Just finished my first draft if you’re reading this as I type it, and other than one shirtless man in yellow sweatpants standing behind me in this internet cafe, I don’t think anyone’s reading this as I type it.  Unless, of course, there’s micronauts living inside my brain watching as my inner monologue is sending info to my fingers.  Gadzooks, I got micronauts in my brain!  I wonder if these micronauts made me draft eight Twins and White Sox players.  I need to delve deeper into this subject.  Maybe I will in my pastel journal that is covered in Giancarlo’s picture from ESPN’s nude magazine.  So, I took on the monsters of the industry in an AL Only league that was hosted by Scott White of CBS and I came away with a team that is more imbalanced than Amanda Bynes.  This league is deep so hold onto ye old hat.  (If you want a shallower league, play against me and hundreds of your closest buddies in the Razzball Commenter Leagues.  Or closet buddies, if you’re reading fast and/or experimenting.)  Anyway, here’s my 12-team AL-Only team and some thoughts:

C: Jason Castro $3
C: Chance Sisco $3
1B: Mitch Moreland $8
2B: Brian Dozier $29
3B: Miguel Sano $22
SS: Tim Anderson $20
MI: Yolmer Sanchez $6
CI: Jose Abreu $31
OF: Trey Mancini $20
OF: Randal Grichuk $15
OF: Khris Davis $23
OF: Eduardo Nunez $12
OF: Kevin Pillar $9
DH: Shohei Ohtani $19
P: Jake Faria $7
P: David Robertson $5
P: J.A. Happ $9
P: Mike Minor $5
P: Marco Estrada $4
P: Juan Minaya $2
P: Mike Leake $3
P: Erasmo Ramirez $3
P: Daniel Norris $2
Bench: Boog Powell, Jason Hammel, Jose Iglesias, Adalberto Mejia, Marco Gonzales, Paulo Orlando, Joey Kelly

JOSE ABREU IS A’IGHT; YOU LIKE TIM ANDERSON, SO OKAY; MIGUEL SANO IS KINDA SEXY, THEN THE WHEELS GO OFF THE TRACK LIKE YOU’RE REMAKING THE FUGITIVE, AND I’M STARTING TO THINK YOUR REAL IDENTITY IS KENNY WILLIAMS.  YO, YOU KENNY WILLIAMS?  RICK HAHN INHABIT YO’ SOUL? WHAT ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH THAT AL GORE CRIES OVER EVERY NIGHT POSSESSED YOU TO DRAFT SO MANY WHITE SOX PLAYERS?  AND WITH THE TWINS!?  MY GOD, MAN!

‘Tis is true.  I went a little AL Central crazy.  Wasn’t my intention, maybe that’s the problem.  The great thing about deep drafts like this with a fifteen-second auction clock is you have no time to second-guess your auction values.  Or that’s the terrible thing, if your auction values aren’t good.  As usual, I used our AL-Only auction values for this draft.  I type in a name at the top box where the names are and it filters to that player.  I see his value, and I bid or pass.  It really is that simply.  The auction values are updated nearly every day, so playing time is as up-to-date as you’re going to find.  All for the low, low, low price of free!  No wonder why we’re broke as a joke.  What the hell can I buy for free?  A hug?  How about we wrap ourselves in swaddling and start charging?!  Since I follow the auction values almost religiously, I draft players I had no interest in previously for mixed leagues where I use my fantasy baseball rankings.  Ergo, vis-a-vis, henceforth, the entire White Sox and Twins teams.  Yolmer Sanchez was listed for $6, so Yolmer Sanchez is on my team.  *rereads ‘Yolmer Sanchez is on my team’ and shudders*

TOO BAD EDUARDO NUNEZ DIDN’T SIGN WITH THE TWINS OR WHITE SOX, HUH!?

Okay, Al Caps, I get it.

AND ADALBERTO MEJIA BECAUSE YOU JUST COULDN’T SAY NO!

Moving on.

KINDA LIKE YOU MOVED ON FROM DRAFTING A PITCHING STAFF.  AT LEAST I THINK YOU HAVE SHOHEI OHTANI, OR DID YOU GET HIM FOR HIS 85 ABS?  YOU’RE TERRIBLE.

Was not expecting to own Shohei Ohtani anywhere.  Was not a target — with target pronounced like a soccer mom with an accent over the E.  Ohtani was listed as $22 in my values, so I ended up with him.  The way I listed my team is slightly misleading.  He’s likely my number one starter.  In CBS leagues, you draft one Ohtani — Onetani — and you can move him from hitting to pitching, as you see fit.  He actually made for an interesting end game, because I had $2 to draft any hitter or any pitcher, but I had to move Ohtani back and forth to bid, which could’ve been handled a bit better by CBS.  In other words, I had Ohtani in my DH slot and a hitter was nominated, so I had to move Ohtani to my last pitcher slot before bidding, and, by the time I did that, a bid might’ve moved past $2, so I couldn’t bid anymore.  Then a pitcher was nominated, and I’d move Ohtani from pitcher to hitter before being able to bid.  Riveting recap, huh?  Any hoo!  This is likely the last place I’m drafting Ohtani, but I got him.  So, you can consider Ohtani a pitcher on my team, then Daniel Norris is my first bench starter, and Boog Powell or Jose Iglesias are my UTIL.  Yeah, it doesn’t make it sound much better.

SO, YOU HAVE OHTANI AS YOUR NUMBER ONE STARTER, AND YOU THINK THIS IS A POSITIVE?

This is funny (not funny).  The way I ended up drafting led me to drafting all my hitters first, then I drafted my starters.  Chalk that up for unconventional.  I was down to $40 before drafting a starter (aside from Ohtani).  Here’s how that went visually:  swallows hard, sweat begins to bead on forehead, faints into a beanbag dressed to look like Giancarlo, screams, “Hold me, Beanbag Giancarlo!”  Ya know what I realized about halfway through the draft?  AL starters are awful.  At one point I said facetiously in the draft chat, “Can I draft NL starters?”  I mean, does any AL team outside of the Astros have more than one starter you want?  The 29th best AL starter according to our AL-Only rankings is Cole Hamels!  I wouldn’t draft Cole Hamels with your team!  In an AL-Only league, Adalberto Mejia is the 47th best starter!  AL starters are pathetic, yo.  No way around it, so I figured everyone would have a 4.75 ERA and I just drafted hitters.

AND YOUR BULLPEN IS [email protected]&#%

I was delighted to get Juan Minaya for only $2.  Is he a good bet for 20+ saves?  Oh, hell no!  But delighted, I tell ya, delighted!

SO, THE PITCHING IS A POOP EMOJI, BUT YOUR HITTING’S AVERAGE IS A POOP TURTLEHEAD EMOJI.

Yeah, the batting average is a little lacking, but my offense should be a top three hitting crew in an AL-Only league.  Remember everyone has holes on their teams.  For unstints, one team has in their starting lineup Mallex Smith, Valbuena, Tyler Wade and Jarrod Dyson.  Another team has Devon Travis (no job), Duda (no team), and Eloy Jimenez (no way).  One team even drafted Eric Hosmer for $8.  Guys in the NL don’t work for this AL-Only league, in case that’s not clear.  My steals are actually the biggest problem on my team, according to my values.  When Jose Iglesias is your third best base stealer, steals will be an issue.  Maybe Shohei Ohtani can contribute 20 wins, 220 Ks and 20 steals.  Yeah, and maybe when you eat white asparagus your pee smells like marshmallows.

  1. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    You get hugs for free?? Nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: I have extra if you want one… You have to watch Gomarra on Netflix, so good…

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: As far as I can tell, Gomorrah doesn’t seem to be available here at this time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aw, man! That sucks, hopefully soon!

  2. Wyatt says:
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    Which Chicago 2 B should I keep Baez or Moncada? OBP league

  3. foul balls says:
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    i like your outfield it’s so randy…. mr rogers neighbourhood has the sleeper of the year in grichuk. wouldn’t be surprised if he dongs 40 times and leaves toronto fans asking joey who?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @foul balls: Is gonna go from Grichyuk to Grichuk

  4. Schwab says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Keeper question. 8 team H2H point based league. Each week every team can only start 7 pitchers, so your pitching starts are always the same with the team your playing that week. Can keep players forever. Which 5 do you cut:
    Goldy, Jose Ramirez, Manny, Story, JD Martinez, Stanton, Buxton, Hosmer, Sano, Moncada, Josh Bell, Strasburg, Giolito, Taijuan Walker, Taillon, McCullers, Corbin, Glasnow, Alex Wood and Snell. Thanks.

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      Also, we keep 15 each year. Thanks.

    • Grey

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      @Schwab: Glasnow, Bell, Giolito, Walker, Taillon

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Not to pile on with ALL CAPS, but with your Mejia and Minaya picks, i can’t help but envision you drafting with Amazon Alexa, unsuccessfully trying to draft Sean Manaea.

    Alexa, draft MANAEA
    *I’ve drafted Mejia, Grey.*
    OK Alexa, this time, Ma-nae-a!
    *Congrats, you have Minaya and bananas from Whole Foods will be here in 2 hours.*

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @knucks: It’s a well known fact that Cockcroft spends his free time on the underground Russian Alexa hacking forums. Looks like he’s honed his craft.

        • knucks says:
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          @Old School Brother: Perhaps that’s part of the reason ESPN wasn’t up until yesterday? Within a few years, it’ll be up in the second week of April and we’ll be backdating stats. Though we’ll all be taking orders from Alexa by then though, so it won’t matter.

    • Peacecoast says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: haha that was good. Grey and Alexa are not a good pair when it comes to names. Love ya G!

    • Grey

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: HA — True story, I met someone at a party a few weeks ago whose name was Alexa and she looked like she could cry when I started asking her about the Amazon jokes now

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: haha! I bet there’s a lot of Cortana’s who feel that way too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I said to her that there should be a self-help group with her and girls named Siri, sounds like a Super Bowl commercial

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: hahahahha

  6. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Hey Grey, any chance you could post the results of the rest of the league? I’m in a 12 team AL only and I’m curious of how the auction $’s went.

    Your team should be one of the best hitting teams aside from steals. Your pitching staff may not be as bad as you think, you’ll have to find a closer but there is going to be so much turnover in the AL this year!

    • Grey

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      @Hometown Heroes: Don’t know an easy way to do that, but if you got a way, I might be able to

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hometown Heroes: Oh, and agreed on my pitching, it’s ugly, but everyone’s pitching is ugly

    • VinWins

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      @Hometown Heroes: The CBS fantasy home page has a link to the auction results.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks, Vin!

  7. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great team, man! Let’s see how it all folds out during the season.

    A few questions abound.

    1. Are you allowed to make changes to the roster during the season? Like off waivers and such?

    2. Do you have FAAB available to make purchases?

    3. What’s with your love affair with Erasmo? Is it his face that reminds one of pockmark Almos? Who knows, maybe one of these years Erasmo can repeat his mojo from being minor league pitcher of the year to become AL pitcher of the year! One never knows, at least he’s done it before.

    4. Dloaded this movie. What do you think?…http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5215486/

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • knucks says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Regarding Erasmo, he is hurt already. I own him an an NFBC and he was hurt before we finished drafting, so I took Miranda in the last round. Figure one of them will get a decent amount of innings. Bleckkk

    • Grey

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      @Ante GALIC: 1. We are… $100 FAAB, but you can buy players for free… There’s no one on waivers tho… Right now, best player is Brent Rooker, who might be a made up name…

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: Brent Rooker, under cover cop during the 80’s in Miami, was popular for wearing huge white running shoes and big sunglasses.

        • Grey

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          Did Brent Rooker get chewed out by sarge again? Geez, Brent Rooker!

    • Grey

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      @Ante GALIC: Oops entered too fast (that’s what I said!) 1. 2nd player on waivers for most owned is Freudis Nova — CBS is making up thee names now 3. Meh, he’s got decent stuff, why hatin’ Erasmo? Just because he’s been awful for his whole career? 4. That movie doesn’t look good, but I hope it is for you!

  8. Earl says:
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    Sir Grey,

    It is great to follow your rankings. Think I have done pretty good so far in 5×5 roto slow email:
    Bryce Harper, Freddie Freeman, Marcel Ozuna and Jonathan Schoop
    Noah Syndergaard and Robbie Ray

    I think only pick have a small bit of regret about so far is Ozuna. Feeling like it could be bit risky with him and maybe should have gone different pick. Oh well. Onward.

    Probably soon time to start getting some speed and maybe in little bit a closer. Will be going into round 7 soon but do not pick until #9.

    Was wondering if it would be wise to pick up Billy Hamilton if he were still available in round 7 or just focus getting speed from combo of players like maybe Margot, Tim Anderson, etc.

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      @Earl: Ozuna isn’t risky at all… He’s a #1 OF — Hamilton sounds fine with the team you have, don’t get any other steals tho

      • Earl says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man for feedback.

        I am still split if it would be better to get most of steals from one person like Hamilton and perhaps another good SB option or try and get say 3-4 players at 20 or so steals each and ones who would not kill you so much with other stat categories like Hamilton does.

        It might be mute point if Hamilton goes before me in round 7.

        • Grey

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          I don’t love drafting Hamilton, but 7th round isn’t terrible…

  9. FrankGrimes says:
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    there are a handful
    of guys on this team I don’t
    know/care who they are!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: There’s guys on my teamI wish I didn’t know — Grimey! You get my email? I got your vape, thanks so much, man! Really appreciate it!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        No problem! Green Blast is one of my favs.
        Hope you like them.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I love Naked vape, one of my favorite brands… Have had all of these before, and love them all… Very considerate of you, Grimes!

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Awesome.
            I forgot to add that your email made me literally lol.

            • Grey

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              You give better presents than my wife!

              • Earl says:
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                @Grey: Yah but hopefully wife gives you things that Grimes hopefully doesn’t, lol.

                • Grey

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                  Barely, literally

                  • Peacecoast says:
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                    @Grey: She reads these Grey! Hi Cougs!!

                    • Grey

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                      Haha…I forgot! You’re a better husband!

  10. Woolly the Mammoth says:
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    Somebody talk me off the ledge. I’ve played in a ten team 6×6 h2h keep 20 forever league for ten years. Our commissioner just announced that we’re switching to a points league. We’re only going to keep 10 this year but go back to 20 next year. I am so pissed right now.

    • Justin says:
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      @Woolly the Mammoth:

      Id say your commish shouldn’t be announcing this change without there being a good year notice. Garbage like that is a red flag that the league is in trouble. Get other owners to side with you so he changes it back, if not I’d ditch the league

  11. OaktownSteve says:
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    Any commentor thoughts on Jake Faria? Find him hard to read. He’s 92 93, but gets a lot of late swings. His fastball doesn’t have much downward plane and he pitches up in the zone (with all his pitches) as much as anybody I’ve seen recently. I’m guessing his perceived velocity is high. He has a lot of movement and also has trouble controlling that movement. The walk rate is a bit high, the GB rate is low. The movement seems to keep the ball off the barrel. Team and division are a minus. I’m inclined to be off him. Easy to see a 4.50 ERA and 1.25+ whip. Interested if he has any strong supporters.

    • Justin says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Walk rate is trending downward, he’s only 24. Odorizzi gone so he’s got a pretty secure rotation spot. He’s got some decent offspeed offerings. In mocks I’ve done he goes in the 200-250 range. I think that’s about right. Like him but usually have other pitchers in that range that I like more.

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      @OaktownSteve: Havent seen much of him. Minor league peripherals look solid outside of the walks. Swinging K% is really good. Could see a Sub 4 ERA if he puts it together. Al East scares me though, and can’t see myself taking him when there are guys like these

      Chatwood
      Odorizzi
      Gohora
      Manaea

      all being drafted right behind him. I’d rather take a change of venue/Upside flyer at this point in a draft.

    • Grey

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      @OaktownSteve: Agree with above, walks going down, Ks potentially moving up, secure rotation spot

    • Peacecoast says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I am targeting him

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @BJFOHOHL:

        Pretty cool

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @OaktownSteve: I tend to agree, I have trouble reading him. As jack said I spoke to Faria earlier in the off-season, and we discussed some of the adjustments in AAA that helped him find his control. It was almost overnight he became more efficient. He discusses it about 6 minutes in. Says he started focusing on utilizing his lower half, and there was another change he made mid-game during a start in Durham. After that second change everything just clicked control wise. He didn’t share what the mid-game tweak was.

      I like the changeup and the fastball. Slider is coming along, and that might be the key to him taking the next step. His changeup is a legit plus-plus. The fastball is a high spin fastball, so it tends to be most effective high in the zone, and drives a lot of flyballs. The Rays love flyball guys for what it’s worth.

      For me Faria is a depends on the price guy in re-draft. At times he goes to early, other drafts he hangs around forever. I’m not off him but I’m cautious about how much I invest.

  12. StewZilla says:
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    I really like Grichuk this year..looks like you do too!

    Had a counteroffer to a trade I asked you about last week. Do you mind telling me what you think?

    My Cespedes ($18 2 years) / Nola ($2 5 years) / L Weaver ($5 5 years) / Lamet ($5 re-sign)
    for
    JD Martinez ($8 7 years)

    Feels like a lot to give up…that said the rest of my staff would be listed below….

    Noah Syndergaard
    Carlos Martinez
    Jon Lester
    Justin Verlander
    Gerrit Cole
    Danny Duffy
    Zach Godley
    Charlie Morton
    Alex Cobb
    Mike Clevinger
    Jordan Montgomery

    Offense is bumpin’ already with these guys

    Salvador Perez
    Ryan Zimmerman
    Anthony Rizzo
    Rafael Devers
    Trea Turner
    Bryce Harper
    Yeonis Cespedes
    Nelson Cruz
    Rhys Hoskins
    Josh Donaldson
    Alex Bregman
    Randall Grichuk

  13. The Great Knoche says:
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    That pitching staff….Woof.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Yours is a Woof. Followed by a whimper.

        • Grey

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          Aw, man, you’re being mean!

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: feel free to repay the compliments once you see some of my squads over the next month.

            • Grey

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              Haha, true

  14. Steve Stevenson says:
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    NL-only, $260 salary cap at auction, I’m already keeping Wood, J Gray, Castillo and Corbin for a total of $13. Would you also keep Darvish at $37, or try to trade his contract? It’s over value but at the same time he and any other aces not kept will go for more in this league, and that starting staff would be nasty.

    • Grey

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      Sounds about right on value… What can you get for him?

  15. knucks says:
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    As an obsessive podcaster, its nice that the CBS guys do one daily. Heath seems like a nice guy… It is amazing how often I am moving in the exact opposite direction of his takes. Its actually pretty uncanny.

    • Grey

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      He has Evan Gattis in his top 20 overall… I mean, c’mon…

      What do you listen to w/ pods? Any recommendations?

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: They are on the “move Goldy out of the first round” train. And when they spoke about 1B they are down on, Heath went w/ Hosmer. Just a couple examples that jumped out while listening to today’s episode. I get why you’d would want to devalue Hosmer… I guess what I’m getting at is that its just getting to the point where I know what his takes are going to be, as they are so incredibly obvious.

      It just baffles me that the guy is a ‘pert and wins whatever leagues he must be winning. When I’m listening to their pod in the afternoons, I picture a bunch of leaguemates from the leagues I win every year. And I’m not trying to bash CBS as badly as this prob read, I just needed to get this off my chest.

      Similarity, now that ESPN is open, I’ve been able to update the Pre-Draft ranks and it really boggles the mind more and more every year. I know you’ve written an entire article about it, but until I’m going through that process, I always laugh it off a bit. Then when it comes time to dig in and re-rank, my head explodes.

      • Grey

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        What are some of the better ESPN bogglers?

        • knucks says:
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          @Grey: The McMahon steal won’t exist for very long if we get through spring and they don’t sign an OF/1B in Colorado.

          Couple others that weren’t on you list last week… VV is at #616 overall right now in ESPN. Clevinger is at #367. Mondesi is #474. You have Mondesi at #220, is that because you don’t expect them to play Whit at 2B?

          I’m sure there are a ton more.

          • Grey

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            Mondesi might be too high on my rankings… I could adjust him once we get to March and it looks like Royals aren’t going to start him… I drafted VV yesterday

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Oh and mostly music/baseball/politics. Nothing really new or special. We had this convo last year I think when I was going bonkers with Gimlet pods.

      Btw have you been hearing RTJ during that Black Panther commercial that MLB network plays twice every commercial break?

      • Grey

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        You listening to the Netflix vs. Blockbuster pod? It’s pretty great (little corny, but great)…

        • knucks says:
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          @Grey: Adding it to my list in Stitcher, thanks man.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem, now is when you tell me one to listen to

        • knucks says:
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          @Grey: Business Wars from Wondery, correct?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, Business Wars…It’s interesting…

            • knucks says:
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              @Grey: Really digging this right now. You once told me that Gimlet is the HBO of Podcasts. Does that make Wondery the Showtime of pods? And if so, what is the Cinemax?

              • Grey

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                My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast

            • knucks says:
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              @Grey: Haha I missed your other reply up there at first…

              Haven’t been listening to much of the Hippity Hoppity this winter. Mostly other stuff. But you liked RTJ and Open Mike Eagle previously, I’ll come up with something somewhat similar next few days or so.

              • Grey

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                Thanks!

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    Grey,

    I’ve signed up for one of the RCL leagues that drafts closer to opening day. This will be my first RCL and I’m curious about how much ADP effects where guys go, since in theory most people participating in the RCL leagues would be reading Razzball content and looking for value in their picks? I’m sure it varies a lot depending on the guys that sign up for each particular league, but have you noticed any over all trends over the years?

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      Pitchers go later than usual ADP, in general… But there’s always a few in every league that go completely contrary to my suggestions…

    • Grey

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      For instance, you’d think there’s no way Kershaw would be drafted in top 12 of an RCL, but he always is

      • Jose says:
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        @Grey:
        Awesome. I’ll just keep playing with the WAR Room and seeing what I can get.

        I managed this earlier today, using an 8 spot in the draft and snaking to fantrax ADP through 200. I just went 12 ADP spots at a time from there. I know the draft won’t go strictly by ADP, but I’m pretty sure I never drafted a guy after his ADP slot. This seems like it’d be a pretty good team assuming I use 2-3 of my reserve spots for Saves and Streaming SPs. Anything stick out? I don’t know where I picked each guy, but I’m not sure I would have gotten Corbin where I did and he makes the pitching look a little better. The pitching and outfield are maybe a bit too upsidey?

        C: Ramos
        1B: Abreu
        2B: Odor
        3B:Machado
        SS: Bregman
        MI: Segura
        CI: Gallo
        OF: Betts
        OF: Marte
        OF: Zimmer
        OF: Conforto
        OF:DeShields
        UTIL: Russell
        P: Tanaka
        P: Osuna
        P: Godley
        P: Hand
        P: Morton
        P: Taillon
        P: Corbin
        P: Snell
        P: Happ

        • Grey

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          Bit too upsidey? Never! I like the pitching a lot, cheap and decent… Hitting is fine, maybe low on AVG

          • Jose says:
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            @Grey:
            Maybe I should have said too much risk. Either way, I wouldn’t be disappointing with it on draft day. Drafting for roto for the first time and it feels about like shooting in the dark right now.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, agreed

  17. DozierTheDozierian says:
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    I find this middle infield to be mildly erotic.

    RCL Question: do you expect all or most of the leagues to hit capacity? Or is there a contingency plan if they don’t? The cash league I signed up for has been slow to fill and I’m wondering if I should move my money to a different league drafting earlier.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We’ll try to ensure all leagues are filled, start moving around is just going to cause headaches… It’s still only Feb, leagues don’t start drafting for a few weeks…

  18. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    This is Josh – NYC (used to be Grey’s #1 Fan and still am, just changed the name). So I’ve been using your site as my go-to for the last 6+ years. Just wanted to let you know that youll be seeing me posting under the name Sandman from now on. Too many people in my league use this site and they knew me as Josh – NYC. Hope you’re doing well and looking forward to another great year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you, Sandman! Won’t your leaguemates see this comment and know your new alias?

      • Sandman says:
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        @Grey:

        Haha I don’t think they’re up to date on their research yet. Figured I’d get you early before the season. Hope you remember my new alias !

        -Josh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wait, who is this?

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Too many of my league mates know me as The Great Knoche. Maybe going forward I will become “Josh-NYC”

        • Sandman says:
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          @The Great Knoche:

          That would really throw them off.. Maybe I should become The Great Knoche

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’m now Knoche and you’re Grey!

            • Nu School Brother says:
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              @Grey: This is my new name, eventually I’ll change my avi to fred durst with a red backward NYC cap on

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                That’s your real pic on avatar too, right?

                • Nu School Brother says:
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                  @Grey: This will come as a shock to you Grey, I’m not black

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    You play fantasy baseball and aren’t? Cmon!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Perfect! NFBC league signups are today, btw

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: @Grey: cool, thanks for heads up.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Get in my league, so I can get that Knoche again!

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Sandman: First rule of Razzball; don’t tell your league mates about Razzball

  19. Jon says:
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    Which side in a keep forever? 5×5 scoring.

    A) Donaldson

    B) Giles + Berrios

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson

  20. Jason says:
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    12 team 5×5 keeper league. Keep 3 and they come off the top of the draft. No term limits for keeping a player. Which should I look to trade?

    Arenado
    Correa
    Stanton
    Judge

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Correa

  21. Scott says:
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    What do you think of cron now that he is out or scoisciapath’s doghouse? He has been productive when he plays, he would be a reserve or dh for me. I am setting my keepers and have some fringe guys. Would you keep him over RPs like Holland, neris or morrow? And which of the RP’s would you keep? Holland doesn’t have a job yet. Morrow is a health risk but in a good spot. Davis will get saves but he is in col. Neris has the job locked up and is 5 years younger than the others. Thx

  22. Peacecoast says:
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    Do you think Gohara makes the starting roster? He worthy of late flyer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s in my top 100 SPs, I like him

  23. David Niven says:
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    Prosephus, hope your weeks going good.

    OPS keeper league Q, do I keep Stanton or Murphy/Rendon? Same value, 12 team league.

    Thanks bud!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  24. David Niven says:
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    Thanks bud, have a great week. Almost Friday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, what’s it? Wednesday?

      • Nu School Brother says:
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        @Grey: It’s two days after Presidents Day

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Perfect time!

  25. Zeke says:
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    In a keeper league – 12 teams – 6×6 – OBP, SLG, R, HR, RBI, SB and IP, QS, ERA, WHIP, K, SV+HD

    We can keep 4 players. I feel like these 3 are locks:

    Carlos Correa – 26th Round – 2018
    Alex Bregman – 25th Round – 2018 and 2019
    Cody Bellinger – 24th Round – 2018, 2019, 2020

    Then I could choose one of the following 5 players to keep:

    Ronald Acuna – 24th Round – 2018, 2019, 2020
    Rafael Devers – 24th Round – 2018, 2019, 2020
    Byron Buxton – 15th Round – 2018, 2019, 2020
    Yoan Moncada – 24th Round – 2018 and 2019
    Robbie Ray – 15th Round – 2018, 2019, 2020

    Given the circumstances, which 4 players would you keep? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Acuna

  26. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    Grey –

    Evaluating keeper choices for the year and would love a 2nd perspective. If you had to decide today, which 3 would you keep from the following:

    Yu Darvish (6th round)
    Daniel Murphy (12th)
    Sonny Gray (23rd)
    Edwin Diaz (27th)
    Alex Wood (28th)
    Luke Weaver (29th)
    Zack Godley (30th)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood, Godley, Gray, those aren’t good

      • Sano Chance in Hell says:
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        @Grey: My other keepers were no-brainers, but trying to round out the roster with best value. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  27. Landisimo3 says:
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    Yo Grey! Look forward to the write ups every day… Forever keeper … 12 team Roto.. Holds + Saves.. Pick 10 .. they’re due tonight

    Dozier
    Cain
    Cutch
    Shaw
    Nunez
    Salvy Perez
    Bruce
    Souza
    Adam Jones
    Lemahieu
    Hendricks
    Salazar
    Andrew Miller
    Knebel

    Thank you in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Lose Bruce, Nunez, Perez, LeMahieu

  28. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Jersey emanates of your musk. I miss you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are you in Jersey now thinking you smell me?

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: The whole states has your aroma. Bringing back memories

  29. Bostero111 says:
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    Hey Grey.

    12 team H2H keeper league. We can keep a player for up to 3 years. Pitching categories are:

    W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP

    Alex Wood or Luke Weaver as a 10th round keeper? I’m not keeping any other pitchers. I know Carlos Martinez and Aaron Nola will not be kept so I’ll likely try and grab one of them as my 1st starter.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood

  30. BJFOHOHL says:
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    You peep an episode of Homicide Hunter yet? I’m going to keep leaning on you. Its a fun show

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I watched the first episode of the third season about Shirley Shook… Hmm… I don’t know if I was feeling it, felt very forensic files…

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: You’ll fall in love with Joe Kenda, trust me. He’s a character fo show. I like it because it’s an easy watch with those great re-enactments. Funny it’s like one of the top shows in the UK.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was an easy watch, that’s for sure… I could see it on in the background while doing something else…

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: The reason I got on the show was because I was listening to him on a podcast and the host’s wife chimed in about how she would watch it with her dad, who was also a former detective, and that of all the shows he watched, this one keeps it more in line with how it is

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What podcast? You remember? Cause I like all of those true crime pods

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: it was the nerdest podcast which is now the ID10T podcast

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, yeah, I don’t listen to Hardwick

  31. The Harrow says:
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    espn 14 team keep 9. OPS/holds/total bases/QS

    we have to keep 2 SP, 2 RP, 1 OF at least (max 2 OF) and 3 or 4 differing positions yearly. i have
    OF stanton
    1B goldy
    RP kimbrel/hand
    for sure. trying to trade from my surplus of other stuff to improve the other hitting spots. my options
    SP darvish/wood/paxton/hill
    hitters: longo, schoop, braun, pham, pollock, hoskins

    1. i guess keep schoop
    2. trade which of darvish/paxton for which of sano/bregman/contreras, slot him as either SS/3B/C. then keep the other of paxton/darvish and hold wood. would end up looking like

    OF stanton/hoskins
    1B goldy
    2B schoop
    1 of sano/bregman/contreras
    SP wood and 1 of darvish/paxton
    RP kimbrel/hand

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yeah 2. Pax for Sano or Bregman?

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: yeah, guy said he’d move 1 of sano/bregman/contreras for one of darvish/paxton

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pax for one of first two seems solid

  32. J-FOH says:
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    Matt Kemp showed up to camp 40 lbs lighter. He’s in the BSOHT!

    • The Harrow says:
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      @J-FOH: him and sano more had a transplant.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, had same thought

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh my god, I think Miguel Sano ate 40 lbs worth of Kemp!

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: it’s like something out of a leprechuan or genie in the bottle tale, one of them thought of eating (or losing weight) and somehow the thought of the other person crept into their thought when they were wishing. and BOOM! weight transfer.

  33. ACC says:
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    Keeper question: 5X5 league, 4 keeps for unlimited years

    Side A: Harper, Hoskins,Bregman,Bellinger

    Side B: Harper, Sherzer, Kluber, Hoskins or Bregman

    If side B which last player

    Thanks !!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A

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