Welcome to another season of Razz-matazz Fantasy Baseball. Now with more social distancing! (Jokes on them, basement social distancing is easy!) So despite the pandemic, here we are with another year of staff picks. So what’s the goal with this? Hashtag content, baby. (That’s the technical term.) There’s another goal though, one less self-fulfilling, unlike your mother. Despite the modern advancement of technology and science, we still have no way to have every writer provide their extended take on every single player in the MLB. We try though! And so we have this quick-and-easy (I regret burning my “yo momma” joke now…) presentation that provides you, the Razzmatazzball community a viewer-friendly and succinct breakdown of how we feel about the upcoming season. The general gist? WEAR YOUR MASK. True MVP’s stay together people.

So without further ado, here are our Official 2020 Razzball Picks! (Be sure to share yours in the comments section!)

Major League Baseball Picks

Writer ROY (NL) ROY (AL) Cy Young (NL) Cy Young (AL) MVP (NL) MVP (AL)
Grey Carter Kieboom Luis Robert Chris Paddack Lucas Giolito Juan Soto Jose Abreu
Rudy Sam Hilliard Luis Robert Jack Flaherty Gerrit Cole Cody Bellinger Giancarlo Stanton
BDon Dylan Carlson Jo Adell Josh Hader Gerrit Cole Javier Baez Francisco Lindor
Coolwhip Dustin May Jo Adell Max Scherzer Shane Bieber Mookie Betts Anthony Rendon
Dan Richards Sam Hilliard Austin Hays Max Scherzer Gerrit Cole Nolan Arenado Anthony Rendon
Donkey Teeth Dylan Carlson Luis Robert Josh Hader Liam Hendriks Fernando Tatis Jr. Shohei Ohtani
EverywhereBlair Dustin May Luis Robert Stephen Strasburg Shane Bieber Christian Yelich Francisco Lindor
Hammer Dylan Carlson Casey Mize Walker Buehler Tyler Glasnow Christian Yelich Gleyber Torres
Hobbs Dustin May Luis Robert Adrian Houser Tyler Glasnow Christian Yelich Aaron Judge
Jeremy Brewer Mackenzie Gore Luis Robert Stephen Strasburg Shane Bieber Christian Yelich Nelson Cruz
JKJ Gavin Lux Jarred Kelenic Walker Buehler Gerrit Cole JD Davis Matt Olson
Kerry Klug Sam Hilliard Kyle Lewis Walker Buehler Charlie Morton Nick Castellanos Yoan Moncada
Laura Holt Shogo Akiyama Austin Hays Max Scherzer Shane Bieber Max Muncy Francisco Lindor
malamoney Dustin May Luis Robert Stephen Strasburg Gerrit Cole Cody Bellinger Mike Trout
MattTruss Carter Kieboom Luis Robert Mike Soroka Gerrit Cole Ronald Acuna Jr. Aaron Judge
Real Joey Bart Gavin Lux Luis Robert Jacob deGrom Justin Verlander Ronald Acuna Jr Giancarlo Stanton
Richardo Gavin Lux Austin Hays Luis Castillo Mike Clevinger Bryce Harper Gleyber Torres
Roto-Wan Dylan Carlson Luis Robert Yu Darvish Mike Clevinger Fernando Tatis Jr. Francisco Lindor
SON Shogo Akiyama Austin Hays Walker Buehler Lucas Giolito Christian Yelich Nelson Cruz
The Itch Dylan Carlson Luis Robert Jack Flaherty Justin Verlander Ronald Acuna Jr. Shohei Ohtani
TheTinDoor Gavin Lux Luis Robert Clayton Kershaw Gerrit Cole Mookie Betts Francisco Lindor
Thom Dustin May Jo Adell Jacob deGrom Zack Greinke Pete Alonso Josh Donaldson

Indians starters are reportedly ahead of their normal Spring Training schedules, so I expect them to hit the ground running from the jump. While Clevinger has struggled with health in the past, he should thrive with the shortened schedule. I love him as a dark-horse option for the win!! – Richardo.

Not only is Houser my pick for NL Cy Young, he’s my de facto MVFP choice as well due to where he’s being drafted (ADP: SP70). Houser ranked in the top 9% in exit velocity against last year and top 13% in barrel %, just to name two of his sexier metrics – and the bottom line numbers weren’t bad either. I’m all in on Houser and Milwaukee in general in the abbreviated 2020 season – he gives me butterflies in my stomach like that of my dog, who ate an actual butterfly and tulip bulb in one foul swoop yesterday. – Hobbs.

Yes, a 40-year old DH is my favorite for AL MVP during this shortened season. After the all-star break last year, Cruz hit .344 with 25 long balls and 62 RBI across 58 games. I see no reason he can’t repeat that performance. – Jeremy Brewer.

This was undoubtedly my craziest pick but who knows in a 60-game season. Stanton is the only player in the league who could rip off 30 dingers in this short span and if the Yankees do as well as everyone expects, he’d have to be one of the favorites for MVP. It’s all about health for Giancarlo and there’s word that he’s in the best shape of his life. Not that ridiculous 600-LB squat shape but actually baseball shape! If he gets hot, don’t be surprised to see him gather some steam for that award and finish with some absurd numbers. You can actually find him at +4000 odds and that looks like a decent bet to throw $10 on. – Real Joey Bart.

Fantasy Baseball Picks

Writer Sleeper Bust Infatuation Come Back MVFP MVFH
Grey Kyle Lewis Alex Bregman Pete Alonso Travis Shaw Adrian Houser Miguel Sano
Rudy Monte Harrison Pete Alonso Sam Hilliard Giancarlo Stanton Dylan Cease Franmil Reyes
BDon Alex Verdugo Mike Trout Ramon Laureano Rhys Hoskins Josh Hader Kyle Schwarber
Coolwhip Jo Adell Alex Bregman Mitch Garver Andrew Benintendi Jake Odorizzi Javier Baez
Dan Richards Bryan Reynolds Kris Bryant Nelson Cruz Khris Davis Matthew Boyd Miguel Sano
Donkey Teeth Yusei Kikuchi Aaron Judge Vladimir Guerrero Miguel Cabrera Kirby Yates Adalberto Mondesi
Hammer Howie Kendrick Tim Anderson Dansby Swanson Andrew Benintendi Clayton Kershaw Adalberto Mondesi
Hobbs Brian Anderson Ketel Marte Miguel Andujar Andrew Benintendi Adrian Houser Christian Yelich
Laura Holt Chris Bassitt Alex Bregman Tyler Glasnow Maikel Franco Frankie Montas Jonathan Villar
malamoney Dylan Bundy Shohei Ohtani Ryan Braun Joey Votto Trevor Bauer Carlos Santana
MattTruss Alex Verdugo Jose Altuve Yasiel Puig Didi Gregorius Trevor Bauer Kyle Schwarber
SON Reynaldo Lopez Mike Trout Isiah Kiner-Falefa Khris Davis Yusei Kikuchi Adalbeto Mondesi
The Itch Kyle Lewis Alex Bregman Shohei Ohtani Miguel Cabrera Shohei Ohtani Adalbeto Mondesi
EverywhereBlair Jake Odorizzi Walker Buehler German Marquez Andrew Benintendi Jake Odorizzi Christian Yelich
JKJ CJ Cron Pete Alonso Shohei Ohtani Miguel Andujar Rich Hill Bryan Reynolds
Thom Shogo Akiyama Mike Trout Nick Castellanos Nathan Eovaldi Josh Hader Cody Bellinger
Kerry Klug Dansby Swanson Alex Bregman Yoshi Tsutsugo Jordan Montgomery Kenta Maeda Domingo Santana
Jeremy Brewer Trent Grisham Gleyber Torres Charlie Morton Wil Myers Rich Hill Trea Turner
TheTinDoor Dansby Swanson Anthony Rendon Giancarlo Stanton Corey Kluber Zac Gallen Adalberto Mondesi
Real Joey Bart Daniel Murphy Pete Alonso Gary Sanchez Khris Davis Rich Hill Miguel Sano
Roto-Wan Garrett Hampson Gerritt Cole Adalberto Mondesi Nick Senzel Yu Darvish Francisco Lindor

Break Out Player of The Year (Sleeper)

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

Shogo Akiyama is the Japanese Michael Brantley, known for his .300 average, discerning eye and to all fields power, just landed as the leadoff hitter for the remade Cincinnati Reds lineup. The AL/NL Central ballparks are made for hitters, and Akiyama will get plenty of at bats in front of Moustakas, Castellanos, Votto, Sentzel and company. He could lead the NL in run scored just by staying healthy, and the Reds have had little to no Covid problems concerning their everyday lineup. – Thom.

Most Overrated Player of The Year (Bust)

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

Marte’s numbers last year were ridiculous (.329, 32 HR, 92 RBI, 97 R) and I’m simply not buying that he’s that level of player. Sure, there are a handful of batted ball metrics to back it up, but some are also very pedestrian and his BABIP went up .60 points from 2018 to 2019 (also .52 points higher than in 2017). He’s a bigger bust for me in 2020 than Mitch Haniger’s left nut. – Hobbs.

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

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

Giancarlo Stanton breaks hearts every year, because we all dream about what a full season stats in Yankee stadium could be. The chances he stays healthy are so much higher in a 60-game season; going at pick 67 (NFBC) with upside of top-10. – TheTinDoor.

Come Back Player of The Year (Come Back)

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

Most Valuable Fantasy Pitcher (MVFP)

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

Ole Rich “Still Ain’t Over The” Hill will be at least a top 10 SP if healthy. We all know how big that if is, and his draft stock is rising, but he still should be a huge bang for your buck. Just go check out his Baseball Savant profile and watch those Ws pile up with that run support he’ll get. – JKJ.

Most Valuable Fantasy Hitter (MVFH)

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

 

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

 

 

Jay is a longtime Razzball everything who consumes an egregious amount of Makers Mark as a vehicle to gain wisdom and augment his natural glow. Living in the D.C. area, he also likes spending time visiting the local parks and feeding lettuce to any turtles he encounters, including Mitch McConnell. You can follow him @jaywrong, or read his rarely (like never) updated blog Desultory Thoughts of a Longfellow.

 
  1. Hammer killing it! Three out of the first four right!

    CARLSON ROY
    L ROBERT ROY
    BUEHLER CY
    GLASNOW CY
    YELICH MVP
    SANO MVP

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      My dream come true if he is the Black Hammer to my White Lightning.

  2. Hater Bell

    Grey says:
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    Pete Alonso as bust? Hey Rudy why not just tell me we’re no longer friends?

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      Leave him alone Grey. He moved on from Daniel Murphy to Sam Hilliard. Poor guy can’t get off them RoxSalts.

      They’ll ruin your life Rudy!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        RoxSalts — HA

        Wait until Rudy hears Bud Black is going to play Matt Kemp as starter

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Strategic messaging.

  3. The Great Knoche says:
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    ROY NL – Mitch Keller
    ROY AL – Luis Robert
    NL Cy – Jack Flaherty
    AL Cy – Tyler Glasnow
    MVP NL – Cody Bellinger
    MVP AL – Eoly Jimenez
    Sleeper- Miguel Andujar
    Bust – Fernando Tatis JR
    Infatuation – Scott Kingery
    Comeback – Andrew Benintendi
    MVFP – Lance McCullers
    MVFH – Miguel Andujar

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Love that Benintendi pick. Believe!

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    I like how Jay gathers all our boneheaded calls but doesn’t do his own — what’s the matter….*looks around, whispers* chicken?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Yeah, but to be fair, half my answers would have been COVID.

  5. Mark says:
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    Guys with talent who may win Awards…..Dark Horses. REalistic to me.

    AL MVP: Luke Voit (In shape, not hurt, short season, and love his plate skills)
    NL MVP: Trea Turner (My Fantasy MVP behind Mondesi, short season my keep him healthy)
    AL CY: McCullers
    NL Cy: Musgrove (At some point it has to click)

    Fantasy MVP :Mondesi may hit 10 homers(Outside shot) and lead the league in steals by a WIDE margin.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I’ll have a bold prediction on Trea coming out soon, stay tuned!

  6. David Niven says:
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    Nice piece Jay, as always. Hope you and the family are well sir.

    Dynasty league, question to the masses; dude wants Royce Lewis, Heliot Ramos and Keller for Baez and change. I’m paying too much eh?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Thanks, and same to you!

      You are, but if you believe in Baez, I don’t mind doing it. I’ve a firm supporter of if you love a piece and want it, don’t let anything get in the way. Now, don’t let the other party know this, but if you have to pay a bit of a premium, you aren’t getting jipped, you are just financial showing how much faith you have in your fantasy prowess.

      That’s what I tell myself regardless lol.

      • David Niven says:
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        You da man, thanks Jay, much appreciated. Have a great rest of the week bud.

  7. Homer's got the Runs says:
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    Hi, need some trade advice. 10 team roto league 5×5 OBP league. Current starters are Clevinger, Kershaw, woodruff, paddack, stripling and Rich Hill. Current eligible OFs are Yelich, Stanton, Ozuna, Benintendi, Franmil and Pham (start 4) one can play in utility spot if necessary. My middle infielders are weak as I am starting Wong at 2ND and Swanson at SS. Other eligible players are Solak and Kingery.

    Would you trade Yelich and Stripling for Story and Berrios?

    • David Niven says:
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      Nope I’d hold and grab Kingery for now and try to move Benintendi or Pham.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I like Niven’s advice, I agree.

  8. Ronald Coyle says:
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    Ottoneu keeper league. I give up Freeman, Nate Pearson and Jose LeClerc for Christian Yelich and Evan White. Are you doing that deal? I have Giolito, Flaherty, Jon Gray, Griffin Canning and Stroman as SPs. I have Acuna, Trout and Story. Would you do that deal for Yelich?

    • David niven says:
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      I think Yelich is the best value but you look pitching thin. Gl man:)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Boy, it’s been a while since I played that format. I’m fine with that for Yelich.

  9. FANTASY ICON says:
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    ROY NL A. Bohm
    ROY AL. A. Hayes
    NLCY. A. Nola
    ALCY. S. Bieber
    NLMVP. B. Harper
    ALMVP. M. Trout
    Sleeper. H. Renfroe
    Bust. P. Alonso
    Infatuation. D. Dahl
    Comeback. G. Stanton
    MVFH. J. Baez
    MVFP. J. Urias

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Loving that Renfroe/Alonso combo punch there, I think you’re right on both!

  10. Umpy 70 says:
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    Voit for houser? what do you guys think?

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