Imagine I wore glasses.  Don’t, but imagine I did.  Okay, sometimes I do, but usually I wear contacts.  So, I’m wearing glasses and I’m Burgess Meredith and there’s no one else in the world besides me.  I finally have time to read about sports, specifically news about the New York Yankees.  Why Yankees news?  I don’t know, but imagine it!  I’m humming New York, New York, and reading about the Yanks, when DJ LeMahieu signs with the Yankees.  Just as I’m reading where the Yankees plan on playing him, my glasses fall and shatter.  Since no one else is in this world, I’m doomed to never know where LeMahieu will play when Didi returns.  Unable to read anything again, I scream, “Giancarl-NOOOOOOOO!!!”  That’s what it feels like.  I’m in some weird Twilight Zone episode where I’m the only one who heard DJ LeMahieu signed with the Yankees.  Y’all hear about this or no?  I’d even accept, “Giancarl-no.”  Okay, assuming you people — yeah, you people! — heard about this signing, where is Gleyber Torres playing when Gregorius returns in June/July?  2nd base?  Okay, is LeMahieu never playing again?  Because, at last glance, LeMahieu stays fairly healthy.  Are you thinking Miguel Andujar is benched?  Hmm, okay, what if he’s not?  Luke Voit’s benched?  Okay, maybe, maybe not.  A giant five-man platoon for four infield spots?  I know Tulowitzki has a tattoo that reads, “Fra-jeel-lay,” but what if he’s healthy?  A six-man platoon for four spots?  Gleyber Torres is really going to get 155+ games played?  Not to answer, but to ruminate.  So, what can we expect from Gleyber Torres for 2019 fantasy baseball and what makes him overrated?

Let’s break Gleyber Torres down quickly, then we’ll backtrack and finds out what it all means…WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!  This is an info dump:  He had a 18.8 degree launch angle, that’s upper-cutty.  He had a 42.7% fly ball rate, 34th highest in majors for guys with 450 PAs.  His HR/FB rate was 17.9% and 40th highest.  His line drive rate was 24.5%, and 33rd in the majors.  Exit velocity was 88.7 MPH and 6% rate of barreling up the baseball, both middle of the road for middle of the bat.  396 feet on average per homer, neither here nor there.  Well, it was here, then it was there *points over fence* 24 times.  He stole six bags, could have ten-steal speed.  His 2nd half was bleh, hitting .249 with 9 HRs and 4 SBs.  Finally, he strikes out a decent amount (25.2%).  If I had to narrow down his last year I’d say, he hit a decent amount of line drives with developing power, but hit a wall in the 2nd half, which was hurt by his swing and miss tendencies.  However, he’s a mere 22 years old.  So, he could burgeon or…what’s the opposite of burgeon?  Let’s say it’s dungeon.  So, burgeon or dungeon?  Steamer has his projections at 75/23/79/.257/9, his current ADP is 68 overall.  His stat line would put him in line with other middle infielders like Jonathan Schoop (181 ADP), Jorge Polanco (220) and Amed Rosario (145).  Anything jump out at you?  Gleyber is crazy overrated, as far as Steamer is concerned.  I agree.  I’m not writing Gleyber off for his career, but there’s no room to struggle as I mentioned in the 1st ‘graph with the playing time issues, and his swinging and missing could produce more growing pains than Mike Seaver when he stays home from school and has an existential crisis.  There’s not enough here for me to see a 6th round pick in a 12-team league.  Maybe he’ll be Gleyberry BFD at some point, but right now he’s a Gleyber work stoppage, stamped:  SCHMOHAWK.

  1. Harley Earl says:
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    Good piece Grey. Totally agree with you, and you are the main reason I went with Cody Bellinger over Gleyber in my keeper league.

    Keep up the great work! Now, how about a piece on Alex Reyes!!??!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harley Earl: Thanks! Ha, nah Alex Reyes isn’t overrated, if anything, he’s underrated

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: Oh Lord, I don’t want you to name Alex a Schmohawk!!!

        I’m just hoping you’ll do some sort of write-up on him! He’s a tough one to figure out for this season, but it looks like the Cardinals are going to put him in the rotation and move Carlos Martinez to the bullpen at least early on. Hard to predict what will happen but he’s got the stuff to be super good!! Now let’s see what The Great Mustached One has to say about him!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I might go over him more when I go over sleepers at each position

          • Harley Earl says:
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            @Grey: I hope you do! I look forward to reading it!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great Schmohawk report on Gleyber.

    a. In a CBS H2H points redraft league, who would you rather have at 2B?

    1. Villar
    2. Gleyber

    b. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote of the day for February 25

    1. I think there’s nothing cooler than being a lone wolf, except at wolf picnics when you don’t have a partner for the wolf wheel-barrow race.

    2. Call me crazy but I take orders from Martians and secret messages beamed out from the antenna at the top of the Empire State Building.

    3. A Florida man was arrested for stealing a truck filled with 75000$ worth of Campbell’s soup. I for one hope this guy goes away for ‘Mmmm’ good.

    4. It’s Earth Day, the one day of the year when you can jerk off outside and nothing bad happens.

    5. [From the night Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, Larry King interviews Mel Brooks as the 2000-year old man]

    Larry King: Tonight, man has landed on the moon. What do you think of that, 2000-year old man?
    Mel Brooks: I love the moon, the moon in my whole life 2000 years is my favorite thing the moon.
    Larry King: Why?
    Mel Brooks: Because for 400 years I’d thought I had a cataract.

    6. If you were a Russian prostitute on a date with serial killer Andrei Chikatilo (aka the Rostock ripper, who was unable to achieve an erection) that was not your lucky day.

    7. This guy’s going to prison and he’s scared he’s really worried. His friend says go talk to that guy who just got out of San Quentin. The guy says come on, it’s a piece of cake. But I wanna ask you something, it’s Monday, Monday is music night in San Quentin. All popular new music is played for you and major composers come and talk to all the convicts. You’re going to love Mondays. Tuesday? You like food? Tuesday is food day in San Quentin. Chefs come and cook meals all day, Wolfgang Puck comes and talks to the prisoners about how to cook. Wednesday? Wednesday is exercise day. All the new physical exercise machines come in and the physical guys come and will teach you how to do everything you’ll love it. Thursday to Sunday? Are you gay? You won’t like Thursday to Sunday then.

    8. An Irishman walked out of a bar. [Don’t be so negative, y’all. It COULD happen, ask MP.]

    9. The Al-Qaeda online magazine Inspire has a recipe for a homemade bomb. They also have a recipe for this great peach cobbler. It’s to die for.

    10. My clothes make me look slimmer but they did not fool that flight of stairs that collapsed under my astonishing new curves.

    11. Death is now being called a dirt nap.

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Thanks, man.

        In that same points league, who do you like better for 2019 in a redraft?

        1. Robles
        2. Voit

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Robles

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            a. I was concerned slightly about PT for Robles but Voit has the same concern, right? So if they scored the same number of ABs (around 500) I’d want Robles all things being equal.

            b. Failed the bridges re-captcha question, I am a dunce.

            c. Going back to the waiver wire to get Villar back. Hopefully I’ll get him or I’ll keep Gleyber, hope he gets hot in April and then trade him to the Yankees’ fan for something fantastic.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. As of right now, Robles is a starter, that could change of course B. Dah C. Yup

            • Crime Dog says:
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              @Ante Galic: b. You are not human!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

  3. Cersy says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Great piece as always!
    What are your thoughts on the following offer I received:
    My JoRam, Yelich and Sale for his Betts, Acuna, Strasburg and a 2020 2nd round pick.
    It’s a 12 Team H2h keeper league. We keep 8 players. Offensive cats are runs, hits, RBIs, sbs, total bases, k’s, BA and OPS. Pitching cats are wins, ERA, WHIP, k’s and k:bb.
    Thanks,
    Cersy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cersy: Betts side, it’s fairish

  4. Dave Funnell says:
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    I almost considered trading for Torres in an AL Only league but will reconsider now.

    I need to set my keepers in a $300 11 team Pts league by Friday and I can’t decide who. Here’s my roster with dollar values.

    C – Perez $11
    1B – Goldy $65, Rizzo $87
    2B – Altuve $67
    3B – empty
    SS – C. Taylor $1
    LF – Hoskins $1
    RF – Piscotty $1
    CF – Acuna $1
    OF – Benintendi $1
    OF – Whit $1
    Util – Abreu $25

    SP – deGrom $39, Kluber $40, Berrios $1, MadBum $55, empty
    RP – Iglesias $1, Allen $1, Vazquez $1, T Rogers $1, empty

    Minors: Vlad, Tatis, Rodgers, Kirilloff, W. Smith, Duplantier, Manning, Robert, K. Lee, Sanchez

    I’m at $410 as is above.

    Would you drop: Rizzo, MadBum, Goldy….total of $207 in salary relief. Also drop all prospects listed after Kirilloff for $6 salary relief. That would leave me with $97 for 9 players.

    I could also drop Abreu and slide Hoskins in there for $1 and use that money elsewhere. Or drop Perez and pick up a $1 catcher.

    Notable free agents: Trout, Harper, Arenado, Bregman, and the ones I would drop. There will be plenty more that I won’t know about until keepers are set.

    Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post.

    • Dave Funnell says:
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      @Dave Funnell:

      For added perspective, big names last year went for $80+ so I’m guessing it’ll be the same again.

      Also, I can get Bregman for 25% off the price in this draft since I owned him last year. However I cannot drop him and he must be kept at that price for 3 years…though he is and will be worth it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave Funnell: Yes, lose all of Rizzo, MadBum, Goldy and the end prospects… Abreu and Perez seem fine to own there

  5. Dave Funnell says:
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    For added perspective, big names last year went for $80+ so I’m guessing it’ll be the same again.

    Also, I can get Bregman for 25% off the price in this draft since I owned him last year. However I cannot drop him and he must be kept at that price for 3 years…though he is and will be worth it.

    • Dave Funnell says:
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      @Dave Funnell:

      Sorry, the above should have been in a reply to the thread above. This is purely my echo.

  6. Rabbit says:
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    Grey, often I wonder if you use certain pop culture references just to see how many in your audience will get them. Usually they are quick aside references that readers can just gloss over–like your Gleyberry BFD-Mayberry RFD reference towards the end of your piece–but today you came out of the box with a Burgess Meredith-Twilight Zone reference that is almost certainly older than 99.9% of your readers (1959!). I love it. That butters the biscuit _and_ walks the dog.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rabbit: Yeah, that is random old reference… Haha… Kinda enjoy confusing people with references

  7. Wally Pipp says:
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    Maybe the 2nd half wall he ran into was a result of his surgery the year before. He was out of commission for like 10 months leading up to this past season

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: Then what the heck was going on in his first half? Because the surgery sure didn’t seem to bother him then!

        I think Grey is closer to the truth here than some of us, including me, want to accept. Nothing in his second half suggested he was elite like he started out. Pitchers adjusted and he did not.

        • Grey

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          Agreed

  8. Bas Larsen says:
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    After reading your schmohawk post on Vlad Jr. i decided to sell high.10-team AL only keeper league with OBP instead of AVG, I got Carrasco for Vladdy. I needed pitching. My other keepers are José Ramirez, Bregman, Khris Davis and Mondesi. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas Larsen: Prolly would’ve held, but it’s fine

      • Bas Larsen says:
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        @Grey: Allright. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  9. The Great Knoche says:
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    Not only, what if Tulo is healthy, what if he’s 80% of his old self and is hitting .280 with 12 HRs when Didi gets back? 6 Man infield rotation that’s what. DJ steals from Andu at 3B, and Tulo may even play some 1B. No thx, not at his current price.

  10. Earl says:
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    Quick question,

    How do people feel about Paul Goldschmidt vs Freddie Freeman this year?

    Are you pretty much getting same thing with either??

    Thanks

    • Earl says:
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      @Earl:

      Would people take Trevor Story over either of them in late 2nd round of 12 team roto league?

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Earl: Yes, but it depends who I took in round one. I’m more likely to pair up Goldy or Freeman if I have somone who steals bags with my first pick.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Earl: I’d say very similar. Maybe a little better counting stats for Goldy.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Earl: I’d want Story, and then the fact that you have Trout frees you up to actually look at a pitcher in that spot too.

          • Earl says:
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            @The Great Knoche:

            I was thinking of Goldy or Story at #23 and then pitcher at #26. Nola, Gerrit Cole and perhaps Verlander might be available at #26. Degrom, Sale, Max, Snell are all gone already.

            Thanks

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              @Earl: I like Goldy better the Freeman. But I’d probably go Story with pick #23. I would be the guy drafting at the turn would grab a 1B and SP. Then you can grab the leftover 1B. Wait until the late 4th to grab an SP.

  11. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    Grey, season 3 finale was weak AF, not surprised though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Skip Mcgillicuddy: I haven’t watched yet, but it doesn’t surprise me, Nic Pizzolato has no idea what he’s doing with plot

  12. zombie says:
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    One easily distracted Razzballer here to say that the ad-free opportunity is pretty spectacular. Cust kayin’. Goodbye bothersome minutia & more velocity on the fastball. Thanks for the option, Grey & Rudy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vincent Santomero: Site is crazy fast without it, right? I’m even surprised

  13. Garrett Sher says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Had my home league deep keeper draft this past weekend. Think it went decent but can use some help in a few key areas. Specifically my last Util postiton and pitching spots

    C- Danny Jansen
    1b- Rizzo
    2b- Albies
    SS- Tim Anderson
    3B- Baez
    Mi- Villar
    CI- Gallo
    OF- Soto
    OF- Ozuna
    OF- Rosario
    OF- Conforto
    Util – Segura
    Util – Piscotty
    Util – Trey Mancini

    SP: Degrom, Snell, Bauer, Glasnow, Luchessi, Musgrove, Skaggz
    RP: Chapman, Osuna, Viscayino
    P: Chase Anderson, Pedro Strop, Paddack

    My question for you is should i be cutting Mancini as there are alot of other batters that i like on the wire and if so for who from the following : Dominigo Santana, Ramon Laureano, Tyler White, Kepler

    Same Question on the pitching side regarding Anderson or strop ( Braser, Barnes on RP side are avialble. Kyle Gibson, Trever Richards, Drew Pomeranz all seem to be most appealing on the back end starter side since this league is pretty deep.

    Appreciate any advice as i feel my team can use some work. Thanks for all the advice this offeseason as well!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Garrett Sher: Laureano over Mancini, have no idea how many teams in the league — Anderson for Barnes

      • Garrett Sher says:
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        @Grey: many thanks it’s 10 team league but it’s very deep .

        last question, just curious if your suggesting Laureano over Sunday Santana because of the speed and the current roster construction? Because it looks like in the rankings Sunday Santana is valued higher.

        Thanks again!

        • Grey

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          I felt you needed SBs and runs, but if you prefer Domingo, I’m fine with that — either over Mancini

  14. GanGGreen! says:
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    Happy 2019 grey! I have an auction keeper question.
    I can keep 5 . I have to keep corey seager for $30 amd Thor for $22 or id take a hit on my auction budget if i dropped them. Im thinking in dropping Thor and taking the $11 hit on my auction budget. If i drop Thor i can keep 4 more players instead of 3. My options are Hoskins$6 or sign him to 2 year-$15, 3 years $20, 4 years $25. After Hoskins i can choose Snell $1 , Corbin $1, Suarez $6, Yelich $39 ( Trout and betts go for over $60 in my draft).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GanGGreen!: Seager, Hoskins 3 years, Snell, Corbin, Yelich

  15. GanGGreen says:
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    I can keep 3 Who should i choose to keep, Snell $1, Corbin $1 , Yelich $39, Hoskins $6 or i can sign hoskins now for more money but i wont have to drop hom next year. These other guys i dont have to drop next year i can sign them next year. Hoskins would be $15 for 2 years, $20 for 3 yrs, amd $25 for 4 years.
    I have thor signed to contract for just this last year, i can drop him and take a $11 deduction on my auction budget. But i could pick up 4 of these guys if i did drop Thor. That price on yelich is great, because in this league the top ten players go for $60 and up. If Yelich stays a top ten player its a very good price and a nice pick .

    • GanGGreen says:
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      @GanGGreen: i can also keep Suarez $6 , Marte $20, Muncy $6, Mazara $1 but idont think therebbetter options.

    • GanGGreen says:
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      @GanGGreen: i was thinking in keeping Snell, Corbin, Hoskins for 3 years, and Yelich. But id have to drop Thor and take a $11 hit to do it. Im saving $10 probably since Thor is more worth $30, but Yelich is worth like $60 . So if i drop Thor im still saving about $10 just id have top ten player and less budget, apposed to keeping Thor having an extra $16 at the draft.
      Im confused help me out please.

  16. Big League Wood says:
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    Hey Coach, participated in an Auction last night. Man those can get intense. Ran the team through the War Room.

    Question for you or Razzballers in the know. In a fifteen team league, are the goal totals based on 12 out of 15 place or another percentage of 15.

      • Big League Wood says:
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        @Grey:

        Yes. in the Tools.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then, yes, top 85%

  17. Goldy Showers says:
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    I’ve got to choose between not keeping one of hoskins correa altuve or snell… i’m losing sleep already. I’ve never been one to keep an arm over an everyday stud (ie correa, hoskins) but with increase from 4 to 5 keepers now (also own arenado and goldy) and not owning a 1st rounder this year, im foolish not to lock down snell.. who can talk me off the ledge?

  18. Basement Artie says:
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    Happy to see mlb network televising spring training games. But I have to watch with the sound off. Announcers make it seem like it’s the World Series.

      • Basement Artie says:
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        @Grey: Nothing is that bad.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  19. Wass says:
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    Grey! Finished season 1… amazing. One of the best for sure.

    Baseball question now… i took over a team in a 5×5, 12 team roto. It’s auction draft, unlimited keepers, $260 budget… Already eliminated most based off your rankings and values.

    Definite Keeps:
    Travis Shaw – $18
    Muncy $5
    Matt Olson $10
    Tommy Pham $10
    Villar $12
    Severino $10
    Clevinger $14
    Bieber $5
    David Peralta $5

    Are any of these guys worth keeping at their price?
    Torres $10
    Mazara $15
    Puig $13
    Marco Gonzales $5
    Garrett Hampson $5
    Kyle Hendricks – $17

    • Grey

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      @Wass: I know! Gomorra is so good! I’d keep all of them except Hendricks

      • Wass says:
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        @Grey: Going to start on season 2 this week! I have to see 2 seasons before I label it better than Vikings…

        Great thanks for the advice! Think I’m going to pay up for one elite bat in the draft (will have $123 left) and then draft a bunch of pitchers to fill out my team since my all my hitting slots are full now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, Vikings is that good?

          • Wass says:
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            @Grey: When i watched it i thought so! As a whole I probably like Vikings more because I’ve seen all the seasons. I will confirm which one i like more in 12 episodes and with how they set up season 2 I imagine I will like Gomorra more by then haha

            • Grey

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              Wow, that’s high praise for Vikings, I really need to start it

              • Wass says:
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                @Grey: I should be done with Gomorra in 2 weeks… so I will update on what is better then. Also, definitely want to know what Frank thinks of Vikings too! I’m always super cautious recommending shows but if you like Gomorra and the Viking time period I have a tough time thinking you wont at least enjoy Vikings.

                • Grey

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                  I bet I’ll like Vikings (likings?), but it’s a big commitment. I’ll make the commitment at some point

                  • Wass says:
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                    @Grey: haha you’ll likings! It is a ton of episodes though.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, that’s what I’m worried about

                    • FrankGrimes says:
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                      @Wass:
                      Did you watch the last kingdom too?

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            We started Vikings. Not going to say anything… yet.

            • Grey

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              Okay, let me know if thumbs up or down

    • Harley Earl says:
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      @Wass: Season 1 of what? I have to check this out!!!

      • Grey

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        Gomorra!

        • Harley Earl says:
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          @Grey: I’m in!

          • Grey

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            Nice!

  20. FrankGrimes says:
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    I thinks Andujar is being a bit under drafted.
    Currently 10th 3b off board on NFBC adp.

    • Grey

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      @FrankGrimes: Agreed, I drafted him in my 1st draft on Friday

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        What round you grab him?
        How did you start?

        • Grey

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          It was an AL-Only auction, I’ll have the post up tomorrow

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Gotcha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I paid $21, which is how much the cost is, so no bargain, but was happy to get him

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                Auctions are far superior. (Duh)
                When razz NFBC start?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I think we’re sending out emails about it today, you put your email in the ring?

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:
                    Yes. Looking forward to drafting Austin Slater haha.

                    • Grey

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                      Haha

  21. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Up to pick in my 12 team H2H keeper league(keep 10). Have 5 SP and 1RP. All of my batting positions are filled. 1b is my weakest with Encarnacion. Would like at least one backup/bench bat. But could definitely use more pitching and another closer. Some more speed would be good too. A little light there.
    Best available.
    Voit
    B.Hamilton
    Bader
    Eovaldi
    Alvarado
    W.Smith
    What do you think?

  22. Short Porch Party says:
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    Love your work grey. Read your articles everyday. Quick dynasty question. Standard 5 x 5 h2h league. My team is pretty you g and coming on strong. Have been shopping bumgarner for months. Finally have an offer my bum for bieber? Can I hit accept fast enough?

  23. mrm3711 says:
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    Hey Greybeard’s delight!

    Had my first draft last night, 12-team Y! roto money league with standard settings, I was randomly assigned the first pick, how do you (and everyone else) think I did (rounds in parentheses)?

    C: Contreras (14)
    1B: Bellinger (4)
    2B: Albies (5)
    SS: Peraza (8)
    3B: Travis Shaw (9)
    OF: Trout (1)
    OF: Harper (2)
    OF: Benintendi (3)
    UTIL: Dahl (6)
    UTIL: Edwin Encarnacion (10)
    BN: Ian Happ (22)

    SP: Clevinger (7)
    SP: Folty (11)
    RP: Givens (15)
    RP: Shane Greene (17)
    P: Lucchesi (12)
    P: Glasnow (13)
    P: Kikuchi (16)
    P: Boxberger (18)
    BN: Alex Wood (19)
    BN: Sergio Romo (20
    BN: Chase Anderson (21)
    BN: Wily Peralta (23)

    My hitting is gorge, obviously, and I went light on pitching until later, but overall I’m pretty pumped! Also I wasn’t planning on taking a bench bat but Ian Happ sitting there in round 22 was just too sexy to pass up. Excited for another season with Razzball, thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mrm3711: I love the team! Pitching might be a little light but aside from Wood I like the pitching, and even that late on Wood is fine for him… Your hitting is so sexy

      • mrm3711 says:
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        @Grey: Ahh thanks Grey, I appreciate that! And yeah I honestly wasn’t aiming for Wood or Chase Anderson, but eventually the value became too enticing to pass up. The only move I’m considering for now is maybe flipping Contreras for SP help, as I don’t mind Contreras and also got him at great value, but I am fine with punting C as Alfaro is actually just sitting there on the waiver wire. What do you think?

        • mrm3711 says:
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          @mrm3711:
          I am gonna float some offers out there involving Contreras + Wood to see if I can nab another top-tier starter, then will just pick up Alfaro. Targeting guys like Marquez-range who Yahoo underrates, we’ll see!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Makes sense

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have no special love for Contreras if you can get something for him

  24. Uncle Ernie says:
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    Good Morning Grey.Love these early Schmohawk articals!

    Its Time to choose my seven from these 8. This is an ESPN 8 team 6 x 6 w/QS’s and TB’s. I nee dto chose from the following with 2019 salaries listed.

    Yelich $22
    Arenado $13
    Benintendi $20
    Blackmon $14
    Lindor $10
    Machado $27
    Merrifield $8
    Scherzer $33

    I have 2 strategies in mind. Keeping Scherzer since I probably should keep least 1 pitcher and dropping Merrifield knowing I will need to bid at least $20 at auction to land him or Keeping Merrifield knowing hi is a bargain at $8 and probably overpaying for Scherzer if the top 6 aces are kept by other teams and unavailable on draft day. your expert advice is greatly appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Merrifield, and just bid for him at the auction if you want him

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Grey: yes it does, tulo is insurance to didi health, only cost the yankees 500k. And DJ lemahieu is a utility backup infielder who can also dh.

        What do you think they’re going to give gleyber Torres and Miguel andujar a day off each week? Not a chance in hell

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, they’ll give them some days off if they’re scuffling

  25. Steven L Jaguar says:
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    Thoughts on this offer:

    My: Marte

    for

    His: Archer, Villar, Morton

    Keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte side

  26. Wally Pipp says:
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    On the playing time issue… its not an issue- as long as gleyber is healthy hes playing everyday. Yankees if anything will have gardner ride pine and dh didi with judge stanton and hicks in the OF.

    Gardner doesnt get 400 at bats this year imo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gardner probably doesn’t get 400 ABs, won’t clear up their infield completely

  27. Cale says:
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    So, I’m in a 20 man, 5 keeper league. Just keep your 5 best players with no limit on the number of years you can keep a guy, so the top 100 (well, top 85ish and some highly touted prospects) are all off the board before the draft every year.

    Is Didi worth a keeper spot? If I didn’t keep him, Tim Anderson would be my 5th keeper (or I’d have to trade for one).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Anderson, just redraft Didi if you want him

  28. Wally Pipp says:
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    Forget 400, with clint frazier in the mix gardner is done. More I look at it, with the way Gardner was swinging the bat last year I can’t imagine him playing even semi-regularly with the Yankees depth. He will play reguarally for like 3 weeks and then bench role.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be, but lots of things happen between now and October

  29. Old School Brother says:
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    At the title company closing on the selling of my house. THEY have complimentary lime Bubly, this may be the best flavor yet!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats! On the house, but on the Bubly too! You have a new house already?

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: going back to renting for the time being. Moved to Dallas and the houses and property tax is killer

  30. Sagacious Sally says:
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    Hey Grey –
    NL Only Keeper League Auction question:

    Which side?
    Nimmo $3 + Peralta $5 OR Greinke $16

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nimmo

      • Sagacious Sally says:
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        Thanks Grey. @Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  31. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – keep forever 12 team OBP OPS league. H2H with playoffs (so end of year roster more important than who’s starting in April).

    Would you trade your $4 Vlad for a $23 Yelich? Is it close?

    Yes Vlad is a schmo but obp/ops format gives him a boost and i’d be keeping him at the lowest possible keeper salary (meaning that I can spend my auction dollars on two of Trout, Betts, Trea Bryce etc, who will all be available).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think I’d hold Vlad, tough call

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Sounds good to me – I felt the same. My first reaction was Yelich until looking closer and thinking about the impact on format/roster a little more. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. FrankGrimes says:
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    Looks like I’m in Rudy’s league.
    I’ve changed kds 10 times already.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beat Rudy! I somehow walked away with the 1st pick with the KDS in the TGFBI thing

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Nice. I’ve never owned Trout.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not since his rookie year for me!

          • Dave D says:
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            @Grey: #MeToo. Not since 2012. Probably not again until 2028.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Totally!

        • Dave D says:
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          @FrankGrimes: He’s picking JoRam. I saw he went #1 overall last week in an NFBC. That is no joke!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

    • Dave D says:
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      @FrankGrimes:

      How can you tell? I signed up and all it tells me is3 of 15.

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Dave D:

        Go to league home it lists the teams.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s not there yet if your league isn’t full… If your league isn’t full, it’s my league — Only Rudy’s is filled so far — I need one more person I think

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            Ah makes sense. I shoulda waited and been in your league haha.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: I am also with Rudy, Grimey and Son. There is no Maquis De Slow as far as I can tell.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice! Good luck!

  33. Gareth says:
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    Think Hanley has anything left in the tank?

    It has been an underwhelming offseason for Cleveland, it’s sad that I’m excited by the Hanley signing. Clouded by nostalgia I suppose.

    My first season doing fantasy baseball was in 2009. I bought a few magazines and Hanley was touted as the number one pick that year. 30 30 player. Hit for average.

    Been back in the UK a while now. I do miss Baseball and going to Tribe games. Still really enjoy Razzball althought I feel a little out of the loop now as I can’t get to see as many games or highlights on TV as I used to.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley’s done, Britain’s awesome tho, I’m jealous…

  34. Cohen says:
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    Grey, draft strategy question
    So far this is what i drafted
    OF-Acuna pk6
    1B-Goldy pk 19
    OF-Hoskins pk 30
    SS-Boagerts pk43
    SP-Corbin pk 54
    OF-Dahl pk 67
    MI-Mondesi pk78
    2B-Shaw pk 91
    SP-Marquz pk 102
    My question is at pk 115 with this team should i go Mazara for power or Robles for speed or Closer. Dont figure i need a CI because of Hoskins eligibilty or i could move Shaw over.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: 12 team roto

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thanks for advice.Are you saying u dont like the power drafted there yet? I thought i drafted a lot of power bats.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like your team, I’m just saying draft some more power vs. speed

          • Cohen says:
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            @Grey: gotcha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need power… You don’t need speed… Not sure if Mazara is the best bet for that tho

  35. Gareth says:
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    This time of year though. It’s in my blood now. I feel it. Baseball is coming!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your Indians abandoned hitting this year

  36. Gareth says:
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    G3!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

  37. Stumanji! says:
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    Grey, I’m in a pickle with my keepers because they are so goddang good. I’ve exhausted every possibility for trades but nobody is budging on a 2 for 1 that would net me a upgraded keeper.

    I need to pick 5 of these guys by March 1.
    10 tm H2H with OPS, price increases 120% year to year

    Correa $5
    Rhys $3
    Harper $24
    Trea Turner $4
    Yelich $34
    Scherzer $14

    Harper missing a home team/ballpark throws a little wrench into things, but not sure how his landing spot would affect this decision TOO much. Correa was frustrating to own last year due to injuries and the fact that he refuses to steal bases, but he is still touted as a dynasty/keeper must-own.

    Is it crazy to let Correa walk at his price??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t let Correa walk there — I’d just redraft Harper if I wanted him

      • Stumanji! says:
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        @Grey:
        Does Correa $5 and Harper $24 for Baez $12 make sense or should I hold tight and just let Harper walk/try to redraft?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Baez there

          • Stumanji! says:
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            @Grey: Just made the swap for Baez. In Grey We Trust!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

  38. James Stechschulte says:
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    Anyway you can get your excel war room out by Wednesday? :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not on me, someone else does the War Room… Not sure when it’s due… I’d guess early this week

  39. Wally Pipp says:
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    Watching paxton walk travis and morales in the first today, both who looked like they havent swung a bat in 6 months wasnt fun. Too soon for spring trainging hot takes? Paxton is a bust.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wally Pipp: Tell me you’re joking.

    • JB says:
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      @Wally Pipp: really ? Yikes…

  40. Dave D says:
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    BTW, nice Twilight Zone reference. I was completely obsessed with the show in my early years, enough so that I saw every episode in syndication and remember the name of the episode you refer to “Time Enough At Last.” It used to be on M-F 12-1pm on KTLA and during the summertime I’d come home to catch it every day and then go back to the beach. Thanksgiving and 4th July would have marathons and show the rare one hour episodes from the fourth season. There was a great book I found called “The Twillight Zone Companion” which detailed every episode ever made. The best television series ever in my view.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, it is a top ten show of all-time, it’s incredible how ahead of its time it was… I was watching episodes on Hulu (they have all of them), and I couldn’t believe some of the stuff they were doing back then…

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey: It’s amazing too how many future stars were in one or more of the episodes before future success: Elizabeth Montgomery, Charles Bronson, George Takei, Leonard Nimoy, Carol Burnett, Jonathan Winters, Jack Klugman, Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall, etc. Its amazing how well its stood the test of time, isn’t it?

        They tackled some heavy content too. “The Obsolete Man” was another great one with Meredith. I feel like I may be rendered that any day now by Google. How about “Shadow Play”? Now that was an eerie one. I think Mr. Serling had a lot to say in subtle ways to those attuned. The content might ever be MORE relevant today than then, amazingly.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s utterly remarkable how well that show holds up… It holds better than most of what was done as recently as ten years ago…

  41. The Flayed Man says:
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    First draft of the year:

    Yahoo 12 team roto 5×5

    C. W. Castillo
    1B. M. Muncy
    2B. Mondesi
    3B. Baez
    SS. Peraza
    CI. Happ
    MI. E. Escobar
    OF. Acuna
    OF. Soto
    OF. Dahl
    UT. Robles
    UT. Voit

    SP: Corban, G. Marquez, Tallon, Lucchesi, Glasnow, C. Anderson, Ryu

    RP: Iglesias, Robertson, Givens, Greene

    I lost some players when I shouldn’t have. For instance Hoskins was ranked 23 by you. In yahoo he is ranked I believe around 74 so I grappled Soto in rd 3 thinking I can wait for Hoskins at rd 4. Didn’t happen, which leads to this:

    Donyou draft players where you rank them? Like Mondesi is ranked 20 by you but much higher on yahoo. Should I draft him as a 2nd or 3rd round player or let him slide a little and hope no one else has him as high as you?

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I try my best to gauge drafting guys I want at a reasonable price vs. ADP… It’s hard sometimes bc you lose guys when you wait on them if someone else wants that player and is willing to reach higher… I think you can safely get Mondesi in the 4th round, but you always run the risk of losing him… Not a bad team you have here tho, I like the pitching a lot, your hitting looks a bit light on power…

  42. InferiorHippo says:
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    Im in a dynasty league where you can keep 15 players for 5 years plus 7 minor leaguers (time doesnt start on them until in majors) Thoughts on trade below?

    Verlander (2) and Bauer (4) for Sale (2 years) and Luzardo (5)? I know Luzardo has a lot to prove but reminds me of a Buehler

    • Cram It says:
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      @InferiorHippo: So basically Luzardo would have to turn into good Bauer as soon as his clock starts for you to barely win this trade. Pass.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer side

  43. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Which side do you like in a keep forever H2H league that tracks OBP OPS (not AVG) and QS along with the other pitching stats?

    My $4 Buehler + $4 Eugenio for

    His $8 Trevor Bauer

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Bauer is probably better for this year. But Grey already has Buehler ranked right next to Bauer and he’s 4 years younger. And $4 cheaper. And you’re getting a bat in his prime. I would wager the answer is Buehler side long term.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Cram It: good call, thanks Cram

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram, Buehler

  44. Uncle Ernie says:
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    Are you buying into Baez being a top ten player. There had to be some risk involved but high risk/high reward rules. His Baez for my Merrifield and Blackmon sound good?Thanks

  45. Earl Dietrich says:
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    So I got Trout, Story and Walker Buehler to start my draft (I know I should have maybe waited a round for SP but wanted Buehler for some reason; blind attraction i guess).

    Question, at #47 and #50 of 12 team roto, should I perhaps go for Mondesi if he is still around or perhaps Rendon/Suarez. Any other suggestions other than just follow Mr Grey’s top 500 and may the force be with me.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Mondesi, then a 3B if one of them is there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Assuming MI there

  46. Jon says:
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    If I was a pitcher and you wanted to trade Glebor for me. In a keeper. Who would i be?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Low #1 SP

  47. Jon says:
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    If I was a pitcher and you wanted to trade Glebor for me. In a keeper. Who would i be?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Low #1 SP

  48. Big league choo says:
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    10 team 5×5 OBP dynasty

    Starling marte/meadows for harper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper

  49. MR BASEBALL says:
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    would you still draft Mallex Smith if you need steal at this point

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why not

      • MR BASEBALL says:
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        sore shoulder

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That was like a week ago, no? Meh, I’m not too concerned yet, it’s early, not like he’s a pitcher

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            If anything hoping it makes people pass on him so I snag him later.

            • Grey

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              True

  50. Big Bomb Bob says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m in a 12tm h2h 5×5 dynasty lge. How much of a moron would I be to trade springer for Buxton?? I know it’s prolly a bad idea but I wanna hear what the lothario has to say. My OF consists of Hoskins, Springer, Upton, Dahl, Hicks, Trammel. Thx Grey u da man

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Big Bomb Bob:
      That would take some big pants marbles. I’d prolly hold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s not good

  51. James Hamilton Jr. says:
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    @Grey, you’re the man. I need your advice. I have 4 keepers to pick in a 6×5 league (we count batter k’s)

    I was leaning towards:
    Mookie
    Benintendi
    Rendon
    Nola

    But read your rankings (that don’t count batter k’s) and you have Javier Báez and Adalberto in your top 20, both guys on my roster. Would you go Mookie/Benintendi/Báez/Mondesi?

    That’s more batter k’s and giving up an ace in Nola

    I suppose I should also mention we play with just P slots so SPs can be worked around, but still, 4 rounds deep and I get the last pick (winner winner chicken dinner) means I might be looking at some subpar arms.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you count Ks I’d go Mookie, Benintendi, Nola, Baez

      • James Hamilton says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks so much! You sure Baez over Rendon? He doesn’t K at all. I appreciate your timee :D

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s the way I’d go, but likely close, so you can go Rendon if that’s what you prefer… Prolly a coin flip, Baez adds a little more power and speed

          • James Hamilton says:
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            @Grey:

            It is a coin flip, that’s why I needed the input. I’m leaning towards Baez too.

            Thanks Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, JH

  52. Mike L. says:
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    Ahhh, sorry to heartily disagree on Torres. I think the guy is a year or two away from superstardom. He will fall short this season, but could easily take his game to the next level.

    Don’t forget… he’s still a baby.

  53. Jayrod says:
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    Ahhh feels good to be back! Baseball and your articles. This turns into Christmas Day for me and opening gifts on each one.

    Following a bit of your advisement indirectly, in an AL Only ROTO league I traded Gleyber Torres for George Springer and Yuli Gurriel before the season. Keepers for this next year.

    I’m pretty hyped on a Springer bounce back year myself. How does it look to you?

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