All Questions Answered Thread

Since we are getting dangerously close to draft day in most leagues, many of you readers will have some questions you’d like answered. In an effort to help, I am giving you a chance to get your questions answered today.

All reasonable questions posted in the comments by 9:00 PM EDT will be answered. What makes a question reasonable? Glad you asked.

A reasonable question would look something like:
• “Who would you rather have, Matt Holliday or Nick Markakis?”
• “Rank these five players: Martin Prado, Kyle Seager, Aaron Hill, Dan Uggla, and Chase Utley
• “What is your projection for Mark Trumbo?”

An unreasonable question would be:
• “Who would you rather have, Albert Pujols or Adam Moore?”
• “I have these 20 players, and I’d like you to rank them.”

Of course there’s a gray area, but I’m a decent human being and will probably answer your question. Just please be gentle and don’t make the questions too time consuming. One question per person only, please.

You can ask about any relevant fantasy topic, from draft day etiquette to anything else on your mind, it will likely be answered.

So, let’s get to it! Any questions?




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  1. 7thnovember says:

    Rubby De La Rosa? Will he become a cog in the Boston Starting 5?

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  2. 7thnovember says:

    Fernando Martinez? HR, SB in 2013?

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  3. Mindhead3 says:

    What is keeping Carlos Santana from achieving the AVG. that he had in the minors? Is a true breakout coming for him?

    also, projection for Anthony Rizzo if you have time, please.

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Don’t think Santana will ever have an average over .280, but it’s not like he needs it to be successful.

      Rizzo: 27 HR, 75 R, 90 RBI, 3 SB, .280 BAVG

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  4. Ender says:

    Is there really any reason to think Matt Carpenter will be better than say Daniel Murphy? Seems like a player that is being over-hyped for a 12 HR, 3 SB skillset.

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Better than Murphy because he has more power, but yeah, the hype is there because “omg this guy was at 1B and now he’s at second it’s going to be teh awesome.”

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      • marlins12 says:

        Carpenter also seems like a guy who’s going to put up a better .OBP than Murphy. His walk rates are certainly better.

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  5. josh says:

    I am in an OBP league that drafts this week — can you name a few high-end guys and a few sleepers that you like particularly well for this format? Thank you!

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  6. hemmobosscher says:

    What are your NL MVP, Cy Young, batting crown picks?

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  7. Brian says:

    Last pick: Tillman, Wandy, or mike Adams in a holds league. Vacuum question

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  8. Andrew Sherman says:

    Pick 12 mixed h2h pts. Is tulo looking healthy. Whats the soonest youd pick harper…are you trusting adrian gonzo to bounce back? Thanks!

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  9. Erin says:

    10 teams, H2H, auction draft: Salvador Perez, Yadier Molina or Victor Martinez?

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  10. Adam says:

    I have the 5th pick in my draft, and I’m driving myself crazy deciding who I will pick: Pujols, Kemp, Mccutchen, Votto. You can poke holes in all of them, and in a H2H league, I need consistency, and as little injury risk as possible. Who should I pick?

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  11. Brendan says:

    Thanks for the thread.

    I’m in a twelve team keeper, standard 5×5 H2H league. I need to pick my last two keepers (of 10) from some combination of S. Perez, Swisher, Hardy, Revere, Werth, Bailey, Tillman, De Aza, and T. Hudson. Leaning Perez for my ninth, dice roll on ten.

    If it matters, my other keepers are Trout, Pujols, Bautista, Reddick, Choo, Beltre, Morrow, and Bumgarner.

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  12. Don says:

    Which pitcher should I stash in a DL slot for the 2nd half out of Pineda, Luebke, or Beachy?

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  13. buddaley says:

    I am in a 13 team NL only keeper league. Pitcher stats are wins, Ks, saves, ERA and WHIP. Auction coming up April 5 with $260 total for 23 players (9 pitchers). Which would you keep? All? I think the pickings will be slim with few aces or strong #2s available at the auction.

    Westbrook (5); Estrada (7); Kendrick (6), Maholm (1); Miley (5); Marcum (20)

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  14. Mix says:

    I am in a league that uses R, HR, OBP, SLG, RBI, S for the hitting. For catcher, could you rank your thoughts on the following players? I’m planning on using a mid-round pick for my single catcher slot.
    – Mike Napoli
    – Miguel Montero
    – Jesus Montero
    – A.J. Pierzynski

    Thank you.

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  15. Walker says:

    I love head-to-head leagues, but there is nothing more frustrating than owning a streaky player in that format. What are some peripheral stats I could use to judge how consistent a batter or pitcher is?

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      For hitters, there’s not much you can do. Power and low strikeout rates would be best.

      For pitchers, guys with high strikeout rates would be best. Less balls in play = less BABIP induced fluctuation.

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  16. stuart says:

    Is this the year Wieters lives up the hype, or did he get too much hype?

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  17. TreeFrog says:

    What is your projection for Juan Nicasio?

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  18. Peter Clark says:

    Jonny Gomes numbers this year? Long term do you like him or Cowgill in dynasty league. Need power!

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      300 AB, 18 HR, 45 R, 50 RBI, 5 SB, .250 BAVG

      Neither are worth a damn in dynasty formats, for just take the guy who’ll be better this year, and that’s Gomes.

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  19. Chris says:

    I own Mark Teixeira for $31 in a second year Ottoneu points league. He’s my only 1B, but 4-5 good 1B’s available in the draft. I almost dropped him before the draft. With the news about his injury being worse, is it smart to drop him now and get $15 toward another 1B? Questioning whether Tex would be even a $15 player at this point.

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  20. Tosabigdog says:

    Std 5×5 11team keeper league $310 cap. Please rank these 5. Thanks.

    Willingham $6, DeAza $6, Lawrie $13, Fister $11, Torii $6

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  21. Matt says:

    What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

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  22. Ryan K says:

    ESPN std 10 team 5×5 roto league with OBP and QS instead of AVG and W: I’m starting with kept hitters Trout, Hosmer, Wieters, and Lawrie. I have the 6th pick. Would it be crazy to go Mccutchen and Bautista with my 1st 2 picks? Probably looking at Fielder and Mccutchen in 1st, and Bautista, Hanley, or Reyes in the 2nd. TIA.

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  23. DQ says:

    Who would you rather draft, Evan Longoria or Jose Reyes?

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  24. Nick says:

    I’m in very deep AL-only and NL-only leagues. Are any of the pitching re-treads worth pursuing? Guys like Garland, Kazmir, Bonderman, etc.? Thank you.

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  25. KRS-1 says:

    Better 3B for this year only – Gyorko or Arenado?

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  26. Lily says:

    Who are your sleepers for ss and 2b?

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      I hate the term “sleepers”, but here are a couple guys I like that you can get later:

      Michael Young
      Rickie Weeks
      Josh Rutledge
      Danny Espinosa
      Marco Scutaro

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  27. ACC says:

    You buying a breakout for Darvish this year?

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  28. j bones says:

    In a league where pitchers’ BB is a category. Any low walk sleepers/cheap guys for this format? Already took Lee, Zimmermann, Fister, Estrada, Hammel, stashed Garza

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  29. fill says:

    Please rank: kipnis, altuve, Phillips, weeks?

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  30. KJ says:

    O/U 300 questions?

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  31. Scott says:

    Any chance Lawrie bounces right back to his previous predicted level? Something around 20/20? The projection systems seem to be more conservative than the fans, likely due to last years snafu…who to trust?

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  32. Fabio says:

    Keeper league, should I trade Ian Desmond and Sale for Justin Upton

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  33. gbaked says:

    I really like Ike Davis as a breakout candidate this year. I am also a huge Mets fan.

    In an auction league with a $260 limit (25 Players starting. 14 teams.), how much is too much to spend on him?

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  34. Grynch says:

    My, will this fill up your slate for the upcoming days! I’m in a 10-team AL-only 5×5 keeper league: with all the bodies in the Seattle OF and DH slot, is Michael Saunders worth keeping at $10? Thanks!

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  35. Grady says:

    For this season can keep two of the following, dollar values are identical. Which two would you keep: Todd Frazier, Kendrys Morales, Brett Gardner, Starling Marte.

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  36. Chocoman says:

    When do you think Texas bring up Profar and how much playing time does he get? Also, what position/s does he play?

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      I think he spends the first few months in Triple-A, gets brought up in late-June to be a Super-Util in the infield.

      Of course, this is all barring injury to a Rangers infielder. If someone gets hurt, he’ll be up right away to start.

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  37. drewcorb says:

    You ranked Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper very close to each other, yet most of their projections are very different. What led you to value them so closely? (e.g. are your projections very different from most others?)

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Stanton: 38 HR, 75 R, 85 RBI, 5 SB, .275 BAVG
      Harper: 27 HR, 90 R, 75 RBI, 15 SB, .275 BAVG

      The overall production from Harper is worth more than Stanton’s one category dominance.

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  38. Brett says:

    I’m bullish on Starling Marte. (And I swear I’m not a Pirates fan.) I feel like he could/should be more valuable (in a standard roto league) than OFs like Alejandro De Aza, Michael Morse, Josh Reddick, etc., who are going earlier in mock drafts. Am I crazy?

    (I’m in a keeper league, with 6 keepers per team at the round they were drafted. Round bumps up by two every year, with a maximum of 5 years being kept. So I’m giving Marte a little credit for possibly being keepable if I grab him later in the draft… maybe too much credit?)

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  39. Clark D says:

    Who will get more PAs in 2013, Dom Brown or Leonys Martin? (as a bonus, I’d love to see your projections for both!) Thanks!

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  40. steve says:

    Looking to correct an AVG issue with my 10 keepers via the draft this year. Name some mid-to-late round options to bolster batting average.

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  41. CookieRojas16 says:

    Please rank these OFs for 4 x 4 (no runs) NL only league: Revere, J. Upton, BJ Upton, Choo, Crawford.

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  42. willystarr says:

    Do you really want to hurt me? Do you really want to make me cry?

    In all seriousness, how valuable or ownable are James McDonald, Volquez, Billingsley and Wade Davis this year in mixed 12 teamers?

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Volquez is interesting because of ballpark, Billingsley is good if he’s truly healthy, and Davis should be okay.

      I’d let McDonald slip to the waiver wire. The other three are interesting last round or two guys.

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  43. Jeff says:

    In an obp league, is Carlos Santana a third rounder? Also, would he be better served as a 1B in that format?

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  44. rustydude says:

    Please rank these AL-only speed guys, irrespective of position, in a league that has OBP and SB’s as 2 of the categories: Andrus, Altuve, Bourn, Victorino, Crisp, DeAza. Thank you!

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  45. Jeff says:

    Do you see Hellickson taking a step forward this year with an uptick in k’s or is the good luck about to run out?

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  46. Jeff says:

    Does Ryan Howard need a platoon mate? If So, Reimold or Carter?

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  47. sukjo says:

    Ottoneu points league:

    $2 Marte or $3 Jackie Bradley, who do you prefer for this year and next?
    Also, in case you have time, who do you like least, $10 Shelby Miller or $8 Trevor Bauer?
    Thanks!

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  48. Cliff says:

    Just made the following trades in 2 seperate leagues. Do you like or dislike them?….

    20-team Dynasty…Gave: David Wright, Jose Fernandez, Trevor Rosenthal, and Jorge Soler for Joey Bats, Doug Fister, and Kuroda(my team in WIN-NOW mode)

    10-team Keeper(16–moving to Dynasty)…Gave: Todd Frazier, Wil Myers, Jeff Smardj. for Choo and Scherzer

    10-team Keeper(same as above)….Gave: David Wright, Matt Cain, Paul Konerko for Prince Fielder and Greinke

    Honestly not sure how to feel about any of them. I know I gave up a good number of prospects and future talent, but both of my teams are heavily in win-now mode.

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  49. Cliff says:

    Do you think the emergence of Trout and Harper last year has caused a massive overvaluation of prospects in general this year? In all my keeper leagues, ive been drafting the top prospects available, mainly Jose Fernandez and Zunino, and then flipping them for VERY good major league players.

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  50. Charles says:

    You like Waino or Darvish better this year? Short reason why please. Thanks for this!

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  51. BlueBomber says:

    14 team 5×5 keeper league with OBP instead of AVG. T Flowers or J Castro? Thanks

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  52. Fred says:

    You like Rizzo or Hoz better this year?

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  53. Leslie says:

    Am i crazy to see Taveras coming up within the first couple of months due to Beltran/Craig getting hurt?

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Craig’s at 1B, so that shouldn’t affect Taveras.

      But, I could see Taveras coming up early even if Beltran doesn’t get hurt. Slide Beltran to center and use Jay to give days off.

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  54. Todd says:

    If you were the Cardinals mgmt what would YOU do with Mike Adams? I get he has nothing left to prove in AAA but how does being a bench guy help him stay good?

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      You mean Matt Adams?

      I think he’ll need to be traded, but might as well keep him on the bench.

      At this point, I’m not sure he’s more than a Quad-A guy.

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  55. hldomingue says:

    Last keeper slot for an AL-only league with the following pitching categories: IP, SV, ERA, WHIP, K, K/BB.

    Take a flyer on Erasmo Ramirez for $5 or lock up Addison Reed for $12? For reference, closers in our league tend to go for $12 to $20.

    Thanks!

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  56. Dan says:

    When will Tim McCarver be removed from FOX’s playoff/World Series commentating?

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  57. jaysbluejays says:

    Its going over 300 btw. Could you help me w/ my keepers in an 11 team, $260 5 x 5, NL only league? Players with a * are 1 year only, the others are this year and next year. Hitters are Goldschmidt* ($12), Wong ($2), Carpenter ($10), Valdespin ($10), Cozart* ($10), Simmons ($10), D Brown ($2), Ludwick ($1), Pacheco ($2), Arenado ($17). Pitchers are Wainwright* ($18), Zimmermann ($18), Minor* ($5), McDonald ($10), Cashner ($1), Shelby Miller* ($1), Wheeler ($2). I can keep 14 and will have a goodly amount to spend at auction. Thanks a bunch.

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    • Cliff says:

      Basically the exact kind of question he didnt want you to ask.

      Either way, i would drop Valdespin, Pacheco(assuming you keep Arenado), McDonald. Think its pretty obvious actually. Certainly some really strange $ values though.

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  58. Jeff says:

    Keppinger or Peralta for MI slot?

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  59. Jeff says:

    What are your thoughts on Yonder Alonso? Does he develop enough power to become a good fantasy first basemen?

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  60. Scott says:

    In a 12 team H2H league where each team keeps 5. So 60 players off the board to start. I’m keeping Stanton 4th, Mccutchen 8th, Cespedes 10th, Craig 11th, Peavy 16th. We have 3 OF and 1 UTIL. Question is, Heyward will be right there for me in the 2nd rd. Do I complete my OF/Util that early. Or get other needed positions? Already having stanton mccutchen and cespedes.

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  61. DominicanRepublican says:

    Long-story Short: 10-team keeper, points league. Have both players cheap (McCutchen $16, Heyward $7). Will keep both regardless.

    I can “Franchise” one player so that it costs $2 less to keep him. Push McCutch down to $14 or Heyward down to $5? Obviously if either player gets injured or reaches actual value, the long-term gains of this -$2 decision is negated. Otherwise, using the tag each year compounds the savings. Thanks!

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  62. ED S says:

    Is Frank Francisco worth hanging onto with only 3 bench spots? Must consider we do not have an innings cap and other owners stream to run up K’s and win potential.

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  63. Rich says:

    I have to choose two of the following three players in a 10 team 6×6 head-to-head league (extra category being OPS). Which two would you choose?

    Billy Butler (10th round)
    Giancarlo Stanton (4th round)
    Ryan Zimmerman (9th round)

    Thanks!

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  64. Ryan says:

    12 Team AL Only auction league. We start 2C, 1b, 2b, SS, 3b, 5OF, 1DH, 9P. Keepers were just announced (we can keep up to 6) and there were 8 catchers and 10 closers kept (none from me). Inflation will be high for those remaining players, do I drink the Kool-Aid and spend big money or do I go for a couple of terrible $1 catchers and good set-up men (skills not roles) and hope to get a couple of?

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  65. Shawnuel says:

    10 team Keeper league, Auction style format. 6×6 with OBP and IP. Can keep players up to 4 years. I traded 4 seasons of Profar at $2 for 2 Seasons of Heyward at $11 and 3 of K. Jansen at $3. Am in win now mode. Decent trade?

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  66. Stuck in a Slump says:

    Am I being overly optimistic in believing that Eovaldi could really outperform his K/9 projections? Everyone talks about the life on his fastball. Is 7K/9 too much to expect?

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  67. Shawnuel says:

    Oh…Profar will have 10 bucks added to salary for years 3 and 4. Same with Jansen though I have option to keep him at $3 for just two more seasons which is more likely. Heyward already at peak salary.

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  68. Pat says:

    I have Rosario in 12 team mixed, head-to-head league – I am a little concerned his defense will cost him at-bats. Would you consider pairing him witha late round catcher (Pierzynski, Doumit as examples) to make the at-bats?

    I’ve got Rosario pegged between 25-30 homers and .250-260 average – adding a platoon partner could create ridiculous counting stats at the position, no?

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Doumit would be my choice because you can also slot him in the outfield to further increase your counts.

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      • Stuck in a Slump says:

        Probably wont be noticed, but I’ll try anyway:

        Similar situation, but have adequate backups everywhere else, would grabbing the winner of the Torrealba/Hernandez battle be smart in a daily league where I should (in theory) be able to set the players before the game starts?

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      • Zach Sanders says:

        If it’s Hernandez and you’re not dropping anyone, sure.

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  69. Big Toucan says:

    16 team dynasty league, starting budget $300. How much of my total budget do you think would be wise to committ to prospects?

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Depends on how’s the draft going and if you’re going for it in year one. Even if you are, put $30 aside.

      If you’re trying to stash youngsters, there’s no limit.

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  70. Pat says:

    With Rizzo and Goldschmidt kept, in a league with 1B and two UTIL, no CI, would you shy away from high-end 1B like Pujols, Votto, Fielder? Or do you stick to the board and worry about the logjam later?

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  71. overlookhotel says:

    I’m in a league with deep pitching and need one more starter. Could you please rank the following players: Julio Teheran, Jake Westbrook, Patrick Corbin, John Danks, and Nate Eovaldi

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  72. JM says:

    Looking to trade one of Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Beltran or Angel Pagan for a pitching. Any particular pitcher I could make a reasonable trade for?

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  73. Ross says:

    Who wins in this dynasty league trade:

    J. Upton and H. Ramirez for M. Kemp and I. Kinsler

    Both teams have solid backups at the infield positions they’d be losing but lack a quality guy at the position being filled.

    Looking overall here (long term and short term)

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  74. GilaMonster says:

    We use different settings in my league. We use R,HR,RBI,OBP,SLG,Net Steals for offense. And QS,ERA,WHIP,K,K:BB,Net Saves for pitching. We have 4 OF,an IF slot, and 2 ULT spots. Any guys you think are significantly more valuable with these settings? Like Votto gaining a ton of value?

    Also would you wait on OF this season and grab a Votto/Pujols and HanRam/Reyes and Zimmerman/Sandoval/Headley in the early rounds? I mean I could get an OF of say Holliday/Choo/Willingham/Reddick/Aoki if I wait…

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  75. ED S says:

    Who gets Det 5th spot: Porcello or Smyly?

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  76. KTrout says:

    In a 12-team H2H that counts QS/IP/K:9/ERA/WHIP/Saves, looking to replace Dylan Bundy with an actual pitcher, and possibly upgrade from Justin Masterson. Any thoughts on: Fiers, Ryu, Johan, Nova over either or both of my guys?

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  77. willystarr says:

    Fujikawa or Grilli. Holds count, too, so patience is cool.

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  78. CJ says:

    What projections do you have for S.Perez, V.Martinez and Ryan Howard?

    And would you keep Tex or Beachy in your only DL spot? Thanks!!

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  79. saskatunes says:

    Keeper: If Porcello wins Detroit #5 job, should I drop Smyly for him?

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  80. ihateeveryone says:

    for a bench spot: OF Nolan Reimold or C John Jaso?

    I have Weiters at C, and J Upton, Harper, Dom. Brown, and Carpenter as eligible OF’s. 16 team h2h, with OPS and 2B’s added.

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  81. Sean says:

    In a 5×5 keeper auction draft, only Zimmerman, Wright and Moustakas are available amongst 3B that I trust to start this season.

    If I miss out on one of those 3, who would you take out of this pack to be my *shudder* starting 3B? Thanks!
    Plouffe
    A-Rod
    Pachecho
    Gyorko
    Carpenter

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  82. BronxOrioleFan says:

    I know it’s folly to read anything into spring training numbers, but are you putting any stock at all in Porcello’s performance, particularly his K/9 and K/BB ratios? Given his regular season track record thus far, I probably shouldn’t, but it seems like (per the FG article on this topic) the improvement might stem from the fact that he’s abandoned his terrible slider and incorporated his curve more, so could the improvement stick if he carries this pitch mix over into the season? If he were to be traded to one of the rumored teams (SD, LAA, TEX) or earn the 5th spot in Detroit’s rotation, would he be worth dropping someone off of my offensive bench to pick up? Bench options (12 team league, 10 keepers) are Berkman, Markakis, Arenado, and D’Arnaud. Thanks!

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  83. AZOriole says:

    I’m going into the 4th year of a 5×5(OBP instead of BA) 12-team keeper league where we keep 10. $260 cap. League roster rules are as follows:
    2 C, 1 1B, 1 2B, 1 SS, 1 3B, 1 CI, 1 MI, 5 OF, 1 UTIL, 9 P, 3 Bench

    I’ve been offered the following trade:

    I get Trout ($3; can be extended throguh 2016, with a salary increase of $2 per season) and Moustakas ($3; can be extended through 2016)

    I give Posey ($6; contract already maxed out through 2015) and Headley ($1; can be kept for one more year at $1 before a contract has to be given)

    The Trout and Posey salaries are so low because they were drafted in our inaugural MiLB draft back in 2010.

    My keepers currently break down like this:

    C- Posey ($6)
    1B- Votto ($29)
    SS- Prado (he qualifies in our league) ($6)
    3B- Headley ($1)
    CI- Fielder ($40)
    MI- Seager ($1)
    OF- Choo ($26)
    OF- Gordon ($3)
    OF- Fowler ($8) or Revere ($1)
    UTIL- Machado ($1)

    Moustakas (who I’m bullish on this year) would take Headley’s spot at 3B, and Trout would replace the Fowler/Revere spot.
    Is that too much to give up for Trout, especially in a 2 C league? Or do I go with the “I’m getting the best player in the deal” mentality here?

    Thanks for the insight!

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  84. laerm says:

    Please help me feel better about my second baseman. Our draft was Saturday. Here is the list of 2B available at draft (i.e. non-keepers) and what they went for.

    Omar Infante 5
    Chase Utley 16
    Neil Walker 20
    Daniel Murphy 9
    Rickie Weeks 17
    Howie Kendrick 17
    Brandon Phillips 28
    Dustin Pedroia 30
    Dustin Ackley 6
    Kelly Johnson 2
    Marco Scutaro 6
    Dan Uggla 9

    I paid $20 for Neil Walker. I feel gross. Should I? Thanks.

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    • laerm says:

      PS: this is not the order they went in. Pedroia, Phillips, Murphy, Utley, Uggla and Kendrick all went beforehand.

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Rather have Weeks at $17 for same production, or go with Ackley at $6 and upgrade elsewhere.

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      • laerm says:

        Thanks Zack. Ackley is pretty much the only one I felt like went for a good price after I picked up Walker. I’ve never been high on Weeks, but I hear ya. I feel better now, at least. ;) Thanks again.

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  85. tropicalmug says:

    In my keeper league (we all get three and have an auction draft), I’m dead set on Strasburg for $6. Who do I choose from:

    Matt Cain: $7
    Craig Kimbrel: $7
    Yadier Molina: $2
    Dustin Pedroia: $14
    Brett Lawrie: $8

    I was thinking Pedroia and Molina, because those are the two hardest positions to fill, but I don’t know how I feel about letting Kimbrel or Lawrie go into the general draft pool. I get this is close to the no-no section of the questions, so feel free to skip me. I’m just stressed about this one. >.<

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  86. Brian says:

    In a 16 team 6×6 league using OPS and K/BB as extra cats. in full rebuild mode, so traded Hanley for Hosmer, Sano and minor league pick that turned into Rendon. Thoughts on the deal? I still have Starlin at SS.

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  87. JP says:

    In a minors draft, I was able grab Correa, Zimmer and Gausman with multiple 1st rd picks. What are your thoughts on each, in terms of ceiling, likelihood to reach it and ETA?

    Thanks.

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Correa: ETA 2016, solid everyday SS, not a superstar
      Zimmer: ETA 2014, #2 SP ceiling
      Gausman: ETA 2014, maybe bullpen stint in 2013; top of the line starter.

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  88. AZOriole says:

    I’ll shorten this up and simplify it for you.

    Which side do you want (5×5 2 C league)?:

    Trout ($3) and Moustakas ($3) or Posey ($6) and Headley ($1)

    Thanks!

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  89. Don Pardo says:

    5×5, 12 teams, keep 10. LF/CF/RF & 2 UTIL spots. Keeping Pujols, Pedroia, Wright, Braun, Kemp, J.Upton, Ellsbury, Kershaw, and Hamels. Choices for final keeper are V-Mart, Andrus, or Wainwright. Who would your keepers be?

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  90. If you don’t have a 1 question per person rule…

    Who are some DL stashes I should target in a 5×5 dynasty? And if you have time, with a $500 budget, what $ range should I target them in? It will cost $2 + the auction amount to keep any of these guys next year.

    Thanks again!

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  91. Jimmy says:

    Is Jose Fernandez the real deal? What do you expect his numbers to be in his prime years?

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  92. Brett J says:

    In a dynasty league with 1 C, I have Mesoraco, Ramos and Lavarnway on my majors roster and Trahan on my minors. I’m debating dropping Lavarnway to open up a spot to pick up Dirks (as a OF7, we start 3 + 2 UTIL) or Kyle McPherson as deep option for my rebuilding rotation.

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  93. Mike says:

    20 team H2H league. Please rank these pitchers:
    Eric Stults, Jeff Karstens, Jeff Francis, Scott Kazmir, Jacob Turner, and Roberto Hernandez. Thanks.

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  94. marlins12 says:

    What will Fernando Rodney’s walk rate look like this year?

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  95. Mike says:

    Could you rank these 1b? Justin Morneau, Mark Reynolds, Chris Davis, Brandon Belt, Lance Berkman. Thanks.

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  96. Garrett says:

    It seems that the first tier of pitchers is going a little earlier this year. Obviously it depends on the league and your position in the draft, but about what round/pick do you start to bite on SP and who would you include in that first tier?

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  97. Mike says:

    Last P spot, Wade LeBlanc or Jacob Turner?

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  98. Evan says:

    Drafted in a keeper league yesterday where players are kept 4 rounds higher than their drafted slot the previous year. I have Kipnis in the 6th but was able to grab H. Kendrick in the 21st. Crazy to think I may be shopping Kipnis later this year? Projections for both this season? Thanks.

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Not crazy to shop. Worth a 6th, but not close to a 2nd.

      Kipnis: 17 HR, 90 R, 80 RBI, 25 SB, .265 BAVG
      Kendrick: 14 HR, 65 R, 70 RBI, 14 SB, .285 BAVG

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  99. Alex says:

    Silly to be asking about Juan Francisco, but such is life in a deep league when my options are Matt Carpenter and Mike Olt. Seems like he’s having a solid spring. what #s do you see him putting up in a league that uses the standard cats + OPS? W/o Chipper, I’m trying to determine if he’s got the ability to be a full time starter at 3rd or if he’ll ultimately platoon with chris johnson.

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  100. tylersnotes says:

    5 $1 MLB-ready pitchers you would bid up to $2 in ottoneu (FG points)?

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  101. Dave says:

    Rank the following Pitchers in 12 team 5×5 league:

    SP: EJax, Ryu, Hanson, Romero, Fiers, Bauer

    RP: Francisco, Rosenthal, Coke, Cook, McGee

    Thanks for answering all these questions. Great info!

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  102. marlins12 says:

    With more playing time and a much better hitter’s park, could Chris Carter be this year’s Edwin Encarnacion?

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  103. The Dude says:

    I am in a Holds league. Who are your top 10 holds candidates? And am I right to consider them to be the equivalent to closers (swapping saves for holds and all other categories of equal weight)?

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Player | HLD
      Tyler Clippard 30
      Ryan Cook 25
      Kelvin Herrera 25
      Vinnie Pestano 25
      David Robertson 25
      Joel Peralta 25
      David Hernandez 25
      Heath Bell 25
      Sean Marshall 25
      Johnny Venters 25
      Eric O’Flaherty 25
      Mike Adams 25
      Drew Storen 25

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  104. marlins12 says:

    Who do you feel has the best value this year in terms of closers being taken late in drafts? Obviously, a lot of people (including myself) prefer not to take closers early.

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  105. Mike says:

    Another pitcher ranking question. How do you rank the following:
    Johan Santana, Francisco Liriano, Jacob Turner, Erik Bedard, Juan Nicasio, and Scott Feldman. Thanks.

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  106. Gordon Shumway says:

    Free agent Kyle Lohse is currently keeping a space warm on my bench in a 7×7 roto keeper league (ERA, WHIP, K, W, L, SV, QS). I acquired Lohse off waivers and he holds little keeper value so I’m not terribly invested in him. Should I continue to hold onto him and see how the situation plays out, or banish him back to the free agent pool in favor of a young pitcher competing for a rotation spot (Tillman, Smyly, Porcello, Nova, Phelps, Cashner), another veteran arm (Billingsley, Capuano, Masterson, Jackson), or a reclamation project (Kazmir, Santana, Romero)?

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  107. AlbertM says:

    In my dynasty league, I have a lot of young pitching. Teheran, Jose Fernandez, T. Walker, Harvey, Gausman, Zimmer, Guerrieri, Tyrell Jenkins. How many do you see as having no. 1 or no. 2 upside? Who do you think are most likely to reach their ceilings?

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  108. UDownWithOBP says:

    Howdy Zach… thanks for doing this!

    I am deciding which outfielder I prefer in my ten team mixed head to head league (standard 5×5 scoring plus walks) between CarGo and Justin Upton. The consensus seems to be CarGo but I am leaning towards Upton as CarGo’s injury history has me a little nervous. How would you rank these two? And how do you project them?

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  109. TonyCino says:

    12 team daily roto mixed league, 4 OF, 12 bench, limited waiver/FA claims.
    I have the following OFs:
    BJ Upton
    Gordon
    Reddick
    Ichiro
    De Aza
    Markakis
    Saunders

    Available on waivers
    B Moss
    David Murphy
    Quentin

    Are my OFs listed correctly and which from the wire if any should I susbstitute?

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  110. HoldYourNose says:

    Just went through an auction without grabbing a catcher. 12 team, 5×5 roto, single C league. All reasonable options were overpriced IMO, so I decided to punt and pick one up just before Opening Day, giving myself a little time to figure out which $1 player to drop. Which rotten, stinking, awful player would you take to take up space while waiting for a good trade opportunity to emerge: Martin, Jaso, Brantly, Ellis, Iannetta, or Flowers?

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  111. Carracia says:

    12 team roto league, ESPN rules,
    Top of my rotation is: Greinke, Latos, Samardzija
    which three of these do I want to fill it:
    Milone, Hammel, Hanson, Vargas, Lohse, Wandy, Billingsley, Miller, Volquez, Marcum

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  112. Sarge says:

    I’m auctioning this weekend. Stars and scrubs or spread the wealth? Seems like this year there are fewer “elite” players and then just the murky deep.

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  113. Joseph says:

    12 team mixed league ROTO; traditional 5×5 stats. I would like for you to quickly examine the roster and tell me if you would go after an ace or stand pat.

    c- Perez
    c- Ramos
    1b- Encarnacion
    2b- Kipnis
    3b- Freese
    ss- Rutledge
    ci- Rizzo
    mi- Seager
    of- A Jones
    of- Bautista
    of- Holliday
    of- Jennings
    of- C. Gomez
    u- Duda

    bench–Dee Gordon, Beckham, A. Simmons, Plouffe, Span

    p-Medlen
    p-J Johnson
    p-Harvey
    p-B. Anderson
    p-Cashner
    p-Hellickson
    p-AJ Griffin
    p-Kimbrel
    p-S. Romo

    Bench–Corbin, Buchholz, Masterson

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  114. Leslie says:

    M. Moore or the Shark and brief description why???

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  115. For my “Z” roster strategy in the Fangraph writers league: Zach Sanders or Jeff Zimmerman?

    (I deleted Podhorzer after seeing his LABR draft in the USA Today fantasy special; egads.)

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Well I have my own projections and Jeff just likes to use others.

      So, if you want a cheater, go with Jeff. But if you want the genuine original, go with *this guy*.

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  116. JV says:

    What is Andrew Cashner’s line if he throws 180 innings this year?

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  117. Doug says:

    Cool that you guys are doing this… Would you trade Adrian Beltre for Ian Desmond in a H2H Dynasty league that counts R, RBI, HR, singles, doubles, triples, avg and SB? I also have Elvis Andrus at SS and Wright at 3b.

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  118. J.b. says:

    Which side wins in a trade?

    Jose Bautista and Brett Anderson for Yu Darvish and Freddie Freeman.

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  119. CJ says:

    What kind of numbers do you expect from Reddick? Rather have him or Bourn?

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Reddick: 28 HR, 80 R, 80 RBI, 10 SB, .250 BAVG

      I have Reddick and Bourn rated virtually identically in value this year, so it really depends on personal preference and team makeup.

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  120. fill says:

    Is Ian Desmond in for regression , do you like him better than Rutledge or A Cabrera?

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  121. Guyko says:

    How would you handle having a net steals category in your league? I am interested in players like zobrist and kinsler, who are normally good base runners, but they struggled last year. Is there a formula to help handle this category?

    Thanks.

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      No special formulas, no. Just being aware of success rate. In those leagues, the steals specialists (Bourn, Revere, Pierre) become more valuable because they take more chances. Easier to put up a +20 if you’re stealing 35 bags.

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  122. Bill Corbett says:

    I play in an old school 4×4 AL only roto auction league. All of the player projections I see published are for 5×5. Please give me a list of some pitchers who are more valuable in 4×4 than 5×5.

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  123. KaplerforPres says:

    In a 12-team, 5X5 w/ OBP instead of AVG, auction, keeper league, 13 offensive slots (5 OF, 1 C).

    Currently have Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Braun kept (along with Kipnis), with Rizzo in minors to be called up after draft. I really want to add one more top-tier offensive player in the draft – would you entertain drafting a 1B (e.g., Fielder, Votto) given my keepers, or is it not worth limiting roster flexibility so early on? I prefer the top 1B to the top OF (Kemp, CarGo, Bautista) in terms of risk/reliability, that’s where my uncertainty lies.

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  124. Mike says:

    Trying to decide last 3 keepers in 16 team 5×5 standard category mixed w $300 auction cap. First 7 keepers are set, filling out the rest. Options are Jose Reyes 29, Darvish 26, Scherzer 18, Cuddyer or Maybin @ 12, Willingham 10, or $1 wonders J Benoit or T flowers. You rock – Thanks!

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  125. Zach Sanders says:

    Darvish, Willingham, and Scherzer.

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  126. David says:

    Who would you rather own in a deep keeper league, Buxton, Correa or Russell?

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  127. David says:

    In an ESPN, 10 team standard roto with 2 Cs and 5 bench slots (no DL). keep 7 total players year to year, this is our 2nd year. How many bench slots would you use for stashing minor/injured players with late round picks? Would only use those picks on high ceiling, close-to-ready with that few keepers.

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  128. Ross Gore says:

    Last Pick and need an SP: Beckett, E-Jax, Marcum, Tillman

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  129. Dan J. says:

    Hi Zach,

    Would you have 5×5 roto projections for Chris Sale, Mat Latos, Max Scherzer, Matt Harvey? If not and you prefer to rank them instead, that’s fine, too.

    Thanks, and good luck.

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Of course I have projections! I project over 500 players every year; believe it’s about 550 this year.

      In ranked order.

      Sale: 190 IP, 16 W, 3.30 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 186 K
      Latos: 205 IP, 16 W, 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 191 K
      Scherzer: 195 IP, 15 W, 3.50 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 206 K
      Harvey: 170 IP, 12 W, 3.80 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 170 K

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  130. Eno Sarris says:

    Everyone thank Zach Sanders for answering so many questions! Slow clap!

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  131. miners says:

    I play in a deep league. I need to find some outfielders that rank in the top 100 to 150 in most published outfield rankings that are going to get regular at bats and could surprise with productive stats. Any suggestions would be great. Ie

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  132. Acc says:

    Heyward projection?

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  133. Zach Sanders says:

    Alright everyone, thank you for submitting your questions. The thread is now closed.

    Even if you didn’t submit a question, hopefully my answers to a few others will help you in some way.

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