So I got owned. I was razzing Donkey Teeth about his NFBC league draft (use promo code: Razzball25 and get $25 off at NFBC). I told him his team stunk. I didn’t trust his pitchers. Didn’t love his drafting of a top catcher. Felt he had some injury risk in Gallo and Mondesi, but I didn’t hate the team. It was just so…harmless at the time. Then, he put it out there…out to the hoi polloi, asking who had the better team, and that was when I got owned. No one, and I’m not being dramatic, liked my team. At one point, I think Cougs used her burner account to log in and dismiss me. Here is the carnage:

I can’t remember such ownage happening to little ol’ me in such a devastating, emotionally crippling way before. It was like my dog spoke for the 1st time (while I wasn’t on drugs) and said, “My name is Albert, not Ted, and I hate you.” That was the disrespect I felt! This was many weeks ago, and I am still sighing that long, hard sigh that can only come from knowing years of hurt and ridicule. Like a character William H. Macy would play. Well, life goes on, ob la di, ob la da. For those not in the know, this is a 15-team, two-catcher league that lasts for 50 rounds and there’s no waivers. You draft it, and manage it. Weekly moves for pitchers, bi-weekly for hitters, changing out on Monday and Friday. Most of the draft happened prior to the Winter Meetings, so who knows with playing time. I did it as an experiment to see what would happened if I stopped being polite and started–Wait, that’s the Real World opening. Anyway, here’s my NFBC draft recap:

C: Christian Vazquez (14/202)
C: Manny Pina (22/322)
1B: Pete Alonso (2/22)
2B: Ketel Marte (3/39)
SS: Trea Turner (1/9)
3B: Hunter Dozier (11/159)
MI: Brandon Lowe (16/232)
CI: J.D. Davis (13/189)
OF: Ramon Laureano (5/69)
OF: Marcell Ozuna (7/99)
OF: Andrew Benintendi (8/112)
OF: Brian Anderson (18/262)
OF: Austin Riley (19/279)
UTIL: Ian Happ (24/352)
Bench: David Fletcher (26/382), Ryan Mountcastle (28/412), Seth Brown (30, 442), Mike Zunino (32, 472), David Bote (34, 502), Ke’Bryan Hayes (36, 532), Jeimer Candelario (38, 562), Jose Osuna (40, 592), Ronny Rodriguez (42, 622), Jazz Chisholm (44, 652), Dom Nunez (46, 682), Brandon Dixon (47, 699), Rio Ruiz (50, 742)

P: Lucas Giolito (4/52)
P: Yu Darvish (6/82)
P: Kenley Jansen (9/129)
P: Hyun-Jin Ryu (10/142)
P: Jake Odorizzi (12/172)
P: Giovanny Gallegos (15/219)
P: Ryan Yarbrough (17/249)
P: Steven Matz (20/292)
P: Johnny Cueto (21/309)
Bench: Jairo Diaz (23/339), Freddy Peralta (25/369), Zach Eflin (27, 399), Justus Sheffield (29, 429), Jakob Junis (31, 459), Joe Ross (33, 489), Brent Honeywell Jr. (35, 519), Art Warren (37, 549), Devin Smeltzer (39, 579), Arodys Vizcaino (41, 609), Jharel Cotton (43, 639), Jacob Waguespack (45, 669), Marcus Walden (48, 712), Jaime Barria (49, 729)

SO I SEE YOU’RE A BIG FAN OF JACOB WAGUESPACK. WELL, I’M A BIG FAN OF STUPID PEOPLE, WHICH IS WHY I LIKE YOU.

Harsh, but fair, Mr. Bolden Al Caps. Let me dispel a myth, which is not to say mith, which is misspelling a myth, I don’t like everyone I drafted. The last, oh, four hundred picks are whatever. In a league like this, you are trying to make sure you have warm bodies. As mentioned in the opening, there are no waivers. You have to draft a ton of guys who may or may not see your lineup. All things being equal, you want about 15-ish SPs. I have roughly 17. Freddy Peralta, who I’m counting, might be a reliever, and, honestly, who knows with some of those guys at the end. I’m praying for seven healthy starters who are in the rotation, then two relievers. Speaking of which, we drafted so early, I don’t know if I have one closer, two closers, zero closers or five closers. Since everyone in the league was at an equal disadvantage, I’m hoping for middle of the pack in saves. To tell you, I won the saves category or will come in last is total guesswork. I can say Kenley Jansen is criminally undervalued in early drafts. If he’s healthy, he’s 100% the closer. Last year, he had a 11.4 K/9, 2.3 BB/9 and 33 saves. I’d take a repeat of that at pick 129, all day, e’eryday. Some of the later reliever flyers were just that. Jairo Diaz? Meh, I guess he could be the closer. Arodys Vizcaino? Does he have a team yet? Marcus Walden? Well, he got two saves last year. How did Art Warren happen? Or better yet, who is Art Warren? Here’s what happened there:  I said to Donkey Teeth, “Hey, any good sleepers at RP?” And he said, “Call me mister.” Then after some back and forth where I apologized for making him own me, he told me Prospect Itch said Art Warren is the closer of the future in Seattle. Warren did save 15 games in the minors last year, had a 11.7 K/9, 95 MPH fastball and appeared late in the year for the Mariners, so maybe there’s something there. Or Donkey Teeth was continuing to mock me and Art Warren is an NFL franchise owner, as he sounds.

RIVETING STUFF THERE, MAN, REALLY…*DOZES OFF*…SORRY, I FELL ASLEEP. SO, DO YOU WANNA SPEAK ON YOUR OFFENSE, OR AS I LIKE TO SAY, “WERE YOU DRUNK ON VODKA AND THAT’S WHY YOU OWN KETEL?”

Trying to hold my feelings on players back until my rankings are released mid-January, but Ketel Marte is an interesting one.

PLEASE, LESS AMBIENT NOISE OF SETTING UP WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO SAY AND SAY IT.

I did not think I was going to love Ketel Marte as much as I ended up, after looking back at what he did last year. He is a legitimate .300 hitter with 27+ homer power and 10-steal speed. Maybe Altuve outperforms him on average, power and speed, but he didn’t last year, and I wouldn’t place any of those bets that he will this year. One thing that really means nothing in the grand scheme of things, but meant more the harder I looked at it for meaning was Marte’s 482-foot homer last year. Sure, it was one home run, but you don’t accidentally hit a ball that far. Other two guys who hit 482-foot homers last year:  Arenado and Sano. The power, as they say, is real. And his .299 expected batting average last year was the 15th best in the majors. If you’re curious, Altuve was 53rd.

SINCE YOU DECIDED YOU WANTED TO OWN ART WARREN, AN NFL FRANCHISE OWNER, IS THAT WHY YOU DRAFTED KE’BRYAN HAYES, WHO SOUNDS LIKE A LINEBACKER?

Pretty much. Also, Prospect Itch reported to me that Ke’Bryan Hayes was a super meh infielder for the Pirates who might take over at 3rd by as soon as June, and I felt light on corner men. I usually allow myself a handful of prospects in these leagues. I might’ve taken more this year than previous years. If the O’s don’t play Mountcastle, their organization should be folded. Actually, it should anyway. (Here’s my Ryan Mountcastle fantasy.) Jazz Chisholm was just a total flyer, who I don’t expect much from, but you never know with the Marlins. They don’t hold guys down; they just trade them one year before arbitration. My Seth Brown fantasy is there, and I’m not sure why there’s no heat on him at all. His minor league numbers last year were insane, and Ke’Bryan Hayes could help my pass rush.

REAL QUESTION: DO YOU WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH DAVID FLETCHER?

I don’t even like him! And no I’m not being coy! It’s just in this league, where there’s no waivers, I love his position eligibility. If I lose anyone but Albombso, Fletcher can step in.

DONT’ EVEN KID ABOUT LOSING ALBOMBSO.

I know, blasphemy.

SO, YOU REALLY ARE GOING ALL-IN ON IAN HAPP AND J.D. DAVIS, HUH?

Yup, that’s why I wrote an Ian Happ sleeper and J.D. Davis sleeper.

I KNOW, THAT’S WHY I ASKED! OKAY, LAST QUESTION:  WHY DID DONKEY TEETH DRAFT SUCH A BETTER TEAM THAN YOU?

I hate everyone!

 
  1. Dave D says:
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    I’m not sure how much you’re serious, but I think your roster is definitely one of the top 5 coming out of the draft. A lot of people commenting don’t know the format. I think as long as Trea starts 100+ games and Kenley remains closer at least half the year you’ll have a real good shot at the top 3, maybe more. There are a lot of teams with glaring deficiencies in the league. Id say there are 4 or 5 teams in the running coming out of the gate and you ate definitely one.

    • Grey

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      I thought my team was good too, but a lot of people seemed to think my team was awful… Usually I can understand what people are talking about, but this one had me perplexed… At least would’ve seen a split in people’s preferences, but nope! I do think you might be onto something that a lot of people don’t understand this format

      • Dave D says:
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        Honestly, your offense is deep and the only area that would concern me is SBs if Trea misses time. You cover all the categories well. Your SP is really solid IMO. I could easily see you winning WHIP (unless Ryu signs in COL or TOR, lol).

        Your team looks well rounded and deep. Maybe not sexy. Neither is mine. But I think you have guys who will fill the stat sheet with what you need.

        I like this team way better than your 2019 head scratcher.

        • Grey

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          Thanks! I really like my arms a lot… I might like my arms more than my bats… And I don’t hate them… I don’t get the Donkey team at all for this type of league… If this were a 12 teamer, it would work better for me

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            *12 teamer and daily moves

          • Dave D says:
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            I’m not seeing more than 9 rounds of DT’s draft. Am I missing something?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Right, it was just 9 rounds there… He’ll recap his whole team at some point, so you’ll see…

              • Hernan says:
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                Yeah, can’t wait too see that train wreck, lol

                • Donkey Teeth

                  Donkey Teeth says:
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                  Keep yapping

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha…please Donkey don’t own us again!

    • Terrence Mann says:
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      Wassup, December Grey? I’m in Vegas for a day. Liking Dodgers 3-1 to win the NL. Longshot on Chisox to win the division? Oh yeah, Marlins 150-1 to win the NL. I have to bet that. HAVE to. I know you were on Twins last year like flies on pitchers I draft every year.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        White Sox all the way! $100, easy money!

  2. The Great Knoche says:
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    The Seattle Mariners. 4 potential closers drafted in the first 35 rounds.

    i Haven’t had time to put any projections into a spreadsheet, but will do so once I get a chance. I’ll include direct comparison between you and Donkey. My numbers will be different than yours. Speaking of which when does top 10 come out? January?

    I don’t love my team, felt I reached a little early for what seem like closers with jobs. Offense is solid, but starters could be an adventure unless Paddack takes next step. Who knows though. We still have 100 days to go.

    • Dave D says:
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      Yeah, most of us that didn’t prioritize having two or three secure closers are in the same boat. Those that did are probably weaker in other areas. Your team seems decent to me. Lots of guys are wild cards. I like Suter a lot as a deep sleeper SP if he’s healthy. You might be ok with him and Samardzija as back ups. I have almost forgiven you now for you Kingery heist. I’m glad I have him on my first DC. I’m with you and Grey on that guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mid-Jan, aiming for 14th (if that’s the Monday)

      I’d have to see your team laid out in front of me to know

    • bill says:
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      Knoche, like your team. You sniped me on a few picks.

  3. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    To be fair, we polled before you had drafted the game changer Jacob Waguespack

    • Dave D says:
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      Hey, DT, are you gonna do a similar recap for your league? Id be interested in seeing your self-evaluation as well.

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Definitely. Might try to work on it on my flight to Spain this afternoon. Donde está el baño?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re bilingual?!

          • Donkey Teeth

            Donkey Teeth says:
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            Trilingual…I speak Donkey as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I got that Waguespack’s mentality!

    • bill says:
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      DT what kind of Mo’s were u drafting with that you got Mondesi in the third round?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

      • Hernan says:
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        The kind that wisely stay away from a free swinging “speed only” guy coming of shoulder surgery…, lol

  4. Cole says:
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    Saw Bochy is coaching a French team. A French team of what? Mimes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, what?

      • Cole says:
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        Oh looks like their WBC team. You know, that makes more sense

  5. Dave D says:
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    Well, I drafted with Grey and cohorts. This was my 2nd DC of the year so I think it might be fun to share and compare my 2 drafts for what it’s worth. I took basically the same approach with each draft strategy wise. The main difference was drafting with Razz peers versus “regular folks” and, of course my draft position. I was #14 in my first one and #1 in the Razz. My question to peers is which roster would you rather have? Any thoughts on ADP?

    Team #1

    C- Salvador Perez
    C- Tom Murphy
    1B-Eric Hosmer
    2B-Kevin Newman
    SS-Amed Rosario
    3B-Ryan McMahon
    OF-Ronald Acuna Jr.
    OF-Bryce Harper
    OF-Kevin Pillar
    OF-Domingo Santana
    OF-Avisail Garcia
    CI-Manny Machado
    MI-Mauricio Dubon
    UT-Yordan Alvarez

    P-Charlie Morton
    P-Zack Greinke
    P-Madison Bumgarner
    P-Zack Wheeler
    P-Hansel Robles
    P-Aaron Civale
    P-Mike Fiers
    P-Merrill Kelly
    P-Jordan Yamamoto

    Bench
    Travis Shaw 3B, CI, UT
    Dylan Moore SS, MI, OF, UT
    Ender Inciarte OF, UT
    Corey Dickerson OF, UT
    Shogo Akiyama OF, UT
    Wander Franco SS, MI
    Albert Pujols 1B, CI
    Daulton Varsho C, UT
    Tim Locastro OF, UT
    Mike Ford 1B, CI
    Brian O’Grady OF, UT
    Patrick Wisdom 3B, CI
    Dustin Garneau C, UT
    Edwin Rios 1B, CI, UT

    Michael Kopech P
    Josh James P
    Brusdar Graterol P
    Ian Anderson P
    Aaron Bummer P
    Trent Thornton P
    James Kaprielian P
    Nick Wittgren P
    Rafael Montero P
    Richard Rodriguez P
    Darwinzon Hernandez P
    Junior Guerra P
    Jandel Gustave P

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      Team #2

      C- J.T. Realmuto
      C-Tom Murphy
      1B-Jose Abreu
      2B-Keston Hiura
      SS-Fernando Tatis Jr.
      3B-Scott Kingery
      OF-David Dahl
      OF-Kyle Schwarber
      OF-Kevin Pillar
      OF-Domingo Santana
      OF- Avisail Garcia
      CI-Ryan McMahon
      MI-Adalberto Mondesi
      UT- Michael Chavis

      P-Jack Flaherty
      P-Eduardo Rodriguez
      P-Madison Bumgarner
      P-Robbie Ray
      P-Ian Kennedy
      P-Michael Kopech
      P-Jordan Yamamoto
      P- Merrill Kelly
      P-Mike Fiers

      Bench

      Dylan Moore SS, OF
      Hunter Renfroe OF, UT
      Ender Inciarte OF, UT
      Yan Gomes C, UT
      Colin Moran 3B, CI
      Jordan Luplow OF, UT
      Brian Goodwin OF, UT
      Wander Franco SS, MI, UT
      Bradley Zimmer OF, UT
      Derek Dietrich 1B, CI, 2B, MI, UT
      Cheslor Cuthbert 1B, 3B, CI
      Jared Walsh 1B, CI
      Tyler Wade OF, 2B, MI, UT
      Edwin Rios 1B, CI, UT

      Sixto Sanchez P
      Zach Eflin P
      J.A. Happ P
      Jose Urena P
      Eric Lauer P
      Elieser Hernandez P
      Adam Wainwright P
      Kevin Ginkel P
      Nick Wittgren P
      Rafael Montero P
      Tim Hill P
      Tyler Rogers P
      Trevor Gott P

      • Grey

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        I know #1 was our league, but I kinda like #2 better — they’re both decent though… I think your hitting is just better in #2. I hope the Pillar and Domingo picks work for you….Right now, I’d be pulling on my collar a little, worried about them

        • Dave D says:
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          Yeah, I think I like #2 (my non-Razz) team better. You’re right about OF, but I think Pillar and Domingo will land FT jobs. If not, I have Renfroe on team 2, but more depth on team 1. I have deeper veteran SPs on team 2, more young fliers in #1.

          That does bring me to one observation: young bats and veteran SPs both went consistent earlier in the Razz DC. Many examples of each. Guys like JA Happ, Eflin, Urena, Wainwright went way later in my 1st draft than Razz.

          Btw, did you see LAD are pursuing MadBum? If that materializes I love my pick of him. Much better landing spot than any AL team. Probably would bump up his ADP too.

          • Grey

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            Outside of Coors (and maybe a handful of other places), I like Bum this year for his price… Think he’s been a steal from what I’ve seen… Surprised to hear you say that on Eflin, I thought I paid a decent price on him… The other ones I agree on, and I don’t mind vet arms in these leagues

            • Dave D says:
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              I still like Eflin there. I got him on my other team. I was just saying I got him later by a couple rounds in
              my other DC. I still think he’s a great value where you got him just not as cheap.

              • Grey

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                Gotcha, yeah, I like him a lot, he actually feels like he’s on the brink of breaking out, just needs a few things to go right

      • bill says:
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        Duff man the only way you finish in the top three in either league, is in the league of the blind where the one eye’d man is king! Haha

        • Dave D says:
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          Ha, my nemesis! Good luck, Bill. I still got scoreboard on last year so bring it!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          One eye’d man? Did you see the penis fish that washed ashore in Cali?

          • Dave D says:
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            Yeah, weird stuff! If some sea anemones or jellyfish wash up with them they could make sea porn.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

    • Squat Cobblers says:
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      ‘Thoughts on best draft spot’: Take this with a HUGE grain of salt but, a couple of fangraphs writers analyzed this in “The Process” using 15-team, 30-round, Main Event 2018 data. Division winners came from all spots but 1, 7, 9 did best in overall standings followed by 2 thru 5 …followed by 8, 10-12 …and lastly, the worst spots were from 13-15 (with 13 the worst.)

      I think I like your TEAM 1 better. I’m amazed by the solid offense combined with a likely top five (two?) starting staff. You might win even if last in saves.

      Having said that, I waited on closers last year in drafts like you did in these. It did not work out at all. Could’ve moved up a spot to first in one and to second in another if I had two average closers. If you don’t strike gold with your reserve relievers, if will be difficult to win these leagues…which you already knew.

      Here is mine from the 8th spot:

      C-Perez-13
      C-McGuire-30, Castro-31
      1B-Voit-16
      2B-Madrigal-15
      SS-Baez-3
      3B-Devers-2
      OF-Laureano-5
      OF-E Rosario-6
      OF-Aquino-11
      OF-Avi Garcia-18
      OF-Mazara-19
      MI-Amed Rosario-8
      CI-Machado-4
      UT-Khris Davis-14
      Res-Dubon, Vic Reyes, Evan White, K Cron, Seth Brown, Bird

      P-G Cole-1
      P-Woodruff-7
      P-Odorizzi-12
      P-McKay-17
      P-Pineda-21
      P-Yamamoto-24
      RP-E Diaz-9
      RP-Iglesias-10
      RP-S Anderson-20
      Res-Bassitt, Lorenzen, P Sandoval, Amir Garrett, Duffy, K Wright, Bryse Wilson,
      Kikuchi, Joe Ross. Armenteros

      Definitely like yours better ‘cept for Saves.

      This budget for this draft worked out to roughly 64%/26%/10% …This isn’t far off from my 3 2019, NFBC league’s average of 63.5/26.5/10.0

      Not sure what your Starting Pitcher budget came to but, you are definitely higher than average. Was that by design?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I like your 1st three starters a lot, then it’ll be a full-on crapshoot

        Love the hitting, your team looks solid, Squat Cobblers

        • Squat Cobblers says:
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          Thanks Grey! Me pitchers are a major crapshoot!

          It’s not easy drafting when the Cobblers don’t yet have the answer key: The Grey’nkings!!

          • Grey

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            Haha, same for me!

        • Tom says:
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          What a difference a year makes, Odorizzi absolutely disregarded in last year’s DC drafts, now hes loved as a top 3 arm. Perhaps a little bit of an over correction?

          • Grey

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            Not at all, I think Odorizzi is still underrated… He found velocity, see what that did to Morton

            • Tom says:
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              92.8 mph on his four seam FB, a tick below league average, meh. I’m not saying he’s going to be bad but i’d rather have him as my fourth or fifth starter.

      • Dave D says:
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        Hey Squat, It’s good to hear your feedback. I hear you on the saves. Last year I took the same strategy and it worked out as I grabbed Hansel Robles late. Hopefully I can be so fortunate again. In a 15 teamer one great closer can often single handedly get you in the middle of the pack , and a part time or vulture can supplement. Its a gamble but part of the fun.It looks like we have a few common players. I live Yamamoto. I actually drafted him last year in the Razz DC in the 50th round. He strikes guys out and doesn’t walk many. I can’t pass on that. Dubon, Avi, Ahmed I like a lot too. I’m not sure how to answer to budget question, could you explain it a little more? Your outfield looks great. Rotation pretty solid if Pineda comes back strong.

        • Squat Cobblers says:
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          The budget question is just approximated by having each snake slot assigned a dollar value (15 teams x $260 = $3900 total.) I just add up my Starting Pitchers and Relief Pitchers (subtract this total from $260 to arrive at a hitter dollar value/percent.)

          I can shoot you an email spreadsheet (johnobrien3rd yahoo) with the rough ‘cost’ of each pick in each round. This is for a 15-team, NFBC type snake draft with an imaginary $260 budget per team. Note that it’s just approximate as my team added up to only $258.92. Doesn’t matter. I just add the cost of each Pitcher drafted in the first 23 rounds (round 24 would all be $0 each)…turns out it was $93.43 then, divided by $258.92 meant that I had spent 36.1% on pitching…and hitting is obviously just 1-.361 or 63.9% for hitting.

          Obviously none of this matters if the players I choose suck. But I like to have an idea of how much I ‘spend’ on Pitching.

          I can send you Rudy’s spreadsheet as well, though it just gives one dollar value per round…so not really precise enough.

          Just an FYI…
          Here are the Hitting/SP/RP budget breakdowns for NFBC, 15-team drafts using final ADP results:

          2018: 63.6%/26.1%/10.3%
          2019: 65.0%/25.9%/9.1%

          Each draft is different. To give more info, these are the budget breakdowns for my 3 NFBCs in 2019.

          63.5/26.5/10.0
          62.5/26.9/10.6
          63.9/26.0/10.0

          Not sure yet how my 2020 draft went, but because closers dropped and every team had a Starting Pitcher by Round 3: SP budget is up/Closer Budgets are down (but will likely rise by March)/Hitting might be closer to that 62.5 if I had to guess.

          The reason it’s helpful to have an approximate idea of my leaguemates draft budget, is so I can set the OVERALL Hitting/SP/RP split for whatever projections I’m drafting from. From there, one compares ADP cost directly to projection $ to differentiate bargains from those over-drafted (Villar this year?)

  6. Curtis says:
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    Thoughts on Peraza (playing every day 2B for Sox?) and Berti (super utility post-Villar)? Both have that sweet sweet positional eligibility for DCs or Cutlines. Berti’s ADP is dropping like a rock, and Peraza’s was 431 (!) pre-Sox signing.

    Can’t wait for those rankings Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I like Peraza on the Red Sox, I’ll go over him

  7. Ace of Spades says:
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    December Grey and other Razzmates

    14 team auction keep 11.

    which side of this deal?

    Juan Soto $12 or Vladdy jr. $12 and David Dahl $13

    As always thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soto

  8. LaRockakis says:
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    Donkey Teeth got Mancini. Clearly, Team B is better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha *shakes fist* Mancini!

  9. Danny says:
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    Not sure if y’all have talked about this but on the study that showed baseball seam height was lower and produced less drag, resulting in the HR spike….. so my question is will they use the same baseballs in 2020? I saw you posted whatever happens, it’ll affect everyone across the board which makes sense. But can’t help but be curious if we’ll get 25 homers from everyone again

    • Grey

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      I think Manfred thinks fans like homers (he might be right), so I can’t imagine he’d do anything to lessen home runs… He won’t even cop to real reasons why home runs were hit…

  10. Smitty says:
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    TreaT will stay healthy and have an MVP type year. Spent a high pick on Bellinger in ’18 and he went on to have a mediocre season. So I stayed off him in ’19, and then boom!
    Enter Turner after an injury riddled, abbreviated ’19. Many will stay off, but I believe those who get him will be getting the guy they thought they were getting in ’19. Was hopeful he’d fall to me but…
    Targeted balance, trying not to punt a category. The adjustments were many, and scrambled some. We’ll see how things shake out, but like my club overall (plenty of risk tho)
    Appreciated the opp, thx brother

    • Grey

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      No problem, good luck!

  11. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Good Stuff Grizzle! I like Team Grey better (sorry Donkey!) But don’t put much weight in that opinion as the Squat Cobblers are YUGE Grey Lemmings!! I definitely think Giolito will be an Ace. Love Jansen/Gallegos combo (I think you’ll be top five in Saves.) You may have platoons with Riley and Happ but really, who won’t have platoons. I think I have 3 (ouch.)

    Lothario, what say you about team Cobbler posted above?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Happy to know, Squat!

  12. Harley Earl says:
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    First, in regards to the question, Team B absolutely is better than Team A. Not even close.

    I’m have to assume somebody refilled their medical marijuana prescription a few hours before the draft. Somebody being the Team A owner.

    Next, I have a question about the Rendon signing.

    Do you believe the Rendon signing will affect Tommy LaStella and Justin Upton in a small, medium or large positive way? I’ve seen projected lineups with LaStella batting leadoff and Upton batting fifth (Trout 2nd, Rendon 3rd, and Ohtanhi 4th). Does this signing change your value at all on LaStella and Upton?

    I own LaStella and had been considering cutting him until this happened. Now I’m puzzled.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton is influenced more from the fact that he’s old and has been on decline for years… La Stella is influenced by never showing anything near what he did last year in half a year… I don’t think Rendon matters for either

      • Harley Earl says:
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        You don’t think either of their counting stats might rise with Rendon in the lineup?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Negligible

      • Dave D says:
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        Ha! Sad but true…

      • bill says:
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        Upton is 32, seems like he’s older, more like 36 as he’s been around forever

        • Harley Earl says:
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          Why does everyone hate LaStella? Is he basically Scootter Gennett 2.0? Seems like he either figured something out or the juiced ball helped him last year. But nobody thinks he can do it again.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Bc he wasn’t good for the first 12 years of his career, and Scooter wasn’t good after a ‘breakout’ either, so it’s not in his favor to say he’s like Scooter

            • Harley Earl says:
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              That’s what I meant with the Scooter reference. Everyone is saying LaStella will implode like Scooter did, making him Scooter 2.0.

              I’m going to drop him for a prospect.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yup, could see it depending on who

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Harley comes in, completely bashes your team, and then asks your opinion. Classic!

        • Smitty says:
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          Green eggs and ham!

  13. Ozone Ranger says:
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    Art Warren was the leader of the commission that investigated what happened to Ian Kennedy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  14. Hernan says:
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    Tsugugo to Rays, nice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, sucks for Nate Lowe tho

      • Dave D says:
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        And Ji-Man, and O’Grady…. and Yandy?

        • Smitty says:
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          BTW thanks for guiding me through some of the mechanics on the website Duff.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All kinda in the mix, but everyone is with Cash

    • Smitty says:
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      Great news!

      • Brightcg says:
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        Fellow league mate here. A quick glance at the teams seems to suggest that most are fairly even. Should be a tight race.

        I’m worried I might have gone too shallow in depth in my reserve picks. Went heavy on AA and AAA guys. Just hoping a few pop. The past few years in nfbc I noticed that very few picks after the 30th round contribute much at all to your team. We’ll see how it works out.

        • Smitty says:
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          Hear ya, tough getting quality depth and positional coverage. Long season. Good job Bright

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like a lot of your picks, thinking/wishing at times I was Bright and not Albright

          • Brightcg says:
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            Ha! Yeah, got sniped on a bunch and your sleeper posts were making it really hard to sneak guys by an extra round or two.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hah, yup!

  15. Hernan says:
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    Lol, I just got a hard copy of “The Process”…., it says my Team Rules!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well done!

  16. hot corner says:
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    Ketel Marte’s breakout started in 2018. He was terrible for the first month, but was solid for the last 4 months. He had a 465ft-ish HR that year and you could see that his power was real. I had him almost every team in 2019.

    You forgot one guy in the 482ft HR club and he happens to be the guy with the longest HR of the season at 505ft. Nomar Mazara. The power is real. Everyone has given up on him, but he was 47/12/46/.264/3 in the first 3 month before a thumb injury and then oblique.

    If he can improve just a little bit against lefties and get the ball in the air, then he is my pick for the 2020 version of Marte and he is going around pick 240-250.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I saw Nomar on the list too, but I didn’t want to distract from my point by talking about Mazara…His power is very real too, and still young… But he does have other issues

      • hot corner says:
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        I think the Rangers messed him up by bringing him up too early before he could work out those issues in the minors. He is the same age as Biggio and Hays and younger than Kingery.

        I am biased because I will be watching Mazara here in Chicago.

        • Grey

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          He’s way too young to be giving up on, surprised the Rangers did, so I’m excited for him still… He does need to show something tho

  17. Dan says:
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    I’m curious – For next year, what order do you rank the following eligible outfielders.

    Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario, Tommy Pham, Ramon Laureauno, Jeff McNeil

    Working through some keeper/trade conundrums. It’s H2H points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rankings come out next month, but likely Soler, Laureano, Rosario, Pham

      • Dan says:
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        Thanks – Pham over McNeil?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Close

  18. Big Magoo

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    How do you know if you’re a FBB nerd? If the FA signing that catches your eye is Gausman to SF.

    I like your Beni pick. Prime bounceback candidate. Surprised Ryu is falling that far too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I’m with you, Gausman is really intriguing

  19. Llango says:
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    Hello Grey!

    Keeper league, 12 team, H2H. We keep 10.
    I trade Snell and Soroka and my 1.2 pick ( 11th round 2nd pick) return Wonder and Paddock.
    Which side do you like?
    Current roster
    1st Abreu
    2nd Hiura
    SS Bichette
    3rd Moncada
    OF Alvarez
    OF Betts
    SP Snell
    SP Buehler
    SP Soroka
    SP Severino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wonder?

      • Llango says:
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        Wonder Franco

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wander*

          I’d take Wander

  20. Zack says:
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    Austin Meadows vs Ketel Marte was an impossible decision, but I’m happy I went with Meadows. Young/upside was clearly the strategy for me in this draft.

    Darvish, Ryu, Gallegos & Brown were all particularly painful for me. Fun drafting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to have you! Good luck!

  21. Joseph Miakisz says:
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    I think your pics form a better group of players to build around. Love Turner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

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