Alex Cobb left his start the other day with forearm tightness, but he’s not concerned.  “Not concerned with forearm tightness” is now the number two reason for Tommy John surgery.  Number one is “torn UCL.”  The number three reason is “I feel great!”  If we have one more pitcher say, “I feel great,” without someone else saying they’re “not concerned with forearm tightness,” then it will be a dead heat and could come down to Tanaka’s translator chiming in with how Masahiro feels.  A pitcher and manager’s reporting on an arm issue is like reading a Yelp review written by the owner of the restaurant.  “I didn’t know scalloped potatoes could be so sublime!”  And I didn’t know I had to avoid every other starter in drafts, but here we are.  Cobb says he should only miss his Opening Day start, but I’ve lowered Cobb way down in my top 400 and into my top 60 starters to a tier where I would not draft him.  There’s enough to worry about when drafting a team, don’t get too cute with “Well, so-and-so fell so far I figured I’d give him a chance even though his arm is dangling at every joint.”  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Matt Wieters – Was shut down with elbow tendinitis.  Only 10 months after having Tommy John surgery?  Someone didn’t make their last payment to Dr. James Andrews!  Showalter says if Wieters can’t catch, he won’t make the team, which is bizzonkers since Wieters should be a bat-first catcher and DH.  Don’t love how this is sounding, but if you Reggie Roby catchers as you should, it shouldn’t be a problem since you won’t own Wieters.  On a related note, Reggie Roby just punted the goldfish you had when you were a third grader.  Staying busy in heaven!

Jace Peterson – It’s being reported that Jace Peterson (after killing his wife) is in a favorable position for winning the starting job.  *goes on Craigslist, buys cheap flashing lights, strings them up on Peterson, plugs in lights, realizes one light is burned out, curses, proceeds to switch out every light until I find the burned out one, finds it, smiles*  Yes, I’m putting flashing lights around Peterson.  Love him for a cheap flyer late if he gets the job.  He’s always hit for a high average in the minors and has 30-steal speed if he wins the job.

Kris Bryant – Will DH today in a B-game.  Or a BS game, as Scott Boras calls it.  I’m pretty sure Joe Maddon is going to hand the ump his Opening Day lineup card without Bryant penciled in and Boras is going to charge the plate and say, “Imma let this lineup card exchange finish, but Bryant is the greatest of all time!  He has such artistry with his bat!”

Kenley Jansen – Off crutches and played catch.  Still about a month behind the rest of the club and is aiming for an early-May arrival.  Shark Tank Alert!  I have an idea for crutches that are bodybuilder dwarfs.  Tell me you wouldn’t buy crutches that could fit under your armpit and carry you around.

Anthony Rendon – My iCal goes off every morning with this reminder, “Check Rendon injury status.”  Still haven’t heard great or terrible news.  Still drafting him in the 1st round.  Still not excited about it.  Still G.R.E.Y.

Brett Cecil – Threw a bullpen session yesterday and felt good enough to pitch this Saturday in a minor league game.  I’m at about 95% confidence that Cecil will start the year and end the year as the closer.  If you can get a discount on him still, I would do it.  For those cinephiles reading, Cecil B. DeCloser.

Koji Uehara – Has a strained hamstring.  Koji limped into the clubhouse and said, “I’m going to get a bumper sticker that says, ‘I prefer straining udon noodles.'”  He could miss about a week of the season.  If you want to speculate on vulture saves on the chance that Uehara has a setback, I’d look at Tazawa then Mujica, but it could go either way.

Rusney Castillo – Said he felt good in a minor league game yesterday.  Then said, “Seriously, I feel great, please let me start again over Betts!”

Jacoby Ellsbury – Has a mild oblique strain, and is supposed to miss a week, so he could be a full-blown D’Ellsbury.  Since it’s not a leg injury and sounds like he could be good to go as soon as a week after the season starts, at the latest, I’m not moving him yet in my rankings.  Also, not rushing out to draft him.  Though, technically, I don’t rush out to draft anyone.  I have a computer in my house.  By the by, the Dell computer giveaway is likely being announced tomorrow, so it’s your last chance to enter.

Alex Rodriguez – Girardi said A-Rod might not get any looks at first base because the Yanks have Te(i)x and Garrett Jones already at 1st.  A fantasy baseball column from 2005 called and said it wants its news back.

Nick Swisher – Ran the bases and said he ‘felt good, not great.’  On a scale of one to “his sideburns’ profile pic on Grindr,” that’s about a “scruff on Tinder.”

 
  1. Phil says:
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    A quick word of thanks for several years now of being delighted by your posts, Grey, and titillated by your hooting on the podcast. You are funny as hell ( possibly funnier) and good advice too. Thank you! If you come to Japan I want to take you to a butler cafe.

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Phil: Agree… but Grey… dog… that laugh tho… :-P

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Phil: The titillation keeps me coming back.

      • Nude Intruder says:
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        @Ra’zball Al Ghul:
        I’m in it for the moobilation. but thasjesme’.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Thanks!

    • Matt says:
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      Grey,

      I’m in a keeper dilemma. I have Trout @ $10, Sale @ $11, and Zimmermann @ $14. It’s a 10 team Head-Head standard ESPN scoring league, $260 budget.

      The issue is I can keep Teheran as my 4th keeper for $12, Bogaerts for $10, or just throw the extra cash back in the pot for auction purposes.

      There are no shortstops being kept. And if it matters, the other pitchers being kept are (not that I necessarily need another top guy with Sale and Zimmermann, but this league seems to be insane on pitching and a lot are doing daily streaming):

      Kershaw, Scherzer, Strasburg, Wainwright, Cueto, Lester, Cobb, Harvey, Archer, and Pineda

      Other than be happy with my 3 keepers, what should I do?

      Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Bogaerts is fine at $10

        • Matt says:
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          @Grey:

          I can also do longo at $20. Thoughts?

  2. Lord Baldrick says:
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    Jace is the #2 lowest-rated player in yahoo (not counting inactive players)….should be available….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lord Baldrick: Yeah, just drafted him there yesterday in Friends & Family

  3. Allan says:
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    Grey, I hope you never strain your forearm while writing a post.

    Do you think it’s worth drafting Rafael Soriano at the end of a draft with the hope he latches on a closer? Or would you rather draft a handcuff?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Allan: depends what handcuff. I would own Ken Giles before Soriano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Allan: Agree, depends on the handcuff

  4. bossmanjunior says:
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    Ugh gotta love Yahoo updating their rankings multiple times throughout spring training. Just when you think all of your favorite mid round targets are gettable, next thing you know they all creep into the top 100 and it looks like you might be lucky to get a couple of them.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I saw that.. Byrant was 137 and now 98, Avisail was 228 now 167, Cole was in the 90’s now 69.. they do this every year. I can see moving out injured players, but why bump Avisail 60 spots?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Fungazi: Yeah, that is slightly crazy

        • Hoosier Daddy says:
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          @Grey: My perception over the years is that their original picks are adjusted up/down based on how people mock draft. If so, Razzballers may need to stop mocking on yahoo!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I think they are influenced by lots of outside factors… Mock drafters being one of them, yeah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: There’s still a bunch of guys buried there

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @bossmanjunior: guys get updated on razzball too. is that crazy? i just hope yahoo’s ADP numbers posted during draft are also updated, i don’t want to see avisail’s late as shit ADP (which it is at yahoo), but really in last 2 weeks it’s move up 80 spots without them saying so. Arcia and Avisail are both VERY much lower in yahoo ADP’s than Razzball ranks (both Grey/Rudy/player rater OPS values etc), to the point where you can wait till after 200 on both of them, or even being safe, mid 170’s.

  5. Malicious Phenom says:
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    OZUNA for the next 2 years or Joc for the next 2 years? H2H points league…cheers and thanks to all who chime in..

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: thanks for your input. I am thinking the same..I do like Joc, but he could still be a couple of years or so from stardom..cheers

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: Yeah i like them both…i just feel OZUNA is the safer play right now

          • Malicious Phenom says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: I see from Grey’s rankings, he has OZUNA at 24, Joc at 53, so I would think Grey would also agree with OZUNA..

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: I’ll play devil’s advocate…
      Ozuna never sniffed the numbers that Joc has put up in the minor leagues.

      If you’re looking at this season, Ozuna mostly because he’ll be hitting in a better lineup slot. If you’re looking at 2 years, I think Joc outperforms Ozuna big time in 2016.

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @CMUTimmah: Oh, I agree with you. Ozuna for this year, but look out for Joc next year and beyond..

        I will make the trade.

        I am the defending champ and I want to TWO PEAT!

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  6. Miles says:
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    Grey I see you just ended up with Wieters in the yahoo F&F league. hope he recovers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Miles: Yeah, me too, doesn’t sound better today

  7. On paper all stars says:
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    Wasn’t paying attention and drafted Cobb earlier than I would have last night. Here is my team in a 5×5 h2h 10 team league with Obp. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
    C – zunino
    1b-au Schizz
    2b – rendon
    SS – xander
    3b – arenado
    Mi – Aybar
    Ci – rizzo
    Of – Gomez
    Of – Dickerson
    Of – hamilton
    Of – vespers
    Util – Cain
    B-odor
    B-Souza
    B-hardy
    B-Saunders
    P-greinke
    P-Cobb
    P- g. Cole
    P-tanaka
    P-Latos
    P-samardzija
    P-hahn
    P-Ventura
    P-Salazar
    Rp-Robertson
    Rp-allen

    Thanks.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @On paper all stars: I like the offense..pitching staff has a lot of risk…id lose some bench bats for pitching

    • Grey

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      @On paper all stars: I agree with One F, hitting is well balanced, staff looked better before Cobb and Tanaka

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: And we’re back

        • Grey

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          Muah!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I dont see the point of holding Aybar in H2H when you have Boegarts, Odor, Hardy and Rendon. Seems like the least valuable for the format and when you consider you have 5 players to play 3 middle infield slots. They all are roughly in the same OBP zone and dont really see the point. Oh and then he might lose Salazar to AAA, maybe, I would not be sleeping well before opening day with that staff. I really need to stop with my Salazar to AAA reminders

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    Man I grabbed FA Tazawa over FA Uehara two years ago after the Andrew Bailey injury…

    Farrell has been quoted a couple of times saying Mujica is next up this year.

    Don’t worry! Whoever you pickup won’t get the job! Ugh closerpocalypse

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Yescheese: CHEEEEEESE!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yescheese: I just hope it’s Koji since I just drafted him

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Same here in FCL. Thankful I grabbed Hawkins late (I’m not thankful).

        • Grey

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          Ha

  9. Kiss a Bum says:
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    I just drafted jace peterson with the 384th (20th rnd) pick in an extended draft based on your update. I saw you have him ranked 408th but i assume you’d be open to drafting him earlier given the optimism that he will win the 2nd base gig. Thx!

  10. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Grey,

    Thoughts on Micah Johnson?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @TualatinTwoStep: looks like the front runner to start at Second base. Good speed very little pop

      • Birdmann says:
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        @J-FOH: I like him very much, plan on drafting him and Flores late as my combo 2b in my 14 yeam yahoo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TualatinTwoStep: I’d be shocked if he wins the starting job out right

  11. KevinB says:
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    10-Team Keeper league – keep 6 (1st pick in draft)

    My keepers are …
    Encarnacion, C. Davis, Desmond, A. Jones, Chapman & _______

    Which player would you keep as the last keeper, Fielder or Yelich?

    My thinking is Fielder would be a good CI for power … Yelich could put up 15/20

    • KevinB says:
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      @KevinB:

      5×5 Roto

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @KevinB: yelich, not close.

    • Birdmann says:
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      @J-FOH: I like him very much, plan on drafting him and Flores late as my combo 2b in my 14 yeam [email protected]KevinB: You have pop and Yelich evens out the BA issue you might run into with Davis.

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Birdmann: sorry don’t know why my comment from above showed up on your question.

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @KevinB: Keep both, drop Chapman

  12. Joeg414 says:
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    Just drafted in my 13 Team 6×6 , roto , Deep League , we do have keepers so picking 13th in a snake I had to reach for a few. Closers went a little earlier then I thought . We start 13 hitters and 9 pitchers. Thoughts ?
    Drafted 13th. Go Nats !
    Pick.
    13 Bryce Harper, Wsh OF
    14 Ian Desmond, Wsh SS
    39 Kyle Seager, Sea 3B
    40 Jorge Soler, ChC OF
    65 Gerrit Cole, Pit SP
    66 Carlos Santana, Cle 3B
    91 Jake Arrieta, ChC SP
    92 Ryan Zimmerman, Wsh 3B
    117 Jordan Zimmermann, Wsh SP Keeper
    118 Xander Bogaerts, Bos 3B
    143 Jose Quintana, CWS SP
    144 Avisail Garcia, CWS OF
    169 Tyler Clippard, Oak RP
    170 Anthony Rendon, Wsh 2B Keeper
    195 Andrew Miller, NYY RP
    196 Brad Boxberger, TB RP
    221 Travis dArnaud, NYM C
    222 Kennys Vargas, Min DH
    247 James Paxton, Sea SP
    248 Desmond Jennings, TB OF
    273 C.J. Cron, LAA 1B
    274 Drew Pomeranz, Oak SP
    Bench : (Will probably cut Ottavino next week when I pickup Olivera)
    299 Kendrys Morales, KC 1B
    300 Adam Ottavino, Col RP
    325 Juan Lagares, NYM OF
    326 Joel Peralta, LAD RP
    351 Brad Miller, Sea SS
    352 Marco Gonzales, StL RP
    377 Henderson Alvarez, Mia SP

    • Joeg414 says:
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      @Joeg414:
      Its a Daily League

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Joeg414: You’re clearly a Nats fan…

        • Joeg414 says:
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          @CMUTimmah:
          I’m a Met fan, but……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joeg414: Looks like a solid well balanced hitting team and good on pitching at the top of your staff and little wonky towards the end

  13. Nico says:
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    Glad I snagged C. Joseph in NFBC. Safe to assume he’ll be getting about 2/3 the work there if Wieters misses time?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Nico: Hey Nico, i have a question for you who do you like in this trade..

      2 years of Longoria

      FOR

      1 year of Machado
      2 years of Soler

      H2H points league.

      thanks

      • Nico says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Hey! I like the Machado/Soler side.

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @Nico: OK.

          Well we start 2 3B, I like Longo over Manny for the 2 years to 1. not sold on Macado staying healthy.

          Plus, we start 4 OF’s. I have Stanton and Billy Hamilton in my OF now and I am about to trade Joc for OZUNA and I would like to have one open OF spot going into the draft..

          I also like OZUNA over Soler, at least for this year…

          Cheers

          • Nico says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: I’m just looking at it in a vacuum, where you have 2 young guys vs 1 aging vet. Soler for 2 years could be better than Longo, with Machado added in for a year, looks like a win. What 3rd basemen are left if you drafted one in the first or second round?

            • Malicious Phenom says:
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              @Nico: Dude, lomgo is 29, aging vet?? hehe

              • Malicious Phenom says:
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                @Malicious Phenom: Sorry about the spelling. I still think Longoria has two solid years left in him and all the other good third basemen are being kept, PLUS I traded my first and second round picks for this year, so I could win the championship last year..

                I have to get Longo, in my book..

                • Nico says:
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                  @Malicious Phenom: Haha well he just seems like his good years could be behind him. He still could be a top 20 guys this year though, so if 3B is at a premium, get him.

                  • Malicious Phenom says:
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                    @Nico: Longo is mine, trade accepted..

                    Now, I have this other one:

                    Two years of OZUNA or 2 years of Joc?

                    • Nico says:
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                      @Malicious Phenom: Ozuna if you don’t need the steals.

                    • Malicious Phenom says:
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                      @Malicious Phenom: Not sure why I am typing up here.

                      It is a points league, steal are worth 2, homers 4 and so on..Negative 1 for K’s…

                      I think OZUNA is a better bet for this season..

                    • Nico says:
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                      @Malicious Phenom: Ha, either way, SAGNOF, so you can always snag steals on the wire. Ozuna is the better player. He’s a man.

                    • Malicious Phenom says:
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                      @Malicious Phenom: Good talkin to you Nico, best of luck to you this year in all of your leagues!

                      cheers

  14. ashtray says:
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    Just checked Fangraphs for some projections on Jace and they’re not great. Kind of baffled by that considering his terrific rates for AVE/BB%/K% and he’s 25 years old. Are you buying the .227 Avg or do you expect better? I’m really not in to any of the 2B this year (outside of Mookie whos ADP is getting higher (lower?) every damn day) so anybody I can get on the cheap is of interest.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: Should be higher on AVG

  15. Fat Mack says:
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    Any thoughts on my team? 16 team, H2H, 6×6, with OPS and Losses being the extra categories. Prices in this league are nuts. Miggy went for $79, Goldschmidt was $82, Tulo was $68, Cano was $59…

    Honorable Dick Boner (and that’s a real judge’s name)
    C Wilson Ramos $2
    1B Anthony Rizzo 28 (keeper)
    2B Kolten Wong 26
    3B Nolan Arenado 1 (keeper)
    SS Ian Desmond 44
    OF Corey Dickerson 1 (keeper)
    OF Leonys Martin 16
    OF Avisail Garcia 7
    UTIL Pablo Sandoval 22
    BE Yasmany Tomas 1
    BE Michael Taylor 6

    SP Jake Arrieta 26
    SP Gerrit Cole 25
    P Chris Archer 10
    P Mike Fiers 11
    SP Danny Salazar 4
    RP Francisco Rodriguez 10
    RP Santiago Casilla 10
    RP LaTroy Hawkins 4
    RP Brett Cecil 3

    Thanks everyone.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Fat Mack: real nice for a 16-team, love the offense. With L as an extra cat, I’d carry fewer SP. Just have a couple solid SP and load up with closers and MR. In your format you can take L, ERA, WHIP and SV pretty much every wk, esp. since you’ve already got more closers than most of the league, even if they’re not great. I’d bet there aren’t many teams in your league that can reliably expect to take even 3 offensive cats against you on a weekly basis.

      • Fat Mack says:
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        @Steve Stevenson: Thanks. I was going to use a strategy similar to what you described (more MRs, fewer SPs) but some of the top MRs were going for over $10 and then Salazar was there for cheap. I figure Salazar or Michael Taylor will start slow, and I can drop one of them and pick up a MR for the ratio/K help. I was thinking of drafting no or only one SP and punting wins, but I chickened out and we have a 25 IP minimum.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Fat Mack: Very solid for a 16 team league..Love the bats..If thos top 5 arms of yours throw at the top of their game all season and stay healthy, you could be in for a real nice season..

      • Fat Mack says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Thanks, MP. Certainly some risk in my SPs, but that seems to be my MO. Hopefully Archer can take a step forward and Fiers can maintain his stuff from last year. Salazar is the lottery ticket, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I drop him by mid-May.

  16. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    You have Muchael Morse lrojected for 56/18/62/.262. He’s voing to bat cleanup for the Marlins. Do you think batting behind Yelich and Stanton will boost those numbers, at least his RBI total?

    • TheMuppetManiac says:
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      @TheMuppetManiac:
      Sorry about all the typos.

    • Sky

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      I don’t have access to his stats, but I’d bet Grey has him down for those low numbers because he’s played in only 321 games the last three seasons. Not a lineup factor, it’s a health factor; probably doesn’t see over 450 PAs this year.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Sky: Morse isn’t a terrible late round flyer, the problem is that people are drafting him higher than that. I don’t get it. If you’re in a league with some DL slots, then he is more intriguing than burning a late round draft pick on him and then having to cut him.

        I love anyone hitting after Stanton. Look what it did for Casey McGehee!

        • Sky

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          Yeah, I was just commenting on the why in terms of the numbers. Casey McGehee did that in 690 PA and 160 games. I get your argument and have nothing against drafting him late, just there’s some reality to drafting an oft-injured 33 year old.

  17. Del Griffith says:
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    This is more of a Prospect Mike question, but if Wieters has to go get another hole punch on his James Andrews loyalty card, does this speed up the arrival of Chance Sisco?

    • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Del Griffith: it would speed up clevenger getting more than 1 day a week playing time, likely at bats for just peachy.

  18. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    Hey Grey, sign me up for those midget crutches. How about a midget quadriplegic with a skate board on his back to sub as a wheelchair? You can add it to your line.

    Quick question:
    When you move guys up and down your rankings, is the Razzball Draft War Room also updated?And if so, how often? I’m planning on using it this year for my draft in early April, and I gotsta know!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HolyGhostClaw: Feels more like a product for 2nd generation of products…. I update the War Room every time too, yeah

  19. ashtray says:
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    Seeing Mookie Betts getting pushed to the 5th round on a lot of sites. Has he finally reached overvalued status?

  20. Mike says:
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    Had a 12 team H to H draft last night I could not believe Peterson was drafted at 77 and Kris Bryant at 42.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Bryant went 40th overall in mine ha ha

        • Grey

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          Crazy town

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: I grabbed Arenado in the 2nd, the guy who took Bryant said me taking Arenado in the 2nd caused him to take Bryant at 40…Nuts

            • Grey

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              Nice on Arenado! I sadly still haven’t been able to get him

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Grey: That was the only draft i got him in…i had the 12 pick…so i took him 13 because i knew he wasnt making it back around and i wanted him on at least 1 team.

  21. the swinging says:
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    While tanaka is playing hurt, he still pitched yesterday and pitched well. No update?

    With all the scary surgery news maybe tanaka falls far enough in drafts where he could be worth it.

    He’s got at least a punches chance to stay healthy.

  22. Hawk says:
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    In other news, Tanaka threw 3 2/3 scoreless, struck out three and his arm didn’t go full Dave Dravecky.

    I still traded him for draft picks though. He couldn’t make it through a full season with a fully healthy UCL, how will he make it through a season with a UCL that’s already partially torn?

    Sad….he’s an artist with a broken paint brush.

    • Grey

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      @Hawk: He won’t

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: As an owner and a Yankee fan hoping he stays healthy (enough). Is there any precedent of these thing healing over time on their own or through rehab?

        • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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          @SallyCips: for the 17th time, has anybody EVER heard of a pitcher doing as well as what Tanaka did last year, while having the injury he has? seriously, ONE NAME? Or even if we discount his production from last year (so say 75% of last year’s tanaka), i’ve yet to hear of anybody having ever done that, the season next after being that good, and having this kind of injury without first getting the needed TJ.

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            @And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers!: not being facetious, i really want to see if anybody can name 1 single name that qualifies for this.

  23. Mike says:
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    Thanks Sky, Went back and picked up SP House on all my teams. He has looked good this spring and the second half of last season.

    • Sky

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      Ha, I’ll take the compliment but this ain’t my article bro!

  24. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, I have Abreu Stanton Rizzo for keepers, 10-team league 5×5 OBP

    I can pick two players in snake draft ’cause I was champion last year. (40 overall)
    Kindly pick two players considering keepers I have.

    Rendon Longoria Brantley Braun (possibly no Arenado Dickerson cause there are Rockies)

    I may need my 2nd OF , but need a strong 3B to contribute as well.
    However, based on Rendon’s current news, I could pick him there…

    Rendon+OF? Rendon+3B? OF + 3B? Thoughts appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Rendon, Brantley

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:

        2nd OF should be must, which Brantley is a good choice.
        If Donaldson is still there, Rendon or Donaldson? Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Donaldson at this point

  25. IAm_BobHamelin says:
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    Grey – any concern for Corey Dickerson due to a poor spring?

    • nick the dick says:
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      @IAm_BobHamelin: Think he’s gonna bat .500 I don’t, think he gonna hit ten bombs he wooon’t. Even if he don’t stroooke, the spriiiing doooon’t meeean a thiiing. (In my best JLo voice)

      • I_am_BobHamelin says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, Grey. I was asking in case you are watching these games and have seen anything that would be of concern (injury/loss of weight/out of shape). I look at box scores when procrastinating at work, so I am not actually seeing at bats. I know you were out there watching

        any thoughts on Danny Hultzen coming back to form? I know he only pitched one inning and people said he looked good. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hultzen is about 3 months away at the earliest…

  26. Rob Don't Want to use my last name because others in the league read you says:
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    Love this site!
    Read all the time in preparations for the upcoming war…..er baseball season.

    So with Michael A. Taylor getting a bunch more play time while Span is out how much does this change an estimations you had for him?

    Too much of a long shot for a 5 man keeper. Him being the keeper over Arrieta?

    Rock on and melt snow melt!

  27. sport says:
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    Great morning read, and I have Cecil on all my teams so even better!

    I need big time help please from Grey and anyone else. I am a big time roto guy. Never played head to head. Last night I got duped into taking my friends’ s team which is H2H (is that correct vocab?). It’s 12 team yahoo, 6 minimum transaction/week, 5×5 cats. What is the best strategy in this set up? Who do I use the trans as cation on, streaming hitters or pitchers? My hitting loaded with power, Remy Roby SB, good RP, and descent SP.

    Thanks for any opinions!

    • SallyCips says:
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      @sport: I’d go pitchers for the most part, but off days are a great spot to stream a couple of hitters. Be fluid either way, and have fun H2H is my personal favorite.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sport: 6 minimum? Meaning you have to use six transactions?

      • sport says:
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        @Grey: no I’m sorry, six max. Just shows how ignorant I am in H2H.

        Wade Davis and Andrew Miller were both drafted on this tram really late. Do they hold any value in league like this?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, some

  28. SallyCips says:
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    Drafted my first ever RCL team last night, good times with Ralph and Tehol. That said, it may be a clunker with 3 catchers and not enough upside, but ya never know:

    C: Gattis 1b: Santana 2b: Dozier SS: Tulo 3b: Longo MI: Murphy CI: Headley OF: Betts, Gardner, Rios, Revere, R.Davis UT: McCann SP: Kershaw, Kluber, Tanaka, Odorizzi RP: Rosenthal, Hawkins, Giles, W.Davis, Ottavino Bn: A.Escobar, Stubbs, J.Nelson

    Thoughts?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @SallyCips: Side note: my wife was binging on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as I was drafting and now I can’t get the theme song out of my head. IT’S A MIRACLE!

    • job3rd says:
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      @SallyCips: I was in the same draft (Just Vegas). Quite amazing how Tehol can type endlessly while drafting. I can’t chew gum and type. Your team looks solid. I was thinking you were short on OF pop but looks like your infield makes up for it. Love the starters, but the bullpen looks rough. Good luck this season!

      • job3rd says:
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        @job3rd: ‘Last Vegas’ is my team (not Just Vegas)

      • SallyCips says:
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        @job3rd: Love your OF and RP’s, man! Need a C, let me know. ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SallyCips: 3 Cs ain’t great, but at least you have good ones… Decent hitting overall and crazy solid pitching

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: As an owner and a Yankee fan hoping he stays healthy (enough). Is there any precedent of these thing healing over time on their own or through [email protected]Grey: Thanks! I actually started feeling better about it as I typed out the names, ha. I’d love to trade McCann for a closer though to shore up the relief corp.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think Halladay did it once, he’s the best case scenario

        • SallyCips says:
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          @SallyCips: Looks like there was a comment blip there, just the second part pertains to this.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            See reply above (below?)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think Halladay did it once, he’s the best case scenario

              • SallyCips says:
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                @Grey: Yup, got it, no worries!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Cool

                  • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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                    @Grey: ok, the one name. can’t believe after this many months that’s the first time this has been brought up.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think I mentioned it last year when it first happened to Tanaka

                    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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                      @And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers!: holladay. ok. with so many people drafting this guy i would think this would be a major talking point. especially with his ADP still being pretty high for a guy running around very likely going to either need surgery or will underperform (and likely still need surgery, just later). It’s like people turn off the critical thinking part of their brains when dealing with this topic. They just “hope” he’ll be at least close to as good as last year, preinjury, without wondering how often that’s even occurred before. Seems the most important part of this equation to me. Clearly you are “gambling” on him (or you aren’t), but some sort of price indexing assumptions go on in any gambling.

  29. bobbo says:
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    Hey Grey and other Razzballers, need some help determining my 4 keepers in a 10 team roto “indefinite keeper”league (6×6 with BB and HLD as the extra cats). I’ve been pretty lucky in accumulating young talent over the years since we can keep our players “forever.” My top 2-3 are no brainers, but I’m having trouble nailing down my 4th. Any advice would be welcomed.

    Trout, Stanton, Rizzo
    Altuve, Carlos Gonzalez, Corey Dickerson, Longoria

    Been trying to bundle and trade up to a Abreu, Harper, CarGomez, or Puig

    • Spyre says:
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      @bobbo: Altuve

      • Nick says:
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        @Spyre: Altuve

  30. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Grey, can I get a thought or two on this team? 12 team, 5×5, auction, 23 roster spots

    C – D ‘ Arnaud
    1B – Goldy – Keeper
    2B – Kendrick
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Segura
    O – Harper – Keeper
    O – Marte – Keeper
    O – Polanco – Keeper
    U – Dickerson
    U -A Garcia
    BN/IR – Michael Saunders

    SP – G Cole (Keeper), Scherzer, Arrieta, Corrasco, Wood, Fiers, Ryu, Stream, Stream, Stream
    RP – Soria, Romo

    As always, thanks for the great material!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: if this is roto then you need some closers or more handcuffs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: Hitting looks excellent, nice balance, keepers don’t hurt… Pitching looks terrific too, great team

  31. FrankGrimes says:
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    Sanchez was said to be in the bluejays rotation

    how far you bumping him up?

    thanks for mentioning bryant today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: I’m not bumping him, because he’ll likely see a few starts in the rotation then bounce back and forth to the bullpen

  32. TJ says:
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    Great stuff per usual (and per like the other 50 Grey lovers above me that already said the same thing)…

    How worried about Wong are you with the current lineup today? Matheny still hasn’t figured out how to manage and has put Wong in the 8th spot with what appears to be the most likely lineup they have.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TJ: I think he bats 2nd for a lot of the year

  33. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team h2h dynasty league I was just offered kole carlhoun for alex rios and jose peraza. Am I missing something here? This is a must accept right? Losing peraza is a bummer, but i think my team is definitely built to win now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Calhoun side

  34. marti says:
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    Just saw your yahoo friends and family draft, team is solid. What round did you get tomas?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @marti: Do you have a link to that draft results?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @marti: Thanks! I’ll go over the draft at some point… I think around 175

  35. Colonel Angus says:
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    Let’s pretend you need a 1B and have to choose between Trumbo and Hosmer and you need to choose a SS between Santana and Castro and a SP between Hughes and Weaver. Who you got?

  36. Bocephus says:
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    10 team keeper – would you rather have Rd 7 Goldschmidt or Rd 13 Encarnacion? Thanks!

    • Colonel Angus says:
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      @Bocephus: Goldschmidt. No doubt about it.

  37. fanbase1 says:
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    Drafted my H2H 10 team keeper league last night had the 9th pick

    C. Santana
    A.Rizzo
    C.Wong
    A.Rendon
    I.Desmond
    Y.Cedpedes
    J.Upton
    C.Dickerson
    M.Trout
    Y.Tomas
    J.Gyrko

    Pitchers
    T.Ross
    A.Wood
    Britton
    Beniot
    Papelbon
    Nathan
    Shoemaker
    Salazar
    Hutchinson
    Santana
    Keuchel
    Hahn

    How do you think it came out? Any areas I should be looking to improve?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fanbase1: Team looks solid on hitting, the pitching is sexy, maybe a tad high on upside

  38. Jax says:
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    Grey,

    In a 10-team, Roto league. My team is as follows (forgot to draft it, but have managed to already make a few moves to improve it):

    C – Wieters
    C – D Norris
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Altuve
    SS – Dannys
    3B – Donaldson
    CI – C Davis
    MI – A Escobar
    OF – J Upton
    OF – Blackmon
    OF – Yellich
    OF – A Gordon
    OF – JD Martinez
    Util – Duda

    P – Kluber, Lester, deGrom, Teheran, Salazar, Richards, Lynn, Gausman, J Nelson

    This bro offered me Billy Hamilton for Lester….yay or nay? Considering I’ve already moved Sale and Wainwright for J Upton and Donaldson already, I don’t want to completely dismantle my pitching staff. However, if this trade makes sense, I’ll pull the trigger. This would also mean I’d have to move one of my OF, or Duda, to the bench. Should I counter offering back an OF with Lester for Hamilton and another P (He has Hutch and Archer, along with a bunch of other high-priced guys). Your insight is, as always, mucho appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Jax

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jax: I’d take Hamilton

      • Jax says:
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        @Grey: He has Tomas, too. Sorry I forgot to add if I should target him instead?

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like him, yeah

  39. B Boyle says:
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    Getting ready to draft in my 12 team H2h 6×5 (OPS). I am drafting in the three slot. SO I feel very comfortable in getting either Stanton or Abreu. But how long should I wiat to draft pitching? We start 9 hitter plus utility (only three OF) Start 5 pitchers with one RP. I tend to draft three bench for hitters and 6 pitchers. I do like to stream pitchers.

    I love this website and those that right for it.

    Thanks

    BB

      • B Boyle says:
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        Thanks as always GREY!!!

        BB

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          NP, BB

  40. Rubik's Pube says:
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    Anybody hear anything about Rendon yet? I’m starting to panic a little. Here is a quote from Rendon in a Washington Post article – “I know it’s not going to be like weeks, weeks, weeks and months. Well, I hope not — barring any setbacks. I think I should be out there not too long from now.” Yeah, doesn’t sound real reassuring to me. When he comes back they are probably going to be super cautious with him so I can see the steals pretty much disappearing. I own him in a re-draft league and I have an offer to trade him for G. Cole. Do I need to be talked off the ledge or is it time to move him while I can?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rubik’s Pube: Yeah, hopefully he’s fine, I wouldn’t trade him for Cole

  41. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Sry for the late entry. Went with Cougs today for a one-day spa wellness binge. We repeated the four sauna rooms (Turkish, Roman, Infrared and Finnish) three times then went for a swim in their salt-water swimming pool.

    In the league where I dropped Liriano to pick up Machado, I re-claimed Liriano dropping Cobb. Question, do you keep track of all the advice you give to fantasy ballers? That would be a VERY LARGE string.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha, nice! It would stretch to the moon!

  42. JeF With 1 F says:
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    I feel like im 23 again…My girl came over last night, Puffed a J …ate a tombstone pizza ..had a couple beers..took care of business…slept like a baby..woke up like a teething baby

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      *cough* Middle life crisis *cough* But, of course, I’m jealous

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Lol i cant argue with you, but it is fun

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe you set up a webcam in your apartment for mid-life crisis Razzball readers…

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Ha…that will go over well in court

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, no worries there!

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @JeF With 1 F:
      Sounds like you took my advice to heart!

  43. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    I need a 2B backup and Jace Peterson has 2B/3B eligibility. I’ve got a cavalcade of OF stars.

    Drop Y Tomas for Jace?

  44. SteveV says:
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    Would you trade Cobb and A.Garcia for Duda and Ventura?

  45. I was forced to take Rendon in the second round of a mock draft last night. His status is killing me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hugman: It’s just a mock, I wouldn’t worry about it

      • @Grey: Anthony Rendon (knee) has been performing weight-bearing exercises.
        It’s not clear when Rendon might be ready for games again, but Nationals manager Matt Williams said Friday that he remains confident the third baseman will be ready for Opening Day. Rendon has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with a minor MCL sprain in his left knee. Mar 20 – 11:20 AM

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully

  46. Daniel says:
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    Okay, league draft coming up fast and I need some keeper advice. 5 Keepers…
    1. Trout
    2. Stanton
    3. Ian Desmond
    Spots 4 and 5 are where I’m having trouble…
    I’ve got Sale, Springer, Frazier, and Betts.

    I was leaning springer and frazier….but it pains me to let Sale go. Hell it pains me to let mookie go…but hopefully I can pick him up back in the draft. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer, Frazier

  47. Also, Cecil B DeCloser is some of your finest work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  48. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Dude. Razzball destroys my laptop. It’s the only site I have problems with. It might be the four video ads going all at once. I can’t even get it to load most days. And under “Partner News” the words are all on top of each other. Can’t read a lick of it.
    I drafted Cobb and Wheeler in most drafts as my 2 and 3/4. I think I’ll survive most of them. Are you concerned about Ventura yet. Seems maybe something wrong there? I think he had some elbow problems last year. Would you try to move him? Or ride it out?
    Thanks! 5×5 standard RCL type league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Ventura had arm troubles last year, so he’s got a few question marks, depends what you can get for him

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Grey: My PC just shut down RB. It said windows had a problem with RB and had to shut it down and reload it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry about that, not sure as it’s not happening to me…

          • Baezaworldseries says:
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            @Grey: It’s back to normal now. Not sure what it was. It was going on for a week or more. I didn’t do anything here. One of you tech guys must have tweaked it. Concatenate guys!!!!!

            Finally I can get back to enjoying/hating baseball players.
            Thanks buddy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

            • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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              @Baezaworldseries: adblocker plus, it’s completely free, does pretty much what it’s name implies.

  49. Phil of the Future says:
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    Hi, Gray.
    How is your morning? I don’t have a question just wanted to say hello.

    P.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, Phil!

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @Phil of the Future: I meant Grey of course. autocorrect and all that….Have you considered changing the spelling of your name?

  50. Stickball Al says:
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    So yesterday we find out Wheeler pitched half the year with a partially torn ligament in his elbow. Guess who drafted him in his first draft a week ago. No heads up from the Mets like he’s starting spring training with a freaking torn ligament would have been nice. Pretty soon baseball is going to upper body injury and lower body injury like Hockey. Any sniff of a arm injury especially if it concerns the elbow is a full blown alarm to me now !!! Oh forgot to mention I drafted Stroman on that team too. FBO said nice pitching staff ” Not ” !!!!!!.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The best is that the Mets were saying he’ll be fine a day before they announced a torn UCL and two days before they said he had this problem last year

  51. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Need a 2nd opinion – I’m keeping Arenado in the 13th round. I’ve been offered the 16th overall pick for him (2nd round) straight up. Other than the lack of depth at 3B I can’t think of any reason not to accept… 10 team H2H each team has 4 keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  52. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Thanks for great reads, Grey. You are a fantasy savior.

    I’m curious of what you think of this team that I’m in the process of drafting, and what you might recommend. It’s a 12-team H2H league, 9 bats (OF is position specific and there is a Util. spot). There is a 7 SP limit. This is what I have so far:

    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    2B Kolten Wong
    3B / Bryant*
    SS
    LF
    CF Adam Jones
    RF
    Util Anthony Rizzo
    C
    Bench 1 Kris Bryant (3B)
    Bench 2
    Bench 3

    SP David Price
    SP Jeff Samardzija
    SP Jake Arrieta
    SP Gio Gonzalez
    SP
    SP
    SP
    RP Drew Storen
    RP
    RP
    RP

    I’m leaning toward taking Soler for RF if he’s still there, but another closer might also be a good idea. The closers that remain are:

    Addison Reed
    LaTroy Hawkins
    Joe Nathan
    Spring tle: Luke Gregerson,
    Joel Peralta
    Jenrry Mejia
    Tyler Clippard
    Santiago Casilla
    Brad Boxberger
    Neftali Feliz
    Spring tle: Brett Cecil,

    Any of those options jump off the page?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Soler

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: Soler over Gangly Man Bird?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

          • Hal Incandenza says:
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            @Grey: Of course, Soler went the pick ahead of me. But thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  53. hoog says:
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    Hey Grey, I have a question about Ryan Braun. From everything he’s said so far, the surgery fixed his hand and he’s getting great. IF he’s healthy all year, where do you think he could finish? Still think he can be a top 20 player?

    I might be able to trade him for J-up in a h2h cats keeper league with slg and bb’s added for hitters, but concerned about the effect of Petco.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Everyone is healthy until they’re out for the season… Wheeler was fine as of Sunday…. I don’t trust Braun’s thumb to hold up all year

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @hoog:

      I don’t think Braun has a hit this spring. Apropos of nothing

  54. Rip Repulski says:
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    Does anyone know what happened to Yahoo Pro leagues? Can’t find them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think they discontinued them

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey: =They released a statement saying they are coming back new and improved mid to late March, and to be patient because they’ll be worth the wait.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha… Well, they better hurry

        • Rip Repulski says:
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          @Nick: Thank you Nick.

  55. Chris says:
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    Grey, if Hanley had OF eligibility to start the year where would he slot in your rankings for outfielders? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Exactly where he is now, SS eligibility doesn’t change much

  56. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey et al,
    I currently have J.BAEZ as my starting 2b in a 12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league(keep 10). Im thinking I should have a backup in case he gets sent to the minors to start the year. Which of these bats would you grab first.
    C.UTLEY(old and boring but still available)
    J.GYORKO
    A.ALCANTARA(pretty much the same as Baez)
    M.SEMIEN
    C.OWINGS
    J.KANG(apparently he’s been taking some reps at 2B)
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

    • JJ says:
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      @JJ:
      forgot H.OLIVERA. I have no idea what to expect out of him

  57. Bobby says:
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    In a standard 5×5 mixed roto keeper league. Had my draft last night. I know my team is light on closers, but any additional thoughts would be appreciated:

    C – Jonathan Lucroy
    1B – Freddie Freeman
    2B – Kolten Wong
    3B – Manny Machado
    OF – Michael Brantley
    OF – Starling Marte
    OF – Joc Pederson
    OF – Rusney Castillo
    BENCH – Melky Cabrera
    BENCH – Martin Prado
    SP – Corey Kluber
    SP – Geritt Cole
    SP – Yordana Ventura
    SP – Jake Odorizzi
    SP – Dallas Keuchel
    RP – Luke Gregerson
    RP – Jenry Mejia
    RP – Tony Watson
    RP – Joe Smith
    RP – Adam Ottavino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams

      • Bobby says:
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        @Grey: 12-team league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks low on power, high on upside… Your pitching looks much better than your hitting but I don’t like some of your SPs as you know from my rankings.

  58. sweetandmauer says:
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    Pick 4 hitters and 3 pitchers for a no penalty dynasty league:

    Rendon, Beltre, Freeman, Marte, Machado, K Bryant, Kipnis, Bruce
    G Cole, Iwakuma, Ryu, Cashner, Bailey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon, Beltre, Marte, Freeman, Cole, Iwakuma, Ryu

      • sweetandmauer says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks big guy, needed someone to talk me off the cliff of buying into the KBryant hype and taking him in over Beltre or Freeman. How many more years has old man Beltre got, anyway?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Last year was his last

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: crapballs

  59. SallyCips says:
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    Didn’t notice earlier, but my waiver claim for Tyson Ross went through. Had to drop Hutch for him, but I think this is an upgrade.

    Also, got an offer from the Avasail owner for Aybar (his) for McGee (mine), I countered with Nathan for Avasail. ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, would take Garcia there

  60. Funny Name says:
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    My league has a farm team (under 150 abs or 50 IP)and its H2H where everyone loads up on pitching. Keep Lindor on it or add Taillon? I have Segura and its a keeper league where u keep your beat 7 so Lindor won’t be kept. Taillon should be under 50 IP’s and can stay on my farm team in the off season. Not sure Lindor will be under 150 AB’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor

  61. Sharpio says:
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    trade advice needed oh poobah of the poo poo the deal
    I was offered Starlin Castro for my Carlos santana who is no longer c elligible in a 16 team mixed H2H league.
    I have the following for first base oing forward – Hosmer and Zimmerman
    I have the following at third base – Machado Rendon Beltre
    I have Bogarts at short.
    I have seriously screwed up first in the past havinggtraded Rizzo last year and Goldschmidt 2 years ago. I also have not been able to fix ss
    My OF is stacked – Braun Stanton and Harper
    I kept Kershaw and Chapman
    Would you hedge with 2 good young shortstops at the risk of the points drop and a wrong move on first base by abandoning Santana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  62. Mark says:
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    For this year and next year:
    Richards or deGrom?
    Gerrit Cole or Cole Hamels?
    Longoria, CarGonzalez, or Braun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Richards, Gerrit, Longo

  63. longbeachyo says:
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    Yo Grey, any word on starters with possible innings limitations for this year? Can we get a list in the rankings?

  64. Fastpitch says:
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    I inherited one of the 12 teams in a Dynasty league. I already feel my personal DNA win now mode isn’t for dynasty. I lost both Wheeler and Stroman from my 10 man pitching staff. What do you think is a fair return if I package them together for trade offers, like a middle of the road starter or more than that? I don’t want to offend any of my league mates with bad trade offers. Do I just hold and wait for next year? My hitters can compete but by staff would need another front line pitcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you can get… I’d take a middle of the road starter

      • Fastpitch says:
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        @Grey: Thank you for the quick response. I’m a high school coach and I’m always in win now mode.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m in win now mode too

  65. adaman says:
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    I had Goldschmidt and Abreu on my team last season (H2H points), and we get to pick two keepers. One of mine will be Cano, should the other be Goldschmidt or Abreu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  66. Cram It says:
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    Do you know if the P Holder I claimed in the NFBC should automatically switch over to the player at some point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’ll appear right on your team or you have to ping them again at Help

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Oof. I had to ping them again. What a pain in the rear.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, not ideal

  67. adaman says:
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    Also, should I keep Hanley Ramirez or Robinson Cano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley

  68. Swfcdan says:
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    Betts is killing it and playing great D in CF. Still worried about his PT this season?

    Can’t see them leaving him out if he’s raking, will be much easier to just bench hawaian.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: Btw love the post name. Just comes so easy to you!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Title was Rudy, he has a flare!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Raking in March doesn’t mean raking in May

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: The kids gonna be a stud, his bat speed is insane. No way they’ll be able to keep him out of the lineup, he’s a perfect fit as a leadoff hitter.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I agree, but team’s do crazy things… I’d expect around 500 ABs, so I’m not that down on his PT… I’m guessing he gets a day off here and there and 140 games played

  69. Corey says:
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    I currently have Yasmany Tomas ($1) in my Util spot, but Joc Pederson is just sitting out there on the wire (he would also cost $1 as a keeper next year). I don’t have room for both. Do I make the switch?

    My instinct is — not yet, seeing as Tomas is guaranteed a starting role and his RBI total should be considerable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: In other words, join a proper league.

  70. Mr Baseball says:
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    Mike Fiers is experiencing shoulder weakness but the good news is that Brewer’s Manager Ron Roenicke says not to worry

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Double ugh. Have him too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully it’s nothing (sure)

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: I shouldn’t complain too much. It’s partially down to me that the FCL couldn’t draft closer to opening day…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Huh?

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Oh – I’m away the next two weekends and couldn’t draft. Other guys had stuff on too, so tough for JFOH to set a date so we had to draft early – and run the risk of getting caught with these injuries…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh! Gotcha, I read your first comment about closers for some reason

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Well, it kinda applies to both. I drafted both Koji and Fiers on my FCL team.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, yup

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m in a league that’s still drafting, I have Fiers, Wheeler and Cingrani, talk about demoralizing since there’s no waivers

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @SteveNZ: Oh man, that sucks. So you’re stuck with Wheeler, or do you bid for a FA to replace him?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Bid, ha! I wish… It’s a 50 round draft that’s still going on… No waivers…

  71. Mike says:
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    Hey grey,

    Wouldn’t have considered this before his “injury” but now I’m really thinking hard about this trade. 12 team keeper league where each player goes up $5.

    I give Rendon ($10)

    for

    Felix ($37), Soler ($9), Ozuna ($9)

    It’s a 3 OF league and I currently also have Stanton. I may also be able to do this trade without taking Felix.

    I’d love your advice.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent for you to reduce risk

  72. Bocephus says:
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    Rd 17 Hamilton or Rd 22 Dozier in a 10 team H2H keeper? Thanks, Grey!

    • Nightpandas says:
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      @Bocephus: Doz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamilton

  73. Carnac says:
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    Grey you hear To Pimp a Butterfly yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not yet but it’s on the iCal! That sounds like a Razzball glossary term, btw

      • Carnac says:
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        Well adjust your iCal, my guy: it dropped earlier this week!

        Does totally sound like a razzball glossary term… that’s where I got it. Oops, uhh, I mean… I wonder if Kendrick Lamar reads Razzball?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, of course he does!

  74. Johnny Drama says:
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    12 team H2H 7 keeper +5 inflation 5×5

    Which side:
    A) Carlos Gonz. 27, Baez 10 (or Harrison 6)
    B) Polanco 6 and Dee 6

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo

  75. Clint says:
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    So, were I not to keep Cobb in my 8 team, 12 keeper h2h league, which would you keep instead out of Freeman, Teheran, Segura, or Gausman? My other keepers right now are:

    Joey Bats, Altuve, Puig, Bryce Harper, Seager, Bruce, Chris Davis, Machado, Arrieta, Shark, Fiers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman

  76. Mostsuckass says:
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    Hypothetically, if both Jace Peterson and Micah Johnson win starting jobs with their respective teams (I know you’re much more optimistic for Peterson), which would you prefer as a late-round SAGNOF option? I have my middle infield filled, but my team has a major weakness in speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peterson has a better place to succeed

      • Mostsuckass says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the feedback! I actually like them both quite a bit, but I do have Peterson rated ahead of Johnson.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  77. royce! says:
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    My ridiculous old guys rule team is going to require a lot of SP streaming, which means I had to buy in to SON. I’m beginning to think that Jack had this planned all along…”draft only old guys, royce!”

    I hope you spend the money wisely.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’ll go towards my Bentley! (Or maybe I’ll buy some TP…Just went to the supermarket and it cost $18 for TP! Whaaaaat?!)

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: You must be using the Bentley of toilet paper

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Apparently!

          • Happy Vegans says:
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            @Grey: Buy a roll of bamboo paper towels. The roll itself will cost you about $7.99 but you can re-wash them over and over and over and over…

            All you do is put a disposal bin for the used towels under your sink, use the towels, rinse and place in your disposal bin, wash, re-use, wash, re-use…

            I used one roll for 6 months. Major savings and money saved for paper to use on your a$$.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You rewash toilet paper?

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Stop this thread right now.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha

              • Happy Vegans says:
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                @Grey: You re-wash paper towels. You flush the toilet paper. Hey, pack of 12 goes for about $14, if you have a family and use one of those packs a month you’re looking at $168 for the year. Could buy a lot of daiquiris with those savings… or not.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I don’t know if Cougs is gonna wash my poop rags for me

                  • Happy Vegans says:
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                    @Grey: Don’t turn 80 then.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Costco

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Would take me $10 in gas to drive there

  78. psherm9 says:
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    Test

  79. Grizza3569 says:
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    Keeper question…
    10 team h2h points league. Leaning Towards keeping the 4 bats, but most teams will be keeping their ace (who score very well), so I’m tempted to keep 1 arm, but don’t want to let a bat go either. Which 4?
    Tulo
    Harper
    Abreu
    Rendon
    Kluber
    Scherzer
    Stras

    Thanks guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu, Tulo, Rendon, Scherzer

      • Grizza3569 says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  80. S>H says:
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    Hey Grey woud you deal C.Seager for Dellin Beatances in a head to head forever keepers league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  81. Jake from State Farm says:
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    Is Snoop and Bishop Don Magic Juan avail for the Still G.R.E.Y. Video?

    • Jake from State Farm says:
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      @Jake from State Farm: I’m sick of Dr. Andrews and his gambling issues. I have a feeling with the Maywether Pacquio fight coming up there Are going to be a lot more victims

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bishop Don is always available…

  82. Colonel Angus says:
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    I only have Bumgarner in my 12 team keeper league and I have three picks before anyone else but then 30 picks go by before I pick again. The best pitchers available are Jered Weaver, Hyun Jin Ryu, Phil Hughes and Chris Archer. I intend to grab three of them but which ones?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Archer, Ryu, Hughes

  83. tony says:
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    team analysis please 12 team H2H one win. some advice
    y traded brantley for Cargomez and Longo for Sale and baez and boxberger for marte
    Goldy
    Wong
    tomas
    segura
    marte
    Cargomez
    puig
    Cargo
    BN myers
    BN pollock
    NA Kris Bryant

    Sale
    Samardzija
    Arrieta
    Archer
    Salazar
    Syndergaard
    Fiers
    Cecil
    Cishek
    feliz
    quackenbush

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks like a nice balance of speed and power… Pitching looks very solid, though I’m not sure what Syndergaard’s for

  84. tony says:
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    oh i forgot i have yan gomes as catcher and yes my pitching pretty influenced by your advice

  85. Jon says:
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    With the news that Saunders already played in a minor league game, you like him or Cain Sugar in a bench spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain

  86. Oppo Taco says:
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    Thoughts on Carlos Rodon? Must add? Cingrani, Paxton TJ house would be options to drop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why is he a must add? He’s no guarantee for the roster, and even if he does make it he could only make one start and get sent down

      • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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        @Grey: might that not be 1 more than cingrani (i’m not arguing for rodon here)?

  87. Alan says:
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    One to keep in 7×7 with ops, obp, Qs, holds: Seager, Lester, Ortiz, Soler, Yelich, arrieta, kuma — thanks Grey

  88. I Love You Wong Time says:
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    Grey, Little hypocritical to burn a first round pick on Anthony Rendon but not take a late round flyer on Cobb…that is a risky move. One that could end up with you getting a penicillin rx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon’s MCL slight sprain is a far cry from a pitcher with an arm injury

  89. Bill says:
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    What do you think of Votto this spring? Just got offered him for dee Gordon in a keeper league. Thinking about accepting. Thoughts?

  90. Roto Hodor says:
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    Hola Grey, por favor ayudame!

    Just kidding I do know English… I see crazy disparity here, 408 for Peterson vs. some guy’s 384, okay that’s the same ish. But then another random dudes draft 77? You said it’s crazy, but yeah I’m a little shell shocked cause my Q is, 12 team H2H, take Peterson at all? Deep rosters/ 25 rounds so last pick in the draft would be pick #300.

    Also, more pressing question, I have 12 picks in the last 3 rounds of that draft. Yup, 12. I went a little uh, insane selling picks to try and save face and at least get Bronze. Did not go so well, snagged 4th place, facepalm. So I need a bunch of sleepers from roughly picks 265-300. Still need to obsess over your top 400 but off the top of your head, pretend you have a crystal ball or a magic 8 ball and know who’s left, can you give me a half dozen names that are must-takes.

    Also am I an idiot for keeping Cano over Stanton? Living in the past perhaps over valuing 2B as a primo position? To be fair I made this decision already, right after his face accident, so it can’t be undone. Well I dropped Stanton in the stretch when he wasn’t DL’ed, but I could keep Greinke. My first pick in this draft is in Round 10 LoL. Then Round 12, thanks.

    • Roto Hodor says:
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      @Roto Hodor:

      * could keep Greinke over Cano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton over Cano, it’s not close, take followups to my newest post

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