The best 2019 fantasy baseball team is a misnomer.  Thankfully, none of us know what misnomer means.  Sounds to me like someone tentatively wants to date the Travelocity Gnome’s daughter, “Miss Gnome, er, you wanna grab some boba and chill?”  Miss Gnome brushes back her hair and bats her eyelashes that are almost as long as her two-and-half foot body, “I’d love to,” but her voice is high-pitched, which is a turn-off, so you cancel plans with her repeatedly until she gets the hint.  Sorry, Miss Gnome, I like my women’s voices low like their stature.  Any hoo!   So the title is a bit of a superlative.  What was I gonna say, “The Mostly Kinda Good Fantasy Baseball Team?”  You’ll get over your scoffing; I have faith in you.  This is the best 2019 fantasy baseball team that I can put together when drafting from my top 100 for 2019 fantasy baseball and top 500 for 2019 fantasy baseball.  Honestly, I could draft another 25 teams from those lists, and they’d all be different, but equally terrific… Well, one of the twenty-five would only be sorta terrific, but it would be really hard to tell which one that is.  If I took Adalberto Mondesi in the 2nd round, everything after would change.  If I took Javier Baez in the 1st round, everything after would change.  I’ve previously gone over my 2019 fantasy baseball draft prep for the first few rounds and pitchers pairings.  For this exercise, I’m taking Trea Turner first, because, well, people complain I always did this post by taking Mike Trout first, so I’m switching it up, like when you combover right instead of left.  Until pick 100, I’m taking one guy somewhere in every fifteen picks.  It would be nice if I was in a league where someone drafted Scherzer and deGrom in the first two rounds and I was able to take Bryce Harper in the 2nd round (which is very likely), but since Treat Urner and him are in my first 14 picks, according to the rules I’ve set up for myself, I can’t take them both.  Then, as we all know, once you get into the 100s, there’s wide gaps between ADP and where players are actually taken.  People tend to look at team need over value.  So for this exercise, once I get to pick #101, I’m going to pick two players every twenty picks.  Finally, because there is so much latitude in the last 300, I gave myself free reign to fill up my team.  Throughout the draft, I also gave myself the ability to reach to a lower draft pick, but not reach forward.  Or reach around, if you’re feeling frisky.  It should still be my ideal team… Or not.  Let’s see, shall we?  Bee tee dubya, this team is a 12-team, 5×5, one catcher, 5 OFs, MI, CI, 1 UT, 9 P, 3 bench, just like the Razzball Commenter Leagues (go sign up).  Anyway, here’s the best 2019 fantasy baseball team:

C: Jorge Alfaro (22)
1B: Cody Bellinger (3)
2B: Rougned Odor (8)
SS: Trea Turner (1)
3B: Miguel Andujar (6)
MI: Jonathan Villar (7)
CI: Luke Voit (17)
OF: Aaron Judge (2)
OF: Michael Conforto (5)
OF: Harrison Bader (13)
OF: Ramon Laureano (15)
OF: Ian Happ (16)
UTIL: Nick Senzel (19)

P: Walker Buehler (4)
P: Shane Bieber (9)
P: Luis Castillo (10)
P: Sean Doolittle (11)
P: Jose Alvarado (12)
P: Nick Pivetta (14)
P: Matt Shoemaker (18)
P: Ross Stripling (20)
P: Brad Boxberger (21)
Bench: Dellin Betances (23), Diego Castillo (24), Pedro Strop (25)

SO, THIS TEAM IS BETTER THAN GETTING PAID BY THE GUY FROM THE FYRE FESTIVAL WHO PAYS IN ORAL SEX FAVORS, BUT IS THERE ANY CHANCE YOU CAN DRAFT THIS EXACT TEAM?

No.  Sorry, I don’t mean to be short with you.  Here, let me explain it to you with a long-form answer:  Noooooooooooo.  As I said in the opening, this is an exercise to give you an idea of a team I wouldn’t kick out of bed.  With this exercise, I don’t look at ADP, so it’s nice that I think I can draft Walker Buehler at 47th overall, but he’s regularly being drafted prior to that.  On the other hand, I can draft Adalberto Mondesi as late as 75th overall in some leagues, but since we were going off my rankings, I wasn’t able to draft him for this exercise.  So, Grey’s rankings Gwyneth and they taketh away her acting career after the age of 40.  Because I just have to share with you this little tidbit — a tiddiebittie? — my “best” team post last year was insane.  I “drafted” Bellinger, Peraza, Bregman, Baez, Trout, Yelich, Severino, Snell and Corbin.  If you couldn’t win a league last year with that foundation, I honestly couldn’t help you.  Have you tried fantasy fishing?  What this team should show in broad strokes — Did you get aroused when you read broad strokes?  Gross! — this team shows how I build a team.  Names change, but early on I’m looking at infield and outfield, while sprinkling in a pitcher here and there.  I completely wait on relievers, taking one around 115-130 overall, then another between 150-200, then whenever I can after the top 200.  I try to fill Utility with an upside bat in the very late rounds, knowing that I could drop him before the season even starts.  Finally, I just grab a middle reliever or potential closer with the final picks, knowing I can drop them too.  If you think you’re holding the last pick all year, you are milkshaken.  Stupid, delicious typos!

PARDON ME, FANTASY MASTER LOTHARIO, BUT DID YOU FORGET TO DRAFT OUTFIELDERS?

Honestly, truthfully, not-lyingly, I like the upside gambles this year in outfield, as I did last year.  I love middle infielders, think there’s some value where I grabbed corner infielders, but outfielders’ upside that’s where I wanna go, oh I want to take you down too Conforto– Okay, now I’m just singing Kokomo.  I like to lock down a couple outfielders early, then gamble later.  Plus, dropping an outfielder in the first few weeks after a draft goes hand-in-hand like toilet paper and poops.  Just the nature of the beast, or the beast’s nature, if you will.  Would I love to strike it rich on an outfielder?  Or three?  That’s the plan, Mr. Man.  Am I super confident in Laureano, Bader and Happ?  Well, I did write a Ramon Laureano sleeper, Harrison Bader sleeper, and told you I love Ian Happ in my top 20 3rd basemen, but they are gambles (unrelated to Rudy).

GREY, YOUR MUSTACHE IS YOGA PANTS ON THAT HOT MOM PICKING UP MY FRIEND FROM DETENTION, BUT WHAT GIVES WITH THE BENCH? NO BENCH BATS?

First off, welcome to the site.  Get comfortable.  That doesn’t mean put your feet on the furniture.  What’s wrong with you?  Why I’m saying welcome is I’ve been saying for years I don’t draft bench bats.  If you didn’t know that, you’re new.  It’s okay.  We were all new once.  Shoot, I love that new person smell.  Don’t draft bench bats in 12 team and shallower leagues.  They’re useless.  You’re not going to hold them for longer than a few days after your draft.  Now, if you draft a few middle relievers with your last few picks, maybe — just maybe — you’ll luck into a closer getting injured during the preseason, and, if that doesn’t work out, then you can drop the middle relievers without any hesitance.  It’s more of a hindrance to have someone like, say, Kendrys Morales on your bench because, then this happens, “It looks like Will Smith might be hurt, who should I grab in the Giants’ bullpen for saves?  Hmm…Actually, who should I drop?  Should I drop Kendrys?  He’s a solid counting stats guy who I could work into a rotation of utility bats– Forget it, it’s too late, someone else grabbed Mark Melancon.”  And then Melancon goes on to save 40 games and win the Rollie Rolaids award.  Oh, and in deeper leagues, bench bats are okay (within reason).  This does not mean I wouldn’t own a bench bat all year, just no reason to draft one.

CAN I TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR TEAM AND SEND IT TO MYSELF OVER ELECTRONIC MAIL AND PUT A RED FLAG ON THE EMAIL INDICATING IMPORTANT?

Yes, be my guest.  The only thing is you don’t want to get too caught up in trying to replicate my draft because if someone else takes a guy you want, you’re gonna start scrambling and then sweating and then sharting your sweatpants.  Just build the best team you can and use my example as a guide.  For s’s and g’s, go to my top 500 and put your best fantasy baseball team into the comments below.

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great best fantasy baseball team report.

    a. I like the team a lot, but as you say hopefully things will go well. Then if they don’t you need to abandon ship on some choices sooner than later and find the best off the waiver wire. I like the flyer on Diego Castillo he could be great for K/9.

    b. The best John Lennon quote of the day for February 18

    By then we were really starting to hate it, the photo session. It was a big ordeal and you had to act and look normal even though you didn’t feel it.

    c. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote of the day for February 18

    1. In stock market news this week, April’s three biggest losers were CanTab Pharmaceuticals, Champion Enterprises and Crap Co. (which manufactures crap).

    2. In music news, The Black Crows have announced that they will donate profits from a recent concert to victims of the Oklahoma City’s bombing. Then the band will smoke a huge amount of pot!

    3. Well New Yorkers were asked in a recent survey what they thought of the new slicked back hairdo Princess Diana displayed on a recent trip to the city. 38% of New Yorkers approved, 45% disapproved and 17% said…You stopped me for this! Now, I’m going to shoot you.

    4. Due to expected cutbacks in funding for PBS, the frugal gourmet announced that he’s changing his name to the cheap bastard.

    5. It is now believed that in the months before the Oklahoma bombing, suspect Timothy McVeigh may have sold drugs. Boy is he trouble now!

    d. Thanks so much for the tip on telling me to watch Cold War! We watched it yesterday. It’s gripping, compelling and sad but mostly right up our alley. No need for explanations at the end of the movie as is usual with Polish films.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Thanks! B. Hunh C. 5. Ha D. Yeah, it was great, one of the best of last year, tho wasn’t a great year

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. The quote is in reference to them hating to do all the media-related activities like being forced into photo sessions. They hated it. As they started to have their own lives outside of the music they started to grow apart. The fans wanted them to continue producing songs like they did in their first album and it pissed them off. There were many things that helped break up the most successful band of all time.

        b. Got a few lined up. Green Book is first in line. Any other must see films of ’18 or ’19?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Were they the most successful band of all time? Or the most accessible for widest range of people?

          B. Hmm… I liked Roma, Eighth Grade, A Quiet Place, Hereditary, First Man, Three Identical Strangers

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!!

            We started watching Roma. She says ‘Is it in black and white?’ I just bugged my eyes out and then found like the best Liam Neeson movie she hadn’t seen. It’s tough, man.

            They were the best pop band. Who was the best band? Personally I like The Band, Simon and Garfunkel and even The Rolling Stones before The Beatles. A lot of bands out there. Hard to say who is the best.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              Boo Mrs Galic! Yeah, it’s B&W, but it’s good

              I like Stones better than the Beatles, but best? I don’t know, impossible to say, personal preferences play in

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                So, true. Some times I feel like listening to Alice in Chains, some times The Beastie Boys.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Never The Beatles

                  • Ante Galic says:
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                    @Grey: Grey!

                    Some times, it’s mostly their later stuff. I like the White Album. We had 1 (!!!) radio station growing up (i was born in ’67) and 1 (!!) tv station. So there wasn’t a lot of choice around. My first albums I listened to were (after kids stuff) my father’s records from Germany (this song….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTqVW4xgxzM) then the albums we bought as part of a promotion at Safeway to be classical music albums for 0.01$ (!!!) for the first album and every other would cost 0.99$. So my father would buy the first of each series, like Beethoven’s 6th symphony, then Schubert’s no.9 (the Unfinished, always leaves me hanging to this day!). The first thing I borrowed at 12 years old from the library was Van Halen I. That’s the truth.

                    Cheers,
                    Ante

                    • Grey

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                      I’ve never once been like, “I need to listen to The Beatles.” Ever

  2. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    Hey Grey, I see you have Luis Castillo on your hypothetical team. We haven’t really read you write words about him. What kind of beeping is your Castillometer doing this preseason?

    • Fanciful Basesball says:
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      @Fanciful Basesball: Woops, my bad. I see him in your top 40 post, not. It didn’t show up in the recent posts on his page. Pay no mind to the above dumb-question.

    • Fanciful Basesball says:
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      @Fanciful Basesball: I’m dumb and bad at things. Nothing to see here, folks!

  3. Wally Pipp says:
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    Buehler, beiber, castillo, pivetta, shoemaker, and stripling. And you stated its unlikely you get buehler because he goes earlier than you took him here. Thats a questionable rotation for sure.

    • Wally Pipp says:
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      @Wally Pipp:

      Shoemaker has only thrown 108 innings total over the last 2 seasons while dealing forearm issues, plus hes 32 and just moved into the toughest division for pitchers, al east.

      And “Manager Dave Roberts indicated Wednesday that the Dodgers won’t hold an open competition for any rotation spots in spring training, meaning Stripling will likely open the 2019 campaign in the bullpen, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu were already assured starting gigs entering camp, and Roberts’ declaration that Kenta Maeda would also begin the season as a starter leaves no spots left up for grabs.” from cbs sports.

      Forget questionable, that rotation is simply not enough.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Wally Pipp: How very Pipp of you. Here is what it was last year….

        Severino (4) -earned value
        Castillo (7) – One year early
        Gausman (11) – One year too many
        Snell (15) – That turned out OK I guess…
        Corbin (16) – This too.
        Reyes (20) – Flyer that would have been dropped before season started

        This would have gotten middle of the road marks at least. Pitching is deep and you can always stream. I’d rather spend on the bats.

        • knucks says:
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          @The Great Knoche: Pipp gonna Pipp.

          I don’t know who appointed this guy as the resident Razz ombudsman. I didn’t vote for heem.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wally Pipp: Questionable to get, but solid if you can pull it off

      • cg says:
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        @Grey: This is literally all my rotations. Sometimes I start with a Snell or Bauer if I can get them in the 3rd or 4th (not sure why it keeps happening), but after that basically all my rotations are the same with some combination of:

        Castillo, Bieber, Glasnow, Pivetta, Heaney, Ryu, Hamels (who is slipping a lot) and am quite comfortable with it. Also take some upside gambles on guys who might turn into Hader or finally breakout as starters with Reyes/Urias. Every single season a pitcher from 40-100 ends up with a top 5-10 season, and if you hit two of them you win your league and compete in overall. That has always been my strategy, at least.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, those are solid staffs, just follow my rankings and you’ll be in 1st in Sept…

  4. Ciwa says:
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    Hi Grey! In a keeper league i can keep 4 bats from the first group and 3 from the second. Also 2 pitchers from the first and 1 from the second. Which ones would you choose?

    Giancarlo Stanton NYY – OF
    Trevor Story Col – MI
    Cody Bellinger LAD – CI,OF
    Charlie Blackmon Col – OF
    Whit Merrifield KC – CI,MI,OF
    Adalberto Mondesi KC – MI

    Max Muncy LAD – CI,MI
    Gary Sánchez NYY – C
    Aaron Hicks NYY – OF
    Mike Moustakas Mil – CI
    Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Tor – CI
    David Dahl Col – OF
    Luke Voit NYY – CI

    Corey Kluber Cle – SP
    Walker Buehler LAD – SP
    Stephen Strasburg Was – SP

    Roberto Osuna Hou – RP
    Sean Doolittle Was – RP
    Lance McCullers Jr. Hou – SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ciwa: Giancarlo Stanton NYY – OF
      Trevor Story Col – MI
      Cody Bellinger LAD – CI,OF
      Mondesi
      Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Tor – CI
      David Dahl Col – OF
      Gary Sanchez
      Corey Kluber Cle – SP
      Walker Buehler LAD – SP
      Roberto Osuna Hou – RP

  5. Packers says:
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    I’ll play along. I didn’t look ahead, just went with the format. I think I’m fine with the bats, but not liking Smith and Rosario’s lack of power. With Betts, Goldy, Rendon, Smith, Dickerson should be fine with BA. Hard to catch up if you fall behind in AVG.

    C. Alfaro 21
    1B Goldy 2
    2B Villar 7
    SS Rosario 12
    3B Rendon 3
    MI DeJong 14
    CI Shaw 5
    OF Betts 1
    Of JUP 6
    OF Laureeno 15
    OF M. Smith 16
    OF Dickerson 17
    UTL. Grichuk 20

    P Buehler 4
    P ERod 8
    P Glasnow 9
    P W. Davis 10
    P Yates 11
    P Hamels 13
    P Skaggs 18
    P Maeda 19
    P H. Strickland 22

    B Shoemaker 23, Gibson. 24, F. Peralta 25

    With 12 team league I figure a stream or two on pitchers. I like to have a choice of 6 OF, because of needing 5 for sure, hence Grichuk.
    Not a lot of upside guys. Good floor guys though.
    Thoughts welcomed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Packers: I like your pitching a bit better for safety, but I don’t love your hitting, feels a bit light on power, this throws me off a little:

      OF Laureeno 15
      OF M. Smith 16
      OF Dickerson 17

      I like 2 of the 3, but might only get 25 HRs between 3 guys

      • Packers says:
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        @Grey: Right, I noticed that while I was picking guys. I was thinking that’s not how it would probably go. Good exercise any way you cut it. I’ve done a couple more, using NFBC ADP’s. they all come out different.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, totally

  6. Ciwa says:
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    Hi grey! In a 12 team keeper league I have to keep 4 bats from the first group and 3 from the second. Nearly the same for the pitchers: 2 from the firs and 1 from the second. Which ones would you choose?

    Giancarlo Stanton NYY – OF
    Trevor Story Col – MI
    Cody Bellinger LAD – CI,OF
    Charlie Blackmon Col – OF
    Whit Merrifield KC – CI,MI,OF
    Adalberto Mondesi KC – MI

    Max Muncy LAD – CI,MI
    Gary Sánchez NYY – C
    Aaron Hicks NYY – OF
    Mike Moustakas Mil – CI
    Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Tor – CI
    David Dahl Col – OF
    Luke Voit NYY – CI

    Corey Kluber Cle – SP
    Walker Buehler LAD – SP
    Stephen Strasburg Was – SP

    Roberto Osuna Hou – RP
    Sean Doolittle Was – RP
    Mike Minor Tex – SP
    Lance McCullers Jr. Hou – SP

    Thabks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ciwa: Answered above

  7. Rich says:
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    I’m shocked you took Judge over Stanton!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rich: I bet you could figure out why

      • Rich says:
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        @Grey: If they were both avail who would you pick?

  8. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Trade offer. Which side, please.
    Corbin 2yrs $5 for Whitley 2 yrs $5 and Pivetta 2yrs $5

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Sweatpants Nation: I’d want Corbin unless you are throwing in the towel for this year already. No guarantee Forrest sees the field this year.

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        @The Great Knoche: yeah. Not throwing in the towel. I’ve got other good keepers and money. Really like Whitley for next year. Not sure the guy will take it but he likes my two

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        @Grey: thanks gentlemen. Had a feeling it would go this way. Appreciate the input.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  9. The Great Knoche says:
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    First Draft still shaping up good. Missed a couple guys I wanted by a few picks so ended up grabbing Peraza, which may have been some speed overkill, but he’s not completely devoid of power so should be ok.

    2B Murphy – Will end up moving to 1B in season (6)
    SS Turner (1)
    SS Peraza (8)
    OF Soto (3)
    OF Dahl (7)
    OF Jimenez (9)
    OF Stanton (2)

    P BUehler (4)
    P Corbin (5)
    P Leclerc (10)

    • knucks says:
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      @The Great Knoche: I ended up with TShaw as my 2B in both draft and hold leagues I did so far. Hope he doesn’t lose a ton of playing time.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @knucks: It’s funny he was one of the guys I missed out on yesterday right before I took Peraza. I think he loses some ABs, but more likely Shaw becomes regular 2B and Perez floats around the infield giving days off to all of them. I would bet he loses one game a week.

        • knucks says:
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          @The Great Knoche: Yea that sounds about right, Knoche

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, Odor is still there with 3 picks to me. Thinking about grabbing him and then about 4 pitchers in a row.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That could work, but you need a #3

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: went with Castillo. Odor, Cano both still out there along with Chapman to fill my offensive holes.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Works for me, nice!

  10. Zain Mirza says:
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    HI man,

    thanks for doing all the work so we don’t have to. I kid. But seriously though.

    For reasons that I don’t really want to explain, I gave up watching baseball midway through the season so alot of my analysis is based on what I read from you, and also through split stats.

    I took over a team in a keeper league, I get to keep a maximum of 8 keepers but they will cost you your first 8 picks, this is an 11 team standard 5×5 roto, my team finished 3rd to last (or 9th). This means I get the 3rd pick each round. So basically IF everyone keeps 8 guys, I will get the 3rd overall pick after keepers are kept. THere is no minimum amount of keepers

    I intend to keep Benintendi, Turner, Ozuna, Andujar, Dahl, Bauer, Hand. But I also have on my team David Price, Rosario, Matt Olson, and Travis Shaw. Do I need to keep any of these guys?

    I was also offered Carlos Carrasco for my 9th round pick – do I accept this trade?

    • Bill Lumbergh says:
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      @Zain Mirza: Keep Shaw instead of Hand.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zain Mirza: No problem! Take Carrasco, agree Shaw over Hand

  11. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    Feels great to be back. Used the Daytona 500 yesterday to determine my leagues draft order and I ended up with 3rd. Was hoping for a later 1st so I could snag Acuna but I’m happy to take Yelich at 3. Didn’t want to start messing around with mocks until I knew my pick but I feel pretty good about starting with the reigning MVP.

    Unrelated but just finished Sex, Money, Murder and it was best book I’ve read in a long time. Highly recommend!

    • knucks says:
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      @here comes the pizza: Was just skimming comments and for whatever reason read “Unrelated but just finished Sex” as I scrolled down. Scrolled back up and had a nice little chuckle to myself in the office. Need more coffee.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @here comes the pizza: Good to see you! Thanks for the book recommend, I’m always looking for new ones… Think you gotta take Yelich 3rd

  12. Joe Schmo says:
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    Hey Grey, we had our draft early this year (last night) so I was wondering if you could provide any insight on my team needs or areas of weakness, it a 12 team 5×5 roto and we kept 8. My keepers allowed for a nice foundational start but there is always work to be done. Thanks.

    C – Contreras
    1B – Freeman
    2B – Baez
    3B – Bregman
    SS – Turner
    OF – Hoskins
    OF – Upton
    OF – Meadows
    Util – Rizzo
    Util – Goldschmidt
    Bench – McCutchen

    SP – Bauer
    SP – Flaherty
    SP – Wheeler
    SP – Car Martinez
    SP – Bieber
    RP – Hand
    RP – Doolittle
    P – Alvarado
    Bench – Matz, Soroka, Kikuchi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe Schmo: Love the hitting, think it’s stacked… Looking now at pitching, damn, solid team… Hopefully you avoid injuries… Should be a contender…

  13. Boomer19 says:
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    Great stuff Grey. Hoping for some wisdom. How would you value RP/SP starters in a 5×5 Roto league? I’m in a league where you have to have 5 starters and 5 relievers so those pitchers like Carlos Martinez and Glasnow hold a lot of value. Just having a tough time putting a round value on them. Maybe a two round bump from their ADP? Three?

    • Grey

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      @Boomer19: Maybe bump a round or two for mid-round RPs, I wouldn’t go overdrafting them due to your league… Don’t think it’s much different than other leagues, tbh

  14. Marti says:
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    What does the moustakas signing mean for franco in philly? What kind of stats do you see him putting up?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Marti: it means MoistAssKiss won’t be stealing ABs from Franco. Ya know from Milwaukee.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marti: Yeah, I need to bump up Maikel at some point soon, love for Machado to sign already so he doesn’t go to Philly

      • Joe Shmoe says:
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        @Grey: …Kingery will steal 3B at bats…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, some, but not as many as I have him missing

  15. Matt says:
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    In a 7-team NL-only auction league, would you rather keep a $1 Grandal or a $15 Albies? For future keep-purposes, their value would increase by $5 each year.

    Context – have the following keepers in a 7 team NL-only auction league:
    Grandal ($1)
    Freeman (31)
    Machado (10)
    Rendon (24)
    Yelich (34)
    Soto (10)
    Corbin (10)
    Flaherty (10)
    Taillon (10)
    Hader (1)

    Debating whether or not to offer Grandal (1) and a few I am not keeping – Ozuna (20) & Marquez (10) – for Albies (15). The other guy does not really have any keepers on his roster, so he may consider it.

    Adding Albies takes away from my spending money on draft day. Do you find Albies at $15 or Grandal at $1 to be a better value? Last year I shopped for middle infield at the dollar bin, but lucked out Asdrubal was decent. If I lose Grandal, I’d just add another buck catcher.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Albies

  16. baseball noob says:
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    I have to choose three keepers

    12 Team ROTO scoring, categories

    are Hitting ( R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLAM)

    and Pitching ( ERA, SHO, K, W, SV, K/BB, WHIP)

    The starting roster is as follow:

    Hitting ( C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 2B/SS, 1B/3B , OF, OF, OF, UTIL, UTIL)

    Pitching ( SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP)

    The candidates are JD Martinez 4th round, Aaron Nola 3rd round, Jean segura 6th round,

    Rhys Hoskins 9th round, Eloy Jimenez 10th round, and lastly Tim Anderson 20th round.

    I am 100 percent sure keeping JD Martinez and Rhys Hoskins. Not sure about the last one player i will be keeping.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @baseball noob: Hoskins, JD then flip a coin… I’d go Nola, and redraft Eloy

  17. Wyatt says:
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    Acuna for Trea Turner, keeper league same cost

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Acuna

  18. Reggie says:
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    Grey 14 team roto 6×6. Runs, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, AVG and IP, ERA, WHIP, S, W, and HOlds. No contracts. Which side do you like. James Paxton and Rizzo for Vladdy, Matt Chapman and Ramon Lauerano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep forever? Vlad

  19. Reggie says:
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    Grey-6×6 14 team roto. No contracts. runs, rbi, hr, Sb, avg, OBP and ip, w, s, holds, era, whip. Which side James Paxton and Rizzo or Vladdy, Matt Chapman and Ramon Lauerano? And is it a fair offer?

    • Reggie says:
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      @Reggie: sorry for double post. Yes keep forever. Fair offer?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup, Vlad

  20. Danielson says:
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    Grey – In my best Joe Esposito.
    [You’re the best! Around! Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down You’re the Best! Around!]

    Based on the following, should I be targeting arms or bats?
    Auction style draft, need 8 players.

    C – EMPTY

    1B Eric Hosmer
    2B Jonathan Schoop
    3B Joey Wendle
    SS Andrelton Simmons

    OF Ronald Acuna
    OF David Dahl
    OF Tommy Pham
    DH Zack Cozart
    OF Nick Williams
    DH Shohei Ohtani

    MINORS
    SS Wander Franco
    SS Fernando Tatis
    OF Luis Robert
    P A.J. Puk P

    P Yu Darvish 
    P Max Fried 
    P Carlos Rodon 
    P Felipe Vazquez 
    P Lance McCullers 
    P Jose Alvarado 
    P Alex Reyes
    P Yusei Kikuchi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You Joe Esposito’d me? *blushes* Cmon! How can I live up to that? You need arms, homey

      • Finish Him says:
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        Thanks Grey.
        I don’t want to spend copious amounts of $ on tie 1 arms. Think I can grab just one/two of these arms –

        Scherzer
        Bauer
        Clevinger
        Severino
        Cole
        deGrom
        Syndergaard

        …and then sprinkle in with some of these next tier guys?
        Corbin
        Treinen
        Bieber
        Happ
        Eovaldi

        Our auction begins classy – PBR out of a beer ball and then quickly spirals out of control so I’m thinking maybe waiting it out until the later part of the day and swoop in some deals.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Always smart to wait until your leaguemates are hosed down in cheap beer

        • Crane Kick says:
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          So I just got offered Jackie Bradley Jr. for Acuna, Darvish and Mccullers.
          I’d be getting an additional $65 in cap for our auction this year.

          Acuna is $10 for 2 more seasons
          Darvish $41 for one more
          Mccullers $26 2 more seasons. Basically pretty sizable salary dump for me.

          Go for it?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Woof, nah

  21. Licketty Splits says:
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    Over the weekend I started a 15 team 50 player draft with bi-weekly lineups & no trades or waivers. I have not had much success with this format in the past but hey I hate myself & need more pain in my life. Actually I feel this is a good way to get my head back into fantasy baseball again with the stress of a 45 second timer.
    My team so far is:
    1B Rizzo
    SS Segura
    3B Moistasskiss
    OF Trout
    OF Springer
    OF Dahl
    OF Inciarte
    SP Bauer
    SP C-Mart
    SP Hendricks
    RP F Vasquez
    I went with Bauer (8th SP) in the 3rd so not to be taking the 22nd SP off the board in the 4th so that hurt the hitting a bit. Same with Vasquez …just tough to wait for 28 picks between your back to back picks.
    1) How does the team look so far??
    2) What is the best strategy in leagues like this as far as the 27 player benches?? Upside rookie type vs established mediocre guys with regular jobs??
    3) Since there are bi-weekly lineups drafts lots of SP to have guys starting in all available slots except closers?? OR sprinkle in some high K RP with better ratios who might even end up closing down the road??
    4) I have to assume quality super utility types are at a premium since they could sub in multiple positions for injuries or slumps and free up other slots for upside types???

    Good to be back …thanks for your fantasy wisdom & all you do to help my (our) teams

    • Licketty Splits says:
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      @Licketty Splits: lol without the stress of a 45 second timer

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, gotcha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Looks solid, love that OF, don’t mind the hitting at all, you might be low on AVG — Pitching looks great

      2. You need as many ABs and IP as you can get, go safe vs. upside

      3. Lots of SPs, yes… Lots of IP… I’d look at guys like Chase Anderson in leagues like this vs. Alex Reyes, if that makes sense

      4. Yup

      • Licketty Splits says:
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        @Grey: Just a quick followup and question. Actually the War Room has my BA as .282 (so far) with the goal being .264

        Waiting on my next back to back picks with a plan to take Glasnow if he is there & perhaps E Escobar who seemed to drop (hopefully) for my CI. This would leave my 2B empty but I could maybe get Schoop next time around. Otherwise likely options were maybe Wendle or Lourdes or wait for a bit for Marte, Lowrie or Casrto.
        Also only 1 RP so far with Seranthony sitting there as well but SAGNOF?
        1)Take Glasnow & Escobar assuming they don’t get sniped? Worry about 2B later?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Interesting, I was just eyeballing it, so I could be wrong… Seranthony is no lock to be closer in Philly… 1. Take Glasnow/Escobar

          • Licketty Splits says:
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            @Grey: Done & Done …Thanks so much!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  22. Salvatore Grieco says:
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    Hey Grey! I was keeping Bryant, Mondesi, and Dahl for my hitters. Expecting to be able to get Freeman or Goldshmidt… I was thinking about taking Khris Davis, for homers.. Is there someone else you think i should target for average that can help in another category to offset Davis and Mondesi or do you think Mondesi will be similar to last year and it wont be necessary
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Freeman there a lot

  23. Daniel Larusso says:
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    Grey – In my best Joe Esposito.
    [You’re the best! Around! Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down You’re the Best! Around!]

    Based on the following, should I be targeting arms or bats?
    Auction style draft, need 8 players.

    C – EMPTY

    1B Eric Hosmer
    2B Jonathan Schoop
    3B Joey Wendle
    SS Andrelton Simmons

    OF Ronald Acuna
    OF David Dahl
    OF Tommy Pham
    DH Zack Cozart
    OF Nick Williams
    DH Shohei Ohtani

    MINORS
    SS Wander Franco
    SS Fernando Tatis
    OF Luis Robert
    P A.J. Puk P

    P Yu Darvish 
    P Max Fried 
    P Carlos Rodon 
    P Felipe Vazquez 
    P Lance McCullers 
    P Jose Alvarado 
    P Alex Reyes
    P Yusei Kikuchi

  24. Daniel says:
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    Grey – In my best Joe Esposito.
    You’re the best! Around! Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down You’re the Best! Around!

    Based on the following, should I be targeting arms or bats?
    Auction style draft, need 8 players.

    C – EMPTY

    1B Eric Hosmer
    2B Jonathan Schoop
    3B Joey Wendle
    SS Andrelton Simmons

    OF Ronald Acuna
    OF David Dahl
    OF Tommy Pham
    DH Zack Cozart
    OF Nick Williams
    DH Shohei Ohtani

    MINORS
    SS Wander Franco
    SS Fernando Tatis
    OF Luis Robert
    P A.J. Puk P

    P Yu Darvish 
    P Max Fried 
    P Carlos Rodon 
    P Felipe Vazquez 
    P Lance McCullers 
    P Jose Alvarado 
    P Alex Reyes
    P Yusei Kikuchi

  25. Daniel W Silver says:
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    Love all your stuff Grey! I am in a keeper league and my first two picks are coming up right in a row. I spent a fortune on Betts as an expiring free agent and my other keepers were Story, Benintendi, Muncy, Aguilar, Scherzer, and Cole. With my first two picks I want to take two good young pitchers who could be good enough this year to warrant signing them to 3-year extensions.

    I need to be a bit cost conscious and am going to take two of Bieber $7, Glasnow $1, Lucchesi $5, and Rodriguez $6, but am completely torn. Was leaning Bieber and Glasnow but wanted your advice. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, D. Silver! Love Bieber and Glasnow…No problem from me there

      • Daniel W Silver says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  26. dubjay says:
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    Hey grey,
    Next up to pick in round 13 of my H2H keeper league. I need pitching. Have only Snell and Paxton. Best ones up are Morton/Bieber. Also missing a catcher. Doesnt feel too much like reaching grabbing one of the last 2 “legit” ones in Molina/Ramos. Also, Villar is left but He would be a bench player for me of go in for C.Seager in UTIL. What says you oh mighty soothsayer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bieber

  27. Dave D says:
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    I think you should call this the “Self-Mock Draft.” Have you started any real drafts yet? Rudys post was a good read.

    I just did my third NFBC draft, a DC express on Friday night. We managed 50 rounds in exactly 4 hours. Que Chingon!!! That’s my last DC. Ive likely got 2 or 3 standard format 15 teamers left. I finally took your boy Touissant.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t started any drafts yet, but I think our Razzball NFBC drafts will be filling up any day now… 50 rounds in 4 hours? What was the timer at, 15 secs? How’d the team come out?

  28. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I noticed you had Diego Castillo on this team and I wondered what you envision for him this season? Do you believe he has a chance to get some saves, even move into the closer role, possibly be a setup guy in holds leagues? Or do you believe he’s hemmed himself into the “Opener” role that has such little value in our world?

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: Cool, thanks. Looks like you see him as a part-time closer, part-time opener, which I would agree with. He’s really good but that situation in Tampa is almost impossible to define.

        Keep up the good work!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly 8th inning guy and might get the 9th, I like him

  29. Dave D says:
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    Ha! 55 seconds to pick but obviously 750 picks in 240 minutes is average of roughly 20 seconds a pick. Good group to draft amongst. Are your NFBC leagues posted? I didn’t see them when other leagues went up. I need an 8pm EST draft time in any scenario ( after my 3 young kids are asleep but while Im still coherent).

    Yeah, I like team #3:

    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Albies
    SS: Machado
    3B: Happ
    MI: Semien
    CI: Olson
    OF: Harper
    OF: Springer
    OF: Upton
    OF: Herrera
    OF: D. Santana
    U: Ohtani/Calhoun

    SP: Marquez
    SP: Glasnow
    SP: Lucchesi
    SP: Gausman
    SP: Gibson
    SP: Wacha
    SP: Toussiant
    SP: C. Anderson
    SP: F. Peralta

    Plus tons of scrubs!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Our drafts are slow drafts, so you draft whenever you can… Signups will begin tomorrow or next day, I’d guess… Rudy will post….

      Nice! Looks like a solid team, don’t love Gausman, but you know how I feel

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:
        The more I thought about it, I figured if I owned Gausman nowhere he’d surely breakout, so he came at a pretty good price. I think he’ll have a low WHIP and I will have Ks galore with other guys I believe so he works with that mix.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s fair, I can see grabbing him in one place

          • Harley Earl says:
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            @Grey: I don’t remember you saying much on Gausman.

            You don’t like him? A guy in my league just traded Wade Davis for him. I thought the move to the NL and away from Camden Yards had to benefit him in the long run. No?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I go over Gausman in my starter rankings

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Just a side note they are now offering 2 hour $150 Draft champions…Just a thought if you and Rudy want to wait a little longer to start and still get finished on time.

        • Dave D says:
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          @The Great Knoche:

          For 2019 I started with a 4-hour DC in November, then a 2-hour DC in January, followed by a DC Express (all 50 rounds in one sitting) this past Friday. Its hard to withstand a 4-hour after doing a 2-hour. Call me nuts, but I had a blast with the Express.

          They now offer slow drafts for satellite leagues. Grey I vote for a $250 2-hour slow draft satellite league if you’re taking input. I’m DC’d out for the year already. I would do a satellite league though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think we should have no problem getting started and finished by end of March

    • knucks says:
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      @Dave D: I came out of my 2 NFBC drafts with the following Pitching that’ll be in my Week 1 Lineups. Not feeling how Team #2 rounded out, but the bats on that team are hawt. These are both $50 leagues, so no need to worry about fighting for the overall at all.

      #1
      Flaherty
      Happ
      Ed-Rod
      Bieber
      Glasnow
      Lucchessi
      Kyle Gibson
      Raisel
      Leclerc

      #2
      Clevinger
      Happ
      Robbie Ray
      Lucchessi
      Ryu
      Matz
      Marco Gonzo
      Brad Hand
      Leclerc

      • Dave D says:
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        @knucks:
        Staff#1 looks superb! 12 teamer?

        • knucks says:
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          @Dave D: Yea these are both for $50- 12 Team draft and holds

          • Dave D says:
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            @knucks: hows the offense on team 1?

            • knucks says:
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              @Dave D: Not too shabby, I’ll leave most of the bench players out of the post.

              C- Alfaro
              C- Carson Kelly
              1B- Hoskins (will get 1B)
              2B- Shaw
              SS- Machado
              3B- Escobar
              CI- Gallo
              MI- Mondessi
              OF- Yelich
              OF- Springer
              OF- Domingo Santa
              OF- Dickerson
              OF- Mullins
              UT- Palka or Wendle or Lowrie or Renato Nunez, etc

              Low on AVG, which explains owning Dickerson and having to start him. Also grabbed Wilmer Flores for a similar reason.

              • Dave D says:
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                @knucks:

                That mightget the job done. Injuries aside, looks like youll be in the running. If you get 50 points from pitching (likely and 45 (possibly)from offense you should be top 3 and at least make entry fee back.

  30. knucks says:
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    Felipe has gone missing in your Top 500 chart I think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vazquez?

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Yea. I had downloaded into excel last week. He was just under Odor at #107. I know Ohtani dropped off. But I’m CTRL +F’ing and not seeing Felipe Vazquez. Thought maybe it was the tilde, but unsure at this point.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s not there for some reason, I will have Rudy add him back in later tonight… He should be around 107, I think

  31. OaktownSteve says:
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    I took Doolittle Alvarado as my closer in the Draft Champs I’m in. I think Alvarado is a beast. Also took Matt Barnes in the 20th. Don’t usually take that third closer, but there’s a potential Barnes is a beast. I just posted about him in the closer post on the site but did you know:

    He had a better K rate, almost exactly the same BB rate, almost 2x the GB rate, better FIP, better xFIP, lower HR% than Kimbrel last year?

    I’ve had my ear to the ground all off season with Boston and I’m hearing Barnes loudest. I could be wrong but there’s a huge pay off potential with that K rate of 14+.

    For whomever was asking about my mystery closer pick a couple of weeks ago, it was Barnes.

    Odubel is in the best shape of his life. Was it you that was saying if this guy just cared? Not only is he in the best shape of his life he is also “SAYING ALL THE RIGHT THINGS.” When you get in shape AND say the right things…look out.

    Matt Boyd is also in the best shape of his life.

    Got sniped on my favorite catcher on the pick before mine in the DC. Omar Narvaez. I think he’s going to be a top 12 catcher.

    Also, did you see the Eno Saris thing in The Athletic that introduced some Statcast park factors? Dodger Stadium is the #1 park for home runs. Seattle and Anaheim are also good HR parks per the metric. One of the explanations offered was how hot it is on the West Coast in the late summer and into the fall now. We kind of talked about that a couple years ago with regard to Petco. My weather obsessed parents were talking about how you no longer get the evening coastal fog at Petco. It has seemed to play closer to neutral. Not sure what to make of the information but it is pretty interesting.

    • Grey

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      I think best way to go in DC is grabbing best arms, and lettign the teams do right thing… Alvarado should be closer, whether he is or not, we’ll see… He should at leats be in mix…

      I like Barnes in BoSox, he’s coming super cheap too as of right now… If Red Sox announce him officially, his price will zoom

      I have no real love for Narvaez, but I would own him… Feels like a good bet for a 17th to 10th best catcher… That’s interesting on Park factors, would explain why Petco plays every year in August like it’s a home run derby

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      One last thing. Lucchesi showed up at camp with a cutter like I though he might. Makes a ton of sense. Can get in on RH batters, break some bats. Couple things about Lucchesi remind me of David Price. You might be on to something…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Love how you went from doubting me to Lucchesi is the new David Price!

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          I never said I doubted. Actually said there was a lot to like, if you go back and read my original comments, they were more tempered than you make them out. And I’m not saying he’s David Price. Stop putting words in my mouth Alberto!!!

          What I said was that there hadn’t been a starter who was as two pitch heavy as he was last year to succeed at the level you were forecasting going back as far as a decade. I also said he’d probably comeback with a cutter and that I’d be pretty interested to see what that looked like, which I am.

          I do like the pitchablitity and I think the churve has a chance to be one of the better pitches in baseball.

          What week are we hitting Vegas? The point is 9 shooter…you must make 9…Ninah Ninah from Carolina…dice out…8 easy 8 easy….

          • Grey

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            Haha, you doubted! And you said he’s now better than Cy Young David Price! Your words sifted through my ears, no take backsies…. Nah, I hear ya, and I still think he’s a #3, but has upside, so we’ll see… 8 Easy, point’s eight…Seven out, woof, pay the don’t come evil people

    • Licketty Splits says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Welcome back Oaktown …always look for your comments. You have some great insights & tasty tidbits

  32. Random Collmenter says:
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    Will you lower Machado in your rankings if he signs with San Diego? Worse counting stats, fewer homers, etc.?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I will, but woof that top 10 then

  33. Acuna Matata says:
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    12 team HxH aucton, $300 salary, 8 keeper that increases by $5 every year
    For sure keepers
    Mookie-$37
    Benintendi-$15
    Matt Chapman-$5
    Fernando Tatis Jr.-$8
    Trevor Bauer-$20
    Which 3 out of this group do you keep? Thanks
    Scooter-$6
    Corey Seager-$21
    Realmuto-$11
    Springer-$30
    Leclerc-$5
    Glasnow-$6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Realmuto, Seager, Springer

  34. Crime Dog says:
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    Rotoworld came out with a blurb saying glasnow has showed up with 2 more mph on his fastball…sitting at nearly 99 now.

    I’ve been all over glasnow since the end of last year, I hate seeing news like this. The idea of getting him around 200 sounded great.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw… What nerve of them to say that… Hoping he gets a few more MPH so his price really jacks up…

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: he’s already around 170.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ohtani was moved down

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If that’s who you mean, all I see is “he’s already around 170.” Not sure how he is

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: you want his price to go up farther?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, I see we’re talking about Glasnow… Nah, I don’t want his price to go further up, was kidding… I was pissed Rotoworld mentioned a velocity uptick!

          • Crime Dog says:
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            @Grey: I know me too! I hate when media pumps out puff pieces on my later round targets. I sound like Trump now.

            • Grey

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              Haha

  35. Nitro says:
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    HTH 10 team forever keeper league…

    Baez and Kluber for Trout. WHich side?

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Nitro: TROUT!

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Cram It: Mike fish!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

  36. Nitro says:
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    HTH 10 team forever keeper league…

    Baez and Kluber for Trout. WHich side?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

      • Nitro says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Sorry for double post. 2 drafts in next 4 days. Happiness has returned!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  37. Maverick says:
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    Hey Grey
    Appreciate your rankings and insight! Been following for years!
    So I am in a few Leagues including Points League with 18 Teams. I see on the Rankings Page that there may be a “Points League Rankings Spreedsheet” on the way?
    Can you tell me is yes then when? Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, homey! Malamoney says soon, so…soon, I think!

      • Maverick says:
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        @Grey: Awesome! Used Malamoney numbers last year so was hoping to hear from him! Thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  38. Captain Obvious says:
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    Jorge Alfaro
    Rhys Hoskins
    Adalberto Mondesi
    Alex Bregman Hou
    Jonathan Villar Bal
    Ronald Acuña Jr
    Michael Conforto NYM
    David Dahl Col
    Matt Olson Oak
    Nomar Mazara
    Harrison Bader
    Domingo Santana
    Garrett Hampson
    Trevor Bauer
    Jameson Taillon
    Roberto Osuna Hou
    Blake Parker
    Tyler Glasnow
    Luis Castillo Cin
    Yu Darvish
    Kelvin Herrera
    Eduardo Rodriguez
    Shane Bieber

    What potential closers? You likey?

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      @Captain Obvious: 12 team roto auction yahoo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like Darvish, Parker’s risky, and you have 7 SPs vs. 6, you need another RP… Hitting is solid tho

      • Captain Obvious says:
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        @Grey:
        I know this but a year ago him being the 5th starter would be a coup at this time. I have Erod and Bieber after for 6. So you’d drop Darvish for sagnof later or drop someone else? I think I’m good on everything but that’s just being blind. Thanks man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I wouldn’t drop Darvish, you just drafted him… I just wouldn’t have drafted him

        • Captain Obvious says:
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          @Captain Obvious: Talking about Darvish. He used to be pretty good, 5th starter isn’t bad right?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            It’s fine, I wouldn’t have drafted him, but hopefully he returns to form

  39. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Just read Rangers had a good sit down with Willie Calhoun last year. They told him to lose 25 lbs and he lost 40. Alert: BSOHL!! Also a new attitude . Love spring training news. haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BSOHL!

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: did somebody ring me?

        • Grey

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          Ha, you the Beetlejuice of BSOHL

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: yes, but better hair

            • Grey

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              Well…yeah!

  40. Jake says:
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    Okay so this was an auction 10 team draft $260 budget where the opponents were about as equal as what espn told them to bid lol. Here’s what I got

    C Alfaro $1
    1B Rizzo $24
    2B Mondesi $9
    3B Baez $27
    SS Machado $32
    2B/SS Trea Turner $34
    1B/3B Luke Voit
    OF Mike Trout $47
    OF Stanton $30
    OF Acuna $30
    OF Ramon Lameano $1
    OF Daniel Palka $1
    Bench Ian Happ $1
    Bench Joey Wendle $1

    Pitching: Went really really cheap… not on purpose but figured I could do well streaming in a 10 man league.
    Eduardo Rodgruigez
    Tyler Glasnow
    Cole Hamels
    Joey Luchessi
    Dallas Kuechel
    Pedro Strop
    Andrew Heaney
    Shane Bieber
    Nick Pivetta
    Colin McCucgh

    Overall 3 thoughts on this lineup? I think it could be one of my best outcomes lol

    • Grey

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      Team is ridiculously stacked, nice job! If it’s not a top 3 team, I’ll eat my hat, but I am wearing a helmet made of a tostada

  41. Zach says:
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    Okay so this was an auction 10 team draft $260 budget where the opponents were about as equal as what espn told them to bid lol. Here’s what I got

    C Alfaro $1
    1B Rizzo $24
    2B Mondesi $9
    3B Baez $27
    SS Machado $32
    2B/SS Trea Turner $34
    1B/3B Luke Voit
    OF Mike Trout $47
    OF Stanton $30
    OF Acuna $30
    OF Ramon Lameano $1
    OF Daniel Palka $1
    Bench Ian Happ $1
    Bench Joey Wendle $1

    Pitching: Went really really cheap… not on purpose but figured I could do well streaming in a 10 man league.
    Eduardo Rodgruigez
    Tyler Glasnow
    Cole Hamels
    Joey Luchessi
    Dallas Kuechel
    Pedro Strop
    Andrew Heaney
    Shane Bieber
    Nick Pivetta
    Colin McCucgh

    Overall 3 thoughts on this lineup? I think it could be one of my best outcomes lol Overpaid at all?

    • Grey

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      Answered above

  42. Captain Obvious says:
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    I’ve got a bunch of teams, just looking for a sideways view. I know the pitching needs to be better. Looking for other opinions…. I went very heavily front loaded, how’s the offensive in other opinions and I’ll be streaming and hitting the wire. Thanks

    C Iaanetta
    1B Bauers
    2b Baez
    3B Machado
    SS Chris Taylor
    OF Trout
    OF Betts
    OF Acuna
    UT Caesar Hernandez
    UT Ohtani
    SP Ed Rod
    SP Joey
    RP Iglesias
    RP B Parker
    P Pineda
    P Familia
    P Ser Anthony
    P Stecken
    Bn Matz
    Bn Soroka
    Bn Whitley
    Bn Luzar

    • Grey

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      Your pitching a bit of a mess, so I’d worry about fixing that on the next one… Seranthony doesn’t strike me as being the Phils’ closer either, but that’s a small point… Nice hitting however, very solid there…

  43. Captain Obvious says:
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    12 team roto auc draft. Yahoo.

  44. Garrsh says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Appreciate your numerous rankings and insight! Love the podcasts and sleeper posts as well.
    Was curious based off the Rankings Page when the famous downloadable war room may be coming out ? Have a offline draft this weekend which i was hoping to use it for. Feel like this is the last tool needed to successfully crush my draft again or as a podcast reference “successfully send this astronaut into space”

    • Grey

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      Haha, nice… I think late this week, early next week

  45. Captain Obvious says:
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    Sano is BSOHL. Saw it yesterday.

    • Grey

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      If he skips a meal, he is BSOHL

  46. TC says:
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    Would you trade Donaldson (round 7 value) and Glasnow (10) in a forever keeper league for Clevinger (7) or Marquez (10)?
    I’m on the fence with keeping Donaldson as one of my 15 anyway. Standard categories ESPN. 5th year of league.

    Current keeper choices are Trout(1), Trea(11), Bryant(25), Tendi(12), Muncy(10), TAnderson(18), Castellanos(22), Scherzer(2), Bauer(4), Cole (6), Treinen (9), GSanchez (13), Springer (17), Wander Franco (28), and Glasnow (10). Thanks!

    • TC says:
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      @TC: sorry, Glasnow and/or Marquez would count as a round 14 guy and Clevinger would be a 7 if I don’t keep Donaldson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Clevinger

  47. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Hey Grey, great artile apologizes for later response.

    I own Bichette, Tatis Jr and Whitley, Ohtani. 16 team keeper league. Contracts, whole nine yards. I’ve won division titles past two seasons but out first round.

    My pitching staff is old. My hitters are average Encarnacion age.

    What kind of trade value should I place on these guys?

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