Early yesterday, I was staring out my window, the rain slowly rolling down the glass, and from the outside it looked like tears were rolling down my cheeks. From the inside, it also looked like I was crying, because I was. I dramatically turned away from the window, put my hand to my forehead and fell into my Giancarlo beanbag. “Cuddle me, Giancarlo Beanbag,” I whispered into the beanbag I had dressed in a Yankees jersey. On the stereo, Rob Thomas scream-sang, “I want to take you for granted,” and I thought about that. Had I taken Eloy Jimenez for granted? Was this…that? As the wait for injury news dragged on, I wandered out onto the road and stopped a car to ask them if they heard anything on Eloy, and they said, “Are you crazy get off the freeway?” Was I crazy? Was that what this was? So, Eloy Jimenez is out for the year with a ruptured left pectoral tendon. Now allow me to return to playing terrible Matchbox Twenty songs and sobbing IT’S 3 AM AND I MUST BE LONELY. Obviously, my top 500 and top 20 outfielders were updated. Who knew I’d prefer Alloy Jimenez who has been blended with sturdier metals to improve wear. I wonder if CVS has condolence cards for fantasy teams. Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2021 fantasy baseball:

Jose Leclerc – Experiencing elbow discomfort. Leclerc sounds like an Afrikaner, and he’s Lebroke, so call him F.O. Leclerc, and the FO doesn’t stand for Front Office. It stands for eff off, do I have spell out everything? Rangers’ manager, Woodward, says they’re gonna Roll With It, as they search for a Higher Love who can pitch in the 9th inning. Matt Bush hasn’t had a comeback in, like, 18 months, and only five other comebacks previously, so he might be due. Then there’s Joely Rodriguez. Joely, Joely, Joely, Joely, please don’t steal Matt Bush’s saves. Plus, he’s a lefty. There’s also Ian Kennedy. When did anything bad ever happen with a Kennedy going to Texas? My top 500 is updated for this entire shituation.

Kirby Yates – Out for the year. Tommy John surgery Yates for no man. Luckily, the Jays have a guy who can throw cheese and his name is Romano. “Hey, skip, I’m hitting the zone out there!” “Stop Pecorino’ing the corners!” This isn’t The Last Dance but it could be Jordan’s turn. Or just Dolis, and insert your own pun for him. I upped Jordan Romano and Rafael Dolis in my top 500, I’d grab Romano in all leagues; he could be the Jays closer all year.

Zac Gallen – Suffered a hairline fracture while taking batting practice. Geez, if there was only some way to avoid that. Zac Gallen: Injured by a bargaining chip. I’ve moved him into my top 40 starters, sloppily just putting him in a tier of starters I wouldn’t draft, because, well, I would no longer draft him. Hopefully, if you have already, he’s not out that long. So, he can get back to hitting! My guesstimate is he’s out five weeks.

Daulton Varsho – Was optioned down, and why do I ever bother moving anyone up in my rankings ever? It always feels like a trap. Seriously, I think my first rankings, written in December, are like Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and everything else is a waste of time. Nothing ever good comes out of spring training. That’s my mantra. So, I moved Varsho back down in my top 20 catcher rankings to around where he was prior to the Calhoun injury.

James Karinchak – My iCal reminder every day says “check Wittgren news.” I haven’t adjusted my Karinchak or Wittgren rankings yet, but it might happen suddenly in the next few days.

Sonny Gray – Will start the year on the IL with a sore back, but he’s traveling with the club, so it doesn’t sound too bad. I’d give every last of my Ken Griffey Jr. Sportsflics cards to have Eloy travel with the club.

Stephen Strasburg – Has a completely ruptured tendon in his calf, but that’s the good news! No, seriously, he doesn’t need the tendon and because it’s ruptured it doesn’t need to be repaired. This is great news, Strasburg discovered the appendix of the calf. It’s kinda like when your rear bumper fell off, and was no longer dragging on the ground, sparkling friction, and causing a fire when you parked on top of leaves. Also, you couldn’t pay me enough to draft Strasburg this year. Ruptured tendon in the calf and it’s good? Oh…*walks around the world*…kay.

Starlin Castro – Mild hamstring strain. Hammy on Castro so like a gorgeous pressed sandwich. Is that with pickles and mustard? Please and thank you. Be interesting to see if the Nats go with Luis Garcia to replace Castro, but unlikely. Prolly Josh Harrison for a week until Castro is better.

Juan Soto – Left yesterday’s game, and I died, levitated out of my body, heard Soto’s absence was a minor issue, and levitated back into my body, so we’re fine.

Frankie Montas – Ripped his cuticle. Prolly last time he gets one of those drive and go Uber manicures.

Freddy Peralta – Will start the year in the rotation. It had been so long since we heard any good news, I had forgot what it sounds like. This right here is what it sounds like. Peralta could be a 12+ K/9 guy with a 3.5 BB/9, i.e., what people think they’re getting from Robbie Ray but are not. His projections are like “Redd Foxx gasping for air, clutching his chest” good. I won’t go too crazy, because he still needs to throw more than 125 IP to really make a huge difference, but no one is throwing a lot of innings this year. 125 IP of 12+ K/9 could look like a top 25 starter. I’ve added him pretty high on the top 80 starters.

Nick Anderson – With a partial tear of his elbow ligament, I removed him from my top 500, and raised. Dot dot dot. No one? Who knows with Cash? Not an answerable question. Tell that shizz to the Sphinx, and that ancient pile of sand would just shrug. Diego Castillo and Peter Fairbanks are both in there, and they were adjusted slightly but it’s not clear at all where this goes. Unless someone knows, then tell me and I’ll call you a liar.

Harrison Bader – Out for a month or two with a forearm injury. Sounds like a lost year for Bader, like his cap when he’s running, but I could see a late IL slot flyer in deeper leagues. With Bader out for a month, maybe longer it’s going to be a split between Justin Williams, who might not hit .215, and Lane Thomas, who sounds like a clothing store for mature women. I’m going to Lane Thomas for the flyer and pants suit. He might not get enough ABs to truly matter in mixed leagues, but in NL-Only, you might get a breakout. Or at least a 12/15/.255 filler. The top 100 outfielders has been updated.

Steven Brault – Out for a month with an arm injury. Pirates shouldn’t have invested in all NFTs — non-functioning tossers.

Jose Rojas – Looks like he will break camp with the team. That’s Jose Rojas, not Josh Rojas. That’s gonna be fun for comments this year, and not at all confusing. Jose Rojas is a corner man prospect who hit 31 HRs and .293 in Triple-A *whispering* and he’s 28 years old. That screams to me Quad-A, and I’m not sure where he’s going to play, but you know I’m a cyclops with a monocle.

Fernando Tatis Jr. – Was dealing with a shoulder injury, but all signs point to him being fine and I just fainted, levitated back off the ground while cackling quietly as I was placed into my bed. In all seriousness, this is the kind of thing the club can say “he’s great,” then he hits 15 homers all year and in November they say his shoulder was bothering him. Kill me now.

Kyle Freeland – Dealing with a left shoulder strain. Can we see Rick Porcello sign with the Rockies? For the s’s and the g’s.

Khris Davis – Out for around a month with a quad strain. That’s a shame. *almost instantly* Put Leody at DH and let’s get that SAGNOF!

Justin Wilson – Dealing with shoulder tightness. Where we at with the over/under date that the entire league’s pitchers are out with arm/shoulder injuries? May 1st?

Alex Kirilloff – Optioned to the alternate training site. Wow, those Twins are cheap! I also said the previous while watching an episode of Botched. In my top 80 outfielders, I have Kirilloff down for 332 ABs, so, yeah, I didn’t change anything. You’re gonna have to stash him for a few weeks, if you want to draft him.

George Springer – Grade II oblique strain, which sounds bad, and makes it laughably optimistic when the Jays say he’s going to be fine for the opening series. But, ya know what, I’m gonna be laughably optimistic because I’ve already drafted him. If more news emerges, I will adjust my top 20 outfielders.

Robbie Ray – Fell and injured his elbow. On and off the field, Ray can’t control his walks.

 
  1. toolshed says:
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    I don’t mean to be negative but lets just call BS on Toronto. Two days ago they said they’re optimistic that springer will be ready to go. Today they said he remains w/o a time table and is dtd. I am not a doctor but when has an oblique strain ever been less than 6 weeks? It is the kind of injury that lingers and can be aggravated easily. Since he gets paid to swing a bat, how is he not going to make it worse by playing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What a bummer

  2. Chuckie Miller says:
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    Grey — you are amazerful

    I won Eloy in an auction on Tue night and then came Wed and it was like when the gavel banged down at Sotherby’s and that Banksy immediately started shredding. Except Eloy is now not worth more like the Banksy. Hmm. Maybe this hilarious reference isn’t as stellar as I thought when I started typing.

    And if you don’t get the reference, i’m sorry, we can’t be friends. No band-aid on a balloon could fix us. Ha. I’m back!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Haha, nice reference, I did get it!

  3. FrankX says:
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    Do you still like Sonny Gray? Should we still draft with back issue.?. Don’t like drafting injured pitchers but it seems like he’s effectively pitched through back issues before.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d be lying if I said I’d happily draft him, but I would, since he’s likely falling pretty far, and it’s a long season…If he’s fine by mid-April that’s fine

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome report!

    a. Comp, Take me away Calgon!

    b. Why aren’t Gray and Anderson on the IL yet!!!

    c. MLB quote of the day for March 26, 2021

    1. Jose Vizcaino, born March 26, 1968

    ‘Jose Vizcaino’s motto is ‘Always be ready,’ which was a very good thing for the Houston Astros on Sunday night. The veteran infielder’s clutch two-run single with two outs in the ninth helped Houston tie the game at 6 in Game 2 of the (2005) World Series. The Astros went on to lose, 7-6, when Chicago’s Scott Podsednik homered in the bottom of the inning and overshadowed Vizcaino’s heroics. ‘This was a tough game to lose, but we’ll bounce back. We always do,’ Vizcaino said. ‘We were written up as dead earlier this year and we bounced back. We lost [Game 5 of the National League Championship Series] to St. Louis when we were one strike away, and we bounced back. We’ll come back from this one, too.’ With players like Vizcaino, it is entirely possible.’

    By Jim Molony / MLB.com (October 24, 2005, ‘Vizcaino almost hero of Game 2’, Source)

    2. Todd Frowirth, died March 26, 2017

    ‘Once a non-prospect, (Todd) Frowirth rescued his career by dropping his arm angle from sidearm to submarine. He decided to give it a try after watching Kent Tekulve on television. Frohwirth’s fastball and slurve are hard to track because of the deception he creates with his body motion.’

    Bill Mazeroski in Bill Mazeroski’s Baseball ’93: The Baseball Annual for the Serious Fan! (Bill Mazeroski, 1993 Edition)

    d. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for March 26, 2021

    ‘You know, this game’s not very much fun when you’re only hitting .247.’ [Just ask our friend Khris.]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, no, are we gonna need a charity drive to buy Ante a new puter?

      D. Haha, Reggie a profit on Khris Davis!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        It’s retarded. Only the following keys affected.

        1. Space bar
        2. Letter v
        3. Letter b
        4. Letter z
        5. Left arrow key (part of the four keys below the right shift key.

        I read somewhere that I have to remove the key cover with a flat screwdriver and then blow dry the microparticles within and Frank Voila. I think it’s a problem at Rudy’s level but will take advice from anyone and everyone out there.

        Reggie the prophet not the profit, autocorrected in your reply!!! How prophetic!!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha, I only know one thing, don’t blow dry your computer!

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Feels like a sneaky good scenario for Gray. People are already fairly low on him comparatively to us all knowing he’s a fantasy ace + now he’s starting on the IL which should help drive the price even lower.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, thinking same, if drafting now, you might be getting a great bargain

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Yea! I draft Sunday. Was budgeting $20-25 for Gray (due to draft inflation) – now I think I can get him closer to $15.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that works

          • DonnieB says:
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            I just drafted Sonny today in an NFBC auction in Vegas for $13. Felt good.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice

  6. Fred says:
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    In a roto league that counts saves as 1 point and holds as half-point with weekly waivers.
    Drop Taylor Rogers or Hector Neris for a chance at grabbing Romano next Monday?

    • Grey

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      Meh

  7. Racehorse says:
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    Alec Bohm left yesterday’s game with tightness in his leg …

    What ever happened to just rubbing some dirt on it, and getting back out there?

    I have a suit of armor that these guys can borrow — so they don’t suffer any more crippling injuries.

    And speaking of suits of armor — if Eloy was wearing one, no way he’d been able to jump high enough to snag his arm atop the fence and rip his pec.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eloy would try to scale the Green Monster I’m afraid…He needs to wear cement shoes in the outfield — or just never play the field again

  8. Harley Earl says:
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    The Zac Gallen injury is just one more F-ing example why the NL needs to adopt the fucking DH. Why the hell was he even in the batting cage?

    The older I get, the more I realize that traditionalists are stupid ignorant and their unwillingness to changes only sets them back further.

    • James Bergmann says:
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      I will be using you argument when discussing this with my buddies, totally agree.

      • sully says:
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        Couldn’t agree more. You know whats worse though? Having a DH spot then running your 40 homer -injury prone stud out in right field during a meaningless spring training game to get injured causing him to miss the season. And then doubling down on the dumbass move by now considering running your stud rookie, Andrew Vaughn, out there now. Thoughts on Vaughn now? He could be great value in drafts if they play him in RF but as a sox fan I fear he could have a torrid time and tank.

        • Tom says:
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          Dumb indeed. They worry about innings on pitcher’s arms but teams will run them out there for 15-25 innings in meaningless Spring games. The NHL plays about 6-8 pre-season games, maybe MLB can cut their pre-season games down to about 10-12 games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I know, it’s so beyond dumb — like anyone watches baseball and is like “I can’t wait to see the pitcher hit”

      • hot corner says:
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        I can’t remember what game I was watching 2 year ago, but there was a rookie pitcher making his debut. The announcers said that he had been a pitcher-only throughout high school, college and the minors. They were joking that he was taking his first competitive in-game at-bat since 8th grade.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, so crazy to make pitchers hit

  9. Goldirocks says:
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    Hey Grey; loved the music references. Love to see more of that; brings back memories… Hate what’s happening with all these spring training injuries!
    Hope we can get some good news soon, like someone average who becomes awesome by getting an extended opportunity or a small tweak to his game – (then you can do some kind of music references relating the situation to a band that got alot better – eg. like Creed evolving musically into Alter Bridge:). Maybe the anticipated down time of Khris Davis and Willie Calhoun to start the season will hopefully allow Leody time to grab the reins of full time production and he never looks back?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks! Hope so on Leody!

  10. Ian says:
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    Thoughts on grabbing Daulton Jefferies for either Deivi or Luis Patiño?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, over Patino

  11. Vash says:
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    you expect big year from Gausman? Ace? Fantasy wise, does SF have most underrated pitching value for fantasy?

    Garret Hampton, Kim ,or kingery or Crawford h2h keeper with obp? Kim has looked bad spring and really could you rank them?

    • NUX says:
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      He does, according to the ranks. I ended up with a bunch of Gausman shares.

      Kim doesn’t have an everyday role. In fact, I think Crawford is the only one here who def has everyday ABs. But I think he prob has the least current value if this is a deep keeper. I just checked Rudy’s OBP stuff and OBP doesn’t help him much. But I recently came across a Crawford mention in Jeff Zimmerman’s mining the news that was intriguing at least… about how he has added power and is looking to steal more.

      I don’t have an answer for you, but Grey will. Just wanted to mention that Crawford was completely off my radar until I read that.

  12. Vash says:
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    How has Franchy Cordero looked this spring and is he the Sox definate starting CF?

    • NUX says:
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      He has barely got ABs bc of Covid stuff. And I think he is in LF (Verdugo in CF). Right now, Red Sox have talked about Marwin getting the everyday LF ABs if Franchy isn’t ready. But hopefully that LF gig is something Franchy can grab and hold onto into the summer. Regular ABs with him at Fenway would be fun, I hope they give him that chance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think he’s got like under ten at bats

  13. Joey Schmoey says:
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    Master lothario draft Saturday 8 team NL only:

    8 keeers

    Keeping

    Acuna 16
    Muncy 3

    Nola 26
    Edwin Diaz 3
    Lamet 3
    Hendricks 18

    Pick 2 who do i grab 2 studs n go full star n scrubs with turner n harper w group above and sit for first hour of the auction

    Turner45
    Harper 36
    Escobar 9
    Gore 1(can keep for next 2 years at $1)

    I expect if both in draft Harper goes for 35-40 turner about the same

    Grey i need 2 more calling 1800getgrey

    • joey schmoey says:
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      and just heard 4-5 top SSand SP being kept seager story tatis swanson…making turner top SS left if i put him back

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner45
      Harper 36

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Come make up for that early draft where you had Eloy, Carrasco, Framber, Nick Anderson and Kirby Yates.

      • Homer's got the Runs says:
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        Signed up but never used fantrax before. Doesn’t look easy to navigate. Cant find league settings. By rankings it looks like this site is very pitcher heavy.

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          Oh ya, you’ll want to change those rankings….they are…..very bad

    • Homers got the Runs says:
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      My ignorance speaking here, but what is an RCL league?

  14. Nightpandas says:
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    Post hype sleeper…Austin HAAAY GURL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  15. Hugman says:
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    Whuttup, Greysies, I’d say the Bader news is probably even more reason O’Neil gets more at bats and probably good news for the Cardinals offense since Bader can’t and seemingly will never be able to barrel the ball. That’s all. Kisses.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About time O’Neill just got at bats and they stopped messing with him

  16. PFightingIrish says:
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    Any chance that Julio Rodriguez starts with the club?

    • NUX says:
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      No. Zero chance. They won’t even bring Kelenic along, so no.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

  17. NUX says:
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    I fell for the Jose/Josh Rojas pretty hard there. Can we call him Snakes Rojas Or something? I only care about Joshy!!! At least for now. Get this imposter out of my face

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I know, it is very confusing

  18. TheBestSquad says:
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    Would you drop M. Barnes, Neris, or Colome for Romano?

    thanks?

    • NUX says:
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      Neris. There are 3 arms in that Philly pen that could get Saves now. I’m all over the Alvarado price at the moment. If the Phillies want to force Neris to close… and he faulters even slightly, they have multiple other options.

      The Blue Jays are prob going to split between Romano/Dolis, but would lean Romano right now. Especially lean Romano over Neris.

      I think Barnes gets the first chance for the Red Sox. And even worst case scenario for Colome… a Taylor Rogers split of Twins saves isn’t bad at all. He should be kept and started over Neris right now I think.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prolly hold, but Neris is 1st one gone

  19. SheaSeraSera says:
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    Lost Yates, could only grab Dolis…lost Anderson…who is better to grab Fairbanks or Bush? SheaSeraSera Need Saves Badly…

    • Foxman says:
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      Triple S,
      Rays will Ray, but I would much rather have Fairbanks than Bush.
      Fairbanks will get opportunities all year, and closed games in playoffs.
      They trust him

    • NUX says:
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      Agree with the Foxman here. Fairbanks is going to do what NAnderson was drafted to do. I think you’ll be happy with him long term. Bush may get a shot at Saves, but the Rangers are real bad. And I can’t imagine he ends up with 20+ Saves. And he won’t have those ratios and Ks you’ll get from Fairbanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bush, Dolis

  20. Racehorse says:
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    In keeper leagues, this is the time when we’re all waiting for teams to place injured players on the IL …

    I need the Mets to hurry up and place Carlos Carrasco on the IL — I need that roster spot on my mighty dynasty team.

    Is it just me, or do the Mets always seem to snafu up these situations? Knowing the Mets, they’ll prolly get around to placing Carrasco on the IL just before Memorial Day.

    Mets head honcho, Sandy Alderson, is supposed to be a butt-kicking ex-Marine lawyer — c’mon Sandy, Chesty Puller and all that, chop-chop!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mets gonna Mets

  21. Powdered Toast Man says:
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    Great write-up Grey. Lane Thomas line had me laughing with my AM coffee. Matchbox 20- the whitest band in the US?
    2 big dynasty mono drafts this weekend- AL and NL. You and Rudy’s work are go-tos!

    Grab on to my resilient buttocks! Powdereeeed Toaaaast Maaaaan!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whitest and maybe worst — good luck!

  22. Matty says:
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    Hey Everyone-
    Had the draft last night for my most competitive league (other than RCLs).
    12 team, H2H, offense heavy scoring (H, R, HR, RBI, SB, TB, AVG, OPS/ W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP).
    I regret the Cron pick because I could have gotten a more interesting bench bat later for the same $3. Woodruff was an autodraft while my internet dropped, but in terms of autodrafts it wasn’t a terrible move; the additional expense there mostly came out of my 3B budget (because the offense was pretty much filled up by then). I admittedly phoned in the relievers a little bit, but last I checked they all had jobs.
    C – TBD
    1B – Olson $15
    2B – Ketel $23
    3B – Alec Bohm $13
    SS – Adalberto $31
    OF – Lou Bob $28, Kyle Lewis $9, Yordan Alvarez $22
    UT – Bo Bichette $30
    BN – Blackmon $18, Cron $3
    SP – Woodruff $20, Ryu $16, Plesac $7, Luzardo $9, Gausman $7, Eovaldi $2. Montas $1, Means $1
    RP – Rodriguez $2, Rogers $1, Diekman $1

    Thoughts? Suggestions? Where did I miss? What should I be looking for on the waiver wire?

    Other notes: Tim Anderson went for only $24, but I’d already grabbed Bichette and Mondesi. There are so many good under-the-radar SS options. Also, there was so much pitching available later. Largely a function of the stats we play and the short rosters. Crazy to me that someone paid $41 for Cole.

    • Grey

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      I don’t see anything you missed…Maybe a little power — Mondesi and Bichette is a lot of speed — Yordan and Olson help power a lot tho, so might be fine, just imbalanced…I love your pitching minus Montas

  23. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    Here I am using Razzball to rant and rave — but, where’s my manners?

    I’m in 13 leagues this year between yahoo & fantrax, and the Razzball Top 500 Rankings is EASILY the most useful tool I’ve been using in helping me draft and shape my teams post-draft …

    Big ups, big thanks !!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  24. ashtray says:
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    Howdy,

    I’m in a 14 team, keep-6-forever league.

    Bat cats are R, RBI, HR, NSB, OBP, SLG
    Pitching cats are QS, SV, HLD, ERA, WHIP, K/9

    Which 6 would you keep:
    Trout
    Story
    Harper
    Yordan Alvarez
    Olson
    Bryant
    Hoskins
    Wander Franco
    Giolito
    Woodruff

    No CI or MI. 4 OF. 1 Util

    Gracias

    • Homers got the Runs says:
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      For me, Trout, Story, Harper, either Olson or Franco (if you can wait til Franco is rostered in MLB), Giolito and Woodruff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout
      Story
      Harper
      Giolito
      Woodruff
      then coin flip — Yordan

  25. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Gallen seems like a potential discount as long as you can piece something together for the first 4 weeks or so, no?

    • NUX says:
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      Yea there could be a discount, but I would imagine that there is someone else in the draft room that will jump on him before you should. I wouldn’t go into a draft planning to get him. Just keep an eye on him and if he falls a good bit, maybe take a share.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I was with you on Gray, not on Gallen as much…It hurts when he throws, and it’s an arm injury

  26. Richard Scott Olcott says:
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    After going back to your catcher rankings, I noticed there’s no Astudillo. Is he a Schmohawk?

    • NUX says:
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      There are 2 catchers ahead of him. And Arraez is going to kinda do the stuff that Astudillo could be doing if they gave him the utility role. But I don’t know that they carry him on the roster on Opening Day. If injuries happen, I always look at him as an option. But sadly, he never gets those everyday ABs. Even when we think he should. Hopefully he can break through at some point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

  27. beninihana says:
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    I keep 6 (9tm roto) and was initially planning on keeping Eloy. I can’t do that now and play the long game with him out for the season, right?

    My alternatives would be either Luis Castillo, Maeda or Hiura, which one would you lean? Currently leaning Castillo

    • NUX says:
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      Yea def go with Castillo and don’t worry about the Eloy thing. League with only 9 teams isn’t deep enough for Eloy to be kept for 2021

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

      • Beninihana says:
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        Thanks guys!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. Michael McMorrow says:
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    12-team 6×5 keeper league (OPS and Saves+holds). We keep up to 8. I’ve got that following squad (with draft rounds):

    C: Contreras (3)
    1b: Myers (2)
    2b: Torres (K)
    ss: Seager (K)
    3b: Donaldson (6)
    mi: Lux (6)
    ci: McNeil (K)
    lf: Yordan Alvarez (k)
    cf: Trout (1)
    rf: Tucker (K)
    of: Arozarena (1 supp)
    ut: Kyle Lewis (4)
    b: Brandon Nimmo
    b: Jon Berti (18)
    DL: Brendan Rodgers (17)

    SP: Giolitl (K), Gallen (K), Greinke (2), Elfin (7), Mahle (12), Cease (19)
    RP: Chapman (3), Karinchak (5), Rodgers (8) Crochet (9), Neris (10), Bradley (11)

    I know I’m a little light on steals, but do you see any other glaring holes on this team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with you, I like this team, maybe low on speed, but that’s fine in OPS league…Your hitting is solid, and your pitching looks great, minus Greinke, who I don’t like, but maybe he’s fine — your RPs are insane

      • Michael McMorrow says:
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        Thanks, Bossman!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  29. pugs slugs says:
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    Good Morning Grey!

    With Chris Owings having a strong ST (especially lately) and being on COL, do you see him stealing ABs from Hilliard against RHPs, or will he be more of a Super Utility and give other guys days off here and there?

    Fun Fact(s): Owings (29 w/ 6 yrs MLB service time) is only 2.5 years older than Hilliard (1 yr service time). In 2019 went 109/35/101/22/.335(OBP) in AAA (126 Games).

    • Cram It says:
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      Ha. I brought this up a couple of weeks ago when Tapia was being discussed. I’d bet Owings and whoever the Rockies’ bench guys are see significant enough ABs to steal from all the starters.

      • pugs slugs says:
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        Yeah, this is so backwards and redonk. I’d be pissed as a COL fan also not seeing the young talent playing. It’s like the Pirates’ fans not seeing studs on the roster because ownership won’t pony up the $$.

        • captain obvious says:
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          I want Hampson! I swear to God they better not fuck with using Owings… grrr

      • pugs slugs says:
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        Not too mention Story might not be around because Rodgers will be their future SS till he’s eligible to sign a big deal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sadly, Hilliard is a platoon guy, so yes Owings steals ABs from him

  30. thehombre says:
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    Grey,

    Who is most likely to be my super dependable breakout 5th OF?

    Hays, O’neil or Hampson?

    thehombre

    • NUX says:
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      Hays, but I do have some O’Neil shares and will be rooting for him long term of these guys. But for right now, Hays.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Breakout? I’d guess Hays or O’Neill — sneaky valuable but no breakout and I’d say Hampson

      • thehombre says:
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        Thank y’all.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • captain obvious says:
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      Hopefully Hampson……. fingers crossed.

  31. Matt says:
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    Hey Grey

    Do you like Adam Eaton with Eloy out?

    Eaton or JD Davis?

    Thanks!

    • NUX says:
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      JD Davis fo sho

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

  32. Earl says:
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    I am kind of screwed for closers by the Nick Anderson news as I had him as my rp2 on few teams.

    Do you see any of the following coming thru for good closer and say 15-20+ saves:
    Chris Martin, Gregory Soto (or Bryan Garcia), Tanner Scott, Adam Octavino

    Thanks

    • NUX says:
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      Martin is your best shot at that. I think you have them ranked decently. Might move Ottavino ahead of Tanner though, cause if Barnes screws up, Ottavino could be decent closer rest of the way. I really like the idea of Greg Soto, but even if he has the job for himself, its prob 20 Saves, best case scenario I’d imagine. And for Ottavino, the chance is larger that you’ll have to wait around on him to get the chance. Whereas Soto could have the gig right out of the gate. I think Barnes gets first chances. And don’t sleep on Sawamura if Ottavino can’t do the job either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

  33. Jeremy says:
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    OT—i havent used Rudys war room yet but was planning on trying it for my next draft. Its an online draft and im wondering if anyone has used it for that. Ive done online drafts and i barely have time to find the players name and cross them off the rankings i have. Has anyone had problems with using it for online drafts? Thanks in advance.

    • NUX says:
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      By online draft, I assume you mean only a minute or two on the clock right?

      My advice would be to just ignore everyone else’s picks/team in that sitch and just worry about sticking the “y” on your drafted players, so that you can see your $splits through the draft. You’ll lose that chance to track when the right time to select a player might be, but its still very much worthwhile to be using.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I use it for all drafts — including online, but you should play around with it in a mock or something before taking it live for first time in a draft

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      ctrl-f is your friend

    • captain obvious says:
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      Use a computer though, it doesn’t work on the phone.

  34. Jack says:
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    Just for this year…Story, Lindor, or Machado? 12-team H2H categories. Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story

  35. 406mtechdigger says:
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    Thanks for the report Grey!

    Just wrapped up a draft in my 12 teamer H2H Points Keeper League. Here’s where I sit…..

    12 Teamer H2H Points League
    $1000 draft budget
    Keep whoever you want with progressive cost each year
    20-40-60-80-100-125-150-175-200 etc

    C Sean Muprhy
    1B Jose Abreu
    2B Ozzie Albies
    SS Xander Boegarts
    3B Jose Ramirez
    OF Luis Robert
    OF Trent Grisham
    OF Kyle Lewis
    UTIL Manny Machado

    OF Alex Verdugo
    UTIL JD Martinez
    SS/2B Marcus Semian
    2B Gavin Lux
    1B/3B Spencer Torkelson
    SS Marco Luciano
    (Other teams get prospect happy, already flipped Abrams and planning to do the same with Luciano for pieces to help more nowish)

    SP Lance Lynn
    SP Kenta Maeda
    SP Carlos Carrasco
    SP Framber Valdez
    SP Hyun-Jin Ryu
    SP John Means
    SP Tyler Mahle

    RP James Karinchak
    RP Tejay Antone
    RP Garrett Crochet
    (Saves aren’t valuable and can have 10 starts per week so aiming to get some innings out of RP while also targeting upside young guys who may turn in to more in the next few seasons.)

    Question is…. considering my format, how would you rank the following guys? Once IL’s come through I will be looking to add, or I could exchange Mahl/Means. Or would it still match your normal rankings?

    Odorizzi, Elieser, Eovaldi, Deivi, T Rogers, S Howard, Kikuchi, D Dunning. Much appreciated!

    • 406mtechdigger says:
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      also have Julio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Means and Mahle a lot

      I also like Elieser, Eovaldi and Odorizzi, that order

      • 406mtechdigger says:
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        Thanks man! Friyay!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  36. Jolt In Flow says:
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    Excellent stuff, Grey.

    Just wondering what JKJ is going to write about tomorrow now that you posted this report. I’m intrigued with anticipation.

    BTW, less than 7 days before opening day! I can smell the season around the bend.

    Jolt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baseball is in the air!

  37. Ray says:
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    AL only – keeper. 23 man roster. 16 man reserve.

    I’ve got Eloy @ 15 (280 budget)

    I can release him, which makes sense – dude is out for the season.

    OR

    Hold his roster spot and then move him into the reserves. – This also makes sense, but he will occupy $15 of my roster until after the draft.

    Is he worth holding in a keeper league even with the injury?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I see no reason to hold him — just redraft him next year if you want

  38. COJason says:
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    Looks like I’m losing Framber and Gallen to the DL to start the season. I’ve been offered the following trade in a 10-team H2H league:

    My Tatis/Paddack/Luis Castillo for
    Corey Seager/Bieber/Maeda

    Do I trade away Tatis for the pitching upgrade, or keep him and trust Castillo, Paddack, Urias, Glasnow, and Plesac get me through until guys (hopefully) get healthy? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  39. Perfect Game says:
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    Bichette is 8/15 in SB attempts in 75 career games, yet the experts projections all have him 20+ SB?

    He’s not a great runner and with a low success rate would he even be given the green light enough to reach those projections?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a 40-steal guy if he had a decent success rate

  40. Eddie says:
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    That eloy story was funny lol

    Keeper league my keepers are Story Freeman Tucker ( your boy ) lol Arozearena and chapman

    I have the first pick which is about 61 overall to start the draft. Who would you take first a pitcher or hitter.

    Here are some of the guys available Bauer, Kershaw, Woodruff Lynn, Springer, baez , Castellanos , Lewis , ketel marte, or Olson..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Take a pitcher..I’d look at my rankings

      • Eddie says:
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        Of course! Grey looking at your rankings is like looking at the original mona lisa painting! Pure art

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, Eddie!

  41. fausto

    fausto says:
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    1. Franchy Cordero, Sam Hilliard, or Josh Rojas? which would you scoop? werd on the street is Hampson and Hilliard are in a time share in CF very distressing for Black as he had Ron Gant and junior Spivey penciled in for opening day..

    2. ugh Gallen…I was counting on all his RBIs when I kept him. replaced him with jose %*&=;÷* Quintana in case he figured something out.

    3. better sagnof play, I own Iglesias/Soto, and have Mike mayers as a cuff for Iglesias and for ratio and ks. T.Rainey was just dropped as was Staumont, for whatever reasons, would you lose Mayers for Rainey or Staumont or go be really dumb and grab cisnero so i can have 2 of Detroit’s options?

    4. sorry for the long winded comments it’s a 17tm keepr have hiura @ $8 and looking to deal him bc he feels like hes more hype than hope am i wrong?

    5. what up wit Akil Baddoo I grabbed him for esses and gees any thoughts on him being legit or am I wasting a roster spot? appreciated as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hilliard

      2. Jose Quintana? Yikes

      3. Mayers for Staumont

      4. Not wrong

      5. He’s a bench player on the Tigers, I believe…And Rule 5…Meh, maybe if he doesn’t something in season

    • fausto

      fausto says:
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      staumont it is..wasnt sure if Maddon was a 1 closer guy or if he Tampa’d his saves.. I grabbed t.rodgers from mia just in case Quintana cant fill gallens shoes. gracias

  42. Jerry says:
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    What are your thoughts on:

    A) Stroman – he seems to be gaining some late March hype. Are you buying in?
    B) Soroka – buy low? It wasn’t an arm injury and recently looked good on the mound.
    C) M. Gonzales – career best K/9 a mirage? Feels underwhelming to me.
    D) Dobnak – believe in the slider for some more K’s this year?

    Also, please rank these pitchers for their per-inning points potential:

    Gonsolin, L. Urias, Mahle, Heaney, Montgomery.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A-C. See my rankings
      D. Nope

  43. Let’s Play Two says:
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    Where can I find Vlad’s spring training batted ball profile? Want to know what his fly ball and line drive % has been.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure — Statcast?

    • captain obvious says:
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      Lol maybe youtube.com. it won’t be that long.

  44. Coolwhip says:
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    Feels like Montas is the new Dick Mountain. Can’t not get injured.

    Yes Jose Rojas is 28 nowwww, but those AAA numbers are from 2019, when he was 26. But as you said, purely a monocle situation right now, maybe a few batty calls.

    So with Varsho starting in minors, there is almost nothing in the way of Josh Rojas SZN… but of course there will be something, lowercase yay

    Robbie Ray line *chef kiss*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Robbie Ray line *chef’s kiss* and it turns out he had poison on his lips

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        But it didn’t matter because his attempt to the lips was a bit high and he hit nose deviating his septum.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

        • Coolwhip says:
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          haha

  45. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    We had our auction draft last night and a trade offer came my way in my keeper salary cap auction league and wanted your thoughts on the offer.

    I give up:

    Michael Conforto/OF/NYM ($19)

    I get:

    Alex Dickerson/OF/SF ($17)
    $25 in cap space
    2nd rd pick in our minor league draft this winter

    Would you make the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        here is his roster. Who would he have to give up to make it work?

        C James McCann (NYM) $26.00
        C Christian Vazquez (BOS) $13.00
        1B/3B Jeimer Candelario (DET) $5.00
        1B/3B Yandy Diaz (TB) $12.00
        1B/2B/SS/OF Kiki Hernandez (BOS) $13.00
        1B/3B Nate Lowe (TEX) $8.00
        1B Anthony Rizzo (CHC) $20.00
        2B/3B/SS Donovan Solano (SF) $17.00
        3B Justin Turner (LAD) $16.00
        SS Nick Ahmed (ARI) $10.00
        SS Andrelton Simmons (MIN) $11.00
        OF Jackie Bradley Jr. (MIL) $17.00
        OF Kole Calhoun (ARI) $7.00
        OF Alex Dickerson (SF) $17.00
        OF Aaron Hicks (NYY) $18.00
        OF Max Kepler (MIN) $11.00
        OF Andrew McCutchen (PHI) $21.00
        OF Joc Pederson (CHC) $9.00
        OF Victor Reyes (DET) $12.00
        OF Austin Slater (SF) $10.00
        OF Mike Yastrzemski (SF) $12.00
        SP/RP Tyler Alexander (DET) $8.00
        SP Chris Archer (TB) $9.00
        SP Nathan Eovaldi (BOS) $17.00
        SP/RP Kevin Gausman (SF) $14.00
        SP Zack Greinke (HOU) $20.00
        SP J.A. Happ (MIN) $7.00
        SP Kyle Hendricks (CHC) $17.00
        SP Cristian Javier (HOU) $15.00
        SP Brad Keller (KC) $7.00
        SP Joe Musgrove (SD) $13.00
        SP Jake Odorizzi (HOU) $7.00
        SP Zach Plesac (CLE) $13.00
        SP/RP Cal Quantrill (CLE) $9.00
        SP Julio Teheran (DET) $5.00
        SP/RP Alex Wood (SF) $6.00
        RP Stefan Crichton (ARI) $24.00
        RP Chris Devenski (ARI) $10.00
        RP Kevin Ginkel (ARI) $5.00
        RP Joe Kelly (LAD) $6.00
        RP Corey Knebel (LAD) $11.00
        RP Adam Ottavino (BOS) $15.00
        RP Hansel Robles (MIN) $8.00
        RP Joely Rodriguez (TEX) $6.00

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          To get Alex Dickerson?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            to move conforto

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You want to move Conforto to get Alex Dickerson?

              • Cram It says:
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                This should be fun.

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            what player should I ask for along with the $25 in cash and the 2nd rd pick in order to move Conforto, if has anyone worth it

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Rizzo

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                i think I am going to pass right now

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ok

        • captain obvious says:
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          His team sucks. Hold

  46. Jeff says:
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    Hey Gray! H2H points league with a 10 start max per week… I usually like to carry 6 guys I trust and stream a spot or two (only 3 pickups a week!) to hit that minimum, but I feel like I really let pitching get away from me.

    C- Gary Sanchez
    1st- Freeman
    2nd- Biggio
    3rd- Arenado
    SS- Seager
    OF- Gurriel Jr.
    OF- Arozarena
    OF- Kyle Lewis
    OF- Solak
    UTIL- Alonso
    UTIL – Voit
    BENCH Stanton

    Hyun-Jin Ryu Tor, SP
    Tyler Glasnow TB, SP
    Trevor Bauer LAD, SP
    Corey Kluber NYY, SP
    Nathan Eovaldi Bos, SP
    Madison Bumgarner Ari, SP
    Carlos Martinez StL, SP
    Richard Rodriguez Pit, RP
    David Price LAD, RP
    Lucas Sims Cin, RP
    Kwang-Hyun Kim StL, SP
    Jose Leclerc Tex, RP
    Tyler Duffey Min, RP

    Obviously backed myself into a corner with 1st base and Stanton at DH. I’ve been offered Freeman for Harper, but wondering if it’s smarter to try to flip one of the 1st baseman for an arm. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, that’s good, take Harper

  47. SteveNZ says:
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    Eovaldi getting the Opening Day start for the Sawx. Ed has dead arm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Figures on Ed-Rod

      • SteveNZ says:
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        Santander not playing for third straight day (monocle emoji)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why, what?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            No reason given, most other regulars playing. Not ideal!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t like that

          • SteveNZ says:
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            Randos on the Twitter speculating that he’s being traded to the White Sox haha

            • SteveNZ says:
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              One rando actually!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Meh

              • SteveNZ says:
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                Sounds like it’s no big deal. Sun best reporter says he’s taken a ton of ABs on the back field the last few days so he’s resting.

                Of course he could be making the whole thing up like that reporter in The Wire that fabricated the story about the homeless people and won the Pulitzer lol

  48. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Grey,

    I’m seeing Gregory Polanco near the bottom of your Top 500. You used to be so high on him. I know he had an awful 2020 and had the wrist issue this offseason, but he’s seemingly healthy and hitting this spring. What would you need to see in the regular season, and for how long, to make you a believer again?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a platoon player on the Pirates — I’m a believer for 12 team NL-Only leagues

  49. LOLmets says:
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    any worry about jose abreu? he got covid last month and i know its just spring training but hes been awful for 46 at bats in spring.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  50. happyharry says:
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    Hello Grey,
    12 team, H2H, 6X6 – Your advice on a Catcher, yeah I know, but it’s a two catcher league. I kept Sal Perez, drafted Danny Jansen. Would you pick up one of these WW and drop Jansen?
    Ramos, A. Kirk, T. Murphy or E. Diaz…..thanks Man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, not yet

  51. Tbone says:
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    5×5 Roto Dynasty

    Tommy Edman for my Josh Donaldson and Chris Sale or hold.

    Altuve is my starting 2B currently, Donaldson is not a starter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edman side

  52. Chet says:
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    Hey, Grey!

    12 Team H2H 5×5 Dynasty League.

    Is Jordan Hicks worth keeping over one of the following players?

    Carlos Carrasco, Luis Severino, Chris Sale, and Noah Syndergaard

    Our Keeper deadline is fast approaching and I don’t have a closer, but I’m not sure Hicks is worth keeping over the above list of injured SPs.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, over Severino

  53. Will says:
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    Good news on Sonny Gray (per RW) – Sonny Gray (back) threw about 30 pitches in a simulated game Friday.

    Gray hasn’t pitched in a Cactus League game in more than three weeks, but he resumed throwing off a mound nearly a week ago and got to face hitters Friday, saying afterward that “today was a great day and I feel good moving forward.” The right-hander obviously isn’t built up enough to be ready for Opening Day, but it certainly appears that he is trending in the right direction.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, yeah, I think he’ll be fine (hopefully)

  54. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Gr~ey, you are handsome, and I enjoy your mustache enormously, but 2 questions…

    1) Best pickup? Dane Dunning, Tarik Skubal, Daulton Jefferies

    2) Stupid question but best guess when we see Luis Patino come back?

    Thanks, have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha 1. Dunning 2. May 17th

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, and you too!

  55. OaktownSteve says:
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    Lots of interesting arms working today. Freddie P, Trevor Rogers, Logan Allen, Ryan Weathers.

    Weathers is somebody to keep an eye on. He’s got good stuff and he’s very polished for a 21 year old. I guess having a former MLB pitcher for a dad will do that. I think if he pitches well today he’s probably breaking camp. He’s on the 40 man and with Strahm out and Morejon in the 5th slot he’d fit well as their swing guy.

    At this point if the Padres have anybody go down, he’s probably in line to get a good number of starts. Everybody looks at Gore, but he’s had control problems and while Weathers may not have the same upside, he’s also a more finished product at the moment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weathers looks like an exact clone of his dad — face and body, not stuff — i.e., he looks exactly like Tackleberry from Police Academy movies

      Please let Morejon get 15 starts this year and let me ride him to Tout glory

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        holy shit that is spot on!

        I think Morejon should get there.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yup!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        Do you think this Morejon fellow could be relevant in 14 teamers?

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          For sure, Steve. I grabbed a couple of shares in my 15 team DCs.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            Nice one – thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          For sure

          • SteveNZ says:
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            Would you drop Odorizzi to pick him up? I already have Ryu, Lynn, Corbin, Urias, Eovaldi and Means.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Meh, nah, not yet

              • SteveNZ says:
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                Could always drop Eloy! *sob*

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, you should

      • Big Magoo

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        Morejon is going to have a nice year, I think. Misses a ton of bats, is starting out in the rotation, great situation in SD. He’s part of my bold predictions, but not my boldest (hint: it’s the bonus prediction)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Feels like Freddy Peralta with less chance of IP

  56. OaktownSteve says:
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    Jake Bauers celebrates winning the 1st base job by dropping a pop fly from the first hitter in the game. Smooth move by the Clevelands.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      Hampson steals second and third. 6 steals in the spring.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        With steals, a guy could steal 20 bags in 4 weeks and be a top 100 value player on the year off one month

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          Yep yep

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha, great stuff, Jake Bauers

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      Did he really win it over Bradley? Good one, Cleveland

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        He really did. And apparently Yu Chang is the next man up at second for them. Tito said he’s been their best hitter in camp.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          Next man up at first that is.

  57. Thesportsguy says:
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    10 team AL 5×5 with K…13% inflation, can only keep this year

    Keep AJ Puk at $3 or throw him back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep

  58. Crime Dog says:
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    Lost eloy for the year, am I still competing or am I screwed? 14 teams. Offense feels sketchy without eloy now. Thoughts?

    1B-vaughn
    2B-hiura
    3B-hayes
    SS-baez
    OF-trout
    OF-bellinger
    OF- haniger
    Util- franmil
    Util-riley
    Bench- kelenic
    Bench- jd davis

    P- Lynn, paddack, gausman, mahle, eilesner hernandez, jordan montgomery, liam hendricks, amir garrett, jose alvarado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid still, hopefully you have Kelenic in 3 weeks time…

      • Crime Dog says:
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        My OF needs it. Baseball needs it!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I need it!

  59. Alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    #1 . If a MLB team knows a player is going to start the season on the ILwhy do most wait till right before the season starts before they put him on the IL. It really screws up my roster and my chance to get another FA to take his place (Just had to vent)
    #2 I drafted Alex Kirilloff before he was sent down. Should I drop him or wait til maybe May to see if he comes up to the show.
    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. There’s no point to it for teams until they need an elig. roster

      2. Depends on your circumstances

      • Alps says:
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        Understood do you think he will be productive and worth it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not especially — he’s a 15-17 homer guy with a decent AVG

          • Chet says:
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            How about 3 years from now?

  60. OaktownSteve says:
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    Classic MadBum. Gave up a lead homer to Winker, got pissed off and K’d the side.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Classic, except he’s now throwing like Alec Mills

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Squeezed by the home plate up. Couple of bloopers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mmhmm

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          7 Ks..four of them looking

  61. OaktownSteve says:
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    India stole 3rd(!) base. The radio guys were saying he’s really, really fast. Interesting. Did not know he had any of that in his game. Boy that would be something if he had 20 bags in him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He looks like he could sneak into 25 HRs…Imagine with 20 bags? Woo boy

  62. Slimbo says:
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    What’s up buddy glad to be back for some ball!!

    For this year who do you like more?
    CJ cron or Villar

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron

  63. OaktownSteve says:
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    I can’t even…

    Kyle Lewis not in the line up again. Servais to talk to the media any minute.

  64. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    how’s this one look very deep 16 teamer (and max 1750 innings, SP 8 is a streamer slot), OPS, total bases, hits, QS, holds added roto. keep 4 at previous season’s end of season FP ADP’s.

    C realmuto (rudy’s right, OPS rater for yahoo has the catchers higher, esp him, albeit i didn’t overpay for SS later and am weakest there from doing this, 58th)
    1B freeman (K, 2nd round)
    2B happ (3B/LF/CF, K 18th round)
    SS j.polanco (depth charts have him as starter again at 2B, 199th)
    3B son of donald (135, OPS rater also loves him still)
    CI riley (3B/OF, 231st)
    MI wong (314th)
    LF soto (RF, K, 1st round)
    CF springer (RF, 39th)
    RF grisham (all OF, first speed grab, but was 3rd overall on board at the time, 90th)
    OF schwarber (LF, sat at top of board for a while, also loved by OPS rater compared to ADP, 167th)
    util (3): leodys (CF, 250th)
    – tellez (1B, 327th)
    – moran (forgot to move up india, even though it’s been like a week or something that we knew he’s starting at 3B, 1-3B on moran, 410th)

    NA (2): brujan (2B, 346th), j-rod (RF, 391st, of course b.witt and his 37 or 57 at bats in low A from media hype went far higher, meanwhile this guy could be up at same time as kelenic (also far higher drafted)

    SP: lynn (K, 8th round, was gallen in same round, changed it)
    – s.gray (71st)
    – g.marquez (154th)
    – kluber (218th)
    – eovaldi (263rd)
    – j-mont (359th)
    – odorizzi (378th)

    RP (max 6):
    – pressly (103)
    – kimbrel (186)
    – clase (295)
    – alvarado (423)
    – britton (442nd, we got tons of DL slots and he’ll be back later, can fill like j.smith (seems like 8th inning now at HOU or somebody else (wick, w.harris, bush, kennedy, t.rogers (SF) etc)

    so i’ll add a streamer SP and a BN bat: r.nunez, c.dick, naylor, shaw, odor, cave, quinn, j.iglesias (this might be last SS starter better than jp crawford/NEWman! left out there. o.arcia doesn’t appear to be starting just now either).

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      site is goofy (but back, was out for i don’t know how long, tried 3 devices and both home internet and 5G phone, so wasn’t me). now 3 messages still at top of screen and had to try to input above comment 3 times till it worked.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        the errors messages at top of screen are gone now. seems to be slowly getting back to normal

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah sorry about that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid, look low on speed, but fine with OPS — Pitching looks okay, bit wonky…Not sure about German or Kluber — Iglesias is solid and easily best there, your team might need Quinn more

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        it might not have been very long. but i haven’t seen one of those for a while.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, been pretty good last year

  65. happyharry says:
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    Hey Grey, 12 team, H2H, 6X6. Another manager wants to trade a SS for Pitching, I need your advice on a beneficial trade offer. We do not have a bench, so it will need to be position for position-1 Position and 1-Pitcher…thanks
    He has-Turner, Correa, Mondesi, Carrasco, Civale, Mahle as options
    I have-Biggio, Muncy, Moustakas, Darvish, Bauer, Berrios, Bundy,Gausman, Musgrove

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner or Mondesi for Bauer?

      • happyharry says:
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        how bout his Turner or Mondesi and Mahle
        for My Bauer and Mous…sound fair?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  66. Nightpandas says:
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    Upside bench guy

    India or Hays?

    Happy Friday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      India

  67. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    14 team keeper with QS and K/BB

    1) How would you rank these pitching options: Pearson (DL stash), Kukuchi, Puk, Rodon, Mize, CMart, Dunning, D Jeffres, Morejon

    2) For my one bench bat, hold G Hampson or drop for: O’Neil, Dahl, Polanco, Naylor, Baddoo

    3) Best options for SVHLD: Bard, Treinen, Y Garcia, Sims, Dolis, Bummer, Alvarado, Duffey

    Thanks and have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Dunning, Pearson, Skubal

      2. Hold

      3. Bard, Dolis

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        Skubal wasn’t an option…were you thinking of someone else?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, Kikuchi, oops

          • bossmanjunior333 says:
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            ha thanks man!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  68. Willie Mickey and the Duke says:
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    On our all Grey team (15 team Auction 5×5 with OBP rather than average) we bought Gallen, Eloy and LeClerc. Brutal. So yesterday we were forced to trade Maeda for Wil Myers, Bard and Gonsolin. It was the best we could do. The trade analyzer was meh about it, I hate Dodger pitchers. With 15 teams the Free Agent list is bare. We do have Sexy Dr Pepper, Story , Snell, Bundy, Hosmer and a host of value guys.
    I must say, after 33 years of a live auction league, Zoom auctions suck. Best to you for a successful year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, hopefully you can dig yourself out of that hole…that does stink!

  69. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hear me out…Carlos Rodon at the back of the draft…

    Also, what do you think about going pretty hard for Amir Garrett as a second or third closer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, if you want, his price is free… Amir could be a #1 closer, wish I ranked him higher

  70. SteveNZ says:
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    Big Daddy Sano cranks one out 458 feet. He’s now 5-37 for Spring. This is how it is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This is the way

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        The greatest teacher, failure is.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why does it fail us

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            If no mistake you have made, losing you are.
            A different game you should play

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, this is the way

              • SteveNZ says:
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                Love being the straight man for you guys.

  71. captain obvious says:
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    How much are you guys paying for tickets where you’re at? I was going to get tickets for my brother and I a few days ago and they wanted a hundred bucks each. Maybe cause it’s opening day but fuck that. These idiots will probably be playing Owings. You want 100 for that bullshit? I’m going to check prices for other games and see. I’ll report back.

    • captain obvious says:
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      80 fucking bucks. Are they retarded?

      • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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        Take a look at what Cubs tickets go for.

        • captain obvious says:
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          It’s so dumb. I’ll be a sucka and pay but wth? I haven’t been to a game forever. I guess they think they can do whatever they want.

  72. Turd Wendell says:
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    Yo, Grey! How’s it hanging? So I drew the 1st pick in a dynasty draft. 2nd year in I’m taking over for the worst team ever. Anyways I’m looking at Kyle Lewis, Javy Baez, Sixto, Bohm…any preferences? I’m leaning Kyle or Javy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kyle

      • Turd Wendell says:
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        Shoot me straight my man…Here’s my results from today’s draft. 12 Team dynasty keep forever..I drafted from scratch with another team the rest didn’t pick till rd 4 or so

        C-To Be Named Later
        1b-Bohm
        2B-Biggio
        SS Bichette
        3B- Edman
        LF- Arozrena
        CF-Lewis
        RF- Franmill
        Util-Carlson

        Bench Hicks, Solack, Jazz, Riley NA- Kelenic

        SP- Sixto, McCalluers, Keller, Eilser, Gos, Evovaldi

        RP- Amir, Hicks, Romano

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like the pitching, but it’s very risky, and you have no ace, you don’t really have a #2 either, but I guess Sixto is fine… Your hitting seems low on power, you could struggle here

          • Turd Wendell says:
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            Thanks brotha. Definitely feel like it’s a play for next year type of club. I’ll be working the phones of some deals shortly I’m sure haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  73. Jake Kimball says:
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    Hi, Let me know which side of this keeper trade you’d want. 6×6 with OPS, it’s a complicated auction,but showing the round equivalent for keepers.

    Side A

    Machado (1)

    Patrick Corbin (2)

    Eddie Rosario (3)

    Side (B)

    Devers (5)

    Eloy (7)

    Eduardo Rodriguez (12)

    THanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Unless you’re not playing for this year, then B

  74. packers2018 says:
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    GM Grey.

    As I was preparing for two drafts today I noticed that W. Smith of Atl at 222 of your top 500 had LAD as his team. I know how you like things correct is the only reason I’m pointing it out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a website or Rudy thing, it automatically puts wrong team

  75. Oppo Taco says:
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    Better stash? Garrett Hampson or Jazz Chishomie? It’s a keeper league but both would be more or less bench bats. Thanks! Marco Gonzales would be by only other cut.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hampson

  76. P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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    Me, 10 days ago, about to roll into the season with a Betts/Jimenez/Springer outfield: “Oh, F YES!!!”

    Me, today: FML

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, ugh, I know

  77. herschel says:
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    @Grey: any concerns with kyle lewis’ knee injury? in a keeper, you still keeping lewis in the 23rd round over kyle tucker in the 18th?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, not really

  78. Saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    12 Team H2H 6×6 QS OPS Redraft Daily

    Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated after I drafted from the 1 slot

    C S. Murphy
    1B Bell
    2B Moore
    SS Seager
    3B Devers
    OF Acuna
    OF S. Marte
    OF Santander
    UT Semien
    BE Mancini
    BE Cronenworth

    SP Lynn
    SP Bundy
    SP McCullers
    SP Morton
    SP Gausman
    SP Mahle
    SP Means
    SP Framber (Hoping for good update)

    RP Garrett
    RP Bass
    RP Bradley

    Thanks in advance for your feedback

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a great pitching team, I love the guys you have there — hitting looks decent, I like the guys you have…Maybe a tad low on power, if anything, but barely

  79. fausto

    fausto says:
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    1. what to do with deivi Garciia?(got him for $1) really need the roster spot and i know he’ll be up before April is over…he worth keeping? so I can watch him turn into the next severin
    OR
    2. do I try to package him and someone else for franmil or schwarber? the guy that drafted both franmil and Schwarber hate them. so I may be able to pull something off. I need some HR/RBI for shore.
    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’d lose in some leagues, depends

      2.Sure, I’d take Franmil or Schwarber

  80. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Now that Nick Anderson is officially on IL, i need a replacement. I narrowed my list down to 2 guys
    A.J. Minter/RP/ATL
    Matt Foster/RP/CWS

    Who should I pick up?

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minter

  81. ERad says:
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    Voit partial meniscus tear – out 4-6 weeks.

    You think he’s still worth keeping in the 12th round?

    10 team league with 5 keepers each, so he still has some value there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, not really…But if you have no other options

  82. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Hey Kemosabe,

    In a 10 team H2H category league. Looking for maybe another solid arm. Would you suggest dropping any of these guys for one of the pitchers available?
    My pitching staff..
    Woodruff
    Burnes
    Luzardo
    Plesac
    Mahle
    Marco Gonzalez
    Gonsolin
    Edwin Diaz
    Colome

    Available arms…
    Urquidy
    Dustin May
    C. Javier
    D. German
    Triston McKenzie
    MadBum
    Manaea
    Odorizzi
    Eovaldi
    Matt Boyd
    Skubal
    Taijuan Walker
    Drew Smyly

    Appreciate your feedback. Thanks a sh!t ton!

  83. SteveNZ says:
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    Matt Barnes got the ‘rona. Boooo. At least I could IL him and grab Morejon. Yay!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  84. pugs slugs says:
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    Grey and Razzball Community,

    I’m in a 10 Team, NL-Only H2H 5×5 (OBP)

    Looking at my current roster, which move would you make given my current roster? The player I’d drop is Spencer Howard. I appreciate your thoughts/suggestions.

    A. Hold and wait for Howard to come back from AAA, whenever that is. He’s a possible $1 keeper. Do you think he’s promising enough?

    B. Pick up one of Pillar, Newman, Cooper, Longoria, J. Harrison (will be starting 3B as Kieboom sent down to AAA) so that I can always have a full lineup if/when my platooners (Moran/Slater/Hilliard/Locastro) are sitting.

    C. Pick up a reliver. One of Alvarado, Hudson, A. Miller, or Suter (saves league, not holds).

    CA Molina
    1B Aguilar
    2B Escobar
    3B Bohm
    SS Cronenworth
    INF Moran
    OF Acuña, Harper, Davis, Hilliard
    Util Slater
    B Locastro,

    SP Corbin, Paddack, I. Anderson, Gausman, Alcantara, Marquez, Tr. Rodgers
    RP Kimbrel, Bard
    B Rainey, Howard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Sure, if you have room

      B. Longo

      C. Alvarado

      • pugs slugs says:
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        Thanks Grey! I wish I could hold Howard. I’d need a DL spot filled to keep him though.

        Go Longo over Alvarado or the other way? I might lose 10-15 ABs per week if I don’t pick up Longo, don’t you think?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Apples/oranges no? What do you need?

          • pugs slugs says:
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            I need Hilliard and Slater to have everyday jobs, HA! I’m guessing I take the wait and see approach for now I guess.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yup

  85. SteveNZ says:
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    Oh man. Santander dealing with an oblique issue apparently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully not bad

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      Well shit…first Eloy, now this guy…

  86. Steve says:
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    14T h2h k/9

    Rotation:
    Ryu
    Bassitt
    Means
    C Mart
    Quintana
    Archer
    Soroka
    Peralta
    Trevor Rogers

    Like Alzolay over any of these?

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana

  87. herschel says:
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    @Grey: any particular closers youve been targeting or have found yourself with multiple shares of? sagnof!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amir if I could

  88. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    And now Kyle Lewis may miss significant time with a deep bone bruise, is nothing sacred?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t even!

  89. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Grey-

    In a 10 team H2H category league. Looking for maybe another solid arm. Would you suggest dropping any of these guys for one of the pitchers available?
    My pitching staff..
    Woodruff
    Burnes
    Luzardo
    Plesac
    Mahle
    Marco Gonzalez
    Gonsolin

    Available arms…
    Urquidy
    Dustin May
    C. Javier
    D. German
    Triston McKenzie
    MadBum
    Manaea
    Odorizzi
    Eovaldi
    Matt Boyd
    Skubal
    Taijuan Walker
    Drew Smyly

    Appreciate your feedback. Thanks a sh!t ton!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gonsolin for someone…but you have so many options I’d hold until someone emerged

      • Andrew Mellars says:
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        Thanks. I’m really hoping Gonsolin can somehow find his way into the rotation

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  90. captain obvious says:
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    @matttruss

  91. captain obvious says:
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    Why do we use shifty fantrax.com anyways?

    • captain obvious says:
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      It sucks.

  92. captain obvious says:
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    Yahoo is better. Put the rcls there.

  93. captain obvious says:
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    Guess we’ll have to draft a 3rd time. This is gay.

  94. captain obvious says:
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    Fantrax.com sucks . Go to yahoo.

  95. Fleeced says:
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    I drafted Garver in a standard yahoo redraft league.

    Kiner-Falefa is available, as is Posey and Molina. Should I make a swap?

    • William Hung says:
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      If you need steals, get Falefa. If you need HRs then stick with Garver

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold, but agree with Hung

      • Fleeced says:
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        Thanks all. Actually I see that Carson Kelly is available as well. Make that swap or hold?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, hold

    • captain obvious says:
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      You have to get him. The gyro. Its yahoo. Do it.

  96. Ben W says:
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    Grey – would love to know your thoughts on my team. Also should I drop Clase for Wittigren for Cleveland Saves?
    League was keeper snake draft 12 teams. 5×5 (R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP… K, QS, ERA, WHIP, SV).
    Also – I didn’t draft Bieber or Woodruff high. They were late round keepers and I lost a few early rounds of picks from trades last season.

    C- Elias Diaz
    C – No one
    1b – Max Muncy
    2B – Loudres Gurriel
    SS – Francisco Lindor
    3B – Mike Moustakas
    CI – Dylan Moore
    MI – Ty France
    OF – Luis Robert
    OF – Nick Castlellanos
    OF – Kyle Lewis
    OF – Franmil Reyes
    OF – Anthony Standander
    Util – Open for now… will pick up once IL spot open ups
    Bench: Wander Franco

    SPs: Shane Bieber, Brandon Woodruff, Sonny Gray, Pablo Lopez, Chris Bassit, Patrick Corbin, Nate Peason, Noah Syndngaard
    RPs: Drew Pomeranz, Daniel Bard, Gregory Soto, Taylor Rogers, Emannuel Clase, Devin Williams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go Wittgren — your pitching looks insane…You have 3 aces, and maybe 3 more — your hitting is nowhere near as good…Trade an ace for a bat

  97. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    This ones for Ralph but also interesting end of draft…Tyler O’Neill has stolen 3 bases already (also hitting homers and avg but sb most interesting)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m in on O’Neill too

  98. letsgobravos says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Appreciate all of your work in making draft prep easy on the rest of us. Had my first of 3 drafts in the next 3 days tonight. Yahoo 12 team standard 5×5. As always, followed your advice and loaded up on offense and targetted the value pitchers later. Had the 8th pick and just missed Soto by one spot due to pitchers going early. Obviously wasn’t expecting to get him at 8, but did get my hopes up when he was still there 1 pick before me. Would love to get your thoughts on my team. Here’s what I ended up with…

    1. (8) Trevor Story (Col – SS)
    2. (17) Bryce Harper (Phi – OF)
    3. (32) Luis Robert (CWS – OF)
    4. (41) Rafael Devers (Bos – 3B)
    5. (56) Pete Alonso (NYM – 1B)
    6. (65) Kenta Maeda (Min – SP,RP)
    7. (80) Ketel Marte (Ari – 2B,SS,OF)
    8. (89) Dinelson Lamet (SD – SP)
    9. (104) Matt Chapman (Oak – 3B)
    10. (113) Sonny Gray (Cin – SP)
    11. (128) Dylan Moore (Sea – 2B,3B,SS,OF)
    12. (137) Pablo López (Mia – SP)
    13. (152) Sixto Sánchez (Mia – SP)
    14. (161) Kyle Lewis (Sea – OF)
    15. (176) Marco Gonzales (Sea – SP)
    16. (185) Richard Rodríguez (Pit – RP)
    17. (200) Eric Hosmer (SD – 1B)
    18. (209) Andrés Giménez (Cle – 2B,3B,SS)
    19. (224) Joakim Soria (Ari – RP)
    20. (233) Noah Syndergaard (NYM – SP)
    21. (248) John Means (Bal – SP)
    22. (257) Nick Wittgren (Cle – RP)
    23. (272) Mitch Garver (Min – C)

    Used the war room tool which I always find to be really helpful. Ended up with 119% on runs, 160% on HRs, 128% on RBIs, 80% on steals and 99% on AVG. The yahoo projections have me in 1st in the post-draft steals projection despite only having 2 bench bats while most of the league took 4 or more. Saw the news on Lewis potentially missing time, but figured he was still worth the upside potential at 161. Hopefully a bone bruise isn’t something that will sideline him for very long if he does end up on the DL.

    On pitching stats, the war room at me at 75% on Ws, 96% on Ks, 95% on ERA (3.61),109% on WHIP (1.14) and 53% on saves. Grabbed Syndergard to DL and Wittgren late in hopes he ends up with the job. Dolis is available on waivers, would you grab him or wait to see how that situation shakes out? I wanted Romano, but someone took him just before me. I don’t see anyone else worth grabbing yet for another saves option.

    • Grey

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      Damn, close on Soto, that would’ve been amazing…You do have a ton of power, and not a ton of speed…A guy like Tapia would’ve been nice late — I like the hitting a lot, in general tho…all guys I love…Pitching looks totally fine too, besides saves — I like Dolis as a flyer, maybe after you IL Noah? Prolly can lose Means and pick him up again if you want since no one wants him (tho, I do like him)

      • letsgobravos says:
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        Thanks for weighing in Grey. I think this is the most power I’ve ever been able to assemble in a draft. Tapia, Villar, and Margot all went undrafted. Villar had double Tapia’s steal total last year (16 v 8) in the same amount of ABs, but I assume you aren’t high on him due to the lack of playing time. I assume you would go Tapia over Margot since he’s a good bit higher in your top 500. Once undrafted players clear waivers, I will grab Dolis and Tapia.

        Have another yahoo pro league (I think they are calling them something else now) and a long running redraft league tomorrow night so I’ll be back to get more draft feedback. Thanks again and looking forward to another season.

        • Grey

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          Yes, grab Tapia and Dolis — No problem

  99. hal_incandenza says:
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    Howdy. In a 10-team 6×6 w/OPS and Holds, I had Eloy. I already wasn’t sold on Schwarber being in my lineup at OF, but it seems I now need to commit to him in my LF slot, with Dylan Moore or Taveras in the generic OF slot.

    Pos Player
    C Willson Contreras
    1B Max Muncy
    2B Ketel Marte
    3B Rafael Devers
    SS Fernando Tatis Jr.
    INF Jared Walsh
    LF Kyle Schwarber
    CF Cody Bellinger
    RF Charlie Blackmon
    OF Dylan Moore
    UT Yordan Alvarez

    Bench
    SS Jorge Polanco
    3B Alec Bohm
    OF Eloy Jimenez (not yet dropped)
    UT Jesse Winker
    CF Leody Taveras

    Right now the only LF eligible option I have is Schwarber. Winker should gain eligibility eventually, but the rules require 20 games last year or 10 this year for eligibility. I should have changed that considering the brevity of 2020 but didn’t think of it until after the draft started.

    When I drop Eloy (redraft, so I don’t see a reason to hold in IL), LF eligible add options include David Peralta, Tapia, Benintendi. Would you endorse Peralta in this shituation (until he is invariably hurt)?

    Here’s my pitching (again, we have Holds added to the standard 5 cats.):

    Kevin Gausman
    Hyun Jin Ryu
    Brandon Woodruff
    Jose Alvarado
    Archie Bradley
    Aaron Bummer
    Trevor May
    Emilio Pagan
    Ryan Pressly
    Sonny Gray (expect to IL to start season)
    German Marquez
    Keone Kela
    IL Noah Syndergaard

    On the trade front, does a particular LF target or offering come to mind?

    • Grey

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      Tapia — LF trade targets? I don’t know…Maybe Bradley for Clint Frazier?

  100. captain obvious says:
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    Tapia

  101. Play Ball says:
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    1. During the first few rounds of the draft do you draft the best player/projections regardless of position or draft for to fill the best player for position need?

    2. Should SB a preferred draft strategy in early rounds?

    I’m in a 6 team roto – C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 4 OF, 2 UTIL, 4 SP, 2 P , 2 RP and 4 bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I pay attention to positions

      2. Huh?

  102. Let’s Play Two says:
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    I’m a fan of J-Ram, but concerned about the Run and RBI projections I see everywhere being and not taking into account the really weak lineup – no one around him to help counting stats. They also haven’t done anything this spring.

    1. If you were to adjust your projections, what would they be?

    2. Would you take him in the first or early second round over Belli?

  103. herschel says:
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    @Grey: had my draft last night. 5 x 5, weekly roto with three keepers per team. as usual, think i went a little heavy on upside and could probably use more bench arms, but would love your thoughts. thanks!

    C – C Kelly
    1B – Vlad
    2B – Cronenworth
    3B – Moncada
    SS – Story
    OF – Acuna
    OF – K Lewis
    OF – Blackmon
    DH – Bichette
    SP – L Castillo, Plesac, Luzardo, Urias, Gausman
    RP – Pressly, Holland

    Bench Bats – D Moore, F Reyes, A Vaughn, J India, Julio Rodriguez, Chisholm
    Bench Pitchers – Bassitt, May, T Antone
    IL – Sale

    • Grey

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      How many teams

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: 12, sorry bout that….

    • Grey

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      SPs looks great, don’t have any problems there, you look like you’re missing RPs/saves…I think your hitting looks awesome, I love this team, solid floor guys, and SBs and AVG…

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: yeah, definitely need some sagnof help. which two do you like from here? dolis, kennedy, crick, wittgren, fairbanks, bush and sims.

        thanks!

        • Grey

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          Dolis, Bush

  104. Joe says:
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    If Isiah Kisner-Felefa has C eligibility and I can very unfairly use him at that position where would you put him in overall top 20 catchers? Steamers likes his steal potential!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around 8th

  105. Thurman says:
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    drafted this team last night… thoughts? 12-team 5×5 h2h league with obp/s+h

    C. Isiah Kiner-Falefa
    1B. Miguel Sano
    2B. Ketel Marte
    SS. Adalberto Mondesi
    3B. Yoan Moncada
    CI. Matt Chapman
    MI. Xander Bogaerts
    OF. Mike Trout
    OF. Ramon Laureano
    OF. Raimel Tapia
    OF. Trey Mancini
    UT. Ke’bryan Hayes
    UT. Rowdy Tellez
    BN. Jared Walsh

    SP. Blake Snell
    SP. Kenta Maeda
    SP. Jesus Luzardo
    SP. Kevin Gausman
    SP. Chris Paddack
    SP. John Means
    SP. Tyler Mahle
    SP. Griffin Canning
    SP. Nathan Eovaldi
    SP. Dane Dunning
    RP. Richard Rodriguez
    RP. Aaron Bummer
    RP. Stefan Crichton
    RP. Andres Munoz
    RP. Tony Gonsolin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look low on power, and high on speed…Not sure why you took Tapia and Laureano if you had Mondesi…Your pitching looks solid, I like it a lot

      • Thurman says:
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        yeahhh those 2 were around a period where there was no one that i really liked at all. trying to work on some trades to get some more power. we’ll see.

        • Grey

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          Yup

  106. leon says:
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    16 man dynasty. 6×6. walks counting stats.

    Shogo Akiyama is a FA. wondering if hes worth picking up and stashing. i liked him, but obviously playing time has lost his value.

    • Grey

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      Sure, if you have room

  107. Drew says:
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    I just dealt Eloy (8th rd value, 3 years left) for Andrew Vaughn (20th rd value, 4 years left. Thoughts?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Sounds decent

      • Drew says:
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        Was hesitant to move Eloy, but I felt the value was there. Thank you again!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  108. Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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    12 team, 5×5 roto

    Hey Grey,

    I just finished my draft – how’d my team turn out? I think I’m light on speed and maybe average? Xander fell to pick #42 so I took him even though that left me with 2 shortstops. Thanks for the great content and info throughout the site!

    C- Kelly
    1B- Olson
    2B- Muncy
    3B- Devers
    SS- Story
    OF- Bellinger
    OF- Laureano
    OF- Santander
    UTIL- Bogaerts
    BN- Solak
    BN- Kyle Lewis

    SP- Woodruff, Ryu, Sonny, Means, Eovaldi
    RP- Karinchak, Holland, Pagan, Gallegos, Wittgren

  109. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just had my draft tonight and think I did pretty damn good. I had keepers on Xander and Adalberto Mondesi. And then I took Lindor with my first pick…. and then I just couldn’t help myself when Tim Anderson was there in the fifth round!

    So now I have 4 top-10 SS with only three slots for them to occupy: SS, IF and UTIL.

    As my team currently stands, I am pretty balanced on offense with a lot of speed/avg guys as well as a couple big boppers. I’m going to try to trade at least one of my SS for a solid SP.

    I know it’s somewhat of a loaded question, but if you had to trade one of them, who would it be? It’s worth mentioning that with the keeper rules in my league, if I kept Mondesi again next year, he’d replace my second round pick – which as of now I don’t think is worth doing.

    So I’m leaning toward Mondesi being the odd man out… let me know what ya think! Btw, 12-team H2H with QS.

    Thanks!

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