Our 2021 Razzball leagues are in signup mode. Robot in Signup Mode, “I am entering contest to win Razzball t-shirt even though I’ve never seen a robot wear a shirt. Starting….” The Robot begins to peter out, “…New…Fad.” Oh no, the Razzball Robot has died! *screaming to heavens* What hath you forsaken me?! Heavens, “Focus on ESPN’s 2021 fantasy baseball rankings, you moron.” Wow, the heavens do not take well to histrionics. So, this year’s ESPN rankings are a tad goofier than I remember them, but maybe I just got smarter — Smarterened? Smartered? Became the smarts? Meh, I don’t know. What I do know is ESPN has Trevor Bauer ranked 12th overall, and that made me laugh for a very long time. At one point, I coughed, and I thought I was coming down with the plague, but quickly recovered to laugh some more. Never knew ESPN was so climate-conscious, but they must be because they’re good recycling garbage. Maybe it’s bravery in the face of contradictory evidence. Maybe it’s dumb. Maybe it’s nuts. Hopefully not Mitch Haniger’s, they’ve been through enough. Any hoo! I’m clutchin’ my pearls like a Barbara Bush hologram and about to take out some ‘perts! *slowly, menacingly sharpens index finger for more incisive typing* I’m about to cut up somebody with words! Now let’s open a window and defenestrate ESPN’s 2021 fantasy baseball rankings. To the tune of U2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, I call this So Bloody Stupid:

I can’t believe ESPN’s rankings today
Oh, I can’t close my eyes and make it go away
How long, how long must we sing this song?
How long? How long?
‘Cause tonight
They have Mookie Betts at one
Tonight

There’s so many straight whothunkits in ESPN’s rankings, I don’t even know where to begin. The madness really starts at number one overall. I love Mookie Betts, so I don’t want to go down this rabbit hole too far, but number one over Acuña? Over Tatis? *Lisa Simpson grumble* Okay, let’s focus in on the top 20 1st basemen — aperture out; Instagram blur filter in; Wonder Twins activate in the form of a bust. *sees a Dolly Parton chest begin to form* No, no, no! Not that kind of bust. ESPN has Dom Smith 78th overall, and above Paul Goldschmidt, Max Muncy, Matt Olson — almost 120 spots higher than Josh Bell, who they had ranked incorrectly (!!!) at 41st overall last year  — Did they really like Josh Bell last year or was that a mishap when Clara Bell was pulling a name out of Tristan’s hat? Oh, I can’t close my eyes and make it go away! How long I must sing this song?! How much did they see if a 60-game season to go from 41st overall on Josh Bell to him being traded to a better lineup and now being ranked at 200th overall? Okay, I don’t like Josh Bell either, but what are they even doing? If you like Dom Smith, then great, but are they even briefly considering how he might be squeezed for playing time? They have him ranked 50 spots before Eric Hosmer, who is locked into a cleanup spot in a stacked lineup. Dom Smith has never hit 20 homers in pro ball — in a lot of seasons! I’m losing my mind!

Broken rankings under ESPN’s tweet
Embodies buffoons on a dead-end street
But I won’t heed their high-ranked starters call
It puts my back up, puts my back up against the wall
So Bloody Stupid
So Bloody Stupid
So Bloody Stupid
So Bloody Stupid
Alright, let’s go

Already mentioned Trevor Bauer in the opening. I can’t emphasize enough after saying I can’t emphasize enough that is some bat-shizz crazy shizz. Hyun-Jin Ryu ranked after at least ten starters who are almost guaranteed to be worse than him, as they have been for years. Ryu should be singing So Bloody Stupid. What does my man Ryu need to do? I feel like I’m living in an alternative universe where I’m the only one who ever notices Ryu pitches like a number one starter literally every year. He has a 2.95 ERA in 807 1/3 career innings. I will now laugh for two hours until someone comes with a straitjacket to cart me away. Could Ryu breakdown this year? I guess, but why are you saying that besides guessing? It’s almost as dumb as ranking Trevor Bauer in the top 12 overall. Almost. That really is the epitome of ESPN fantasy baseball rankings ever year, innit? (I’m Irish today.) Just absolutely overrating the previous year, so people, who use their rankings who have only scant knowledge of rankings, see what they want to see. ESPN is constantly searching to give people what it thinks people want spoon-fed back to them. Trevor Bauer gets a huge deal after a Cy Young, don’t dig in too deep on any of the mechanisms of his year or the contract, and just tell people to draft him 12th overall. Don’t even look to see where Dustin May is ranked overall for them — above Lance McCullers! May isn’t in the rotation as right now. Yes, I looked a good week after the signing of Trevor Bauer, so they don’t have that excuse for May. Oh, and they have Joey Lucchesi ranked above Pablo Lopez. I need to move on before I get an aneurysm. So Bloody Stupid!

And the battle’s just begun
There’s many lost who have used ESPN’s rankings, but tell me who has won?
The benches snug beneath our farts
And fathers, uncles, brothers, and five sisters torn apart
So Bloody Stupid
So Bloody Stupid

You might be under the impression ESPN’s rankings only have issues on the top half, but they really fall apart the deeper you go. You can’t make heads or tails of anything ESPN is doing after, like, pick 150 overall. Brian Anderson over Austin Riley? Mmkay. Paul DeJong after Ha-seong Kim? If you say so! Joey Gallo over Lordes Gurriel Jr.? Right-o, you giant dummies! Last year they ranked Fernando Tatis Jr. 43rd overall. You honestly can’t even make up this garbage.

Wipe hitter tiers from your eyes
Wipe the hitter tiers away
I’ll wipe your hitter tiers away
I’ll wipe your hitter tiers away (So Bloody Stupid)

On a less-belligerent 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
Francisco Lindor 8 16 8
Cody Bellinger 10 15 5
Bo Bichette
12 21 10
Adalberto Mondesi 18 50 32
Luis Robert 19 34 15
Rafael Devers 20 33 13
Pete Alonso
29 51 22
Matt Olson
35 76 41
Kyle Lewis 40 94 54
Brandon Woodruff 48 68 20
Javier Baez 49 73 24
Zac Gallen 50 71 21
Dansby Swanson
51 99 48
Hyun-Jin Ryu 58 100 42
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
80 108 28
Marcus Semien 81 106 25
Dylan Moore
82 162 80
Dylan Bundy
88 170 72
Framber Valdez 91 149 58
Anthony Santander 101 210 109
Julio Urias 105 248 143
Kevin Gausman 107 163 56
Pablo Lopez
112 202 90
Nick Solak
125 219 94
Jared Walsh
128 247 119
Tyler Mahle 169 unranked
Elieser Hernandez 204 unranked
Griffin Canning 242 unranked
Josh Naylor 301 unranked

NO THANK YOU

Player Grey’s Ranking ESPN’s Ranking Overall Difference
Trevor Bauer 34 12 22
Anthony Rendon 46 20 26
Starling Marte 60 25 35
Corey Seager
52 31 21
Nelson Cruz 94 42 52
Aaron Judge
78 52 26
Jose Altuve 143 60 83
Dominic Smith
131 78 53
Jeff McNeil
130 81 49
Max Kepler
165 87 78
Michael Brantley
173 92 81
Kris Bryant 127 93 34
Joey Gallo
178 96 82
Charlie Morton 190 120 70
Dustin May
285 140 145
Kyle Seager 314 163 151
Chris Sale 299 178 121
Mitch Haniger 437 182 255
Wander Franco
520 199 321
Randal Grichuk 460 201 259
 
  1. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I checked it out. Found lots of shirts with robots on them, but no shirt-wearing robot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for investigating!

  2. VinWins

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    I have set up a couple of Razz leagues (Bad stats are good!) drafting next Thursday, February 25.
    Thought I would try and get these drafts done before your important drafts start. The object is to find players who play a lot, but do poorly.

    10 teams/Weekly lineups/14 active and 8 bench players/Limit 50 moves.

    SCORING

    HITTING

    At Bats (AB)2
    Hits (H)-3
    Home Runs (HR)-6
    Runs Batted In (RBI)-4
    Runs Scored (R)-4
    Strikeouts (SO)2

    PITCHING

    Earned Runs Allowed (ER)1.5
    Hits Allowed (H)1
    Home Runs Allowed (HR)4
    Innings Pitched (IP)-1
    Losses (L)8
    Strikeouts Pitched (K)-1
    Walks Allowed (BB)1

    7 PM ET: https://www.fantrax.com/newui/fantasy/j … isSubmit=y

    10 PM ET: https://www.fantrax.com/newui/fantasy/j … isSubmit=y

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome report!

    a. MLB quote of the day for the weekend February 20-21, 2021

    1. Tom Henrich, born February 20, 1913

    ‘Tom Henrich. He never over-swung. He made a ball be a strike and he would swing at a low overhand curve now and then. Tom would go for the single and cut down on his swing with two strikes. He was a good clutch hitter and tough to strike out–it seemed he was always looking for the pitch I was delivering.’

    Bob Feller in Baseball Digest (Associate Director of the Baseball Hall of Fame William J. Guilfoile, August 1992, ‘Hall of Famers Name Their Toughest Diamond Foes’)

    2. Bill Gullickson, born February 20, 1959

    ‘His fastball hits 84 mph on a good day – nothing more than a batting-practice pitch unless he cuts it or sinks it. Keeping hitters off balance is the key for (Bill) Gullickson, who throws two kinds of curves and a slider, and hides the ball extremely well.’

    Bill Mazeroski in Bill Mazeroski’s Baseball (1993 Edition)

    3. Livan Hernandez, born February 20, 1975

    “‘Man, he (Livan Hernandez) works slow. I swear a gentleman sitting behind me read half of ‘War and Peace’ while he was out there. I looked back at one point, and he said ‘400 pages.'”

    Columnist Jayson Stark on ESPN.com (Rumblings and Grumblings, 05/27/2010)

    4. Justin Verlander, born February 20, 1983

    ‘Starter Justin Verlander rode a dominant fastball to the Rookie of the Year award, and the only way Zumaya could have been scarier was by lugging a chain saw to the mound.’

    ESPN Columnist Jerry Crasnick on ESPN.com (High-speed pursuit, 03/26/2007)

    5. Alan Trammell, born February 21, 1958

    ‘In the early 1980s, things started to change, as the American League produced a trio of talented two-way shortstops who could field their position and pose a substantial threat to pitchers. The Brewers’ Robin Yount, who debuted in the majors in 1974 at the tender age of 18, evolved into a top-notch hitter and earned MVP honors in 1982 as Milwaukee won the pennant. The Orioles’ Cal Ripken kicked off a stretch of 10 straight seasons with at least 20 homers in his official rookie season of 1982—as well as a record-setting consecutive games streak—and the next year, he too claimed an MVP award as Baltimore won the World Series. Debuting between those two, in late 1977, was the Tigers’ Alan Trammell. He didn’t win the MVP award in 1984—that honor went to reliever Willie Hernandez, a teammate—but he hit .314/.382/.468 while helping Detroit to a world championship. Trammell would spend 20 years with the Tigers, and while he didn’t reach 3,000 hits like Yount (who eventually moved to centerfield and won another MVP award) or Ripken (who also won a second MVP before moving to third base for his final few years), he did make six All-Star teams and win four Gold Gloves in his career, even while competing for attention with the other two.’

    Jay Jaffe in Sports Illustrated (12/11/2013, ‘JAWS and the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot: Alan Trammell’, Source)

    6. Joel Skinner, born February21,2021

    ‘When you see him (Joel Skinner) throw, you say, ‘Wow.’ It’s hard to believe that he can throw so hard and be so accurate.’

    Cleveland Indians Manager Mike Hargrove in USA Today Baseball Weekly (September 6-12, 1991)

    b. MLB quote of the day for February 22, 2021

    1. Sparky Anderson, born February 22, 1934

    ‘He (Sparky Anderson) really believes he made a winning team out of Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, George Foster and Davey Concepcion by teaching them the virtues of shiny shoes and clean upper lips.’

    Bill James in Sport Magazine (1982) [Sparky Anderson Quotes]

    8. Kazuhiro Sasaki, born February 22, 1968

    ‘At 36 (when he left MLB and a $8.5 million dollar salary) Sasaki was not that old for a major league pitcher, perhaps, but ancient by the standards of the NPB. (Sasaki missed much of the 1999 season with Yokohama because of arm surgery.) His lifestyle didn’t help. The 6’4″, 220-pound reliever, nicknamed Daimajin after a giant stone samurai that comes to life on celluloid to rescue imperiled villagers, had lived alone in a Mercer Island condominium while with the Mariners. He bought a silver Porsche, frequented Seattle watering holes and was spotted hanging out at the University of Washington student union. On the road he was often wined and dined at expensive Japanese-only nightclubs by wealthy businessmen residing in the U.S.’

    Robert Whiting in Sports Illustrated (03/22/2004, Volume 100, Issue 12, ‘Lost in Translation’, Source)

    c. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for February 22, 2021

    ‘This team it all flows from me. I’ve got to keep it going. I’m the straw that stirs the drink.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      1. He said that quote while smoking a cig, 100%

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        Grey!!

        a. 100%

        b. Sasaki quote mis-numbered. Should have been b.2, dur! Sasaki was chased away from Seattle because of his ‘philandering’ ways! His nickname was ‘The Fang’ but it should have been ‘The philanderer’.

        c. Reggie! My pool of Reggie quotes is diminishing. I’ll try not to repeat!

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Classic Reggie too! Awesome!

  4. TarmanGotHim says:
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    I’m gonna carry this over and start fresh with the question.

    Hope all is well Grey!!

    5th year keeper H2H 6X6 Yahoo
    R HE RBI SB AVG OPS
    QS S+H K:9 ERA WHIP

    It’s keep 6. I have the Last pick, 1st pick second round etc. for being a champion, the best my friend. You know about that my friend, lol.

    I made a slight mistake and dropped Jack Flahtery thinking I was going to let him go but I kind of want to keep 4 Bats and 2 SP, but that is not happening now and it IS NOT A BIG DEAL because I am ok keeping 5 bats and 1 pitcher as pitching is deep and I could essentially draft a couple SP early.

    Anyhow here are the 4 sures I am keeping, see what I did there, 4 sures? Haha. These 4 guys.

    Juan Soto – OF
    Ozzie Albies – 2B
    Jose Abreu – 1B
    Shane Bieber – SP

    Here are the group of guys under consideration:

    Yoan Moncado (I’m 99% on him he’s a stud who was affected by COVID, he is healthy and young and I still believe he on a stacked CHI Sox team is one of the best young players in the game)
    Gleyber Torres – SS/2B(I just don’t love him)
    Jared Kelenic – OF (should be up a couple weeks into the season, no?)
    Dansby Swanson – SS
    Matt Olson – 1B
    Trent Grisham – OF
    Toescar Hernandez – OF

    I am also working a potential trade with someone in my league who I know I can persuade to trade with me where it’ll largely benefit me with the following type of offer

    I get: Bo Bichette & a 2nd or 3rd rounder
    He gets: Yoan Moncado, Gleyber Torres, & a 12th rounder

    Who all do you think I should keep for sure and would you do that trade? I’d have Soto, Bichette, Albies, Bieber, Abreu, and ?

    Thanks as always Grey!

    • Ralphy says:
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      I would do that Bo trade immediately!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those 4 sures for sure

      Moncada is also 4 sure…Trent or Dansby for me

      I’d take Bo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess Hosmer sits vs. some lefties, but that’s fine, still 500+ ABs in a solid lineup

  5. Put the devil back in Ray says:
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    Your rankings from 2020 are the same as 2021. No biggie I just wonder if that’s an error or if you’ve decided your 2020 rankings are irrelevant to post in 2021.

      • Put the devil back in Ray says:
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        If you click the ranikings on the razz all site it gives the option of seeing 2020 or 2021 but the if you click 2020 it’s the same rankings as 2021. Not I’mportant I just wanted to see how far you dropped a couple of players from one year to the next.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, if you click 2020 rankings, it’s 2020 rankings, not 2021

  6. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just curious, why are you so low on Mitch Haniger?

    Do you think all the time off has rusted away his ability? Or do you think the injury will will leave him with a limp bat among other things (ba-dump-bump)? I mean, I can see where such an injury might wipe out his power. Core muscles are kinda important for that I would assume, so if there’s any lingering issue or simply a slight decrease in core strength, he might never be the same.

    Whatcha think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bc he hasn’t played in like 18 months

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        And he doesn’t know how to deal with balls.

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Actually since June 6 of 2019, so if he plays first game in April when the season starts, it will be 22 months. That’s a long time not to see a single live MLB pitch. Might take time to figure it out again. I agree with you buddy. Makes sense to me.

  7. Matty says:
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    Thanks. Love these posts every year. A great heads up on how my team might look in my ESPN league.
    It’s funny- even with knowledgeable leaguemates you can usually see the impact that the native rankings have. I’m sure Dom Smith will go earlier than anyone would want in a lot of good leagues because of this.

    • Matty says:
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      Which is a convoluted way of saying- now I can build the framework of my team around the Thank Yous (and in an auction throw out the No Thank Yous much too early and see who overpays).

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thank yous have it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, No problem

  8. Poor Mitch, he seems as though he can’t get away from that testy humor!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poor guy bc that happened to him

  9. James D Stockburger says:
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    Hey. Is the online war room working? Thanks.. sign in that I have used for years is not working. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s working, you need to scrub cookies from previous year

      • Jerry Kenly says:
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        I also can’t get the war room to work. I’m not exactly computer literate. What do you mean by (scrub cookies from previous year?)

        Thanks for all the awesome content.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll post about it tomorrow — you need to delete cookies for razzball — Go to Preferences in browser, go to privacy, go to cookies, search Razz and delete razzdraft

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Or just use a new email

            • Jerry Kenly says:
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              Thanks. I’ve tried using a different email. I get to where I can delete the cookies, but it doesn’t have a search option. Anyways, thanks for the reply. I’ll keep messing with it until I figure it out.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem…Tomorrow it will be officially live, so hopefully then

  10. Jeremy says:
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    Whats up man? Love this and Yahoo comparison articles every year. Do you think the rumor about MLB deadening the ball is true?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, they changed the ball

  11. Marc says:
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    Always thought deriding another time make yourself superior is poor taste

    • Marc says:
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      ‘To not time ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who are you, the Taste Police?

      • Dave D says:
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        Not when it comes to sports and politics….

  12. Donna G. Ellaby says:
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    So …i have a question. A couple, actually. Is Jackie Bradley planning on playing Major League baseball this year ? What about Jake Odorizzi ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think so on both

      • Will says:
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        What about Puig?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope so, but I’m losing faith…

  13. WondrousPillow says:
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    I remember seeing an ESPN h2h ranking preseason 2018 that had Kenley Jansen as the #5 player OVERALL before he finished tied for 4th in total saves. Can’t take them serious but thank you for making it easy on us

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, that’s amazing

  14. Adam says:
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    Hey grey, can’t believe you didn’t have a huge going away party for Ian Desmond…. does this change the hampson projection? Trying to decide between him and Wong…. everywhere I look Wong has the better projections

    • Grey

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      Desmond wasn’t there last year, and did Hampson play? Hampson’s still a bench/platoon guy

  15. NUX says:
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    Grey, you up for another $10 Bestball? We’re 8/12 filled already, so lots of same drafters as we had in that last one I believe. Would guess it will fill up and start in a few hours. No worries if you wanted to take a break on these at any point either.

    Here is the link: https://bestball10s.shgn.com/signup/baseball?for=0;728,82,6787,7200&private_code=de0c7w

    And PW, as usual: Bobby

    For anyone who might want to join us and hasn’t played in one of these cheap bestballs. This draft has a 2 Hour Clock. And Top 3 are paid out ( $75 / 20 / 10). Also, keep in mind that there are only 2 OF and 4 Pitcher slots in these. All the rest of the rules and whatnot can be seen by clicking the link. Draft will start shortly after it fills.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, was gonna ask you to start one

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’m in Nux, I’m freakin in!

        • NUX says:
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          Oh snap! You’ve made it now lol

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’ve made it ma!

            • Jolt In Flow says:
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              Man! Two drafts in a row with Grey and Nux. If only Coolwhip would jump in again.

              Christmas came in February this year.

              Jolt

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I pinged Coolwhip

                • Jolt In Flow says:
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                  Amazing! I hope he jumps in this one as well.

                  Jolt

    • Cram It says:
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      I just joined. Have no idea what I’m in for, but I’m in!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wait until you see the lineups!

        • Cram It says:
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          There’s zero in-season management right? Like I don’t even have to edit my roster…

          • packers2018 says:
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            Correct Cram.
            Draft and let the computer do the rest. 4 pitchers, 2 outfielders. Good way to get comfortable with the player pool.

            • Cram It says:
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              You’re up.

          • Earl says:
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            that is correct Cram, no season mgmt; draft and done.

            bit of different format and it is points league. Was my first time involved in one and it was fun to see how people drafted.

            I am used to 5×5 roto leagues myself so it was fun and interesting.

            Enjoy!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Exactly, after you draft, you close the window and never think about it again until September to see if you’re gonna win money

            • Cram It says:
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              Cool cool cool. I just want to do a draft, and will draft like I don’t care, but will brag when I win!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha, yes, same

      • Earl says:
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        Another round of battles with the masters. Yeah!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Let’s get this party started! And by party, I mean draft

    • Jolt In Flow says:
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      11/12 filled.

      One spot left. This is your chance to play against Grey. Nux, Cram, and Earl in as well.

      Fun atmosphere. As per Nux’s instructions above, come jump in befire it’s too late.

      Jolt

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Aw sookie!

  16. Play Ball says:
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    I’m leaning towards taking Tatis first overall instead of Acuna in a snake draft. I’m in a shallow six team league. Knowing how the other owners tend to draft, taking Tatis may set me up a little better for subsequent rounds.

    You have Acuna and Tatis ranked 1 and 2 with similar projections. ATC projections show them similar too. I don’t want to screw up the number one. Is it splitting hairs between these two or is there a little more risk with Tatis being that the most he’s played was 84 games in a season – though his talent is undeniable.

    • Grey

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      I have them in same tier, means they’re interchangeable

      • Play Ball says:
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        Thanks, Grey.

        Tatis launch angle is 8.7%. Do you think the change in ball will impact his HR projections more than someone like Acuna who’s launch angle is higher? May not matter for the guys that hit the ball as hard as they do.

        • Grey

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          Tatis isn’t going to be affected

  17. swaggerjackers says:
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    @grey: Where are you puling the ESPN rankings from?

    Right now if you go to https://www.espn.com/fantasy/baseball/ and click “Top 300” rankings, they don’t jive with what you listed in this article. A couple examples:

    Woodruff is currently 32
    Mondesi is currently 41

    I like making fun of ESPN as much as the next person but something isn’t adding up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I said in the article, rankings are constantly changing…I wrote this last week, if they’ve changed since then, then so be it…Points remain same

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        Yeah, I keep a pretty close eye on their rankings between Feb and the start of the season and they made a big overhaul last week. Some of their more ridiculous rankings are less Josh Reddickulous now.

        Some of your points remain the same but not all of them. Using the Woodruff example, he went from a 68th ranking in ESPN and showing up in the “Thank You” list to now being ranked 32nd by ESPN which would move him to the No Thank You list.

        I think it’s a fun article concept but if fellow ESPN drafters are looking at this as a bit of a cheat sheet to find deals, it’s already outdated and hasn’t even been live for a full day. If you want me to be a guest contributor, I’d be willing to write an updated version of this every couple weeks leading up to drafts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure! Ping Donkey Teeth {at} razzball

          • swaggerjackers says:
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            Will do!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Woodruff is only up to 66 overall, btw

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You just linked to a H2H rankings, I used roto

            • Cram It says:
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              Your job interview isn’t off to a good start.

              • swaggerjackers says:
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                Hello, Miss Lady. I’m Dale. I’m Brennan’s stepbrother, and I think I might be able to help with the Roto-H2H dilemma.

  18. Chris says:
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    Grey,

    Good to have your commentary back for another season. H2H, 16 teams + 6 Keep Forevers

    R, HR, SB, RBI, AVG, OPS
    W, SV, KS, HLDS ERA WHIP

    Def Keeps: Bo Bichette, Alex Bregman, Realmuto, Goldschmidt.

    Bubble: Gleyber Torres, Trent Grisham, Zach Gallen, Gallo.

    Would you stay pat and roll with Torres and Grisham? I have a straight up offer of Gleyber for Walker Buehler that I want to take as Gleyber has 2nd eligibility in Yahoo but will lose it next year.

    It does give the other team Gleyber to go along Acuna, Luis Robert, Eloy, Judge but I guess that shouldn’t be a consideration. Thanks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…Gallo’s 100% out — so 3 keepers for 2 spots… Prolly Gleyber, Trent, Gallen and forget Realmuto

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks. I go back and forth with Realmuto’s value in H2H. Last year I kept no pitchers. With your help I drafted Gallen, Woodruff, Maeda and Fried and they carried my team

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, but catcher is so meh

  19. JR says:
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    ESPN has always been and always be way out of touch with their rankings. Thanks for the comparison!

    One question i’ve been wanting to ask for awhile and fits with this article is what do you see in Kyle Lewis? He had a great start to the season last year, but in September he totally tanked. Had a 38% K-rate. His early season success was helped by a .407 babip.

    I’m not trying to be argumentative, but I have an opening to acquire him in a dynasty league and just curious to know what you see that had you rank him so high and trying to talk myself into doing it.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s got 70-grade power — 35+ homer upside, and he could steal 15…He might hit .240, but with his speed and a .320+ BABIP, he should hit .250+ — And he was never that awful with contact in the minors

  20. packers2018 says:
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    Grey, the NFBC Diamond Challenge contest sounds fun. Everyone has their pick of all players.
    The $400 entry fee for the roto leagues gives me pause.
    Have you or anyone in the Razz nation have any thoughts or strategies about this contest?
    Any comments are welcomed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Does sound fun, I’ve never done it so don’t feel confident telling you what to do on a $400 entry fee

  21. Dave D says:
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    Good read, the one person I’d disagree with both you and ESPN on is Kris Bryant. No-thanks-ever….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ever ever ever!

  22. VichyVichy says:
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    Which side of this trade do you like in a deep dynasty roto league? Bryce Harper & Eflin for Andrew Vaughn & Austin Riley

  23. Eric says:
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    One of my favorite articles every single year

  24. slimjim13 says:
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    Grey as always a great read amazing how different people evaluate players.

    Keeper question 10 team mixed 5X5 OBP & S+H can keep 12
    Albombso 8, Biggio 3, Bichette 3, Eloy 8, Roberts 3, Yordan 3, Hoskins 13 (OBP), Robles 10
    Castilla 10, Gray 3, Hendricks 3, That’s 11

    Keep any of Yellich 48, Caleb Smith 3, R Iglesias 10 ???

    And if you have an opinion minor league draft Torkelson or Vaughn this my last year to keep Albomso

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Keep Yelich

      Vaughn

  25. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    ESPN rankings for comedy never disappoints, bunch o bleepin bozos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, dumb robots — beep, beep bloop

  26. Gerald says:
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    Sup Grey. Fantasy baseball back baby

    Question about the patreon sub. Its a monthly sub? yearly sub? Wheres the link to sign up

    Keeper league Avg HR RBI SB Runs

    Which 5 are you keeping?

    Story freeman tucker arozereana Suarez Chapman Swanson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Monthly sub patreon.com/razzball

      Not Swanson and Eugenio

  27. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Whats your view on Montas now that he has been diagnosed with COVID? How far would you drop a guy on your rankings for that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wasn’t drafting him in my rankings

  28. Smitty says:
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    Another separation point is the Thank You list are studs and the No Thank list are fades. (for the most part) Not sure who those guys are but they’re entertaining!

  29. Denver90 says:
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    Grey,
    I’d like to grab his Laureano (23rd round this year and next) for my Benintendi (18th). I’ll have to add a pick to make it fair, obviously. What pick(s) should I offer up in a 29 round draft? I have no 16th, 18th, or 22nd to give, but an extra 19th.
    Great read, btw.

    • Denver90 says:
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      Also, I’m not keeping Benni if I can’t dump him on someone else. So I don’t have to do it.

  30. FrankGrimes says:
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    Is the best ball full?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah — you get NFBC email in?

  31. Son

    Son says:
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    You’re the best

  32. Primetime says:
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    Grey , 5*5 obp 5*5 qs keeper league

    Tried to get Luis roberts and Valdez didn’t work. Moose is on my bench would you offer him straight up for framber? He needs 2b. That teams owns gurriel JR as well. I feel Rosario and gurriel jr are the same.

    Smith
    Freeman
    Biggio
    Arenado
    Story
    Bellinger
    Rosario
    K Lewis
    Mondesi

    Bench
    Vaughn
    Moose
    Chapman
    Stanton

    Bieber
    Nola
    Glasnow
    Maeda
    Urias

    Bench
    Gore
    Tailon
    Civale
    Skubul

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Framber

  33. Mike L says:
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    Can you do one of these for Yahoo also, or are they to difficult to make fun of? I think Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa are 2 guys that could do much better than projections but I’m gonna take your Lewis ranking and run with it. No way someone will scroll down that far before I do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I will do one for Yahoo

      • Mike L says:
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        You da man!!

  34. Benchwarmers says:
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    Our league is shallow and only has six teams this year.

    C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, UTIL, UTIL
    SP, SP, P, P, P, RP, RP (Qs, K, era/whip, sv)
    3 bench

    I’m concerned teams can stock up on the top arms and dominate pitching stats making it hard to compete in those categories. Especially if inning eaters with solid ratios and high K/9 will be more valuable this year. Would you reach earlier for SP in this league than waiting as you would a larger league with more positions?

  35. The natural says:
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    Hey grey hope all is well and love the rankings! Couple quick questions for a start up 12 team, 10 keepers plus 5 prospects lg. Scoring is 7×7 avg, ops, hr, r, sb, tb, rbi and qs, w, era, whip, ks, L, svhd. Ended up with the 12 pick, so was hoping you could give me about 5 or 6 names you would be targeting with the 12 and 13 ovr picks. Also was hoping you could give me your ideal rounds to snag my first and second sps.

  36. Brian Bushman says:
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    Julio at 248?! C’mon ESPN your better than that!! Actually…nah maybe not

  37. Matt Girard says:
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    Grey, I need help with my final two keepers…14 teams, 15 keepers. I made some trades but for the most part you and I have similar taste!

    C- Contreras
    1B – Olson
    IF – Arenado
    IF – Swanson
    OF – Acuna
    OF – Grisham
    OF – Jimenez
    OF – Lewis

    P – Cole
    P – Lynn
    P – Bundy
    P – L.Hendricks
    P – Yates

    Options…
    Benintendi, Kieboom, B.Anderson, R.McMahon
    Urquidy, Keller, Manaea, Stroman, Houck, Whitley, A.Reyes

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