Joey Gallo tested positive, negative, positive, negative, positive, negative, positive, positive, negative, negative for Covid and is asymptomatic. The good news is the Rangers, fans and fantasy baseballers have been contact tracing Gallo for years. You, “This makes no sense, Statcast shows Gallo’s avoided contact for his entire career.” Snort, snort, wheeze! “Geez, Gallo can’t avoid contact when it’s most important.” Wheeze and repeat! Get this pretty fun testing story: Gallo tested positive for Covid on 6/29, then negative on 6/30, then positive again on 7/2, then negative on 7/7, so he seems to be fine, but who knows. Like the guy in The Royal Rumble who hides in the corner for most of the match, the smartest team will just hole themselves up in a hotel somewhere, until every other team loses all their players, then emerge World Series champs. On the reals, Gallo seems to be okay now, and why it’s so iffy on moving guys down in redraft 2020 rankings right now based on a positive test. Don’t think anyone knows how long someone tests positive or negative or positive or–Well, you get it. Anyway, here’s what else I saw for fantasy baseball:

Nick Markakis – Opted out for the season. It stinks (player name) isn’t playing. Insert empathy. Put in some understanding why they’re not playing. Try to casually move into what this means for fantasy. Am I doing this right? So, I removed Sparkakis, obviously, from my rankings, but, honestly, I’m pretty torn on moving Austin Riley, Adam Duvall or anyone for that matter up in my rankings. As soon as you start moving up guys, they or others will be knocked out for the year. In a vacuum, this does help Austin Riley, Adam Duvall and Ender Inciarte. Braves still have Acuña and OZUNA locked into spots, though. There’s also Cristian Pache, but, well, who knows, I guess.

Luis Urias – Tested positive for Covid, but is asymptomatic. My younger self would be impressed at how fast I can type ‘asymptomatic’ or ‘quarantine’ without looking at my keyboard.

Mitch Garver – Expects to start 40-45 games, maybe even 50. *itch please, I’m getting sprung for a catcher.

Jesus Luzardo – Tested positive for Covid, and says he’s ready to go once he gets two negative tests. Hopefully, he gets two negative tests that aren’t surrounding one positive test like Joey Gallo.

Eduardo Rodriguez – Tested positive for Covid, and is symptomatic. Welp, here’s where you just sorta have to trust the news you’re hearing, when they say Ed-Rod is already feeling better. It might be that I already have Ed-Rod on a few teams, and I’m all about lying to myself, but I haven’t moved Ed-Rod in my rankings. I wouldn’t draft him again, though. My tryhard self-lying can only take me so far.

Billy Hamilton – Hasn’t reported yet to camp and Gabe Kapler said he can’t say anything else about it, then showed his abs. In suntan lotion, he spelled out, “Covid.”

Junior Guerra – Tested positive for Covid, along with Silvino Bracho. Reminds me of The Sopranos when Silvino went to war with Junior.

Kole Calhoun – Tested positive for Covid, but is asymptomatic. More like Kole-vid, amiright? No, I’m prolly not right.

Seth Beer – Tested positive for Covid. Beer should stay away from any open bars.

Brandon Morrow – Released by the Cubs. To quote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “To Morrow, I say goodbye.”

Hernan Perez – Speaking of utility men, Hernan was added to the Cubs’ player pool. There was some confusion when he first heard the news, thinking it was an accusation. “Hernan P. in the pool.” “Not me, homey!” “What?”

Keone Kela – Hasn’t yet taken field during summer camp. I like how each bit of fantasy news is loaded with suspicion and mystery. No one knows anything and this is going great! I’d already be stashing Kyle Crick, just in case.

Mitch Haniger – Has yet to resume baseball activities. Find someone who loves you like Mitch Haniger loves to “not yet resume baseball activities.”

Clint Frazier – Dealing with a foot issue. Frazier said, “Try to walk a Niles in my shoes.” Wait, that’s the wrong Frazier.

DJ LeMahieu – Hit the IL with Covid, but is asymptomatic and might be able to return before the season starts. This year fantasy baseball will be about finding warm bodies, but not too warm to register above 99 on a thermometer.

Ryan O’Hearn – Tested positive, and is asymptomatic. By September, I’m just gonna be writing a player’s name with a plus or negative sign.

Brad Keller – Tested positive for Covid, and is symptomatic. Watched Contagion the other day, and it wasn’t realistic because at no point did Matt Damon ever discuss his fantasy baseball team.

Delino DeShields – Has already tested negative for Covid. Went from positive with symptoms to negative in about a week. That’s encouraging for everyone. Unless you’re old and in bad shape. Please stay retired, Bartolo.

Tyler MahleReds say Mahle is a piggyback option. Well, with Trevor Bauer trying to throw 200 IP in 10 starts, it’s only understandable some Reds will be shortchanged. Mahle could pitch three to four innings every fifth day with Wade Miley. Unable to go five innings each, Miley/Mahle might say, “Don’t push me, because I’m close to the edge.”

Jonathan Villar – Says he’s prepared to play multiple positions. I said this on the podcast the other day about Miguel Andujar playing outfield, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a lot of players at not-their-usual position. All teams are gonna be in disarray. Gonna be a lot of quotes like, “It wasn’t that weird to catch. I used to in Little League.”

Ryan Mountcastle – Added to the 60-man roster. Props to whomever twisted the O’s front office arm. Now twist harder so Mountcastle is on the actual team that will be playing in Baltimore, then throw in a noogie so he’s a starter.

Jorge Mateo – Tested positive for Covid. Two weeks ago, “Why is Billy Beane trading away Jorge Mateo for nothing.” Two weeks later: Wey Bey GIF realizing how crazy smart Billy Beane is.

Jose Castillo – Diagnosed with a lat strain and is out six weeks, which is essentially the whole season. That is so wild.

Daniel Norris – Tested positive for Covid, but that was two weeks ago and now he has dem juicy antibodies and can you believe you’re reading about antibodies on Razzball and it’s not referring to Pablo Sandoval having an anti-body?

Carlos Martinez – Might be used as a closer. Or maybe Ryan Helsley will be the closer. What an absolute closerfudge all bullpens are gonna be this year. To give you an idea, usually top teams get about four to six saves a week, and would be near-40 saves in eight weeks. This year? I’d bet to get in the top three for saves of your 12-team leagues, you’ll only need about 20 saves. As for C-Mart, I still don’t think he’s going to be the closer. Helsley is more likely, but not long-term. Whatever long-term means in eight weeks. It’s a mess, y’all.

Julio Teheran – Presumably tested positive, since he’s on the IL with no injury designation. Same goes for fellow Angels Luis Rengifo, Dillion Peters, Jose Suarez and Clarence. Okay, I snuck that last angel in.

Andrew Heaney – Maddon named Heaney Re-Opening Day starter, then placed him inside a bubble that says, “Don’t open until Re-Opening Day.”

Hector Neris – Already ready to return to camp. This was why I didn’t dock stats or playing time from guys who tested positive and are asymptomatic. Of course, it’s an inexact science (due to humans, not science), but I’m slightly less concerned about those who are asymptomatic. Then there’s a guy like Scott Kingery who was symptomatic, but back in early June, and is close returning.

Aaron Nola – Apparently, he doesn’t have Covid, because he reported to camp on Monday. Maybe someone heard Covid cases were up in NOLA and were confused.

 
  1. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    No way did you ever think you would be typing quarantine and asymptomatic on a fantasy baseball site. Yet here we are..Glad you don’t have to look at the keyboard anymore..Hope all is good with you. Stay safe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks! You too!

  2. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Great news on the Dentist. He should be immune while other mysterious IL stints are popping up around him. Post-post-post-post hype!

    On a related note, I’ve been found asymptomatic of all personal grooming rituals over the past few months. Bring on the cold weather.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      You forgot to add 3 more“post”s! The legend of DeShizz lives on!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        post-post-post

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Duda, you’re being kind with only three

    • Wake Up says:
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      Shields up Hoes down…LJ Hoes that is…

      • Cram It says:
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        Bros before Hoes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have an appointment with the Dentist….and my fantasy team! No, I don’t, actually

      I’m asymptomatic of haircuts, apparently

  3. LaRockakis says:
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    Bruh…can I get some help?

    So my 12 team points KEEPER league is mixing things up. 10 week season, no divisions, and no playoffs. Best record at the end wins it. Aka, I don’t really care about this year if I can build for next year. I started my rebuild two years ago, finished third last year, and want to continue my rebuild. I think this abbreviated season can work well for me if I play it right.

    We get to keep five batters, three pitchers, and two minors. So, 10 total players.

    Having said that…these are my options for keepers…
    HITTERS:
    Matt Chapman
    Adalberto Mondesi
    Just Dong Martinez
    Juan Soto
    Keston Hiura
    Miguel Sano
    Jonathan Villar
    Willie Calhoun
    Trey Mancini (ofc, just had to mention my boi)
    Jo Adell
    Andrew Vaughn
    Alex Kirilloff
    PITCHERS:
    Chris Paddack
    Zac Gallen
    Nate Pearson
    Carlos Martinez
    Josh Hader
    Sean Manaea
    Robbie Ray
    Andrew Heaney

    I’m thinking I should keep:
    Keston Hiura
    Adalberto Mondesi
    Just Dong Martinez
    Juan Soto
    Jo Adell (Minor)
    Andrew Vaughn (Minor)
    Alex Kiriloff (Minor)
    and for pitchers…
    Chris Paddack
    Zac Gallen
    Nate Pearson

    Obviously, I’m heavy on the young side, but my goal is to build a core of #elite players rather than average or “good” guys. I don’t mind the growing pains.

    But…

    Would you maybe slide in a Matt Chapman instead of Kirilloff? Should I trade Just Dong for value because I’m only getting 60 games from him while he’s aging a whole year?

    I’m going to sleep with such anticipation for your answer! Although I’ll probably be up well before you do since you’re a West Coasticle boi.

    Thanks for everything, as always.

    This is the longest post I’ve ever made here. Sheist.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Chapman over KIrilloff, and JD if you can get something, he’s just about to fade

      • LaRockakis says:
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        Spank you, FML.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, No problem

  4. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Excellent report, thanks for the updates!

    a. You have to do two things in the shortcut abbreviation for a patients COVID identity you refer to above.

    1. + / – for positive or negative on the testing
    2. a / s as in asymptomatic and symptomatic

    Amiright?

    b. Kudos on the spelling of quarantine without looking it up or checking on google! Young Grey is really impressed.

    c. So many jokes because of COVID. In the Plandemic video that made it’s way onto the Internet, in google translate they were able to translate Kobe (English) into covid (Hebrew). It doesn’t work anymore ’cause duh, google is smart.

    d. MLB quote of the day for July 10, 2020

    ‘It’s almost impossible to go into the Hall of Fame the way the system is now. It’s ridiculous … If I played in New York, I’d be there a long time ago. You play in Minnesota, they stick it to you.’

    Antonio Oliva Lopez Hernandes Javique, aka Tony Oliva. Considered the best player in MLB history not in the HOF. His 1964 rookie campaign was one of legends, where he…

    Led the AL in BA (.323), hits (217), 2B (43), TB (374), runs (109), and runs created (133).
    His 374 TB tied a rookie record and he finished 4th in the MVP award.

    In 1965, he batted .321 to win BA again – a then first in MLB for back-to-back batting crowns.

    Overall, not bad player – the best from Pinar del Rio – just not good enough for HOF.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Damn, good point…I think that might even be my thing now, and I’m not even joking (fully, at least)

      B. Thanks!

      C. Ha

      D. I’d have to look up his career #s, but he’s got some truth to that — tho, now with Harold Baines going in I don’t know if it’s 100% true

      • Cram It says:
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        Harold Baines is in the HOF?????!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I think so

          • Cram It says:
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            Wow, his is. Just, wow.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, I know

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!!

        a. Forgot to wish you a happy weekend! Have a good weekend!

        b. How are you doling out your WW pickups in the 2020PandemicMLBSeason? How many many are you keeping for the last 2 weeks? Are you planning a write-up for that too and have I now spoiled it? You could not answer and then just tell me to wait for the write-up like the rest of us.

        c. It looks like either Sunday or Monday we’re going to that island paradise with no Internet! Sad emoji. Gonna have to find that guy’s Internet network with the password ‘123456789’. ‘Member from last year? Otherwise all is well.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. You too!

          B. Yeah, I think I will write something up, but I’d go hard and fast, but you need to hold some back, does that make sense?

          C. Haha, that’s awesome tho, have fun!

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!!

            a. My wife loves it there. She really feels at ease there. Simba is going as well for the first time and I’m sure he’ll love it. The good part is that we’ll be going back to the mainland like month end because we have to take our car to the annual DMV checkup plus insurance payment (somewhere at the end of July) and my wife and our son have to go to our son’s Endocrinologist checkup on August 3. So, 2 weeks more or less. It’ll be fine.

            b. So keep like at least 25 for the last week right? Like this year’s September 1 is gonna be between the last 10 and 14 days right? Crunch time, right? Help a guy, Grey!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. Pretty jealous, sounds awesome — less awesome about doctor’s appt. but is what it is

              B. Yeah, 25 for last week or two sounds fine

              • galica says:
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                Grey!!

                Thanks, man!

                a. Am equally super jealous (but in a positive) for you whenever I hear of your trips here or there so please continue with that information. I know we have to beat corona first but as soon as it’s licked!

                b. ‘kay, 25-ish. I love making the moves, but it killed me last year. Imagine how retarded was I when September 1 rolled around and I had 0 moves left! Total spaz move.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  A. Haha, nice

                  B. Yeah, hold some this year my dude

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    If Puig doesn’t sign before opening day, he’s an immediate drop in all leagues right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, 100%

  6. Five-on-One says:
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    Grey – I seem to recall you did a series of posts once the 60-day season was announced where you went position by position and discussed certain players that became more interesting. Is there an easy way I can access those posts? Or did I imagine all that in my COVID-induced haze?

  7. Cram It says:
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    Was it late last year that MLB was talking about exploring a computerized strike zone? What better time than this sh*t show of a season to deploy it?

    • I remember looking at a poll in disbelief that showed the majority of people against the computerised strike zone. I am of the opinion that despite tradition or the ability to speed up the game due to the threat of rain or whatever, it is more important to get the decision correct. On your other point, yes we would all prefer a full season, but it is what it is, so let’s embrace our short season and have as much fun with it as possible. Finally the one thing we all agree on, the magnificent job done by everyone at RB to help us through these terrible times.

      • Cram It says:
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        I just remember rumblings of the automated strike zone.

        Oh, I’m excited for the season if it happens. There’s little denying it’s going to be a sh*t show regardless of how long it is. But I’m not nearly as angry about it (i.e. talking about never watching again) as others

      • Wake Up says:
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        9144 til I die!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, true — Umpires on the bases are fine, but the strike zone changing every game depending on the ump is silly

  8. Tbone says:
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    Do you like either of these trades

    Lindor/Altuve for G Torres, A. Meadows, and Paddack

    Lindor/Altuve/M. Ozuna for Buehler, Springer, Hiura or Moncada

    I have Tatis at SS and could move Lindor to strengthen other areas of my dynasty team. What do you think? Or I could move Tatis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re on losing side of both — maybe Lindor for Walker/Hiura?

  9. Great article as always. Loads of information to assist me with my upcoming draft. Love the humour which is keeping us all sane. Serious point though, if MLB can’t get their testing sorted, we may end up with zero baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe, but I think MLB is going forward at this point aside from a tragedy

  10. For some reason in my mind Ryan O’Hearn has a dag with a gem in its belly. And he’s always asking everyone about their dags. Do you want to race dags? Is that your dag? Can your dag box? I’ll box your dag… this just in… Nas is asymptomatic…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hot dag!

      Wouldn’t it be Ill-asymptomatic?

      • Wake Up says:
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        Aren’t you only asymptomatic if you’re ill?

  11. LOLmets says:
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    I think I’m having an asymptomatic response to this post.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s good!

  12. Lubes says:
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    My keeper league (year 20) is saying that this season is too wacky for keepers, so we’ll be doing 2021 keepers off the 2019 rosters.

    For this year, we’ve decided to go with a one-off redraft, and we’re thinking about H2H. Only problem is that Yahoo (where we’ve been for 20 years) has H2H as 7 week season followed by 2 weeks of playoffs. We have 10 teams, so we’d rather have everybody play everyone else. Does anybody know any platforms that allow for either a shortened week (so we can get 9 regular season weeks) or doubleheaders?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure

  13. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    1. Ain’t that a Mitch!?
    2. Moneyball 2: 2020
    A.”We don’t need to roster the best players all season, just the healthy ones. We trade players after exposure, and we acquire them after they’re cleared…”
    B.”Chapman is that you coughing?” “Yeah Billy” “Pack your bags, you’ve been traded to Miami”
    3. Morrow, highbrow baseball joke – check
    4. How in the world did Norris test positive, haha, he lives in a van down by the river.
    5. Where did you see CMArt might close? haha. Cards would be silly to do that, Since its a short season he doesn’t have any worries about innings max.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1.Haha, it is!

      2. Moneyball-19

      3. Ha

      4. Haha, I forgot about that

      5. Yeah, wrote it above — meh

    • Wake Up says:
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      Had the same thought about Norris.

      Maybe it’s an Astrovan and it’s cheating the system!

  14. The Great Knoche says:
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    J Bart shares just went up in value.

    Fucking drafted Posey late like 3 times too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should’ve known better, so shame on The Great Knoche

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Yeah I should know better than to take anyone Phil Hertz spent $10 on.

        Heard a rumor Ketel Marte is gonna sit out….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, Phil’s a good guy — really on Ketel or you messing with me? That would be brutal

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            Messing for the know better comment. You’ve been checking twitter for the last 5 minutes looking for an update which makes me feel better about Posey.

            So here’s my Giants thinking, We see Gangly Manbird and Panda mostly as the DH, but Bart could do it on days he isnt catching.

            I think we see Aramis Garcia get 20-25 starts behind the dish. He might even have some value now in two catcher leagues as he doesn’t have an awful bat. He could hit 4-6 HRs in 100ish ABs

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                Yeah I was actually more talking about Garcia could be a viable option in two catcher leagues. I could see him right around 30 now on your rankings, and definitely a solid FrankenCatcher streamer

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that’s fair…All catchers are just so terrible for projections

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    Scratch that take anyways. After I started looking into it and seeing if worth a claim anywhere found out he had hip surgery in February.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wait, who?

  15. The Great Knoche says:
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    You looked at shares at all for all the $10 Best Balls we did. Gives a really good idea who you are taking a lot late or for certain positions.

    Out of 7 drafts

    Narvaez – 5
    Kopech -5
    Grichuk -5
    Richards – 5
    Matz -5
    Meadows – 4
    Edman -4
    Tom Murphy -4
    Leclerc -4

    I guess I like my catchers that I like. Had Garver in 3 also which means I had some combination of those 3 guys in 6 of 7 drafts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did I look? Nope…Solid names you have tho…I’d take some Murphy shares

  16. DonnieB says:
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    I am drafting 3rd in an online championship tonight. Take Bellinger or Trout? Leaning Cody while I can’t believe I am saying it. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cody

  17. DonnieB says:
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    How about Bart or the great Danny Jansen?

  18. Dave D says:
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    Man, Kopech opting out is suprising and disappointing. I didn’t expect that. He’s 24 and has a lot to prove. Maybe he has a vulnerable family member or something. Gotta check social media before I draft anybody now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it sucks…Moncada hurst harder tbh, hopefully he’s ok

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, that’s a tough one too. My DC teams will be interesting. Already lost (likely) Wheeler, now Kopech. Rotation getting thin. Looks like I’ll be starting Yamamoto and Fiers afterall. I might go with 5 SP and 4 RP. Not sure really what I’ll do. It’s so strange they kept DC’s and Cutline but not leagues where you can add/drop weekly.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly! Keep the leagues with no waivers, oh ok…

  19. ryan says:
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    Just received the following trade in my 14 team h2h dynasty league. I would received bregman, lindor, brandon lowe, luis castillo and urquidy for devers, bichette, puason, urias and andrew vaughn. I’m leaning rejecting. Should I consider this deal?

    oops forgot to also mention that I would also be trading my 1st round draft pick in our offseason rookie/fa draft. Do i still make the move?

    c omar narvaez

    1b max muncy

    2b ozzie albies

    3b rafael devers

    ss bo bichette

    lf juan soto

    cf ronald acuna

    rf austin meadows

    util yuli gurriel

    bn cj cron

    bn luke voit

    na andrew vaughn

    na robert puason

    na luis matos

    na jeter downs

    na julio rodriguez

    na erick pena

    sp patrick corbin

    sp julio urias

    sp max scherzer

    rp scott oberg

    rp ryan pressly

    rp brandon kintzler

    p brandon woodruff

    p alex wood

    bn kevin gausman

    bn carlos rodon

    bn deivi garcia

    bn sixto sanchez

    bn edward cabrera

    bn nathan eovaldi

    bn jon gray

    na luis patino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, pass

      • ryan says:
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        Do you see the guys that i would trade away putting up comparable stats to bregman, lindor and castillo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Possibly in 60 games

  20. Paul says:
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    I’m kind of annoyed that Kyle Tucker is not going to start this year. And with Baker I don’t expect that to change anytime soon, he mentioned that even if Tucker outplays Reddick that veteran players may start slow but over the long haul are better than younger players. Bullshit. How is Tucker supposed to grow if he can’t play.!?!?

    I spend a pretty decent pick on Tucker for him to now practically not play much this season.

    Honestly with 60 games is Tucker a hold or a drop?

    Is he waiting space on my bench?

    Did I say I was annoyed lol

    • Paul says:
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      Now I’m just hoping an Astro player opts our of the season or maybe there will be room for Tucker with a rotation of players going on the COVID IL on and off waiting for negative tests

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Oh cute, you still think there will be a season…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Dusty won’t ever start Tucker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think I’d drop Tucker if I needed the space

  21. Cohen says:
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    Grey, 13 team roto
    Draft strategy question
    Is 2 starters enough to draft and should one closer be enough to draft ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not enough SPs, prolly not enough closers either

  22. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    NL only with QS over wins, doesn’t sound like at least for now CIN is sticking with that 6 man (mahle would be the 6th if they did or should be), a.mills does appear to have that quintana spot though and wacha has thor’s. which of these youse going with

    • Grey

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      Wacha

  23. Curious George says:
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    Grey!! Two hours until draft and I’m racking my brain here – upside of darvish vs consistency of Morton?I know you have darvish higher but wanted your final opinion!

    Other guys I’m planning my draft around are Lynn, Gray, and Maeda if that affects your thought process

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yu

  24. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    you recently mentioned roto leagues and innings caps. i literally adjusted everyone of mine to be exactly commensurate with what it would’ve been per game. so those might vary from like 1250-1800 for 162 game season, so they’re simply in the 460-667 range now. i’d assume any/all comishes are doing this exact thing, why not do exactly that thing. and so far about half my h2h’s are voting in roto for this year too (while the others are aware that they’ll this year be 6 season weeks and 3 playoff weeks, assuming they all have either 6 or 8 playoff teams (these are mostly 14+ owner leagues)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I don’t know

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        just went over to check out depth charts’ BAL list (from a writer around here claiming it said hays is batting leadoff, well he ain’t as of today), why in the hell would r.ruiz (against righties) be batting 3rd? hays 6th. that’s seriously bad lineup setting.

        • Better Call Limehouse says:
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          and puig rumored to be close with BAL, but who knows if that’s made up or not, it does sound believable.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ya think? I think it sound crazy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm…Hanser huh? I guess I could see it

          • Better Call Limehouse says:
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            hanser has the good contact numbers so i get the leadoff part, but r.ruiz at 3rd while hays sits at 6th makes no damn sense (vs righties anyway, BAL in line for heavy platooning it appears)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, hopefully Hayes gets some looks there, though I own Hanser in places too

              • Better Call Limehouse says:
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                if i was in that spot i’d go arraez, but pretty sure he goes earlier ADP even for the deep spots anybody would even care to draft either, his contact rate is just sick elite (do have arraez in one AL only spot with OBP over AVG, and other boring but solid for deep league types in OBP AL only like miggy, choo to balance the donkey types of also having kraken/gallo and possibly low OBP types like l.robert/s.long too). plus if we’re going guys simply because it’s late and they aren’t OBP or AVG holes i’d stick with that MIN lineup over BAL.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I think Arraez was going way earlier

                  • Better Call Limehouse says:
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                    i just checked, updated fantasy pros, and it might be a lot too, i’d agree with that, arraez is overvalued more than hanser, stuff like “favorite to win AL batting titles” from his contact rate and all that. i did NOT pay much in that AL only draft. 227th vs 340th, yep, big diff.

                    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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                      by the time in that AL only slow draft that the beef jerky man was going i was probably going KC SP for consecutive rounds or close to it (ended up with all of junis/keller/duffy) and my hitters were completely done or maybe s.long around there.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup

  25. SteveNZ says:
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    15 mins to draft time – I have no idea what I’m doing!

    Picking 6th…

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      sounds like you’ll get lindor or story, grey says story there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m sure you did fine

  26. SteveNZ says:
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    I have never done so little prep for a draft. I think it shows (gritted teeth emoji)…

    14 teams, H2H, 6×6 with OBP and Holds, QS instead of W.

    1. (6) Francisco Lindor (Cle – SS)
    2. (23) Matt Olson (Oak – 1B)
    3. (34) George Springer (Hou – CF,RF)
    4. (51) Lucas Giolito (CWS – SP)
    5. (62) Jonathan Villar (Mia – 2B,SS)
    6. (79) Luis Castillo (Cin – SP)
    7. (90) Matt Chapman (Oak – 3B)
    8. (107) Oscar Mercado (Cle – LF,CF,RF)
    9. (118) Kenley Jansen (LAD – RP)
    10. (135) Kenta Maeda (Min – SP,RP)
    11. (146) Nick Anderson (TB – RP)
    12. (163) Alex Verdugo (Bos – LF,CF,RF)
    13. (174) Miguel Sanó (Min – 1B,3B)
    14. (191) Joey Lucchesi (SD – SP)
    15. (202) Christian Vázquez (Bos – C,1B)
    16. (219) Ryne Stanek (Mia – SP,RP)
    17. (230) Hunter Renfroe (TB – LF,RF)
    18. (247) Matt Carpenter (StL – 3B)
    19. (258) Caleb Smith (Mia – SP)
    20. (275) Ryan Yarbrough (TB – SP,RP)
    21. (286) Kevin Ginkel (Ari – RP)
    22. (303) Craig Stammen (SD – RP)
    23. (314) Ryan Mountcastle (Bal – SS)
    24. (331) Jurickson Profar (SD – 2B,LF)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, it doesn’t look bad, I like you hitting a lot and your pitching is fine if shallow and not fully formed for a staff to go after QS

      • SteveNZ says:
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        Thanks! We are allowed 10 adds a week so SON will be my friend on the pitching front. As far as QS goes, who knows how many pitchers will even go 6 innings this year haha.

        Please forgive the Carpenter pick – I had a second left on the clock and was panicking! Might have been better to leave it to auto!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, No problem!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            Wins are a nonsense at the best of times as we know, but long guys like the Mahle you mention probably have a tick of extra value this year, right? Especially if they are SP and RP eligible?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Just gonna be shuffling everyone for sixty days I’d imagine

  27. The Harrow says:
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    silly chapman, you’d think by now he’d remember EACH time to gag them before choking them. spittle. that stuff’ll get ya every damn time (in one way or another)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  28. Mets says:
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    Gotta pick 7 of these 8 options. Number next to them is the round penalty. Standard 6×6

    1) Alex Bregman,3B,SS 5
    2) Cody Bellinger,1B,OF 16
    3) Jose Ramirez, 3B 13
    4) Austin Meadows, OF 14
    5) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B 16
    6) Keston Hiura, 2B 23
    7) Luis Robert, OF26
    8) Mookie Betts, OF 1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Betts

      • Mets says:
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        For another league similar format, would you prefer keeping Rafael devers for a fifth rounder or jack flaherty for a 23rd rounder.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Flaherty

  29. i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    anybody see that nice pearson news today, c.anderson out for a while, possibly whole year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, very nice if it’s Pearson — did they say?

      • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        borucki on depth charts but this is clearly good for him by say 2-3 weeks into season at worst.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ok yeah can’t hurt

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