When MLB shutdown on March 13th, we all assumed the season would start up again by April. It was just down for a few weeks, we figured. Baseball would continue, as it always would. Then we were boarded-up into our homes, and baseball wouldn’t return until…June, right? June would be fine, we thought. 100 games they could play, and we could all have some semblance of a season. A distraction during darker times. Then June 1st came and went and we were like, “They can still get 100 games in if they start on that magical day:  July 4th.” Of course, we thought, Rob Manfraud is secretly a genius and the season would start back on our nation’s greatest holiday. The day that saw the birth of George Washington, Ben Franklin, Rob Thomas, literally every great American’s birthday. July dot dot dot Fourth. Fireworks and baseball, and everyone would stand, one hand over their mouth, one hand outstretched so no one was within six feet, and baseball would rise from the ashes like Joaquin Phoenix. Then that passed, and it became clear MLB would start with no fans just to get in the bare minimum of a season as a precursor for their real moneymaker, the playoffs. Finally, when games began, there was a DH in the NL; 7-inning games; runners starting innings on 2nd, and teams shutting down for a week with protocol breaches. Ah, yes, wonderful, terrific protocol breaches. Yet, through all that, we preserved through the craziest fantasy baseball season on record. And on wax, if you’re old school. If you made it to this point, you deserve congratulations. Doesn’t matter if you won your league or not. You deserve kudos for just getting through this season (two months). Also, because I’m in an especially touchy-feely mood, I don’t thank all of you enough. Without you, it would just be me making stupid baseball jokes, snorting and–Well, it is all of that, but with you it makes it feel like we’re all in this together. My over-the-internet friends. Be well and safe all offseason. I’ll be here, churning out offseason content and hoping for a slightly more normal 2021. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Jacob deGrom – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.38. DeGrom led the NL in Ks, had an under-2.50 ERA, and it felt like a let down. This is an important lesson: don’t raise, but lower expectations.

Pete Alonso – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homer, hitting .231. Albombso-so! So, it wasn’t the sophomore season we (I) were (was) expecting, and I’ll be doing recaps of all the positions starting this week, but, and here’s where I make excuses, Albombso was on pace for 42 homers, and could’ve raised his average to .250 if he had a chance.

Seth Lugo – 1 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.15. After begging for years to get into the starting rotation, the Mets relented, and thrust Lugo into the rotation without any actual preparation in the middle of a pandemic season, because Mets will always Mets.

Juan Soto – 1-for-1, as he led the NL with a .351 average. If not for a false positive, Soto could’ve made a run at the Triple Crown. Actually, I believe it was more like one false positive surrounded by seventeen negatives.

Trea Turner – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 7 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .335. Four months ago, Treat Urner casually during quarantine, “Maybe I’ll do dumbbell curls.”

Kris Bryant – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games. Absolutely perfect since the only people who had Bryant in their fantasy lineup for the final weekend were A) People two crackers short of a Ritz sandwich. B) People who drafted Bryant and checked out in April during the shutdown. C) There’s no C.

Billy Hamilton – 2-for-4, 3 runs, and slam (1) and legs (5, 6), hitting .125, as he hit leadoff. This was the best performance of Hamilton since I walked through the living room while Cougs was watching it and I groaned.

Reynaldo Lopez – 1 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 6.49. I don’t have any money on the White Sox winning the World Series, but they should be ashamed they didn’t go out and get an arm at the deadline. Lopez got eaten alive by *that* Cubs’ lineup. They didn’t have one guy hitting above .250, and their top slugger was David Bote with .408. That’s worse than known slugger Orlando Arcia.

Frankie Montas – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 5.60. Either he was great or terrible this year. Is there no middle for Frankie Montas?

Justus Sheffield – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 3.58. Justus Sheffield sounds like he could be a sheriff in Mountcastle. Sheffield’s gonna be one of 50 or so pitchers who look great next year, who might not be able to throw 120+ innings, because of this funky-ass season. This is gonna be you next July, “Hey, Grey, handsome stuff on your face. Anyway, I just lost my fifth starter in three days to biceps tightness. Should I start researching fantasy football now?”

Deivi Garcia – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.98. Not a great start, but also not bad for someone who’s four-eleven and 84 pounds.

Clarke Schmidt – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 7.11. One thing I kinda like about this year, teams didn’t seem afraid of just promoting all their prospects. “What’s that?” Sorry, Adley Rutschman, wasn’t talking to you.

DJ LeMahieu – 2-for-3, hitting .364, as he won the AL batting title, which might be the MLB batting title now, because there wasn’t really a difference in leagues this year, was there? It wasn’t a MLB schedule this year as much as a, “How do we play 60 games without flying too many places?”

Adalberto Mondesi – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .256. Here’s the thing, guys and five ladies, when you don’t walk and swing at everything, you’re gonna go through huge slumps and equally insane hot streaks. If I had it my way, everyone who complained about Mondesi’s August wouldn’t get to enjoy his September, but I don’t make the rules. Luckily for you.

Brady Singer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.06. Here’s a story…of a pitcher who ended up being almost exactly what we can prolly expect from him next year. One of the only ones.

Charlie Blackmon – 0-for-3, hitting .303. Everyone in July, “Oh em gee, Blackmon’s gonna hit .500 in a 60-game season. Exclamation mark! He can’t even hit near-.300 unless he goes oh-for…I can’t even do the math right now I’m so excited!” Chazz Noir did the math for you.

Madison Bumgarner – 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 6.48. So, on Friday, when the Mets were rained out, I decided for the first time all year to bench Pete Alonso in one of my NFBC leagues. I needed homers in that league, but what was the worst that could happen? A 1-for-12 with 11 Ks and one homer? Well, it turned out to be much worse than that. Alonso had his biggest weekend of the year, and I only had one chance to win this league, if Bumgarner threw a gem for frequent commenter, Dave D., because that would bump down current league leader, Smitty. That’s Bum, who has been ass (can also be read that as he’s a has-been ass). Welp, awful, has-been ass until Sunday, and I won the league. I don’t tell you this so you throw flowers at my feet — my feet smell terrific without them. I tell you that, because this year more than any year in memory was an absolute crapshoot. I’m just glad I was able to shoot my crap slightly better.

Carlos Correa – 2-for-2, and his 5th homer, and his 1st home run since September 6th. Astros with and without help from Cheaty-Cheaty Bang Bang was just a tiniest bit discernible. Talk about a way to amplify your critics: Go out and have terrible offensive seasons.

Rougned Odor – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and two homers (9, 10). Fine, I’ll draft him again in 2021!

Wil Myers – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .288. It went from a joke about him being the NL MVP to a legit chance (to come in seventh or eighth). Where there’s a Wil, there’s a way!

Ke’Bryan Hayes – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .376. The highest OPS in the 1st month of the MLB since 1901:  Yasiel Puig, 1.180 in 2013; Albert Pujols, 1.171 in 2001; Rhys Hoskins, 1.149 in 2017; Ke’Bryan Hayes, 1.124. MLB, and us, all of us — each and everyone one of you — okay, you know the definition of us, but each of us made such a huge deal of Puig, Pujols and Hoskins. I went back and googled for the day after Puig completed his huge 1st month, and there were articles comparing him to Joe DiMaggio. Where’s the Hayes hype? All I hear is crickets and yinzers eating sandwiches with french fries in them.

Joe Musgrove – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.86. Between his last few starts, and Mitch Keller not giving up a hit in, like, a month, I don’t want to get roped into drafting multiple Pirates in 2021. Please, someone help me. *sees Ke’Bryan Hayes again* Oh man, there’s no saving me.

Jose Osuna – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 4th homer and 2nd homer in two games. Hot schmo–Oh, that’s right.

A.J. Pollock – 3-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homer, hitting .276. As I’ve said, I will go over all the positions during the year-end recaps, but Pollock on the Player Rater is a near-top 20 outfielder. Pollock would’ve told you that in July, but because he would’ve been reading the rankings upside down.

Aaron Nola – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.28. Phils may want to avoid Hunger Games-type scenarios, because they suck in do or die games.

Brandon Woodruff – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.05. Between Hader not allowing a hit in July and part of August, Devin Williams’s hitless season, and Woodruff’s ace year, Yelich had to be pretty bad for the Brewers not to make the playoffs. How bad? Roughly hitting .204 bad. See, Yelich hit .205, and the Brewers made it, because the Giants lost, which is honestly lame. You should have to win your do or die game. If you lose, it goes to the team with the next best record that won, even if that means you have to go all the way down to the Nats. How fun would that be if teams on the brink had to win the last day to make the playoffs? It’s as ridiculous as everything else this year. The Nats, finishing dead last, could’ve made it.

Kyle Gibson – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.35. Seriously, Kyle Gibson, eff off.

Dakota Hudson – Will have Tommy John surgery, and now Dakota is yelling Wyoming, and we don’t know the answer to why it’s you.

Tanner Houck – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 0.53. As the French would say, Houck fin. But not a bad fin for him. An 0.53 ERA and a name like Tanner. Woo boy, I’m from New Jersey, don’t be teasing me with a good time.

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .213. I can already tell you I’m going to point and laugh at people drafting Just Dong next year.

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-4 and his 18th homer to lead the NL in homers, hitting .338. OZUNA very happy with timing of bounce back. OZUNA coincide season end with bounce landing, so OZUNA end year on feet.

Pablo Sandoval – 0-for-2 as he started at 3rd for the Braves. Prior to the game, the Braves explained to Pablo Sandoval in no uncertain terms that they have a pitcher named Max Fried, and it’s pronounced “freed.” His jersey only says Fried, but he is not a giant carnival treat to be nibbled on.

 
  1. Duntroon68 says:
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    I did enjoy the year. Except for all my teams fading in the end. In another year, we would still have four months to go and an expectation that we could come back.

    In my Fantrax draft and hold, the guy who lead most of the year tried the all RP strategy. They dropped the IP limit from 1000 to 250. He added a handful of late SP in order to make up innings near the end but most of them were hurt. The site’s on pace numbers weren’t sound, he didn’t realize that and he finished short of the IP limit. I had a chance if my team had been good for the last three weeks. They weren’t. I dropped from second to a tie for third over the weekend. Hirano gave two points to the guy who caught me for the tie with that last outing.

    Part of me wants to write that whole draft up but no one else cares and I’m not sure I do either anymore. Story, Verlander, Olson, Judge, E. Jimenez, Donaldson, L. Hendricks, N. Cruz were my first eight picks. K. Hendricks in the 12th wound up my ace. I only took him when I was sniped on C-Mart and Boyd the two picks before mine. I am a genius. 13th round Puig almost worked out. LeClerc got me one save but a 50th round Jeffress helped out. 48th B. Miller and 49th Pineda also helped late. I had 48 of my 50 players in my line up at least once. Only Puig and Mateo didn’t make it. I didn’t get enough playing time from my OF. I was often sitting a CI but starting a part time OF. I took bets on Maybin and Dyson that didn’t work although 29th round Heyward was pretty good.

    In my own league, I was in a three way tie for first on August 30 only to finish 3rd, 20 points back.

    My other two leagues, I was in first on Saturday and finished 2nd in in the end in one. And in my longest league, a H2H keeper, I missed the playoffs by 0.5 points. My tenth year in the league and I have never missed the playoffs, with four championships and two finalists. This year, we dropped the playoff teams from eight to four. Another reader here finished second. Congratulations, Nick.

    It sounds like I am whining but I am not. Given that randomness and variance were going to be a factor I am glad that I hung in close to the top and I had a great time with it. Although the players that are always near the top in these league were still the players near the top.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hirano killed me in one league too

      Liam Hendricks was kinda your ace there

      There was huge variance this year, so I’d say you did well just by being competitive

  2. Dr Easy says:
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    Even Seth Lugo couldn’t stop me from having a decent first season in the Original Recipe RCL! Thanks again, Grey (and Truss), for getting me in, as my birthday present no less! It was exactly as I expected: challenging and fun.

    • Grey

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      Awesome! Glad to hear it!

  3. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Another great roundup! Another great season of roundups! Kudos!

    a. Here’s a funny for ya…Lin is the best hitter from Taiwan in the history of the MLB!!! The best!!! His 2020 stats including a .154 BA with 0 HRs and 3 RBI plus his inning of relief pitching allowing 3 runs in 1 IP MORE THAN JUSTIFIES the 2.05 $M investment on signing him up in 2012!!! Linsanity indeed!

    b. I won one RCL (#47) and came in second in another (#11). Made 4 pts in RCL #47 last night 3 in WHIP and 1 in ERA to decide it! Started Alzolay, Bum, Gray (despite SON), Smyly and had Webb and Gausman there for good measure because I needed the innings.

    c. Congrats to all who played. This was a very strange season indeed. So many ‘good’ players (i.e., guys you’d draft in the first 4 rounds) seriously underplayed while others overachieved. Recognizing that early was crucial. I saw a lot of players sapped of their power too, like Aquino, JD Martinez. Lastly and most importantly, pitchers need 1 month minimum of competitive pitching in warmer weather to be in shape and some pitchers were ready on July 27, but others were not. So either they hire you as their baby sitter / sports psychologist or they have a normal season in 2021. I would prefer the latter.

    d. MLB quote of the day for September 28, 2020

    Yogi Berra
    1. It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.

    2. When asked if some on-field streakers were men or women: “I don’t know. They had bags over their heads.

    3. Never answer an anonymous letter.

    4. Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hitting.

    5. Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?

    Mickey Mantle
    1. Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run. I said, ‘Sure, every time.’

    2. It was all I lived for, to play baseball.

    Casey Stengel
    1. The Yankees don’t pay me to win every day – just two out of three.

    2. There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.

    3. Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.

    George Steinbrenner
    1. I won’t be active in the day-to-day operations of the club at all.

    2. Where is it written that if you don’t get results right away, you fire people? What kind of asinine policy is that?

    Ted Williams
    1. A man has to have goals — for a day, for a lifetime — and that was mine: to have people say, ‘There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.’

    2. Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

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      A. He’s got three more RBIs than me!

      B. That’s awesome, man! Congrats! It’s pretty impressive you’re competitive with the huge difference in time zones

      C. Haha, agreed!

      D. Wow, so many gems — that Steinbrenner quote about day-to-day is the best, and the 2nd one is pretty great from him too

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. I looked up all the teams’ best players and it looks like I did everyone. Please forgive me if I skipped any, it wasn’t really the idea when I started. I kind of meandered into it at the end. Phew, it was a long season with all the potential hangups and moves by managers to put guys on the IL for from 1 day (!!!) to up to 10 and then overnight 45 day IL.

        b. Three more than me too, but both of us would be way better after 6 years of training in MiLB. For sure!

        c. The time zone thing actually worked in my favor because I was awake from 9PM Hawaii time right up until like 10PM EST so while most guys were asleep stateside, I was able to…

        1. Read you first!
        2. Scour over the box scores
        3. And then get to the wire first before other league mates.

        I used it to get Mondesi back after I dropped him and then saw that 3/4 with 1 RBI game (think it was a Saturday). I didn’t know, but he was much better after that game. No idea what happened to him maybe his shoulder got better as the season progressed and now for sure he’s good for 20/80 next year, right? He was horrible to own but steals are hard to come by so I think he’s a must draft somehow.

        d. Yeah, I like the Steinbrenner one. That was from 1973 on the day that he took over the club!! The other one was great too.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. You did a great job, appreciate you doing the quote of the days! What’s next year’s gonna be?

          B. Haha, maybe

          C. Ah…Very sneaky!

          D. Yeah, that’s awesome

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            Grey!!

            Thanks, man!

            Not sure, maybe Marx brothers quotes. Maybe. Have to keep it light, I think the Rambo quotes and the serious quotes have to go. We have enough seriousness at home and on the playing field.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              Agreed, I like idea of funny quotes…Marx Brothers is a great idea!

              • galica says:
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                Grey!!

                It settled. Marx brothers quotes, it’ll be mostly Groucho but I don’t want to limit to him only. I never met a Marx brothers quote I didn’t like!

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

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                  I look forward to the elephant in the pajamas!

  4. Hernan says:
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    First of all, Thanks for all the Awesome Stuff You and Your Amazing Staff…, and Donkey Teeth … ,brought to Us this Year…., Once Again , Razzball proves to be , by Far, The Best , Most Entertaining Fantasy Baseball Site there is , there was , there’s ever will be….., such a difficult year for everyone…., Congrats on Championship in the Early NFBC League!!!!!!, Cheers and Hopefully We can do it again next Year!!!!!!

    • Dave D says:
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      Well, Hernan, congrats on having a better season than I and winning our friendly rivalry, though six points is not a safe cushion for 2021! Hopefully we can do it again this November.

      • Hernan says:
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        Lol, Dave, where do I start…., Yordan Alvarez was brutal.,, , had the pleasure of dominating Donkey Teeth’s late NFBC….., won 6 of 14 leagues…., , we need to do it again next year, learning a lot drafting against Razzballers….,, just need to stay away from divas with new contracts ( that’s you Yelich…, thanks for mailing it in…., lol)…,,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Appreciate you, Hernan

      Yeah, I’ll get together another super early NFBC in Nov/Dec again…May as well!

      • Dave D says:
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        It would be funny to start a league draft on election day and see if we can complete before all the ballots are counted (or harvested) and a winner is announced. We night need a distraction from all that mess to come.

        • Grey

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          Haha, a cursed draft!

  5. Dave D says:
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    Congrats, again, on the amazing final day resurrection! Truly entertaining to “watch”, and both you and Smitty deserve major props for dominating the rest of us.

    As far as Bum goes, 0 for 9 in the QS department. Yuck! Glad he helped somebody but it surely wasnt me! My first and last time owning him. Never again! Thanks for the invite this year and I look forward to hopefully giving you a little more competition in 2021. Lets pray for 162.

    • Grey

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      Thanks for starting Bumgarner! If I were you, I might’ve benched him… Hopefully MLB realizes that they can have a 162-game season even if everything isn’t ‘normal’

      • VinWins

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        I hear they’re thinking of going to two 60-game seasons each year with expanded playoffs after each.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If Manfred could have his way, they’d do a do or die tourney like March Madness and get rid of the season

          • VinWins

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            Well, I filled out my bracket. LA over Cleveland in the Final.

            • Grey

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              LA over Cleveland’s a solid final, I need to make out mine at NFBC and see if I can win back to back $

        • Dave D says:
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          Ha! Brilliant idea. I wonder what the hell it will look like if fans ever come back. Maybe they should put a fan on second base in the 7th inning every game if they go with your proposal.

          • Grey

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            HAHA, I like that! A fan at 2nd base — haha

            • Dave D says:
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              And they should hand out free bags of popcorn. If it were me on 2nd I’d probably try and swipe third just like Little League. I’d probably FAAB myself for the bag and R, then immediately drop myself.

              • Grey

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                Haha, I would totally be running

  6. LaRockakis says:
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    Hey, Grey. I finished 7-22-1 this year. Haha! But I have the best farm system by far and the most draft picks next year so I ain’t scared. My guys just didn’t click early and it made more sense to build for next year.

    Anywho.

    Do you like asparagus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cougs likes asparagus, so we eat it like once a week — I can do without, but the flavor it turns my pee is glorious

  7. Chelsa says:
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    Thank you, Grey for ALL of the awesome articles and 1 on1 advice that you give throughout the season!!! I will miss the daily notes and seeking your advice in the forum!! By the way, I won my work league!!! I’ve been a champion in that league on 4 different occasions!!! Hadn’t won that league in a few years, so it feels great to reclaim my throne!!!! But, I couldn’t have done it without your help!!! I studied your rankings like an accountant!! They were BEYOND insightful and incredibly accurate too!!! My draft kicked _ss because of your rankings!!! I will make sure to study them as thoroughly for next season too!!!

    Thanks again for ALL that you do throughout the fantasy baseball season. You are an invaluable resource and I truly do appreciate you and what you do!!!

    Blessings,
    LadyScorpio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats! Nicely done! Appreciate you, Lady Scorpio!

    • LaRockakis says:
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      Holy shit! Are you one of the five girl readers? I always thought that number was high and that there were probably more like two girl readers. But now that I’ve seen one in the wild…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha — LadyScorpio’s was like girl reader #2, she’s been here a while!

        • LaRockakis says:
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          o i c

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            J.A. Ha-peepee

            • LaRockakis says:
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              Brad Handser Alberto Mondesi

              • Grey

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                A beautiful manser!

  8. Philsfan76 says:
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    Thanks for everything Grey! Best fantasy site out there and its not even close!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Appreciate it, Philsfan76!

  9. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Grey-

    Thanks for everything this year. Your columns, your sage advice (your recommendation on a Jaime Barria spot start two weeks ago might’ve won my home league), and the tools (best value there is). I hope you and your family are well.

    One thing I’ve been meaning to ask, and maybe Rudy is the guy for it, but why did Hittertron HATE Kyle Lewis all year? I get it hating him at the start, but he was still down at like the 330 best bat available all weekend. Any theories? Steamer just hate him so much at the start of the year that it couldn’t be overcome?

    All the best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I hope you’re well too

      It’s a question for Rudy, but if I had to guess, it’s bc of his Ks

  10. florida jack says:
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    thanks for all the great info and the entertainment and wit that come along with it . A+++++

    • Grey

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      Appreciate you! Hope you and your son are well!

  11. mcmi11ions says:
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    Hey! I had Bryant in my lineup! Granted, it was because Rendon was benched and Bregman was in my Util, but I still played him! 2nd Mondesi… giggle…the commish in my league (3 weeks ago) said he was no better than Billy Hamilton and doesn’t understand why I crush hard on him. 3rd…Have you HAD one of those sandwiches with fries in them? They’re the best. Also, next time you have a reuben get a fried egg on it too.

    Thanks for the season Grey, Rudy and co! Lugo tanking yesterday lost my matchup and cost me 3rd in my mixed league but I brought home the championship in NL only. Wouldn’t have been able to do it without yinz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, whatever it takes!

      Yeah, I kid, but french fries on a sandwich should be the norm across the country…It’s so good!

      Congrats on the NL-Only win!

  12. Will says:
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    What a crazy end to a crazy shortened season. Went into Sunday clinging to a slim one point lead. Began the day fishing the waiver wire for hitterss who were actually in the lineup on Sunday (Trout, etc sitting out) so I could field a full lineup. And of course Buxton’s hurt again – go figure. Then made the last minute decision to ditch two pitchers who were starting on Sunday and replaced them with relievers, in an attempt to limit any damage to my tenous ERA and WHIP positions. So of course the 1 starter I keep gives up 6 earned while the two I dropped threw 7 score less with a bunch of K’s. The win category looked like it might finish in a 4-way tie at the top. Fortunately I got enough out of the relievers – including a win by the closer in the last game of the day to finish to win the league by 2.5 points.

    Thanks for all your help over the years. Razzball is funny, entertaining and a great resource. Keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats! As long as you win it, right? Appreciate you saying it!

      • Will says:
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        Already going thru fantasy baseball withdrawal. Have read all my fantasy baseball sites this morning and started a keeper list for the draft next year. It’s a sickness we have! I’ll refrain from listing my roster and asking who to keep since we have the next six months for that. LOL

        • Grey

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          Haha, I have same sickness, I think most of us do

  13. Matty says:
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    Thanks for a great season. That last fortnight of Mondesi will probably be enough to convince me to suffer through him again all season in my dynasty league- next year is the one where we get September Adalberto all season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, 2021 is the year of Mondesi!

  14. Matty says:
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    Septemberto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      AprilthruSeptemberto!

  15. J-Hova says:
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    Thanks as usual for your write up’s and expertise. I also can’t speak highly enough for the tools, both DFS and fantasy. Streamonator was big on Montas rather than Gonzalez and as usual it was right! The DFS tools were great all year. I really enjoyed this season as weird as it was. I really thought we were headed towards shutdown after the Marlins and Cardinal fiascos but to Manfreds credit which I will probably never say again, they never considered shutting down and were right. I think they actually managed as well as they could of and I’ll never take a 2 game Tuesday slate for granted ever again, it was just nice to have baseball and daily write up’s. This site is the best, your projections and write up’s are the best and the tools are great. Thanks for all you guys do!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks so much for saying so! Appreciate it!

  16. Cram It says:
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    Both of Alonso’s HRs were friggin’ missiles…I think they said the first one had an 18* launch angle. His bombs get me so excited. All his advanced metrics were virtually the same as last year. He is who we thought he was. Look out 2021 pitchers.

    • Grey

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      I didn’t watch this weekend, but I believe it…He’s glorious when he’s going right (all of 2019)…It really says something when a guy is on pace for 40-homers and .240 average and it’s considered a down year

      Congrats on the RCL win! About time you won that league (emoji)…I’m sure Truss will have a post soon talking about it where I can heap praise on you again

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        Yeah, there were like 25 guys on pace for 40, but given a full season, he would’ve hit that easily, whereas guys like Calhoun, Myers (jab) and Pollock wouldn’t. The Alonso cream would have risen.

        Thanks my dude! I think it’s only my 3rd or 4th year since joining the ‘Perts. Look forward to defending the title.

        • Grey

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          Yup, I still like Alonso a lot, but maybe not 2nd round love — I realized the last weekend we had less waiver wire moves — we did have less right? I was about to finish my moves on Sunday (I think)

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            I don’t follow. Less moves than what?

            • Grey

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              Than usual, I don’t think we had the full 500 moves…I prolly okayed this with Truss in July and forget

              • Cram It says:
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                Oh, no. The moves limit was cut to an equivalent of 60 games. Maybe 200.

                • Grey

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                  Oh, I hadn’t realized until two days ago, but it didn’t matter

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      Congrats on winning the Perts Cram!

      You were a legend on the waiver wire, felt like literally everytime i went to wire looking for someone in particular I found out you grabbed him first and often it was like 10-15min before me. LOL. Curses! *shakes fist at the sky*

      • Cram It says:
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        Thanks, Whip! I definitely worked for it.

  17. tha chaz says:
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    A deadly mix of my opponent streaming Musgrove and Minor, aka total ass all season, me deciding not to stream Bumgarner because, total ass all season, and Pressley giving up a game tying home run with 2 outs in the 9th on Friday, that would have given me a much needed save and a much needed win for Urquidy, paved the way for me to lose in the championship for the second consecutive year. Combined with the fact that my team had an OBP in the high .300s and my opponent had a well under .300 OBP and I still found a way to lose runs, I would say that 2020 was the definition of crap shoot. Lesson learned, always listen to the almighty streamonator!

    • Grey

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      Haha, damn! Oh well, at least you were still competitive at the end!

  18. Phil says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks for the thanks to your readers, but the thanks should be directed to you wholeheartedly. I truly appreciate your daily insights and humor, particularly during these unprecedented times. You’re an integral part of my day, like my coffee, shower, and sitting on the can.

    I’m planning my keeper choices for my 12 team roto league next year (6×5, OPS is included) and I wanted your opinion, as I value it always. You get to keep 4, but must give up a draft pick for the player. Juan Soto for a 12th round pick is a no brainer, so I just need three more. The respective round is in parentheses next to the player. As you obviously know, giving up early draft picks sets me back from my opponents, it sometimes it’s necessary to do so depending on the player. Considering 48 players are kept, after the first three rounds there’s not much left, particular in terms of hitters and top starters. Here goes:
    Jacob deGrom (1), Yelich (2), Lindor (3), Dustin May (20), Brandon Lowe (18), Will Smith (11), KeBryan Hayes (24), Liam Hendricks (5), Matt Olson (4), Cavan Biggio (9), Arozarena (24), Trent Grisham (24), Jesse Winker (24), Matt Chapman (7).

    Thanks as always, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Appreciate you saying so, Phil!

      Jacob deGrom (1), Yelich (2), Lindor (3) — for sure — then a toss up…I think I’d go Lowe

  19. El Zoro Hombre says:
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    First year reader. I will be back as a subscriber in 2021. Razzball made my sports year in 2020. Keep up the great work Grey. Hilarious and intelligent articles, always a good read.
    I won my league based on the free advice, can’t wait to use some of the winnings to purchase a subscription and get access to more content.
    Hook line and sinker, I am a Razzballer for years to come.

    • Grey

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      Appreciate you saying so!

    • Coolwhip

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      Awesome, good work man! Welcome aboard.

  20. D Fresh says:
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    Fantasy Master Lothario and the Razzcrew lead us all to the promised land full of beautiful SAGNOFs and Batty Calls. Blessed are those who Razz!

    • Grey

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      Haha, yes!

    • Coolwhip

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      And blessed are we as well. good tidings to you and yours.

  21. Crazy J says:
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    You can’t drop an apostrophe in your name like that and expect to get hype. That’s why it’s not Le’Bron James.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, so true…Too much punctuation!

  22. Cohen says:
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    Grey, thank you for all the help! Had won 3 titles the last 4 yrs but came in 2 nd this year 1 pt out of first.

    • Grey

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      Damn, so close!

  23. Cliff says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thank you for a terrific season. First time using Razzball religiously. I was in 3 leagues this year- two H2H categories and one Ottoneu points league. Happy to say I won one of the cats leagues and cane in 2nd in the points league. You’ve gained one hardcore follower.

    One question I have- you started to mention this in your way too early top 25 podcast- barring injury, who is the one guy who think has the widest range of outcomes in terms of a ranking for 2021?

    • Grey

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      Appreciate you saying so!

      Mondesi

  24. Hendu's Gap says:
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    I don’t post much, but I had to share my good fortune. Went into the final day in 2nd place (down 2 points) with limited options to gain ground. Needed rbi, runs, and at least one win. Maxed out at all positions except catcher, 3b, and util spot. With three moves remaining, I picked up Sam Huff-C (figuring that the Dodgers might rest W. Smith), Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Austin Voth (hoping an out of contention team would let their starter go longer). Then came the choice of who to slot in at util between Trea Turner and Juan Soto. I went with Trea. My three hitters gave me 4 runs and 9 rbi, while Voth picked up a win. I won the league by 1.5 points. After Trea’s performance, he finished the year as the number one hitter in our Yahoo rankings. I know he didn’t steal much early on, but he had an amazing two months, and I would gladly take him in the 1st round again next year.
    Thank you for all of the great advice, Grey. You bring a lot of joy to a lot of people.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Congrats!

      Appreciate you saying so, thanks!

  25. Harley Earl says:
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    You know Myers is still just 29, and he doesn’t turn 30 until December. I’m thinking he’s got at least two or three good seasons left in him. I’m going to make him one of my keepers. I’ve always believed in him. No reason not to after this season.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, I could see being in on him for 2021

  26. The Great Knoche says:
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    Thanks again for all y’all do here. Didn’t cash once in NFBC this year or in those damn Bestball leagues. Congrats on the come from behind in the early NFBC

    Razzslam was fun, Hope I get invited back for that one again, although my Acuna/Alonso/Flaherty first three rounds looked a lot better in March.

    Only getting two months of games makes me want to jump right back in. It is February yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Of course you’re invited back! Yeah, I feel like I have blue balls for more baseball, 60 games definitely didn’t quench my thirst

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Gotta ask as I see final Tout NL standings. Did Melnick set his roster after the draft?

        • Grey

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          Ha, not sure, been such a weird season

    • Coolwhip

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      Agree, more baseball!

  27. Filkarri says:
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    Thanks for all your work this year. I won my league in spite of my team’s best efforts to implode in the final week, primarily because the guy in second place’s team did a much better job imploding.

    Cheers, Grey!

    • Grey

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      No problem, congrats on the win!

  28. hot corner says:
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    Well my teams didn’t pan out in the two Razz DC’s and post-draft, I was expecting better than an 80th finish in RazzSlam.

    That said, Joe Musgrove is now the guy that I need to draft on every team next year. In my one non-Razz DC, I went into Saturday 1 point out 1st with all pitching categories up for grabs. By the time, Musgrove was done, I was in 1st by 4 points and held on yesterday for a third DC title in 3 years.

    I would send some money to Musgrove as a thank you, but I am pretty sure that he is a lot richer than me.

    • Grey

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      Congrats on the DC win! Haha, yeah, Musgrove doesn’t need it

    • Coolwhip

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      Congrats on our RCL win too my dude!

      • hot corner says:
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        Thanks Whip!!!

  29. FANTASY ICON says:
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    We can pick 2 guys that were free agent pickups and have their salary at $5 instead of $10. Most likely none of these guys will be keepers for me. But, I can possibly use them as trade bait in the offseason. So, which 2 guys would you claim as $5 guys?

    Will Smith
    J. Cronenworth
    R. Tapia
    A. Kirilloff
    Nate Lowe
    Eduardo Rodriguez
    Tanner Houck
    Alex Reyes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith catcher?

      Hmm…Prolly Cronenworth and Lowe, but maybe Kiriloff or Smith

  30. Jimmy says:
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    Thanks for being here all year. The people appreciate it.

    Early thoughts on this pts league team heading into 2021? Finished 2nd and a few mistakes I made late could have put me in first. HR allowed for pitching is a huge negative and wins don’t matter.

    C – W. Smith
    1B – Vlad
    2B – Cronenworth
    SS – Tatis Jr.
    3B – Riley
    MI – Mondesi
    OF – Yastrzemski
    OF – Betts
    OF – F. Reyes
    OF – Acuna
    OF – Harper
    Util – Ohtani (Yahoo)
    Bench – Arraez, Kirilloff, J. Rodriguez, E. Rios, K. Ruiz

    SP – Gallen, Paddack, D. German, Montgomery, Montas, Heaney, P. Lopez, Taillon, Price, Alcantara
    RP – Karinchak, Clase

    My thoughts:

    1)Too much SP, but I stacked near the end of the year so I could see off-season changes and dig into the stats to see if there’s something there by Spring.
    2)3B is weak….the waiver wire will be thin, but Justin Turner and Ryan McMahon will be there. If Turner stays in LA, I could draft him for cheap and swap him and Rios in there daily.
    3) I want to try and deal Heaney and Ohtani as I am not sold on the for next season.
    4) I’ll have about $100 for 2 players come draft. Hopefully that nets me an ace SP.
    5) Would you drop anyone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, Jimmy!

      1. I like a lot of these arms too…I think they are a bit risky
      2. Gotcha, yeah, 3B is a little weak, but I like Riley
      3. I don’t mind Heaney and Ohtani, but depends what you can get
      4. Makes sense
      5. For who? I don’t think Rios and Ruiz have much value at all, but I guess who are you replacing them with

      • Jimmy says:
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        1. Definitely a lot of risk with some. I wanted to stash at the end of the year and see how they do during the Spring before I draft.
        2. I may move Riley to OF if Turner stays. If he leaves I think it’s Rios’ job to take at third and having him and Riley could be good for streaks.
        3. I’m impatient with Ohtani but if he pitches his value diminishes. I think Heaney will get injured again and would like to sell high if I could.
        4. I think you’re right about Ruiz….I have a soft spot for him and think he and Smith will be the tandem next season. Was hopeful to max out games at catcher.

        Thanks again. Looking forward to your target write ups and individual fantasy outlooks.

        • Grey

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          1. Yup
          2. I doubt Dodgers go with Rios, if I’m being honest
          3. Yeah, I don’t disagree, but they have some value as of now vs. some of Ruiz, Rios
          4. Meh, maybe, guess we’ll see, it’s early

          No problem!

  31. Gary Z says:
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    Grey-

    This was my 2nd year being a part of the Razzball community. My daily routine consists of eating breakfast, checking the scores from the night prior, and then opening up the Razzball column to read what you and others have to say. In these really weird times, your work & the work of your staff has certainly given me a sense of normalcy. For 10 minutes I can forget about the crap thats going on in the world and be reminded that we can talk baseball, make jokes, and not take things so seriously. You guys rock, I am looking forward to a better 2021! Thanks for everything Grey, DT, Cool Whip, and others!!! Here’s to better days ahead!!!

    -gary z

    • Grey

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      Thanks, Gary! Appreciate you saying so!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Thanks Gary! And thanks for being a part of the community. Raise a glass to next year!

  32. Prawn Lord says:
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    Just wanted to say thanks for all your work this season! Appreciate how you take the time to reply to all the questions in the comments. I stumbled across razzball over the offseason and it became part of my morning routine once the season started. Finished second in my league this year despite also being a proud (?) owner of Ketel Marte and Pete Alonso. My best finish by far in my first year using razzball-coincidence? Probably not. Hope you get some time to rest during to offseason, looking forward to your rankings and analysis for the 2021 season

    • Grey

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      Appreciate you, Prawn Lord! Thank you!

  33. Big Dog says:
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    Thank you so much for all of your help this year and every year. My draft was a total disaster and I still finished in 2nd place and had a shot up until the final day. I attribute most of that to this site.

    Not to be that guy but the Mets finished last after getting swept by the Nats. Crazy thing was on Thursday they listed the crazy scenario the Mets needed to make the playoffs and it all came true except that pesky part about winning their own games. :-)

    I never knew you were from NJ. Makes a lot of sense now by some of your references. Do you mind if I ask what part? I grew up and still live in Monmouth County.

    • Grey

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      No problem! Thanks!

      I grew up in Union County — family used to vacation in Avon during summers tho — where in Monmouth are you?

      • Big Dog says:
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        Avon is where I normally go to the beach. Love it there. You have to pay but it’s quiet and the New Yorkers don’t go there. Always go to LBI for a week each summer as well.

        I was born in Hoboken, grew up in Holmdel and live near Eatontown now.

        • Grey

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          Nice! My wife’s family used to own a store on LBI — Beautiful part of Jersey down there

  34. PK says:
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    Thanks for all your work this season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

  35. packers2018 says:
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    Thanks Grey for all the daily round ups, buy and sell, your team of writers who I enjoy reading their posts as well, Rudy and his tools, and all the humor.
    I may not comment often but read every day and read all comments….

    I did well with my leagues, came in 4th in a DC150, won one league on a 10th inning K by Iglesias.

    I’ll be reading each day throughout the winter and drafting in the NFBC 10’s all winter. Great way to learn the player pool before money leagues in March.

    Will be playing in the NFBC post season contest as well.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Grey

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      Appreciate you saying so!

      Nice on the win! Congrats! Agreed, I liked the early draft, but maybe bc I won that league — Donkey and I think are sharing one postseason team this year too

  36. I’ve been saying it for years and I’ll say it again.

    Out of all the Fantasy Baseball sites in all of the world…this is definitely one of them!

    What a wild and crazy ride this has been. It’s nice to know that when things are getting to be too much I can always rely on booting up the old dial up, pouring a little stein glass full of moonshine, typing some oxfords, and consider the fact that we are constantly falling around a nuclear explosion at 24,000 miles an hour through the infinite void and nothing matters, not even commas.

    For a more complete recap of all my personal leagues including a 20 year old keeper but she can technically leave if she just solves a few puzzles and finds a few key keys…head over to my only fans! This week we’ll find out whether it’s Taylor ham or Ham roll her over and pour her out…and we’ll be giving away a free surfing lesson.

    And I finished in the money in every league. Again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw, cmon, Wake! We had some good times without commas or oxfords or either

      Will be surfing The Wake later this winter, can’t wait — long waiting list!

      Congrats on the league $$$!

      • Wake Up says:
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        Maybe that read wrong…there is extreme comfort in realizing nothing really matters! Ask Freddie…

        Excited to be making a guest starring appearance on the pod!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Surf’s Up! w/ Wake Up and Grey

          • Oooooh…we might actually have to make that happen!

            There would certainly not be any shortage of cackling and laughs and cackling laughs…maybe even squeeze in some baseball…

            • Grey

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              I’m cackling thinking about it

  37. Harley Earl says:
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    Anybody know if there will be an Arizona Fall League this year? Or has that been corona’d too?

    • Grey

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      I don’t think so, tbh

      • Wake Up says:
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        Officially cancelled last week

        • Grey

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          Wait, I already got my tix

          • Harley Earl says:
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            Hope you didn’t get them from those fuckers at StubHub.

            I had MLB tickets totaling $4200 bought from StubHub when everything went to hell. Six months later and they still refuse to give me my money back. Contacted the state attorney general two weeks ago. Bastards.

            • Grey

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              Seriously? That sucks, hadn’t heard that

  38. Jesus Take the Wheel says:
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    In an 11 team points league. We can keep 10 (forever) and start drafting in round 11. I finished in second this year.

    Here are the players I am thinking about keeping and several I am struggling with.

    1. Jose Abreu – 1B (CHW)
    2. Trevor Story – SS (COL)
    3. Nolan Arenado – 3B (COL)
    4. Pete Alonso – 1B (NYM)
    5. Mike Trout – CF (LAL)
    6. Kyle Tucker – RF (HOU)
    7. Yordan Alvarez – LF/UTIL (HOU)
    8. Zach Plesac – SP (WAS)
    9. Corbin Burnes – SP (MIL)
    10. Tyler Glasnow – SP (TAM)

    I also have Stanton (LF), K.Lewis (CF, RF), Strasburg (SP) and W.Franco (SS).

    Do I have the correct ten?

  39. scoboticus says:
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    So I took over an orphan dynasty league team and Ke’Bryan Hayes was on the team. I was like, Who?!?

    • Grey

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      Haha, the best rookie of all time, dur!

    • Everyone’s favorite latish CI next year!

  40. bruuuuuce says:
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    Grey, I enjoy your writing and your excellent analysis.
    After a bit of a drought, I brought home the trophy this year! Huzzah!

    Thanks for the tips and for the entertainment (much-needed during quarantine)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome! Congrats! Appreciate you too!

  41. NUX says:
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    When I saw that statline from Musgrove’s final start, I wondered if you’d be thinking the same as me. He just had to go out there and try to draw me back in with a fantastic finish. Ugh!

    Oh and congrats on your NFBC 10s victories. I had a few as well. I think they should be depositing winnings tomorrow? I can never remember how they do it. I saw a few of your screenshot tweets from your leagues and noticed my guys Waxman and RWB and Skunk on them. Shout out to the Bobby’s World crew, we’ll be at it again in Jan/Feb I’m sure and there will always be a standing invite for you to those leagues. And don’t worry, I won’t post the screenshot where you finished in 12th!

    • Grey

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      Haha, yup, I’m sucked in and that’s that I love Musgrove again!

      I’m definitely getting in those leagues again, I can’t believe I won two of them…They easily paid for themselves…Sign me up!

  42. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the Hey, Grey!

    Thanks, as always, for all the great information and insights that I’ve come to depend upon you for, year after year.

    In this stupid pandemic things were pretty screwed up, and I have to admit that my heart was just not really into MLB nor fantasy . . . at least not as much as it usually is. But I also come to Razzball to enjoy your (and your other writers!) personalities, good cheer, and infinite patience for questions from commenters.

    THANK YOU for helping this commenter through a rough and strange time in life. Razzball is an absolute gift.

    • Grey

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      Appreciate you, sportive! Lurves!

  43. detroit_kozak says:
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    Thanks for everything Grey and the Razzball team! This is an awesome fantasy site!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thank you!

  44. Steverino says:
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    A hearty “hear hear” to all those comments above. Although I don’t contribute in the comments as much as I once did, I still read every daily update and check in on Top 100 Hitters/Pitchers + Prospects posts every now and again.

    And of course, the SON is absolute GOLD. It gets better every year (which stands to reason I guess).

    I’m no expert etc etc, but I was thinking abut guys like Yelich and Olson, who I drafted, and the seasons they had. I wonder if it’s because, having got off to a bad start, there just wasn’t time to go away and fix it.

    Under normal circumstances if they were hitting .185 after a month, they’d take some time, work on stuff and their team could handle the consequent lack of production during that period because they knew they’d have figured it out and be firing at the right part of the season.

    Couldn’t do that this season though – so maybe they player and their team figured they might as well just keep swinging away – they’d be just as much use doing that as trying to get things figured out.

    You’d have to think that Olson’s 14 HRs and 42 RBI helped the A’s more than his .195 AVG hurt them.

    Also made me think of guys – like Pujols in his prime – who might go 1-3 on Opening Day and would seemingly stay at that average right throughout the season.

    Final thought – I wonder how many leagues were won or lost on the strength of that Billy Hamilton home run ;-)

    • Grey

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      Steverino rocks!

      Yelich had knee surgery so I’m concerned about him in general…Olson seemed to slump and never emerge, but he is likely a .250 hitter with power, vs. .270, so bleh — he shouldn’t be a .195 hitter tho, which is major bleh

      I had Billy Hamilton…and dropped him a few weeks ago, so I got all the terrible Hamilton and none of the one decent game of Hamilton

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        No, he shouldn’t, but over 162 games he might well have got to .250 – just because of regressing to his mean, and the luxury of time to work it out.

        I’m wondering if he and/or the team thought eff it, just swing away and chances are he’ll make enough contact in the right situations for the results to be acceptable in the circumstances.

        Not sticking up for him haha – cursed him so many times during the season.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I hear ya…I’d guess it didn’t help that there was no spring training leading up to the season, and instead it was some batting practice then live games after a 3 month layoff

  45. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I posted only a few times in 2020 but should be here posting during the offseason.

    A head-to-head league with only counting stats? How about this?
    R, RBI, TB, BB, SB
    QS, K, ER, BB or W, SV+H

    ER and also possibly BB allowed would cut down the rampant pitcher streaming which tends to get annoying on Sundays in h2h leagues.

    • Steverino says:
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      Wallpaper, my H2H is 6×6 with OBP and Holds added to the usuals plus QS instead of Wins.

      We have a restriction of 10 adds a week, and although I curse it at times, it seems to work quite well.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        I have set my h2h league up similar to that in recent years (we chose to do roto this year since h2h would suffer in the abbreviated season) and often got annoyed with the moves restriction.

    • Grey

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      BB allowed will make control pitchers so much more valuable and make usual rankings you find less worthwhile

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        That is a good point but helpful to the managers who pay better attention.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe, or maybe makes for wonkiness where someone like Mike Leake is a top 5 starter for your league and it’s just goofy

          • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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            Yeah. In the end I am more likely to stick to the usual stuff. Even going from HR to TB this season was different.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like normal 5×5 for that reason…It’s what everything is geared towards…You don’t want to hear someone hit two homers and still have no idea how many TB they got, bc you don’t know if they had a double too

  46. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    A hearty thanks to you Grey and everyone else a Razzball!

    I have one final question for the season: How much opprobrium should I heap upon my brother who has taken to gloating that he beat me by an eyelash to finish in first this “season”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Thanks to you, Fred Garvin MP!

      A win is a win…Though, winning this year is a bit like being the home team in extras and starting with a man on 2nd

  47. Tigres says:
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    Hey Grey! Thanks to you and RB nation for another GREAT season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, Tigres!

  48. Rick Brown says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Can’t believe it’s the end of the season.Certainly the strangest most of us have sen.
    I ended up winning one of my RCL’s and finishing second in another.All of my other leagues were H2H-won one but didn’t fair very well in the others.

    Want to say thanks to you and all the other great writers and commentators on this site.Through the spring and summer you gave us something to take our minds off the real world-if only for a little while.
    Looking forward to all the great reads leading up to 2021.

    Thanks again Grey!!
    RICK

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats on the wins! No problem! Thanks to you, RICK!

  49. LenFuego says:
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    Did I detect the soupçon of a Frankie Muniz, Malcolm-in-the-Middle joke? Subtly played, sir.

    Even though it was a weird season, it helped me get through the COVID wasteland this year. A terrific last week got me to … 8th place. Yeah, not a great year. Too much Alonso, Ketel, Laureano, Hoskins, Moncada, Jorge Polanco and Kris Bryant to overcome. Plus, my otherwise stellar staff had a week where it gave up 46 earned runs in 34 1/3 innings, I shit you not … that week cost me about 17 year end roto points in pitching … it is almost comical how big a shitshow that week was.

    Thanks for hanging in there and providing your usual humor and wisdom, Grey. I’ve never seen this mentioned before, but in about 4 years of reading you here, I do not recall seeing even a single typographical error in one of your posts. You do an amazingly professional job of being the unprofessional fantasy writer. And if you’re not reading that as a big-time compliment, you’re reading it wrong.

    See you next fantasy season. Meaning tomorrow. Hey, I got prep to do to get the bad 2020 taste out of my mouth.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup!

      Thanks! I appreciate you saying so! I do take it as a complement! (Kidding, compliment!)

  50. cubbiebearz says:
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    Grey and Rudy,
    I will join the chorus and thank you both for all of your advice this year and every year. You guys are the best.
    See you next year,
    Cubbiebluez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Appreciate it!

  51. Smitty says:
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    Incredible finish to a crazy “season”. Even though I got beat it was an absolute blast. Believe it or not, the same thing happened in my home league, on the last day! Talk about coincidence! It’s all left me extremely humbled, and hungry.
    Staying involved and current with MLB during the pandemic was pure therapy. Many good looking youngsters got a look and several vets emerged as forces to consider as soon as November – hahaha.
    Appreciated the opportunity and the great stories along the way. My wife often asked, “What’s so funny?” as I laughed out loud reading your material.
    Thank you brother-man and congrats Champ!

    • Grey

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      Haha, No problem! Thank you! I’m the champ! (Not really, but maybe in that league for just one day)

      • Brian says:
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        Just wanted to thank you for all the advice during the season and previous years. Don’t really comment much but ended up winning it all this year. Always enjoy the daily read and SON streamers really solidified my season. Looking forward to next year!

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