If you’re like me most days, you’re sitting in your car beneath an underpass and writing ALF fan fiction, but today we have a different type of fantasy for you to engage in. No, not your fantasy where it’s you and that girl from high school in a tub of Alphabet Soup and you write her a love letter on her back in noodles! This is a fantasy baseball fantasy! Because you know what would be really cool? If you could join a fantasy baseball league that was against, like, 1000 other fantasy baseball teams.  But not a 1000-person league, where people are trying to figure out who the back-up third baseman is on the Single-A Astros affiliate, the Corpus Christi Amscrayers. No, this is a 12-person league designed so you compete against eleven other people in your league, then 75 other leagues of twelve. That would be cool. Oh, wait, we’ve done that. It’s called the Razzball Commenter Leagues, and they’re back, and you don’t even have to be a commenter to join it!  For a limited time only, get your loved one a fantasy baseball league! That’s right, your hearts go pitter-patter or you’re dead on the inside (my condolences). Since back in June when you abandoned your fantasy baseball team because it was totally sucking and you returned to your cubbyhole of leftover Chinese food and Teddy Grahams, you’ve longed for this day. As Bob Marley sang, this is your redemption song, mon. Or womon, for our five girl readers. It’s time again to join some fantasy baseball leagues!

Before you close all of your extraneous porn windows and rush to sign up, let’s explain how these fantasy baseball leagues are going to work. We’re going to have a bunch of leagues and crown a winner from each, then we’re going to crown ONE winner from all of the winners. We will be crowning the winner by taking each team’s points and multiplying it against a ‘league competitiveness factor.’ If you want to see how it worked last year, go here.

So we’re going to fill up as many fantasy leagues as we can for the next seven weeks.  Each fantasy baseball league will be a mixed league, 12 team, snake draft, roto, 5×5, 5 OFs, one Middle Infielder, one Corner Infielder, one Utility, 9 pitchers, 20 game positional eligibility, 1400 innings max, 1000 IP minimum with 3 DL slots with a 500 moves per year cap, which I think maybe two people reached last year. So, that move limit isn’t inhibitive for even those who rosterbate until they are blind.

The leagues will be again at Fantrax.

We’re going to start with 40 leagues and see how we do from there. There are a few pay leagues, neither Razzball or Fantrax keeps any money. If people want more pay leagues, fill these up and we’ll open more. If we need more free leagues, we’ll do the same. To join a league…Sorry, again for the people in the back of the room:

TO JOIN A LEAGUE

Click the LINK in the ‘League Link’ column (see below grid) for the time you want and YOU’RE IN.  Damn, that’s too easy.  Oh, I guess I should also mention make sure you’re joining a league for free or for money, depending on your preference.  If you want a league for money, then 1) Click the link. 2) Pay the money.  That’s it!  No pesky third requirement!  Again, Fantrax and Razzball take no money.  You can join as many free or paid leagues as you like.  To quit a league, go to OTHER –> All Options –> Quit League (located at the bottom).  Now go join some leagues!

THE BIG PRIZE

All leagues (paid and free) will play for the big prize. So, what do you win? You win bragging rights! Not just any bragging rights, but the bragging rights that you beat a thousand or so other people, and you can emphasize the “or so” as emphatically as you’d like. What? Not enough? Okay, for this year’s prize we’re taking the bull out of bulloney. We are upping the ante. “Hey, Olympic high jumper, can you jump over this ante?” No, you can’t, it’s been upped too high. LOOK, it’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s our ante! “Excuse me, astronomer, is that a satellite orbiting earth?” No, son, it’s Razzball’s ante. They upped it. This year we are giving away a $250 Best Buy Gift card, which can buy just about anything (up to $250). I recently bought a TV that sits underneath my toilet seat so when I whizz I can watch TV. Granted, I bought this in a dream I had and I was married to Sofia Vergara in said dream, but this must exist, right? Also, for s’s and g’s, I’ll throw in a Razzball t-shirt because I have 14,000 of these and I’ve already outfitted all the homeless people in my neighborhood with SAGNOF t-shirts. But, most importantly, you will be crowned the 2020 Razzball Commenter League Champion. Okay, now sign up…

 
  1. Ryan says:
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    In my 14 team h2h dynasty league I was offered tatis lamet for bichette kepler and my 1.7 2.7 pick in our rookie/fa draft. Do I take this deal for tatis or stick with what I have?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Depends who you think you can get with the picks but most likely want Tatis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tatis

      • Ryan says:
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        Nvm the other manager got cold feet and backed out. Smh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

          • Ryan says:
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            Although that same manager did offer Lamet straight up for Kepler. My OF still consists of acuna , soto and meadows. I do desperately need sp help. Should aim for a better sp or go take Lamet?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take Lamet, but can try for more if you like

  2. LaRockakis says:
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    But half the fun is beating up on people who listen to the CBS podcast. I was gonna mention ESPN too, but I honestly don’t think I even know anyone anymore who goes there for sports, much less fantasy baseball advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini isn’t in the player pool at CBS

  3. Crazy J says:
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    Thanks for having these. I came in 2nd last year after a poor draft. It’s a much different draft than Yahoo, so a little practice and maybe I can hit pay dirt!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Now you’re ramped up and ready!

  4. Greg says:
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    Thanks, my 20 year league just ended last week and I’ve been wondering how to satiate my fantasy fix this season. I’m rudderless and hopefully being part of this will keep me going until next year when I can join a new league with friends.

    So thanks, I now have a year to find some friends.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      You’ll be playing with about 700 of your closest friends in the RCLs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greg, join ten leagues and you’re instantly friends with 110 other people (120 if you count yourself)

  5. Old School Brother says:
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    Whats the Crab Army thing?

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      It’s one of our legacy leagues, a bunch of managers from the old Razz30 league way back in the day. Those ones at the bottom are legacy leagues and commisioners will post if there are openings there.

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Just sent out FCL invites FYI, look for it and get on in there!

        • J-FOH says:
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          FCL! My baby lives on

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      OSB!

      How ya been?

      • Old School Brother says:
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        Good! Looking forward to the 2020 fantasy season and sage like advice from the fantasy lothario

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good to see you, OSB!

  6. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    LFG Grey……L…F…G

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      LFG SKIP!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      LFG!

  7. D Fresh says:
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    All is right with the world again! I’ll be in the way too early March 1st draft again. I just gotta get my draft fix. ~*Y’all got any more of them RCL drafts*~ I would love to get an invite to a more competitive league. Any takers?

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      D Fresh – I’ve played with you the past couple seasons in the money RCLs I believe, if there’s a spot open in any of the legacy leagues I can shoot you an invite. Some of them are money leagues, some are just very competitive free leagues, but I’ll keep you in the loop. E-mail me: truss at razzball dot com so I have your info.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stay connected with Truss, he can help

    • D Fresh says:
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      Thank you Perts! You are correct Truss. We’ve played in some money leagues in years past. I was locked out from money leagues last year because, well, Iowa. Looks like it will have to be a free legacy league for me. I need that high league index! I’ll shoot you an email. Razz on

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Don’t use caucus app to log into Fantrax

        • DonnieB says:
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          Process was rigged by Dem establishment to take the wInd out of Bernie’s sales. Guarantee it.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Damn, Bernie Bros unite!

            • D Fresh says:
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              Fantrax phone lines are busy too. Grey 2020 gets my vote!

  8. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    16 team roto. keep 4 per year at last year’s end of season ADP’s. rosters:
    1 of each hitting spot + a CI, MI, 4th OF, 3 utils, 5 SP, 5 RP, 1 P (max innings 1800, max starts 170)
    scoring: 5×5 stuff with OBP over AVG, slugging, OPS, total bases, hits, steals % for hitters, and holds, K/BB, K/9, QS, holds and net saves + holds.
    possible keepers:
    bregman (1)
    mookie (1, so can’t keep both of him and bregman)
    soto (2)
    gallo (7)
    hiura (28)
    laureano (14)
    otani (hitter, 11)
    mostsuckass (9)
    hampson (13)
    h.dozier (28)
    degrom (1)
    bieber (10)
    corbin (3)
    ed rod (10)
    gallen (28)

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      2. same keeper settings, but NL only and only keep 3 and it’s 10 team h2h.
      rosters: 1 of each + a CI a MI, 4th OF, 1 util, 5 SP, 4 RP
      scoring: 5×5 except OBP over AVG, net steals over steals, total bases added for hitters, QS over wins, holds added for pitchers
      possible keepers:
      edman (25)
      freeman (2)
      harper (1)
      hoskins (3)
      stressbird (4)
      lux (25)
      conforto (7)
      mcneil (16)
      l.castillo (8)
      j.urias (15)
      lucchesi (11)

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Freeman, Strasburg, Castillo…tough throwing Lux back though

        • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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          yeah in NL only freeman was for sure, then i’d think some mix of the castillo/stressbird/lux/edman/mcneil guys for the other 2. such savings on mcneil/lux/edman (plus in general i don’t keep more than 1 pitcher if even one pitcher in a shortish keepers). harper at best is a break even on the pick i’d use anyway, similar for hoskins. the 16 teamer was easier for sure with decisions. my pick in the 1st round of the NL only will almost certainly be right in the middle (we pick our draft slots after keepers, so if you keep a 1st rounder you nearly always would want the latest pick in odd rounds). and since i got 1st i don’t actually pick a draft slot, i get what’s left. those with no 1st round keeper want best odd round pick, those with 1st round keeper want latest odd round pick, those of us that got 1st/2nd get what’s left, so 5th or 6th likely. mookie might determine who the worst team even keeps, as that owner is guaranteed mookie if he wants the 1.1)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Agree with DT

            • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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              even with the double pitcher keepers in NL only? interestingly rare for you. clearly stressbird ace in the 4th is good value. l.castillo’s value is also good of course (and these 2 are trustworthy, whereas i’m guessing the expectation with mcneil is regression back, and lux/edman might have playing time concerns (probably not edman though. didn’t mention but there is 1 NA slot (in case lux is sent down for a bit))

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Why, who are you thinking? Edman or McNeil?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yes, they have those issues — I like Edman, but not as high as the other guys

                  • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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                    yeah one of edman, lux, mcneil at least over l.castillo. but of course all of them have more risk. it’s just so rare that in keepers less than say 7 or maybe 6 i’m keeping 2 pitchers. here though the value might be right for exactly that.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, they’re not great options otherwise

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Mookie, Soto, Bieber, Hiura

      • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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        3. same exact settings as NL only, but AL only.
        options:
        antana (tons of positions, 25)
        gallo (5)
        vlad (3)
        k.davis (2, nope)
        mercado (25)
        altuve (1, last year i had the 1.2 and wanted judge, but went altuve when judge was gone)
        odor (6, probably nope)
        s.murphy (25)
        ed rod (7)
        yarbrough (15)
        minor (14)
        paxton (3, nope)
        pressly (14)

        thinking vlad, gallo, antana here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Vlad is easy choice, then…Antana and Mercado

          • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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            yeah truthfully even if i spend more than a 5th on gallo in the draft the mercado value bump is probably worth it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t trust Gallo this year, and if you do, just redraft him

  9. Jeff says:
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    12 teams, 7×7 cats Dynasty format: h, runs, rbis, hr, tb, avg, and obp. era, whip, k/9, saves, holds, wins and ks

    *We have 5 NA spots for prospects.

    Julio Rodriguez and Ian Anderson or Jesus Luzardo and Andrew Vaughn?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Luzardo

  10. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Yo Grey & DT

    I’m having a tough time deciding to who keep. 12 team, 6×6 (QS & OBP), H2H league. I can keep 5 from this group for as long as I want, no restrictions:

    Acuña
    Bellinger
    Betts
    Lindor
    Trea
    Yordan
    Alonso

    The first 3, maybe 4 are obvious, I’m struggling with Trea or Yordan given that I have speed. What do you all think? I could always try to package Trea and the bottom 2 to get a Yelich or Trout, though.

    Thank, Homies!

    • Cram It says:
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      I’d probably cut Trea and Alonso. You don’t need that much speed in H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram on Trea, but Yordan would be 2nd

  11. Matty says:
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    Awesome. Last year was my first foray into an RCL after many years lurking here, [also my first foray into Roto- all my long running leagues are H2H for better or worse]. Roto was cool, though strategically I haven’t quite wrapped my head around it, and the RCL was awesome. Particularly the weekly RCL write-up where I got to hope each week that I’d done well enough to warrant mention.
    Only complaint was that my league had a sluggish trade market, so hopefully RCL #3 is more active this year.
    So for any Razzball lurkers, definitely jump in. It was a lot of fun.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Glad you’re back for more fun and thanks for the kind words about the write-ups! That’s what I’m hoping for when I write them every week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Good to see you Matty!

      Wait a second, Matty…Truss? Related?

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Just an RCL brother from another mother!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Matty says:
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            I guess the only downside is everyone is looking for the same players.
            Maybe this year I’ll zag- all early round starters, catchers, and slow throwing relievers.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Just don’t zig when everyone’s zigging

              • Matty says:
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                Zag right into the warm embrace of Cole, Scherzer, Kershaw, Gary Sanchez, and JT Realmuto. And Miguel Sano for speed.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  NOOOOOO — you’ve out-zagged yourself!

  12. Parker says:
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    10-team H2H keeper league. My current keepers on offense are:

    Rizzo, Olson, Tatis, Semien, Betts, and Meadows.

    I’ve been offered Eloy Jimenez and Keston Hiura for Betts. Am I better off keeping Betts or acquiring the depth in the form of two young keepers? Is the offer at least close? Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      I’d want Betts. Depth isn’t that much of a factor in 10-teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  13. Jeff says:
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    12 teams, 7×7 cats Dynasty format: h, runs, rbis, hr, tb, avg, and obp. era, whip, k/9, saves, holds, wins and ks

    *We have 5 NA spots for prospects.

    Julio Rodriguez and Ian Anderson or Jesus Luzardo and Andrew Vaughn?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Luzardo

      • Jeff says:
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        Is it still Luz side in dynasty?

        Luzardo & CJ Abrams or Julio Rodriguez (Drop will be Kintzler)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go with Rodriguez

  14. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I am trying to decide on my last few players to protect as keepers and need your help. These are the players I am on the fence about with their salary to keep them based on a $1300 salary cap

    1) Nick Markakis/OF/ATL/$19
    2) James Paxton/SP/NYY/$34
    3) Jordan Hicks/RP/STL/$25
    4) Corey Knebel/RP/$26
    5) Adam Ottavino/RP/$30
    6) Yusmeiro Petit/RP/$6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can likely lose them all, but know nothing of your league

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        its a keeper league, 45 man roster, $1300 SALARY CAP. 10 team league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          These guys don’t sound like anything worth holding

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Grey,

            If I am understanding this correct. This guy is offering me Liam Hendricks (RP/OAK/$50, he eats the entire salary), and Nate Anderson ($6), and in return he wants one of these prospects from me(Austin Vaughan, Jo Adell, Nick Madrigal, Alec Bohm, Luis Robert, or Royce Lewis). Would you make that deal and which prospect would you give up?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Are you saying Andrew Vaughn?

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                i would consider moving Royce Lewis

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gotcha

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    what do u think?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      About what?

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    would you trade Royce Lewis for those two, or hold out and try to get Workman in the auction?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Try to get Workman

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      he might dump Hendricks because of the $50 salary.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I would hope so

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Actually, $50 isn’t bad — Why don’t you tell your league to change to $260 like every other league

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      i will take it under advisement

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ok

  15. toolshed says:
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    How does your 4th and 5th overall rankings change if the categories included are obp instead of avg and also included total bases? Thanks

  16. baby seal says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Weekend update on the squad. Would say things have been going as good or better than expected thus far. Got a bunch of your sleepers!

    But I’m starting to reach the part of the draft where this is unchartered territory for me — have never gone anywhere near this deep. That’s what she said!

    Think I’ll still be OK for a few more rounds though. Plan is to keep loading up on useful bench bats and arms, before speculating too much.

    Ran the numbers, and my clear weakness right now is saves. Looking pretty solid otherwise. Let me know if you disagree! i.e. need to beef up somewhere.

    Corner is obviously my weakest spot, hence why I took La Stella with my recent pick, but think I’m actually fine there overall. Then maybe get another OF or two, still need catchers… lol

    I got pick 294 coming up. To be clear, these are targets over the next few rounds… Looking at:
    Lugo
    Chirinos
    Andujar (might be best value, but UT only and playing time issues, eh)
    Hudson
    Bassitt
    Urias
    Tsutsugo
    Akiyama
    Calhoun

    Squad:
    C:
    C:
    1B: Cron
    2B: Ketel
    3B: Dozier
    SS: Story
    MI: Xander
    CI: Nunez
    OF: Eloy
    OF: Mercado
    OF: Kepler
    OF: Lourdes
    OF:
    U: Swanson (couldn’t pass that value up, speed, even though a third starting SS is a bit much)
    Bench / can move Ketel or Dozier to OF and start: La Stella
    P: Darvish
    P: Sonny
    P Hand
    P: Lynn
    P: Maeda
    P: Stroman
    P: Yarbrough

    I’ll likely pick before you respond, but that’s fine. Just looking for general comments.

    Later!!

    • baby seal says:
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      damn, Hudson just went, and the guy right after me has Diaz, so could see him wanting to handcuff w/ Lugo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have no saves — You should get saves, at least someone who can possibly get saves — also, you can draft a catcher at some point too… You don’t have to punt both catcher spots

      Solid team otherwise, I love the hitting and pitching…Actually the pitcher is beautiful, like a 12 teamer… Hitting looks good but maybe low on AVG

      • baby seal says:
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        Yeah, exactly. I’m on the clock now, so Lugo likely makes the most sense? Going to be some spec guys later like Castillo and what not.

        Kela was taken right before my pick a few rounds ago and was pretty much the last saves guy left. Haven’t been sniped too much, so can’t complain, but that was a major bummer. Lmk if u got any other ideas there

        Was going chirinos here, but think lugo makes sense. Also the other half of the board has taken a lot of catchers already

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I drafted Art Warren in one of those leagues, but around pick 500 or so… There’s guys with saves on my top 500 you can prolly draft still if Lugo was there… Hirano around?

          • baby seal says:
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            Yeah, his adp around 700 lol. Lugo very high on your top 500. Around 250. Think has to do with your PTSD after watching Diaz last year lolol. You got Betances right there too, but I like Lugo a lot more

            • Grey

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              Betances actually crowds the field a bit for vulture saves if Edwin goes sideways again — also, picking up middle men who might get saves isn’t a great recipe for success in those leagues

              • baby seal says:
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                Totally, gotta roll the dice at some point though. The turnover is going to be insane though. As you know, what feels good in February doesn’t always turn out that way…
                I’ve watched Betances a lot and love him. Not sure he’s a saves guy though, and he usually starts slow, coming off injury…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, just don’t go crazy drafting middle men who might not get saves

                  • baby seal says:
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                    Thanks, duly noted. At least Lugo has some stand alone value w/ ratios and can get 100-120 Ks

                    Just went Akiyama at 307 for my 5th/6th OF. I like the potential AVG stabilizer w/ steal potential at that price, seemed like a no-brainer

                    “2o20 fantasy baseball sleepers” hehe

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, nice! You got upside of the wazoo!

                  • baby seal says:
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                    Oh yeah, and I’m looking for Hirano next pick. Good call! Hope I get him–should be fine…

                    He signed on 1/30 and his ADP has been moving recently. His new min is now 315. But the draft software really lagging on it

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, he feels like the lead for saves there

  17. baby seal says:
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    Oh, I’m also excited to join the leagues! Will do a $ league likely.

    Renewed the subscription last night, and pretty sure I got the War Room file figured out…

    Rudy wasn’t a huge Sonny fan, but thought the value I got was fine. Gave me a hard time on Mercado though haha. Not sure why! Rotooooooo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did you subtly tell Rudy that Sonny Gray is about to have his 4th good year out of 5 and he’s only been bad in NY?

      • baby seal says:
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        Haha no. He didn’t really push too hard since I got him around 100 overall. He said Mercado was a reach… I expect that adp to only keep going up

        Average-wise, some downside for sure, but hoping my first few picks built up a good enough base to absorb my corner guys. I wanted dingers!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mercado was a reach? No way! What’s his ADP?

          • baby seal says:
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            It’s like 110ish. I got like 86. He loved Ketel and Eloy value. Didn’t understand Xander puck especially after I had Story. Otherwise we were simpatico

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, that’s not bad on ADP… Xander right after an SS is a little head scratching, but it’s not bad, they’re both good at least

              • baby seal says:
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                Yeah, hoping him and Ketel keep the batting average up

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, could see that

        • baby seal says:
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          Yeah, didn’t love that either. He’s always had the skills, so just betting he’s mentally in a good spot now and NL makes it easier
          Believe me, as a Yanks fan, was not easy to pull the trigger

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Baby Seal, do you see what you’ve wrought on us?

            • baby seal says:
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              Haha you wanted it!!! Don’t play possum all of a sudden!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                We did bring this on ourselves

  18. 183414 says:
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    Drafted out of the 5 slot yesterday in an NFBC 12 teamer. To be honest, was excited to finally draft Cole. Nope, dude with 2nd pick takes him.
    (5) Bellinger
    (20) Flaherty
    (29) Mondesi
    (44) Giolito
    (53) Springer (1st draft with no Olson- went @37)
    (68) Machado
    (77) Rizzo
    (92) Woodruff
    (101) Soler
    (116) Nick Anderson- all I need was a push and saw you ranked him 126 after trading Pagan. I assumed he’d be the essential closer and liked him more than a few r.p.’s you listed ahead of him.
    (125) Cruz- Never owned him before anywhere. Never owned a 39-40 yr. old. Hope I don’t break him.
    (140) Contreras
    (149) Robles- r.p.
    (164) A. Rosario
    (173) Kennedy
    (188) Newman
    (197) Odorizzi
    (212) Verdugo
    (221) Alfaro
    (236) B.Anderson
    (245) Heaney
    (260) Lucchesi
    (269) Akiyama
    (284) DeSclafani
    (293) Swanson
    (308) Chirinos
    (317) Kiermaier
    (332) Happ
    (341) Dubon
    (352) P. Lopez

    Hoping Anderson can get me 30 saves with triple digit k’s and stellar ratios. Hope Cruz doesn’t fall off too much, but couldn’t pass @125.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, damn on Cole… I love Bellinger tho, this is great draft…Can’t believe you got Machado, Rizzo, Soler and Cruz so late, those are insane values

      • 183414 says:
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        Thanks Grey. At least I got a B+ from Fantasy Pros. haha
        Very happy with my pitching. What do you now expect from Nick Anderson. Wanted Madrigal at 260, but someone took him @218. Thus, Dubon @ 341.
        Pleased with Odorizzi/Heaney/Lucchesi/DeSclafani/Chirinos/P.Lopez on top of Flaherty/Giolito/Woodruff.
        Know you’re not a fan of Amed, but he fell to 164….Mondesi/Rosario/Newman should give me sufficient s.b.’s from my m.i.
        Don’t understand why Swanson is so undervalued, but @293, he’s a no brainer.
        Depending on Anderson and Cruz, this could be my favorite draft of the 6 that I’ve done.

  19. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Yesterday was a rough day… why can’t Moreno just shut up and sign the checks? he’s like baseball’s worse version of Jerry Jones. More sources now saying he was “impatient” and he definitely pulled deal. Meanwhile, Dodgers still need to drop 2 from the 40-man roster to finalize the trade. *thinking emoji* sigh.

    in other news… yay commenter leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure why they won’t want that deal no matter the time on the calendar… It was a great, no-brainer for the Angels (actually didn’t understand why the Dodgers were doing it)

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Yeah Dodgers were doing it for 2 reasons, 1) shed salary to reduce luxtax (hi price) and 2) the moves threw off the roster balance, main thing being Joc represents excess and a bad cost-to-WAR ratio, getting Betts basically made Joc an $8M pinch-hitter vs RHP, as Dodgers have 4th OFers for days (Kike, Beaty, Taylor-who got extension, etc), and Betts/Bellinger won’t take many days off. Joc also being in final year of Arb, meaning he is essentially on the way out anyway.

        Yes a huge no-brainer as they were basically giving Joc for free with Stripling being the real prize. plus i like the upside for Andy Pages, potential to develop into big power bat.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I bet now the Angels move forward Adell’s ETA…Maddon is not in Anaheim to manage Brian Goodwin

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            For sure, I think if Adell hits the ground running in AAA like Hiura last year (now that he’s not Joc jammed), we could see him early May especially if Goodwin reverts back to a pumpkin.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Maddon had Kris Bryant up after 2 weeks in 2015, during his 1st year… Adell’s fast-tracked, I’ve convinced myself of this

              • Coolwhip

                Coolwhip says:
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                hmmm… thats true. Who was Cubs opening day 3B that year? Wasn’t it Mike Olt?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, yes! Who now goes by the name Brian Goodwin

                  • Coolwhip

                    Coolwhip says:
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                    Stop giving me hope! I want it to hurt less in the end.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      True, I’m being more positive than the Angels deserve

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Who needs Ross Stripling when you can have Jose Quijada instead.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, um…Yeah

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      ugh, reminds me of Rosenthal at his worst.

                  • Dave D says:
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                    The past two days should remove any doubt that despite his many millions, Arte is a complete imbecile. Absolute fool. Go away from baseball Arte, you are a permanent scourge on the Angels franchise.

  20. earl says:
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    Do people see any rookies (or perhaps 2nd year players) who will have great year along the lines of Pete Alonso, Tatis (to some extent) and Yordan Alvarez did last year?

    I wound up getting most of these 3 last year and they paid off handsomely for me for sure.

      • Earl says:
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        @Grey

        Thanks. Is it just me or does it seem that this year there will no likely be as big an impact of the rookies as perhaps last year??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, Robert and Adell could be huge

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Not like Vlad Jr. was great last year

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      Austin Riley

  21. Jolt In Flow says:
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    Hahaha, easy there Grey. 5 girl readers? You need to round down when the total’s 1.

    Have a good one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I round up from 1

  22. earl says:
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    Was wondering if people would mind sharing comments/recommendations about following:

    1) perhaps few hitters that would be ‘under the radar’ and be had say after like picks 120 or so and u seeing having great year and returning amazing value
    1) perhaps few starting pitchers that would be ‘under the radar’ and be had say after like picks 120 or so and u seeing having great year and returning amazing value

    I know that ‘under the radar’ might only be applicable to non Razzball readers; haha.

    Thanks

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Next few weeks I will be writing about hitters after ~pick 120, plus the ones Grey has already written ;-)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        And stay away from trades, Coolwhip!

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          LOL… I know! I allowed myself to get excited -_-

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Don’t get so excited!

  23. Vanguard says:
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    Sorry Grey.
    Let me try this one again….

    Looking for a little keeper advice.
    10 team Roto, other keeper’s are:
    Hitters-Freeman (7th rd), Hiura (17th rd) Eloy (14th rd), Moustakas (11th rd), Bichette (15th rd)
    Pitchers – Giolito (16th rd), Fried (13th rd), Gallen (12th rd)

    Given Paxton’s injury and the unreliability of Glasnow.
    Who would you keep?
    I’d have to give up another pitcher and Glasnow (21st rd) to keep Paxton (8th rd).
    Feel like there are so many pitching options available trying to make the best choice.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Between Glasnow and Paxton? I’d keep Glasnow, easily

      • Vanguard says:
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        Quick follow on: Given that I keep Giolito (16th rd), Fried (13th rd), Gallen (12th rd) and now Glasnow (21st rd).

        With my hitters I am keeping I need to load up on them early rounds.

        Who and about what round would you target your next pitcher?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You have a #1, three #3s, one of which (Glasnow) some think is a #2 — So you need a #4 and 5

        • Cram It says:
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          It’s not about what round, which btw is difficult to calculate with so many keepers and not knowing who is being kept by other teams. But you need offense. Use Grey’s pitcher pairings tool to figure out which of those guys you could draft later to round out your staff.

      • Jolt In Flow says:
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        From the non-pro peanut gallery, I’d also easily keep Glasnow.

        Glasnow pitched the whole year in 2018. You shouldn’t put the unreliable tag on him just yet. Let’s see how TBay coaching handles him this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, pretty easy call

        • Vanguard says:
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          Thank you sir.

  24. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Great stuff!

    a. First of all many thanks for the top 500 if I didn’t thank you enough already.

    b. Second of all good job on this, signed up for 2 fee leagues. Tried to sign up for a paying league, somehow failed using the same credit card information I used to buy HitterTron/SON. I have to visit my local Rabbi to ask him why this happened to me.

    c. Third of all sorry for showing up late, but you don’t want to repeat the last time I didn’t show up when I promised to show up, right? Shruggy shrugs.

    d. MLB quote of the day for August 2, 1988

    ‘The challenge is not to find a top player who has used steroids. The challenge is to find a top player who hasn’t.’

    Jose Cappas Canseco, Jr

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. About time you thanked me!

      B. You can’t use stolen SIM cards

      C. Better late than never!

      D. Ha, awesome!

      • galica says:
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        Grey!

        Sorry to Canseco lovers out there, spelled his mother’s maiden name wrong. It’s Capas not Cappas. My bad.

        No SIM cards or dry ice was used.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, Canseco takes another hit by Razzball

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!

            Better THAT than that baseball that hit him on the head and over the wall for a homerun.

            For what it’s worth, he was a jerk on the podcast. He could’ve waited for a few more questions.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, one question on sperm and dude bails — wtf!

  25. JP Christopher says:
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    Love the work, it is the main thing that keeps the off season from being too boring as i wait for the first draft of my season.

    I’m just comming into the start of my teams “window” got a lot young talent (Vlad, Torres, Jimenez, Robles).

    14 team, 12 man keeper, what order would you keep these three?
    Tucker, Senzel, Verdugo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Verdugo, Tucker

  26. J-FOH says:
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    well well well. The RCL’s are back

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s getting, it’s getting, it’s getting kinda hectic
      It’s getting, it’s getting, it’s getting kinda hectic
      It’s getting, it’s getting, it’s getting kinda hectic
      It’s getting, it’s getting, it’s getting kinda hectic
      It’s getting, it’s getting, it’s getting kinda hectic
      It’s getting, it’s getting, it’s getting kinda hectic
      It’s getting, it’s getting, it’s getting kinda hectic
      It’s getting, it’s getting, it’s getting kinda hectic

      • J-FOH says:
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        Today is RCL St. Paddy’s Day. Everyone is gonna go hog wild, sign up for one too many and then have a league hangover that results in half the leagues being half abandoned by May 1st. It’s a great day to be alive.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          *breathes in deeply* Ah, the sweet smell of hope

          • J-FOH says:
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            …and fear of missing out

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Major FOMO!

              • J-FOH says:
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                why isn’t there a FOMO RCL? It will reek of desperation and hard boiled eggs

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You ask and you shall receive — League 22 is FOMO RCL

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    My work here is done

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      FODW

                      DW = Doing Work

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      You forgot the H…..FOHDW

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      H is silent

  27. Those Babies says:
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    Fat Fuckin’ Babies here.

    There was mild talk of starting an overall top 12 league using last year’s standings after the season ended. Only two other players left their email addresses on the post last year, so I figured it might be worth another try here. Give away your identities for a high LCI! Please!

    [email protected]

    (Alternatively, The Babies would be happy to play in any historically competitive league we’re invited to.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah, nice, will keep my eyes on lookout for them

      • Those Babies says:
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        Much appreciated. This is becoming a real needle in a haystack situation. Maybe you should just give out your phone number so everybody can text you roster questions directly? Imagine the notification dopamine rush!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I actually have my phone on airplane mode most of the day to avoid notifications

          • Those Babies says:
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            People who set their phone to have audible notifications are like those guys that proudly displayed their tiny coke spoon necklaces on the outside of their shiny silk blouses in the 80’s.

            We get it- you’re an addict and we should never under any circumstances fall asleep near you. Thanks for the warning!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Those Babies, sounds like Truss is on the case

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Babies! I do remember that! I also just learned that one of legacy leagues, Cougs R Us is going to fold. I vote we take that league over for the top 12 league. I’ll try to find that post from last year and see what I can dig up.

      • Those Babies says:
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        Sounds like a plan!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice Babies!

    • Diamond Archers says:
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      I trailed you for most of last year in 2nd place, “and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.” Join me with Rotowan in RCL #21. I’ll give ya competitive. Lets see if you can win a 12 team league 2 years in a row.

  28. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! How’s my ranking of these guys below in a keep forever roto league? Thanks!

    $16 Devers (top choice)
    $9 Albies
    $11 Meadows
    $8 Villar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh shizz, it’s Duda!

      That ranking works

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  29. hankg says:
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    Hi Grey. Starting to prepare for next year and looking at keepers. Per league rules can keep up to 5 players at a value equal to most recent draft status. My best options are as follows –

    Acuna (8)
    Betts (14)
    Bellinger (22)
    Buehler (24)
    E. Suarez (24)
    Meadows (25)
    Olson (25)
    Soler (25)

    The first three choices seem obvious and I am leaning toward Buehler as my 4th keeper to balance roster makeup. However, undecided on the 5th option – all present good value and question is who is the best option going forward (we can keep players for 3 year periods, after which one player can be franchised – right now Betts is my franchise player but will have to choose between him and Bellinger next year).

    Any recommendations are appreciated.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Next year? 2021?

      Acuna (8)
      Betts (14)
      Bellinger (22)
      Buehler (24)

      Easy top 4, then flip a coin, I’d go Olson

    • Earl says:
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      Olson for me with 5th

  30. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey again – Just as I asked that other question, got a related trade offer to pick between…

    Would you rather have (keep forever):
    $16 Bieber $13 Franmil

    Or

    $11 Meadows + $34 Scherzer

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…Shallow league, right? I think Meadows, pretty fair

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Yea, 12 teams, keep forever.

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          And thanks again!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, fairly shallow

  31. CJ says:
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    Quick dynasty question – for life – not part of this post but you always know how to save a day Grey! My Robles for Lux? Need 2b now and future. Is this the play? He has Albies too and needs OF. I have OF set w Betts Soto Yordan Eloy Ozuna and Puig ++ for fun. Any of these better for looking at Albies ? Thanks as always! Cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

      I’d send Puig and Robles for Albies if he’ll do it

      • CJ says:
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        Thanks. I know he dogs Albs a ton so would have to do an SP or something too. Say he is no go for your thought is Lux worth Robles? Or is Ozuna for Lux decent or even how about Robles and Ozona for Albs too much?

        • CJ says:
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          *digs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lux for Robles isn’t great…Ozuna and Robles for Albies is interesting

          • CJ says:
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            Cool… appreciate your thoughts and guidance… fingers crossed… thx

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  32. nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    12 team keep 7 regular cats plus OPS and K/9 Sv+h

    My keepers are 7 of Lindor, Soto, Bichette, ERosario, Adell, MChapman, Castellanos, Ohtani (P), Bauer, Wheeler

    I am leaning leaving Ohtani, Cast, Chapman of this group

    Got a couple of offers for Soto, does it help me?

    1. Cole and Olson
    2. Scherzer, Blackmon, JBell, Osuna
    3. Alonso, Carrasco, Lux

    thanks boss

  33. HamPorter says:
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    Good Evening Grey,

    In a 10 team NL 5×5 roto Dynasty league. I won last year and should still compete, but trying to unload bigger contracts for our auction. I have Starling Marter at $3.30 in the last year of his contract. I was offered Isan Diaz 3 years at .50 in a straight-up swap. I like Diaz upside and it would give me some money to go after Story and another big offensive player, but I also have Kolten Wong 2 years .70 and Mauricio Dubon 3 years at .50, so the third-second basemen would eliminate my DH. I figured I’d ask you for your expert opinion for some guidance.

    Thanks!

  34. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    so BOS always could’ve gotten c.wong + j.downs in stead of graterol? why in the hell didn’t they just do this one earlier in the first place?! WAY better for them. verdugo was in both, so nothing changed on that end. this is the kind of deal a small market team should do though, as BOS is like one of only around 5-6 teams that can even afford mookie next year anyway.

  35. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Matt,remember Stevo said he would be interested in returning to the originals this year with us

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steverino, getting roped back in!

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        he told me last year to let him no about the originals and he would probably get back in

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Steve’s finding his way back to his roots, I like that

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Hank and I are on it!

  36. baby seal says:
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    Join me in B Don’s league! Gonna get weird.

  37. bfteach says:
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    league #30 says $0 here but it’s asking for money on Fantrax

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      The banner asking for a league fee to be paid should be gone. I don’t see it when I log-in, but you should not pay anything, our premium fee has been waived by Fantrax

  38. Dr Easy says:
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    As I’m approaching my 50th birthday, bucket lists and dying wishes are getting more in focus… OK that was too dramatic, but basically: is there room in a good league for DrEasy? I’ve been playing these RCLs since pretty much their inception, but never in the company of Razzball celebrities. I usually place well, even though I’m not a hyperactive rosterbator.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should get in the Original RCL

      Truss?

      • Dr Easy says:
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        Thanks so much! *giggling like a schoolgirl*

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          Consider it done!

          • Dr Easy says:
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            Thanks, Matt!!! And thanks to VickyB for doing the mediation!

  39. KevinB says:
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    Are there any more open slots in the legacy leagues towards the bottom of the list? I would be interested in joining.

    — Kevin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Will ping Truss

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      On it Kevin, I will let you know!

      • KevinB says:
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        Thank you very much, Grey and Matt!! Much appreciated!

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