The ax fell yesterday on Luis Severino‘s elbow. That ax was wielded by Dr. James Andrews, who was wearing a Jason mask at the time of the news conference. A reporter stands, “Doc, do you think Severino can avoid Tommy John surgery?” Dr. James Andrews, breathy like Kathleen Turner with an unmistakeable Charleston accent, “I do declare,” Dr. James Andrews pats his mask with a handkerchief, “Severino’s time under the knife will be short, but his stay on the Injured List long.” He then scratched his arm with the ax and accidentally ripped his doctor’s lab coat. “If there’s no further questions, I will be going,” Dr. James Andrews stood, sticking out his arms in a Jason pose, and slowly left the stage. So, Severino and Dr. James Andrews have been acquainted and if you drafted Severino early, you’re ess oh el as they say in Acronyms R’ Us chatrooms. I’ve removed Severino from the top 40 starters and top 500 for 2020 fantasy baseball. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason in fantasy baseball:

Jordan Montgomery – With Severino and Paxton’s injuries, I’ve decided to add Montgomery into my rankings, but my first step in trying to figure out my thoughts on him led me down a trail of broken dreams about his Tommy John surgery in 2018, and shoulder issues last year. Sorta like Chris Davis, Montgomery’s already got three strikes against him. He used to work with four pitches, and, in his last full season, he was a cheap, valuable starter, so I’m not out on him for a flyer, but expecting more than 100 IP from a guy who hasn’t throw in 18 months is silly and the Yankees do have other options. He was added into my top 100 starters.

Aaron Judge – Dealing with crankiness of his shoulder. Maybe get his shoulder a snack; its blood sugar might be low. I haven’t moved Judge in my rankings (yet), but I’m avoiding until there’s positive news.

Mike Clevinger – Out with a partial tear of his meniscus. I have a partial tear just below my eye that I got in San Quentin. I miss you, lockdown buddies! First and last, man, first and last! (That’s prison talk.) I wasn’t drafting Clevinger in any leagues this year, and this obviously doesn’t change that. Just annoyed more people didn’t draft Clevinger in early drafts, but a little birdy named Donkey Teeth told me someone in his draft drafted Clevinger in the 4th round, which is just goofy. Updated my top 40 starters, moving Clevinger way down.

Carlos Carrasco – Day-to-day with a mild hip flexor strain. Haven’t changed his ranking in my top 40 starters, but I also said I’m not drafting him, so, if you planned on drafting him and naming your team I Did It All For The Cookie, I’d rethink your life goals.

Domingo Santana – Signed with the Indians. Now the Indians just need to trade for Danny Santana and they’ll have enough Santanas for a throuple. If you’re not in a throuple nowadays, what are you even doing? Seriously, hit me up with the info of how you’re doing it. So, Domingo should have an everyday job in Cleveland, but he should’ve had an everyday job for five of the last six years and only completed the task once, so I gave him a semi-partial season of at-bats in my top 100 outfielders. He could be a steal late, or just a 5th outfielder you want to drop by June, as he’s been for a while now.

Dustin MayDodgers announced he would not make the rotation out of camp, but he will be used as a starter and not a reliever, which was the plan all along, so nothing’s changed in my top 80 starters. May will just replace Wood by, uh, May, so keep that in mind if you’re drafting him.

Freddie Freeman – Will rest a few days, due to inflammation in his elbow. Here’s more or less what I said on Sirius yesterday, “Freeman had surgery in October on his elbow, then spent all offseason resting it. Once he ramped up baseball activities, he felt pain. This is bad news. What happens when he has to play 150+ games in the season? Will he be able to? I’m officially worried. *big cackle ending my segment*” And that’s me quoting me! I haven’t yet moved Freeman down in the rankings, but I’d also likely skip him in drafts until we heard some positive news.

Brian Dozier – Signed by the Padres. Dozier, The Human Hammock, has hit 20+ homers every year since 2014, and now I’m concerned about the Padres’ everyday 2nd base job. Dozier is not my *pinkie to mouth* Profarence. I’ve added Dozier into my top 20 2nd basemen.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Jays have said they envision Glad Vuerrero Jr. coming to the plate for cleanup, and Vlad said, “Hey, I’ve slimmed down!” Guys and five girls, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is batting third and going to be a huge value. See also my Lourdes Gurriel Jr. sleeper.

Alex Verdugo – Dealing with a stress fracture of his back. Verdugo had a back injury last year, and now is claiming to have a stress fracture? The Red Sox are saying it’s not a long-term concern. He hasn’t played since August 4th and it’s not long-term? You say so! I’ve moved Verdugo back down into my top 80 outfielders to exactly same place he was before the trade.

Tony Watson – Gabe Kapler said the Giants would use a committee to close games. Kapler said it while flapping his arms at 80 strokes/second and sipping the nectar from a carved-out pineapple Pablo Sandoval was wearing as a helmet. Yeah, no shizz Watson’s in a committee. Kapler did that nonsense in Philly for a few years, lost many games with it, but was hired again, so why would he think it’s bad? Watson and Shaun Anderson have saves in my top 500, but Watson is still only one I’m owning in shallower leagues.

Miles Mikolas – After a full offseason of rest, his forearm is still bothering him. Well, at least the flag next to his name is the same color as his team. I’ve moved him way down into the top 100 starters.

Brock Holt – Signed with the Brewers. Let’s recap who the Brewers have signed or traded for this offseason. This is going to be fun (for non-Brewers fans). They now have Holt, Justin Smoak, Avisail Garcia, Eric Sogard, Omar Narvaez, Luis Urias, Jedd Gyorko, Josh Lindblom, Brett Anderson, Eric Lauer, Jace Peterson, Ryon Healy and Keon Broxton. What a ragtag group of recycled garbage. Hey, I like Urias, Narvaez and Avisail too. Dot dot dot. To a certain extent. If this was the Yankees’ offseason, Yankees fans would be sitting outside of Cashman’s house late at night with a sharpened scorer’s pencil. This year’s lineup in Milwaukee is gonna have a mafia flare to it:  Yelich, Keston and whatever fell off the truck.

Stephen Piscotty – Dealing with what sounds like an oblique injury, but it’s so…oblique. When they asked Stephen, it turned out Piscotty doesn’t know! Piscotty doesn’t know! In my top 100 outfielders, I said Piscotty no longer feels like a starting outfielder. This confirms vs. denies my position.

Jonathan Lucroy – Signed to be the backup catcher in Boston. Have heard female Sawx fans are already flooding morning sports radio with anger. “Why’d we get Lucroy? That fahkin’ seltzer crap can’t hold a candle to White Claw!” Lucroy was updated in the top 20 catchers.

Matt Magill – Experiencing shoulder discomfort. That’s great for a closer! Whee! Mariners will be awesome! I’ve already drafted Art Warren, Yoshihisa Hirano and Sam Tuivailala in different leagues.

Mitch Haniger – Can’t do much of anything for another month. Dude’s entire career has been derailed by his injury. That’s nuts!

Adalberto MondesiRoyals said Mondesi is able to perform all duties. Wait a second, he’s able to do a doody while doing a free solo climb up El Capitan?! Whoa! Okay, seriously, I ranked Mondesi in my top 20 expecting him to be ready to start the season, and he will. By the end of March, Mondesi will be going so high in drafts, you’re getting a steal (literally) in early drafts.

J.D. Davis – Headed for an MRI today. Left yesterday’s game with what the Mets are deeming a ‘jammed shoulder,’ but the Mets’ doctors are Smuckers who can’t distinguish jams from how to preserve anything. We need a tightly formed hexagonal prayer group, because I’ve already drafted Davis once, and wrote a J.D. Davis sleeper.

Seth Lugo – Fractured his pinkie toe in his hotel room. The Ramada Inn wants you to believe there’s no down side to putting Wii Soccer in every hotel room.

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Awesome write-up. Keep ’em coming, only 300+ days to go!

    a. Yes, Hirano looks edible in SEA with the Ichiro connection maybe Ichiro can convince management that Yoshihisa is the best option. Damn, if only his name was just plain Yoshi instead of Yoshihisa. With the extra ‘hisa’, I can see management saying ‘I think we have better options’. Kind of like what you say when someone offers up a good possibility for a glossary term in the razzball nation vault. That’s shame on you.

    b. I know I’m bugging, but why don’t I see under the ‘TAGS’ list the aforementioned Yoshihisa Hirano? Just asking for a friend.

    c. MLB quote of the day for May 25, 1922

    ‘Baseball is a game of failure. There are plenty of opportunities to be down, or to feel sorry for yourself, or to be upset at somebody or upset at yourself.’

    Mark Charles Teixeira

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Haha, yes

      B. Players inside blurb, I don’t usually tag, but I add them for you

      C. Wow, Mark Teixeira was quotable almost 60 years before he was born!

      • galica says:
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        Grey!

        a. Damn you, Master of all that is blatantly obvious!! I typed in google ‘MLB quote of the day for May 25, 1922’, clicked on pics and saw Big Teix. Then noticed he had some fun quotes, I figured why not might even get under the Greydar. But no. Actually I saw mostly pics of Babe Ruth, but I did him already. My mind is slowly going but that badly to forget what happens here.

        b. I note you added it to the TAGS list with his surname in lower caps. More Al Capps moves from the FML himself (don’t abbreviate it.).

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Haha

          B. You did abbreviate it tho!

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!!

            Am sorry, oh Fantasy Master Lothario, all that is great and wonderful fantasy! Great insight on the report, man. Appreciate it. Would love for Hirano to be the man in SEA.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, Ante!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Ha! i love that quote, forgot that was who said it. So true. Baseball teaches you more about life than schools these days. Builds character! You have no one to blame but yourself and all that.

      “Why do we fall Bruce?”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha!

  2. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Think Johnny lasagna is now a good stash in 12 teamers too?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Not in 12 teamers yet for me unless you have a really large bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Dan says:
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        Hiura or meadows ?? I have meadows now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hiura

  3. Dude at Dudes says:
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    16 team keeper league, keep 12 $260 budget, salaries rise $5 per year.

    I just made this deal:
    My Luis Robert ($4), Lux ($3) and Julio Rodriguez for his Yelich ($13)

    How did I do?

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      Obviously a win now move, but I like it a lot. Yelich is a very cheap no doubt stud for the foreseeable future and you only had to give up a few guys who COULD be awesome but might be merely ok/solid.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Great deal. Chance you regret it long term but you can’t pass up Yelich that cheap.

      • Dude at Dudes says:
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        Thanks for the reply Donkey! My feelings exactly, going for the repeat, which I have never done so worth the risk in my opinion

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, Dude

  4. Robocop says:
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    How big of a gap is there between Alonso & Muncy in a 6×6 OPS league?

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey / Razzballers,

    I know Bregman is a douche and schmohawk, but would you take him for $24 in a keep forever (12 team) in exchange for your $34 Scherzer if you’re also keeping Bieber and a bunch of stud bats?

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes I’d want Bregman there

    • Dude at Dudes says:
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      Yea I take Bregman too.

      By the way love the handle,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  6. TC says:
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    Is it better to keep Clevinger as a locked 7th round pick or Conforto as a 14th? I can keep either for as long as I want. My starter keepers are Cole, Scherzer, and Corbin so far and keeper OF are Trout, Springer, and Castellanos. Scoring is standard roto 10 teams

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Tough one. Lean Conforto.

      • TC says:
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        Appreciate the answer. The allure of Clevinger’s potential at a 7th round value, despite the setback, is killing me. Especially since he’d be my 4th starter. Just impossible to tell which guy’s stats will be easier replaced until I know who gets tossed back from the league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  7. LOLmets says:
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    Couple questions. Do you have a regular spot on Sirius radio?What show/channel and what time is it.

    Also do you do any other pods besides the 1 hour a week with Ralph?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m on Dr. Roto’s show Tuesday and Thursday, but won’t be this Thursday bc I’ll be flying tomorrow to Florida for LABR

      I was on Donkey and B_Don’s pod this week (as I was last week)

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    I know in real life I should feel bad for Severino, the human, and I do. However, from a fantasy and non-Yankee fan perspective this is awesome!!!

    RE: Giants closers. I’m hopeful my 49th round Jandel Gustave in our early Razz DC will pay some dividends. Fingers crossed. So far, so good!

    • Tom says:
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      I’m with you, did a few early DC’s and don’t have any shares of Luis, plus like yourself, I’m a non-Yankee fan so this is awesome!

      • Dave D says:
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        Cheers, Tom!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m glad I didn’t draft Severino anywhere bc I would’ve at his price

      If the Giants named Jandel closer (which seems like a 100 to 1 shot), he’d still only get 17 saves

      • Dave D says:
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        Hey, I’ll take that chance at pick 721. If I get 5 saves each from 5 scavengers then that’s still 25 to go with what Robles gives me, which I estimate to be 40. 65 will get the job done and I will take Hernan and Knoche’s money. Second place is up for grabs, Grey. Go get ‘er!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, true, I would too

        • Hernan(Slow Burrito) says:
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          Hey, leave my money alone!!!!, lol

        • Hernan says:
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          Plus , I’m in the best shape of my life!!!, victory will be mine!!!!

          • Dave D says:
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            Ha!!!

  9. keith o branstetter says:
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    I also heard Vlad Jr came into camp in the best shape of his life, then I saw a clip of him in batting practice. Nope he’s still a big fatass.

    • LOLmets says:
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      This would be like calling Serena Williams fat.

      That’s just the body type. Glad Vuerrero Jr looks to be in good shape to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      LOL… the 2 things aren’t mutually exclusive. He could be in the best shape of his life AND still fat. Best shape doesn’t mean good shape. ;-)

  10. LOLmets says:
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    On JD Davis – you’re lucky he’s got a shoulder thing to get you to stay off him for a few days here at least. Like I said a couple weeks ago you have him down for way too many at bats (530?) He doesn’t have an everyday role. He’s a butcher at 3rd base and the Mets are 5 deep in the outfield. Plus he will be replaced for defesne in games they are leading by the 7th inning.

    I like his bat too but there’s too much working against him, and now a shoulder thing.

    You do realize that jd Davis plays for the Mets right? Got to move him down in the rankings and take away about 120 at bats imo. My Mets fan brain trust agrees (yeah, I have that)

    • LOLmets says:
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      When I said 5 deep in the outfield that doesn’t even count Dom Smith who looked like he was breaking out last year and could take away at bats from Davis also.

      I’d bet all the money that jd Davis doesn’t get to the at bats you’re projecting him for. Under 500 at bats for JD Davis is a big big favorite this season.

      The Mets need the NL to adopt the DH asap.

      • LOLmets says:
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        Last thing. Last season JD Davis played in 140 games and had 410 at bats. That was with Nimmo and Cespedis injured.

        How can you project him for 530 at bats?

        (Insert blinking eyes white guy emoji)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He was batting third and they were playing him in left to get him ready…Hoping still his injury is fine, but didn’t look good

      • LOLmets says:
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        Yeah he hit 3rd. Did you see the rest of the lineup?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A massive shizzshow, I know

  11. The Situation says:
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    Hey @Grey!

    Time for the annual keeper question. This year, it’s feeling a little tougher than usual with so many good options… As always, thank you in advance for the great advice (and entertainment)…

    ESPN, 12-Team, H2H, 6 (BBs) x 6 (QS), keep 10 (keep forever), 5 IL spots

    Here’s what I’m thinking…
    C
    1B- Rizzo
    2B
    SS- Mondesi
    3B- Bryant
    MI
    CI
    OF- Acuna
    OF- Soto
    OF- Harper
    OF
    Util1
    Util2

    SP1- Buehler
    SP2- Bieber
    SP3- Sale
    SP4- Clevinger
    SP5
    SP6
    SP7
    SP8
    RP1-6

    Other Options:
    Corbin, Bauer, Muncy, Semien, Mercado, Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez, Gallen

    Should I go with any of the “Other Options”? Don’t really like keeping so many starters, since bats are way more valuable in this league setup.

    Thanks again, you and @Rudy are by far the best and it’s not even close.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d go with what you have there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Corbin over Sale

      Muncy over Bryant

      Thanks!

      • The Situation says:
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        Thanks @Grey, @DT… With you all so down on Bryant and Sale, maybe I just try to package them with someone else (Bauer? Muncy? Corbin?). For a package of 3 of those guys, who would you target in a trade?

        Also, @Grey, any chance we can get you to do an iteration of your own dynasty/keeper rankings? The other contributors have always done a solid job, but I bet I speak for a lot of folks in saying that we’d love your version. Obviously it’s never an apples to apples exercise, but would still love your take. Thanks again!

  12. Dude at Dudes says:
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    How big of a gap is there between Muncy & Alonso 6×6 OPS

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  13. Earl says:
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    Watcha all think of this team for 5×5 12 team roto?

    Wondering how my cool name quartet of Yoshi, Shogo, Yasiel and Yoenis will pan out?

    c – Carson Kelly and Omar Navarez
    1b – Matt Olson
    2b – Maurico Dubon
    ss – Trea Turner
    3b – Nolan Arenado
    mi – Elvis Andrus
    ci – Christian Walker
    of – Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Domingo Santana, Shogo aikyama, Yoshi Tsutogo
    util – Mike Moustakas
    bench – Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig, Dylan Carlson

    sp – Snell, Luzardo, Gallen, Maeda, Paddack, MCCullers, Yarborough
    rp – Liam Henricks, Alex Colome, Matt Magill
    bench – Dylan Cease, Matt Barnes

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Couple weak spots at 2B and I wouldn’t want to be starting Domingo. Other than that it looks good though.

      • Earl says:
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        Thanks Donkey.

        I could start Moustakas at 2b if Dubon does not pan out and then get someone else for Util. Yeah I know my outfield might be little suspect unless Puig or Cespedes does something.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I think the team looks solid on hitting, don’t love your pitching, pretty risky

      • Earl says:
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        dont know if this is stupid question or not?

        Would you trade perhaps McCullers to get Jorge Soler for this team (other team is hurting a bit for some pitching)? Not sure they will do it but was thinking of making offer. I would then have to find some pitching on waivers and/or rely on Cease.

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Soler, it’s not close

          • Earl says:
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            I suppose the same would be true of Gallen instead of Mccullers. Which would u rather give up more Gallen or Mccullers?

            Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gallen

              • Earl says:
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                Sorry to be so anal about this but did u mean u would try and give Gallen before Mccullers or try and give lance first? U have Gallen ranked fair bit higher than Lance.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah, I’d give McCullers 1st

  14. Scott says:
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    Hey, everyone. Keeper question here — Mixed, 10-team, H-2-H, daily lineups. SP cats are: QS, L, K, ERA, WHIP. The number next to each player below is the draft round I will ‘lose’ this year if I keep them (only keep one). It is for this year only (they’ll go back in the pool next year). In looking at many projections, they have pretty similar stat lines, so it would seem that Morton is the best value. But…does his age hurt him? Does Stras’ high IP last year raise a red flag? Thanks!

    7 – Strasberg
    11 – L. Castillo
    17 – Morton

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d keep Strasburg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castillo

  15. dj says:
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    Am I losing my mind? Have I watched too many hours of Democrats yelling at each other? Because here is a comment out of Rotoworld. But maybe it’s really Roto Rooter world and they are talking about some underground sewer major league.

    “Juan Soto OF, Washington Nationals
    Juan Soto went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in the Nationals’ 9-6 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Soto is just 21 and has never played in Triple-A, so it’s hard to say whether he’s truly ready for the majors yet. Nonetheless, the Nationals are set to hand him the starting job in left field this spring. If it doesn’t work out, they have Mac Williamson waiting in the wings.”

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Haha WTF

    • D Fresh says:
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      Endless cackle

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I had to go look, thought maybe it was a spoof. Nope it’s real. Although Mac Williamson is 1 for 7 on the year with an RBI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think they’re being funny

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        Hey, I was at that game. He looks for real . Better work out for him cuz Williamsn didn’t look so good. Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Marianne Williamson? Still getting my vote!

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            LOL… after last night’s debate, she looks the most sane now. Who are these crazy people?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

          • Sweatpants Nation says:
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            That was random, even for you.
            The original Mary Ann, Dawn Wells, still gets my vote. Now there is a cougs.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bless those older ladies with all my heart

  16. Darren says:
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    Some optimistic news on Paxton with him expected to start throwing within a week. I suppose it is prudent to take a “see it when I believe it” approach, but if he does start a throwing program, soon, he’d be looking at a May return, which would be on the low end of his projected return. Also a positive that it is not arm or leg related.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t worry, there’s time for him to have an arm injury still

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        How dare you, blasphemy! lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  17. Prettay, prettay, prettaaaaay good says:
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    Grey,

    I need your advice. Down to the wire on keeper deadline and am between:

    E. Suarez $13
    T. Anderson $6

    Rest of my keepers are:
    Bieber
    Rendon
    Meadows
    Hiura
    Eddie Rosario

    5×5 head to head categories.

    Do I take the trust fall with Eugenio despite the injury?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, they’re equally solid in different ways…I don’t mind Eugenio tho and you look like you could use power

  18. TrickRey says:
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    As a Red Sox fan, one of the only solaces I can take from this offseason are these preseason Yankees injuries…

    I am in a 12 tm H2H 5×5 league where we have SV+HD as a category as opposed to standard Saves. How SAGNOF do you go when drafting in a league like this? I was thinking I’ll grab 1 solid mid-tier closer in 12-14ish round range and then just scrap up 1-2 set-up men who are a closer injury away from saves later on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d punt the eff out of saves…Holds are cheap, get them

  19. Bobbers says:
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    12-team roto league, 6×6 with OBP and QS, 10 keepers each year. My roster includes Trout, Trea, Altuve, Muncy, Rosario, Cole, Gray, Corbin, Ray and Maeda (along with lesser hitters like Walker, Mancini and Hoskins who I probably won’t keep).

    Altuve and Cole feel like the guys to try and deal, especially in a league with daily moves. I’ve gotten a couple offers: Altuve for Olson + a 2nd-round pick (after the first 10 keeper rounds, so ~135 overall) or Altuve + a 5th rounder for J.D. Martinez + a 10th. Leaning the Olson deal, especially given Trout and Trea as my first two bats, but wanted to get your opinion — do either of those seem worth it, or should I look for something better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Olson

  20. toolshed says:
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    Jd davis, I love the news reported from rotoworld that a tigers team doctor said there is no rotator cuff or labrum tear. He is scheduled for an mri today. I’d love to be that doctor who can determine the extent of a shoulder injury without looking at an mri first, i would be more renowned that Dr. Andrews. Sounds like he should be hired by the mets, he’d fit in perfectly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tigers doctor?

      • toolshed says:
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        Thats what was reported. They were playing a game in Lakeland, FL where the tigers are home for spring. At least that is what was provided in the yahoo notes about him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah…Better Tigers doctors, I guess!

          • toolshed says:
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            MRI was clean. Tigers doctor was right. 50% chance I guess.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, whew!

  21. Kreestophe says:
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    hey gender-neutral Fellas:

    I have a good problem: 7 legit keepers in a 6 keeper league: 6 bats, 1 SP.

    I have to keep the hitters, right?

    1. Trout
    2. Yelich
    3. Alonso
    4. Lindor
    5. Jose Ramirez
    6. Tatis Jr.
    7. Jack Flaherty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep hitters

  22. Micah VanSciver says:
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    I was offered two 12th round picks, a 14th round pick, and either Nate Pearson, Casey Mize, or Dylan Carlson for Bregman. This is a dynasty league with 12 keepers and 5 minor league keepers. First round of the draft is obviously round 13 so I’d have 2 picks prior to the draft officially starting. What do you think? Make the trade (and for which minor leaguer) or stay put?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  23. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    You taking the 3 hours 59 mins in TGFBI? Just in case?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, no, had a shizzshow this morning w/ my ‘puter

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I picked now — my 1st share of Luis Robert

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BTW, are you in my league?

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:
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            Nah, just snoopin

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:
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            I’m in w/Ralph, he snagged Robert at the end of round 5

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m being told some people drafted Robert at 101 overall, but I wasn’t gonna risk it

  24. Dave D says:
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    For those of you feeling like chumps for drafting Luis Severino may I present the following report. He could be a cheap replacement for another week or so:

    White Sox catcher Seby Zavala told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times that Michael Kopech showed “electric” stuff in his latest bullpen session.
    Analysis: He’s looking really good,” Zavala told Van Schouwen. “His arm is electric as it’s always been, that slider is looking a lot better. He’s found his right mental space, he’s got his body back. He’s ready to go.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Starting hype train early for Kopech, huh?

      • Dave D says:
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        Well I have to justify drafting him in 3/4 leagues so far. Josh James is lookin good too but I’m only 1/4 in.

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          choo choo… all aboard!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

          • Dave D says:
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            It’ll be a great ride I surmise!

            • Coolwhip

              Coolwhip says:
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              you’re a linguist and well aware of it!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Cunning, even

  25. SheaSeraSera says:
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    Is there a reason ESPN OPS 6×6 and Yahoo OPS 6×6 have a few wide discrepancies in Razzball rankings? Is it just Yahoo’s lax position eligibility?

    Two examples:
    Pete Alonso 38 ESPN 29 Yahoo
    Jeff McNeil 77 ESPN 89 Yahoo

    Or is it just that the Mets suck in all formats?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McNeil’s pretty bleh…Not sure on Alonso, but I love him, would move him up 20-ish spots

      • SheaSeraSera says:
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        In Yahoo and want Alonso as well, the rankings are just throwing me for a loop as the likes of Giancarlo (8) and Donaldson (21) are ranked so f’ing high.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s Steamer vs. me…We’re not on same page with everyone…I go with my rankings when in doubt

        • SheaSeraSera says:
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          And having read this site for many many years, I think the Margot/Renfroe write up ranks as one of your all-time best.

          I would watch that youtube series of the two constantly getting in each others way when it comes to dating, starting a new business, or any other sitcom high jinx.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, thanks!

  26. LenFuego says:
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    I cannot stop laughing at the “That’s nuts!” line on the Haniger blurb. It’s funny because testicles!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  27. Huffin Gas says:
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    Zach Eflin says the balls are different this spring (so did my neighbor’s wife). Meaning easier to grip. Leaving that out of the equation though I took a closer look and I think Eflin could potentially be one of the two best Philly starters this year when it’s all said and done. I know you’re high on him. Seems like the perfect #5 on fantasy squads.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve already drafted him once, will take him again if the opportunity arises…I’ve liked him for a few years now

      • return2earth says:
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        with you on Eflin .. already have 8 shares of him in leagues varying from 10, 12, 15 teams plus best balls .. his price is worth taking a shot

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly!

  28. Sideshow says:
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    NYY are talking about a much quicker timeline for Paxson. Would you consider moving him up in the rankings? & how about ranking Loaisagia w the Servino injury? Garcia?

  29. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Dr Andrews says,
    “Looks like his elbow is now…”
    *puts on sunglasses*
    “Severino”
    yeahhhhhhhh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  30. Richard says:
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    This may be obvious, but in a national league only keeper league would anyone keep Kurt Suzuki at six dollars over Tyler O’Neill at one dollar. Concerned about playing time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  31. Brown L says:
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    Keep forever decisions! Yahoo 6×6 H2H with OBP & SLG (no AVG), and I’m looking to keep 4 of:
    Story
    Baez
    Mondesi
    Meadows
    Albies
    Gallo

    Thanks to Rudy’s “Other Hit” spreadsheet, I can see that Gallo gets a big boost in this format and the infielders except Story get dinged. I also only have 1 SS and 2 Util slots. I have a pretty high first round pick, so it’s possible that I’d be able to pick up one of the guys I don’t keep, but it’d be at the expense of someone like Donaldson or Cruz whom Steamer loves in this format.

    Also, this is a keep forever, so while Albies and Mondesi have the worst projections, should I keep them over someone like Baez? Any help appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Mondesi or Albies

  32. return2earth says:
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    thru 3 rounds of a TGFBI satellite w/ this squad ..

    Acuna
    Bogaerts
    Albies

    leaning towards 3-4 more rounds of offense and interested to see how far some pitchers will fall in the draft before taking an SP1. Clevinger, Strasburg, Snell, Giolito, Nola, Paddack & Kershaw are still on the board so there are options but i’m leaning towards someone like Morton / Darvish / Berrios / Wheeler / Lynn as SP1 .. thoughts?

  33. packers2018 says:
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    With Rudy’s help I was able to get into the NFBC Razzball contest. Should be fun. I think I’ll be with Mr. Truss.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Good luck!

  34. Acuna Matata says:
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    I can’t believe how far that Indians rotation has fallen in such a short period of time.

    Grey – I am having a dilemma in my Yahoo keeper pool .. I can only keep 10 players:

    I have Acuna, Betts, Story, T Turner, Soto, Rendon, Baez, Alonso, Hiura, Machado, Scherzer, Strasburg, Corbin, Syndergaard, Kluber, Ray, Osuna, Hand.

    Part of me wants to keep 10 position players including Machado and Hiura and try to move the SP/RP for picks. Am I crazy to not keep one or two of Scherzer, Strasburg, Corbin Syndergaard, or Kluber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I know…. I’d keep 9 bats and toss back Machado for Scherzer

  35. IntendedSteb says:
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    This is seriously advice from Yahoo (credit to Rotoworld)
    Juan Soto went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in the Nationals’ 9-6 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.
    Advice: Soto is just 21 and has never played in Triple-A, so it’s hard to say whether he’s truly ready for the majors yet. Nonetheless, the Nationals are set to hand him the starting job in left field this spring. If it doesn’t work out, they have Mac Williamson waiting in the wings.

    Better not be late on that Mac Williamson train.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess they’re joking

  36. Bob says:
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    I just noticed that Mountcastle is listed as a SS in Yahoo. Figure that he will get 1B once he is up but does this vault him up in the rankings at all for Y! leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not especially

  37. santafekev says:
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    Was just about to post Soto quote and saw Intended beat me to it.
    Is today April 1st?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  38. Tbone says:
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    Hoskins and Kluber for Goldsmidt and JD Davis

    Looks like Davis is okay. Of course that means believing the Mets.

    The main decision is whether to cut bait on Hoskins.

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  39. Curious George says:
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    Julio Urias (who is being drafted at least two rounds after Luzardo last time I checked) has a better season than Jesus Luzardo in 2020. Change my mind.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do I have to?

      • Curious George says:
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        Would you like to?

      • Curious George says:
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        Can you? Should you (on a bus)? Would you (if my name was gus)? FWIW I do not like GREY eggs and ham.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure what more you want me to say, I agree with you — I don’t know why others don’t

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Curious George, you’re confusing yourself with another children’s book

  40. CrazyMontana says:
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    In a vacuum,

    Which side Bellinger($16)last year keeper for Tatis jr.($15) and Hiura($6) each for 2 more years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tatis

  41. Dino says:
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    I can keep Bichette in the 26th round (last) or Tatis Jr. in the 7th for 3 years. Tatis has the higher ceiling but I wonder if Bichette is the better value given his draft pick. Who should I keep? Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Might matter how deep league is, but Bichette

  42. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Hey Grey,

    When do you think that Jo Adell, Nick Madrigal, and Casey Mize will get to the majors? Will any of them break camp to start the season in the majors?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        will all three be with the major league clubs at the start of the regular season?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  43. Keeks says:
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    Sup fam!

    Baseball is back, I just renewed my subscription and I am ready to go for the unheralded FFP (Fantasy four peat). I start this comment with a brag that is not humble whatsoever bc that’s what defending defending defending champs get to do.

    BUT – I say all of that to say if anyone is on the fence about purchasing a subscription to this site, pull the trigger and don’t look back because scared money don’t make money. And this site is cash.

    On to my question – league hitting cats are HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG.

    Max Muncy came in as 2B #1 last year in this format. With my leagues scoring where would you rank Muncy amongst Altuve, Villar, Marte, Albies, & Hiura?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re beating Pat Riley in ‘peats!

      Thanks for kind words!

      I’d go Ketel, Albies, Hiura, Muncy

  44. Curious George says:
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    Two questions for you:
    Context – H2H cats (pitching: w, qs, hr allowed, k’s, era, whip, k/9, sv+hds)
    1) how many SP are you looking to have in the first ten rounds? 3?
    2) In the past, my league has not drafted middle relievers/setup guys. They focus entirely on closers. As such, my plan is to focus on “best arm in the pen” types to buoy my ratios. This means i will be relying mostly on holds. Roster is 2 SP, 2 RP, and 5 P. Would you rather draft 4 or 5 relievers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • Curious George says:
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        10.

        33 total RP drafted last year (5 by me), 69 total SP drafted last year (6 by me plus one IL stash). Avg (excluding me) = 3.11 RP and 6.89 SP per opposing team.

        25 man roster with 3 bench spots, but i will only have 2 (I am loosely planning on drafting Adell given his cheap draft price)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. 3 to 4, closer to 3 prolly
      2. Yes, makes sense

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        1. Matters if there’s insane value at end of the top 100

      • Curious George says:
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        Thanks! I will be on the look out for value (league follows Yahoo draft room XRanks pretty closely). Do you think 4 relievers or 5 for team construction?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          4 seems like plenty

  45. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Do you think Michael King can win the Yankees 5th starter job out camp? Or does Devei Garcia, Luis Cessa or Johnny Lasasiga have a better chance?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess Cessa works as “few innings” guy…Like a mini-Yonny

  46. Hernan says:
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    Giancarlo, grade 1 calf strain…, not ready for opening day…, check mid April…, 2021….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, dude’s is so broken

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        sigh, he is Achilles

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he’s a bozo — I love him and hate him!

          • Dave D says:
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            Honestly I cringed for you when you mentioned drafting him again at a value ADP this year. His achilles is your Achilles. I won’t go near that guy until he goes back to being “Mike” and has and ADP over 300.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’m glad it was only that stupid CBS league, which is just a tuneup

              • Dave D says:
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                Well, that’s a positive. Mike Ford might be a totally under the radar smart pickup to get nearly full time at bats early

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Early, middle and prolly late, if we’re being honest

  47. triple play says:
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    Final keeper question. Already keeping Jack Flaherty and Luis Castillo. Need to keep 2 of Trevor Bauer, Tyler Glasnow, Max Fried, Zac Gallen, Jesus Luzardo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep forever? Glasnow, Luzardo, but can’t go wrong with any of them

  48. toolshed says:
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    It is early but reports say alex wood has the inside track to the 5th starter job for LAD. He was hitting 92-93 which is a few ticks better than last year. I know he is a health risk but are you interested at all in snagging him in a 14 team mixed league draft after pick 350? He be sp7 in h2h format, daily lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine, he’s ranked in my rankings…As an SP7 is more than fine for him

  49. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    GIANCARLO…NOOOOO.. I knew I should have stayed away.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s a poisoned rose

  50. Alex says:
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    Happy fantasy baseball season, Grey!

    Keeper question–Who would you keep out of these three? Adalberto $16, Giolito $7, Bregman $42

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah!

      Mondesi

  51. toolshed says:
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    With judge already battling a shoulder injury and Stanton already hurt with a calf strain, hicks out for a while, do you like tauchman as a guy to target late and play every day for a while? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s not a bad call

  52. Ships says:
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    Grey,

    Love the all the work you do here. thanks to your suggestions I have won a few Championships, keep up the good work.

    I am a 16 team head to head points dynasty league, unlimited rosters. My starting line up is.
    c-Molina, 1b- rizzo, 2b- KMarte- 3b Rendon, ss-A.Rosario of Backmon pham , E.Rosaio , Stanton and R.Laureno. My SP/Rp are Manaea, Morton Sale Wheeler Glasnow Mikolas, R.Iglesias K.Jansen Kela and E.Diaz.

    I have an offer to aquire A.Gordon, T.Turner and Verlander for Stanton, A.Gimenez,A.Rosario Glasnow Laureno the 16th and 32nd picks in the first year player draft/ free agent draft

    Now this seems like a steep price to pay, but I would upgrade my SP and SS but lose my OF depth and DH hitters. I have Grichuck or Goodrum I could DH , or pick a player up later in the draft as there is no waivers or F/A signings allowed.

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

      I’d take Trea

  53. Paul says:
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    Can you help me pick three keepers
    These are my options: I need at least 1 hitter and 1 pitcher

    Glyber Torres kept round 9 year (2/3)
    Peter Alonso kept round 10 year (1/3)
    Vlad Guerrero jr round 14 year (2/3)
    Shane Bieber round 7 year (1/3)
    Julio urais round 15 year (1/3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vlad, Alonso, Bieber

  54. ozone ranger says:
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    Grey,

    Safe travels to America’s retirement home for LABR.

    Denny’s is always a blast at 4pm. A typical conversation there goes:

    “Huh?”

    “What?“

    “Huh?”

    “What?”

    “Huh?”

    Best thing about NL-Only – You most likely will not buy Giancarlo “was Mike” Stanton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No Giancarlo ever again, thanks!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Hurt already again hahaha

  55. larry womack says:
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    Trade question:

    Harper and Corbin for Acuna and Syndergaard. Would you make this trade

    Thanks

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      If You’re getting Acuna? Definitely.

  56. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Fun to look back on players I used to own.

    Late in the 2018, I was out of contention in my dynasty league, and I shipped off Luis Severino and Felipe Vasquez for Matt Olsen, Carlos Correa, and Kyle Tucker. Everyone clowned me and said I just doomed my franchise by trading away my best 2 pitchers.

    I flipped those exact 3 players for Mookie Betts and a 2nd round draft pick the day Betts got moved to LA. Meanwhile Severino’s career is likely done and Vasquez is going to/already in prison.

    Sometimes, your leaguemates don’t know a damn thing.

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