It’s time for the hot takes! Are we recognizable enough to get smoked by Old Takes Exposed? I’m not sure about that one, but that is when you know you have made it. I love this post, we have been doing our best to give accurate and reasonable fantasy baseball information, but for this post we can load up and close our eyes and try to send one to the moon just like Aaron Judge.

It doesn’t matter if you strike out on a bold prediction. I could say Addison Russell is going to hit 30 home runs with 100 RBIs and you could call me an idiot, but I’d just say, “Hey, internet buddy, that was a BOLD prediction. I didn’t mean it. I just arranged some words and numbers together and threw them at the wall to see if they’d stick.” I have actually seen accounts on twitter that try and ride a bold predictions that they’ve tweeted to fame and it’s hilarious. That would NEVER happen in the fantasy community!

In the spirit of being reasonable, my bold prediction is that Kyle Schwarber hits 40 home runs and bats over .260 in at least 500 at bats. Schwarber looks different at the plate to go along with his body changes. He had a great spring and it wouldn’t be surprising if it carries over to the regular season. You might think that this isn’t a bold prediction and it might not be but the fact remains that his ADP sits at #157 and he is being drafted outside of the top 100 hitters. He will most likely out perform his ADP, but I think that he does it by more than people think. Without further ado, here are your bold predictions from the rest of your favorite Razzball writers…

Grey: 

-Manuel Margot is a top 20 outfielder, and 85% of the San Diego fan base can name him while they’re drinking their Zinfandel.
-Randal Grichuk is the top rated fantasy hitter on the Jays; eat a D, Josh Donaldson.
-Someone besides Billy Hamilton, and Dee Gordon, leads majors in steals.  His name rhymes with Zelino McBeals.
-Trevor Bauer is a top 3 Cy Young vote getter in the AL; throws out the first pitch for the World Series from a different state the game is in.

Tehol: At minimum, Byron Buxton hits 30 home runs and steals 30 bases.

Rudy Gamble: George Springer and Francisco Lindor finish top 3 in the AL in home runs.

Ricky Olshansky: Alex Bregman hits at least 30 home runs with a .295 batting average.

Son: Aaron Nola wins the NL Cy Young

Brandon Myers: Ian Happ scores at least 100 runs, hits 30 home runs and steals 15 bases. He also says that Yoan Moncada will go 20/30 while pleading that it has nothing to do with Moncada being on his TGFBI team.

Kerry Klug:  Cesar Hernandez finishes with 100+ runs, 15 HR, 60 RBI, 30 SB, .300 AVG, .375 OBP and heads into 2019 as the second best second basemen….but then gets injured in May 2019 and misses all of next season. You asked for bold!

Smokey: Joe Mauer wins AL MVP.

Nathan Dokken: Jose Martinez hits 35 home runs with 125 RBIs with a .320 average.

Sam Yost: Manny Margot goes 20/40 while hitting .270.

Lance Brozdowski: Dansby Swanson goes 20/15 and ends up a top 20 second baseman.

Paul Martin: (He brought the heat)

Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Giancarlo Stanton all hit 50 home runs.

Noah Syndergaard gets 300 K.

– Ronald Acuna goes 30HR/25SB.

Whit Merrifield goes 25HR/30SB.

– Vlad Jr. And Bo Bichette help lead the Blue Jays to a Wild Card spot with a September run including batting averages above .300 for the month for both hitters.

Malamoney:Ender Inciarte will be on more championship teams than Mike Trout. Josh Bell will be on more championship teams than Anthony Rizzo. Jose Quintana will be on more championship teams than Clayton Kershaw.” Take note if you haven’t drafted yet.

Ralph Lifshitz:

-Matt Chapman is higher on the Razzball Player Rater end of season than Matt Olson.
-Scott Kingery returns top 100 value.
-Trevor Hildenberger will have the most saves of anyone on the Twins’ roster.

TonyRP:  Robert Ozuna reaches 50 saves and Trea Turner steals 100 bases.
These were some great predictions! Let us know who you agree with and who is crazy in the comment section. Well to be fair, we are all a little off-center.

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  1. Bumgarners hand says:
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    Hey guys great predictions!!!!!!

    12 Team 5×5

    C – Realmuto/Ianetta
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Merrifield/ Gennett
    3B – Sano/Suarez
    SS – Correa
    OF – Hoskins/Pham/Bradley Jr./Taylor/Brinson/Souza
    UT – Morales

    SP – Bum/Archer/C.Martinez/Taillon/E.Rodriguez/Clev/Giolito
    RP – Greene/Treinen/Soria/Bradley/Holland/Lyons

    Any concerns I should be have with the lineup and pitching?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Bumgarners hand: tough break on Bumgarner, hate Pham, love Brinson. Overall, you look really balanced.

  2. VJ G says:
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    Just curious if there is a real time closer change notifying that you guys recommend? Whether it’s a twitter page, or a Closer Monkey that emails in real time.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @VJ G: I use closer monkey

      • Joel says:
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        @MB: thanks

  3. Cram It says:
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    Haha. Chapman higher than Olson? Absurd! I still don’t know the difference between the two. I reckon they’re both sub-30 HR hitters with a .240 average on the A’s.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Cram It: that’s why they’re bold! Haha

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Cram It: All of mine are going to happen. The only absurd one to me is Hildenberger. Why would the Twins go with him over two “sunk cost” closers? They definitely wouldn’t.

      I love Chapman, always have, he’s got plus plus power, a 40 contact, and a high walk rate. Gold glove caliber D at 3rd keeps him in the lineup and he’s hits 30+. He’s flawed, but exciting. But hey, bold predictions?!? Am I right?

      • Grey

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        Chapman is a Ralph guy

  4. Jbona3 says:
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    How about a few commenter bold predictions:
    –Corey Seager hits 30+ HRs and is a top 3 SS
    –Hanley Ramirez is in the top 100 on the Razz player rater

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      @Jbona3: Trea Turner doesn’t sniff 100 games

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jbona3: those are good!

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Jbona3: I like both of those JBona3.

  5. JB2 says:
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    Trying to work a Rendon for Dozier straight up trade, he wants to do Benintendi for Dozier. In a vacuum, who wins each deal?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @JB2: Dozier wins both in my opinion, I’d do either

  6. Buxon going 30-30 from the 8-hole would be the most impressive of these predictions. (Of course, he could always move up…I guess he can’t teally move down much. lol)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Lucky Dog: there’s still one spot he can move down.

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        @MB: 9 would almost be an upgrade over 8…like a 2nd leadoff hitter. 8 is just…..Bleh. I’m a little surprised to see that given his ability. Maybe they’re taking some pressure off him.

  7. Heisenberg says:
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    Nick Senzel becomes the Reds starting 2nd basemen by June 1st. He starts for the NL in the All Star Game, and finishes the season with 25 dingers, 90 ribeyes, and leads all NL 2nd basemen in fantasy points. Kingery struggles as a utility man, and is sent to the minors and is later traded along with Nick Williams and J.P. Crawford to Tampa Bay for Chris Archer and Realmuto, who help the Phillies knock off the Cubs in the playoffs!

  8. BreadnButter says:
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    I think everything you predicted is reasonable except Joe Mauer winning MVP and Gary Sanchez hitting 50 HRs

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @BreadnButter: not sure, the Mauer thing was either a joke or the boldest prediction of all time.

  9. Jon;U says:
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    Benintendi wins MVP 35 HR and 25 Steals

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jon;U: if Benintendi hits 35 home runs I’ll regret this draft season for a very long time

  10. Nathan says:
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    Bench:

    Jarrod Dyson
    Michael Conforto
    Nick Senzel
    Amed Rosario
    Chris Ownings
    Michael Brantley
    Alex Verdugo
    Joe Mauer
    Austin Hays
    David Dahl
    Tyler Wade
    Francisco Meija

    Dynasty league– who’s expendable?

    • Gigorilla says:
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      depending on format, all but Hays and Mejia, and maybe Dahl.

      • Nathan says:
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        @Gigorilla: H2H Points ESPN 10 man league

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Nathan: Dyson and Mauer pretty easily.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Nathan: I was gonna say, maybe Dahl.

  11. Gigorilla says:
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    Ralph — your picks are titled – “Bold and obtainable”

    I like the Happ, Cesar and Bregman thoughts. “Very Bold”

    Most of the others are “Boldly unattainable where no man (now person) has ever gone”

    My Bold guesses are –Brewers lose in 6 games in World Series to Yankees, Mike Trout wins MVP for the next 3 years in a row, and R. Odor and M. Franco are on all of Grey’s teams next year (again).

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Gigorilla: As a Cubs fan, I’m rooting against your first one, but idk if your last one is bold enough. haha

      • Gigorilla says:
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        I know on the point idk, but LMAO that I should have included Deshields.

        It’s like ‘ I wish I knew how to quit you man”

        I boldly predicted earlier to Grey that Deshields breaks out, Maikel is average, and Odor stinks out of the 7th-8th spot.

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @Gigorilla: don’t forget Delino Deshields – like a moth to the flame, so shall Delino be on DeGrey’s DeTeam.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Gigorilla: you misspelled Cubs and win against the Yankees in 6 games.

  12. Mark says:
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    Most are bold predictions. The most realistic on is White Merrified going 25hr and 30 stls

    Ralph seems most likely to come through

    My own personal Bold:
    I think Billy Hamilton steals 85 this year.

    Edwin Diaz leads both leagues in saves, have a 2.30 era and 100k’s.

    Tyler Wade is the Yankees starting 2b through September and eventually bats leadoff.

    G. Stanton leads the Yanks in homeruns and Gary Sanchez wins the MVP

    Aaron Judge disappoints and leads the league in k’s and drops to 8th in the Yankee Batting order at some point during the season.

    Greg Bird returns, hits 23 hrs and bats .270

    Lance McCullers wins the Cy Young and has 200 plus k’s and a 2.8 era along with 18 wins

    DAnny Salazaar wins less than 5 games this year and has a 5 era.

    Buxton is still a strikeout, low BA mess…..and regresses.

    Ian Happ hits 16 homers and has a .220 BA(Too many k’s)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Mark: I violently shook my head yes at the Buxton and Judge predictions

  13. Alex says:
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    I feel like I drafted the most razzball team ever.
    16 team H2H keeper league able to keep 4

    C- Alfaro
    1B-Hosmer
    2B- schoop
    3B-JRam (keeper)
    SS- turner (keeper)
    OF-Betts (keeper)
    OF- Harper (keeper)
    OF- Mancini
    Util- Tim Anderson
    Bench- Mitch haniger

    SP- Luke weaver
    SP- Bauer
    RP- minter
    RP- Watson
    P- Gray
    P- Morton
    P- Gausman
    Bench- Wacha
    Bench- Corbin
    Bench- Trevor Williams
    DL- Jimmy Nelson
    NA- beuhler

    Gonna waiver wire it up this year for speculative saves. Thank for the help this year Grey with your rankings, feel this is the best team I’ve drafted to begin the year.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Alex: speed, swagger, and sneaky power, that’s a Razzball lineup

  14. Jon Gray's broken toe says:
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    I love the bold predictions! Do you have any bold predictions for Tyson Ross? He looks great this spring.

  15. OldNavy says:
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    CBS 10 team weekly points HtH league they believe I will be a last place team, What do you think? CBS said they same think in Basketball and I had a 4 game lead over the closest team
    during the regular season.

    Batters

    C Welington Castillo C | CHW

    1B Miguel Cabrera 1B | DET

    2B Jonathan Schoop 2B | BAL

    3B Mike Moustakas 3B | KC

    SS Francisco Lindor SS | CLE

    OF Andrew Benintendi OF | BOS

    OF Kyle Schwarber OF | CHC

    OF Christian Yelich OF | MIL

    U Scott Kingery 2B | PHI

    Reserves
    SS Marcus Semien SS | OAK

    Pitchers

    SP Lucas Giolito SP | CHW

    SP Corey Kluber SP | CLE

    SP Luis Severino SP | NYY

    SP Michael Wacha SP | STL

    SP Luke Weaver SP | STL

    RP Shane Greene RP | DET

    RP Brandon Morrow RP | CHC

    SP Mike Clevinger SP | CLE

    SP Michael Fulmer SP | DET

    SP Lance Lynn SP | MIN

    SP Blake Snell

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @OldNavy: in my experience with football, when a site tells me my draft is bad I usually finish pretty strongly.

      As for your roster, I LOVE your pitching staff, you’ve got a lot of sleeper potential in your lineup too. You’ll be fine

  16. Nash says:
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    In a 5×5 Roto league, NL-only – my hitting is strong so I can deal from my OF strength.

    Would you do Michael Taylor for Sean Newcomb?

    FYI – Keeper league as well, and both players are decent value at current price.

  17. Nate says:
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    Just made a trade and curious to know your thoughts.
    6×6 league – R – HR – RBI – SB – AVG – OPS – QS – SV – BAA – ERA – WHIP – K/9
    I sent Zunino and Beltre for his Schoop and hurt Salvador Perez.\
    C – Sanches
    1b – Vott0
    2b – Christ Taylor (thats right)
    3b – Arenado
    ss – Baez
    IF – Beltre currently
    OF – George Springer
    OF – JD Martinez
    OF – Marcell Ozuna
    OF – Sterling Marte
    UTIL – Zunino now
    only bench player on offense is Acuna

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Nate: I think you got the higher floor and he got the highest ceiling. I’m a big Zunino guy. And Beltre will absolutely outearn his draft price.

      • Nate says:
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        @MB: thanks for getting back to me. It will be interesting to see what Beltre does this year. I don’t have the faith you do

        • MB

          MB says:
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          @Nate: anytime!

  18. Michael DePinto says:
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    I am in a H2H 10-team non-keeper league. Scott Kingery is available. Should I use my #3 waiver priority to get him? I know everyone loves him but I haven’t seen realistic projection for him yet.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Michael DePinto: yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. All formats.

      Here’s kind of bold predictions. He goes 25/30

  19. Schwab says:
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    I just gave up Moncada and Kopech for Acuna in dynasty. Did I give up to much, come out ahead, or was this a pretty fair deal?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Schwab: I think you made the right move, you got the sure thing

  20. Swick says:
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    a manager just dropped julio urias in my dynasty is he someone i wanna snag up?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Swick: I think he’s worth a shot

  21. Jurickson Brofar says:
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    Oh….. the ultimate razzball transaction. Do I drop Odor for Kingery? I also have Albies. My god… this very thought should crash the whole site.

    • J. Brofar says:
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      @Jurickson Brofar: Upon submission of this comment, my computer screen started flashing instantly resembling the Boat Tunnel scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. My eyes are bleeding.

    • Papa Jean Segura says:
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      @Jurickson Brofar: Ha was just thinking the same exact question…

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jurickson Brofar: I’d keep Odor. You really can’t have both?!

  22. Oddball Herrera says:
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    So if Martinez goes .325/35 hR/ 125 RBI, that basically makes him the favorite for MvP, right?

    Because that’s the level of bold we’re talking on that prediction.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Oddball Herrera: yeah he’s good but it’s pretty bold

  23. Viz

    Viz says:
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    Putting it here for the record… on a per-game basis, Acuna is a top 20 player this year. So tempted to say even higher, but top 20 seems bold enough!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Viz: there it is, thanks Viz haha

  24. your mom says:
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    hey.
    which side:
    trea/carrasco or bryant/rizzo?

    thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @your mom: Bryant Rizzo, you can also use Bryzzo souvenir co. Gifs all year so that’s even more reason to pull the trigger

  25. kenly0 says:
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    The Martinez and Mauer predictions are insane. I do like a lot of the other bold predictions. Especially, the Chapman being more valuable than Olsen one. Because I completely agree with it. A few from me.
    1. The Cubs have 3 SP’s finish in the top 6 of Cy Young voting. They also go wire to wire as the best team in baseball and take home their 2nd title in 3 years. Rizzo also wins the MVP.
    2. Aaron Judge is a semi bust. Hitting .220 with 28 homers.
    3. Tyler Wade has a better year than Gleyber Torres.
    4. Mookie Betts and Trout both go 40/40
    5. G. Cole wins 20 games
    6. Phillies get a wild card
    7. Brian Anderson hits .275 with 23 homers and finishes 2nd in rookie of year behind R. McMahon who hits .315 with 18 homers.
    8. Ty Blache leads the Giants in wins with 15.
    9. T. Glasnow gets 130 K’s in 95 innings
    10. L. Gohara goes 150 innings with 3.20 era and 165 K’s.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @kenly0: yeah I like a lot of these

  26. David says:
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    Please rank for fantasy. Bird, McMahon, Mancini and Belt. OBP instead of AVG and a SLG as a 6th category. I like Bird in that lineup and park, but he can’t stay healthy.

  27. David says:
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    I meant rank those guys in dynasty, Bird, McMahon, Mancini, Belt. OBP replacing AVG and SLG as a 6th category. Thanks.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @David: this is tough but I’ll go Mancini, McMahon, Bird, Belt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini, McMahon

  28. Joseph Bennett says:
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    Man if even 60% of these come close to true then I will handily win both of my leagues.

  29. The Harrow says:
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    the quintana being on more winning teams than kershaw is just easy. if you own kershaw (in non points leagues) you are already handicapping your offense. could probably easily pick a lot of SP in that draft area and be right. the inexpensive glue guys (SP) tend to end up on a LOT of winning teams, whereas using a 1st round pick on a pitcher very often leads to not winning leagues, on average.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Harrow: uh, lance, you meant SS on swanson, he doesn’t play 2B. it’s VERY bold to say he’d be a top 20 2B when he doesn’t play it.

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