After Jada Pinkett Smith started the #closerssowhite controversy, boycotting SAGNOF until there were more black closers, because her husband, Will Smith, wasn’t immediately anointed closer of the Brewers, the entire MLB began a well-needed discussion about race.  Our Commissioner Manfred said, “I thought about this for a brief second, then I realized the entire league is Dominican.  I mean, before I was chosen as commissioner I had to vacation in Punta Cana for a long weekend just to ‘feel the vibe’ as Selig said.”  Jada Pinkett Smith said she will not sleep until her husband gets saves or Torii Hunter comes out of retirement and is made closer of one of those real white teams, “Maybe Minnesota.”  Closers So White lives on.  Will Smith’s closer season, however, looks about as promising as an After Earth sequel.  On Saturday, it was reported he tore his LCL.  He tore his 150?  That’s like when Pablo Sandoval’s dyslexic cousin saw Pablo tore his 501’s.  My money’s on Jeremy Jeffress getting the most saves in Milwaukee this year.  My money also has Alfred E. Neuman on it.  Jeffress is the top guy from the Brewers pen in my top 500 with Corey Knebel up next.  The fantasy baseball war room has been updated, as well.  (By the way, some rejected titles for this post were Collateral Ligaments of the World Ain’t Nothing But Trouble and Will Smith Gettin’ Limpy With It.)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Ryan Braun – Already suffering from a stiff back after having back surgery this offseason.  I have the feeling Braun is going to have a 18-homer season while struggling to stay on the field.  I’m not moving him down in my rankings, but I’m also not excited about drafting him.  Steamer hitter projections has him down for 24 HRs and 17 SBs in 141 games, and that feels generous at this point.  Maybe 18/12 is more realistic?  I don’t know, but I will say 24/17 feels like the ceiling rather than the floor while the basement is being remodeled by the Property Brothers for Braun to move into.

Jon Gray – Diagnosed with a strained abdomen and will miss a week of the season.  Prior to this, he was diagnosed with a “Pitches at Coors,” so he was an avoid anyway.  If you’re a fan of the director of Straight Outta Compton, that’s F. Jon Gray.

Troy Tulowitzki – X-rays on his knuckles came back negative after he was hit by a pitch on the hand.  You could tweet “Tulo is hurt” and pin it for the whole season.

Will Venable – Released by the Indians like a smoke signal or Wayne Newton from a casino contract.  As previously reported, I added Tyler Naquin into the top 100 outfielders.  If the Indians couldn’t have an Al Naquin, at least they have a Tyler.

Michael Brantley – Unlikely to be ready for OD.  No one is, man.  I was watching the Amy documentary and– *intern whispers in my ear*  I’m told OD is Opening Day.

Jake Arrieta – Has a blister on his thumb.  Don’t worry, his Opening Day start isn’t in Dire Straits.

Kris Medlen – Will be the Royals 5th starter.  True or false, I have him ranked in my top 100 starters.  True and false.  He’s ranked in the top 100, but outside of the top 100.  Oh, Grey, you are a puzzle brain.

Eric O’FlahertyBraves acquired him from the Pirates for cash.  The cash was said to be more than three dollars but less than seven.

Tyler Moore – Acquired by the Braves for Nate Freiman.  This reminds me of the trade I made in middle school of a Milli Vanilli CD for a Gregg Jefferies rookie card.  At least the Gregg Jefferies rookie card took up less space.

A.J. Pollock – “Mint” Chip Hale is not ruling out a DL stint for Pollock to begin the year.  This doesn’t sound like a big deal at all.  Just some elbow thing.  I’d continue to draft him aggressively.  *opens up A.J. Pollock schmohawk post and laughs maniacally*  Cougs, I will take out the garbage in a minute, I’m laughing maniacally right now!  Geez, woman!

Steven Wright – Will be the fifth starter until Eduardo Rodriguez returns at the end of April.  Steven Wright drolly said, “I hope I don’t let anyone down.  But no promises if I have to carry David Ortiz.”

Pablo Sandoval – Experiencing back tightness.  Red Sox haven’t ruled him out for Opening Day.  The Red Sox caterer would really like a decision on the matter so he knows how much to prepare.

Brock Holt – Could usurp Rusney Castillo for the left field job.  Usurp is also what I want to name my ramen shop, except spelled U•Surp.  It wouldn’t shock me if Holt takes the job and Rusney becomes a 4th outfielder.  Brucely, they’re both 4th outfielders.  I drafted Holt in one league for his Swiss Army knife-ness of eligibility.  With him, anything’s POSsible.

Daniel Norris – Has non-displaced fractures in his back.  Brad Ausmus said the injury sounds worse than it is.  Ausmus is the first Jew ever to play down an injury.  Tigers say Norris’s timetable doesn’t change (missing just a few starts), which sounds completely unlikely.

Victor Martinez – On track to play Tuesday.  Brad Ausmus said, “(V-Mart) said he felt absolutely nothing.  He really hasn’t felt anything for about five days,” when asked if V-Mart still had a pulse, Ausmus slowly walked out of the room.  Situation developing!

Scott Kazmir – Left Saturday’s game with an abdominal injury, which comes a week after he was dealing with decreased velocity.  Was almost one full preseason roundup without a Dodgers injury.  Ya know, I’m not sure how I feel about the Dodgers remaking M.A.S.H.  It was such an iconic TV show/movie of its time.  In related news, a little red man with horns was seen driving around with a Trump bumper sticker, asking where the Dodgers train in the preseason so he could collect a soul.  Seems like Kazmir’s full season last year had some stipulations.

Yasmani Grandal – Dave Roberts hopes to have Grandal for Opening Day.  Yeah, someone’s gotta catch, pitch and play left field for the Dodgers.

Evan Gattis – Will start the year on the DL.  No surprise, he was always pegged to miss a week or two in April.  Or he was always April’d to miss a week or two in Peg, if you have female name dyslexia.

Tyler White – When the promise of spring couldn’t be more pulchritudinous, Prince Fielder hit the veggie buffet and went heavy on the kale.  Oh, sorry, didn’t hear you come in.  I was just updating Casey at the Bat.  Sure glad I don’t need to say pulchritudinous for my book on tape; I’ll leave that to George Will!  So, Tyler White is now in the lead for the 1st base job in Houston until A.J. Reed emerges.  So what’s that, a two month audition?  Sounds like he’s auditioning for Kubrick.  Will only play two months?  Nothing here!  Dot dot dot.  Or is there?!   White could take over or platoon with Valbuena when Reed comes up.  White doesn’t K and walks a lot.  That get your juices flowing?  Meh, a little for me, but not much.  He has Loney-ish power, which is to say droppers between the 2nd baseman and right fielder.  I added him in the top 20 1st basemen, and gave him the projections of 47/9/52/.274/1.

Matt Wieters – Played catch from 120 feet.  Too bad he didn’t play catch with 120 feet.  That would be cool.  Like a flash mob of Hacky Sackers.

Justin Masterson – Will hold a showcase on Monday.  Right now, he’s writing on a sign in magic marker “Ray Searage” and affixing it to a folding chair, which will be his last production design touch for his updated Waiting for Godot.

Dae-Ho Lee – Made the Mariners team to face lefties at first base and maybe DH.  Lee hopes his addition will be more than just as a modification on adjectives, verbs and other adverbs.  Fangraphs, which has never said a negative word about any Mariner ever, managed to say some nice things about Lee, but only barely.  They said he was better than Chris Carter and Pedro Alvarez, which is the usual Mariner homerism.  I’d bet anyone that Lee won’t approach those guys in value.  Lee is going to be 34 years old this year, looks like Billy Butler ate Godzilla and might get 250 ABs.  Nothing to see here for fantasy unless he breaks out.

Jesus Montero – Designated for assignment.  Hopefully, Jesus will emerge again next Easter.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Still feels discomfort in his wrist.  You’d have to pay me to draft Ellsbury.  Not much.  Hey, I’m a cheap date.  But I still wouldn’t draft him without some form of compensation.

Alex Rodriguez – Could retire after the 2017 season.  Will give him more time to hang out with his best friend, a mirror.

  1. JakeTPE says:
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    With the Medlen news, ecologists and fantasy baseball players alike breathe a collective sigh of relief: The endangered flat-billed pitchypus, not yet extinct!

  2. VinWins

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    Money For Nothing! I got one!

    Immediately after last night’s RCL draft, the 1st overall pick was traded for a 6th rounder and 10th rounder – Trout for Greinke and Hanley.

    • VinWins

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      @VinWins: Same league, one team drafted:
      4 Cody Allen, Cle RP
      21 Yan Gomes, Cle C
      28 Jason Kipnis, Cle 2B
      45 Mike Moustakas, KC 3B
      52 Corey Kluber, Cle SP
      69 Wade Davis, KC RP
      76 Francisco Lindor, Cle SS
      93 Adam Eaton, CWS OF
      100 Carlos Santana, Cle 1B
      117 Cody Anderson, Cle SP
      124 Evan Gattis, Hou DH
      141 Francisco Rodriguez, Det RP
      148 Brad Ziegler, Ari RP
      165 Jay Bruce, Cin OF
      172 Mark Teixeira, NYY 1B
      189 Mike Fiers, Hou SP
      196 Gio Gonzalez, Wsh SP
      213 Anibal Sanchez, Det SP
      220 Logan Forsythe, TB 2B
      237 Brad Miller, TB SS
      244 Howie Kendrick, LAD 2B
      261 Joey Gallo, Tex OF
      268 Alex Rodriguez, NYY DH
      285 Jarrod Dyson, KC OF
      292 Ryan Madson, Oak RP

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @VinWins:
        A Midwest owner ?

      • Mike says:
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        @VinWins:

        I’m in a league with some people that used to work for the Indians. They are my favorite team also, but I never draft them because everyone takes those guys about 2-3 rounds earlier than they should go.

      • MattTruss

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        I’d claim he was an Indians homer, but he didn’t even get the best Indians…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @VinWins: Maybe he thought he was in JB’s REL league and owned the Indians

      • Indians Fan says:
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        @VinWins: @VinWins: Those Indians picks are more depressing than being a Cleveland fan.

        • Duckbillgates says:
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          @Indians Fan: I think the most interesting thing about that is the order in which he drafted those Indians. Homer is one thing, but who thinks “I better take Yan Gomes now … Kluber and Lindor will be there six rounds later.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Wow, that’s puzzling

  3. Bread n Mustard says:
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    Hello Gray,

    Do you know a certain tool (or article) which tells us around when a player should be drafted in a certain type of league? For an example, in H2H where one can stream pitchers Clayton Kershaw can be drafted around the 7th round. I believe I saw something like that here a while ago. Thank you!

  4. Noam says:
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    Good stuff Grey! Franco is tearing it up this spring…this year’s breakout?

    Any concern over Polanco and his shoulder? I’ve heard rumblings that he’ll be hitting 6th or 7th….still love him?

    • Grey

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      @Noam: No concern about Polanco… Yeah, I like Franco, I say he’s Arenado in the rankings

  5. RJ says:
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    Grey, I just drafted my 12-team 6×6(OPS, QS and we use K/9 instead of K’s), mixed league. We keep 3 guys at the round they were drafted in, the year before. My team from pick #10

    C. Nick Hundley (19)
    1B. Anthony Rizzo (1)
    2B. Jonathan Schoop (17)
    3B. Maikel Franco (5)
    SS. Jean Segura (15)
    CI. Albert Pujols (6)
    MI. Trevor Story (18)
    OF. Starling Marte (2)
    OF. Justin Upton (4)
    OF. Lorenzo Cain (13)*
    OF. Delino DeShields (11)
    OF. Joc Pederson (10)
    UTIL. Nick Castellanos (23)
    BN. Yasmany Tomas (24)

    SP. Noah Syndergaard (3)
    SP. Jake Arrieta (7)*
    SP. Danny Salazar (8)
    SP. Michael Pineda (9)
    SP. Taijuan Walker (12)
    SP. Carlos Rodon (14)
    SP. Yu Darvish (22)*
    SP. Jose Berrios (20)
    SP. Sean Manaea (25)
    RP. Drew Storn (16)
    RP. Fernando Rodney (21)

    How did I do? What are my weak spots? Thanks for the help, been reading you a long time, have a good day!

    • Grey

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      @RJ: I love the team, solid balance of hitting and pitching… Not much to complain about… Yasmany and Manaea are whatever, but that’s fine for endgame flyers

  6. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey, I was wondering if I could get an opinion on my team, see where I need to fill up some stats haha

    12 Team Yahoo League with OBP and QS

    C: Derek Norris
    1B: Adrian Gonzalez
    2B: Jonathan Schnoop
    3B: Todd Frazier
    SS: Manny Machado
    CI: Maikel Franco
    MI: Brett Lawrie
    OF: Mookie Betts
    OF: J.D. Martinez
    OF: Michael Brantley
    OF: Brandon Belt
    Util: Albert Pujols

    SP: Danny Salazar
    SP: Taijuan Walker
    RP: Arodys Vizcaino
    RP: Fernando Rodney
    P: Hisashi Iwakuma
    P: Aaron Nola
    P: Yordano Ventura
    P: Steven Matz
    Bench: Robert Osuna
    Bench: David Hernandez
    Bench: Kevin Gausman
    Bench: Andrew Heaney
    Bench: Joe Ross

    Thank you!

    • Grey

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      @Eric: The hitting looks solid, the pitching looks decent, but a tad risky/upsidey…Not bad though, I do like the guys you drafted

      • Eric says:
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        @Grey: Haha I gotta catch that lightning in a bottle!

  7. White says:
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    Not related to anything you said in this post…but like the person you never want to talk to at a party I want to tell you about my fantasy team dilemma.

    AL Only 12 team keeper $260 cap.
    Pre draft trade offer:
    $20 Carrasco and $11 Cain for $6 Rodon and $6 Buxton.

    Carrasco/Cain last year of contract. Rodon/Buxton 3 years of control.
    I’m trading Carrasco side, already keeping sale, kuechel, Salazar.

    Would you do? Am I giving up too much current value for wishful thinking breakouts? Does the extra $19 at the draft tip it to my side? And why do they call you Grey? Is it a Gandalf thing?

    • Grey

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      @White: Ha, I’d want Cain

  8. Jason says:
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    Hi Grey

    I’m in a H2H 12-team 10×9 dynasty “keep forever” league. We have 40 man rosters (32 MLB and 8 MiLB). The categories are:

    R H HR RBI SB BB K AVG OPS TB and
    IP K/9 K/BB HR W QS WHIP ERA SV+HLD

    I need to upgrade my pitching depth. I have an offer where I trade Desmond for Samardzaji

    At SP I have – Arrieta/Carrasco/Cueto/Lester/Leake/ERamirez/Hughes/Hill

    At SS I have – Desmond/Suarez/Aybar/TAnderson

    Will I be too weak at shortstop if I trade Desmond away?

    Which side would you want?

  9. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    I once traded a C+C Music Factory cassette, I believe it was “Gonna Make You Sweat”, for a David Robinson rookie card.

    • @Mrs.Featherbottom: Yeah and I only listened to it twice before my stupid baby neighbor took it in the other room with a pencil…looking back, I should have held on to my black closer card…

  10. Your mom says:
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    In a 20 tm keep 8 league.. Trade my c. Gomez and a 2nd rd pick for his g. Polanco and 6th rd pick? I know its early but i should take it right? Thanks!

  11. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team 5×5 OBP h2h with budget for moves

    C Mesoraco
    1B Rizzo
    2B Odor
    3B Franco
    SS Lindor
    OF Betts
    OF JD Martinez
    OF J Upton
    UTL Belt
    BN Park

    SP: Archer, Kuechel, Wacha, Stroman, CMart, Iglesias, Severino, Corbin, Aaron Sanchez

    RP: McGee, Storen, Jeffress

    Really happy with the way my offense turned out. Pretty much hit all of my targets except for Pederson but I was able to snag Belt late and he looks ready for a breakout. Was hoping to grab DeShields or Santana as my bench bat but took Park as a consolation prize.

    Since it’s a shallow h2h, felt a little more comfortable taking some risks with my pitching considering the upside could be worth it. I know a few of these guys aren’t your favorites but I just took the cards I was dealt (I literally took two cards!). Was hoping to grab Syndergaard and Carrasco but they were sniped. Closers aren’t anything special but SAGNOF!

    Limited budget for moves but…

    1) Hold Park or drop for D. Peralta, Vmart, Arod, Krush, Moreland, Lind

    2) Hold Aaron Sanchez or drop for Colome, Anibal, J. Ross, Rodney, E. Santana, Nicasio

    3) Hold Mesoraco or drop for Grandal when/if he is healthy? Grandal looks really nice in OBP.

  12. C says:
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    Grey,

    Just had my first draft last night (12-team Yahoo! 6×6 (OBP, HR, R, TB, NSB, RBI / K, NS, H, QS, ERA, WHIP) with 1250 IP cap. I picked 4th overall and was sniped a few times (missed Springer and Strasburg by 1 pick) and drafted a few guys I wasn’t planning to (like Price and Hamilton). Would love to know your thoughts and any stats you think I should try to address early in the season. Thanks!

    C – M. Wieters
    1B – A. Rizzo
    2B – J. Schoop
    3B – M. Franco
    SS – F. Lindor
    LF – J. Upton
    CF – D. DeShields
    RF – C. Davis
    Util – B. Hamilton
    Util – K. Davis
    Bench – B. Buxton
    Bench – D. Valencia

    SP – D. Price
    SP – C. Carrasco
    SP – J. Samardzija
    SP – T. Walker
    SP – P. Corbin
    RP – K. Jansen
    RP – S. Casilla
    RP – T. Watson
    P – D. O’Day
    P – K. Jespen
    Bench – J. Berios
    Bench – J. Ross

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C: Team is a bit imbalanced on offense, but Hamilton will do that to you… Also a tad upsidey… Your pitching is very strong

  13. Ryan says:
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    Grey, thoughts on my team? Thanks!

    15 team league

    C (2): WRamos/JT Realmuto
    Middle INF (3): BLawrie/CSeager/MSemien
    Corner INF (4): LDuda/MMoustakas/BHPark/APujols
    OF (5): DDeshieldsJR/MOzuna/DPeralta/GPolanco/CYelich
    P (9): KGiles/ERamirez/CRodon/TRosenthal/TRoss/MPineda/MTanaka/MWacha/AWainwright

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: You look weak on AVG, power….Pitching is a mess

  14. ButchHudkeyLives says:
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    Weird Auction draft question. Friday I had my 10 team NL only auction draft, Nola Arenado was my only topper and I had been looking to keep him. So bidding goes as normal until one person is left who then proceeds to bid 5 more times driving up the price on purpose. has anyone seen this kind of move before? Was I right to get angry over it?

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @ButchHudkeyLives: under what rationale would it be, since you didn’t get what you wanted?

  15. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Oh hey…did I not mention I also had my RCL draft with Tehol last tonight too? In fact the two drafts actually overlapped for an hour and I was busy running back and forth between two computers at my office like a mad man. Anyways here is my RCL (with far less information)

    C Wellington
    1B Cabrera
    2B Odor
    3B Machado
    SS Russell
    MI B. Lawrie
    CI Longoria
    OF Blackmon
    OF Braun
    OF Puig
    OF Souza Jr.
    OF Kiermeier
    UTL D. Santana
    BN Semien

    SP Syndergaard, Felix, Smyly, Odorizzi, McCullers, E. Santana

    RP Rondon, Ramos, Perkins, Grilli, Colome

    Despite the SAGNOF mantra, I made a conscious effort to gets some dependable middle tier closers. I seems like every year in the RCL I always get screwed on closers and am never the quickest to the waiver.

    1) Kiermeier looks like my weakest bat…hold or drop for Plouffe, Beltran, Lind, Werth, Valbuena, Olivera, Rasmus, Cron, Lamb

    2) Hold E. Santana or drop for Cashner, Eovaldi, Fister, D. Hernandez, Nicasio

    3) Hold Wellington or drop for Norris, Grandal, Ramos

  16. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Drew Hutchison, after being hit in the head by the catcher’s throw to 2B, “That’s what you get for walking the leadoff guy.”

  17. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – I have my redraft OBP H2H draft tonight + was targeting Yasmani as my sneaky $1 obp stud catcher. Should I be looking elsewhere (meso, Martin, someone else?) based on Yasmani’s arm, or are you not too concerned?

    Also, what do you think about the ATL closer situation? Think Arodys is the guy at this point, or will they try Grilli first for trade value purposes?

    Thanks!

  18. gangreen says:
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    I already have boagarts and corey seager, and actually orlando arcia is on the waivor wire. Should I trade addison russell for schoop. 16 teams rotisseri.

  19. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – I have my redraft OBP H2H draft tonight + was targeting Yasmani as my sneaky $1 obp stud catcher. Should I be looking elsewhere (meso, Martin, someone else?) based on Yasmani’s arm, or do you have yasnotsomani concerns?

    Also, what do you think about the ATL closer situation? Think Arodys is the guy at this point, or will they try Grilli first for trade value purposes?

    Thanks!

  20. Fantasy Newb says:
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    Hey Grey,
    10 team H2H 5×5 how’d I do?
    Goldschmidt (3)
    Scherzer (18)
    Betts (23)
    Cano (38)
    Kluber (43)
    Jones (58)
    Fielder (63)
    Better (78)
    Ellsbury (83)
    Samardzija (98)
    Familia (103)
    Liriano (118)
    Peralta (123)
    Duda (138)
    Burns (143)
    Sal Perez (158)
    Odorizzi (163)
    K Marte (178)
    Rodon (183)
    Street (198)

    • Fantasy Newb says:
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      @Fantasy Newb:
      Souza (203)
      Berrios (218)
      McCullers (223)
      Gausman (238)
      Villar (243)
      Realmuto (258)
      Nicasio (263)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fantasy Newb: Team looks solid for as much as I can tell

  21. cliffyw says:
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    Tyler White is 3B eligible, at least in both Yahoo and CBS. Where would he rank among 3B, above or below Sandoval?

    • Grey

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      @cliffyw: You see the projections I gave him?

  22. SF says:
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    Just finished prepping my team for my usual 12 team 7×7 league (OBP and SLG additional cats for offense, QS and H for pitching, also we use K/9 instead of raw Ks)

    Here’s how my team shook out:
    (3) Bryce Harper (Was – OF)
    (22) George Springer (Hou – OF)
    (27) Chris Davis (Bal – 1B,OF)
    (46) Todd Frazier (CWS – 3B)
    (51) Jason Heyward (ChC – OF)
    (70) Danny Salazar (Cle – SP)
    (75) Grégory Polanco (Pit – OF)
    (94) Francisco Lindor (Cle – SS)
    (99) Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    (118) Huston Street (LAA – RP)
    (123) Carlos Rodon (CWS – SP)
    (142) Taijuan Walker (Sea – SP)
    (147) Shawn Tolleson (Tex – RP)
    (166) Mike Moustakas (KC – 3B)
    (171) Starlin Castro (NYY – 2B,SS)
    (190) Yordano Ventura (KC – SP)
    (195) Jonathan Schoop (Bal – 2B)
    (214) Drew Storen (Tor – RP)
    (219) Darren O’Day (Bal – RP)
    (238) Welington Castillo (Ari – C)
    (243) Brett Lawrie (CWS – 2B,3B)
    (262) Kelvin Herrera (KC – RP)
    (267) Nick Castellanos (Det – 3B)
    (286) Keone Kela (Tex – RP)
    (291) Wil Myers (SD – 1B,OF)
    (310) Juan Nicasio (Pit – RP)
    (315) Daniel Norris (Det – SP)
    (334) Aaron Hicks (NYY – OF)

    • nick the dick says:
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      @SF: That’s a really good question

    • Grey

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      @SF: You look like you have a solid team, light on speed, but in a SLG I’d expect that…

  23. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Remember we talked about taking Maeda and Leake at 2 and 7? Well Maeda went first overall and I took Leake and Marco Estrada at 2 and 7 overall. Did I do ok? Would you drop Choo to pick up nick Hundley to back up Posey?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        >Grey

        Nope to what? Did bad with picks or drop Choo for Hundley

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        woukd you rather have Marco Estrada or Matt Moore

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Moore

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            So drop Estrada for Matt Moore

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                Ok what about getting a backup c for posey

  24. Mynameis says:
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    Hey grey my pitching seems too risky wanted some thoughts on a possible trade already:

    Kluber
    Salazar
    Walker
    Pineda
    Iglesias
    Joe Ross
    Odorizzi
    Nola
    Heaney

    My outfield is this: HARPER trout Pederson deshields ozuna

    Would you move an outfielder and pitcher for a better pitcher in return? I was thinking ozuna and Pineda for cole Hanels type?

    Also, Jason hammel went undrsfted. Drop Heaney for hammel?

    As always, thank you.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Mynameis: Hold.

      Hammel.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mynameis: I’d just drop Heaney for Hammel and hold

  25. WillisReid says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Iglesias got a late start to ST, hasn’t gone deeper than 3 innings and has been getting tagged. His update says he may have shortened starts to start the year.

    Should I stream his spot and pick him back up later, or stream a guy like Smyly’s spot and hang on to Iglesias, or just pitch him?

  26. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Would you drop Neil Walker for Joe Panik

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Panik is younger better defensively

        • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: why are you caring about “better defensively”

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: I considered dropping Panik for Walker. They are both pretty similar with Walker having the power advantage and Panik having the OBP advantage.

  27. Five-On-One says:
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    Had my draft over the weekend. $260 budget, 5×5 12-team, 14 hitter (2 catcher), 10 Pitcher league. My team (with auction prices in parens) is below.

    1B – Abreu (29)
    2B – Dozier (10)
    SS – Castro (5)
    3B – Castellanos (4)
    CI – Belt (7)
    MI – Odor (11)
    OF – Stanton (34)
    OF – JD Mart (17)
    OF – Upton (19)
    OF – Ellsbury (10)
    OF – D.Santana (1)
    C – Perez (9)
    C – Hundley (8)
    B – Semien, Headley, Rajai
    SP – Sale (29)
    SP – Pineda (7)
    SP – Walker (7)
    SP – Rodon (9)
    SP – K Hendricks (5)
    SP – Nola (1)
    SP – E Ramirez (1)
    RP – F Rodriguez (8)
    RP – McGee (8)
    RP – Storen (10)
    B – Berrios, Osuna, D.Norris

    1) Love to get Grey’s and other’s thoughts on my team – weaknesses, strengths, mistakes, etc.

    2) How do y’all handle auction scenarios when there is a guy you don’t really want, but his current bid is significantly less than your projected value. I ended up with Dozier, Fielder and Ellsbury (and no one paid me to take him) even though I really didn’t want them.

    3) Arcia and Anderson are still available. Drop Norris (he who has the broken back) for one?

    Thanks for the advice.

    • Five-On-One says:
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      @Five-On-One: Sorry – Realized I left out U – Fielder (12).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: 1) You look heavy on speed and light on power, which isn’t great… Your pitching looks stronger than the hitting… 2) Gotta be careful about bidding on players you don’t want 3) You can just DL him in a day or two

  28. Cuban Bandits says:
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    Hey Grey, in my 10 team h2h 7z7 (includes 2B, OPS for hitters and L, SHO for pitchers) I can keep 5 players forever wth no restrictions.

    4 definites are Sale, Bryant, Arenado, Marte

    I originally had Pollock in there too but with the injury news should I keep Syndergaard, Corey Seager, or Lindor instead?

  29. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey again – I had my 12-team keeper league (roto) draft last night and, as the new guy inheriting the leftover keepers, found myself with about $35 less than everyone else at auctio (ouch!). Anyway here’s how it went:

    C – Jason Castro (oof)
    C – Casili (who?!!)
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Schoop
    SS – Desmond
    MI – Panik (Orlando Arcia in reserve)
    3B – Franco
    CI – Pujols
    OF – Betts
    OF – Polanco
    OF – Gomez
    OF – DeShields
    OF – Buxton
    UTL – Belt

    SPs (6): Stras, Salazar, Ross, Matz, Iglesias, Iwakuma
    RPs: Arodys, Jeffress, Hoover

    Reserve ($0) – Moncada, Urias, Berrios, Orlando Arcia, Hicks, Cobb (3 DL slots), and Grilli

    1. Other than the glaring hole at C + my uber SAGNOF closers, how’d I do?

    2. Replace Casili and/or Castro with Pierzinsky, Conger, Rupp, Iananetta, or Carlos Perez using $1 faab?

    3. Already received a trade offer of my Gomez for his Pence and Wellington – take it or hold?

    Thanks again Grey!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Doesn’t feel worth it to spend FAAB on picking catcher scabs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. dude says:
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    If Aaron Sanchez is given the #5 starter spot for the Blue Jays, what kind of numbers can we expect. Just read an article where some scouts said he would be the #1 starter on 5-6 teams, so seems like there is some serious upside.

  31. Dodger Rabbit says:
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    If Juan Nicasio lands the 4th spot in Pittsburgh’s rotation (which he likely has), what would be your projections/IP for him? As always, thanks for the Greyt work.

  32. Branta says:
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    Check this insane NL-Only League draft. Backstory: We couldn’t get more than 6 participants, so we made the 30-man rosters with everyone starting. It’s 5×5 Roto with OBP, NSB, and SV+H. There are 2 NA slots and 4 DL slots, so I NA’d Arcia and picked up Wheeler to stash as well:

    http://i.imgur.com/JyCdCzJ.png

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Branta: I don’t look at team links

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Branta: there’s this neat thing called “effort” which sometimes leads to this other thing called “typing”. he would’ve been happy to help had one showed up and lead to the other.

  33. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    I’m pretty excited that ESPN has completely hosed the name of Bryce Harper in the player pool instead calling him by his brother’s name Bryan Harper. Good times, can’t wait to see how long that lasts for.

    • Branta says:
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      @MattTruss: I still see Bryan Harper in my RCL, which is really funny to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss: Some programmer must’ve been fired and took a final shot at them, “Let’s see Clara Bell fix this!”

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @MattTruss: it’s “royce” harper according to their manager.

  34. psherm9 says:
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    Hey FML,
    Thanks for all the hard work. Really appreciate the hustle.

    Have to get my keepers in today. 12 team roto, auction, $260 budget. 5×5 scoring. Start 2 at every position 4 OFers 1 utility. Keep 5.

    Keeping
    Lo Cain $1
    Lindor $2
    Keuchel $2

    pick 2
    J.Schoop $2
    D.DeShields $2
    Ketel Marte $2 (he’ll go for $$ cause half the league resides in Seattle )
    Piscotty $2

    Appreciate the input.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @psherm9: DeShields, Piscotty

  35. Warren says:
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    Had my auction draft Saturday, and semi-botched it because I had to do it from my phone amid family Easter weekend stuff. Left money on the table and accidentally drafted a player or two, but I think my keepers and early buys make things ok. A few questions going forward.

    H2H OBP, shallow 10 teamer.

    I have two bench bats right now. I have Odor and Rendon at 2B and Polanco and DeShields at 3rd OF. I don’t love having bench bats but I loved the value I got on Rendon and Delino. Hang on to them and use hittertron for weekly lineups and maybe find a trade later? Or drop for pitching?

    Pitching staff looks like this:

    Arrieta
    Syndergaard
    Matz
    Iglesias
    Walker
    Rodon
    Severino
    Ross

    I know it’s hyper-upside risk heavy but it’s such a shallow league so I went all young guys. Can always grab boring guys and stream in this league. Pissed I missed out on a cheap Carrasco when I wasn’t paying attention which would have made my staff really strong (hey-o!), but overall I am ok with it, just need 2 of these guys to breakout and I’ll be fine.

    So, stick with Rendon and DeShields as backups for Odor and Polanco or drop them for more starting pitching?

    Options are:

    Odorizzi
    Hammel
    Eduardo Rodriguez
    McCullers
    McHugh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Warren: Hold the bench bats for now….

  36. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Drafted the following in a standard 5×5 H2H 14 team league. Thinking starting pitching and average could be an issue:

    C: Hundley
    1B: Duda
    2B: Zobrist
    3B: Arenado (keeper)
    SS: C. Seager (keeper)
    OF: A. Jones
    OF: Heyward
    OF: DeShields
    Utility: Ozuna
    Bench: Bruce, Texeira

    SP: T. Ross
    SP: Walker
    RP: Jansen
    RP: Britton
    RP: Vizcaino
    P: Ventura
    P: Kendricks
    Bench: Jeffress, M. Moore, E. Santana

    Thoughts? Thx

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Thanks? Any suggestions for how to remedy that? I can drop Tex for Kendrick, Schoop, P. Alvarez, O. Herrera, or Holt. J. Reyes is sitting out there on the wire as well.

  37. Mike says:
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    Drafted last night – I’m a bit disappointed in my SP, but this is the best bullpen I’ve ever had and I think my offense could be sneaky good – well rounded with a lot of positional flexibility.

    Miley won’t be on the team on opening day, it’s more a holding spot while I wait to see the outcome of a few roster battles.

    12 team / 5×5 (OPS/QS) / H2H – I’ve won my league 2 of the last 4 years and finished the regular season in the 1st seed the other two.

    1. (8) Giancarlo Stanton (Mia – OF)
    2. (17) Mookie Betts (Bos – OF)
    3. (32) Madison Bumgarner (SF – SP)
    4. (41) Nelson Cruz (Sea – OF)
    5. (56) Félix Hernández (Sea – SP)
    6. (65) Matt Carpenter (StL – 2B,3B)
    7. (80) Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B)
    8. (89) Rougned Odor (Tex – 2B)
    9. (104) David Robertson (CWS – RP)
    10. (113) Zach Britton (Bal – RP)
    11. (128) Christian Yelich (Mia – OF)
    12. (137) Shawn Tolleson (Tex – RP)
    13. (152) James Shields (SD – SP)
    14. (161) Hisashi Iwakuma (Sea – SP)
    15. (176) Devin Mesoraco (Cin – C)
    16. (185) Jean Segura (Ari – SS)
    17. (200) Kendrys Morales (KC – 1B)
    18. (209) Mike Leake (StL – SP)
    19. (224) Delino DeShields (Tex – OF)
    20. (233) Marcus Semien (Oak – SS)
    21. (248) Nick Castellanos (Det – 3B)
    22. (257) Andrew Heaney (LAA – SP)
    23. (272) Héctor Santiago (LAA – SP)
    24. (281) Anthony DeSclafani (Cin – SP)
    25. (296) Wade Miley (Sea – SP)

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike:

      And just like that I flipped out Miley for Velasquez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Don’t personally love Cruz, Bumgarner, F-Her, but they’ve proven me wrong before… I don’t think Yelich, DeShields, Segura, Semien, Odor and Betts are ways I would’ve went in OPS

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey:

        Fair assessment. It was a weird draft, I kept having to readjust. Would have preferred some of the teams from my mocks.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: yelich, semien, betts actually rate pretty highly (and i’m comparing them to their ADP’s here mostly) for where you get them from rater. waiting till 200 for a CI guy isn’t the best for OPS though. probably could’ve gone CI where he went odor and schoop later.

  38. John says:
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    Grey. Can you give me your opinion on this team please?
    10 man league, 5X5. Roster C, 1B, 2b 3b as 3of util 3 sp 3 rp 3 p 7 bn. Pitching is 1500 IP. First 5 guys are keepers from last season. For next season we can keep 15.

    Draft pick – Player
    2 – Harper
    19 – Bryant
    22 – Blackmon
    39 – Scherzer
    42 – Bumgarner
    59 – Stasburg
    62 – Franco
    79 – Polanco
    82 – Hosmer
    99 – Giles
    102 – odor
    119 – K-rod
    122 – belt
    139 – matz
    159 – Starlin Castro
    162 – Corbin
    179 – Schoop
    182 – Mesoraco
    199 – Buxton
    202 – Kazmir
    219 – Moustakas
    222 – Kyle Hendricks
    232 – Trevor Story
    239 – Darren O’Day
    242 – Lucas Giolito

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Nice team, your pitching is insanely stacked, but it’s a shallow league so it’s expected… Your hitting is okay, not as good as your pitching

  39. Martin Harris says:
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    Are you sticking with your matt Adams projections? They seem high especially with moss and holiday getting time at 1st.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Martin Harris: I have him down for 495 ABs, Steamer has him at 485… Still hopeful he gets those at-bats

  40. lb. sand says:
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    how much for corbin out of 200?
    10 team h2h

  41. ryanoger says:
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    10 team h2h redraft
    R, HR, RBI, SB, TB, AVG.–W, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP

    C-
    1B- Rizzo
    2B- Skinny Dee
    3B- Machado
    SS- Corey Seager
    OF- Marte, Braun, Heyward
    Util- DeShields, Gerardo Parra

    Bench- Starlin Castro

    SP- Thor, Wainwright, Salazar, The Shark, Matz, Darvish, Yordano V, Corbin
    RP- F Rod, Storen, Aroldis Chapman

    N/A- Berrios

    I’ve been loving catching up on all things Razz this winter, ready for baseball! I missed out on snaggin’ Polanco, but I got DeShields!

    1. What are your thoughts on my team I just drafted last night?
    2. Now that I slotted Berrios into my N/A slot should I go Castillo or Hundley?

    Best,
    Ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryanoger: You’re high on speed and low on power… Your pitching is solid, but injury prone…. 2. Hold

      • ryanoger says:
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        Should I hang onto Berrios for my N/A slot or look to pick up a guy like A.J. Reed?

        Any thoughts on potential guys to pick up for power, with it being such a shallow league? A Rod, Trumbo, Buxton, Lind, Pedro Álvarez are a few that are FAs…

        thanks so much man!
        ryan

        • Grey

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          Try Reed

          • ryanoger says:
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            @Grey:

            Any adds I can do to help me beef up my power?

            FAs available are: A Rod, Trumbo, Buxton, Lind, Pedro Álvarez, CJ Cron

            or do you think trading Wainwright for Pujols is a good idea?

            There are mass SPs up for grabs… guys like: McHugh, Iwakuma, Juan Nicasio

            Sorry to hit you with a load of questions today! Thanks man

            ryan

            • Grey

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              I’d take Pujols

  42. TacktheKack says:
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    Hey Grey, what side of Donaldson and Polanco for Franco and Betts do you like? Thanks.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @TacktheKack: Donaldson.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: interesting when the man higher on polanco than probably anyone meets the same man who’s also fairly high on franco.

  43. More time working on terrible accent…less time trying to rip cleats off with elbows…

  44. Calling Arrieta a violent femme?

  45. Sean says:
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    12 Team Roto Keeper league (Each team keeps 7 players) 5X5 that uses OBP instead of AVG
    Weekly lineups that start 9 any pitcher slots, I had the 12th pick in the draft

    C CIN D. Mesoraco
    1B CWS J. Abreu (keeper)
    2B HOU J. Altuve (keeper)
    3B SEA K. Seager
    SS TOR T. Tulowitzki (keeper)
    CI BAL C. Davis (keeper)
    MI BOS D. Pedroia
    OF PIT S. Marte (keeper)
    OF SF H. Pence
    OF BOS H. Ramirez
    OF LAA C. Kalhoun
    OF MIA M. Ozuna
    UTL ARI D. Peralta
    BENCH MIL D. Santana
    BENCH MIL O. Arcia

    SP PIT G. Cole (keeper)
    SP CLE C. Carrasco (keeper)
    SP PIT F. Liriano
    SP ARI P. Corbin
    SP WAS J. Ross
    SP BAL K. Gausman
    SP TOR A. Sanchez
    SP LAD A. Wood

    RP CHC H. Rondon
    RP MIL W. Smith
    RP ATL J. Grilli
    RP TB D. Farquar
    RP PHI A. Bailey

    I know my RP are terrible outside of Rondon, but I dominate the waiver wire in this league when it comes to finding saves. Plus I have the #1 waiver priority to start the year, so I could snag the 1st closer if I choose to. I know I’m light on speed and have some risky guys in Tulo, Hanley, and Pedroia but overall I feel like it’s a solid team. What are your thoughts? How’d I do? Anything that I should be concerned about? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: I agree with what you said… I’d be concerned that some of the guys were old with best days behind…Hanley, Tulo, Pence…

  46. My first below j was listening to a Steven Wright album…unfortunately she was also a knuckleballer…

  47. Steve says:
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    Dropped Justin Bour in favor of Trevor Story this morning. Have you bought into the hype yet, Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Not fully…Adames is out of options, and they still have Reyes

  48. Winthrop says:
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    12 Team H2H 5×5; I had to the sixth pick in a snake draft…how did I make out?

    C Hundley (22)
    1B Rizzo (1)
    2B Odor (7)
    3B Moistasskiss (16) — I had no back up plan when some yahoo took Franco in the third round.
    SS Correa (2)
    OF Springer (3)
    OF Polanco (6)
    OF Fowler (14)

    SP Carrasco (4)
    SP Salazar (5)
    RP Britton (8)
    RP K-Rod (11)
    SP Stroman (9)
    SP Matz (10)
    SP Corbin (12)

    BN: Conforto (17), Buxton (19), Betances (13), Joe Ross (15), Nola (18), Strickland (20), Colome (21)

    Fowler only ended up on my team after someone took Delino in the 8th and ruined my last OF spot, but I think I’m okay with it for now. Please help me pretend my team isn’t as bad as I think it is.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

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      @Winthrop: You look solid, pretty balanced on hitting and nice pitching…Not sure of the problem

  49. I prefer Tyler White’s nickname…Chris Shelton…

  50. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Points legue.

    10pts W and SV

    E.Rodriguez or Jeffress?

    Thank, Grey.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: It’s why I hate points leagues I would have drafted all closers as they are way more valuable than starters using that metric.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Toe Knee Arm Ass: What does a standard points league give for an inning? Ours is 2.5 if that changes things.

  51. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Hey Grey

    10 team h2h 5×5 obp

    Which 2 players would be the most useful for my final two bench spots? My league has 2 RP slots and 6 SP slots and weekly lineup changes so I can really only play 2 closers and didnt see a reason to draft a 3rd.

    D Santana, C Carter, HoPark, M Ozuna, T Story, K Maeda, I Kennedy, J Berrios, T Bauer, A Nola, Betances, Storen are available.

    c Mesoraco
    1 Rizzo
    2 Dozier
    ss C Seager
    3 Arenado
    mi Schoop
    ci M Franco
    OF Springer
    OF C Davis
    OF J Heyward
    OF Polanco
    OF Deshields
    Util C Santana
    Bn K Davis
    SP: Syndergaard, Carrasco, Salazar, Liriano, C-Mart, T Walker, W Chen, J Ross
    RP K-Rod, Tolleson

    Thanks!

  52. j-mo says:
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    This is one of those rate my team posts. Sorry.

    12 team yahoo H2h mixed league non-keeper.

    C) Realmuto
    1B) Hosmer
    2B) Altuve
    3B) Bryant
    SS) Castro
    OF) Upton, Heyward, Holliday
    UT) Belt
    BN) David Wright, Segura, Khris Davis

    SP) Harvey, Salazar, Pineda, Miller, Corbin, Leake, Kennedy, Mccullers

    RP) Kimbrel, Storen, Osuna

    I know I’ll need to watch the wire for a closer. I plan on moving McCullers and Wright to the DL as soon as yahoo will let me and I’ll pick up a couple of SP to replace them. Still on the wire are Medlen, Anibal Sanchez, Cashner, Peavy, Eovaldi, Paxton. Any other thoughts on my team and moves I could/should make would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Grey

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      @j-mo: Team looks fine, bit low on speed, but I don’t mind that in H2H… Pitching is nice, good balance of safe and upsidey… I’d stream with empty SP slots

  53. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    QUESTION for ALL razzballer pert’s and commentators..

    I have a 10 team rroto league on fantrax, is there a way to set up an H2H playoff on fantrax or ANY web site.

    thanks in advance for the help..

  54. Jim says:
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    was in a NFBC league last night. And a guy in league took all SP early, good closers, then loaded up on Steal avg. guys, so he punted Hrs and RBis. Ever seen anyone do this before? Does it work?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: People do all kinds of weird shizz

    • Warren says:
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      @Jim: yeah, my auction league was weird. One guy has Sale, Kluber, Price, Strasburg and Lester…..

  55. Cram It says:
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    Anyone else have this situation with the ESPN app…when you toggle to your other teams, you can’t access all the features of your league? It just shows the teams and draft order and the only option is to leave the league or edit your team name…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Haven’t opened it

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Because you carry around your computer in your purse wherever you go. Smart.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, well dur!

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Cram It: yes, not sure how to fix it. Hope it fixes itself after draft.

      • Cram It says:
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        @mauledbypandas: Yeah was hoping that too. I feel better that I’m not alone though. We can hold hands through this.

  56. griff says:
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    In a dynasty, do you like Aaron Sanchez over Joe Ross or Nola?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @griff: Not especially

  57. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    Yo Yo Grey!! Good stuff. And great vocab words getting throw around!

    Question: In a league with QS and K:BB stats for pitchers, should I grab Aaron Sanchez (TOR) or Vincent Velasquez (PHI). Both in your top 80, with Velasquez a little better rated. Just wondering if each of them winning 5th starter spots changes anything? Go with Velasquez?

    • HolyGhostClaw says:
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      @HolyGhostClaw: Or grab both? I’d be dropping a couple of MR guys with high K:BB stats but not much else.

      • HolyGhostClaw says:
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        @Grey: Done. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  58. Gareth-come-lately says:
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    “Jake Arrieta – Has a blister on his thumb. Don’t worry, his Opening Day start isn’t in Dire Straits.”

    Genius. Nothing else to say.

  59. Kevin G says:
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    15 team league 5×5 roto. Thoughts on team?

    C: James McCann
    C: Carlos Perez
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: S Castro
    3B: Bret Lawrie
    SS: Jhonny Peralta
    CI: Pujols
    MI: Schoop
    OF: Starling Marte
    OF: JD Martinez
    OF: G Polanco
    OF: Yelich
    OF: Souza Jr
    Util: Delino Deshields
    Bench: Schebler

    SP: D Salazar
    SP: Liriano
    SP: Kazmir
    SP: Heaney
    SP: Leake
    SP: Taijuan Walker
    SP: N Karns
    SP: D Duffy
    SP: Roark
    SP: Velasquez
    SP: Wisler
    RP: Tolleson
    RP: Rodney
    RP: Quackenbush

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kevin G: Solid team on hitting… Pitching is very risky, and upsidey… You’re gonna have work those SPs

  60. Kenny Plane says:
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    With Velasquez (Philly) and Sanchez(Tor.) in their rotations, please rank against Hammel and Fiers.

    Thanks

  61. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    I haven’t drafted Tulo in years but got him in the 6th round this year. If he comes close to your Projection this might be the first year he out performs his draft position. Of course I hedged my bet by grabbing Travis late for a DL stash figuring they might trade places on the DL

  62. Sir says:
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    Here is what I have going on…….16 team, H2H Points draft. Pitching carries a little heavier premium in this league on account of points for wins (3) and Quality starts (3).

    3 keepers allowed – I kept 3 bats and will need to draft a pitcher with my first pick.

    I’m praying Archer is still there for me when I pick at 49th overall, but think it may be Carrasco as my best bet. Should I have enough confidence in Carrasco to take him there as my ace? I know that K rate is sexy, but I really lack much confidence in him overall to the point where I contemplate reaching for a Jon Lester in that spot instead. I wont have another pick until the 67th overall spot due to a draft pick swap I made.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sir: Sure

  63. All That Glitters is Goldschmidt says:
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    Keepers are declared 6 PM today and I’m in the typical 13th hour panic. I have Kris Bryant and Goldschmidt, and for my last slot I have to decide between:

    Noah Syndergaard
    Corey Seager

    5×5 H2H league w/ OPS instead of avg. Both would cost a last round pick and can be kept for 3 years. Noah seems safer as far as being proven over a full season, could be a phenom this year, and I have no pitchers on the roster yet…..but power at SS is hard to come by, and the fear of missing out on a stud for 3 years there is creeping. Plus pitching carries the higher injury risk….can you make the decision easy for me, or is it as hard as I’m making it?

  64. joe says:
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    Because of Keeper Round values, I have the 3rd and 8th pick overall. My keepers are Altuve, Abreu, JD, Correa, and Maikel. We don’t have CI or MI, but use 4 OF. 12 team league. 60 total players are kept.

    The best remaining, based on my personal ranks are

    Scherzer
    Encarnacion
    Votto
    Cespedes
    Gerrit Cole
    Adam Jones
    Braun
    Cargo
    Carrasco
    Formerly King Felix
    Lester
    Posey

    I’m betting Encarnacion and Scherzer go before my pick, do I take Cole/Carrasco and take whatever is left between Cespedes/Jones/Cargo/Braun or do I go the opposite and take Cespedes, my personal choice between the OF, and take whatever is left of Cole/Carrasco/King/Lester.

    Also, am I foolish for ignoring Votto as it would fill my only Util or Posey because I believe in waiting on catchers?

    Really appreciate the help on this one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe: You need an SP first, then dealer’s choice on hitter

  65. Mike says:
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    Gray! Judge me and my choices!
    Draft this weekend. I had the 12th pick and it lead to a really torturous reach of Abreu/Betts but other than that, I’m feeling pretty good. One concern is that the offensive cats are Hits, Walks, Runs, RBI, SB, HR, Avg and OPS, so power is weighted way more than speed. Somehow I ended up with a lot of speed and less power than I would like.

    C Schwarber
    1st Abreu
    2nd Odor
    3rd Matt Carpenter
    SS Castro
    CF Mookie Betts
    OF Cain
    OF Polanco
    UT Sano

    Bench: Kendrys Morales
    Bench: DeSheilds

    Carrasco
    Rondon
    Samardzija
    W Chen
    Severino
    Ross
    Odorizzi
    Drew Storen and Doolittle for RP

    Thinking of trying to package Scwhaber and Cain together to get some power… A bautista/Edwin/upton or marte kind of thing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: I’d take Upton

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        I just crunched the numbers and last year when I won my league I ended up with about 200 HRs. This year I’m projected to hit 196 if I played Morales instead of Polanco. It’s not a perfect translation, but I may be around the sweet spot even without moves.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool!

  66. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league where we get to keep our whole team every year. Anyway I’ve gain a lot of
    Interest for sano and buxton. The Bryce Harper owner has offered me Harper Gio gomzalez Jose berrios roberto osuno for Sano Buxton and Degrom. I’m really interested in this deal. Do I ask him to add another piece or is this deal fine as is?

    This is my team if it helps

    C wieters
    1b Miguel Cabrera
    2b Jose altuve
    3b kris Bryant
    Ss alcides Escobar
    Lf Justin Upton
    Cf Carlos Gomez
    Rf Cole kalhoun
    Util Miguel sano
    Bn Wellington Castillo
    Bn Byron Buxton
    Bn victor Martinez
    Bn cj cron

    Kershaw degrom richards odorrizi karns eovaldi John lamb brian Johnson arodys viscaino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: I’d take Harper

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: do you think my sp can survive taking the hit by losing degrom? Also am I giving up too much offensive depth?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Ryan: Dude, WHY do you ALWAYS respond to the advice on trades like this? Don’t you think the landscape of your team was considered before an answer was given. Don’t you think he would’ve said don’t do it if your fears were fully supported? You’re getting Harper in a keeper league. Who cares about bench depth?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you have Kershaw

          • Ryan says:
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            @Grey: cool just accepted. Thanks dude! Do you think I need to make other moves or is my team good as is?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hold

  67. Ruben says:
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    Stanton or Machado in obp keeper?

  68. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    Just had my draft in a 12 team H2H keeper league. According to War Room I am pretty close to being on track but I just wanted your thoughts on any potential areas to focus on early in the season via FA pickups, trades, etc.. Or any other thoughts in general.

    C- Sal Perez ( got him pretty crazy late or I’d never own him)
    1b- Rizzo
    2b – Lawrie
    3b – Longoria
    SS- Starlin
    1b/3b – Edwin
    2b/ss – Schoop
    OF – Betts, Springer, Upton, Cain, Ozuna
    UTL – Fatt Adams
    BE – CJ Cron
    SP – Archer, Salazar, Rodon, Taijuan, Odorizzi, Gausman
    RP – Giles, Familia, Melancon, Jeffress, Betances

    Thanks, homie!

    PS – Any dope tracks to recommend?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Hmm, I haven’t listened to anything new… Been listening to Tribe ever since Phife died… I like the team, agree with War Room, it’s right on track…Maybe a tad light on speed

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: When I heard about Phife passing I actually bought an Olde English and poured some out. I felt that shit, Grey.

        Do you think Adams or Cron could actually break big this year? (no fat joke implied) They were my best UTL gambles at the end of the draft after I missed on Belt by a few picks.

        • Grey

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          I’m still feeling it, pretty bummed… I think both 1B could break out…

  69. Baseball Fan 2000 says:
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    Hey Grey! Just had my draft today wanted to know what you think. 10 team, ESPN Standard League, 5×5 Roto.

    C Perez
    1B Rizzo
    2B Schoop
    3B Machado
    SS Desmond
    2B/SS Kendrick
    1B/3B Pujols
    OF Marte
    OF Springer
    OF Heyward
    OF Braun
    OF Polanco
    Util Franco
    P Strasburg
    P Britton
    P David Robertson
    P Raisel
    P Matz
    P Ventura
    P Taijuan Walker
    P Lance McCullers
    P Rodon
    Bench Joc Pederson
    Bench Joe Ross
    Bench Roberto Osuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baseball Fan 2000: You look low on AVG, but otherwise solid on hitting and pitching

      • Baseball Fan 2000 says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I figured my average wouldn’t be too great. Thanks Grey!

  70. ElBoss says:
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    Morning Grey, bad news, I didnt get Delino Deshields in either of my leagues this year, i tried to wait too long.
    I was reading yahoo fantasy news the other day and came across this: Grey Albright’s first move when he entered the auction room above was to remove his blue pullover, revealing AN IDENTICAL BLUE PULLOVER. Like a human nesting doll. And then he cackled his terrifying cackle. Weirdo. I love Grey with my full true heart. He spent $15 on Chris Carter, which, according to my pricing, was a $35 overpay.
    Destroy them all Grey!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ElBoss: Ha, I saw… Carter isn’t an overpay in an OBP league

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Grey: Great fantasy baseball advice and that terrifying cackle will read well on your tombstone one day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  71. Schwab says:
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    Great post. Had my draft last week. 8 team H2H point based dynasty league where each team will keep 15 players. Wondering what you think. Any spots you think I should look to upgrade? Thanks.
    Mesoraco, Hosmer, Kinsler, Machado, Correa, Springer, Marte, D. Peralta, Sano, Rendon, Calhoun, DeShields, Justin Turner, Duda, Castro, Moncada, Castillo, Carrasco, Strasburg, T. Ross, Richards, Taijuan Walker, Corbin, Darvish, Bauer and Blake Snell.

    The 1st 8 players are at their respective positions and Sano/Rendon are my utility spots. The rest on my bench spots. As for the SP’s, each team has 7 starts each week. Thanks

  72. Fungazi says:
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    Vinny V gets the 5th spot in Phillies’ rotation. Wooooo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  73. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Ha, gr8 stuff.

    a. O’Flaherty must be really desperate. He re-signs with the team who booted him. A real middle-relief whore.

    b. Sooooooooooooo glad the Braves let Freiman go. Now I won’t confuse who’s on 1B for the Bravos? Is it a. Freeman or b. Freeman’s doppleganger on Earth-2 Freiman? Phew, so glad.

    c. In a re-draft H2H mixed points league, who do you like more, Darvish or Corbin?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Ha, yup B. True! C. Corbin

  74. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Here’s my team from last Friday’s 10-Team, NL-Only H2H 5×5 (OBP) Auction.

    Ca Castillo (2)
    1B Goldschmidt (44) – K
    2B LeMehieu (8)
    3B Franco (2) – K
    SS Villar (12)
    IN Piscotty (21)
    OF Pollock (23) – K
    OF Ozuna (23)
    OF Santana (16)
    OF Schebler (2)
    U Goedel (1)
    B K. Broxton (3)
    B Blash (1)

    SP Arrieta (27) – K
    SP Cole (17) – K
    SP Hendricks (14)
    SP Velasquez (12)
    SP Nicasio (7)
    SP Eickhoff (2)
    RP Rondon (19)
    RP Vizcaino (9)
    RP Strickland (4)
    B Knebel (1)

    The auction was totally different from years’ past. Kershaw went for $56 and Cutch for $53. Four CL were kept and the following CL: Jansen (29), Familia (24), Melancon (19).

    My Reflections of the Auction. Please comment on any of the following:

    A) My team has balance. I don’t excel in any one category, but I think it’s a competitive weekly team. I have more SB potential than I ever thought I would. Most of the other teams are Power Heavy or SP Heavy.

    B) I got the starting offense I set out to get with the exception of LeMehieu and Villar. Lemehieu was cheap at $9 IMO, and I thought Villar was still a decent price at $12. I honestly thought someone would go more, but I kept him. He should be serviceable, and hopefully moves to 3B when Arcia comes up.

    B) I have 3 Brewers. The fallout of getting Villar.

    C) My SP is okay anchored by 2 Studs and a solid Hendricks. I could have landed J. Ross, Chen, or Nola instead of Nicasio by holding off on Villar and picking up Aybar for $8 later in the draft. My biggest regret.

    D) I am very happy with my RPs.

    E) I’m not too excited about Nicasio and Eickhoff. Heston, Peavy, Colon, Frias, and Finnegan are still available. Wait or dump 1 or both?

    I’ll continue to follow the Razzball team throughout the year as I have gotten so many great pick-ups based on your write-ups.

    Thanks for doing such a great job!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. I’m worried about Schebler now that Jake Cave and Yorman are biting on his coat tails… I own Schebler too, so holding out hope…. Otherwise, I’d be happy to have this team in an NL-Only E) Meh, hold for now

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for your feedback! I’m hoping Schebler can win the job vs. righties and even get some PT against weaker lefties.

        BTW, the first team I play (of 3 match ups) has the following pitchers on their staff:
        Scherzer, Harvey, Wacha, Corbin, Familia, Ramos. They don’t have much hitting though, but still makes it a difficult week to go more than 5-5.

        Keep up the great work!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hoping that on Schebler too… No problem

  75. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Melancon was actually 22.

  76. Alex says:
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    I’m in a 16 team league with 4 keepers. I have Correa, Marte and Gordon (traded away my 4th for picks). I was offered 4th for #11 and 16. Franco will be available at 4. Good deal or am I giving up too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want the higher picks

  77. Seeing Double says:
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    Howdy grey!
    How was your weekend? Hope it was relaxing!

    Anywho; h2h pts weekly lock.

    Hang onto or drop: Rusney Castillo, Logan forsythe or Travis d arnaud.

    I also have Kyle schwarber (he has eligibility at C & OF, currently at OF. If yes I could move schwarber from OF to C then joc pederson from bench to OF. But just read polanco is Day to day; maybe I should keep my OF as is & maybe bench polanco for pederson?

    Available C’s: JT realmuto, Blake swihart, Wellington Castillo, Stephen Voght.

    Available 1b’s: Travis shaw(only listed at 1b), wil Myers (OF/1b), Chris carter, Pedro Alverez.

    Available 2b’s: schoop, Devon Travis, starlin Castro (2b/SS)

    Available 3b’s: Tyler white (just listed at 3b), hector Oliverio, nick castellanos, yasmany Tomas (3b/OF)

    Available SS’s: story, Ketel marte, segura, Castro.

    Available OF: Tomas, parra, ozuna, dyson, Khris Davis, Danny Valencia (3b & OF)

    This is a depth move here’s my starters:

    C: d’ arnaud

    1b: rizzo

    2b: odor

    3b: Kyle seager

    SS: Xander bogartes

    IF: Francisco lindor

    OF: Bryce Harper
    OF: schwarber
    OF: polanco
    OF: Randal Grichuk

    DH: trumbo (DH, 1b & OF)

    Utility : Hanley Ramirez

    Bench: conforto, Addison Russell (2b/SS), Logan Forsythe(2b/1b), rusney Castillo, joc pederson.

    I won’t mention pitchers just bats today, thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Rusney and Logan for Davis and Story

      • Seeing Double says:
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        @Grey:

        Gracias bud!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  78. Branta says:
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    From above team link comment, here is the NL-Only 6-team 30-man roster I linked:

    Goose’s Quality Team
    Budget $260
    1. (3) Jake Arrieta (ChC – SP) $25
    2. (12) Dee Gordon (Mia – 2B) $24
    3. (14) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B) $32
    4. (16) A.J. Pollock (Ari – CF) $22
    5. (23) Jacob deGrom (NYM – SP) $19
    6. (25) Joc Pederson (LAD – CF) $11
    7. (41) Jean Segura (Ari – SS) $3
    8. (53) Starling Marte (Pit – LF,CF) $20
    9. (59) Michael Wacha (StL – SP) $7
    10. (60) Tyson Ross (SD – SP) $8
    11. (69) Randal Grichuk (StL – LF,CF,RF) $5
    12. (73) Grégory Polanco (Pit – RF) $9
    13. (75) DJ LeMahieu (Col – 2B) $5
    14. (87) Wil Myers (SD – 1B,CF) $3
    15. (92) Christian Yelich (Mia – LF,CF) $10
    16. (93) Adonis Garcia (Atl – 3B,LF) $1
    17. (95) Ben Revere (Was – LF,CF,RF) $7
    18. (99) Orlando Arcia (Mil – SS) $3
    19. (110) Marcell Ozuna (Mia – CF,RF) $4
    20. (111) Welington Castillo (Ari – C) $3
    21. (113) Scott Kazmir (LAD – SP) $3
    22. (116) A.J. Ramos (Mia – RP) $4
    23. (117) Arodys Vizcaíno (Atl – RP) $5
    24. (119) Joe Ross (Was – SP) $3
    25. (120) Jayson Werth (Was – LF,RF) $2
    26. (123) Santiago Casilla (SF – RP) $3
    27. (133) Pedro Strop (ChC – RP) $5
    28. (135) J.T. Realmuto (Mia – C) $4
    29. (150) Matt Adams (StL – 1B) $2
    30. (153) Aaron Nola (Phi – SP) $8
    Unused $0

    Doesn’t format as nicely.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love Pollock, but that’s a cheap price for him, think you’re low on power and high on speed… Yelich, Gordon, Pollock, Segura, DJ, Arcia, Revere…You might not get 30 HRs combined from those guys

  79. Clos says:
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    Hey Grey what’s going on? Just drafted h2h 10 team standard league.. Just wanted to know what you thought of my team.

    C Devin Mesoraco
    1B Anthony Rizzo
    2B Jonathan Schoop
    3B Kyle Seager
    SS Francisco Lindor
    OF Starling Marte
    OF JD Martinez
    OF George Springer
    Util Maikel Franco
    Util Corey Dickerson
    BN Khris Davis
    BN Matt Adams
    BN Michael Saunders
    BN Delino DeShields

    SP Noah Syndergaard
    SP Francisco Liriano
    RP Craig Kimbrel
    RP Cody Allen
    P Francisco Rodriguez
    P Shawn Tolleson
    P Luis Severino
    P Aaron Sanchez
    BN Jason Grilli
    BN Wei-Yin Chen

    • knucks says:
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      @Clos: Too many bench bats, I’d drop Adams and Saunders for upside arms. Gotta be some available in a 10 teamer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks good, I like the hitting and pitching… If I had to nitpick, maybe light on speed

  80. Marcus says:
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    You my favorite fantasy master lothario. Would you mind helping me figure out whether I should be freaking out about my weak ass infield with the below team in a Yahoo H2H 10 team format?

    Carlos Santana
    Machado
    S Castro
    Semien
    Harper
    Heyward
    Cespedes
    Yelich
    Bench: DeShields

    I watched as all my target 1B were swiped from me and ended up with Santana. Should I be fishing for a 1B trade? I could offer DeShields? I have some pitchers I could offer. Or should I just chill and see how it goes? Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You don’t need Delino if he’s on your bench, so if you can trade him for something, by all means…

  81. Trex arms says:
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    10 team keeper league

    Would you trade Lucas Duda or Pedro Alvarez for Jorge Soler ?
    Or Duda for soler and jeffress?

    Starters :
    1b – Edwin
    Of – braun, Bautista, jd, and heyward

    I have Edwin and would like a little more diverse bench and hr power .My bench consist of deshields, fowler, and soler , and Castro

    • Grey

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      No

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: and Chisenhall to start on DL with wrist issue. Gotta scoop up the King for some sweet april SAGNOF!

    • Grey

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      Figures

  82. I am the Walrus says:
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    Trade C. Seager, Granderson and E. Ramirez for Cain, Crawford and E. Rodriguez.

    • Grey

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      Seager side, it’s fair

  83. Adam says:
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    Hey Grey and others. I have a draft question that has me torn and want some advice. I’m in a dynasty auction league, OBP/QS in place of AVG/W. I have three pitching slots to fill in the draft and $97 to play with which should give me really good options. But I’m also considering leaving my Util slot open (instead of filling it with Pedro Alvarez on the cheap). What would you do? Have around $32 per pick for three pitchers? Or open up the Util slot and maybe get someone significantly better than Alvarez (Encarnacion, McCutchen, Batista are available for instance) but reduce the quality of the three pitchers I could grab. My lineup right now is:

    Grandal
    D’Arnaud
    Rizzo
    Dee Gordon
    Correa
    J. Turner
    Lawrie
    Duda
    Harper
    Stanton
    DeShields
    Joc Pederson
    Gardner
    Alvarez

    Rodon
    Salazar
    Mc

    • Adam says:
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      sorry. Sent too soon.

      McCullers
      Doolittle
      Tehran
      Smyly

      • Adam says:
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        Getting the draft right is vital in this league cause there are no waivers. We hold a mid season draft but trades are the only way to upgrade during the season ( we have a supplemental reserve draft after the auction which fills out a 40 man roster, so that provides our bench)

    • Grey

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      No idea of # of teams, but hitting looks okay I guess

      • Adam says:
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        @Grey: sorry. It’s a 10 team league. 40 players per team. I agree. I think my hitting is solid so spending on pitching makes sense.

  84. Negatto says:
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    Below is my draft. 5×5 12 Team Standard Categories Points.

    Any areas I should be concerned about?

    C- Castillo, Conger
    1B -Rizzo
    2B -Schoop
    SS-Castro
    3B-Bryant
    CI-Pujols
    MI-Lawrie
    OF-Marte, Polanco, Belt, DeShields, Ozuna
    U-Castellanos
    SP-Fernandez, Salazar, T Ross, Rodon, Pineda, Corbin
    RP-Chapman, Giles, Cishek
    B-Leake, Reyes

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t be concerned right now if that was my team

      • Negatto says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  85. claw dog says:
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    Hey Grey, wanted to get your opinion on my roster after our draft the other day. It is 12 Team 5×5 H2H.

    C – Realmuto
    1B – E5
    2B – Kinsler
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Russell
    OF – Cutch
    OF – Betts
    OF – Cruz
    UTIL – Cargonzalez
    UTIL – DeShields
    BN – Castellanos
    SP – Greinke
    SP – Stras
    RP – Jansen
    RP – Britton
    RP – Cishek
    P – Iglesias
    P – Tanaka
    BN – Verlander
    BN – Eickoff
    BN – Gausman
    BN – Hughes

    Just a disclaimer that I had Smith and missed out on his replacement, so I picked up Hughes.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks solid, well balanced even if Kinsler’s pretty whatever… I don’t like Greinke and Tanaka on pitching

      • claw dog says:
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        @Grey: Yea with Kinsler there weren’t many great options at 2B and I figured I could plug him in and not worry about 2B the rest of the year. Greinke was a keeper(had to keep a guy with a 1.66 ERA last year) and tanaka I took in the 11th or 12th round so I think I got pretty good value there. I think verlander in like the 16th could be a steal though based on the way he is pitching right now.

        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

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          Yeah, he’s fine for now, and for balance

  86. Z says:
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    10 Team 6×6 Keeper League (R,HR,RBI, SB, OBP, SLG) (IP, QS, K, ERA, WHIP, S)

    I’ll have another closer by the end of the day. That said, what do you think of my team? I need to clear room for Byung Ho Park, but kind of want to wait because if pujols start off hot, his value will go way up. Would you recommend making any moves considering my league format?

    C- D’arnaud
    1B – Miggy
    2B – Wong
    3B – Frazier
    SS- Semien
    1B/3B – Pujols
    2B/SS – Neil Walker
    OF: CarGon
    OF: Cespedes
    OF: Yelich
    OF: Peralta
    OF: Grichuk,
    UTIL: Ortiz
    Bench: Byung Ho Park
    Bench: Para
    Bench: A.Gordon
    Bench: Span

    P: Arrieta, Syndergaard, Liriano, Teheran, DeSclafani, Fiers, Rodon, Storen, Strickland

    • Grey

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      Team looks solid n OBP and SLG, light on speed…Pitching is stacked up top then a ugly in the middle and fine at the end

  87. James says:
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    You would rather have Todd Frazier or Albert Pujols?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @James:

      Frazier. Unless Ali is pitching.

  88. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’ve got Sanchez and Velasquez on one NFBC team. Yay…until May when they both double digit ERAs.

    This is tough week. Own a bunch of teams have a bunch of players and yet no number piling into the stat sheet. Feels like it takes for damn ever.

    Magoo took your boo Delino pretty early in our NFBC.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, this week is filled with questions of should I drop this guy I just drafted even though no games have happened… How early for Delino?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        11.9 for Delino

        By the way, I think Hahn is not only going to AAA, he might not be coming back any time soon. He kind of got on the wrong side of Melvin somehow and has had shitty spring (though so has every other pitcher in Zona). Looks very likely it’ll be Dubront with Manea up very early so even if Hill/Graveman/Bassitt pitch their way out or get injured it still might not be Hahn.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          Though just reading A’s beat right now that A’s still saying decision hasn’t been made and Hahn with a chance to win job. Starts today and in Bridge series will decide fate.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Someone needs to talk to the Hahn… That’s not early on Delino, that’s a great value!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            WOOHOO…value!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              So exciting, right? You know when value is even more exciting? About three weeks into the season when a guy is underperforming… “But he was a bargain!”

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                This food is terrible!

                Yeah but the portions are great!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Totally! Haha

  89. hankg says:
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    Getting ready for upcoming draft in 11 team, mixed keeper league. With my keepers (Goldschmidt, Odor, Franco, Lindor and Betts), I already have my entire infield complete and 1 of 3 outfield spots filled, leaving only four more starting bat spots to fill (Catcher, 2 OFs and Util). Based on average draft position, looks like the following players will be available for first pick in draft: Price, Cespedes, Braun, Cole, Strasburg and Upton. Not sure if I should continue to go with hitting or build a foundation for my staff and take one of the top remaining pitchers. Any thoughts? Appreciate the help. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need to draft SPs

  90. knucks says:
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    Just heard Zinkie state that he would drop McGee for Jeffress. I strongly disagree, do you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea why he’d do that

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @knucks:

      Maybe Motte plus Coors = Drop McGee. His velo was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down at the end of last year. I watched him try to close a couple of games in Sept. while looking at games this offseason and he topped out at 92. A one pitch pitcher with low 90s velocity, half games at Coors and a veteran closer right behind him and a left hander to boot. I think I’d take a look at Jeffers there too, though there’s a very good chance that one or neither of them is closing by the end of may.

  91. Schlitzy says:
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    Quick question on auction values – does anyone know how i can export them from the site to manipulate in excel? I’ve tried to just copy and past but the formatting is not working. thanks in advance.

  92. Fowler Power says:
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    Whats up Grey?
    I drafted last night and took a bunch of Greydar picks.
    What do you think of my team?
    H2H 12 team 8 keeper Dynasty league.
    We count SV/holds no Stolen Bases. We do Runs, HR, Total Bases, K, Runs Created, PPA, OBP and OPS.
    C- Chirinos
    1B- Freeman
    2B- Altuve
    3B- Dondaldson
    SS- Story
    OF- Trout
    OF- McCutchen
    OF- Bautista
    BN- Polanco
    BN- Dee Gordon
    BN-DeShields
    BN-Khris Davis
    BN- Arcia

    SP- Arrieta
    SP-Richards
    SP- deGrom
    Sp-Nola
    SP- Liriano
    Sp-Gausman
    P- Romo
    P-Logan
    P- Diaz
    P- Osuna
    P-Clippard
    P- Wilhelmsen
    Do you see any holes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks okay, might be a little heavy on speed and low on power… Your pitching is insane, not sure how you have Arrieta and deGrom, but that explains the hitting problems

      • Fowler Power says:
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        @Grey: I drafted Arrieta and deGrom back to back last year.
        I was offered Ian Desmond For Dee Gordon this morning.
        What do you think?
        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  93. DozierTheDozierian says:
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    10-team H2H keeper 6×6 w/ OPS & QS. Not much on waivers at this point but are there any obvious statistical areas of concern that you can see from this roster? Feel like my pitching might be a roller coaster with at least three or four potentially high-WHIP starters. Thanks for the help Razzballers!

    C – Wieters
    1B – Hosmer
    2B – Matt Duffy
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Correa
    CI – Moose Tacos
    MI – Brandon Phillips
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Bryce Harper
    OF – Charlie Blackmon
    OF – Ender Enciarte
    OF – Gregory Polanco
    UT – Trumbo
    UT – Khris Davis
    BN – Aaron Hicks

    SP – Hamels
    SP – Salazar
    SP – Rodon
    SP – Francisco Liriano
    SP – Michael Pineda
    SP – Taijuan Walker
    SP – Gio Gonzalez
    SP – Yu Darvish
    SP – Nate Karns
    SP – Vincent Velasquez
    RP – Hector Rondon
    RP – S. Casilla
    RP – Jake McGee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks fine, I can’t believe there’s not much on waivers in a shallow league, Gio, Velasquez, Liriano and Rodon is too much WHIP

      • DozierTheDozierian says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, with 28 players per roster, we’re well into the late 200s in terms of available players (Y! , Marco Estrada is the highest pre-ranked SP available at #222). Was thinking of dropping Velasquez or Karns for Eickhoff just for the lower WHIP but with back-end starters it’s sort of tomato-tomahto. Probably just holding for now.

  94. Double D says:
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    Good morning Grey & everyone!! I’m excited to say I have signed up for my very 1st draft… Excited, nervous & eager!! Yay!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • Adam says:
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      @Double D: knock it out of the park. If you’re on this site already you have a huge leg up on most everyone else.

    • Double D says:
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      @Double D: BTD I am the 5th girl reader… been laying low but ready to go!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice to have you here!

  95. Abe Froman says:
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    Grey–drafted the following squad the other night. 12 team, mixed league, ESPN 5×5. Feels very upsidey to me but I still like it and wanted to get your thoughts. Any glaring weaknesses?

    C: Realmuto (1)
    1B: Rizzo (36)
    2B: Odor (16)
    3B: Franco (13)
    MI: K. Marte (5)
    CI: Castellanos (6)
    OF: JD Martinez (31)
    OF: Springer (26)
    OF: Polanco (18)
    OF: Deshields (8)
    OF: Joc (5)
    U: Ozuna (1)

    SP: Syndergaard (22)
    SP: Salazar (16)
    SP: Pineda (9)
    P: Taijuan Walker (5)
    P: Rodon (4)
    P: Severino (4)
    P: Joe Ross (4)
    RP: Robertson (12)
    RP: Melancon (11)

    B: Parra (2)
    B: Aaron Nola (2)
    B: Kevin Gausman (1)

    ###

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is a bit upsidey, your hitting is actually all upside except for Rizzo and JD… Pitching is solid…Don’t really mind the team, just a tad risky

      • Abe Froman says:
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        @Grey:

        Gotcha–thanks for the feedback. I’ve got another draft coming up later this week: any guys you would recommend swapping out for safer picks? Based on current pricing, I could probably swing Starlin Castro over Ketel Marte, Moustakas over Castellanos, Upton over Springer, etc.

        • Grey

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          Those would be safer, yeah

  96. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. looking to add a little bench power before the season starts. drop oswaldo arcia for any of the following: domingo santana, moreland, bour or castellanos? or should i just go sagnof and grab david hernandez?

    thanks.

  97. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey!

    All set for my drafts this week, I was wondering, remember last year you talked about some guys Steamer said we should avoid (mainly Teheran, whom I drafted and drove me crazy). Who made the list this year? I can’t seem to find it

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      That was Rudy, not me

  98. Basement Artie says:
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    If Seattle played Cincinnati, and Joey Votto complained about a Ketel Marte home run that was changed to a ground rule double on instant replay, isn’t that the Vot calling the Ketel back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

      • Basement Artie says:
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        @Grey: If Lincecum complained, then THAT would be the pot calling the Ketel back.

        • Grey

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          HA

  99. OaktownSteve says:
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    Thor has a 19:1 K/BB this spring.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, crazy

  100. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. looking to add a little bench power before the season starts. drop oswaldo arcia for any of the following: domingo santana, moreland, bour or castellanos? or should i just go sagnof and grab david hernandez?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Though could see Hernandez if you need saves

  101. OaktownSteve says:
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    Trea Turner optioned to AAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No surprise

  102. SpotieOtie says:
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    Question about SPs in a 16-team points league…( W +10, L -5, IP +3, K +1, BB -1, H -1, ER -1)

    Current staff: Strasburg, Richards, Quintana, Gibson, Miley, and Berrios

    Drop Miley for Velasquez now that he’s officially the 5th starter in Philly?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  103. Henry Rowengartner says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just finished my keeper league draft. Going into it I had Josh Donaldson, Lorenzo Cain, Mookie Betts, Maikel Franco, and Billy Hamilton as my keepers. It’s a 12 team H2H 5×5 with OBP instead of AVG. I want to cut a couple of my bench hitters and add a pitcher or two. What do you think my weakness are that i should tried to address.

    C – Welington Castillo
    1B – Albert Pujols
    2B – Jose Altuve
    3B – Josh Donaldson
    SS – Ian Desmond
    OF – Giancarlo Stanton
    OF – Justin Upton
    OF – Mookie Betts
    OF – Lorenzo Cain
    UTIL – Billy Hamilton
    UTIL – Maikel Franco
    BN – Joc Pederson
    BN – Byron Buxton
    BN – Domingo Santana
    BN – Aaron Hicks

    P – Stephen Strasburg
    P – Tyson Ross
    P – Michael Wacha
    P – Carlos Rodon
    P – Taijun Walker
    P – Hector Rondon
    P – Drew Storen
    P – Aaron Nola
    BN – Andrew Bailey
    BN – Daniel Norris

    • Grey

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      Your hitting doesn’t look that weak, maybe a tad high on speed for a H2H league… Your pitching is fine

  104. SallyCips says:
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    Time to dig into daily Grey articles. Welcome, 2016 season! Let’s do it!

    From the above, I need Ellsbury to be healthy. Let’s do it, dude!

    Gattis on the DL is expected. I already picked up Logan Forsythe, newly minted lead-off hitter, HAWT, to replace him on the roster when he does hit the DL.

    I didn’t draft a catcher early this season. Went with Realmuto in the 23rd (of 24) rounds. Kid could be OK.

    • Grey

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      Nice!

  105. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    My bad…forgot to ask for your thoughts on my team lol

    10 team 5×5 OBP h2h with budget for moves

    C Mesoraco
    1B Rizzo
    2B Odor
    3B Franco
    SS Lindor
    OF Betts
    OF JD Martinez
    OF J Upton
    UTL Belt
    BN Park

    SP: Archer, Kuechel, Wacha, Stroman, CMart, Iglesias, Severino, Corbin, Aaron Sanchez

    RP: McGee, Storen, Jeffress

    • Grey

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      It looks solid, I don’t like all of the SPs, but you know that from my rankings

  106. Say no to Steven! says:
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    Grey! Excited for anther year of solid advice, Im going up against a repeat champion who also frequents your site.

    Anyhow I wanted to see what you thought about my draft last night for a H2H points leave 12×12

    Cos gave me the top draft, which seems to be the kiss of death :(

    C- Castillo
    1b- Encarnacion
    2b- Addison Russell
    3b- Franco
    SS- Kang
    OF-A Jones
    OF- Stanton
    OF- Springer
    U- Texeira

    Bench
    K. Marte
    Buxton
    Span

    Pitchers
    Slyly
    Kluber
    BumGarner
    Liriano
    Teheran
    Gaussian
    T Walker
    Mccullers

    RP
    Storen
    C Allen

    As always I appreciate the help and look forward to a great season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • Say no to Steven! says:
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        @Grey: 12 teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks decent… Pitching is better than the hiring which is fine in points… I think you might be a little low on contact for hitting…

      • Nightmare says:
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        @Grey: he’s referring to me Grey-Lord! Wasssssup baby!!! My posts to come soon lol

  107. crock says:
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    Which 2 or these 3 would you pick for a n/a slot. Looking for the 2 with the most potential for this year: Trea Turner, Orlando Arcia and Jp Crawford?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not JP

  108. Matt says:
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    Hey grey 3 quick one word answers:
    Dynasty league do you trade Bruan for puig
    Mike leake or Ian Kennedy
    Welington Castillo or Miguel Montero

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No… Leake… Welington

  109. Matty says:
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    My closers are zach britton and huston street. I thought id try something a little different and drafted dellin betances for his low era and good strike out numbers even though holds is not a category. SHould i ditch that strategy and drop Betances for Jeffress.

    I also only have one 3rd baseman and two shortstops being segura and escobar, drop escobar for brett lawrie?

    • knucks says:
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      @Matty: FWIW i will be drafting britton, betances and O’day tonight in my leauge. But I would generally assume this is not the taste of others. Mine is roto. I wouldn’t consider it in H2H.

    • Grey

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      Hold Dellin… Drop Alcides if you want…

  110. Simply Fred

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    Roster Resource has Belt batting 7th. Is that the right spot?
    If so, that drops him down in my rankings. Yours?

    • Grey

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      Don’t think that sticks

  111. Steve says:
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    Trea Turner sent to AAA! I’m holding him and Moncada but need to fill my SS slot and only have Rollins & Segura.

    Drop Trea or Moncada for Suarez or just hold on with what I have until Trea Super-2’s in June?

    Other options:

    Iglesias
    Gyorko
    J. Ramirez

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eugenio

  112. Giremelli says:
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    Drop Fernando Rodney to add Aaron Sanchez, Heaney, or Velasquez , especially since I have Joe Ross and Iglesias as starters who won’t pitch first week
    Current closers are Giles, Farquhar,knebel, storen, Rodney
    Saves and nsvh

    • Giremelli says:
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      @Giremelli: Heaney gone, karns, Erasmo also options

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And those guys will pitch the 1st week?

  113. OaktownSteve says:
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    Mariners leaning toward Aoki leading off, Seager in coveted two hole, Marte 7 and Martin 9

    • Grey

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      And Aoki will miss 60 games

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      @OaktownSteve: This is not pleasing news Oaktown. I have 3 shares of Ketel and want him leading off.

  114. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    In my draft yesterday, I thought you’d be pleased to hear that people seem to be getting on board with your Delino and Polanco love. Unfortunately for me, Delino went for $11 and Polanco went for $21 in my 12 team keeper!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s not bad for Delino

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Definitely agreed + was still very happy to roster them, though I went in hoping to sneak Delino for single digits and Polanco for a little above where Delino was.

  115. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great work my man, looking forward to all the razzball posts this year. Just had my draft for 12 team h2h category keeper league and I would like some input.
    First, who has more upside f the upsidey guys of Velazquez and Aaron Sanchez? Both were named in the rotation and both were not drafted in my league.
    Second, let me know if you have any concerns over my team or general thoughts:
    Mesoraco
    Goldy
    Odor
    Segura (I have faith in this guy)
    Arenado
    Trout
    Springer
    JUpton
    Util: Trea Turner (will drop for Deshields or Redick)
    Pitching:
    Arrieta
    Taijuan Walker
    Rasiel Iglecias
    Joe Ross
    Juan Nicasio
    Yu Darvish (once I can I will DL him to pull up severino from my minors)
    Aroldis, also have Andrew Miller
    Corbin
    Nola
    Drew Storen
    Ervin Santana (will drop to pull up Franco to put in my uitil spot)
    Any input is appreciated, thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Velasquez… I’ve ranked both… Drop for DeShields… Your hitting is solid, like the balance… Think your pitching is solid too… Nice team!

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Grey: thanks man, razzball obviously had a heavy influence on my draft.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  116. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 5×5 h2h wondering your thoughts on how things went for me. Not super psyched with things but…
    C=castillo
    1B=pujols
    2B=Pedroia
    3B=Donaldson
    SS=Russell
    OF=Pollock
    OF=Braun
    OF=A Jones
    OF=Cruz
    U=DeShields
    U=Myers
    BN=Tomas, Schoop, Segura, Gattis

    SP=Scherzer
    SP=Richards
    SP=Zimmerman
    SP=Miller
    SP=Odorizzi
    SP=Moore
    SP=Fiers
    SP=Gausman
    SP=Erasmo
    SP=Ervin Santana
    RP=Papelbon
    RP=Francisco Rodriguez
    RP=F Rodney
    RP=Boxberger

    • Grey

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      Hitting looks okay, pitching looks like you either ignored my thoughts or didn’t read them…

      • Bobbo says:
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        @Grey: Ha! Yeah, pitching didn’t go the way I wanted it to. Scherzer was a keeper then I waited too long and ended up having to settle for some less than desirable options.Thanks for the feedback! You’ve kept me in the hunt for many a season so I truly appreciate it!

        • Grey

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          No problem

  117. Nation says:
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    Drafted in two leagues where saves where getting way over priced (12 team 5×5 Auction where even mid tier closers were going for $14+) and over drafted.

    Was the right strategy to punt saves and spend on more bats and take the SAGNOF approach as always? Or should I have ponied up for a back end closer or two?

    • Grey

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      SAGNOF always and forever

  118. oh Greycious one, I have a problem I was my computer yahoo or my internet provider kicked me out during my draft. I missed rounds 11-16 which kind of efffed up my stratagie. anyway in my league its CI MI league 12 teams Roto 8×8 league with OPS BB K’s as stats. For MI I have Reyes and SHoup, obviously Reyes is out until who knows. Would you hold him in your NA spot or can him.
    2nd for CI I have Votto at 1st and for CI i have Texeria who was auto drafted like Reyes when i missed time. I have on my bench Ryan Zimmerman, Carlos Santana, Wil Myers, Victor Martinez, and Texeria. I really only want to keep 1 or maybe 2 of these guys to add pitching and depth in other areas. Of the 5 CI i listed which two do you like the most

    • Grey

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      Lose reyes…

  119. JC3Bagger says:
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    Who should I be more excited about for winning their respective 5th starter rotation spot: Vincent Velasquez or Aaron Sanchez?

  120. Totally not SpotieOtie asking another question says:
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    Just realized I haven’t asked for your mustachioed seal of approval…

    16-team points league
    TB +1, R +1, RBI +1, SB +1, BB +1, CS -1, GIDP -1, Error -1 (yet, no penalty for Ks)
    W +10, L -5, CG +5, IP +3, H -1, ER -1, BB – 1, K +1, SV +8, BS -5, Hold +4

    C: Posey
    1b: Duda
    2b: Cano
    3b: Seager
    ss: Correa
    of: Heyward
    of: Calhoun
    of: DeShields
    ut: Fowler

    sp – Strasburg, Richards, Quintana, Gibson, Miley
    rp – Colome, Knebel, Clippard, Joe Smith

    bench – Reddick, Melky, Berrios

    The closer run started the pick after me and by the time my turn came back, I was forced to wade through the wreckage (hence how I wound up with bench hitters where my closers should be). Plan is to be aggressive on the waiver wire and hope for a closer-pocalypse and flip some of my excess outfielders for pitching help.

    Pregunta – should I try and trade someone like Heyward for a higher-end starter or look to trade Fowler/Reddick/Melky for someone between Quintana and Gibson?

    • Grey

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      Nah, don’t trade anything right now… Your team looks okay, obviously the end of the staff is a mess… Hitting looks solid though

  121. I am the Walrus says:
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    12 team H2H with 5 SP, 6 bench spots and 5 weekly acquisition. So maybe 20 starts/week from pitchers. In this format is this staff strong enough?
    Price, Liriano, Iglesias, Corbin, Fiers, Leake, Santiago, Estrada, Karns, E.Ramirez

    • Grey

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      Looks fine

  122. Cheddar Bob says:
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    Keepers, 5 x 5 Roto League.

    1B – Crush Davis
    2B – Odor
    SS- Tulo
    OF – Brantley
    OF – Bautista
    SP – J-Fer
    SP – Kluber

    Pick two for first player I should draft:

    Polanco
    Freeman
    Pujols
    Seager
    Hosmer

    Jansen
    Giles
    Chapman
    T. Ross
    Cueto
    Matz

    • Grey

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      NO idea of team layout, but I guess 3B, closer

      • Cheddar Bob says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry man!

        1B
        2B
        SS
        3B
        OF
        OF
        OF
        UtIL

        SP
        SP
        RP
        RP
        P
        P
        P

  123. SteveNZ says:
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    I guess that makes Knebel and Jeffress brothers in arms.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  124. Hmm 3 drafts so far, one to go… did 1 RCL, 1 Friends League, and 1 milk run for the Friends league that everyone actually showed up and stayed the whole draft so I decided it would be uncool not to at least kinda play my team…

    I’m definitely seeing some patterns so far:

    Guys I have on every team:

    C Wellington Castillo
    OF JD Martinez
    OF Justin Upton
    SP Jo-Fer
    SP K-Czar
    SP Corbin

    Guys I have on 2 of 3 teams:

    1b Rizzo
    2b Shoop
    2b Lawrie
    2b Odor
    of D-Shields
    sp T Walker
    cp K-Rod
    cp Osuna
    cp Familia
    cp A Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeShizznit!

      • @Grey:

        Odor, Lawrie, & Shoop: the dirty laundry tag team.

  125. J_Ceol says:
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    Hey Grey!! Hope ya found your Golden Egg ;)

    I’ve got a doozy of a trade offer on the table right now… We are about to draft for our AL only ROTO league and we save 6 players..

    Currently I’m fielding

    C.J. Cron – $6
    Rougned Odor – $8
    Mookie Betts – $9
    J.D. Martinez – $9
    Byron Buxton – $5
    Yordano Ventura – $14

    A league member has offered me Jose Bautista ($29), Edwin Encarcion ($25), and Taijuan Walker ($6) for J.D. Martinez ($9).. I simply love JD Martinez especially at his price he’s a lot of value for little, but I’m also a huge Blue Jays fan.. Trying to keep the love in check on both sides.. What do you think of this deal? I hate the price of Yordano and Buxton is just not looking good this Spring so it’s really the only reason I’ve been considering it.. I get better but spend more.. Currently only spending ($79) out of $260, but if I did the deal it would put me at ($99) but again, I would be better overall I think… What would Grey do?

    Can we make wristbands? WWGD? Or maybe WWGDGD? What Would God Damn Grey Do? Or WWGDGLGD? What Would God Damn Good Looking Grey Do?

    Ok now I’m just kissing ass…

    As always, thanks again for all that you do sir!

    -Jayrod

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  126. The great Knoche says:
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    Blackmon, Story, Cargone back to back to back. Granted off John Danks, but it’s gettin harder and harder and later and later to not see Story staying up.

    Maybe Ynoa/Descalso gets let go?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just don’t understand what the Rockies do with Reyes and Adames, but it does seem that way

      • The great knoche says:
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        @Grey: I have a feeling they are going to pay someone to take Reyes off their hands when he is ready to come back. Think he has 2 and $22 million left. Maybe they pay someone $11 for next year if they can get a prospect out of it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe it just seems so odd… Let’s look at this from a common sense perspective… Story has options, don’t want to start his clock…Adames is out of options, must make the team… Reyes is owed a lot of money and in limbo… Start Story’s clock because he’s hitting in the spring and your team is going nowhere? Just seems crazy

          • swaggerjackers says:
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            @Grey: But but but, Colorado fans expect an exciting shortstop.

          • The great knoche says:
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            @Grey: 2 words….Walt Weiss

  127. Herndw01 says:
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    I need to tab my last OF spot, who do you like best this season? Josh Harrison or Gerardo Parra?

    I also have Story stashed on my bench. I’m wanting to pick up Carlos Rodon, would you drop Harrison, Parra, or Story for Rodon? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parra…Harrison

      • Herndw01 says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  128. OaktownSteve says:
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    Hahn and Pomeranz both stinking up the joint. In Pomeranz defense, two windblown homers and a ball misplayed by Pirela in LF for a two run double. Still….blech

    • Grey

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      Luckily their competition are guys that would be out of the league if it wasn’t for their teams

  129. SpecialFNK says:
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    yahoo, roto, 5×5, 16 team keeper league, keep 5.
    my keepers are Bumgarner, deGrom, Machado, Marte, Pederson.

    I could use Machado at either 3B or SS.

    could you rank these following players, and that could help determine who to draft and whether to use Machado at 3B or SS.

    Daniel Murphy
    Nick Castellanos
    Justin Turner
    Ian Desmond
    Ketel Marte
    Elvis Andrus

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castellanos, Marte, Desmond

  130. SteveNZ says:
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    So my bench bats in the ol’ H2H are Delino, Rajai, Carter and Lawrie.

    Domingo Santana was drafted but has just been dropped. Probably gotta drop Rajai for him, right?

    (Could also afford to drop Osuna)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  131. West coast willy says:
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    Grey!

    Let’s talk pitching

    Here are my pitchers-

    P: David Price
    P: Matt Harvey
    P: Noah syndergaard
    P: Marcus stroman
    P: Yordano Ventura
    P: Carlos rodon

    RP: hector rodon

    Pitching bench: Severino.

    I’m not liking the sound of Harvey’s mystery ailment, regardless doesn’t sound like he’ll be pitching Sunday night, I could be wrong.

    That being said, bench or start Harvey in week 1 it’s h2h pts/weekly lock.

    If I bench I could move Severino from bench to the starting lineup.

    Or the wire:

    Matt Moore, clay buccholz, Ian Kennedy, Patrick Corbin, kenta maeda, odorizzi, taijuan walker, eovaldi.

    Thoughts on my Relief pitcher who is hector rodon.
    Do you like like him over available RP’s:
    Grilli, Andrew Bailey, glen Perkins, drew storen, Santiago Casilla, Cody Allen.

    Thanks keep up the great work, you work hard hope you’re able to relax & catch a ball game at your local city where you are!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s the rush? I’d wait to hear what is going on with Harvey before benching him…I rank Rondon and all relievers in my rankings

      • West coast willy says:
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        @Grey:

        Very true! I’ll wait it wait it out til Sunday or if I hear anything watch it be a cold or virus , heard it may be non baseball related too.

        Non fantasy Q: just read Padres may be interested in panda, hmm as a sox fan I say sure. I’d be interested to see what the pads would be willing to move for panda?

        Plus side I do like Travis shaw’s upside

        • Grey

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          I hope it’s nothing with Harvey…. At this point, I think the Red Sox would take a reliever for Sandoval

          • West coast willy says:
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            @Grey:

            I agree, hope it’s minor or nothing for Harvey.

            I agree on panda too, maybe it’ll be good for Sandoval to head back west

            • Grey

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              Yup

  132. Josh says:
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    I had my draft today. Will you please grade my team for a 10 team h2h points league.

    D’arnaud
    Pujols
    Murphey
    Arenado
    Story
    Trout
    Cespedes
    Springer
    Duda

    JoFer
    Syndergaard
    Gerrit Cole
    Lester
    Matz
    Familia
    Miller/Chapman

    Bench:
    Dickerson
    Byung Ho Park
    Yelich
    Pedersen

    First three picks were Trout/Arenado/JoFer
    Thanks for your time Grey

    • Grey

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      Your pitching is insane, and the hitting looks okay, but a little low on AVG, which could hurt in a points league

  133. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    in a league where i get to own ALL players (as of last night, any real life trade after that these are all still my players) on CLE/WSOX/MIL: here’s current roster
    C lucroy
    C gomes
    1B c.santana
    1B abreu
    2B kipnis
    2B lawrie
    3B frazier
    3B villar
    SS lindor
    MI scooter
    LF melky cab
    CF eaton
    RF braun
    OF d.santana (MIL)
    OF brantley
    BN
    BN
    SP sale
    SP kluber
    SP carrasco
    SP salazar
    SP quintana
    SP rodon
    RP jeffress
    RP knebel
    RP allen
    RP d.robertson
    RP n.jones
    P shaw
    P mcallister
    when brantley gets his DL to start year i’ll have 3 spots open.
    1. grab which 3 out of byrd/chisenhall (extra 3B)/napoli (1B and LF)/carter (nowhere to play, unless late in week and i badly need homers)/rajai (every OF spot)/rollins (MI for scooter off days)/a-jax/avisail/uribe (extra MI/CI guy)/hill (same as uribe)

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail: oh yeah,
      2. make any bullpen changes there, maybe duke over mcallister or something of that nature?

      we get 8 moves per week to stream our own players. h2h league. i won last year and got CLE/WSOX at 10th and 11th overall, went against my own rankings in taking WSOX over NYY, technically i had NYY ranked higher than both CLE/WSOX but didn’t buy it. only got MIL over say PHI or ATL since 3 owners didn’t show up to draft and penalty was they got last 3 teams in 3rd round. i should’ve been stuck with one of PHI/ATL over MIL.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        2. I don’t see the point right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rollins, Rajai, Avisail

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Grey: would you have gone with any of NYY/DET/PIT over CLE/WSOX? i ranked them using mlbdepthcharts rankings for all of the roto stats they show, and averaged all together, went with MIL at the back end over SD due to being better hitting team and CLE/WSOX gives me an already sick base for SP. i won this league last year with NYY/CLE/CIN, and that’s WITH trading mccann for andrus, which didn’t work well once mesoraco/gomes went out for extended periods. overall i had CLE ranked 10th and WSOX 12th, just missed TEX and WAS, both of which i would’ve taken.

    • VinWins

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      @VinWins: Eastern time

      • VinWins

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        @VinWins: Ok, thank you. It is full. I don’t know who these people are who can draft at 8:30 AM on a Tuesday. Well, I know 1 of them, but it’s 6:30 my time. Of course, I have another one right after this one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

          • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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            The win wins league drafting 4/2 8 am league 71 is listed as full 1 team unclaimed think someone quit already

        • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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          @VinWins: Well I know 1 of them is his own boss and sometimes has his priorities a little mixed up. Actually I was glad that there was a couple of late March drafts.

  134. Mike says:
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    Question about the auction values.

    The league I play in uses the Yahoo roster with an extra Infielder spot, do I need to adjust the values in any way? Or leave them as they are?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leave them as they are

  135. Cram It says:
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    There’s no trading in Scout correct? A guy offered me a trade and it gives me the option to accept (which I wouldn’t anyway) or decline…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can accept a trade? It says in the rules that trading is not allowed… Geez, Scout, they should get their shizz together

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: I don’t know! I mean, I don’t know what, if anything, will happen if I push that little green cyber button, but I’m not about to find out.

        • The great knoche says:
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          @Cram It: for $176 you can have whoever you want off my Rooster.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: jesus, that league is worse than yahoo.

  136. Landisimo3 says:
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    Whatup Grey… 12 team roto .. Forever keeper.. Just finished draft

    C-Posey SP- Cole Minors- Crawford
    1B- Fielder SP- CMartinez Bell
    2B- Dozier SP- Rodon Meadows
    3B- Frazier SP- Hendricks Story
    SS- Andrus SP- Happ Albies
    CI- Longoria SP- Sanchez Rosario
    MI- Asdrubel RP- Britton Verdugo
    OF- Marte RP- Osuna Peraza
    OF- Braun RP- Tolleson Tapia
    OF- B Hamilton BN- Nicasio Lazarito
    OF- Cain BN- Latos
    DH- Piscotty
    DH- Dickerson
    BN-Deshields
    BN-Alvarez
    BN- Myers

    What are your thoughts? Besides my pitching is a TRAINWRECK… Trying to make a few trades to upgrade the arms… Any DEEP sleepers you can think of? Best guys I see available are Medlen and Bassitt lol…. Thanks in advance

    • Grey

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      Whatup, Landisimo3… I agree with you, your pitching is a mess… Your hitting looks decent, bit high on speed, I’d trade Hamilton for an SP

  137. Chris says:
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    Thanks for the updates. I live an hour from Milwaukee and I think I might be one of the most optimistic people in the state on a .500 season. Anyways, I draft on Sunday and am looking at a few different lineups. I’m using your pitching post where you draft 1 then click on him for the rest, thanks for that! Hopefully Comp doesn’t freeze.
    Anyways can you take a look at this offense and tell me if you see any holes.
    Auction League-14 team h2h roto weekly change. Pretty sure I can make these prices workout in my league or come pretty close.
    Thanks!
    C-Wellington $1
    1-Abreu-$28
    2-Odor-$17
    3-Valencia or Turner-$5
    SS-A Cabrera-$5
    CI-Hosmer-$17
    MI-Miller-$5
    DH-Polanco-$15
    DH-Pillar-$12
    OF-Upton $25
    OF-Blackmon$23
    OF-Davis $ 12
    OF-DeShields $10
    OF-Grichuk $12
    Need to Check injury updates!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What do all of those numbers come out to? Looks low, should equal around $180 on hitting… Don’t see why to punt 3B but spend so much on DHs… I’d try to get a better 3B

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks!

  138. Brett says:
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    Grey,

    12 team keeper league head to head. Dynasty league auction $260 budget where we can keep player forever (drafted players go up $5 a year and pick ups are $10 a year based on Faab price)I have a great problem too many keepers. My questions is do I keep trout at $60 and only have $19 at the auction.

    My keepers
    Abreau 16
    Dozier 11
    Arenado 11
    Correa 12
    Machado 21
    Pollock 14
    Bryant 22
    Russell 6
    Sano 11

    Arrieta 19
    Harvey 12
    Melancon 11

    Trout 60

    Do I keep all of these players? Do you keep Trout and only have $19. I only have 1 open outfield spot left if I keep him. Or do I not keep him and take the 79 into the auction.

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      $60 for Trout is insanity… Don’t keep him… The rest of those guys are fine

  139. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    First non slow draft of the season, 6×6 with OPS, QS and K/BB, 12 team H2H, how am I looking?

    C W. Castillo Ari – C
    1B C. Davis Bal – 1B,OF
    2B R. Odor Tex – 2B
    3B T. Frazier CWS – 3B
    SS J. Kang Pit – 3B,SS
    OF B. Harper Was – OF
    OF S. Marte Pit – OF
    OF J. Heyward ChC – OF
    Util B. Hamilton Cin – OF
    Util J. Reddick Oak – OF
    SP C. Carrasco Cle – SP
    SP D. Salazar Cle – SP
    RP D. Robertson CWS – RP
    RP A. Miller NYY – RP
    P J. Odorizzi TB – SP
    P J. Samardzija SF – SP
    P D. Storen Tor – RP
    P Y. Ventura KC – SP
    P K. Siegrist StL – RP
    NA A. Reed Hou – 1B
    BN M. Leake StL – SP
    BN A. DeSclafani Cin – SP
    BN T. Bauer Cle – SP
    BN V. Velásquez Phi – SP,RP
    BN I. Kennedy KC – SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks okay, pitching looks solid… Look a little light on power and high on speed… Marte, Odor, Hamilton, but rich on speed…

  140. herschel says:
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    @Grey: any concerns with giles losing out to gregerson for the houston closer role? i know its spring training, but seems like he hasnt been able to find his control…

    • Grey

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      Doubt that happens

  141. dom says:
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    hey grey great read looking forward to a new year. had my first draft last night couple quick questions

    i’m in an 18 team h2h with 8 hitting cats (H BB R RBI XBH HR OPS STL), I’m punting steals and focused just on good OPS guys because they hit all the other cats besides swipes. there’s 8 pitching cats (IP W L QS K ERA WHIP Saves) and I was considering punting saves but did indeed draft 3 relievers late (S Casilla, David Hernandez, Quackenbush). Do you think punting saves is a good strategy to focus on the other 7 pitching cats, even though I’m already punting SB’s? If anything I’d appreciate opening up roster spots

    I got 4 roster spots tied up in stash players (AJ Reed, Joey Gallo, Julia Urias, Jose Berrios) are they all holds? Trea Turner went undrafted.

    I only have 1 bench hitter who is MLB active so my opportunities to maximize PA are limited right now. I want to pick up Vincent Velasquez when all the undraftees clear waivers but I don’t know if I would drop a stash player or a reliever. Any thoughts? thanks

    PS i haven’t followed preseason fantasy coverage too closely have people been talking about Juan Nicasio as a sleeper? He won a pirates rotation spot under Ray Searage and his stuff is fantastic. He’s my breakout pick

  142. Giremelli says:
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    Belt is first baseman and I have Lindor and story
    Who do I put at na reed or Arcia

  143. Tucker says:
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    Yahoo 6×6. First draft of the year. Out of the 3 spot. How did I do?
    C – B. Posey
    1B – P. Goldschmidt
    2B – A. Russell
    3B – M. Duffy
    SS – F. Lindor
    OF – G. Springer
    OF – Y. Cespedes
    OF – S. Piscotty
    U – B. Lawrie
    U – D. DeShields

    P – N. Syndergaard
    P- M. Stroman
    P – C. Rodon
    P – T. Walker
    P – L. Severino
    P – K. Maeda
    P – K. Gausman
    P – C. Kimbrel
    P – W. Davis

  144. sliimbo says:
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    yo grey

    need a starter, drop khris davis for mchugh iwakuma kazmir hammel or moore?

    thanks

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @sliimbo: check his rankings on that one.

  145. Brian says:
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    HI Grey, I was wondering if I could get an opinion on my team, see where I could improve. Thank you!
    12 Team H2H Points league CBS Sports
    C: Jonathan Lucroy
    1B: Eric Hosmer
    2B: Jose Altuve
    3B: Josh Donaldson
    SS: Xander Bogaerts
    OF: JD Martinez
    OF: Gerardo Parra
    OF: Josh Reddick
    U: Delino DeShields

    7 Pitchers:
    Chris Archer
    Carolos Carrasco
    Patrick Corbin
    Kyle Hendricks
    Aaron Nola
    Drew Smyly
    Ken Giles

    Bench:
    Wil Myers(1b,OF)
    Josh Harrison(2b, 3b, OF)
    Michael Brantley (OF) I’ll move him to the DL spot when I can
    Jeremy Jeffress
    Juan Nicasio
    Joe Ross
    Vince Velasquez

  146. rafi says:
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    Hey Grey!

    In 10 team AL-only redraft league with first pick overall, who would you target for picks 20/21 to complement Trout? I was figuring get an ace pitcher and Frazier bc the good corners are in short supply but if he’s taken by then, am I wrong to think 2 SP’s? Looking at the AL-Only ADP, there are no hitters I love around there.

    Related question: do Grey’s rules on drafting pitchers necessarily stand in single league player pool?

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @rafi: relative to overall player pool, so when he says wait till pick 50 for a starter i’d readjust that and still grab one of the pitchers he’d find decent as a #1, which means earlier than pick 50 in a mono league, you should be able to gauge it. i got carrasco in the early 4th round of a league exactly that sized, after grabbing miggy/springer/frazier first. so that was pick 32 overall. after that as long as you’ve preranked everybody you’ll have to get a feel for when you have to grab more SP of course, and closers etc.

      i wouldn’t wait till later though unless that league is slowly drafting pitchers, and most of the time people just follow their site’s rankings.

  147. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Hey Grey

    The guy who has Maeda wants one of my top 4 starters (Bumgarner, Scherzer, Harvey or deGrom) for him. Should I offer one or pass?

  148. Z says:
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    Just traded away Cespedes/Parra/Fiers to get Sonny Gray/Prince/Nate Karns. What do you think?

    I’m pretty happy with it, especially since my pitching was garbo after thor/arrieta.

    Between 1B, 1B/3B, and UTIL there are 3 spots – I have Miggy/Pujols/Prince/Ortiz/Byung Ho Park, which means, eventually I will need to deal at least 1 and probably 2. I would like to be patient, but what would you do if you were me, and which positions would you look to improve by dealing 1B/DH players above? Thanks!

    10 Team 6×6 Keeper League (R,HR,RBI, SB, OBP, SLG) (IP, QS, K, ERA, WHIP, S)

    C- D’arnaud
    1B – Miggy
    2B – Wong
    3B – Frazier
    SS- Semien
    1B/3B – Pujols
    2B/SS – Neil Walker
    OF: CarGon
    OF: Span
    OF: Yelich
    OF: Peralta
    OF: Grichuk,
    UTIL: Ortiz
    Bench: Byung Ho Park
    Bench: Prince
    Bench: A.Gordon

    P: Arrieta, Syndergaard, Liriano, Sonny, Teheran, DeSclafani, Rodon, Nate Karns, Storen, Strickland

    • Z says:
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      @Z: Also, Kevin Pillar and Ozuna are both available and I will be grabbing at least one of them

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