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 2020 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 2020 fantasy baseball and the top 20 for 2020 fantasy baseball and the beginning of the top 100 for 2020 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 2020 fantasy baseball drafts:

1. Ronald Acuña Jr. – Because I love to revel in this shizz, here’s what I wrote last year when I ranked Tildaddy 4th overall, “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. 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.” And that’s me quoting me! Can you imagine the brain nuggets you’re rolling with to rank Acuña 18th overall? That is high comedy. As in, you must be high, and I am laughing. What kills me is when I see people commenting on ESPN articles or tweeting at the ESPN ‘perts like they know what’s flying. Actually, I’ll give them a tad bit of deference, I’m not sure they actually are the ones doing the rankings. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if they have an intern do the rankings, and then the ‘perts do their own thing in drafts. That might be giving them too much credit. Any hoo! If you draft Acuña 1st, you can literally draft any other player 2nd. No, not Cam Gallagher. I mean, anyone who is there in my rankings. I’d even take another outfielder (Bryce Harper), but I’d lean on taking a corner or middle infidel (Jo-Jo Ram, Rendon, Albombso, Devers, Allahson, Mondesi, Tatis Junior, literally name the player). For those thinking, how can you take Tatis, Mondesi, Jo-Jo Ram, Allahson or Albombso if you’ve ranked them so much higher then where a 2nd pick would be if you got Acuña? Well, their ADP says they could be there around time for a 2nd pick, so pick one! (I will goose your nips with a loving purple nurple if you own Tatis and Acuña after two rounds. Mother, may I?!)

2. Christian Yelich – Similar to Acuña, if you are one of the lucky two people who gets Yelich or Tildaddy, then you are a blessed being from planet, Thetan, and Tom Cruise fornicates to your picture. Shazbot, my friend-slash-idol, shazbot. You can also draft whoever you want with your 2nd pick, because you’ve been ‘special blessed,’ which involves Joe Buck fawning over you like you’re Kyle Schwarber. Imagine Tom Cruise and Joe Buck started dating? That would be awesome. Any hoo! Yelich’s knee worries me still, as it did last month when I ranked him 2nd, and you might want a little speed with your 2nd pick. Also, a corner or middle infidel wouldn’t be a terrible thing. Yelich and Devers? If you don’t win your leagues, they’re counting your league categories with the Iowa Caucus app. Yelich and Bogaerts? You’re taking home the title. Yelich and someone not on the Red Sox? Sure, but who? Alonso gives me the good shudders. Mondesi? I will fornicate thinking of your team. You can’t go wrong! Though, I’d avoid outfielders, and you’re being goofy with Just Dong, since neither may steal. Oil dem knees up, Yelich!

3. Mike Trout – Even though Prince Makedemall Trouts aka Mike Trout is in the 1st tier with Acuña and Yelich, and he should be able to be drafted with anyone else, I’m not sure he’s completely there. I’d want more speed with a Trout pairing, then Acuña. Trout would be closer to Yelich, if his knee is barking like my good boy, Ted. Also, of course, I’d try to avoid another outfielder. Do you ruin your team with Trout and Harper as your 1st two picks? Not especially, but you’re putting yourself in a hole. Did I call you an a-hole? I might’ve, slyly. Trout and Mondesi sounds like the best thing since sliced bread, and sliced bread is all things to all people. Trout and Bogaerts? Like the quarter of Harrison Ford that is Jewish, not too shabby! Trout and Albies? Are we reaching? I don’t know, but I do love it. Trout and Albombso? Okay, but you really are down on steals almost immediately, and you better start picking yourself out of that hole. More holes? Nope, one — a hole.

4. Cody Bellinger – I’m a little surprised I’ve seen more “Betts, Bregman, Lindor or Cole drafted 3rd or higher” than I’ve seen Bellinger sneak into the top three overall. Don’t get me wrong, it’s happened, but seems less the norm. If someone sneaks into the top three in a draft, it’s not usually Bellinger. He makes a stronger case for the top three than those other sneaker-inners — Big power, great average, solid speed (he’s actually fairly quick on the basepaths). Bellinger actually makes a stronger case than Trout for top three if you’re not factoring in track record. Track record and safety push Trout up, but if you’re convinced Bellinger is what we saw last year (and 2018), and Trout is starting to slow just an eensy-bit, then Bellinger is a top three pick. Never the hoo! Bellinger pairs nicely with a middle infielder. Can you imagine the boners with Bellinger and Bogaerts or Mondesi or Albies or Ketel Marte? (Depends on the depth of your league when that 2nd pick is coming back.) Bellinger even pairs nicely with Bryce Harper, because Bellinger can play 1st. Bellinger could even pair with Albombso, Rendon, Jo-Jo Ram or Matt Olson. Bellinger might be the best guy to pair with a 2nd rounder, due to his 1st and OF eligibility. Struggling to think of someone who doesn’t pair with Bellinger. That’s good, right?

5. Trevor Story – Unlike past years, there’s a ton of hitters who are bringing power and speed. Can you imagine drafting a starter here instead of one of these glorious beasts? I can’t. Even crazier (sorry, the topic of drafting high starters always gets me crazy), not only do people draft starters high, but they argue it’s right. Let’s clear one thing up, drafting starters makes more sense in deeper leagues, but 85% of youse play 12-team or shallower. I do too, I like shallow leagues. In shallow leagues, it’s absurd to draft a starter high. There’s a rotation’s worth of starters on waivers at any given time. But youse who see ‘perts say to draft a starter high who don’t know they’re talking about their crazy deep leagues drives me crazy. Okay, moving on before I legit lose it. Story works with anyone, except other middle infidels. He’s a shortstop, said Mr Obvious, but I’d even skip thinking about a 2nd baseman (even though there’s really not a ton of them in contention for a 2nd pick). Grab a Bryce Harper or Albombso or Olson or Rendon or Freeman with Story. It’s all a solid chef’s kiss.

6. Mookie Betts – Something that might’ve went without its proper notice on-site, but when Betts was traded to the Dodgers, he went from #4 to #17 overall in Rudy’s 15-team rankings. (Three to 16 in 12-teamers.) So, hotshot, you have to ask yourself, if you trust me or Rudy? Nah, you don’t need to ask yourself that (because you will choose Rudy, and I’ll be hurt). Betts lost 5 runs, 1.5 HRs, 18 RBIs and .018 in the trade, according to Rudy. For what it’s Werth, I took him down 3 HRs. Not to get real goofy on this tangent, but here’s our two projections: 117/27/88/.292/18 in 588 ABs and Rudy’s 119/31/90/.279/17 in 589 ABs. Eerily similar, except he thinks his average is gonna plummet. Moving on! Betts works with just about anyone, but he’s our first guy who has a strong chance of being predominantly a leadoff man, so I’d lean on a middle of the order corner or middle infidel. Betts and Arenado? That’s goofy amazing. If you’re drafting with 11 Rudys, it could be possible. Betts and Freeman? Yes, please! Betts and Albombso? I’m nomnomnom’ing that. Betts and Jo-Ram? Meh, they both feel like they could struggle with RBIs and power, if things go sideways with Betts in Los Angeles. Betts and Mondesi? Not a fan either. Betts and big corner power bat? Yes, 100%. Focus on that.

7. Francisco Lindor – Seeing early heat on Lindor moving him up from this draft slot, so he might be the only guy here, who I might not be able to draft in all leagues. In most? Prolly. I’m moist? A little. If I do take Lindor, I’m definitely not taking Jo-Ram. I don’t mind more than one guy from one team, but two 25/25-ish types from a team that wants to tank? Nah, I’m good. Lindor and Tatis? No, sorry, don’t draft a shortstop. Lindor and Arenado? Yes, yes, YES! Lindor and Albombso? Honestly, I’m surprised I seem to be in the minority with how much I want Albombso as my 2nd round pick. Next year, when Albombso is a top 12 overall guy in all preseason rankings, people are gonna talk about him like they always loved him. Remind them I was the high man on Albombso in 2020 when he was a bargain. (Kinda feels similar to how I was the high man on Acuña at 4th overall last year. Never forget, CBS actually made fun of Donkey Teeth on their podcast for drafting Acuña last year in the top 10.)

8. Trea Turner – I drafted Trea Turner in one NFBC league already, and guess who I took in the 2nd round? I’ll give you a hint: His name rhymes with Alonso. Of course, any big bat at corner or 1st works with Treat Urner. Olson, Harper, Rendon, Freeman, Devers…they’re all beautiful. Don’t do anything silly and go with a 2nd round pick to pair with Trea who gives you a lot of speed. Only guys possibly available that I can imagine you twinkling toes at are Starling Marte — blech — Mondesi — Love him, but c’mon, homey — Tatis — Stop it. — Jo-Ram — Meh, get more power. When pairing Trea, you want 37/5 vs. 25/25. Keep that in mind, and you’ll be all right.

9. Juan Soto – Sexy Dr. Pepper is exact opposite of Trea Turner. You Juan soda?! You better Juan steals right after. Sexy Dr. Pepper and FTJ are Gorge City. Sexy Dr. Pepper and Mondesi gives me heart palpitations and I’m not sure I will ever recover. To attempt to answer at least one question, if you’re playing in ESPN where they goofily ranked Mondesi in the 70s, and you think you can draft Soto, Arenado, Walker Buehler, Olson, Josh Hader THEN! Mondesi. Go for it. Just because I tell you not to draft Hader or Buehler or say draft Soto and Mondesi in the 1st two rounds, it doesn’t matter if you can get a dope-ass lineup by exploiting ESPN’s fantasy baseball rankings. You have to balance what you can get vs. what you want. Now if you draft Walker Buehler and Hader and someone scoops you on Mondesi, and you have Soto, Arenado and Olson, I will say it’s solid, but you’re lacking steals.

10. Fernando Tatis Jr. – I had a dream the other day that I got FTJ at the turn of a draft, then did a James Brown split, popped up and drafted Torenado. Then I woke and realized it doesn’t have to be a dream. I can actually make this happen in real life. Well, everything except the James Brown split. I’d prefer if FTJ didn’t try the JBS either. FTJ is going around 18th overall, so we can likely get him in every league with one of my big banger corner men right after, which is a “Sherpa from the top of Mt. Everest” chef’s kiss. That shizz is echoing like chamber music from the 13th century. Shizz is haunting and beautiful! If Torenado is gone, just think about how gorge it will be to take FTJ and Freeman, Alonso or Rendon. They balance FTJ perfectly. Him and Alonso is roughly 70/30/.255. Compare that with Juan Soto and Devers:  70/18/.295. Okay, forty points on average is big, but which has more upside for speed? Is it harder to find cheap speed now or nah? Because I’m pretty sure it is. Grab the essentially free J.D. Davis later for his solid average to balance things or waste a 120th overall pick on Mallex Smith for SBs while he brings down every other category? I love the idea of FTJ and a corner man (which includes Devers too, by the by), but if you wanted Bryce Harper with FTJ or Just Dong? They’re great too with him. I’d only avoid taking Fun The Jewels and someone like Jo-Ram (too similar) or a shortstop (Mondesi, Baez).

11. Jose Ramirez – Ya know, as I dictate dis post to the 100 monkeys typing it up — *cracks whip* It’s THIS not DIS! — I’m starting to think subconsciously I ranked my top 12 with how I would draft. Allow me to explain through the 100 monkeys. All the Trea Truthers, FTJs and Jo-Jo-Rams need to be balanced by Torenado, Albombso, Rendon or Freeman, and I ranked them in that order. So, you grab one of those sexy steals guys, then follow it with a banger. Though, Sexy Dr. Pepper doesn’t really fit perfectly with that, and if I draft Arenado 1st at 12th overall, then I can’t take another corner man. Okay, maybe I didn’t have this in mind. I’m spitballing here, monkeys! Don’t type this up! So, you draft Jo-Jo-Ram, then you need to draft a solid AVG/beastmode for power and you’re okay (for the 1st two rounds) on speed. Therefore, Jo-Jo and Torenado, Freeman, etc. All work for me. What am I not drafting with Jo-Jo? Meh on a 3rd basemen (same POS) or FTJ (AVG becomes iffy).

12. Nolan Arenado – Ya know what’s interesting this year vs. previous years? I think I have a legit shot to draft any of my top 12. Sure, in some leagues, Lindor will go 5th, and, where I have him at 7th, I’ll have to (what punishment!) take Betts, but for the most part my rankings match up to ADP favorably. Even Torenado is being drafted on average 13th overall, which leaves him here. It’s the one big bonus not ranking, or drafting, a starting pitcher in the top 12, let alone two of them who are going in that range. We should all thank the Cole and deGrom drafters. They’ll get a 3.02 ERA, and get a 12 in ERA, when all they needed was a 3.50, and we applaud you for taking one for the team. So, going off ADP, it seems clear that a lot of previous combos (Torenado/FTJ, Jo-Jo/Torenado, etc.) will be available, but if they’re not, you should draft a guy that gives at least 10 steals (Bryce), but the idea of Torenado and Mondesi gets me hot under the collar and I’ve tied my Izod sweater around my waist so ‘under my collar’ is much lower than you might’ve thought.

 
  1. Crazy J says:
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    I was under the impression that we should pass on Arenado, Rendon, Freeman, and Alonso because later picks can be had with similar profiles. Because where you have Alonso ranked… he’s ALWAYS going to be there, as will Olson.

    • Cram It says:
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      If you got no speed in the first round. Read the tier again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

      • Crazy J says:
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        Thanks for the clarification.

        Since I will automatically have Albomso… in round 6 do I take Olson for Util (Yahoo), or grab a “Fill My Holes” pitcher?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Holes

  2. Dr Easy says:
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    Red or white Mondesi pairing with your Trout? Rose, probably? The online catalog says it’s “vibrant and refreshing”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chablis, baby!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        (I don’t know what Chablis is)

        • Dr Easy says:
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          In the 80s, Guy Roux, the very popular coach of the Auxerre football (soccer) club in France used to bring a bottle of Chablis as a gift to the TV studio every time he was going to participate in a show or interview. That did a lot of to increase the popularity of this expensive white wine from his region of Burgundy.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Sounds like my kind of *puts sunglasses on* Guy

        • Dave D says:
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          Chablis is a region in Burgundy, France where the make namesake wine which is from Chardonnay grapes. I used to drink it before I started having kids. Now, I drink water. Filtered, of course.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’m all about that La Croix!

            • Dave D says:
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              Exactly!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

  3. thatguy says:
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    I’m convinced second half Bellinger is the real Bellinger. I’m not taking him in the first round and I’d scratch my head about the second.

    • bigbear says:
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      If you replace his scorching March/April stats with his average month, then you’re still looking at a 40/10/.270 hitter who’s still only 24 years old and bats in the heart of a stacked offense.

      Are you taking Arenado ahead of him? If he gets traded, that probably saps 5 HR and .050 from his average. 35/2/.270. If he stays, you’re looking at a solid 40/.300 hitter. The upside favors Bellinger. The downside of both is about the same. But I’d still lean toward Bellinger.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, thatguy being thatguy

  4. Charlie says:
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    Grey,

    Love waking up to your content. It’s the first thing I check every morning!!

    Yesterday you did a column on value and where to find it within an ESPN draft, and conversely who to avoid based on ESPN’s rankings. Will you be doing the same thing for Yahoo’s rankings?

    Thanks for all of your help and everything you do for us!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Charlie, that’s sweet of you to say

      I’ll do Yahoo next week, I had to get this post out 1st, and tomorrow is an overdue roundup

      • Rabbit says:
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        I’ve been eagerly anticipating a new Roundup from Grey!

        You have to be careful, though, that stuff’ll give you cancer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re thinking of Roundups by Marlboro

      • Charlie says:
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        Thank you so much!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  5. galica says:
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    Grey!

    Excellent pairings report.

    a. Have seen the beauty of drafting Bellinger and Alonso in mocks, moving Bellinger into the outfield. That is a pretty awesome 1-2, regardless of lack of steals.

    b. What is your philosophy on spending 100$ FAAB in a 12-teamer? Should I be patient? Should I keep the money for August/September when everyone else has blown their budget then just spend 1$ per free agent pick?

    c. MLB quote of the day for June 10, 1990

    ‘See the ball; hit the ball.’

    Pete Rose

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Nehocstu says:
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      Billy Martin had been diagnosed with “Traveling Arthritis”

      Every night he got stiff in another joint.

      Love these baseball quotes Ante!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Have seen, do enjoy

      B. Gotta hold for a little while to read room and see how aggressive they are, if you don’t know competitors

      C. Nice

    • LenFuego says:
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      How aggressive to be in FAAB depends on a number of factors, including:

      1) The size of the holes you have to fill. If you have an injury or a player loses their starting job, you are going to have to be more aggressive in FAABing a replacement than you would be if you simply want to upgrade from a decent but unspectacular player.

      2) The quality of the player acquisition opportunity, especially if it is at a position where a team you are competing against has a hole to fill. When a player hits the market who may be a difference maker, especially if a team that could win the championship has a need at his position, you will need to adjust bids accordingly.

      3) How much of the season the player can help you with. A player that you can use for five months should in theory be worth five times a player that can only help you for one month. Do not forget that a player who subs in for an injured player will probably only help you until the original player returns.

      4) The confidence you have in how the player will perform. Obviously, the higher your confidence, the more you bid. Every year, unproven rookies get called up and bid very high on, and a significant majority of them do not perform at a high level. There are times to join in on that bidding fun, but generally when the other factors above say so, not just because a supposedly sexy rookie is available.

  6. Cliff says:
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    Grey,

    Great insight as usual. What’s crazy is that with a middle pick in ESPN leagues you should be able to get Lindor/Story-Alonso-FTJ-Olson-Mondesi no problem. Chef’s kiss.

    One hypothetical I don’t think I’ve seen you answer yet is a hypothetical trade of Arenado our of Coors. How badly will is ranking/projections drop if he’s traded to say, the Cardinals?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! That is insane, and it should be illegal

      Arenado would get bumped down, but I don’t see it happening

  7. ashtray says:
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    I’m in a league where you can keep 6 guys forever. I have several players who are good keepers so I wanted to trade some of them for trout. The guy who has trout says he wants Soto plus a couple guys that dont make the cut for me. So from my point of you it’s essentially soto for trout straight up. For him its trout for Soto, Bryant, Hoskins, Giolito.

    Am I crazy for not wanting to do this? You’ve made the point that Soto is on the brink of putting out the same production as trout and hes 7 years younger.

    • Cram It says:
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      “Sounds like Mike Trout without the huge power upside.” Nor the steals.

      I don’t think it’s crazy, but I’d want Trout if you’re trying to win in the next 5 years.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d take Trout

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Soto is close, but not huge power and speed won’t reach 20 — gotta go Trout

      • ashtray says:
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        That seems to be the consensus. Now tell me how many years until I start looking back with regret. I want to be prepared.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          2 maybe, 1 if shizz goes sideways

        • LenFuego says:
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          I doubt you will have major regrets, and even if you do, do not forget that Trout is going to continue to have extraordinary value on the trade market for several years.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            This is true

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              About trade value

  8. Jolt In Flow says:
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    Before finding your site, CBS was my go-to place for baseball material. But it just got old in a hurry, almost all their posts are about “Busts from advanced model that bought you Chris Archer’s disappointing season.” Even I could have told you that. Model this, model that; tell me something I couldn’t figure out on my own. They’d have kept me longer as a reader if they’d have put pics of models in their articles.

    But knowing they did that to DT, I won’t forget.

    Thanks for write-up, Grey.

    • Cram It says:
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      What’d they do to DT?

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        It’s in the Lindor blurb…they roasted me on their pod for taking Acuna 5th. This was well before ADPs had settled in last winter…

        • Cram It says:
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          Geeze. Did you get a clapback in at least and make them eat crow?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Acuña blowing away their ranking of, what, 25 overall? Is a lot of crow to eat

            • Cram It says:
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              Yeah but I’d want to be the one to publicly eviscerate them for the personal attacks.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Thank you for your support, Jolt!

  9. RyGuy_4 says:
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    I had the third pick in a 14 team league and got a grade of “B”.

    I’d like to hear your thoughts.

    1. Acuna
    2. Harper
    3. Mondesi
    4. Hiura
    5. Olson
    6. Berrios
    7. Woodruff
    8. Moustakas
    9. Kepler
    10. Montas
    11. Giles
    12. K. Davis
    13. C. Martinez
    14. L. Weaver
    15. Dejong
    16. C. Vasquez
    17. Lucchesi
    18. A. Garcia
    19. Urquidy
    20. B. Anderson
    21. Andujar
    22. Chavis
    23. Goodrum
    24. P. Lopez

    I felt that my first 10 rounds should’ve earned me an “A”. What say you?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Nice team!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s an easy A

      • RyGuy_4 says:
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        My life is now complete.

        Thanks Grey and DT! I read your stuff everyday!

  10. MrBaseball says:
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    I was offered Zack Wheeler for Kyle Tucker  in keeper league

    should I make the trade or stand

    thank you

    • Cram It says:
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      Hold, no brainer.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Don’t usually disagree with Cram but I think it’s fair and depends on your team build.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  11. Earl says:
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    Man amazing that so many starting pitchers have been taken in 2nd and 3rd round of draft I am doing.

    I have Arenado and Turner for my 1st 2 picks.

    Remaining starters for me at my next pick (35 and 38) might be Snell, Gioloto, Corbin, Castillo and Paddack (in Grey’s ranked order).

    Would you guys be comfortable with any of them (in this order) as your SP1? Feel like if I wait to our 5th round (pick 59) that might be too late and they might all be gone.

    It is really hard to know which of this group I should go with. Think they all have some questions/concerns but who doesn’t I suppose.

    Thinking I might go pitcher at 35 or 38 and then take hitter (maybe Olson or Gleyber Torres or George Springer) with other pick. Wondering if Olson might get around to me at 59 but that might be bit risky with having perhaps Rizzo or Goldy as my backup plan to Olson.

    Thanks

    • bigbear says:
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      How many other teams still don’t have an SP? If it’s 5 or less, then there’s a good chance one or more of them make it back to you in the 5th and/or 6th. At least wait until 38 and check the competition before deciding. I would lean toward waiting.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Based on ADP all those pitchers will be gone. I’d grab an arm and best bat you can. Olson might make it back, but then again he might not.

      • Earl says:
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        Thanks. Love it. Olson might make it back; might not. Story of my life in drafts.

        How do people really feel about Snell vs. Castillo vs. Corbin (think I am leaning to one of these guys)?

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Snell – Corbin – Giolito for me.

          Theyre all close though.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d be fine with any of those guys as my #1. Agree with Knoche, grab one at 35…preferably Snell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with knoche, and have no problem with those SPs

      • Earl says:
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        You guys were right.

        I took Snell at 35 and then within next 8 picks all the others went (Castillo, Gioloto, Corbin, Grienke). Think only one left for next picks at 59 and 62 are Paddack and maybe Berrios. Seems like people really going after starters in first 4 rounds.

        I also took Olson at 38 even though might be early for him but pretty sure someone might have took him before 59. Someone took Rizzo at little after me.

        Anyway, on to rounds 5 and 6 in a bit. Guess I will hjave to see what Grey rankings tell me.

        Starting to think about Luis Robert and maybe Austin Meadows but might be little early for Robert. I do not have an OF yet but guess I will have to see what I can put together. Did not really get much of shot at elite OF with picks 11 and 14 to start.

        Thanks

        • Grey

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          Sounds a bit early for Robert

          • Earl says:
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            would you see Robert maybe round 7 or 8 (picks 83 and 86) then or is that still too early? Personally feel that he will go by round 8 or so. Maybe he is not worth it (value wise) around 83 or 86.

            Will have to see about pitching. Really want to try following your rankings at least for most part.

            Thanks

            • Grey

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              7-8 sounds fine for Robert

  12. primetime says:
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    Grey, yesterday day made a couple deals.

    10 team keeper OBP K/9 We can only keep 7 guys.

    Traded Max and Bauer for a 1st and 5th & Albies.

    Traded Verlander & Rizzo for a 3rd rd pick & Flaghety.

    Thoughts?

    Now I have 2 (1st rd #1 overall pick) 1 (2nd rd) 1 (3rd rd) 2 (4th rd) 2 (5th rd) picks.

    We keep 7 guys

    I went from keeping

    Lindor
    Tatis
    Bellinger

    Max
    Verlander
    Giolito
    Bieber

    To Keeping

    Albies
    Tatis
    Lindor
    Bellinger

    Flaghety
    Bieber
    Giolito

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Looks like you did well!

    • Grey

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      Albies trade is solid, Verlander trade is okay I guess, but your keepers are solid

  13. James Stechschulte says:
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    This has nothing to do with your article but I need some Grey expertise!

    Keeper league standard ROTO 5×5. We do an auction so everyone not kept is back in the auction. You can keep players up to a 5 year contract and the price goes up by $5 for hitters and $4 for pitchers each year you keep them. I have a few players that I am not sure how long I should keep if I should keep at all. $280 is both auction and keeper budget.

    As an example, I kept Olson last year with a base salary of $1 so now I have him for $6 this year and $11 in 2021.

    Adalberto Mondesi $12 this year going up by $5 each year I keep.
    Garrett Hampson $1
    Bregman $40
    Domingo Santana $1
    Sam Hilliard $1
    Edwin Encarnacion $1
    Mike Soroka $1

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Hard to say in the back end guys without knowing how deep this league is. Would definitely keep Mondesi , Bregman, soroka, encarnacion.

    • Grey

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      League depth?

      • James Stechschulte says:
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        10 teams. 28 players per team. 2 IL’S. Normal lineup with 3 OF’s and no CI or MI.

  14. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Love these pairings! Unfortunately won’t be in any snake drafts to enjoy it this year (scaling back to just my keepers for more new dad time), but damn these are tasty! Amazing that Mondesi is still ranked so far down by the big box sites, despite already proving them wrong once!

    Noticed you mentioned Yelich not stealing much…I assume you just mean that you want to see how they treat him in the early season since they could hypothetically tell him to take it easy on SBs?

    • Grey

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      Dad time!

      Yeah, let’s see how Yelich looks in spring, he’s young and spry enough that he should be okay, otherwise I wouldn’t have ranked him 2nd, but it’s something to watch

  15. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    In one of these shallowish 12 team keepers, would you rather…

    keep your $34 Scherzer (would go for between 40-50 at auction) or ….

    swap him for a $19 Olson (who would go for about 5-10 more at auction…. also, his owner is very unlikely to keep him because he prefers his single digit priced CSantana and Yuli G to Olson, so he’ll definitely be available to draft)

    FWIW I have a $16 Bieber as well.

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      If you’re sure he’ll be in the draft then just hold and draft him. If you’re not positive then make the deal…

    • Grey

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      Agree with DT, hard to say

  16. Asking for a friend says:
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    Great article!

    Would you rather keep kershaw in 6th or Lance Lynn in the 13th? 10 team standard.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Kershaw. There isnt any real value there in the 6th, but Lynn is likely around replacement level in a 10 team league.