And we have have our first stupid team decision!  Don’t worry, there will be more.  Or maybe I should say Willie be more.  Or maybe should say Willie be less now.  The Rangers decided to send down Willie Calhoun to start the year.  I’d laugh if I wasn’t so horrified by this terrible decision.  Talk about blatantly thinking about a bottom line vs. what’s best for the team.  On one hand, Willie Calhoun was ready to help the team win right now.  On the other hand, the Rangers are as cheap as my Jewish grandmother who used to order three free lemon wedges, two sugar packets and make lemonade at the table.  Hey, she escaped Nazi Germany in the middle of the night.  What’s your excuse, Texas Rangers?!  In my Willie Calhoun fantasy from way back in October, I predicted Calhoun could be in the minors until June.  Looks like I didn’t underestimate the Rangers’ boneheadedness (big word of the day!).  Now the Rangers will go with a blahtoon of the Asian lion, Ryan Rua, and Drew Robinson.  I’ve updated my top 100 outfielders, top 500 and War Room.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2018 fantasy baseball:

Neil Walker – Signed with the Yankees, so the Mets would be totally jealous.  Here’s the Mets, “Giancarlo?  Okay, whatever.  Sonny Gray?  La di da!  Gary Sanchez?  We’ve got d’Arnaud!  Aaron Judge?  I said, ‘we’ve got d’Arnaud!’  Neil Walker?  YOU’VE TORN OUT OUR HEART!”  Walker will play 2nd until Gleyber is officially ready, and fill-in for Bird if/when he gets hurt.  I updated the top 20 1st basemen.

Stephen Vogt – Experienced a setback with his shoulder.  *moves Vogt from 467 to 468 in top 500, rethinks, moves him to 469, shakes head, moves him back to 468*  Do you see how much phony deliberation goes into these rankings?!

Marcus Stroman – Won’t be ready for Opening Day.  I haven’t touched him in my top 40 starters, because I already wrote there I wasn’t drafting him, so he can get ruled out of the 1st half of the season and doesn’t change my outlook on Stroman.

Josh Donaldson – Dealing with a calf injury, which is the same general area of the injury that made him useless for three months last year.  If you drafted Donaldson after I gave you a Josh Donaldson overrated post, I’m going to log into my eBay account, bid one penny for the world’s smallest violin, then, in three to five days after it’s sent to me, I will play it for you.

Troy Tulowitzki – Officially ruled out for Opening Day due to a heel injury.  2008 Grey is shocked!

Nelson Cruz – Diagnosed with a strained quad.  Or as Mariners fans are now exclaiming, “Whoa Nelly!”  If you already drafted Nelson Cruz on your fantasy team, then, for $35, you can get the rapper Nelly to put a Band-Aid on your fantasy team.  I’ve docked Cruz two weeks of regular season at-bats and moved him into my top 40 outfielders, but obviously there’s cause of concern now.

Rob Whalen – Has been pitching well this spring training, and could be the guy who replaces the often injured, never duplicated, Erasmo Ramirez in the Mariners rotation.  Or Whalen is this year’s Sal Romano, a guy I like for about a second in March, only to never speak of again.  Though, a one-year aged Romano sounds delicious!

Anthony Santander – You, “Santa-who now?”  Santander is a Rule 5 guy who has to make the Orioles.  He also happens to be ripping the cover off the ball this spring — Guatemalan baseball seamstresses, “Well, that’s not frio.” — and who is in front of Santander on the O’sColby Rasmus?  So, Santander might be a preseason washout, but worth keeping an eye on him.

Michael Conforto – Sounds like he’s aiming to return mid-April vs. May, which would be ahead of schedule.  Another feather in the cap of Mets trainers.  Ow, eye roll headache!

Yoenis Cespedes – X-rays were negative after he hurt his wrist on a swing.  A combo platter of brittle player and the Mets trainers is a Molotov cocktail.  Now the Mets trainers will attempt to rehab Yoenis.  This is like that old idiom, the cure being worse than the sickness.  I just realized something, the Mets training staff is like watching an improv troupe reenacting the TV show, The Knick.  “Are you sure this will relieve my headache?”  “Definitely!”  *moves person into position, drops anvil on their head*  To unconscious, possibly dead, person, “Does that feel better?”  I haven’t updated my top 40 outfielders over this news, but here’s a hypothetical for you, is Yoenis really that different than Nomar Mazara?

David Wright – Out for eight weeks with “being David Wright.”  Imagine after all this time of Wright struggling to get on the field if he were traded and seen by another team’s trainers. “Wow, my back feels 100% better.  What did you do?”  “It seems that you just had a pumpkin seed under your toenail.”

  1. Marti says:
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    Had my first rcl draft last night. Thoughts please. I had the 4th pick in the draft

    C REALMUTO
    1B. EE
    2B MURPHY
    SS T TURNER
    3B LONGORIA
    MI DEJONG
    CI MYERS
    OF SPRINGER UPTON CUTCH HANIGER CARGO
    U FRANCO

    P KERSHAW
    P TANAKA
    P WEAVER
    P MAEDA
    P TALLION
    P CORBIN
    P MORROW
    P VIZCAINO
    P LEONE

    BENCH ZEIGLER, STROMAN TODD FRAZIER

    Did not expect KERSHAW to fall to pick 21. Wasn’t planning in taking a pitcher that early

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marti: I can understand wanting to take Kershaw at pick 21, but it’s still hurt your hitting… I’d be concerned about your hitting, you really need Edwin to come through… Your pitching looks fine

      • Marti says:
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        Yeah really threw-me off. If I had known, I would have taken arenado in 1st round

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  2. Savoy Special says:
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    14 Team H2H redraft auction league:

    Choose 1: Matt Chapman, Maikel Franco, Todd Frazier, Solarte for 3B

    Please rank: Miles Mikolas, German Marquez, Marco Estrada, Dan Straily, Jason Vargas

    Thanks!

  3. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H redraft league – auction free agents. QS instead of Wins. K/9. Saves+Holds instead of just Saves… OPS league.

    C: JT Realmuto
    1B: Josh Bell
    2B: Jason Kipnis
    3B: Maikel Franco
    SS: Francisco Lindor
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Steven Souza
    OF: Mitch Haniger
    UTL: Carlos Gonzalez
    Bench: Jonathan Villar

    SP:
    Clayton Kershaw
    Max Scherzer
    Sean Manaea
    Patrick Corbin
    Joe Musgrove
    Mike Foltynewicz
    Miles Mikolas

    RP:
    Kelvin Herrera
    Addison Reed
    Shane Green

    So I tried a new strategy this year by going for broke in the auction draft with Trout, Lindor, Kershaw and Scherzer.

    Did I do alright with my “value” picks? The reason why I finally went this route was because by the end of each season, my lineup at the end looks nothing like Opening Day.

    I could just “stream” hitters if I need to and hopefully find that next breakout star.

    Thanks!

    • Mikey says:
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      @Savoy Special: From the famous words of Lloyd Christmas “I (We) don’t care!!

    • Grey

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      @Savoy Special: Your hitting and pitching look solid, just a lot riding on those big names, fwiw, your hitting looks worse than your pitching, which isn’t the best thing

      • Savoy Special says:
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        @Grey: I just dropped Maikel Franco for Matt Chapman. Been hearing about Franco’s batting stance changes and being mentored by Carlos Santana, but the video just shows him pulling off and stepping in the bucket on all pitches I’ve seen. He’s got a bad approach. Chapman might be a batting average risk but he also has a decent eye and just looks like he has somewhat of a game plan.

        I also dropped Musgrove for Vince Velasquez because Musgrove’s ranked 100 and Velasquez is ranked 62nd in your rankings. Hopefully there’s finally a VV breakout

        • Grey

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          I don’t mind that, I drafted Chapman already and am worried about Maikel… I like VV too

  4. Scott says:
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    Which catcher do you prefer out of the following: grandal, chirinos, hedges, ianetta, mccann (hou), mccann (det), avila, martin, Barnhart, pina, barnes, i.e., the usual suspects who are left after the top options are gone (gattis is owned). Stats are obp, ops, r, hr, rbi, tb, sb. Please rank top 3 from the list since i have a feeling the catcher run is about to happen. Thx

  5. bbboston says:
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    Grey,

    12 team AL-Only 5×5 league with 9 keepers allowed, resulting in pretty high price inflation/oddities. Which 9 should I keep?

    THANK YOU!

    Fullmer $13
    Berrios $8
    Clevinger $8
    Giolito $8
    Parker $8
    Betts $25
    Merrifield $5
    Hicks $2
    Polanco $10
    Abreu $32
    Kiermaier $18
    Moustakas $19

    PS: The argument for keeping Abreu is that in this league: 1) his average stats and consistency will make it so he owns the position, with E5 a somewhat distant second; 2) all better 1b, except E5 will be kept due to attractive pricing. The argument for the pitchers is that all the “aces or arguable aces” will be kept along with many 2,3 and 4s, so I’ve decided to try to compile a really good staff of 2/3s.

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      @bbboston:

      One other guy I forgot to throw in the mix: Ryon Healy at $15

    • Cram It says:
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      @bbboston: All of the hitters and Clevinger

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bbboston: Perhaps all hitters and Berrios, but that’s a personal choice

  6. Great Bambino says:
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    would you drop Cargo or Villar to stream pitching? thanks!

    • Great Bambino says:
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      @Great Bambino: Carlos Gonzalez*. stream or hold*

    • Cram It says:
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      @Great Bambino: Season hasn’t started yet, do you need to stream?

      • Great Bambino says:
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        @Cram It: to rephrase, I meant hold Cargo and Villar or drop one to use spot as an SP streaming slot

        • Cram It says:
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          @Great Bambino: You can drop one to stream if you need. They’re probably just bench bats anyway and not very good ones at that.

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Cram It:
        Yet you’re in mid season form ha.
        BSOYLN!

  7. Great Bambino says:
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    drop Mikolas, Musgrove, or Folty for Sean Newcomb? or hold. Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Great Bambino: Folty. Or see rankings.

      • Great Bambino says:
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        @Cram It: Musgrove is ranked like 15+ spots behind the others according to Grey’s 2018 rankings. Folty has failed enough/learned and is entering his age 26 season. Musgrove is getting over a shoulder injury and has a lot to prove too. anyway, I don’t think the answer is as clean cut as “see rankings”

        • Cram It says:
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          @Great Bambino: I didn’t look at rankings for these guys. So you’re saying Musgrove is the drop, which coincides with the rankings. Then drop Musgrove.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Great Bambino: Why are you dropping guys before the season starts?

  8. Justin says:
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    Hypothetically Is cespedes really that different from Mazara? Even hypothetically, yes.

    • Grey

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      @Justin: Did I have a typo?

      • Justin says:
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        @Grey:

        No, it’s just Cespedes and Mazara are so different it seems like a strange comp. Cespedes injury-prone, way better average and power numbers.

        • Grey

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          27/5/.280 vs. 25/3/.275

          • Justin says:
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            @Grey:

            My projections say this:

            Mazara: 150 games, .265/25/2, Age 23, Fav Ninja Turtle Rafael
            Yoenis: 130 games, .285/32/4, Age 32, Fav Ninja Turtle Rafael

            Now, my projections have never been wrong because I have never made any… but it’s safe to say they both like the same ninja turtle. And if you disagree on with them on TMNT then you clearly don’t understand how useful a sai can be.

            Other than that, I think there should probably be 50 spots between drafting the two. Incorporate a waiver wire replacement to compensate for Yoenis’ inevitable DL stint and your counting numbers are even better. I think ESPN has them ranked accurately, which is like urinating in your tea, I know, but I think they got them in the right spots this time.

            • Grey

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              I have them ranked with Yoenis 60+ spots before Mazara, I’m just saying if things break right (or wrong for Yoenis), one can see how close they could be…

              • Justin says:
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                @Grey:

                Glad you didn’t argue me on the Ninja Turtle point. I figured you as a Michaelangelo guy but maybe you’re deeper than I’m giving you credit for.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  How dare you!

  9. Great Bambino says:
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    drop Joe Musgrove for Vince Velasquez or Sean Newcomb? thanks!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Cram It: I think you live to wake up each morning and type see rankings.

        • Cram It says:
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          @The Great Knoche: See rankings. I mean, it seems especially fitting today.

          Lemme see your starting lineup in NFBC.

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Cram It:

            C Chirinos
            C McCann
            1B Abreu
            2B Odor
            3B Castellanos
            SS Turner
            MI Dejong
            CR Zimmerman
            Of Hoskings
            OF Rosario
            OF Calhoun – Kole (Was both Calhpun’s until yesterday)
            OF Deshizz
            OF Markakis or Nick Williams
            U Asdrubal – I think

            P Paxton
            P Hendriks
            P Richards
            P Gio
            P Roark
            P Davies
            P Gohara (Now will be Chacin, Stratton, Fried)
            P Kenley
            P Ziegler

            Like my hitting, Pitching is OK but I’m in trouble on saves if Ziegler struggles. Injuries/Calhoun already biting my ass.

            • Cram It says:
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              @The Great Knoche: Yeah that’s a really good offense, but at the expense of your pitching, naturally. Back end OF/Util might be troublesome. Hopefully Hoskins, Rosario and Cast don’t fall on their faces.

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                @Cram It: Lemme jump in on this chatter…? Is this rude? Drafted this NFBC squad from the end of January to mid Feb.

                C- Alfaro
                C- Christian Vazquez
                1B- Hosmer
                2B- Dee
                3B-Arenado
                SS-Lindor
                CI-Rendon
                MI-Tim Anderson
                OF-Puig
                OF-Castellanos
                OF-Mazara
                OF-Mancini
                OF-Brinson
                UT-Pence

                P Verlander
                P Tanaka
                P Bauer
                P Pomeranz
                P Wacha
                P Snell
                P Osuna
                P Treinen
                P Ziegler

                Thoughts?

                Got Acuna on the bench till he plays. And figure I’ll use Ziegler now, while there appear to be saves for a few months maybe. But have Clevinger and Straily as my top SPs off the bench to swap in whenever.

                • Cram It says:
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                  @knucks: Nice. 15 teams? I really like it!

                  • knucks says:
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                    @Cram It: Oh shit my b. 12 teams. Its one of those $50 leagues, no overall winner. Just be the best of 12.

  10. Nick says:
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    Will He call Houn soon?

    don’t tell me he’s droppable at this point ,,,
    Dynasty team, blocked on my bench !!

    if so, would you rather add:
    Yusmeiro Petit / AJ Mint / Keone Kela
    or Pivetta !.?

    Nick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Those names don’t jump out at me right now

  11. Chris D. says:
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    So yesterday I asked you, Grey, about trading David Price for Puig in a dynasty league which you told me to do and run. Well it’s a good thing the guy who wanted that trade didn’t respond right away because I got a text 20 mins after your recommendation, and ended up trading Price for Albies.

    Needless to say I took that one and ran as fast as Albies 70 grade speed.

  12. Kwoox says:
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    In GREY WE TRUST……….Our keeper league has 27 rounds 5 keepers per team. We are locked in with our keepers below (thoughts). We got 12 picks in first 8 rounds. and the 5th overall pick which looks like we should land either Manny or Freeman. WE LOVE your feedback and any suggestions. It’s roto, 5 OF, 2 UTL spots the normal INF plus CI, MI and cather and the normal pitching spots.

    Here are our keepers……please tell me the honest truth
    hoskins 27th (obvs great value but I’m not sold on him. can you talk me into it)
    Acuna 27th
    Chris taylor 26th
    jake lamb 24th (thoughts on trading him for yoan moncada?????
    Buxton in the 7th

    • Pocket Prospector says:
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      @Kwoox: As a Phillies fan, I can give you a good report on Hoskins. First of all, you don’t have to be sold on him for 27th round value. That’s insane (paired with Acuna that’s just filthy stealing from your league mates). Anyway, Hoskins has done nothing but mash pitching at every level of his development. Last year that included a healthy stint in the bigs. Now Hoskins won’t hit like that for an entire season, but he doesn’t have to. If he did, he would be a top 5 pick. I’ve been watching Hoskins play for the past 3 years and I can tell you he is a professional hitter. He studies, rarely gets fooled, knows the strike zone, waits for his pitch, and hammers it when he gets it. For a guy with great power he doesn’t strike out a lot, and also knows how to work a walk. He won’t run, and doesn’t provide great defense, but in fantasy, he’s someone you want.

      Now this is a lofty comparison, but as a life long Phillies fan, I can tell you that Hoskins at the plate reminds me of Mike Schmidt. Without the gold glove defense of course and with less swing and miss. He rarely slumps, he wants to be great, and works at it. And that is something that is true of all star athletes. You’ll be happy he’s one of your keepers.

      • Seth Swirsky says:
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        @Pocket Prospector:

        i had hoskins last year: he was very awesome until the last 5 weeks–when all he did was K. i fear pitchers figured out some of his holes and may be rated too high in drafts this year. comments?

        • LenFuego says:
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          @Seth Swirsky: You are misremembering somewhat. It was only the last 2 weeks or so of the season that Hoskins slumped. He had 19 Ks in his last 65 plate appearances (29.2% K/PA), which is not good, but hardly cataclysmic. Any power hitter is going to have a few two week slumps over the course of a season.

      • kwoox says:
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        @Grey:

        What are your thoughts on the other keepers? I know acuna should at some point be a super star maybe not this year but we have him for at least the next 5 years. Lamb? Taylor and buxton? and their value?

        • Grey

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          I’ve gone over all guys in my rankings, I think Acuna could be a star this year

  13. Tim Leary says:
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    Mets’ training staff! bwaha!!!!!

  14. Cram It says:
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    Have any thoughts or feelings about the Giants OF? I’m reading they don’t want to go with Austin Jackson in center. And assuming Pence gets hurt…you’ve got Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker competing. See any of these guys as sticking out?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Great Bambino: Heh. These guys aren’t even in the top 500!

        • Justin says:
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          @Cram It:

          Create rankings, then see rankings

          • Cram It says:
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            @Justin: Only a mad man would create a top 750.

            • Justin says:
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              @Cram It:

              Hehe, top 2000 at least. How else am I supposed to know where to place Miguel Gonzalez?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: I think with the early spring Duggar is having he will at least be in contention for strong side of platoon in CF with Jackson/Gorkys. I think Shaw is the long term answer (in a Corner outfield spot) replacing Pence, but won’t start season on roster.

      • Cram It says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Blech, you think Gorkys is in play? Yeah they seem to be grooming Shaw for LF only, so it will take a Pence injury.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Cram It: good lord enough people don’t talk about just how horribly that franchise has been run lately. last year i’m pretty sure they had more games played by rookies than any other team, and like not one of them ever had any real prospect status nor did anything remotely last year. duggar does though, seems odd he’d start this early (hope so)

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Cram It: I think so. I don’t think anyone but those 3 can play defense in that big outfield. Unless they move Cutch back to center and put Shaw in RF which I think is doubtful.

          Best bet for ABs is Duggar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Duggar went in my draft about 8 rounds ago, prolly a bit early, but he’s the stand out… Parker would be my 2nd…

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Yeah that’s early. I’ve done a hell of a job staying away from AAA guys. I have maybe 1 to 3. But in round 45, that’s really all that’s left.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, same… I took Dahl and Adames for minor league upside, and Dahl was an accident due to CarGo not signing prior

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I only have Anthony Alford who’s slated for AAA. Hopefully can provide some mid-season SAGNOF. I guess Andujar will be in AAA or a bench guy? I tried cornering the Yankees 3B market with him and Drury.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, I like those two, cheap with a path to PT

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Plan on doing a write-up of your team/draft? I can’t remember if you have prior, or if it’s just too big of a roster to cover.

                • Grey

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                  I’ve already written it up, I just need to finish the final seven rounds

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Nice.

  15. Will says:
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    What’s with the annoying pop-up autoplay video??? This is not a positive step…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Will: yesterday he said “fox sports asked them to put that up”. i SURE hope that doesn’t mean they are owned by fox sports now.

      • Will says:
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        Auto play pop up videos need to be banned.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Will: i at least had a wave of relief when i was assured it wasn’t a virus. as every other times i’ve ever seen anything like that it was in fact, a virus. back to factory settings time of life. awesome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: There’s no auto audio, and you can minimize it and never see it again

  16. Ben says:
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    I know your rankings are geared for Roto leagues, I normally use them as is for H2H non roto. You also avoid pitching till roughly pick 45. But how much more valuable is pitching in a H2H league? Thanks

    • Grey

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      @Ben: Pitching is less valuable in H2H, I’d just want more of it, quantity-wise

  17. LeftCoastYankee says:
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    Quickie keeper question…standard 5×5 12-team auction league:

    Carlos Carrasco or Justin Upton? I can keep either – but not both – for the same amount.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @LeftCoastYankee: might be influenced bywho your other keepers are since it’s close but in value and age.

      • LeftCoastYankee says:
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        @Grey: I’m keeping
        Jose Ramirez $15
        Ed Rosario $9
        Merrifield $9
        And…either Upton $21 or Carrasco $22 (can’t keep both)

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @LeftCoastYankee: carrasco in that spot then.

  18. Chris says:
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    Abreu or Rendon for a keeper?

    R/HR/RBI/AVG/SB

  19. Jeffrey Gilden says:
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    Hey Grey –

    Thanks for all the help last year. Finished first regular season and won playoffs following your advice. Getting ready to draft for this year. Keeper league. I can keep 7 players at their draft cost from last year. I had to put back some big players because my allotted time with them (Blackmon, Sale, betts) is over. Anyway, looking for advice. Here’s who I’m likely keeping:
    Judge @ $7
    G Sanchez @ $1
    Moncada @$5
    G Richards @$1

    Here are the other options I have. I’m not obligated to keep 7, but the low cost for some of these probably pushes me to do it. Who would you go with?
    Batters:
    Eugenio Suarez ($2), Cozart ($1), Travis Shaw ($1), Nelson Cruz ($34), Margot ($1), Matt Olson ($1)

    Pitchers: K Hendricks ($1), Snell ($1), Berrios ($1), Chase Anderson ($1), Jimmy Nelson ($1),
    K Jansen ($12)

    Our league, btw is: R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG // IP, QS, K/9, WHIP, Saves/Holds, ERA

    Thanks,
    Jeff

      • LenFuego says:
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        @Grey: Grey’s top 500 rankings have Garrett Richards at 263, while Berrios is at 116, Hendricks is at 144, Margot at 154, Cozart at 166, Snell at 184, and Chase Anderson at 185, all of whom are also at $1.

        Not sure why you would keep Richards over any of those guys, several of whom are young and have a lot of upside – I would keep Berrios instead of Richards.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @LenFuego: Because if Richards is healthy he’s a top 100 player. I like him a ton this year. Just need him to stay in one piece.

  20. billiejak says:
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    Who has more potential this year Zimmer or Michael Taylor?

  21. Old School Brother says:
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    I showed up at a birthday party Saturday night with a six pack of PBR tall boys. My friends proceeded to dog me for my beer selection. “What is this OSB, 2008? Are we in Brooklyn right now? I thought you were down with craft beer, braj”. To which is responded “Krogers has this shizz for $5.99! That’s a deal too good to pass up, even if it tastes like horse piss and makes me look cool which in turn makes me uncool”

    Now I realize this must be some sort of phenomenon where life imitates your team’s GM. JD must’ve looked at Bartolo with the same loving eyes that I did when I saw that sweet deal. “Why start the clock on Willie when I can wait until early May and squeeze an extra year out of him? muahaha” and that’s me quoting my Jewish GM from New York who got an Economics degree from Cornell!

    • knucks says:
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      @Old School Brother: Don’t sweat it OSB. I’ll be drinking PBRs on Saturday among friends, as I have a buddy who always brings them.

      You look cool, which in turn makes you uncool, BUT you play it cool.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgo4dnAGJ-Y

      I’ll be bringin’ my DPAs and Pinners of course, as well as making my famous taco dip. Happy Holidays!

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Old School Brother: If anyone gives you shit, you just need to channel your inner Frank Booth at them: “Heineken? Fuck that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon!!!”

  22. Peacecoast says:
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    ya so my draft is just about over and now I check the news daily on my guys to see who gets hurt! So far just Cespedes but I guess I better get used to that.

    I also hear Acuna is gonna start the season in the minors.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Peacecoast: Just to delay his arbitration clock. I’ve read that he could be up as early as April 16th, but it shouldn’t be later than late April.

    • Grey

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      @Peacecoast: Agree with Magoo, everyone can wait two weeks for The Sunshine

  23. Weird Fishes says:
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    In NL-only redraft, would you trade Harper for Freeman and Acuna?

  24. J-Dawg says:
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    Hey Grey! Are there are any SPs with no major league innings (other than Ohtani) that you see making a rotation out of camp? My pitching corps sucks so bad I need to find some bodies and perhaps I can snag one in my minor league draft!! You know things are bad when you are reduced to bidding $23 on Teheran and $16 on Triggs. (52-man roster league… that’s knuckle deep).

  25. Nate says:
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    I am currently in a 5×5 keeper league using OBP and QS instead of AVG and W. The league allows you to keep up to 5 players with at least 1 being a hitter and a pitcher. These are the three definite keepers for me:

    Giancarlo Stanton – $39
    Anthony Rendon – $17
    Carlos Martinez – $15

    I’m currently wavering on the my last 2 choices. Here are my options:
    Jonathan Schoop – $12
    Khris Davis – $13
    Eric Hosmer – $16
    Nomar Mazara – $7

    I’m not sure which 2 out of the 4 to keep. I’m leaning forward School for his upside and low cost but undecided on the last one since they all bring different things to the plate: Hosmer(stability), Davis (power), Mazara (upside).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nate: Schoop, Hosmer

  26. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    The Mets supposedly overhauled their training staff in the offseason, even though the early returns appear to be more of the same: https://www.mlb.com/news/mets-hire-jim-cavallini-revamp-medical-staff/c-265194420

    None of the hypothetical pairings with Betts and Stanton came to fruition last night, as Arenado fell into my lap. Paired him with Lindor, then rolled the dice on Syndergaard in the 3rd. Got Hoskins, Puig, another Acuna share, Godley, McCullers, Pollock. Kind of upsidey, but what the hell. Can always work the wire if some of the risky players don’t work out.

    Got your auction values ready?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Magoo: Yeah, I heard, but busting chops on Mets trainers is funny…

      Oaktown was talking yesterday about how he didn’t like Godley… I’m with you, and I like Arenado/Lindor — sexy! But nice floor sexy, and then upside sexy later on, surprised by you Magoo, must be rubbing off on you

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: Didn’t expect Arenado to fall to 7. He’s #3 on my board, so I obviously couldn’t pass him up. I think that Trout, Altuve, and Arenado are the safest bets for elite production in fantasy. You know what you’re getting, and it’s awesome.

        I saw that comment from Oaktown on Godley. We had a similar discussion on Kluber a couple of years ago. He didn’t completely trust him since his fastball didn’t grade out very well. I don’t think it matters that much as long as a pitcher has at least two plus offerings including an elite one like Godley does. I like him.

        I omitted some of the unsexy picks. I’m sure you’d never take Jansen where he’s going. Lorenzo Cain, Kyle Seager, LuCroy. No Baez, Anderson, Bauer, or Gausman types. Pretty typical draft for me. I’m all in on Acuna this year. Hope the Braves don’t dick around with his clock too much.

        • Grey

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          I’ve drafted Acuna once, and hope to get him at least once more… I’m pumped up for him like I haven’t been for a player in a while… I think we’re looking at Kris Bryant’s rookie year type fantasy value… Down for twenty days, makes up for that in less than a week… Lucroy is terrible, but I don’t mind Cain and Seager… Jansen’s fine, that’s a personal preference thing…

          • Big Magoo

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            @Grey: I agree on Acuna. He looks special. Think he’ll end up overtaking guys like Blackmon and Votto in the overall rankings in a year or two.

            Decided to build a super relief core on the fly in this league: Jansen, Morrow, Bradley, and Miller. Got the last three guys pretty cheaply. I’m not crazy about the 2nd tier SPs this year, and more and more starters are being pulled early from games, which hurts their win potential. I think it gives the elite relievers more value. You don’t lose much in the way of Ks when comparing them to non-elite starters, and they typically get a decent amount of vulture wins and saves. Really help with ratios too. Might be a good way to complement an upsidey staff where streaming is heavily utilized.

            • Grey

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              I don’t know why you can’t get on the Bauer bandwagon, look at his 2nd half and how he started throwing some new gold…

              • Big Magoo

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                @Grey: Oh no, how’d we get back on Bauer? Cause of my 2nd tier SP comment? He’s in the 6th tier of my SP rankings, if we’re being technical.

                In the 2nd half, he threw a few more curves and sliders. Didn’t affect his K rate (exactly 10 K/9 in both halves) at all. Opposing hitters slashed .267/.333/.454 in the 1st half vs .263/.324/.436 in the 2nd. Slight improvements in HR/9 and BB rate.

                The big difference? Strand rate. 67.9% in the 1st half; 87.1% in the 2nd. Bad luck led to a 5.24 ERA in the 1st half; good luck led to a 3.01 in the 2nd. With neutral luck, he’s low 4s ERA, 1.3 WHIP pitcher, just like he’s always been. Solid K rate and win potential. The Jon Gray of the AL. Nothing wrong with that. It’s just not a top 30 guy in my book.

                • Grey

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                  Fair enough, we shall see on Bauer… So, I have Tout Wars this weekend, give me some deep NL guys you’ve peeped…

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Grey: I don’t know how deep you’re looking for, but I can give you some interesting cheapish options. Brinson (post-hype) and Maybin (cheap speed) in Miami, Frazier (2B/OF) and Moran in Pittsburgh, Martinez in StL. A Williams/Altherr platoon could be profitable if it’s daily lineups. Newcomb in Atlanta is a high-K, upside arm you might like. He’s looked good this spring. Kingery and Senzel shouldn’t have to wait long to get called up. Don’t forget about Dahl. Might be able to get him pretty cheaply.

                    • Grey

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                      Great stuff… You in this Kingery camp? I don’t see why the Phils suddenly lose Cesar Hernandez, do they bench Maikel? I’m not saying he’s not worth a $1 or 3 in NL-Only, but the hype seems to be building on him… Rudy really likes Sierra on Miami, not sure he gets any real PT tho…

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Grey: By the way, I meant Jose Martinez in StL. Carlos won’t be cheap.

                    Kingery looks like the real deal. I don’t think he bumps Hernandez though. If Crawford or Franco struggle, he’s probably next in line. Just needs one injury to get a shot too. I think he’ll get it, one way or another.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Big Magoo:

          My Godley spidey sense is more a Shoemaker argument than a Kluber. Remember you and I went back and forth on Shoe.

          • Big Magoo

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            @OaktownSteve: Yeah, we went back and forth on Kluber and Shoe (among others). One’s an ace and the other’s a back-end guy. Godley’s likely somewhere in the middle, but I think he’s closer to the former than the latter. Way more grounders and missed bats than Shoe. Two plus pitches vs one, which is probably the biggest difference. We’ll see though. He’s not a sure thing, but I like what I’ve seen so far.

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        @Grey: the Mets trainers remind me of what my buddy in London called the Irish Carpenter. I went over to his flat and I noticed part of the bathroom door was missing. The door was intact on the hinges but a 6 inch by 3 inch section was missing from the edge. I asked him about this and he showed me where they replaced the sink but it was too large for the bathroom so they just cut out part of the door because you couldn’t open the door without it hitting the sink. Why didn’t they just order the right sink? That’s the Mets trainers in a nuts shell

        • Grey

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          Haha, awesome! That’s exactly them, “Isn’t it better if we just cut off your leg and put it when your arm should be?” DeGrom looking nervous, “Um, are you guys accredited somewhere?”

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: I’m imagining them like that Steve Guttenburg classic Bad Medicine where they go to medical school in Mexico

            • Grey

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              Was thinking same thing!

  27. Pouss-Pouss says:
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    Grey, previously you agreed that it’d be smart to keep N. Cruz over Buxton (more or less the same price) in a 6×6 +OPS league. Now with the Cruz injury, should I switch to Buxton?

    • Grey

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      @Pouss-Pouss: Meh, sounds like he’s only out two weeks, he’s much better in OPS

  28. John says:
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    Keeper Question
    NL only 9 teams 4 keeprs per team you can keep guys for 3 years max and it increases $3 per year
    I have Trea Turner on his last year for $8, Cody Bellinger for 2 more years at $4, Jose Quintana for 2 years at $4. Trying to decided between Luke Weaver for 2 years at $6 or Michael Conforto for 2 years at $4. Conforto’s injury makes me a little nervous. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Conforto

  29. dubjay says:
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    Hey grey,
    Im down to my last pick in my 12 team H2H keeper league. I love my pitching staff but it is chock full of upside/injury risk. BUMGARNER, PAXTON, L.CASTILLO, MCCULLERS, SAMARDZIJA, BUNDY,MANAEA, LAMET, A.CHAPMAN, TREINEN.
    I was leaning on taking a third RP. Which one do you like best to round out this staff.
    Claudio
    Ziegler
    Soria
    Devenski
    Boxberger
    Reed
    Ramos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at my rankings, I’m guessing Claudio

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey. I was leaning Claudio/Soria

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me

  30. slimbo says:
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    hey boss

    which side in a dynasty do you like?

    myers/chris taylor or bogaerts/willie calhoun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  31. Ian says:
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    First RCL of 2018. So hard to stay online (during draft) up in north Canada. What do ya think?? Is my pitching a bit to iffy? Thanks for your post and comments.
    Altuve
    JD Mart
    Abreu
    Ozuna
    Devers
    Mancini
    Tim Anderson
    Mazara
    Jose Peraza
    Zunino
    Kepler
    Robles
    Belt
    Rob Ray
    Bauer
    Sonny Gray
    Corbin
    Gausman
    Giles
    Bradley
    Shane Greene
    Ziegler
    Minter
    Nate Jones
    Lyons

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love the hitting, solid mix of guys, might be a little low on speed… Your pitching looks great, I’d be happy with that staff

  32. Matty says:
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    I had my draft last night to fill out the rest of my dynasty roster so now is where I come to Razzball hoping for praise and recognition that I have applied the principles espoused here better than any man, woman, or child before me.
    Or hopefully someone can at least give me an honest assessment because after the prep, offseason trades, and minor league maneuvering im sure I have some blind spots and am probably overvaluing folks by virtue of owning them.
    12 team dynasty, H2H, 6×6 w OPS, Holds, QS (no W). Lost on a fluke final weekend last year.
    C- Zunino
    C- Flowers
    1B- Hosmer
    2B- Schoop
    SS- Segura
    3B- Bryant
    OF- Harper
    OF- Betts
    OF- Margot
    OF- Zimmer
    UT- Story
    UT- DeJong
    BN- K. Seager, Buor
    SP- Scherzer, Bauer, Hill, Pom, Maeda, Manaea, Folty, Porcello, Trevor Williams, Justin Montgomery, Straily, Nova
    RP- Hand, Neshek, Shaw, Neris

    My thoughts are; pitching is a little upsidey, shallow bullpen, back of the OF could use something, trade Scherzer for two top-40 types if I can (got him in a salary shedding trade, not in a draft). Other obvious holes?
    Thanks for all the help Grey, and commenters too for the occasional insight and constant irreverence.

    • Grey

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      There’s been a few kids and one woman who applied principles better, but very few… I love the team, and agree with your sentiments to a degree… Shallow bullpen, yes, but don’t love the back of your OF for OPS, but could be okay, Zimmer is likely gonna be tough to own here, fine for now tho… Love the pitching, don’t think too upsidey

      • Matty says:
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        @Grey:
        A full 20% of the female readers are high achievers?
        The (fantasy baseball) future is female indeed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Without them, there’s no future, sex ed teacher told me once

          • Matty says:
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            @Grey:
            So insightful!
            Just noticed that Michael Taylor somehow flew under the radar on our draft. Worth dropping any of my folks for him as a Zimmer back-up/ replacement?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not yet

    • Matty says:
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      @Matty: “Justin Montgomery” really means “Jordan Montgomery.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, RIP

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: my favorite football voice

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not Dennis Miller? Shame on you!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Or OJ!

            • BJFOHOHL says:
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              @Grey: This reminds me that there was an equivalent to Razzball in sports talk radio when I was a kid. His name was Jim Healy. I bet Oaktown will remember him.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, I don’t, never heard of him

                • BJFOHOHL says:
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                  @Grey: it was a little Dr.Demento and a lot of sound bites. He ripped everyone and everything in a way that is now dead in the media. All I know is nothing was better than being in the car when his show was one because every mis speak and audio gaff was played as a sound bite to comment on the days news

                  • Grey

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                    Sounds like a Cali thing before I lived here

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      @Grey: Oh yeah, but it was great, back when we weren’t so sensitive. He would always rip USC, would only refer to them as the brain surgeons, yet every USC fan I knew would listen to him to hear what he wa going to say next

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, I Googled him, he was dead way before I moved here, so never heard him…

  33. Chris says:
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    10 team H2H points league

    Chris Taylor or Ian Happ at 2b this season. Are they close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taylor, close

  34. OaktownSteve says:
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    I went back and watched some more tape on Godley and then I looked at some of the numbers as well. His second half hard hit went from 29 to 34. His soft hit went from 20 down to 16 percent. His GB went from 59 to 52 ( still very good) and his FB went from 23 to 28. wOBA against went from .243 to .317. His k rate spiked second half but so did his walk rate and his second half whip was 1.30. Some of the second half k spike was fueled by games against Wash, CHC and MIN all seeing him for the first time. With the exception of the Rockies, every team he faced multiple times hit him better the second time out. The Dodgers and Padres were two of the three teams (Rockies) that saw him 3 times and did damage in the third outing with 9 runs and 14 hits in 11 innings.

    Godley must pitch ahead in the count more than most because of the weakness on his fastball. It’s not terrible. Some arm side run and downward plane but generally 91-92. To get to strike one he often used get over fastballs or out of zone curves. The game plan for hitters will likely be hunt first pitch fastballs and try to recognize the breaking ball to lay off. Familiarity might improve pitch recognition and help lead to favorable counts. I think Godley will still be above average and a good source of Ks but I’m less optimistic overall as you’ve pointed out.

    • Grey

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      Damn, coming with the bummers on the daily! Couldn’t 2nd half issues be summarized as “he just got tired,” and now with another season under his belt, he’s better outfitted (pun) for a deeper run into the 2nd half? I.e., seeing guys a 2nd time is not good if you’re laboring a bit vs. having your best stuff… Otherwise, if he’s struggling on 2nd and 3rd time through a team, what happens when he’s seen them six or eight times? Does his regression plateau at some point or is he just getting worse and worse with each time he sees someone until he’s Josh Tomlin in Coors by the 10th time?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I really don’t know what will happen. Everything I just said could be jibberish and I’m sure fatigue was a factor. Anytime I see a guy like him drafted early on a short track record I do like to dig in. As I said the other day, he gives me a Matt Shoemaker vibe. All the peripherals for Shoe that off season seemed to be super solid, and then…

        I’ll get back to you later with some NL thoughts

        • Grey

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          I hear ya, and as I say with Gerrit Cole, he could be fine, but he won’t be on my teams until I see him actually be fine in the majors for this season… re: NL — Sweet, looking forward to it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay, I have Tout wars this weekend, NL-Only… Give me some cheap NL flyers, if you have any…

    • BJFOHOHL says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I brought up Jim Healy to Grey because Razzball feels like the Jim Healy of fantasy. Do your remember Jim Healy?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @BJFOHOHL:

        Go listed to his spot on the Bevaqua-Niedenfuer beanball game. Klac

        • BJFOHOHL says:
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          @OaktownSteve: hahaha, so good. Classic Tommy. So at least I know one person who remembers him

  35. OaktownSteve says:
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    Santander can swing it. Buck loves him. Os have said he’ll be with the club to start as he only needs like 45 days as he was a rule 5 from last year who didn’t meet the games requirement due to injury. After that he can be sent down. So a chance to audition for a month or so.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, your pick sparked my interest, I like him from what I’ve seen… Could be a super sneaky pick

  36. Mike says:
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    How much do you weigh position flexibility on draft day? I’m thinking of keeping Chris Taylor instead of Moustakas because my league has a CF slot and those are slim pickings. They would be the same round.

    Also in the leagues where Rizzo can be at 2nd, what does that do to his value? Any chance you grab him before Lindor, Mookie, or Goldy?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have Rizzo ranked as a 2B… Taylor or Moose are apples/oranges for type of player they are…

  37. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Loved the write-up!!

    a. Just got in from Naked Valley! It’s raining cats and dogs outside right now!! Guess that’s better than raining men outside, right?

    b. Naked Valley was okay today. The site where we are doing the exercise is right on a former soccer pitch so really muddy and dusty. It’s going to be a pleasant 41 working days until May 24 doing this job!

    c. And, lights out! The power just went off. Fortunately, my modem is still going strong.

    d. Lastly, RIP Stephen Hawking. He lived a good life.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

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      A. Naked cats and dogs, I presume B. That doesn’t sound awful, at least you’re stationed somewhere for a bit C. Nice! D. Yeah, his last words were “are you ducking kidding me? Ugh, autocorrect!!!”

  38. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I know that you love you some Acuna, I do too. I am doing some draft planning in my keeper league (12 teams, 5×5, H2H, keep 5) where I have Trea, Mookie, Bellinger, Springer, Rizzo. Given that I have a very solid core group and the first non-keeper round pick in hand, could you justify picking Acuna with pick 61 if he survives the few picks that will happen from teams not keeping their allotment of players?

    I know that potential wise he is likely very justified to take there, I’m just not sure if making him the first pick with a “win now” team is the best move or not.

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can justify it, he’s only going to be in the minors for two weeks, then you will have a top 50 player for 12 years

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. Top quality advice as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  39. BJFOHOHL says:
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    So Im finally drafting my NL only dynasty (in round 8) . Ugh, what was I thinking. Thank god its FAAB bi weekly locks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Take Acuna!

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: No, he was taken in the first round and I had the first pick and went Bryant. So far I like my team, light on arms, but lots of controlled players who shouldn’t be leaving the NL any time soon

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What do you think of Kingery’s ETA in MLB?

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: Lots of opportunity in Philly but you never know with the hidden contract clock

            • Grey

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              Yeah, so hard to say… I’m thinking June, but ugh if it’s April

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: I took your sleeper in Wacha

            So far Im Bryant, Albies, Myers, Taylor, Bell, Souza on offense and Shark, Godley, Wacha

            its OBP instead of average and sv+hld instead of saves. There is no Util nor MI or CI and only 3 OF. Offense will be good, pithing will be work but I have to have something to do, and I usually do better finding arms

            • Grey

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              Love that pitching so far, I’d be super happy with that if I had it in NL-Only… You look like you’re working OBP nicely too… Solid team so far

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: Ive been picking Magoo’s brain since I havent looked at jack shit. He’s been a big help. Only snipe was Quintana and Cueto. Id be happy with that offense in a mixed team league. Lots of guys are taking too many prospects so Im just grabbing them up. I wasnt going to take bell but looked at Rudys dollar values for NL only and he popped off the screen. Myers goes to the OF and Im happy as a pig in shit. So my team has some Rudy dollar value picks and your sleeper wacha

                We start the AL only tomorrow

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, like I told Ralph, people consistently are more optimistic on prospects, no one is realistic

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Grey: Im a prospect realist

                    • Grey

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                      Me too

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      That said, regardless of what their outlook is, you win now and worry about years down the road later. Especially in a league specific league. Guys get traded, shit happens. Ralph folded the Razznasty and all those twats who never tried to compete and just traded for and hoarded talent just wasted their time and energy for bupkis. I’ll be the first to admit if its 5 years down the road and I dont stand a chance in hell because someone actually executed the 5 year plan, then I just leave and jump into a new one. No honor among thieves

                    • Grey

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                      There’s never any point in drafting for five years for now, unless it’s a 30 team dynasty and there’s hundreds of millions on the line, ya know, like the real MLB

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      Its so true. Real life fantasy is more high stakes than fantasy fantasy

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Or fantasy fantasy fantasy

                • Big Magoo

                  Big Magoo says:
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                  @BJFOHOHL: Always happy to share my opinions, even when you completely ignore my recommendations *coughDomingoSantanacough*

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Big Magoo: are you at the doctor getting a hernia exam?

                    • Big Magoo

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                      @BJFOHOHL: Do you cough for that? I just thought it was the test where they hold your junk. Either way, I haven’t been to the doctor in years. Probably have some terminal illness by now.

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      You do have an over sized cranium. True story,I had to get a physical for football in high school and they sent us to this shitty clinic. I got this mexican lady doctor check my junk and she claimed she felt something and had me do the test a few more times. Long story short, it moved

                    • Grey

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                      HA!

                    • Big Magoo

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                      @BJFOHOHL: The story is it was short then became long?

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      no comment

  40. No Pepper says:
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    Keeper 7 ROTO League 6×6 with OPS vs. AVG

    Jumped from last to 3rd with some timely waiver wire pickups
    lots of players near the top 70 in rankings…who would you keep

    Thanks!

    C
    1B ABREU
    2B SCHOOP
    3B DEVERS
    SS SEAGER
    OF ACUNA
    OF AZUNA
    OF PHAM
    DH JUDGE
    BENCH MONCADA, MURPHEY
    SP MAD BUM
    SP RAY
    SP NOLA
    SP
    SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1B ABREU
      2B SCHOOP
      SS SEAGER
      OF ACUNA
      OF AZUNA
      Judge
      Ray

  41. Chud says:
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    Dynasty full salary keeper trade offer of the day:

    I give CMart($24)/Bregman($14)/Didi($2)

    I get Berrios($5)/Lindor($14)/Lamb($5)

    Yeh or Neh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure for Lindor

      • Chud says:
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        @Grey: Much appreciated

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Raider says:
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      @Chud: I’d lean yeh

  42. BG says:
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    That time of year again!

    6×6 OPS and QS. 14 Teams. Who should I keep?

    Stanton (2nd), Dozier (3rd), Rendon (6th), Upton (4th), Pham (15th), Contrearas (15th) Verlander (8th), Segura (10th)

    • BG says:
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      @BG:

      5 Keepers. DOH!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, Rendon, Pham, Segura, Verlander

      • BG says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  43. Ashtray says:
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    14 team h2h
    Keep 6 forever

    Correa
    For
    Benintendi/Hoskins/Devers

    Which side and is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devers, not close

      • Ashtray says:
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        @Grey: would just benintendi/Hoskins be better or still way off?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A little aggressive

  44. mcmi11ions says:
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    That Willie Calhoun news has me more confused than a two-petered cub.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  45. Ldbowe10 says:
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    Hey Grey I’m in a 3 keeper league. I’ve got Stanton (rd.2), machado (rd.5), and judge (rd.17). With my first pick should I take scherzer, Kluber, freeman, Rizzo, or Ramirez. How would you rank them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams could help…. Guessing Freeman

      • Ldbowe10 says:
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        @Grey:
        14 teams. I’ve been thinking freeman as well. I have the 2nd overall pick if he’s not there?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rizzo

  46. Sing Us A Vogelsong Your're the Pineda Man says:
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    Thanks for the crucial write-ups, Grey!I just traded my 10,11, and 19 round draft picks for Joey Votto! (I can pick up players after the draft to fill the void). This is a 10-team points league (keepe forever, no penalties).

    My team is now:
    C:
    1B: Votto
    2B: D. Murphy
    SS: Trea Turner
    3B: Arenado
    CI:
    MI:
    OF: Betts
    OF: Springer
    OF: Just Dongs
    OF:
    OF:
    UTIL:

    SP: Sale
    SP: Thor
    SP: Severino
    4 more P slots to fill.

    Based on that what should I prioritize? I’m leaning CI/MI. I don’t know what players will be available until later this week. Or should I just go best available player? Can I wait until the Morton-tier to finish my rotation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends who is available, but you I’d likely be looking CI — Morton tier is fine to wait for, you have 3 aces

  47. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    SHould I cut Thames from MIL due to no place for him to play? Yelich, Cain, Braun and Santana will pretty much play the OF with BRaun playing 1B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        where is he going to play since MIL has a long jam in the OF, and Braun playing 1B unless one of the of gets a day and braun moves to the OF

        • Scott Kimmel says:
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          how much PT will Thames get?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Braun doesn’t seem long for 1B

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            then the brewers need to make trade

  48. Omar says:
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    8 team AL only 5×5 standard. 1 year keeper.
    Bergman or Buxton to roster through 2019?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bregman

  49. Chris James says:
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    M Grey, please help…

    H2H League, 6×6 (standard 5×5 + OPS and HOLDS), 16 teams, 6 keepers no restrictions.

    My current keepers: Kerhsaw, Goldschmidt, Bregman, Pham, Bogaerts, Gleyber Torres

    I’m down on Bogaerts and think 2017 is the norm than 2016 with kittle upside and can trade him for Joey Gallo or Wil Myers straight up. Is this the right move or am i giving up too much value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine for Myers

      • Chris James says:
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        @Grey: Hmm but not good for Gallo? i like his 3rd base eligibility while Bregman plays SS

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fair

  50. OaktownSteve says:
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    Ok…so I only have one guy you’ve possibly never heard of as an NL only surprise and I have to hold on to him until I make my next NFBC pick. Here are some guys that should be cheap that I kind of like. Also, I’m very firmly in the Kingery will be up early category. Point one, signing of Jake indicator Phils think they have WC chances so they are going to go with best line up. Point two…that lunatic Kapler loves this guy. You look at Kapler look at Kingery and the word “gamer” appears above his head in a thought balloon. I also think Senzel is up early. Saw Kingery went for 9 in NL LABR. Bet he goes a bunch more this weekend. If he’s at that same price I’d jump.

    Andrew Toles-I’ve heard Alex Snuffleupagus on the radio twice this year and Toles name has come up in both interviews. Having a very good spring. They want to get him ABs
    Nimmo-can hit, probably ends up everyday CF.s
    B. Suter-all kinds of funky, decent GB rate helps him NL Central, not a great K guy but could be an innings eater with sub 4 sub 1.25 rates with good run support
    Clayton Richard-went from awful INF defense to improved this year, excellent for the sinkerballer. Was good streamer at home. Could top 180 innings again.
    AJ Minter is on everybody’s radar, but I think he’s a must own
    Anthony Sawarzak-I think Familia is the first closer out of the mix this year. AJ Ramos not much better…next man up
    Jack Flaherty-may not break camp. Cardinals have arm issues in their rotation. I think he makes 20 starts at least
    Jerad Eickoff showed good promise in 16, derailed by injuries last year. Has good stuff. K rate should top 8
    Brian Anderson showed good plate discipline in the minors. Marlins 3b job is his to lose.
    German Marquez gets a severe Coors penalty. His stuff looks very competitive. I like both him and Senzatela, particularly if you can shield them a bit from tough home match ups.

    Gotta run and collect my children. Will try to pop back in later.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This is awesome stuff! Agree on all accounts, except maybe Toles but that’s quibbling… Nimmo is the guy for the Mets, and Anderson looks like he could be Healy

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Can’t wait to see who this NL only guy is.

      Here’s my depper targets

      Chris Stratton- Good ballpark. Guarnateed rotation spot. Started to limit walks better late last year, which helped a bunch. Has 2 + breaking pitches with Curveball and Slider. Saw him hogtie the Brewers in August when he had full control. Thye couldn’t touch him.
      Matt Boyd – Has shown at AAA he can dominate. Is he Quad A? Maybe, but I don’t think so .330 BABIP against both trips up, and has shown 8+K rate in minors. Could be sneaky 4 ERA in that park.
      Aaron Wilkerson – What is this guy going to have to do to get a shot in the bigs. I get it no velocity, but he doesn’t walk anybody. Other than a blip in 2016 which cost him some accumen he has been right around a 3.0 ERA at every stop. He’s older, but gets guys out. Should get first crack at Brewers starting gig over Guerra if someone gets hurt.
      Bo Bichette – This is more dynasty play, but everyone is on Vlad and Tatis, but this guy might be the best hitter of the three. .372/.427.591 across both A levels. Should be on more people’s radar.
      Austin Hays – Yes he’s getting drafted, but I dont see him yielding starts to Rasmus or Rickard. Great batting eye will translate better in year 2. Could see .280 w/ 25 HRs very easily.
      Max Moroff – Only 2B eligibility at this point, but could see him getting platooned with Mercer and Frazier and playing a bunch. Potential 25 HR power. Needs to work on plate discipline.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I need NL-Only Moroff is interesting tho

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Grey: Yeah, being switch hitter Moroff will likely play 2B against all lefties, and I bet maybe get 1/3 of starts at short in place of Mercer against righties. They could chop playing time three ways. Would be good NL only late pick if you need MI.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I don’t even see him on the bench in depth charts, where are you seeing this?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Hmm…Maybe, wouldn’t be awful for fantasy…

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Grey: My 2018 Taylor Motter.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Hello Motter!

    • M says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Yes, Kapler seems to love Kingery, I read somewhere that he claimed Kingery is a winning player…Franco is not looking good, maybe they give Kingery a look at 3B and OF as well.

  51. Crime Dog says:
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    Just had a draft. Inherited a team with nado, degrom and Upton as keepers. 10 team using OPS instead of average. What are your thoughts? Other than the enormous bench size…

    C-zunino
    1B-hoskins
    2B-albies
    SS-gregarious
    3B-arenado
    OF-ozuna
    OF-marte
    OF-upton
    Util- wil Myers
    Bench-Murphy, Olson, acuna, beltre, bird, E.rosario, zimmer, j.polonco

    SP- degrom, Paxton, bauer, godley, Snell
    RP- kimbrell, holland, betances

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks super shallow, so solid team but a lot of people will have solid teams… I’d want more SPs and less bench bats, in general

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: thanks! Maybe I’ll look to flip some bench bats for arms. I think I have like 4 first basemen which I don’t need

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  52. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – keep forever roto (12 team)…

    Move $11 Devers for $3 Albies, $12 Dee, or $18 Bregman?

    If so, any preference among the players you’d trade Devers for?

    Thanks.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Thanks, Knoche. It’s keep 7 only, so if I don’t keep steals I’d target them in the draft – looking to roll into the draft with the best keepers I can + then fill needs when I get there. Current keepers are [Devers] + Harper, JDM, Blackmon, Bellinger, Robbie Ray, Godley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No real preference… Albies, Dee, Bregman, but could see reverse order too

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Cool – good to hear you like all over Devers . . . should be able to snag one of those.

  53. Josh says:
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    Keeper advice?

    I’m in 13 team mixed league. Can keep 8 players, up to three years each and one franchise player you can keep up to 8. Keeper length is how many drafts you held onto him for.

    Going into my draft the team looks like this (showing years kept beside). I can keep any of them but need to keep franchising Miggy to keep him. Which 8 would you recommend?

    Miggy – 5
    Dozier – 2
    Jo Ram – 0
    S. Marte -1
    Yelich – 1
    Buxton – 1
    Moncada – 1
    Andrus – 0
    LeMahieu -1
    Bour -0

    CarMart -0
    Hill -0
    Berrios -0
    Godley -0
    L. Weaver -0
    A. Reyes -0

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier
      Jo Ram – 0
      S. Marte -1
      Yelich – 1
      Buxton – 1
      CarMart -0
      Berrios -0
      Godley -0

      Could see Moncada or Andrus over Godley or Berrios, if you prefer

      • Josh says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  54. Wheelchairman says:
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    Grey looking forward to a great season.

    Ok in a 6×6 roto league ( k, sv, era,whip,w,k/9 – hr,rbi,pp,r,sb,avg)
    It isn’t an auction league and we have a budget of $300. We are allowed to keep 8 from the following year up to 4 years. Who do you keep?

    No brainless
    Bellinger $4 2nd year
    C Seager $5 3 year
    Shaw $2 2year
    Luke weaver $3 2 year

    But I have to bring down the following to 4 more
    Verlander $29 2 year
    Quintana $14 3rd year
    McCullers $10 4th and final year
    Vizicano $6 2nd year
    Odor $6 3rd year
    Whitfield $6 2nd year
    Smoak $6 2nd year

    I’m thinking Whitfield and smoak , then verlander Quintana …..do you agree….

    Helping obi won grey , your my only hope

    • Wheelchairman says:
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      @Wheelchairman: I forgot I also have Zach Godley $6 2nd year to consider.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana, Merrifield, Odor, McCullers

  55. OaktownSteve says:
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    https://www.mlb.com/video/share/mayers-fans-kimmer-ks-side/c-1884087283?tid=69972428

    Ok….just watch the video. This guy has the perfect SP to RP story. Ditched his third pitch went to just FB slider combo. Triple digit four seamer which Mike Maddux is now preaching he throw up in the zone and just look in the video it is super nasty. Has that *blip* quality. I’ve seen the slider on MLB.tv from the spring and it’s cliche wipeout. 9/0 K/BB ratio this spring. No clear cut closer in STL. This is the kind of come from nowhere guy who ends up closing every year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well, that guy is off the radar, literally and figuratively… I’m putting him on the free round list…

  56. BJFOHOHL says:
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    Started Sneaky Pete season 2. On the last episode now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m 7 episodes in, it’s a solid show, reminds me so much of Justified…

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: I havent seen justified, oh wait I did, season 1 was boring, never made it through

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was solid, a lot like Sneaky

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: I have so much to watch that if it doesnt pass the quick test Im off

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hear ya, why I stopped 7 Seconds

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: I may go back and check out Justified. My one caveat is when a show has an actor I like then I give it a longer leash than usual, hence why I finished Tin Star

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @BJFOHOHL: did justified just a few months back after seeing literally none of it when it was on, even though i watched other FX shows at the time (saul,can’t remember others). some awesome crazy characters, dialogue.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Justified is totally enjoyable, not earth-shattering, but solid

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @Grey: yeah, some just crazy weird characters, great dialogue.
                    and
                    – christeenITH from other guys as hot “love interest” but not really as he’d never choose her over chasing redneck crime guys.

                    – the awesome weirdos: wynn duffy, dickie, dewey crowe, constable bob, quarles, dave foley as candian mob guy, many other badass villans.

                    • Grey

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                      Yup and yup, not revolutionary, but highly watchable

  57. MIlarky says:
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    Yo Grey, looking for first round advice. 6×5 (+SLG%), 10-team deep roto league (we start 2 at each IF position + 2 Util, 5 OF, 6 SP, 3 RP and 1 rookie hitter and pitcher). We keep 4 hitters and 2 pitchers. I’m starting with Rizzo, Stanton (DH only), Rendon, and Gordon (OF only). What I’m struggling with is whether to go strictly by your rankings, or whether I need to consider which positions I’ve got no one for yet. I’ll be picking 8th, and here’s some idea of the hitters that may be available.

    Marte
    Hosmer
    Schoop
    Buxton
    Segura
    Myers
    Puig
    Cain
    Turner
    Cespedes

    I find myself wanting to gamble on Buxton or reach for Puig, but not sure if I’m crazy. I would guess that Schoop would be there for me, but worried that last year may have been his ceiling. Thoughts on what kind of strategy to employ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Rudy

  58. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    16 team dynasty. roto. 7 man max prospect list. stuff added to 5×5 is hits, OPS, slugging, total bases, steals % and OBP over average for hitting, for pitching QS, holds, K/9, holds, K/BB, net saves. 1800 max innings
    active roster
    C zunino
    1B miggy
    2B jose ram (3B)
    3B longo
    SS semien
    MI solarte (2B/3B/SS)
    CI r-zimm
    LF mancini (1B)
    CF kiermaier
    RF jd mart
    OF mookie (RF)
    OF brocktune (LF/RF)
    util mcmahon
    util hanram
    BN bader (CF), BN mini donkey (1B), travis (2B)

    SP (optimally 6, 5 start),
    wood/cueto/hamels/morton/lamet/rodon/mccarthy

    RP (room for 6)
    kimbrel/morrow/neris/rivero/knebel/peacock/yates (still trying to trade a closer for MI value or holds guy or both)

    prospect list: c.stewart (LF), meadows (CF), fedde SP, k.lewis (RF), collins (C), trammell (LF), m.baez (SP)

    would you do either of these?

    1. my knebel + rodon + lamet for carrasco + green. this also opens up space i might need and since cueto was NOT the ace i drafted him to be last year it improves my SP for now. but of course it being a dynasty league losing rodon/lamet might not be smart.

    or this one
    2. my knebel/rodon/lamet/peacock for carrasco/green/pomeranz.

    i tried trading some of my prospect OF depth in this rather than both of rodon/lamet but with all of the bigger name OF still out there in prospect draft (adell/j.jones/heredia/yordan/ramos/j.sanchez) he knows he’ll get one probably at his next pick.

    • Grey

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      I’d do either… 2 is better

  59. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Just popped my latest NFBC roster into the downloadable war room and ended up with these projections:

    1121 R, 325 HR, 1144 RBI, 136 SB, 0.276 AVG

    78 W, 112 S, 3.15 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 1238 K

    That’s with Trumbo in the utility slot, Amed Rosario at MI, and Salazar at SP5. A bit low on speed, but I can live with that SB projection. Could always add another rabbit in-season. I plan on playing matchups at those spots with Brinson, Gennett, and streaming at the moment. Might be a bit optimistic on the ERA and WHIP projections, but it should still provide a decent cushion to stream 1-2 two-start SPs per week with the Jansen/Morrow/Bradley/Miller four-headed monster at RP. We’ll see how it goes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, those numbers look good, especially those pitching ratios, hot damn

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: Noah + the four-headed RP monster. Streamers will bump the wins and Ks up but also balloon the ratios a bit. It’s nice to have a bit of a cushion.

  60. goodfold2 says:
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    on the virus scare pop up box (i know it’s not a virus but man those things have been viruses the other 12ish times i’ve seen them on my computer screen before yesterday). i certainly hope you are making commensurate money for having that thing sit there on all pages forevermore. you guys DO deserve money.

    please tell me you aren’t owned by fox sports now (not likely i realize)

    also though, and this one is possible, is any of the money for rudy’s tools now go to fox sports? like 3% or something like that.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: weird thing is it occasionally goes away.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, Fox is paying for video space, you can minimize it and never see it, I’ve done it here

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i can minimize it but i still see the smaller version in bottom right of screen. maybe it’s my operating system such that you don’t see anything and i see a black rectangle that right now in it’s “minimized” size still says

        ” fox sports (with a circle around the logo) tips for winning your office bracket po….”

        i’m running windows 7 on chrome maybe you’re using a higher version such that in the newer ones it goes away completely?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s about what I see… That’s not obtrusive…

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: I like it.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @VinWins: well you might have reasons to “like it” which i certainly understand if so. beware the carpal tunnel though.

              • VinWins

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                @goodfold2: Compared to other ads.

                Just did a 12-team draft in under a half hour. 10 autodrafters.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn, that’s speed drafting right there

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @VinWins: worse ones do exist. yeah it’s like mock drafts after maybe pick 2 in yahoo, they go REALLY quick.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sweet, thanks!

  61. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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  62. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. which pairing do you like better to start out my draft. stanton/rizzo or goldshmidt/bellinger?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton/Rizzo

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: gracias. i know you dig the super sexy combo of stanton/bellinger, but if both rizzo and bellinger are available in the 2nd round, are you grabbing rizzo first (to pair with giancarlo)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  63. Uncle Ernie says:
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    Hi Grey Where do you think Greg Holland landing spot will be? I drafted him with the hope he closes somewhere and not setting up Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Only has about 2 places he can go to close, and lots of places to setup

  64. Sneezy says:
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    GREY!

    I must pull from your magical wizardry hat (knowing what your response may be from rankings and love of all things smelly)

    5×5 Roto Keeper – 12 teams (must keep 2 pitchers and 7 players total)

    Turner
    Stanton
    Benintendi
    Springer

    Kluber
    Severino

    I pick 12th. For my last final keeper, would you suggest PAXTON or ODOR? Wondering if I should shore up pitching or not.

    Hmmmm HELP! Love your stuff.

  65. gfhyde says:
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    Grey is there any chance in a 14tm h2h points lg that if you have limited keepers you’re holding on to Harvey or even Hamels? Start 4SP/week and I have Kluber, Paxton, Ray, Hendricks, Luis Castillo and Buehler/Sixto in the minors with the draft coming up.

    Keeping either Harvey or Hamels would require me to ditch Matt Olson and/or maybe…Adam Eaton? Who is surprisingly useful in Points leagues but I don’t really *need* him.

    I have found that pitching depth is king in Points leagues but I also don’t want to keep shitbags. So :) Appreciate everything.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way, just draft 2 starters

      • gfhyde says:
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        @Grey:

        lol I love it. Thank you for the speedy response.

        I draft pretty late because I’m keeping more guys in general, but there is some talent still available for sure.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

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