Austin Nola was diagnosed with a fractured middle finger. The worst injury that’s ever befallen a truck driver. That’s how they speak! Honestly, it’s how I speak on the road too. Cut in front of me and I go from “One to road rage” in a half city block. Then again, I cut people off all the time too. Just a generally terrible driver, I am! My favorite is when I cut someone off, then can sense them giving me the evil eye or middle finger, and don’t give them the satisfaction of looking over. Stew on that! So, Austin Nola will undergo a couple of days of treatment before they announce a timetable. I’ve still adjusted him a bit in my top 20 catchers, and that could change further. In the mean’s time, you know who this is good for? *saddles up to the bar* “Give me a martini with two carrot sticks.” That’s right, Yu’s personal catcher, could be yours. Victor Caratini will move into the everyday catcher job and this could mean time for Luis Campusano, who is cut from the same white-linen tablecloth as the $54 Vending Machine Steak, Franmil Reyes. In addition to my updated catcher rankings, I’ve also updated the top 500 for 2021 fantasy baseball. Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2021 fantasy baseball:

Brendan Rodgers – Strained his hamstring on Saturday, and looks like he’ll miss at least a few weeks. Sucks that Brendan Rodgers is injured, but now there’s no way Garrett Hampson can be kept out of the lineup. Then, out of nowhere, Bud Black does the Hulk Hogan “just when you think I’m going to be counted out, I raise my arm” move and plays Eric Stamets at shortstop yesterday. Eric who? Stamets! Sounds like George Wendt and Chris Farley doing the Bears SNL sketch, but for the Mets. In my top 20 2nd basemen, I have Rodgers for ~400 ABs, so I’m not changing anything for now, since he should be back soon after Opening Day.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – Signed with the Brewers. Okay, can I make a suggestion? Change his name to Jackie Brauny Jr., stick some PEDs in his butt, and let the man mash like Ryan Braun trying to chase down a FedEx driver with a package from Balco! Who says no? Raise your hand so we know who will be the first people sacrificed when it’s time. I mean, I’m just taking a head count. Jackie Bradley Jr. goes to a solid park, and makes Cain obsolete. Damn, what are you, Sweet n’ Low? He also squeezes playing time for Avisail, and I’m not sure how much JBJ in a good park even matters, except for his glove. Does your league have defensive categories? It does? Then find a new league! Also, I removed Ryan Braun from the rankings. They have Brauny now. Ranked and projected JBJ and moved Lorenzo Cain in the top 100 outfielders for 2021 fantasy baseball and moved Avisail Garcia in the top 80 outfielders.

Lorenzo Cain – Dealing with a quad injury. Starting to feel like we never see Cain in any real capacity again. Pour one out for the real ones who watch Scandi dramas and dream big. For the Cain..sugar line-runners, and those who watched Narcos: Mexico and were like, “Cool.” This could help Avisail Garcia, but I wouldn’t assume Cain’s just done-zo either.

Adrian Houser – Left yesterday’s game with thumb discomfort. Wanna take a moment now to lower our heads–Wait a second! Freddy Peralta! Oh, Houser is saying he’s fine, it’s just a cramp. Lowercase yay.

Nate Pearson – Grade 1 groin strain, which is a strain that happens after nap time, but before you say, “I gotta go wee wee, it hurts.” I think, I forget Grade 1. This is least serious strain, and I haven’t moved Pearson in my top 80 starters. He won’t be ready for Opening Day, but I never expected him to pitch an entire season anyway. Ross Stripling is likely to take spot in the rotation to start the year, because the Jays went out and got five bazillion hitters and not one pitcher. Smart stuff.

Jarred Kelenic – Out with a strain of the adductor. Sounds like a mussel problem! *hand under armpit, makes farting noise* Didn’t change his projections in my top 60 outfielders, since his injury sounds like the type to magically heal itself to coincide with service time.

Danny Santana – Signed with the Red Sox. He should act as a utility man in Boston, i.e., Dannys Antana is a floater, in every sense of the word. He was updated in the top 20 1st basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball.

Franchy Cordero – May not be ready for Opening Day, due to Covid. I’m getting tested too — that’s my love for Franchy being tested.

Jeter Downs – Injury to his left side. Red Sox said it’s too soon to say whether it’s an oblique. Jeter is downs with an oblique or obtuse injury.

Trevor Cahill – Signed with the Pirates. This move screams, “The Pirates were told repeatedly by MLB front office they have to field pitchers this year, so they were required to sign someone.” I’d love for MLB to have one rule change:  You can’t sign some old-ass vet if it’s just so you can suppress service time!

Jake Odorizzi – Finally, he signed with the Astros. Was super convenient that the Astros had Odorizzi to fall back on when Framber got injured. Lucky for Odorizzi too, since no other teams needed a starter, apparently. The Jays trotting out one and a half starters and not signing Odorizzi is gonna look dope in July when they’re scoring 14 runs per game and giving up 15 runs in every Robbie Ray start. Dopey instead of dope also works in that sentence if you prefer to avoid sarcasm. Real gentle sensibilities from you, huh? So, Odorizzi brings his brand of always underrated pitching — 9-ish K/9 and under-4 ERA in 1000+ career innings. AL West isn’t a bad landing spot either, with the Rangers trying to make Rougned Odor happen going on 15 years and Rangers, A’s, M’s and Angels playing in solid pitching parks. I’m once again asking you to draft Odorizzi, in my top 80 starters. Also, here’s Coolwhip’s Jake Odorizzi fantasy.

Forrest Whitley – Elected for Tommy John surgery. Guess you can say it was a Whit-in vote.

Odubel Herrera – Him and Kingery are currently in a battle for the center field job in the City of Battery Love. ODB vs. Kingery. Old vs. young. Not good vs. prolly not good but glimmer of hope that he could be good. Who will win? One of them! Who will lose? One of us!

Trent Grisham – Diagnosed with a slight hamstring strain. I should’ve wrote a schmohawk post for Grisham, right? Yeah, I know. Of course, I’m right. Grisham was being drafted around the same point as guys with 5+ year track records and locked into a cushy lineup. Grisham is so getting platooned. What are we doing here, guys and five girls? Have we lost our minds drafting Grisham around, say, Javier Baez? Javy Baez is actually going later than Grisham on ADP! Haha, so bizzonkers. Grisham has, like, five guys breathing down his neck for playing time, even if he’s healthy. For now, Grisham is in a tier of outfielders I’m unlikely to draft in the top 20 outfielders. I really need to lower Grisham.

Hunter Harvey – Oblique strain. Heard this and immediately dove into my player shares to see how many times I owned Tanner Scott, and “found” Tanner once, and his last name was Houck. Wonder how Yahoo would handle it if Tanner Houck changed his name to Tanner Scott. Could I get saves then? So, updated my top 500 for Harvey and Scott. Cesar Valdez is a possibility for saves too, but he’s a 35-year-old with an 85 MPH fastball, and you’d have to have 85-MPH screws loose in your head to draft him.

Maikel Franco – Sounds like he’s signing with the Orioles. Absolutely have to love the Orioles going from a 17-homer, .245 hitter in Rio Ruiz to an 18-homer, .249 hitter. I’ve updated my top 20 3rd basemen.

Alex Reyes – Will pitch out of the bullpen. Same. I mean, if I were a reliever.

Miles Mikolas – Shut down for anywhere from seven to 10 days, due to his shoulder. I have him ranked around 520th overall. Prolly should just remove him. You want me to? Huh? I can’t hear ya. What’s that, move him? Which way? Louder? I can’t hear ya! Sorry, I was screaming into a giant seashell. Okay, so I removed Mikolas and added in Daniel Ponce De Leon, who’s getting a new leash on life like he found, uh…What’s something a Ponce De Leon could find for a new leash on life? Blanking here. Adjustments are found in my top 100 starters.

Andres Gimenez – Clearly, the Indians want Gimenez to be the starting shortstop and I want that too. Wants. Dot dot dot. Aligned! I love Gimenez and moved him back up in the top 20 2nd basemen to where he was prior to the signing of Cesar Hernandez. Gimenez is doing a Reverse Jon Berti. You think he’s losing playing time, but he’s gaining it vs. everyone saying he has playing time but really losing it. I also moved Andres Gimenez up, and adjusted projections in the top 20 shortstops, top 20 3rd basemen and top 500 overall.

Joey Votto – Hit the IL with Covid. At first, he offered no explanation. Kinda like when a batter walks and it doesn’t show up in official at-bats. Makes perfect sense for Votto. Go back to no explanation, Canadian walking bro.

Amir Garrett – Dealing with a sore forearm, and has yet to throw in a game. No, no, NO! Not Mrs. Muslim Garrett. He was my sneaky late RP that I was targeting and why can’t we have nice things? I’m asking and I want an answer! So, I moved up Lucas Sims’s projected saves, and Sean Doolittle’s there too, and I don’t think I want any of these guys anymore, but they’re adjusted in my top 500.

Sonny Gray – Scratched with a mid-back injury. If anyone ever hurts their back by trying to scratch themselves, the news updates will fold in on themselves. Sonny boy sounds like he’ll be fine to start the season.

Tejay Antone – Left yesterday’s game with the trainer. Who’s going to get more walks this year, Bryce Harper or MLB trainers? Antone was diagnosed with a tweaked groin, and says he’ll be fine. He’s a popular spring sleeper, and I have him right near ADP in my top 100 starters, i.e., I like him, but I’m not jumping gun on him.

Stephen Strasburg – Left the game with a calf injury. The video made it look minor. They said the same for Rob Lowe. I’m already way down on Strasburg in my top 40 starter rankings, I can’t imagine moving him further down. Was crazy to me how many people were drafting Strasburg around 70th overall, when I had him ranked around 140. In some ways, drafting Strasburg was slightly more loony to me than Lamet. No relation to Loony Lamet, who was great until the pictures became talkies.

Zack Britton – Had a bone chip removed from his elbow. So, he’ll be out anywhere from five weeks to 18 months. Yankees are saying Britton should be back around June, but Yankees and Britton’s pairing was bad since 1776. Now don’t make me sing Hamilton songs. Honestly, Britton might return this year, but I wouldn’t draft him outside of insanely deep leagues. I removed him from the top 500, and upped Chad Green.

Isaac Paredes – At some point between March 3rd and 8th, I fell in love with Isaac Paredes. Thinking he’s going to be a guy who wins a job out of camp and becomes the out of nowhere guy everyone adds on waivers. From Isaac Paredes to Chris Shelton and back again? Maybe. But I’m beginning to add Paredes now in deep leagues to see if he can’t win a Tigers’ job.

Trevor Rosenthal – Dealing with a slight groin strain. Damn, wouldn’t be me having anything called slight with my groin. I haven’t moved Rosenthal’s ranking or projections yet in my top 500, but honestly, I wasn’t drafting him anyway. I’d guess Diekman or Trivino for saves if Rosenthal needs to miss time.

Jose Martinez – Out with a torn meniscus, and his 2021 days are numbered on an abacus. Aw, shizz, I’m a poet and aware of it.

Carlos Carrasco – Soreness in elbow. I feel woozy. I think I need to sit down. I’m staggering around with a handkerchief to my forehead talking like I’m Dixie Carter. Maybe if I just have some apple cider. Apple cider always makes me feel better. Siri, has any pitcher ever experienced elbow soreness and been fine? …Siri? Are you there? Siri, answer me! Welp, this isn’t great news for just about every team I’ve drafted so far, but he threw on Sunday and says he feels fine. Waiting to hear actual news before moving him in my rankings, but I wouldn’t draft Carrasco in another league this preseason. Though, I already have him, so I’m hoping he’s fine. He’s still in my top 40 starters. Am I just typing out my thoughts because I’m so out of sorts because of this news? Yes, can you tell?

Byron Buxton – Cracked his tooth eating a steak, and got a crown. He was coronated King of Stupid Injuries.

 
  1. Member Berries says:
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    Bud Black does the Hulk Hogan “just when you think I’m going to be counted out, I raise my arm” move

    Loved that move – used to fire me up as a kid before I knew…

    Has your optimism on Jung changed since spring training started? Jung vs paredes? Will the reds call up India if Votto isnt ready?

    No frenchy means Duran starts?
    You see Logan Gilbert throw – looked filthy. Buy!

    Grey, you see Coming 2 America? I was pleasantly surprised that it wasnt terrible. Not great but just fine.

    • Earl says:
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      I love shows with Eddie Murphy and him doing multiple characters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m fired up thinking about it!

      Paredes, Jung or India are all flyers — Nothing’s changed

      Duran’s not breaking camp just bc of Franchy — Teams aren’t gonna start service time to fill in for just a few days/weeks

      Yeah, I saw Logan Gilbert — so filthy!

      Haven’t watched yet, haven’t heard good things either

      • 183414 says:
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        Didn’t laugh once.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, friends said it wasn’t good…Don’t really want to watch and ruin first one

  2. VinWins

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    It’s today there already! I love it when you join us on DST and are only 1 hour different.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  3. VinWins

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    Ha! My gamble on Danny Santana pays off, losers! Now I just have to wait for Puig, Cespedes, Bauers, Desmond, Sale, Severino, and Syndergaard.

    • Vegans says:
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      Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Report coming in that Danny Santana is injured

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        Not funny

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry Vincenzo Winslow

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            Just when I thought everything was coming up Vin.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

      • pinkman says:
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        Dannys Antana got gangrene jumping into Boston Harbor to celebrate his signing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  4. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    So, should I download your Top 500 again, or are there going to be more injuries?

    FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH!!! You really missed that layup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, fountain of youth!

  5. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome, awesome (so double awesome) fantasy ST update!

    a. Exactly my thoughts on Nola. Now Caratini moves from 2 games a week to 4. Amiright? I signed Caratini, dropping Nola.

    b. So awesome, once again the report. Fountain of youth, I agree with VinWins. Duh? Need someone to tell you ‘What’s a matter with you?’ in a Father Guido Sarducci-sounding voice.

    c. MLB quote of the day for March 13-14 2021

    1. Home Run Baker, born March 13, 1886

    ‘When it came to hitting, (Home Run) Baker needed help like (Andrew) Carnegie needed money.’

    Philadelphia Athletics teammate / Hall of Famer Eddie Collins

    2. ‘Eddie Pellagrini, born March 13, 1918

    ‘In 1941, who was the best shortstop in America?’ Eddie Pellagrini was asking, and Eddie Pellagrini had the answer. ‘I was!’ he boomed. He was talking defense, mainly, and he believed it with all his heart. Eddie Pellagrini had range, hands, and, oh, what an arm. He liked to joke about catching a ground ball, holding it a while, just for fun, and gunning it across the diamond to beat the runner by a half-step. The way Pelly figured it, what’s the sense of having an arm if you can’t show it off? And a shortstop was what he saw when he looked in the mirror. ‘After you’ve played shortstop,’ Pelly loved to say, ‘third base is just camping out.’

    Columnist Bob Ryan in the Boston Globe (10/13/2006)

    3. Mariano Duncan, born March 13, 1963

    ‘Every Major League Baseball player dreams of playing in the World Series, so for me to play in three was so great. Baseball gave me an opportunity to take care of my family. I am so happy God gave me the opportunity to play baseball.’

    Mariano Duncan in The New York Daily News (Michael O’Keefe, 03/05/2015, ‘Ex-Yankee Mariano Duncan gets stolen World Series rings back for second time, Source)

    4. Will Clark, born March 13, 1964

    ‘I never go up to the plate without a plan. The plan, however, depends on what you’ve seen from the pitcher, what his tendencies are, how you’re feeling that day, what the game situation is, and what he’s most likely to throw at that point in time.’

    Will Clark

    5. Bobby Jenks, born March 14, 1981

    ‘Once you’re up around 98 mph, it doesn’t make much difference between there and 102 (speed hit by Jenks at Safeco Field). The biggest difference you can see at the plate is between 90 mph and about 94-95 mph. You don’t get much beyond that, it’s a blur anyway.’

    Seattle Mariners First Baseman Richie Sexson in The News Tribune (Larry LaRue, 08/29/2005)

    6. Kevin Brown, born March 14, 1965

    ‘You had better understand that you are going to make some bad pitches along the way. That’s just the way it is. If you make a pitch agressively, you have a much better chance of getting away with it. However, if you make a pitch tentatively or cautiously, that’s when you get nailed.’

    Kevin Brown

    d. MLB quote of the day for March 15, 2021

    1. Bobby Bonds, born March 15, 1946

    ‘I don’t know why he’s not in the Hall of Fame because Bobby (Bonds) could do a lot of things. If you’re looking at numbers, he had 30-30 (homers-stolen bases) many times. He had speed, he had power, he could throw and he knew how to play right field. I feel he should be in the Hall of Fame right along with us.’

    Willie Mays in USA Today (Chuck Johnson, 08/24/2003, ‘Mays says Bobby Bonds Hall-worthy,’ Source)

    2. Mickey Hatcher, born March 15, 1955

    ‘I think Mickey (Hatcher) exemplifies what this team (the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers) is all about. I got hurt and the team accepted I would be out. And Mickey stepped in and filled my role and I filled his. We had a team approach, and that kept us together.’

    Kirk Gibson in Good Utility Players Can Always Find Work in Majors (Baseball Digest : August 1998)

    3. Harold Baines, born March 15, 1959

    ‘He’s (Harold Baines) a first-class guy. He just goes about his business. He doesn’t say much but when he does, it means a lot.’

    St. Louis Cardinals Coach Ron Hassey in ‘Harold Baines: He Lets His Bat Do the Talking’ (Baseball Digest : September 1996)

    4. Mike Pagliarulo, born March 15, 1960

    ‘I played with the greatest players. I learned so much, I wouldn’t change a thing. I became a better player, more appreciative of the game itself because of the players I played with in New York. I played with Don Baylor, Ron Guidry, Phil Niekro, Dave Winfield, all great players. My coaches, from Yogi Berra to Lou Piniella to Billy Martin, they weren’t afraid to get in my face and tell me what I needed to do. That’s what’s going on now, they have good people in the organization. They have good, hard-working coaches, hard-working players committed to winning. It’s not all about how much money they make. They want to win.’

    Mike Pagliarulo on MLB.com (Mark Feinsand, 01/12/2002)

    e. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for March 15, 2021

    ‘There’s a certain time that when somebody asks you a question, you answer them. I don’t think I said anything with venom. If you can express yourself without anger and make it as palatable as you can, that’s what you do.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. You dropped Nola already? Hmm…I don’t know, man

      B. Ah, yes, of course!

      E. Reggie!

  6. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    14 team h2h keeper league. Holds, Sv+Holds= big points. Also, 7 SP per week LIMIT (BUT, if 7SP limit has not been reached by last day of week[Sunday], 7 SP may be exceeded).

    My SP: Lynn, Gallen, Maeda, Bassitt, Gausman, Dunning, Yarborough, Gonsolin (last pick in draft, not sure if he even starts).

    My RP: Diego Castillo, Nick Anderson, Montero (yikes), Trevor May and Zack Britton (he gone; drafted 370rd before injured)

    When Britton is placed on IR (or dropped), I can get his replacement.

    Not too many holds options (obvious) available. Bummer, Mayers, Crichton, to name a few.

    1.) Should I drop a SP (if so who? Gonsolin? Dunning?) then add ANOTHER RP (in addition to Britton’s replacement) to try match holds that will be lost with Britton absence?

    2.) Or, hold off until better RP options emerge?

    Thankyou!

    Fun Fact *Kendall GRAVEMAN was drafted 300th overall *

    • Cram It says:
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      Pre-season Holds question. LOL. Funny guy.

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        Worse than a catcher question in a catcher titled piece? Or

        I felt slightly ashamed for asking…

        I felt no shame after seeing graveman getting drafted. Thought I was looking at draft from 5 years ago

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        *revised *

        My roster is full. Which SP to cut if I need another RP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Bummer

      2. Why, do you have a moves limit?

      Graveman — yuck

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        Don’t have a moves limit. Roster LIMIT of 27 active /reserves + 10 MINOR LEAGUE.

        My hitters: S.Perez, C. Walker, Arenado, Mondessi, Hiura, Trout, Grisham, Dylan Moore, Canha, Castellanos, Benintendi (gross), Giminez, Solak, Kirk.

        I am waiting for Toronto to send the gnome eating catcher to minors. Then going to pick up McCann as backup C just in case Salvador tears his other AcL carrying luggage or randomly goes blind.

        • Hebrew Hammer says:
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          RP seems weak to but, Your thoughts on my roster as whole?

          Thank you. I appreciate the time and effort you put in

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Team looks solid, hitters looks a little all or nothing like they might go 1-for-75 some weeks…Aside from Trout, obviously…Moore, Mondesi, Hiura, Grisham…A lot of possible oh-fors

          • Hebrew Hammer says:
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            14 team h2h league does NOT include batting avg, or OBS/OPS %. No Whip category for pitching.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No AVG but still lots of oh-fors potentially

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Right, that makes sense

          • Hebrew Hammer says:
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            If only Mondessi could steal 1st base.

            Thankyou!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  7. Cliff says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Had my first draft last night, 12 team 5×5 with QS replacing Wins. Thoughts on my team?

    C-Grandal
    1B- Walsh
    2B- Marte
    3B- Bohm, Escobar
    SS- Lindor
    CI- Cron
    MI- Mondesi
    OF-Bellinger, Lourdes, Myers, Hays, Bryan Reynolds, Kelenic
    UT-Alvarez
    SP- Castillo, Carrasco, Berrios, Gausman, Yarbrough, Ray
    RP-Rosenthal, R Rodriguez, D Castillo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a solid hitting team, good balance of speed and power and AVG…I like the pitching too, except Ray, but that’s fine if you like him, though you shouldn’t

  8. ashtray says:
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    There’s nothing more satisfying than pretending you don’t notice the driver you’ve pissed off. Like Don Draper said, “I don’t think about you at all.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

  9. Mike Adamson says:
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    Rob Lowe. Heh heh. It’s the Ides of March, keep your head up.

    • Grey

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      More like Ides behind my back

  10. Tom says:
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    I made this point last week, Nola is being well over-drafted. The guy is a 31 yr old catcher with the equivalent of 3/4 of a season of MLB experience who had hit 22 hr’s in 8 minor league seasons. I’ve watched this guy get drafted in the 9th and 10th rounds, really really? Didn’t we see this same dumbness a few years back with Austin Barnes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, I only wish they kept doing it

  11. Succos Baseball says:
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    I can just picture Bud Black walking up to Hampson with a big smile on his face with his lineup card in hand. Hampson is ready to take the field, but Bud Black walks right by him and embraces Chris Owings as his every day 2B…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup!

  12. Bbhhi says:
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    Grey,

    Which side of this trade do you like?
    Buxton$17 for Heaney $10

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bux

  13. Hawk says:
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    Brutal honesty here:

    I read this column hoping not to see any of my players in it. No spring news is good spring news.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed!

  14. Succos Baseball says:
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    Grey,

    Trying to figure out my keepers for my Yahoo 12 Team Mixed H2H Keeper League with OBP instead of AVG, QS instead of W, SV+H instead of SV. We usually keep 4, but we cancelled our season last year after we drafted and are keeping 6 this year instead. Our draft is 25 rounds, keep at round selected. My thoughts so far:

    Locks:
    Mike Trout – 1st Rd
    Ronald Acuna – 10th Rd
    Mondesi – 15th Rd

    Should Be Lock:
    Bohm – 25th Rd

    Options, need 2:
    Chris Paddack – 14th Rd
    Kenta Maeda – 12th Rd
    Aroldis Chapman – 8th Rd
    Max Fried – 9th Rd
    Sonny Gray – 7th Rd

    Currently leaning Kenta and 1 of Paddack, Fried, Gray

    Thanks

    • molina bros bbq says:
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      Kenta, Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kenta, Gray

  15. Danny says:
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    Updated projections for Paredes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I have him down for 300+ ABs, that seems fine for now, until we get more news…I’m simply taking a flyer on him in leagues

  16. John says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just wanted your take on why Javier Baez is being so universally written off this year. Last year he was a fringe top 20 guy and obviously he had a crummy 2020 but so did a lot of guys. Yelich had a pretty terrible year and he’s still a top 10ish guy. Was there something in the underlying number that made Baez’s 2020 look legitimately different? This is across the board by fantasy perts so I’m in no way second guessing you, just genuinely curious. Thanks!

    • John says:
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      Sorry Grey I looked more at your rankings and post on Baez and it seems you’re asking the same question I did lol. Looks like we’ll both be owning a lot of Javier Baez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, makes no sense…If you can figure it out, let me know!

  17. Homers got the runs says:
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    Hey Grey, Thanks for all you do to make us dummies a little bit smarter. What are the chances Andrew Vaughn makes the team out of camp? Drafted him in a first year keeper. Took a chance at 1st and drafted only him and Jared Walsh at the position.

    • Homers got the runs says:
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      also thoughts on the team i drafted.

      c- McCann
      1st – Walsh, Vaughn
      2nd Solak, La Stella
      ss – Bichette, Swanson,
      3rd- Moncada, Gimenez
      OF – Soto. Robert. Meadows, Franmil Reyes, Hicks and Straw
      UT – Nellie Cruz
      SP- Woodruff, Luzardo, Paddack, Montas, Kluber, German
      RP- Pressly, Hicks, Gallegos, Freddie P.

      12 team 1st year keeper league.

      • Homers got the run says:
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        Forgot to mention we start MI and CI as well.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Team looks solid, your OF looks great, and your infield isn’t bad either…I also love your pitching…Tho, not Montas and Kluber — nice RPs too…Great team!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think it’s at 70/30 he breaks camp

  18. jlioy111 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Long time reader first time commenter. I took over a squad in a 12-team, 6×6 (OBP/QS/SV+H) league that drafted yesterday, was wondering if I could get your thoughts.

    C: Kiner-Falefa
    1B: Abreu
    2B: Marte
    3B: Muncy
    SS: Trea
    MI: Moore
    CI: Olson
    OF: Trout
    OF: Lewis
    OF: Castellanos
    OF: Margot
    Util: Franmil
    BN: Santander, Riley

    SP: Cole
    SP: Maeda
    SP: Bassitt
    RP: N. Anderson
    RP: Romano
    P: Montgomery
    P: Trevor May
    BN: Paxton, Odorizzi, Diego Castillo
    IL: Gray
    NA: Julio Rodriguez

    I inherited Cole/Maeda/Gray as keepers — we get 10 keeper slots — so spent a long time punting pitching. Any weak spots/areas to address? A little worried about SB but hopefully buying into the Margot breakout for the fifth straight year will pay off. Thanks, appreciate all the great work!

    • everywhereblair

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      Thanks for the first time comment! Hope to see more comments in the future!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…You shouldn’t be worried about SBs — Trea, Moore, Margot…Think you’re fine…If anything you have a pretty imbalanced/balanced team…Meaning you have a lot of hitters who do one thing or other, but not both…I like the team in general…I think your pitching is fine, if a bit shallow on sheer quantity of arms

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        Yeah, that’s true, I think the imbalanced/balanced thing was a conscious decision based on Olson, Muncy etc as keepers — hope that strong AVG guys at the top of the order and strong OBP guys who drive in runs wind up complementing each other. (And hope that Kyle Lewis really is the power/speed dreamboat I want him to be.) Only five bench spots means you’re always a little anxious about a lack of depth, but in large part thanks to you guys I feel pretty comfortable streaming during the season. Thanks again for all the help!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I could see that…No problem

  19. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! I still have some time to decide (keeper lock is a week from Wednesday) . . . that said, who would be your last keeper from the following list?

    $4 Kyle Lewis
    $4 Bundy
    $12 Carrasco

    Current Keepers are Acuna ($32), Eloy ($10), Robert ($24), Story ($19), Voit ($10), Giolito ($7).

    Also, if I can trade Giolito for . . . Lindor ($18) ( in which case I assume I’d keep one of the pitchers above) . . . or $12 Albies + $14 Gallen (in which case I wouldn’t keep any of those final keeper options, would you opt for one of those instead?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lewis

      Lindor/Carrasco works for me

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  20. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Would you trade Xander Bogaerts ($29) for Blake Snell ($22)? I have Bo Bichette ($6) and have Bobby Witt Jr., C.J. Abrams, Mason Wynn and Aaron (don’t call me Antonio) Sabato.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…I’d hold

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        they are in my minor league system

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Xander for Snell isn’t great

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            what is fair trade value for him SP wise

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What else can you trade?

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                voit ($18)
                Grandal ($13)
                Brantley ($16)
                McCullers ($11)

                Snell is $22

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Send Brantley or Yasmani

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    said he has no interest in brantley

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Grandal?

  21. 183414 says:
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    So 24 yr.old 1st round draft pick, Trent Grisham, 1 of only 6 players to go double digit h.r.’s and s.b.’s in 2020, and the best defensive center fielder on the Padres, is going to be platooned. Unless that means he’ll only start 140 games, I so disagree.

    • Grey

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      Guess we’ll see

      • 183414 says:
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        I do agree with you on Gimenez.
        We’ll see about everything But Grisham played in 59 of the Padres 60 games last year with elite defense. Not as though Javy hasn’t had his share of struggles. Arozarena going ahead of Grisham is puzzling to me. All 3 are going around the same.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t think I’m drafting Randy either, if being honest…I would, but he’s going early and right where I’m taking an SP

  22. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Was wondering, what do you think about Tyler O’Neil and Josh Rojas? They’re both tearing it up this spring. I have a spot open and have had a hard time deciding between the two. Any opinion? I don’t like either player personally, but if one has figured it out, I want to be in on the ground floor. Who you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have them ranked — O’Neill I think I have ranked way before most…Rojas is a flyer, who could be a breakout, but I do wonder where he’s playing when Calhoun returns

  23. Will says:
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    Drafted over the weekend, here is the team out of the gate. 10 team standard 5×5 roto league with 13 hitters, 8 pitchers active at a time and 30 total roster spots. Thoughts?

    OF: Trout, Buxton, Myers, Castellanos, Robles, Tapia
    IF: Abreu, Moore, Story, Edman, Riley, JD Davis
    C: d’Arnaud
    Reserves: C Taylor, R McMahon, Adell

    SP: Darvish, Woodruff, S Gray, Urias, Gausman, Eflin, T Walker, Javier, Singer, C Martinez
    RP: Iglesias, Hand, Melancon, Bass

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love that hitting and pitching…It’s a shallow league, so you’re still gonna have to work it…If I had to quibble, bench bats are worthless and you look low on saves…Very minor quibbles tho

      • Will says:
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        Agree on saves, got caught in a closer run with only a few left draftable. Last year I got half my saves on in-season adds so hopefully same this year. I’ll prob turn over all of the bench bats in April, lol. Thanks much.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  24. Pyrrhic Victory says:
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    Keeper question!

    Will typically use the downloadable projections for this 6×6 H2H categories league I’m in, as we use OBP and SLG (no AVG), but for whatever reason, I’m a little wary of Steamer after the weirdness of 2020. Off the dome, who would you keep for this format?

    No brainers: T. Story, Bieber
    Keep 3 more out of:
    Muncy
    Chapman
    Baez
    Gallo
    K. Lewis
    Plesac

    Guys like Gallo and Muncy get a boost in this league, but Steamer hates them (for this one trick!) Would be happy keeping Lewis, but I think I can get him back in the draft pretty easily.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez, Gallo, Muncy

  25. Fred says:
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    Is the world on the cusp of Jose Quintana being relevant as a back of the rotation piece? He has looked good in 3 outings this spring.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      I think he looks like he can be back to a good version of himself. There’s not a tremendous amount of upside, but could be good depth for double starts and match ups. I’ve been downgrading all Angels pitchers because of the six man rotation though.

  26. Bbhhi says:
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    Grey,

    With shift to 2nd (dual eligibility) and your sleeper write-up, should I be feeling better about Polanco? Despit many worried about playing time, feels like he keeps his abs and provides greater flexibility?

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t feel better about Polanco…I feel same

  27. swaggerjackers says:
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    These Carrasco and Sonny injuries are really throwing a wrench into our SP2 plans.

    ESPN has been updating their rankings and got way more aggressive on Pablo Lopez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Always crazy to me on people updating rankings heavily in March…Has anything really changed dramatically?

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        I think it’s a convenient way to cover up their initial lazy rankings so that they can look back at their “final” preseason rankings and have less obvious misses like they had a month ago. By the end of draft season, their official rankings basically match the vanilla FantasyPros consensus rankings.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, so true…It’s so corny

  28. Strat O says:
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    I am drafting a Razzslam team against the ANTI GRAY – he has 5 catchers and Nola was the 5th

    7 SP’s 5 C’s and 2 OF after 14 rnds – cant wait to see how that strategy works

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      I think I’m in that same league with you. Guy has Realmuto, Perez, d’Arnaud, Nola and Posey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s a loser strategy

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Haha what about being in rd 28 with no catcher!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, filling bench before taking a catcher? You got balls, Grimey!

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            Tom Murphy rd 29!

            When posey goes in the 14th might as well wait haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, you chickened out!

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                I did ugh.
                Have you checked out the Slam adp? Kinda interesting kinda not….

                • Grey

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                  I haven’t checked out the ADP, just doing my thang

  29. OaktownSteve says:
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    Watching Astros/Marlins while I plow through a two foot high pile of paperwork. Urquidy and Sixto. With Sixto, it’s amazing how today’s hitters can handle velo. Sanchez is 99 average fastball but he’s not missing any bats. Most striking example was yesterday’s 22 pitch AB against Jordan Hicks. Guy is pumping 102 and he can’t put him away.

    You know who Urquidy reminds me of a ton? Another guy I seem to remember you didn’t like: Matt Cain. Really works all the quadrants. He’s very effective locating the fastball above the letters, especially with two strikes taking guys up the ladder. He’s not going to walk guys. The curveball this spring actually looks like he’s tightened it up even from the stuff I watch from last year. Delivery is very compact, athletic. Seems like he’s built to eat innings. Just watched him in a great sequence. From a 1-1 count he got a swinging strike on a high fastball, just missed with a curve off the outside corner, got an excuse me foul tip on another fastball even higher in the zone and then put him away with a terrific change. I know you don’t like Urquidy; he’s never going to be a really high end K guy, but seems like a ton of pitchability.

    • Grey

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      Sixto misses no bats, not sure why this isn’t a bigger thing…I guess people think the Ks are coming? I’m so out on him this year

      Can see that on Urquidy…And for his price, I’d be more interested, but I’m out on him too…His peripherals just scare me too much — can see pitchability with him tho

  30. 406mtechdigger says:
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    Thanks for the updates Grey!

    Thoughts on Lamet in my Keeper league?? Could have been kept by another owner for $60 but was just dropped pre draft and I have both Framber and Carrasco…. How much would you be willing to shell out if you were in my shoes?

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

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

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

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      You trying to get injured pitchers? Meh, I don’t know, I guess $20

      • 406mtechdigger says:
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        You raise a great point HA! Thinking upside if it’s cheap enough…..

        • Grey

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          Ha, yeah

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            …yeah, as in if cheap enough, sure

  31. speill says:
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    Hi Grey, Love the early updates Thanks. Narrowing down my keepers in 8 team espn 5 x 5 Auction league I need seven of them. This is a shallow league with lots of options on waivers. Merryfield $11
    Story $12
    Trea $10
    Betts $15
    Bellinger $16
    Yelich $23
    eloy $15
    Jose Ramirez $16
    Trout $65
    Darvish $10
    Luis Castilo $11
    I was thinking spend early on a quality arm or 2 and leaning heavy with bats with my keepers. thank s for your opinion Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem —

      Story $12
      Trea $10
      Betts $15
      Bellinger $16
      Yelich $23
      eloy $15
      Jose Ramirez $16

      • speill says:
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        Thanks Grey. You think keeping no pitcher and 100% bats then and going in early for pitchers? Don’t keep Darvish?

        • Grey

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          Thought the plan was the spend on an arm or two since you don’t need bats now?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            If you want, go Yu over Eloy…Still think you need to spend on arms and not bats

            • speill says:
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              Yeah that’s a good option. Sorry for the confusion. Thanks

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem

  32. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    cbs h2h league i’m the first team

    what do you think ?

    messed up a bit with the short stops the picks were coming so fast i took too long on rnd4 checking to see who was gone and it went to auto pilot and picked the next two in my queue. but still good. plus fat fingered and picked the wrong contrares for catcher but i dropped him for sean murphy.

    RROUND:PICK PLAYER
    R1:1 Ronald AcunaCF
    R2:20 Trevor StorySS
    R3:21 Manny Machado3B
    R4:40 Bo BichetteSS
    R5:41 Adalberto MondesiSS
    R6:60 Luis RobertCF
    R7:61 Rafael Devers3B
    R8:80 Zac GallenSP
    R9:81 Eloy JimenezLF
    R10:100 Edwin DiazRP
    R11:101 Dylan BundySP
    R12:120 Corbin BurnesSP
    R13:121 Julio UriasSP
    R14:140 Mike Moustakas2B
    R15:141 Matt Olson1B
    R16:160 Brandon WoodruffSP
    R17:161 Michael ConfortoRF
    R18:180 Dylan MooreLF
    R19:181 Kevin GausmanSP
    R20:200 William ContrerasC
    R21:201 Nick AndersonRP

    RROUND:PICK PLAYER
    R1:4 Bryce HarperRF
    R2:17 Zack GreinkeSP
    R3:24 Walker BuehlerSP
    R4:37 Marcell OzunaLF
    R5:44 Zack WheelerSP
    R6:57 J.T. RealmutoC
    R7:64 Paul Goldschmidt1B
    R8:77 Gleyber TorresSS
    R9:84 Byron BuxtonCF
    R10:97 Lance McCullersSP
    R11:104 Jean Segura2B
    R12:117 Jon LesterSP
    R13:124 Dansby SwansonSS
    R14:137 Archie BradleyRP
    R15:144 Josh Donaldson3B
    R16:157 Zach EflinSP
    R17:164 David PriceSP
    R18:177 Joakim SoriaRP
    R19:184 Andrew McCutchenLF
    R20:197 Christian VazquezC
    R21:204 Eric Hosmer1B

    RROUND:PICK PLAYER
    R1:9 Mookie BettsRF
    R2:12 Trevor BauerSP
    R3:29 Anthony Rendon3B
    R4:32 Jack FlahertySP
    R5:49 Corey SeagerSS
    R6:52 Hyun-Jin RyuSP
    R7:69 Charlie BlackmonRF
    R8:72 Max FriedSP
    R9:89 Matt Chapman3B
    R10:92 Jesus LuzardoSP
    R11:109 Yordan AlvarezDH
    R12:112 Kirby YatesRP
    R13:129 Jeff McNeilLF
    R14:132 Anthony Rizzo1B
    R15:149 Travis d’ArnaudC
    R16:152 Ramon LaureanoCF
    R17:169 German MarquezSP
    R18:172 Austin MeadowsLF
    R19:189 Eduardo RodriguezSP
    R20:192 Daniel BardRP
    R21:209 Nate PearsonSP

    RROUND:PICK PLAYER
    R1:7 Juan SotoLF
    R2:14 Christian YelichLF
    R3:27 Jose Abreu1B
    R4:34 Patrick CorbinSP
    R5:47 Sonny GraySP
    R6:54 Zach PlesacSP
    R7:67 Cavan Biggio2B
    R8:74 Kyle TuckerLF
    R9:87 Dinelson LametSP
    R10:94 Marcus SemienSS
    R11:107 Justin Turner3B
    R12:114 Brandon Lowe2B
    R13:127 Roberto OsunaRP
    R14:134 Will SmithC
    R15:147 Sandy AlcantaraSP
    R16:154 Nick CastellanosRF
    R17:167 Diego CastilloRP
    R18:174 Carlos CarrascoSP
    R19:187 Joe MusgroveSP
    R20:194 Kyle Seager3B
    R21:207 Jeimer Candelario1B

    RROUND:PICK PLAYER
    R1:3 Gerrit ColeSP
    R2:18 Jose Ramirez3B
    R3:23 Max ScherzerSP
    R4:38 Aaron JudgeRF
    R5:43 Luke Voit1B
    R6:58 Kenley JansenRP
    R7:63 Randy ArozarenaLF
    R8:78 Salvador PerezC
    R9:83 Dallas KeuchelSP
    R10:98 Drew PomeranzRP
    R11:103 Max KeplerRF
    R12:118 Carlos CorreaSS
    R13:123 Aaron CivaleSP
    R14:138 Jordan MontgomerySP
    R15:143 Adam WainwrightSP
    R16:158 Keston Hiura2B
    R17:163 Charlie MortonSP
    R18:178 Gio Urshela3B
    R19:183 Aaron HicksCF
    R20:198 Ian HappCF
    R21:203 Carson KellyC

    RROUND:PICK PLAYER
    R1:8 Fernando TatisSS
    R2:13 Freddie Freeman1B
    R3:28 Lucas GiolitoSP
    R4:33 Kyle HendricksSP
    R5:48 George SpringerCF
    R6:53 Alex Bregman3B
    R7:68 Ketel Marte2B
    R8:73 Whit MerrifieldRF
    R9:88 Willson ContrerasC
    R10:93 Tyler GlasnowSP
    R11:108 Alex ColomeRP
    R12:113 Michael BrantleyDH
    R13:128 Chris PaddackSP
    R14:133 Nelson CruzDH
    R15:148 Rhys Hoskins1B
    R16:153 Noah SyndergaardSP
    R17:168 Brad HandRP
    R18:173 Tim AndersonSS
    R19:188 Mike SorokaSP
    R20:193 Sean ManaeaSP
    R21:208 Miles MikolasSP

    RROUND:PICK PLAYER
    R1:2 Mike TroutCF
    R2:19 Cody BellingerCF
    R3:22 Jose Altuve2B
    R4:39 Liam HendriksRP
    R5:42 Lance LynnSP
    R6:59 Giancarlo StantonDH
    R7:62 Jordan HicksRP
    R8:79 Pete Alonso1B
    R9:82 Jameson TaillonSP
    R10:99 Corey KluberSP
    R11:102 Jose UrquidySP
    R12:119 Domingo GermanSP
    R13:122 Luis SeverinoSP
    R14:139 Trey ManciniRF
    R15:142 Willi CastroSS
    R16:159 Kwang Hyun KimSP
    R17:162 James McCannC
    R18:179 Cesar Hernandez2B
    R19:182 Framber ValdezSP
    R20:199 Yoan Moncada3B
    R21:202 Brandon NimmoCF

    RROUND:PICK PLAYER
    R1:6 DJ LeMahieu2B
    R2:15 Luis CastilloSP
    R3:26 Jose BerriosSP
    R4:35 Francisco LindorSS
    R5:46 Ryan PresslyRP
    R6:55 Aroldis ChapmanRP
    R7:66 Ozzie Albies2B
    R8:75 Marco GonzalesSP
    R9:86 Raisel IglesiasRP
    R10:95 Alec MillsSP
    R11:106 Yasmani GrandalC
    R12:115 Cristian JavierSP
    R13:126 Josh Bell1B
    R14:135 Kyle LewisCF
    R15:146 Alex DickersonLF
    R16:155 Mike YastrzemskiRF
    R17:166 Brian Anderson3B
    R18:175 Mitch GarverC
    R19:186 Matt ShoemakerSP
    R20:195 Kolten Wong2B
    R21:206 Mark CanhaRF

    RROUND:PICK PLAYER
    R1:10 Shane BieberSP
    R2:11 Yu DarvishSP
    R3:30 Nolan Arenado3B
    R4:31 Blake SnellSP
    R5:50 Josh HaderRP
    R6:51 Kenta MaedaSP
    R7:70 Stephen StrasburgSP
    R8:71 Anthony SantanderRF
    R9:90 Jake Cronenworth2B
    R10:91 James KarinchakRP
    R11:110 Joey GalloRF
    R12:111 Tommy Edman3B
    R13:130 Sixto SanchezSP
    R14:131 Will SmithRP
    R15:150 Triston McKenzieSP
    R16:151 Ryan MountcastleLF
    R17:170 Austin GomberRP
    R18:171 Shohei OhtaniDH
    R19:190 Ke’Bryan Hayes3B
    R20:191 Javier BaezSS
    R21:210 Buster PoseyC

    RROUND:PICK PLAYER
    R1:5 Jacob deGromSP
    R2:16 Clayton KershawSP
    R3:25 Trea TurnerSS
    R4:36 Aaron NolaSP
    R5:45 Vladimir Guerrero1B
    R6:56 Eugenio Suarez3B
    R7:65 Xander BogaertsSS
    R8:76 Max Muncy1B
    R9:85 Starling MarteCF
    R10:96 Lourdes GurrielLF
    R11:105 Alex VerdugoRF
    R12:116 Gary SanchezC
    R13:125 Ian AndersonSP
    R14:136 Trevor RosenthalRP
    R15:145 Devin WilliamsRP
    R16:156 Alex ReyesRP
    R17:165 Dustin MaySP
    R18:176 Kris Bryant3B
    R19:185 Andrew Vaughn1B
    R20:196 Wander FrancoSS
    R21:205 Amir GarrettRP

    • Grey

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      R1:1 Ronald AcunaCF
      R2:20 Trevor StorySS
      R3:21 Manny Machado3B
      R4:40 Bo BichetteSS
      R5:41 Adalberto MondesiSS
      R6:60 Luis RobertCF
      R7:61 Rafael Devers3B
      R8:80 Zac GallenSP
      R9:81 Eloy JimenezLF
      R10:100 Edwin DiazRP
      R11:101 Dylan BundySP
      R12:120 Corbin BurnesSP
      R13:121 Julio UriasSP
      R14:140 Mike Moustakas2B
      R15:141 Matt Olson1B
      R16:160 Brandon WoodruffSP
      R17:161 Michael ConfortoRF
      R18:180 Dylan MooreLF
      R19:181 Kevin GausmanSP
      R20:200 William ContrerasC
      R21:201 Nick AndersonRP

      Don’t love having all those shortstops, you should trade one of them…Prolly get the most for Bichette, send him for a decent top OF? If not, maybe Mondesi for Albies? Team looks solid overall tho…Besides the shortstops mishap

  33. southside dom says:
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    Grey — selecting keepers for my dynasty/keep forever roto league. 6×6 with OBP and Quality Starts. I’ve come in second the last 2 years so hopefully can get over the hump this season.

    We now get 12 keepers, in addition to minor league players that don’t count against my total.

    We only start a regular 9 man lineup plus one DH — so depth isn’t as crucial as sheer stats.

    Keeping:
    1. Jose Abreu
    2. Yoan Moncada
    3. Trea Turner
    4. George Springer
    5. Anthony Rendon
    6. Shane Bieber
    7. Brandon Woodruff
    8. Tyler Glasnow
    9. Kenta Maeda

    Additional minor keepers who could contribute soon include Luis Robert, Joe Adell, Alec Bohm, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Jarred Kelenic

    Which 3 of the following, then, would you add to the keeper roster?

    1. Moustakas (don’t have a 2B keeper yet)
    2. Goldschmidt (DH or backup for Abreu at 1B)
    3. Eddie Rosario (would be the 3rd OF alongside Springer/Robert)
    4. Byron Buxton (ditto, but this guy is annoying to own)
    5. Zach Wheeler (I’m light on arms, especially in the minors)
    6. Zack Greinke (has been solid but gettin older)
    7. Ryan Yarbrough
    8. Andrew Heaney

    Thanks and looking forward to another great season at Razzball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose, Rosario, Wheeler…Your arms are not great from this list

      • southside dom says:
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        Yea, it’s luckily only a 10 team league and lineups lock weekly. I try to stream 2 start pitchers to load up on Ks, Ws, and QS with a side of SAGNOF.

        Greinke has been solid for me, but I’ll have to target some arms in the draft regardless.

        Thanks again!

        • Grey

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          No problem

  34. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    In a 2 catcher 12 team keeper league, what do you think about the strategy of trying to snag a Joey Bart on the cheap as your C2, knowing that it’ll be dead space for a bit? I doubt I’d ever keep a catcher, but he would be great trade bait + could give nice production when he does come up this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, no way…Bart might not be up for months

  35. toolshed says:
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    Votto is still out there late in a draft I am doing. It is an obp league. Do you have any hope for him to have one more decent season? His hr/fb last year was 2x higher than his previous two seasons. His BA was low, but it is an obp league. I’d be perfectly fine if he sacrificed BA for power. I am debating on taking him vs someone with upside who may play less like tellez. Thanks

    • toolshed says:
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      And cron went higher than I thought

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Cron keeps moving up

        • toolshed says:
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          He needs to stop hitting hr in spring training.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Agreed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have no hope for Votto, but late in an OBP league it’s fine

  36. OaktownSteve says:
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    I have no idea what his role will be because…Rays…but, Shane McClanahan is so nasty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, super masty, agreed

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        He’s not just nasty…. he is MASTY!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  37. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Grey-

    I was reading one of your rankings articles and saw that your Grandfather passed this off-season. Just wanted to say I’m sorry to hear that. Hearing your crazy grandfather stories (driving from Florida to Jersey in flip flops lol) always brought a smile to my face and made me think of the old characters in my life.

    May his memory be a blessing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, appreciate it!

  38. Mike says:
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    12-team keeper league 5×5, with usually about a 15-20% inflation rate entering our auction draft. We can keep as many as we want, with increasing money escalators each year you keep a player ($5/$10/$15).$270 auction budget, slightly hitter heavy on average. I’m trying to decide if I should keep any of these folks:

    Dom Smith ($6)
    Sano ($6)
    d’Arnaud ($6)
    Ozuna ($21)
    Montas ($6)
    Soroka ($6)

  39. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    12 team H2H keeper points league.

    Draft all set for tomorrow. My 6 keepers are Yelich, Realmuto, Voit, Conforto, Torres and L Hendricks. I have the 4th overall pick to start the snake draft.

    1) How would you rank these options for the 4th pick: C Seager, Woodruff, Ohtani, Hader, Carrasco, Judge, Baez, Biggio, Mondesi, K Marte

    2) Does Ohtani get a big boost in a points league where he has SP and UTL eligibility?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Seager, Woodruff, Marte

      2. Around a 150th overall

  40. DonnieB says:
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    I have a problem. I just got Albies in a trade for a bunch of guys I was not keeping. I need to drop one. It is a 12 team roto auction keeper with a $300 salary cap. Who do I drop considering their prices:
    Trea Turner at $56
    Dansby Swanson at $4
    Ozzie Albies at $31
    Zac Gallen at $23
    Corbin Burnes at $10
    Edwin Diaz at $10
    Cavan Biggio at $10
    Mike Conforto at $18
    Ian Happ at $10
    Which would you drop?

    Would you trade Gallen at $23 for Ryu at $1?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

      I’d take Ryu

  41. BBHHI says:
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    Grey,

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

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

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

    (I’ve bolded the guys I feel I should keep)

  42. 2021 good year to wait on C’s I think. Going with mid-to-late C’s gives one the freedom to stack another bat or add another quality arm. C-SUCK LOL

  43. i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    got a guy in OPS/hits/total bases added h2h keep 9 (5 hitters but they have to come from different positions each, except OF which can be 2 max of those (espn eligibilities here). DH counts as a position. have goldy, somebody is trying to trade me rizzo, go with which? here i’m keeping otani as pitcher and get both.

    • Bbhhi says:
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      Damn,

      Now there’s a catching lead lune

    • Bbhhi says:
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      Damn,

      Now there’s a lead line

  44. Ben says:
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    Curious about your 2B rankings:

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

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

  45. Ben says:
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    Also really interested in Austin Riley that you project as the 22nd best 3rd baseman with the projected line of 84/31/96/.277/2.

    I’d take that line over Suarez and Chapman at their projected stats, who are ranked as the 9th and 11th third baseman.

    Shouldn’t Rile be higher up the list?

    (semi-related, I am apparently REALLY into the 22nd ranked player at every infield position)

    • captain obvious says:
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      All I can say is pick your players. Sometimes people don’t agree on things. Do what YOU do.

  46. AC says:
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    10 team 5×5 head to head (was 12 but lost two teams) – allowed 2 keepers 3rd round or later for round drafted & can keep twice (2 rounds earlier each time)
    Which two should I keep (drafting 6th)
    Bauer – 4th
    Abreu – 6th
    Kershaw – 6th (final year I could keep him)
    Wheeler – 14th
    Teoscar Hernandez – 20th
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu, Bauer

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