Here, friend, are some catchers that I will be targeting at my 2019 fantasy drafts after the top options are gone.  I’m not going to get into the strategy of punting catchers.  Been there, half-drunkenly wrote that years ago.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2019 projections.  This is a (legal-in-most-countries) supplement to the top 20 catchers of 2019 fantasy baseball.  Now, guys and five girl readers, I am not saying avoid catchers like Yasmani Grandal if they fall, but to get on this list, you need to be drafted later than 200 overall, and, to preemptively answer at least seven comments, yes, I will go around the entire infield, outfield and pitchers to target very late.  Anyway, here’s some catchers to target for 2019 fantasy baseball:

Danny Jansen (218 NFBC ADP, 225 ESPN, 296 Yahoo) Here’s what I see with the Jays’ lineup:  Garbage but eventually Cavan Biggio, garbage but eventually Dante Bichette Jr., garbage placeholder for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Randal Grichuk, utter garbage, total garbage, Freddy Garbagalvis, and severe garbage, then Danny Jansen.  If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, Jansen could be hitting cleanup or in the two hole by as early as April 15th.

Welington Castillo (241 NFBC, unranked ESPN, 291 Yahoo) Where’s the boeuf?!  Right here, actually.  So, you know what’s up with him, but here’s something.  I think I need to go on another Jon Jay Wikipedia-like crusade.  Explanation:  Some other schmohawks started calling Jon Jay “The Federalist” about five years after I was calling him that, and took credit in Wikipedia.  Well, nuh-uh.  Wasn’t happening on my watch, so I had it changed on Wikipedia.  Ever since I had Jamie Kennedy steal a movie from me (true story that is too embarrassing to recount) I don’t let people plagiarize me.  With that said, Welington’s Wiki page now says his nickname is Beef.  I guarantee I was calling him that shizz first.  Don’t make me pay a Wikipedia editor on the black market in some dark web chatroom like a really bad episode of Mr. Robot to have it changed.  Don’t.

Jorge Alfaro (242 NFBC, 217 ESPN, unranked Yahoo) I cannot believe more people aren’t picking up what I’m putting down for Alfaro.  He hits the ball far.  It’s in his gee dee name!  How ALFARO will it go?  ALFARO, that’s how ALFARO, it will ALFARO go.  I’m tempted to not even mention another catcher to put the proper focus on Alfaro.  Frank Sinatra sang in Forget Domani, “Let’s not forget about Alfaro,” and Sinatra was dead before Alfaro was alive, so explain that if Alfaro isn’t worth owning.

Willians Astudillo (244 NFBC, unranked ESPN, unranked Yahoo) If you were wondering, the 244 in parenthesis is still ADP, not his weight.  That’s much higher!  I was talking to Rudy recently — we talk, y’all! — and he was saying he doesn’t understand how Astudillo gets any playing time this year.  I kinda agree, especially with the addition of Marwin Gonzalez.  Though, I’m reminded of Juan Soto last year.  We have no idea what the year has in store for anyone, which is why I wear a helmet everywhere I go, but, my neuroses aside, what I mean is Astudillo has no job right now, but are all the Twins going to play 150+ games each?  *whispers* No.

Francisco Mejia (251 NFBC, 280 ESPN, 293 Yahoo) Back in November, I gave you my Francisco Mejia fantasy.  It’s still fairly accurate.  Prescient ain’t just a word I use to sound smart!  Mejia needs that coveted playing time, but, as I just said above for Astudillo, no one knows what Hedges is going to do, and maybe the Padres try Mejia at first base, after the worms gang up together and attack Hosmer for hitting so many ground balls.  Worm gangs conspiring, “It’s nice to have a partner in grime.”  A worm who isn’t sure if a life of grime is for them, “Are you trying to bait me?”  The preceding was brought to you by Highlights Magazine.

John Hicks (345 NFBC, unranked ESPN, unranked Yahoo) *wavy lines* I’m going to write a sexy blurb for John Hicks.  *wavy lines*  Whoa, that was the least sexy dream I’ve ever had.  *wavy lines* Roseanne Barr, in a bikini, hands me suntan lotion.  *wavy lines*  Okay, not the least sexy dream ever!  Hicks is currently weak-side of Grayson Greiner, who is known more for his manor than hitting, and Hicks would pick up ABs if something happened to Miggy.  Or, rather, when something happens to Miggy.

Carson Kelly (447 NFBC, unranked ESPN, unranked Yahoo) In 151 Triple-A games in the last two years, he hit 17 HRs and .275 (thereabouts, I didn’t do the math; okay, I did the math for the power, but not the average).  Sounds to me like Kelly is an easy top 15 catcher, especially considering a top 12 to 15 catcher is pretty much unownable.  We’re all trying to get that top eight or better catcher.  Kelly could have that upside.  He’s in a similar boat to Jansen.  I call that boat, The Goodshizz Lollipop.  Diamondbacks have a few less garbagey hitters, but there’s still room for Kelly to be hitting as high as cleanup by midseason, if he hits.  Arizona Diamondbacks’ PR team, “We’re less garbagey than the Jays?  That could work!”

  1. Member Berries says:
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    Whoa! Can’t tease us with that Jamie Kennedy tid bit and not finish. Never liked that guy to begin with

    I must confess my sins, I didn’t credit you when I got a laugh for calling Kiner Falefa the Fallafel guy.

    Cisco and Lucroy are hitting the ball well this spring – no interest?

    Fletcher is struggling but I’m buying in on a bounce back from Kingery. You back in on Delino Deshields?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Member Berries: Haha, you robbed me too! I drafted Lucroy in an Only league the other day, but no real interest — Cisco seems solid if he gets ABs… Nothing has changed from my rankings on Fletcher, Kingery or Delino due to Spring Training

  2. KCC26 says:
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    Morning!

    Just about time for me to submit keepers. 12 team mixed H2H league, keep 8. In a weird rebuild sort of year. Definitely keeping:

    Benintendi-7th round
    Acuna- 10th round
    Albies -12th round
    Aguilar- 16th round
    Robles- 17th round
    Muncy- 18th round

    Who do you like for the last two slots?

    Correa (3rd)
    Price (8)
    Odor (9th)
    Luis Castillo (15)
    G. Hampson (24)
    J. Winker (24)
    K. Tucker (24)
    P. Alonso (24)

    Thanks for your thoughts!!

    • bigbear says:
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      @KCC26: Definitely Hampson. And I’d probably go with Castillo. But could see Tucker as well. Maybe even Tucker over Robles in a keep forever league.

      • Donkey Teeth

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        @bigbear: He can’t throw Robles back, bigbear!!

        • bigbear says:
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          @Donkey Teeth: I’d say the same for Tucker. Tucker will get his shot at full time ABs soon enough. He’s only 21 and is a 20+/20+ guy. I’m really not hating on Robles, but I like Tucker’s upside more. A redraft, sure go with Robles. Forever, I’d roll the dice with Tucker.

        • bigbear says:
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          @Donkey Teeth: You’re right though from a draft slot though.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      @KCC26: Tough list. I would narrow it down to Castillo, Hampson, and Alonso.

      I gotta talk to Hampson this year, so he’s #1 for me. Then I’d go with Castillo #2, but it wouldn’t be hard to convince me on Alonso or even Tucker since you’re rebuilding…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KCC26: That doesn’t look like a rebuild team, you should rethink that and try to win… Hampson and Castillo sounds fine

      • KCC26 says:
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        @Grey: sorry, didn’t mean to imply that I wasn’t trying to compete this year. More that I traded off some more established older and expensive assets last year in exchange for some cheap youth! My roster is missing some of those star players (and pitching!) going into the draft. But thanks all!!

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great catcher report, really nice picks here to be SUPER late.

    a. Thanks for convincing me once more to punt catcher. I could see all of these catchers being top 12 for catcher, that would mean that some top 10 catchers regress a bit or there’s a big 6-way tie around 10th.

    b. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote of the day for March 5

    1. After being drafted in the 7th round, the Rams Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend. The celebration didn’t end there because on ESPN 2 there was full insertion.

    2. A study has found that the average high school prom go-er now spends 1000$ for the prom celebration or 2000$ if you count the abortion.

    3. A Westchester parking enforcement officer stole 89,000$ in quarters. How much laundry does this guy need to do?

    4. Sadly, the man behind the voice of Tony the Tiger died at 64. His last words were ‘I don’t feel G-R-R-R-E-A-T!’

    5. Two strangers were arrested for having sex on a plane. Oh, I feel sorry for the guy in the middle seat.

    6. Older people say porno whereas the young folk use the term porn.

    7. Dr Dre announced that he’s the first Hip Hop billionaire, a regular J Paul Ghetto.

    8. Did you hear about the search for the Malaysian airlines plane? The search continues for a long-lost plane operated in 365 BC.

    9. A man in Chipita, Colorado allowed a hyena to eat his penis after being told by a witch doctor it would help him become rich. Is it me or does it sound like that hyena and the witch doctor were in cahoots?

    Cheers,
    Ante

  4. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Was that a Revenge joke in the Hicks writeup?!

  5. Max says:
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    Jamie Kennedy definitely took the Hungover games from you

  6. Danny almonte says:
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    I’m deep league fishing in a league where I lost S. Perez. Only 10 FA adds per year so I need a high floor guy. Was considering O. Narvaez or could go with the Yawn Gomes platoon. Do u like Narvaez? Thought he might’ve made this list

  7. Mike L says:
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    Chance Sisco has been tearing it up lately…but they’ll find a way to get in someone worse. It’s the Orioles way.

  8. The Great Knoche says:
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    Guy I’ve been targeting in 2 catcher leagues is Omar Narvaez. Not competing with anyone for playing time besides David Freitas (who?), his defensive metrics look good so he could approach 400ABs.

    He won’t kill you on batting avaerage and has enough power to hit 15HRs. Currently 21st catcher off board at 306 ADP but very easily can return top 10 value.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @peacecoast: RCL only a one catcher league. He won’t get drafted.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @peacecoast: I like the idea of just going around and doing inappropriately timed evil laughs

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @peacecoast:

        Are you ready to order?

        I think I’ll have the croque madame. Muahahahahaha

        • peacecoast says:
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          @Grey: I’ll have the cream of sum yung guy, muhahahahah

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HAHA… That’s not milk, muahahahaha – WUT

  9. Jon says:
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    Would you trade either Mikolas or Price for Moncada in a keep forever? 5×5 scoring. I’m looking to acquire a 2B so I don’t love that it looks like Moncada is being moved off of the position. Thoughts?

    • bigbear says:
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      @Jon: Meh. Could probably do better, but sure.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      @Jon: Agree with bigbear

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Jon: Agree with DT

  10. Jon Anglemyer says:
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    Any word on when the top 100 keeper rankings come out? Got a draft next week and you know I don’t get rankings anywhere else!

  11. Wally Pipp says:
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    Thats great you petitioned Wikipedia to credit you with John Jay’s nickname the Federalist. He must not like that name because on players weekend the nickname he uses is 305-J which I would assume is a reference to Miami.

    I would love to hear the Jamie Kennedy story please bring it up on the next podcast

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wally Pipp: Jon Jay should have to go by our nickname for him, it’s not like you can nickname yourself

      • Member Berries says:
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        @Grey:

        Kobe Bryant begs to differ on that you cannot nickname yourself

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is black mamba from him?

          • Member Berries says:
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            @Grey:

            Yes and Vino – i am a huge fan so lots of people make fun of him for this.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Now you’ve lost me

  12. Wally Pipp says:
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    U ever hear of a rapper named cage?

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Wally Pipp: observe gravity pulling you into Earth gradually. You’ll see you need a style I created to try and battle me.

        His lyrics are absurd and insanely smart. He’s always talking about people biting his shit which is why I brought him up.

  13. bigbear says:
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    So I did a mock draft yesterday and intentionally avoided Kershaw just to see what would happen. He fell to the 12 round. I was looking at him in the 8th when I was speaking German. I’m comfortable with German ahead of Kershaw when arm risk is factored in. But if I wasn’t doing my experiment, I probably would have picked Kershaw in the 9th. Maybe even earlier if I had thought about it…

    Where are you guys seeing Kershaw go? Where are you starting to take him?

    Where do you think Alfaro hits in that crappy Marlin lineup?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      @bigbear: Kershaw had a wide range in the 21 TGFBI drafts: min pick 28, max pick 90, avg pick 52. I might start to consider him after pick 90 but it depends on the league format, more than likely I just pass altogether. The opportunity cost in round 12 is pretty darn low though.

      I have hopes of Alfaro hitting cleanup. He’s my favorite catcher on this list.

      • The Scrant Dog

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        @Donkey Teeth: Kershaw went 5th round P1 in the NFBC 50 I’m in lol

        • Matty says:
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          @The Scrant Dog:
          “Team Rudygamble” took Kershaw in the 4th in my RCL. I suspect he may have been on autodraft.

          • Grey

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            @Matty: That was an autodraft, Rudy will be competing in that league, he didn’t know he was signed up for it

            • Matty says:
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              @Grey:
              I assumed as much- Scherzer, DeGrom, Blackmon, Kershaw doesn’t quite fit the Razz ethos. I look forward to watching him stockpile pitching stats early then deal everyone away.

            • yup. didn’t know i’d signed up and then got the reminder email at 2AM which was subsequently buried by the time i woke up :)

              oh well – will have to show my in-season prowess. was NOT happy to see Kershaw on my team.

    • Grey

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      Kershaw is already hurt… Alfaro prolly hits five or six hole

      • bigbear says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I hear you. That’s why he’s falling. And yesterday there was chatter about him missing opening day. But you rolled the $10 dice on Harper in an AL-Only league. You’re the Warren Buffet of FBB. Be greedy when others are fearful, be fearful when others are greedy. At what point is it worth trying to catch that falling knife? 5th round? 12th round? 20th round?

  14. Dave D says:
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    I’ve never drafted a catcher before round 20 that gave me value. Not in the last decade at least. The nice thing about DCs is that you can punt the ball really f’n far. Me likes that. Y’all can take yer catchers round 15-20 while Im grabbing valuable players still.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, you look at Realmuto (#1 catcher) vs. say Narvaez… Really not that big difference between the two

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        I just took Rendon off board in our league. One more to go before I hand it back to you. It looks like you got robbed of Vladdy so you settled for Xandy. Same thing for me with Rendon..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, I think Vladdy might be the biggest reach in drafts this year

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            But to each his own, I hope he works out for that person

  15. erad says:
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    Malibu’s Most Wanted?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @erad: That was his Citizen Kane, I could never take credit there

  16. Ian says:
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    Perfect timing..thanks! Now I have my catchers list set for the final pick of drafts.

  17. Jason P. says:
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    This is perfect, as my auction is Sunday and my keeper Catcher, Sal Perez is out for the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason P.: Damn, that sucks – why were you keeping a catcher tho?

      • Jason P. says:
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        @Grey:

        Scarce position – per my valuations, only 6 provided positive value. 4 of the other 5 were being kept. Sal Perez was valued at $13, I could keep him for $3. Great Value.

  18. OaktownSteve says:
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    Good to see none of my catchers on this list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re such a…*trying to read your avatar face*…Caratini man!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Like the Bogaerts pick, Albie.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seemed like the only way I could go there without pushing too hard to try to make things happen

        • Big Magoo

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          @OaktownSteve: Knew it’d get your seal of approval

  19. NatsFan says:
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    Thoughts on my NFBC team (still 20+ rounds to go!)

    C- Alfaro
    C- Hicks
    1b- Voit
    2b- Gurriel Jr.
    SS- Mondesi
    3b- Machado (when eligible–hopefully soon!)
    CI- Smoak
    MI- Peraza
    OF- J.D. Martinez
    OF- Rosario
    OF- Mazara
    OF- Bader
    OF- Palka
    UT-Lamb/Lowrie

    P- Starsburg
    P- Flaherty
    P- Pivetta
    P- Quintana
    P- Newcomb
    P- Tr. Williams
    P- Shoemaker
    P- Yates
    P- Wa. Davis
    Res: Morrow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NatsFan: You punted AVG and you look low on Ks… Not a bad team tho, is Fletcher around for an AVG boost?

  20. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Grey, it doesn’t matter who God’s vessel was. The important thing to acknowledge is that it was His will that the world be blessed with Son of the Mask. The only real tragedy here is its 6% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Then again, Christianity took a while before it became a cult classic.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, thank you

  21. Big Magoo

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    Tick tock, tick tock…

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: Ooh, I was wrong. Thought you’d grab someone else there. OTS will be disappointed. He likes Bogey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You don’t tho?

          • Big Magoo

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            @Grey: I do, especially in this format. Gotta have some high floor guys. That’s why we went Benintendi in the 2nd.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow, I think that’s the 1st time you’ve liked one of my picks! High-five for the high floor! Yeah, as I said to Oaktown, I don’t think there was much else I could’ve done there, would’ve felt like reaching if I went another way

              • Big Magoo

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                @Grey: Come on, we agree plenty. Started one of my drafts Yelich/Stanton last weekend. And I agree with you on Bellinger – just a year late. Think he’s in for a big year.

                I know what you mean about reaching. We were set to take Cole in the 2nd before he was taken right before us. Didn’t want to take the risk on a 36 year old Verlander or dip down the board for some of the other SPs, so catch you later pitching!

                • Grey

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                  Hehe, yeah, we agree on players…just not the same years! Just messin, it’s more fun to talk about the outliers of our appreciation… I hear ya on pitching, sometimes it falls just right and makes sense, other times you’re looking at Verlander and seeing an age cliff, and punting to the next set of guys…

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Grey: Or the next set of guys. It’s a pitching trust exercise, and I’m in mid fall waiting for OTS to catch me. Should be interesting.

                    • Grey

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                      OTS can catch you like a hackey sack.. Right before hitting ground, he sticks out his foot and balances you

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                  I doubted the Cole pick until now. Thanks.

    • The Great Knoches says:
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      @Big Magoo: It’s a west coast thing. Grimey slept in today too.

        • frankgrimes says:
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          @Big Magoo:
          I woke up and my queue was empty haha.

          • Big Magoo

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            @frankgrimes: Tends to be how these drafts go. Grimey!

            • frankgrimes says:
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              @Big Magoo:
              Thoughts on Corbin? I took him at 46 for my sp1.

              • Big Magoo

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                @frankgrimes: I’m a little nervous about the velo drop and the heavy slider usage last season, but as long as Washington was cool with his medicals, he should be fine.

                • frankgrimes says:
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                  @Big Magoo:
                  Fingers crossed haha. Waiting 28 picks in a slow draft is brutal…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        We gotta get on a schedule where I’m drafting at night, and east coast is drafting in morning

        • frankgrimes says:
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          @Grey:
          Possible to follow your NFBC draft board as well?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I went Baez, Giancarlo, Xander

            • frankgrimes says:
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              @Grey:
              Giancarlo! Oh my.
              I grabbed Mondesi/Corbin at the turn.
              Maybe I’ll pick again by sundown!

              • Grey

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                Ha, nice picks… I would’ve done same at your spot, prolly (hard to know without knowing who was available)

                • frankgrimes says:
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                  @Grey:
                  Think the 3/4 turn is prolly the hardest wait picking last.
                  Mondesi wasn’t even in my queue cuz I figured he be gone.

                  • Grey

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                    Mondesi went mid-2nd here… Yeah, turn in these deep leagues are hard, it’s why I drafted Bauer in the 3rd round in my TCBY 15-team league bc you just can’t wait another 30 picks and hope something comes back

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                      @Grey:
                      Corbin feels risky to me. If Rendon hadn’t gone pick before I prolly would have said F it and waited to take pitchers next turn.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like how everyone wants us to just roll out of bed to draft because they’ve been up for hours

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Haha totes. Plus my queue got destroyed.
            Let’s do a west coast only next year.

            And ya looks like our drafts aren’t public view bummer.

            • Grey

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              That’s a good idea! Get everyone on the time zone that runs shizz!

              • nitro says:
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                @Grey: I am in Israel!!! Been drafting at 4am. Killer.

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: Just like you want us to stay up all night.

            Similar start except I was oiut of the 8 slot, I have Baez and Judge to start, Buehler was there at pick 38 so I went that route instead of Offense.

            • Grey

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              Makes sense, Buehler was there for me, but they might be more pitchers left at my point, so I figured I’d take a bogey… Here I come German Marquez!

              • Dave D says:
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                @Grey:

                I left Buehler there for you Grey. I knew Springer wouldn’t make it back to me with my next pick at 74 so I reached a tad. I can’t complain with a first four of Story, Muchodough, Rendon and Springer. I think I probably have 400 runs, 120 HRs and 375 RBI’s there to start.

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, I think at the turns, or really in these drafts, if you want or need someone, you take them, so can’t faul the Springer pick… I like the infield a lot that you have… I like your team, actually

                  • Dave D says:
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                    @Grey: Thanks. I considered Buehler there too, pretty good place to pick him, but ultimately I’m sticking with my strategic decision of leaning heavily on offense.

                    • Grey

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                      So far I’ve drafted 4 guys I don’t own anywhere else, so this will either be my only good team or my worst team… Not sure what I’m rooting for here…

  22. Matty says:
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    This post will inform my final non-minor league pick (or first post-draft move to accompany a DL move). I too am surprised with how little attention Alfaro has been receiving, I hope that doesn’t change until after the remainder of my drafts.
    Had my RCL Draft on Friday- nice and early so I have a few weeks to fret and tinker before the season starts.
    For people looking to get a feel for where folks are going, a screenshot of the first 22 rounds is here: https://postimg.cc/k6RV4hVX Mondesi lasted until late in the 3rd and Vlad Jr went in the 5th.
    I think I put myself in a decent position, a little light on speed and maybe saves depending on how things land out of Spring Training, but am always open for everyone’s critiques
    C- Alfaro
    1B- Rizzo
    2B- Baez
    SS- Profar
    3B- Muncy
    CI- Desmond
    MI- Eduardo Escobar
    OF- Yelich, Springer, Dahl, Mazara, Rosario
    UT- Amed Rosario
    BN- Pederson, Schoop
    SP- Clevinger, Berrios, EdRod, Glasnow, Marco Gonzales, Chase Anderson, Brandon Woodruff
    RP- Chaz Roe, Shane Greene, Archie Bradley

    • Grey

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      @Matty: I agree with you on all accounts, you should try to get some speed and saves… Alfaro — agreed!

  23. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    1. You nailed it on Alfaro. I love how other non-Razz perts are all high and mighty about Alfaro’s plate approach / BABIP while also admitting C is particularly a wasteland this year. Take the guy with full time ABs, an insane arm (he’s not getting benched), and some positive things to grab onto on the bat side and don’t get picky!

    2. I did a 12 team yahoo mock draft yesterday (full room of people) and grabbed Kershaw as my SP3 at (round 9?) pick 110. At that price, seems like there’s nothing but upside, no? (to LOL, got Bauer in the 5th, Clev in the 7th .. . first 4 rounds were Trout, Machado, Story, Mondesi – gotta love yahoo ranks!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Right? It seems like such a no-brainer to me (my speciality!) He hits .240 and 17-20 HRs? Sounds great, actually. 2. Yeah, 110 sounds ok, but he is hurt and hasn’t pitched yet, he might be in for a lost season

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: 1. For sure….the biggest thing to avoid in two-catcher leagues are guys who play, like 30% of the time. He’ll get counting stats, if nothing else.

        2. For sure – it’s definitely the sort of thing that I’m fine paying for a DL stash after pick 100 + if it pans out, great, but I’m not relying on the production and more than likely would trade him right before he’s scheduled to debut during the season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Yeah, exactly… Who else are they playing? He might see 520 ABs 2. Yeah, and at 110 overall, it’s not the worst bet

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: I see people taking Yu Darvish sort of near there. I actually don’t hate a cheap Yu Darvish bet either, but I’d rather take the guy who (despite declining skills all around) still puts up numbers when he’s actually playing.

            I feel like the worst case Kershaw is still just about the innings – he might not be vintage Kershaw but he’s not putting up a 4.00 ERA.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              At a certain point all guys are okay, but Darvish and Kershaw scream 100-ish IP and you might just be better off with Jakob Junis 400 picks later

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Important safety tip: you’re never better off with jake junis

                • Dave D says:
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                  @OaktownSteve:

                  Or possibly any Royals SP (maybe even RP too)…

  24. Wilson says:
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    hi Grey, i am in 10-team league , 5×5 OBP , 6 keepers.

    With advise, I will keep Machado, Lindor, Bellinger, Arenado, Scherzer, and your bet .. Mondesi.
    I was thinking to keep Springer due to no pure OF in my keeper however your advice is to let Springer go.

    I am going to trade my Springer + my 1 st draft (10th pick overall after 60 keepers) for his 1st pick (4th pick overall) , and it’s snake draft (which means my 2nd pick is overall 11th pick).

    How do you think about it? Still keep Mondesi instead of Springer, and green light for the trade? Thoughts appreciated.

  25. I am the Walrus says:
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    I’m from Chicago and beat writers are reporting how good Darivsh feels with no pain and how he feels this is the best stuff of his entire career. Noise/hype or can there be anything to this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Though I guess you never know

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @I am the Walrus:

      It’s worth watching. ADP 159 and upside is SP1

  26. Salvatore Grieco says:
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    Hey Grey! I am in a keeper league keeping Bryant Degrom Mondesi Dahl and Buehler. According to your rankings the best available are Arenado, Machado, Lindor, Goldshmidt, Freeman, Sherzer, Springer, Verlander, Albies, Blackmon, Albies, Rendon, Cole, Boegarts, Nola, Peraza, Correa, Davis
    Yahoos top available are Arenado, Sherzer, Freeman, Goldshmidt, Lindor, Machado, Verlander, Blackmon, Cole, Marte, Severino, Merrifield, Nola, Correa, Rendon, Carrasco, Bogaerts, Davis…… I select 5 picks in and 12 picks in. My concern is for the 12 picks in.. You can see in the yahoo ranks they dont have Springer listed in there… is that who you would grab or should I do someone like Kris Davis for home runs?
    Thanks for the help

  27. frankgrimes says:
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    Roh-oh Severino scratched

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, I should’ve wrote the schmohawk post for him!

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Sano out too. Not that it matters ha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I might take Astudillo as 2nd catcher now

  28. Earl says:
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    How much would you reach for Eloy Jimenez or Victor Robles?

    which do you think will have better season overall?

    Thanks

  29. Chris LaMotta says:
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    Hi guys. My keepers are due for my 15 team auction league.
    We can keep 9.
    I’m keeping
    Kris Bryant 27
    Javy Baez. 6
    Nick Senzel. 6
    Kyle Tucker 1
    Fernando Tatis Jr. 1

    Need to choose 4 of the following

    Corey Seager 16
    Austin Meadows 6
    Brendan Rodgers 1
    Luis Urias 1
    Thor. 16
    Mike Folty. 1
    Alex Reyes 6
    Jesus Luzardo 1
    David Robertson 5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How was Folty’s throwing session?

      Prolly him, Seager, Reyes and Meadows

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        @Grey: Saw that it was just a light game of catch

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, it’s something

      • Chris lamotta says:
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        @Grey: not Syndergaard?
        And Reyes over Luzardo?
        Every year each players price goes up $5
        Thanks

  30. Kingslayer says:
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    What are you using to make these hilarious videos? (Excluding your sense of humor or course haha)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A production company puts them together, if you’re seriously interested in method, I can ask

  31. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    I’m in a bit of a dilemma here in my dynasty league. Cut day is rapidly approaching, and today’s article emphasizes I’ve got some work still to do. I own both Al-FAR-o and Astudildo. How far-o will that Dildo go?

    Ok, seriously, their ADPs are 242 and 244. From what i can tell, Astudillo is killing it again this spring and neither of Minnesota’s other two catchers offer much upside offensively. I will not be surprised at all when Astudillo makes the Twins and plays fairly regularly, whether it’s at C, 2B or 3B or 1B.

    But you seem so high on Al-FAR-o.

    So what’s a guy to do? I can’t keep them both. The roster spot is too valuable to waste on an extra catcher not named J.T. I want to keep Astudilo but you seem to be steering me towards keeping Al-FAR-o. How big a difference are you thinking there is between the two?

    Will I be making a huge mistake keeping Astudillo if he makes the opening day roster? Al-FAR-o in Philly was a no-brainer for me. Al-FAR-o in Miami feels like a death trap.

    What would you do and why?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think Astudillo is guaranteed playing time, which is what you need first and foremost

  32. OaktownSteve says:
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    Did you call it TCBY? Just checking

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I did, I can’t remember the name of it

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Big Ol Fantasy Jerk Off

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Your kids got another NFBC this year?

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Yep. Taking last year’s winnings and doing an online 12 team championship

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s awesome! How come you didn’t put them in our league?

  33. Pat says:
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    Thanks for the article! Been catching up on all your rankings as I’m prepping for upcoming draft and it’s great as always.

    I have 2nd pick in a 12 team 5×5 roto league. Most of the owners are casual baseball fans and not really fantasy ‘perts so my question is how long would you risk waiting to scoop up Mondesi?

    ESPN ranks him at 101 currently and I’m pretty confident he will get back to me at least for my 4/5 round (semi) turn (picks 47/50). Do I grab him there? See if I can wait longer? Or just say fuck it and grab him in round 2/3?

    He appears in my dreams every night so going to “reach” when I have to, but want to take advantage of playing in a league where most kids will be looking at ESPN’s rankings.

    Not sure if this a question you’ll be able to provide a specific answer on but just wanted to get your take on where you’d look to draft him if you were drafting in a not super competitive league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! I’d grab him around 50 in ESPN, you should be fine there

  34. Jake says:
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    In NL league, who do you like better-Javy Baez at $24.50 or Jesus Aguilar at $6.50. I have a very good team that will compete for 1st with Baez and he’s a known quantity. Is a cheaper Aguilar worth the risk?

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      @Jake: Some of these questions are ridiculous.

  35. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Watching Flaherty vs Phils today. 9 Ks in 4 innings. Nasty change up. Start the season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let’s get it going!

  36. peacecoast says:
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    I know you have them ranked right next to each other but my pick is up soon and I wanna go Laureano over Bader. Toss up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, players in same tiers are toss ups

  37. ThE sHiT says:
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    Went to the Dodgers/Giants game yesterday in Scottsdale. First time doing ST, was so cool. Hit up a great burger spot, Rehab Burger Therapy, will definitely be going back!

    Some observations from the game:

    Urias looked excellent, great velo, hitting his spots, i love his fluid delivery. I expect a somewhat similar impact from him like what 2018 Buehler did but in less innings.

    Shark made Bellinger look so silly in the first AB, im buying Bellinger again this season, but damn i think he struggles to hit .275 if he doesnt fix those whiffing problems.

    DJ Peters is freaking huge, reminds me of a thicker Jayson Werth, he smoked a liner down the 3B line and ran the bases like a gazelle for a rather easy triple, no way i woulda thought he ran that well.

    Shark looked really good too besides the couple walks. His breaking stuff had good bite. Ill buy at least one share of him this year.

    Couldnt stop laughing at how huge Bochys head is lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice! ST is fun stuff, don’t know that burger place tho…. I wanna get an Urias share, but not sure how many IP he can pitch this year… Shark’s such a tease, not sure I can go back in…hilarious on DJ Peters…

  38. Jb says:
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    You have some SP you would rank higher if we didn’t include K’s(4×4 league)

  39. the tone ranger says:
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    hey grey need some help w/ my keeper decision. 12 team h2h
    rounds they can be kept in are in ().

    Thank you

    Arenado (1)
    Goldy (2)
    Altuve (3)
    Bauer (7)
    Treat urner (20)
    Shaw (24)
    Conforto (27)
    Soto (27)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many can you keep?

      • the tone ranger says:
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        @Grey: oops! 6. sorry.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, lose Conforto or Shaw, and redraft them if possible

  40. florida jack says:
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    from yes network

    Luis Severino will be shut down for two weeks after an MRI reveals rotator cuff inflammation.

  41. Wally Pipp says:
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    “When he (severino) was getting warmed up for the game, he just threw a pitch and felt something around the lat or back of the shoulder and just didn’t feel right, so [he] walked off,” Boone said during the telecast on YES Network. “He’s going to see the doctor and get an MRI this afternoon and kind of hope for the best.”

    Kind of hope for the best? Watch the Yankees sign Gio Gonzalez by the end of this week. At this point can’t really go near Severino in the top hundred picks, maybe 150.

  42. Wally Pipp says:
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    Bold prediction J A Happ carries the yankees rotation as the ace and has a career year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds realistic vs. bold

  43. HotStove Heater says:
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    OBP dynasty league.

    H Bader or A Meadows?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm, tough call… Meadows

  44. Andre says:
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    With the Severino news do I rethink my 5th keeper in a 10tm H2H category league? 6×6 with OBP and QS

    Four Locks: Trout, T. Turner, Yelich, Acuna.

    Potential 5th: Severino, Hoskins, Abreau, P. Corbin, J. Flahrety.

    I moved most of my picks to go for it last year. So I won’t be selecting till the 6th round. I’m assuming pitching is going to be scarce by then so I’m leaning Flahrety or Corbin but I’d like your thoughts. Thanks Grey!

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      @Andre: wow. Do you not look at the rankings? Hoskins. Ridiculous.

      • Andre says:
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        @Captain Obvious:

        LOL well context matters. I have all hitters, no pitching, and no picks till the 6th round. I didn’t know we just blindly look at spreadsheets and take who’s next.

  45. Captain Obvious says:
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    What cacher should I get. I have other questions.

  46. Fundle Bundle Life says:
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    i’m in the PPP pitchers pairing post and i know thor is intentionally missing, are others also?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SPs I would never draft are missing

      • Fundle Bundle Life says:
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        @Grey: was that always done in years past, i know you have specific tiers that are guys you avoid each year (and they are lower than ADP’s clearly, even relative to other SP)

        • frankgrimes says:
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          @Fundle Bundle Life:
          Ya bruh. Be a Believer.
          Grey is a wizard.
          I am Utred, son of Uhtred.

        • Fundle Bundle Life says:
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          @Fundle Bundle Life: is it only the flip flops and socks 3 thor-severino-greinke or are there later ones gone too

  47. Charles Varon says:
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    Grey,

    Thank you so much for all that you do!!! Fantasy baseball wouldn’t be the same without you.

    I’m in a 6×5, h2h, 10 team, ops league. Our keepers are tied to our draft picks. I had all my picks ready to go and just waiting for the draft until someone offered me their Xander for a swap of late round draft picks. The draft picks don’t matter since it’s at the end of the draft, but would you accept and keep Xander at round 4 value and throw back one of my other keepers below? Or would you stand pat and just roll with these 7?

    Trout (round 1)
    Yelich (round 2)
    Goldschmidt (round 5)
    Scherzer (round 6)
    Ozzie Albies (round 12)
    Arenado (round 13)
    Acuna (round 24)

    If I stand pat options for me to draft at SS who I’m targeting are Mondesi and Peraza.

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