Can I *itch about utter nonsense for a second? (Asterisk replacing a B there, but also works since I’m talking about the Houston Asterisks.) People who say it’s okay to draft top starters in February, due to how well they did the previous season, invariably ignore all the starters who were bumped down in rankings by the start of the season. No one next year will mention Chris Sale, Mike Clevinger, Luis Severino, Justin Verlander or Blake Snell were drafted in the top starters in 2020 up until March. People in October will be like, “Top starters were safe last year, only Scherzer, Cole and Flaherty missed time.” Yeah, only those three and five others! Contests which rank rankings always end the morning of Opening Day, when, ya know, 99.9% of leagues have drafted already! Am I saying this because I want some glory for telling to ignore top starters as early as January? YES, GODDAMN IT! Any hoo! Justin Verlander was shut down with a lat strain. Luckily, you didn’t draft any top starters, right? You did? Aw, shucks. Going onto eBay and put in a one cent bid on the world’s smallest violin, then adopt a baby and teach it how to play from a YouTube tutorial. Not sure how many times I have to say don’t draft a top pitcher, but I’m sure everyone this time next year will have forgotten I ever said it. A lat strain is better than an arm injury, or so I’m told. As in, I’m told that it’s a lat strain, but on Sunday it was triceps soreness. Sounds great! *insert giant thumbs up emoji* I told you not to draft Verlander before this, guess what this does for me? I’ve updated Verlander’s projections and moved him down in the top 20 starters and the top 500 for 2020 fantasy baseball. Also, with Verlander’s latissimus dorsi more banged up than a dolphin at Sea World, I’ve added Josh James into the top 100 starters. Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2020 fantasy baseball:

Aaron Judge – Diagnosed with a stress fracture in his rib, which happened last September. The Yankees are going to give it two weeks of rest to see where Judge is at rather than opt for surgery. That’s right, something that didn’t heal in the last six months will be given two weeks more. The magical last two weeks of healing as Dr. Nick, the Yankees’ team doctor, describes it. “If rest doesn’t heal him, we will look at other options.” That’s Dr. Nick looking at a turtle that’s been dead for a month. I’m tempted to just remove Judge entirely from my rankings, since I wouldn’t draft him in any way, shape or humongoid form, but I left him in there. However, that will invariably lead to someone saying, “I see you have Judge around 200th overall, is that where you’d draft him?” Sure. I mean, no, I wouldn’t, but, sure, do what you want. I’m not drafting him. So, I’ve moved him into my top 80 outfielders. With the Yankees asking the Chinese to build a two-week hospital for their outfield, I’ve moved Tauchman up and increased his projections. He’s also in the top 80 outfielders, and Clint Frazier, yes, that Clint Frazier, was added to my top 100 outfielders.

Jordan Montgomery – Boone says Montgomery is a lock for the Yankees’ season-opening starting rotation. Yeah, no dur. They lost German, Paxton and Severino. Montgomery was already added to the top 100 starters. I’m curious who their 5th starter will be. My guess is an Opener, but I’ve heard rumblings on Schmidt, Nelson and King, who I believe created Sex and the City. Others have said Lasagna. Others have said Delvi. Others have said, “Huh? What are you saying?” Others have said, “Nothing, mind your business.” Whoever it is, you’d have to think they’re a placeholder until Paxton returns at the end of April.

Kyle Wright – Looks like the Braves’ 5th spot is going to come down to Wright and Newcomb with the 4th spot going to F-Her. Thought process:  F-Her is useless out of the bullpen (might be useless in the rotation too), so that leaves one spot for Wright and Newcomb while Hamels is rehabbing. My guess is the Braves prefer Newcomb in the bullpen, and Wright slides into a temp position in the rotation. This is essentially the role Fried started the year out with in 2019 and ran with a rotation job all year, so Wright was added into my top 100 starters, and could be huge value (or useless by May). Right? Wright!

Griffin Canning – Given biological injections into his elbow. I’ve heard about biological injections in all kinds of places, but an elbow is some kinky shizz! You’d think a guy named Canning would be getting biological injections somewhere else! Hey now! Anyway, he’s out for a month, at least, and he was moved way down into a section of starters I wouldn’t draft in the top 100 starters.

Tyler Beede – Told reporters he doesn’t need surgery after revealing his UCL was only 75 percent attached. He will be getting a 2nd opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Or 75% Attrached, in this case. I’ve removed Beede from the top 100 starters.

Chris Taylor – Setback with his shoulder. I haven’t drafted Taylor yet, and might have him ranked too high, so be careful. The next step will be me removing him from my top 500, i.e., Taylor damn, GTFO with your pork roll!

Chris Sale – Not expected to undergo Tommy John surgery. Dot dot dot. Yet. This is actually worse news for him and his owners. Now, because you’ve invested in him, you’re gonna feel compelled to start him when he does return in…May?…and you go ahead and ask his owners from last year how well starting him went. Also, it means when he does finally have surgery, it’s going to be even more delayed. Chris Sale is basically derailing his entire career. Not, ya know, to be dramatic. Oh, by the by, I’ve seen some ‘perts say this is good news about how Sale won’t need Tommy John. If anyone is saying this, you should question literally everything else that comes out of their mouths. They’re lacking some sorta, how do I say, common sense. He’s still in the top 40 starters, but you’re crazy if you think I’m drafting him.

Collin McHugh – Signed with the Red Sox. Not that I think McHugh will be good, but over/under on his innings and Sale’s? I’d go with McHugh.

Oscar Mercado – Slid for a fly ball on Thursday and sprained his wrist. Thursday was also the day I received my newest ulcer. Why are you trying to make a sliding catch in spring training? Who are you trying to impress? Jordan Luplow?! I’m standing outside my Super Mercado screaming at the sign, “Stop being sarcastic! It’s not effin’ super!” Wait a second, our prayer hexagon paid off for the first time maybe ever. Everything is coming up Millhouse! Tests showed Mercado has merely a strain and is day-to-day. Get rid of the S.O.S. spelled out in the sand, we’re saved!

Carlos Carrasco – Dealing with elbow inflammation. As Mrs. Fields used to say, “An inflamed cookie usually means too much baking soda.” Mrs. Fields was an A+ baker; absolute terrible fantasy analyst. I had Carrasco down for 123 IP in my top 40 starters, where I said don’t draft him, so, if you have, that’s on you.

Michael Conforto – Tweaked his side, which is code for Conforto is feeling unconfortable, and will likely miss up to three to four weeks. Hmm, wonder if Conforto’s phone number is 3-2-4-Weeks. Solid contact info, if it is. I’ve docked him three weeks of the season from his projections and lowered him in the top 60 outfielders.

Trey Mancini – Undergoing a procedure that the O’s said is “non-baseball related,” but “too sensitive to specifically mention,” and that he would be “out some time.” Each one of those quoted phrases are not what you want to hear. Hopefully, the vagueness isn’t as scary as it sounds. Don’t think you can draft him until we hear more. I’ve lowered him way down in my top 20 1st basemen.

Willie Calhoun – Hit on the mouth by a fastball and was carted off the field. Took them a bit longer than usual for the cart because they had to sterilize it prior to using. Hashtag coronavirus, hashtag know your disease. Without bad luck, Calhoun would have no luck at all. He finally gets a real chance to play and he gets his jaw broke. Hopefully, he returns with one of those Bill Laimbeer-Hannibal Lecter masks and chews up all (fava) beanballs, but I’ve deducted 100 ABs from his line, and moved him down into the top 60 outfielders. In the top 20 2nd basemen, I moved Nick Solak up and upped his projections. No matter who the Rangers lose, there’s a sexy guy stepping in to fill the space. *sees Todd Frazier penciled into cleanup* Don’t even think about it, Rangers! Calhoun didn’t need to have his jaw wired shut. No jaw wired shut is good news for his recovery. The bad news is his karaoke’ing of early-Kanye will suffer.

Brendan Rodgers – Made his spring training debut last Thursday, and could return as soon as April. Bud Black said, “Quicker he gets back, the quicker the bats on the ground of the dugout get put away–Wait, he’s a player for the team? Are you sure?”

Ryan Helsley – Since there’s a chance Helsley could close, work middle relief, be in the rotation — How’s his swing? Cards could use a righty platoon bat with Carpenter. — I’ve added Helsley into my top 500. If I told you I knew what role Helsley would be in, I’d be lying, and my lie-down desk hasn’t arrived yet.

Dylan Carlson – Moved him way up into my top 80 outfielders as he starts to feel inevitable to break camp and push Bader to the bench, or worse, Bader becomes the guy who relays managing decisions from La Russa on the phone to Shildt. “What’s that? Yes, your hair is feathered fantastically! Shildt needs to know where to position his infielders. What? Yes, we promise not to harm any marsupials. God damn it, Tony!” That’s Bader running manager relay. While my projections needed updating in the Dylan Carlson outlook and some of the stuff about offseason acquisitions (since it’s from November), but as I say there, Carlson does appear to be better than Bader, and I’m leaning into that now.

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T Minny
T Minny
2 years ago

Grey’s the man! Quick Trade question,
my Jeff McNeil($5,$10,$12 next 3 yrs)
and Mitch Keller($3,$5,$7)
for
Hader ($7,$14,$16)?

WheelhouseWreck
WheelhouseWreck
2 years ago

Mr. Grey. In a 6×6 with OPS and QS, who would you rather keep? Greinke or Rosario. Thanks a bunch!

KrazyIvan
KrazyIvan
2 years ago

Did Judge go across town with Betances? That doctor sounds so much like what the Mets’quacks would say.

Anyway, back to EARTHGANG walk up music for our favorite players. After playing leadoff in Chavez ravine this year and leading the Dodger Blue to a WS title I think folks will realize why Mookie Best played all the way to the “BANK” as his walk up song all year long.

183414
183414
2 years ago

Wanted Hilliard for my next picks @259/262, but taken @240.
O.F.’s available with 13 picks in front of me:
Eaton
Akiyama
Choo
RenfroeDomingo
Teoscar
Gardner
Carlson- when do I draft him ?

Pitchers available w/ 13 picks before me:
Lucchesi
Yarbrough
Montgomery (Jordan)
Richards (Garrett)
Wood
Bassitt
Chirinos
happ
Sheffield
Kim
Pearson- when do I draft him ?

Castro/Wong/Kennedy/Jimenez also still here.

any 4-5 you would prefer for picks 259/262 ?

Hugman
Hugman
2 years ago

Grey. My man. Help me out with something strategery. I’m in this league. It’s my second year in it. 12 team, 5×5. 2 catchers,1b,2b,3b,ss, CI, MI, 1ut, 5OF, 9 pitcher slots (no RP or SP distinction). 6-man bench.
The thing about this league is they go all in on closers early. I guess that means they’re focusing on era, whip, and saves, hoping for K’s, punting wins. They draft all closers, all handcuffs, and then some. I want to zig while they zag and not fill my team with relievers. I want to take hitters and starters while they’re clamoring over each other for this nonsense.
Seems like there SHOULD be wins and k’s and guys that won’t kill me on era and whip to spare. Am I misguided? Any advice?

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
2 years ago

OPS k/9 league 12 team could use some OPS help

My pitching :

Cole Bauer Berrios Paxton Lynn Boyd, Ohtani Lamet

Give up Bauer, Lamet, Kepler to get Springer, Houser, ARosario ?

Thanks

J-FOH
J-FOH
2 years ago

You should really check out Get Shorty ( season1) on Netflix. I really enjoyed it. I actually just ordered Epix to watch the other two seasons. They have a few good shows on there

I saw that the Unbreakable Kimmel Scott is still around.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It’s about Hollywood and movie making…sorta

Trader
Trader
2 years ago

In a 12 teamer, would you trade your 24,25,47 and 48 picks for his 4, 11, 240 and 253?

Rick Brown
2 years ago

Have Conforto in a Yahoo H2H league and he has a right oblique strain and will be reassessed next week.
Drafted my first RCL team last nite-had the 12th pick.

C- C.Vazquez(23-276)
1B- F.Freeman( 2-13 )
2B-E.Escobar( 9-108 )
3B-Vlady( 4-37 )
SS-T.Turner(1-12 )
CI-C.Walker(15-180 )
MI-A.Rosario(12-130)
OF-G.Springer(3-36)
OF-E.Rosario(7-84)
OF-L.Gurriel Jr.(11-132)
OF-H.Dozier(14-157)
OF-J.Pederson(21-252)
P-C.Paddack(5-60)
P-Y.Darvish(6-61)
P-A.Chapman(8-85)
P-M.Fried(10-109)
P-J.Leclerc(13-156)
P-J.Musgrove(16-181)
P-W.Smith(18-205)
P-S.Oberg(19-228)
P-M.Gyvens(20-229)
P-D.Betances(22-253)
P-K.Kim(24-277)
OF-K.Pillar(25-300)

Thoughts?

Thanks,RICK

Rick Brown
Reply to  Rick Brown
2 years ago

Forgot about-
UT-M.Andujar(17-204)

Rick Brown
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah,probably streaming a bit.I think Kim has a rotation spot for the Cardinals so that makes 5 starters.

Thanks Grey!
RICK

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

youre right grey with what u said. since i have max muncy to backup at 2B for Altuve I dont need cano. Would you drop profar to pick up one of the pitchers I told you about yesterday (Chatwood, Voth or Trevor Williams?)

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

ok i have trusted u before i’ll just wait and hope no one picks them up.

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
2 years ago

Rank these grabs for holds and backenders (do count 1/2HLDS+SVs as one cat):

A Houser,
S Matz,
Y Kikuchi,
Sir Dominguez
Stanek
A Garrett
Alvarado
Montgomery.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Swfcdan
2 years ago

I like Montgomery for a back end of rotation starter and I like Dominguez for holds

183414
183414
2 years ago

picks 239 and 242 next. Don’t think you’ll be around. Yandy and Hosmer still available (the way this draft has gone doubt they’ll be available), I actually prefer Nunez you got him in the 25th, but I’m thinking if he’s there @239/242, to draft him. If Jansen’s there, I think I’d draft him as well. If I don’t I’ll have to wait for Evan White. 1st base sucks. Pissed that I couldn’t get Cron @199. Daniel Murphy and d’Arnaud (haha) are the only other 1st basemen until White.

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Assume d’Arnaud is gone. Molina/Perez/Jansen/Suzuki/Chirinos are there now, but 16 picks ahead of me. Same thing every day, I make these 2 picks @about 9:00 p.m..
Please rank assuming 1 or more are gone, which they will be.
At 1st, I see you drafted Nunez (and you were smart enough to draft D. Santana, giving you 3 1st basemen).
Would you draft Hosmer or Yandy (no likey) or Murphy over Nunez, if any of them are still available @239/242 ? Also assuming d’Arnaud will be gone.
I think I can draft White @259/262, or would you just pull the trigger on him for 1 of the next 2 picks.
Guess the adp, which works pretty well in my other drafts doesn’t always follow the same script in this venue.

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Grey Man !!

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

But still need a 2nd catcher. You obviously liked Jansen. I read your column, and took Kelly. Was all set to take Alfaro, and he went right before me @217.

Paul
Paul
2 years ago

Would you rather have Carlos Martinez or Julio urais

183414
183414
2 years ago

Grey, sorry but I’m clueless. Clock is ticking and I posed my question above. Would you take Urquidy/Odor in the 22nd and 23d rounds, over a 2nd catcher (Molina/Perez) and a 3d closer (Doolittle) or b/up 1st baseman (Nunez) ? Though I keep missing guys, was hoping I can draft Jansen later and Kennedy or Jimenez, or Kela later.
Urquidy looks great at the close of the year, and he’s locked in as the 4th starter. James already went.

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Did what you said. Dude ahead of me w/ 2 picks, grabbed Odor, so I went w/ Urquidy.

Paul
Paul
2 years ago

Drafted Yesterday 12 Team Keeper leauge with daily changes and 5 adds per week
Hitting: R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, K, AVG, OBP
Pitching: net Wins, QS, ERA, WHIP, K, K/9, Saves + Holds

C: S. Murphy
1B: J Abreu
2B: K. Hiura
3B: A Rendon
SS: M Machado
OF: B Harper
OF: K Tucker
OF Y Puig
OF: C Fraizer
UTL: P Alonso
UTL: V Guerrero Jr
BN: L Gurriel Jr
BN: J Adell
BN: M Andujar

SP: B Woodruff
SP: S Bieber
SP: L Lynn
RP: C Martinez
RP: S Newcomb
RP: H Harvey
P: M Fried
P: J Odorizzi
P: D Cease
BN: J Montgomery
BN: G RIchards
BN:B McKay

How does my Team look?

This is my first year adding K/9 and we have Saves + Holds
I missed out on a lot of Relief Pitchers during the draft

I see some high K/9 guys who could get holds still out there
Trevor May, Will Harris, Michael Lorenzen, Seranthony Dominguez, Amir Garret, Justin Wilson, Diego Castillo, Jose Alvardo, Wade Davis

I’m not sure I want to punt Saves + holds and not grabbing RP’s I would lose out on K/9 too. Teams are averaging 4 relief pitchers per team and I only drafted one of them. Should I do some add / drops for some of these RP’s? any recommendations on who to add or who to drop.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Paul
2 years ago

You said you don’t want to punt holds/saves but it looks like you are. You could drop a few starters to pick up MRs.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

Right i’m realizing that I think I messed up drafting.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Paul
2 years ago

Haha. Well, like you said, there are guys available. Any combination of guys at the end of your roster are cuttable.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

Grey,

Someone in my league dumped Robinson Cano. Would you put in a WW claim on him to back up Altuve for $5 and drop Jurickson Profar?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

thats an emphatic no Cram

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

Idk why you’d pay $5 to replace a scrub backup with a worse scrubbier scrub.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

youre right grey. since i have max muncy to backup at 2B for Altuve I dont need cano. Would you drop profar to pick up one of the pitchers I told you about yesterday (Chatwood, Voth or Trevor Williams?)

183414
183414
2 years ago

Ready for my 22nd and 23d round picks in this godforsaken 10 team Best Ball. Was planning to draft [email protected], but he was gone. Was planning to draft Bradley or LeClerc now, both gone.
I’m still w/out a 3d r.p., and am hoping I can wait to grab Kennedy. Doolittle available now, but not a big fan w/ Hudson and Harris lurking. Thought I’d take Alfaro here, but taken 2 picks ago. Not a fan of Molina, and hoping I can get Jansen @242.
So w/out a 2nd catcher and w/out a 3d closer and still no b/up 1st baseman. Thinking Nunez but hopefully can wait.
2 best values on the board, in my opinion, are Odor (no penalty for a bad b.avg., and he was smoking the last month+ in 2019. Also Urquidy, who would be my 7th starter.
What say you ?
Molina/Doolittle/Nunez/Odor/Urquidy or jump up for Kennedy ? please rank for me. Thanks, Grey.

183414
183414
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

Grey…..help !!!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

Roberto Perez??

183414
183414
Reply to  FrankGrimes
2 years ago

Over Odor and Urquidy ? Can get Jansen or Chirinos later.

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

No Odor ?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago
FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Haha
It’s the 23rd round!
Top 10 return guaranteed.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Meh, I got Posey in the 24th. First share ever.

Matt
Matt
2 years ago

Last keeper question.. use a 2nd round pick to keep Yordan Alvarez or a 5th to keep Strasburg? I have an offer of a 4th for the one I’m letting go.

Bill
Bill
2 years ago

Had my draft this weekend and think I took on too much risk and this is going to be a great year or done by June

14 team (6 x 6 – traditional rotisserie plus OPS and Starts).

C – Vazquez
1B – Voit
2B – Lowe
3B – Chapman
SS – Bogaerts
OF – Trout
OF – Stanton
OF – Puig
UTIL – J. Bell
Util – Seager

Bench – Wong
Bench – Dickerson
Bench – McCutchen

SP – Syndergaard
SP – Sale
SP – Woodruff
SP – Ryu
SP – Urias
RP – Hader
RP – Kimbrel

Bench – Musgrove
Bench – Mikolas

NUX
NUX
2 years ago

Just picked FreddyP (#310 pick) and Corbin Burnes (#315) in back to back rounds in a slow draft after hearing that Lauer will start the year on the IL, AMA.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Now he’ll be gone before you pick ha.

Will Graham
Will Graham
2 years ago

Hi there Grey,

I’m in a 12 team AL-ONLY 5×5 keeper Roto league in which we keep a minimum of 3 players with maximum of 5 players. I have been bitten by the injury bug and I’m trying to work out what I should do.

I am in a decent position in that I have 2 1st round picks and 2 5th round picks. I can either stand pat or try to make a deal. Among the players who could be available are Eddie Rosario, Khris Davis, Luis Robert.

My keeper candidates are – Alex Bregman (no brainer), George Springer, Yordan Alvarez, Justin Verlander, Shane Bieber, Lucas Giolito.

Before the recent injuries, I was locked into Bregman/Springer/Alvarez/Verlander/Bieber. But now I’m not so sure. Verlander has the same injury that sidelined Severino most of last season. And Alvarez’s knee issues are what plagued him last season.

What is my best course of action? Should I try to sell Verlander and Springer for a bat upgrade? Who could that be?

All input is greatly appreciated!!

Will Graham
Will Graham
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I’ve tried to get Meadows/Bichette/Devers/Rendon and have been denied.

Are any of Lemeihieu/Matt Chapman/Matt Olsen/Luis Robert/Tim Anderson/Vlad Jr worth going after?

Will Graham
Will Graham
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Was just offered Eddie Rosario for Verlander. Hard pass?

Ecto
Ecto
2 years ago

7×7 League
Runs, Hits, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP
Wins, Losses, QS, SV, Ks, ERA, WHIP

How would you allocate your Auction Budget?
Most experts have recommended 70/30 in favor of the batters. I am leaning 60/40 in favor of the batters.

What do you guys think?

Ecto
Ecto
Reply to  Ecto
2 years ago

Roster breakdown is as follows:
C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF x3, Utility x2
SP x2, RP x2, P x4
Bench 7 spots

40 IP per week minimum.
H2H Scoring

Ecto
Ecto
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

60% Batters
40% Pitchers

Perfect. Thanks for the help. I always thought 70/30 was too lopsided…

DonnieB
DonnieB
2 years ago

Good afternoon. Where can one find the Dashboard that last year had a cheat sheet–kind of. Is it available this year. I am a subscriber. Thanks.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  DonnieB
2 years ago
NUX
NUX
Reply to  DonnieB
2 years ago

https://razzball.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-Razzball-Tiers.xlsx

Sorry, I feel the urge to pimp my yearly contribution to Team Razz.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

Roberto Perez is way to low on this!

NUX
NUX
Reply to  FrankGrimes
2 years ago

I’m not updating it if that’s what you mean. Prob a ton of stuff that needs to be updated, but I made it for when HotRod is creating the excel war room from Grey’s ranks.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
2 years ago

Finally drafted catcher!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Roberto is a top ten catcher! Lmao

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Almost grabbed back to back catchers just to irk you

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It’s a little known strategy.

Tom
Tom
Reply to  FrankGrimes
2 years ago

With about what as a success rate?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

Zero point Zero

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

You’ll obviously finish higher in standings so..
We should side bet other stuff.
Like whose Japanese OF will perform better?
Better catcher duo?
Most guys sent down to minors? I woulda crushed that minors one last year.

Dong Show
Dong Show
2 years ago

Dynasty trade question for you Grey.

A guy has been sniffing around my Oneil Cruz, but we really haven’t found a fit. He seems to desperately want him, but is unwilling to give up decent talent.
He now just suggested Franmil Reyes which prob isn’t a bad offer but also I’m not sure.

I already own Soler and Yordan (Yahoo!, so both OF eligibility but likely future DH) and Reyes looks to be trending that way also.

Hold and let Cruz value build for something else I may need in the future or go for it with Reyes based on that info I just gave?

Thanks as always Grey, so happy to have baseball back.

Dong Show
Dong Show
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Grey! Have a great rest of the day!

erad
erad
2 years ago

F’in Judge man – I have him as a 22 rounder in a keep forever league so I guess I’m stuck with him until his body just collapses – dude might just be too big for baseball.

I’ve been dealing with real life stuff lately, so haven’t been checking the blog the past couple weeks, do we have a plan in place if baseball gets postponed? Is there a prayer hexagon already in place?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

Grey,

I am looking for a closer, and I have a chance to acquire Craig Kimbrel ($28) and $16 in cap space for David Fletcher ($6). I am thinking about it, because I don’t think he will be getting much PT. Whast do you think?

1) Am I right about Fletcher’s PT?

2) Would you make the deal?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

is Fletcher’s PT dwindling? And what kind of numbers can I expect from Kimbrel?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

ok i’ll make the deal

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

havent heard any news about Daniel Hudson. Injured? Closing? Setting up?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

1) Is knebel getting the closer role back from Hader or is he relegated to setup?

2) Same question for will smith in ATL?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

His numbers are in his rankings. Try it some time.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

Who cares about Fletcher when you’re getting a closer that you’re looking for?

Jay hay
Jay hay
2 years ago

Who’s a better keeper at these prices: Trea Turner $30 or Ketel Marte $10? My thought right now is to trade Trea before he doesn’t run *as much* in the 3 hole. Agreed? This would be a pre draft trade so any SB losses by trading Trea could still be addressed. I also have Tatis as a keeper SS, of my 5 keepers

Phil
Phil
2 years ago

Hey Grey, I love your stuff. Thank you for making it worthwhile to get out of bed in the morning, seriously.

I hate to ask you this question, because I’ve asked it before, but it was a while back and I’m still unsure. 12 team roto league, 7×5 league (just add OPS and errors…I know, I hate the errors stat but the commish is an idiot but will hopefully change next year to holds or QS). Get to keep 4 keepers but in exchange for round value. I’m definitely keeping Juan Soto in the 12th, and am probably keeping both Yelich and Lindor with the 2nd and 3rd respectively, but am waffling badly with my fourth keeper. It is between deGrom with the 1st (note that I have the last pick in the 1st round so no way I can re-draft him) or Albies with the 4th. I also can keep Bichette with the 24th or Eloy Jimenez with the 13th, but I think it’s prudent to keep Yelich and Lindor even with the depressed value at those higher rounds. If I keep deGrom, then by the 4th round I won’t have much to choose from (typically stud closers and the best of the rest get drafted in the 4th, since 48 players are already kept before the draft kicks off and the first three rounds dry up the top players). I can hope for a Jose Abreu or Eugenio Suarez in the 4th. If I keep Albies in the 4th, then I have to hope for someone like Castillo or Paddack (not crazy about his innings cap though) in the 1st round, since I think Corbin may be drafted before me with Verlander going down. I’d then have to focus on starters and closers in rounds 5, 6, 7 and probably 8, and fill out my 1B and 3B with what’s left. WWGD? What would you do, Grey?

Tyler
Tyler
2 years ago

FML! Thoughts on Andujar with all of the other Yankee injuries? He is ranked in the 300s for Yahoo and seems like a solid late buy if he does get work at 3b, 1b, OF and DH ( like he is in ST). Top 200 player?

Chucky
Chucky
2 years ago

As the owner of Kate Upton’s husband in a 12 team, keep 10 with no contracts….I’m beginning to feel nervous and jerky about keeping JV as one of my 10. Would you swap him out for any of Ray, ERod or Gallen? Or just swap out JV for a position player such as MChapman, Stanton? Can always bite the bullet and hold JV and hope he only misses a month?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Bold prediction time…who is the first MLB regular to get Corona virus?

Follow up – what full MLB team will be quarantined for Corona for 2 weeks?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yanks just said they don’t know if he’s going to be tested for corona

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

hha nice!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Or David Dahl

Long Balls
Long Balls
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Syndergaard cuz he can’t stop putting his dirty feet and hands in his mouth.

aksum
aksum
2 years ago

Asking for keeper help if anyone has a moment:
11 team points league

I can keep 10, its a good problem to have. I would like to keep high reward type – Glasnow and so far he looks good. I will probably drop Yoan and Albies, am I nuts going for Glasnow? Change my mind.

Ronald Acuna
Mookie Betts
Juan Soto
Fernando Tatis
Bryce Harper
Rafael Devers
Shane Bieber
Luis Castillo
Lucas Giolito
Ozzie Albies
Yoan Mancada
Tyler Glasnow

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  aksum
2 years ago

I would keep Moncada over Giolito.

Schoolboy P
Schoolboy P
2 years ago

Is there a name for a veteran pitcher that pitches a ton of postseason innings and then is fatigued and injured the following year?

Pretty hard to draft Strasburg right now watching the other postseason dominos fall.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Great idea! How about . . .

After After Party (never go to the after after party, nothing good happens there!)

Strasburg had an incredible 2019 + WS run, but I’m avoiding his 2020 After After Party.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

exactly! no matter how great the party (regular season) or after party (postseason) was, the after after party it ain’t ending well. Just order something greasy to eat and grab Biebs instead!

Hendu's Gap
Hendu's Gap
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Prior engagements. Referring to Mark Prior’s injury history, after pitching in the 2003 postseason. “I’m thinking twice about drafting Strasburg, since he had Prior engagements deep into October.”

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
2 years ago

Are you moving Yordan Alvarez at this point? TWO bad knees! He can’t even DH right now. These huge muscular guys kinda scare me. 60 year olds should have problems with both knees, not 22 year olds.

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Just found this after I posted.

Reporter: “Is this concerning that he’s having knee problems right now?”

Dusty: “No, I’ve heard he’s had them for a long time”

Wtf.

Barf
Barf
2 years ago

Who goes to the bench once Rodgers is u p? McMahon? Murphy?

LOLmets
LOLmets
2 years ago

Haha headline in CBS from 11 Minutes ago “Scherzer dealing with discomfort”

“Scherzer is dealing with some discomfort in his right side and elected to skip his bullpen session Tuesday in favor of a long-toss session, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.”

Hahahha ok so I guess deGrom is next? Not rooting for these guys to get hurt just laughing at the situation that no pitcher is safe

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  LOLmets
2 years ago

Yeah add Scherzer to the list – I’m sure it’s minor now, but could easily see this escalating to a IL etc..

Tom
Tom
Reply to  LOLmets
2 years ago

Anyone drafting 35+ yr old pitchers in the first or second round is living dangerously.

LOLmets
LOLmets
Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

Any pitcher!! Wait til Cole has a 4 era this year in Yankee stadium

Taz
Taz
2 years ago

Hey Grey – given the injury, would you do this trade (pre-draft) in a keeper league?

My Verlander (5th round) for his Stroman (23rd)

Thanks!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Taz
2 years ago

No, see if you can do better. That’s the equivalent of just dropping him.

ratedm4man
ratedm4man
2 years ago

Good morning Mr. Albright and Mr. Teeth….In the RazzSlam formats, would you change your pitching strategy as far as when you start drafting since you need 9? Also, when would you look to start drafting catchers?

larry womack
larry womack
2 years ago

Is Musgrove a keeper or streamer?

Thank you

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  larry womack
2 years ago

Depends on format/league depth but likely streamer…

larry womack
larry womack
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

It’s Yahoo h2h cat.

Would you rather have Oberg looking for him to become closer at some point or G. Richards as a more upside starter?

Thank you

joebobsays
joebobsays
2 years ago

Thanks for the great post Grey…

Asked you this a month or more ago; checking in on any change of opinion:
NL only, 10 teams, keep 15, very competitive, nearing 20 years in league…

Keep or throw back: Chris Archer @4, Joe Ross @3, …and I’ll add Merrill Kelley @3 who I’d pro throw back but his velocity was up last Sept…can’t get a read yet this spring. Whaddya think? Thanks!

Joebobsays
Joebobsays
Reply to  joebobsays
2 years ago

I’d add Joey Lucchessi @3 to that group…keep or throw?

Thanks G

Wilson
Wilson
2 years ago

Hi, Grey,

I am in a 10-team, 6-keeper OBP & QS league, we are going to re-draft this year.
My pick is 10th with snake draft. I should be able to pick Story or Turner in my 1st pick.

I also read your article about pairing.
I am thinking to draft JoRem or Arenado or Devers as 3B if they are still there.

1. Who do you prefer if we consider it’s a 4 years keeper league?
Seems Devers is the youngest with potential, and Arenado can leverage Coors to provide big power. So my priority is Devers -> Arenado -> JoRem

Kindly comment?

2. If Rendon is also there, where is his priority? I am thinking to skip him because he is elder than the rest good 3B who I can choose.
3. If Harper is also there, where is his priority? (higher than?)

Thoughts appreciated. Thanks.

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Wilson
2 years ago

Typo, should be “JoRam” not JoRem ..

Jose Ramirez.

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Wilson
2 years ago

If I can get a SS (Story or Turner) and a 3B (Devers or Arenado or JoRam) in my first two pick, I would choose 1 or 2 OF in my 30th & 31st overall pick .

1. If Meadows, Ketel Marte, Starling Marte, Judge, Springer are still there.
How do you rank priority?
I am thinking to skip Starling and Springer due to their age (4 years keeper), and rank priority as Ketel Marte (flexible eligibility with 2B), Meadows, Judge. Kindly comment?

2. After drafting an OF in 30th pick, which player should I pick in the 31st pick? an OF or SP? by considering it’s a QS league.

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks

When I have a SS (Story or Turner), a 3B (probably Devers), an OF (Probably K Marte), and a SP (to be check)

I plan to draft a 1B in my 50th overall pick, supposedly Olson will be there.

1. Should I draft a RP or another OF in my 51st overall pick? Score is HDSV in my league
2. I am thinking what if I steal Olson in my 70th overall pick? Then pick a RP and another OF in my 50th 51st pick.

Thoughts appreciated.

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
2 years ago

We covered this yesterday, but Mancini. :(

I think he’s supposed to have his non-baseball related surgery today, so hopefully we find out soon.

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
2 years ago

Hey Grey – great stuff here, thank you! Just to be clear on Mercado, you are not concerned about the wrist, right? Just wanted to make sure before I buy some more shares this week. Thanks

Ontilt1377
Ontilt1377
2 years ago

14 team 5×5 $300 cap. Keep 10. $5 annual increases
Trade away $25 Bregman & $10 Gallen for $25 Trea Turner?

Obv this is SB motivated.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Ontilt1377
2 years ago

I’d want Turner

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Ontilt1377
2 years ago

Agree with MP

Adam SI Yankee Lorber
Adam SI Yankee Lorber
2 years ago

Are you at Foleys Saturday night or are you going to self quarantine?

Jordan
Jordan
2 years ago

Grey!

Quick question for ya. Had a few changes in my league from Avg, Wins & Saves, to OBP, QS and Saves + Holds.

How much would you change your draft strategy, if at all? Have had recent success waiting on all pitching and stacking hitters.

Thank you in advance!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Jordan
2 years ago

Use Rudy’s OBP rankings and devalue RP even more.

Jordan
Jordan
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Thank you! Is there a way that I can put hitting and pitching both on one rankings sheet?

moldyforgoldy
moldyforgoldy
2 years ago

Grey my fantasy savior…gotta pick 2 keepers

12 team, h2h, 6×6 w/ OPB

muncy – 8th round
zac gallen – 11th round
olson – 15th round

im definitely gonna keep olson so i guess the question is muncy or gallen

thanks for everything year and out my FML, you always deliver with the goods

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  moldyforgoldy
2 years ago

Muncy and Olson.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  moldyforgoldy
2 years ago

Agree with MP

Phred
2 years ago

In a 12-team, 6×6 (OPS), keep 10 forever league and with Robert, Kepler, Meadows, Schwarber already in the fold, who do you like as 5th OF: L. Gurriel or JD Davis?
Thanks! New to your site this year, but has become one of my must-reads.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Phred
2 years ago

I’d keep Lourdes.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Phred
2 years ago

Agree with MP

Eatmyhammertoes
Eatmyhammertoes
2 years ago

Would you keep Jo Ram round 5 or mondesi round 12? In 14 team keeper (we keep 6), seems like Jo Ram would late round 1 or round 2. Thanks for the input.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Eatmyhammertoes
2 years ago

JRam for me

The Great Knoche
2 years ago

First RCL last night. 1st nine picks got auto-drafted as room didnt open until 9 PM and it auto-drafted until someone on clock got in room which was 9:00 and 5 seconds.

So I went pitcher first by default and then built a fairly awesome, upside and injury ridden team built to stream.

Berti and Newman (17) drafted as early speed to be replaced by Stanton and Conforto. Or on 2nd day of season.

C Jansen (25)
1B Muncy (6)
2B Hiura (4)
SS Tatis (2)
3B Escobar (9)
MI Dejong (15)
CI Berti (19)

OF Marte (3)
OF Eloy (5)
OF Conforto (8)
OF Stanton (10)
OF Dannysantana (11)
UT Andujar (14)

P Degrom (1)
P Yates (7)
P Hand (12)
P LeClerc (13)
P C. Martinez (16)
P Kennedy (18)
P Jon Gray (20)
P Fiers (21)
P Hunter Harvey (22)
P Karinchak (23)
P Wade Davis (24)

Are 6 closers enough to start with?

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah 1 permanent starter became the plan. Stream Machine.

Another F'ing Jeff
Another F'ing Jeff
2 years ago

I have Yellich, Arrenado, Buehler, Verlander and Judge. Get to keep 4. Ahh, the defense of my 2019 Championship is off to a stellar start.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Another F'ing Jeff
2 years ago

Through back Kate Uptons cheating husband.

Dude at Dudes
Dude at Dudes
2 years ago

Preach Grey! I am a believer in your starting pitching philosophy it makes more sense everyday my friend, as I said last week Grey = Messiah… haha.

To add to this in a 16 team H2H 6×6 QS, OPS league keep 12 $260 budget, salaries rise $5/ year. Would you advocate strongly considering moving guys like Buehler ($16) and Flaherty ($26) while their value is insanely high? I also have Bauer & Lynn but I am keeping those guys mainly because I like them and feel they are very similiar to many of the so called aces.

Thanks