This preseason is weird.  Games have started, but not really.  Due to the unlikely nature of the preseason, I’ve decided to delve into the wholly unlikely with some bold predictions.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever done a bold predictions post before, because, it is a very stupid post.  Do you say things like, “Cameron Maybin will hit 175 homers?”  Which is bold, but absurd.  Or do you say Daniel Palka will be a top 40 outfielder, which, I guess is bold, but I’ve already written a Daniel Palka sleeper post, so, while bold, I think it’s more realistic.  In other words, whose definition of bold are we using?  Some pussyfooters strutting around like they’ve got Brad Peacock’s plummage and saying Bryce Harper will be a top 10 outfielder or some legit peacocks who are brushing back their feathered hair in their El Dorados saying Ronald Guzman will hit 30 homers?  I honestly don’t know.  This is also why when people go back in October and say, “So, um *clears throat* I had three of my ten bold predictions come true.  The first one was Realmuto won’t be the number one catcher.  Yadda blabba bloo!”  *farts into hand*  It’s total nonsense.  Realmuto won’t be the number one catcher has like a 90% chance of happening and is not bold.  I’m gonna go crazy bold!  Let’s get ready to grumble!  Anyway, here’s some 2019 fantasy baseball bold predictions:

1. Ronald Guzman will be a top 10 1st baseman.

Will he hit 30 homers as Intro Grey alluded to?  Yeah, this is bold, so what the hey!  It doesn’t mean anything.  If I’m wrong, I was being bold anyway.  However, I do like Ronald Guzman as the last guy on a team in a 15 team league.  This is a crazy late flyer and a $5 on the Marlins winning the Series-type bet.  No, you should not drop Rhys Hoskins for him.  I’m Cust kayin’ I could see an out-of-nowhere scenario where Guzman is a top 10 1st baseman.  1st basemen are not good this year; the Rangers are not platooning Guzman much if at all; he has said he worked on a new launch angle to hit for more power; semi-colons are fun.

2. Domingo Santana will be a top 20–Nay, horsie, a top 10 outfielder.

I guess some less embolden boldies who are going prematurely bald might say Domingo as a top 20 outfielder is a bold call, but I am rocking a full head of hair and going for a top 10 outfielder season from Domingo. As I’ve said numerous times on the aforementioned tip, the last time Domingo was a full-time outfielder he was a top 20 outfielder.  Sure, Milwaukee is a better park, but I think Domingo can excel again with 500+ ABs.

3. Leonys Martin will have a year comparable to Aaron Hicks’s year in 2018.

It will all finally come together for Leonys as he hits leadoff for the Indians and stays healthy for 145 games.  Or he will be hurt by April 15th–Actually…

Psyche!  My real 3rd bold prediction is Greg Allen will become the Indians’ leadoff hitter and have more value than…hmm…who would be bold — how about Greg Allen will have more value than Whit Merrifield?  Yeah, that’s bold!

In perhaps the most bizarre bold prediction you will find anywhere, my bold prediction is a psyche-out and about 200 words long.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say I have the longest bold predictions by word count.  Greg Allen does not even have a starting job, but it will happen.  If we know anything about Leonys, he never stays on the field.  CarGo’s signing?  Bleh, like he stays on the field.  Allen stole 21 bags last year in only 265 ABs, and the Indians will need his speed to produce offense.  As for him being better than Whit?  I don’t like Merrifield at all this year.

4. Johan Camargo will outproduce Josh Donaldson.

I’m no fan of Josh Donaldson. Haven’t been for a long time, maybe ever.  Why do I hate him and his stupid face?  Meh, his face isn’t stupid, and I don’t personally have anything against him, but I don’t buy him, his power or his ability to stay healthy.  Camargo, though…*chef’s kiss* He hit 19 homers last year, and will see plenty of at-bats, outproducing Donaldson.

5. D.J. Stewart will be owned in 70% of ESPN leagues at some point this season, which means people who follow Klara Bell will even know who Stewart is.  Okay, this isn’t a prediction since it’s hard to quantify.  How about D.J. Stewart will have a better fantasy season than Michael Brantley?  That I like!

Stewart has 20/20 ability and the Orioles have a team that would struggle to beat the Washington Generals, so Stewart should get playing time.  Steamer even gives Stewart a 20/14/.241 season if he sees 140+ games.  Y’all can go ahead and sleep on Stewart, but I’m cozying up next to him.

6. Jeff McNeil will be Mets’ best fantasy hitter.

This bold prediction is with a heavy heart because it might mean Michael Conforto sucks eggs and shats the bed once again.  But, who knows, maybe McNeil and Conforto can both be good.  They’re the new HoJo and McReynolds.  Only MiCo and McNeil.

7. Kyle Gibson is a top 20 starter.

This isn’t that bold, but I want to wish it into existence, which is also why I just wrote this blurb and dropped my computer into a wishing well.  My Icelandic friend, Zelda the Bjork, who practices wishcraft says that’s the best way to make something come true.  Gibson has all the makings of this year’s Charlie Morton-old-breakout-type.

8. Jose Alvarado is a top 2 closer.

Roto Wan does our SAGNOF coverage, so I haven’t had the time or inclination to properly espouse how criminally low Alvarado is being drafted.  I think he might be on more of my teams than any other player.  How exactly is a guy with a 98 MPH fastball, 11+ K/9 and coming off a 2.39 ERA (3.15 xFIP) season being forgotten in drafts?  Not to answer, but to silently judge others who don’t draft him.

9. Zack Greinke wins under ten games, has an ERA over 4.50 and is officially cooked for the rest of his career like F-Her.

Damn, my bold predictions aren’t even bold for this year; they’re bold for the-rest-of-Greinke’s-career number of years.  This bold prediction can only be partially right this year.  We will have to wait until Greinke retires to officially call this bold prediction correct.

10. Juan Soto will be a top 5 fantasy player this year.

So, boo, this isn’t that bold.  This is like saying Clayton Kershaw won’t throw 75 IP this year (bonus bold prediction!).  Juan Soto is about to emerge on a global scale.  People in Mexico are going to start saying “Juan Soto” when they want a Dr. Pepper, and people in America are going to start saying Sexy Dr. Pepper when they Juan Soto.

Now, let’s hear your bold predictions in the comments, then we’ll come back at the end of the season and mock each other.

  1. Charlie says:
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    Seasons greetings!
    Any positive thoughts on my main team that I drafted last night?

    10 Team Draft H2H Points league.
    (I love that you love Soto as much as me. He’s mine you can’t have him!)

    C-Contreras
    1b- Votto
    2b- Shaw
    3b-Arenado
    SS- Seager
    OF-Stanton
    OF-Soto
    OF- Conforto
    OF- Miggy/ Vlad Guerrero

    SP’s:
    Cole
    Flaherty
    Taillon
    Wheeler
    Peacock/Foltynewicz
    RP-Vasquez
    RP- Hicks

    Bench:
    Robles
    Ohtani
    Eaton

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Solid team, light on SB’s.

      • pinkman says:
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        Points league tho…

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          ah,missed that part..still a solid team..

    • Cram It says:
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      Agreed, no speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Sending positive mojo your team on this team which is very solid, your hitting and pitching *chef’s kiss* I mean, you have Robles on your bench, not much bad to say

  2. Wisegreasybastard says:
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    Staying up too late late to watch the Tokyo game. My bold prediction is that Domingo hits three homers tonight. I just spoke it into existence.
    Bold prediction for the season: Ohtani-san gets 50 homers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You were close to your first bold prediction!

  3. c says:
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    that Ronald Guzman bold prediction does not jive with the -2 value you give him on the top-500.

    Cust Kayin’.

    • Cram It says:
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      You should know the difference between rankings and bold predictions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cmon, C, you know bold and realistic are not sameies

  4. Vack says:
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    Boldly Go….

    1) Where Brandon Lowe is a top 5 second baseman.

    2) Where Joe Jimenez is a top 10 closer.

    3) Where Hyun-Jin Ryu is a top 20 starting pitcher.

    4) Where Jesse Winker posts a higher batting average than all non-Rockies NL hitters.

    5) Where Kendrys Morales outproduces fellow DH-types E5, Khris Davis and Nelson Cruz.

    6) Where Luis Rengifo is more productive than Dee Gordon.

    7) Where Trevor Bauer is the ace of all aces.

    8) Where Jorge Polanco outproduces Corey Seager (not bold enough?)….and Xander Bogaerts.

    9) Where Kyle Wright is the top rookie starting pitcher.

    10) Where Dan Vogelbach is 2019’s Max Muncy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. The Rays committing to him is already a great sign, wish I owned him in a league or two

      These are all really good, tbh, especially like 4

      • TC says:
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        L. Guerriel or B. Lowe for this season? I have Hiura in the wings but need a 2b until then. Gambled on Muncy getting the 2b job and lost… Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lowe

          • Cubbie Blues says:
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            How about B. Lowe or R. McMahon at 2B for this year (and long term)?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Kinda interested in Lowe right now

              • Cubbie Blues says:
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                Interesting. I’ve got a decision to make.

                • CMUTIMMAH says:
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                  McMahon is a tough read, he could be a monster, or he could do what he did last year and go from a starting spot (1B) and end up being a Util guy by June. (without the noncallup)

                  Lowe is intriguing… but they are both lottery tickets. I’d probably hold on to McMahon, because Lowe is probably likely to stay under the radar for a few weeks, but I think you could go either way.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    McMahon can’t field, Rockies won’t play him much

  5. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Laureano is hitting leadoff today on cough, cough, opening day in, cough, cough, Japan!???!! WTF

    NICE BOLD predictions MR BOLD..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I told you he was the leadoff hitter!

  6. Mex says:
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    14 team mixed league Roto, keep for this year and next. Which side do you prefer:

    Goldschmidt and K Bryant or Mondesi and Rizzo

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Goldy side

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’ll take the Mondesi side but it’s very close. Those steals are so valuable in a 14 team roto league…

      • peacecoast says:
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        agree with DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Mex says:
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        Thanks guys(assuming none of you are one of the 5 girls)…I keep going back and forth

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  7. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    NICE!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Featherbottom!

  8. Brent Briere says:
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    Another great one Grey!

    ….and Santana w/ the Grand Slam …Domingoing going gone…

    Quick q…does your outlook on Profar change seeing him bat 7th?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, no change after one game — DOMINGO!

  9. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Here’s a bold prediction. Domingo Santana hits a grand slam on “openning” day and it drives his price up to the point where he is no longer a sleeper.
    Aaaaaaaaaaah. It just happened!
    Stupid MLB

    • Jj says:
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      Yeah, that killed me

    • Brett says:
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      Hoping he doesn’t do much more this series I don’t need his value to go up with my auction next week

      • Db says:
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        Dude you guys act like he’s gojng to hit .300 with 40 homers chill out plenty of guys out there…

        Chad Pinder>Domingo my bold prediction

    • Dave D says:
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      Thanks God I have only one draft left and own him 3x already. Yeah, he’ll be soaring immediately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DOMINGO!

      • Dave D says:
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        Btw, I gotta give you credit where due RE: Laureano. Led off, versus a lefty at least. He’ll have to do better than 0/5 w/k’s if he wants to keep that opportunity though. Oh, Dustin, where art though?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It shows at least the A’s are thinking same thing

  10. MattH says:
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    Bold prediction #2 already looking good this fine morning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DOMINGO!

  11. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Domingo Santana’s price just went up! Would you do Mookie for Arenado and Eloy in a 5×5 roto ops instead of BA? Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      no, keep Mookie

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Phenom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DOMINGO! Agree with others

  12. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Wow, great bold predictions report. Enjoyed.

    Came down with something yesterday (virus or something,feeling better today). In my wife’s family they don’t drink tea unless you’re really sick, so there’s that. Drank about 0.5 gallons of tea so far this AM. Going for broke to drink the other 0.5 in the PM. Wow, bold predictions here too.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks, feel better!

  13. MattyIce says:
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    Help me, O Grey One. 5×5 OPS keeper league, can keep 6 forever. Feeling okay about my first 5 Keepers, but need help deciding on the 6th. Keeping

    Sale
    Bauer
    Corbin
    Stanton
    Correa

    Need to pick one from Haniger/Blackmon/Marte/Strasburg. Who would you keep? Leaning towards Strasburg which would give me a huge pitching advantage and I’m also down a bit on Blackmon/Marte.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You asked this yesterday, no? Blackmon

  14. The Great Knoche says:
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    You’ve been waiting for Greinke to fall off a cliff for 5 years. Might be right, he could Fall like Cliff Lee.

    My ten bold coming later in the program.

    Also god damn it Domingo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You toeing Rudy’s company line about Greinke? Domingo!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Based on the 88 MPH fastball high so far I’m in the Grey side

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup!

        • cg says:
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          he is up to 88??? i’m all in. Last year in spring training he threw one “fastball” 79, and had an entire game where he didn’t hit 86 (sat 82-84). I get he is going to break, but sometimes you see a guy with a genius level IQ and think he will age fine.

          with that said, votto? I am out on votto. Guy can’t even hit the ball as hard as the pitcher throws it 1x all spring training. I wouldn;t grab him off the wire

      • greinke on ONE team out of eight.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Surprised since you liked him so much

          • I don’t like Greinke. He’s the only SP i even drafted b/w the 4th and 7th rounds of snake drafts. liked hiim mildly more in Draft Champions given his durability.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Well, he’s no Robbie Ray — Hey, you Jerry Colangelo?

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                Only Nick Pivetta is Robbie Ray.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  This is prolly true

  15. clemsoncrushers says:
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    Wow, Domingo Grand Slam. Great call, he’s already the #1 OF :)

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      Does anyone know if CBS weekly leagues (the ones where you pay a league fee) count these games? Asking for my Dingo and Chapman!

      Our league can’t tell…first scoring period is listed as 3/28…but why wouldn’t the first 2 games count? Also, CBS literally just posted a whole article making fun of any leagues that don’t count those games (so it would be pretty funny but not totally surprising if they themselves didn’t count them)

      • American Troutfisher says:
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        Sunday and Chapman owner here. My CBS redraft league is not counting the Japan games. *%#@*&$^%!#

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          At least we can commiserate together. If we lose because of 2 HR 7 RBI and/or 3 R, I think we’re allowed to whine at the end of the year and put an asterisks next to it.

          • icefires says:
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            Well, if you whine, make sure you direct it at your commish. There is a reason people pay big buck for using CBS to run their fantasy league. It is extremely customizable and easy to understand and use. I have used CBS for both football and baseball for 14 years. If you have any questions about settings, my e-mail is [email protected]. I would be glad to help.

      • icefires says:
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        There is an option in the settings that says “Include Japan Games 3/20 & 3/21 in my schedule.” If that box is checked, the two games will be included. If your commissioner did not see this when setting up your league schedule, perhaps you need a new commish.

        • JakeTPE says:
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          Yeah, this. I remember the CBS guys talking about this option (everything’s customizable!) on a podcast a couple weeks ago. Doubt they can be included retroactively though. Good luck, Duda.

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            Thanks / yeah that was my next question, is it retroactive?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Season’s over, packed it up, fellas, Domingo’s got this!

  16. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Love these! The return of Dingo!

    Polling the masses:

    Guy in my 12 team keeper league (weekly lineups 7 reserve) drafted for too much upside and needs an OF who won’t start in the minors. I randomly grabbed Brinson in the reserve rounds and don’t need him. I’m assuming that the most helium Brinson will have is right now with that inflated spring.

    Don’t have any specific needs, but trying for either a solid pitcher or a better upside gamble.

    I’m trying to get Kyle Freeland for Brinson, but unlikely.

    If I can’t get Freeland, would you ship $0 Brinson for:

    $5 Alex Reyes
    $1 Josh James
    $0 Sheffield (not a huge fan)

    What I’d be looking for from this group is best upside for 2019 (keeper upside long term matters, but less so).

    • Donkey Teeth

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      In a keeper I’d actually rather have $5 Reyes or $1 James than Freeland. Sheffield at $0 is fair but easily comes in 3rd place of those 3.

      Reyes, James, Freeland, Sheffield would be my keeper ranking.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      He’d also do the same for $0 Niko Goodrum (weekly league + with josh harrison, does Niko play everyday?)

      • Donkey Teeth

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        I do think they find a way to keep Niko in the lineup most days but I’d much rather have Reyes or James in a keeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DOMINGO!

      Hmm… Reyes or James sounds fine

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        And give Brinson over Niko for one of those, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  17. Tom says:
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    Hold the phone Grey, I asked over a month ago on these boards if DJ Stewart could be your third sleeper from the Orioles, you scoffed, and said there’s no way he should even be starting. Glad you’ve come around.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I dug in further on him, you were right, Tom… I still don’t know if he’s a realistic target for shallower leagues, but I do see it now

  18. Wally Pipp says:
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    Ill go one step further on juan soto and say bold prediction both juan soto and ronald acuna will be the consensus top 2 fantasy players ranked for 2020 fantady baseball, ahead of mike trout.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like it!

  19. Aardvark says:
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    Alvarado over David Robertson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, it’s a crapshoot, these are bold

  20. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Grey –

    AL Only 12 team keeper

    Trade Andrew Heaney $7 (last year of contract and then can be extended for $5/year for up to 3 years).

    For Daniel Palka $2 (2 more years on his contract and then can be extended for $5/year for up to 3 years).

    Thoughts?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d prefer to hold Heaney but its fairish

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  21. Jj says:
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    Laureano is in minors, Fowler starting by May

    • Peacecoast says:
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      not a great start for him to be sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, haters gonna hate

  22. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    I had my Yahoo (14-team H2H) draft last night, and I essentially used your ratings to pick my team. Hope you’re right; Yahoo (obviously based on their assessments) have me last by a comfortable margin.

    • Grey

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      Hope so too!

  23. Mell-o says:
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    Grey Dog Night!! My pitching staff is all over the place…it’s hilarious…I got Kimbrel, Kuechel, CMart, Morrow…this Ohtani guy who isn’t even pitching hahaha

    The “Call Up Fernando Tatis, Jr. Already Ya Bunch Of San Diego Yuppies!!” playlist…

    1. The Maestro – Beastie Boys
    2. The Hawaii 5-0 Theme Song
    3. Walkin’ The Dog – Aerosmith
    4. Eastbound And Down- Jerry Reed
    5. Aneurysm – Nirvana
    6. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – The Buckinghams
    7. Watch Out For The Hook – Cool Breeze
    8. The Crunge – Led Zeppelin
    9. Survival Of The Fittest – Mobb Deep
    10. Work – Bob Marley AND The Wailers

    …ohhhhh that dog of mine!! Hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, half your staff is in Acapulco still on vacay

      9. Nice!

  24. BadFantasyManager says:
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    Now I want Soto. I don’t know why you said that he will be top 5 player.

    I asked you this before Grey, but I’ll post it again to see if someone else has an opinion. Yahoo 14-team categories H2H. Hitters categories are: R, RBI, avg, OPS, Net Stolen Bases, K against, BB, H, 2B, 3B, HR. Pitchers categories are: the typical 5, plus K/BB, BB against, Holds, QS, and losses.

    My team is:

    Batters are Narvaez, Rizzo, McNeil, Bregman, Peraza, Acuna, Springer, Benintendi. Utilities / Bench are Winker, Meadows, peter Alonso y McMahon.

    My SPs are Wheeler, German Marquez, Ed-Rod, JA Happ, Pivetta, Glasnow, and Luzardo for whenever the A’s bring him up. I have Osuna and Yates as closers, and Barnes, Brasier, Buttrey as RPs.

    The deal is Soto and Robertson for my Benintendi and Eduardo Rodriguez. Should I do it?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d want Soto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  25. And here comes the inevitable comment:

    Should I pick up Greg Allen and / or Carmagio (both on wire)

    and drop any of these?

    Yonder Alonso, Joey Wendle, Chad Pinder, or Jake Bauers?

    14 team, mixed, roto, keeper – Need some help in speed and average (but who doesn’t)

    Thank you!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d take a shot on Greg Allen over Pinder if you’re looking for speed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  26. knucks says:
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    Was busy raging against ESPN support last night for not putting KSeager, Swarzak, Shawn Armstron, etc on the “IL”. Mad annoying. Was pretty sure I was gonna get a “Knucks, did you fill out your tournament bracket yet?” response, but instead I just got no response at all.

    I guess I shouldn’t have started my emails with the subject line “Bring me the head of your Fantasy Baseball dept!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA… You have to admit Fantrax at least answers you if you have a problem

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Or they at least answer me

  27. Gigorilla says:
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    The 10 Bold almost read like a pitcher’s list of predictions.

    A couple of my own —
    –Domingo German will break out and be this year’s German Marquez
    –Chris Davis has a season ending leg injury in May and retires from baseball
    –The Cubs are 8 games out of 1st at the All Star break and fire Maddon
    –The Twins are in the AL championship series vs the Astros
    –The Brewers have 6 batters with 30 home runs
    –The Cardinals win the World Series
    –Razzball.com is voted best baseball web site in the world. Again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks! Love that last one!

  28. Gotime says:
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    Gibson’s finest! Are you dropping any of Bader, Ed Escobar, Laureano, Wacha for Kyle Gibson or hold. These guys are end of rotation/bats 12tm H2H 6×6.

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      good question, I have actually been eyeing gibson fro the past two weeks just staring at me on waivers. (early drafting) He could be a great streaming compliment at the very least.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d say hold but it’s kind of needs based in a 12 teamer…if you need a pitcher and Laureano is a spare piece then it wouldn’t be a bad move. Then again, Laureano did just hit leadoff in the opener and he has nice upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gibson over Wacha

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Wacha’s pumping 97mph in spring!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm… Okay, then hold!

          • Gotime says:
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            Too late haha!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

              • Gotime says:
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                Reading some comments and Mondesi Q came up In an OBP league (Tim Anderson is under contract for another 3 yrs at $4) do I keep Mondesi at full 4yr term at $20 or buy him back next year

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You can’t do like 2 years?

                  • Gotime says:
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                    Yeah anything up to 4, thinking see if he sticks for a couple at least.

        • johnnyhobbes says:
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          I got questions now….. Keep gibson and wacha on the waiver wire and watch intently.

          I got too many OF trout ozuna, benintendi- not moving. Dahl, meadows, laureano, bauers.

          Need 2b – could go lowes. But Gibson as a top 20 pitcher isn’t all that wild given DT rankings as well

          I guess I’m asking, if you had to move to fill 2b (Lowe) and get another arm (not sure who now) you would drop who?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Bauers is first guy off your team

            • johnnyhobbes says:
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              Thanks, Grey

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem

  29. Los Beisbolcats says:
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    1. Villar, Yandy are all stars
    2. Vlad gets less than 15 1st place ROY votes
    3. Cleveland has 5 200+ K pitchers. Has that ever happened?
    4. The Yankees hit 300 homers
    5. Kershaw is not a top 30 SP
    6. Travis Shaw leads the NL in homers
    7. Zack Wheeler Leads the Mets in WAR
    8. Josh Donaldson leads the Braves in wRC+
    9. Luke Voit leads all AL 1B in homers
    10. Juan Soto outperforms Bryce Harper in every single offensive category

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love 5, 9 and 10

  30. Steve says:
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    As bench bat would you rather have Kang (hoping for a return to form) or Greg Allen?

    Thanks

    • Steve says:
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      Or would you rather Greg Allen over McMahon, who is lighting the meaningless spring training on fire?

      Thanks again

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Needs based…Greg Allen for speed, Kang for power. McMahon over both for me…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Allen

  31. Big Ticket says:
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    What side do you like in keeper OBP? Roughly top 70 are usually kept …

    Votto, Bauer, Suarez

    FOR

    Albies, Marquez

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Bauer side

      • peacecoast says:
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        agree with DT, not close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  32. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Woodruff or Newcombe?

    • Norman Ginsberg says:
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      I would be dropping Marco Gonzalez for Woodruff / Newcombe (I took Marco only for the opening day start — which worked out OK). I assume Woodruff & Newcombe are all Meh but on a better team than Marco. Or would you keep Gonzalez?

      • knucks says:
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        Marco is #59. Are you familiar with the rankings? Only 9 innings of baseball have been played. And yes Marco got the W and QS, so that’s great. But I can’t think it means that Grey goes changing his rankings this morning because of it.

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Newcomb for me

    • knucks says:
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      Grey has Newcomb (#54) ranked over Woodruff (#58). But I think that could change if we found out tomorrow that Woodruff has a rotation spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Woodruff

  33. American Troutfisher says:
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    Bold prediction: Jackie Bradley finishes with the highest WAR on the Red Sox.

    • peacecoast says:
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      well if defense counts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s bold!

  34. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Bold Predictions:

    1.) Salvador Perez will never carry his own luggage again

    2.) Salvador Perez will require Tommy John Surgery on his other elbow Spring 2020 (fire emojis)

    My second season in fantasy baseball. 0/2 with this guy.

    EFFFFlin love your daily write up, keep on!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

  35. Frank says:
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    Laureano batting lead off!
    I have domingo in 1 league, oh boy the Santana stock is rising.
    Runs, homers, rbis, stolen bases, strikeouts, on base, slugging percentage league.

    Which 1 would you drop out of these 3? Hunter Renfroe, Ian happ, Tyler White

    • peacecoast says:
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      Happ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love it! I’d prolly lose White, but Happ’s as good an answer

      • Frank says:
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        Thanks gents

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. Dave D says:
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    Nice write up. Here’s my bold prediction about your bold predictions: you will be 60% accurate with this list.

    Disclaimer: Fortunately I own 6 of the 10 listed and particularly I own multiple shares of Domingo, McNeil in particular.

    I’m hoping you do an article recap of our NFBC Slow when it’s complete and comment on both your rosters and other managers. It’d be interesting if you made some commentary and/or predictions for our league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you took Guzman in our NFBC league, right?

      I will recap the league if we ever finish the thing… By the way, how did I time out? Does the clock go during the night too? Glad I had my queue set

      • Dave D says:
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        That is correct. I took him and McNeil from
        this list.

        I dunno how you timed out. You picked right before me and the other two guys were on auto. I was quick. I saw you showed as “in” draft room. That was about 9:30 or so EDT.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess I just didn’t realize I was up last night, weird

  37. knucks says:
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    Trying to move my Bellinger/Paddack for Juan Soto

    10 Team OBP and SLG instead of AVG… QS instead of Wins

    This thing is Grey approved, right? Rudy’s Trade tool tells me its fair.

    • peacecoast says:
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      soto side

    • knucks says:
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      Agree w/ Peace :)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agreed, Soto side

    • soto in an OBP league is huge. your league is so shallow that paddack is nothing big. love it.

      • knucks says:
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        Sick, I’m pumped. Thx guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  38. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    I like #7 the best here. Think that people are sleeping on Gibson this year. Could see #4 happening with another Donaldson injury. There might be one more in there somewhere. 3/10 ain’t bad. Here are five from me:

    1. The Mets will have three of the top 10 fantasy SPs

    deGrom isn’t much of a stretch. Neither is Syndergaard really. This is a bet on Wheeler maintaining and even building upon his dominant 2nd half from last season. Quick trivia question: How many pitchers (min 100 IP) finished among the top 10 for average fastball velocity, lowest exit velocity allowed, and lowest HR/9 in 2018? Three – deGrom, Syndergaard, and Wheeler.

    2. Nick Senzel is a top 60 overall player

    Top prospect? Check. Power/speed/contact ability? Check. Great hitter’s park? Check. Prime age? Check. Elite production at each professional level? Check. If you want a glimpse into Senzel’s immediate future, look to Jean Segura’s line from last season (which resulted in a #55 overall finish on the player rater), or Andrew Benintendi’s line with slightly lower counting stats. .290/20/20 skills here.

    3. Luke Voit hits 40 home runs

    From August 24th through the end of last season (32 games), Voit hit 14 homers and produced a 1.190 OPS. That’s a 70 homer full season pace on a 45.2% HR/FB. Outside of the enhanced version of Barry Bonds, that pace isn’t sustainable for anyone. However, among players with at least 100 batted balls, Voit lead MLB in barrels/PA and had the 11th highest average exit velocity. The power is immense and Yankee Stadium suits him well.

    4. Ty Buttrey is a top 10 RP

    Put a fork in Cody Allen. The years of heavy workloads seem to have finally caught up to him last season, and he hasn’t looked good at all this spring. Buttrey sits 97 with his fastball, and his change and slider are both plus offerings. He impressed in 16 MLB appearances last year and dominated at AAA prior to that. Look for a 9th inning change in LA early on with Buttrey flourishing in the closer role.

    5. The Dodgers have 4 of the top 25 SPs on a per-start basis, and none of them are Clayton Kershaw

    Kershaw’s health issues (back, shoulder) have been well documented as he has missed significant time over the last three seasons. His ongoing shoulder issues have already ruled him out for opening day this year. Fortunately for the Dodgers, they have an embarrassment of riches in terms of rotation options with Buehler, Hill, Ryu, Stripling, Maeda, and Urias all projecting as above average starting pitchers.

    • peacecoast says:
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      I like these so much I don’t even think they are bold predictions

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      ab-so-lutely! He’s to Voit coming true in particular!

    • Crime dog says:
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      I’ll cry if Greg bird wins the job. I want Voit in a full time role so bad.

      • peacecoast says:
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        to start they will both make the team cuz Hicks is out. So we can breathe at least for now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. That doesn’t sound crazy, tho don’t love Thor 2. I hope so, love to see him break out, but I’m not drinking this Kool Aid as much 3. Yes! 4. Love this, we’re on the same page here too 5. Yup, agreed… Nice predictions!

  39. Eric Brownell says:
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    First draft! Please validate my choices!

    10-team H2H league, 5×5 categories (Saves+Holds), 4 keepers held for up to 3 years at round first drafted:

    C – D. Jansen
    1B – Freeman (K)
    2B – Albies
    3B – Muncy
    SS – Segura (K)
    CI – Gallo
    MI – Peraza
    OF – Mookie
    OF – Dahl
    OF – E. Rosario
    OF – Mazara
    UT – D. Santana (damn it, be cool!)
    UT – Laureano
    BN – Wendle

    SP – Bauer (K)
    SP – Corbin (K)
    SP – G. Marquez
    SP – Lucchesi
    SP – C. Anderson
    RP – Hader
    RP – W. Davis
    P – Giles
    P – Betances
    P – Brasier
    BN – M. Gonzales
    BN – Ryu
    BN – A. Wood
    BN – Newcombe
    BN – Strahm

    Bench bat is only there because of limited transactions. This is a 10-team league, so every team looks stacked, but I’m really happy with how this went. Keeping two FML aces, I basically filled up my hitting positions then went ham on relievers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You know I love your team, you followed my advice throughout… Solid hitting and pitching, let’s go!

  40. Cram It says:
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    It’s Overreaction Opening Day!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I just wish there was more for us to overreact to!

      • Cram It says:
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        It’s such a tease.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Tim Beckham for MVP!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait until next Friday after Thursday’s games

  41. Jah says:
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    Gray, long time lurker, first time (in awhile) caller.
    Thank you for all that you do! I am looking for a little insight from you (and everyone else) on how I should be aiming to arrange my lineup overall, and some advice on who I should choose for my “5th” keeper. I need a refresher. I haven’t won in a long time in this league.

    10-team H2H points league. We keep 5 players forever with no restrictions. We also get a 6th bonus keeper from the previous year’s draft, specifically a player that was drafted after the 20th round, but only if they remained on a roster all year and never hit the WW. Half the league won’t have one of these and they’ll get assigned some trash player before the draft. I happen to have drafted Vladdy Jr with the very last pick and kept him on my roster all year so we good!
    Our pitching roster is deceiving because while there are 5 SP and 2 RP slots on the starting roster, we are only allowed 8 starts per week (unlimited RP appearances, but max 2 per day). Does this inherently increase the value of SP’s overall? Or just top flight SP’s? Sale and DeGrom and Kluber and Sherzer have been killing it in our league putting up 700-ish to Mike Trout’s 650-ish points. With two starts in a week these SPs can put up 60-70 points in a week.
    Here is the roster setup w my definite 4 keepers and *VGJ*:
    C-
    1B-
    2B-
    3B- Alex Bregman (3b/SS)
    SS- Trea Turner SS
    2B/SS –
    1B/3B – *Vladimir Guerrero Jr (3B)*
    OF- Andrew Benintendi (OF)
    OF- Juan Soto
    OF-
    OF-
    UTIL-
    SP-
    SP-
    SP-
    SP-
    SP-
    RP-
    RP-
    9 bench, 5 DL

    My options for my 5th keeper are:
    1. Do not choose a 5th and instead enter a Pre-draft draft of remaining keepers via email with any other league members who did not choose 5 keepers. Draft order is determined randomly. Potential options to draft MIGHT include Matt Olsen, Sterling Marte, Chapman, Bogaerts, G Marquez, Cano, Encarnacion, Jose Abreu, Kershaw, Severino, Merrifield, Albies, Upton, Ohtani, Carpenter, Kris Bryant, Paxton, Clevinger, Springer.
    2. Jack Flaherty (SP)
    3. Cory Seager (SS)
    4. Nick Castellanos (OF)
    5. Max Muncy (1B/3B)
    6. Michael Brantley (OF)
    7. Nelson Cruz (DH)
    I’m leaning towards #1 or 2. Maybe this would have been easier just to ask you to rank all these guys for a points keeper league but i do want to hear your thoughts on how you’d approach the live draft, considering the max 8 SP starts and my current keepers and that the draft itself starts with with choosing players in the 50-60 ADP range. I’m so sick of missing on my SP’s every year that I’m debating going heavy SP early. Seems like every week I’m only getting 3-4 wins (10 points each) and I just keep falling behind in total points.

    Thanks for taking the time.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d keep Flaherty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! In a Points League, you have to go starter heavy, I’d even try to get two SPs for your RP slots with guys like McHugh

      Agree on Flaherty w/ DT

    • icefires says:
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      Flaherty

  42. peacecoast says:
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    I like all those except Gibson, he won’ t outperform his ADP. Is outperform a word?

    I have a couple boldies:
    1. Kang hits 20 HR, bats 250ish.
    2. Mondesi gets hurt, misses half the season
    3. Marlins have top 5 ERA and K’s in all of MLB from their SP’s this season
    4. VIctor Robles ends up in top 20 hitters
    5. Harper hits under 250 again, ~30 HR, says dumb shit to antagonize Phillies fans
    6. Judge hits 60 HR (boom)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Harper saying dumb shit to antagonize Phillies fans seems more expected than bold

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        I wish we had a thumbs up or down option on this blog. This is a thumbs up.

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      I can only hope you’re wrong about Gibson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      5. Haha, nice!

      I love those Marlins starters

  43. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    This true crime podcast Over my Dead Body is really good. I crushed majority of it driving back from NYC this past weekend. Based off your rec of In the Dark season 2, I think you’d really enjoy it!

    I had my first draft last night. It’s 12 team H2H 9×9 (oh, i know). This league is a little weird since it has K/9 as a cat so I like to load up on relievers that fit that profile. My offense is silly stacked! Let me know what you think.

    C – Alfaro
    1B – Bellinger
    2B – Mayor of Ding Dong City
    3B – Andujar
    SS – Story time
    OF – Trout, Sexy Dr. Pepper, Rosario
    Util – Muncy
    Bench Bat – Domingo

    P – Marquez
    P – Castillo
    P – Luchessi
    P – Bieber fever
    P -Chapman
    P – Jose Alvardo
    P – Felipe Vasquez
    Bench – SerAnthony
    Bench – Betances
    Bench – Andrew Miller
    Bench – Minter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I loved In the Dark w/ Curtis Flowers, what an injustice….Poor guy/family

      The Elizabeth Holmes pod is good too, better than book or doc that was just on HBO

      Nice team, you looked like you followed my advice, love the hitting and pitching… Hopefully Castillo doesn’t have a terrible April

      • here comes the pizza says:
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        Didn’t even know there was an Elizabeth Holmes pod so I’ll have to check that out. It’s funny you say that too because I’m currently about 100 pages into Bad Blood. Her entire demeanor is so funny and I’m half convinced that’s a fake voice she’s doing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m about 400 pages into Bad Blood, bit disappointed, it’s kinda wooden writing

  44. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Bold Prediction: 2019 will see the Return Of Salami Tom!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes…many!

  45. The Great Knoche says:
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    OK, Top ten here we go.

    #1 Jose LeClerc is the top ranked relief pitcher at the end of the year. The Rangers are just good enough to have the lead in enough games, and just bad enough where they won’t be blowouts. Just like the Mariners and As last year. Jose will pickup 38 saves and strikeout 105 over 67 innings with 1.50 ERA. 17.1 Swinging strike%? Yes Please.

    #2 Mike Zunino will be the top ranked fantasy catcher on the player rater in 2019. A fresh start coupled with an improved team around him, and nearly everyday playing time Zunino will rebound and lower his K percent to under 30% for the first time ever. That coupled with a slight BABIP increase (there’s room there) leads to a .255/76/34/87/1

    #3 Remember when Paul Dejong was on everyone’s radar last year? He should be again in 2019. His 2017 BABIP was unsustainable, but his injury last year zapped some power and cost him time and he still hit 19 JeDong’s. There’s no reason he shouldn’t have a chance to top 30 HRs. He isn’t having a great spring so far, but he is still slotted to hit 3rd betweem Goldy and Ozuna which should afford him plenty of pitches to hit. Top 10 Shortstop .267/84/30/95/2

    #4 Partially tied to #3 Paul Goldschmidt finishes outside the top 5 for first baseman in 2019. Some skills fell off last year, and the steals are going buh-bye. He isn’t going to get as many good pitches to hit, and the park factor will come into play. K rate will continue to climb and BABIP which he has always been one of the best at starts to trend toward the league norm.
    .277/99/25/86/5. Still good, but not 2nd round good. See you in round 4 next year Goldy.

    #5 Sticking with the negatives, Corey Kluber will not be a top 20 starter in 2019. The team is worse. The velocity continues to drop, this spring as well so he is relying on his Slider more than ever. The slider is still a top pitch in the league, but without the velo guys will start putting more balls in play and laying off the slider out of the zone. Elite control keeps the ratios decent, but the decline is coming. He needs his own Kate Upton to get back to pre 2019 levels next year. 15-9 202 K in 189 IP. 3.54ERA/1.12 WHIP

    #6 Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, fool me three times you’re Byron Buxton. Fool me four times…nope. This is the year. Buxton is worth the gamble (I’m still not brave enough to do it though) 2017 is his floor. It’s not awful. His contact continues to imrpove every year, so it’s all about putting it all together. There’s no reason he can’t be Benintendi with less runs/RBIs and more steals. He will be leading off by May .287/84/20/78/48

    #7 Chad Pinder becomes Super Ben Zobrist…back when he was young. Pinder slammed 13 HRs in 298 ABs, with a sustainable HR/FB%. He made a slight tweak to his swing to quicken it up, so the ceiling is even higher. His defense plays all over the field, and if his bat is what it looks like he will play somewhere everyday. And that means 25 HR potential. His ADP is over 500, but he will be a viable player in 12 teamers by the end of April. .263/70/26/78/2 in 500 ABs

    #8 The top two 2b after Altuve and Baez will be Cano and Odor. Look, one stinks and the other is old, but Odor’s contact is hard, bat control is getting better and there’s no way he only hits 18 bombs in Texas for the 2nd straight year. Mix in some steals and he is #3 .274/100/34/95/9

    Cano will be #4. One last hurrah in a good lineup, and he loves New York. This one is more a gut feeling. Not much on the metrics side to back it up, but it could happen. .308/88/27/105/1

    #9 Tied to Cano is Michael Conforto’s emergence as a top 10 fantasy OF. I mean he was close in 2017 before the injury, and that certainly didn’t help last year, but he’s back at 100% in 2019. Dude is not afraid to take a walk, so I expect the K rate to drop this year. He has a much better lineup surrounding him. Cano in front and Alonso/Smith behind him + Nimmo and Mcneil setting the table…Heeellllloooooooo Nurse! .275/100/33/109/2

    #10 Marlins Pitchers are better than meets the statline. (At least from 2018) Caleb Smith and Trevor Richards have some underlying things going in the right direction for them.
    Smith has an absolute wipeout slider, and lefties can’t see and breaks to the back foot of righties. Huge strikeout pitch. He has decent control, but there’s room for improvement. The wins won’t be there, but the Ks, and decent ratios from his current draft slot should be. 10-11 3.77 ERA 1.20 WHIP 186 K in 165 IP

    Trevor Richards has the 2nd best changeup in all of baseball. You know you had the 2nd best changeup in all of baseball 4 years ago? Kyle Hendriks right before his mini breakout. The difference is Richards has a fastball that sits in the low 90s so it has potential to be more effective. He still gets hit hard sometimes so there is some downside here, but I see more than where he is currently being drafted. 10-11 3.89 ERA 1.24 WHIP 176K in 170 IP

    Both guys are pushing top 50 starters and mixed league relevance.

    There ya go….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Love it, agree too after that contract

      2. Meh, maybe, ha

      3. Yes, could see it

      4. I agree, totally

      5. I could see it, only a matter of when

      6. Meh, maybe

      7. Not a bad call at all

      8. Wouldn’t shock me, tbh

      9. Yeah, I kinda expect this which is at odds with my McNeil prediction

      10. Yes!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Haha….I knew Buxton was getting a meh.

        Big Z was 23rd catcher off board in NFBC with Rudy. If you have any sort of decent batting average points he should be going well ahead of that in a 2 catcher league.

        Just because Zunino is italian for Mendoza….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s not bad for Zunino, he has a chance I guess, but he’s such a .220 or lower hitter

        • i don’t have zunino in any leagues this year. i have molina in our DC as my C1

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            Sorry didn’t mean you took him, was just saying the draft you were in.

  46. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    I’ll throw out a few as long as everyone else is!

    1. Julio Urias Walker Buehlers this year (100-120 IP in and out of the rotation until emerging as a true potential ace in the second half / last few months). Between Kershaw, Hill, and Ryu, plenty of injury risk to go around, and Walker will have some sort of soft IP cap I assume.

    2. Domingo German Luis Severinos (emerges as ace/#2 level after being an afterthought reserve gamble in drafts)

    3. Alex Reyes records more Wins and Saves than Carlos Martinez.

    4. Matt Chapman out-earns Kris Bryant in standard roto on ESPN player rater.

    NAMESAKE BONUS – Wet Tail returns to fantasy relevance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I half expect this, but not many are, so nice!

      2. Good call too

      3. Easy yes, for sure — C-Mart’s not pitching this year is my guess

      4. Meh, maybe

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Adding to number 3… and C-Mart temporarily retires from baseball to pursue a BYO wine group painting class business

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! HELLO SHARKS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wet tail! Haha

    • Nick says:
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      Duda !
      Urias and Domingo(the-other-domingo) German are avb in my Dynasty league …

      Which one would you gamble on ? and drop Hampson (if he’s in McMahçon ‘commitee) ?
      (i already have Adames to back up 2B/SS : starters Villar + Tim Anderson )

      Nick

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I like Urias, but it’s a coin flip

        I’d hold Hampson for now if I could afford to

  47. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    Bold Prediction: Donkey Teeth defeats Grey in CBS NL-Only by the narrowest of margins, but Grey still convinces Donkey Teeth to come repair the running toilet in his new California home. Upon arrival Cougs is attracted to Donkey Teeth’s luscious bread and deep blue eyes. Grey is jealous at first but eventually Cougs convinces Grey to partake in a devil’s triangle (a drinking game very similar to quarters) with DT.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      High fives are ok. Eye contact is strictly forbidden

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This feels more realistic than bold

      • peacecoast says:
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        jealous

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Can I get the recipe for this luscious bread of yours?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He uses yeast grown in his pants

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          Mmm… pants yeast.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            We’re two different breeds! Oh em gee!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Seriously, is Gomorra the best TV show ever?

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              It could be recency bias but YES!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yes!

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          That’s not yeast!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ew

  48. synyster says:
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    Gray!! What’s good. Drafted my 2nd team last night. 8 manager league H2H w/ QS/OBP. I should compete, right?

    C. Alfaro
    1. Hoskins
    2. Mondesi
    3. Machado
    SS. Peraza
    OF. Yelich
    OF. Stanton
    OF. Dahl
    Util. Conforto
    Util. Shaw
    Util. Inciarte
    BN. Gallo
    BN. Aguilar

    SP. Corbin
    SP. Clevinger
    RP. Alvarado
    RP. Hicks
    P. Happ
    P. EdRod
    P. Luccehesi
    P. Marquez
    P. Pivetta
    P. Grey
    P. Eovaldi
    P. Givens

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look a little low in power, which isn’t great, and I’m not sure about your OBP, feels lowish… Your pitching seems fine

      • Synyster says:
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        Blah. Well I won the league last year so I guess I can make some moves during the season and hope for the best.

        I should of clarified it is 6×6 with OBP and QS.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha

  49. Andrew Eaton says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Dilemma with an auction keeper league…$260 total, 2 keepers.

    Pick 2:
    Gleyber $6
    Nola $20
    Mondesi &17

    I know how you feel about Mondesi obviously and if I allow him to be drafted he’s for sure going for >$20 imo. I could ditch Gleyber but love the value I have him for at $6 regardless of if he hits .230 and 20 HR or .270 and 30 HR. Leaning towards Gleyber and Mondesi and unfortunately have to ditch Nola at his Steamer value of $20. Thoughts?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d go with Mondesi and Nola but I wouldn’t blame you for taking Gleyber either, that’s a nice price.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  50. Sad Keanu says:
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    If you had the following keepers in a 10 team H2H mixed league (70 players kept) would you target the following players?

    C-
    1B-Hoskins (keeper)
    2B-Altuve (keeper)
    3B-Rendon (keeper)
    SS-Baez (keeper)
    MI-
    CI-Rizzo (keeper)
    OF-Soto (keeper)
    OF-
    OF-
    OF-
    U

    SP-Syndergaard (keeper)
    SP-
    SP-
    SP-
    SP-
    SP-
    RP-
    RP-

    If you had $150 left to spend, would targeting these players make this a good team? I’m guessing the value they will go for based on past auctions. I’d have maybe $25 left to pick up scraps after these guys but I’m good with that. Thoughts on this team if I draft these guys? Need more speed? Too good of pitching?

    MI-Villar ($15-20)
    OF-K. Davis ($20-25)
    OF-Rosario ($20-25)
    OF-D. Santana ($15-20)

    SP-Flaherty ($25-30)
    SP-Lucchesi/Happ/Bieber ($15-22)
    SP-Hendricks/Eovaldi ($10-15)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Looks good to me.

      While I like Domingo a lot, $15-20 might be an overpay with only 10 teams. I also think Bieber belongs in his own tier between Flaherty and Lucchesi/Happ.

      In 10 teamers I prefer a full out stars and scrubs approach since there will be good players available in free agency all year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  51. Derek says:
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    Gregory Polanco to play in minor league ST games in the field. Certainly seems like he is well ahead of schedule at this point. Is there too much injury time baked into his draft ranks/value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s going to miss a few weeks, it’s baked in

  52. J-Hova says:
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    May I add, Jose Canseco will come to his senses and call in for part 2 of his interview with you?

    Just drafted, any thoughts? 10 team, standard roto w/holdsI’m light on saves and I know, sagnoff but still worries me:
    C: Alfaro
    1b: Abreu
    2b: Baez
    SS: Turner
    3B: Rendon
    OF: Harper
    OF: Springer
    OF: Robles
    UTIL: Shaw
    SP1: Corbin
    SP2: Clevinger
    SP3: Marquez
    SP:4 Glasgnow…. (pretty sure he’s responsible for me needing a stress test)
    SP5: Paddock
    SP6: Kikuchi
    Closers/Holds: Yates, Alvarado, Bradley, Britton, Roe, Stammen
    Should I drop Britton or Glasgnow for Holland to handcuff Bradley? It’s a holds league and CHapman is injury prone so feel like Britton will get a shot a some point.

    Also, are you starting Kikuchi tonight? Streamonator seems so/so and that may be a crazy stadium.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I definitely wouldn’t drop Glasnow and don’t trust Holland at all, I’d say hold Britton.

      I’m starting Kikuchi in his motherland, but if its a shallow league with an innings limit then I could see benching him (I still wouldn’t).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • J-Hova says:
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        thanks guys!

        Grey – Check out: Epic Beard Men – Hedges ; First single off of their new album out in April.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Thanks!

  53. Joe Schmo says:
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    Just wrapped up my last draft of the season last night. 12 team (5×5) redraft. What are your thoughts on the team? Pitching got pushed up like crazy. Thanks!

    C – Mejia
    1B – Freeman
    2B – Mondesi
    3B – Donaldson
    SS – Story
    OF – Trout
    OF – Conforto
    OF – Rosario
    Util – Cruz
    Util – Miggy Cabrera
    Bench – Meadows, Kepler, Senzel

    SP – Beuhler
    SP – Severino
    SP – Pivetta
    SP – Luchessi
    SP – Matz
    RP – Robertson
    RP – Yates
    Bench – CarMart, Mchugh, Morrow, James

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why do you own Severino? C-Mart? Your hitting looks solid tho, I think you’ll need to stream a bit on pitching, if not a lot

  54. peacecoast says:
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    Brandon Lowe sleeper? No one talks about him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Especially after that contract… Rays seem more committed to him than I thought

  55. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team H2H 7×7 keeper league (extra categories: OPS, TB, Holds, Losses). We keep 5 and have to designate 1 franchise hitter and 1 franchise pitcher, both of whom then only cost a last round pick. We keep players up to 5 years and I’m in my last year with Correa. Right now, I was planning keeping Baez, Bregman, Buehler, Torres and Correa. Was just offered a trade for Correa for a 6th rounder, though I may see if I can get a 4th. So should I trade Correa and get some value since I can’t keep him beyond this year? And regardless, if I do pull the trigger on the deal, would you then keep Andujar, Kershaw or Taillon as a replacement for Correa?

    Javier Baez (5th rounder)
    Gleyber Torres (12th rounder)
    Alex Bregman (21st rounder)
    Carlos Correa (20th rounder)
    Clayton Kershaw (24th rounder)
    Walker Buehler (22nd rounder)
    Jameson Taillon (8th rounder)
    Miguel Andujar (25th rounder)
    Andrelton Simmons (25th rounder)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d do the deal since you can keep Andujar in the 25th round.

    • Smell The Glove says:
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      Also, I could keep Taillon as my franchise pitcher (25th round) and still keep Buehler with a 22nd pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT — Walker is a better pitcher than Taillon, by a lot

  56. Slam says:
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    Hey – Love these predictions, mixed feelings about McNeil being the best hitter on the Mets this year, feels like that could be great for the team or horrible. Either way, he’s exciting.

    Quick keeper question- I’m in a 6×6 OPS H2H league, 10 teams, $260 budget. I’m keeping:

    Acuna – $32
    Benintendi – $12
    Trea Turner – $15
    Bauer – $7
    and either

    Adalberto $2 or Puig for $5

    I would think Adalberto is a no brainer, but the league is OPS and I’ve already got Trea Turner. Let me know what you think. I imagine Puig will cost more to draft than Adalberto.

    Who do you think is more valuable in 6×6 OPS league – Puig or Adalberto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Puig… Buy Mondesi back if you want him, but with Trea, you don’t need the speed in an OPS league

  57. Cory says:
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    Ok here is my team. It happened.

    10 team dynasty keep forever league with 5 prospect keepers. 6 X 6 standard cats plus QS and OPS.

    C- Danny Jansen
    1B – Anthony Rizzo
    2B – Whit Merrifield
    3B – Alex Bregman
    SS – Trea Turner
    OF – Yasiel Puig
    OF – Eddie Rosario
    OF – Springer
    UT – Votto
    UT – Jesus Aguilar
    UT – Rhys Hoskins
    BN – Garrett Hampson
    BN – Carlos Santana
    BN – Victor Robles (from my prospect list)

    SP – Aaron Nola
    SP – Mikolas
    SP – Morton
    SP – Luis Castillo
    RP – Jose Alvarado
    RP – Ryan Pressly
    P – Archie Bradley
    P – Searanthony Dominguez
    BN – Dereck Rodriguez
    BN – Matt Strahm
    BN – JA Happ
    BN – Dallas Keuchel (Legit last pick of draft. Hoping maybe he signs somewhere good?)

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love Morton on pitching, but that’s fine… Your pitching seems fine overall, besides that

      Your hitting is solid, you look well-balanced, hard to argue when you have Hoskins and Aguilar as UTILs

  58. Joe Schmo says:
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    Hey Grey, wrapped up my last draft last night. 12 team 5×5 redraft. Pitching got pushed up like crazy. What do you think of the team? Thanks!

    C – Mejia
    1B – Freeman
    2b – Mondesi
    3B – Donaldson
    SS – Story
    OF – Trout
    OF – Conforto
    OF – Rosario
    Util – Mig Cabrera
    Util – Cruz
    Bench – Meadows, Kepler, Senzel

    SP – Beuhler
    SP – Severino
    SP – Matz
    SP – Pivetta
    SP – Luchessi
    RP – Yates
    RP – Robertson
    Bench – Mchugh, CarMart, Morrow, James

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why do you own Severino? C-Mart? Your hitting looks solid tho, I think you’ll need to stream a bit on pitching, if not a lot

  59. Jason says:
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    Pick up Trevor Richards, Cale Smith, Tyler Skaggs, Trevor Williams, Anabel Sanchez, Brad Peacock, or Jesus Luzardo over any of the following guys?

    I’m in the 10 team H2H mixed league.

    My team:
    C: Buster Posey (C, 1B)
    1B: Rhys Hoskins (1B, OF)
    2B: Matt Carpenter (1B, 2B, 3B)
    3B: Nolan Arenado
    SS: Javier Baez(2B, 3B, SS)
    OF: Giancarlo Stanton (OF)
    OF: Justin Upton (OF)
    OF: AJ Pollock (OF)
    UTIL: Domingo Santana (OF)
    Bench: Jonathan Villar (2B, SS), Austin Meadows (OF)

    STARTING PITCHERS:
    James Paxton
    Jameson Talilion
    Mike Folynewicz
    Eduardo Rodriguez
    Nathan Eovaldi
    Chris Paddack
    Collin McHugh

    CLOSERS:
    Felipe Vazquez
    Wade Davis
    Mychal Givens
    Andrew Miller (not sure of role)
    Alex Reyes (not sure of role)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, Peacock over Reyes

  60. Mike

    Mike says:
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    I genuinely can’t tell if Rotoworld is trying to be funny or not but this made me chuckle.

    Khris Davis blurb today…

    “The 1-for-4 day means he’s hitting .250 on the season, which means he’s well on his way to another .247 mark.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, that is funny

  61. Ghost of Grady Little says:
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    Happy Baseball to all!

    Just finished my draft in a H2H 6×6 (OPS, HLDs, QS) league. I have an open bench spot while Eloy returns to minors to work on his bunting skills. Possible waiver pickups include Schoop, Domingo, Laureano, Gibson, Givens, Strop, Franco, etc.

    Waiver moves are unlimited, but cost real money once the season starts (Mar 28). What should I target with my open slot?

    Thanks!

    C Jansen
    1B Olson
    2B Odor
    3B Santana
    SS Segura
    OF Harper
    OF Yelich (keeper)
    OF Soto
    UTL Robles
    UTL Voit
    SP Verlander (keeper)
    SP Happ
    RP Diaz
    RP Smith
    P Bieber
    P Porcello
    P Lucchesi
    P Allen
    BEN Britton
    BEN Rosenthal
    BEN
    DL Jimmenez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baseball! Domingo

      • Ghost of Grady Little says:
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        Breaking news!! Eloy looks like he’s signing a long term deal and could now be up on opening day.

        Should I cut anyone for Domingo? Maybe one of my holds guys (Rosenthal)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, Rosenthal

  62. BJFOHOHL says:
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    I like bold predictions. Maggo nailed it. You need some work on yours because its hard to be bold when you are always spicy. Am I right?!?!

    1) Grey’s hairline will recede 1/4 of an inch leading to him compensate with a pushbroom stache and an appointment with a new life coach.

    2) Ralph will have a nervous breakdown….yeah I know, not very bold.

    3) Rudy’s bots will turn on him and put us all back into the 19th century

    4) Oaktown will retire after his kids kick the crap out of him in fantasy. He’ll start a homemade candle business that he sells in his market

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. How dare you!

      Haha — Wicks N Steve

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        2-4 were just filler to make the hairline razz

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jerkhead!

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            Flukazy!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hey Culligan man!

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                I can’t get a response back from Kenny to make a razzball flukazy shirt. He textsw me about our roster together but nothing. He’ll make 500 disturbing Justin mason shirts and no Flukazy. Im getting this done

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Git r done!

  63. Wally Pipp says:
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    apparently the points accumulated by the players and these two games in Japan will be retroactively added to the week one totals if you draft the player as a starter on espn and draft between now and next thursday. I draft sunday and monday, both on espn. Only raises domingos value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  64. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    What do you think Mcmahons spring means for his playing time? Does it affect Hampsons playing time at 2B or do the Rockies find a way to get both in the lineup sometimes? Or do they just skull f*ck one of them and send em down? Got both of them on one of my rosters, but i dont see myself having both for very long. A mans got SP to stream Grey, cant have dead weight in the bench

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’s going to kick the ball around the infield for a few weeks and the Rockies will come to their senses and use an actual defender like Hampson, but who knows

  65. JP says:
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    Grey-I have read your thoughts on Billy McKinney this preseason and you mention that you may jump into it further towards the end of spring. We are towards the end of spring any further thoughts on him? I find him interesting and a potential sleeper but the playing time sounds like it could be a mess. Thanks for any additional insight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m pretty iffy on his playing time. I like the idea of his 30 SBs potential, but he might not play more than 300 ABs… I’ve drafted him once so far, but not overly excited yet

  66. daviddal says:
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    drop Semien for Lowe? Thx for your articles.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien

  67. Greenie says:
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    If these come true it will be an overall positive to my fantasy season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too!

  68. whitt23 says:
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    How do I delete old names from last years War room? I am sure there is an easy way I am not seeing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Delete team is under arrow on top left of war room

      • whitt23 says:
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        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  69. FrankGrimes says:
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    Gordon has twice as many SB vs Mondesi.
    Soto is a bust for his draft position.
    Max pitches less innings than Kershaw.
    Schebler wins NL MVP!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay, but yes on Schebler!

  70. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- Corbin is already a projected top 15 SP, so it’s hard to make a bold prediction, but I think he’s lined up for a monster year. I predict he finishes top 3 overall.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t own him so I don’t want it to happen, but could

  71. Schoolboy P says:
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    Did you see that Domingo dong this morning? I’m just hoping people forget by my draft Saturday.

    In other Domingo news; it would appear Domingo German will make the team and the starting rotation thanks to CC and Luis. You know Paxton won’t stay healthy all year. Do you move your expectations about him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I want to own all Domingos — but Gio Gonzalez was just signed by Yanks, I don’t see a ton of IP for German

  72. Jim says:
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    Asking a million people this question. Can’t decide what to do. Stuck with sevy because I traded for him so I have to keep him. Should I still keep him in the 28th round? I could probably trade him for Gleyber, taillon, Brantley, Merrifield in late good rounds or Stanton maybe 3rd round.

    Already have 28th round Bauer and 12th round Nola to go along with trout rendon and judge for the rest of my keepers. Should I feel good about hanging onto sevy with the keepers I have or roll the dice on one of these trades to play it more safe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didn’t you just ask this?

      • Jim says:
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        In a different post. Ive been asking lots of variations of the same type of thing. I keep changing my mind. Everyone is so down on Severino. The peripherals were still good second half last year. I guess the injury is concerning but I’ve always been a big believer. Hard to give up on a guy as good as he is with the potential to rake in the wins. Some are down on taillon but I like guys like that in my league who are great for qs and have the potential for complete games. How concerned are we of the wins for taillon? Do we see them as a 500 team? I think the cubs are overrated and Cincinnati won’t be great.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t think anyone’s gonna fault you to keep a guy as good as Severino that late even if he missed 6 weeks… Now if he gets shut down and needs TJ, then it’s bad

  73. johnnyhobbes says:
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    )
    I got questions now….. Keep gibson and wacha on the waiver wire and watch intently.

    I got too many OF trout ozuna, benintendi- not moving. Dahl, meadows, laureano, bauers.

    Need 2b – could go lowes. And Gibson as a top 20 pitcher isn’t all that wild given DT rankings as well (I’m happy about this)

    I guess I’m asking, if you had to move to fill 2b (Lowe) and get another arm (not sure who now) you would drop who?

  74. Jason says:
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    Please rate my team. I’m in the 10 team H2H mixed league.

    MY TEAM:
    C: Buster Posey (C, 1B)
    1B: Rhys Hoskins (1B, OF)
    2B: Matt Carpenter (1B, 2B, 3B)
    3B: Nolan Arenado
    SS: Javier Baez(2B, 3B, SS)
    OF: Giancarlo Stanton (OF)
    OF: Justin Upton (OF)
    OF: AJ Pollock (OF)
    UTIL: Domingo Santana (OF)
    Bench: Jonathan Villar (2B, SS), Austin Meadows (OF)

    STARTING PITCHERS:
    James Paxton
    Jameson Talilion
    Mike Folynewicz
    Eduardo Rodriguez
    Nathan Eovaldi
    Chris Paddack
    Collin McHugh

    CLOSERS:
    Felipe Vazquez
    Wade Davis
    Mychal Givens
    Andrew Miller (not sure of role)
    Alex Reyes (not sure of role)

    SETTINGS:
    Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL, DL
    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Hits (H), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)
    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Losses (L), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Quality Starts (QS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look low on speed, which is fine for a H2H team, I like the hitting… Your pitching is risky, health-wise and upside-ish, but I do like the guys you have, minus Folty now

  75. Never leaving Neverland says:
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    Internet swami! A penny for your thoughts…. I am in a 8 player keeper league. A few teams dissolved and their players are in the auction now. Many top flight players available. My usual strategy is wait out the too teir guys and beast the middle rounds. What’s your best auction strategy. Especially with so many first rounders like Harper, Betts, judge ect available…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should grab as many top players as you can in an 8 team league… These should be $40+ players

      • Never leaving Neverland says:
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        Full context I have $160 to spend. I kept trout $35, conforto $8, acuna $7, mondesi $7, Murphy $7, castellanos $3, lecrec $7, Verlander $28…so I dont have a ton of money to spend but a damn good place to start. Guys like Stanton, Betts, Harper, Marte, Baez, Bryant, Benintendi, Springer, Kershaw and Strasburg are available. Sorry to beat a dead horse but go all in on a Harper and Betts or save some monopoly money for the other guys?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go all-in in a super shallow league, which this is… There will be All-Stars on your waivers

  76. peacecoast says:
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    Have my first RCL draft tomorrow night. Any pointers? I’m all setup with spreadsheets etc. Never done a fast draft before though. Picking 3rd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’ve never done a fast draft? Peacecoast, you’re hilarious. Dude, start drinking coffee now! You’ll do fine, just draft hitters until you need to take an SP, and get an SP before German… Closer to German you can get, the bön

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        He’s in FCL. Gonna get an education on the fly

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh boy

  77. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I am high on Santana as well, I’ve been trying to get him in one of my dynasty leagues, and his owner is interested in Pollack. I’ve been trying to work a Pollack/throw in for Santana and a SP2/SP3 type, but would you do Pollack for Santana straight up at this point?

    • peacecoast says:
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      try to get more

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That works for me if decent SP

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        Thanks guys!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  78. Baller McCheese says:
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    Do y-
    Ou think Ta-
    Mpa Bay w-
    Ill really use Alvarado as their sole closer?
    No shade on his skills, but they played around with pitchin-
    G roles a lot last year and never really settled on a sole closer. Hard t-
    O see him as a top reliever without him getting all the save opportunities.

    • peacecoast says:
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      I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE

      DOMINGO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is that a haiku?

      Haha, yeah, I hope so on Alvarado, that’s the only questio
      n

  79. Cohen says:
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    Grey, is Peter Alonso in your top 500? Dont see him but i see him ranked in top 20 firstbasemen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s ranked at 214

      • Cohen says:
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        Ok thank u

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  80. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey: 12 team keeper league. Trade my Shaw/Eflin for his Domingo Santana/Bader/Kikuchi? Thanks!

    • Bill Lumbergh says:
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      *Roto 5×5 with OPS instead of AVG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Bill Lumbergh says:
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        Thanks for talking me down :-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  81. William Hung says:
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    Looks like early drafters are gonna get hit by the closepocolypse here if Kimbrel signs with the Brew Crew

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know!

      • William Hung says:
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        The threat of the closepocolypse striking so early – I blame global warming

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Same!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Stupid Al Gore!

  82. omar says:
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    In a 10 team H2H Weekly Cats – 6×5 (R,HR,RBI,SB,Avg,OPS – W,ERA,WHIP,SV,K). When I plug in the Razzball/Steamer projections into drafting software, most of the speed guys (Mondesi,Merrifield, Villar, etc.) are overvalued as far as the rankings go, in comparison with their ADP. I’m guessing this is due to the added OPS category. Should I be okay punting (or more precisely, not focusing on) steals in the draft and select players based on value, or do I need to reach for a couple of speed guys?

  83. Cable says:
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    12 team H/H points league which favors SPing ( last season 6 SPers in top 13 in league scoring)

    Question is with 3rd pick in draft ..go Scherzer/ hitter/hitter or hitter/SPer/SPer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitter/SP/SP

      • Cable says:
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        ?

        • Cram It says:
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          Wtf?

  84. OBPwon'tletmebe says:
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    Grey man, need your wisdom. 5×5 OBP league, can keep 6 forever. Planing on keeping Sale, Bauer, Corbin, Stanton and Correa, but need your help determining 6th keeper. My options are:

    Strasburg
    Haniger
    Marte
    Blackmon

    This is an auction league where they really overvalue SP so I’m leaning Strasburg so that I can spend more on hitting. I’m also down on Blackmon/Marte although I like Blackmon’s value in OBP. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No matter what name you ask this question as I’m gonna say Blackmon… If you want to go Strasburg, go for it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s wildly obvious it’s Blackmon here for me… You have three aces, that’s already way too much pitching

  85. the tone ranger says:
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    Hi Grey!
    I know that Dejong is ranked 167, escobar is ranked 99, Gibson is 262 buttrey is 325 but they are all staring at me on waivers.

    First, do you like any of them more than cmart/alexwood/sonnygray/kyle tucker?

    Would you go according to the ranking numbers? Or (fueled by reading some of these things in this thread about dejong) do you actually like dejong better if hes hitting top 3 in the cards lineup better?

    should i drop all 4 for all 4 lol

    • the tone ranger says:
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      sorry the third question should be do you like dejong better than escobar even tho the rankings are slightly off given dejongs lineup (STL better than ariz?)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I like DeJong, I think Eduardo is safer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do not like cmart/alexwood/sonnygray — this is clear from my rankings… Tucker is whatever, he’s a flyer, if you don’t want/need the flyer, then I’d drop him too…

      • the tone ranger says:
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        all good calls. thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  86. negatto says:
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    Thoughts on my team below?

    12 team, standard roto

    C – Alfaro, Kelly
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2b – Odor
    3B – Profar
    SS – Segura
    CI – Escobar
    MI – Goodrum
    OF – Acuna, Hoskins, Dahl, Conforto, Santana
    Util – Encarnacion

    SP – Flaherty, Clevinger, Berrios, Lucchesi, Anderson
    RP – Hader, Davis, Vizcaino, Givens
    Bench – Woodruff, Cishek

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the pitching, I hope Anderson works out, but might be first man gone… Your pitching is solid, you look low on AVG (Odor, Profar, Alfaro, Hoskins, Domingo, Goodrum, etc)

  87. mattyice says:
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    Grey man, need your wisdom. 5×5 OBP league, can keep 6 forever. Planing on keeping Sale, Bauer, Corbin, Stanton and Correa, but need your help determining 6th keeper. My options are:

    Strasburg
    Haniger
    Marte
    Blackmon

    This is an auction league where they really overvalue SP so I’m leaning Strasburg so that I can spend more on hitting. I’m also down on Blackmon/Marte although I like Blackmon’s value in OBP. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not close

      • mattyice says:
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        The fact that you answered this exact question three/four separate times only adds to your already legendary status. I’m sorry man, was having issues with the question positing and wasn’t sure if it was posting. As always, thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, No problem

  88. Pat says:
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    Hi,

    Love the predictions! Hoping that last one comes true!

    I have a surplus of OFs and a real roster crunch in a 12 tm redraft 5×5 (OBP and QS) league. Would you trade George Springer for one of Strasburg or Taillon? Or try to get more? Other option would be cutting ties with Domingo?

    Current team in case you see any other moves:
    C – Castillo
    1b – Matt olson
    2b – Albies
    3b – Bryant
    SS – Mondesi
    OF: Betts, Soto, Springer
    Util: Dahl
    Bench: Eloy Jimenez, Domingo Santana, Luke Voit, Tim Anderson

    SP: Flaherty, Clevinger, Bieber, Lucchessi, Strahm, Paddack
    RP: Leclerc and Betances (SV+HD category, just plan on picking up RP during the year)

    • Pat says:
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      Now Eloy signed too ahhh. I need more OF spots. Betts, Soto, Dahl, Eloy outfield gets me too excited.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, you can afford to trade an OF, I would not cut Domingo

  89. Hip hip Jorge says:
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    Any thoughts on Ryan McMahon? At the very least it looks like he has the lions share at 2b. Was considering grabbing him due to the news of Cesar Hernandez moving to the bottom of the order…
    Similarly any new thoughts on Luzardo? Looking like he actually may break camp!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have him ranked… I don’t buy that the Rockies will be using him as an actual fielder for the whole season… He’s a butcher… No new thoughts on Luzardo, if he breaks camp, then he’ll be pulled back on and skipped later in season…

  90. Rafael Kam says:
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    Hey Grey. Congrats on the new house. Just wondering, who are your fav closer picks this year, aside from Alvarado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Rafi! Hmm, in no particular order, I like Strickland, Vizcaino, Parker, Boxberger…This is more about their price than anything…

  91. The Great Knoche says:
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    Might need to add Pablo Lopez to Marlins pitchers to own in shallow leagues. He go in Tout

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, for sure, I own him (in NFBC)

  92. Green monstah says:
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    Afternoon grey! H2h points weekly league. It’s an espn league is it me or is this unusual. Today Seattle vs Oakland & tomorrow Seattle vs Oakland the stats count for fantasy, etc since those are regular season games
    However the other teams are still in spring training & when Seattle returns to the states Friday they are back to spring training in Arizona. Then everyone begins march 28 regular season. In weekly leagues thats crazy lol

    Anywhoo, who to add drop from by bench to add any of these names I’ll provide
    Here’s my batters bench:
    Devers, Fernando tatis, joc pederson, Jesse winker, Nick senzel, Pete Alonso , Austin meadows , Ian happ

    Best avail Batters: Steve Souza, markakis, Adam Jones, jung ho kang, Josh bell, Wilmer Flores , Willy adames, Adam Frazier (2b/OF)

    Pitching bench: Jon gray, sonny gray
    Best available pitchers : Alex wood, Alex Reyes, Zach godley , Julio Teheran , Carlos Rodon

    *my starting SP’s are syndergaard, Strasberg, price , darvish, Nathan evoldi, Ross stripling.

    **my starting batters are :
    C: Realmuto
    1b: goldy
    2b: Ozzie albie
    3b: Travis shaw (2b/3b)
    SS: Jurickson Profar
    IF Jose Abreu
    OF we start 4: Bryce Harper, benintendi, conforto, dee Gordon (2b/OF)
    DH: Khris Davis

    Utility: Andrew mccutchen
    Utility Max Muncy

    • Cram It says:
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      Why do people ask who to add/drop right after they draft? Are the rankings not still applicable? Does the War Room not tell you where your team stands before the season even starts? Are you entertained?!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poor Green Monstah, he’s just getting a jump on waivers! These pitchers you own and the available ones do nothing for me… I could see dropping Sonny or Jon Gray, but for these guys? Meh

      • Green monstah says:
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        lol sorry lack of sleep with a baby who’s year and a half , and another baby who’s 4 months , maybe I was overzealous and amped up on the season

        Side note based on my team could SS be an issue this season?

        Thanks again for the insight over the years!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no worries, yes, it could be an issue… Not saying you need to do something about it right now

  93. Mr Baseball says:
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    Trade

    J.D. Martinez Bos FOR Eddie Rosario Min –

    TO MAKE THIS DEAL FAIR WHAT ELSE DO YOU THING I NEED HERE

    Justin Verlander Hou – SP
    Corey Kluber Cle – SP
    Nick Pivetta Phi – SP
    Chris Archer Pit – SP
    Kenta Maeda LAD – SP,RP

    Dynasty league I need pitching I think I have enough hitter – or wait and try to regroup
    next year

    • Mr Baseball says:
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      those are other starters from the same team that has Rosario

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why are you trading JD? You can’t trade someone lesser for a lesser arm? Like Corey Dickerson for Strahm or something?

      • Mr Baseball says:
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        was looking for Eddie Rosario and 2 good pichers in return – so it would be Rosario and two o these pitchers

        Justin Verlander Hou – SP – I can get him for sure with Rosario

        the third pitcher who do you like here to do trade maybe none

        Corey Kluber Cle – SP
        Nick Pivetta Phi – SP
        Chris Archer Pit – SP
        Kenta Maeda LAD – SP,RP

        if you are against trade it cool

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So, you’re getting old SPs for a potential top 5 hitter? Still not sure why, but Verlander/Roasrio and Kluber is solid, the other three less so, but fair

          • Mr Baseball says:
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            top 4 hitter Grey you are hurting his trade value – thanks man I will hold on man and not make the trade

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  94. Los Beisbolcats says:
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    Where should Eloy go now that he’s on the Opening Day roster? 70-90 range?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have him ranked

  95. Cohen says:
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    Grey, someone already dropped Dejong
    I know your rankings but would u drop Schoop whos my utility for Dejong or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, coin flip, I think DeJong has more upside, so at utility, sure

      • Cohen says:
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        Thats kinda what i figured, thank u

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  96. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I just got a trade offer and wanted your opinion.

    I give up Jose Quintana ($19) for Jon Gray ($20). Would you make that deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  97. Nick says:
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    Wow wow wow ,,

    need quick advice,,
    ESPN keepers ,,,
    my team is :
    C . Alfaro
    1B. Aguilar
    2B. Gennett
    3B. Arenado
    SS. Mondesi OF. TROUT + Acuña + PUIG
    Util . K.DAvis + Muncy+Anderson + CoreySS
    Bench . Happ+ Bader

    Dropped on FA : Villar / Peraza / Odor / Voit

    WHO TO PICK / WHO TO DROP ASAP !!

    yeah ,, i’m gonna rock the bat!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ for Villar, Bader for Peraza

      • Nick says:
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        so many shorts … ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, that’s true too

          • Nick says:
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            Is Voit so BOLD? or BoileD?

            i can kill the stats in both HR and SBs here ,,,

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              BOLD

  98. fletch f. fletch says:
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    Drop Joey Wendle for Brandon Lowe, or being a prisoner of the moment?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  99. Perfect Game says:
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    Which side – Nola or Marquenz/Glasnow in a 2 for 1 trade?

  100. SwaggerJackers says:
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    My bold prediction? Jorge Soler ends up as the highest ranked hitter on the player rater. Sorry Whit.

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      Highest ranked [KC] hitter…

  101. Ryan O'Hara says:
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    How’s my team?

    15 team Nfbc 50 man
    C McCann, Maldonado, Vasquez
    1B Voit
    2B lemahieu
    3B VG3(he fell to 66 I couldn’t help it)
    SS Turner
    MI Fletcher, Tatis Jr, Jt Riddle, Gavin Lux
    CI Alonso, C Santana, T. Austin
    OF Soto
    OF Marte
    OF Dahl
    OF Braun
    OF Happ
    Util Eloy Jimenez
    BN Senzel, K Tucker, Naquin
    SP Marquez, Archer, Hamels, Newcomb, Touissant
    Strahm, Soroka, Honeywell, Loiasiga, Lyles, Logan Allen
    Sandy Alcantrara, Kennedy
    RP Kimbrel, Boxberger, Greene, Brasier, Hirano

  102. Launch Angle says:
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    I want to move Hoskins to 1B when eligible for my ESPN league. Right now I have Muncy at 1B.

    I was thinking of offering Muncy for either E. Rosario, Haniger or Puig to slot into the OF spot I have Hoskins in now and get a better AVG and some SB w/o sacrificing power numbers.

    Two questions

    1. Would you move Muncy for either of the 3 OF I mentioned and in what order?
    2. I don’t want to make a bad or insulting offer, so do you think Muncy for either of them is considered fair?

    Thanks, Grey.

  103. LenFuego says:
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    My bold predictions:

    1) Michael Wacha is a top 20 pitcher
    2) Miguel Cabrera hits over .300 with at least 20 HRs
    3) Lourdes Gurriel is a top 10 fantasy second basemen
    4) Rafael Devers hits at least 30 HRs with at least a .270 batting average
    5) Aaron Judge hits at least 55 HRs
    6) David Dahl does not finish the season as a top 50 fantasy outfielders
    7) German Marquez does not finish the season as a top 60 fantasy pitcher
    8) Blake Treinen tallies less than 20 saves
    9) The Giants and Orioles finish last in their leagues in runs … by at least 25 runs
    10) Two Miami starting pitchers get Cy Young votes

    • LenFuego says:
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      My bold predictions:

      1) Michael Wacha is a top 20 pitcher
      2) Miguel Cabrera hits over .300 with at least 20 HRs
      3) Lourdes Gurriel is a top 10 fantasy second basemen
      4) Rafael Devers hits at least 30 HRs with at least a .270 batting average
      5) Aaron Judge hits at least 55 HRs
      6) David Dahl does not finish the season as a top 50 fantasy outfielders
      7) German Marquez does not finish the season as a top 60 fantasy pitcher
      8) Blake Treinen tallies less than 20 saves
      9) The Giants and Orioles finish last in their leagues in runs … by at least 25 runs
      10) Two Miami starting pitchers get Cy Young votes

      Bonus bold prediction: Drew Pomeranz is a top 40 fantasy pitcher.

  104. Kevin says:
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    15 team NFBC. Thoughts?

    C Carson Kelly ARI C
    C Josh Phegley OAK C
    1B Matt Olson OAK 1B
    2B Adalberto Mondesi KC 2B,SS
    SS Jean Segura PHI SS
    3B Nolan Arenado COL 3B
    CI Tyler White HOU 1B,DH
    MI Jose Peraza CIN SS
    OF Andrew Benintendi BOS LF,CF
    OF Nomar Mazara TEX RF
    OF Domingo Santana SEA RF
    OF Cedric Mullins BAL CF
    OF Daniel Palka CWS LF,RF,DH
    Util Jeimer Candelario DET 3B
    P German Marquez COL SP
    P Shane Bieber CLE SP
    P Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP
    P Joey Lucchesi SD SP
    P Will Smith SF RP
    P Kenta Maeda LAD SP,RP
    P Mychal Givens BAL RP
    P Chris Paddack SD SP
    P Brandon Woodruff MIL SP,RP

  105. Buttered Bread says:
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    Folks throwing Laureano out there for game two? Rough start for K-against counting leagues!

  106. Elwood Blues says:
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    NL only 5×5 keeper.. where I have $24 Puig, $32 Yelich, and $28 Marte..before we do our auction
    Was just offered $1 J.Martinez (stl) and $5 Happ.. for Puig and my $7 Pivetta.
    I’m thinking no.

  107. MW says:
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    Very excited to have drafted Domingo on a whim, and see him all over the blogs. Also, thanks for helping me come in 2nd in my league last year!!

  108. Mell-o says:
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    I do have Luzardo tho…I’m freggin loving everything I’m hearing/seeing about him…if I get through April, I have a chance…my Ohtani pick was more a future move bc it’s a 3 year keeper league, and at last check, the last guy who conceivably could be a top 100 guy pitching and hitting was Babe Ruth…who the fake Steinbrenner in Seinfeld referred to as “a fat old man with girl legs”…so I got that going for me…which is nice…also I got the #1 pick, which ended up being Mook…(playing Something To Believe In by Offspring) ? haha

  109. David Bevis says:
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    After watching soto the other day , top 10 seems like a lock.

    As for bold hows about I finish ahead of Matt in my first NFBC draft champions (those are tough drafts , especially the 55 sec live drafts)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matt who? Olson?

  110. David Bevis says:
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    One Matthew Russell , Razzball Commentor . But I do have Olson ….ouch , how bout Josh Bell hits 35 HR’s for a new bold prediction

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Should I be IP blocking this Matthew fella? (I’m kidding Matthew, who is this David guy?)

      I like Bell for about 15 HRs

  111. David Bevis says:
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    Trussel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, that Matthew! So formal with Matthew over Matt

  112. Au Shiz, FBB is back!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s baaaaaaack

  113. Crazy J says:
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    Gallo bats .275

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Now that is crazy!

      • Crazy J says:
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        You know what’s crazy? I earned one A+ from Yahoo! mock drafts based on your rankings and the 23rd player drafted…. Niko Goodrum. Gotta mean something, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

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