Best part is that if you shake anyone’s hand, the cocktail in the title can be used as a disinfectant. So (with forty-six oh’s), we could have baseball. Just in Arizona and Florida. That was the news reports on Friday. By today that news will likely change. Tomorrow, we’ll hear something else. On Wednesday, well, on Wednesday, we’ll hear there’s one place Coronavirus still hasn’t affected. The MLB season can be played out in full. Allow me to set the scene:  A manager comes out for a mound visit, “Just trust your stuff. Please. It’s freakin’ freezing,” as baseball plays out its 162-game season in Antartica. With the Florida/Arizona schedule the MLB has floated, the Mets will face the Astros, Nats, Cards and Marlins. El oh–oh, eff me and my Pete Alonso shares. “Hello, I’m Gary Cohen, and the Mets are coming off a 15-minute road trip to Ft. Lauderdale where they saw Scherzer, Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. Now they return home for two 7-inning doubleheaders vs. Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke, then it’s off to see the Cards and Jack Flaherty.” Luckily, I doubt it happens. I mean, maybe. Right now, everything’s on the table, which is a good sign that baseball will happen. But everyone in Florida and Arizona? I guess it’s not absolutely crackers, but I don’t see why playing there is any better than just playing in empty stadiums in their home cities. Is it more manageable because everyone’s in one place? Travel is not an issue for MLB teams with private jets. Long-term residences in Arizona or Florida is easier? I guess, maybe, but if teams have people come in to those residences to clean the rooms, are the maids tested? Are the Jersey Mike’s employees tested from where Mike Trout ordered his subs? Because you know homeboy loves the roast beef sub and calls himself Jersey Mike. My point is players will be at risk in Florida or Arizona. So, a Grapefruit/Cactus League season is interesting, but doesn’t solve all or really any issues. Though, I do wish I drafted German Marquez in one league with the thought he won’t have one game in Coors. Oh, and Nolan Arenado outside of Coors becomes like a 4th or 5th rounder. Anyway, here’s what else I saw for 2020 fantasy baseball:

Willie Calhoun – Says he’ll be ready for start of season, and has been spending his time riding a stationary bike. Not sure how they made a bicycle of greeting cards. He was moved back up in my 2020 fantasy baseball rankings.

Aaron Hicks – Began a throwing program. Ooh, I’ve been looking for new things to watch. What streaming service is the throwing program on? Aaron Hicks was added into the top 100 outfielders and my top 500.

Aaron Judge – His rib is still in the “healing phase.” His healing phase is longer than The Irishman.

Brendan McKay – Was reassigned to the minor league camp. As was Michael Kopech and Aaron Civale and Zach Plesac and an array of others. It means nothing. Like you and I, MLB teams don’t know when the season will begin. They’re covering their ass. MLB has said if there’s no season this year, players will accrue major league playing time, so, for unstints, if Mookie Betts doesn’t play a game for the Dodgers, because of no season, he will still be a free agent at the end of this season. So, if the season is washed like your hands, then suddenly someone like, say, Michael Kopech will have played a full year on the White Sox, if he wasn’t moved to the minor league camp. It’s irrelevant. If the season starts on July 4th, as I’m assuming, then none of these clubs need a fifth starter immediately, and can then make a move to call up Civale, Plesac, Kopech, or you name it. By the by, I’m not Johnny Patriotic, but how baseball would it be for baseball to start again on July 4th? It’s so baseball, you can’t even handle it.

Gordon Beckham – Released by the Padres. I called him a sleeper in 2012 and he’s been asleep ever since. Another point for Grey.

Mark Reynolds – Announced his retirement. He will always have a special place in my heart for that one super random year in 2009 when he went 44/24/.260 and I seemed to own him in every fantasy league. All brays to Mini Donkey.

Shohei Ohtani – Has been doing some long tossing. Without any toilet paper in my foreseeable future, I too am doing a bit of long tossing.

Zack GodleyTigers released him. Godley prolly now feels silly about getting that Joe Exotic tattoo.

Chris Sale – Already out of his arm cast and hopes to do some rehab work at JetBlue Park. Hopefully he doesn’t have to pay too much for his baggage and wifi. It should really be included.

Jameson Taillon – Began throwing from 120 feet. Wow, he’s taking this social distancing thing serious.

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome report, man! Thank you!

    a. Honestly, there is so little information to report yet you make it like there really is something. Damn, you are the master of puppets, Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate). Thanks so much for making me whole again.

    b. Beckham being released, so sorry for the oh-so-promising prospect! He was highly touted!

    c. RIP Mark Reynolds.

    d. MLB quote of the day July 14, 1977

    ‘The Royals….man. Whew. Great team. Great guys. But boy are those fellas gonna like to party. And you’re gonna wade in pretty deep, young buck.’

    Willie Mays Aikens, (haha you thought it was a Willie Mays quote!), first player to hit 2 homeruns in 2 world series games in the same series (1980) (since repeated by Chase Utley in 2009). Don’t know who he was referring to as the ‘young buck’ in the quote. Anyone know?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Think that Willie Mays Aikens quote is from his book. He is talking to himself from the future saying walk away from the cocaine.

      • baby seal says:
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        Never!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, thank you!

      A. Haha, No problem

      B. I know, hopefully he catches on somewhere — like a Papa John’s maybe

      C. Sad Mark Trumbone

      D. Awesome!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      “Young buck” is like saying my dude

  2. Wake Up says:
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    All brays to mini Donkey!!!

    All mini teeth to fluoride and vegetables!!!

    All donkey teeth to carrots!!!

    All Dunns to Joeys !!!

    All Vottos to Gallos!!!

    All Johnnys to cash!!!

    All cash to bitcoin!!!

    All coins to long distance pay phones!!!

    All numbers containing nines to touchscreen only!!!

    All Winn’s to Randy!!!

    All Randy’s to Johnson!!!

    All Johnson’s to full staff !!!

    All staffs to Flagstaff !!!

    Every one to Arizona!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mini teeth without fluoride are like Donkey Teeth without Chris Sale

      • You can lead a donkey to water but you can’t make…it…kick…like a giraffe ?

        All hail Ian Stewart!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ian Stewart, Mark Reynolds, who’s out next? Dare I say, Paul Goldschmidt?

          • Wake Up says:
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            Au snap!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  3. moleman says:
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    FYI: If you go to Rankings > 2020 Rankings > ‘Top 100 Prospects for 2021’ the link sends you to a top prospects for 2019 page. Not sure where to post general comments so doing it in the most recent article

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Thanks for the heads up moleman, it’s fixed now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, moleman

  4. The Great Knoche says:
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    Just so you know, Pete Alonso is now on Cameo. For $200 you could have him record how amazing he will be once baseball gets going, and that facing those great pitchers in his potential Grapefruit conference means nothing. It would be great to show on the site. Or you could just have him record sweet nothings into your ear. Your call.

    • NUX says:
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      Hahaha!

      Grey please change the link to “Buy Grey a Boba OR 7 mins in Heaven with Pete”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HAHAHA — if I had any photoshop skills, I would

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          reporting for duty

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Also pointed out that Rajai F***ing Davis, SAGNOF king is on there too… I smell a promo vid

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Okay, I gotta Zoom with Alonso and Rajai

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Have them do a video of Pete interviewing Rajai about the Game 7 HR off Chapman, and Rajai asking questions of Pete about his 1 stolen base last year.

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            I like where your head is at

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’ll be the only one to get cut off and refunded

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t tempt me to waste $200, man…Don’t do it!

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        If you do it for Razzball, its a business expense!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s what I say about everything!

  5. Earl says:
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    Wondering what you thought of this team in 5×5 12 team roto (yes I know I took Degrom at end of 1st round and violated one of the 3 main Razz rules of thou shalt not draft a starter early):

    C – Omar Narvarez and Danny Jansen
    1b – Freddie Freeman
    2b – Keston Hiura
    3b – Josh Donaldson
    ss – Jonthan Villar
    ci – Christian Walker
    mi – Kolten Wong
    of – Eloy Jimenez, Stanton, Mercado, Willie Calhoun, Asavail Garcia
    util – Ryan McMahon
    bench hitters – Austin Hays, Trent Grisham, Yandy Diaz

    Starters – Degrom, Paddack, Sonny Gray, Lance McCullers, Carlos Martinez, Folty
    closers – Osuna, Robles, LeClerc
    bench pitchers – Alex Wood, Houser, Hunter Harvey, Corey Knebel

    Thanks for thoughts!
    Keep on, keeping on!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Grey’s going to disown you for taking deGrom!

      Offense looks a little light on speed even with Villar, but other than that it looks good to me.

      • Earl says:
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        Thanks Donkey.

        yeah in retrospect, I see that my pitching would have been fine without DeGrom and to have taken a good bat at with the 10th pick in round 1 would have been way to go.

        Guess I decided to try something little different with this draft.

        Suppose I get to join the Grey’s orphans, lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why would you take deGrom? You see that your offense is weaker than it needs to be because of it, right?

      • Earl says:
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        like I said, I do realize that yes sir!

        Think I was trying our Rudy’s early approach/advice where I think he said it might not have been bad to take Degrom if u had later round pick.

        Anyway, live and learn (hopefully).

        Think hitting did not turn out horrible but perhaps could have been tad better with hitter instead of Degrom yes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, gotcha…Yeah, the team isn’t bad as Donkey said…Maybe might on speed, I’d worry a little about power too, but it’s all good, not horrible

        • baby seal says:
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          Don’t listen to these clowns — this team is great!

          Haha, jk, but do like the team. Really solid pitching. Is there trading? You could end up trading DeGrom.

          You want to upgrade MI, IMO. Really not a Wong fan. Prefer Dongs.

          • baby seal says:
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            Alternatively, maybe you need Wong. McMahon is kind of useless on this squad, it seems. Could package him w/ DeGrom?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Dongs over Wongs, always

  6. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    I would not worry about the maids…………….The unspoken risk is ball players away from home are going still bang the babes virus or no virus………..

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Those 2 risks might be one in the same ;-)… especially if the maids go from suck to blow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Banging virus babes is another pitfall

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        i guess if they avoid missionary position they wont get breath in their face

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  7. Crazy J says:
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    The Gordon Beckham blurb is hilarious.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  8. J-Hova says:
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    Great write up Grey! With you on the FL / AZ thing. As much as I want baseball the thought of no NL or AL and all games in FL & AZ doesnt really appeal to me. My hope is, games in empty stadiums late June/July and start letting people in stadiums by August. Looking at the news, this is a pipe dream but things can hopefully change quickly. Was a tad surprised to not see a reference to the RZA / DJ Premier battle today! Did you watch at all? What new music have you been listening to?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t watch any battle, I didn’t even know about it, can you direct me to said battle?

      • J-Hova says:
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        https://youtu.be/mcM3MKN92O0

        Sat night, it went on for a while, I didnt watch the whole thing but RZA vs Preemo went back and forth

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Welp, looks like I know what I’m listening to for the next two hours

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HAHA, DJ Premier is total dad energy trying to figure out how to hear someone

            • J-Hova says:
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              Hahah – I thought the same – won’t spoil what they play for you but it’s a cool nostalgic trip. Both leave allot out that I would have included. RZAs inability to figure out technical issues was funny

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                It’s partially awesome, and partially hilarious…Thanks for sharing!

                • J-hova says:
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                  Of course, glad you enjoyed it!

  9. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    For having the last name Sale, he sure overlooked the great deal going on at Southwest right now… and bags always fly free!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Donkey Teeth bought two round trip tixs on Sale

      • baby seal says:
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        Hahaha, relentless!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And I have no dog in the fight!

  10. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    BTW the Chipotle Chicken Philly at Mike’s is my jam.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mike’s is actually decent for fast food, I’d rowdy-bowdy up a roast beef

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      For me The best sandwich in philly is Nicks Roast Beef 20th and Jackson.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, but we’re not in Philly, Lenny

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          At least I’m not, maybe Coolwhip is

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          … i thought jersey mikes was just was just regional did not know they were everywhere………………..anyway just throwing it out there if in town mike’s is worth it……..

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Oh, yeah, they’re all over Los Angeles

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            LOL yeah its a national chain these days

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Im a Big Kahuna Chicken Cheesesteak guy myself.

      • Coolwhip

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        that is solid as well

  11. The Fighting Chicken says:
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    Hey Grey, would love to get your thoughts on my team. As someone who thinks even a 100 game season might be unrealistic, I tried to emphasize offense, per inning upside, and my bullpen. My thinking is that guaranteed saves will be tougher to come by and that streaming will be the way to go with starters as they may only be as good as their next few matchups in an abbreviated season.

    C – Alfaro
    1B – Albombso
    2B – Newman
    3B – Chapman
    SS – Lindor
    CI – Olson
    MI – Amed Rosario
    OF – Eloy
    OF – Judge
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Robles
    OF – Schwarber
    Util – Andujar

    Bench: Hays, Akiyama

    P – Clevinger
    P – Maeda
    P – Stroman
    P – Cueto
    P – Hendricks
    P – Colome
    P – Gallegos
    P – Edwin Diaz
    P – Betances

    Bench: Pearson

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • The Fighting Chicken says:
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        12 team RCL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, nice! I like the pitching a lot, plenty of arms…Your hitting looks solid too, maybe a bit light on speed, but you are stacked, like the team!

  12. KrazyIvan says:
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    “Yankees lose their starting OF again as a piece of the Ross ice shelf broke off in the 5th inning. Hopes are that they will return to the team once the sea ice freezes over again”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, if any team could lose a starting OF during a quarantine it is the Yanks

  13. baby seal says:
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    HERE I AM WITH THE UPDATE, AS PROMISED! Caution: Wall of text incoming.

    Posted this yesterday, but it was Easter, which I know is really important for you, so it’s OK you didn’t see it…

    Apologies for the long one. Promise yesterday’s comment was actually short! But you didn’t read it (or reply at least), so now you pay.

    #TeamSoFar

    C: Kelly ($5)
    C:
    1B: Bell ($10!)
    2B: Hiura ($18)
    3B: Donaldson ($13)
    SS: Seager ($7)
    MI: McNeil ($12)
    MI: Edman ($7) — Donk, somewhat unexpectedly, didn’t put up a fight
    CI: Turner ($10)
    CI: Sano ($8!)
    OF: JD ($28)
    OF: Springer ($20)
    OF: Laureano ($14)
    OF: Mercado ($9)
    OF: Avisail ($2)
    OF: Happ ($2)
    OF:
    U: Cron ($6)
    U:
    P: Morton ($18)
    P: Montas ($13)
    P: Price ($8!)
    P: Lamet ($8!)
    P: Giles ($8)
    P: Kela ($4)
    P: McCullers ($4)
    P: Odorizzi ($4)
    P:
    P:
    P:
    P:
    P:

    [Editor’s note: recall this is 5×5 Roto]

    Initially, I wrote, “DO NOT WORRY ABOUT PITCHING YET — I am mid-bid – $4 each for Kela, Odorizzi, and McCullers”

    As you can see, I was right not to worry!

    Then I wrote, “Wanted Robles for $5, but people are going ham sauce for saves right now. (Draft & Hold; [no bench or WW])”

    This remains true! I was just winning Gallegos(!) for $4, and then got bumped. Don’t own him anywhere yet and got really excited that might happen. Auction is a good format for that sort of thing. Anyways….

    I just nominated Will Smith to replace him. Thots? Also don’t own him anywhere yet.

    Then I wrote, “I had Reynolds for $6, and a max bid of $8, but some psycho who has like 9 players and literally no money left (after this), went to $9 on him…. good luck w/ that buddy. For perspective, Kepler and Escobar are about to go for $7. It’s a relative overpay, even though I have him as a $12 player…”

    Not much to add there. BUT, continue along, sir. Losing out on him turns out to be a blessing in disguise. [Oh, foreshadowing, now are we? Said Yoda, somewhere]

    And then finally, I wrote, “Anyways! What do you think of the squad? Got some wiggle room still. Where am I weak? Have some ideas and targets in mind.”

    Getting Garcia for $2, when I was willing to pay $5-6, was a HUGE surprise. Currently bidding on Alfaro for the second catcher spot. Had my choice of noms since I still have a mini hammer, but not *the hammer* tm in the room. Thought about Molina but going w/ your boy there (who I always liked, and now the injury should be fine by the time we start in June 2021, right?). Might be able to sneak him for $2.

    Shogo was a guy I was considering for $3, but someone just beat me to the punch. That’s fine. (And plenty of time to go $4 if I want or u think a good idea, but going fishing below first)

    For $3, can probably land Braun, Hays, Domingo, Pederson?, Renfroe (yuck), Nimmo, Pollock, Kole, Gardner, Grichuk, Cesar (can move McNeil to OF if there’s a decent MI avail; have second U open still), Teoscar, Renato, Bader, Adames, Profar, Winker, Long, Urias, Thames, Kendrick, Myers, Smoak… Well, that was overkill. Classic seal! Obviously, not everyone there needs to be a $3 guy.

    Bruan just went and I have the $3 there for now. Still have room for another $2-3 on the U spot. (Not the G-spot, you filthy bastard!)

    ACTUALLY IMPORTANT QUESTION:

    Think Pederson might be the call for the other spot? IDK, lmk if u think my speed is OK. Otherwise, thinking Hays. Pederson just got nominated, so need to make a quick call here.

    IMPORTANT QUESTION OVER

    Also, wouldn’t mind saving another $1-3 here to move into pitching. Would be sweet! Think the 70/30 split worked out well and I really kept to it.

    Could write so much more here! Like how I keep ending up w/ Bell in these auctions, even though I don’t particularly <3 him, but if he was sitting there around pick ~160 (easily a $10 value, I think?), you’d take him too, right?? Essentially paying like 30% off each time. I guess no one wants him in these leagues. Also, first time I’m not getting Freeman, for obvious reasons.

    Things keep developing (obviously), as I write this and attempt to do “real work,” lol. NOT. Made the executive (and not necessarily planned) decision to go $3 on Melancon just now. That should lock up the Braves Saves—one way or another (*hopefully*). Really don’t need another psycho trying to bump me!

    Pitching is pretty straightforward from here. Could get into that but will need another 5k words down below (which I invariably couldn't help myself from doing). Let me know high-level thoughts if you have any good ones!

    In more developing news, tried to get Urquidy for $3 but got bumped. Oh well.

    So now moving to Weaver, who I’ve been kind of iffy on, but is another guy who I feel a little more confident on in a shortened season. Don’t own anywhere yet. Just reread your blurb, which gave me the confidence!

    Unrelated question: might go for a $1 “talented setup guy,” which would give me 5 RP and 8 SP. That works, right? Or just get 9 SP, which *I think* was the original plan? Will very much depend on $ and if I can afford two more nice $2-3 SP. Don’t want some garbage $1 dude.

    SealOut!

    PS. Will start a new thread to reply to your post above. Great one today!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t mind what you’ve done with the pitching so far, but if that’s your pitching, why don’t you have a 1st or 2nd rounder on hitting? Bell is a good price, but he’s still Bell — Seager is so bleh, Donaldson is fine, but he’s Donaldson, Hiura’s fun, I like that pick a lot…JD is your top bat? I mean, okay, but $10 more than Hiura? Hmm… $1 setup guys work for me, if that’s how much you have to spend

      • baby seal says:
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        What do you think about Pederson or Hays for U? Will respond to the other in a sec

        • baby seal says:
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          Bah, Donk beat me to Pederson. I am an idiot!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha, damn, Donks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          On that team, Hays

          • baby seal says:
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            That was the original plan — it all works out!!

      • baby seal says:
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        JD is a second rounder, no? Could’ve went Devers instead, or in addition, for a similar price (and almost did).

        I purposely chose to go quality across the board than Stars and Scrubs. Recall it’s 13 teams, 32 spots per team, no bench or waivers. You have to roll w/ everyone you got and you get ALL their stats, the entire year, no matter how good or bad.

        I also kind of hate Stars & Scrubs, especially w/o a WW, when I did that last time.

        I could post some of the other teams to give you an idea. Outside of a couple that had a similar enough approach to mine, the teams who WAY overpaid for the top-20 guys, are hoping to fill their roster w/ the least bad garbage.

        Let’s look at our favorite punching bag, DT (I’m joking, bro!). Would you rather have Bellinger ($50), Galvis ($2), ADAM Frazier ($2), for $54; or Bell, Hiura, Seager for $34? I’d compare our 3B or MI, but he doesn’t have any. And we’re around pick ~200-250.

        Or we can look at it like this, he has Vogelback (lol) for $2 at CI (and no one else yet). Would you rather that plus the above, or what I have plus Sano and Turner for a similar price overall? I honestly don’t know how he’s going to compete w/ me in counting stats. *shrug* Maybe I’m off base here? But seems logical to me.

        He’s got some good players to be fair. Mookie ($37), Robert ($16), Yordan ($19), Eddie Rosario ($9), Brantley ($8), Puig ($3), Heyward ($1), and obviously Ohtani ($5; U only)… with a handful of spots still to fill.

        Here’s his pitching:

        Degrom ($35)
        Hader ($16)
        Carrasco ($8)
        Paxton ($8)
        James ($4)
        Anderson ($5)
        Tanaka ($3)

        Just using DT since we all know and love him. He’s a good comp on someone who took the opposite approach. Guess we can compare squads once his is complete!

        • Grey

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          Meh, I guess JD is a 2nd rounder, but he’s below Devers in my mind….Yeah, you have quality over Stars and Scrubs, and without a WW (which I didn’t know) that makes a lot more sense… Now I get it, Bellinger for $50 is crazy…I like what you’re doing better now that I know that…Did I know there was no waivers? Maybe I skipped over that by accident….Betts at $37 over JD and one of your lesser guys is prolly better tho…I honestly like your team better knowing no WW

          • baby seal says:
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            Haha, maybe you skipped over that because I literally wrote 900 words (according to Word) … whoops!

            I did tell u before too, but wtv, just happy to have your opinion. Figured there might’ve been a disconnect there. Simpatico again, baby!

            LET’S GO!!!

            I’m down on Mookie relative to the field (more so w/ Rudy here, but not as far off), but I know what u mean.

            It’s funny, because maybe the one thing I would’ve changed was Meadows for $20 instead of JD, and just spread those extra $8 around even more, haha.

            I really loved this auction. Hope we do another Roto one. So much better than that other garbage. I have a pretty interesting strategy in mind if we do….. not sure if I want to do it yet, though.

            It really does matter a lot how someone views players. Like what you said about JD. Really like him at that price. My only share, since it’s an auction. Wouldn’t touch him in a snake, because I want a speed combo there.

            You scoffed a bit at my pitching, but for me, Morton is a top-10 SP, Lamet and Montas are in a massive tie for around ~20th, give or take, and Price maybe right behind or tied w/ them? IDK, haven’t *officially* updated my ranks yet, post Corona. Just all in my head, and in various forms of Excel conditional formatting, haha.

            Last Q, where am I weakest?

            • Grey

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              My reading comprehension is usually much better…My apologies, Baby Seal!

              I like Mookie, but that is the only price that makes sense from what you listed, so many people appear down on him…. Meadows for $20 sounds like a steal — I like Morton — love Lamet and Montas and Odorizzi, but don’t love Price — your biggest weakness is AVG, isn’t it? You need McNeil to lift a lot of that…Might be low on RBIs too, depends on Sano and JD there — not a bad team, by the way, I’m quibbling

    • Coolwhip

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      Holy Wall O Text Batman!

      • baby seal says:
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        hehehehe, no ragrets

  14. baby seal says:
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    Quick comment here for Coolwhip. I know you’re out there!

    Have you seen NFBC ADP recently? Franmil is up to like 112. Value QUICKLY eroding. Schwarbs all the way, baby!

    I told Grey, like 5 years ago, part of the reason for Schwarbs is bc I noticed Fran was getting reached on in all my drafts. Easier to plan for him. Now Fran is completely of my radar. Not paying that price. No way, Jose!

    • Grey

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      Wow, such a Franmil hater

      • baby seal says:
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        YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

        • Grey

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          What if, contrarian to popular opinion, can handle the truth?

          • baby seal says:
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            hahahaha

    • Coolwhip

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      LOL Who do you think is responsible for that???? Though as long as he’s after 100, i still like the value… like I said before, any modest improvement and his production will jump.

      • baby seal says:
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        YOUUUUUUU, Soluja Boy!

        Obviously messing around a bit here. I know your argument and it still makes sense.

        BUT! What if I told you Soler was going around ~96, does that change anything?

        • Coolwhip

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          LOL if i could gaurantee i could get soler that cheap, i’d avoid drafting OFs until then (filling out infield first) and go Soler, Franmil back to back

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            Sorry, I lied. He’s actually going at 100 in OCs over the last 10 days.

            FWIW, Coolwhip & G, NFBC just sent out an email saying the last chance to do an OC is by Wed. of this week before they shut it down.

            I was waiting to do mine as close to the start of the season as possible. I guess here we are — how did we end up here, again? Anyways!

            I’m in tomorrow night’s 9:30pm EST draft. LFG!!!

            • 183414 says:
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              Alexander Rinaldi. Maybe I’ll hop in tomorrow. What the hell.

              • baby seal says:
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                Haha, that would be fun!

  15. 183414 says:
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    Been trying to map out my final NFBC 12 teaser this week. Have the 6 slot and in the past I’d be excited to have a shot at Cole. Decided to flip my usual strategy and go another way and go Lindor/ Devers/ Ketel or Albies/ Olson, if possible.Filter my s.p.’s and r.p.’s through 20 th round. I know about best laid plans, but humor me.
    The biggest problem I see with my team is a lack of s.b’s, particularly if Albies is gone, which I anticipate he will.i think he can easily double up Ketel in s.b.’s.
    Thus, by original plan to draft Franmil for the very 1st time seems unwise. Mercado becomes a much better option. Looking at your projections/rankings, I think Mercado serves my team’s balance better.. I know you were pretty high on Mercado over the winter. Does my thinking make sense to you ?
    Appreciate your thoughts.

    • baby seal says:
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      I agree w/ Mercado there, FWIW. Also agree Albies is most likely gone.

      Another good SB source later is Edman. Reynolds not bad, either.

      You could go SP in the 4th and Robles in the 5th, too. Olson is kind of an unnecessary luxury at that price, IMO.

      Cheers

      • baby seal says:
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        Actually, there is a *chance* you get Albies. Forgot that is 12 teams. That’s right at ADP. But I’d plan otherwise, kind of like what you’re doing here.

        • 183414 says:
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          It’s not like Ketel is some booby prize. Multi position star in the making.

          • baby seal says:
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            Yep, I love him too

      • 183414 says:
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        No chance I pass on Olson, unless he’s gone. 1st Olson helped me win the overall last year and 4 other leagues. Even after the hamate. I’d much prefer to be short on speed than power. Have to pick your poison. Edman would have to slide for him to get on my team. More interested in JD Davis or Dozier than Reynolds. Like multi position and my b.avg. should be fine. You anticipate Newman and Reynolds double stealing. I always start the season light on speed.

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          OC overall?

          Agree and interesting. I like all those guys too. I don’t like Newman, though.

          Think the manager said Reynolds would lead off, and he has the speed to steal 20 if he pushed it. Not sure that he will, but w/ the AVG, it’s a really good optionality play, IMO. I’d much rather gamble on a guy like him than like Buxton, for example.

          Why do you go in light on speed? It’s something I’ve started warming up to more a bit recently. But you do need to get those all-around SB guys early, or trying to make up there is a huge pain, and virtually impossible. I’m assuming power bc it also correlates better to the other stats?

          • 183414 says:
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            Yes. Read my profile in NFBC forums. Grey posted a link awhile back.
            Won my super lg. by 31 points, and 4 top 75 teams.
            Wasn’t a problem last year. There’s always a new found speed source. Last year it was Edman, Newman.
            I wouldn’t discount Buxton. Was killing it last year before his injury.
            Drafting Reynolds for b.avg., not for s.b.’s.
            Much more difficult to make up power and runs scored. IMO.
            Not drafting Edman at his adp. Not unless I was really speed deprived. That’s why I’ll reach for Mercado over Franmil.
            Now considering Trea over Lindor.

            • baby seal says:
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              Cool, man! Thanks

              Is your name 183414 there, I assume?

              I may be overcompensating for last year. I was first in HRs, but 3-6 in steals and AVG in my main league. So I’m going for more well-rounded guys this year.

              I also had some shitty injury luck, and otherwise painful picks, like Peraza killed me.

              I was also heavily focused on DCs to start the year. Need to think harder about OC format now. Appreciate the wisdom.

              I just saw the NFBC email that Wed. of this week is the last day to sign up for the contest. I’m in tomorrow night’s 9:30pm!

              • 183414 says:
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                Andrew Edenbaum. You know, the “ignorant” guy. haha/ No worries, I love my country.

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                  The daily dose of glory.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That makes sense, Mercado, yeah

      • 183414 says:
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        Would you consider Trea over Lindor, as my speed will definitely be light. I never owned Lindor and figure he’ll get me a bunch of s.b.’s as well as some power.

        • Grey

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          I would

          • 183414 says:
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            Thanks Grey . Makes sense, though I wanted to own Lindor on his walk year especially. But Turner/ Mercado would help allay my concerns. Straight up, if Albies was there @30, would you take him over Ketel ?

            • Grey

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              I’d take Ketel

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                Something to be saidd too for *almost knowing* you’re getting Turner and Ketel, unless you get some whack job in there.

                Then seems like power rounds 2+4, so what’s the SP strategy here?

                • Grey

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                  Trea/Alonso/Ketel is my dream first 3 rounds, I think

                  • 183414 says:
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                    Well, I’d be happy with your 22st ranked player. haha
                    Own him on 6 of my 10 teams.
                    Don’t mind Trea/ Devers/Ketel/ Olson, then best s.p. available @54.

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                      Meant 21st ranked player.

                    • Grey

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                      That sounds good to me too

                • 183414 says:
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                  I agree. I try to map out as best as possible, my rounds until I fill a roster minus the 2nd catcher. Always with some b/ up plan. Drafting is very important. So is weekly managing your team. FAAB is a huge factor in winning a league, not to mention an overall.

                  • baby seal says:
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                    Think I found you! https://nfbcforums.shgn.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=22273

                    Congrats, very cool!

                    Since I know who you are now, it’s only fair you can look me up. Can find me on Twitter @Rinaldi224

                    Promise I’m not a bad guy, even though we had our differences that one time!

                    Totally agree on the mapping. Obviously, the farther you go in the draft, the more the “plan” tends to fall apart.

                    Think the one plan I had that was almost perfectly executed was the DC I did this year w/ DT and crew. Really love that team. Had to make up for power as the draft went on though, so def giving this another thought now.

                    Main reason I am doing the OC is to practice my FAAB. See how I stack up.

                    Signed up / paid for access to Vlad’s Fantasy Guru articles too.

                    You mostly just use Grey’s ranks, or what’s your overall player eval strategy?

                    • baby seal says:
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                      Can’t believe I forgot to say, but hope you’re doing well post surgery / cancer.

                    • 183414 says:
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                      As I said above to you, no worries. Life is way too short and I’d fight for people’s right to their opinion.
                      Thanks for asking. I actually had prostate surgery, but not for my cancer, BPH hOLEP laser surgery. Decided to try and fight cancer with diet and exercise. Seems to have been working, as my PSA score went from 5.89 to 1.8. Eating a super healthy diet and power walking every day. For now, I’m feeling good, and will be monitoring my PSA. Bought the book “How Not to Die”, by Dr. Michael Greger. I recommend to everyone. My daughter in law is a nutritionist and she liked the idea that I didn’t rush into surgery or radiation.
                      Hopefully, it stays very low grade, and I can maintain a “normal” PSA score.
                      We.re good, Alexander (my fake hebrew name, sine Andrew was a Saint and not rabbi, haha)

                    • 183414 says:
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                      Yes, definitely more likely to stick close to the plan in the 1st 1/3 of the draft. Just try and keep a balance, and like to have my 6 s.p.’s or even 7 by the 20th-22nd round.

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            Guess that means he would be your preference. Presume.

  16. Fred says:
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    The only SPs I have right now are the following:

    DeGrom
    Bieber
    Paddack
    Turnbull
    Fulmer – IR

    The following are on the WW:

    Disco
    Alex Wood
    Stripling
    Quintana
    Porcello
    Pablo Lopez
    Merrill Kelly
    R Lopez

    With an open spot, what pitcher would be decent to pick up overall?

    • Grey

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      Any of them over Turnbull and Fulmer?

      Prolly go Disco and Pablo

    • baby seal says:
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      Wood, 100%

  17. baby seal says:
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    Almost forgot I was supposed to comment on *this* post!

    Totally agree w/ you on the “at risk” comments in Florida, Arizona, or elsewhere. Don’t see a huge difference from being scattered around the country. Small benefit, maybe.

    Think it can make sense for ST, and maybeeee the first couple weeks of the regular season, as “essential workers,” which baseball players definitely qualify as, get back to work – hopefully in early June.

    This whole Corona situation is so FKed, best not to think about it or read the news too much. Becomes overwhelming.

    Joined a Zoom call w/ my gf and her family yesterday (yes, it sucked, thanks for asking). Towards the end, when I was about to blow my brains out, someone asked, “when everyone thought this would all be over?” LOL, what I said was, there won’t be a black and white date. Will be a gradual thing. And what I said to my dad on the phone (in a much more sane and shorter call yesterday), is that we’ll get to see what happens in Asia and elsewhere since they’re ahead of us. So we don’t need to speculate too much just yet. Finally, what I said to my gf yesterday (I promise these were all the conversations I had), is that – if, at any given time, we can’t see the end in the next 2-3 weeks – then it’s best not to think about when it’s going to end. Just assume perpetuity until there’s some light at the end of the tunnel.

    Moving on from the darkness! Back into the light of fantasy baseball.

    Judge – LOL! So annoyinggggggg. Why can’t the big man stay healthy?? :-(

    Hicksy! Can’t recall if I’ve seen research on this, but feels like position players who return from TJS aren’t the same that first year back. Think some of that has to do w/ rushing back, though.

    Baseball on July 4th – yes, please!

    What do you peg the chances that I get to go to one of my Yanks season tix games? 5% at best?

    Ohtani – hahahaha, toilet paper comment is hilarious.

    Taillon – Fked me last year! UGH! Flipped from taking Clev dog at the last minute too. Those choices are SO brutal when it works out like that.

    Thanks for all that you do, bro!

    • Grey

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      Yeah, I hear ya…Everyone should just remain calm and carry on, until further notice…Optimistic for 4th of July still for baseball, but it’s all on table and up in air

      Speaking of season tix, I can’t believe all teams are treating games like rainouts right now…There’s gonna be some serious class actions coming

      No problem, BS!

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        I almost forgot, the most important thing to mention, did you see TLK is coming out w/ the next season on April 26th (I think; too lazy to google it right now)??

        That was by far the best show rec I’ve gotten in YEARS. Love it!

        Wait, are they really? Spoke to my sales rep on the phone a couple weeks ago. She didn’t really say anything conclusive, but heavily alluded to them essentially giving a credit for next year if we don’t have a season / or fans can’t go to games. Felt like that made sense, and would be fine by me.

        Is that basically what you meant?

        • Grey

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          Nice! About time! I also liked Vikings on Hulu, but not nearly as much

          I heard something like they were treating games for now as rainouts, as in they might be rescheduled and no refunds…I don’t own any tix, so not sure

  18. Pete says:
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    Grey, I drafted Voit but after looking at your rankings and your sleeper article on Christian Walker, should I drop Voit and pick up Walker? He is sitting on waivers in my league. 6×6 with OBP 12 teams

    • Grey

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      I prefer Walker

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