It’s official because we don’t deal in unofficial. Whatever that means. Which is nothing, if you’re wondering. But it does make this post feel more important. Delusions of grandeur? That’s my life story bro. And that also might describe the life story of many here who reside at Razzball HQ. Which is basically our basements. With bountiful supplies of Hot Pockets and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Oh, wait, nevermind. Sky called, he want’s his everything back. Jokes on you buddy. I’m keeping the Hot Pockets. So, where were we? Oh, that’s right, delusions of grandeur…and Hot Pockets, it happens to the best of us. And that’s why we make these picks. Because we think we’re right all the time. Except for me. I’m just very wrong. Jay Wrong. (/turns off Sean Connery accent.) But don’t let that stop you from looking at our well-thought out (MAYBE) picks for this upcoming 2015 season. (Now with more Grey and Rudy!) We all can’t write a 1500 word exposé on these players, so you get this nifty assortment where you’ll gain a general sense of which players we like and which we don’t. All in a simple box for you to stare and giggle at. Kind of like what you normally would do if you were looking at Tehol‘s well, you know, simple box.

Note: Everyone chose their picks blind, meaning they didn’t see anyone else’s choices, and possibly used a blindfold. Also, the choices were locked on 3/30/2015.

Fantasy Baseball Picks

Sleeper Bust Infatuation Come Back MVFP MVFH
Grey Scooter Gennett Billy Butler Kolten Wong Jedd Gyorko Nathan Eovaldi Nolan Arenado
J-FOH A.J. Pollock Xander Bogaerts Avisail Garcia Brandon Belt Drew Hutchinson Carlos Santana
Jay Adam LaRoche Evan Gattis Chase Headley Jean Segura R.A. Dickey Xander Bogaerts
JB Gilpin Brandon McCarthy Josh Donaldson James Paxton Matt Harvey Chris Sale Paul Goldschmidt
Magoo Rougned Odor Freddie Freeman Jorge Soler Matt Harvey Garrett Richards Charlie Blackmon
Malamoney Marcus Semien Masahiro Tanaka Troy Tulowitzki Justin Verlander Stephen Strasburg Robinson Cano
Mike Jake Marisnick Nelson Cruz Manny Machado Matt Harvey Francisco Liriano Arismendy Alcantara
Paul Wilmer Flores Nelson Cruz Jake Odorizzi Allen Craig Michael Wacha AJ Pollock
Ralph Kennys Vargas Jose Altuve Danny Santana Derek Holland James Paxton Christian Yelich
Rudy Kris Bryant Justin Upton Corey Dickerson Mike Napoli Brandon McCarthy Oswaldo Arcia
Sky Nathan Eovaldi Billy Hamilton Everth Cabrera Mark Trumbo Drew Hutchison Avisail Garcia
Smokey Drew Pomeranz Freddie Freeman Lucas Duda Matt Harvey Dallas Keuchel Mark Trumbo
Tehol Xander Bogaerts Anthony Rendon Domonic Brown Matt Wieters Gerrit Cole Manny Machado

Break Out Player of The Year (Sleeper)

You might think we’re describing someone who breaks through walls and then falls asleep really fast. Which seems weird. So I wouldn’t really put it past us… To limit the confusion, I’d better point out that these are our potential break out candidates that you should be grabbing long and grabbing hard.

A lot a different names here. I love Tehol’s pick of Xander Bogaerts and do, for all intents and purposes, agree (I chose him as my most valuable hitter). But we’re also talking about a contributor that tells you buy Domonic Brown every single year. Tehol, buddy, it’s not 2013 anymore. Brandon McCarthy and Marcus Semien are interesting candidates chosen by JB Gilpin and Malamoney, only because I got sleepy when I thought about them. I’m not sure if Kris Bryant could be considered a sleeper, but Rudy definitely sees some break out potential here, which fits the bill. Grey’s pick of Scooter Gennett wasn’t too surprising (there’s some past love there for sure), but I don’t trust someone who’s called “Scooter”. What’s his brother’s name? Moped? What a weird family.

Most Overrated Player of The Year (Bust)

These are the guys being held on a pedestal’s, who will, in return for all your worship and sacrifice, ruin everything thing you hold dear. See: 2014, Fielder, Prince. Take heed Razzballers, avoid these guys at all costs.

I’m not sure Xander Boegarts is overrated, but if he takes a step back from last year’s production (.240/12/60/46/2), then J-FOH will look pretty good. And Boegarts will have a stat line that I would have if I were playing baseball. Magoo and Smokey went with Freddie Freeman (which I did last season), and one thing I learned is that he really isn’t overrated or underrated…or much of anything really. He’s essentially the most average first baseman in fantasy baseball, and since corner bats are at a premium, there’s a bit of inflation. Grey went with Billy Butler as a bust, but I think he got confused and thought we were talking about bust size. In which case he’d still be right. Well played sir!

I Think I Love You, So What Am I So Afraid Of? (Infatuation)

Yep, we all have one. Find out which player your Razzball writer has an undying love for, despite any rational reason or purpose.

It’s Chase Headley’s world. We’re just living in it.

Come Back Player of The Year (Come Back)

Again, pretty easy to figure out what this one means. Unless you’re Josh Hamilton. BURN.

Matt Harvey seems like the consensus pick here (Gilpin, Magoo, Smokey), but I do like Grey dipping back in the Gyorko pool. Rudy goes with Napoli here, which fits with the idea that the Red Sox as whole are an underrated team. I don’t quite agree with the Brandon Belt pick by J-FOH, but if he can find a way to be effect against the shift, there’s some potential there.

Most Valuable Fantasy Pitcher (MVFP)

This is where things get sticky. That’s what she said. Technically, this could be the best pitcher overall… but the key word here is value. You know this because I underlined it. While the vanilla picks of Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw, etc. could still technically be the most valuable pitchers at the end of the year, there’s still enough room in the definition to allow the possibility that Bruce Chen will have an ERA of 2.50 and get 20 wins. Seeing as his ownership rate always stands in the nothing-to-negative digits, a performance like that would be the most valuable. And probably destroy the universe as we know it.

A lot of variance here, but not surprising. The definition is basically a sand box, and it’s all about value. So of course I have R.A. Dickey, whose ownership rate isn’t as much an overall percentage, but more of a “Jay” ownership percentage. Nathan Eovaldi is a great pick from Grey, if only because Danny Salazar did what he does best, and that’s destroy dreams. Paul’s Michael Wacha selection is probably the perfect balance of the definition, a pitcher that’s getting picked outside the top tier, but has the potential to produce that value.

Most Valuable Fantasy Hitter (MVFH)

Same thing as the Most Valuable Pitcher, but with hitters. CRAZY, I know.

Again, not surprising the same variance is here as well. Mark Trumbo is a good choice by Smokey (Sky selected him for his come back player), as it’s easy to forget he was putting on a power display before getting injured. And while he plays defense like I eat asparagus (hint: I don’t), Arizona seems exactly like the type of management team that would give Trumbo plenty of at-bats. Ralph goes with Christian Yelich, and while his ground ball tendencies probably cap his power potential, there’s nothing stopping him from becoming the new Jacoby Ellsbury, and let’s say he is the next Jacoby Ellsbury (fair to say a third-to-fourth round pick?), well, he could very well be the MVH. Grey rounds it up by going with Nolan Arenado (why don’t you two just go get a room!) and Rudy ended up going with Oswaldo Arcia. I love the power there, and if he hits 30 plus homeruns… well, he’s the new Chris Carter then, who was the new Chris Davis, who was the new…ugh, whatever. I ran out of names.

 

Major League Baseball Picks

ROY (NL) ROY (AL) Cy Young (NL) Cy Young (AL) MVP (NL) MVP (AL)
Grey Jorge Soler Aaron Sanchez Max Scherzer Jeff Samardzija Joey Votto Jose Abreu
J-FOH Joc Pederson Daniel Norris Clayton Kershaw David Price Clayton Kershaw Josh Donaldson
Jay Noah Syndergaard Alex Meyer Zack Greinke David Price Justin Upton Robinson Cano
JB Gilpin Kris Bryant Rusney Castillo Clayton Kershaw Chris Sale Carlos Gomez Mike Trout
Magoo Jorge Soler Carlos Rodon Clayton Kershaw Felix Hernandez Andrew McCutchen Mike Trout
Malamoney Kris Bryant Carlos Rodon Stephen Strasburg Felix Hernandez Paul Goldschmidt Mike Trout
Mike Jorge Soler Rusney Castillo Max Scherzer Felix Hernandez Bryce Harper Mike Trout
Paul Kris Bryant Daniel Norris Clayton Kershaw Corey Kluber Christian Yelich Mike Trout
Ralph Jorge Soler Steven Souza Clayton Kershaw Felix Hernandez Paul Goldschmidt Mike Trout
Rudy Kris Bryant Kendall Graveman Max Scherzer Chris Sale Giancarlo Stanton Mike Trout
Sky Jorge Soler Francisco Lindor Max Scherzer Corey Kluber Ryan Zimmerman Miguel Cabrera
Smokey Kris Bryant Steven Souza Jon Lester Felix Hernandez Carlos Gomez Edwin Encarnacion
Tehol Kris Bryant Rusney Castillo Stephen Strasburg Felix Hernandez Bryce Harper Mike Trout

Yes, we also did “Reward” picks this year. I guess we could have just called it the Kris Bryant, Clayton Kershaw, and Mike Trout awards, but thank god Sky was drinking and tried to tell us that Ryan Zimmerman was going to be the MVP. Interesting interpretation of how “Disabled List” is abbreviated Sky!

I appear to be going against the grain a lot here, but I’m a firm believer that when deciding on a potential winner, you always pick the field over who’s favored. While that doesn’t quite make sense, as I would have had to use “the field” as my answer for every single one, but I’m used to not making sense on any type of level. I mean, do you even read me bro?

If ROY is truly between Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant, you’d have to go Bryant for his potential floor. A .250 average and 20 homeruns seems like a rational expectation, but the way people have been drafting Bryant, I guess you’d have to expect a .400/60/200/200 year with, why not, 40 stolen bases to boot.

The AL ROY is a nice mix, and I do like the Carlos Rodon picks from Magoo and Malamoney, which coinciendely, also sounds like a 70’s cop show. Josh Donaldson for MVP seems like a little tryhard from J-FOH, but we also deal with defense here for these rewards. We also deal with the BBWAA, so that justifies wild and crazy picks anyhow… And yes, don’t you dare question my Justin Upton pick. It could happen. Sure, I’ll have to wake up at some point, but in the mean time, let me enjoy myself…

I’d be remiss in not mentioning that Rudy and Grey zig-zagged away from each other a bit here. Lindor may be a reach if he doesn’t get enough playing time, but I like the idea of a resurgent Votto (the sequel to the Divergent Votto) and believing more in the first half Abreu than the second half. Chris Sale is a safe pick for Rudy, with Grey buying into Samardzija surviving the environment. I’ll be honest, I’ve been to the south side, it’s not that bad. Then again, I don’t look like this

 

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  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Kris Bryant is a sleeper? Quite the limb, Rudy!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Grey: I’m pretty sure he’s still at the trunk area.

      Just want to point out, in one of my RCLs, Bryant was drafted in the second round…

      I’m just going to let that breathe for a while.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Trout or Bryant? Will be toss up by Sunday

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Grey: Headley!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            This is the year!

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Jay: Wow…that’s insanity!

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Bye Felicia: the room… got a bit weird, yes.

          • royce! says:
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            @Jay: He went at pick 14 in one of my leagues and for $30 in another. It’s crackers.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @royce!: didn’t know nuts go with crackers

      • Goose! says:
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        @Jay: I took him in the 4th in 1 league, instead of Arenado because otherwise I would have had him in 2 leagues and I like to diversify. I ended up taking Frazier the following round as insurance.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Goose!: I dunno, still seems a bit expensive. Then again, I’m bound to Headley for life.

    • John says:
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      @Grey: HA!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Grey: Rudy is our Bill o’Reilly

    • Cram It says:
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      @Grey: Billy Butler’s a bust? When was he ever on a fantasy pedestal? He’s too mooby to get on one anyway.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Cram It: I thought bust was meant literally

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Grey: My bust candidate is literally Tomas!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: Oooohhh. Well tee-hee. That went RIGHT over my head.

        • jal179 says:
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          @Grey:

          bahahaha love it…. i missed the reference when i first read it

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Grey: shhhhhhhhhh…My sleeper is Marte…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Damaso?

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Grey: No Starling…he’s gonna be a good one!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Oh, good call!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: sleepers don’t get drafted in the third round

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: Insert Sky, inserting a clip saying…

          That’s the joke.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Wake Up: we need that clip of sky saying that. I’ll get on the bat phone

    • @Grey: ha – i just read the ‘break out’ part and I imagine Bryant’s back is breaking out the way he’s hitting HRs.

    • @Grey: Billy Butler is your bust. I think you read that like I read ‘Break out’….

  2. J-FOH says:
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    Don’t make me take off my Belt!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @J-FOH: or should I?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Jay: the distance allows you to be contrary to my predictions

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: Norris will throw the first no hitter this year.

  3. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Billy Butler under the word bust made me laugh….you know cause he’s fat!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Jay: What? I didn’t mention Bruce Chen?

  4. plasmaj says:
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    Is Betts rookie eligible? Thought he exceeded the limit last year

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @plasmaj: Rudy has an equation to prove you wrong. (Could have been a typo…he sent in his picks via phone.)

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Jay: Yeah he’s no longer ROY eligible.

  5. Jeff P says:
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    How do auction values change if there are two changes: 15/9 H/P ratio instead of 13/9, and
    it’s a 6×6 where W *AND* QS are categories? Do you draft two aces in the first 3 rounds?
    Do elite hitters get a bump?

  6. PhillyYorker says:
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    Mike Trout is going to the be the MVFH. No matter how much you paid for him, or where you drafted him, it won’t compare to the numbers he is going to put up this year. Prepare yourselves for an absolutely historic year.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @PhillyYorker: I’d say every year has been historic so far.

  7. Steve says:
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    Re: Scooter’s name, taken from a story Vin Scully told during a Dodger game last year during the Brewers’ trip to Chavez…

    Basically, when Scooter aka “Ryan” was around 3/4 years old, he wouldn’t stop unbuckling his car seat while his mom was driving. His mother threatened to take him to the police if he did it one more time. Sure enough, little Ryan unbuckled his seat belt and his mom drove straight to the nearest police station and convinced a police officer to come out to the car to talk some sense into the little boy. When the officer opened the car door and asked the little boy’s name – Ryan (being a fan of the muppet babies at the time) blurted out the name Scooter. His mom was to taken/entertained by the brazen lie, she started calling him Scooter and the name stuck.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Steve: at least Jameson Tailon is named after a good choice of liquor.

      • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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        @Jay: but pronounced WAYYYYYYY differently.

  8. Grant says:
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    No busts on my team, and a couple in every category on my team. Hopefully that means good things for me this year.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Grant: for all of our sake!

  9. Bye Felicia says:
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    I’m taking Avisail as my sleeper pick this year.
    If he can stay healthy a full season i think he can put up some gaudy numbers at cellular. Plus the sox have a better line-up than last year. Watch out AL Central, the Southsiders are back in business this season!

    • Jay

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      @Bye Felicia: I question the contact, but the ability is there.

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Jay: Razzballers + Grey

        Puig & Daniel Norris for Arietta & Aroldis

        Which side would you want. 12 team roto

        I only have 3 starters Jake,Cobb,Richards plus I have Rondon stashed.
        I have 6.5 relievers.
        Aroldis
        Robertson
        Benoit
        Feliz
        Rodriguez
        Castilla
        Peralta

        My outfield consists of
        Springer
        Melky
        Pederson
        Desmond Jennings
        Carlos Gonzalez

        Thanks in advance

        • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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          @Bye Felicia: The Puig side. Not to mention the fact that I think Norris outperforms Arrieta this year (love the beard). Think you win that deal.

  10. Nick says:
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    Keeper league : my bench is composed of “minors” guys :
    Buxton on “THE” NA spot ,,, waiting to be unleashed :)
    others are : Y.Tomas, J.Baez, M.Sano, D.Salazar

    would you better go
    Osvaldo Arcia, Graveman , jACE, Duda Headley, Daniel Norris ???

    i was high on Marisnick last year ;(
    got burn by Billy Butt ;(((

    Best Story for 2015:
    Kris Davis will be the new Chris Davis !!

    Nick

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      @Nick:
      other names of interest are Scooter , Semien, Syndergaard … Pedro Alvarez is hot, so is Castellanos

      what about
      Arcia > YTomas OF
      jACE > Baez 2B
      Headley > Sano 3B
      Gravy>Salazar SP

      so i can rotate the hot hand instead of leaving a full bench stuck for months !?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nick: I’d rather have Norris over Salazar at this point.

      • Nick says:
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        @Jay:

        Dany Norris added after reading top 100 updated JB Gilpin ;)

        other feelings about Baez ?or YTomas? cold spring

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Nick: Baez is boom or bust. I like Sano a bit more.

  11. Fish says:
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    Were you surprised no one picked Crush Davis as a comeback candidate? Or where there just that many guys with down/injury years last year?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Fish: Not really. I think even if he does what he’s supposed to do, it’s still somewhat limited, heavy power, low average. But you’re right about the last part, as Harvey was a popular pick. I was surprised that Segura didn’t get more love.

  12. Chicken Dinner says:
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    “but the key word here is value. You know this because I underlined it.”

    Pants on fire.

  13. Tomthebod says:
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    @ Grey and Jay:

    Hey guys, welcome back to another season where we likely annoy the crap out of you with fantasy questions.

    To kick things off for me, would you advise dropping any of the following pitchers to pick up CC Sabathia off the waiver wire? Jimmy Nelson, Matt Shoemaker, Nate Eovaldi, Daniel Norris, Jesse Hahn, or Brandon McCarthy.

    I’ll try not to bother you too much from here on out.

    • Zeus says:
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      @Tomthebod: I would stay put

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tomthebod: Annoy us all the time! Seriously!

      I would drop Hahn. But it’s close.

  14. Zeus says:
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    What about the award for pitcher who isn’t currently a closer who will end up with the most saves. Had qualls as a possible saves option in my 14 team league. Want to dump him for someone. Obv candidates are taken. Would a cheap bid on Romo work?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zeus: Romo is fine. To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if Qualls took the job back at some point.

  15. Zeus says:
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    Late round speed MI option. E Cab, Jace or Micah ?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zeus: Everth.

  16. DominicanPower says:
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    Stop hating on Xander BoGawd

  17. Zeus says:
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    I think the Napoli thing is spot on. Especially in OBP leagues. That wacked out jaw surgery he had will help him sleep. That’s huge.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zeus: I think it is too. I also like their pitching staff a bit more than others…

  18. Big Magoo

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    Going by that description for the infatuation pick, I’d switch mine from Soler to Pearce and also my MVFP pick from Richards to Pineda if we’re using ESPN ADP data.

    Headley’s a Yankee now, Jay. Parting is such sweet sorrow…

    Also, who’s Drew Hutchinson?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Big Magoo: I figured infatuation was self-explanatory! True fandom knows no colors…

      • J-FOL says:
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        @Jay: you bought yourself a Headley Fathead right before he got traded…didn’t you?

      • Big Magoo

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        @Jay: Well, I’m infatuated with Soler, but the reasoning is pretty obvious. He’s dreamy… And he’s a stud on the field too. Pearce is an old guy who had a surprisingly good year. That bandwagon is about as full as Tropicana Field at game time.

        • J-FOL says:
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          @Big Magoo: Pearce s the blue plate special at a Florida waffle house

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Big Magoo: Make up your mind! You’re the only one who sent in 23 multiple choices with your selections…

  19. ichirosan says:
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    Since I have a fetish with both embarrassment and accountability, here are my picks:

    Sleeper: José Ramírez
    Bust: Freddie Freeman
    Infatuation: Danny Santana
    Come Back: Jay Bruce
    MVFP: Yordano Ventura
    MVFH: Paul Goldschmidt
    Most owned player for reasons nobody gets: Tie between Jason Kipnis and Chad Qualls

    Fire away

  20. Skeezix says:
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    In a deep 10-team league (40 player rosters), we have to start a rookie. I’ve got Sano and Correa in the minors, so I was forced to draft Kang and Michael Taylor to start the year with a rostered rookie (not ideal). There’s another guy in my league with no rookie so he’s kinda desperate. Is it a no-brainer to trade one of Kang or Taylor for Tillman, Cashner or maybe Hutchison? I think my pitching is fine right now, but he’s looking to deal pitching for a rookie, and we only get 5 waiver pickups each all year.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Skeezix: Yes, I’d do those trades.

  21. Bye Felicia says:
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    Razzballers + Grey

    Puig & Daniel Norris for Arietta & Aroldis

    Which side would you want. 12 team roto

    I only have 3 starters Jake,Cobb,Richards plus I have Rondon stashed.
    I have 6.5 relievers.
    Aroldis
    Robertson
    Benoit
    Feliz
    Rodriguez
    Castilla
    Peralta

    My outfield consists of
    Springer
    Melky
    Pederson
    Desmond Jennings
    Carlos Gonzalez

    Thanks in advance

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Yeah, still like the Arietta side slightly.

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Jay: Aroldis is just too valuable to give up in roto. Price is saying he might use him in 2 inning saves now too. I wasn’t going to do it, just didn’t know much about Norris

  22. Oppo Taco says:
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    Just did my first ever auction, any feedback on how I did would be great. Like to know where I need to upgrade. 12 team 6×6 (holds, OBP) h2h league. $$ are in parenthesis. Might have spent a little too much on Rendon (trout went for 65 bucks)
    C- Posey ($28)
    C – Zuinino (4)
    1B- Abreu (38)
    2B – Rendon (29)
    3b – Arenado (19)
    SS – Rollins (6)
    MI – Micah Johnson (6)
    CI – Billy Butler (1)
    OF – j uP (20)
    of – Brantley (25)
    Of – Avisail Garcia (6)
    Util – Des Jennings (1)
    Util – Arismendy Alacantra (1)
    Bench – Stubbs (1)

    SP – Wood (14$), Cobb(9), Corrasco (8), Kennedy (6), Keuchel (1), Iglesias(1), Shane green(1)Henderson Alvarz (1)
    RP – Kimbrel (14), Papelbon (5), Giles (5), McGee(3), Mejia (1)

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Posey at 28$ is a crazy overpay. Pitching is ok, but still think you could have invested some $ in a legit #1.

      JUp for 20$ is a steal!

  23. PistolofPete says:
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    Thanks for the amazing advice once again guys. Thoughts on my team? 5×5, h2h points

    C: Grandal
    1b: Pujols
    2b: Kendrick
    ss: desmond
    3b: arenado
    IF: santana
    OF: Stanton, Harper, Bruce, Soler, Myers
    Util: Hosmer
    Util: Duda
    SP: Samardzija, Harvey, Arrieta, Wood, McHugh, Hutchison
    RP: Rosenthal, Allen, Rondon, K-Rod
    Bench: Gennett, Headley, JoFer

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @PistolofPete: I like Grandal as a sneak pickup. The team looks great to be honest.

  24. spm7189 says:
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    I’m glad to see a lot of guys from my fantasy team on here. Warms the old cockles, if you catch my drift. The other day on here said team was thoroughly trashed, including one comment that the offense looked like it was from a 15-team league. I honestly think it was my failure to put the league and its settings into proper context before asking for feedback, because if it was a simple noncompetitive public league with standard settings, I’d have understood why people were so eager to tell me how crappy my team looked. Its 12-team, which obviously isn’t very big, and it’s a daily H2H league with 6×6 categories (H, R, RBI, HR, SB, BB for hitters and W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS for pitchers). It gets interesting with a weekly moves limit of 6 and an overall moves limit of 100 for the season, which makes weekly streaming difficult. On top of that, every owner in the league knows their stuff pretty well, and anyone trying to vulture saves finds themselves in competition at 2am trolling the waiver wire for anybody with a whiff of possible save chances. Same goes for prospect call-ups.
    After that TL:DR, the team is as follows
    C – Zunino 1B – LaRoche 2B – Odor 3B – Donaldson SS – Segura MI – Gennett
    CI – Duda OF – Stanton OF – Soler OF – Polanco OF – Pollock UTIL – A. Garcia
    BN – Souza BN – Cron BN – M, Johnson
    SP – Sale SP – Cueto SP – Arrieta SP – Wood SP – Carrasco RP – Chapman RP – C. Allen P – Feliz P – Boxberger BN – Hutchison BN – E. Santana
    Given that streaming is a limited strategy (beyond the fact that there are the move limitations, there’s nothing left out there right now for SP or RP except for hot garbage and any decent pitchers that get dropped for said hot garbage will likely be snatched up by someone with a higher waiver priority), I don’t think I made that big of a mistake paying so heavily for pitching. I don’t see why I can’t regularly take 4-6 pitching categories. On the flipside, am I not competitive in steals? Home runs? RBIs? And on occasion, runs? Walks and hits won’t be my best friends, but if I’m competitive in 2-3 hitting categories and dominant in 4-6 pitching categories (on paper), I don’t see why I can’t make a repeat trip deep into our playoffs (2nd place last year and 3rd in 2013, the 2nd place finish coming on very strong hitting and very weak pitching, the 3rd place on fairly strong hitting and fairly weak pitching).

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @spm7189: Yeah, the team is solid. I really like LaRoche this year.

      • spm7189 says:
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        @Jay: I was told that the only four guys on my offense that were decent were Stanton, Donaldson, Soler and Polanco. I thought that was kinda strange when as much as I love Soler and Polanco, LaRoche has a track record of being a 25-HR 90 RBI type of player who isn’t a million years old and just moved from a park that slightly deflated HR for LHB to one that increased both HR for LHB and increased overall scoring better than any park outside of Colorado (but you already know all that and I’m sure it contributed to you picking him for sleeper of the year). And then there’s Duda, who isn’t a big BA guy and who isn’t gonna give me more than maybe 75 R, but the guy hits the ball a country mile, has an improved lineup around him from last year, is in a park where they moved in the fences yet again, and he walks a pretty decent amount which counts in this league.

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Jay: he was the one part of that team you posted where i said, “he’s not a starting 1b in a 12 team league”, and know i see why you were ok with it.

  25. Birrrdy says:
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    Please put this message in a time capsule and send me my lottery check in October when it’s brilliance is revealed…

    NLROY Michael Taylor WAS (continual Nats injuries will give this kid a chance he never lets up on – look out!)

    NLMVP Ryan Braun (how soon everyone forgets)

    NL Cy Young Kershaw (easy pick – reaching otherwise folks, and Scherzer got smoked last time he was in NL…. Bad memories will jinx him)

    You’re welcome.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Birrrdy: Only if I get the winnings!

  26. Swfcdan says:
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    Adam LaRoche as your sleeper Jay, thats just lame man, unless you are intending on putting everyone to sleep by choosing him. Like your Xander MVFH pick, makes me feel more optimistic about him in the league I have him. Liking some of the MVFP arms on that list that I have, not liking this friggin Rendon injury though… have him in 2 keepers GAH!!!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: And those NL CY young picks are absurd. All of you that didn’t pick Kershaw are insane I tell you, INSANE!!

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Swfcdan: I wanna be different. I’m a peacock!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Swfcdan: Spoiler! LaRoche will be appearing in our Bold Predictions tomorrow!

  27. mosby says:
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    Can’t read the article. It is partially obscured by “Partner Feeds” and “Fantasy Rundown”. I guess you could call this a “hidden” source.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @mosby: Is this on mobile?

  28. Brade says:
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    Grey picked Votto for MVP but ranked him #88 on his projections. WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THIS INFO

  29. Alternate Olt says:
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    I do not get the Kris Bryant hype. He profiles more toward Mike Olt or Pedro Alvarez to me. Last time I checked, those guys aren’t exactly superstars.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Explain the profile and I’m all ears. I don’t see the connection.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Alternate Olt: This is a classic apples to oranges comparison here. While the 3 of them might strikeout at a similar strikeout to at bat rate, Bryant will hit for a much better average, while hitting more home runs, driving in more runs, scoring more runs and stealing more bases. If Bryant’s minor league numbers do indeed translate to the big leagues, you are looking at a top pick while Olt and Alvarez will be striking out on the waiver wire…

  30. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Man, my Verlander comeback pick is already looking shitty!

  31. Jake from State Farm says:
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    Keepers desmond, altuve, donaldson, springer and votto or samardzjia. 14 team league quite a few pitchers being kept. Thoughts? I’ll hang up and listen thanks.

  32. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Jay.. I have too many batters on my bench and need more pitchers in a pitcher friendly league. My hitting is really stacked so can I drop either LaRoche or Matt Carpenter? 10 team H2H points

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