I never really liked Gavin Lux. Never drafted him before. Not the kind of guy I buy usually. I want big power or speed upside from my rookies. Especially speed. Five category? Well, Luis Robert can canoodle my noodle any time. Nick Madrigal? Okay, fine, but his hit tool is insane. Carter Kieboom? More like a Kie-fizzle in that platoon. I want dem wheels or dem big muscles. Gavin Lux does what? Few homers and a few steals, and hits maybe .260? I never draft that! Dot dot dot. Usually. I can’t believe I’m rostering that ess oh bee on my Tout Wars team. I think I was price enforcing, that’s at least the story I’m going with and don’t end sentences with with — dah! If Chris Taylor really does get 60-games’ worth of ABs over Lux, it doesn’t make him a posh upgrade, but simply a good flyer due to lineup, i.e., counting stats vs. a Taylor H.A.M. sighting. I moved down Gavin Lux in my top 500 and top 20 2nd basemen. Hopefully, Gavin Lux is up after only six games to a week, due to service time. He must’ve ruffled some feathers when he complimented Lasorda by saying he really liked the “sauce” at the team’s quarantine spaghetti dinner. IT IS GRAVY!!! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jimmy Nelson – Hit the 45-day IL, which is also nicknamed the “Why don’t you just opt-out and go watch Netflix” List.

Matt Adams – Could be the Braves’ DH over Austin Riley vs. righties. *screaming at the heavens while it downpours* Take me, God! I no longer wish to carry on! *tastes rain* Hey, the rain should be flavored seltzer. You ever consider that? God, are you there? Hello? So, this could absolutely suck for Austin Riley’s playing time, but hopefully someone comes to their senses. Namely, Snitker.

Kyle Tucker – Dusty said he might go with Aledmys Diaz over Tucker at DH. Seriously, no jokes, don’t trust Dusty to play a young player. Ever.

Sean Manaea – Velocity is topping out at 89 and averaging 87 on his fastball. Which is roughly same as Bryce Harper’s dad during a Home Run Derby. In my top 60 starters, I said not to draft Manaea. That is reenforced with this news.

Colin Poche – Torn UCL and will miss season, and most, if not all, of next year. Come here, sit on my lap, and let me tell you why we can’t have nice things–Figuratively! Get off my lap! Or at least put a mask on your ass. Poche was removed from my top 500.

Dylan Covey – Acquired by the Red Sox. I honestly don’t pay attention to real baseball talk. Is anyone talking about how awful the Red Sox’s rotation is?

Luis Urias – Will begin the year at the alternate training site. Not saying Luis Urias is the second coming of Brett Lawrie, but I’m also not saying I wouldn’t be surprised if Urias randomly starts running into the stands and misses four years while everyone calls for his breakout.

Masahiro Tanaka – Hit the IL with some flutters in the cabeza, but he should be fine by the 2nd week of the season. In other words, he’s missing one-eighth of the season.

Jordan Montgomery – Optioned to the alternative training site, where they practice alternative training like throwing arrows while making a swoosh sound, lifting Telex machines and running in place in elevators.

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Gabe
Gabe
1 year ago

With Aroldis out, relief pitching staff has been reduced to Edwin Díaz, Mark Melancon, Brandon Kintzler, Maeda (occasional hold), and Ginkel. There are no starting closers available (nor is Britton) and the guys with most holds from last year were drafted. Can you recommend some solid or sleeper middlemen on decent teams who I can count on for holds that would not have had high hold / saves last year?

Fister Furbush
Fister Furbush
1 year ago

Grey Albright!

My god it’s been far far far too long my hero.
Well I had my yearly 12 team H2H points league.

Would you please give me your brief and honest opinion on how I did? I need your gratification! (Or your stern verbal disciplining).

C Kiner-Falefa
1st Bellinger
2nd Hiura
3rd E. Escobar
SS Story
OF Judge
OF Eloy
OF Soler
Util. Moose

SP Giolito
SP Glasnow
SP Woodruff
SP Keuchel
SP Musgrove
RP Jansen
RP Rogers

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Grey, just finished my 13 team roto draft. Please tell me how think i did?
C-Suzuki
1B-Alonso
2B-Madrigal
SS-Story
3B-Suarez
MI-Mondesi
CI-Y.Gurriel
OF-Springer
OF-Eloy
OF-Kingery
OF-Akiyama
OF-K.Lewis
Util-Hampson
Bn-Happ
Bn-Tsutsugo
SP-Castillo
SP-S.Gray
SP-Lynn
SP-ERod
CL-Workman
CL-Kim
CL-Kela
CL-Crick
CL-Kintzler
CL-Givens

LOLmets
LOLmets
1 year ago

Would you start Dr fauci vs the Yankees or take a wait and see approach?

LOLmets
LOLmets
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

GP, he can’t qualify for the win

DonnieB
DonnieB
1 year ago

Austin Riley or Ian Happ? Thanks…. I have Stroman all over. That’s Just great.th

RobMac
RobMac
1 year ago

11-team Roto standard categories who do you like best:

Stripling
Houser
Garrett Richards

Thanks! You kept me going through the long off-season

Rick Brown
Rick Brown
1 year ago

Also just read Stroman on IL with a left calf tear.He is week-to-week.Just keeps getting better.
RICK

Rick Brown
Rick Brown
1 year ago

Yahoo has fixed the problem regarding Covid and the IL.
RICK

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
1 year ago

16 team points league…

Now with Gavin Lux’s situation and K Tucker’s uncertain role I have to keep them on my bench(stashed) but I also have M Gore … should I move on for someone like Akiyama, Hays, K Lewis, Riley, Madrigal?

Thanks

Play Ball
Play Ball
1 year ago

For 1B when Vlad is eligible – Josh Bell or Vlad?

Play Ball
Play Ball
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

BTW, Penn Dept of Health denied the request for them to play in PNC. Jays are still without a home.

Scott
Scott
1 year ago

Speaking of bad lux, I also have Stroman and Gallegos.

Sinkhole Demayo
Sinkhole Demayo
1 year ago

10 team NL only with OBP over AVG, total bases added and net steals. normally a h2h league but we voted in roto for this yeaer. have this currently:
C suzuki
1B votto
2B wong
SS amed
3B lamb (1B)
MI camargo (SS/3B/OF)
CI fatt adams (1B)
OF (4): harper, pham, grisham, mccutchen
util (1) mcneil (2B/3B)
BN tapia
DL (5): freeman (who sounds like he’s playing right off), brocktune (who sounds like he ain’t)
NA (1) lux

i just dropped bohm as i don’t have 6 days out of 67 to waste on a dead roster spot, added tapia/bruce/lamb (lamb having 3B/1B is useful since camargo is off vs lefties and mcneil might be needed at OF or MI sometimes)

1. hold those 3 (tapia/lamb/fatt adams or drop for any of: j.rojas, kipnis, bote, souza (these latter 2 sound like bad side platooners though), i.diaz (good side of platoon), sogard (leading off vs righties), fatt adams, haseley, l.thomas, crawford, naylor, france, j.osuna (full job and 1B/3B/OF),

2. assuming freeman is back, who’s the drop (would think it’s one of the bruce/adams or similar player group i own at the time or lamb. this assumes tapia actually did steal hilliard’s job, if that’s not true he’s an easy drop).

player rater (OPS), has them ranked per game bruce, adams, lamb. bruce has a strong (for this deep) positive rating per game. all 3 of them are righty side guys, but bruce/adams bat in good part of order on good hitting teams too. adams obviously could lose playing time if they give it to riley.

Sinkhole Demayo
Sinkhole Demayo
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

oops, yeah while i was writing this i moved out fatt adams and added bruce (rater likes him slightly more). so fatt adams over bruce for now, then when freeman is back (probably fri) drop fatt adams or lamb (from the 3B extra elig)

Sinkhole Demayo
Sinkhole Demayo
Reply to  Sinkhole Demayo
1 year ago

we’re roto now, so unlike h2h where i wouldn’t have wanted to waste a move if i changed my mind it doesn’t matter here, no moves limits for roto. no reason to have them.

Bo
Bo
1 year ago

Hi Grey,

In an 8-team, 5x 5 OBP keeper league, would you trade away Yordan Alvarez, Edwin Encarnacion, Dylan Carlson, and Trevor Bauer for Giancarlo Stanton, Carlos Santana, Andrew Vaughn, and Yu Darvish in order to have a chance to win this year?

Best,

Bo

Bo
Bo
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks. I have been going back and forth on this potential trade for quite some time now, so this rather clear answer is pretty helpful.

Big League Wood
Big League Wood
1 year ago

Gloom, despair, and agony on me… First FAB on Saturday. Lost Sale and Price in 15 teamer. What would you pay for Rich Hill, Alex Wood, and Corbin Byrnes? I got a grand to bid.

Big League Wood
Big League Wood
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I can’t get Hee Haw off my brain after reading that lede.
Josh James also available. This drafted in December. Thoughts ?

Big League Wood
Big League Wood
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago
big League Wood
big League Wood
Reply to  Big League Wood
1 year ago
Big League Wood
Big League Wood
Reply to  big League Wood
1 year ago

Here it is. Johnny Bench at 1: 48
https://youtu.be/Xv13g44ROaw

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
1 year ago

Josh James has a plus matchup according to streamo this week while Houser’s matchup is in the negative (despite being against Pittsburgh). Houser is a big sleeper candidate so I hate to cut him before the season even starts but is that the right thing to do?

Dave D
Dave D
1 year ago

Looks like Blue Jays in Buffalo afterall. The public health commisioner is not a big enough baseball fan.

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Dave D
1 year ago

If New York lets them.They’ve got over 30 states on the quarantine list.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  hondo
1 year ago

Yeah, what a sh*tshow! I guess nobody cares about generating revenue that much right now. Maybe they should accept bids like Amazon did last year to see who actually wants them.

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Dave D
1 year ago

I wouldn’t count on Baltimore either,they just shut the bars and restaurants back down today.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  hondo
1 year ago

Yeah, anywhere in TriState will be tough too

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Dave D
1 year ago

Does Plum Island have a stadium?

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  hondo
1 year ago

Haha! No, nearest ones are Providence or Hartford. Yard Goats play in a nice place for minor leagues.

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
1 year ago

Hey Grey!

Appreciate all of your hard work as always to help get all of us up to speed. Drafted last night in my long standing 6×6 (OBP + QS) league with 11 teams this year. We changed it to roto this year rather than doing a 6 week H2H regular season. This is my first time playing roto so looking forward to trying a different format.

I used the 6×6 (+OBP) version of the razzball rankings. When setting up my predraft rankings, I plugged all of the pitchers in using your top 500. Any thoughts on how to improve my roster would be appreciated! Here’s what I ended up with:

C-bNavarez (waivers after draft)
1B- Rizzo (6-58)
2b- Edman (12-124)
3b- Byrant (3-31)
SS- Andrus (13-131)
OF- Soto (1-9)
OF- Martinez (2-14)
OF- Stanton (4-36)
UTIL- Pham (8-80)
UTIL- Schwarber (14-146)

Ended up loading up on OFers early as none of the position guys, other than Bryant) who were available in the first few rounds were either good values or players I liked. Passed on Jose Ramirez (6th in the OBP ranks) in the 2nd in favor of JD Martinez (who is 10th in the OBP ranking) hoping to go with the guy with the higher floor. I was burned by Ramirez last year and have been on a running for several years of having at least one of my first two picks be a total bust. I plugged everyone into the war room and came out with a .280 average, 103% on RBIs, 121% on HRs, 102% on runs. Pham, Edman and Andrus are decent steals sources, but I really could have used one more speed guy to go with them. Dee Gordon and Billy Hamilton are on waivers. Would you grab either of them as a bench bat or wait to see if other steals sources emerge in the first week?

On the pitching side:

SP- Corbin (5-53)
SP- Bauer (8-80)
SP- Gray (9-97)
SP- Hill (10-102)
SP- Ryu (11-119)
SP- Yarbrough (15-163)
SP – Burnes (20-212)
SP- Jon Gray (21-229)
SP – Canning (22-234)
RPs – Melancon, Kintzler, Watson, Wade Davis

Felt good about being able to wait to the 5th and grab Corbin. Ended up with 3 guys out of tier 2 on the pitcher ranks when Gray and Ryu fell to a point where I thought they were good values. I know you aren’t as high on Rich Hill, but he was one pick I was influenced by the CBS guys on as they are pushing him pretty hard as having a lot of upside in a short season. With 3 guys already in the first 2 tiers, I figured I could afford to take a shot on him there and still ended up with Ryu a round later. In the past I have always relied heavily on streaming to gain an advantage on quality starts, but I realize the strategy is different in a season long roto where pitcher implosions will wreck your ratios beyond a single week. We have Wins + Quality starts though so that gives us 3 counting stats vs the 2 ratios cats though. Do you think streaming is still the right move or should I wait to see how the standings in all of the cats are shaking out in the first couple of weeks?

Thanks again for all of your guidance!

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
Reply to  letsgobravos
1 year ago

Reading through comments above, saw where you’re low on Jon Gray so I dumped him in favor of Nick Madrigal as a bench bat. Fingers crossed the white sox will do the right thing and let him start the season at 2b.

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks for the feedback. Your pitching rankings have always helped me build a solid staff with middle round picks. I grabbed Schwarber late as a hedge in case Stanton doesn’t deliver. I do wish I could have found a better power/speed guy at SS or 2b so I wasn’t starting Edman and Andrus up the middle.

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

First year of Roto league.. 5×5 with Sv+H.. over the course of 60 games, what’s the realistic breakdown of EOS totals? Trying to figure out what these goals should be so I can keep a running tally during the draft.

Thank you and I’m looking forward to another great season with you!

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
1 year ago

hey hanley road earl, get ready to be happy. STL released cecil, FINALLY. next up fowler, right.

Bravos14
Bravos14
1 year ago

I just need a little push

20 teams (Keeper) Roto-this season only

According to a Power Rankings tool (different site) my team is ranked 5th

I have a trade in hand that could move me to possibly 3rd, definitely 4th, but I’m shy to pull the trigger. I’m normally a very patient yet successful manager over the course of 162 games.

Projections show good gains offensively (+17) but with marginal losses at pitching (-9)
Forget my math and just look at the trade and its effect.

Trade: I receive Starling Marte, he gets Luke Weaver

Effect: Marte at CF, Avisail Garcia moved to Utl, A. Simmons moved to bench
SP Staff changes from; deGrom, S. Gray, Odorizzi, Weaver, Keuchel to subtracting Weaver and adding Chase Anderson or Daniel Mengden (when healthy).

The volatility at the pitching position really, really worries me in a shortened season.

Do you make the trade today or wait a while?

waffles
waffles
1 year ago

whoa, not good to hear re: Kyle Tucker

12 team 5×5 roto

C Carson Kelly (pick 224)
1B Freeman (32)
2B McMahon (200)
SS T Turner (8)
3B Guerrero Jr (56)
MI Story (17)
CI Travis Shaw (streaming spot) (320)
OF Stanton (65)
OF Luis Robert (80)
OF K Tucker (152)
OF Verdugo (185)
OF A Garcia (209)
U Calhoun (257)

P L Castillo (41)
P S Gray (89)
P R Iglesias (104)
P Carrasco (113)
P J Urias (128)
P Workman (137)
P Neris (161)
P Gallen (176)
P Britton (233)

Weaver (248)
Kintzler (272)
J James (281)
Pressly (296)
S Howard (305)

Any thoughts? Thank you!

Sven
Sven
1 year ago

Hey Grey,
any opinion on this draft?
H2H, 10 Team, R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, TB, BatAVG, / W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP
Roster with MI/CI, RF/CF/LF

C J.Alfaro
1B P.Alonso
2B G.Torres
3B Y.Moncada
SS K.Marte
CI J.McNeil
MI T.Edman
LF J.Soto
CF R.Laureano
RF D.Santana
OF E.Jimenez
UTIL L.Robert
BN I.Happ
BN C.Walker
BN B.Anderson
BN K.Lewis
BN N.Madrigal

SP L.Castillo
SP S.Gray
RP B.Workman
RP S.Doolittle
P F.Montas
P K.Maeda
P R.Stripling
P M.Foltynewicz

I drafted Lewis and Madrigal late because I’ve seen your latest notes on them. However, available players on WW: Hyun Kim, Pressly, Akiyama, Hilliard for example.

Good luck to your teams. Thank you.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
1 year ago

oh yeah folty right back in peak form, but not quite sure if i can remember 2 back to back to back HR games within a few hours of each other.

– mazouza news good for madrigal, leury moves to OF

– singer (is up for one of the junis/keller roles for now) or drop one of cueto/howard? have these in a 12 teamer (5×5 12 team h2h): morton, lynn, paxton, stripling, odorizzi (good lord was he cheap, nabbed him 2/2 in drafts the last few days), j.gray, cueto, howard
RP: (max 5): kim (dropped d.castillo, saves only here, got beat to pressly but kim could have more value and it’s possible he just keeps this role), iggy, rogers, hudson

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

wow, yr saying drop j.gray here. what happened with j.gray (he’s still ranked higher than cueto by you)

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

true point, but in a 162 game season (where you ranked him higher than cueto) he would’ve had half of whatever number (on average) in COL then too. i get where yr probably going on this, variance being a giant bitch in short season (IF roto even worse, h2h here), try yr best to take out the bad apples (and COL is just the worst apples). so the idea being in a 162 game season the TOTAL of road games made him have value but now that’s at 6.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

i’m checking COL’s schedule now, this whole year will be like last 5 weeks of normal h2h seasons (checking schedule all the time) here’s gray’s though (assuming the 5 man rotation depth charts shows)
@ TEX (good, or at least neutral)
vs SD (home, but for home not horrible)
vs SF (this is as good as it gets at home)
vs ARI (not great, and that’s 3 in a row at home)
@ HOU
@ LAD

yeah this is just bad after the first game.

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

Do you like Shogo over Hilliard for this shortened season? Shogo looks to be batting first but maybe Hilliard has more upside?

Thanks

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Steve
1 year ago

hilliard def has more upside, but lately COL reporters claim tapia has hilliard’s job. depth charts hasn’t shown this since black never said that and clearly black in the past (last year end of season) gave hilliard those at bats and not tapia (who’s been jerked around for at bats for at least 3 years), but keeping hilliard there might result in almost no at bats. i ain’t dropping hilliard in the deep spot i have him in (and another deep dynasty spot) but of course i can’t just go get shogo in that one.

happyharry1958
happyharry1958
1 year ago

Hey Grey,
12 team, H2H, 6X6. Your advice Please.1)drop Wong or DeJong for: J.Segura, Newman, LaStella, Kendrick? 2)drop D.Bundy for:Luzardo, J.James, Bassitt, Heaney, Richards, Kim? 3)drop Mercado for:McCutchen, J.Turner, K.Calhoun?..thanks Man!

Dave
Dave
1 year ago

Hello Grey
Need a replacement for H Dozier.
10 team with OBP.
Lourdes Gurriel or Akiyama?
Thanks

JP
JP
1 year ago

Need a replacement for Dozier..Shaw, Profar or Bruce

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thankfully, when my 4 nfbc teams evaporated so did all my “Dozier Down” shares. A small positive.

I was browsing some mlb news and realized I had no clue Derek Holland was with Pitt, let alone 5th starter. Im not sure that I should care. I guess its pretty bad when the Giants reject you while they embrace Gabe Kapler.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah, I cant believe they didnt sign Denard Span too.

JP
JP
Reply to  JP
1 year ago

Other option is Peraza

Coolwhip
1 year ago

Looks like Stroman is likely to miss first start with calf-tightness

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

There’s the payback for Peralta starting

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Trade Max Fried for Pham?

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
1 year ago

great work Grey!

16 team points league…

For the first week (11 day week)

who should I start at 3B? Kingery or Sano?

for my Util: Kingery/Sano or Luis Robert?

For my 5th SP spot: Eovaldi vs BAL and @ NYM or G. Richards Vs ARI and @ COL

Thanks

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
1 year ago

Hey to the Hey!

So, this is an obnoxiously general and vague question, and maybe a post I missed over the lonnng spring addressed this, but if one believes that hitters need to catch up to pitchers in the spring (which I kinda take with a grain of salt) and that SP are more prone to fatigue over a full season and definitely try to manage that by holding back a bit (which I think is definitely true) . . .

. . . then should we expect some great starts from decent SP the first few weeks of this short season? Or should we at least lower our target dollar value on SoN?

So, for example, would we roll with [email protected] ($2.6) or [email protected] ($1.2). Maybe even [email protected] (-$4.0)???

And another question is going to be if home field (aside from stadium characteristics) even matters.

Okay, this now seems like a ridiculous question to ask in the comments, so please feel free to tell me to pound sand. I just wanted to chit chat!!!

Lurrrrrrve yas!!!!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Damn, it is handsome to interact with you again.

Phil
Phil
1 year ago

Grey, my man! Need help on a Dynasty trade. Brandon Lowe for Alex Verdugo. Current 2B are Luis Urias and Shed Long. Verdugo is 4th OF and would be replaced in lineup with Teoscar. 6×6 with OPS. Thanks!

fishfanuk
fishfanuk
1 year ago

picked up sean murphy as the last catcher off the board, him or Kiner-falefa or stream off hittertron to start the season?

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Grey, how confident are u on W.Calhouns ranking? I want to draft him. Do u think he is a number 3 outfielder in a 13 team roto?

Tigres
Tigres
1 year ago

Latest from The Twitter on Yahoo and COVID-19 IL eligibility:

@YahooFantasyCC
Replying to
@Dropthemike17
The COVID designation will be IL eligible, as it will be a 10-Day IL. We are working on getting this resolved, as at the moment, they are not eligible.
6:39 PM · Jul 21, 2020

IMO, “as at the moment”, Yahoo can go F itself. GET YO SHIZZ TOGETHER YAHOO THE SEASON STARTS TOMORROW!!!

Tigres
Tigres
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

OK they fixed it. I will give the credit to all my whining here on the RB message board!!

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

Quick & dirty one for you Grey:

Chirinos or Canning

11 team roto last SP slot.

ryanoger
ryanoger
1 year ago

Willie Calhoun over Braun and Christ Taylor right?

ryanoger
ryanoger
Reply to  ryanoger
1 year ago

*Chris

Marv
Marv
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS), limit of 20 moves/year

So just finished the draft last night. Thought I was smart-ish but alas my bet on Helsley is not looking great. What are your thoughts on my team ? I kind went overboard with Pitching long shots / hopefuls. I assume I drop Helsley for another reliever ? anyone else you’d swap / pick up from the wire?

Some guys on the wire:

HIT- M. Smith (CF,RF), R. Braun (LF), A. Garcia (CF,RF), C.J. Cron (1B), S-S Choo (LF,RF), R. Odor (2B), C. Hernandez (2B), K. Wong (2B), C. Kelly (C), A. Riley (CI, LF), S. Akiyama (LF), D. Murphy (1B), D. Anderson (3B,RF), W. Adames (SS), Y. Molina (C), Y. Diaz (1B,3B), M. Carpenter (3B), F. Mejia (C), O. Narvaez (C), M. Chavis (1B,2B), J. Berti (3B, SS, CF), T.Murphy (C), K. Lewis (RF)

PIT- J. Urquidy, S. Matz, C. Bassit, D. Cease, S. Turnbull, P. Lopez,

RP- J. Leclerc, J. Jimenez, K. Kela, G. Gallegos, I. Kennedy, W. Smith, B. Kintzler, K-H. Kim, S. Lugo, A. Ottavino,

My team:
C – EMPTY
1B – A. Rizzo
2B – K. Marte
3B – E. Suarez
SS –T. Turner
CI –P. Goldschmidt
MI – D. Santana
LF – J.D. Martinez
CF – I. Happ
RF – C. Yelich
Util – C. Blackmon
BN – D. Carlson N/A

SP – J. Verlander
SP – W. Buehler
SP – S. Gray
RP – J. Hader (RP)
RP – R. Helsley (RP – but I guess not really haha)
P – C. Kluber
P – C. Martinez
BN – J. James
BN – C. Burnes
BN – J. Lindblom
BN – A. Voth
BN – C. Smith
BN – S. Howard N/A
Thanks bud
Marv

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Grey, i know u like Teoscar. U have him ranked about 350. Is he better then that ranking? Looking at drafting him as a possible 4 th or 5 th of in a 13 team roto?

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Does Anyone know why Yahoo Fantasy Sports page isn’t putting players with Coronavirus on the IL when the team has already put them on the IL, but instead going out of their way to update the server to include COVID-19 at the end of their names?

I’m commissioner of my league and my teammates are questioning it and extremely mad at yahoo. I don’t know what to tell them.

Tigres
Tigres
Reply to  Paul
1 year ago

Yeah, I just noticed this, and also that we can’t put a COVID-19 player in IL slot.

I am Commish for home league, may have to add extra bench spots on the fly, until yahoo gets its shizz together.

Margaret
Margaret
Reply to  Paul
1 year ago

Yahoo is working on making the COVID-19 designation IL eligible. Hopefully by tomorrow! https://twitter.com/YahooFantasyCC/status/1285705905602990081

RICE
RICE
1 year ago

Hey Grey!

With Dozier going down, I could use another bench bat.

In a 10-team H2H, do you like taking a shot on Braun or Cespedes?

ryanoger
ryanoger
1 year ago

10 team redraft

Drop Kyle Lewis, Akiyama, McCutchen, or Joc for Willie Calhoun?

thanks grey!

Will
Will
1 year ago

Puig can be dropped now, right Grey? Asking because Dozier just went to the covid IL and I need a replacement.

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Gonna give these Rudy Tools a whirl for the 60 game season, I’m a subscriber now!

I wish I had a rosterbation question though

larry womack
larry womack
1 year ago

G. Richards or C. Bassitt or A. Voth. Or just stream their starts when they come up?

Thanks and have a nice day.

zombie
zombie
1 year ago

Down goes Dozier! I guess that we better get used to this. Frequency of this occurance might just be common going forward. OK, so not mad. Just need to replace him. Potentially productive options include Solak, K. Lewis, maybe Teoscar. Or wait a day/two to see if D. Carlson makes the club? Please advise… & clever title this AM (Rudy?). Thanks.

Smitty
1 year ago

Watching the Dodgers on the tube the other night and noticed Lux had the yips. He made at least 2 errant routine throws, had trouble turning the deuce, and looked tentative overall. I have never been high on him, but know he has talent and think he has just lost his confidence. Taylor and Kike made the move easy for Roberts. Does seem Atlanta is Colorado 2.0 at times

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
1 year ago

Hey Grey – update on my trade chats around getting Glasnow…looking at 2 offers now from the same owner, what do you think? Keeper league, OBP OPS (not avg) + QS plus W on the pitching side.

His First Offer:
My Freeman ($27) + A. Bradley (not keepable) for his Muncy ($24) + Glasnow ($12)

Second Offer:
My Schwarber (not keepable) + Lamet (not keepable) for his Glasnow + Dahl (strangely, Rudy’s ranks have Dahl about twice as valuable as Muncy in OBP OPS for some reason)

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

My thoughts exactly. Lamet it is! Ready to have my heart broken by Dahl

Whatever
Whatever
1 year ago

In light of that Riley blurb, does that mean I’m benching him in a weekly lock league for Willie Calhoun or your boy Teoscar. Calhoun seems to be trending in the right direction and is now only expected to miss a game or two so I’m guessing he’s the answer?

Play Ball
Play Ball
1 year ago

Baltimore is one of the home park options for Jays.

Where would you rank Vlad as a 1B when he gets eligibility after 5 games in Yahoo leagues and if Baltimore is their home park?

Play Ball
Play Ball
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Hasn’t been settled as of last night. Talking to Baltimore too.

Play Ball
Play Ball
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Looks like you’re right. That sucks for the Jays offense.

With Vlad getting 1B eligibility after 5 games, would you rather have him or Luis Robert? Either would be in UTIL or bench. In a small 6-team friends roto league. Robert’s may be hitting 6th in the lineup to start season.

2qbn
2qbn
1 year ago

Had Tucker over Kyle Lewis for the Astros offensive potential. Hold Tucker or drop for Lewis?

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

i am #confucius

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
1 year ago

I almost forgot that the sprint gets going tomorrow. Can’t wait until half of my lineup either registers 99 degrees or has a slight cough and misses half of the season for undisclosed reasons!

At least the gangly manbird gets a four game “weekend” while avoiding Buehler. Things are looking up…

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

The bird flu doesn’t count

Will
Will
Reply to  Big Magoo
1 year ago

I’ve lost 3 outfielders to Covid and the season hasn’t even started yet.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Will
1 year ago

Welcome to 2020! Sucks, but it should all even out. There’s gonna be tons of crazy stuff going on.

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  Big Magoo
1 year ago

Magoo! Would love your insight.

Which three would you roll with in a weekly OBP league to kick off the season?

Domingo
Happ
Riley
Wil Myers
Kyle Lewis
Teoscar

Good luck this season!

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  swaggerjackers
1 year ago

Oh yeah, and Trent Grisham.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  swaggerjackers
1 year ago

What’s up, Swagger? Grisham, Happ, and Domingo would be my picks, but I’d keep an eye on Myers’ playing time

2qbn
2qbn
1 year ago

Damn, crusty Dusty! I had picked up Tucker over Razzball heartthrob Kyle no relation to Carl Lewis for the Astros offensive potential. Kind of difficult to tap in to that from the bench. Would you hold Tucker or drop for Lewis?

Teddy BB
Teddy BB
1 year ago

G’day Grey,
Drafted 16 team league last night.
5×5 H2H with OBP & Saves + Holds

C- Jansen
1B- Olson
2B- Villar
3B- Rendon
SS- Mondesi
OF- Bellinger – Mercado – Scwarber
Util- Davis – Calhoun
Bench – Hilliard
SP- Giolito – Lynn – Odorizzi – Weaver – DeSclafani – Cease – Lopez
RP- Giles – Betances

Pitching depth may not be great.
How did I do ?

Homer's got the Runs
Homer's got the Runs
1 year ago

Hey Grey, absolutely loving this site.

Would you trade yelich and Stripling for Story and Berrios? 10 team obp 5×5 league. Other starters are Clev, Kershaw, Woodruff, paddack, and Hill. Other OFs are Stanton, Benintendi, Pham, Ozuna and Franmil. My middle infielders are weak as I am starting Swanson at short and either Wong or McMahon at 2nd. My backups are Solak and Kingery.

Thanks you in advance.

Homer's got the Runs
Homer's got the Runs
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Do you base that on player value or my team needs?

Homer's got the Runs
Homer's got the Runs
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

One other option is Yelich and Woodruff for Lindor and Bieber. What do you think?

Thanks again

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
1 year ago

Morning Grey, my league drafted last night and I was hoping I could get your thoughts on the team. I feel light on sbs. 12 team roto, 5×5.

C – C. Vasquez
1B – Olson
2B – Eduardo Escobar
3B – Jose Ramirez
SS – Story
OF – Springer
OF – Soler
OF – Mercado
UTIL – Rizzo
BN – Calhoun
BN – Jose Peraza

SP – Corbin, S. Gray, Ed-Rod, Stroman, C-Mart, Houser
RP – Neris, Leclerc, Joe Jimenez, Jose Alvarado

Coolwhip
1 year ago

Well the ‘perts draft was fun last night, I literally spent half of it chasing down a soon-to-be 1 year old, and keeping him toppling furniture… LOL. That said, I’m pretty stoked about my team. Somehow you got away with highway robbery, haha, I blame Donkey’s Chris Saleian Strategy,

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

thats the tweet

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I used to live in North SD area and North County like Del Mar, Oceanside, Vista etc. Had some connections that led to me going to a lot Angels games when little with a lot sentiment – hence Angels fan.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Coolwhip
1 year ago

Donkey drafted Sale again? Hahaha

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Drunkeytooth.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  The Great Knoche
1 year ago

He went Cole and Scherzer first 2.

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

Drop Austin Riley for JD Davis?

( with Adams, should I begin looking elsewhere?)

Coolwhip
Reply to  Brett
1 year ago

I would, JD Davis was better option before Adams news

Mike L
Mike L
Reply to  Brett
1 year ago

Redraft league I’d take JD

JSF
JSF
1 year ago

Hi Grey,

Trying to acquire Soto in a keep forever league. How much of an overpayment is Arenado and Meadows? Would ask for another player like Danny Santana for this year. Would be a two for one deal though.

Thanks

JSF
JSF
Reply to  JSF
1 year ago

Ah sorry for the re-post.

Cabby
Cabby
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

12 team keeper league. Keep 10 MLB and 7 Minors.

OBP, R, SB, total Bases, RBI
wins +qs, era, whip, K, holds+saves

C,C-
1b-
2B- Ozzie Albies
SS- trea Turner
MI- Villar
3B- Arenado
CI-
5 OF- Acuna, Harper, Marte
U- Tim Anderson

6SP- Buehler, Corbin
3 RP-

the only minor that might contribute this year is Mitch Keller.

Before Covid, I was set on picking Giolito with my first pick( I have the first overall pick after keepers).

Should I consider any of the following:
Soler
Laureano
Donaldson
Pham
Robles

Also, there isn’t much left in the pool at 1B.

Who do you like the most from the following(I hate them all):
Danny Santana
Mark Canha
Encarnacion
Joe Pederson
Ryan McMahon
Howie Kendrick

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
1 year ago

Longtime away from fantasy bb, Grey, sorry about that…BUT I AM A PAID SUBSCRIBER so there is that…

Draft last night in a 5×5 roto (INN, ERA, WHIP, K, Sv+Holds)
Pitching staff: Walker Buehler, Dylan Bundy, Carlos Carrasco, Tyler Glasnow, Andrew Heaney, Lance Lynn, Danny Duffy, Tyler Duffey, Matt Barnes, Diego Castillo, and Chad Green.

(start 9; 2 on the bench)

Available guys (from the Razzball Writer Predictions list)

Kikuchi, Bassitt, RLopez, and Cease along with some guys at the top of the CBS list named Z-Eflin, H-Bailey, F-Valdez, M-Kelly, K Hyun-Kim, Lucchesi, and Suter….Brent, not Bruce Sutter. He was really good.

Any big add-drops jump out at ya?

Thanks as always. You da man!

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

donka shane!

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Is that a bar in Tijuana?

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I noticed no one took Kyle Lewis. I know you really like him. I have a stacked OF with Harper, McCutcheon, Robert, Schwarber, and Stanton. My U is clogged. My bench is Shogo Akiyama and Raimel Tapia. Do I drop someone for Kyle Lewis?

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

OK, sounds good. Thanks.

RJ
RJ
1 year ago

Drafting tonight.
AL-only 5×5 redraft 10 teams
I have #2 pick – but scared of taking Trout.
Grey hates starters here so no Cole.
If #1 takes Lindor – who do I pick, please?

The Sportsguy
The Sportsguy
Reply to  RJ
1 year ago

My league drafted on Friday (same exact parameters).. I got lucky and got Lindor at 3…wouldn’t have taken Trout if he fell

First four picks were Bregman, Trout, Lindor and then Cole…

JSF
JSF
1 year ago

Hi Grey,

Trying to acquire Soto in a keep forever league. How much of an overpay would Arenado and Meadows be to get him? I’d ask for another player like Danny Santana for this year but it would be a two for one deal.

Thanks

JSF
JSF
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

It’s a 12-team league but I’m looking at a 2 for 1 trade to open up a spot for another keeper and go younger at the same time.

Green monstah
Green monstah
1 year ago

Top of the morning grey just drafted last night & looking for your insight it’s H2h pts weekly

C: Realmuto

1b: Joey Votto

2b: Jonathan villar (2b/3b)

3b: Kris Bryant (3b/OF)

SS: Tatis jr

IF: adalberto mondesei

OF: Bryce Harper
OF: benintendi
OF: luis robert
OF: Alex verdugo

DH: jD Martinez (DH/OH)

Utility: Yoan Moncada
Utility: Carlos Santana (1b/DH)

Bench : Cavan biggio, Khris Davis, Justin Turner , JD Davis (OF/3b), Lorenzo Cain, yandy diaz (1b/3b), Travis Shaw, Freddy Galvis (SS/2b), profar, Jon berti. I
Also drafted guys who I plan to use as drops maybe I could get better players on the wire ; Juan Uribe, Johnny Peralta & Omar infante. It was the end of the draft I was tired I was like hey whatever lol

SP: Strasburg
SP: Nola
SP: Soroka
SP: Bauer
SP: Keuchel
SP: folty

RP: Seth Lugo
RP : Ross stripling (RP/SP)
RP: Dustin May

Some moves thinking of making waiver wise

1.) some guy in my league dropped altuve right after the draft , I have a claim dropping infante for altuve

2.) drop Juan Uribe for Carter Kieboom

3.) drop Seth Lugo & add Kwang-Hyun Kim

4.) add Adrian houser by dropping profar

5.) drop job Jon berti & Chris Taylor

For this year I added 4 IL slots which is the max on ESPN , normally we do 2 IL

Stay safe & I look forward to reading your notes all season like every season! Good stuff man

Hawk
Hawk
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

I can’t find the words to express how happy I am to talk real pretend baseball. I’m sure you could, wordy mcwordsmith….but I can’t.

Aaaaanyway.

Have Willie Calhoun who may/may not be ready for Friday in my Util spot. Would you drop him for Evan White? 5×5 roto league.

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
1 year ago

Need a catcher, looking at the bottom of the barrel here:

Stallings, J. CAstro, Caratini, Pedro Severino, Austin Romine

Coolwhip
Reply to  Dude at Dude's
1 year ago

Severino or Castro