As the big market maxim goes, if you can’t draft ’em, sign ’em.  The Cubs have struggled to produce major league-ready pitching, and rather than rely on a solid, if unspectacular pitching staff, they signed Yu Darvish for a shizzton of money, though likely his going rate.  Speaking of which, have you heard all the whispers of collusion?  This one doesn’t involve Russians, unless Scott Boras has Russian ancestry.  Have to check 23 and Me for that.  This offseason seems to be dropping breadcrumbs towards a work stoppage in 2021.  Hopefully, I’m wrong.  However, when teams are making hundreds of millions of dollars, then refusing to pay free agents things start to look suspicious.  Not to mention, Derek Jeter seems to have shorted Marlins stock.  When you sell off the whole team to make $60 million in revenue sharing, eyebrows are raised.  Unfortunately, for Jeter, it wasn’t his eyebrows, because his forehead seems to be losing hair by the day, and he could use some raised eyebrows to cover that shiny dome.  Any hoo!  As I said in the top 20 starters for 2018 fantasy baseball, “Yu signed with the Cubs for $126 million.  If you just had Siri read that off to you, stop celebrating, and get off the phone with the Lambo dealer.  It’s not you you, it’s Yu Darvish.  Not saying this is everything, but I just looked at the park factors for Wrigley vs. Dodger Stadium.  I mean, I knew they were grossly in favor of Dodger Stadium for pitchers, but I just wanted to confirm.  And, what do you know, I confirmed it.  Darvish had a 3.44 ERA in Los Angeles in 49 2/3 IP, and, while Wrigley won’t be as gentle, it won’t be any worse than Arlington, where he played previously with success.  He feels like a richer Archer.  Call him, Robin Hood: Prince of Ks.”  And that’s me quoting me!  I also updated Darvish in the top 100 for 2018 fantasy baseball, the top 500 for 2018 fantasy baseball and the pitchers’ pairings.  Finally, Rudy updated his fantasy baseball rankings and Darvish moved up about 30 spots.  That reminds me of the DJ Khaled song produced for the Huffington Post called, Clickbait Drop.  I upped Darvish’s projections, and moved him into a more favorable tier, realizing I had been too harsh on him previously.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason for 2018 fantasy baseball:

Ervin Santana – Will miss the month of April with a debridement procedure of his middle finger.  See, and I’d like to debride my ring finger.  I’ve updated his projections and moved him into the top 100 starters for 2018 fantasy baseball.

Dustin Fowler – There’s talk he’s in the mix for the starting center fielder job in Oakland.  The last time he was in the major leagues was his major league debut when he ruptured his right patella in one of the uglier injuries from last year, which led Fowler to sue the White Sox.  If Fowler wins the lawsuit, he will get James Shields, who he plans to put in the A’s clubhouse with a lampshade on his head, because hitters always light him up.  Prospect Ralph said of Fowler, “I think he can be a legit 20 homer guy.  I worry about the running with his knee and Oakland’s hesitance to run into outs.  He’s contact over approach, which raises his batting average floor a little, but probably limits his ceiling.  He’s ‘see ball, hit ball’ type.  He’s always run well so the speed should come back.  I’m just not one to buy a year one rebound after a bad knee injury.”  I agree with PR, and haven’t ranked Fowler, thinking the A’s go with finger-lickin’ Boog Powell, but if we get deeper into the spring with Fowler in the lead for the job, I will add him.

Bud Norris – Signed with the Cards.  That means Bud’s gonna be playing in Busch.  Now the Rockies need to call up Colorado farmhand, Jimmy Zima, for his Coors debut.  He’s very clear-headed.

Ryon Healy – Dealing with a hand injury.  I haven’t moved him in my top 20 1st basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball yet, since it’s still early in the preseason, and Healy could have time to…uh…heal.

Chase Utley – Signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers.  He’ll act as a utility infielder, clubhouse presence and lovable cad:

Derek Fisher – I’m not going to cover every unsubstantiated rumor, and I’m not even going to try to spell unsubstantiated without a spellcheck, however, the Astros say Fisher is in the running (literally) for the left field job.  My guess is he doesn’t get the job, but this goes back to how much confidence are you really putting in Evan Gattis getting 500+ ABs?  Even if it’s not every day, when Fisher plays left field, Marwin goes to DH and where does Gattis go?  Maybe it cuts into Marwin’s playing time too, but he won’t be the only one affected.

Seung Hwan Oh – Signed with the Rangers.  He will now compete with Alex Claudio for the Rangers’ closer job.  Claudio murdered opposing teams last year with a 2.50 ERA, but a 6.1 K/9 and a 87 MPH fastball leaves one wondering if this serpent’s sting won’t lead to a tempestuous reign wearing thy closer crown.  Or I’m simply reading excerpts from the Cliff’s Notes for Hamlet.  I think Seung will now be the leading candidate to be the Rangers closer, and I changed my top 500 to reflect that, moving I, Claudio down.

  1. True and Correct says:
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    Is “finger licking” Boog Powell related to “The Original” Book Powell ?

      • True and Correct says:
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        @Grey: Boog Powell, who played for the Orioles.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s what I was joking about… He’s on the A’s now

          • True and Correct says:
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            @Grey: Do you remember Boog Powell ? Big slugger. Played for the O’s from ’61-74. 339 home runs. I forgot that you’re probably younger than at least 1 of my sons.
            If you never heard of the “original” Boog (spell check error previously), check Baseball Reference.

          • True and Correct says:
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            @Grey: Btw, I’ve already completed 4 drafts. I’ve taken Fowler all but 1, when he went earlier than I’ve needed to draft him. Sure hope he gets the job. Cornerstone of the Sonny Gray deal. I’m betting that he recovers from that awful injury 9 months post surgery. Then again, I drafted Tomas when he “fell” to me. haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d guess Fowler doesn’t start the year in the majors

  2. Chase Field says:
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    How do you feel about the humidor being put in Chase Field? Moving up any AZ pitchers or moving down AZ batters by a significant margin?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Chase Field: There’s some scientist claiming it will drop HRs there by up to 50%. Here’s how I see it, it’s been at Coors field for 17 years and while overall HRs are down at Coors by a little under 25% compared to first 8 years they were open. Have you noticed anyone complaining about the offense in Coors?

      I’m sure it will slow it down a little, but I’m not concerned. Maybe Pollock hits 12 instead of 15. I was drafting him for the 30 Steals anyway.

      • Justin says:
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        @The Great Knoche:

        Yeah I’m no scientist. Having said that, I read that the climate in Arizona being more humid will have a greater impact than in Colorado. We shall see I guess. I’m using it as more of a tiebreaker than a game changer.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Justin: Arizona is not more humid. It’s drier, which is why the ball flies further. Which is why they are getting the humidor. It’s dry in the desert.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Justin: It’s a dry heat!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Great Knoche: but there will be no wind factor when the roof is closed. I think Goldy is fine but guys like Marte not so much.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @J-FOH: Yeah, but guys like Marte, Pollock, Owings aren’t cranking them out to begin with so I drop them 3-5 HRs on the year.
          Guys like Goldy and Lamb aren’t going to be slowed down by a little moisture.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yasmany will hit better because the humidor will remind him of Cuba

            • BJFOHOHL says:
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              @Grey: HAHA..you have Yasmany problems

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                And a humidor ain’t one

                • Old School Brother says:
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                  @Grey: to quote the great Will Smith

                  “Ciga-cigar right from Cuba-Cuba
                  I just bite it
                  It’s for the look I don’t light it”

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    To also quote Will Smith, how many thetans and xenu are in your blood?

                    • Old School Brother says:
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                      @Grey: I took a thetan level reading on the gritty streets of NYC one time. I can’t remember what my levels were, but the guy said they were high and that they’re the root cause of every problem in my life. And that’s me quoting a Scientologist

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You need a good personality test to get your levels right, c’mon, enter my lair over here…

          • LenFuego says:
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            @The Great Knoche: I think that is a bit of wishful and faulty thinking about Goldy and Lamb. They are likely to be the *most* affected because they are the guys that are putting the most balls in the air fence deep.

            Here is AuShizz’s batted ball chart: https://www.fangraphs.com/spraycharts.aspx?playerid=9218&position=1B&type=battedball&pid2=9218&ss1=2017&se1=2017&ss2=2017&se2=2017&cht1=hangtime&cht2=battedball&vs1=ALL&vs2=ALL

            If the humidor conservatively knocks 3% off AuShizz’s fly balls, that is 12 feet. Knock 12 feet off the 20 black dots (i.e,. HRs) he hit at home and it is illogical to think a handful will not turn blue (i.e. fly balls).

            That does not mean those guys are not still valued fantasy assets, but I think anyone not knocking off at least a couple of dollars off their auction values, for instance, is deluding themself.

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @LenFuego: Lamb hit 2 more HRs on the road, and Goldy was 20 at home and 16 on the road. Average HR distance for both was over 407 Feet. Even is they come backwards a little bit those balls are still getting out of the park. I’m not saying they might not lose a few HRs, but I am not letting it affect my draft strategy regarding them. They both hit bombs.

      • Disenfranchised says:
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        @The Great Knoche: I think it probably has to do with the thin air @ higher altitudes limiting the effects of the humidor. Since the air is thicker in AZ, the humidor could have a more pronounced effect in AZ.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chase Field: They said they were putting it in since last year, I already assumed it was coming

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Peeps can’t even agree on if the air in Arizona is thicker or thinner, dryer or humid…er. How is this not easily attainable info?
        And how can we possibly agree on gun control?!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A humidor keeps things moist (ew, bad word) so they don’t dry out… Moisture weighs things down…

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Right, I meant, humidor aside, I gathered from the comments that there was a disagreement about what the air is like in the city of Arizona.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… I think it’s, uh, dry… At least that’s what my dry-ass boogs say when I’m there…

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Cram It: It’s a dry-heat…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Which makes it feel less hot

  3. Justin says:
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    The unusual link between coconut oil and Alzheimer’s guy is Chase utley i thought

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: He’s the link between avocado oil and motor oil

  4. Earl says:
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    Can someone help me understand the 1400 ip max and 1000 ip min for RCl leagues?

    How does it work and what are penalties if under or over?

    Also, how will Fantrax track this for us to see where we are?

    Finally, wondering how this will affect pitcher draft strategy?

    Thanks

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Earl: If you don’t get the minimum you’re ERA and WHIP get reduced to 1 point at end of season. Once you hit the MAX you no longer count additional stats.

      It will be somewhere.

      It won’t change a whole lot. May get a few more starts in over course of season vs 180 GS limit, depending on how much you stream and adjust relievers on a daily basis.

      • Earl says:
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        @The Great Knoche: So most important thing is to make sure you get in the 1000 ip? I would assume that this is in place to ensure that people just don’t use all relievers or something like that.

        I also wonder with the innings min and max if it would cause people to use non closer relievers more somehow?

        Thanks

      • The Big Yabu says:
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        @The Great Knoche: I think that it will make a pretty significant difference for some teams / leagues:
        As a chronic rosterbator, I’ve averaged nearly 1600 IPs in my RCLs for the past 2 years, by streaming middle relievers at every opportunity. With a limit on GS, those stats were free. With a limit on IP, those will come at the expense of Ws, since a decent SP still has a better chance of getting a win than 5-6 MRs. I’m leaning toward carrying one more SP than I have in the past (3-4 rather than 2-3) and streaming less, but I’m still thinking about that.
        (As a side-effect, I expect there to be even more of a scramble to the waiver-wire every time a closer is hurt or demoted, since there will be fewer handcuffs rostered at any particular time.)
        Changing the limit to IP will also put a bit more of a premium on K-rate, since there’s no way to make up for a low K-rate by streaming more MRs. Obviously K-rate mostly correlates with overall quality, but there are some exceptions that I’ll nudge up or down in my rankings for this format.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @The Big Yabu: Good points. Won’t change as much for people making less moves.

          Looking forward to FCL draft. #Shittacos

          • The Big Yabu says:
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            @The Great Knoche: For some reason I haven’t gotten an invite to FCL yet — emailed Truss the other day, hopefully I’ll hear back soon.
            Definitely gonna be an interesting year, with the new rules and the new site. Looking forward to it too!

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @The Big Yabu: he emailed me back late that first evening. Guessing he’ll get to it. He knows you’re Backdoor Sliders right?

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              You were the 2nd person I emailed an FCL invite to, should have gotten it if you have the same email address, which looks like a school address. Just sent another one right now.

              • The Big Yabu says:
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                @MattTruss: I missed the first one — maybe got caught my email’s spam-filter?
                Anyway, just got the latest one. Thanks! I’ll be signing up later today.

                • MattTruss

                  MattTruss says:
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                  No biggie, maybe I’ll resend invites to everyone I shot them to early on that haven’t replied yet…

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @MattTruss: now that you mention it, I got an email confirming from you but not an invite to league.

                  • Earl says:
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                    @MattTruss: Hey Matt. If there is any chance for new competitor to get into the FCL, let me know and shoot me an invite

          • Earl says:
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            @The Great Knoche: Is that your team name ie. Shittacos

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Earl: No, long story from one of the RCLs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: You need to get 1000 IP or you will lose all your pitching stats, doesn’t change anything from previous years, it was always there

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: Well, on ESPN you would go down to 1 point in ERA and WHIP. On Fantrax, there are 4 choices :

        If a minimum has not been met by end of season:
        (1) Do nothing.
        (2) The entire team loses all stats and goes to the bottom of the standings.
        (3) All hitting or pitching stats, depending on the scoring category whose minimum has not been met, are lost for the entire season. Note that ALL pitchers includes both SP and RP. For example, if a max is exceeded for Relief Appearances, stats will be lost for the season for Relief Pitchers (RP) as well as Starting Pitchers (SP).
        (4) All averaged hitting stats (e.g., Avg, Slg, etc.) or pitching stats (e.g., ERA, WHIP, etc.), depending on the scoring category whose minimum has not been met, are lost for the entire season.

        • VinWins

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          @VinWins: And, also 4 choices if you exceed the maximum, including “The entire team loses all stats and goes to the bottom of the standings.”

          So, it would be nice to see in the rules which has been selected.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Whatever everyone wants, I’m fine with anything, since I will easily have 1000 IP, and think everyone should

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What did we have last year? Which of these options?

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: we didn’t. It just stopped counting stars for starters after 180

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, samesies now, no?

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: In previous years if you failed to reach 1000 IP, you could still score 38 pitching points (1 pt in ERA, 1 in WHIP, and then the other 3 cats could still get 12).

            As for the maximum limit, Game Starts and Innings Pitched would be handled differently.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Will have to ask Truss, but I believe we’re doing all of this the same

            • VinWins

              VinWins says:
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              @VinWins: My point is, now there are options, and we can’t see which one was selected.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Let me ask Truss, one sec

              • MattTruss

                MattTruss says:
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                The options that will be selected will make it the same or as close to it as the ESPN leagues were:

                “All hitters or pitchers (both SP and RP), depending on the scoring category exceeded, will stop accumulating stats for the rest of the season. If the max has not been met or exceeded at the beginning of a day, stats will accumulate throughout that entire day, even if the max is exceeded.”

                and

                “All averaged hitting stats (e.g., Avg, Slg, etc.) or pitching stats (e.g., ERA, WHIP, etc.), depending on the scoring category whose minimum has not been met, are lost for the entire season.”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              With Fantrax, we can mass-change all the rules until first draft, so it’s not too late to change anything

              • VinWins

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                @Grey: That’s good.

                Also, RCL #1 now has an opening.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ugh, why can’t people stay in a league once they’re in it, so frustrating…

              • phil says:
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                @Grey: Can we add draft pick trading? It’s easier to trade a potential player than a real player. It’s nice to move down if you’re picking at the start of a tier.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah

  5. Earl says:
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    Does anyone know if the draft order for rcl leagues will be randomized just before the draft time or when this will be done?

    • FBV says:
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      We have 10 of 12 spots filled. If you go to” Other” dropdown and then “draft picks” it lists draft pick order. Currently I am 6th and I was the 6th team to join. We still have 11th and 12th picks available. Not sure if this will change come draft day but interesting info to know if you want to join a league. 1st to join…1st to pick? Can anyone else confirm if this holds true?

      mmm…snacks

      • Earl says:
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        @FBV: I think it will reorder draft order closer to draft day. At least this is what it did for other Fantrax leagues I was in (unless it is somehow different for RCL leagues).

        I did already signup for like 3 free RCL leagues and 1 $20 league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Earl: Oh, so it does randomize?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: Should randomize, if it doesn’t I will have Fantrax add that

      • Earl says:
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        @Grey: I would assume that the ‘league commish’ would have access to set some setting to do a random order generator at some point. Might have to talk to Fantrax people about that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m sure they can do it to all leagues (I think at least)

  6. Schlitz says:
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    Hmmm, looks like I have have to move Gattis out of my top 10.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schlitz: Still a solid top 12 guy

  7. Chris says:
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    Dr Greythario & Mr Pickshitz from bunghole

    In a standard scoring head to head dynasty league with 9 keepers, who would you go with? The first 5 are a giving but the other 6 which 4?

    Torenado,Betts,Harper,Abreu,CMart

    (Darvish,Bogarts,Buxton,AlexReyes),Vlads kid,Honeywell,
    Im leaning towards the parenthesis.

    Any input would be much appreciated. The squad is built off of Razzballian

    • Jbona3 says:
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      @Chris: I’d drop Bogey for Vlad Jr. As a Red Sox fan I’ve seen Bogarts develop into a fine slap hitter that goes the other way, which is just awesome…I think the ceiling for Vlad Jr. is higher.

      You might be selling low now by dropping Boegy, but you also shouldn’t throw good money after bad, as they say.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: How deep is this league?

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey:

        Its a 12 man league with 28 man roster. I usually stash 2 minor leaguers thru draft

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Chris: Meh, I’d go with the 4 you parenthesis’d

  8. Ohtani Bonaduce says:
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    How do Yu like me now?

    Darvish winds up on the 2-0 pitch and its a hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh fly ball can of corn two inches to Shwarbers right, he can’t get there, Utley is on third with a stand-up triple.

    Yu in Wrigley is frightening. His ERA was almost 4 in Dodger Stadium. No thanks.

    • Justin says:
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      @Ohtani Bonaduce:

      Heyward and Almora are plus defenders though, so other than Schwarber your OF defense is solid. Cubs infield defense is outrageous already. Frightening would be Marco Estrada in Coors.

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Ohtani Bonaduce: I find Yu lack of faith disturbing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ohtani Bonaduce: We can disagree, but I do like your username, haha

  9. Happyharry says:
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    10 Team, Auction 6X6 , H2H, last year of three year keeper. Most league managers will keep 75% of their team to get down to cap for redraft auction, probably no top tier SP’s will be available. My SP’s look good, but What’s your thought on keeping Duffy? My roster with your projections..Thanks man!
    P-Kluber $26 – 17-7/2.61/0.97/228 in 205 (rank 3) keep
    P-Archer $17 – 11-10/3.69/1.22/237 in 205 (14) keep
    P-Paxton $3 – 13-6/3.09/1.07/165 in 142 (27) keep
    P-McCullers $1 – 10-5/3.42/1.22/164 in 145 (26) keep
    P-Pomeranz $1 – 14-9/3.64/1.28/185 in 183 (35) keep
    P-Duffy $5 – 10-12/3.76/1.25/149 in 172 (56) ???
    P-Rodon $1 – -8/4.48/1.38/102 in 105(107) Drop
    P-
    P-Diaz 1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Happyharry: I don’t have much love for Duffy, can check my rankings for my thoughts

  10. TJ says:
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    OK, trying to figure out my final keeper, and was looking for some input.

    H2H league with OPS, five keepers, with various restrictions on how long you can keep them.

    My four keepers already determined- Mike Trout (can keep through 2022), Manny Machado (keep through 2020), Kris Bryant (keep through 2019), Giancarlo Stanton (keep through 2019).

    So for my final keeper slot, I need to choose between:
    Jose Abreu, can only keep for 2018
    Jonathan Schoop, can keep through 2019
    Rafael Devers, can keep through 2022

    I know Abreu is the smart short-term option. But will I be kicking myself for letting so many possible years of Devers go?

    • Jbona3 says:
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      @TJ: Part of this depends on if you’re in Win Now mode, if you are Abreu might, MIGHT be the choice.

      That being said, I’d keep Devers since he’s going to be hitting in the middle of the Red Sox lineup now and into the future, a safe projection for him is 20 HR and 80 RBI this year (that’s a bit conservative) and you’ve got him for 4 more years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TJ: Devers

  11. Dom says:
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    Trade 1: My Darvish for his Buxton

    Trade 2: My Alex Wood for his Billy Hamilton

    10 team, 5×5 roto, keeper league: What trade is better?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Dom:

      I’d take both bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dom: Agree with MP…. Hamilton is a clear winner in that trade, Darvish and Bux might be close

  12. Jbona3 says:
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    I’ve been thinking about the collusion whispers too,and I’m not sure if it’s outright collusion or that big market teams don’t want to over-extend themselves on a class of underwhelming FAs with Harper, Machado, Kershaw, Donaldson (I’m not a fan, but someone will spend on him), and Blackmon at the top of the market. If I were an owner/GM and the choices are: wait a year and sign a generational talent in their mid 20’s or sign JD, Moose, Hosmer, etc. I’d wait. I’m leaning toward this explaining the FA behavior this year…it seems like the most simple and logical explanation.

    Also, to be clear, what the Marlins and Pirates are doing is disgraceful and shouldn’t be allowed…but that’s a whole other discussion about revenue sharing and the economics of baseball.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Jbona3: I don’t think it’s collusion so much as teams following a blueprint that has now worked for the Cubs and Astros. Teams are now saying if I want to win I have to hit rock bottom, so why sign free agents to big contracts when I can show fans a “plan” of how to get to the top by getting high draft picks, and then signing free agents only once competitive.

      ON the flip side even the big market teams don’t want to pay the luxury tax so they aren’t willing to pay $200 Million for Arrieta or Yu.

      I’m sure next years class also has something to do with it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jbona3: I think there’s something to “not much to talk about, let’s talk about this” aspect…. Marlins and Pirates should have empty stadiums all year and have an easy out to fix their lack of revenue by just other teams giving them money… If you aren’t competitive, no one goes to see you and you lose revenue…

  13. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Nice to have baseball almost back! though i did enjoy the NFL playoffs.

    Question:
    3 keeper league, 12 teams, H2H
    I traded my 1st and 2nd round of the draft last year

    Keeping Arenado and Strasburg

    for 3rd keeper: keep Edwin Encarnacion or Luis Severino???

    Thanks!

  14. OaktownSteve says:
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    Cubs, and probably everybody else, picked up Darvish tipping his pitches in the WS. That bad last image is suppressing his adp a little. If it holds where it is, looks like a slightly cheap SP assuming Cubs fix the tipping which they will.

    Read a Houston beat writer who thinks Tyler White will make the team out of camp over Fisher. White played better in his cup of coffee, has a good deal more MLB service time and can apparently play any position. Also with Gurriel suspended for the first 5 White may be their 1b.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I think Yu will be fine, so many games vs. terrible teams… Everything is heightened in the playoffs…

      As for Fisher, here’s me and Rudy after LABR, “Why did you draft Derek Fisher?” “He’s in talk for LF job.” “Oh, okay, I’ll mention it on the site.”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey: i.e., I hadn’t heard it either

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: pulling back the curtain on the Razzball think tank

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA — It is a highly evolved methodology

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: It’s no chatting up the Astros GM at a kid’s birthday party….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, this is true!

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: after the top 300 its nothing but rock, paper, scissors and dart throwing the rest of the way

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, exactly… Yan Gomes or Roberto Perez? That’s two rocks… Oh well, going Iannetta, he’s a scissors

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Grey: I know you ask the cleaning lady who she likes

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Graciela was here yesterday, you is a lovely 70-year-old flower… I think Cougs is jealous of her…

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      Graciela could fluff my pillows anytime

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I should introduce you two

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      Hey Graciela, do you do any manscaping and beard trimming because I have a client for you

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      She doesn’t even do wash!

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      Not even the sheets?

    • BJFOHOHL says:
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      @OaktownSteve: His pitch tipping was a problem before the WS. My only issue with the Cubs is they don’t seem to be the best team with handling pitchers. Lester isn’t the same without Ross, Arrieta was fine at first when they “let him just throw” but took major steps back. Hendricks is a great control pitcher but is that their doing? When with the Rangers he never walked anyone. They couldn’t fix Rondon. I’m sure I’m cherry picking but Ralph and I have discussed their “developing arms” issues. That’s why they gave a kings ransom for Quintana and now a possible “bite you in the ass down the road” deal with Darvish.

  15. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Loved it.

    a. am in the lobby of Lakeview Resort and Hotel in Mbarara. Two weird facts.

    1. They are playing love music (Peaches and Herb, Lionel Richie, yadda, yadda) on February 15!! The day after Valentine’s day. I told them that’s music for yesterday and they immediately switched over to something harder.

    2. The hotel owner actually constructed a man-made lake so that guests at the hotel can have a ‘lake’ view. More like a pond, but then Pondview would be less appealing?

    b. Loved the write-up! I think Yu will be good, not great. I’d want him as my #1 if he went that far down but am not going to kill myself for him like I was last year.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Packers says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Hey Ante! It’s always fun to read your comments. What is your plan for us this year if anything?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Ante GALIC:
      Good to see you man! Hope all is good with you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Another weird fact, it’s a word with an M next to a B

      1. Haha — Never too late for love in Mbarara

      2. Wow, prolly all for under $10 too, right?

      B. Thanks!

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: Sounds like they have it turned on to Yacht Rock on sirius

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m on a boat!

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: have you ever listened to that station r do you not have Sirius?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What am I, on welfare? I have yacht rock, man!

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: Is it weird if you want a Yacht Rock shirt? Asking for a fiend

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I want a yacht

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Grey: just for the hat?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, exactly… Why else? Not like I know how to sail it

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      You can get one without a sail. Convince Cougs parents to sell the Palm Springs compound and get a yacht

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      But that’s my summer home!

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      you stay inside most the time because its 120 outside

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I could be in a shack and same diff

                • LenFuego says:
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                  @BJFOHOHL: Never heard of Yacht Rock until this thread, but now I gotta know. What are maybe 3-5 prototypical songs I would hear on Yacht Rock? I am guessing Margaritaville, Rio, Dream On, Hot Hot Hot, and Reeling in the Years. How’d I do?

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @LenFuego: steely dan, christopher cross, anything by Michael McDonald, Robbie Dupree, Bob Welch

                    • LenFuego says:
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                      @BJFOHOHL: Got it. So Reeling in the Years was a score at least. I bet they play CSN’s Southern Cross a ton!

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      @BJFOHOHL: nah, it’s all 70’s and early 80’s easy listening. I think I’ve heard Air Supply there. Funny thing is there is nothing easy about Steely Dan

  16. Old School Brother says:
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    My money’s on Kela to close, with Jake Diekman my second most likely.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Old School Brother: OSB! I’d bet Seung now, but we’ll see, it could be Kela, for sure

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: Did they get past Kela and his issues with the team. I read they hate him last year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s why I’d lean Seung

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: Stone Buddha Brotha!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              BSBBOHL!

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: thats a hashtag for spring training closer race

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA!

          • Old School Brother says:
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            @Grey: I thought you just had a thing for asians? Like that gold medal snowboarder from “america”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hahaha, why ya gotta quote America like that?

              • Old School Brother says:
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                @Grey: Her 1080 backside might say USA, but her last name is Kim. As in the Korean fermented veggie jar KIMchi. Somehow Chan Ho Park fits into this conspiracy

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  As David Bowie sang, Byung Americans

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Grey: We went to Park’s Korean BBQ restaurant with Sky!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, so good too…Or So-Good Too

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      what was So-good was you doing gangham style to the hostess while we waited to be seated

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thankfully, we weren’t killed

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      I know I wouldn’t have been. I would have used you for a human shield

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, supposed to be other way around!

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      you weren’t paying me then

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh yeah, that’s right

        • Old School Brother says:
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          @BJFOHOHL: I hope so. Towards the end of spring last year he was pitching in one of those back field intrasquad games and half assing it. Beltre got onto him about it and apparently Kela threw a hissy fit so big that they kept him down in AAA for April/May. Water under the bridge at this point im thinking

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Old School Brother: A stone buddha makes a nice decoration for a backyard bridge over the koi pond

            • Old School Brother says:
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              @BJFOHOHL: Sounds peaceful. Kela needs a stoned buddha stat

          • Sweatpants Nation says:
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            @Old School Brother: MLB trade rumors is saying there is now a hang up with Seung’s contract. Apperrantly even the Rangers aren’t convinced he’s their closer.

  17. Burningbridges247 says:
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    Keeper question, Grey. Keeping Rizzo ($41), Springer ($40), Rendon ($11), and Judge ($5). Last keeper comes down to Marwin Gonzalez at $5 (love that versatility) or Moncada at $8 (love that upside). The way our drafting works, I believe I could re-acquire Moncada more cheaply than Gonzalez, despite this being a keeper league. So far I have been leaning Gonzalez, but wanted to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Burningbridges247: What do you think Rizzo and Springer will go for in your auction? With only 5 keepers per team, there should not be too much inflation … $41/$40 might be right around their price (but YMMV depending on your league rules and league zeitgeist). You should at least think about whether to drop one of them and then just bid for him in the auction.

  18. The Great Knoche says:
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    Sorry Cougs.

    Grey and Ervin, BDOHL.

    I really like Derek Fisher. Screw Gattis.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Best Debriding of his life.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

  19. AskingForAFriend says:
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    Grey-

    Solid SS podcast the other day. Glad to hear Ralph’s kids Crying in the background ??

    Better Keeper:
    10 team standard mixed league:

    Quintana in 7th
    Mccutchen in 14th

    Thanks

    Also definitely go all in on the RCLs – gotta make that $$

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AskingForAFriend: I said, Ralph, let’s not record the pod at a child sweat shop, but there ya go…

      Quintana

      Make that cheddar!

      • AskingForAFriend says:
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        @Grey: lol he must be working em over time man. Making Benintendi and Devers bobble heads probably.

        Thanks for the response

  20. brian says:
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    16 team h2h dynasty 6×6 with H instead of AVG, and k/bb and QS instead of W. i’m looking to rebuild so have a couple studs I may consider dealing. One of them is sale. Would you move him for 1.1 and 1.2 in the prospect draft? I’d pick ohtani and 1 of gore, greene, royce, robert. leaning robert now.

    thanks.

  21. CoreyII says:
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    Anyone have advice on my 4th keeper (to go along with Dee Gordon, Carlos Correa, and Rhys Hoskins):

    I need to choose 1 out of Gallo, Mazara, and Ian Happ.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CoreyII: Tough call, Gallo

  22. Bucktail30 says:
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    Dynasty keep forever OBP league…

    Give Robbie Ray for Byron Buxton?

    Cash in on Ray’s awesome 2017 to get Buxton on the upswing?

  23. Raider says:
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    Maybe more of a ralph question but with yu off the table and Santana sidelined, does Stephen gonsalves start in the rotation and is he relevant to take a late flyer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s in the rotation as of right now, but still early

  24. StewZilla says:
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    JD Martinez ($8 – 2 year deal, then re-sign up to 5 more at $12)

    for

    Cespedes ($18 2 year deal, then too expensive at $27)
    Luke Weaver ($5 re-sign up to 5 years then up to 5 more at $8)
    Charlie Morton ($2 re-sign up to 5 years, then up to 5 at $3)
    Dinelson Lamet ($5 re-sign up to 5 years, then up to 5 more at $8)

    Other pitchers I own: Thor, CMart, Nola, Lester, Verlander, G. Cole, Godley, Cobb, Clevinger, J Montgomery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine if you need SPs

      • StewZilla says:
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        Sorry man…should have clarified…i would be GETTING JD Martinez

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take JD

  25. bravesfanintheUK says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Given we are deep pre season, you may have time to answer this.

    I play in 3 leagues, a H2H, a Razzball RCL and a 15 team auction league.

    in the comments yesterday, you said regarding auctions “Depends on league size, try avoid going over $30 in a 15-teamer”. I was interested in that. Although i have established that stars and scrubs isn’t the way forward in a 15 team league, to not have any player over $30, would mean in our league having none of the top 20 players and poss none of the top 30…?

    Is my league extreme or in a 15 team auction do you really advocate having a balanced team of $5-$30 dollar players? e.g. all your team in the 30-150 rankings?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do in deep leagues… Of course, if someone like Goldy, who should go for $44, goes for $36, I’m in on him… Depends on the league and situation… I try to have as balanced a team as possible…

      • bravesfanintheUK says:
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        @Grey: Oh, ok, that’s very interesting. So you’d have ‘value’ as your overriding concern in addition to a balanced team.

        I will give that a go…. Would explain why I won with what i thought was a rubbish draft and haven’t won with a team of stars i actually like!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Try it, you’ll like it!

  26. Curtis W. Jones says:
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    Gave you a shout out on last night’s High Stakes Fantasy Advantage show on Sirius Fantasy, Grey. Tom and Greg from NFBC had me on to discuss the Rotowire Online draft from Tuesday night.

    Had the 1st pick, and started with a decidedly Grey team: Trout, Freeman, and Just Dongs. Rendon didn’t make it back to me at the 4/5 turn, so took Verlander and Ray. Ended up a little heavy on pitching (Quintana and Chris Taylor at the 6/7, Shaw and Cody Allen at the 8/9 – closers were nuts), but overall happy and hopefully solved speed issues with Peraza and Zimmer at 16/17.

    C: Castillo & Vazquez, CI: Freeman, Shaw, Longo (he lasted forever), MI: Taylor, DeJong, Peraza, OF: Trout, JD, Desmond, Mancini, Zimmer, UTIL/bench: Choo, Alonso.
    P: Ray, Verlander, Quintana, Bauer, Walker (one more shot for Taijuan and his new humidor), Snell, Allen, Treinen, Montgomery, Gohara, Estrada, Honeywell, Alex Reyes, and David Robertson and CJ Edwards because I only snagged 2 closers.

    Thanks, as always, for your sweet sweet rankings.

    Curtis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the shoutout, man! How come you were on? Did you win last year? I love your team! Trout, JD, Freeman, Taylor, Shaw, and four aces! I mean, damn…

      • Curtis W. Jones says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man. I won one of my Online leagues last year, but didn’t place in the overall. Tom just e-mailed me (and perhaps the rest of the league? I’ve done a few early NFBC Cutline drafts as well, but this was only maybe the 2nd Online draft. Love the Cutline leagues because you can draft and then not worry about in season moves except for 2 runs of FAAB) in the afternoon and asked me if I wanted to come on – I was happy to, and enjoyed it. They basically just interviewed me about my draft strategy and team.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, cool… Well, thanks for giving me a shoutout!

  27. Docmcstuffins says:
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    Yahoo, 12 team, 7×7, OBP, TB
    Can keep up to 4 players for 3 years after they were drafted. My keepers weren’t great so last night I was trying to trade for Rendon at 7th round keeper cost, we went back and forth for a bit and then all of the sudden he sends me “I’ll give you Trout and Rendon for your 3rd and 15th round picks.

    I nearly broke my phone accepting that trade and still find it hard to believe I was even offered Trout. Now the guys best keeper is Blackmon at 1st round cost. Our league makes draft pick trades even out so I even received his 29th and 30th round picks in return. Feel like I stole them both.

    Now Im planning on keeping w/ cost:

    Trout – 1st round (8th pick)
    Rendon- 7th round (80th pick)
    Nola – 9th round (104th pick)
    Cain – 10th round (113th pick)

    Other possible keepers would be:

    Abreu – 2nd round (20th pick)
    Dozier – 4th round (41st pick)
    Baez – 11th round (128th pick)
    Perez – 16th round (185th pick)

    Stick with my plan for keepers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d be between Cain, Dozier and Abreu, and prolly go Abreu — Cain’s no great discount, and having Abreu would be nice

      • LenFuego says:
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        @Grey: Trying to understand your logic here, Grey.

        In your rankings, you have Abreu at 25th overall, and yet you want Doc to give up the 20th pick in the draft for him. Abreu will very likely be available at that pick or even someone better. Meanwhile Doc could instead keep your 62nd ranked player (Cain) for the 113th pick, your 32nd ranked player (Dozier) for the 41st pick, or your 129th ranked player (Perez) for the 185th pick.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cain’s easy to replace, dime a dozen in drafts

  28. True and Correct says:
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    Utley looks exactly like actor John Slattery, from Mad Men. Thought it was Slattery.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Two pees and a poop

  29. True and Correct says:
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    I guess if I had to make a BOLD prediction, I’d say Honeywell (assuming the Rays care about winning and promoting someone who should have been called up last summer) if he starts the year in the rotation or is up by May., will out perform Ohtani, and certainly will be a better value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If Honeywell is up early enough, I agree

  30. Tony says:
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    Thanks Grey! Planning to keep arenado, lindor, freeman, springer, bregman, and benintendi in a 12 team keep 8, hoping for some help with the final two spots: nola($16), Quintana ($23), Merrifield ($5), Conforto ($7), odor ($11)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whit, then between Odor and Nola

  31. Roy Goode : Giancarlo Whisperer says:
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    Gray, 2nd year following Razzball but first comment. Thank you for the high quality output.

    Would appreciate feedback on the Mock Draft results below for my 12 team weekly H2H points league that includes holds. get to keep 2 dudes forever w/out any round sacrifice. SP can only make 7 starts per week. I will be drafting 11th. the mock draft software didn’t like my squad (obvi because I didn’t follow their valuations), but I thought this team looked all right. soooo wanted to bounce it off you. Thanks in advance

    C- Castillo – 17th rd
    1B – Goldy -keeper
    2B – Gordon – 3rd rd
    SS – Segura – 8th rd
    3B – Rendon – 5
    OF – Judge – keeper
    OF – Ozuna – 4
    OF- Rosario – 11
    U – Sano – 9
    SP1 – Darvish – 6
    SP2 – McCullers – 10
    SP3 – Morton – 13
    SP4 – Walker – 18
    SP5 – Manaea – 21
    RP1 – Osuna – 7
    RP2 – Bradley – 14
    RP3 – Treinen – 16
    RP4 – Madsen – 24
    RP5 – Erasmo Ramirez – 26

    Bench – Acuna – 12
    Bench – Mancini – 15
    Bench – T. Anderson – 19
    Bench – C. Santana – 19
    Bench – J. Montgomery – 22
    Bench – Alex Reyes – 23
    Bench – J. Nelson – 25

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look great on hitting and pitching… If I were quibbling, Manaea, Walker, Bradley are a little iffy, and too many bench bats…. But it’s a solid team overall…

      • Roy Goode : Giancarlo Whisperer says:
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        @Grey:

        I wouldn’t learn a thing if you didn’t quibble. Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  32. knucks says:
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    Through 43 of 50 NFBC Rounds…

    7 picks left

    Was listening to some podcasts talking about NFBC and it was throwing me off how they were talking about picking guys up off the wire after the draft. Didn’t realize there are NFBC drafts like that. Does the Main Event have FAAB? Unsure if you had played in that or knew about it.

    Recent picks since I last posted were Jordy Mercer, Trevor Williams, Mark Reynolds and Nick Hundley.

    Starting to feel pretty good about the way this is taking shape. Still gunning for Iglesias (will be my next pick), A-Jax and I have Brian Mitchell and Chris Stratton as my SP targets in these last couple rounds. We’ll see how many of these targets I can get. The other day, you mentioned that I shouldn’t take another RP, but Sam Dyson, Jake Diekman and Tepara (Osuna handcuff) are still there. I shouldn’t bother? You would recommend an 12th OF instead? Or another Utility type bat instead?

    Was thinking maybe Hunter Dozier (3B only at the moment) in case the Royals don’t bring back Hosmer. But he will go within the next round or 2 if I had to guess. Nimmo, Joyce, Valbuena. One interesting late dart might be Swihart, in case the Sox are serious about giving him some starts at 2B while they wait on Pedroia. That’s prob who I’ll grab as my 4th Catcher I’m thinking maybe.

    Several of these other owners are clearly MIA the last ten rounds. The picks they are making are terrible. And it takes like 3 hours to make them. We finally got this one guy who never payed attention to go on Auto, but now there are two other owners that have just stopped drafting and won’t place themselves on Auto. Should be way more of a penalty on that kinda move. But it seems like the only penalty will be me rooting really hard against them in our league. Also… was unable to locate any info about an overall prize. I think the $50 NFBC drafts are single league victories only. They do a bad job of posting info about those leagues though.

    C-Alfaro
    C-C Vasquez
    1B-Hosmer
    2B-Dee Gordon
    3B-Arenado
    SS- Lindor
    OF- Puig, Castellanos (3B/OF), Mancini(1B/OF), Mazara, Brinson
    CI- Rendon
    MI-Tim Anderson
    Util- Renfroe
    SP- Verlander, Tanaka, Bauer, Pomeranz, Wacha, Snell, Manaea
    RP- Osuna, Treinen

    Bench Bats-
    Hundley (C)
    McMahon (1B only), CJ Cron (1B), Mark Reynolds (1B)
    ScooterG (2B Only) Lowrie (2B only)
    Hunter Pence (OF), Acuna (OF), Gamel (OF)
    Eduardo Escobar (3B only)
    Jordy Mercer (SS)
    Empty (C)
    Empty (SS)
    Empty (OF), Empty (OF)

    Bench Arms-
    Odorizzi, Straily, VVelasquez, Clevinger, Trevor Williams
    Ziegler, RMadson, NateJones
    SP, SP
    RP

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: There are 49 Names/Positions here, just realized this. So I guess I’ll def be taking one RP and a 12th OF or Util bat. So that’s kinda cool.

      • Grey

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        Forget RPs for now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s two different types of NFBC, some have waivers… You need an OF, Joyce or Nimmo, your call…

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Yea prob go with A-Jax and Joyce as 11th and 12th OF if that’s possible.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, yeah, Jax, for sure

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Nevermind, I left off Brad Miller in the list of players I’ve already drafted. So I have three 2B on my Bench. So the one RP/12th OF/Util bat will be a decision I make with my 50th Round pick.

  33. I Have Terrible News for You says:
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    Will some brave Razzballer be developing a downloadable version of the war room, as in past years?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone is working on it

    • Hot Rod

      Hot Rod says:
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      @I Have Terrible News for You: I was working on it for a time today, making it all shiny with the newest 2018 data. I’m excited about it…stay tuned!

  34. Willy Mo says:
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    Im in a keep up to any 4 players on your roster at no cost to start the draft. Each player u keep counts as ur draft pick for each of the rounds for as many players as you keep.

    I made some trades last year while out of contention in this league and now have a decision.

    The top 4 players on my roster without question are altuve, springer, jose abreu, and yu darvish.

    For sure I’m going to start with Altuve Springer and abreu as my Keepers and they will represent my picks in rounds 1 through 3

    Would you keep Darvish and lock him in as your 4th round pick or would you throw Darvish back to the player pool giving myself an opportunity to make a different 4th round pick with the potential to still draft Darvish

    I won’t know where I’m drafting in the fourth round or any round for that matter until Keepers lock

    So do I keep Darvish or throw him back and hope for something better in the fourth round?

    • Willy Mo says:
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      @Willy Mo: its a 12 team league. So 4th round is picks 37 to 48

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like you can throw him back and still get him

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: yeah i mean depending on where my draft pick is. Once i can check the rosters (espn down for weeks as usual) ill go through and see who everyone will likely keep and see who will be available.

  35. Charlie says:
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    Grey, 6×5 including OPS, 10 team, h2h. I keep 6 players and lose the round they were drafted in. Who is the odd man out below? I’m thinking it’s either Yelich or Archer. Who would you lose?

    Trout – round 1
    Abreu – round 4
    Goldschmidt – round 5
    Yelich – round 6
    Arenado – round 13
    Archer – round 20
    Judge – round 24

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich

      • Charlie says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. Q says:
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    So…..

    What’s your take on this AZ Humidor crap? Some analysts–Scott White, Derek “the Coiff” Carty–are full-on freaking out about it. Carty seems to have a bunch of data, which I guess is legit.

    But do I really care about this? Enough to skip Goldy and try to grab one of Freeman-Rizzo-Votto in Rd 2? Am I less scared of Greinke now? Is Rudy/Steamer adjusting? Or is this much ado about nothing? (Going to try to have a Shakespeare reference on every comment this year and change my handle to “The Fantasy Bard”)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Much ado about nothing

  37. Cactus says:
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    If my league is allowing us to have both Ohtani’s for the price of one does his stock drastically increase? There is an email vote going now where we are voting that:

    Whoever drafts Ohtani first gets rights to both versions of him in Yahoo. The only stipulation is that one version of him must be on the roster at all times. So you can add / drop the hitter / pitcher as needed and not worry about him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I ranked him for all three possibilities

  38. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Kolten Wong apparently keeps saying how he plays to steal at least 20 bases – that enough to grab him at the end of a reserve round of a twelve team mixed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And Matheny rolled his eyes and said, “Is he even playing?”

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: maybe he meant “raid the equipment shed 20x”

  39. Hot Rod

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    MLB should be ashamed that the standoff of teams and FA this offseason has left us literally having Bud Norris and Chase Utley as hot stove topics mid-Feb, when teams have started to report…has it really come to this?

    Pace of play changes should include addressing pace of signings so as not to bore MLB fans.

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