Baseball, like a flower, blooms in the spring.  They also share equally effusive PR people.  Just the other day I read about how a petunia’s branches gained 15 pounds and was in the best shape of its life.  Sure, it’s always good to look at spring training numbers to give you an idea what you can expect from guys during the season — can I draft Adalberto Mondesi yet?!  Players in spring training are facing the top pitchers who are all displaying their best stuff.  No one needs time to get warmed up.  No one’s trying new pitches or getting a feel for the ball.  They are at the height of their game in the beginning of March.  Our former commissioner, Bud, once doffed his toupee and tried to have the World Series played in March.  Since these spring training numbers mean so much, I decided to look at some players stats so far:

Joey Gallo – Hitting everything:  home runs, line drives, dinkers and dongers.  You name it!  You can’t name anything else?  How about doubles?  Can you name those?  Then they’ve been named!  Joey Gallo is not striking out at all.  His plate discipline is so good Joey Votto said this, “Did he train with Tom Emanski and Fred McGriff?  Because he’s better than me.”

Elvis Andrus – I know, I know…I KNOW!  We can’t only list Rangers, but Andrus is hitting .432 and has hit two homers.  He may have ceremoniously left the building, but Elvis is back, y’all!

Garrett Hampson – Stole six bags and, better yet, has started 25 games.  Let the butter melt and be applied softly to all toast, because the breakout has begun already!  *tries to dunk lobster into Hampson’s mouth*  C’mon, man, you’re filled with butter!  Now share it!

Ian Happ – Leads all baseball players with seven homers.  *picks up phone*  “Hello, Charles Schwab?  I want to sell all my stocks and buy shares of Ian Happ.  What is Ian Happ’s stock symbol?  D-O-P-E, just like my mom used to call me.”

Jason Kipnis – Only has six homers and one behind Ian Happ (and Dan Volgebach).  Need to draft Kipnis with the quickness!  High-fives self!  Ow!  Not so hard!

Max Scherzer – Not to bum everyone out like the socialists would want, but Scherzer has a 4+ ERA and has given up six homers, the 2nd most in baseball along with Phil Hughes and Samardzija.

Clayton Kershaw – He has 21 scoreless innings.  Wake me when he’s no longer the best pitcher in baseball.  Seriously, I want to take a 45-year-long nap.

Oh, please.  This is such nonsense.  Now we get to grade everyone’s reading comprehension because these are LAST YEAR’S spring training stats.  If someone can read everything but capped words, I apologize in advance if you draft Elvis Andrus.  (I DON’T.)  I like to do this post every year because every year I get the same comments about how well a player is doing in the spring and if I’m going to change my fantasy baseball rankings because of it.  Spring training stats are a joke.  They mean nothing.  Let me say it again for emphasis, spring stats mean nothing.

Jason Kipnis had the best spring training in the history of spring trainings last year, and that led him to do what last year?  How did Gallo’s reported cutting down of strikeouts go?  Garrett Hampson looked ready to break out with last year’s spring, never sniffed a full-time job last year, and appears to be headed to the bench again this year.  Maikel Franco is talking about hitting more fly balls this year.  Sure, just like he did last spring and went on to have another poor season.  J.T. Realmuto had one of the worst springs last year, and went on to be the number one catcher for fantasy.   Scherzer?  Did he seem fazed by last year’s spring?  Yeah, and how did Kershaw do last year after those scoreless innings?  You should only be looking at who’s healthy, who’s winning position battles and who’s winning rotation spots.  The rest is meaningless.

As with everyone hitting well this spring, they’ll turn back into a pumpkin in April like Mr. Grapefruit, Billy Butler, always did.  Speaking of which, here’s the most relevant spring training graph:

  1. Slimbo says:
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    Hey boss which side do you like in a dynasty

    Acuna/machado or arenado/baez

    Thanks!

    • Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      acuna side.

    • Ante Galic says:
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      Slimbo!

      Just my 0.02$…Acuna in a landslide!

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • Brett says:
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        Acuna

    • peacecoast says:
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      hakuna matata not close

    • Cram It says:
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      Acuna, ya jambrona.

    • bigbear says:
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      What LUPFDD, Ante, Brett, PC, Cram, and (eventually) DT and Grey says.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Manny side..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Acuna!

  2. Ian says:
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    The Razzball RCL page says today’s RCL (mar 14) is full but it really isn’t. We need one more please. Thanks!
    By the way here is my RCL team from (mar 11 RCL #18). Just tried to get as many of your suggested players as I could. Need AVE and power I think but it was fun anyway.
    Wellington Castillo
    Muncy
    Villar
    Wendle
    Trea Turner
    Voit
    Goodrum
    Hoskins
    Rosario
    Bader
    Meadows
    Mazara
    Palka
    Mullins
    Brinson

    Bauer
    Corbin
    Flaherty
    Lucchesi
    Glasnow
    Luzardo
    Yates
    Smith
    Herrera
    Romo

    • In league # 18 karlah14 look at my team and make trade offer if you like.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You guys should figure out a trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with you your hitting is a bit of a mess… You know what happened, right? You have 3 aces and two high 3’s, iffy #2’s

  3. Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    here’s a 20 team keep 6-9 OPS, XBH, QS, and holds added roto league draft see how it looks.
    C kraken (K)
    1B cron (12)
    2B odor (9)
    SS treat urner (K)
    3B candleman (19)
    OF (3) gallo (1B, K)
    mallex (K)
    grichuk (15)
    util (1) palka (18)
    BN morales (23)

    NA (2) vlad (K)
    SP (1250 max innings):
    ray (K)
    glasnow (K)
    lucchesi (11)
    gibson (13)
    wacha (16)
    cahill (21)

    RP (max 5):
    knebel (10)
    Sa DOM (14)
    kelly (17)
    buttrey (20)
    tepera (22)
    NA: luzardo (K)

    drafted out of the 14th slot in even rounds and i kept 8 so i started on pick 20 after keepers. puig/pham/kershaw/odor/aguilar/olson not kept. only odor made it to me though. i waited too long on mcneil later.

    • Grey

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      Nice OPS, and solid hitting in general for a 20 teamer… Pitching is okay, hopefully Ray holds it together this year

      • Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        yeah with XBH AND OPS i kept going after those exact guys, war room says my average is better than i’d thought it would be (well once vlad gets to it anyway). i kept bypassing low XBH guys that had speed or at least some speed (j.bradley technically was my highest ranked hitter for a long time but i knew better than to mess with him due to XBH + OPS). i’ll be attempting to waiver franchy as well (right now he’s starting good side rather than franmil, but franmil is getting drafted ahead since yahoo claims his at bats are better)

  4. Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    since i’m using rudy’s numbers for OPS/QS + holds leagues it’s not weird, but his 15 team 2 catcher league post i have these same players on mine as his:
    ray (keeper though), grichuk, odor, morales, candelman (till vlad is up), lucchesi, gibson, buttrey and i wanted to get pineda and barely missed him when i got cahill.

    • Grey

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      Nice!

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Great ST wrap up as always. Gonna love Gallo just you like the guy who invented the keyboard with the letter ‘O’ directly underneath the number ‘0’.

    a. You should do a ten-year retrospective of why ST stats don’t mean a thing, with respect to predicting if a player will hit well or not.

    b. You should also make a disclaimer that although ST stats aren’t too relevant, playing time and the impact of injuries which take place in ST are relevant. For example, who do you like at the back end of the Cubs bullpen to start the season now that both Strop and Morrow are on the shelf. Strop has a small calf strain but he won’t be ready on time, even though he claims that the chances are 99.99% that he will start the season (Actually, I trust a pitcher less when he says 99.99%). Maybe they make a move for someone?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks! A. They mean nothing, said repeatedly, and repeatedly it doesn’t matter B. Cishek

  6. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Speaking of winning spots, you think we can assume that Strahm and Paddack are locks in the SD rotation?

    • peacecoast says:
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      Strahm – you would think so but the manager hedged a bit in an interview yesterday. Said his health was most important and the bullpen may be best for him. Fuck that I drafted him.

      Paddack – crazy to think he would since he will probably only go for 120 innings this year and could benefit from service time shenanigans. But it looks like maybe yes.

      • a says:
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        they don’t really care about service time for pitchers though, right? also apparently paddack might start opening day which is cray cray.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I think Paddack is in. I think they want Strahm in pen since there is only one lefty there to start season.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hope you’re wrong, Knoche

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Me too. You’re up early.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Flying to NY today

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              Tout?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks! Certainly in keeper leagues they seem like good bets…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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            depth charts has both in right now, why in the F would perdomo ever have been better is beyond me (even last year)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

              • Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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                strahm and (more obviously) paddack are being hit up in all deepish drafts as of last few days now.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup

  7. Bbboston says:
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    Of
    All
    Those comments, the one that strikes me as intriguing is Gallo. The guys been focused solely on pitch recognition. If he just gets a very little better, he can ameliorate his negative BA impact significantly.

    • Grey

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      Um, yeah

      • BBoston says:
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        Does that mean you agree with the point or you’re skeptical

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          These are last year’s stats, the post is about how we can’t trust spring training stats, Gallo never cut his Ks, that was simply what people were saying last year

  8. Steve-O says:
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    H2H mixed 10 team keeper league…. Already kept Acuna, Baez, Bregman and Buehler. Have 2nd pick in draft. Who are your top 2 from the best available:

    Scherzer
    Stanton
    Sale
    Freeman
    Blackmon
    Cole

    Basically, would you rather have Freeman/Nola or Sale/Carpenter given my keepers?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I want Stanton and Freeman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with MP

  9. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    I wondered if there was a simple rule-of-thumb to apply the little-Grey-cells in drafts. Using ESPN 10-team standard rosters, I’ve started to use this method. My question is: is this dumb?
    Round: type
    1-4: hitter
    5-6: 1 hitter, 1 SP
    7-8: 1 hitter, 1 SP
    9-10: 1 hitter, 1 RP
    11-12: 1 hitter, 1 SP
    13-14: 1 hitter, 1 SP
    15-16: 1 hitter, 1 RP
    17-18: 1 hitter, 1 SP
    19-20: 1 hitter, 1 SP
    21-22: 1 hitter, 1 RP
    23-25: 3 P, or 2 P + 1 flyer

    • peacecoast says:
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      Good rough outline, obviously you have to see who falls to you at any given time though.

    • Cram It says:
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      The rule of thumb is keep drafting hitting until you get to the tier of pitchers you should start with.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with both comments… You should be able to draft until you need an SP, but this is roughly where we’re at

  10. Brett says:
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    Gray

    Do you know if roto won is doing an article on holds or if there has been one?

    Thanks

  11. jayrod says:
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    Thanks Grey! As always appreciate your articles and knowledge! Can’t find content like this anywhere else.

    Quick question for you, can you point me to the place to download the free war room edition in excel? Rudy sent me his after I renewed my year, but it’s different than the original monster with the tiers. I’ll check out Rudy’s beast he created but would love to have the original War Room as well!

    Thanks again sir and let’s play ball!!

    • Cram It says:
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      Go to Tools (up top) > Free tools (on the right) > War Room

      I could’ve just copied and pasted the link and it’d be a lot quicker than typing all of this, but then how would we learn?

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Well done professor Cram!

  12. Nich Kohler says:
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    No question, just wanted to say that the conclusive 2 paragraphs to this article were some of the best content I’ve read on here, had a good laugh. Thanks Grey

    • Grey

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      Thanks!

      • Nich Kohler says:
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        Also, I’ve just registered an account today (always commented as a lurker) and I’m trying to edit my account so that my actual name doesn’t pop up as it did here, i’d rather use my username, but I can’t seem to edit my profile, I get a screen that says I don’t have access. Help!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can you email [email protected]? He can walk you thru it. I can edit your name out of this comment if it worries you…

          • Nich Kohler says:
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            No worries, about this post, I will get a hold of Rudy. Thanks again.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, you can ping me again in comments, if Rudy’s busy and I can try to figure it out

              • themendozaline says:
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                It’s been resolved. The beauty of it is I actually spelled my name wrong and it had to be corrected as well.. Two technical f ups today, maybe my “millennial” status will be revoked (Though I think technically that would be a good thing?)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, glad it’s figured out

  13. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    I was just thinking we were about due for this post on my commute to work today. Thank you for your yearly public service.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, No problem

  14. Crime dog says:
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    Appreciate the shout out in the Gallo blurb!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You earned your rightful place here and in the HOF, but mostly here

  15. Mike says:
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    Keeper league -keep 5- proposal in a Yahoo! 6*6 league:
    JD Martinez
    for
    Trevor Story

    (As the current owner of JD Martinez, my 3 of my 5 keepers are presently OF’s)

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d take Story.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with MP

  16. Ciwa says:
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    Rockies signed Murphy and now we have a shitty platton at 2B. Gods of fantasy baseball, curse them!
    #freemcmahon

    • peacecoast says:
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      isn’t he gonna play 1B?

      • Ciwa says:
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        Yes. But without him they would have played McMahon 1B and Hampson 2B

    • If you’re in a daily league might be nice to have both. And put in the one playing that day. 162 games of stats. Is nice. One might be full time. Murphy health could come into play also.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s so ridiculous

  17. mthom42 says:
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    Hey Grey, here’s my entire team for you to look at. JK
    I heard Hampson will be splitting time at 2B with McHahon (who’s hitting .412). Any concerns with Hampson’s AB?

    • peacecoast says:
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      yes, it’s the Rockies

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Peace, always concerned about the stupid Rockies

  18. Chud says:
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    Dynasty league offer I’m considering:

    I give Sale/Altuve.

    I get Strasburg/Baez.

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d keep Sale and Altuve..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with MP

      • Chud says:
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        appreciate the insight! I agree w both of you but this guy is hard for Sale.

        Offered: his Corbin/Mondesi for my Sale/A.Hicks.

        Thanks

        • Grey

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          Works for me

  19. Old School Brother says:
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    Crab RCL draft last night!

    C Alfaro
    1B Gallo
    2B Baez
    3B Arenado
    CI Yuli Gurriel
    MI Semen
    OF Hoskins
    OF Dahl
    OF Conforto
    OF Mazara
    OF Piscotty
    UT Domingo Santanta
    Bench Bat Jose Martinez

    SP Corbin
    SP German Marquez
    SP Happ
    SP Glasnow
    SP Chase Anderson
    SP Eovaldi
    SP Ryu
    SP Heaney
    SP Reynaldo Lopez

    RP Givens
    RP Robertson

    Love the hitting, lots of power and a decent amount of guys with speed. Pitching is solid too, just need to SAGNOF for saves

    Thoughts?

    • Old School Brother says:
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      and at SS Jose Peraza

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Solid squad OSB!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Impressive pitching, considering your hitting is not bad at all… Nice overall team! Especially like the OF

  20. Mickey Maloney says:
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    Happ had a great spring last year and then sh*t the bed once the season started. It is his third year though… Maybe its break out time! Should get early and consistent ABs with Russell sidlined a month and Descalo hurt.

    • Grey

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      Just not holding breath bc of spring training stats

  21. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    What the hell is the deal with Buehler? Man i really don’t like the Dodgers.

    • Grey

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      Why? What happened?

      • knucks says:
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        A bunch of reasons listed in a beat writer’s article yesterday that would have you optimistic that he will be fine… if he played for any other team. He sounds healthy, but they used the term ‘dead arm’. Just a bunch of stuff in there that sound like they are already looking for reasons to rotate him on and off the IL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ugh, spring training injuries to pitchers kill me

          • Dave D says:
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            You actually expressed that concern about Buehler for 2019 last November but came around in him. I think your first impulse may have been the best. To be continued…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, hope I was wrong initially bc now I own him

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                Kershaw and now Bueler..this is why I own Stripling.

  22. Dr Sauce says:
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    ESPN, 5X5, head to head, 6 man keep forever. Thoughts on the following draft;
    C – Castillo
    1b – Bellinger (K)
    2b – Viller
    SS – Mondesi
    3B – Bryant (K)
    OF – Betts (K), Benintendi (K), Acuna (K), Dahl, Meadows
    U – Renfroe
    SP’s – Bauer (K), Flaherty, Marquez, Ed-Rod, Castillo
    RP’s – Leclerc, Hader, Dominguez, Hicks
    Bench bats – Happ, Tatis
    Bench Arms – Herrera, Peacock, Luzardo, Sanchez
    Anything jump out? Areas I should focus on as the season gets going?
    Cheers, you all do great work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! How many teams?

      • Dr Sauce says:
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        Sorry, 12 teams
        Thanks

      • Dr Sauce says:
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        Good day sir, Apologies, needy owner looking for some feedback. Hoping to jump back in the queue re: my question above. Thanks so much

        • Grey

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          Your hitting and pitching look stacked, maybe a tad light on power vs speed, but I would be happy with this team

          • Dr Sauce says:
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            Thanks, appreciate your time! I was thinking might be a little light on power. I just could not resist the draft value of some of these guys(72 guys protected);
            -Targeted Mondesi and he fell to the 8th pick in the first round
            -Was hoping Dahl would fall to the 2nd, he did but Flaherty was there as well so paired him with Bauer (luxury), Dahl, Villar and Marquez all fell to my next 3 picks. Got Renfroe late to boost my power.
            Daniel Palka on waivers … is he a potential fit? If yes, who does he replace? Or just stay the course for now?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like Palka but you can hold for now… I’d be happy if I had your team…

              • Dr Sauce says:
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                Cheers, thanks again. I was happy things fell the way they did!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  23. Bob says:
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    I have the number 5 pick out of 12 Roto
    Thinking about taking shot and drafting Acuna at 5
    Too Early or maybe Turner ?
    Ty

  24. Brett says:
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    Grey

    Do you think McMahon gets platooned or does he play every day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re in a platoon as of right now

  25. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    RCL Update for everyone:

    -We are looking for ~6 managers for our longest running legacy RCL, Original Recipe. Always a competitive league, this is a great one for those that hate when teams quit halfway through the season. E-mail me: [email protected] and I’ll forward you to the commish.

    -Drafts all weekend long including Friday at 10 PM and all day Saturday (3 PM, 8 PM, 10 PM). Sunday we have early morning drafts at 10 AM and Noon.

    GET IN THERE!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Only two people from this league passed away in the last year, so 4 other people have some splainin’ to do (if four others died too, then I feel awful for this comment, my apologies)

  26. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Just finished my draft for 14 Team League H2H, 7 Keeper League.

    H, 2b, 3b, hr, rbi, runs, sb, avg, bb
    w, l, sv, k, hld, era, whip, k/9, qs

    i did not have a round 1 and 3, which I traded last year.

    C – Welington Casitillo
    1b – Encarnacion
    2b – LeMahiue
    3b – Machado (k)
    SS – Story (k)
    OF – J. D. (k)
    OF – Blackmon (k)
    OF – Bader
    UTL – Hosmer
    UTL – Braun
    BN – Dickerson

    Sp – Scherzer (k)
    Sp – Kluber (k)
    Sp – Corbin (k)
    Sp – Hamels
    Sp – Maeda
    Sp – Rodon
    Sp – Josh James
    Rp – Giles
    Rp – Givens
    Rp – Matt Barnes
    Rp – Seranthony Dominguez

    I think my pitching is solid with good k guys with good era and whip except Rodon.

    My hitting apart from the keepers, I think is too conservative players (know what I will get) but not a lot of upside.

    What do you think? Good enough to win or should i look to add other players and increase some stats in a specific category (steals, avg, etc.)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Agree with you, your hitting is a bit of a bore with Edwin, DJ, Hosmer, Braun, but not even conservative, necessarily, some of these guys are just not good or falling off a cliff… Your pitching is insane… You should trade an SP for a bat

  27. RICE says:
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    Hey Grey,

    These look like 2018 spring training numbers, not 2019?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is correct

  28. abmsports23 says:
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    Would you rather keep Rendon for 1 year in the 5th round or Eloy for 2 years in the 23 round?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eloy

  29. Chooch says:
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    Happy Spring, everyone! Glad to have a daily dose of razzball back in my routine.

    Roto 7×7 (OBP & Slugging + Innings & Holds) Keeper League (Straight up. No Penalties) 12 Teams
    Need to Pick 3

    J.D. Martinez
    Eddie Rosario
    Jean Segura
    Anthony Rendon

    Nola
    Bauer
    Buehler
    Carrasco
    Strasburg

    I tried trading JD and Stras all damn season (keepers last year) to no avail.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, Chooch! JD, Nola, wild card… I guess Rendon

      • Chooch says:
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        I wasn’t sure how your “wait on pitchers” strategy applied to keepers if you don’t have 3 top 30 hitters on the roster to choose from.

        Thanks Grey! Much appreciated, as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. HRMMM says:
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    Who do people like out of Paxton, Strasburg, K Davis, Rendon, Albies, and Murphy for my first round pick in an upcoming draft?

    Keepers are Arenado, Lindor, Hoskins, Vlad Jr, and A Chapman.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re ready for an SP… Pax or Stras, up to you

  31. Bill says:
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    Julio Urias – keep or cut loose in a 10 team 5×5 MLB roto league? Available on the waiver wire are guys like Aa Sanchez, Matz, Pineda, T Williams, Samardjiza, L Weaver and I need another starter now that my opening day guy has gone down. We typically carry 10 starters and 4 closers in our daily transaction league. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose, grab Matz

      • Bill says:
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        OK, thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. brian says:
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    Keeper question. I can keep 1 until the end of time, the other I have to throw back before the draft.

    12 team h2h

    standard batting categories + BB + Total bases + K’s

    Keep Turner or Arenando?

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      If Turner is treat I wud keep him..

  33. KB says:
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    Thanks for all the info, hopefully you helped me build a winner. Drafted last night, anything I should look to upgrade.

    12 Team H2H Points.

    C: Castillo
    1b: Hoskins
    2b: Villar
    SS: Turner
    3b: Machado
    Of: Stanton
    Of: Gallo
    Of: Inciarte
    U: K Davis

    Pitching
    Snell
    Buehler
    Marquez
    Lucchessi
    Happ
    Ray
    Matz
    Ryu
    Quintana
    Gibson

    Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Your pitching is stacked, you have 3 number ones… Your hitting doesn’t seem that hurt bc of it tho, you have a solid team overall… I’d be happy with that team! So real flaws jumping out…

  34. Wildfire says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Not sure if you’re the one who manages the RCL leagues but the Friday, March 22nd ($20) league has 1 spot left but the spreadsheet indicates it’s full. I think someone quit after it was filled…figured you’d know who could fix it. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can you comment to Truss above with this info? I’m on a plane

      • Dave D says:
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        Good thing for you its warming up out here on the lesser coast.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thank god

          • Dave D says:
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            I stepped out for lunch today with no jacket for first time since early November. 52 degrees here.

            How is it live drafting? Seems like itd be strange. I’ve signed up for a couple Main Event Qualifier satellite leagues. 15 team winner take all which is a “free” $1700 entry into the Main Event. If I win one I might try the live drafts next year in NY. I’m not sure how one prepares live at a hotel versus online: buy your competitors drinks while you stay sober?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s great news bc I forgot my jacket at home… I prefer live drafts, it’s like playing live poker vs online poker… can feel room better, if that makes sense

              • Dave D says:
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                Yeah, perhaps like being at a game in the stands versus watching on tv in living room.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah totally

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Ok, I am going to will myself to victory then…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Not if I will myself first!

  35. Seth Swirsky says:
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    12 team mixed, h2h. who do you liken your team more:

    1)acuna or yelich?

    2) whit or adaleberto?

    3) giancarlo or baez?

    thx!!

  36. NonTrads says:
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    Hi Ya’all

    5×5 standard 12 team Yahoo $260–

    Keep 5 league (+$4 each year kept)

    Pick one of the of the following:

    Puig 15 (could trade for $5)
    Albies 21

    Current Keeps (These guys were on my minor league farm system, $10 minimum keep in the 1st year):
    Mondesi 10
    Acuna 10
    Buehler 10
    Flaherty 10

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

      • NonTrads says:
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        Thanks!

        What if I could ship Puig for $5, and then purchase Eugenio Suarez ($6 keeper) for $3?

        So Eugenio would be $9 this year…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ship for who? Puig is solid there

          • NonTrads says:
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            I can trade the “rights” to keep Puig to another owner, and that owner sends me $5. I would then keep Eugenio Suarez for $9 instead of keeping Puig for $15.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds fair

  37. Gibby says:
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    Our keeper deadline is fast approaching and barring a trade, I’m stuck on my last few guys.

    10 team H2H, using OBP and SLG

    Definite keepers
    Arenado
    Freeman
    Rendon
    C.Seager
    Senzel
    Robles
    Verlander
    Carrasco

    Last two keepers can be
    E.Rosario
    Haniger
    Puig’
    Abreu

    I’m leaning towards Haniger and Puig

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig and Haniger

  38. Crime dog says:
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    It looks like some pretty big rule changes are coming in 2020 including going back to 15 day DL. The biggest one and most interesting to me is the 3 batter minimum rule. No more bringing in relief pitchers for 1 out anymore, if I’m reading it right.

    https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-rules-changes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I thought 15 day starts again this year

      • Peacecoast says:
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        I will never get used to saying “IL”. Bah actually I probably will. blow me MLB

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Feel same way

      • Crime dog says:
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        I think the MLB proposed going back to 15 in January this year but it wasn’t official until now and will go into effect next season. I could be wrong, that’s just what I’m gathered from my limited research sitting on the shitter inbetwixt working.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, nah, you’re prolly right I was just going by what I heard vs read

  39. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for all you do; you da man.

    I’ve got most of my keepers figured out but would love input to finish off my list.
    8 team keeper league, pick one of the following 2 to keep:
    -Haniger in the last (23rd) round
    -Rendon in the 5th round

    Thanks!

    • 200 Proof says:
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      I’m thinking of leaning Haniger for the value, but Rendon is consistent AF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon

  40. John says:
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    Another Great Article. Thanks for the daily content!!

    Grey i have a conundrum…..

    10 Team Keeper League 10 MLB keepers 5 MILB no penalty Ottaneau scoring PTS H2H

    Here are my keepers prior to the draft…..It’s pretty amazing prepare yourself

    C –
    1B – Bellinger
    2B – Altuve
    SS – Lindor
    3B – Arenado
    OF – Acuna
    OF – Harper
    OF – Soto
    UT –

    P – Degrom
    P – Bauer
    P – Verlander
    P –
    P –
    P –
    P –

    MILB roster – Whitley, Guerrero jr, Adell, Austin Riley

    Any general advice on your thoughts would be great…..any piece you would try to trade to hedge up a bit? I’ll trade Riley 1st chance i get i figure Guerrero will fit nicely in the UT position once he gets the call. My plan is to draft 2-3 SP’s with my first 3 picks. Top guys available: Clevinger, Wheeler, Castillo, Archer, Bieber, Glasnow, Paddack….which of those lot would you get?

    One last question if i may: Mondesi is available in the draft….any reason to draft him with my 1st pick instead of a pitcher?

    Thanks a ton….loved the last podcast btw :)

    • John says:
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      Marques is also on the list of available pitchers in the draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! No reason to draft another pitcher immediately, you have three aces… however, I don’t know what you would draft, your team is stacked… guess you could take Mondesi to back up Lindor just in case he’s not healthy…

  41. Dave D says:
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    Abreu takes grounder off eyeball?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously?

      • Dave D says:
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        Yup. At least its not a testicle. He’s supposed to be fine in a few days. I think he really 35 though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          At least, I think he might be Pujols’ older brother

          • Dave D says:
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            Ha!

  42. Mike L says:
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    Any clue or good guess on the Braves and Padres rotations? I believe guys like Paddack and Wright could be another Flaherty but really hope they get an idea of who’s gonna be there in the next 10 days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guessing Touki, Paddack and Strahm… not sure on Wright, Rudy seems to think so

      • ralph’s the big one on wright. i’m just parroting him.

  43. knucks says:
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    Yo Grey, safe travels and good luck with your draft this weekend.

    I added Vogelbach this AM to my league that had already slow drafted and waivers are now open. After seeing that he will fly with the team for those opening games in Japan… also Roster Resource has him in the starting lineup right now… Healy at 3B, E5 at DH, Bruce in the OF and Vogey at 1B. Seeing some complementary rhetoric on him from the M’s brass during camp.

    Not in your Top 500. Any thoughts on him if he plays?

    • knucks says:
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      I guess because of Ichiro, he prob doesn’t start in the Japan games. Still curious on your opinion here though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Can take a flyer but Mallex is due back any day now and Vogelbach’s gonna be squeezed for PT

      • knucks says:
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        Knew I was missing something silly like that. Thanks brutha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  44. Irevilo says:
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    I love your shizz Grey…pause!

    Crazy question but I have to ask: In a keeper league that counts errors and batter strikeouts and a 1,250 innings pitched cap (I know, but it’s my third league), and I’m keeping Yelich, Juan Soto (Sexy Dr. Pepper) and Trevor Bauer, who of the following remaining options would you draft in the first round:

    Machado, deGrom, Altuve, Harper, Baez, Stanton, Au Shizz, Rizzo, Verlander, Nola, Kluber.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Machado, Baez, Harper, Giancarlo

  45. The Skrimmer says:
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    My keeper/contract league just finished our draft and I have 3 two-year contracts to give out. I will already be coming back next year with the following players: Machado, Acuna, Margot, Judge, Kimbrel, and either Harper or T. Turner.
    Which three should I choose from the following:
    Schoop – $1
    M. Chapman – $4
    E. Escobar – $1
    Inciarte – $17
    D. Santana – $1
    Palka – $1
    Flaherty – $12
    C. Allen – $2
    Giles – $12
    Hendricks – $7
    LeClerc – $9
    Stroman – $3
    Lucchesi – $5
    Glasnow – $1
    Keuchel – $3
    Ryu – $3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flaherty, Glasnow, Lucchesi

  46. Reno 911 says:
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    Ha! Great post. Somehow, this is the first year I’m reading this (with last year’s ST stats). Also, NEVER retire the Billy Butler graph. N. E. V. E. R.!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He can be retired 15 years and I will keep this Butler graph going

  47. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    Just wanted to get your thoughts on this team, I took over an abandoned dynasty team, 9 keepers, and we just finished our draft. Any major weaknesses you see? The previous owner clearly waaaaay overvalued pitchers, thats how I ended up with Cole, Corbin and Strasberg on the same team. Once Ohtani is IL eligible on ESPN I’ll be using that spot for another streaming pitcher until he comes back.

    C Ramos
    1B Miggy
    2B Senzel
    3B Suarez
    SS Peraza
    OF Betts
    OF Castellanos
    OF Robles
    UTIL Sunday Santana
    BE Vladito
    BE J Polanco
    BE Ohtani

    SP’s Cole, Corbin, Strasberg, Bieber, Kikuchi, Luzardo, Eovaldi, Wood
    RP’s Yates, Strickland, Colome, Minter, Romo (has SP eligibility on ESPN so if he wins the job I can sneak him into a SP slot on days where I don’t have 5 guys starting)

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guessing 12 team… Even with that pitching staff, which is great, I think your hitting is decent, might be low on power.

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        Yes sir, 12 team. I lucked out in getting Suarez, the team that had him had Arenado at 3B and too many top bats to keep him, and I had the #1 pick. Otherwise my power would be even worse LOL. Thanks man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. Thesportsguy says:
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    10 team AL 5×5, held our auction last week (way too early due to scheduling conflicts)…now sweating out two weeks before season and starting to worry about a few of my guys…time to worry or no big deal?

    Upton (knee)
    G Alllen (playing time?)
    Smoak (split time with Tellez)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No big deal on 1st two… I hope Rowdy sees PT, but not sure he will

  49. MarvPesos

    marv says:
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    Grey,
    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 12) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS.
    I need to Pick 12 keepers from below, I’ve added keeper beside the 12 I’m thinking but what do you think ? Typically our league (with a deep bench – 6 bench) load up on pitching. We need to decide by this Saturday.

    You had mentioned a couple weeks that it’s a decent list but that I might consider Diaz. I’m also really considering Taillon. I didn’t keep Cole last year (kept Quintana instead) so that blew up in my face. Im worried that I’m doing the same by not keeping Taillon (that he’ll have a great season). Also, with Paxton now in NY, which isn’t a pitchers stadium do I keep Taillon over him? or keep them both and not Suarez ? thoughts ?

    My team:
    C – W. Ramos
    1B – P. Goldschmidt – Keeper
    2B – J. McNeil
    3B – Eugenio Suarez – Keeper
    SS – T. Turner – Keeper
    CI – A. Rizzo – Keeper
    MI – X. Bogaerts – Keeper
    LF – C. Yelich – Keeper
    CF – C. Blackmon – Keeper
    RF – M. Haniger
    Util – J. Upton
    BN – S. Piscotty
    BN – B. Dozier

    SP – C. Carrasco – Keeper
    SP – J. Verlander – Keeper
    SP – N. Syndergaard – Keeper
    RP – R. Osuna (RP)
    RP – W. Davis (RP)
    P – E. Diaz (RP)
    P – J. Leclerc (RP)
    BN – W. Buehler – Keeper
    BN – J. Paxton – Keeper
    BN – RJ. Taillon
    BN – Rich Hill
    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can keep Taillon and Eugenio

      • MarvPesos

        marv says:
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        yeah, I can keep both Taillon and Eugenio IF I don’t keep Paxton. So I guess Taillon > Paxton ?

        I can only keep 12 in total

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Paxton better than Taillon for this year, but could flip next year

  50. pinkman says:
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    Hi Grey! Final forever keeper in a 5×5 10-tm roto- Dahl rd 28 or Bauer rd 8?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl

  51. Jon says:
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    5×5+OBP league, I can keep 6 of:

    Abreu, Rendon, Arenado, Albies, Correa, Conforto, Hoskins, Snell, Carrasco, Strasburg

    Which 4 don’t make the cut?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conforto, stras, Abreu and Albies

  52. Jon says:
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    Similar question, this time 5×5+hitter BB. I can keep 3 of:

    Turner, Rizzo, Conforto, Ozuna, Greinke, Flaherty

    Who do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner, Rizzo, wild card… Flaherty

  53. David says:
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    5×5 with OBP replacing AVG, H2H, 14 teams. Which 2 do I drop: Ramirez as a 3rd rounder; Gallo as a 6th; Judge as a 10th; Corbin 18th or Guerrero as a 25th rounder? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallo for sure then it’s tough… I guess Corbin

  54. peacecoast says:
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    What draft r u doing in NYC again?

    You are called Grey more times a day than your real name I am sure. Do you ever get mixed up IRL and introduce yourself as Grey?

    Why did you call the site Razzball?

    Do Cougs and Rudy call you Grey? Do you wish she did (eg. sex games)?

    Why Albright? Where did you get the token pic from?

    I guess that does it for now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Razz means to make fun of, so Razzball… I constantly think to myself, “I’m Grey” IRL when Cougs introduces me to someone… I have Tout Wars on Sunday

  55. omar says:
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    Looks like there’s a possibility of Acuna batting cleanup. If that sticks, how much of a bump in his RBI #s do you foresee? How much will it diminish his steals?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Runs and RBIs become something like 85/105… just bc he hits cleanup in April doesn’t mean he does all year either

  56. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    10 team keeper, 5×5 w/ OPS in place of AVG

    Castillo
    Rizzo
    Villar
    Bregman
    Rendon
    Hoskins
    Ozuna
    Marte
    J Upton

    Bench: Robles, Devers, Mazara, Peraza, D Santana

    How’s the lineup above? Am I too light on power?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not if Bregman is fine…

  57. bigbear says:
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    I’m currently stashing Hampson and Wendle as my bye fill-in bench guy. But I’m interested in McMahon too mostly as a hedge in case he starts and Hampson is a spot starter/pinch runner type. Stand pat? Or drop Hampson, Ryu or Strahm for McMahon?
    ,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold for a few days

  58. RicoSuave says:
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    I guess Buxton also falls into this category? good ST and then fall off the map…

    what do you think?

    • Cory says:
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      Trust Buxton like a lactose intolerant man trusts a fart after eating a gallon of ice cream

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, until we see something from Buxton, right?

  59. Cory says:
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    I’m in a 10 team Roto OPS league with QS. Dynasty keep forever. My current keepers are:

    Rizzo
    Hoskins
    Bregman
    Trea
    Whit
    Springer
    Rosario
    Votto
    Nola
    Puig

    My question here is if I could trade to nab another pitcher should I or is keeping pitching overrated and just stick to Nola? I could get:

    Buehler
    Strasburg
    Snell

    Could trade one of my keeper hitters.

    Should I hold and just draft pitchers using the pairing tool starting with Nola? I tried that exercise yesterday and came up with this staff:

    Nola
    Berrios
    Wheeler
    Mikolas
    Paddack
    Dereck Rodriguez

    Will stream after that core.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold what you have and draft pitchers using the tool starting with Nola

      • Cory says:
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        Beautiful. Thank you your Greyness.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  60. Chris H says:
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    OF question
    10 Team Yahoo dynasty league with OPS as 6th category and we start LF, RF, CF, OF.

    Starters are set, but for Util/bench depth and long term worth rank the following:

    Billy Hamilton
    Hunter Renfroe
    Manuel Margot
    Franmil Reyes
    Willie Calhoun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franmil, Renfroe, Margot

  61. Dave D, el Punter says:
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    Ha! Nice pick on Kelly. You’re being aggressive on C’s for a punter!!!

    I’m proud to be the last man standing with no C’s. Maybe I should wait until round 35 for my first this time around…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I was staring at guys there for that round and was just so bored, I figured I’d make sure I had one starting catcher

      • Dave D says:
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        Well, I found two players that I liked: Duggar and Yonny “Live at the Acropolis” Chirinos. I cant complain. As long I don’t get stuck with Yandy Diaz and his biceps I’m happy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yandy’s cock diesel!

  62. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    In a 12 team , 6×6 (OBP & QS), H2H with up to 5 keepers (keep forever), would you trade Bellinger & Springer for Kris Bryant?

    Springer is my odd man out, so essentially it comes down to do you like Bellinger or Bryant more as a keeper. The other owner could definitely use both guys, so I believe he will accept this deal.

    What is your take, homie?

  63. Cram It says:
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    Yeah but Anthony Santander is batting .393 in 30 AB’s, with 2 HR’s and….6 doubles! I was NFBC drafting him regardless of his ST stats but this has to aid in his push to get some run during the regular season. I like this kid.

  64. J-Dawg says:
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    I was waiting in court for my client’s case to get called when I saw the Billy Butler chart and nearly lost my s**t laughing so hard!! That made my day. Thanks Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice

  65. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    looking to shape up my bats… have extra pitching.

    Would you trade:
    Kluber + Hosmer

    Receive:
    Lucchesi + Goldschimdt

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  66. Harley Earl says:
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    You’re wrong about Hampson.

    You were wrong on Story’s elbow being spaghetti and you’re wrong about the Rockies’ intentions with Hampson. Sometimes you should see the glass half full rather than always seeing it half empty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wrong in what way?

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Wrong in that you’re always “hedging” your bets so you won’t look bad or be wrong.

        Pick a side. He’s either in or he’s not. Show some backbone Keemosahbee.

        I’m all-in on Hampson. Looks like you’re folding.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There’s a time to be all-in, and not to be

          • Harley Earl says:
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            Haha!

            You were all-in on Story’s elbow being spaghetti four months ago! Wrong!!!

            Eh, maybe you’re right. It is the Rockies.

            • JB says:
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              Change your avatar, you fraud!

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      He’s been telling me to hold on to him for now…. He definitely seems to be hedging on Hampson but he’s not out on him

  67. Licketty Splits says:
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    My latest fantrax 12 team 5X5 team drafting from the 10 spot. Definitely messed up with the 45 second timer & more time then I can ever remember being sniped at least 6 times by the drafter right in front of me. Overall I think the team is pretty decent.

    C Alfaro (injured but easily replaced)
    1B Hoskins
    2B Flether (my last positional player)
    3B Machado
    SS Story
    CL Muncy
    MI Segura
    OF Comforto, Marza, Piscotty, Domingo, Bauers
    Util Peraza
    Bench Mullin, Deshields, Flores (need Flores till Hoskins able to move to 1B) ( Mullins & DeShields …prabably keep just one of the 2 after a month or so)

    SP Bauer, Flaherty, Happ, Bieber, Lucchesi
    RP Vasquez, Hicks, Barnes, Herrera
    Bench Woodruff, Eflin, Peacock, Cahill, Buttrey
    I guess at the end of the draft I was not happy just missing on several guys I wanted but looking at it a few days later…it looks decent.
    I’d love your take on it.
    Have fun in NYC & Good Luck in Tout

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I like the pitching more than the hitting, which isn’t the best place to be… Your hitting is okay, but low on speed and possibly AVG…

  68. 2018 Spring stats?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  69. Miles says:
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    phew! thanks for the disclaimer, I nearly moved Joey Gallo and Elvis way up my draft queue

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  70. LadyScorpio says:
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    GREAT article as always, Grey! Thank you for being upfront about what we SHOULD look at when it comes to drafting players!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  71. omar says:
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    Switching to a new format: 10 team Head to Head Weekly Categories – R,HR,RBI,SB,Avg – W,ERA,WHIP,SV,K/9. Have to start 4 SP, 2 RP, and 3 P, but it’s only a 9 inning weekly minimum. Debating going thin on SP and heavy on RP, basically punting Wins, since IMO it’s the most arbitrary projectable stat in a weekly window. Targeting Bauer to anchor the staff (seems to be undervalued, looking at grabbing him in the 4th) and Glasnow (high K potential), and will fill out the other 2 SP spots with relievers – looking at Diego Castillo and Ryne Stanek, maybe Romo – to get a jump on the ratio cats. Will fill out the staff with as many high K closers as I can. My thinking is that this strategy will allow me to load up on bats early on while others are taking SPs. If I lose in Wins every week, so be it. I just feel like with this strategy I have the most control over the outcomes of all other categories, or at least the overwhelming majority of them. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds okay, thin on SPs and high on K/9 guys works for me… I’d guess Romo is barely owned in your league, fwiw

      • Omar says:
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        Yeah. Just seems like there aren’t a whole bunch of SP/RP this year, especially ones with high K upside. Will probably grab Strahm as well – kinda hoping the Pads keep him in the pen; that works better with this strategy. I venture to guess I’m the only one in fantasy hoping for that outcome though!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, might be!

  72. OaktownSteve says:
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    Slower than Lee Arthur Smith walking in from the pen. Slow like Bruce Bochy going 1st to 3rd. Slow like a Mike Hargrove at bat. Really very slow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lots of time to rethink picks, huh?

      • OaltownSteve says:
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        No, my opinion of your picks has remained pretty consistent

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        No, my opinion of your picks has remained pretty consistent

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, don’t like the team?

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            I like your team. One or two picks I didn’t love but nothing to strange. Solid.

            You worried about Buehler?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, pretty much petrified… but I had Darvish as my #1 last year so I shouldn’t panic

  73. Crime Dog says:
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    I’m backtracking on Mondesi a bit Grey, convince me otherwise. I feel like yea he’s a lock for probably 15/35 at least….but his profile is so similar to Yoan and Buxton and the more I’m looking at that the more it scares me. The main difference I see between Mondesi and the other two mentioned is Mondesi hit the ball harder and struck out a little less than the other two names. It’s a small sample though. We’ve seen an amazing half from buxton before in a small sample. What’s separating Mondesi from Buxton and Yoan in your eyes? You’ve ranked Mondesi 20 and I don’t think you ever ranked Yoan or Buxton that high so there’s gotta be something. Projections love him too, I just can’t shake that his plate discipline is so similar to Buxton and Yoan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take me out of it, projections are saying Mondesi is 20/40/.260 — they’re saying Buxton is 13/25/.240 — those aren’t close

      • Crime Dog says:
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        true true. I guess I should ask the bots haha. It must be hard contact and lower K rate amongst other small things.

  74. Orval says:
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    “Not to bum you out like a socialist would want”
    What does that even mean?

    • Orval says:
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      Yeah, no take, about what I thought. Stick to baseball.

  75. Jesus... Auguilar says:
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    What do you think Trea Turner’s auction value is in 12 team mixed OBP leagues? Are you higher than the razz projection?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I really like Trea this year, looking at him all over

  76. Random Collmenter says:
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    Was offered a trade in the middle of a slow draft. 11 team redraft 5×5 roto with QS.
    My Trea Turner for his Rendon + Robles.

    Here is my squad so far:

    C:
    1b: Bellinger
    2b: Odor
    3b: Justin Turner
    SS: Trea
    OF: Judge
    OF: Conforto
    OF:
    U: C Seager

    SP1: Bauer
    SP2: Carrasco
    SP3: Taillon
    SP4: Mikolas
    RP: Knebel
    RP: Hader
    P: Darvish

    Am I crazy for considering this offer? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea side

  77. erad says:
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    Fax me some bagels and lox upstate yo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Done and done

  78. JB says:
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    Are you staying in the city proper, or that godforsaken place that somehow deals with 99% of the northeast’s toxic waste?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nah, I’m staying in the city

  79. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: what up?? weekly roto, which pair do you like better? Yelich/Mondesi or Turner/Springer?

    Gracias!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yo, how’s things? Pretty even, I’d take Yelich/Mondesi

      • Herschel says:
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        Just coming out of hibernation. Good to be back….another amazing feat on all of the pre-season content. Well done to you, Rudy and the team….

  80. KillerB says:
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    @grey – in an auction keeper league and can trade matt Chapman ($1) and glasnow ($1) for Goldy ($56). It’s obviously great to turn those two guys into an all star, but it also means I have two more spots to fill with $54 fewer dollars. Still have enough to go after a top tier OF and SP but not much else.

    Instead I could keep both $1 guys, keep Abreu ($36) and Springer ($44) and effectively have as much money to spend (ie, costs a little more, but fills 4 spots rather than net -1). What do you think? Grab the elite 1B or spread it around?

    PS. Only other 1Bs in the auction are Carpenter and Votto. And both will go for around $30-35 I think.

  81. waffles says:
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    hi grey

    i drafted the following team in a 10 team 5×5 h2h with a couple wacky drafters

    C
    1B Rizzo (46)
    2B Muncy (126)
    3B E Suarez (55)
    SS Trea Turner (15)
    CI Senzel (166)
    MI DeJong (195)
    OF Acuna (6)
    OF J Soto (26)
    OF Dahl (86)
    OF Robles (106)
    OF Mazara (125)
    Util Braun (186)

    P G Cole (35)
    P Corbin (66)
    P Flaherty (75)
    P Wheeler (95)
    P Yates (115)
    P Darvish (146)
    P R Iglesias (155)
    P Glasnow (175)
    P M Barnes (206)

    BE M Givens (215)
    BE R Laureano (226)
    BE Strop (235)
    BE Paddack (246)
    BE Sano (255)
    BE Luzardo (266)

    any categories I’m weak in (10 teamer standards?) Any general advice for 10 teamers? As you can see I don’t have a catcher yet. i was thinking of waiting until Sano is DL eligible to pick up Danny jansen but there’s so many other intriguing players I might rather roster someone like forest whitley or whoever over a catcher. should a catcher definitely be owned in a 10 team?

    thanks for reading the drunk history of my team and keep up the good work!

  82. Big Red says:
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    It’s fazed not phased. See, I read carefully.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, oops… Me dumb

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