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.

 
  1. DeweyDefeatsTruman! says:
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    FIRST!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      40th!

  2. Brad Cote says:
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    Hot Rod? Where are you and your War Room?

    • Bterry says:
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      +1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guys, he never answered my emails — I’m worried something happened to him

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        If anyone else wants to take up mantle, I’d happily put it on the site

  3. jiggynits says:
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    it is a matter of principle. a league with 14 other greys is a league you cant lose

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, that is true! I’ve kinda won already!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • Vegans says:
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      Thanks, Vin.

  4. Member Berries says:
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    Hoerner, Rojas, and Alford – someones been watching spring ball. Those first two are really hitting along with my favorite sleeper, Joc. You read the athletic article Joc wrote? Excellent read.

    Love your bats but then again, I follow the Fantasy Master Lothario.
    I’m always a sucker for Willie Calhoun. I’ll purposely not draft him to reverse his jinx.

    Erik Gonzalez always last…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t from Joc…

      Thanks! Erik Gonzalez…Always last.

  5. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great 15-team NFBC report!!

    a. Snagged Hendricks (dropping Peralta) and DeJong (dropping La Stella) today (well, effective midnight Hawaii time) in RCL 8. Have a claim in tomorrow for Yarborough (reversing my move for Escobar of yesterday).

    b. Signed up Emmanuel Clase for Peralta in RCL 6. Thoughts?

    c. Am attempting to compare the free agent pool in the two RCLs (6 and 8) to see who is available and who shouldn’t be available. It’s a slippery slope to some degree because as no two individuals are exactly alike so no two RCL free agent pools should be EXACTLY alike, right?

    d. MLB quote of the day for March 12, 2021

    1. Dale Murphy, born March 12, 1956

    ‘Nolan Ryan said: ‘I can’t imagine Joe DiMaggio was a better all-around player than Dale Murphy.’ Hank Aaron added: ‘Dale is probably the best all-around player in either league, probably the most valuable commodity in baseball right now.’ It continued after his ’83 excellence, too. ‘He’s the best I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen Willie Mays,’ said Chicago Cubs pitching coach Billy Connors. ‘I’ve seen Murphy win games every way there is, a base hit in the ninth, a home run, a great catch, beating the throw to first on a double play. I’ve never seen anything like him before in my life.'” – Author Jack Wilkinson in Game of My Life Atlanta Braves: Memorable Stories of Braves Baseball (Sports Publishing, 04/01/2013, Page 228)

    2. Darryl Strawberry, born March 12, 1962

    ‘When I look in the mirror, I look at the enemy. There is no one to blame for this but myself. I should have bought myself a mirror a long time ago.’

    Darryl Strawberry in The Yankees Fanatic (Randy Howe, Lyons Press Publishing, 03/01/2007, Page 160)

    3. Steve Finley, born March 12, 1965

    ‘He (Steve Finley) insists that he doesn’t do anything different. For whatever reason, the career numbers would bear out that he struggles very early in the season. The career numbers would also bear out that if you’re patient, you stick with him. He’ll figure it out and he’ll put up the numbers you expect out of him by the end of the season.’

    Manager Bob Brenly

    4. Raul Mondesi, born March 12, 1971

    ‘If they (the New York Yankees) trade me to another big league team, there’s no problem. It would be difficult if they traded me to a football or basketball team because I don’t know how to play that.’

    Yankees Outfielder Raul Mondesi

    e. Have a nice weekend.

    f. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for March 12, 2021

    ‘When I stepped into the box, I felt the at-bat belonged to me. Everybody else was there for my convenience. The pitcher was there to throw me a ball to hit. The catcher was there to throw it back to him if he didn’t give me what I wanted the first time. And the umpire was lucky that he was close enough to watch.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Nice!

      B. Why?

      C. Plus, your teams aren’t same, so you have different needs

      D. Reggie! That’s awesome

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        Grey!!

        a. My bullpen is really bad. SAGNOF is a bit of a myth if everyone else grabs sh*t before you.

        Here’s the bullpen

        1. Nick Anderson (maybe 10 S, maybe)
        2. Iglesias (my closer)
        3. RichRod (may not be the closer)
        4. Romano
        5. Clase

        Where the saves come from? Clase will be good, trust me.

        b. Today’s Reggie quote is the response to the pitcher quote of last week on how nothing happens in the at-bat until the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand, ‘member?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s not sh*t — you have 3 maybe 4 closers

          B. It’s a good one!

  6. Tarik in round 22 is a great pick. He could be very good this year. Had a good start yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I hope so!

  7. Duntroon68 says:
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    Sorry about this. I drafted a 10 team AL-Only auction league the other night. My first ever AL-Only and my first auction in a few years. I’ll take any advice but, mostly, I write these posts because my wife just isn’t as interested in hearing about this as everyone here. Yes, she’s even more disinterested than you.

    The positions are as listed, with 8 pitcher spots. OBP and Saves+Holds. I lacked the wherewithal to cobble this together from Rudy’s rankings so I averaged two other projection systems from another source to get values. I made a roster chart to get Trout or Jose Ramirez and, when I didn’t, I switched to a more balanced plan.

    Said plan was to buy strong hitting, get volume IP from SP and roster a bunch of RP that will Frankenpitcher together good ratios and K/9 with some wins/saves/holds. There’s no innings limit. It’s daily moves with immediate effect and, if I can keep my interest up, I might set a personal moves record. Having said that, I maybe should have gone with the plan that devoted the two most expensive pitcher slots to offence. I’m not really happy with 3B, 2B and MI, although I don’t hate them. Yahoo position eligibility.

    C: Gary Sanchez $11
    1B: Matt Olson $20
    2B: Cesar Hernandez $10
    SS: Carlos Correa $20
    3B: Hunter Dozier $12
    MI: J.P Crawford $2
    OF: Yordan Alvarez $26
    OF: Giancarlo Stanton $23
    OF: Jorge Soler $21
    U: Joey Gallo $17
    U: Byron Buxton $16
    Bench: Yasiel Puig $4

    P: Zack Greinke $18
    Corey Kluber $16
    Nathan Eovaldi $8
    Shohei Ohtani $7
    Jake Odorizzi $7
    Matthew Boyd $5
    Jordan Montgomery $5

    Josh Staumont $6
    Mike Mayers $3
    Chad Green $1
    Joely Rodriguez $1
    Evan Marshall $1

    Some observations. First, like always, I cannot resist power. Early, I bought players below my values. Later, I bid Dozier and Hernandez up a bit because I had some money and there was nobody I wanted at all after them. I paid little attention to the pitcher values and just bought pitchers I liked OK in the slots available, although six of my SP are in the top 21 of Rudy’s AL-Only values. Most RP were valued higher than I knew they’d go for so I didn’t sweat individual prices too much. Puig was my second last nomination and my $4 bid was unmatchable. It seemed worth a flyer. That left $1 to get me one more RP. Late game nominations were tricky, trying to balance nominating only guys I wanted while trying to wait until I had the hammer for guys I really wanted. Luckily, I was always out bid when I threw a player I didn’t want.

    Buxton was someone I planned to nominate to suck money because of his poor OBP but the speed guys were so expensive that I ended up buying him just to have something. Crossing my fingers that Hernandez and Crawford steal some. Dozier’s talked about it in the past. Sometimes Gallo sneaks a few in. Puig signs in Houston???

    Anyway, thanks for all you do. You’re usually the first thing I look at in the morning during baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I tend to do the same with my AL or NL-Only auction builds — Strong hitting, volume SPs — I don’t like all your volume SPs — Boyd, Kluber, Greinke — not guys I’d own…Your hitting looks strong, if stronger on power and fairly weak on speed — do you have 15 steals on your whole team? I guess if Buxton avoids red meat

      • Duntroon68 says:
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        Honestly, pitchers I’m leery of too, but there’s potentially something there with them and I’m happy enough to try them here and avoid them elsewhere.

        All the steals were going for silly prices IMO. I’d have to look but I think most were going to a couple of teams and if those teams fly out ahead then there may be some mid pack points available. I saw a ‘pert project Hernandez and Crawford for 10 steals each, IIRC, which I may not. I always underdraft steals.

        How do you chip a tooth on steak? I’m poor and I don’t screw around with bones or tough steak.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How do you chip your tooth on a steak is the question of the preseason, isn’t it?

  8. Bernedoodle says:
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    Roto league. 6×5

    Keepers: Acuna, Soto, Robert, Bregman, Hieura, Lindor, Lux and Rutschman.

    I pick 3rd: would you take Bieber or Freeman? Grab an ace or load up the O and draft pitchers later?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bieber

    • Phil says:
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      You think Bieber will fall to you? Who are other viable options that could be drafted before your pick? You need pitching, and having an ace who can pitch around 200 innings this year with a sparkling K/9 rate is huge. Your hitting is pretty dope as is, although you’ll need a 1B. It all depends what will be available to you during the draft to craft your staff. You have zero pitcher keepers.

      • Bernedoodle says:
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        I’m pretty sure Jose Rameriez and Yelich are going 1 & 2

        Teams drafting above me each have 2 pitcher keepers. I see them definitely going offense.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  9. Duntroon68 says:
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    Was this a Razzball commenters draft? I know it’s not an RCL but organized here? That’s got to make it tough. I find in leagues where I play with the same guys year after year, that there’s a couple of guys that I know are going to draft teams full of players I like. Even in random drafts, there’s always someone on your wavelength. But then, every once in a while, you get in a draft and are forced to take a bunch of players that aren’t even on your radar. And, weirdly, sometimes they work out. The only time I ever drafted a first round pitcher, Kershaw, when he went there, I followed with a second round Scherzer. I hit on my first two hitters and scored like 113 points out of 120. And I’ve never done it since.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This was NFBC Draft Champions league organized on site — so in theory people who know who I want

  10. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Love this team, let everyone hate on Lewis!

    You’re not the only one who loves Frazier – I was just able to trade him ($1) for Bundy ($1) – no hate for Frazier, but I feel like that’s a big win on the Bundy side.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lewis I kinda get on hate — I don’t hate him, but I get it — I legit don’t get hate on Frazier for his price

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Exactly

  11. Regan says:
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    HaHa, you love Mariners hitters!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kill me now

      • regan says:
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        I’m not positive but that might by one of the signs of the apocalypse!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  12. Josh Brown says:
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    Love this! Question Story has a lot of trade rumors and pending free agency. Would you take him over Cole in a keeper league. I have Story and got offered Cole. Scared that he will be traded and next season won’t be great outside of Col based off his current away splits.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Story for this year — no idea with next year, prolly will be close — not like Story’s headed to a bad team, like the Marlins are suddenly gonna buy a huge free agent…So, where does he go? Yankees? That’s great for him

  13. Josh Smith says:
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    Love this! Question Story has a lot of trade rumors and pending free agency. Would you take him over Cole in a keeper league. I have Story and got offered Cole. Scared that he will be traded and next season won’t be great outside of Col

    • Grey

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      I’d want Story for this year — no idea with next year, prolly will be close — not like Story’s headed to a bad team, like the Marlins are suddenly gonna buy a huge free agent…So, where does he go? Yankees? That’s great for him

  14. Tom says:
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    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 says:
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      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 says:
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        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 says:
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          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 says:
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            Framber’s status could be critical for you.

            • hot corner says:
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              Yup. I am assuming that he is gone for the year and I am going to need a lot to go right with my pitching but I do have guys that I like. They are just proven.

              You know it is a tough draft when you look back and think that you messed up in rounds 36-40. I also got sniped in round 50!!! How does that happen?!?!?

              • hot corner says:
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                ^unproven

              • Tom says:
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                Yah, I agree, I’ve looked back at some of my late picks and I think geez I could have done better there.

        • Tom says:
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          I should have said bench players inclusive of pitchers on the bench as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I couldn’t believe I got Tatis — then I everything else felt like a struggle — I don’t put any stock in Fantasy Pros at all

      • Tom says:
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        Gotcha

  15. 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.

    • 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.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, I laughed at breaks bone at shaking hands with Tiny Tim Kurkijan — nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good, Jimmy F!

  16. JaysforDays says:
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    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!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning! I’d hold for now

  17. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    When are you expecting a Jrod sighting?

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      Slash, would you look to stash him or Adell in keeper drafts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never, tbh…He was pick around 700th overall — Stash Adell

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Adell prolly went 250 picks before him

  18. Harry Connick Sr. says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice, thanks!

      You’re the turn in an 18 team league? What’s your 3rd pick there? Around 60? That sounds worse than AL or NL-Only — You might need a SP with your 2nd pick — Make sure you get a starter I like, so until about Sonny Gray is still #1 SP — Not sure how you pass an SP at pick 2, you might be screwed if it comes back to you and all SPs are gone…Might be a need to see how board is playing out scenario to decide during actual draft

      • Harry Connic Sr. says:
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        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?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If that’s who’s there at 18, then wait…If Ryu/Maeda are going tho, then grab one quickly — Machado/Lou Bob sounds great to me if you go bat/bat — If you can get Gallen/Woodruff at 54, then hold off at 18/19

          • Harry Connick Sr. says:
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            Thanks, much appreciated!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  19. Jolt In Flow says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I think everyone’s looking at Blackmon like he’s more September of 2020 than August, but not sure why he’s not also what’s he’s done for the last five years — he suddenly got old in a random 25-game stretch under worst conditions?

  20. cland12 says:
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    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?

  21. DonnieB says:
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    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 says:
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      Keep Happ and Burnes.

    • cyler8 says:
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      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 says:
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        Thanks but $4 for next two years is key to Swanson. He is a better value than Turner IMO.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ who? Ian? Him

  23. fausto

    fausto says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Of course I know you, you have the SAGNOF tattoo! Good to see you!

      Lou Bob, Keston, Gallen, Ozuna

      • fausto

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        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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  24. cyler8 says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Will he do two of these? Say Bryce and one of the other ones? Or maybe Vlad and Walker?

  25. Phil says:
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    Hey Grey, is there any way that we could take a look at the entire draft board?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure if it’s public — someone might see this and tell me it is

      • hot corner says:
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        You would probably need to screenshot it and tweet it out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s too big of a board

  26. Hernan (Burrito Boy2) says:
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    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!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish I took Antone, but he does feel like a guy people love in March, then everyone’s like, “Meh, who cares by June” Your hitting looks solid, good base of AVG, speed and power — Your pitching would worry me a little

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

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      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.

  27. Slick says:
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    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!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castillo and Anderson

      • Slick says:
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        Thank you, o wise one!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. OaktownSteve says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was surprised when I looked over towards end and saw you had 5 OFs…I guess Mountcastle, Marwin and someone else might have OF elig, but I’d be scared with that (bradley cooper and lady gaga singing shallow) — I do like your hitting if guys stay healthy, you have nice balance and you have a ton of pitching depth — I also realized at some point, chasing saves is not great in these leagues

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        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 says:
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      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!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        If there’s interest, I’d do another

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          You might get Magoo

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Magoo? Oh heck no, call it off!

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              Haha

  29. molina bros bbq says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I still believe in my Nick Anderson saves — 27 is a lot? What’s more realistic? 20-24? He’s Hader if he gets 35+ saves — That does remind me I need to adjust Amir Garrett

      • molina bros bbq says:
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        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!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, maybe I’m too optimistic on him…I might be confusing who should get saves with who will get saves…It’s fair(banks?)….

  30. Daze says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t keep Melancon, and Robles feels highish, but prolly keep him

      • Daze says:
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        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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          $8 seems fair

          • Daze says:
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            Thanks pal
            Much appreciated

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  31. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Would you rather have Altuve or LeMatheiu

  32. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      LFG!

      I’d panic on Keston — wouldn’t draft him

  33. Dr. Homer says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      CJ Abrams could be special

      • Dr. Homer says:
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        Would you pull the trigger on that trade though?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly not, but could help you to win this year

  34. Jr says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taillon — yes, I’d take Yu to win this year

  35. captain obvious says:
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    RCL 21 needs 3 teams for the draft tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can try to fill, give me link to sign up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      21 isn’t tonight, and is full

      • captain obvious says:
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        Oh, was thinking today. Ok, need to do something else now.

        • captain obvious says:
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          Can delete. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  36. hot corner says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, haha, same…Don’t draft catchers, btw…At least not how people are

      • hot corner says:
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        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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, I think catchers are useless, but it’s whatever…That’s your pitching? Damn

          • hot corner says:
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            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.

            • Grey

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              Looks stacked, I just drafted Winker, hoping he’s healthy

              • hot corner says:
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                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?

                • Grey

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                  Ha, yeah, and he’s good for points

        • Cram It says:
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          I hear ya. My offense is stacked and I have Yu, Berrios, Gausman, Iglesias, Eflin, Bassitt so far

  37. OaktownSteve says:
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    Michael Pineda is huge. Late career Sabbathia huge.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think extra trunk space is good

  38. Cram It says:
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    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?

  39. Denver90 says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love all of those — crazy you’re getting them all…Looks like you’re paying attention, though, so nice!

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castillo

      • Martin says:
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        Thanks much appreciated!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s above Tapia, Carlson, Pham, Happ in a keepeer

      • Pine Tar Incident says:
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        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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, thanks!

  42. Naif says:
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    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

  43. Naif says:
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    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

  44. Bobby says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, why not

  45. Bryan Toth says:
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    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!

    • Grey

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      Your hitting looks solid, looks low on AVG but good on power/speed…I bet War Room likes your hitting better than mine…I like the pitching too, don’t love Kluber or Turnbull, and think you’re weak on saves, but everyone has something in this league they need

      • Grey

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        BTW, Toth you were stealing a bunch of my players I wanted…I remember Moore, Means and Hicks

        • Bryan Toth says:
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          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.

          • Grey

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            Oh man, you’re so much better than me…Haha, damn — why’d you win the league before it started? Not cool! Makes sense now your team was stealing my picks, you had the war room

  46. 406mtechdigger says:
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    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 says:
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      I also have Jose Abreu and Ozzie Albies at $80 each.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      I’d bump up Sixto, Ian, Tejay, Spencer, Deivi and Skubal in a keeper…

      • 406mtechdigger says:
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        Thanks for the reply! That also your order of preference?

        • Grey

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          Yeah, but all close after Ian

  47. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    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.

    • Grey

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      I hope so! I wrote a Mahle sleeper post

      Hope so on Lane Thomas…Itch wrote a post about him the day before I drafted him, so I was like why not

      I heard Gose was giving it a go as a pitcher…He should be a pitcher and pinch runner

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, grab Scott

  49. Mookie says:
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    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)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ohtani

  50. 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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, it’s a 15-teamer, it’s not that early

      • 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 says:
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          12-team.

          Damn these nitrile gloves.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Being able to use Yu in team name makes it all better! Yeah, I could see waiting that long in a 12-teamer… I feel great about the Abreu price…

  51. DonnieB says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallen

  52. Mordacious Levator says:
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    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).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Oberg

  53. captain obvious says:
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    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 says:
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      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 says:
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        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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your outfield is a bit weak, and you look very low on AVG, and prolly RBIs…no way can you carry Hoskins, Joc and Cron…they’re all same player…pitching looks better than you need

      • captain obvious says:
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        I have Trout. I don’t know. I’ll figure out.

      • captain obvious says:
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        I got those guys late. I don’t trust this pitching. I’ll see if can trade. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  54. captain obvious says:
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    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 says:
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      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.

  55. Cincinnati Dad says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks! Belly, Bieber

  56. 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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, don’t beat it uh too hard…your hitting is stacked…not sure how you got all those guys…maybe a tad low on power…and wow your pitching is good…how did everyone get better teams than me?

      • 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!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, very nice! Pitching still looks great!

          • Thanks man, appreciate that. FantasyProphylactics hate me

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, always wondered what the pros was short for

  57. Scott Kimmel says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good!

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        would you flip Grandal to get C Will Smith of LAD?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha nice one Grimey!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        I know right…
        How you like your slam team?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think it’s great, but I’d be lying if I had confidence in what I thought of it

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            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

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Looks great, but who he hell knows…surprised you went so heavy on pitching…then Lamet…whoa…

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                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.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s a decent price, I could see that

  59. Trader says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks solid, few pitchers I would not draft that you have drafted — hopefully they work out

  60. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanner — I moved him up in rankings

  61. Chris says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maeda

  62. Jonathan says:
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    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 says:
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      ^^ 5×5 12 team roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Bregman

  63. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    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? says:
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      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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I saw that and thought same

      Castillo/Vlad

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        For sure –

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        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!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup — tho, kinda happy to see him hit a slider out — he’s such a lock for a top 5 pick next year

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            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.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Agreed…Looks like Acuna part two, 100%…Acuna has peaks and valleys too, as Robert will…And Tatis, prolly too

  64. leon says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do you need a catcher? Garver or Franchy, Cron, Leclerc

  65. leon says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget Garver

  66. DonnieB says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, the reasons are in the rankings

      Maybe $10-5 for Riley — Trout

      • DonnieB says:
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        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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Guess you can just buy him back if you want

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe people away from computers on weekend

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