Welcome to the first official “This Week In Razz”, because we all know how good it is to be in Razz. Technically, last week was the first official post of this series, but that was more of a “welcome to the site, here’s what you can expect” type of thing. So I guess we had two beginnings, which means twice the fanfare, twice the laughter, and twice the, uh, yeah, I ran out of stuff that we got double of. Whiplash may work here. Regardless, I’m here to go over the week that was, in case you missed anything here on Razzball, and to go over what to expect next week…and what a special week it’ll be. Baseball finally starts, with Sunday being sorta-kinda-you-just-get-one-game Opening Day, and then Monday brings baseball to 100% operating levels. Unless you’re a fan of the Phillies. Then you’re really just working with 18 or so percent. But that’s okay! You have Philly Cheesesteaks, Chip Kelly innovating, I don’t know, stuff I guess, and yeah. Batteries to throw at people I guess? It could be worse! I mean, you could be living in Cleveland! (I’m kidding. Maybe.) So follow me after the jump to take a look back AND a look forward on all things Razzball. (Including helpful tips using Razzball’s Streamonator, Hitter-Tron, and DFSBot!)

 

This Past Week…

Do you know who Yoan Moncada is? Oh, you do, hunh? Well, what about Wendell Rijo? Gotcha! You know who does know about all of these prospects for the Red Sox and ranked their system? Mike did! And if that wasn’t enough, he also took a look a the Pirates Minor League system

For all you Nick Franklin owners out there (calling all Deep Leagues, calling all Deep Leagues), you’re probably going to want to read what Sky wrote about him

JB Gilpin hosted another great Pod, chatting with Grey about Jared Cosart, Taijuan Walker, and then spent more time talking about Milwaukee than the Milwaukee local news does. JB also updated his Top-100 Pitchers list, so get your knives out to argue about numerical rankings!

Lance went over some intriguing SAGNOF options, giving you the low down on B.J. Melvin Upton, Eric Young Jr., Dalton Pompey, Rajai Davis, and Micah Johnson. If you missed out on some speed in your drafts, be sure to get the skinny. (No, I’m not calling you fat. Don’t be so sensitive.)

Do you own Jayson Werth? Do you want to own Jayson Werth? Do you not own Jayson Werth? If you fit into any one of these three categories, you should probably see what Big Magoo wrote about him

The Official 2015 Razzball Picks and Bold Predictions came out this week, and you should probably check them out, if only to make fun of Sky picking Ryan Zimmerman for his choice for MVP.

Grey went over his rankings, and as an April Fool’s Day prank, proceeded to question himself and his mustache. But when his mustache answered back, a monkey was born from a stone, acquiring supernatural powers through Taoist practices. Totally happened. He also went over his RCL Team that all of you will have the pleasure of taking on in our Commentor Leagues. Speaking of the RCL, J-FOH wrote this update just for you!

Paul created an Auction Simulator from scratch, which makes me wonder even more now if he truly is a robot. Only time will tell if he’s a robot meant for good, or is the evil robot Age of Ultron was based on.

Smokey went over his first Closer Report of the 2015 season, and Tehol backed him up (hey now!) by going over which Closers will disgrace themselves, or delight their fantasy owners. He probably talked about Domonic Brown as well.

Do you not have enough of Kris Bryant yet? Good! Because I guess it was Kris Bryant week at Razz with Big Magoo going over if you should be bullish or bearish about his season and Malamoney took a look at him in Points Leagues.

Last, but not least, Rudy stopped by to explore how a hitter’s last week of at-bats may or may not affect the next days stats. Get your calculators ready! (TI-83 or higher recommended.)

 

Next Week…

Later today, Ralph will go over all the Two-Start Pitchers for the upcoming scoring period. (There might be more than a few. Or none! Who knows? Oh, wait, Ralph does. Nevermind.)

Speaking of which, Razzball’s Streamonator really likes Brandon McCarthy against the Padres for his scheduled start on the 8th. We’re projecting close to 7 innings pitched with 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, and just 2 earned runs. Sounds like a solid streamer to me!

Look for Razzball’s Top-100 Hitters list, debuting this Sunday, as J-FOH goes over a hitter that you should add for the week, and then ranks a whole bunch of other hitters. One hundred of em, I think. And why did he do all of this? Because I guess he has some time on his hands. And knives bro.

For what it’s worth, our Hitter-Tron projects Ben Zobrist to have over 6 hits, possibly a home run, along with a stolen base and 3 runs and 3 RBI’s this opening week. For context, Anthony Rizzo is ranked as the best hitter next week, and he’s projected for over 5 hits, a home run, and 4 RBI.

Our Daily Fantasy content also starts this week, with Sky and company bringing you all the tips and strategy you need to win that cash-monies. Be sure to check out our DFSBot on opening day to get started the right way.

We’ll also have JB’s updated Top-100 pitchers, another Podcast, and all of our content will concentrate on the best week of the year…

Baseball is here!

 

 

Want more of the Jay? Don’t we all folks? Don’t. We. All. Well, you, in fact, can have more. AMAZING. I know. You can find Jay enjoying his dig’s over at the Football side of Razz.

 
  1. Connor says:
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    You got your days mixed up. REAL baseball starts on Sunday night, and then a full slate is on Monday.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Connor: Ah, I did! How dare I make it so baseball starts a day earlier? The shame.

  2. J-FOH says:
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    Time isn’t the only thing on my hands

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @J-FOH: Tehol probably should chime in here.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Jay: good point, Tehol is our resident phallic aficionado

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @J-FOH: i so badly wanted to make this a dick joke

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Jay: haha, good point. I totally failed at early morning reading comprehension

  3. Tom says:
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    “Baseball is here!” – my pants just got a little tighter.

    Great job Razzball team! Thanks for all the outstanding content!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tom: Thanks for being a part of it!

  4. larrya says:
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    Will there be a new prospects guy here?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @larrya: Just Mike. He’s doing a very solid job…

      • larrya says:
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        @Jay: But didn’t he just announce he’s Lea….oh it was April’s fools. I’m a sucker!

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @larrya: i wasn’t sure either till you read his first comment in that post and it mentions amaro is sending him into Northern Russia as there is untapped baseball prospects up there. that did it.

  5. FredWord

    Zunino's kitten Felix says:
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    Josh Hamilton avoids suspension. Should I race to the free agents and pick this guy up?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Shoooore, just as long as you aren’t dropping anything useful.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Jay: can stop patting yourself on the back for grabbing cron everywhere a lot earlier than (some of) you expected. Good news is this might save some of you chiropractor bills.

  6. Mr. Knish says:
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    You forgot one other thing we Phillies fans have going for us: hailing from the Galapagos Islands, the greatest mascot in all of sports, the one and only Phillie Phanatic!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Mr. Knish: i will admit, this is a very fair point. ..

  7. Jason Morgan says:
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    When does a player like Kenley Jansen officially get put on the DL?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jason Morgan: not until baseball officially begins. I’m assuming midnight tonight.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Jay: or darvish, or rendon.

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @Crapshoot Kershaw: saunders and about 20 or so others.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Jason Morgan: the team has until they announce lineups I believe.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @mauledbypandas: these procrastinating lazy ass MF’ers have cost me many decent bench bat options and/or 8th-12th SP in many many leagues. not coo. do they actually have anything to gain (other than schadenfreudin’ it up against us “nerds” that’ve ruined their game by putting math and logic to it) here with this stuff?

  8. Oranje says:
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    Rank the following MIs: Simmons, J. Ramirez, Scooter. Thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Oranje: I’d go Scooter there.

  9. Joeg414 says:
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    Alex Guerrero or Schoop at 2b ?

  10. b-rock says:
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    Can’t wait for the season!

    Thanks for all the time you guys put into this

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @b-rock: thanks for reading!

  11. Frank the tank says:
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    Here are some notable 2 starts for this week, I’ll wait & see later in the article if they do infact have two starts but it’s shaping that way

    Kershaw Monday vs Padres (shields)
    Sat @ Ari (anderson)

    Max Scherzer monday vs mets (colon)
    sun @ philly (o’sullivan)

    Felix hernandez Monday vs angels (weaver)
    Sunday @ oak (hahn)

    Madison Bumgarner Monday @ ari (collmenter)
    Sat @ SD (shields)

    Corey kluber Monday @ houston (keuchel)
    Sunday vs detroit (was supposed to be verlander but he’s on DL)

    David price Monday vs twins (p. Hughs)
    Sat @ Cleveland (house)

    Johnny cueto mon vs pitt (Liriano)
    Sat vs cardinals (Martinez)

    Also looks like strasberg, tanaka, james shields, Adam wainwright, tyson ross, zack Grenike , jon Lester, jeff samarjadza , Chris archer, yordano Ventura, clay Buchholz, dallas Keuchel , Jesse hahn, Josh collmenter , bartolo colon, kyle lohse, & Colby Lewis are amoung the two starts for week 1

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Frank the tank: Ralph is going to Disneyworld later today… he’s going to be thankful for this!

  12. doghat666 says:
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    10 team, 10×10, daily roto league,
    While Rendon is on the DL I have Scooter at 2B, just noticed Gyorko is a FA, should I make the switch?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @doghat666: yeah, he might be worth a look.

  13. Zico says:
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    Anyone have any last minute leagues? Looking to join one before season starts.

  14. Derrick says:
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    Thoughts on this team in a 12-team, H2H, 5X5 (quality starts instead of wins). I didn’t have a 1st round pick because of a previous trade.

    C – Gomes
    1B – C. Davis
    2B – Gyorko
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Santana/Boegarts
    OF – Cargo
    OF – J. Upton
    OF – B. Harper
    Util – Corey Dickerson

    SP – T. Ross
    SP – M. Latos
    SP – P. Hughes
    SP – Shoemaker
    SP – Hutchinson
    SP – Iwakuma
    SP – C. Carrasco
    RP – Cecil
    RP – Uehara
    RP – Boxberger
    RP – Qualls
    RP – Reed

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Derrick: There’s some risk at offense, but I love the upside. The pitching is unspectacular, but good. I think you did okay.

  15. TheITguy says:
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    Am I the only one that noticed that Derek Holland is not on the War room? where should he be ranked in starting pitchers?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @TheITguy: Grey numerous times has mentioned that’s not a mistake, he didn’t intend on him being in those top 100 or even lower than that SP. When asked he’d also agree that for very deep leagues d.holland could be ranked higher than some of the young upsidey flyers ranked around 100th SP simply from having a safe, albeit boring, job. Grey’s ranks are particularly suited for 12 team leagues, esp with SP. War room is based directly on Grey’s ranks.

  16. ashtray says:
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    Both Fiers and Hahn were just dropped in my 12 team H2H 7×7

    Is there anyone on my roster to drop for either of those two pitchers:

    C-Santana
    1-Rizzo
    2-Betts
    3-Arenado
    S-Zobrist
    O-Brantley
    O-Heyward
    O-Pederson
    U-LaRoche
    U-Pearce
    B-Khris Davis

    SPs-
    Arrieta
    Carrasco
    Ross
    Hutchison
    Paxton
    Burnett
    Pomeranz
    Shelby Miller

    Rps-Rosenthal
    Britton
    Benoit
    Rendon

    Thanks

    • Steve says:
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      @ashtray: Fiers for Pomeranz or Miller, quick!

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Steve: Miller.

  17. Jerry says:
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    Hey Jay,

    Who do you like more this season; Brandon Belt or Kris Davis.? Thanks and enjoy the weekend!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jerry: Flip a coin. I’ve always liked Belt, but the shifts are holding him back. Davis for the power I guess.

  18. thesportsguy says:
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    Still have one more draft left on Monday, and although a lot of questions have been answered, still not sure of some values…10 Team AL 5×5

    1. Boston OF..how much to pay for Castillo or Craig? We keep players if traded to NL…
    2. Speed only guys….seems like a lot of options…who are the best values? Dyson, Gose, R Davis, Schaefer, Bonofacio, Burns, Deshields
    3. NYY 3B..Arod? How does he effect AB for G Jones, Headley and Tex?
    4. Salazar, Rodon, who has more upside this year?
    5. Closer issues in Oakland, TB and NYY?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @thesportsguy: 1. Not that much. 2. Probably Davis is the best option, though, they are all SAGNOF’s. 3. I don’t think he affects Headley too much, but he’ll get 250-300 AB’s. 4. Rodon, 5. I’ll go with Boxberger, Miller, and Clippard.

    • J-FOH

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      @thesportsguy: Schafer is the current starting CF in Minnesota but can’t hit lefties. Gose is penciled in as the starter in Detroit and should platoon with Davis taking on all the lefties. Now the Tigers say that Davis will see ABs vs. right handers. It’s confusing I dont think you can wrong either way, but I think Schafer gets more AB’s.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @thesportsguy: in 3# any a-roid at bats likely come out of g.jones. it’ll be fun, before every so many at bats he’ll punch him, and at bats will come out.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: until teixera gets hurt on april 23rd of course.

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Jay: i over shot it there probably if we were betting. That’s a good game to play (also known in poker/gambling circles as chinese auctioning). I pick a number (in this case teixera’s injured by date) and opp either takes one side, or makes his own number, at which point i can take a side or make up another number. this continues till one side takes a side.

  19. Bryan says:
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    Jay, please give advice on my hitting,11 team roto 5×5
    C-Zunino
    1b-Edwin
    2b-Rendon
    ss-D.Santana
    3b-Arenendo
    Of-A.Jones
    Of-Harper
    Of-Ozuna
    Of-Martin
    OfGarcia
    1b/3b-C.Davis
    2b/ss-Wong
    Util-Hosmer
    Bn-Gyorko
    Bn-Souza
    Bn-Tomas
    Sp-Zimmerman
    Sp-Arietta
    Cl-Krod
    Cl-Benoit
    Cl-Mejia
    Cl-Cecil
    Cl-Hawkins
    Cl-Soria
    Sp-Bauer

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bryan: I’m not sure what to suggest. I like the outfield, and the only weak spot looks to be Hosmer… and maybe Rendon depending if it takes longer than three weeks for him. I’m assuming your streaming pitchers? If so, that’s a fine team.

  20. Dave says:
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    Jay,

    Owings, Semien, Flores, Ramirez, or Andrelton?

    Fowler or Crawford?

    Cheers!

    • J-FOH

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      @Dave: depends on need. Owings and Semien if you need a little pop and a little speed, Ramirez is just speed only, Flores is better BA with pop upside and Andrelton is a straight no.

      Fowler

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dave: Flores. And Fowler.

  21. Adam says:
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    Does CJ Cron get less ABs as a result of Hamilton avoiding punishment? Do I start Oswaldo Arcia over Cron in my Util slot at this point?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Adam: at minimum Hamilton is 4-6 weeks away

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Adam: I’d say he’s okay for a month or so.

  22. Lightblack says:
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    How the hellz do y’all add a pretty picture next to your handle again? Y am I missing this? I forgotz :(

  23. Bryan says:
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    J-FOH, is Jose Peraza coming up anytime soon and what do u think of him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      mid-2015 ETA (likely July or later)

      should contribute in average and steals :)

  24. M says:
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    Rank these, can only start 1 of these 3 this week (5th starter problems) 6×6 league (W,IP, ERA,WHIP, K/9 for SPs)

    Kazmir v TEX
    Hammel v STL
    Haren v TB

    • The Harrow says:
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      @M: not sure (hope not) but these type ?’s might now be handled differently, maybe. if not for the k per 9 aspect it might very well be haren, still could be.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @M: I like Kazmir there.

  25. Jerry says:
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    Thanks, Jay! What about Ben Revere or Aybar? Do you like any of those guys over Kris Davis?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jerry: Naw, I’d stick with Davis.

  26. Fo Shizzo my Rizzo says:
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    Hey what do you think of this trade? 12 team 6×6 OPS and QS

    C- Lucroy
    1b – Rizzo
    2B – Josh Harrison
    3b – David Wright
    SS – Bogaerts
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Corey Dickerson
    OF – J. Ellsbury
    UTIL 1b Hosmer
    UTIL OF Carlos Gonzalez
    BN Joc Pederson
    BN Chase Utley
    NA Castillo

    SP Kluber
    SP Samardzija
    RP Kimbrel
    RP Boxberger
    P Gregerson
    P Wade Davis
    P Pineda
    P Tijuan Walker
    BN Cobb
    BN Graveman
    BN Shoemaker

    My D. Wright, Josh Harrison and Corey Dickerson for his Arenado, Dozier and Arcia. What do you think of the rest of the squad too. Any input is appreciated. Love the site keep up the good work.

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      @Fo Shizzo my Rizzo: that trade doesn’t seem close, you’ll be losing some steals, gaining everywhere else though. based on rest of team, i’m guessing you could either A. find a better 2nd bench bat, or B. don’t have 2nd bench bat and grab either 8th SP or another great RP that might close later, or stream it for both. Could even stream that spot for RP/SP and/or BN bat for off days.

  27. tyler says:
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    Jay! A league mate dropped Rusney in a 12 team 5×5 and thinking there is no way Hanley, victorino, etc stay healthy, I am stashing him on my bench. Solid move? He is my only bench bat, but hoping he gets called up soon.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @tyler: I think it’s a solid move, yeah. Who knows what Victorino will do.

  28. RicoSuave says:
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    Good job Jay!

    14 team H2H points league,
    I got offered Goldschmidt and Carlos Gonzalez for my E. Encarnacion and S. Marte…
    What do you think?
    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @RicoSuave: I think it’s fair. I’d probably hold since I love EE, but it’s really a coin flip.

  29. luvdarooks says:
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    NL $260 11 team – 10 keeper with 40 man roster so ITS DEEP W/ HIGH INFLATION. Minors do not count against the $260.
    Question is who are my last two keepers?
    KEEPING( Goldy 10-Harrison 7-Soler 10-Pederson 5-Storen 10-Giles 7-BRYANT & GRAY are MINORS)
    which 2 to KEEP out of Cashner 14-Polanco 20-Benoit 12-Peralta 15 Hanson (Pitt) stays 5 till he hits 150 MLB ab’s so nice 2016 keeper

    • Jay

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      @luvdarooks: Probably Cashner and Hanson.

  30. The toad says:
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    Hey man! I have odor as my one & only 2b & also have a free roster spot so I don’t have to drop anyone.
    Add any of these & start over odor this week (week 1) h2h points weekly lock league.

    Neil Walker, howie kendrick, arismendy alcantara (eligible at OF & 2b), marcus semien (eligible at 2b & 3b), Brett lawrie (eligible at 2b & 3b), Jedd gyorko, michah johnson , jace peterson (eligible at SS & 2b)

    Thanks man! Keep calm & razzball on!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The toad: Walker. Amen brotha!

  31. David Brys says:
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    Need to drop one for a starting pitcher have too many outfielders. Avisail Garcia or Wil Myers

  32. Aavasil Garcia or Wil Myers. Have have plenty of power. Which guy do you think will have the better year

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dnut eastwood: Myers. But I could also be a homer. Not sure.

  33. darkness says:
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    I live in downtown Cleveland, and I must say it is a pretty awesome place to live. There is nothing I would change besides the long winter. Don’t think that most people who rag on it have been here for more than a day, at least in the last 5 years.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @darkness: It’s a joke. And I’ve been there before. Jacobs Field is pretty, that’s for sure.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @darkness: Yes, Cleveland is actually nice. The stereotype is that Cleveland sucks and is a dreary city. I didn’t find it to be that way at all.

  34. Frank White says:
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    I have to drop either LaRoche or Werth. Which one should I drop? I need more pitching

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Frank White: I wouldn’t recommend either, but I think LaRoche is a tad bit more useful at this point due to Werth not being in the opening day lineup.

  35. Travis says:
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    Hey Jay! Excited for another season!

    Thoughts on my team below:

    I think I went a bit overkill in power, lacking on avg/runs guys (out league all scores singles, doubles, triples, and strikeouts which might hurt me)…

    C- Y Gomes
    1b- A Pujols
    2b- J Kipnis
    3b-J Donaldson
    SS- I Desmond
    OF- J Bautista, A Jones, K Calhoun
    UTIL/BN- M Trumbo, B Belt, B Revere, A Jackson

    SP- M Harvey, G Cole, J deGrom, L Lynn, I Kennedy, J Hammel, G Holland
    RP- A Chapman (I said I wouldn’t draft a closer high, but when he was out there still in the 8th round I had to), K Jensen, S Cishek, H Rondon

    I took a late round flyer with Holland, but wondering if should drop him for Shelby Miller? Both are gambling for upside..

    debating dropping AJax for Micah Johnson to maybe help my avg and SB some?

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      @Travis: d holland, not sure how that got g

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Travis: I’d want to go with Miller there. I wonder if he might figure something out on the Braves…

      • Travis says:
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        @Jay: what about other questions… Thoughts on team? drop AJAX for Micah?

  36. thesportsguy says:
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    I keep asking…10 Team AL 5×5….Taijuan Walker or Derek Holland?

  37. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Hi,

    I have been trying to get into your league. ESPN is telling me that “gopadres” is an incorrect password. I don’t understand it because I see other people were able to join.

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