True story:  I was walking through the mall in spandex shorts and a headband, strutting really.  The year was 1981.  I was perhaps the most handsome, well-groomed five-year-old the planet had seen.  Okay, a seven-year-old pretending to be a five-year-old.  Who wants to be older?  Not me, Cousin Sweatpants.  So, I’m cruising for chicks, crushing the scenario, when I see this total fox.  I stop her and ask for a name.  She says, “Jennifer Beals,” and I say, “You’re gonna be a star, kid,” then covering my mouth I say how her fame will be short-lived but how she will get some decent character work later in life.  I spotted her sex appeal two years prior to her breakout role in Flashdance.  I can always spot sex appeal.  It’s my cross to bear.  Speaking of crosses to bear, holy Jesus Harry Christ my Tout Wars team is sexy!  The league is 12-team, two-catcher, NL-Only and perhaps the most respected fantasy league in the country.  Sure, we’re still mocked by 99.9% of the world, but a solid chunk of other fantasy baseballers respect the Tout!  Anyway, here’s my Tout Wars team and some thoughts:

C Devin Mesoraco 3
C Austin Hedges 5
1B Paul Goldschmidt 40
3B Maikel Franco 22
CI Adam Lind 5
2B Trea Turner 30
SS Zack Cozart 5
MI Freddy Galvis 7
OF Giancarlo Stanton 28
OF Keon Broxton 19
OF Yasmany Tomas 14
OF Michael Conforto 10
UT Alen Hanson 1
SW Jhoulys Chacin 1
P Robbie Ray 13
P John Lackey 13
P Aaron Nola 10
P Jeff Samardzija 11
P Seth Lugo 2
P Felipe Rivero 1
P Cody Reed 2
P Neftali Feliz 9
P Jim Johnson 9
Bench Scooter Gennett
Bench Drew Hutchison
Bench Sal Romano
Bench Tommy Pham

YOU HAD ME SET UP FOR SOMETHING SUPER SEXY AND THEN YOU SHOVE DEVIN MESORACO IN MY FACE.  NOT COOL, PARDNER.  BUT, AFTER I SKIM THE HITTING, IT IS KINDA SEXY, I GUESS.  

12-team NL-Only is a deep AF league.  Everyone has holes — that’s what he said right before pleading guilty to sexual harassment!  One team has Dilson Herrera as their MI; another team has Conor Gillaspie as their 3rd baseman.  I just looked at two teams and was able to quickly find (like three seconds tops!) weaknesses on two teams.  No foolsies; everyone’s got issues.  My hitting is sexy as all get-out for this deep of a league.  Giancarlo, Trea, Goldy alone is likely all the hitting I need if they do what’s promised.  Seriously, I could have no MI, CI or 4th and 5th outfielder and be fine with those three on hitting.  Then throw in Keon Broxton, Maikel Franco and Yasmany and my team is like ‘PAH-DOW!”

YOU’RE AVOIDING MENTIONING YOUR PITCHING FOR A REASON, AREN’T YOU?

Sorry, all of those gerunds have me confused by your question.

TRY THIS:  YOUR PITCHING MAKES ME WANT TO VOMIT.

Ah, yeah, so it’s not all peaches n’ cream on Team Albright.  Fair enough.  My strategy was to get an offense I would be happy with, and don’t end a sentence with with — dah!  I’m sick of coming out of these crazy deep leagues with hitting that I hate.  You do enough of these leagues and you’ll understand what I mean.  (No, I’m not justifying having an awful pitching staff!  Okay, maybe a little.)  My goal was to get enough pitching that should throw a decent amount of innings without totally killing me.  Hey, Lackey, Robbie Ray, [email protected]&T*Gzija and Chacin might not be gorge, or make you engorged, but they should get their innings.  Somehow I still spent around my norm of $80 on pitching.  I know, I know, where did I spend that much?  Meh, if you want Au Shizz, Giancarlo and Treat Urner, you’re gonna be weak somewhere.

GIVE ME SOMETHING THAT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I’M LEARNING SOMETHING.

I love Alen Hanson in crazy deep leagues.  He’s hitting well in spring, the Pirates have a bunch of guys that could go down with injury and he can fill in for all of them, he’s out of options, last year in Triple-A he had 8 HRs and 36 steals, and, no, I’m not lying knowing you won’t double-check me.  Alen Hanson in 12-team mixed leagues is slightly bizzonkers, but in a 12-team NL-Only league?  Yes, please and thank you.

WHEN YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE PUKE YOU’RE CALLING A PITCHING STAFF YOU FORGOT TO MENTION YOU OWN JIM JOHNSON.

Yup, and how about Cody Reed and Sal Romano?

ONE THING YOU CAN SAY ABOUT SAL ROMANO — HE REALLY THROWS CHEESE!

Ha, I’m glad we’re having a good time.

I’M HAVING A GOOD TIME BY MOCKING YOU, YOUR PITCHING SUCKS!

Okay, Mr. Al Boldencaps, perhaps I need to break down my thought process a bit more.  Out of $260 spent, according to my values, I came out with $286 worth of fantasy value.  That was better than I was doing in my mock trials I was doing the night before (totally not a dork).  Overall, I need my hitting to be so good that my pitching can be ‘just mediocre’ and get by.  Here’s my War Room totals:

You see the goals (33 for hitting, 14 for pitching), and you see where I am for each category.  I’m way off in Ks and Wins with my ratios and saves likely to be ‘decent enough.’  My hope is the 46 in HRs, 42.2 in SBs and 39.7 in RBIs pushes me so high the pitching won’t matter.  That’s the idea, at least.

BUT, REALLY, SAL ROMANO?

He’s gonna make America grate again!

  1. Gary says:
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    How long does it take to get permissioned for Google Doc? I created a league tonight (It’s Time For Dodger Baseball!!) and the draft is tonight at 10:00 Eastern. Thanks.

    • MattTruss

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      Go ahead and add you league to the page. You should be all set to edit. Once it’s in there myself or Grey will take care of updating your league numbers. Thanks!

      • Gary says:
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        @MattTruss: Sorry, not sure what I’m doing. Don’t know how to add my league information to the page.

        You need permission
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    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Gary: could you resend that request? Thanks!

  2. Shark says:
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    In 1981, Jennifer Beals would’ve been 18…damn, you had balls for a seven year old! Is she a MILF or a cougar? -I get confused by these terms, please elucidate. And p.s., does my age matter when using these terms? (I’m 54)

    • Cheese says:
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      @Shark: GREAT question. Never thought of it that way. Technically milfs would be cougars? Unless cougars are childless.

    • MattTruss

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      I believe the terms are used based on who is going after whom here. If you’re a young lad going after an older lady (who of course, has to be a mom) then she’s a MILF. Flip the script and you’ve got an older lady (children in this case make no difference) prowling for a young man, then she’s a coug. At least this is my interpretation. Then of course, you marry that Coug and she’s a MILF before you know it :)

      • Cram It says:
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        @MattTruss: Ding ding ding.

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        So basically you’re saying Grey is a victim!!

        • rotisserie.jedi says:
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          @bossmanjunior333:

          Very funny bossman. Even at 7, no court in the land is ruling that Grey was the victim.

          To the rest of you yahoos: You’re ALL WRONG! In conventional usage MILF and Cougar have very different and frankly, distinct connotations. To wit, MILF is a very attractive woman who happens to be a mother (8+ on the scale). The original, and still understood context of the term MILF is that both she and her children are young, although there are rare and spectacular exceptions. In other words, were it not for the children, she would she be plain HOT! Cougars, on the other hand, are the Frankenstein children of the women’s movement, vastly increased income and wealth for women, and, um, Demi Moore. Cougars are not just women who are older than the men they are with, they are old women who pursue young men.* Generally speaking a woman must be over 40 and must be pursuing a man who is more than 10 years her junior in age to be considered a Cougar. While occasionally a Cougar can be attractive, um, Demi Moore, attractiveness is neither a necessary nor inherent trait in a Cougar.

          All MILFs are hot.

          Drops Mic.

          • @rotisserie.jedi: except you left out that cougars *can* also be milfs. If a cougar is hot and has children (even adult children) she is still, technically, a milf. And of course if her child has a child, she’s the incredibly rare gilf.

            • rotisserie.jedi says:
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              @Lucky Dog:

              “…although there are rare and spectacular exceptions..”

              • Cheese says:
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                @rotisserie.jedi: Whenever I’ve been in doubt, I alway go to the best resource out there. Urban dictionary.

                MILF – mothers, whether married, separated or divorced, that a male individual sees as physical attractive enough to want to have sexual intercourse with them. Just cuz their moms doesn’t mean that they don’t need a spark in their love life. If they’ve ever breastfed,they have really responsive nipples and a core of erectile tissue in their breasts. The ones in good shape have worked at regaining control over their vaginas (Kegel exercises).MILFs are usually real careful about birth control, they know accidents happen but they take responsible steps. They want to fuck with abandon, with no romantic complications for their under-19 family.
                A MILF is any mother that is sexually desirable.

                Cougar – An older woman who frequents clubs in order to score with a much younger man. The cougar can be anyone from an overly surgically altered wind tunnel victim, to an absolute sad and bloated old horn-meister, to a real hottie or milf. Cougars are gaining in popularity — particularly the true hotties — as young men find not only a sexual high, but many times a chick with her shit together.
                That cougar I met last night, showed me shit I didn’t know existed, I’m goin back for more.

                That should settle the debate

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @MattTruss: Truss, how about you handle comments today and I’ll hit the chaise with a colada?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @MattTruss: Okay, how about you just handle the how is my team questions?

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          Haha! I don’t know how you do it all day to be honest. Every “How’s my team” question should require a book purchase.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha!

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:
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            Speaking of which, I need to go buy my own copy…done and done! Hope there’s stories as good as dogs “pooping” on beds and other shenanigans. Looking forward to the read.

            • Grey

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              Ha, thanks! Not personal stories this time tho

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: Doesn’t the War Room pump out team totals based on your projections?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah

      • J-FOH says:
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        @MattTruss: one of my favorites is the gilf. Now that I’m in my 40’s I happen to know women my own age and some younger who are grandmas. They are generally women who had kids before they turned 20 whose kids had their kids before they were twenty. The youngest one I met was 36. It’s still a milf but a milf with no kids at home that also happens to be a grandma.

        • MattTruss

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          Like the unicorn of MILFs right there, but I can see it. Had kids young, son couldn’t keep the pecker in the pants and bam, you’ve got a 45 yr old GILF.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @MattTruss: oddly they all became grandparents via their daughters

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @J-FOH: That sounds like an acorn not falling far from the bush….wait is that right?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Pecker in the Pants is your new team name

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Grey: hey that was my nickname in my late teens and early 20’s * sad trombone-*

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shark: Thanks, Truss (once again)!

      • rotisserie.jedi says:
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        @Grey:
        HA!

        • Shark says:
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          @rotisserie.jedi:

          Thanks for the great discussion! Geez, things were so much simpler when my go to source of info was Harry Palm…

  3. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Just finished my big money 10 team draft last night and wanted to get your take. I really like my offense but unfortunately, while my pitching has a ton of upside, it’s also risky. Guys in this league always reach for pitching and whenever the “safe” guy I was targeting was taken, the best pick always seemed to be a high upside, risky guy. The run on closers was also ridiculous and I was lucky to get three solid, mid tier guys.

    Last year, our first season of OBP, I was towards the bottom in OBP (guys like Odor and Franco killed me in this format), so I made a conscious effort to focus on undervalued hitters in the Yahoo rankings. I honestly don’t really see a weak link in that area this year though.

    10 team 5×5 OBP h2h with limited moves (budget)

    Because it’s limited moves, streaming really isn’t an option. Further, being h2h, I know you always preach having a quantity of starters, so I’ll typically carry anywhere from 8-9 starters at a time.

    C Martin
    1B Votto
    2B Villar
    3B Rendon
    SS Story
    OF Harper
    OF Bautista
    OF Broxton
    UTL C Santana
    BN Thames

    SP Strasburg, Carrasco, Maeda, McCullers, Paxton, Nola, Walker, Cotton, Wacha

    RP Dyson, Holland, Bedrosian

    • Grey

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      @bossmanjunior333: Looks like a solid team, I’d be happy with that pitching, hopefully Stras holds it together, though I don’t believe he has in years

  4. Mel Hall-of-Fame says:
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    I try to emulate your theories on pitching. Enjoy following all you guys in Sirius/xm. Had my 12 team h2h mixed last night. Thoughts?

    C. Realmuto
    1b. Frazier
    2b. Peraza
    SS. Seager
    3b. Franco
    IF. Bird
    OF. Harper
    OF. Stanton
    OF. Trumbo
    OF. Bradley
    Util. Calhoun
    BN. Castellanos, C.Frazier

    SP. Quintana, Velasquez, Pineda, Cotton, Shoemaker, Santana, Foltynewicz, T.Anderson

    RP. E.Diaz, Giles, W.Davis, Barraclough

    • Grey

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      @Mel Hall-of-Fame: Thanks, Mel Hall of Fame! I’m not sure if Mel Hall is going to make the hall though…. I think your hitting and pitching are both solid, hitting’s a bit better… Pitching isn’t bad, but you don’t have a ton of safe options

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      You have Frazier as your first baseman and C. Frazier on your bench. I could see Adam Frazier on your bench who has looked good for Pittsburgh this spring and has been playing SS and played OF and 2nd last year. He could end up with 450 at bats. Which Frazier is on your bench.

  5. Mike says:
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    Grey, can I get your thoughts on my team, which was drafted last night? 10 team, 4player keeper. I think my pitching is suspect, but I think I grabbed a few bargains:

    Bats- lucroy, abreu, jean segura, manny, Corey seager, Nunez, beltre, trout, Harper, piscotty, ozuna, fowler, castellanos, Dahl, bird, renfroe

    Pitchers- cueto, stroman, kelvin herrera, slalzar, colome, nova, Jim Johnson, Velasquez, Nate jones and Kennedy

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: My keepers were trout, Harper, manny and seager

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Love the hitting, maybe a tad low on speed… Pitching is iffy, but I think you can make it work with waivers and trades

  6. Ace of Spades says:
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    Grey

    12 team redraft auction 5 x5 roto . After draft we fill up 5 bench spots using snake method.

    1b- Miggy
    2b- Odor
    SS- Story
    3b – Lamb
    C – Wieters
    OF- Fowler, Buxton, Eaton, Pederson, Dahl
    UT- G Bird
    UT- J Peraza
    DH – Y Tomas
    SP – Archer, C Mart, Quintana, Paxton, T Walker, Wacha
    RP – Diaz, Madson

    Bench- M Haniger, Joe Ross ( que up the muzak ), Skaggs , Cobb, J Gomez

    Your thoughts?

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

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      @Ace of Spades: WHERE ARE YOU NOW?! I like the hitting, but you look a little light on power… Especially the OF… Pitching looks fine, maybe stronger than you need

  7. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    Conor fucking Gillaspie haha I completely forgot about that guy after he hit that 9th inning homerun off the Mets in the playoffs

    Had a draft last night for a 9×9 league (i know) w/ OBP, Ks, Hits, Total Bases. Think I ended up with a pretty balanced offense:

    C – Cervelli
    1B – Au Schizz
    2B – Odor
    SS – Corey Seager
    3B – Rendon
    OF – George Springer
    OF – Trumbooo
    OF – Jose Peraza
    UTIL – Carlos Satana
    Bench – Max Kepler
    Bench – Eric Thames

  8. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Thanks for sharing, I love the team. As you say, you had a strategy and you executed it. Now it’s up to your team to man up and put away the midol.

    a. Have my first points league draft tomorrow at 11h30 followed by my RCL draft at 15h00! Hope I don’t confuse apples and oranges!!! Then I have two more points league drafts on Friday and then I’m done. In tomorrow’s points league draft, I draft 3rd so there’s a possibility that I get Trout if one team ahead of me is on autopilot and the other drafts someone other than Trout. Have seen it happen. If both teams are on autopilot then, only Goldy would be available at #3.

    b. Your team’s pitching is not too bad, after all it’s NL-only. Lackey should be good enough to put up his usual lunch-pail numbers – 3.5 ERA, 7.6k/9, 200IPs and 1.2-ish WHIP. The rest of the team just has to man the F* up.

    c. Trying to do my best in my acting job of Acting Head of Office in the absence of my boss. It’s tough when your model for the job is Linklater’s Slacker (1991) or Clerks (1994).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

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      @Ante GALIC: No more Midol is now my team name, thanks! A. You have the tools you need, now you execute! B. From your mouth to Giancarlo’s ears C. Ha

  9. For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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    14 team league. i have mchugh (who it sounds like i can just wait and let be DL’d). QS league.
    triggs/ryu/morton/conley/buchholz/kuhl/karns/chavez/gibson are options.

  10. Ace of Spades says:
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    ” I spotted her sex appeal two years prior to her breakout role in flashdance ”

    last night from roto world :

    Delino DeShields went 2-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base, and a run scored in Monday’s 6-5 win over the Rockies.
    DeShields is now up 12 steals on the spring to go along with .302 batting average and a .448 on-base percentage. The 24-year-old is coming off a disappointing 2016 where he spent time in the minors and batted just .209/.275/.313 over 74 games in the majors, but there’s opportunity in left field. He could be a sneaky speed option in deeper fantasy leagues

    Could Deshizz = Jennifer Beals?

    Worth a dollar or a late reserve pick?

    Or are you done forever with him.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Ace of Spades:
      He is worth a buck or late round flyer..Dude is still only 24, and an 8th overall draft pick..Roll the dice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ace of Spades: Delino! He’ll prolly break out this year to prove me right while spiting me… He doesn’t really have everyday ABs tho

  11. DK says:
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    Hey Gr~ey,

    Keepers are…

    6 – Kluber
    9 – Seager
    10 – Springer
    17 – Kris Bryant

    Who do I keep in rounds 11 and 12 out of…
    Jake Lamb, David Dahl, Jose Ramirez

    Thanks, and thanks for all the hilarity throughout all your posts. Looking forward to grabbing your new book soon.

    DK

    • Grey

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      @DK: That’s how my Cougar spells my name… Me and you are now technically married…. Lamb, Dahl

      • DK says:
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        @Grey: Haha! You told us in a post a long time ago that that’s how to spell your name from now on, so I adopted it.

        What Grey Albright Fantasy Master Lothario wants!

        • Grey

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          HA

  12. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    that isn’t a bad pitching staff at least at the top for a 12 team NL only. you’ve got 4 guys that are all ownable in 12 team leagues if you own 7 (i.e standard h2h’s). 2 closers in a 12 team is actually near overkill if they both keep their jobs. that leaves 13 closers for 11 teams total. if both of those catchers are actually healthy that’s gotta be the best catcher to value team in entire league. lackey for cheaper than yes… many is odd in a league like that (and good)

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    Your pitching might surprise everyone. Ray, Nola, Hutch or Lugo could have a Happ or Porcello 2016 year. Seems like some pitcher always has a big stat year that no one expects. Hitting should kick butt.
    In a 12 team dynasty keep all where we just completed a new draft someone wants my Peraza who I have at SS. he is my best player for SB. I looked over the rosters and he has Andrus to make up for some stolen bases. i’m trying to get stolen bases back and he has Dozier and I have Schoop . I know I could just offer it but I want to be somewhat fair. He has Grandal and I have Norris, that would be an upgrade there but not enough for me. I also looked at his Mazara for my Renfroe. So….
    1. My Peraza and Schoop for his Andrus and Dozier.
    2. My Peraza and Norris for his Andrus and Grandal.
    3. My Peraza and Renfroe for his Andrus and Mazara.
    4. Hold
    Once again I dont want to seem unreasonable but do want an edge because he wants my guy. What offer should I counter with? I also thought about combining 2 and 3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Packers: Love Robbie Ray and Nola, so we’ll see… Thanks! I don’t love these trades, 1. is closest

  14. Jason says:
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    Nice recap Grey!

    Do you know what day you’ll be posting your mvp cy young etc. picks for this season? Thanks again!

    • Grey

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      @Jason: That’s a Jay question, but I think any day now

  15. Charles says:
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    Standard ESPN rosters, 10-team. In a 6×6 with OBP and batter K’s (neg), who would you be targeting in at 3.22 (keeping Harper and Votto):

    Lindor (not sexy this early)
    Stanton (high K’s, could be there at 4.39)
    Odor (low OBP, could be there at 4.39)
    Springer (high K’s, could be there at 4.39)
    Marte (low OBP)
    Encarnacion (already have 1B)

  16. Matt B says:
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    Hey Grey here is my 12-team mixed H2H 5×5 (OBP instead of AVG):
    C- B McCann (pick 223)
    1B- C Santana (103)
    2B- J Altuve (keeper)
    SS- C Seager (keeper)
    3B- A Rendon (89)
    OF1- G Springer (keeper)
    OF2- J Upton (114)
    OF3- J Pederson (162)
    Util- O Herrera (151)
    BN 2B/SS/OF- J Peraza (175)
    BN OF- K Broxton (186)
    BN OF- M Kepler (247)

    SP1- J Arrieta (keeper)
    SP2- J Verlander (keeper)
    SP3- C Archer (keeper)
    SP4- L McCullers (138)
    SP5- K Gausman (150)
    RP1- K Jansen (94)
    RP2- N Feliz (234)
    BN SP6- M Shoemaker (199)
    BN SP7- M Pineda (210)
    BN SP8- A Cobb (270)
    BN SP9/RP- P Corbin (281)
    BN SP10- H Ryu (292)
    BN RP3- K Glover (258)

    *SP’s go about 20-30 picks earlier in this league, just missed VV/T Walker/D Bundy/D Smyly/J Musgrove but luckily had strong base of 3 SP keepers
    *RP’s go about 20-30 picks later than normal, should have taken C Davis at 94 instead of Jansen, him or Chapman might have made it to my C Santana pick at 103
    *I typically prioritize 2 start weeks at SP4/5 slots but my bench SPs seem decently weaker than my starters
    *Don’t like to have bench bats but Peraza & Broxton fell so far in an OBP. I can ditch Kepler if he struggle & trying to deal Odubel Herrera perhaps to address a weakness or a draft pick next year

    Any notable holes/weaknesses?? Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @Matt B: I don’t love Arrieta, and you have way too pitching… You have 3 number one SPs…. And top RPs…*now looking at hitting* Oh, well the hitting isn’t bad, you had nice keepers apparently… Pretty stacked team

  17. Milarky says:
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    Hey Grey, My keepers are regrettable too. We’re a 6×5 (add in SLG%) roto with deep rosters (we start 2 at each IF position, 5 OF, 3 DH (any hitters), 6 SPs, 3 RP). My keepers were going to be Stanton, J.D. Martinez, Rizzo, Segura, Scherzer, Salazar. I decided to keep Segura because my other choice was Todd Frazier, but there are a TON of 3B available in the first few rounds.

    Anyway, I finished the year with Gregory Polanco, meaning I could swap out the Donger and keep Polanco instead. Would you do that, or ride out the injury with Martinez? (Before you ask, I can’t drop Segura and keep Polanco – we can only keep 2 OFs).

      • Milarky says:
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        @Grey: Given my keepers (assuming I keep Polanco over JD), can you give me your thoughts on the order in which I should be ranking these options for the first round or two? Depending on where I’m picking, here are guys that will be available.

        Kyle Seager
        Yoenis
        Rendon
        Abreu
        Frazier
        Turner
        Cruz (DH only)
        Trumbo (DH only)
        Hanley (DH only)
        J.D. Martinez
        Desmond

        • Grey

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          I’d go with my rankings

          • Milarky says:
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            @Grey: Thanks. Wasn’t sure if you thought roster construction would come into play at all here given who I already had as keepers.

            • Grey

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              Sorry, I only see one comment at a time, thought you meant Polanco was your only keeper…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Stanton, J.D. Martinez, Rizzo, Segura, Scherzer, Salazar, Polanco —

              Kyle Seager
              Rendon
              Frazier
              Abreu
              Turner

              That order

              • Milarky says:
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                @Grey: Sorry Grey, last correction on this – if I keep Polanco, I can’t keep JD. So I’d keep Stanton, Polanco, Rizzo, Segura, Scherzer, Salazar. Any change in rankings for first round? Does Cespedes make it in the mix, or target 3B?

                • Grey

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                  You have 2 OFs either way

  18. Matty says:
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    I’m surprised Goldy didn’t go for more given the limited options at 1B in NL only, but I don’t have any experience in the format.

    I drafted in my favorite (and final) league last night. Everything leading up to it was just a drill (sorry RCL, it’s nothing personal). Twelve team auction redraft, offense heavy.

    The following is my personal recap that you can feel free to ignore or comment on- the former I imagine. As a reader/ sometimes commenter I like seeing auction values from actual auctions since the yahoo values seem as dubious as their projections (where everyone over 30 years old will get more AB and better production than they did last year).

    C- Rupp $1
    1B- Freeman $33
    2B- Odor $30
    SS- Story $27
    3B- Rendon $9
    OF- Springer $30
    OF- Polanco $25
    OF- JBJ $18
    BN- Dahl $14
    BN- Franco $3
    SP- Hill $9, Maeda $12, Gausman $6, McCullers $5, Walker $4, Nola $3, J Gray $3
    RP- Herrara $8, Colome $8, F-Rod $6, Dyson $6

    I was afraid I’d overspent on offense but I ended up happy with my staff. It is a little upside-y, but we have 50 in-season moves so I can tweak it if necessary. I also have more closers than usual, so the first to explode may get replaced with another upside starter. My middle infield also feels a little upsidey and some of the outfield is banged up right now, but I love this team.
    Thoughts? Or not.
    Thanks for indulging me.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Matty: We have a bunch of the same players so thought I’d chip in my auction results for comparison. Mine is 12 team and we have a MI/CI/UTIL and additional OF
      Odor $31
      Story $29
      Rendon $9
      Franco $5
      Polanco $19

      Of the other big names:
      Freeman $30
      Springer $34
      JBJ $14

      • Matty says:
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        @Cram It:
        Awesome. Thanks for the point of reference.
        I knew JBJ was going high; I was bidding against a Sox homer but i saved money elsewhere and I love watching him play.

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: Damn, almost identical

        • Matty says:
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          @JeF WiTh 1 F:
          If Cram and I were in the same league we would each have half of a good team I guess.

          The price similarity is pretty striking.

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Matty: Or paid more for a full team

            • Matty says:
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              @JeF WiTh 1 F: Exactly. The tail end of my rotation would look like it does when I drink and draft; all of the $1 pitchers that other people won’t pay $2 to take away.

    • Grey

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      @Matty: You and Cram should get a room!

      Nice looking team, man… I love the pitching, not too high, not too low, yeah, right there… Hitting is solid too…

  19. Buxton Turner Overdrive says:
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    14-Team H2H OBP League (Keep 6)

    1B – Hosmer
    2B – TTurner
    SS – Bogearts, Semien
    3B – Rendon, Healy
    OF – Betts, JD, KDavis, Buxton

    Freeman & Andrus for Bogaerts & Healy; which side and how close? Thanks!

  20. Matty says:
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    Another question for which this may not be the venue but it’s the nearest to an appropriate commumity that I’m reasonably connected to:
    I haven’t bought baseball cards in years and I got a real hankering to open up some packs this week. Which sets do people like best right now? Is there an Amazon for a single wax (foil?) pack?

    I was a Topps diehard through the 1990s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Ha, haven’t bought cards in about 27 years — I have a bunch of Gregg Jefferies rookie cards if you’re interested in a swap

      • Matty says:
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        @Grey:
        I’ll trade you a Brien Taylor for it.

        That would be a fun collection; all of the must have rookies, obtained after the player fizzled out (or busted their shoulder in a trailer park fight).

        • Grey

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          I have a Sosa card from when he was still black

          • Matty says:
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            @Grey:
            That must be some kind of printing error.

  21. shibboleth says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks as always. I was drafting off my back foot when it came to pitching, too. Your thoughts on my team? 12-teamer, H2H, 5×5 (OPS, QS, Solds)

    C- Gattis
    1- Rizzo
    2- Odor
    3/CI- Turner, J. Ramirez
    SS/MI- Seager, Anderson
    OF – Marte, Polanco, Upton, Dahl (Margot)
    Util- Buxton

    SP- Martinez, Gausman, Nola, Ryu, Bundy, S. Gray, Andriese, (Weaver)
    RP- Ottavino, Storen, Gregerson, Kintzler, Rondon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @shibboleth: You look a bit low on power, but not awful… Upton can eat a D…. Pitching looks solid until about Bundy

  22. josh says:
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    Need a starting pitcher upgrade since Lackey is my #1 who should I target and what kind of package with these guys I can offer
    Koda glover, neris, Carlos santana, trumbo, rajai,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @josh: Santana for C-Mart?

  23. Tony says:
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    Thoughts on my team?

    5×5 Roto Redraft. QS instead of Wins.

    C: Travis d’Arnaud
    1B: Wil Myers
    2B: Rougned Odor
    SS: Trea Turner
    3B: Anthony Rendon
    OF: Bryce Harper
    OF: Giancarlo Stanton
    OF: JD Martinez*
    Util: Albert Pujols
    Util: Troy Tulowitzki

    B: Kevin Kiermaier
    B: Devon Travis
    B: Logan Forsythe

    SP: Lance McCullers
    SP: James Paxton
    SP: Rich Hill
    SP: Matt Harvey
    SP: Sean Manaea
    RP: Craig Kimbrel
    RP: David Robertson

    B: Jonathan Gray
    B: Blake Snell
    B: Dylan Bundy
    B: Robert Gsellman
    B: Joe Musgrove
    B: Raisel Iglesias*

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony: For a 20 team league, it’s awesome for a 10 team league it’s decent

  24. Cram It says:
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    I was half joking when I said “I’m just gonna draft the rest of the Reds pitchers and hope one sticks” in NFBC. I ended up with Garrett, Rookie Davis and Romano. Romano’s nickname is “Big Sexy”

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      @Cram It: Our draft is like Rocky screaming at Mick to cut him. Dragging ourselves through the last round right now.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Mine ended last night. But yeah, it felt like the last 5 rounds alone took a week.

      • The great knoche says:
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        @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: take a look at Jacob May if you need some speed. With Bourjos getting moved he is now the opening day enter fielder for the White Sox. I really wish they would have done that a week ago.

        • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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          @The great knoche: I did take Motter because of you talking about him last week. Think I’m throwing out one more SP hail mary.

          • Cram It says:
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            @The great knoche: @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: I was looking at May. Even asked my White Sox friend what the deal was in CF. He said Bougy would probably get the gig. So I stayed away from that sitch. Funny how real-time ST moves affect these drafts.

            I went with Motter too, so thanks Knoche! Hopefully he gets some run at multiple positions.

            • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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              @Cram It: I wrapped my draft up with Rickie Weeks. HA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Romano’s nickname should be MAGA… I have Cody Reed, Garrett, Romano and DeSclafani on different teams, heaven help me

  25. Vrugg says:
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    Morning Grey,

    Drafted last night in a Yahoo 12 team H2H with hitting categories of R, H, HR, RBI, AVG, OPS, SB and pitching categories of W, S, H, K, ERA, WHIP and QS. I’d appreciate your thoughts on my team.

    Pos Player Eligible
    C B. McCann (C)
    1B Hosmer (1B)
    2B Villar (2B, 3B, SS)
    3b Rendon (3B)
    SS Correa (SS)
    OF K. Bryant (1B, 3B, OF)
    T. Turner (2B, OF)
    Tomas (OF)
    Grichuk (OF)
    Util C. Santana (1B)
    BN Thames (OF)
    Desmond (OF)
    Moncada (3B)

    SP: Darvish, Carrasco, McCullers, Nola, Paxton, Ray, Nova, & Triggs
    RP: Betances, Bearclaw, Brach, & Capps (Punted on Saves. Went for help with ERA & K’s)

    How’d I do? Changes?

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vrugg: Your pitching is insane, it doesn’t look like it’s hurt your hitting at all either… Solid team!

  26. JSF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Nice squad of hitters for an NL-only league.

    Just drafted my 12-team H2H keeper. Standard 5 by 5 categories.

    C- Y. Molina
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Baez
    SS – Swanson
    3B – Arenado
    OF – Kemp
    OF – Piscotty
    OF – Pederson
    Util – Miguel Cabrera
    Util – Jose Ramirez
    Bench – R. Davis
    DL – T. Murphy
    NA – T. O’Neill

    SP – Scherzer
    SP – Darvish
    RP – Allen
    RP – Bedrosian
    P – deGrom
    P – Maeda
    P – Nova
    Bench – Lynn
    Bench – Daniel Norris
    Bench – Maurer
    Bench – A. Reed
    Bench – K. Glover

    Any glaring holes that stick out to you that need to be addressed? Hoping Glover gets the closer gig.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JSF: Me too on Glover! I think we just jinxed it tho…. I don’t love your MI, some do tho, I think Miggy at UTIL is kinda crazy… Your pitching is insane, like crazy stacked

      • JSF says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks!

        Yeah, hoping Ramirez gets a few starts at 2B to give me added flexibility

  27. Bucktown says:
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    Here is my draft for a 10-team H2H 5X5 OBP redraft league.

    C – Gary Sanchez
    1B – Carlos Santana
    2B –
    3B – Evan Longoria
    SS – Carlos Correa
    MI – Francisco Lindor
    CI – Justin Turner
    OF – Bryce Harper
    OF – Ryan Braun
    OF – Andrew McCutchen
    OF – Ender Inciarte
    UTIL – Jose Ramirez
    BN – Yoan Moncada

    SP – Chris Archer, Danny Duffy, Kenta Maeda, John Lackey, Julio Teheran, Matt Shoemaker
    RP – Shawn Kelley, Hector Neris, Raisel Iglesias

    I missed out on closers, but I figure I could punt saves for a while., and going to stream my 2B until Ramirez gets eligibility. Any other glaring holes? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bucktown: You miss out on 2nd basemen too? Your hitting looks fine, if old… Your pitching looks extremely safe… Your hitting too… You an insurance salesman?

      • Bucktown says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m quite the opposite, actually, so I really appreciate the perspective. Time to get greedier with my waiver moves, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  28. Zain says:
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    Hey Grey just finished my draft and wanted your opinion. I think i’m light on stolen bases and saves. I’m usually a poor drafter of pitchers, let me know what you think?
    Its the 2nd year of a keeper league, 14 teams, rotisserie 5×5

    H: R RBI HR SB OBP
    P: QS ERA WHIP K SV

    C – Sal Perez (137th pick)
    1B – Mitch Moreland (277)
    2B – Brian Dozier (keeper – 32nd pick)
    SS – Aledemys Diaz (81)
    3B – Nolan Arenado (keeper – 4)
    OF – Giancarlo Stanton (keeper – 53)
    OF – Gregory Polanco (keeper – 60)
    OF – Andrew Benintendi (keeper – 305)
    Util – Greg Bird (88)
    Bench – Tyler Saldino (256), David Peralta (200)
    NA – Amed Rosario

    SP – Sale (keeper -25), Danny Duffy (keeper – 228), Manaea (116), John Lackey (109), Steven Wright (249), Robert Gsellman (144)
    RP – Diaz (keeper – 165), Glover (172), Iglesias (193), Reed (221)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zain: Your keepers really help… Like the team, don’t love Wright and don’t think Saladino is necessary, but you can hold them to see… You look light on speed overall

  29. Rufus T. Firefly says:
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    It’s very cute the way people send in their teams looking for Grey’s stamp of approval. You have the dude’s rankings. You read his stuff every day. You listen to the podcast. You already know what he’s gonna say about your team!!! I can’t believe y’all bother doing all that typing. And then the poor bastard goes and answers all of you!

    Just saying…..

    • Cram It says:
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      @Rufus T. Firefly: It’s even better when they ask who they should drop immediately after the draft and list 20 guys available to possibly replace him with.

      • Mad Beach Bums says:
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        @Cram It: ha one of my favorite parts about the comments is seeing you or 1 F just respond with links to the rankings and Grey just responding with “agree with cram” it makes me laugh every time for some reason.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Mad Beach Bums: Nice! It’s my favorite move! Ha.

    • Moneyball says:
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      It really is sad. There’s even a post 6 down from this one where a guy is asking what he needs (straight redraft league) and he hasn’t drafted tonight!

      And it makes it a chore to get to insightful / funny comments by having to sift from the “please pay me on the back” full roster “questions.”

      Read. The. Damn. Rankings!

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: Yes, but each comment is sweet sweet Google Ad money!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  30. Stock says:
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    quick question……deep deep league……..dan Valencia or duda……rotis

    Thanks

    this site is always great

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stock: Coin flip, I’d whirl Duda for safety, Val for upside

  31. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    In all seriousness, have you seen that He-Who-deShall-Not-Be-Named, Jr. is hitting .300 with 12 SB in spring?

    Could you have just been 1 year off?

    With Profar his only competition in left field, at what point should we be picking up Delino in 12 teamers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: When he gets the job…. I wasn’t crazy to like him last year, he has speed and surprising power….maybe just a year early

  32. Kas says:
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    Grey, stash Familia or drop him for another closer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kas: Stash

  33. rotisserie.jedi says:
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    One look at your pitchers Grey, and I am reminded of why I have only EVER done a single NL-Only team in my entire fantasy career. You sir, have big brass ones. Good Luck!

  34. Synyster says:
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    Got my draft tonight! 10 team rotisserie. Max acquisitions for the season at 70. I am pick 10. C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL. Runs (R), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base Percentage (OBP). Wins (W), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Quality Starts (QS).

    A side from your rankings what else will I need?! (As if there is anything else). I’ve been pretty happy with my mocks. Pairings for the first two have been either Rizzo/Turner, or Harper/Turner. With the possibility of Harper/Rizzo. Been able to get Odor and Story respectively in rounds 3 & 4.

    Thanks!

  35. hondo says:
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    Best DL stash-Ramos or Murphy? I’ve got Perez for now,but the knock on him is that he’s worn down in the second half a few times.Or just stick with Perez and hope it’s not a real trend?I catcher league.

    • Grey

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      @hondo: Ramos, coin flip

  36. Carbondale Crazies says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I know you don’t like big preseason trades but I had my draft last night and had Goldy and story taken right in front of me. Goldy seems like a pipe dream but how would you feel about me giving up Darvish (picked right after Story, I know I panicked) and Bregman who this guy likes for Story? I have Turner to play third so I’m not creating any holes and it seems like it’s a chance for a big upgrade for my team rather than have Brad Miller man short. Great work as always!

  37. Charlie says:
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    Grey,

    Had my 10 team, h2h, 6×5 including obp keeper draft and wanted to know your thoughts? Am I lacking in any stat categories?

    C – Sal Perez
    1b – Goldschmidt
    2nd – Odor
    SS – Bogaerts
    3rd – Arenado
    OF – Trout, McCutchen, Sano
    Util – Jose Abreu, Villar
    BN – Kepler, Hosmer, Maikel Franco, Belt
    NA – Austin Meadows

    SP – Porcello, Duffy, Salazar, Pineda, Samardzija, Shoemaker
    RP – Dyson, Feliz, Rodney, Jim Johnson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charlie: Your pitching looks safe and solid, assuming Porcello is good again… Your hitting looks light on power and speed

      • Charlie says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks!

        You think I’m light on power? 10 of my players had 20+ hrs last year, Arenado had 41 hrs, Odor 33 and Trout almost 30 (29).

        I do think I’m a bit light on speed though.

        • Grey

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          No problem!

  38. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    9 team roto 5×5

    1) How’s my team? Didn’t notice Strasburg was an AVOID until after the draft, so fingers crossed.

    2) Duvall and Khris are both the same kind of guy and I could use an AVG boost. Drop one for Calhoun, Mazara, Broxton, Renfroe, Bird, Margot, Haniger, Tomas?

    C McCann
    1B Rizzo
    2B T. Turner
    SS Villar
    3B Bryant
    OF Stanton, Springer, Benintendi
    UTIL J. Turner, Duvall
    BN K. Davis, B. Miller
    SP Strasburg, Duffy, Cole, Maeda, Quintana
    RP Britton, Giles
    P Feliz, Bedrosian
    BN Glover, Barraclough

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: Team looks stacked, but in a league this shallow all teams will look stacked, you’ll need to work waivers

  39. Hugman says:
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    Pham is in a jam. Jose Martinez could be this year’s Hazelbaker to open the season. (Check out Martinez’s 2015 slash line).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hugman: Yeah, I’ve noticed that too

  40. ‘my values’….throw a brother some love….

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Rudy Gamble: he’s kinda the trump of fantasy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rudy Gamble: Shorthand is just take credit for everything, ask for forgiveness later…

    • phil says:
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      @Rudy Gamble: Rudy, How are you? Is streamonator up? The only reason that I get away with never picking SPs is because of you, and I hate drafting SPs. You’ve helped me live a consequence free life.

  41. Mad Beach Bums says:
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    Grey I like your team a lot, especially compared to most of the others, some have no hitting at all. The big problem I see for you is that you don’t have enough Padres hitting or Rockies pitching. Going to be tough to overcome that.

  42. mcmi11ions says:
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    Grey,

    I draft an 8 team NL only H2H league this weekend with 24 roster spots…Pitching is most scarce historically here so I’ll be drafting arms heavily, but do you think Hansen is worth a flier there or should I wait until he gets “regular” AB’s and snag him off the waiver wire?

    • Grey

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      @mcmi11ions: Yeah, I like him as endgame, $1 guy

  43. SephStef says:
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    Grey, this is actually an AL-Only question, but I’m torn, torn I tell you, whether to protect R. Davis at $14 in a 10 team, AL-only keeper league. It seems 50/50 to me. Cheap steals…
    -Sephstef

  44. SephStef says:
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    Oh, $300 budget.
    -Sephstef

  45. Matt says:
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    Grey-
    Would you trade trout & beltre away for the torenado & treat urner in a 12 team rotisserie 6×6 w/ OPS ?
    Thanks!

  46. Hitler hates Juice says:
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    Help! I’m having a crazy thought that I need to be talked out of. I’m in a 10 & a 12 team league, but this question mostly concerns the 10 team league. With so many options late with outfielders and pitching, I’m actually considering going against everything I believe and actually drafting a top 5 catcher. My thinking is that if I can get a few infielders early and a couple stud outfielders, then I can still get a top 5 catcher and fill out pitcher and outfielders with the insane depth there this year. Talk me out of this nonsense!!

    P.S. I just posted this in your last article before I saw this one, so feel free to ignore the other one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hitler hates Juice: He hated Capri Sun specifically… Stupid capitalist straw! I would never draft a top 5 catcher unless he fell about 3-4 rounds

  47. Q says:
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    Give Freeman Holliday & Kimbrel

    Get Rizzo, Beltran,, Andrew Miller

    15 Tom OBP league. My instinct is to say yes, but then I don’t have a safe closer & have to hope Cam and Sam Dyson both work out. It’s a FAAB lg so I could spend it on a prospective closer, I guess. And Miller may get some saves too.

    Yay or Nay? Yay right?

    • Grey

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      @Q: Meh

  48. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Draft on Thursday, no research completed yet whatsoever, am I doomed?

    Good to have baseball back though – looking forward to the daily verbal gems

  49. G says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I have looked at the OBP ranks, but for a head to head league which has both OBP and AVG as categories, would you bump down Odor as much as the OBP rankings have. I was just comparing your ranks to OBP ranks on him which are notably different. I’m drafting for my keeper league tomm and may be faced with Odor or Cano as best available options

    • Grey

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      @G: I would draft Odor around tail end of 2nd

  50. nightpandas says:
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    Greeyy,

    Drafted last night12 team h2h 6×6 with Total Bases and K/9 plus regulars, 55 moves for the year

    C – Martin
    1B – T Frazier
    2B – Villar
    3B- Arenado
    SS – Correa
    OF – Buxton, Sano, Tomas
    Util – Rendon, Mazara
    BN – Kepler, Joseph, Margot

    Sp – Darvish, Verlander, Duffy, Velaquez, Cotton, Nova, D Norris
    Rp – Britton, Kimbrel, KRod
    BN – A Wood, S Grey

    • Grey

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      @nightpandas: Crazy stacked SPs, prolly too much pitching and throw in your RPs, geez…. Hitting’s not bad either, solid team!

  51. JVanSlyke says:
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    Hi Grey,

    First off Beals > Jennifer Grey by a mile

    I need help with an issue that you created. When your rankings originally came out Trevor Story was between 5 & 8 on most industry SS lists and barely top 40 on overall lists. I read your rankings and pegged him as my 4th round pick. A few weeks go by, you and JB mention him on every podcast and now my league is talking about him as his ADP ascends. I’m on the road for work a good bit and can promise you that no other podcast was mentioning Story until you and JB spent an entire three months pimping him. This reminds me of Cell Therapy coming out my sophomore year of high school. It was insanely popular and I remember my lunch table laughing at me for saying, yeah Soul Food is good but I really can’t wait for another Outkast. The next fall, that same group laughing were all wearing the crappy Outkast pendant that came free with your ATLiens purchase from Camelot Music. I feel like Corey Saeger is Cell Therapy and Trevor Story is Elevators…

    Long story short, I have the 2 pick in my 10 team standard ROTO. I’m going Goldie at #2 and had banked on Marte or Springer in Rd 2 and then Story in rd 3. I can’t guarantee Story won’t be taken in the one pick (other is a keeper) before my 3rd round. If both Marte and Springer are on the board, then my plan is to take Story and whichever of those two come back. If only one is left when my second rd pick comes up do I take that one or should I roll the dice and take Story hoping that my OF comes back. If that OF does not come back, I have 1B and SS filled with Odor as my keeper in the 5th so I’m looking at Stanton… OR based on your above write up, Darvish?? If he really is the #1 pitcher then would 22 really be a reach?

    Your write up’s and rankings are the best and I have a sneaky suspicion that there are experts following your lead and not saying so. Thanks again for all you guys do and sorry for the long winded question. My draft is this week and I was up all damn night!

  52. Member Berries says:
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    you excited for Ghost In the Shell? how’s the bev hills life?

    any optimism for Corey Dickerson or added bump for CJ Cron?

    took over a Keeper team with Brantley – your rankings say drop him for Leonys Martin – do it? or drop Dickerson instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Member Berries: Is Ghost In the Shell the one where ScarJo talks with a bad Asian accent? I love Cron, hate Corey — I’d want Leonys

      • Member Berries says:
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        @Grey:

        Asian Accent? did not catch that – i did catch her skin color body suit as she flips into a building…

        you hate Corey, eh? the difference one year makes for Mr. Fantasy Master Lothario

        Thank you

        • Grey

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          Wasn’t that the movie where people were mad she was taking an Asian role? Maybe I’m thinking of something else

          • Member Berries says:
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            @Grey:

            you have the right movie in mind, i just do not think she is doing an asian accent

            i’m not an Anime guy but the original Anime character that ScarJo portrays does not look Japanese either. for me personally, added bonus to have ScarJo in any movie.

            always curious about your movie interest, Mr. Lothario. Although Moonlight did not live up to the Grey-Hype

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow, really? I loved Moonlight…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Get Out was good, btw

              • Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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                @Grey: Loved Get Out, music was a bit lame but otherwise movie was super solid

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I went to see it with my boyfriend, JB Gilpin, and Cougs was very mad

  53. J-FOH says:
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    I guess this a thank you to Rudy. I had to be a proxy last night for a friends 6×6 h2h with obp and slg. I just sat there running down the dollar values with his great tools and it went as smooth as can be. Thanks Rudy! When my friend wins I’ll be sure he comes back to pay proper tribute by buying you a fancy beer.

    • Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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      @J-FOH: John Goodman til Tuesday up in this piece

  54. Chris says:
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    Interesting trade offer in my 10team OBP league. My Frazier for Sano/Billy Hamilton

    C – Lucroy
    1B – Chris Davis
    2B – Odor
    3B – Frazier
    SS – Brad Miller
    OF – Khris Davis
    OF – Jose Bautista
    OF – AJ Pollock
    Util – Maikel Franco
    B – Keon Broxton
    B – Michael Brantley

    Think it can help my OBP, Sano/Frazier HR is a wash, and Hamilton can help more in SB. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Hamilton side, but pretty fair

  55. Humm Baby says:
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    Would you drop T. Walker, Foltynewicz, or Skaggs to add Gsellman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  56. Bolivian Zebras says:
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    Hey Grey- You helped win me my league last year so thanking you by purchasing your book.
    Figure the least I could do is treat you to lunch.
    Just drafted this years team. 12 team, H2H, 5×5 (OBP & QS). Any advise/comments would be appreciated:
    C- Wieters
    1B- Rizzo
    2B- T. Turner
    3B- J. Turner
    SS- Segura
    OF- Stanton
    OF- Springer
    OF- Peraza
    Util- C. Santana
    Bn- Broxton
    Bn- Kepler
    SP- Carrasco
    SP- Duffy
    SP- J. Gray
    SP- McCullers
    SP- Lackey
    SP- Salazar
    SP- Hammel
    RP- Ramos
    RP- Bedrosian
    RP- Holland
    RP- Ottavino
    RP- Neris

    *Koda Glover, Strahm, Feliz, Strahm, Hader, Jimenez in the free agent pool.
    *Guys possibly trade for Odor, Tomas, Nova? Or am I good?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, crossing guard zebras! Your team looks a little heavy on speed and light on power, which isn’t ideal in H2H… Your pitching looks totally fine — If you can get Tomas for a SP I’d take it, but have no idea where you’d play Tomas

      • Bolivian Zebras says:
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        How can anyone not love those ex-junkie Zebras??
        What do you think about a Trea and a pitcher for G. Sanchez and Myers ?
        I think I would be able to deal that to a Trea fucker. What pitcher would you throw in from my squad if you think that’s a good deal for me?

        • Bolivian Zebras says:
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          or Tomas & dozier for Trea

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Funny story, I tried for like three hours to superimpose zebras onto Mets winning game six of 1896 World Series… Couldn’t figure out iMovie

          Hold Trea

          • Bolivian Zebras says:
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            Haha thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  57. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Cody Reed’s going to make you look smart. He’s taken his lumps, and he’s back to take over the top of the Reds rotation. I’m serious too. He’s nasty, Miss Jackson agrees.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can’t tell if you’re serious even after you said you’re serious… Hoping he got the lumps out in spring, but he feels like a mess waiting to happen — what’s the latest on Romano, is he in the rotation?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: I love Reed, he’s better than Romano. Last start was obviously freaking awful, but he looked real good in the start before that. I know others disagree (Jack like Finnegan), but I think he’s the best arm in that rotation.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I really only need 120 solid IP of Ks, so hopefully he can do that… Thanks for your help!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: I think Reed can do that if you’re careful w/ his matchups. Lefty heavy lineups with K issues look like his best bets.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Did you just say Brewers?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: young pitchers + rebuilding squad + little ballpark = UGH!

  58. Kyle says:
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    Grey!

    I’m really proud of myself, I got Greg Bird in the 19th of my H2H puts league.

    Been offered two trades
    I Get J.Upton, Give Shawn Kelly
    I Get Cam Bedrosian, Give Greg Bird

    Essentially my Kelly and Bird –> Upton and Bedrock.

    I’m just Huddy with Bird getting the 1b job, and J.Upt has hurt my heart over the years. What do I do?!?

    Konfused Kyle

    • Kyle says:
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      @Kyle: *Huddy = giddy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Upton

  59. SallyCips says:
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    I like it, bro. Hitting is very impressive all things considered and your staff while sexy will definitely contend in an ONLY league.

    I think these types of leagues help you identify players under–way under–the radar players. Actually think I’m gonna go draft one of each just as research and development of my main longtime Yahoo league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  60. The Situation says:
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    @Grey: Had my draft- thanks for your guidance! Besides saves (which I punted), any areas I need to improve on? Pick up any of the FAs listed below? Thanks in advance!

    -12-team H2H,
    -6×6 (BBs and holds),
    -keep 10, keep forever,
    -didn’t have picks in 11th, 13th-16th due to trades (thus all the picks in 28th round)

    C: Wieters (25th round)
    1B: Goldy (k)
    2B: Odor (k)
    SS: T Anderson (18th)
    3B: T Frazier (k)
    MI: Travis (20th)
    CI: Rizzo (k)
    OF: Bryant (k)
    OF: Harper (k)
    OF: K Davis (k)
    OF: Kepler (17th)
    Util: M Cabrera (k)
    Util: Healy (19th)
    Bench: J Bell (21st)
    Bench: Haniger (27th)
    Bench Meadows (28th)

    SP: Kluber (k)
    SP: Arrieta (k)
    SP: Maeda (12th)
    SP: Snell (22nd)
    SP: Gsellman (23rd)
    SP: Foltynewicz (24th)
    SP: Skaggs (26th)
    RP: F Rivera (28th)
    RP: D Hudson (28th)
    RP: Romo (28th)
    RP: Strickland (28th)
    RP: H Robles (28th)

    Available on Waiver Wire: Leonys, Jankowski, Peralta, Heyward, Schimpf, Herman Perez, Mondesi, Wood, Conley, Ryu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love Arrieta, pitching is risky in general… You really punted RPs too… Hitting looks stacked, keepers help there, you have no speed tho

      • The Situation says:
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        @Grey: I don’t mind if I lose saves each week, as long as my Holds are solid.

        Agree on the pitching. Hard to deal Arrieta.

        For the speed issue, how about picking up Jankowski (good BBs, Dickerson out), Leonys or Mondesi for Haniger, Skaggs or an RP like Strickland?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jankowski for Strickland

          • The Situation says:
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            @Grey: Thanks man. I’ll add Jankowski and play him over Healy or K Davis if I need speed in a particular H2H match up.

            Will work on trying to deal Arrieta. Any trade targets you’d recommend? Tried Yu already. No luck.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Arrieta is only going to go for a hitter, can’t trade an SP for an SP

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Maybe Gordon, Peraza or Hamilton, solves speed problem

              • The Situation says:
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                @Grey: You like Arrieta and Devon Travis for Dee Gordon and James Paxton?

                Staff would be a little weak (Kluber, Maeda, Paxton, Snell, Gsellman, Folty, Skaggs), but I can always add an SP at the trade deadline for a draft pick.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gordon side

              • The Situation says:
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                @The Situation: @Grey: or maybe Arrieta for Hendricks and Peraza?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d do Hendricks/peraza

                  • The Situation says:
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                    @Grey: Great new stadium about deshields yesterday… just pick him up as an FA and hold Arrieta for now? Burnt me last year but maybe we were just a year early… Thanks Grey!

                  • The Situation says:
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                    @Grey: *Great news, not great new stadium. My b.

  61. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I’m just looking to see what kind of value I could get for miggy. What type of players should I look to target when moving him? I could use pitching, shortstop and a catcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story? Wouldn’t trade him for SP or catcher

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: story owner doesn’t want to deal him. Would peraza and javier baez be a solid haul for miggy? I think I can get that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh

          • Ryan says:
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            @Grey: how about Bregman and Peraza?

  62. Nico says:
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    Yo yo! Goldy, Trea, and your BF Giancarlo is pretttttyyy LIT as the kids say, but don’t you know not to mix biz w pleasure?! Don’t sh1t where you eat, Grey! Good luck in the league. Had a draft last night where I snagged Story at 40 and Odor at 60! Was pretty pumped. Good luck to you and all my fellow razzballers this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, nice grabs!

  63. Matt Eisenhammer says:
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    Grey,
    I’m in a 12 team standard 5×5 Head to Head keeper league that starts one C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, Utility, and three outfielders. My keepers are Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, Anthony Rizzo, Starling Marte, Francisco Lindor, and Gregory Polanco. I have the second pick in the first round of the draft. Available players include Jonathan Villar, Mark Trumbo, Wil Myers, Christian Yelich, and Jackie Bradley Jr, Jacob deGrom, Danny Duffy, Kenta Maeda, Gerrit Cole, and Kyle Hendricks. I am tempted to take either Villar or Myers with my first pick but am concerned Rich Hill will be the best pitcher on the board by the time I pick again. Would you take Duffy with my first pick or one of the available hitters?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

  64. Ryan Murphy says:
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    Grey 12 team H2H 5X5 Dynast League Draft last night… your thoughts
    C- Perez
    1B- Edwin
    2B- Schoop
    SS- tREA Turner
    3B- Kris Bryant
    IF – Kyle Seager
    OF – Nelson Cruz/ Obdul Herrera/ Fowler/ Ozuna
    UTL – Adrian Gonzalez
    Bench – renfroe / Gyrko

    SP – Syndergaard / nova / duffy/ Tajun / Mccullers / CC / WHEELER
    RP – Chapman/ Ramos / Occtavaino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks decent, I like your pitching until about CC — Your hitting looks very balanced, good stuff!

  65. Mike says:
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    Mr Grey! Just wanted your thoughts on my last draft, I figure I’m low on steals and saves but hey, SAGNOF! (Dyson is available as a free agent, I’ll probably pick him up). Looking forward to your comments:

    Vogt
    Miggy
    Villar
    Machado
    Story
    Hosmer
    Schoop
    Polanco
    Trumbo
    Benintendi
    Yasmany
    Mazara
    Kepler
    Cron

    Yu
    Carrasco
    Lackey
    McCullers
    Gausman
    Taijuan
    Hill
    Smyly
    Nova
    A Miller
    Britton
    G Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: sorry! forgot! 10 teamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting and pitching look stacked, have no real complaints… I can complain tho if you like, maybe low on speed

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: excellent! thanks!

  66. Sideshow27 says:
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    Who bats lead off for Seattle this year? If it is Dyson or Segura are you still high on Martin if he is hitting out of the 9 hole?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura and Martin, Dyson’s garbage SBs

  67. Branta says:
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    I was following this on twitter a bit day of, ya’ll are some characters.

    I never get to do auction drafts so I like living vicariously through these recap posts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

  68. Zeus says:
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    Grey I love your team. I’m thinking of taking it out to an expensive sushi dinner. A little sake. Maybe some rohiprinol. Oh whoops

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  69. Mike says:
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    Goldy/Bregman/Vince Velazquez for Arenado/Kemp

    Need power, but is this too much, or just right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  70. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Do you like Nova over Folty with this staff…feels a bit safer
    C.Martinez
    J.deGrom
    J.Lackey
    M.Harvey
    W.Davis
    D.Robertson
    N.Jones
    K.Barraclough
    W.Harris
    R.Dull
    P.Strop
    I’m leaning Nova, feel like i have enough High K guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I do
        We are now husband and husband

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          About time we made it official, rather than living in sin

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: I was just waiting to recover from the Vasectomy…grab your ankles beb

            • Zeus says:
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              @JeF WiTh 1 F: Elaine Benes will be very sad that Keith Hernandez is a little light in his loafers q

  71. L-Boogie says:
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    Re-posting form last night (as if that metters).

    2nd draft in 2 nights. 12 team standard 5×5. Weekly league. 10th pick. Thoughts?

    Hitters:
    C: Rupp
    C: Wolters
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Odor
    3B: Rendon
    SS: Story
    MI: Devon Travis
    CI: Carlos Santana
    OF: Marte
    OF: JBJ
    OF: Buxton
    OF: Kepler
    OF: Leonys Martin
    DH: Tommy Joseph
    Bench: Carlos Gomez

    Pitchers (start only 7)
    SP: Corrasco
    SP: Maeda
    SP: McCullers
    SP: Hill
    SP: VV
    RP: Jansen (long story)
    RP: Koda
    Bench: Nova
    Bench: Snell
    Bench: Skaggs
    Bench: Kintzler

    Biggest trend I’ve noticed this year? I can’t avoid Phillies

    Thanks.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @L-Boogie: Nice team

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: I’m all in on Rupp this year. 2 catcher leagues should be illegal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Phils are sneaky good, agreed on that… Tommy Joseph is my boo! Your team looks stacked, love the pitching and hitting, sorry nothing negative to add, I can make something up if you like

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: You mean nothing negative about the team except the owner.

        The other thing I’m seeing, at least from multiple CBS drafts, is a total dead spot in ADP in round 6-7. Anyone I wanted would have been a reach. Hence the rush pick/almost auto-pick of Jansen in the 6th. Came back with Rendon and JBJ in 7th and 8th. And no one I really wanted in between.

        • Grey

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          Why negative on the owner? Dead spot after 1st SP off the board all the time, every year, it’s uncanny, I should discuss that more

          • L-Boogie says:
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            @Grey: self-depreciating humor was never my strong suit.

            Yes! Precisely. Right after I take my SP1. With the dead spot I must fight the urge to take SP2 very next round (Hamels in this case) because there is no other targets even close. So instead I took a closer (speaking of self-depricaring)

            • Grey

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              Yeah, always! So crazy

  72. bigwormsherm says:
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    @Grey

    In a league that only counts homeruns and no pickups the entire year, would you be willing to still take JD Martinez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  73. Jax says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m in a 5×5 Stnd H2H Yahoo Pro league. It was an auction and went heavy on hitters:

    C – W. Castillo
    1B – Goldy
    2B – Odor
    SS – Lindor
    3B – Machado
    OF – Marte
    OF – Myers
    OF – Benitendi
    Util – L. Martin
    Util – M. Margot

    I know it’s just Spring ball, but would you consider replacing an injured Margot w/ DeShields?

    Thanks,

    Jax

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try DeShields

  74. braveulysses says:
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    10 team nl only roto. my staff is as follows

    Thor
    Gray
    robbie Ray
    Cueto
    Folty
    Corbin

    Do I drop meadows and Tapia for Dickey, Ryu, Luke Weaver or Josh Hader?

    It’s a keeper league with auction inflation but I don’t think Tapia or meadows will get picked up in the short term.

  75. RD says:
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    Grey
    I like you pitching picks for this team.

    What do you think of this lineup?
    12 team keeper dynasty OBP with Quality Strarts.
    Thank you for everything!

    Austin Hedges, SD C
    Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B
    jose Altuve, Hou 2B
    Josh Donaldson, Tor 3B
    Brad Miller, TB SS
    Mike Trout, LAA OF
    Aaron Judge, NYY OF
    Gregory Polanco, Pit OF
    Nelson Cruz, Sea OF
    Marcell Ozuna, Mia OF
    Keon Broxton, Mil OF

    Jacob deGrom, NYM SP
    Jake Arrieta, ChC SP
    Julio Urias, LAD SP
    Lance McCullers, Hou SP
    Sean Manaea, Oak SP
    Blake Snell, TB SP
    Ivan Nova, Pit SP

    Nate Jones, CWS RP
    Koda Glover, Wsh RP
    Jeanmar Gomez, Phi RP
    Brad Ziegler, Mia RP
    Jason Grilli, Tor RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I don’t like deGrom, Arrieta and Urias is in minors, so you have no pitching… I like the hitting tho

  76. 217 comments is a lot of comments

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When you gonna have me on your podcast? Then you can come on our podcast. Then we can both go on The American Life and discuss

      • Tigres says:
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        Let’s make this happen! It would be the most wonderful episode of This American Life ever.

  77. Steve D. says:
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    12 team, 5×5 redraft. Both Marcel Ozuna and Tommy Joseph were cut loose. I’d like to grab one to upgrade Jay Bruce. Leaning Ozuna right now, since I have similar players in Bird and (to a lesser degree) Healy, but I’m really liking Joseph’s 30-HR power potential. Which of these two makes more sense? If Joseph will hit, I could even deal Rizzo for a top arm, and slot him at first. I have plenty of speed, just need to balance it with some power.

    C: Willson Contreras CHC-C,LF
    1B: Anthony Rizzo CHC-1B
    2B: Jonathan Villar MIL-2B,3B,SS
    SS: Jean Segura SEA-2B,SS
    3B: Jose Ramirez CLE-3B,LF
    OF: Carlos Gonzalez COL-RF
    OF: Wil Myers SD-1B,RF
    OF: Stephen Piscotty STL-CF,RF
    Util: Anthony Rendon WSH-3B
    Util: Randal Grichuk STL-CF

    SP: Madison Bumgarner SF-SP
    SP: Jacob DeGrom NYM-SP
    RP: Danny Duffy KC-SP,RP
    RP: Kelvin Herrera KC-RP
    P: Matt Shoemaker LAA-SP
    P: Drew Pomeranz BOS-SP
    P: Hector Neris PHI-RP
    P: Brandon Maurer SD-RP

    BN: Jose Peraza CIN-2B,SS,LF,CF
    BN: Jay Bruce NYM-RF
    BN: Ryon Healy OAK-3B
    BN: Greg Holland COL-RP
    BN: Greg Bird NYY-1B

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Bruce for To-Jo and Bird for Ozuna

  78. Milarky says:
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    Hey Grey, I saw that you moved JD Martinez down into your top 40 OFs with new projections, but the new numbers aren’t reflected in your top-500. Does that mean the top-500 isn’t being updated when you’re making updates? Just checking because I plan on using the downloadable war room tool this weekend, but I want to make sure your latest projections are included.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy just updated it, sorry

      • Milarky says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! How often are the top-500 updated in relation to the updates you post on the blog? I’m not worried about the big guns, but for some of the smaller happenings at camps during the balance of the week, I definitely won’t catch them so wondering how late to lock in the projection data since I have a bunch of other updates to make to my working spreadsheet. And spreadsheets hate me.

        • Grey

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          Couple times a week, when things change… JD should’ve been updated last Friday, I updated my top 100 then

  79. M says:
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    Grey, what do you think of this team 15 team roto

    6×6 roto r/hr/rbi/avg/obp/nsb & IP/W/era/whip/K-9/net svs

    Auction prices were especially wacky ex: Freeman & D.Murphy went for $50 & $42 respectively..

    What do you think of my roster?

    C-T.D’Arnaud (ugh)
    1b-Jose Abreu
    2b-Treat Urner
    3B-A. Beltre
    SS-Machado
    CI-A. Rendon
    MI-D.Gordon
    OF-C.Blackmon
    OF-N.Cruz
    OF-Joc Pederson
    UTIL-M. Holliday

    SP-Kluber
    SP-Duffy
    SP-Paxton
    SP-J.Ross
    SP-Gsellman
    RP-E.Diaz
    RP-G.Holland
    RP-M.Montgomery

    BN-Mesoraco
    BN-Dahl
    BN-Bellinger
    BN-Barreto
    BN-Foltynewicz
    BN-E-Rod
    Bn-Charlie Morton
    BN-Jordan Zimmermann (last pick-garbage)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you’re solid on hitting and pitching, maybe light on power and high on speed

      • M says:
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        @Grey: thanks! Yeah with Turner & Gordon already I tried to emphasize power with Beltre, Cruz and Holliday (I think being able to DH for the first time in his career will rejuvenate him)
        Also hoping the late SP flyers like Folty and Gsellman pan out…thanks again for the comment!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  80. Dirty Curds says:
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    7 team 5×5 roto draft tonight. How long should I wait before going after pitchers in such a shallow league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like to take a starter around 50-60 overall

      • Dirty Curds says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks, didn’t find this site until halfway through last year. My team really started to improve after reading more.

  81. snarky anklebiter says:
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    I think it’s time for a button to mute all “rate my team” posts. There are so many that it’s hard to find the catcher questions that I come looking for.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  82. J-Weezie says:
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    I think we need to forget everything else and talk about how good Delino Deshields looks! I know you haven’t given up on him. 12 steals and more walks than Ks right now! Only 24 years old…..BREAK OUT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so!

  83. Abe Froman says:
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    Joined a 10 team dynasty roto league this year (17 keepers out of 30 players)

    On a weekly basis, we start C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 3OF, and U + 4SP, 2 RP, and 1 SP/RP

    It’s a snake draft and I have the 10 pick. Only ever done auction drafts before.

    In a nutshell, what would your strategy tips be for snake drafting in an incredibly shallow dynasty league like this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting, hitting and more hitting

      • Abe Froman says:
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        @Grey:

        Got it. And just stream the h*ll outta pitching? I am slightly worried being at the end of the snake that I miss some long runs. But the current draft settings have me salivating (Bryce ranked 21)

  84. Jose says:
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    Grey rick porcello for ian desmond..is a fair trade? Would you gamble on ian desmond and his injury?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  85. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    1. Grichuk or Mazara as a keeper for the next 3 years?

    and gotta pick 2 for this year:

    a) de Grom (9th round), Taillon (15th round keeper 3 years), Hendricks (12th round keeper 1 year)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mazara….Taillon, Hendricks

      • SF says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  86. Ted Boykin says:
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    Any updates from the Nats’ closer meeting last night? #ihatedusty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t heard anything, toothpicks staying mum

  87. Packing says:
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    drop Maybin for Delino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

      • Ted Boykin says:
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        @Grey: Hearing some whispers of Delino in the comments but haven’t seen anything official. Did I miss something?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, people just can’t get enough of Delino

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to go bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @Packing: maybin is bad side of platoon. revere has the good side.

  88. exactly says:
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    Drop Daniel Norris in 12 team H2H points league for Ryu, Morton or Straily, or stand pat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  89. ElBoss says:
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    Grey, whats up with a paperback version of your book, im also interested in the audio book, but I dont the whole thing on my phone….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Call me on Skype and I’ll read it to you

      • ElBoss says:
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        @Grey: He’ll yes Grey!! I want you to be eating your lunch while you read it to me too. It would be amazing, because if I had questions you’d be right there to elaborate for a small extra fee. Maybe some accent options too!!

        • ElBoss says:
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          @ElBoss: i really am interested in the book, I have never used a kindle before, maybe I need to invest in one.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Really? Oh yeah I only read on my iPad (using Kindle app)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Kindle app is free btw

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  90. Brown L says:
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    12-team 6×6 Roto league (OPS, QS), drafted Sunday:

    C – Vogt
    1b – Pujols
    2b – Villar
    3b – Arenado
    SS – Seager
    CI – Bird
    MI – D. Travis
    OF – Marte
    OF – JBJ
    OF – Buxton
    OF – Kepler
    OF – Bautista
    UT – Piscotty
    BN – Moreland

    SP – Cueto
    SP – Carrasco
    SP – Duffy
    SP – Lackey
    RP – Melancon
    RP – Rodney
    P – R. Ray
    P – Hammel
    P – Kintzler
    BN – J. Gomez
    BN – A. Reed
    BN – Morton
    BN – A. Wood
    BN – Ryu
    BN – McHugh
    BN – Montgomery

    So, I got caught price-enforcing on Carrasco, but even so I spent around 26% on pitching, so not horrible.

    Right off the bat, I have someone inquiring about Duffy. I’m thinking I need some AVG help. Benintendi, maybe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need Duffy, so Benintendi would work… You look low on speed too, fwiw

  91. Daniel says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’ve been to your site quite a few times, but only really got hooked before my draft this year. You guys have some really great content on here. However, I’m even more impressed with the community and effort you put into your comment section.

    This year to prep for my draft I read a ton of stuff. I was pretty knowledgable about baseball to begin with (played fantasy for a while now and consider myself pretty decent), but I had never done this much research before a draft – possibly due to the large jump in my league’s pot. I gave essentially ever major site a look, and found Razzball, specifically your writing, to be the most interesting/unique/valuable.

    Now that I’m done praising I’ll get to a question of mine. Are you willing to give thoughts about my specific team? I realize it may not be a valuable use of your time, but I’m curious for your thoughts in particular. I drafted while actively following your logic…and somehow ended up doing a bunch of things you hate (which it seems you end up doing at times as well). Let me know if you’d like me to lay out my roster, and I’ll quickly outline why/how I ended up with such a team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Sure, post your team!

      • Daniel says:
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        @Grey:

        First some very necessary information:
        Competitive 10 team league, 1 keeper at the cost of the previous year; auction draft with $1000 for each team (I LOVE the huge allotment – downside is the draft is even longer than an average auction draft); No limit on RPs or SPs – there are simply 9 spots for any type of Pitcher; 5×5 categories with OBP instead of AVG – didn’t realize how important that replacement was until our 3rd year of doing it (makes guys with 280 BAs and 380 OBPs a lot more attractive).

        Here’s my squad. I went SUPER hitting heavy at the beginning of the draft, per your request.
        C Buster Posey, SF C
        1B Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B
        2B Brian Dozier, Min 2B
        3B Alex Bregman, Hou 3B
        SS Carlos Correa, Hou SS
        2B/SS Dustin Pedroia, Bos 2B
        1B/3B Josh Bell, Pit 1B
        OF Christian Yelich, Mia OF
        OF Nelson Cruz, Sea OF
        OF Adam Eaton, Wsh OF
        OF Andrew Benintendi, Bos OF
        OF Odubel Herrera, Phi OF
        UTIL Dansby Swanson, Atl SS
        Bench Rajai Davis, Oak OF
        Bench Max Keper, Min OF
        P Jose Quintana, CWS SP
        P Marcus Stroman, Tor SP
        P Aaron Sanchez, Tor SP
        P Andrew Miller, Cle RP
        P Michael Fulmer, Det SP
        P J.A. Happ, Tor SP
        P Neftali Feliz, Mil RP
        P James Paxton, Sea SP
        P Aaron Nola, Phi SP
        Bench Brandon Maurer, SD RP
        Bench Koda Glover, Wsh RP

        Weird points that I’d like to outline:
        I went in with every intention of going with a ridiculously cheap catcher. EVERY intention. Then Posey came up…and the bidding was slow so I ran him up a bit..then I decided I would bid on him like he were any normal player. Any normal guy with a .360 OBP/15 HR/ 80R/80RBI…and I ended up winning him for $49 (keep in mind our draft money is scaled up roughly 4 times traditional draft values).

        That was the story of the draft for me. I kept getting guys I never would have imagined getting (hitters at least – my pitchers were guys I could see coming). I somehow landed Dustin Pedroia for $15 …why not, right? His value takes a hike in an OBP league and I think his counting stats will be pretty nice in that lineup. Same with Yelich. Same with

        At the end of the draft there are always these 2 guys that save their money and gobble up mid-range sleepers. These two guys waited longer than usual to start spending and shit got weird. A bunch of low dollar sleepers I wanted went for RIDICULOUS prices. Usually the impact on me was missing out on players I wanted, but there were a couple cases I got extorted on a guy I was targeting.

        Closers were all going for insane prices. I love closers, but I always end with a good saves team and I never draft one – following closer roles is easy.

        Can’t wait to see how badly you rip me up for taking a catcher relatively “early”, Yelich, Dozier, and all my other disobedience. I’m strangely okay with how this team turned out.

        Let me know your thoughts!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I bet those $49 for Posey could’ve went elsewhere like to your OF or CI or IF b/c you’re weak on power, which hurts RBIs too… You can justify Pedroia, but on this team you would’ve been better off with a guy like Schoop… You’re not only weak on power, but not crazy high on speed either… Does look solid for OBP… Your pitching is fine, bit heavy on last year’s darlings that I’m less infatuated with this year

          • Daniel says:
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            @Grey:

            Schoop probably would’ve been a solid pickup looking back on it. His disgusting walk rate really turned me off in an OBP league, and someone nominated him early on so it wasn’t clear what my weaknesses would be.

            Fair point about the $49. My current plan is to be very open to trades for him – I’d gladly downgrade to Susac (when he’s healthy) for a big bat, which may be very possible from someone panicking about a catcher spot.

            I know the speed isn’t great, but isn’t it relatively solid? Eaton, Herrera, Rajai, Dozier, Goldy, Correa will all knock out a nice chunk for me. I was hoping to avoid eating a Billy Hamilton or Dee Gordon because they went for a ridiculous amount.

            If you had to trade a hitter for more power/rbi who would you trade?

            I’m a Tigers fan so I willingly overpaid for a Fulmer who is likely to regress – I’m okay with that. I didn’t even want Happ or Sanchez at all but here I am with 3/5ths of the Toronto rotation.

            Thanks for the feedback Grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You should be fair for speed, assuming you can play Rajai without hurting your power even more…. Fulmer in a trade works for me, maybe throw in Eaton

  92. joe is a popular name says:
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    Thoughts on my team? 5×5 standard roto
    C: Rupp
    1B: Freeman
    2B: Segura
    SS: Lindor
    3B: Seager
    OF: Betts, Stanton, Kepler (Dahl DL)
    UTIL: J. Turner, A Gon (picked him in round 16?!)
    BN: Fowler, Devon Travis, Leonys

    SP: Cole, Maeda, Salazar, Shoemaker, Gray
    RP: Melancon, Bedrosian, Feliz, Reed

    I honestly might not even play a C. I think I’m a little light on speed. Thinking about dropping Leonys for Travis Jankowski

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • joe is a popular name says:
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        @Grey: sorry, 12 team standard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You do look light on speed, so you can try it… But I like Leonys, but you don’t need him or Jank, Fowler does that same… Your pitching is solid, but you should have another SP…That’s who I’d lose Leonys for… A-Gon is going around 170 in most drafts b/c he doesn’t offer much anymore… Kinda prefer your bench bats to A-Gon

  93. Derrick says:
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    In our 12 team, H2H, 5X5 league we get to keep three players every season (after two keeps player goes back into the pool) and you lose whatever round you drafted that player.

    So I am keeping:
    C. Correa (lose a 22nd round pick)
    R. Odor (lose a 5th round pick)
    and I have the option to keep Darvish (lose a 13th round pick) or Gary Sanchez (lose a 24th round pick).

    Who would you keep between Darvish and Sanchez?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Darvish

  94. Brett says:
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    Do you think urias is in the minors for long? When do you think he’s up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      End of April, still only have him projected for about 110 IP, he’ll be skipped and whatnot

  95. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Hi Grey,

    12 Team Yahoo H2H 5X5 standard but OBP instead of AVG
    Pick 9
    I know I’m light on steals (I am intrigued by Jarod Dysob, would you drop anyone for him?)

    C – Leon
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Odor
    3B – Seagar
    SS – Diaz
    OF – Springer
    OF – Braun
    OF – Bradley Jr.
    UTIL – Rendon
    UTIL – Mazara
    B – Swanson

    (I could not pass up Rendon in round 7/8)

    SP – C. Martinez
    SP – Maeda
    SP – Salazar
    SP – Roark
    SP – V. Velazquez
    SP – Eikoff
    SP – J. Gray
    SP – Kennedy
    SP – Hammel
    RP – Allen
    RP – Robertson
    RP – Rodney

    I dig my team fro. Pick 9. I think besides steals which can be streamed, I am solid. I think the Swanson in round 14-16, whenever I drafted him is a low risk huge reward if he breaks out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid on hitting and pitching, maybe a bit wonky on WHIP and ERA, while being Ks-heavy, though I like that… Your hitting looks stacked

  96. Eng says:
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    Grey, long time no talk. Hope all is well.

    Is Delicious Deshields dead to you or does the leadoff spot whet your appetite again? Do you prefer him or Jankowski?

  97. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    From rotoworld

    DeShields has batted .302/.448/.321 with 12 steals this spring, which might have been enough to push Jurickson Profar back into a utility role and Carlos Gomez down in the order. “I tell guys, make me put you in the lineup,” manager Jeff Banister said. “Let your game put you in the lineup. Delino has made us do that. How it plays on Opening Day or the day after that … just continue to play the game.” DeShields entered 2016 as the Opening Day center fielder and leadoff man, but he lost those jobs quickly and ultimately hit .209/.275/.313. However, the 24-year-old had a good rookie season and could make a dent in fantasy leagues with his on-base skills and running ability.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I updated his ranking/projections

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        Quickest updater in the west!

        Did you see the Reds bought them self a used Scooter..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, right off Craigslist

  98. jon says:
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    Peraza for McCullers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza, apples and oranges

  99. Los Putos says:
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    Grey,

    some assistance please

    In one league, 5×5 12 team roto (OBP, QS, NVSH) team is as follows

    c Rupp
    1b Napoli
    2b Villar
    3b Donaldson
    ss Story
    Ci Longo
    MI A Diaz
    OF Turner, Mazara, Enciarte, Grichuk,
    UTIL Cron
    BN Bell

    SP CMart, Maeda, Duffy, Lackey, McCullers, Hammel
    RP Jansen, Britton, bedrosian, Barcalounger

    Even with Villar and Turner i feel i am short on steals. Drop Bell or Hammel for any of the following:

    Martin, Jank or Deshizz

    first year following your rankings for all 3 leagues i am in and am really satisfied with the teams i was able to put together. thanks for all the hard work to you and the rest of team Razzball

    thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your steals look okay, don’t like trusting Napoli at 1B but he was fine last year… Your power is more of a concern — lots of old janky guys: Longo, Napoli, Donaldson… Pitching looks solid… Overall I don’t mind the team, hopefully old power guys are fine (and really only Napoli is really old)

      • Los Putos says:
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        @Grey:

        Figured id start Nap when he plays against the Angels only

        To-Jo and Moreland are avail at the moment.

        Move Nap for To-Jo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go To-Jo

          • Los Putos says:
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            @Grey: Gracias amigo

  100. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Keeper would you move Sale and Dahl for Marte, Taijuan and one of J Gray/Taillon/Pineda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Pineda

  101. FrankGrimes says:
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    Going to friends wedding this weekend. Can you give me some material to say as a toast or something?

    • nightpandas says:
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      @FrankGrimes: I was at a wedding once where the MC toasted the bride and said she looked beautiful but really shouldn’t be wearing a “white” dress…jaws dropped

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy and my friendship has lasted for decades, but my best man’s toast almost brought that to an end…You don’t want my advice…Unless you do…Hmm…

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Yea that happened to me once too
        That why I reached out haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Avoid “you had to be there” stories and keep it brief. No one at a wedding ever wished the speeches had gone on longer :-)

  102. Polish neighbor says:
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    Herrro!
    12 teamer. Points. Who should I keep. Its freaking close. Hanley Ramirez at $20 or Freeman at $22?
    Or do not keep any of them and try to get them cheaper with that 10% home depot discount coupon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      FReeman

  103. henncoop says:
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    Need 8 keepers in 10 team yahoo H2H league. I am a bit concerned with injuries with several of these players making the choices even tougher. I am keeping Altuve, Miggy, C Seager, Marte, & Thor.
    I need 3 more
    Hitters: Polanco, C Davis, K Davis, Rendon & Dahl
    Pitchers: , Stras, Carrasco, E Diaz, & Osuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carrasco, Polanco, Rendon

  104. J-Money says:
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    What up Grey,

    I know you can’t really put much stock into spring training stats, but David Peralta really seems primed for a bounce back season, as long as he stays healthy. I’m currently looking at Trumbo, Peterson, Broxton, Tomas, and Kepler for my OF/Util. Peralta is a FA. In an OPS league, how intrigued are you with his potential?

  105. The Hungarian Hippo says:
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    Baseball is almost back, which for me means Razzball is firmly back in my life. All of which is exciting.

    Keeper question for you. Hitting categories are R,H,HR,RBI,SB,AVG,OBP,SLG

    I’m already keeping Lindor (10th) and Bregman (12th), but need one more from the list below:
    – Schoop (16th)
    – Buxton (18th)
    – Segura (23rd)
    – Mazara (21st)

    Who would you pick?

    Thanks as always for the time and write ups!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura assuming you have an MI spot, otherwise Buxton

  106. Wilson says:
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    I can keep 6 players in my league, 5×5 OBP P, 10-team league.
    5 are confiremed : Rizzo , Machado , London , Springer , Blackmon
    The last one keeper I got Arrieta or JD , and Grey suggested me JD before he gets injury.

    I have two options now,
    1. Keep Arrieta
    2. Not to keep, and choose Carrasco or Archer or C-Mart in FA

    SP who are in your top 10 are all kept by other teams.
    So I can only draft SP who are ranked behind Arrieta.
    Thoughts appreciated

  107. Brett says:
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    Rather hold on to urias or rodon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodon

  108. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I am interested in Amir Garrett. Need help deciding who to drop:

    Alex Cobb
    Foltynewicz
    Montgomery

    Or stand pat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  109. Daniel mansoor says:
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    Hey grey! Love your stuff man!
    Quick question on a trade if you don’t mind. 12 h2h points cbs rules. Anyways I’m in need of a 2b. Got walker right now. Guy offered me villar McCullers and cron for Santana Robertson shark. Have Giles and Davis for rps and Lester archer bundy Eduardo Skaggs snell John gray so I’m good for pitching. What you think. Can pickup Moreland for first aswell. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Take Villar side

      • Daniel mansoor says:
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        @Grey: was hoping you would say that lol!! Next I’m gonna ask you Moreland or Cron. Then you will tell me to check your rankings ( which I have over and over). So I guess I’m going Moreland!!

  110. Chop Shop says:
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    I attempted to follow your playbook and then fell apart at some point (must have been drunk when picking up Ramos). I reached. A lot.

    12 team standard 5×5. Weekly league. 8th pick.

    C-R. Martin
    C-W.Ramos
    1B-Freeman
    2B-J. Segura
    3B-Machado
    SS-M. Semien
    MI-O. Arcia
    CI-J. Turner
    OF-Beltran
    OF-Buxton
    OF-Kepler
    OF-Leonys Martin
    OF-G. Springer
    U-Hosmer
    BN-Moreland
    BN-J. Polanco
    BN-Grichuk
    BN-N. Mazara

    Pitchers (Start 9)
    P-C. Carrasco
    P-I. Kennedy
    P-M. Oineda
    P-C.Rodon
    P-J.Taillon
    P.J.Verlander
    P-T. Walker
    P-Z. Britton
    P-R. Osuna

    BN-A. Conley

    Help me Grey, you’re my only hope.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I like a bunch of your pitching, Ian Kennedy’s knda bleh, but that’s okay… Your hitting looks like it’s for a much deeper league, which isn’t good…. You look weak on speed and AVG

      • Chop Shop says:
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        I “might” have jumped the gun on Kepler and Buxton and etc.

        Thanks.

  111. Plumlee and all his brothers .... says:
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    So in a 12 team mixed h2h al/nl points league minus 1 for a K . The pitchers are favored slightly over the hitters……I have the 1st pick should I take Kershaw? the last 2 years 9 and 10 pitchers were taken total in the 1st 2 rounds. Hers how the 1st 2 rounds went last year to give you a idea.

    Clayton Kershaw Paul Goldschmidt Mike Trout Bryce Harper Jake Arrieta Zack Greinke Josh Donaldson Max Scherzer Chris Sale Anthony Rizzo Edwin Encarnacion Carlos Correa Giancarlo Stanton *Madison Bumgarner Jose Bautista RF Jose Altuve Felix Hernandez Andrew McCutchen Buster Posey Dallas Keuchel Manny Machado David Price Nolan Arenado Miguel Cabrera and kris bryant 1st pick round 3……. Last year I had the 1st pick as well and my 1st 3 picks were Kershaw, Miggy and Kris Bryant

    Based on how last year went who would you draft 1st pick in rd 1 and 24th and 25th for example . Being from Chicago and in a Chicago league obviously The Cubs and Sox get drafted a lil higher than most leagues probably….. Thanks for your help Grey !! Good luck this year.

  112. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    NL only with OBP over AVG and total bases
    have only
    C
    1B freeman
    2B
    SS (peraza or at 2B)
    3B
    MI
    CI
    OF (3) harper/braun
    util
    SP stras

    i was either going SP or 3B here, so many hitters have left better SP around than i thought, and this will be last chance at either of franco/turner

    why is turner priced by you at 20 and franco 7? you have their projections nearly identical, OPS rater has them very close, franco winning

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: h2h league so i’ll end up with 8 SP, 4 RP. my value calculations say that grabbing a hitter here and SP next lines me up well balance-wise.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: the one argument for turner, being the counting stats by being on better team are close too. i’d guess you may have given franco a very optimistic (to you) projections is the answer? thus your level of your own projections is (to you) shakier in his case? or maybe it’s the PHI would be utter sinkhole for counting stats and thus his floor is worse.

  113. DBo says:
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    Dynasty (and salary cap) league, Chris Davis or Greg Bird?

  114. Scrapski says:
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    Hey Grey!
    Great to be shaggin flys…
    5×5 league – roto
    2 c
    2 1b
    2 2b
    2 3b
    2 ss
    6 of
    7 sp
    3 rp
    Still punting C?
    Thanks

  115. SCOTT CONANT says:
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    grey– my guy— i need a roster spot. who would u drop soler or tomas???

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to go bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @SCOTT CONANT: thar be the standard rankings question.

  116. Russell says:
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    Hey Grey!
    12 Team H2H Categories
    Nova, Liriano, or Gsellman

    Thanks!

  117. ThE sHiT says:
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    Drop Thames or Moncada to scoop up Delino in a 12 teamer 5×5 where i could use the speed?

    Other option is drop Casilla who im hoping will back his way into some saves because i only have one actual closer at the moment.

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to go bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @ThE sHiT: 12 teamers should probably have better saves sources (even just spec ones) than casilla. unless you start like maybe 6 RP per team. even then it’s close.

  118. Scrapski says:
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    Should have mentioned 10 teams for the26 player Bogus Boyz league question above….
    Thanks again – appreciate the finest info around

  119. Johnc says:
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    Last two winners in 12 team, H2H league have been pitching dominant and small ball experts. So our league went pitching early and I admit to getting caught up in it (Kershaw at 18 was just too good to pass on). But I got caught badly on OFs as my high average, speedsters eluded me late. Damn mock drafts are always better than real ones! Do I sell Albert or VMart? , maybe a Quintana type for some OF bats? Other ideas? Not loving this team.
    c- Realmuto
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Z
    3B – Seager
    Ss- Russell
    MI – Harrison
    CI – Freeman
    Util – Albert
    OF – Granderson, Dahl, Dyson, Cabrera, peralta
    Ben – Owings ( could be sleeper so I can trade Russell?), Pillar (ugh)
    Ben – V Mart (totally a value pick…maybe he or Albert goes since I am deep on CI ?)
    SP – Kershaw, Verlander, Quintana, Gausman, Taillon, Nova
    RP – Britton, Melancon

    Thanks!

  120. Scooterboy says:
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    I don’t comment often, but love the site. Wonder if anyone could give me their opinion on this team I drafted last night. It’s a H2H 5×5 league, with 8 teams in it. Thanks.

    C T.J. Realmuto (round 21 pick 168)
    1B Anthony Rizzo (round 1 pick 8)
    2B Trea Turner (round 3 pick 24)
    3B Anthony Rendon (round 13 pick 104)
    SS Trevor Story (round 5 Pick 40)
    MI Jean Segura (round 9 pick 72)
    CI Jose Abreu (round 8 pick 57)
    OF Bryce Harper (round 2 pick 9)
    OF Starling Marte (round 4 pick 25)
    OF George Springer (round 7 pick 56)
    OF Adam Duvall (round 17 pick 136)
    OF Jose Peraza (round 17 pick 152)
    Bench: Yasmany Tomes (round 25 pick 200)

    P Darvish (round 5 pick 41)
    P Duffy (round 11 pick 88)
    P Maeda (round 14 pick 105)
    P Lackey (rouind 16 pick 121)
    P McCullers (round 18 pick 137)
    P Pineda (round 22 pick 169)
    P Nola (round 23 pick 184)
    P Walker (round 24 pick 185)

    Closers: Britton (round 12 pick 89, Melancon (round 15 pick 120), Giles (round 20 pick 153

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Scooterboy: It’s beautiful

  121. JashFath

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    I recently joined an 18-team Dynasty Auction and we had our draft last week. 8.5 hours later, I came out of the auction loving my offense, and hating my pitching (Jesse Chavez is a pitcher I’m relying on, it’s that bad). It is comforting to see someone I look up to for not only great mustaches, but also great fantasy content land in the same boat. Even though it won’t change the projections of my pitchers, it makes ya feel like you’re not alone. Then again, maybe I feel alone because I spent 8.5 fucking hours on a draft.

    I actually do have a pertinent question for ya, FML: In that league, I was going for a stacked offense where I finish in the top 3 of the five main categories, then I decided to punt saves and simply go for volume stats (W and K) because there is no innings limit (but they are weekly lineups, so no streaming). Have you ever done this strategy and successfully won a league before?

    Team for reference (I won’t bore you with the minor league rosters):

    C – Contreras (21)
    C – Iannetta (1)
    1B – Myers (30)
    2B – Wong (3)
    3B – Castellanos (14)
    SS – Story (37)
    MI – Schimpf (1)
    CI – Sandoval (1)
    OF – Trout (57)
    OF- A. Jones (21)
    OF – Mazara (20)
    OF – Heyward (7)
    OF – Pederson (12)
    U – Jankowski (1)

    P – Sanchez (17)
    P – Moore (10)
    P – Bauer (1)
    P – Jizzleman (1)
    P – Hellickson (1)
    P – J. Garcia (1)
    P – Holland (1)
    P – Ryu (1)
    P – Chavez (1)
    P – C. Green (1)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like punting anything

  122. Scrapski says:
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    I’ll have to channel the ghost of Reggie Roby then, to figure out my two catcher league!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      From the heavens, “Punt!”

  123. Scrapski says:
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    Hey! When an atheist gets fantasy advice from above its probably time to pay up! I’ll be punting a dauquiri your way although I see you like Moo-lattes too!
    Go Brewers!

    • Grey

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      Ha! Thanks!

  124. Scrapski says:
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    Ps
    It’s not easy to spell daiquiri

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