You ever draft, like, twelve teams and have eleven teams that are all very similar and one team that is nothing like the other teams? This, here, is that other team. In theory, this team could be my one good team and the other eleven could be garbage, but I sure hope that’s not the case. I started this draft like every other league this offseason — by taking Pete Alonso in the 2nd round. At that point, this team veered into a different direction to never return. For those not in the know, it’s a weekly, 15-team, 5×5, two-catcher league that lasts for 50 rounds and there’s no waivers. NFBC has decided to cut off new slow draft leagues like this one, so I don’t think we’re doing another one this year. Sorry, I wanted to do one more league too. I will now put on The Knack and change the words in my head to My Corona. Anyway, here’s my NFBC draft recap:

C: Chance Sisco 24th
C: Austin Romine 25th
1B: Pete Alonso 2nd
2B: Michael Chavis 16th
SS: Trea Turner 1st round, 6th pick
3B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 5th
MI: Dansby Swanson 12th
CI: Evan White 19th
OF: George Springer 3rd
OF: Andrew Benintendi 7th
OF: Willie Calhoun 10th
OF: David Peralta 14th
OF: Austin Riley 18th
UTIL: Shogo Akiyama 21st
Bench: Jose Peraza (23), Evan Longoria (27), Adam Haseley (29), Albert Pujols (31), Eric Sogard (32), Asdrubal Cabrera (33), Raimel Tapia (34), David Bote (36), Monte Harrison (37), Aaron Hicks (42), Ryon Healy (43), Sandy Leon (44), Greg Allen (45), Rangel Ravelo (47), Austin Slater (49)

P: Luis Castillo 4th
P: Brandon Woodruff 6th
P: Max Fried 8th
P: Craig Kimbrel 9th
P: Alex Colome 11th
P: Marcus Stroman 13th
P: Joey Lucchesi 15th
P: Adrian Houser 17th
P: Kevin Gausman 20th
Bench: Freddy Peralta (22), Mackenzie Gore (26), Sean Newcomb (28), Ryan Pressly (30), Jose Urena (35), Joe Ross (38), Jordan Hicks (39), Drew Pomeranz (40), Shun Yamaguchi (41), Tyler Rogers (46), Devin Smeltzer (48), Touki Toussaint (50)

NOT TO GET ALL TOUCHY-FEELY, BUT HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES AND TOUCH THIS TEAM?

Like so many of us, I’ve drafted more than one fantasy baseball teams this preseason. With this addiction love comes a very real side effect, I don’t want to own the same guys in every league. I mean, you can’t avoid it sometimes — Hey, Pete Alonso!  What’s up, Willie Calhoun? Imagine seeing you here, Craig Kimbrel. Marcus Stroman, nice to see you–Whoa, no Ketel Marte? — but when tasked with creating this new team, I leaned heavily on the new and less on the team. That mental burpee forced my brain to bend down and jump up over a team I love to a team that I’m…struggling to like. Lots of new faces that I just need to wear for a few weeks and see how happy I am. My category targets don’t jump off the page that I should love this team, either, so that might be adding to my anguish:

If you were to trust the War Room (free with subscriptions), and I do, then it’s hard to get super yippee-kay-mother about this team. What category am I excelling in? ERA? Lowercase yay with an uppercase WTF.

MAN, THIS IS TURNING INTO A SUPER BUMMER. PEOPLE OUT HERE READING THIS WHILE WAITING FOR A SHIPMENT OF HYUNDAI-BUILT VENTILATORS SO CAN YOU GET A LITTLE MORE CHEERY?

This is the 1st team ever where I’ve owned Vlad Jr. So, that’s good…*scrunches nose like Larry David*…I guess. I think Glad Vuerrero Jr. really screwed up my team, if I’m being honest. He’s not good for runs, RBIs, HRs and awful for SBs. He does give good average, but since when is the Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it) paying for average? Average buys become average buys…Whoa, that sounds like something you’d find under my name at Wikiquote. What good is average when it’s the largest variance category for hitters? Then throw in Chavis and Evan White on this team, and what are they doing exactly? 20/2/.250 combined? Woe is me vs. my usual ‘whoa is my team stacked.’ My dread about my team really started to sprout its head in the 31st round. Usually in these leagues I alternate between hitter and pitcher each round, but in the 31st round I realized how awful my hitting was and tried to correct it by drafting four straight hitters, and seven of eight rounds with hitters. Then, after 120 picks of that, I realized I wasn’t helping my hitting as much as hurting my pitching, so I autocorrected again and took four straight pitchers. Realizing again, that was not a good move, I started drafting hitters again and autocorrected duck to *uck. Then, I ended up alternating at the end, but it was too late by then and the die had been cast. Maybe we should lay to rest the saying “die has been cast” with the way the world is right now. Hmm…maybe “lay to rest” isn’t good either.

THIS IS THE KIND OF UPLIFTING DRAFT RECAPS I COME HERE FOR, THANK YOU. *MIMES FALLING OUT A WINDOW LIKE TOMMEN* DO I DARE ASK YOU ABOUT HOW YOUR PITCHING IS SCORING WELL FOR ERA, BUT AWFUL FOR WHIP AND NOT GREAT FOR STRIKEOUTS?

Okay, I’m going to defend my pitching a little here. Steamer pitcher projections show it doesn’t like Houser at all, and is way more meh on Woodruff and Castillo than I am. For unstints, our Steamer 15-team rankings have Houser as the 134th pitcher, below guys like Luke Jackson (huh?), Andrew Miller (um, what?) and about equal with Danny Duffy (are you effin’ with me?). My rankings have Houser way higher. I like him for around a 3rd to 4th starter. Steamer’s saying he’s more like a 6th or 7th starter. That’s fine, if he’s that bad, I can switch him out with one of my many bench starters. Furthermore–

–DAMN, BUSTING OUT THE FURTHERMORE AND WE HAVEN’T EVEN TALKED MUCH ABOUT YOUR HITTING YET–

Steamer likes guys like Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer way more than my Luis Castillo, which is not how I feel about him. Steamer also likes Andrew Heaney and Carlos Carrasco more than Brandon Woodruff; I don’t. So, if Steamer is wrong — say it’s never so! — and I’m right, my pitching will be even better than it’s showing in the War Room values. I tend to think that’s the case, and my pitching isn’t bad at all.

FINE, I’LL ADDRESS THE CALAMITY THAT IS THIS TEAM. YOU’RE LOW ON SPEED AND POWER. (WHEN YOU’RE ALREADY CAPPED AND BOLDED, IT’S HARD TO EMPHASIZE, SO I WENT WITH ITALICS.) HOW’D YOU PULL OFF THAT TRASH?

Can I blame Vlad again? As I was saying with my defense of my pitching, similar shituation with my hitting. I like guys more that I drafted than the War Room values them. I like Albombso, Springer, Vlad Jr. (a little), Chavis, White– Well, just about everyone more than the Steamer values. This is a dangerous place to be, because our projections are about the best in business and to disobey them is not usually smart. Hopefully, with the shortened season, I can squeeze out enough power and speed in 100 games vs. them becoming anchors over 162 games. Was this my goal? Nope, nuh-huh, not at all. I drafted most of this team before the National Guard was at my doorstep testing my dog’s saliva. Listen (or read as the case may be), all of our 2020 fantasy baseball rankings are updated to 100 games played, and what, say, Eric Sogard might do over 100 games may not be different from what, say, Dansby Swanson might do. I’m so excited for this season to start at some point, while fully admitting it may be an absolute crackers season, due to small sample sizes. Maybe Albombso and Vlad will both hit 40 homers in 100 games, thinking it’s one long Home Run Derby vs. one short season.

 
  1. What's a Drexl? says:
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    why in the hell would they cut off slow drafts NOW! time is all people have for a long time it sure sounds like (at least near 2 months). i don’t do weekly lineups since it sounds like using a wheelchair for fun then complaining about how slow/low maneuverability you have when your legs work just fine so this doesn’t affect me but that’s just stupid. i’m doing the exact opposite, turning all what used to be near complete redraft or shortish keepers (3-9) into slow drafts myself now. keeps the owners involved, are fun as all hell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m not sure why they would do that either…I’d guess people would draft during April, and it’s not like they have more information than anyone drafting in February

      • What's a Drexl? says:
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        i would think if anything slow drafts would go up in interest during this dead time. they certainly have for me, why not turn all your online drafts that were last 2 weeks before original MLB season time march 26th into slow ones? we basically got gifted free time to do them, when normally i wouldn’t for non dynasties due to lack of info in the timeframe they take to do.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d slow draft until OD

  2. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey!

    Just drafted in my 4th year keeper. It was keep 5. I had pick 5 in a 12 Team H2H 6X6 Yahoo league. I had 2 3rds and no 12th rounder via trade. I think I did even better than I anticipated as some guys were drafting oddly. Like closers in the first 6 rounds in a S+Holds league and commish drafted Blake Snell 2nd when guys like Hiura, Gleyber, etc were available.

    R HR RBI SB AVG OPS
    ERA WHIP S+H QS K:9 K

    C – Mejia
    1B – Olson/Keeper
    2B – Albies/Keeper
    3B – Moncada
    SS – Gleyber
    OF – Soto/Keeper
    OF – Loreano
    OF – Mercado
    UTIL – Jose Abreu (he was available in the 2nd or 3rd round of a 5 keeper per team? Had to take him)
    UTIL – Shogo Akiyama
    NA – Jo Adell

    SP – Flahtery/Keeper
    SP – Bieber/Keeper
    SP – Lamet
    SP – Eduardo Rodriguez
    SP – Wheeler
    SP – Houser
    SP – Lynn
    SP – Stroman
    SP – Chirinos
    SP – Yarborough
    RP – Rasiel Iglesias
    RP – Britton
    RP – Buttrey
    RP – Rafael Montero
    RP – Romo

    What do you think? I drafted a ton of starters which I always like to have between 8-10. I could go around 9 and a sixth RP. It’s a limit of like 72 add/drops so it’s hard to consistently stream SP, RP, and Hitters (I normally don’t need to stream bats and I like 2 bench bat, I NA’d Adell for not until he gets called up so I’ll pick up another bat.)

    Thanks and be safe!!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Solid

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        Right?! Haha!! Thanks Donkey Teeth. Really really like this team man, I give myself props, let’s just hope the season happens.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks solid, pretty balanced between SBs and OPS — Your pitching is insane, it’s a stacked team overall

  3. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great report!

    a. Kudos to you for being self-analytical in saying this is your worst team. 1/12 is fine, lol! It could be a good team. There are many unknowns in 2020 that will affect all of us. Here is my short list.

    1. No season (saddest, start with the bad news)
    2. A season with 40% double-headers – this will favor hitting.
    3. A short season of 100 games max – this will probably favor pitching.

    There are probably many more potential season scenarios. I doubt a. the owners’ greed and b. Americans love of apple pie and baseball can be quenched so most likely scenario is we have a season.

    b. You signed up the wrong Rogers! Just kidding, who in God’s name is Tyler Rogers? Please enlighten me.

    c. Signed up Kintzler off waivers, dropping Tsutsugo as you prescribed yesterday. Thank you. And thank you for the heartburn that I will have to endure owning Kintzler all year so I don’t forget what it was like to have heartburn after Rasiel Iglesias’ 2019 season. So much to be thankful for on this hallowed site.

    d. MLB quote of the day for June 1, 1947

    ‘Maybe tomorrow we’ll all wear 42, so nobody can tell us apart.’

    Harold Peter Henry ‘Pee Wee’ Reese, one of the pallbearers at Jackie Robinson’s funeral.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Thanks! Think we get 100 games, but not sure how that favors pitching

      B. He’s the third man in the Giants committee right now

      C. Nice!

      D. Awesome

  4. WILLIAM MARTIN says:
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    Good morning, Razzballers! Grey, even content like this “My-Maybe-Worst-Team” post is much-appreciated during this dull time of uncertainty. I’m looking forward to continuing to read along into April, May, and whatever else follows.

    My RCL held its draft over the weekend, and this was my first draft of the season. Felt a little rusty, but I’d appreciate any comments/critiques:

    C –C. Kelly
    1B – Olson
    2B – Muncy
    3B – Rendon
    SS – Baez
    CI – Chapman
    MI – Gregorious
    OF – Betts
    OF – Robles
    OF – H. Dozier
    OF – Kingery
    OF – Choo
    UTIL – Adell
    Bench – Sunday Santana (insurance policy if/when Adell starts season in the minors)

    P – Darvish
    P – S. Gray
    P – E. Rodriguez
    P – Fried
    P – Hand
    P – Doolittle
    P – Musgrove
    P – Keuchel
    P –Chirinos
    Bench – D. Castillo; Kintzler

    The OF felt a little wonky as I was putting it together, but then I look at all my infidels and I smile dreaming about what could happen there–even in 80-100 games. Wasn’t crazy about the E-Rod pick either, but you seem high on him this year and I suppose he could be solid even in the AL East.

    • TarmanGotHim says:
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      Dude, your team looks identical from one of my teams I just drafted.

      Olson, Baez, Betts, Kingery, Rendon, Darvish, Gray, E-Rod, Kinzler.

      Kudos and good luck!!

      • WILLIAM MARTIN says:
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        Excellent! Good luck to you, too. The names you listed (save Kintzler, I guess!) are a SOLID core.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! I like the hitting and pitching a lot…If I had to nitpick, You might be a little weak on saves, and AVG

  5. Gin and Tonic says:
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    Good morning Grey! The first RCL draft in eight years for me last evening (RCL #51). I hade the third pick, yay! The round of which player was selected is in parentheses.
    C- Jorge Alfaro(25th)
    1B- Pete Alonso(3rd)
    2B- Jonathan Vilar(4th)
    SS- Fernando Tatis Jr.(2nd)
    3B- Hunter Dozier(14th)
    CI- Jose Abreu(6th)
    MI- Dansby Swanson(18th)
    OF- Mike Trout(1st), Jorge Soler(7th), Eddie Rosario(8th), Tommy Pham(10th), Yasiel Puig(12th)
    UT- Willie Calhoun(15th)

    I came away pumped with the above lineup, the power feels strong, I want to think you would be proud to draft. I had my concerns early with steals and average. I’m trying to convince myself, that I was able to correct that with my middle and late draft picks. My question is am I fooling myself with the steals and average?

    SP- Lucas Giolito(5), Lance Lynn(9), Jake Odorizzi(13), Luke Weaver(16), Adrian Houser(20), Caleb Smith(21)
    RP- Taylor Rogers(11), Mark Melancon(17), Will Smith(19), Matt Barnes(22), Diego Castillo(23), Tony Watson(24)

    I know, I know, Caleb Smith is not somebody you want any part of. Please ignore him and focus on the first five starting pitchers:) I’m a bit more sour on my relief pitching after Rogers. Trying to stay positive I did get the two top guys in the Atlanta bullpen (I think). The rest of the guys are blah and meh, at best, as of now. Did I make too much of mess with the bullpen, before the season even started?

    I understand this could be nothing more then glorified mock draft. Let’s say it is the real thing, how would you rate it? A thumbs up, two thumbs up, thumbs down, or hit the rest button when it comes to my next draft? Any feedback is greatly appreciated, thanks!

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      G & T I think you are in the same league as me it drafts tonight. Good luck

      At least i know your strategy now……..lol not that that will help me

      • Gin and Tonic says:
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        Hahaha yes we are, Thanks and good luck to you too! I have the 8th pick tonight. No Trout for me, sad face.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, glad you took part! I don’t love Pham, and Puig is okay, but I love your hitting in general., all guys I like otherwise… Your pitching is stacked, besides Smith, but he’s fine, if you like him…You look low on saves, but not bad

      • Gin and Tonic says:
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        Awesome, thanks for the comment!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  6. Tigres says:
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    Grey! It’s a decent lineup and solid pitching for 15-team league IMO. Treat U should carry you in SBs. Aaron Hicks could be sneaky great late pick if his recovery lines up with delayed start to the season.

    • Grey

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      Hope so! Thanks!

  7. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Out of boredom i made the mistake of watching Ken burns baseball one of the first quotes i never really thought obout the defense having the ball ….

    “It is a leisurely game that demands blinding speed; the only game in which the defense has the ball. …”

    I liked some of the old pictures and video but i have can’t really get into a bunch of old folks like billly cyrstal droning on waxing poetic, now i remember why i could never watch the entire thing. The bitches did’nt even talk about donkey corns.

    Any one hear enjoy the Ken Burns show?

    RCL Draft night i still have no clue on drafting the 2ndary categories…we wiill see!

    • Grey

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      Ken Burns never mentions donkeycorns? How could that be? I’ve actually never watched past 1st episode, it was like watching paint dry… Maybe I’ll try again at some point around quarantine day 45+

      Good luck!

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        Yeah i never been able get through the fist episode and doubt i will

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He should’ve started with the 1990s instead of the 1890s

  8. hot corner says:
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    How do you get to 24.2 in saves with only 2 closers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops, good catch, instead of marking another closer as taken by someone else, I marked them taken by me…So, yeah, saves are around 17 instead

      • hot corner says:
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        Damn. I was hoping that you had some magic up your sleeve. It definitely was a tricky draft. As mentioned before, I don’t love my team, because it is full of boring players that I don’t usually take but managed to get to the following in the War Room…

        33.1/30.0/33.0/30.2/30.5/17.3/16.6/14.7/17.7/18.6

        Like you, it will either be my best team this year or my worst!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup! Nice war room numbers at least!

  9. DonnieB says:
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    I don’t know how you ever draft a team you like in the NFBC slow drafts when everyone in the league is drafting, at least partially, based on your own player rankings? I have drafted in your NFBC leagues twice and sniping you is the general strategy of most of the league.

    Thank you for allowing your competitors to use your knowledge against you. You now have the rationale you need—smile. Shandler used that rationale for years when drafting in live NFBC events. Then he just quit doing it.

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      You can use it at the draft but you still have to manage the rest of the season. Just makes things more competitive.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Son really screwed me up in this league, more so than I remember in past leagues –Actually, Rudy asked me to take Son in my league this year bc it was so bad last year

  10. Tom says:
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    Finding it hard to feel excited about any of the teams I’ve drafted so far, not because I don’t like them but because of all the uncertainty surrounding the season.
    Like yourself, I tried quite a few different players in this league and I think I like the team.
    C- Omar Narcvaez
    C- Danny Jansen
    1B- Renato Nunez
    2B- Rougned Odor/ Jonathan Schoop
    SS- Jonathan Villar
    3B- Yoan Moncada
    CI- Mike Moustakas
    MI- Paul DeJong
    UT- Shohei Ohtani
    OF- Juan Soto
    OF- Kyle Schwarber
    OF- Gregory Polanco
    OF- Wil Myers
    OF- Jackie Bradley
    P- Walker Buehler
    P- Josh Hader
    P- Ken Giles
    P- Robbie Ray
    P- Hansel Robles
    P-Shohei Ohtani/ Julio Teheran
    P- German Marquez
    P- Rick Porcello
    P- Kwang-hyun Kim
    P- Corbin Burnes/ Justus Sheffield
    Bench- Victor Caratini, Vince Velasquez, Leury Garcia, Dee Gordon, Billy Hamilton, Tarik Skubal, Dellin Betances, Trevor May, Kevin Cron, Tyler Mahle, Jonathan Loaisiaga, Travis Demerritte, Ty France, Yimi Garcia, Jharel Cotton, DJ Stewart, Magneuris Sierra, Joey Bart, Robert Stephenson, Matt Wieters, Art Warren, Jose Castillo, Pat Valaika, Brad Miller.

    Obviously could have some Big BA issues, waited too long to grab a back-up first baseman but it’s a deep league with knowledgeable guys so I think we all ended up with some weaknesses. I think this team should contend depending what type of season we get.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, I agree with you, might suffer on AVG, and if I were weak on 1B, I would’ve tried to follow with a bench 1B quicker than you did…At least in theory I would’ve, who knows… I had Joey Bart queued up when someone took him, was it you? Your pitching looks weak on WHIP and possibly ERA

      • Tom says:
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        Yes it was me. Hoping my relievers can keep my ratios down. Good luck, should be interesting.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn you! I kid, you too!

  11. Strat O says:
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    This was my 5th NFBC DC team and my feeling about 6 rounds in was this is going to be my worst team with no path to those war room targets , its tough when everybody is really sharp, have an eye on the same guys and are not afraid to reach to grab them. All in all by the end of the draft I liked it more than I did early, just need 80th percentile performances and well who knows .

    Grey – Benintendi in the 7th gave me hope. Good luck , lets hope for a season , it’ll be great to see how it plays out

    • Grey

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      Nice, good luck! Yes, fingers crossed!

  12. Crazy J says:
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    Move over Richard Lovelady… I just found out there was a Johnny Dickshot in 1945!

    I like this team… after you trade away Vlad! GL

    • Grey

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      Haha, I can’t!

      • Crazy J says:
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        BTW… I didn’t mean to leave Danny Mendick dangling like that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A dangling Mendick is the worst

  13. Earl says:
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    So I have team in 5×5 roto that looks like this so far:

    1b – Olson
    ss – Story
    3b – rendon
    Of – Eloy Jimenez
    Sp – Corbin, Morton and Montas
    rp – Taylor Rogers

    I am coming up to picks in 9th and 10 round.

    Trying to decide between maybe taking Eddie Rosario next or possibly Ramon Laureno or even Oscar Mercado also thought of Franmil Reyes. Really like Rosario and Reyes.

    I realize my team is very low for speed. Was hoping to address this in near future rounds with likes of some combo of Biggio, Edman, amed Rosario, Tim anderson

    Maybe going Eddie Rosario and speed guy like Mercado is way to go with next couple picks. Not sure Laureno gives me enough speed compared to Mercado.

    What u think? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Laureano

      • Earl says:
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        and would u go Eddie Rosario with other pick and take pass on Reyes, Mercado and others until next time around the horn (11&12 rounds).

        Kind of maybe asking advice for my next 2 picks (9th and 10th rounds)

        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

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          Sure, Mercado

          • Earl says:
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            So I just got Ramon in the 9th round pick like 105.

            are u saying for pick 112 (10th round) I should take Mercado and forgo going with Eddie Rosario or Franmil Reyes for more power? Guess then u are saying I could get more power later on?

            thanks sir

            • Grey

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              Nah, not if you have Ramon — go Eddie or Franmil now

              • Earl says:
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                ok. Eddie just went so maybe leaves Franmil which I was maybe liking anyway.

                u think Ramon is only good for 15 bases but that was using your previous rankings without factoring in shortened season.

                Need to go perhaps more speed next time around with maybe Biggio or Edman.

                Do u think I need to get a good 2nd closer soon. Right now closers left are on the Kimbrel Diaz level. Was thinking of perhaps Neris or Nick Anderson in few more rounds if I do not lose out.

                thanks for help

                • Grey

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                  I’d go Edman too and a 2nd closer

                  • Earl says:
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                    Ok, got me Ramon and Franmil.

                    Onto rounds 11&12 in a little while. See what closers are left then as Diaz and Neris just went before me taking Franmil.

                    Sometime hard to have patience to wait for right time.

                    Thanks again kind sir!

                    • Grey

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                      Nice, take a closer!

                  • Earl says:
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                    Next picks coming up and looking at 2nd closer.

                    I like Nick Anderson for some reason but probably Kimbrel or Workman would be better choice.

                    Thoughts our Grey one.

  14. cream says:
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    To ALONSO or NOT ALONSO: that is the question

    I see Grey is an Alonso disciple as he takes the Polar Bear in every draFT. I have taken the opposite tack as I have faded Alonso in every draft, even when he has dropped to the 3rd or 4th rounds (some of those were 12-team leagues). I believe that Alonso and Matt Olson should be drafted right next to one another (in the 4th to 6th round) as I see both of them hitting about 40 bombs and a 260 BA (in a full season).

    Although I have a few shares of Matt Olson, I generally wait to the 6th or 7th round to scoop up Goldy, Jose Abreu, or Josh Bell.

    I have seen Alonso’s price drop throughout the drafting season (from January thru March) so there must be some other Alonso faders out there . . .

    • Grey

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      I’d seen Alonso’s price drop too, I wonder why…Maybe people feel like they can get what he gives later, like Abreu or Goldy or Bell, except Abreu or Goldy or Bell aren’t going to be close to him

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    Question for anyone who wants to help me out. Ive always done regular snake drafts my whole life, but im doing my first auction this year.
    When looking at Greys dollar values i see top players like Acuna and Yelich are around $40. Looking at other sites values they have top guys at or above $50. Does this mean that if im following Greys advice i should stay away from the top few guys because they are overvalued?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

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      I’ve drafted a bunch of auction leagues and have been able to get a lot of top guys following my auction values, so not sure where you’re looking, but over $50 is too much

      • Jerms says:
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        I always go by your rankings in snake drafts, gonna do the same here. Just wanted to make sure i wasnt missing anything. Thanks man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  16. KrazyIvan says:
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    Don’t hate any off it. I can see a lot of Wins and if things fall right there are Saves to be had. I like the hitting and think Springer and Benintendi could run a bit more with the coaching /management changes. Guerrero is still a when-not if-breakout prospect, so maybe…

    After reading your pick 31 on all I could think of is one of Captain Jack’s best quotes “Gentlemen-I wash my hands of this weirdness”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, nice…Thanks, yeah, I guess it could be okay, but I don’t have these guys in any other league, so I’m kinda hoping this team isn’t great, and my other ones are

      • KrazyIvan says:
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        I’ve drafted 3X and and instead of Alonso I’ve drafted Moncada every time. Here’s my latest and possibly final 12 teamer 5 x 5:

        C: Garver (love him this year)
        CI: Olson, Moncada, Antana, Pederson
        MI: Lindor, Altuve, Urner, Lowe
        OF: Gallo, Robert, Riley, Tucker, Akiyama, Happ
        UT: Andujar

        SP: The Sheriff, Lamet, ERod, Ryu, Heany, Yarbrough, Howard
        RP: (Brutal) Neris, Jimenez

        A lot of repeats but my version of your Vlad is my Gallo-he can make it for me but also really weaken me, depending on what version of him is set to go. It’s a sprint this year and he may have too many new variables working against him-but if he hits the ground running I really like thus team

        A average buys usually become average buys reminds me of another great quote.

        No matter where you go….. there you are.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I worry about Gallo still, even with a ‘sprint’ season…If his wrist is banged up, no good will come of him, and park will cause his K rate to be worse and yeah I’m not in — I don’t hate this team tho, I think you have enough AVG to balance Gallo, but your OF might be tricky, with high upside — your pitching is great

          Also a good quote!

  17. FrankGrimes says:
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    This team needed Roberto Perez!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Were you the one that stole him?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Don’t be coy.
        When I finish ahead of You
        I won’t remind you of it everyday like JFOH.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The year I finished in 1st and top 20 overall, I don’t think I felt very good about that team either…These leagues are so hard…But you should absolutely gloat, it’s the whole point!

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            Slashtag humble brag hehe

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hashtag still haven’t watched Immortale

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                Wut? How? Why?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Have to get around to it, so much Tiger King watching!

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    I think we’re growing apart… starting tiger king tonight Tho haha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, watch that shizz!

  18. The Great Knoche says:
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    I actually loved mine….after the first three picks. Oh, and the Mancini news. Oh and then I looked at my lineup top to bottom….

    C Tom Murphy (16)
    C Posey (24)
    1B Mancini (7)
    2B Villar (4)
    SS Tats (1) 13th pick
    3B Guerrero JR (3)
    CI White (22)
    MI Schoop (21)
    OF Castellanos (5)
    OF Reyes (8)
    OF Eaton (13)
    OF Anderson (14)
    OF Dickerson (17)
    U Grichuk (19)

    Reserves: Of Heyward (25) 1B Cooper (27), SS Galvis (29), A. Diaz (32), OF Deshields (33) OF Pence (34), C Vogt (35), 3B Ruiz (37), OF Locastro (39), U Adrianza (42), OF Almora JR (44), C Nunez (46), OF Waters (47), U Bradley (49), OF Hill (50)

    P Buehler (2)
    P Woodruff (6)
    P KImbrel (9)
    P Gallen (10)
    P LeClerc (11)
    P Folty (15)
    P Richards (18)
    P Teheran (20)

    Reserves: Shark (23), Shoemaker (26), Davies (28), Chatwood (30), Roark (31) Montero (36), Perez (38) Edwards JR (40), Mills (41), Honeywell JR (43), Freeland (45), Kuhl (48)

    Actually one of best group of pitchers I’ve ever had in one of these. Richards through Roark gives me 7 solid innings guys with jobs I can throw out there who aren’t great but for most part shouldnt kill me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How do we have the same guys? Oh, different league… I like your pitching a lot, until like Folty, then wheels come off for me… I don’t mind your bench arms tho… Your hitting doesn’t look terrible, maybe low on power…Villar, Tatis, Eaton, Cast, Dickerson, White, Mancini…None of those guys may get above 15 HRs

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Yeah, This is the team dominating Donkey. Power is an issue. I like Villar and CDick in Miami much more than most though. DIckerson full season stats would have been close to 25HRs in two pitchers parks and they are moving fences in.

        How can you not love Richards when he only has to stay healthy for 3 months?

        Player Comparison Time – Most recent stats (At least for partial years since all these guys have health risks)

        Player A – 4.07 ERA ( 3.91FIP, 3.44xFIP) 12.95 K/9, 3.70 BB/9, 36.3 GB% 1.44 HR/9 – 124 ADP

        Player B – 4.91 ERA ( 4.63 FIP, 4.18 xFIP) 11.14 K/9, 2.83 BB/9, 33.6 GB% 1.56 HR/9 – 197 ADP

        Player C 3.66 ERA (4.13 FIP, 3.62 xFIP) 10.26 K/9, 4.01 BB/9, 49.3 GB% .76 HR/9 275 ADP

        Now, Player C is Richards and probably the biggest injury risk and it’s baked into his ADP. But I’d rather get that at 275 than take a risk on Home Run Heaney who is player B, and only has last year with elite K rate. Player A is your love Dinelson Lamet, who I am also intrigued by, but so is everyone else and it’s driving up the cost. I could see Richards producing similar value if healthy, just a few less Ks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Donkey drafted Chris Sale in every NFBC league, even leagues he wasn’t in, so he’s prolly trying to avoid these comments…

          Don’t disagree with you on Richards, I drafted him in Tout (I think), and like him…But Lamet is clearly better…Heaney is sexy too, I like him a lot…The ERAs are tossed out, and K-BB is where they stand out

  19. Alex says:
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    I always like to see the completed draft to see who went where. Is there a way you could post a link for this one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think it’s viewable to public — my team isn’t enough?

  20. Phil says:
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    Yo Grey and DT and Razzballers! Hope you’re all staying healthy. Had my draft last night. I’m bipolar as to my feelings with my team: first I feel love for it, and then I’m disgusted. It’s a 12 team roto league 6×5 (plus OPS), keeper league. What are your thoughts? All judgment accepted.

    C-Will Smith
    1B-Matt Olson
    2B-Cavan Biggio
    3B-Matt Chapman
    SS-Francisco Lindor
    OF-Christian Yelich
    OF-Juan Soto
    OF- Bryan Reynolds
    Util Brandon Lowe
    BN-Scott Kingery
    BN-Austin Hays
    BN-Danny Jansen
    BN-Jose Peraza
    SP-Jacob deGrom
    SP-Eduardo Rodriguez
    SP-Andrew Heaney
    SP-Jake Odorizzi
    SP-Ryan Yarbrough
    RP-Liam Hendricks
    RP-Kenley Jansen
    RP-Jose LeClerc
    RP-James Karinchak
    RP-Emilio Pagan
    RP-Jose Alvarado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Your team is ridiculous, Phil… It’s so stacked, not sure what there is to be disgusted by…You have 5 top 20 players

      • Phil says:
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        I feel like my starting pitching is weak besides deGrom. I always subscribe to your method of waiting and I may have waited too long. I won last year and would love to repeat in this particular league, so I’m being very critical of myself. Shame on me.

        • LOLmets says:
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          How did you wait on pitching if you have degrom?

          • Phil says:
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            Keeper league, in exchange for round value, keep 4. So I kept deGrom in the 1st, Yelich in the 2nd, Lindor in the 3rd, and Soto in the 12th. My first pick was in the 4th, and I grabbed Olson within .6 seconds. Surprised he fell to me. I didn’t draft a starter until the 8th.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Keeper

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Phil, your SPs are solid, don’t sweat them

  21. LOLmets says:
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    I feel like everyone teams posts everyday usually look pretty solid. Is this the deepest fantasy baseball has ever been? Feel like there’s amazing players available even after pick 150 like never before.

    YOUR GET A GOOD TEAM! YOU GET A GOOD TEAM! AND YOUU GET A GOOD TEAM!!

    This year more than ever will be about in season management. For 12 team mixed the draft seems nearly irrelevant tbh as long as u have a pulse.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe, if being kind, but I don’t love this team

      • LOLmets says:
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        I meant the teams ppl comment on in the posts lol

        • LOLmets says:
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          In reference to 12 teamers. This is 15

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ah

  22. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    Hey Grey. Just concluded our draft using your player rankings and wanted your opinion on where you see some short comings. It’s a six team standard roto (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG – K, QS, WHIP, ERA, Saves+Holds).

    All 3 bench spots filled with pitchers.

    C Garver
    1B Olson
    2B/SS/OF K. Marte
    3B Arenado
    SS Baez
    OF Acuna
    OF Soto
    OF Springer
    UTIL S. Marte
    UTIL 1B/2B/3B Muncy

    SP Corbin
    SP Clevinger
    SP Bauer
    P S. Gray
    P Wheeler
    P Montas
    RP Rogers
    RP Neris
    RP N. Anderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that is a pretty shallow league, I like the team, but I imagine most teams will be stacked…You should find four more people to get it up to a 10 team league — Your hitting and pitching are awesome, though

      • Shallow League Decisions says:
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        Yeah…just a friends league and keeping it simple this year, but we’re still type A competitive people.

        I’m set with five OF eligible players and was thinking of offering up Springer for more RBI to those that are infield heavy. Don’t know if any would take it, but would you want Xander, or Devers over Springer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Devers

          • Shallow League Decisions says:
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            In a S+H league, what two do you like between Nerris, N. Anderson Britton and Pressley?

            Nerris seems to have the closer job, but can be shaky at times. Britton had 34 S+H last year with a sub 2 ERA and Pressley had 32 S+H with low 2 ERA. Both are on teams where they will get plenty of opps. N. Anderson could be a breakout closer, but TB won’t name a closer.

  23. Grey – I’ve never had the #1 pick in anything and while happy, the long wait in between can be excruciating. Getting Acuna, Yordan, and L. Robert with my first 3 picks felt good, but regret not pulling trigger on Franmil a bit later. Live and learn!
    Health and happiness to all – hoping for a robust rebound.
    Thanks for everything man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d love to get those 1st three — yum!

  24. The Fighting Chicken says:
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    Hey everyone, RCL draft tonight at 8:30 EST and we just had our 12th person drop out. If anyone wants to be in the league, here’s the link!

    https://www.fantrax (dot) com/newui/fantasy/joinLeague.go?leagueId=ken2l7zyk6300e6n&isSubmit=y

  25. KrazyIvan says:
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    What about this offer:
    I get Soler and Leclerc and give up Giolito.
    That would leave my SP completely exposed:
    Kluber, Heaney, Hendricks, Ordorizzi, Urquidy, ReyLo, Bundy.
    It could add decent depth to RP( I’ve got Neris/Gallegos)

    My OF needs big time help (Betts/Ozuna/McCutchen/Canha/Hilliard/Yoshi)

    My position players/UT are “fire” as the young’ ns say. I could just press “accept” now and pay Rudy for Streamanotor later-what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way, hold

      • Joe Duprey says:
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        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  26. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Good stuff Greyjoy!
    I love your pitching and think your hitting will play. I drafted from the 2nd slot in yours:

    C Vazquez-17
    C-Stallings-25
    1B-Walker-10
    2B-Albies-2
    SS Mondesi-3
    3B-Kingery-8
    MI-Gregorius-12
    CI-B Anderson-14
    OF-Yelich-1
    OF-E Rosario-5
    OF-COnforto-6
    OF Canha-18
    OF Kole Cal-20
    UT-M Andujar-16
    Res-Mountcastle, O’Neill, Isan, B Rodgers, Gomes, Marwin, JoseIgles, JoshRojas…others

    P-Yu-4
    P-Lynn-7
    P-Maeda-13
    P-Yarb-15
    P-A Wood-19
    P-Pablopez-22
    RP Rogers-9
    RP N Anderson-11
    RP Diego CaSTILL-YO (sorry)-24
    Res- Hamels, KyleWright, Helsley, Homer, Chatwood, Merrill, AlexYoung, Gott, TylerAnderson…others

    Like my offense but prolly need Yelich to hit .330 to salvage BA.
    Like my pitching but DEFINITELY not as good as yours

    You mentioned your bench as wonky…mine is virtually non-existent…with only JOE CHURCH as the lone regular. Ooof.

    I think we have 2 LATE dropouts to tonight’s 8pmEastern RCL. Two spots open for anyone interested.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      I like your pitching a lot, love those top 4 and don’t mind the guys behind them, not sure how you got such good RPs too…Also, kinda like your hitting better than mine too…So much sex appeal…You did good, Cobblers, I like this team a lot

      • Squat Cobblers says:
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        Thanks Grey! I learned from the best!

        This was my 6th DC of the off-season, so you’d think I’d begin to get things right! Although, as I look at it, not thrilled with my 4th/5th OF. Hoping they bring up Mountcastle soon, but they may just keep him down…Or hoping the Cards pull their heads out and go with O’Neill in LF and Edman at 3rd…but I doubt it.

        I was meaning to ask you…why do you (and I) alternate offense/pitching picks through large chunks of these DCs? I noticed this before when you posted teams from your other drafts. Just curious.

        • Grey

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          Love to see O’Neill get LF, but for my other league… Try to keep team balanced and you need so many SPs don’t want to fall too far behind… Think you need like 14-16 SPs, so that’s 28-32 rounds if alternating, right? Doesn’t give much room for only hitters if you’re taking only hitters early on

          • Squat Cobblers says:
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            That makes sense. I shoot for 17 SPs in DCs (for more chances for 2-start weeks…not that most of these schlubs even get 1-start). Something like 27 hitters and 23 pitchers… which i guess kinda implies alternating hitter/pitcher. Okay so maybe it was a dumb question! Carry on (my wayward son) Lothario!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, No problem

  27. leon says:
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    16 man Dynasty league. was offered Nate pearson, Jd Davis, Swaggerty, and jose de Leon for
    Jordan Groshan, Hampson, and Priester. what do you think.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  28. JB says:
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    Oh snap – Thor to have TJ – thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

      • hot corner says:
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        Well, you can change my war room numbers from above. Ugh…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that sucks

  29. toolshed says:
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    Syndergaard needs tommy john. Torn UCL. I wonder how long have the mets known about this and if he would have pitched this year if the season started.

    • toolshed says:
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      Kind of like teams are just saying F it lets get the work done now that we have been putting off

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      At least 2 years

    • JB says:
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      Damn, just tried to join but said it was full

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, there’s other leagues with openings tho

  30. LOLmets says:
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    Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    And another one gone, and another one gone
    Another one bites the dust
    Hey, I’m gonna get you, too
    Another one bites the dust

    • LOLmets says:
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      You couldn’t be more right about pitchers sir. I feel like you’ve been especially right about Noah.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

        • Dave D says:
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          This is great fantasy news!!! (Sorry Real life Thor). First Severino, then Sale, and now Syndergaard. Based on the common thread between these aces I’m guessing next up is Scherzer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  31. Brett says:
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    Grey,

    With a shortened season coming how would you way keeper options? Rather hitters or pitchers?

    I’m in a 12 team ops league 6×6 with holds and ops the extra categories. 260 budget keep 5.

    I’m for sure keeping:
    Acuna 22 (contract I have him for 27 next year then 32 then 37)
    P Alonso $1 (can keep again at 1 or contract next year)
    Bellinger $32 (can keep again at 32 or contract next year)
    Tatis $9 only can keep this year

    Last options are:
    Baez $13 only this year
    Paddack $2 (can keep again at 2 or contract next year)
    Bieber $9 (Can keep again at 9 next year or contract)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bieber or Paddack

  32. PED in a Michael says:
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    Hey guys – patiently waiting for baseball to start, anyone care to razz this team (18 team roto,: avg/obp, K/9 are some cats)

    C-J.Castro
    1B-M.Olson
    2B – I.Happ
    SS -Treat Urner
    3B -A.Rendon
    CI- M.Muncy
    MI- FTJ
    OF -JD Mart
    OF -Laureano
    OF- W.Calhoun
    UTIL-J. Heyward
    BN: Dubon, Brujan, Arozarena, VanMeter, Vaughn

    SP-Bieber
    SP-Yu
    SP-S.Gray
    SP-A.Wood
    SP-T.Chatwood
    RP-Doolittle
    RP-W.Davis (oof)
    RP-C.Quantrill
    BN: T. Walker, N. Eovaldi, D.Smyly, J.Lindblom, F.Hernandez (oof), M.Pineda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching is great until a few of those bench picks, but they’re whatever, irrelevant that late, but F-Her, oof indeed… Missing a 2nd closer too, Davis is hot garbage, double oof — Your hitting it gorgeous, very nice, balanced speed and power… I like it, overall

      • PED in a Michael says:
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        Thanks! Yeah F-Her was the last pick (maybe the NL can revive his career – not optimistic after how done he looked the past few years lol) and W.Davis was $1 hoping that oblique was the cause of his issues last year but again not optimistic lol hope you and Cougs are staying safe out there!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I can see that on both of them…They’re fine for flyers in deep leagues, which this is… Thanks, homey! You too!

  33. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey wanted your thoughts on a trade. Keep forever 10 team 5×5:

    Which side:

    Cole, Alonso

    Or

    Rendon, Paddack, Robles

    Thanks!
    LG

  34. Dave D says:
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    I actually like this team better than you do, lol. Seems solid to me. Maybe not a league winner but good pitching and pretty good bats. Not a weak team at all, IMO.

  35. Trader says:
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    12 team, h2h, 19 categories….

    Hitting: Runs,Walks, Singles, Doubles, Triples, HRs, RBI, Ave, SB, Ks

    Pitching: Runs, HRs, Ks, Saves, Holds, Wins, Losses, ERA, WHIP

    I drafted SOs very late so went with lots of RP to influence the cats and to set up a trade down the road. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, advice!

    Contreras
    Goldy, Olson, Ramirez
    Semien Rosario, Arreaz
    Trout, S Marte, Stanton, Laureano, Avisail
    Util: Chapman
    Ben: Oberti (OF and IF coverage)
    SP: Berrios, Gray, Ryu, Odorizzi, Manaea
    RP: Doolittle, Colome, Pressley, Britton,, D Castillo

    • Trader says:
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      *Berti

  36. 183414 says:
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    Gray, do you draft under the name Eric Albright ?
    Thinking about getting in to another Best Ball tomorrow and see eRIC albright has signed up.

  37. hoopman1 says:
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    Hey Grey. Currently drafting in NFBC Best Ball 12-team, 42-round slow draft. Do multi-position players qualify for all of their eligible positions or are they assigned just a single position?

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