This draft is a crock pot vs. a microwave.  A love sesh vs. a ‘hold the moan.’  A nature hike vs. “I’m gonna sit in the car as we drive past some mountains.”  Guys and five girl readers, it’s a slow draft.  This slow draft took about eighteen days, 3 hours, four minutes and–okay, only a lunatic counts seconds.  Not almost 18 days of straight drafting, mind you.  I don’t need to ice my clicky finger.  It’s five minutes of drafting, twelve hours of waiting.  It does allow you to second-guess your picks.  Actually, more like triple-guess.  (Who are we kidding, you quadruple-guess, fiveruple-guess, sextruple-guess, ochocinco-guess your picks.) For those not in the know, it’s a weekly, 15-team, two-catcher league that lasts for 50 rounds and there’s no waivers.  Anyway, here’s my NFBC draft recap:

C: Francisco Mejia — 18th round
C: Austin Barnes — 22nd
1B: Jose Abreu — 5th
2B: Javier Baez — 1st, 12th overall
SS: Xander Bogaerts — 3rd
3B: Jurickson Profar — 10th
MI: Rougned Odor — 7th
CI: Ryan Zimmerman — 21st
OF: Giancarlo Stanton — 2nd
OF: Nicholas Castellanos — 6th
OF: Ramon Laureano — 11th
OF: Jake Bauers — 14th
OF: Cedric Mullins — 16th
UTIL: Austin Hays — 23rd
Bench: Jeimer Candelario (25), Carson Kelly (27), Hunter Dozier (30), Billy McKinney (32), Jason Heyward (34), Kolten Wong (35), Nick Martini (37), Austin Riley (39), Curtis Granderson (42), Alen Hanson (43), Anthony Santander (44), Austin Slater (45), Austin Wynns (47), Drew Jackson (48)

P: Walker Buehler — 4th
P: Jose Leclerc — 8th
P: J.A. Happ — 9th
P: Nathan Eovaldi — 12th
P: Jose Alvarado — 13th
P: Tyler Skaggs — 15th
P: Kyle Gibson — 17th
P: Hunter Strickland — 19th
P: Brandon Woodruff — 20th
Bench: Trevor Richards (24), Tanner Roark (26), Matt Shoemaker (28), Steve Cishek (29), Pablo Lopez (31), Dakota Hudson (33), Nick Kingham (36), Joe Kelly (38), Bryse Wilson (40), Daniel Poncedeleon (41), Yoan Lopez (46), Colin Poche (49), Tanner Scott (50)

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

Like so many of us, I’ve drafted more than one fantasy baseball teams this preseason.  With this addiction love comes a very real side effect, I don’t want to own the same guys in every league.  I mean, you can’t avoid it sometimes — Hey, Cedric Mullins!  What’s up, Ramon Laureano?  Imagine seeing you here, Kyle Gibson.  David Fletcher, nice to see you–Whoa, no David Fletcher? — but when tasked with creating this new team, I leaned heavily on the new and less on the team.  That mental burpee forced my brain to bend down and jump up over a team I love to a team that I’m…okay with.  Lots of new faces that I just need to wear for a few weeks and see how happy I am.  My category targets don’t jump off the page that I should love, love, lurve this team:

It’s like this, “Runs…cool, power…nice…steals…hey, this isn’t bad…average….well, they can’t all be winners…OH MY GOD WHAT DID YOU DO TO YOUR PITCHING?  MY EYES ARE BURNING.”  I don’t think I’ve ever had a team so bad in Ks before.  When I look at that team, it doesn’t jump off the page as being bad for Ks, but, apparently, I’m blind eh-eff.  To defend myself, the target goals are based on Rudy’s pitcher projections and not my projections.  Unfortunately, I can only ostrich my head into the sand so much, because Rudy had the 2nd best pitcher projections last year, according to Fantasy Pros, and he’s always near the top of the heap.  So…*raspberries lips* By the way, if you want to inject some of Rudy’s magic into your fantasy teams, our fantasy baseball subscriptions are live.  They are in-season tools, it’s not a draft thing.  It’s silly to not use these tools.  Even if you wish to ignore them, it’s a 2nd set of eyes on matchups for hitters and pitchers.

YOU MAY HAVE ENROLLED YOURSELF IN A KARATE CLASS WITH TWENTY 12-YEAR-OLDS, BUT THERE’S NO DEFENSE FOR THIS.

*sighs*  Yeah, I don’t know what happened with the pitching.  It got away from me, and if Walker Buehler isn’t 100%, I’m gonna be less than optimistic about this team.  The one bright spot (if you take a magnifier glass and the sun and shine it on this post) is the pitching totals (and hitting) don’t include my bench.  Also, in my favor, I won last year (and the year before), and here’s my staff last year:

P: Yu Darvish – 4th
P: Felipe Vazquez – 6th
P: Trevor Bauer – 8th
P: Michael Wacha – 12th
P: Shane Greene – 14th
P: Rick Porcello – 16th
P: J.A. Happ – 18th
P: Hyun-Jin Ryu – 20th
P: Cam Bedrosian – 24th

That staff was way more than I needed last year.  I finished in the top 20 out of something like 1,000+ teams with that team.  So, how?  My bench was:

Bench: Miles Mikolas (25), Trevor Williams (26), Mike Montgomery (30), Nate Karns (32), Brock Stewart (33), Matt Andriese (36), Jake McGee (38), Tyson Ross (39), J.C. Ramirez(42). Trevor Hildenberger (44), Dillon Peters (46), Tyler Beede (48), Justin Nicolino (50)

Okay, dunked on the 1st two, but not a ton jumping out there.  I pretty much need to hit on Trevor Richards, Lopez, Hudson, Kingham or one of those schmohawks.

I KNOW YOU’VE WON YOUR NFBC LEAGUE THE LAST TWO YEARS (HE’S MAKING ME TELL YOU THIS), BUT DID YOU HAVE ANY TAKEAWAYS FROM LAST YEAR THAT HELPED THIS YEAR?

You don’t need to hit on everyone–

YOU’RE DEFENDING YOUR PITCHING AGAIN, AREN’T YOU?

You really need IP and ABs!  Of course, garbage IP or ABs isn’t a good look. Erik Gonzalez is blech in any format.  I also tried to find complementary players when possible.  For unstints, your mileage may vary on Ryan Zimmerman, but Jeimer is Zimm a few rounds later, so when Zimmerman invariably goes down, I slot in Jeimer (in theory) and the team dynamic remains similar.  I don’t suddenly go from a 25-ish homer, .255 hitter to a speed or average guy.  If Laureano goes sideways, nothing is shaken when Martini appears.  If Javier Baez falls back to earth–Okay, if you lose a top guy, it’s hard to recover.  No one is just stepping in.  Speaking of Baez (Profar and Bauers), I didn’t set out to have so much positional eligibility, but, when I hit the later rounds, it was nice to have a lot of guys who could play just about everywhere.

SNOOZE!  OKAY, ONE LAST QUESTION, YOU HAVE FOUR HOURS TO CHOOSE A PLAYER, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE AN EXCUSE FOR DRAFTING THAT MANY ORIOLES, DO YOU?

At-bats?  Okay, no real excuse.  Drew Jackson sounds like he hosts NFL Today; Santander sounds like me saying Santana; Slater is friends with Zack Morris and Wynns is just a blind gamble.

2020 Draft Kit
 
  1. Crazy J says:
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    Crossing my fingers for Barnes… I got a good feeling about him!

    I have dudes that are totally injured and not on the IR so I can adjust my roster… it BLOWS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so too!

      • Crazy J says:
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        Picked up Joc after the 1st home run…. now I’m just grinning ear-to-ear.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  2. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey!!

    Ok, drafted for my 3rd year keeper. Feeling great. I won’t the first year and cane in second last so I had the 11th pick in a 12 teaser.

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

    C – Jansen
    1B – Hoskins/ Keeper
    2B – Albies
    3B – Shaw
    SS – Peraza
    OF – Stanton/ Keeper
    OF – Benintendi/ Keeper
    OF – Soto/ Keeper
    UTIL – Robles
    UTIL – Tim Anderson
    B – Voit

    SP – Flaherty
    SP – Luis Castillo
    SP – Bieber
    SP – Eduardo Rodriguez
    SP – Porcello
    SP – Musgrove
    SP – Happ
    SP – Kikuchi
    SP – Alex Wood
    SP – Trevor Richards
    RP – Holland
    RP – Roe
    RP – Cisek
    RP – Hirano
    RP – Oh

    78 Waiver limit and I obviously pick up closers when they take over and relievers who become top guys as the season progresses. People weee drafting the Edwin Diaz’ and someone actually drafted Josh Hader in the 5ish round. My expectation is as long as I get low WHIP and ERA and high K:9 and Hold guys why draft actual closers early.

    Thanks for the insight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your keepers are lovely, so the hitting is pretty stacked, nice filling out of the hitting lineup… I love the pitching too, though not Wood, but that’s minor… I like the team overall!

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        Thanks Grey!!

        I solely took Wood due to the fact that I got him very very late in the draft, like round 23 or something and you do have him I believe as a top 40 starter, but no worries because I can pick someone else up. Thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

          • TarmanGotHim says:
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            Grey, real quick. I snagged Tatis on the wire claim won. I had to drop a batter. The only droppable players I have in all honesty were Domingo Santana, Adames, and Ahmed Rosario. I dropped Adames. Didn’t want to but seems like the most logical choice. Did I make the right decision? And would you drop any of those or Woodruff for Joc? I mean I can’t bare Joc off openeding day but maybe he breaks out? It would give me 2 bench bats so I don’t really need him but just in case.

            Thanks!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Makes sense to lose Adames there — You don’t need 2 bench bats

  3. Snell My Hand says:
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    Which side would you prefer in a 5×5 OBP and QS league (trade analyzer has it almost exactly even):

    Give: Springer and Tim Anderson
    Get: Segura and Berrios

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yea pretty much a coin flip and needs based. I’d probably want Springer if its a shallower league and Segura if its a little deeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  4. packers2018 says:
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    1. Nice team. With the exception of RZim and Hays your hitting looks like a 12 teamer.
    2. Your 3 closers are fine another 12 team look. Granted if someone loses their job with this format you can’t hit the wire, but all teams are in the same boat.
    3. Buehler and Gibson could be around 180 K’s, Happ and Eovaldi should be around your 150 mark, with it being a weekly set if you play matchups and 2 start weeks Kingman, Woodruff, Skaggs, Shoemaker, Lopez will keep you in the hunt. Kelly will most likely be in for a few weeks too when the matchups aren’t great protecting your ratio’s.
    4. You’ll be in contention for your league, which usually means a factor in the O/A.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Thanks! 2. True 3. Yeah, gonna take some work on that 4. Appreciate it!

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Excellent NFBC report! Loved it.

    a. Was it national draft players by the name of Austin day when you decided to draft all those guys named Austin?

    b. Very handsome pick of Alen Hanson in round 43, very handsome.

    c. Who was your pick in round 26? Damn, now I won’t be able to digest my breakfast or lunch because you left out your round 26 pick by some quirk of fate! Damn! Actually with the settings you have in place and the fact that there are no waiver claims and 15-team of course you did well but you don’t need me to tell you that. You posted the team mostly for information and to give us courage. Thank you for that.

    d. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for March 28

    [From One Night in the Tropics, 1940]

    Bud Abbott: Where is that guy?
    Lou Costello: Maybe he’s in my hotel suit.
    Bud Abbott: Not your hotel suit, your suite.
    Lou Costello: You’re cute too, Abbott.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Dave D says:
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      Since it will be five more hours until Grey can respond, I was in the draft and not having the answer is potentially anxiety inducing, I can inform you kindly that it was Tanner Roark.

    • Nehocstu says:
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      Ante; always love your daily bits, one of the reasons I follow FML!

      Maybe I’ve missed it, but have you ever gone through Groucho’s joke list? Imho he is the best ever.

      One morning, while on safari, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in them I’ll never know.

      Best regards!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice Groucho quote!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Nehocstu!

        Thanks for following. No, never did Groucho and haha on the joke. Maybe 2021, thanks for the great idea. Keep following and good luck with your teams.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Haha — A matter of fact… B. He’s something, not sure handsome is it C. Looks like Trevor Williams from the post above, why did I list 26 twice? Drinking coffee right now, am slow D. Nice!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        C. Oh, damn… Haha, I am slow before coffee, Williams was previous year… Yes, I guess Tanner Roark.. Will fix post… Thanks, Dave!

  6. M says:
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    Does Pinder still see regular time even with K.Morales in the picture? Hoping he does some super-utility Ben-Zobrist back on the Rays magic lol

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I think he still gets 400+ABs. Should be a 15-20 HR guy, and if he starts hit he will stay in lineup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems doubtful that they think Pinder is anywhere close to an everyday man when they’ve always used him as a platoon guy

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Pinder? I barely know her!

      • Peacecoast says:
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        best comment of the day so far

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Someone’s gotta replace Fister, I suppose

  7. The Skrimmer says:
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    How would you rank these SPs for week one:
    Hendricks vs TEX and MIL (he might only have 1 start)
    Ryu vs ARI and SF
    Stroman vs DET and BAL
    Luchessi vs SF and ARI

    • Donkey Teeth

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      All good options. Ryu and Lucchesi for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  8. Gotime says:
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    We’re baaaaaaack!
    I’m be on the road all day and lineups lock later today until after Sunday’s games, so I’ll ask
    A) Pick 2 to play:
    Bader 4 @Mil
    Laureano 4 vsLAA
    Escobar 4 @LAD

    B) Wins and QS: Woodruff vs Stl or Maeda vs Ari (is he even confirmed yet) or chance Price comes out of bullpen @ Sea

    I’m thinking Bader/Laureano and Maeda what you got?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Agree with your thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Agree with DT (and you)

  9. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    HAPPY OPENING DAY RAZZ NATION.
    BEST OF LUCK TO ALL IN 2019.
    PLAY BALL.

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      Good Luck Everyone………..I will be changing my name to MASH4077 since 40% of my team is on the DL and 77% of the players available suck!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha… Nice, Lenny

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day, MP!

  10. Whatever says:
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    Mr. Grey,

    100 FAAB budget in a 9 team mixed league. How much would you plunk down for Tatis?

    And out of these who would you drop for him?

    Jeffress, Dereck Rodriguez, Renfroe,Smoak

    Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Depends if you can make $0 pickups when your FAAB runs out. I’d be willing to go 25-30 if $0 bids are allowed, 10-15 if you’re done with moves when FAAB runs out and I would dump Jeffress…