Raimel Tapia was traded to the Jays. Yay! Tapia gets out from under Bud Black! You will never thwart us again, Bud Black! Shakes fist towards the Colorado Rockies, the geographical location, not the team in Arizona. Though, the difference between Arizona and Colorado is hard to tell with the shake of a fist. Your tyranny of platoons will never stop me and Tapia again! Eat a dee, Bud Black! *opens Jays’ lineup* Uh…Hmm. Raimel Tapia is now buried in a stacked lineup and might platoon from the nine hole. Yo, Tapia, have you ever considered eating a live chicken to rid yourself of the curse of “not playing every day?” He was lowered in the top 100 outfielders. Going the other way, and the real winner here: Randal Grichuk. I know Grichuk is morally opposed to bat flips, but he might want to bat flip this trade. He’s suddenly in position to have a career year, and play everyday DH. Grichuk is exactly the type of player Bud Black will give 600 ABs, if he can. Old and boring. The ultimate Prospblockie. C.J. Cron and Grichuk walking around that lineup like Nicky Fairbanks walking the streets in Alaska. Grichuk was upped by a lot in the top 100 outfielders, and is now a 5th outfielder target in shallower leagues. Incredibly, on our auction values Randal Grichuk has moved to the 39th best outfielder, and right by Jesse Winker. This offseason, their collective fortunes have 180’d toward each other, and Winker appropriately was 1st one to blink. The ol’ Blink-180. What’s my age again? Also, the top 500 for 2022 fantasy baseball was updated. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this preseason for 2022 fantasy baseball:

Odubel Herrera – Out four-to-six weeks with a mild strain of his oblique. Diabloblique! He was updated in the top 100 outfielders.

Tommy Pham – Signed with the Reds. “Oh my God, it’s happened again! Wait, no, it hasn’t.” That’s Pham realizing he’s in a Reds jersey, and hasn’t been stabbed again. This is about as good a landing spot as he could’ve hoped for. He will be in no danger of losing at-bats, because the Reds will only be fielding five or six players this year, and only three of them are hitters. Plus, the stadium is great. He was moved up into the top 80 outfielders. Jake Fraley was updated in the top 100 outfielders, as well.

Luis Castillo – Out with shoulder soreness. Cool, as in not cool, and great, as in not great. I will not draft him now as in not drafting him. He was updated in the top 40 starters and the pitchers’ pairing tool.

Brandon Drury – Signed with the Reds. Finally, a last name for the Reds to pronounce to make them sound as drunk as they’re behaving this offseason.

Oliver Perez – Signed with the Diamondbacks. They are going for it!*

*First overall pick in the 2023 draft.

Stephen Vogt – Signed with the A’s. In an attempt to get a new stadium paid for by taxpayers, the A’s have resorted to buying the Vogt.

Billy Hamilton – Signed with the Mariners. After singing Hamilton, the Mariners threw their arms around each other as the curtain closed. Oh, wait, signed not singed.

Shane Baz – Having loose bodies in his elbow removed. A look inside his elbow: *David Caruso wipes off his sunglasses* “This isn’t the Rays…of sunshine I hoped it was.” I agree with the David Caruso doing an episode of CSI: Miami inside Baz’s elbow. Googled “loose bodies in pitcher’s elbow” for some previous examples, and one was Blake Snell. Woof McWoofywoof! Another example was Nathan Eovaldi in 2019. He was sidelined for three months, and, when he returned, he could only throw one inning at a time for the rest of the year, and, with that, I’ve removed Shane Baz from my rankings. Do not draft him. He’s gone from the top 40 starters and the pitchers’ pairing tool.

Luis Patino – Woke with some arm discomfort. The Rays’ 2022 motto: We Only Have Openers. Since the arm discomfort, Patino has received some good news, so he’s still in the top 80 starters for now.

Kevin Pillar – Signed with the Dodgers. Too bad he didn’t sign somewhere he’d have room to play, like Oakland. Plus, how great would it be to see a Pillar in the Coliseum.

Adley RutschmanOrioles said he could be ready for the start of the Triple-A season on April 5th. Stinks he won’t be ready for the start of the Orioles’ season on April 8th.

Oneil CruzPirates doing Pirates things and being booty, by saying Cruz will start year in the minors. MLBPA should band together, and all pitchers should groove Oneil Cruz pitch after pitch all spring so the Pirates look as stupid as possible. I hate the Pirates so much. Cruz was lowered in my shortstop rankings.

Isan Diaz – Released by the Marlins. Kinda like a wildlife program, the Marlins have a catch and release program. They catch some terrible prospects from deals like sending away Yelich and Giancarlo, and they later release them.

Joey Wendle – Heard from someone that Wendle and Garrett Cooper will see a lot of at-bats this year. Also, Wendle could be in a favorable spot in the lineup — think leadoff, moving Jazz to the two-hole. Won’t be adding Wendle to my 2022 fantasy baseball rankings, because, after all, he’s just a 7/7 guy, so only a deep league play, but in those leagues Mr. Wendle might not be a bum. By the way, I update my rankings daily, and Rudy updates his 2022 fantasy baseball rankings just about hourly. You’ll see Cooper and Wendle hitter projections (and all players) updated. That also keeps our Fantasy Baseball War Room as up-to-date as you’re gonna find. If you’re going to buy a season-long subscription in-season for the Streamonator or Hitterton, may as well get it now for the War Room. Don’t draft without the War Room, and, of course, good luck with weekend drafts! Unless you’re going against me.

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Rick
Rick
4 months ago

Please help me!

I can keep 3:

Luis Robert – $41
Syndergard – $1
T O’Neill – $10
Schwarber – $12
Winker – $1

What do you think?

Rick
Rick
Reply to  Rick
4 months ago

I didn’t sort the comments correctly… please disregard the note above this one ^.

6 x 6, ops & qs. 14 teamer

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Rick
Rick
4 months ago

I can keep 3:

Luis Robert for $41
Schwarby for $2
O’neill for $3
Winker for $1

Can you pick & rank? :)

fausto
fausto
4 months ago

Sorry if I asked this again still learning the new layout. So 16tm keeper took $1 fliers on Heaney (which I hate) and Kaprellian(which is whatever) for my sp 6 and 7 would you replace those with any of the following ?

-M.Keller PIT (apparently has upped his velo sitting at 97ish now)
-N.Martinez SD( because hodgepadre and he was degrom-esque in Japan FWIW)
Or just try to sagnof with Dan Hudson and Seranthony Dominguez (I know Ebel Knebel is going to be on the IL at some points and take the ratios and ks from Dominguez) i only ended up with Iglesias and D.Williams as my RP
the greats were all kept and the bad ones went for way too much(Scott Barlow went for $26 and I paid $29 for R.Iglesias) sorry if this is long winded appreciate the input. Cheers.

fausto
fausto
4 months ago

Yo yo!…so I know we all hate a.heaney but I took a flier for $1 for him and Kaprellian in a 16tm Heaney is essentially my streamer spot but I’ve dug up 3 that might be better upside plays. Ditch either or both for any of these 3 guys?
-M.Keller (apparently increased velo avg’ing 97.7 on fb’s).
-Nick Martinez (a true hodgepadre but was Degrom-ish last yr in japan)
-M.Gore (prob ticketed to AAA but if would be 1st-ish up I’d imagine)
Appreciate the input.

amart_tx
amart_tx
4 months ago

@Grey, 12 team 5×5 roto

I just finished up my draft. How’d we do?

C – Stephenson
1B – Walsh
2B – India
3B – Franco
SS – Swanson
OF – O’Neill
OF – Franmil
OF – Eddie Rosario
UTIL – Ohtani
BN – Acuna

SP – Wheeler, Manaea, Stroman, JoMo, Syndergaard, Sandoval
RP – Treinen, Barnes, Kittredge, Floro, Sims

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
4 months ago

Grey

15 team keep 11….obp and slg k and k/9 league

Would you trade Tatis and Alcantara for Bichette and Wheeler

Thanks boss

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
4 months ago

Grey, when do teams announce if players like Witt, and J-Rod have made the club? My Free Agent auction is on Thursday, and I have to decide if I am bringing them up to my MLB team. Any suggestions?

kR Express
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Hey there, which one do you think is the better keeper for a 12 team Roto on CBS? Thanks much!
Eloy Jiminez 6th Round
Jose Berrios 6th Round
Chris Bassit 17th Round

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

what should I do about J-rod and witt? Bring them up?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

ok i’ll bring them up

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
4 months ago

How’d it go in Vegas?

fausto
fausto
4 months ago

Grey…16tm league offense is golden. Sp is a little wonky. How much of $100 FAAB would you spend on 4.5 months of Soroka? It’s a 16tm so slim pickings after soroka on the wire. Thanks.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 months ago

Hey Grey! Trying to pick my last keeper in a keep 8 forever $260 budget roto league…between B Lowe $11 or Bassitt $3.

1. Where would you guess these guys would go dollar wise in an auction? I feel like in a friends fam league Lowe is overlooked + Bassitt will have that Mets hype…

2. Am I crazy for thinking B Lowe is super underrated / capable of doing a Olson impression as long as he sustains his strikeout gains? Less R/RBI, but with the big strikeout gains he made since June 1 last year (and so far only struck out once in small sample of 10 spring ABs)…any reason he can’t hit .265 + keep that 35-40 homer, 7ish steal pace?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Sorry, 12 teams…basically trying to figure out if I can sneak Lowe at auction for around his $11 keeper tag or not (since I think Bassitt will be a 15-20 dollar guy the way people draft pitchers in most leagues), even though I’m much more into lowe than bassitt

Thanks!

Turd Wendell
Turd Wendell
4 months ago

Ciao Gray! Come Sta’?

My Dynasty league “drafted” yesterday it’s a keep as many as you want type jawn. Bear in I took over this team around this time last year. So we’re still rebuilding, but wanted to see how your thoughts on it.

C-Varsho
1b-Riley
2B- Jazz
SS- Bo
3b-Mondesi
LF- ??? Can scoop up one when Lance gets DLd
CF-Kelenic
Rf-Franmil
UTL- Witt
Bench Turner, Oniel Cruz, Tork, Bleday

SP- Sonny Gray, McCullers, Gonsolin, Luzardo, Hunter Green, Rasmussen, Clase, Barnes, Whitlock, Kitteredge

Not a league winner but just trying to build a solid foundation. Looking to move Turner and or Clase for a SP. As far LF goes Pollock, Baddoo, Tapia are on the wire. Any advice I’d appreciate it my man!

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Turd Wendell
Turd Wendell
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Mi dipsace 12 Teams 5*5 H2H…. Definitely sniffing around trying package Riley Clase and Turner for an SP and LF.. Targeting O’Neil and Lourdes…

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
4 months ago

Grey,

I really do really appreciate the constructive criticism in response to my RCL league I just drafted. Not to start giving excuses and claiming the dog ate my homework, but this was my first draft and I haven’t done any mocks (I usually do way too many). In the first half of the draft, I was using Eno and Pollocks pitcher rankings and Rudy’s steamer values. For the most part, I strictly followed these values/rankings and I still really like the first half of my draft. In the second half of the draft, I basically went off-script and went after “my guys” when the best dollar values were taken ahead of me. Right when I wanted to take a closer early, there was no one I liked. Right when I wanted to fill my MI spot, there was no one I liked. Right when I wanted a safer more reliable OF option, there was no one I liked. I ended up taking way too many unproven outfielders, too many back end closers, and too many unproven starters. I do believe the upside for everyone I drafted remains high, the balance of risk and reward in the second half was heavily lopsided. I fully understand if I just grabbed guys you just don’t like, which I really don’t think I did, but would not be surprised if the war room numbers didn’t value me favorably, given that I manually projected the players I took that were not projected for a full season.

Below is the round by round draft results for my team. I would appreciate it if you could tell me where I went off script and how you would have done things differently. Thank you so much.

UT Shohei Ohtani – LAA 1.8
1B Freddie Freeman – LAD 2.5
OF Cedric Mullins – BAL 3.8
SP Sandy Alcantara – MIA 4.5
3B Kris Bryant – COL 5.8
OF Byron Buxton – MIN 6.5
SP Charlie Morton – ATL 7.8
2B Max Muncy – LAD 8.5
SP Justin Verlander – HOU 9.8
SS Willy Adames – MIL 10.5
OF Jarred Kelenic – SEA 11.8
CI Joey Votto – CIN 12.5
SP Michael Kopech – CHW 13.8
OF Alex Kirilloff – MIN 14.5
OF Jo Adell – LAA 15.8
C Mitch Garver – TEX 16.5
RP Camilo Doval – SF 17.8
SP John Means – BAL 18.5
SP Aaron Ashby – MIL 19.8
RP Matt Barnes – BOS 20.52
SP Josiah Gray – WSH 21.8
SP Luis Patino – TB 22.5
RP Rowan Wick – CHC 23.8
MI Jose Miranda – MIN 24.5
SP Lance McCullers Jr. – HOU 2.5

Foxmanisu
Foxmanisu
4 months ago

Ugh Baz was my prospect keeper, until now. I am trying to win now, I guess
I have Acuna, Soto, Trea Turner, Tatis Jr, and Yordan as my keepers
We get to keep one rookie eligible player
Who do you like from this list?
Keibert Ruiz
CJ Abrams
Brujan
Miranda
Melendez

Thanks Grey!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
4 months ago

So here it is. 12-team Yahoo 6×6, with OBP and Holds the extras, and QS instead of wins. Fifth pick.

Who the eff knows how it will turn out. Was doing a victory lap after round three last year having drafted Story/Belli/Eloy and we know how that turned out.

Leant more heavily than I have before on Rudy’s OBP rankings so a couple of picks might look a bit odd. Ohtani fell to me (Rudy has him #4) and I got cold feet on Acuna – almost got him in the second but someone else grabbed him.

Hopefully Suzuki is fun to own and Grichuk goes nuts in Coors – if I can find a place for them (that’s for another day). I just can’t quit Sano – the possibility of 30-35 dingers with the last pick is too hard to resist – even if I know what he will do to me. Hate catchers. 12 teams so plenty of usable guys on the wire.

Pitching should be decent enough – will use SON and stream, though we do only get 10 adds a week so *may* need another SP.

C Zunino (19-221)
1B Olson (2-20)
2B India (6-68)
SS Gleyber (13-149)
3B Turner (11-125)
LF Giancarlo (4-44)
CF Lou Bob (3-29)
RF Franmil (9-101)
Util Ohtani (1-5)
BN Suzuki (15-173)
BN Grichuk (18-212)
BN Candelario (22-260)
BN Sano (24-284)

SP Nola (5-53)
SP Freddy P (7-77)
RP Kenley (8-92)
RP T Rogers MIN (12-140)
P Morton (10-116)
P Stroman (14-164)
P Montgomery (16-188)
BN Loáisiga (17-197)
BN Finnegan (20-236)
BN Staumont (21-245)
BN Matz (23-269)

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Thanks. Yeah, the guys I wanted were pretty much there when I wanted them, which could mean a number of different things haha. I’ve already dropped Matz for Quantrill mainly based on Matz’s egregious WHIP projection. There’s bound to be another starter or two who pops their head up and becomes rosterable once the season starts.

zombie
zombie
4 months ago

Hey there Grey and Razzballers. Terrific drafting in person again for so many of us. Thought that I’d get this roster analysis request prior to the Monday onslaught! My oldest 12 Team standard ESPN H2H League drafted yesterday. Started soundly with Keepers – Tucker, Acuna & Bichettte. Please share any thoughts, comments, etc, etc. Thanks very much!

C – CONTRERAS
1B – MOUNTCASTLE
2B – ALBIES
SS – BICHETTE
3B – BRYANT
2B/SS – WITT JR.
1B/3B – TORKELSON
OF – TUCKER
OF – O’NEILL
OF – KELENIC
OF – PHAM
OF – BADER
UTIL – CANDELARIO
B – ACUNA JR

P – F. PERALTA, MORTON, MANAEA, GILBERT, COBB, SANDOVAL, HOUK, C. JAVIER, CARRASCO
RP – MELANCON, S. BARLOW, GILES

zombie
zombie
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Thank you, Grey. Really appreciate the pre draft help & guidance; and the Saturday feedback! God luck with your teams as well!!!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
4 months ago

30 mins to the draft for the ol’ H2H. Got the fifth pick – that’s Acuna in your rankings and Rudy’s OBP rankings. Hmmm.

Maybe Ohtani will fall…

What do you think about taking Acuna there?

EDIT – I see you’ve already discussed it with Grimey! Looks like I should go for it…

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Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
4 months ago

I have a keeper question for a dynasty team in a 12 team Yahoo league with just one C & the 3 OF slots & 2 Utility slots. We are allowed to keep up to 25 players.
My team is solid.
Bats: J Ram, Freeman, Roberts, Teoscar, Haniger, Edman, Lourdes, Chapman, & Straw (really helps with steals) being kept
Arms: Beuhler; Woodruff, Gausman, Eovaldi, L Garcia, Disco, Wood, Houck & Diaz as my lone closer.
My prospects with 5 NA slots are; Cruz, Volpe, York, Miranda, & Pratto

Now soon of these prospects are close to coming up & I have 12 Bench slots in addition to the 5 NAs. So I don’t need to limit my prospects to just the 5.

My options for the last 2 are: Laureano (suspended early), Lane Thomas, Madrigal, Paddack (I made an unfortunate trade for him 2 years back so heavily invested in him), Bender, Megill, Cortes or one or two of the following prospects: Erik Pena, Everson Pereira, Jairo Pomares, or Gunnar Henderson.
I need 2 of that bunch for my last 2 keepers.

I was leaning Paddack (maybe misguided by my investment) & OF Pereira as my last 2. Maybe I need to cut my losses? Also keeping Laureano is not a terrible option either. Looking for the Overlord to rule on the best route. I appreciate all you do for your readers & your great advice.

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Licketty Splits
4 months ago

Our draft is approaching soon after keepers so only a 5 player draft which consists primarily of prospects so I look to add some prospects there as well as potential closers hopefully. The draft is interesting as well since it is auction with lower teams getting more & whatever is left from the auction is your FAAB for the year.

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Thanks …have a great weekend

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
4 months ago

Good Morning Grey,

With the news out about Acuña coming back first week of May, it does make me nervous aboutspending $53/280 on him in my 10-TM NL-Only H2H.
However, I have $1 India and $2 O’Neil at a YUGE discount. I think I’m more nervous about a setback than
anything though.

Current Keepers: $77 of $280
Acuña 53
O’Neil 2
India 1
Cronenworth 10
Alcantara 11

Since H2H is about matchups, I think I can put an offense together that will allow me to be fine the first 4-5 weeks, and then be dominant the rest of the way. This is an OBP league though, and what he lacks in Soto’s OBP, he makes up in a +25 SB differential, and on a much more productive team. However, if he doesn’t steal at least 2 bases per week once he’s back, it kinda makes sense to go with Soto or Harper from the get go, doesn’t it?

Which option would you go with knowing that the only big names available will be Soto, Harper, Betts, Olson, and then drops to Lindor, S. Marte, Arenado, Schwarber, and Yelich?

Keep Acuña and… 
A) do my auction as though he’s healthy so that I can get the most evenly balanced team when he’s back. This means I could focus about $20 more on SP and possibly have my 1-3 guys be made up of Alcantara, and two of Nola, Lamb, Musgrove, and Morton.

B) get Soto or Harper to get a top producer with excellent OBP. Both will go for $60.

C) get Betts ($55-60) so that I can get a guy with SBs and could also be an extra INF (2B eligible).

OR…
D) Throw back Acuña and pay the $60+ for Soto and dominate in OBP. Then focus on key positions and pay $50-$55 for my #2-3 SPs and RPs with Save potential later on.

I am leaning A or B. Acuña is so young and should be a/the top 5×5 guy for the next 5+ years, so I hesitate throwing him back at the risk of many more years with the top guy.

I greatly appreciate your thoughts on this.

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
Reply to  pugs slugs
4 months ago

Another option I have is to keep Harper for $56 and throw back Cronenworth, but he’s super versatile (1B/2B/SS) and a great value at $10 as he would probably go for $25.

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Will do! I think I’m gonna shock the league. What’s the max you’d go on him though? I’m thinking $62, which would be a record by $4. I already am stoked about my offense, but adding Sexy Dr. Pepper takes me to a special place that I never want to leave.

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Thank you!!

AdamH
AdamH
4 months ago

Gross question.

14 team, $290 auction keeper. 7×7 with OBP and Slugging added.

In a vacuum:

Anthony Rendon – keep for $31 or cut and eat $16?

Cavan Biggio – keep for 2/$16, or cut and eat 2/$8?

Help me please. Thank you oh fantasy master lothario.

AdamH
AdamH
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

You’re the man. In the meantime, I traded Biggio and Pablo Lopez (1/$5) for Vaughn (1/$5 with cheap extension possibilities.) Thinkcthst one works in my favor.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
4 months ago

Latest blurb Acuña targeting first week of May…
dare I take him with the 6th pick?

RIP Taylor Hawkins :(

Captain Obviuos
Captain Obviuos
Reply to  frankgrimes
4 months ago

I am behind but when does the season start?

Captain Obviuos
Captain Obviuos
Reply to  Captain Obviuos
4 months ago

I have picked him in a couple of drafts. Well the two I’ve done. Maybe I’m a dummy.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Oh I know but one “small” set back could be brutal.

Mrs. Roger. Dorn
Mrs. Roger. Dorn
4 months ago

12-team roto keeper league, each team keeps three (round forfeited).. which three do you like? Keep forever, round forfeited increases by one each year..

Mookie (1)
Story (4)
Olson (6)
Vlad (16)
Witt (22)
Ty O’Neill (23)
Logan Webb (24)
J Walsh (25)

Tom Olerud
Tom Olerud
4 months ago

why do you hate wank sauce?

Fantasy Fiend
Fantasy Fiend
4 months ago

Hello,
10 team keeper league, 6×6 format. Keep players for pick drafted last year with increasing penalties for each consecutive year kept
Need to pick 7 of the following keepers:
Vlad Jr. 13
Jose Ramirez 11
Luis Robert 21
Kyle Tucker 21
Austin Riley 26
Spencer Torkleson 26
Alex Kiriloff 26
Marcus Semien 18
Logan Webb 26
Johnathan India 22
Emmanuel Clase 22
I tend to keep more hitters than pitchers, format for hitting is AVG and OPS
Which 7 would you keep here?
Thanks

Fantasy Fiend
Fantasy Fiend
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Thanks Grey, appreciate it

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

10 team h2h league: what round should Tatis be picked?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Robert
4 months ago

think he’s been saying around 99th to 10th round if that. ADP lately around 149th so 10th-15th.

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
4 months ago

What’s up Grey,

Back for the new season! Hope all is well on your end. I am ready to get hurt again and to ask you for your catcher recommendations every other day (I keed, I keed). Just finished my first 12 team std. 5×5 yahoo draft (I had only done 10 team previously). I was hoping to get your opinion on what I slapped together:

Alejandro Kirk Tor – C
Matt Olson Atl – 1B
Jonathan India Cin – 2B
Wander Franco TB – 3B,SS
Bo Bichette Tor – SS
Eloy Jiménez CWS – OF
Franmil Reyes Cle – OF
Alex Verdugo Bos – OF
Ty France Sea – 1B,2B,3B
Seiya Suzuki ChC – OF
AJ Pollock LAD – OF
Frank Schwindel ChC – 1B

Brandon Woodruff Mil – SP
Zack Wheeler Phi – SP
David Bednar Pit – RP
Matt Barnes Bos – RP
Justin Verlander Hou – SP
Chris Bassitt NYM – SP
Paul Sewald Sea – RP
Dylan Floro Mia – RP
Patrick Sandoval LAA – SP
Alek Manoah Tor – SP
Jordan Montgomery NYY – SP

I know I waited too long to draft RP… What else?

Thank you as always!

-IANASM

Last edited 4 months ago by I Am Not A Smart Man
toolshed
toolshed
4 months ago

I read Coolwhip’s piece on Nick Martinez. It appears you are not as optimistic on him. I watched some Padres video on him. My only takeaway is that he and Robbie Ray seem to share the same tailor.

fausto
fausto
4 months ago

El questión do you believe grichuk plays everyday? Or if he goes off in April does he split time with Bobby Abreu if he unretires? Drafting in 1.5hrs and suddenly have a lot of interest in purchasing grichuk.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  fausto
4 months ago

currently listed 6th and he’s the kind of guy cunt black’ll play a lot. but going to slightly better park and far worse lineup, seems like a break even to me. and i play in leagues where grichuk was already draftable.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
4 months ago

i say slightly better park, last year when TOR was playing in numerous minor league parks, it was actually better for grichuk last year. but assuming canada’s goofy corona rules allow them to play in their normal stadium (they are as far as i know, but who even knows with canada corona rules (i.e. they could get worse/better/worse yada yada)) COL slightly better hitting stadium, not by tons.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
4 months ago

i was actually surprised to hear grey say grichuk moved up that much or really at all. obv tapia gets completely f’d, barely AL only ownable now (actually really bad, possible str up BN guy)

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

yep, just did a 10 team NL only draft sunday and he went from probably like one of your last players or OF 4 in AL only to happy to have OF 4 or even 3 in NL only (merged rudy OPS rankings and yours)

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
4 months ago

16 team near dynasty roto with QS, K/9 and net saves + holds over saves.
currently already have: f.valdez, clevinger, gausman, mahle.

i’ll get this right this time:
-keep WHICH 2 more of ryu, means, a.wood, nazi in exile, j.gray (WAS)? i know the this year rankings/QS rater prices already. even there this is close. thinking ryu gets docked for dynasty though. j.gray (WAS) gets a bump, but maybe not this much.

Michael Balasis
Michael Balasis
4 months ago

do you have any advice for my 10 team h2h categories team (we don’t have advanced stats like ops or anything which hurts soto a little)

C: Keiburt Ruiz
1b: Pete Alonso
2b: Whitt Merrifield
3b: Manny Machado
Ss: Bo bichett
2b/ss: Tommy Edman
1b/3b: Adalberto Mondesi
Of: Juan Soto, Luis Robert, Randy Arozarena, Mitch Haniger, Julio Rodriguez
Utility: Adolis Garcia
Bench: Jake Cronenworth, Luis Urias, Spencer Torkelson

SP: Jose Berrios, Tyler Mahl, Framber Valdez, Shane Baz, Tarik Skubal, Jon Gray, Joe Ryan

Rp: Emmanuel Clase, Camilo Doval, Dylan Floro

Michael Balasis
Michael Balasis
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

What would fair trade targets be for whit merrifield? Or mondesi?

Cohen
Cohen
4 months ago

Grey, draft strategy question
I got number 3 pick in draft
If i go Bichette
Robert
With my third rd pick if Franco is available do i grab him as MI or take first/third baseman like Olson or Machado?

Michael Balasis
Michael Balasis
4 months ago

1. could you reply with a ranking of these four guys (for offensive impact on a 10 team h2h categories team) Oneil cruz, Julio Rodriguez, Spencer Torkelson, Riley Greene pls list in the order of prioritizing picking them up for a general offensive improvement to a team (I have a follow up question for pitchers available)
2. I’d appreciate you ranking the top 5 or so
of these pitchers as well based on potential fantasy impact : Yusei Kikuchi, Casey Mize, Mckenzie Gore, Josiah Gray, Reid Detmers, Hunter Green, Nick Lodolo, Max Meyer, Luis Gil,

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 months ago

This owner keeps changing the deal! Final offer is now $13 eloy for $6 witt, straight up. (Keep forever). Still Witt side? Seems worth it given the inside track to 3b news…

Last time I’ll mention witt! Hahah

bigbear
bigbear
4 months ago

I’m sitting here oogling a young Julio Rodriguez… He would be a bench bat/4th OFer behind O’Neill, Kelenic, and good Lourdes. With Witt and Tork in the UT spots.

I’m debating between dropping Baz or Rasmussen. Baz isn’t on the IL so I can’t stash him yet. So, I’m leaning Rasmussen. Then have Baz’s spot to rosterbate with in the future. Who’s the drop? Hold?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
4 months ago

This is kinda neat. Baseball players are actual people too!
https://www.mlb.com/news/rowdy-tellez-officiant-danny-jansen-wedding

primetime
primetime
4 months ago

Grey, where is Rudy’s projections for hitting and pitching? Got keepers to do Monday and I want to check your rankings vs. Rudy vs. ADP.

bmmolter
bmmolter
4 months ago

hey grey,

16 team dynasty h2h 6×6 using OPS and k/bb as extra cats. use QS instead of W and H instead of Avg.

My SPs are deep. Buehler, Cole, Verlander, Morton, Montas, Sale, Luis Garcia, Alex Wood.

could use some offense. right now I start C-sal, 1b-Abreu, 2b-segura, SS-xander, 3b-machado, OF-springer, castellanos, conforto, UT-nellie and tatis (when healthy obv). Bench ain’t great. santander, david fletcher, jeimer, lane thomas

Figure I’ve got 1 year maybe 2 before verlander, morton, sale either retire or fall off the cliff. So though buehler is one of my best dynasty assets, i also think it makes sense to upgrade my offense even if it means losing him.

Best offers I’ve gotten for buehler so far are either tim anderson or cedric mullins straight up. Would you consider either?

thanks grey!

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
4 months ago

Hey Grey,

Which one of these two guys to keep in H2H Dynasty: Just Dong or Giancarlo? Thanks for your help.

toolshed
toolshed
4 months ago

It doesn’t matter how many home runs cruz hits in spring or if he’s their best hitter not named reynolds, he was going to start the year in the minors and will be down as long as possible based on the super 2 date. I knew this was going to happen. Why? Because they can. There is nothing preventing them from doing it in the cba. They continue do what they do best…be cheap as hell and exacerbate what is wrong with baseball. No other major sport has financial incentive to not play their best players.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Yes. The sad thing is that I was a Pirates fan from the start. I quit just like they did. The Cole trade was it for me. I couldn’t do it anymore. Everything they have done since that horse$hit deal rubs salt into a gaping wound that has never healed. It is disappointing b/c they usually have a productive farm system and could be relevant if they just tried a little bit.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

They aren’t selling the team unless the ownership group gets bored with it. It is the perfect business model and a very lucrative enterprise. It is profit without risk, i.e., arbitrage. They are exploiting inefficiencies in the system. The only true variable cost is payroll. They just need to keep payroll as flat as possible (it can’t go any lower) and let baseball take care of the rest.

They live off of the CBT, revenue sharing, TV contracts and even merchandise sales which are like gravy. Those revenue streams will continue. The good teams committed to winning will subsidize them kind of like what the NBA does with the WNBA.

The ownership group can’t piss their fans off any more than they already have so they have a fairly predictable base of attendance regardless of how crappy they are. The ballpark is gorgeous, and people go there, no sell outs, but enough cover their expenses.

Keeping a good crop of young talent in the minors adds to the intrigue and the hope factor for the fools who still believe. The only way they will ever become relevant again is if the rules change and the team is sold because ownership wants no part of spending money and risk to their cash flows.

They may also luck their way into a short-term period of relevancy if they have a cluster of cheap talent arriving at the same time. This may happen every twenty years or so until those players inevitably want to be paid and leave. Wash, rinse, repeat…the process starts again.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

I actually became a surrogate Padres fan for one main reason. It was refreshing to see a historically below average team spend and try to go for it and not F around with tatis and paddack who was good then.

Eddie
Eddie
4 months ago

Really enjoyed the podcasts you and b Don crack me up. Gonna miss the ones with you and Ralph.

Who do you think closes for Atlanta and San Diego?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
4 months ago

Hey Grey,

I received a trade offer.

I give up Trevor Bauer and my 2nd round draft pick in this winters minor league draft, and I get Sandy Alcantara, and Asa Lacy. If I make trhe deal, It will leave me with 2 1st, a 3rd and no pick until the 6th rd. I know you said would want Alcantaram, but would you make the deal?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

ok i’m making the deal.

scoboticus
scoboticus
4 months ago

Grey, the most important question you will be asked today:
Jesse’s Girl, or Stacy’s Mom?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
4 months ago

You see someone is main event yesterday went closer, closer to start followed by Mondesi and then had 2 catchers in first eight rounds. Made me shiver.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 months ago

you gotta take chances to win the main hahahaha

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Sweet. Good luck!

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Nice snake or auction?

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Good luck my man!!!!

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Good luck!

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Agree with the others; good luck to both of you tomorrow!

Jolt

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
4 months ago

Grey,

i remember reading a post where you reviewed your draft strategy and tiers in a summary format but i can’t find it. Do recall what date it was?

Hendu's Gap
Hendu's Gap
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
4 months ago
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
Reply to  Hendu's Gap
4 months ago

Thanks Hendu that is helpful the discussion in the comments was great.

Hoffmann
Hoffmann
4 months ago

Grey, are you excited at all to get burned by Mitch Keller this year? I just grabbed him as an end-of-roster lotto ticket. Its a little bit like dating Madonna, but maybe I’m the guy to make it work with the old girl.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
4 months ago

Mmm… loose bodies.

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
Reply to  frankgrimes
4 months ago

Got me feeling like I’m at a college house party again…

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
4 months ago

Member attrition had me thinking it might be the end of the line for the league I’ve been running since 2002 (started on The Sporting News!). Thankfully, a couple of owners came through with some new members. They seemed pretty savvy (no homo) in the draft; so far, so good!

So this is a 10-team 6×6 roto redraft with OPS and Holds. The Holds factor means we tend to roster a load of relievers and rotate in starts when we want it. I wanted to be at 12 teams under the previous settings, so we adapted to 10 by adding some more active bats to get deeper in the pool.

I was probably in the minority selecting Cake at 1.2, but between the OPS factor and the drop in talent at 1B, that was my call.

C Keibert Ruiz
1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1.2)
2B Jorge Polanco (2B,SS)
3B Rafael Devers
SS Adalberto Mondesi (SS,3B)
MI Brendan Rodgers (2B,SS)
CI Jared Walsh (1B,RF)
LF Eloy Jimenez
CF Jarred Kelenic (LF,CF)
RF Teoscar Hernandez (LF,RF)
OF Franmil Reyes (RF)
OF Jesus Sanchez (LF,RF)
Util Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
Util Andrew Vaughn (1B,LF,RF)
BN1 Trey Mancini (1B)
BN2 Raimel Tapia (LF, CF*)
BN3 Nicky Lopez (SS)
BN4 Ramon Laureano (CF)

(9 active P slots)

SP1 Zack Wheeler
SP2 Joe Musgrove
SP3 Shane McClanahan
SP4 Jordan Montgomery

RP1 Liam Hendriks
RP2 Raisel Iglesias
RP3 Corey Knebel
RP4 Paul Sewald
RP5 Ryan Tepera
RP6 Ken Giles
RP7 Jordan Hicks
RP8 Kendall Graveman
RP9 Trevor Richards
RP10 Garrett Whitlock

* – I was expecting Tapia to gain CF eligibility. Grr.

With the Holds factor, it’s tougher to happen into a closer in the free agent auction. So I decided to go with closers earlier, taking Hendriks right after Hader went.

Bellinger likely single-handedly kept me from the trophy last year.

What do you think?

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
Reply to  hal_incandenza
4 months ago

Forgot, there are now 12 active P slots. That’s why I was willing to grab 10 RPs.

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Awesome, that’s the kind of feedback I was hoping for.
I fear my speed may not be very good, especially in the off-chance Mondesi misses time (/s).
I also wanted to mention I got Wheeler at pick 52. I thought that was late enough to merit reprieve for an SP that tends to go pretty high. :) And I didn’t pick Montgomery until round 31 (309). The Holds variable is huge.

will
will
4 months ago

Yeah, Cruz startimg out in the minors just screams service time manipulation. I hope Cruz wins RoY so he automatically gets a year of service time.

Linda from Bob's Burgers
Linda from Bob's Burgers
4 months ago

Hi Grey! Draft last night got wild and my last few rounds got auto-drafted. In a 12 team H2H points league, I ended up with Merrill Kelly, Tyler McGill, Brubaker and Strasburg at the bottom of my roster. Would you drop any of these guys for Ynoa, Singer, Jake McGee or Lamet. I need at least 1 more RP for sure. Thank you so much in advance!

shibboleth
shibboleth
4 months ago

Grey, with thanks as always for the insights and the laughs!

If I may ask your opinion twice: what do you think of the draft? And, would you go Grichuk over any of the following in a 12 team OPS/SOLD league? (non-keeper). I went heavy on the prospects like Rodriguez, Sanchez, Meyers, Brujan, Torkelson so suspect I might need to trade-in one or two for more substantial playing time… Thanks!

C- Garver
1B – Alonso
2B – Lowe
3B- Hayes (Torkelson)
SS- Turner
MI- Chisolm (Brujan)
CI- Sano
OF- Judge, O’Neil, Av Garcia, Kelenic (Bench: Jesus Sanchez, Julio Rodriguez, Jake Meyers)
Ut: Benintendi

SP: Bieber, McClanahan, Fried, Berrios, Paddack, Sandoval, Cobb, Patino
RP: Smith, Tyler Rogers

The Original Whatever
The Original Whatever
4 months ago

Hey Grey,

So just wanted to get your opinion on my planned contract extensions ($5 per year). These are guys that I can give a long term contracts to but only really Vlad I am thinking more than one year. My league has a lot of trading activity so Cant Keeps do get moved if they have a decent year. Besides Vlad anyone else you think I should keep for more than one year?

Vlad 4 year contract @27
Tim Anderson 1 year keep @22
Judge 1 year keep @22
Winker 1 year keep @12
Alcantara 1 year keep @1

12 team OBP+SVH

The Original Whatever
The Original Whatever
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Thanks will think about it.

The Original Whatever
The Original Whatever
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Would you go 2 years on Judge/Anderson?

The Original Whatever
The Original Whatever
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Yep, gotcha. Thanks.

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
4 months ago

10 team, H2H keeper league with no limits on how long players can be kept…Shane Bieber or Torkelson/Julio Rodriguez? I’m guessing confidence in Bieber’s shoulder is a fey factor here. Thank you!

Zeus
Zeus
4 months ago

What about Grichuk in OBP. He was previously unrosterable with an under 300 OBP. Think he could hit for enough avg to push that to 310?

NUX
NUX
4 months ago

Seems like its pretty obvi Knebel’s job to start out as closer for them Phildos, but I would also keep an eye on Seranthony the rest of spring. If that dood is “right” he could have a great year.

That is all. Have a great weekend!

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

Back on Razzball because it’s a baseball day. I’ll be at the Blue Jays vs. Tigers game today, sipping that sweet Dunedin Brewery beer.

I picked up Bobby Witt Jr. for $1 at the end of the year. Should I keep him for $6 or throw him back and try to draft late and low?

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Alex
4 months ago

For some context, it’s a 10-team league but owners just dropped so it may be 8 teams (boo). If it it’s 8, I feel like I can just draft him.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
4 months ago

Orioles be like ya know, there’s no rush… man… on Rutschman.

Long-time Listener, First-time Pay-attentioner
Long-time Listener, First-time Pay-attentioner
4 months ago

I’ve been reading this blog for years and… I still have absolutely zero concept of what the War Room is even supposed to be, other than something to spend money on

rocky61
rocky61

The War Room is THE concept that will win you your leagues!

Cohen
Cohen

And u have been reading the blog for free

Pine Tar Incident
Pine Tar Incident
4 months ago

Where did the O’Neill Cruz news come from? Sorry I clicked on the links but they took me to the pirates page.

DAILY REMINDER TO DRAFT BOBBY WITT HES GONNA START THE SEASON IN THE MAJORS. Clobbered a two run HR yesterday with the starters. Draft him, thank me later.

Sport
Sport
Reply to  Pine Tar Incident
4 months ago

Yesterday’s line up: Whit, Witt, Salvy, Benny, Carlos, Mondy, MJ, Taylor, Nicky.

That’s pretty exciting for Royal’s fans. Replace Carlos with Pratto and we’re in business! Not sure how we get Vinnie in there. Even more exciting.

Personally, I’m not done with Dozier. I’m still holding out hope he can contribute…..albeit in the 7 spot. But that lineup yesterday was pretty cool.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 months ago

Hoping Grichuk gets ignored while everyone dreams on Bryant!

Trade yesterday got tweaked by trade owner, now he’s offering:

My $13 Eloy for his $6 Witt + $3 Walsh or Baddoo (he previously had offered $10 Giolito as the second piece but had a change of heart).

Still Witt side regardless? Am I sweating the second piece too much / should I be happy Witt regardless of second piece?

Thanks!

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
4 months ago

Any opinion on Robert Suarez? Closer Monkey indicates he’s the potential SD closer. With this vague hope, Suarez or Kittredge?

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
4 months ago

Grey!!!!

Awesome!!!

a. Seriously, Rutschmann or Tyler Stephenson in a redraft RCL? Sarcastically, no sarcasm.

b. J-Rod time in 5-4-3-2-1!!!!

c. Hopefully Baz can recover.

d. Have a nice weekend.

e. George Carlin quote of the day for March 25, 2022

I have lots of ideas. Trouble is, most of them suck.’

Cheers,
Ante

Last edited 4 months ago by galica
JAscher
JAscher
4 months ago

In Grey we trust….ALWAYS

I’m in a 27 round keeper/roto league; I am currently keeping:

Acuna
Eloy
Luis Robert
Wander
Deciding between Kyle Lewis or Nicky Lopez…

My question is for my first draft pick though. I have 5th pick and because of our keeper rule the top players available are:
Jose Ramirez
Harper
Trout
Freeman
Cole, Burnes, Scherzer, Woodruff

At 5th pick I am expecting all the position players to be drafted, leaving me the pitchers as top available. Would you draft one of the pitchers, even though it’s early for a pitcher or reach for someone like Machado or Teoscar Hernandez who you have ranked 22 and 21, who are also the next position players available? And if so which pitcher/player are you taking?

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
4 months ago

Hey Grey, just finished up my RCL draft last night with Nate Marcum and honestly really like my team, especially my offense. Just wanted to see what you thought, thanks!

C Garver
1B Freeman
2B Muncy
3B Bryant
SS Adames
CI Votto
MI Miranda
OF Mullins
OF Buxton
OF Kelenic
OF Adell
OF Kiriloff
UTL Ohtani

SP Alcantara, Morton, Verlander, Ohtani, Kopech, Means, Josiah Gray, Patino, Ashby

RP Doval, Barnes, Wick

IL McCullers Jr (last pick of draft)

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

In 25 words or less, destroy a man’s entire fantasy drafting confidence. Ouch. Lol

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

I know, just messin with you lol

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Ha! I think I spat up my coffee as I read this response. Reminded me of a moment back in elementary school. Just replace MP with me, replace his team with my essay, and replace Grey with my teacher; I felt the same gut-punch then as I believe MP felt from the response.

It’s ok, when early enough in the season, there’s still time to work with your team.

Good stuff. Have a great weekend boys!

Jolt

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Jolt In Flow
4 months ago

You too jolt!