At one point in Sunday’s draft, Andy Behrens said to me, “I can’t believe you went to $3 on Peter O’Brien.  That’s not on brand for you.”  You know what; he’s right.  Shame on me for briefly going off brand. Even if it was for a millisecond between bids $2 and $3 on the 35-year-old rookie, Peter O’Brien, who has more holes in his swing than Swiss cheese at a shooting range.  Maybe the, um, spirit of drafting on St. Patty’s Day overcame me.  Maybe I was hoping O’Brien could make me some hurricanes while I waded in my kiddie pool this summer.  It’s Andy Behrens’s brand to draft terrible players.  That’s not my brand.  I realized that soon enough, Dear Reader.  Andy went to $4 and I let him have O’Brien.  I suppose if things break right, O’Brien will retire at some point this summer and look kindly on Behrens for drafting him, then offer his services as a babysitter.  I don’t need a babysitter; my wife is like a decade older than me!  Okay, I’m about to drop on you one of the sexiest NL-Only teams. You might want to place an extra-wide condom over your head, before I impregnate your eyes.  Anyway, here’s my Tout Wars 12-team, NL-Only draft recap:

C: Chris Iannetta $5
C: Alex Avila $6
1B: Pete Alonso $10
2B: Enrique Hernandez $8
SS: Trea Turner $38
3B: Manny Machado $30
MI: J.T. Riddle $1
CI: Ryan Zimmerman $12
OF: Juan Soto $33
OF: David Dahl $22
OF: Scott Schebler $4
OF: Dexter Fowler $5
UTIL: Colin Moran $5
UTIL: Garrett Cooper $1
Bench: Melky Cabrera, Juan Lagares

P: Chris Paddack $9
P: Zack Wheeler $19
P: Raisel Iglesias $14
P: Steven Matz $7
P: Jose Quintana $10
P: German Marquez $13
P: Dereck Rodriguez $2
P: Anthony DeSclafani $3
P: Jose Urena $3
Bench: Greg Holland, Andrew Suarez

YOU KNOW I LIKE TO BE THE RATIONAL ONE BETWEEN US, EVEN IF MY CAPS LOCK BELIE THAT, BUT I’M STUNNED SPEECHLESS BY THIS TEAM. WAS THIS A 12-TEAM MIXED LEAGUE?

Mr. Bolden Al Caps, I’m right there with you.  There is so much sexy on this team it’s like we’re all bathing in the Playboy grotto, and erotically squirting lotion on each other.  Only instead of lotion, it’s Treat Urner, Manny Machado and Juan Soto.  Juan freakin’ Soto!  For $33?  C’mon, brah.  Things aren’t supposed to be that easy.  This is the same Juan Soto we (I) dubbed Sexy Dr. Pepper last season?  This is the same Juan Soto who was 20 years old and had a .406 OBP?  This is an OBP league, by the by.  If Sexy Dr. Pepper is not a $40 player next year, I will eat my hat.  Of course, I’m wearing a hat made of an oversized tostada, but still.  That’s a test I like to do with all my high-priced players:  Will they be worth the same or more next year?  If it’s the same, fine.  No harm, no foul.  Is it more?  Then that’s great, that means I’m going to reap the rewards.  Let’s try that test on two random players.  Will Juan Soto be worth around $33 or more next year?  Yes or no–Too slow!  Of course, yes.  Will, say, Paul Goldschmidt be worth the same as his draft day price $36 next year or more?  I’d say same or less.  How is Manny Machado only a $30 player?  Is it because he was a head case last year?  Last year when he hit 37 homers and stole 14 bags with a .367 OBP?  That last year?  I don’t care if he’s Johnny Hustle, Charlie Hustle or Doing The Hustle if he’s getting those kind of stats.  You’re telling me next year he won’t be at a $30 player if not much more?  Please.

I FAINTED AT THE MIDPOINT OF THAT LAST PARAGRAPH.  YOU OWN TREAT URNER?!  CANDLE — WHICH IS A PORTMANTEAU OF ‘CAN’T HANDLE.’  I’M SHOPPING AT WICKS ‘N STICKS THERE IS SO MUCH TO CANDLE HERE.

I know!  I want to own Treat Urner in every league; it hasn’t always happened.  However, in an auction, you can have any player you want, and I was not going to let a guy, who I think has a legit chance for a 20/50 season, get away.  Or, at worst, he’s a 17/40 guy and only the 10th best player in baseball.  Dude’s standing on a roof, and his floor is everyone else’s ceiling.  Here’s my team’s projections (as we transition gently to my pitching):

Treat Urner has a 15.8 in SBs, and the 2nd highest overall player value (35.7), behind only Bryce Harper, who is a beast in OBP — and crazy solid in all other categories.  Once you get those Urner, Machado and Soto stats, you really don’t need anything else.  You just want to avoid major negatives, which I did, and I added David Dahl. I kinda need a nap to deal with how ridiculous it is I own Dahl too.  What, the cleanup hitter in Coors who’s about to breakout and cost about $35 next year?  That David Dahl?  Oh…*climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro* …Kay.  Well, as long as I didn’t take anyone else sexy I guess.  Wait, what’s that, I also bought Pete R. Alonso?  I’m sorry, I’m going to throw my computer out the window if the team stays this good as I head into my pitching recap.

YOU GOT THE EXILED NAZI, GERMAN MARQUEZ, FOR $13.  I DON’T KNOW IF I WANNA LAUGH, CRY OR CRY-LAUGH WITH SNORTS.

I’m not sure what happened in the room. I bid German Marquez for $13, and then I must’ve blacked out.  Did I really get the sexiest pitcher in baseball for $13?  I don’t remember having a coupon for a $10 Coors rebate, but, apparently, I had one. Was it between my Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons?  Did my insanely older wife slide the coupon into my glove compartment without me knowing?  I love being frugal, but, when you mix frugality with the sexiness of German Marquez, I….I…I…must’ve blacked out.  Only thing I can think of.  I blacked out, and everyone felt sorry for me so they gave me German Marquez for $13.  I already had my quote-unquote ace in Zack Wheeler.  I was not intending on drafting an actual ace, but THIRTEEN DOLLARS?!  Geez, they took pity on me because I blacked out.  Only possible explanation.  Could’ve been worse, they could’ve drew a penis on my cheek.  Thanks, guys!

OKAY, WE SHOULD PRETEND THIS ISN’T THE BEST NL-ONLY TEAM ANYONE’S LAID EYES ON AND CONSTRUCTIVELY CRITIQUE YOUR WEAKNESSES.

Weakness.  One.  As in a closer.  I meant to draft another low-end closer, but there was no one I was interested in.  I could’ve, nay, should’ve drafted Jared Hughes to back-up Raisel.  Or grabbed a low-end guy like Melancon or Will Smith, but I couldn’t get jiggy wit’ either.  To be middle of the pack in an NL-Only league, you need one great closer, and I think I have that, so maybe with some luck I’ll luck into a 6 or 7 in saves.  Push comes to shove, I do believe Archie Bradley is the Diamondbacks’ setup man and not their closer, so my Greg Holland could get saves.  Chasing saves with Holland does feel like tilting at windmills.

THIS TEAM WAS SO SEXY WE DIDN’T EVEN MENTION CHRIS PADDACK, EXCEPT FOR THIS SLOPPY APOPHASIS.

I know!  I need to go take a long steam and smoke a cigar.  This team has me all spent.  *chucks computer out window*

  1. Al KOHOLIC says:
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    Yeah pretty damn sexy team even Quintana could come back to life and if Paddack does anything over 100 innings ?????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, AL! And agreed!

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Nice report, enjoyed the banter between you both!

    a. The team! Wow, I have the same question was it a mixed league? Really great team.

    b. Drafted my RCL last night. Would really appreciate your insights as always. It will be a super competitive league, a room full of Grey’s disciples ascended upon the room. As a;ways when disciples are in the discussion there was a Judas Iscariot who drafted like 3 or 4 pitchers in the first 6 rounds, so there’s that.

    MI Turner, Trea – WAS 1 (8)
    SS Story, Trevor – COL 2 (17)
    1B Rizzo, Anthony – CHC 3 (32)
    OF Springer, Geo – HOU 4 (41)
    P Paxton, James – NYY 5 (56)
    OF Dahl, David – COL 6 (65)
    OF Conforto, Mich – NYM 7 (80)
    2B Shaw, Travis – MIL 8 (89)
    3B Muncy, Max – LAD 9 (104)
    OF Inciarte, Ender – ATL 10 (113)
    P Iglesias, Raisel – CIN 11 (128)
    P Rodriguez, Ed – BOS 12 (137)
    P Glasnow, Tyler – TB 13 (152)
    CI Escobar, Ed – ARI 14 (161)
    P Hicks, Jordan – STL 15 (176)
    P Betances, Del – NYY 16 (185)
    P Green, Chad – NYY 17 (200)
    UT Bauers, Jake – CLE 18 (209)
    OF Allen, Greg – CLE 19 (224)
    P Ottavino, Ad – NYY 20 (233)
    C Barnhart, Tuck – CIN 21 (248)
    2B Goodrum, Niko – DET 22 (257)
    P Conley, Adam – MIA 23 (272)
    OF DeShields, Del – TEX 24 (281)
    UT Choi, Ji-Man – TB 25 (296)

    I have since added Familia over Conley. Drafted out of the 8 hole, I know my pitching sucks. Iglesias is my closer and Paxton is my #1 SP. Not good.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Bas says:
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      Hey Ante!

      Love the hitting with Treat, Story, Dahl and Shaw.
      And of course the Dentist (this is the year!!)

      Indeed closing sucks, but you will get to some closers from waivers (especially living in the European timezone, that always works pretty well for me;-)) I do love the K machines you haver added.

      Best,
      Bas from Holland

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Bas!!

        Thanks for your comments. Yes, hopefully my CET advantage (i.e., when the games on the west coast are just finishing and most North Americans are going to bed, our day is just starting. So opportunities abound) will be useful. I make too many moves. Last year I dropped the following, still one the league but it could have been way easier.

        1. Hicks, Aaron
        2. Muncy, Max

        Those are the ones I remember. I’m sure there were more. Have to find Verlander 2018 for 2019, maybe Cole. Who knows? Maybe Sale has another 300K season?

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • stayinhot says:
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      We are in the same league mate, the Europeans are taking over!

      • bas says:
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        hehe, nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks! Glad we were able to help you get in a full RCL league, it was dicey until the tipoff… As for the team, all guys I would draft. I love the hitting and pitching, only worry is the pitching is a little risky with Paxton as your ace and you skipped over some safer starters after him, but it’s all good… You can stream!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        a. Yeah, same feeling I had about the pitching. In an even more recent move the one above, I dropped Famiia for Caleb Smith. I’ll start him at home and in pitcher’s parks. They’ll limit his innings too to (stutterer) ease him back in, meanwhile he is Miami’s staff ace!

        b. Honeywell is available in that league but I’ll wait for someone to get injured before I sign him up.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          B. Makes sense

  3. kwoox says:
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    In GREY WE TRUST……Here is our Keeper league team. Would love thoughts and feed back please! Also, might have one of the most hilarious OF group you have seen.

    NO Catcher currently
    1b: Hoskins
    2nd: Baez
    3rd: Carols Santana
    SS: Pereza
    CI: Escobar
    MI: Marcus Semiem
    OF: Giancarlo Stanton
    OF: Springer
    OF: Dahl
    OF: ACUNA
    OF: Mullins
    UTl: Fletcher
    UTL: Hosmer
    Bench spots

    Adames
    Franmil Reyes
    NIKO Goodrum
    oh and someone named ELOY JIMINENZ

    Pitchers
    German Marquez
    Shane Bieber
    JA Happ
    Joey Lucheeesssiiiiii
    Joe Musgrove

    closers:
    Osuna
    Kimbrel
    Barnes
    wily peralta

    Also, feel free to use this team as what to do/how you follow Grey and DOMINATE simpleton baseball leagues/managers. YOU’re the man! BASEBALLS back……..let’s gooooooooooooo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure it matters how many teams bc your pitching looks dope and your hitting looks solid, but # of teams might matter

      • kwoox says:
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        12……

  4. JAscher says:
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    In Grey we trust…

    Had my 5 keeper, 27 round pick draft yesterday…

    C –
    1 – Hosmer
    2 – Baez
    3 – Carlos Santana
    SS – Peraza
    MI – Semian
    CI – Eduardo Escobar
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Springer
    OF – Acuna
    OF – Dahl
    OF – Hoskins
    Util – Fletcher
    Util – Mullins
    Bench – Adames, Franmil Reyes, Goodrum, Eloy

    Pitchers:
    Starters: Bieber, Happ, Lucchesi, Musgrove, G. Marquez
    Relief: Romo, Osuna, Kimbrel, Barnes, W. Peralta

    I think it’s very solid…thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • JAscher says:
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        We had the 9th pick, 12 teams. Started out with Acuna Hoskins Eloy Marquez and Baez as keepers…

  5. Mike says:
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    10 team, 4 player H2H league. My bats are locked in.

    My question for you you handsome son of a gun, would you keep Verlander or Nola as you pitcher to build a rotation around?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Verlander for me

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      keeper i want nola,as good as Verlander was last year just a few years removed from not good and father time is here

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      if they’re the same price, i think it’s gotta be verlander . . . but if there’s any discount over $1-$2 on nola compared to JV, i’d go nola.

    • Grey

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      Obviously coin flip based on other answers, I’d prolly go Nola for youth, but kinda same diff

  6. Tigres says:
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    Grey! You sure love you some Jose Quintana! :>) Seriously, your team is so sexy, I need to give my laptop a cold shower…

    Also – Luis Castillo owners everywhere are thanking you for last week’s annual “Spring Stats Don’t Matter” feature!

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      yeah he better snap the f#@$k out of this shit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know! I didn’t plan on owning Quintana anywhere and now have him in two leagues… It does damper the sexiness a little, but not that much! I’m beginning to think Castillo just doesn’t like cold weather

  7. c says:
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    F#%$ that team is legit badass.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  8. Cabby says:
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    Wow! Your team looks great!

    Thoughts on a trade I made in my keeper league.

    12 team keeper league. Keep 10 MLB players and 7 minors
    Obp, r, sb, FBI, total bases
    Era, whip, k, wins plus qs, holds plus saves

    I had just given up a lot to get Trea Turner. It left me with no 2B.

    I was offered Ozzie Albies for my Jose Abreu. Although this left me with no 1B, I made the trade.

    My team is now:
    C,C
    1b-
    2b- Ozzie Albies
    Ss- Trea Turner
    MI-
    3B- Arenado
    CI
    OF- Acuna,Harper,Marte, Mazaro,OF
    U-
    SP- Snell, Beuhler, Corbin,SP,SP,SP
    3RP-

    Thoughts? Who would you try to target at 1B?

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      I like it!

  9. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    You have chosen wisely.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad, right, Sweatpants?

  10. mUshi says:
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    Hi Grey!

    in a keeper league, is it ok to trade altuve and devers for soto and hiura?

    thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d take the Altuve side but it’s fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • mUshi says:
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        would it be better if it’s bichette instead of hiura?
        thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, how deep is this league that you want to get younger?

          • mUshi says:
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            oh, I forgot to mention. 20 teamer. keep 8 (keep forever)
            I’m excited about Soto but also understand Altuve is still better for this year.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d lean Soto/Huira in that deep of a league and keep forever

              • mUshi says:
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                Thanks!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  11. NDGwynn says:
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    14 team roto, can keep 5-7 players forever
    C-a. Barnes
    1-goldy
    2-j. Baez
    3- arenado
    ss- e. Escobar
    CI- rizzo
    Of- trout, piscotty, bader, laureano
    DH- wendle
    Bench- deshields, cespedes, Jorge polanco, Willkie Calhoun, Austin Riley, adam Frazier
    P- Degrom, verlander, e-rod, pivotal, Skaggs, gausman, knebel, c. Allen
    P-Trevor Williams, woodruff, Blake Parker, Estrada, d. Smyly, Honeywell
    Thoughts? Immediate need/s?

    • Grey

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      You must’ve had some nice keepers, bc your team looks stacked… Bit insane number of bench bats, but that’s a small thing… Frazier and Calhoun are kinda whatever… Those spots should be bench arms — I hope Pivetta is pivotal too!

  12. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey …

    Money time for my keepers league ! DRAFT TONITE…. of Draft beer Lite?
    10 teams – 10 keepers

    Starting team :

    1B. Goldy
    2B. Alty
    SS . Treaty
    OF Acuña
    OF Springer
    Util Aguilar

    SP1 Bauer
    SP2 Corbin
    SP3 Severino
    RP1 KJansen

    I pick last (10th-11th picks)
    i should be able to grab Something like German M + D-Dahl or Castellanos
    i would love me some Hader, but an expensive SAGNOF

    and then i’ ll try to put the Shaw at 3B, along with a Bieber / Glasnow maybe Castillo? if still on board @ pick 130-131

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d consider you have 2 aces, and nothing on starters, so you don’t need German — Could use Dahl — Grab Bieber or one of those guys later

      • Nick says:
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        So you saying to focus on batters !

        avb @draft would be :
        OF : Dahl / Rosario/ Puig / Castellanos / Mazara / Enciarte

        IF : Gennett/M.Olson /Odor / Gallo / Encarnacion

        Pick 130 : Which 3B should i reach for : Shaw, Moustakas, Profar or Devers? or wait for Senzel ?
        my main problem is that many players have lost their 3B eligibility… in Y!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, Shaw

          • Nick says:
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            Here is how it went :

            C. Alfaro (i have him in ALL my team!)
            1B. Goldy / Aguilar / Pete Alonso
            2B. Altuve / G.Hampson
            3B. Shaw / Senzel / I.Happ
            SS. Treat / T.Anderson
            OF. Acuña / Springer / DDAhl / Castellanos

            Steady performers and youg batters !
            Most interesting on FA : Bader, but i have OF allready

            SP. Bauer/Corbin / Severino
            RP. KJ/T.May/W.Smith
            P. Yu Darvish/Z.Eflin/Lucchesi/Eovaldi/Woodruff

            Yu was my worse pick @131… cause i missed on Bieber, Hader, Castillo, and Y! rank screwed me … i’d better picked up EdRod or Glasnow

            with NA spot i still can add 1 player :
            Hunter Strikland for Saves?
            M.Wacha / Chacin / F.Peralta to complete the starters?
            … i have no Holds stats yet … Pressly in Houston?

  13. JakeTPE says:
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    Grey sir,

    That is one great-looking team you drafted there! Well done! Turner, Machado, Dahl, Soto, Marquez, Wheeler etc etc. I’m reminded of the SNL high school chess coach skit. “Why don’t you just give him the king? Give it to him!” — Jim Belushi to everyone else at the auction. What were they doing?

    So, I drafted a team in a 14-team league last night that went 400 players deep and I really like it (Acuña, Lindor, Seguera, Bauer, German…) except I kinda neglected 1B, 3B, and CI. I came out of it with:

    Muncy #146
    Kyle Seager #275
    Yonder Alonso #286
    Moreland #387

    (I could have avoided this by going Abreu instead of Cruz at #79 but remembered Rudy talking up Cruz, so it is what it is)

    And now Seager won’t even play for a few months, so I need 1B/3B cover. Can I ask whom you and the Razzball faithful like out of these shmohawks?

    Healy
    Moran/Kang
    McMahon
    E. Nunez
    Pujols (oh good lord!)

    The Tyler Whites and Pete Alonsos are long gone I’m afraid.

    I’m looking for at bats and general non-suckiness if possible!

    Thanks in advance!

    Jake

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d take a shot on McMahon

      • JakeTPE says:
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        Thanks, Donkey Teeth. I will record your vote!

        I like the Coors factor and it sounds like they might play him at 2B to start the season. (If you believe what the Rockies are saying–always a dicey proposition.)

        • bigbear says:
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          I’d go McMahon too.

          • JakeTPE says:
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            Thanks, bigbear!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d try McMahon or Healy

      • JakeTPE says:
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        Nice. Thanks Grey. I’m trying to convince myself Healy’s OK. Owned him in stretches last year. Japan games are in primetime over here so getting excited yo!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! You’ll have to report back what goes on since we’re all gonna miss them

          • JakeTPE says:
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            Ha! Sure thing! It’s ridiculous playing regular season games this early but I’ll take it. Tickets and travel make going cost prohibitive unfortunately… Any Razzball readers in Tokyo?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think there’s someone in Korea, but I don’t remember another in Japan

  14. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Hey grey. Wanted to say thanks for all the work you put in. Had my draft this weekend. 12 team 6×6 obp 3 man keeper league. Any input would be appreciated!

    C – Wellington Castillo
    1B – Jesus Aguilar
    2B – Jonathon Villar
    SS – Jean Segura
    3B – Nolan Arenado (keeper)
    OF – Michael Trout (keeper)
    OF – Nomar Mazara
    OF – Domingo Santana
    UTL – Edwin Encarnacion
    Bench – Fernando Tatis Jr

    Sp – Jacob deGrom (Keeper)
    Sp – Jack Flaherty
    Sp – Hyun-Jin Ryu
    Sp – Kenta Maeda
    Sp – Trevor Williams
    Sp – Alex Wood
    CL – Rasiel Iglesias
    CL – Jose Leclerc
    Bench – Julio Urias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Love the hitting and pitching, it looks like a stacked team… If I had to quibble, Williams, Wood and Urias are super wild card-ish

  15. OaktownSteve says:
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    You got Wheeler Marquez and Paddack for what Scherzer went for

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      Pivetta went for 14.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Pivetta for more than Marquez — hehe

    • Dave D says:
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      Thats a great point. Three for one. Great depth of SP’s indeed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s good right, Oaktown?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        You know I like to nitpick your teams, but you did pretty darn well, my friend. The starting pitching buys were really really good. Marquez at that price relative to where other guys went is criminal. How can a room full of people who call themselves experts let that happen?

        Quintana a good buy Desclafffff a decent buy there. Even Urena is a good innings eater in an only and he’s at least got decent home splits to fall back on.

        Only a couple little things. Bummer the Pirates announced Kang as the every day stater just today. And I think Iglesias probably ends up looking a lot like Hader in terms of his final numbers. May not get more than 20 saves if that. So Hughes would have been a nice pick up. I suspect the guy on the Diamondbacks who ends the season with the most saves will be Hirano. Holland looks pretty well brined and pickled.

        Offense looks really good for an only. Alonso’s a great shot there. Have to sweat out D Smith for a week. Don’t know if they could carry both an get you on the short side of a platoon, but even then, he’s a good bet to get close to 20 homers playing half the time. Love Soto. Feel like that’s a slight bargain price on Machado too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! I agree with you, it wasn’t perfect… In retrospect, I should’ve went $5 more on a guy like Souza and skipped Moran, while grabbing Avila for $1, I only went to $6 on him bc I had extra money at the end… I’m not sweating the Kang thing tho, he’s not great and he’s old… Let’s see him take his good spring into May… You might be right on Hirano, I should’ve went a few more dollars on Seranthony and had him instead of my last SP, but I have a ton of IP

  16. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Yeah, wow! This team looks strong in mixed leagues let alone NL only, nice! What will make you feel even better is that Pete Alonso went for $12(!) in my *mixed* 12 team keeper.

    Speaking of that league, we had the draft last night. What do you think? Any areas of improvement? Weekly lineups so reserve is best used for upside / saves stashes and extra pitching for 2-start options:

    C – $1 C Kelly (Alfaro went for 7? Wellington went for 10)
    C – $1 A Barnes (not intentional but don’t hate it…for some reason no one bid on the Cs I nominated)
    1B – $21 Rhys (Keeper)
    2B – $5 Villar (K)
    SS – $13 Story (K)
    3B – $4 M Chapman (K)
    MI – $1 Eduardo Escobar (heyo!)
    CI – $12 Voit (my yankee fandom got the best of me for once, but I’ll happily take him at the same price as Pete Alonso)
    OF – $34 Betts (K)
    OF – $26 Acuna (K)
    OF – $16 Just Dong (K)
    OF – $1 Domingo Santana (heyo! And delino went for $10!)
    OF – $1 Jackie Bradley Jr.
    UTL – $2 G Hampton (psyched about this esp compared to $12 Pete O’Brien and $10 Paddack on other teams, even if COL does get cute with splitting time etc)

    Reserve – Niko Goodrum; Brinson (why not?)

    SP – $35 Nola (if I didn’t get him or JV, my only top 20 options that weren’t kept were Clev who went for 26 and Marquez, who went at market price but is a scary SP1 for mixed leagues)
    SP – $10 JA Happ
    SP – $1 Lucchesi (!!! Paddack went for $10!)
    SP – $10 Hill
    SP – $3 Ryu
    SP – $5 Pivetta
    SP – $1 J Urias (fun stash, I feel like my reserve starters cover me if he doesn’t start much)
    RP – $19 Treinen (went for less than Kenley and Chapman [and less than diaz])
    RP – $12 Alvarado

    Reserve – Strahm, Woodruff, Betances, Domingo German, Minter

    Pretty psyched about this + the bonus of a few fun stashes!

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      Meant to also say – obviously your rankings were a huge help throughout as always… but ESPECIALLY on the MI / late OF / mid tier pitching front. The values per top 500 were totally different from the rest of the room and it paid off, I think/hope! (Escobar, Domingo, lucceshi etc…). Thanks Team Razzball as always!

    • peacecoast says:
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      that’s a pretty good fucking team

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks dude

    • zombie says:
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      Man Duda, you’ve got to be pleased here. Domingo for a buck?! Waited on him & lost in 3 drafts. Thought that you HAD to reach. But I guess not. Love the Escobar value as well, & if Hampson sticks (reluctant hope as I own McMahon), this draft is over the top. Plenty of 2nd-3rd tier pitcher value makes vindicates the Nola purchase price. With quality stashes as well! Successful draft, indeed.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks, a lot! My thoughts exactly . . . I ended up with ~$24/26 leftover at the end, which was sort of annoying, but not complaining at all . . . only reason i had so much leftover is because of saving like 8-12 on guys like lucchesi, pivetta, domingo, etc…

        I thought Domingo was going to go for a ton too. No clue why he didn’t. Luck, I guess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Look at your outfield…you have 3 top 15 players and you have an ace in Nola and a #2, 3, etc. The team looks awesome! Hopefully Voit and Ed-Esc are as good as I think they will be

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks! Yeah, already framed a picture of that OF! Certainly reaffirmed my decision to only keep hitters . . . I went into the auction with the fewest dollars, yet had no trouble drafting a full rotation and closers without sacrificing quality (I was going in assuming I’d have to draft those reserve pitchers as my SP4-6). 100% thanks to your rankings!

        (I kept Villar and Chapman over an $11 Clev and $6 Marquez…Delino went for $9, Hamilton went for $16, Cain went for $31, and Marte went for $39, so have to think Villar would have cost a lot…and Devers went for $16, so same deal re: M. Chapman)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! You should sign the framed picture and send it to each of them with the inscription — we’re all in this together

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            They’re going to be very confused why a yankee fan owns basically the entire Red Sox OF….

            I’ll sign Acuna’s, Tilde do us part . . .

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  17. JJ says:
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    Awesome team!

    Btw my wife is 4 years 4 months older too
    So at sometimes throughout the year she’s 5 years older!!!

    Not the way I drew it up in high school

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

  18. packers2018 says:
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    Really nice team! Your pitching is outstanding for the cost. Matz might surprise as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I like Matz too, yeah

  19. Robert says:
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    Closing is a complete mess I really think it can get away quickly.
    5×5 keeper league 10 team.
    C:Gary Sanchez, 1b: Jose Abreu 2B:Ozzie Albies SS: Lindor 3B:Machado MI: Jose Ramirez CI: Suarez Out:Puig, Conforto, Rosario, McCuthen, Upton, Utl:Domingo Santana.
    P:Cole, Corbin, Price, Maeda, Stripling, Mustgrove, LeClerc,
    Giles, Wil Smith.
    Bench Vlad Jr. Eloy Jimenez, Amed Rosario, Alex Wood.
    What you think, I feel my hitting is very deep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with you, you’re low on RPs, but the team looks solid… I love the hitting, and you still have 2 aces — nice!

  20. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey – well done on the draft. Can’t believe that was a 12 team NL only!

    I have Betts and Trout in a 10 team H2H 5×5 league where you get to keep forever 10 guys so life is good. However the Acuna owner is interested in Betts (duh) and I really would like to own Acuna for another 10 years. Acuna and Betts’ projections are relatively close considering Acuna is only 21. Would you consider trading Betts for Acuna plus receiving a high draft pick (in our league a high draft pick would be players around 100th ranked overall given 10 keepers per team but there is always good talent in the draft). Do you think Acuna can reach and pass Betts in the near future or should I hold and enjoy having the two best players in the game?

    Thanks,
    LG

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Love Acuna but I’d probably just hold Betts. No need to mess up a good thing…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Agree with DT

  21. Five-on-One says:
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    Hi Grey – Your team looks great, was it really NL only? Can I get a quick eval of the team I auctioned this weekend? 12-team, 5×5, 2 catcher league. Auction prices in parens. Some really good deals and generally I love my hitting, but wish I had spent on one more good SP, especially with Heaney starting the year on the IL. Look forward to your (and any others’) thoughts.

    C – Contreras (10), Kelly (1)
    1B – Hoskins (24)
    3B – Suarez (14)
    2B – Odor (8)
    SS – Peraza (10)
    CI – Baez (26)
    MI – Anderson (6)
    OF – Betts (44), Springer (19), Braun (5), D.Santana (5), Laureano (1)
    U – Profar (10)
    BE – JBJ, Wendle

    SP – Clevinger (18), Marquez (15), Happ (7), Lucchesi (6), Heaney (4), Ryu (4), Kikuchi (1)
    RP – Giles (9), Bradley (7), Alvarado (5)
    BE – May, Parker, Sernathony, Woodruff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! The hittinglooks a little weak on AVG and power (maybe on power, that’s pretty close)… Your pitching looks great, no worries for me there

  22. Jason Eldred says:
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    Loving the preseason articles.

    Sorry to post a trade question, but want the Razzball family opinion. I’ll keep it to only my hitters. 12 teams, nothing goofy in scoring.

    I was offered Dahl and Carpenter FOR my Khris Davis.

    C: Alfaro
    1b: Hoskins
    2b: Mondesi
    3b: Bregman
    SS: Segura
    CI: E. Escobar
    OF: Harper
    OF: K. Davis
    OF: D. Santana
    UTL: Enciarte
    BE: R. McMahon

    • Donkey Teeth

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      It’s fair, I’ll take Dahl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  23. Green monstah says:
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    Top of the morning master grey! Drafted last night in my H2h pts / weekly league just seeing thoughts on my roster & if you’d make a change via the wire with some guys I’ll list so here’s my team

    C: Realmuto

    1b Goldschmidt

    2b Ozzie albies

    3b Travis Shaw (2b/3b eligibility)

    IF Jose Abreu

    OF we start 4: Bryce Harper, benintendi, conforto, dee Gordon (2b/OF eligibility)

    Utility Andrew mccutchen
    Utility devers

    DH khris Davis

    Bench: Fernando tatis jr, Max Muncy (1b/3b), Ian happ (OF/3b), Austin meadows, nick senzel, Pete Alonso, Jesse winker, joc pederson, then last pick drafted a random player to use to drop for a waiver add

    SP syndergaard
    SP Strasberg
    SP price
    SP darvish
    SP Eovaldi
    SP Ross stripling (he also has eligibility at RP)

    RP Archie Bradley
    RP brad peacock
    RP Carlos Martinez (also has eligibility at SP)

    Bench jon gray, sonny gray

    **top available bats: Adam Jones, markakis, Wilmer Flores, Justin bour, Steve Souza, Dustin Pedroia, Enrique Hernandez

    ** top available pitchers Alex wood, Julio Teheran, Zach godley, Alex Reyes, Carlos rodon, eflin

    Top available RPs: dellin bettences, Brandon morrow, Pedro strop, famili

    Thanks grey & I look forward to the season! PS I’m ordering myself the “grey” tee on the razzball site awesome tee

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d ditch Sonny Gray for Alex Reyes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT — how deep is this league that you have both Grays? No I know why you’re ordering the shirt, it’s on brand… I’d prolly go Souza over Joc — while healthy better to have someone who is everyday guy on bench to help fill in

  24. Prettay, Prettay, Prettaaaay, Prettay good! says:
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    Grey,

    Due to the sadness of my life, I was actually listening to part of the Tout Wars auction on Sirius XM over the weekend and came in on the Marquez pick. I thought pitching must just be cheap in this auction. I also heard you not bidding on Lucchesi and was confused. Then I checked your roster at that point and realized you already had a pitching staff I would take in a mixed league. I have major team envy.

    Anyway, I already have a FAAB question. Paddack, Strahm and Chase Anderson are all available on waivers. I know you like Chase Anderson best in your rankings, but given the below pitching staff, would you go after Paddack and/or Strahm for upside or take Chase? 14 team mixed H2H categories.

    DeGrom (it was a keeper thing, don’t judge me!)
    Bieber
    E. Rodriguez
    Ryu
    Matz
    Gibson
    Gausman (caught price enforcing)
    J. James
    F. Whitley

    C. W. Davis
    C. A. Vizcaino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, I wanted Lucchesi, but that was the point when I had pitching and just couldn’t… I’d try Strahm right now

  25. shibboleth says:
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    Hey Grey, that’s a mighty fine draft! Thoughts on mine? Each team kept 5 after round 5 from last year, so it was pretty much chaos from the start.

    12 team 5×5, OPS/QS/SOLD.

    C- Alfaro
    1b- Goldschmidt
    2b- Dozier
    3b- J Ramirez
    Ss- Peraza
    Ci- Simmons
    Mi- A. Cabrera
    Of- Marte, Dahl, Winker, Nimmo (Margot)
    Util- Pillar (Ohtani)
    Sp- Flaherty, Marquez, Hendricks, Porcello, Hamels, Skaggs, Maeda
    Rp- Treinen, Jansen, Smith

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You have a pitching staff I would draft — hitting is a little wonky, I don’t love Jo-Ram, Simmons, Marte, Asdrubal, Nimmo (did you follow my rankings) and Goldy’s ok

  26. peacecoast says:
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    League specific teams always have a bunch of guys I’ve never heard of so I cannot be honest and say wow that is a great team. Then why did I write anything? I just want to belong I guess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  27. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Is Muncy still favored over Wil Myers now that Muncy’s wrist makes him questionable for Opening day? I’m trying to trade with someone who favors Myers — what if trade is 2:2 (with me getting a small pitcher advantage such as):
    – My Hamels -> Morton
    – My Godley -> Ryu

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d do either, preferably the Morton one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  28. Cabby says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great draft!

    Interested in your thoughts on my recent keeper league trade.

    I traded Jose Abreu for Ozzie Albies. I had recently traded a lot to get Trea Turner. IT left me without a 2B so I made this trade. Although, now I am left with no 1B.

    12 team keeper- keep 10 MLB players and 7 minors
    obp, r, rbi, sb, total bases
    era, whip, K, wins plus quality starts, holds plus saves

    C,C
    1B-
    2B- Albies
    SS- Trea Turner
    MI-
    3B- Arenado
    CI-
    OF- Acuna, Harper, Marte, MAzaro, OF
    U-
    SP- Snell, Beuhler, Corbin, SP,SP,SP
    3 RP-

    Who should i target at 1B. Agulair might be available with my first pick(11th round technically after keepers submitted). Thoughts on trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Aguilar

  29. Jc says:
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    12 teamer, H2H, saves and holds are separate categories and I am punting saves. Best on the wire….Adam Jones, Pressly, Adames, Bruce, Braiser. I have one open spot once Ohtani goes to IR.

    1. Who is my pick up for Ohtani?
    2. Any other swaps?
    I had a choice between Rhys and Buehler in round #4 and went for hitting. Chased starters the rest of the night LOL. So much buyer’s remorse on draft day. My squad:

    C- Ramos
    1B, 3B- Aguilar, Gurriel, C Santana
    2B, SS- Trea, Segura, Odor
    OF- Acuña, Enciarte, Jose Mart, Hoskins, L Martin,
    DH- Ohtani
    Bench- Margot (ugh), McNeil
    SP- Carrasco, Wheeler, Castillo, Strasburg, Berrios,
    RP- Ottavino, Britton, Seranthony
    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Adames — how is a 12 teamer that shallow on waivers?
      2. Not with those guys available

      • Jc says:
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        I don’t know….24 rounds came and went and he was still there. Thanks!

  30. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    a) And I thought my $20 Marquez in the CBS NL-Only was a good deal…

    b) I see you decided to go for multiple $30+ guys this time, smart man.

    c) I’m not gonna blow smoke, you let Acuna and Yelich go too cheap again.

    d) I’d touch and squeeze that team. Nice work, boss!

    e) Looking forward to sleeping on your floor in Jackson Hole.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      E. Why am I getting the feeling that you’re going to be moving in with me and Cougs in LA within a year?

      C. Maybe, but I couldn’t go higher on them and not risk having a total garbage pitching staff

      • Donkey Teeth

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        E) I’m a decent cook and I don’t snore

        C) Fair, you couldn’t have predicted the 40% off German sale

        F) You see Wheeler is supposedly sitting 97 this spring? I may have to bump him up a few spots in my top 100 update…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          E. Well in that case! Cougs, move out!

          C. Yeah, it’s why I don’t own Lucchesi either

          F. I can’t believe he only went for $19 too, but I can only act surprised about so many players I own

  31. Dave D says:
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    Nice! Getting Treat, Muchodough and Sexy Dr. Pepper is very solid. Thats like three top thirty picks ina mixed league. Then to get Marquez and Dahl is fantastic. Bravo!

    Interestingly, I also bought my first share of Treat on Saturday night. In my seventh draft of the year (NFBC 15 team) I finally got a randomized pick above 9. I was #6 and took Treat, then somehow Harper fell to me at#25???!!! I also grabbed Soto at 36 and Marquez in round 5. Great minds think alike, lol! Interesting coincidence. Great draft and really great write-up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I was pretty happy with it…. Hey, I was thinking of you in NYC, why don’t you do in-person NFBC drafts? There were a ton of them this weekend…

      • Dave D says:
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        I think I will next year. If/when my kids are older for sure. I have to have a good excuse to tell my wife. I’m in three NFBC main event qualifer leagues this year, so if I win an entry I should have a good enough excuse. It sounds like you really enjoyed it.

        • Grey

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          I had fun, yeah… I didn’t draft NFBC in-person tho… I might next year tho, I’m thinking Vegas vs. NYC… But I might have to be there for Tout again, so maybe NYC too

  32. zombie says:
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    Damn, Grey this is some NL Team! Wasn’t able to land a few of these targets in my NL + AL! Marquez particularly. I think that the word is out &/or the Colo-fear has subsided, as he’s going waaaayyy earlier than ADP. Big score for you; me thinks. That said, can you (& other perts & non-perts) please review and comment on the aforementioned razz influenced, new, full 12 Team, H2H draft that will have three Keepers & in season moves limited to 70 (hindering streaming)? Had the pleasure of the long wait between picks, drafting from the 12th position. Player round drafted in parenthesis. Clearly waited on MIs (with Senzel possibly making the club out of spring training). But not entirely thrilled with how that transpired. & temporarily stuck Odubel in there (waiting on Eloy the Enforcer), but might miss Odubel’s SB contribution. Any bargain & stupid draft spot, suggested improvements, etc., etc. would be GREATLY appreciated. & further, if Senzel doesn’t stick with the big club & with Eloy also sent down as expected, will this club be able to wait (3 weeks or more??) until plugging them in? Hope that this may also help with actual ADP for anyone yet to draft! Thank you all in advance. Best site there is. Here goes:
    C – Alfaro (20)
    1B – Aguilar (5)
    2B – Moncada (14)
    3B – Bryant (4)
    SS – E. Escobar (16)
    1B/3B – Muncy (12)
    2B/SS – Adames (22)
    OFs – Judge (1), Acuna (2), Dahl (6), Robles (8), Hererra (21)
    B – E. Jemenez (10), Senzel (18), McMahon (26)
    SP – Bauer (3), Clevinger (7), Castillo (9), Ryu (15), Lucchesi (17), Eflin (19), Wacha (24), Paddack (25)
    RP – Yates (11), W. Smith (13), S. Greene (23)
    Thank you again & best of luck to all who’s drafts are yet to come!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      That moves limit of 70 hinders streaming in a big way. Pick your spots.

      Holding Eloy and Senzel for at least a month shouldn’t be an issue with that team. Hopefully they’re both up before May…

      • zombie says:
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        Fingers crossed. Thanks, DK.

        • zombie says:
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          That’s, DT! Thanks anyhoo. Much appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You have a stacked hitting core, be fine waiting too as DT said… And you have 2 aces, 2 #2s and other pitchers I like… It’s a solid team, zombie

  33. Zeus says:
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    Damn Grey, that is some team. You basically got three first round picks without sacrificing too much at the end.

    Fowler is going to be out of a job soon but you have some backups.

    I think I am on the same quixotic quest as you regarding Holland. It seems like they will use Bradley all over the place but we must remember Holland sucks

    I work three blocks from Foley and was going to stop in but ended up eating Korean and going to Rick’s with a couple of my married friends who were happy to be away from their wives. Is it a problem I would rather talk fantasy baseball than get lap dances from Eastern Europeans with soulless eyes?

    • Grey

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      Thanks! I know Holland’s terrible, but I still know they have never gone to Bradley even when guys have sucked… You should’ve came over to Foley’s! There’s always next year if they don’t kick me out for something I do…

      • Zeus says:
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        In a deep slow dynasty auction, I can bid up one of these pitchers. 16 team 40 main major league rosters

        Trevor Richards
        Trevor Cahill
        Jeff Samardzjia
        Caleb Smith

        who would you throw an extra buck on?

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Smith

  34. Jesus... Aguilar says:
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    I have this trade down to my $1 Mallex Smith for $6 Jack Flahrety. Which do you like better for my final keeper? 12 H2H OBP

    Here is my team so far

    Trout $56
    Aguilar $10
    Andujar $7
    Moustakas $6
    Choo $3
    Mallex $1

    Nola $23
    Bauer $10
    Wheeler $10
    Marquez $10 (Would let go of him if I do this trade)
    Leclerc/Yates/Hand (10/10/13) (Will keep one of these if I get Flahrety)

    If I trade for Flahrety I will cap my pitching spending at $70 and have 73% of my budget left for hitters.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Tough one. I’ll take Flaherty, although your pitching is already very strong.

      Nice team…

    • Grey

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      Agree with DT

  35. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Honestly, before I read your own commentary on your picks, and about half way though your bats, I started thinking this team looks like a mixed league competition. THEN I saw you got Marquez and wheeler but for less than wheeler? Wtf, you may be very good at what you do, but some people just walk through this life with a four leaf clover up their ass. You might be both.
    Have a good st Patrick’s, Grey McAlbright

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks! You too!

  36. Tom R. says:
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    Ah snap Grey. Draft was Saturday, I was drinking and I woke up on Sunday to this team. I’m not too hyped on it. I went SP crazy and tanked on RP. What do you guys think? Should I swear off alcohol forever or invest in Miller-Coors?

    10-team with OPS instead of AVG

    C-Alfaro
    1B-Goldschmidt
    2B-Mondesi
    3B-Donaldson
    SS-Bregman
    OF-Yelich
    OF-Springer
    OF-Ozuna
    UTL-Rizzo

    SP-Corbin
    SP-Clevinger
    SP-Marquez
    SP-Archer
    SP-Hendricks

    RP-Giles
    RP-Robertson

    BENCH-Puig
    BENCH-Villar
    BENCH-Lester
    BENCH-Glasnow
    BENCH-Pivetta
    BENCH-Musgrove

    Thank you so much much dudes!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Really good team, keep drinking.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drink! I don’t like Donaldson, but I don’t mind this hitting and your pitching is stacked

  37. sturock578 says:
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    I don’t usually do the “how do you like my team post” but I was so inspired by the sexiness of your NL team here that I also wanted to post my own sexy NL team drafted yesterday. Acuna, albies, baez, buehler and Nola were keepers. I have a similar closer weakness (actually worse than yours). We follow the auction with a 7 round snake draft where I also nabbed Vince Velasquez, Max Fried, Kyle Wright, Joe Ross, Keston, Brendan Rodgers and JD Davis. This is 10 teams with a $280 budget. Arenado went for $47, Goldschmit $43, Freeman $42 and Machado $41.

    C alfaro $4.00
    C iannetta $2.00
    1B hosmer $18.00
    2B Albies $6.00
    3B Moistakiss $25.00
    SS Baez $30.00
    MI Ed Escobar $20.00
    CI Zimmerman $10.00

    OF Acuna $10.00
    OF J Soto $37.00
    OF Vic Robles $26.00
    OF Schwarber $17.00
    OF Adam jones $6.00

    UT Adam frazier $4.00
    UT Cespedes $1.00

    P Beuhler $6.00
    P Nola $16.00
    P luchesi $11.00
    P touki $1.00
    P roark $6.00
    P wood $6.00
    P Sir Anthony dominguez $9.00
    P AJ minter $6.00
    P Trev rosenthal $1.00
    P romo $2.00

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay, you had keepers to help you tho, you have to admit my team is pretty good for a redraft…. I like your team too, I almost went an extra buck or two on Sir Anthony, I think he gets more saves than people realize

      • sturock578 says:
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        Oh totally admit that your team is sweet. Nola and Buehler as keepers allowed me to ignore the top tier pitchers which made my whole auction strategy possible.

        • Grey

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          Nice!

  38. Wally Pipp says:
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    i know u dont pay it any mind but since you own him maybe it would excite you.

    soto is slashing .400/.488/.800 in 35 at bats this spring. he was mad he was called out on a infield hit yesterday where he homered and hit 2 doubles also haha says hes mad he didn’t go 4-4.

    • Grey

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      He’s going to be a top 20 players for like 10 years

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        Honestly better. hes going to be top 5 this year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think you might be right

  39. Cram It says:
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    Pitching is stacked, but I’m confused by the (War Room?) dollar projections. I don’t see how you’re way over in HR/RBI. Outside of Trea (who is not a major HR/RBI producer) Manny, and Soto, does anyone in that lineup see 400 AB’s? Even if I grant you Dahl does what everyone hopes he does, that’s 1/3 of your lineup and the rest are meh at best, and not even for a full season.

    Maybe you do only need Trea, Manny, and Soto? Does every team only need 3 hitters?

    • Cram It says:
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      Ya know what, looking at the draft results, yeah maybe you do only need 3 good bats!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is tough to imagine only 3 players getting you there, but it is pretty much all you need… Last year I had Harper, Arenado and Hoskins and my hitting is stacked — having no one else that I can think of… My pitching lost me the league — thanks Jon Gray and Samardzija

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BTW, most people have 2 or 3 “studs” — if Dahl comes thru, I might have 4

      • Cram It says:
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        Yeah I see that now, looking at everyone’s rosters. One of a guy’s top studs “underperforming” vs another guy’s 4th player stepping up would really create a gap.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally, if Dahl does what I think he can do, my team is silly good on hitting

  40. The Big Yabu says:
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    The Pirates have announced that Jung Ho Kang will be their starting 3B to open the season —
    Initial thoughts about where(ish) he’ll go into your rankings?

  41. synyster says:
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    Grey!! Got my first draft under my belt this weekend. 12 man H2H 5×5, with C,1,2,3,SS,OF(3),Util(2). How does this team look? I am liking my bats, but my pitching is a bit suspect I think. Pitchers were going fast and furious in this draft. I took a few more SS because of Lindor possibly missing time.

    1. Betts (2)
    2. Lindor (23) – Had to take Lindor at pick 23, right? Felt like there was some good value here.
    3. Bryant (26)
    4. Mondesi (47)
    5. Suarez (50)
    6. Clevinger (71)
    7. Marquez (74)
    8. Conforto (95)
    9. Shaw (98)
    10. Happ (119)
    11. Lucchesi (122)
    12. Peraza (143)
    13. Ed-Rod (146)
    14. Inciarte (167)
    15. Ryu (170)
    16. Braun (191)
    17. Gray (194)
    18. Givens (215)
    19. Domingo Santana (218)
    20. Matz (239)
    21. Chase Anderson (242)
    22. Brasier (263)
    23. Alfaro (266)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice bats! Agreed… I think your pitching looks okay too, maybe a tad risky, but not too bad… It’s the kinda team I would draft

      • synyster says:
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        Thank you sir! I owned Mondesi down the stretch last year, I am really excited to see what he can do this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  42. Marti Harris says:
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    Experts in tout wars are a joke. 3 teams are solid about 7 teams have no shot. There is no question. Embarrased for some of these so called baseball experts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  43. Raider says:
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    Are you looking more at avila than carson kelly now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, Kelly was gone and I just needed a warm body — I should’ve drafted Kelly but when he went I wasn’t sure if I needed $ elsewhere

  44. Dave Funnell says:
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    Great job. I was following along on Twitter and the radio.

    I’ve learned that no matter what you think of your team after the draft, always promote it as being a success. I hated my draft last night but I didn’t tell any other owners, some of which I’m friends with, how much I want to trade everyone I drafted. That statement is unrelated to yours by the way.

    My pts league draft I was too passive and let others bid too much. I didn’t have much money to spend with 11 spots to fill. Instead of going for $60+ for one player and then the remaining $40+ for 10 I opted for the $10-$20 pp approach.

    Here are some of the players I drafted. Which of these players would you consider dropping or trading for pitching?

    Schoop (I have Wendle and C. Taylor before Tatis gets the call)
    Braun, Eaton, Dickerson (I have Rhys, Acuna, Benintendi, Whit and Piscotty)

    These are all bench players for me. Thinking of targeting David Price or Bieber who is avaialabke from an owner…..I have deGrom and Kluber and Berrios

    Also, sidebar, any good RP Yahoo players who have SP eligibility? Is Diego Castillo a good choice? Stanek, Biagini, Hendriks? Looking for high points preferably with the potential for saves and holds.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Diego Castillo is solid. Will get holds and a dark horse for saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I really do like my team tho! I don’t like Eaton, Braun — maybe both for Bieber? Agree with DT on Diego

      • Dave Funnell says:
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        As you should! I wasn’t in anyway trying to disrespect it.

        I hate Eaton and Braun too. I just had so much money at the end I panicked and tried to justify purchases. I will do my best to get rid of them and probably everyone I mentioned here. Would love a return of Segura, Bieber and Price for those four in separate deals.

        I was merely disappointed in preparing for so long and then floundering in the draft though overall I do like the makeup of my team. Would you use the #5 waiver slot for Castillo and drop Sal Perez (keeper deadline before injury).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, no disrespect, it’s all good… Listen, sometimes you draft guys you’re not crazy about bc the price is insanely cheap… I didn’t want Quintana this year, I own him in 2 leagues now

  45. omar says:
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    Nicely done… Love Soto and Dahl this year!

    Question: Playing in an OPS league for the first time, H2H Weekly 6×5 Cats (R,HR,RBI,SB,Avg,OPS – W,ERA,WHIP,SV,K/9). Do I just use the 6×6 OPS link as a draft guide for rankings? Which players see a bump in value when considering OPS? Appears that someone like Stanton get a big boost, while Mondesi slides a bit? Am I looking at this right? Who are some others that I should be considering in this format?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks ! Yes, I would use the OPS rankings link myself — seriously, I would open that and just go right off it — so if Mondesi slides there (which I’m sure he does), then he slides a bit for me there

  46. The Great Knoche says:
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    2 weeks and done. Fastest NFBC slow draft ever. Roster below, drafted out of 8 slot. Got lots of good starting pitching depth, and tons of roster flexibility with multi position guys. Check out the round 47,49,50 SAGNOF.

    C Posey (12)
    C Maldanado (28)
    1B Profar (10) (3b,ss)
    2B Odor (8)
    3B Baez(1) (2b,ss)
    SS Peraza (5)
    MI Cano (9)
    CI Goodrum (15) (2b)
    OF Judge (2)
    OF Conforto (6)
    OF Mancini (17) (1b)
    OF Happ (18) (3b)
    OF Kiermaier (20)
    Ut Alonso (19)

    P Buehler (3)
    P Flaherty (4)
    P Leclerc (7)
    P Hamels (11)
    P Barnes (13)
    P Quintana (14)
    P M Gonzales (16)
    P Touissant (21)
    P De. Rodriguez (22)

    Bench Bats – OF Stewat (24), SS Didi (26), 3b Nunez (30), OF Parra (32), OF Ja. Jones (33), 1b/2b/3b Walker (35), C Plawecki (37), 2b/3b Descalso (40), OF Granderson (42), OF Phillips (43), 1b Reynolds (44), C Gallagher (46), SS Mateo (47), OF Maybin (49), OF Jankowski (50)

    Bench Arms – R. Lopez (23), Richards (25), Lynn (27), T. Ross (29), Smyly (31), Leblanc (34), Nova (36), Je. Chavez (38), Oh (39), Br. Anderson (41), Cotton (45), Hess (48)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, was this Rudy’s league or Truss’s? Nice SAGNOF at the end!

      So I love the pitching, coming around on Marlins arms a lot on your bench, maybe bc I own them myself… I like the hitting, but your OF is a bit wonky if Mancini is your 3rd, hopefully you have enough bench OFs to cover yourself for when KK goes down and Happ sucks (tho I hope he doesn’t obvi)

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Rudy.

        Yeah the OF kept getting away from me. Kind of put myself in the predicament of having to grab a bunch in a row. I’ve got 4 guys that should get regular At bats on the bench, and it’s possible Stewart could actually be something and he would replace whichever guy sucks the most on 4/30.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah I’d be a little worried there, but hopefully they stay healthy

    • Cram It says:
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      My OF is the same way and I stacked the bench with them in hopes that someone emerges. But goddamn if my pitching isn’t armed with 15 legitimate starters.

    • hot corner says:
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      Haha. I think that I ended up with the opposite team. Strong in the OF, but short a couple of arms and with limited position flexibility.

      OF – Yelich / Dahl / Robles / Mazara / Bader / Bryant (if Kang pans out at 3B, which can happen if he hits clean-up and stays sober)

      SP – Snell / MadBum / Ed-Rod / McHugh / Minor / Holland / Stroman / Odorizzi / Straily

  47. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Greyt work my man, great looking team. Just drafted my 12 team keeper league squad last night which is 6×6 obp and qs, no MI or CI spots, 3 OF, 2 Util, 3 P spots, daily moves. I know a buncha my guys are scrubs but what do you think of my squad?
    Danny Jansen-2
    Pete Alonso- 9
    Albies (keeper-17)
    Bregman (keeper-10)
    Mondesi(keeper-16)
    Trout (keeper-50)
    Acuna(keeper-19)
    Soto(keeper-19)
    Arenado(keeper-32)
    Moncada-2
    Voit-3
    Devers-4

    Buehler keeper 16
    Taillon-keeper 16
    Osuna-10
    Wade Davis-3
    Junis-2
    Lester- 4
    Alex Wood-4
    Arrieta-3
    Luzardo-6
    Chris Paddack-6
    Toussaint-2
    Eflin-3
    Derek Holland-2

    I know some of those guys are cringeworthy but I got them for relative cheap prices. I know there’s a lot of risk/reward but I figure if devers and/or moncada work out then ill be fine nad they were super cheap. I appreciate any input, as always, keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the hitting, but woof on some of your pitching, what were you doing with your arms? Junis, Lester, Wood, Arrieta?! You trying to make it hard on yourself?

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        Hah that’s fair, but things did not go to chalk values in this draft. For example: merrifield for 49, scherzer went for 50, greinke 35, bieber 28, berrios 30, clevinger 33, and stuff like that. So I kinda got screwed on my targets so I grabbed some cheap guys who I can drop to stream/pick up a hot guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya, things don’t always go as planned

  48. Cram It says:
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    Do you not like Behrens, like, as a person? Or just think he’s another run of the mill fantasy “expert”?

    When yahoo fantasy sports started gaining steam, he seemed like the least choadest of all the “perts”. And I think he’s written books? So made him seem like he wasn’t hanging his hat solely on fantasy sports.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nah, I like Behrens the best, I just like razzing him… He’s a super nice guy…

  49. Launch Angle says:
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    Just concluded my 10-team, standard roto snake draft – 4th pick. How did I do?

    C Ramos
    1B/3B Muncy
    2B Gennett
    2B/3B Shaw
    SS Story
    OF Yelich
    OF Acuna
    OF Hoskins (1B eligibility soon)
    UTIL A. Mondesi
    UTIL Robles
    BENCH Voit

    SP Buehler
    SP Flaherty
    SP Clevinger
    SP Marquez
    P Glasnow
    RP Le Clerc
    RP Giles
    BENCH Matt Barns
    BENCH Stripling

    Was thinking of making a trade offer for Dahl. Is there anyone you think I should offer or hold?

    Also, should I drop Voit for Schoop or another starter – Freeland, Arrieta, Peacock, Strahm, Paddack, Luzardo, Ryu, Wood? Our league uses QS instead of W.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your team looks stacked, but it’s a shallow league so a lot of teams will look stacked… I’d grab Ryu

      • Launch Angle says:
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        Would you believe I picked up Mondesi in the 8th round? No believers, but me. Imagine if he hits above .250-260 too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, crazy

  50. Curious George says:
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    You would trade Doolittle and Braun in a heartbeat for Machado, right?

    • The Scrant Dog

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      Is this a real question? lol
      go make that trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • Cram It says:
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      I hope you know how to put your pants on.

  51. The Scrant Dog

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    Hey Grey,

    How’d I do?
    12 teamer

    1. (11) Javier Báez 2B,3B,SS
    2. (14) Giancarlo Stanton OF
    3. (35) Trevor Bauer SP
    4. (38) Juan Soto OF
    5. (59) George Springer OF
    6. (62) Yasiel Puig OF
    7. (83) Matt Olson 1B
    8. (86) Craig Kimbrel RP
    9. (107) José Peraza SS
    10. (110) Mike Moustakas 3B
    11. (131) Chris Archer SP
    12. (134) Ender Inciarte OF
    13. (155) Robbie Ray SP
    14. (158) Andrew McCutchen OF
    15. (179) Joey Lucchesi SP
    16. (182) Jorge Polanco SS
    17. (203) Kenta Maeda SP,RP
    18. (206) Dallas Keuchel SP
    19. (227) Diego Castillo SP,RP
    20. (230) Ryan Braun 1B,OF
    21. (251) Francisco Cervelli C
    22. (254) Brad Boxberger RP
    23. (275) Jackie Bradley Jr. OF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope Kimbrel signs already… Can’t believe I own that schmohawk… I like your team, but there’s a few guys like Kimbrel — Keuchel, Ray, Archer that I’m not super keen on

  52. FrankGrimes says:
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    Schebler!

  53. peacecoast says:
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    Kang starting at 3B for the Pirates…remember I called it!

  54. OaktownSteve says:
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    Here’s the Oaktown Kids 2019 team. Online NFBC Champ 12 teamer

    Narvaez
    Elias Diaz
    Bellinger
    Zimmerman
    Gennett
    A. Rosario
    Moustakas
    Senzel
    Acuna
    Stanton
    Benintendi
    Conforto
    JBJ
    N. Cruz

    Treinen
    Hand
    Wheeler
    Tanaka
    Hill
    Ryu
    Stripling
    Urias
    Gibson
    Pineda
    M. Perez
    A. Sanchez
    Kyle Wright
    Miley
    Whitley
    Ji Man Choi

    They wanted closers this year, so I told them we were going to have to find some cheap SPs. Good job by the kids with a little more assist from Dad this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Love the Oaktown kids staying on brand! I like the hitting a lot…and, ya know what, I like the pitching too… The team looks great, 12 team is a little more tricky in-season tho, so be interesting to see what they do… I’ve never wanted kids, but the thought of my kids drafting is pretty cool… Hope they win!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        last season the kids were in 1st until the last two weeks. Team had Snell Bauer Clevinger Flaherty Betts and Baez and still managed to finish second. In season was not good…complacent. We’re gonna work on that. Thursday nights are inked as baseball night.

        The offense is stacked.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It is stacked, it’s a great looking team

  55. Gotime says:
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    What good Grey?! Great to be back on the site.

    A) I took over a keeper team (12 team league 6×6 H2H categories) that was half full and I added these players at the draft. My first time for a keeper league so your thoughts on who you would keep this year and going forward (max term is 4 years). No limit.

    Soto $31
    Mondesi $20
    A. Rendon $15
    H Bader $10
    Muncy $8
    Tim Anderson $4
    Ed- Escobar / Palka $1 (bench)
    Ed-Rod $7
    Lucchesi $7

    B) Same league, thoughts of dropping K. Hiura to claim Laureano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, good to see ya! B. I’d want Laureano A. You can keep all?

      • Gotime says:
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        Yeah I can keep all if I wanted up to next year and moving forward 4 years max…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure why not keep all then… Besides Palka I would keep them for a couple years too… Maybe only 1 year on Muncy bc he was an older player breaking on scene

      • Gotime says:
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        Thanks Grey, so the team looks like this so far thoughts?
        C Wellington Castillo
        1 Muncy
        2 Mondesi
        3 A Rendon
        SS Tim Anderson
        OF Soto
        OF JD Martinez (previous keeper)
        Castellanos (previous keeper)
        Bader Ed-Escobar, Palka Daniel Murphy (previous keeper)
        Strasberg (previous keeper)
        Price
        Lucchesi
        Ed-Rod
        Rich Hill
        Ryu
        Maeda
        Woodruff
        Iglesias Alvarado Barnes
        C-Mart IL spot (previous keeper)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, looks solid, I think you’re low on AVG and maybe power so keep in mind

  56. Bob says:
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    How do you rank picks 3,4,5 in a league with the following stats: r, hr, rbi, tb, sb, obp. I know what Rudy’s ranks look like, but wanted to get the Grey version. Thanks

    • Grey

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      I’d use Rudy’s rankings for OBP

  57. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Got a tough choice here, in a trade with 3 guys who have never played a full season, and one that doesn’t seem to be able to. Keep em forever. Thanks Grey.

    Eloy/Correa for Soto/Meadows

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soto

  58. motown_magic says:
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    Mornin’ Grey. Appreciate your work throughout the offseason, I try not to take anyone’s word completely to heart but yours is as close as it gets. Comin at you with another rate my team post- I know you’re getting a bunch these days. 10 team roto, 5×5, QS and OBP. Would appreciate your feedback. I’m a tad low on speed and my closers could be better, but I am really happy with how this team turned out I think. Really liking my OF, specifically.

    C: Ramos
    1b: Bellinger
    2nd: Shaw
    3rd: Arenado
    SS: Bogaerts
    MI: Jorge Polanco
    CI: Luke Voit
    OF: Judge
    OF: Hoskins (“reached” at 24)
    OF: Conforto
    OF: Puig
    OF: Robles (love this at 117)
    UTl: Inciarte
    UTL: Laureano

    Bench spots
    Lamb
    Mulllins
    Leonys Martin

    Pitchers
    Clevinger
    Wheeler
    Marquez
    Darvish
    E-Rod
    Strip

    Closers:
    Leclerc
    Cody Allen (bleh)
    Mychael Givens (ehh)
    Vizcaino

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning! I like your OF too, Robles there is crazy… I don’t really disagree with any part of this team, tbh… I like the pitching a lot too… It’s a solid team!

      • motown_magic says:
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        Thanks for the quick response, love hearing that. Better response than I got last year at this time from ya, haha! Maybe 365 days of studying your words has paid off. Have a good rest of your week, good sir.

        • Grey

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          Nice!

  59. BadFantasyManager says:
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    Hey Grey. Need your help. Yahoo 14-team H2H categories draft. We have a lot of categories…. 5×5 plus for hitters: OPS, BB, K against, 2B, 3B . For pitchers we have additionally to 5 common ones, Loses, Holds, K/BB, QS.

    My team is the following:
    C. Narvaez
    1b. Rizzo
    2b. McNeil
    Ss. Peraza
    3b. Bregman
    Of. Acuna; Benintendi; Springer
    Util. Winker; Meadows
    BN. Goodrum, Pete Alonso

    Pitchers
    SP. G. Marquez; Wheeler; J.A. Happ; Eduardo Rodriguez; Pivetta; Glasnow; Luzardo.
    RP. Yates; Osuna; Barnes; Brasier; Buttrey.

    We have slots for 4 SP, 3 RP and 3 additional Pitchers per day, that’s why I like to fill them with RPs.

    Now…. first I want your opinion on it. Second. I’m looking to trade Benintendi and E-Rod for Soto and David Robertson, is it a fair trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love the pitching, but worry a little about K/BB there… Might be okay…. Glasnow, German, Pivetta worry me tho there… Hitting is fine, no real issues there…. I’d hold Benny

      • Dave D says:
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        In case you aren’t aware, you are up and have six minutes before you time out in our NFBC

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! I had no idea and too many comments to answer… Thanks!

          • Dave D says:
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            Round 37 funny, you had a Martini and I had a Jay, but essentially they are the same type of players playing same role.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I don’t really like either, just warm bodies to make sure I’m not screwed if Laureano gets hurt or falls flat on his face

              • Dave D says:
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                Kinda like superglue or duct tape. Kinda guys only to start if you’ve got three OFs on DL. I hope I don’t need him but last year I had 5 OFs on DL at one time in a DC. But if that happens you’d unlikely benefit much from starting a two category guy for long.

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, key is to start these guys when they’re hot and your starting OF is out for a few games bc he’s dinged up…. If I’m starting Martini for more than a week straight, I’m drunk

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is this a two-hour time limit now?

          • Dave D says:
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            Yeah. You will have another pick soon. #15 is quick, I am here, and Son is on auto.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, did they announce it would speed up? I was not expecting that…. I don’t think that’s Son from our site tho… His full last name is actually Son

              • Dave D says:
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                Ok, I assumed it was but I guess not.

              • Dave D says:
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                Yeah, new rules for DC in 2019. All draft times halved after round 30. All teams go on autopick immediately after timing out. It speeds things up. It works for me as I tend to be quick.

                If you ever feel inclined, I’d highly recommend a DC express after a full DC slow. Super challenging and fun. I think if you know your sh*t it’s the best format for attaining best possible roster. I think I drafted my best DC roster that way. My OF is: Harper/Springer/Upton/Santana/Herrera
                IF is pretty stoopid too: Rizzo/Olson/Albies/Machado/Semien/Fletcher/Happ. I might have a real winner there. Pitching is pretty good too. Team’s only real flaw is only one bonafide closer like your Tout, but I have a bunch of vulture #2’s.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  What is a DC Express? 15 teams? 12 teams? 90 second clock? 50 rounds?

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Exact same contest/format as slow DC but 50 rounds in one sitting/55 second picks. The one I did was all-pro. We finished in 3 hours 59 mins. Excellent time!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wow, that does sound like fun… I’ve enjoyed all my NFBC leagues, I might have to go heavier next year with them

  60. Joeg414 says:
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    which (if any) to pickup off of waivers ; 6×6 13tm daily roto. Reynaldo Lopez,Dereck Rodriguez,Corbin Burnes,Aaron Sanchez,Justus Sheffield,Michael Soroka,Derek Holland,Jeff Samardzija ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, do you need any of these guys? You know how I feel about them from my rankings

      • Joeg414 says:
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        yep, just didn’t know if anyone stood out at this time ?

  61. JM says:
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    Hi Grey, I’ve got a draft tomorrow in a league with quirky keeper-rules. I have #25, the first overall keeper-eligible pick. These are the guys I’m looking at likely to be available there. Who do you like best in a keep-forever league?

    Domingo Santana
    Profar
    Julio Urias
    Luchessi
    Tim Anderson
    Ryan McMahon/Garrett Hampson
    Schoop
    Grandal
    Renfroe
    Meadows
    Justus Sheffield

    In the alternative, I could trade the pick for #12-14, where I’d likely be able to get (NOT keeper eligible) someone like Gallo, Encarnacion, Abreu, Olson, maybe Strassburg or Kershaw…

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hard to say w/out knowing who you’re keeping

      • JM says:
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        Keeping:
        Soto
        Yelich
        Dahl
        Hoskins
        Odor
        Peraza
        Rendon
        D Murphy
        Muncy
        Corrasco
        Nola
        Berrios
        Hendricks
        Pivetta
        Hader

        • Jm says:
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          Also I have the #2 overall pick where I’m 98% locked in on Scherzer…so add him to the list

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pretty stacked — I like Profar or Domingo, your call

  62. James says:
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    Keepers are

    Judge 28
    Bauer 27
    Severino 26
    Rendon 8
    Trout 1
    Nola 12

    Traded for Severino and now I’m stuck with him. Points league. -1 for strikeouts. Would it be in my best interest to trade trout 1 and Severino 26 for Buehler 26 ans Acuna 5? The Severino injury scares me. Is there any chance Acuna could put up numbers close to trout? I have the last pick in the first round so I could get probably Rizzo and Syndergaard with all the keepers already gone but if I keep Trout that fifth round pick is worthles. Traded 28th round Soto for 8th round rendon because I’m trying to go with the safest team this year. Only reason I have tried to acquire Acuna for troutso far. Love the value though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, hold Trout

  63. Licketty Splits says:
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    That’s how you do it …pop the champagne or at least put it on ice. All kidding aside, that’s a hell of a NL only team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  64. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    That’s a nice team neighbour. Just wanted to test out the neighbour part, in case I wind up (hehe) living in your back yard!

  65. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey! Sorry in advance for the broad in a vacuum keeper question, and what will likely be too long of a post, but thank you thank you for your insight! My question is about Senzel and how you would value him in a keeper league. League and team details for context:

    10 team, yahoo mixed league, roto standard 5×5. essentially in the simplest terms, each team keeps approximately 10 to 12 players, and then we do a snake draft with all the players that were not kept. any player that you select in the draft this year you can give a contract to prior to next years draft (2020 draft). you can give players contacts for any length between 1 and 4 years. draft round does not impact anything, once you assign a contract, it can not be modified, you can not extend it and the only way of getting out of the contract is by trading that player to another team.

    team context: my team heading into the draft is…
    Freeman
    Bregman
    Baez
    Mondesi
    Bellinger
    Merrifield
    Dahl
    Carrasco
    Marquez
    Hand
    Doolittle

    my team as it stands currently is built to both win now and compete for the next couple of years. guys that will be available to me in the draft include names such as T Shaw, Conforto, Peraza, Gallo, Scooter, Odor, Olson, Senzel, among a bunch of other names we dont like (Donaldson, Pahm, etc)

    brief context on prospects: prospects are scooped up quickly throughout the season by teams playing for the future. it is pretty rare for a top prospect like Senzel to be available in the draft. for context, Vlad, Eloy, Robles, and Tatis are already locked into teams for the next few years.

    based on my keepers vs other teams in my league, plus knowing that i am one of the better managers in the league, i feel my team is good enough to afford the opportunity to take Senzel knowing he may not break camp over the aforementioned group of guys (Shaw, Peraza, etc) who will contribute big time this year, but may not be the best keeper options.

    so, based on those details and in a vacuum, would you value Senzel in this case above, at or below those aforementioned group of players? or is there a guy or two within that group of players listed that i should valuer higher in these settings (maybe conforto)?

    hope thats enough context, sorry again for the long post and broad question!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Conforto, Peraza, Shaw, Odor, that order… Senzel might be good but these guys are good and young too

      • LagunaBobbyI says:
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        thanks Grey, you are the man!

  66. brett says:
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    has anything changed on your view of Devers? Chance he bats 3rd this year?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nothing’s changed about Devers in the spring — he’ll hit 3rd if JD, Betts and Benintendi all get hurt

  67. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I’m not as big a fan of Marquez, but that value is fantastic! Nice team. Increased my feeling that I underperformed in my RCL draft. I leaned heavily on Rudy’s projected values, as I have not been prepping much. Here is my team of meh in one RCL:

    C Molina 9/189
    1B Rizzo 3/28
    2B Altuve 2/21
    SS Correa 4/45
    3B Ramirez 1/4
    CI Moose 10/117
    MI Simmons 21/244
    Of Puig 8/93
    Of McCutchen 9/100
    Of Inciarte 12/141
    Of Meadows 17/196
    Of Grichuk 18/213
    UT Cruz 6/69
    Pitchers
    Paxton 5/52
    Hendricks 13/148
    Hill 15/172
    Musgrove 19/120
    Strahm 20/237
    Toussaint 22/261
    Jansen 7/76
    Yates 11/124
    Giles 14/165
    Pressly
    Buttrey
    Ottavino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! That’s not a bad team at all… Rudy loves Altuve, Puig and Jo-Ram… I like Puig, I don’t love Jo-Ram or Altuve — Gonna see if Rudy or I win depending on your team! Make Rudy proud!

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        haha. Will try.

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        I guess my lack of enthusiasm for this team is the lack of shiny, new (but volatile) toys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s a Rudy team for you, not gonna be shiny and new, but will get job done

    • that’s not a rudy team. that’s a pianowski team! i’d never come out of a draft with Paxton/Hendricks as my top 2. i do like the offense!

      • Grey

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        Haha, fair enough

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        I’m definitely less than thrilled with that 1-2. Probably my biggest regret not getting Nola instead of Rizzo and grabbing Murphy or Abreu later. SP’s were fairly in demand in this draft and I didn’t want to pay up.

        • yup, a Nola (or Bauer) over Rizzo + Murphy would’ve made this a much more Rudy draft :)

  68. Sal says:
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    Hey Grey! Happy St. Pattys Day! So i did my keeper draft over the weekend. I want to add Tatis, but wasnt sure who to drop.. my bottom 2 pitchers are ryu and peacock.. the hitters on my bench are conforto and eloy.. and i have 2 closers who might not have the gig with andrew miller and trevor may.. i was dropping peacock unless you think i should cut someone else

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peacock is 1st guy off your team

  69. J-Hova says:
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    That’s a crazy good team! Hope we get a recap of your weekend on this weeks podcast.
    I’ve asked you this but just need to double check since my draft is tomorrow:
    10 team standard
    I can keep one, Harper at 18 overall, rendon rd 5, Segura Rd 6 or Dahl Rd 9
    Assuming it’s still Harper, i have the 2 pick with Trout kept. I saw you bid more for Turner than what Yelich went for. Do I still Draft yelich and pair with Harper or should I draft Trea?

    Thanks Grey and congrats on your tout squad!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Harper

      • J-Hova says:
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        Thanks!

        Harper and Draft Yelich or Draft Trea Turner?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I love Turner

          • J-Hova says:
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            He was my lean! Really excited for that lineup, just hoping Martinez doesnt f around and bat him 7th again. Thanks Grey!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, No problem

  70. Crime dog says:
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    How is this team even possible?

    Also I’ve heard you say you don’t really go over $30 in an auction does NL only change that or were these guys just too good of value to pass up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not to give too much away in case there’s people reading the comments from the league, but in this league, too much conservatism so I go heavy 3 guys usually — in most auctions I rarely go over $30

  71. omar says:
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    Was checking out the OPS rankings on the site and notice that Catchers get a big bump in this format. What’s the reasoning behind this? Excuse my ignorance if this is a dumb question.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, they shouldn’t… I wouldn’t bump up catchers… That might be 2 catcher rankings…

  72. OaktownSteve says:
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    These are the longest days of the year. Teams are basically all drafted but no stats accumulating. It’s like getting birthday presents and having to wait two weeks to play with them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, totally… You liking your NFBC team still? I just contemplated Joe Kelly for 10 minutes for no reason

    • peacecoast says:
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      and also praying for no injuries

  73. Big Ticket says:
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    Any updates on the Colorado 2B situation? I snagged McMahon and Hampson, but would obviously like to free up a roster spot as soon as we know who is getting the AB’s …

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re splitting time right now, McMahon is not good and Hampson is (for fantasy)

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Everything I’ve seen says they will split duties and 2nd. Murphy could also see some time there if they play games with Desmond at first or Reynolds if he makes the team.

      Dont think Hampson is gonna be A full time guy, but even so he could steal 25 getting 350-400 ABs

  74. Bobby says:
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    Drafted last night and because I value your opinion, I was curious what you thought of my roster (12-team keeper Yahoo mixed standard)? Thanks for all the advice!

    C – Grandal
    1B – Olson
    2B – Odor
    3B – Devers
    SS – Mondesi
    OF – Betts, Soto, Rosario, D. Santana
    Bench – Smoak, M. Gonzalez
    SP – Snell, Bauer, Flaherty, Archer, Stroman, Whitley
    RP – Yates, Barnes, J. Jimenez, Ottavino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting, look a little light on AVG… But not bad, Smoak and Marwin are whatever…. Your pitching is amazing, but Stroman’s not good

  75. Old School Brother says:
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    Grey! What a team, how the hell can you not win with this squad? Love the 1/2 of Soto/Dahl and Wheeler/German

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Right? I know, I like this team better than my CBS NL-Only team

  76. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Grey-

    Wanted to get your opinion on my squad in a 10 team H2H category league.

    1B Dan Murphy
    2B Albies
    3B Baez
    SS Trea
    OF Benitendi
    OF Soto
    OF Conforto
    Util Peraza
    BN Aguilar

    SP Flaherty
    SP German Marquez
    SP Clevinger
    SP Happ
    SP Glasnow
    SP Kikuchi
    RP Robertson
    RP Hicks
    RP Kimbrel

    Would you drop any of my pitchers for any of the guys on the wire?
    J Lester, Touissant, Musgrove, Freddy Peralta, C-Mart, Matz, Newcomb, Teheran, Peacock, Urias, Rodin or Alex Reyes….interested to hear your thoughts. I usually don’t drop guys before the season starts unless there’s an obvious upside/upgrade player. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds floor on hitting, hard to argue when you have 4 top 25 guys and great pitching… Musgrove over Kikuchi prolly, but meh I’d hold for now

  77. Jason Hastings says:
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    Geez Grey, enough about your team, I got questions!! Would you, at this point, prioritize McMahon over Hampson in a points league, especially if I only own Voit and Yuli for 1B?

    That’s actually a pretty spectacular team you got. Congrats, don’t f%#& it up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, my b! Meh, I don’t love McMahon, he can’t play defense… Are the Rockies really going to let him boot balls all summer?

  78. James Nakaji says:
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    Hey Mr. Albright, I really want to pick up Eric Lauer from the waiver, I am a big fan of Padre’s pitching staff this year with Paddack, Lucchesi, Strahm, and Lauer. I would even put my rep on the line (which isn’t much) to say that Padres overall starting pitching stats will be in the top 8 for the 2019 season.

    But I need to drop someone from my bench. I have Sale, Paxton, and Mikolas anchoring my pitching staff, but a huge drop off after that (Goldy and Arrieta). I am decently confident with my bats.

    5×5 Keeper OPS instead of AVG 12 teams

    My starting OF:

    Billy Hamilton
    Nelson Cruz
    Khris Davis
    Charlie Blackmon
    Chris Taylor

    My Bench:

    Daniel Palka
    Ryan McMahon
    Lewis Brinson
    Enrique (Kike) Hernandez
    Chase Anderson
    Merill Kelly
    Tyler Skaggs
    Corbin Burnes

    Should I drop any of them for E.Lauer? Or Am I crazy and I should wait a couple starts before thinking about picking him up?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold for now

      • James N says:
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        Damn, not high on him eh? Appreciate the response though, I will just watch for now :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  79. Kevin says:
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    Is Carlos Martinez still a sleeper with the shoulder issues he’s already has this spring training? Thanks

  80. MisforMookie says:
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    It’s that time of year, for the annual “How did I do?” post. Drafted my “home” league yesterday and I think it turned out alright.

    12-team Yahoo roto 6×6; R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG/OPS and W/K/WHIP/ERA/SV+H/QS; 1400IP limit and no transaction limit.

    First 3 rounds are keepers (keep 3 for up to 3 years total). I won last year but traded draft picks, so I was missing picks in rounds 7,9,10 and 14, and had double picks in 15,19,20, and 22.

    C: Bouef (Rd 21)
    1B: Rizzo (Rd 4)
    2B: Mondesi (Rd 5)
    SS: Story (keeper)
    3B: Escobar (Rd 15)
    OF: Betts (keeper)
    OF: Acuna (keeper)
    OF: Rosario (Rd 6)
    Util: Desmond (Rd 17)
    Util: Markakis (Rd 20)
    Bn: Choo (22), Hiura (25)

    SP: Marquez (Rd 8)
    SP: Lucchesi (Rd 11)
    SP: E-Rod (Rd 12)
    RP: Iglesias (Rd 13)
    RP: Bradley (Rd 16)
    P: Green (Rd 24)
    P: Kela (Rd 22)
    P: Edwards Jr (Rd 19)
    P: Pressly (Rd 19)
    Bn: Eovaldi (Rd 15), Marco Gonzales (Rd 18), Gibson (Rd 20), Eflin (Rd 23)
    (post-draft moved Hiura to NA slot and picked up Romo with SP/RP eligibility)

    Thanks as always, hope I crush again this year as much as I did last year. Maybe I’ll be able to hold onto my RCL standings for longer than 1/2 the season this time too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look light on AVG, but not bad, and hitting is decent overall… Markakis — woof!

      Pitching looks exactly like I’d draft, no qualms there

      • MisforMookie says:
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        Yeah, there are some other potential options around but I figured I’d wait and see how the first week shakes out on the waiver wire. I got into a bit of a bind in rounds 7-15 with my missing picks, having to draft a lot of pitchers in a row to have any chance of a decent rotation, so my utility picks ended up waiting a long time. It’s a daily moves league so I figure I’ll be churning those positions anyway.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  81. Gotime says:
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    12tm H2H 6×6 cats
    Wacha and Strahm are available, how much FAAB out of $100 would you bid on them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $1 on Wacha — $2 on Strahm

  82. MATT says:
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    ANY CHANCE OF SEEING THE RESULTS OF THE ENTIRE NL ONLY DRAFT?

  83. Steve says:
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    12T Roto, 5×5

    Keep one:

    Severino in 12th round
    Glasnow in 15th round
    Tatis in 15th

    Other keepers:
    Bauer in 4th
    JD in 10th
    Benintendi in 14th
    Villar in 10th

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tatis

  84. Snakes Dundee says:
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    Do you see a problem drafting Flaherty as my SP1 in an 8 team H2H 5×5 league? Unless Carrasco drops that’s who I’ve been getting in my mocks. I did use your pitcher pairing tool and it seems it should be fine, just not sure with an 8 team league.

    Also first time listening to the podcasts this season. Great stuff. I too am from NJ and live in LA now, got an apartment in Los Feliz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have no problem with Flaherty as my #1 — Nice! Where you from in Jersey? I live in Larchmont…

      • Snakes Dundee says:
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        Cherry Hill. Moved out to LA about 7 years ago. What part of town did you buy your house?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Larchmont Village area

          • Snakes Dundee says:
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            Oh wow, good for you. That’s a great area.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

  85. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Grey- a little bit of buzz on Dakota Hudson on the twitter thing, anything about him lately that impresses you ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bc he threw a good game in spring training, yay…. He’s fine as a last starter on a team — think like Paddack/Urias etc

  86. Joey says:
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    No one asks the question ‘

    Who in your draft you wished you went $1 or more on looking back

    Why not go to $26 on Robles

    Others?

    And who did you go in on you wished you didnt

    I listened on guys u where in on why did u not go higher even when your sheet said you could or was it purely based on your #s

    IM LOOKING AT GRABBING TURNER AND PAYING WHWT I NEED YO PAY SAME WITH DIAZ….BUT LOVE YOUR THOIGHTS ON WHAT YOU DIDNT DI NOTON WHERE U BOUGHT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I mentioned it above, I think… I did not need Robles, but I wish I went a little harder on a guy like Souza or Maikel… I really don’t need anything though as my #s show

  87. brett says:
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    grey

    12 team keeper league. 260 budget. i have machado under contact. 34 this year and 39 next year. currently all of the following are going to be kept. lindor, bregman story mondesi, baez, seager, turner, t anderson. would you try to trade machado to get out of his contract? i could keep buehler instead for $5 only for this year or with lack of top ss available would you keep manny?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t mind Manny for that price… Buehler at $5 is excellent value tho

  88. SteveNZ says:
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    Hey now – as we discussed yesterday, I’m not exactly flush with saves in the ol’ H2H. Relievers are:

    LeClerc
    Alvarado
    Kelly
    Roe
    Watson
    Britton

    But on the wire are Stammen, Parker, Buttery and Steckenrider.

    Shoudl probably grab at least a couple of those guys, right?

    • Grey

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      Parker over Roe, Buttrey over Watson

      • SteveNZ says:
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        Parker/Buttery should till get there share of holds too, yes?

        • Grey

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          Yup

  89. Dannybetter says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Love your site and am excited for another year chasing first!

    What say you in my squad??

    12 team h2h points. Daily league

    First time I haven’t been pitching heavy, and I’ve never won, so there’s that….

    C beef Castillo…
    1b Olsen
    2b d Murphy
    Ss c Correa
    3b Devers
    Of betts
    Of Harper
    Of benintendi
    Ut voit

    Sp
    Snell
    Taillon
    Pivetta
    G Marquez
    R Ray
    E Rodriguez
    Ryu
    Reynaldo Lopez
    Stroman
    Rp
    Hicks
    Kimbrel
    Robertson.

    I appreciate your input!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! That looks pretty pitching heavy to me, you have 2 aces, 3 #2s and some random #3s… Your hitting is not as heavy…

  90. Shitwolf says:
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    Hey buddy been a long time lurker now and havnt said hello in awhile. Hello!!! I think the best line for hello was Futurama… not sure if you watch it, but when the Neutral planet is under attack and they sound the beige alert the bro says if I dont make it tell my wife I said Hello… Gold! Anyway 5×5 obp draft is coming up and I got the third pick! Ach!!! There is a few men I want but how do I decide which one? Im thinking I could for sure snag Soto in the early 3rd so whats the settup! Do I go sexy bryce because of the obp, but then i see Judge and think he looks so much more buff but is 3 too early? Trea turner comes to mind but then could i just pass on a SS there and go for a 4th/5th on Mondessi!

    Help me bro! Oh man I would love to start judge/harper story and then sexy soto… sorry man Im not down with the Dr… how can i helo promote a dr that causes diabetes!!!
    Love and misses

    -Shizzwolf

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, hello!!! That is funny… Bryce is a #2-4 guy overall in OBP, so yes grab him if you can… Soto is a top 10 guy — Even Mondesi can’t hurt their OBPs

      • Shitwolf says:
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        Thanks dude, btw your team looks dope! you have 3 first round picks essencially! I wanna draft zee German too but coors makes me all sorts of nervous!

        • Shitwolf says:
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          oh man you tell me harper but why does my heart say judge? they have similar stat lines so I guess it doesnt matter much haha

          • Grey

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            Harper is a beast in OBP, not many close

            • Shitwolf says:
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              but in terms of stats why is Harper so much better then judge? harpers OBP last year 393 and judges was 392

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Harper can have a .450 OBP year, don’t think we see anywhere close for Judge

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks!

          • Shitwolf says:
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            thanks to you too friend

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  91. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Is Muncy still favored over Wil Myers now that Muncy’s wrist makes him questionable for Opening day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, unless I hear something much worse

  92. Jerry says:
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    Ok. Devil’s advocate on your NL Tout team.

    Overpriced catchers who are going to hurt your average.
    Pete Alonso may not break camp with Mets and is unproven.
    Ryan Zimmerman may suck again.
    Kiki Hernandez had one good year.
    Fowler could be out of a job soon.
    Kang beat Moran for starting third base job.

    Hmmm, pitching.
    Marquez great price….but one good year and he still pitches at Coors.
    Quintana was REALLY bad last year.
    Wheeler was REALLY good, for one year.
    All other pitchers…meh.

    (Disclaimer: I don’t necessarily agree with everything I said above)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s OBP league

      Yeah, things could go sideways on all of those things and I have bad luck and Machado, Trea Turner and Soto would still carry me to a 3rd place hitting area and I need one starter to work

  93. Chocolate Thunder from Down Under says:
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    Buxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No Buxton

  94. William Hung says:
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    I’m so excited about the Buxton hype – hoping someone in my league drafts him too early

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, same

      • William Hung says:
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        My biggest debate if my league mates follow ADP is whether or not I jump on Mondesi with one of my top 2 picks (3rd/4th round) or risk it and wait 20 picks later for my 5th/6th round pick

        • Grey

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          I don’t see why not take him 4th… Who else you taking?

          • William Hung says:
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            was thinking going Hoskins/Bellinger with my first 2 picks – I can always bank on 1 or 2 pitchers getting drafted in that first round, including a few teams keeping a pitcher as well.

            • Grey

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              I like both of them

              • William Hung says:
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                It’s a “moo” point if one of them goes earlier than expected – but I’d go nuts if I can grab all 3. I’m leaning towards going Mondesi and then gambling on Bellinger being available 20 picks later. I figure Bellinger’s upside is easier to replace than Mondesi’s

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That works for me

  95. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    I have my first auction draft about to start in 30 min. 14 team 6×6 (OBP, HR, RBI, R, SB, TB: ERA, WHIP, K, SVHLD, QS, K/BB) keep 6

    I took over a really shitty team and have the second most amount of money to spend (205 of 260).

    1) Overall strategy, with such a bad cheap team, aim for as many high variance, young players as possible? See how many will pop?

    2) Mike Trout is available, how high would you go? ESPN has him projected for $53, Auction Calculator has him down for $54 and Rudy has him down for $57 for OBP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nah, try to win this year… If you were to say get someone like Mazara then that’s fine, he’s good and young 2. I’d go as high as it took, $65, maybe at top, but no one will chase you that high… Get him!

  96. Laumch Angle says:
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    Do you think Strop keeps the Cubs closer job this year even WHEN Morrow returns? Dude’s health is unreliable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  97. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Thanks for the quick reply!

    My keepers are Jansen, Treinen, Glasnow, J Turner, D Peralta and Rosario…who focus primarily on young position players and take upside/flyers on pitching?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try to win this year, you need lots of bats and an entire starting staff

  98. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Good to see you’re still in on Marquez. Sporer over at Fangraphs continues to take a dump on him every chance he gets. Here’s his latest rant:

    But planning for him to put up a Top 25 (or in some cases Top 20!) season is just too much. The strikeouts will give him some wiggle room on the ratios, but unless he repeats or improves his 3.77 ERA/1.20 WHIP combo, he won’t crack the Top 30. A couple busted starts in Coors and he’ll be staring down a 4.20 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. And yet, he’s a Top 80 pick and Top 25 starter in March NFBC drafts? Good luck with that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he even likes him for $13 in an NL-Only league

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        You see Sporer team in Tout H2H?
        His pitching was $27 and it’s pretty decent.
        Ralph paid $30 for Altuve and
        Turner went for only $31 bonkers !

  99. Cohen says:
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    Grey, just finished my 12 team roto, please tell me what u think?
    C-W.Castillo
    1B-Rizzo
    2B-Shaw
    SS-Story
    3B-Muncy
    CI-Voit
    MI-Mondesi
    OF-Yelich
    OF-Hoskins
    OF-Dahl
    OF-Robles
    OF-Palka
    Util-Schoop
    SP-Corbin
    SP-Flaherty
    SP-Marquez
    SP-Lucchessi
    RP-Giles
    RP-Alvarado
    RP-Greene
    RP-Steckenrider
    RP-Parker
    BN-Cischek
    BN-Minter
    BN-P.Alonso(took a flier)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love the hitting, so balanced, maybe light on AVG, but, meh, prolly not, just quibbling… The Pitching is stacked too, I love this team! Biggest problem is your RPs, and that’s solvable

      • Cohen says:
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        Sweet! Thank you!

  100. cg says:
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    Bet you didn’t like the news that Kang took Morans starting job today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not great, bet Kang doesn’t get 300 ABs

  101. Launch Angle says:
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    Would you give up Muncy to get Dahl? I can move Hoskins to 1B when eligible and I have Shaw at 3B. I also have Voit on the bench to back up 1B.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d want Dahl

    • Ghost says:
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      Take Dahl. Muncy could be a one year wonder. Dahl calls Coors home & has 30 homer 20 bag potential with high avg.

  102. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Ugh. Just drafted David Robertson over the weekend thinking he’s the closer in Phily and now I’m reading reports of how he’ll split save opportunities with Sir. Anthony. This is a weekly league so do guys that split opportunities even have value? Should cut him loose?

    My other closers are Treinen, Wade Davis, Will Smith, and Barnes so I was planning on punting at least one of these guys once the season starts.

  103. JJ says:
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    Hey, any chance you’ll be moving up Kepler and/or Soler in your OF rankings

  104. prey879 says:
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    Just did a draft and already have an offer on the table:

    Give: Matt Strahm and Tim Anderson
    Get: Tyler Glasnow and Willy Adames

    Trade analyzer says don’t but looking at your rankings I’m thinking of doing it. I have Mondesi as my shortstop so Anderson’s just a bench bat.

  105. jaw says:
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    10 team 5×5 h2h dynasty league (round penalty in parenthesis)

    would you trade goldschmidt (2), taillon (14), and robles (25) for trea turner (1) and one of Berrios (8) or Blake Treinen (15)?

    other keepers below

    • Ghost says:
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      Goldie for turner yes. But Berrios & Treinen aren’t close to Tallion & Robles futures. Just my opinion for a dynasty league. Goldie is in a contract year but getting older. Turner could break out more at 25 and be #1 at seasons end.

  106. Ghost says:
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    Grey your Expertise please!
    10 team Roto, Avg, R, Hr, RBI, SB ~ Sv, QS, K, Whip, ERA, keeper league auction redraft.
    Who do I keep?
    $39 Just Dong
    $29 Goldie
    $24 Soto
    $22 Whit
    $20 Vlad
    $20 Buehler
    $17 Aldaberto Mondesi (last name in case you didn’t know him)
    $16 Corbin
    $14 Andujar
    $13 German Marquez

    • Ghost says:
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      3 Keeper League btw…

  107. LadyScorpio says:
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    Nice lineup, Grey!! LOVE your pitching squad!!! Wish I’d have made better pitching selections with my 1st draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

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