Brett Anderson hit the IL with a blister on his finger. Shame really. Super, super sad news. *watches two-hour VHS titled, “Fist Pump Like Tiger Woods,” ejects the tape, stands up awkwardly, raises hand and FIST PUMPS* I’m doing it! I’m fist pumping! So, little ol’ Anderson was willing to play through it but the coaches were worried the compromised grip would affect him. Little ol’ Anderson said, “Gonna have to leave it to the other four horsemen.” Corbin Burnes wasn’t in my rankings, but if I were adding people, I would add him. (At this point, I’m only removing opt outs and seriously injured players, because it’s too late in game to be adding guys for drafts. If you’re following along, you know which guys I like more now.) So, Burnes works off three-point-seventy-five pitches. Not quite four, and operates in the fast lane with a 95+ MPH fastball, and a babymaking slider that produced a 52.1% strikeout rate and .188 BAA. The Milwaukee Burnes’ers’ Burnes had a 12.9 K/9 last year and has great command, though he didn’t show it. Looking for a breakout that is likely available in most shallower leagues? Burnes said, “Say goodnight, Bretty,” and you say hello to Corbin. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ryan Braun – Sounds like he won’t be ready for Re-Opening Day, due to back, oblique, and neck. This confirms it, Braun only plays 75% of games whether there’s 162 games or 60 games.

Eric Lauer – Arrived late at camp, and now won’t be ready for start of the season. Sounds like Trevor Bauer will just have to throw another five innings a start for the Brewers. What’s that, he’s on the Reds? Oh, didn’t you hear, Bauer’s throwing 120 pitches a game for every team to get us through 60 games.

A.J. Puk – Hit the 10-day IL with a shoulder strain, and is headed to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Only good ElAttrache is the Nike ElAttraches. Damn, those shizzes were funky! Yo, is it a sandal, a flip-flop, a sneaker a mother-effin boot?! So, I didn’t have Puk in my top 100 starters until the shutdown, then I added him. Teach me to not trust my first instinct. It’s just…I blink so much, how do I know which blink to trust? Alas, Puk got chucked from my top 500 like Chunk chucked puke from the balcony.

Kwang-Hyun Kim – Will open season as the Cardinals closer. Oh…*stacks jars of pickles to the moon*….kay. Damn, I’m glad I wasn’t invested at all in the Cardinals’ 9th inning. What an absolute clusterfudge of nonsense. Cards’ manager, Mike Shildthead, said Kim will likely close — a guy who threw 190 1/3 IP last year and has roughly 7.5 K/9 stuff? Are we sure Shildthead knows he has Kim and not Kimbrel or even Joakim Soria? So, I adjusted my top 500 with this news, but I now have no confidence in any reliever in St. Louis.

Dwight Smith Jr. – Hit the IL with Covid. The O’s have DJ Stewart to replace him, which is appropriate since at least five times a year I confuse the two. Can they both just go by DJ Smith Jr.?

Derek Dietrich – Released by the Reds. Sigh. That sucks. For literally no one but me and Dietrich, since I’m the only a-hole who owns him. He looks like an extra from Uncut Gems and his flashy jewelry was intriguing! Excuse me!

Jed Lowrie – Placed on the IL. He was injured two years ago cashing his $20 million dollar contract, and never the same since.

Walker Lockett – Hit IL with back discomfort. He will be replaced by Walter Poppett who was drafted right before him.

Matt Adams – Signed by the Braves to play some 1st, some DH and just be an all-around “Hey, I didn’t know Matt Adams was on the Braves”-type of guy.

Ryan Pressly – Will be Astros’ closer if Roberto Osuna can’t start year, and all indications Osuna won’t start the year. Whether it’s Pressly or Lee Press, they’re both nails.

Monte Harrison – Won’t make team out of camp. Hopefully, he’s up right after he clears imaginary service time hurdles, which, I believe, is like ten games into the season. I don’t know, which I think is the whole point. This really needs to change. Fans should know a date when every guy can be called up, and it should be one date for everyone. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

Gavin Lux – Dave Roberts said 2nd base is an open competition. Like American Idol? Man, Lux must’ve really pissed off the wrong person to have to compete with Chris Taylor. Even if Lux “wins” the job, it’s going to be at best a platoon, and terrible for his fantasy value.

Anthony Rendon – Maddon’s not certain Rendon will be ready for the season. If I had any last-minute drafts, I wouldn’t be taking Rendon. Obliques are tricky; Trout could leave the team mid-August; semi-colons are fun.

Evan Longoria – Will open season on the IL. Also, Brandon Belt will do the same. Don’t worry, they have Pablo Sandoval and he put on extra weight so he can cover 1st and 3rd.

Casey Mize – Reassigned to minor league camp with Matt Manning, Alex Faedo, Spencer Torkelson and about five other guys who are all better than their MLB counterpart. As Tyra Banks would say, with no Mize, there’s nothing to smize about.

Jakob Junis – Hit the IL with Covid, but could be back by next week. That opens a temporary rotation spot for…*finger to ear bud*…I’m being told the Royals only have two pitchers.

Ke’Bryan Hayes – Returned two negative tests and can rejoin the Pirates. Shame they’ll never play him. Hayes & Mountcastle should go start their own team and BBC show.

John Ryan Murphy – Signed with the Pirates to backup Jacob Stallings.  Fun fact! American Horror Story was created in the John by Ryan Murphy.

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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.

Waffles
Waffles
1 year ago

Looking forward to another year of your blurbs!

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 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? Thanks!

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Gonna try out Rudy’s tools for the 60 season sprint – may the odds ever be in my favor

Hoosier Daddy
Hoosier Daddy
1 year ago

Stayed fixated on offense in the draft & ended up with the following rotation- Any glaring holes that you feel should be addressed/patched?

Lamet, Sonny Gray, Heaney, Maeda, Luzardo, Urias, ERodriguez, + Ian Kennedy, Iglesias, Jiménez

Hoosier Daddy
Hoosier Daddy
1 year ago

Stayed fixated on offense in the draft & ended up with the following rotation- Any glaring holes that you feel should be addressed/patched?

Lamet, Gray, Heaney, Maeda, Luzardo, Urias, ERodriguez, + Ian Kennedy, Iglesias, Jiménez

Mex
Mex
1 year ago

5×5 Mixed, roto, Lifetime keeper league.

We can not have any minor leaguers on our roster, but we do have a minor league spot on our bench…So, after the regular draft is over we have a minor league draft where every team picks a minor leaguer(basically a guy that has never played in the majors). If that guy gets called up during the season, you can put him on your active roster and then keep him for however long you want. So, it’s kind of a big deal because you can add a lifetime keeper stud to your roster, I got Tatis last year.

I’m thinking the top guys this year are: Robert, Adell, Carlson, Pearson

Am I missing any?
How would you rank them?

Any and all opinions would be appreciated.

Thanks

Mex
Mex
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Robert will go number one…I have the 4th pick.

I figure i’ll take whoever is left standing at 4, but in this league some teams make wacky choices..out of the other guys, do any standout above the rest or is it really all a crapshoot ?

Mex
Mex
Reply to  Mex
1 year ago

Where does Mountcastle fit on the list?

Mex
Mex
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Muchos Gracias!

Curious George
Curious George
1 year ago

Might as well jump in line and get some thoughts for my team!
12 team keep 2 league h2h 8×8
Avg, ops, rbi, r, hr, XBH, K’s, net sb
W, qs, era, whip, K’s, K/9, sv+hd, Hr allowed

C- Mejia
1b – Santana
2b – Moustakas
3b – Ramirez
SS – Gregorius
MI – Madrigal
CI – Sano
OF – Acuna (k), Soto (k), Springer, Eloy, Kingery
Utl – Khris Davis
Bench – Adell, Lewis, Ohtani

SP – Morton, Gray, Maeda, Paxton, Martinez, Musgrove, Ohtani, Pearson
RP – Pressly, Gallegos, Barnes

(I’m seeing which SPs stick in the first week or two and then moving to more streaming)

Thanks!

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Curious George
1 year ago

nice, i’m guessing espn here (or fantrax) as it appears you got both otani’s for price of one, making him a very nice get. could be yahoo but you’d have had to pay for both.

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Fair enough. I usually am able to find some takers in my league to consolidate my spare parts into a good RP. I was surprised to be sniped on Nick Anderson, pomeranz, and Lugo – not typically guys my league targets above adp (by several rounds?!).

I’ll keep an ear to the ground on some possible trade targets. Thanks guys!

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Any thoughts on Knebel? News sounds relatively positive…?

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Counsell happy with his velo. Called the down time/summer camp knebel’s “minor league rehab assignment”

Wondering if he may be closing games a few weeks into the season or getting holds?

The Harrow
The Harrow
1 year ago

oh man read this one:
“Braves manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday that Matt Adams “kind of fills” the DH spot.”

yeah i don’t think sniker saw an entire picture of fatt adams here, needs to expand out on that, as fatt adams doesn’t only “kind of fill” out anything.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

wonder if fatt adams has to be routinely told his manager’s name isn’t “snickers” as i’m sure that name would sound like that to a large fat man. when he met him he might’ve been all “seriously dude, are you like IN the candy bar family” same way i was geeking out when i met d.strawberry and i was all “holy crap did you get to MEET groening when you did simpsons?!” i was star struck NOT from him being a famous baseball player even close to as much as somebody who played a character once in the simpsons heydays.

cg
cg
1 year ago

Lux was already sent to alternate training site

DonnieB
DonnieB
1 year ago

If you had Osuna as one of your two closers,would you add Presley if you had to drop Freddy Peralta or just wait for now? Thank you!

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  DonnieB
1 year ago

this is pressly, would be in saves only over f.peralta anyway (hader/knebel in way), def in your case.

Russowl
Russowl
1 year ago

Add Ryan pressley or Britton

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Russowl
1 year ago

this was britton above.

Dane
Dane
1 year ago

Hold Lux, OR drop for….. (bench spot)

Kyle Lewis, trent grisham, Avisail Garcia, Austin Riley, Sam Hilliard

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Grey, follow up question
Is three bench bats enough after season starts?
13 team roto

mushi
mushi
1 year ago

Hi!

Was offered m. Olson for my dj lemahieu and luis castillo. Too much? Its a 20 team keeper. Sorry mistakenly replied to a previous comment

Thanks!

TrickRey
TrickRey
1 year ago

For H2H 5X5 OBP league, do you strictly use your OBP Rankings or is it kind of a mix-and-match between OBP and your regular rankings?

I have 5th pick in a draft tonight and am trying to determine if I should be going with either Story/Lindor who are ranked higher in your standard but a little lower in OBP or Soto/Jose Ramirez who are ranked higher in the OBP rankings.

Thanks!

mUshi
mUshi
Reply to  TrickRey
1 year ago

Hi!

Was offered m. Olson for my dj lemahieu and luis castillo. Too much? Its a 20 team keeper

Thanks!

leon
leon
1 year ago

16 man 6×6 dynasty league. Have soler. was offered Grisham($8) for soler($23). thoughts? would you pursue this offer with a counter otherwise?

thanks ahead.

Wake Up
Wake Up
1 year ago

BBC 5-3

Laura Holt
1 year ago

Are we playing out the Razzslam teams we drafted?

Laura Holt
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I did, but was having trouble getting into my team page since then so thought something might have changed… my team page is frozen and I can’t set my lineup… I should be able to do that even though there are no pickups yet right?

Laura Holt
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Good lord, thanks, I am never going to figure out how all my leagues work by Thursday…

Chin Music and Astros
Chin Music and Astros
1 year ago

Eloy or Luis Robert this year?

Chin Music and Astros
Chin Music and Astros
Reply to  Chin Music and Astros
1 year ago

Standard roto (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG)

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
1 year ago

Oh Grey, Grey, Grey.

It has been far too long, and I am just too damned busy to come hang out here without an actual season going on. But I’m here now, my little internet munchkin, and I signed up for a new subscription to help pay for that coffee you had today. Can’t wait to get back to it!!

LLLLLLURVE YAS!!!!

joe
joe
1 year ago

with lux officially optioned, pick up chris taylor for MI over kolten wong?

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Yet another reliever Q: I read that James Karinchak is going to make the Indians roster and the expectation is that he’ll be slotted at the backend of the bullpen along with Nick Wittgren – how intriguing is this guy for holds? I looked him up on fangraphs and that k-rate has me all trapper keeper loving, but wanted to know if you knew anything more about him.

Wake Up
Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

And saves

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
1 year ago

Hullo Grey! Been some time. Tudo bem? I hope you’ve been able to spend this time without baseball wisely.

I’ve spent mine drawing up plans for my aphrodisiac soup restaurant “Miso Horny.”

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Got my roto deluxe package. I’m healthy, my family’s healthy. Not too shabby!

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Grey, 13 team roto
Draft tomorrow. Normally i dont draft any bench bats. Does that change with covid and 60 games?

Coolwhip
1 year ago

*wafts hands towards nose* Nothing like the smell of fantasy roster questions in the morning (yes, I realize this is a bit late) to make it feel like baseball season again.

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
Reply to  Coolwhip
1 year ago

Yes!

dmax04
dmax04
1 year ago

Grey – points league – would you rather Alfaro or Isiah Kiner-Falefa?

Cheers!

dmax04
dmax04
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks, Grey. Drop any of the reserves below for Garrett Richards?

Kyle Gibson
Josh James
Brendan McKay
Jordan Montgomery

Mantis Tobaggan MD
Mantis Tobaggan MD
Reply to  dmax04
1 year ago

i’d do montgomery easily. mckay also doesn’t have any kind of rotation spot just now but i’d keep him from upside.

Mantis Tobaggan MD
Mantis Tobaggan MD
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

knew you’d say that, good news is the majority of fantasy world values gibson much as grey here (we’ve all been massively burned by him for about 3 str years in deep leagues) so you could just easily get him back anyway. i’m holding out on rudy’s bots opinions on him (albeit less so than the last 3 years), the gap on grey to rudy’s bots on gibson is at an all time high this preseason.

Jr
Jr
1 year ago

Grey, I know your rankings have manny way higher than Robert, but I’m a dynasty league who would you take? I have Sano and dozier I could put at 3B with Bohm as one of my prospects. Thoughts?

Of is blackmon, reyes, dozier, Tucker, Riley.

Thanks!

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

I just checked the MLB The Show sim coming out of SNY and the Mets have won the NLCS – looks like they are speeding up the sim and going to have the WS before the season starts this week. I hope it’s a sign of things to come in real life!

The sportsguy
The sportsguy
1 year ago

Urquidy and Alvarez in Houston? Not a word in weeks? Hope they are ok and not on ventilators somewhere…any news?

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  The sportsguy
1 year ago

they both got DL’d less than a week ago or around it. no super crazy negative news, but they can’t pass corona tests yet either. and alvarez is esp mysterious with no actual news on him even since like early march or late feb, other than the DL around a week ago.

SummerOfGeorge
SummerOfGeorge
1 year ago

With Yahoo changing over to FAAB, do you have a general guideline on bidding?

Is $10 too much for a pop-up closer in Kim?

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  SummerOfGeorge
1 year ago

they still have regular waivers if you want to run them. all the same options as were there before in this regard still are.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Hey Grey – had my 3rd and final draft of the year last night.

12 team 6×6 (OPS + QS)

C – Kelly
1b – Freeman
2b – Gurriel Jr
3b – Chapman
Ss – Rosario
Of – Soto, Harper, Giancarlo
Util – Olson, Laureano
Bn – Mercado, Kingery

Sp – Corbin, Castillo, S. Gray, Lamet, E-Rod, Stroman, Weaver
Rp – Leclerc, Jimenez, Hudson, Watson

What do you think?

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

Hello Grey,

good afternoon.

Had my draft yesterday, and would appreciate your input.
13 teams, Roto Standard with addition OBP, Loss, SV+H, k/9

C – Kelly
1b – Alonso
2b – Hiura
3b – Devers
SS – Bichette
OF – Bellinger, Rosario, Choo
UTL – Dahl, Christian Walker
BN – Miguel Andujar

SP – Corbin, Kluber, Gallen, Odorizzi, Boyd, Lucchesi, Civale NA
RP – Jansen, Melancon, Josh James, Barnes

For the bats, i’m below average in speed.

for pitching, i think i have high whip, but awesome ks and k/9 numbers.

How do you see my team?

in which order would you do the waiver wire considering i have Civale in NA, with one open spot:

Montgomery to help era/whip?
Stripling to help era/whip and some ks?
Sam Hilliard? add him and drop Andujar?
Mike Fiers?

Thanks for your input.!

Fat Mack
Fat Mack
1 year ago

The Master Lothario! Would love your quick reaction to my team. 12 team roto league, 5×5 but using OPS instead of AVG. I felt pretty good early on, then got lost a little..

C. O Narvaez
1b J Abreu
2b O Albies
3b J Ramirez
SS T Story
OF A Meadows
OF J Soler
OF L Robert
UT L Gurriel
UT S Akiyama
BN A Verdugo
BN I Happ

SP M Clevinger
SP T Glasnow
SP L Lynn
SP M Fried
SP S Ohtani
SP D Bundy
RP J Leclerc
RP A Colome
RP B Kintzler
RP K Crick
RP M Givens
RP G Gallegos

Thanks!

Fat Mack
Fat Mack
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yup. Thanks for the feedback. I’ll be reading your daily columns to help on the waiver wire front!

larry womack
larry womack
1 year ago

Good morning

C. Burnes over M. Keller

Pressley over Doolittle

Thank you

Humm Baby
Humm Baby
1 year ago

We switched to re-draft league for this year only, 12 team H2H. Felt weird with so much talent available and I had the 1 pick so the back-to-back was great. It’s the longest I’ve ever waited for my first arm, getting Castillo in round 6. Don’t feel great about the pitching but it’s a Grey type staff, and bats are loaded, me thinks. Thoughts?

C Narvaez
1B Olson
2B Lemahiue/Lux
SS Baez
3B J. Ramirez
OF Acuna
OF Eloy
OF Conforto
Util Ohtani
B K. Lewis
B Upton
B Hoskins
B Alvarez

SP Castillo
SP Gray
SP Lamet
SP Heaney
SP Weaver
SP Matz
SP Wood

Bullpen.. TBD post draft (will drop couple bench bats).

Humm Baby
Humm Baby
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks! And thanks again for all of the articles during Covid.

The Great Knoche
1 year ago

You still coming out with a bold predictions post or a staff picks post yet in next two days?

Feel like arguing.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

i feel like a valid process for picking these staff picks would be what south park did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz-PtEJEaqY

It was kinda how I drafted…

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

With Tehol it is the process.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  The Great Knoche
1 year ago

OMG Tehol!!! How has he been? I used to follow him for Fantasy Football but I think he was gone this past season

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  William Hung
1 year ago

he’s hasn’t lasted long in any season for any sport in what like 6 years or so? he’s “returned” numerous times… then disappeared for at least 1/3 of any sport’s season, or just never returned that season after his posts would just stop with no notice. he is funny and i will read whatever he puts out. i thought for years he didn’t exist and was a grey fiction (till he did some of those podcasty videos)

ellis
ellis
1 year ago

Hi Grey, if you were to rate Isaiah Kiner Felafel NOW based on his spring training AND summer camp performance, power and increased playing time, where would you place him among catchers?

thank you

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Damn, I was 1/2 hoping I’d be able to hold Joey Bart longer than 1 day but lets welcome Corbin Burnes to the crew – should be good getting to 35 innings now with the ability to stream max 6 times a week if i don’t use moves for anything else

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Kikuchi just landed on waivers, he a better dart throw than Cueto or Pablo Lopez? Seems he’s a potential bounce back candidate but curious on your thoughts.

Thanks

NUX
NUX
1 year ago

Burnes, just announced as starting on Saturday at Wrigley. Yippee!

I just made a trade for him yesterday, so waking up to a Corbin Burnes headline was exciting

Hopefully it goes better than my Freddy P obsession did last year…

BAC
BAC
1 year ago

12 team 5×5 OBP. I have the 10th pick.

I read through the draft pairings but it seems like they could be quite different in this format. What types of pairings would you target with this pick? Still taking Alonso in the 2nd?

Game of Throws
Game of Throws
1 year ago

Drop Daniel Hudson for Crick (save only league)?

Thanks!

Trader
Trader
1 year ago

Our league switched to Roto this year – with ten hitting categories which are Runs, RBI, SB, BBs, Ks, 1B, 2B, 3B, HR and ave.

1. So I think this means banjo guys who walk and scratch out a decent average are more valuable in this format than the normal 5×5, correct??? SBs are only 1/10 now so less valuable etc.

2. Morton or Castillo
3. Hand or Iglesias
4. Manaea or Stroman
5. Voit, Walker or Cron
6. Judge, Suarez, Abreau, Au Shizz (top 2)
7. Ryu, Hendricks, Paxton, C Mart (top 2)
8. Best round 23 hitter dart throw
9. Best round 24 pitcher dart throw
Note: saves and holds are separate cats
Thank you!

ryanoger
ryanoger
1 year ago

10 team redraft–holds league

c- Sanchez
1-Alonso
2b-Villar
3-Rendon
SS-Story
OF-Kyle Lewis, Hilliard, Akiyama
UTIL-Matt Olson, EE
NA-Wander Franco and Jo Adell

SP-Gioliot, Corbin, Sonny Gray, Lance Lynn, Ed Rod, Robbie Ray
RP-Liam Hendricks, Ottavino, Britton, Workman, Will Harris

Thoughts? Things to improve stat wise? I know my OF prob seems like slop

Glad to be back reading razz–ready for some baseball!

cheers

The Great Knoche
Reply to  ryanoger
1 year ago

In a ten team 3 OF league there should be about 20-30 guys better than the 3 OFs you have.

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Sonny Gray an ace? I mean he’s no Matz….

Raf
Raf
1 year ago

Sorry for doubling up—I asked this on your last post but I think it was too late for you to see.

Grey, I’m excited for baseball but mainly excited for Razzball. Thanks for keeping me sane.

Got a question. Here’s my team in a 12-team 5×5 redraft:

C Kiner-Falefa
1B Olson
2B Moustakas
SS Marte
3B Rendon (yay)
OF Bellinger
OF Soler
OF Castellanos
ÚT Biggio
UT Kingery
BN Walker, Calhoun

SP Bieber, Gray, Kluber, Gallen, Hill, Stripling, James, Houser
RP Giles, Workman, Gallegos (waiver claim in for Kim)

What do you think? Anyway, I feel the need for speed. Would it be crazy to offer Soler for Luis Robert straight up? I know you have Soler ranked well ahead, but given my team needs, maybe? Or am I a dummy?

Thanks!

Raf
Raf
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey!

Woo Nelson
Woo Nelson
1 year ago

This is something I should have asked a long time ago. If I’m in a H2H points league, does your disliking of drafting SPs high still apply?

Woo Nelson
Woo Nelson
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey – do you have a set of rankings for points leagues that you endorse? Link? I live and die by the Grey mentality.

Stat Man
Stat Man
1 year ago

S+H league – Pressly or Britton. I lean Britton for higher K rate and ratios.

Stat Man
Stat Man
Reply to  Stat Man
1 year ago

Also, West division lineups won’t be as brutal as the East.

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
1 year ago

Drafting tonight, how do you rank LeClerc, Doolittle, Colome? I know they are close in top 500, just wondering if recent changes have impacted anything. Thanks Grey!

Big Tickey
Big Tickey
Reply to  Big Ticket
1 year ago

Sorry to add on, but where is Pressly in this mix?

JakeTPE
JakeTPE
1 year ago

Grey!

Razzball!

Awesome daily notes. Lots to glean…

Really enjoyed Goin Deep B_Don and Donkeyteeth did with Scott White. Y’all need to listen!

Quick hits: Alcantara and Josh James are b2b in the rankings. Who do you like in a QS league?

Bassit or Burnes in Ws and QS league?

Thanks!!

JakeTPE
JakeTPE
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thank you sir.

It may all be temporary with Civale announced for CLE and currently occupying my NA slot. He was a higher pick back in March. I’ll go with the top 500 unless you have a feeling otherwise!

Brought in Burnesy what the hey right? Who wants safe we need more fun! =D

Prawn
Prawn
1 year ago

Finally had my draft yesterday, 14 team dynasty league (6×6 with OBP, SLG, Holds, QS). Pickings are always very slim with keepers and farm systems. All thoughts are welcome.

C: Realmuto
1B: Alonso
2B: Ketel Marte
SS: Tim Anderson
3B: JD Davis
OF: Conforto, Renfroe, Biggio
UT: Andujar
Bench: Danny Santana, Berti, La Stella, Kyle Lewis, Ji Man Choi, Cristin Stewart

SP: Clevinger, Glasnow, Maeda, Paxton, Rich Hill, Civale, Plesac, Odorizzi, Houser
RP: Jansen, Will Smith, Joe Jimenez, Ginkel, Kahnle, Wittgren

I’m pretty satisfied with how it played out. Definitely prioritized positional flexibility.
Wish I had a few more top relievers and a bit wary of having over half of the Twins and Indians pitching staffs, but at least the Central teams are pretty weak.
Also have Dylan Carlson waiting in the wings.

Prawn
Prawn
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks! I’m pretty happy with it, especially with the lack of any real first round talent. (Hoping Marte might solidify a spot there soon). Hoping it all breaks my way, but in 60 games, who knows.

Big fan of reading your work! Thanks for the reply!

Justin
Justin
1 year ago

Good day. Would you add Howie Kendrick in place of G. Lux or B. Lowe? Thank in advance!

Sam
Sam
1 year ago

Good morning! You guys are the best!
I’ve got Mr. Headache Puig ina ten team league. Buxton and Kendrick are available. Should I make the swap or wait a few more days? If so, for who? We have limited 32 moves. Also , I have Christian walker… who’s status is pending, should I hang on to him?

JSF
JSF
1 year ago

Hi Grey,

Great stuff as always.

Just had our draft in a 12-team keep 8 forever that’s usually 5X5 H2H but switching to Roto for this year.

C-Contreras
1B-Rizzo
2B-K. Marte
SS-Bichette
3B-Arenado
OF-Y. Alvarez
OF-Meadows
OF-Brantley
Util-F. Reyes
Util-Sano
B-Biggio
B-Hampson
NA-W. Franco

SP-deGrom
SP-Scherzer
RP-Osuna
RP-Hendriks
P-Rogers
P-Gray
P-Montas
B-Gallen
B-McCullers
B-Odorizzi
B-Knebel

Anything that stands out as needing improvement? We’re all unaccustomed to Roto so should be a weird season. Standard Yahoo defaults (60 games/position 525 IP max).

Thanks

Cram It
Cram It
1 year ago

‘Perts draft, baby! Get yer popcorn ready.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

wear your mask XD

Coolwhip
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

HYPE!

Matty
Matty
1 year ago

How is Fantrax handling Sandoval playing 1B and 3B simultaneously? Can we get credit for each of his strikeouts twice by slotting him into both?

Finally had the in-fill draft for my 12 team dynasty (H2H, 6×6 OPS/ QS/ Holds) last night. It’s funny to go into a draft with a team that’s almost entirely set- I only had a couple bench slots to fill, plus the added Covid bench slots for this year only.
Baseball is finally almost here:
C1- Vazquez (K)
C2- Stallings
1B- Bellinger (K)
2B- Biggio (K)
SS- Mondesi (K)
3B- Chapman (K)
OF- Betts (K), Harper (K), Laureano (K), Rosario (K)
UT- Braun (K), Hampson (K)
BN- Renato Nunez (K), Newman (K), Grisham, Urshela, Calhoun
SP- Scherzer (K), Bieber (K), EdRod (K), Gallen (K), Maeda (K), Odorizzi (K), Manaea (K), Plesac (K), Pablo Lopez (K), Houser
RP- Hendricks (K), Petit (K), Romo (K), Bummer (K)

As you can imagine, I was a little short stacked in the in-fill draft with my keeper situation as it was, but I am pretty excited with the team outside of the reliever corps.

Kutty
Kutty
1 year ago

I feel sorry for the fools who didn’t draft Luis Robert. White Sox are bout to blow up! I posted months ago, just draft WS players.

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yes sir!

Sagacious Sally
Sagacious Sally
1 year ago

Grey –

Mixed Weekly H2H League – W=10pts, QS=4pts, ERA=up to 24 pts. (if give up no earned runs get 24 pts, goes down from there)

How would you rank the following SP’s for my format?
J. Montgomery, Heaney, Civale, Keuchel, Burnes

Do you think J. Montgomery is legit. I really like him but I’m biased because I’m a Yankees homer?

Stay safe and be well.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
1 year ago

Last night vince valesquez had a good outing against the yankees ……He got out the the 5th or 5 inning and Girardi had him stay on the field and called out Judge to bat again Judge hits a dinger to CF…………………Valasqeuz is kind of a senstiive head case type Kaplar never left anyone in very long with all the crazy pitching changes…..do you think Girardi’s tough love will help ? It will be interesting to watch.

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
1 year ago

typing on the phone is tough

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
1 year ago

Great work Grey!

16 team points league…

Oh man! Not what I wanted to hear about Lux… I need to pick up someone to replace Lux while he “earns” the job.

My options are: H Kendrick, Profar, Galvis, Alberto, Fletcher…

Thanks

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
1 year ago

Burnes or Pressley over any of these guys?

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
1 year ago

Just had our auction last night. 11-team (lost one due to non-corona related injuries), 5×5 roto. Roster and prices are below. All thoughts/feedback welcome.

C – W. Smith, $4
C – C. Vazquez, $3
1B – Alonso, $28
2B – Altuve, $19
3B – Devers, $27
SS – Baez, $20
CI – Abreu, $15
MI – T. Anderson, $7
OF – Acuna, $43
OF – Laureano, $9
OF – Benintendi, $6
OF – Conforto, $7
OF – Mercado, $2
U – Didi, $1
SP – Paddack, $19
SP – Gray, $14
SP – Lynn, $11
SP – Gallen, $12
SP – Yarbrough, $4
SP – Houser, $2
SP – Cueto, $1
RP – Melancon, $3
RP – Watson, $2
RP – Kintzler, $1
BE – Swanson (SS)
BE – Riley (OF)
BE – May (SP/RP)
BE – Pearson (SP)
BE – Berti (3B / SS)
BE – W. Davis (RP)

Got caught price enforcing on Altuve and Benintendi. Oops. Is my pitching enough? I did not invest heavily in starters, and even less so in closers, relying on 4-5 crappy closers (but they do have the job, at least for now – SAGNOF).

Skeezix
Skeezix
1 year ago

Hey Grey ,I get to pick 3 prospect to protect. Back in March, I was set to keep Kyle Tucker, Jarred Kelenic and Alex Kirilloff, and in Kelenic’s and Kiriloff’s cases, I can keep them for for two more years after this. Has anything changed over the past 4 months that would make you keep Forest Whitley or Casey Mize over any of those guys moving forward?

Milarky
Milarky
1 year ago

Back when things were normal, I wrote in to see if you agreed with my keeper hitters being Story, Rizzo, Stanton and Altuve. Would you still keep those same four, or would you swap one for Starling Marte?

BadFantasyManager
BadFantasyManager
1 year ago

Deal advice. I’m in 6×6 OPS and QS league. I have Starling Marte, who I don’t want… and can trade it for Corbin, but I don’t need him.

Then I can package Corbin with either Shogo Akiyama or Kyle Tucker for Springer who is owned by another team. So its basically a deal of Marte and one of the mentioned OFs for Springer (maybe I can push for Devers).

Do you think is a fair trade? And if so, who I should package with Corbin? And finally, if I do deal, who would you pick from waiver wire between Hilliard and Madrigal?

BadFantasyManager
BadFantasyManager
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Sadly, the guy that had Corbin began askig for too much… I’ll never understand why people value SPs that much…. especially when he also has another “top 10” sp….

What do you think about this trade. Marte and Hendricks for Devers?

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Completing a week long slow roto draft. Need a catcher obp format. Suzuki, perez, d`arnaud, chrinos, pena. I draftrd narvaez pretty late and we are in the last few rounds. I am thinking of grabbing 2 catchers so I can get as many games as possible. Should I just draft pena?

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  toolshed
1 year ago

Sorry that is pina for mil. Thx

The Great Knoche
Reply to  toolshed
1 year ago

If you only start one catcher I wouldn’t. Otherwise It’s one of the first three. Pull name out of hat.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

You’ve made a mistake saying you have no confidence in the St. Louis closer. I sure have confidence.

Kim absolutely dominated in the spring before the shutdown. The Cardinals love what he has to offer. I’ve had confidence in Kim ever since I started reading and hearing about him in January and he’s on three of my rosters that were drafted in January. I thought originally he’d be a starter, then a holds guy. Instead, I get the bonus that he’ll now be the closer. That’s how much confidence THEY have in him. They see him as good enough for one of the most important roles on the team.

Sometimes you just gotta trust what the team says early on and your own gut instinct. I think Kim will do just fine in this role. I don’t really understand why you would dog pile on the move the Cardinals made. I like it! But you’re all sour over there in the corner like a teenage girl who got jilted at prom for someone prettier. So now you’re just going to pout since you were wrong. LOL

MrBigDraws
MrBigDraws
Reply to  Harley Earl
1 year ago

Kwang-Hyun Kim… is that you?

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Reply to  Harley Earl
1 year ago

it’s not confidence here, if carmart wasn’t in shape he was going down there, but he is and he don’t want to close (every STL guy knows carmart is a massive headcase and anything keeping him from having a hissyfit is needed). kim has said in public at least numerous times that he’d be happy in whatever role they gave him. it was even discussed before the contract was signed. being a big STL fan you likely already knew this too. so kicking kim out of starting job ain’t ruffling the feathers kicking carmart out would (plus carmart if he’s back to what he was before is just good and more valuable as more than a 1 inning pitcher)

it certainly is more confidence determined currently to say:
– gallegos (got into camp about 2 days ago and i’d bet green money he ain’t locating just yet, and IF he IS locating just yet is worth more in higher leverage spots than say a 3 run lead to start an inning, as per last year when he was used for the highest leverage they had)
– helsley (similar to young j.hicks, likely control stuff here too. 102 by itself ain’t shit)

you also likely knew these things, but being “right” feels too good to not throw your own party when on the good side of variance. wondering if you’ll be present for the clean up of that party if say he’s moved out of it if/when some mix of 1. gallegos looks good, 2. kim doesn’t in closer role and is removed to piggybacking work (likely for hudson, who ain’t good and himself had the best good-side-of-variance-party of almost any SP last year)

i would easily believe kim is far better as starter than hudson or wainwrong on the road or probably at all is. would also agree that kim should’ve been paid more by some team with a lot of money too (CUBS come to mind as they could’ve benefited themselves greatly by outbidding a division rival, if i was kim’s agent i’d have gone this route exactly). not suggesting kim here won’t have a good year in whatever role (final boss s.oh was good when league hadn’t seen him ever too for a while)

– here’s one, what kind of line could i get that lindblom ends this year better than kim? 8-1? something around that, more? see how high this confidence can get.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl

I have mentioned Kim on here several times since February and been largely ignored except for by Itch or Hobbs. I think it is Itch that likes him too.

I have not once run out and picked up Helsley or any other reliever for STL but I have held Kim on my roster now for five months. Based on everything I read, there was no way I would cut him. If you guys had listened or actually decided to read up on Kim, maybe you wouldn’t be cracking jokes in an attempt to deflect the point that Kim really should not have gone unnoticed and should not suddenly be a surprise.

It kind of makes sense to use Kim in the closer role too. They area paying closer money and nobody in the league has ever seen him. By the time teams get enough of a feel for him to have an idea of what’s coming, the season will be over. Smart move by the Cardinals.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Reply to  Harley Earl
1 year ago

everybody in deep dynasties “read up” on kim back in jan/feb. we’re quite aware of his existence. i’m looking to get some nice fat odds lindblom does better, as i’m pretty sure it’s a coin flip but you have heavy “confidence” here. and we’ll see if you’ll show up reverse-gloating on kim if/when he’s removed or does badly and goes into some middle or piggybacking role. that 2nd paragraph of yours far above would seem due for some comeuppance in the event this happens, but it’s under 10% of people that actually do that. i bring up lindblom since they are both non-young-in-town from asian leagues who were mentioned in numerous deep league posts as being useful for deep leagues (these since jan or so). s.oh was in this exact same boat (and about the same age at the time he came over), excepting the fact that he was a big deal closer over there for years when he came over.

– i don’t know who “ignored” your earlier kim comments. was mentioned at the bottom specifically of itch’s 1st year player draft top 50 page. not doubting he’d have said the guy would have some kind of value though, pretty sure i remember him saying that in a few spots than that spot.

Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
1 year ago

i read in two spots it’s after 6 days into season when the service time duck duck goose game stops. also harper brought up that exact time (he might’ve thought 5 days, it might be 5 or 6) when referencing that s.howard should be up with team pitching against NYY on day 6 (or day 7). braun is absolutely the new s.victorino on being injured from doing absolutely nothing. but at least victorino had to play OF when he was doing this dance. braun hasn’t had to do anything, and won’t need to do any actual baseball playing and still can’t do that. he probably needs similar to what hanram needed to play in his last 2ish years, about 5 hours of message/medical treatments to play each and every day (i’m not making that up on hanram).

there SHOULD be a lesson in braun for young athletes about roid usage (or HGH or whatever batch of shit he’s pumped into his body for years, i know it was expensive, since he always passed the tests (even if sometimes his results had 10-11x what humans have for testosterone in their bodies some of the time)), but i’d guess the very same kind of stupid that has people doing that is the same that tends to not learn about this stuff till it’s far too late. would NOT want to live a day in the body of braun when he’s 50+ (almost 37 now and can’t swing a bat nor do anything else at camp, this after having off more than 4 months by now)

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
1 year ago

I wonder what he’d say if you ask him if he’d do it all over again – he did win the MVP over Matt Kemp, and was one of the top players… speaking of Matt Kemp, talk about another player who has fallen apart, but not cause of roids as far as I know

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
1 year ago

victorino was definitely don by 2012 or so …………because of the way he played he was always injury prone how much do you think the special vitamins contriubted? is that more the later years to stay on the field or do you think he did it all along just to get in the game ?

Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

when i first read it from a local newspaper man i figured it was probably true, but those guys are str up stupid with some stuff some of the time, but by now i’ve read it in 3-4 spots including last night reading about how bad it’ll look that harper saying “he thinks s.howard should be up in 6 (or 7) days” will end up looking bad for the players he DOESN’T say that about. and a union player openly discussing how a team “should” use the service time game of course doesn’t look good. but really, it’s not on him, the TEAMS do that, he’s just being aware of it and making accurate assessments of living in that paradigm.

Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

right, same as how asinine it is to allow the owners to hide how much money they make,the players union had to agree to that crap. it’s like their contract lawyers didn’t quite finish up law school, or, more likely the players are too short term greedy to enforce fair trade practices in the first damn place.

galica
galica
1 year ago

Grey!!!!

What an amazing report! Had me in chuckles all the way through but mostly for the Murphy (1st place) and Longoria (2nd place) blurbs! Sandoval can cover the entire infield!

a. Saw someone added Kim. I looked up his stats from the KBO (which is like MiLB AA at best) and yeah his last two years had 4+ K/BB but before that it was in the 1-2 range and as you say he was a starter his ENTIRE career there. Unless he makes a miraculous Eckersley turnaround…I signed up Corbin Burnes instead of Kim ’cause one in the hand is worth two in the bush.

b. Invested in Pressly, hope it pays dividends. I think it will even if Osuna gets back. What the hell is wrong with Osuna? Why isn’t he pitching off a mound somewhere?

b. MLB quote of the day for July 21, 2020

‘I remember when I wanted every pitch to be a strike.’

Edward Augustine ‘Big Ed’ Walsh. He is the last pitcher to throw more than 400 IP in a single season. He is also one of only two modern day pitchers (post-1901) to win 40 or more games in the season. In game 3 of the 1906 WS, he struck out a then record 12 batters in the game. He also struck out at least one batter per inning, achieved only ONCE by Bob Gibson in the 1968 WS opener. He has the career second lowest WHIP (1.00) and the lowest ever for someone with ten seasons or more (Joss from yesterday ONLY pitched nine seasons.).

His 162-game average for his 14-year career is as follows.

18-12, 1.82 ERA, 29 GS, 23 CG (79%), 271 IP, 214 H, 80 R, 55 ER, 56 BB, 158 K, 146 ERA+, 2.02 FIP, 1.00 WHIP, 2.81 K/BB. He is the career leader in FIP and ERA and 2nd in WHIP.

Cheers,
Ante

galica
galica
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Grey!!

Meh, with all the importance on Ks in this newer era, he’s more like a bulldogish Kyle Hendricks. Nothing wrong with Kyle Hendricks on your roster if you have K/9 elsewhere but it seems like the Walsh’s of this world are dying breed. Actually, he probably destroyed his arm by throwing so many seasons of 320 IP+, just like Joss from yesterday. Komiskey didn’t give him the year off to rest his arm that he requested, he said play or I’ll drop you. He couldn’t play so Comiskey let him go. Comiskey was worse than a gangster.

Cheers,
Ante