I’m trying an experiment.  I’m writing this opening lede before the actual draft.  I wish there was some way to timestamp this, but you’ll have to take my word for it.  *cracks knuckles*  Here we go!  Ooh, Tehol grabbed Dominic Brown!  Wow, he must be expecting a bounce back, or Dominic Brown is his daddy.  Like a teamster painter, I’m leaning on the latter.  Damn, Rappin’ Ralph grabbed Benintendi, Manuel Margot, and Roman Quinn?  Rookies are his ‘Bud Fox’s Bluestar.’  Oh my God, Rudy grabbed three catchers!  (I had an advantage predicting this one, because I knew Rudy was autodrafting due to a family obligation.)  Jay grabbed Chase Headley with the 5th round pick and R.A. Dickey in the 7th!  In the chatroom, Malamoney asked how many points a home run gets in this league?  Yes, of course, he did!  JB drafted Joe Ross, then called me on speakerphone from an internet cafe where WHERE ARE YOU NOW?! is playing.  MattTruss drafted…Actually I don’t know what Truss will do, which has me worried.  Stupid wild cards!  And, of course, I drafted Rougned Odor.  Boy, that was a fun draft, and Tehol only timed out on his picks three times trying to get his Periscope thing to work.  *reading back what I wrote after the draft*  Well, I got the Odor part right.  Anyway, here’s my thoughts on our RCL draft, it’s a 12-team, mixed league:

C: Austin Hedges (294)
1B: Jose Abreu (30)
2B: Rougned Odor (19)
3B: Nolan Arenado (6)
SS: Orlando Arcia (174)
MI: Raul Mondesi (222)
CI: Anthony Rendon (54)
OF: Andrew Benintendi (67)
OF: Byron Buxton (91)
OF: Marcell Ozuna (126)
OF: Keon Broxton (139)
OF: Delino DeShields (198)
UTIL: David Peralta (270)

P: Corey Kluber (43)
P: Johnny Cueto (78)
P: A.J. Ramos (102)
P: Lance McCullers (115)
P: Tony Watson (150)
P: Blake Treinen (163)
P: Addison Reed (187)
P: Carlos Rodon (211)
P: Arodys Vizcaino (235)
Bench: Mike Foltynewicz (246)
Bench: Ryan Buchter (259)
Bench: Nathan Karns (283)

YOUR OUTFIELD GIVES ME THE FEELS IN THE NETHERS.  I THOUGHT THIS SITE WAS TV-14, BUT AFTER SEEING THAT OUTFIELD I’M AFRAID MY WORK IS GOING TO BLOCK THIS SITE LIKE IT BLOCKED THAT SITE WHERE THE JAPANESE MEN SIT ON CAKES.

It’s seriously sexy AF.  My outfield makes my outie belly button boing.  Wait, that’s not my–Okay, moving on.  Let’s just enter this fantasy baseball fantasy with me for a second.  Broxton?  Well, him alone would arouse the tendrils.  Benintendi?  Benintendi make me extendi!  Buxton?  Okay, you’re just typing Broxton’s name again and misspelling it, you say with your doe eyes.  I’m not, prematurely balding man!  I have him too!  OZUNA?  OZUNA eats excitement for breakfast and burps up confetti!  Then, the pièce de résistance.  The coup de grâce.  The other faux intelligent-sounding phrase from France!  DeShizz!  He’s home.  In my arms.  Knock, knock.  Who’s there?  The sexy AF outfield!

OKAY, OKAY, OKAY.  I’M FEELING THIS EXCITEMENT AND I’M GETTING CAUGHT UP IN IT TOO, BUT WHAT ABOUT YOUR PITCHING?  DIDN’T YOU SAY NOT TO DRAFT TWO FROM THE KLUBER/CUETO TIER?

Observant, Mr. Al Boldencaps!  No one wanted starters in this league.  It was kinda obscene, and obscene in the good way.  Not the way that gets you pleading guilty with time served.  Or maybe no one wanted Cueto.  Hey, I got no quarrel with him like Jason LaRue.  Doode’s a ratio beast in the NL West.  If I knew I could get Cueto at 78 overall, I prolly wouldn’t have taken Kluber.  But bygones be bygones, as no one says ever.  Then.  Dot dot dot.  McCullers.  I just let out a squeal that the neighbors heard.   I want McCullers everywhere, but, unfortch, only got him in this league.  No fear, Mr. Belvedere, I got him in this league!  Then grabbed Rodon, Foltywirewitz and Karns, because I felt like I needed starters.  Hey, I like those guys, but in an RCL you hold the backend of your starting staff about as well as you hold a greased pole.  For those that found us Googling “greased pole” and “backend staff.”  Welcome!  We don’t judge here!

YOU HAVE MORE RELIEVERS THAN THE RED SOX (AND BETTER ONES).

I drafted relievers like I was the Yanks and none of my pitchers would go five innings!  (Clause 1A of Fantasy Baseball Blog Law states that if you insult or praise the Red Sox, you must follow it with an insult or praise of the Yanks).  I don’t particularly love some of my relievers.  True story:  During the draft, I went to see how well Tony Watson was doing.  Not literally flying to see him pitch, I Googled it!  Well, he’s been terrible.  Then, when it was my turn to draft, I took him anyway.  It doesn’t matter.  No why?  SAGNOF, snitches!

I’M SO PROUD YOU HAVEN’T MENTIONED ODOR YET.  IT’S A GROWING EXPERIENCE FOR YOU.  OKAY, GIVE ME SOME TEACHABLE MOMENTS!

I hated outfielders from about pick 30 to pick 100.   Sure, I took Benintendi and Buxton in that time, but Benintendi was just to piss off Rappin’ Ralph and Buxton was 91st overall, that’s practically after the top 100 (give me that!).  I loathed the outfielders from 30 to 100.  Then, without even realizing it, I loved outfielders from pick 100 to 200.  I was like the teacher from A Christmas Story only I wasn’t making extra plusses, I was making “don’t mind if I do” marks.  Are there “don’t mind if I do” marks?  Yes, yes there are.  I shouldn’t even say the sexy outfielders stop at pick 200, because I got David Peralta at pick 270 overall.  Um, huh?  What, you people don’t like sexy?

ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE THIS TEAM UNTIL SEPTEMBER WHEN YOU GO TO BURGER KING, BUY A MEAL THAT COMES WITH A CROWN AND DECLARE YOURSELF CHAMP?

No, nope, nuh-uh.  Never happens.  I kinda drafted Rodon just so I could DL him and free up a spot for myself (completely false; I drafted Rodon because right before me went Robbie Ray and I was about to draft him when Prospector Ralph took him).  That’s what you need to do; you need to think about freeing up spots! (I say otherwise, parenthetically speaking.)  Last year I believe I made something like 350 moves in this league, so I’m not even sure I’ll have this team by the end of today.  You’re on notice, Ryan Buchter.  Burn notice!

 
  1. Mike in Busan says:
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    Did that last spring start make you more excited about McCullers or less (or nothing)?
    Man, that first inning looked sweet and then… maybe it was just that awesome Cubs lineup?

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Mike in Busan: ya i was so torn when Russell hit that high inside FB out. Cuz I own him too.
      Still the stuff looked good, K’s etc.

      • Mike in Busan says:
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        @peacecoast: that ball was crushed, just finished a draft where I snagged Russel

      • Mike in Busan says:
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        @Grey:
        struck out the side in the first, then gave up five in the next two, got taken yard by Addison. (Ended up drafting Russel and not McCullers, but not by design)

  2. We're Out Of Room? says:
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    That is a sexy OF Grey. I don’t think mine ended up too shabby either, but I do have roster question or two from last nights draft, if you’d be so kind. With the roster below would you drop Crawford for Tim Anderson? Saw you were fairly high on him and it gives me a back up at SS with more speed, which you can see my team is lacking.

    Also not sure I need Domingo, and most of my league mates have stronger staffs and 4 closers. I see Domingo and possibly SP Richards as expendable. I could add Nate Jones to help with ratios(no closers are available), and with the other spott Lynn, Eickhoff, Cotton, Norris, Folty and Gsellman are all out there for the picking. Appreciate your time!

    10 team ESPN HTH 5X5 w/OBP and QS

    C Sanchez
    1B Rizzo
    2B D. Murphy
    3B K.Seager
    SS Russell
    OF Trout
    OF Springer
    OF JD Martinez
    UTL 3B/OF Sano
    UTL DH Morales
    UTL 2B/OF Zobrist
    BN SS Crawford
    BN OF Inciarte
    BN OF Domingo Santana

    P J.Paxton
    P T.Walker
    P Carrasco
    P Duffy
    SP Nola
    SP Rodon
    RP Giles
    RP J.Johnson
    BN RP Holland
    BN SP G.Richards

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @We’re Out Of Room?: Thanks! Yeah, I’d go Anderson, tho all your bench bats are pointless except to fill in for JD… Can lose Domingo

      • We're Out Of Room? says:
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        @Grey:Thanks Grey, I’ll probably drop Crawford for Anderson to get some more speed. Agree on the extra bats, I’ll swap Santana out for an SP. Any other glaring deficiencies you see with my roster?

  3. Scott says:
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    I too grabbed deshields as a reserve Of late last weekend. Do you think he will be the starting leadoff guy. I picked him over Carlos gomez in the same round b/c I wanted more sb and a better obp. I owned gomez last year and although he was attractive where I took deshields I couldn’t stand the guy after watching him last year scuffle for so long. I had enough power and was more intrigued by deshields untapped upside. Thx

  4. Jose Arcadio Buendia says:
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    In hopes of avoiding further marital strife, I’m looking for someone to co-manage my team this year. I’ll be in charge of the drafting, but you’d be in charge of the day-t0-day management. 12 team 5×5 H2H.

    Put another way… I’m looking for someone to be a Maddon to my Theo.

    Think about it.

        • Jose Arcadio Buendia says:
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          @Grey: Thanks! I knew I could rely on a fake baseball website for solid marriage advice!

          I’ll be seeing a lot more of you guys and 4 girls (heeeey ladies ;-) in the near future!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You’re welcome!

  5. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice article, much better team in that format against such fearsome opponents!!!

    a. The Commish from the RCL league that I drafted Machado, Story and Springer as my 1, 2, 3 picks will make a new league with 2 DL slots and the same exact team as everyone drafted!!!

    b. If Austin Hedges turns out to be great, than his name will be Awesome Austin Texas Hedges, right? Or just Texas Hedges or just Awesome Austin?

    c. Can’t wait for the regular season to start!

    d. Have a nice weekend, enjoy the first game of the season on Sunday, and see you Monday with the first of 150 John J Rambo quotes of the day.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Rick Garlinghouse says:
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      @Ante GALIC: That should be some fun quotes for you to share and for us to read. Sometimes in fantasy baseball both us guys and all 5 girl readers need to have a little Rambo attitude. Thanks, Ante.

    • J & G says:
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      @Ante GALIC:

      I’m in the “to be” RCL you mention. Crossing my fingers that it gets fixed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: I wouldn’t go as far as fearless…. A. That’s great news! B. Haha C. Me either! D. Thanks! You too!

    • 56 and still in it to win it says:
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      @Ante GALIC: it will simply be … Awestin! Definitely at least a headline.

  6. Adam says:
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    Hey Grey and dudes and 4 chicks- interested in ur thoughts on my team. Am I too light on speed- can I Sagnof it and be competitive or do I need to trade for 40/50 bags right now? Drafted Desmond in 17rd- felt like ok spot to take on that risk/return profile.

    10 team, yahoo, daily, 5×5, 3 keeper
    C: Vogt or whoever
    1B: HanRamirez
    2B: ROdor
    SS: XBogaerts (K)
    3B: NArenado (K)
    OF: MTrout (K), YCespedes, OHerrera
    UT: ARendon, MKepler
    DL: IDesmond

    SP: YDarvish, GCole, DDuffy, JLackey, LMcCullers, RRay, SManaea, BSnell
    RP: EDiaz, MMelancon, CBedrosian, JGomez

    • Rick Garlinghouse says:
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      @Adam: Do you have two active utility players or is Kepler a reserve? I’m not Grey but your Utility spot is the only place I see where you can roster someone that will get you some SB’s. With your format having small rosters plus only 10 teams I wouldn’t be concerned about dropping players or getting players you need. Plenty of players on the WW or FA.

    • breadnbutter says:
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      @Adam: Trout and Arenado? How much does it cost to play on your league?

      • Adam says:
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        @breadnbutter: those were 2 of my 3 keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Looks a bit light on speed, but you don’t need 40/50 bags… Your pitching is stacked!

  7. Rick Garlinghouse says:
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    Grey or commentators, how important is it in the NFBC format to roll out a 2 start pitcher even though both of his projections per SON are negative value. My example is Volquez vs. the Nats and Mets? I’m concerned about ratios or is the line of thinking get as many innings in as possible with the guys you drafted?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rick Garlinghouse: I’m not, I don’t want to get in the hole, if you’re talking about a guy like Chacin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rick Garlinghouse: Oh, you gave an example… I’d avoid Edinson if SON says so

  8. Mike says:
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    2 questions:

    Drop Renfoe for DeShizz? If so, would you start him Fowler or castellanos?

    Assuming beltre starts the season well, what kind of arm would you expect would be a fair return in a trade? Cole hammels type of pitcher? I could slide bird (who I like a lot this year)into replace beltre.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Mike: Renfroe for power, Delino for speed….Castellanos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Agree w/ Cram

  9. Chaz says:
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    My draft (11 teams) was last night and it looks like Grey drafted it.

    C – R Martin (306)
    1b – E Encarnacion (20)
    2b – J Altuve (3)
    3b – K Seager (47)
    ss – M Semien (157)
    of – G Springer (25)
    of – K Davis (108)
    of – J Pederson – (152)
    u – R Odor (42)
    u – A Rendon (69)
    u – J Turner (91)
    u – M Kepler (223)
    u – B Miller (240)

    Reserves:
    mandatory 2nd C – T Murphy (333)
    D Peralta (328)
    H Renfroe (262)
    R Grichuk (259)
    L Martin (267)

    p – K Hendricks (keeper)
    p – V Velasquez (113)
    p – L McCullers (86)
    p – A Nola (135)
    p – M Foltynewicz (284)
    p – J Gray (218)
    p – A Reed (196)
    p – J Ross (245)
    p – C Allen (64)
    p – T Watson (130)
    reserves:
    p – T Skaggs (311)
    p – J Familia (keeper)
    p – S Matz (keeper)
    p – J De Leon (289)

    I reached on closers but they were going fast.

    • apox says:
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      @Chaz: except there’s no Odor emanating from it.

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @apox: I don’t know. his Utility slot stinks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chaz: Ha, nice team! Prolly a tad light on SP, at least safe ones, your hitting stinks in the best of ways — Odor!

  10. 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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    how’s this NL only look? OBP over AVG, net steals over steals, QS over wins, and holds added. and total bases. drafted out of 6th slot, and got the same harper/freeman i’m getting this year in many OPS/OBP leagues.

    C d’arnaud (17, catchers were going too fast to wait longer, some might get backups)
    1B freeman (2)
    2B walker (11, this guy is ridiculously boring and solid in OPS leagues, and is drafted after some worse MI types)
    SS peraza (5)
    3B turner (6, could’ve gone franco here, but OBP)
    MI c.hernandez (18, last starter left at MI with any value, better than mercer)
    CI thames (13, i’ll have to wait 5 games for him to get 1B, rivera till then, could go cactus jesus too)
    OF (4) – harper (1)
    – braun (3)
    – puig (8)
    – inciarte (12)
    util saunders (21)
    BN tj rivera (24, has both of 2B/3B so he’s i guess better backup than cactus jesus)
    NA brinson (23, could’ve gone meadows here, ralph has brinson higher for this year)
    SP (8, will stream the last)
    – stressbird (4)
    – lackey (7)
    – ray (10, really trusting that rater on him, over V2, j.ross, walker, moore)
    – gio g (14)
    – chen (16)
    – lynn (20, good god this guy is cheap for NL only QS)
    – conley (25, edison out there still)
    RP (4) – ramos (9, good holds guys went quick too)
    – neris (15)
    – knebel (19)
    – capps (22, benoit/salas/romo till he’s back)

    only got the one shaky closer but all 3 of the others could or even should be closing now (neris) or soonish (knebel, esp if he’s healthy, capps)

    2. hold the 5th waiver slot or grab one of murphy/cactus jesus (to see if he steals thames spot right away) or hold it, all AL players traded to NL we use waivers so 5th isn’t bad.

  11. Aaron says:
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    12 team roto 6×6 with added ops and qs, and using sv+h

    pick jankowski, deshields, or mondesi

    Pick glover, clippard, Vincent, or Buchter

    You’re the best

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Aaron: one with the job and the one with the upside and likest saves, jankowski and glover.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @apox: Ha

        • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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          @apox: i’m quite aware of that, but that wasn’t the question was it now. his other options have it less. thanks though for trolling an attempt at an actually helpful response.

          the question for readers would’ve been:
          “Pick glover, clippard, Vincent, or Buchter”

  12. Charles says:
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    What’s the best app/site for breaking injury, lineup, and closer news? I always lose out trying to grab players. I was about an hour behind hearing about Treinen, for example.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Twitter

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Charles: Closer Monkey is good too for bullpen updates but yes twitter would be the fastest

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: cool sweatshirts too over there (and regular shirts)

  13. Scott steelers says:
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    Buxton or Haniger? Haniger bores me. Someone offered me Buxton. No brainer right?

  14. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    What’s this WHIP thing? Does it hurt?

    I was sure you would go with “Rudy Takes a Gamble Using Autodraft”….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malamoney: I was considering “Tehol Drafts Aaron Sanchez Accidentally In The 4th”

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Tehol Receives a Dirty Sanchez, Immediately regrets it.

  15. joeg414 says:
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    Morning all , cutting Glover.
    which SP is the best pickup Musgrove , Foltynewicz or Skaggs ?
    12 team 5×5 roto

    • Cram It says:
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      @joeg414: I think Folty is in for a good year. Also, I’m pretty sure the rankings are still applicable since the season hasn’t started yet. Just sayin’.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @joeg414: Agree with Cram…Folty

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @joeg414: I cut glover last night and picked up Folty too.

  16. Luvdarooks says:
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    Morning!
    Who will get the MOST VALUE on their 1million price tag on a 22 man roster 12 team 25 million cap 12 team mixed league?
    6×6 OBP and 2b/3b are two of the categories and losses count on the P side:
    Out of
    C HAMELS
    K BROXTON
    Fulmer
    Dom. Santana ( mil)
    Button
    Dahl(hurt)
    R hill
    Yelich is 2.2 million
    Jus Upton

    Lamb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luvdarooks: Hamels, tho I legit have no idea who a Button is

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        Button could be Buxton, no..

  17. Kendrick Llama says:
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    5 x 5 OBP league… Share a team w/ a friend and here’s how the team turned out. Not sure how I feel:

    C -R. Martin
    1B – Votto
    2B – Odor
    3B – Arenado
    SS- Swanson
    OF – JBJ, Jose Ramirez, Cain (ew), Dahl, Domingo Santana
    Util: Encarnacion, Nunez, and Bour

    P: Archer, Carrasco, Roark, Pineda, Rodon, Dyson, Matz, Cotton, Dyson, Familia

    Hate the OF, but I think IF makes up for that… What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kendrick Llama: no idea of # of team, but OF looks like a 15-teamer

      • Kendrick Llama says:
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        @Grey: 12 teamer… OF is UGLY, but hopes were Edwin makes up for lack of pop in OF. Would you move him for an OFer?

        • Grey

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          P…erhaps

  18. Nightpandas says:
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    Morning

    Looking for an upside flyer as a bench bat (35 moves for the year bur unlimited till The season starts)

    Mainly runs and sb but upside in general:

    Arcia
    Jankowski
    Margot
    L Martin

    15 teams

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Nightpandas: Jankowski for me

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Margot for upside though

    • Kendrick Llama says:
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      @Nightpandas: Margot

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Nightpandas: i don’t see a state of affairs for upside that can be any answer but arcia or margot, and for me it’s margot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightpandas: I like them all, Leonys is sexy and safest for 35 moves

  19. Johnc says:
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    H2H, 10 cat hitting, 9 cat pitching league. Not thinking this squad is a contender at the outset. But it is a marathon, not a sprint so I am thinking trade a hot pitcher for a OF bat…maybe a Taillon since he may have limits? VMart or Puljos may have value? Thoughts on that or other suggestions welcomed.

    C- Realmuto
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Zobrist
    3B – Seager
    SS – Russell
    MI – Harrison
    CI – Puljos
    OF – Granderson, Dyson, Dahl, Melky, DeShizz
    Ben: VMart, Owings, Peralta
    SP – Kershaw, Verlander, Quintana, Gausman, Taillon, Nova
    RP – Britton, Melancon
    Thanks

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Johnc: Impossible to tell without knowing the league depth.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Johnc: Team looks low on avg. / speed will be an issue as well if Dyson and Deshizz don’t pan out..pitching looks fine but league size would help.

  20. Cram It says:
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    I was dead last in ESPN’s post draft standings. That means I’m going to win!

    I’m tagging your team with the “Too much speed, not enough power” label. *slap* Take that!

    • MattTruss

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      SHOTS FIRED!! SHOTS FIRED!!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: @MattTruss: And I didn’t even touch the potential batting average ditch.

    • MattTruss

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      Actually, that is very astute of you Cram. I just did the numbers and by Grey’s own projections, his team is projected for the fewest HRs in the league…Less than Jay who drafted Chase Headley! Meanwhile, he’s projected for the 2nd mot SBs, behind only JB who drafted the all SAGNOF team. First in SBs and first in SVs.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @MattTruss: I must see these projections. I totally won the age projection.

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          I’ll email them to you.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @MattTruss: Nice! You ready for tonight?

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              Ready as I’m gonna be!

      • Cram It says:
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        @MattTruss: I didn’t look at everyone’s team, but yeah, JB’s got a whole lotta speed and little power as well.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @MattTruss: @Cram It: That was kinda my plan, I think power plays off the wire sooooo much better than speed

          • Cram It says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Well if that was your plan, I won’t argue the strategy behind it.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      Landmines all over that sexy OF too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: You sound like Rudy, then he sent me this trade:

      Benintendi
      Cueto
      Treinen

      for

      Hendricks
      Khris Davis
      Joaquin Benoit

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Ha. Gonna be fun! Peeps are already freaking out.

        Tehol offered me Aaron Sanchez and some other back end starter for Melancon.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Cram It: Trade him one of those yucky MR’s!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Ha, I should counter with all of my MR’s for Mookie. Maybe he’ll “accidentally” hit accept.

  21. Ashtray says:
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    This guy in my league is trying hard to get Harper from me. Made a new offer.

    14 team 6×6 H2H

    R, HR, RBI, NSB, OBP, SLG
    QS, SV, HLD, ERA, WHIP, K/9
    I’d also add that relief pitchers with SP eligibility (in this case Nicasio) have a little extra added value in this league.

    I Give up:
    Bryce Harper
    Juan Nicasio
    Marcus Semien

    I get:
    Giancarlo Stanton
    Cole Hamels
    Xander Bogaerts

    My other SP are:
    McCullers
    Urias
    Ray
    Snell
    Musgrove

    Yay or Nay?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      Id hold mainly because its tough to count on Stanton staying healthy…

  22. Illuminatty says:
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    Hope all is well Grey,

    Thoughts on my H2H Points Team. ( 10 man league).

    C- Y.Grandal
    1B- E.Hosmer
    2B- J. Segura
    3B- A. Rendon
    SS- C. Seager
    OF- Trout
    OF- C. Blackmon
    OF- A. Benintendi
    DH- K. Morales
    UTL- C. Santana
    Bench: O. Herrera, J. Peraza, L. Forsythe, R. Healy

    SP: J. Verlander
    SP: Y. Darvish
    SP: M. Stroman
    SP: L. McCullers
    SP: A. Nola
    SP: T. Walker
    SP: S. Manaea
    SP: L. Lynn
    SP: J. Garcia
    RP: K. Jansen & AJ Ramos

    Let me know where you think I should improve if need be. Thanks.

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Illuminatty: I would try to trade one of Darvish or Verlander for a good hitter, then cut a few bench bats to add speculative pitchers.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Illuminatty: Points leagues typically favor pitching so i would consider moving either Santana or Hosmer with a walker type pitcher to get a better SP then use Odubel in your Util.

      • Illuminatty says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: thinking of doing Hosmer and Walker for Cueto and Robbie Ray or Jame Tallion. Thoughts? besides what do think of the team? thanks bro the feedback

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Illuminatty: That trade would work…Otherwise team looks good…Maybe lose another bench bat for a closer if possible..or even another starter(a safer Lackey type to help balance your ratios a bit)

          • Illuminatty says:
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            @JeF WiTh 1 F: Current best options at SP in waviers: Liriano, Bundy, Zimmerman, Daniel Norris, Skaggs, Tyson Ross(DL: Possible Stash)?
            Current best options at RP in waviers: Brandon Maurer, Greg Holland

            Which bench bat would you drop for some of these guys?

            • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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              @Illuminatty: Forsythe can go…Your other bench bats i would try to trade not drop.

              • Illuminatty says:
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                @JeF WiTh 1 F: who should i pick out of the guys on wavier for Forsythe?

                • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                  @Illuminatty: Grab Holland and then lose Garcia for Skaggs

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your avatar. I’m a die hard Mets fan and listening to Gary, Keith and Ron is one of the best parts of my summer.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @mcmi11ions: Love them…They are the best in the booth

  23. Curious George Springer says:
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    Hello Grey,

    I drafted Tyler Thornburg in a 10 Team H2H (30 man rosters) league with IP, Sv+Hold, K/9, ERA, WHIP, and QS as our categories. Do I hold on to him until the Red Sox DL him, or should I just cut him loose?

    I think I will have room on the DL for him, but needing to make a few roster moves (including adding a catcher, since I didn’t draft one. Is he valuable enough in this format that I should wait for them to DL him? I know this is is a tough one to answer one way or the other.

    I wouldn’t look to add an RP right away, but to give you a sense, the RPs who are currently available include Mychal Givens, Benoit, Strop, Edwards Jr. Cashed, Casilla, Buchter, Hand.

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Curious George Springer: Oh, and thank you as always! Now I need to go! I wonder what would happen if I open all the overhead compartments on this plane…

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: thank you! The other passengers and flight attendants were mad at first, but then I found the defibrillator just in time for them to save someone. Now everyone loves Curious George Springer and I’m an honorary captain!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re a hero to monkeys all over!

  24. TheMadBatter says:
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    Good Morning Grey. I bring you my lineup of this year. I’m in a 12 man mixed 6 keeper league with R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG and K, QS, W, SV, BAA, ERA, WHIP as scoring categories.

    Any insights into this piece of work? I’m concerned with my pitching this year but I’m use to streaming pitchers all year long. I can see my future self worrying about OBP and SB but I’m very satisfied by my offense.

    C d’Arnuad (251)
    1b Rizzo (23)
    2b Kinsler (83)
    3B Arenado (11)
    SS Correa (35)
    OF Blackmon (47)
    OF Polanco (59)
    OF Trumbo (71)
    UTIL JBJ (98)
    BE Kepler (182)

    P Lackey (110)
    P Nola (131)
    P Velasquez (155)
    SP Maeda (86)
    SP Hill (107)
    RP Kimbrel (127)
    RP Familia (134)
    BE Ross (158)
    BE Rodon (179)
    BE Nova (203)
    BE Madson (227)

    Keep up the good work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheMadBatter: Looks solid on hitting tho light on SBs, pitching looks decent too, maybe light on Ks

  25. mcmi11ions says:
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    Grey I’m drafting NL only tomorrow at 11:30AM EST. My kids have soccer games at this time. You want to draft for me? or am I going to have to take the worlds longest trip to the bathroom? I’m in good shape to start out with Goldy, Myers, Stressbird and Thor. We have 1 round inflation built in to hold a guy, so if you draft someone at the start of their career, you can keep them virtually forever on the cheap (Thor costs me an 18th round pick this season). So… what are you doing tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mcmi11ions: Can I escort your kids to the soccer game instead and you go to draft?

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: My wife probably wouldn’t let that fly. I’ll post results on Monday. Here’s to multitasking!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good luck!

  26. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I wonder what this draft would have looked like had we not included blank spaces Tehol and Jay. There’s real RCL vets that would kill to get into Perts.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: He won’t manage it

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: he’ll be not playing by April 25th

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @J-FOH: That’s a late prediction. I’d be gassed if he’s playing by Tax day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have faith in all, it allows me to wake in the morning with a smile and fist pump like Dicky Fox

  27. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great work my man, I’m getting a bit concerned about Mazara. It’s a 12 team h2h category league where I have Nomar, Springer, Trout, Dahl (soon to be DL), Desmond (Same, will likely trade him when he’s back because my pitching is a horror show) and Buxton. Aaron Judge is out there, should I take it easy on Judge and keep Nomar? Nomar seems like he might be platooned and bat in the lower part of the lineup. Once those guys are DLed, should I grab Judge, Delino, Vogt or Wellington ( I need a catcher) or some random pitcher? Thanks bud and keep up the good work.

    • Cram It says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Errr if you need a catcher, that seems like the logical choice.

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Cram It: It’s a pick two type thing, so grab a catcher and delino, Judge, Haniger or a pitcher?

        • Cram It says:
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          @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Oh. Well hard to tell without seeing your roster but since it’s H2H, probably a pitcher, or you’ll be streaming/batty-calling that spot anyway once the season starts.

  28. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Your OF is sexy but scary AF

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: It does it does

  29. Wilsonian says:
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    So I did my one and only draft for the year as the small militia that my wife and I have created take up a lot of my time. Just wondering thoughts. Of course, it’s a SHALLOW league, so it looks a bit like an All-Star team. But I’d like some viewpoints on holes and whatnot.

    C – Perez
    1B – Rizzo (K)
    2B – Turner (K)
    3B – Arenado (K)
    SS – Correa (K)
    IF – Murphy
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Trumbo
    OF – JBJ
    OF – Bautista
    UTIL – C.Santana
    UTIL – Hosmer
    BN – Buxton
    N/A – Moncada

    SP – Thor (K)
    SP – Arrieta
    SP – Duffy
    RP – Kimbrel
    RP – Giles
    P – Ottavino
    P – Feliz
    P – Madson
    P – Stroman
    BN – Nola
    BN – J.Gray
    BN – T.Walker
    BN – Matz (will be DL’d ASAP – was my last pick)

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS, W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    *I have one empty spot because I put Moncada in the NA, but can’t pick anyone up until Sunday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: If you have one more set of twins, you could start your own 8 team league in a few…. Team looks solid, tho too iffy on backend of SPs… In this shallow of a league, I’d like to see less Gray/Walker and more lackey or Hill… Hitting looks fine

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: yeah, I definitely went high upside backend of the rotation. In this league, though, I don’t expect to keep the bottom 2-3 SPs for long, as I always end up streaming some. But I completely understand what you’re saying. I was basically banking on my main 3-4 SPs as the anchors and the rest being pretty fluid, if necessary.

        *I won’t ever reach 8 team league status with the kids, although we could do a 6 team NL or AL only league right now as long as my wife wanted to get in on some fantasy baseball action

  30. Jensen says:
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    Is Jose Abreu the most boring fantasy player in the history of 2015-2017?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jensen: Terrifically boring

  31. Abe Froman says:
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    Grey!

    Had our inaugural draft last night for a 10 team roto dynasty league. 6×6 with OPS & QS

    How’s this look?

    C – McCann
    1B – Au Shizz
    2B – Trea Turner
    3B – Rendon
    SS – Story
    OF – Springer
    OF – Trumbo
    OF – Polanco
    U – JBJ
    U – Dee Gordon

    BE – Brad Miller
    BE – Broxton
    BE – Ian Desmond
    BE – Healy
    BE – Kepler
    BE – Domingo Santana

    SP – Darvish
    SP – Carrasco
    SP – Duffy
    SP – McCullers
    P – Paxton
    RP – Robertson
    RP – Bedrosian

    BE – Pineda
    BE – Nova
    BE – Ross
    BE – Snell

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Abe Froman: Looks good to me, could use another closer but otherwise nice team.

  32. Da Champ says:
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    L. Martin or DeShizz?

    5×5 HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG%

  33. Brian says:
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    Good morning Grey!!! Lovely early weekend to all!!

    Should I drop H. Perez for Deshizz?? 12 team H2H 6×5. We play 4 OF.

    Other OF are Trout, JD, Buxton, Peraza, Dahl.

    Drop Skaggs or any other P for Gurra, Servino, Graveman, T Anderson? Other Pitchers are Duffy, Maeda, Roark, Nola, Walker, J. Ross, Hammel, McHugh DL

    Thanks and have a great baseball weekend!!

    BB

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Brian: Take Deshizz and Hold Skaggs

  34. Benji says:
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    12 team H2H, 2 keeper

    C Vogt
    1B Cabrera
    2b Turner -k
    SS Villar -k
    3B Longoria
    OF Marte
    OF Blackmon
    OF Kepler
    Utility F Freeman

    Bench
    Desmond (going to the DL)

    P
    Maeda
    McCullers
    Ray
    Snell
    Gausman
    Lackey
    Nova
    Velazquez
    Gio Gonzalez
    Melancon
    Hader

    Points are heavy K’s, RBi’s and Steals.

    Desmond will go to the DL and will add someone else.
    We have minor league spots so hader goes there and I will add another pitcher as well.

    Really happy with hitting.

    Thanks for all the help and good luck this year.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Benji: If this is a points league you will need to upgrade your staff if possible…looks real risky to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Benji: Thanks! You too! Agree w/ F

  35. Au shiz! We’re over here now!

    Copy/paste to the rescue!

    Just drafted my 1 money league….I missed Machado by 1 pick in the 1st, with Arenado as a nice consolation prize…. Anyway, here’s what $50 in the kitty and 3 hours buys you these days in a mixed yahoo league with the bunch of cutthroat dirtbags that I call friends:

    10 team league, 6X6 (+OBP/QS) weekly H2H

    C – Russell Martin
    1B – EE
    2B – Neil Walker
    SS – Carlos Correa
    3B – Arenado
    MI – Tim Anderson
    CI – Jose Abreu
    OF – Marte
    OF – Yelich
    OF – A.Jones
    OF – Pederson
    Util – Frazier
    BN – Sano, Enciarte

    SP: Quintana, A.Sanchez, Salazar, McCulters, Nola, Velasquez, Rodon, Nova, Snell, Skaggs, Foltynewicz

    RP: Bedrosian, Jim Johnson, Iglesias, Feliz, Vizcaino

    I pushed my luck a little going 8 full rounds without a SP, especially from the 8 spot where it was a loooooong wait for my #1, but I thought Frazier in the 8th for Util was too hard to pass up. Kind of like the 3rd beer I had that likely contributed to that decision.

    It should have worked if not for that meddling kid (he’s 45) who reached past 5 good SPs to grab Danny Duffy, 1 pick before me, making Quintana my SP1 (last 3 picks before me were Maeda, Cole, Duffy, and I was shooting for Duffy/Quintana at the 9-10 turn.

    My 2B, MI and C were 3 of my last 4 picks and I don’t feel too bad about any of them. Vizcaino because I feel like Jim Johnson needs handcuffing…

    I humbly await your venom and disdain. lol

    • Grey

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      @Lucky Dog: I don’t love Sanchez, but I like your SPs in general… Your RPs are a mess… Your hitting looks solid, doesn’t look like you wanted 8 rounds for an SP tho

      • @Grey: thanks – appreciate the feedback. What do you think of the hitting?

        Also I did wait until the 15th to take a RP. I never draft closers high. Wait, actually by the 15th I was pretty high. I meant, oh, never mind.

        I am Johnny on the spot with RP off the wire – these guys are indeed garbage, but they’ll win me saves some weeks and that’s all I care about. And as new ones pop up I’ll gobble them up. Last year I only drafted 2 and finished with 6. SAGNOF! (Honestly, why the o? Terrible acronym)

  36. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? I’m in an OBP and SLG% keeper league and need some advice with my OF.

    Springer
    Bradley Jr.
    Herrera
    Fowler
    Haniger

    *Dahl

    I’m not stoked on Bradley Jr., but he fell to me at a good draft slot. Actively looking to package him and another player for a power hitting OF’d. Anythehoo…I’m having a hard time quitting Nomar Mazara and he’s just sitting out there on the waiver wire. Should I go with Haniger or Mazara for that 5th OF spot?

    Happy Friday!

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @mcmi11ions: @Slimcompoop: If I were you, which my family would find weird and confusing, I would take Mazara.

    • @Slimcompoop: I’m not Gray but I’m getting pretty grey so I’ll give it a shot?

      Pick up Mazara – since I missed him he’s guaranteed to go off. 21 yrs old, even if he doesn’t “figure it all out” he might “figure out how to start to figure it out” and that would mean improvement. I also don’t know why I used the quotation marks.

      But I like Mazara better than Haniger except that autocorrect wanted to change Haniger to hangover which is fun.

  37. I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    best waiver order for saves only in dynasty league:
    capps/doolittle/lorenzen/bush/benoit?

  38. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Baseball’s finally here! Trying to crowdsource which low-end SP to BENCH in my week 1 lineup:

    Joe Ross v PHI (Velazquez)

    Triggs (and his RHP sidearm action) in OAK v. Angels (no lefty bats other than Calhoun). This seems like the ideal matchup for him . . . mostly righties at home, only 1 or 2 strong hitters.

    Hellickson – 2 starts, @CIN (Feldman) + v. WASH (Stras). He was my last reserve pick and I’m already questioning why I drafted him . . . though if I don’t start him in a 2-start week, I might as well drop him right?

    Eickhoff @ Cin

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Lucky Dog: Agreed on the craptastic starts for Hellickson. Don’t really want to start off the season with a 5 era!

        Left off Nola v. WASH (Scherzer) . . . also not great

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Sorry, I left off one – Aaron Nola v. WASH (Scherzer). Love Nola . . . hate this start. Leaning towards benching Nola over the others…

  39. Ross or Triggs, not because I love Joe Ross or Triggs but because that’s a craptastic pair of starts for Hellickson.

    • @Lucky Dog: aw crap. I hate when I do that. Weird – it said I was @ing someone.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Lucky Dog: Ross

  40. ERad says:
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    So I was hitting the vape a little too hard last night during my draft and totally forgot about our boy DeShizz.

    The rounds kept flying by – and I’m thinking to myself, man I know there is someone I should be drafting in these late rounds – but better hit the vape first. And next thing you know, DeShizz is gone in the 28th round.

    For Grey and the rest of the Razzball commenters, this was my sacrifice for you all. May you all reap the fruits of DeShizz’s labor, I hearby allow it. Anythewho, still satisified with the team overall – 10 team 6×6 with OPS and K/9 – here it is for S and G’s:

    C. Brian McCann
    1B. Anthony Rizzo (K)
    2B. Jose Altuve (K)
    3B. Anthony Rendon
    SS. Addison Russell
    CI. Freddie Freeman
    MI. Marcus Semien
    OF. Bryce Harper (K)
    OF. Gregory Polanco
    OF. Christian Yelich
    OF. Jackie Bradley JR
    OF. Max Kepler
    UT. Jose Ramirez JR
    UT. Aaron Judge
    BN. Jarod Dyson

    P. Carlos Martinez
    P. Jose Quintana
    P. Vince Velasquez
    P. James Paxton
    P. Taijuan Walker
    P. Robbie Ray
    P. Kelvin Herrera
    P. Cam Bedrosian
    P. Blake Treinen
    BN. Dellin Betances
    BN. Kyle Barraclough
    BN. Brandon Kintzler
    BN. Ivan Nova
    BN. Carlos Rodon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ERad: Thanks! Love the team, looks solid on pitching and hitting, maybe a tad light on saves, but whatever

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: SAGNOF AF

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotz to

  41. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Glad to see you took my sleeper advice and drafted Delino

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Sky: ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: You’re gonna love Max Kepler next year!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Haha, he was on my do not draft list this year…just like Delino last year!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: shots fired. Great to see you in here to jab at Grey

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            You have to poke him every once in a while. It’s what keeps the creative juices flowing…can’t wait for the dis track he drops!

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: I poke him all the time and I’m still waiting on my dis track. Yours will be the sky is falling… or crying

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’ve found a pattern in the crop circles

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: he does have an alien quality to him

  42. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Beddict is on twitter crying that he only plays head to head, because the nerds make people use middle relievers in roto.

    Can we can push his ass out to sea on an iceberg, like a senile Eskimo?

    • Grey

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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Like I said yesterday, you guys seem like two jailhouse lovers… Very rough love

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Like Mike Tyson when he got out of jail, and started to talking about dominating men’s asses?

        Does sound like Tehol.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And eating children, yeah — tho w/ a kufi on

  43. Mike says:
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    Which side do you want Goldy/Salazaar or Trout/Richards

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Mike:
      Trout side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Agree w/ MP

  44. KCC26 says:
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    Hey all! General strategy question:

    In a head-to-head league, are you more likely to fill your end-of-draft bench slots with upside guys rather than trying to balance categories?

    Right now, I’m a bit light on speed and am holding Jankowski to help me be competitive in SB (1 category out of 12) each week while there are several guys that I’d rather own on waivers (Devon Travis, Domingo Santana, Kepler) in hopes of a breakout.

    In roto, I think the smart move is to hold the cheap steals source. What do you do in H2H?

    • @KCC26: I tend to go for all upside SPs. I rarely have more then 2-3 bench bats. So many SPs get hurt or suck that it’s nice to have as many upside guys as possible. They’re lottery tickets – all you need is for one or two of them to break out and they can be game changers.

      Especially because I also tend to go 6-7-8 rounds without a pitcher, then 5-6 straight rounds of mid-range SP while everyone else tries to play catch up on hitting. I find that allows some SP to fall father than they should which plays into my strategy most years.

      So yeah – striking gold on one of those SP lotto tickets at the end can be a real difference maker. If you went SP-heavy to start it can give you trade bait l, so there’s really no reason not to stack up. Better at the draft than fighting for them off the WW when they gain a little steam.

      Good luck!

      • KCC26 says:
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        @Lucky Dog: Thanks! So you’d prefer to shoot for SP breakouts at that point rather than hitter breakouts?

        In my league, that probably looks like picking up a Shelby Miller or Nate Karns right now instead of holding an extra bench bat or grabbing a speed-only guy.

        • @KCC26: Yeah – I definitely go for the SP breakouts at the end of the draft. Like most prospect hunters, I incur much higher risk by drafting breakout hitters for my starting lineup. lol

          Seriously though – that’s just it….I’d rather have a potential breakout SP for a couple reasons
          1. they pitch once every 5 days. Reliable bats play nearly every game. S So taking more reliable hitting early then stacking up on the less reliable pitching with hopes of striking gold isn’t a terrible idea. Depends how good you scout and how lucky you get.
          2. a breakout bat might only be a 2-3 tool player. A breakout SP will get you Ks, W’s, and help ERA & WHIP. Aaron Sanchez was a very late pick for me last year and I can’t understate his contributions to my championship – especially with Cole/Strassburg hurt down the stretch.

          I’ve had several seasons where I couldn’t find a bat off the FA list to save my life, and similarly I’ve had seasons where none of my breakout bench SP broke out – some years are like that. FBB is a fickle game.

          But more years I’ve had success because I had that great breakout SP on my roster already instead of watching them get swiped up by someone else after a couple of starts.

          Another thing – once the season gets going, there’s a lot of fool’s gold out there. You’ll see a guy start out on fire, and maybe go a few starts with a low ERA, a couple straight wins, etc. Then summer comes along, the weather gets warm and BAM, 7 ERA. By drafting the higher ranked prospects, you usually have a better chance of hitting a winner in my opinion. Unless it’s a high ranked call-up, which is a different animal.

  45. Candy Sofax says:
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    Pick 2 (6×6 OPS league). Looking for best chance at a breakout types

    David Peralta
    Dominigo Santana
    CJ Cron
    Max Kepler
    Justin Bour
    Aaron Judge

  46. josh says:
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    Does Koda glover drop in your rankings still a must own in holds/saves league or drip for the next best streamer

  47. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Next RP to become closer – Neris?

    Looking at stashing him or Bush in a league where I’ve only got 2 closers (Familia/Cam). Thanks!

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Bush is so 80s

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  48. Shawn Knoche says:
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    Had my final RCL last night. Also drafted 6th. Also got Arenado. Our paths diverged from there.

    C Perez (19)
    1B Freeman (2)
    2B Gordon (7)
    SS Swanson (16)
    3B Arenado (1)
    MI Mondesi (18)
    CI Healy (15)
    OF Marte (3)
    OF N Cruz (4)
    OF Kemp (8)
    OF Broxton (12)
    OF Joc (13)
    U Morales (11)

    P Britton (5)
    P Hendriks (6)
    P Osuna (9)
    P Allen (10)
    P Manaea (14)
    P Felix (17)
    P Barraclough (20)
    P Dayton (21)
    P Eickhoff (23)

    This offense is unbelievable. Projecting 44 Points. Pitching, I know I’m higher on Hendricks than you are, but with this bullpen all I have to do is stream halfway decent and this team should roll.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shawn Knoche: Looks like a solid hitting team, and your SPs are iffy, I think you have a good idea of your strengths and weaknesses

  49. joe t says:
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    4×4 i need 2 from peralta deshields parra margot leonys martin
    which 2

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @joe t: Deshizz/Leonys for me.

  50. The Flayed Man says:
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    12 team yahoo 5×5 roto Auction draft.

    Went way to top heavy with my big five players (Trout, Rizzo, Harper, Machado and Turner) as a result had to settle for a much weaker staff then I anticipated.

    C. d’Arnauld
    1B. Rizzo
    2B. T. Turner
    3B. M. Machado
    SS. M. Semien
    OF. M. Trour
    OF. B. Harper
    OF. M. Kepler
    UT. B. Buxton
    UT. R. Healy
    BN. A. Judge
    BN. D. DeShields

    SP: Maeda, Pineda, J. Gray, R. Ray, Wacha, Severino, Wheeler

    RP: Bedrosian, Reed, Barraclough, Harris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Flayed Man: You hitting is insane, your pitching is likely a mess

      • The Flayed Man says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you

  51. Jvillan says:
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    What you think
    C: wieters
    1B: abreu
    2B: odor
    3B: rendon
    SS: Correa
    OF: trout, braun, trumbo,
    Util: segura,Kepler
    BE:travis,moustAss
    SP:verlander,duffy,Salazar, McCullers,
    RP:ramos,watson,treinen,jeanmar gomez

    Who do I drop to pickup deshizz?!!!

      • @Grey: you shut your whore mouth!

        lol

        Yes, I still have a mancrush on Moustasskiss.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • @Grey: He got drafted in the 17th.

            I love me some moistasskiss, but not that much – I wanted him as a “27th round special” (of 30) but 15-20 is when I typically take my 3 shitastic closers. That was a reach and a half.

            Coincidentally, a “reach in a half” is usually what I pay big money for downtown. As for the “half”, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m not sure if he was drafted yesterday in this RCL

              • @Grey: wow – yeah, I think he’ll end up on a roster at some point once he’s proven healthy/competent, but not surprised he’s a FA.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Jvillan:
      I’d hold Moose, Rendon may not be ready for opening day..

      Nationals manager Dusty Baker on Friday wouldn’t commit to Anthony Rendon (leg) being ready for Opening Day.

      Rendon hasn’t played since Monday after fouling a ball off his leg and is doing “so-so,” according to Baker. It doesn’t sound like he’ll need a stint on the disabled list, but perhaps he might be limited at the beginning of the season.

      Source: Chelsea Janes on TwitterMar 31 – 12:50 PM

  52. JAL says:
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    Grey, 12-team 5×5, do I drop Parra or Leonys for Haniger, or HOLD?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JAL: Parra

  53. Hoboken Squat Cobblers says:
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    Love yer team Lothario! Nice and upside-y on offense!

    After drafting your team, I bet you squatted on some Big Ol’ Cobblers, din’tcha??!?

    And whilst I know you must have had your fill of ‘check out my roster’, here’s one more!

    12-team, 5×5 (OBP), Roto, Auction, Keeper (3), 2000 IP, unlimited/daily

    C S Perez 5
    C Susac 1
    1B Santana 20
    2B Odor 26
    SS Segura-K 5
    3B Rendon 18
    MI Andrus 6
    CI Turner 10
    OF Harper 45
    OF Springer-K 11
    OF Schwarber-K 7
    OF Bradley 10
    OF D Santana 2
    UT Healy 1
    BE Kepler 1
    BE Semien 1
    BE L Martin 1

    P Duffy 16
    P Maeda 16
    P Lackey 8
    P McCullers 6
    P Paxton 5
    P Nola 1
    RP Miller 12
    RP Bedrosian 11
    RP J Gomez 7
    BE Happ 2
    BE Holland 5
    BE Vizcaino 1

    Stuck with my 170/90 budget…Inflation was ridonk as studs and RPs went too high (including mine.) Would you make room for a Streamer Pitcher by trying a 2-hitters-for-1H trade, or should I just dump a bench bat and stream away? (P.S. who should I drop?)

    Thanks Fantasy Master Lothario, don’t abbrev.!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hoboken Squat Cobblers: I squashed some pies with my ass! You executed a plan nicely, solid hitting and pitching, pitnicking Andrus, and bench bats bleh

      • Hoboken Squat Cobblers says:
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        @Grey: I know you hate bench bats…but C’mon Grey! I’m crushin’ on D Santana, Healy, Kepler, Semen (whoa) and Martine’!! Alright, alright…who gets dropped?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          M’rtinez

          • Hoboken Squat Cobblers says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!! And to quote another master lothario: A true fantasy genius you are

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, thanks!

  54. Metlgod says:
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    Great stuff Grey! I took your advice about middle infielders, Rockies hitters and pitching.
    10 team H2H points 6 starts per week and 2 relief slots
    C-G. Sanchez
    1B-Freeman
    2B-Odor
    SS-Corea
    3B-Arenado
    OF-Trumbo
    OF-Desmond
    OF-Dahl
    Utility-Story
    Bench
    Wolters
    Kepler
    Mazara
    Peraza (2nd, ss and of eligibility)
    Moreland
    Leonys Martin
    Ryon Healey
    Sp-Maeda
    Sp-Lackey
    Sp-T. Walker
    Sp-Paxton
    Sp-Velasquez
    Sp-Nola
    Sp-McCarthy
    Sp-A. Wood
    Sp-Shoemaker
    Sp-J. Ross
    Sp-Glassnow
    Sp-Smyly
    Rp-Jansen
    Rp-Oh
    I know I should have probably taken a Sp instead of Sanchez in 6th round but maybe I could get a haul in trade for him if he starts out hot. My question is do you think this staff is ok or should I be aggressive trying to get a few safer options. I figured with as many sp I have I could just follow SON and hopefully some of these picks hit. Thanks a lot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Metlgod: As long as you know what you should’ve done… I think your team look fine, lose Wolters immediately

      • Metlgod says:
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        @Grey:
        Haha yes sir! Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  55. BW says:
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    Do you guys think the RCL’s are done, or is there a chance someone will start one more? I was looking forward to doing it, but had a health scare this month and just blanked on it. (Don’t worry — turns out I’m fine!)

    PS – I know that a good response to this is “start one yourself jerkface!” and normally I would, but I’ve got some stuff going on that makes me know for a fact I would be a terrible commissioner this year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You know the good response on this, and after the draft the commissioner has nothing to do, so this year as an excuse ain’t flying, BW

      • BW says:
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        @Grey: that’s cool man. I’ve never been a league commissioner, so I just assumed it involved some ongoing work, and I’ll be traveling a bunch this summer. But if it’s a no-show job after this weekend, I will set one up later today! Thanks Senor Lothario

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, ping Truss in his post about setting it up

  56. Synyster says:
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    Do I burn my first waiver pick (I have first priority) on Treinen? And if so, who would I drop? Thx!!

    My pitching: Verlander, Maeda, Salazar, Cole, McCullers, J.Gray, Nova, Foltynewicz, Melancon,Holland, Maurer.
    My hitting: Perez, Rizzo, T.Turner, J.Turner, Story, Marte, Stanton, Duvall, Pujols, Kepler, Santana

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have no bench bats?

      • Synyster says:
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        @Grey:

        Sry I should of clarified. My starting lineup for now I think would be..

        C- Perez
        1B – R to the izzo
        2B – T.Turner
        3B – J.Turner
        SS – Story
        OF – Stanton
        OF – Marte
        OF – Duvall
        Util – Pujols
        Bench – Kepler, Santana

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can lose Domingo

          • Synyster says:
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            @Grey:

            That’s Carlos on my bench, not his long lost cousin Domingo.

            • Synyster says:
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              Sorry to bug, anyone worth dropping for Treinen? Thinking of holding because I am sure another manager will drop something worthier of the first waiver priority. I feel like closers are changing all year long, I’ve been wrong before though. Thx.

  57. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, my staff is a little flimsy (hey-o!) and I’m trying to make a deal for McCullers (11-team 5×5 mixer, can start 5 SP and 5 RP)

    Starters: Carrasco, Maeda, Gausman, Rodon (hurt), Odorizzi, Urias

    Pen: Madson, Watson, Betances, Ottavino (and Holland), Maurer, Addison Reed

    Are you dealing Betances for McCullers?

    Thanks, you know, for the effort.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  58. Tony C says:
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    Great OF! I love it Grey!
    I’m in a bit OFs conundrum in my OF. 12 team H2h 10×10 cats including OPS as well as BA and walks. My team:
    C-Salvador
    1b-Miguel Cab
    2b-Altuve
    3b-Bergman
    Ss-Diaz
    IF-Freeman
    OF- Trumbo-Khris D-Buxton
    Util-Dahl
    BN-Renfroe

    Available are Broxton, Joc Pederson, Haniger, DeShizz, Judge, Rajai, Tommy Joseph, Drury, Holliday and Kepler.

    Do I drop anyone like Renfroe or Dahl for one/two of the above?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Renfroe for Broxton, when you DL Dahl you can pick up someone else

  59. Paul 417B says:
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    Grey! This is Duda . . . not sure what happened – I just signed up for the tools + must have auto-filled the form incorrectly (damn you, Chrome!). . . and it is now showing my user name as first name and a random portion of my address (LOL).

    I tried to edit my profile, but it isn’t letting me correct back to my regular user name. Anyone I can email to get some help on this?

    Thanks!

  60. Mike in Busan says:
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    Grey, I channeled your love of Odor and Free Men in my money league, and I’m actually feeling good about it. There’s only six pitchers a week going in this league (kinda weird, right) but here’s what I ended with in a 12-team H2H category league:
    C: Lucroy
    1B: Freeman
    2B: Odor
    SS: Russell
    3B: Arenado
    OF: Pederson
    OF: Polanco
    OF: Buxton
    UT: Schoop
    UT: Castellanos
    SP: Verlander
    SP: Maeda
    RP: Jansen
    RP: Britton
    P: Treinen
    P: Liriano
    Bench: Desmond (until healthy), Broxton, Mazara, Wacha, Cobb, Nate Jones

    Greg Bird went pick 86!
    Anyway, best of luck with your leagues and thanks for all the high-quality advice and giggles.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pick 86?! That’s insane…. Your team looks light on AVG, but that doesn’t matter in H2H… Pitching looks fine, but light on quantity of SPs

      • Mike in Busan says:
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        @Grey: yeah… trying not to think about my SP depth too much…

        I do have some impending avg, woes, but I’m hoping to pound those counting stats. Hoping to get some bags from the kids. The good news is that even if Wacha and Cobb don’t pan out, there’s plenty of undrafted arms out there

  61. Rock D says:
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    Haniger or deshizz ? Last spot on bench flyer. Regardless of my teams needs which has more upside for this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeShizz

      • Rock D says:
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        @Grey:
        Thank you sir.

        One more question if you don’t mind. If you had melancon and treinen as your only closers. Would you trade Gleyber Torres in a keeper league where you would have him for the next 3 years after this for just this one season from sueng hwan OH?

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Rock D:

          I’d hold Torres, you can find saves on the wire during the season..

          • Rock D says:
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            @Malicious Phenoms: yeah I was thinking the same. Tempting for this year but I would kick myself later in the season

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

          • Rock D says:
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            @Grey:
            And then Grey has to light my “go for it this year” fire again.

            Love me some Oh. Last year with Mookie and Bryant as keepers so a part of me wants to push my chips in for this year. But the same could be said that I need to replace those keepers so I should hold on to Gleyber.

            Oh the mind [email protected] begins already and the season hasn’t even begun. Love baseball!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  62. Mike says:
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    Got offered Adam Jones for my Longoria. Got Rendon and J Ramirez to cover 3B, my outfield is Yelich, Polanco and JUp.

    Do it or hold? League is standard 5×5 plus OBP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, it’s fair

  63. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    I’m completely with you in thinking that the early-mid round outfielders are a little weak this year. Didn’t even grab my first OF until the 10th round in a league a couple of days ago. I can’t ever remember waiting that long before. Still ended up with K. Davis, Eaton, Broxton, Dahl, Thames, Beltran, DeShields, and Holliday. That type of outfield should play if you load up in the infield and on the pitching side.

    Just from a quick glance at the rosters, it looks like Truss and Ralph will be tough to beat (especially if Ralph adds more speed). Those guys know how to manipulate this format. No doubt you and Rudy (and probably Cram) will be in the mix as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally! Ralph’s team is boring, but solid floors, Truss’s team does nothing for me

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ugh, I just lit a fire under him didn’t I?

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: I’d say that Ralph would be the favorite if he grabbed another closer + someone like Broxton where he took Duffy/Pedroia, but he’s still near the top.

        Truss has great pitching and a balanced offense. He’ll be tough. He just needs to be careful about all of those donkeys (Sano/Duvall/Joseph) dragging his average down, but his roster has few holes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think so much is in-season managing, that I think Truss and Ralph will be fine b/c they know what it takes…

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @J-FOH: @Grey: Definitely. In this format, the draft is maybe one-third of the big picture. Maybe even less.

            There’s a pretty clear top five to me though. Any of you guys could take it. Depends who gets their hands on this year’s Trea Turner, Villar, Oh, Hendricks, etc.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, lots of churn… Cram’s right there too, drafted team can only be a hindrance… When Trea Turner comes up this year, Ralph may not be able to cut one of struggling vets that look good on paper

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              For instance, Buxton struggles and CarGonzalez struggles, one can be cut for a hot player who is actually performing and one can drag a team down

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: It’s important to have expendable pieces in this format. It’s usually a good idea to have a roster in which half of your guys are considered core players and the other half are on a short leash.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Totally agree

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Big Magoo: Yup. I intentionally stacked my IF and left the end of my OF available for turnover. It’ll be easier to stream there then, say a SS, if Swanson sucks.

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Cram It: That’s a solid strategy. I usually ended up streaming some combination of C, MI, OF5, and Util. Decent corners can be tough to find in-season sometimes. Maybe have 2-3 SPs that you lean on and then stream your face off on the pitching side. High-end RPs for ratios and Ks. You know all of this though.

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Big Magoo: Ha, I do. This will be my first time really streaming my face off early on though. I only drafted 4 SP’s…only 1 of which I trust right now. So may the Gods be with me streaming.

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: No but cutting bait w/ Gomez, Tomas, Judge, Conforto, Schimpf, Pressly, Harris, and Ray won’t be that hard. That’s plenty of stream spots.

                I have far more faith in Car-Go, and less faith in Buxton and Broxton than you. When everyone is sticking with your rankings, I’m fine taking players like Car-Go, who I don’t love but I know provide production.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  If you drop Tomas or Judge then I will pick them up and torment you the rest of the year

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Big Magoo: @Grey: My lack of wheels does scare me, but that’s what SAGNOF is for. I should have held off for another few rounds on both Peddy and a pithcer. Kershaw at 18 was a gift.

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Get on it, man! It’s your only real weakness on paper. Could probably use a few more saves too, but Jones and/or the wire should help there eventually. Outside of Nunez (30ish) and Gomez (20ish), you might not have another double digit speed guy on your roster. Should be able to find a Dyson/Jankowski type on the cheap though.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Big Magoo: I love this. I told Ralph last night he has a very Magoo team with speed needs. I got the honor of him texting in the draft

            • Big Magoo

              Big Magoo says:
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              @J-FOH: Maybe that’s why I like his team. It’s the kind of foundation I’d typically attempt to build minus a bit of speed.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Big Magoo: Yeah, I figure some of the greatest speed assets are rarely drafted. Last year Jankowski, Turner, and Dyson being prime examples.

            There’s a lot of closers on thin ice that scare me, and I learned my lesson with Tolleson last season in perts. I was close to taking Treinen, because I do love his hard sinker approach, but Grey snagged him.

  64. Slimcompoop says:
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    I have an owner who’s interested in acquiring Josh Donaldson. He’s willing to give up Yu Darvish and probably one of the following players: Adrian Beltre, Carlos Gonzalez, Maikel Franco, or Jose Bautista. How would you rank those four as far as who should I be trying to have him throw in?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Meh, as in not a good deal. I like Darvish, but I like Donaldson as well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          NG, brother

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem!

  65. Call Me Mabry says:
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    I have a trade proposed to me I give up Judge/Franco and get Dahl/Folty.

    I already have Beltre and Sano to play 3rd, but if Beltre starts off on the DL and Dahl on the DL I may be screwed for awhile. That being said would you rather have Franco/Judge or Dahl/Folty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  66. J-FOH says:
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    Bold not bold prediction: Truss wins it with some combination of Cram Ralph and Grey in the next three slots. I base this solely on the knowledge of the format, time dedicated to and the obvious lack there of….of the others? Don’t make me wrong you 4

    • Cram It says:
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      @J-FOH: Challenge accepted!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Cram It: thanks for not skipping the comment

        • Cram It says:
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          @J-FOH: Ha. I feel like Grey is doing it to you intentionally from time time.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Cram It: He totally does. He can play the I missed it card and thats fine. My reality doesn’t jive with his. If my comment would of predicted him winning then I totally would of got a comment back.

            If Ralph can get some speed then you guys are toast

            • Cram It says:
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              @J-FOH: Eh, he has to stream just the like the rest of. And he’ll have some tough decisions to make when half his offense is day-to-day or shitting the bed. There’s no run-away winner to me at this juncture.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @J-FOH: Your new avi is super handsome….just saying

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: it was indirectly suggested by the comment skipper…skippy albright for short

        • Slimcompoop says:
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          @J-FOH: I’m staying…finishing my coffee!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Grey: our John Belushi trying to look like John goodman who tried looking like Belushi in that awful blues brother sequel movie

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Predictions in this RCL are like Matz’s elbow, you can bend them any way you want

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Magoo and I are on the same page but considering the source you have your own bias. In season is king and time is of the essence. Will be interesting how the trades go down. If one of you 4 can get a break it will change it. Btw. And don’t take this the wrong way. I like your ozuna pick. He’s super under valued with a healthy Giancarlo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Everyone can be on the same page, but it’s irrelevant when everyone makes 300+ moves… Obviously that plays a hand in things… I am weak on power and high on speed, but I find one Duvall-type and then everything changes

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: We should discuss one of our famous trades. I need speed, you need power. You’re a Halp guy, and I’m Ralph. The ying and the yang.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We go together like pees and poops… You can make me an offer, but I have one about to go down that could fill my need…

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Bluff!

                No trades allowed with Tehol. New rule.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s gonna happen any moment now and nothing you can do about it…Muahahahaha

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: I ain’t scurred. Wait, veto, veto!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No vetoes!

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: Trade with Jay, Butcher for Trout.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: huh?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Huh on what part

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: “Everyone can be on the same page, but it’s irrelevant when everyone makes 300+ moves”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  What Magoo said, draft only accounts for about third of final results

  67. Homerj24 says:
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    Where did Max Kepler go? You were pimping him pretty hard a month or so ago. Is that no longer the case?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My rankings on him haven’t changed

  68. Shitwolf says:
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    Yo oooooooo brooooooooo…. Grey do you have 2 normal arms and 2 robotic arms with 2 computers to answer this many comments! I was wondering if u would mind looking over my team and either praise me or haze me for my picks! I need validation grey! I wants it… I needs it! Anyway here is my merry band of Shitwolves:

    C: Cameron Rupp… who I call Crupp
    1B: Hanley Ramirez
    2B:Treat Urner turnin tricks!
    3B:Shitty had a little lamb named Jake
    SS: cool story bro
    Of:Bryce Harperu (Japanese voice)
    Of: Nelson Tom Cruz
    Of: the extendi benentendi
    Ut: Bird is the word!
    Ut: Jose peraza
    Bnch: devon travis and his wobbly knees with Keon Broxton and his superior yet inferior wrists

    P: CARLOS CARRASCO
    P: Kenta maybe duh
    P: Arnoldis Chaplips
    P: KENNY G-Iles
    P:Lance mccullers B====D
    P: I choose you Salazar! “Sala Salazar” (Pokémon voice)
    P: Gray because it’s the best color or is it a shade? Filthy neutral grey!
    P: Smyly who has me frowning
    P: foltyskhdhsyjsbsjs that’s how u spell it right?
    P: Trienen who likes men, but don’t tell that to his teammate!

    Thanks man hope u had a nice winter and I hope your nose gets some nice odor this year!

    • Shitwolf says:
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      @Shitwolf:

      Oh and it’d a 5×5 yahoo 12 man h2h derp

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Okay, Love the hitting, you have nice balance of power and speed and AVG…. Pitching is sexy, solid team overall!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do! # of teams?

  69. Negatto says:
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    Hey All,

    Thoughts on this team?

    12 Team 5×5 Standard Roto

    C – Norris, Zunino
    1B- Rizzo
    2B- Odor
    SS- Story
    3B- Seager
    MI- Semien
    CI- Joseph
    OF- Springer, Bradley, Buxton, Mazara, DeSheilds
    U – K Davis

    SP- Carrasco, Martinez, McCullers, Paxton, Walker, Skaggs
    RP- Kimbrel, Robertson, Bedrosian
    B – Madson, Reed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the pitching, hitting looks low on AVG and SBs

  70. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’m all in on DeShields. I actually got into a second *gasp* league. It’s a dynasty league that has Eno Saris in it. My team is shitballs. But I was able to grab DeShields in the draft (18 teams 25 keepers). Hello bottom of the barrel. What I read about DeShields is that he lost a ton of weight. Looking like pre-juice Dee Gordon. Love the spring walk rate. Could be at the top of a premium line up with 40+ steals and an OBP plus if you’re in one of them (I am).

    Do NOT sleep on Charlie Morton. He might be this year’s Rich Hill.

    I also like a little bit of Trevor Cahill in very deep and only. He added a tick to the power sinker he’s always had. Brings me to a side bar narrative that seems to have been playing out for the last couple of years. Marginal starter hits pen, begins throwing as hard as he can and becomes a different guy. With the way pens are used these days to shorten the game some guys like Cahill can cut it loose for 5+ and hand it over. In Cahill’s case he added a cutter which is the 3rd pitch he’s always needed. He was pretty effective for the Cubs last year. Also a Diego native.

    I would not own any A’s pitching this year. I think there’s talent in Manaea and Cotton but I am not mixed league optimistic this year (though I hope to be wrong). Triggs is rotation filler in super deep leagues I think. Maybe a touch better than that.

    Still not buying Taijuan Walker.

    Matt Harvey is a huge x factor. Last year he was obviously overdrafted. He’s one of those guys if you were in a draft before his velo came back and you took a flyer and got him late you’re pretty excited. If you have no shares you’re pissed. I got him in the 14th of my NFBC 15 mix. I basically believed the medicals that said they think it’s 9 months from thorasic outlet. Possibility by May he looks like Matt Harvey again.

    Really interested to see Harper this year. He crushed last spring too. There are no intentional walks and no pitch arounds in spring. I would say that Harper is probably the best hitter in baseball just from the standpoint of raw power, swing mechanics, plate discipline and swing mechanics. It’s odd how Harper got the Bonds treatment but Trout never has. Maybe it’s just Pujols behind him or the fact that the Angels have never played a relevant game in the Trout era. Want to see if Harper can find a way to deal with the mental aspect of waiting for that one pitch.

    Also interested to see the Red Sox line up without Papi. Betts, Bogaerts, Hanley, Benentendi, Bradley all being drafted pretty much for peak projection value. If there’s a post-Papi drop off from the ridiculous numbers the put up as a team some of those guys will struggle to return full value. I took Mookie at 3 overall and my gut told me to go Goldie there.

    Happy baseball season everybody. I’ll see you from time to time.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I was working with Cahill as well for the deep leagues. I brought up the changes last year an I’m glad to see someone else keeping an eye on him. Is this your spidey senses?

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        @J-FOH:

        I’ve always liked Cahill. I think there’s a weird thing with guys who have extreme two seamers. Derek Lowe is a great example. It’s almost like trying to harness a knuckleball. Some guys never do. Cahill has ridiculous movement. I’ve actually for the last 4-5 years been staying away from guys who feature the two seamer. But there does seem to be a little pocket where guys like this mature into the stuff. I love that he added the cutter. That’s pretty much the whole thing. Yeah maybe a little spidey sense on this one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I drafted Cahill in an NL-Only the other day… He just needs to hold together for 150 IP

        • J-FOH says:
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          @OaktownSteve: I saw the heat two years ago from him and this reminds me of our old mutual love of converted starters that had some hype coming up. Not sure if Cahill had the hype but he falls into that class and now that’s he’s back on the starter side I’m hoping what he learned carried over. I also like that he’s going home and gets to play his home games in San Diego. I know it’s leaning more neutral these days but that park has always come and gone with the weather. What’s your dads forecast for the season down there. I’m also planning my annual July week long stay in mission bay right now

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Lots of good stuff there Oaktown. I like Cahill Harvey, & Deshizz a lot this year. too.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Nice stuff Oaktown, I agree on Morton, really liked him last season before the injury. Velo jumps like that make me take notice.

      The A’s starters, all seem like better plays in dynasty, at least Manaea and Cotton. I know it’s only spring, but Manaea’s struggles have me backing off my predictions early in the pre-season that he’d take the next step.

      The Sox lineup, and team in general is being way overdrafted. I love Benintendi but he’s going at least 20+ picks earlier than where I want him. I have my questions on Bradley ever repeating 2016, and Mookie could regress a bit, though I’m not less bullish on that. Sandoval and Moreland are X factors. If they both have strong season’s it could go a long way towards solidifying their lineup.

      Don’t trust Walker in general, or aren’t buying the improved slider hype?

      I own Harvey in few dynasty leagues so I’m praying for a return to prominence. What’s your take on Gsellman vs Wheeler? I’m not a big Wheeler fan, and I love Gsellman’s sinker, cutter, slider mix. He can work both sides of the plate inside, and generates tons of weak contact.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Hate to use a terrible cliche but I think Walker really lacks “pitchability.” He has control but not command. He lacks deception. They seem to have had trouble finding a way to sequence his pitches to turn them into outs. I still don’t like his mechanics. I did not like him last year and now he goes to Coors Arizona. I can always be wrong of course.

        I prefer Gsellman. I question Wheeler’s command. Wheeler is the more obvious upside pick just because of stuff. But the road to fantasy dreams is littered with big arms.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @OaktownSteve: Agree whole heartedly on Wheeler.

          Walker is tricky cause I’ve always agreed that he lacked pitchability. He throws a lot of strikes, but he often catches to much of the wrong parts of the zone, and the obvious blowback from increased slider usage is an uptick in flyballs and homers, which has always been a problem. His mechanics are inconsistent, I wouldn’t call them wonky, but they aren’t athletic. He changed part of his windup to hide the ball better, with his hands lower as he coils. This season, he’s facing the plate more with his feet spread, then steps into his throwing motion. Last season he was facing the opposing teams dugout.

          This is total hyperbole, and I don’t really have any hard evidence to back it up, but his new manager Terry Lovullo just so happened to be the manager of the Red Sox when both Porcello and Rich Hill had breakthroughs. He’s not a pitching guy, so it might just be a coincidence.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:

            That’s a nice report on Walker. I haven’t actually see him throw this year. Good info my friend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I thought Eno abandoned fantasy…. Dude! I’ve been saying this about Delino for 18 months! C’mon! So no love for Triggs? I drafted him on multiple deep teams… I almost took Harvey last night around pick 180 overall, but he was taken just before me… At a certain point, I agree the risk is worth it

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m rooting for Triggs, obviously. I think at his velocity it’s hard to see him with the kind of K rate he put up last year. I have brought this up a few times on this site, but when a guy has his first trip around the league and he’s got some funkiness in his breaking stuff, he’ll often see success before the league get a book on him. In talking head speak (again), “I’m afraid he’s going to be exposed.” I remember having this conversation about Matt Shoemaker with Magoo a couple years back. I think his upside is mid-rotation solid and hope he pitches to it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Love to get Shoemaker-like return for Triggs… I took him in an NFBC around pick 400, so no harm no foul if he fails, but I like the idea of a 7 K/9 and ground balls

    • Shawn Knoche says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I’m still in heavy on Manaea. Little control problem to start spring but looks like he had it figured out on Thursday with 4 innings of 2 hit ball. Lead all pitchers in swing induction rate in 2016, and a 12% swinging strike rate which is better than Bumgarner and Sale. For where I am drafting him even if he doesn’t have an ace type season, I don’t think he hurts me any. But I am firmly on board that he is a Top 20 Arm if not Top 10 at the end of the season.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Shawn Knoche: My dynasty teams love this comment.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Shawn Knoche:

        I hope you’re right! He could have it in him. If Triggs, Cotton and Manaea are good, A’s line up is passable. They are not good defensively though.

        • Big Magoo

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          @OaktownSteve: The defense is what worries me the most about the A’s. They were horrible last season, and don’t look to be much better this year. Don’t have any shares of Manaea. Grabbed Cotton in one league though when he fell a bit. Love that changeup and I think he has some strikeout upside as well.

  71. Raider says:
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    Grey, trailer for next season of GoT is on twitter, and elsewhere I’m sure, worth the watch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m all over that shizz

  72. Jeb says:
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    Grey,

    Great work as always! Would appreciate your opinion of the team I just drafted in my 10 team 5×5 H2H league:

    1B-Encarnacion
    2B-Odor
    3B-Donaldson
    SS- Machado
    CI-Wil Myers
    MI-Addison Russell
    OF-Gregory Polanco, Bautista, Benintendi, Keon Broxton, Jackie Bradley Jr.
    C-Didn’t draft-need to pick up free agent

    Bench: Kepler, Deshizz
    N/A: Moncada

    SP:Carrasco, McCullers, Lackey, Jon Gray, Rodon, Glasnow
    RP: Britton, Colome, Bedrosian, Iglesia, Betances

    Thanks for your feedback as always and lastly, who’s the drop to add a catcher, Glasnow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team is stacked, but your league is shallow, every team is stacked… Just wait to DL Rodon

  73. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, ‘nother question:

    Least valuable of these relievers:

    Ottavino
    Madson
    Watson
    Reed (addison)
    Betances
    Holland
    Maurer

    Like trying to pick your least favorite kid!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Alcesto:
      Maurer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      More like trying to pick your favorite venereal disease…Ottavino

  74. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey,

    who gets the better of this trade in points league:

    Cueto/Peraza for Nola/Murphy

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Josh Freeman:
      Cueto side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto

  75. Wil says:
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    Season hasn’t started yet and I already picked up my first streamer!

    Kendall Graveman Monday at home vs the Angles.

    Hope he’s more than just mediOAKer ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice!

  76. Hi Grey and fellow Razzballers!

    Grey, thanks for all the prep work this season. This is my first question of the season, but I’ve been enjoying everything up until now.

    I have a keeper question, for a league that drafts tomorrow. We’re only allowed two guys who were picked up from waivers last year or drafted in the middle rounds or later. One (Villar) is a no-brainer. For the second one, which is the best choice between:

    Duvall (for a 12th round pick)
    Khris Davis (8th)
    Piscotty (10th)
    Dahl (12th)
    Grandall (19th)

    I think I’m ranking them in the order you’d rank them, but tell me if you’d put someone else on top of that list.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Coin flips amongst those OFs, Grandal’s pointless…. I’d prolly go Piscotty

  77. Nico says:
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    Grey! Smyly suffering from a “soggy arm?” Stop soaking your arm then, Drew?

    Thoughts on how you’re feeling moving forward? I have a pretty short bench in a 10 team league, and I’m looking to add possibly Paxton, Shelby, or Karns as a replacement.

    • Nico says:
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      @Nico: Nevermind, 6-8 weeks with a flexor strain! He gone!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Damn

        • Nico says:
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          @Grey: Dude Smyly is such a weenie! He never fails to stop the hype train in its tracks. Choo choo bishes!

          • Grey

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            He’s the worst tease

  78. Watson says:
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    Hey Grey just drafted my 12 team H2H league 1 keeper, what do you think?

    C – McCann
    1B – Hanley
    2B – Kipnis & Schoop
    SS – Story
    3B – Bryant
    OF – Springer
    OF – Kemp
    OF – Kepler
    Util – Rendon
    Bench – Desmond

    SP – Kluber
    SP – Carrasco
    SP – Greinke
    SP – Hamels
    SP – Lackey
    SP – Price
    SP – Snell
    SP – Glasnow
    SP – Urias
    RP – Krod
    RP – Glover

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a stacked hitting and pitching team, not complaints other than you have no RPs

      • Watson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks again!

  79. Schwab says:
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    Hey Grey,
    H2H 8 team points based league. We keep 15 every year. Was offered Stanton and Manaea for Aaron Sanchez. Thoughts? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tehol? Is that you?

      • Schwab says:
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        It’s not.

  80. SondheimXXX says:
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    Oh Wise Fantasy Master Lothario, what say you about this team of mine?

    ESPN, 12 teams, Head-to Head- categories, 6×6 (R, HR, RBI, AVG, OPS, SB / QS, W, K, ERA, WHIP, SV):

    C- Matt Wieters (r. 20)
    1B- Miguel Cabrera (r. 2- 21)
    2B- Jonathan Schoop (r. 14- 165)
    SS- Trevor Story (r. 3-28)
    3B- Nolan Arenado (r.1- 4)
    OF- Nelson Cruz (r.6- 69)
    OF- JD Martinez (r.7- 76)
    OF- Andrew Benintendi (r. 9- 100)
    UT- Joey Votto (r. 4- 45)
    B- Jose Ramirez (r. 10- 117)
    B- Brad Miller (r. 16- 189)
    B- Devon Travis (r. 19)
    B- Yasmany Tomas (r. 18)

    P- Lance McCullers (r. 12- 141)
    SP- Carlos Carrasco (r. 5- 52)
    SP- Kenta Maeda (r. 8- 93)
    SP- Rich Hill (r. 11- 124)
    RP- Alex Colome (r. 13- 148)
    RP- Roberto Osuna (r. 15- 172)
    B- Aaron Nola (r. 17- 196)

    I’m feeling pretty solid on power, but I know already that speed is going to be a problem for me. I just missed out on Dee Gordon and Jose Peraza in the draft, which threw off my plans in that department. I’m keeping my eye on Margot in free agency.

    I’m feeling insecure at pitching. I went pretty heavy on the upside. I’d feel better if I’d have ended up with Darvish like I wanted, but he got snatched up two picks before me in the fifth.

    Available pitchers I like: Taijuan Walker, Garrett Richards, Joe Ross, Tyler Glasnow, Joe Musgrove, Jharel Cotton, Blake Snell, Mike Montgomery. Who would you grab?

    Where would you be looking to make moves from here?

  81. Cohen says:
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    Grey, i see u took Benny at pick 67 . I read your explanation but where do u feel comfortable taking him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around 90

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thank u

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No p

  82. Just Busted says:
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    Grey,

    I hit on H. Ramirez, Moreland, and Joseph at 1B in an out draft for Yahoo H2H, 12 team. I could use another bench OF and Renfroe is available on waivers. Drop Moreland or Joseph for him or hold? Thanks!
    I love the smell of moustache wax in the morning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  83. Make Richie Sexson Again says:
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    Post draft all teams get an open roster spot. I need a back up 1B and am planning on adding Moreland because he is the highest rated 1B left from your rankings. However, I could go after someone else with more upside and just ignore back up 1B. Who is my starting 1B? Carlos Santana. How man peeps are in my league? 14. It is a head to head league. Other pick up candidates are Mondesi, Judge, Kepler, Renfroe, Margo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kepler

  84. Make Richie Sexson Again says:
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    Wow two Moreland questions in a row. The world really is ending isn’t it?

  85. Joey says:
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    I’m finally doing my first Auction draft and after reading Razzball for the last few seasons, I decided to use Razzball (and you) as my main fantasy source. While doing the prep work for the draft and getting my auction values set, I realized that there are different values and projections listed on the 2017 pre-season projections page.

    What’s the difference between the 10 team mix league auction values vs the Grey (Hit + Pitch) auction values? I’m in a 10 team ESPN 5×5 league.

    What’s the difference between the projections found in the Grey (Hit + Pitch) link vs the projections found in the Steamer Hit and Pitch links?

    Thanks for helping me out if you have the time. Keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Razzball/Steamer done by Rudy vs. mine — Rudy’s are straight math, mine are hocus-pocusy

  86. henncoop says:
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    Working out a trade in a 12 team yahoo dynasty league with deep rosters of 30 player & 5 NA slots to total a 35 player roster. However we “only” keep 25 players so the prospects will need to be pretty good to be kept.
    He rejected my offer of Hendricks, Giolito, & Myers for Davish, T. O’Neil, & Zimmer
    He is currently offering Tomas & O’Neil for Myers & had offered O’Neil & Zimmer for Myers but that seemed too light by quite a bit
    Two potential offers:
    1) My Myers, Cotton & Giolito for his JBJ, O’Neil, & Zimmer
    2) My Myers & Giolito for his Zimmer, O’Neil, & Tomas
    I have Goldy & Joseph who can play 1B. Are the offers(his or mine) fair?
    Which do you prefer?
    Thanks …have a great weekend!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  87. Johnc says:
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    Best on the wire in 12 team, H2H, category league (10 hitting, 9 pitching). Kepler, Heyward, Haniger, Renfroe, Conforto, Pillar, Valencia. Would you swap out any of these guys for some of my laggards?? Also, I am very concerned about my weak OF. Any suggestions welcomed. Not loving my team!

    C- Realmuto
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Zobrist
    3B – Seager
    SS – Russell
    MI – Harrison
    CI – Freeman
    OF – Granderson, Dyson, DeShizz, Dahl, Melky
    Bench – Owings, Peralta, VMart (trade bait?)
    SP – Kershaw, Verlander, Quintana, Gausman, Taillon, Nova
    RP – Britton, Melancon

  88. Mike says:
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    Would you trade Stroman + Carlos Matinez to get Syndergaard? Or hold?

    • jiggynits says:
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      @Mike: depends on league settings and pitching depth, but yes i would do this deal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: thanks guys!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  89. jiggynits says:
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    NL only roto 5×5

    possible pre draft keeper trade

    5$ lamehieu + 10$ rich hill VS 10$ corey seager

    pick a side please

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager

  90. Robert Metz says:
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    12 team 6×6 (OPS & QS)
    I have solid power but am a little light on steals and saves.
    Was offered Dexter Fowler and Ken Giles for Matt Kemp.
    Would you do that or hold?
    Still leaves me with an outfield that includes marte, trumbo, duvall, keppler…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do it

      • Robert Metz says:
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        @Grey: alrighty, I did it. But I do need to make room now. Question is who do I drop?
        folty
        Jaime garcia
        Schoop (bench bat/reserve)
        thames (bench bat/reserve)
        Iglesias (closer by committee going on there?)

        Any help would be great.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Garcia

  91. reese says:
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    5×5 mixed roto – I need to replace Matz when he goes on the DL, if these names were placed on a dart board, where would you aim? Happ, Folty, Wacha, Norris, Wheeler, Karns, Nelson, Ervin Santana, Guerra, Tyler Anderson, Skaggs, Colon, DeSclafani (I could pick him up and hold him on DL for later)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Folty

  92. Fat Mack says:
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    Damn, that OF may be too sexy.

    Moving to the unsexy, what do you think of this team? Gotta say, I drafted quite a few peeps that I don’t really like or trust (Hanley, Longo, Pineda). Roto league, 10 team, 6×6 with OPS and Losses as the extra categories.

    C (200) J.T. Realmuto (Mia – C)
    1b. (60) Hanley Ramírez (Bos – 1B)
    2b (80) Dee Gordon (Mia – 2B)
    Ss (21) Trevor Story (Col – SS)
    3b (61) Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
    OF (1) Mike Trout (LAA – OF)
    OF (41) A.J. Pollock (Ari – OF)
    OF (161) José Peraza (Cin – 2B,SS,OF)
    UT (81) Carlos Santana (Cle – 1B)
    UT (160) Brad Miller (TB – 1B,SS)
    BN (180) Nomar Mazara (Tex – OF)
    BN (220) Tommy Joseph (Phi – 1B)

    SP (20) Chris Sale (Bos – SP)
    SP (40) Yu Darvish (Tex – SP)
    SP (100) Danny Salazar (Cle – SP)
    RP (101) Ken Giles (Hou – RP)
    RP (121) AJ Ramos (Mia – RP)
    P (141) Francisco Rodríguez (Det – RP)
    P (201) Neftalí Feliz (Mil – RP)
    BN (120) James Paxton (Sea – SP)
    BN (140) Michael Pineda (NYY – SP)
    BN (181) Robbie Ray (Ari – SP)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need sexy appeal hombre! Nah I like the team, but light on power and heavy on speed, a little… your pitching is insane, it’s too good actually

      • Fat Mack says:
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        @Grey: I hate snake drafts and had a few spots where I didn’t like the bats around the draft spot, so went pitching when I’d ordinarily go hitting. I may need to play Tommy Joseph more than planned and hope for the best. Being a shallow league, I should be able to find some power if needed. Thanks for the feedback.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  93. Jon says:
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    Which side? Pence+Desmond or Thames+Maeda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thames

  94. Anthony says:
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    Hey Grey, who should I roster in my last OF bench spot between Mazara and Pence. I’m in a H2H points league where our weekly lineups lock in on Mondays for the whole week. I’m a bit concerned about Mazara sitting vs lefties but Pence hasn’t stayed healthy the past 2 years, so I’m really not sure. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go Mazara

  95. Shawn Knoche says:
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    This might be a Rudy question, but signed up for Hittertron/Streamonator yesterday, and now the blog keeps me logged in as real name which was needed for payment. but it won’t let me edit my profile to put “Great Knoche” back in as commenter name. (Shawn is a great name so I am sure no one is perplexed as to who I am, I mean who else has a photo of Barney the dinosaur getting ridden.)

    When I click on edit profile it says not allowed to access the profile. If I log out it goes back to regular commenter form, but then I can’t access the tools.

    Just seeing if anyone else is having this issue.

  96. Illuminatty says:
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    Hey Grey,

    just wanted to get your take on this trade. I made.

    I just got Freeman, Archer, and Kipnis and traded away Yu Darvish, Hosmer, Lance Lynn? Thoughts? H2H points league btw.

    Thansk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  97. Evan says:
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    Grey got offered the following in my h2h:each category, 20 team league…

    D.Murphy
    C.Rupp

    For

    B.Drury
    Y.Grandal

    Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Murphy

  98. Mike Devereaux says:
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    Hey Grey. In a H2H points league where wins are heavily weighted, who would be your top 2 SP going into the season? D. Norris, Hellickson, Ryu, Wheeler?
    Thank you sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Norris, Ryu

  99. The Audacity of Schoop says:
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    @Grey, 12 team 5x5roto

    Byron Buxton worth a #8 waiver to replace Leonys as only bench bat? Or I could drop Storen since I have 3 closers (Dyson, Bedrosian, Feliz). For what it’s worth, you thought my team was slightly low on speed.

    • The Audacity of Schoop says:
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      @Grey,

      Also, you starting C-Mart on Saturday v. Cubs? Son has him at $4.5

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Start him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Storen’s prolly not closer

  100. Joe says:
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    Hey Grey…

    Even the great psychics can be off on their timeline of events…You were all in on Delino Deshields last year and, well, we know how that went….With his great spring and starting left field nod, is this the year he gives us that “sleeper” performance?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I see the future, but I have no calendar

  101. Joe says:
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    Haha…Delino, Kepler, Buxton…rank em!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Joe says:
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        @Grey: no disrepect brotha..

        Last year Grey solid prediction+young player+current HOT spring start=sleeper FOR REAL….

  102. peacecoast aka the lead greysciple says:
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    hi G,

    Smyly starting season on DL. Thinking of picking up Wheeler, Cobb, Gio in that order. What do you think? Maybe Cobb first? thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  103. Shoot me straight. says:
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    14 team keeper h2h

    C- Lucroy
    1st- Cabrera
    2nd- Altuve
    3rd- Donaldson
    SS- Peraza
    OF- Springer, Benintendi, Pence
    BN- Kepler, Judge, Naquin, Gyorko (2 will play in util)
    NA- Bollinger

    SP- Lackey, Parcells, Sanchez, T Walker, Hellickson, J Hammel, Ryu, McHugh
    RP- K Jansen, S Dyson

    Thoughts/ Concerns/ Insults

    Nova on waivers Deshields free agent.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks weak on pitching but hitting looks fine… you’re missing an ace

      • Shoot me straight. says:
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        @Grey:

        Agreed was hoping (praying) for some over achievers on my staff. Any chance of that happening in your opinion?

        Appreciate your knowledge and opinion and suffer from low self worth.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, and you could find someone off waivers, but right now it’s weak

  104. peacecoast aka the lead greysciple says:
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    Start or sit Cole versus BOS for the opener?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit

  105. Cram It says:
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    Why are people asking ranking questions before first pitch? “Do I drop one of these guys for one of these 42 guys available on the wire?” Use. The goddamn. Rankings. God help you all. Back to MMA…

    • peacecoast aka the lead greysciple says:
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      @Cram It: duh. Final rosters are being named. Guys like Ryu and Wheeler suddenly have more value.

      • Cram It says:
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        @peacecoast aka the lead greysciple: I don’t see a whole lot of “How does this newly appointed 5th starter rank on my team” questions, but fair enough.

        Oh what a knockout!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Where’s this season altering trade so I can veto it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It didn’t get through, failed on bargaining table

    • Blind Umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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      @Cram It: but what would you do with all the extra time every day if they did that. you’d be like the bored retired guy.

  106. web says:
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    Do you like Buxton over Pence or Kole Calhoun as a 3rd outfielder?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @web: Buxton

  107. Bluemeenie says:
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    Grey,

    IYO if you had to chose 2 or three of the following pitchers which would you go with in order.

    Jeff Samardzija
    Jose Quintana
    Chris Archer
    Michael Shoemaker
    James Paxton
    Zack Grienke

    Thanks in Advance!

    • Blind Umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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      @Bluemeenie: go with rankings, OR quintana/archer/shoemaker (or paxton yr preference)

  108. NoSoupForYu says:
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    Hi Grey, due a trade and then injuries in my keeper league, my pitching is lacking and I could use your advice. Thanks in advance! 10 teams, 6×6 OBP, SLG, HR, RBI, R, SB and QS, IP, K, S, ERA, WHIP

    Even though I’ll be able to pick up 2-3 pitchers once players go to DL, I should be looking to trade for a pitcher, right?

    If so, what OF would you recommend I trade? Correa is a keeper, but I can also include Diaz and/or Xander depending on the pitcher I’d be getting back.

    C: Realmuto
    1B: Bour
    2B: Segura
    3B: Donaldson
    SS: Correa
    1B/3B: Bregman
    2B/SS: Xander
    OF: Stanton
    OF: Yelich
    OF: Trumbo
    OF: Bautista
    OF: Piscotty
    Util: Kiermaier
    Bench: Almedys Diaz
    Bench: Kepler
    Bench: Peraza
    Bench: Inciarte
    Bench: Dahl

    P: Duffy, Fulmer, Bundy, Price, Matz
    RP: Giles, Maurer, Neris

    • Charmed I'm Sure says:
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      @NoSoupForYu: Dude, I would trade Stanton. I don’t think this is the year he’ll stay healthy, and I think you can get the most for him. Your other OF are more than reliable. Maybe Stanton for Carrasco/Darvish/Archer?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @NoSoupForYu: I’d look to move Xander and put Peraza in his place…You don’t need that many bench bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can trade Bautista for an SP

  109. Charmed I'm Sure says:
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    My OF is Bradley, Duvall, Buxton and Broxton…. Talk me off the ledge, I find myself hating it.

    • Blind Umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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      @Charmed I’m Sure: show how you very likely have the all-this-year grey infield, you’ll probably feel better. probably have stud 1B, and 2 out of story/lindor/odor and probably a fairly good 3B too.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Charmed I’m Sure: Would need to know the size of the league to determine how high the ledge is that you’re on…but that OF would worry me depending on how the rest of your team looks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s balanced, w/ power and speed, might have AVG concerns

  110. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    16 team dynasty with OBP over average, hits, slugging, OPS, total bases, steals % added for hitters, and holds, QS, K/9, K/BB, net saves added 10 X 10 roto. 1750 max innings. man don’t do a lot of start up dynasty drafts, lots of crazy values in older guys
    C d’arnaud (331, somehow i forgot to rank molina and he went even later)
    1B miggy (22nd, like this, could’ve gone freeman)
    2B solarte party (278, could’ve went schimpf, but this guy hella safer)
    SS semien (171, a crazy SS run just before this, missed miller barely)
    3B longo (86)
    MI jose ram (139, he’ll get 2B in 5 games too, missed peraza)
    CI hanram (150, sat at top of board for rounds)
    LF brocktune (54)
    CF kiermaier (235)
    RF mookie (11, at F’ING 11th in a DYNASTY what!)
    OF – jd mart RF (75, i had cooked his injury in my rankings, but god damn)
    OF – rajai CF/LF (267)
    util r-zimm (374)
    util joyce LF/RF (406)
    BN
    NA (2 slots, one is used up with kang, gotten at crazy discount)
    – aj reed (342)
    – kang (310)
    SP (7 with one as a streamer)
    – cueto (43, all the guys i wanted more gone including darvish, but i had to get one now)
    – hamels (107)
    – rodon (182 recent injury devalued him, i don’t care if he’s out for a month)
    – moore (246)
    – skaggs (299, it was him or nova here)
    – triggs (395, in redraft QS i go chen/hammel here, but dynasty)
    -streamer
    RP (6)
    – kimbrel (118, ya get hurt for one year and lose about 45 spots or more?)
    – n.jones (203, got beat to bearclaw)
    – neris (214)
    – rivero (363)
    – knebel (427)
    – p.baez (438)
    got 5 DL’s in case i need room for all of jd mart/baez/rodon. stanton went 4 picks ahead of me at 50th, i almost skipped cueto to grab him and definitely would’ve grabbed him at 54, which would’ve put me in a weird pickle later at some position probably, already having mookie at RF, albeit i got the crazy jd mart RF value later anyway. couldn’t risk having carmart/carrasco as ace (not to mention no guarantee both of those would even be around in round 4 for me anyway). in hindsight carmart (or carrasco) + stanton might’ve been better than cueto + jd mart.
    also we did a 7 man protected prospect list on message board before the draft, have this:
    meadows CF PIT
    reyes SP STL
    k.lewis RF SEA
    i.diaz SS/2B MIL
    collins C WSOX
    fedde SP WAS
    fisher RF HOU

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look a little low on AVG, power and pitching looks low on saves

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Grey: war room did spit out low in AVG (not HR’s). obviously saves due to one closer currently. but i don’t know if that thing adjusts for 16 vs 12 team leagues either.

        • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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          @Eli Man Penguin Boy: obviously short term wasting value on reed/kang, but once i took miggy i knew at least one of my NA stashes (2 total) would be a young 1B type, esp as i went collins C over tellez in draft. had no chance at bellinger at that, it was actually ridiculous i got meadows at 12th.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, saves are obvious, doesn’t adjust to 16 team tho

  111. ebudz says:
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    yo grey!

    normally i’d be in a 10 team h2h points espn league with keepers but that league fell through this year so i might be joining in a 12 team h2h yahoo league last minute with the following setup:

    Max Acquisitions per Week: 6

    Catcher (C): 1
    First Base (1B): 1
    Second Base (2B): 1
    Third Base (3B): 1
    Shortstop (SS): 1
    Outfield (OF): 3
    All Batters (Util): 2
    Starters (SP): 3
    Relievers (RP): 2
    All Pitchers (P): 4
    Bench (BN): 6
    Total Roster Size 25

    BATTERS:
    Runs
    Hits
    Home Runs
    Runs Batted In
    Stolen Bases
    Walks
    Batting Average

    PITCHERS:
    Wins
    Losses
    Saves
    Strikeouts
    Earned Run Average
    (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched
    Quality Starts

    any advice or tips you can give before my draft tonight? i’m going to have less than hour to prepare for this draft!

  112. John Popiel says:
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    Grey! What’s good? Just getting back into things… can you help me with my keepers please? Standard ESPN 5×5 H2H Categories.

    Ramos – $1
    Rizzo – $10
    Dozier – $2
    Donaldson – $28
    Nunez – $1
    Panik – $1
    Arenado – $18
    Polanco – $17
    Pederson – $1
    Springer – $20
    K. Davis – $3
    J. Ramirez – $1
    Franco – $1
    Ozuna – $1

    Darvish – $9
    Hammel – $2
    Oh – $1
    Fulmer – $1
    Taillon – $1
    E. Diaz – $2
    Snell – $1
    Thornburg – $2
    Ottavino – $1
    Salazar – $1
    Matz – $10

  113. Jon says:
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    If looking for upside only (this is for the last spot on my roster), who do you want? Jarrod Dyson, Folty, Hammel, Severino, Conley

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jon: Either Folty or Dyson depending on need

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Apples/oranges… Folty

  114. Jon says:
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    Grichuk over J Dyson, Kepler, or S Castro?

    • Jon says:
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      @Jon: Actually make that Grichuk, Granderson, or Valencia over J Dyson, Kepler, or S Castro?

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Jon: Grichuk over Castro for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree w/ F

  115. John Popiel says:
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    Grey! What’s good? I’m just getting back into things. Can you help me with my keepers? ESPN 12 team 5×5 H2H Categories. We can keep 6. I’ve gone through the rankings, just curious if the salaries change anything for you.

    Ramos – $1
    Rizzo – $10
    Dozier – $2
    Donaldson – $28
    Nunez – $1
    Panik – $1
    Arenado – $18
    Polanco – $17
    Pederson – $1
    Springer – $20
    K. Davis – $3
    J. Ramirez – $1
    Franco – $1
    Ozuna – $1

    Darvish – $9
    Salazar – $1
    Hammel – $2
    Oh – $1
    Fulmer – $1
    Taillon – $1
    E. Diaz – $2
    Snell – $1
    Thornburg – $2
    Ottavino – $1
    Matz – $10

    Sorry if this got posted twice. WordPress was giving me a hard time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yu, Donaldson, Dozier, Rizzo, Maikel, Arenado

      • John Popiel says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man!
        Now if I could figure out why my name is being posted instead of my username…

        • John Popiel says:
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          @John Popiel: If you have the ability to delete my posts, would you mind? I am trying to figure out why wordpress isn’t displaying my username. Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Because you signed up for subscriptions

          • John Popiel says:
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            @Grey: Can that be changed, then?

  116. Rising Son says:
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    Hey Grey, razzball is my fantasy bible!
    How’s my pitching 12 tm h2h with qs

    Straus, carrasco, mccullers, Paxton, taillon, J Ross, Walker
    Wheeler and glasnow available to pick up

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Looks solid if a tad risky on injuries

  117. BravesfanintheUK says:
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    Morning – anyone up and answering questions yet on the other side of the Atlantic? I need some H2H roto cats strategy advice….

    Am doing my usual auction roto and also an RCL for the first time.

    But also have joined a 16 team 7 x 7 Head to Head roto categories keeper league
    (OBP and K’s are extra hitter cats, Qs and holds are extra pitching categories). Never done H2H before……!!!

    We roster 30 players on each of the 16 teams (at least 15 team have to be from one team including prospects – Rangers for me…) but playing rosters are v small each day… Daily changes possible.

    C – Lucroy
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Odor
    3B – Beltre
    SS – Andrus
    LF – Cespedes
    CF – B Hamilton
    RF – Mazara
    UT: Carlos Gomez
    Bench: Napoli, Choo, DeShields

    5 x SP – Darvish, Paxton, Manaea, T Walker, Lynnn,
    4 x RP – Britton, Brach, Dyson, Bush
    Bench: Hammel, Hector Rondon, Tyson Ross

    Question 1: Given holds and saves are separate categories and yet we only carry 4 RP each day, would it be a sensible strategy to focus on one of them – eg trade away Britton and Dyson to improve elsewhere and just try to win holds each week?

    Question 2: I’ve had strong interest in Britton. Is Britton (plus Brach?) and Andrus enough for Villar and is that a sensible thing to do to improve my overall team?

    Question 3: Is my team too balanced? ie should i be going all out to win certain categories and not try to compete in some?

    All thoughts from anyone much appreciated!

    Thanks…!!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @BravesfanintheUK: I wouldnt give away any categories in head to head. You are starting 0-1 each week if you do. Plus with 2 closers you have a chance to win saves and holds each week.

      Britton and Andrus should be enough to get Villar, but again you already have decent speed so I think you’ll be competitive each week.

      No win every category, every week if you can. Rangers are a good squad to have for this.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Agree with Knoche

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @BravesfanintheUK: If anything I’d try and move Hamilton or Deshields for a little more power. You’ll still have enough steals with Gomez and Andrus.

      • BravesfanintheUK says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Thanks, that is really incredibly helpful.

        If you’ve got time for two more….

        1) Is my SP strong enough for this format? (I traded Hamels away for Cespedes)

        2) One other team has 3 x RF and can only play one and is light in LF/CF. He has Piscotty, Stanton and N Cruz for RF. This is a kind of dynasty (well a 25 keeper anyway). Which of those 3 would you target for my RF (given I don’t think Mazara will play every day this year yet), and that I can’t play all of my current LF/CF. Hamilton for Stanton? De shields for Cruz, Gomez for Piscotty or all too light?

        Thanks again…

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @BravesfanintheUK: It’s upside heavy so you could have some ERA/WHIP issues if Pax/Walker/Manaea have issues, but I like it. I have Paxton and Manaea all over the place and could see both as top 20 starters.

          I don’t think you’ll get someone to move Hamilton for Stanton, but you could try it if he needs speed. Deshields for Cruz likely wont get it done. Gomez for Piscotty could work if he needs speed.

          • Bravesfanintheuk says:
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            @The Great Knoche: thanks, massively appreciated!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Yes 2. I’d take Giancarlo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2. I’d take Villar 3. Too balanced? Looks solid, man

      • Bravesfanintheuk says:
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        @Grey: thanks so much as always Grey!

        Will def move someone for a RF now.

        But torn on whether upgrading to Villar at SS is worth losing out on save category. Will see what the cost is..!

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  118. Elwood Blues says:
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    NL only 5×5 keeper.. our auction is coming up.
    I have Turner as a keeper, but he’s only eligible as a 2b for our roster purposes. Do I keep Spangenberg for a $1 as MI (2b eligible only)and bid on a SS, when it looks like there might not be a lot to choose from at that position. Or trade Spangerberg for Cozart at $8. Cozart is not sexy, but there looks to be better options at 2b come auction day..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Spang

  119. DOC says:
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    C Norris
    1b Goldy
    2b odor
    3b rendon
    ss segura
    if hanley
    of springer, trumbo, inciarte, mazara
    util devon travis, carlos santana
    bench rajai, deshields

    9×9 cats /net steals/triples/ops

    Drop anyone for lorenzo cain or moreland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain over DeShields or Rajai, your choice

  120. juice says:
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    span vs greinke or heyward vs cmart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

  121. Corey says:
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    If you were in a H2H OPS league and had say $30-$40 to spend on a player, would you rather spend on a big bat like Encarnacion or Cruz to get the home runs, or get a 5-category player like Marte? I would have a tough time giving up 10-15 HRs by drafting Marte over one of those guys, but maybe I’m looking at it all wrong.

    • Grey

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      Depends more on # of teams

  122. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    I’m in an RCL that only has only one DL spot. The commissioner says he can’t fix it. Do you know if that’s right. Any other suggestions? I drafted Desmond late thinking that was a good move with two DL spots.

    • Grey

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      Someone had this problem a few days ago and it was fixed… Could you ask Truss in his last post?

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        @Grey: thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  123. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Schmohawks Bob says:
    April 1, 2017 at 11:11 am (link)
    Schmohawks Bob says:
    April 1, 2017 at 10:41 am (link)
    I’m in an RCL that only has only one DL spot. The commissioner says he can’t fix it. Do you know if that’s right. Any other suggestions? I drafted Desmond late thinking that was a good move with two DL spots.

    Reply
    GreyGrey says:
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    Someone had this problem a few days ago and it was fixed… Could you ask Truss in his last post?

    Reply
    Schmohawks Bob says:
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    @Grey: thanks.

    Reply

    Reply
    MattTrussMattTruss says:
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    Oh boy, I don’t know about this one Bob. I’m sorry. I think once it’s set-up it can’t be changed. About the only thing I could think to do would be to set up a new league and manually enter the rosters to make it right. That’s the bad thing about the ESPN custom leagues, you have no options to change things. The LM leagues you can, but not the custom.

    I’d be curious what the situation was that Grey is referring to…

    Reply
    Schmohawks Bob says:
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    @MattTruss: could you reach out to Grey?

    Reply

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I think it is what Fred said, right? Someone starts a new one and re-enters the players

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        @Grey: Commissioner won’t/ can’t do it because four members don’t reply. Crappy league, huh?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure, but agree with Truss’s comment in his post

  124. John says:
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    Votto for my VMart and Puljos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto

  125. Los Putos says:
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    Happy Saturday all

    another one of my teams, some feedback for pavor

    12 team roto 5×5, traditional, start 2 per IF (minus C), 5 OF and 2 UTIL

    C Rupp
    1b Goldy, abreu
    2b Dozier, Schimpf
    3b Seager, Longo
    ss A Russel, J Polanco
    OFJBJ, K Davis, Springer, Kepler, L Martin,
    UTIL Judge, Jank
    BN Renfroe, Deshizz

    start 7 P
    P Hamels, Cole, J Gray, Nola, McCullers, Oh, Giles
    BN Folty, Hammel, Nova

    Lost out on Glover being a closer, so he was dropped for Deshizz

    I think my power is ok and with Deshizz, Martin and Jank, my speed is solid (fingers crossed with deshizz)

    I like to have at least 3 closers and am thinking of offering up Judge to one guy who drafted 6 of them (dont ask).

    Judge for Bedrock (am a halos fan) or one of the others: Ramos, Dyson, Britton, Maurer, Treinen
    or hold and SAGNOF?
    thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid, but you don’t look very balanced… It’s like you have power and speed, but not from same players… Pitching looks fine, if a bit weak up top — Judge for Bed works for me

      • Los Putos says:
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        @Grey: yeah, much rather have the combo guys not fond of the one trick ponies but ill be looking to deal down the line.

        have a good one

        • Grey

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          You too!

  126. juice says:
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    hammell rocked again drop for a streamer he also starts @astros week 1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s spring training

      • juice says:
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        @Grey: would you drop him for this week and pick him up next week?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe, I’d look at SON

  127. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Grichuk or Delino as a bench bat?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grichuk

  128. Los Putos says:
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    Tweet by TEX beat writer Stefan Stevenson, Beltre looking more and more to start season on DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bummer

  129. RepublicOfNorthCorrea says:
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    5×5 Keeper League with 13 teams – only 18/30 MLB teams in player pool (No AL West, No NL West, No Twins, No Reds)

    Our 4th and 5th OF are Adam Frazier and Aaron Altherr (Tilson on DL, Bradley Zimmer in farm).

    Best available OF on waivers are:

    Jacob May
    Aaron Hicks
    Michael Taylor
    Jose Martinez

    Only factoring in this season, would you grab any of them over Altherr/Frazier?

    Also, Matt Adams is CI – should I drop and grab Jesus Aguilar or just hold Adams?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      May, Martinez over both — Aguilar over Adams

      • NoSoupForYu says:
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        @Grey: $150 FAB – how much would you put on each one?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aguilar — $2; Martinez $1 — wouldn’t go crazy

  130. Frank White says:
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    Sup Grey.. Can you tell me what you think on my draft in my 10 team h2h points

    Grandal
    Chris Davis
    Cano
    Frazier
    Baez
    Stanton
    McCutchen
    Adam Jones
    Andrus
    Morales
    JD Martinez

    Scherzer
    Sale
    Cole Hamels
    Harvey
    Matt Moore
    Nola
    T Walker
    Shoemaker
    Gio Gonz
    Lance Lynn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look stacked at pitching, which is important for Points, your hitting looks fine, but a tad boring, which isn’t bad

      • Frank White says:
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        From mATT Moore down who would you get rid of for a streaming spot? Also, How are your feelings on Lynn? Thanks Man and Goodluck this year. You always helped me through a lot n i tell everyone bout you guys. except opponents.. Lol

  131. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Happy Opening Weekend Grey!

    I have Freese and Jh. Peralta at Utility and Bench in my NL-Only H2H league. I need a 4th OF. Do you see one of Frazier or Almora getting enough ABs to justify dropping one of them. I think I’d be dropping Peralta because he may bat in the bottom of the order.

    Also, with Montero getting a bullpen spot and possibly getting some starts, would you stash him over Rondon right now, or do you feel Rondon could find save opps if Maddon decides to be cute with his BP or Davis goes down. Also, Uehera is pretty solid, and could find his way ahead of Rondon.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And to you! No I don’t see them getting enough ABs at least initially… Yes, Rondon will get save opps in case Davis goes down, but Koji would be 2nd

  132. Jon says:
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    Which side in a keeper league? 5×5 Aaron Sanchez or Sano?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jon: sanchez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano

  133. J-FOH says:
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    Did a 15 team NFBC 30 rounder last night… its weekly FAAB. 4 and a half hours draft. I’m still drained. I love my deep leagues!

    • J-FOH says:
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      oh I wrote that to say I got odor in the 3rd so I’ll be joining the prayer circle around America.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Odor!

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Room for me in that circle?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Get in here!

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: Comment needed moderating? Don’t you know who I am?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                You’ve been flagged for some reason, not sure

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: I did purchase the Tools subscription last night and I see I’m resgistered under my real name, even though my nickname displays in the comments. No biggie.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ah, hmm… Not sure, usually the comment thing gives us problems if there’s an apostrophe in the username, but not the problem here

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: how have I not been flagged? I demand to be flagged

          • J-FOH says:
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            @SteveNZ: Steve!

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @J-FOH: The very same.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! I’ve been at an in=person draft since 9 AM

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: a draft… around people…..that’s like going out for your birthday dinner and having hometown buffet

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  134. Doritos for Breakfast says:
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    10 team 6×6 with OPS as 6th category. With Trout taken, could you rank Betts, Arenado, Goldy, Bryant?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ranked at my rankings page

  135. Cohen says:
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    Grey,just finished 12 team roto,please tell me how i did?
    C- Rupp
    1B-Miggy
    2B-Turner
    SS-Russell
    3B-Rendon
    2B/SS-Odor
    1B/3B-Hanley
    OF-Stanton
    OF-Benintendi
    OF-Buxton
    OF-Kepler
    OF-Dahl(dl)
    Util-Semien
    Bn-DeShields
    P-Carrasco
    P-Maeda
    P-McCullers
    P-Walker
    P-Nova
    P-Familia
    P-Dyson
    P-Bedrosian
    P-Rodney
    P-Bush
    P-Viscaino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks light on speed, solid on both AVG and power… great pitching

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thank u

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No p

  136. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: 250 FAAB. How much to spend on Treiner? Other closers are melancon, bedrosian and jenmar.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $6

  137. swaggerjackers says:
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    @Grey: I somehow ended up in a 2 catcher league for the first time ever.

    In a weekly format, would you punt Hedges in favor of Yan Gomes?

    I drafted Hedges but in store for a really tough week against Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill, Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  138. Frank Lynch says:
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    fowler or andrus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler

  139. Derrick says:
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    Thoughts on this team in a 12-team, 5X5, H2h league?

    C – Weiters (273)
    1B – Rizzo (9)
    2B – Odor (Keeper 57)
    SS – Correa (Keeper 249)
    3B – Rendon (64)
    OF – Marte (16)
    Of – Pollack (40)
    OF – Kepler (105)
    Util – Abreu (33)
    Bench -3B – Justin Turner (129), SS- Marcus Seimen (256)

    SP’s – Darvish (keeper 136), Kenta Maeda (81), John Lackey (112), Rich Hill (88), Aaron Nola (177), Taijuan Walker (184), Joe Ross (208)

    RP’s – AJ Ramos (153), Dellin Betances (201), Jeanmar Gomez (225), Fernando Rodney (232), Sam Dyson (160)

    I felt I got good value. Good draft or bad?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look solid on hitting and pitching, see no real problem except your RPs are kinda bad

  140. Andrew Wilen says:
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    Grey, would love your thoughts on my roster here. You approved of my other league team, so I’m hoping for the same. This league is a keeper, snake draft.
    R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP and K, ERA, WHIP, QS, Saves. (2 catcher league)

    C – Gary Sanchez
    C – Tom Murphy
    1B – Miguel Cabrera
    2b – Rougned Odor
    SS – Carlos Correa
    3B – Maikel Franco
    CI – Greg Bird
    MI – Hernan Perez
    OF – Yoenis Cespedes
    OF – Mark Trumbo
    OF – Trea Turner
    OF – Leonys Martin
    OF – Manuel Margot
    Util – Gleybar Torres

    SPs: Danny Salazar, Jose Quintana, Lance McCullers, Jon Gray, Ivan Nova, Robbie Ray, Tyler Skaggs
    RPs: David Robertson, Cam Bedrosian, Blake Treinan, Jennmar Gomez

    Would appreciate your thoughts! Not listed is Austin Meadows who I believe will be up on at some point this season. I used this strategy the past few years to pick up Correa and Turner on a low round keeper pick.

    • Andrew Wilen says:
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      @Andrew Wilen: also – a 12 team league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • Andrew Wilen says:
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        @Grey: 12

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look low on power, high on speed, solid on OBP… Your pitching looks decent but not dominant

  141. chris pierce says:
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    Grey

    Please rank my team as I just did my 10 team keeper draft. HR/R/RBI/SBOBP QS WHIP ERA k/9 SV.

    To start I didn’t have a 2nd, 5th, 7th and 8th pick. Also there was a big screw up in this draft as I loss my 6th rd, person forgot to add it. i was mad i could of had a guy like gausman or piscotty. instead i needed i added joc pederson. please let me know your thoughts? by trading those early picks i gained later picks.

    c – Grandal
    1b – Freeman
    2b – LeMiehu
    3b – Arenado
    ss – Seager C
    of – marte
    of – bradley jr
    of – polanco
    u – pederson j

    bench
    1b – joseph
    3b – moncada
    3b – castenllos
    of – broxton
    of – pence
    of – kepler

    sp – kershaw
    sp – strausburg
    sp- salazar
    sp – lackey
    sp – gray j
    rp – bedrosian
    rp – gilles

    sp – glasnow
    sp – pineda
    sp – manena

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look low on power and speed for this shallow of a league… Now that I see your pitching I see why, you have Kershaw and Strasburg

  142. The Alchemist says:
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    Hip Hip Hooray!

    It’s Opening Day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get it!

  143. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Happy Opening Day! Could really use some last minute pre-lineup lock advice!

    I’m a bit rusty on my FAAB claims, and thought Dahl would be DL’d before lineup lock (still hoping for that!), so I inadvertently ended up with 2 extra players over my roster limit and an overcrowded outfiled, adding Ryu (cool!), DeShizz (nice!), and Matt Holliday (good sub for JD Mart or my Yankee homer-ism?).

    If Dahl is DL’d before weekly lineup lock, I only need to drop 1. If Dahl isn’t DL’d, I’ll need to drop 2.

    Who are the first and second most droppable guys from the below group? FYI keeper league.

    Peralta, Holliday, DeShizz, Triggs, R. Mondesi

    In case relevant:

    -12 team, 5 OF league

    – my other OFs to play with are Dahl [injured], JDM [DL], Polanco, Keon, Rajai, Jankowski, plus prospects Tapia + Meadows

    -Schoop is my regular 2B but I’m very curious if Mondesi can keep his spring going

    -Triggs I’m streaming against the righty-heavy Angels. If I drop him, then I would need to start Ryu in Colorado, which would be . . . a bold choice.

    Thanks!

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Since it’s weekly lineups, Peralta seems like the easy #1 drop because he is expected to be platooned. No idea who the second drop should be (Mondesi even though he could be very interesting?)

      My OF is speed heavy because the next fastest starters I have are Goldy, Story, Rizzo, and Brad Miller . . . so looking to my OF for the big SB numbers, particularly while JD is on the shelf.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Peralta, Holliday

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Losing Holliday over Raul Mondesi, bold! Sounds like you’re as interested in Raul as I am. Hopefully Dahl gets DL’d first so I don’t need to make the decision.

        PS – thanks for the help / referral to Rudy with my account, he sorted it out really quickly. And now my avatar even carries over!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  144. Nightmare! says:
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    Happy Opening day Greylord!

    1) 5 game beef Wellington or 7 game Zunino?

    2) Renfroe against kershaw, maeda, bum this week or Beltran 7 game week or Broxton 7 game week or Haniger 7 game week. Pick 1 please

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zunino — Haniger

  145. Eduardo Almaguer says:
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    Happy Opening Day, Grey! First, I want to wish you and the Razz crew another successful season. As usual, I’ve already signed up for the SON/HIT tools to guide me to another championship!

    I’m slow drafting right now in a 14-team standard league with yahoo=sized rosters but with MI & CI.

    Here’s my team thus far:

    C-
    1B- Joey Votto
    2B- Rougned Odor
    3B- Anthony Rendon
    SS-Carlos Correa
    CI-
    MI-
    OF- Yoenis, X, X,
    Util-

    SP- Carrasco, Hill
    RP- Melancon

    Guys that might be avaialble in three picks, which is 126 overall.

    Hitters I’m interested in: JD Martinez, Bird, Kepler, Buxton
    Pitchers: Lackey, Kimbrel, McCullers,

    I’m thinking Bird and Lackey. Lackey to help stabilize Hill and Carrasco’s riskiness and Bird because I need to own him everywhere I can.

    Do any two picks stand out to you above those?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bird, Lackey

  146. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Decided to squeeze one last draft in last night, and I’m glad I did. Finally got a share of Trea. Got additional shares of Miggy, Odor, deGrom, Maeda, Paxton, Broxton, Lackey, Urias, and a few others too. Some serious hype on Bird now. He went in the 8th!

    It’s good to have real baseball back. Happy Opening Day everyone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Pumped!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: dah… today is tv money opening day. Tomorrow is the real opening day

  147. Buckler says:
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    After much of your advice helped me reach the finals last year, I basically went all-in on your rankings this year. So much so that I’m thinking of changing my team name to “Grey Matters!”. Anyway, here’s what you helped me build for 2017 (so far) H2H pts league:

    C McCann (last pick of the draft….blech)
    1B Goldy
    2B Ooooo That Smell
    3B Donaldson
    SS Addison Russell
    OF Springer
    OF JBJ
    OF Grichuk
    UTIL/DH Freddie Freeman
    BENCH: Rendon, Buxton, Kepler

    Pitchers (didn’t draft my first one until Duffy in the 6th rd):
    Duffy
    Gausman
    Lackey
    Nola
    Robbie Ray
    Giles
    Herrera
    Folty
    Hammel
    Gio G
    Pomeranz

    If I win the league with this team, I’m buying your book (and all your future internet peddlings). THANKS FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • Buckler says:
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        12 teams. BTW, Haniger is still a FA….should I add him in favor of either of the Twins OFs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need to switch bench bats at this point… I like the hitting, you look solid for points… Might need a bit better on pitching for points, you look a little weak/risky on SPs

      • Buckler says:
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        Agreed on the pitching….lots of upside (but…??.). Pitchers went crazy early in this draft so I stayed on the hitting. Perhaps an in season trade of a bat for a ace-ish starter.

        Any SP targets you’d recommend?

        Thanks again Grey! As always, looking forward to all your posts this season

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t trade yet, I’d let the season play for a week or two to see what you really have

  148. Cohen says:
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    Grey, Osuna on DL, Grilli the add?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  149. Derrick says:
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    Been told by some of my “friends” I could use some more power. Got offered Trumbo and Hammel for Darvish. Do it?

    Thanks.

    C – Weiters (273)
    1B – Rizzo (9)
    2B – Odor (Keeper 57)
    SS – Correa (Keeper 249)
    3B – Rendon (64)
    OF – Marte (16)
    Of – Pollack (40)
    OF – Kepler (105)
    Util – Abreu (33)
    Bench -3B – Justin Turner (129), SS- Marcus Seimen (256)

    SP’s – Darvish (keeper 136), Kenta Maeda (81), John Lackey (112), Rich Hill (88), Aaron Nola (177), Taijuan Walker (184), Joe Ross (208)

    RP’s – AJ Ramos (153), Dellin Betances (201), Jeanmar Gomez (225), Fernando Rodney (232), Sam Dyson (160)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need Darvish more

  150. Jon says:
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    Which hitter should I add – purely upside play? Puig, Kepler, Healy, Travis, Margot, Tim Anderson, Judge, Renfroe, Suarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge

  151. Jon says:
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    Who to add?

    Chris Owings, Danny Valencia, Rajai Davis, Granderson, Holliday, Jankowski, Starlin Castro, Tommy Joseph, Finnegan, Hammel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tom-Jo

  152. josh says:
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    Starting gray at brewers tomorrow ?

    Thanks melancon!!!!

  153. Dongo says:
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    Hey Grey!
    Trade question: which side would you rather have in a h2h points league? They count walks, k’s, TB’s for hitters and pretty standard points for pitchers plus QS’s.

    1. Bautista + Ivan Nova OR Lance Lynn
    2. Greg Polanco + James Paxton

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  154. ryanoger says:
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    10 team h2h redraft

    Weak in Runs and Steals

    FAs up for grabs- Bruxton, Jay Bruce, Napoli, Ozuna, Keirmaier, and Cron

    Any of the above over these guys on my team?

    Kepler, Schoop, Mazara, Buxton, DeShields

    thanks grey! baseball is baaaaack!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look at my rankings

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Good deal,

        I did that already just making sure based on my needs, I’m good to go then based on rankings then. Thanks grey, early second guessin’, I’ll stop I promise.

  155. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    for the first time ever i lost my last 9 picks in 14 team small money league h2h with QS/total bases/k per 9, OBP over average, hits added due to internet failure in a MF’ing coffee shop, which moved me to another coffee shop for another draft, which closed mid-draft, but good news this last time i did a queue for the bigger money 2nd draft and by the time i got to a 3rd coffee shop down the street i didn’t miss anything. anywhoo in THIS league i got screwed on not getting a 3rd closer, no SP depth, and pretty ugly bench bats (already dropped r-zimm and didi). only have 3 DL’s.
    C
    1B myers (4)
    2B villar (3)
    SS miller (12)
    3B longo (7)
    OF trout (ONLY time this year)
    OF stanton (2, wow, end of 2nd round)
    OF cargo 2 (15)
    util to-jo (14)
    util choo (20, OBP rater loves him)
    BN reddick (will probably be dropping)
    DL desmond (9)
    DL t.murphy (17, auto picked, but i still like it)
    SP (want 7 of these, only have 5 decent ones)
    – carmart (5, waited all the way to pick 57 still got him)
    – duffy (6)
    -lackey (10)
    – shoemaker (13)
    -kennedy (18)
    RP (4)
    -kimbrel (8)
    – familia (11, very happy with 1st 2 closers, would’ve easily had a 3rd, probably bedrosian)
    – capps (21, autoed, but i probably would’ve grabbed him anyway later)
    – no 4th yet
    and both of mchugh/smyly autopicked.
    so if i drop all of mchugh/smyly/reddick i’ll have 7 open spots. what order should i attack these positions, and what order of each group in the positions
    1. SP – need 2, but one will be a streamer probably (skaggs, j.garcia, finnegan, hammel, ed-rod, andriese, straily)
    2. catcher (rupp, hedges)
    3. BN hitter (jankowski, leonys, duda, schebler, harrison, o.arcia, saunders)
    4. prospect stash 1 spot (meadows, brinson, zimmer, winker, hader)
    5. RP (need 2 if i drop both of mchugh/smyly, capps goes into a DL spot): bearclaw/storen/lorenzen/hudson/bush/gregerson/knebel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Skaggs, Garcia 2. Hedges 3. Leonys 4. Meadows 5. Bearclaw, Hudson

  156. Brett says:
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    100 faab 12 team league how much for Delino Deshields?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $3

  157. Not the real Doug Sisk says:
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    Been offered Taillon, Betances and Joe Musgrove for Danny Salazar and Joe Ross. I think Salazar is probably the best pitcher in the deal, but I’m spooked by his walk numbers and potential arm issues. 5×5 15 team mixer, we start 8 pitchers and don’t distinguish between RP and SP, with a mostly meaningless innings limit. Saves are at a premium. The rest of my staff is Cueto, Fulmer, Jon Gray, Kenley J, Blake Treinan, and Jim Johnson (with Liriano and Chris Devenski on the bench). Do the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar side

  158. Stephen Lyon says:
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    I saw further up you advised against starting Cole against the Sawx. How about H2H? Do you take him for a spin there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

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