Moment of silence for the White Sox. Their gambit failed and now they’re stuck with every top free agent’s in-laws.  Their clubhouse chemistry is gonna be like Meet the Fockers but more Dominican.  Meet the Focktinez!  “That’s my cat, Señor Mal Suerte.  He uses el bano all by lonesome.”  That’s Yonder Alonso.  Bryce Harper’s dad eyes Señor Mal Suerte, then replies to Yonder, “You can milk anything with nipples.  Even Yolmer Sanchez.”  Any hoo!  Bryce Harper finally signed with the Phillies.  Halleberrylujah!  It’s not even Easter and baseball season has already risen!  Bryce Harper returns to the City of Brotherly Love, where he first visited with the Phillies’ front office six months ago.  “We want you to be a Philadelphia Phillie.”  “I want $330 million.”  “Okay.”  Then six months later, “You’ve got a deal!”  Harper and Boras drive one hard bargain.  They accept the first deal they’re given, but nearly a half year after they’re given it.  Bryce Harper’s gonna love playing in Philly.  They have the best fans in the world.  They’ve already announced May 1st is Rain Batteries On Bryce’s Head Day.  A crowd favorite, for sure.  I don’t think this changes anything about my preseason projections for him, tee bee aitch.  I always assumed he’d end up in Philly, New York or with the White Sox, because, brucely, those were the only three teams ever serious about him.  Maybe the Giants, but let’s just be glad that didn’t happen.  In my top 20 for 2019 fantasy baseball, I kept his projections.  Only difference now will be if Gabe Kapler and Bryce’s dad get into an arm wrestling fight, and Daddy Harper wins and Bryce is randomly benched for Scott Kingery.  Also, I updated the top 80 outfielders and top 100 outfielders for Roman Quinn and Nick Williams, respectively, and my War Room has been updated.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Josh Harrison – Signed with the Tigers.  Or as they say in Michigan when someone lands there, “Let’s give him a hand!”  Then they point at their location on their hand.  Hand turkeys really confuse people in Michigan.  It becomes like FMK but, “Map, Hand or Turkey?”  About as solid a landing place Harrison was going to find for at-bats, but he’s still not a good hitter.  I upped his ranking and his projections at the top 20 2nd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.  Still is not desirable.

Jed Lowrie – Don’t usually mention injuries in spring notes unless they are bad and, well, Lowrie’s got one of those bad ones.  He had a knee MRI and doesn’t sound optimistic for Opening Day, i.e., Jed hurt his knee and yelled, “Crude,” but wasn’t talking about oil.  I knocked him down a bit in the top 20 2nd basemen and top 20 3rd basemen.  Also, I moved Jeff McNeil up in the top 20 2nd basemen (and Garrett Hampson, because I promised to if he saw enough daylight in spring training.)

Todd Frazier – Out with an oblique.  Could be worse, could’ve went down with an ‘oblique, ob-la-da.’  I haven’t moved Frazier in my top 20 3rd basemen yet, since I was already very down on him, in a non-sexual way.  I’m also itching to move up Pete Alonso.

Marwin Gonzalez – Signed with the Twins.  Here’s the Twins offseason, “Yup, we’ll take him, okay, him, okay, how about him, he’s cheap?  What the hell?  Okay, we’ll take him too.  Really, no one wants to sign that guy either?  Fine!  A pitcher?  No thanks!”  I knew I should’ve put down a bet on the Twins to win the World Series when I was in Vegas.  They have more depth than Neil deGrasse Tyson in an aquarium.  They have so much depth I’m not even sure Marwin has a starting job.  Likely this takes ABs from Kepler and Cron, and an insurance policy for Sano in case he didn’t lose that weight and has been carrying a fun house mirror in front of him.  I have updated my top 20 1st basemen (and 2nd basemen and 3rd basemen, and you get the picture).

Ervin Santana – Signed with the White Sox.  Dylan Covey is like, “Damn, I ate all of that dolphin meat this offseason preparing to be the 5th starter and now this.”  Ervin is in my top 100 starters (barely, but not really).

Logan Forsythe – Signed a minor league deal with the Rangers.  Before he signed the deal, he was already at Rangers’ camp.  That Forsythe is amazing.

Shin-Soo Choo – Traveled back to Texas to get an injection in his shoulder.  He traveled back because he’s only three punchouts away from a free surgery on his stamp card.

Clay Buchholz – Signed a deal with the Jays.  The Jays also signed Bud Norris.  To go with Clay and Bud, they should sign, Rolland Gregarious, the reefer dealer outside of the French Open.  Incredibly, I have Buchholz already ranked in my top 100 starters.

Hanley Ramirez – Signed a deal with the Indians.  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  Hanley was run out of Boston last year after Boston reporters incorrectly linked Hanley with a drug dealing scandal, right?  Okay, what if the reporter was on the Red Sox payroll or if the story was leaked to the reporter by the team to get Hanley DFA’d and out of Boston?  That would make a good investigative story if Spotlight was run by Bill Simmons.  Any hoo!  Nothing good will come of Hanley in Cleveland; he only stands to steal playing time from Jake Bauers, which would be bad for fantasy.  I have not added Hanley into my 1st base rankings, because I have no faith in him.

Josh James – Strained his right quad and will not be in the starting rotation, to at least start the year.  If only I made a prop bet that Josh James would not be in the rotation, I’d be a millionaire.  I’d also be a millionaire if I didn’t sell $10,000 in Apple stock a week before the iPod dropped.  #neverforget  I’ve lowered him into the top 100 starters.  I’ve also updated my pitchers’ pairings tool.  Hehe, I said tool.

Carlos Martinez – Now he’s sporting an arm sling.  Great, if he’s impersonating Chevy Chase taking a test in Spies Like Us; not good, if it’s due to an arm injury.  Sadly, it’s the latter, and I’m officially out on C-Mart.  Sorry if you drafted early, and took him.  He sounds headed for a lost season, specifically one of the later Lost seasons when they were just throwing stuff against the wall.  He was moved into the top 100 starters.

Matt Wieters – Signed a deal to backup Yadier in St. Louis.  Just think, only five years ago Keith Law said Wieters would be a Hall of Famer.  Lose some, find the wrong guys winsome…

Mike Soroka – Dealing with a shoulder injury.  So I’m less bullish on Soroka.  Guess you could say I’m a little less…Bravish.  Sorry.  He was also moved in the top 100 starters.

Mike Foltynewicz – Soreness in his elbow, which is a precursor for Foltynewicz in 2020, reminiscing, “I remember when I used to pitch in the major leagues.  It was back in 2018.  It was before the final season of Game of Thrones when everyone died, except the Dragon Lady–”  Wow, Faultysandwichz, enough spoilers!  So, I haven’t yet moved Faultyelbowwitz down in my rankings, because the Braves said, “He could pitch immediately if this were the regular season, and you people need to chill,” but I’m not drafting him until I see him throw.

Kevin Gausman – Dealing with shoulder soreness.  I’m sensing a theme:

Clayton Kershaw – Has had setback after setback from trying to throw.  Bummed that more people didn’t draft this schmohawk before he came down with the “every pitcher who has thrown too many innings”-itis.  Shame I didn’t even get to write a schmohawk post about him before it happened, so at least I can point to how correct I was, though I did tell everyone in my top 20 starters for 2019 fantasy baseball, that you have to have a screw loose to draft him.  Now I’ve dropped him even further in my rankings into the top 40 starters, and I still would not touch him with a ten-foot pole.  Or really even an eleven-foot pole. Actually, how big do poles come?  Hey, Ivan Putski, any guesses?

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Leon
Leon
3 years ago

I have an offer of Walker Buehler for Carlos correa in a 18 man 7×7 league. avg obp.slg
Team: judge correa hoskins albies conforto.

what do you think?

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

Grey, draft strategy question
12 team roto 6 th pick
Was going to draft Yelich and then i think Acuna will be there at pick #19. Then i will grab Hoskins at #30 and use him at 1st base when eligible.My question is with 4th pick#43 is if Bellinger is there i was going to take him as my 1B/3B. Do you think that is a good strategy or should i take a shortstop say Boegarts/Segura?

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:
Acuña at 19 is bonkers

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Heaney elbow… smh

Flash
Flash
3 years ago

12 team H2H points keeper league. I can keep 2: Stanton (3rd rd), Judge (6th), Bellinger (6th), or Mondesi (8th)? Stanton and Judge, right? Appreciate all you do. Thanks!

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

Grey, draft strategy question
12 team roto with 6th pick
Was going to go Yelich and i think Acuna will be there at pick #19. Then i will grab Hoskins at #30 and use him at first when elgible.My question is at pick 4 #43 is if Bellinger is there i was going to use him as a CI.You think that is good strategy or take Boegarts/Segura instead at shortstop.

the sportsguy
the sportsguy
3 years ago

10 Team AL 5×5, can keep a guy for a 2nd year, no salary bump but then he goes back..so basically buying rookies for 2 year value..

Please rank these pitchers based on both this year plus next year value
Honeywell
Luzardo
James
Whitley
Puk

Jaw
Jaw
3 years ago

10 team 5×5 dynasty league

Trade Goldie, springer, Stras for machado, Marte, Berrios?

GanGGreen
GanGGreen
3 years ago

should i sign Hoskims to a 4 year $25 a year price tag? i could stay with $20 for 3 years. now that we know he has Harper in his lineup how much more valuable is he.

WinterIsComing
WinterIsComing
3 years ago

Hey Grey! Time has finally
Come keepers are due tonight at midnight I’ve probably asked you four times for your thoughts I promise this is the last haha

10 man points keeper league (standard scoring with some additions like QS, AB and a few others) this year keepers went up to 7 from 5. My main dilemma is what to do with lindor and mondesi. Lindor is a 1st round pick so he essentially has no value for me plus this injury still has me somewhat concerned. Mondesi would be a 25 th rounder so the most value possible. Also, it’s confirmed 2 or 3 other teams will be keeping their first round picks so I’m sort leaning towards mondesi with the idea of keeping my fingers crossed I get an early ish 1st round pick to grab lindor again. Thoughts? Because I really think I’m set wih the other 6 keepers. Thanks Grey!!

Hoskins 25th round
Bellinger 25th round
Acuna 25th round
Soto 25th round
Nola 7th round
Mondesi 25th round
Lindor 1st round
JoRam 5th round

WinterIsComing
WinterIsComing
Reply to  WinterIsComing
3 years ago

@WinterIsComing: moncada conforto and Aguilar are all also there as 25th rounders as well but I think they’re after thoughts compared to the others..

MR BASEBALL
MR BASEBALL
3 years ago

this is the team – 16 team I call dynasty league but keep 10 really

Yan Gomes Was – C
Max Muncy LAD – 1B,2B,3B
ravis Shaw Mil – 1B,2B,3B
Miguel Andújar NYY – 3B
Dee Gordon Sea – 2B,SS,CF
J.D. Martinez Bos – LF,RF
David Dahl Col – LF,CF,RF
Mallex Smith Sea – LF,CF,RF
Luke Voit NYY – 1B
 
Ramón Laureano Oak – CF  bench
Scott Kingery Phi – 3B,SS   bench
Jonathan Loaisiga NYY – SP,RP
Zack Wheeler NYM – SP
Eduardo Rodriguez Bos – SP
Ross Stripling LAD – SP,RP
Wade Miley Hou – SP
Lance McCullers Jr. Hou – SP  NA SPOT
Josh Hader Mil – RP
Kirby Yates SD – RP
Craig Stammen SD – RP
 
 5 more picks – holds is about all that will be left

MR BASEBALL
MR BASEBALL
3 years ago

Mr Grey – Hello there from fantasy land

16 TEAM DYNASTY LEAGUE 

Miguel Andújar NYY – 3B
 
FOR

Yusei Kikuchi Sea – SP
Josh James Hou – SP
 
 
Miguel Andújar NYY – 3B
 
FOR
 
Nick Pivetta Phi – SP
Josh James Hou – SP
 
OR  HOLD 

I am short pitchers but next year is another year – dont want to take a bad trade
Someone else might send some offers soon or later

Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, Util, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL, DL, NA

Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Doubles (2B), Triples (3B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)

Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Strikeouts per Walk Ratio (K/BB), Quality Starts (QS)

Not Grey
Not Grey
3 years ago

Snell $8 or Bauer $ 12 in a keeper?

Not Grey
Not Grey
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Sweet thanks!

I also have Benintendi for $18

Still Snell over him?

Ben
Ben
3 years ago

What are the chances Bumgarner goes nuts this year and bounces back as a top 10 starter, and that his issues the past two years have been due to injury? Debating whether to trade him in a keeper league (12 team, keep 10). I have Verlander and Corbin, so leaning towards trading him. Thanks!

Ben
Ben
Reply to  Ben
3 years ago

@Ben: the trade would be for a draft pick this year, nothing fancy.

Ben
Ben
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: thanks Grey, so in your view much safer to keep Tim Anderson and just draft more pitching?

MJP
MJP
3 years ago

Grey,

Real talk. I’m in total agreement on Mondedi. But, I’m in a 7×7 keeper that also counts BB and OPS… 2 categories that definitely aren’t his strengths…

I can choose him or Blake Snelll, each @ $6.

Only one keeper so team construction doesn’t play in.

What do I do?

Earl
Earl
3 years ago

Any feedback on the my team so far would be appreciated. 5×5 roto 12 team:
cat – welington castillo
1b – matt olson
2b- alberto mondesi
ss- trevor story
3b – anthony rendon
ci – rafael devers
of – Mike trout
of – michael conforto
of – nomar mazara

sp – walker buehler
sp – jameson taillon
sp – robbie ray
sp – joey luchessi
rp – roberto osuna
rp – jose alvardo

thanks. currently only half done 30 round draft

Tank1
Tank1
3 years ago

Was hoping for some recommendations regarding my keeper team. This is a 10 (or 11) team mixed keeper league with OPS and Holds as additional categories. Our draft has 25 rounds.

Right now, based on league rules, my options are as follows (draft rounds in parentheses):

Betts (17)
Hoskins (24)
Bauer (9)
Buehler (25)
Suarez (25)
Dahl (19)
Treinen (10)
Robles (21)

I can only keep 5. Who would you recommend keeping (Betts being the one obvious choice)?

Many thanks and looking forward to another great year!

J-Dawg
J-Dawg
3 years ago

Great to talk to you again Grey! ‘Tis the season!! So Soroka… super deep keeper league, 48-man roster, we keep 19. I have Soroka at $5, and we start 13 pitchers, so pitching is a premium. Worth keeping him for later, or better to keep someone like Greg Allen at $5 instead? Other choices couldbe Shane Green at $1, Ian Happ at $5 (OBP league),

Sinner Man
Sinner Man
3 years ago

12tm yahoo roto 5×5 (obp, qs). Keep up to 5 foreves, lose your first five rounds. Bats are Acuna, Bregs, Beni, Rhys and Albies. Best SP option is Bauer. Roll with the 5 bats or lose Albies’ negative obp for Bauer as I can’t guarantee a topline qs starter will be avail in the 6th rd (likely picking seventh). Thanks in advance, Cheers.

-SM

Steve
Steve
3 years ago

Is Kershaw(rd1)+Thor(rd5) overpaying for Vlad (21st)?

Plan to keep Taillon & Bauer

Thanks

Juan
Juan
3 years ago

Gray,
This is my yahoo keeper team
1st Abreu
2nd Moncada (2nd/3rd)
SS Torres (2nd/SS)
3rd Muncy (1st/2nd/3rd)
OF Mazara
OF Hicks
OF Merifield (1st/2nd/OF)
SP Snell
SP Serevino
SP Buehler

I was offered Belinger carasco 4 Merifield Severino.
This is a 12 team H2H keeper league. We keep 10.

Thoughts on the proposal and team needs.

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
3 years ago

keepers for 2 leagues, one AL only and the other NL only. both OBP over average, net steals over steals, total bases added, QS over wins, holds added h2h 10 teamers. keep 3 in each using previous season’s ADP prices. rosters 1 of every position with a CI/MI and a 4th OF, 1 util. 4 max RP slots.

NL only possibles (with harper/machado in now):
harper (1, OPS rater has him over freeman)
freeman (2)
rhysus/marte (3)
ryu (21)
gone varnish (15)
legs mcneil (25, sounds like they actually ARE trying to get him at bats now finally)
stripling (25)
sera anthony (25)
seems like harper and freeman are locks, but who’s 3rd? hoskins and marte come up right next to each other in the OPS rater, but i have little speed, so maybe that’s a thing here (or peraza in 15th)

2. AL only:
vlad (25, easy)
villar (9)

then one of:
bieber (25)
whit (4)
brantley (12)
devers (5)
morton (8)
happ (11)

might be able to trade for judge here, but owner is looking for a 2nd rounder, meaning i would have judge in the 1st but no 2nd, which seems too heavy probably. he might take a bit less (since unless somebody gives him something he gets thrown back anyway, same guy owns stanton and is sticking with stanton as his 1st even though last year he thought the opposite, maybe from judge being injured)

Stupid Sexy Glanders
Stupid Sexy Glanders
Reply to  Beware the Shit Rope
3 years ago

@Beware the Shit Rope: outside of that possible trade i’d guess bieber is the guy here in AL only.

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: i will be able to gauge what 1st round types are available outside of judge (for SURE one of altuve/lindor is already) as the keepers come in. we pick our draft slots after keepers (i have the 7th choice, but anybody keeping a 1st rounder but not a 2nd will want an earliest in even rounds not earliest in odd rounds slot)

– in NL only, DAMN shame i dropped wheeler when he was worthless in the short term (no DL slot sept casuality last year when in finals) as he’d be like a 23 or 25th rounder now. at the same time in a total bases/OBP freeman/rhysus/harper is sicko base outside of steals/pitching.

Jason
Jason
3 years ago

keeper question
Nola in the 12th or corbin in the 17th

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
3 years ago

Grey,

In a 6×6 roto league that has OPS as an additional hitting stat-
Would you rather keep ARendon or AMondesi?

Other keepers are Jose ramirez, TStory and Stanton.

Roster includes 2b, SS, and MI/CI. Thanks.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
3 years ago

When your next draft? How you liking the TGFBILBGTQ team?

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:
Like it. Pitching looks solid.
You have a link to CBS one?

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:
I have draft fever!

Ken Plane
Ken Plane
3 years ago

Oh,Oh , Sal Perez UCL right elbow, Hello Dr. Freeze.

Big league choo
Big league choo
3 years ago

10 team dynasty H2H 5×5 OBP

My peter Alonso for Heaney/Honeywell

It being OBP Alonso maximizes his value not sure if I take it or hold

Wally Pipp
Wally Pipp
3 years ago

I don’t normally get too specific with my leagues asking questions but I want to set this up and see what you think.

6×6 w/ops and QS, 12 teams. You have the ability to keep any four players on your roster if you choose and they count as your first four picks in the draft. If you keep only for example two, then you start drafting in the third round. also you can only keep a player for a maximum of three years before they are forced to re-enter the draft, however if you trade for a keeper, that resets the three year max ownership clock. ( I didn’t invent the League I just play in it)

This year I only have 2 worthy keepers trout and Scherzer. Which is obviously very good but most teams keep 4 players, which means when I pick in the third round (3rd round aka my first pick in the draft after my 1st and 2nd rd keepers) I’d really be choosing from 5th round Talent mostly.

Another team in the league had 6 worthy keepers of which they can only keep 4 of course (story, judge, soto, bryant, correa, blake snell) two of whom would need to be put back into the player pool for the draft.

So I worked out a trade where I dealt trout for story, Soto and Snell.

My keepers were scherzer and trout, and I would have went into the draft starting in round 3 hoping for the best. Now after the trade i have 4 keepers: story, soto, scherzer and snell. (And my trade partners 4 keepers are now trout, judge, correa, bryant- just saying)

Thoughts?

Wally Pipp
Wally Pipp
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: yeah, im really pumped. He wanted to include judge instead of soto, i wouldnt do the deal without soto. The more I think about Juan Soto the more I think he could just be a top 5 player.

Wally Pipp
Wally Pipp
Reply to  Wally Pipp
3 years ago

@Wally Pipp: and im a huge judge homer.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Wally Pipp
3 years ago

@Wally Pipp: Surprised you’re asking for thoughts from a guy who lost all credibility in your eyes.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It:

He should join the FCL. Plus I don’t like th trade! Haha.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

We take you now to Cleveland Indians camp:

Coach Fungo: Ok Frankie, what I want you to do is run out to second and get down on your knees. I’ll hit you some grounders.

Frankie Lindor: Grounders on my knees, Coach? How’s this going to help my calf?

CF: Well it won’t help it per se, but we’ll keep the pressure off and you can keep your hands sharp?

FL: Forgive me for saying, Coach, but I don’t think I need to sharpen my hands. I’m very good at ground balls.

CF; Damn it, Frankie, the protocol says very clearly, “day 13, grounders on your knees.

FL: This seems very awkward not being able to move side to side. I’m not sure…

CF: *hits wicked short hop that bounces up and hits him in the solar plexus*

FL: *groaning in fetal position* I don’t think it’s working…

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

You know I love a good functional running or sock throw joke

Mike
3 years ago

Minter pulled with shoulder tightness…can’t make this stuff up haha

Mike
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Shoulder disintegrators? Nah, that would be too obvious. Cheesesteak grill runoff. Same effect. Nobody recovers from that shizz.

Jr
Jr
3 years ago

What are your thoughts on Devers in a dynasty league? 10 team H2H obp league with walks also. Is he worth someone worth gambling on for the potential? Or move along? Investing in him would lock him in on my team for 3 years.

Also, I can keep Franmil for cheap for 4 years, but have to lock him in for that whole time. Is he someone you think is worth taking that risk on as well?

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: thanks Grey! I can hold both so don’t have to choose. We keep around 18-20 players per year.

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
3 years ago

I feel like Ramon is still being underappreciated. Going 190 in nfbc and 280 in ESPN ha! He’s a lock for 15/15 and has 20/25 upside. Makes good contact. Walks a bit. I think his skills could possible lead to him leading off at some point. He’s a no brainier at 180 I think

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: I agree. And the way it looks now his only real competition for leadoff is jurickson who gets on base about .330….if Ramon can keep up his .340/.350 obp, the As are pretty analytical, they might not hesitate to move Ramon into leadoff sooner than later.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

You guys have Laureano listed as 23 but his birthday is 7/15/94. The interesting part of that to me is that Fowler is considered a failed prospect but actually six months younger.

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Dave D
3 years ago

@Dave D: good catch. hadn’t updated the age query to pull from the 2019 tables vs 2018. everyone was a year younger. now fixed.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
3 years ago

I saw that Dansby Swanson was scratched yesterday with a sore wrist. Is it bad form to hold a prayer hexagon so Johan Camargo gets the every day ABs at short. Or should we just wait until April 15 when Donaldson goes down Camargo gets his ABs at third.

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
3 years ago

Mock Roto 12 teamer:

C Wellington
1B Olson
2B Moncada
3B Shaw
SS Trea
MI Story
CI Marwin
OF Benintendi
OF Hoskins
OF Dahl
OF Bader
OF Meadows
UTL Mondesi
P Paxton
P Bieber
P Hendricks
P Heaney
P Pivetta
P Lucchesi
P Betances
P May
P Alex Reyes
Bench
Laureano
Pete Alonso
Fletcher

What you think

AndyAndy
AndyAndy
3 years ago

in a 13 team, keep 12 Roto (6X6 OPS) league – Would you trade (my) Bregman for Altuve and Bert Mondesi?

My other Keepers are likely
Harper, Benintendi, Ozuna, Rosario, E Escobar, Paxton, Bader and 4 of
T Anderson, Meadows, Desmond, Kingery, Jansen, K Seager, Healy.

Thanks in Advance

Schoolboy P
Schoolboy P
3 years ago

Made a trade last night for Mondesi. My keepers are now:
Bellinger, Shaw, Machado, Mondesi, Vlad Jr.
As you can see my MI is full, I have one CI spot open and an entire OF to fill.

Do I have a weakness to target, or does it look pretty balanced? AVG?

Bitter Beerface
Bitter Beerface
3 years ago

Grey,

It’s March. First of all, anyone who drafts before March is crazy, as evidenced by Razzball’s vague yet informative tweet. Secondly, I’m in a tizzy now! My mnemonic device for remembering pitchers is completely shattered with the loss of the first syllable Fo…, how do I replace that?!!! If somebody whispers ‘elbow’ like “Verlander brushed Kate’s tight sweater with his elbow”, I respond “AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH, drop him from my draft rankings!!! Potential elbow problem!!!! And I will need pictures for confirmation, please…”

Sooooo I need a new mnemonic device dammit, but I do have 8 days until draft, then 16, 25, and 26 days til the others. We have time. You’re not moving Folty but I AM! He’s DEAD TO ME!!! Alright who would you mash up for a simple mnemonic device for yours truly to remember between Berrios, Wheeler, Mikolas, and Glasnow….Glamour Wheelbarrow….BerriMi GlasWheel….WheelBe GlasMiks……..I’M NO GOOD AT THIS!!!!

Bitter Beerface
Bitter Beerface
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

But then I’ll draft nothing but A-name starters! AAron Nola, Arrieta, …. Archer…. oh no! Wait a minute…Anderson, Andrew Heaney, Alex Wood… the all-A name rotation! That could work!

wOBA Fett
wOBA Fett
3 years ago

Hey boss. I’ve got the 10th pick in a 6×6 where OPS and OBP are included instead of AVG. With this format, are you still taking Turner if he drops to the 10th pick, or are you “reaching” for a Harper/Giancarlo/Judge?

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
3 years ago

Todd Frazier is nothing but a cold fart, and that’s me quoting a cop from Blackkklansman (really really good movie).

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Skip Mcgillicuddy
3 years ago

@Skip Mcgillicuddy: I have a non platonic crush on adam driver, dunno why

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  peacecoast
3 years ago

@Grey: @peacecoast: meant to say platonic, i save my gay for grey

knucks
knucks
3 years ago

Looks like C-Mart has possibly fallen to me at my #256 pick in a slow draft. You take him there right? I have an insane rotation already, cause its a 10 team league. Maybe he gets saves? Maybe he gets healthy? Maybe I can drop him and would have an easy decision to make on who to cut to open a streaming slot in April? Its so damn cheap, knowwhatimsayin’?

knucks
knucks
Reply to  knucks
3 years ago

@knucks: I mean I saw you slotted him in there at #215, so the question really is, should I be less excited than I am right now about it?

foul balls
foul balls
3 years ago

Hiya grey, need some help with a redraft 12 team h2h 23 roster yahoo league 6×6 , qs,saves and holds 35 inns minimum. I’m considering punting a category as it’s a small roster, would you punt saves holds or something else or try to fill all categories. Thanks kindly as always for your daily insights.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  foul balls
3 years ago

@foul balls: I don’t like to punt, but in SV+Holds, that sounds like it’d be the easiest thing to prob try to stream for if that’s what your asking.

foul balls
foul balls
Reply to  knucks
3 years ago

@knucks: thank you

foul balls
foul balls
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: thank you

Smell The Glove
Smell The Glove
3 years ago

12 team H2H 7×7 keeper league (extra categories: OPS, TB, Holds, Losses). We keep 5 and have to designate 1 franchise hitter and 1 franchise pitcher, both of whom then only cost a last round pick. We keep players up to 5 years and I’m in my last year with Correa. Which 5 would you keep? Cost of pick for this year are in parentheses.

Javier Baez (5th rounder)
Gleyber Torres (12th rounder)
Alex Bregman (21st rounder)
Carlos Correa (20th rounder)
Clayton Kershaw (24th rounder)
Walker Buehler (22nd rounder)
Jameson Taillon (8th rounder)
Miguel Andujar (25th rounder)
Andrelton Simmons (25th rounder)

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Smell The Glove
3 years ago

@Smell The Glove: Baez, Bregman, Buehler, Andujar, Correa

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Sorry… I dunno why this video posts itself within the website. Or am I the only one seeing this?

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: So are you saying that Ad free is the reason that my Youtube video might be appearing embedded on the site instead of as a link? Cause I already ordered the tools and the ad free stuff the day they came out.

Just curious, cause I don’t want to be the guy littering your fantasy baseball comments section with 20 min long videos. Though I guess I just did that. I vow to do it less though!

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

Grey,

Do you think the phillies are done? Are they going to grap Kuchel and Kimbrel or wait until trade deadline? They went this far i think they are going all in

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

@LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Sounds like they’d do it but the pitchers have to come down from where they are -length and money

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
3 years ago

Soliciting for an owner to join the Frequent Commenters League. We are short one owner this year.

2 Requirements:

-Be a frequent (Or Occasional Commenter)
-Be an active fantasy manager (Don’t quit playing in July if you are getting trounced. Fight to the bitter end!)

This is not a league for the faint of heart, join and learn, or perhaps dominate. Send resumee to MattTruss….or just drop a line below if interested.

Bterry
Bterry
Reply to  The Great Knoche
3 years ago

@The Great Knoche: I’m interested. [email protected] is my email.
-brett

anthony rootbeer
3 years ago

this was probably answered a buttload of times, but i have not seen it so i will ask again, will there be an excel version of the war room this year?

shibboleth
shibboleth
3 years ago

Hey Grey, happy Friday! Need your help finalizing 5 keepers.

FAs slot in rounds 20, 16, 12, 8, 5. and I’m just not sure any of the FAs below are worth an 8th or 5th round. Ohtani and/or Treinen could be low risk for the rounds they’re kept in, which would mean lesser risk for 3 or 4 FAs I wind up keeping. Halp!

Keep 5:

Ohtani (rd 25)
Treinen (rd 17)
Dahl (FA)
Muncy (FA)
German Marquez (FA)
Jack Flaherty (FA)
Eduardo Escobar (FA)

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  shibboleth
3 years ago

@shibboleth: Marquez, Flaherty and Treinen are the no brainers. Ohtani is format dependent but I’d keep him in round 25 in almost leagues. You can flip a coin on Dahl vs Muncy for the last one…I’ll take Dahl.

shibboleth
shibboleth
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

@Donkey Teeth: thanks, DT!

jaw
jaw
3 years ago

please rank machado, lindor, baez in a 5×5 h2h dynasty format. is there a big difference in how you’d rank them? trying to trade for one.

Mike L
Mike L
3 years ago

Somehow, (and I’m sure I’m not alone here) something tells me Kapler won’t be with the Phils long after getting Harper. Just look at those two. Either they’ll be out at the club after games or one will choke the shit out of the other.

Brave
Brave
3 years ago

At what point is Folty worth the risk? In a slow draft right now and no one has touched him 140 picks in.

peacecoast
peacecoast
3 years ago

General RCL question. In other leagues I have played, to not start a SP you put them on the bench. But that means you need to have a SP on the bench that is not starting that day. If you have to roster 9 active pitchers, that means you have carry 6 sp (if 3 RP) and then at least 1 on the bench am I right? That means drafting > 6 SP? Is this a dumb question? Is Grey my real father?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  peacecoast
3 years ago

@peacecoast: What? haha. You can have non-starting pitchers in your lineup or on the bench.

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: still confused. what is the process to sit a pitcher on the fantrax site?

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  peacecoast
3 years ago

You don’t need 9 pitchers active, just move any pitcher to your bench, you are allowed to have empty spots if you wish.

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  MattTruss
3 years ago

@MattTruss: ah ok that is the kicker. thanks!

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  peacecoast
3 years ago

@peacecoast: PC!

They are giving you the PC answer.

Think about it logically. You have to have a minimum of 1000 IP and a maximum of 1400 IP. As soon as you go over 1400 you no longer accumulate ANY pitching points. You can check your rate of IP fairly simply on the site, so divide up your season into 6 more or less equal parts so about 213 IP per month, it’s probably a good recipe to be at or around 700 IP by the ASB.

So, long story short, the classic situation in these leagues is like 3 or 4 top starters, 4 or 5 RP of which 2 should be closers and the remaining 3 should be guys like Hader (100 Ks, 100 IP, no starts which is key and maybe throw in 6-10 wins and the odd 3 IP save). For example, Hader was the 8th highest on the pitcher chart in 2018. The guy is really valuable. Guys with similar value who could be 2019 version of Hader include Chad Green for one.

From one fellow Canadian to another, I recommend you read up fantasy rundown dot com. There is a ton of really great information that you can use to triangulate the best roster (before, during and after the draft).

Cheers,
Ante

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Ante Galic
3 years ago

@Ante Galic: thanks! have you done many RCL’s?

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  peacecoast
3 years ago

@peacecoast: PC

a. This will be my fourth year of RCL. One year I finished third in my league, one year it was pretty bad and I won my league last year.

b. You’ll make mistakes, get over it and try to find the best way forward. Try not to make too many in-season rash decisions like dropping someone if they are poorly performing in April. There are guys who classically perform better after May 1 or May 15 even. This is roto so what counts is how many total stats you collect. Like if Chapman hits 1 HR in April but 35 the rest of the way, that’s a total of 36. What he did in April does NOT matter.

c. You have 2 injured reserve slots, so drafting someone like Lindor (if the price is right) will not hurt you if you have a fill-in for the time he’s on the DL.

d. The same thing goes for guys who are going to be platooned. It’s daily lineups so there’s two ways guys handle it. One is just leave the lineup alone and maybe the guy you should have sat because he’s a lefty facing and a lefty and not in the starting lineup ends up hitting a pinch-hit grand slam. If you didn’t start him, you miss the grand slam in 1 AB. If you did the wise thing and sit him, you miss the slam. As a rule it’s better to follow and see if your lefty bat will sit against the lefty pitcher. Sign up to twitter (if you haven’t already) and follow all 30 teams. Then you can check lineups before the games start.

Good luck, man.

Cheers,
Ante

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Ante Galic
3 years ago

@Ante Galic:

Ante join the Frequent Comment League?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  MattTruss
3 years ago

@MattTruss: Congrats on the #1 pick you sonofabitch.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
3 years ago

I think we need to slow down the Harper hype. Sure Philly is a good landng spot (better than SF anyway) but outside his one monster season he’s only now had one 100 RBI season (and a 99 to be fair). And Washington generally had good lineups for him to hit in. Guy hit 249 last year and it isn’t a complete outlier as he has a 243 in the books also. And who’s to say he stays healthy enough to get 600 plus PA’s. I still think Grey’s ranking holds up and Harper isn’t worth reaching for.

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Sweatpants Nation
3 years ago

@Sweatpants Nation: yep. all those things. not drafting him at his ADP for sure.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Sweatpants Nation
3 years ago

@Sweatpants Nation: I love all the hype around Philly now. They were saying the same thing about the Nats the last 3 years. Just hand them the title! Apparently everyone in the lineup is going to go 30/100 or 100/20/20. Looking forward to laughing my arse off when they flop.

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: the top 5 tho: cutch, segura, bryce, hoskins, realmuto. kinda sexy cuz cutch and segura get on base so well.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  peacecoast
3 years ago

@peacecoast: Yeah it LOOKS sexy on paper. 4 of those guys on new teams. Just sayin’…When it looks too good to be true and the public is all over something, fade it.

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
Reply to  Sweatpants Nation
3 years ago

@Sweatpants Nation: Definitely fair points in standard leagues. OBP is a whole different story.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Big Ticket
3 years ago

@Big Ticket: For sure he rises in OBP

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
3 years ago

Any adjustments coming for Segura’s projections? If he hits 308 like you project, 92 runs feels low in that lineup.

hurley4three
hurley4three
3 years ago

5×5 Roto Keeper League (OBP instead of Avg.)
12 years to give 5 players (must keep 5)
3 RP spots (saves are tough in this league bc teams hoard closers)

Current Contracts:
Betts 1 year left of a 5 year deal
2 years to eat from a past contract

9 years to dish out to 4 of these guys:
Juan Soto
Trevor Story
Paul Goldschmidt
Khris Davis
Robinson Cano
Luis Castillo
Tyler Glasnow
Raisel Iglesias

Essentially Soto, Story and Goldy are a given but thoughts on the 4th and contract years?

hurley4three
hurley4three
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: I can’t. I have to give at least one year on each.

Soto 4 or 5
Story 2 or 3
Goldy 1
Davis 1

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
3 years ago

Were Segura projections/ranks done before Cutch, JT, and Harper additions? Any updates on Jean’s and projections?

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious
Reply to  Big Ticket
3 years ago

@Big Ticket: Lmao. Yeah he’s going to be a beast now cause of other guys. He’ll probably do what he always has.

Darren
Darren
3 years ago

Any adjustments to Gregory Polanco’s draft value? No restrictions on hitting, progressing well on throwing regimen, may get some DH ABs in ST. Seems like he’s heading for the early end of the mid April to Mid June return window.

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious
Reply to  Darren
3 years ago

@Darren: So? What’s so great about him that his injury status matters? Really?

Brett
Brett
3 years ago

Hey, we’ve got one free spot in an RCL that drafts tonight at 8 EST.
It’ s RCL#1 featuring Razzball legend Rudy Gamble, or at least someone with his name. Get in plz.

MattH
MattH
Reply to  Brett
3 years ago

@Brett: Yes, please join! It will be awesome.

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  Brett
3 years ago

FILLED!

MattH
MattH
Reply to  MattTruss
3 years ago

@MattTruss: Boom! Nice job.

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Everything is full!

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  MattTruss
3 years ago

Well, I mean, not EVERYTHING, but those two at least!

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  MattTruss
3 years ago

@MattTruss: someone interested in FCL below.

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
3 years ago

At least by going to Philly Bryce will now have tan nads, a requirement to play for Gabe. That’s what I’m most excited about.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Crime Dog
3 years ago

@Crime Dog:

Kaplar is a weird dude isn’t he?

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

@LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: What a stud though, haha

Sammy
Sammy
3 years ago

In a 10 team league, which tier of pitchers would you target as your first pitcher and in what roundish?

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

Battery Day is reserved for JD Drew….at least you did’nt pull out the out Snow Balls for Santa gag like all the national broadcasters. The best Philly move i saw in person was the flare gun game Monday night against the 49ers. Could you image that happening post 911?

Kapler said he may bat harper in the 8 hole analytics say that will strengthen the bottom of the order.

What a great signing we don’t really have a great lead off i guessing
hernandez, segura, Harper, hoskins, realmuto, mCuthend i’m thinking Franco in the 8 hole. Thats a stacked lineup you 8 hole is going to ding 22 hr. I don’t know if you have seen Franco yet but he is in great shape both him and kingery are hungry for playing time.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

@LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Is that a Franco BSOHL sighting?

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Sweatpants Nation
3 years ago

@Sweatpants Nation:

lol yes…………..he is still a fat f..ck

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

@LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Too bad. I always had faith in him and he just disappoints.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Sweatpants Nation
3 years ago

@Sweatpants Nation:

I think he will have a good season

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

@LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Where does ODB hit? I can see him as the #8 hitter.

How many ABs does Kingery get? I can see Kingery being a super utility, but playing nearly every days (like Baez a couple of years ago). But it wouldn’t shock me if he wins 3B out of spring either.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  bigbear
3 years ago

@bigbear:

i figure ODB 7 or 8 ……….good point i think kingery and franco came into the season ready to fight for a spot……as for Kingery who knows what he can do if he could focus on one position

really with Kaplar who knows what line up he will throw out day to day he is mind boggling

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

@LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood:

I can’t imagine they bat Odubel 8/9. I can’t imagine he rides the pine either. I’m not sure where he fits in but Kapler and the GM have both said he worked real hard this offseason. I think the 3rd OF job is his to lose. Maybe they give some thought to having Segura lead off and Odubel#2 if he looks good once he gets on the field.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Dave D
3 years ago

@Dave D:

Been a long time since the Phillies had First World Problems! That is a hitting lineup.

I agree wtih you OD is starting in center.. Maybe they even have McCutchen Lead off sometimes? Nick Williams traded?

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

That was a good one………keep it classy philly

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

@LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: You’re drinking vodka? Lol keep talking about holesand bsohl. Jesus.

Racehorse
Racehorse
3 years ago

Grey –

As for the White Sox whiffing on Harper (and Machado) …

Yeah – it’s bad … in a real bad way.

FACT: the White Sox have NEVER been to the play-offs in back-to-back years.

From the team that invented the cheap baseball owner (Charles Comiskey) who caused the worst scandal (Black Sox), owner Jerry Reinsdorf simply refuses to pay for high quality baseball players.

Jerry Reinsdorf is a bad caricature of Thurston Howell III who would rather lose and make money, than spend some extra money and win more games.

Baseball is making record profits (despite attendance being down as a whole for many years) … so rhetorically, what’s the point of these billionaire baseball owners like Jerry Reinsdorf owning a baseball team if they don’t care about winning?

Just had to get that one off my chest, too – thanks again, Grey, you’re the best!

Racehorse
Racehorse
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Jerry Reinsdorf is so tight-fisted he wouldn’t pay a nickel to watch Niagara Falls go backwards.