Excuse the exposition and this clunky intro into aforementioned exposition, but here’s the catchers to target1st basemen to target2nd basemen to targetshortstops to target and something to stick to your dartboards to target.  These 3rd basemen to target are being drafted after 200 overall.  Keep in mind, nephew (and five niece readers), your Uncle Grey likes to have a corner man drafted by the time these guys appear, so you’re looking at potential utility men more than anything.  Now, this is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Indonesia) supplement to the top 20 3rd basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2018 projections.  Speaking of baseball (best segue ever!), the Stream-o-Nator, Hitter-Tron and DFSBot are now available, i.e., the Razzsubscriptions.  Anyway, here’s some 3rd basemen to target for 2018 fantasy baseball:

Maikel Franco (ESPN 200) Since there’s so few 3rd basemen sleepers here to draft, I’m going to speak briefly in general terms about 3rd basemen after this clunky expositional sentence.  A lot of 3rd basemen have multiple positional eligibility, so I might’ve went over some other guys already in the previous “to target” posts, especially since I’m using Yahoo eligibility, which is like, “Yo, didn’t DeJong play outfield last year?”  Five milliseconds later, “Yes.”  “Did you look that up?”  “No.”  “Cool.”  I believe in Yahoo Rizzo has 2nd base eligibility because of Andy Behrens after a three daiquiri night.  Also, there’s a ton of 3rd basemen to draft from around pick 85 to pick 150.  Everyone from Devers, Castellanos to Longoria and Beltre are available in that range, and from what I can see, there’s so little difference between them.  Sure, Devers has more upside, but his 25/7/.280 is that different than, say, Kyle Seager’s 27/3/.265?  Beltre’s 24/3/.290 vs. Longoria’s 25/1/.265?  Your enthusiasm mileage may vary, but these guys are not profoundly different.  I love Castellanos, but he’s dramatically different from Seager?  Any hoo!  Maikel Franco, or as I like to call him, Maikel Franco.  What, you have a different name for him?  Oh, you call him a piece of–?!  Wow, that’s harsh, you must be from Philly.  Maikel’s projections are 25/1/.265.  Again, that different from aforementioned guys?

Matt Chapman (ESPN 247; Yahoo 254) Because there’s so many Matts on the A’s, I think we need to start using middle names for these guys.  So, Matt David Chapman– Wait, why is Matt David Chapman now applying lipstick like Steve Buscemi in Billy Madison?  Why is he standing in a dark shadow waiting for us to come out of a movie theater?  Matt David Chapman is scaring me!  So, Chapman is all fly balls and home runs.  Well, some of those fly balls don’t leave the park, which is why he hits .230.  If you can stomach the low average, he could be a cheap Joey Gallo, who is a cheap Aaron Judge.  Damn, Matt David Chapman is Aaron Judge!  There’s some Matt David Chapman in the video below too.

Brian Anderson (ESPN & Yahoo not ranked)  Brian Anderson sounds like the name for an unidentified body when John Doe just won’t do.  “Ya know what, John Doe sounds too ethnic, can we call this body, Brian Anderson?”  Wait, something is coming through…*puts finger to ear bud*  It’s coming through right now that Brian Anderson’s value just went up in another NL-Only league.  *puts finger to ear*  And higher still!  Wow! *finger back to ear*  What’s that?  Please bring pizza to back entrance?  Got it!  Sorry, I’m also working for Postmates.  So, yes, Anderson’s value has been climbing this spring for deep leagues, because the Marlins have announced he will be their everyday 3rd baseman.  The projections systems are lukewarm on him, but his walk and line drive rates in the minors were elite.  He could sneak into a Jose Martinez-type year — think 17 HRs, .275, maybe even upside on the average.  For a late pick, I could see grabbing him, but don’t get carried away, unless you’re in a baby Bjorn.

Eugenio Suarez (Yahoo 203) For whatever reason, Eugenio is a forgotten man this draft season.  He is being projected for exactly the same stats as the crapumvirate group of 3rd basemen who are being drafted fifty spots earlier.  Wanna make an over-the-internet bet that I will welch on that says Eugenio outpaces Beltre for fantasy value?  C’mon, my fake money you’re never getting is burning a hole in my pocket.

Nick Senzel (ESPN 543)  Sticking with the newly established Reds 3rd baseman theme, Senzel has been working out of the shortstop position this spring, so the Reds can play Suarez and Senzel.  *Jose Peraza nudges with elbow*  “Um, guys, what about me?”  Not now, Peraza!  Senzel is likely more of a bet for a June call-up vs. an appearance in April, but he had 10 HRs and 5 SBs while hitting .340 last year in Double-A.  I know, I know, 10 homers and five steals is nothing great, until you consider he was only there for 209 ABs.  Yabbity blabbity bloo!

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Elias
Elias
4 years ago

Which 4 would you keep? Thank!
J-Ram ($5)
Machado ($30) – would go for $50 prob with keeper inflation
Bryce ($40) – would prob go for 60-70
Pham ($10)
Bregman ($10)
Olson ($10)
Castellanos ($10)
Giloto ($1)

Mrs. Featherbottom
Mrs. Featherbottom
4 years ago

NICE!
I’ve been creeping, hope your winter’s been great!

tank1
tank1
4 years ago

I have the first pick in upcoming draft for 10 team, 6×6 (OPS and HLD) league. My keepers are Betts, Lindor, Hoskins, Ray and Devers. There is a strong group of players available for first pick including Arenado, Machado, Rizzo, Freeman, JD Martinez and top starters – Scherzer, Sale and Strasburg. I assume Arenado is a no brainer (even though I already have Devers) – would you agree? Or should I go with an ace here – my hope is one of the top starters falls to my next pick in 2nd round (there are 7 selections between my first two picks)? Thanks.

Hanklongball
Hanklongball
4 years ago

Grey,

In a 12 team, 5X5 keeper league and another team is keen on My RIzzo. They are offering Thor and a swap of picks; if I ask for his first pick (round 4, pick 5), what round would be fair to give back in return?

Since I’m not keen on losing Rizzo, I feel I need a pretty big premium to take the offer… thoughts?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
4 years ago

Looks like Cobb is going to Baltimore for something in the neighborhood of 4/60. Talk about a worst case scenario for fantasy.

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: might as well go to Japan for the food

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo:

Basically lost Cobb from a deep keeper plus might have lost Straily today.

Joakim Dead
Joakim Dead
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: word case is when he changes his name to Cobb Marmol.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
4 years ago

Bats look fantastic!

Pitching staff is a whole lot of upsidey, and really lacking in saves. Even potential saves.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 years ago

@The Great Knoche:

Thanks, as a whole I think I did OK. Closers went so early and fast, I just decided to punt them, I hate closers and never would draft them early

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
4 years ago

NFBC – 15 teams – 12th pick – draft began on FEB 11 – 2 rounds to go.

thoughts on my team. thanks

C Lucroy, Jonathan – OAK 18/259
C Vázquez, Christian – BOS 23/342
1B Rizzo, Anthony – CHC 2/19
2B Odor, Rougned – TEX 7/102
3B Machado, Manny – BAL 1/12
SS Seager, Corey – LAD 3/42
CI Cabrera, Miguel – DET 10/139
MI Villar, Jonathan – MIL 12/169
OF Acuña Jr., Ronald – ATL 8/109
OF Brinson, Lewis (R) – MIA 16/229
OF DeShields, Delino – TEX 11/162
OF Marte, Starling – PIT 5/72
OF Polanco, Gregory – PIT 9/132
UT González, Carlos – COL 24/349
P Castillo, Luis – CIN 6/79
P Cláudio, Álex – TEX 22/319 – computer pick
P Devenski, Chris – HOU 21/312 – computer pick
P Giolito, Lucas – CHW 13/192
P Martínez, Carlos – STL 4/49
P Montgomery, Jordan – NYY 15/222
P Montgomery, Mike – CHC 27/402
P Reyes, Alex (R) – STL 17/252
P Snell, Blake – TB 14/199
C Herrmann, Chris – ARI 40/589 – computer pick
C Joseph, Caleb – BAL 39/582 – computer pick
1B Adams, Matt – WAS 36/529
2B Profar, Jurickson – TEX 32/469
2B Zobrist, Ben – CHC 30/439
3B Dozier, Hunter – KC 38/559
3B Headley, Chase – SD 29/432
SS Pinder, Chad – OAK 31/462
SS Valaika, Pat – COL 48/709
OF Baddoo, Akil (R) – MIN 45/672
OF Martin, Leonys – DET 33/492
OF Pederson, Joc – LAD 19/282
OF Quinn, Roman (R) – PHI 41/612
OF Stewart, Christin – DET 47/702
UT Duda, Lucas – KC 28/409
P De León, José (R) – TB 35/522 – drafted before TJ news
P Fister, Doug – TEX 43/642
P McHugh, Collin – HOU 26/379
P Miley, Wade – MIL 44/649
P Minor, Mike – TEX 25/372
P Romano, Sal – CIN 46/679
P Sabathia, CC – NYY 20/289
P Tillman, Chris – BAL 37/552
P Wheeler, Zack – NYM 34/499
P Zimmermann, Jordan – DET

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I kinda like my OF and I like the young upside arms I have. Long season anything can happen. My first ever NFBC, with no moves, it will be interesting.

Kevin
Kevin
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
4 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms:

Wow Marte at 72 overall? Isn’t his ADP in the 30’s to 40’s? Surprised he dropped that far in a NFBC league

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Kevin
4 years ago

@Kevin: Yeah, very surprised he fell that far. Marte is legit 20/40/300 kinda a guy and has a lot to prove after 2017.

deanobobeano
deanobobeano
4 years ago

Keeper League Existential Angst

Deadlines are nigh for my Keeper Leagues so couple of tough decisions to make. Any and all insights or opinions are welcome!

First league is standard MLB 5×5 Roto, 15 Teams, full roster, 2 SPs, 2 RPs, 4Ps + bench, $260 salary cap, Yahoo! rosters, 6 Keepers

Top options are: Bellinger ($3), Benintendi ($7), Bregman ($7), Devers ($7), Edwin Diaz ($7), Ian Happ ($7), Hoskins ($7), Knebel ($7), Ozuna ($8). I was leaning toward not keeping Devers, Diaz and Happ but the latter’s play and probable role makes me think that Knebel is now getting thrown back.

Second league is AL-only, 12 teams, full lineup + 4 SP + 3 RP, 5×5 Roto with OPS instead of Runs, $50 salary cap, no bench, Yahoo! rosters, $15 max keeper value

Top options are: Trout ($7), Sale ($7), Kluber ($6), Y. Alonso ($2), W. Calhoun ($2)

Trout seems like a no-brainer but AL SP pool is so weak that, barring injury, Sale + Kluber pretty much wraps up 42-48 Roto points from what I can tell. If I keep Trout, then the question is Sale vs. Kluber; i lean toward the former…

As to this article, 3B seems like such a deep position. Always expecting a breakout from Maikel but seems like he’s a real stretch as a starter unless pool is crazy deep or NL-only. And as good as Senzel looks he might have a hard time cracking top ten at the position even once entrenched.

deanobobeano
deanobobeano
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

in the AL-only I am capped at $15 of player value for keepers. in the other league, i can keep up to 6 players no matter the value.

Worm Burner
Worm Burner
4 years ago

Hey Grey,
I’ve been offered yelich and billy Hamilton for Nelson Cruz and Osuna. That goes against my gut of chasing power hitters and saves…..my only established closers are kimbrel, aroldys viz and osuna. The speed would be nice though…….my nuts say change it up and accept, my gut says decline. Nuts or guts on this one?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

Robbie Ray 5 bbs and then pulled early. Uh oh.

Without googlin’ can anyone remember the only player with a 20+ game hitting streak in 2017?

Here’s the next piece of mathy fantasy research Is like to see. Take 2017 final statistics and have 15 bots run millions of simulated drafts. Each bot could be given a specific set of characteristics like, “likes closers and. catchers” or “never drafts pitchers.” For each simulated draft you would be able to identify the draft winner by using ‘17 numbers. Would be interesting to see how different theories fared. You might also be able to use some machine intelligence to reach a more refined draft strategy and gain an edge.

Commenters, if you have a couple of minutes, give Lance’s piece on tunneling a read. Nice to see an effort to present a different lens on Baseball. Cool discussion in the comments too.

I realized the other day, I have never owned mike trout.

Mike Mayers threw 2 scoreless on 11 pitches wit 2 ks. He’s all over the Internet this afternoon. If you consume a lot of fantasy content you’re going to see/hear about him in the next couple of days.

I’m starting to believe Soler is a thing. When I first mentioned him here it was just for the bsohl jokes. I think what was interesting about what I read about him was that, while launch angle and conditioning got the headlines, the article really was about a total change of approach. It would seem from afar that if Yonder Alonso can suddenly find 30 homer power by working with this same guy, why can’t Soler, especially considering his physical ability.

I am not predicting but imagining Moustakas can will the Royals to a non-hideous season. Duda is on a redemption tour. Soler too. Merrifield wants to claim legit. Sal Perez is a leader. Nate Karns has something to prove. Jake Junis, who I streamed last year and thought he was not good, has some heat right now. Might give him another look.

Odubel Herrera.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

That’s a tough one. Reyes has a few outcomes: closer, Miller role, 120 IP starter, back in the minors/zero contributor. Mayers peak is closer, his floor is zero.

The future is cloudy. Mayers has the higher chance of being absolutely nothing. He has looked good though.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

That’s a tough one. Reyes has a few outcomes: closer, Miller role, 120 IP starter, back in the minors/zero contributor. Mayers peak is closer, his floor is zero.

The future is cloudy. Mayers has the higher chance of being absolutely nothing. He has looked good though.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Oaktown smoking way to much of the Royals Northern California sinsemilla. I don’t buy it, although in that division with James Shields and Jordan Zimmerman starting opening day who knows.

Not buying Soler. Strikes out like Judge except…he doesn’t walk or hit like him.
And Cram paid him to tour Karns.

herschel
herschel
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: did Benintendi get to 20+ hit streak last year?

Closers for days
Closers for days
4 years ago

Are there any guys this year with duel SP/RP eligibility that’ll be getting save opportunities? Having Iglesias last year was a huge boost for me!

Thanks!

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: maybe Reyes in a month.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 years ago

Keep forever . . . who’s your pick between $4 Delino (??? auction price with the hype train going), $4 Godley (~$15 auction price), and $10 Ray (~$20 auction price)?

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks – consider my Delino excitement duly-checked to within reason!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
4 years ago

Interested in some starting pitcher talk? Just performed a search for SPs who matched this criteria: K/9 > 9, GB% > 50%, K/BB > 2.5, min. 50 IP as a starter. Here are the SPs who qualified in 2016:

Syndergaard
Nola
Wood

Pretty select group. Syndergaard had already established himself as a stud, and Nola and Wood took the next step forward in 2017. Small list, but it seems to be a decent predictor of future success. Here’s the list of qualifiers from last season:

Severino
Nelson
Godley
C-Mart
Morton
Wood
McCullers
Castillo
Weaver

All of these pitchers had swinging strike rates in the double digits (Godley led with a 13.3% SwStr%), while C-Mart had the highest FIP (3.91) and xFIP (3.63) in the group. McCullers had an insane 61.3% GB%. All of these guys were effective at managing contact. K-BB% ranged from 17.0% (C-Mart) to 23.6% (Weaver). Velo ranged from solid (Wood and Godley, 91.8 and 91.9 FBv respectively) to elite (Severino and Castillo, 97.6 and 97.5). Outside of Nelson (injury) and Morton (age, durability), the only real red flag in this group is the lack of a reliable track record in the big leagues. Draft away, razzers.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: Thanks for this!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 years ago
Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Not sure what to make of contact managers with solid control who miss bats and induce grounders? I like that profile. I understand the pushback on Wood due to loss of velo and some durability issues, but quality-wise, he’s been one of the best in the game over the past couple of years. I tend to prioritize quality over quantity in 12 team mixers or shallower (hence my top 3 of Syndergaard, Godley, and McCullers in one league). In deeper leagues, it’s more of an issue.

Man, you and Bauer. Sorry, but he’ll probably never qualify for this type of list. Not a huge ground ball guy, and his command is iffy at times. He has the lowest whiff rate (9.2%) among this group by far too. Wins, solid K-rate, and wonky ratios. That’s his bag.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: I have two shares of Bauer. And I went to UCLA.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: Nice. Rallying behind a fellow Bruin.

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: 8 clap!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, I understand the concerns about Wood, but I still like him too. Have him at the bottom of the Godley/Weaver/McCullers cluster. In 15+ team mixers or only leagues, just pair one or two of these guys with a workhorse or two and you’re in good shape.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo:

Great analysis as usual, Magoo. On point. Albino and I have chatted about Jordan Montgomery a bit. I think he looks to me like a high potential profit. Have you had any eyeballs on him?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: Haven’t seen him yet this spring, but I caught a couple of his starts last year. Solid repertoire. Likes to lean on his slider as an out pitch against lefties and his curve against righties. Has a good change too. Think the only real issue with him is fastball command. If he irons that out, he could take a nice step forward.

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: I’m a big fan of the guys on this list.

Looking at my draft position in a 12 team keeper, do you think it’s too risky to start off a staff this season with Nola then a bunch of the guys in this list? For example, something like:
Nola, Wood, Castillo, McCullers, Godley

The alternative would be to pair Nola with Quintana and end up with a staff like this:
Nola, Quintana, Castillo, Weaver, Godley

Going the first route would open up the opportunity for another upside bat around pick 75.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  swaggerjackers
4 years ago

@swaggerjackers: It depends what hitters you think might be available at pick 75, but I’d lean towards the 2nd group. As much as I like all of these guys, Quintana is the only one that has a track record of pitching 180+ innings consistently. It’s nice to have at least one horse to lean on.

Polish neighbor
Polish neighbor
4 years ago

Love you dr Grey :****
Thanks buddy!
What can do??!!

Polish neighbor
Polish neighbor
4 years ago

Herrro!
Old friend herrre.
Technical question for everyone who would like to give an advice. 6×6(holds) league. Positions just like in Razzball league. We have transaction limit set at 65 for the season. Do you think thats should stay or be removed? I’m the commissioner and trying to make it as competitive as possible. Trying to avoid stacking up but with only 3 bench spots it shouldn’t be an issue I hope. Anything you would add? Thanks !!

Polish neighbor
Polish neighbor
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Yahoo allows 100 max. Thanks okay still better than 65. Ugh.

Polish neighbor
Polish neighbor
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Maybe because it’s a 10 teamer instead of 12? Is 100 enough or you would go unlimited? Its a keepers league and I want people to avoid loosing in the playoffs just because someone picks up everybody to win the matchup.

Polish neighbor
Polish neighbor
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: 100 is my max. Maybe it depends on the league size. Weird.

Kevin
Kevin
4 years ago

15 team 5×5 weekly lineups. Thoughts?

C R Martin
C J McCann
1B Hosmer
2B Dejong
SS Lindor
3B Machado
OF S Marte
OF Castellanos
OF Puig
OF Rosario
OF Michael A Taylor
Util Healy
Util Y Alonso
Bench: K Marte
Bench: Cron

P C Mart
P Bauer
P Melancon
P Gausman
P Wacha
P Holland
P Ryu
P Mikolas
P J Nelson

Bench:
T Williams
N Pivetta
K Gibson
Z Wheeler

Ferris
Ferris
4 years ago

NL-only roto, keep 3

Rendon 19
Quintana 8
Nola 12
Votto 36
Jansen 24

Which 3 to keep? Graci

50 Shades of Jon Gray
50 Shades of Jon Gray
4 years ago

Hey Grey… would love your thoughts on my team. Admittedly I Joe Panik’d quite a bit drafting it.

10 Team H2H – R,H,HR,RBI,SB,AVG,OBP,SLG IP,ERA,WHIP,K/9,QS,SV+H

C: Castillo
1b: Rizzo
2b: Schoop
SS: Segura
3b: Bregman
OF: Trout, Springer, Mancini
Util: Cano, Mazara

SP: Nola, Archer, Wood, Gray, Castillo, Wacha, Gausman, Gray, J. Montgomery, Trevor Williams, Ryu
RP: Treinen, Dyson, Betances

Thanks as always!

DonnieB
DonnieB
4 years ago

I just kept Castillo over Weaver? Love both. Was it the right keep?

Dan
Dan
4 years ago

Do you think the market with over-react to the Justin Turner injury?

Around what ADP could you see taking him in standard 5×5 Yahooligan leagues?

Wild thing
Wild thing
4 years ago

Howdy grey! H2H pts/ weekly.

These bats are available on the wire who would you add as depth / maybe more?

Zach cozart, solarte who is eligible at 2b/SS/3b, Carlos Gonzalez, Albert pujols (he’s just a DH), Aaron altherr, lewis Brinson, Adrian Gonzalez, Ahmed Rosario , hunter renfoe , Ryan McMahon , schebler, Jesse winker.

Do you like any of my bench guys more or less then the available guys?
Here’s my bench: Brandon belt, acuna , willie Calhoun, Jackie Bradley jr, Todd Frazier, grichuk, Pedroia. And also have Ohtani on my bat bench but he’s also on my bench for SP it’s espn . Honesty I really only plan on playing Ohtani as pitcher in this weekly league – am I right ?

Now pitcher hold or drop Jameson taillon for either Patrick Corbin, matt Harvey or add Eduardo Rodriquez or Pomeranz as stashes on DL incase they aren’t ready for week 1?

Thanks man!!

Crazy J
Crazy J
4 years ago

Crazy J’s Team – Yahoo 12-Team Standard 5×5
Round Pick Player Position
1. (1) Mike Trout OF
2. (24) Manny Machado 3B
3. (25) Cody Bellinger 1B,OF
4. (48) Carlos Martínez SP
5. (49) Starling Marte OF
6. (72) Jonathan Schoop 2B
7. (73) Jean Segura SS
8. (96) Felipe Rivero RP
9. (97) Ken Giles RP
10. (120) Luis Castillo SP
11. (121) Mike Moustakas 3B
12. (144) Eddie Rosario OF
13. (145) Trevor Bauer SP
14. (168) Ryan Zimmerman 1B
15. (169) Kevin Gausman SP
16. (192) Archie Bradley RP
17. (193) Michael Conforto OF
18. (216) Drew Pomeranz SP
19. (217) Tim Anderson SS
20. (240) Yasmani Grandal C
21. (241) Luke Gregerson RP
22. (264) Danny Salazar SP
23. (265) José Peraza 2B,SS

I feel the catcher pain already. I put out feelers for C and WHIP. I feel like I need one more pitcher closer to 200 innings pitched. What do you see?

Crazy J
Crazy J
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Gotcha! Thanks.

I have not competed in roto in 10 years, so I feel I may be a bit rusty. Is there a SB rule-of-thumb that I should try to maintain (ie. 150 team steals), and AVG looks to be .279 (based on Yahoo) this seem OK to me, I’m usually tanking in AVG (below .250).

C – Yasmani Grandal
1B – Cody Bellinger
2B – Jonathan Schoop
SS – Jean Segura
3B – Manny Machado
OF – Mike Trout
OF – Starling Marte
OF – Eddie Rosario
Util – Mike Moustakas
Util – Ryan Zimmerman

Starters
Carlos Martínez
Luis Castillo
Trevor Bauer
Kevin Gausman
Drew Pomeranz
Danny Salazar

Relievers
Felipe Rivero
Ken Giles
Archie Bradley
Luke Gregerson

Bench
Michael Conforto
Tim Anderson
José Peraza

Crazy J
Crazy J
Reply to  Crazy J
4 years ago

Also. I can’t wait to see the FULL-season Conforto projections! :)

henncoop
henncoop
4 years ago

Congrats on your NL only Tout war team over the weekend …that hitting in NL only looks amazing. Actually heard some of the draft on the radio. Is there a link to look at the teams & prices they went for???
I do have a keeper questionas well. Able to keep 9 players by virtue of winning this league last year. It is a 10 team H2H league with the usual batting cats plus K’s, OPS, & XBH. Pitching counts the usual plus L’s, BB’s & QS
Obviously I have a pretty stacked team but since we can keep forever, I am almost wanting to keep Albies in the mix.
My for sure keepers are: Altuve, Judge, Bellinger, Hoskins, & Thor.
So I need to pick 3 of: C Seager, Rendon, Buxton, Domingo, Devers, Albies, Carrasco, Severino, & Ray.

henncoop
henncoop
Reply to  henncoop
4 years ago

@henncoop: Sorry I need 4 …doh

Chud
Chud
4 years ago

Grey,

Any rookie SP that u r targeting in drafts? Even an arm starting the year in MiLB?

Thanks!

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

This team is almost all win now, considering its an OBP league I went with this:
Ramos
Smoak
Cano
Seager
Andrus
Judge
Just Dongs
Delmonico/Mallex
Alonso

Carrasco
Paxton
Pomeranz
Jordan Montgomery
Peacock
Shane Greene
Not King Felix

Im targeting another OF because Im acting like a pussy with no faith in my platoon

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I’m the Dolly Parton of this AL only….maybe, I haven’t seen others teams yet.

I need Oaktown’s judgement because Im so insecure after taking the last year and half off. I already have Magoo whispering picks in my ear

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: this weird Laura rom com is really coming together with your confidence in me

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: If heaven was a bar with peanut shells all over the floor

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: snapping dirty towels? Sounds like a fantasy football team name

Kevin
Kevin
4 years ago

15 team NFBC. If I pick 12th and my first 4 picks go:

Machado
Lindor
Marte
Darvish

With best available hitters on the board being:
Cano
Hosmer
Cain
Braun

And pitchers:
Tanaka
Cole

Who should I be targeting based in the 1st 4 picks I made?

Thanks!

Bryce and Nice
Bryce and Nice
4 years ago

Grey (and others), how important is salary AFTER the draft?

Another owner loves his Yankees and has been asking me for Judge and Sanchez for awhile. He has Kris Bryant and Mookie Betts, but both are with guarenteed contracts. What that means is:

Bryant $60 until end of 2020
Betts $46 until end of 2019

Would you offer Judge and Sanchez for them? Both Yankees are $1 each. Judge I won for this and next season, and Sanchez goes back into next year’s draft, but I get a 25% off rate for whatever he goes for if I choose to keep him post draft. I would then pick up Hedges, or Barnhart, or J. McCann or Chirinos to start for me in my 1 catcher points league.

I get that I’d be receiving the two best players here, but it would be for $106 of next year’s $300 budget. I could always offer 1 Yankee for 1 of those too.

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

Hello Gray,

Strategy Fantasy Question:
in a 14 Team, H2h league with SVs and Holds, do you like to balance your RP with 2 closers and 2 set-ups pitchers, or punt one of the two categories?

thanks for the input!

Nerf
Nerf
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Not even on 4th down?

Cohen
Cohen
4 years ago

Grey, which one ?
Trea/Machado
Trea/Freeman
Trea/JDM

Savoy Special
Savoy Special
4 years ago

14 team H2H redraft league

drop Vince Velasquez for Sean Newcomb? Or hold?

Thanks!

Gee
Gee
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Please give me your thoughts on my 12 team, 25 keeper dynasty roto team. In year 4 of a complete rebuild after taking over a garbage team. We are at the tail end of our draft at this point.

Starters
C Grandal
C McCann
1B M Olson
2B Dee Gordon
SS Correa
3B Donaldson
CI J Turner
MI T Beckham
OF Cain
OF Hamilton
OF Souza
OF N Williams
OF Zimmer
UTIL K Seager
UTIL J Harrison
Bench: Cron, Pujols, Span, L Martin, D Travis, C Vasquez, S Vogt (made him a keeper before I saw how many C’s were available in the draft, he’s likely my first cut for waiver fodder)

SP’s MadBum, Keuchel, Paxton, Maeda, Bauer, Samardzija, Buehler
RP’s Iglesias, Familia, Bedrosian, Kela, Gregerson, Ziegler

We also have a 15 man minor league roster, players closest to making an impact on mine are Kyle Tucker and Keston Hiura.

Thoughts?

Gee
Gee
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Awesome, thanks man!!

Guido Cosenza
Guido Cosenza
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Draft for my league is this coming weekend. 12 team H2H keeper league with OBP replacing AVG. We can keep players for up to 3 years. Below are my keepers.

C:
1b: Goldschmidt
2b:
3b: Rendon
SS:
OF: Buxton
OF:
OF:
UTIL:
UTIL:

At my first pick, I’m certain the following players will be available: Votto, Dozier, Yelich

My current keepers will mostly likely be hitting in the 3-5 lineup spots on their respective teams so I’m leaning towards grabbing Dozier or Yelich who will both likely leadoff. Votto is an OBP monster but is 34 years old so probably won’t keep him and I would need to put him in my utility since I have Goldy at 1st. Looking at Dozier or Yelich, I’m leaning towards grabbing Yelich due to his younger age compared to Dozier and his new ball park at the launchpad of Miller Park.

Thoughts on who I should grab?

Thanks!

Call Me Mabry
Call Me Mabry
4 years ago

Grey,

12 team H2H OBP auction league. Could you please rank the below keepers in order that you would keep. I do have somebody offering me some auction $ for Weaver and I can’t decide whether to trade him and keep someone else.

Luke Weaer – $5
Michael Taylor – $5
Miguel Sano – $15
Tim Anderson – $5

thanks!!

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

12 team league:

Hey Grey,

Would you keep either Greinke ($13) or Verlander ($17) as a a keeper in a $260 budget, or just try and get them at those prices in the Auction?

Also, for hitters (can keep 2) I’m leaning towards Acuna and E. Rosario at $5 each over paying for Freeman at $38

Thanks!

herschel
herschel
4 years ago

@Grey: how concerned are you about CMart with the off field issues? Still taking him in the Panty Mouth tier or is he more of a Shuggle?

Savoy Special
Savoy Special
4 years ago

14 team H2H redraft league

drop 1 out of Bradley Zimmer, Jonathan Villar, and Mitch Haniger for Eric Thames?

Thanks!

Savoy Special
Savoy Special
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I need power. leaning toward dropping Villar. soo Villar?

Joakim Dead
Joakim Dead
4 years ago

Brandon Drury…might only have 2b if you are using yahoo…but it won’t be long until he has 3B. Was he left off this list because of the eligibility issue or prospective results issue?

Rory
Rory
4 years ago

I hope we don’t have to do fantrax next year for RCL. The site is not user friendly.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Interestingly, trades go through immediately, but you can’t make a waiver claim for 24 hours. Fine if you want 2 days for the claim to go through, but I can’t see a reason to not let you put in a claim right away.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: No problems for me. Pretty straightforward. Easy to look at.Can move players to any eligible position. Don’t have to draft a catcher if you don’t want.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Not really. Nothing that makes me think it is better than ESPN (of course, I’m the one who loves ESPN), but nothing to make me say I’d never use it again (which I did say of Yahoo).

Nice that you don’t need to have your league full 1 hour before the draft, but unfortunate that the draft takes place even if you are not full.

The Great Knoche
The Great knoche
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: once I figured out how it worked I thought it was great.

First player i drafted took a minute to make selection though…

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Rory
4 years ago

@Rory: especially the I phone app sucks bad. I don’t see making daily moves being an option on phone only

Nick
Nick
4 years ago

Hi Grey,

drafting Keepers team tonite and focusing on SP
I already have Severino Archer and Morton
we’re already at pick 140 ! and i’ll draft 7 and 13th

please , who would you GO FOR my picks:
Pick1: Bauer / Paxton / Weaver / Ohtani / Wacha

Pick2: JGray / BSnell / Corbin / C.Anderson

others of consideration : Gausman / Pomeranz / TJWalker / Bundy / Salazar

then Sleepers for good night : DLamet / Mikolas / Giolito / Manaea

i’d try Bauer or Weaver (nice spring !) , but they may be gone by pick 7th?!
i’m not aboard the Ohtani Orient Express …AT ALL
isn’t Wacha a “Reach” before Snell (for example) ?

Thanks , Nick :)

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

SURE ! BOSS” :)!
i’ve READ EVERYTHING already ,,, many times!!!

Omar
Omar
4 years ago

Which OF offers more fantasy impact in 2018? Austin Hays or Jorge Soler?

Willy Mo
Willy Mo
4 years ago

Justin Turner, i never knew you… Or at least I wont know you until May 15th ?

Savoy Special
Savoy Special
4 years ago

14 team H2H redraft.

just got another offer… Kershaw for Anthony Rizzo. which side?

Thanks!

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

I need some deep AL arms Grey? Oaktown?

Just started the 17th round. This league is SV+HLDS so closers have a lot less value. so far I have:

Carrasco
Paxton
Pomeranz
Jordan Montgomery
Peacock
Shane Greene

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

@BJFOHOHL: Martin Perez

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

@BJFOHOHL: Andriese, Santiago, Minor, Heaney, Nate Karns!

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: you love Karns like Grey loves Giancarlo

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

@BJFOHOHL: Strange loving a shitty player like Karns.

Skaggs, Erasmo Ramirez.

Math Boyd could be interesting.

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 years ago

@The Great Knoche: I have all these names already queued up, looking to see if there is someone I missed

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

@BJFOHOHL: joe biagini could be an end game play.

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 years ago

@The Great Knoche: love the K upside, hate the will he wont he be in the rotation and that he may end up being an LR, will limit his holds chances which is a cat

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

@BJFOHOHL: @BJFOHOHL: True, was thinking more if Stromans shoulder acts up again he would be first man up.

Guessing Puk is gone.

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 years ago

@The Great Knoche: its dynasty and yes he is. I dont play for 3 years away, I want instant gratification.

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 years ago

@The Great Knoche: its dynasty and yes he is. I dont play for 3 years away, I want instant gratification.

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: you’re a sucker for waps

Jose
Jose
4 years ago

Mostly successful draft last night in my RCL. Had the 5th pick and went with Turner the Afterburner. Harper was there too, but stuck with the rankings. It was a tough choice. Freeman went the pick before my second pick so ended up with JoRam falling to me. Went Abreu from there and it was off to the races. I probably went too safe on pitching in the early middle rounds, but at the time it was that or Outfielders I didn’t care for. I ended up with Puig on this team, which I wasn’t hoping for, but that’s how it goes. I took Peraza at what I felt was a good fit for my team. With Hamilton’s Spring struggles, Peraza has been mentioned as sharing lead off duties. I’ll just have to watch the Senzel rumors for the inevitable.

Quick question though. One goon in the league didn’t set his lineup to draft by ADP. He ended up with a Holy Consortium of Starting pitchers. Like 8 -10 picks of the “best” pitcher on the board. Do I need to make an adjustment for that?

Thanks Grey!

Dubjay
Dubjay
4 years ago

Hey Grey et al,
Couple of questions today.

1.I drafted I.Desmond as my starting 1b which I’m not too excited about. Just missed on the Smoak/Olsen tier in the draft and he was the next best option. I wanted to grab a 1b to help to cover if Desmond doesn’t get the job done. Currently have thames there. But there are a lot of other 1B options on waivers. Do you like any of ALONSO, MORRISON, C.DAVIS, BELT, MORALES, J.MARTINEZ more? I know that Alonso has been hitting well lately.

2.I have an empty slot now that Acuna has been unmercilessly sent to the minors. Was thinking of grabbing another pitcher. King Felix is still out there along with Mikolas and Musgrove. Any of those worth grabbing? Or I could shore up my bullpen with Minter, Kela, Boxberger or Devenski

dubjay
dubjay
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
Thanks Grey

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
4 years ago

Suarez definitely looks like a good player to target. Solid power, prime age, bandbox of a home park, great plate discipline, etc. All of the things that I highlighted about him weeks ago. Think there’s a nice opportunity to buy low on Seager and Beltre too, though they’re not quite low enough to make your cut off for this exercise.

There is a third baseman who’s going off the board near the very top of most drafts who I probably won’t be owning this year. In a single season, this player has never hit .300, hit 40 homers, or knocked in 100 runs, and he’s stolen fewer bases than Yadier Molina or Buster Posey over the last two seasons. He’s also torn ligaments which required season-ending surgeries on both of his knees. Guess right and you’ll win my fleeting over-the-internet admiration.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: rendon?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  FrankGrimes
4 years ago

@FrankGrimes: Rendon’s never come close to hitting 40 homers, but he’s checked the other things off of his list

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Most players haven’t accomplished those things, but I’m referring to a premium pick. Think top 25 overall.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Yup, you and Jr both got it. I was excited about him when he went 35/20 in 2015, but that appears to be an outlier as far as the steals are concerned. And when he has a bad luck BABIP season like last year, he’s just a borderline top 50 player. There are too many good options in the 2nd round this year to pull the trigger on him, in my opinion. The SS eligibility will be nice, but his likely line will probably mirror something that a healthy Cespedes would put up.

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: Sounds like Machado

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Jr
4 years ago

@Jr: Correct! Well done, sir. You’ve won my respect and admiration for the day.

The great Knoche
The great Knoche
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: been saying this since the Top 10 came out. He’s not even in my Top 25.

Project Merkin
Project Merkin
4 years ago

Greybones,

Love these target posts my man!

My merkin is tingling waiting for the top 100/400 for 2018. Any idea when those posts will be out? Trying to hold off my draft until they’re up!

Jr
Jr
4 years ago

In a keep 5 forever league (h2h categories, 8 teams), how early would you take Acuna? 5×5 with H, BB added for hitters and QS, K/9 added for pitchers.

I have the 5th pick this year, with keepers being Trout, Votto, Bregman, Kershaw, and carrasco.

Thanks!

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: that’s what I thought. Guys like Rendon, Hoskins, Benintendi are all there too, but I want Acuna…

Chucky
Chucky
4 years ago

H2H 10 Keep Dynasty, no contracts: Altuve, DeGrom or Stanton, Scherzer?

Uncle Ernie
Uncle Ernie
4 years ago

Morning Grey. I have a need for stolen bases and average. The other counting stats are welcome also but these are more pressing. Who would you slot in as your 4th or 5th outfielder. Gardner or Kiermaier? I know Gardner is atop a stacked lineup but Kiermaier finished 2017 strong and maybe that will Carry over. Thanks

Uncle Ernie
Uncle Ernie
Reply to  Uncle Ernie
4 years ago

@Uncle Ernie: add Ed Nunez to that decision. Someone just dropped him. Thanks

Savoy Special
Savoy Special
4 years ago

14 team H2H redraft league:

Just got a counter offer for my Kershaw for Arenado proposal.

He countered with my Scherzer for Arenado. Which side?

Thanks!

Chris D
Chris D
4 years ago

Guy in my dynasty league is offering me Blackmon for Acuna and Mejia. I’m obviously super high on Acuna so I don’t know what to do here.

Currently have
Khris Davis
Whit
Ozuna
as my current starters with Hamilton and Deshields as backups. Acuna obviously will be short lived in the minors. What should I do here?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Chris D
4 years ago

@Chris D: Think you have to hold in a dynasty.

Chris D
Chris D
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Damnit Grey, that’s good haha. I’m regretting it and I haven’t even done the trade haha. I have been leaning towards hold and just need some extra opinions. I think overall it’s a fair deal, but in the grand scheme of things, I can get by on what I currently have, see how Acuna does and then hopefully unleash him.

It’s just fun having an elite player being offered your way and hope your keeping is the next Trout and not the next Heyward or Profar. Thanks for your ultimate opinions and wisdom Gents.

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
4 years ago

Just read Behrens’ Tout recap. He’s got them fightin words for Grey. He seems to be consumed by you. Did you steal his car ride or somethin?

Gigorilla
Gigorilla
4 years ago

Maikel, Odor, Deshields—all on my watch list previous 2 years, now on my post hype schlepper list.

Deshields rocks this year, finally. Franco again average. Odor bombs with Mendoza line average again.

Herschel
Herschel
4 years ago

@Grey: 12 team weekly roto with two keepers. I am likely keeping Benintendi and Story. Which trifecta do you like best to start my draft:

Betts/Rizzo/Rendon
Turner/Rizzo/Yelich
Goldschmidt/Springer/Rendon

Thank you!

Herschel
Herschel
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! Assuming if Harper or Stanton were available (instead of Betts) in option 1 you would go that route. I love me some Turner but definitely affects draft strategy.

Fanthead
4 years ago

Terrific A+ content, thank you!

CONFESSION: I may be addicted to the puppet version of you.

FUN FACT: Your wife sounds EXACTLY like my girl. Weird!

Mike
Mike
4 years ago

Points league where everyone loves pitching, staff is
Kluber
Archer
Bauer
Gausman
Taillon
Corbin
Cobb

I’ve got Healy at third right now, do I flip Corbin for Moustakas?

Chucky
Chucky
Reply to  Mike
4 years ago

As much as I like Moose, in a points league, I think I’m holding Corbin. Anxious to see what the humidor is gonna do and how it plays. I like your top 3 SPs but it gets kinda thin after that. A humidor aided, NL West pitcher in Corbin, could easily slide in as your #3 ( although I love bik K upside Bauer). In a points league I’m holding. If you wanna spec, take a look at Davidson of ChW. Currently leading ST stats in RBIs…for whatever little that’s worth.

Motown_magic24
Motown_magic24
4 years ago

Good mornin’ Grey,

I’m late to the razzball source of knowledge, so late that this is my first year seeing the light! Been lurking since December and this is my first post. 8th year in this particular league, was really hoping to get your 2 cents on my draft that went down last night.

10th overall pick and Goldy dropped to me. 12 team roto, 5×5 OBP and QS. I believe my pitching is over the top and regret taking Nola- wouldn’t have done so if I knew those guys in that 120 range (Price/Godley/McCullers) were gonna drop like they did. I know you won’t like T Pham and my middle infield is light, but I feel I snagged some late MI value there in that 220 range nevertheless. Anyway:

C. LuCroy
1B. Goldschmidt
2B. Kipnis
3B. Rendon
SS. Cozart
2B/SS. Cesar Hernandez
1B/3B. Freeman (back to back 1B to open draft, not sure how I feel)
OF. Pham
OF. McCutchen
OF. Deshields
OF. Conforto (come back soon pls)
UTIL. Travis Shaw
BENCH. Matt Kemp
BENCH. David Peralta

P. Severino
P. Nola
P. Godley
P. McCullers
P. price
RP. Hand
RP. Treinan
RP. Shane green
BENCH. Brach
BENCH. Snell
BENCH. Corbin

Thanks in advance and thanks for all you do for us!

P.

Motown_magic24
Motown_magic24