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.

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Crazy J
Crazy J
3 years ago

Gallo bats .275

Crazy J
Crazy J
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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?

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
3 years ago

Au Shiz, FBB is back!

David Bevis
David Bevis
3 years ago

Trussel

David Bevis
David Bevis
3 years ago

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

David Bevis
David Bevis
3 years ago

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)

Mell-o
Mell-o
3 years ago

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

MW
MW
3 years ago

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!!

Elwood Blues
Elwood Blues
3 years ago

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.

Buttered Bread
Buttered Bread
3 years ago

Folks throwing Laureano out there for game two? Rough start for K-against counting leagues!

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago

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

LenFuego
LenFuego
3 years ago

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
LenFuego
Reply to  LenFuego
3 years ago

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.

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
3 years ago

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.

big league choo
big league choo
3 years ago

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

SwaggerJackers
SwaggerJackers
3 years ago

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

SwaggerJackers
SwaggerJackers
Reply to  SwaggerJackers
3 years ago

Highest ranked [KC] hitter…

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
3 years ago

Which side – Nola or Marquenz/Glasnow in a 2 for 1 trade?

fletch f. fletch
fletch f. fletch
3 years ago

Drop Joey Wendle for Brandon Lowe, or being a prisoner of the moment?

Nick
Nick
3 years ago

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!

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

so many shorts … ?

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Is Voit so BOLD? or BoileD?

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

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
3 years ago

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?

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

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

Cohen
Cohen
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thats kinda what i figured, thank u

Los Beisbolcats
Los Beisbolcats
3 years ago

Where should Eloy go now that he’s on the Opening Day roster? 70-90 range?

Mr Baseball
Mr Baseball
3 years ago

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
Mr Baseball
Reply to  Mr Baseball
3 years ago

those are other starters from the same team that has Rosario

Mr Baseball
Mr Baseball
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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

Mr Baseball
Mr Baseball
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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

Green monstah
Green monstah
3 years ago

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
Cram It
Reply to  Green monstah
3 years ago

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?!

Green monstah
Green monstah
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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!!

The Great Knoche
3 years ago

Might need to add Pablo Lopez to Marlins pitchers to own in shallow leagues. He go in Tout

Rafael Kam
Rafael Kam
3 years ago

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

Hip hip Jorge
Hip hip Jorge
3 years ago

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!

Pat
Pat
3 years ago

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
Pat
Reply to  Pat
3 years ago

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

mattyice
mattyice
3 years ago

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?

mattyice
mattyice
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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.

negatto
negatto
3 years ago

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!!

the tone ranger
the tone ranger
3 years ago

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
the tone ranger
Reply to  the tone ranger
3 years ago

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?)

the tone ranger
the tone ranger
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

all good calls. thanks.

OBPwon'tletmebe
OBPwon'tletmebe
3 years ago

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?

Cable
Cable
3 years ago

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

Cable
Cable
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Cable
3 years ago

Wtf?

omar
omar
3 years ago

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?

William Hung
William Hung
3 years ago

Looks like early drafters are gonna get hit by the closepocolypse here if Kimbrel signs with the Brew Crew

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

The threat of the closepocolypse striking so early – I blame global warming

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh
3 years ago

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

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh
Reply to  Bill Lumbergh
3 years ago

*Roto 5×5 with OPS instead of AVG

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks for talking me down :-)

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

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

Cohen
Cohen
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Ok thank u

Baller McCheese
Baller McCheese
3 years ago

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
peacecoast
Reply to  Baller McCheese
3 years ago

I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE

DOMINGO

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
3 years ago

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
peacecoast
Reply to  TualatinTwoStep
3 years ago

try to get more

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks guys!

peacecoast
peacecoast
3 years ago

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.

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

He’s in FCL. Gonna get an education on the fly

Never leaving Neverland
Never leaving Neverland
3 years ago

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…..

Never leaving Neverland
Never leaving Neverland
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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?

Jason
Jason
3 years ago

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)

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
3 years ago

)
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?

Jim
Jim
3 years ago

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?

Jim
Jim
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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.

Schoolboy P
Schoolboy P
3 years ago

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?

YC
YC
3 years ago

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.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
3 years ago

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!

whitt23
whitt23
3 years ago

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

whitt23
whitt23
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks.

Greenie
Greenie
3 years ago

If these come true it will be an overall positive to my fantasy season.

daviddal
daviddal
3 years ago

drop Semien for Lowe? Thx for your articles.

JP
JP
3 years ago

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.

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
3 years ago

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

Wally Pipp
Wally Pipp
3 years ago

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.

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
3 years ago

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

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

2-4 were just filler to make the hairline razz

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Flukazy!

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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

Ghost of Grady Little
Ghost of Grady Little
3 years ago

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

Ghost of Grady Little
Ghost of Grady Little
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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)?

Mike
3 years ago

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.”

Jason
Jason
3 years ago

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)

Joe Schmo
Joe Schmo
3 years ago

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

Cory
Cory
3 years ago

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!

Slam
Slam
3 years ago

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?

Smell The Glove
Smell The Glove
3 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  Smell The Glove
3 years ago

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

Smell The Glove
Smell The Glove
Reply to  Smell The Glove
3 years ago

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

peacecoast
peacecoast
3 years ago

Brandon Lowe sleeper? No one talks about him.

Joe Schmo
Joe Schmo
3 years ago

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

J-Hova
J-Hova
3 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  J-Hova
3 years ago

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).

J-Hova
J-Hova
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

thanks guys!

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

Derek
Derek
3 years ago

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?

Sad Keanu
Sad Keanu
3 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  Sad Keanu
3 years ago

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.

Andrew Eaton
Andrew Eaton
3 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  Andrew Eaton
3 years ago

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

synyster
synyster
3 years ago

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

Synyster
Synyster
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
3 years ago

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
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

High fives are ok. Eye contact is strictly forbidden

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

jealous

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

Can I get the recipe for this luscious bread of yours?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Mmm… pants yeast.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

That’s not yeast!

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

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!

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

Adding to number 3… and C-Mart temporarily retires from baseball to pursue a BYO wine group painting class business

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
3 years ago

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

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
3 years ago

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….

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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….