Here’s a post that’s gonna make you wanna slap ya mama and tell her Don Magic Juan sends his best.  The other day I told you how to draft your pitchers for 2019 fantasy baseball.  I laid it out to you nice and simple (if you have a degree in “What The Hell Is Grey Talking About?” Not a PhD, mind you.  Just a BS.)  Today, we forget all that jabberwocky on the who-ha and get down to business old school-style (which means if you don’t comprehend, I will hit you over the head with a baseball bat signed by Joe Clark.)  What I’m hoping to lay out to you is who do you draft 2nd if you’ve drafted so and so first.  I think it might be helpful to go through pairings for your 5 outfielders, all your middle and corner infielders too.  I’m not sure I’ll have the time or patience to do them.  We’ll see!  Or not.  Your choice.  (Actually, my choice.)  For easy reference, the royal we will be using the top 10 for 2019 fantasy baseball and the top 20 for 2019 fantasy baseball and the beginning of the top 100 for 2019 fantasy baseball.  I’m going to assume you’re in a 12 team, 5×5, MI, CI, 5 OF, 1 Utility, 1 Catcher league, similar to our Razzball Commenter Leagues. (Sign up for multiple leagues, and beat the heck out of your frenemies or make new frenemies!)  Anyway, here’s some pairings for the first two rounds of 2019 fantasy baseball drafts:

1. Mike Trout – If you are the Fortunate Son to draft this guy who plays Center Field, or are merely cycling through John Fogerty’s catalog, you can’t screw this up.  You can screw up everything else in your life, but you cannot, repeat, cannot screw up drafting Mike Trout.  Did you just draft Mike Trout and Andrew Benintendi?  Hmm…You want me to say you screwed it up, don’t you?  You are challenging me, aren’t you?  Okay, I don’t know why you drafted another outfielder, are you happy now?  You proved me wrong by showing you can still screw up after drafting Trout.  Not easy though.  If I had my druthers and knew what druthers were, I’d draft anyone with Trout, except a pitcher or another outfielder.  If Bryce Harper fell because no one in your league believes any team will ever sign him, and you want to draft him after Trout?  Well, eff it all to aitch eh double hockey sticks, grab Harper with Trout.  It’s not like you won’t have another pick immediately in the 3rd round to draft someone else.  Ideally, my 2nd pick with Trout would be an infielder.  Trout and Mondesi?  Oh, I don’t know, how does 60/60/.280 sound coming out of the 1st two rounds?  Shabby or not too shabby?  Trout and Rizzo?  Sign me up, sign me down!  Trout and Bryant?  Sure, let’s do this.  Trout and Bellinger?  That’s 70/30/.285.  Okay, I just orgasmed and I haven’t had sex in months.  Are you happy now?  Seriously, Trout plus an infielder.

2. Mookie Betts – You’ve just drafted Mookie Ballgame and you are once again figuring out how to screw it up.  Well, do as I just said in the Trout blurb and draft another outfielder.  If you’re not looking at screwing up your good fortune of being able to draft Mookie The Best, then draft an infielder.  Betts, according to my calculations done by a team of 100 monkeys fighting over 99 calculators, will have less power but more speed than Trout, so you draft Betts and an infielder that is more power than speed.  Does that mean overlooking Adalberto Mondesi like he overlooked his daddy’s love by changing his name?  I could see it, then grab Mondesi in the 3rd round only a few picks later.  Betts and Rizzo, Bryant or Bellinger is music to my ears, and usually I’m tone deaf and everything sounds like white noise.  “WHY’S IT GOTTA BE WHITE NOISE?!”  That’s me imitating every third person on Twitter.

3. Christian Yelich – 3rd verse, same as the 1st two.  By the by, it goes without saying that if Freeman or Goldschmidt are available, you draft them above Bryant, Mondesi, Rizzo and Bellinger.  I was simply trying to be a bit more realistic about who would be available if you had the 1st two picks in a draft.  Or third pick as the case is here.  Since Lindor’s injury, I think this is the 1st time ever* I’ve had four outfielders as my 1st four picks. *I’m only remembering back one year.  So, pair Yelich with an infielder, and he’s closer to the Betts model of a player than Trout, in that his power isn’t as ceiling-ish as Trout’s.  Or pair Yelich with someone with facial hair so Yelich can buy beer.

4. Ronald Acuña Jr. – Can we say right now that if you’re drafting against a bunch of huckleberries who are using ESPN’s rankings, you are going to have yourself a field day with Tildaddy being ranked 18th overall and their other crackers that is shizzy shizz.  The shizzy shizz is the worst kind of shizz.  Never go full shizzy shizz.  Through a different prism, NFBC’s ADP says Acuna is being drafted 5th in some leagues (I’m taking him fourth), so I don’t think realistically we can assume Tildaddy is there at 18th overall, but glory be Halleberrylujah if he is.  So, going off my rankings, Acuña is similar to the last two guys, but he has even more upside.  Though, with upside, I guess we have down side.  I don’t believe Acuña has any down side, but being devil’s advocate — Pacino says, “WHO-HA!” — I wouldn’t be opposed to you drafting Acuña then trying to go a little bit safer with a Rizzo vs. a Mondesi (good risk/reward) or Bryant (injury issue maybe).  Acuña and Rizzo dazzles the retinas.  Acuña and Freeman or Goldy makes me say, “Babycakes, I love you.”

5. Manny Machado – Can we briefly giggle that I have a guy ranked fifth overall who has no team?  Johnny don’t do hustle, but he does do 35+ HRs, 12+ SBs and a .295 average, so I’m not too concerned about his ranking, unless he signs in Korea.  That would put a damper on things.  Unless the next Korean summit unveils a major league team that plays in a 345-foot-down-the-line stadium, then yummo.  Machado is, thankfully, the first guy with some eligibility besides outfield.  He’s also being drafted later than this, so I could see Machado and Javy Baez on the same team, which I would be crazy about, and Machado could be with Treat Urner or Bregman or Lindor or Judge or Giancarlo or…Oh Em Dillon Gee, Machado goes with everyone.  He really does, I’m not being silly, coy and/or drunk — soy sauced?  Machado’s stats work with a steals-first guy like Urner or a power-first guy like Au Shizz.  He also works with any position since he’s eligible at SS and 3rd.  It would take some rather bulbous cojones to draft Machado and Bryce Harper while they’re both unsigned, but that would work for me.  They’re both gonna sign and, when they do, you’re gonna have an insane one-two punch, which would be helpful when Machado steps on a 1st baseman’s heels.

6. Trea Turner – “Mr. Urner, please report to my team.  Mr. Urner?”  That’s me during every draft this year.  I’m very excited about drafting Treat Urner this year, and not simply because it’s extremely likely.  I wonder what the chances are.  Figure with Trout I have a 1 in 12 chance; Betts 1 in 12; Yelich 1 in…Okay, this is where my math is failing me.  Maybe I can ask Rudy to figure it out for me.  But you figure it like this, if Turner’s not being drafted until 10th overall, if I have the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th spot, I can draft Turner.  Instead of Machado 5th?  Maybe.  They’re in the same tier, so I could take either of them.  Something to consider, at least.  Anyhoo!  If I draft Turner, I’m taking a power bat next, and preferably outfielder or 1B.  That means no Mondesi, no Lindor–Okay, I want Treat and Giancarlo on all my teams.  Are you happy?  I said it.  I’d also take Judge.  I really want this to be my 1st two guys in every league.  This is a hidden nugget that most people who are skimming this are not reading.  I want Treat and Giancarlo or Judge in every league.  Treat and Giancarlo or Judge = 60/50/.280 and I write in silver tint on the side of my car, Planet Sexy Hump Hump, and scream at pedestrians, “All aboard Planet Sexy Hump Hump!”

7. Javier Baez – Similarly to Machado, you can’t go too wrong with Baez and anyone.  Honestly, now that I lay it all out there, I don’t mind the mid-round draft picks this year.  Of course, if you can draft 1st and take Trout, you do that every day of the week and twice on Muesday, the magical day between Monday and Tuesday, but if you’re ‘saddled’ with a 7th pick, then giddy up!  Baez and Treat?  Tell me that doesn’t excite you and I will ask you to leave.  Baez and Machado?  I mean, cmon.  Who doesn’t want that?  Baez and Giancarlo?  Yeah, I just fainted from fun.  I funted!  Baez and Mondesi?  Sure, but it will be more like Baez, Goldschmidt and Mondesi, due to ADP.

8. Alex Bregman – A quick side note of honesty:  I don’t know if I’m drafting Bregman this year.  I’m not taking him until he gets some cuts in spring training, that’s for sure.  If he doesn’t look right at that point, I might drop him a few in my rankings.  I need to see how his elbow reacts.  If his elbow reacts poorly, or does a spit take, I’m running for the hills.  Okay, with that in mind, Bregman paired with any guy above him, obviously.  Goes without saying, which is what they say after saying it.  Since Bregman has solid infield eligibility, and you’re playing with fire with his power, due to his elbow, I would lean towards Bregman and Giancarlo or Judge.  Sure, Freeman and Goldy are solid, but they don’t have 40+ homer power, which is what you want if you’re drafting Bregman at this point.  That also sets you up with an OF.

9. Nolan Arenado – It seems unlikely that I’m drafting the Torenado this year, because of where I’ve ranked him, but who are we going to pair Arenado with?  How about Blackmon, Story and Dahl?  Then we can move to Colorado and open a dispensary called, “That’s The Pot Calling The Kettle…Uh, What Were We Talking About?  Dude, I’m So Stoned.”  You can pair Arenado with just about anything, except a 3rd baseman.  Arenado gets fewer steals than most, so I’d prefer to pair him with someone that gets at least 15 steals.  Arenado and Treat?  I love it, but if you’re drafting Arenado 9th, you can likely take Harper in the 2nd, then draft Mondesi in the 3rd.  Something to consider, like changing your underwear.  Arenado’s average would balance those two nicely, and you’re setting yourself well for a trip to Cooperstown to have your fantasy baseball plaque unveiled next year.  Arenado and Story?  Even without the dispensary, I like it.  Arenado and Lindor?  Well…um…I hope you don’t have to make that call, but, in theory, it sounds okay.

10. Francisco Lindor – ‘Member when he was a top three pick in two-naught-nineteen?  So long ago.  You were five pounds lighter and six hairs thicker on your skullcap.  Now the Cleveland Calves are mooing with a B.  At this point, I don’t know if I’m drafting Lindor either.  Yes, I have a top 12 to draft, but only eight of them I want.  Oopsie!  I’m looking at Lindor this way.  He will either be back late-March and this will all be a lot of hooie over nothing, or he’ll miss April and be a total bust.  Okay, there’s likely a few shades between those two scenarios, but they are possibilities.  If Lindor were to fall to me, I could see drafting him, but I’m not taking him with a shortstop, obvi.  I’m also not taking him with a speed-first guy.  Ideally, I’d draft him, Giancarlo or Judge and then take Mondesi in the third.

11. Bryce Harper – He’s similar to Machado in the outfield.  In that no major league team wants him to play for them.  Also, his stats are similar.  I’d draft Harper and obviously anyone ranked above him, though I’d prefer it not be an outfielder.  If Acuña was there for my pairing with Harper though?  I mean, you’re kicking that out of bed?  I’ll figure out my infield starting in the 3rd.  Harper and Mondesi is a little scary because you might have a combined .250 average.  Harper and Freeman or Goldy?  Let me give that the chef’s kiss.  Harper and Story?  Don’t mind if I do!

12. Jose Ramirez – There’s no way I’m owning Jo-Ram this year.  I could say Jo-Ram and Machado or Harper or Arenado or anyone ranked before him, but it’s silly.  Jo-Ram is being drafted 3rd overall.  I am not drafting him.  I only wish Lindor didn’t hurt himself so people stayed in on Jo-Ram deeper into the draft season. By the way, I love how people are suddenly scared of the Indians’ lineup.  I’ve been saying since before Lindor’s injury that it is Lindor and Jo-Ram and *raspberries lips*

  1. Mihai says:
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    Hello! Would you trade away Brendan Rodgers and Willie Calhoun for Nick Pivetta and Sixto Sanchez? Thanks!

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @Mihai:
      No for roto.
      Maybe for points. Depending on scoring.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mihai: Hello! Agree with Shill

  2. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    As the owner of a 2-keeper team with Urner and Judge… this made me very happy. Thank you, Grey, for the gift of external reinforcement.

    Now, would I be a nutball if I went Soto-Mondesi-Abreau-Andujar in rounds 3-6?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Fanciful Basesball: That’s about where they’re ranked, so no.

    • Wally Pipp says:
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      @Fanciful Basesball: jose abreu is not worth a round 5 pick at all. Abreu doesnt have big time upside, like maybe he hits 29 homers with no speed? And his downside is last year wasnt a fluke and hes now more of a 20-25 hr guy who hits 265. Pass on abreu all day at a 5th round price tag. Id rather take luke voit round 18. Take a pitcher round 5 instead of abreu.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fanciful Basesball: I aim to please Fanciful Baseball — Total nutcase! Kidding, looks fine, but maybe an SP at some point, eh?

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great Draft prep report, very preppy!

    a. Is it me or is that 1st round looking like walking through a minefield? Best to come prepared for plan A, B and C to the draft.

    b. Best John Lennon quote of the day for February 15

    ‘I was like help, because I meant it. The lyric is good now as it was then. It’s no different. It was just me singing help and I meant it.’

    c. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote for February 15

    1. In the O.J. Simpson trial after grizzly photos of the murdered Nicole Brown Simpson were shown in court, O.J. turned his head away and wept. It was at that moment that he realized he would never be able to kill her again.

    2. Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry is currently enjoying a ten-day trip to Africa. He says he loves everything about the continent but he really misses crack.

    3. For the 5th year in a row, People Magazine has named John F. Kennedy Jr. one of its 50 most beautiful people. Meanwhile, Big Red Nosed Magazine has named Ted Kennedy one of its 50 faces most ravaged by drink.

    4. Well in Buffalo, Wyoming a truck jackknifed this week spilling 100s of sticks of dynamite on the I-90 interstate. Though officials noted that there’s absolutely no danger as long as you’re protected by magic!

    5. Actor Charlie Sheen is reportedly engaged to model Donna Peel. Friends of Sheen say they knew Sheen was serious when he took Donna home to meet the hookers.

    d. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

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      @Ante Galic: A. I like that top 7, then it gets a little hairy like George The Animal Steele’s back B. That makes the song better for me somehow, but it’s still kinda garbage C. 4. Ha! D. You too!

  4. BruceAlmighty says:
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    Grey, looking at the OBP rankings Baez is listed at #27 which is a HUGE falloff from where you have him at #7.

    1. Do you agree with the 20 spot difference there?

    2. If you were looking to deal for him in an OBP Lg I’d assume the guys around him in the OBP rankings were the values you would give him?

    3. Can’t wait til the season starts and Friday Buys are here!! Have a great weekend

    • Peacecoast says:
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      @BruceAlmighty: People think Baez will under perform compared to last year. I tend to agree 7 is a little aggressive. But that’s why we love Grey he puts his ranks where his mouth is (what?).

        • Peacecoast says:
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          @Grey: ya I was hoping no one would notice my flub, thanks G!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ah, my B!

    • Cram It says:
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      @BruceAlmighty: Yes, Baez takes a big hit in OBP leagues.

      • bigbear says:
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        @Cram It: Agree with Cram. Baez is a swinger not a walker.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BruceAlmighty: 1. He takes a hit in OBP… Maybe not 27, maybe like 17-20 for me 2. I would 3. You too! Thanks!

  5. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey!

    Good timing for this post as I’m considering a big trade. In my 10 team 10 keeper H2H league I have an offer for my Trout and Rizzo for his Acuna, Bregman and Mondesi. Good value coming back for Trout but is my post trade team construction actually better? Apologies in advance for writing out both pre and post trade teams.

    Currently my team is:

    C- Realmuto
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Baez
    3B – Rendon
    SS – Trea
    OF – Trout
    OF – Betts
    OF -Hoskins
    Util – Dahl

    If I did the trade:

    C – Realmuto
    1B – Hoskins
    2B – Baez
    3B – Bregman
    SS – Trea
    OF – Betts
    OF – Acuna
    OF – Dahl
    Util – Mondesi/ Rendon

    Let me know what team you like better and if I should take it or pass.

    Thanks,
    LG

    • Matty says:
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      @LG Baseball:
      Personally I’d have a tough time giving up Trout, but given your lineup maybe it’s the charitable thing to do for the rest of the league.

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        @Matty: Sorry I didn’t get all my thoughts out the first time.
        That being said; I was recently in a situation where Mookie’s escalating salary was going to price me out soon but not quite yet, so I was fielding offers. If I had an offer like that, or if the rounds/ salaries of the keepers are a factor, I could easily see the other side.

        • LG Baseball says:
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          @Matty: for clarity it is a keep forever with no salary or round considerations

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      @LG Baseball: Man, your league must hate, you that team’s stacked. Either one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LG Baseball: Meh, hard to give up Trout in a keep forever league… It is fair tho

      • LG Baseball says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey – i could try Rizzo for Mondesi and Verlander and he would likely go for that.

        Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me to get Mondesi

  6. MarvPesos

    marv says:
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    Grey,

    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 12) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS.

    I need to Pick 12 keepers from below, I’ve added keeper beside the 12 I’m thinking but what do you think ? Typically our league (with a deep bench – 6 bench) load up on pitching. Hate to give back Haniger but I think I need to keep those 5 pitchers

    My team:
    C – W. Ramos
    1B – P. Goldschmidt – Keeper
    2B – J. McNeil
    3B – Eugenio Suarez – Keeper
    SS – T. Turner – Keeper
    CI – A. Rizzo – Keeper
    MI – X. Bogaerts – Keeper
    LF – C. Yelich – Keeper
    CF – C. Blackmon – Keeper
    RF – M. Haniger
    Util – J. Upton
    BN – S. Piscotty
    BN – B. Dozier

    SP – C. Carrasco – Keeper
    SP – J. Verlander – Keeper
    SP – N. Syndergaard – Keeper
    RP – R. Osuna (RP)
    RP – W. Davis (RP)
    P – E. Diaz (RP)
    P – J. Leclerc (RP)
    BN – W. Buehler – Keeper
    BN – J. Paxton – Keeper
    BN – RJ. Taillon
    BN – Rich Hill
    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @marv: Hard to argue with those keepers, I’d strongly consider Edwin Diaz over Suarez

  7. Crime Dog says:
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    “all aboard planet sexy hump hump!” Haha! I hope to see that driving around time next time I’m in LA.

    After reading this just want to say thanks again brother! (Hulk Hogan pointing meme) for telling me to draft acuna and Baez last year I can now keep them for 2 years for 10th and 12th round picks.

  8. Cohen says:
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    Grey, was going to take Yelich with my 6th pick in 12 team roto
    At pick 19 do i go infielder like Goldy/Freeman/Story or take another OF thats higher in your rankings like Harper/Stanton?
    And if by chance Acuna is there at 19 do i take him no matter what?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cohen: You take Acuna at 19 for sure… Otherwise, take an infielder

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: Awesome advice! Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  9. Bucktail30 says:
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    Keep forever OBP dynasty league…

    trade my

    Jose Altuve

    for

    Eloy Jimenez and 2nd rd prospect pick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bucktail30: Tough, but I think you have to go Altuve still

  10. Mr Baseball says:
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    Yusei Kikuchi Sea – SP
    Dylan Cease CWS – SP
    Brent Honeywell TB – SP

    In order who would you want to own in a dynasty leaugue

    thanks man

  11. Random Collmenter says:
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    Hey Grey (et al.),

    I wanted to let you know about a new baseball print magazine that is superb. It’s called Road Grays (coincidence?) and it tells the human stories behind the game. It’s published independently and only costs $12. The layout/format is beautiful, and the writing is EXCELLENT. Check it out!

    https://www.roadgraysmag.com/

    I was actually lucky enough to write a piece for the first issue, but this is not about self-promotion at all- A) I was already paid, and B) no one knows my name haha.

    Here’s a description of the content:

    Steven Goldman illuminates the turning points in the long, legendary career of Satchel Paige.
    Rafael Alvarez tells the true story of a former player’s last request, and the stadium demolition that was halted to honor it.
    Rachael McDaniel explores the intersecting lives of Canada’s greatest player, Fergie Jenkins, and the teacher & scout who altered the course of his career.
    Kenon Carter takes us behind the scenes—and inside the mascot costumes—with the hardworking employees of Single-A ball.
    Raúl Ramos tells the story of Puerto Rico’s first baseball superstar and the son who carried his legacy to Cooperstown.
    Monika Jurczyk’s photo essay takes us to the ballfields along the banks of the Tama River in Tokyo.
    Plus: At work with an MLB head groundskeeper; the story behind SABR’s Baseball Biography Project; the pitfalls of turning a baseball passion into a profession; charting the world of minor-league team nicknames; and much more!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Random Collmenter: Are you Monika Jurczyk?! Nice, will check it out! Thanks!

      • Random Collmenter says:
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        @Grey:

        Haha nailed it!

        Question. I am in an NL-only league where we can draft or keep three AL players, thus making NL guys way more valuable. 10 teams, 5×5 roto with QS and OPS. Plus we can keep one minor leaguer. Can keep guys forever. Here are my options/rounds (gotta choose 4 of the 5 plus Robles):

        Judge- Round 7
        Vladdy Jr- Round 10
        Machado- Round 11
        Albies- Round 19
        Tatis Jr- Round 22
        Robles- minor league keeper

        I’m obviously keeping Machado and Judge.

        BUT I was offered Nola as a third round keeper (would move up to first round next year) in exchange for Vlad.

        So, long story long, would you keep Nola in the third over Albies or Tatis late? Or should I hold and just throw back Vlad, keeping Judge/Machado/Albies/Tatis?

        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nola in 3rd over Tatis works for me, then you can just redraft Tatis

          • Random Collmenter says:
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            @Grey:

            Will you lower Machado in your rankings if he signs with the Friars?

  12. AKA says:
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    Keeper strategy / pairing question for folks:

    In a deep auction draft league, and player talent being relatively equal, would you rather keep a player at a position that a lot of other teams are also keeping (meaning only a few good people of that position will be up for auction, but most teams might not be in the bidding on them), or would you rather keep a player at a position that no one else is keeping anyone (meaning lots of guys will be available but everyone will be in the bidding)? Or do you think that thought process is irrelevant and just going with the better player is the answer even if they’re very very close in the rankings and keeper auction price?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AKA: You’re asking if I’d prefer to keep a catcher? No, I wouldn’t

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Captain Obvious: @Grey: Grey!!!!

        OMG did you ever open up a pandora’s box by answering this Son of Cujo question! I have never seen a more philosophical question asked in here. The attack on your person below is also mind-numbing!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

      • AKA says:
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        @Grey: Not catcher, real positions!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t buy into position scarcity

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      @AKA:
      Did you not read what this is about? Read.

  13. Jose says:
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    Maybe I don’t read every word as often as I should, but “I funted” may be my favorite portmanteau you’ve ever hit us with.

    Needless to say, I had to use google just to figure out that “funted” was a portmanteau or even that portmanteau was even a thing, but I couldn’t just say: “funted…cool word man!” You’ve got me out here learning stuff Grey!

    Thanks, as always, for keeping us all entertained all winter. We’re in the home stretch!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jose: Haha, funted!

  14. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    R.I.P Paulie all nuts and Fred.two awesome fantasy legends that most of us on here will dearly miss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Oh man, Paulie passed too? Damn, that’s a bummer to hear… Thanks for passing it along, AL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Not to bum anyone out, but I haven’t heard from VinWins in a while too, and I’ve emailed him

      • Al KOHOLIC says:
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        @Grey: damn. Update is if u hear anything. We are loosing some of our originals and greats. Sad to see. Paulie called me after Fred passed away and I missed his call .Been busy and planned on calling him back now I feel terrible

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t beat yourself up too much, you had no idea he’d be next to go…

  15. Mr Baseball says:
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    Who is Neverauskas he been traded 3 times so far in my league – anyone can play here

  16. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – back to that Story keeper trade (where we liked $13 Story for $15 Kris and $25 Cole in a vacuum since I wouldn’t be keeping Cole, but not after taking a step back because of how much better I’m making the other guy):

    What do you think of $13 Story for my $15 Kris and $6 German Marquez? Not keeping Marquez either, but definitely less likely to drastically improve his team…

    Thanks!

  17. Wally Pipp says:
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    Do you draft strictly off ur rankings or try to use adp and maybe take like kris bryant for example over mondesi in round 3 even tho u have mondesi ranked higher, knowing theres a much better chance mondesi is available in the next round and bryant isnt, and try to get them both?

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Grey: live stream a draft !!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why am I not doing this right now?

          • johnnyhobbes says:
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            @Grey: that would be worth paying to watch

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      @Wally Pipp:
      Why would you take someone before you have too? That’s a retarded question. Do you have common sense? Wtf? Really you aked that? I’m with Cram, none of you listen.

  18. Frank rizzo says:
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    This is always a great article…..thanks! I’m in a keep 1 player Yahoo 10 team h2h 5 x 5 league. My keeper is acuna thanks to razzball. I’m slated to pick 2nd and will be taking Betts since trout will go first. I see in the article that Rizzo is a nice choice in the 2nd and I like how safe he is. But my question is, if Hoskins is available, is he the much better choice over Rizzo or is the safer and better pick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank rizzo: Thanks! I really like Hoskins this year

  19. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Which side of this trade do you like better in a standard cat dynasty league:

    Team A: Buehler and Baez
    Team B: Betts

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TualatinTwoStep: Man, tough trades today… I guess Baez/Buehler, but it’s fair

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  20. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Also, I’ve doodled Trea + Giancarlo/Judge with hearts on every piece of paper I can find.

    It’s right next to my Acuna tribute, Tilde to Us Part.

  21. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    You heard it here first Harper will sign with the Phillies today!

  22. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    In a saves + holds lesgue, would you rather have Steckenrider or Greg Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steckenenrider

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  23. Peacecoast says:
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    bored, sup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chillin’, dizzog

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: what’s up with Gennaro’s eyes? you ever notice they are weird? Like half-lidded. S3 is crazy man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s so crazy! We’re actually up to watching S3 now (me for 2nd time)…. Genny’s dope, man… I’m really enjoying him…

          • Peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: not sure I am clear on Ciro’s whole motivation in S3. He looks like a haunted man. Is it revenge? Is it for all of Secondigliano vs Naples? Is it for Genny?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’s haunted, empty and trying to make one last run at doing something right for someone else… The head of the biker gang… At least that’s my takeaway 5 episodes in

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Can’t look right now, I don’t want to get pulled out of his character

  24. The Great Knoche says:
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    Just got Giancarlo to follow up Turner in my NFBC ended up in the aforementioned 8 hole and it went well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  25. TC says:
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    In a keep forever, standard categories ESPN league. 10 team, keep 15. Would you trade Springer and TAnderson for Puig and Mondesi? I already have Trea as a previous keeper. Also praying Harper and Manny stay away from LA so Muncy is full time 2b!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually…Mondesi and Trea together isn’t great

  26. OaktownSteve says:
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    I took Lindor Stanton from the 14. Hear Frankie is already ahead of schedule.

    The DC I’m in right now I haven’t had a pick in 30 hours.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I miss hurrying up and waiting for a pick! Solid 1-2 picks… I actually took those two last year 1-2 in the league I beat you in… Paulie Allnuts passed away too…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Dude. Bummer. Be safe out there Razzers.

        I thought you went Stanton Bellinger or was Belly your 3? You nailed a lot in that league mid to late.

        I did like how you busted my chops on Blackmon all year and he out earned your first rounder in that league you beat me in.

        Last year was my first in DC. I made a bunch of mistakes I can correct this year.

        My current favorite breakout target is JBJ this year. Working with JDM guru. Statcast numbers 2nd half really promising. 20/20 .270 with good counters.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know….

          I’m thinking of my Yahoo league, you’re right, I went Stanton/Belly, my bad…

          Blackmon! Haha, yeah, he was better than I expected, still don’t trust him tho…

          That was your first DC? Really? That’s surprising, I thought you had done them for a while…. I like JBJ too as a breakout, I almost wrote a sleeper on him, but he’s so boring to talk about, but solid late round grab

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Nope. Last year was my first. I love the no FaaB.

            I used to do main events every year and the 12s with a big prize but I don’t have time to make the investment worthwhile any more. I have a decent cash rate overall in the NFBC but a lot of second place finishes. Had a second and a third (our league last year). One top 20 in 12 a few years back.

            My favorite event by far is the mixed auction in Vegas but I’ve had so so finishes in those. After the new store is up in a couple years I’m going back to that.

            • OsktownSteve says:
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              @OaktownSteve:

              Second and 3rd last year that is

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wanna try the Vegas one… I don’t know if this is the year for me tho… Maybe next year… I like the 12 team no FAAB… Fun draft, don’t have to worry much about it in-season

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                If you do go to Vegas let me know. I’ll come out.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That would be awesome! I’m trying to get Rudy, but we just went for my bday

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Grey: I’m totally in on this

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Armed guards!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Blackmon I think he should be a 3rd rounder this year. Should give you .275 25 8-10 with good counters.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Meh, maybe… Sounds okay… I’m concerned about him, but have been going on 2 years

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Once you come off a player like that I think it’s hard to go back. Plenty of other options.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, plus the declining speed and power that doesn’t seem entirely there, well…Yeah

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @Grey: Charlie still has Coors, and still has enough pop and possible 110R. Seems worth a late 2nd or early 3rd to me. Plus they are moving him to Left Field to save his body. (I don’t think this actually does anything but it shows how much they care about Desmond)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I guess

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Lindor just went 20th in my DC. We’re doing a little better than 30 hours per pick though.

  27. cg says:
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    Just opened draft with Acuna/Baez at 12/13 in a 12 man w an overall prize. It is a bit of a weird way to open a draft, but I couldn’t think which other way to go. Machado was still on board, and while he is lower risk I just can’t seem to shake the idea that he signs with the Padres which can’t help his value. Also, Harper and Machado seem to be doing a who is going to blink first, and I could see it last into early April.

    With that said, in terms of pairings, now that I went this route, whose next? Going to have 36 and 37, so I think likely will have to get my first pitcher. It is possible Snell is still on board, but otherwise Bauer will likely be. In terms of stolen bases, I have a very good start, so I could see passing on Mondesi (he will likely be available) and going something like Bauer/Davis for power?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis/Bauer isn’t bad — in a 12 man league, around 45-55 overall I look at taking my 1st SP…. Could see skipping Mondesi due to your steals… I’d like a 1B or corner man tho too

  28. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Just made a slick pairing in this dope mock draft – when Scherzer/Kluber with the first 2 picks then evened out the hitting with Merrifield/Realmuto on rounds 3 and 4. That mock team gonna kill the mock league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

    • Keeks says:
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      @Fungazi 2.0: This comment made me spit out my coffee thank you for that haha

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Long live Fungazi! Yo, Fungazi, we funted!

        • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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          @Grey: Thanks grey, I’ll be here all season

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Better be!

  29. Goldschmidthimself says:
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    Sup Grey,

    I’m in a 12 team H2H keeper auction league. standard categories and start with $300.

    we get to keep 8 and so far I am keeping

    Freeman $52
    Altuve $45
    Acuna $10
    Soto $5
    Eddie Rosario $6
    deGrom $27
    German Marquez $6

    but i can’t decide on the last keeper. Who do you like best out of Villar $10, Rendon $39, JA Happ $5, Brendon Rodgers $5, or Jo Adell $5. Not really sure if rodgers or Adell gets called up this year especially since Colorado never wants to play their prospects. let me know your thoughts please and thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

  30. Steve says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I have a complicated keeper situation that I need some help with. We can keep five players a year and if we do keep a player they are signed to a three year contract at the round they are kept at. Just a heads up, this is a head to heads point league so a little different where pitchers hold more value and batting average lends into a players consistency (as you know). Here’s my situation, my current contracts are:
    Rizzo (entering year 3, 11th round)
    Bumgarner (entering year 3, 7th round)
    Benintendi (entering year 2, 4th round)
    B. Dozier (entering year 3, 5th round)
    Open spot

    I can select one player for my open spot, as well as drop off one of my current contracts (Dozier) for a new player, although I would lose my 5th rounder and be given an extra 12th. Here are my options for keepers on my roster, remember I’d be loosely obligated to keep them three years:
    Story (9th round)
    Muncy (25th round)
    Profar (25th round)
    Yelich (1st round)
    Ohtani (6th round)
    Nola (4th round)

    What do you believe my best move is? TIA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      “Loosely obligated” — haha — what do you mean, you can just quit the league instead? Keep Story

      • Steven says:
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        @Grey: I mean that I can drop someone mid contract at the cost of dropping down just a few rounds in the draft. Keep Story in my free spot, cool. Should I hold Dozier? Or take the penalty and drop him and keep another guy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, Dozier’s terrible

  31. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Anywhere Moose could go that would make him an interesting $9 stash?

    COL seems highly unlikely. But would going to, say, the Yanks, boost him up your rankings up a few spots?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’s more or less who he is at this point… 30/.250 — Yanks coudl hurt him bc of PT issues

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Makes sense.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. Fire Breathing Dragon says:
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    Rawr! I blow fire on you! My keeper deadline is coming up this weekend. I’m in a league where you can keep players forevs. I get to pick 6, but I have 7 that I want to keep. One of these fine warriors is going to the dungeon. Turner (1 keep), Judge ( 2 keep), Soto (3 keep), Buehler (4 Keep), Carrasco (?), Mondesi (?) and Seager (?). I’m torn between Carrasco and Seager. Carrasco might be fine this year but he has thrown a lot of innings. Mondesi could not live up to the hype, and Seager…promising, young but coming off pretty serious injury. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait, fire in a good way, like to warm my gams? Forget Seager

      • Fire Breathing Dragon says:
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        @Grey: only good things to you…unless you’re wrong. Mwahahahaha!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  33. Joe Schmo says:
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    Grey! Glad to be back for another season. We just submitted our keepers the other day for our 5×5 12 team roto league. No CI or MI slot and 3 OF slots with 2 UTILs.

    Keepers : Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman, Paul Goldschmidt, Javy Baez, Alex Bregman, Anthony Rizzo, Rhys Hosksins and Trevor Bauer.

    With that hitting foundation do you think it’s best to start attacking SP and RP in the early going? Aiming to compete this year and I have picks #4 and #10 overall. Who would be your two targets out of this group? Thanks

    Available : Cain, Upton, Cruz, Dahl, Conforto, Pham, Greinke, Taillon (believed to be going 1st), Flaherty, Price, MadBum, Trienen, Kimbrel, Osuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice to see you again! You need an SP, prolly two off the bat, pun noted…. Flaherty, Taillon… You should look at my rankings

  34. DonnieB says:
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    Good afternoon Grey. I did the following trade today in a 12 team auction keeper:
    My L Cain at $18 for 2 more years
    t Anderson at $9 for 2 more years
    L Severino at $10 for 1 more year
    K Yates at $10 for 2 more years
    F. Mejia at $10 for 2 more years
    For His Walker Buehler and Jose Peraza who are both at $10 for 2 more years. I
    The league has a cap of $300 and you can keep 8. My other keepers along Buehler and Peraza likely would include Yelich at $33 for 2 more years, Corbin at $4 for 2 more years, Bauer at $16 for 2 more years, Dahl at $10 for 2 more years, Machado at $50 for 2 more years and Arenado at $54 for 2 more years.
    Although my other possible options include C Seager at $10 for 2 more years, R Osuna at $10 for 2 more years, Castellanos at $3 for one more year, Shaw for $10 for one more year, Hader at $10 for 2 more years, Matt Chapman at $10 for 2 more years and Grandal at $3 for 2 more years.
    First, do you love or like the trade? Second, do you agree with 8 keepers I listed first or would you substitute any of the other guys as cheaper or better options?
    Thanks again for reviewing this. It is a higher stakes keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good afternoon, DonnieB… sounds like a decent trade… as long as Dahl doesn’t lose the job or anything weird happens, those keepers work for me

  35. Primetime says:
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    Your top 500, when I draft do I just go down the list or grab players based on my needs?

    10 team league 5*5 OBP.
    Freeman
    Arenado
    Story
    Bellinger

    Kershaw
    Tailon
    Nola

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What do you mean?

  36. Old School Brother says:
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    We have a Bubly crisis on our hands now at work. First; Blackberry Bubly was ordered a couple of days before the Superbowl, shizz still hasn’t shown up. Second; A case of Bubly has risen in price from $3.89 to $6.00! That is some serious inflation

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Old School Brother: *shakes fist in the general direction of Michael Buble*

    • Cram It says:
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      @Old School Brother: I’ve tried the foo foo Bubly and La Croix and Hint and whatever. And I’ve come to the conclusion that the store brand is the same shizz but way cheaper!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        La Croix is like my child I love it so much

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $6.00?! I guess they need to pay for the Super Bowl commercial and the demand from the game… they can’t fill orders… so much bubbly drama!

  37. AL says:
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    Just traded Jose Ramirez and Harper for Javy Baez and Judge. Now I have Judge, Giancarlo and Baez in a 3 keeper league expanding to 4 next year.

    Been running lots of the fantasy pro mocks with my league’s keepers set in and seems like Bellinger and Rhys keep being my picks in the 4th. Sometimes I get both, drool. Though I doubt that will happen IRL.

    Last one I went Rhys (4) Bellinger (5) Corey Seager (6) and THEN at 7 went for a pitcher…Stras, Flaherty and Clevinger available. Hmm? Clevinger or Flaherty in the 7th round?

    Last year I got totally fucked over by my first 4 pitching choices including back to back idiocy in the 4th and 5th (Ray and Darvish and Castillo and Weaver in the 11th and 14th). Not gonna make that mistake again.

    Obviously not gonna go down like the above but seems like a decent framework for strategy no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That makes sense to me, tho a little iffy on Seager

      • AL says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I hear you. Segura a better option probably yeah?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  38. Barry says:
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    Just found out I have the 5th pick in a 12 team 6×6 H2H categories with OPS. Thinking Yelich/Story. ESPN current ADP’s are 10.8 and 30.5. You like?

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I likey

      • Barry says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. That’s funny cuz I was gonna ask “you likey? “ I definitely likey your content. Been a follower for awhile now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks!

  39. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hi Grey!!

    I’m trying to get a head start on my auction planning. My league’s auction isn’t till March 22, so there’s a lot that can happen till then. However, I like to start thinking/dreaming of possible scenarios and what my team could look like. I want to apologize for the long post, but context is important, and I will also make my contribution to the site as I have been for the past several years.

    10-Team H2H NL-Only 5×5 (OBP.) Auction ($280) Keep-5

    My keepers so far are:
    Acuna $31
    Mikolas $5

    3 more spots left with the following to choose from: Bryant (38), Scooter (11), Robles (10), and Yates (3). I feel it should be an easy decision of Bryant, Robles, and Yates.

    To give you context for our league auction dynamics, below are some prices from last year (unless noted) There are several teams going in with $200+ to spend, so STUDs will go for $45 and into the $50s. Prices are league specific, so they will definitely be different than Razzball’s. Also, with OBP instead of AVG, it causes guys like Bryant to be much more valuable than a guy like Scooter that doesn’t walk much.

    McCutchen – 53 after his MVP season
    Bryant – 30 his rookie season
    Hoskins – 41
    Marte – 32
    Pollock – 31
    Rendon – 37
    Kingery – 27
    Schwarber – 25
    Kingery – 25
    Polanco – 22
    Kershaw – 56 two years ago and 47 last year
    Darvish – 40
    Greinke – 31
    Lester – 25
    Kenley – 33
    Doolittle – 23
    W. Davis – 19
    Morrow – 18

    A) I was thinking my last 3 spots would go to Bryant, Robles, and Scooter because hitting is so important. However, the CL shituation in Fantasy makes a $3 Yates seems more valuable than a $38 Bryant or $11 Scooter. Maybe even a $10 Robles? Both Scooter and Robles will adjust next year to about $18 if they have good years. However, we both know that Robles is the guy to own.

    Rhys, Bryant, Soto, and GOLDY will all go between $42 and $55 respectively this year. I could secure Yates for next to nothing, use SAGNOF and purchase 2-3 extra late inning guys (Stammen as a hand-cuff). He could be the difference over the course of the year for 10+ wins in the S category.

    Bryant is a good price, and I’d have no problem keeping him at $38 if his shoulder issue is truly gone. The only 2Bmen being kept are Baez, Albies, and Shaw. I seriously could spend on top guys that will produce at other positions and then score a $2-4 Hampson, and roll with a scrub till he gets the PT later. I could do the same with Senzel, Hiura, and McMahon. If Senzel gets the starting gig in CF, his price will shoot up dramatically, and I can draft accordingly.

    Here are some possible scenarios.
    1. Bryant (38), Muncy (25-30), Yates (3): $66-71.
    2. Scooter (11), Rendon (35), Yates (3): $47 – More money toward Rhys, Soto, or GOLDY. Could even buy back Bryant for $45.
    3. Bryant (38) Scooter (11): $49 – SAGNOF, SAGNOF, SAGNOF because I don’t want to pay $20+ for someone with a CL job or $8-$15 for the Committee guys.

    Which scenario above seems like the best to build my team around? I think #1, but it comes with a risk in Bryant. Would you risk #1 with Bryant’s health, or go with #2 in order to have more money to put towards a $45-48 Rhys/Soto or even a $50+ GOLDY? Bryant will probably go for $45.

    B) I have been a loyal follower of your SP advice for the last several years. I like to keep my pitching budget at about $80-$90 total for 10 pitchers and focus on my hitting. The most I’ve paid for a pitcher is $31 (Cole), but the rest were all below $20. I am going to try to keep them all in the $teens and below this year. Was thinking of anchoring my staff with:
    Mikolas, and two of Marquez, Taillon, and Pivetta . I’d then get two of the Ryu/Stripling/Efflin type guys followed by streaming or cheap late options. If I can keep my top 4 guys around $55-60, I can stay within the $80 range. My other option would be to get 3 starters and pile up on relievers, and just stream for the $60 range and stack up on hitting. I could keep my ratios down, get Saves, and dominate hitting. Averaging 6.5/10 Wins per week is usually good enough for 1st place in our league as the average 1st place team is 130 wins. 6/10 Ws per week is 132 Ws on the season.

    C) Last year you told me Mikolas and Flaherty would be the best guys for NL to draft for my last spot. I wasn’t able to get both, but I’m glad I got one of them. I don’t feel like there’s anyone like that in the 80 – 120 who fit this. Woodruff, Efflin, and Musgrove are better known than Mikolas and Flaherty were last year, but would they fit?

    Thank you for all the work you put in and for always going against the grain of the other major players in fantasy sports.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Bryant, Robles, Yates B. Okay C. They’re not that well known, you should try to grab one — no problem

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: That helps. I will monitor him during ST, and plan around keeping him. I still have a ton of $ to work with for a Rhys/Soto/GOLDY type or possibly a Rendon and Muncy Combo. Mix in a Bader type and I have a Solid 5-Category team to build around.

        It looks like your projections for Acuna are if he leads off. He dominated there last year. If the Braves decided to bat Inciarte lead-off and Acuna 4th would you think 80/35/20/105/.340(OBP)? I would personally rather him lead off with 30-45 points higher on the OBP and more SBs. The runs and RBI would probably just swap.

        Thanks!!

        • Grey

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          Swap runs and RBIs, don’t see him hitting 4th tho

        • Pugs & Slugs says:
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          @Pugs & Slugs: Looks like GOLDY is going to be kept for $46. Worth trading a $38 Bryant for? GOLDY’s healthy and also in a lineup that will allow him to produce. The $8 loss might make it difficult to snag Dr. Sexy, but 1B absolutely sucks. Rizzo, Freeman, Bellinger, Shaw, and Bell are all going to be kept for sure.

          Rhys is a good guy to target, but will go for $45-50 (Maybe even more). I really like Muncy, but we’re a Dodger “Homer” league so price will be inflated. Besides McMahon, I wouldn’t want to spend near book value for the rest. I guess I could always fall back on McMahon and go cheap at 1B hoping he gets 15 PAs a week. I’d plan to stack the rest of my lineup to account for this.

          • Pugs & Slugs says:
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            @Pugs & Slugs: Another option would be trading Bryant for a $17 Shaw. This leaves $18 to apply and I could get Rhys and Dr. Sexy. If I had Bryant, I could get one of them and Escobar. So it’s Bryant, Soto/Rhys, and Escobar vs. Rhys, Soto, and Shaw. Also, Shaw has great position flexibility for Yahoo!.

            • Grey

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              I’d take Shaw then Rhys and Sexy Dr. Pepper

              • Pugs & Slugs says:
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                @Grey: Thanks! I’ll try for Shaw first, and if that doesn’t work, I’ll see about the Bryant for GOLDY.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Sounds fine to me

  40. Kevin Campbell says:
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    I just got the first pick in my league with two keepers. I kept boegarts in the 8th and Nola (i know your not a fan) in the tenth. If I can’t Rizzo with my second pick, i’m curious what your thoughts are?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need everything and have no idea what’s available

  41. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    14 team dynasty 5×5 H2H. Swap my Correa and Blackmon for his JoRam and Upton?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  42. Bterry says:
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    So you’re say I didn’t screw up my NFBC draft going Trout, Goldy, Bryant, Monde, Springer with my first 5 picks? Sweeeeet. (Madbum, Morton hamels as my three top pitchers is a Lil scary tho)

    • Bterry says:
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      @Bterry: somehow got Ozuna and Dahl too. Hitters should be aight. I need Robertson to get some saves tho as well as ole Willy peralta.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  43. DonnieB says:
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    Where are you comfortable taking Ohtani? After 200? After 250? Or a lot earlier?

  44. phil says:
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    Please in what order would you put the below players in a draft.
    Altuve, Lindor, Goldschmidt, Freeman,
    Scherzer, Sale

  45. The Great Knoche says:
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    Through 4 rounds slow draft

    Turner
    Stanton
    Soto
    Buehler

    3 picks until me. Guys I am looking at Segura, Springer, Suarez, or if I double tap pitching Clevinger or Corbin.

    Which direction would you go?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, I like them all… Turner should take care of most SBs for you, so no Segura… Think I’d go Corbin or Eugenio, that order — assuming 15 team

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: it’s only a 12. One of the $50 ones. I went Corbin. Ks and potential improvement on ERA and Whip from last year in the east.

        Figure I can ignore pitching for 4-5 rounds or so now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s not bad

  46. Scott says:
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    I’m in a 10 team al only auction keeper league head to head scoring…27 players including 4 minor league keepers
    Would you trade Charlie [email protected]$19 for Profar @$7 and [email protected]$26…and also anyone that you would or would not keep…pitchers are scarce..
    C
    1b Cron $5 keep
    2b Altuve $52 keep
    3b
    Ss L Gurriel $3 keep
    Out Hicks @16 keep
    Out Bradley jr $8 keep
    Out Rosario $21 keep
    DH
    Andrus @$20
    [email protected]$9

    Sp Junis $8 keep
    Sp E Rodriguez $13 keep
    Sp boyd $3 keep
    Sp stroman $21keep(hope for bounceback)
    RP a Chapman $26 keep
    Rp alverado $5 keep
    Bench
    Charlie Morton @19 keep
    Odorizzi @15 keep
    [email protected] keep
    Minors keepers not pretty…traded away my studs to make a failed run at title..lol
    Florial
    J Sanchez
    Mountcastle
    M manning
    GREAT ARTICLES BTW…AND ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS. Best I’ve read

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would take Profar side

  47. Ryan says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I’m keeping Trout, Trea, Baez and Conforto. Who would you suggest I target with my first pick in the third round considering most of the studs in top 48 AdP are being kept.
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Starter and Corner man

  48. zach jany says:
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    I’m in a 12 team H2H 5×5 league. We can trade draft picks in our league for players so I do not have the greatest draft this year but I did win the league last year so it was worth it. I need your suggestion on what route u would take for my draft beings I dont have a 1st, 2nd or 4th round pick. Load up on pitching or try and make it as balanced as possible? Here is a quick mock draft I did for the picks that I have. Thanks for any feedback. I didnt finish the mock draft that was just a start

    Rd 3 nola
    Rd 5 e. Diaz
    Rd 6 x2 mondesi, Flaherty
    Rd 7 Dahl
    Rd 8 gallon
    Rd 9 shaw
    Rd 10 conforto
    Rd 11 wheeler
    Rd 12 x2 Iglesias, Contreras
    Rd 15
    Rd 16 x2
    Rd 17
    Rd 18
    Rd 19×2
    Rd 20 x2
    Rd 21
    Rd 22
    Rd 23

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s not a bad team considering the picks you’re missing… I wouldn’t waste a pick on a closer until around pick round 15…

      • zach jany says:
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        @Grey:

        I was thinking taking closers early would ensure that I could be competitive in pitching based off the picks I’m missing. Would you reccomend taking starting pitching in the spots where I took closers or go offense?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe starters, I don’t know who is available… I wouldn’t draft closers high tho to make up for lost picks

  49. Clay says:
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    Grey, I’d love to get your thoughts on a trade offer I’ve received:

    I’d receive: Hoskins, Mondesi, Gary Sanchez
    I’d give: Soto

    Some general thoughts:
    1. Keeper league– all four guys can be kept at favorable costs.
    2. 8×8– additional stats are H, K, and OPS.
    3. I know you love Mondesi, but in a K + OPS league (in addition to AVG) he takes a hit; even compared to Hoskins, Soto has to be the best player in this deal
    4. Batting average is my biggest concern here– I’d be trading a guy who hits at least .290 (Soto) for three guys that can ALL hit below .255.
    5. If the Phillies sign one of Harper/Machado as rumored, maybe Hoskins’ value goes up a bit?
    6. Without the trade, the catcher I’d draft would probably be Grandal/Ramos.

    Should I accept this deal? Thanks so much in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins side

  50. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    16 team h2h keep 4 at previous season’s ADP prices. no escalation besides that. tons of extra stats it’s 10×10 with hits, OBP (over AVG), OPS, total bases, steals %, XBH for hitters added, and QS (over wins), starter wins (no RP wins, but they’ve got other stuff coming), net saves (over saves), saves + holds, inherited runners stranded (for the RP that come in to put out fires, sometimes the same as the other holds guys, sometimes not), K% (K/batter faced), total bases allowed. infinite DL slots (but you can’t legally obtain anybody from FA that is on DL), min-max weekly innings of 35-72 and it’s h2h everybody plays everybody else each week (so effectively it’s like having 24-25 roto seasons added together then a 3-4 week playoffs for the top half teams, with half of them being removed each week)
    start 1 of each hitter (exact for OF’ers) plus a CI, MI, 4th any OF, 2 utils for hitters, then 5 SP, 5 RP, 1 P slot.

    keeper options:
    harper (1)
    freeman (2)
    hoskins (3)
    yelich (3)
    nola (4)
    corbin (15)
    soto (28th, last)
    folty (22)
    mallex (21)
    gone varnish (16)

    obv soto is one of them (probably nola or corbin too), who youse going with the other 3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich, Corbin and Freeman

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        @Grey: also, even though i won this league, we pick our draft slots after picking keepers in reverse order of standings, but owners that have 1st round keepers but NOT 2nd round keepers actually want latest odd round picks, which could help me of course (but it’s probably not likely harper is easily getbackable though).

        i get the freeman over harper part though, as 1B is sooooo damn shitty now. goldy def is being kept.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  51. Frank says:
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    Master lothario

    keeper league- R HR RBI AVG SB

    Trying to fill out my last 2 keepers- Trying to make a trade might have to roll with one of theses guys for another year. which 2 would you go with ?

    Pham, Turner, buxton , Cano, Will myers, eloy jimenez,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eloy, Pham

  52. Mr Baseball says:
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    J. Hader Mil – for  M. Ozuna StL – in dynasty leagie what do you think grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Mr Baseball: wonder how close this would be if MIL ever wises up and lets him start again. i’m sure it would still be OZUNA, but wow would that be close.

  53. Chrispy says:
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    6 Keep forever, 5X5 stats plus OPS, HLDS, 16 teams.

    Keepers: Bregman, Goldscmidt,Gleyber Torres, JT Realmuto, Kershaw

    Best upside between: Wil Myers, Matt Chapman, Gallo, Amed Rosario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallo

  54. Cohen says:
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    Grey, draft question 12 team 6 th pick
    Alot of mocks im drafting Yelich/Story/Hoskins. In some mocks Rizzo/Bellinger are there at pick 4#43.If they are gone Albies has been there because of adp. I know u dont like Albies alot but do i take him or a guy like Springer who u have rated higher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Springer

  55. Jack Straw says:
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    10 team AL only standard 5×5 roto auction keeper league. I have the opportunity to trade Correa (23) and Benintendi (18) for Lindor (22). Understand the variety of playing time outcomes for Lindor – what do you think about this opportunity to acquire Lindor for now and future (annual $5 prince inflation). Not sure that Correa at that price provides excess value, so largely on Lindor PT and what to expect with sb. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

      • Jack Straw says:
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        @Grey: thanks grey. If I’m holding and include the other keepers Pham and Olson to join Benintendi and Correa, what type/style of player would you want to add as leading players to pair (reverse engineer style) with them with the likes of Betts, Bregman, JD, Judge, Lindor, Ramirez unavailable in this AL only auction?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Solid floor players, I’d want an SP first off, then best bat available, prolly corner man

  56. Acuña Matata says:
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    12 team HxH auction, $300 salary keeper. Keep 8 For sure keepers. Mookie-$37. Benintendi-$15. Matt Chapman-$5 Fernando Tatis-$8. T Bauer-$20. Which 3 do you keep out of these? Scooter-$6 Corey Seager-$21 Realmuto-$11 Springer-$30 Jose Leclerc-$5 Glasnow-$6 Eduardo Rodriguez-$6. Keepers increase $5 every year

  57. ECTO says:
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    I have the 4th overall pick. I have Judge as a keeper.

    I suspect that it will go Trout, Betts, Arenado…*
    (*Jose Ramirez was a keeper, so he’s off the board)

    Would you draft JD Martinez, Yelich, Turner, or someone else here?

    Offensive categories have Hits and OBP, in addition to the standard: R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge and Turner is sweet

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