Wah-wah.  Sad trombone.  “Those aren’t pillows!”  Or whatever signal you want for a reversal from good to bad.  That was what I heard when it was announced that Victor Martinez had a torn meniscus, which reminds me of a conversation I had when calculators were first introduced in 1961 and I had to abandon my loyalty to my other counting device, screaming, “I’m torn, abacus!”  I got sad when Martinez was hurt, not because I wanted to draft him and now he had an injury.  I was saddened because now I figured my ranking of him in the 110’s wouldn’t be as low as other ‘perts.  You know, they’d hear this news and lower him.  Much to my surprise, I overestimated the rest of the ‘pert world.  They still have him ranked 75 overall on average.  *scratches head*  You know, head scratching really doesn’t help one understand anything, which sounds like a line from C.J. Wilson’s latest dandruff commercial.  CBS has him ranked 15th overall.  I’m not even joking.  I wish I were.  “Your final wish is granted.”  No, Genie in a Bottle, it’s a figure of speech!  Okay, it looks like CBS has changed his ranking slightly, that was before the knee surgery.  Stupid, wish-taking Genie!  Martinez is still ranked way too high, and it has nothing to do with the surgery.  So, what makes Victor Martinez overrated for 2015 fantasy baseball?

Last year, he had 32 homers and hit .335.  Those numbers don’t seem absurd in themselves.  A lot of guys hit 32 homers.  Like nine other guys last year.  Lots of guys do it after the age 35.  Okay, just David Ortiz and V-Mart, but a lot of guys could.  A lot of guys hit 32 homers at the age of 35 after having a peak power year of 25 homers.  Like…Um, that one guy with the cool facial hair…And that other guy!  Yeah, him too.  Wait, did he do it?  Who even is he in this equation?  Okay, no one does it.  32 homers from V-Mart was absurd.  He hit 14 and 12 homers the previous two years.  That’s right, his previous two years combined didn’t come close to 32 homers.  Last year, he had a 16% HR/FB rate after regularly posting ones near 10%.  If his HR/FB% only falls to 10%, then he hits 20 homers next year.  His batted-ball distances were solid as he pulled the ball more.  As Tim McCarver would say, he’s a professional hitter.  V-Mart can hit the ball where he wants and maybe he wanted to hit for power with a contract on the horizon.  This feels anecdotal and silly, but maybe there’s something to it.  Now, will a 36-year-old that is out for two months with knee surgery that just got a huge contract want to rush back and hit homers again or will he take his time and slap line drives as he did for the last four years?  I don’t doubt V-Mart’s ability to hit .300, and he should get runs and RBIs while returning around mid-April.  I just wouldn’t count on anywhere close to the power from last year.  Players don’t peak at 35 years old. “Well, maybe, I don’t know…”  Shut up, Barry Bonds.  Votto is a good comparison to V-Mart.  Both are capable of .300 averages and middling power with some runs and RBIs.  Votto is also five years younger than V-Mart.  Last year, you stepped into a big pile of crap, took off your shoe and V-Mart grabbed it from you and cleaned up the sole, revealing the crap was gold.  I wouldn’t expect the same two years in a row.

 
  1. smalls killer says:
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    Is this a player you would take if he slipped in the draft or ignore altogether? I have him as my 20th keeper in a 12 team league. Don’t really need him since I have Pujols and Rizzo.

    • @smalls killer: well, I guess that depends on who else you have but that would put him around 240th. Grey has him ranked in the 110s, doing the math I would definitely say he’s worth that.

  2. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Baseballs almost here!!

    Q: This will be year 3 Razzball has been good to me. Thank you guys for all your assistance and turning me into a Fantasy Baseball Pro!!

    I never Ask this question, and my draft strategy is always well drawn out, but, even though I win a bunch of leagues or place top 3 in others, when it comes to draft, I always tend to panic a bit come rounds 14-27 due to time constraints and unable to decide if I should go with this guy or that guy.

    I usually go 1B, SS or 2B, 3B OF OF and maybe OF before my first SP, but then I tend to go SP SP SP or SP OF SP.

    It hasn’t beens. Problem, but to perfect it, I’m mocking full mocks to learn rankings, ADPs and late picks better.

    Anyhow, question is, do you object to doing that… SP SP SP? Example, let’s say I g

    1B – Frazier 2B – Rendon 3B Arenado
    OF – Stanton – Harper – Dickerson
    (I’ve unrealostically mocked that lol)
    Would you go 3 SPs in a row, or do you suggest to sway away from that?

    And once I get my last Bat and 1 bench bat, do you just go SP RP down the board based on high ceiling, sleeper, etc?

    • jal179 says:
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      @TarmanGotHim:

      I love your question– I’m always looking for input on strategy as well.

      Can never go wrong taking Best Player Available early.

      in my 12 team H2h league mocks, I’ve been going 1st Abreu or Goldy, 2nd Rendon or Donaldson, 3rd Upton or Brantley or Donaldson, 4th Pence, 5th Zimmerman or Chapman (I know Grey would hate AChap but I love his ratios), Carlos Santana 6th at C, Calhoun or Yelich 7th, THEN start nailing the SPs– Arrietas, Coles, DeGroms, Richards from rds 8 thru 14– these rounds are the sweet spot for Magoos future Kluber bunch.

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        @Grey: 12 Team h2H BTW.

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice work, man! No news in MLB of note, so will keep it short. Gotta keep up my energy for the long haul!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • anti Ante says:
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      @Ante GALIC: What does this comment even say??? I think if I had been the guy who typed that in, I would decide upon proofing it that I actually said nothing whatsoever, and would have foregone submitting it.

      In school, you were the kid who raised your hand 10 times every class, yeah?

      • Nico says:
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        @anti Ante: Razzball is a place where you can raise your hand 10 times, or not raise it all. Give Ante a break. At least he’s reading everyday. Forgo submitting negativity next time.

        • @Nico: Well said super Mario dude…you hit the shroom right on the cap…I’m jumping for coins…

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @anti Ante: If Ante is the kid raising his hand all the time you’re that smelly kid in the corner wearing a dragon t-shirt and scratching his crotch every 20 seconds

    • Happy Vegans says:
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      @Ante GALIC: somebody needs to eat more veggies and lower that ultra-acidic temperment… mix in some meditation… de-tox with a juice too, breaux!

      • Happy Vegans says:
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        @Happy Vegans: sorry, that was for anti-ante

        • I don't want to brag... but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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          @Happy Vegans: well yeah.

  4. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    I’m in a 12 team H2H league. We have extra categories. It’s my second year in this keeper league. Here’s my roster.

    C – Wilin Rosario
    1b – Albert Pujols
    2b – Jose Altuve
    3b – Evan Longoria
    SS – Xander Bogaerts
    IF – Victor Martinez
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Jose Bautista
    OF – Jay Bruce
    Util – Wil Myers
    Util – Brandon Belt
    Bench – Lorenzo Cain
    Bench – Jose Ramirez

    Sp – Jake Arrieta
    Sp – Garrit Cole
    Rp – Dellin Betances
    Rp – Drew Storen
    P – Tyson Ross
    P – Michael Pineda
    P – Neftali Feliz
    P – LaTroy Hawkins
    Bench – Danny Salazar
    Bench – Nathan Eovaldi

    Do you see any big needs? I think I might need another stolen base guy. I took a few risks with Longoria, Bruce and Myers. And I’m not expecting last year from V-Mart. As long as he gives me good RBIs, walks and low Ks, with a good average, I’ll be happy. I kept him in the 14th round, so he’s decent value there.

    I like my starting pitchers. I was torn between Eovaldi and Shane Greene, I went for Eovaldi. I should be able to pick up Greene later on.

    • Grey

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      @TheMuppetManiac: You don’t need anything right now, but yes you are low on SBs… You seem low on SPs too… The ones you have are fine, but instead of bench bats, you should have SPs

  5. Miles says:
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    in a 12-team H2H 5×5 league using Saves+Holds…
    How high would you rank Betances and Andrew Miller in that format? Whether they split the saves or not doesn’t really matter as they will rack up a ton of 8th and 9th innings with goofy high strikeout rates.

    • Smokey

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      @Miles: Betances is a top 8 guy, Miller top 20

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Smokey: Love that you have a Google alert for middle reliever questions

        • I don't want to brag... but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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          @Grey: we all do

  6. Chadaristic says:
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    10 team H2H 5×5 league with 16 keepers.

    I’m keeping the following:

    Buster Posey
    Anthony Rizzo
    Jose Altuve
    Anthony Rendon
    Ian Desmond
    Mike Trout
    Bryce Harper
    Yasiel Puig
    David Price
    Corey Kluber
    Craig Kimbrel
    Jose Fernandez

    That leaves four spots, who would you recommend I keep out of the following? Is there anyone on my keeper list I should drop for the list below? Thanks for all you do.

    Chris Carter
    Prince Fielder
    Jorge Soler
    Manny Machado
    Hyun-Jin Ryu
    Julio Teheran
    Tyson Ross
    Phil Hughes
    Alex Wood
    Mike Fiers
    Carlos Carrasco
    Jacob deGrom

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Chadaristic: Id keep Carrasco, Wood, Soler, Machado…and Id lose Fernandez for DeGrom

      • Chadaristic says:
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        @Grey: drop Fernandez even though it’s a dynasty league?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Chadaristic: how many years can you keep each player?

      • Chadaristic says:
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        @J-FOH: We don’t have a limit on years.

  7. Carns says:
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    Last Year Was Like That Mauer 28 Homer Year. Anyone Chasing It Is A Sucker.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Carns:

      I happened to luck into VMart’s year in my money league last year. It’s a keeper league and I have no intention on keeping him.

      • Curtis says:
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        @Hawk: I’m torn. I can keep him for $7 or Wong for $5, but not both (keeping Goldy at $32 and Bautista at $29). $7 seems like too much value to pass up, and I can probably draft Wong for just a few bucks more than $5.

  8. Devon says:
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    Gray
    In a 12 team H2H OPS league, which two players would pair together at the turn. Pick 2:

    Bautista
    Encarnacion
    Rizzo
    Donaldson
    Puig
    Rendon
    Cano
    Tulo
    Adam Jones

    • Cram It says:
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      @Devon: I’m not GREY, but E5 and Rendon for me. You’ve got some guys on there that normally don’t fall that far though.

    • Miles says:
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      @Devon: You won’t pick again for a long time so I say pick whoever you want because they won’t be there 21 picks later. I would go Rendon and EE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Devon: Rizzo, Bautista

  9. The Dog says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who is your lover boy this year a la AuShizz 2013 and Stanton 2014?

    Thanks!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @The Dog: Its always Stanton

      • The Dog says:
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        @JeF With 1 F:

        Lookin for that 3rd to 6th rounder ready to explode

        • Cram It says:
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          @The Dog: That’s the million dollar question ain’t it?

        • Cram It says:
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          @The Dog: I’d put money on Springer.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @The Dog:
      It be Arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Dog: I have Arenado ranked about 40 spots before others

  10. de nachos says:
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    Dr. James Andrews is performing his surgery? Really? I’m not a doctor, but meniscus repair is like an ortho-101 procedure. That’s like hiring Wolfgang Puck to pour milk on your cereal.

    As the proud (read: not proud) owner of a meniscus tear, I’d venture to guess his RHB home runs in particular will be way down. The landing and torque generated on the left knee will be much worse than driving off it from the left side. So drafteat emptor in those southpaw only fantasy leagues.

  11. Also not doctor here, but I’ve performed three meniscus surgeries. Two of them were on pygmies I met on a cross country ski trek, one was performed on skid row. Walking home buzzed, I thought her knee looked funny. I had mistakenly taken the utensils in lieu of my doggie bag, so neither of us were fully” here now

    • @Wake Up: ” Wow…time for a catnip…anyways, there was a brief period of false defervescence, followed by elongated periods of inflammation, many a puss-filled sac, and one of the pygmies died…but I can say with absolute certainty that there was nary a homerun hit by the survivors…

    • Rufus T. Firefly says:
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      @Wake Up:Thanks for the tip. Plan on trying one ASAP. I like doing the one where someone has a headache and I drill a hole in his or her noggin to relieve the brain pressure in there. Works like a charm. Most of the time anyway. Try it!

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Wake Up:
      ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Good info for when Altuve needs meniscus surgery

  12. Taking over a team, who would you keep?
    It’s a H2H, 12 team, keeper, $300 cap
    Can keep as many as I want

    Paul Goldschmidt $48
    José Bautista $41
    Robinson Canó $40
    Hanley Ramírez $32
    Bryce Harper $27
    Starling Marte $23
    Nolan Arenado $22

    Corey Kubler $26
    Hisashi Iwakuma $17
    Jake Arrieta $16
    Koji Uehara $11
    Marcus Stroman $2
    Michael Pineda $2
    James Paxton $2
    Kevin Gusman $2

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @The Dutchmen: Goldy, Bautista, Harper, Marte, Arenado, Kluber, Arrieta, Stroman, Pineda, Paxton

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Cant hurt to keep Gausman for $2 too

  13. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    I know this isn’t the place, so my apologies in advance, but I’m looking for a RCL with a modest buy-in. I run a couple of long-term money leagues that I recruit heavily for which has eliminated past inactivity problems but I also hope to do one of the RCLs and I’m really hoping to find a good, competitive one. Thanks.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jif & The Choosy Mothers: If you run any Roto Keeper leagues for money, I’m very interested.

      • Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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        @Cram It: Cram: My email is: [email protected].

        I run one great Roto league started in 2010. Openings are rare and there are none for this year. I’d likely love to put you on a new replacement owner list I’m creating. My leagues are really strong, if I can brag. Salaries, deep rosters, keep generally half as keepers, etc. Please email me if interested.

      • Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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        @Strolg: Thanks much. Because of three other leagues, I’m trying to keep my budget for RCL a bit lower than that if possible. Appreciate it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There’s a $50 one signing up too

  14. BillJones says:
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    Keeper question. 12 team H2H. ESPN standard rosters. Categories are:
    obp/slug%/sb-cs/runs/hrs/rbis for hitters
    whip/era/k’s/QS/k:bb/saves for pitchers

    Which seems like a better keeper for the value?
    Adam Jones 2nd round
    Jason Kipnis 7th round
    Alex Wood 9th round
    Marcus Stroman 14th round

    Adam Jones seems to lose value based on obp league and sb-cs. I feel like there is better value in the second round. Thoughts?

    • Blues

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      @BillJones: I agree in an OBP league, Jones’ numbers on slight decline last 3 years and slugging too. Stroman has a better K/BB, but I prefer the 6’4 lefty Wood 5 rounds earlier with more innings under his belt..

  15. the swinging says:
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    Just listened to the podcast and if u don’t like bogaerts as much as u thought u did why not lower him?

    u would take D. Santana over him if you were drafting today it feels like right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @the swinging: I have concerns about Bogaerts, and I said if he starts losing time to Hanley in the spring, I will…

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey: so u like bogaerts over santana for a draft tonight?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • the swinging says:
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            @Grey: I think santana has a good shot at 40 sb. He needs to keep his avg up, don’t need .300 but can’t be .230. I like him a lot i think he doesn’t fall off too too 2 two bad at ba.

            • Grey

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              I like him too, it’s not like he’s that far off in my rankings…Take him if you prefer him

  16. Hawk says:
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    Keeper question. 10 team 5×5 keeper league. We start 2 of each infield spot, 5 OF and 10 P. I have to keep 12 players from this list of 15. Please help!

    Anthony Rizzo
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Kolten Wong
    Jose Reyes
    Nolan Arenado
    Giancarlo Stanton
    Matt Kemp
    Corey Dickerson
    Felix Hernandez
    Masahiro Tanaka
    Jake Arrieta
    Alex Wood
    Carlos Carrasco
    Yordano Ventura
    Michael Wacha

    Let me ask again: Help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Not Tanaka, Ventura, Wacha

  17. Mes to the Rocco says:
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    I get 8 keepers. Locked in on first 7:

    Rizzo
    Altuve
    Desmond
    C. Santana
    Harper
    Gomez
    Scherzer

    Options for #8:
    Machado
    Bogaerts
    Pujols
    Seager

    Who do I take? Thanks!

    • Hawk says:
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      @Mes to the Rocco:

      Pujols is the best hitter of the bunch today but you’ve already got 2 1st basemen.
      Machado is a lottery ticket at 3b
      Seager is much safer but with a lower ceiling at 3b
      Bogaerts is well below all three of these to me

      You look like you have some pretty predictable protects so you can take a chance and still be ok – you don’t NEED any of these guys to be great to be a solid team.

      Given that, I’d take a shot on Machado.

  18. KevinB says:
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    5×5 Roto 10-team keeper league … 5 keepers (9th pick in the draft).

    My keepers are …

    Anthony Rizzo
    Hanley Ramirez
    Jose Bautista
    Corey Dickerson
    Stephen Strasburg

    Strange question, but …
    Gregory Polanco is not being kept. Would you consider dropping any of these players for Gregory Polanco?

    • KevinB says:
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      @KevinB:
      Side note, we might expand the keepers from 5 to a higher number next season.

      • Hawk says:
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        @KevinB:

        I would not dump any of those players for Polanco. Especially if there is a chance to get him back in the draft.

  19. Kung Pao Panda says:
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    I took over a team in a 10-team H2H 7X7 keeper where the extra pitching categories are K/BB and (losses) and the extra hitting categories are OPS and (K’s). I need to keep 3 of these:

    Sale in the 3rd
    Donaldson in the 5th
    Cole in the 10th
    Hughes in the 25th
    Wood in the 27th

    I’m thinking Donaldson Wood Hughes. Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • Blues

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      @Kung Pao Panda: I agree with Donaldson, Wood, but would prefer Garrit Cole or Cole Hamels (probability of trade to good team) over Hughes because of “losses” category.

      • Kung Pao Panda says:
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        @blues: Thanks. To clarify, it is G Cole, not Camels. Hughes semi-historic K/BB surely can’t repeat but should be solid, but yeah I thought about the double-digit losses too.

      • Kung Pao Panda says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  20. Kraftster says:
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    Dynasty: Kershaw for Wood + Puig?

  21. Philly Boy says:
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    I read daily so I used ur ranks as a basis..Dunno if this is appropriate page to post this but …how’d I do in my 10 team 5×5 OBP roto league? See any weaknesses or areas of superfluous strength? It’s also a 180 add limit…1600 IP limit…start min/max 175-225

    C-Mesoraco
    1B-Goldy
    2B-Rendon
    SS-Bogaerts
    3B-Arenado
    MI-Wong
    CI-Belt
    OF-Cargo(col)
    OF-Billy Ham
    OF-Dickerson
    OF-Castillo
    OF-Choo
    Util-Headley
    B-Kang

    SP-Zimmerman
    SP-Harvey
    SP-Wood
    SP-Stroman
    SP-Pineda
    P-Soriano
    P-Feliz
    RP-Melancon
    RP-Mejia

    B-Gausman
    B-Paxton
    B-Hutchison

    Thx guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Philly Boy: You look light on power and heavy on speed, which isn’t great… Don’t love Hamilton, Choo, Rusney, CarGo on same team… Your pitching looks decent

      • Philly Boy says:
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        @Grey: Thx. So trade for a fat bat

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you can

  22. Alan says:
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    In a dynasty where I am risk averse, is it okay to deal wright for carpenter? Thanks

  23. Big James Aint says:
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    Keeper question here fellas-

    Points league- 2.75 BB, 1 RBI/R, 2 SB, 3 IB, 5.25 2B, 6.5 3B, 7.75 HR, -1 K, -.25 AB, -1 CS

    Two years left in the keeper league before we redraft in 2017. Need 4 out of this group

    Bryant, Dickerson, Soler, Brantley, Rendon, Desmond

    Thanks!

      • Big James Aint says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  24. Nico says:
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    Little more movement in NFBC this morning… Got some “you’re a Grey homer” feedback for my Arenado pick at 2.12, but looking at the next 30 guys available, Arenado and Dickerson were my next best two guys up after Upton got snagged at 2.11. Back off bros!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish I had your team over mine, so I wouldn’t sweat it… My team will be eligible for the HOF before any other team though, that’s for sure!

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: Good to hear! I have no problem with it. He made that comment and then picked up Buster Posey, so, there’s that. Is HOF eligibility a new category the NFBC put in for just the Razzball leagues?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, I saw that… He’s going on what happened last year and you’re going on what could happen this year…I like your approach better

          • Nico says:
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            @Grey: Incorporating some (many) of your teachings, Fantasy Master Lothario. You have to have some mixed feelings of annoyance/flattery though when drafting in a Razzball-centric league. If I’m in a different league, Arenado could still be there in the 4th, and I could have changed up my drafting style. Prob wouldn’t have risked it, but just sayin’, for S’s and G’s.

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @Nico: Yeah ive seen Arenado go around the 5th or 6th in non razzball leagues…more 5th than 6th though

  25. Billy Masca says:
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    Yo Greys, time for my annual question. $260 14-team 5×5, already keeping Trout and Klubot. Need to select 2 more keepers from the following:

    Cody Allen – $1
    Mookie Betts – $10
    Devin Mesoraco – $10
    Kyle Seager – $10

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mookie, Seager

  26. Cram It says:
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    I only kinda sorta wanted Pujols and to a lesser extent, A-Gon. Now that they’re both gone, I really want them. Ain’t that the way it goes? Like when you get rejected by the nice, average looking girl…

    • Grey

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      Ha, I didn’t want A-Gon, but Pujols would’ve been my choice over Beltre if he came to me… I have a feeling my first baseman is going to be Matt Adams in 100 picks

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Haha. Yeah with the guys behind me not having 1B yet, I couldn’t let Crush go there. Or I’d end up with Hosmer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, I was hoping Crush made it back to me

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: So you’re saying you’d have the same team if you were in my slot. I don’t know how I feel about that.

            • Grey

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              I would’ve took Frazier too, I just long for a 1B, that is all

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Yeah I was debating between Frazier and Davis. Then the guy before me made that decision for me.

                • Grey

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                  I haven’t even had a debate when choosing so far because I’ve just been taking the old guys that no one wants that are falling… Why do I feel like Kemp’s gonna be on my team too?

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Ha. You might be cut in an endless loop. You need to change things up to get out of it. *slaps face* Draft a pitcher!

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Cram It: *caught

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, otherwise I’m gonna have the 2008 All-Star team

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @Grey: He’s still too young.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Who?

                    • The Great Knoche says:
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                      @The Great Knoche: Kemp is only 30, you need to go older.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, ha

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  @Cram It: I guess that makes it twice for me and once for you. Hopefully you dont even it up and take my target on way back in round 4.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: KENNYS!!….Two for one

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          More Kennys, more fun!

  27. Joeg414 says:
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    Who would you pick first : Paxton or D.Salazer? 13 Team Mixed 6×6.
    Thanks.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Joeg414: See rankings?

  28. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Anybody else going to be at either of the A’s games this Saturday or Sunday? I’m coming down with my son.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Sky, I like your Scherzer-Arenado 2/3 wheel there. Nice foundation.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Thanks Ghost; NFBC game planning is very different than RCL. I’m excited and already thinking about my SAGNOF bench guys like Jordan Schafer. How sick is that?

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Sky:

          Magoo and I were going over late speed. I like Schafer. Bonifacio always an option. I think the guy I would give the best chance to come out of nowhere and get to 50 steals this year is EYJ. He keeps popping up on my qualitative analysis as I monitor spring nonsense. He’s got a better shot at everyday playing time than at any point in his career probably and it sounds like he’s been very impressive so far. It doesn’t take a whole of PAs for him to pile up steals.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Yup, I have EYJ, Schafer, and Everth Cabrera all circled. EYJ should be batting lead off quickly. At the very least, Gomes should never hit against RHP.

            Of course, your boy Billy Burns should and could get a shot this year. He’s an extremely late go, of course.

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Sky: Juan Pierre could always un-retire

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Ha, no need. Those three should be cheap enough. I think EverCab has a good year. I’m on an island there.

                • GhostTownSteve says:
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                  @Sky:

                  It’s just pretty tough to see your way to a lot of PAs for Cabrera. The O’s are only going to demote Schoop if he’s hideous. He’s a good defender and a good ballplayer with long term big upside so they aren’t going to carry him with the big club and not play him. Cabrera could definitely spell an aging Hardy, but again Hardy is a former GGer. I think Cabrera is partially insurance for Hardy’s back. Cabrera doesn’t have a strong platoon split to make something obvious there. Add in the fact that he has not really shown the ability to hit since his ahem, breakout. It’s not impossible that he has value but the odds seem pretty long.

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    It’s alright, I’ll stand alone on this one. I don’t think Schoop’s long term upside is as high as it’s being painted. Other than defense (and yes, I know it’s important), I don’t think he provides much. I think another year in the minors would actually do him good and honestly believe that’s where he ends up in 2015. They already had a pinch runner in Paredes and there are a lot of failed Padres hitters over the last 5 years, to be fair. He’s just one of many. I think he’ll be the lead off hitter before long.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where is it?

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        At the A’s new facility in Mesa. The old Cubs Hohokam complex.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe we can meet up on Sunday, what time is the game?

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            1 o’clock start. It’s actually not a big whoop to get over to Mesa from Phoenix but you do have to get in a car. That time of day on a weekend it’s like 20 minutes.

            I will be in Phoenix on Saturday and Sunday night but I’ll have my boy and my dad with me. Maybe we can arrange to run into you all somewhere.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Be cool to catch up after Saturday’s game…I’m leaving early-ish on Sunday to go home and we have tickets already for Saturday

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Phoenix is crazy easy to drive/travel. Would love to meet up with you if possible.

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Sky:

                If you guys are going to be in Phoenix I can probably sneak out after the kid goes down and leave him with pops for awhile. Sky hit me on my personal email and we’ll see if we can synch it up somehow.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, let’s do it Saturday night!

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Yeah…hit me up on email. I can talk you into Vegas in a couple weeks.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You prolly can… Just took my 4th round NFBC pick…Carlos Santana

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:

                      You know I like Santana this year. I kind of do a thing where I read stuff online, I do some leadboard dashboard stuff on fangraphs, I listen to MLB radio, read the comments here, just generally keep my ear to the ground. I really like it when a guy pops up through different channels both qualitative and quantitative in a positive light. Santana was one of those guys.

                      By the way, there some really fun data to play with that hasn’t been previously publicly available over at fangraphs. Jeff Zimmerman did a thing on hitter analytics and he provided a downloadable spreadsheet with enhanced batted ball data (hard hit vs medium hit vs weak contact). If you have like 10 hours to waste…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Cool, I have the month of March to waste! Yeah, as I just said to Sky, Santana doesn’t feel that different than Pujols, only a round cheaper

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Here’s the team so far: Jones, Hanley, Beltre, Santana

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:

                      That’s a pretty interesting start for you in rnds 1-3. All name brand vets. I actually like Hanley the best of the three. I think Beltre will be a little better than last year but I can definitely see him in the 120-130 games played range. Jones should be a’ight, I guess.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ugh, you hate Jones… Yeah, so name brand, not usually my style, but was taking what the draft gave me

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Email sent

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: is this a group email?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Not yet

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    you know how much I love the group thing

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yet another reason to just stay with Jay and Grey and leave you at the hotel!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: hey its non refundable on your card so I’m OK with that.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I didn’t say I wouldn’t cancel

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I’m packing a sleeping bag and a pup tent

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Chiming in for Steve- it’s at Hohokam Stadium (A’s facility) in Mesa, which is about 26 miles from where we’ll be.

        • royce! says:
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          @royce!: Derp

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, that’s pretty far… Steve, what about meeting up after Saturday’s game?

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Where are you guys staying? In Phoenix?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Sorry, can’t make it.

            What? Oh.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We got a cot for you!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Awesome! I’m a snorer, though. Just letting you know.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  We’ll figure it out!

  29. Mes to the Rocco says:
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    Who is the closer to own in Toronto these days?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      60% chance of Cecil

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Darkhorse is E S T R A D A at some point?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doubtful

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: hey its possible and maybe a bit of a pipe dream, but its March, am i not allowed to dream a little

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d prefer to see the reemergence of T Moore

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I think someone owes him some apology for something that never happened

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’ll apologize for something that never happened

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’m sorry for something I never did…hey thats what I have told babys mama more times than I would like to admit

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s easy to apologize for shizz you never did… Cause you know the truth… It’s my favorite apology…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: I’m sorry

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                He was the Truman Capote cum Hunter S. Thompson of Razball.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @GhostTownSteve: he was top 5 in commenters I would like to meet as well as top 5 in commenters I wouldn’t ever want to meet

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha!

  30. BrownL says:
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    Better keeper in a 10-team 5×5 H2H: ManBird (round 4) or Papi (round 9)

    Am already keeping Rizzo (7), Donaldson (5), and Frazier (12). ESPN rosters with an extra UT spot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Papi

  31. I Love You Wong Time says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Trying to decide my 6 keepers for my 10 team 5×5 OBP and K/9 league. I can only keep 2 guys from rounds 1-5, 2 from 6-10 and 2 from there on out. If you keep 0-1 guys you can take more from the next tier.

    Miguel Cabrera – 2015 Cost RD: 1

    Andrew McCutchen – 2015 Cost RD: 1

    José Bautista – 2015 Cost RD: 2

    Cliff Lee – 2015 Cost RD: 2

    Homer Bailey – 2015 Cost RD: 4

    Gio González – 2015 Cost RD: 5

    Huston Street – 2015 Cost RD: 11

    Austin Jackson – 2015 Cost RD: 12

    Dan Haren – 2015 Cost RD: 17

    Kole Calhoun – 2015 Cost RD: 19

    Yusmeiro Petit – 2015 Cost RD: 20

    Ian Desmond – 2015 Cost RD: 21

    Sonny Gray – 2015 Cost RD: 22

    Josh Harrison – 2015 Cost RD: 23

    Adam LaRoche – 2015 Cost RD: 23

    Trevor Plouffe – 2015 Cost RD: 23

    Denard Span – 2015 Cost RD: 23

    Travis d’Arnaud – 2015 Cost RD: 23

    Cody Allen – 2015 Cost RD: 23

    Wei-Yin Chen – 2015 Cost RD: 23

    Miguel González – 2015 Cost RD: 23

    Collin McHugh – 2015 Cost RD: 23

    José Quintana – 2015 Cost RD: 23

    Francisco Rodríguez – 2015 Cost RD: 23

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miguel Cabrera – 2015 Cost RD: 1
      Sonny Gray – 2015 Cost RD: 22
      Josh Harrison – 2015 Cost RD: 23
      Andrew McCutchen – 2015 Cost RD: 1
      Ian Desmond – 2015 Cost RD: 21
      Kole Calhoun – 2015 Cost RD: 19

      • I Love You Wong Time says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. AA says:
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    Jose Abreu and Soler or Pujols and Cano for a keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu

  33. Cram It says:
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    I almost went Wong there. But I’m trying to stay away from MI, a la Sky.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I swear to you, I was talking Rudy and I was like, “I’m gonna take Yoenis next.”

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Haha. You’re taking Kemp my friend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I’ve been going off my rankings, Kemp’s nowhere near next

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I know you wouldn’t have gone Kemp there. Carlos was solid.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It was based a bit on needs, but I’m fine with Santana… I would’ve taken any 1B at that point… I was counting down until I had to draft Smoak, if not

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @Grey: 46 Rounds to go…we’ll all get a shot at Smoak.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Question now is who goes first: Smoak or Cueto?

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @Grey: Grab a Snickers.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: 1B is pretty ugly now. I’d be fine with Santana too. Who knows, you hit with a 1B buried on the charts and you now have a stud catcher!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He doesn’t have catcher eligibility in NFBC though

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Ah yes, the CI was cut off. Terrible pick!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: Springer and Freeman were my 2 targets, didnt like any hitters there so went pitching

      • Cram It says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Ah, I briefly considered Zimm, he’s pretty great, but I resisted SP.

  34. endershadow says:
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    Swap my Yordano for Belt in a dynasty league? Looking to compete this season. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, depends on needs

  35. cubjet says:
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    I need 5 keepers. Here are my choices with this year’s salaries. $300 cap. With every following year, it is an additional $5.

    Jose Abreu–20
    Anthony Rizzo –20
    Kris Bryant– 10
    Yasiel Puig– 15
    Jorge Soler–10
    Jordan Zimmerman–24
    Tyson Ross– 10
    Jake Arrieta –10
    Mookie Betts — 10

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu, Rizzo, Puig, Ross, Soler, assuming a CI

  36. Jason says:
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    So I assume a lot of people on this site play in standard yahoo leagues(12 team pro leagues). Due to the small offensive roster lineup in yahoo compared to other sites (espn and cbs), I assume you can draft a sp or closer a little earlier because replacement value for all offensive positions should be easier to obtain. Take that with a grain of salt. Not saying to draft starters too early. Maybe 5 or 6 bats then a starter and a closer. I think you can get more value in these leagues coming away with a Chapman in round 5 or 6, cause you can still build a very strong offense in the 2nd half of the draft

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I love when that’s your answer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

  37. EScott says:
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    I can only keep 3, not seriously considering Heaney given the 4 options I have.
    Jose Abreu -10
    Yasiel Puig -23
    Jose Fernandez -16
    Johnny Cueto -11
    Andrew Heaney -30

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Heaney, Fernandez

  38. PhrasingBackInTheMix says:
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    I’m in a 12-team H2H standard 5×5 keeper league. We keep 5 players. I’m keeping Giancarlo for my first round selection (6th pick overall) plus OF Marte, OF Soler, SP Kluber and SP Yordano.

    Based on who I think others will keep and draft, my 2nd pick (19th overall) will come down to a choice that’s something like: Pujols, Longo, Tulo, Harper, or Upton. I need a 1b or 3b pretty badly with all the OF I’m keeping, but I’m hesitant about those particular guys.

    Would you go Albert there, take the Tulo gamble, or just say F it and go Harper/Upton with a trade in mind for later? (To me, Longo is the least exciting option with the possibility of maybe getting Tomas, who I love, with the next pick)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols

  39. Alan says:
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    If you had one spot on your roster for a RP for spec saves and good ratios in deep league, you want Jepsen (roster resources has him as closer for some reason), Ryan Cook or Danny Farqhuar?

    5×5 roto standard roster (9P) weekly

    Thanks

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Alan: The Farq…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cook

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Alan: Walden

  40. Paul says:
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    Time for my yearly keeper question. I won the points title last year so I’m going to the well (you) one more time. I have the following potential keepers in a 14 team, points-based league (the number in parens is the number of years kept out of 3). I can keep up to a max of 5 players. I’m leaning towards Miggy, Goldy, Segura, Iwakuma and Altuve. If it’s relevant, I pick 9th in the first round of the draft.

    I also have a potential trade offer on the table of Altuve (who I can’t keep any more) for Harvey (at a 16 with 0 keeper years). Would you do that knowing that I’d have to work another deal to get a second 16th rounder every year I want to keep Harvey and Iwakuma?

    Thanks in advance to anyone kind enough to respond.

    1-ADAM JONES
    1-MIGUEL CABRERA(1)
    2-PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT(1)
    3-ALEX RIOS
    3-DAVID PRICE(2)
    3-HUNTER PENCE
    5-NELSON CRUZ
    8-GLEN PERKINS
    10-CHRIS TILLMAN
    12-RICK PORCELLO
    13-AJ BURNETT
    14-JEAN SEGURA(1)
    15-HUSTON STREET
    16-HISASHI IWAKUMA(1)
    17-DILLON GEE
    18-MIGUEL MONTERO
    18-STEPHEN STRASBURG(NA)
    20-WEI-YIN CHEN
    21-JOSE ALTUVE(2)
    23-PHIL HUGHES

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love it

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey:

        My keepers or the trade? Is it because you don’t like Harvey or because offense harder to come by than pitching? Just curious…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Your keepers are fine, I don’t like the trade…

          • Paul says:
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            @Grey:

            Got it. Thank you!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  41. Wake Up says:
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    This just in…Ryan Howard saying that he lost Jose Altuve…

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Wake Up:

      Should I expect an Amber alert on my phone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  42. Spammer Jay says:
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    Which 4 should I keep this season? (13 teams, standard, keep 4 players) I’ve marked the ones I would go with.

    Robinson Cano 2B | SEA ***
    Dee Gordon 2B | MIA
    Michael Brantley OF | CLE
    Christian Yelich OF | MIA 97
    Carlos Carrasco P | CLE ***
    Yordano Ventura P | KC
    Alex Wood P | ATL***
    Matt Shoemaker P | LAA***

    I am debating Brantley over Shoemaker. I have a good idea when I can draft Brantley if i wanted to, but Shoemaker is a bit of a wildcard to me in terms of draft spot. I feel like starting with these 3 SP’s will set me up so I can focus the draft on hitting until the Stroman tier comes into play .

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brantley, Cano, Carrasco, Wood

  43. J-FOH says:
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    Getting caught up on movies from the redbox, saw gone girl, worth it once but not a repeat, and I watched St. Vincent, Bill Murray was solid

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I liked Gone Girl, felt like an 80s thriller… St. Vincent was okay

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: good call on the 80’s thriller vibe, I kept thinking Jeanne Tripplehorn from Basic Instinct while I watched it unfold.

        Bill Murray was really good in St. Vincent. He usually is

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he was doing his usual schtick…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @J-FOH: @Grey: Oh, Tripplehorn. My word. Up there with Ellen Barkin in Sea of Love for this old guy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I worked with her briefly, she’s foxy in person, or was at least

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: drop dead gorgeous is a great flick

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: when he snapped the kids skateboard in half after calling him out was great

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It was okay

  44. Luke says:
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    Which one do you like best (possible trade)
    Marcus Stroman
    Danny Salazar
    Homer Baily
    Pomeranz
    Tiajuan Walker

  45. The Great Knoche says:
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    Kang Homered in his first spring at bat. It was off the Blue Jays closer in waiting Estrada though, so I wouldnt read too much into it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Estrada is going to be the closer if the Blue Jays relievers are detained at the border for 6 months

    • Cram It says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Kaz Matsui hit a HR in his first regular season major league at bat. In fact, he had a home run in his first at bat the next two years as well. And then he was….Kaz Matsui.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @The Great Knoche: what are youse guys smoking here, that’s the 2nd comment to the effect of estrada being closer. With his homer rate he could be worse than Hawkins for shit’s sake.

  46. Nick says:
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    So Grey let the throw a theoretical at you. In an auction draft where you can pick and choose what players to chase no matter the auction order, do you feel it beneficial to spend the majority of your money early in the draft. This could mean buying Rizzo, Rendon, Arrenado, Harper, and Dickerson all of whom we like to finish in the top 25 overall. The thinking for me goes that if you lock down your top 5-6 hitter with absolute studs, take young pitchers with sky high upside and then save only a few dollars to fill in the remaining positions, you should end up with a team with unbelievable upside. Since the baseball season is so long there will always be plenty of streamers/hot months/break-out players to pick up along the way and it would be better to get 5-6 studmuffins and try to get lucky drafting a remaining lineup of young, unproven types a la Segura, d’Arnaud, Arcia, Souza, etc. Since you already talked about, in the first podcast, how basically everyone after your first 5-7 picks is drop-able. Isn’t it just that much more important to nail down those picks and then hope and pray you hit on 3 maybe of your fliers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over auction strategy… I want to always have near the most money in the room… I don’t pay for guys over $30 either…. Though that’s usually in deeper leagues… In a 10 team auction, I could see going stars and scrubs (buying high priced guys and very low priced ones)….

  47. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Jordan Zimmermann going in the 4th makes me smile about my Scherzer pick in the 2nd. Adam Wainwright still on the board. You taught your Razzballers well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto’s still on mine too, though I suspect you’re way past us… I got the really slow draft apparently…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Still in the 4th round, hoping to see the 5th before I leave work (sighs). Cueto is gone, Wainwright the highest ranked pitcher left.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Our draft hasn’t moved in four hours… Should make it more interesting when we’re drafting late rounds during the All-Star break… Cueto went with the 75th pick in Rudy’s

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            My draft has not quite gone the direction I expected based on other NFBC conversations I’ve had. Kolten Wong just went 4.05. It’s definitely a Razz crowd in here, maybe more so than should be expected.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s what? Pick 65? Not that early… If I didn’t have Hanley, I’d consider it around there… How did you expect it to go?

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Kinsler, Dozier, Reyes still on the board. Seemed a tad early to me when weighed against that. I expected more pitchers to be gone by now. Not complaining, if things hold this direction I think I get the guys I want coming at the turn.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  yeah, I had no idea who was still out there, but it’s tough to gauge if a guy you want will be there in 20-something picks, so I can kinda understand it… Carlos Santana had a ADP of 75 and I took him at 52, so it’s not great according to ADP, but you and I love Santana and we can’t change who we are

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Oh sure, I’m not arguing that. I guess I’m just surprised by some picks so far but probably shouldn’t be. Those extra three picks per round are throwing me off. *Blue Heart Emoji*Carlos Santana*Blue Heart Emoji*

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Cueto finally went…Actually, not sure it’s finally, he might’ve went after in you and Rudy’s league… I know he did in Rudy’s…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Cueto went 3.09 so I’m pretty sure you’re in a good place there. BTW, we’re now Carlos Santana blood brothers. Took him 4.14. 1B/3B/CI filled along with Scherzer. I feel all warm and fuzzy. Wish I had an OF but that would’ve been the Scherzer pick.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice! Yeah, I have an OF and I wish I had another one…And a corner man…And a starter…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Hahaha. Freddie Freeman just went right after Carlos Santana and now Prince Fielder. It felt good. And now my OF1 is Heyward. Clearly an area I’ll need to target hard the rest of the way but I feel it’s worth it what I did.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wow, Freeman really fell there, not that I like him, but surprised someone didn’t go against Grey wisdom… I like Heyward a lot, think that’s a solid OF1… I was between him and Santana, 17 picks ago so you got good value

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yeah, I wanted either Cespedes or Heyward as my OF1 after not getting in on one when Arenado went. I didn’t like the OFs in his area. After the 3B run that’s happened – that I oddly actually started – I’m happy in hindsight. I think a closer is on the horizon for me. Hopefully said closer doesn’t suck come my turn!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Oh and I think they read my draft day Arbitrage piece, thank you very much.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think everyone’s reading my posts except for Seth who actually writes for the site… I guess that’s a good thing, different viewpoints…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yeah, he took Wainwright in that February draft. He marches to the beat of his own drum. It might be a tabla

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, completely

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      So I now know that ‘Nick’ is Saucy Schmohawk in my NFBC league from a comment above (or below? IDK, I’m using the backend of the site) and now I wonder if Carnac is PTown&Down. I’m pretty sure they’re all Razzball commenters, though. And JFOH thought I wasn’t gonna join an FCL this year…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d think Carnac would say if it was him…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I don’t know, you haven’t seen his team. I keed, you’re probably right.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      And all the Carlos Santana talk today lead to a post. I need to stop debating in comments, it makes me do more work.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, nice

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Sky: before guys like Dozier, Kipnis?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Sky: What Pick are you on now?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Just moved onto 4.11. Craig Kimbrel just went, first closer taken so far.

        • Nick says:
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          @Sky: Bullcrap, I took Chapman first!

  48. MB says:
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    I own doolittle

    Which would you rather have for david wright?

    Headley Clippard

    or

    Koji Mujica and headley

    or

    Headley and storen

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither

  49. Alan says:
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    Is Everth and Casilla for Semien fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If I were getting Casilla

  50. fisher price says:
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    A keeper question:

    5×5, H2H, 10 team league, C/1B/2B/SS/3B/OF/OF/OF/Util. We keep 5– no limit on how long– and they count as our first five draft picks. People tend to go a little crazy for SPs as opposed to ohter categories, FWIW.

    I have:
    Hitters:
    Stanton
    Puig
    Springer
    Calhoun
    Machado
    Rusney Castillo
    J. Baez
    K. Bryant
    Carpenter
    Molina
    Walker
    Duda
    Morneau
    Arcia

    Pitchers:
    Arrieta
    Iwakuma
    A. Wood
    Papelbon
    Britton
    Fiers
    Doolittle
    McHugh
    Duffy

    Who should I keep beyond Stanton and Puig? Is it worth keeping Bryant and Machado both? I like Bryant’s upside and could wait for him, I suppose. I was thinking about keeping Arrieta– is that wise at a first five rounds value?

    Thanks for any advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer, Arrieta, Iwakuma, Stanton, Puig

  51. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in that league where i have all the players all season at my disposal that are currently on CLE/CIN/NYY i got a bite to trade from my ridiculously strong catcher surplus to help my obviously ugly MI/2B dearth (having to use both phillips/didi in starting roles, eck). Are all of D.Santana/Dozier/Alexi Ram good enough for Gomes? I could of course put one of my crappy MI back with Gomes for the higher ranked Dozier/Alexi Ram. I would still have McCann/Mesoraco in the 2 C slots and C-Sant in case of injury (playing 3rd or 1st till then). OPS/BB/K’s as extra categories.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  52. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Keeper question for you. Which five guys would you keep (they move up 2 rounds every year). Note that I can’t keep two guys from the same round and it’s a 3 OF league with the addition of a CI and MI spot.

    Player (Keeper Round)
    Seager (9)
    Billy Hamilton (13)
    Springer (14)
    Machado (16)
    Puig (18)
    D.Gordon (20)
    Mesoraco (20)

  53. Cram It says:
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    Track down your boy Nico. He’s up!

  54. mark says:
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    I am in need of saves and good ratios. Is Huston Street enough back for Trumbo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need saves a month before the season starts

  55. assy says:
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    we both believe that Michael Brantley won’t hit as well for counting stats as he did last year, but would you consider him a full-on fantasy schmohawk? Also, Grey, thanks for all the work. Kept the off seaosn still very interesting,

    • Cram It says:
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      @assy: He has him ranked 26th overall. Schmohawks aren’t ranked that high

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Cram It: if he ranked Trout that low he’d certainly be a schmohawk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I wouldn’t… No problem

  56. Q says:
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    I give Lester @ $16.

    I get Votto @ $10.

    It’s a points league, no CI. I have Abreu so he would be my Util. I’m not keeping Lester anyway, so I guess it’s just whether or not Votto is worth 10 bucks.

    Yay or nay?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s worth $10 in some leagues

      • Q says:
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        @Grey:

        Rather him than Greinke or Zimmerman @ same price? One of them would be going….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d prefer Zimmermann, assuming you mean two Ns

          • Q says:
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            @Grey:
            Votto or Greinke, same price?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Greinke

  57. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    Was able to get away with this one, my aramis/paxton/d.holland for bundy/stephenson/j.harrison (league has rule that you CAN’T have more than 5 NA’s at a time, and this opp already has a bunch of other top pitching guys (gray/bradley/rodon), and would’ve had to soon drop some.
    12 team dynasty with BB/K’s/slug/OPS/losses/HR’s allowed/holds/QS/OBPA as extra categories.
    start 1 at each hitting spot with 1 util. 5 NA’s.
    C -mesoraco
    1B – E5/Morneau/carter
    2B- pedroia/alcantara
    SS – segura
    3B – harrison
    RF -calhoun/polanco/soler
    CF – cain sugar/alcantara
    LF – upton/carter
    NA: tapia/mondesi
    SP: arrieta/kluber/cashner/carrasco/richards/hutchison/carmart/heaney/bauer
    RP: perkins/rodney/farquar/cecil/F-rod
    NA pitchers: taillon/stephenson/bundy
    I’ll have to drop h.harvey and h.dozier to make this work but i upgraded my 3B very much (at least harrison plays every day), and except for losing paxton upped my pitchers for a long time.

    Which 2 do i grab to replace Paxton/Holland?

    happ/vogel/worley/colon/c.anderson/house/santiago/floyd/despaigne/collmenter/pomeranz/b.anderson/colome/gibson/lyles/delgado/tomlin/marco gonzales

  58. J-FOH says:
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    Babys Mama said the guy who did the Jackson 5 number reminder her of you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was me!

  59. GhostTownSteve says:
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    EYJ is this year’s Dee Gordon. Y’all remember I tipped you on Gordon last year right. I had him as a top 3 SS in my bold predictions last year. EYJ gets 50 bags this year. Bookmark it.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      I think the Zombino this year might be Grady Sizemore. He’s got PAs. He’s got ballpark. He’s got skill set.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hope so, I just drafted him in that NL-Only league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like that call, good place for him to play

  60. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Cbs ranked him 15?

    I watch CBS and I see BS..

  61. Josh says:
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    Keeper:

    Arrieta at 21st round of vmart at 17th round? Only can take 1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta

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