This was the hardest draft of my life. I kid sometimes you can draft something like four of five guys in my top 20 overall, unless you’re in a league with 11 other Greys. Well, this league felt like I was in a league with 14 other Greys. This draft was like everyone was sitting in my head and moving my arms and I was Howdy Doody and my team turned to doodie and GET OUT OF MY HEAD, I scream as I take two Dusty Baker collectible toothpicks and jam them into my ears. Honestly, this league kinda filled me with joy. Y’all are so good. I was very impressed with everyone’s drafting. No teams jumped out as complete messes. Well, except for mine. It was like you flew out of the nest, turned around to me your Daddy Bird, smiled, and then motioned for a woodpecker to take out my branch so I would fall to my death. Why are you working with woodpeckers behind my back?! (By the by, we just added ten more RCL leagues due to demand — Play against a hundred of your greatest frenemies! — signups) Anyway, here’s my 15-team, mixed league, NFBC Draft Champions recap:

C: Carson Kelly – 16
C: Tom Murphy – 21
1B: Jose Abreu – 2
2B: Brandon Lowe – 5
SS: Fernando Tatis Jr. – 1, 5
3B: Tommy Edman – 9
CI: J.D. Davis – 18
MI: Jorge Polanco – 14
OF: Charlie Blackmon – 4
OF: Kyle Lewis – 7
OF: Clint Frazier – 12
OF: Jarred Kelenic – 15
OF: Hunter Renfroe – 20
UTIL: Willie Calhoun – 23
Bench: Tim Locastro, Colin Moran, Nico Hoerner, Josh Rojas, Anthony Alford, Pavin Smith, Johan Camargo, Jose Garcia, Lane Thomas, Julio Rodriguez, Bradley Zimmer, Christin Stewart, Erik Gonzalez

P: Luis Castillo – 3
P: Jose Berrios – 6
P: Kenley Jansen – 8
P: Sandy Alcantara – 10
P: Tyler Mahle – 11
P: Marcus Stroman – 13
P: Michael Pineda – 17
P: Daniel Bard – 19
P: Tarik Skubal – 22
Bench: Adbert Alzolay, Nate Pearson, MacKenzie Gore, Trevor May, Alex Wood, Aaron Sanchez, Rafael Dolis, Tanner Houck, Clarke Schmidt, Joely Rodriguez, Jaime Barria, Miguel Yajure

UHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Okay, lay it on me, you very loud and bolded inner monologue.

WHAT DO THE WAR ROOM TOTALS SAY?

HAHAHAHAHA, YO, DID YOU AT LEAST GET CONSENT FROM THE POOCH PRIOR TO THE SCREWING?

As everyone knows, I use Rudy’s War Room for every draft. You can too — comes with the Razzball subscriptions. It doesn’t mean I follow all the rankings and projections in the War Room. I have my own thoughts. I mean, I need finger replacement surgery after writing 50,000 words about my own thoughts in the 2021 fantasy baseball rankings. I usually don’t differ a ton. Some? Sure. This draft seemed to highlight every guy I like vs. the War Room. So, why such discrepnancy?

KYLE LEWIS.

Kyle Lewis.

YUP.

Yup.

ARE YOU COPYING ME?

Are you–

STOP IT!

Kyle Lewis is hated by the War Room. It’s hated by a lot of fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!). I write most of my rankings in the offseason vs. the preseason. The offseason turns to the preseason on January 1st, for those keeping track. I write my sleepers way before that, usually in October/November. Usually I can read the room in the offseason, and know how people are gonna think. Kyle Lewis has surprised me. If I thought I was going to get as much push back on Kyle Lewis in the preseason, I would’ve wrote a Kyle Lewis sleeper in the offseason. He kills my hitting, according to the War Room. It might be worthwhile to do a post where I point out where I vary wildly from Rudy/Steamer (which fuels the War Room). The War Room has Kyle Lewis at 275 overall, and producing less than Orlando Arcia. A few other guys I grabbed here that the War Room hates? It ranks Jarred Kelenic around 4oo overall, producing negative value, or the same as Tyler Alexander. Who? Exactly! Tom Murphy is a negative six dollar value on the War Room, same as Ben Bowden. Is that…a football coach? I have no idea. Even guys it kinda likes, it likes less than me. Clint Frazier is ranked the same as Hunter Renfroe and 30 spots after Justin Upton. Mmkay. Or get this one….It likes Lorenzo Cain but not Clint Frazier. Or this one: Scott Kingery is ranked in the 700s on the War Room. Cmon. He had Covid last year, and everyone loved him going into last year. Oscar Mercado is another one. These guys are just written off due to one bad two-month goof of a season? Answer for your crimes, War Room!

NOW I’M FIRED UP TOO! GET THAT WAR ROOM’S ASS!

Ya know what’s wild?

THAT GIRL IN COLLEGE YOU THOUGHT WAS A PRUDE?

Um, no. What? No, what’s wild is Daniel Bard is like the only pitcher the War Room likes more than me. It hates my pitching staff. Like despises. I think this is the strongest pitching staff I’ve ever drafted in a Draft Champions league. And all praise to Allah I didn’t draft Carlos Carrasco in one league. Side note: I haven’t moved Carrasco in my rankings yet, because we’re still waiting to hear on his elbow, but I would not draft him at this point. So, I jumped the gun on Luis Castillo because I was anticipating a pitching run, and could already tell everyone in my league was going to like the same pitchers as me. I feared if I waited, I was going to have Berrios as my ace, which I didn’t want. I like him, but he’s a #2 in my eyes. Then I did the same with the closers. I took a top closer (in my eyes). Oh, and I love Stroman, wrote a Tyler Mahle sleeper and nearly wrote a Sandy Alcantara sleeper, and like Pineda and Adbert and, well, I love that pitching staff. But woofy woofy woof on those War Room totals for my pitching. But this is why it’s important to know who you like and why. The War Room thinks Sandy Alcantara is worse than Vince Velasquez. Mitch, please.

SO WHAT CONCLUSIONS CAN WE DRAW FROM THIS? YOUR TEAM WILL INEVITABLY SUCK?

Excuse me, I don’t do bad in this league.

*ROLLS EYES*

Usually. Here’s a War Room totals from a nearly identical set-up league (this league has waivers, and goes 30 rounds vs. 50, but it’s 15-team, mixed).

See, I can play nice in the sand box, too. Most importantly, draft the team you want, and don’t get in a league with 14 other me’s.

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hot corner
hot corner
1 year ago

Razzslam has slowed to a snail’s pace. I am on the end and have picked once since Friday afternoon.

DonnieB
DonnieB
1 year ago

Curious question. Is there any particular reason you would put Nola in a tier above Giolito?

What should one pay for Austin Riley in a 12 team keeper with a $300 salary cap?

In the same league, would you keep Trout at $72 or Ian Happ at $10?

Thanks!

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey. Would you still do Trout if you were keeping Trea Turner at $56 and Trout could go slightly less than $72? Someone kept him last year at $72 and I acquired him a trade for the stretch run last year. My other 7 keepers including Turner have a total cost of $126. Can keep 8. Thanks.

leon
leon
1 year ago

1 catcher league, and i have Jeffers and Will Smith on my team. I do have Puig who will also be leaving a hole on my team atm.

leon
leon
1 year ago

Have a draft coming up today in 16 man dynasty league where its extremely thin. who would you go for. Top 3 in order
These are the “best” options. Its pretty bad.

CJ Cron, Rougned Odor, Mitch Garver, Franchy Cordero, Chavis, Ronaldo Guzman, Elias Diaz

Desclafai, Gallegios, Matt Barnes, Roberto Osuna, Leclerc, Mike Mayers, Emilio Pagan

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
1 year ago

I think the ship has officially sailed for any of us hoping to draft Robert at a *slight* discount after his slam and legs off ohtani yesterday. Oh well, still a must draft!

Totally unrelated, was offered in a keep forever $14 Castillo and $14 Vlad for my $7 Giolito…which side do you like?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
1 year ago

Should mention, the other offers I’m still sitting on are (1) $20 Bauer and my choice of $40 Betts or $8 Lowe or $4 Swanson, (2) $19 Devers and $6 K Marte (downside is that I wouldn’t be keeping any pitchers in that case), and (3) $14 Gallen and $12 Albies.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

For sure –

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

For sure – he was another I was hoping to have an uneventful spring to keep his price a little discounted, but what can ya do!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Easily – Acuna 2.0, right?! Would have been too 5 this year but for that terrible finish. Now that he’s hitting sliders (and prob a really good one at that if it was ohtani) it’s only gravy from there. To me, he’s like if you took Acuna but made him have the peaks and valleys of Mondesi. That said, I doubt he’s ever as bad as Sept 2020 again.

Jonathan
Jonathan
1 year ago

Grey, please hit me some of your wisdom before I lock my keepers tomorrow – keep 6 of these 7. Yahoo 5×5. $260 budget. Min keeper value is 10, goes to 15, then 25% thereafter

Wander – 10
Bregman – 24
Tim Anderson – 10
Eloy – 15
Judge – 19
Bauer – 24
Gallen – 10

Pick 6 / drop 1, who ya got?!

Jonathan
Jonathan
Reply to  Jonathan
1 year ago

^^ 5×5 12 team roto

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

Hi Grey,

For a 7 keeper league with 14 teams.
I don’t have a 1st round pick (which is actually a 8th round).
H2h league, obp
No mi and no ci but 2 útil.

I have set:

Scherzer
Alonso
Story
Merrifield
Blackmon
Tucker

For the 7th keeper, should I keep Maeda or JD Martínez?

Thanks,
Chris

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh
1 year ago

Hunter Harvey out with oblique injury. Who is the pickup: Cesar Valdez or Tanner Scott? Or just ignore this mess all together? 5×5 roto. Thanks!

Trader
Trader
1 year ago

12 teamer, h2h, punting saves. Overall thoughts on competitiveness? Areas to shore up?

C Kelly
CI Freeman, J Turner, JD Davis
MI. Albies, Story, Wong
OF. Yaz, Cast, Brantley, Mancini, Santander
Bench: Tavares, LaStella, Yuli
SP. Wodruff, Lynn, Stras, Hendricks, Keuchel, Gausman, Soroka
RP. D Castillo, Gallegos, Treinen

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
1 year ago

Did I tell you I somehow drafted Brad Hand in third round of Slam?
I had to contact the admin to repick! Hahaha

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I know right…
How you like your slam team?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Haha I feel the same…

1B Bohm
2B Biggio
3B Hayes
SS Lindor
MI Wong
CI Walsh
OF Soto
OF Lewis
OF Verdugo
OF Robles
OF Tapia
UT Yordan
BN Kelenic
P Buehler Woodruff Diaz Lamet McCullers Mahle Odorizzi McKenzie

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I was surprised too. With offense so heavily drafted I figured Lamet could rmaybe give me an edge at rd13 if he stays healthy of course.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

Grey,

I made a deal and wanted your thoughts on it.

I give up:
Austin Nola ($6)
Alex Colome ($11)
Giovanny Gallegos ($6)

I get:
Yasmani Grandal ($13)
Liam Hendriks ($18)
$8 in salary cap space

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

would you flip Grandal to get C Will Smith of LAD?

Smitty
1 year ago

While you were sluggin it out over there, we were beating the Donkey over here. He put together his own version of the fearsome foursome with Eloy, Yordong, Meadows and Rizzo. Where’s the beef? Ha. Did burn me on V. Robles and Skubal but can’t get’em all right?

OF Trout
OF Merrifield
OF W. Myers
OF A. Hays
OF Peralta
1B Js. Abreu
3B Moncada
CI M. Chapman
2B A. Jimenez
SS Bichette
MI W. Flores
UT Dalbec
C. Stassi
C. F. Mejia
Reserves: D. Santana, DJ Stewart, Pillar, A. Tejada, J. Castro, E. Andrus, Brujan, Larnach, L. Thomas, B. Zimmer, Heliot Ramos, S. Brown, Campusano

P. H. Ryu
P. Paddock
P. C. Morton
P. Bassitt
P. Paxton
P. Pineda
P. B. Singer
P. G. Holland
P. H. Neris
Reserves: Ta.Rogers, Syndergard, Arihara, Jly.Rodriguez, AJ Puk, L. Sims, Bubic, L. Webb, Kela, Br. Wilson, T. Ivey, J. Ryan, Delaplane, Yajure

Just bought a Donkey pinata, will beat on it all season LOL! Had a blast, good draft group

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Your influence is rubbing off, waited until 5th round to get SP (Ryu) and barely got 2 decent C’s LOL – pitchers flyin off the board!

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks man, appreciate that. FantasyProphylactics hate me

Cincinnati Dad
Cincinnati Dad
1 year ago

Grey. Thank you. You’ve shown me the light over the past fives years. I’d love to buy any NFT art you make.

Keepers question (head to head and 6×6). Each team keeps two players. Options I am considering:

Bellinger in second round pick 17
Bieber in 5
Kyle Lewis in 13
Brandon Lowe in 18

I’m leaning bellinger and Bieber. I’m confident bellinger won’t be there at 17 if I didn’t keep him and think I could pair him with Story or Turner.

Wanted to confirm my thinking with the almighty

captain obvious
captain obvious
1 year ago

BTW I hate catchers but when I was up I was looking at people and was like ah fuck it. My other guys will be there. So whatever haha. BTW you get some emojis on here. Don’t censor.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  captain obvious
1 year ago

I’ve got to go out in the snowpocalypse because I already ate my food. I’m from Texas, whatever. I’ll tread through the snow because yall are too pussy to. Lmao. Ok I’ll quit.

captain obvious
captain obvious
1 year ago

Rcl12 comments?

C Grandal
1b Rizzo
2b Kingery
SS Mondesi
3b Chapman
MI Boagerts
CI Hoskins
Of Benintiendi
Of Franchy
Of Nimmo
Of Trout
Of Verdugo
Ut Joc Peder
Bench Cj Cron

P Nola
P Snell
P Ryu
P Kluber
P Hand
P Hicks
P Holland
P Karinchak
P Kimbrel
Bench Gore, Pearson

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  captain obvious
1 year ago

Pitching looks good on paper but I don’t know. I’ll be churning and burning either way. I have 2 fish I just noticed. I guess it might come down to Mondesi in the end but SAGNOF.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  captain obvious
1 year ago

Can’t use the war room on my phone so just drafting on my own. Dammit seems to me looking at it a 5th time though I might be low on average. I’m in Denver so I’ll probably posting a lot cause SNOW IS COMING. Acting like it’s the end of the world. This isn’t Texas sucka. Before anyone gets mad I’m born in Houston so if we had those hand in your face things to shut someone up I’d use it now. Lol.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I have Trout. I don’t know. I’ll figure out.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I got those guys late. I don’t trust this pitching. I’ll see if can trade. Thanks

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
1 year ago

16 teamer roto with holds and saves sold separately, dynasty. have these for 6 max slots:
soto, oberg, a.reyes, bummer, pomeranz, yates, rogers (MIN). also lugo but he’s hurt to start year at least. drop oberg or soto here, oberg is 5 years older and appears to be only 7th inning guy at COL currently with major injury concerns. soto’s BB rate isn’t good but was a highish prospect fairly lately (as a starter).

DonnieB
DonnieB
1 year ago

Hi Grey…would you prefer to keep Galen at $23 or Musgrove at $10? Musgrove won me a title in September last year and now in SD. Am I giving him too much value this year? Great write up and thank you.

Lucky Dog
1 year ago

You took a pitcher in the 3rd round. Now I want to stick Dusty Baker’s toothpick in your ear. And only because I can’t lift Dusty Baker high enough to shove him into your ear. I haz disappoint.

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ok, fair point. In my 12-yea we I’ve mocked a few times from the 2-3 slot & have experimented with Yu with not terrible results.

I doubt I’ll do it, but it’s a fall-back plan if none of the guys I want are there.

You may recall I usually wait until the 5-6-7th for my SP1, and religiously so.

Added bonus of team names incorporating Yu. I don’t get extra points for that, but

Your team isn’t bad for a 15-teamer. You feel good about Abreu at that price (or early-mid 3rd in 12-team format)?

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
Reply to  Lucky Dog
1 year ago

12-team.

Damn these nitrile gloves.

Mookie
Mookie
1 year ago

AL-only keeper league, weekly lineups.

Ohtani @ 12 or Nick Anderson @ 7

Ohtani qualifies as both pitcher/hitter but can only be in one slot each week. Also, I am keeping Yordan so Ohtani would only be a pitcher for me until one of them qualifies for a position other than DH (1 game in-season eligibility)

Regan
Regan
1 year ago

Hunter Harvey goes down with an oblique. Tanner Scott looking so sexy right now! Sweet sweet SAGNOF

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
1 year ago

Just got Tatis in a DC that started today, so I’ll be with you watching him pile up the stats this year.

I like Mahle. Drafted him in the middle rounds in Rudy’s DC last year. Has a live fastball. Slider and splitter are plus pitches too. Misses a ton of bats.

Lane Thomas gives you a puncher’s chance in any league, of course

Anthony Gose just retired Pollock/Seager/Turner in order, including getting Seager to swing through 98 at the letters. It’d be fun to see him make the OD roster.

406mtechdigger
406mtechdigger
1 year ago

Thanks Grey!

Draft is coming up and Keepers have been declared in my league. Hoping to get your input on the following list of semi to very interesting pitchers, mostly curated from things you have written over the past few years. If this is too much to ask then please keep going about your day and ignore this!

Assuming I can get any of these pitchers for $19 or less and according to my keeper settings, who would go after/how would you rank them long term?

Here is my team:

12 Teamer H2H Points League
$1000 draft budget
Keep whoever you want with progressive cost each year
20-40-60-80-100-125-150-175-200 etc

Jose Ramirez – $125
Manny Machado – $100
Xander Bogaerts – $80
Luis Roberts – $40
Trent Grisham – $20
Julio Rodriguez – $20
Alex Verdugo – $20
Kyle Lewis – $20

Carlos Carrasco – $40
Lance Lynn – $40
Dustin May – $20
Kenta Maeda – $20
Framber Valdez – $20
James Karinchak – $20

and here are the pitchers that I can likely get points from this year but could also hold for the future:

Pablo Lopez
Ian Anderson
Sixto Sanchez
Lance McCullers Jr
Sandy Alcantara
Tyler Mahle
Nathan Eovaldi
Mike Soroka
Elieser Hernandez
Cristian Javier
Jose Urquidy
Griffin Canning
Triston McKenzie
Spencer Howard
Tejay Antone
Deivi Garcia
Tarik Skubal

You’re the best in the bizzzzz

406mtechdigger
406mtechdigger
Reply to  406mtechdigger
1 year ago

I also have Jose Abreu and Ozzie Albies at $80 each.

406mtechdigger
406mtechdigger
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks for the reply! That also your order of preference?

Bryan Toth
Bryan Toth
1 year ago

I was drafting out of the 6-hole (i.e. one behind / ahead of Grey) and I really like my hitting (other than AVG) but really am stretching it to “like” my pitching. Definitely a difficult draft!

C: d’Arnaud – 13
C: Diaz – 23
1B: Olson – 5
2B: Biggio – 6
SS: Kim – 18
3B: Chapman – 8
CI: Turner – 15
MI: Moore – 9
OF: Trout – 1
OF: Robert – 2
OF: Winker – 17
OF: Cain – 22
OF: Pache – 24
UT: Alvarez – 4
Bench: Adell, Simmons, Puig, Chavis, Paredes, Barnes, Dom Nunez, Anderson Tejada, Seth Brown, Goodwin, Fraley, Apostel

P: Flaherty – 3
P: Plesac – 7
P: Pomeranz – 10
P: Means – 11
P: Hicks – 12
P: Kluber – 14
P: McKenzie – 16
P: Turnbull – 19
P: Gallegos – 21

Bench: Mikolas (ugh!), Pagan, Crochet, Deivi Garcia, Kopech, Diekman, Luis Garcia, Flexen, Bryse Wilson, Knebel, Lauer, Hamels, Wendelken

I definitely had a couple of hiccups in the middle (Pomeranz before other more established closers) when I was semi-delusional, the day after getting the second Pfizer vaccine. Public service announcement: get vaccinated when you can, but don’t schedule anything important for the next day!

Bryan Toth
Bryan Toth
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

In the even number rounds, it helped to know your preferences and that you would have two picks before I had another, so I grabbed a few of those guys when I knew they wouldn’t make it back to me.

Here is what War Room says for me:

R HR RBI SB AVG W SV ERA WHIP K
$ Drafted 29.9 31.6 33.6 40 35.7 12.6 8.2 11.5 18.1 10.1

AVG seems artificially high, since I included Andrelton Simmons (5.7 in AVG) and my 2nd catcher Diaz is 5.9.

Bobby
Bobby
1 year ago

I’m in a standard Yahoo keeper league. I have too many good players for me to keep (seriously, I can only keep 5 of the following: Betts, Soto, Ramirez, Bauer, Darvish, Mondesi, Flaherty, Devers, Tucker, Snell, Gallen, Hiura, Olson).

Since I can’t keep them all and I know I won’t get back a fraction of them in the draft, I am looking to trade some away to get a higher overall draft pick. Would you trade away Devers & Darvish if if meant getting Bellinger in return in the draft?

Naif
Naif
1 year ago

You’ve probably answered this question elsewhere, and sort of answered here, but if you are drafting in a non 5×5 standard scoring league (say with OPS for ex) do you mostly follow Rudy’s auction values for rankings, or still hit your targets from your top 500 regardless of the stats?

Similarly, are you following in drafts your targets vs Steamer projections more this year due to wonky COVID season potentially leading to weird projections this year?

Thanks

Naif
Naif
1 year ago

You’ve probably answered this question elsewhere, and sort of answered here, but if you are drafting in a non 5×5 standard scoring league (say with OPS for ex) do you mostly follow Rudy’s auction values for rankings, or still hit your targets from your top 500 regardless of the stats?

Similarly, are you following in drafts your targets vs Steamer projections more this year due to wonky COVID season potentially leading to weird projections this year?

Thanks

Pine Tar Incident
Pine Tar Incident
1 year ago

Grey-

You’re obviously becoming higher on Kelenic as the season progresses – with good reason!

He’s even sexier in a keeper league. In a league where you keep four every year would you select him over any of these next few guys which are all ranked above him in your ranks? Tapia, Carlson, Pham, Happ, Teoscar?

I’ve kind of talked my way into him over all of those guys? Similar (pro-rated) production this year, it’s a 12 team mixed so Stream-o-nator while he’s down for three weeks… he is arousing?

Pine Tar Incident
Pine Tar Incident
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks man. So glad to be reading you every day again.

So ready for this loooong season.***

***reserves right to bitch that the season is too long in August

Martin
Martin
1 year ago

8 man keeper league – keep Luis Castillo as a 12th round pick or lock in Gore in the 25th?

Martin
Martin
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks much appreciated!

Denver90
Denver90
1 year ago

RCL analysis:
I did 3 of these last week (Thu, Fri, Mon) and found the following similarities. All three teams have:
Franmil(12th, 12th, 11th)
Solak(13, 15, 14)
Fletcher(21,20,22)
Sale(25,23,23)
Thor(22,24,24)

2 of 3 teams have:
Freeman(2,2)
Gray(5,5)
Conforto(6,6)
Bundy(8,7)
Bassitt(13,13)
Taveras(14,19)
Dev Williams(14,15)
Eflin(17,16)
Montero(16,18)

SPs taken in rounds:
4, 5, 8, 10, 17, 22, 25
5, 7, 9, 13, 16, 17, 23, 24
4, 5, 8, 13, 21, 23, 24.

RPs taken in rounds:
11, 16, 19, 23
11, 14, 18
9, 15, 18, 20

Some food for thought.

Cram It
Cram It
1 year ago

What’s the deal with Razzslam prizes? I know it’s free to play, but is there a prize for winning? Is there a grander prize for placing in the overall standings like DCs?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Oh dang….sweet. Thanks!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Michael Pineda is huge. Late career Sabbathia huge.

hot corner
hot corner
1 year ago

The difference between this draft and Razzslam is striking. I know it is 15-team vs 12-team, but in Razzslam, I put a guy at the top of my queue and 10-15 picks later he is still there.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah. Catchers were going early and often. Closers too. I took d’Arnaud around round 11, mostly because nobody else was jumping out at me. I am not a completely punt catcher guy.

We are in round 16 and I thought, “Man is my hitting good.” Then, I looked and saw my pitching was Flaherty, Berrios, Paddack, Gausman, Lopez. I love that as well.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah. So far, my offense is…

d’Arnaud
Olson
Jorge Polanco
Trea
J-Ram
Riley
Springer
Conforto
Castellanos
Meadows
Winker

It started in round 1 when I got Trea with the 12th pick and people just keep picking guys like Donaldson, Pham, Segura, etc.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I hadn’t paid much attention to Winker, but I looked at his Baseball Savant page and it is filled with dark red circles and he had a 70-grade hit tool coming up. Who knew?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  hot corner
1 year ago

I hear ya. My offense is stacked and I have Yu, Berrios, Gausman, Iglesias, Eflin, Bassitt so far

captain obvious
captain obvious
1 year ago

RCL 21 needs 3 teams for the draft tonight.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Oh, was thinking today. Ok, need to do something else now.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  captain obvious
1 year ago

Can delete. Thanks.

Jr
Jr
1 year ago

Pitcher question. In a 10 team h2h dynasty league where maybe 10 pitchers in your top 80 aren’t kept, who would you prefer between Taillon and Edrod?

Follow up question to that, would you trade either of them (can be kept for 4-5 years if wanted) for a one year rental of Yu Darvish?

Dr. Homer
Dr. Homer
1 year ago

Grey love the article brother! Hopefully this year is my year!
Got a trade offer in my 15 team roto league. I have CJ Abrams and got an offer for Schwarber, Canha, and JD Martinez coming back this way. What’s your take in this trade?

Dr. Homer
Dr. Homer
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Would you pull the trigger on that trade though?

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
1 year ago

Yo Grey!

I am all aboard the Kyle Lewis train with you!

Also, while trying not to put too much stock into S/T numbers, is it time to panic on Hiura? He is looking like Wong the year he hit .086 to start the year and was sent down for a bit.

Starting to think I robbed my dynasty leaguemate blind trading Hiura for Kershaw, Skubal, and Luisangel Acuna, even if the latter never makes the majors! LOL

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

Grey,

Would you rather have Altuve or LeMatheiu

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

thanks cram

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

answered my question. DJ

Daze
Daze
1 year ago

Hey Grey
In an 11 team auction keeper league $270 Budget
Can you let me know who you would keep at the prices next to each guy
I can keep em all if I want. Its a good start before the auction
Wilson Contreras $8
Cavan Biggio $6
Hunter Dozier $6
Bellinger $31 (already planning on keeping)
Ky;e Lewis $6
Victor Robles $16
Ramon Laureano $6
Nick Senzel $9
Walker Buehler $16
Julio Urias $6
Melanson $6
Dinelson Lamet $6
Taylor Rogers $6
Will Smith RP of Atlanta $6
Thanks

Daze
Daze
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey
I know Contreras is not what he used to be & I hate spending a lot for catchers
You think he will give production to justify $8

Daze
Daze
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks pal
Much appreciated

molina bros bbq
molina bros bbq
1 year ago

You look like one of the high men on Nick Anderson. It seems silly to me because the guy has been an elite reliever, save for 2020 postseason where he was clearly worn out.

I’m getting him in a lot of leagues as my first reliever around the 10th round which is fine with me. Trying to back him up with a Diego Castillo and/or Pete Fairbanks late if I can but if not, no worries. He is going to help in Ks, ratios and should give me something in saves.

Looking at your projections, you have him pegged for 27 saves. Is this wishful thinking on your part, or do you actually expect him to get the lion-share of the saves in a very “all-hands-on-deck” Tampa bullpen? Just curious.

Also, I love the breakdowns of Rudy and your drafts. Really helps to see what your thoughts were during and after drafts. Looking forward to seeing how you do in this league.

Thanks Grey!

molina bros bbq
molina bros bbq
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I’ll tell you this, if he saves 27 I will be pumped. Most projection systems seem to have him between 8 and 16, and I get the reasoning. It’s anyone’s guess who TB uses for saves and as we both know, it’s not always the “best” reliever.

Also… dark horse to make TB roster and steal saves: Hunter Strickland. I mean, could you not see that happening and TB just blowing up everyone’s fantasy shares of Anderson/Castillo/Fairbanks? The ultimate analytical F-You. Hah!

Either way, I’ll be rooting for you to be right about Anderson.

Thanks again Grey!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Definitely a tough draft. Had at least 5 players queued up go off the board a pick or two before after round 30. My goal was to get a lot of balanced players. J Ramirez, Albies, Tucker, Arozarena, Didi, Ke’Bryan, Benintendi, Grossman all with a speed/power possibility. I pushed starting pitching back and I feel like I ended up with a pretty solid offense. My starting bats have a lot of guys at the top 1-4 in their line ups. I like my chances to be competitive in BA, R, SB for sure.

I do find myself in a scary position of relying on Stanton. If he goes IL all year again I feel like I’m going to be a little light in power. I had a few later round power bats I was hoping for and I kept missing them. Needed to be more aggressive on at least one more bat earlier in the draft.

In previous DC I found myself holding more relievers than I wanted trying to chase saves. A lot of those guys ended up being zero contributors. I drafted 5 relievers, Montero and Holland being the guys with a job. Hope to squeeze 50 saves out of those two and hope maybe Alvarado gets in the mix at some point in Philly.

I also have historically ended up with a fair number of non contributing bench bats. I tried to really get a few multi position guys and free up roster spots so that I could pound starting pitching. Probably took some risk there and this team will be a dodgy if the injury bug bites. But I did get Brosseu, Marwin, Mountcastle, Galvis, Goodrum, and Strange Gordon who could all potentially fill holes and offer something. I didn’t end up with an high upside bench bats and I’m sure I’ll have prospect envy at some point.

I think I ended up with 22 starting pitchers with a pretty wide range of stories. The anchors are not not end exactly in Luzardo and Hendricks. I ended up viewing a few Davies, Brad Keller guys with good rates but low K as good value. Hoping to hit on enough of my pitchers to be able to get a lot of double start weeks and end up being pretty good in Ks just through volume and hopefully leading the league in IPs.

I think there’s some vulnerability with this team. In competitive 15 teamer every team is going to have some weakness. Just have to hope for health and good luck.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah the OF looks dodgy there but Mountcastle, Brosseu, Marwin, Gordon do qualify there and Stanton should get eligibility at some point. Stanton again. Praying to the injury gods.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

There is a definite difference drafting with razzballers vs the razzslammers vs a “normal” DC.

If there is interest I’m down for another one!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

You might get Magoo

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Haha

Slick
Slick
1 year ago

Fantastic work as always! I’d love to see the final draft board posted.

I need some last-minute keeper advice for 12 team H2H 6X6. Keep six forever, no cost. Deadline today asap.

Soto
Albies
Giolito
Flaherty

Need two more from:

Darvish
L Castillo
T Anderson
G Springer

I’m leaning Castillo and Anderson,as I think Springer stats can be replaced and Darvish I’m not sure I trust. But I’m pretty darn torn between them all. Thanks so much!!

Slick
Slick
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thank you, o wise one!

Hernan (Burrito Boy2)
Hernan (Burrito Boy2)
1 year ago

lol, we should’ve gone another 25 rounds!!!, that’s the bad thing about drafting against a great group of guys, it comes to an end.., drafting from 13th spot, Burrito Boyz wanted a balanced team, staying away from players without defined roles(specially first 20 rounds…, ended up with C Vazquez (163), C Alfaro(258), 1B C.Walker(198), 2B DJ LeMahieu(43), SS Bichette (18), 3B Suarez(73), OF Yelich(13) Santander(133) Taveras(168) Pollock(223) A. Dickerson (313) CI Candelario (253) MI Ahmed(318) UT Cruz(103).., some bench guys Upton, Arcia, Slater, Bote, Frazier, Oliva……., Pitchers , Snell(48), Chapman (78) Fried(108), Marco Gonzales (193), Barnes(228), Melancon (283), Peralta (288), M Keller(348)…, bench, Ottavino, Severino, Arihara, Lorenzen, M Kelly, Moore, Duffey, Romo, Matzek.., happy with team , seems offense is near top, speed a little iffy, pitching staff needs to be managed, but that’s everyone’s…, wish I had taken Rojas before you…, also Antone…, good luck to everyone!!!, Awesome draft!!!!!

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Hernan (Burrito Boy2)
1 year ago

I was hoping you and the next guy would let Yelich slide, I would have been happy to grab him at 15.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Hernan (Burrito Boy2)
1 year ago

Agree with Grey. Stronger on the bat side. Might struggle a little to get enough innings. Hopefully you’ll hit on a couple of your later round guys.

Phil
Phil
1 year ago

Hey Grey, is there any way that we could take a look at the entire draft board?

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

You would probably need to screenshot it and tweet it out.

cyler8
cyler8
1 year ago

Hey ya’ll.

I have a manager who is asking for Trea Turner in my 10 team 10 keeper dynasty league. Trying to figure out a fair price. I’ve narrowed it down to the following players he has that are potentially worth it. He basically said Bichette is off limits. Is it a no go without Bichette in the trade?

Bryce Harper
Bo Bichette
Vlad
Andrew Vaughn
Walker Buehler
Sixto Sanchez
Adley Rutschman

Thanks.

fausto
fausto
1 year ago

GREY! Long time reader longer time commentor. Keeper questions. Keep 4 of these $260 auction budget $300 Cap
*HIT*
Lou Bob-$9
K.Hiura-$9
OZUNA -$22
Willi Castro -$5
R.Grichuk -$4
C. Walker – $14
Juliio Rodriguez -$1
Vidal Brujan -$1

*PITCH*
Gallen -$17
K.Maeda -$16.
Pomeranz-$4
Rich Rodriguez – $5
Mike mayers -$5

Only keep 4 16team league. Thoughts and thanks. Hope you and yours are well.

fausto
fausto
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Appreciated. Wanted to squeeze Maeda in there but hell prob need the old T Jhonny if I do keep him or at least my crystal ball thinks so.

bob
bob
1 year ago

3 year keeper league… playing to win in 2022. Keep Happ or Pearson?

DonnieB
DonnieB
1 year ago

I am in a 12 team roto auction keeper league that allows 8 keepers. It has $300 cap which usually effects price of top players. Acuna last year went for $72. So far I will keep :
$56 Trea Turner
$4 Dansby Swanson
$23 Zac Gallen
$18 Mike Conforto
$10 Cavan Biggio
$10 Edwin Diaz
I am deciding on last two spots:
$10 Ian Happ
10 Austin Riley
10 Corbin Burnes
10 Joe Musgrove
Probably one pitcher and one hitter. Tell me to junk one of the first six if you think I should.Also have Trout at $72 but seems max priced.
As always,thanks for your insights and help.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  DonnieB
1 year ago

Keep Happ and Burnes.

cyler8
cyler8
Reply to  DonnieB
1 year ago

Swanson seems unnecessary if you are keeping Trea. I’d put Musgrove in his place and then keep Happ and Burnes. If Riley was cheaper it may be worth it for the potential pop he adds.

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  cyler8
1 year ago

Thanks but $4 for next two years is key to Swanson. He is a better value than Turner IMO.

cland12
cland12
1 year ago

Meant to ask this in the 1B post from yesterday, but in leagues that score OBP and SLG but not AVG, how far up would you move someone like Hoskins?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  cland12
1 year ago

There are OBP rankings on here. I haven’t looked at them but I think people were surprised Hoskins wasn’t higher.

cland12
cland12
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ah, should’ve checked. Thanks for the help!

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
1 year ago

What I was waiting for. Like a kid on Christmas Eve.

“So, I jumped the gun on Luis Castillo because I was anticipating a pitching run, and could already tell everyone in my league was going to like the same pitchers as me. I feared if I waited, I was going to have Berrios as my ace, which I didn’t want.” I dread this feeling and hate getting caught at the end of the run.

I’m ultra surprised you have a guy of Castillo’s calibre and still got Abreu, Tatis, and Blackmon. This is a 15-teamer; something’s off that you have all 4 of them. It seems there’s no love for Blackmon this year. Seems to be available much later than he should be in most leagues.

Thanks for the write-up.

Jolt

Harry Connick Sr.
Harry Connick Sr.
1 year ago

Long time listener, 3rd or 4th time caller,

Great work, as always!

Quick question for ya:

Got 18th slot in an 18-team mixed league, would your strategy of waiting on pitching change at all with so many teams? I’m a big proponent of waiting in general, but my draft slot has me spooked a little bit. Probably have to draft a SP in the 3-4 turn, right? Any other tips for a league this deep? It is a mixed league, but the size makes it feel like an “AL/NL Only” league for depth purposes…

Thanks!

Harry Connic Sr.
Harry Connic Sr.
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah, that comes back around to 54/55 picks for the 3rd/4th rd turn.

Appreciate the advice, as said, I’m totally with you on waiting on SP’s in general, but the size of this league makes standard strategies not as relevant. I wasn’t considering a SP at the 1/2 turn, but am now going to consider that based on your advice. Someone like Bauer/Yu Darvy/Nola/Giolito will definitely be there at 18.

If I waited until 3/4 turn to grab a SP, I’d be gambling that Gallen/Woodruff would be there(that would be perfect in my eyes), otherwise a HJ Ryu/Sonny G/Maeda would very likely still be there.

Do you think it is worth the risk to wait, so that I can get a Machado/Lou Rob combo with my 1/2 turn?

Harry Connick Sr.
Harry Connick Sr.
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks, much appreciated!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
1 year ago

When are you expecting a Jrod sighting?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
1 year ago

Slash, would you look to stash him or Adell in keeper drafts?

JaysforDays
JaysforDays
1 year ago

Morning Grey!!

Reading that Bard is a hit, is making me wonder if I should go grab him in my league. Here are my two bench batters: Madrigal, Santander.

All pitchers (minus two aces): Rosenthal, J.Hicks, McCullers, Maeda, Mahle, Plesac, Urquidy, Manaea, Gallegos.

Would you drop any of my guys for Bard?

Thanks my guy!!!

Jimmy Flintwhistle
1 year ago

What up, G Sauce?

This is Jimmy F. If ur ever in search of a “The Onion” type author for this site, I’d love to be a part of the gang! I’m looking to do some writing samples…so, if you ever have a topic in the Fantasy Baseball universe you want to touch on but perhaps don’t have time, hit me up…I’ll write a piece and you can read it…you can print it off and eat it if you’d like…I love fantasy baseball, but just can’t get in as deep as these stats have been getting in the modern day…actually…I’ll send you a sample later today. Let me know what u think: I am not looking for any compensation or anything…just an opportunity to put stuff into the universe. Word to your mother.

Jimmy Flintwhistle
Reply to  Jimmy Flintwhistle
1 year ago

Byron Buxton Severs Ocular Nerve Watching Golden Girls Re-Runs

Word out of the Land of Lemons is, Byron Buxton is Day to Day after breaking a tooth on a piece of steak, and needs a root canal. Although, one might suggest, he also needs significant lessons on eating steak! I mean, c’mon, man! Break a tooth eating steak? What’s next? Former Twins Prospect Ruptures Rectum on Tire Swing? Twins CF Breaks Bone in Hand Shaking Hands with Tiny Tim Kurkjian? “He might be 135 pounds soaking wet, but Tiny Timmy K. got a mean handshake!”
But seriously, can this guy catch a break? We know he can catch almost everything…and we know he can break almost everything….but, that’s not what we all need or desire from the Twins most recent former top prospect. In a Minnesota world where their basketball team is officially(subject to change) the worst winning percentaged(word?) team among ALL major American sports franchises, their OTHER top prospect Royce Lewis needs knee surgery after slipping on ice in a f’ing Texas ice storm- or put another way; a Texas f’ing ice storm- AND, while I wrote this, Buxton just strained his esophagus eating a butterscotch Snack Pack!
All I’m saying is, when life deals you lemons in Fort Myers, you make lemonade. Look on the bright side! The Twins are the reigning Central Division Champions, and they have bolstered their bullpen by adding Dennis Eckersley, Dennis Leary, Trevor Hoffman, Dustin Hoffman, and the dynamic duo of Hansel AND Greta Robles! The division rival White Sox have done NOTHING but add Liam Hendricks(I think he’s the friggen frontman for Oasis and does a mean “All Along the Watchtower” cover)! So, until noted otherwise, or until Byron Buxton fractures his skull sharing a package of corn nuts with Max Kepler, I’m going to pretend the Twins haven’t lost 18 straight playoff games(world record) and give Byron Buxton season projections of: 2/1/2/.250/1 during some random week in July.

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

It was definitely an interesting draft, quite different than a few of the other draft and holds I’ve done. The interesting stuff started immediately when Tatis slipped to you at 5. I thought you assembled a good pitching staff. I was picking out of the 15 slot and I’m happy with my team as I’m sure so are others. Do you put any stock into the fantasypros draft rating that appears on the homepage after the draft is over?

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Tom
1 year ago

I was drafting out of the 3 slot. I don’t put any stock in the fantasypros analysis. The reason is that they are comparing the teams based on the complete 50-player roster, but everyone’s roster is constructed differently. Teams with more pitchers on their bench will look better in pitching and teams with more bench bats will look in hitting.

It would be more useful to compare just starting line-ups.

Tom
Tom
Reply to  hot corner
1 year ago

Thanks, I didn’t know that their analysis was comprehensive of all 50 players drafted. With that said, I’m sure you’d agree that in these draft and holds the bench bats loom very large and any analysis that disregards them would be faulty as well.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Tom
1 year ago

Yes, I agree completely. Perhaps, the best way to look at it is judge your depth. At around round 40, I realized that I drafted a lot of good bench bats, but pitching depth got away from me. Sure enough, the analysis shows that I am near the top in hitting and near the bottom in pitching.

Tom
Tom