Happy Presidents Day, or as it will be known next year, King Trump Day.  Since you’ve got the day off from that job you tell your wife you’re going to every day only to sit in the car beneath an underpass where they filmed 97% of last year’s True Detective, why not get your fantasy on?  Not your fantasy where it’s you and that girl from high school in a tub of Alphabet Soup!  That fantasy baseball fantasy!  Because you know what would be really cool?  If you could join a fantasy baseball league that was against, like, 1000 other fantasy baseball teams. But not a 1000-person league, where people are trying to figure out who the back-up third baseman is on the Single-A Astros affiliate, the Corpus Christi Amscrayers.  No, this is a 12-person league designed so you compete against eleven other people in your league, then 90 other leagues of twelve.  That would be cool.  Oh, wait, we’ve done that.  It’s called the Razzball Commenter Leagues, and they’re back, and you don’t even have to be a commenter to join it!  For a limited time only, get your loved one a fantasy baseball league!  That’s right, your hearts go pitter-patter or you’re dead on the inside (my condolences).  Since back in June when you abandoned your fantasy baseball team because it was totally sucking and you returned to your cubbyhole of leftover Chinese food and Teddy Grahams, you’ve longed for this day.  As Bob Marley sang, this is your redemption song, mon.  Or womon, for our five girl readers.  It’s time again to join some fantasy baseball leagues. Before you close all of your extraneous porn windows and rush to sign up, let’s explain how these fantasy baseball leagues are going to work.  We’re going to have a bunch of leagues and crown a winner from each, then we’re going to crown ONE winner from all of the winners.  We will be crowning the winner by taking each team’s points and multiplying it against a ‘league competitiveness factor.’  If you want to see how it worked last year, go here.  (You’ll see a name up there that you might recognize as the eighth best — ME!)  So we’re going to fill up as many fantasy leagues as we can for the next seven weeks.  Each fantasy baseball league will be a mixed league, 12 team, snake draft, roto, 5×5, 5 OFs, one Middle Infielder, one Corner Infielder, one Utility, 9 pitchers, 20 game eligibility, 180 Games Started max, 1000 IP minimum. Like last year, we will again be going with TWO DL SLOTS. The only things you need to change from the default settings is the 180 Games Started and the TWO DL SLOTS.  Please be vigilant about having the exact same league rules and setup as everyone else. The lineup is also known as:  C/1B/2B/SS/3B/CI/MI/5 OF/UTIL/9 P/3 BENCH/2 DL with 180 Games Started and 1000 IP minimum.  The fantasy leagues will be played in ESPN and they will be free to join.

We’re going to start with twenty leagues of 12 and see how we do from there. To join a league… Sorry, again for the people in the back of the room:

TO JOIN A LEAGUE
Click the LINK in the ‘League Link’ column (see below grid) and enter the PASSWORD at ESPN. Emails are there for some leagues, but you shouldn’t need to email anyone.  You can join as many leagues as you like.  If you join less than ten, people may make fun of you.

TO START A LEAGUE
Please create a league in ESPN based on the league rules reference above. Step by step: Hit Create. Then Create ESPN Custom (middle option), Name League, Change to 12 Teams, Restriction Type: None, Open to All Users, Access: change to Private, create Password, leave as Roto and Snake, Make Draft Date and Time, Create. From Default settings all you have to do is change to TWO DL SLOTS and 180 Starts by pitchers. So, you go to ROSTERS and Click “Edit Roster Settings.” There, change to 2 DL Slots and 180 Starts (the counter will change to 20.0 per slot). Then SUBMIT Roster Settings. Finally, Create Your League! (Important Note: Make sure league is viewable to public but requiring a password to avoid non-Razzballers joining.) When that’s finished, click here. You will be permissioned shortly so you can add your league info to the Google Doc (the below grid cannot be edited from this page). On that Google Doc, you will need to enter your name, league link, password and please UPDATE the number of openings as your league fills up. That’s it. Oh, and don’t use your bank account password. (Here’s a video Jay made to help some noobs.  Is noobs spelled with zeroes or oh’s?  Hmm, that might make me a noob at spelling noob.)  You can start as many leagues as you like.  If you start less than ten leagues, again someone could mock you.

THE BIG PRIZE

You win bragging rights.  Not just any bragging rights, but the bragging rights that you beat a thousand or so other people, and you can emphasize the “or so” as emphatically as you’d like.  What?  Not enough?  Okay, for this year’s prize we’re taking the bull out of bulloney.  We are upping the ante.  “Hey, Olympic high jumper, can you jump over this ante?”  No, you can’t, it’s been upped too high.  LOOK, it’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s our ante!  “Excuse me, astronomer, is that a satellite orbiting earth?”  No, son, it’s Razzball’s ante.  They upped it.  This year we are giving away an autographed baseball of the player who is my avatar.  That’s right, an autographed baseball of… Well, you have to win to find out who the player is.  Next, we’re giving an autographed baseball of the one, the only Oscar Gamble!  That’s right, Rudy’s 3rd cousin, once-removed, Oscar motheffin’ Gamble!  Finally, the winner will receive a $250 Best Buy Gift card, which can buy just about anything (under $250).  I recently bought a TV that sits in the underneath of my toilet seat so when I whizz I can watch TV.  Granted, I bought this in a dream I had and I was married to Sofia Vergara in said dream, but this must exist, right?  Also, for s’s and g’s, I’ll throw in a Razzball t-shirt because I have 14,000 of these and sewing them together was a bad call; Cougs doesn’t want Razzball bedsheets.  But, most importantly, you will be crowned the 2016 Razzball Commenter League Champion.  Okay, now sign up…

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Fantasy with Dase or Days
Fantasy with Dase or Days
6 years ago

Is a slow draft on another site, then having the results transferred to the RCL created on ESPN an option?

I apologize if this has already been asked and or answered in the past.

Fantasy with Dase or Days
Fantasy with Dase or Days
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: That’s great to know. Just was wondering if the other way was an option as well.

Brokeback
Brokeback
6 years ago

I noticed that my league is no longer on the masterlist. 11 other people joined and it’s totally full. Was there an issue? Should I post it to the masterlist again? What am I missing?

Thanks

Brokeback
Brokeback
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Thanks, oh wise one.

Brokeback
Brokeback
Reply to  Brokeback
6 years ago

@Brokeback:

Oh, they moved down to the 80s rows. Sorry, I found what I was missing. Sorry for wasting your valuable and most precious time.

Matty
Matty
6 years ago

Hey Grey

Which 9 keepers would you protect in this 16 team 6×6 league?

Strasburg, Wainwright, Darvish, Julio Urias, Carlos Rodon
Chris Davis , Jose Altuve, Tulo, Ryan Braun, Gregory Polanco, Jay Bruce

Thanks in advance

I'mgettingsomeHeadley
I'mgettingsomeHeadley
6 years ago

Davis over Stroman. Bats you can re draft late round pitchers. Rizzo, Cain, Madbum good value at 7.

Steve
Steve
6 years ago

Grey,
Need some help deciding on keepers. I am in a ten team, head to head points league. For keepers we are able to keep four players at whatever round they were drafted in and this continues every year and there is no limit on how many years you can keep a player. Here is my final roster from last year with the round a player can be kept in, I have the sixth pick in the first round this year in a snake style draft.

Brian McCann (15), Anthony Rizzo (11), Dee Gordon (6), Anthony Rendon (20), Yunel Escobar (20), Chris Davis (7), Adam Eaton (20), Lorenzo Cain (16), David Peralta (20), Madison Bumgarner (7), Jordan Zimmerman (2), Johnny Cueto (13), Alex Wood (9), Marcus Stroman (20), Craig Kimbrel (4), David Robertson (8), Dexter Fowler (20), Hector Olivera (20), Alex Gordon (15), Josh Tomlin (20), Corey Dickerson (2). If I pick two guys from the same round I lose that round pick and the round after. My initial feeling is Rizzo, Cain, Bumgarner, and Stroman or Davis. What do you think is my best bet? Thanks for your help in advance.

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Steve
6 years ago

@Steve: Id go Rizzo, D.Gordon, C.Davis, Bum

teabags_galore
teabags_galore
6 years ago

Grey, besides Salazar, Lindor, Hosmer, Belt and Odor… Give me a few more names who you want on your team late in the draft…

Jon
Jon
6 years ago

Which of these deals do you prefer in a keep forever/no cost league?

A) Tulo for McCullers and Wade Davis

B) Arenado for Bogaerts and Wade Davis

C) Neither

For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron
For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: if he already owns arenado and tulo would he do the tulo one?

goodfold2
goodfold2
6 years ago

“extraneous porn windows”. best joke all year.

endershadow
endershadow
6 years ago

ETA on keeper rankings? Thanks

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  endershadow
6 years ago

@endershadow: it’s mentioned above as “shortly”.

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
6 years ago

Dynasty…Are you trading Severino, Conforto and Dickerson for deGrom. ..Cause I am! Conforto and Dickerson were bench bats anyway so I’ll take the young proven pitcher over the young unproven pitcher. Hallelujah Holla Back..John Brown King of the Burbs.

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Did you win best in show

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  JeF WiTh 1 F
6 years ago

@JeF WiTh 1 F: and this weather is funded up here isn’t it lol

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  JeF WiTh 1 F
6 years ago

@JeF WiTh 1 F: *Fucked

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Ha..from 0 degrees to 60 tomorrow

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: you better be wearing plaid pants a bright red shirt and a fedora

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  JeF WiTh 1 F
6 years ago

@JeF WiTh 1 F: Go in there pimp style with that bitch (the dog) lol

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Well good luck bro. .my cat Mr.Jinx will keep his paws crossed

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: no doubt..pop dat colla

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Ha Ha

J-FOH
J-FOH
6 years ago

So do e get any pics/selfies from the dog show?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: but do we get to see them? See any nice pekingese?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: magical moments in manhattan

Dom
Dom
6 years ago

I give Greinke and Adam Jones.
I get Dees Gordon and Ian Desmond

Dom
Dom
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I’m trying to get Dickerson instead of Desmond. If that doesn’t work what about Schoop or Grichuk?

Buffalo Runner
Buffalo Runner
6 years ago

Are bench bats in this year or still out?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Buffalo Runner
6 years ago

@Buffalo Runner: depends on your league and depth of your bench, In deep leagues you probably need one or two to deal with platoony tunes and even in 12 teams that have 5 or more bench spots it might work to your advantage if you do the platoon split time a position. It really depends on your league size, league settings and strategy

Mike
Mike
6 years ago

Need your help…

15 team snake draft.

What would be the best #pick to have? 1-15?

Could you tell me your top 3 for this year? Better to be at the top, middle or end this year?

My draft is tmrw.

Thanks!

mrbaseball
mrbaseball
6 years ago

TRADE UPDATE WOULD YOU DO THIS OR NOT

BLAKE SNELL – NORMAR MAZARA AND ANDREW HEANEY FOR CARLOS RODON IN KEEPER LEAGUE

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  mrbaseball
6 years ago

@mrbaseball: I want Mazara

MattH
MattH
6 years ago

Best day of the year.
Great job on the rankings!

Milarky
Milarky
6 years ago

Great stuff Grey! I wouldn’t have won my league last year without your help! The way my keepers have lined up, I’m heavy in the OF My hitting keepers are Rizzo (1B), Bautista (OF), Pollock (OF), Frazier (3B), Sano (OF).

I normally like to take the best player available, but I think need to focus on infield early, no? The problem is the early rounds are loaded with high-impact OFs that will be available.

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Sorry, should have specified. It’s a 5 OF league, but we also start 2 at each infield position. I have Scherzer and Kluber as pitching keepers so I won’t be in a huge rush to take a pitcher.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
6 years ago

Hey again, Grey! Looks like I got first pick in that “new teams to the keeper league” snake draft I mentioned earlier. Who would you pick first out of the following guys?

Archer ($8)
Frazier ($16)
Abreu ($25)
Stras ($

Allegedly from league members, due to the keeper element, someone like Abreu would go for $40 open market…though that sort of inflation would apply to all guys I guess…

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
6 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: sorry that was Stras at $16

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! Yeah, makes sense taking a cheap bat first, since other pitchers like Stras or Sev ($8) will be around at the bump, and I guess pitchers are always riskier bets than hitters in keeper leagues.

Looking a little ahead, there’s also a $4 Matt Duffy, a $9 Joc, a $14 Hosmer and a $20 Blackmon who will be around by my next picks. Any preferences there?

Thanks again!

matt
matt
6 years ago

one more thing I would end up with Seagar for extra 2 cheap years

matt
matt
6 years ago

Hi Grey…..offered C Seager and De Grom for K Bryant…thoughts?

Principal Blackman
Principal Blackman
6 years ago

Good afternoon Gray,

I guess it is time for my annual keeper league question:

I’m in a league where you are allowed to keep players that have been drafted before they see any MLB service time, for a maximum of 3 years, for the cost of a 10th round pick. You can keep as many of these “rookie” keepers as you want, but the 2nd one you keep costs you a 9th round pick, the 3rd an 8th round pick, etc.

I am definitely keeping Lindor and Rodon with my 10th and 9th round picks, but I’m having trouble figuring out if Yasmany Tomas is worth giving up an additional pick for. In standard leagues I would almost certainly cut bait, but this is a 15-team keeper league(points). We have 25-man rosters, and there is no waiver wire. The only way that we can change our rosters after the season begins is either via trade or during one of the two supplemental drafts that take place during the season. I would essentially be giving up a pick between 106 and 120 for Tomas (and the right to perhaps keep him with a 10th rounder for one more year). Would you keep him or cut bait? He was not awesome last year, but if his bat can live up to the hype from when he came over last year it would be a huge value at that cost.

Thanks, and sorry if any of that was convoluted.

JJ
JJ
6 years ago

Hey Grey
Im up to pick in my 12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league(we keep 10)
So far my team looks like this
C_____ 1B-D.Ortiz 2B-B.Dozier 3B-N.Arenado SS-C.Seager OF-AJ Pollock, J.Bautista _______
Util-M.Sano(3B/OF)______
SP-M.Bumgarner, G.Cole, J.Fernandez
RP-A.Chapman

Best looking bats
B.BELT
A.EATON
K.CALHOUN
C.DICKERSON
A.EATON
K.PILLAR
I.KINSLER
I.DESMOND
J.LUCROY
B.MCCANN

Pitching
T.ROSS
A.WAINRIGHT
G.RICHARDS
K.GILES
C.ALLEN
R.IGLESIAS
MCCULLERS
T.WALKER

Who do you like best for my team? Can you name a few you would consider here? I was leaning towards taking a pitcher here.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
6 years ago

Joined one of Jack’s leagues. My kids and I are going to manage a team.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
6 years ago

@GhostTownSteve: no mercy on the children of oaktown

ChefBoyRG54
ChefBoyRG54
6 years ago

is it less exciting to keep Soler in a points league with -1 for Ks or Buxton and wait…?

Soler would be 15th round and Buxton in 23rd forever.

BTW, Hi!

ChefBoyRG54
ChefBoyRG54
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: i was afraid and hoping you would say that. only problem is i have to get Buxton now….

Although i did get Matz(15th) for Hamels straight up today. That was exciting!

ChefBoyRG54
ChefBoyRG54
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: well, just traded Salazar for Buxton in about 2 seconds. Wasnt going to keep Salazar and wasnt going to get much for him so its essentially a freebie like Matz was.

Looks like ill be going in with
Marte(9th rd)
Corey Seager(22nd)
Buxton(23rd)
J-Fer(9th. counts as 10th since i have 2x 9thrd keepers)
Matz(15th)

Should change my team to Upside Express, then midseason i can change it to ‘You MFers just wait until next year’

ChefBoyRG54
ChefBoyRG54
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: im considering, but i have to decide if i can bear the lack of excitement of a 5×5 roto league.

Im an admitted H2H fanboy. The Sunday excitement of hitting refresh 500 times before 4PM is unrivaled!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  ChefBoyRG54
6 years ago

@ChefBoyRG54: some people find the challenge of the marathon chess match boring. I say then they musn’t like baseball. The RCL is fun because you stream pitchers and batty call all the time to keep your interest, if thats what it takes. I have played both and the luck derived finishes in H2H are insulting to the time put into prep year after year

ChefBoyRG54
ChefBoyRG54
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: i dont disagree with the luck part of the equation. Roto just lacks the divison races, rivalries, and week to week closure before restarting that ive grown accustomed too.

Ive done RCL in the past and am not saying i wont this year, but you hurt my feelings with the ‘must not liek baseball’ portion. Its the only sport i have left!!!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  ChefBoyRG54
6 years ago

@ChefBoyRG54: sometimes you got to throw punches to get someone back in the fight….they were love punches.

ChefBoyRG54
ChefBoyRG54
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: any room in your league?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  ChefBoyRG54
6 years ago

@ChefBoyRG54: oh yeah we got.openings

ChefBoyRG54
ChefBoyRG54
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: i prefer your final comment to come from a group of woman, but ill take it at face value

which league is yours and how do i sign up. ill play, but i got dibs on Rickey Henderson

Mike
Mike
6 years ago

14 team keeper league with a $260 budget.

I trade Domingo Santana $8 for Giles $8. Which side?

J-FOH
J-FOH
6 years ago

Last year we re-ran this post every week of the preseason, I think this year it should be re-run every other day to get as many leagues as possible. I also think your every day commenters like Ante-Galic and Malicous should have to start a league….and where the hell is the unbreakable Kimmel Scott?

Did you make the cougs a special dinner last night?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: shut the front door! Damn. That’s awesome

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: is grandpa joe in town. I want a selfie

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: damn. sad emoji

I got my fathers day gift from my daughter last night. Rocky came on TV while I was making dinner and she sat down and watched the whole thing with us. Then Rocky 2 came on after and she watched the whole thing so I busted out Rocky 3 and she watched that (actually she passed out about 45 minutes in). It was a proud papa moment to share a childhood staple with your child.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: she liked the story which is weird because she is so immature.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

I aked her again and she really likes Mickey too

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Good luck Grey, is it at MSG? I work like 8 blocks from there!

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: are you enjoying this white stuff falling from the sky? It’s funny because I was in Joshua Tree like two weeks ago and the locals were telling me how crazy it was that it was snowing.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas: wait. You were in so cal and no call?

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Yeah, sorry! I flew in for my brother’s birthday party for a weekend of debauchery in the desert. The moon was howled at vigorously.

Drove straight to LAX the next morning and had a very hungover flight home. Next time!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas: you should of flown into Ontario…and Im a little hurt, I miss taking some caps and stems and going out to the desert

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Yeah that would probably have saved me some traffic. I actually flew into Phoenix for other reasons, but flew out of LAX. I didn’t even realize you can do Ontario

For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron
For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: it appears scott finally understood that “no” or “don’t” means don’t do a deal. or just stopped getting offers.

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
6 years ago

cram, that gravitar… assuming that is our belt?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas: Haha. Of course!

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  Cram It
6 years ago

@Cram It: We are going to need some new blood this year if we keep going. Otherwise you may be the belt’s final resting place.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Cram It
6 years ago

@Cram It: any openings?

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  FrankGrimes
6 years ago

@FrankGrimes: in the FCL? there will be for sure if we keep it going. are you interested?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas:

yea for sure. I had time conflict last years draft.

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  FrankGrimes
6 years ago

@FrankGrimes: shoot me an email. Trying to see how many old-timers we can get [email protected]

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas: Are you registered for our FCL yet? I don’t know if I’m waiting for an email invite or what. Last year’s league isn’t showing up on my ESPN homepage.

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  Cram It
6 years ago

@Cram It: JFOH deleted it I believe. I am trying to gauge interest in the old guard and see if we have enough people to rebuild our numbers. I sent an email to what I thought was your mail. Let me know if you didnt get it

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas: Yeah I just saw that email. Ha.

That sucks, I thought he just handed the commishing over to Truss. I guess if you or someone wants to organize a new one, we should be able to get the rest of the original crew and fill in from there.

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  Cram It
6 years ago

@Cram It: If you see any of them direct them to me. I sent the email out but you are the only nibble I have gotten back.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago
nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas: I’m say yay

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  nick the dick
6 years ago

@nick the dick: noted!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas: I had to delete it, I remember Magoo having issues with when he tried handing champions league over. It was easier just to remove it from mine and let you re-start it. I’ll text Nacho and see if he’s in and also message steveNZ for you.

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: thanks, I would like to keep it going, even if it morphs into something a little different. I emailed Nacho, Kid, cram, wake, stevenz, and nick. Looks like we would need a few more. I will probably start recruiting once I hear who is returning.

I don’t blame you for deleting the league, ESPN can be a pain to manage sometimes.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas: I could jump in if y’all need a few more.

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  The Great Knoche
6 years ago

@The Great Knoche: Awesome, give me a little bit to see how many spots we are going to need to fill etc. Stay tuned

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  The Great Knoche
6 years ago

@The Great Knoche: Send me an email at [email protected] so I can send out invites once I’ve sorted out how many spots we have to fill.

The Big Yabu
The Big Yabu
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas: I’d definitely be interested in the FCL, if it stays intense. I had an e-mail exchange with MattTruss about it earlier today — he can vouch for me, and pass along my e-mail…

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  The Big Yabu
6 years ago

@The Big Yabu: awesome, I will let you know when I figure out how many people are coming back. It definitely will still be competitive or we won’t do it!

The Big Yabu
The Big Yabu
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas: Cool. And come to think of it, weren’t we in a league together last year? I was “Backdoor Sliders” in Night of the Living Zombinos and Razzball Champions League…

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  The Big Yabu
6 years ago

@The Big Yabu: Yup, I wonder what is going to happen to the Champion’s league this year.

MattH
MattH
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas: What needs to happen to get the Champion’s league going? I was hoping for another crack at that league. Good times.

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  MattH
6 years ago

@MattH: I am not really sure. I was under the impression that one of the writers was going to take it over but I am not sure if that is happening or not. When I did it last year I just solicited from the comments for last years winners. Anybody could do it I guess if the writers are not going to. What was your name in there again?

MattH
MattH
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas: That was my impression too. Maybe JFOH or another writer could weigh in. I remember you starting it last year in the comments and I just e-mailed you. My name was Johnny Utahs.

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  MattH
6 years ago

@MattH: well if you are interested we might have some spots in the FCL. It will surely be competitive

MattH
MattH
Reply to  mauledbypandas
6 years ago

@mauledbypandas:awesome. I’ll send you an e-mail.

The Big Yabu
The Big Yabu
6 years ago

Anyone else interested in a $100 buy-in RCL?
Active owners only, start to finish.
I only have my work e-mail and don’t want to post that here, but if you leave a reply with your address I’ll be in touch…

The Big Yabu
The Big Yabu
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, okay — I should just do that…
I’ll just need to create a new e-mail address first.
Then I would list the buy-in instead of giving the password, right?

The Big Yabu
The Big Yabu
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Okay, I *think* I did that correctly. But I’m a noob (or n00b) at creating an RCL, so let me know if I messed something up…

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

Grey, would appreciate your thoughts on a keeper question…

5×5 H2H. I can keep 5 of the guys below (assume price is similar), what’s your preference order?

Yordano
Tyson Ross
Odorizzi
Salazar
Matz
McCullers
Stroman

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Thanks!

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
6 years ago

Krush Jr going to Krappy O.co, blech! My shiny gold nugget now looks like a Sun-Maid raisin. He had a 16/11 split last year, which isn’t too disconcerting, but the .296/.190 has me very concerned. I know you’re not that big into home/road splits, but Miller is a launching pad and O.co is where 35HR seasons go to die. Thoughts?

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I was in Pomona for the drag races and my buddy on the east coast was like……. you’re not going to like the news about the trade the just happened. Domingo Santana get a bump now Krush is gone?

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I was actually quite Krushed when I initially heard about it, so thanks for making me feel better about it!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Teddy Heater
6 years ago

@Teddy Heater: you went to the drags? damn, I can hear them from my house I live so close.

In regards to the O.Co and Davis, the park had the 9th best HR% for right handed hitters from 2013-2014, the 2015 data hasnt been updated.

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: See my convo below about going to the races with my Dad’s BF. I can’t believe I forgot to tell you this earlier…… My Dad’s BF is first cousins with Teresa Halbach!!!!!!!!!! We were on the ride home and we were talking about something and he was real low key about it (he’s a fishing, hunting, car guy, so not a big TV or internet guy) Kelly and I were like WTF did you just say?!? Do you know how big that story is, blah, blah, blah. We got some good back stories on a lot of stuff that wasn’t in the documentary.

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Concentrate on trash talking the other Dogs, we’ve both had interesting weekends!

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: They do everything except check the oil! I was blindly grabbing for the remote last night and accidently ran into a bulldog butthole. Last time I lazily just try to do a couch sweep without looking.

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: JFOH!! I signed up for your initial league so we can battle it out. Thanks for the heads up on the HR info, you’re the go to on that shizz. Love it!! Yeah, the drags were awesome this weekend!! My Dad used to take me back in the early 80’s because he used to sponsor a driver, so I got Nitro in my blood. He passed 15 years ago, so I haven’t had much motivation to go, but his BF found my sister on FB and we reconnected. Needless to say he needed a partner to roll with him and Kelly loves the shizz too, so we had a blast. He dialed us in with the Eliminator Club, so we were 3 rows up on the start line and got all the bells and whistles! They’ll be back in November for the final race of the year if you’d like to join us.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Teddy Heater
6 years ago

@Teddy Heater: Hells f***in yes! Dude we used to get wasted on top of the parking structure at the NHRA headquarters in Glendora. I always went as a kid, my parents garage is still full of posters I got from the drags in the 80’s and 90’s. My buddy has the best stories because his dad raced in the 70’s and 80’s and you would see pictures of shirley muldowney and dan grrlits in his house. Damn, now I want to go watch two lane blacktop and heart like a wheel.

I live so close that I hear them every year, hell I get mexican food at that little hole on fairplex right next to the fairgrounds. My only problem is I spend so much time in the pits I miss half the races

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: I used to love the pits too, but they weren’t the same as a grown up. I think it’s because we can actually drink beer and chat it up instead of waiting in lines for autographs and pictures. You’re definitely going with us! Brett (my Dad’s BF) and I went through a bunch of old pics with my Dad and we had a bunch with Garlits, Prudhomme, Eddie Hill, Kenny Bernstein, Dick LaHaie. My Dad actually ran over Dick LaHaie’s parachute spring in 82-83 Winternationals. I’m bummed I didn’t mention this before, would have been great to have you there, but you’re in for Nov!!

ElBoss
ElBoss
6 years ago

Grey, what league are you in??

ElBoss
ElBoss
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Ok, just start one more then. do you talk trash in your leagues??

For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron
For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: and on here too.

Jb
Jb
6 years ago

My league is 4×4 roto no Ks for P. Can you name a few guys that ranking would be significantly higher without the k’s.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
6 years ago

Hey Grey! Got invited to join a long-standing 12-team root keeper league (my first keeper league), where me and 2 other guys are taking over for 3 now-dead teams. To pick our respective keepers (7 each), me and the 2 other newbies are snake drafting across the dead team rosters.

1. Below are the guys I can pick from (I’ve listed in no particular order the non total schmohawks only). Who should I target first when snake drafting?

HITTERS
Matt Duffy $5
Starlin Castro $13
Ryan Braun $27
David Peralta $6
*Ender Enciarte $6
Kevin Pilar $8
Hunter Pence $25
****Jose Abreu $25
***Todd Frazier $16
Logan Forsythe $4
Kyle Seager $17
Cameron Maybin $4
***Joc Pederson $9
**Eric Hosmer $14
**Charlie Blackmon $20
Billy Burns $3
Khris Davis $9

PITCHERS (some good options)
Madison Bumgarner $41
Michael Pineda $6
Jordan Zimmerman $17
Nate Eovaldi $8
*Yu Darvish $14
Cliff Lee $5
*****Chris Archer $8
Luke Gregerson $4
Mike Leake $5
***Luis Severino $8
Adam Wainwright $15
Zack Greinke $30
Kenley Jansen $14
Mark Melancon $8
Roberto Osuna $7
Trevor Rosenthal $17
**Drew Smyly $6
**Stephen Strasburg $16
Alex Cobb $17

2. My plans for this year in the full league-wide auction draft are basically to target Razzball sleepers and spotlighted rookies only, hoping that next year I’ll have better keepers. Does that make sense?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! Yeah, I was thinking super cheap talented guys first, who I could hold onto for a while.

I think this year might be the year! I didn’t think I could do more leagues (the keeper makes my third now), but I keep getting more into it!

Sasquatch slugger
Sasquatch slugger
6 years ago

Awesome and appreciate! So….good LUCK trying to get sneaky with a bunch of razzballers in your league. So a realistic RCL scenerio could be
Bryant 9th
Springer16th
Bogaerts 37th
Hosmer 44th
Keuchel or Ross 61st
It’s after this it gets tricky for me anyway. At 68th Desheilds (big drop in power)….Schoop K.Davis Pederson(drop in ave. ). At the end of the draft my ave. sucks big time because the rest of my picks are decent players with upside power rbi runs and maybe sb.
My question is how low can my average go and still be competitive? Maybe a better question is…has anyone won the RCL league with a realitivly low average?
Thanks!

mrbaseball
mrbaseball
6 years ago

trade – BLAKE SNELL AND HEANEY FOR RODON – I get snell and Heaney – keeper league – do you think snell could be better than Heaney

mrbaseball
mrbaseball
Reply to  mrbaseball
6 years ago

do you think snell could be better than Rodon is the question

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
6 years ago

The doctor is in, first time in the RCL’s! Feel like it’s the first day of school.

I checked out the Stretch & Bobbito documentary this weekend, it was awesome. You should give it a watch….”Radio that Changed Lives”. Missed the after party though due to 3 degree temperature and snow…..oh, plus I’m old now.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

All about the wrongfully accused docs now? I still never watched the Investigation Discovery program on Steve Avery.

I also watched the Nas: Time is Illmatic documentary Saturday because I woke up with the TV still on. So good.

You ever watch the Chameleon documentary about the guy who impersonated children? I read about that about 4 years ago and still never watched it.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

Imposter is exactly what I was thinking of! Chameleon was an actual movie about him, not the doc. I need to see Imposter then?

I’m not a big horror fan but that jut reminded me of Goodnight Mommy. They were saying is the scariest movie ever or something earlier this year.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I’ve had Impostor in my queue. I’ll move that up with your endorsement. Glad to hear it’s good.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Cram It
6 years ago

Is Imposter on Netflix?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
6 years ago
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
6 years ago

Thanks guys, that will be watched this week.

Al
Al
6 years ago

Pick one:

I can keep either:
– Kris Bryant in Round 6 (Round 4 next year)
– Rizzo in Round 9 (can’t keep him next year)
– Carlos Correa in Round 15 (Round 13 next year

MJC
MJC
6 years ago

Good morning, when do the keeper rankings come out?
Thank you guys for your entertaining and useful fantasy advice!

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
6 years ago

Signed up for Smokey’s Towering Inferno. Who do I have to kill to get into Grey’s league?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Old School Brother
6 years ago

@Old School Brother: go find kid a in the bushes outside tehol’s house, he’ll probably have a knife to lend you. tiptoe around kid a’s son (or was it father?) he’s 2nd generation stalking (when you stalk a stalker while that first guy is stalking)

Nolarado
Nolarado
6 years ago

Would you pick up Frazier over Franco in a Dynasty league?