($1- 2 yrs) for Danny Jansen ($1-3yrs), Mallex Smith ($15-2yrs) and Colin McHugh $10?

    Thanks again!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope on that trade

  35. Jon says:
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    I’m looking to repeat in my H2H 10-team keep forever. I have Severino but I’m nervous about a potential lost season from him — would it be stupid to deal him for two lesser SPs like, say, Mikolas and Tanaka, to diversify risk this year but not have him in future seasons?

    Current staff looks like this:

    Cole
    Carrasco
    Severino
    Berrios
    Price
    Lucchesi
    Maeda
    Strahm
    Woodruff/Burnes (I’ll keep the winner of the 5th starter spot)

    The best staffs go 10 deep in this particular league. Should mention too that we have rules against streaming. I’m set with my offense, so no need to turn Severino into a positional weakness elsewhere. Any thoughts or suggestions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love Tanaka, but I don’t like Severino either

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love Tanaka either

  36. DonnieB says:
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    Who are you leaning toward for saves among Boxberger,Peralta,Herrera, or Parker? Are you taking Chase Anderson over Woodruff or Burnes? Thanks for the help.

  37. Hello Rockview says:
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    Keeper question on how to fill the last spot
    Already have :
    3b rendon
    Ss bogaerts
    Of Soto, JD
    Util bregman
    Sp sale, Nola, Bauer, flarhety

    Option 1- trade away Cain for gallo
    Option 2 – trade 13th and 16th round picks for Realmuto and Olson
    Option 3 – trade 15th round for Olson

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Gallo

  38. Jon says:
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    Kind of off topic but are you guys putting out a top 100 keeper list again this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, this week

  39. Licketty Splits says:
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    Caught your short interview on XM radio this morning on my drive home from work. Grey in all his glory …no apologies …..love it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Home from work? Oh man, I just rolled out of bed, I was so groggy

    • Licketty Splits says:
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      @Licketty Splits: sooo unfair @ 7 AM WTF who can think at that time??

  40. Licketty Splits says:
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    Yeah my 1st night back after 24 weeks of for 2 separate surgeries on both wrists. Was a nice time off to do some serious fantasy research. Listening to fantasy radio when they are actually sharing some relevant info (not that I always agree) helps make the 70 + mile commute a bit more bearable.
    Oh & yes Ray Flowers seems to be know it all …legend in his own mind douche

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, wow, glad to hear you’re back at it then!

  41. Cheavy says:
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    You look at the keyboard when you type?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I have 100 trained monkeys typing these posts up, but sometimes they get mad, and I’m for animal rights…

      • Cheavy says:
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        @Grey: hahahaha

  42. Ben W says:
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    Hi Grey! Been a reader for a long time and hope to follow the gospel of Grey!

    Here’s my team in auction league draft. 14 teams. 7×7 with holds. And yeah, my pitching could use some help. I love finding saves on the waiver wire. I definitely need to drop some RPs for more SPs. Which 2 should I cut loose?

    How’s the team overall??

    C – Danny Jansen
    1B – Rhys Hoskins
    2B – Alberto Mondesi
    SS- Trevor Story
    3B – Kris Bryant
    OF – Ronald Acuna
    OF – Nomar Mazara
    OF – Ender Incariate
    OF – Lewis Brinson
    Util – Jesus Aligar
    Util – Joey Wendle
    Bench: Niko Goodrum, Brendan Rodgers, Luis Urias

    SPs: James Paxton, German Marquez, Luis Castillo, Alex Reyes, Trevor Williams, Danny Salaazar
    RPs: Wade Davis, Mychal Givens, Ryan Pressley, Trevor Rosenthal, Ty Buttrey, Chaz Roe, Craig Stammen, Yoshisha Hirano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, I like the hitting a lot… Your pitching looks ok, but very risky, and you have a of Holds guys… HItting looks very solid, I like the guys you have… Maybe low on power… Not sure Brinson is necessary on your team, but I’d hold him for now

      • Ben W says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I’m curious about Brinson if this is the year he takes off. Got him for cheap!

        • Hater Bell

          Grey says:
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          @Ben W: worth the gamble

        • Captain Obvious says:
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          You better have got him for cheap cause he sucks.

  43. Paul says:
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    14 team H2H 6×6 ops Keeper League

    My team now is : Stanton, Devers, Robles, Moncada, Castellanos, Bumgarner

    I’ve had some nice offers for Stanton. I could turn my team into this

    Team A- Devers, Robles, Rizzo, Corey Seager, Pham and Moncada or Castellanos as my 6

    TEAM B- Devers, RobleS, Eloy Jimenez, Gleyber, Gerrit Cole
    And moncada or Castellanos

    So should I just keep Stanton and stay with my original team? If not which offer would you accept? If I did accept, should I take Moncada or Castellanos as my last keeper?

    Thanks

  44. Greg Funke says:
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    site has been wonky since about 11 AM CDT… please feed the hamsters @Grey

    • Greg Funke says:
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      @Greg Funke: see first post – sorry about double posting… carry on

  45. Mister Lister says:
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    I have the first pick, dare I take Trea Turner? 12 team league H2H points

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      If you’re retarded go for it.

  46. Jon says:
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    I’m looking to repeat in my H2H 10-team keep forever. I have Severino but I’m nervous about a potential lost season from him — would it be stupid to deal him for two lesser SPs like, say, Mikolas and Tanaka, to diversify risk this year but not have him in future seasons?

    Current staff looks like this:

    Cole
    Carrasco
    Severino
    Berrios
    Price
    Lucchesi
    Maeda
    Strahm
    Woodruff/Burnes (I’ll keep the winner of the 5th starter spot)

    The best staffs in this particular league go 10 deep. I’m competing against the likes of Sale/Verlander/Corbin/Marquez/Flaherty/EdRod/Morton…, deGrom/Scherzer/Ray/Greinke/Pivetta/Ryu/Stripling…, Nola/Thor/Taillon/Archer/Kershaw/Paxton…, plus a couple more loaded rotations. In my opinion, my guys hold up, but it’s questionable without Sev.

    Should mention too that we have rules against streaming. I’m set with my offense, so no need to turn Severino into a positional weakness elsewhere.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?

    • Hater Bell

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: answered above on this, sorry site’s been wonky today

  47. FrankGrimes says:
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    Thanks for the shout-out on Sirius haha
    “Someone came to me and said…”

    thought you were going to fall back to sleep on air

    • Hater Bell

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: thought I’d sound even more crackers if I blamed it on Grimey from the simpsons

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        hahaha

  48. Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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    14 team keep 9. start 1 of every exact spot, including a CI, a MI and a 4th any kind OF and util. max 5 RP, keeper rules have us keeping 4 pitchers, max 2 OF and 3 other differing positions. i traded away mccutchen and hand for draft picks. keepers are hoskins (LF), stanton (RF/LF or DH), puig (RF, over mallex), goldy, andujar (over muncy), kimbrel, giles (or bradley), wheeler and otani (i get the hitter for free in keeping him as a pitcher).

    i got an offer for my hoskins + 11th rounder for treat urner + 28th rounder? is this good by itself or should i lessen the pick i’m giving up here? my team is steals weak, and i already traded for an extra 7th and 11th (giving away last 2 rounders 27th and 28th) by moving hand and mccutchen.

    hope we get the player rater back soon i’m trying to rank like 300 or so players by tomorrow night for my first non dynasty draft of the year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Treat

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      He has rankings ass.

  49. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    I got a trade offer today, wondered what you thought about it. I need help at both SP and RP so it’s basically who you think will have the better season/career since this is a dynasty league.

    Was offered Ken Giles for Luke Weaver. What side do you like best? Any extra thoughts?

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @Harley Earl: Neither side, I guess Giles

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey Albright: Yeah I’m not particularly excited about it either LOL

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      Take Giles. Weaver is worthless.

  50. When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diaries of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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    site is back baby

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, but so slow

      • Hater Bell

        Grey Albright says:
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        @Grey: Test

        • When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diaries of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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          @Grey Albright: yeah but the player rater is working. that’s what i need most currently.

  51. Wally Pipp says:
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    If greg bird really doesnt make the opening day roster (cashman saying only room for voit or bird) im moving voit up to like 13ish round. Hes batting cleanup tonight and should be in the middle of the order usually. Some performance risk but at 150 or so overall with his role give me that.

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Grey: loiasiga blowing his chances to be the 5th starter. Good bet they tag domingo german as an “opener” when they need a 5th starter for a stint here. Lots of rain outs in april so… I think Yankees brass thinks the opener play is sharp with their pen. Doubt they sign someone.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think they would’ve signed someone already if they were going to

  52. hal_incandenza says:
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    Hi Grey. Long time man.

    What is the television show you and another were referring to as TLK in yesterday’s comments? I did watch Gomorrah last year but now I’m questioning if I saw season 3. I don’t watch a lot but I try to watch the good stuff. Always happy to see you drop some recommends.

    Any thoughts on this group for an 11-team 6×6 w/OPS and Holds league with draft still underway? 1400 IP cap.

    C Willson Contreras
    1B Anthony Rizzo
    2B Travis Shaw (2B, 3B)
    3B Anthony Rendon
    SS Trea Turner
    INF Max Muncy (1B,3B)
    LF Ronald Acuna Jr.
    CF
    RF Yasiel Puig
    OF Marcell Ozuna
    Util Eduardo Escobar (2B,3B)
    Bench1 Domingo Santana (RF)

    SP1 Carlos Carrasco
    SP2 Patrick Corbin
    SP3 German Marquez

    RP1 Wade Davis
    RP2 Shane Greene
    RP3 Hunter Strickland
    RP4 Seranthony Dominguez
    RP5 Kyle Barraclough
    RP6 Greg Holland

    So, as you might see there, I’ve done it again. Or maybe, oops I did it again? I’ve refused to grab a CF (OF-specific spots) so far. Of course this isn’t a surprise, but I probably departed seeking value elsewhere to sheer stubbornness a few rounds back. I’m actually hoping to shift tilde over there assuming he gains eligibility, but until that happens I should probably roster someone to play.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Last Kingdom, it was great, worth watching… It’s on streaming…

      Gomorra was great, you need to download 3rd season, though, it’s not on streaming…

      Love your hitting and pitching, the team is stacked, like insanely so… You need more SPs tho, and I guess a CF at some point… I’d get an SP 4 and 5, 1st…

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        What’s next? Third season of true detective is kinda meh.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Have you watched Spiral? It’s awesome, we’re on season 6, your girl will like it too

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Will give it a go.
            Is that Netflix or Amazon?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hmm… Not sure, I’m watching season 6 on MHz, which is a European provider, but I watched first five seasons regular streaming…

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        I need a mike Milligan spin off

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why don’t we have a Mike Milligan spin-off already?

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            How about Mike Milligan stars in season 4 true detective? Lol

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Mike Milligan and Felicity Huffman

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:

                Haha it writes itself!

  53. kevin montemagni says:
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    Keeper question. 5 x 5. keller $1 KC. Whitley. $1 K. Davis $29. ???

  54. Bitter Beerface says:
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    Grey,

    Had a real conundrum the other day and it wasn’t a run-of-the-mill conundrum like breakfast cereal or “Could I be seduced by any or all of the Golden Girls in their Golden prime?” Those leave me in sheer mental anxiety for hours on end! Especially if my cereal choices outnumber the Golden Grrrls, you know what I’m talking about.

    Anyway, Lindor or Story was my conundrum in the 2nd rd of a 12-team H2H Pts draft. I have 3 more of these drafts, as you know, so if it happens again in a similar spot, mid-2nd rd of H2H pts (Fantrax scoring), who would you pick?

  55. DMurph says:
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    like the video! Good stuff

  56. Ben W says:
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    Grey – I drafted a snake draft. 12 person league. 5×5 categories. How do you rank this team? I tried to follow the guidance of Grey as best I could.
    C – Willson Contrearas
    C – left in blank for now. 2 catchers leagues are redic
    1B – Jesus Aguilar
    2b – Max Muncy
    SS – Trea Turner
    3B – Kris Bryant
    OF – Marcel Ozuna
    OF – Khris Davis
    OF – Eddie Rosario
    OF – Daniel Palka
    OF – Austin Meadows
    CI – Eduardo Escobar
    MI – Niko Goodrum
    Util – Luis Urias,
    Bench: Lewis Brinson

    SPs: Patrick Corbin, Stephen Strasburg, Joey Lucchesi, Shane Bieber, Nick Pivetta, Eduardo Rodriquez, Brandon Woodruff
    RPs: Cody Allen, Shane Greene, Andrew Miller, AJ Minter

  57. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    12 team h2h dynasty roto auction league. contracts are on 3 year cycles. max 257 budget predraft and max 18 players predraft. during draft it’s 25 players and 342 max budget. in season budgets mean nothing. anybody can be cut with no penalty, guys that aren’t drafted or kept at a certain price are 10 in year 1 already (unless prospects, who’s clocks don’t start till the year they hit a total of 130 at bats/50 innings). OPS, QS, K/9 in play here. i had to match a bunch of guys with price ups that are good.
    C
    1B freeman (matched 47 year 1/3 now, 1B is so damn weak)
    2B
    SS peraza 10 (2/3, assuming he’s a keeper)
    3B rendon 26 (2/3)
    LF k.davis 25 (matched, 1/3)
    CF robles 10 (0)
    RF stanton 35 (2)
    util (2)

    SP (around 8 is useful):
    reyes 10 (0)
    nola 22 (2)
    morton 5 (2)
    hendricks (10, i matched the 10, 1/3)

    RP (saves only, room for 5)
    yates 13 (2)
    treinen 7 (2)
    chapman 10 (1/3, i matched for this price, HAD cost 29 which i was letting go, so if nobody bid he’d have gone back into the draft where he most certainly would’ve cost more than 10)

    NA (10 slots): kieboom SS WAS (top guy), 10 (0)
    DL (5 slots): kopech 1 (0)

    so far that’s 15 out of max 18 and 241 out of 257 max. we do a 2018 MLB drafted player rookie draft, round 1’s cost 10, round 2’s cost 5 (both in year 0)

    keep any of these?
    – buxton 18 (1/3, got bid up from 1, would have to drop somebody else here for the money)
    – moncada 1 (3/3)
    – mallex 10 (2)
    – mcneil 10 (2)
    – brantley 10 (2)
    – schwarber 1 (2)
    – wacha 5 (2)
    – gausman 3 (2)
    – a.wood 10 (2, probably not with the move to CIN)
    – givens 10 (2)
    – y.alvarez 1B/LF HOU 10 (0)
    – paddack SP SD 10 (0)

    only 16 bucks left and max 3 spots left predraft to keep. i let kraken (25) and c.seager (30) go in the bidding.

  58. Jersey Adam says:
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    Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is so young, he doesn’t know who Vladimir Guerrero is.

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