Psst! This post is gonna list 2nd basemen that you should target in your 2021 fantasy baseball drafts. I’m whispering because you don’t want everyone to see this post. No, I can’t whisper louder, then it WOULDN’T BE WHISPERING! Okay, gig’s up (or maybe that’s jig’s up), the love I’m about to reiterately (Made Up Word of the Day!) confirm is on these guys I love later in drafts. I’m not going to mention Ketel Marte other than this one mention of him where I say I’m not going to mention him. At least that’s my apophasis and I’m sticking to it! These are players that you’re looking at later and all of them have ADPs after 200 (unlike Marte; okay, two non-mentions). Some could be the 2nd baseman on your team, they are more than likely MIs. This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Croatia) supplement to the top 20 2nd basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2021 projections. Anyway, here’s some 2nd basemen to target for 2021 fantasy baseball:

Nick Solak (Yahoo 225) I didn’t give you 2nd basemen fantasy baseball sleepers who were as deep as 200th-plus overall. I gave you guys who are drafted earlier, because I think you need to reach a little for that pure eh-eff upside from this position. Even Solak, who I did write one for — Nick Solak sleeper; see? — is being drafted before 200th overall in NFBC and ESPN leagues, which is why they’re not listed in the ADP/ranking parenthetical. Dylan Moore who I love — Dylan Moore sleeper — is going roughly 100 picks before 200, and I sorta wrote a Ketel Marte sleeper, which I simply posted in my top 20 2nd basemen. So, ‘lak is a definite grab if you can, and go read his sleeper post for more. By the by, I wrote this post a few weeks ago, and at the time ESPN had Solak ranked around 250th overall. I get making minor adjustments, due to playing time in the spring, but I don’t understand how anyone moves that dramatically in the rankings this time of year. It’s kinda like the first pass at rankings for them is just a literal chucking of nonsense against the wall.

David Fletcher (ESPN 223, Yahoo 232, NFBC 225) Surnames are usually what your ancestors did for a living, so Fletcher’s dad loved to watch Fletch. It’s science. Keep finding myself drafting Fletcher this year. Honestly, not sure why. He’s not the type of guy who I usually like at all — 8/8/.300 makes Daddy go yawn. Might be the eligibility everywhere, and might be because it’s been a lot of Best Ball leagues, and in roto, I’d still stay away. Hmm, big endorsement here for the one who Fletches.

Garrett Hampson (ESPN 232, Yahoo 240, NFBC 260) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA–breathe, Grey, breathe! Put me in a straitjacket! *imitating Cypress Hill* I’m going loco… Whoa, I almost lost it there thinking about how many times I’ve suggested you draft Garrett Hampson and how each time resident prospblocker, Bud Black — Bud Block? — just says nope. Hampson has been given more chances by fantasy baseballers than anyone else in recent memory, and I’m 100% factoring in Brett Lawrie. This will be the last year for Hampson as he enters the season when he turns 27. According to Roster Resource, he’s still not starting, and I tend to agree. At worst, he’s going to platoon with Hilliard and face all (and only) lefties. At best, he’s platooning all over the field, facing some righties and will get 425+ ABs. Each time I wonder if maybe Hampson just isn’t that good, and is a utility player, I’m reminded how he was great during the few times he was an everyday player in 2019. That wasn’t a…dream, was it?

Nick Madrigal (ESPN 239, Yahoo 208) I’ll be real with you, I think I ranked Madrigal too low. In fairness to me (because why not), everyone after 200th overall is one giant tier. As I’ve said numerous times before, if you need a 2nd baseman at pick 200, and need average or speed, what difference does it make if I have Ryan McMahon or Hunter Dozier before Madrigal. One of my biggest problems with FantasyPros’ ranking of rankings. It’s super dumb. If you need speed and average, Madrigal’s like a poor man’s Treat Urner. Okay, very poor. Call him Dogtreat Urner. I’m kinda shocked I have Madrigal projected for two homers. Seems high for him. If you need a .300+ average though with 15+ steals, you’re not finding that elsewhere, outside of Madrigal. Also, I already gave you a Nick Madrigal fantasy.

Andres Gimenez (ESPN 243) This made me laugh, and it’s really a super nerdy thing to laugh at but here ya go:  Two weeks ago Yahoo had Amed Rosario about ten spots before Gimenez. They, of course, changed it so you have to take my word for it. If Cleveland were to start Rosario in front of Gimenez, they’re so wildly dumb. Sure, teams are always doing dumb, and I don’t need to list examples of “teams doing dumb” but I don’t think they’re gonna be doing this that dumb. I mean, that would be very, very dumb. If I’m reading the tea leaves correctly, they won’t even platoon Gimenez, and just let Rosario rotate around the field. It’s why they said they’re gonna try Rosario in the outfield. Also, I already gave you an Andres Gimenez fantasy. It was from before the trade, but same diff, basically.

Jon Berti (ESPN 253, Yahoo 337, NFBC 289) If Hampson is Brett Lawrie plus five years, Berti is a Lawrie that was never meant to be. Though. Dot dot dot. Lawrie was a “never was,” so a “never meant to be” with a “never was” is a “possibly never but could be.” Not confusing at all! Berti went 7/40 one year in Double-A, after stealing 56 bags in High-A, and, damn, Berti really missed out on having a career because of some cheap-ass teams. You look at Berti’s stats, and he is consistently prorating to a 10/30/.270 season without much effort. Shame he has less than 120 MLB games under his belt at the age of 31.

Scott Kingery (ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 342) If there was no 2020 season, Kingery would be ranked in the 150th overall range, as he was going into last year. So, what happened, you ask me while batting your eyelashes, as you swing for the fences. He wasn’t right for 113 ABs last year, due to the plague, and he’s completely forgotten this year. Let’s take his projections from last year: 80/22/69/.271/17 and compare them to guys this year. It’s roughly the same on our Steamer hitter projections as Ozzie Albies, Wil Myers, Randy Arozarena and Trent Grisham. So, he’s now unranked because he had a bad four weeks? Oh…*climbs to the top of the stairs in Philly with the Rocky statue*…kay. For full disclosure, I am concerned Odubel Herrera steals Kingery’s job out of spring training. Still, he’s practically free in drafts.

Brendan Rodgers (ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 486) Here’s a guy I’ve been trying to figure out why there’s no one interested. Even if you consider NFBC the “smart money” and I’m not sure we should be doing that, but if we are, Rodgers is all but forgotten. People thought he was a 27/10/.275 hitter as recently as 2018, and then had two terrible years, right? No. He didn’t play, and he’s only 24 years old. So, why is he all but forgotten? Because his 2020 wasn’t good? He didn’t play — getting 21 at-bats. Because he wasn’t good in 2019? Didn’t play, only 76 ABs then. Now Bud Block (is that a thing now?) might screw with Rodgers, but all indications is he’s an everyday player. Shouldn’t he at least be going around the last round in a 12-team leagues? Roughly 300th overall. Even with the hammy injury, I’d stash him at 300th overall! He’s going almost two hundred picks later, and completely unranked by ESPN and Yahoo. I’m sorry, how is Hampson roughly 250 picks better? Not to answer but to ruminate, after googling “What does ruminate mean?”

 
  1. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Yeah funny how far they drop Kingery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, hopefully he gets the job tho

  2. bbhhi says:
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    Grey,

    AL-ONLY 11 team 5×5 auction league, with 8 allowable keepers per team. I went for it last year, so have a relatively bad keeper list. I also picked up NL guys last year who are “must keeps” for me. Some keepers are obvious, but would love to hear which 8 players you would recommend I keep. One comment, 15 of top 20 SP being kept. I had 4 of those guys, but decided to trade Heaney for Buxton.

    Two Must-Keeps:
    Tanner Roark – $1
    Franmil Reyes – $17

    I must choose 6 of the following:
    Luzardo – $8
    McCullers – $3
    Bassitt – $8
    Canha – $10
    Buxton – $17 (other teams will keep lots of speed)
    Polanco – $15 (will have dual eligibility; lots of SS to be kept)
    Yandy Diaz – $2
    Jose Abreu – $29 (lots of 1b kept at lower prices, but as you know, most a step down)

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      My two cents, I would keep the following:
      Tanner Roark – $1
      Franmil Reyes – $17

      Luzardo – $8
      McCullers – $3
      Bassitt – $8
      Buxton – $17
      Polanco – $15
      Jose Abreu – $29

      • BBHHI says:
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        Thanks for feedback!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with MP

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Woo hoo, my first agree with MP of the season lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, nice!

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great, excellent, amazing report!

    a. Solak or just ‘lak! Love him, need 5 GP at 2B to qualify otherwise he can play in the OF or U.

    b. There’s this community that I get their weekly updates from. It’s called the PHAP community (the HA part is humanitarian assistance) but they could use a name change, right?

    c. MLB quote of the day for March 16, 2021

    1. Hee-Seop Choi, born March 16, 1979

    ‘We love Hee-Seop (Choi) and we still think he’s going to be a good player. It’s a deal (trading for Derrek Lee) that makes sense for both clubs.’

    Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry (AP Wire, 11/25/2003)

    2. Curtis Granderson, born March 16, 1981

    ‘The thing that I’ve constantly tried to work on is realizing that I only bat in that spot once a game, and that’s to begin the game. After that, the situations begin to dictate themselves,” Granderson said. “Understanding that, I just go, ‘OK, I don’t have to go up there and take because I’m the leadoff guy. I don’t have to go up there and hit a home run because I’m the three-guy.’ If there’s runners on base, I’ve got to get them in. If there’s not, I’ve got to get on base.’

    Curtis Granderson on MLB.com (Adam Berry, 03/01/2012, ‘Granderson eyes improvement after big ’11’, Source)

    3. Dick Radatz, died March 16, 2005

    ‘He (Jack Hiatt) stood there lookin’ at it (a home run) and, boy, I was hot. I came off the mound and was yellin’ at him, ‘Keep lookin’ … go ahead, keep lookin’ … just keep lookin’.’ First pitch (next time up), I nail him right in the neck and down he goes. I came off the mound and yelled at him, ‘There you go! Stay down there and take a look at that one!’ ”

    Dick Radatz in Baseball Digest (September 1996)

    d. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for March 16, 2021

    ‘In the building I live in on Park Avenue there are ten people who could buy the Yankees, but none of them could hit the ball out of Yankee Stadium.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. So, ‘lak

      B. I guess…?

      D. Nice!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        Grey!!

        a. I’m so happy you are enjoying the random Reggie quotes. I try hard to find good and relevant ones, trying even harder to find ones that you’ll like. So, it’s very pleasing to me to know you like ’em.

        b. Liked the Choi one, what a mistake to trade away Lee for Choi!!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. They’re awesome, and you’re awesome for doing them!

          B. Haha, yeah

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            Grey!!

            1. Kingery
            2. McMahon

            In a 5X5 RCL re-draft? Just as a placeholder until So, ‘lak gets 2B eligibility, so like 2 weeks of the season.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Kingery

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                For now, at least

        • Foxman says:
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          b) Huge mistake.
          Classic Marlins, trading away their expensive talent after a championship.
          Something Hendry never got with the Cubs

          I enjoy the Reggie comments too, always look for your posts. Nice work, and thanks for taking the time to post them.

  4. Kcc26 says:
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    Good morning!

    I’m trying to decide what to do in my keeper. We can keep forever but only 6 players. It’s a snake draft so the cost is a specific round (avg of previous years draft round and current year ADP). Considering:

    Darvish (2)
    Story (3)
    Woodruff (4)
    Acuña (5)
    Albies (7)
    Alonso (10)
    Arozarena (15)
    Kelenic (21)

    Had an offer of 8th round Devers and a draft pick for woodruff (who I’m not likely to keep) and Alonso. Does this consolidation make sense for me or is the upgrade from Alonso to devers not enough to move the needle? Especially since Alonso is slightly cheaper to keep.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Devers

  5. call me el jefe says:
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    Not sure why, but I can’t seem to let go of Ryan McMahon as my 2B …. will almost surely be replaced by first hot bat off the wire….
    Any chance the points spreadsheet draft tool is available soon?

    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, I can…He doesn’t interest really at all — think the spreadsheet is coming this afternoon

  6. ashtray says:
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    The entire Rockies prospect class from the last 5-10 years need to file a class action lawsuit against the team. Maybe fantasy sports fanatics can get in on the action as well for the pain and suffering we’ve endured.

    • Prawn Lord says:
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      Add every Rays player to that lawsuit too. Slightly different but so broken.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Joey Wendle vs. the Rays

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We need an attorney!

  7. phennore says:
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    2 part question for my 14-team 6×6 (add OBP and holds) keep forever league. Each team must keep 8 players so essentially the top 100 players are kept. Currently, my SP1 and SP2 are Carrasco and Lamet. My questions are:

    1. Should I try to trade for a SP1/SP2 or hold?

    2. If I do trade, which side do you prefer: Andrew Vaughn or Luis Castillo?

    Thanks,

    • Cram It says:
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      1. Probably
      2. Vaughn

    • packers2018 says:
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      Try to trade Lament and Cookie for a L. Lynn or S. Gray type. Lynn and Gray are getting older so there manager might trade.

      2. Tough call if you need a Sp1 without knowing more context.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes

      2. Castillo

  8. Jonathan Boba says:
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    2nd year of 3 year AL-only 4×4 (no runs or Ks) keeper league. I won it last year but traded most draft picks to do so. Keep 8. Need to figure out final 2 keepers:
    Keeping 6:
    JRam
    Devers
    Olson
    Bichette
    Gurriel Jr
    Tucker

    Choose 2 from:
    Ryu
    Maeda
    Glasnow
    Franmil Reyes
    Laureano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is that your real name? If so, it’s glorious

      Ryu, Maeda

  9. Tom says:
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    Kingery hasn’t looked good at all this Spring either, he may be in jeopardy of starting the year in the minors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I know, I’ve seen…

  10. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Gonna get all nerdy on ya’ here. Fletch is the feathers on an arrow. So a fletcher was one who put them on the arrow. Your post will hopefully be right on target- as long as the feathers were put on the arrow correctly,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, but okay, listen to this…If a guy watched nothing but Fletch for a few years, his buddies start calling him Fletcher, then he has a kid named David

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        That sounds reasonable. He would have had to legally change his name but if all he did was watch Fletch then he’d to obsessed enough to do that.
        Did Tim Belcher’s dad only Belch. Just wondering. That could be Middle Ages though.
        King Alfred the Great- “Summon me the lad that the does nothing but burp”
        Court Jester- “Summon the royal belcher!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

  11. Cram It says:
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    I own a couple shares of Rodgers. One the one hand, I’m beyond excited. On the other, I have a sinking feeling he’s going to be dealing with injuries all year. And that was before he tweaked his hammy in ST.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully that was a flukey thing and he can put together one healthy year — I’d like to see it too

  12. Ben says:
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    I posted this last night but the question fits better here with the 2B rankings:

    Curious about:

    At 11: Tommy Edman at 88/15/61/.262/19 in 581 ABs
    At 22: Kolten Wong at 81/10/56/.272/21 in 417 ABs

    Wong appears locked in as the starter and lead off hitter. Should he be higher up the 2B rankings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong has more risk, but does appear to be the leadoff hitter

  13. Homers got the Runs says:
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    Yesterday you mentioned your not a big fan of Montas. We have a big Montas fan in our league. What do you think if I offered him Montas and La Stella for Mahle and Dylan Moore?

    Question 2, How do you rank these 3 for the season Canha, Aaron Hicks and Brandon Nimmo?

    • packers2018 says:
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      Mahle

      You have them ranked.

    • Cram It says:
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      Mahle > Montas and Moore > La Stella per his rankings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      Montas is tricky. Hard to know how much his 2019 was PED driven. He threw against a bunch of the White Sox starters the other day and the stuff looked really, really good. Particularly the splitter. When he’s got that splitter going he looks like he’s going to be tough. Definitely some red flags. Tough call.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, not worth getting in

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          I would be in but not at the current price.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Sure, if he was about 100 picks later

  14. Human Greyth Hormones says:
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    Dear Grey,

    I’m in a 10-team Roto 2-keeper league. I won last year, it drafts snake, and I have Tatis and Soto as my keepers. Picks 3.10 and 4.1 are mine (30 and 31 overall)… What positions/stats would you suggest I target?

    (C,1b,2b,ss,3b,2b/ss,1b/3b, 5 of, util, 9 p — R, HR, RBI, BB, SB, AVG/K, QS, W, ERA, WHIP, SVHD)

    • Cram It says:
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      I’d target the best power hitter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram — Abreu? Eloy? Ozuna?

  15. Huffin Gas says:
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    Grey- doesn’t the Yahoo fantasy machine put together an industry mixed league every year, that you’ve been apart of? Would be interested to see what kind of team you’d draft on Yahoo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It drafts this Wed

    • captain obvious says:
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      Probably draft how his rankings and pairings say.

  16. Lefty says:
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    12 teams, 6×6 with OPS and Holds, have to keep 10. Last keeper spot comes down to Kris Bryant or Willy Contreras. Which one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey cool avatar pic, Lefty

      Bryant

  17. Papasmurf says:
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    I like kingery as a sleeper. But so far in spring he is not doing much. Still has time to secure a job but he better step up soon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya…I’m watching it closely, hopefully he’s a starter

  18. The Great Knoche says:
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    BudWeiss Block

    • Huffin Gas says:
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      When he was 12, Bud Block sabotaged his mother’s kitchen when she was making cookies because he was afraid the neighbor kids would enjoy them too much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Every Rockies manager, right?

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        I least back to Hurdle.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No joke, Rockies seem 100% clueless what they’re doing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They went from Hurdle to jumping thru hoops

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            What is a dog and pony show?

            • captain obvious says:
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              The Rockies? Yeah they piss me off too. I’m from Denver. Still trying to get this damn snow off. At least we can go to games now.

              • captain obvious says:
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                It’s snowing again. I want to go outside for awhile.

  19. Toro689 says:
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    Tellez or Dalbec? 12 team league H2H
    Are they pretty much a wash?

  20. That guy says:
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    Trade offer to me: Sonny Gray, Moncada, Kopech for Alonso, Alcantera, Mize. Head to head, points, keeper league can keep forever no penalties. Yay or nay?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alonso, it’s fair

  21. Philip says:
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    Grey (or anyone else), in a 20-team roto dynasty league, if your rebuild was going well and you had a good core of young mlb talent and prospects, would you send Nick Gonzales, Kristian Robinson, and Quinn Priester for Max Fried and Pablo Lopez? My end has less upside, but is apparently more stable and bolsters the pitching staff. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want better SPs

      • Philip says:
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        Thanks! I’m getting a little ancy to compete and considering moves that might be less than prudent.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  22. Der Wolf von Westfalen says:
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    Need to make some keeper decisions – can pick up to eight, or minimum of 6 and get my first choice of the throw-backs. 5×5 league w/OBP and SV+Holds.

    Definite keepers: Yelich, Treat Urner, Devers, K Tucker, Matty O.
    Probs: Arenado, Maeda.
    Maybs: JD Martinez, Giancarlo, Lux

    Leaning towards those 7 and getting my first pick of the throwbacks. Think I’d be in a pinch if I don’t have any SP’s (esp. not having so many big 4-cat power guys). Nevertheless I’m leaning away from JD/Giancarlo due to age/durability/positionality concerns. Some guys who could get tossed back are Snell, Strasburg, Hader, Giolito, Biggio, Gallen. How’d you handle it?

    Additional thoughts on Maeda are welcome (was #18 on my Player Rater last year, ahead of DeGrom…and not hearing much from Razzball about him)..same with Just Dingers (for a lil’ rennaisance?) and Arenado (since I have Devers and there are statistically equal guys later due to OBP)…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Additional thoughts on top of my thoughts from the rankings on all of these players?

      Yelich, Treat Urner, Devers, K Tucker, Matty O. Arenado, Maeda

      • Der Wolf von Westfalen says:
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        We have scoured your rankings very thoroughly here in Germany. Maeda’s quietly tucked rather quietly between Snell and Lynn, so maybe the sleeper post will drop still ;)

        Lovin’ your work!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I did a sleeper on Maeda last year, when he was a sleeper — I love Dark, btw — great show!

  23. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi Mr. Grey,
    If Jimmy Nelson stays healthy, does he steal one of the Dodgers starting pitcher spots?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      I’ve been wondering the same thing. First, the slider is back. He looks like the old Jimmy Nelson. He looks like an asset so what do the Dodgers do with him if they don’t put him in the rotation? Looking more and more like Price is headed for the bullpen. Feels like they’re going to commit to Urias as their 4. That leaves the three most likely as Gonsolin, May and Nelson. May looks like the most unfinished. Like an even less polished Glasnow. Could see him being the best fit for 2-3 inning stints from the pen. Does that leave Nelson and Gonsolin? You have to assume they’re going to want to preserve Gonsolin’s innings for later in the year. Where’s the downside to sticking Nelson in the rotation. He thrives and ends up a piece on their team or a trade piece. He flames out, they still have plan B, C, D, E and likely F and G behind him. The narrative makes sense to me.

  24. Been targeting Gimenez, love his potential. Hampson helped me win a title in ’19, but appears BudBlocked…again. Kingery headed for a platoon, too bad. D. Moore is real tempting, but has been too expensive. Overall 2B is a cluster**** that I have not invested highly in…so far (do like Ketel) As a last resort I defer to W. Flores – I know I know, He’s the ugly chick at the dance, but love his 3 hole production. With the unbelievable depth at SS, 2B is the complete opposite and been filling late. Admittedly my biggest fear is losing out on Gimenez so may reach a bit. Boxscores are the best medicine, and we’re getting closer to normal I hope. Late Grey thx bro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Wilmer’s a placeholder until you find someone better on waivers

      • Brujan

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  25. regan says:
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    I have some combination of Solak, Hampson, Gimenez and Rodgers on every team. Ya it’s kinda weird how everyone just forgot about Rodgers, the #3 overall pick and jewel of the Rockies farm. Maybe everyone just assumes he will get “Bud Blocked”. That’s pretty slick. Vote to put in the fantasy dictionary.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prospblocked it’s in there

  26. Ballatician says:
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    Grey! Thanks for the work (and the pods)

    5×5, 12 team auction league. I can keep up to 5 guys, and outside of Bauer ($18) no one is a slam dunk to keep. Curious to hear your thoughts if I could keep UP TO 4 of the following ($cost):
    Keston Hiura  (16)
    Matt Olson  (16)
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (12)
    James Karinchak (10)
    Willson Contreras  (10)
    Ke’Bryan Hayes (10)
    Ryan Mountcastle (10)
    Mike Yastrzemski (10)
    Dylan Moore (10)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keston Hiura (16)
      Matt Olson (16)
      Hyun-Jin Ryu (12)
      Hayes

  27. I am the Walrus says:
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    You dropping Gray–backs can be problematic!
    Also you dropping L.Castillo if Suarez is starting at SS. His last stink at SS was years ago and the UZR was not good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t be dropping Gray-baks

      Hopefully Eugenio gets SS elig. then goes back to 3B

      • I am the Walrus says:
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        Ha…not dropping him all together, just dropping him a bit in the rankings?
        Or maybe a better question is does his back cause you to pause a bit on him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I haven’t heard anything to drop Gray in rankings — Nah on the back, it’s just spring…Maybe he misses one or two starts, everyone will at some point this year

  28. OaktownSteve says:
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    Read something pretty interesting in the San Diego UT yesterday. This guy Kevin Acee has been covering the team on the beat forever. He said he surveyed as many people among Padres management and off the record the person that they named as the most likely to get the bulk of the saves is…Emilio Pagan. He’s been derailed by injuries but has a very good track record towards the back end of a few pens.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very interesting…Ya know, it wouldn’t shock me…Everyone drafting Pomeranz with confidence slightly crazy

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        With an RCL draft I almost felt compelled to hang on to that little nugget, but I figure you’re here giving away all your secrets. Razzball Familia!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, gotta just hope you get the players before others…Can’t hold the secret sauce

    • Committee unless someone steps up – Pagan is a good arm

  29. Thesportsguy says:
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    10 team AL 5×5…which $2 keeper?

    Puk
    Brad Keller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puk

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      Upside long term Puk. I love Keller though. Read a thing about how a physicist who studies pitchers named Keller the “most interesting pitcher” in baseball. He’s apparently the poster child for this thing they’re calling “seam shifted wake.” Cool intro to seam shifted wake here:

      https://www.drivelinebaseball.com/2020/11/more-than-what-it-seams-an-introduction-to-seam-shifted-wakes-and-their-effect-on-sinkers/

      If you don’t want to wade through all that, it’s essentially a physics explanation for why some pitches seem to create an optical illusion for hitters because of irregularities in the way pitches move (think Mariano’s cutter).

      Seam shifted wake seems to suggest that Keller can succeed as a pitch to contact pitcher in a high K environment by actually managing quality of contact. Since the key premise of FIP-like numbers is that contact management is not a real skill and quality of contact is random, this presents an interesting possible change in the way some players are evaluated.

      Plus Keller has added a change up that has looked good in the spring. If he can miss just a few more bats, could be interesting. This year I’ve been looking at a lot of the low K guys as value pick if it appears that they might be tracking to giving more innings than some of the higher upside K guys who get into a lot of deep counts or who might have their innings more carefully managed.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Very interesting…Hadn’t heard about that…I always seem to fall back on Keller in DCs very late

  30. Sean Mulhern says:
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    Keeper Question for Grey and the Razzball commenter nation. Keep 5 forever, 6×6 H2H weekly league with walks and K/9 being the extra categories. Keep 5 out of Acuna, Betts, Soto, Adalberto Mondesi, Raphael Devers, Ozzie Albies, Tim Anderson, Vlad Guerrero Jr. Acuna, Soto and Betts are no brainers but I am having a tough time with the last 2, leaning mondesi and devers butI have been toying with keeping Tim Anderson over Mondesi since I am not as concerned with Mondesi’s SB contribution with it being a weekly H2H league instead of roto where total steals are more important imo and owning Acuna and Betts for SB . I am totally up in the air over the last spot as well. Any input from Grey or other commenters are welcome and appreciated, Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson, Devers

  31. Racehorse says:
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    ” Hampson has been given more chances by fantasy baseballers than anyone else in recent memory, and I’m 100% factoring in Brett Lawrie.

    This will be the last year for Hampson as he enters the season when he turns 27. ”
    _______________________

    On my keep-forever dynasty team, I’ve hung on to Hampson seemingly since the Nixon Administration …

    C’mon Hamp, need ya buddy!!!

    • Grey

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      Haha, I know

  32. I am the Walrus says:
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    Keeper help. Can only keep these guys for next year ONLY. And I lose a pick in the round in parenthesis.
    Conforto – 6th round
    Muncy – 11th
    K.Hendricks- 7th
    Giolito – 4th
    Mountcastle – 15th

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s the question?

      • I am the Walrus says:
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        Which one to keep at that round value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have no other keepers? Prolly just keep Giolito

      • I am the Walrus says:
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        Harper is my forever keeper but the second one is for the next year only at last years draft value.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  33. Steve says:
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    14T keep forever OBP

    Need 4th OF:

    Have: Harper, Lewis, Taveras

    Do I choose: Hampson or Adell (upside) with 20th pick?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hampson

  34. CJ says:
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    Great work as always Grey… couple quick questions to throw your wayz… full dyno w no $. Mostly hope some are around:
    2b- Gimenez/Solak (only have BLowe and drop’n Amed)
    RP – Garrett Smith Kimbrel (need saves)
    C – Vashro Kirk Posey (have Kelly & Mejia only – yikes I know)
    Prospect- rank of poss – Brujan, Noelvi, Casas, Skubel & Gilbert
    Team is coming off a championship and young!
    Hate asking all this mess but you are the MAN and have guided me well over the years fine sir!
    Thanks as always – cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      What are you asking?

      • CJ says:
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        Which of those guys possibly would you grab of those positions? Have 3 open spots and the 3 needs.

        Sorry it got sloppy… then was saying what your liking on the prospects fellers’!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gimenez, Varsho, Brujan

      • CJ says:
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        Cool. For a quick saves grab who do you like of those to get action? Kimbrel has been rough!

        Anyway – thanks G!

          • cj says:
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            I will check the ranking. Sorry wasn’t trying to be a dipshit. I had listed a few in the original post. I know you are always busy! Take care and ‘ppreciate all you do for all of us!

            • Grey

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              No problem

  35. OaktownSteve says:
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    Did you by any chance see the highlight of Giancarlo’s 120 EV line out yesterday. The ball got out to the left fielder so fast that the first couple times I watched it, I thought the tape had been edited to take out a half a second of travel time. It was disorienting. My god.

    • Big Magoo

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      Turn back while you still can!

    • Grey

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      Haha, yeah, I watched a few times…man if he could only stay healthy

  36. Big Magoo

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    I think Wong is a nice MI option this season. Speed is pretty brutal, so anybody who’s likely to swipe double digit bags without being a drain elsewhere should be an asset. If he sticks at leadoff, could score 80-85 runs as well.

    Ty France could be a sneaky source of power. He put up some nice numbers in the minors and showed that he could handle MLB pitching in his brief stint last year.

    Outside of Blackmon (Cron is moving too high for my liking), I think I’m out on Rockies this year. Maybe Diaz if I miss on C2, but that’s pretty much it. Good luck figuring out who old Buddy boy is going to play regularly.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      I took a shot at Tapia in the RazzSlam. High batting average plays well in that league format.

      • Big Magoo

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        Tapia’s not bad either. Should be a solid three cat contributor. But McMahon, Hilliard, Rodgers, Hampson (even though I hope he plays), etc. Eh, seems like you’re setting yourself up for frustration with those guys.

        • Grey

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          Hilliard is also very cheap…for price, he’s fine

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m in on Tapia…and don’t mind Rodgers, Diaz and Blackmon bc of price of them

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Diaz 2nd catcher rd 34!
        Got me sum Tapia too.

        • Big Magoo

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          All of this Tapia love pretty much speaks to the dearth of speed this year. Definitely makes guys like Wong and even Senzel more appealing

          • Grey

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            Tapia is gonna run circles around Senzel for value

            • Big Magoo

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              Senzel is a 25 year old former top prospect who has 14 homers and 16 steals in less than 500 career MLB PAs. He’s starting, playing half of his games in Cincinnati, and is going even later in drafts than Tapia. That’s not the profile of the type of player that I tend to fade.

              I’m much more willing to fade a .250/25 type of player who’s a drain in the other three cats (think Austin Riley) than a guy like Senzel.

              • Grey

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                What’s Tapia? 26? Is this a real take? Senzel for speed?

                • Big Magoo

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                  Huh? I’m talking about a double digit speed guy who can provide across the board value. Tapia is fine as a 8/20 type of guy, but I prefer the 15/15 type

                  • Grey

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                    Senzel’s stealing 15 bags?

                    • Big Magoo

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                      A 25 year old with 16 steals in less than 500 PAs? Yes. You don’t think so? Taking the under on 500 PAs if healthy?

                    • Grey

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                      Hahahahaha, I was thinking of Winker — sorry, Magoo, brain fart — I can’t be first person to confuse Winker and Senzel — Yes, Senzel has an outside shot at 15 steals, but I still want Tapia, for steals and in general

                    • Big Magoo

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                      Haha, nice. I’d probably feel the same about Tapia if he were a 30 steal guy, but I see him as more of a 20 steal one. Hate to have to make up the lack of power elsewhere too.

                    • Grey

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                      Tapia does have solid AVG

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

      • Big Magoo

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        Diaz is ok if you punt C2, but anything more than 10 homers would surprise me

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Agreed I took Wong pretty early in Slam.
      I was also low on Amed Rosario one of Gimenez or other guy could fail so why not…

      • Big Magoo

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        Grimey! Are you saying that you enjoyed grabbing Wong?

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          HAHA

  37. Licketty Splits says:
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    Had my 1st fast draft last night in a 12 team 5X5 with a 45 second timer which (for me) is really fast. I felt like I did OK for most of the draft until I realized I had very little speed. I usually instinctively grab speed/power guys early. Wish I had more Saves as well.
    Here it is:
    OF Juan Soto – WSH 1/ 5
    3B Manny Machado – SD 2/20
    P Jack Flaherty – STL 3/29
    OF George Springer – TOR 4/44
    1B Pete Alonso – NYM 5/53
    OF Michael Conforto – NYM 6 /68
    2B Ketel Marte – ARI 7/77
    P Jesus Luzardo – OAK 8/92
    P James Karinchak – CLE 9/101
    CI Alec Bohm – PHI 10/116
    P Kevin Gausman – SF 11/125
    P Sandy Alcantara – MIA 12/ 140
    OF Anthony Santander – BAL 13/149
    P Nick Anderson – TB 14/164
    MI Andres Gimenez – CLE 15/173
    UT Miguel Sano – MIN 16/188
    P Nate Pearson – TOR 17/197
    P Tyler Mahle – CIN 18/212
    SS Paul DeJong – STL 19/221
    P John Means – BAL 20/236
    OF Andrew McCutchen – PHI 21/245
    OF Alex Kirilloff – MIN 22/260
    P Tony Gonsolin – LAD 23/269
    P Hector Neris – PHI 24/284
    OF Myles Straw – HOU 25/293
    2B Kolten Wong – MIL 26/308
    P Griffin Canning – LAA 27/317
    P Alec Mills – CHC 28/332
    P Cal Quantrill – CLE 29/341
    C Wilson Ramos – DET 30/356
    I tried to add some speed reaching for Gimenez & with Wong & Straw later & that may work out especially if Wong is @ 2B & then Ketel moves into the OF.
    Anyway your take on the team would be appreciated since there are waivers etc. I know you have to get sick of looking at everyone’s draft but we do want your approval as Razzball students …Thanks

    • Grey

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      Yeah, it’s a pretty imbalanced hitting team…You have power and speed and very little power/speed guys…AVG looks solid tho, and I like the guys you drafted — Not sure what you’re doing with Flaherty, but I guess if you like him…Nice pitching overall, I think your saves are lacking too…Not a bad team, needs some work

  38. FrankGrimes says:
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    Mazara stinks I’m grabbing Baddoo in last round of slam…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Erykah?

  39. DonnieB says:
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    For next two years,would you rather have Trea Turner at $56 or Ian Happ at $10? It’s a roto auction keeper with a $300 salary cap. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea

  40. leon says:
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    Will Smith, Solak, Trammel for Teoscar, La stella and royce lewis. 16 man dynasty. which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar

  41. Vash says:
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    It’s quite shameful that Rougie Odor has so many season to fail and it took so long for Job Berti to even be on the bench in the MLB.

    • Grey

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      Ha, yeah

  42. Trader says:
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    19 cat, 12 team, h2h league. Saves and holds league focusing more on holds. Looking forward to your assessment and areas to shore up.

    C – Molina
    CI – Freeman Hoskins, Urshela
    MIi – Story, Albies, DJL
    OF – Conforto, Santander, Solak, Frazier, Tapia
    Util – Tavares , A Rosario
    SP – Gallen, Ryu, Hendricks, Luzardo, Plesac, Canning
    RP – D Williams, D Castillo, Melancon, Gallegos

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