My prior, uber, hard-line stance has been that you with that one hair wrapped around your head acting as a hairstyle don’t want to draft a sleeper 1st baseman. By the by, I tried to replace Uber with Lyft in the previous sentence, but it didn’t make sense. My wokeness has failed. Previously, I’d tell you to go to my top 20 1st basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball (not clickbait at all) and draft some top guys and stop fooling around with sleepers at this position. Of course, I’m malleable like Gumby and this year there are no top 1st basemen *ducks head*.  Whoa, someone threw a wrench into this! Fine, Pete Alonso and Matt Olson get nethers ablaze, but 1st basemen dry up quick. As with other positions like the catchers to target (again, not clickbait), these are 1st basemen that are being drafted late. For the 1st basemen, I’m going with an ADP of 150 or later, so you should have a 1st baseman already, and these are more corner infidels or utility guys. Anyway, here’s some 1st basemen to target for 2020 fantasy baseball:

Danny Santana (192 ESPN, 189 Yahoo) Haven’t mentioned this yet, so what better time than now? (No better time, that’s the answer, my dude.) ESPN’s rankings are goofy. NFBC has Antana going off the board around 131 overall. I’ve ranked him around 140th overall. So, I guess there’s a chance you’re playing against all schmohawks who use ESPN’s rankings and type with their elbows and chew with their mouth open and insist Klara Bell’s making sense in his rankings, but, for the most part, Antana won’t be available. Any hoo! Antana, by conservative projections, is going to go 20/19/.242, and by conservative I mean our Steamer projections. Those numbers alone would make him around 120th overall in value. And, again, in case you missed it, that’s conservative.

Christian Walker (199 NFBC, 175 ESPN, 260 Yahoo) As I mentioned previously this preseason (and sorta 150 words ago in the opening), I didn’t used to write 1st basemen sleepers, but in this post alone there’s two. So, you can check out my Christian Walker sleeper, if you so desire. (Saying the word “desire” out loud automatically makes you creepy. It’s impossible to give an example where it doesn’t make you creepy. You trying to explain how it doesn’t make you creepy to say “desire” actually makes you more creepy.) You know what Christian Walker screams to me? DESIRE! Kidding, he reminds me of a guy we look back on in September and think, “How on earth was he undervalued in the preseason? He was good in 2019 already. There was no surprise here. What the hell was I thinking in March not drafting him?” I don’t know, to be honest. I knew Walker would be a sleeper and undervalued, but I never really wrapped my head around why. He was good for a full year already.

Hunter Dozier (208 ESPN, 202 Yahoo) Very similar to what I said for Walker — also, you check out my Hunter Dozier sleeper too — Walker was already good. Are people just fading these guys because they’re 28 years old? Is age why people are fading Dannys Antana too? What, are you guys Hollywood producers trying to find a date? What do you care if they’re 28 years old? You’re not interested in their ovaries. You’re trying to get one year of production from them! By the way, I wrote this post about a week ago, but am editing some of the draft slots for ESPN and Yahoo now and they’ve all moved up dramatically. Last week, ESPN and Yahoo had Dozier about 30 picks later. Don’t worry, ESPN still has Votto and Hosmer about 40 spots higher than any of these guys. What a jizzoke.

Michael Chavis (235 NFBC, 232 ESPN, 270 Yahoo) The hesitation with Chavis is obvious, and why he’s ranked and/or being drafted after the top 200. He’s not a clearcut breakout waiting to happen. He’s…well, I don’t know what he is, and most don’t, if ADP is accurate. Last year in 347 ABs, he hit 18 homers with a 23.1% HR/FB and 35.5% fly ball rate. That’s not a straightforward uppercase yay. His exit velocity was kinda meh, but he did average 419 feet on his homers, so Chavis wears Big Boy pants. He looks a little like he could be Rhys Hoskins — think 30 homers, .240 average — but Fenway might help his BABIP and average. It wasn’t by accident he had an xBA of .222; it was by sheer luck he hit .254. With all that said (wrap this puppy up, Grey!), at his price, Chavis is well worth the flyer.

Renato Nunez (276 NFBC, 226 ESPN, 311 Yahoo) Does drafting and liking Nunez hurt or help Mountcastle? I’m not sure. Are the Orioles really going to play Chris Davis and Rio Ruiz? Don’t answer that if you’re near an Orioles fan; you will make them openly sob, which isn’t cool.

Evan White (378 NFBC, 281 ESPN, 373 Yahoo) This is the first time ever ESPN is the highest ranker for a rookie. Okay, I’m not sure if that is true, but I’m saying I think it’s true, and those two things are the same. ESPN still has Votto in the top 160 and thinks Kole Calhoun and Kevin Pillar are top 120 overall hitters, so the bar is super low to be impressed by them, but I’m so shocked they are high man on White. But, when I see my projections for White, and how he’s a 15-homer guy with a possibly okay average, I sorta understand ESPN’s ranking of him more. They look at projecting Votto with 15/5/.265 and think that White’s great like an end-of-summer P. Diddy Hampton party.

Ryan Mountcastle (450 NFBC, unranked ESPN, unranked Yahoo) It’s absolute crickets on Mountcastle early on in draft SZN. (Did I do that right? Abbreviating it SZN? Prolly not.) Maybe now that Trey Mancini is out for “who knows how long” with “no one has any idea what he has,” people will be clamoring for Mountcastle, but I haven’t heard a chirp about him. Perhaps I like Mountcastle because I’m just a huge fan of anything that sounds like a British detective drama, and nearly drafted Jose Broadchurch in one league, but Mountcastle at 450th overall? Possibly it’s his lack of walks, but in standard 5×5 he shouldn’t be off the board for free. Why exactly is he not breaking camp with the Orioles and getting 500+ ABs? He hit 25 HRs and .312 last year and absolutely murdered the ball. British detective, “Mountcastle murdered the ball, but what if…there were two balls and they both had the same father?!” That’s Jose Broadchurch flipping through Mountcastle’s family album. I’ve already talked about him at length in my Ryan Mountcastle fantasy. There’s no guarantees with him, but, at his price, there’s nothing but upside from Mountcastle, coming this summer on the BBC.

 
  1. Al KOHOLIC says:
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    I’ll be targeting a few of these in my other Razzslam. Got the number 7 spot in it but wow how different the draft has went compared to our other one. Since I’m new to the razzslam scoring and drafting last I think I’m weak at starting pitching and will be looking for late round pitchers that won’t hurt me

    • Cabby says:
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      Great article. I’ll be targeting these guys for my keeper league below.

      12 team keeper league. Keep 10 players and up to 7 Minor leaguers

      R, Total bases , RBI, SB, OBP
      ERA, WHIP, K, wins +qs, holds+saves

      C,C-
      1B-
      2B- Ozzie Albies
      SS- Trea Turner
      MI- Villar
      3B- Arenado
      CI-
      5 OF- Acuna, Harper, Marte
      6 Sp- Walker Buehler, Patrick Corbin
      U- Tim Anderson

      Minors- Mitch Keller, Patino, T. Skubal, Brujan, Royce Lewis, Andrew Vaughn, Alec Bohm

      I have the first pick in the upcoming snake draft(essentially 13 round pick after keepers). Who do you think I should pick. There are some nice pitchers available but there is a huge drop off after the few good ones. Teams that win this league usually have solid pitching.

      Pitchers available- Giolito, Snell, s. Gray, Wheeler, Price, Tanaka
      Hitters available- Soler, Donaldson, D. Santana, E. Escobar, Encarnacion.

      I’m really leaning Giolito but I am debating Soler or Donaldson. Thoughts?

      • Kelly Denzik says:
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        obp league makes donaldson more valuable,otherwis not much diff in him and encarnacion and or Dozie /Nunez
        ,i dont think Grey is sold on Giollita but i think id lean him

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I like Giolito

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      Seems to be a very common theme among the RazzSlam drafts. At some point in each Slam, pitching all becomes pretty much the same.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m in your league, Al

      Pitching only goes in your lineup when it’s good, so high upside and downside like say Reynaldo Lopez isn’t bad

      • baby seal says:
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        Darvish was my first pitcher at 66. Let’s go!

  2. Mr Baseball says:
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    V. Bruján
    S. Doolittle
    D. Cease

    for

    K. Tucker

    keeper league I own Tucker – trade I received

    • cmutimmah says:
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      I’d keep Tucker, his numbers in the minors weren’t made by trash can bangs.

      Brujan is at best Villar. None of the three have the upside of Tucker.

      If you’re going for it this year and need pitching, Cease and Doolittle offer help (Cease wasn’t great last year though, remember, so he could see some minor league time if he struggles).

    • B_Don

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      Need a little more context. How many teams? How many keepers? Who are you keeping? What format?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with BDon. Without more info I lean Brujan side though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly hold, it’s close

  3. LenFuego says:
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    Got any irresponsible speculation about what is going on with Trey Mancini? I gotta make a keeper decision on him by this coming Saturday.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d probably go with someone else assuming you have decent alternatives.

      • Cram It says:
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        That fits the “irresponsible speculation” bill. “Sounds like it’s cancer”? Who is Blueberries to make that prognosis?

        • bigbear says:
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          Certainly. Alex Cobb isn’t Mancini or his doctor. But he occasionally sleeps at a Holiday Inn Express and shares a clubhouse with the man. In other words, I’d look elsewhere too.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Mancini news doesn’t sound good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotta look elsewhere

  4. 183414 says:
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    After reading your column about 10 team points @NFBC, I decide to try it for the 1st time after 10 12 team OL Championship drafts and before I finish up with 2 more and then my Super.
    Needed you this past weekend, as I found myself outside my element, or so it seems.
    Was preparing to draft picks 119 and 122, and thought I’d check to see who the guy in front of me had on his team, as I (with pick #2 was sandwiched by pick #1). When I saw a 2nd. baseman, a m.i., 3 outfielders, 1 pitcher (Osuna), and room only for a util., I thought that I could safely draft Schwarberat 119, and then at 122 take Biggio, or if necessary, Edman. Well the guy takes Edman and then Biggio and puts him on the bench.
    Stupid me, with roto being all that I do, didn’t remember that there is no “bench”., so of course, I go offtrack and draft Woodruff.
    My 1st 8 picks followed your start as best as remembered it, but I resorted to my Roto pitching picks when I couldn’t get either Biggio or Edman.
    My 1st 8 picks were Yelic/Devers/JD Mart/Hiura/Olson/Bichette/Castillo/ Cruz, but then I went Morton/Montas/Aroldis/Schwarber/Woodruff.
    Can you help me resurrect my team ? Assuming that (which you know I can’t do) Polanco, Kingery, McMahon (mgr. said he’ll play 150 games @2nd), Dozier, Ramos (c), and Buxton are available , would any of them (hopefully 2) interest you ? I’m hoping that Dahl, D.Santana, and Mercado are there, but doubt it.
    Looking at Walker down the road a bit. Or do I just look for more great pitching ? haha
    Reyes, C. Santana both went early.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated. I know I put myself in a hole, b/c hitting trumps pitching, as you clearly stated.

    • 183414 says:
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      Soroka/Lynn/EdRod still available w/ 11 picks in front of me.

      • Dave D says:
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        EdRod all the way.

        • 183414 says:
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          I think i need a hitter. Already have 4 starters and a closer. Best Ball Points is definitely not Roto.

    • B_Don

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      Polanco and Mercado are both nice picks there for the NFBC points format. Dozier, Santana, and Dahl would be the next in line for me. You have 5 arms already, I’d probably grab a 2-3 more hitters and then load up on closers and arms later.

      • 183414 says:
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        Assuming Mercado is gone and even Polanco, who do I reach for ? Not my game. There are 2-3 teams who had only 1 pitcher after the 13th round.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco, Mercado, Kingery, D. Santana

      • 183414 says:
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        Polanco, Kingery, and D. Santana just went right before my turn. I hate this venue. I’m on the clock. Mercado is there. Story of this draft whoever I queue up get’s taken right in front of me.
        In addition to Soroka, Urias, Ed Rod (more starters), Dozier, JD Davis, McMahon and Ramos interest me. I’m assuming I can wait for Reynolds and Walker.
        McMahon (2d/3d) won’t be there when I pick again @159, assuming he’s not taken before I pick after the dude ahead of me, makes his 2 moves. I’ll grab Mercado now @139, and assuming Dozier, JD Davis, and McMahon are there @142, who would you draft? Definitely need your help here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take Mercado

        • Dave D says:
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          McMahon Coors games will count, road games won’t if he sucks. McMahon more useful in this format,IMO

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Fair enough

  5. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    12 team auction dynasty. max keepers predraft are 18 and max predraft budget is 75% of in auction budget, here those are 269/359. QS/K/9/OPS/total bases added 7×7.
    for sure keepers:
    C
    1B freeman (47)
    2B
    3B rendon (26)
    LF stanton (35)
    CF robles (10)
    RF
    util (2) moncada (stupid only 3B now, 30)
    SP (want 8 or so eventually): paddack (10)
    kendricks (10)
    nola (22)
    morton (5)
    RP (max 5 slots, saves only here): chapman (10), yates (13), hendriks (10)
    prospects (in season 10 NA slots):
    w.franco (10)
    kopech (1)
    kelenic (10)

    so that’s 15 and 209 out of the max 269.
    keep which 3 more of these:
    hampson (13)
    kingery (10)
    k.davis (25, can’t be him i’d think, DH only too)
    ed rod (10)
    lynn (10)
    lucchesi (6)
    a.reyes (10)
    leclerc (10, but i got 3 closers already)
    prospects: puk (10), brujan (10), kieboom (10, him or kingery could cover my 2B/SS spots), larnach (10)
    it’s probably kieboom/brujan and somebody else (kingery maybe).

    i could also max bid 30 on any of these (albeit they might get matched, but the keeper decisions are made after the bids are matched or not):
    clevinger, gallo, jd martinez, avisail, pham, benintendi, ozuna, merrifield
    i would not have tiebreaker on if somebody else max bid these, one person already did with jd mart just now, even i jumped through the hoop of him not being matched

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      kieboom/brujan, Kingery

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        rendon just got bid up to 39 (max) but i still have space to add these 3 and match for the extra 13 bucks.

  6. Redonkulous D says:
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    Grey, DonkeyTeeth, usual suspects, and anyone smarter than me, really-
    In a 16 team dynasty H2H with very stingy SP trading, I’m holding a stackload of SPs, hoping for a breakout of sorts, as I need a future ace/SP2.

    But I need to trade one SP for a 1B/2B or CF/LF with some future potential. Of these, who would you choose to trade: Carrasco, Stroman, Heaney, Bundy, McCullers, Josh James, Peralta, Brsudar. I have Nola as my SP1 and Whitley, Bubic, Daulton Jeffries, and Daniel Lynch as prospects.

    Thanks a bunch!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brusdar, Peralta

  7. Mikey says:
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    NFCB Bestball question:
    Stanton had now fallen to pick 70. Do I pull the trigger at that price point?

    • Mikey says:
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      (it’s the points league variety)

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      I’m fine with taking the chance at that point. I’d imagine he’ll go in this round or the next

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Depends on your appetite for risk but it’s a decent area to take a gamble

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

    • baby seal says:
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      not unless you enjoy losing

  8. Kcc26 says:
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    Good morning!!

    6×6 mixed H2H, (ops and k:bb). Keeping the following:

    Acuña
    Alonso
    Bogaerts
    Albies
    Y. Alvarez
    Olson

    Can you rank these hitters likely to be available at 1st draft slot in terms of who you’d draft to complement this group? Thanks!

    Starling, altuve, Springer

    • Kcc26 says:
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      Oh also, 12 teams,
      C/1B/2B/3B/SS/INF/4 OF/Util

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      Springer, Altuve, Starling.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Spring, Altuve,Starling for me in H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  9. Twins Peaker says:
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    Great article. Good timing too for my question. AJ Mass put out his points league rankings and had Matt Olson 99th overall. For perspective, Cesar Hernandez was 97th and Lorenzo Cain 95th. How is this possible? Olson looks primed for 35-40 HR. Other than Bellinger and Alonso, Olson seems to be ready to be a big contributor. Am I off? I spent a wad of cash on him in my draft yesterday.

  10. David says:
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    NL only, 15 team 5 keeper league, 5×6, h2h. Need to keep one and can keep for 1 year or forever. Which one to keep: Muncy, Lux, Seager or Turner? Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Assuming that’s Justin Turner? I’d want Lux…

    • B_Don

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      Depends who else you’re keeping, but I’d say Lux without any other information.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  11. Jon says:
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    Jd Davis or Scott Kingery?

  12. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Awesome (and I mean it this time, Grey: ‘so does that mean you didn’t mean it the other times?’ Ante: ‘No! I meant it every time!’), report!

    a. Had my first RCL on Saturday afternoon. How’d I do out of the 8-hole (pick with round in brackets)?

    C Alfaro (248, 21st)
    1B Olson (32, 3rd)
    2B Moustakas (104, 9th)
    SS Lindor (8, 1st)
    3B Ramirez (17, 2nd)
    MI Mondesi (41, 4th)
    CI Walker (176, 15th)
    OF Soler (65, 6th)
    OF Schwarber (137, 12th)
    OF Dozier (152, 13th)
    OF Peralta (200, 17th)
    OF Shogo Akiyama (209, 18th)
    UT Mallex Smith (233, 20th)
    Bench Seth Brown (281, 24th)

    SP Giolito (56, 5th)
    SP SGray (89, 8th)
    SP Lynn (113, 10th)
    SP Odorizzi (161, 14th)
    SP Ray (185, 16th)
    SP Lucchesi (272, 23rd)
    RP Yates (80, 7th)
    RP Hand (128, 11th)
    RP Betances (224, 19th)
    Bench Pearson (257, 22nd), Hudson (296, 25th)

    I’ll watch Betances as he ramps up the velocity (if at all). For now he’s first out in my books, I’ve already replaced him in the lineup with Hudson. All starters are reserve until I understand if the ball is juiced. Probably not going to start any pitchers until after May 1, except Lucchesi at home.

    b. As you can tell from my lineup I love a lot of these 1B guys, excellent return for the place where they’re being drafted.

    c. MLB quote of the day for August 3, 1909

    ‘I had to fight all my life to survive. They were all against me…but I beat the bastards and left them in the ditch.’

    Tyrus ‘Ty’ Raymond Cobb, The Geogia Peach

    • bigbear says:
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      Historically, bats tend to be behind arms. That and the ball flies further in warm air. So I’d feel good about starting your arms in April.

      Ty Cobb got a raw deal by one author with an agenda. Cobb was no saint, but he wasn’t quite the demon he was made out to be. Though going into the stands and fighting a crippled guy didn’t help his cause! But even that sounds like there was more to the story.

    • Snacks Zillion says:
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      Ha, Love the quote. Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Team looks solid on pitching, love that staff! Hitting looks fine, but low on speed, and Mallex is tough to own in this format, but worth holding for now since you need him

      B. Yup!

      C.. Nice!

      • baby seal says:
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        Yeah, I agree. The team is very solid, though

        You gotta scrap Betances. He always starts slow and he’s coming off major injuries. I’m sure you can find someone else who won’t kill you, and can monitor Betances from waivers.

        There’s like a 0% chance Pearson makes the OD squad. Probably post Super 2 date, honestly. So I guess it’s fine to hold him for now, but realize you’re probably gonna end up dropping him sooner than later… I’d find a better spec guy if you can.

        Good luck!

  13. Cabby says:
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    Great article!

    12 team keeper league. Keep 10 players and up to 7 Minor leaguers

    R, Total bases , RBI, SB, OBP
    ERA, WHIP, K, wins +qs, holds+saves

    C,C-
    1B-
    2B- Ozzie Albies
    SS- Trea Turner
    MI- Villar
    3B- Arenado
    CI-
    5 OF- Acuna, Harper, Marte
    6 Sp- Walker Buehler, Patrick Corbin
    3 RP-
    U- Tim Anderson

    Minors- Mitch Keller, Patino, Skubal, Brujan, Royce Lewis, Andrew Vaughn, Alec Bohm

    I have the first pick in draft. I’m leaning SP as most teams that win in this league have very strong pitching.
    Available pitchers- Giolito, Snell, S. Gray,
    Available Hitters- Soler, Donaldson, Danny Santana, E. Escobar.

    I’m leaning Giolito but I’m tempted to go Soler or Donaldson. If I choose Giolito I wont be going with another pitcher for a few picks likely. Thoughts?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  14. LaRockakis says:
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    Mancini. :(

    • NUX says:
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      I’m much more bummed on Willie C. I have him everywhere.

    • NUX says:
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      Though I guess it could be something really awful with Mancini, so I shouldn’t say that. T’s and P’s with Mancini for sure. But strictly Fake Baseball related, I have zero exposure with Mancini.

      • LaRockakis says:
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        Ok.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, doesn’t sound good, LaRockakis

  15. Succos Baseball says:
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    Grey,

    Are you starting to worry about Mondesi at all?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why?

      • Succos Baseball says:
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        Came out he had shoulder soreness over the weekend, granted surgeon said he is right where he should be in recovery process

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, not worried yet…He could miss 2 weeks of the season and still reach projections

          • Succos Baseball says:
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            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  16. Lubes says:
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    Morning folks!
    10 team roto league, 5×5 w/ OBP. Keep 6 forever.
    Options-

    – Alonso
    – Rendon
    – acuna
    – Machado
    – Benintendi
    – Hoskins
    – franmil
    – puig
    – clevinger
    – kershaw
    – Glasnow

    Top 4 are clear but then…
    Any thoughts? Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Alonso, rendon, Acuña, clevinger, Machado, franmil for me

    • B_Don

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      Acuna, Alonso, Rendon, Manny, Glasnow, and Clevinger.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  17. LOLmets says:
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    Verlander hurt too now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, he was lowered in the rankings

  18. Paul says:
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    I have a draft today: my keepers are Alonso, Vlad Jr, and Bieber

    Since it’s a keeper league I know who should be available for me with my first two picks at the end of the first round and early second round.

    If no one picks Alex Bregman he will land at my exact draft spot, but even if he is there I like Anthony rendon a lot for 3B,

    Second round I have a chance for Harper, Devers, or reach for Mondesi he won’t be there for round 3

    I love Harper but thinking I should pass this year

    I’d love to get rendon round 1 and reach for Mondesi round 2… am I crazy

    What would you do

    • Donkey Teeth

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      What’s the format?

      • Paul says:
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        Categories
        R, 2B, HR, RBI, K, SB, AVG, OBP for hitting
        Everyone has three keepers

    • B_Don

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      No issue taking Mondesi there

      • Paul says:
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        we Draft C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, OF, UTL, UTL
        So 4 OF and 2 UTL

      • B_Don

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        SBs being driven down by extra categories, I change my mind and say you should take Devers if he’s there.

        • LOLmets says:
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          Mondesi won’t stay healthy / is he even healthy currently ?

    • bigbear says:
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      Agree with B_Don that SB’s are differently valued in this league.

      Rendon and Harper regardless of Roto or H2H. Especially when you throw in 2B and OBP. Devers would be in the debate too if you didn’t already have Vladdy. Actually, I could see going Bregman and Rendon there as well.

      • Paul says:
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        Bregman with SS eligibility would be really nice for the first pick
        Then follow him up with Rendon, Harper, or Devers

        • Paul says:
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          I dont think Bregman is going to fall to me.

          I will prolly start off the draft with Rendon and then Harper or Devers

          It would be a slim chance bregman isnt chosen before me and I think it would be a pitcher like scherzer or verlander who fall, and I am not trying to grab a pitcher that early

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devers or Harper

  19. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey

    Dynasty here…

    Abreu is my starting 1B
    I have Encarnacion on bench,, would you rather pick Santana or Walker for the future over him?

    Looking at your rankings, Walker would be the safer bet for 30HR… with higher expectations than 2019
    considerating health as well
    Santana had only ONE good season, wich was 2019… juiced ball again or regression fairies !!?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Walker if you’re looking to the future

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      Neither is a young guy, I’d probably go with Santana.

    • NUX says:
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      I traded Hunter Bishop + Gausman a few weeks ago FOR CWalker. And I’m rebuilding.

      For context I have a glutton of Prospect talent. I have Goldy at 1B and will be looking to deal him in April/May for a nice prospect package if he doesn’t start of the year in a funk. I dunno if any of this helps, but figured I’d mention that I moved for CWalker in Dynasty too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bunch of tossups really…I’d try Walker

  20. Scott says:
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    Would you take boyd$8 and Skubal $3 for tucker$9 and whitley $11..I’d be getting tucker..keep forever league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  21. Someone pissed in my Alphabet soup says:
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    Hey Grey 10 team 6×6 OPS league. Im drafting 10, if you’re in my spot and this is how the first round went:

    1 trout
    2 acuna
    3 yelich
    4 belli
    5 mookie
    6 arenado
    7 bregman
    8 soto
    9 rendon

    Both Story and Lindor are available would you…

    A: take both and put Lindor at MI
    B: Pair Story with Alonso or Freeman
    C: Pair Story with Harper or Jram

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      A

      • B_Don

        B_Don says:
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        Agree w/ DT.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

      • Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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        You guys are the balls, ty

  22. bigbear says:
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    The Nunez blurb made me openly sob! And realizing that some combination of Mancini, Nunez, and Mountcastle will not get a full season of AB’s is salt on the wound…

    I figured out that neither Miguel Sano nor Hunter Dozier have 1B eligibility in Fantrax this weekend in my first RCL! Doh! How’d I do? I drafted 1st, so missed a huge closer run. Took my first SP at the 4/5 turn.

    C – W. Smith
    1B – D. Murphy
    2B – Albies
    3B – Muchado
    SS – Mondesi – already on my church’s prayer list
    CI – Donaldson
    MI – Madrigal
    OF – Acuna, H. Dozier, Gurriel Jr., Mercado, Pederson
    UT – Sano
    Bench – Hilliard

    SP – Darvish, Lamet, Woodruff, Heaney, DeSclafani, Hamels, Montgomery, Pearson
    RP – Iglesias, Leclerc, Castillo

    Feel like I’m light on AVG, which is why I went Murphy late instead of a guy like Walker, Mountcastle, or CJ Cron. I’m feeling pretty good about the rest of the offensive stats.

    Sniped on a few SPs – Josh James and Dylan Bundy.

    Who’s in my streaming spot at the moment?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know…Sigh…

      I think you look fine on AVG, maybe a tad low… You look iffy on SPs…You’re not gonna own anyone past Heaney in an RCL prolly

  23. The sportsguy says:
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    10 team AL 5×5…Choo at$14 or Giles at $11. Traditionally top closers go for $17 and closers are fairly cheap

    • NUX says:
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      Giles. There are plenty more OF popups, even in AL Only than there will be Closers to grab.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with NUX

  24. NUX says:
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    @BunderscoreDon and @DT

    Can someone sort the ADP sheet in Razzslam for Column E? It keeps pushing down players who are getting drafted and I don’t seem to be allowed to keep updating that.

    Purdy please, give me Sorting permissions!!! If it helps, I’ve been a good boy and my ADP for League 5 is nearly done in real time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BunderscoreDon!

  25. MisforMookie says:
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    Good morning Grey-

    Pre-emptive, thank you!

    Got a Yahoo 12 team roto draft coming up this weekend, it’s 6×6 with R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG/OPS and W/K/SV+H/WHIP/ERA/QS. We all have 3 keepers going into the draft and I have Acuna, Betts, and Story. I was also lucky enough to have first pick of the remaining available players. My question is two-fold:

    1) Is there any reason NOT to draft Yelich with pick 1 (round 4)? See below for top available players by Rudy’s rankings for my league settings. I could see taking Arenado or Freeman with my OF already hot, but, eh?

    2) With my picks 2 and 3 at the 5/6 turn, would you be drafting two hitters and continuing to wait on pitching, or grabbing 1 hitter and 1 SP? I can definitely see waiting til 7/8 turn and taking 1-2 SP then, though note I don’t have a round 9 pick due to trades last year so I get just 1 player at the 9/10 turn. With the long wait between picks I’m a little afraid of getting snaked on any stable SP (and was burned on that last year), but yes I do subscribe to the Grey-patented “don’t draft top SP”.

    Available players in $ order:
    Yelich, Arenado, Freeman, Cruz, Stanton, Rizzo, Blackmon, Donaldson, Baez, Machado, Alonso, Alruve, Realmuto, Bogaerts, Hiura, K Marte, Correa, Robert, Schwarber, Sanchez, Corbin, Pham, Bichette, Strasburg, Mondesi…

    • B_Don

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      Take Yelich.

      Depends what pitchers are available in that spot. I imagine a lot of the top arms go in that first round. That being said, if you want pitching this season, you have to put yourself in a bit of an uncomfortable position and just take them when you need them. Not when the values are right, because they likely won’t be.

      • MisforMookie says:
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        Thanks B_Don (should have included pre-emptive thanks to the other commenters).

        Yeah that’s my thought as well. Most of top tier pitchers are already gone which is fine (Cole, DeGrom, Scherzer, Verlander, Buehler, Flaherty, Bieber…also Glasnow, Hader, Berrios), but it makes me concerned that the mid-tier guys I like will all go quickly, especially with most of the top top hitting already kept. We’ll see what happens.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with BD

  26. LOLmets says:
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    It’s crazy even if Stanton and Judge miss a bunch of time the Yankees have so many bats. I’m still in on the long shot Ford becasue he looks legit but I think Voit will hit too so idk. Will be an interesting roster crunch.

    • LOLmets says:
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      Credit to an article from pinstripe prospects:

      “Here’s Mike Fords batted ball profile:
      Average Exit Velocity: 91.9 mph (MLB average is 87.5 mph)
      Launch Angle: 15.6 (MLB average is 11.2)
      xwOBA: .365 (average .318)
      Hard Hit Rate: 45.6% (average is 34.5%)
      HR/FB: 23.5% (average is 15%)
      This is important for any player, but it’s especially important for guys that are just cracking into the MLB. Throughout his time in the Major Leagues Ford has shown the ability to hit the ball hard at the plate consistently.
      As noted earlier, Ford is exceptionally patient at the plate as well. Of course, this ability has helped him in hitting the ball harder. Below are his plate discipline stats for 2019
      Walk Rate: 10.4% (average is 8.5%)
      O-Swing: 24% (average is 32%)
      Z-Swing: 63% (average is 69%)
      Z-Contact: 88% (average 85%)
      Swinging Strike Rate: 8% (average is 11%)”

      Back to me. If Mike ford played everyday he would hit about 40 dongs in Yankee Stadium this year.

      Mike Ford SZN

      • Dave D says:
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        I’m with you Mets. I own him in two spots. Seems like a good 30th round flyer to me in 15 teamers. He’s worth a bench spot to see what happens. Good risk/reward candidate to me.

      • baby seal says:
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        hahaha, let’s go!!!

    • Cram It says:
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      His numbers look good, but I wonder why, now 27 years old, were they out signing Voit and dicking around with Greg Bird all this time?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Good question, Cram

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s like Mike Ford is awesome! Let’s give Greg Bird 5 years runway to see if he can do something

          • Cram It says:
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            Exactly! There are only 2 possibilities…he’s not that good, or he slept with Boone’s daughter.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

            • baby seal says:
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              ROFL

          • LOLmets says:
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            Bird had like 600 total career at bats as a Yankee

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Across 5 years

              • LOLmets says:
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                Yeah he battled injuries. Yankees thought he would eventually be the guy but it never happened. I guess that means Mike Ford isn’t good at hitting baseballs

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah, unrelated prolly, but you have to admit it’s weird they tried to make Bird a thing if Ford was that good

                  • baby seal says:
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                    They talked him up for so long. IDK, biases are a b*tch. Ford has the body of a car mechanic.

                    His minor league wRC+ is like 140, lol, WTF?!?

      • LOLmets says:
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        Joe Burrow was third string at Ohio State and couldn’t win the starting quarterback job there. He transferred to LSU and just won the Heisman trophy. Sometimes things just happen that way.

        • LOLmets says:
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          Bold prediction: Mike Ford wins the Heisman Trophy

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Seems likely

  27. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great stuff, Grey. No idea why people are ignoring these guys, Walker in particular!
    Also – Shane Bieber is my hero . . .

    Long story short, Shane Bieber recently joined Cameo–so, naturally, as the ace of my rotation in one of my keeper leagues, I asked him to trash talk my leaguemates ahead of our draft yesterday. HE. DID. NOT. DISAPPOINT. Happy to shoot it over to you if you wanna email the address linked to my Razz account. It’s hilarious + he clearly plays fantasy.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Link it here!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      WUT?! Yes, put a link here

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHAHAHAHA — oh my god, amazing

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            New favorite player. He turned it around in less than a day too, so I got to send it around right before the draft.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s amazing! How much?

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                only $30

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I don’t know if that’s awesome or so sad that he’s doing this for $30

                  • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                    I think he just joined. Pretty sure a lot of people just enjoy it (money aside). Gold like this means he’s gotta up his rate tho!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Double edged sword I guess, bc if it’s not priced affordable he’ll never get offers, but $30 — he should be a multi-millionaire!

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    Shit even high pitch Erik gets $75 a pop lmao

                    I think you should get on there too

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I need to start flexing on Cameo — $5 per cackle

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    HAha exactly.

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                Hah, amazing! His legend continues.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

        • baby seal says:
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          MADE MY DAY!

  28. Ecto says:
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    How should I divide my Auction Budget %?

    Ordinarily I do it 60/40 in favor of the batters. Would you change it with these settings?

    C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, UTIL, UTIL
    SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P, P
    7 Bench Spots

    H2H League w/ Hits OBP Losses and QS as added categories making it a 7×7 League.

    Most teams roster 10 SPs, 3 RP, and 12 Batters…

    How should I divide my Auction Budget %?

    Thanks for the help in advance!

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      I like 70/30, but have seen a lot of people do 65/35 or so. 60/40 could work but feels a little heavy on pitching.

      • Ecto says:
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        Why doesn’t anyone ever divide it up 50/50? I don’t understand why it’s always tipped in favor of the batters when the categories are split equally (7×7)?

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          The best pitchers only give you 4 categories (and wins are super subjective and out of their control). The best hitters give you 5 categories (or 7 in this case). In a 7×7, not sure what the pitching categories are, but SPs won’t get you any SV/HD stats and tend to be harder on k/9 than relievers. Also, pitchers are much harder to predict than hitters, so better to spend your money on more predictable outcomes.

          • Ecto says:
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            I mentioned the scoring categories in the original post.

            The categories are:

            Hits, Runs, Home Runs, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP
            Wins, Losses, Saves, Ks, ERA, WHIP, Quality Starts

            There is a minimum 40 IP per week.

            With those categories how would you allocate your budget?

            I’m hoping multiple experts help me out here!

        • Cram It says:
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          Because you don’t pay for pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      60/40 seems fine… You have QS added which ups pitching, but you have 7 hitting cats too

  29. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Had my first draft of the year last night. Pretty psyched with how it turned out, even though a missed out on a few of the guys I was targeting due to weird bidding (Franmil went for $29?!). Anyway, roster below . . . any thoughts on room for improvement?
    12 team keeper, weekly roto. Put an asterisks next to my keepers.

    C – $1 Jansen
    C – $1 Stallings
    1B – $20 Olson (woo!)
    2B – $1 Chavis
    SS – $16 Story*
    3B – $7 Chapman*
    MI – $6 Notorious D.I.D.I
    CI – $12 Encarnacion
    OF – $50 Yelich*
    OF – $29 Acuna*
    OF – $7 Eloy*
    OF – $21 Robert
    OF – $15 Mercado
    UTL – $1 Puig (NO IDEA why no one bid…he’s going to sign and start somewhere!)

    SP – $16 Bieber*
    SP – $4 Giolito*
    SP – $10 Wheeler
    SP – $10 Odorrizi
    SP – $2 Archer (lottery ticket for new pitching coaches)
    SP – $1 Josh James (woo!)
    SP – $2 Nate Pearson (woo x2!)
    RP1 – $16 Hand
    RP2 – $7 Nick Anderson

    RESERVE ($0)
    ARMS – Desclafani . . . H. Harvey . . . Rich HIll (will DL and grab another arm, some good options on wire).
    BATS – C. Walker (he’ll be my UTL, can’t believe he wasn’t drafted earlier) . . . Sam Hilliard . . . Julio Rodriguez (excited for 2021) . . . Jorge Mateo (will drop in the preseason FAAB if he doesn’t win the 2B job)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love this team! Your hitting is so stacked it’s a little crazy…I love the pitching too…I guess if I had to quibble, Archer sucks and your RPs are iffy but SAGNOF

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks!

        Yeah, Archer sucks, but I like the lottery ticket and will drop him if he doesn’t immediately show a difference. Guys like Cueto, Gibson, Kikuchi, Plesac, Lyles, etc. are all on the wire, so there will be random options to replace him.

        Don’t love my RPs, but they should get the job done until I SAGNOF someone.

        Nate Pearson and James feel like guys who would be a lot more in keepers if my draft had been closer to opening day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, all that makes sense — Prolly go Cueto, but you can wait for now

        • baby seal says:
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          I’ve always hated Archer, but worth a flier to see if the new regime in PIT can turn him into someone who at least sucks less…

  30. Twins Peaker says:
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    Can you rank these players for me in a pts league. I’ve put them in my order.

    Amed Rosario
    Nick Solak
    Scott Kingery
    Ian Happ

    Though I do think all of them have upside. Love Solak now that Calhoun is out for awhile.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amed, Kingery, Happ

  31. Jason says:
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    C Vazques
    1B Rizzo
    2B Biggio
    3B Donaldson
    SS Lindor
    OF Harper Soler JD Davis
    UTIL E Suarez, Peralta, Buxton, Braun

    SP Giolito, Lynn, Maeda, Josh James, Urias, C mart, Civale, Houser, Keller
    RP Colome Kela

    Drafted this 12 team Keeper H2H 6 x 6 team yesterday, not sure how to feel. What are the areas I can approve on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look weak on AVG, which matters less in H2H, and you look a little weak on speed… Your pitching is solid

  32. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Welll here it is my H2h team….what do you think?

    S. Perez
    C. Bellinger
    O. Albies
    J. Villar(R)
    L. Arraez(R)
    J. Donaldson
    T. Story
    B. Harper
    R. Laureano
    J. Soto
    A. Aquino(R)
    B. Buxton(R)
    M. Olson
    L. Giolito
    M. Fried
    S. Gray
    J. Lester
    C. Paddack
    M. Foltynewicz(R)
    I. Kennedy
    G. Gallegos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams, Lenny?

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        10 teams so all are pretty stacked

  33. Brown L says:
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    First draft of the season! 10 team ESPN H2H 5×5, with 5 keepers at previous year’s round (held up to 3 years). I used Grey’s rankings pretty closely.

    C: Christian Vazquez (29)
    1B: Jose Abreu (5)
    2B: Keston Hiura (4)
    3B: Jose Ramirez (2)
    SS: Jonathan Villar (3)
    MI: Mike Moustakas (9)
    CI: Max Muncy (11) – K
    OF: Mookie Betts (1) – K
    OF: Jorge Soler (6)
    OF: Oscar Mercado (7)
    OF: Ketel Marte (15) – K
    UT: Yasiel Puig (16)
    UT: Didi Gregorius (23)
    BN: Dansby Swanson (27)

    SP: Lance Lynn (8)
    SP: Jake Odorizzi (12)
    SP: Kenta Maeda (14)
    SP: Patrick Corbin (17) – K
    SP: Chris Sale (18)
    RP:Josh Hader (10) – K
    RP: Craig Kimbrel (13)
    P: Alex Colome (19)
    P: Joe Musgrove (20)
    P: Mark Melancon (21)
    BN: Adrian Houser (22)
    BN: Joe Jimenez (24)
    BN: Chris Archer (25)
    BN: Anthony DeSclafani (26)
    BN: Yonny Chirinos (28)

    First impressions: it’s a 10-team league, so all lineups are stacked, my hitting values are through the roof. A fairly conservative draft room meant guys like Puig, Kimbrel, Sale, and Archer all fell to levels where I couldn’t help but pick them up. The waiver wire is stocked enough that I’m not too worried.

    • Grey

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      I don’t disagree with you…The team is stacked…Don’t love Sale, but in 18th I guess it’s fine and Archer’s whatever…It’s a great team, plus you have waivers…

  34. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Before the season even started, theinjury bug has already bit me. I have lost Paxton, Sale and Severino to injuries, and am starting to look for replacements. My current choices are:

    CHatwood,
    Keller
    Lauer
    Wainwright
    Wacha
    Anderson
    Quantrill
    Suter

    Would you pick any of those three, or can you suggest possible pitchers that is under the radar?

    • Scott Kimmel says:
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      Also Auston Voth, Shane Anderson, Alec Mills are available

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Keller, Auston Voth, Shane Anderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mitch Keller, Brett Anderson, Chatwood

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        wrong anderson. This is the full list

        TYler Chatwood
        Brad Keller
        Ryne Stanek (Is he closing in MIA?)
        Eric Lauer
        Adam Wainwright
        Michael Wacha
        Shaun Anderson
        Cal Quantrill
        Brent Suter

        Which 3 would you pickc up once they are placed on the IL?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mitch Keller, Brett Anderson and Stanek

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Is Stanek closing/setting up or starting in MIA?

            • Scott Kimmel says:
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              THe three I was thinking about were: Chatwood, Austin Voth, and Trevor Williams. Thoughts?

              • Cram It says:
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                Didn’t he just give you his thoughts?

                • baby seal says:
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                  lol, classic

  35. Ryan741 says:
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    Grey, need a trade opinion in a H2H points league. Was offered Alonso and Carrasco for my Mondesi and Nola. Alonso has quite a bit more value in our league with the HR, but worried about Carrasco staying healthy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mondesi

  36. 183414 says:
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    Polanco, Kingery, and D. Santana went right in front of me. Dahl gone too. Dozier, McMahon , Wilson Ramos, and a bunch of Soroka, Ed Rod, Urias available as well. I think I may be able to get JD Davis @159/162.
    I’m leaning toward McMahon (get’s me 2nd/3d cover). Listened to your blurb on McMahon, and the mgr. does say he’ll be getting 500 a.b.’s. I think McMahon’s upside may be higher than Dozier.
    What do you think of McMahon over Dozier, assuming wither 1 is not taken ? Reynolds also available now (adp 160). Dozier/McMahon w/ 156/157 adp.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay, go McMahon

      • 183414 says:
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        But who would you draft ?

        • Dave D says:
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          Ditto with Grey. McYes.

          • 183414 says:
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            Dave, I’m awesome in roto, but not in this venue. I’m thinking McMahon is 25. Broke out a bit last year. Plays 1/2 his games in Coors, and apparently the mgr. said he’ll be playing 2nd base regularly.

            • Dave D says:
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              I like both McM and Doz, but I like McM’s home games especially. That matters a lot in best ball.

            • Dave D says:
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              For what its worth I own McM in 4/4 NFBCs and Dozier 2/4.

              • 183414 says:
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                Took McMahon. Stay around Dave. Out of my element here. I would have taken Soroka. haha
                Definitely taking a starter or closer w/ 1 of my next 2 picks. What about a spec on Buxton, if Dozier or Reynolds ain’t available. Or Amed ? Or Wilson Ramos.
                This format is like Greek to me.

                • bigbear says:
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                  You got this. Deep breathe. When in doubt, grab the guy you think will be more fun to own if they are who you think they’ll be.

                  • 183414 says:
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                    Thanks Doc. Good advice. Great attitude !!

                • Dave D says:
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                  Amed is solid in the format. SBs very valuable. Pitching can go either way with SVs 8 points and Ws 6.

                  • 183414 says:
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                    Went right after I took McMahon. This is way more challenging for me than my 12 team drafts. I guess I shouldn’t anx over this but I’ll be asking more questions pretty soon.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mercado

          • 183414 says:
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            Already took him w/ last pick. Essentially, assuming a pitcher or catcher is off the table w/ this pick, it’s down to McMahon or Dozier.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              McMahon

  37. BBHHI says:
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    Grey,

    You’re probably going to hate the trade I just made:
    Yarbrough $6 for Dandy Yandy Diaz $2.

    I know you hate that he’s constantly pitched as a sleeper, but it sure seems the potential is there and more importantly, the Rays clearly intend to bat him 3/4. Maybe he never has the true break-out expected, but if he’s batting 3/4, at some $ level he’s worth owning….rights?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yarbrough side

  38. 183414 says:
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    Dude took Vazquez (his 2nd catcher) and Hand (his 2nd closer-has no starters).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  39. 183414 says:
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    But who would you take ? Not a pitcher or catcher, I presume.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McMahon

      • 183414 says:
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        Thanks Grey !

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  40. Crime dog says:
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    Thinking about this dynasty friend league I’m in. Who do you like for the next 4 years. Hiura or bichette?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, Bichette

  41. MarvPesos

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    Hey Grey,

    H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS), limit of 35 moves/year

    We’re coming up to our Keeper deadline and I must select 12. My first 9 are easy but having trouble selecting the final 3. I’m currently torn between: J. Hader, C. Kluber, S. Gray, E. Suarez, J. Paxton. Currently have selected Gray, Kluber and Hader as pitching is hard to come by (most people keep 4-6 pitchers. My league is all pretty active and tends to favour youth & pitchers (typically 4-5 bench spots are pitchers on most teams). I never like to keep a reliever but good value if he’s my 12th kept.

    I’ve marked the 9 selected and my team is below, who would you keep ?

    My team:
    C – W. Ramos
    1B – A. Rizzo *K
    2B – K. Marte *K
    3B – E. Suarez
    SS –T. Turner *K
    CI –P. Goldschmidt *K
    MI – S. Castro
    LF – J.D. Martinez *K
    CF – C. Yelich *K
    RF – C. Blackmon *K
    Util –C. Santana
    BN – G. Urshela
    BN – H. Dozier

    SP – J. Paxton
    SP – J. Verlander *K
    SP – W. Buehler *K
    RP – K. Jansen (RP)
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    P – K. Giles (RP)
    P – C. Kluber
    BN – S. Gray
    BN – Z. Gallen
    BN – D. Lamet
    BN – A. Heaney
    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hader, Suarez, Gray

  42. Nightpandas says:
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    1st draft last night….12 team roto std 5×5 plus k and OPS for bats and K/9 and Sv+hold (keep7)

    C Garver
    1 Olson
    2 McNeil
    3 Chapman
    Ss Lindor
    Lf Brantley
    Cf Kepler
    Rf Meadows
    Util Bichette
    Util Semien
    Bn Ohtani (b), Buxton
    Sp Cole, Bauer, Berrios, Lamet, Lynn, Paxton, Boyd, Ohtani (p)
    Rp Yates, Workman, Iglesias, Gallegos

    Think my bats are strong enough?

    Got an offer of my Bichette and Berrios for his Strasburg and Andrus….Seems fair to me but wondering if I should keep Bichette and maybe move him and Semien and Berrios for a better bat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look weak on OPS and your pitching is very strong — not a good trade for you

  43. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team 5×5 keeper league with OBP instead of AVG. Would you give up a 2nd rounder to get Juan Soto with a 12th round keeper value? If so, I am currently planning to keep these 4 and would have to cut one loose: Devers (6th), Gleyber (7th), Buehler (10th) and Yordan (13th). Would you pull the trigger? If so, who do you throw back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Smell The Glove says:
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        Thanks. Who would you throw back?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gleyber

  44. leon says:
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    16 man dynasty

    Montas, Ryu, Paxton, Maeda, Weaver are my Sp, Osuna is my closer

    got offered Kela for weaver.

    • Grey

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      Sounds fine

  45. swaggerjackers says:
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    Happy draft season Grey.

    Some questions now that my two drafts are done:

    1) Any concern Mercado doesn’t play everyday once Naquin comes back?
    2) Happ or Solak in an OBP weekly roto league?
    3) In a holds league, are you jumping on the hype train for that Indians reliever with the crazy K per 9? Karincheck, I think?
    4) If the answer to #3 is yes, is he better than Bummer, Ottavino, or Pagan?
    5) Does Edman play enough to matter in weekly lock leagues?
    6) Wild guesses on when Adell gets called up?
    7) Are all of these guys actual closers? Edwin Diaz, Melancon, Givens, Leclerc? Feels like I just drafted a bunch of landmines as closers. SAGNOF!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nope

      2. Solak

      3. Sure

      4. Bummer

      5. Yes

      6. May

      7. Yes

  46. swaggerjackers says:
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    People keep abbreviating D Santana as if there aren’t two outfielders with a last name of Santana and a first name that start with D.

    Poor Domingo Santana.

    That is all.

    • Grey

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      Ha

  47. Harley Earl says:
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    Is this like a sleeper post or something? I can think of a lot of first basemen to target, and none of them are on this list.

    Yuck LOL. Pass!

    Take Muncy and thank me later.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ok

      • Harley Earl says:
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        HaHa!

        I always love your sarcasm when I don’t agree with you!

        I wouldn’t touch Christian Walker if my life depended on it after that bastard went 1-for-21 the week I was in my playoffs! He can eat a turd, shit it out, and eat it again!

        Take Muncy!

        • Grey

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          Haha

          • Harley Earl says:
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            I do like the Evan White pick. I think he’ll be a nice piece so I’m not totally out on this list!

            Forgive me? Haha! No!

  48. The Great Knoche says:
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    I’m getting more on board with the Evan White flyer vs guys going around him. If he’s playing everyday I think the floor is .250 and 15 HRs. Simple metrics from minors shows good line drive and flyball rates, BABIP looks like someone who hits the ball hard. Concerns are slightly high pull rate, and IFFB%, and the unknown of is he gonna have a 30% K rate in majors?? Swing from the few clips I’ve seen is tight and compact so I am not concerned as much about the K rate. Could see .280 and 25 happen is things break right.

    Also Kelenic is going to be a stud.

    • Grey

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      Agreed on White, if your team build makes sense by the point White comes off the board, he’s fine…

      • hot corner says:
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        Haha. And then you go and pick him. The entire draft room is following you and you are following Knoche!!!!

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Yeah I just took him too.

  49. Fish says:
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    RazzSlam Question:
    Ohtani is listed as a UT/P, which I’m taking to mean he’s considered one player.

    So how does his point accumulation work in the Bestball format? Say, he’s not pitching for the first two months of the season. Would/Can the points he accumulates as a batter be counted as a pitcher?

    If so, he could be wildly valuable, not just as a dual player, but because the scoring is so tilted towards batters that he can score a significant amount of points if slotted as a batter.

    • Grey

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      If he’s not pitching and he does better than your last best hitter, he will be slotted in as UTIL guy for that week

  50. Fish says:
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    slotted as a batter *in a pitcher spot*.

  51. Member Berries says:
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    DonkeyTeeth!
    I heard you drafted Acuna Yelich Trout LouBob Bieber in an auction league. After a chuckle, I loved it. Big Balls Donkey Teeth BBDT !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BBDT!

  52. moses mashers says:
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    I finally got the first pick in a standard draft. My team so far is Acuna, Tatis, Devers. Would Olsen/SP be the way to go on the 4/5 turn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds awesome!

      • moses mashers says:
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        Thanks! He just has to fall 5 more picks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Let’s go for moses mashers!

  53. Reid Harrington says:
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    Hey Grey, 12 team, H2H, 6X6 with Holds. How would you rank theses pitchers for Holds, and who is the best out of the young SP’s?
    Holds:
    Ty Buttrey, LAA
    Aaron Bummer, CWS
    Scott Barlow, KC
    Tyler Duffey, MIN
    Emilio Pagan, SD

    Young SP’s….Cease, Pearson or Yarbrough?

  54. Mike says:
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    What do you think the Dbacks do with Kevin Cron?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade him for a middle reliever

  55. Cram It says:
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    This Evan White madness is….madness. He just went in my NFBC. Everyone’s gotta have this 15/.250 guy and they gotta have it now!

    • Grey

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      Haha, I literally just drafted him… for me, I looked at other CIs at 275 overall and I did have to have him

      • Cram It says:
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        I just realized it was Knoche who took him….at 318, and I still see corners I’d take before him. You guys is kookie.

        I’m loving this Mauricio Dubon kid though. Looks like a 15/25, high avg floor.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Meh, I look at him as most upside around there. only reason I grabbed where I did was the Mancini news. I did a whole lot of film watching on him this AM. Swing will play at next level. I like Dubon, he’s 20/20 potential playing everyday.

          • Grey

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            Agreed

          • Cram It says:
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            Ah, Mancini, yeah. Makes sense then. Still a couple of other 1B I would have taken instead, but if you like him that much.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, Dubon looks decent, depends on team build and Giants are awful

          • Cram It says:
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            And what is White’s 15 HRs gonna get him hitting 7th in that lineup? 60 RBI?

            I don’t have any burners on my roster…handful of 10-15 SB guys, so I like the cheap steals with a solid avg and everyday job.

            • Grey

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              White’s an upside play prolly…Projections say 15/.260/bad lineup spot, but M’s have no reason to not hit him 3rd, 4th or 5th and maybe he grows into more power…I agree tho, he’s not sexy

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            Dubon’s overrated…, 84 Mph exit velocity, decent sprint speed, he might play some in second half when team trades Wilmer or Yolmer…., lol , Giants should sign Yonder Alonso…. Wilmer to Yolmer to Yonder .., Kapler already said Yaz, Dickerson , Gangly Man Bird are his everyday outfielders…, Easily most boring team in Baseball when Longoria and Posey are your best players..

            • Grey

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              Yeah, Giants are major sucking suckers

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                You love to hate

            • Cram It says:
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              I didn’t even know he was rated. I was under the impression he’s going to fill a super utility role. And he’s having an impressive spring.

              • Beat the Bots says:
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                I heard he’s gonna play every day alternating between MI & CF

  56. Toro33 says:
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    In my H2H Keeper league – we keep 10

    Do i trade Conforto and Carlson* for Paddock and a 4th rd pick?

    the * on carlson means its either him, Erod, or Gallen for Paddock and the 4th rd pick.

    thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  57. Earl says:
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    I have picks 12 and 13 in 12 team roto 5×5.

    Part of me wants to take stud pitcher there if DeGrom or maybe Buehler available but then I hear most of you Razzers including Grey himself (except for Rudy) say dont do it and go 2 hitters and wait until 36 and 37 to take pitcher.

    Just cant get those voices out of my head. Guess have to decide by tomorrow afternoon as draft starts in morning (email slow one).

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I like DeGrom at 12, and like 6 bats in a row after that.

      • Earl says:
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        so if it was not Cole or Degrom then no go on any other pitcher like perhaps Buehler?

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Wouldn’t take Cole. Maybe Buehler. I’d still go two bats though if it was me.

    • Cram It says:
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      I don’t think you’re going to find anybody to agree with you taking Buehler as a top 13 pick.

    • Grey

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      Too bad you didn’t draft last week and could’ve taken Verlander there

      • Earl says:
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        Okay, now you are taking a poke at me but i get it.

        I normally would not hesitate to take 2 hitters to start so maybe i will stick with that.

        What are your thoughts of Bryce Harper at say 13 or is it stick to the rankings my boy.

        Thanks

        • Grey

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          I’d go with my rankings

  58. stuey says:
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    Looking forward to another great season. I have to choose 4 keepers for my head-to-head 6×6 OBP league. I have 6 I’m considering. Standard Yahoo budget for 10 team league. Any strong feelings? Thanks!

    Yelich for $23 (duh)
    Buehler for $10 (I think duh)

    Bregman for $20
    Lindor for $24
    Hiura for $5
    Javy for $14

    • stuey says:
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      Those would be the keeper prices for my Auction league…I forgot to mention that part.

    • Grey

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      Two duhs and Lindor for $24
      Hiura for $5

  59. Sam says:
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    Thanks for this info, you guys are amazing!
    10 team league, we keeper 1 hitter and 1 pitcher.
    I’m keeping mondesi and have the tenth pick. Hopefully, Soto and Tornado are still there soI can take both, but assuming one is gone, my options are joram , Freeman, albombso, and Bryce. I know proper pairing is important at this point… which one?

    • Sam says:
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      And rendon will be there

    • Grey

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      Albombso!

  60. FMFBL says:
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    Hey Grey,
    which option on keepers is better for my 12 teamer – keeper rounds in ()
    not sure who to keep as 6th in either scenario…

    Arenado (1)
    G. Cole (2)
    J, baez (7)
    trea turner (15)
    soto (24)
    (either sonny gray 27 or muncy 23)

    or

    Baez(7)
    Devers (10)
    Turner (17)
    Soto (24)
    Bieber (24)
    (either sonny gray 27 or muncy 23)

    • Grey

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      Devers

      • FMFBL says:
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        Ok…who should i keep as the 6th?
        Javy Baez (7)
        Devers (10)
        Turner (17)
        Soto (24)
        Bieber (24)

        and then either Muncy (23), Sonny Gray (27), Snell (6)

        Thanks.

        • Grey

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          Muncy, I think, but hard to know how your team actually looks

          • FMFBL says:
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            you mean w/ the scoring, or?
            we havent drafted or anything I just didnt know which 6 to go in with.

            • Grey

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              I mean do you have a CI spot? Do you have a spot for Muncy?

              • FMFBL says:
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                In my league muncy qualifies as 1/2/3b so I could play him at 1/2 or a util slot. But we don’t have and CI/MI Slots. You think him or na. Thanks greyman!

  61. LaRockakis says:
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    12 team, points, keeper league.

    I have the first overall pitcher pick (We do separate pitcher and hitter drafts). After keepers, I’m looking at guys like Luis Castillo, Clevinger, Greinke, Chaz Morton, Kluber, etc.

    I am in the last year of my rebuild. Would you recommend I trade my #1 pick for a younger keeper with big upside instead of one year of any of the guys mentioned above? I’m thinking Julio Urias?

    My current rotaysh is Paddack, Gallen, and then one of Manaea, Heaney, Carlos Martinez, Nate Pearson.

    • Grey

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      You sound sad…Mancini will be okay!

      Castillo’s so young, and he’s already good…So not sure Urias is necessary improvement

      • LaRockakis says:
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        Dude, I am p sad. They won’t announce what it is. Has me afeared for the worst.

        Castillo is good, but I’m building for the future. You still think one year of Castillo is worth than a lifetime of Julio Urias?

        • Grey

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          It sounds like bad news

          Castillo is the future! Oh, only one year for him? I guess Urias then

  62. Big Magoo

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    People are treating Danny Santana like he has the coronavirus this year. If I told you that a player went .283/28/21 last year, wouldn’t you think there’d be at least a little bit of excitement over him? Betts went .295/29/16. Jo Ram went .255/23/24. One’s a top 10 pick, the other’s a top 20 pick. Santana’s outside the top 120. I get the negatives (high K-rate, high BABIP, power spike), but his exit velo was top 25 in MLB and his line drive % was up there too. xBA was .275 according to baseball savant. Already have a share in the DC league and another one in an online championship 12 teamer (that randomly has Liss and Del Don in it).

    We’re almost through 29 rounds now. Where are you at?

    • Grey

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      I’m with you, man…Dannys Antana is a top 50 bat lurking around 150 in drafts

  63. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Two quick things:

    1) I have Jurickson Profar. Would you rather have Profar or Hansel Adelberto?

    2) As soon as MLB places Severino, Sale, Paxton and Kluber on the IL I will go sign: Chatwood, Trevor Williams, and either Brad (don’t call me Helen) Keller from KC or Austin Voth

  64. jnienow says:
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    Austin Meadows for Luis Robert, keeper forever 6×6 16 teams no $ or draft pk involved? who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Close, but I’d go Meadows

      • jnienow says:
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        thanks boss, it is close and i had Robert on hold for a year so it’s hard to let him go considering his upside!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  65. gargamel04 says:
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    A guy in a $100 Yahoo 5×5 league just dropped Kris Bryant and blamed his child.

    Normally, I’d grant the guy a reprieve, but it isn’t possible in those yahoo leagues.

    $100 FAAB. My offense is already strong. How much would you bid?

    • Grey

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      $32 and don’t have kids

  66. Trader says:
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    12 teamer. Would you trade away picks 24,25,48 and 49 for their 4th and 11th pick. I also have the first pick in the draft. So I end up with three first rounders but don’t pick again until the sixth round.

    • jnienow says:
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      yes yes yes !!!

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Meh

  67. baby seal says:
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    Nice post, Grey!

    I just can’t wrap my head around drafting Santana — understand the argument — but just isn’t for me. I’m usually a fan of these later career breakouts because they’re usually such nice market inefficiencies.

    I love the “experts” who don’t feel comfortable drafting younger players who should grow, nor the late career breakouts, then wonder why their teams are always average… sir, a team of Goldschmidt, Merrifield, Blackmon, Cain, etc., etc. was lit like 3 years ago. Not anymore!

    Back to Danny. He’s got such a weird profile. Suddenly, his EV and LA become elite. Terrible K rate, Contact% got worse, Z-Contact% is not good, SwStr% got worse, and an uptick in FB% and BABIP. He got a little slower and isn’t exactly young. (Wait, RR really has Todd Frazier batting 4th in that lineup after the Willie news?? lmaooooooo)

    IDK what happened from 2015-2017, but a -2.5 WAR over ~600 ABs… is, uh, not good. Hold on, let me clear my throat … *cough* *cough* ROIDS, anyone??

    Whatever, hope it works out for ya! Can’t be in on everyone.

    Back to the positives! Love Dozier and Walker. I got one Evan White share. Just usually have 1B and a backup locked up by then. I’m taking Nunez over Chavis every time if I need someone there. Or I like CJ Cron better than both.

    Draft SZN! You did it right!!

    No Mountcastle yet. Hmmm. He was a 1st round pick in 2015. Age 23. International League MVP last year! Now we’re hyping properly! There’s always a bad team discount, as you know. O’s are moving Chris Davis to the 3-hole, baby! *facepalms*

    One issue maybe is that the team keeps moving him all over the diamond. Has gone from SS to 3B to 1B, and now to LF. They didn’t call up him last year, so clearly they want to manipulate.

    I’m like 90% sure Mancini is getting a vasectomy. You heard it here first! Either that, or his family just got back from Italy and now he’s got the Corona. Hopefully it’s not cancer (read in comments), because then I’m just an asshole, which would be par for the course tbh.

    RazzSlam update! What do you think? Not a great question right now since it’s so early… 7th slot:

    Story
    Devers
    Baez
    Muncy
    Rizzo
    Darvish

    I’ll hit you w/ DC update later or tomorrow. About to grab dinner. Still going fine there.

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