The Fantasy Baseball War Room is back!  I’m not saying the Fantasy Baseball War Room is back, as in, is a butt. So, if Sir Mix-A-Lot is reading, I’m truly sorry for the confusion. Our Fantasy Baseball War Room is one part draft tool, one part fantasy team evaluator, one part fantasy junkie’s s’s and g’s tool, one part holy, two parts smokes, three parts… How many parts is that so far? Cause it’s only really seven parts total. I think there’s one part kill-your-day-with-this-war-room-thing-a-maboob-as-a-pinwheel-spins in there too.  Essentially, this helps you practice building a fantasy baseball team. Rudy also has a War Room that comes with Razzball subscriptions. His War Room is better and offsite, i.e., he’ll give you a link to download everything. I repeat, his War Room is better, but is not free. Ask anyone in the comments if Rudy’s War Room is better, they will say 100% it is better. This one is free, and janky at times. You’ve been warned, so you cannot complain.

If you’re unfamiliar with our Fantasy Baseball War Room, it’s a draft tool to help you track where you are at any moment in a draft. It shows you if you have too many steals, homers… Or if your ERA or WHIP are too low. Or too high. Or if your lamb is still rare or should be turned (results vary on lamb). If you’ve already drafted a team, go into the War Room, enter your team and it shows you exactly how stacked/dreadful the team is. If you want to practice mocking for your Razzball Commenter League, do that too.  (Fantrax waived $80 fees for us, so go join some Razzball Commenter Leagues!) If you’re in the middle of a draft, you can filter which guys are left that have the most home runs according to my projections. Or the most steals, or the most runs or the most whatever (only applicable if “Whatever” is a category in your league). If you’re in a bind, go into a Warm Room and take a shvitz. Ah…That’s better! There might be some bugs in our Fantasy Baseball War Room, just comment here and we’ll look into fixes. The default projections are mine from the 2021 fantasy baseball rankings. Also, Rudy’s projections are now up! They can be found at my ranking page that I just linked to or here:  hitter projections and pitcher projections. There, you’ll see rankings for every conceivable league (OBP, OPS, Holds, etc). Anyway, here’s the step by step instructions on how to use the Fantasy Baseball War Room:

  • Sign up. If you get a message that says your email is already in the system and you don’t remember the password, just use a new email or a made-up email. It doesn’t really matter. It says to email us to retrieve your password, but I have to be honest, I’m not retrieving shizz. Repeat, just make a New User and make up a fake email. We’re not emailing you anyway.
  • Choose what kind of team you want to draft. How many catchers, outfielders, middle infielders, etc. ESPN and Yahoo are for position eligibility. It doesn’t mean you’re playing there.
  • Now as you draft players, click Draft next to their name. If a player is eligible at more than one position, drop down the menu to the position you want them at. If you can’t find a player, search for them at the top. As Jeff Francoeur would say, voila! Or if you’re a Twins fan, Frank Voila!
  • Get as close to the Totals as you can.
  • Wanna start again? Delete the Team, by scrolling to the right of the player search at the top and a down arrow will appear. Click that, then click the pinwheel under ‘Taken” and delete team or sign out. We got pinwheels! Wanna throw your computer out the window from excitement? Go for it! For those that missed it in the first bullet point, if you forget your password, Create New User and make up a fake email. Do not email me. I repeat, because every year people email me, do not email for your password. Just make a new user.
  • If you get this error page, then your shizz is broke and you need to buy a new computer. But, if you don’t want to buy a new computer, you should clear your cookies and start again. Likely what happened is you’re logged into the app still from an old version. Less likely, you still have the same internet cache from last year and haven’t cleared your cookies once in 12 months. I’m not judging, Cust kayin’.
 
  1. Denver90 says:
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    Not working.
    Created a new user. Takes me back to the same page. When I try to draft it says to log in to start drafting.

    • phennore says:
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      It’s a little slow but it works for me.

    • howtathor says:
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      I get the same loop. Just keeps bringing me back to the log in page.

    • Denver90 says:
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      Switched to firefox and it’s working fine. Don’t know what chromes problem is.

    • pinkman says:
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      Gotta clear your cookies if using Chrome

  2. tyler says:
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    same

  3. galica123 says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome War Room report!

    a. A message to all, don’t forget to refresh (F5 or Donaldson, whatevers easier) and go to Internet options and delete all cookies. Signed up my subscription!

    b. MLB quote of the day for February 23, 2021

    1. Ron Hunt, born February 23, 1941

    ‘I worked and practiced in full uniform in a mirror to make sure it was perfect. I’d stand right on top of the plate. An inside pitch had to be right on the corner, or it would hit me. The umpires never called me for getting hit on purpose.’

    Ron Hunt in Baseball Digest (July 2000, Al Doyle, ‘Where Are They Now?: Former Player Ron Hunt Recalls His Big League Career)

    2. Elston Howard, born February 23, 1929

    ‘The first African American player to don a New York Yankees uniform, Elston Howard traveled a long and arduous road while working his way up the Yankee farm system. Although Howard first joined the Yankee organization in 1950, he had to overcome many obstacles, including a considerable amount of racial prejudice, before he finally found himself wearing pinstripes at the major-league level. Yet, through it all, Howard carried himself with the same class and dignity on which he built his reputation.’

    Robert W. Cohen in The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History (Scarecrow Press, 06/16/2012, “31. Elston Howard,” Page 161)

    3. Bobby Bonilla, born February 23, 1963

    ‘He’s (Bobby Bonilla) a total player and he’s only going to get better. I said last year that I thought he’d eventually be one of the best in the National League. It’s happened faster than I expected. He’s more aggressive at the plate now than before. He’s still a big lovable guy, but he’s also a tough son-of-a-bitch when he’s got a bat in his hands.’

    Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Jim Leyland in Baseball Digest (September 1988)

    c. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for February 23, 2021

    ‘Fans don’t boo nobodies.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yes, thank you!

      C. Reggie!

    • Smitty says:
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      Thanks Ante love Jimmy Leyland quote on Bobby Bo. Miss Leyland, much like Earl Weaver. They were not shy when it came to share their opinions, whether it was with an umpire or a player. Loved their passion and how they got the most out of their ballclubs.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Leyland was so good

  4. Jim's Bane says:
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    Question for the entire audience:

    If you are in a 12-team 8 keeper, AL-Only, 5×5 auction league, which auction tracker is best? Our auction moves along pretty quickly, so it needs to be nimble.

  5. Jimmy's Bane says:
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    For a 12-team, AL-only, 5×5, 8-keeper, auction league, what is the best in-auction software? Needs to be enable quick input and ease of use, as this league moves its auction along.

  6. Grey’s Mom says:
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    Bregman or Kyle Lewis? 6×5 roto w/ BB+TB

    Lux or Gore for a minors keeper??

    Love,
    Mom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bregman — Gore

  7. NUX says:
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    Before anyone asks about the excel version of this, I would urge you to look into Rudy’s War Room tool, which is absolute money! I can’t say enough good things about how many leagues that has won me in early drafts over the years.

    But also, last couple of years I’ve created a tiers sheet that another commenter (Hot Rod) uses to make the excel sheet. We’re workin on it!

    • Bbhhi says:
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      Can you tell me if it handles auction formats well?

      • NUX says:
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        No I cannot. Because I don’t do auctions. So I have no opinion. But I mean, I see no reason as to why you can’t at least see the stats your drafting as you draft each player. But it def doesn’t have dollar values or bidding capabilities.

        Here is the post from last year though: https://razzball.com/2020-fantasy-baseball-war-room/

      • NUX says:
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        Sorry, I CTRL+F for the word auction in that post. And there is auction values, so it should help you in that way. It just isn’t on my mind when I think about it bc I don’t use it in that way.

      • jbona3 says:
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        I play an auction keeper league and used it last year to identify what stats I needed to fill out on my roster and potential values based on the $ figures and it helped me to a 2nd place finish (from 11th the previous year)…as with any draft tool, it won’t do the work for you but I definitely found value in it.

  8. James Stockburger says:
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    I had problems in Internet Explorer. Switched over to Firefox. Works great!!! This is a great tool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great, happy to hear it’s working for you!

  9. James D Stockburger says:
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    I would like for the option of league size to include 8 and 6 team leagues! Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe next year, it’s already made for this year

  10. The sportsguy says:
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    Anyone have any info on a website/software solution that allows an online auction for baseball? Not slow auction but one that would allow everyone to make bids on the fly as though we were in person? Still not ready to put 12 of us in a room for 6 hours yet..

      • The sportsguy says:
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        This doesn’t appear to answer the question, Looking for a tool that allows 12 of us in different locations to run the auction, take bids, update who is left, how much money..essentially determines who bid $6 and Then who bid $7 etc…

        I see tools for tracking your team during the draft/ auction…am I missing it somehow?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re looking at Rudy’s war room?

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          There’s a good site we used for the football pod league…
          Can’t remember the name ask donk or bdon for the link.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Donkey Teeth, please reply

          • Donkey Teeth

            Donkey Teeth says:
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            couchmanagers.com

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              Yes ha unfortunately my team took big dump championship week!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No excuses, which is what my bumper sticker and t-shirt say

  11. battlintaz says:
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    Head to Head Category League Keep TWO of the following hitters to go with Mondesi, & Bichette,

    Guerrero
    Voight
    Moncada
    Hiura

    Thanks ‘great one”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vlad, Voit — tough call tho

  12. Gus says:
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    So Grey, what are the thresholds to win each category for r,hr,rbi,obp,ops,sb,w,era,whip,sv,hld,k/9,qs for a 12 team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re in there

  13. OaktownSteve says:
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    Rudy’s war room kicks ass.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Preach

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, it’s all I use

  14. omar says:
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    Question about OPS rankings, just to make sure I’m understanding the data. On the standard rankings, you have Trout at 5. When I look at OPS, Trout drops to 7 overall. But he has the second highest OPS value in the league. How does he fall, when we’re adding a category that he excels at? What am I missing?

    • phennore says:
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      Grey’s rankings and the OPS rankings aren’t on the same underlying projections. If you compare the standard player rater (12-team 5×5) Trout is 11 but moves up to 7 in OPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What phennore said

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It’s comparing apples/oranges — I do standard 5×5 — Rudy does OPS rankings with Razz/Steamer projections

  15. 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, RP, RP (Qs, K, era/whip, sv) 1400 IP max
    3 bench

    I’m concerned teams that grab top arms early will 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.

    1. Would you reach earlier for a top 10 SP in this league than waiting as you would a larger league?

    2. I’m going to suggest the league expand the number of positions by adding another UTIL and a P slot to thin it out a bit. I haven’t seen a league with more than two UTIL slots before. Good idea?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a 6 team league I think you’d have to draft an ace, and I’d see no way you wouldn’t…You’d be thru 5 rounds at pick 30

      2. You need more teams

      • Benchwarmers says:
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        When you say I would need to draft an ace are you referring to one of a Bauer, Darvish, Giolito, Nola type or the tier after them?

        And agree in needing more teams.

  16. Cram It says:
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    *ping* You’re up in Bestball

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Already? Wow, just picked

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’m not up

        • Cram It says:
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          Okay okay, I think you picked as I came here to ping you. Everyone calm down!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn you all to hell!

          • Cram It says:
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            Or my draft room didn’t update.

  17. S.A.N.T.O.S says:
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    12 team OBP keeper question. Keep 1 of the following for the next three years with round drafted in parentheses:
    Moncada (5)
    Tucker (8)
    L Gurriel (14)
    Thanks!

  18. leon says:
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    16 man dynasty. Puig and andujar for jorge polanco? (assume puig gets signed)i suppose?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t assume that at this point — Prolly take Polanco, but could backfire if Puig does sign

  19. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Which SS would u rather have Wander Franco (TB) or Bichette who I have?
    Would you trade Bichette for Franco?

  20. VinWins

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    Doing my first-ever slow draft. Torture!. Of course, adding to it is in a public league people join without checking the settings. 2 have quit while waiting for the first pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, that sucks

      • VinWins

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        It’s only 45 minutes per pick, but then I have the 15th pick, so it could be 10-hour wait. Just thought I should give it a try once.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You need to make friends with person right before you on both sides and have them ping you for your turn, it’s the only way

          • VinWins

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            The 14th pick quit, so will be autopicked.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s not right

              • VinWins

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                Well, he quit after the draft started, which I didn’t think was possible. He could have just ignored the draft and then checked out the team he got before quitting. Public leagues, you have to expect badness.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, totally

  21. Thundergunn says:
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    Yahoo standard H2H 5×5 pick 4 keepers out of these 6

    Bellinger, Bregman, Marte, Flaherty, Devers, Arozarena

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Randy or Marte

  22. Ryan741 says:
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    Grey, I have 3 keeper/trade scenarios and I’d like your opinion on the best one. Currently have Yu as 2nd round keep and Gallen as a 15th. Here are the 3 options I currently have 1) keep Yu and Gallen 2) trade Yu and my 2nd round pick for pick 1.5 and draft either Yelich or Freeman and then keep Sixto also as a 15th round keeper 3) trade Gallen for a 2nd or 3rd round pick and draft a Baez/Castellanos/Hiura type and keep Sixto as a 15th
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2 sounds good

      • Ryan741 says:
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        Was also offered Bundy/1.11/1.12 for Yu/2nd/4th and keep Bundy in the 11th round. Is that better than any of the options above?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s not better

  23. The natural says:
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    Hey grey hope all is well. 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. (Was thinking bichette and eloy) Also was hoping you could give me your ideal rounds to snag my first and second sps.

  24. OaktownSteve says:
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    Been watching pitchers the last couple of days. Damn Gonsolin looks good. If you want skills not jobs drafting. Damn.

    Magoo and I took him in our NFBC draft champ. Not sure if you’re in a DC yet, Albright. How is it possible that the talent pool seems so thin? The same number of players will play this year, a usual amount of HRs will be hit. Ks will be recorded, yet it seems like there’s so much mediocrity past the first few rounds.

    Can’t decide if it’s because I took last year off from baseball and my perception is kind of warped or what.

    But with Gonsolin, if he makes 10-12 starts, I think they’ll be quality and that seems like enough to return value in that format. What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wrote a Gonsolin sleeper post in November, posted it in January then removed him from the SP rankings in Feb, when they signed Bauer — Gonsolin will get into the rotation at some point and be one of the #1 adds — Gonsolin is a guy I’d love to get as bench SP in NFBC

      We’re doing out NFBC signups now bottom of this post: https://razzball.com/josh-jung-2021-fantasy/ — Magoo will likely get an email if he entered last year

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Just signed up for the NFBC. I’ll get Magoo to help me. Also signed up for a Mattruss RCL. Haven’t done one in awhile. I’m looking forward to being back into the daily changes grind.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          oh yeah…that RCL isn’t full. C’mon razzers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Good to hear it!

  25. jbona3 says:
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    I have the excel based War Room, but I’m a OBP and SV+H league – is there any place i can download those $ values for the excel?

  26. ECTO says:
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    Who should I keep? Choose 1 Batter 1 Pitcher
    7×7 Scoring (R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP) / (W, L, QS, K, SV, ERA, WHIP) – H2H

    Marcell Ozuna (Round 10)
    Tim Anderson (14)
    Michael Conforto (18)
    Luke Voit (25)

    Yu Darvish (Round 6)
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (13)
    Kenta Maeda (15)
    Jesus Luzardo (20)

      • ECTO says:
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        That’s what I was thinking. Thanks, Grey! Appreciate the work that you and the rest of the guys do on Razzball. Keep up the good work, no other fantasy site like this

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, thanks!

  27. eballs says:
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    My league will be starting in a keeper league format this year where everyone’s first 4 picks will hold over next year. Given this format, would you draft 4 position players in the first 4 rounds, or 3 position players and a pitcher? For 4 position players, are there specific positions you’re targeting? (i.e. at least 2 outfielders, or no second baseman) Here’s my current league format:

    ESPN 12 team points league
    Snake draft

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3 hitters, 1 SP — SS, OF, corner man

  28. DonnieB says:
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    Will there be a draft grid this year by position? Or is it in the War Room? Should I be payable to print and have a hard copy of the tools? Thank you as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Draft grid? You mean tier sheet? I don’t do that, someone else does it and I upload it…Not sure if they’re doing it

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