Alex Cobb woke up in the middle of October and told his significant other that he was happy to be moving on from the Rays.  It was time to get out of the AL East.  Sure, Tropicana Field wasn’t unfriendly to his needs as a pitcher.  Over his career, he had a home ERA of 3.10.  But, ya know what?  It was time to move on.  Then, he woke one day in December, and told his significant other that at the Winter Meetings, NL teams would be ‘chomping on the Cobb.’  Then, off her reaction, he asked if she’d excuse the pun.  Then, one day in January, as he scratched his flip-flopped feet on the deck of his boat in the Gulf, he thought about how maybe the Rays weren’t a bad club to pitch for.  Then, in February, he called the Mariners’ front office with a voice modulator asking them if they needed a veteran starter.  Then, in early March, he bought a Korean language Rosetta Stone as he prepped to play overseas.  So, Alex Cobb signed with the Orioles, and *sighs* starts against the Yankees and Red Sox still, but now in Camden.  His starts are gonna be like this:  pitch is thrown, batter swings bat and screams, “Nailed it!”  This feels like a move that could lead to a 4.05 ERA or a 4.85 ERA.  I’m no longer interested in owning Cobb and have moved him into my top 100 starters and down the ol’ top 500 overall.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2018 fantasy baseball:

Mark Trumbo – Out for a month with a Grade 2 quad strain.  That’s the grade when all strains enjoy poop jokes and start to inherit their parents’ casual racism.  I’ve moved him in my top 80 outfielders.

Martin Prado – Won’t be ready for Opening Day.  Backdate this news to 2012.  Don Mattingly said Brian Anderson would start at 3rd base for the time being, adding, “Why did I ever shave my mustache?”  We’ll never know, Don.  I just went over Brian Anderson in my 3rd basemen to target.

Dan Straily – Won’t throw for about a week due to a tight forearm.  Everything sounds fine here:  insert room burning meme with dog saying “I’m fine.”  I haven’t moved Straily in my top 80 starters yet, but I’d be lying if I said this instilled mucho confidamente en moi.

Zack Greinke – In his last game, he “departed with a tight groin.”  That sounds like a man who had a heart attack from too much Viagra.  To clarify, Greinke departed a spring start with a tight groin.  TMI! His velocity was up in the 1st inning from his previous spring starts, but now he might miss a start or two to start the year.  Getting harder to own Greinke right now.  Hey, sounds like I have a tight groin too!

Miguel Andujar – Optioned to Triple-A to start the year.  Once Drury was acquired, Andujar was ticketed for Wilkes-Barre, who I believe also coached the Hawks.  Andujar was moved down in the top 20 3rd basemen.

Michael Lorenzen – Strained his teres major muscle near his shoulder.   The teres major muscle is the very model of a modern major general shoulder injury.  This puts the setup man job in the Reds’ bullpen firmly on the shoulders of *flips coin* David Hernandez!  Unless he chooses to punt.

Jose Peraza – Don’t wanna start giving each other sex-eyes and back rubs, but Billy Hamilton is thisclose to getting removed from the leadoff spot, and Peraza would be the logical replacement.  (Though, Jesse “The Fonz” Winker could too.)

Ryan Zimmerman – Says he’ll be fine to start the year, even though he’s going to have about a week’s worth of spring at-bats to start the year.  There’s writing on the wall here and it’s not a Banksy, it’s a giant flashing caution sign.  Don’t ask me how writing is flashing, you’re being too literal.

Ronald Acuna – Sent down to start the year.  I haven’t moved him from my very aggressive ranking in my top 100.  I see no reason why ¡Acuna! can’t obliterate all we know about how baseball is played, and change how we and future generations wear our hats.  No pressure!

Tommy JosephRangers claimed him off waivers.  To-Jo will pinch-hit and be in charge of answering the phone when Ron Washington calls at 3 AM to talk.

Jose Abreu – Left yesterday’s game with what I think was hamstring tightness, though it could be a strain because there’s conflicting reports.  Be safe, I hear conflicting reports can be dangerous this time of year.

Ryan McMahon – Doubtful to make Opening Day roster.  So, I got this bread that I call OH, and I got this meat I call EL, and I’m going on a picnic with Ryan McMahon and feeding him some EL OH EL’s.  Yo, seriously, the Rockies are stupid, yo.  Why can’t they ever play a rookie 1st baseman?  They put their hand on the Bible and swear to Todd Helton they’d only play old doodes at 1st?  I need to know!  Any hoo!  I updated the top 20 1st basemen for McMahon’s new projections.

Jorge Polanco – Suspended 80 games, and updated him in top 20 shortstops.  It is ironic that an Escobar is going to benefit from a drug bust.

Jason Vargas – Non-displaced fracture of his hamate bone on his glove hand.  Mets trainers now just need to look at their pitchers to cause harm.  Vargas had surgery, and sounds like he might miss a start or three, but should return shortly.  “Watch your modifiers!”  That’s Altuve upset at “shortly.”

Michael Conforto – Seems to be progressing quicker than anticipated from shoulder surgery.  I wanna believe in rainbows, unicorns and the Mets having positive news, but, man, this is a tough one to get fully behind.  Rushing a guy after shoulder surgery does not seem to best protocol.  Plus, everyone knows the best Protocol is with Goldie Hawn!  72 years young!  Go ‘head, wanna be cougar girlfriend!

Jharel Cotton – Diagnosed with a strained UCL.  Sounds like Cotton’s done for the season.  Damn, we didn’t see him for one Cotton pickin’ minute.  I’ve updated the top 100 starters.

Brett Anderson – Signed a minor league deal with the A’s.  Weird, usually the A’s bring in big-money free agents.  Huh.

Justin Turner – Out for six to eight weeks with a broken wrist.   Or maybe it’s seven to nine weeks.  Or perhaps four to six weeks.  Depends who you’re asking.  I’d ask a doctor, but what do I know?  This pushes Logan Forsythe into a starting role, which is good for my Tout Wars team, but bad for–Oh, why focus on the negative, right?  Okay, if we must, not only is Turner out through mid-May, when he returns, his left wrist may not be right, like an anatomical Freaky Friday.  I’ve moved him in my top 20 3rd basemen and out of my top 100 for 2018 fantasy baseball.  Also, my Fantasy Baseball War Room has been updated.

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Gray :)
Gray :)
4 years ago

My league uses OBP and SLG instead of AVG and HR……
How would you rank Pham, Cespedes, Cain, Pollock, Conforto in this situation?

John
John
4 years ago

Grey, which two SP’s should I take on my team this year from the following list:

Carrasco
Severino
Darvish
Robbie Ray
Carlos Martinez

Can you pick your best three from this list as well?:

Gerrit Cole
David Price
James Paxton
Jose Quintana
Zack Godley
Luis Castillo

Fantasy phein
Fantasy phein
4 years ago

Who do u like better in an obp dynasty lge. Ketel Marte or devin Travis? Thx

chris
chris
Reply to  Fantasy phein
4 years ago

@Fantasy phein: Personally I like Devon more if he can stay healthy….

but that IF’s banned from buffets.

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

Grey, whaddaya think? Feels a little light on pitching, but wanted to get your opinion. 12 team 6×6, OPS and Holds, picked 7th.

C – JT Realmuto (7)
1B – Cody Bellinger (19k)
2B – Ian Happ (8)
3B – Manny Machado (10k)
SS – Carlos Correa (16k)
LF – Delino DeShields (12)
CF – George Springer (13k)
RF – JD Martinez (1)
Util – Giancarlo Stanton (9k), Victor Robles (22)

SP – Robbie Ray (2), Masahiro Tanaka (3), Sonny Gray (6), Gerrit Cole (11k)
Kevin Gausman (14), Michael Wacha (15), Sean Manaea (17), Miles Mikolas (18)

RP – Roberto Osuna (4), Cody Allen (5), Nate Jones (20), Dominic Leone (21)

Acuna first year without Arenado
Acuna first year without Arenado
4 years ago

Fourth year following with three good years prior. Hoping for a fourth. I feel good about my team but ended up going heavier pitching early based on value.

Thoughts on the team. Just drafted have two keepers. 14 team 6×6 ops h2h wins and quality starts. Little wonky.

Kept Ray in 14 and Quintana in 8

C- tbd
1b – Myers
2b – Rizzo
3b – Freeman
SS – Tim Anderson
OF – Marte
OF – Hamilton
OF – mazara
Utl – Alonso
BN – acuna
BN – Brinson

SP – carrasco, Quintana, R Ray, Castillo, Salazar, j Montgomery
RP – wade Davis, Claudio, Bradley

Acuna first year without arenado
Acuna first year without arenado
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks. Throwing Salazar In DL spot hopefully then grabbing Newcombe.

Might try to unload some speed for power. VEry worried about Hamilton but went with the home town homer pick. Probably a bad move but will make watching games more fun

Mike
Mike
4 years ago

Mr Grey!

Who’s you sleeper/undervalued RP for Holds this year?

J-Dawg
J-Dawg
4 years ago

Now I’m regretting keeping my $3 Cobb!! Just hope he’s at least serviceable on the road. Oh, and nice Broadway reference in there!! Things are getting highbrow in here!!

Pink Doves
Pink Doves
4 years ago

6×6 6th cat is TB+BB

12 team league.

I have as my keepers : Lindor – SS , Turner SS/MI, Bellinger 1b/OF, Bregman -3B/CI, Benenditi -OF, Acuna- OF and Robles -OF

Have the 1st pick overall do I go JD, Machado or Freeman????

I have zero pitchers but I’ll worry about that later on!

Peacefully yours,
The Pink Doves

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
4 years ago

Hello again Grey,
What are your thoughts on Dahl? Is he worth adding in a 12 Team H2H League with OPS and Holds. He seems to be hitting the ball rather well this spring, but of course the dumb ass Rockies continue to being guys like Cargo back to take up a spot. Why go with guys that might actually be productive and not cost you $8 million.

Any chance Dahl stays up?

Much appreciated Grey.

Birrrdy
Birrrdy
4 years ago

How quickly they fall when Daniel Murphy is gimpy and now bleh! Thanks for the feedback!!

Birrrdy
Birrrdy
4 years ago

Grey, 5×5 10 team NL-only keeper auction. I figure your Tout Wars auction that you KILLED makes you uber-qualified to evaluate. But don’t judge too hard, 8 keepers make the auction pickups a bit skimpy, and I lost Dee and J.D. to the AL in the offseason! My keepers listed with an *

C – Grandal
1B – Freeman*
2B – Murphy
SS – Baez*
3B – A. Cabrera
OF – Cain (Sugar)
OF – Braun*
OF – Fowler*
OF – Polanco*
OF – Parra
U – K. Marte
U – B. Anderson
U – Flores

P – Darvish*
P – Weaver*
P – A. Wood
P – Godley*
P – Wacha
P – Straily
P – F. Rivero
P – Vizcaino
P – Madson

Thoughts? Feelings?

Birrrdy
Birrrdy
Reply to  Birrrdy
4 years ago

@Birrrdy: oops, left off one more player:

P – Pivetta

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

Man, keep an eye on Jose Alvarado from Tampa. Don’t know if there’s a role that makes him useful for most fantasy formats but dang he’s looking impressive.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve:

Ohtani making debut in Oakland.
Let’s go?!

JVillan
JVillan
4 years ago

Hey Grey,
Any suggestions on my auction draft 12team h2h 5×5
C: JT Realmuto
1B: Matt Olsen
2B: J Ramirez
3B: A Rendon
SS: T Turner
MI: R Odor
CI: JP Crawford
OF: Bellinger, Hoskins, Chris Taylor, Michael Taylor & Tomas
Util: Longoria
Bench:Acuna,Dejong,confronting
SP: R Ray, Quintana, A wood, S Gray, B Snell
RP: Colome, Melancon, Parker, Treinen

Jvillan
Jvillan
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks that’s what I was seeing as well! Got all pitching under 20$(ray) in $260 kept getting out bid on hitter

Lucky Dog
4 years ago

Conforto with 2 dongs today.

Aside from the medical miracle I’d suggest moving him up a little in the rankings. With a shoulder injury, the power was my biggest concern – today’s two bombs suggests he might be playing day 11 of the regular season.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: the medical miracle of having 2 songs, that is.

Not the speedy recovery from the shoulder injury. That’s just good rehab. ;)

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Lucky Dog
4 years ago

@Lucky Dog: *dongs.

Stupid autocorrect doesn’t know what a dong is – what’s this world coming to?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

I’m feeling generous today. I’ve been thinking a lot about the way the new innings cap will affect RCL leagues and I’m going to give you a couple of numbers that helped inform my thinking.

2017 Top 50 SPs: .069 Wins per inning
2017 Top 120 RPs: .054 Wins per inning

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Or you could punt wins. Punting wins would be a viable strategy for winning a league but you probably could not compete for the top overall RCL.

I just picked up Jordan Montgomery in my league.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: it’s a good strategy. Also makes sense to stack up on a few solid non-closer RP to lower ERA/WHIP & gain some K’s In order to maximize innings.

My league has an innings minimum, but no max.

I think innings caps leagues do it to prevent streaming – last year the dude who won my league added a ridiculous number of pitchers – like 5 a day. By the time his opponent realized it he was behind 10 W’s and 12 QS, 50 K’s. Then he tried to stream to catch up & destroyed his own ERA & WHIP….so I kinda get it.

My response was to cap weekly adds instead of an innings cap.

Ps – good to “see” ya, Oaktown! Good luck to your A’s, though pitching seems rough.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Lucky Dog
4 years ago

@Lucky Dog:
Thanks, dude.

Pitching is very rough and Puk was shut down today (was headed to AAA anyway but it was biceps so…uh oh). The A’s do have a really good pen on paper. Added Buchter, Pagan and Petite. Retained Hendricks, who had a solid second half, Hatcher and Treinen. The makings of a good group. Just finding 5 guys who can get them 5 innings a night. I don’t feel like Blackburn, Triggs and possibly Mengden belong anywhere near an MLB roster.

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: yeah – Graveman as a SP1 should not inspire confidence in the fan base.

Feels like a team with a puncher’s chance at 70 W’s?

Seems like a bit of a throw-away season. I’ll go to plenty of games though – it’s a cheap night of good baseball. I like some of the A’s sticks, too so it’ll be fun just to see how the youts are doing.

I’m wondering how much they’ll sell off in trades this year. Next year I’m hoping they make a push to coincide with the new ballpark plans. I’m still hoping for Jack london square but that’s probably a fantasy at this point.

VinWins
VinWins
4 years ago

February 3, 2017: True story: I started writing a sleeper post for McCullers, and started looking at his stats and I was like, “Sleeper? Grey, my man, handsome AF compatriot, McCullers isn’t a sleeper, he’s, like, a top 20 starter, but, hmm, his health.” Maybe I got crackers in my head and they’re crumby. Maybe I’m just like my father, too bold. Maybe I should be committed or just in a committed relationship with an Astros fan, because I love McCullers so much it’s got me wacky in the noodle!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  VinWins
4 years ago

@VinWins: IMO there’s nothing not to love about him except pitching more than 2/3 of a season.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: I’ll take 2/3 of a great season!

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  VinWins
4 years ago

@VinWins: he throws too many curves for my liking. That arm will literally fall off one of these days

Kevin
Kevin
4 years ago

Will you be doing an OF to target post soon? Thanks!

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

Did you finish Sneaky Pete?

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: agreed, yet I liked parts of it and will watch season 3. Did you start the Looming Tower?

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I like it, Jeff Daniels is fucking great

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Which one is godless?

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: is that the western?

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

@BJFOHOHL: Yes. I liked it. But I liked season 2 of Sneaky Pete more than you guys, I guess.

CoreyII
CoreyII
4 years ago

I’m starting with Robbie Ray as a keeper in my NL Only 5×5, and I’m trying to decide which SP to target in my auction draft coming up.

Suggestions of good pairings? I’m thinking someone who might be lower on Ks but will have a really good WHIP to balance out his risk. Any guys come to mind folks suggest I target to round out the top of the NL rotation? Thanks!

Anodyne
Anodyne
4 years ago

Thoughts on how the Polanco suspension might affect your projections for Escobar?

William Hung
William Hung
4 years ago

@Grey: Here is the team I am rolling with for a three-peat (10-team H2H, 5×5 with OBP and Ks for batters; K/9 and Ls for pitchers)

C- Ramos
1B – Abreu
2B – Odor
3B – Rendon
SS – Lindor
OF – Betts, Puig, C. Taylor
UTIL -Ed Rosario
SP – Severino, Archer, Wacha, Bauer, Corbin, Anderson, Mikolas
RP – SAGNOF (enough to win this category weekly)

I feel like my pitching out of this draft is eons better than last season when I entered the season with Maeda, Quintana as my 1/2 and Pineda, Roark coming up the rear. I also wanted to know if you think steals on this team will be a H2H weakness. I estimate I should be getting 4/5 per week with that roster. If so, I can drop one of my surplus closers for Peraza and get my team up to 6-7 per week (assuming Peraza does his thing).

Lower priority – I’m holding my breath that Abreu will be OK.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  William Hung
4 years ago

@William Hung: Offense looks maybe a little weak for a 10-teamer. Might not have a 30 HR hitter.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
4 years ago

McCullers dealing today again.

2 HRs for Hoskins

Paul JeDong with his 4th of the spring. Think he is being way undervalued.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 years ago

@The Great Knoche: Doing a draft right now (SHOCKER!). Read Magoo’s comment, and drafted Mccullers. Came back and read your comment, and took DeJong.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  VinWins
4 years ago

@VinWins: McCullers is nasty. If he stays healthy, could be a top 10 SP on a per-start basis.

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

@VinWins: I’d say you were wise beyond your years…

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

@Grey: JeDong, please.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
4 years ago

Watched McCullers cut through the Nats lineup like butta today. Not butter, straight butta. So smooth. Had the curve and fastball working big time. Made Eaton/Trea/Harper/Adams look like minor leaguers. Might have to bump him up a bit to make sure I get another share in my last draft on Friday.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Stop trying to barge your way past me. I was here first!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Liar! I’ve never even seen a McCullers flag!

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: Somebody we know took McCullers, even though Bauer was available.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: You go around professing your love for Bauer all offseason long, then toss him aside like yesterday’s garbage. For shame!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  VinWins
4 years ago

@VinWins: I knew it!

zombie
4 years ago

Hi Grey. What Round in the first year of a 12 Team H2H Keeper League would you be comfortable drafting Acuna? How about in a 12 Team non-Keeper? Thanks!

John Holden
John Holden
4 years ago

Hey guys 5×5 keeper league.
My 7 are
Turner
Hoskins
Rendon
Blackmon
Kershaw
Carrasco
Severino
I have the 7th pick in the 1st round of draft.
I’m assuming Buxton, Hosmer, Gallo, schoop, kimbrel, conforto, miggy, Sal Perez will be available. Which direction should I go? Thanks guys

John Holden
John Holden
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: nice! That was my thinking. Thank you Grey!

Nick
Nick
4 years ago

Hi Grey ,

just a trade advice which looks “YUMMY” ,,
HtoH pointsKEEPER league !
seems like i’m way winner in points
but

the guys offers me :
Dee Gordon (tons of SB… well at least 50!)
Rendon (your “mash smotatoes”!)
Donaldson (old powaaaaa 30+ HR !)
He wants my
Berrios + A.Wood SPs ” Good but NOT SAFE”

i have Schoop + Arenado , so no REAL need of IF
the league has no MI * CI positions, but 4 Utils

i’d drop : Healy at least

then i’d need to pick Pitchers to compensate
i ‘ll remain with SP : Quintana/ Corbin / Taillon / Mikolas !!
+ RP Allen / Hand / Vizcaino AJMinter

avalaible : DUH !!!
Vétérans / bad rookies / or… SAGNOFS !
well, or maybe trevor Williams?

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
you think my pitchers can carry the difference in points matchups after matchups ? ?

Cram It
Cram It
4 years ago

I’m actually glad the draft is at 6 instead of 8 tonight. I’m still in preseason drinking and drafting form, as last night’s RCL drat I took a closer in round 5. I don’t think I’ve ever done that. So the earlier start time will give me less time to be hammered by round 5.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Heaven forbid!

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

@Grey: what pick you guys got?

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

@Grey: you can see your draft slot on Fantrax.

What
Pick
You
Guys
Got

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  The Great knoche
4 years ago

@The Great knoche: Grey is 12th; Cram 3rd.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  VinWins
4 years ago

@VinWins: Smokey, Malamoney, Cram, Rudy, Son, Viz, Lance, MB, Ralph, Truss, Tehol, Grey.

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

@VinWins: Dominic Brown should still be available at 11.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  VinWins
4 years ago

@VinWins: Sweet! Didn’t know you could tell this early. Never had a pick this early. *runs to plan first three rounds*

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: You have the pick 3 dilemma. Turner or no Turner.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 years ago

@The Great Knoche: Ugh, I’d rather have the 12th pick.

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

@The Great Knoche: Turner could be a monster, but I’d feel more comfortable taking him in the mid-1st. Arenado is as safe as it gets for four cat dominance.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: Here’s a vote for Arenado at #3. You can pencil in 100/40/120/.300. Age 27 season. Coors. Four cat monster. You can add steals later.

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

@Big Magoo: I like the way my NFBC turned out taking Turner first, but I think I would feel safer with Nolan.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: I was trying to play coy. But you’re blowing me up so the cat is out of the bag. I’m definitely taking Arenado if he’s there. I’m a believer in power in the 1st round. But I appreciate the advice of course!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: Or this could be another, uh, misdirection. WHAT’S CRAM GONNA DO?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: Haha. I’m totally trying to get Smokey off of Trout.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: Smokey has the top pick? It’s just as well. Trout’ll be marooned on a non-contender.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Ha! You might end up with a worse spot (unless you think 12 is the worst).

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Bryant just hit a moonshot. Should be lots of those this year. Would be a nice pick at the turn.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: Scratch that. It was off of Matt Moore. Basically taking batting practice.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I’ll guess Scherzer – Kershaw.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Either would be lovely. Probably prefer Lindor with one of the corners since I’m not too high on the SS position this year. Would give you some speed too.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Definitely. You should get a pairing you’re happy with one way or another.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Bryant/Jo-Ram is my NFBC first two rounds. I think it’s pretty sexy. Missed Lindor by 1. You can probably get Bryant/Lindor.

Cam
Cam
4 years ago

I’m in a 5×5 OBP Roto Dynasty league and have a roster crunch. Trying to get down to 30 players (including minor league roster). Potential cuts include:
-Gallo
-Odubel Herrera
-Orlando Arcia
-Eduardo Rodriguez
-Brent Honeywell
-Victor Robles
-Amed Rosario
-Sixto Sanchez
-Francisco Mejia
-Bo Bichette

What three players would you cut? I will probably not be in contention this year and am strong in MI with Baez, Albies, Odor, and Kingery. Weakest in pitching.

Cam
Cam
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks…I’ve been struggling to decide what to do. I think I’ll drop a few guys and try to trade away some depth. Hate to cut valuable players but I couldn’t get anyone to do an off-season trade.

Ray
Ray
4 years ago

NL Only roto league with one catcher. Austin Barnes on the wire. Does he get enough ABs to provide more value than Manny Piña?

I am the Walrus
I am the Walrus
4 years ago

Heyy Grey, great stuff all offseason as usual!

Keeper thoughts, 7×7 OBP&SLG, QS&H
10 Team, $340 cap, 10 keepers

Locked in:
Altuve $32
Bellinger $10
Conforto $1
Rhyus $10
Thor $11
Nola $4
Severino $10

Need 3 of:
Votto $38
Kluber $39
Albies $10
Dee $25
Khris D $14
Souza $10
Teoscar $10

Any input appreciated! Thanks!

I am the Walrus
I am the Walrus
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Cool, thanks!

Drinkin my Philly
Drinkin my Philly
4 years ago

Grey, so much to address, so little time:
1. Re Tommy John, looks like those kangaroos were on to something. The pouch is awesome. Just don’t look at how much they cost, or you’re going to want to frame them and hang them on the wall.
2. Re Toms River/Seaside – many misspent nights of youth – The Frigate (best LI iced teas ever), Baby O, Temptations, Razzles, The Bamboo (best place to watch St Paddy’s Day parade)
3. still live in Jersey outside Philly, getting pounded by snow, but at least the office is closed.
4. Homeland actually getting good again. Claire Danes is a hot hot mess.
5. oh yeah, baseball. Long time 9 team NL only 23/260 keeper. I have the following going into the last year of their contracts, but I can extend them all for another year for another $5, but effective immediately. I’m saying yes on Souza and Margot (both go from 5 to 10) and no on Myers (17 to 22), Peraza (5 to 10) and Story (9 to 14). I think that gives me the best chance to win this year and capture the upside of Souza and Margot for next year without taking on much risk. Agree? Thanks Grey!

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Drinkin my Philly
4 years ago

@Drinkin my Philly: I’m not Grey, but I am very grey, so I’ll kick in a reply: I kinda like Myers for that cost.

Drinkin my Philly
Drinkin my Philly
Reply to  Lucky Dog
4 years ago

@Lucky Dog: I do too but the batting average hurts every year, and I’m just a little bit concerned about the switch to the OF. Feels to me like the other guys are good, but the 2 I’m extending have the most upside and least downside.

Lucky Dog
4 years ago

Praises to the glory that is your facial squirrel – may the fantasy gods see your mustache & gasp in shock at it’s magnificence.

That said, I finally drafted my 10-team $ league last night. I’m down to 1 FBB league, and I have to say it’s kind of refreshing. I used to be in 4-5 and the emotional conflicts of rooting for/against the same players daily was leading to symptoms normally associated with drug commercial warnings. No, not the 4-hour erections (sadly) but more like the anal leakage & depression.

And THAT said, I was hoping to get your opinion on this year’s harvest. Ordinarily I punt pitchers until about round 8, but this year I kept seeing guys I liked falling to me so I ended up with a shocking 4 SP in the first 12 rounds, which is super weird.

I feel like I got some value & made educated reaches, but at the end of the day I might be a Jack of all trades but a master of none? Had the 3rd pick – took Arenado over Turner. In mocks, Lindor consistently made it back to me in the 3rd at that spot, plus i have a massive mancrush on Arenado so there’s that 4-hour erection again.

C – Zunino (he owns or borrows a catcher’s glove and was there in the 30th)
1B – Freeman
2B – Ozzie Albies (16th round. I know at least one other team was interested so had to reach by 1-2 rounds)
SS – Lindor (as predicted, he made it past the turn)
3B – Arenado
MI – Caesar Hernandez (ave won’t kill me & he’ll contribute slightly)
CI – Justin Smoak (mostly for the weed-related team-naming options, but the 35 taters won’t hurt)
OF – Benintendi/Pham/Domingo/LoCain/GPolanco
Util – Beckham (until Conforto comes back)

SP – deGrom/Nola/McCullers/L.Weaver/Maeda/Duffy/Snell/Clevenger/Lynn/Montgomery/Matz
RP – Hand/Vizcaino/Bedrosian/Parker/Nate Jones

Felt like I had to grab Parker because I got burned by this exact situation last year, and I have a good feeling about Nate Jones. Not 4-hour erection great, but ok, a pretty good feeling.

Your thoughts? I value them, thank you & good luck in your leagues this year!

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Lucky Dog
4 years ago

@Lucky Dog: Ps – it’s a 6X6, with OBP/QS as the 6th cats in a weekly H2H format.

Geez, it’s like it’s my 1st time commenting on a sports forum message post or something. :facepalm:

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I caught that immediately after posting. 6×6 weekly H2H

Last year I lost because of pitching – one of those years that all my sleepers turned out to be nightmares & hurt. So I may have over-corrected just slightly.

Also it’s funny what taking Arenado/Freeman 1-2 does to one’s confidence…I sorta felt like I had enough power for the rest of the draft I guess. heh

Good to see you too!

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: like real-time recency bias.

My intention was to go Arenado ~> Judge ~> Bellinger

I ended up going Arenado ~> Freeman ~> Lindor

I don’t know why I don’t trust Judge – just feels like more of a .260 hitter than a .280+ Hitter.

And I took Benintendi over Yelich, who I’ve had a man crush on forever. But I was targeting LoCaon late & didn’t want too many Brewers.

It was a weird existential crisis kinda draft.

chris
chris
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

” deGrom/Nola/McCullers/L.Weaver/Maeda/Duffy/Snell/Clevenger/Lynn/Montgomery/Matz”

that’s a sexy starting rotations right there.

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
Reply to  chris
4 years ago

@chris: why thank you! Now you understand my 4-hour erection. ;)

And also why I took more SP than I ever have that early.

knucks
knucks
4 years ago

Drafting in my very shallow 6×6 Keeper tonight.

My Keepers:
Bellinger
Treat
Machado
Harper
Robbie Ray

R / HR / RBI / SB / OBP / SLG
QS / ERA / WHIP / K / Saves / Holds

I have the 4th pick and the following players are at the top of my list. Do I have these ranked correctly for this league? Hoping the first 3 picks don’t include Hoskins, but want to make sure I’ve got the remaining names in the right order for this squad. Thanks brother.

Hoskins
Strasburg
Severino
Rendon

Paul Visconti
Paul Visconti
4 years ago

Need trade help!
H2h auction points league. Play with a bunch of redsox fans. Pitching usually is at a premium. Heres my team and what i was offered

C-lucroy
1b-freeman
2b-j ramirez
Ss-simmons
3b-shaw
Of-betts
Of-jd martinez
Of-mazara
Util-margot
Util-hanley
Bn-acuna

Sp-ohtani
Sp-paxton
Sp-stroman
Sp-arrieta
Sp-snell
Sp-salazar
Sp-cobb
Sp-reyes
Rp-whatever

I trade JD, simmons, cobb

I receive Hoskins, segura, mcculers

Should i do this??

Paul Visconti
Paul Visconti
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Im having a hard time pulling the trigger :(

Buffalo Soldier
Buffalo Soldier
4 years ago

6×6 with OPS league. Stanton, Harper or Goldy?

Buffalo Soldier
Buffalo Soldier
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Grey. I have my draft this Sunday at Hooters. Always a challenge to stay focused on the draft.

Buffalo Soldier
Buffalo Soldier
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Bartender said “Thanks Babe” when I tipped her. Guess things are getting pretty serious.

Cohen
Cohen
4 years ago

Grey, 12 team roto only a mock draft, Starters decent?
Tell me what u think? I like the team. Going with 5 starters and streaming
C-Alfaro
1B-Freeman
2B-Schoop
SS-Trea
3B-Rendon
CI-Shaw
MI-C.Taylor
OF-Ozuna
OF-Rosario
OF-Acuna
OF-Mancini
OF-Conforto
Util-T.Anderson
SP-Nola
SP-Bauer
SP-Wacha
SP-Morton
SP-Pomeranz
RP-Rivero
RP-Herrera
RP-Neris
RP-Greene
BN-Zimmer(until Acuna comes up)
BN-Rodney
BN-Soria

Matt
Matt
4 years ago

Quick trade question in a dynasty points league: my Sanchez for his Lindor. I like having the catcher spot filled and have upside MI options (final stage of rebuild with moncada, allies, and didi with senzel coming soon) so a SS isn’t a necessity. But I think lindor is too good to pass up. I can always trade Sanchez for a C or go waiver wire diving. Thoughts?

hankg
hankg
4 years ago

Couple of draft related questions – keeper draft.

1. If you think there is a 50/50 chance that Machado could fall to pick in 2nd round, would you take Scherzer with first round pick instead of Arenado. Already have Devers at 3B and can play two 3B at most (3B and UTIL). Also, already have Lindor in event Machado obtains SS eligibility.

2. If I take Arenado, there’s a good chance to Strasburg, Syndegaard and Bumgarner will all be available for second pick. Would be leaning Strasburg in this scenario but would be interested in your thoughts. Already have Ray on my keeper team.

Thanks for the insight.

hankg
hankg
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: 10 team league, 6×6 (OPS and HOLDS)

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
4 years ago

Hello Grey,
Yahoo 12 Team H2H with OPS and Holds and 2 Keepers – what do you think:

No Catcher yet
Goldy – 1B
D. Murphy/J. Peraza – 2B (Jose until Murph comes back)
DeJong – SS
Bryant – 3B
Encarnacion – Util
Bellinger – OF (Keeper)
Hoskins – OF (Keeper)
Marte – 0F
M. Taylor – OF
Acuna – Bench

Tanaka
L. Weaver
Bauer
Snell
Gaussman
Bundy
Corbin
J. Montgomery
Wade Davis
A. Vizcaino
D. Robertson
Soria
Ziegler

I realize the Pitching looks like a Grey’s Who’s Who, but you know best. I will add a Catcher after putting Murph on the DL. Your comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks very much Grey!

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, the big SPs were all going early, and there seemed to be hitting values still there. I got Bryant in the second round and I had the 9th Pick overall, so I though that was a steal. You may have picked Machado, and I considered, but went with Kris. And E5 was still there at around Pick 50,so just had to even though I have about 30 First Basemen. Crossing everything I got for luck!

Thanks again Grey!

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

Your talk about Jose Martinez w/ the FG guys in the pod had me curious, so I looked up what FG had said about him…wow! They seem pretty convinced he’s the second coming of JD Martinez. Seems like a must draft in reserve round of keepers to see if the playing time is there.

Speaking of – right now where he’s just a backup OF + backup 1B . . . in a redraft league, would you put a claim on him or Lamet? Brinson is my only bench bat . . . he’d be my second bench bat + I could use some power help.

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

@Grey: @Grey: BAHAHAHA. James Loney is basically the worst thing you can call a FanGraph darling.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Remember when FG posted Bill James’ ridiculous projection for Chris Davis entering his 2nd year in the majors? #neverforget

Charlie Varon
Charlie Varon
4 years ago

Grey,

6×5, 10 team, h2h, including ops, keep 6.

I can’t keep Acuna, and I know once I throw him back he’ll get drafted before I’m able to. My best bet is to trade him for draft pick compensation. What round would you realistically be looking for in exchange for him?

Thanks!

Charlie Varon
Charlie Varon
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

I can only keep him or Judge in round 24.

Charlie Varon
Charlie Varon
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Yeah, it’s quite the kosher dill pickle I’m in. I think I”m going to flip Acuna for the best draft pick I can get. I currently have an offer for a 6th round pick but I’m going to push for a 4th. See if I can get that.

My only other option is to trade Judge, but I agree with your previous advice, keep Judge over Acuna.

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

In a 6×6 OBP & OPS 12-team roto league (no AVG), would you rather have Giancarlo or Harper? Harper has a nice OBP and SB advantage and might put up a monster contract year. Stanton has unreal power in Yankee stadium, but has to learn a new league. Both have durability issues. I’m wavering and need my hand held.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
4 years ago

*phone rings*

Tommy: “Hello, last place Texas Rangers, how can I direct your call?”
OSB: “Tommy, its Ron, transfer me over to Josh”
Tommy *sigh* “Ron, Josh hasn’t played here in years, and its 3am. He’s probably doing rails over at the putt putt batting cages”
OSB: “I know, I told him I’d join in, but I forget if he said the putt putt in Keller or the putt putt in White Settlement”
Tommy: *hangs up phone*

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

One last keeper question for you from me this season. 8 team league, roto/5×5, keep up to 8. The rosters are small (no MI, CI, only 3 OF, 2 UTL). Keep 8 of these guys (can keep forever):

Altuve, Lindor, Blackmon, Marte, Benintendi, Hoskins, Acuna, Devers, Nelson Cruz, Corey Seager

Right now I am leaning towards Altuve through Devers in that order. What do you think?

Thanks, Homie!

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks, Grey!

JC
JC
4 years ago

Your rankings, projections, and articles helped me get 1st in the regular season and 2nd in the playoffs, so I’ll start off by saying “Gracias”.

I think I went too heavy on the upside players in my 12 team H2H each category (OBP and SLG for hitting; QS, K/BB, SV+HLD for pitching; keep 3 players forever but have to be in the first three rounds no matter what).

C – R. Chirinos
1B – Rizzo (K)
2B – Albies
3B – Rendon
SS – Correa (K)
IF – Greg Bird
OF – Hoskins (K)
OF – Benintendi
OF – Acuna
OF – Mancini
UTIL – M. Gonzalez

Bauer
McCullers, Jr.
J. Gray
M. Wacha
D. Keuchel
J. Quintana
Brach
Soria
Giolito
P. Corbin
D. Robertson
M. Givens
J. Hader

1. Overall thoughts? Did I screw myself with the young and trendy picks?
2. Thinking of offering Albies to a couple of Braves homers for Gallo and picking up another bat (Scooter or Kingery for direct 2B replacements or another bat altogether). Would that trade make sense?

Gracias again.

JC
JC
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Yeah, I go upside crazy every year thinking I’m going to hit more often than not. Which of the younger guys would you suggest looking to getting replaced by rock solid foundation guys?

Jim
Jim
4 years ago

Third base pretty anemic in my points league… Could you rank: Solarte, Healy, Candelario, Reyes

Thanks!

slimbo
slimbo
4 years ago

hey man

stashing some DL pitchers in my dynasty but need to drop 1, who goes between joe ross, pineda and shelby miller?

thanks!

Paul
Paul
4 years ago

Great schtuff as always man! Question for you: H2H points-based 16 teamer. Trying to figure out my last keeper. Would you keep McCullers as a 7th rounder, Story as a 10th rounder or Stroman as a 12th rounder? Leaning towards Stroman as pitching is king in this league but always leave life or death decisions like this to the experts.

Already keeping Trout(1), Sanchez (12), Ray (14) and Lindor (22).

thanks!

The Flayed Man
The Flayed Man
4 years ago

10 team 6 player/3 N/A keeper player keeper
6×6 (OPS/QS) 10 team Yahoo Roto

C. d’Arnaud
1B. Hoskins (K)
2B. C. Taylor
3B. Bregman (K)
SS. T. Turner (K)
CI. Sano
MI. Anderson
OF. Springer (K)
OF. Judge (K)
OF. Puig
OF. Rosario
UT. Mancini
UT. Russell
BN. Conforto

SP: Severino. Ray, Castillo. S. Gray, Wacha, Bundy, Kopech
RP: Giles, Bradley, Bedrosian, Barraclogh, N. Jones, C. Green, G. Holland
N/A: K. Tucker, G. Torres, F. Tatis Jr.

12 team 5×5 Yahoo Roto

C. Barnes
1B. Hosmer
2B. D. Gordon
3B. Machado
SS. C. Taylor
OF. Bryant
OF. Springer
OF. Benintendi
UT. Rosario
UT. Mancini
BN. Acuna
BN. Robles

SP: Bauer, Castillo, S. Gray, Wacha, Gausman, Bundy
RP: Brach, Robertson, N. Jones, Devinski, Hader

The Flayed Man
The Flayed Man
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Thank you.

Matty
Matty
4 years ago

I had my draft last night for my favorite league and always like to share/ humblebrag. As always, love feedback from anyone. This one is a little wonky so it’ll be a fun thought exercise for folks, plus I love to see auction prices in the wild ahead of my own drafts.
It’s a 12 team H2H auction redraft with 5×5 + OPS and Total Bases and daily moves, so as you’ll see i punted pitching from a budget perspective- I am pretty pleased with my pitching staff given the low costs though.
C- Waiver grab once that opens up
1B- Hosmer $17
2B- Schoop $20
SS- Bregman $29
3B- Jo Ram $38
OF- K Bryant $46
Marte $22
K Davis $21
Util- Abreu $30
BN- Villar $3, Acuna $4
SP- Tanaka $11
Snell $4
Chase Anderson, Clevinger $3 ea
Jon Gray, Manaea, Gausman, Wacha $2 ea
Ed Rod $1
RP- Ziegler, Shane Greene $1 ea

I know my pitching is a little upsidey, and my speed is a little lacking, but in an offense heavy league that lineup does have me pretty stoked. I did catch some flak for paying as much for Jo Ram as someone else paid for Votto. I didn’t wind up targeting our “most HR in a week” prop bet as much as I have in the past, but I think I have a shot.
Any glaring holes? Any thoughts from the peanut gallery?
Thanks as always everyone.

Matty
Matty
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
And if they’re worse than expected- there are always some streamers.
And in H2H I can have some real stinkers without ruining the whole season. Just need to get that sorted out before the playoffs.

Bryce and Nice
Bryce and Nice
4 years ago

I just got offered L. Weaver and A. Barnes for R. Ray

Post draft, Ray is $26, and the others are $1. I have control over Ray for 3 seasons and would have control over Ray and Weaver for 2.

Should i do it? Points league, I have MadBum, Kluber, Corbin and deGrom as well.

If it’s a no, I could counter by asking for Hendricks, Weaver and Barnes for Ray and Corbin?

Thoughts on both?