I briefly considered doing a closers to target post, but that’s Smokey’s domain and I didn’t want any trademark infringements happening.  I do like the price of (insert closer name going after 200th overall) because of SAGNOF!  Today concludes the fantasy baseball sleepers‘ portion of our program.  *nudges homeless woman sleeping on my couch that I tried to get Cougs to agree to a threesome with*  No more sleepers, Francine.  Meh, I’ll let her rest.  Like the outfielders to target and the middle infielders to target (shortstops and 2nd basemen), this post is necessary.  You need to target the right names at the end of the draft for starters.  Last year’s starters to target post included Danny Salazar and Shelby Miller.  The year before included Corey Kluber and Sonny Gray.  This year…the world!  Well, not the world, just some starters.  As with other target posts, these guys are being drafted after the top 200 overall.  Anyway, here’s some starters to target for 2016 fantasy baseball:

Drew Smyly (Yahoo 201)  The Emoticon feels to me like he could easily have a 2015 Shelby Miller-type season in him, i.e., terrible team, walks away with a surprising year.  Let’s just look at his career numbers thus far:  395 IP pitched, 8.8 K/9 and a 3.24 ERA.  That’s better than, dare I say, my boy, Sonny Gray.  Oh, and Smyly is only 26 years old.  He is the epitome of “You could likely draft all starters after the 200th pick and be fine.”

Patrick Corbin (ESPN 212)  Okay, some of these late starters are simply this scene being played out in real life:  “Clara Bell, have we ranked Corbin yet?”  “Mai-Ling, easy on the cuticles!”  “Are you getting a manicure during our rankings summit?”  “With the 220th pick, I take Mike Trout!”  “We’re ranking, not drafting, and Trout’s gone already!”  And that’s how Corbin was forgotten until that late in the ESPN rankings.  Corbin feels to me like a guy that will be ranked at the tail end of the top 100 next year as a top 25 starter.  He’s now two years removed from Tommy John surgery, is only 26 years old, and his last full year was a 3.41 ERA with a 7.7 K/9.  You know who that feels slightly better than?  Sonny Gray.  I swear that will be the last time I mention him.

Lance McCullers (ESPN 213)  DL him and pick up someone else, then when McCullers-Cullers-Cullers — sorry, my Ice T CD started skipping — you activate him and see what happens.

Nathan Eovaldi (Yahoo 283, ESPN 403)  I’ll admit to being slightly less under the spell of Eovaldi’s velocity this year.  Throwing 96.7 (!!!) MPH on average is amazing for a starter, but having a career 4.06 xFIP in 614 1/3 innings only gets the goose pimplies so jacked.  Would I draft Eovaldi?  Oh yeah, and way before 400th overall, but, as with most late starters, I wouldn’t hesitate on dropping him early on in the season either.

Aaron Nola (Yahoo 300, ESPN 249) Not only is Nola safe (Aaron, obviously; NOLA isn’t safe unless you have beads, a Hurricane from Pat O’Brien’s and it’s before 11 PM) because he has great control.  (See, right there, Nola and control don’t belong in the same sentence unless we’re talking about Aaron.  There’s no control in NOLA.  It is godless!  Damn, I love NOLA.)  Since Nola won’t walk anyone, the worst that happens is he have decent ratios and a terrible win-loss record.  Actually, that might be the best that could happen too.    Also, I already gave you my Aaron Nola sleeper.

Kevin Gausman (Yahoo 323, ESPN 251)  At some point this year, Gausman will get inexplicably yanked from the rotation leaving us scratching our heads, which will have us saying, “Damn, I have more dandruff than C.J. Wilson.”  Which reminds me, I need to write “Fantasy Baseball” on my Pert shampoo bottle.

Jose Berrios (Yahoo 328, ESPN unranked) When I went over my Jose Berrios fantasy this offseason, I might’ve overestimated the Twins’ frugality.  It’s FRU-JOUL-LAY, it’s Italian!  They are some cheap bastards.  I can’t believe they’re actually considering going into the season with Nolasco at the back of their rotation rather than promoting Berrios, who has already cruised through Triple-A.  Maybe they could send Berrios to Japan for a few years and bring him back when he’s 27 and in need of Tommy John surgery.  Like how teams adopt pop songs as their anthems, the Twins should go with this song.  “Promotin’ pitchers in the summer when the sale on them, the eff you other teams bragging about?  You overpaying for it!”

Tyler Duffey (Yahoo unranked, ESPN unranked)  And Grey unranked.  The Duffman — Oh, yeah — might actually be the real reason Berrios isn’t in the rotation, but don’t tell Preceding Blurb Grey; it’ll only upset him more.  Preceding Blurb Grey, “Someone say something?”  Nothing here, man, carry on.  Duffey looked great in a short stint last year — 8.2 K/9, 3.10 ERA.  Though, he’s not that good.  Yay, short-lived excitement!  His player evals are all over the map like a drunk cartographer.  Some think he’ll be the best Twins pitcher, which is saying nothing, some think he’ll be bumped from the rotation quickly, which is saying he’s nothing, i.e. Tyler got stuffey or TTYL Duffey.

Brandon Finnegan (Yahoo 347, ESPN unranked)  I don’t have Finnegan (or Duffey) in one of my favorable tiers that I have in how to draft a fantasy rotation.  But even as I said there, that doesn’t account for deeper starters in deeper leagues.  That’s where Finnegan comes in.  On a sidenote, I expect Coghlan to come into Finnegan’s, because they both sound like drunk Irishmen, and, yes, drunk is redundant in that sentence.  Reason I wanted to take a second to make extra notice of Finnegan is if he takes a step forward in control, his value could go soaring.  Unfortch, his control is a bit of a mess.

Joe Ross (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 230)  Maybe I’m remembering this wrong (I’m not), but Ross was highly sought after last year when he didn’t have a starting job and then he performed well — 8.1 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 and a 3.64 ERA.  So, this year, naturally, no one cares about him.  Huh?  Y’all people confuse me.  And, yes, I said you people!

Andrew Heaney (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 232)  Andrew “The Brain” Heaney will need all his smarts if he’s going to take the step to the next level but the pedigree is there like a schnauzer.

Rich Hill (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 305)  Where I have him ranked (270s) and for where he’s being drafted (around there), I’d take the gamble, but I’d be lying if I had huge hopes for Rich Hill.  Sometimes I can’t see anything but the negative in guys.  Damn, I’m such a feminist.

James Paxton (Yahoo unranked, ESPN unranked)  This is something that seems to happen often with Big Box sites.  I can think of Dee Gordon at Yahoo as an example from a few years ago.  When Gordon was a rookie, he was ranked in the top 75 overall.  He naturally disappointed, but then when he had a chance to play again, Yahoo didn’t even rank him.  Like he somehow went from potentially great to no potential.  One such example from this year:  Paxton.  I get that he disappointed last year, Karns could steal his rotation spot and the shine is off of him, but he still does have great stuff.  On a related note, I like Nathan Karns too.  Though I never know if I should call him Nate, which is kinda annoying.

Vincent Velasquez (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 265)  You’re gonna love Velasquez for huge chunks of 2016.  His stuff is too filthy not to love.  He is young and wild and free ft. Bruno Mars, so likely this year is going to play out like this:  You, “Velasquez just struck out 13 Braves!  I’m grabbing him in all leagues, don’t care that he walks the house.”  You after his next start, “Tell me he didn’t just give up 5 ER in 3 IP to the same Braves he just shut down.  Tell me this!  Please!”

 
  1. John says:
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    Grey I followed a lot your rankings and drafted this team in a 12-team 5×5 in Yahoo. I think I have a shot for the title. What do you think?

    Number of pick – Player
    10 – Rizzo
    15 – Marte
    34 – J.D Martinez
    39 – Syndergaard
    58 – Carrasco
    63 – Corey Seager
    82 – Polanco
    87 – Ken Giles
    106 – Robertson
    111 – Franco
    130 – DeShields
    135 – K-Rod
    154 – Lawrie
    159 – Ventura
    178 – Starlin Castro
    183 – Khris Davis

    • John says:
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      @John:
      202 – Severino
      207 – Smyly
      226 – Schoop
      231 – Comes
      250 – Park (1B twins)
      255 – Derek Norris
      274 – Siegrist

      • John says:
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        @John:
        231 was Yan Gomes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: I think the team looks solid, bit heavier on speed than power, but not bad… I mean, you got Franco at 111, that’s insane… Pitching looks fine too, nice team!

  2. Rick says:
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    I can’t believe you have a Cochlan and Finnegan reference in here without a Cocktail reference (yes I know it was flanegan, but close enough)… I think I would rather have cocktails & dreams than some of these Pitchers. I know I would rather have 1988 Elizabeth Shue.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rick: Elizabeth Shue — rawr!

  3. Jah says:
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    I pick first off the two vacated teams in my new 10-team Keep-5-forever (if you want) H2H points league.
    Bumgarner, Todd Frazier, Joey Votto appear to be both rosters’ best options . Who would you pick as your first player?

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jah: Frazier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jah: Agree with F

      • Jah says:
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        @Grey:
        Got all three bc people are dumb. Thanks for the help!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  4. Nitro says:
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    In a keeper 10 team HTH League, who would you stash in the NA slot, Berrios or Giolito?

    Thanks!!

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Nitro: Id take Berrios for this season and Giolito long term

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nitro: Agree with F

  5. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Nice! Always happy to see some dudes that I’ve drafted end up on a sleeper post. Had a 16-team, points league draft last night, and my 12-team auction tonight. Living in EST makes tonight probable brown out territory.

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Nada mucho – been getting slammed with dissertation stuff. Off to Seattle on Tuesday for the American Environmental History conference, pretty stoked about that. You?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You have to go to il Corvo for lunch in Seattle, it’s a must, trust me…

  6. David says:
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    14 team, 5×5 roto, 2000 innings cap. I subscribe to your thinking about selecting hitters over pitchers, but does the strategy change at all with this amount of innings? Would you select pitchers a little earlier and possibly a little more often? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David: You need more SPs, not necessarily earlier

  7. John Hz says:
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    Hey past few years in apart of the Fantasy War Room there was an excel sheet with all the positions and tiers, is it somewhere else this year or not doing it?

  8. Rich says:
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    Posted this verbatim in the outfielders to target post last night, but I’m not sure if you check comments on older posts, so *copy* *paste*

    Grey, you’ve become my iPhone calculator of fantasy advice. I could just think and do simple math like I used to, but why not just ask the calculator to do the hard work for me?

    In a 16 team 6×6 (holds and OPS are the additional stats) league. We can only add 1 player per week. Because of the format every closer and top 2-3 set up guys on each team are taken. It’s like the mad max world with saves instead of gas. We have 3 OF positions and I currently have Juris Doctor Martinez esquire, the good Upton, Gregory “Not Placido” Polanco, and Hunter “Fuller House” Pence. My only closer is Kimbrel and I was just offered Wade Davis, Michael Pineda, and Matt Duffy for Steven Souza, Justin Upton, and Aaron Nola. I’m leaning towards accepting, but wanted your thoughts.

  9. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Time for another really waaaay too long stupid shallow league question!

    10 team h2h with budget for moves

    I already know I pick 7th and I’ve been trying to map out my ideal draft. Pretty set on taking Rizzo 7th and Betts 14th. With the 27th and 34th picks , I am planning on taking two of Marte/Springer/Martinez/Upton/Blackmon/Davis. Rather than focus on position scarcity, I’m aiming for best value and it looks like it’s outfielders pretty early on. With my 47th and 54th picks I’m going to take two pitchers, likely two of Cole/Strasburg/Carrasco/Thor/Archer/Kuechel and for the 67th pick, I plan on reaching a little bit for Odor (87 ADP).

    Here’s the tricky part, for my 74th pick, I was originally planning on targeting Salazar (83 ADP), but feel that I may need to reach for Franco (ADP 126) earlier than expected. My next pick would be 87th and that might be pushing it. It seems like the word has gotten out as he has become an extremely popular reach target. So would you recommend reaching that early on Franco and possibly/likely missing out on Salazar? If I take this route, I’ll probably target Lindor (103 ADP) with my 87th pick and take the best pitcher available with my 94th pick (Something along the lines of Ross/Liriano/Wacha/Pineda) and focus on starters for a few rounds.

    Something like this:

    1. Rizzo 1B
    2. Betts OF
    3. Marte OF
    4. Martinez OF
    5. Thor SP
    6. Carrasco SP
    7. Odor 2B
    8. Franco 3B
    9. Lindor SS
    10. Ross SP

    • Cram It says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: If only all of our 1st 10 rounds went exactly how we planned them ahead of time…

    • knucks says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: Reach for Franco there at 74 if you want him. I’m gonna take him at #60/61 in my 12 teamer over the weekend. Salazar could be there later. And if not, itll be a lot easier to find a SP you want in a ten teamer than it would be to find another 3B you’ll like as much as Franco.

      • Jvanslyke says:
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        @knucks:

        Way early but i just took Franco at 43 and had the guy at 45 tell me that he would have had i not. Justified it with Polanco at 53 but his hot spring has him on allot of radars

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    Haven’t had a chance to run this team through some point shares, was just wondering your thoughts. 11 teams, traditional 5×5…

    C: Castillio
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Dozier
    3B: Bryant
    SS: Seager
    OF: J. Marinez
    OF: Polanco
    OF: Belt
    Util: Pederson
    BN: Yelich
    BN: Semien
    BN: Adams
    BN: Castellanos
    BN: Buxton
    BN: T. Turner

    SP: Harvey
    SP: Strasburg
    SP: Matz
    SP: Iglesias
    RP: K-Rod
    RP: Britton
    BN: Corbin
    BN: Hendricks
    BN: Velasquez

    Feeling like I might be a touch light in SB, and could maybe use an extra SP or two.

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @apiatt34: Way too many bench bats..get more starters and/or closers if possible, and yeah you are light on speed.

  11. Johnny Cage says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Fantastic stuff as always. Two questions:

    1)Is there going to be a pitchers to avoid post? Rudy was spot on last year

    2) 8 team (I know, I know), NL only, standard 5×5 roto league with $280 budget. Can keep 7 of the below and wanted to get your thoughts:

    Goldschmidt – $45
    Rizoo – $41
    Piscotty – $5
    Grichuk -$3
    Arenado – $28
    Lemahieu – $1
    Hundley – $2
    Cervelli – $5
    deGrom – $15
    Corbin – $1
    Lackey – $6

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Johnny Cage: 1) That’s a question for Rudy 2) Not Lackey

      • Johnny Cage says:
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        @Grey: it’s 2 catcher

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then, yeah, Lackey… Or Cervelli…Tomato tomahto

          • Johnny Cage says:
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            @Grey: can only keep 7, not 10

      • Johnny Cage says:
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        @Grey: thanks, much appreciated

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      @Johnny Cage: Rudy said he wasn’t doing a pitchers to avoid post this season. He did mention Archer is a tommy john risk and also doesn’t like Tyson Ross (all the walks). Hope that helps!

      • Johnny Cage says:
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        @swaggerjackers: thanks for the info, must have missed that

  12. C says:
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    I’m in a 12 team league that has the following positions:

    C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, RF, CF, LF, Util, Util, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, P, P, and 4 bench slots. There are 30 moves for the season.

    It’s a 6×6 roto league with the following categories: Runs (R), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Total Bases (TB), On-base Percentage (OBP), Net Stolen Bases (NSB), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Quality Starts (QS), Net Saves (NSV).

    Given the holds and saves, how would you fill the RP and P slots (e.g., with three closers and two middle relievers or two closers and three middle relievers)? And when would you look to take your first middle reliever?

    • Grey

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      @C: Around 110-120 overall for first closer… Some combo of 5 RPs, 3 closers and 2 MRs or 2 closers and 3 MRs, doesn’t matter, saves and holds are worth the same

  13. Jason Marsupial says:
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    Hey Grey. Love the stuff. For some reason, reading nice things about Joe Ross always makes me particularly happy. I wonder if Tyson enjoys it, too.

    Anyway, I’m in a 3rd year 15-team Yahoo roto keeper league. 1 Util slot, differentiated outfielders, 5 NAs. As many keepers as we want, so long as we don’t exceed our $300 auction budgets each year.

    I won the league last year by 1.5 points, but I made a lot of short-term moves to do it–for instance, I shipped out Carlos Carrasco to take advantage of the end of Miguel Sano’s random Yahoo SS eligibility (I’d been going/dying with Russell and Reyes before that). I came in second our previous year, also by a very slim margin.

    We’re allowed to keep players for two years at their original auction/signing prices, and then we have to either re-sign for a long-term contract (+$5 for each year of the deal), or cut after the third year. The service time clock on prospects doesn’t start until they exceed rookie status.

    I had a slightly terrible draft. I am not going to be able to afford to retain a lot of the guys below.

    My roster right now looks like this (player/value/year off books):

    (Hitting stats are R–HR–RBI–SB–AVG–OPS)

    C Posey/$28/2017
    C Schwarber/$5/Extend this year (ETY)

    (I know your opinion about catchers, but Posey seemed like a good value when I first got him)

    1B Rizzo/$24/2019
    1B Abreu/$21/2018

    2B Rendon/$11/2017
    2B Russell/$2/ETY
    (Cano was my linchpin here, but I let him walk this year)

    3B Franco/$1/ETY
    3B Sano/$15/ETY
    3B Rendon…

    SS Desmond/$17/just drafted
    SS Russell…

    LF Conforto/$1/ETY
    LF Schwarber…
    LF Desmond…

    CF Pollock/$39/just drafted
    CF Buxton/$1/still rookie

    RF Polanco/$13/2017
    RF Sano…

    NAs

    SS Swanson/$8 (just signed)
    SS Bregman/$8 (just signed, bad overpay)
    CF Zimmer/$1 (accidentally drafted as last pick–still upset)
    CF Margot/$1 (just signed)

    (Pitching stats are W–SV–ERA–WHIP–K/9–QS) max 1250 IP

    SP Scherzer/$28/2016
    SP Cole/$23/2017
    SP Pineda/$6/2017
    SP Walker/$1/ETY
    SP Severino/$1/ETY

    RP C. Allen/$20/ETY
    RP Robertson/$15/2016
    RP Doolittle/$1/2016
    RP Chapman/$16/just drafted
    RP Betances/$1/2016

    NAs

    SP Berrios/$1
    SP Reyes/$1 (just signed, eating active roster spot because of suspension)

    I am insecure about my middle infielding and pitching, short-term and long-term. The owners of Sale and Altuve seem somewhat responsive. Nobody seems to want to move me a SS:

    #1
    I get:
    Sale/$30/2016

    I give:
    Severino/$1/ETY
    Berrios/$1 (I’m trying to swap Reyes in here)
    something else… (maybe Zimmer or Margot)

    (This deal is almost done, if I want it. The other manager is not in contention and is looking to rebuild. He proposed Severino/Berrios for Sale himself at one point, and then withdrew it.)

    #2
    I get:
    Altuve/$16/2017

    I give:
    Rendon/$11/2017
    Severino/$1/ETY
    probably something else of decent value

    (This will be harder to pull off. I think this manager will finish fourth, but he thinks he has a chance. He rejected Rendon/Berrios/Zimmer for Altuve a few days ago, but he at least thought about it. He seems to prefer major leaguers to prospects.)

    I’m a moron with pitching. I have the knack for finding it, but an inability to keep it. I’ve signed and cut Kluber, Keuchel, Smyly, Iglesias, Stroman, Corbin, and Ross over the last two years. I’ve also traded away Carrasco, Tanaka, Iwakuma, and Odorizzi.

    I also have made three inexplicable trades involving Gregory Polanco just in this league. I gave up Pence and Gallo for almost no reason at all for him before the draft. The guy has a hold on me.

    • Jason Marsupial says:
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      I meant to ask about the trades at the end–how you typically weigh long-term v. short-term value, etc.

      Sorry, I basically wrote my whole life story, and then I forgot to mention the point.

  14. Wilson says:
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    i m going to draft tomorrow in a 6- keeper league with 10-team, roto , 5×5 (obp). And this year is the first year.

    Here is my strategy,
    I think OF is deep but 1B & 3B .. i only want top 5 (dont want Votto Pojuls Davis ..in keeper league)
    1. Draft 1B and 3B in my first two pick (Unless Trout Harper are there)
    2. Draft OF in my 3rd and 4th picks, try to ballance power and speed.
    3. Draft SP in my 5th and 6th picks (targeting J-Fer and Noah)
    4. Draft 3rd OF or 2B (target Odor) or SS (target C Seager) in next thee picks..
    5. Draft 1st closer in my 10th pick

    thoughts appreciated.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Wilson: Good luck getting JFer in the 5th…other than that, good strategory

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks
        The only question is.. If I have chance to draft Correa, also Abrea and Bryant are there ( in keeper league). Who should I draft? (Supposedly 1B / 3B, but pity to give up Correa in keeper league)

        • Grey

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          Correa/Bryant

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey:
            Thanks. Your ranking for them are close. Who comes first in keeper league? Correa or Bryant.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bryant

        • Wilson says:
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          Typo, Correa, “Abreu”, Bryant

  15. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    a. So say sayonara to Daniel San Norris, at least for the start of the season. Ralph is prolly stressing about his 400th pick.

    b. Have a nice Easter weekend. Today we were supposed to emulate Jesus and not eat meat and sort of try to fast. I didn’t succeed, does that make me a bad person?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Yup B. Where does beef jerky stand on real or fake meat? And can I eat it?

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        I’d say you’re okay, man.

        a. It says Uehara has general soreness on his ESPN player page. I also have general soreness when I wake up the day after a long hike of 10+ miles. Is that the same general soreness?

        b. Would you drop 1. Grilli; 2. Seung Oh; 3. Uehara for any of the following starters? My only RP that I have is Andrew Miller.

        Hill
        Paxton
        Karns
        Berrios

        This is 12-team, RCL mixed, 5×5 league. Thanks.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          Yes, Koji went hiking with you… Seung for Karns

  16. Don says:
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    Rank these: Velasquez, Gausman, Matt Moore. Please and thank you.

  17. Dirty Johnson says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Thanks as always for all the fantasy advice. I have a fantasy morality question for you and the Razzballers.
    My friend used my computer to do a simulated mock on fantasypros and didnt sign out of his account, i noticed last night when I went to the page and there was about a dozen saved drafts in the queue. This is the same friend who beat me in the finals last year, so therefore is the12th pick in a 12 team while I am the 11th. We share a lot of info as it is but being able to know when he is targeting players would be very advantageous. However in real life, he is a good friend and I would hate to violate his trust on a fantasy secret. So what do you think?
    # All’s Fair in Fantasy Ink
    or
    # Dishonorable Ink

    • Cram It says:
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      @Dirty Johnson: I think you should stop living in fear of this man and draft your own team instead of a sniped version of his team. That said, I don’t think you’ll go to hell for using this info. All’s fair in love and war.

      • Dirty Johnson says:
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        @Cram It: Not worried so much of getting his guys, more so which of my guys (Grey’s guys) he is targeting. Thanks for the advice.

    • Simply Fred

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      @Dirty Johnson: If roles reversed, would you think to yourself ‘hey, my mistake,’ or…violated?

      • psherm9 says:
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        @simply fred: a move like that would probably upset the fantasy gods. Cats in your head brah!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dirty Johnson: Why do you think he knows better? Just beat him

      • Dirty Johnson says:
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        @Cram It: @Grey: I know for sure he doesnt know better, he doesnt use razzball.

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @Dirty Johnson: Maybe it was a “plant” and he uses this tactic with all your friends to dominate this league. Trust no one.

    • @Dirty Johnson: Bad karma DJ. I’d even suspect that he’s bating you. Which would, as a result, be his bad karma if/when you walk away. Not as bad though as eating beef jerky on Good Friday. One piece of that shizz is about a month’s worth of shrunken meat. Fantasy God’s, karma, call it what you will; but you want it on your side.

  18. Pouss-Pouss says:
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    I drafted Smyly, Corbin, Gausman, Berrios, and Velasquez all after the 15th round in my draft Wednesday. Thanks for the validation!

    When are they saying Berrios might be up now?

  19. Adam says:
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    10 team, h2h, yahoo, 3keeper 5×5 (OPS v Avg)

    C: YGomes
    1B: JAbreu (k)
    2B: BDozier
    3B: NArenado (k)
    SS: XBoegarts
    OF: MTrout (k)
    OF: GPolanco
    OF: DDeSheilds
    UT: TFrazier
    UT: CDickerson
    BN: MAdams, WMyers

    SP: NSyndergaard, DSalazar, FLiriano, SMatz, TWalker, MPineda, MTanaka

    RP: AChapman, SCasilla, BBoxberger, DHernandez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Team looks stacked, your keepers don’t hurt… I like it!

  20. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    That Smokey guy sounds really cool

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Smokey: He’s oddly named for a bear who hates forest fires though

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @mauledbypandas: I think it’s an ironic name and it was shortened because his maiden name was Shitzenwoods

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Scott: In 3rd grade I was selected to be a part of some presentation for the school about forest fires. No idea why since I grew up in a suburb of Dallas, which is decidedly unforested. Anyhow I am not sure what special qualifications I had to stand next to some dude in a bear outfit and extol the virtues of forest fire prevention, but maybe I have an untapped gift I should explore.

          Also this makes me think of Mitch Hedberg, RIP

    • Warren says:
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      @Smokey: Smoke, you doing a closer update today perchance?

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Warren: yup should be up shortly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Smokey: You’re prolly thinking of the wrong guy

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Grey: most likely, goes back to standing in the corner

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aw, Smokey!

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Smokey: I didn’t know bears were religious, we pandas are agnostic

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Smokey: Who’s closing for Jays? I haven’t heard much about it, but would seem like they would want to avoid having a huge pay spike for Osuna in a year or two if he closes for the year.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Storen

        • Fungazi says:
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          @Grey: Thanks man, enjoy the long weekend.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You too!

  21. JoeG414 says:
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    Good morning and Happy Good Friday.
    How much stock do you take in bad spring stats for pitchers ?
    IE : Lester – 5.14 era , 7ip , 12 h
    Salazer – 7.63 era , 15ip , 17h
    Gray – 5.68 era , 13ip , 15h

    • Cram It says:
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      @JoeG414: Lester has been pitching with a bone chip in his elbow. We like Salazar. We don’t like Sonny Gray anyway.

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @JoeG414: Not much unless its someone who needs to show something to make the team, a lot of times they are just working on pitches.

  22. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    I share your love for a lot of these guys. Two questions:

    1) Thoughts on the injury risk for the Emoticon? I’ve seen some concerns about his shoulder moving forward. I’ve been high on him since he was the Tigers’ long reliever, but I’d also hate to see him pitch a handful of games, re-aggravate the shoulder and end up back on the DL.

    2) For Nola and Velasquez, how much does their value drop if the Phillies go to a 6 man rotation? I play in H2H, so carrying guys who might never get two starts in a week could be rough.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: 1) He can never throw a whole season it seems 2) Meh, they weren’t throwing 200 IP anyway and they’re not your 1st starter

  23. G says:
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    Hey Grey. In my h2H category league we have saves and holds as separate categories. I have Storen and Ziegler and another team has Osuna and Clippard. It looks like Ziegler is def going to start as closer, whereas the Bluejays situation is still a toss up. I was wondering your thoughts on making a trade with this guy where we swap players from opposing teams like Ziegler for Osuna so that we each have controls of one teams setup reliever and closer. Is this pointless? My two other closers are Rondon and Casilla, and I have Watson, Oh, and Strickland for my holds guys. I think I have too much time on my hands but wondering if there is a trade in this situation that would benefit my team. Thanks as always.

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @G: Keep the closer, there will be plenty of holds guys to pick up through out the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Agree with F

  24. seph meier says:
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    Just traded Greinke for Justin Upton to help upgrade my offense keepers. Still have Arrieta, degrom, kluber, stroman…we start 6 sp per week so hoping my #5&6 starters come from this list! Keep up the great work!

  25. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Do you see any value in Adam Conley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BitchesBeShoppach: I just highlighted some names in this post, I didn’t say ignore all the pitchers I like in my rankings too

      • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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        I was just wondering if you had different thoughts on him since writing your top 100 pitchers article. I didn’t mean to offend anyone

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No offense, just saying I didn’t list everyone… My thoughts have not changed on him, he pitched well against a split squad Twins team, doesn’t change who he is

          • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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            Fair enough! Enjoy the long weekend

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You too!

  26. Ritchie Rich says:
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    OBP league which side do you like?
    Altuve and Abreu
    or
    Machado and Freeman

  27. Mello Yello says:
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    When does the Jose Berrios fan club meet again? I wanna make sure it doesn’t conflict with kickball and trolling that group of old conservatives that hold signs down the street from me every weekend

  28. FKA Ralph says:
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    A couple rankings updates, as it looks like you pulled yours from Yahoo when they first opened it up. Some are very minor, others are quite stark. I’m not sure where you draw the line for unranked, but it looks like Berrios is well below it now.

    Smyly is now 197
    Nola 386
    Gausman 290
    Berrios 676
    Duffey 410
    Ross 226 (way up)
    Heaney 264
    Hill 359
    Paxton 273
    Velasquez 585

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FKA Ralph: Ah, yeah, I did this post weeks ago, no idea if they’ve been changing theirs (they should)

  29. Ryan Murphy says:
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    Mr. Albright 5×5 12 team league
    c- D’arnaud
    1b- Jose abreu
    2b – school
    ss- corea
    3b – matt carpetner
    IF- Kendry Moralz
    of – JD Martiniz, Revere, hayward,

    sp- noah, kluber, servino, maeda, tehran, tajun walker
    rp – kimbel, giles

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan Murphy: You’re low on speed, Revere can only do so much, and you’re higher on top end pitching and I don’t like some of your low end pitchers

  30. Tom S says:
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    Need own more in an RCL
    Brave Frontier draft is scheduled for March 25 at 12:15 PM ET, but your league is not yet full.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Put the link and password here

  31. Tom S says:
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    One more

  32. Schwab says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Great post. Had my draft last night. 8 team H2H point based dynasty league where each team will keep 15 players. Wondering what you think. Any spots you think I should look to upgrade? Thanks.
    Mesoraco, Hosmer, Kinsler, Machado, Correa, Springer, Marte, D. Peralta, Sano, Rendon, Calhoun, DeShields, Justin Turner, Duda, Castro, Moncada, Castillo, Carrasco, Strasburg, T. Ross, Richards, Taijuan Walker, Corbin, Darvish, Bauer and Blake Snell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schwab: No idea what Turner, Duda, etc is…. Is that your utility?

      • Schwab says:
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        Sorry about that. The 1st 8 players are at their respective positions and Sano/Rendon are my utility spots. The rest on my bench spots. As for the SP’s, each team has 7 starts each week. Thanks.

  33. Pope says:
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    Grey! Long time no talk. I’ve been reading all the articles but haven’t had a chance to comment. Can you help me out? My main league has changed the scoring big time this year, and I need to select keepers for the first time as well. (ESPN 12 team)

    Batting
    Singles (1B) 0.5 Doubles (2B) 1
    Triples (3B) 2 Home Runs (HR) 3
    Walks (BB) 0.5 Runs Scored (R) 1
    Runs Batted In (RBI) 1 Stolen Bases (SB) 1
    Strikeouts (K) -1 Hit by Pitch (HBP) 0.5
    Game Winning RBI (GWRBI) 2 Hitting for the Cycle (CYC) 10
    Grand Slam Home Runs (GSHR) 3

    Pitching
    Innings Pitched (IP) 3 Earned Runs (ER) -2
    Wins (W) 3 Losses (L) -1
    Saves (SV) 5 Blown Saves (BS) -3
    Strikeouts (K) 1 Hits Allowed (H) -1
    Walks Issued (BB) -1 Shutouts (SO) 5
    Home Runs Allowed (HR) -1 Pick Offs (PKO) 1
    Holds (HD) 1 Complete Games (CG) 2
    Quality Starts (QS) 1 No Hitters (NH) 10
    Perfect Games (PG) 20

    Shiz is crazy. Anyway, I’m trying to pick my 6 keepers for the year. Who would you keep? $260 Auction budget:

    $1 d’Arnaud – C
    $10 Rizzo – 1B
    $1 Baez – 2B
    $28 Donaldson – 3B
    $1 Russell – SS
    $1 DeShields – 2B/SS (He isn’t eligible here this year)
    $18 Arenado – 1B/3B
    $22 Cespedes – LF
    $45 Jones – CF
    $1 R. Castillo – RF
    $20 Springer – OF
    $8 Buxton – OF
    $1 Sano – Util
    $1 Soler – Bench

    $32 Strasburg – P
    $10 Carrasco – P
    $6 Syndergaard – P
    $1 Nola – P
    $1 Severino – P
    $1 Rodon – P
    $1 Corbin – P
    $2 Tolleson – RP
    $1 Vizcaino – RP
    $1 Happ – Bench
    $1 Axford – Bench

    I included positions so you can see how our rosters lay out, as that isn’t standard either. 3 bench spots, 1 DL spot. Sorry for the long post. Any help you guys can give would be much appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pope: Good to see you! Rizzo, Donaldson, Arenado, DeShields, Springer, Sano

      • Pope says:
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        @Grey: You’re the man, thanks Grey. Looking forward to another season with you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  34. Biggest Papi says:
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    How would you rank the following for AL only 5×5 league

    Wade Miley
    Tyler Duffey
    James Paxton
    Martin Perez
    Mike Pelfrey
    Chris Young
    Kendall Graveman

  35. Warren says:
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    Hey Grey (and any of you brilliant commentators that want to chime in!)

    I know it is orthodoxy to not spend on catchers, but as I tinker with some different auction outcomes of my draft tomorrow I am more intrigued by Posey. I know he’s boring, but given my keepers I can afford him while grabbing guys like Upton and Polanco that are undervalued. I could likely afford a lineup like this:

    10 tm OBP H2H

    C: Posey
    1B: Rizzo (k)
    2B: Zobrist/Rendon/Lawrie
    3B: Donaldson (k)
    SS: Correa (k)
    OF: Harper (k)
    OF: Betts
    OF: Upton
    UT: Polanco

    The alternative is:

    C: Castillo/Hundley
    1B: Rizzo (k)
    2B: Odor
    3B: Donaldson (k)
    SS: Correa (k)
    OF: Harper (k)
    OF: Betts
    OF: Upton
    UT: Marte

    So basically, it’s Posey/Zobrist/Polanco vs. Castillo/Odor/Marte

    What do you guys think? It’s nice to have the OBP from Buster, but maybe I should stick to punting catcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Warren: I think with those keepers, you can’t go wrong with Posey as long as you can get that OF

      • Warren says:
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        @Grey: thanks. that’s how I feel too. especially when starting lineups are so shallow, nice to get something from C (and Schwarber makes me too nervous to invest in)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. nick the dick says:
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    My younger son’s name is Nathan and I call him Oolin, Duke, Menace, Cozell, Tenderoni and Blondo. I think Karns would be fine with Nate.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @nick the dick: Come to Worcester, see RA with me….

  37. Wacha wacha says:
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    Morning Grey

    In ten team h2h 5×5 obp league i was offered Miggy for arenado before season even starts! Based on projections I am supposed to lead the league in hr, R, and rbis but finish 9th in obp… Would you make this trade?

    My hitters are
    C mesoraco
    1 rizzo
    2b Dozier
    SS seager
    3b arenado
    CI Franco
    Mi school
    Of Springer
    Of c Davis
    Of heyward
    Of polanco
    Of deshields
    Util C Santana
    Bn k Davis, D Santana

    Thanks!

  38. MooseOutFront says:
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    General Strategy Question Grey,
    My league is 6×6 with the standard categories plus OPS and LOSSES.

    This devalues speed a bit, but how much? In relation to your rankings should I be rounding down the guys that are up high at least in part due to the scarcity of the SB?

  39. 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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    Where do you stand on Better Call Saul right now? Think it needs to speed up?

    • nick the dick says:
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      @‘Saul Gooood, Man: It is a bit slow, but still good. Mike’s part of the story intersecting with Tuco and Salamanca helps.

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @nick the dick: Mike’s story has been the best part of it for sure.

        And I’m confused on whether or not Kim Wexler is good looking….going on superficial actress standards.

        • nick the dick says:
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          @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Man, it’s really borderline. Right on the cusp. Her voice might hold the key to this, which would lean to no. But really, the question is the flaw. Is she good looking? Maybe. But this only matters when determining if we would bang her. And we are guys so we would bang much worse looking than her. So yes, in a way that does make her good looking….kinda

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @nick the dick: Oh she would definitely get 53 of the most mediocre seconds of her life from me….but that in no way, shape, or form is a deciding factor on her hotness.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Please discuss my Reddit-like comment

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @nick the dick: Sounds like she just came from bartending a double at the local Moose Lodge.

                  • 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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                    @nick the dick: I’m so glad the question led to this conversation about Kim. Every time I see her, the first thought is… “Is she hot yet?” It’s a never ending problem.

            • 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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              @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: 53 seconds may be generous. But she deserves every second of that from all of us.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @‘Saul Gooood, Man: I was going to go onto Reddit and say this, but I’ve never been on Reddit and don’t want to make a username. What do you think of this theory? He’s Saul, on TV and in real life in Breaking Bad, but where is his brother, Kim, the entire law firm that knows him as Jimmy? Do they not watch TV…or did they all win the lawsuit and take a trip together on Wayfarer 515? Everyone except Mike that knows him was in that plane crash. Makes sense right?

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: I just always assumed that at some point Jimmy will cross that line to become Saul and everyone he knew will disown him. His sleezy lawyering ways are a disgrace to their profession.

        But I like your theory much much better, makes perfect sense. That would be such a good twist between the two series.

        • Grey

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          I blew my own mind with this theory…. I don’t think it makes sense….Or at least they’ll need to really struggle to sell everyone is ignoring him with a different name, which seems remote. They’re lawyers who hate him, they would rat him out as practicing under a different name

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: It’s a solid theory, that is really everyone he seems to know that would be on one flight. They win Jimmy’s case and dip out on him and you just nailed the season finale right on the nose. More likely? He inevitably reverts back to slippin Jimmy and they all don’t care and just don’t want to talk to him anymore

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As I wrote to Noisewater, I don’t see people hating him ignoring that he’s doing something illegal on TV… You can’t practice under an alias

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: If that’s the case then maybe you’re onto something. I’m sold, i’ll hop on the we-told-you-so train

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s crazy plausible and the seeds have been planted, right? I want upvotes for this theory!

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: I like it and i’m in at the ground floor

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: I’m a fan of this theory. I’ll tell the 4 people I am friends with to spread the word.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Thanks, Noisewater!

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: I have never watched BCS, but I think I want to give it a try. Having watched a season plus of it, would you give it the thumb of approval or do you just keep watching because you are invested?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally worth watching, one of the best shows on TV

          • 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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            @Grey: Agreed. It’s moving sorta slow, but I’m still way excited each new episode. Mike will always make it worth the time.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Totally

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Grey: thanks, I will check it out!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

      • 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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        @Grey: I’ve tried to hold off on forming theories, but man, I like this one. You shouldn’t consider yourself crazy just yet.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, I blew my own mind with this one

  40. tyler says:
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    Grey! I did my first mock of the season only using dollar values to get my next player. I was curious to see how that would work regardless of position. My offense was solid ((10 team yahoo mock) but pitching seems weak. I am on the waiver enough to find the next guy, but still looks weak. . During the final rounds I grabbed guys I like/J Ross/ Hendricks/Nicasio

    Can u giver me any pointers? By the way, when will Ted be speaking about fantasy this year?
    1.Paul Goldschmidt (Ari – 1B)
    2. Mookie Betts (Bos – OF)
    3. José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
    4. Justin Upton (Det – OF)
    5. Adam Jones (Bal – OF)
    6. Carlos Carrasco (Cle – SP)
    7. Xander Bogaerts (Bos – SS)
    8. Danny Salazar (Cle – SP)
    9. Rougned Odor (Tex – 2B)
    10. Maikel Franco (Phi – 3B)
    11. Anthony Rendón (Was – 2B,3B)
    12. Jeff Samardzija (SF – SP)
    13. Salvador Pérez (KC – C)
    14. Joc Pederson (LAD – OF)
    15. Wei-Yin Chen (Mia – SP)
    16. Billy Hamilton (Cin – OF)
    17. Andrew Miller (NYY – RP)
    18. Delino DeShields (Tex – OF)
    19. Kyle Hendricks (ChC – SP)
    20. Jake McGee (Col – RP)
    21. Joe Ross (Was – SP)
    22. Clay Buchholz (Bos – SP)
    23. Juan Nicasio (Pit – RP)

    • tyler says:
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      @tyler: yo grey? I am getting emails from razzball from every single post you make? Love to see you throwing out info, but my mail is getting full?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tyler: I don’t like Adam Jones, but if you can get Franco that late, then more power to you… I also don’t see you getting Hamiltn that late, but if you can, then great

    • Fungazi says:
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      @tyler: I did a couple of mocks, someone picked Jon Lester in the first round and Devon Travis in the 5th.. they don’t seem very helpful.

      • tyler says:
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        @Fungazi: shit? Hard to test strategy when people leave the room, draft by list, Etc. Wanted to test, by yahoo AdP, only drafting by dollar values.

        • Fungazi says:
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          @tyler: Yeah, that’s what I’m saying that the mocks have false value picks available because people are autopicking like you said. Or just wasting picks maybe to see where the players they really want are going? I don’t know.

          • tyler says:
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            @Fungazi: best Of luck in your drafts, and I like your name. Just moved from DC.

  41. The Flayed Man says:
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    Need to pick six keepers, no keeper cost or limit.

    12 team 5×5 yahoo roto.

    1. Harper
    2. Rizzo
    3. Arenado
    4. Upton
    5.
    6.

    Torn between Price, Heyward, Bogaerts and Carrasco for last two spots.

    Any suggestioins?

      • The Flayed Man says:
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        @Grey: Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  42. The Flayed Man says:
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    I know Price is ranked higher but Carrasco is a lot younger and Bogaerts and Heyward is rank verses need. I am already keeping two OF.

  43. I seemed to have missed Matt Moore on this list. Mistake? Oversight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Headdown: I didn’t list every SP, that’s the rankings, just highlighted some names

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: please face time me so we can talk about every sp in detail. It’s going to be a slow day at work.

        p.s. bring the virtual bamboo!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Done and done

  44. Swfcdan says:
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    Love a lotta these guys like Corbin, Ross, Gasman. Think Yordano and E-Rod should be on there too where they are going, especially E-Rod.

    Dynasty, could Wacha bring me in a Felix type vet SP? Or who else similar if you don’t like Felix. Need to improve my rotation and not sold that Wacha is as good as people say.

  45. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    Yo yo Grey! I forgot to breathe during a few parts of last nights draft, but I think overall it went OK. Not sure about those last two rookie picks but I was tired and couldn’t think anymore. Let me know what you think:

    HolyGhostClaw
    1. (1) Mookie Betts (Bos – OF) – KEEPER
    2. (28) Manny Machado (Bal – 3B,SS) – KEEPER
    3. (29) George Springer (Hou – OF)
    4. (56) Todd Frazier (CWS – 3B)
    5. (57) Brian Dozier (Min – 2B)
    6. (84) Freddie Freeman (Atl – 1B)
    7. (85) Francisco Lindor (Cle – SS)
    8. (112) Brandon Belt (SF – 1B,OF)
    9. (113) Carlos Rodon (CWS – SP)
    10. (140) Delino DeShields (Tex – OF)
    11. (141) Starlin Castro (NYY – 2B,SS)
    12. (168) Luis Severino (NYY – SP)
    13. (169) Drew Smyly (TB – SP)
    14. (196) Arodys Vizcaíno (Atl – RP)
    15. (197) Steve Cishek (Sea – RP)
    16. (224) Mike Fiers (Hou – SP)
    17. (225) Eduardo Rodríguez (Bos – SP)
    18. (252) Liam Hendriks (Oak – RP)
    19. (253) Tyler Lyons (StL – SP,RP)
    20. (280) Tyler Glasnow (Pit – SP)
    21. (281) Blake Snell (TB – SP)
    22. (308) Nick Hundley (Col – C)

    I know I reached in spots, but ahhhhhh!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HolyGhostClaw: I wish you would keep breathing! Your relievers are garbage, but I’m sure you know that… Your hitting and pitching otherwise is nice, solid team, HGC

      • HolyGhostClaw says:
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        @Grey: Yeah the releivers are definitely garbage from a Saves standpoint, but I also drafted them for their K/BB potential, Lyons and Hendriks especially, since that is one of our 6X6 stats.

        Nice write-up today. I may try to swap someone for Velasquez. I think hes still available.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  46. Trex arms says:
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    You answered a question about my team yesterday. You said my pitching was strong but hitting needed some work. With my team, are there any specific positions you would target in a trade ? I Would like to target hosmer. The guy has an excess of 1b. Which pitchers or pos. Players would you be willing to trade for him.?

    C posey
    1b encarcion
    2b odor
    3b Franco
    Ss boegarts
    Of Braun, Bautista, jd
    Unil – heyward, Castro
    Bench – soler, fowler, deshields
    Sp – sale, shields, hammel, matz, Liriano, odorizzi, Felix, e. Rodriguez, t. Walker, Nola
    Rp – Bailey, Rodney, Perkins, Colome

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Trex arms: Shields/Braun for Chris Davis?

      • Trex arms says:
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        Davis owner doesnt like Polanco. any ideas to try and add polanco in on the deal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why Polanco?

          • Trex arms says:
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            I was thinking of something like Braun/heyward for Davis/Polanco. With guys like Fowler and deshields on my team, I can get a lot of SBs and runs.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That sounds fine

  47. KevBo says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Trying to decide on my last keeper in my 10 team H2H 6×6 league, I already have:
    – Arenado (5th rd)
    – Betts (13th rd)
    – Franco (18th rd)
    – Goldschmidt (24th rd)*
    – Altuve (25th rd)*
    *our league format lets us protect 2 guys as last round keepers regardless of draft round

    I’m debating between the following guys
    – Archer (4th rd)
    – Cole (8th rd)
    – Carrasco (11th rd)
    – Salazar (18th rd)

    Your input would be appreciated!
    Thanks!

  48. Charlie says:
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    Grey and any prospect experts,

    6×5 including opb keeper. I was offered her Maikel Franco who was selected in the 8th round for my Buxton in the 21st round.

    If you keep a player you forfeit the draft pick in the round the player was drafted.

    My OF currently is Trout, Stanton, Heyward, Belt, Deshields, Myers, Buxton

    I only have Arenado as my 3rd baseman

    Who is the better player moving forward? I’ve always heard Buxton is the next Trout but Franco kind of came out of nowhere last year. Also Buxton at 21 might be better value than Franco at 8.

    Who is the better own in a keep forever league? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is ‘her Maikel Franco’ a euphemism for something? Kidding I’d take Franco there

      • Charlie says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! Haha nice girl but not easy on the eyes so I’m really hoping not hahaha

        I know you alluded to this in your rankings but you see Franco as Arenado without Coors. If he’s the next Arenado, who is Buxton?

        It’s just so hard to project out who’s going to have the better career.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Buxton is a half year away, I’m afraid…Eventually, 10 HRs, 30 SBs

          • Charlie says:
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            @Grey:

            And what type of numbers hr/sb do you see Franco putting up annually? What kind of avg and obp do you see both putting up along with their hr/sb numbers?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Arenado-ish… 27-32 HRs, .275, 2 steals

              • Charlie says:
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                @Grey:

                Thanks so much!

                Do you worry about long term speed though? My keepers are so hr happy and not much speed.

                Trout, Stanton, Goldy, Arenado, Bogaerts and then if you remove Buxton and add Franco…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I don’t worry about speed, SAGNOF

                  • Charlie says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Thanks!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  49. Jim says:
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    From Minnesota here, I’m Hearing Duffey has all ready been bumped in favor of Nolasco, barf..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously?

      • Jim says:
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        @Grey:

        I heard it on an ESPN podcast yesterday, but haven’t seen anyone else say it. Sounds like something dumb enough Twins would do.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, I don’t trust ESPN podcast

          • Chicken Dinner says:
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            @Grey: Rotowire says he looks to be headed to the minors to start the season.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bleh

  50. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    10 team 5×5 roto

    Drop Dickerson for Myers?

    Drop Farquar or Rodney for Dyson or Hinojosa?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  51. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    This is a 12 team, H2H, 5×5. What do you think about this team? I started drafting pitching verrry late, my first pick SP was Rodon taken in the 10th. I neglected the closers a little bit so i dont know, i have another draft today, what would you change here?

    Thanks

    1. Manny Machado (Bal – 3B,SS)
    2. José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
    3. George Springer (Hou – OF)
    4. Justin Upton (Det – OF)
    5. Lorenzo Cain (KC – OF)
    6. Jason Heyward (ChC – OF)
    7. Rougned Odor (Tex – 2B)
    8. Maikel Franco (Phi – 3B)
    9. Ian Desmond (Tex – SS)
    10. Carlos Rodon (CWS – SP)
    11. Carlos Martínez (StL – SP)
    12. Steven Matz (NYM – SP)
    13. Patrick Corbin (Ari – SP)
    14. Francisco Rodríguez (Det – RP)
    15. Yordano Ventura (KC – SP)
    16. Luis Severino (NYY – SP)
    17. Devin Mesoraco (Cin – C)
    18. Drew Storen (Tor – RP)
    19. Will Smith (Mil – RP)
    20. Roberto Osuna (Tor – RP)
    21. Aaron Nola (Phi – SP)
    22. Nathan Karns (Sea – SP)
    23. Jonathan Schoop (Bal – 2B)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you know how I’d feel about it… Your hitting is solid, you need some pitching help… I like the pitchers, but they’re risky

  52. mr. west says:
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    Grey,
    One of my leagues this year is an AL Only old school 4×4 with no K’s or Runs – I haven’t been in a 4×4 in years so maybe I let my guard down and let pitching wait since K’s were out –
    Here’s the squad –

    C- Navarro, Saltalamaccia
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Castro
    ss – Lindor
    3B – White
    MI – Lawrie
    CL – Sandoval
    OF – Betts, J. Upton, Gomez, DeShields, Kiermaaier
    U – Jennings
    Bench – AJ Reed, M. Gonzalez

    SP – Stroman, McCullers, E. Rod, K. Gibson, Hahn, Miley, J. Kelly
    RP – Giles, C. Allen, Storen, Colome
    Bench – Manaea, Snell

    Not feeling good about the pitching and thinking I’m power shy . . . what’s yer view? Also, Berrios is out there and someone just dropped Tanaka (I have 3rd waiver slot – Berrios is just a straight pickup). Drop Manaea and pick up either? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanaka over Manaea… You are power shy and your pitching is very wonky…Risky with no safe guys

      • mr. west says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for confirming.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  53. ElBoss says:
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    Good morning Grey, do you think we could get an updated closer rankings posted today since its draft weekend for most people. Awesome work this spring good sir!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My rankings are up to date

      • ElBoss says:
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        @Grey: i dont see Andrew Bailey on this list, and its from February 5th, and i thought you believed Jeffress to be the closer not will smith.

        • ElBoss says:
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          @ElBoss: if im looking at the wrong rankings, can i get a link to the right page. I go to rankings, top 30 closers and it brings me to smokeys rankings, but its from february 5th.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Those are Smokey’s rankings, not mine

            • ElBoss says:
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              Holy fuck sticks you have Mookie Betts up to number 5 overall now? Thanks for the link Grey.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I don’t have Betts at #5

                • ElBoss says:
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                  @Grey: I am sorry Grey, I might be incompetent, I clicked on the link and hit 14 under yahoo mixed leagues and it has him ranked at 5 there. Maybe im using it wrong.

  54. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great read. I’m in a 10 team hth 7×7. Given how shallow the league is, I’m considering not drafting pitching until the 8th or 9th round. Prob no catcher until the 19 to 20th. Roster size is 34. 9 starting pitchers and 8 bench pitchers. Catagories are SO, W,L, ERA, WHIP, SV, and HD.

    A few guys in this league draft pitching early and big. They don’t stream. I owe my Championship 2 years ago to Razzball.

    What 10 pitchers would you recommend to focus on to build up a solid squad?

  55. Cram It says:
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    Seeing as people keep assuming that everyone in your rankings is not worth drafting unless they’re in your “Targets” posts, I’ve lost complete faith in the intelligence of the fantasy baseball race. Makes we want to punt a cat. Where’s Gareth?!

    On a lighter note…Call him Nate. Nate Karns! It’s fun to say.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha… I hope Gareth didn’t get smothered by his cat in the middle of the night

    • @Cram It: I’m starting to regret letting you win now…

      • Cram It says:
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        @Wake Up: My title is a sham!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Cram It: but those pecs aren’t!

          • Cram It says:
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            @J-FOH: I’d rather have your beard.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Cram It: then grow one out its a total cougar trap

              • Cram It says:
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                @J-FOH: I don’t have your beard genes. Mine would bush out all gnarly.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Cram It: I’ll let you on a little secret, I used an alternating combination of waxes, balms and oil and blow dry it. Afro Picks are also a handy tool to keep it right

  56. dem ribbies says:
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    Rumor has it that Story is going to be the opening day SS for COL and might get a look at the 2 hole. Red flags in his profile for sure but Coors and a high FB% + pretty good speed have my attn.

    Curious what you think his numbers might look like if given a full season’s worth of PA’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      17/17/.240

      • Tigres says:
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        Yum and thank you. Grey, what tier for Story in top 20 SS, if he does get the job on opening day?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Top 12

    • Cram It says:
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      @dem ribbies: Best news I’ve heard all day!

  57. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    Hey, here’s a different question for you – how does my team look (12 Team H2H with OPS and Holds):

    1B Rizzo
    2B Castro
    SS Correa
    3B Franco
    UTIL Pujols
    OF Marte
    OF Upton
    OF Polanco
    OF DeShields
    SP Syndergaard
    SP Salazar
    SP Matz
    SP Walker
    SP Corbin
    SP Ross
    SP Heaney
    SP Paxton
    SP Gaussman
    SP Norris
    RP Miller
    RP Storen
    RP Casilla
    RP Hoover
    RP Rodney

    No C yet. I think I’m a little light on power and possibly SPs. Many, many thanks for your time Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with your assessment, you are light on power… The SPs look fine though

      • Yankee my Wanky! says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Many thanks Grey. Another question if I may – would you trade Correa and Franco for Arenado and B. Hamilton? I think no, but I thought I would get your take.

        Thanks again. Great stuff as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  58. Love this stuff , love this site!

    What are your thoughts on Jason Hammel? He was a guy I was expecting to see on this list.

  59. John Holden says:
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    Hey Grey, just had our draft. 12 team 5×5 keeper. Please let me know what you think.
    Abreu,odor, boegarts, Longoria, Harper,Heyward,Polanco, wellington Castillo, Kluber, Carrasco, Iglesias, G. Richard’s, mcCullers, Nola, Giles, melancon, Castellonos, fielder, deshields, story, parra.
    I followed your advice throughout my draft. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea what the team looks like, look a little heavy on pitching maybe

  60. Jim says:
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    Whats up Grey, finished my 1st NFBC draft the other day, 12 tm. Thoughts? 5×5 do I seem to be lacking any categories

    Vogt
    Norris

    Rizzo
    Odor
    Boegarts
    Frazier

    G Stanton
    A Eaton
    R Grichuk
    Deshields yo boy
    B Garner

    P Alvarez
    B Lawrie
    V Martinez
    E Rosario
    H Olivera my sleeper

    J Fernandez
    F Liriano
    J Verlander
    L Severino
    J Hammel
    M Fiers
    A Cashner
    E Rodriguez
    J Berrios
    J Eickoff
    R Ray

    W Davis
    J Familia
    A Colome

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your team is stacked, I like the hitting and pitching… Solid overall, nicely done!

  61. Keyser Soze says:
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    Yo Grey!

    Got my keeper draft coming up this weekend. 6×6 with OPS, K/BB, and QS instead of Wins. I can keep up to 5 based on draft round and some funky rules I won’t get into. Her are my options:

    (1) Harper
    (3) Arenado
    (5) Arrieta
    (7) Abreu
    (9) Syndergaard
    (10) Carrasco
    (20) Pollock

    I think Harper, Arenado, and Abreu are must-keeps. Who do you like for the other two spots?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      (1) Harper
      (3) Arenado
      (5) Arrieta
      (7) Abreu
      Pollock

  62. John Holden says:
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    Hey Grey, just had our draft. 12 team 5×5 keeper. Please let me know what you think.

    Wellington Castillo
    Abreu
    Odor
    Boegarts
    Longoria
    Harper
    Heyward
    Polanco

    Kluber
    Carasco
    G. Richard’s
    Iglesias
    Nola
    McCullers
    Chen
    Giles
    Melancon

    Castellonos
    Fielder
    Deshields
    Parra
    Story

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re light on power, and heavy on pitching

  63. 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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    On a side note from BCS.. of secondary importance, had my hometown 10-team H2H draft this past weekend. 7×7 category (TB, OPS, QS, L’s).

    Players were falling and I ended up with Harvery, Thor, Carrasco along with 4 of the first 5 listed here. I always focus on hitting early, but they just kept falling to me at the right times. Also ended up with Jansen, Familia and Britton. I’ve never taken closers like that.

    Edwin, Todd, Stanton, Springer, Hosmer, Polanco, DeShields. Upside fliers on MI and C.

    A little unorthodox, but feeling good about it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a stacked team

  64. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Can we try and not release these the day before my drafts? I mean dang Grey, I have my h2h points draft tomorrow and you just spilled the beans on half my late round arms. If you don’t quit it you’re going to be on the receiving end of a strongly worded email! Seriously there will be so many onomatopoeias.

    Of course RA the Rugged Man is performing across the street from my work and all my lame friends backed out. I need new friends.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: why do you need friends to go see a concert, best times of my life have been going somewhere solo *howls at the moon*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s the kind of concert I’d have no problem going by myself

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Ralph: Hey wife I’m going to a concert by myself
        Wife: What’s her name?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @J-FOH: If only I had a platooney tune to stand in my place.

            Razzball glossary real life application edition.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: Where’s Nick the Dick when I need him?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’s totally meet you there, you should ask him!

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: Well….where is he?

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: Palladium Worcester, Ma 9 pm

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He was commenting above… Get together with him and take photos!

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: I’ll bring my selfie stick

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And wear your turtleneck

  65. Braun says:
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    Are you concerned about Braun’s latest ‘sore back’ injury? Thinking about whether to work out a deal in which he’s a piece I’d be getting, was hoping for your thoughts on the risk he spends a considerable amount of time DL’d. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, I wouldn’t draft him w/out a sizable discount

      • Braun says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, I’d be getting Frazier too and sending McCutchen at a minimum, not sure that’s sizable enough.

  66. Rusty Trumbo says:
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    Grey,
    Are the OPS posts coming back? Just had my yahoo 12 team 7×7 keeper auction, extra cats; 3b, OPS, CG, and losses (bizarre I know, but it’s a good time and really competitive). This is my first post but have been reading for a couple years. You won me a crown last year, hoping for a repeat. Thanks, you guys do great work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I think we have an OPS guy, but not sure

  67. SteveNZ says:
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    Hey now! (seems appropriate)

    You’ve got Miggy at 17, and he’s at 6 in Rudy’s 12-team Yahoo OBP rankings. Where do you take him in an OBP (and AVG) league? Is he a first-rounder there?

    Perhaps ahead of Correa and Atuve where you have them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was just listening to Shandling on Marc Maron… Still sad… Around 10-12

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Who do you put with him there? Bryant? Bautista? How about Marte, or is he a bit speed heavy for H2H? (

        (Am looking at Yahoo’s rankings – i.e. where guys could be taken – as much as yours in asking this)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Forget Marte… Bryant… Bautista could be there but a bit injury risky and old

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: OK. JD, Upton or Springer would be OK there too, right? It’s basically whatever power 3B or OF is there, no?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, all of those guys work fine

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: This draft is in a few hours. Finally getting interested! Maybe they could just let me have Stanton + Votto and be done with it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That would be awesome! Is this the one with Hippo and AL?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Nah, this is the effin’ H2H.

                    I already have Stanton + Votto (keepers) in the Hippo/AL league :-)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah gotcha

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Basically my plan in this league (I’m going relievers-only) is to spend the first nine rounds filling my hitting roster and then hoover up closers and MRs (it’s a Holds league).

                What do you think about grabbing a top closer in, say, the 7th if one is there?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Makes sense

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: We are 14 teams – if you’re maybe discounting Altuve, Correa, Marte and Betts a bit in an OBP league, do you think Votto sneaks into the end of the 1st/early second?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That would be nice for you, not sure how others will consider him

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Yahoo has him in the mid-20s so there’s a good chance she’s there. You’d sign off on taking him 13-16-ish?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Totally

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Cool. Forgot to mention I will be doing the AL/Hippo auction at the same time!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Lucky you have two hands!

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: I just listened to the one with Mitch Hedberg’s widow the other day, also sad. Love Maron though

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I don’t but that one was good

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Grey: I’m more a fan of the podcast than the guy. I guess I should say I love WTF

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, not a huge fan of the podcast, it’s okay

  68. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey

    My draft is tomorrow I have the number 2 & 7 picks I’m thinking Maeda Leake and Marco Estrada which two should I take with those picks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leake, Maeda

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        @Grey: who first

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That order

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        @Grey: if one of them is gone then go for Estrada?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Grey

            My friend said he would take Maeda at 6 if available which means I would lose him at 7. Should I take Maeda at 2 and then Leake at 7

  69. The Flayed Man says:
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    Two trades:

    1. His Stanton/Polanco for my Arenado/Syndergaard

    2. His Betts for my Cespedes/Matz

    Thank you.

    10 Team 20 keeper 6×6(OPS & Holds) Keep 20 each year

    C. Salvador Pérez
    1B. Paul Goldschmidt
    2B. José Altuve
    3B. Nolan Arenado
    SS. Francisco Lindor
    CI. Josh Donaldson
    MI. J. Schoop
    OF. Starling Marte, Cespedes, Christian Yelich, E. Gattis, M. Ozuna
    UT. Anthony Rizzo, Maikel Franco
    NA. A. Judge, Y Moncada
    SP. Chris Sale, Stephen Strasburg, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Salazar, Carlos Martínez, Luis Severino S. Matz, A. Heaney
    RP. Shawn Tolleson, Andrew Miller, J. Soria, J. Smith, T. Clippard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado side…betts side

      • The Flayed Man says:
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        @Grey: Damn. I accepted both. Really wanted Polanco and with Donaldson and Franco both on my teamas well as Sale and Strasburg thought I could lose Arenado and Syndergaard. Double damn.

        Should’ve waited for your reply.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s not bad, basically even

  70. The Great Knoche says:
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    Would like to give a shout out and thank you to VinWIns. In one of my RCLs last night I did not adjust the roster limits. Vin created a whole new RCL and transferred the entire draft into it so league wasn’t at a disadvantage.

    If anyone was in the Big Knocks RCL draft last night please go to the league page and send Vin your email so he can invite you to the league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can’t email the old league?

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Everyone got one via the message board to send their email to Vin. He needs the emails to invite them to new league. Not everyone shows theirs as public.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But as a commish you should be able to email everyone, even if hidden

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: Right the emails are sent. He need the actual email addresses to invite them…..Anyway, moral of story is VIn is awesom.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, Vin’s the best!

  71. Da Fuq Delino? says:
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    @grey 12team roto 9 cat. The Wongest Yard here…

    Zobrist just got dropped. Neither of us a fan, I know. But is he a must use on my #2 waiver priority ? My only bench bat is khris Davis who I won’t drop. Would drop Benoit who I had to handcuff cishek. My 2B is dozier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Benoit for Zobrist

    • Da Fuq Delino? says:
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      @Da Fuq Delino?:
      It’s 5×5. 9 cat…. In stuck asking fantasy basketball questions to JB

  72. knighttown says:
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    My big $$$ 13 team daily 5×5 is next weekend and I’m trying to project where my projected roster would put me. I’ve read Rudy’s post from last year but it’s a 13 team Yahoo league and isn’t quote covered. It SEEMS this roster is pretty heavy in runs and perhaps I should tweak my draft to get more pitching?

    I just used my starters and none of my bench for these projections…there’s a 162 GP cap for each position.

    Runs 1102, HR 259, RBI 1033, SB 200, Avg .278

    Wins 92, SAves 75, ERA 3.39, WHIP 1.18 and Ks 1397

    C- Realmuto
    CI- Abreau, Frazier, Franco
    MI- Bogaerts, Lindor, Castro
    OF- Harper, Marte, Polanco, Delino, Piscotty
    Util- Schoop
    SP- Salazar, Rodon, Walker, MAtz, Smyley, Joe Ross, Severino (1400 IP)
    RP- Ramos, Cishek, Rodney

    • Grey

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      I agree, it’s heavy on runs, low on RBIs and potentially power… Marte, Delino and Polanco is a lot of speed, and Piscotty doesn’t have huge power… Pitching is fine

  73. SteveNZ says:
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    @Grey – what draft spot have you liked most so far this season?

    And what’s your ideal spot.

    Sorry – probably been asked a million times, but I’ve been an infrequent visitor of late…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I liked 11th when Giancarlo fell to me

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Oh, indeed. Though there’s at least one auto-drafter so that’s probably not going to happen…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that could hurt that… You choose your draft slot?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Nah – it’s random. Just like who could be there for my first pick.

            Altuve and Correa are nice and all, but I’m not sure I want them as my first pick in this league…

            Bryant/Votto could be a possibility I guess.

            • Grey

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              I like Bryant and Votto better there

  74. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hi Grey,
    This “Draft Day Target” focus has been awesome. My NL-Only 5×5 (OBP) H2H Auction ($280) is in a few short hours. I’ve got a lot of notes down, and looking forward to acquiring quite a few of these guys.

    My keepers are GOLDY (44), Pollock (23), Franco (2), Arrieta (27), Cole (17).

    A) While risky, I was thinking of targeting four of Joc, Ozuna, Santana, Piscotty, Myers, Parra, and Castillo for hitting and see what else comes in the way of Blash, Broxton, Goedell, Schebel, Brito (4 Dacks!!??), etc.

    B) I figure I’ll probably have to settle for Scooter and a SS scrub.

    C) Targeting 3 to 4 of Hendricks, Chen, J. Ross, Nola, Velasquez, Nelson, Conley, Eichkoff.

    D) I will try for 2 closers, but settle for one of Mejia, Rondon, Melancon.

    E) Will Smith is dealing with a knee issue and Jeffress should go for more than I want to pay. Stash Knebel for $1?

    Thoughts? I’ll post again if anything comes up.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All sounds good

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! You have taught me well, oh wise one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  75. Pager24 says:
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    Grey,

    Which side do you like better in a vacuum? 12 team roto

    Arenado, Odor, Melancon for Altuve, Franco, Kazmir

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve

  76. Bye Felica says:
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    12 team Yahoo H2H
    Do you think I have a winner Grey & Sons?

    Here we go:

    Travis dArnoud
    Crush Davis
    Rendon
    Dee Gordon
    Tha Todd Father Frasier
    Ian Desmond
    Bryce Harper
    Hunter Pence
    Randy Grikchuck
    Steve Piscotty
    Jay Bruce
    Yasmany Tomas
    Will Myers
    Trevor Story

    Pitchers (these guys zigged for closers, so I zagged)

    Chris Archer
    Jon Lester
    Jordan Zimmermann
    Yordano Ventura
    Luis Seveino
    Andrew Heaney
    Yu Darvish

    2 closers are Osuna & Betances (probably punt saves or vulture a cpl off waivers when one gets hurt (they always do lol)

    I feel like this could be an absolute Bomb Squad!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks okay, Yasmany and Bruce are garbage and don’t love Zimmermann…Should contend though since league is shallow

      • Bye Felica says:
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        @Grey: they’re bench, i really don’t need any of those guys you mentioned lol

        I will be cutting the extra bats at some point when i need to grab streamers or snipe closrers. It’s 3 OF / 2 UTI Spots
        Bruce,Yaz were my last 2 picks

  77. Cohen says:
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    Grey, 12 team roto strategy question, i expect my team to look like this:
    1Rd-Harper
    2Rd-Frazier
    3Rd-Betts/Marte/JD Mart
    4Rd-J.Fernandez
    5Rd-Pujols
    6Rd-Franco
    7Rd-Polanco
    8Rd-Salazar
    Im stumped around this point. Who and what should i look for around this point? I expext Odor to be gone and im taking a couple closers a little later.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      MI — Odor… Then you fill your pitching staff

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: what if Odor is gone? Is there a outfielder or util that would fit with this lineup?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No idea how many OFs you need, you seem fine on OFs at that point

          • Cohen says:
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            @Grey: 5 of spots and thank you

            • Grey

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              Then I could see another OF, but I doubt there’s any there that are worth taking….

              • Cohen says:
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                @Grey: what about Joc,KDavis,grichuk or Piscotty?

                • Grey

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                  I like all of them, but you can wait a few rounds for them

                  • Cohen says:
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                    @Grey: awesome,thanks for the insight!!!

  78. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey! For a last bench spot, should I take Vmart or Story to backup Correa? I’m in a head to head points league. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story

  79. SteveNZ says:
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    My 1st player bought at the auction – Miggy @ $44

    Bit unlike me…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, going big

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: + K Seager $15 and Crush $36. Normally pretty careful in this league, but letting it all hang out a bit more this year.

        Hitting is looking stupid, might be a budget staff tho!

        • Grey

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          Haha, nice!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: 11th pick in H2H…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, that should get you Bryant and Votto

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Stanton will likely be hoovered up by my auto drafting sister *shakes fist*

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @SteveNZ: Oohhh – maybe not. She’ll get Miggy possibly…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @SteveNZ: And someone is bound to draft Kershaw in the first. It’s falling into place!

                • Grey

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                  Ah, nice

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Stanton + Votto it is!!!!

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                      @SteveNZ: And Frazier.

                    • Grey

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                      Wow, nice!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, that sucks

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Stanton + Miggy or Stanton + Votto?

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @SteveNZ: Forget it – Miggy will be gone

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Stanton/Votto

  80. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 5×5 h2h
    Would you drop Berrios to put in a claim on Gausman? It would be strictly a back of the rotation kind of spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  81. Lenard says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Curious on your thoughts for my current situation. I have two keeper leagues, one which is a keep forever and one which redrafts every five years. This is a redraft year and I managed to secure the number one overall pick. I already own Trout as my first keeper in the keep forever. So do I avoid Trout #1 overall to avoid putting all my eggs in one basket or do I draft someone else to avoid a Trout injury from screwing both seasons up? If so, who would you target?

    I’m currently leaning towards drafting Harper, with a little bit of thought towards Goldy or Machado. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go Harper

  82. swaggerjackers says:
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    Stop hitting homeruns Franco! My drafts are tomorrow!

    His auction price is going to be out of control.

  83. Left Hangs Lower says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just finished a 12-team H2H OBP league. Can’t say I’m in love with my team, but I don’t think it’s THAT bad. What say you?

    C-Welington Castillo
    1B-Brandon Belt
    2B-Robinson Cano
    3B-Kris Bryant
    SS-Marcus Semien
    OF-Mookie Betts
    OF-Shin Soo Choo
    OF-Gregory Polanco
    UTIL-Miguel Sano
    UTIL-Lucas Duda
    BN-Chris Carter

    SP-Jacob deGrom
    SP-Noah Syndergaard
    SP-Patrick Corbin
    SP-Taijuan Walker
    SP-Kyle Hendricks
    SP-Joe Ross
    SP-Vince Velasquez
    SP-Aaron Sanchez

    RP-Zach Britton
    RP- Cody Allen
    RP- Steve Cishek
    RP-JJ Hoover

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Total garbage! Kidding, don’t see a problem with it, I don’t love Cano and Sano (no relation), but those are small things, and your pitching is insane

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! I guess drafting two SP so early and I s something I don’t normally do and it feels weird. Like butt stuff.

        • Grey

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          HAHA

  84. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Thoughts on this roster from my 16 team auction draft w/4 keepers: ($250 budget for starting roster. Standard ESPN starting roster setup. We play QS instead of W’s and SV/H instead of SV)

    Swihart $1
    JAbreu $25 ( Keeper)
    Pedroia $12
    Tulow $23
    K Bryant $1 (Keeper)
    Encarnacion$36
    Semien $12
    L Cain $12 (Keeper)
    Granderson $14
    R Castillo $1
    Saunders $2
    Peraza $1
    C Santana $14

    Scherzer $40
    Stroman $1 (Keeper)
    Rodon $12
    Hendricks $14
    MMoore $3
    E Rodriguez $1
    Kimbrel $14
    A Miller $16
    Jeffress $1

    Bench: T Story, Rollins, Bauer, T Shaw, Y Gurriel

    • Grey

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      You look a bit imbalanced on pitching… Kinda depends what you get out of Stroman and Rodon… Guys that I like, but there’s some risk there… Hitting looks low on AVG and speed

  85. SteveNZ says:
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    OK, here it is. H2H, 14 teams, 5 x 5 + OBP & Holds. A few throwaway bench picks but overall pretty happy…

    C Vogt (blech)
    1B Votto
    2B Dozier
    3B Frazier
    SS Castro
    LF Belt
    CF Hayward
    RF Stanton
    Util Pujols
    BN Delino!!
    BN Kendrick
    BN Carter
    BN Rajai

    SP May
    SP Colome
    RP Robertson
    RP Rondon
    P Casilla
    P Romo
    P J Smith
    BN Herrera
    BN W Smith
    BN Osuna
    BN Grilli

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting, don’t think there will be a better hitting team than you in the league… And pitching will need to be worked…Anyone else in the league do all relievers?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Doesn’t look like it. I don’t have either a star closer or a star MR but that group should be ok.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Guess I won’t be needing Will Smith. Probably not even worth a DL stash is he?

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: Drop Smith for Farquar? Have Colome already so would likely have TB saves covered…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I assume you’d prefer Lawrie over Kendrick? (Lawrie was drafted but has since been dropped) Lawrie is also eligible at 3B so give me a bit of roster flexibility – which I don’t have a lot of currently…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Thanks! Any love at all for Brock Holt or Marwin G? Both have multi multi eligibility…

            • Grey

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              I own Holt in one league, I wouldn’t own him in yours though

  86. Alan says:
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    Man I can’t decide who to draft at No. 57 (2nd pick in 11 team, five keepers). 7×7 roto with obp. slg, K/9 instead of Ks, QS, holds

    Which are your top two out of these 2 in a obp and slg and avg league?

    Dee Gordon, Ortiz, Freeman, Yoenis, Xander

    Gracias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you have to that point… Gordon, Yoenis

  87. Jon Doe says:
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    Grey, just finished my draft and here are the results. 8 man league, head to head by category. How’s it look? Any glaring weaknesses that you see? My main concerns are injuries and lack of track record (lame, I know). Khris Davis and Deshields were undrafted. Would you swap one of them with Pederson? Schoop and Castillo available too (sorry)- will pick them up if rendon/Martin suck. Thanks for the help.

    C: Martin
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Rendon
    3B: Franco
    SS: Bogaerts
    MI: Desmond
    CI: Pujols
    OF: Stanton
    OF: Marte
    OF: Springer
    OF: Polanco
    OF: Pederson
    UTIL: Freeman
    SP: Sale, Strasburg, Fernandez, T Ross, Stroman, Matz, Severino, Walker, Corbin
    RP: Perkins, K-Rod, Casilla

    • Grey

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      Delino over Pederson….Can hold the rest… Team looks solid otherwise

      • Jon Doe says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks, just realized Lawrie also available. Take him over Rendon or hold for now? Also, you think I have enough power without Pederson?

        • Grey

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          Hold

  88. J-FOH says:
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    We both like Valencia….cust kayin’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s a’ight

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: well he is in his 30’s and his name means danny dust ruffle. So you can’t expect anyting flashy with a name like that

  89. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, this are my rosters in 6-keeper league with roto, 5×5 (OBP), 10-team
    Thoughts appreciated? thanks.

    C Salvador Perez, KC C
    1B Anthony Rizzo, ChC 1B
    2B Brett Lawrie, CWS 3B, 2B
    3B Manny Machado, Bal 3B
    SS Francisco Lindor, Cle SS
    2B/SS Brandon Phillips, Cin 2B
    1B/3B Albert Pujols, LAA 1B, DH
    OF J.D. Martinez, Det OF
    OF George Springer, Hou OF
    OF Jason Heyward, ChC OF
    OF Gregory Polanco, Pit OF
    OF Khris Davis, Oak OF
    UTIL Prince Fielder, Tex DH
    P Jake Arrieta, ChC SP
    P Jose Fernandez, Mia SP
    P Jeurys Familia, NYM RP
    P Shawn Tolleson, Tex RP
    P Jonathan Papelbon, Wsh RP
    P Glen Perkins, Min RP
    P Steve Cishek, Sea RP
    P Jake McGee, Col RP
    P Carlos Rodon, CWS SP
    Bench Delino DeShields, Tex OF
    Bench Taijuan Walker, Sea SP
    Bench Andrew Bailey, Phi RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks stacked, love the hitting and pitching, honestly, not much to harp on…Closers are a little wonky, but SAGNOF

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for your comments.
        Yes…they are just closers.. I don’t love them. SAGNOF!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup… No problem

  90. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Thoughts on my Team ? h2h 12 man 5×5
    Hitters
    Rizzo
    J.D Mart
    Votto
    Frazier
    Cespedes
    Ortiz
    Belt
    Dickerson
    Byung Park
    Starlin Castro
    Forsythe
    Cesar Hernandez

    Pitchers
    Wainwright
    Stroman
    Iwakuma
    Heaney
    Eickhoff
    Medlen
    Vizcaino
    W. Smith
    Jeffress
    Osuna

    The Defending Champ has has 10 SPS – I think i will need to get some SPS as the season goes on

    • Anthony says:
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      @Anthony:

      I also have Chapman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, and the pitchers you have aren’t very good… Your hitting looks fine, your pitching is a mess

  91. Anthony says:
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    wainwright & Stroman are still solid though ya ?

  92. SteveNZ says:
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    The auction keeper on the other hand…

    Got distracted by my H2H draft somewhat. All the $1 guys are because everyone had filled their teams and I had a bout 8 slots left! It’s 8 teams so should be plenty of resources to aper over the cracks. No $ figure means they were a keeper.

    C McCann $3
    1B Votto
    2B Kendrick $6
    3B Seager $15
    CI Miggy $44
    MI Scoop waivers
    SS Castro $5
    OF Stanton
    OF Marte
    OF Blackmon
    Util Davis $36
    Util Car-Go
    BN Duda $1

    SP Salazar $14
    SP Carrasco $18
    SP Lackey $5
    RP Giles $11
    RP Casilla $8
    P Corbin $1
    P Doolittle $1
    BN Ziegler $1
    BN Kazmir $1
    BN Verlander $1
    BN Colome $1
    Ventura $1

    • Grey

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      This league is so shallow you could fix the whole thing in-season if you needed to… With that said, I don’t think it’s bad, your hitting is actually great, your pitching is a bit sloppy, but can be fixed

  93. Claytonio says:
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    Hola Mr Grey. You are one very popular fellow here, and I must say thank you for your wildly verbose posts.
    Just finished a crazy 12-team, 4-keeper, 11×11 (think OBP-type offense & heavy ratio pitching – ERA, K/9, K/BB, SV, HLD). squad is 3 OF, with a UT, no CI,MI.
    Thoughts on my squad? I had the 12th pick in a snake, & Goldy was my rd 1 keeper. Rizzo fell to me at 13 & by my pick 36, all starters up to Ty. Ross were gone. Crazily, I passed on SPs and went Heyward-Puig (i’m a glutton for punishment). After passing there, I had to go to Plan Z in Rds 5,6.
    On a scale of 1-Kanye, how do you rate my draft?
    C Realmuto (17)
    1B Goldschmidt (1, keeper)
    2B – Starlin Castro (15)
    SS – Andrus (16)
    3B – Hector Olivera (18)
    OF – Heyward (3)
    OF – Puig (4)
    OF – Polanco (14)
    UT – Rizzo (2)
    BN – Conforto (22)
    BN – Parra (12)
    SP – Rodon (7)
    SP – Iwakuma (9)
    RP – Kenley Jansen (8)
    RP – Wade Davis (10)
    P – Andrew Miller (5)
    P – Dellin Betances (6)
    P – “Reliever to be added”
    other SPs – Hendricks (13), Severino (11), E. Rodriguez (19), Cashner (21), Giolito (20)

    Chickens were crazy for SPs throughout the draft – I took the opposite approach in trying to grab super high-end relievers to make up for the weak SP. Is my hitting strong enough to support it or is it to upside heavy?

    • Grey

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      It’s about 6… I like Castro, but Olivera, Andrus and Puig are kinda gross and Your SPs are weak

  94. GoJays says:
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    Yo Grey, loyal reader for years – keep up the great work! Because I won last year (thanks!), I’m guaranteed the last pick in the first round and we snake the rest of the way, so I’ll always be picking two guys in a row followed by lots of frustrated watching. Do you have any strategic advice for when you draft in this position? It’s only a 10-team mixed roto league, but it’s very deep (40-player rosters, each team keeps 4 hitters, 2 pitchers and 3 prospects). We start 2 at each IF position (including DH), 5 OF, 6 SP, 3 RP, 1 rookie hitter, 1 rookie pitcher, 9 reserves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nothing changes from my rankings due to draft spot… In your league, you better infield early and often and a few OFs thrown in…

      • GoJays says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey – I think that makes even more sense given that my keepers are heavy in the OF, especially since that is where Sano qualifies in my league (Rizzo/Bautista/Pollock/Frazier/Sano/Brett Phillips, Scherzer/Kluber/Berrios). You may smack me for asking this, but would you even consider a pitcher with one of your first two picks? Types of non-OF hitters who may fall to me are Xander, Hosmer, Kyle Seager. I’m also thinking one of Cole, Syndergaard, Carrasco or Salazar might still be available.

        • Grey

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          An SP makes sense there

  95. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you dump Cishek or Zeigler for Jeffress now that the Fresh Prince is down for awhile?

    8 Team H2H – W, QS, SV, Ks, Ks/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  96. VinWins

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    Bold move in the RCL as someone basically traded Correa for K Seager, Hosmer, Cueto, and Rosenthal.

    • Grey

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      Could work out for them, but, yeah, definitely bold

  97. goodfold2 says:
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    how’s this one look, AL only 10 team H2H with OBP over AVG, total bases added, holds added and QS over wins. drafted out of 9th hole.
    C castro (22)
    1B miggy (1)
    2B lawrie (11)
    SS iglesias (15)
    3B frazier (3)
    OF springer (2, over upton, only since steals though)
    OF hanram (5th)
    OF delino (9th)
    OF red dick (10th)
    util pedro from PIT by way of being an extra for the Wire (13)
    BN castellanos (17)
    NA reed (23)
    SP carrasco (4)
    pineda (8)
    buchholez (12)
    kennedy (14)
    porcello (18)
    berrios (20, we keep 3 per year, at previous year end of preseason ADP value, so he’s very likely a keeper, should be insane value)
    RP allen (6)
    colome (16)
    geltz (21)
    hendriks (25)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: oops, CI longo (7), and MI lowrie (19)

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: war room liked it as even matching goals for 16 teamer, but that is counting the CI/MI and 4th OF, and those things aren’t in yahoo war room ranker. i should just use the espn for this league, espn 16 teamer is closest thing to what i am in really, due to CI/MI slots.

    • Grey

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      Looks great for that league, kinda like I’m not sure how you managed to get all of those players great… Your hitting is insane

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i’ll probably attempt to grab moncada over reed, due to roster. this is the AL only that i made up myself to make sure you can’t lose a player if he’s traded to NL midseason, where to do that in yahoo you actually need to have all players in database. we’ll use waiver order and message board for any player that gets traded to AL midseason. Only 8 players were incorrectly drafted, either from being an NL player (so middraft i’m “team X DOESN’T have goldy, he he valbuena, so nobody else draft valbuena), not hard to fix post draft. only scary moment was when i grabbed lowrie there were only like 2 other MI starters (giavotella and somebody else) left.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: have d.holland too, forgot that.

  98. RRG says:
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    @grey

    I am in a 5×5 roto 8 teams I can keep 10
    which 10?

    Yan Gomes $6
    Jose Altuve $1
    Rougned Odor $10
    Anthony Rendon $4
    Alexei Ramirez $2
    Jason Kipnis $12
    Edwin Encarnacion $6
    Jose Bautista $35
    Avisail Garcia O $4
    Leonys Martin OF $1
    Mike Trout $13
    Justin Upton $1
    Christian Yelich $19
    Brett Lawrie $1

    Jake Arrieta $22
    Mike Fiers $1
    Sonny Gray $20
    Mark Melancon $8
    Garrett Richards $3
    Drew Storen $10
    Alex Wood $1
    Chris Archer $20

    What are your thoughts? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve, Edwin, Trout, Upton, Arrieta, Odor, Lawrie, Bautista, Archer, Rendon

  99. Hugh says:
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    Nola,erod, or Heaney as last starter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

  100. Hugh says:
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    Drop Rodney or Farquhar for knebel?

    • Hugh says:
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      @Hugh: or drop extra bench bat castelannos for another reliever and just add knebel

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Lose a bench bat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodney

      • Hugh says:
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        @Grey:
        Have 4 relievers Rodney,Farquhar, Giles ,storen drop castelannos to pick up knebel or drop Rodney
        Saves and nsvh are cats

  101. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12 team, H2H, 8×8, Holds and Saves. 50 transaction for the season
    8 bench spots, 4 DL .

    I punted saves. Last season i made the same experiment and still dominated. I racked up hitting while other guys went for the closers but i won the league with great ratios and with only one closer throughout the whole year. Also there is always a chance for your setup guys to become closers due to injuries or whatever.

    I will DL McCullers and get in another RP for even more holds, so while other guys win the Saves category, i win the Holds. What do you think about this team?

    PS: I have no bench bat. All 8 BN spots are occupied by pitchers.

    C Martin
    1B Encarnacion
    2B Lawrie
    3B Arenado
    SS Lindor
    CI Franco
    MI Schoop
    OF Cain
    OF Cespedes
    OF Bryant
    OF Holliday
    Util Khris
    Util Pujols

    Salazar
    Matz
    Rodon
    Hamels
    Severino
    Smyly
    McCullers
    Hammel
    Fiers
    Heaney
    Siegrist
    Romo
    Kela

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting is rock solid, I like it a lot… Pitching is fine, a little upsidey, but not bad… Overall very solid team

  102. Joeg414 says:
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    Your opinion please.
    Last pick in a 13 team snake draft, with one hitter and pitcher keeper from last years draft.
    6×6 daily roto.
    A lot of surprise early picks by others. But, I think I stuck to my plan. I think I’m light on steals . just missed in getting DeShields.

    13 Bryce Harper, Wsh OF – Keeper
    14 Jose Abreu, CWS 1B
    39 Xander Bogaerts, Bos SS
    40 Maikel Franco, Phi 3B
    65 Danny Salazar, Cle SP
    66 Gregory Polanco, Pit OF
    91 Jake Arrieta, ChC SP – Keeper
    92 Brandon Belt, SF 1B
    117 Patrick Corbin, Ari SP
    118 Jonathan Schoop, Bal 2B
    143 Jose Quintana, CWS SP
    144 Steve Cishek, Sea RP
    169 Carlos Rodon, CWS SP
    170 Brett Lawrie, CWS 3B
    195 Welington Castillo, Ari C
    196 J.J. Hoover, Cin RP
    221 Alex Gordon, KC OF
    222 Alex Colome, TB RP
    247 Avisail Garcia, CWS OF
    248 Dexter Fowler, ChC OF
    273 Trevor Plouffe, Min 3B
    274 Andrew Heaney, LAA SP
    Bench
    299 J.A. Happ, Tor SP
    300 C.J. Cron, LAA 1B
    325 Danny Farquhar, TB RP
    326 Tanner Roark, Wsh RP
    351 Jose Peraza, Cin 2B
    352 Jackie Bradley Jr., Bos OF
    377 Nathan Eovaldi, NYY SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe a little light on speed, but solid overall team… I like all the picks really, doesn’t hurt having Harper/Arrieta as keepers there

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks .
        Espn has my team ranked last .
        Ha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  103. mike says:
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    Would you trade Abreu/Cain for Rizzo/Yelich?

    I’ve got Mookie, Polanco, and DeSheilds so I feel like I can lose some speed…

    • Grey

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      Nope

  104. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    So my 10 team h2h big money home league just decided yesterday to switch from AVG to OBP. Problem is, I haven’t played in an OBP in a few years.

    1) What should reference for a crash course in OBP? I’m thinking Rudy’s Steamer OBP projections and fangraphs Auction Calculator? Anything else?

    3) I already know I pick 7th and have been mapping out my strategy. This what I tentatively planned:

    7. Rizzo 1B
    14. Betts 2B
    27. Springer/Marte OF
    34. Martinez/Upton OF
    47. Syndergaard/Strasburg
    54. Carrasco/Archer SP
    67. Odor 2B
    74. Franco 3B
    87. Lindor SS
    94. Ross/Liriano SP

    Is there anyone who sticks out as a good/bad value at those picks?

    Thanks Grey and hope you’re having a great weekend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d use Rudy’s Steamer OBP… If you can get Franco and Lindor there, I like it a lot…

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        Sweet thanks! That’s what I am hoping for.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: liriano over joe the boss.

  105. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Who do you like more in a h2h OBP league: JUp or JDong?

    Both Rudy’s Steamer and Fangraphs auction Calculator give Upton the edge by a good margin, but Martinez actually posted a higher OBP than Upton last year (.336 versus .344). Looking at Steamer specifically, it looks like they are the most pessimistic for Martinez next year and very optimistic for Upton (.354 versus .329 OBP). So which player would you prefer in this format? Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Dong

  106. Ok says:
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    Hundley or realmuto

  107. Herschel says:
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    12 team weekly roto (2 keepers can be kept if selected from 4th round on). Had my draft yesterday. Went pretty razzy. Thoughts?

    C – W Castillo
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Lawrie
    SS – Castro
    3B – Arenado
    OF – Betts
    OF – JD Martinez
    OF – Polanco
    DH – Belt
    SP – Arietta
    SP – K-zar
    SP – T Ross
    SP – Rodon
    SP – Darvish
    RP – Giles
    RP – Papelbon

    Bench Bats – DeShields, Story, AJ Reed, Arcia
    Bench Pitchers – Heaney, Gausman, Erasmo, E-rod, Velasquez, Jeffress

    • Grey

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      Your pitching looks stacked, your hitting looks decent but a little low on power

  108. Giremelli says:
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    You pick two
    Knebel, Rodney, hinojosa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Knebel, Rodney

  109. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Last question before my draft…

    With the switch to OBP, would you target Pederson over Dickerson? How early would you talk Pederson?

    • Grey

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      Yup

  110. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    just took over a yahoo 12 team dynasty with OPS, K’s added for hitters and QS, and k/9 for hitters. 3 NA slots. this team has SP good enough for a 6 team league
    C schwarber
    1B a-gon
    2B kendrick
    SS ceager
    3B j.turner
    OF cruz
    OF buxton
    OF revere
    util kemp
    util holliday
    BN baez/superfluous H/teixera
    NA moncada/dahl/b.zimmer
    SP kershaw/stressborg/hamels/rodon/harvey/chen/hendricks/jo-fer
    RP colome/chapman/ziegler/jeffress
    all i’ve done to this team so far is NA moncada, add dahl/zimmer, add colome/jeffress, drop jay bruce. war room says it’s 95-98% in everything except steals. i’m not liking my 2B/3B starters, but other than that and the steals this team is great. should i
    1. trade a SP for a 2B or 3B then drop kendrick and add another SP (buchholez range out there)
    2. just drop teixera for alcides/ j.reyes/raj/villar and play him in one of the utils?

    only offer i’ve gotten so far is stephenson + kipnis for jo-fer which is nuts.

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Mantis Toboggan MD: i’m guessing turner + jo-fer for arenado is doable though, right? i don’t think other owner is going to do that though.

    • Grey

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      1. Sure 2. Meh, no point to right now

  111. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: h2h 12man 5×5 league – Which SPS would you say are worth owning ?

    SP Wainwright
    SP Stroman
    SP Iwakuma
    SP Heaney
    SP Eickhoff
    SP Medlen
    SP Volquez

    i am honestly thinking about dropping 2 or 3 guys and picking up RPS to take their place. The League is 5×5 ( WINS KS SAVES ERA WHIP ) im atleast hoping for era & whip each week.

  112. Raoul Duke says:
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    How many starting pitchers do you recommend carrying for a 14 team head to head league? We are allowed 16 active players and 8 reserves overall. Right now my starters are Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey, Jake Odorizzi, Michael Pineda, Joe Ross, Kevin Gausman, James Paxton and Brandon Finnegan. Is that adequate in your opinion?

    • Raoul Duke says:
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      @Raoul Duke: Reading back on some of your other articles you recommend 6, but I’m not sure how big of a league you are referencing.

  113. Biggest Papi says:
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    AL only League – pick two
    Aaron Sanchez
    Carlos Rodon
    Hector Santiago

  114. R.J. says:
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    Hey Grey – keeper question. 14 team, deep 6×6 mixed league with OBP and SLG (no AVG) and Quality Starts instead of Wins, plus K/BB ratio. I can keep 3 guys this year, and am choosing between:

    Carlos Correa – 12th round (no brainer)
    Josh Donaldson – 3rd round, last pick (probably a no brainer?)
    George Springer – 7th rd
    Chris Sale – 4th round, first pick
    Dallas Keuchel – 9th rd
    Stephen Strasburg – 14th rd
    Mookie Betts – 2nd rd, 1st pick
    Jose Bautista – 2nd rd, 1st pick

    Any thoughts? Really having a tough time with that 3rd keeper. Springer is still really enticing, but his injuries worry me. Sale, Keuchel, and Strasburg all present great values and give me a frontline starter. Just a note, given all the top players being kept by other teams plus the # of teams that have non-keeper draft picks in the first round, there is basically no chance I would get Betts or Bautista with my 1st or 2nd round pick if I didn’t keep them. Let me know, thanks as always Grey!

  115. Kevin G says:
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    15 team league 5×5 roto. Thoughts on team?

    C: James McCann
    C: Carlos Perez
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: S Castro
    3B: Bret Lawrie
    SS: Jhonny Peralta
    CI: Pujols
    MI: Schoop
    OF: Starling Marte
    OF: JD Martinez
    OF: G Polanco
    OF: Yelich
    OF: Souza Jr
    Util: Delino Deshields
    Bench: Schebler

    SP: D Salazar
    SP: Liriano
    SP: Kazmir
    SP: Heaney
    SP: Leake
    SP: Taijuan Walker
    SP: N Karns
    SP: D Duffy
    SP: Roark
    SP: Velasquez
    SP: Wisler
    RP: Tolleson
    RP: Rodney
    RP: Quackenbush

  116. Baseball Fan 2000 says:
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    Hey Grey! Just had my draft today wanted to know what you think. 10 team, ESPN Standard League, 5×5 Roto.

    C Perez
    1B Rizzo
    2B Schoop
    3B Machado
    SS Desmond
    2B/SS Kendrick
    1B/3B Pujols
    OF Marte
    OF Springer
    OF Heyward
    OF Braun
    OF Polanco
    Util Franco
    P Strasburg
    P Britton
    P David Robertson
    P Raisel
    P Matz
    P Ventura
    P Taijuan Walker
    P Lance McCullers
    P Rodon
    Bench Joc Pederson
    Bench Joe Ross
    Bench Roberto Osuna

  117. Todd says:
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    Just finished my auction — 13 teams 5×5.

    I was only able to get one closer Trevor Rosenthal — so I am going to be chasing saves this year with FAAB. Here are my 8 starters.

    Keuchel
    Liriano
    Quintana
    Garcia
    Teheran
    Heaney
    Eovaldi
    Cosart

    I drafted Bauer (oops). And I have Cain, Estrada, Tillman, and E. Rodriguez on my reserves.

    Thoughts???

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