Here’s a post that’s gonna make you wanna slap ya mama and tell her Don Magic Juan sends his best. The other day I told you how to draft your pitchers for 2021 fantasy baseball. I laid it out to you nice and simple (if you have a degree in “What The Hell Is Grey Talking About?” Not a PhD, mind you. Just a BS.) Today, we forget all that jabberwocky on the who-ha and get down to business old school-style (which means if you don’t comprehend, I will hit you over the head with a baseball bat signed by Joe Clark.) What I’m hoping to lay out to you is who do you draft 2nd, if you’ve drafted so and so first. I think it might be helpful to go through pairings for your 5 outfielders, all your middle and corner infielders too. I’m not sure I’ll have the time or patience to do them. We’ll see! Or not. Your choice. (Actually, my choice.) For easy reference, the royal we will be using the top 10 for 2021 fantasy baseball, top 20 for 2021 fantasy baseball, and the beginning of the top 100 for 2021 fantasy baseball. I’m going to assume you’re in a 12 team, 5×5, MI, CI, 5 OF, 1 Utility, 1 Catcher league, similar to our Razzball Commenter Leagues. (Sign up for multiple leagues, and beat the heck out of your frenemies or make new frenemies!)  Anyway, here’s some pairings for the first two rounds of 2021 fantasy baseball drafts:

1. Ronald Acuña Jr. – Was just going through some old rankings, and I saw ESPN ranked Acuña 18th overall, the year I ranked him 4th. El oh–*coughs* I hope that’s me coughing from their stupidity and not Covid. That’s two years ago, so it might’ve slipped your mind how dopey that is now, but that’s super dumb. What kills me is when I see people commenting on ESPN articles or tweeting at the ESPN ‘perts like they know what’s flying. Actually, I’ll give them a tad bit of deference, I’m not sure they actually are the ones doing the rankings. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if they have an intern do the rankings, and then the ‘perts do their own thing in drafts. Not even joking, because, as someone who is in drafts with them, they don’t seem nearly as stunod in the drafts as their rankings would lead you to believe. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly impressed by their drafting, but every time I’ve called them on their on-site rankings, they say something along the lines, “Oh, yeah, I’d draft so-and-so way higher (or lower) than that,” as if they’re not doing their own rankings. Who is doing them? I honestly haven’t a clue. Wow, that was a sidetrack. Any hoo! If you draft Acuña 1st, you can literally draft any other player 2nd. No, not Jacob Stallings. I mean, anyone who is that correct range in my rankings. I’d even take another outfielder (Bryce Harper, Lou Bob, Eloy), but I’d lean on taking a corner or middle infidel (Devers, Abreu, Machado, Arenado, Bichette, Mondesi, Bogaerts, Tim Anderson, literally name the player). I purposely left off Albies as a potential 2nd rounder, because, while I don’t mind guys from the same team, I’d prolly not do it with my first two picks. Just no reason to double up. For those thinking, how can you take Bichette, Devers, Harper, Lou Bob or others, if you’ve ranked them so much higher than where a 2nd pick would be if you got Acuña? Well, their ADP says they could be there around time for a 2nd pick, so pick one! (I will goose your nips with a loving purple nurple if you own Lou Bob and Acuña after two rounds. Mother, may I?!)

2. Fernando Tatis Jr. – Last year ESPN had FTJ ranked 43rd overall. Okay, I’ll stop now. Last year, I told you in this post that you should go Acuña and Tatis as your 1st two round picks. Funny that you still seem to be looking around for other fantasy baseball advice. Honestly, do you read other sites to see what not to do? Can you imagine drafting a starter here instead of one of these glorious sexpots? It’s pretty comical. As P.T. Barnum once said, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the people, and I told you to make up a sign for peanuts for sale. Not penis! This is a children’s show!” So, FTJ is similar to Tildaddy above, but MI vs. OF. So, Mondesi, Anderson and other SSs (SSs? Are we talking like snakes?) are off the board. I’m not going Machado, because, while I do like him, double Padres sounds great if you’re looking to start a Trappist beer company, but I’m not doing it in drafts, pun noted, and avoidable but I was too lazy to avoid it. Okay, enough on who I wouldn’t take. Tatis and Devers? I will legit hug my computer screen. Tatis and Lou Bob? Do you want to see a grown man cry from happiness? Tatis and Eloy? Tatis and Abreu? Tatis and any White Sox hitter? Okay, but not Adam Eaton. Tatis for James Shields? Stop making White Sox fans cry. Tatis and Bryce? If he’s there, why not, homeslice? Tatis and Arenado? Honestly, I really like how that sounds. Tatis covers your tuhkis with steals and Torenado whips up a storm of power and counting stats.

3. Juan Soto – Sexy Dr. Pepper is different than the previous two. You Juan soda? You better Juan steals right after. Sexy Dr. Pepper and Bo Bichette sounds NC-17. Are we allowed to talk about how sexy that pairing is? Maybe/maybe not. Soto and Adalberto Mondesi? People used to be arrested for things I’d do to that pairing. Soto and Devers? Hey, I wouldn’t kick it out of bed, but may I suggest you turn around and draft Lou Bob or Tim Anderson with your third pick? Or anyone with some gee-dee steals. Soto and Albies? Let’s just dissect:  That gives you 70/25/.300 after two rounds. Put that up against Tatis and, say, Bogaerts: 69/42/.290. Hey, that passes the sniff test and isn’t anywhere near an eau de toilette. Would I do Soto and Abreu? Ain’t gonna lie, I would, but, again, turn around and grab steals with your next pick, or at least put that chestnut in your cheek that you need steals later. And, yes, I heard Soto wants to steal more bags this year, but, at this point in the year, Giancarlo is saying he knows how to stay healthy this year, if you catch my drift. So, Sexy Dr. Pepper and another outfielder? Yes, I would. As said in Acuña’s blurb, I have no problem with two OFs in the 1st two picks. You better not draft another OF for a good five rounds, though. Soto and Eloy? Okay, take what I just said and put a partial cross-out through it. Take another OF, but at least one with some steals. Sexy Dr. Pepper and Lou Bob? That’s How to Love, Lil Wayne.

4. Mookie Betts – This post is on pace for 4,000 words, so I need to stop jibber-jabbering, which is more jibber-jabbering *smacks self across the face* Focus! Okay, so Mookie Best is Tatis, but in the outfield. Bit less on speed, but more average, but tomato-tomato said with a different emphasis. Trying to think of someone I wouldn’t draft immediately after Betts, and I’m coming up with zero. I’m shorting stonks and betting Betts with everyone. Betts and Torenado? You best not come near me because if I draft them, I’m going to hug you. Betts and Tim Anderson? You have such a beautiful foundation I’d frame you and put you up on my Wall of Fame. Betts and Bogaerts? Reunited and it feels so good! Betts and Devers? Reunited and it feels so good, Part 2. Betts and Eloy? Yes, even that. Unlike Soto, Betts brings enough speed that he can go with a power bat (also, think Abreu). Betts and Mondesi? Honestly, I would, but you’re weak on ribbies and boy needs to eat. Similar to Anderson. Betts and Machado? Now I’m engorged.

5. Mike Trout – Even though Mike “King Jersey Diner-in-a-Mall” Trout is baseball royalty, there’s a reason why he’s in a tier below the top four. I want more speed with a Trout pairing than any OF mentioned above. Do you ruin your team with Trout and Harper as your 1st two picks? Not especially, but you’re putting yourself in a hole. Did I call you an a-hole? I might’ve, slyly. Trout and Mondesi sounds like the best thing since sliced bread, and sliced bread is all things to all people. Trout and Bogaerts? Like the quarter of Harrison Ford that is Jewish, not too shabby! Trout and Albies? Are we reaching? I don’t know, but I do love it. Trout and Lou Bob? That’s perfect; the future and now, and you’re bending time. Trout and Devers? Honestly, it’s hard to kick it to the curb, but you really should be trying to find speed. Trout and Eloy? I hate to say it, but nah. Trout and Tim Anderson? Exactly. Trout and Abreu? It’s not great, but Trout and Machado is. Trout and Bichette is, no kidding, likely the best combo you’re gonna find with him, barring someone bizarre falling like Trevor Story.

6. Trevor Story – How again did I not rank Story above Trout? They’re in the same tier, so for all intents and purposes, they’re interchangeable, but every time I look at these two picks back-to-back I think how I prefer Story. I guess Story has a possible trade hanging over his head and Trout’s a tad safer. Though, Story gets traded to, say, the Cards, he doesn’t lose nearly as much value as Arenado did. Any hoo! Story works with all, except shortstops. Since Story’s ADP is a little later than I have him ranked (inconceivable!), you might even be able to get Story and someone like Bellinger, which is goofy amazing. I don’t know how anyone else is competing with you if those are your first two picks. Story and Yelich, Jo-Ram and Freeman are also possible. As I write these out, I kinda want the sixth pick. Can someone beat me if I’ve drafted Story, Bellinger, Devers and Luis Castillo with my first four picks? I’ll be honest, I don’t think so.

7. Trea Turner – Not at all like Story. Not really like any of the previous pick pairings. I don’t know what to make of Treat Urner’s power, and I’d assuming less than 20 homers, and 30+ steals. He’s also a plus on average, so pair with him a power corner bat? Yes. Abreu? Give me. Freddie Freeman? Of course! Bellinger? I’ll pay you to let me get Bellinger with my 2nd pick. How much you want? Treat and Yelich? Absolutely. Of course, avoid steals guys and shortstops. Urner and Mondesi? You have screws loose. Urner and Lou Bob? Meh, not my favorite. Doesn’t kill you, but Turner and Cody, Freeman, Machado, Arenado or Eloy? Yes5.

8. Francisco Lindor – Similar to Story in that Lindor’s ADP is actually after this, so weird pairings like Lindor and Bellinger are possible with Bellinger as actually your 1st pick. Lindor matches up with everyone that worked for Story, too. Not quite an even match with Treat, though, because Lindor has better power. Ideally, you offset Lindor’s potential weakest categories of average and RBIs without doubling up on shortstops. Hence, ergo, therefore: Freeman. Not exactly a match with Bryce Harper, due to average. Not exactly a match with Lou Bob, same reason. Devers might be hitting 2nd, but his average helps, so I’m fine with that pairing. Lindor/Yelich? How about yes/great. Lindor/Bellinger, don’t mind/if I do.

9. Jose Ramirez – Reunite him with Lindor? Sure, but I’d love even more average to offset Jo-Jo Ram’s. You’re perfect on speed/power with Jo-Ram though, so you can go anywhere except for a 3rd baseman. Take Devers off the board. Put Freeman on the board. Take Machado off the board. Put Bo Bichette on the board. Take Bryce Harper off the board (average concerns). Put Bellinger, Yelich or Bogerts on the boardgerts. Eloy works, of course, but you’re so deep in the 1st round, I wouldn’t be surprised if you could go Jo-Ram/Bellinger/Eloy, if you wanted to, making Eloy your third pick. I’m so confused how I’m able to get such a great first three rounds, but when schmohawks are drafting guys like Trevor Bauer in the top 12 overall, it’s very possible.

10. Cody Bellinger – As I’ve said a few dozen times in the last few weeks, Bellinger is really a top five overall pick, coming at an insane discount this year. He’s a 40/10/.280 hitter in one of the best lineups in baseball. It’s kinda silly how late you can get him this year. Not sure if all of you can truly appreciate that you can draft Bellinger/Yelich with your first two picks. Or Bellinger and Freeman. Or Bellinger and Bichette. Or Bellinger and Story. Or Bellinger and literally anyone. Bellinger should be a top five pick. Due to his multi-position eligibility, I’m not sure who you cannot draft with Bellinger. Oh, I know — Trevor Bauer! (Or any starter.)

11. Christian Yelich – Similar to Bellinger without the position eligibility, so Yelich and Freeman? Yes, one thousand percent. Yelich and Harper? Meh, it’s okay, but I bet you can do better. Yelich and Bichette? Okay, I love it. Yelich and Machado? Sign me up. Due to ADP, you’re likely looking at Yelich and Lindor or Mondesi and I’m looking at enjoying all that. Of course, any Yelich pairing that was mentioned above too. I.e., Yelich and Story? I mean, c’mon, how are people letting others take these two? That’s unfair.

12. Bo Bichette – Ya know, as I dictate dis post to the 100 monkeys typing it up — *cracks whip* It’s THIS not DIS! — I’m starting to think I can actually draft one, if not two of my top 12 in a lot of leagues. It’s so sweet having goofs drafting Trevor Bauer, Giolito, etc. in the top two rounds. I can’t believe people are going to give me Bellinger/Bichette to start a draft. We’re about to cash a lot of leagues this year. As for Bichette, anyone but a shortstop, and all the pairings already mentioned in this post. Loving the thought of Bichette and Devers, but you can prolly do Bellinger/Bichette/Devers in most leagues. I am honestly laughing at how awful some other teams are gonna be compared to my first three rounds if I land them. About to tell everyone to give me the 12th pick and just watch me collect wonderful.

 
  1. Hary says:
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    Hey, Grey.

    I have pick number seven in a league and with your rankings am leaning toward drafting Story or Turner.

    If I get Story and the guys you mentioned in the blurb (Bellinger, Yelich, Jo-Ram, Freeman) are not there do I get a corner outfield bat like Devers, Abreu, or Arenado?

    If I get Turner I am leaning to get someone like Devers, Abreu, or Arenado. Does that sound good if the guys you mentioned in the blurb (Freeman, Bellinger, Machado) are not there?

    Thank you, for your time.

    • Cram It says:
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      Take the next ranked guy with power, especially with Turner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, those corner men work for me…I love Devers or Abreu…Arenado feels like a reach if you have the 7th pick

      • DonnieB says:
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        I just started a 15 team DC with Soto,Mondesi and Bogaerts. Should I be feeling orgasmic or just smoke a cigarette and focus on pitching? Pass on pitching if Alonso or Denver’s falls to me? Thanks.

  2. galica123 says:
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    Grey!!!!

    I thought the PPP was proof of you being the real deal triple threat but I have since been proven wrong! Great report and great rationale for whom and why to pair in round 2.

    a. What news from Verona? Any news on signings? I heard the Giants signed up Scott Kazmir to a minor league deal and that he ramped up his FB to 92-93 MPH in the workout, now that’s a blast from the past, right? I’m afraid that Scott Kazmir will have this song as his introduction song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epCN0f7FTIY).

    b. MLB quote of the day for February 24, 2021

    1. Honus Wagner, born February 24, 1874

    ‘Acknowledging that there may have been one or two whose talents were greater, there is no one who has ever played the game that I would be more anxious to have on a baseball team.’

    Historian / Author Bill James in The Biographical Encyclopedia (2000)

    2. Eddie Murray, born February 24, 1956

    ‘Eddie (Murray) was a huge part of the success of the Orioles for a lot of years. He was a great player and a great teammate. He went out and did his job every day.’

    Cal Ripken, Jr. in Sports Illustrated (01/07/2003, ‘Murray was all about action, not words’, Source) [Eddie Murray Quotes]

    3. Mike Lowell, born February 24, 1974

    ‘I’ve always been a focused person, and I continue to remain focused on my baseball career, but I think the cancer made me realize that there are other things that are a notch above baseball, you know? The whole ordeal put family, friends, my health where they should be in terms of priorities. Not that they weren’t before, but I don’t think I was as aware of it prior to this ordeal.’

    Mike Lowell in FIU Magazine (July 2002)

    4. Bronson Arroyo, born February 24, 1977

    ‘With his boyish face, his long flowing hair and his Q-tip body, one of the last guys in baseball one might slap the tough-guy image on is Bronson Arroyo. What was his mother thinking? She named him Bronson, “Because she liked tough-guy actor Charles Bronson,” said the Cincinnati Reds pitcher, the guy every pitcher in the clubhouse respects and probes for insights. But tough is as tough does and Arroyo displays baseball toughness almost beyond comprehension. Not only had he never missed a scheduled start on the mound during his 11-year major-league career, he never missed a start in six minor-league seasons and, in fact, never missed a start in high school or on the sandlots as a kid. Clearly, his arm is made of synthetic rubber, Body by Goodyear.’

    Dayton Daily News Sportswriter Hal McCoy (06/03/2013, ‘Hal: How Can You Question Bronson Arroyo…?’, Source)

    c. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for February 24, 2021

    ‘I patterned myself after Reggie Jackson. I wanted to have that same swing and hit some homeruns. When I was down in A-ball, I was trying to be Reggie Jackson and I was striking out all the time. And I was like, ‘This isn’t the way Reggie is doing it, so I got to change.’

    Rickey Henderson

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! I’d go with the blast from past of Aaron Sanchez before Kazmir

      How cool is that Rickey quote

      • galica123 says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. As incredible as the Rickey quote is, you are even more incredible!

        b. First time I saw the video of the song above. I had NO IDEA The Coasters were black from hearing that song.

        c. Also on Arroyo not missing any starts being the tough guy his mom called ‘Bronson’ as Charles Bronson was her idea behind it, I think nevertheless he should have sat out a few of those bad starts, right?

        d. Sorry for the somber Honus Wagner quote.

        Cheers,
        Ante

  3. YadierMind says:
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    Grey! Thanks as always for the fantastic work you do to get us prepped for draft!

    10 team, 25 man rosters, 9sp max, unlimited keepers, h2h points.

    I’m definitely keeping: Bauer, Strassburg, Glassnow, Bundy, Soroka, Clevinger

    On my roster I also have: Yarbrough, Devi Garcia, Christian Javier, Sean Manea, Luis Severino.

    Who’s last 3 in? I’m leaning Yarbrough/Devi/Sevi. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Your keepers are not great, what happened? You rebuilding? I guess Yarbrough/Devi/Sevi

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Might even go Javi/Devi/Sevi if I were rebuilding for real

      • YadierMind says:
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        Alonso, Edman, Tatis, jo-ram, bellinger, Abreu, Hoskins, hader, karnichak, Gallegos, Crochet. Take discount pitchers, leverage the 5 IR slots, and stream a couple guys a week. My bats rake, it’s h2h points, and when those guys are on, they are really on. It’s a 10 year old dynasty league I’ve been in 6 years now, keep 25/25 for unlimited years. It’s a top 3 team the last few seasons, but still looking for the championship!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup!

          • YadierMind says:
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            So you’d lean javi > yarbro

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              In a keeper, yeah

  4. I am the walrus says:
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    Please pick in order
    Baez-$22
    Story-$35
    Turner-$30

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner, Story

  5. reese says:
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    12 team mixed keeper, picking my last 2 keepers from this lot:
    Ke’bryan Hayes, Framber Valdez, Victor Robles, Schwarber, Andres Gimenez
    (all at similar cost)
    I’m torn! My team needs speed, I’m OK on power and have Degrom and Fried already.

    • Jr says:
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      In a keeper I would go Hayes and Valdez since an a similar cost

    • Cram It says:
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      First two

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  6. detroit_kozak says:
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    All great tools on here for sure…. will the Points Leagues Rankings Spreadsheet be released soon as well?

    By far my favorite tool for my salary dynasty league!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Malamoney said soon, I believe

  7. omar says:
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    Thanks for answering my question re: OPS rankings yesterday. I have a follow-up on draft philosophy. My league is a bit different in that there are 6 hitting cats (OPS added) but the standard 5 pitching cats. In a situation like this where there hitting is emphasized, how far down the rankings lists to pitchers fall, if at all?

    For example, Degrom, Cole, and Bieber are 5,9,10 in the player rater, and 16,17,24 in the top 500, respectively. Do the pitchers get shifted down the board by a certain percentage in hitter-heavy leagues? I’m of the Grey School of Drafting where I never take pitching early, so I’m interested to see if there are any ranking movements I need to make in the 8-15 round section of the draft. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching is pretty deemphasized…How much? I’d just draft a good staff, I’d follow my pitchers pairing, and take a first SP around 50th overall, but I think I’d skip all the way to Framber for SP 2nd

  8. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Super helpful Grey, thanks!

    In a keeper league ($260 budget), would you trade a $31 Machado (like goes for $35-37) for a $4 Kyle Lewis?

    I might also be able to get $9 Lamet or $3 Sixto in the deal. Who would you go with there between the two?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      I’d take Machado in a shallow enough league and not mess with worrying about future keepers

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks – makes sense. It’s a 12 teamer where I was planning to keep Voit ($10) over Manny ($31), with the plan to redraft Manny for a little more (or just go ham on drafting Matt Chapman, who everyone seems to distrust for no reason). But that was why I was getting curious about Lewis.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So you take Lewis, redraft Manny and sacrificing Voit? ? That works

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            Yea that would be the idea. Lewis gets kept, I don’t keep Voit or Manny (redrafting manny and Voit only if he falls). Then I have a SP in either Lamet $9 or Sixto ($3) (any preference between the two guys?) as an option in case my current keeper pitchers get injured in spring etc.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That seems to work, but forget Lamet

  9. speill says:
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    Trade Trea or Story for Mondesi and Bieber. What side do you favor. Thanks

    • foxman says:
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      Champagne problems huh? For what it’s worth, I tried trading Trea for Mondesei and Bieber in my league but got shot down. It’s a 5 player forever keeper league. How many guys do you keep in your league?

      • speill says:
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        7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mondesi/Bieber works for me, I’d send Trea

  10. The Great Knoche says:
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    When NFBC DC emails going out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This week, aiming to start Monday

  11. packers2018 says:
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    I opened with Story, Belli and Devers in a NFBC 12 teamer, Maeda in the 4th.

    I have bought the delux package as usual, but can’t figure out how to open Rudy’s war room?
    Is there a link or email message or something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ping Rudy @ Razzball — he’ll walk you through it, and if misses your email for some reason, I’ll ping him for you

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice open, btw

      • packers2018 says:
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        Ok, Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • we got it figured out.

  12. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    In the hypotheticals of hypotheticals, where do you think Story could get traded to mid-season if COL doesn’t lock him up long term? Are my pinstripes showing if I dream on him being a Yankee (they could toss them Urshela and someone)?

    • foxman says:
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      The Rockies should only trade for pitching. Forever and always. They can’t pay enough money to free agents to choose to go there, so they need to bring over young arms that have no say in the matter.
      I thought they would get Liberatore from StL in the Arenado trade, so what do I know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story going Yanks would be hilarious — after everyone being worried about his fantasy value after a trade, then he goes somewhere he might actually have more value

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        He’s on such a bad offense, there’s a bunch of scenarios where he gains or keeps same value, totally agree!

  13. David Bevis says:
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    Looking f0r some Keeper help. 11 Team Auction $260 budget , inflation running about 17%

    KEEP 4 total
    2 given T Anderson $10 Ryu $3

    So can keep 2 from
    Freeman $33
    laureano $3
    Soler $3
    Sano $1
    Grandal $5

    And, anyone know if the Auction war room will be available ? I think it was Smoky that did it last year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman, Laureano

      Haven’t heard on the Auction War Room

  14. Denver90 says:
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    We can have any guy drafted after round 20 as a keeper for 4 years in that same round. We also added 2 IL and 2 bench spots this year. How would you rank Thor, Severino, Verlander, Clevinger, or others as stashes for ’22 and beyond or should I bother?

    • Energyturtle says:
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      Clevinger only. Holding 2 seems like it’d handcuff you this year

      • NUX says:
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        Nice nick, ET. I know a King of the Hill reference when I see it.

        My 2020 team name for fantasy was the 2020 Bobby Hill Quarantine Experience

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What energyturtle said…Does having say Thor mean you can’t hold him in ’22? Bc he’s much better for this year than Clevinger

      • Denver90 says:
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        If I were to draft two of them I’d have to use another keeper slot that moves up 4 rounds every year. So I’d have one until ’24 in round 26 the other in round 23 next year, round 19 in ’23, they make great trade bait.

  15. Energyturtle says:
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    Which 2 do you keep?

    C Seager 10th round
    Albies 13th
    Alonso 18th

    7 offensive cats (add Hits and OPS to usual 5)
    Who ya got? Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies 13th
      Alonso 18th

  16. Holala says:
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    Deep Keeper League:

    JD Martinez or Gavin lux? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD

  17. Steve says:
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    So as I peruse almost all of these expert mock drafts or the F.S.G.A. Expert’s Draft or labr mixed league. Everyone except grey is saying we need to draft a pitcher early. I have read the reasonings for this but I don’t get it. Even with reduced innings projections or the ball being deader then previous years doesn’t that scream we need to diffuse risk with several lesser arms. I suppose if you don’t want to put in the work in streaming pichers throughout the season perhaps grabbing an arm early is for you but I will pass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Diffuse what risk?

      People are drafting. say, Trevor Bauer in the 2nd round, is he not risky?

      • Steve says:
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        Im sorry I may have gotten lost in my diatribe. I am for not taking pitchers early. I can’t understand the arguments for taking starters early

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          100% Steve!

    • galica123 says:
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      Steve!

      Just my 0.02$. Read Bill James in the 80s on Darryl Strawberry’s production from 2 years – one was 1987 and the other 1988. In 1987, there were a lot of home runs hit in the league (it was known as the ‘Rabbit ball’ year, to wit Wade Boggs hit 24 HRs.). In fact there were 4,458 HRs hit in 1987 (6,776 hit in 2019, btw) but in 1988 there were only 3,180 HRs hit or a 29% drop in HRs. Now look at Strawberry’s numbers in 1987 and 1988 and you get the answer to Grey’s idea that hitting is important, and with the dead ball the good HR hitters will continue to hit and be even more precious.

      Strawberry 1987

      G 154, AB 532, R 108, H 151, 2B 32, 3B 5, HR 39, RBI 104, SB 36, CS 12, BB 97, K 122, HP 7, SH 0, SF 4, IBB 13, GIDP 4, SLASH .284/.398/.583, OPS .981, PA 640, TB 310, XBH 76, secA .526, ISO .299, BABIP .299, BB% 15.16, K% 19.06, K:BB 1.26, AB/HR 13.6, HR% 6.09, XBH% 50.3

      Strawberry 1988

      G 153, AB 543, R 101, H 146, 2B 27, 3B 3, HR 39, RBI 101, SB 29, CS 14, BB 85, K 127, HP 3, SH 0, SF 9, IBB 21, GIDP 6, SLASH .269/.366/.545, OPS .911, PA 640, TB 296, XBH 69, secA .460, ISO .276, BABIP .277, BB% 13.28, K% 19.84, K:BB 1.49, AB/HR 13.9, HR% 6.09, XBH% 47.3

      In short, Strawberry’s 39 HRs in 1988 were way better than the same 39 HRs he hit in 1987 because of the scarcity rule evidenced by the 29% drop in HR production from 1987 to 1988.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • foxman says:
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        This begs the question, “Which hitters will struggle with power?”
        We can’t have it both ways. This baseball change could certainly boost the value of all pitchers, but wouldn’t it impact hitters stats even more significantly. Look at the example that Ante gives. A 29% reduction in homers increased the value of guys who could launch homers, and I am guessing it tanked value of warning track power guys.
        If we experience that this year, who falls flat.
        Mostly worried about guys projected in first 4 rounds, as I avoid pitching.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But if everyone’s hurt by a dead ball, wouldn’t the top guys still be better than hitters who are not as good? Lower the ocean floor, the entire ocean lowers, not just part of it

          • foxman says:
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            If we lower the ocean floor the ocean gets deeper, and we are in the deepest HR waters in the history of baseball. The philosophy of the modern game and the physique of the players in 2021 versus 1988 leads me to believe we won’t sea a shallowing of the waters like the example above. Still, a change in a baseball might make a difference, and it may not effect all guys equally. The example above shows that changes don’t effect all elite players equally. To continue the analogy, we might have shallower waters and that may make all fish smaller on average, but there are still going to be big fish. Those big fish in those shallower oceans will look much bigger than in deeper waters.

            • Grey

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              I’m lost in the analogy now…I do agree that it might not affect all players the same…Ketel Marte would be presumably be hurt more than say Pete Alonso…But if say Trout’s hurt, then Max Kepler’s being hurt too — all of this is guesswork until we see the ball react to the bat…All I’m saying is if the top hitters are hurt, in general, the all the hitters will be too, and this will help pitchers, which helps not drafting an SP high (more SPs will be good, leveling playing field)

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      One thing I have said for years is that I really feel like the less of something there is in fantasy baseball, the less you need to draft it. If you lived through the steroid era, you remember that if you drafted Randy Johnson or Greg Maddux or Pedro….who were SO MUCH BETTER than the rest of the pitchers in the league…early, you got killed. You needed so much offense to compete. Plus there was so much garbage pitching at the end, your back end starters pretty much undid the value you were getting from the front line guy. Sure you still got surplus value from that pitcher, but in the total team context, the stat environment had a leveling effect that diffused that value.

      My approach to pitching this year is to try and really focus on arms that I like and not necessarily pay as much attention to their jobs. I think there’s going to be a lot of trying to play match ups. There will be a ton of guys who will start for stretches then go back to the pen or the minors and you’ll need to get them for those stretches when they’re actually on the mound.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ding, ding, ding — Tony Gonsolin!

  18. Jordan Boyle says:
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    I was in an ESPN draft yesterday, and my first three picks were: Jose Ramirez, Trevor Story, and Ozzie Albies. Are you proud of me Grey?!?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amazing! Nice

  19. Raider says:
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    For Vin or Truss- Is the 10pm original razz league drafting tomorrow full? Both links on Truss’ article go to the 7pm league

    • VinWins

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      Sorry about that. The link has been fixed. If the leagues fill, we will draft tomorrow, but there is a good chance I will have to reschedule. 7 PM has 6 openings; 10 PM had 8.

      • Raider says:
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        Sounds good, I would be interested in one (can’t draft at 7 unfortunately). Still not able to get in the 10pm league, may be on my end.

  20. Raider20 says:
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    For Vin or Truss- Is the original razz league drafting at 10pm tomorrow full? both links on Truss’ article go to the 7pm

  21. Smitty says:
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    I got pick #3 with my home league. Assuming Acuna and Tatis are gone looking at Betts, Soto, and Trea. Took Betts back in November and still might, but Sexy is lookin mighty fine. Trea is the dude that is REALLY tough. Checks all the boxes – a true 5 cat stud. Sexy and Mondy with first 2? Leaning that way…or Bauer! ha
    Dig the pairings and the logic behind the goal of balance. Wanted to ask why you bang certain positions when you’ve already selected a player at that position? (except OF possibly) Why is doubling up on a position such a disadvantage to you? Is it that you’re locking up your CI or MI slot too early? I get the desired speed/power blend, but maybe it’s because it limits your flexibility? BTW – are any of those NFBC’s the 50 round D&H? If so I’d be interested.
    Always love reading your advice, thank you Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soto and Mondesi sounds so good to me, it doesn’t to you? I’m fine with taking a 2nd SS 5-7 rounds later, but you don’t want to leave the 2nd round with two of the same position — then what happens if a SS falls later, you’re filling your UTIL spot? Then you are missing another position like OF? Filling MI in the 7-9th round is fine…Don’t fill it crazy early

      • Smitty says:
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        Gotcha, makes sense.

      • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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        U know I’m a YUGE lemming for you Lothario…but, if there is no position scarcity (there isn’t), then I should be indifferent between filling any spot before another. In other words, it’s okay to fill UT before MI or CI or 5th OF. The Cobblers went SS, SS, SS in two of my DCs. Since these SS’s fill out a SOLID base of BA, HR, RBI/R and SB, the COBBLERS are the team to beat!

        STORY, LINDOR!, BOGAERTS in one and STORY, BICHETTE, BOGIE in t’other!!! #WINNING:)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you fill UTIL spot in the 3rd round, you have taken guys off your draft sheet, so if, say, Mondesi falls into the 7th round, you can’t draft him, it’s not great

          • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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            I hear ye. Alvarez, Stanton, Franmil (Ouch) were all off my board. Guys always fall in drafts though, In another draft, DeJong fell to me. Big whoop!

            It definitely make me less flexible as the draft goes along but I’m trying to hit category targets with the players most likely to provide those stats. And you know grabbing 3 top SS is some sweet MamaJuju!! (huh?)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, I ain’t fighting ya taking any Mamajuju

  22. Spring Blake says:
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    Thanks again for all the draft prep Grey!

    Quick keeper Q for you:

    Keep 3 no penalty – Points leage:

    Acuna
    Matt Olson
    Merrifield
    Mondesi

    Scherzer
    Buehler
    Dustin May
    Maeda

    Thinking Acuna, Buehler for sure, but having trouble deciding between Merrifield and Scherzer for 3.

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Acuna, Scherzer, Buehler

      • Spring Blake says:
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        dope, thanks grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  23. VinWins

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    Hey Grey. Just curious. In a 15-team 50-round Draft and Hold, roughly how many pitchers do you end up with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think it’s around 13

        • VinWins

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          Thanks!. I could just say I drafted 13 starters and pretend I did good. But that includes Lamet, Severino, and Syndergaard. It’s a points league and I figured I’d rely on my hitting to keep me in contention. Didn’t draft a pitcher until Means in the 13th round.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You didn’t draft a starter until Means? Really?

            • VinWins

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              True story. They just go so quick; I couldn’t pull the trigger on a reach. Oh, well. I’ll probably be paying more attention then most during the season, Hopefully that will be the difference.

              John Means – BAL
              Marcus Stroman – NYM
              Dinelson Lamet – SD
              Jordan Montgomery – NYY
              Ryan Yarbrough – TB
              Elieser Hernandez – MIA
              Zach Eflin – PHI
              James Paxton – SEA
              Tyler Mahle – CIN
              Sean Manaea – OAK
              Trevor Williams – CHC
              Noah Syndergaard – NYM
              Luis Severino – NYY

              • VinWins

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                Oh oh. Wasn’t paying attention to grammar in that post.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I still like those SPs a lot, but you are missing some high-end guys

                • VinWins

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                  No doubt. And my RPs aren’t great either.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha, hmm…Not ideal!

  24. danny says:
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    I saw in Tommy pham’s ESPN player note it suggested a National League DH is still on the table, but I thought they already nixed that? Or is it still a possibility?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds possible still, but a longshot

      • Smitty says:
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        Unbelieveable! Figure it out MLB!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seriously

  25. JB says:
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    I will goose your nips with a loving purple nurple…….. hahahahah

    Thanks Grey, you made my day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, No problem

  26. 406mtechdigger says:
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    Thanks Grey!

    Another trade question…. Another owner has Bichette at $60 and I think I may be able to get him for my $80 Xander + a $20 Dustin May. You biting? What about instead of May, Julio at $20? Or Verdugo at $20? Too much? Or you do it? Any thoughts are appreciated!

    12 Teamer H2H Points League
    $1000 draft budget
    Keep whoever you want with progressive cost each year
    20-40-60-80-100-125-150-175-200 etc

    Jose Ramirez – $125
    Manny Machado – $100
    Xander Bogaerts – $80
    Luis Roberts – $40
    Trent Grisham – $20
    Julio Rodriguez – $20
    Alex Verdugo – $20
    Kyle Lewis – $20

    Carlos Carrasco – $40
    Lance Lynn – $40
    Dustin May – $20
    Kenta Maeda – $20
    Framber Valdez – $20
    James Karinchak – $20

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m taking Bichette for Xander/Dustin…The others seem a bit high

      • 406mtechdigger says:
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        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  27. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Yo Grey!

    Keeper declaration time in my 12 team 5×5 dynasty league, we keep 25. Here are my current keepers:

    C D’Arnaud
    C McCann
    1B Alonso
    2B Madrigal
    3B Machado
    SS Polanco
    MI Gimenez
    CI Hayes
    OF Betts
    OF Robert
    OF Lewis
    OF Santander
    OF Yaz
    UTIL Yordan
    UTIL Profar
    Bench bats: Mejia (we start 2 C’s), Kelenic, D Waters, Monte Harrison

    SP’s Lynn, Kershaw, Stroman, Keuchel, Skubal
    RP’s none

    I also have Andrew Vaughn and Garrett Crochet on my MiLB roster, probably the 2 closest to being called up.

    Been trying to trade Yaz for pitching, no dice. Would you consider trading Yordan for pitching help? I have the 4th pick in the draft, and normally there are a lot of SP3 types and lower half of the league closers available.

    Also, I am planning on keeping Monte for cheap steals and theoretical upside, should I keep any of the following pitchers instead based on my weakness there: Odorizzi, David Peterson, Zach Davies?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need to trade for a SP with Yordan…Yes, lose Monte for Odorizzi, assuming he signs…

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        Thanks Grey! If I can work some sort of Yaz for Sandy Alcantara deal, should I do that? Might have to include a rookie draft pick on my end to do it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me

          • TualatinTwoStep says:
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            Thank you Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  28. crime diggity dog says:
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    Keep one of the following. We can keep up to 2 players, have Acuna already, so one of the below would be paired with him.

    Baez- 11th round pick
    Voit- 17th round pick
    Hiura- 22nd round pick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keston

  29. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Oops. I thought I was gambling on Yoenis, but I just noticed I drafted Yoelkis Cespedes. That’s what I get for drafting all night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha, Vin, you’re having one today, huh?

  30. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Always drafting. On Monday I have a 40-round draft at 6 AM, one with RCL settings at noon, and an actual RCL at 7 PM.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah, nice!

  31. Whatever says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12 team keeper (350 cap) using OBP and SVH. Can keep 10.

    Made a lot of moves in 2019 but then 2020 threw off some position elig so I have a lot of corners.

    My core 9 as of now:

    Rizzo (37), Bregman (16), Machado (36), Vlad Jr (7), Ozuna (17), Pham (6)
    Cole (24), Lynn (1), Alcantara (1)

    Anyone you would add as the 10th keeper or just keep 9? Its pretty thin I admit but I have won the league a bunch of years and sort of rebuilding.

    Alfaro (1), LaStella (3), Newman (1), Benintendi (21), Pillar (1), Dom Santana (21)
    G Cooper (1), E Escobar (2)

    Strasburg (30), M Kelly (1), Caleb Smith (2)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would keep Caleb Smith

      • Whatever says:
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        Thanks Grey.

  32. William Garcia says:
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    What’s up Grey,

    I’m in a 20 Team FB Keeper league, We get to keep 4 keepers and I have the 6th pick in the draft.

    I have the following players that’s I’m trying to decide on:

    Y. Alvarez DH
    J. McNeil 2B, OF
    T. Anderson SS
    C.Seager SS
    S. Perez C
    P. Goldschmidt 1B
    K.Tucker OF
    L. Giolito SP

    Who do you think I should keep?

    Thanks for the help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      K.Tucker OF
      L. Giolito SP
      Y. Alvarez DH
      Anderson

      • William Garcia says:
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        Hey Grey,

        Thanks for that, really helps.

        Anderson over Seager?

        What’s your reasoning, Just curious? Want to see what a great mind is thinking?

        If I keep Anderson, I’ll probably trade Seager and improve my keepers, what should I trade for, more power, speed or a Pitcher.

        Here are the hitting stats: K, H, R, RBI, HR & SB
        pitching stats: ER, K, QS, W, SV & HD

        Thanks again best regards

          • William Garcia says:
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            Read your Rankings, I must say I think I will switch to Razzball from now on.

            Not trying to kiss your ass, but your rankings and articles are refreshing.

            You may be the only person not so high on Seager. Even teams in my league are like Seager is a stud, now that I read your comments on him you may have suade me over.

            Which leads to my question…

            Someone offered me Matt Olson for either Seager or Anderson. Would you make this trade? If so who should i trade for him? and Finally who would your 4 keepers be afterwards?

            Thanks again, best regards

  33. Cohen says:
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    Your own preference
    Tatis/Devers or Tatis/Robert?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both so good, Devers normalizes Tatis potentially less than great AVG

      • Cohen says:
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        Thank u

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  34. Licketty Splits says:
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    In a slow 15 team Fantrax points league with 7 of the 50 picks in the books. I ended up accidentally auto drafting a couple of the 7 but so far …IMHO not terrible.
    My Team so far:
    1B Rizzo (97)
    2B K Marte (84)
    SS
    3B Machado (24)
    OF Trout (7); Robert (37)
    SP Ryu (54); Gray (67)

    I definitely need some speed along the way. 7 closers off the board with a few taken recent so maybe a run …best closers available are Jansen or Pressly.
    Best SS would be Correa or Edman ….feel like waiting there for Castro or Polanco. Other best hitters would be Buxton, Laureano & your guy K Lewis (ADP 145 so I could hopefully wait).
    SP Lamet, P Lopez & Bundy are out there
    Leaning a closer since several are gone & I think it might be slim pickings after 14 picks.
    How does the team look so far? Your suggestion for the next two picks??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks great so far…take Kenley then Lewis

      • Licketty Splits says:
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        Thanks …appreciate your take

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  35. JB says:
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    Grey: Dynasty Lg roto. OBP instead of AVE and the Hold and save cats are separate. We keep 25, draft 6 rounds and also have 10 minor spots to hold prospects.

    So far:

    C EMPTY
    1B Cody Bellinger 1B,OF | LAD
    2B Whit Merrifield 2B,OF | KC
    3B Tommy Edman 2B,3B,OF,SS | STL
    SS Javier Baez SS | CHC
    MI Keston Hiura 2B | MIL
    CI EMPTY
    OF Nick Castellanos OF | CIN
    OF Bryce Harper OF | PHI
    OF Ramon Laureano OF | OAK
    OF Marcell Ozuna OF | ATL
    OF George Springer OF | TOR
    DH J.D. Martinez OF | BOS
    U Eddie Rosario OF | CLE

    P Shane Bieber P | CLE
    P Alex Colome P | MIN
    P Yu Darvish P | SD
    P German Marquez P | COL
    P Max Scherzer P | WAS
    P Stephen Strasburg P | WAS
    P Blake Treinen P | LAD
    P Julio Urias P | LAD
    P Jose Urquidy P | HO

    Garrett Hampson
    Jean Segura
    Miguel Andujar
    Willie Calhoun
    Victor Robles OF (Keeper)
    Amed Rosario SS

    Ill have S murphy at C and J walsh moving up from the minor slots.

    Garrett Hampson
    Jean Segura
    Miguel Andujar
    Willie Calhoun
    Amed Rosario SS

    From the 5 listed above Ill prob drop Segura and Andujar or Calhoun.

    Im trying to trade before we draft…….Obviously I need saves and holds but may try to draft those categories.

    Anything you would do to improve this roster?
    Who would you trade and maybe target?

    thanks !!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • JB says:
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        10

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay, drop Segura, Andujar

      Yes, you need saves, clearly…Maybe a trade? Depends who’s available…Your hitting is stacked, and I love your pitching, besides German Marquez, who I do not like…Guess you can start him in away games…

      • JB says:
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        Yes….i had a deal for Marquez for Pressly and Ottavino, but lost out as he offered Pressly to another manager before I could accept.

        The manager that was interested in Marquez has Ottavino, Chapman, t Rogers, D Castillo.
        Chapman is prob a no go, but would you take any of the other 3

        Maybe Castillo and Rogers(pair him with Colome for saves and holds)

        Not sure if he will trade Castillos.

        Ottavino and Rogers is proably doable, but than Id have to drop Calhoun.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          These aren’t great — just draft Holds

          • JB says:
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            Very true.

            Thoughts of trading Max? What should be the return in a dynasty Lg considering his age.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Why trade?

              • JB says:
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                I agree… I’m just thinking in terms of his age. Flip him while he still pulls back value.

                Would you deal Hampson for a Stroman or Wheeler?

      • JB says:
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        Would you move Marquez for C Santana?

  36. toolshed says:
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    Would you rather own w calhoun or nate lowe as a late round bench pick for a slow draft. I originally was planning on calhoun but his playing time seems to be more in question. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Calhoun

  37. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’m in your NFBC league, Albright. Looks like a solid group of players. I’ll try not to embarrass myself.

    Is the draft order already set? Did we not do the Kentucky Derby draft preferences?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, you have to set your preferences in the KDS — make sure to put 15 first!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wait, draft order is set already? That’s weird, wha’ happened?

        • Cram It says:
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          Yeah, I didn’t even know I had no time to set my preferences. I have the 1st pick though.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, incredible…How’d you get #1? I’m about to complain to NFBC (I won’t complain)

            • Cram It says:
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              FIIK, but I’ll take it over the back end. Now I’ll spend a week figuring out who I want, which isn’t really a decision when you’re not #1.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Better speed up your inner monologue, draft starts on Monday

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          I demand a recount! I mean sure, who wouldn’t want to pick 11th, but in fairness to the rest of you…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, they stuck us with pre-set KDS, weird, never seen that before — they did it in Rudy and Donkey’s leagues too

            • Tom says:
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              Yah great I got 15.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ouch

            • Hernan says:
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              Crazy, but it is what it is Burrito Boyz in Grey’s league too, picking from 13 slot…., good luck!!!!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Aw sookie!

                • greg says:
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                  Just noticed. Home page says “draft speed” 2 hours. Is that right?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, it’ll still take forever

  38. Hometown Heroes says:
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    In a 12 team AL only 5×5 keeper league would you trade Jose Ramirez $20 1 year left for Aaron Civale $10 2 yrs, Biggio $1 for one year and then increasing to $16 for 2 years and Leody Taveras $1 3 years? Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  39. LG Baseball says:
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    Hi Grey – love this write-up. I’m fortunate to have Acuna, Trout, Trea and Bichette in a keeper based on your help and hard work over the years! It’s a H2H 10 team keep 10 guys. My team is:

    1 – Alonso
    2 – Ketel
    3-
    SS – Trea
    OF – Acuna
    OF – Trout
    OF – Harper
    Util: Bichette
    Bench: Yordan, Julio Rodriguez

    SP – Nola

    Trade question: I have a couple offers for Trout – would you take either or keep him?

    1) Trout for Machado, Kelenic and Grisham and draft pick (good pick but top 100 guys are kept)

    2) Trout for Lou Bob, Kyle Tucker and Gavin Lux

    Thanks!
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! 1. Never trade best player, but I kinda like Machado side 2. I like 1 better

      • LG Baseball says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Just checkin this out. You trade Trout, Manny goes to 3B, Grisham or Kelnic takes Trouts place, what do you with the other of the two. Id keep Trout

  40. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Grey –

    12tM AL only dynasty

    Would you trade a $1 Josh Naylor and $13 Aaron Hicks for $11 Eduardo Rodriguez and $23 Marcus Semien?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien

  41. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    I’m doing my first ever points league this year. It’s a keep 6 h2h 12 team league. Took over a mehh team. Which of these 6 do you like best (min 1 pitcher)?

    Yelich, Realmuto, Voit, G Torres, Gallo, Cruz, Altuve, Conforto, L Hendricks, E Diaz, P Corbin

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich, Realmuto, Voit, G Torres, Conforto, Corbin

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        L Hendricks was actually my top point earner on the team last season. Stick with the starter anyways?

        Also, I have an opportunity to trade a pick for Carrasco. Would it be a large enough improvement over the the six you chose to be worth it? If so, what round pick seems fair?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh yeah? Hmm, I’m fine with Hendricks — Corbin’s nothing special

          • bossmanjunior333 says:
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            Would you trade a pick for Carrasco or stick with Hendricks/Corbin?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Trade a pick for Carrasco

              • bossmanjunior333 says:
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                What’s a ballpark guess as to what round you would offer if it’s a pick 6?

                • bossmanjunior333 says:
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                  *keep 6

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Pick 6 in the 1st round or the 6th pick after keepers, so the 12th round?

                  • bossmanjunior333 says:
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                    Keep 6 so first round of draft is essentially the 7th. haha Im new to this so Im trying to articulate it best I can. Thanks for the help.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem, trying to be sure I know what you mean…So the 7th round? Best guys who are not kept right? Not sure who that would be in your league, but I’d guess they’re good, like around a low #1 SP and Randy Arozarena types

                    • bossmanjunior333 says:
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                      Yes exactly. It’s a 12 team league, so presumably the 7th round would be around pick 80 or s0. I know for a fact Arozarena is available and Carrasco might be as well. So maybe a third round pick?

  42. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Also, think is the first league I have ever been in where you can trade draft picks. Since it’s a keep 6, it’s basically the 7th round on for a snake draft. How do you go about assigning value to draft picks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who would be available in that round is the value of the round

  43. Mr Baseball says:
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    offered Matt Chapman for Sonny Gray in a trade

    Keeper Dynasty League

    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Doubles (2B), Triples (3B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)

    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Strikeouts per Walk Ratio (K/BB), Quality Starts (QS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s apples/oranges, depends on needs…

  44. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Greg Polanco
    Ty France
    Sam Hilliard
    Mikal Franco
    JP Crawford
    Aaron Sanchez

    Cut two, positions don’t matter

  45. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    So he asked for my third round pick for Carrasco. What should I counter and ultimately what round should I accept? Thanks.

  46. Son

    Son says:
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    Guru Grey Goat. What a G!

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