Our 2019 Razzball leagues are in full signup mode. Today, I’m in dress-down mode.  Casually coming for you in the middle of the night, wearing nothing but slippers and a multicolored housecoat that’s half open so you can see the family jewels while I apply my Ambi.  Here’s what Grey thinks about you (repeat 17x).  I’m about to blow my top as I let my aggravation Michael Bublé over.  If you’re clutching pearls like Barbara Bush’s hologram, you’re better off looking at cute pet pics on Instagram, because I’m sharpening my pointer fingers, i.e., the fingers that I use to type!  I am the Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it) and I’ve come for your children!  See, because blog writing doesn’t pay so well, I’ve taken a second job as a bus driver, so I’m literally here for your kids.  Like a baller!  A shot caller!  An “I’m outside of Hot Topic at the maller!”  Now let’s open a window and defenestrate ESPN’s 2019 fantasy baseball rankings.  To the tune of Ice Cube’s No Vaseline (NSFW, unless you work in Ice Cube’s production office):

 

[Verse 1: Grey Albright]

ESPN, I’m glad y’all dropped those rankings,
Now in my leagues vs. you I can hand out spankings.
You thought you were cool wit’ the Correas and Rizzos,
Now you figured out Jo-Ram a year late like straight Bozos,
Filmin’ those videos in Bristol,
Above your head with Whit Merrfield is a toe of mistle,
If the Rockies signed him, you’d be in on CarGo,
Now I’m makin’ all the dough.
ESPN’s Top 300?  Who ya foolin’?
Seein’ ya rank Severino in the top 40 is gruelin’.
You deserve all this flak,
In your top 50 is The Greek God of Hard Contact.
Your top RP is Kenley?
When you were supposed to learn your lesson you were at Friendly’s.
Most action ya get is from a nurse’s, “Cough,”
Lookin’ like a superstar from Krofft.
Just one life-sized biscuit.
What’s your name again, Triscuit?
Cause you’re gettin’ done by a white boy,
With no Vaseline, who occasionally says, “Oy.”

There’s so many straight whothunkits in ESPN’s rankings, I don’t even know where to begin.  Is it at all surprising Jose Ramirez is ranked 3rd this year for them?  Last year, I told anyone who would listen to draft him.  This year, they’re saying that.  It’s like they have Jose Canseco’s time machine.  Yo, you guys sure you have it set for 2019?  Is it shocking they have J.D. Martinez 4th this year?  Last year, I told you to draft Just Dong at 15th overall when they had him at 31st overall.  What changed?  Oh, yeah, he had a good season.  Now I know why they charge for the ESPN Hindsighter, that shizz is 20/20.  Or maybe it’s 20/40 like what they must be expecting from Whit Merrifield who they have ranked 32nd overall and above Blake Snell — apples/oranges, sure, but, I mean, can you imagine drafting Whit Merrifield before Blake Snell?  Seriously, can you? — Whit Merrifield is before Andrew Benintendi?  I will now cackle like a hyena for 15 minutes.  Whit Merrifield before Cody Bellinger, Rhys Hoskins and Bogaerts?  I got one long word for you:  Duuuuuuuuuuuuuumb.  Their top reliever is Kenley Jansen.  Did Big Pharma take over ESPN and heart surgeries is a category in their leagues?  They have Adalberto Mondesi ranked after the top 100, saying Aaron Hicks is more valuable.  They are so crumby with crackers in their head a Roomba sees them and is like, “Nah, you don’t pay me enough.”

[Verse 2: Grey Albright]

Cut my stache? Naw, cut Votto, all he does is take balls,
And I heard you like to give up the drawers,
For every Phillie player and their manager, fella.
Trevor Bauer is the new Bob Feller.
I see you giving up the dollar bills,
With your auction values for Phils.
So don’t believe what Klara Bell says, cuz,
He’s going out in the 8th with Seranthony Hopkins Dominguez.
I hear Samardzija got a WHIP for ya, homey,
Go ahead and act like you don’t know me,
What size is that cardigan? It ain’t a man’s,
You should hit up Dapper Dan’s,
Too bad you’re Mitch Green,
Go ahead with Tommy Pham and no vaseline.

Last year I told you to avoid Clayton Kershaw because they ranked him in the top 10 overall.  Yeah, well, no dur.  This year they’re only telling you to draft him in the top 30 overall.  Seriously, they’re giving me a migraine.  Also, before Blake Snell.  I mean, are they mentally off in the coconut?  Is this a jizzoke?  An elaborate prank?  What on this green earth that Al Gore cherishes so much is going on?  I’ll tell you straight up:

THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU!  Yahoo’s got its problems, but they show their work.  Here’s how ESPN thinks:  Players that are known commodities they rank high.  They rank to avoid the least amount of waves.  Case in point, I told you to draft Acuña 67th overall last year, they told you 155th overall.  This year, they have Acuña ranked 18th overall.  Still, way too low, but as more people found out about Acuña, they moved him up.  Last year, they were too low on Aaron Nola and Trevor Bauer, as I told you.  This year, they’re slightly too high on them.  What changed?  The general public started hearing about them.  Last year, I told you to draft Charlie Morton 133 spots before ESPN, so what changed this year?  More people now know about him.  Are they worried about Morton’s injury?  Don’t worry, they don’t get in the weeds about that kind of stuff.  This year, they have Robles, Bader, Eloy and Travis Shaw insanely low.  Because these are not household names.  They have all of these guys after Robinson Cano.  Cano is ranked simply because people have heard of him.  Same with Votto, Altuve, Gleyber, Greinke, and more.  They rank players based on how well-known the players are in real life.  You really telling me Greinke and his 88 MPH fastball should be ranked above Strasburg, Paxton or Clevinger to name just three?  That is ludicrous!  *phone rings*  “Hello?  My Life Alert triggered an alarm because my blood pressure is at ‘life-threatening?’  Okay, but ESPN has Madison Bumgarner above German Marquez!  AHHH!!!”

[Verse 3: Grey Albright]

I never had dinner with the President!
I never had dinner with the President!
I never had dinner with the President!
Stop tryin’ to make Joey Votto relevant!

Recently, I saw this about Triscuit that made me throw my computer out the window (which is why I’m at an Internet Cafe):

Historically, across all players, across all leagues, across all planets, former and current, even gee-dee Pluto, the average, uh, batting average on line drives is .670.  Joey Votto is turning 36 years old this year.  Is it not expected for him to possibly, I don’t know, slow down a bit?  Hmm, let’s see, his exit velocity last year was 88 MPH, good for 231st overall, tied with Jake Lamb and Jason Heyward.  Sweet!  So, Votto had 127 line drives last year, 82 went for hits to have a .647 average.  Therefore, if Votto were to hit the average on line drives of .670, that’s how many more hits vs. his .647 average?  Three!  Wow, amazing!  For Votto to have a .720 batting average on line drives last year as was his norm when he was younger, it would’ve meant nine extra hits!  Nine extra hits is not even worth mentioning, and should not be the basis for anyone to be excited about anyone.  This reminds me of the 70’s wanted posters in the Ted Bundy Tapes docu-series on Netflix.  On the wanted posters, they show Ted Bundy’s face and his fingerprints.  Sure, the fingerprints were accurate, but how were they helpful in any way to identifying Ted Bundy?  Not like you’re going up to people and saying, “Hey, can I see your fingerprints, I got a hunch about you.”  Same with mentioning batting average with line drives.  Sure, it’s accurate, but how is it helpful?  This is as good as any reason to be suspicious of ESPN; they’re throwing out stats like they mean something when they don’t.  George should change his name to the Stan of Sultan, and Triscuit is more like the Sultana of Stat since he’s raisin’ the roof for Joey freakin’ Votto.

Now on the less-Ice Cube tip, here’s a chart of the biggest values from ESPN to me (Thank you!) and the players that ESPN overrates (No thank you!).  A small note, since I did this chart a few days ago, ESPN has already adjusted their rankings, so some of these might be a little off, but it goes to show you the influence I’m having on them.  They so shook, y’all!

THANK YOU

Player Grey’s Ranking ESPN’s Ranking Overall Difference
Ronald Acuna 5 18 13
Javier Baez
8 17 9
Bryce Harper
11 23 12
Trevor Story
15 24 9
Adalberto Mondesi 20 106 86
Andrew Benintendi
22 35 13
Rhys Hoskins
23 43 20
George Springer 29 54 25
Ozzie Albies
33 51 18
Jose Peraza
42 101 59
David Dahl
51 89 38
Jack Flaherty
55 83 28
Mike Clevinger
57 80 23
German Marquez 59 134 75
Joey Gallo 62 129 67
Travis Shaw
69 112 43
Max Muncy
71 165 94
Matt Olson
72 98 26
Victor Robles
83 127 44
Eloy Jimenez 84 149 65
Domingo Santana 105 248 143
Tyler Glasnow
111 291 180
Shane Bieber
115 203 88
Nathan Eovaldi 147 250 103
Nick Pivetta 165 230 65
Andrew Heaney 166 221 55
Daniel Palka
182 Unranked
Cedric Mullins
192 259 67
David Fletcher
243 Unranked

NO THANK YOU

Player Grey’s Ranking ESPN’s Ranking Overall Difference
Jose Ramirez
12 3 9
J.D. Martinez
13 4 8
Max Scherzer
19 6 13
Jose Altuve 21 12 9
Jacob deGrom
26 13 13
Clayton Kershaw 75 29 46
Whit Merrifield
68 32 36
Luis Severino
74 39 35
Noah Syndergaard
73 45 28
Gleyber Torres
110 46 64
Nicholas Castellanos 79 47 32
Kenley Jansen
97 48 49
Lorenzo Cain 94 50 44
Joey Votto
132 52 80
Tommy Pham 118 55 63
Matt Carpenter 124 70 54
Madison Bumgarner
133 99 34
Buster Posey 259 140 119
Jose Martinez 387 167 220
  1. Aklang says:
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    Whoah, thought maybe your head exploded after where guys went in labr mixed last night. Rudy got mondesi in the 4th round. Yum.

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      @Aklang: Whit Merrifield????

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Fungazi 2.0: Don’t love Merrifield, don’t think he drafted him tho

        • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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          @Grey: No, but Merrifield did go in the 2nd before every guy you mentioned in that part of the post.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Well, I don’t want him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aklang: YUM! Love it!

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Wow, fantasy rap orgy today!! Great stuff, man.

    a. Could you rank in a CBS points league (which penalizes for strike outs and gives points for walks, 1 pt for each TB, run and RBI) the following 4? I want to shore up the Utility position.

    1. Devers (owned)
    2. Puig (have a waiver wire transaction open, taking him and dropping Devers, will know Thursday at 02h00 EST if accepted)
    3. Eloy (available)
    4. Sunday Santana (available)

    b. Best John Lennon quote ever for February 13

    Reporter: ‘Radio fans want to know, what do you plan to do when the bubble bursts?’ [This was in 1964 when they just embarked on their US 25 concerts in 30 days tour]

    Lennon: ‘We’re gonna have a laugh.’

    c. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote of the day for February 13

    1. The gold-plated typewriter of Ian Fleming used for the James Bond series will be auctioned off May 5th. Though in perfect condition, it does have one flaw. When you hit the carriage return, it fires a fishing spear through your head.

    2. Well, Singer Willie Nelson was arrested recently in Texas for marijuana possession. Saw the charges against him dropped this week. A judge ruled that the arrest had been illegal because police didn’t have probable cause to search his car for pot. How about the fact he’s Willie Nelson.

    3. This week in New Jersey, Paddy a 4-month old pit bull, who had beaten senseless by his owner, was given a new home. While his former owner serves 2 weeks in prison for the beating, veterinarians say that it will take 4-6 weeks until Paddy is fully recovered and ready to eat babies again.

    4. Well the magazine POV came out with the best and worst jobs to have in the next century. The three best were (in this order) – multi-media software designer, management consultant and interactive advertising executive – while their worst for the third year in a row – crack whore!

    5. Troubles continue for Senator Alfonse D’Amato, a week after offending many Japanese Americans with his impression of Judge Lance Ito. The Senator is in a New York hospital complaining of mild chest pains this week. Attending physician Dr Hikuru Akosake examined the Senator and found nothing serious then performed a 6-hour rectal exam just to be sure.

    6. A bad week for the prosecution in the O.J. Simpson trial. Under intense cross-examination by defense lawyer Barry Scheck, LAPD Crime Expert Dennis Fung admitted that he may have contaminated the crime scene when he accidentally dropped a big bucket full of O.J.’s DNA.

    7. Dismissed Simpson juror Denise Harris revealed in interviews this week that the jury is torn by dissension and is already divided into 2 camps – those who think he is guilty and those who are really, really stupid.

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Bobby Bailor says:
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        Thanks for the Norm’isms, Ante.
        All seven jokes are classics !
        A great way to start the day.. Cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. Puig, Eloy, Domingo B. Ha C. 2 Ha

      • Gonzo says:
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        @Grey: Your dismissal of Devers after heralding him after the playoffs makes me sad! I traded Jose Abreu and a high pick for him in AL-Only dynasty back in November after reading your excitement about him, then your rankings came out and made me feel uncertain. Did I make a big mistake with that trade?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m concerned about his GBs and lack of FBs… I hope I’m wrong, and some think I am (Ralph), who I respect

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            Also PT issues.

            Sorry to keep badgering you. I’m high on Laureano. Do you like him over any of the guys above (i.e., Puig/Eloj/Domingo)?

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Peacecoast says:
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              @Ante Galic: over domingo

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m high on Laureano too, but meh

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!!

                Thanks, mensch! I will stick with the Puig paradigm, he could be somewhere much better (like NY or BOS) by July 1 so there’s that. I will keep a monocle on Laureano, I have a serious man crush on Laureano the more I look at him. Just today I was looking at his baseball cube page. He graduated from college when he was 18! Yes, he was 18 in his junior year of college. He seems to me like a guy that will always have a high BABIP, he looks like .329/.400/.538, a la Rickey Henderson without the excess speed and without the attitude.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I will say this, if you Google ‘Ramon Laureano similar to Rickey Henderson’ there’s not gonna be a ton of results, but I do like Laureano

                  • Ante Galic says:
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                    @Grey: Grey!!

                    This is Laureano last season of being ‘unknown’ and ‘undrafted’. Period, period!

                    Cheers,
                    Ante

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I know, we’re on same page!

          • LenFuego says:
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            @Grey:

            Please do not tell anyone in my leagues, but Devers’ 2018 season was an auspicious one, not an inauspicious one.

            It is easy to forget just how young Devers is – he just turned 22 three months ago. Since 1901, only 15 times has an infielder at Devers’ age or younger had as many HRs (21) and SBs (5) as Devers did last season, and he did that in only 450 ABs. The batting average was not great at .240, but he had a career BABIP of .336 before last year and fell a full 55 points to .281. Sure, that may be due to his 2018 GB profile, but he had a handful of nagging injuries and is an extremely young and talented hitter who is still figuring things out.

            You know who is a year and a half older than Devers, and in three full MLB seasons (each with many more plate appearances than Devers had last year), has never hit as many HRs as Devers did last season, has less career SBs than Devers had just in 2018, and has a career MLB batting average indistinguishable from Devers’ (at .258 vs .254)? Nomar Mazara, who you have ranked at 81 vs Devers at 220. Wha whaa whaaaaaa? That, brucely, just seems silly.

            The piece de resistance is that he reported to spring training in the BEST SHAPE OF HIS LIFE!!!!! What don’t you understand about BSOHL?!?!? Heh.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, I wanna believe too! I just don’t fully, tbh

            • Gonzo says:
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              @LenFuego: You da man! I hope Grey is wrong for once, but your comment helped me feel much better :D

  3. JumpingJacks 4 in the morning says:
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    Thanks for all your help over the past 5 years!
    14 team League 5×6 Roto with Wins and QS
    I can keep 9 forever-
    Keeping: Freeman, Acuna, Albies, Dahl, Merrifield, Correa, Bauer
    I need to decide on the last 2 spots-
    Tim Anderson, Devers, Clevinger, McCullers, Wil Myers, Kyle Tucker, Aaron Hicks

  4. Max says:
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    Grey disses ESPN to Ice Cube’s No Vaseline? Effe the pleases. Gimme gimme gimme

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Max: Haha, thanks, Max!

  5. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    Hey Grey, did you see that pic of Jeter in ESPN’s “No Patience” article where he looks like Liev Schreiber? It’s weird. I never realized Jetere was a bad guy in an action movie. “I want results THIS SEASON!” Don Mattingly: “Yes sir, we’ll sign Sergio Romo immediately.”

  6. Crazy J says:
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    You will be happy to know that Yahoo has Ohtani pitcher ranked well above Ohtani the batter! DOH

  7. foul balls says:
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    I’m looking forward to joining a razzball league again this year. Ive noticed your high on mondesi, at round would you be looking to draft him..

    • Al KOHOLIC says:
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      @foul balls: if it’s a razzball league he is likely to go early around 20-30 based on Greys ranking

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @foul balls:

      haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @foul balls: Think you can take him in the 4th in most leagues

  8. your mom says:
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    Hi Grey!
    in a 20 team h2h keeper (keep 8)

    Please help me choose my 8 keepers from my team last year.
    Hitters:
    Machado
    Altuve
    Mondesi
    Devers
    Encarnacion
    Voit
    Pitchers:
    Paxton
    Clevinger
    Folty
    Gausman
    Edwin Diaz
    Treinen

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @your mom:

      Machado
      Altuve
      Mondesi
      Paxton
      Clevinger
      Folty
      Edwin Diaz
      Treinen

  9. Peacecoast says:
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    Did Big Pharma take over ESPN and heart surgeries is a category in their leagues?

    GOLD

  10. The Skrimmer says:
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    Coming back with the following: J. Abreu, Machado, T. Turner, Acuna, Harper, Judge, Margot, Buxton, Puig, Cole, R. Ray, Kimbrel…

    I believe the following players will be there for my first round pick:
    Bellinger, Bauer, Mondesi, Syndergaard, Carrasco.
    I have no pick rounds 2-4…I am leaning toward Bauer or Bellinger (in that order) with my first pick.
    How would you rank them?

  11. Bo says:
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    Thanks, Grey.

    Baseball Forecaster is surspringly high on Zack Greinke, even if he does not top 89 mph anymore. At the same time he is still racking up K’s and other great pitchers have been able to be successful without velocity after a certain age. Could you please explain your reservations about Greinke? Would you rather have Mike Clevinger or Jack Flaherty because of the higher average fastball velocity, although the track record is small?

    Best,

    Bo (Amsterdam)

    • bigbear says:
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      @Bo: IMO the case for Clevinger and Flaherty is as much based on the track record of the teams they are on at developing young arms as anything else. Those two did it in the MLB last year with great perf stats. Both have minor league support of their numbers.

      Greinke’s life cycle is limited at this point. You make a fair point on the wily aging vet. But velocity covers a multitude of sins. Yes, he could still post stud numbers, but that window is closing.

    • knucks says:
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      @Bo: Yes. That is why he ranked them as such.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bo: I go over guys in my rankings, I wouldn’t touch Greinke

  12. Theophylact the Unbearable says:
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    I stopped reading at the word “jizzoke” to ponder the physics of said word, and decided this post was good. No need to read further!

  13. Crime Dog says:
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    Haha yesss, I love putting ESPN on blast they are so awful. I think you hit the nail on the head by saying they rank based on name value. I give it another week before mondesi, muncy, peraza, etc. climb their rankings after they analyze yours.

  14. Tom says:
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    Well, well Mr.Grey apparently the ‘experts” in the mixed LABR agree much more so with ESPN and their rankings compared to yours. Except for a few outliers one would think most of those “experts” were using the ESPN rankings. I’m not implying that has any significance it’s my belief most of these so called “experts” are no better than the average drafter.
    Look at Sporer/Collette (Fangraphs) they took Pham at pick 45, their team usually stinks and I
    expect no different this year. Their rotation, Wheeler, Price, Musgrove, Sonny Gray, Weaver and Woodruff. With relievers Doolittle, Hicks and May. These are experts?

      • Tom says:
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        Still wondering, what are your thoughts on those guys in the mixed LABR drafting much closer to the ESPN rankings than yours in the two columns above?
        I mean if those ESPN rankings are really bad what does it say about those guys?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t want most of the teams that drafted there… A few of the teams are okay, not exactly how I would draft

          • Tom says:
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            Ok I get it, it’s harder to come down on “industry” brethren.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, have you read this post? I’m in a league with “Triscuit”

              • Tom says:
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                Well at least we all agree the fangraphs team sucks.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, they’re not good at fantasy

      • migdog says:
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        but brother that is based on your own projection system

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, of course… But Steamer is regularly the best projection system

  15. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    I don’t know Grey the visual of you sporting your jewelary in a house coat, slippers, a 55 gallon drum of vas-o-line and Barbara Bush with a Pearl Necklacel is quite enticing.

    I’m In.

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @Grey:

        Lol….lenny dysktra is clearly missunderstood.

        interesting old song called vaseline machine gun by Leo Kodkea guy if a quick picking 12 string player

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Whoa, your Youtube recommended videos are different than mine!

          • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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            @Grey:

            A little deliverence style entertainment.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, apparently

  16. Bterry says:
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    This list was so valuable to me two years ago before my 12 team keeper league went to a slow draft instead of online on espn. Now, NO ONE follows their rankings like the 10 years before. Now everyone in the league seems to draft good. Lol.

  17. Bterry says:
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    let’s talk about how ESPN decided to revamp their website and no don’t have such features as “trading block” or “transaction history”. Way to go Espn. Only site ever to update and lose features.

    • knucks says:
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      @Bterry: Yea we are having trouble figuring out how to trade draft picks in my keeper league. Looks like its not an option anymore?

      • rapscallion says:
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        @knucks: I’m in a keeper on ESPN too. I think at least one player has to be in a trade. So if you want to trade picks, you have to throw in somebody that can just be dropped.

      • Bterry says:
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        @knucks: my league boycotted that option last Year after we went kinda nuts on it the year before and he didn’t want to deal with it for offline draft. I will admit we did get a bit out of had and I had no picks in any of the teen rounds. Lol. Kept 2:2 picks up to a top ten round and 20’s. I think one guy ended up with 15 picks in the top ten rounds and it was over. Fun tho in an active league.

  18. bigbear says:
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    Me likey when you throw the big boxes under the bus! More mas, por favor!

    I tend to give them a pass on some of their pitcher rankings (like Scherzer is still a stud) because that’s the “industry norm.” But there’s no excuse for Kershaw and Jansen. They value the track record (i.e. floor) from years ago too much. Similar for the young guys, I’ll give a pass for Acuna, Baez, and even Story. The floor is a bit uncertain. But guys like Benitendi, Clevinger, Shaw, Muncy, Olson… No excuse.

    The only young player who hasn’t “broken out” they have ranked significantly higher than you is Gleyber Torres. I wonder what dark empirical influence is at work there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: I go over Gleyber in my rankings…. I think he’s headed for a sophomore slump… Also, Yanks have to play DJ

  19. The Great Knoche says:
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    ESPN is what tons of people use, and that’s ok by me.

    Sure Rudy will have an article, but his LABR seemed to go a little different than normal razz. DeGrom wasn’t what you thought to start off with I’m assuming?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @The Great Knoche:
      Rudy strategy is a bit different than grey.
      He did say on air he wished he took Rosario in the 7th then a closer instead of Ray.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @FrankGrimes: yeah I know but DeGrom at 12?

        • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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          @The Great Knoche: I thought that was an odd pick at first too, but after his second pick was Stanton which I would have thought he take first, the only way to get those two players would be in that order with the Fangraphs guys probably going to take DeGrom.

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Grey:
          And if Harper signs with Nats. Robles is useles.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That too, which I worry about with Rudy’s team

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              @Grey:

              Which pert drafts you in this year?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I think usual… CBS, Yahoo, Tout, RCL, NFBC

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Oh I’m doing that other acronym that I never get right, TFGBI, I think

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  @Grey: Is that like Thank God it’s Friday, but with Fantasy Baseball?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha, I always mess up the acronym, it’s like TGFBI or something

          • @FrankGrimes: robles is playing CF. it’s Eaton who is screwed if Harper gets resigned. but it certainly wouldn’t help Robles.

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              @Rudy Gamble:
              So Robles is top 20 OF?

              Hoskins in 4th is a steal no? Springer in the 5th?

              • yes, robles is a top 20 OF in my book. he’s projecting as a starling marte type – 10-15 HR / ~30 SB / .275. definitely some risk with him but preferable IMO at his price than other speed options that hurt in either AVG, Power or both.

                • FrankGrimes says:
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                  @Rudy Gamble:
                  Sweet. I’ll be targeting him then.

            • Vincent Vega says:
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              If Eaton is the odd man out, how would Nats signing Harper not help Robles?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Takes some ABs from Robles, Eaton won’t be benched indefinitely

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Nah, I wasn’t expecting deGrom, don’t think he was either… He wanted Trea/Stanton, but Trea was taken, then we discussed Story/Stanton… But when deGrom was there he decided to go big SP then wait until Ray… Team’s still decent

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I liked how the staff ended up, and its balanced, he doesnt have to worry about chasing SBs, and hopefully Murphy balances the potential BA issues with Mondesi and Odor. Could be a little light on power/RBI

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That was his thought, I believe… Murphy balances Mondesi and Rendon balances Stanton

    • yup. will write it up and grey/I always disagree on SP1 value. some of it is comfort level. if you compare my picks vs a more traditional round 1 bat / round 3 SP, you are trading DeGrom/Rendon for Altuve/Corbin. i felt confident in drafting SB/AVG so I’m happy w/ the DeGrom/Rendon end. if DeGrom is off the board or, say, Trea Turner fell to 12, I’d have gone Turner/Stanton/Corbin which, assuming Rendon doesn’t make it back to me, would’ve made for a tougher 4th pick b/c my two faves would’ve doubled me up at SS (Mondesi, Segura)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Don’t know why you’re trading them for Altuve/Corbin tho… I’m not drafting Altuve instead of deGrom

  20. Natty Boh says:
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    True Story alert: Most podcast I jump ahead the first 10 mins b/c they only talk about non-sense. However, I thoroughly enjoy your opening stories, the 70 year old vixen living next door….priceless!

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: I’ve actually thought that it’d be awesome to have 2 podcasts. Just extend the first 10 minutes to an hour and do another baseball one separate. I love the Grey stories! Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  21. JM says:
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    I’m trying to figure out why everyone is so low on Bumbgardner?

    He’s only 29, his injuries have all seemed to be of the freak rather than chronic variety, and he was pretty solid down the stretch last year.

    I had him in mind as a buy-low bounceback type guy…what am I missing on him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JM: His K-rate is in the dumpster and his velocity has fallen off

      • JM says:
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        @Grey: those are pretty good reasons…

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @JM:

          Plus grey is a Giant hater haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s worth ignoring him for those reasons

    • LenFuego says:
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      @JM:

      JM, I suggest you do what I am going to do: pay very close attention to reports of his fastball velocity in spring training. Almost all his lowered ranking is based on losing velocity, and if he shows that he has recovered a significant portion of his velocity (and there is definitely a chance he could), he could be a value pick at where he is going.

      That said, there is another reason besides lower velocity to be down on Bummy – the Giants lineup is atrocious, so you cannot count on him picking up many Ws. Right now, their projected lineup is Duggar, Panik, Posey, Belt, Longoria, Crawford, Williamson, Parra. (Excuse me, I just threw up a little in my mouth.)

  22. Peacecoast says:
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    In an RCL with a 1400 innings limit how do you make sure not to go over the limit with all the streaming you can do on a daily waiver system? Does fantrax show you a projected innings you will hit as the season goes on?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Peacecoast: There’s so much streaming going on because people are only carrying 2-4 starters.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yes, this

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Remember, Peace, I say draft 6 SPs, but by May I’ve dropped at least 2 of them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: It didn’t show projected innings last year, which was a bummer… I actually used Yahoo for that… It’s hard to get to 1400 IP with streaming and say 3 SPs… If you luck into a solid 5 SPs, then maybe you can get there… It’s a lot of innings

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: But you wanna try and max it right for W and K?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you have to try to get to 1400 IP

          • Peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: you’re right Tilly’s husband is amazingly done. Who is that guy?

            oh wow just heard from league mate on a trade. I give Carpenter round 8 and Eloy round 20 for Story in round 8. Go for it right?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Go for it

              • Peacecoast says:
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                @Grey: I’m also giving Erod in 28 and Peralta in 20 and Yates in 20 (S+H league) but I wasn;t keeping any of them anyway

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, sounds fine

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, and yeah, the husband guy is incredible

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Peacecoast: There’s a estimated IP tracker on one of the tabs that shows what pace you are at. Granted, it was incorrect last year, but it’s better than nothing.

  23. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    i like the comparison to espn i always do the same with the CBS rankings it is a pain because you have to parse out all the names but it is worth it you usually find a couple bargains .

    CBS analysts are usually pretty far from you rankings …one is the worst i wont mention any names but itSnot white

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Yeah, CBS is a little bonkers with their rankings… Last week they said their biggest bust candidate was Howie Kendrick…. Same Kendrick who doesn’t have a starting job and is currently undrafted

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @Grey:

        It makes it alot easier to draft alot of people take those ranking to especially after the fist few rounds and there are lots of bargains laying around.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True

    • knucks says:
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      @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: I listen to the CBS pods, mostly because they do them so often and I need fantasy baseball in my ears. But its always blown my mind how much they think people prefer points leagues. Those leagues drive me insane. I’ll never play in one again, maybe I’m in the minority. But it seems to be the go to with CBS leagues, so most of their rankings/commentary is skewed. So I just keep that in mind while listening. One or two of those hosts can easily get on my nerves though, so I’ll often turn it on, then turn it off 5 minutes into it.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        “in my ears”– haha!

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @knucks: It’s a decent podcast. But their player rankings are shitty. I play in a CBS league and their draft room rankings are so dumb I don’t know why.

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @knucks:

        The points leagues are ok i’m sure some people like them because they are simple. But i don’t it is any kind of majority.

  24. Wass says:
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    Oh man, that Votto tweet is hilarious. ESPN always pulls the most random stats to prove a point that is normally total trash. Did you see the top 300 points league rankings? The guy has Snell at 119!!! (it was 133 2 weeks ago). For comparison sake, Kershaw is 39.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wass: 119?! Cmon. Seriously?

      • Wass says:
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        @Grey:
        Yeah Espn top 300 h2h points rankings. SP18, 119 overall. Incredible.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That is legitimately crazy — I’d guess it’s 2018

          • Wass says:
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            @Grey: It’s dated 2019! Jo ram is 3 so no way its 2018. I have no clue why its off so much. I’d link it but I dont think you click links right?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t know, man, that is crazy tho

  25. Matty says:
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    Thanks for these posts- they’re invaluable every year for my drafts on each of the respective sites. I’ve found that many of my leaguemates default to the rankings that come with the draft platform and this helps to find value.
    It does bring me to the existential crisis of Razzball- how many leaguemates should I be directing here? I know you’ll get that yacht-money more quickly from clickthrus if I tell everyone, but it’s cool if I just share this with the bottom half of the league, and refresh the page a few dozen times a day to account for the teams that I’ve kept quiet about Razzball to because they’re not permanent cellar dwellers, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Cellar dwellers is a positive for fantasy baseballers, because we live in our mom’s basements

      • Matty says:
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        @Grey: And I wear sweatpants all day!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kindred spirits!

  26. Andrew says:
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    Hey Grey!
    I’m in a 12 team h2h keeper (keep 6)

    Please help me choose my 6 keepers from my team last year.
    R,RBI,HR, OPS,-W,S,ERA,WHIP,K/9
    Hitters:
    Matt Olson
    Ozzie Albies
    Travis Shaw
    Aaron Judge
    Christian Yelich
    Victor Robles
    Pitchers:
    Jacob deGrom

    Let me know. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew: 6 of 7? Forget Olson or Robles… Prolly would forget Olson for Robles’ upside

  27. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    My personal fav is Villar + Tim Anderson OVER Mondesi (all are over pick 100).

    I know I was pitching Villar as a great comp to Mondesi, but that’s because of the relative price, not if they’re both available just after pick 100!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s bonkers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I mean, can you imagine?

  28. BJFOHOHL says:
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    Almost finished season 3 of Vikings. I’ve really enjoyed it. I don’t know what commenter was in on it but he was right. That shizz is fun. They don’t beat around the barbara bush with the story either with boring talky talk episodes. They get after it and move it along. I hate to admit it but I’m starting to enjoy it more than Last Kingdom.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really? Wow, okay, I’ll try it after I’m done with Suburra, which I would not recommend

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: and the women are better looking in it too. There are a few actors you’ll know

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I kinda liked the nun in LK

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            What’s wrong with me

            • BJFOHOHL says:
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              @Grey: who didn’t wanna take her out to the rectory

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Sounds like rectory, but…

                • BJFOHOHL says:
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                  @Grey: seriously the women are significantly hotter in Vikings

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I will def have to watch now!

                • FrankGrimes says:
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                  @BJFOHOHL: @Grey:

                  We can’t start hailing the Vikings already when TLK has not received enough praise haha. It’s far superior!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    TLK was excellent… I’ll be arbiter on Vikings

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      @Grey: a few times I caught the pre show re-cap and that was hard to watch. Made the show seem really cheesy

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      For what? TLK? Cmon

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      @Grey: yes for TLK. Did you watch the recaps?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, they didn’t bother me… I liked them actually, I am Uhtred, son of Uhtred!

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      @Grey: Just you wait til you watch Vikings

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You said it was good!

            • Peacecoast says:
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              @Grey: no I did too. I was praying they wouldn’t tank the story and make Uhtred hook up with her.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha, but she was a warrior for a minute, he had a chance… Plus, at that point in time priests could marry, so maybe it was different for nuns too

    • Wass says:
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      @BJFOHOHL: Thanks for backing me up hahaha It’s my favorite, pretty intense, lots of action and not too many filler episodes. Someone several days ago mentioned it slows down in season 4 or 5, don’t totally remember, which is true but it still is very good all the way through. I’m planning on rewatching it once I finish Gomorra and TLK.

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Wass: Ragnars first wife is the perfect woman

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d even take Uhtred’s witch

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            The seer or skank?
            The seer was the best and the kings daughter was second ha.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The skank!

        • Wass says:
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          @BJFOHOHL: Completely agree!!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You’re liking Gomorra, right?

        • Wass says:
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          @Grey: Gomorra is great! I’m 3 episodes in. The Alessio scene was hilarious. I think Imma is about to start running things and its getting intense. I’m hoping Ciro gets a bigger role.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Just you wait!

            • Wass says:
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              @Grey: I’m hyped!! I have a free weekend so chances of me binging season 1 are high haha

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Nice!

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Wass:

            The Immortal!

            • Wass says:
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              @FrankGrimes: He’s a beast already just 3 episodes in imo!

  29. HotStove Heater says:
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    Yo G

    Dynasty OBP league

    I offered the Trout owner Correa, Thor and Robles.

    Is that to much? Should I be asking for something else back in return?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  30. Hot Rod

    Hot Rod says:
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    WAR ROOM UPDATE: I plan to work on the excel version of the war room. Should be out before end of February.

    Last year someone took on the task of the preliminary data for War Room tab itself – ie. organizing the lists of players per Grey’s tiers as raw data. This really saved me some time so I could fix conditional formatting and other tinkering instead of inputting all the tiers. Any takers? Can’t recall who did it for 2018 but thanks again, it really saved me some time!

    If I could have this by Feb 20th, that would be terrific. Comment as a reply so that we don’t have duplicate keeners working on it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Hot Rod!

    • knucks says:
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      @Hot Rod: It was me. I’ll take care of it over the weekend prob. Will hit you up via email next week.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks, guys!

      • Hot Rod

        Hot Rod says:
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        @knucks: Yes of course it was you Knucks, thanks again for last year! Email is same as before, talk to you soon

  31. knucks says:
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    In the throes of my 12 team NFBC squad… I see that n your 1B ranks, you didn’t rank Choi (because he isn’t eligible yet). I am about to grab Nathaniel Lowe momentarily. It sounds like without Bauers around, he could be in-line for some ABs and could have an impact in 2019. I know nothing about prospects, but I see Mike has him ranked around #60ish, so not like I’m expecting the world. But some ABs this late in my draft could be impactful. Just thought I’d share.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Left the word *drafting* out of that first sentence there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Choi is ranked in my top 500… Maybe on Lowe, not sure…Rudy has him for 248 ABs

      • @Grey: the rays have a logjam at a number of positions. i like lowe but someone out of wendle+pham+meadows will need to get hurt for significant playing time. nice handcuff for one of those guys in late rounds of deep draft.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  32. matt says:
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    standard roto 5&5 22 team league…trade offer Mikolas at 21$ for Muncy at 31$ and royce Lewis m/l…which side do you like….thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither for that $? I guess hold… $31 is a lot for Muncy

  33. Beni & The Betts says:
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    Hey Grey any insight into how I should be forming my team within the scope of my particular league settings would be super helpful.

    16T – 9×9 – 10SP – 3 adds/week

    Is a 5/5 split within the first 10 rounds SP overkill? Given the depth of league, SP max, and the limited ability to stream.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds bit high for SPs quantity, but I would go higher on SPs quality

  34. Five-on-One says:
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    Hi. Don’t know if you (Grey) used an older version of ESPN’s rankings, but a bunch of the ESPN rankings you cite are not the same as ESPN’s current cheat sheets (last updated January 22), which would result in the rankings being closer together.

    Acuna: current ESPN ranking 12
    Baez: 13
    Harper: 26
    Story: 19
    Mondesi 78
    Benni: 24
    Springer: 45
    Flaherty: 71
    Gallo: 107
    Muncy: 128

    Well, you get the picture.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They moved stuff yesterday or today then bc I wrote this on Monday

  35. Zeus says:
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    Grey

    What are your thoughts on the As rotation.? One of those schmohawks is going to have a great year and some of them should be usable at home. I’m just not sure who are the ones to own.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Does one have to? I don’t mind Fiers and Luzardo for price

  36. mcmi11ions says:
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    Happy end of the offseason Grey. Congrats on the house! As always I’m loving the content you and the crew are putting out there for us and I appreciate every word you publish. Having 2nd thoughts on a keeper though after reading your ranks, Luis Severino. 12 team mixed, everyone keeps 10 players. The only other SP I was holding onto was German Marquez. I could hold Blake Treinen instead. Thoughts? I know in the top 500, you have Blake about 20 spots higher…it’s just that SP vs. RP SAGNOF thing I’m hung up on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know, tough call tbh… I could see sucking it up and going Severino too since it’s a keeper

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  37. Zach says:
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    Hey Grey, Will you ever do an auction draft write up? Or a dynasty keeper write up? Just wondering! Thanks

  38. matt says:
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    Grey..I have Nelson as a possible keeper at 10$ or Mikolas at 21$ but you don’t seem keen on either at that price so I could trade Nelson for Palka at 5$ but another site has him platooning even though you like him alot…standard 5&5 22 team league…which do you prefer….thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re not great prices, no… I like Palka, otherwise Mikolas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, listening now

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Might have a few more.

        How’s your kick game been?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just yesterday I bought me somes new On Cloud kicks, which is kinda sad, but they’re comfortable…. How about you?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Those are dope, I might have to cope thems

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: Boom. Do I know my Grey or what?!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You know your Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  39. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey!

    Great post and helpful to get some value on the draft. I’m a in a keeper where you get to keep 10 players and I have Trout. Would you consider my Trout, Rizzo and Rendon for his Acuna, Bregman, Mondesi and Verlander?

    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How deep is this league? It’s pretty solid considering you’re sending away Trout

      • LG Baseball says:
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        @Grey: ok thanks. Huge fan of Acuna so it would be nice to grab him. it’s a 10 team H2H league. My team is defending champ and relatively stacked with Betts, Baez, Hoskins and Trea but always looking to upgrade.

        LG

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds sexy!

  40. MisforMookie says:
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    Hi Grey-

    Nearly time to pick keepers in my league that I absolutely dominated last year, thanks to your (and the rest of Razzball’s) help. League is 12 team Yahoo 6×6 roto (adding OPS, replacing SV with SV+H, and adding QS). Starters are 1 each infield spot, 3 OF, 2 Util, 3SP, 2RP, 4P, and 5 bench.

    I can keep 3 players, for up to 3 years.

    My best eligible keepers in order of your rankings are:
    2- Betts
    4- Acuna
    15- Story
    17- Goldschmidt (can only keep thru this year)
    20- Mondesi
    22- Beni (can only keep through this year)
    24- Soto
    28- Rizzo (can only keep thru this year)
    36- Rendon
    44- Bauer
    48- Corbin
    57- Clevinger

    Betts and Acuna must be locks, then I see a little more of a toss-up due to various factors (injury history, age, unproven, only keep 1 more year/runs heavy, I’m a huge Red Sox fan and want to keep Beni…). Also if I go Betts/Acuna/Beni I can have my outfield done, with runs/steals/avg in a great place, then draft HR/RBI CIs in the first round or two before going for pitchers…anyway, your thoughts, as always, are appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts, Acuna, Story

  41. Salvatore Grieco says:
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    mlb.com projects mondesi with 22 homers and 43 sbs and has him ranked 86th.. how does that add up haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, it doesn’t

  42. The Dude says:
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    5×5 Roto w/ OBP and QS instead of AVG and W – Keep 5

    My current keepers are:
    Baez – $9
    Acuna – $19
    Bauer – $15
    Muncy – $10

    5th is between:
    Harper – $50
    Marquez – $10
    Rendon – $31
    Rizzo – $41

    I’m pretty solid on my top 4 keepers, but not pleased with my options for the 5th. I’ve been offered the following
    My: Bauer $15
    for
    His: Mondesi $10 and Clevinger $13 + $3 for upcoming draft

    I know you’re high on Mondesi, but his OBP is awful and I already have an OBP hole in Baez, so I’m concerned this deal doesn’t actually put me in a better position going into the draft. Thoughts?
    Thanks, as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, just keep German

  43. tbill87 says:
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    Grey, do you ever compare your rankings to the NFBC ADP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t, tb

  44. Old School Brother says:
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    Had a good watercooler talk with a coworker about Bubly. I told her Cranberry and Gfruit are legit, but I can’t stomach Raspberry and Peach, tastes too soapy. She said no… its not soap… more of a sensi taste. You know those scented waxes? Now all i can think about is the thought of my coworker drinking liquid sensi wax… that’s hot.

    Great article by the way, I still play in two ESPN leagues and these help me dominate them year after year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I don’t want to overstate things, but your co-worker wants to sleep with you

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Green Apple Bubly. And Coworker sex.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          *shakes can of grapefruit seltzer wildly, sprays co-worker in face* This is awesome, right?

  45. Rabbit says:
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    Keeper question for Grey and the rest of you all: 5×5 roto league with OBP and K/9 replacing the standard AVG and Ks. Auction league, $260, 5 keepers. I’m keeping JoRam ($16), Giancarlo ($16), Acuna ($16–yeah weird $16 trend) and Mondesi ($1). Trying to determine my fifth keeper among Matt Chapman ($1), German Marquez ($), Clevinger ($1) and Wil Myers ($7). Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Clevinger

      • Rabbit says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, Rabbit

  46. Son

    Son says:
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    Ha! You’re the best, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You sound like Cougs when she wants something from me, what do you want, Son?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Grey: A mustache to caress. This peach fuzz that I need to shave once a month ain’t doing it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I will donate facial hair to you

          • Son

            Son says:
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            @Grey: You’s got a dirty mouth, so not sure I’d want those follicles. But…new business idea. Razzball presents Stache weaves.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I would do it for Charity

              • Son

                Son says:
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                @Grey: You are truly a man of the people

  47. Wally Pipp says:
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    when is your first big draft that you are excited about?

    • Wally Pipp says:
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      @Wally Pipp: just had a great idea… you live stream one of your drafts and link it here, and talk out- the rational behind the picks, why others picks are good and bad, use the war room, make jokes ect…

      poker players do it, live stream themselves playing online poker. idk how. you can make it so the audience sees your monitor but also it has a feed of you in the corner. youtube a doug polk poker video for example.

      would be sick!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I like that idea!

        • Wally Pipp says:
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          @Grey: make it happen i bet its easy af

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Prolly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Excited for all drafts… We need to start an NFBC draft with Razzballers

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Save a spot for grimes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grimey!

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            Haha why I always be too late for the NFBC ones.

  48. Rookie of the year says:
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    Dynasty league H2H, guy who has Acuna is offering him for my Trout. What type of player/combo is needed to be added to Acuna to make Trout expandable?

    Another top 50 player, top 100, top 10 prospect?

    Thanks in advance, you da man!

    • Grey

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      Another top 50 player or top 10 prospect, easily

  49. Brandon Kabat says:
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    This is the exact reason I read, follow your advice, and win my leagues. Thanks for articles like this Grey. Everyone I do leagues with (co-workers/family) follow ESPN/Yahoo and always fight for 2nd. Have you done any mock/real drafts for points leagues yet you could leave a link to? Would love to see one of your teams! Thanks again and keep the fantasy goodness coming!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I haven’t done any drafts yet, however…

      • Brandon says:
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        @Grey: could you leave a link to your rankings, or to one that would reflect a 12 team points league I can adjust my ESPN league draft rankings to (not my choice of league set up)? Thanks again!

  50. AC says:
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    Hey Grey, love the work as always.

    12 team H2H, standard 5 categories, but no MI/CI and only 1 Util slot. Can keep 2 players for next year only.

    Turner
    Acuna
    Bregman
    Harper
    Soto

    Which 2 do you got?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Acuna, Turner

  51. nightpandas says:
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    good stuff Grey, looking forward to the yahoo version

    which side ya like in an obp keeper? Hicks/Maeda or DPeralta/Wheeler

    • Grey

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      Thanks! Wheeler

  52. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    look how weird this is, rosterresource KC team shows them having diekman as the guy behind wily P and boxy, but here’s the odd part, i can’t find ONE piece of news saying he signed with KC at all. oh wait, i happened WHILE I WAS TYPING THIS! good lord RR is the shit. how do they have a program that beats all other news to this stuff. crazy.

  53. Sad Pirates Fan says:
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    ESPN showing they cater to the more “casual” fantasy baseballer. Nothing noteworthy with them, very bland and unwilling to take an aggressive ranking on up and comers it seems. First year reading your stuff, super happy to come across this site. You da man, man! Keep up the awesome work. Love the podcasts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, SPF!

  54. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – keep forever, would you move your $25 Cole (not keeper) for $4 Dahl (would replace my $4 Chapman keeper)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Yup as long as the Rockies don’t do something stupid and sign Cargo

  55. A says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Have Hurrican Jose, Giancarlo and Bryce as keepers and your ramirez write-ups have me all spooked. I really want just in a homer kind of way. What do you think about trying to trade ramirez for judge. Insane?

    A

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      @A: That was want “Judge”

      • A says:
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        @A: Or alternatively, Harper.

  56. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    20 team 5×5 with 10 players kept per team. Swap my Altuve, Corbin and R. Ray for his C. Seager, Snell and Carlos Martinez? thanks

  57. DonnieB says:
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    Hi Grey….please give me your opinion on my keepers in a 12 team auction with a $300 cap. I can keep 8.My options are:
    Yelich at $33 for 2 more years
    T Bauer at $16 for 2 more years
    Corbin at $4 for 2 more years
    C Seager at $10 for 2 more years
    Dahl at $10 for 2 more years
    R. Osuna at $10 for 2 more years
    Severino at $10 for 1 year
    T Anderson at $9 for 2 more years
    Machado at $50 for 2 more years
    Arenado at $54 for 2 more years
    Shaw at $10 for 1 year
    Castellanos at $3 for 1 year
    Grandal at $3 for 1 year
    Hader at $10 for 2 more years

    Who would be your 8?
    Also, I have been offered Buehler and Peraza—both at $10 for 2 more years—for Severino,Anderson,L Cain at $18, and R Osuna? Is that too much for an upgrade in keepers although I would likely be dropping some of those guys? Thank you for your invaluable input.

  58. waffles says:
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    hi grey

    if i felt confident that i could get Mondesi in the 4th round of a 10 teamer, how much of a boost does that give the guys like Arenado, Stanton, Judge, Martinez relative to the more well rounded guys who could steal bases who are going in the first 3 rounds? ive done mock drafts where I end up with both Trea Turner and Mondesi and i feel like there’s diminishing returns for all the speed.

    what are your thoughts? i respect the off season grind

  59. Always love these pieces, Grey!!!! (Though I would like some Vaseline . . . )

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

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