Welcome to another season of Razz-matazz Fantasy Baseball. For those of you wondering, that actually was Grey’s second choice for naming this site, but as you can see, Razzball won out, much to the chagrin of jazz fingers around the world. And just one ball. No multiple balls I guess. Shame. Shame. Shame. But here we are with another year of staff picks. So what’s the goal with this? Hashtag content, baby. (That’s the technical term.) There’s another goal though, one less self-fulfilling, unlike your mother. Despite the modern advancement of technology and science, we still have no way to have every writer provide their extended (or in Tehol’s case, I always hope abbreviated) take on every single player in the MLB. We try though! And so we have this quick-and-easy (I regret burning my “yo momma” joke now…) presentation that provides you, the Razzmatazzball community a viewer-friendly and succinct breakdown of how we feel about the upcoming season.

So without further ado, here are our Official 2019 Razzball Picks! (Be sure to share yours in the comments section!)

Major League Baseball Picks

Writer ROY (NL) ROY (AL) Cy Young (NL) Cy Young (AL) MVP (NL) MVP (AL)
Grey Victor Robles Eloy Jimenez Jacob deGrom Trevor Bauer Trea Turner Andrew Benintendi
Rudy Nick Senzel Eloy Jimenez Jacob deGrom Gerrit Cole Bryce Harper Giancarlo Stanton
B_Don Fernando Tatis Jr. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Max Scherzer Justin Verlander Ronald Acuna Jr. Mike Trout
Baer Pete Alonso Eloy Jimenez Aaron Nola Trevor Bauer Juan Soto Alex Bregman
Donkey Teeth Victor Robles Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Max Scherzer Justin Verlander Ronald Acuna Jr. Mookie Betts
The Itch Victor Robles Vladimir Guerrero Jr. German Marquez Blake Snell Ronald Acuña Jr. Adalberto Mondesi
JoeyBart Touki Toussaint Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Clayton Kershaw Chris Sale Nolan Arenado Mookie Betts
John L Nick Senzel Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Patrick Corbin Trevor Bauer Paul Goldschmidt Aaron Judge
Kerry Brendan Rodgers Kyle Tucker Aaron Nola Trevor Bauer Eugenio Suarez Aaron Judge
Laura Victor Robles Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Jacob deGrom Gerrit Cole Bryce Harper Mike Trout
malamoney Victor Robles Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Max Scherzer Gerrit Cole Nolan Arenado Mike Trout
Matt Bowe Fernando Tatis Jr. Eloy Jimenez Max Scherzer Jose Berrios Kris Bryant Mike Trout
Matt Truss Nick Senzel Forrest Whitley Walker Buehler Trevor Bauer Ronald Acuna Jr. Giancarlo Stanton
mcafeeeee Nick Senzel Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Jameson Taillon Trevor Bauer Anthony Rendon Mookie Betts
Mike Victor Robles Eloy Jimenez Max Scherzer Trevor Bauer Bryce Harper Mike Trout
Ralph Nick Senzel Eloy Jiminez Max Scherzer Justin Verlander Nolan Arenado Mike Trout
Roto-Wan Victor Robles Eloy Jiminez Max Scherzer Chris Sale Ronald Acuna Jr. Giancarlo Stanton
Sean Z Fernando Tatis Jr. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Max Scherzer Justin Verlander Trea Turner Matt Chapman
Sky Nico Hoerner Alex Kirilloff Max Scherzer Carlos Carrasco Cody Bellinger Aaron Judge
Stan SON Victor Robles Eloy Jimenez Aaron Nola Gerrit Cole Paul Goldschmidt Mike Trout
Tehol Domonic Brown Domonic Brown Domonic Brown Domonic Brown Domonic Brown Domonic Brown
Viz Touki Toussaint Eloy Jimenez Walker Buehler Gerrit Cole Anthony Rendon Mike Trout
Whack Daniels Nick Senzel Kyle Tucker Aaron Nola Gerrit Cole Ronald Acuna Jr. Jose Ramirez
Yost Victor Robles Eloy Jimenez Aaron Nola Trevor Bauer Paul Goldschmidt Mookie Betts

Kerry Klug: NL MVP? With Eugenio Suarez, I understand the regression concern, but he’s improved his HR, RBI and AVG each of the last three years and is now in the best lineup he’s ever been in. I’m predicting the Reds will surprise everyone and win the NL Central with their island-of-misfit-toys pitching staff and surprise top-5 offense which Suarez will be hitting 3rd in, behind OBP-Gods Jesse Winker and Joey Votto and in front of Scooter Gennett and Yasiel Puig. 90/30/110/3/.285 is on the table.

Joey Barts: I chose Clayton Kershaw as the most valuable fantasy pitcher and NL Cy Young because he could be the steal of every draft. This is a perennial Cy Young candidate who’s going around pick 100 because of injury question marks but he could miss a few weeks and return to the fantasy ace we all know and love.

Whack Daniels: I’m a zigger when others are zaggers. For this reason, I chose Kyle Tucker as my AL ROY. He’s one injury (at any position by C) away from getting the callup. An injury anywhere in the OF, 1B, or DH; he’s up to play OF/DH. An injury to 2/3/SS, and Yuli Gurriel or Tyler White moves to 3B and Bregman moves to 2B or SS; then he’s up.

Fantasy Baseball Picks

Writer Sleeper Bust Infatuation Come Back MVFP MVFH
Grey David Fletcher Jose Ramirez Adalberto Mondesi Ryan Zimmerman Joey Lucchesi Jonathan Villar
Rudy Matt Strahm Vlad Guerrero Jr. Daniel Murphy Kevin Kiermaier Robbie Ray Rougned Odor
B_Don Jackie Bradley Jr. Marcell Ozuna Michael Conforto Rougned Odor Zack Wheeler Trea Turner
Baer Ramon Laureano Jose Ramirez Matt Olson Rougned Odor Jack Flaherty Yasiel Puig
Donkey Teeth Yusei Kikuchi Clayton Kershaw German Marquez Domingo Santana Justin Bieber Garrett Hampson
The Itch Kike Hernandez Patrick Corbin Leonys Martin Kris Bryant Julio Urias Byron Buxton
JoeyBart Joc Pederson Justin Verlander Josh Donaldson Yu Darvish Clayton Kershaw Kris Bryant
John L Cedric Mullins Andrew Benintendi Adelberto Mondesi Gary Sanchez Trevor Bauer Aaron Judge
Kerry Austin Meadows Adalberto Mondesi Jesse Winker Kris Bryant Tyler Glasnow Jesse Winker
Laura Ramon Laureano Jose Altuve Zack Wheeler Yu Darvish Jack Flaherty Yasiel Puig
malamoney Jesse Winker Adalberto Mondesi Jameson Taillon Buster Posey James Paxton Carlos Santana
Matt Bowe Christin Stewart Jose Ramirez Nelson Cruz Alex Reyes Jose Berrios Ronald Acuna Jr.
Matt Truss Randal Grichuk Manny Machado Mike Clevinger Josh Donaldson Eduardo Rodriguez Juan Soto
mcafeeeee Jordan Hicks Chris Sale Rafael Devers Robbie Ray Jose Berrios Michael Conforto
Mike Josh Bell Jose Ramirez Matt Chapman Ian Happ Trevor Bauer Rhys Hoskins
Ralph Christin Stewart Javy Baez Nick Senzel Kyle Zimmer Chris Paddack Andrew McCutchen
Roto-Wan Franmil Reyes Josh Donaldson Anthony Rizzo Kevin Kiermaier Jameson Taillon Trea Turner
Sean Z Chad Pinder Kris Bryant Jesus Luzardo Dustin Pedroia Alex Reyes J.T. Realmuto
Sky Ji-Man Choi Jose Altuve Brandon Lowe Miguel Cabrera Trevor Richards Hunter Renfroe
Stan SON Peter O’Brien Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Max Muncy Miguel Cabrera Chris Archer Jorge Polanco
Tehol Domonic Brown Domonic Brown Domonic Brown Domonic Brown Domonic Brown Domonic Brown
Viz Domingo Santana James Paxton Jonathan Villar Jonathan Schoop Walker Buehler Travis Shaw
Whack Daniels Jose Berrios Zack Greinke Tyler O’Neill Jung Ho Kang Joey Lucchesi Luis Urias
Yost Jorge Polanco Adalberto Mondesi Matt Chapman Carlos Correa Jack Flaherty Rhys Hoskins

Break Out Player of The Year (Sleeper)

You might think we’re describing someone who breaks through walls and then falls asleep really fast. Which seems weird. So I wouldn’t really put it past us… To limit the confusion, I’d better point out that these are our potential break out candidates that you should be grabbing long and grabbing hard.

Most Overrated Player of The Year (Bust)

These are the guys being held on a pedestals, who will, in return for all your worship and sacrifice, ruin everything thing you hold dear. See: 2014, Fielder, Prince. Or 2015, Longoria, Evan. Take heed Razzballers, avoid these guys at all costs.

Viz: James Paxton is 30-years-old and has qualified for the ERA Title.. as many times as our writers at Razzball! I love his stuff, but even last year’s 160 IP seems like best case scenario. Add in a move that puts him in a little league sized park (he had a big jump in his HR9 last season) and I can’t justify the cost. Maybe in an RCL where it’s easy to make up the innings he will miss, but in any 15+ team league, I wouldn’t touch him.

I Think I Love You, So What Am I So Afraid Of? (Infatuation)

Yep, we all have one. Find out which player your Razzball writer has an undying love for, despite any rational reason or purpose.

Whack Daniels: I can’t quit Tyler O’Neill because his stats per plate appearance are almost as beautiful as his biceps/triceps.  The problem is he just cannot get PAs.  Why can’t this guy play ahead of Dexter Freaking Fowler?!?

Come Back Player of The Year (Come Back)

Again, pretty easy to figure out what this one means.

Most Valuable Fantasy Pitcher (MVFP)

This is where things get sticky. That’s what she said. Technically, this could be the best pitcher overall… but the key word here is value. You know this because I underlined it. While the vanilla top-5 pitcher pick could still technically be the most valuable pitcher at the end of the year, there’s still enough room in the definition to allow the possibility that Bruce Chen will come out of retirement, have an ERA of 2.50 and get 20 wins. Seeing as his ownership rate historically always stood in the nothing-to-negative digits and top-5 Starting Pitchers are gone by the first half of a draft, a performance like that would be the most valuable in the history of mankind. And probably destroy the universe as we know it.

Donkey Teeth: Justin Bieber. I mean Shane Bieber. This beautiful young buck has the voice of an angel and the command of a demon. I also considered labeling him as my: Infatuation, Sleeper, AL CY Young, AL MVP, MVFH, 2020 Presidential Candidate, and Life Partner. Don’t be surprised if Biebs is a consensus top 10 fantasy starter heading into 2020 and in The Oval Office heading into 2021.

Whack Daniels: I think Joey Lucchesi‘s ADP being later than 200 is ludicrous bonkers insane. 10 K/9 and 3 BB/9 in his 130 IP debut last year? Yup! 10.2 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 187.2 MiLB IP? Very much so! I think Lucchesi already broke out, but apparently no one noticed. So scoop him at pick 200 and enjoy.

Most Valuable Fantasy Hitter (MVFH)

Same thing as the Most Valuable Pitcher, but with hitters. CRAZY, I know.

Whack Daniels: I think the Fernando Tatis Jr. promotion will bump Ian Kinsler to the bench and not Luis Urias.  If he gets a full season of ABs, enjoy his high average and counting numbers.  He might only hit 10 HRs, but with an insane ADP later than 300 I think he is an excellent way to fill your MI and his value comes mostly from all the other players you’ll get to draft knowing he’ll be there later for you.



What are your picks for the year? Tell us below!

  1. After reading 2019 Fantasy Baseball Top 100 Pitchers: The Preseason Update, by Donkey Teeth, I am wondering who is the better option, Shane Biber or Eduardo Rodriguez. Is there a clear leader between those two for you Jay? Thx. Loved the break down on the coming season.

    • Could you rank; Shane Bieber, Eduardo Rodriguez, Yusei Kikuchi, Nick Pivetta & Chris Paddock for me? Thx again!

      • B_Don

        B_Don says:

        Depends a bit what you need, but for me it’s Bieber, Pivetta, Kikuchi, Paddack, Erod. I will say I am not the ERod supporter if you’re looking for somebody to Stan for him.

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      I would love to help, but better to ask Grey or one of the writers, I haven’t had time to follow the preseason or baseball in general lately.

  2. papasmurf says:

    Unfortunately that Olson pick is not looking good.

    It’s my fault. I drafted him. This is probably gonna be a lost year. Low BA with under 15 homers.

    Did the same smurf curse to Lamb last year.

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      We always have one that we aren’t proud of. Unless you’re me. Then there’s like 20-25…

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:

      Only so much you can do about injuries.

  3. Sweatpants Nation says:

    Tehol- love the work man

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:

      I didn’t know Tehol was still alive.

      • Jay

        Jay says:

        I’m actually not sure either. I tried to represent him best I could.

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      D O M O N I C B R O W N

  4. LenFuego says:

    Congrats to Tehol for keeping up and honing his “Giant A-Hole” brand!

    I will add my own picks:

    ROY (NL/AL) – Robles/Vlad the Impaler
    CY Young (NL/AL) – Scherzer/Gerrit Cole
    MVP (NL/AL) – Acuna/Bregman

    Sleeper – Lourdes Gurriel
    Bust – Manny Machado
    Infatuation – Pete Alonso
    Comeback – Miguel Cabrera
    MVFP – Michael Wacha
    MVFH – Rougned Odor

    • Jay

      Jay says:


  5. DMT says:

    ROY – Paddack, Eloy
    CY – Scherzer, Bauer
    MVP – Arenado, Trout

    Sleeper – Pinder
    Bust – Mondesi
    Infatuation – Trout
    Comeback – Miggy
    MVp – Flaherty
    MVh – Moncada

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      Interesting Mondesi pick, gl!

  6. FANTASY ICON says:

    ROY Touki, Kikuchi
    CY. DeGrom, Cole
    MVP. Acuna, Judge
    Sleeper. Meadows
    Bust. Mondesi
    Infatuation. E. Rodriguez
    Comeback. Darvish
    MVFH. Dahl
    MVFP. Berrios

    NL East. Nats
    NL Central Cubs
    NL West. Dodgers
    WC Brewers
    WC. Mets
    AL East Yankees
    AL Central. Twins
    AL West. Astros
    WC. Red Sox
    WC. Angels

    World Series. Cubs over Yankees in 6

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      I kinda dig a Cubs/Yanks Series.

  7. Mike says:

    The top chart is covered on the right by the banner ads. I’m using Google Chrome.

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      I’m having a tough time replicating this, I’ll talk with our team and see what’s up. Thanks!

  8. branta says:

    Great write up! However, I wouldn’t read Whack Daniels’ blurb about Kyle Tucker out loud, just in case.

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      I… would not either.

      • Whack Daniels

        Whack Daniels says:

        My Kyle Tucker thoughts are always impure and NSFW

  9. Thomefan251 says:

    Tehol has been a walking talking breathing meme before memes were cool. Dont quit the fight bud!

  10. Whack Daniels

    Whack Daniels says:

    Well… I guess that Luis Urias prediction and logic really crapped the bed, eh? Let’s just ignore that one as the team chose Ian Kinsler over Urias and Urias will be in AAA purgatory for a while.

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