You emerge from mother’s basement, holding your hands up to your eyes to block the sun, and scream, “Ma! I won my fantasy league! Ma!” You stop to look around; it’s a fiery landscape reminiscent to an apocalypse. You open further the basement door, and it falls off its hinges. Scared, you whisper, “Ma?” There’s no walls anymore on your house, which gives you a vantage point to the entire surrounding area that smolders. Coming up your once-tree-lined street is a posse of thousands of–An army from another country? Another world? Who are these people? What have they done with your family? Just as the questions dissolve over you, a warrior spots you and grunts for you to get in line. You reach for the only weapon you can get your hands on, a Lou Pinella commemorative mini-bat from a 1981 stadium giveaway, and join the post-apocalyptic army. As you scuttle into position behind the marching forces, you see a group of warriors carrying your mother’s head on a pitchfork. Overcome with emotion, you run up and scream, “Ma! I gotta tell you about the fantasy league I won!” In this scenario, I am your mother, and the army is Razzball. You’re welcome! Today is the day when you realize you’ve spent 27,000 man hours this summer beating eleven other strangers to win a virtual trophy, and it feels great! That’s if you won your league, if you came in 2nd or worst, you get an A for effort.

Another baseball season is in the books, for our purposes at least — or porpoises, if you’re a dolphin — since no leagues I know of count game 163, and with a baseball season in the books, it means Cody Bellinger’s 2021 is now in the books, and, in conclusion, that is why they should burn books. Any questions? *calls on a white guy who looks zonked* Yes? “If I’m going to IHOP is it MeHOP, MyselfHOP or IHOP, or does it depend on usage?” God damn it, is that you Cody Bellinger?! Stop smoking so much weed! *Cody lowers his head, kicks a rock and walks out of the room* Okay, if there’s no more questions, I have one: how long until next year’s rankings come out?! Wait, I have to write them. When I’m done, I’ll start to put them on our Patreon. Now, one more question, what do I do for the next three months? Oh, yeah, write the rankings! Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Michael Conforto – 1-for-3 and his 14th homer on Saturday. Conforto has likely played his last game for the Mets, and can I bet on him to win the 2022 MVP? Doesn’t even matter the league. He might be the first guy to win it in both leagues. The amount of goodwill the universe has for anyone leaving the Mets is insane. If Justin Turner went from a 12-homer guy on the Mets to his current production, Conforto might hit 70 homers next year.

Noah Syndergaard – 1 IP, 2 ER. Hey, Mets, is that the confidence boost heading into the offseason you thought it was?

Jorge Soler – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 27th homer, and 2nd homer in two games. Hot schmotato alert–Oh, wait.

Shohei Ohtani – 1-for-3, and his 46th homer. If Ohtani’s home run helped the Jays reach the playoffs, Vlad Jr. would’ve got my vote for AL MVP, but since it didn’t, I have to go Ohtani.

Triston McKenzie – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.95. It’s amazing that hitters can’t hit him, then suddenly he goes sideways, and they can hit him. I mean, that’s pretty standard, but it’s bizarre here, because Triston McKenzie going sideways means he disappears, so how do hitters see the ball?

Oneil Cruz – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st major league homer, as he was called up. The Pirates think the season is in June. Yo, Pirates, what you doin’, baby? Whatchu doin’? Because you’re legit crazy town bringing up Roansy with less than a week, then bringing up Cruz. I mean, I love it, don’t get me wrong, but, and I’m gonna pause here for emphasis, why? The Pirates started his clock the day before the season ended. That is possibly the craziest thing I’ve ever heard. Any hoo! I love Oneil, and will definitely be writing a rookie outlook post for him in a few weeks.

Tyler Mahle – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.75. Me early Saturday, “Mahle’s got the Pirates. We got this!” Me Saturday night, “Hello, Reds’ front office, I was wondering if I could have Tyler’s home address. No, no, for friendly reasons.”

Joey Votto – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 36th homer, hitting .266. Honestly, no idea what to do with Votto for 2022. If you’re just going off what he actually did, he’s basically a top 50 overall guy. That seems outlandish.

Luis Robert – 1-for-2 and his 13th homer. it sucks so bad we didn’t get to see a whole season from him. If you remember, I went out on a limb with him in the preseason, then said limb snapped off the tree when he was hurt. He could’ve easily had a 35/25/.290 season if he stayed on the field. Yes, I’m going to love him again next year.

Jorge Polanco – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 33rd homer. People next year will be jacked out of their mind for Byron Buxton (2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs his 19th) like they just mainlined Red Bull, but Polanco’s winning leagues.

Pablo Lopez – 1 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.07, as he was activated from the 60-day IL. Trying to figure out if this is a glass half full or half empty for Pab-Lo’s game 162 return.

Jesus Luzardo – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 6.61. Wouldn’t be the final weekend of the season without a sonavabench!

Nick Fortes – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer in his 14th game. That’s how you come up out of nowhere, and get on Spring Training radars.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-1, 1 run, hitting .309. Whether or not he wins the MVP, and I think he will, let’s never forget his doppelgänger, Cher.

Kevin Gausman – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.81. Oh, I love that for fantasy, but was Gabe Kapler busy doing crunches and forgot they’re headed to the playoffs? They felt like he needed seven more innings for s’s and g’s? I guess they had the Dodgers breathing down their neck, but I would’ve thrown Cueto in back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday for 9 innings each game. Ha, imagine that? There’s no rule that says you can’t. “Hey, Johnny, we’re gonna need you to take the ice off your arm and give us nine more today.”

Logan Webb – 7 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.03, and his 1st homer, pitchslapping Crismatt. Logan Webb is like, “I can do that Shohei parlor trick too.”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 48th homer. Cake Batter did all he could for my fantasy teams and the Jays (in that order). Gonna suck when I draft him 5th overall next year and he shows up at camp with an extra 80 pounds of cake.

George Springer – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 21st and 22nd homer, hitting .264. As for the AL Wild Card, the Blue Jays got robbed but they’re tough, which is why I say they’re Rob Ford tough.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 45th homer, hitting .265. If Jays bring back Semien, I am begging you:  I want to see fireworks for every Semien homer, but not fireworks, and instead a giant lotion bottle squirting into the air.

Yuli Gurriel – 1-for-1, 1 RBI and only pinch-hit late once his AL batting title was secure with a .319 average. After the game, Gurriel received a congratulatory call from Jose Reyes.

Kyle Tucker – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 30th homer. Top 15 overall guy in 2022? Yes or no? I’m leaning no, but yes could kick out my feet so my “no leaning” falls into the yes column.

Seth Brown – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer. The least talked about 20-homer season since Toby Harrah put up 20 in 1979?

Tanner Houck – 5 IP, 0 ER, 0 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.52. Can I draft him now for 2022? How about now? Now?

Chris Sale – 2 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.16. Red Sox are the “Oh no what are you doin’ baby” of teams in the playoffs. I honestly can’t believe they got there with that team. Nick Pivetta is their best closer and best starter. I will now cackle loudly.

Rafael Devers – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and two homers (37, 38), hitting .279. And will still be underrated in the preseason!

Ryan Zimmerman – 0-for-3, 1 RBI as he played most likely his last game. If this Ryan Zimmerman’s final game, let’s never forget his contribution to our lexicon:

Tommy Edman – 1-for-3 and his 11th homer. Will be recapping all the positions starting on Thursday (tomorrow’s the year-end awards). Edman? First time I can remember truly appreciating someone having lots of eligibility. If he wasn’t good, it wouldn’t have mattered, or if the leagues were shallower, but when injuries hit, it was nice to be able to get Edman into a new slot.

Brandon Lowe – 1-for-4 and 3 homers on Saturday (37, 38, 39). What was truly hilarious about his three homers is how ridiculous two of them were because it was Yankee Stadium. One was a no doubter, one was a home run in only eight other parks, and the third would’ve only been out of one other park, and, honestly, seeing that homer, I’m surprised it would’ve made it out of anywhere else. What was the other park, a Little League park in Hoboken?

Michael Wacha – 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.05. Rays fighting to simply make the Yanks play another game was my level of petty. Sadly, the Rays came up a little short.

Aaron Ashby – 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.55. Hiring a sherpa to take me to the top of Mt. Everest to let out the most echoing chef’s kiss for what Ashby did to my teams on the final day.

Max Muncy – Looked like a broken wrist for Muncy, as he reached into the baserunner’s path and got clipped by Jace Peterson. If it is what it looks like, tough blow for the Dodgers’ one-game playoff chances. This is stupid, right? I haven’t been in LA so long it’s clouding my judgement, right? It’s nuts the Dodgers win 106 games and have a one-game playoff, right?

Trea Turner – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 28th homer, as he wins the NL batting title. I didn’t deserve you, but I was so happy for the Treats I Urner’d.

Julio Urias – 6 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.96, and his 20th win. I had an inkling, but I figured, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and actually google “best MLB run support.” It was Urias with 7+ runs per game.

Walker Buehler – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.47. The Dodgers could have the top three vote-getters in the NL Cy Young. Elias Sports Bureau says the last time that happened was a while ago, but Bill spilled a Cape Codder on his computer, so they can’t look it up.

Clayton Kershaw – Hit the IL with a forearm/elbow injury. Damn, it’s a long road back if that’s a precursor to Tommy John, as it normally is. At 33 years of age too, does he have what it takes to come back? I’d be like, “Let me get back to you after I see if I can lift my $100 million in my wallet.”

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Lee
Lee
10 months ago

Will getting “Bellingered” enter the Razzball lexicon?

Gary Z
Gary Z
10 months ago

Grey- rough season this year. Despite Yeli, Belli, and Ozuna doing everything in their power to absolutely kill my season, your insight on Gausman, Stroman, and other carried me to a 4th place finish. Thanks for all you and the staff does tirelessly all year! Looking forward to your off-season write ups! Who is your WS pick?

Jeff Jaffee
Jeff Jaffee
10 months ago

Best site in fantasy sports.
Lost NL by one steal on last day and then tie breaker.
Amazing season.
One question: if Dodgers win wild card, do they still play the Giants or is there a rule that says can’t play inside the division?
Thank you for all you do, but especially HUMOR.

Regurgitating Gordon Wood
Regurgitating Gordon Wood
10 months ago

Thanks for all your help. I did horribly in both leagues but that’s not your fault.
Better side in keeper format?
John means and mj Melendez
For
Gavin lux?
Thanks!

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
10 months ago

What’s good Grey? Hope you’re doing well. Like all the other posters, just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work and congeniality throughout the year. It really is appreciated.

Life of Brian
Life of Brian
10 months ago

Great article, hilarious. Thank you for writing it every day and answering all of our questions.

Finished top 3 in all 3 of my leagues. In the league that I won the championship, I picked up Ohtani as my first free agent, so that was a good omen. Across the 3 leagues, my top hitters were FA pickups or mid-round draft picks: Ohtani, Semien, Olson, Perez. As you’ve mentioned before, it was ridiculous how much better Perez was than the no. 2 catcher. Picked up Crawford in all 3 leagues.

What a wierd year for pitching, having to navigate the ‘sticky stuff.’ Had Bauer, too. But it helped that in one league, I snatched up Morton off waivers, and no one wanted Fried when I tried to trade him. Kimbrel’s trade killed me for saves; I knew he was likely to be traded, but I never in a million years thought he would go to a team that already had an elite closer.

Enjoy the offseason!

McZero
McZero
10 months ago

Another satisfied fan here. I took first place and it’s all because of you and the fine people of Razzball. Thanks for making this a very enjoyable year!

zombie
zombie
10 months ago

You’re the best, Grey. Thanks for it all.

Turnandcoughlin
Turnandcoughlin
10 months ago

Thanks for another great year of much appreciated insights.
Not to poach on Ante’s property but my all time favorite line from MacDonald:

And in music news, number one on the college charts this summer was ‘Better than Ezra’.
And at number two: ‘Ezra’.

See you next year!

Jerry Kenly
Jerry Kenly
10 months ago

Awesome job again this season. Can’t wait for next year’s sleeper posts.

Gary C
10 months ago

Thanks again for all of your advice and daily write-ups! Much appreciated.

Have a great off-season, see you next year!

Rick Brown
Rick Brown
10 months ago

Hey Grey,
Wanna add my thanks for all that you do. You are truly one-of-a-kind my man!

RICK

Wake Up
10 months ago

I got so excited I forgot my email…

Wake Up
10 months ago

Another year in the books my friend.

I’m no Robot but I cashed in every single league this year which feels pretty pretty good after that short sprint last year. The grind is real and the way we embrace it while it wears on others is our edge. I love it. I really do. I will out work you every time every year and the reason I love it so much is exactly because it is so hard. And speaking of being so hard…did I mention the part about cashing in every single league yet? I also won a RCL and will be at the top of the overall again actually I won every RCL that I joined. Again. And now this just feels like gross bragging and while I don’t mind gross, I’m usually not much for bragging. I’m totally jinxing myself for next year aren’t I?

Anyway…what I really came here to say today is thanks to you and the whole Razzball community for all the laughs all season long!

Wake Up
10 months ago

Another year in the books my friend.

I’m no Robot but I cashed in every single league this year which feels pretty pretty good after that short sprint last year. The grind is real and the way we embrace it while it wears on others is our edge. I love it. I really do. I will out work you every time every year and the reason I love it so much is exactly because it is so hard. And speaking of being so hard…did I mention the part about cashing in every single league yet? I also won a RCL and will be at the top of the overall again actually I won every RCL that I joined. Again. And now this just feels like gross bragging and while I don’t mind gross, I’m usually not much for bragging. I’m totally jinxing myself for next year aren’t I?

Anyway…what I really came here to say today is thanks to you and the whole Razzball community for all the laughs all season long!

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
10 months ago

I wanted to take the time to thank you for daily write-ups & guiding me thru the season by answering my many questions. Rudy’s tools are indispensable for league management. If you don’t use them, you are essentially bringing a knife to a gunfight. When all else fails & things are going sideways at times we still get a daily dose of your humor to brighten the day ….Thanks!!

Now for the results: I finally managed a 3rd place in the two 15 team/ 50 player drafts & holds I played in (the other, I was 8th where I simply ran out of players) I got 8th in the best ball league I tried this season.
But I did well in the 12 team weekly Fantax leagues taking 3 championships, a 2nd place & a tie for 5th. Overall a successful & satisfying season. Sadly I did not enter and RCL’s this year. I just ran out of time drafting ….next year for sure.
Enjoy the playoffs! I am already looking forward to next year.

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Oh BTW if Laura is Ms Purrfect in the one league, she squeaked out a championship on the final day (the one I came in 5th). She won a 12 team 5X5 with just 83.5 points but a win is a win. The Top 6 teams were all within 7 points of each other. She certainly played like a Razzballer for sure. So if she is not Laura then I’m guessing she is one of your 5 female readers. Since I could almost never beat her to pick up the hottest free agents, I certainly paid attention to what she was doing & considered those players she was grabbing off the wire.

VinWins
VinWins
10 months ago

After reading Razzball a while, I just assumed when you made a comment on a site, the author would reply. Soon found out differently.

You are the best!

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
Reply to  VinWins
10 months ago

Hear, hear! Thanks Vin for your work on the RCLs!

aintlifegrand
aintlifegrand
10 months ago

Thanks for another great season of unearthing some amazing gems with your sage advice and allowing me to rationalize cutting dead weight to keep the roster fresh and surging, as Sunday brought my 5th consecutive championship in my home high stakes 10 team league, and second straight finals against my co-commish who was in first place post to post all season.

The finals heroes included Alek Manoah who dominated the last two weeks during the final, providing the QS needed to seal that category and Arozarena who put up 6 of his 20 steals during the finals 2 weeks to lock down steals.

Season highlights included:

Sal Perez for my best value pick and MVP, paid $2 at auction for a Bench beating season.

Mullins for best season long waiver pickup after someone drafted and dropped him in late April.

Schwindel, Gallegos, and Nicky Lopez were key pickups in August and carried me when other guys started to falter (*cough*Jared Walsh*cough*)

What a glorious return to real baseball after last year’s truncated travesty! Now once we can get rid of that runner on 2nd rule next year, baseball will have finally returned to form.

I already can’t wait for your first write ups for 2022 and am missing the juice of lineup decisions.

Be well in the off-season, thanks again for everything!!!

Pops
Pops
10 months ago

I’ll add my thanks as well. Won my home league thanks in part to your advice and Rudy’s projections. Pretty much start every morning with your recaps, and the humor and insight make my day.

Not sure people really appreciate how much work it takes not just to do the preseason ranks and the in-season recaps and buy columns, but answering each and every question in the comments. Nobody else really does that and it’s why you’re a legend. Thanks again.

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

I couldn’t agree more with Pops.

I remember some kid giving you a hard time for wanting to know streaming matchups this season. Some people really don’t get that you’re doing this because you love it . . . and we all reap the benefits. There aren’t enough “thank yous” to go around.

williamsburg
williamsburg
10 months ago

Thanks for another great year, Grey! Your projections and daily summaries helped me win my league! You’re my go-to for fantasy baseball advice and a daily laugh. The #2 place team in my league came on strong with Sal Perez (who I’ll never draft, either) and Jorge Polanco’s late surges. For the last few weeks I wished someone would put liquid heat in their jockstraps before game time! Have a great off-season, and keep up the great work!!

Smell The Glove
Smell The Glove
10 months ago

Grey! I won most improved from All-Star break for my league! I was a champion in nearly all hitting categories but near dead last in every pitching category (except K’s). Enough celebrating, onto 2022.

In our league we get 2 regular keepers and 1 rookie keeper (meaning they qualified for ROY in 2021 or are still qualified for 2022),

Last day of waiver wire I quickly grabbed all top prospects. How would you rank these various rookies and who would give me the most draft value to keep?

Bobby Witt Jr.
Adley Rutschman
Julio Rodriguez
Ian Anderson (had him all season)
Jazz Chisholm Jr. (had him most of season)
Shane McClanahan (had him end of season)
Reiver Sanmartin (just curious about your thoughts on him)

Thanks for everything this past season and onward to playoff Baseball!

Torito6654
Torito6654
10 months ago

Grey,

What side do you like in a Keeper league:
Betts Buhler or Cole Bieber Judge

Also, please rank these guys for next season – Giolito, Alacantara, Cease, Musgrove.

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
10 months ago

HEY TO THE HEY, GREY!!!!!!!

As you know, my Jersey-brotha, my season got Bellingered (well, Story-Springer-Bellingered to be precise), and I was non-competitive down the stretch in my league for the first time in a decade, so I haven’t been hanging around too much . . . but it is definitely time to lay a huge THANK YOU on you and all of the Razzcrew. The cookies didn’t crumble my way this year, but you always make me far more competitive, and I honestly feel like we are bros. And I’m definitely not alone there.

THANK YOU AGAIN. I LURRRRRRRVE YAS!!!!!!!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  sportivetricks
10 months ago

Hahah. Just saw you are talking about getting Bellingered yourself in a comment directly above!!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Yup. Story was kind of the light jab that wasn’t so bad on its own, but it set us up for getting clobbered with a massive uppercut. Bellingered.

I think the violent metaphors are coming up for me because I still want to come out to LA and go looking for Cody with ya.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Story was one of ten players to post a 20/20 season this year. Unfortunately he had the 9th worst stats of that group. Can you name the 10th worst player and his stats?

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Yep, you nailed it. Career year for him even at .239 / 23 / 67 / 20. And we all expected more from Story but a 20/20 year is still pretty rare in MLB. His value going forward depends a lot on where he ends up next season.

toolshed
toolshed
10 months ago

Sorry to hear about ashby in your leagues. I am kind of glad he got lit up at the end to inflate that era for next year. I like the elite ground ball and k rate. Maybe he will start next year and find his way into the rotation.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
10 months ago

Man, I had a great year. I won 4 of 5 leagues (3 of 4 RCL’s) including the Original Recipe Razzball league. I posted 113 pts. in RCL 32.

Not bad for a schmendrick that drafted Austin Riley on all of his teams, but dropped him everywhere right before he took off.

You, Rudy, and the staff always greatly add to my enjoyment of the baseball season. A big thank you to everyone.

Will
Will
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
10 months ago

I feel your pain, did the same thing with Riley after his ice cold start. Would like to have that one back.

toolshed
toolshed
10 months ago

Thanks for all of the tremendous work preseason, in season and post season. You provide excellent content and respond to all comments and answer all questions all year long. I am wearing a 50 shades of Grey shirt today to show my respect and give thanks.

Cohen
Cohen
10 months ago

Grey, i won my league for the 5 th year out of the last 7 that i have followed you.
Thank you for all the feedback and all of your amazing knowledge of baseball.
I drafted Acuna/Devers/Bichette because of your rankings and that helped propel me to another title.
I cant wait till next year.
Thanks Again!!!

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
10 months ago

Grey,

Wanted to join the choir, express my appreciation for all that you and the Razzball team did this season (and many past seasons).

You finished a close #2 in the MVP race for who helped me the most this fantasy baseball season (second to Cedric Mullins … so, you were Vlad to Cedric’s Shohei :) But you were #1 in terms of fantasy baseball entertainment (Ante Galic, a close #2) … I mean intentional entertainment; there were other sites providing *unintentional* amusement!

More concrete expressions of appreciation forthcoming, just need to collect some winnings …

Stl Squat Cobblers
Stl Squat Cobblers
10 months ago

Congrats Gary D and Matthew T on taking down my two Razz DCs. You both killed it and also Congrats Matt on your top 30 finish!! Well done!!

Stl Squat Cobblers
Stl Squat Cobblers
10 months ago

Thanks Grey for the great year. Appreciate you and Rudy for all the advice/tools!

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
10 months ago

28,000 fantasy baseballer hours. And it’s THEYHOP.

Seriously, thanks for all your humor and advice over the past 6 months – took home the pot for the 3rd year in a row thanks to this site.

Appreciate all you do.

I’d love to know how you came to know so much about baseball… Did you ever play? You should seriously work in a front office somewhere.

c
c
10 months ago

thanks, my main man Grey, for being the sanity in the insanity that its fantasy baseballing (your mom’s term?). You kept me from last place (Bellinger, Story, Lindor to start the year) and that, in and of itself, is a testament to how badass you are.

CT Old School
CT Old School
10 months ago

I took Story #1 and Bellinger #2. Nuff said.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  CT Old School
10 months ago

The RCL I won I took Belly second round and still survived.
I lost Acuna in my home league and won that too.
One or two players hurts but can be overcome.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

For sure. I wonder what rest of his team looked like… I lost acuna too in razz nfbc.

On the football side it can absolutely kill you but baseball is long enough to adjust.

Tom
Tom
Reply to  frankgrimes
10 months ago

Well, some of the late value picks I drafted were, Mullins, Votto, O’neill, Hays, Cease, Ray, Freddy Peralta and Stroman, and Naquin with my 50th pick who returned some pretty decent value. On top of losing Acuna I also lost Robert for a good chunk of the year.

Douchebag
Douchebag
Reply to  Tom
10 months ago

Damn. Congrats!

ToobShooter
ToobShooter
10 months ago

Standard roto, who are you keeping for ’22 (and beyond):

– Trevor Rogers
– Alek Manoah

ToobShooter
ToobShooter
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

NL East vs. AL East really has me overthinking this one.

William Hung
William Hung
10 months ago

50! This was by far my worst fake baseball season in a decade – I didn’t make the playoffs and I was out of it by the middle of the summer… Not sure why/how every move I made didn’t work out. Back to the drawing board I guess

Sherm Reinhardt
Sherm Reinhardt
10 months ago

Thanks, Grey! Finally my ‘ship has come in! And Mondesi, my pick at #20 who I kept the entire season, got some actual stats at the end and boosted my SB. Gausman, Mahle, Lynn, Sonny Gray, Bassitt (get well soon!), and Berrios anchored my SP and Guerrero, Devers, Riley, Mountcastle and even Posey picked up the slack when Acuña went down. As always, you are the man!

Eric
Eric
10 months ago

Hey Grey,

Looking at my keepers for next year and would like your opinion. Not really great options here, which tells you all you need to know about my season.

Who would be your FOUR picks from the guys below? Note: I can’t take more than one guy in a round (duh)! I’m leaning toward the asterisks, but let me know what you think.

*Shane Bieber – will replace my 6th round pick next year
Giancarlo – will replace my 6th round pick next year
*Luis Castillo – will replace my 5th round pick next year
Matt Olson – will replace my 5th round pick next year
Adalberto Mondesi – will replace my 2nd round pick next year
Jorge Polanco – will replace my 17th round pick next year
*Chris Bassitt – will replace my 13th round pick next year
*Nate Eovaldi – will replace my 20th round pick next year

Thanks in advance!

Will
Will
10 months ago

As usual our league came down to the final weekend of the season. Gausman, Urias, Webb, Votto and Buxton on the final weekend helped me come from 4.5 points down a week ago to secure the 2nd championship in a row, this one by a single point. Thanks for all your help Grey, can’t wait until your rankings come out next spring. When is the draft???

I Still Like Bader (But I'm Alone)
I Still Like Bader (But I'm Alone)
10 months ago

Thank you for another great season, Grey. Couldn’t have drafted or gotten through it without you. Thanks also to all the great commentators as well. War Room: greatest asset of all time; morning read-up: best part of the day!

Harrison Bader, 2022 MVP, book it! (Don’t book it.)

Sport
Sport
10 months ago

Thank you for such a great year Grey. Followed your for years of great advice and fun blogs. It makes it fun! Even though every time I read a Kyle Tucker bit, I’m sitting here with my Kyle Lewis, feeling like when I was a kid wearing my Brooks and watching my friends walk by in their Air Jordans. But I at least had Semien EVERYWHERE this year!!!!!!!

Planning on chasing some Buy Low guys in the dynasty league off-season’s through trades. Any chance you would have a final BUY column or is this probably going to fall into the Sleepers posts? Any names jump out at you like a Houck?

Thank you for everything!

Blooper
Blooper
10 months ago

Love Razzball so much… you are the man!

Dustin
Dustin
10 months ago

Thanks for all of your help, Grey, and for everyone at Razzball for everything throughout the season. Took home 2 championships out of 3 leagues, & this was my Year 1 in the other so I need time to Establish A Winning Culture (and bargain contracts of course). Couldn’t help but feel gratified by the last two Grey ledes- Bo was my MVP in one league, Judge in the other, and Ray was the ace on teams I battled hard with in both of the championship leagues.

This is essentially the only place I go to for fantasy baseball news and advice & has been for many years; the only thing that will be changing is that I should stop being a freeloader and start ponying up for some of the extra features. (if I had streamed better I probably wouldn’t have needed to sweat the stretch run Airplane style; it literally came down to the last ABs in my big entry fee mixed league – I was praying all day for there to be no tiebreak games unlike almost everyone else).

Thank you again to everyone here at Razzball!

Dustin
Dustin
Reply to  Dustin
10 months ago

P.S. that 1 league I didn’t win (and I did not come close) was an NL only… and like you and a lot of folks, I had a big ol Belli-ache throughout the season… Cody indeed needs to lay off the weed….

Blooper
Blooper
10 months ago

Wow to the nth Tom!

Billy Loverocket
Billy Loverocket
10 months ago

Hey Grey,

I know you get so many posts to go through. I may stand out because I told you one time I dropped all my RPs around the beginning of Aug. My SPs were doing great but their efforts would get negated by my RPs.

At the time I was stuck in 8th/9th in ERA & WHIP. In the end, my saves position held up (I was up by 20 in Aug – the guy behind me got within 4, but I held onto 5th in saves). I ended up 2nd in ERA & 4th in WHIP!

That bold move was the catalyst for winning my league. I won by 2 points after being down by 19 when I dropped the RPs. As a bonus, I am the first person to ever 3-peat in a league that’s been around 20+ years. This was my 6th year (1st 4X, 2nd once, & 4th).

I see lots of folks with the same feelings, this site and specifically you are like our secret weapon! Thanks so much for your daily blog & rankings! They help me immensely!

Fart Butt
Fart Butt
10 months ago

It took me 5 yrs but I won my first RCL league. Probably won’t be in the top 50 overall but still feels good to win one. I even drafted Eloy in the 2nd round. Trading Urquidy for Sal Perez in mid April helped out with the loss of Eloy. Thanks again to you and your team for the advice.

The Great Knoche
10 months ago

Grey, Thanks for all you do. Been quiet on my end as I’ve been doing lots of sports handicapping, but I still read every day. Always Great stuff!

Bestball had some cashes! Let’s do another way to early DC this year again.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Friday after Thanksgiving sounds good.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

Thanks for your great guidance throughout the season. I won all 4! of my leagues — all by thinnest of margins. Particular kudos to keeping Springer two weeks ago when he was DTD for several days.

BTW I dropped Gausman two weeks ago. In one league, I won only because Gausman came out after 7 innings. One more flawless inning would have lost that league.

bigbear
bigbear
10 months ago

Soto – how special is he? Dude had 145 walks to lead the NL. #2 (Harper) had 100. To think I was concerned early in the season on him…

If I’m the Rays, I would have punted that game anyway. I’d rather face the Yankees in the playoffs than hot Semien, Cake Batter and the rest of the 1927 Blue Jays death squad!

Thanks for the daily write ups, Grey! Came for the data, stayed for the smiles! Winning 2 out of 3 leagues this year is the cherry on top! Devers is my H2H fantasy superstar! The 2.1 IP and 7 Ks by Sale helped too!

Looking forward to the 2021 recaps and 2022 draft already!

rotisserie.jedi
rotisserie.jedi
10 months ago

Thanks for another year of great advice and funny commentary. On my primary ID I finished in the money (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) in 7 out of 8 leagues thanks to great strategy tips from the writers at Razzball.

I actually thought this was not a good baseball year because too many stars did poorly (Mookie, Cody, Trevor, Trevor, etc….), please tell me 2022 will be more normal.

Finally, Cody Bellinger has been banned for life for any and all fantasy teams I will manage in the future. LIFETIME BAN.

That is all! See you next winter!

Tom
Tom
10 months ago

Grey, very pleased to say I got it done and won the NFBC Draft Champions overall title beating out 4,544 other teams which is a new record for contestants in that format. I won with 93.9% of points available which puts me in 2nd place in the all time NFBC history of most points. Just as fun was taking down the title in the NFBC draft champions league I did with you and other Razzball commenters, that team finished in 6th place in the overall. Look forward to seeing you all next year, I’m sure I’ll have a big target on my back.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Tom
10 months ago

Congrats Tom. That is an incredible accomplishment. Draft Champions is a tough format and winning the whole thing gives you street cred for life!!!!

Tom
Tom
Reply to  hot corner
10 months ago

Thanks, feels good for sure. I’m not saying this just because I won but I think the draft and hold format of Draft Champions is the toughest and truest test in fantasy baseball.

Stl Squat Cobblers
Stl Squat Cobblers
Reply to  Tom
10 months ago

Congrats Tom!!! That is no easy feat. I took ten shots at it this past year and didn’t even sniff the top 500. Finished 8th overall last year…so following Grey, Rudy and the Razz writers definitely puts us in position to succeed.

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Stl Squat Cobblers
10 months ago

Thanks! I took 3 shots in the DC, the guys I keyed on just happened to pan out, that’s the way it goes sometimes. Yup, always look forward to reading Grey’s column.

JasonH
JasonH
10 months ago

Thanks for everything you’ve done this season!

It’s also never too early to start thinking about next year! I’m in a 12 team OBP QS league that counts hitter strike outs. I can keep 6 players, rounds are next to their names. Who would you go with? Thanks again

Castellanos 3
Goldschmidt 4
Lynn 6
Giolito 7
Gausman 8
Franmil Reyes or Framber Valdez 9
Eloy 16
Eovaldi 18

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
10 months ago

Can we make your story a movie actually staring Cody Bellinger? Would love to see him all stoned eyed emerging from his house with a bat only to swing and miss at the first thing he sees with that minibat haha!

So you mean I spent all those lousey hours for 2nd place and 100 bucks??? I spent that all on going to a Bluejays game and they lost! At least I got to see a lot of muscled up guys on the yankees.

I feel like playing 162 games to have a 1 game winner take all is like when ur kids and u just lost track of score or stopped caring about the rest of the game u played before hand and just go next point wins fuck it!

Another fun note for this season was listening to announcers trying to explain umpires calls on balls and strikes when they have that great visual showing exactly where the ball went bahaha… We pay 300 million dollar contracts to players, but use an aging out of shape old man to call the game!

oh well I wonder what ball they are going to use next year after Manfred spins his baseball randomness wheel!

Oh ya I cant just leave without a question….

Who will wear the tightest baseball pants next year? Ray again?

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

thanks homie gotta give back some material sometimes.

UkraineGameToYou
UkraineGameToYou
10 months ago

Thanks for the great season Grey!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
10 months ago

Now that the season’s over, would love your early thoughts on keeper decisions (plenty of time to finalize):

1. Keep 5 of the following guys (asterisks next to the definite keepers). 12 team 6×6 H2H categories (OBP OPS QS W ), $260 budget.

$14 Soto*
$11 Yordan*
$23 Starling Marte
$19 Story (no idea how to feel, feels very dependent on if he goes to a contender and his performance seemed more mental than anything)
$45 Treat Urner
$5 Walsh
$5 Riley
$16 Altuve
$5 Monoah
$11 Julio Urias
$9 Alcantara

2. Keep 8. $260 standard 12 team weekly roto.

$35 Acuna*
$22 Devers*
$13 Eloy*
$18 Alvarez*
$22 Story
$22 Tim Anderson
$9 Ketel
$9 Kelenic
$4 Sale (easily $30-40 auction)
$3 Vidal (feels like fantasy stud waiting to happen)
$4 Clevinger (easily $30 or more with a solid spring)

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks! Yeah tough choices indeed. Fortunately these keepers don’t lock until March, so plenty of time to consolidate / adjust based on playing time etc.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
10 months ago

Thanks for another great season, Grey! Even though both my keeper teams were beleaguered with huge injuries (and one with Cody Bellinger), your in season advice helped me take home the crown in one of them.

Bummed I don’t own any of those insane studs from this year, but what a cool season for baseball + exciting sign of things to come!

Son
Son
10 months ago

Another season is in the books. I rode Cody Bellinger to hell as well. Thanks for all you did this year, Grey!

ToddyBaby
ToddyBaby
10 months ago

Thanks for a great season RazzyBaby, congrats on the success.

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
10 months ago

Grey – thanks to you and the Razzball team for an amazing season!

I won my league (now 3 of last 4 years). Razzball is best site around. I know you don’t have much of an off-season but enjoy any downtime you get and see you next year!

LG

Guillermo
Guillermo
10 months ago

Keeper question for next year. Ten team head to head 5 x 5 categories league.

Can keep three forever, with a two round yearly escalation. Which three?
Buxton round 10
Bellinger round 14
Robbie Ray round 19
Semien round 21
Austin Riley round 22
Kelenic round 22

Thanks.

packers2018
packers2018
10 months ago

Thanks, Grey for all your advice and fun reads. Razzball commentators are the best too.

Tigres
Tigres
10 months ago

Grey! los Tigres won our one & only league, 2nd year in a row, 4th win in the last six. THANK YOU & RB NATION for all the great humor and advice.

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
10 months ago

Ma (Grey)! I gotta tell you about the fantasy league I won! Semien and Olson carried my offense. Gausman and Urias carried my pitching.

Thank you, sir, for the advice throughout the year. Won my league by 0.5 points. It came down to the last batter of the regular season. If Haniger had driven in one run, I would have tied. If he had homered, I would have lost (finished second). Thankfully, he made out and the season ended.

Already looking forward to 2022.

Will
Will
Reply to  Five-on-One
10 months ago

Our league ended the same way – if the 2nd place team had one more hit and one more RBI on the final day he wins the league. This happens pretty often in our league. Makes the last week of the season exciting.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Has happened 8 times over the last 23 years, either a win by a point or a half a point. Pins and needles if you’re in first or second place on the last Sunday of the year. Last season I won it b/c Iglesias got a save in the last inning of the last game of the season, LOL. Also it really makes that 3 for 4, 2 home run, 5 RBI day you left on the bench in July haunt you all offseason.

Dougie
Dougie
Reply to  Will
10 months ago

Way to eek it out! I one time lost the h2h championship game by less than .001 batting average. Had I taken the lead in BA we’d have tied and I had won both our regular season matchups. Sad days. Anyway, I went on to win that league 3 of the next 4 seasons.

Dave
Dave
10 months ago

Grey
Won two of my three leagues thanks to your guidance.
Your expertise and delivery are both enjoyed and appreciated.
Already looking forward to next season.
Thank you

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
10 months ago

Grey!!

Awesome, as in how many times did ‘awesome’ appear in my comments. Vin? I’m guessing 40/180.

a. Took down the ‘ship in my ESPN league despite losing Acuna, Bux, Winker, Marte and dropping Yordan. Piece of cake.

b. Special Norm MacDonald quote of the day for Wake for October 4, 2021

‘Tourism in India has taken a dramatic drop recently. The State Bureau of Tourism has two theories.

1. Airfares have gone up this year causing a decrease in travel worldwide.

2. THE PLAGUE

c. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for October 4, 2021

‘In New York this week, Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano was sentenced to just five years in prison for committing 19 murders. You better be careful though. NY just passed a new law…20 strikes and you’re OUT!’

d. Marx Brothers quote of the day for Wake for October 4, 2021

‘Will you marry me? Did he leave you any money? Answer the second question first.’

[talking to Mrs. Gloria Teasdale after knowing her husband is dead]

Cheers,
Ante

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Grey!

It’s because you’re awesome, Dur!

Thanks for everything.

Gonna take a break. Will of course enjoy the end of season positional wraps.

Who do you like for

1. ALCS matchup?
2. NLCS matchup?
3. WS matchup?
4. WS winner?

I say…
1. Rays vs Astros
2. LAD vs MIL
3. Astros vs. LAD
4. Astros

Cheers,
Ante