Usually, as one does, I type with my fingers.  Hunt and peck with mostly the index’ers, but definitely fingers all the way.  I’m so pumped up going for the win this year I’m typing up this post with both fists.  WE MUST WIN!  BY WE I MEAN ME!  BY ME I MEAN I, IF “I” WAS SUPPOSED TO BE USED IN THAT SENTENCE INSTEAD OF ME; I DON’T KNOW, AND AM TOO HYPED UP TO LOOK INTO IT, IN FACT, THIS SENTENCE IS KINDA KILLING MY HYPE BY EVEN DISCUSSING GRAMMAR.  GRAMMAR BOO!  WINNING THIS LEAGUE YAY!  Actually using my fists is not enough.  I will now type up this post by banging my forehead on the keyboard.  ABCJIVS1I7$  Damn, that didn’t work so well.  Maybe I’ll try my nose.  Hekko, froend.  Ugh, that didn’t work either.  Okay, I’m gonna use my fingers again, but I’m just as pumped up.  RAWR!  Anyway, here’s my Yahoo Friends & Family team, it’s a 15-team, mixed league:

C: Chris Iannetta
1B: Jose Abreu
2B: Whit Merrifield
3B: Joey Gallo
SS: Francisco Lindor
CI: Justin Smoak
MI: Ketel Marte
OF: Mookie Betts
OF: Eddie Rosario
OF: Trey Mancini
OF: David Peralta
UTIL: Miguel Andujar
UTIL: Jackie Bradley Jr.
Bench: Matt Kemp

P: Carlos Martinez
P: Lance McCullers
P: Sonny Gray
P: Patrick Corbin
P: Chase Anderson
P: Trevor Williams
P: Alex Reyes
P: Arodys Vizcaino
P: Shane Greene
Bench:  Alex Claudio, Juan Minaya, Jimmy Nelson

CHICKEN NUGGETS CAN BE SHORTENED TO NUGGS AND YOUR PITCHING CAN BE SHORTENED TO UGHS

In the immortal words of Billy Joel, “Darling, I don’t know why I got to extremes.  Too high or too low there ain’t no in-betweens.”  Or as Keith Hernandez sings before every game, “Ron Darling, I don’t know why I go to extremes.”  Wasn’t the plan to sorta, kinda, well, definitely, punt pitching.  Honestly, I didn’t even know I was punting pitching, until I looked at the projections.  The projections for my pitching staff is the stuff of legend.  Only legend in this case is the really bad Tom Cruise movie, and I’m a Tom Cruise apologist!  I love him, but Legend isn’t good, and the projections for my staff are not either.  Here is the War Room totals (prepare to shudder):

If your eyes are going or that image makes your eyes cross, yes, that is a 2.4 out of a possible 16 points in WHIP.  That’s comically bad.  The 5.1 for Ks isn’t so, uh, good either.   So, what happened?  Let’s take one team as an example.  Someone drafted Max Scherzer in the 1st round.  Not crazy, no.  Of course, he was the 4th pitcher off the board!  But, okay, let’s just say there was an early 1st round pitching run.  Some people want that one number ace.  *smacks vein*  They gotta to have it, yo!  Yeah, that wouldn’t be bad if it stopped there.  The person who drafted Scherzer, followed that pick with Madison Bumgarner in the 2nd round.  “Well, that’s plenty of pitchers for an entire draft,” you say, batting your eyes.  You twirl your finger in your 1980’s phone cord and say, “I don’t mind having a two starter foundation, there is a lot of offense still out there.”  Okay, great.  That person followed Scherzer and Bumgarner with Justin Verlander!  If they were the only one doing it, it would be one lone crazy man running into a Burger King with no pants.  However, there were 13 starters taken in the first three rounds.  Robbie Ray went in the 3rd round!  Multiple teams had multiple starters before I took Carlos Martinez, and now there’s talk Carlos Martinez might’ve touched someone’s no-no area without consent.  I haven’t yet moved C-Mart down my rankings, but if the writing on the wall is saying anything of note, there’s a chance I don’t even have my 1st starter.

IF THE TOP’S THE TOP AND THE BOTTOM’S THE BOTTOM, THEN PLAY FOR THE MIDDLE.

Precisely, Mr. Al Bolden Caps.  There was some discussion recently on Twitter that I saw (because Razzball was tagged).

He’s tagging us because we have the best projections.  This is one thing I think people lose sight of because I joke around, but we have the best projections.  Lots of studies have been done, and our projections are regularly at or near top of the heap.  Anyway, there’s one big takeaway from that thread, “At least in 2017, catcher and 1B were your most reliable options based on ADP. I can also see why folks wait on pitching.  After the top few, it becomes a lot more scattered.”  Essentially, what I’ve been saying for years.  Starters are a crapshoot.  What this league did by so many people taking top starters is it allowed people to load up on hitting, and then play for 4th best pitching.

SO YOU HAVE THE 4TH BEST PITCHING?!

Prolly not.  I like the starters I drafted, even took a few that I can just DL — Hello, Alex Reyes and Jimmy Nelson.  — but this goes back to our projections.  As I showed above with the 2.4 in WHIP (HAHA, WTF?), the projections don’t love my starters.  I am firmly on my own island with a lot of these guys, muttering to my volleyball, Wilson.  Trevor Williams (sleeper), Patrick Corbin (sleeper), Sonny Gray and Chase Anderson are guys that Rudy’s projections do not like at all.  I like them all, but, yeah, it might be asking a lot for me to be right on all of them, while Rudy’s hates them.

OKAY OFF THE NEGATIVE STUFF, LET’S BASK IN YOUR HITTING.  LINDOR!  BETTS!  ABREU!  WITH ALL OF THOSE GREAT BATTING AVERAGE GUYS, I CAN EVEN GET BEHIND JOEY GALLO!   NOT TO MENTION, EDDIE ROSARIO, TREY MANCINI AND, UH…MATT KEMP?

Once the season starts, Miguel Andujar will move to my N/A slot, and I will need to platoon someone off waivers with someone else on my team, so, at pick 352, I took Kemp.  Honestly, my early hitting picks are so stacked, I can juggle my UTIL spots between Mikie Mahtook and Tucker Barnhart for the classic MiTucker Barntook blahtoon, and be fine.  You know your hitting is gonna be stacked when you draft Francisco Lindor with the 24th overall pick.

ANY BIG REGRETS, BESIDES, YA KNOW, HALF YOUR TEAM?

Sigh.  I didn’t think Trevor Bauer was still on the board when he was drafted at 157 overall.  I would’ve taken him over Lance McCullers.  Freakin’ Yahoo’s got some guys so buried, you’re like this drafting, “Well, looks like the last closer on the board is Brad Ziegler,” then 4 rounds later you stumble on Alex Claudio ranked around 870.  That happened with Bauer.  I was scrolling around, looking for players to draft, and saw McCullers was still there, so I grabbed him.  Then four rounds later I’m like, “Trevor Bauer was still available?!”  Likely because he’s ranked somewhere obscene in the 200s.

REGRETS ARE LIKE A BENT-OVER PLUMBER, THEY BUM ME OUT.  LEAVE ME WITH SOMETHING UPLIFTING AND SPIRITUAL.

My average was so insanely good in the middle of the draft, according to the projections — a 54 out of 32! — that I drafted Joey Gallo and my average is still way above average.  Everyone on my team, besides Gallo and (insert catcher name), will hit .280+.  I know, I know, average is fickle, but it’s not going to be that fickle.  Average also equals runs and RBIs, and many of my guys will give some steals.  In all, my offense will be crazy balanced.  So, hopefully I can get off the schneid in this league.  Or off the Schneider, if The Ghost of Bonnie Franklin is reading.  By the way, the New York Times described Bonnie Franklin’s character on One Day At A Time as “pert but determined.”  That sounds exactly like me, one determined fantasy baseball ‘pert!

  1. Josh says:
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    Hey Grey. Question for a keep-12 league, H2H, 5×5 categories + QS and OPS

    Keep which 2 of these 4: DeJong, Scooter, Kingrey, Jon Gray?

    Muchas Gracias!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: DeJong, Gray

  2. True and Correct says:
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    Who’s your 2nd catcher ? Just finishing the 23d round in an NFBC 15 team Draft Championship.
    Happy with Severino- Tanaka- Castillo- Fukmer- Gausman- Happ- Mikolas as my 7 starters, and Familia/Treinen as my 2 closers. Chose the 3 slot as my 3 choice, just so I could have 1 of my draft teams with Turner. Very impressive young stud. I also went against my usual grain by taking Sanchez at #27. Rendon, Ozuna (@63) followed, Acuna (118), Mancini, Smoak, Gennett, Calhoun (Willie), Chapman, Iannetta, Brinson, K. Martem and Mahtook (@333).
    Pretty balanced with 27 rounds to go.
    What’s your take on my team so far ?

    • True and Correct says:
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      @True and Correct: That.s Marte, and Fulmer. Just realized that 8 of my players are really young.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @True and Correct: and Fulmer looks like he could be really injured.

        • True and Correct says:
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          @The Great Knoche: MRI did come back negative for any structural damage. Did you hear anything further about soreness in the back of Fulmer’s elbow.

      • Packers says:
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        @True and Correct: I would grab A.J. Ramos this late for a handcuff of Familia. Not that these 2 catchers are great but the Sisco/Joseph combo pretty much insures a starting catcher and you can get them late. Sometimes in July or August your hoping just for some AB’s. Nothing earth shattering but you are late in the draft. Madson isn’t bad to draft either.

  3. H says:
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    In a keeper league, who would you rather own for say the next 3-4 years? Goldschmidt, Freeman, or Rizzo, thank you!

    • Osogrande02 says:
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      @H: Goldy… and I don’t think it’s close.

    • Cram It says:
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      @H: Goldy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @H: Agree with others

  4. Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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    yeah yahoo shows you easily how you are always way better off doing your own rankings. the amount of value gained by doing your own if leaguemates DON’T is just sick.

    16 team roto keep 4 at previous season’s ADP’s. deep rosters and lots of other stats. hits, total bases, OPS, slugging, steals % for hitting added and QS, holds, K/9, K/BB and net saves and holds added for pitching. options: (start 5-6 RP, 1800 innings cap)
    mookie (1st)
    ray (14)
    ceager (2)
    bregman (6)
    devers (28, last round)
    dejong (28)
    carrasco (4)
    weaver (23)
    rivero (28)
    kingery (28, 2 NA slots for stashing)
    gotta think mookie for sure, probably devers, who’s best last 2.

    • Area51 says:
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      @Yr Never Too Old for Balloons:

      Nothing to be gained by keeping Betts as a 1st rounder. ZERO value in doing that.

      Devers, DeJong, Weaver and Ray will outperform anyone you’ll get in those rounds by a wide margin.

      • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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        @Area51: didn’t mention that i’d have the 15th overall pick though if i left the 1st round open. so i’d get somebody worse than mookie.

  5. Ace of Spades says:
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    Grey

    Usually I read your column in the morning over breakfast for that dose of laughter and occasional spit out my coffee laughter to start my day off on the right track. Today was the opposite as your column has put me in a Monday morning panic.
    My keepers are due in less than two weeks and C Mart ( $20 ) was my ace this year according to the game plan I had in mind. Now I read something about him touching something/someone in that Sano type way in your blog and I need to double up on my blood pressure meds. I searched all of the roto this and roto that sites that I know of and I can find nothing about this.
    My questions(s) are 1. where did you hear/read about this? 2. What did you read/hear about this? 3, How reliable is it? and mainly 4. Do I need to worry about this , throw CMart back into the pool and come up with a plan B for my #1 starter? ( my other starting pitcher keepers are L Castillo $10 and L Weaver $3 )
    As always, thanks in advance for any insight/advice you can share .

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Ace of Spades: I also couldn’t find anything. There are stories about him beating a guy up a few years ago (and a lawsuit in Feb of 2018), and older stories about him knowingly spreading STDs. That’s all I’ve found so far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ace of Spades: Aw, geez, sorry! I heard from Ralph, who heard from a Cards scout… Hopefully it’s just rumor… I hope it’s not reliable at all… Castillo at $10 isn’t bad…

      • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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        @Grey: here’s the thing with the state of STL’s cops and the area in which it happened (brooklyn IL, east st.louis, pretty much the wild west out there, like 95% of an entire town’s wealth in the hands of like 5 owners of sex clubs/shops (about 8 locations) in like 1 or 2 blocks) it was likely covered up by not only the only actual security present (those owned by the sex shops) but also the local cops. cardinals run things here. new update has o.taveras in on it too.

        – the supposed original report has this deangelo (the plantiff) guy “having words” with carmart/taveras’ group at a downtown STL bar about an hour before the supposed group assault on the guy. then roughly an hour later at one of the strip joints in the sex district of brooklyn (i used to go there all the time years ago) he sees them again. they either go or already were outside the sex club. carmart/o.taveras and at least some others (might’ve even BEEN security guys of these sex clubs actually) beat this guy to a pulp. it wasn’t reported at the time at all (i.e. no police report or deangelo didn’t press charges for whatever reason). i would think if his only proof is deangelo says he did it he has no case, civil or otherwise. that being said, it probably happened.

        • Grey

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          That doesn’t sound as bad as I heard, sounds like that could blow over… I’m more worried about other things I’ve heard, and why Car-Mart took a personal leave… Is he back with the club?

          • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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            @Grey: he was gone just part of one day. but in other seasons he’s also had to leave to attend a possible lawsuit in MIA. that was last year.

            • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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              @Yr Never Too Old for Balloons: ohhhh, what’s the “other stuff”. as this group gang-style beat down likely covered up (or helped by) security and/or cops is the worst i’ve heard.

              • Grey

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                Ralph said he heard from a Cards scout there’s sexual assault charges

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, that’s good (relatively)!

        • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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          @Yr Never Too Old for Balloons: it also could be something literally as stupid as
          deangelo is a giant POS who did “have words” with carmart/taveras in downtown STL. then he maybe followed them to the sex district in brooklyn, started some shit, got taken outside by security, carmart/taveras followed, beat him to a pulp with security overseeing any possible proof of it (no photo’s/video allowed), guy doesn’t press charges since it was made very clear who’s side the cops are on, later guy’s bitchy wife/family decides to try to suck money out of it (and dude could easily actually have doctor bills over 150K)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            This doesn’t sound bad…I mean, it sounds bad in reality, but not bad for him in fantasy

            • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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              @Grey: oh yeah. love how baseball’s new draculonian “suspend before proof of anything NFL style” covers beating up kids/women and such but not this stuff. so sopranos gang-style stuff is just kewl. this activity literally doesn’t apply to it.

              -here’s a fantasy i had though, WHAT IF (marvel comics style): a fantasy baseball’er (YO mama’s term) actually HAD the video of this beatdown and blackmailed carmart into pitching well since he owned him in numerous dynasty leagues? first game he walked 5 guys a note gets sent “carmart i love ya skills, better pitch good since if you go on a run of awfulness that tape is going to the DA”

              it’d be something like this:
              “that’s right, right now i’m the pope of brooklyn since i got a tape”

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha, I like it, this feels like a darker Celtic Pride

                • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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                  @Grey: damn, i haven’t seen that yet.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Hopefully it’s not true

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    A) Wound up with the first pick in a 14 team league. Cool I get trout but there are no hitters left in 2. Who are you pairing with trout if the league cats are R, HR, RBI, SB, K, OPS….abreu, rendon, or Dozier? Figured the settings may change your rankings a tad

    B) this is also a very heavily weighted pitching league so I need 1 good pitcher. I know where you have these guys ranked but I also know there’s certain pitchers you will never take no matter where you have them… Who are you taking as your ace if you have to draft between…bum, Noah, degrom, stras, carasco, severino ( please give 2 you like).

    Thanks!

    • Packers says:
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      @Crime Dog: My 2 cents. Abreu and an ace at the turn. Stras- Thor.

    • The Great knoche says:
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      @Crime Dog: Abreu, Bumgarner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crime Dog: Abreu, I’d go by my pitching rankings

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: Speaking of Abreu, how bad do you think the white sox offense will be this year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No worse than last year

  7. MisforMookie says:
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    Hey Grey-
    Having a small problem with RCL setup–our league #64 I think had 12/12 players, and lost one. Either way we are now at 11/12 but not showing up on the RCL google sheet as needing a player. Any way to get back on to fill that slot?
    Thanks

      • MisforMookie says:
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        @Grey: I see it’s back up there now. Thanks, whatever you did.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  8. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    Ha! That’s fun. Plenty of great pitching opportunities off the wire, though.

    What do you think about taking some 9-year-old Matthew Berry advice on Miguel Cabrera? I agree with him, Miggy is coming back this year, last year’s bad stats make him a sleeper!

    https://razzball.com/matthew-berry-razzball-interview/

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Fanciful Basesball: This was awesome, why don’t you grill Matty B every year Grey? Can the guy who created clay Grey make clay Berry?

  9. Will says:
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    Off topic, but why hasn’t anyone signed Arrieta yet?

    • knucks says:
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      @Will: Philly fans think they will. I think its either Philly or Washington from what I’ve read or been hearing the past week or so on the tweet deck.

    • Pager24 says:
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      @Will: my guess is he still wants way too much money and more years than clubs are comfortable at

      • knucks says:
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        @Pager24: He;s prob getting 3 years from a team or two and looking for someone to give him a 4th year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: I’d say teams are smart enough to look at his underlying numbers and he’s a bad bet for an under-4 ERA, but I don’t think that’s the case… Prolly $

  10. Scott says:
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    Dynasty league, would you prefer Chase Anderson or Jesus Sanchez?

  11. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up and explanation of the madness. I am fully convinced that your team will win or come very close because of the excess in your hitting categories, barring injuries.

    a. Just got back yesterday from a four-day stint of getting up at 05h00 and going to sleep at 23h00 for the refugee verification exercise we conducted. Was so exhausted this morning, I slept through my alarm and five resulting snoozes!! Like it plays for ten minutes, each minute increasing in volume, then stops after 10 minutes. I have this song as my wake up call.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GZlJGERbvE

    b. Caught someone trying to commit fraud on Saturday. So on Friday I spot this random refugee in a Clemson Engineering t-shirt. I go, Clemson Tiger baseball or football I get. But I draw the line at Clemson Engineering (just kidding, I have no idea how good or bad the Clemson engineering program is). Anyway, on to Saturday and I see a refugee wearing the same t-shirt!! And of course, the person was an impostor posing as the refugee in the picture on the refugee attestation card he was carrying as proof of his identity. The guy on Friday tried his luck and failed. Anyway, identity fraud here is like the #1 kind of fraud.

    c. There is no c, dur!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks, Ante! A. HAHA, was not going to be the song I guessed… Was thinking Dolly PArton’s 9 to 5

      B. That’s crazy…but I love their commitment to wear a t-shirt

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Come on Ante, wake up, don’t be a bumbaclot

      B. I bet that refugee switches off between his Clemson engineering shirt and his 2011 Rangers World Series Champions shirt every other day. A free t shirt is a free t shirt, can’t blame the guy

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        B. Haha

    • Mike Adamson says:
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      @Ante GALIC: At least they were wearing pants

  12. Swick says:
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    hey man

    need to grab a player in my dynasty, who should i take? C Hernandez, Matt Chapman, Zimmer, Deshields, Renfroe, Trammell, Hiura or T Mckenzie

  13. Andy Dwyer says:
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    Do you project OPS? If not, any recommendations on a projection site to blend with your projections?

  14. tony says:
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    good morning grey, do you think that josh hader has ace upside?

  15. FrankGrimes says:
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    Most of those ‘perts go
    Pitching early it’s because
    They are huge p#$$*es

  16. hothot says:
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    Another Goldschmidt Keeper Question.
    6×6 (OPS/HLDS) Y! Keeper League; Keeper Tiers are based on previous year’s draft positions.

    Q: Should I keep Goldy over one of Lindor/Syndergaard/Osuna in my first Keeper Tier?
    With only 3 OF slots, if I keep Goldy and Bellinger, I’m essentially drafting my UTIL in my first 9 Keeper picks.

    TIER I (Picks 1-7 in 2017 Draft)
    1. OF Mike Trout
    2. OF Mookie Betts
    3. 1B Paul Goldschmidt
    Other options: SS Lindor, SP Syndergaard, RP Osuna, SP Cueto

    TIER 2 (Picks 8-14 in 2017)
    4. OF Byron Buxton
    5. SP Robbie Ray
    6. RP Kenley Jansen

    TIER 3 (Picks 15-23 +FAs in 2017)
    7. SP Luis Severino
    8. 2B/OF Whit Merrifield (TIER 2 next season)
    9. 1B/OF Cody Bellinger (TIER 2 next season)

    • Cram It says:
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      @hothot: Goldy. Don’t see an argument for anyone else.

      • hothot says:
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        @Cram It: Thx, Cram.

  17. hothot says:
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    Thx, Cram.

  18. Peacecoast says:
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    wow Genny came back from the minor leagues swinging for the fences! what a great character development, I didn’t expect that. I sort of thought they would devote a episode to his experiences in Honduras but I guess not (unless there is a spoiler, you can hint at it).

    In the tenth round of my draft, 12T mixed roto. Lots of keepers so there is inflation. Like my hitters so far but only have Quintana and Chase Anderson as my sp. I got sniped on Bauer and Rosario this last GD round. Oh well. I think someone in my league is on here too now. If you are reading this go suk a diq!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: Genny! How awesome was his transformation?

      Wow, Anderson went before Bauer and Rosario?

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: no I got Anderson and Mazara on the turn just now. Bauer and Rosario went just before. Those were my picks.

        Ya I was sure Genny would be such a shitty annoying character the whole show. Ciro is just so good too. Capi? I say that over and over now to my family. Hey close the door or the dog will eat the shoes, capi?

        Really bummed about Bauer.

        • Grey

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          Ah, my bad…Gotcha now… Totally on Genny, it was like, damn, he’s so annoying, then, damn, he just got awesome… Capi! I’ve been saying that for 2 weeks… Capi?

          • Peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: si capi! russian roulette scene with ciro! fav so far.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Capi! Just wait, shizz gets even better…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sorry!

  19. Call Me Mabry says:
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    hey Grey,

    I’m in an 12 team NL-Only Auction keeper league – $300. I have trea for $15 and bellinger for $12 to start with.

    Who would you keep for your last 2 keepers out of Luis Castillo – $5, Rich Hill – $10, Rendon – $31, Cespedes – $15, or Margot $17

    thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castillo, Cespedes

  20. Cram It says:
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    How’s your team looking coming out of the weekend? I’m pretty content with the way my rotation is shaping up considering I waited until rd 5 and 8 to start drafting them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was just looking at it… I went sexy on OF — Dahl, M. Taylor, grabbed my 2nd RP (Greene) and 3rd SP (Wacha)… In other words, I don’t feel confident in the team at all, but they could be okay… How about you?

    • Peacecoast says:
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      @Cram It: what you got? Quintana and who? I got him and Chase Anderson (diff league of course).

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: @Peacecoast: My IF is stacked, my OF is all upside. Got my 2 RP’s out of the way (Hand, Archie B)

        Quintana
        Godley
        Rich Hill
        Morton
        Pomeranz

        • Grey

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          Damn, that’s a solid looking staff… What round are you in? What’s your IF look like?

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Thanks. Mid 16th. You?

            Abreu
            Jo-Ram
            Bryant
            Story
            Jose Martinez, who I could flip to my 5th OF.

            What’s your whole OF? Stanton, Dahl, M Taylor?

            • Grey

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              Wow, same place in draft…. Stanton, Dahl, Yelich, Taylor… I also have Cody and Desmond, who have OF eligibility

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Yeah that’s a sexy OF. I hope Taylor doesn’t hit .245!

                I have no idea how Colorado is going to work playing time for all those OF’s so I’ve been hesitant to draft any.

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, not sure either, but hoping Dahl gets ABs

  21. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    I find myself sort of loving Ianetta (as much as you can love a catcher), especially in OBP leagues. Seems like a great no-cost option who won’t be horrible but could have one of those random solid seasons, fueled by Coors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, surprised how forgotten he’s been… All of a sudden people don’t like Coors?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: He also hit 17 homers last year in 89 games! Not saying he’ll do that again, but man!

        Speaking of . . . am I getting too cheap on catchers if I did, in a standard roto (AVG not obp), something like Alfaro at C1, Ianetta at C2?

        In standard leagues I definitely want Alfaro, but wondering if I need to spend more in the $6-$9 range to snag a Molina / Ramos / Wellington type (instead of spending $1-2 on Ianetta)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That doesn’t sound bad at all for catchers…

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: They donate a ton of money to the republican party, F Coors

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • knucks says:
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          @Old School Brother: If you like IPAs, then Pinner from Oskar Blues is what you MUST drink with tonight’s steak dinner. Don’t @ Eno.

        • knucks says:
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          @Old School Brother: Also OSB could be an abbreviation for Oskar Blues, so there is another reason

          • Old School Brother says:
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            @knucks: Pinner is great, just had a couple on Saturday night actually. The Oskar Blues IPA that comes in a blue can is good too.

            • knucks says:
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              @Old School Brother: Dale’s Pale Ale. Also known as DPA.

              I just put an offer in last night on a house (knx crossed!). Was happily surprised to find out earlier today that the local watering hole has a Pinner happy hour on Thursday nights. This will soften the blow if/when I end up signing away my life savings in the next few days.

              • Old School Brother says:
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                @knucks: Congrats, hopefully you’ll land it

  22. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Thanks for all the great posts for the draft prep.

    Got a question for ya, if you could choose what spot to draft at in a 10 TM snake draft por a Roto Standard League, which one would you take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1

  23. Humm Baby says:
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    I read the yahoo recap article, and I think you took Merrifield over Odor? Any reason, even though I believe you have Odor ranked slightly higher?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Humm Baby: Probably needs-based pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just how my team was coming together… Felt I needed bit more rounded player and less Rougned…

      • Humm Baby says:
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        @Grey: Makes sense, especially in Roto. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  24. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    I think your pitching is salvageable. McCullers just needs to stay healthy to have that breakout season. Surprised that you took him over Castillo though. I can see the Astros utilizing the 10 day DL like the Dodgers do to limit the innings of Morton/McCullers/Peacock/McHugh. Could’ve had Snell where you grabbed Marte too. If you work the wire and play matchups with guys like Corbin and Williams, you should be fine. Could always throw another reliever into the mix to help with ratios too.

    Offense looks very strong, even with Gallo in the mix, and despite the fact that you gifted Zinkie Pham in the 5th, haha. Betts/Lindor/Abreu is a killer trio. Mancini!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! That’s what I’m thinking too, but wire usually sucks in this league… People hold players forever… I love Mancini! Yeah, my hitting is stellar (I think, at least)….

  25. Willy Mo says:
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    Oh yes get those andujar shares now. Hes gona be Ozuna minus 5-10 homers once he breaks in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re such a Yankees homer!

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: haha. Look at andujar and ozuna in the minors looks close to me
        And im not on tanaka to be fair!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True, true

        • The Harrow says:
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          @Willy Mo: ozuna had a 50% GB rate for the 1st 3 years of his MLB career.

  26. Noam Levenson says:
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    Great getting back on Razzball Grey! Witty as always.

    In a 12 team H2H points league, and you could take whatever draft position, would you take #1 or pick at the turn (#12, #13)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! #1

  27. Dubjay says:
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    Hey grey,
    In round 16 of a 12 team H2H keeper league(keep 10).
    Still need a catcher and a second closer(chapman). Would you grab w.ramos here? Or rather go with k.herrera or b.treinen? Closer are getting thin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blech… I’d go closer

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Which closer do you like best? Herrera/Treinen/Parker or Holland.
        Ozzie albies is also available(somehow)but I already have Dozier and Odor at 2B

          • dubjay says:
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            @Grey:
            I would be happy grabbing Albies too but that would give me 3 2B. Kind of crazy. And id still have a hole at C and 2nd closer.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d go 2nd closer

  28. Count de Monetballl says:
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    Grey, you didn’t do you “Matryoshka doll” jackets this year? Well I hope they at least got to hear your “terrifying cackle”. I thought it would have been nice if Scott P. would have added more “color” in the intro like has done in the past. Thanks for sharing your team. Since my main league is always yahoo! in a similar format, it is good info.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

  29. Packers says:
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    I have two trade options with different owners for Kershaw. I won it last year so the team is pretty solid. 12 team roto dynasty keep all, play two at each position with OPS added. In 1 IHosmer would replace Gurriel, In 2 Dee would replace Castro and the SS swap out. My team needs speed so 2 is better in that respect. Just want to make sure I’m not missing something. I can spare Kershaw. Am I giving up to much or is it fair?

    1. My Kershaw and Didi, for Brengman and Hosmer.
    2. My Kershaw and Didi for Lindor and Dee.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2

  30. Peacecoast says:
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    I took Odor this year. And I plan on taking Deshizz. Word! Capi?
    Do you like Mcmahon late for CI?
    How about J Alfaro?

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: si, capi.

        Last week you made some funny observations about ray flowers’ actual fantasy results. This is the first year that I feel I have enough experience and knowledge to not just listen to any ‘pert when it comes to this game. In fact there are only a couple I bother with. One is named Gay Notbright. I also like this Nick Pollack guy who seems to be some sort of pitching guru. Eno was ok but damn he was so esoteric. I listen to Sirius fantasy radio and Jim Bowden is on there talking fantasy and I can pretty much tell he never finishes in the top half. Someone prove me wrong.

        ….Capi?!?!?!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, capi all the way with all of that… I mean, look at the post above that you’re commenting on, someone drafted 3 of the 6 starters. Sure, that could help you do well in pitching, but 1 or even 2 starters is plenty to help you do well… You can only get 15 points per category, doesn’t help to win a pitching category by a lot vs. a little… Not to mention, pitching is fickle, so you might thrown 3 picks on the least reliable categories…

  31. Slowmez says:
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    Keepers due tomorrow! 10 team ESPN H2H 5-OF keeper league. Get to keep up to 5, with each keeper accounting for an early round pick. (i.e. keep 4 guys, get to pick in 5th round, etc.).

    Currently pretty set on Rizzo, Scherzer, Bellinger and Yelich, but on the fence about keeping Yu in the 5th spot. Would you keep Yu or try grabbing best hitter available in the 5th/6th round?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Yu

  32. Brian says:
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    So, I was offered Elvis Andrus for Yu Darvish in a 15 Team Mixed H2H Keeper league. I know you dislike Andrus this year, but I have Kluber, Carrasco, Darvish, and Stroman as pitching keepers and my only potential middle infield keeper is Eduardo Nunez.

    Given the context, should I trade Darvish for Andrus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do better with a trade

      • Brian says:
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        Appreciate the input, but not entirely following. I think you’re saying I can make a better trade than Darvish for Andrus. Is that right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s right, yeah

  33. First Derivative says:
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    12 team Mixed Standard 5×5 Auction Keeper (+3 each year you keep someone, max of 5 year) 6 anyone you would strike off this list?

    Anthony Rizzo $27.00
    Jonathan Schoop $7.00
    Francisco Lindor $10.00
    Tommy Pham $4.00
    Andrew Benintendi $7.00
    Justin Verlander $16.00
    Felipe Rivero $4.00

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verlander

  34. Packers says:
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    Thanks, for above comment. I asked for a SP to be added,,,,,
    I just started a NFBC 15 teamer 50 player keep all. I have the 6th pick, so far it’s went Trout, Altuve, Trea and Betts. So I’ll have one of Goldy, Arenado, Staton . To me it comes down to position played. Any thoughts?

    • J.D. says:
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      @Packers: I like Stanton personally, but I think it’s hard to go wrong with any of the three. I think Goldy will be fine even with the humidor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go by my rankings

  35. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    In a shallow Yahoo OBP league, how would you rank these three:

    Freeman 1B/3B
    Rizzo 1B/2B
    Votto 1B

    Your projections and the Auction Calculator both like Rizzo the most by a decent margin. You agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They don’t like Votto? That’s surprising

  36. J.D. says:
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    This is a bit off-topic, but let’s fill some more of Razzball’s fantasy leagues! I run a private, higher-stakes annual RCL that we’ve been doing with Razzball for six years. (You can also see it listed in the RCL spreadsheet.) We have a few spots available this year. It’s a highly competitive league, so if you think you’re up for it, drop me a line at [email protected].

    Buy-In: $100.00 [Payouts: $700, $350, $150.]
    Draft: Sunday, March 18th at 1:00pm EST / 10:00am PST
    Of course, we follow all RCL rules, including being on Fantrax this season!

  37. J-Money says:
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    What up Grey!

    Welcome back man. Quick question – In an AL Only auction league with a $270 budget, would you keep James Paxton @ $20? Already keeping Judge @ $11 and Carrasco @ $20.

    Thanks!

  38. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    10 team H2H with keepers

    I kept a team of elite hitters and walked into a draft where nearly all top pitchers were kept. Is it crazy to think I can survive with my rotation headed by Bauer, Gausman, Godley and a few elite closers competing on saves, ratios and occasional Ks? Any advice on how to round out my staff?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy, try to get a few safer guys like Ryu

  39. Cram It says:
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    Dammit, I was targeting an MI this round between Simmons, Cozart, Owings and Beckham. They all went. Struggling now between Rosario, Kipnis and Harrison.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kipnis went a while ago… Don’t pretend you’re not taking the Mets player!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Couldn’t do it. Kipnis is the smarter choice. Maybe I’ll take Rosey on the way back.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You sold out your Mets!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Right down the goddamn river! Separation of church and state, bubba.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, it’s like fantasy baseball’s Hamilton

  40. Mike says:
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    Just read this on SB Nations Fantasy blog:

    “Razzball.com (first thing I used when I got into fantasy baseball. Humor from main author is not for all, but they’re spot on and have enough content for all league formats)”

    Not for all?????? Not for all??????

    • Cram It says:
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      @Mike: Germans have no sense of humor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s how we like it, right?

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Mike: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t force it to laugh

  41. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Not to make you start laughing uncontrollably, but have you seen the news from Spring about Matt Harvey? Living in the mid-90s and acting like a real SP so far, apparently. I know spring is meaningless, esp. for the Mets, but velocity gains are always nice to see.

    If he keeps it up, I could see taking a $0 late-reserve round flier on him when I’m looking at prospects and 5th starters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, if he’s there around pick 300+ I would even draft him… At a certain point in drafts, all bets are off

  42. Jerseyjon says:
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    Did you see Behrens’ recap on your draft where he claims you begged him to take you on as his apprentice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you see him counting to two in my recap?

  43. Jerseyjon says:
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    Sounds more like you took him under your wing for some sarcasm and writing advice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  44. Jr says:
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    Dynasty league question. Would you trade scherzer and Cody Allen for Ozuna, devers, Tatis and Eloy Jimenez? My team is old, so built to win now.

    Also, my strasburg for his Hoskins and Hill. Which side you take?

    Stats for both those trades are weird,
    HR TB BB OBP SLG and NSB for hitters
    ERA WHIP K9 BB9 QS and NSV+H for pitchers.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins side… I’d take Ozuna side too

  45. Jr says:
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    Dynasty league question. Would you trade scherzer and Cody Allen for Ozuna, devers, Tatis and Eloy Jimenez? My team is old, so built to win now.

    Also, my strasburg for his Hoskins and Hill. Which side you take?

    Stats for both those trades are weird,
    HR TB BB OBP SLG and NSB for hitters
    ERA WHIP K9 BB9 QS and NSV+H for pitchers.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is this samesies?

      • Jr says:
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        @Grey: yeah, it posted twice. My bad. Thanks for the help!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • Jr says:
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            @Grey: he came back with another option so I need to pick one.

            Scherzer, Jansen for ozuna, devers Tatis Eloy

            Or Quintana/Allen for ozuna, Neris and one of the prospects.

            • Grey

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              Quintana one is a slam dunk

  46. I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    16 teamer with psycho early draft time (yesterday morning). h2h with hits/OPS/holds/QS added. keep 6 at no inflation per year.
    C chirinos
    1B goldy (K)
    2B nunez (SS,3B,OF, had wanted baez/odor or somebody in that range, but had to grab 1st closer right after puig (cheap as shit in yahoo, had him last year too, traded him away since i also have sunday santana) and keepers, got gallo cheaper than i’d have thought too in OPS)
    3B arenado (K)
    SS segura (K)
    OF (3) pollock (K)
    puig
    gallo (1B/3B/OF)
    util (2) franco, choo
    BN gone varnish (utterly can’t believe how long i was able to wait here, and i FELT it, and kept waiting, could’ve been stupid actually how long i kept waiting)
    NA (1 slot) senzel
    SP (8 is probably eventually optimal with 1 streamer, but only 4 moves per week here):
    thor (K)
    wood (K)
    weaver
    morton
    corbin
    ryu
    richard (SD, good god rudy’s machine loves him due to his high QS relative to a whole shit ton of pitchers valued higher by almost everybody alive, at where i got him the others were these: pivetta, chacin, junis, tomlin, t.will)
    RP (5 or 6 optimal): raise the church (rudy’s holds/QS rater has him higher than rivero)
    bradley
    boxy
    lyons
    nicasio
    alexander

    after slotting senzel jump right into nabbing my 8th SP or something else:
    1. 8th SP options: pivetta, chacin, junis, tomlin, t.will, woodruff, kuhl, duke newcomb, skaggs, wainwrong, minor
    OR
    2. RP possible closer spec. strop, hirano, dyson

    also, i never think to do this, but hold the 4th waiver here i guess. i’m always trying to improve the team rather than hold waivers, but 4th is fairly high.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Newcomb

  47. primetime says:
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    Grey, looking over the ADP. Trying to put together my team for this season. 10 team keeper league. 5×5 OBP

    Keepers
    Freeman
    Seager, C
    Arenado
    Bellinger

    Draftable guys by ADP
    Buxton, B
    Happ
    Moncada
    Gray, S
    Olsen

    Thoughts on this team or too young?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too young, but young so you should draft some safer players too

  48. Rick Brown says:
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    I get regular emails from other fantasy sites-yeah,I know but there’s only 1 that I really pay attention to.
    It had the complete draft listed and since I noticed Rudy and Grey were among the experts,I had to check out their teams.
    I love looking at drafts with experts involved-there’s so many ways these guys ( and 5 girls ) can
    put a team together.
    Anyway Grey is there any chance of trading for better pitching since your offense is so stacked?
    Thanks,RICK

  49. Rick Brown says:
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    I get regular emails from other fantasy sites-yeah,I know but there’s only 1 that I really pay attention to.
    It had the complete draft listed and since I noticed Rudy and Grey were among the experts,I had to check out their teams.
    I love looking at drafts with experts involved-there’s so many ways these guys ( and 5 girls ) can put a team together.
    Anyway Grey is there any chance of trading for better pitching since your offense is so stacked?
    Thanks,RICK

  50. Rick Brown says:
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    Sorry about the double post folks.
    RICK

  51. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Perfect attendance at RCL #1 draft.

  52. jon says:
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    What kinda pitcher could i get straight up for Kyle Seager?

    King Felix? or do better

  53. jb says:
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    Pretty deep 5X5 league 12 team league (2 CMI, CI 5 OF 3 UT) I have Billy hamilton at 22$, Trumbo at 2$ and Bogaerts at 19$….I can drop 2 of these players would you drop any or play it out?

  54. The Harrow says:
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    just wow.

    your ricky bobby writer in his HR’s post in k.davis’ blurb wrote this:
    “Oakland Coliseum ranks as one of the most hitter friendly parks in baseball and Khris Davis has taken advantage. Along with a hitter friendly park, Davis is top five in MLB in barrels/plate appearance.”

    it’s the exact opposite. it was 3rd worst for HR’s last year and the entire term mediOAKer comes from what exactly, but that OAK isn’t a hitting park. so OAK’s been a bad hitter park for a long long time. i’m sure you don’t care about me particularly but that guy got his entire post to be stopped reading right there. casual baseball fans would know this, somebody on a site like this REALLY should. this shouldn’t have gotten through jay either though.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Harrow: i mean how would somebody who gets HR park factors INVERSELY right even know about “barrels” or “exit velo”

      this would be like a poker writer not understanding pot odds writing an article about “range balancing from the lo-jack in in 3-bet pots in tourneys with bubble factors above 1.6”

      • The Harrow says:
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        @The Harrow: yeah i’m seeing OAK at BEST 5th worst for HR’s in last 3 years.

  55. HAL says:
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    In H2H (12-team) with 7 pitchers and 5 bench spots (so many!), should I draft more starters to try to win Ws and Ks? Or still keep a strong mix of starters, relievers, and closers?

    • The Harrow says:
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      @HAL: leave one or so spots for spec closers (unless you already roster that) and yeah some extra SP slots for extra streamers, you’ll also be easier to hit on a breakout starter this way without having to drop him after 1 or 2 really good starts.

      • HAL says:
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        @The Harrow: This is my first season. The active roster spots are 3xSP, 2xRP, 2xP. How many of those (2) flex pitcher slots and (5) bench slots should ideally be starters?

        • The Harrow says:
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          @HAL: max 4 RP (but try for that mostly unless you for some reason can’t or don’t have closers to obtain) min 7 SP.

          • The Harrow says:
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            @The Harrow: so have 1 BN bat (at most) use 1 or 2 of the RP slots for closers, and 7-9 SP. depending on moves per week and other stuff (available closers, nabbing prospects as they come up etc)

            • HAL says:
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              @The Harrow: Why does H2H benefit SP over RP so strongly? Is it just trying to maximize Ks and Ws?

              • The Harrow says:
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                @HAL: exactly.

              • The Harrow says:
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                @HAL: rotos have both innings caps and IF you stream an awful guy it could hurt you longer term than 1 week. h2h you could be freerolling for wins/K’s if already losing ERA/WHIP badly enough

  56. primetime says:
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    Grey, where do I find Rudy OBP 5X5 rankings?

  57. Wes says:
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    Holy crap Grey – did you drink a bottle of Nyquil before this draft or what? You got a whole list of guys everyone is sleeping on. and I don’t mean sleepers – I mean undraftable losers.

    When I looked I thought oh it must be AL only – but then I saw it had some crappy players from the NL – so I said – oh it must be like a 38 team league. but then i remembered yahoo sucks and can’t host 38 team leagues. SO I thought – maybe grey was f….ing retarded for 1 day.

    I usually love you stuff – but this team is quite possibly the worst team I have ever seen assembled. Until I see your pitching staff – at that point all the possiblies go out the window.

    It’s like your mom took a crap on the floor and then you drafted this team trying to come up with some thing that stinks worse.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Wes: the hitting is actually quite good for a 15 teamer.

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